Friday, 28 February 2014

War Horse - National Theatre Live

Last night, thanks to my boyfriends mum I was lucky enough to go and see the theatre production of War Horse streamed live into our local cinema. Having read the book and seen the feature film before hand, plus the fact that I'm a theatre nerd, I was extremely excited about seeing this. It felt like a night at the theatre, but only being 5 minutes away from your nice cosy bed. Of course, nothing will compare to the buzz and electricity of seeing a theatre show live, but this comes pretty damn close at a fraction of the price. 

We arrived for the show to start at 7:00pm having left only ten minutes before, and settled into our seats at the front of the balcony - the perfect seats! Sweets at the ready and good company nearby, the show began.

The show itself was absolutely gorgeous - I've seen bits and pieces of it before at various different theatre events before, but nothing really prepares you for just how stunning the horse puppetry is within the show. It's completely live - what you see is what is happening in London at the same time which makes it so much more exciting. Streaming live theatre into cinemas is something that is becoming more and more popular, and I am so very excited to see more and more. 

I think this show is being streamed live again at some time in March - I really, really recommend it.

Heroes Season 1
  Listening: London Grammar
 Reading: -
 Looking Forward To: Seeing Jack tomorrow night, finishing uni.
 Feeling: Tired but happy. A bit worried for the future!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Books for Happiness and Memories

Recently I have been getting more and more into recording my memories and reading books full of positivity and tips for living a happier and healthier life. It is now such an indulgence for me to read these books, and I am always on the hunt for the next book that will make me feel even more empowered and ready to grab life by the horns. I currently have these four things permanently on my desk in my bedroom, and they are always there to give me confidence, as a good start to the morning, or just as something fun to do in my spare time. I highly recommend these four books, and I grow to love them more everyday.


I have had my eye on this since new years, but I've never had that little bit of money spare to buy it. My wonderful boyfriend Jack bought it for me as a Valentine's day gift, and I have to say it is fast becoming my favourite thing I own. It is a small 5 year journal. The cover is on vintage brown (think brown paper texture) hardback with gorgeous black type, and the edges of the paper are a really shiny gold which just makes me smile. For every day of the year there is a question and five spaces to write - the idea is that you write the answer every day for five years. Each year you get to see your answer to the same question and see how much you have grown. I am only two weeks or so in, but I am already in love with the idea. Oh yes. It's amazing, if you haven't already guessed. You can buy it here.

The Art of Being Brilliant

This was the first non-fiction book I really ever read, and it focuses on not dwelling on negative thoughts and making the most out of your life. It is written in a heartwarming and humorous way, and is filled with lovely little anecdotes. It's short and well organised so you can easily read it pretty damn quick - I read it in an evening. It's in no way patronising, and really does just give you a little boost of positivity. Buy it here :)

The Promise

Out of all these examples, this is the most 'clinical' in that it goes deeper into psychology to help you change the way you think. It's still pretty simple though. The main premise of the book is on 'positive acceptance', and each chapter guides you to apply it to different parts of your life. It's quite deep, definitely not light bedtime reading, but it is complete and utter genius. It's one of those books that just makes you think 'why on earth have I not been doing this before?'. It can be bought here.

Moleskine Journal

As I have mentioned before, I have really gotten into journalling since November last year. I adore it so much that I just cannot even express it. It's great for tracking your goals, recording important events, collecting your thoughts and working through things that may be worrying you. To start you off trying looking at some journalling prompts by googling or on pinterest - I freakin' love doing the 100 Favourite Things. I start a new one in every journal that I buy. I would definitely recommend a Moleskine journal over the others - they are beautiful, well made, light, compact and just perfect for anything you can throw at it. Buy one here.

Heroes Season 1
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: Sabriel by Garth Nix
 Looking Forward To: My 21st birthday & graduation!
 Feeling: Tired but content.

Monday, 24 February 2014

The 'What Are You Doing After University?' Chat

I understand that when someone you know is leaving a degree course, it is only natural to want to ask what they are going to do afterwards. I know that I have an urge to ask all my friends the same thing, because I am curious but also because I want to check that I'm not failing miserably at life. But when you are that position - everyone asks you. I reckon I get asked almost once a day, which is totally fine! I just don't know how to answer. I have a direction I would quite like to go in - in fact I have many. There are many different ways the next half of this year could go and I can't necessarily control it. Therefore I tend to just say 'Oh I don't know, whatever happens' which makes me sound like I am really uninterested. I am not! I swear! I am working hard to find my next path.... I just don't know. I am very thankful that people are interested in what I am doing, but at this moment everything is so up in the air.

I can't be the only one who feels like this?

Heroes Season 1
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: Sabriel by Garth Nix
 Looking Forward To: Jack getting home
 Feeling: Happy

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Hugs in a Bowl - Easy Meatballs and Spaghetti

Recently I have been getting more and more into cooking and baking. I will be moving out hopefully at the end of this year, and I want to be able to eat healthily, economically and yummilly (not a word, but who cares!). As a student, I have eaten my fair share of pasta in tomato sauce over the last three years, but recently (inspired by Lorna) I have been trying out a new recipe which costs absolute pennies per meal and is the most comforting and delicious pasta dish I have ever tasted.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Be Mine - February Glossybox!

Hello there wonderful, gorgeous blog. I have missed writing to you for the last week ever so, I've just had a few things I needed to sort out, and I didn't want to post anything that was half hearted or meaningless to me. But I am back! Jack has just popped out on a mission to buy peppermint tea and garlic bread for this chilly Sunday afternoon, and soon we will be settling down to watch Indiana Jones : Raiders of the Lost Ark at my request. Meatballs and spaghetti for dinner - om nom nom nom.

Anyway - In Janauary I felt like I was waiting an absolute age for my glossybox to arrive. I think it eventually arrived on something like 26th January which is very late seeing as I usually get it sometime between 9th-15th. BUT, anyway - Februarys has arrived right on time and I thought I would share with you the little delightful goodies that I got in mine this month (which I am very happy with). I'm doing a project pan at the moment - which basically means I'm not going to buy any more makeup until I have used up 10 products I own. For me, Glossybox doesn't count!

February's box felt gloriously heavy - it's always so damn exciting. A bit like getting a beauty-themed birthday present once a month. This box is one of my favourite that I have received, and came in a black glossybox covered with pink and red lip imprints.

Ciate London Paintpot in Plastic Fantastic - The frankly aweful name of this shade really does not do it any justice at all. It is the most gorgeous vibrant purple-pink and I am very excited about trying this out soon. The packaging is so gorgeous, I'm adoring the little bow. Thumbs up for this one!

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara - Super duper excited about this one. I've been wanting to try either this mascara or the Manga mascara for a while now but project pan was stopping me. I tried it for the first time this morning and it is actually ah-mazing. I never thought I would be a fan of the little bottom last mascara but it's pretty much awesome.

NV Chunky Eye Crayon in Fondant Fancy - I've never heard of this brand before so it really intrigued me. The lilac colour scared me at first, but it actually goes pretty nicely with my blue eyes - but still a hard colour to wear. I like it though, and I'm glad it was in my box.

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer - This really confused me! At first I thought it was a bubble bath or shower gel due to the packaging, but apparently it's a gel moisturiser that makes your skin appear to have a slight shimmer... interesting. Maybe I'll use this on a very special occasion.... maybe.

Giovanni Eco Chich Cosmetics Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask - Looking forward to trying these! What a really interesting little Glossybox find. It apparently contains moroccan argan oils, avocado and papaya which are all meant to be super nourishing to your hair. Awesome :)

And to top everything off, Glossybox included a Lindor chocolate bar which I know tastes so damn yummy - if I could eat it, as chocolate gives me migraines. Cry. I will give this to someone I love instead.

I hope everyone is well, and had a wonderful Valentines Day! Jack and I enjoyed an evening in, a trip to watch The Lego Movie and then lunch out which was lovely. He also bought me the 5 year journal called 'Q&A' which I'm do happy with (not that I hinted or anything...). This week I also started me new job which I am really loving.

 Watching: Indiana Jones: Raider of the Lost Ark
  Listening: If You Wait - London Grammar
 Reading: Sabriel - Garth Nix
 Looking Forward To: Seeing my friends, finishing uni.
 Feeling: Tired but content

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Finishing Dissertation & Shooting My FMP

It's true! It's all done! It's all handed in! Phew. It feels weird, and strange and like it hasn't quite happened yet. I'm so happy that one of the biggest part of my degree is over, and that I won't have to write about things which don't particularly interest me any more - wahoo! Despite writing 8-9,000 words, I still feel like I have not actually worked hard enough on it - but to write that much I surely must have. Maybe it's just all turned into a blur! Hooray. I am now just going to be working on my final major photography project which just happens to be worth double what dissertation was. It will be hard work, but worth it.

I also bought a beautiful lighting kit this week which I used on my first shoot of my final project last weekend. It was my very first shoot using controlled studio lighting on location - and especially using gel colours. I'm very happy with the result and it was also a wonderful evening with my wonderful friend Ellie and my boyfriend Jack. We got fish and chips after to celebrate. 

It's been a very productive week, I've got a hell of a lot done and I'm feeling very motivated :)

Call the Midwife
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Reading: -
 Looking Forward To: Finishing uni.
 Feeling: okay