Wednesday, 28 October 2015

My Favourite Movies

So I'm not a huge major buff and yes I find it extremely annoying when I say this to someone and they're like.

'OMG but you're an actor!'

Yes I'm an actor but I'm much more committed to creating my own films and getting my career off the ground. Do you think I'd expect English teachers to have heard of every single book on the planet? Do I throw my hands up in the air in disgust, when a Historian doesn't know what I ate for tea last week! No!

I was discussing this with my housemate the other night (he's a film buff) and I mentioned that watching Netflix series and seasons are the best alternatives for me because they can be watched in chunks of 20-40 minutes. I don't really have the time to watch movies that are one and a half to over two hours long. HOWEVER, here's a list of my all time favourite movies just to show you guys that I have watched some!

1. The Green Mile

Such an emotional film, Sean introduced it to me and I was shocked at myself to have never come across it before. A highly recommended movie which will have you in tears.

2. The Notebook/The Best Of Me

I've put these two together because they pretty much have the same storyline. Two people, grown up together, pulled apart by life and spend the majority of their adult lives, finding their way back to each other. One to watch with you're partner and if you don't have a partner? A good friend will do!

3. The Strangers

This will always hold a place in my memories. I watched this more or less when it first came out and I'm pretty sure I went to see it at the cinema. Jesus christ this was terrifying. It's not the scariest of movies but it's the scariest when you think it's perfectly feasible for it to happen in real life. Stick two people together in a derelict bungalow and watch how easily they could become isolated, cut off from civilisation and killed by complete strangers by chance. WAHHH!

4. Anastasia/Mulan

These animated movies were the staple of my childhood. I grew up watching these and loving them for who they were. Looking back on them now, they're not you're average princesses'. They are tom boys in personality and they're central purpose is to belong and be surrounded by family. Pretty much like me!

5. Harry Potter and the [insert the many titles here]

I couldn't do a film list and not put this in. Harry Potter was probably one of the first books I ever read voluntarily instead of having to do so at school. The way J.K Rowling could pull you away from you're every day boring life and fill it with magic and adventure was a talent.

6. Grease

A classic film that I would often play on repeat when I was younger. I had a major crush on Kenicky and my female idol was Rizzo. #relationshipgoals

7. Dirty Dancing

I'm such a sucker for the older movies that were around when I wasn't! They don't make them like this anymore.

8. Con Air

This is a film I could watch over and over again. Such a tense film and who can not watch a film with Nicholas Cage in. What a guy with so many gifs on the Internet.

9. The Mummy (The Mummy Returns, Return of the Mummy?)

Such a classic film again, one that I've watched multiple times. It's one of these typical action, adventure films that takes very little concentration. I think most people have probably watched it.

10. Back to the Future

We've recently had the date, Marty McFly and Doc were supposed to visit in Back to the Future ll so it was only fitting I included it at the end of this list. When you actually look back on it, they predicted a hell of a lot, especially minions.

Natalie-Ann x

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Future Dog

It's inevitable that I will one day become a dog owner. I've always loved dogs and pets in general. The connection you have with you're pet over time, becomes very much a member of you're family. As much as I'm fearful of Maisie, our devil-I mean Yorkshire Terrier, I would still miss her when she passes away. (She's got years left in her anyway so myself, family members and friends can look forward to more years of peeing on you're leg and biting body parts, e.g. toes and fingers).

From the experience of already owning a Yorkshire Terrier, I will NOT be getting a tiny dog. No no no no no no no no no no no.

Instead I've got a few breeds that I find incredibly adorable and heart-breaking that I have to share with you. So here's a few dogs I'd love to share my life with.

Cocker Spaniel

Golden Retriever



Bernese Mountain 

Jack Russell 


Chow Chow

Jesus, now I'm going to spend all evening looking at pets for sale on the Interweb and telling myself, I'm too young and busy to take responsibility for a pet. One day my friends, one day...

Natalie-Ann x

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Life In An Office!

Although my career in drama is going to be a long and painful journey to success, I would hate to be anywhere else. One of the things I've always despised the idea of is working in an office. Sure, I've done a lot of work in offices on a temporary basis whenever I've needed the extra cash but to do it Monday to Friday, 9-6?! Pull the other one.

I have a very creative mind. Whether it be through my drama or in everyday life, the idea of being cooped up at a desk for several hours of the day, having to likely eat at you're desk, seeing the same people every day, taking the same route every day. I think it would drive me insane!

As much as I curse myself for getting into acting, I've never once genuinely thought, ok maybe I should try out another career path. Perseverance and a powerful drive is the key to success. It isn't handed to you on a plate, there are thousands upon thousands of people just like you, who might actually be better. Yes, it's who you know and being in the right place at the right time, but to be able to know who you know and being in that right place is having the perseverance to keep going when you've had several rejections within a month. It's having the drive, to work those extra hours to apply for castings, to refresh you're headshots, to admit to yourself, ok this isn't working, let me try something else.

I admit that I'm very stubborn, I always want to do things for myself. I'm very independent and I'm proud to be so. However, I have inherited both an optimistic and pessimistic side from my parents. I'm optimistic that one day, something will come around the corner when I least expect it. But I am also pessimistic to know that I've already been in London for a year now and nothing substantial has happened. It's time I started thinking about perhaps doing a Masters at a Drama School and then maybe taking a few courses specifically in acting for screen, which is where I want my career to go. It's probably going to cost a lot (if I were to get in of course), but I feel the outcome provides me with the knowledge that I've exhausted every possibility of succeeding in my career.

And on a more annoying note, if the woman opposite me on this train, tries to kick me in the leg once more whilst, she's sleeping. I'm going to find the loudest alarm sound possible and give her a rude awakening.



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Saturday, 24 October 2015

London Cocktail Week - Edinburgh Gin!

So did I happen to mention that I love Bloggers Required. It's such a great website to use for getting the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things. Well, this is exactly what I did the other week with my friend Hannah! So over a week ago, London was graced with the best week in the world, London Cocktail Week. A week for the entirety of London to show off their cocktail skills and most places got on board.
However, I was invited along to a little place in Dalston Junction called Mussel Men. If only this place were closer to my flat, I'd be there every Friday evening! Myself and Hannah got to try out their signature dish of mussels before the demonstration. They were absolutely delicious, full of flavour and great value for money at £12 in total, which we split of course.

With our stomachs lined (or so we thought), we headed on into the outdoor 'beer garden' type space to take our seats and enjoy an afternoon of drinking cocktails and being taught the rich history of Edinburgh Gin. Did you know that around 70% of gin produced in the entire world is mainly made in Scotland. Hats off to you Scotland!

We were given our first tipple of the afternoon. The simple G&T.

Now when I first got the e-mail about being invited to the event, I immediately knew Hannah would love to join me as she's a major fan of gin. I'm ok with gin, I wouldn't say it was my favourite but I'll definitely drink it if it's free! The G&T we had above was fresh as can be. This contained EG's Seaside Gin, a limited edition Gin that I believe was brought out specifically for the summer. You can tell it's good quality alcohol when you don't have that bitter, horrible after taste that most cheap gins tend to have. This however, paired with the tonic and lemon peel went down a treat and certainly wet our appetites for more of this beautiful gin.

FIRST UP. Queen of Hearts

Small in size but definitely packed a mean punch. A zesty flavour that had a smokey after taste (which is the Lapsang Souchong Tea gin). Bright in colour and topped off with a orange slice makes this the perfect pool side cocktail.  The Edinburgh Gin presentation was led by two guys, who both had the same name, Ewan. The main speaker, Ewan (ha, confusing) who you see in the picture has a wealth of knowledge and used each cocktail as an opportunity to provide his audience with story-telling and writings about alcohol by some of the world's most iconic and influential writers.

ROUND TWO.  The Basil Gatsby

Influenced by the famous novel and recent film adaption, The Great Gatsby, the next cocktail sure had us in the mood for dancing. Almost health like (think green juices/smoothies) in colour, this cocktail is similar to that of a gin sour. Served in a long flute and topped off with a basil leaf and orange peel, this provided both myself and Hannah with a zingy kick to the tastebuds. The gin has a great taste and one that you would never hate (unless you drank too much of it!). As Ewan quoted from a writer who escapes my mind 'Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life'

ROUND THREE. Vesper Martinis

Not my favourite I must say. I've never been a fan of martinis anyway, I'd never make it as the next Bond girl...

This was before I tasted it. Jeez Louise.
The flavour was definitely very strong and reminded me too much of the awful night where I drank too many vodka shots one New Years Eve. But that's for another blog!

Our martinis were accompanied by none other than some delicious looking oysters. Note to you guys, I've never had oysters so I was very much eager to try them, much to Hannah trying to put me off them. I told her I'd try anything once, when it comes to food of course!

So after four cocktails and a belly full of fish, we plodded onto Westfields for an afternoon of shopping and eating at Wahaca, my new favourite place to eat. Thank you Edinburgh Gin for giving us a rich history of both you're company and that of the many stories you told us. A massive thank you also to Kate from LiquortoLips who invited me a long for an unforgettable afternoon. Here's to the next one!

Natalie-Ann x


Friday, 23 October 2015

Five Ways To Save Money

Money Money Money, ain't it sunny? In a rich girl's world!

Money has so many qualities, it can be used for bad, for good, to create careers and destroy careers. It can change a person into someone there not or show their true colours. Either way, we all need it for pretty much everything. Few things are now free in life right?

Here's my top five ways of saving money. Whether you're saving for that latest gadget or for a holiday far far FAR away from the UK, here's some tips on helping you get one step closer.

1. Set yourself a target of saving a specific amount each week.

Depending on what you're income is like, whether it be weekly or monthly, set aside a small amount every week. It doesn't have to be a lot, anything from £5-£20 is enough. If you have another bank account, make it solely for savings and put that money in! Alternatively if you're like me and you'd spend it if you saw it accumulating in you're bank account, draw the money out and pop it in a jar or piggy bank!

2. If you're faced with spending you're money on something, ask yourself whether you REALLY need it.

I am so money conscious it can sometimes be a very negative thing but it helps me sometimes stop spending money on things that I don't actually need. Before spending you're hard-earned money, why not first decide whether you actually need it and secondly, try Amazon to see if it's cheaper! The amount of products I've found on Amazon that are mere pounds or more, less than in stores is incredible.

3. Sell items that you haven't used in over a year.

Ever stumbled upon an item of clothing or an old phone and it's been sitting in the wardrobe or door for over a year. If you're not using it then sell it on Ebay. There are so many websites that are happy to take you're old phones and any electrical gadgets, gold, Cds and Dvds that you'd be crazy not to search these out and get some extra dollar! Alternatively, car boot sales are still a thing. I remember when I was younger, doing the odd car boot sale with my Dad on a cold Sunday morning! Never again...jokes...

4.  Do you're research when joining a bank.

If you're fresh out of high school, but then again even by that point you could have a bank account. Try and find the right bank and the right type of bank account that will benefit you in the long term. Being with NatWest for instance gives me free taste cards that offer me either 2 for 1 or 50% off my food bill in certain restaurants. NatWest also provides me with a 16-25 railcard which gives me a 1/3 travel! Find out what banks can offer you if you're either opening up an account for the first time or planning on switching banks.

5. Use the money saving expert website.

The website offers great hints and tips regardless of what you're enquiring about, it's perfect for finding ways to legally cheat the system and save money! Visit it now at

Hope these tips will help you save some money! I hope it certainly helps me.

Natalie-Ann x

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

MrsRodial Skincare

Maria Hatzistefanis is the founder of Rodial Skincare, a luxury skincare range that has been running since 1999. It's products range from skincare, make-up, fitness and make-up accessories. When the company started, they didn't have the use of social media so I'm sure it was a hard slog to get to where they are today.  Watching on her YouTube Channel about how she started her business, she talks about how she travelled and researched for a year to understand where the niche was in the market. Clever lady! The likes of Jourdan Dunn and Ellie Goulding use these products and the company has featured in Vogue and Cosmopolitan to name but a few.

The creator and founder of Rodial has recently created a YouTube channel to demonstrate the beautiful products that they have on offer. It's also a way to raise the profile of the company to a younger audience, particularly fashion and make-up bloggers who have an influential volume of younger readers.

Upon watching a few of these videos, I learnt instantly some key tips of the techniques A-List make-up artists use in order to create works of art on the face. Contouring is one of my favourite techniques to do but is something I'm pretty new to, so I love to watch tutorials on where the contouring is best used. Rodial's tutorial is informative, top quality and most of all, it looks natural. I find that with quite a few contouring how to's on the web, some look too apparent and false. The videos Rodial uploads are short and brief, containing all the important information without all the blah blah blah. It gets straight to the point and that's how most people like it!

In the run up to Christmas, you may be looking for those typical Christmas sets that are a great stocking filler and what most make-up obsessed women would love to have! Check out just a few below ranging from £12-£40.

If you like the look of any of these, be sure to check out they're website and definitely have a look at their YouTube Channel for helpful tips and tutorials to change up you're make-up style, whether it be day to day or something for a bit of evening glam.

Natalie-Ann x

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

MADE - The Design & Craft Fair (22-25th October 2015)

So I've been given another opportunity to experience something new! I'm attending The Design &  Craft Fair event taking place in London on the 22nd October 2015 (tomorrow for those who are reading this blog post on the 21st October 2015) Ha.

An event that is fast becoming a place for some of the top contemporary designers and makers in Europe to show off their creations. It's a top-selling event that is sure to attract people from all over the place over the few days that the show is on. I've been invited along to have a good old explore and to feedback on what I've seen. Hopefully, you my readers may have a little extra time to go and see this event and perhaps to gain some inspiration on ideas for you're home, you're surroundings and yourself!

I'll be writing up a blog post the day after the event with hopefully full of images and details on the event itself. But for now, check out their website and if it's something you'd be interested in, go grab yourself a ticket!

Natalie-Ann x



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