Spotify Playlists.

It’s not secret that one of my favourite things to do is – and always has been – listening to music. It suits literally every mood I can think of, can help me change a mood or help me stay in it if that’s what I need at the time.

Growing up, music was always a huge part of my life. My Dad got both me and my brother into The Beatles from the minute we were born and we also heard a broad spectrum of music growing up. He was also a DJ from when I was about 6, and he’d make me up mix tapes of all the latest tunes, whilst mixing in with lots of older stuff – he liked to educate me!

As a result, my music taste now is an eclectic mix and I love creating lots of playlists on Spotify. (You can find me under Kate Hepplewhite if you’re interested!) In this post, I thought I’d share some of my favourite playlists and why I created them. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.

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I made this playlist for the ultimate chillout – I listen to it when I want to feel relaxed, whilst reading a book or even trying to sleep.

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Remember what I said about liking all genres of music – soul is another genre I really like and these songs are perfect for belting out!

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I LOVE the Spice Girls (I was there first time round as well!!) so I had to make a playlist dedicated just to them.

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This was a real game-changer for me. When I split from a long-term relationship and I was feeling really crappy about myself, I made this playlist to keep positive, give myself some confidence and convince myself that I could indeed make it alone. Even now I’m married, and clearly not single, I add to it regularly and it’s still one of my go-to’s!

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This is a playlist I created for one I feel sad, lonely or just a bit down. It may seem counter-productive to feed your sadness but sometimes you just need to stay in your mood for a bit in order to get fully out of it.

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I made this playlist just after I met my husband – his taste in music features bands I’d heard of but generally not explored much. Not long after we met, we took a road trip back up to his flat in Leeds and I wanted some music we could both listen to and enjoy and thus, this playlist was born!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my playlists. I have many others so feel free to check me out and follow on Spotify if you like.

See you soon!

Love KH xxxxx

Sharing My Art

I was never very great at art in school: even drawing the compulsory 1cm borders around the edge of my sketchbook page, I could never get them straight! Art at school was often quite prescribed as well and the thought of copying something, or using something for inspiration was frowned upon. It kind of become something I wasn’t good at and I forgot about it for a long time.

Just under two years ago, I started doodling and tried copying a picture from a magazine. I think it was of Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast (random, I know!) I really enjoyed the process and it turned out surprisingly better than I thought it would be. I happened to be in town the next day and, feeling inspired, I popped into The Works and picked up a sketchpad and some pencils for next to nothing. I went home and copied a picture of Princess Belle and, again, I was really surprised. From there, a new love was born and since then I’ve been sketching and drawing lots more. It’s dropped off a little in the past few months but it’s still something I really enjoy and I’m really proud of.

I thought I’d use this blog post to share some of my favourite sketches. I love looking at other people’s drawings so let me know any recommendations in the comments! Also, if you like what you see, I have an Instagram account just for my sketches @katesketchings πŸ™‚

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Tag: Get to Know Me

A few blog posts in, I thought it was a good time to get to know me a little bit better. I found the questions for this tag on Pinterest which, as always, is an amazing source of inspiration! Let me know of any other tags you’ve either done yourself, or enjoy reading, in the comments!

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cornwall, not far from Plymouth. While I was born in Plymouth, I came straight home to Cornwall and have lived there every year of my life bar two, so I do consider myself Cornish!

2. Where do you currently live?

Cornwall, still. In the same place I grew up! People often ask why I haven’t moved away and the answer is simple: because I love where I live and I don’t want to!

3. Who is your first best friend?

My friend, Amy. We became friends at playgroup when we were 2 years old and went through school in the same classes and now live within 5 minutes of each other.

4. How tall are you?

I’m 5″9 – I guess I started being “above average” height at the end of primary school. In my teens I HATED it but now it doesn’t bother me. I don’t really wear heels anymore but I think that’s more of a comfort thing than worrying about my height.

5. Dogs or cats?

Hands down, dogs. My childhood dog, Dylan was a rescue and he was just the most special boy. Losing him after being in my life for 11 years was completely heartbreaking. Of course, we now have our beautiful Lola Bear and she has brought us so much joy.

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6. Funniest moment throughout high school?

I’m struggling to think of one specific moment: I was veryΒ well behaved in all stages of my schooling and generally loved learning. It was probably just the moments with my friends, out on the field at lunchtime messing around.

7. What year were you born?

1993 – 90s baby!

8. Did you go to University?

Yes, I went later than most. When I finished 6th Form/A Levels, I was done with education for a bit so I went out to work as a receptionist/administrator. I had various other jobs before going back to University to study to be a primary teacher. I think the life experience I gained working for a few years before going was invaluable.

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9. What is your favourite drink?

I’m a big water drinker but I am very partial to a Diet Coke. Once I get the taste for it, I can go through a phase of having one every day for a while (not the healthiest, I know). Then, I can not have any for months. I don’t really drink alcohol. I’m just not a fan of the taste of any of it.

10. What is your spirit animal and why?

I actually see a lot of myself in our dog, Lola. She loves her cuddles, loves food and a good nap – like me!

11. What perfume scent are you wearing?

I generally go for Eau Nude from Next day-to-day – it’s light but strong enough to make a difference.

12. Tea of coffee?

Tea – never liked coffee. I never liked tea until I was about 18 and how I came to drink it is a funny story… it was the first day of my new/first ever job and I was SO nervous and just wanted a bit of common ground with people. I kept getting asked “do you want a cup of tea?” on the tea round and because I didn’t want to seem rude I said “OK!” even though I’d never really liked it. Because I didn’t like the taste, I started off having it with two sugars to mask the taste. Thank goodness I grew to like the taste and managed to wean off the sugar altogether – I don’t think 10 sugars a day would have done me much good!

13. What are your life goals?

Right now? I just want to feel secure and happy in what I do.

14. What sports do you play/have played?

At secondary school, I was into most things. I’d do netball on a Monday, rhythmic gymnastics at lunchtime, volleyball on a Tuesday, table tennis on a Wednesday, trampolining, football, athletics, cross country…I loved it! The ones I’d say I was actually decent at were netball and athletics. I’ve dabbled in netball in my adult life but it’s never really stuck – even the “friendly, open to all” sessions became too competitive and cliquey and my anxiety wasn’t really up to all that. Now, I go to the gym twice a week mainly to do strengthening exercises and I really enjoy yoga.

15. Have any books you’ve read changed your life?

I wouldn’t say any have changed me to that level – there are definitely books I read that make me think or have a lasting impression though.

16. What is your favourite movie?

I’m not actually a big movie person – I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema! I’m a huge of the Star Wars saga, though.

17. Who are your favourite YouTubers?

In my late teens/early twenties I was very much into the Zoella movement. I don’t tend to watch YouTube much now for that purpose, but I did come across some videos by Lucy Wood and she’s pretty awesome and relatable.

18. Do you speak any languages and how well?

Considering I learnt French for 3 years and Italian for 2 you’d think so but…no.

19. Are you single or taken?

Very much taken – married!

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20. What is your idea of a dream date?

Honestly, anything where we can just spend time together as a couple. Going out to eat is always a winner as we both love our food. Mark always jokes about how low maintenance I am – only a few months into meeting he asked where I wanted to go to eat and I said KFC!

21. How long was your longest relationship?

About 7 and a half years. I was with someone from the age of 15 to 23. Nothing sinister, we just grew up and became different people.

22. How would you describe your fashion sense?

I mean, I’m awful at knowing “what goes with what”, so I generally stick to plain and simple. I love jeans and a white t-shirt. I like plain t-shirts with the tiniest little pattern or logo or print. Like high-waisted and really love stripes. Most of my wardrobe is black, white or grey!

23. What is your go-to hairstyle?

My hair naturally isn’t necessarily curly but it’s full of waves and kinks and can be very frizzy. For a few years now I’ve had a keratin treatment done on it, which means it stays sleek and straight for a minimum of 6 months ( I know, I didn’t believe it either, but it genuinely works!) It’s about Β£140 from the salon I go to which is crazy good compared to other places and it is so, so worth it. The amount of time it must’ve saved me in straightening, let alone how much healthier it is without all the heat styling. I really like wearing my hair down, so because of this treatment, my go-to is basically blast drying it and then going! On a non-hair wash day I tend to put a bit of a curl in it to distract from the greasiness…

24. How many siblings do you have?

One older brother called Jack. We’ve always got on growing up (aside from the standard sibling bickering) and we share a lot of common interests. I see him pretty much every day as he only lives a few minutes down the road.

25. What is your go-to fast food order?

Depends which fast food it is. Indian would be a chicken biriyani. McDonalds a Big Mac. KFC a Boneless Banquet (with gravy, obvs). Burger King is a Chicken Royale with Cheese. God I’m hungry now!

26. PC or Mac?

HP PC.

27. Your most memorable vacation?

When I was younger, I was very fortunate to go to America several times with my family and we had numerous amazing experiences: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, Highway 1, Rocky Mountains to name but a few. Those are obviously very memorable. A shorter and much closer to home trip that’s very memorable for me was my after wedding MiniMoon where we went to a spa hotel in Falmouth. It was just the most lovely weekend.

28. What are your morning/evening routines?

On a work evening/morning I tend to try to be as organised as I can to avoid rushing as that can make me really stressed. I usually shower/bath in the evening so I can have a little bit extra in bed. On my days off/weekends I tend to still be up early because of the puppy but things are generally a bit more chilled.

29. Do you have any bad habits?

Staying on my phone once I’ve gotten into bed and the next thing I know it’s nearly midnight…

30. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know?

I had a miscarriage at 15 weeks late last year and it’s the hardest thing me and my husband have ever had to go through, separately and together.

And that’s it! 30 things to get to know me. Thank you so much again for reading!

Love KH xxx

May Favourites

I love reading “favourites” blogs – seeing things people have been loving watching/wearing/reading/eating. There’s so many things I’ve been loving throughout May and so I thought it was my turn to share. You’ll have to excuse the fact it’s quite an eclectic mix!

First up, we have a book I’ve been loving. Reading has always been a complete passion of mine. I can remember being 7 years old and going to the local library every Saturday, taking out the maximum allowance of 10 books and reading them all that week, only to go back and swap for 10 more the following weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury of time anymore, so reading is generally reserved for the ten minutes in bed before my eyes start to droop and the words go blurry (or before my sleepy husband says he wants the light off…must invest in a reading light!) In a good month, I may manage to finish a book. This one is by Jill Mansell and is called “This Could Change Everything.” I like books with lots of characters and different narratives as it keeps me interested. This one ticks that box!

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Next, onto clothes. I’m obsessed with finding comfortable clothes for work which not only look nice but that I can easily work in. My day job is quite active so it has to be comfy! One of the brands I have been absolutely loving for workwear-turned-casualwear is Popsy. They’re a small business who hand-sew all their dresses and their designs are adorable. The quality is so high and they’re so individual and different. Being a taller girl, I struggle to find dresses that have an appropriate length for work but these fit the bill perfectly. Plus – this is the best bit – THEY HAVE POCKETS!!!! This is the first Popsy dress I bought with an adorable sausage dog print but I’ve bought 6 more since then! Find them at http://www.popsyclothing.co.uk

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My next favourite is more of a hobby I’ve been loving. Sketching is something I never really did up until a few years ago. I started doing it because I needed something to occupy my mind when all it wanted to do was jump from thought and thought and never settle. It made me really focus as it’s not something that comes naturally to me and I have to concentrate hard. I look for inspiration on Pinterest and just go from there! I even have an Instagram account dedicated to my sketches (@katesketchings) if you wanted to go check out more. Again, it’s not something I make much time for anymore but I started picking up a pencil again this month and I love it! In the picture are some sketches I framed and put up in our bedroom as I wanted to celebrate and be proud of my work (and it fit with our colour scheme!)

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I couldn’t do a favourites post without including food as it is one of my true loves. Nothing healthy but…When we treat ourselves to pancakes some weekends, I’m all about the Nutella. However, I decided to cheat on it last month and bought Cadbury’s chocolate spread instead. Oh. My. God. It was amazing. Literally tasted like a bar of Cadburys, except it was melted and smeared all over my pancake. I’ve also found myself having a cheeky spoonful here and there. Would be rude not to…

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My final May favourite doesn’t have a photo, nor is it a new favourite of mine but it had to be mentioned. Since James Corden’s absolute bomb drop of an announcement that Gavin and Stacey was coming back for a Christmas special, we’ve been re-watching the series from start to finish. It’s something we’ve always put on if we need cheering up or there’s nothing on (quite often) but we’ve properly watched it all the way through again. Yes, I can quote it word for word. No, I’m not ashamed.

And that’s it for my May favourites! I hope you enjoyed reading what I’ve been loving over the past month! As I said, I love reading other people’s favourites so if you have any links to other blog posts, let me know in the comments below πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for joining me again!

Love KH xxxxxx

A Cornish Wife’s Tale Begins

Welcome to this blog; my new, personal, little space on the Internet. Everyone’s welcome – unless you’re an unkind, unpleasant human being. Then you can politely go away πŸ™‚

I love being creative and being productive and what better way to do that than jump on the blogging bandwagon? I started blogging about six years ago at university but that was mainly about my day job and I kinda’ want to write about things a little more personal to me. It’s not that I no longer find my job interesting – I do – I just want to share other things which are important in my life.

It’s going to be a real mixture of topics: home decor, food, mental health, exercise, hobbies, trips out and my beautiful home county of Cornwall, my puppy Lola, fashion, books – anything I’m into at any one time and am finding interesting! They may be longer, chatty posts or shorter, to-the-point posts. I’m just looking forward to creating a trail of memories and discussions about topics I’m interested in and hoping to connect and share with lots of people along the way!

Any advice on blogging and WordPress in particular is most welcome but other than that, please come and say hey! I can’t wait to meet you πŸ™‚

Love KH xxxxxxx