Things I Love Thursday

Sorry I have been neglecting the blog a bit lately, that will change as it’s the Easter holidays as of tomorrow (woo!).

<3 Gold nails and cute kitty nail decals.

<3 The weather starting to get warmer! Hello spring and hello crop tops!

<3 Listening to music as I whiz around on the bus.

<3 Going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! So much fun!

<3 Taking all the selfies with Sarah in front of Harry Potter bits and bobs.

<3 Butterbeer and chocolate frogs, om nom nom!

<3 Friendship! When we took this selfie in the mirror of erised I thought maybe what our hearts truly desire is friendship.

<3 Taylor being back in Cornwall. So excited to see her on Saturday.

<3 The Tremough Harry Potter Society. Best society ever!

<3 Being body confident and positive and loving it.

<3 Left over curry in pittas, an oddly yummy combo.

<3 Oli sending snapchats of him raving to Shake it off by Taylor Swift.

Toodles.

 

Harry Potter Studio Tour London- part 1

I solemnly swear I am up to no good.  

As you can probably tell from the title of this post I went to the Warner Bro’s Harry Potter Studio Tour in London! I have wanted to go for so long so when my uni’s Harry Potter Society decided to organise a trip up I jumped on the opportunity. Living all the way down in Cornwall, being pretty broke and not driving means trips like these are a godsend. The whole trip including travel and entrance only cost us £60 each which was amazing! It did mean an early start and a late night as we travelled all the way up and back in one day but it was so worth it. We arrived a little early and had a wander around the overwhelmingly massive shop. I picked up a few little bits which I will probably be sharing with you in part 2 (yes I took so many photos and have so much to say that is warrants 2 posts).

This post is going to talk about and show pictures of the tour in more or less chronological order so if you don’t want things like that spoiled for you then don’t read on. This will also be pretty photo heavy because I took rather a lot!

When you enter the tour you go into a cinema screen where you watch a wee movie where Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint talk about their experience working on the movie. For most of it they are standing in front of the door to the great hall and I was totally unprepared for what happened next. When the movie finished the screen rolled up to reveal the actual door to the great hall!!! I am a super emotional and sentimental person and I started happy-crying. I just thought it was so magical that you start your journey by going through that door just like they did.

professorsThe great hall was awesome, with bits and bobs for each house and the teachers costumes displayed at the front of the hall. It was really weird to look up and just see the studio ceiling instead of the magical, changing ceiling you see in the movies.We obviously had to take a selfie in the Mirror of Erised. I suppose what my hear truly desires is friendship.

IMG_20150321_181225226The huge swinging pendulum clock was petty impressive. I could have stood there for days, calmly mesmerized by its motion. I call this “Selfie with my bestie!”. I love the fat lady so just had to scoop up this chance. interesting fact- Dawn French, who plays the fat lady in Prisoner of Azkaban is going to be sworn in as the Chancellor of Falmouth University on Thursday, pretty rad!

Dumbledores office

Dumbledore’s office was incredible. So many little details that you don’t notice when you watch the movie. I mean all of the portraits are hand painted, imagine how long that must have taken! There are so many shiny, wonderful bits and bobs in cabinets all around, it really was a work of art to behold. There’s even a little window at the back that you can look through and see the little lounge bit right at the back. Even though it’s very background in the movies it’s still there and still looks stunning. Although you didn’t get to enter the office through the amazing statue/door we still got to pose in front of it. Selfie in potions class. The potions class room was really awesome with lots of cauldrons filled with steaming green potions with enchanted spoons magically stirring them.It was so cool to be next to such detailed and pretty large props. Sadly none of us can speak parseltounge so we couldn’t access the Chamber of Secrets.Yes, Umbridge is a mega-bitch but she does have great taste in colours and cat plates! I will take 10 please! We were lucky enough to be some of the first people to experience the new Hogwarts Express exhibition. I was majorly excited to have my picture taken running through the wall at Platform 9 3/4. So fun and so silly.

trainStanding next to the actual Hogwarts express with horns and smoke just felt unreal. It felt like we really were just about to board a train and go onwards to our magical education. The train was pretty cramped when we got inside but it was pretty cool. Each carriage represents a different movie, with little props hinting at each one. My favourite part was right at the end when to my delight a glimpsed the Honeydukes trolley and couldn’t help but say “Anything off the trolley dears?”.

IMG_20150321_193509118_HDRThere was even little fake booths you could sit in which simulated the ride to Hogwarts including escaping chocolate frogs and dementors attacking! It was pretty cool and make a perfect photo opportunity.

I will leave this post here as after this we sat down in the cafe and had a spot of tea. I will be posting part 2 soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Toodles.

 

 

Things I Love Thursday

Sorry I missed this last week, busy busy busy!

<3 Spring is coming! Just check out these beautiful blossoms I saw on the way home from uni.

<3 New Bedding

<3 Pink glitter glue

<3 Partying to the max. Me and Oli went to a friends birthday party last Friday and it was sooo fun. Neon paint was everywhere, the music was rad and the booze was flowing. I love these “before and during” photos.

<3 Fun seminars.

<3 This Barry M Pacific nail varnish from the Aquarium range. It applied amazingly, lasted well and is the most magical colour.

<3 March’s Glitterati Box, so much mermaid fabulousness. I have been wearing it all so much. By far my favourite box so far.

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<3 Making fun photo collages for my new and updated About page for the blog, check it out if you haven’t already.

<3 Finally picking my uni options for next year. I’m going to be studying the lyric writing and business and editorial writing modules. Bring it on!

That’s all for now as I’m super hungry and sleepy.

Toodles.

Self Portrait- a poem

Last week in my creative writing class we were asked to write a “self portrait” poem. I really enjoyed writing it, so much so that I was late meeting my Mum because I was on a writing roll. Anyway, I thought I would share it with you all. It may seem a little narcissistic to write a poem about yourself but if you think of it so is a selfie and as I mentioned here they rock! Talking of which time to include a selfie to accompany this poem.

 

 

Self Portrait

She always wakes with messy hair, no matter what. It’s kind of a sign that nothing she can do can make her life tidy, make it make sense. Every brush stroke in the mirror always pulls out hairs. Some fall to the floor. Leaving her mark. You always know if she’s been over, little bright strands marking the carpet. They make him smile, it’s like she never had to leave. Despite this morning chaos she always pulls it out the bag. Ready with a smile and some garish patterns on her back. Gets dressed in the dark, yet somehow it works. Chipped nail-varnish adding to the ensemble. Always in flats never heels. “What if I want to run down a grassy hill?” She always says. You can see her point. Hooking up her skirt, off on a mini adventure. Probably seen a flower again that she simply must instagram. Comes back all muddy, in awe of the natural wonders. A seagull squawks by                                                                                                                                                               Always late, looking like a whirl of colour, never wanting to leave.

 

So there it is, my poetic self portrait. I got some great feedback in class which is always uplifting as well as a little advice which I have acted on and edited the poem slightly. I would love to know what you think so feel free to leave me a comment.

Toodles.

February Favourites

February has really flown past, I can’t believe I am making this post again already. I’ve done a bit of shopping this month so unlike January’s Favourites these are all things I have brought throughout the month. Next month is going to be a bit more of a quiet-money saving month… well until the 21st when I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Let’s begin before I start obsessing over Harry Potter to you guys!

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Beauty

This month, in a bid to stop biting my nails, I have been loving painting them. I didn’t really have any nail varnishes so I popped down to Superdrug and picked up these Barry M beauties. I went for Strawberry Ice Cream and Berry Ice Cream because I wanted soft, subtle colours that would work well with all of my clothes. They are both super pretty and last really well with a clear topcoat. The Berry shade needs 2 coats to reach a good colour whereas the Strawberry needs 3 but it is so worth it! I also remembered I had some nail varnishes as a Christmas Present. They just came in a gift set from Wilkos but this silver shade is amazing! So pretty and sparkly and only really needs one coat. I have also been loving this Clay Time Purifying Face Mask from Wilkos. It is a pretty nice sized tub for only £3. It makes a nice weekend pamper treat and really does make my face feel that little bit softer. Deffo a must for pampering on the cheap.

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Nail Decals 

I got this pack of nail decals from my Glitterati Secret Santa at Christmas and only got around to giving them a try this month. They are so cute and so easy to use so I just had to buy some more sets! You get about 100 nail decals in a pack so between the one I already had and the 2 I brought I should be okay for quite sometime. I went for some simple black cats (which have sold out online) and some super cute unicons, cats, bunnies and tiaras! The work kinda like tattoo transfers and can actually be used on skin if you want. I have found a new obsession.

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Candles

These two cuties were one of my valentines day presents to myself. They are from a lovely litter Etsy shop called Ember Candle Co and these were a special valentines day duo in a lovely strawberries and cream sent. I don’t think I will ever be able to bring myself to burn these little guys but they are scenting my room as it is. I am fully intending on buying a pastel blue and lilac one at some point and the best part is you can mix and match the scents, so I could have a mint smelling lilac candle!

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Accessories (and a cushion…)

This months Crown and Glory favourites are just so lovely. The Scarf Bow Headband came in my February Glitterati box and has become my go to headband for days when I just want something simple to just add a little something-something. I have been lusting over the Lotta Rosie Headband in Ice Cream for quite some time now so was super excited to finally purchase it. It is so “me” and goes perfectly with all of my pretty dresses. I will be wearing this so much in spring and summer. I just had to include my Love Definition pillow from Primark because it was just staring at me. It’s so simple and cute and because it’s grey it works with all of our different coloured bedding sets.

TV / Netflix

Community was added to UK Netflix this month and this made me a very happy Emma. I had been wanting to watch it for ages so couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Me and Oli marathoned all 5 seasons in the space of about 2 weeks and boy was it a good 2 weeks. This series is hilarious and I am so happy it is returning for a 6th season. If you haven’t watched this then I highly recommend you give it a go.

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Last Minute Faves

I was in Exeter this week for my friends birthday and I did a wee bit of shopping and although I only brought these bits within the last few days of the month I really wanted to add them in here because they are awesome. I popped in to Urban Outfitters and picked up this adorable fabric covered photo album with “Parties with my bitches” printed on the front. I’m going to print out some of my Instagram photos at the end of the year and this is going to be their home. I popped into Primark to get some leggings and basic crop tops and saw this amazing neon pink notebook just as I was going to pay and I fell in love. I think it’s going to become my new Journal because it makes me smile so much. It’s really good quality and was only £2.

I also took a wee trip to Lush and tried on a bit of the Vanillary Solid Perfume then went on with my way. However I spent all evening smelling this gorgeous smell and it took me hours to figure out it was the perfume. I went straight back the next day and brought myself one and now I cannot stop smelling it. It’s amazing and sweet and subtle and yummy! It’s mainly vanilla scented, as the name suggests, but it also has notes of tonka and jasmine which is probably why I love it so much, jasmine is totally my jam scent wise. I’m going to be wearing this everyday because it’s soft and subtle so will work with other scents (espeically Lust and The Comforter Lush perfumes) but is also amazing on it’s own.

So there you go, all the products I have been loving this month I hope this helped or inspired or entertained you.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

Another week had passed and it was fabulous, if a little hail-filled! 2 awesome blog things have happened that I would like to mention. The 25th of February marked the first birthday of this blog and this will be my 100th post! Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me this far and I hope you stick around for even more exciting stuff! Here’s to another year adn another hundred posts. Now it’s time to fill you in on it’s wonderfulness and give thanks.

<3 Food at Swanpool beach. I was having a really crappy day so me and Oli went down to the beach and had some food and it was lovely, very healing. This cake was amazing! It was apple, blueberry and cinnamon, om nom nom.

<3 Watching dogs play on the beach. I’m going to miss them when Easter comes around and they can’t any more.

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<3 Baking rainbow cupcakes with Sarah after being inspired by The Great British Bake off. It was so much fun to do and eat.

<3 Finding the absolute perfect top in a charity shop. It will be in a photo a little later on in this list!

<3 This quote on the window of the second hand bookshop in town.

<3 Getting home after being soaked by the rain.

<3 The part of the train journey when heading up country that’s right by the sea. Believe it or not this photo was taken on my phone while on a moving train. I’m pretty proud of it. Such a pretty journey.

<3 Just Train journeys in general. I got so much work done on my way to and from Exeter. It’s a great time to buckle down without distraction.

<3 Visiting Beth in Exeter to celebrate her birthday (I’m wearing my awesome new top in this photo!)

<3 Meeting Beth’s uni friends, they are so lovely. I had an awesome time away.

So that was my week, it’s been a fun one.

Toodles.

A Poem about Poetry

A few weeks ago in my Creative Writing Strategies class we were asked to write a poem about poems. I thought that was such an awesome idea and I really had some fun with it so I thought I would share it on here. It’s a little bit different but let me know what you think.

 

The Rules of Poetry 

There once was a time
when I thought poems had to rhyme
Organised nice and neat
and always followed some beat

Now I know that’s BULLSHIT

No rules to control these words

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fuck
verse
fuck
rhyme
fuck
structure
fuck
stanzas
fuck
alliteration
fuck
rhythm

Poems can be whatever you want.

Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly.Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly. Give them wings so they can fly.

Poetry can be a comfort or a terrifying jolt.
It can be a warm embrace or the icy sting of loneliness.
It can tell wonderful lies or dangerous truths.
Build walls of protection or break down barriers of pain.
Can meop mean more than poem?
Flip it on it’s head it might make more sense.

Interpret, reread, understand, confusion, analysis, understand, get lost, out loud, to a friend, buy, lend, again and again, hid it away, keep it safe, copy for a lover, write, scribble, words, meaning, create, play, jumble, destroy.

Explaining this is hard
poems escape through fingers
like meaning
and thought.

Poems can be whatever you want.
Sure they can rhyme.
They can be sweet
they can even be “nice”.
But they don’t have to be.
Ignore the rule
they taught you at school.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I think poetry should be free and experimental and I tried to portray that in this poem. I am really getting into poetry and am excited about exploring it more in the future.

My top 10 Albums- part 2

Firstly I am so sorry this has taken me so long to post! Part 1 was posted such a long time a go and I don’t know where the time has flown. Anyway, it’s here for you now. Let me know in the comments what you think of the albums in the list, I would love to hear your opinions. I hope you all enjoy part 2-

6: Lest We Forget: Marilyn Manson

Oh Brian, how I love you. I didn’t always like Marilyn Manson but one day during my angsty teenage years something just clicked and suddenly he was my jam. When I realised how much I loved his music I had no idea what albums to get so I just went his greatest hits. I freaking love this album as a whole and think it hangs really nicely together, which i find is often not the case for greatest hits compilations. I’m super stoked to see Marilyn Manson play Download in June, something to cross off the bucket list. I love good old Brian so much I have an awesome figurine of him on my desk, I call him my study buddy. I love sticking this album on when I exercise. Something about those aggressive vocals and intense guitars just gets me going and makes me work harder. It’s even great to listen to when studying!

7: Nothing Personal: All Time Low

This is my go to feel good, party album. Pure pop-punk awesomeness. I saw All Time Low at Sonisphere in 2011 and it was so much fun. I jumped and smiled like my life depended on it. Me and one of my best friends have lyrics from Lost in Stereo tattooed under cute little skull hearts. I have the lyrics “Tattoos and a switchblade attitude” and she has “snakebite heart with a bubblegum smile” because those lines just sum us up so well! Weightless never fails to give me get up and go be it at the start of “my year” or just another random day. Nothing Personal is such a fun album which is just what you need sometimes.

8: Believers Never Die: Fall Out Boy

Another sneaky entry from Fall Out Boy and another greatest hits album. Again this album just hangs beautifully together (with the exception of the Christmas tune Yule Shoot Your Eye Out which it a bit jarring in July). I love listening to Fall Out Boy’s journey from start to… well not end because woo, they came off of hiatus! I love every single song on this album and I could listen to it on repeat forever. Each song has a slightly different vibe to it so boredom will never be an issue. I love the range of emotions this album deals with from the the sassy teenagery lyrics of A Little Less Sixteen Candles a Little More “Touch Me” to the somber tones of What A Catch, Donnie it really does have everything.

9: The Dresden Dolls: The Dresden Dolls

Now for some Punk Cabaret! The Dresden Dolls are an old favourite of mine and are like nothing else on this list. The songs on their self-titled album are conceptual works of art. Each song is deeply personal especially The Perfect Fit which mentions lead singer Amanda Palmer’s previous job as a living statue. The creepy, music-box intro to Coin Operated Boy was my ringtone for years and never failed to send a chill down my spine when it went off at night. Learning to sing the super fast lyrics of Girl Anachronism is still one of my greatest achievements, boy does that woman have amazing breath control.

10: All Killer no Filler: Sum 41

This album gives me some serious get-up-and-go. It’s full of punky, energetic vibes and aggressive lyrical moments. Of course it has it’s famous tracks such as In Too Deep and Fat Lip but the whole album is just freaking awesome! My two favourite tracks from the album have to be Nothing On My Back and Motivation. Despite their somewhat “sad” lyric both of these songs really get me going and are great to listen to when I’m in a rush to catch the bus (oddly specific, I know). I love how every song on the album is super short and punchy, Never Waking Up is only a tiny 49 seconds long! I think short songs are super important, a song doesn’t need to be long to be impactful. And of course the last track Pain For Pleasure deserves a mention. If you’ve watched the full length video for Fat Lip then you will have heard Sum 41’s bizarrely awesome tribute to old-school heavy metal. I love how unexpected it is! Thanks for keeping me on my toes guys.

Bonus: 1989: Taylor Swift

I just had to include this right at the end. Like many people I never used to like Taylor Swift. I didn’t get what all the hype was about and I kinda avoided her if I’m honest. But then Shake It Off came out and everything changed. I love that song so much! It makes super freaking happy and energetic and bouncy. The album is just full of gems but I won’t go on about them too much. I will mention Blank Space though because me and my boyfriend had a hilariously dramatic sing along to it in a club just the other day. I can’t find the exact quote but from her but she basically thought about how the media likes to portray her in a “man eater” light, then wrote the sort of song that this character would write to mock the media and their perception of her. I think that’s just so clever of her. This album is so different from any of her older stuff and it’s great. As soon as I could get my hands on it I did and it was played non-stop on new years eve. I love the new Taylor Swift and am 100% proud to call myself a fan.

So that’s that! I had a lot of fun compiling this list although it was hard to narrow it down.

Toodles.

 

 

Things I Love Thursday

Welcome to another week of gratitude.

<3 Galentines day with my babe Sarah.

<3 Dramatically lip-syncing Blank Space by Taylor Swift with Oli in Club I.

<3 Making plans to pop to Exeter for Beth’s birthday next week.

<3 Getting my radical self love tattoo! It was a valentines day present to myself and it was pretty freaking spontaneous. I got it a a craft fair! I think I will do a whole post about it and some more about my self love journey soon so keep your eyes peeled.

<3 The craft fair in general. It was at this new arts venue in Falmouth called A Curious Hall and it had so many awesome artists exhibiting. I brought an awesome etched wooden spoon that says “spoon me” on it and a cute little Pac Man and Mrs Pac Man cross stitch in a wee heart shaped frame. I had a lovely time there and can’t wait for the next one.

<3 Spending some quality time with my boo. He’s had a week off of uni this week and it’s been really nice to chill with him.

<3 Finally taking my Mum out for a meal at Zizzi’s last night. It was super lovely, great food, great atmosphere and awesome conversation.

<3 Writing poetry and liking it. You can check some of it out here.

<3 Discovering how to add stickers to my photos on instasize and putting them everywhere!

<3 Bus rides to uni. I find them a great time to do some serious thinking and planning.

<3 Constantly wearing my ametrine necklace. It’s such a positive stone and wearing it makes me feel all sparkly.

<3 Not biting my nails for a whole week. I am determined to break this habit!

<3 These super cute nail decals from DIY Nails that my Glitterati Secret Santa brought me. I only just got around to trying some of them out and I am so in love. I went ahead and ordered 2 more packs with different designs on. They are so simple to use but look amazing! They also last really well, I’ve had these on since Monday now and they are still fine.

Sunday Poetry

Happy Sunday everyone!

As some of you may know, I am studying Creative Writing at university. I thought it was about time I shared some of my work with you all. In class on Friday we were experimenting with poetry. We did a few spontaneous writing exercises where we were all given an arty postcard as a starting point then our lecturer asked questions to move our writing along. It was really new and fun for me. I enjoyed writing quickly, without any time to second guess myself. We wrote two poems and I really liked the first one I wrote so that’s what I am going to be sharing on here today. I edited it very slightly (organising punctuation and structure) but it’s pretty much just what I wrote on the spot in class.

Balloon Battles

Flowing fabric licking thick thighs
the sun beating down
forming midday beads of sweat.
Rainbow carnival colours;
orange, green,
red, blue.
Energy, celebrations,
drinking and dancing.
The drums in the distance
calling the party to arms.
Full-frontal joy
into balloon battles.
A moment of happiness
for what has been given.
Life, that is all.
Birds in shades of ocean
creeping from a tender grasp.
A skull ever present,
life only temporary.
Always there looming
begging the beat on.
The women glancing
toward the bouncing noises
the booms moving them along.
A figure walks in with a flourish
joining the swaying, surging crowd
light is what she brings.
Flowing fabric licking thick thighs.

Poetry is something pretty new to me so I was a little nervous about sharing this. Please let me know what you think in the comments, I would really love some feedback. Hopefully I will have more creative work to share in the future.

Toodles.