Saturday, 20 December 2014

Beauty: The Nail Tag

After spotting Alice Megan's nail polish tag, I thought I'd take part too!

I was terrible at painting my nails, but one of the tasks on my 35 at 35 list was to practice and to keep my nails looking nice for at least a month. I succeeded!

What's your favourite nail polish company? I've got a mix of different brands. My favourite used to be O.P.I. but to be honest I'm really liking Barry M polishes.

Glitter or no glitter? I love glitter! (although it can be a right nightmare to take off!)

From L to R: No7, Daisy Darling; Morgan Taylor, Time to Shine; and Barry M, Amethyst Glitter

When do you change your nail polish? I would potentially change it for a night out or special occasion, but otherwise I just tend to change it when it starts to chip.

Darks or brights? Both. I think it's good to mix things up a bit. I tend to wear darks during the autumn and winter and then swap for brights in spring and summer.

What are you wearing on your nails right this moment? I have a Bourjois navy colour with a Topshop gold ring finger (which was a gift from the St Enoch Centre last Christmas). Ta da:

Matte or out? I've never tried it, so for me it'd be out.

Do you like French manicures? I used to get the odd French manicure in my twenties and would occasionally get acrylic nails too, but I don't have the money to get manicures anymore so I do my polish myself and I'm not very good at French manicures!

What's your favourite winter colour? Hmmm... at the moment I'm loving grey (China Glaze, Concrete Catwalk) or a black sparkle (Barry M, Black Multi Glitter).

High street or high end? Both. Depends on how much cash I have! I used to buy O.P.I. and China Glaze polishes from Sally but more recently I've been buying Barry M from Superdrug.

Are you a pro polisher? I think I'm ok at doing nails. Not brilliant, and certainly can't do fancy nail designs or anything. But I can do a basic polish ok.

Do you use a top coat or a base coat? Yes, both. At the moment I'm using deborah lippmann Hard Rock hydrating hardener which was a gift from Bex at The Olive Dragonfly.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Love The Little Things

So it's the last week of Morgana's Love the Little Things before the Christmas holidays. My how the weeks have flown!



Whilst clearing out my portable  hard drive, I came across a diary that I had started to write that tells the story of when my mum got ill. I was in floods of tears as I read the entries and it brought it all back. This time of year is hard, I would love more than anything for my mum to be here to spend Christmas Day with my little ones. Anyway, I thought I would share the diary on my blog, and posted the first excerpt, 'Mum has Cancer', this week. You'll find it here.

I also picked myself up a Livingetc magazine whilst at the supermarket using my Sainsburys Nectar points. Yay to little treats!


I watched the last episode of The Missing and just found it so sad. I was surprised that I managed to hold back my tears.


I did some online shopping in the Christmas sales that have started already. I bought two dresses from Baujken, but I'm yet to try them on. Fingers crossed they fit!


This week it was my littlest's turn to perform in her nativity. She was a silver star! All the children came out onto the 'stage' and she couldn't see me. I could see her getting a bit upset, which in turn made me really upset. I'm such a wuss - I started to well up. Anyway, thankfully she spotted me before it started and she was happy! I was there in the audience with her dad, and I just find the whole situation difficult, another reason for my tears. 


We put together a few favours for the nursery and school teachers:

And Lastly...

Wishing all the Little Loves bloggers a very Merry Christmas and I'll catch up with you all in the New Year!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Interiors - My Living Room Tour

It's now been over a year since I moved into my new house and things are finally starting to come together. The living room is pretty much finished, for now at least, and I thought I would film a quick vlog whilst it's looking lovely and festive!

My original plan was for the room to be Scottish themed, and I had wanted some tartan curtains to complete the look. However, it's too expensive to get new ones so the room isn't exactly how I had envisaged but I still love it.

Do let me know what you think :-)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

'Mum has Cancer'

I have been clearing out my portable hard drive, and came across a diary that I had started writing, maybe 7 years ago... I thought I'd share it with you here.

"The phone ringing downstairs woke me up.  I glanced over to my alarm clock – it was after midnight.  No-one answered it.  Dad’s mobile started ringing shortly after.  I knew straight away why it was ringing... mum had died.

I remember when mum first became ill.  She had complained of farting loads, which sadly I found amusing at the time, and she had also put on a lot of weight around her abdomen.  I don’t know if she was in pain at this stage, but she had been to see her GP, and they must have referred her to the hospital for tests.  I think it was thought to be something hormonal.  It felt like forever waiting for results – blood tests were taken, then more waiting, then scans were performed and it started getting scary.  We were told that perhaps it was cancer, but it may also just be ovarian cysts.  I hoped for the latter...

I’m the eldest of two – my little sister Alison (although I say little – we are both now in our twenties!) is a year and 10 months younger than me.  Our mother, Ethel, was born in Aberdeen and our father, John, was born in Motherwell.  I don’t remember the details of how mum and dad met, but soon after, they were married.  I was born in January 1982, and Alison followed shortly at the end of 1983.  Alison and I had a happy childhood. Unlike some of my friends, Alison and I were the best of friends.  We did have our moments, but the majority of the time we were as close as could be.

Alison and I were watching TV after school in the living room of our family home in Aberdeen.  Mum was still in hospital at this stage, and when dad came back he had bad news.  He opened the living room door, stood there and just said ‘Mum has cancer’.  I was speechless; I guess that’s what shock does to you.  I didn’t have a clue what to say.  I was 16 years old and for the past few days I had been trying to keep on top of things at the house with mum in hospital, but I didn’t at all expect that our worst nightmares would come true.  I started to cry, got up and gave dad a hug.  Ali joined in.  I felt lost.  What did this mean?  We had so many questions, but nobody had any answers. Mum stayed in hospital for more tests, and also for an operation to investigate further and remove cancerous tissue.  We found out the reason why she had put on so much weight – something ridiculous like 10 litres of fluid was drained off her abdomen.

Mum ended up having her ovaries, womb and reproductive tubing removed.  But soon enough she was home.  Although she still had to undergo a gruelling course of chemotherapy.  Alison and I weren’t told much about the details of mum’s treatment, but I remember mum being tired and feeling ill.  Dad bought a portable TV so that she could watch television in bed, and we also got a cordless phone so that mum didn’t need to get up if she didn’t feel like it.  I don’t remember her ever complaining about the treatment, at least certainly not to myself or Alison – but I think that was more a case of she didn’t want to put us through her illness.  Alison and I both had exams that summer, and amazingly we got through them.

In September 1999 I started first year of university, and for some reason I was drawn to study pharmacy in Aberdeen, which meant I was staying at home.  In the long run this was ideal, as I was still in Aberdeen to support the family when mum’s illness deteriorated – perhaps it was fate that made me choose to stay – certainly when I ticked the box and chose my university course I wasn’t to know what the future held.

After the chemotherapy, mum ended up back at work. And everything seemed to return to normal...

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