Friday, 19 January 2018

Ways To Relax In The New Year

With a new year well underway now, sometimes you just need to unwind a little bit, and being in a relaxed mood is a great way to do this! So, here are some of the way I keep myself relaxed for the first few months of the year.

Admin Days
Choose a day each week to do 'life admin'. This can be such as budgeting, paying bills, doing house repairs, MOT for the car, running important errands. Setting aside a day each week to do this, means you can relax on the 'days off' and then spend just one day doing everything, so that you can do your own thing the rest of the week.

Power Nap!
Nothing is better than a 20-30 minute power nap. This will give you an extra boost of energy for the remainder of the day, meaning you'll be able to get more done. Just don't fall into a deep afternoon coma! There are some benefits to this, so give it a try.

Be Selfish
If you do not want to go to a party, event, date night, etc, then say no. You're allowed your own down time and to be lazy, and just do you. Forcing yourself to go out when you really do not want to, will make it less enjoyable, when you'd rather be at home in your PJs!

Like the admin day method, set aside one day a week to do a big clean of the house - OR, do one area each day, so it's not a long winded clean. I prefer to do it all in one go over the course of a couple of hours. Once it's clean, I know I've not got to go Dettol mad until the following week, thus leaving me to do what I want.

'Treat Yo Self' Days
Go shopping, see a movie, hot bubble bath, get your hair done, bake a cake, see your friends and family. Have a day or few hours to have time to yourself. Just a few hours of pampering does me a world of good, and I feel so much happier the rest of the day.

Movie Marathon / Netflix & food binge!
Pick a set of films and do a marathon of a TV show or set of movies. You can watch all the Marvel movies in chronological order, watch the Hobbit/LOTR trilogies, Harry Potter saga, Star Trek movies, RuPaul's Drag Race season 2-9, binge both seasons of The Crown... This can be endless and be a whole day event. Just get cosy and have some healthy or junk snacks on hand.

Hope you liked these ideas! What do you get up to for your duvet days? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A-Z Fave Songs!

I've thought of another A-Z post to share with you all! I won't lie, I love doing these sort of list posts, they're fun to do, and it's a good brainstorming session for the alphabet! Today, are a list of songs that I am loving right now for each letter!

A - All Nite Remix - Janet Jackson
B - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
C - Call Me Mother - RuPaul
D - Despacito (Remix) - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Beiber
E - Ever Since New York - Harry Styles
F - Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
G - Guardians Inferno - The Sneepers ft. David Hasselhoff
H - Havana - Camila Cabello
- I Won't - Little Mix
J - Just Keep Breathing - We The Kings
K - Ka-Ching - Shania Twain
L - La Vie Boheme - RENT Cast
M - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - Fall Out Boy
N - No Control - One Direction
O - Out Of The Woods - Taylor Swift
P - Pompeii - Bastille
Q - Queen Of Hearts - We The Kings
R - Read U Wrote U - RuPaul ft. Alaska 5000, Detox, Katya, Roxxxy Andrews
S - Shabondama - Morning Musume
T - Take A Chance On Me - ABBA
U - Ugly Heart - G.R.L.
V - Vintage - High Dive Heart
W - What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
X - XO - We The Kings ft. Elena Coats
Y - You're The Voice - John Farnham
Z - Zumba Miami - Zumba Fitness
# - 24K Magic - Bruno Mars

Have any of the fave songs from above? And what are yours? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Iconic Women of Pop Culture*

With everything going on in the world these days, sometimes you need to get away from it all and escape with a good TV show or a movie. Wheter it's a fantasy, romance, action, or a box set, it all helps me forget about all the crap that's in the news these days. I currently have a small 19 inch TV in my bedroom, but would love to get the new Ultra HD 4K TV from Panasonic, as I'd love to be able to check out all my fave TV shows and movies in HD, and you know, have a bigger television!

I've been watching a lot of TV and films the past year, and I've noticed just how much I am loving some of the tough female character we're being presented with in the media right now. Here are a list of some of the iconic women I'm loving in pop culture right now.

Hermione Granger
Hermione was one of the first strong female roles that I fell in love with. She was both smart, talented, and beautiful - even if it took the boys ages to see this! She showed that being book smart was an attractive quality, and it really helped me make peace with being the girl with her nose ina  book all the time.

Aisha al-Fadhil
If you've never seen The Losers, nor read the comics, you won't have met Aisha before. In the comics, she is a kick ass lady who can really roll with the guys - and the same for the movies. I mean, how could I not have her on this list after she sent a rocket grenade on the bad guys at the docks?

Wonder Woman/Diana Prince
2017's DC savior! I didn't know much about Wonder Woman before the movie came out, and now she's on my list here! I love her good-hearted nature, innocence, and the way she will always try to save those she loves and for what is right. Can't wait to see more of her.

Daenerys Targaryen
She has progressed so much through Game of Thrones, and she's been my fave ever since she aided her brother with his golden crown. There's something about her that I'm drawn to - and not just the fact she has dragons!

Harley Quinn/Dr Quinzel 
Harley has been a fave for a few years now, back before Suicide Squad came out. Let's just ignore her murderous tendencies, as that's not why she's on the list! I like her in the Arkham games, and she was so funny in the Batman animated series. I've been reading all the rebirth comics of her's, and it's honestly the funniest comic book series I've ever read. She's both super smart and badass!

Annalise Keating
Ignore the fact she's aided murders and done a good handful of heinous things over the series thus far. As a lawyer, she is a BOSS in the courtrooms and has managed to win a handful of successful cases. Plus she was doing a great job as a law professor until all the death started... She's mainly on this list as I love Viola Davis with every fiber of my being.

Felicity Smoak
Ah, Miss Smoak... Or now Mrs Queen? I've only read a few of the Arrow comics, and didn't enjoy them much, but I love the TV show and all the others in the CW's Arrowverse. Felicity is again, like many on this list, a very smart woman, who has managed to use her brains over their brawn, many times.

I love characters who are smart and use that to their advantage - I can't get by with super ditzy characters these days, they don't seem 100% realistic anymore to me!

There are a host of others that I could have added to this list, such as: Mulan, Elle Woods, Gabriela Dawson, Sara Lance, Agent Melinda May, River Tam, Tauriel, Lieutenant Uhura, Merida, and so many others!

What women of pop culture do you this should be on the list? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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*This is a collaborative post

Friday, 12 January 2018

Moana | Disney Inspired Lookbook

Back at the start of 2017, I decided to do create a set of Disney Inspired Look books - all inspired by the Princesses we all know and love - in the run up to my Florida holiday. Well that holiday is all over, but I still have a couple of the Princesses left to style, so I'm carrying on until they all have a fancy new styling. Last look book focused on Elsa's new look, and now it's time for this week's new Princess!

I've had to style this with shoes to make it practical, plus you'd need to switch out the skirt on the belt for the red one, but what do you think of the outfit? I really like the skirt! What part of the look is your fave? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :) 

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January Playlist

I've been listening to a lot of music over the past month  so thought I would create this little list off all the songs I am loving right now! Click any of the titles to get taken to a YouTube video, so you can check them out for yourself. Hope you like them!
Had another month of being obsessed with all of these songs!! Like any of the songs above? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Things I'm Looking Forward To In 2018

There's a lot happening this year that I'm quite looking forward too, and I wanted to share them with you. 2017 was a pretty decent year in my opinion (lets just ignore anything to do with Trump...) and I'm hoping that 2018 is just as amazing for me and all of you!

Anniversary with M
It will be our one year anniversary on my birthday in September, so I'm hoping we can go do something fun for the day, or hopefully he will have the week off work, so we can go somewhere. Not sure what we're going to do yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Drag Race All Stars 3
Drag race became a very big part of my 2017 - not only have my eyes been opened to a new culture of beautiful humans, their 'slang' has become part of my daily vernacular now, which isn't good when you're talking to people who have never seen it! I'm not sure who I'd like to see win, but wouldn't mind Shangela or Kennedy Davenport to win.

Harry Potter Studio Tour
M bought me tickets to the tour for Christmas, so we're going to be heading there in May! I've not been for about 5 years, and so much has been added since then, that I've been dying to go back there. He's never gone before so it's all new to him, so I'm beyond grateful that he bought this for us to experience together.

Infinity War + Other Movies
Marvel's Infinity War is so highly anticipated, that when the trailer was put online, I must have watched it 20 times in a row. STEVE HAS A BEARD. I am so excited for this film and it's sequel, I literally cannot wait for May to hurry up so I can see this!

Other films I'm excited about include: The Greatest Showman, Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2, Ocean's 8, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-man and the Wasp, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Venom, Johnny English 3, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Aquaman.
I'm sure this list will grow over the year as more trailers and titles are closer to release dates, but these are the ones I really want to see!

Star Trek Discovery
This is back this month after it's winter hiatus. I'm still freaked out by that slight Kilgon porn we saw in the mid-season finale, but I'm sure that will all be explained by the end of this season! Star Trek was the first 'geek' show I watched as a kid with my Dad, so this holds a special place in my nerd-fueled heart, and I am in love with this show. The characters, story and characters are so good, that I am ready for the next episode NOW. It started back yesterday, so you can guess what I've been watching today!

Holiday Planning
We're hoping to go back to Florida either next year, or the year after - so we need to start figuring this out asap! Ideally next year would be perfect, but this is all money and work dependent, so fingers crossed we can work something out with all our schedules and get to go back in 2019.

If you're curious to why some of the films are in pink, the list was so long that it all blurred together, so highlighted every other film so it was easier to see them! What are you looking forward to this year? Let me know if you're excited for any of the films I listed, as I'm sure there are some of you out there! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Orlando Holiday Diary: Day 6 - Animal Kingdom & Cirque Du Soleil!

We knew today would be our last day out for a while due to Hurricane Irma arriving the following day - so we went to Animal Kingdom to have a good day and keep our minds off the hurricane foe a few hours.

Due to Irma's impending arrival, the park was really empty all day and most of the rides were walk-ons. We got to see some beautiful animals on the safari, and got to browse around the new Pandora area, the Valley of Mo'ara. We had fastpasses for the Na'vi River Journey, but for love nor money, we still couldn't get on Flight of Passage - the que was about four hours within the first 10 minutes of the park being open.

We ate at Pizzafari - which was delicious. After this, we watched the Nemo musical stage show, before calling it a day and leaving the park. We attempted to get a McDonald's on the way home, but everywhere seemed to be shutting at about 2pm, so we ended up snaking at the villa!

It wasn't until about 4pm I remembered we had tickets for Cirque Du Soleil's show 'La Nouba', in Disney Springs at 6pm. Thnakfully the show was still on and we went out the wind to see it. I'm so glad we went out, as it was incredible. I've got the soundtrack and DVD of the show in my possesion, and I love it!

After the show, we battled back to the villa in some seriously scary wind and oncoming hurricane weather! Then we headed to bed, ready for the next day, and the possibility of some scary sights...

If you've seen a Cirque Du Soleil shows, please let me know which one, as I'd love to go and see some more! If you've been to the new Pandora area at AK, what did you think of it? Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

What I Got For Christmas 2017!

I had an amazing Christmas and festive period with my friends and family, and before the New Year rolls in, I wanted to do a final post about Christmas, in the form of a WIGFC post!

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to brag or show off, I just wanted to share these as I like to see what other people got themselves! So please link me you yours if you've done a similar post, so I can be nosey!

All of these are from Nicola! The Pandora charms are 'Best Friends' ones, so I can add that to my bracelet!

I think my friend Abbi knows I like Zoella products!

Jackie got me the Illuminate palette by Ashley Tisdale, and the other gifts are from Lauren!

My lovely boyfriend M bought me all of these! And YAY HARRY POTTER TOUR TICKETS!!!!!

All of these are from my lovely Mum! I'm super excited about the Studio mirror! And in the middle, are my Sibby Coupons from my sister, which she makes me each year!

All of the above is from my Dad! The Hogwarts box has a bunch of artwork, a canvas bag, a Diagon Alley Map, Runes chart, and a ticket for the Hogwarts Express and Knight Bus!

I was spoiled beyond belief and am so grateful for everything I received from my friends and family. I'll be using a lot of these beauty bits over the next few months, so will be reviewing them at some point!

What did you get for Christmas? Let me know on twitter on in the comments if you've done a post/vlog about your gifts! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year & My 2018 Goals!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all have a fab day, and that if you're hungover, hope the night was good! I have my family round for the day, as per tradition, so we're going to be playing a lot of games! As it's now 2018, I've got a few new goals for the year. I finished last year with my final review of 2017 goals, but this year I'm determined to work harder at them. Here they are! 

Personal Goals
  1. Finish writing my book!
  2. Lose 2 stone in weight
  3. Keep doing the 52 Week Savings Challenge
  4. See 6 films at the cinema
  5. Visit somewhere new
  6. Read two books
  7. Do something off my 30 before 30 List
  8. Start filming, and taking pictures more often
  9. Stop complaining so much
  10. Do two more fizzy drink bans for 30 days
Blog Goals
  1. 1200 Bloglovin followers
  2. 6500 Twitter followers 
  3. 1100 Instagram followers 
  4. 550 YouTube subscribers 
  5. 400 Facebook page likes 
  6. 350,000 total blog page views 
  7. Post 3 times each week 
  8. Allow myself 2 weeks off from blogging - twice this year 
  9. Take part in more Twitter blog chats
  10. Work with more brands this year
Happy new year, hope it;s good for you! What are your goals for this year? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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