Monday, 26 October 2015

Films That Remind Me of Autumn

Films That Remind Me of Autumn

Now that the darker nights are here, it feels like the right time of year to get all cosy with blankets and hot chocolates whilst having a film marathon. Even on days off I tend to love the plan of settling down at home and just watching films, but for me there are certain films that instantly remind me of Autumn. I would say that a lot of Autumn themed films are usually based around Halloween films, and whilst those are perfect to watch at the moment (Hocus Pocus would be highly recommended) there are also some less obvious films that for me kind of feel autumnal. These are some of the films that remind me of Autumn.
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Recent Reads #2

Recent Reads #2

Reading has taken a bit of a back seat this past month and instead of being up late reading a book, I've been up watching Netflix. However I did manage to read some books despite some of them being ones I had previously read. So I thought I would share them with you.

P.S. I Love You // Cecelia Ahern
I have mentioned the film adaptation of this book in a films that make me cry post and the book isn't any different. The story follows a married couple Holly and Gerry who I would guess like most married couples argue over stupid things but are very much in love with each other. It follows Holly's journey of dealing with the sudden death of her husband Gerry and her making a new life for herself without him. But before he died Gerry created a plan to write letters for Holly to help her along the way for a little while, which she can read each month. Without spoiling anything it is a beautifully written story which kind of hits you hard in the chest as a reader, because you can in some way relate to how lost and alone Holly must be feeling without Gerry in her life.  In terms of how similar the book and film are, they pretty much follow the same storyline, however some characters are added and some taken out. The one difference is in the book Holly receives all of her letters from Gerry in one package which she is to open once a month, but in the film they are delivered to her in numerous ways over a period of time. I love the film but I think throughout reading the book, you can put yourself in Holly's position so it makes it feel a little more like you are going on this journey with her.
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

My Perfect Sandwich

My Perfect Sandwich

Whether it is for my lunch break, day trips or picnics, I love a good sandwich. I think it is a very personal taste about what favourite sandwich filling you have, and so I thought I would share mine. As of yet I have never been able to buy something like this in the shop with the same combinations so my sandwich tends to be something I make at home. As I am a vegetarian I like to have a tasty sandwich but also something that will fill me up. I actually am really funny about sandwich fillings, I like something that tastes refreshing but yummy and not something that is rich and processed. So here is how I make my perfect sandwich.
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The August Playlist

August Playlist

Say Love // JoJo
JoJo recently released an EP with 3 songs of her current music and this one stood out for me. Back when I was 14, JoJo used to be in the music charts all the time, mainly with her song Leave (Get Out). I liked her but I was not overly blown away by her, she only stood out for me because of that one song. But in this new EP you can hear that her voice has grown up and is now singing music that I would listen to. Say Love is a strong song with a lot of emotion behind it which I have just really enjoyed listening to this month. It feels like one of those songs you kind of wish you could belt out if you can sing (I can't at all so I just mime along).

Drag Me Down // One Direction
I would never have believed that I would be putting a One Direction song into any sort of music post, but your mind can change, so here I am. Ever since One Direction were a thing, for the past however many years of success, there music is just hands down not something I wanted to listen to. I can't lie and say I am now a fan of them because I am not (sorry to those who love them), but I do like this song. The problem I find is that sometimes when I listen to the lyrics of songs I find myself cringing. Anyway what I am trying to say is that I think some of the lyrics are still a bit meh, but the tune of the song is so damn catchy that I do kind of like it. 

On My Own // Les Misérables
As you might have seen on the TV Les Misérables was on this month and I was watching it intently. I really love the film, I think it was a really good idea to adapt it from a play into a film because the storyline is so interesting and emotional. Most of the soundtrack I love, but I just simply adore On My Own, which the character Eponine sings. Oh lord it is so emotional, I just feel so sorry for the poor girl and to be really honest I still don't understand why the character Marius wouldn't be in love with her. I had the soundtrack on repeat throughout the month, but this song has definitely turned into my "yes I think I can sing, but I really can't" song. 

Dark Times // The Weeknd & Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd has been mentioned on my blog many times in music posts because I have loved his music for years but this last week he released his new album. As a fan already I am going to be biased and say it is amazing, but I understand that some of the songs (and lyrics) might not be to everyone's taste. But this song that he has done with Ed Sheeran I think is beautiful, you can hear both there voices and how amazing they are. They pretty much have equal measures of singing through the song, so it sounds more enjoyable, rather than when you are listening to a song that features somebody and they just sing a couple of lines. Definitely give this one a listen to if you are an Ed Sheeran fan!
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Monday, 24 August 2015

My Bedroom Homeware Favourites

Bedroom Homeware Favourites

Nowadays if I am out on a shopping trip I make it my mission to go into nearly every store that sells home decorations. My love for homeware definitely happened as I got older, I think it was mainly when I got my first flat and I loved the fact I had my own space to create my individual style. Personally in my bedroom at the moment I don't have one style or theme, like some people have a really minimalistic look or a Moroccan theme. I tend to have many different decorations that I just like which blend in looking quite good together. I probably would say I like the colour white a lot but mainly because my bedroom does not get an awful lot of natural light so having a room with white decorations makes the room a little brighter. These are just a few of my favourite homeware pieces I currently have in my bedroom.
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Romantic Comedies From The 90's

Romantic Comedies From The 90's

Romance films can easily be regarded as being a bit mushy and almost sickly if you are not a big fan of PDA. But a good romcom adds the laughs inbetween all that so it becomes more enjoyable for both men and women to watch. During the 90's when I was just a child I used to frequently spend hours watching romcoms. Being able to laugh my head off, enjoy a happy ending but also realising that not every relationship or love story has to be perfect to be real. There were some absolute classic romantic comedies that came out in the 90's and here are some of my favourites.
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

A Day Out To Kentchurch Court

Kentchurch Court

One of my most favourite things to do is visit historical homes. They are usually so well kept and frozen in time so you can admire old architecture and learn more about the history of the house. As there is nothing near to where I live, I always love little day trips out to explore different estates that usually remind me of Jane Austen novels. 

Kentchurch Court is a beautiful estate in Herefordshire and feels wonderfully private whilst you are there. I was surprised at how large the grounds and house were, away from the city and dotted right in the scenic peaceful countryside. Myself and my Mum made an afternoon of it as she had always wanted to make the journey there. On the day we went we decided to just walk around the gardens as the weather was lovely and there are acres of land to walk around. But you are able to make appointments for a guided tour of the house itself, on the day we went it was not open and hence why in the pictures of the house there are white shutters in the windows. The gardens were beautiful and really well kept, plus it was packed with wildlife. Here are some pictures I snapped whilst there.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The July Playlist

The July Playlist

Freedom // Pharrell Williams
I love Pharrell, even from the days of N*E*R*D, he has a great talent for music and I think creates songs which are easily memorable, Happy is still really popular. Freedom is a great song about unity and regardless of your background you deserve freedom. Typically a feel good song for the summer which is easy to sing along to.

Circle of Life // The Lion King- Carmen Twillie & Lebo M
Recently I was in one of those moods where you just want to listen to Disney Songs on repeat and before I knew it I had an afternoon of singing along to some Disney Classics. In my opinion forget the Elton John version of this song because it doesn't cut it for me as much as this version. It is such a great song and reminds me of the beginning of the Lion King where all the animals are coming to look at Simba and Rafiki holds him up. Just listen to it whenever you feel down and it will make you feel really empowered.

Cool For The Summer // Demi Lovato
I have never listened to Demi Lovato's music before, I think I only could name a couple of her songs but I listened to this a few weeks back and then found myself singing along to it. It is more the music of the song which I prefer rather than the lyrics, but it is annoyingly catchy.

I Put A Spell On You // Screamin' Jay Hawkins
There are a lot of versions for this song, there is even a version in the film Hocus Pocus (who else loves that film?) but this will always be my favourite. Screamin' Jay Hawkins has one of the most incredible voices I have heard. He has a real bluesy rock and roll tone to his voice which I just adore. 
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Friday, 17 July 2015

Recent Reads #1

Recent Reads #1

Reading has always been a hobby of mine, I suppose a lot of people read books frequently but I never give myself a break in between reading. If I finish one then I am straight onto reading the next. Personally I do not have a preference on what genre I prefer, I read different types of novels, from short stories to poetry, it always allows me to use my imagination and learn something new. As I consider myself a bit of a bookworm I thought I would do a post on some of the recent books I have read. 
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The June Playlist

The June Playlist

Flashlight // Jessie J
I still have not managed to see Pitch Perfect 2 yet but I did have a sneaky listen to the soundtrack and this Jessie J song stood out for me. I am not ashamed to say but I am one of these people who likes to sing in the shower, whilst my voice is definitely not as good out loud as it sounds in my head (sidenote- don't you just hate it when you hear a recording of your voice and it shocks you at how different you thought your voice sounded?), anyway this has been a favourite of mine to have a go at.

Born To Be Wild // Wilson Pickett
Who doesn't like a bit of old school music! Even though I wish I was some sort of leather jacket wearing biker when I hear this song, it is a really good one to play whilst your driving in the car on the open road.

Live A Little // Florrie
I think Florrie is one of those artists that has been around for a while but not many people know her music. I would start off with this song if you want to give her a listen, the song is upbeat and catchy plus it is a fun song that reminds you to be young and live.

Come And Get It // John Newman
I sense this is going to be a big summer anthem, it is all I have been hearing played on the radio and I like to pop it on full blast. I like this guys music as it has a real soulful feel to it, I'm excited to listen to some of his new songs. It has a catchy beat and the words are pretty easy to pick up.
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Late Spring Walk

Late Spring Walk

Over the past couple of weeks I have been going on morning walks in the countryside. My favourites have been a local park and following a canal trail where you walk alongside the water surrounded by flowers and woodland. I have always been a big lover of springtime because it has a feeling of renewal, starting a fresh and in the countryside you get to feel that a little more with animals being born and different colours popping up. Whilst summertime is just around the corner (officially this weekend coming) I thought I would snap a few pictures of what the countryside looks like in late spring.
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Thursday, 30 April 2015

The April Playlist

The April Playlist

Roads // Portishead
I love Portishead and this song has been one of my favourites this month. For the times when I just need a good old relax and want to chill out I pop there album on, but this song in particular I find really calming.

Bloodstream // Ed Sheeran
His album has been on repeat since it came out and Bloodstream I always thought was a lovely song. This version is Ed and Rudimental combined so it has more of a catchy beat than the original, I also think this song sounds amazing when he performs it live.

Bitch Better Have My Money // Rihanna
You know when you listen to a song, dislike it and then suddenly get the tune in your head that it soon becomes one of your favourites to listen to. That is this song for me. I had mixed feelings, but the words are strangely catchy.
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Friday, 24 April 2015

Tips I Wish I Had Known When I First Started Wearing Make Up

Tips I Wish I Had Known When I First Started Wearing Make Up
I must have first started wearing make up when I was about 13 and when I look back it wasn't really because I thought I needed it, but because all of my friends were and I wanted to fit in. The worst thing about me first starting to wear make up was that I had completely no clue as to what I was doing. I would never use anything sparingly and layer on as much colour as I could, completely unaware that some colours naturally just would not suit me. So for those of you who might be new to wearing make up or even those who want to go down memory lane and might have had similar problems, here are a few tips I wish I had known back in the day.
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Important Things I Write Down

Important Things I Write Down

Technology has completely changed the way we live our lives, we either are typing something down, setting a reminder or using social media to remind us of somebody's birthday. I love the benefits of technology, but in my experience I cannot always trust it enough like I do with a pen and paper. Numerous occasions my phone has run out of battery when I needed to use it to check something, my laptop has decided to start loading updates in the middle of me working or worse has completely died on me. Hands up I rely a lot upon the internet, but the technology items I have always tried not to rely on completely. Here are a list of things that in my experience have helped me a great deal from having them written down some place safe rather than just stored on my phone or set up as a memo. 
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April To Do List 2015

April To Do List 2015
April is here already and it only seemed like last week we were all celebrating Christmas, but with Easter and it officially being spring, April feels like a good month. The clocks changed so we now will have brighter evenings and here's hoping for nicer weather too. Apart from scoffing a load of Easter treats and chocolate this month, I will also be working on completing my April To Do List, but first to see how I got on in March.
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Books I Loved When I Was A Child- Part Two


Books I Loved When I Was A Child- Part Two

Being a bit of a bookworm started from a young age, apart from watching Disney films on repeat I would love to find a new book to read. There were definitely some authors I would always go back to and read more of there work, usually down to the fact it would make me laugh or have pretty illustrations in. Here are another batch of books I loved to read when I was a child.
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Monday, 2 March 2015

March To Do List 2015

March To Do List 2015

Another month been and gone. As winter slowly fades away and we welcome the freshness of Spring, it also means I have a new monthly to do list to get completed. So as I sit here with my cup of tea whilst listening to Lana Del Rey I wanted to share with you my March to do list, but firstly to see how I got on from February's list.
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found - Cheryl Strayed

Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found- Cheryl Strayed

I first heard about this book from a friend last year who excitably told me I had to read it, I ended up adding it to my brain's "to read list" and never got round to reading it. A few months later I came across a film trailer of a movie called Wild with the lovely Reese Witherspoon and it suddenly hit me that this was a film adaptation of the book my friend had gone on about. For me I like to read the book before seeing a film adaptation and not doing it the other way round. I learned my lesson from doing that once before when I watched Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince before reading the book, so when I eventually did my mind would not let me get past what I had already seen in the film. Recently after having no internet at home I had a big opportunity to catch up on some reading and Wild was top of my list.

The wonderful thing about this book was that it was written from a real life experience the author had personally gone through. Cheryl Strayed at 26 years old went on a 1,100 mile journey of west coast America all alone and with no experience of hiking. My first thought was that this woman is crazy to have done something like that, but then it dawned on me how incredibly brave and independent she was which only spurred me on more to want to read this book. From the first page I was hooked on this story and I honestly read it over a weekend because I was desperate to find out what happened to her. The way in which it is written is like you are reading her diary, a memoir, she is honest with every word she speaks and that allows the reader to feel at ease and experience her journey with her. You almost feel like you are there walking with her as she embarks on this tough journey. I always enjoy reading personal stories, there is a lot of courage from an author who can write about and retell a story for others to read and judge.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Internet Break

The Internet Break

Facing the event of having no internet can sometimes leave people puzzled as to what to do. Being able to access the internet is something that I have been able to do since a young age and nowadays it is usually possible to gain access wherever you might be. But the problem with having the internet so easily accessible and how much as a society we rely on it, is when it is not there we are not quite sure what to do with ourselves. It is all about that instant knowledge, want to ask somebody something? just tweet or email, want to buy a new dress? just click to buy, want to know the answer to something? personally I simply just write my question into Google and 99% of the time my question will be answered from the top results. Recently in my home there was work going on and for a fortnight I was without internet, living in the countryside meant that it was impossible to look for WiFi. I suddenly found myself with an empty void when I would be at home, what could I do to fill the time? because most of my evenings would usually compile of working on my blog, reading blogs, watching catch up TV, Netflix, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. All internet things I use regularly, then all of a sudden I had no access to them. It kind of dawned on me that I had become very reliant on the internet for a form of entertainment or to fix any boredom I might be feeling. Due to the internet I have grown up very much with having this place that can give me answers immediately and allows me to talk to whoever around the world. As frustrating it was at first, it was easy to find other things to do that had nothing to do with the internet and in a way became quite refreshing. Here are some of the things I found myself doing when using the internet was not an option and some ideas that might help you if you have no internet.

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

February To Do List 2015

The February To Do List

This month's to do list is definitely going up a lot later than I had anticipated and it is all to do with having no internet for the past few weeks, but better late than never. These are always one of my favourite posts to type up because they usually tend to motivate me to get stuff done, rather than saying I will and then never bothering. I like to be as organised as I can be in my daily life but there are always those couple of less important tasks that I think about doing, but usually forget about, I figure making a monthly to do list will encourage me to get them done but also means I have a whole month to sort them out. But firstly to see how I got on from last month's to do list.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Romance Films That Made Me Cry

Romance Films That Made Me Cry

Typical romance films usually take us through a whirlwind of emotions, we can smile, laugh, cringe or cry at different stages. Film genres are always a personal preference, romance can be seen in a lot of films but delivered in very different ways. It depends on my mood for me to watch a romantic film, it is not a genre I would instantly go for mainly because I find some of the story lines too soppy for me to take seriously. With romantic dramas you can always expect some sort of tear jerking moment which allows you to get a sense of reality from the story, not every real life love story is hearts and flowers (I'm sure most of us know that). Below is a list of romantic drama films which at some point through the story had me literally crying like a baby. Not down to jealousy that some of these actresses get to kiss some very fine looking men, but because of the storyline, something critical within the film that might shock or upset you and find that all you can do is cry into a tissue.
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Thursday, 1 January 2015

January To Do List 2015

January To Do List 2015

Firstly let me begin by saying I hope you all had a Happy New Year! To be honest with you I could have easily have gone to bed at about 11pm and slept right through but I did actually celebrate it and it was a fun evening. Continuing on this year is my to do lists for each month where I write down what I want to get sorted this month before it ends. I always find for myself that I make a lot of lists but struggle to always get everything completed on them. I type these up in the hope that they will encourage me to get them done, but firstly to see how I got on from the December To Do List.

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