Meet Alfie

How do I even begin to introduce Alfie…

Alfie is the most beautiful dog in the entire word (I am slightly bias). He’s eight years old but still behaves in the same way as the day we got him. His full name is Alfie, however my sister and I have created many nicknames for him through the years such as Prince, Baby Alfred and Alfresco etc etc. He’s a lovely dark brown cocker spaniel with big hazelnut eyes (somehow they changed colour from green when he was a puppy). When he was younger he developed this huge mohican which was very blonde compared to the rest of his fur. But alas as he grew up the mohican vanished.

Alfie has the biggest personality of any animal I have ever met. If he’s happy, you will know about it. If he’s grumpy, you will know about it. If he wants to chase the birds, you will know about about and so on. He has a unique way of vocalising what he wants. Alfie doesn’t bark, instead he moans and groans via a grumbling noise or if he is happy he will purr like a cat.

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Alfie loves going on walks, he is a very needy dog but his walks are the one time where he struts about feeling like a strong independent man. Although if he meets another dog then he lies down in the grass pretending to be invisible then, once the dog has passed he gets up, holds his head high and continues on like nothing has happened.

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My favourite time to spend with Alfie is the evenings because after he has scoffed down his dinner he (sometimes) becomes calmer and will be fully available for cuddles. Sometimes he even falls asleep with his mouth slightly open and his tongue poking out his mouth and starts snoring.

Alfie just loves cuddles and is such a big softy. He would happily spend all day being carried about and sitting on your knee.

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People may think I am crazy to dedicate an entire blog post about my dog and how much I love him but if you have a pet I feel like you will know where I’m coming from. Pets are adopted family, and you love them as family. And my family spoil him rotten.

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The First Engagement

After what was a fairly dull, normal week, something very exciting happened …. one of my best friends got engaged!!

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This is the first person my age that I know who has got engaged and obviously I am so so excited. We met up for a lovely lunch at the weekend to celebrate (and to see the ring which is beautiful btw)!!

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We started at Brown’s on George Street for lunch and prosecco where we gave gifts then moved on to The Printing Press, also on George Street, for yet more prosecco.

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It was a lovely day (and has made me even more excited from the wedding, if that’s even possible) and it was great to see the girls. Even though we live in the same city, we don’t see each other that often because everyone is busy and has their own lives so its sometimes it is difficult to arrange meet ups. But, thank God for Whatsapp so we can still chat even when we arn’t together.

*I also just want to give a shout out to Lorraine Graham Flowers in Newington, Edinburgh because they made up such a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Hanah! I had no idea what I wanted so gave them free range to design something and they were lovely.*

A Wall of Art

I love art. I love paintings, prints and drawings. My flat has a big inside balcony which I have been wanting to decorate with loads of art for ages and ages. Over the past few months I have been collecting various pieces of art and have put them in for framing. Yesterday was the day when finally, the art work was put on the wall.

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Disclosure: it was much more difficult to put up than I thought it would be. All the pictures were placed on the floor in the layout that I would like so that I could move pictures around to see what pictures looked best where. From the floor layout they were transferred onto the wall. The whole process took about three to four hours, exhausting but a relief to finally get them all up.

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Obviously there is still loads of space to put more art up which will happen once I have saved some dollar bills and can afford to purchase some more art. Most of the artwork that came from Etsy, with a couple bought from various shops in Edinburgh.

The wall really lifts the room, and its such a nice feature. I would suggest if you like art that this is a really good way of rejuvenating your space.

 

Make over

Last week mum and I had a mate date at the Benefit counter in Harvey Nics. We both got make overs which last just over half an hour. There is something so relaxing about somebody else doing your make up for you especially when you give them free range of the colours and products they can use on you.

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Excuse the terrible photo quality, my mum’s phone is about a hundred years old. 

TA-DAHHH, the final look…

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I left with a new Roller Lash mascara and brown they’re real push-up eyeliner, both of which I am wearing in the photo above. The samples that I got were the Porefessional, a primer and Licence to Blot, which is a mattifer incase you have shiny skin during the day. I have only used to Porefessional so far but it is amazing. I suffer from dry skin so sometimes when I apply my make up its doesn’t look smooth but after I began using it my make up looks flawless all day.

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If you live in Edinburgh and you fancy a free makeover, make an appointment at Benefit… not only is it great fun but you also leave with loads of samples and a voucher for another make over! I also would recommend asking for Holly, who was so nice and very talented.