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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

I've just got a very brief and quick post going live today I'm afraid - and it's all about promoting my Depop! #sorrynotsorry.

Basically, I've just paid off my trek to Mexico in full and I'm now saving left right and centre for spending money. I've also recently moved back home which means although I'll be saving in the long run, I've also come to realize just how much junk I own and how many clothes I have hanging in my wardrobe that I don't wear.

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Hence the long overdue clearout.

Here's just some stuff available on my Depop shop now - but plenty more will be added in the upcoming weeks. All items come from a smoke free house and are in great condition, and I also have a bunch of clothes to sell that still have tags on (back from when I worked in retail and abused my discount just because).

Any questions, just ask!

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Also, I am 100% debating going into the foot fetish business and selling old dirty shoes. So, y'know, if you know anyone into that sort of thing, tell them to hit me up...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017


The nation’s capital has events, activities and excitement in abundance — but sometimes, it’s nice to have a break from the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets. Fortunately, there are plenty of worthwhile day trip and getaway locations in the surrounding areas and a little further afield.

While there’s no doubt that a jaunt around a big city like London is full of fun things to do, there’s a lot to be said for taking some time out and hopping over the metaphorical city walls. With so much diversity in regards to activities and locations, a quick train or car journey (many of which are an hour or less) is of little sacrifice for a memorable trip.

Brighton Beach

BRIGHTON
The historic seaside pier, its 5.4-mile long beach and endless shops, cafes and pubs amidst The Lanes are just a few of Brighton’s prime tourist locations. Whether you want a leisurely seaside stroll with a bag of chips or a jam-packed day of activities, Brighton has something for everyone.

Museums and galleries offer visitors a keen look at the artistic nature of the town, while an abundance of shops and boutiques show off Brighton’s ability to stay at the forefront of alternative fashion and trends.

With so much to see and do, you may find that a day trip to Brighton won’t be enough to experience all it has to offer, so the short train journey from London and a ticket fee (around £20) that does little damage to your bank account will come in handy for future trips.

THE NEW FOREST
A mere ninety-minute train journey from London’s Waterloo Station will see you arriving in the enchanting environment of The New Forest. With plenty of nature to explore and wildlife to see, a diverse range of activities and events going all year round, The New Forest is a must-see and must-do for any Londoner looking for a change of scenery.

There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find places in London where you can enjoy outdoor activities or see animals at the zoo, but with The New Forest, you have an environment where you can enjoy various outdoor activities in scenic locations and observe an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Whether it’s a family trip, weekend adventure with a group of friends, or a romantic getaway, The New Forest really does have a bit of everything. Walks through the countryside, exciting activities, shopping, museums, spa days; it has something to fulfil most people’s idea of the perfect weekend getaway.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES NEAR THE CITY
London has a humongous range of activities, suited to the needs of a wide variety of people — but the problem is that the majority of these activities will be indoors. Stepping beyond the city limits and off the beaten track will allow you to experience some exciting activities, while embracing the great outdoors.

If you fancy making a change from the hectic foot traffic of London’s busy streets, a leisurely stroll in the countryside will be the breath of fresh air you need. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with the amount of scenic walking locations nearby. If you’d prefer something a bit more extreme in similar locations, there are plenty of off-road cycling paths and downhill mountain biking courses.

For those of you who are looking for an activity that’s outdoorsy, exciting, energetic and highly competitive, look no further than paintballing. You won’t have to go far to find the best paintballing London has to offer — as well as the best paintballing deals London has to offer. There's little that rivals the excitement of exploring diverse outdoor combat scenarios, while being immersed in the adrenaline-fuelled action of paintballing.

Many people would think paintball is reserved for days out with friends or stag dos, but specialised equipment means that the sport is safe to play for anyone aged 8+. This means families can attend for an exciting day out, or plan a children's paintball party. The possibilities are endless, so it’s worth checking out the exciting paintball London has to offer.

HISTORIC LOCATIONS
While the streets of London are riddled with historical relevance and beautifully aged by memories of the past, the locations that make up the surrounding areas are just as worthwhile to check out and embrace your inner historian.

From the Roman bathhouses of the rather aptly named Bath, to the wonderful medieval craftsmanship of Canterbury Cathedral, you’ll find locations that are a brilliant insight into Britain’s past. Other sites such as Stonehenge are known all over the world for the mystery behind its original purpose — an opinion that has been debated for many generations.

Neighbouring cities such as York and towns like Winchester are packed with history, scenic countryside and quirky buildings that make visitors instantly fall in love with the atmosphere and change of pace from a bigger city.

Whether you’re a Londoner looking for a break away from the city, or a visitor in search of some nearby gems while you spend some time in and around the capital, it’s pretty safe to say you won’t be disappointed. Scenic strolls in the countryside, historical tours of the local area, or intense, adrenaline-rushing fun of paintball; it’s all within a short distance of London and definitely worth making the trip.

*Please note, this post has been contributed.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

I know I already wrote a brief post about Pound Fitness and my experience of taking a class but, if I'm honest, I didn't really feel that post was anything more than a ramble about how much fun I found the class.

I've been back since and have even turned my sister into a fan of this quirky fitness class, so thought I'd share some reasons to why you should try it too.

Pound Fitness is a cardio workout with simulated drumming, which sounds like an odd mixture but works pretty damn well. In a class, you are given a pair of Ripstix (neon green lightly weighted plastic drumsticks), which you use to drum the floor (or tap together in the air) during the upbeat workout, which ranges from stretches, squats and various cardio moves. 

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IT'S A GREAT WORKOUT
To say Pound Fit is a great workout is almost understatement. It's basis is cardio - but it really is an all over workout. When I heard it's inspired by drumming. I figured maybe it would only give my arms a workout. I was wrong. There's a lot of squatting and there's also some ab inspired floor moves too. So, it works out the whole body and one hour of Pound Fit can burn up to 900 calories!

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND POUND FITNESS IS AWESOME
One of the founders, Cristina Peerenboom, broke her drum stool and, determined to still practice, spent an hour squatting to do so. The following morning she woke up with aching abs and legs and thus the idea was born into a unique workout.

YOU FEEL LIKE A TOTAL ROCKSTAR TAKING PART
You really do. Even though it doesn't turn you into a drummer, taking part in simulated drumming along to the soundtrack of bands like Paramore or Fall Out Boy is a really great feeling, especially when you have a lot of anger or stress to work out. And, although I read somewhere that it won't help you improve your drumming, I kind of feel like it has helped me improve my rhythm and get used to the concept of drumming.

THERE'S A REAL SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Each class is really laid back but upbeat, and the hour workout is filled with giggles and points where you sing along. Some exercise classes I go to and I feel not necessarily judged, but not accepted as much, or I feel bad not being as good as others. This isn't like that at all. It's so laid back, and there's a totally awesome online community too. It's not just a workout class. The website has a blog which shares tips, playlists, interviews with badass women and recipes, and there's a really awesome clothing range that can be purchased too.

...BUT YOU CAN ALSO DO IT AT HOME
If there's not a class near you (it's not massively popular in the UK yet - although there are lots of opportunities to become a trainer!), you can order DVD's to take part. There's a Rockout Results System for £72.09 (really random 9p there but that's the conversion from US dollars!), which includes five DVDs, a balance guide and seven day kickstart, a Poundoff calendar and workout journal, interval challenges, a 'live' class, a 101 tutorial and a pair of Ripstix. Perfect for a gift or to save for if you become an addict like me. There's also a cheaper version, Album 1: Sweat. Sculpt. Rock. This DVD set includes two DVD's and a pair of Ripstix for £16. Bargain.

SWEAT.
SCULPT.
ROCK.

But essentially, if you're just after something a bit edgy or different, then this is definitely a fitness class for you!

Would you ever try Pound Fitness? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

I don't know about you guys, but my only Valentine's Day plans consist of finally ordering a massive greasy pizza (my first, since Veganuary, but in my defence I'm choosing a healthy one from Domino's new italian range!), and sticking on some really disturbing and gory horror movies.

Seriously, how am I even still single?!

It's not that I actively want to avoid the day or the idea behind it - because don't get me wrong, I do love a good romcom - but on days like today I like saying a big 'eff you' to being single and watching the most-gory-and-least-lovey-dovey movie I can find.

If you're like me and prefer to be sickened by blood and guts as opposed to overly romantic displays of affection today, then some of these movies will do the trick for you.

Forget 50 Shades Of Grey, we're talking 50 Shades Of Gore here...

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DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Although this one is a remake, I think the 2004 version is still considered some sort of a classic among our millennial, as it's usually one of the first horror movies a lot of people my age had seen. It's still a treat to see this on TV these days.
The worst bit | This movie is pretty much blood and guts from start to finish, but the dead baby always gets me. I mean it's more disturbing than gory, but still..

THE EXORCIST (1973)
This one is a sure classic that not only managed to make people puke during their first showing of the film, but still manages to genuinely disturb to this day. Although it's not gory per say, the gradual transformation of Regan is certainly disturbing, as is her language.
The worst bit | I'm gonna go out on a limb here - yes, most people would say *that* head scene, but for me, it's seeing the possessed girl do some weird crab-crawl sh*t down the stairs that still spooks me out now.

THE SAW MOVIES
I can't pick just one film, but I can say watching them all back to back with tons of beer and pizza is pretty much an ideal date for a horror movie fanatic. Man do I wish I'd bought the box set to binge-watch them all today, even if the character of Jigsaw is hardly scary these days thanks to funny memes and that one video where he's riding a childs bike and it just collapses beneath him...
The worst bit | Its been years since I've seen *any* of the Saw movies, but I'm probably going to say the trap where the man has to cut off his own foot in the first film. Yeah, the traps get more gory as the films go on, but this was still quite a shock as it was the first film in the series.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009)
I haven't seen the original, and I admit, this remake isn't really amazing, but it's right up there in terms of gore, especially if you watch the 3D version. I mean, there's not a lot to be said about it really, but the links to Valentine's Day means it's a must watch this, er, Valentine's Day, and it's worth a watch alone just to perv on Jensen Ackles.
The worst bit | The crime scene involving the poor naked lady in the cheap motel. She just wanted to get laid, man...



EVIL DEAD (2013)
This is a firm favourite of mine and one that never fails to creep me out (or shock me). It's disgustingly gory, even to the point where you can just tell the director has tried to gross out the audience as much as possible (but still living up to the storyline in that sense, not just a film with tons of gore and no storyline like some of the Final Destination movies). On the other hand, it's genuinely a good movie, and Shiloh Fernandez provides excellent eye candy throughout. (Also, I've been told that although I haven't seen all of the original's, each and every one is a strong contender for one of the goriest movies of all time too!)
The worst bit | There's so many overly gory bits in this movie, but, for me, there's a bit towards the end involving a machete and a knee - that gets me every damn time. I still can't watch it without having to turn away and shudder, and even just writing about it is making me feel uneasy.

POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD (2006)
Funny story - my sister and I saw this accidentally once. To this day I don't know how it happened, but basically her boyfriend burned a lot of DVD's for her and we went to put on some romcom and instead we were faced with this movie, which was...messed up to say the least. Although to be honest, this seems to happen to us a lot - I still remember I rented us 40 Days and 40 Nights expecting it to be a romcom and not filled with sex. Anyway. It's about zombie chickens and took six years to get released.
The worst bit | I couldn't even tell you. I couldn't even get past the first half hour, but one day I will...!

RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
It's a bit dated now, but Resident Evil is one of those old favourites that you might not ever purchase on DVD, but simply love to watch when it's broadcast on TV. There are lots of real messed up monsters in this movie, from The Licker to the inside out dogs, and, of course, Milla Jovovich absolutely slays in her role.
The worst bit | The laser scene. You all know which one I mean...
So there you have it. If you're single this Valentine's Day and you're looking for a cheap and alternative way to spend your evening, there's a choice of seven suitably gory movies perfect for a day like today...

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Monday, 13 February 2017

I'm not gonna lie, I've focused on Shazam a lot for this month's playlist, but to begin with, it definitely focuses on more mainstream music, before some more heavier tracks towards the end.

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Paris by The Chainsmokers is a real guilty pleasure of mine recently, and yes, that is 5ive thrown in there. I heard this on the radio and couldn't help but think what a happy and upbeat song it is. I've also included the latest single from The Maine, You Me At Six and that song by Train everyone can't help but sing along to.

Here's February's playlist.

I've also thrown in some Halsey there too, as although it's from the 50 Shades Darker soundtrack, I have been waiting for some new music from her for a while now. I absolutely love Halsey, her music is so unique and I love that she's not afraid to be different.

Are there any essential songs I'm missing that you've really been digging this month so far? Let me know!

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