Sunday, 28 May 2017

Five good things #4

alright blondie

1. The emergency services and the beautiful wonderful people of Manchester and beyond
I couldn't do a post about good things without touching on the tragedy that occured at Manchester Arena last week - People were retweeting images of lost children, offering out their homes to those in need and giving lifts to anyone who was stranded aswell as a whole lot more. The emergency services were fucking amazing, as they always are in times of need and even though it was an awful awful event, one that will scar so many people for the rest of their lives, it showed just how kind and resiliant the human race can be.

2. I go on holiday tomorrow
It seems a little bit callous to discuss a tragedy then jump to something happy like my holiday but I spose in times of terror you have to carry on - If you live in fear the terrorists will have won. I'll be in Vegas and New York for ten days and I won't be posting anything as I totally forgot to schedule any posts (although I will probably be v v v active on Instagram if you fancy giving me a follow).

3. The first taste of Summer 
My wardrobe is made up of pretty much all black, I struggle to sleep cos of the mafting heat and have a sweaty upper lip 99% of the time it's around but man this week has been lush. I've sat outside on my lunch, I've had my second Twister of the season, I've attended two bbq's this weekend alone and I've already consumer many fruity ciders. Oh and I've burned my shoulders and face already - But it's been bloody lovely and everyone's been in such good spirits.

4. The Ordinary Colours foundation
I pre-ordered the serum and coverage foundation at the beginning of April and this week they finally arrived thanks to a waiting list of 20,000 people. I was a bit dubious about ordering online but I managed to get my shade bang on thank God - 1.2P or light with pink undertones if you were wondering. The serum is a great light foundation that has been perfect for work whilst it's been a million degrees and the coverage foundation is lovely as it doesn't make your skin feel clogged with product. At £5.70 and £5.90 you can't really go wrong.

5. My new hurrr
Think I've mentioned before that my Momma's a v v v good hairdresser but if I haven't, she's great. She did my hair for me on Saturday and she's taken a nice chunk off so it feels much lighter and healthier. I've also said goodbye to my mousey roots and had a silvery grey toner put on and it looks a million times better. So swishy!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Five good things #3

the pancake house pateley bridge

1. Three Girls on BBC One
A three part series focusing on the Rochdale sexual abuse scandal focuses on three girls who were treated horrendously by a large group of middle aged men, the sexual health worker who fought for years to get their stories heard (Maxine Peake is outstanding as Sara) and the police's lack of action when it came to charging the men when the abuse first came to light (They fucked up royally). It's heart breaking but it's a must watch so that we can educate ourselves on how to look for warning signs that young people may be in danger and how to do something about it.

2. Getting a mention in Beverley's newsletter
Imagine my surprise (and excitement) when I opened up last Monday's edition of The Letter B and saw one of my posts in the link love section! I *think* this is the first time one of my blog posts has been shared by another blogger/writer on their platform so not gunna lie, I ws pretty made up (Sign up to The Letter B here or have a nosy at Beverley's blog).

3. Aldi cajun chicken & sweet potato fries
I've been trying to eat healthier lunches whilst at work (by healthier I mean not smothered in cheese) and my current go to is Aldi's cajun chicken with a handful of their sweet potato fries (and a splodge of garlic mayo ofc). It's the perfect non-boring lunch that keeps me going until tea time.

4. Oreo milkshakes at the Pancake House in Pateley Bridge
On Sunday morning Jody and I headed to the Pancake House in Pateley Bridge to sample some - you guessed it - pancakes! I wasn't huge on them to be honest as I don't really do breakfast at the best of times but they were okay I guess. The star of the show however was the Oreo milkshake that I ordered, complete with chocolate sauce to make it look a bit more instagrammable....Delicious.

(PS how tanned are Jody's arms in the photo? I look like a milky bar next to him).

5. The holiday countdown is officially on!
A week tomorrow I will be on route to Las Vegas and I am so excited to walk out of work on Friday knowing that I have SEVENTEEN glorious days off. I can't tell you just how ready I am for a holiday and some pool days are definitely in order.

Happy Monday!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Sunday Dinner at The Forresters Arms, Kilburn

north yorkshire countryside
The boyfriend and I have been on the hunt for a new pub to frequent for Sunday dinner for a while now as our previous haunt was handed over to new owners and the food just wasn't the same after that. After a few failures we have finally found a new pub in Kilburn (near Thirsk and the white horse) called The Forresters Arms and OMG.

I chose the beef sunday dinner and for £9.95 you can't really go wrong. Fluffy mash, a massive Yorkshire pudding and tender beef, fresh vegetables, flavoursome gravy and peppered* roast potatoes. Jesus H Christ I'm not kidding when I say I was in carb heaven - I could have easily eaten another portion.

However instead of ordering for a second Sunday dinner (that would have been ridiculous), I instead opted to peruse the dessert menu before settling on the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream and shortbread crumble - which was another winner despite my tummy groaning at me by the time I scraped the last few morsels into my gob.
As the sun was shining we ate our meal outside and it was just one of those really nice days. Good food, good company, good conversation...Oh and we also witnessed a middle aged fella going home in a JCB digger. Only in Yorkshire eh?
One of the best things about living in North Yorkshire - apart from the beautiful greenery and the crisp air - is definitely the abundance of country pubs and I'm so lucky that I get to live in such an awesome place.
Can any of my fellow Northerners (ideally based in North Yorkshire) recommend any other Sunday dinner spots? I'm always on the lookout for a new place to grab some grub!
*(Fyi, peppered roasties? Total game changer).
Sunday Dinner at The Forresters Arms, Kilburn
Dessert at The Forresters Arms, Kilburn

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Three new Barry M buys

Barry M new releases

First of all let me say this - Barry M are on of my favourite brands of all time and I've been buying religiously from them since I was 13 so believe me when I say it PAINS me to write an even slightly negative review of their products - Which is exactly what I had to do in this post *cries*.

So yeah, sorry Barry M (I really do love you though).

Illuminating strobe cream in 'Galactic' - £4.49
I've had the iced bronze strobe cream in my collection for quite some time now and I adore it (so subtle and easy to apply!) so when I saw Galactic I decided to give it a try. I was actually quite underwhelmed by it in the bullet but when applied to the skin it's really fucking blue. Definitely best that you use a light hand when applying it or you end up looking a bit like an alien (but if that's the look you're going for then you should buy this).

If you want a quick on the go highlighter then Barry M strobe creams are the one but maybe just go steady when using Galactic.

'Feature Length' mascara - £4.99
Barry M's 'That's How I Roll' is my all time favourite budget mascara so I had high hopes for the newest addition to the range, 'Feature Length'. I liked the brush as it's quite small and dainty but unfortunately the formula isn't the best, leaving me with clumpy lashes that don't look that much longer than they did before. 

It's a thumbs down from me sadly.

Molten Metals nail polish in 'Holographic Lights' - £3.99
I have a rose gold molten metal polish already and to be honest, it's not my fave. However when I saw Barry M were releasing a very on trend chrome style polish I bought it without hesitation 'cos I'm a beast who can't be stopped.

Not gunna lie, it's quite hard work to apply as it needs quite a few layers in order to look bold and eye catching but if you take your time and add a top coat it looks a-ma-azing. Much cheaper than a proper chrome manicure, although not as long lasting unfortunately.

Have you tried any of the latest Barry M releases? What did you think to them? Let me know if you got on better with them that I did!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Five good things #2

alright bond five good things

1. Celebrating my niece's first birthday.
Little Ivy Bo turned one on Thursday (I know I can't believe it either) and to celebrate the fam headed to Billy Bob's parlour and Hesketh Farm Park. Despite the clouds we still had a pretty awesome day and I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, Ivy or us adults.

2. Superdrug vitamin E hot cloth cleanser.
I've been struggling with my skin for a few months now and nothing I buy seems to work. After reading numerous reviews raving about how good Superdrug's hot cloth cleanser is I decided to buy it despite the main ingredient being cocoa butter (which ain't great for spot prone skin I've heard). Anyway I've been using it for a week now and my skin feels as soft as a babe's bum - Plus *touches wood* there haven't been any more angry outbreaks so here's hoping I've found my holy grail product.

3. Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
So it's shark week this week and as per usual I want to eat anything chocolatey within a ten mile radius. Luckily for me Ben & Jerry's is on offer for £2.50 at Tesco's (until the 22nd of May by the way, you're welcome) so I made sure that I had some chocolate fudge brownie ready and waiting in the freezer. I bloody love Ben & Jerry's ice cream but can only bring myself to buy it when it's on offer - The wait makes it taste that much better though.

4. Buying tickets to see Katherine Ryan in New York
Katherine Ryan is one of Jody and I's favourite comedians so when I saw on Twitter that she would be doing a show in NYC whilst we were there I was straight on the tinterweb snapping up tickets. She's going to be performing at the apparently legendary Carolines stand up comedy club and it's just made me even more excited for our upcoming trip.

5. The Bourne Identity
People have been telling me to watch The Bourne Identity (starring Matt Damon) for years and I finally watched it on Saturday night - OMG. I really don't know what took me so long because it's definitely my kind of movie and y'know, Matt Damon <3

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The importance of curating a life offline.

ALRIGHT BLONDIE The importance of curating a life offline.

One of the best things about being born in the nineties is that whilst I remember a time that centred heavily around Nickelodeon, Pokemon and playing out, I also remember the rise of the internet, social media and smartphones.

Technology really shaped my teens and early twenties and like most of you it dominates my life. I'm constantly refreshing Twitter, checking in on how many likes my latest Instagram photo got, thinking up new blog content ideas. I work with a computer all day at work and then I come home and sit on my Macbook or phone - It's actually a little bit sad but it appears that this is what life is like for most people now.

We are always on the hunt for approval from our peers, we want to be seen as living the perfect life and in a world where numbers are a big deal, we are always hoping that other people like what we share enough that they click that little follow button.

And it's bloody exhausting isn't it?

When my boyfriend went away last week, rather than getting sucked into a social media black hole I made the effort to see my friends and family. I drank cocktails, ate all the carbs and nearly cried watching Pete's Dragon. When he came home I left my Macbook lying unused and unloved on the coffee table whilst we spent time together, cooking delicious meals and watching tv shows without interruptions from other screens.

It was great.

In fact it was such a great week that it led to an unintentional mini blogging break and it made me realise how so much of my stress and worry comes from being online. I'm always comparing my life to others, lusting over the latest high end up make up drop or wishing that I was on a white sandy beach working on my golden glow (just kidding, milk bottle for life).

Spending quality time with my nearest and dearest had such a positive effect on me mentally that it actually shocked me a little bit - Maybe the experts are right and social interaction is good for us humans, who knew?

It made me realise that the majority of us are so heavily involved in our lives online that we forget that we have a life to curate offline too.

So with that in mind, remember to do things because they will be fun, not because it will make fabulous content for your blog. Share that meaningful quote on Twitter because it speaks to you, not because you think it will get you a load of retweets and a handful of new followers. Eat that sprinkle covered ice cream because it tastes great, not because it will look good on your Instagram feed.

Instead of worrying about the life you have behind a screen, take a moment to live in the moment and appreciate the real things that you have in your life.

You never know what you might be missing out on.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Five good things #1

the body shop, pizza express, fantastic beasts and where to find them

(I was supposed to post this on Friday but totally forgot so all of these are things that happened/I enjoyed over the bank holiday weekend, not the one just gone. My bad. I'll try harder next week promise).

1. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal face mask
Whilst I'm not totally enamoured with this much hyped about face mask (I don't think it minimized my pores in the slightest) I do like it. It smells really fresh and leaves my skin feeling really clean and soft. At £16 it ain't exactly cheap but as I can't afford a Glamglow mask it's definitely the next best thing.

2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I absolutely loved this movie when it came out in cinema's (So much so that that I went to watch it twice) so when I got paid I decided it was time to finally add it to my DVD collection. I can confirm that it is just as magical on the small screen as it was on the big and I am still desperate to get my hands on a Niffler. I cannot wait for the sequel.

3. Pornstar Martini's and dodgy dancing
Last Saturday I headed to Blackpool with three friends as our boyfriend's had ditched us in favour of a four day stag do in Spain. We had a great time though, singing our hearts out, busting out some questionable moves and drinking our weight in cocktails. I'm now officially a Pornstar Martini fangirl and that's all I will be drinking from now on.

4. Lunch dates with old friends
The following Monday I headed to my local Prezzo to catch up with an old friend/work colleague. It was really nice to do something civil that didn't include booze AND my pollo carbonara was bloody delicious (although I had to take half of it home in a box cos the portion was massive - Seriously the contents of the doggy bag could have fed two people!).

5. The boyfriend.
As mentioned the boyfriend was on a four day stag do last weekend and whilst I had a great time with my friends, I did really miss him and was over the moon when he came through the door. Even though it was only four days it felt like a lot longer but this week has been great as we've been even nicer-er to each other than usual.

What's one really good thing that's happened to you this week?