A Playlist- Fuck the Patriarchy

I love music, I listen to it all the time. Popping to the shop- headphones on. Getting ready for the day- tunes blaring from my laptop. Doing uni work- yep more music. I also love making playlists with different themes depending on my mood. So I decided to make a new semi regular series on the blog where I share these playlists with you! They will either be on Spotify or Youtube depending on track availability. I’m also going to make cute little graphics for each playlist so you can go and create it however you want without having to visit either of those websites.

The first playlist I have decided to share with you wonderful people is the girl-power inspired “Fuck the Patriarchy”. It is a shortened version of a Spotify playlist that I listen to a lot when I am getting ready to go out into the world. It fills me with energy and confidence. It’s full of fabulous hits by kick-arse women but is no means a definitive list and I am constantly adding to it. This shortened list is full of my personal faves. I decided to make it on Youtube so I could include some Taylor Swift.

Fuck The Patriarchy Playlist

Link to the Youtube playlist. 

I have also included the full playlist which is in no real order so you might want to listen to it on shuffle to avoid getting loads of songs by the same artist or that don’t go together.

I hope you like this new idea I had! Let me know in the comments if you did. Also I’m always looking for more great music so please comment if you have any new suggestions of songs or artists I might enjoy.

Toodles.

Harry Potter Studio Tour London- Part 2

First off I’m so sorry that it has taken me this long to get around to writing this. The Easter holidays have just ran away with me. I crave routine and currently I have none so nothing gets done! I am trying though so here it is, finally..

(Once again, as I sated in Part 1 these photos are in order so there will be some spoilers in terms of the tour.)

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Just after the Hogwarts express there is a lovely cafe that serves food and butterbeer! Of course I had to try some and get a souvenir cup. It was pretty yummy but not at all what I was expecting.

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Then outside into the cold. It was pretty cool to see all of these bits at night. Me casually posing where it all began

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Thinking about life on the bridge.

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I really Don’t trust Oli’s flying…

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Not too keen on Helen’s either!

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I had always assumed Aragog was in fact just special effects. But no, turns out he’s real and bloody massive! It took 15 people to operate him! Also bonus- to the left you can see the basalisk’s skeleton which is also pretty huge.

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Buckbeak was so cute! He moved and was so gentle. It totally looks like he is posing for this selfie with me.

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Diagon Alley was possibly my favourite part of the whole tour. It was a full set so it was super immersive, I could have stayed in there forever. Lovely magical Harry Potter music was playing the whole time too and it just felt so right.

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“The wand chooses the wizard Harry”.

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Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes was pretty impressive. The arm even moved.

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Finally on to the massive, detailed as hell, amazing scale model of Hogwarts. This is what was used for all the aerial shots and outside backgrounds. It is so freaking details and just mind boggling. The lights in the room change from day to night and the lights in the windows of the castle come on.

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A bit of a point-of-view shot. Doesn’t it feel like we are just about to walk up the many stairs to Hogwarts?

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It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be! One last happy photo of me and my friends before we said goodbye to Hogwarts. “I’m not going home, not really”.

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The wand room at the end of the tour is amazing. There’s a wand box for every single person who worked on all of the Harry Potter movies.

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A beautiful quote from J K Rowling to end a perfect, magical day.

Thank you for indulging me. I had such an amazing day, fangirling all over the place. I hope you liked my photos and they gave you a little insight into how awesome the tour is. Let me know if you’ve been or are planning on going.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

<3 Seeing my fabulous family and celebrating my Mum’s birthday. It was nice to treat her and see her smiley.

<3 Going into a charity shop and realising that the brand new, rainbow coloured dress I fell in love with two weeks ago was still there. I caved and tried it on and it fit perfectly. Then to top the whole thing off Nana paid for it as an Easter Present. So happy!

<3 Celebrating the magic in the world.

<3 My fabulous thigh tattoo. I’m so glad I got it. I’d wanted one for a while but was really paranoid that my thighs were too fat and it would just look silly but hey it looks amazing! It’s also make me love my thighs and is a daily affirmation that reminds me to love myself no matter what.

<3 Going on a unicorn search through town with Oli to cheer me up. I finally found one and she’s perfect. Technically she is a pegacorn because she had wonderful shiny wings. I called her Cupcake Sprinkles because duh! I woke up cuddling her the other morning because you are never too old for cuddly toys. I also love this photo of Cupcake and Oli bonding. Apparently she was watching him play his game.

<3 Chilling with Sam at Gylly beach cafe having a little catch up. This mango, raspberry smoothie and vegan chocolate cupcake were so yummy! Good company and good food always make a winning combo.

<3 Finally sorting through my wardrobe and drawers, boy do I have too many clothes.

<3 Going for a stroll around Argal Lake today with Beth. The weather was glorious and we saw so many cute dogs.

<3 On the subject of cute dogs I love how me and Oli always text each other when we see cute dogs.

<3 I saw a wee little fox out of Nana’s window last night, it was so cute. It had the cutest wiggly walk.

<3 Hanging out with Nana and watching Mama Mia. 

Toodles!

Things I Love Thursday

Time for some weekly gratitude.

<3 Partying with my girls! So much dancing and silliness! Even worth hurting my neck due to over-the-top head banging when Nirvana came on.

<3 Oli being a total babe and going to the 24 hour garage for me and Tay when we came in at 4am.

<3 Finally owning face glitter.

<3 The sun shining down on us and letting me wear crop tops without freezing.

<3 Wee  shopping trips to Truro to buy some bits and bobs.

<3 Ordering a ice, soya, caramel macchiato from Starbucks. It’s my ultimate favourite summer drink.

<3 Belly Timber’s sweet potato, red pepper and camembert pizza with chilli and coriander salsa. It is a taste explosion and I love it.

<3 Finding the perfect Birthday card for my Mum.

<3 Good hair days.

<3 Finding a fabulous new lipstick. Power Peony by Maybelline from the Rebel Bouquet range. This photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a beautiful purpley, pink bright pastel shade and it’s perfect for spring/summer.

<3 Adding some water colour to mine and Taylor’s matching tattoos. I will share a photo when it has healed.

<3 Napping, seriously underrated.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

Another week has flown by and Iv’e been grateful for every minute of it.

<3 Feeling fabulous from the moment I wake up. “I woke up like this, flawless”.

<3 Spoons have burritos now! You do not even know how excited that makes me. I may have a slight burrito problem…

<3 Hanging out with Taylor and Sarah on Saturday. We accidentally stumbled upon a cider festival, again! We sat on the windy pier, sipping Cornish cider, listening to music and laughing. Such a lovely day.

<3 Smoothies making a comeback in my life. My favourite combo is banana, mixed frozen berries and some unsweetened almond milk. I also have a pretty good knack for guessing the exact right amount to make to fit in this super cute glass.

<3 Doing a bit of a throwback/comparison to what I looked like five years ago. A whole lot changed looks wise in those five years but in these two pictures I look pretty much the same! It’s fun to look back over old photos and see how much your life has changed, hopefully for the better! Although I no longer have that top and boy do I miss it.

<3 Lunch with Beth on Tuesday. It was so nice to have a little catch up and stroll through town. We indulged in some amazing gelato and I dragged her into far too many shops.

<3 My current favourite lunch- a plain wrap spread with low fat humus then filled with lightly fried onions and tomatoes with a little seasoning. So yummy and pretty healthy if you use a low fat spray for the frying. Om nom nom!

That’s all for now folks. I will be sharing my March favourites with you very soon so watch this space! I’m also going to be publishing part 2 of my trip to the Harry Potter studio tours super soon,

Toodles.

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.