Round Up.

Well hello there! It’s been a rather long time since I last posted anything on here and thought it was long overdue!

I’ve been very busy of late, mainly with work and gaining an active social life again!
In the past few months *we’ve managed to dine out (*we’ve includes J and my chums), my faves so far have been Five Guys & Rhubarb at Prestonfield House. A gift which was actually for my M&D, however they were both ill so me and J had to step in…
We’ve also enjoyed lunch at Clerk’s Bar and afternoon tea at Mimi’s.
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Now that I have my weekends free I am able to go out and enjoy myself, which in my previous job I hardly ever did! I’ve been on a few nights out with the work chums and I’ve been able to see more of my besties which has been wonderful! I’ve also been able to make more time for the family.
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I don’t have any exciting news to report as of yet, mainly because we’re only into the 2nd month of the year and so much is still to happen… Weddings upon weddings, stag do, hen do’s, decorating the house and hopefully managing a holiday (somewhere hot & sunny) with the Mr. But with all my money being spent on weddings I’m not sure if it will be feasible, we shall see!

I hoping not to neglect the blog as much as I have been and by typing up this short, yet boring post it might give me some inspo to continue.

I better get out of this bath now before I turn into a prune… (!).

I Don’t Vant To Be A Vampire.

That time of year is nearly upon us (Halloween) and yes it is time to start thinking about your costume and I have found the perfect one which is now out of stock on the Matalan website. First world problems at its best!

Just look at it! I could be a stylish Mummy sipping on blood themed cocktails, but no. Not unless they have my size in store or have my size restocked online, then I will have to resort the afore mentioned Vampire or a Zombie, my two ‘go to’ Halloween costumes.

halloween-mummy-dress-fancy-dress-costume2 It’s only £15!!!

Now, Zombies and Vampires are easy, wear an old/nice outfit and apply blood to said outfit or if you do not intend to ruin your best threads, apply blood over the face, neck and exposed body parts, always a winner… But not everyone wants to attend a party where the majority of guests have had the same idea as you (Yes, I know, the Mummy costume isn’t exactly thinking outside the box, but it is something different for me).

I have been scouring the internet to find a costume that is cheap (but not cheap looking), not a Zombie or Vampire and also something that doesn’t have the word ‘sexy’ in front of it. These are just some of the little beauties that I came across…

*The below costumes are going in the ‘No’ pile.

Examples –

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Sexy Scottish Girl

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Sexy ‘Jackie’ Sparrow

OR

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Sexy Orange M&M(!)

None of these appeal to me, sadly. Not even the ‘sexy’ Orange M&M… Which might come as a shocker.

Most of the Halloween costumes that are aimed at women are ‘sexy’, now if this floats your boat then go for it. I however, would rather be classy or all out bloody and gory and some of these costumes aren’t cheap, which astounds me considering there is very little fabric! I think £15 is the most that I would spend on any Halloween costume and I’m just hoping that Matalan will restock the Mummy costume soon.

Thankfully I have a few weeks to get my costume in order, whether I buy one or throw something together at the last minute I’m sure it will be good or at least it will be covered in blood and Halloween party appropriate.

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4 Weddings & No Funeral.

In 2015 we (Jaimie and myself) have 4 weddings to attend. 4! One of which is a reception, one I will be a bridesmaid and the other two will be ‘all day-ers’. Now, apart from the Susans wedding where I will be a bridesmaid, I have the dilemma of deciding what I shall wear to the other 3… I have been looking at one website in particular (Asos) and have found some stunning dresses, clutches and heels, all of which I would like to purchase. I thought, what better way to make sure everything suits, than to make a board on Polyvore (check out the website, if you’re into fashion, you’ll find this so much fun!). Here are a few of the outfits that I am loving and desperately want to purchase.

Wedding Outfit 1.

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Dress – £115

Heels – £29

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 2.

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Dress – £70

Heels – £48

Clutch -£40

Wedding Outfit 3.

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Dress – £100

Heels – £53

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 4.

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Dress – £59

Heels – £53

Bag – £24

Now, I already have wardrobes full of dresses and mountains of shoes and bags, but I don’t really own anything that is wedding appropriate (though I am sure Jaimie would beg to differ!). All of the these outfits are over £100, but by the time I start look to buy my outfits then they should HOPEFULLY be in the sale… (wishful thinking!), because as most people know, weddings are not cheap and for me to spend that amount on an outfit would be crazy…

How Things Have Changed.

A little personal post. To be honest, this is for no one but myself, just a little reminder to let me know that even though some days are tough, I am by far better off where I am than where I was and things can only get better!

This time last year I resigned from old job and was in limbo, I still had a months contract but wasn’t going into work, so everyday was spent cleaning the house and preparing dinner (a housewife’s dream!). To be honest, leaving was the best decision that I had ever made. For nearly a year I had been forcing myself to stay there, hoping it would get better… Then I ended up in hospital due to stress and was off work for about a week. I wasn’t enjoying myself and you could cut the tension with a knife in the office!

I spent the entire month applying for jobs (mainly office based) and would hear nothing, so I started applying to retailers and ended up at a certain store. I wasn’t that bothered about where I worked as all I was thinking about was being able to pay for the mortgage and bills. I’ve been there a year in October and even though I’m not keen on the 10 hour shifts, late nights, working weekends and the dip in pay, I am a lot happier there. The people are nice, as are 98% of the customers(!), there is no stress, no hassle, no pressure and no backstabbing.
I am still looking and applying for other jobs in the hope that I can get back into the admin/customer service career and also the possibility of going back to college next year. I am thankful that I am lucky enough to have a job, especially in this day and age.
The support that I have received from my family and friends has been fantastic and couldn’t ask to have better people in my life.

Wedding Recption Fun Times.

Last Saturday we attended Jaimie’s friend Calum and his wife Fran’s wedding reception at The Balmoral, it was great fun and the bride and groom looked fantastic. It was nice for us to be able to dress up, have a night out and let our hair down as we don’t tend to do that very often as we’re old and now have a mortgage and a kitten (it wasn’t a late night however as I was working the next day).
Here is a few pictures of the evening, featuring the bride & groom, myself, Jaimie and his bbf Ally (and not forgetting the outfits!).

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Jaimie is wearing trousers and tie from George at ASDA, shirt from TKMaxx, shoes from Clarks and the navy velvet jacket was my grandads.

I’m wearing a dress from George at ASDA, shoes from ebay and the coat is from M&S.

To Do List.

I turned 27 last Sunday and I decided it was time to make a few changes. Since we moved into the house I have become complacent, I stopped going to the gym, I started eating a lot of sweets, my only exercise has been from cleaning the house and walking up and down the stairs! I also haven’t been working for about a month and have been sitting in the house eating biscuits and watching the TLC channel (when I’m not cleaning). I am quite the lazy bitch.

I was going to write a ‘To Do List’ and I thought it might be better to type one up and pop it on the internet, that way I can’t loose it(!). So, here we go –

1. New job

2. Eat better

3. Long walks 4 times a week

4. Gym sessions 3 times a week

5. Make more time for friends & family

6. Learn to drive

There are only 6 things on my list with the main one being me getting a new job (top priority!) and the others are regarding my general health and well-being, the good thing is is that these are all achievable.

Bonfire Night.

Last night me and my buds held our annual bonfire night, which is held down Portobello beach. The beach is normally teaming with big groups of people and an abundance of bonfires, but this year was different, this year was quiet. I think that most people were off having Halloween parties rather than setting off fireworks.

It was the perfect night for it, crisp and clear making it great for both the bonfire and the fireworks. We also had sparklers, you have to have sparklers, it’s not the same without them(!). We started off by building the fire and then the guys set off the fireworks, we have quite a few which kept us on the beach for about 6 hours! Thankfully there were fold out chairs and rugs to sit on and peopled made/brought food with them, we even had hot veggie soup with garlic bread, which was much needed! Not forgetting the GIANT marshmallows!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable night with my nearest and dearest and can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Round Up.

Herrow chaps and chapettes!

Not much has been happening since I last checked in with you, still working away and spending money on clothes and shoes.

I turned the ripe old age of 26, as you get older you realise how much birthdays are not a bit deal. BUT I did however have an awesome birthday night with my best buds! The theme was Man v Food, everybody was invited to make big/lots of food and bring drinks. I went for the giant cheeseburger and with Jaimie’s help it was AMAZING.
It was a very drunken night (even though I was horrifically ill, I had viral infection), it wss filled with party games, face paints and people popped on all the trinkets inside their party bags. I loved it and I love my friends.

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I also happened to go on a long weekend away to the beautiful city of Budapest. I went with 4 of my buddies and we spent 4 days and 3 nights exploring, taking in the sights and sounds with a pub crawl thrown in for good measure. Budapest is stunning and the weather was quite good, surprisingly warm in October! There is so much history and it was great to learn about it.
I will definitely be going back and this time taking Jaimie as he is DESPERATE to go.

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Other things in Kathryn news is that I have a new phone which I love, hiya Galaxy SIII! Burst my lip and hurt my teeth on a drunken night out. Went to the RBS Museum Lates with Lisa and her work friends, again another drunken night out. Took mum to Chamber Street Museum to see the Catherine The Great exhibition, which is a must (it has since finished). Dinner and a meeting with Jaimie’s family for his dad’s 60. Spent more money on clothes and shoes. Treated mum, dad and Jaimie to lunch. Gotten over a viral infection AND cut my fringe in… again.

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