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Review: Tinder vs. Plenty of Fish

The end of summer 2014 I found myself young, free and single. Since coming out of a relationship I embraced my freedom; I dedicated more time to my friends, family, training for the half marathon and improving my blog.

Review: Tinder vs. Plenty of Fish | UK Lifestyle Blog

I clambered back onto the horse and started dating again a couple months ago. Not one for meeting someone slurring in a club, coupled with being curious to see what all the fuss was about I downloaded Tinder and Plenty of Fish. I must confess, I don’t take it too seriously – does anyone? Here’s my experience thus far..

Tinder

The three types of men you commonly come across on Tinder:

1. The ‘clearly confused’ that don’t understand the concept of Tinder and don’t have a profile picture.
2. The ‘travelled’ that have a picture of them cuddling a tiger in somewhere like exotic Thailand.
3. The asshole who’s picture is of them and their partner (yes, I’ve even seen wedding shots).

Review: Tinder vs. Plenty of Fish | UK Lifestyle Blog

Working in an office full of men, who fraped me given any opportunity. I’m familiar with users sex being changed on Facebook, vice versa, is a common attack. With Tinders algorithms using Facebook profile information, I’m somewhat surprised I don’t come across many fraped women in my search for men.

Typical messages received on Tinder so far (Yes, I’m serious):

1. “I guess this is where we swap numbers and I send you pictures of my junk?”
2. “Hey, what are you doing on here?” – Yes, I’ve matched with a bunch of my friends.

Plenty of Fish

The three types of men you commonly come across on Plenty of Fish:

1. The ‘serial messengers’ copy and paste the message so many times, you receive the same one 3-4 times.
2. The ‘long-haul’ players that you’ve seen on POF years ago from the last time you were single, just wow!
3. The asshole who you actually know. Notably, you know for a fact they have a wife or girlfriend.

The biggest problem with POF is unlike Tinder, anyone can message you unless you set up preferences. That means you attract all manner of Cretans.

Once ruling out the above, you’re then left with the the barely-single and desperate for comfort, the guy with with more kids than hours in the day, and the ‘men’ on a mission for just one thing. Or worse – all those things rolled into one. No, thanks!

Review: Tinder vs. Plenty of Fish | UK Lifestyle Blog

The best messages received on Plenty of Fish so far (again, I’m deadly serious):

1. “I feel like I’d been walking around Tescos, until I saw you – now I feel like I’m in Harrods.”
2. “How much do you charge?”

So, What’s the verdict?

Embrace being single, switch off your phone, pour a glass of wine and run a steaming hot bath. Most of all, be thankful you don’t have to answer to anyone. However, if you decide to go ahead with these apps anyway, be warned – if something seems too good to be true, he probably is.

2018-06-01T16:11:17+00:00 December 30, 2014|Health|

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project

Let me start off by saying I love to re-use, re-purpose and re-paint furniture. It is such a fun, affordable and easy way to update something old or thrown out. I don’t know about you but I find it to be somewhat addicting, yet it can also be time consuming and exhausting, especially when there is a lot of prep time needed.

So of course I was excited when I finally found a line of decorative paint by Annie Sloan in any of 30 decorative and historical colours, that work great, looks beautiful, and saves me time, as no sanding is required!

Is Chalk Paint® worth the money? I admit that I am cheap frugal and made my own chalk paint for a while, because I was having trouble justifying paying so much for a small can of paint. But I took the plunge, after my friend gave me an old dressing table as she was emptier her house just before leaving for her world backpacking tour. It was beaming with potential, I just couldn’t resisted.

This is the table I decided to upcycle, before!

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogPre-loved mahogany dressing table on classical legs

I decided to go for old white, and a little tub of Paris Grey. I LOVE grey and white and felt that it was a safe first color to go with because I could mix it with other paint if need be, and it was neutral and would go with a lot of things. Let me tell you… it’s so worth the money! A little goes a long, looong way!

I was really impressed by how thin the paint was, the coverage, and how quickly it dried. It was obvious that the quality was much better than the homemade paint I had been making, and best of all I didn’t have to worry if I didn’t mix it well enough or about gritty pieces randomly getting into the paint.

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogAnnie Sloan pure bristle brush

I love the chippy, distressed look you can achieve with Chalk Paint®, but you can also skip the distressing for a more modern look. To add a touch of glamour, because when is mixing old and new not a good thing? I decided to add couple of traditional design cut glass cupboard handles that I got online at Abodent.

There are lots of options available online to add a splash of colour or add a twist to your furniture. It’s also a great way to have a quick change without much cost. If you are upcycling, be sure to check out their handles online here.

Basic Tips for Using Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax on Furniture

1. Clean your piece. I simply hosed mine off, wiped down any spots the hose missed and let it dry. I also made sure to sand any terribly chipping paint and removed any of the contact paper that was coming loose off the piece.

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogAnnie Sloan clear soft wax

2. You don’t have to sand down to the original wood or prime. Woohoo!

3. Paint your piece. This is the fun part! I used Old white and Paris Grey. I painted right over the layer of contact paper stuck on the cabinet and the paint worked beautifully! Watch Annie Sloan’s video for some very helpful painting techniques.

4. Apply Clear Soft Wax. I used a brush to apply it and a clean, lint-free cloth to rub it in and remove the excess wax. As one paint site said, it’s like applying conditioner to your hair. The conditioner absorbs into your hair and then you rinse away the excess. Similarly, the wax is absorbed into the piece and then you can wipe away the excess. Again, the video tutorial does a great job explaining how to do this.

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogAnnie Sloan 10. Paris Grey chalk paint

5. Apply Dark Soft Wax in the same way (if you’re wanting the darkened look). I love how the dark wax gets into the crevices and grains of the piece, giving it a really cool antiqued look. The dark wax also helped soften the orange color a bit. Make sure that you apply the dark wax OVER the clear wax. This way you can wipe off the excess dark wax easily without your piece becoming too dark.

6. Gently sand down any spots you wish to give more of a distressed look. I also sanded some paint off the hardware so that the originally color showed through the grey paint.

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogAnnie Sloan 1 litre Old White chalk paint

7. Leave your piece overnight and then buff it with a soft cloth to the desired sheen.

8. At this point your piece is done EXCEPT for one thing – it needs to cure, which takes about 30 days. Your piece can still be used during this curing time. However, until the wax cures and therefore has its full furniture protecting powers, you’ll just need to be a little more careful about water stains, scratches, etc. The good thing? If you do have any scratches or stains, just reapply the wax to that area to fix it!

DIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle BlogPrior to applying Paris Grey chalk paint

To purchase Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, check out their list of retailers and stockists in your area. Chalk Paint® stockists are full of helpful information to get you started using these incredible products. Questions? Visit Annie Sloan Unfolded, check out their FAQs page or ask us in the comments below 🙂

Buy the paint here: Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint – Antique White – 750mlDIY: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Upcycling Project | UK Lifestyle Blog

2018-06-01T16:11:18+00:00 December 30, 2014|Home Decor|

Winter Colours For Home Décor

The best thing about buying your first house (especially on your own!), is the excitement of decorating it! I’ve finally picked my colour themes, floorings and furnishings, now I just have to wait 6 – 8 weeks until I get the keys to my lovely 2 bedroom house, a stones throw from the beach in my hometown. When you see my colour schemes, you’ll understand why being single makes this even more fun.

I don’t often put up pictures of myself on the blog but I love this shot, just because it reminds me how soon it is until everything changes! As you can see.. I was determined to spend Christmas 2014 in my house, even if it wasn’t finished.

Winter Colours For Home Décor | UK Lifestyle Blog

With the rapid drops in temperatures, you need to keep your house warm with warm hues, not just by painting your walls, but also making use of those colours in your decorative articles and furnishings.

Grey backdrop:

Paint the walls grey with some white pastel additions. White sofa with silver, metallic grey and light blue will definitely add a subtle sense of warmth. A deep grey rug with metal blue patterns and designs will surely add up to the place’s warmth!

Deep pink:

This might lead to a feminine-themed room, but it sure is quite warm! You can fill up the walls and ceilings with red and violet tones and fill up the accessories with silver and metal. A white sofa will give an eye-catching impression when filled up with magenta pillows. A black carpet with white polka dots will add up some extra hues to the room. You might want to add some purple flowers or vases to make your main theme more prominent.

Winter Colours For Home Décor | UK Lifestyle Blog

Carpe Diem framed print from Society6, Magical Thinking geo pendant via Urban Outfitters, Resin deer head via White Faux Taxidermy, Sheepskin via Barn Croft, Charles Eames RAR rocking chair via Vita Interiors, Bio-ethanol wall mounted fire via Fireplace Products, Ferm Living wire basket via Made in Design.

Perfect pair:

Olive green and eggplant colours are known to create a great combination! Paint your walls green and keep the ceiling neutral. Make your bedding with a combination of beige, crème, and aubergine to create a relaxing and moderately concentrated colours tone. With brown hardwood flooring, you will experience a sense of warmth during the cold winter days.

Charcoal Heaven:

Decorate your whole house with charcoal grey furnishings, walls, cabinets, coffee tables, and even decorative pieces. Keeping the same hue, use different accents in adjacent rooms so that they reflect each other and give a balanced look. Such inspirational colours palettes look admirable during sunsets if natural light is allowed to come inside.

Winter Colours For Home Décor | UK Lifestyle Blog

Wainhomes fitted stainless steel kitchen, Morphy Richards cream kettle and toaster via Only Electricals, Omega blender Bl360s via Juice Producer, Boskke sky planter via IWantOneOfThose.

White and eye-popping red:

With white walls and a light grey floor, place plain red couches and a few artistic pieces or paintings in darker accents of red. This deep, bold hue will complement the sofa and other minor details that come along with these colours.

Warm and rich:

There’s nothing richer and warmer than shades of chocolate brown coupled with denser tones of grey and pumpkin orange. Keep your orange on the wall that rests behind the bed and keep it illuminated with soft lights so that the colours are elegantly reflected. With a gentle glow of light, your browns and greys will stand out so that every element gets a deeper focus.

Neutral and sophisticated:

You can easily strike up a neutral room with hues of brown and gold. With contemporary sofas and traditional armchairs, these tones will look decent and luxurious at the same time. Vaulted ceiling would look fabulous in such a room, coupled with double crown mouldings which are complemented by umber-toned accent walls. Additions with beige colours make the brown and gold even more prominent!

Winter Colours For Home Décor | UK Lifestyle Blog

Chiltern 115cm oak and cream dining table, chairs and bench via Oak Furniture Super Store.

These were some appropriate winter colours for home décor. Heating mechanisms aren’t the only solutions to freezing winters. Sometimes, even changing the colours of your rooms can automatically throw in a sense of warmth.

2018-01-08T03:34:40+00:00 December 28, 2014|Home Decor|
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