Kitten Kollege yearbook

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Did you ever read about the Kitten Kollege?

Well it got me thinking - imagine if cats really had to go to college, do all the same lessons that humans do and of course with me being a crazy cat lady I just had to make that thought into reality and luckily I had three very willing participants

Sleeping cats

First thing's first no-one ever wants to get out of bed in a morning - pussycats are no different, here's Casper doing his morning stretches - he'd definitely use the snooze button more than once
Cat stretches

Once they've finally dragged themself out of bed and headed to college it's time to start the lessons, first up is English. Domino's favourite book is Harry Potter he loves reading about Crookshanks the cat and daydreaming about how he could be a magical pet
Cat reading Harry Potter

Next up is Geography, despite Leo never wanting to venture further than the back garden he is very interested about the world and where his ancestors live (but he still prefers home!)
Cat geography

Maths is Casper's favourite subject although he hasn't quite worked out the calculations on how to get more Whiskas cat food* than his brothers

Cat calculator

Next up is ICT and Domino spends his time googling how to get rid of his pesky brothers, a complete attention seeker he doesn't do well with sharing and definitely wants to be everyone's favourite
Cat glasses and Ipad

Final lesson of the day is Music! Leo is very tuneful spending his time listening to the Pussycat dolls and meowing along to 'What's new pussycat'
Cat wearing headphones

My boy's are so clever I'm convinced they'd do well at school! In fact Casper's already trying his graduation cap on he's that confident

Cat graduation

Which lesson would be your cat's favourite? 
Which of my boys do you like best!

This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS®, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos

Alice Megan


How to wear party dresses in Autumn

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The seasons have changed and the weather is cooler which means one thing - party season is just around the corner. Whether it's Halloween or Christmas or just a Saturday on the town the season change doesn't mean your party dresses* need hanging up they just need reworking!

Simplybe party dress

Take this gorgeous lace dress from Simplybe a month or so ago I could wear it all on it's own enjoying the summer sunshine in the beer gardens (If you are enjoying a late break in the sun check out my holiday dress ideas). Now instead of hiding it away till next year here's 3 top tips for wearing party dresses in Autumn

[1] Knitwear

If you need a day to night outfit then don't forget your knitwear, a cosy jumper with just the collar of the dress peeking through or a longline cardigan means you can party away till your hearts content as you'll be prepared for the evening chill - make sure your knitwear is cared for correctly there's tons of tips on the George blog*

[2] Tights

Ahhh the saviour of all women's legs everywhere. Haven't had the chance to quite prep your legs as much as you do in the summer? Problem solved hide the fuzz and keep your legs warm at the same time bonus! Definitely invest in some thick wooly tights and just because the seasons changed doesn't mean you can't bring a pop of colour to your outfit. For this dress any colour would work I particularly like a mustard colour very autumn themed

[3] Boots

Finally, top off your newly autumn outfit with a pair of kick ass boots. Ditch those flats and get a chic pair of ankle boots or even knee high leather boots. They're definitely worth the investment as they'll last for years

Following these three simple tips your summer dresses can be transformed to make you Autumn ready

What are you wearing this Autumn?

Alice Megan


Invest in personal development

Thursday, 6 October 2016

I'm 23 now, an actual adult (apparently) which means I have to do real grown up things such as work and clean and cook! Now don't get me wrong I've been working since I was 16 and believe me I've had an eclectic mix of jobs. But I've finally found something I love and it was completely unexpected.

I now work in recruitment and what I love most is that I feel like I'm constantly learning something new. I feel valued and the personal development I'm offered means I'm staying on top of my game the entire time. Working within recruitment I obviously spend the day talking to people about career options and the job market and I've seen the importance (especially after Brexit!) of recruiting the right people but also keeping a hold of the best staff for your company and there's one ridiculously obvious way to do his: Invest in personal development

Personal development at work

It's baffling how few companies in this employers market are actually investing in their new staff with training and development, Penna* believe it's the best way of retaining current staff

I mean think about it? You obviously saw something in the staff you recruited so why not support that talent with opportunities to grow and develop, all it can do is strengthen your company. Not only will it work with existing staff but word will get out about how supportive an organisation you are and what a great place it is to work therefore attracting even more talent to your pool.

If your staff are happy and feel valued you're more likely to retain them too! Meaning your investment in their development will continue rewarding you for years to come.

Do you feel you're company invests in you?
How do you invest in your staff?

Alice Megan


Dining Room Wishlist

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Where did you eat your last meal?
In fact when did you last eat a meal at the dining table together as a family?

It seems the practice of eating together and catching up on everyone's day has become a little redundant with busy work lives, tablets and mobiles taking over. Many people now opt to eat their meals in front of the TV while scrolling on their phones. Despite the fact that eating at the dining table can aid mental health and also weight loss as you're concentrating more on your food.

I've been thinking and when I get my dream home a dining room* will be one of the staple points - somewhere to spend time relaxing after a hard day eating good food.

Dining room wishlist

I have quite a minimalist taste preferring a classic look but with warm touches of decor in the form of lighting/candles

I think the understated style and clean lines of the crockery would work really well with the eclectic light pendant and candles for those cosier evenings spent drinking wine and having a catch up. Perfect for hosting friends for dinner parties

Do you have a dining room? 
How often do you use it? 

If you enjoyed this post why not check out my Bedroom transformation post!

Alice Megan