It is definitely winter, I can tell you that for sure. Earlier in the month we had our first snow fall of the season, like most years my sister ran into my room to say it had snowed (10 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off). I just love how pretty everything looks with a dusting of snow. The chilly and long days have resulted in a lot of coffee consumption. I have been cheating on Starbucks a little with Costa, in every building in my uni there is either a Costa express machine or a counter. Cinnamon lattes have been my favourite. While focusing on assignments I find it useful to put in some headphones and listen to music and an old favourite came on one day, reminds me of my angsty teenage years. The other day my sister and I put up the Christmas tree, it was nice to take part in some festive activity.

A lot of my time has been spent either at work, writing essays (I'm starting my dissertation at the moment) and of course sleeping. So if my blogging activity is a little slow, please bare with me. I actually miss having time to read through loads of blogs and having lots of time to write posts but life is just happening I guess. I hope you are enjoying Decemeber and getting ready to unwind after the quickest year ever!

xo Natasha

Life Lately: December

17.12.12


It is definitely winter, I can tell you that for sure. Earlier in the month we had our first snow fall of the season, like most years my sister ran into my room to say it had snowed (10 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off). I just love how pretty everything looks with a dusting of snow. The chilly and long days have resulted in a lot of coffee consumption. I have been cheating on Starbucks a little with Costa, in every building in my uni there is either a Costa express machine or a counter. Cinnamon lattes have been my favourite. While focusing on assignments I find it useful to put in some headphones and listen to music and an old favourite came on one day, reminds me of my angsty teenage years. The other day my sister and I put up the Christmas tree, it was nice to take part in some festive activity.

A lot of my time has been spent either at work, writing essays (I'm starting my dissertation at the moment) and of course sleeping. So if my blogging activity is a little slow, please bare with me. I actually miss having time to read through loads of blogs and having lots of time to write posts but life is just happening I guess. I hope you are enjoying Decemeber and getting ready to unwind after the quickest year ever!

xo Natasha
but I never love England more than when covered in snow. My favourite thing about Winter is the snow and the frosty crisp mornings. I will admit it has been bloody freezing recently, it is constantly either 0 or below degrees celsius but the beautiful surroundings make up for it. This morning I braved the cold when it was minus 5 to take a few quick shots of my back garden, I have seen frost before but I don't think I have ever seen it look quite like this at 10 am. It looks a little magical.




What is your favourite thing about Winter?
xo Natasha

Winter was on us, at the end of my nose..

13.12.12

but I never love England more than when covered in snow. My favourite thing about Winter is the snow and the frosty crisp mornings. I will admit it has been bloody freezing recently, it is constantly either 0 or below degrees celsius but the beautiful surroundings make up for it. This morning I braved the cold when it was minus 5 to take a few quick shots of my back garden, I have seen frost before but I don't think I have ever seen it look quite like this at 10 am. It looks a little magical.




What is your favourite thing about Winter?
xo Natasha
Last night I went to see Florence + The Machine at the O2 with sister, an early Christmas present for her and myself I suppose. We are both completely different people, our Mum often uses the saying 'as different as chalk and cheese' and this goes for everything including music with the exception of F+TM. They have been able to bring us together and enjoy the night.  It is the first time I have ever been to a concert in the O2 and I actually liked it in there, most gigs I have gone to our either quite small and intimate or outside festival style.


The opening act was a band called Haim, I would say they are a mix of indie/nu-folk/90's r&b. Basically there is no one genre but they're quite good, the first two songs they played I was indifferent but then the next song opened my ears and I began to listen. Their sound is really fresh and new, it was also a nice surprise that I have actually heard one of their songs before, I think one day they will become very successful.

Then what everyone was waiting for came onto the stage and a spark was lit in the air. The set was a mixture of the first and second album and like a lot of acts when I hear them live it was so much better but that was not what made the show magical. Florence Welch has such an incredible energy, the power she has to make everyone feel happier and want to dance around. Watching live shows it always looks like everyone is having the best time and I can see why, even though I was very tired last night she kept me alive. The way her fiery red hair moved when she spun around, jumped and banged on the drums just screams out her personality.



I knew she was a great performer but in reality it was just so much better, even sitting so far away she engages with everyone, getting all of us to stand up and enjoy. The 3 song encore was probably the highlight, ending with Dog Days Are Over. I strongly urge you to see F+TM live if you get the chance, even if you don't like the music (you must be a tad strange not to) just the performance alone I think is worth it, I felt tingly at one point. Are there any bands you've seen live that have given you tingles?

xo Natasha

Only If For a Night.. with Florence + The Machine

6.12.12

Last night I went to see Florence + The Machine at the O2 with sister, an early Christmas present for her and myself I suppose. We are both completely different people, our Mum often uses the saying 'as different as chalk and cheese' and this goes for everything including music with the exception of F+TM. They have been able to bring us together and enjoy the night.  It is the first time I have ever been to a concert in the O2 and I actually liked it in there, most gigs I have gone to our either quite small and intimate or outside festival style.


The opening act was a band called Haim, I would say they are a mix of indie/nu-folk/90's r&b. Basically there is no one genre but they're quite good, the first two songs they played I was indifferent but then the next song opened my ears and I began to listen. Their sound is really fresh and new, it was also a nice surprise that I have actually heard one of their songs before, I think one day they will become very successful.

Then what everyone was waiting for came onto the stage and a spark was lit in the air. The set was a mixture of the first and second album and like a lot of acts when I hear them live it was so much better but that was not what made the show magical. Florence Welch has such an incredible energy, the power she has to make everyone feel happier and want to dance around. Watching live shows it always looks like everyone is having the best time and I can see why, even though I was very tired last night she kept me alive. The way her fiery red hair moved when she spun around, jumped and banged on the drums just screams out her personality.



I knew she was a great performer but in reality it was just so much better, even sitting so far away she engages with everyone, getting all of us to stand up and enjoy. The 3 song encore was probably the highlight, ending with Dog Days Are Over. I strongly urge you to see F+TM live if you get the chance, even if you don't like the music (you must be a tad strange not to) just the performance alone I think is worth it, I felt tingly at one point. Are there any bands you've seen live that have given you tingles?

xo Natasha

It has been a while since I have finished a book that I have actually wanted to read. Since uni started almost 2 months ago now the only reading I have done is for classes and essays but this week I decided to do some reading for myself.

I had already read half of On The Road when I came back to it and I managed to get right back into the story and I just wanted to finish it because I had to know what was going to happen. Every book I read it is a unique experience, with this one it reminded me a lot of when I read The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men. It slowly engaged me and I grew to love the character after turning each page, just like how you do with people. You begin to think more about the characters and what events took place in their past to shape them into who they are, I guess classic American authors have that in common with their work. What I love is how this is autobiographical, it just makes it feel more real to me.




As the title suggests, it takes place all over America in different cities and states over the course of a few years following Sal's journey and the people he meets along the way. Like his new friend Dean who he follows willingly they are wandering the land trying to find where they belong. At least that is my interpretation of it. Deep down I think we are all looking for that place where we feel like we can be most like ourselves and we act the way we do because we don't know if there is going to be a tomorrow. Everything is unknown except that we will grow old and we might as well explore while we have the chance.

I like this book, it's a classic. These are just my thoughts, sometimes when I read something that provokes feelings and thoughts I just have to write it down to make the madness that goes on in my head make sense. Amazingly, this book has given me inspiration and ideas about a piece of work I have to do for uni, double bonus. Maybe one day I can do a Kerouac, write about a piece of my life or write a novel. Some day. That is the dream. If anything I have written about this book sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend it. In fact even if it doesn't interest you, read it. Classics are here to be read.

xo Natasha 

Book Review: On The Road by Jack Kerouac

2.12.12

It has been a while since I have finished a book that I have actually wanted to read. Since uni started almost 2 months ago now the only reading I have done is for classes and essays but this week I decided to do some reading for myself.

I had already read half of On The Road when I came back to it and I managed to get right back into the story and I just wanted to finish it because I had to know what was going to happen. Every book I read it is a unique experience, with this one it reminded me a lot of when I read The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men. It slowly engaged me and I grew to love the character after turning each page, just like how you do with people. You begin to think more about the characters and what events took place in their past to shape them into who they are, I guess classic American authors have that in common with their work. What I love is how this is autobiographical, it just makes it feel more real to me.




As the title suggests, it takes place all over America in different cities and states over the course of a few years following Sal's journey and the people he meets along the way. Like his new friend Dean who he follows willingly they are wandering the land trying to find where they belong. At least that is my interpretation of it. Deep down I think we are all looking for that place where we feel like we can be most like ourselves and we act the way we do because we don't know if there is going to be a tomorrow. Everything is unknown except that we will grow old and we might as well explore while we have the chance.

I like this book, it's a classic. These are just my thoughts, sometimes when I read something that provokes feelings and thoughts I just have to write it down to make the madness that goes on in my head make sense. Amazingly, this book has given me inspiration and ideas about a piece of work I have to do for uni, double bonus. Maybe one day I can do a Kerouac, write about a piece of my life or write a novel. Some day. That is the dream. If anything I have written about this book sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend it. In fact even if it doesn't interest you, read it. Classics are here to be read.

xo Natasha 

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