Tuesday, 25 November 2014

thankful tuesday

i'm actually writing this on a monday night, because i feel the need to be positive and thankful. i have a pretty rough week ahead, as i have a family members funeral (srsly bad few months guys),  and i'm starting to really get frustrated at the fact i'm not back in my house yet. christmas is so soon and i just feel weird not being in my house. BUT i do have a lot of things to be thankful for, so this will cheer me up.

not being ill... sounds corny, but the start of the band aid 30 video of the woman with ebola is truly heartbreaking, and i feel very lucky to have my health + have never suffered anything worse than tonsillitis. 

christmas...christmas is very soon, and i can't help but feel festive and twinkly when i hear the songs and see the lights. i can't wait for christmas back in my house, WHICH IS DEFINITELY GOING TO HAPPEN. if it doesn't then christmas will be postponed. but let's not think about that.

jumper weather...i adore winter weather. i love the cold and wrapping up warm, big boots and thick jumpers. although the other day i was literally head to toe black and looked a bit gothic... but i was darnnnnn cosy.

passing my theory test... i am 21 years old, fyi. i did take my theory when i was 18 but it actually ran out, embarrassingly. so i pottered along last week and passed! woohoo! which meant i was able to book my ACTUAL driving test!! this is a very big deal for me, as i felt i would become one of those people who just don't drive, but i am well on my way because..............

I GOT A CAR...yes, i was very very lucky because on sunday i got my first ever car. it was a bargain, and such good value. it's a cute little ford ka, and it's called flopsy felicia (because I'm cute and sassy). i absolutely love it and am very grateful to my parents for lending me the ca$$$$h. it's such an extra incentive to learn, and when i pass (which i will) in january, i will zooming around in this all day (well, as much as petrol will allow me).

i actually feel a lot better now :) always good to make a nice list when you're feeling a bit down. until next time xo

Thursday, 20 November 2014

thankful thursday

So I realise I usually do this on a Tuesday, but hey shake it off as TayTay says. Move on. I can be thankful on a thursday too ;) it'll be brief, but still nice to acknowledge what made me smile.

This week I am Thankful for...

having my theory test tomorrow... eep i am about 4 years behind everyone, but i am finally on track to passing my driving test. if all goes well tomorrow i'll book my test and be on the roads in no time! broom broom.

ordering wallpaper... we are FINGERS CROSSED about 3 weeks away from moving back into our house, that dramatically burnt down in august. i've finally been able to order some gorgeous floral wallpaper in preparation, and have kindly been donated some BEAUTIFUL furniture for my new room. i'm very excited, and wish i could just move back in now. you never really appreciate your own space until it's been taken away from you, and i'm so ready for it now.

planning christmas presents... i'm only buying for a handful of people this year, but because i finally have some money i can actually buy some NICE things this year. last year i was a poor and lowly third year who couldnt even afford to buy beans, but this year i will be able to buy my nearest and dearest some lovely little bits. i think my mum & dad deserve something nice after the past few months, but if you're reading this, don't get too excited.

pinterest...i've recently rediscovered pinterest and OMG I COULD SIT ON IT FOR HOURS. i wish i lived in a world of white walls, endless ribbon supplies, and beautiful italic handwriting.

until next time xo

Sunday, 16 November 2014

budapest: an amateur's guide

i apologise for this post being so pic heavy, and all the photos being different sizes. i'm not clever enough to edit all that, and frankly cannot be bothered. there's a reason that george ezra sung about budapest, it really is a hidden treasure chest of fun. myself and my bezzie went for 4 days on a spontaneous adventure of the Hungarian capital, and i thought i'd tell you all the best bits :)

first off, it's super cheap to get there. it was £60 each return flight via ryanair, and then we got an amazing little apartment on airbnb for £62 each for 4 nights - which is pretty amazing. our apartment was on a central street called vaci street, which had loads of amazing restaurants and bars, so for the price we were amazed. i really recommend airbnb, to provide cute little rooms/apartments with a quirky twist. 

there's a tonne of amazing things to do in the beautiful city, and 3 days is a perfect amount of time to get them all done. i really recommend buying a ticket on the big bus tours, which are the big brown and gold buses you normally see in london traffic. at first i laughed it off, but then we were offered a ticket worth 40 euros which got us a 3 day bus ticket all over Budapest, tickets to visit the Baths, and also seats on the River Cruise. you cannot deny such a bargain, so we caved in. the bus tours provide a commentary of all the best bits, and you can hop on and off whenever you like, so you can visit the big tourist spots yourself. the commentary provided some really interesting facts, and you can't beat sitting at the top of an open air bus.

the castle is a real highlight, offering absolutely amazing panoramic views of the city. it's amazing to see at such a height. i also really recommend the river cruise, and if you can, take it at around 5pm when it's getting dark. not only do you get cocktails on board (we definitely took advantage of that!) but you get to see the city illuminated. the chain bridge and the houses of parliament look amazing lit up in the evening, providing a breathtaking backdrop for any photos! 

budapest is really famous for its thermal baths, and these are definitely the main attraction. we visited the largest baths, the szechenyi baths, but there are quite a few others darted around. it's a huge amazing yellow building, with a lot of amazing facilities such as sauna, massages, lengths, water aerobics. the baths outside are so warm, except you have to run in during the colder months! the baths inside go up to temperatures of 40degrees, which are amazing just to lounge around in. again, it looks amazing lit up!

last but not least, are the iconic ruin bars. from the outside, these buildings just look completely unassuming, but it's a different story when you go inside. they're amazing, hip, quirky, weird, and random bars, with graffiti all over the walls, weird things everywhere (my little ponys etc), shishas...it's like a maze, with rooms everywhere. with ridiculously low drink prices, you could easily spend an entire evening here, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. 

budapest was beyond gorgeous, and there was a million other things i could write about, but why don't you find out yourself? until next time xo

Thursday, 13 November 2014

We Need to Talk About Kim Kardashian

I realise that all society seems to do is keep up with Kim and her famous siblings, but after her recent attempt to #BreakTheInternet, I feel like there are a few thoughts that should be addressed. It’s quite literally been playing on my mind. Imagine. Kim’s oiled buttock just bobbing around my vulnerable little head. I needed an outlet for this. And hey, that’s why I have a blog.

My initial reaction when I scrolled down my newsfeed and saw THE picture was, ‘Oh Kim. What are you like.’ In all honesty, I wasn’t THAT surprised. Ms. Kardashian-West has graced the pages of Playboy, posed provocatively on the front of GQ, and let’s not forget her, er, entrance shall we say into the public eye in the form of her sex tape. This is not a woman who is shy about her body, so I am less than surprised to once again see the body of Kim K on the front of a magazine.

I prepare you here, as some of my musings are in defence of Kim K. Do not begin trolling, as I will probably cry and delete my blog. The response to this photo was hysterical. People retweeting/regramming the photo en masse, articles being written about it, front page news everywhere. I couldn’t quite believe people were so shocked. Kim K has never been a retiring type, and due to the fact she has no acting/singing talent, her body has become a main vocal point (as well as her fashion/husband/baby/life/business ventures). And, in my opinion, she has become a fantastic role model for young girls (WAIT FOR IT) in the sense that she has a feminine figure. She is not stick thin, she has curves, and #datass. I feel she has changed the face of the ‘ideal body’ to one with a waist and a big behind, the opposite of heroin chic of the Nineties. And whilst I believe there is no such thing as a normal body, it is refreshing to see a woman so proud of her body. 

Yes. I am aware Photoshop has played such a massive part in the photo. And yes, I didn’t really like seeing a fully naked Kardashian as I had my morning banana. But the photo itself is a woman who is proud of her body, and is almost a middle finger up to ‘the haters’. It’s almost poking fun at the fact that she started this career vulnerable and naked, and she’s made a fortune from it, laying her life bare for the public to see. So she’s standing up, in all her glory, at the absolute peak of her astronomical career, and saying she’s still here. Still naked. And still getting you talking.

I do not condone all of her ventures, and whilst I am a huge watcher of her show (SUE ME IT’S ADDICTIVE), I did not feel it was fair for disgruntled tweeters to say ‘IT’S DISGUSTING. SHE’S A MOTHER’. She is also a fashion icon, a sex symbol, and a woman. She is allowed to feel good, despite the fact she has a child. If anything it’s a ‘I’ve still got it’ message. If Beyonce can roll around in the ‘Partition’ video, and still be a doting mother, why can’t Kim drape herself in pearls and do what she does best – pose for photos?  Whilst the women are polar opposites in regards to careers, they are both mothers, and considered attractive in the media – why is it one rule for one, and another for others? The woman must work DAMN HARD even without the photoshop to maintain that body, so why not? it is a shame people have felt the need to 'slut-shame' Kim due to this photo. Its purpose is to showcase pride over her femininity, which should not be a basis of hatred or disgust. 

Ms. K-W represents a lot of things that are wrong with society, such as excess and the reality TV generation. I fully appreciate the photo isn’t to everyone’s taste, heck, I’m not even sure I like it. But it’s not right to actively source down leaked private nudes of celebrities, and then be appalled when a woman publically says ‘Here I am’. I feel that we should just roll our eyes and move on, as let’s face it, the photo did what it said. It #BroketheInternet. 

Kim is the Queen of the Hashtag generation, whether we like it or not, and we must bow to the undisputed Ruler of Social Media as she once again conquered her online world. #no filter

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

thankful tuesday

another tuesday has arrived before our very eyes, which means it's PRACTICALLY friday...doesn't it? i have a whole tonne of things to be thankful for this week, so hold on to your hats, whether they be literal or metaphorical. 

this week i am thankful for...

halloween....halloween is one of my FAVOURITE times of the year. i travelled back to my student heaven of nottingham to celebrate with my friends this year, and as you can see above, i was suitably scary. i usually like to think of something creative to go as, but i've been a busy bee and have no funds, so i just went for the psycho ex-girlfriend look. nailed it. 

new job...i started my new job on monday and already i can tell it's going to be fab :) the team have all been so welcoming, taking me out to lunch and providing a box of shortbread for me on my first day (my favourite snack). little things to make you feel welcome when you're nervous is just what you need to feel at ease, and i'm excited to start all my new responsibilities. 

public transport being nice...i'm relying on the x5 coach this week to get me to work, and so far it's been an absolute dream. don't stop now, stagecoach.

christopher from educating the east end....bit strange but i've just watched the final episode and it's so so lovely to see such a positive young man. a favourite quote was 'i just realised something, the more scared you are of something, the more exciting the situation can be'. seriously feel good, so have a watch if you feel like a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling :)

american horror story: coven...i only started this series on sunday but OHMYGOSH IT'S INCREDIBLE. i loved the first series of AHS but didn't really connect with the 2nd one, but this series is absolutely storming it so far. love a bit of gore and jessica lange. 

i'm off to budapest this weekend with my best friend for a little break, so expect a little post about that :) hopefully i will get a new camera soon and can take some pics! until next time xo
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