Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Goals For 2017

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had an amazing time celebrating the New Year. As usual with this time of year, many of us like to take some time to reflect on old resolutions and goals and begin creating new fresh ones for the year. I thought I would share with you some of mine. I've decided this year for my goals to create more than usual to give myself more of a challenge. I feel like now that they are out on the internet I have more of an obligation to complete them haha! I hope you enjoy reading through and who knows, you may also find some ideas for your own goals. So lets begin:

Take video clips on trips and holidays

This was the first one I had planned towards the end of 2016. On Christmas Eve, my family and I have a tradition of watching old family videos and we dug out an old cinema video that my granddad took when my dad was a young boy and I felt so inspired by those videos. The videos originally had sound on the old copies but when converted they lost their sound, but I found that really interesting that even though there was no volume, we still found it enjoyable. Especially in this new age of vlogging I found it quite refreshing to watch videos that didn't have to be perfectly edited and not for the intention of views and likes. I always had this idea that one day when I had children I would take videos but then after watching these videos it got me thinking why wait? why don't I just start now? It'd be great to look back one day and see videos of my life before children like when I move into my first home or when I eventually get my future chocolate labrador puppy. So until those days come I'd like to create my own documentations of trips or holidays for my own personal enjoyment to one day look back on.

Edit at least one video

This goes hand in hand with the previous goal. I do have a few video clips from previous holidays and trips from over the years that are sitting there in my folders waiting for something to be done with them. I feel like this year should be the year I actually compile them into a full video.


Save money & Don't touch it!

After a discussion with my dad on Christmas Day about how I save money. This is something I'm going to try out. I have a tendency to save money consistently but end up putting it towards things like holidays and more for 'right now' type of things and end up spending a chunk out of it, whereas I need to start saving for my future e.g. saving for a house. That kind of thing. Which I'm going to try and do both. Still save up for 'right now' plans but also put money aside to go towards my future and that account will be one I don't touch. I feel at 24 that is probably a good time to start and I probably should have done this earlier.
Blog more

An obvious one really. I've missed blogging so much and I don't do it as much as I used to / I'd like to. During my second year at university I seemed to go downhill with not finding the time and then beating myself up about wanting to blog 'all this time you want to blog, you could be doing uni work' like a voice in my head scolding me. Eventually after uni, I got so caught up with working that I felt blogging was a bit of a chore for me and that I shouldn't force it. But I feel this is the year that I will contribute to it more. I'm not saying I will blog all the time, but I definitely want more posts to come out this year and still continue be involved in the community whether that's on social media or commenting on other people's blogs. Also with my current job role, I hope to blog more for that too, so either for work or for a hobby suits me just fine!

Read at least one book

I've started to grow a pile of unread books and have a terrible habit of buying more without reading those I do have. I used to be this person who could read a book in a night and be able to switch off from the world and just read. I feel like more recent years I only tend to read if I'm relaxing by the pool on a holiday which yeah is a good thing that I'm reading a little bit, but I'd like to get back into reading more in my spare time too not just when I'm away. I've set myself the goal of one and anymore is just an added bonus!
Write in my diary/ Print off old diary

This is something that is extremely difficult when you've been away from it for so long. I stopped writing in my diary 2 years ago, the day a loved one passed away. As much as I wanted to write, I didn't want to bring up those sad feelings I'd had so I pushed it aside for a long time. Eventually over time I found it easier to type up everything as opposed to pen to paper, but this year I want to physically write properly. I also want to print off the diary I had wrote those 2 years on my computer and stick it into a physical book.

Print off photographs

I am terrible at this! Years ago I was the girl who would print pictures off almost every week. But now I haven't printed off pictures since I was about 18! That is 6 years ago now! Holy Sh-
I have files on my computer full of pictures I need to print off, like holiday photos and days out with friends. I'm keeping this one at a pretty slow pace too, as printing photos off can cost a fair bit,  but every so often I'll make sure to print some off. Also I'm sure my computer could benefit with the extra space that has been taken up of photographs I bet.

Spend more time with family/ Invest more time in those I care about

This is more of a reminder for myself. Especially my grandparents. I used to think my grandparents were invincible, well my whole family really. Which I learnt the hard way when a loved one passed away. I feel terrible that it took something like that to make me realise this. It shook me up massively and made me realise that I need to spend more time with them as much as I can which I want to do more of this year. Also another key thing I learned too was how much I used to invest my time with people that ended up not being good friends. Feeling forced into situations with people I didn't click with or toxic people who made me feel rubbish about myself. This is the year I will be selfish about this and put my foot down, which sounds horrible I know, but I'd prefer to see myself surrounded by people I love and who make me happy. In doing so creates more happy times. So more happy times this year please!
Personal Development

There is a few in this list of mine, so the title is just a summary of them all. Again some of these are just a friendly reminder and a nudge to myself. The first being to do more of what makes ME happy and to only live up to my own expectations and not others. This is something I feel like I do already but it needs more of, over the last few years I've begun to not be put off by other's opinions and expectations but sometimes annoyingly I do still get that niggley feeling or thought. I want this year to be the year I refuse to let those niggles in at all. If you spend your life trying to make others happy, you'll never live a happy life. Trust me. Do what makes you happy and if people have something to say then give them a polite smile and nod and just go back to being awesome.

And the next part of this is to restore the confidence I've lost from last year and rely on myself to make me feel good about myself, not others. Sounds weird but I've always taken pride in being confident and happy in my own skin, a trait I've learned to have from a young age due to ridicule earlier on in life and even now I get the odd sly comment here and there and been lucky to usually have an immunity to it, which for some reason means people judge me for being happy in my own skin. I know people even now think it's big headed of me to admit this and I never understand why that is a bad thing. I've accepted my flaws and insecurities early on in my life due to those things and majority of the time I laugh it off and have learned to laugh at myself about them. I live my life trying not to dwell on those things. I was never the super hot girl or the most popular and I'm proud of that because I never wanted to be and I've lived a happy life doing what I enjoy. When I was younger some people would think I was weird for being more into playing video games than clothes and makeup. But I never saw the issue with that and looking back I love the fact I was like that and that I have friends and loved ones even now who still love me being that kind of person.
But last year I seemed to notice more negativity from different people towards how I look, what I wear, my personality, the things I enjoy or maybe its always been there but rather than laugh it off I've started to listen to those negative comments more and feel self conscious about who I am and how others perceive me to a point where I would hold back certain traits of my personality and I hate being made to feel like that and more importantly annoyed at myself the fact I allow myself to let that bother me to the point where I feel the need to do that. And it's strange because I don't know why this has suddenly been the case, but to help myself out I've started to adopt a new mentality of never again being made to feel like I can't be myself and that those people are the problem not me and also to start allowing the opinions of those I care about and opinions of people I trust to be the only ones I listen to. I realise people are always going to have an opinion on you, I just have to teach myself to listen to the ones that are constructive rather than just sly. So I will try and persist with this for 2017 and hopefully see some positive results. Ok that just got real so lets move on.

Take better care of myself

Now all the heavy stuff is out of the way. The next one is an all round one. I want to devote more time to looking after myself. I work from home for my job so making sure I get outside is crucial to me, whether its at the weekends or later on in the evening. Maybe at a push even exercise a little. None of this 'this is a new year I need to join the gym' (no offence to anyone its just not me!) just something simple that can be even be done at home, doing pilates and yoga or dancing around my room like a lunatic or actually going outside for a walk. Also I work from my room, so making sure my room is a clean space and clutter free. A tidy room is a tidy mind. Taking time to pamper myself to help with boosting my confidence again, experimenting with new makeup looks, hair styles or outfits that I feel good in and feel daring enough to wear out. Look after my skin more. Also continuing to organise my wardrobe and beauty storage. You get the idea.
Have a holiday

Ending on a relaxing one here. I always have this on my list of goals each year, because I find it important to work towards something and to take some time off. Although technically I've already done this as I was away over New Year (post to come soon!) but yes have a holiday where I can relax, preferably by the pool in the sunshine with a cocktail in hand and a book in the other. Bliss!

Thank you for reading!
Let me know what one of your resolutions or goals for the new year are below :)
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

MOANA Film Review

Hello everyone!
Last Friday I went and saw my most highly anticipated film of the entire year, Moana!
After being initially drawn in by the heavy influence of the polynesian culture, the all round bright tropical paradise appearance, cute colourful characters and of course Dwayne Johnson I was itching to see it. And boy it did not disappoint!

Without giving too much away, Moana is about a young daughter of the Chief of a Polynesian tribe who sets sail on a journey across the ocean with the demi god Maui to rescue his magic hook and restore the 'heart of Te Fiti' which is a stone that has the power to create life. She is initially chosen by the ocean to be the person who embarks on this adventure and after the island that Moana, her family and the tribe live on starts to turn to darkness and die out, she sets off on the journey with Maui and Heihei and with the blessing of her Grandmother to restore the heart and bring life back to the islands.
Before seeing the film I had stalked the instagram of Auli'i Cravalho the voice of Moana and noticed her videos of the behind the scenes of the film. I decided to Youtube this before I saw the film and it made me appreciate it even more. The video shows the voice actresses/actors performing their parts, the recordings of the orchestra and singers for the wonderful soundtrack, the research and inspiration that heavily inspired the film and showing the basic storyboard up to the final character designs. The amount of skill, background research and attention to detail that the Disney company have done really shows in the film and makes me appreciate it that little bit more. It was also really interesting to see all these behind the scenes moments come to life in the film. Watch it HERE.

One of the main characters in the film is actually the ocean, although it doesn't speak it is almost personified in a way. It initially shows Moana as a toddler (SO cute btw!) and her interaction with the ocean and then as she is a older how it interacts with the characters and how it plays a role in not only the journey of the film but a role in who she is as a person. The ocean also is the one who gives her the heart of Te Fiti and basically chooses her to be the one who goes on this quest to restore the heart.


Visually the film is absolutely stunning! I was completely blown away by the design and the animation of everything. The scenery looks completely breathtaking and the different visual shots of both the islands and the ocean was beautiful as well as the detail of the characters was just incredible, even the little things like eyelashes to the likes of clothing and tribal tattoos. The attention to detail was just astonishing.





Although the film shows other characters too, I'd say overall really Moana and Maui are the main characters closely followed by Hei hei the chicken (although doesn't speak and is just for comical relief, he ends up going along on the adventure too) and the Grandmother. Although I was slightly disappointed that Pua the pig didn't go along too, it would have been good to have had it along for the ride as well, but I think that's just me being swayed by the fact Pua is so adorable and wanted to see more of it.

The thing I enjoyed about Moana as well was her character, she comes across very determined, brave, family orientated, couragous and understands her responsibility within the tribe to provide for them and come up with solutions for any problems. One of things that really stood out for me in this day and age is that Moana is a strong, independent woman, which although I do enjoy a Disney happily ever after, I did find it refreshing that the film wasn't based on romance and finding a handsome prince in order to be happy and fulfilled. Not that I don't enjoy a budding romance in Disney films, I did however like the fact the film focused more on a friendship, the adventure and following your dreams and finding who you are instead. Which is still classic of Disney. And personally I think the film didn't really need a romantic element to it anyway as it did amazing without it.

I also liked that the film gave you a bit of background story to not just the history of where they live but also to the tribes and Moana's family. That is why I'm trying my hardest not to reveal too much in this post as the film explains a lot of it to you very early on and gives you a good level of understanding for the background and how it relates to the story.

Overall if it wasn't obvious enough I would highly recommend this film, for it's stunning visuals, great storyline complete with wonderful soundtrack, attention to detail as well as loveable characters. It is definitely worth a watch! And trust me, you'll have 'You're Welcome' stuck in your head for the rest of the day too!
Thanks for reading!
If you have also seen the film I'd love to hear what you thought of it below too :)

*Images taken from Google
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Autumn Is Among Us!

Hello everyone!
Autumn is finally among us and I hope you are all enjoying it and making the most of the last bits of sunshine before winter rolls in. I'm thoroughly enjoying one of my favourite seasons so far. One of the main things I absolutely adore about this time of year is how simply breathtaking the nature around us is. I know it sounds cheesy but there's nothing I enjoy more than being greeted by the low lying sun on a morning and watch it shine through the trees on a warm day in the countryside or feeling the light gentle breeze with a slight chill in the air as it gives a small nod to the coming of winter, the satisfying sound of the ever-changing leaves crunching beneath my favourite pair of boots, sipping hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows in my favourite cafe, fetching out my favourite and warmest coat and scarf and of course the gorgeous sunsets on a evening that fill the sky with an array of pink, red-orange and purple hues. Sounds an absolute dream!

When I've not been taking in the gorgeous scenery, I have been spending my weekends wrestling for the duvet on a morning to keep warm, catching up with friends, spending time with my other half, pigging out with Domino's takeaway whilst divulging in the usual The Jonathan Ross Show, X Factor, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here & more recently Meet The Parents, the latter being absolutely hilarious and those who enjoyed Blind Date & Take Me Out will really enjoy that one. I know I sound pretty obsessed with weekend TV but trust me, when you used to work weekends since the age of 16, spending the weekends doing sweet nothing is basically a luxury to me now. The other times, weekends have been spent organising my wardrobe and makeup collection and attempting to be brave at experimenting with my look for the autumnal seasons. As well as geeking out on Pokemon X, Alpha Sapphire & the original Red versions whilst highly anticipating Pokemon Sun's release in a few days, as well as Animal Crossing New Leaf, The Sims 4 which I am looking forward to payday to treat myself to City Living and most recently I raided the loft for my old Pikachu Nintendo 64 which I found, so I've been dining on nostalgia and reliving my childhood playing Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2 and Rugrats in Paris. It has been absolute bliss!

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Pumpkin Carving

Hello everyone!
It's that time of year where we all get into the autumnal spirit and embrace the halloween festivities. One of things I had never done before was carve pumpkins which is crazy as I had never realised how extremely popular it is to do and noticed it was everywhere, so it's safe to say I was completely late to that party. I ventured to Asda and got some for us to try out together and we stuck on some Youtube tutorials to get an idea of what we needed to do. I realised that it is not as daunting and difficult as I had originally thought and it ended up being a really fun activity to do. I think overall this is an activity I would definitely do again and even could be good to invite a group of friends round when the house is all decorated for halloween and all create some together, I think that'd be really cute. Anyway I thought I would share with you a little step by step guide of what we did. Enjoy!

Things you will need:
* Pumpkin
* Small sharp knife
* Large spoon
* Large bowl
* Pencil
* Tealight candles
* Matches

Step 1
First things first, use your small knife to cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle. This is to open up the pumpkin to then scoop out the contents of the pumpkin and to use later as a lid to open up and place the candles in.
Step 2
Remove the lid of the pumpkin and using a large spoon, scoop out all the contents of the pumpkin, removing all the seeds and goop and place them into a large bowl.
Step 3
Next grab a pencil and begin drawing the design onto your pumpkin. You can also use tracing paper with images and patterns on if you prefer and pin them to your pumpkin, there is a huge variety online to choose from. But for this tutorial I simply took this image I saw online and began replicating something similar onto my pumpkin.
Image taken from Google
Step 3
Now for the exciting part! Carefully using a small sharp knife, begin cutting into the pumpkin and carving out the shapes. I admit once you get into the swing of things, it's really easy to do. I decided to stick to large simple shapes to cut out as it being my first attempt of carving any pumpkin.

Ta da!
Step 4
Finally remove the lid of the pumpkin. Then grab your candles and a box of matches and light the candles. There is two ways to do it, either put the candles inside and light them, although this may cause the match to catch your fingers, or light the candles outside the pumpkin and if there is a big enough gap, put them in the pumpkin via the mouth of it. Once they are placed inside, place the lid back on and turn off the lights to see your results!
Let me know if you have carved any pumpkins before and what designs you did, I'd love to hear about them :)
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Friday, 17 June 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: Disney World via Iphone

Hello everyone!
Hope you are all well! I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for some time now, something which I may elaborate on in a future post. I have missed blogging and been craving to get back into it for such a long time but just didn't know where to begin. I have a few ideas for posts that I want to share with you all but for the moment I will ease myself back into the blogosphere with a straightforward post of my trip to Disney World back in March. I think there is something quite raw and natural about pictures taken on a phone compared to a more thought out, planned photograph taken on a camera.

1. Selfie in Magic Kingdom whilst waiting for the queue for Space Mountain to die down.
2. My favourite spot at Magic Kingdom- The Statue of Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse.
3. Watching Orland Magic VS Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game at the Amway Centre.
4. Loads of alligators at GatorLand.
5. View from the plane when heading to Orlando.
6. Waiting for the Disney Magical Express Bus to pick us up.
7. Disney Transportation Bus for our hotel: Disney's Art of Animation Resort.
8. View of the hotel sign from our bus.

9. Concept drawing in the hotel of what Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid could have looked like.
10. Concept drawing of Flounder from The Little Mermaid.
11. More concept drawings inside the hotel lobby including my favourite drawing.
12. Close up of my favourite concept art of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
13. Our first day at Disney World. A photo of my outfit for Animal Kingdom.
14. Sharing the train to Rakifi's Planet Watch and with Chip and he waved at me.
15. A hidden Mickey wall art in the Harambe market place.
16. An inspiring proverb on the construction site wall.
17. A photo of my outfit for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
18. Showing off my new Disney Ears.
19. After queuing for 100+ mins for Toy Story Midway Mania ride, sporting the snazzy glasses provided in a selfie to celebrate the moment of finally getting on the ride after waiting for so long.
20. Our scores from Toy Story Midway Mania ride (I won ;) ).

21. Another outfit photo for Disney's Magical Kingdom.
22. Breakfast at the hotel: pancakes, bacon and fruit= perfect!
23. Delicious strawberry milkshake at Johnny Rocket's Diner in Mall at Millenia.
24. Selfie outside of Hard Rock Cafe.

25. Getting my autograph book signed with character's signatures.
26. Selfie sporting my Jurassic Park T-shirt for Islands of Adventure.
27. The end of It's A Small World ride in Magic Kingdom.
28. Being front row of It's A Small World. One of my favourite rides.

29. A beautiful illustration of Mickey Mouse on a card in a shop in Disney Springs.
30. A Disney notebook I bought in a shop at Disney Springs. I absolutely love this!
31. A gorgeous photo album I found in the shops at Disney Springs.
32. One of my favourite paintings of The Little Mermaid by Thomas Kinkade.
 33. The view of Orlando from the plane. Leaving to go home.

I'd love to know if you have been to Disney World and what your favourite park/things to do is?
Also feel free to leave me your links so I can catch up on your latest posts.
Thanks for reading! 
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Advent Calendar: Days 1-5

About a month ago I purchased this adorable 'The Sweetest Thing' advent calendar from Matalan after it caught my eye during a VM nightshift, which includes 24 days worth of mini nail varnishes. I normally go for chocolate filled calendars but last year I just wasn't craving it like I normally would and I'd be away from home for a few days at a time and I lost the sparkle of excitement I'd have in past years so I decided this year I'd get something that I would actually enjoy and get to use throughout the year too. Also it has a cute unicorn illustration which I love too.
Overall I've really liked the colours that have come out of this calendar. I'm not a snob when it comes to brands of nail varnish, as long as it does the job I have no preference over what brand it is. However there is some colours I tend to repurchase and some colours that I have never tried, like the Taupe/Beige coloured nail varnish from Day #4 and this calendar has gave me the option to have that and give it a try which I think is a really good idea.
The older I get and the more I'm exposed to more festive things and ideas, the more I've realised how popular and beneficial it is having a calendar that has something a bit more useful with it. Maybe I'm an old soul or maybe my taste buds have changed and don't give me the craving for advent calendar chocolate (send help!) but I think these type of calendars that include items that are around more these days are a great gift for those who are into beauty or wanting to try something new. I think you can get some really great items within them to try out so I think they are worth having far much more and are appreciated more.
Although I've seen some incredible calendars advertised out there, I really enjoyed my cheaper option from Matalan at £12 (with Staff Discount) and I can't wait to try out all the colours in the new year.
Thanks for reading & Let me know which colour is your favourite :)
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Autumn/Winter Essentials

(I realise it is December and not Autumn anymore but I had forgot to post this earlier on!)
When I think of autumn, I am always drawn to the thought of the colourful leaves and the sun shining low through the trees and the beautiful scenery that comes with it. It is always this time of year when it reminds me of one of my favourite places in the UK which is a lovely little country park in Brampton. I used to go there as a kid with my family during the autumn half term and spend the day walking around the tarn, wading in the water with our wellies on and collecting conkers. As I've got older I have visited a few times myself (see here) and hope that it can be a place to take my future family and make our own memories. Unfortunately when I recently visited we could not get many photographs like I did the last time as the weather was very dull and miserable. Although I was able to capture this army of ducks whilst they were being fed. There is something really pretty about the feathers on ducks. One of them came so up close to me I was almost certain it was going to peck my fingers off! Luckily I survived ;) I'm hoping to plan my visit next year in a more organised manner as I would love to get snap happy when the sun is out as the tarn looks breath-taking when the sun is setting over it. I would also love to venture through during the summer as that is something I have never done and maybe even be brave enough to canoe across the tarn which would be amazing.

My go to autumn essentials are pretty much summed up very nicely in this post. Visiting Brampton, seeing the colourful leaves and beautiful scenery, my super soft tartan scarf, chelsea boots and my gorgeous brand new coat. It is so comfortable and warm whilst looking smart at the same time, which is what I have longed for in autumn coat for a very long time. I saved up a few giftcards from my birthday and rather than just buy for the sake of it, waited it out until I found something I truly loved and when I saw this coat it was love at first sight. It has been a perfect addition to my wardrobe.

I have also had some exciting news. I have a brand new job! I am so happy and excited to work for a design company in a role that suits me perfectly and I have been really enjoying it so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Coat: Topshop, Scarf: River Island, Tights: Asda, Wellies: Reynold's, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Matalan
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