Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A day in the life... 17.10.15

On Saturday 17th October 2015 I decided to share my day with you and take a photo every hour. Enjoy!

For once I actually had a decent lay in. I get up at 6 everyday for work and usually at weekends I'm at Josh's so I don't lay in. However we've been at mine the past couple of weeks as my Dad is on holiday so I had the most glorious lay in then had crumpets for breakfast.
Cuppa time. I don't drink normal tea as I don't like it and I only ever have coffee occasionally at work. I'm usually drinking peppermint or fennel tea (it was peppermint in this case!).
Homeland break. We just had to squeeze in an episode before getting on with the rest of our day. I'd forgotten how good it is.
Getting smooooth ready to go out. Both the scrub and the body conditioner smell amazing. The body conditioner is really good but pretty expensive unfortunately. 
Snack time. We didn't want anything proper for lunch as we were going out for lunch so we just had a packet of crisps (healthy I know!) I really hope the cheese and chive crisps come back.
We never normally drink this early, apart from at Christmas of course, but we were going out and we just wanted a little drink while we got ready. These Cosmo drinks are sooo nice.
The most awkward picture ever but here I am all ready to go out, we headed to Sheffield for tea and to see Bill Bailey at the City Hall
Traveling to Sheffield on the bus. It was already starting to get dark over the 40 minute journey which made me so excited for Winter!
We didn't do any shopping in Sheffield but we don't have a Lush in my home town and I needed to pop in to look at something. I could just buy everything from there.
We went to Cosmo for dinner and it was soooo nice with loads to choose from. We were so full after but it was worth it.
Waiting for Bill Bailey. The tickets for the show were a present from me to Josh for his birthday all the way back in March so he's waited a while for this. 
Ok not strictly a photo an hour but you'd have ended up with loads of similar photo's so I just put on for this time frame. The show started at 8 and finished at around 10.15, we both really enjoyed it and laughed so much.
We got back home around 11.30 and snuggled into bed and looked at some meme's and funny videos before sleeping.


Monday, 19 October 2015

Book Review: Me Before You

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

I'm not really into 'girly' books and I don't like to read chick-lit at all so I always approach books like this with caution. I'll be honest, the blurb does not sell this book at all. If you have any reservations over not liking this book, ignore them and give it a read. It's romantic, funny and left me in tears but it's a powerful book that I couldn't put down.

Lou Clarke has to find a new job when the cafe she works in closes down, she somehow finds herself working as a carer for quadriplegic, Will Traynor. Will is miserable, arrogant and angry, the complete opposite of Lou. Overtime the two of them become friends, Will gives Lou the hope she can go on to bigger and better things and Lou hopes she can lift the constant sadness Will feels. They both end up changing each others lives in amazing ways.

Even though I knew from earlyish on how this book would end it didn't stop it from being any less powerful or emotional. It's a real page turner that I struggled to put down each night. I don't want to say too much and give it away for anyone who hasn't read this but I defy you not to cry at the end. The film adaptation of this is set to be released next year so I'd definitely read the book first.

  Rating: ★★★★ 


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

A day in the life... 11.10.15

On Sunday 11th October 2015 I decided to share my day with you and take a photo every hour. Enjoy!

8.30 - 9.30
 We'd been awake quite a while, though compared to the time I get up for work, 8.30 is a huge lay in for me. We grabbed some cereal and watched the news.

9.30 - 10.30
Such a stunning photo, cheers Josh. I baked a marble sponge for Sunday dinner dessert. And yes I baked in my pj's whilst listening to Absolute 80's on the radio.

10.30 - 11.30
After baking we both had a quiet hour reading. Josh isn't a big reader but he recently bought a second hand Kindle so he can read on his way to work. I'm not really feeling the book I'm reading at the moment but I'm going to stick it out until the end.

11.30 - 12.30
We finally forced ourselves to get dressed as we needed to walk to the shop for some lunch. We met this friendly guy on my street and on the way back he was still there so we fussed him some more, he then invited himself into my house and had a wander around my kitchen for half an hour.

12.30 - 1.30
The original plan was to buy a nice block of Brie for lunch but then I spotted this mini Camembert, aka the best cheese ever, and just had to have it. Baked in the oven until hot and gooey and served with crusty bread. Perfection. Josh on the other hand had a ham sandwich as he hates cheese.

1.30 - 2.30
We've decided to rewatch Homeland from the beginning. I loved the first three seasons but the fourth was a huge let down for me. Brody makes the show and it isn't Homeland without him and that storyline.

2.30 - 3.30
A Nanna nap was in order, because you know we'd had such a busy day so far... by the way I've had this bedding a while now and I still can't get over how cute it is!

3.30 - 4.30
I finally got around to making a start on editing my Florida vlog, it's only taken me 2 months! It made me feel so sad watching all the clips back.

4.30 - 5.30
Bath time. We both spend a long time in the bath, Josh usually falls asleep and I usually read or watch Youtube videos. You can't beat a lovely hot bath.

5.30 - 6.30 
We cracked on with cooking our tea, usually just one of us cooks but it was a bit of a joint effort today. We had pork steaks, mash, Yorkshire puddings and veg.

6.30 - 7.30
We got all cosy with the lights out and candles burning and watched some more Homeland.

7.30 - 8.30
Marble sponge time! I have to say I baked an excellent sponge that went down a treat warmed up with some custard.

8.30 - 9.30
More Homeland of course.

9.30 - 10.30
We both went to bed and did a bit of reading before going to sleep earlyish so we could get a decent rest before getting up early for work on Monday.

 I really enjoyed doing this post and I'm definitely going to try and do more of them in the future. It's nice to share just the normal, everyday stuff as well as day's out etc.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Primark and New Look Haul

Mustard jumper - Primark £12
I love this colour for autumn/winter. This jumper has a fake shirt detail with cold buttons and zips up at the back.
Stripe jumper - Primark £12
Like most people, I'm a sucker for stripes. I like the button detail on the shoulders as it makes the jumper look a bit more interesting.
Grey cardigan - Primark £12
I have sooo much love for this cardi, I can't wait for it to get cold enough so I can wear it. It's the softest thing I've ever felt and it's super snuggly.

Grey and pastel tartan scarf - Primark £5
I love the colours in this scarf and how soft it is, however I can't decide if it's a bit too bulky. I'm determined to make it work though.

Faux suede and fur boots - Primark £8
At £8 I couldn't resist these for just throwing on when it gets really cold. The super soft fur inside feels like heaven under my feet!
Super Soft, super skinny jeans - New Look £19.99
I love New Look jeans, they're always soft and comfortable as well as not been too low rise not to mention they're available in a 28 inch leg for my tiny pins! I do like these jeans but they're described as super skinny which I don't 100% agree with. Yes they are pretty skinny but I've had skinnier before.

Black heeled boots - New Look £24.99
I don't go anywhere all that often that warrants wearing heels, as such I only actually have one pair of heeled shoes which I do love but when I spotted these I just had to have them. I really love the red and tan versions too and I was genuinely struggling over whether to buy black or red.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Travel Bucket List - Part 2

Washington D.C - I'll be completly honest, it's House of Cards that has made me want to go here. The opening credits have me longing to visit all the famous landmarks and pretend I'm Frank Underwood!

Iceland - Iceland looks so beautiful. I've always wanted to do a cold holiday so Iceland seems like the perfect place what with the Blue Lagoon and a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

San Francisco - Aside from seeing the Golden Gate Bridge I can't tell you what draws me to San Francisco but I've always wanted to visit and I really hope I do get to one day.

Berlin Christmas Market - It's no secret that Christmas is my favourite time of the year so how amazing would it be to visit a Christmas market in Germany?!

New Orleans - Again another one that's a bit tricky to explain but it's somewhere I've always wanted to visit. The culture and buildings really draw me in.

Florida Keys - When we visited Orlando earlier in the year we said we'd love to go back and have a week in the Keys at the end of our Disney holiday. Hoping to tick this one off in the next couple of years.

You can read part 1 of my travel bucket list here.

Monday, 5 October 2015

FILMS: What We Watched #15

Catfish: The Movie
2010 | 87 min | Documentary
J: Well I've got to admit I do love me a bit of MTV's Catfish, so when we saw this was on Netflix we decided to give it a whirl. It was just as enjoyable as the TV show, but this movie was centered around the host Nev and his experience with a woman he had met online and fallen in love with without having ever met her. Shock horror it turned out she wasn't who she said the was! So now you can see that Nev isn't actually spurting platitudes about situations he knows nothing about on the TV show, because he's been there and been through it himself!

L: Catfish has to be one of my favourite tv shows to just sit and watch when there's nothing on. I've wanted to see the movie for a while, to find out Nev's story and where the idea for the show all began. I really enjoyed this and I actually found the whole thing quite sad. Part of me couldn't help but feel sorry for both Nev and Angela, even though she was in the wrong it was still quite emotional to watch. It was good to see where Catfish originated from and fans of the show should definitely watch this.
 2014 | 89 min | Horror
J: I'll be honest, I've not got much to say about this movie other than it's your bog standard scary movie. Long story short, some people use a ouija board and one by one they start getting killed in strange ways. While it was all fairly predictable, it provided just enough little jumps and surprises to keep me awake. Not one I'll be rushing to watch again!

L: I wasn't expecting anything fantastic from this film and I was right not to get my hopes up. It definitely made me jump in a few places but overall it was too predictable for me to be surprised by any of the outcomes. I probably wouldn't bother watching this again.

The Boxtrolls
2014 | 96 min | Animation / Fantasy / Comedy
J: Years back I really wanted to see ParaNorman (made by the same people that made The Boxtrolls) but for some reason I've still never seen it. Anyway, this popped up on Now TV so I really wanted to watch it. Eggs is a young boy that was brought up by the Boxtrolls, and when they start to get hunted and captured, it is down to Eggs to help show the Boxtrolls are gentle and nice little creatures! I wasn't disappointed with Boxtrolls at all: this was one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The animation was amazing, the voice acting was spot on, and the story was so imaginative and interesting. Really good film that I'd recommend to anyone!

L: When this came on Now TV I suggested we should watch it seen as we've wanted to see ParaNorman for ages but still haven't got around to watching it and this film comes from the same people. The Boxtrolls was actually a pleasant little surprise, the animation is amazing and the story is very enjoyable and original. Next up we definitely have to see ParaNorman.

If you only watch one of these films it should be...
J: Boxtrolls
L: Boxtrolls


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Book Review: Of Mice and Men

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him ...

I read this purely because I work in a school and a student I work closely with is studying this book this year and I'd never read it so I figured I needed to get clued up on it. It's a short book so it was pretty easy going and actually quite enjoyable. 

Set in 1930's America during the Great Depression the story follows George and Lennie as they move to a new ranch to work. They both dream of owning their own place and it looks as though things may be going their way until Lennie does something that shatters their dreams.

I'm sure after relentless studying many GCSE students grow to hate this book, but seen as I never read it for my GCSE's I can look at it with an untainted opinion. The descriptions are excellent and Steinback always takes the time to describe the scene perfectly, whether it be the bunkhouse or the valley. Each character is given an in-depth description which allows the reader to imagine exactly what they're like. 

The themes of loneliness and dreams accurately reflect life in 1930's America which adds more poignancy to George and Lennie's unusual friendship. Although short it doesn't feel rushed or like there should have been more, although you can sort of guess how the book will end it's still well written enough to have an impact. 

Although enjoyable and a must read, it misses out on the full 5 stars because I'm not sure I was gripped by it enough for it to warrant that. I enjoyed it but I don't think it's a book I'd read again.  

   Rating: ★★