One Year On...

Exactly one year on from my latest blog post, I guess I have a bit of explaining to do. The past year has been, let's say, a bit different. Exciting in many ways but also a bit turbulent. I am desperate to get back into blogging, a hobby which I loved for a long time so let's start it off with a bit of a life update.


One of the last posts I did on this blog was about how I was taking the plunge and jumping in the world of self-employment. A move which I think will always be down as one of the best I have ever made, especially as a generally terrible decision maker... Since setting up Gatto as my full time job, I have had so many opportunities to expand my horizons and learn new things it really has been an amazing experience. I have gone from a team of one (little old me) creating premade blog designs to having staff members and being able to expand our services to things which I never thought I would be able to do.


A huge development in my life is that a few months ago, my boyfriend and I bought our first house together and were introduced to the world of mortgages and home improvements. Although it is such a big step in life, it felt so easy because we love living with each other and have no plans to end that any time soon. It's amazing to have a space which is truly our own and can make our home. We have already done quite a bit of decorating and changing around but I have so many plans!


As I said, self-employment was a great step to take for me, especially now I am definitely able to support myself and pay the bills, however at first it was really hard. Being stuck in the house 24/7 was a bit of a strain and it increased my anxiety (something which has been a struggle for a while) to the point where I found it impossible to leave the house. After a few months of my business doing well and the loveliest boyfriend picking me up when I was down, I started to feel much better and was able to get back to a good place. Plus, the new addition to our little family (a black and white Shih Tzu called Toby) looked after me more than any human possibly could...


I think it's fair to say that over the past year, the relationships in my life have been up and down but I am at a point in life where I am really happy with the people who surround me in a way I never have been before. A while ago, I wrote a post about cutting negative people out of your life, something which I feel is incredibly important and something which I have really taken on board. I've suffered over the past few years with sour relationships putting me down and now these ties have been cut, my happiness has increased massively. I am now really close to the friends I have, in a solid relationship with someone who supports me endlessly and incredibly close to my family.

All in all a good year which has set me up for my (not so) dramatic return to blogging...



My Favourite High Street Lipsticks

Rimmel Kate Matte 107 | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Happy Nude Year | Body Shop Colour Crush in 335 | Maybelline Color Drama in Keep it Classy

Lipsticks are my one true vice, I can't say no to a good lipstick. What a relief it is when you find out that a lipstick you have fallen in love with is below £10 and won't break the bank! I love my MAC lipsticks as much as the next person but I also can't resist a bargain. The high street cosmetics market has improved so much over the past year and I am convinced that you can find lipstick in Boots which are just as nice as those on the luxury counters. I was very tricky to pick my favourites out of my ridiculous collection, but I finally cut it down to 4...
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MAC Coppering | Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

For Autumn, I am all over the orange or copper eye. I think it is an absolutely beautiful shade to wear on your eyelids and it can really brighten the eyes as well as standing out! Sometimes, such a bright colour can be a bit intimidating so I will talk you through how I got this really wearable Autumn orange eye...
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Some Lush Favourites

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Instagram Roundup #2

1/ Brioche and emails in bed - no complaints here
2/ Autumn is definitely here and I am embracing boots and suede
3/ What's the point in making money if you can't recklessly spend it all at the MAC counter...
4/ Can't stay away from my Primark striped tee at the moment
5/ I refuse to drink anything apart from hot chocolate with a flump in it (this may be a lie)
6/ Selfie qween
7/ Absolutely in love with this palette
8/ Looking after this adorable lump of fur made my life
9/ The best burger ever from The York in Sheffield. Take me back...