Monday, July 27, 2015

Lifestyle | Growing up with Television

My name is Lilla Goatcher and I am a technology addict. Sadly, I've always got some sort of screen in front of me, be it a TV, computer or phone. But this isn't a new thing, as a child I was very content being sat in front of a TV for hours. 

At three or four, when I woke I would go in to the lounge and put the TV on and sit in trance until my parents woke up. My nan would always warn me that I would get square eyes – I’m not even sure what that means, but at the time it was really scary!

 I also quite quickly learnt how to work the VCR player and mastered the AV/Scart/Ariel situation. Basically, if there was a TV in front of me I was going to watch it and nothing was going to stop me.

When I grew up, televisions were massive bulky boxes with rounded glass screens. It meant that if the sun light hit it the screen, you could see nothing. These were also the days of manual tuning - literally winding a wheel, carefully with your fingertip to find the channel you wanted, moving the clog by millimetres to get the clearest screen possible. Although sometimes this was impossible and the image would flicker or even turn black and white!

Obviously TVs have come a long way since then, moving on to digital tuning, flat screen, HD and what feels like unlimited sizes. When Joe and I moved into our first flat, 8 years ago, buying a new HUGE 32” HD TV to go with our new PS3 was our priority.  Since then, our 32” quickly became small and was moved to the bedroom, being replaced by a larger model. We decided not to get a 3D TV, we felt like it was the Mini Disc of televisions. Who else got conned into buying one of those? Don’t get me wrong 3D technology has come a long way, the movies are great, but seeing as Sky has recently announced it will be cutting its 3D channels, I think we might have been right.

Now the next generation of Television has arrived, 4K. This isn't a fad like 3D, it’s a game changer, think HD. Not sure about 4K? Learn more below.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lifestyle | Make space for 'me time'

Here at Goatcher HQ it's been all go, go, go. Joe is working on a new project, we are trying to sort the house out and we've also had some teenagers living with us. So it's been a while since I've had the chance to take some uninterrupted 'me time'. It also means that sadly haven't used the lovely pamper gift Victoria Plumb sent me a few weeks ago. The delivery consisted of a liquid soap dispenser, a few magazines, Yankee candles, face masks and some Soap and Glory bits.

On Saturday, I finally had an hour to myself and thought I deserved a long relaxing bath. I grabbed my lovely pamper kit and ran a hot bubble bath armed with a copy of Vogue.

Making time for yourself is so important. Just having an hour a week where you can relax and take a moment to clear your mind is so revitalizing. It's also the perfect excuse for some pampering. I thought I would share with you some of my 'me time' tips.

Escape to another world...

My bath is my sanctuary. I love to take a book in with me.On more than one occasion, I've sat there until the water has gone cold. 
Grab your favourite book and just sit back and relax while you are whisked away into a different life - have a towel handy for turning the pages.

Pick a mask

Face mask or hair mask? Or go crazy and do both! If you haven't got any products in your beauty arsenal, why not make your own? Treat your skin to this lovely Chocolate and Honey Face Mask or moisturise dried tresses with this lovely Avacado and Peppermint tea hair mask.

Take a deep breath

Why not get fancy and add a few drops of essential oil to your bath for a spa-esque experience. Aromatic baths can get you to aid relatation, reduce anxiety and ease muscle pain. I love adding a bit of Lavender oil to my bath, the smell is so relaxing and it also soothes your skin. Especially for a pre-bed session, as it can help you off to the land of nod. 
Alternatively, drop a spoon of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil into your bath, it smells divine and will leave your skin feeling amazing. I've become obsessed, not only do I cook with it but it's become a beauty staple.

Add some extra bubbles

I'm not talking more bubble bath. Make this a full sensory experience by treating yourself to a glass of fizz, be it wine, or sparkling elderflower. It can be very refreshing if you love a hot bath like me.

Get funky

Get colourful. Lush do these awesome bath bombs that change your bath water into magical swirls of colour as they fizz away.

What are your top relaxation tips? I'd love to hear them!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fashion | Posh Totty Designs - Fall in love

If you haven't heard of Posh Totty Designs, then get Googleing, you won't regret it. The brand, which started in 2005, creates a range of gorgeous gifts and personalised pieces of jewellery. They have had premises in Brighton for a while, but last October (I think) they opened up their new store in the Laines.

They recently hosted a spectacular blogger party, showcasing their lovely products, their party hosting skills and the basic sentiment behind the brand. I attended the event with Jess and Mar but nearly all the Brighton girlies were there. On arrival, we were all given the cutest name badges, it was obvious from the start that a lot of thought had gone into the event.

We were all offered a lovely punch served in these lovely glass jars and the most delicious finger foods ever, I really need to find out who catered the event because the artichoke and parma ham rolls were to die for!

After perusing the stores gorgeous personalised goods and making a mental wishlist, I also got the opportunity to personalise my own leather keyring. When it was time to go we were gifted with the nicest and most thoughtful gifts ever. Each and every blogger who attended received a personalised gift bag, mine included a stunning initial necklace, a personalised notepad, an initialled paper light bag and this cute confetti cracker. There was also a cake from a Real Patisserie, but I don't think you'll be surprised when I tell you that I ate it when I got home!

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