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Tuesday, 30 December 2014


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Watched : Last week...and Sunday evening...and yesterday evening
Essential movie snacks : None
Watched with... : By myself
Score out of 5 : 2/5


I've found that a lot of these movies are set up quite well and have a lot to offer in terms of original storylines and characters but don't quite manage to follow through. Fear dot com was no different. The premise was all about a website people were logging onto and then consequently dying from weird deaths. Which come to think of it is real silly - I know people always do stupid stuff in horror movies anyway but why didn't these people just stop logging onto this website?

Generally, it wasn't the worst film I've seen when partaking this challenge. It was creepy and a lot of the scary/disturbing stuff began to happen more towards the end although I can't tell if the build up was really good or actually really boring. I mean, it made me want to watch until the end to see how the whole thing turned out but I also found myself tuning out throughout the movie, hence why it took me about three goes to watch the whole thing (but I was also really tired each time).

The graphics were kind of cool, as was the 'theme' of the film - lots of use of digital flashbacks, dark colours undertones thoughout, gritty images etc. It all fit together pretty well.

It took me a while to understand it though as it seemed throughout there were two separate story lines that had nothing to do with each other. I won't spoil it for you but this was a good effect even if it did confuse me a little.

And the ending was a little naff too.

Overall it was alright, but nothing to write home about. It wouldn't be worth a second viewing but to be honest, I can't quite place my finger on why. Everything was set up well but somehow it just didn't work - for me, anyway.

Notes throughout -
  • Is that the dude from Jurassic park 
  • O wait it looks nothing like him It was just that one angle 
  • What’s with the bouncy ball 
  • Why did he climb off the old ledge so slowly to save her why not just jump 
  • What even 
  • And that’s why I’d never have a cat
  • Omg this film mentions Ebola it has been around for years people, stop the panic!!
  • Ok wow this camera dude is so corny 
  • This dude is so creepy 
  • I really don’t get the bouncing ball reference or why it’s so important
  • Who the bloody well in hell is this dude 
  • And what does he have to do with anything
  • And what was with the phone call at the end?

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

In terms of adventures, admittedly the past two years are going to be pretty hard to top. 2013 saw me going on a week long epic road trip around the UK to see my favourite band and discover new places, and 2014 brought about visits to some new & uber cool places thanks to more gigs and good looking boys. I'm happy to say I've lived up to my plan to invest in more weekends or mini trips away, even if these have been confined to the UK.

However now that I'm working full time in a job I actually really enjoy and I'm actually in a position to put money aside to save, I think it's about time I stop wishing to go further afield and start actually planning it. Therefore, I thought I'd let you all have a nose of where I'd like to visit this year.

AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam has been on the cards for about five years now - I know, ridiculous isn't it - but since I have holiday to take, my manager has given me some time off in January which will promptly be spent in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Now don't get me wrong, we all know the main things it's popular for, but it's also known for so much more. Amsterdam is extremely cultural and not to mention breathtakingly beautiful. It's home to must-see museums and art galleries and, whatever the weather, a walk (or bike ride!) among the canals is also a must. Although I'll be going for a long weekend as opposed to a full week or so, I think that's exactly enough time I'll need for a mini city break.

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MEXICO
Mexico is somewhere that has always fascinated me and somewhere I have always wanted to visit. The stone pyramids for example not only look beautiful but are also rich in history and they alone are something else that fascinate me. Also on my Mexico to-do list includes some of the caverns/swimming holes, beautiful beaches and that creepy doll island. Mexico to me is just something so different from what we are used to in terms of landscape, culture and history. If Mexico isn't on the cards for 2015, then I'll be damned if I don't make a visit possible there at least within the next two years.

READING FESTIVAL
I've fallen hook, line and sinker for music festivals within the last year or so, having attended Warped Tour, Slam Dunk, Hit The Deck and Camden Rocks. I almost cried when it came to removing those wristbands. Warped Tour was my first ever proper music festival and for my first time, I was beyond lucky with the memories created that weekend. However, I haven't yet gone to a proper camping music festival. Other than Reading, some I have in mind also include Glastonbury, T in the Park and Creamfields, but since Reading had such a good line up last year *cough* Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy *cough*, I'm hoping this will also be a winner this year.

These are the three main things I'm looking forward to in 2015, though of course due to how much I can actually save, there's a chance Mexico might have to be pushed back to 2016 and another holiday take it's place in the mean time. It's been a long time since I've been on a proper holiday. As I hope to be driving at some point next year too, I'll also certainly be going on more day or weekend adventures too!

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

As 2014 draws to an end, I find myself thinking about my favourite things from the past year - the best memories, the fun trips I've taken..and my favourite music throughout.

There are a few albums I've found myself coming back to over and over again this year without fail. Looking back at my choices, I'm pretty sure none of them have actually been released this year but never mind - I think we all agree that it's important to have a mix of new AND old music in our music collection.

Here's what I've been listening to non-stop in 2014.

FALL OUT BOY | SAVE ROCK & ROLL
I'll come back to this album every few months or so and find myself listening to it like it's the first time I've ever heard it. Each time I do, I'm amazed at just how good it is and end up favouring different songs each time. Then I'll get into some other album for a couple of months...and inevitably always come back to this. I really love this album because on one hand it's kind of real different from Fall Out Boy's 'normal' stuff - their older stuff was heavier, whereas I did feel the album before this one was a little too mainstream & scene. This one is the perfect mix between the two - very upbeat & catchy, with lots of subtle nods to their old stuff as well.

THE WAR ON DRUGS | LOST IN THE DREAM
I love, love LOVE this album and I can't really put my finger on why. I wouldn't usually say this was 'my' type of music and my brother even called them kind of folky but there's just something about this album. I know I'm not the only one either because this band have become pretty damn big in the last year. This album is perfect for lazy listening and is the ideal soundtrack for hot summer days.

CROSSES | †††
Another album I am completely addicted to without even knowing why exactly. I just love it's dark, deep sound and this album just has a really edgy side to it. It's filled with those types of songs that you can listen to and feel like the lyrics themselves have been picked from your brain, as if the band themselves are in exactly the same situation as you with the same thoughts, beliefs and feelings. I particularly love Trophy - a song that, for me, sums up some brutally honest feelings about the early days of falling for someone when it's all falling apart.

LYDIA | DEVIL 
I've actually only been addicted to this album within the last few months after catching them on the 8123 tour but have totally fallen for their indie and sort of punk rock sound. This is another album that's pretty easy listening and a rare one that I can't decide whether some of the songs sound better on stage or on the album. When seeing them live for the first time, the lead singer really captivated me as he gave everything in his performance and I think I fell in love with these songs live in that setting. Never the less, the album lives up to the live versions of the songs and has become a firm favourite in only a few months.

ED SHEERAN | X
So this probably isn't a big surprise to most people - this was without a doubt a top album for so many people this year but it's kind of surprising for me! It took me a long, long time to get into Ed Sheeran and I was still listening to his older album on repeat when this one was released. Eventually I moved on and fell in love with this album, simply because it's romantic, gripping, easy listening, emotional, sweet...and more. Some favourite tracks from this album include I'm A Mess, Thinking Out Loud and The Man. I'm not ashamed to say I've fallen asleep to this album on many, many nights!

What have been your favourite albums of 2014? Have you listened to really popular albums or have you been listening to albums from more obscure unknown artists? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas is great. We all love Christmas. But with great times comes great responsibility, hence why December can be one of the most stressful months of the year. You know at some point there's going to be a family argument, usually on Christmas day. You're overrun with invitations for work, friends and family parties and then you also have to make time for an inevitable visit to Winter Wonderland...and buying presents.

Deciding what to get people for gifts is one of the hardest parts. Deciding whether or not to GET someone a gift can be even harder and let's face it, we've all been there so you know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm talking about when you're not quite 100% single but you're certainly not in a relationship either. When you've met someone who sometimes makes your insides go funny, someone you've been on 5+ dates with on the run up to Christmas or someone who's peen you may or may not have seen.

Although I'm no expert, personally I'd go for the rule of no gift and/or card (excluding sexy humorous cards) unless you've been on more than five dates or 'seeing' each other continually for over 3 months. BUT that's just the timescale I go by. It's really one of those things that depend on how often you talk/see each other, whether or not you see it turning into something more etc.

If you then go onto to decide that you are going to get them a gift, then comes the problem of deciding what to get them. Anything romantic is a no-go and anything sexy is always welcomed but probably a little predictable. Personally I'd just buy some really cute lingerie for myself since they'd benefit from it too, but you also want to kind of impress as well. It's hard finding that balance, without a doubt. So here are some ideas of 'alright' presents for that not-entirely-but-also-kind-of-special someone.

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1. Star Wars Origami, Firebox, £12.99. Because I've never met a guy who doesn't like Star Wars. And guys love challenges like folding paper and stuff.
2. Maybe You Touched Your Genitals hand sanitizer, Firebox, £4.99. Because they probably have - lets face it. And ewww boys are just icky and have cooties and literally do sh*t like touch that area multiple times a day for no particular reason.
3. The Wallet Ninja, Firebox, £9.99. Yeah I don't even know what half this stuff is for but I suppose it's a modern take on a pocket knife and makes a man feel, yknow, manly.

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4. Cards Against Humanity, Amazon, £20.00. It's that game that everyone goes on about and if you buy it for your boy, it's almost guaranteed he'll find you super cool and chill. No one who doesn't already own the game really knows much about it, let alone how to play, but they do know it's absolutely hilarious.
5. Sea Monkeys, Amazon, £10.85. You can literally NEVER go wrong with sea monkeys. They're vintage, fun and its a funny gift. This is usually my go-to safe gift for boys or secret santas when I barely know the person.

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6. Racing Grannies, Iwantoneofthose.com, £4.61. Probably a little offensive but nonetheless a perfect stocking filler, this humorous gift will provide hours of entertainment for guys especially who love challenges and to get competitive with their mates.
7. Smartphone Projector, Iwantoneofthose.com, £22.99. This is one of those things that in hindsight, probably aren't really needed what with all the technology we have nowadays anyway, but is still super cool and awesome. This will definitely earn you brownie points, whether your boy uses it to show off cutesy photos of you (I doubt it) or stupid but 'hilarious' Youtube videos (likely).

Some other ideas I'd suggest would be gig tickets (to their favourite band or a local gig), a console game (just don't ask me what ones are meant to be big this Christmas, best asking a male friend for advice on this one) or if you really, really cannot decide on anything else, just do what I normally do and buy yourself some sexy underwear. You can NEVER go wrong with sexy underwear (as long as they get to see it obvs).

Do you struggle with getting gifts in this vital 'seeing someone' stage? Or do you find the challenge quite exciting? Let me know!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I'm loving all the stocking fillers H&M have brought out this Christmas and I've particularly been eyeing up some of their gorgeous nail polish duo's. Available in four different colours - red, gold, silver and pink (all but three looking perfect for Christmas), the set includes two mini polishes - one a base coat and one a sequined addition, usually reserved for your ring finger to stand out a little!

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The idea is super cute and with each only costing £2.99, they definitely are perfect as stocking fillers for the girls. I  couldn't help but buy a few for myself though because the colours are absolutely stunning. I chose to go with the gold shades first of all and I can't stop staring at my nails. The colour is just so subtle, feminine and classy - and not to mention effortlessly seasonal without being too over the top.

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I'm really excited to try out the silver and red shades too closer to Christmas, but right now my heart is absolutely set on the look/theme created by this nail polish duo. Being that so many people choose to have plain nails with one 'arty' or 'out there' nail, this little set covers both your needs. Additionally, you can obviously go all plain or all sequined and for such a small price, it's a bargain.

What do you think of the shades? Will you be going for some subtle gold shades this Christmas? Let me know!

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Yes, this challenge is STILL going. I wonder if I'll ever get around to finishing it?!

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Watched : This afternoon
Essential movie snacks : None
Watched with... : By myself
Score out of 5 : 3/5


Tonight I'm reviewing The Pact, another film that actually wasn't all that bad. The starting is pretty standard, girl returns to childhood home after her mother passes away and freaky stuff starts happening. But, this movie does jump straight into things whilst successfully keeping up the premise of lots of build up and tension etc. After watching it, I'm not 100% sure that I understand the story line or how exactly it fits in with all the weird stuff happening, but nonetheless it was good. What I DID understand was a little bit different from most cliche horror movies.

The acting was standard, not amazingly great but good enough for the length of the movie. The whole movie held my attention throughout and I felt it had an accurate amount of scares. I did jump a few times, and I definitely found myself on the edge of my seat throughout as the tension built up.

The only complaint I had about the film was some of the unanswered questions, for example I still have no idea why the film is called The Pact. 

However I would recommend this! I wouldn't say it would have been worth seeing at the cinema but it's definitely a good film, probably even good enough to watch more than once.

My only notes are -
  • AHHH the giant eye
  • The little girl asking who's behind her on webcam - CREEPY OR WHAT?!
  • Why is she drinking juice to calm her down
  • What's soothing about juice
  • I don't understand
  • SH*T MY F*CKING PANTS
  • That REALLY made me jump

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Being a bit of a movie buff means that living close to London certainly has it's advantages. Cinema events have become ever so popular in the capital in the past few years from Secret Cinema hosting exciting and interactive showings of old favourites, to ultra posh venues featuring plush sofa seats & beds. What's been especially popular lately is not only the funky and oddball locations that pop up cinema's seem to inhabit, but also the quirky and wacky themes that come along with the showings too.

Last week I decided maybe it was time to stop hoping to attend one of these cool events and actually, yknow, attend one. Cool Runnings on Ice was an immediate first choice - a viewing of a child hood favourite film that takes place on actual ice and boasted bathubs, free glasses of rum and generally an exciting and friendly atmosphere.

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We headed down to Queens Ice and Bowl, amused at people's outfits of choice (we were encouraged to channel our 'retro Caribbean ski wear' wardrobe) and impressed with the venue - an ice skating rink and bowling alley in one - WHO KNEW. It sounded mighty fun and it was.

So it was pretty chilly and I ended up getting a numb bum, but it was really fun watching the movie in a completely different setting to normal. Compared to the fact that I hadn't seen it in donkeysyonks and barely remembered the movie, I was entirely submerged in the film. We received a free glass of rum and some popcorn and for a small fee could also get a blanket to keep us warm and some handwarmers. THE HAND WARMERS WERE STILL HOT THE DAY AFTER. Just saying. The blanket was real thin and did little to keep me warm but I was mightily impressed with the handwarmers.

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that there were actually no bathtubs on the ice to sit in to watch the movie (I think I totally misread the event details wrong - I know, I know, it would be near impossible to get enough bathtubs for everyone onto an ice skating rink but hey, London has played host to weirder things...) but overall, I really enjoyed my night.

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The only photo I took that night - a 'non bathtub' selfie
It was really so different from just watching a film at home because it was so lovely to see everyone get involved. Everyone cheered and clapped at appropriate parts of the movie and it just made the atmosphere really upbeat and fun. 

The only thing I would say was that it was a tad pricey at about £25 each which only covered entry, a glass of rum and a free packet of popcorn. The blanket & handwarmers were purchased at a small fee. Although I feel this price is worth it for the what the event involved and how different it was, I think it was a lot to pay to watch a movie whilst essentially just sitting on an ice rink. Had the venue been different I probably would have said the price was entirely worth it, simply because I did find it a little hard to enjoy the movie at points because it was so damn cold. However, being that cinema tickets are so expensive these days anyway, it's tough to evaluate. Despite that, I would most certainly attend a Press Play event again, depending on what theme/venue it is.

I would definitely suggest going with a big group of friends and throwing yourself into this type of thing. Press Play definitely put on a fun night and really went all out to re-create the theme of the movie.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Around about this time last year, I talked about the London Dungeons at Christmas and touched upon some other seasonal things to do in London. Really though, the list is endless and I have no doubt I'll be dedicating another blog post to all the fun Christmas themed things you can do in the city this winter.

However, this blog post is about seasonal things you can do a little more further afield, if you're from the South East/outskirts of London like me. I suppose it's fitting that I'm posting this a little early as a few of these things might require a day booked off work!

I'm quite lucky in that I come from a close knit family and when I was younger we'd always go on random adventures to cool places nearby and a few a little further out. I'll always be ever so grateful to my parents for that and so it means I've visited some really awesome places or attractions over the years! Here are a few that I think are definitely well worth a visit this winter...

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WARWICK CASTLE
Though it's a little further afield, Christmas at Warwick Castle is always a fun affair, especially because there's so much on all year round as it is! Warwick Castle offers typically everything a castle should - beautiful grounds, a rich history and daily shows and talks. It's also home to some attractions such as The Castle Dungeon & The Princess Tower - making it ideal for all the family. However, Christmas is when the castle really outdoes itself. The whole castle gets decked out in Christmas deco and offers a 25ft Christmas tree in the Great Hall. There are plenty of events on over the winter period such as A Very Victorian Christmas Party and the opportunity for kids to meet Santa. Most years they have an ice skating rink in the grounds or an ice skating trail too and let's not forget about how stunning the grounds will look covered in a blanket of pure white snow. You'll have to dress up warm but attractions aside, even just visiting this attraction on a winter day will be visually pleasing and you'll no doubt enjoy exploring the grounds.
Strictly speaking, Warwick castle more so in the Midlands as opposed to the South East but I couldn't miss it out!
Warwick Castle is just under two hours outside of London.

WOBURN SAFARI PARK
A safari park doesn't sound like it'll be much fun during winter - but it is, trust me. For starters, a lot of the safari is explored via car around a specific trail so grab a thermal mug full of tea, put some Christmas music on low and admire the animals in their natural habitat without having to ever step out into the cold. The safari park sets up a very special winter wonderland each year and additionally, usually hosts various different craft or Christmas fairs which is perfect for last minute Christmas gifts. You'd be surprised at how festive a safari can get when Christmas rolls around!
Woburn Safari Park is an hour and fifteen minutes outside of London.

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WADDESDON MANOR
I visited Waddesdon Manor a couple of years ago and to this day still smile at the memory. The manor is home to some stunning grounds that can take almost all day to walk around and you can explore these grounds over winter. The grounds also play host to a lot of Christmas and craft fairs in the colder months and you'll find captivating light trails throughout the gardens and woodland area. There's even a winter trail where you can spot reindeer and stables where you'll find seasonal activities for children such as lantern making or photos with real husky dogs! Finally, the actual manor itself is decorated each Christmas with stunning Christmas trees and twinkling fairy lights. This years theme is is Lights and Legends!
Waddesdon Manor is about an hour and a half outside of London.

HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR
You don't have to be a fan of Harry Potter - even if you're not you'll find the whole tour extremely pretty at Christmas. All year round you can explore the set and submerge yourself in the wonderful world of Hogwarts but visit at Christmas and you'll get so much more. The whole place is decorated for Christmas with parts of the tour covered in snow. If you ever remember how the great hall looked
at Christmas in the films, then you'll know this isn't a tour to be missed this winter.
Harry Potter Studio Tour is an hour outside of London.

If none of these take your fancy, how about just jumping in the car and driving to a random town for a fun adventure? More often than not, different places have their own seasonal events from Christmas lights being switched on to carolling and different fairs. And if not, most cities are worth a visit simply just to travel through and gawk at with Christmas lights and decorations. Cambridge, Southend on Sea and even Canterbury have always been known to be festive at winter - perfect to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Is there anywhere you always make sure to go with your family at Christmas? Where else would you recommend in the South East that just HAS to be visited this winter? Let me know!

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Monday, 24 November 2014

At twenty-four years old, I like to believe I've learnt a lot about dating and relationships since I first really put myself 'out there' and properly started dating at seventeen. I don't consider myself an expert, and I most definitely will nine times out of ten still choose a douchebag guy despite knowing that he's a doucebag but overall I think I have my shit together when it comes to dating. 

I don't have any particular baggage and I've learned many important dating lessons over the years - compromise is key (as is communication), not everything is black and white etc...but, like a lot of people I guess, there is a part of me that hold back and an even bigger part of me that finds it hard to trust people.

Being that I'm not really looking for a serious relationship right now, none of this tends to bother me in the long run (although no doubt one day it will). However when I found myself unable to sleep a couple of nights ago and ended up aimlessly scrolling through old Facebook messages, I was faced with memories I'd rather forget. Memories of a tough time I'd gone through a few years ago, a time that I can easily forget when I don't think about it but, when I do, still gives me that pang of pain in my stomach.

And it really got me thinking that although it doesn't affect me directly anymore and although it isn't something that currently causes a huge issue in my life, it's still really bloody unfair. It's really unfair how a person can hurt you and go on to show no remorse and never quite fix things. It's not right that a person can outright cause so much emotional pain and three years down the line be happily settled down without a second thought to it all. I find it hard to accept that when I was the one hurt, I've been the one to suffer. Because of what happened, I now find it tough to trust people and tend to hold back when I meet someone. Because of the way I was hurt, I tend to avoid relationships like the plague now, in some ways finding myself absolutely terrified of any form of commitment.

Maybe it's pathetic and childlike to feel the way I do; to feel less angry about the actions but more angry about the aftermath and how unfair it is. Does it paint me in a bad light to think it's not right for the person to hurt someone else to end up happy, but the person getting hurt ends up still dealing with the consequences all these years on?

I know I'm not the only one who feels like this. I'm certainly not the only person to think that perhaps if I was more ruthless, if I cared less, I would not be the one affected right now. But then again, I suppose, in some ways it has made me care less and has stopped me forming relationships that could lead onto something pretty good. And maybe that's how it all starts, how the cycle begins..someone gets hurt, who goes on to hurt someone else and so on so fourth.

So if I was going to say anything to conclude this post I would say that you should always be aware of your actions and how it might be affecting someone else. What might just seem as something small and blase to you could influence someone else's values and outlooks on relationships, it can even halter or limit their chances of opening up to someone new, to a new love. 

And I suppose if you've been hurt before too, perhaps it's important to try and remember that you should never let someones actions define your own happiness. 

Karma might not have got them, but when you end up real happier than them in the end, you'll find it doesn't even matter.


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Thursday, 20 November 2014

I've been spending a bit too much lately getting ready for winter but in my defence, the shops do have some really gorgeous & cozy winter wear right now. Additionally, with my 25% H&M staff discount, I can't really say no, can I? 

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Here's what I bought, starting with my buys from H&M. Also, sorry about the photo quality, it's winter which means no natural light :(

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I absolutely love this vest from Divided Grey and think it's so edgy and cool. It's a well fit with low armpit holes without being too big and a really simple design on the front. I didn't actually realize there was a design on the back until it turned up so that was a nice surprise! It's really cute to wear over a pair of leggings when lounging around the house or with a floral kimono in work to make it a bit less edgy and a bit more feminine.

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On the left, another edgy top with skulls on the boobies! I really love this and in real life it looks really worn with a few small holes and rough edges which I adore about it. It's totally rock & roll and ideal for gigs and probably to wear in the summer too as it's very loose fitting and light. On the right is an oversized deep green top just for work. Unfortunately you can't really see the colour very well in this photo but it's so comfy and looks great just worn over a pair of skinny fit jeans and boots. It's perfect for winter.

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These socks are adorable! I've been wearing them religiously on cold days and they look so cute and stylish with my ankle boots. I really love the funky print, ideal for Christmas and winter.

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THESE SHOES. Now let me tell you a story about THESE SHOES. So someone returned them in work a month or so ago because they didn't fit. They clearly hadn't been worn and were in perfect condition. I'm normally picky with shoes but, well, with these it was love at first sight. So I popped them on hold behind the till until my next shift and went home to dream about them. But when I came back they'd gone! Someone had put them back out on the shop floor and I couldn't find them ANYWHERE. I looked online and they're not available online either. I sulked for days, let me tell you. Then a week or so ago I was putting some shoes out on delivery and found my babies hidden behind another pair! Not only that but they'd now gone down from £30 to £10! It was FATE! I bought them immediately. Let me tell you, I'd never been on such an emotional roller coaster with just a pair of shoes.

But how cute are they?!

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Speaking of cute...how sweet is this Christmas jewelry?! I adore the little earrings and have already worn the stars and reindeer a couple of times now (I'm saving the more Christmassy ones for December) and I've been itching to wear the bracelets.Christmas jewelry used to be SO tacky & over the top (although sometimes that's good!) but lately I've seen lots of seasonal accessories that are actually really cute too. The earrings are from H&M and the bracelets are from Primark, which brings me to what I bought from Primark..!

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These two fluffy jumpers have kept me super warm lately. The white one is a little more versatile meaning I can keep it back and continue to wear it after Christmas too. The snowflake one is more wintery than just Christmassy and I've pulled it on to snuggle up warm many, many times after a long day at work. Both are oversized and perfect for when I'm feeling slouchy.

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Finally, I got some really fluffy socks to keep my tootsies warm....and some teenage ninja mutant turtles pajamas! Because they're totally a winter necessary...they just make awesome and cool ;)

So that's my recent mini haul, all of which have been getting a lot of wear! As always, it's a mix of edgy stuff and corny but sweet Christmassy things too. I just have to try not to spend anymore money now..!

Have you picked up any bargains lately? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

This time last year, I was sitting at home in my pajamas, feeling worse for wear and recovering from a long, long week. My hair probably needed a wash and, come to think of it, I probably really needed a proper long soak in the bath - as well as along break from alcohol. I'd been exhausted and still felt slightly sleepy after my much needed lay in, yet I couldn't help but sit there with a smile on my face as I recalled my week to my family and gossiping about what had happened on Facebook.

For in November 2013 me and some friends embarked on an adventure, the type of adventure I'm sure many people dream about or think only happen in books and movies - and to this day I still can't believe it happened. We followed a band on tour, booking tickets to see them at every one of their UK tour dates and turning it into a week long road trip/adventure/party.

To this day, it's still one of the BEST decisions I've ever made.

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Music is my passion, but that's not the only reason why I did it. It was to create new memories, to have some fun. To travel around the country and discover cities I've never visited before. To meet new people and to ultimately go on a road trip. Every single one of my wishes came true and sitting here now typing this, I can't even keep the smile off my face as I remember how the week went.

I still remember the long drive to Newcastle, the pit stop in Sunderland to grab what I still insist is the worlds best takeaway pizza (especially after a night out). How I finally got my night out clubbing in Newcastle (I'd studied at Sunderland University for three years and somehow never went clubbing in Newcastle whilst there). How we bagged ourself into a super expensive club for free. How everyone was so friendly - picking me up and spinning me around. The funky cocktails in one bar and the dancing 'cage' in another. The themed 80s bar. Posing in front of a giant Budda Head statue when it was time to go home...then climbing into a fake car and taking more photos.

And this was before tour had even started!

The rest of the week served us some even more amazing memories. I fell in love with Edinburgh. I laughed so hard in a beyond trippy rotating tunnel. I made friends with support bands and random Noel Fielding lookalikes in the street. I partied hard. I recovered. I partied harder. I took too many pictures to count and listened to some of the best playlists that I'm still proud of now.

And the travelling to new cities part was pretty cool too. From staying in basic travelodge hotel rooms to all out glamorous party apartments like the one below, it's safe to say that we had a real mix throughout the week...!

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I still remember watching the sunset as we drove somewhere in between Edinburgh and Liverpool, running late and music blasting loud. A few years ago, I watched the 'Kids in Love' music video by Mayday Parade and just thought how badly I'd love to get away and take a trip like that with my friends, to be speeding along in the car with music playing loud...and at that time, I did. I had that moment, and that was pretty damn surreal for me.

Truth be told, I'm notourous for having dreams and not following through with them. But this is one dream I actually managed to fulfill and it was hands down one of the most amazing adventures of my life. Sure, it was tough arranging it all and it cost money and some people even judged us for it. But it was more than worth it in the end.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you want to do something crazy, do it now while you're still young. Don't think about what people might say or how much it might cost. Don't even worry about work. Just book a week off, jump in your car and do it. There's no time like the present and you'll be amazed at how one small road trip can change your life forever.

DO IT. NOW. You wont regret it.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

I know it's not strictly Halloween or even October anymore, but I still have 5 more movies on my B-List Horror Movies Challenge list! Tonight I'm reviewing Boogeyman, a film I was at first surprised that I hadn't yet seen. When I first picked it up, I figured it was one of those old 90s movies that most kids had seen growing up, but on further thought, I think I might have been getting it mixed up with Candyman (which I haven't seen either come to think of it). Boogeyman actually came out in 2005!

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Watched : This evening
Essential movie snacks : Pringles
Watched with... : Some friends
Score out of 5 : 4.0/5


The premise of this film feeds on childhood fears - the fear of the dark or, more specifically, what hides in your closet at night. When a young Tim looses his father to such a thing hidden in the dark, it's no surprise that when he grows up, he's not quite over it. Following the death of his mother, he comes home and finds himself fighting to unravel the mystery or at least beat the thing that had haunted him for so many years.

Considering this only cost me 65p from CEX (I know!) I wasn't sure if I was expecting it to be bad because it was so cheap, or if I just had low expectations for it costing so little and hoped it would be much better than my expectations.

As it turns out, it was one of the best movies I've watched from this challenge so far! It had a strong storyline which I really digged because of how simple and innocent it was - everyone has been scared of the dark at least once in their life. The 'boogeyman' was never really revealed until the end (and man he was freaky), so that really built up my anticipation. There were quite a few jumpy parts too.

I wouldn't say the actors in the film were amazing, but they were a lot better then I expected them to be too. Some of it didn't make total sense though and got a little confusing, like how he tended to transport from one place to another through the closet at some points (and even seemingly go back in time at one point?). I didn't entirely understand the end, but it was exciting and kind of dark.

The film had a very nostalgic feel to it, like it was the type of film to be watched as a teenager, sneaking out of bed to watch a scary movie your parents don't want you to, or the type of film to watch with your best friends and scream your head off at the whole time. I'd probably even go as far to say that this is a date night movie too.

The ending was okay, too. It stayed away from typical horror movie endings where there's 'one last kill' or a suggestion that there might be a sequel a few months on. It was nice and simple and rounded things up nicely.

It wasn't the best horror movie I've ever seen but I enjoyed it and would watch it again.

My notes/inner monologue during the film -
  • Is that Sylvester Stallone 
  • Holy crap this is actually kinda messed up 
  • That Tim guy is sort of hot but damn that jumper is ugly 
  • What a weird little kid
  • Hiding in the barn and shit
  • He’s like transporting through the closet what 
  • Tim doesn’t need mental help it’s the boogie man!
  • OMG THE TWIST
  • How the hell can a tap make me jump?! 
  • Holy sh*t it’s actually kinda scary 
  • Hmm I didn’t completely understand the ending but the very very ending was nice and simple
  • And the song in the credits is awesome
I've discovered this movie inspired a couple of straight-to-DVD sequels which I wouldn't mind seeing for review purposes of course! Maybe I'll keep them in mind for next years challenge...


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