Weekend in London

Last weekend, myself and Marek went to London as we both had the weekend off in order to prematurely celebrate his birthday.

It was such a lovely weekend, even with the EXTREME pain I endured from the stupid shoes I wore. Why are all pretty shoes painful? Like, how in any way is that fair?

We took a ride on the London Eye,  Popped by Queen Lizzys, and visited a museum involving planes where at this point I was a *bit* concerned I wouldn’t ever be able to make Marek leave from the excitement that he almost burst with when we first entered the room. The nerd is strong in this one.

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We were ever so kindly upgraded to the honeymoon suite by the hotel when we arrived, which was GORGEOUS. I would 100% recommend The Blakemore Hotel if you’re looking for a nice place to stay.

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The second day consisted of us shopping until we literally dropped. And anyone who happens to work in the oxford street Primark, I salute you and pray for you guys. It’s MENTAL in there. I don’t know how staff do it.

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Everything You Need For Moving In To Your First House

 

I’ve been moved out for around 7 months now, so I feel like I’ve got a good sense of all thing home by now. I remember a week before we moved in, I freaked out because I had no idea what I needed and forgot everything that you’re supposed to have in a house.

obviously living at home before, my parents were the ones that always bought things, so it was essentially a lot of silly things you don’t think about because it’s just ‘there’ all the time.

Thankfully I was lucky with my rented flat as it was pre- furnished, but I’ve also included furniture too because y’know, probs going to need to refer back to this at a later point in life when I move.

So any first time movers out there, do not fear! For I have all the items you need and also some recommendations on some places to buy for anyone with a budget.

Hallway/ Entrance

  • Door Mat
  • Coat Rack
  • Shoe Rack

Living Room:

Living Room

Side note- this room in the house has so many different names its a joke. I speak to people who call it all different types if things; family room/ lounge/ front room/ living room. why is that?

  • Sofa/s
  • Cushions
  • Blankets (necessary for binge nights and cold winters!)
  • Coffee table
  • TV Cabinet
  • Dining Table
  • TV
  • Lamp/s
  • Clock
  • Curtains/ Blinds/ Net Curtain
  • Shelving
  • Coasters
  • Dinner Mats

Kitchen:

I genuinely didn’t realize how many kitchen items I’ve accumulated over time (mostly unnecessary things like sundae/ milkshake glasses) But you have no idea how many things you forget you use on a daily basis until you’re about to serve your pasta and realize you don’t have a colander to drain the water with. 🌚

  • Microwave
  • Fridge/ Freezer
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing Machine
  • Tea/ Coffee/ Sugar Pots
  • Bread bin
  • Dish rack
  • Cutlery Storage
  • Tumbledryer (not essential)
  • Dishwasher (Again, definitely optional)
  • Plates/ Bowls
  • Glasses (normal/ wine/ champagne)
  • Knifes/ Forks/ Spoons
  • Cutting Knifes
  • Cutting Boards
  • Colander
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Trays
  • Wooden spoons/ Spatula/ Ladel/ Wisk
  • Tongs
  • Can/ Bottle Opener
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pots/ Pans/ Wok/ Frying Pan
  • Food Scales
  • Measuring Cups
  • Bin (preferably two for general waste/ Recycling if you have room!)
  • Scissors

Bathroom:

Clean Af Mat

I feel like this is most self explanatory, however I did forget recently to buy toilet paper for almost a week and a half  (dw, we were borrowing rolls from Mareks mum who fortunately lives very close, as to avoid leaving pee trails everywhere we went.)

  • Shower Curtain
  • Towels/ Hand Towels/ Face Cloths
  • Bath Mat
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Soap/ Dispenser
  • Toilet Rug? What are they even called?!
  • Medical Box (Pain Killers, Plasters, Savalon, Bandages ect.)
  • Small Bin
  • Storage (for pads, tampons, extra razors ect.)
  • Plunger
  • Bleach

Bedroom:

My favorite place because bed=life, so invest in that shit. Let it feel like you’re falling into a cloud every time you climb into bed. You deserve it.

  • Bedframe
  • Mattress
  • Pillows/ Duvet/ Bedding
  • Drawers
  • Wardrobe
  • Hangers (LOTS)
  • Bedside Tables
  • Lamp/s
  • Mirror
  • Dressing Table (if your lucky enough to have room)

 

Other:

This is all the other things I believe are essential moving in, but I didn’t know what other category to fit them in.

  • Hoover
  • Clothes Horse
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Mop
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Laundry Bin
  • Extension Leads
  • Tools
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Window/ Glass Cleaner
  • Sponges

I feel like I’ve still forgotten things so if I remember I’ll update, but most of these things can be found for relatively cheap prices in places like Ikea, Matalan, And Wilko, all great quality!

Things I’d suggest investing a bit more in would be things like your pots/ pans/ wok/ frying pans, and your cutting knifes, because it starts to show fairly quickly if they’re not made to last.

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Popcorn

#WhatIWatched |June ’17

I said I would have this post up on time. I lied. It’s 22 days late. I don’t have an excuse. I’m just bad at being consistent sometimes, soz.

But none the less, here it is.

TV:

House Of Cards

Frank is back at it again with the corrupt politics that follow his presidency. This series was full of so many interesting twists and turns, and Frank usual one step ahead approach seemed to be pulled to an abrupt halt at the end of this series. I’m a big fan of Claire, and I’m excited to see what chaos entails with her after the many different things that have happened during this season.

Girl Boss

I loved this show. Based on the birth of self proclaimed “girl boss” Sophia Amoruso’s first bussiness “Nasty Gal” and her journey through all the highs and lows it entailed left me feeling inspired to try hard at things I have aspirations in.

I really enjoyed the characters, and relate to the shows “Sophia” and her personality in some aspects. I adore the real life Sophia and her determination and strength to get through everything in life.

I’m quite upset that the second series plans were scrapped because I would have liked to have seen more of her career journey, but I suppose I can only hope she writes a new book about instead.

Orange Is The Black

I really enjoyed this series. It was interesting to see the prison switched up, and follow up on how they dealt with the tragedies of the last season.

It’s definitely the first series in a few of them that I’ve found myself fully interested in again. And dare I say it- I don’t *hate Piper and Alex’s relationship anymore and was actually rooting for them.

American Gods

This was AMAZING. I love all kinds of mythology about Gods. The show was based on Neil Gailman’s book, someone I studied in college, in which we all made adaptations A Calendar Of Tales.

I’m also mind blown after finally finding out what the origin of the Easter bunny was and that it was in fact a god that came BEFORE Jesus.

So next time someone tells me that I’m stupid for celebrating Easter with eggs and bunnies I’m going to hit back with the story of Ēostre and how she is the Queen of my celebrations.

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Love Island

I REALLY didn’t want to like this. Like, I constantly complain about reality shows, but I’m beaten. It’s hilarious. I love Kem and Chris and wish them so much love in their future bromance. Camilla is the best. She’s one of the nicest people ever and all I want is her to be happy in life. *cries* And as for Liv, she honestly needs a bit of help to understand how she treats others. Not cool mate.

Film:

Power Rangers

I think I knew before I even watched this that I didn’t expect it to live up to the classic show. And it didn’t. Like it was okay at best, but honestly I thought it was all very cringe and could have been SO much better executed.

But at the same time I also feel like it didn’t really need to be rebooted. The classics are the classics for a reason.

John Wick II

I love John Wick. Like, everyone wishes they could be that cool.  I’m a bit hurt he didn’t name his dog, but I’ll let it slide as he’s had an emosh life. I didn’t really enjoy Ruby Rose being one of the villains, I felt it could have been played by someone a bit more bad ass.

I’m excited at the prospect of a third film giving the ending, but also feel it will be fine if it’s left as is, leaving it to the imagination of viewers to decide.

(I’m going to try *my best* to upload July on time)

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Beauty Mistakes

Recently, myself and my sister were discussing certain beauty mistakes girls make in life, and how we will try our absolute hardest to make sure any future daughters we have have as few of these as possible.

Because y’know, as funny as it is to look back and laugh about it, shit ain’t cute.

But in the art of reminiscing, I’ve compiled a few of the things I would have liked to not relive every so often when I think I’m having a bad day appearance wise in a violent flashback.

EYEBROWS.

G I R L. I know many many people will relate to the horror story that is their eyebrow history, and to those who have recovered, well done. I admire your strength during their regrowth and I wish you nothing but a full, healthy, strong brow game forever more.

As a young girl, I had naturally  platinum blonde locks and thick, DARK fucking eyebrows. And it wasn’t cute in a Cara Delevingne eat your heart out way, It felt a lot more like Blanca Flores from OITNB.

So what did I do? Get my mum to pluck them. My mum is not a beautician. And although she tried her best (thank you mum) I looked permanently surprised in the most over arched, thin, sperm resembling way ever. So y’know just to make things worse I kept trying to correct them, and they got smaller and smaller.

I’ve struggled for SO long trying to grow them back and make them look half decent and I think after almost 10 years of torture, they’re *finally* getting there.

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FAKE TAN

I’ve been paler that a snowman on Christmas day for my whole life. I have Scottish heritage so my skin never really agrees with the whole “tanning” process and would rather just burn immediately no matter what factor sun cream I slap on. Fun times.

During my teen years, myself and my friend of equally unfortunate pale and likely to burn tendencies wanted that bronzed goddess completion ready for summer, so as our mums were a bit apprehensive about us buying actual self tanners which were pretty expensive, we purchased  a Garnier gradual self tanning moisturizer. This one to be specific.

DISASTER. It smelt awful.  No matter how much you showered it lingered on you. Especially during hot sweaty summer months. Delish. And worst of all, we were fucking orange. Not sun kissed bronze, not golden brown, ORANGE. And we thought we looked fabulous, naturally.

Up until the nauseating smell wore off that was obviously affecting our vision and we realized how ridiculous we actually looked.

I don’t have any photo evidence of the orangeness, but honestly, its for the best.

I’ve now been using St. Moriz for years for all of my tanning needs, and its honestly the best one I’ve ever used and its so cheap!

HAIR DYEING

For some reason still unbeknown, in year 9, I decided that I, an idiot, wanted blonde highlights. Once again, as my mum is not a professional, it was YELLOW. And back then, the world of beauty was still quite foreign to me, so purple shampoo wasn’t there to save me.

Not to mention the whole “Cara” eyebrow thing I had going on, DARK thick eyebrows with my fab yellow hair? Awful.

Fortunately, I decided to dye my hair chocolate brown when I was 16, and I’ve never looked back since.

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SKINCARE

I’ve had bad skin since I was around 11 years old. mostly down to genetics, but now I believe that some it was also down to the way I looked after it. I used a face washes from to time, such as the Netrogena grapfruit face scrub, which although looked nice and smelled nice, did NOTHING for my skin and I feel probably irritated it more if anything.

When I started wearing make up, on the odd occasion I actually did take my make up off before bed (Iknow okay) I used BABY WIPES to take it off. Not even make up wipes. Baby wipes.

Although I still have a bit of scarring and the odd few spots, My face actually looks quite clear thanks to the face that I now y’know ACTUALLY look after it. I micellar water to remove make up initially, and then Liz Earle cleansing polish to make sure everything is off of my face.

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FOUNDATION

As I think every other girl my age did, when I first started using foundation, I used the infamous dream matte mousse. 3 shades too dark for my face, greasy, and to top it off, i’d put a bit on my lips too, because y’know apparently it was attractive to look like a fucking corpse.

Now I’ve realized the importance of quality in foundations, I know what skin type I have and what to avoid so that my forehead isn’t so shiny you could see your own reflection in it.

I’m sure in ten years I’ll be writing another post on how embarrassing everything I do now is.

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#WhatIWatched |April/May ’17

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I am BEHIND in this series. And I don’t have any other excuse other than the truth which is; I lost motivation for everything, and it will probably happen again because it’s the type of person I am and so far, I haven’t found a solution to it yet as much as it frustrates me.

However, luckily, I am able to combine the last 2 months I need to catch up on, because other than one trip to the cinema, I watched the same few series over both months. So all in all, a win for me, and ~hopefully~ normal scheduled posting and the end of the month should resume.

TV:

Daredevil

I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t super interested in this at the start, but it grew on me. The cute 3 musketeer type friendship the group had and the trials and tribulations it faced as the series progressed were stress for me at times, I won’t lie. The villains were amazing, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds next.

 

13 Reasons Why

Now I know I’ve heard a few people with mixed opinions on this show, but I did like it. Every episode I was gripped into wanting to find out what happened next. Although an extremely tragic storyline, I think the importance of educating people on how big an effect you can have on someones life from the way you treat them (even if you think it wasn’t a big deal) is SO needed. I’m however not sure how I feel about a second series, I think it could have been left where it was.

Riverdale

This show left me so pleasantly surprised! When I first saw the promo photo in the advertisement on Netflix, I was like uhh that looks LAME as hell, turns out, I am in fact, an idiot. I think because I knew it was based off of Archie Comics, it would kind of be all “gee wiz, Betty!” peppy until you’re sick kind of feel, but good ol’ Jughead set the tone straight away that what was about to be witnessed was not all sunshine and rainbows. I NEED IT TO COME BACK ON NOW WITH ALL THEIR PRETTY FACES.

 

Shameless (UK VERSION)

I am going to say this once and once only. Shameless UK is the BEST. I refuse to watch the american version, because all US remakes of British shows are TRASH. (with the exception of The Office I’ll give them that) I know its probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I love the Chatsworth Estate. They’re the epitome of all the different characters on estate you’re likely to find and I love it.

Film:

Guardians Of The Galaxy II

The Starlord is back bitchessss. First of all- BABY GROOT IS LIFE. He’s he cutest thing ever and I want one immediately. Although I don’t think it was as good as the first film, I feel like it definitely has an important underlying message that just because someone is your family by blood, doesn’t necessarily make them a better person than your close friends (or adoptive families) that you already have.

 

I’m now off to my second ever driving lesson (whaaat) which I currently am so anxious about I might throw up. Yaaaay.


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Spending Money And Not Feeling Guilty About It

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In the wise words of the infamous Tom Havorford & his partner in crime Donna, “Treat yo’ self.” Which is something I’ve been trying to drill into my brain for a while now.

I grew up in a family who could pay bills, buy food and that was about as far as income would stretch. I learned that you had to plan your budget carefully, and luxury’s were something you either saved for or couldn’t have.

I appreciate this way of life very much so, as it’s helped me to be very frugal with my money and I always have everything paid for and accounted for no matter what.

(p.s.  the word ‘frugal’ always reminds me of the trait you can give your sims which is where I originally learnt it 😂)

However, this way of life has also made me very reluctant to spend money on almost ANYTHING other than what I consider important like bills. I was literally forced by Marek to buy new underwear and socks because he couldn’t stand the sight of how worn out they were any longer.

I even felt bad buying pyjamas, but I was sick of feeling gross in old stained t-shirts and wanted to have cute cool ones like I see all over instagram, so I sucked it up and bought a few pairs.

And you know what? I feel so much better.

I even pulled a bit of an ol’ rebel move today and bought a keyring from skinny dip I’d been eyeing longingly for ages, literally the second I got an email saying it was back in stock, instead of leaving it in the ‘saved items’ section of the Asos app until the end of the universes’ existence.

So here’s to being nicer to myself! Stay tuned for the probable part 2: I Cant Stop Spending once I get too comfortable. *sigh*

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I’m ‘Boring’ And Why I’m Okay With That

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Today, I am having major holiday blues. Facebook did that fab thing where it reminds you what you were doing “this time a year ago” and up popped a photo of me and Marek chillin’ on the beach in Mexico.

I’ve low key been sulking all week about it as it is tbh, because it was one of the rare times I did “do something”  and yet this year, I am sitting in bed, in England, waiting to leave for work. TRAGIC.

However, I also remember, that I LIKE being at home. And even while I was in Mexico, I was 100% ready to come home like a day before my holiday ended. I know at this current moment time I do wish I was almost 5000 miles away on a beach in the sea (YES I googled how far away it was) but the difference is, whenever I get upset because I see people on social media out every night somewhere exciting or on holiday every 3 weeks, I try to remind myself I’d hate that. I’d be EXHAUSTED.

I’d much rather spend my days off literally just slobbing it out at home in front of the tv, a big ‘ol cup of tea in hand, binging a tv show or playing a few games (Breath Of The Wild is my current ❤) than having a packed weekend full of socializing with different people. And that’s okay.

I always feel embarrassed when I book a week or so off of work, and people ask what I did and I say “not much really” because I feel like people think i’m about as fun as a led balloon if I don’t list them a huge list of things I did like, bungy jumping off of Big Ben or swimming with sharks, but if I enjoyed myself “doing nothing” what’s the problem?

I think, sometimes it’s what puts me off of blogging too, because I don’t have something to brag about every post, I feel like there’s nothing to write about, so I’ve decided to give myself a break. This is my blog, so even if I feel like it’s boring af, I’m going to post it, because it’s interesting to me.

#beyou

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