Tuesday, 30 April 2013

25 Facts About Me!

As I’m new to the blogging world, I thought I’d do a little post to introduce myself…


1.  I am completely addicted to diet coke even though I know it’s bad for me, and no matter how many times I try, I can’t give it up. The only other thing I like as much is Red Bull and that’s even worse. It’s my only vice (ha)

2.  When I was four I went to Disneyland Paris and cried because Winnie-The-Pooh wasn’t there. My mum wrote to them and told them about it, and they sent me a Winnie-The-Pooh teddy bear – see, not such an evil corporation after all!

3.  I’m double jointed and can twist my limbs into quite bizarre positions. But I try not to because I’ve dislocated my knee three times, and it really hurts!

4.  Music gives me endless happiness, and I wish I could live at a festival, particularly Green Man in Wales, because it’s pretty and people don’t set your tent on fire, and the music is all folky and at heart I’m an old man living in a cave with only rabbits for friends.

5.  I met my boyfriend at university but it took me 3 years to persuade him he loved me back, and sometimes I still can’t believe it worked.

6.  I have a baby blue Vauxhall Corsa, and I call her Doreen because she drives like a little old lady. I love her, but I am a terrible driver and have been in about 100 minor bumps, including very narrowly missing a deer thing at a safari park (oh deer).

7.  I want to go to California more than anywhere else in the world. My boyfriend lived in San Diego for a year and one day hopefully we both want to go live there for a while…I think it’s my spiritual home.

8.  One of my favourite things in the world is getting in the shower after being outside all day in the sun and feeling your skin sting.

9.  I buy loads of hats, but never wear them. I just like the idea of them I think!

10.My favourite place in England is Polzeath beach in Cornwall. We used to go there a lot as children, and my dad went there too when he was a child, and I don’t think you can ever be sad there.

11.I love giraffes. I think I have a natural affinity with them because I’m so clumsy.

12.I will happily travel miles out of my way to visit the only 3 Chipotles in the UK because I love their burritos so much. If I could eat Mexican food at every meal, I probably would.

13.I like playing Super Nintendo games on the old SNES console, particularly Donkey Kong and A Legend Of Zelda, way more than I like my shiny new Playstation.

14.I used to be in a band with my best friend Lili called ‘Eastern Promise’, which at the time we didn’t realise sounded like a dodgy massage parlour. We performed Abba’s ‘Mamma Mia’ at my school talent contest, but oddly we didn’t win…

15. My greatest achievement in life is being in the front row for Prodigy and the Arctic Monkeys at Reading festival 2009. I had bruises shaped like the barrier on my rib cage for weeks.

16.I have no words for how much I hate baked beans and celery, and I think I would rather eat poo than eat them…if I could live on ice cream sundaes, I would.

17.I’m scared of all dogs, except really little ones, and even then if they ran at me barking I’d scream and run away like a child.

18.I can play most Guitar Hero songs on Expert, but cannot master my real guitar so it just sits in the corner of my room, looking cool.

19.Sometimes when I’m drunk I think I’m a philosopher and I start talking about the meaning of life – my friends have mostly got used to it now and just tell me to shut up or start talking about something else until I stop.

20.I don’t really watch television (X Factor is my nemesis) and I very rarely have the patience to sit through a whole film. But I am obsessed with reading. I think being a nerd is cool.

21.Given the choice, I would drink champagne or even Prosecco every time I went out – it’s like drinking stars…

22.Sometimes when all my family and friends are gathered together at a birthday or a wedding or something, I stop in the doorway to look at them all and think about how lucky I am. And then I think about how slushy I’m being and I try to snap out of it.

23.I started dying my hair blonde when I was sixteen and I kept it up until I turned 23 and realised it looked stupid because my hair is dark brown. Since I stopped killing it with bleach it’s grown about six inches.

24.If I could have any job in the world I would want to go abroad and write about the conditions people in war-famished countries are living in to try and help them. Somebody once told me this was a ‘Miss World’ answer, but it’s still my answer.

25.I love photographs. I think they capture little pieces of time :) 

Hope you enjoyed this little snapshot into my world – anyone feeling a natural affinity with me now?!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Outfit Of The Day - Mint Summer

Last night I went for a casual dinner with my parents and my boyfriend. I wanted to wear something relaxed and not too dressy, but still pretty, and the sunny weather made me reach for this mint green crochet top (bought from Forever 21, £14.99). The last time I’d worn it was in Tenerife on a holiday with my girlfriends, and it reminds me of long, sunny evenings filled with laughter and flip flops and colourful drinks.

I wanted to show you my outfit, but completely forgot on Sunday evening to take any full length photos, so I thought I’d add a few photos of how I wore it on holiday.

I just love the colour of this top and the style means it’s really easy to dress up or down.

This weekend I wore it with grey jeans from River Island and a pair of black flats from New Look.

On holiday I wore it with Hollister cut off shorts and oversized River Island sunglasses.  Matching shots and slightly sunburnt nose are optional (and don’t worry, they weren’t all for me!)

What do you think of my top? Let me know if you’d like to see any further outfits of the day!

Friday, 26 April 2013

A happy quote, because it's Friday

'Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him'
 - Stephen King


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Book Review - The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

I know, I know, the first book I decide to review and it’s a #1 New York Times Best Seller written for young adults which the world and his wife has already read (and loved). How mainstream of me. But to be honest, I’ve just taken some horrible exams, and I felt like reading something that wasn’t too brain-taxing. And then I started reading it, and it was brain-taxing, and it was brilliant.

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I’ll try not to give away too much of the plot, in case any of you haven’t managed to read it yet, but the story centres around a sixteen year old girl suffering from cancer which she knows will kill her, though she doesn’t know when. It’s a story about trying to make your way in the world, and about finding the meaning in life against all odds, about how no matter the circumstance, we all grow up. Despite the seemingly depressing subject manner, it’s hopeful without being trite, and that isn’t easy – it’s not just a book that makes you think ‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ it’s a book that makes you think ‘I’m lucky to be alive, hopefully long enough to figure out why.’

There’s one particular scene from the book, set in Amsterdam, where Hazel is out for dinner drinking champagne, and it’s so beautiful, and the moment is so perfect and alive, that for a second you almost feel jealous. Making readers feel jealous of a sixteen year old girl with terminal cancer – that, John Green, is a talent.

I’ve already started reading another John Green novel, ‘Looking For Alaska,’ and I think it’s great so far. The references to great literature mean that, despite being aimed at teenagers, they’re accessible for any age of reader. (Also, check out John Green's tumblr. It's awesome).

Does anyone have any further recommendations for me?  

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Every new beginning is another beginning’s end

I moved out of my first ever London flat this week. This is a bittersweet move for me, because I’m leaving behind my lovely little riverside apartment and I really had some great times there with a good friend. On the other hand, I’m moving to live with my boyfriend and I’m so excited for our future together.


My Song Of The Month - The 1975, Chocolate

You’ve all heard this song before, haven’t you? If you haven’t, go and listen to it right now! And if you have…I don’t care, go and listen to it anyway. This is the perfect soundtrack to this suddenly sunny weather that we’re all so grateful for. I want to roll the windows down, grab a diet coke and drive all the way to the beach with this playing on repeat. Or sit in a crowded bar with a cold cider, listening to it play in the background…

Why are you still here? Go, listen!  
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