Five things I love about myself.

Wait, strike that, today’s post sounds narcissistic beyond belief. (Not my intention.) Anyway, this is a post idea I saw over at A Beautiful Chaos and This Stuff Is Golden; basically, the idea was to promote self love. (Always a good thing in my book…..I had to join in!)

Self love is important, because it defines us, as well as our relationship to ourselves. But I feel that, in a climate of hotly contested politics, and just a generally dire situation, we forgot about ourselves. (Gala Darling explains this better than me.) Anyway, here is five things I love about myself-and I encourage all of you readers to think the same way:

  1. My commitment to writing.

There probably isn’t a lot of things that I’m as committed to as my writing. (Other projects just seem to fall by the wayside, as they are not what I wish to be doing, but what I’m obliged to do.) But writing has lead me to do things that I never would have thought or dreamt I could.

2. My curiosity.

Because apparently this is a good trait for a wannabe Journalist. But this has allowed me to learn, create this blog, etc. By simple logic, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, right?

3. My Aspergers.

Because Aspergers Syndrome is a part of my life, and despite how much I wished it not to previously, it has defined my life. Like everyone, this does mean I am a fundamentally flawed human being. But flaws have to be embraced…. So, yeah. Having Aspergers isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And I get very bored being told to be ashamed.

4. My love of music.

Be it Rock, Soul, R ‘n’ B, Pop, Indie, Alternative, I love music. Rock is my favourite genre, but by looking back at its years of prominence-I’m think Freddie Mercury’s era, complete with The Who, etc-this is what interplays with my writing. It’s something to draw on, something to use as a comforting tool. It helps me on my way…

5. My beliefs.

I do believe that there is a God, but I also try my hardest to follow Feminism. Beliefs, as I call them, is what define my character. Because if we were all just kind to each other, rather than trying to impose our beliefs, this world would be a far better place.

What do you love about yourself? I challenge you to write a list of what you love about yourself, and learn it.

Lydia

XO

Get to know me tag.

Good day!

So yes, another tag; a goal of mine is to interact with the people who read my blog, so here goes! (I originally saw this tag here.)

What’s your middle name?
My middle name is Keren, but not Karen. Try telling anyone and they can’t spell it!
What’s your favorite colour?
That changes over time, but currently I would say it’s pink-as you can see from my blog theme. It was Yellow when I was a child, but I also love blue.
Who was your first best friend?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a best friend; it’s something I don’t really subscribe to, because, yeah, Aspergers.
 How tall are you?
Not tall enough!
Preference: Cats or Dogs?
Cats, always. Larger dogs are animals that scare me, for various reasons.
Funniest moment in School?
For me it was probably seeing a history teacher at GCSE doing an impression of a historical figure, or in my second year at A levels, as my politics lecturer was hilarious.
How many countries have you visited?
No idea.
Are you in/gone to college?
See above.
What was your favorite/worst subject in secondary school?
I loved history, even though I did struggle; English was okay, but the change of teacher was not helpful. (Aspie!) I disliked Maths, as I have no real understanding of number.
What is your Favorite drink?
Depends on the mood I’m in; if I’m happy or need cheering up, I go for Rose Lemonade. If I wish to be left alone or have a cold, elderflower or a hot strawberry Ribena. If I need to be sociable, I go for a Bulmers cider.
 What is your favorite animal?
A Persian cat.
What is your favorite perfume?
I have three: Wonderstruck, Royal Desire, and Coco Mademoiselle. (Fits the blog name)
Tea or Coffee?
Neither!
What would you (or have you) name your children?
Oh blimey…I’m only eighteen! Probably something really traditional, just to be a bit conformist, and not go along with the celebrity trend.
What Sports do you play/Have you played?
I don’t play competitively, as in a team, but I love to play Badminton. I also attend Pilates, which I love-the most peaceful time of the week.
What is your favorite book?
I could not just pick one book! So, in no particular order: House Rules by Jodi Picoult, as she created a character accurately with ASD; The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (classic!) ; Searching For Grace Kelly by M.G.Callahan, for the use of language; How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, as it’s romantic in a way-not just for sex; How To Stop Time by Rowan Coleman, as I love the twist, and the last line made me cry; Boys In The Trees by Carly Simon, as her life is so intriguing, and she’s such a good storyteller; the Diary Of Anne Frank, as it was an early onset ASD special interest; and Man Of Letters by Spike Milligan, as it is once absurd, hideous, then tender.
Who are your favorite YouTubers?
I don’t really understand Youtube, so I could not pick any to be honest.
What is your favourite film?
I have a list! I love The Devil Wears Prada, for the dark side of Journalism it shows; Thirteen Going On Thirty, as it deals with loneliness; 27 Dresses-just for the Filofax, which takes centre stage; Highlander, as I love the story and the music; and Burlesque, as I love the music, the costumes..
Are you Single or Taken?
Hmmm….
What’s your idea of an ideal first date?
That’s a question I never thought I would have to answer. And to be honest, I don’t really know.
How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had?
Ditto.
Favourite memory from childhood?
In the UK, you’re considered a child until the age of eighteen…so there’s a wealth of stuff there. Meeting Brian May was quite something; the letter stating that I secured a column with a local newspaper was also a favourite. My first cover is also up there. Getting my mother to see Lissie as my ‘plus one’ is something that I will always remember. Being told “no one cares about your Autism” in the nicest way possible was also a favourite.
Do you speak any different languages and how well?
I wish I could.
Do you have any siblings?
One sister, three brother.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I have a problem with fashion; it’s about what’s in one season, then seemingly becoming a clothes horse. I don’t really follow it. But I try to have my ‘own take’-and yes, I have been mocked for that. So, probably a dress or skirt, and a leather jacket.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Easy Ed’s Diner.
What are some of your favorite tv shows?
So, I may or may not have included some Netflix shows; Line Of Duty, The Missing, In The Club, Pretty Little Liars, Orange Is The New Black,Designated Survivor.. But I would love to watch Girl Boss, Good Girls Revolt, and Z.
PC or mac?
Mac.
What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
iPhone 6s.
Tell us one of your bad habits!
I am a very messy person; but I really wish I wasn’t. I also think that I can lack faith in myself at times, as well as panicking over small details. Oh, and I spend way too much time on this blog!
I tag any other Blogger who wishes to do this.
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Why I love Line Of Duty.

Hands up in you love a good police drama?

I vaguely remember watching Series Three of Line Of Duty; if I’m totally honest, I can’t recall all the specifics, but I do know that I just didn’t’t understand the plot line, due to my age. But series four changed that for me; I love Line Of Duty. And I’ve been back and watched (nearly) all of the episodes from Series One. As this is a lifestyle blog, I thought I’d post some reasons why as to why I love this series.

Firstly, there isn’t many series’ designed for people my age that are accurate or absorbing. (I’m eighteen, and a lot of what the entertainment industry produces I find to be for people far younger than me.) When I wish to watch the television, I love to be transported, by way of escape; I wish not to be patronised. Line Of Duty is gritty by contrast; it has the substance that these programmes don’t. (I don’t want to engage in something so sugary sweet; give me the realism!) As a show, it also has some accuracy, in that retired policemen are advisors to the production, therefore enabling what I just stated.

I also love the characterisation. Rather than airbrushing reality, these characters are human; they have affairs, commit crimes to gather their own form of justice, scream and shout, go to the pub for after work drinks, etc. I love characters who I can identify with, even look up to; the character of Kate Fleming I think is really cool. In what’s seen as a ‘Man’s world’, she holds her own, and isn’t above ‘outing’ anything she sees as not being to the standard of the law. (For example, she even tells an officer off for his suspect sexual misconduct.) These characters have their personal lives, but are heavily committed to their jobs.

Each and every series is also linked; there’s clues in each final episode, relating to what will be covered in the next series. In the ‘intermission’ of the next series being filmed, this of course allows for speculation.

I also think that Jed Mercurio, who essentially writes and created this series, is a brilliant writer; there are so many twists in this series. (And largely unexpected!) I would love to write like him. These twists can become dark, which I also like, as there aren’t any cut corners. At last!

I also think that Superintendent Hastings has some of the best one liners; Buzzfeed even has a whole article dedicated to this, which you can view by clicking here. Although he is a fundamentally flawed human being, he’s such a cool character, complete with these deadpan one-liners. Because we need some humour in a quite bleak drama, right? He seems to have his own fandom online as well. (The internet can be a very odd place at times.)

The villains are also very realistic. Rather than being written as a stereotypical ‘there’s-a-monster-under-my-bed’ character, they are incredibly devious, highly sophisticated. Lindsay Denton is quite calculating as one of the villains; but you don’t know who the villains are, right up until the end.

I also really like Steve Arnott’s cockiness; deemed to be a ‘tosser’ by Martin Compton who plays him, a lot of the storylines do resolve around him. I also really liked the explanation as to why he is virtually always wearing a waistcoat. (Google it!)

There’s also the catch phrase, that Officer X, Y or Z “has the right to be interviewed by an officer at least one rank senior”. No idea, but that thrills me.

Lydia

XO

Why promoting Asperger’s syndrome is important to me.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome; to be honest, it wasn’t really a surprise. I was always the lonely kid, with their head stuck in a book, too knowledgable for their own good, and way too nosy too boot. But since then, promoting Aspergers Syndrome has become more and more important to me. And not just because it was something related to myself; several people I knew were also diagnosed, there was problems with support, and more.

Despite the many struggles I had to undergo-bullying, lack of understanding my lessons, and more-it came to me that the whole condition could be used for good. Because we do not need to be ashamed. We should not have to be afraid. And above all, we should not discredit ourselves for having this condition. Aspergers Syndrome is something innately beautiful. And I say this from observing the people I know who are on spectrum, and not in relation to myself.

I strongly believe that all I have achieved is because of my ASD, coupled with hard work. Over the years, I have surprised myself. Blogger? Check. Columnist? Check. Interviewer (sort of)? Also check.

Promoting Aspergers allows me to educate people about this condition; I am tired of institutions lacking support as well as understanding. I am tired of people saying that the were scared of me, in knowing that I had been diagnosed with ASD. I hope for a world that, among other things, will one day understand people with Autism. I think that society disadvantages itself when it disenfranchises us; ever heard of job discrimination, trouble at schools, etc? People who have Aspergers Syndrome are human too, the same as everyone else.

I promote Aspergers as it’s something that I see differently; mental health does not necessarily have to be an issue, as long as we have the correct support network.

Thank you for listening.

The Mystery Blog Award.

Hello!

So, yes, there’ll be two posts today; usually there’s just the one, but I felt like I needed to ‘make it up’, due to a technical fault. I had also been nominated for this award by Natalie from Gorgeous And Geeky (click here to visit her blog).. it needed doing!

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The rules are: 

Put the award logo in your post (see above), write and include the rules, thank whoever nominated you as well as providing a link to their blog, mention the creator of the award as well as providing a link,  reveal 3 things about yourself and answer the five questions provided,  10-20 people and notify them via a blog comment, ask them five questions, and share your best posts.

The three things about myself: 

I have been blogging for nearly five ears now, but not all my posts are still live on the internet from back in 2012.

I organise everything from my Filofax…be it deadlines, blog posts, interviews, outings, a business idea, etc.

I would love to interview Brian May, the Queen Guitarist.

Natalie’s questions: 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Probably a Persian Cat; I just love them, and they are my favourite breed of cat!

What is your favorite childhood memory?

I’m not really sure to be honest; probably when I asked my favourite English teacher in secondary school told me that I could be a writer in the first year. But then again, I did land a column, meet Brian May, interview Anastacia, start this blog, see Queen Extravaganza live, and went to the States prior to the age of eighteen!

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Freddie Mercury, or Jacqueline Kennedy. Freddie was a larger than life character, but was shy once off stage; he seems very enigmatic, and somebody I could have just asked question after question of, with a funny quip in response. Jackie Kennedy is my hero, and I admire her brain..

If you had your own show, what would be the theme song?

Let’s Start A Band by Amy MacDonald.

Weird question: When do you start your Christmas shopping?

That’s a hard question to answer; by about November time, I start to collect things for Christmas.

I nominate:

Questions:

For ‘a day at the office’, what would we find in your handbag? 

How do you plan your life-bullet journal, Filofax..? 

Which do you prefer: lipstick or lipgloss?

What’s your favourite colour?

What would you say is your ‘guilty pleasure’? 

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Diana: her fashion story. (Exhibition review.)

* Owing to a technical fault, and not planning ahead properly, today’s post will be all about what I went to see at Kensington palace yesterday; I had intended to post an interview with the Candy Girls (click here to check out their website), but it didn’t pan out. I’ll try my best to post it maybe later this year.

One of my favourite things to do is to go and see exhibitions; often, they are very quiet, there aren’t always a lot of people, and you can learn something along the way. (Fits the profile of someone with Aspergers, I think!) Yesterday I was delighted to go and see Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace..

This was the poster outside the palace entrance:

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I’m too young to remember Princess Diana, as she died two years prior to me being born; however, I’ve been aware of her ever since reading a designed-for-a-child biography at Primary School. To me, as was a very glamorous figure; a few years ago, when there was an auction of her dresses, I just had to watch.. And ever since that this was announced, I have wished to go.

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I know that the above photo is slightly irrelevant, but I thought it needed to be included; everywhere in the palace there’s a piece of history. There are portraits, cushions, plaques, and more. Can you see which members of the royal family these are? (They were on the way to the exhibition..)

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There were a number of fabulous looking dresses; my favourite dress that was included at the exhibition was the one Princess Diana danced at the White House in, with John Travolta. Each of the dresses had a little plaque saying where they were worn, who designed by, etc.

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What was also was how Diana was influenced by films, etc. The above dress was inspired by a Grace Kelly film, for instance.

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Does this dress remind anyone else of what Sleeping Beauty worn in the Disney animation?

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On one wall was a few sketches of various designs; it was noted how Diana would suggest changes, comment on what she liked, etc. (There were also fabric samples attached.) Some of the designs were products of their time; can you see the massive eighties style shoulder pads on some of these designs?

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This was my favourite dress out of them all!

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Personally, I also think that there is some Jacqueline Kennedy influence here; this was in the last part of the exhibition, and was showing how Diana designed her clothes for when she would visit children’s hospitals, etc.

Overall, I did enjoy this exhibition, but I do feel that there was too many people; for example, a lot of visitors were taking photos, pushing, occasionally shoving. And it really was not needed! The exhibition could have also been a little bit more expansive; to me, a ‘Diana Fan’, it just scratched the surface of her life. It could have started off with her style when she was a teenager, meeting Prince Charles, engagement, etc. But this is not an exhibition I would miss, particularly if you’re a fan;  Click here to book tickets. 

What do you think; would you go to this exhibition?

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Urban fruit review; here’s a snack for you!

Disclaimer: I was sent these, at my own request, to review. What follows is my honest opinion. 

Good morning.-

We all like food, don’t we? Well, I have been looking for a snack, for in between studying and essays, blogging and writing. It needs to be low in sugar, and just enough to keep my hunger at bay. Introducing Urban Fruit…

Urban Fruit is essentially a brand that bakes fruit, in order to create a snack. They have a bright, colourful USP, which I think is almost unique-it sets Urban Fruit in its own marketable sector. It adds a legitimacy. Anyway, I received these flavours:

  • Strawberry.
  • Mango.
  • Pineapple.
  • Coconut.
  • Coconut with Chilli.

I also liked how I had a personalised note from Urban Fruit, with the words “you drive me Coconuts”. I love a brand with irreverence-it’s unique. And a personalised note to a Blogger will virtually always win you Brownie points. (Brands, take note!) Anyway…

Now, as I have said before, I don’t do well with trying new flavours or foods-it’s just not a thing for me, or something that I enjoy. However, I did like the Strawberry flavour-it was succulent, and kept me satisfied for a while. (Because I LOVE strawberry, it’s one of my favourite flavours.) For me, it was the stand out flavour of them all. I did try the Mango, but it wasn’t something that was for me, as it’s not a flavour I usually enjoy. I prefer the smell in body sprays. (A relative had the coconut flavours, as I could not eat or keep the whole of this box to myself.) I also gave the Pineapple flavour to my friend, as I dislike Pineapple-flavoured food.

Overall, I was very impressed with Urban fruit; I feel it could expand its range however, to include Banana, Kiwi, etc. This is not just something that is for a kids lunchbox-I feel that it is a legitimate snack.

Score: 10/15

Click here to buy Urban Fruit from their website-trust me, you won’t regret it. 

Fentimans Rose Lemonade Review. *

Update: Since this was posted, I have since been informed that the packaging had to be like it was, or the bottles would have smashed.

Disclaimer: These four samples were sent to me directly from Fentimans at my own request-I love Rose Lemonade, and I wished to review them. What follows is my honest opinion. 
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Now, we all like pretty things, don’t we? (For the sake of this post, I’ll assume we all do.) But look how pretty this Lemonade is! Pink, in a very cute bottle, and it has a rose flavour. What more could anyone possibly want? This is what I usually treat myself to when I feel glum, but I was delighted to be given the chance to review this.

(And before you ask, that is indeed my hand in the photo.)

For this review, I will be looking at packaging, taste, as well as the product itself. Let the review commence!

Packaging: 

Now, I like it when brands make an attempt to be ethical, simply by cutting down on their packaging, and the amount they have. I will admit to being a little bit disappointed with Fentimans; there was four bottles in a massive box. (Emphasis on ‘massive’.) This may have just been because this came as part of my Blogger Mail, but there was a lot of bubble wrap inside. There wasn’t really a need for this; the bottles were unlikely to have arrived damaged, but this risk could have been managed with less packaging.

As you can see, I was really happy to receive this package; four bottles of my favourite drink! (I usually have a bottle when I feel blue..)

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Branding: 

I love the colour of this-largely because it’s pink, and as a product, that screams ‘unique’ to me. There’s just something pretty and charming about this product. It makes me feel nostalgic, I guess.

It also has good branding, in the respect that it has a very ‘retro’ feel; it reminds me of the illustrations from Milly Molly Mandy. There was also a similar drink that I use to take fishing as a child. Nostalgia is a good thing, right?

It’s also easy to open-a bonus to clumsy me!

The product itself:

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Overall, I do love Rose Lemonade, but I would love to see an adjustment made to the packaging. I give this product a rate of fourteen out of fifteen.

Click here to buy Rose Lemonade.

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13 things I love about having Aspergers Sydrome.

For a while now, I’ve felt sick and tired. Why? Because various people made me feel ashamed to be on the autism spectrum, when really, it has a lot of benefits. And, all the people I’ve met with ASD are pretty cool. I had to make a list as to why I love being on Spectrum.

  1. We are original in our way of thinking. Though we may have trouble conforming with our peers, that allows us to be unique.
  2. The people I have met who are on spectrum also largely have a very dry sense of humour; be it literal, dark, they have an ability to laugh at Life.
  3. The obsessional interest trait allows us to hone in on something particular, meaning that we can specialise, almost, in this subject.
  4. The above point according to some has an impact on potential careers.
  5. And back to my originality point: this also goes with the impact on future careers.
  6. I still think that the special interest trait gives some of us incredible abilities, seeing that some of us do incredible things.
  7. We have great people to look up to who are on spectrum; because, for one, they are like us, and it isn’t necessarily admiration for an artistic venture. Even just those who are suspected of being on spectrum!
  8. A fair few people I know who have ASD are great at the classic one liners.
  9. Friendships can take on a much deeper meaning.
  10. Not a lot is known about Aspergers Sydndrome, but we know more about it than we did a few years ago. To me, there’s just something comforting in that.
  11. To a certain extent, there is some help available in my country.
  12. I’m messy as a person: if you saw my living space, you’d probably be really shocked. But I’m good with organisation-because I need to be, otherwise I can become agitated. I manage this blog, a column, being a student, submission of articles occasionally, and more.
  13. People who are on the spectrum, I think, have a different way of interpreting how to be empathetic. And it can be something far more meaningful!

See you tomorrow,

 

Lydia

XO

 

 

 

10 ways to feel powerful, right now. 

There’s this feeling I just love…I love feeling powerful. Throughout various points in my life, I was made to feel ashamed-particularly to do with my Asperger’s and the diagnosis. It felt good to take just some power back, to just be happy with myself. As a result of this, I wanted to share my tips with you, about how to feel powerful.

1. Put those heels on.

And I don’t mean heels that you can’t walk in, or that cause you a lot of pain. To me, height gives me just a dash of confidence; it makes me stand to attention, push my shoulders back. I think this is also reflected in my body language; I become assertive, more commanding.

2. Pair the heels with a vivid lip colour.

It was on a podcast that I first heard this idea; apparently wearing a bright lip colour can uplift your mood. This has worked for me to the extent that I feel in control, ready for whatever challenge I know will happen that day. my favourite is a red lipstick, with black eyeliner, to create a Hollywood look.

3. Change the story you tell yourself.

This was a tip I read in Derren Brown’s book, Happy. if you want to accomplish something, but feel that you’d never be able to do it, change the story you tell yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it, that you should not be ashamed.

4. Listen to music.

Ah, music, music, music. To me, music is what makes me happy. I love rock bands such as Queen, Genesis, Dire Straits. But I also adore Carly Simon, Beyonce, Anastacia, Kerry Ellis. Music gets us in the mood…

5. Look at Gala Darling’s blog.

Gala Darling is a very wise woman. As a writer, she promotes ‘Radical self love’; as somebody who had Depression and an eating disorder, she essentially wants us to love ourselves. Her blog is a pink coven of wisdom and femininity. She makes me feel so much better about myself.

6. Wear a favourite piece of clothing.

Because there’s something just so comforting about a favourite piece of clothing.

7. Paint your nails.

Nails….to be honest, I feel a little bit of a hypocrite writing this part of the post. But having manicured nails-usually red, no chips, glossy-makes me feel in command. There’s something therapeutic about taking some self care, and something sophisticated about the final results.

8. Dye your hair.

Or just a haircut to maintain it.

9. Wear nice, and supportive, underwear.

This hadn’t been one I considered before, despite having read it when their was a bombing teenage magazine market. The founder of Teacup Club wrote this post  , which really got me thinking. Supportive underwear is an excellent idea. Bonus if it’s pretty.

10. Write a gratitude list.

This is an idea that I took on board from Gala Darling…just be grateful, but we need time to reflect.

How do you feel powerful?

Lydia

XO

 

18 Things learnt in eighteen years.

Life should be so simple at times, right? Wrong! There are a lot of lessons to be learnt-and to be honest, I’m still learning a lot daily. So, here is something I wanted to share with you-and it’s my version of a top eighteen on my list.

  1. Help will come to you, if you ask for it. It’s like that old saying, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”. I spent a lot of time not getting, simply because A: I didn’t understand how to, and B: people scare me at the best of times. Nowadays, I think that this has completely switched-besides, you read my product reviews, don’t you? I also couldn’t claim to be a Columnist otherwise.
  2. Organisation is a bonus. Everyone will have deadlines, appointments, and some things to do at one point. 
  3. Caster sugar goes with royal icing, not flour. Exactly.
  4. Call people out if they’re rude. Rudeness is not really acceptable, to be honest-and I got very bored with it at several different educational instutions. So I called them out on it-because, why do it?
  5. Kindness is a virtue. Kindness is a great trait, and it shows in everything that you do. It also leaves us with that warm, fuzzy feeling.
  6. Tolerance is the best trait. Going with kindness, of course.
  7. Stick to your ideas. Ideas are a very fundamental thing-and whole societies, books, opinions, etc are built on them. Even if it sounds really silly at first, stick to them-don’t let anyone talk you down about them. They are your very own.
  8. Aspergers is not a limitation, and neither is what life throws at you. On a personal note here: once I was diagnosed with ASD-not really a surprise, to be honest-I got very tired,  very quickly, with people saying that I could not do something, due to ASD. How silly! Life is not a limitation, and neither is a disability-we can overcome. Life has beauty. Live it to the fullest.
  9. Popularity is not everything. Whilst in education, I would often go head-to-head with people who believed that because they were popular, they had the right to dominate everything. It also ostensibly gave them the right to be mean. (Ha ha!) Popularity is not everything.
  10. Family is what count. Need I say any more?
  11. You can do anything you put your mind to. You just need to dream it.
  12. Gender is not what should prevent you from doing anything. To the day I die, I will proclaim myself to be a proud feminist. Because we’re all human-and I can do anything a boy can do!
  13. Tease, now and then. Because this allows you to laugh at Life. With a capital L.
  14. Be bold. Dare to triumph, wherever you go. Because there’s (nearly) always a next time, and you can try and try again.
  15. Colour is everything. You’ll be bold that way.
  16. Never put a cake in a fridge. Apparently it is not good for icing.
  17. If there is something you perceive to be wrong, you should speak about it. And that way, we can get rid of injustices.
  18. Believe yourself. You are capable of more than you know. 

What have you learnt?

Lydia

XO

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How To Stop Time By Matt Haig; Release And Review.

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Disclaimer: I was sent this proof copy for a review by Canongate, at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion.

How To Stop Time is (finally) out today. Whew! Take it from me; this is a great book. And I really enjoyed it. Take it from me, if you like time travel, fiction, and just a little sprinkle of humour, you’ll love this book. (Oh, and if you’re a fan of the eighties classic Highlander, you’ll love this book. Like me!)

As not to give too much away, I’ll tell you the very basic plot line, in spite of the fact that there are many layers to dissect: Tom Hazard has an ailment, meaning that he ages not as fast as other humans. In fact, he has been alive for centuries. And it costs him dearly. But who would suspect this from a London history teacher?

I really like the structure of the book, it that there are continual flashes forward and backwards in time-perfect for somebody who loves history like me! There are appearances from Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Bard, Captain Cook, Witch Hunters, and many more. They interact with Tom, whilst he contemplates his own ailment. And the way that they are characterised is just so vivid-which makes the novel somewhat alive. Because that’s what you’d want in a history teacher, isn’t it?

My only real feedback is that the protagonist of Tom Hazard isn’t always in touch with reality-obviously, being somebody who has been alive for over three centuries, you wouldn’t be. But I feel that this lets the book down, just a little bit. For example, when interacting with boys in his class, he almost seems as if to not comprehend the situation-even during a mugging incident. He is seemingly away in the clouds, and not focused at all. The plot line could have been a little bit snappier as a result. (But then again, dear readers, that’s just my humble  opinion. Each of us are different in our tastes, after all.

I will admit that the end had me just a little bit teary. This book is innately human to the core, which can teach us a lot about ourselves. to anyone reading this, it’s worth reading. And I give it a rate of 14/15.

Click here to buy How To Stop Time. 

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In defence of Journalists.

 

As an aspiring Journalist, I must admit that ‘Journo stereotypes’ really do anger me; that we are ruthless in pursuit of a story, we hack phones, that we are corrupt, harass celebrities, etc. That we pay for our sources, write for our own agendas, steal information. For this post, I wanted to offer up an opinion piece in defence of Journalism, and anyone practicing this craft.

Now, I do appreciate that there are exceptions-people who regularly break this. I remember the hacking scandal with News Of The World; to be honest, it still disgusts me. And it is not a reflection of all Journalists-this was the exception. (I still stand by the view that there could have been specific legislation passed to curb is practice-make a penalty harsher.)

Journalism-in the reportage sense-is about getting the facts, and publishing them in in the public interest. Because how else can we solve issues, keep public officials to account, and find out about any local events otherwise? This isn’t just from a newspaper-there are websites, magazines, as well as the ever present (and dominant) social media. And it plays this function, because well, it’s a powerful tool of democracy, isn’t it? It gives the knowledge that is power.

But if anyone makes up lies, there is libel laws-so why would they want to?! There’s a stiff penalty attached to it-and could have an effect on whatever publication. So why would anyone wish to have this as an industry-wide vice?

(Well, they wouldn’t..) The intention is to publish in the interest of the public.

What do you think?

Lydia

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This Or That Tag.

So, when looking for more blog posts I could write, if ever I had ‘bloggers block’, I came across this tag on A Beautiful Chaos (Click here to view.) I wanted to write my own version-here goes:

Makeup:
Blush or bronzer? Neither!
Lip gloss or lipstick? Lipstick.
Eye liner or mascara? Liner-
Foundation or concealer? Neither.
Neutral or color eye shadow? Neutral
Pressed or loose eye shadows? Neither.
Brushes or sponges? Brushes.

Nails:
OPI or china glaze? O.P.I.
Long or short? Mine are always short 🙂
Acrylic or natural? Natural.
Brights or darks? A mix of both.
Flower or no flower? Both!

Body:
Perfume or body splash? Perfume.
Lotion or body butter? Neither.
Body wash or soap? Both!
Lush or other bath company? Not at all.

Fashion:
Jeans or sweat pants? Jeans.
Long sleeve or short? Short.
Dresses or skirts? Both-I alternate!
Stripes or plaid? Stripes.
Flip flops or sandals? Neither.
Scarves or hats? Scarves.
Studs or dangly earrings? I use both-and love both.
Necklaces or bracelets? Necklaces.
Heels or flats? Neither!
Cowboy boots or riding boots? Again, neither, as it doesn’t suit me.
Jacket or hoodie? Both!
Forever 21 or charlotte russe? Forever 21.
Abercombie or Hollister? None.
Saks 5th or Nordstrom? Neither.

Hair:
Curly or straight? Curly.
Bun or ponytail? Both.
Bobby pins or butterfly clips? Bobby pins.
Hair spray or gel? Hair spray.
Long or short? Short.
Light or dark? Dark.
Side sweep bangs or full bangs? Nothing.
Up or down? Down.

Random:
Rain or shine? Shine!
Summer or winter? Both.
Fall or spring? Spring.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla.
East coast or west coast? Neither.

I tag anyone who wishes to do this tag-

Lydia

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Mensa Book Review.*

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Disclaimer: at my own request, Chloe Moss, on behalf of Carlton Books, sent these to me to review. What follows constitutes my own opinion.

Three things I admire are common sense, logic, and a good sense of humour in people. But when paired in a book? I love it.

These two books were sent to me; they are riddles and brainteasers-as you can see from the above photos-which are Mensa-esque. I’m not sure if the actual organisation had any say in the development or formation of this book; needless to say, as I rarely understood the puzzles, I have come to the conclusion that I’m simply not clever enough for this organisation.

The product:

I really liked this product, as it had quite a simple layout, which ‘spoke to me’ as a reader.  As a paperback, it is also small enough just to fit into your bag. For any long haul flight-I wish I had had this going to the US-this is perfect, because it would keep you occupied. There’s also solutions in the back, so you’re not banging your head in frustration.

Packaging:

I really liked that this package arrived with a personalised note-as I’ve said before, I’m all for a brand that makes this effort-and that there was not a lot of packaging for these books. (There was a package of four!)

Feedback:

Maybe there could have been far easier puzzles? I understood maybe one out of the two books!

Click here to buy the books.