Friday, 30 December 2016

The Friday Five #4



Well hello there and welcome back to the Friday Five! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that Santa was very very good to you (I was spoiled rotten this year, I must have made it on to the nice list!).

It's been a bit of a weird week - I've survived on cocktail sausages and chocolate, taken a nap every single day and have barely got out of my pj's - and to be honest it was a relief to go back to work for a few days and get back into some kind of routine.

If you hadn't noticed (you probs didn't), I had a week off from blogging over Christmas to re-energise and re-think my content and I'm so glad I did as I'm feeling pretty positive about Alright Blondie and where we are going to go in 2017. 

Anyways, it's time to crack on, here's today's Friday Five!

BABY COWS!!
On Saturday morning me, my dad, my sister and my lil niece headed to a relative's farm to say hello and meet and feed some baby cows (!!!!). I'm a sucker for any kind of baby animal but I especially love calves so I was bouncing around like Tigger when we went to say hello. It was the best start to my Christmas holidays.

AN ABUNDANCE OF VERY GENEROUS GIFTS
In my family we always tend to go big at Christmas and all my relatives are very generous when it comes to gifting. Desite being a fully fledged adult (well kind of) I was still thoroughly spoiled and received some lovely pressies. Jody really pulled the cat out of the bag this year with some of his surprise gifts too, he knows me so well.

SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMILY
Christmas 2015 was a very lonely affair so getting to spend Christmas 2016 surrounded by my family was fantastic. We woke up at Jody's parents Christmas morning before heading to my grandparents for Christmas dinner. After thoroughly stuffing our faces and playing some games (I WON trivial pursuit!) we decided to bypass the pub's Christmas quiz and spent the evening watching Jungle Book before falling asleep at 10. Bliss.

BEATING JODY AT CONNECT FOUR
I bought Connect Four when I was in London and Jody and I finally cracked it out on Boxing Day. I smashed Jody to pieces on nearly every game which makes a change as he usually beats me at everything we play. Too some this may seem a bit small and insignificant but for me it was really nice to do something that did involve the TV and our phones for a change (and again, I won). If anyone can recommend any 2 player board games that would be really cool.

MY NEW BABY <3
Err yeah so, I stood on my laptop in the middle of the night a few months ago (I know what a bellend) so I've been in the market for a replacement. I was looking for one in the January sales and asked my Mum what to look for and SOMEHOW she persuaded me to buy a Macbook Air. It's cost me a ridiculous amount of money but it is absolutely fantastic and I'm so in love with it.

Have a wonderful week and a fantastic new year! Stay safe.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

The Friday Five #3

 
Happy Friday! Happy Weekend! Happy Christmas! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! Can you tell someone's a little bit excited for Christmas/some time off? Today is the third Friday Five post and I'm really enjoying doing them so hopefully you guys like reading them. I'm hoping that with the new year comes some blogging inspiration as I've been really struggling with ideas lately but hey ho, I guess we will see.

Anywho, let's see what I've loved this week...

ELEMENTARY
When I was asleep the other day Jody finally listened to my Dad's recommendation and started watching Elementary, the modern take on Sherlock Holmes starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. I missed the first few episodes (so I'm going to watch them tonight whilst Jody's out) but despite this I soon got stuck into it and now we are both obsessed, watching it at every waking moment. I really like BBC's Sherlock but *unpopular opinion* I think Cucumberbatch's Sherlock is a bit of a dick and I much prefer Miller's.

ASOS
I went off ASOS for a while but recently I've been finding more and more on there that I like. I haven't gone too crazy as I have more than enough clothes but I did treat myself to a couple of bits that I'd had my eye on for a while when I got my bonus. Despite it being Christmas, I placed my order on Friday and it was with me on Monday so I was pretty impressed - They have some of the best customer service around for sure.

OH HEY THERE PINK HAIR
I haven't had my hair coloured since September so on Wednesday I finally went and got my hair done. After a few months of being a rather bland and nondescript grey I decided to jazz things up for the festive season and go back pink. I have brighter darker roots then a rusty (??) kind of pink on the ends Pink is definitely my favourite hair colour - It's so much fun even if it is a bit of a pain to keep on top of!

DOMINOS THURSDAY
As Thursday was our last full day at work before Christmas, we decided that it was time to persuade the nearest Dominos to deliver to our office. We're only half a mile outside of their delivery catchment area and as 20+ people wanted pizza, it made sense financially for them to break the rules and bring us some grub. Thanks to some sweet talking from one of our staff members they eventually relented and come lunch time we were very happy campers.

I'VE GOT 4 AND A HALF DAYS OFF
I'm working 'til dinnertime today and then I have four glorious days off to eat, drink and be merry YAY! I'm excited for Christmas sure but as I've been knackered all week I'm more excited to have a big lie in tomorrow - although it can't be too big as Jody and I have to play Santa and go visiting our various relatives. I don't have much planned beyond eating my weight in pigs in blankets, watching The Muppets Christmas Carol and seeing the new Star Wars movie with my Mum but I think it's gunna be a lovely couple of days, especially after last year's wanky Christmas.

And that's all for this week - Have a lovely Christmas!

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

How Time Flies: Part One

 
So today marks a year since I left Australia and started my journey home via Bali and Thailand - Can you believe that 'cos I certainly can't. Today I thought I'd get a little bit nostalgic about my time away and reflect on this time last year. Tune back in at the end of January for part two - Thailand and my homecoming.

This time last year, on this exact day, we were sat in Adelaide airport waiting for our flight to Indonesia. I still felt queasy from our weekend spent on a boat in the middle of the ocean where we were on the lookout for great white sharks (yeah I think that's a pretty cool way to finish off a whirlwind year in Australia too) but I was so excited to start the next leg of adventure.

You see, as I've mentioned before I loved my time in Australia, by the time it was up Jody and I were both ready to leave. The hostel lifestyle was starting to take a toll on us both and our whole time in Sydney was spent working our arse's off, saving for a month in Thailand and our flight home. The weather always seemed to be bad on weekends and I don't think we really got the true Sydney experience because of this.

I loved Oz but as well know, all good things come to an end. Every now and again I have a pang of regret that I didn't complete my farm work but meh, Australia isn't going anywhere anytime soon and I can always go again in the future.

Anyways, our next stop - Bali - was okay but we had been before so we had done everything we wanted to do on our previous trip. We just wanted to be somewhere familiar for Christmas, somewhere where we kind of knew where we were going and how to get by.

Christmas wasn't the same with just the two of us - It's a time to be with your family and I don't think either of us have ever felt as alone as we did at Christmas time last year.

But we made the most of it.

We watched Christmas movies, skyped our families and despite surprisingly, we managed to find somewhere that did Christmas dinner complete with Yorkshire Puds. We ended it by watching a huge tropical lightening storm and whilst it was far from perfect, it was ok - Definitely one of our more memorable ones anyways.

The Balinese went out of their way to create a Christmassy atmosphere for the Western tourists, despite not actually celebrating it themselves (the majority of the Balinese are Hindu's). There were decorations, festive music, Christmas meals...But it just wasn't the same without our families or the cold weather.

As much as I enjoy travel I'm definitely not in any rush to spend another Christmas away from my family or North Yorkshire, that's for sure.

Annnnd that's the end of Part One! Keep an eye out for How Time Flies: Part Two around the end of January and if you want to catch up with any of my previous travel posts you can find them all here.

Have you ever spent a Christmas abroad? How did you find it?

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Monday, 19 December 2016

17 things that you will have definitely done at Christmas as a kid (especially if you're British)


If there's anything us millenials like it's nostalgic lists and Christmas so for today's post I decided to combine the two!

17 things that you will have definitely done at Christmas as a kid (especially if you're British)

Agonised over what to get their bff incase they decided that your gift was lame and they no longer wanted to be your mate.

Used your fancy stationary and written a letter to Santa in your best handwriting...

...Then placed it in the airing cupboard and checked on it every 5 minutes to see if it had gone to the North Pole yet.

Put Christmas cards in the school Christmas card box and prayed that you would get some cards when they were doled out.

Painstakingly glued a shit tonne of glitter and cotton wool balls to a piece of card to present to your family members as a show of love.

Ran outside the minute there was some snow, even if your teacher/guardian didn't want you too.

Pretended to be asleep when you parent checked in on you to put out your stocking then tip toed over to take a peek inside.

Nearly fallen asleep and/or frozen to death in church during the church Christmas service (wether with school or family).

Wished you had one of those parkas like the East 17 boys have in the Stay Another Day video.

Begged your parents for a Babyliss braider, Badge It machine! and lava lamp for Christmas 'cos that's what the cool kids had asked for.

Felt really smug when you took your personalised letter from Santa into school.

Faked being ill to get out of the Christmas nativity but being forced to do it anyways.

Been forced to wear matching (or at least co-ordinating) outfits with your siblings to go out for Christmas dinner.

Caught a bug and really played it up so you could get some of that sweet nectar otherwise known as Calpol.

Stumbled over the 'Good King Wenceslas' carol and sniggered when everyone said 'Good King Wen-Slish-Slosh'.

Then laughed even more when your teacher got wound off that you were all taking the piss.

Been whitewashed by the boy you fancied.
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Friday, 16 December 2016

The Friday Five #2

 
Morning y'all. Today I got my Christmas bonus, it's Christmas jumper day (or creepy Christmas jumper day in my case - the more I look at it the more I'm starting to think the sloth looks like a sex pest) and it's the last full Frday at work before the big day itself. Everyone's in a good mood and I am so ready for a few days off stuffing my face and seeing my family.

Shall we see what's made my top 5 this week?

SEEING MY GRANDPARENTS ON MY DADS SIDE
On Saturday, my sister my niece and I packed up the car and tootled down the road to Skipton to see our grandma, grandad and brother. I haven't seen them in ageeees so it was nice to go visiting, albeit a little bit terrifying as it was my first time driving with Ivy in the car. We stayed for a few hours; my Grandma made us a banging cheese toastie, my Grandad and I had a love in over the wonders of Scotland and yeah, it was lovely and I need to stop being so lazy and make my way there a bit more often.

SPENDING TIME WITH IVY
If I'm gunna be honest, I think I'm completely missing the maternal instinct as I have zero interest in babies/kids but my niece Ivy is pretty cool. I got to spend loads of time with her last weekend and she's just so funny - My parents have four dogs and I think their behaviour is rubbing off on her 'cos she's started to growl like a puppy dog when she's playing haha! Aswell as this she seemed enraptured by my sparkly River Island bag and it looks like she might have inherited some magpie tendencies from her Auntie Jess.

GETTING TICKETS TO SEE THE VIEW IN FEBRUARY
For those of you not in the know, Scottish band The View are my all time, number one favourite band. I saw them three times this year (twice in Scotland) and. I just love 'em. Seriously if they gigged every night, I would probably go. They announced 4 dates at King Tut's in Glasgow and unfortunately I could only go to one show due to being unable to get the time off work. One show is better than no shows though and now I am counting down the days until I get to see them again.

RECEIVING MY CHRISTMAS BONUS <3
I work for a really great company and aswell as getting a Christmas do, we also got a pretty snazzy Christmas bonus. We've all worked super hard this year so it's nice to be rewarded for it. I'm torn over wether this should go into my savings or be used to treat myself so chances are I will probably do half and half.

ALL THE PARCELS
This week I've had a tonne of parcels and whilst most of it was the last few bits I needed to get my family for Christmas, there were a couple of cheeky presents in there for me. I've got a new curb chain choker from Regal Rose and a little box of goodies from ASOS. I've actually been really good this month and I've hardly bought anything for myself so I felt justified in buying myself a few bits that I've been after for a while.

Jody also got a parcel this week - FROM MAC. I dunno what the boyf's bought me but big points to him.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

5 alternate Christmas movies to watch to get you in the spirit


GREMLINS
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates

A beloved classic for many, Gremlins is the perfect Christmassy but not too Christmassy movie to watch if you're not quite ready for Elf and The Grinch. A film that is full of chaos, giggles and a couple of scares it's a must watch. And who doesn't want their own Gizmo? (Minus the spawning of course).

BATMAN RETURNS
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken

Batman Returns is directed by the genius that is Tim Burton and his signature style is stamped all over this movie - Eerie sets, creepy costumes and dark and disturbed characters juxtaposed with the garish greens, reds and golds of the festive period. It's one of the scarier Batman movies but what else would you expect from Mr Burton?

JUST FRIENDS
While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.
Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris and Chris Klein

One of my all time favourite movies tells the tale of high flying record producer Chris Brander who inadvertently ends up back in his small home town for Christmas. For the first time in ten years he has to face his teenage crush aswell as fighting off the advances of a singer he was tasked with babysitting, stopping his brother from trying to sleep with said singer and trying to keep his love rival at bay. It's heart warming but not too corny -the perfect holiday romance movie.

DIE HARD
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman

I know quite a few people who's biggest Christmas tradition is to settle down to watch Die Hard on Christmas eve with their families. It might not be your usual Christmas movie but it definitely makes a change from all the twee, pastel coloured films that are normally on the tv. It's jam packed with action and you won't be able to look away.

THE NIGHT BEFORE
On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie

This is definitely one for the grown ups to watch once the kids are in bed but as it has Seth Rogen in a leading role that shouldn't come as a shock. It may ne a drug fuelled, wacky comedy but it also deals with themes such as processing loss, friendship and the importance of family. Go into it with an open mind and you will have a ball of a time.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Three days in...London

oxford street christmas lights

Oxford Street Lights

Despite walking 27 miles, knackering my feet and being subjected to numerous train delays and tube station closures I had a really good time in London when I went at the end of November with my Mum. I had such a nice time that it's actually taken me a while to decide how to word and present this post but ta-da! it's finally here.

So here's how I spent three days in London.

These photos are all off my phone so they aren't stellar quality but tbh, I didn't really feel like getting my camera out every time I saw something pretty!

WHERE DID WE STAY?
We stayed at the Mermaid Suites hotel which is based just off Oxford Street. I couldn't believe just how central it was and Bond Street station was literally a minute away.

LONDON LIT UP FOR CHRISTMAS
I've been to London a few times but never at Christmas so getting to see all the beautiful lights and window displays was something that I really enjoyed. My favourite display was definitely John Lewis' offering - All the woodland creatures (and Buster!) from their Christmas advert playing (or wreaking havoc depending on how you look at it) with some of the items John Lewis have on offer. I'm gutted I didn't take any photos of it but it was just so bloody busy.

WICKED THE MUSICAL
For those of you not in the know, Wicked tells the alternative story of how things went down in teh Wizard of Oz, centering around the friendship of Elphaba the wicked witch of the West and Glinda the good witch. I didn't really know that much about it going in but I was blown away by it - the story, the actors, the sets, the costumes...All of it was just amazing.

We were really lucky to catch Rachel Tucker in the role of Elphaba too - She's the longest running Elphaba, has played the character in both London and New York and was only back for a limited run for the tenth anniversary. Her rendition of Defying gravity sent shivers down my spine and if I go back to London in the future, I will be seeing Wicked again.

I loved that you got to find out how the cowardly lion lost his courage, why the tinman needed a heart and why the scarecrow needed brains - It was so clever!

photo of the Knight bus and I
 
A rare photo of me smiling  (sort of) with the Knight Bus

THE WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR

I've already been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour before (in 2012 for my 21st birthday) and I decided that I wanted to go back to see Hogwarts in the Snow.

It was good but to be honest I was a little bit disappointed because only the Great Hall and the Hogwarts model were 'decorated' for Christmas. The rest of it was exactly the same as my previous visit.

Aswell as this our allocated time coincided with a school group - a BIG school group of about 100 kids or more. They were polite kids don't get me wrong, but when there's kids coming at you from all angles running around excitedly and trying to shuffle in front of you to take photos, it kind of takes the magic away from it all.

Regardless, it was still nice to see all the props, costumes & sets again and I loved seeing the outfits from 'Fantastic beasts and where to find them'. Ooh and it turns out my Mum's an ace photographer (or her phone is really good) cos I look pretty good in all the photos she took of me.

the Houses of Parliament

I wasn't really sure if I was allowed to take photos in the Houses of Parliament so a lot of them were taken very slyly and have turned out a bit blurred - Oops! I got away with wearing my Vans in the HoP but our black jeans meant we weren't allowed access to some areas.

A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

My mum is a hairdresser and one of her clients is a Lord, who happened to be in London working at the same time we were there. He very kindly offered to take us for a nosy around the HoP and despite being a bit apprehensive about it, it turned out to be my number one highlight of the trip (and my Mums too I think).

So, the night of we were getting our tour it turned out that the Jubilee line - which would have got us from Oxford St to Westminster in minutes - was cancelled so we decided to walk to Hyde Park Corner and hop on a train from there. We managed to get lost in Hyde Park though and thanks to Winter Wonderland, we couldn't just cut across the park we had to go all the way around. Then once we got to the station, there was even more tube delays - Fab! So, we had to walk to the Houses of Parliament and by the time we got there we were an hour late and I thought my legs were gunna drop off - Such fun!

Despite being super late, our host was lovely and gave us a great tour around the HoP, filling us in on the history of the building, what the queen gets up too when she's there and even letting us into a Lords debate to have a listen. We also got to go into the MP's debate room which is often on the tv and guess what - it is so so small in real life!

We were in there for nearly two hours and it flew by - If you're ever offered the chance to go on a tour of the Houses of Parliament I would definitely recommend that you do so as it was so so interesting.

Being the art/history/architecture nerd that I am, I was totally in my element having a wander round and being told some facts about this building that we all see on the TV so often and I'm so glad that I got to go.

Many thanks to my Mum's client for inviting us for a nosy!

And apart from that we did A LOT of shopping (which is probably why my feet hurt so much). As much as I love London, I love hopping on the train to come back up North. I'm usually so exhaused when I get back that feel like I need another holiday to get over my London break haha!

Are you a fan of London? Or would you rather give it a miss?

platform 9 and 3/4
 
The iconic platform nine and 3/4 sign

platform 9 and 3/4 selfie
 
Yep here's another photo of me, this one's a little cringier though.

houses of parliament
 
The ceiling in the Houses of Parliament. Honestly, one of my favourite things about being in the building was looking up and seeing all the amazing details that had gone into the ceilings.
 
selfridges santa
 
This is a terrible photo but LOOK at Selfridge's Santa's jazzy red suit! I would totally wear a suit like this.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Friday Five #1

SIMON NEIL BIFFY CLYRO

I mentioned in this post that I'm trying to cut down on my time online so in order to keep my weekends (mostly) free of blogging, I've decided to scrap 'The Sunday Catch Up' and introduce 'The Friday Five'. It's exactly the same as TSCU just with a new publishing day and a new snazzy title so yeah, shall we get on with it?

THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
It was my work Christmas party last Saturday and as I'm a bit awkward, I ended up getting vodka drunk and my colleagues were quite surprised at this different version of Jess that they had never seen before. Luckily I didn't make a complete fool of myself and ended up having a great night - It was just a shame about the stinking hangover that came the next day.

BIFFY F*CKIN CLYRO
Despite being hungover to death, I still managed to get myself sorted out and headed to Leeds to watch Biffy Clyro. I haven't seen them in three years so I was buzzing to hear the new album live and they didn't disappoint (although the set list was a tad strange). Due to my hungover state I forgot to take any photo ID with me and they wouldn't let us in without it - Thank God I had my phone and could show my confirmation emails as proof that I bought them!

IN PLAIN SIGHT
I am a Martin Compston fan girl - I've seen the large majority of his movies and think he's AMAZING in Line of Duty - so when I saw he would be portraying Scottish serial killer, Peter Manuel I did a little scream. It aired on Wednesday and it was everything I hoped it would be. Compston delivers a chilling performance as the smug psychopath Manuel and I'm interested to see how he gets his comeuppance.

MY NEW TATTOO
I went for my first tattoo in four or five years on Tuesday and man did it sting! I'll be sharing more details on the design and the artist who did it when I can get some decent photos of it - at the moment it's a bit scabby and red, ew! - so keep an eye out for it! I'm totally in love with it and the artist has done an incredible job.

THE SOFA KING PODCAST
I'm a massive fan of this podcast but I'm not really sure if it's that well known in the UK? Basically three dudes living in California sit for an hour or so discussing topics such as serial killers, conspiracy theories and notable historical figures (Some of my fave topics by the way). The podcast is hilarious and I come away feeling like I've learned something new every time. I will give a warning though: Go in with an open mind and take what they say with pinch of salt as some parts of the podcast may offend.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Why I quit Blogmas before it had even started

 
So I was all set to do Blogmas.
 
I'd bored on about it on social media, I'd been planning posts since October and had a lot of them typed with photos all ready to go.
 
Then I decided on the 30th November that I didn't wanna do it anymore.
 
I had an epiphany you see - It's time to take a step back from the online world and start enjoying the real world a bit more.
 
You see, I'm stuck behind a screen at work all week, then on a night I go home and sit on my phone scrolling mindlessly through social media and THEN I spend my weekend taking photos or writing stuff for my blog.
 
Blogmas would have just meant spending even more of my free time online; stressing over pushing out content, getting annoyed over being unable taking photos due to the crap light and unnecessary worrying over numbers - I just couldn't be arsed with that extra pressure.
 
So after deciding to not bother with Blogmas, I've also decided to change my approach to blogging.
 
No more comparing myself to others, no more trying to fit the typical blogger mould, no more weekend blogging and definitely no strict scheduling.
 
As much as I like to blog, I think nurturing my real life relationships and hobbies is much more important than spending every spare moment glued to my laptop or phone, worrying about how many likes I have, how many followers I've lost or what strangers think about me and my writing.
 
Don't you?
 
Aaaand I'm done. I hope this doesn't come across as bitchy or spiteful because that wasn't the aim of the post, I promise.
 
Peace out.
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Friday, 2 December 2016

21 Reasons to be happy that Winter is here

 
And by Winter, I mean December, that just doesn't sound as catchy.

1. The shops are full of velvet, faux fur and glitter.

2. Ditto cute coats, beanie hats and blanket scarves.

3. An obvious one - CHRISTMAS

4. Going into hibernation is totally normal and people won't think you're weird.

5. We are edging closer to 2017 which means we are edging closer to Game Of Thrones S7.

6. Ice skating rinks and Christmas markets start to pop up - Plenty of opportunities to have fun, get festive and spruce up your Instagram.

7. The supermarkets have mint offers on when it comes to chocolate and sweets.

8. All the comfort food - Shepherds Pie, Sausage and Mash, Mac and Cheese...Do I really need to elaborate?

9. Everyone you meet just seems to be in a great mood, it's like fairy dust is released into the air or something.

10. Snuggly chunky knit jumpers <3

11. Shitty, horrible, miserable 2016 is finally almost over.

12. Snow. The possibility of snow, waiting for snow, waking up to snow, watching snow, seeing dogs in snow, playing in snow. SNOWSNOWSNOW.

13. Log fires will begin to roar in every pub and restaurant in the country.

14. Christmas cups and Christmas drinks. No specific chains mentioned here ;)

15. 'Moana' is released on the 2nd of December, FINALLY.

16. The sales will soon be upon us and you can finally get that one item you've lusted after for yonks but struggled to justify the price tag.

17. Glitter becomes an acceptable everyday make up item.

18. At the end of the month you get a few GLORIOUS days off to bask in the glory of Christmas (unless you're in retail or the emergency services etc then nevermind and if you are, I'm sorry but thank you, you guys rule).

19. It's the norm to have chocolate for breakfast, thanks Advent.

20. SHERLOCK IS BACK!

21. Christmas flake cakes. End of.

What's your favourite thing about Winter?
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

November what I watched

NOVEMBER WHAT I WATCHED

Err yeah, film watching has been thin on the ground this month oops. I started the month smashing through Sons of Anarchy, got half way though season 6 then decided that it was a great time to rewatch Strike Back. So I've been watching Scott and Stonebridge fight bad guys instead of watching anything new, sorry.

I did watch a few new things though so here goes.

GIRL ON THE TRAIN (3/5)
A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans

I'm not gunna lie to you, I found this film really slow, especially compared to how fast paced the book is. It felt like the first hour and a half went along at a snails pace then the last half an hour was like wham bam thank you mam. The cast are fantastic though and Emily Blunt S-H-I-N-E-S as the alcoholic mess that is Rachel.

PLANET EARTH 2 (5/5)
David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.
Narrated by David Attenborough

I've mentioned this in one of my Sunday catch up posts already but it's that incredible I felt like I simply had to include it here aswell. So far we've been treated to four episodes and each one has been as amazing as the last. beautiful cinematography, gorgeous scenery and I love the little feature at the end showing how they got certain shorts. Oh and David is the man <3

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (5/5)
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Colin Farrell

So I didn't expect to like this movie as I thought JK Rowling was ruining the wizarding world by creating this spin off and trying to milk that cash cow a bit more. Turns out I was wrong and it's absolutely incredible. The special effects are out of this world, Eddie Redmayne is endearing as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler is a hilarious no maj who's dragged into the wizarding world by him and I really enjoyed the twist at the end. I also think that the way the 'Fantastic Beasts' series is going to tie into the books is genius.

THE REVENANT (A very generous 2/5 for the gorgeous cinematography)
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter.

I've tried to watch this movie three times - THREE TIMES - and each time I've got bored and turned it off. This is really weird because I'm a HUGE DiCaprio/Hardy fan so the two of them together sounds right up my street but something about this movie just didn't work for me. When it premiered on Sky I decided I would give it another go and yep, still boring. Too much trudging around in the snow, not enough action.

I'm gunna try and watch a lot more in December and I'm hoping that with Christmas coming up there will be some great releases in the cinema and on tv. I'm really excited to see Moana so expect that to pop up in next month's post!
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Faking a trip to the hairdresser's


I go to London on today and unfortunately I didn't have enough time beforehand to get my hair cut and coloured. My hair's starting to look a bit straggly on the ends, my toner's gone a funky colour and my roots aren't looking great.

Basically I looked a bit like Wurzel Gummidge so I put on my thinking cap to come up with some quick fixes for my hair problems:


1. SCOTT CORNWALL COLOUR RESTORE IN CHROME* - £12.99
I was a bit apprehensive about using an at home toner as my Mum usually colours my hair for me (she's a hairdresser) but turns out I had nothing to worry about. The Scott Cornwall toner is cruelty free (big tick) and promises to create metallic tones to light blonde or platinum hair and it definitely delivers. My hair can sometimes go greeny blue with silver toners as it's really porous but luckily I had no problem with this at all. There's no nasty artificial smell and it leaves your hair feeling super soft - You wouldn't even know you'd had a colour treatment. My hair's definitely looking a lot perkier after using this stuff and there's enough left over for a second application in the future.


2. NOUGHTY HAIRCARE 'TO THE RESCUE' LEAVE IN CONDITIONER* - £6.99
Noughty Haircare first caught my eye when I was browsing the Superdrug website as the packaging is a beautiful pink shade that really grabs your attention. So when the guys at Noughty offered to send me a sample I pretty much snapped their hand off. The leave in conditioner is 97% natural, free of any nasties and is packed with wonderful ingredients like argan oil, shea butter and sweet almond. I've never used a leave in conditioner before and I worried that this was going to make my hair greasy but it didn't. Instead it left it feeling smooth, shiny and the ends no longer feel like rats tails or like they're about to snap off. Plus it smells delicious.


3. A SUPER CUTE BEANIE   
With the colour refreshed and the ends all soft and shiny the only problem left to solve was the inch of regrowth that I had going on. Bleaching them takes time (time that I did not have) so the only way to solve it was too whack on some dry shampoo to soften the harshness of the root to end colour contrast then pull on a beanie hat. This one is from Missguided, only cost a tenner (although I got it in the 50% off sale) AND it's ridiculously cute. What more could you want to hide your hair woes?

How do you disguise a bad hair day?

* I was gifted the colour restore and the leave in conditioner in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Promise.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Skinnydip Haul

skinny dip london
 
Good morning guys! Today I have a very pink, Skinnydip haul for you to feast your eyes on.

I missed out on the last Skinnydip x The Simpsons collection cos I was in London so when I got an e-mail telling me about their next collaboration, I was all over it. I didn't go too crazy, only ordering my two favourite items from the collection, but I couldn't resist a super sparkly non Simpsons purse (that was on sale by the way) to match it all.

Wanna learn more about what I bought? Read on!
 
Skinnydip London: Moe Pillow Make Up Bag

Skinnydip London: Moe Pillow Make Up Bag
 
Moe Make Up Bag £16.00
I definitely did not need another make up bag but I couldn't resist this little beauty. I daren't put it in my everyday bag out of fear it will be coated in pen stains and crumbs so it's going to be saved for best (ie holidays). Embroidered Moe is lovely and it is actually a little pillow - great for on the go naps.

skinnydip london: Patti & Selma Fur Clutch Bag

skinnydip london: Patti & Selma Fur Clutch Bag
 
Erm yeah so I didn't mean to buy this bag but when the restock notification dropped in my inbox I'd put it in my basket and paid for it before I even knew what was happening. To be honest I'm not sure if I'm edgy or cool enough to pull this off but I love the shocking pink fur and Patti & Selma are made out of great quality material.

skinnydip london: 2016 Purse
 
 
2016 Purse £7.50
My love for glittery things continues with the purchase of this purse. It was on sale for £7.50 so I thought it would be rude not to but it. It's loose glitter so it's probably another item that I won't be using full time but it will be perfect for date nights with Jody when I don't really fancy taking a bag but want to jazz up an outfit.

Are you a fan of Skinnydip London? Or do you think they're overrated?
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Monday, 21 November 2016

The Monday Catch Up #37

 
Hello and happy Monday! I was hungover yesterday so you get a catch up post today instead. Here's what I've been up too this week.

IVE BOOKED OUR NEW YORK HOTEL!
I've done a bit of research for our 2017 USA trip but nothing was booked apart from our flights there and back. On Thurday I spent a few online looking for the perfect NYC hotel and settled on Yotel. I didn't think it was that cheap but when you compare it to other hotels, we acually got a bargan. It's near Times Square and all the tourist attractions, has some fantastic reviews and I'm really looking forward to staying there. Next up is our Las Vegas hotel.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT THE METROCENTRE
Jody wanted to get his Christmas shopping started so we decided to go to the Metrocentre in Newcastle as there is a lot more variety. It was heaving (as we expected) but as it will only get worse in the weeks to come, I'm glad we went and got it out of the way. I got to pick a couple of really nice presents out (He didn't even flinch at the £38.50 price tag for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette - What a keeper.) and I have officially finished my shopping YAY!

SULLEY SLIPPERS
Primark's nightwear range is quite possibly the best of all the shops and I was in heaven wandering around the massive PJ section at metrocentre. Jody bought me a super snuggly dressing gown as he's sick of seeing my scabby Hogwarts hoody and I also treated myself to the pictured Sulley slipper socks. They've got really thick, blue fur inside so they're extremely cosy and aswell as being very cute. £4 well spent me thinks.

WATCHING PLANET EARTH 2
I should have talked about this last week really but that was so jam packed I didn't really have room for it but OMG how good is David Attenborough's latest offering? I love nature documentaries and I'd go as far as too say that this is one of the best TV shows of 2016. I just hope that marvelling over the natural world on the tv inspires people to help protect the planet in real life and preserve the wonders of the world for the future.

Have a lovely week!
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Friday, 18 November 2016

Faux Fur Collar's make me feel sassy AF

brave soul faux fur collar cardigan
 
 BRAVE SOUL FAUX FUR COLLAR CARDIGAN (VIA ASOS) - £25

So today's post is only a quick one just to introduce you to my latest favourite purchase. I am head over heels in love with the River Island fur collar cardigans that I featured on this wishlist, but as I couldn't afford the extortionate price tag* I scoured the internet looking for an affordable dupe, eventually settling on this Brave Soul number.

Although it isn't quite as luxurious as the more expensive River Island version this cardigan will do quite nicely. The chunky knit keeps me nice and toasty whilst the fur collar (that reminds me of my Border Terriers) makes me feel absolutely fabulous. I've rarely taken this cardigan off since I bought it and it looks really good with a leather jacket and boots.

I'll defs be buying more faux fur collar type things in the future as I feel super sassy wearing this item...Seriously go buy one and find out for yourself.

* That's not too say I won't be buying them in London as previous discussed!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

What's on my London wishlist?: Splurge Edition

wishlist
 
Hey Sugarplums! Hope we are all well on this glorious morning? If you didn't know I'm going to London with my Mum on the 28th so today I thought I'd share a little wishlist of what I want to buy with you all. Today's is a 'splurge edition' so it consists of things that are quite pricy (in my eyes anyways) and chances are I won't buy all of them but a girl can dream can't she?
 
Next week I will have a saver edition for you but for now, enjoy!
 
I favor backpacks over any other type of bag just because they're so much easier to lug around, especially as I have a bad back. My current backpack is a Ripcurl one and as it's travelled through Australia, Bali and Thailand with me, it's looking a little tired. I've always wanted a leather backpack and I know there are probably cheaper alternatives, but I fell in love with the shape and design of this one. Plus when you buy a Dr Martens product you know you are getting something that is great quality and will last a life time.
 
I already own the Naked Smokey palette and I use it pretty much everyday so next on my hitlist is the Naked 3 palette. It's packed with gorgeous pink toned shadows and after looking at some swatches, I think the colours will go perfectly with my milk bottle skin and blue eyes. It's a bit pricey but Urban Decay are such a good brand and the colours are so bold.
 
Every year River Island release a range of faux fur collared cardigans and every year I fall a little bit in love with them but struggle to justify the price tag. I bought a similar (and cheaper) one not so long back but it just isn't the same as the RI ones. The RI ones are such good quality and the fur just looks so luxurious! I think this year is the year that I finally bite the bullet and treat myself to one as I know I will get a lot of use out of it.
 
4. KHAKI KNIT CONTRAST FAUX FUR COLLAR CARDIGAN - £65
Eep, I know, it's the exact same cardigan just in a different colour but they are just both so delicious that I couldn't pick a colour! I'm really hoping that my wonderful, sexy, charming boyf (He reads this blog so hi Jody, HINT HINT) will give me some money to put towards these cardigans for Christmas so I can buy them without feeling too guilty.
 
If you read this post on Bloody Mary Metal you will know that I'm a suck for chunky, quirky silver jewellery so when I found The Great Frog on Instagram I knew I needed to go purhcase something from them when I went to London. Unfortuantely this is the only item on the site I can afford but it's perfect for me - Subtle yet a little bit spooky.
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Monday, 14 November 2016

My farm work experience


I didn't really talk much about my reasons for not completing the 88 days of farm work required to be eligible for a second year Australian visa and I figured now that it's been nearly a year since I first left the UK, it was maybe time to talk about it.

This is long one by the way and I found it quite hard to write so bare with me.

We left Perth to do out 88 days at the end of August and we knew that it was going to be tight trying to squeeze in 88 days before our visa expired at the end of December. We flew over to Brisbane and hopped on the Greyhound for the 9 hour trip to Bundaberg.

Now Bundaberg was okay. A small (ish) rural town, full of Europeans trying to live the Aussie lifestyle for a little while longer. So why did I hate my farm work experience so much?

Reason Number One: Hostel life was not the life for me.

There was nil chance of us having a private room so instead we were in a 4 bed with 2 other chicks. They were both delightful but in the room next to us was the loudest group of girls, who drank every night and screeched in the corridors. They were very popular among the lads, often indulging in late night antics that everyone could hear thanks to the paper thin walls.

(No judgement though, you go girls).

I'm a quiet and private person so living in such close quarters with strangers sucked. Forming bonds with them was even harder as I'm not a massive drinker and, as you may know, a lot of hostel friendships do revolve around alcohol, so I felt rather lonely.

Aswell as this the hostel needed a face lift, the bathrooms and kitchen were fucking disgusting and the staff were a set of money grabbing tossers.

So yeah.


Reason Number Two: The work itself.

When we arrived I was pre-warned that whatever happened, I did not want to be placed on this certain guys sweet potato farm cos he was a creep. SO guess what? I was assigned to his farm, obviously. When I saw the worksheet I cried. BUT being the trooper that I am I got up at 4 am to go pick sweet potatoes and bring home the bacon.

The work turned out to be ok but when the sun came out, I took my jacket off and alas the farmer had this too say: 'Ooh are you gunna take it all off?'. We then went to the sorting room and he kept trying to get right next to me, standing way to close for comfort. Bear in mind I'm a 20 something year old, this guy was old as fuck AND his wife was there the whole time. What the actual fuck?!

Safe to say I quit that day.

My next farm was a citrus farm and it was up to me to box the oranges, satsumas and tangerines. It wasn't hard but my heart just wasn't in it. I didn't care if an orange had bad skin or holes, I don't even eat oranges so how did I know what a bad one was? I've always been good at what I do and 100% committed to jobs, even if I hated them but farm work really wasn't for me so I just didn't give a shit.

I just couldn't see myself sticking at it for a whole 88 days.


Reason Number Three: My mental health

If I'm going to be brutally honest with myself, I had a really tough time in Bundaberg and the worst thing was, Jody was loving it. He was making loads of friends, he enjoyed the work and he was making quite good money. We've always been polar opposites, him being an extrovert and me being an introvert but it was only when we were in Bundaberg that I saw just how different we really were.

And it worried me.

I felt like I was getting left behind, I never had any money, I was the loneliest I had been in years and at this point in time I was missing home so bad. I spent pretty much every night in Bundaberg curled up in bed, crying and feeling sorry for myself. I was in a really bad mental state, snapping at Jody and I hated every second I was there.

It's only when I look back now that I realised if we had stayed any longer I would have probably gone home early, with or without Jody.

I wanted out of that hostel, I wanted out of the farm work and I wanted to earn some proper money.

So we left.

I felt bad for Jody but he tried to reassure me that he was happy to leave (although I'm still not sure if I believed him or not). It was a shame that we wouldn't be staying in Australia for another year but by this point I couldn't have cared less.


We went on a mini road trip down the East coast, hating on Surfers Paradise and falling in love wih Byron Bay. Jody and I reconnected again and I started to feel like a weight had been lifted and I started to smile again.

We got to Sydney and within 3 days I had a new job at a charity, earning a ridiculous amount of money a week. The hostel we were in sucked but I didn't feel half as bad as I did when we were in Bundaberg.

To this day I still wonder 'What if?' but soon after we arrived in Sydney homesickness set in again for both of us and we knew it was time to think about going home. We landed back in the UK this January after taking a tour via Port Lincoln, Bali and Thailand and we had such a good time that any regrets over not sticking my farm work out were soon eradicated from my thoughts.

And I spose that's the end of this post. The moral of the story? You have to do what is best for you. Even if the thing that is best for you is not exactly what you want.

Much Love.
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #36

 
Happy Sunday campers!

Before I get into this week's post, look at my cute little McDonalds Christmas cup! Whilst they may not be as snazzy as Costa's or Starbuck's, they're still ridiculously cute and festive so they deserve a mention, aww!

Anyway, I hope we are all feeling fabulous despite the slightly shitty week we've been treated too. Last week I didn't have anything exciting to report on (hence the lack of Sunday catch up post) but this week I have heaps so grab a biscuit and put your feet up.

I WON A RETURN FLIGHT WITH JET2
This week Jet2 were giving away 20,000 return flights (that's 1 every 15 seconds). All you had to do was name the 10 destination pictured correctly and you were in with a chance. I must have played it about 200 times and by the time I got the flights I had the images memorised but I'm so so glad I persevered! After some discussions with the boyf we decided to use the flight to go to....BERLIN!  We haven't booked it yet but we've got some dates in mind so will be doing so as soon as possible.

WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN?
Blink 182 announced a 2017 tour last Sunday and I was all set to take some money out of my savings to buy tickets but I didn't have to 'cos my Mum bought them for as a Christmas gift - YAY! I was a bit apprehensive when Blink 182 announced they were replacing Tom and making a new album but I had nothing to worry about as it's one of their best albums. I cannot wait, bring on 2017!

THE ELECTION
I wrote this post when I heard the election results and although I'm not in (as much) shock anymore, I do worry how the vote will affect the minorities of the USA aswell as the rest of the world. Trump's first speech as president was quite humble (for him), congratulating Hillary on a fight well fought, aswell as saying it's time for the USA to unite - Despite his campaign being mainly based on division. Personally I believe that actions speak louder than words so we will see.

If you're a fan of Obama's you might like this post: The White House’s Pete Souza Has Shot Nearly 2M Photos of Obama, Here are 55 of His Favorites

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW
I woke up to a blanket of snow on Wednesday - As it coincided with Trump becoming president I have a slight suspicion that hell might have frozen over. However as I didn't see a single snowflake last year due to travelling, the snow got me pretty excited for the upcoming months and I just hope and pray that it sticks around for Christmas!

BUSTER THE BOXER AKA THE STAR OF THE JOHN LEWIS CHRISTMAS ADVERT
Well the John Lewis Christmas ad has been released, it's practically Christmas YES! Normally the ads are tear inducing but I feel that this year they had a preminition that we would all need cheering up. The creatures in the advert are adorable and I love how goofy Bounce the Boxer is.

And there we have it! Another week down and another step closer to Christmas. Have a lovely week!
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Friday, 11 November 2016

REVIEW: TGI Fridays Junction 27

tgi fridays junction 27
 
Good morning! Today I'm have a mini review of TGI Fridays Junction 27 in Leeds for you(more specifically, at Birstall shopping park). Enjoy!
 
After a trip to the cinema to see The Girl on the Train at THE BEST cinema I've ever been too, (LEATHER RECLINERS GUYS!) our tummies were grumbling so we risked the busy roads of death at the retail park* and walked over to TGI Fridays for some grub.
 
TGI Fridays is one of our go-to places as we know that although the food isn't exactly Michelin star quality, it fills you up and usually the service (in the Leeds one anyways) is pretty good.
 
We managed to get a seat straight away despite it being ridiculously busy and as usual the staff were lovely. The service was a little bit slow due the amount of people in there, but as we could see it was rammed, it didn't really bother us that much,

tgi fridays cola chicken wings
 
As I had the foresight to download the app before we went, we ended up getting a free starter. We went for the cola chicken wings and I think they're usually a fiver for a single serve of 6 wings or a tenner for double that.
 
I was a bit apprehensive when it came to trying the wings as I've never had anything coca cola glazed but after one bite I was converted. They were one of the most delicious things I've ever put in my mouth - Sweet, but with enough zing to keep you interested.
 
We both agreed we should have ordered the double portion, that's for sure.

tgi fridays cheeseburger deluxe with cheese & bacon fries

For my main I went for the Cheeseburger Deluxe with cheese and bacon fries - If you look closely you can see where I took a bite out of my burger before I remembered that I needed to take a photo...Bad blogger!

The burger itself was a little bit dry for me but it was still edible, especially when dipped in the garlic mayo to add a bit more flavour. Start of the show was definitely the cheese and bacon fries - There's something about cheap American cheese that I just can't resist.

I was hoping to get a dessert but I was pogged after shoving all this in my gob (aswell as an oreo milkshake) so we made the hard decision to pay the bill and walk away.

As much as I enjoy the atmosphere and service in TGI Fridays, it is quite average food. I'll be going back again but I wouldn't make the trip to go there exclusively.

Do you enjoy places like TGI Fridays or do you think they're just cheap crap? Let me know!

*Seriously if you have ever been there you will know what I mean. They really need to install some traffic lights so pedestrains can cross over safely without fearing for their lives.
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Go home 2016, you're drunk

 
I had a post scheduled for today but in the light of the presidential election results, I didn't really feel like posting it.
 
This morning I woke up to the news that it was very likely that Donald Trump was going to be the president of the USA. There was also snow in Yorkshire, leading me to believe that hell has actually frozen over.
 
First of all let me say a disclaimer - I'm by no means a political expert, as many people have felt the need to point out. BUT I am a human and at the end of the day I care about world affairs. Many people have also said to me 'You're British, why do you care so much?' and when I'm asked that all I can think is 'How can you not care?'. It may not directly affect us as a country but as the UK and the USA have strong ties, we will probably feel it in some way or another.

Eight years ago the world had hope. The first black president was elected and he had plans and ideas on how to move America forward. Some may not have agreed with his policies but as an outsider looking in, he did a lot more good than bad.

I know that Hilary Clinton wasn't the perfect democratic nominee but at least she had experience to fill the role. She's been a lawyer, a senator, the secretary of state...She was even the first lady for Pete's sake! How can a politically inexperienced businessman -  that has been bankrupt more than once, believes global warming is a hoax and thinks sexually assaulting women is okay - be in charge of the USA?

America appear to have made their choice and I suppose you never know, he could be an okay president but personally I feel that America may have taken a step backwards. To me, Donald Trump winning shows that it's okay to hate on others wether it's because of their sex, skin colour or religion and that's not cool.

I guess that's all I have to say on the matter for now but I'll finish with this:

When the UK voted in favour of Brexit hate crime's increased by 41% - I just hope the citizens of the USA take note of that by staying safe and looking out for others.

I think the world has some interesting months ahead...

Much love.
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

20 twenty-something obsessions

20 twenty-something obsessions

Hey! Today I have a basic bitch '20 things that all 20 something's love' list for you. I know, I know there are a trillion of these on the internet but meh, this one's mine.

Have a read and if you think any of these apply to you let me know in the comments.

Kylie Jenners lips...and bum...and hair...Basically anything Kylie Jenner.

Getting the perfect photo of your takeaway coffee cup cos if you didn't instagram it, did it even happen?

New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice.

Finding the perfect matte lipstick that doesn't dry out and end up resembling a cat's bum.

Instagram. Instagram. Instagram.

Crime dramas and documentaries. You could probably be a detective with the amount of shows you watch.

Making plans to become a domestic goddess who bakes and cooks from scratch then giving up cos you can't be arsed to go get all the ingredients from the shop. Takeaway anyone?

Michael Kors watches and bags. Not for me but everyone I know between the ages of 20 and 29 has one or both.

Perfecting our winged eyeliner. Why does one always look catwalk worthy while the other just looks drunk?

Our eyebrows. When did we get so obsessed with eyebrows?

Mean Girls. The movie that defined our high school years. Still a must watch 12 years on.

White bedrooms with copper and marble accents with a few strings of fairylights hung up to jazz things up a bit.

The late 90's/early 00's...Turns out we love talking about that pre internet life.

Primark bedding, Primark pajamas, Primark Primark Primark <3 <3 <3

Quay sunglasses. Although most of us mere mortals look like flies when we wear them. *Insert sad face here*

Autumn. I dunno what it is but us 20 somethings go bat crap cray for Autumn. Maybe it's because all the glittery things start to be released in the shops and we can buy cute new bobble hats for the changing weather?

Hygge. Turns out I've been living that hygge life for as long as I can remember, who knew?

ASOS. Especially when they have a sale on.

Lush. Is it because the products are so Instagram friendly or because they're actually amazing?

Candles. All the candles. They appear on every single twenty something list you see and that's for good reason - WE LOVE EM.
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Friday, 4 November 2016

REVIEW: The Catherine Tate Show Live

The Catherine Tate Show Live
 
Where? The Barbican, York
 
When? October 31st 2016
 
How much? £39.20
 
Starring? Catherine Tate (obviously),  Matt Horne, Niky Wardley, Brett Goldstein,
 
The only thing I want to do on a Monday night after a long day at work is go home, get in my pj's and veg out in front of TV but this week that wasn't an option as Jody and I had tickets to go see The Catherine Tate show live in York.
 
I don't want to give too much away as I don't want to spoil it for anybody who may be going to see it but I'll just say that it was absolutely fantastic.
 
Catherine brought back all our favourite characters - Bernie the Irish nurse, not gay Derek Faye, foul mouthed Nan - and she even bought a certain schoolgirl back from the dead. With it being opening night Catherine forgot her lines a couple of times but that only added to the hilarity.
 
I was curious as to how they were going to fill the time when the main cast were changing costumes and the way they handled it was brilliantly clever so if it's coming to a theatre near you and there are still tickets left I'd highly recommend that you try and get your mitts on some as Jody and I had so much fun watching it.
 
Are there any comedians your dying to see? Let me know if the comments below!
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

My End of Year Goals

flake cakes

Can you believe how fast this year has gone? I know everyone keeps saying it but it's true isn't it? The shops are slowly starting to get all the Christmas stock in, people are asking for lists for Santa and all of a sudden it's gotten really cold.

With two months of 2016 left I decided it was time to pull my finger out of my arse and decide on a couple of goals that I hope to achieve by the time the clock ticks midnight and we welcome in 2017.

I'm not huuuge on goals as I like to wing it most of the time, but there are a couple of things I want to get done before the year is over....

1. Have at least £5000 saved.
I'm hoping to hit this on November payday but with my trip to London and Christmas fast approaching it might be a squeeze getting this amount saved before 2017. Regardless I'm really close and I think the amount I've saved in the short time I've bene back (especially with my spending habit) is pretty impressive.

2. Redesign our bedroom.
As we are going to be living at Jody's parents for a while we decided it's time to give our revamp. We want to declutter the room (although most of the crap is mine), replace or paint all the furniture white and just make the room look a bit more grown up and streamline. We've put up a bookcase and binner to shelving units so far and it already looks a million times better.

3. Bin at least half my wardrobe.
I have bags and bags and bags of clothes that I don't wear and to be honest I don't even know what's in half of them. It's time to have a major declutter and bin everything that I haven't worn in the last 6 months - Which is a LOT. It'll be hard but it's for the best. Plus we have this huge, hideous oak wardrobe and maybe if I bin the majority of my clothes we can downsize.

4. Improve the content quality + photography on Alright Blondie.
I've had a redesign and I am feeling super motivated to improve my little corner of the internet. I have ideas that will take me through to January, I'm doing Blogmas AND I'm going to try and stop being so shy and get more involved with the blogger community. I'm also going to try and up my photography game with more exciting backdrops, props and better lighting.

5. Book a city break for my birthday.
I've been away for my last two birthdays (Perth and Phuket) and I'm hoping to get away for my upcoming one aswell (January 9th if you were wondering). With all the saving we have going on and our trip to the USA I don't want to go anywhere to expensive/far away so I'm thinking of booking two nights in Amsterdam. (I just need to persuade Jody!).

Have you got any end of year goals?
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Monday, 31 October 2016

October's What I Watched


Supersonic (4/5)
An in-depth look at the life and music of Manchester-based rock band, Oasis.
Liam, Noel, Peggie and Paul Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Mark Coyle.

Jody and I are huge Oasis fans so when we found out a film detailing their rise to fame was in the works we were over the moon. It's full of unseen footage and if you are a die hard fan you will love it. It was hilarious and trust me when I say none of the carnage surrounding Oasis was sugar coated in the slightest.

Wolf Creek (TV Series) (5/5)
Eve, a 19-year-old American tourist is targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor. She survives his attack and embarks on a mission of revenge.
John Jarratt, Lucy Fry, Dustin Clare

I haven't seen the movie version of this but you don't have to, all you have to know is that there's a psycho who drives around the Aussie bush looking for people to kill and one of his targets survives and starts hunting him. My Auntie recommended it and I wasn't expecting much but it's really good and really gory. Only 6 episodes so it's a quick watch.

Victor Frankenstein (2.5/5)
Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay

This film started out strong - Daniel Radcliffe was endearing as the circus freak turned lab assistant and McAvoy plays manic spectacularly well (I think he will be incredible in his new movie Split) - but it really lost me towards the end. Meh.

Laggies/Say When (5/5)
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz

I stuck this on when Jodes went out and I'm glad I did. Keira Knightley isn't usually my cup of tea but I loved her in this and I could relate to how her character has absolutely no idea what she's doing with her life. Sam Rockwell's dry sense of humour is right up my street aswell.

Black Mirror Season One (5/5)
A television anthology series that shows the darkside of life and technology
Created by Charlie Brooker

I'd seen quite a lot of fanfare over Black Mirror on Twitter so I decided to give it a watch. It's fucked up and weird but I could.not.look.away. Episode One is mad, Epside two is claustrophobic and Episode three is just plain sad. Amazing.

Sons of Anarchy Seasons Four and Five (5/5)
A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman.

Seasons one to three bored me a little bit but Jody really liked it so I persevered and I'm so glad I did as in season four shit gets real. Every episode is action packed and despite having very unlikable main character's, you can't stop watching. I can see why everyone's been telling me to watch it for so long now.

And that's everything I've watched this month! Basically a lot of tv shows rather than films. Any recommendations for next month?
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