August 03, 2016

desktop calendar wallpaper/screen saver: august 2016

Whilst searching for calendar screen savers a couple of nights ago, I couldn't find any that suited my style so being the graphics nerd that I am, I decided to create my own. I set out to design it with a minimal look whilst at the same time being bold and eye-catching. I have no idea if any of you will like it as much as I do, but just in case, I thought I should share it so that you can use it too.

To download the wallpaper, all you have to do is click here and save it directly to your desktop in a new folder. It's important to save it into a new folder of its own as this is the easier way to be able to use it as a screen saver later on. I'm not too sure what it will turn out like on other screen sizes or computer platforms, but as I created it as a huge image it should work out just fine. Plus it's retina ready too.

Wallpaper: system preferences > desktop & screensaver > desktop > + symbol > select image

Screen saver: system preferences > desktop & screensaver > screen saver > select classic style > source > select folder > click choose

I've also made an iPhone version which you can download by clicking here. Just made sure you pinch your fingers on the screen to zoom out when setting it as your wallpaper/lock screen.

Do let me know if you'd like me to continue doing the rest of the months of the year, and I'd really love to see photos if any of you use this design.

August 02, 2016

what I got for my 22nd birthday

I don't tend to do these kind of posts, but as I received some truly wonderful gifts this year I thought I should share most of them with you. The most special of which was a Mulberry purse, which goes perfectly with the black Bayswater Satchel that I got for my 21st last year (which I paid half towards myself). Madly enough I haven't had a proper purse for years, and have instead been using a suede pouch to put my cash and debit card in for whenever I use them, so I was long overdue an upgrade. 

Talking of firsts, I also put a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick on my whishlist as I've been desperate to try out the brand for months. The shade Bond Girl is undoubtedly the prettiest I now own, and compliments my green eyes and olive skin tone beautifully.  

My lovely mum had some incredible ideas of her own though, and surprised me with an oil diffuser and some loose leaf teas to try out. I've used my oil diffuser every day and night since owning it, choosing a different oil each time depending on my mood. I also got treated to my favourite chocolate truffles of all time from Booja Booja. 

July 06, 2016

milo's favourites: food

When it comes to spending on Milo, I'm one for splurging more on toys rather than the food that he eats. It may sounds silly, but I just never thought about the nutritional value of what's found on the supermarket shelf versus the higher end and better quality brands. Soon after the lovely people over at Beco and Lily's Kitchen sent over some tasty food for him to give a try, I had an in-depth read of the packaging and have since been converted to the good stuff. Not only do I care about my little pal's general health and wellbeing enough to want to fork out a little extra for the grub he scoffs, but I've never seen him wolf down a meal quicker than when he was given the fancy stuff. 

As he's such a tiny little fella, he will only need one 2kg bag per month (along with half a can of wet food per day), which at £14.99 is super value. His brother Billy is bigger in size and greedier in nature so will also be treated to a bag per month but with a full can of dog food throughout the day. Whilst this works out at double the price for their dry food than the brand they're used to, it also works out at many times more for quality, and that's the key. As someone who cares a lot for animals, I'm so impressed that animal welfare is taken into consideration for the food and is another big reason for me making the switch. I can only bang on about dog food for so long, but honestly, it really is so refreshing to see a brand actually putting a real and true effort into both the nutritional and ethical aspects of the food we feed our dogs. 

If you fancy reading more about the benefits of Beco dog food and to order a free 100g sample pack for your pup, head to their website here

Milo is also a big fan of Lily's Kitchen canned food for his evening meals, and their Breakfast Crunch as his pup version of cereal. If I'm staying over in a dog friendly hotel or out for a pub lunch, I take along his harris tweed dog carrier and a few Lily's Kitchen treats and snacks to keep him occupied.