A good start to the new year (ish?)

Happy 2015!

I hope that this year will be the best yet, and that this will finally be the year I stop accidentally writing 2012 as the date…

I have to admit that during my first day of 2015 (I accidentally write 2013, clearly my brain is trying to work up from 2012) I actually spent it in bed recovering from New Years Eve – and no not hungover, I drank one glass of champagne and then only drank water and coke. It was more the late night and the sofa bed that I was recovering from. But still, the best New Years Eve I’ve ever had 🙂

I was going to write this post yesterday for my usual Wednesday slot however, I have got caught up with all the festivities and ironically discussing my resolutions, instead of writing about them, for the New Year. So anyway, my resolutions this year are:

1. One week in each month I will have a vegetarian diet

2. I will run a mile in under 8 minutes

3. Travel to a place I have never been before

Hope you have a great New Year! 🙂

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Our Anniversary!

Chummy! Exciting news! We have now been blogging for a whole year! Isn’t that crazy! So many !!!!

Time has flown by – I mean think of everything that has changed in our lives since last December when we went to see the Feeling! (Here is our first blog post if you wanted a read of it: https://chucklechums.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/the-feeling-christmas-party/)

I feel really proud of us that we have kept this going and I think its a great way for us to not miss out on our little ramblings that we so often used to have in our breaks and lunch times at the tech room 😉 (long story people)

Therefore has 12 months have passed, I feel we should say 12 things on how our lives have changed

1. My Life Plan

2. My Career Plan

3. View on University

4. Taste buds

5. Mindset

6. Some friends

7. Hobbies

8. Job

9. Moved into a house!

10. Cooking skills

11. Confidence

12. Hair!

Bring on the next great year!

Most worn in October

image10 Jumper – Pull and Bear
Shoes – Zara

image22Hoodie – Zara (it’s dark green)
Necklace – Spitalfields Market

image16 image19Jumper – H&M
Watch – Timex

image13 image15Jumper – Zara (different colours available)

image24Jumper – Uniqlo (underneath)
Cardigan – New look

Trousers worn in all – black treggings – M&S
Shoes most likely worn: http://www.johnlewis.com/clarks-orinoco-club-leather-ankle-boots/p1421668
Coat most likely worn: Navy blue coat from Monsoon – few years ago
Emphasis on “most worn” – I did wear other clothes, I assure you.

Lush Haul (ish?)

Hello!

I recently went into lush and naturally came out with a bag. I bought a butter bear and one dragons egg. Not a crazy haul but hey – student life.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the dragons egg – I don’t think this is a Christmas one but I loved the lemony smell it gave off. I am a sucker for anything that smells of lemons. I haven’t yet used this one in the bath but I’m expecting great things.

The second item is the butter bear – now I don’t know if lush do this every year but I haven’t seen it before. It just looked so cute! And it is made with cocoa power so it smelt amazing too. This makes the bath feel really moisturizing and luxurious and it only cost £1.95 and I managed to get two baths out of it!

I am desperate to try some more of their Christmas range – might have to pop back in if I can.. ah budgeting!

Nail Tutorial #1

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Step 1:
Prep the nail with a base coat (add a colour coat – optional)

Step 2:
Using tape, make a V/ triangle shape. You can do this either way (having the point towards you, or away) make sure the tape is pressed in at the sides to avoiding leaking. (As you can see from the pictures I was not very careful with this step…

Step 3:
Paint your nail using any colour

Step 4:
Remove the tape carefully
Clean up around the nails using a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover (again from the pictures you can see I missed this step…)

Step 5:
Add a top coat to shine away – enjoy

Reflections

Hi Chummy,

Glad you’re back, I was getting lonely. Today I was on the bus chatting with my lovely friend Lauren and we were chatting about how much things have changed from a year or two ago. Its crazy how much my life has changed in such a short space of time and none of it I saw coming.

Which not gunna lie, terrifies me slightly.

However, we were on the bus to see Brit Floyd (who were great btw) and while they were playing I saw a couple standing next to us and they were probably my age when this particular song came out. When they recognized it they counted down till the band started singing the lyrics together. It was adorable! And it just happily reminded me that although things change, the important things stay the same – even over a 30 year period.

I’m Back

So it came to my attention that my scheduled posts had run out, but fear not, I’m back on the bandwagon hopefully. Uni has been very busy, learning more stuff, difficult stuff, and things I knew but have actually forgotten, things I have no idea about and really should know, and things I just have no clue about. So the past month has probably been a big catch up and sticking my head in the books. I have now emerged as a beautiful butterfly, or shall we say a dying hobbit, because that’s a closer representation about how feel.

Anyways, many exciting things to come, there’s a nail tutorial, a ‘what I wore the most in October’ post and many more…

Ways to distress you ask? Well having a bath, reading fiction and listening to music would be the first ones that come to my mind. Maybe some window shopping, watch a movie, a horror movie alone, a stupid movie with friends, sit in a coffee shop, order something you’ve never tried before, paint your nails, buy candles and make your room smell like a cupcake, do some yoga… that’s all I can think off, hope it helps.

Also I LOVE Taylor Swift’s new album, it’s a good one to dance around to.

pasta bake...sadly not mine (Aldi's picture!)

My Pasta Bake Recipe

This is my mum’s and I recipe for an amazing Pasta Bake 🙂

INGREDIENTS

You can add pretty much whatever you want to this but my usual suspects are: 

Chicken

Peppers

Sweetcorn

Pasta

Sauce – any would be okay, the Dolmio Tomato and Cheese pasta bake sauce is particularly good

But I have also added on occasion:

Green Beans

Potatoes

Onions

Any leftovers I have in the fridge

METHOD

First boil the pasta and any meat and vegetables (if they require it) you want in the bake. Sometimes I fry the chicken, then when that has cooked I put in vegetables in there too – careful not to burn them.

Then add the sauce to the pasta (after draining it – duh) and leave to simmer for a few minutes.

Then add in the pasta, vegetables and meat to the oven proof dish and grate tonnes of cheese on top!

Then place it in the oven at 150 for 20 minutes and ta daah!

Please note, that I would have added pictures for this blog, but it didn’t last long enough once I’d taken in out of the oven for me to take one. Take that as a good sign instead of a photo to convince you?

Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy Busy…

Hello!

Not going to lie this week I have been feeling exceptionally stressed and busy with university assignments. They just seem to keep piling up much to my annoyance.

I know that university is supposed to be busy and I am happy to do the work.. (well theoretically) but the dilemma of what to do with my free time now that is so scarce is now vital. Do I watch YouTube? Do I hang out with friends? And the all important question – Do I just fall asleep?

One thing I have found that is the greatest thing to do in my free time is take a bath. Never been a bath person but the opportunity arose for me to have the house to myself so I whacked up the music, sang along to Taylor Swift (among other, some would argue better artists), had a facial and painted my nails. BEST HOUR EVER.

Anyway, I want to know what you do in your free time. It could give me some ideas to de-stress the next time submission week is upon me (may the next four weeks go snail pace slow)

Source: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/beauty-3326659/view-all-915/glow-highlighter-in-polish-53792?bi=1&ps=200

Top shop Glow Pot

This little pot is like magic. Well it certainly looks like fairy dust anyway. This wondrous little cream can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter and something to add to your lips. It costs £9 (student discount £8.10 yes!) And is worth every penny in my opinion.

The reason why the glow pot is so good is down to two specific reasons;

1. The product itself – its a lovely consistency (creamy but not oily) with a lovely texture with just enough sparkle to add a little bit of glow. In my opinion you could get away without using powder or foundation if you used this, blush and concealer as it just enhances your face.

2. I’m lazy – it just does so much stuff! It can be used basically anywhere on the face, is transport friendly and has so many purposes due to how multi-talented this little pot is; eye shadow, highlighter, makes your lips look plumper and if you get a pink coloured one, a blush. Its like I don’t need the rest of my make up bag.

One thing I really like is to put some of the cream covering my eyelids and then in the crease of my eyes blend in an orange eye shadow – which sounds a little odd but it gives a lovely contoured look because the cream blends it in. Looks like i’ve spend hours when i’ve spent two minutes – my kind of make up.

What do you think?
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A Night I will Never Forget

A couple of weeks ago I had the fortunate chance to go to an event where Stephen Fry was talking and it was such an amazing evening that I wanted to share it with you. Two things he said I feel will always stick with me.

Firstly, it was his descriptions of his mental illness. I do not wish to turn this into a rant about how we should change mental health care, or spotting signs early on in children, but it was the best description I’ve ever heard of someone trying to explain being bi-polar to someone who has never experienced it. Quite frankly the way he spoke about the darkness descending, the utter feeling of hopelessness and complete loss of motivation to help yourself just made me want to stand up and give him a hug, not because i felt sorry for him i quickly add, but because I couldn’t believe that anyone having gone through that is willing and brave enough to talk about it to a room full of strangers. It has made me review my life and want to help those who are struggling this problem but also made me feel incredibly lucky that the problems I have faced seem incomparable and minuscule.  It has also made me respect him so much more.

Secondly, he said something that struck a cord a chord with me. And that was “curiosity killed the cat but it created homosapians” and for someone who is constantly curious it was a relief to find another person like me. My school experience was positive and I enjoyed myself however I wouldn’t say that some fellow students also had my curiosity and enjoyment for learning, which at times made it difficult for me. Similarly, when Stephen got to the University of Cambridge, he didn’t always enjoy himself as he felt he thought and saw things differently than others. That is me to a T sometimes. I am very glad that I have met many people like me and I cherish them greatly, and this evening highlighted to me once again that it is okay to be curious and it should be enough couraged more.

34 Fun Random Questions

  • 1:What color(s) are you socks?
    • Grey with blue, green, yellow and pink dinosaurs
  • 2:What book are you currently reading?
    • The Celestine Prophecy
  • 3:What’s the weather like right now?
    • Sunny but cold
  • 4:Were you named after anyone?
    • No
  • 5:Bullet your whole day so far.
    • Awake
    • Breakfast at Greggs
    • Voluntary at hosp
    • Bus home
    • Home – eat
    • Uni work
    • Blog
  • 6:Do you play any instruments?
    • Violin & harmonium
  • 7:What is your religion?
    • Oneness
  • 8:Do you believe in love at first sight?
    • It depends
  • 9:Sate 5 facts about yourself.
    • Look at ’25 facts about me’ post
  • 10:Do you think you’d make a good parent?
    • Yea, i hope so
  • 11:Would you ever consider adopting kids?
    • Maybe
  • 12:Do you have a good relationship with your siblings?
    • Yea
  • 13:Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
    • Yea
  • 14:What was the last cd you bought?
    • Wow, umm maybe leona lewis’s first cd?
  • 15:Do you own any vinyl records?
    • No, but my mum did
  • 16:How many songs do you have on your ipod/music device?
    • 400 and something
  • 17:Do you have/want any tattoos?
    • I want but currently do not have
  • 18:How many piercings do you have?
    • 2
  • 19:Can you sing?
    • Ya
  • 20:Do you consider yourself a good student?
    • Yep
  • 21:What was the worst trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
    • I had my phone out, it got taken away until the end of the day – rebel
  • 22:What’s a favorite movie someone else introduced you to?
    • Divergent was pretty good
  • 23:Do you know anyone your age who’s had a kid already?
    • Old school peer/acquaintance, and she’s had 2
  • 24:Do you like where you live? Where would you move?
    • Love where i live
  • 25:Are you more similar or different to your best friend?
    • Very similar
  • 26:How long is your hair?
    • LONG
  • 27:What was the last thing you drew?
    • Designed a dress on a mannequin (all drawn)
  • 28:Are you the type to make lists?
    • Yess
  • 29:What’s your morning routine like?
    • Out of bed, shower, wash face, brush teeth, moisturise, clothes, bag, downstairs, eat…
  • 30:Were you involved in sports in school?
    • HAHAHAA no, mm maybe netball at one point..
  • 31:Who is/was your favorite teacher?
    • Mr Aylett was fit but i think i would say Miss Williams
  • 32:Did you ever have to wear braces?
    • Yea
  • 33:What are things you do when you’re nervous?
    • Shake, chew lip, go cold,
  • 34:Do you like going out to eat?
    • Yes
Source: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/

New Obsession

Okay okay…I know I’m late to the game but… DOWNTON ABBEY ANYONE?!

It has now been 6 days and I have finished the first two seasons and each episode is over an hour long. Oh dear. What has my life become? It just has such good lines despite the little plot ideas like “who stole the lord’s snuffbox?!” although they still make me chuckle.

To pay respect to my new found favourite tv show I thought I would accumulate all of the best lines from the show from my favourite character, Countess Violet, so far to make up for my lateness in loving it and to try and make other people downton-ites

“What is a weekend?”

[In reference to the telephone] “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

“Things are different in America, they live in Wig Wams.”

“Last night! He looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.”

“I was right about my maid. She’s leaving – to get married! How could she be so selfish?”

“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I’m living in an H.G. Wells novel.”

“We’ll have to take her abroad, in these moments you can usually find an Italian who’s not too picky.”

“I don’t dislike him, I just don’t like him. Which is quite different.”

“Wasn’t there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.”

Sir Richard: “I’m leaving in the morning Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again.”
Countess Violet: “Do you promise?”

All quotes and images from: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/

Source: http://downtonabbeyonline.com/countess-dowager-violet-grantham-quotes/

 

Product empties #1

So I went through my bin and found a few empty bottles. Some are all time favs and some will never be seen again. I love watching empties videos on YouTube because you find out what was really good, but also what didn’t really work out. So here’s my take…

Sanex – Hypoallergenic body wash
I bought this thinking it would be really gentle and easy on the skin, no harsh smells or chemicals but it wasn’t really what I expected. The smell was nice and non invasive, but the product didn’t foam up a lot and I felt like more of it was needed to feel clean… also because of this reason, I got through if fairly quickly. Will not repurchase this…

Soap and Glory – Sugar Crush body wash
Amazing! At first I was hesitant whether to buy this because it was expensive compared to other body washes but I’m so glad I did because it was so good. 3 pumps and I was clean, didn’t need a lot and it lasted a long time which really made me feel like I got my moneys worth. Smells like lime and brown sugar, so good and refreshing! Will definitely be repurchasing

Carmex – Pomegranate stick
Best thing ever! Carmex on a stick, I love it, the concept, the smell, the product. Have already repurchased!

La Roche Posay – Effaclar Duo+
This is probably the forth or fifth tube that I’ve gotten through. I would go as far as to call it one of my Holy Grail products. For me, I find it’s really good at clearing my face, keeping it clear and reducing scaring. Although I will admit there are times when I still get breakouts but I’ve accepted the fact that I am growing and that I have oily skin so I may get a few… But it helps me get through the tough times

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Toner
This was in my cupboard and I thought, ahh I better use this.. And so I did! Why did I ever stop using it? When I use toners I never really see drastic differences on my face immediately or even sometimes after months of using it. But when I use it I mentally know that my face is so much cleaner and I can see the dirt coming off my face when I use it with a cotton round. Makes all the difference. The smell is freshening and brings back memories of when my sisters would use it. Love! Definably will repurchase.

Aussie – Luscious Long Shampoo
Aussie’s volume shampoo is the one that I usually tend to gravitate towards however when I went to Sainsbury’s they were out of stock. So I thought id try out the long shampoo as I usually get the long conditioner to go with the volume shampoo. It does the job but it doesn’t really do anything to my hair. The volume one gives volume; the moisture one gives moisture but the long one? I think I would only repurchase this if the volume one, or anything similar, wasn’t there.

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How to: Doing Make up on the Train

Last weekend I travelled to see my boyfriend (and happily I can now call them our friend’s gosh how couple-y) and I discovered a few tips to doing make up on a train. Here are my few little tips if you are ever travelling on a train and have shove stuff on your face early in the morning to look half decent.

Awkward Train Selfie
Awkward Train Selfie

#1 Ignore the people around you; would you rather look pretty for the people who you will spend hours with or be the object of curiosity for a few minutes to strangers on the train

#2 Decide what you are going to do the night before; its very easy to just follow instructions in the back of your brain instead of mixing up eye shadow colours and looking like a zombie with green eyes

#3 Put your make up bag at the top of you bag; therefore to avoid emptying out all of your stuff on the person next to you

#4 Take doubles; the glow pot from topshop (blog to follow about its awesomeness) works as an eye shadow, highlighter and something to add to your lips. Saves so much space.

#5 Less is More; take a small make up bag with only your options for that look to avoid mess, disaster and clutter on your small little train table

If you were wondering what I actually put on my face here it is;

Primer – Rimmel London Baby Face

Power – The Collection Lasting Perfection

Concealer – Benefit’s erase paste

Blusher – Revlon Baby Stick for Lips and Cheeks

Eye Shadow(s) – Bare Minerals its a light sparkly colour and a bronze coloured eye shadow that I have no idea where it is from appologies!

Mascara(s)- Seventeen Superlash Mascara and Clinique High Impact Mascara

Eyeshadow(s)- Seventeen Kohl Deep Black, The Collection in Vanilla Sky and Vintage Blush (I did treat myself in the eye department I admit)

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