Friday, 31 January 2014

Rory - Mischief Cat

When it is pouring with rain outside, Rory refuses to step outside the door. He is usually an outdoor kind of personality, so he goes a bit crazy when he's stuck in and gets up to all sorts of mischief.

 Watching: -
  Listening: Roger's Playlists from 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour'
 Reading: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
 Looking Forward To: The shoot tomorrow night, and seeing Jack.
 Feeling: Happy :)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson

I have been a fan of Jaqueline Wilson since I was 12 years old, and she is one of the only authors that I have always stuck by, and constantly reread her work. Her demographic I would say is 10-16 year olds, but I find that reading her books as an adult of 20 brings a whole lot more to the books, and the characters make a lot more sense. Her books can usually be picked up in a charity shop for £1, and I'm slowly working on building up my collection again as all of mine from my childhood seem to have gone missing. Anyway - onto the review. Just a quick warning there may be a few spoilers in this review, but I will try not to give away too much of the plot line.

Briefly speaking, the book is about a young girl named Prue who has a very controlling father, and has therefore been homeschooled for most of her life. Her father has a stroke, and so she is forced to go to public school while he recovers, and there she meets and falls in love with her art teacher, Rax. The book documents her feels of the first time she falls in love, as well as dealing with issues such as abusive parents, sibling rivalry, growing up and school life. 

I remember the very first time I read Love Lessons - I was in school, and was pretty scandalised by what happened but I really liked it at the same time. I've read it two more times since. There is something just so naughty and yet unputdownable about a romance between a student and a teacher. It builds so organically, and so wonderfully within this book that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next. As always, Jacqueline's writing style is impeccable and the heart she puts into her work is so obvious. The characters are all wonderful - even Prue's controlling father is well rounded and not seen as the bad guy too much. Everything about it is relatable.

It was so brave of Jacqueline Wilson to tackle this subject - a teacher/student relationship is not something to take lightly, particularly if it is to a young, impressionable audience. But I am really glad that she of all people have tackled this issue. My first response was 'be careful what you're writing about...' as it is such a touchy issue, and yet she manages to tackle it in a very clever, thoughtful and respectful way. Having a schoolgirl crush on a teacher is so very normal, and the little things that Prue does to try and integrate herself into Rax's life are not necessarily healthy, but are very real. It is made completely clear that a student/teacher relationship is wrong, but it's dealt with in a very emotional way. 

Yes - this book may break your heart just a little bit. I always forget how Jacqueline likes to leave her books quite open ended, but I actively found myself searching for fanfiction about this book because I was just not done with it when it finished. I am still feeling that little stab in my heart just thinking about it now.

Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone over the age of 14. It is a quick and wonderful read and I promise you that you will not regret it. It will always get five stars from me.

The Voice Series 3
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
 Looking Forward To: Moving out :)
 Feeling: Happy

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January Favourites 2014

Here we go! It's January favourites time. January has been a pretty good month for me, the best in a while. I finally feel like my anxiety is getting under control and that I am starting to really move towards moving out and working in the creative industry - and this is all so exciting! It's mad that it's nearly february already - I know everyone says that, but I swear it should still be January 2012... no?

January was a real turning point for me, and I firmly believe that 2014 will be my year. So far I have kept my new year's resolutions to the best of my ability, and I'm now finding myself super busy just with life in general. I have discovered new hobbies, friends, a positive mental attitude and learnt a lot about myself. This year I am determined to make it amazing.

And seeing as it's nearly february.... VALENTINE'S DAY is almost upon us! Woohooo I love having these little moments of celebration throughout the year to look forward to. I will be posting here what I have done for Jack this year, but the thriving hub of valentines day has to be on Pinterest. Seriously - go and check it out if you are stuck for ideas! There is everything on there for every kind of person.

A couple of days ago I purchased some beautiful (and expensive) lighting equipment with some bursary money from my university. It will arrive some day this week, and then this Saturday I have my first shoot with my new beauties. I am so super excited to have a play with my new equipment and create some of the awesome work that is inside my head.

February Resolutions: Finish projects that I start, blog more, save as much money as possible, apply for a job, work hard on my photography project, spend lots of time with friends. :)

How was your January? <3
 Watching: The Voice Season 3
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
 Looking Forward To: Moving out, the shoot on saturday.
 Feeling: Tired but content

Monday, 27 January 2014

Fitness is my Nightmare

Fitness. I am so very bad at fitness. I have never enjoyed sports or exercise, and that paired with my fear of sickness and my dislike of adrenaline means that I really never get out to exercise - ever. It is important to exercise for many reasons, and although I am not going to start a big fitness campaign or anything, I am going to make an effort to get out for walks more when I have some free time. Yeah I know - everyone says that. Today I have been researching the benefits of exercise, and I've found some really interesting things that are starting to motivate me to move a bit more.

Reasons Why a Little Exercise is Good:
  • You will feel better physically - stronger with more energy.
  • Decreases anxiety and low mood.
  • Sleeping better at night.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.

I might just start keeping a little journal of my exercise, because I know for a fact that I have not made an effort to do extra exercise for quite a while now. I am really interested in how exercising more with affect my anxiety - can it really help? How much exercise do you do? And how do you keep yourself motivated to do more?

Last night I emailed a photographer that I really like, and he very kindly emailed me back almost instantly saying that he would like to help me and answer some of my questions. It's been really exciting talking to someone that I admire in the business and only hearing really good things in return. My uni work is really coming along, and it's getting easier to motivate myself to do it - it's pretty stressful but this is literally the final stretch. I leave university in something like 12 weeks! Crazy!

My monthly favourites video will be up soon. I've already tried to upload it once today, and that failed! So hopefully my internet will hold out well for the future :)

I am still offering blog design for £5! I will only be doing it for the next three blogs to get in contact with me so if you're interested please email me at - recently I have designed this blog and also this one.

SMASH Season 2
  Listening: Alive - Jessie J
 Reading: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
 Looking Forward To: Finishing uni, moving house.
 Feeling: Happy

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

It's So Exciting!

Yesterday Jack and I made white chocolate cookies <3
Helloooo *bows head in shame* I am very sorry for not keeping up with Bloguary. I'm annoyed that I missed so many posts, just trust me when I say that I have been very busy. 

Dissertation - I currently have an 8,000 word, fully referenced essay. I just need to bump that up to 9,000 words then get it printed and bound. I am so close to finishing that it's painful, but I just can't seem to motivate myself to do the final push. Come on, Jasmine. You can do it. It's so close, and I have done so well to write it.

Moving House! - Okay, so it's way too early to get excited about it yet. But at some point this year when I have graduated from university and have a job - I will be moving! It is definitely the year. All the commissions I am doing at the moment are going straight into the 'house fund'. Woohoo!

A Photography Project - A mysterious and secret one. Muahahahaha. 

Blog Design! - Oooooh yes :) I am now offering blog design for £5. It probably won't be that price for too long, but just while I am setting things up and starting out, make the most of it being that price. I have recently designed Katy's Bread and Beauty blog - go check it out, it's a great blog!

 YOGSCAST Diversity series.
  Listening: If You Wait - London Grammar
 Reading: I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
 Looking Forward To: Moving house, finishing this dissertation.
 Feeling: Tired but content

Monday, 20 January 2014

Beauty & Fashion Haul

Hello my lovelies! I hope you are all doing super. Here is a little haul video I filmed yesterday after my successful and unsuccessful trip to the shops on Saturday. Filming a beauty video with no makeup.... hmmm?

I'm crazy busy with my dissertation at the moment, but it is so, so close to being finished. I'm also offering blog design now for a bargain at £5! Get in contact with me if you're interested.

Jas xo

SMASH Season One
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: -
 Looking Forward To: Moving house, finishing my project.
 Feeling: Happy! :)

Friday, 17 January 2014

Fashion Lust List from New Look - Bloguary #17

Sherlock Season 3
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: -
 Looking Forward To: finishing uni!
 Feeling: Tired but content

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Cutting My Hair Short! - Bloguary #16

Helloooo! I do hope that everyone is well. A few days before new year I took the plunge and got my waist-length hair cut to just above my shoulders. It was something I had been pondering about for quite a while, but eventually it just got the point where there was just no point in keeping it long anymore. I know that that is a weird thing to say, but seriously, there was no point. The reason I had long hair was because I wanted my hair to look nice long, and it just got to the stage where it was so unmanageable that it never ever looked nice, and I was always just tying it up and trying to forget about it. Now, I can imagine that everyone's hair gets tangly once in a while, but the matts in my hair just got completely out of hand, there was almost just no getting through them. Even when I went to the hairdresser to get it cut, it would take them a good half an hour just to push the tangles down to where they could comfortably cut them off. Seriously - I was just completely sick of it!

Since having it cut, it just feels so, SO good. My hair not only feels a whole lot healthier, but it has no tangles at all and it looks a whole lot thicker. Washing it has become so super easy - where before I would put off showering / washing my hair, now I would happily do it ten times a day because it's just so nice to do. It has made me love my hair again and want to style it and look after it, whereas before I think I just started to resent it. I think this hair cut makes me look a bit classier / fashionable to, which is a definite bonus! I suppose the main point of this blog post is just to say - don't hold on to your long hair if you are not 100% happy with it. It will always grow back, and you might just benefit a hell of a lot from the change! I do not regret it for a second.


Feeling a bit better today. Well, It's now 7:00pm and I'm up and about on the computer - a definite improvement! Let's hope I wake up in the morning feeling all sparkly and new, because I hate being ill. It always makes me so anxious, and that is something I'm actively trying to avoid at the moment. I will make this year the year of change, and the year of success. I've done pretty well in January so far!

Sherlock Season 3
  Listening: Clarity - Zedd
 Reading: Nothing! I need a book.
 Looking Forward To: Seeing friends at the weekend, buying clothes, moving house!
 Feeling: On the mend :) Happy, happy, happy!!