Sunday, 25 September 2016

Itsatashathing: Autumn Tag 2016

Hi everyone,

So as I browsing Bloglovin'  this morning I found Makeup Savvy's autumn tag. I really liked the idea of this as I've been wanting to do an Autumnal post to kick start Autumn and what better way then with this tag.

1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

I think what truly starts Autumn for me is that first crisp morning where the airs a little bit nippy and that first thought of wearing a hat, scarf and gloves come into your head. Also when the likes of Starbucks and Costa advertise their Autumnal drinks on their boards outside, just gives me. Not to mention when the darker nights start arriving to!

2. What is your favourite Fall scent?

So it's not your generic pumpkin spiced scent as I'm not a candle person (cries) but mine would have to be when I go to my Grandma or Nanna's house and they start getting their pressure cookers out. You can guarantee within the pressure cooker holds a hearty beef or chicken stew with proper homemade dumplings. Walking in and smelling that is a true 'the colder weather is here' smell to me.

3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I think either an aubergine colour or mauve as I feel these are more wearable for me. I'd love to try to wear the mustard colours but I'm not sure if they'd suit me.

4. What is your favourite Fall drink?

I'm not really a coffee or latte drinker (the secrets out!), but a milky hot chocolate with the full works (whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles) will do just fine. If I'm in Starbucks or Costa I tend to play around with the syrups and see which I like. Or when you pop into your local café and receive the hot chocolate (pictured below) to take the chill away.

whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, cafe

5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

I'm not really too sure. I guess its the time of year when the X Factor starts and you snuggle up on the sofa and watch it. I also love watching Children In Need, I try my best to stay up for it but I don't think I ever have.

6. What is your favourite Fall fashion trend?

I love to layer! I love a shirt with a vest top underneath. I also love ankle boots and chunky knit socks underneath paired with jeans (sadly not this year as I'm sticking to leggings with the bump) and my layered shirt and vest.

7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

This would probably have to be taking a walk in the park or up to my local shopping centre. Walking through the foliage of the newly bared trees and seeing all the pretty colours. 

8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather?

I love a strong vampy lip. My favourite for creating this look would have to be MAC Viva Glam III with MAC Current lip pencil.

MAC viva glam III, MAC Current lip pencil

Thank you for reading. Fancy having a go yourself? Here are the questions:

1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?
2. What is your favourite Fall scent?
3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?
4. What is your favourite Fall drink?
5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?
6. What is your favourite Fall fashion trend?
7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?
8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather? 

Add the link in the comments if you do decide to so I can see your favourite bits.

Tasha x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Itsatashathing: Zoella Apartment trip!

Hi everyone,

So I was lucky enough to win tickets for the Zoella apartment! I can honestly say I had a lovely day and everyone there was so nice.

So here's how the day went:

We had arrive for 11:30am which was our given time slot. We had a lovely welcome at the door and were given a lovely sticker to put on. We were sent through and had to wait outside the apartment door (which looked lovely decorated with the Zoella door mat and door sign).

trees, copper, doormat
The door to the apartment

We stood there for a matter of seconds when we were called in and given a brief overview of the apartment. Once there we had an hour to walk around the apartment at our leisure. We started off in the bedroom.

selfie, cushion, nap, bed, blanket, comfy
The bedroom (on looking the bed)

When we walking into the bedroom my first thought was how relaxing the atmosphere was. Everything just looked so cosy and the bed with all the cushions on just looked ready to be dived on and snuggled into.  In the bedroom was a range of different products. There were the cushions with the quote 'naps fix everything'. These looked amazing and I need one of these because the quote couldn't be more right. These are priced at £12, which for the cushion is a brilliant price.

There were also candles and reed diffusers that were displayed nicely. The candle were in lovely bell jars with a tag on saying 'open me'. I loved this touch I found it very Alice in wonderland-esque. The candles I believe will be £10 each, which I think is amazing and they smell so good. My favourite was Lazy Days. They come in the scents: Lazy Days, Daisy picking, My Eden, Seaside Stroll and Gingerbread Village (exclusive to Superdrug).

  bell jar, open me, pretty, flowers     
Daisy Picking candle
       feathers, pretty, bell jar, open me, soft
Lazy Days candle

As I am not a big fan of candles (as I am scared of fire), I was so glad when Zoe had announced she had reed diffusers in her range as well. I know when a lot of people bring out new ranges they just bring out a candle, so I did a little squeal of excitement when she announced the reed diffusers. I also believe these will be £12, which again is an amazing price! I honestly had a hard time picking a favourite scent but if I had to pick it would be Lazy Days and Homemade Treats. They come in the same scents as above (Gingerbread Village again exclusive to Superdrug) but with the addition of Homemade Treats.

scents, lazy days, my eden, homemade treats, gingerbread village, seaside stroll, daisy picking
Reed diffuser overview
close up
Close up #ZoellaApartment

You can also buy gift sets of the candles and reed diffusers. One gift set is the Lazy Days and sock gift set (if I liked candles I would snap this up quick), the socks are lovely and I could imagine wearing these on a lazy Sunday or under some boots in the winter. This has an RRP of £15. There is also a My Eden reed diffuser and candle gift set this has an RRP of £20. The last gift set for the candles and reed diffusers is the candle duo gift set containing Daisy Picking and Seaside Stroll with an RRP of £18.

The next room we entered was the bathroom.

The bathroom was lovely and even had a Zoella bathtub. I haven't included the pictures of the bath as I don't think my boyfriends sister would appreciate being plastered over my blog. However, in the bathroom there were a few different products including the 'hand on heart' hand sanitizer (RRP: £3.50), 'pretty polished' sugar scrub (RRP: £7), 'Scooper Dooper' foaming bath soak (RRP: £7) and 'wonderous whip' body cream (RRP: £8). There was a little label next to the products saying 'try me'. I had a smell and a go of the products and they all smell amazing. They don't smell to overpowering either which can be off putting when buying bath products but these have the right balance to them.

body scrub, bath soak, hand sanitizer, body cream, try me
All the products listed above

We then came out of the bathroom and into the living room and kitchen area.

In there was a wide array of products from the Christmas range. The question on my mind in these rooms was 'what don't I want in here?!' Everything was amazing and the layout was wonderful. Being in this room really put me in the mood for Christmas.

The first thing I came across was the table with the lip balm duo on (RRP: £6). One smells like gingerbread and the other of vanilla, one you use to soften your lips and the other adds sparkle to your lips. You could also test these out, the formulation of them was lovely! There's nothing more I can't stand and that's a really sticky lip balm, which is what these aren't.

heart, giingerbread, vanilla, sparkle
Zoella Beauty Lip balm duo

Next I had a picture taken at one of the selfie spots, the Zoella backdrop. Here's me and bump:

backdrop, pregnant, selfie, selfie spot
Myself and Bump up against the Zoella backdrop

There was so much to do in this room I even got a hand massage with the lovely gingerbread hand cream. We then went to decorate gingerbread men which got us feeling really Christmassy!

christmas, ginger, food
Left: my gingerbread man, Right: my boyfriends sisters
On the kitchen side was some pre-made gingerbread men with 'z' iced on them alongside the 'Gingerbread Fizz Trio' RRP: £8, which I think is amazing value considering you get 3 and can break them in half to get 2 uses out of one.

eat, food, z, try me, icing
'Z' for Zoella gingerbreads
bath, bath fizzer
'Gingerbread Fizz Trio'

Also in the kitchen were the jars of 'Spa in a jar' which I didn't manage to get a picture of but they looked amazing! These have an RRP of £10 and would be perfect as a gift, secret Santa or a stocking filler. In a little jar were lots of little notes rolled up with a ribbon around them as a message from Zoë. I haven't opened mine yet, I'm saving it for when I need a little pick me up.

After the Kitchen we went and had a seat on the sofa where I had my hand massage done with the lovely hand cream. We sat in front of this beautiful fireplace which had the amazing pamper hampers surrounding it (RRP: £50 exclusive to Superdrug). Also on the table in front of us the 'Gingerbread Village' candle was burning and can I say smelt amazing! Along with the 'Deck The Baubles' bubble bath RRP: £6 and the 'Hungry Hands' gingerbread hand cream RRP: £5.50.

pamper hamper, candle, pretty, christmassy
Beautiful Fireplace
Up on the wall were a set of shelves beautifully displaying some more of the Zoella Beauty Christmas Range.

Top shelf: 'Best chums' coin purse RRP: £14. Second shelf: 'Secret Santa' miniature collection including 'Blissful Mistful', 'Let Spritz!', 'Sweet inspirations' and 'Bake my Day' RRP: £16. Middle shelf: 'Gingerbread Fragrance Set' including 'Ginger cream' body cream and 'Bake My Day' perfume RRP: £12. Bottom shelf: Lip Balm Duo RRP: £8 and 'We 3 Beauties' cosmetic purses RRP: £18.

Shelves, bags, lip blams, perfume, body cream
All products listed above

In the corner of the room was a lovely Christmas tree decorated and surrounded by the Zoella Beauty products. On the and around the Christmas tree (just mentioning products I haven't already) were the 'Just Crackers' containing a miniature gift RRP: £12 and 'Lets Go Places' gift set RRP:£25.

crackers, presents
Beautiful Christmas Tree
On to the next room: the office.

The office looked lovely! Along the back wall was a unit displaying all of Zoë's other Zoella Lifestyle products. Again, I want everything.

From top to bottom:

Top (Left to Right): 'Write On Point' pencils set of 5 RRP: £5, 'She Designed A Life She Loved Organiser' everyday diary RRP: £10, 'Once Upon A Time' journal RRP: £14.

Second Shelf: 'Pottering Around' storage pots £10.

Bottom Shelf: 'Warm hands, Warm hearts' travel mug (quote 'Topped with cream and sprinkles' I definitely need this) and fingerless gloves set £14 and 'Lazy Days' candle and sock gift set £15.

mug, pencils, candle, socks, pots, notebook, diary, gloves
Zoella Lifestyle Office products

Up against the wall was a pin board where you could write a message and pin a photo for Zoe. On the pin board was her beautiful 'The Key To Inspiration' keyring RRP: £6.

photos, notes, keyring
Zoë's pin board

So our hour was up. It went super quick, I waned to stay in there for ages. In fact I wouldn't mind living there.

On exit we were given a signed tote bag with the quote 'She Designed A Life She Loved'. This is what Zoë's done for us designed a life to love.

pencils, tote, diary, sanitizer, perfume, cream, sugar scrub
My signed goody bag

 All in all it was a great day.

Zoella beauty available in Superdrug stores and on Feel Unique. Zoella Lifestyle will be available in Superdrug, Boots, Debenhams and Waterstones.

It's been a long one,

Tasha x

P.S Keep sending your questions in to myself and Dion here. Remember anything you ask is kept anonymous.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Itsatashathing: My bucket list

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you the things I really want to do and get out of my life, so I thought I would make a bucket list post. This could be anything from places I really want to go to, things I want to do or things I want to achieve. I can then write about them once I have (or if) I achieve them and share with you my experience. This way we can go on a little journey together. I will also update the list and make you aware each time something new comes up. I'm sure as I enter parenthood I will have a lot more goals and wishes in my life.

  1. Visit the Harry Potter studio tour around Christmas time. This is because I would really like to see the set dressed up for Christmas.
  2. Go to New York at Christmas. It just seems like a fairy-tale
  3. Continue my blog and just stick with it. I love writing my blog, I feel like it's a complete getaway for me.
  4. Have the perfect wedding. I see myself getting married in a lovely church or castle, surrounded by the people we love the most. having lovely pictures taken afterwards and then on to a lovely reception.
  5. Go on holiday to Florida. It's always been my dream to go to Disney world and have a magical time. Especially since Harry Potter world was made.
  6. Visit Ireland. I've always wanted to visit Ireland.
  7. To document as much as I can of our little girls life. Those early days are priceless and days you can never get back. I want to make the most of them and make something for us to remember them by and to show her when she's older.
  8. To reach 1000 followers! I honestly don't know what I would do if this happened, other then throw a massive giveaway.
  9. Start a YouTube account. I think I am a little to nervous to do this at the moment but I'm working on my nerves.
  10. Go swimming with dolphins. This is something I have always wanted to do and haven't been able to do so yet.
  11. Become a make-up artist. Again it has always been something I have wanted to do but never known how to achieve it.
  12. Do a charity run/walk. I don't mind for which charity as long as it goes to a good cause.
  13. Complete a reading list. I haven't actually completed a reading list but now I have started blogging I feel I should.
  14. Have a day trip in London sight seeing with baby when she is old enough. I was about 12 when I experienced London for the first time (in the respect of sight seeing) but I feel it would be even more exciting when you are younger.
  15. Prefect the art of cake making. Not to blow my own trumpet but I am not to bad at making cakes but I would like to make the extravagant ones.
  16. To be able to forget any past unhappiness and focus on the future. A lot of my anxiety is from past experiences, I don't really talk about this on my blog because I want to show the happy me. However, if it's something you would like to know about let me know. It's not that bad it's just things I find hard to let go of and they end up in the way of my adult life.
  17. Go on a Family Picnic. I love picnics and to do this as a family would e lovely. I have a few memories of them as a child so I want the same for my little girl.
  18. Have a race track experience. I would love to go in a Ferrari around Silverstone race track.
  19. Go to a blogging meet up. I would love to meet other bloggers.
  20. Own my own home. I would love to one day own my own house.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this. I dare say I will be adding to it over time as I think of more things I would like to do and get out of my life.

What's on your bucket list?

Tasha x

P.S don't forget to ask myself and Dion questions (they are anonymous but feel free to add your name if you want to be mentioned) here:

Friday, 2 September 2016

Itsatashathing and Thefinerthingsinlife: TMI tag!

Hi everyone,

This officially marks the first of my monthly collaborations with Dion from The Finer Things In Life! We decided to do the TMI tag. If you're wondering what this is all about see my last post here:

TMI Questions:

1: What are you wearing?
A plain baggy pink t-shirt from new look and jack wills leggings. Nothing impressive.
2: Ever been in love?
Yes, I am now with my lovely boyfriend and daddy-to-be.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
No, not really. Just cried, picked myself up and moved on to better things (like where I am now).
4: How tall are you?
5ft nothing.
5: How much do you weigh?
Before pregnancy about 8 stoneish. Now I'm the weight of a little human and fluid.
6: Any tattoos?
No but I have plans to get one when little girl makes her appearance.
7: Any piercings?
I have my ears pierced but that's it. I've always wanted to get my belly button pierced but never got round to it.
8: OTP?
Difficult. Err... Dramione.
9: Favorite show?
Eastenders, Gavin and Stacey, only fools and horses. I couldn't choose just one.
10: Favorite bands?
One direction, the fray, goo goo dolls
11: Something you miss?
Sometimes I miss where I used to live but that's mainly because my family are there.
12: Favorite song?
Iris by the goo goo dolls.
13: How old are you?
20, 21 in January.
14: Zodiac sign?
I'm a Capricorn.
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Just an all round gentleman. Not being biased but everything my boyfriend has. He opens the doors for me, protects me, cooks for me literally does everything for me.
16: Favorite Quote?
'It will all turn out alright in the end.' It always does.
17: Favorite actor?
Or actress. Alan Rickman (R.I.P), Johnny Depp, Emma Watson, Sandra Bullock and Emma Stone.
18: Favorite colour?
19: Loud music or soft?
Depends what mood I'm in. I like upbeat music but I also like to chill out with softer music.
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
Just to my bedroom and cuddle up in my covers.
21: How long does it take you to shower?
About half an hour I think.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Depends what I'm getting ready for. If it's work about 20/30 minutes. If I'm going out you're looking at about an hour.
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
No I haven't, never want to be either.
24: Turn on?
'I have chocolate.'
25: Turn off?
'I ate the chocolate.'
26: The reason I started blogging?
I started blogging as my own getaway. Little did I know it would be my favourite thing to do. I'm glad I have a supportive boyfriend who is proud of me no matter what.
27: Fears?
Lifts. I can't stand small spaces and the thought of getting stuck in one makes my plans go clammy just thinking about it.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
When my boyfriend left for work the other day. Don't know why just felt emotional.
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
This morning to my boyfriend.
30: Meaning behind your blog Name?
I didn't know what to call my blog but I'm Tasha and I'm doing my thing I suppose.
31: Last book you read?
Harry Potter and the goblet of fire. 
32: The book you’re currently reading?
Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix. (If you haven't gussed already I'm a Harry Potter fan.)
33: Last show you watched?
One born every minute, just to scare myself about labour you know.
34: Last person you talked to?
In person my boyfriend on the phone my mum.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
One of my friends, I used to work with her before moving.
36: Favorite food?
Curry, chocolate, roast dinners, Chinese, pasta, strawberries and I think that pretty somes up what I eat. Oh and chips and curry sauce from the chip shop because my eating habits are unbelievably healthy.
37: Place you want to visit?
New York at Christmas. Not to be to specific but I'd love when my little one get older to have a family Christmas their. Magical.
38: Last place you were?
As in my last holiday? Tenerife and I really enjoyed the R&R. In the UK? A little town in the south/south east where I used to live to visit my family.
39: Do you have a crush?
No I don't think I do. Everyone says you must have one but I honestly can't think of one. It used to be Niall from one direction.
40: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning when I made my boyfriend make me Coco pops for breakfast, as you do.
41: Last time you were insulted?
I can't remember to be honest. Probably something to do with a piece of clothing I liked but my boyfriend didn't.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Hands down strawberry.
43: What instruments do you play?
The triangle? Probably about the right level for me.
44: Favorite piece of jewelry?
Either my heart necklace my boyfriend got me or my ring I've had since I was 13. Both I never take off. Also a watch my grandma gave me just a little gold one, she has lovely jewelry.
45: Last sport you played?
Wii sports, does that count? Me and sport don't mix.
46: Last song you sang?
Dancing on my own the Callum Scott version.
47: Favorite chat up line?
'Fancy a Nandos?'
48: Have you ever used it?
No I haven't. Honestly, I think about food to much.
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Back when I went to visit my family a few weeks ago. I met up with some friends and cousins.
50: Who should answer these questions next?
Obviously Dion from the final things in life. And anyone's welcome to leave your link in the comments if you decide to.
Tasha X
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