Creating Bertie's perfect home...

Monday, 21 September 2015
Bertie is my rabbit, he's 9 years old now. Well, that's just a guess because I adopted him 6 years ago from a local farm. He was dumped in a cardboard box with his brother in the middle of the night. Sadly his brother didn't survive the night, but Bertie did. This was the first photo I took of him, just after I'd stopped a load of children poking him through his hutch. It was in this moment that I knew he would be coming home with me. Just look at that tongue, it's an awfully blurry photo but this was back in the day when I had a battery powered camera.

Fast forward 6 years and here is my boy now. We've lived in three different homes together. He has lived in a hutch outside, been an indoor rabbit and now in our flat he lives outside on our balcony. 

On Thursday just gone I took Bertie to the vets for his annual jabs and was told he's in a great condition. One of his teeth need to be monitored as it looks a little sharp, so I've been advised to up his hay intake even more to wear that tooth down. If not I will probably have to fork out for an operation and that's where his insurance will kick in I hope. With two Guinea Pigs and Hamsters I have them all covered just incase. As Bertie is 9 I really hope that it won't come to an operation because the risks would be so great with his age and I don't want to lose him. 
Here we are sat on the balcony during his weekly grooming session - it's not usually this bad, he's blowing out his summer coat at the moment. When I first got Bertie way back in 2009 I couldn't believe just how much hutches cost and of course there were no expense spared for his home. In that same year I'd become aware of the theft of rabbit's and their hutches around where I lived and everyone was advised to make sure the hutch was added to your home insurance. I'd left that up to my mum at the time, but the hutch was added to the policy.

Now as an adult the hutch was one of the first things added to our home insurance when we moved in, luckily due to someone really close to me working at Legal & General sorting out our own insurance was fairly straight forward. For the past four years the balcony has had his hutch, always open, a den and a pot of various hay/grass combinations. I wish I'd taken a photo of this before I'd packed it all away last week. It is a no mans land at the moment, but you can see I fenced the side so he couldn't escape. He loves it out there.

We had a letter through from our property management company stating that there would be work completed on the flat block over the next 5 weeks, so I've bought Bertie inside. I wouldn't want him to be stressed out with people climbing ladders over the building. Matt and I went to bring his hutch inside but the hutch was battered. Four years of being outside in all weathers had really taken it's toll, so I hopped (ha!) out and bought a new one. 

When the flat work is complete I am planning on creating the best DIY rabbit enclosure possible and I've been hunting around the internet for ideas. So, if you have any ideas for enclosures for rabbits please let me know!

Here's to my next project. 

The new Zara bag: Light Grey Rucksack

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Meet my new bag. I'm in love and for only £19.99, I'm considering being in love with the black version of it too. 

The reason behind this purchase, I wanted a nice bag for hand luggage for when I go on holiday to Greece at the beginning of October. Usually I take a handbag and I hate trying to carry that and luggage and a bottle of water and my travel pillow... you get the drift. I needed something hands free. 

My first port of call was ebay, as usual, but the bags there were £12-£18. These were the ones that would arrive in time for my holiday and I just didn't want to spend that much on something from ebay. 

I have no idea why I thought Zara would be the place to shop for a "reasonably priced rucksack" but I logged onto the website and this dreamy rucksack was there and for a price that I am more than willing to spend on a Zara bag. 

This arrived last week and I cannot wait to use it, pretty sure I've picked the most impractical colour, but I just couldn't resist the grey... anyone else? I'm almost 100% I will buy the black version too. 

What do you think?

My favourite beauty reads

Sunday, 13 September 2015
I've read the Escentual blog ever since it was launched and even more so when I realised that they were so local to me. For a start the photography is awesome, I'm pretty fickle in that if something has a nice photo then I'm more likely to read it.. is that just me?
Since I'm going away soon I've been looking back over their really great posts about all things skincare for on holiday and SPF.
Favourites include:

Bloglovin' pretty much the go to place to go for beauty blogs, they are all categorised and the bloglovin app just makes everything so easy. I've only just started to move everything I read onto Bloglovin, I used to just have all the links book marked because you never used to be able to comment easily on bloglovin - but they fixed that.!
I follow hundreds of blogs across so many different "themes" and I love that I can guarantee something new to read whenever I log in.
 A recent new read is Grazia Daily a welcome move from picking up the magazine from a shop. I've really moved away from reading magazines and pretty much now will only buy them in the airport. There's everything covered from fashion, beauty to celebs with plenty of health articles thrown in. Luckily it's kept the same tone as the articles in the glossy pages!
Favourites include:

Beauty Bay Haul

Wednesday, 2 September 2015
I haven't bought makeup in a really long time, a really long time. The last time I bought a new makeup item was back in July and that was only a BB cream and a lipgloss. I'd started to run low on foundations, something which I am pretty proud of because I'm really bad at purchases new foundations when I really don't need them. I'd also used up my Sleek Contour kit and had been eyeing up the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit since I'd seen a girl using it in the ladies loos in work - true story!!

I've never shopped on Beauty Bay before and only really headed there this time because it stocks the contour kit that I wanted. I didn't really want to pick up more than that, but when I saw that the site had its own range (and pretty much all items were £2.50) I decided to pop a few things in my basket. 

The foundation and concealer - in guessed colours! - were the first things I picked up. With the thinking that even if I didn't like them that much then I could cover the results with the contour kit - or just use them for dog walking days. Yep, I like to wear makeup to the dogs home, probably because you never know when you will end up in a photo with a dog - ha!
My beauty blender is getting almost unusable now, and that is rather annoying because you can always count on a beauty blender to apply makeup perfectly. Beauty Bay had their own version for, you guessed it, £2.50 so I picked up a yellow and black one. I haven't used these yet, but I am really hoping for good things. 
Ahhhhhhhhhhh the reason for my shopping trip to Beauty Bay, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - in Light to Medium. Let me explain my trip to the ladies loos that made me want this... I've completely missed the hype online about this palette, didn't have a clue about it at all. Then one day I was washing my hands and the girl next to me was contouring in the most mesmerising way. The palette she was holding just looked beautiful and so did her makeup - this is sounding a little stalkerish. Anyway, I asked her what the product was then when I got home I googled it and suddenly there was a billion posts and videos about it. 

It will have its own post - it is love.
As part of my order for spending over a certain amount you can choose a free item, annoyingly one was the foundation (thinking about it I should have ordered something else and had the foundation as my freebie!) and others were nail polishes that I wouldn't wear, I decided to choose the lip brush. I wear lots of bold colour lipsticks and a lot of the time I am cursing that the line isn't crisp enough so this should solve that - if I'm not too lazy to use it.
I'm a huge fan of the Tangle Teaser but I'm not a fan of the price tag. This again was only £2.50 and I bought it with my holiday and gym bag in mind. I'm going to Greece at the beginning of October and I'll be taking this with me, it's not as soft as my Tangle Teaser but for £2.50 it does a damn good job.