My planner Wishlist…

I am very excited to be getting a new planner: you’ll be able too see my reasons as for the switch soon, as I’ll be posting about it soon. (Long story short, I needed an upgrade, as everything was becoming too crammed into my personal sized planner.) I love to have everything laid out visually on paper, as I otherwise can become very muddled. But this is my Wishlist of what I would like to decorate the new Planner with!

Washi tape:

Washi tape allows me to decorate the pages of the diary, and because it has very pretty pictures, I can ‘theme’ each week. To decorate is something that I find to be really calming. And when I come back to whatever page, it makes me smile. Paperchase have owl washi tape-click here to view-as well as Blue gingham tape-click here also to view. I usually choose patterns that are typically quite dark, so I wished to go for something brighter this time. Hobbycraft have gold washi tape (click here). Plus Paperchase have mint pink! (Click here also.) As you can see, I was almost stupidly excited.

 

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Look at the Washi tape and stickers!

Stickers:

So, yes, I am upgrading a size, because I have so much to juggle now. It needs stickers, surely? These Paperchase stickers are able to point to to specifically important post; by contrast, I just like these stickers because they are rose gold. And there’s also these stickers, which are just too pretty to not include.

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Even back on this old set up, there’s a lot of stickers!

And to keep track of appointments?

There are these lovely looking sticky notes from Paperchase. (Click here to view.) I tend to add in a lot at the last minute-even to just scribble a note on a post it-which would makes these a great addition. I also love that they can book mark certain pages-just what I need!

Other paper things:

Whilst browsing the net, one tip I read was that, in order to create a new pocket, just simply hole punch an envelope, and put it in your planner. Genius! I came across this lovely looking envelope (click here to view). And in case I run out of writing paper? These yellow refills look lovely.

The planner I have my eye on has tabs for an undated diary (I’m not sure about this format, bare in mind), a meal planner, shopping list, budgeting, and notes. Although some of these I may switch round-maybe with new dividers, such as Blog, Writing, etc-I’m keen to be changing my planner.

Let’s see how this goes,

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Here’s a stereotype that I’m sick of….

Disclaimer: this post is about my experience of Aspergers Syndrome, and is relative to my own experience. But I cannot take responsibility for any action taken as a result of reading this. 

I’m tired. Really I am. And not in the ‘physical sense’. I am SICK and tired of being stereotyped, based on my ASD.

Rainman isn’t the set standard for people on the spectrum, although it seems to have been perceived as such. What’s forgotten is how nuanced the spectrum can be. There’s a set perceived view point, and that’s how we all are, apparently. (I detest being stereotyped so much that I just had to put it into a post.)

I am also not a ‘math’s genius’.

And I am tired of being perceived as lacking in Empathy-there isn’t just one type, one set way of being so-as well as not caring, unemotional, etc. These are all based on assumptions, and although they are hallmarks of the spectrum, I feel it is unfair to characterise us all as being alike to what I just described.

Thank you for listening,

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Why I’m Starting To Dislike Social Media…

Please be warned that this post is a bit of a rant, and I may sound unreasonable at times.

Social media. Oh, social media. I have defended you, loved you, and become a fan in equal measure. But I am REALLY SICK of how you’re being used. More specifically; to spread drama, create rumours, and adding ‘fake news’ to the mix. All you seem to do is spread ill will.

I use Twitter and Instagram, to keep in touch with people I know, as well as to promote my blog, this little space on the internet. And it has bought me a wealth of experiences, all of which I am truly grateful for. It contributes to my readership, brands working with me, blog comments, garnering guest posters, getting a favourite writer to follow me, and it keeps me informed of new releases-be it books, albums, monopoly, etc. All is well.

But it’s just so divisive. And I’m starting to dislike social media.

Since when was it ever okay to film someone on Snapchat, without their consent? Post in the same vein on Facebook? Tweet our MP’s death threats? Spread homophobic abuse? Judge other people’s choices? Troll brands? Troll people? Create ‘fake news’? And-for want of another word-slag  off other bloggers? When was any of this every okay, or deemed acceptable to post?

I’m tired of this. So, so tired.

To use social media to harass, bully, demean is disgusting behaviour. And I’m fed up with seeing Blogger pit themselves against each other. I’m sick of seeing an electorate sprout untruths and wish ill will on their representatives. I feel sick to my stomach at all of this. We have to be better than this.

And this fake news. FAKE NEWS! Where, just WHERE is the gain in spreading complete lies? And Facebook has even rolled out a guide as how to spot it.

Technology could be used to better ourselves-start a blog, keep in contact with people you know and love, keep up to date with current affairs. But express whatever opinion you have so that it’s measured. No one should be made to feel afraid. No one should be made to feel isolated.

 

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“What does it feel like to have Aspergers?”

“What does it feel like to have Aspergers?” 

It’s a question that I’ve been asked previously, and one that I’ve struggled to respond to. To have Aspergers is completely subjective, as it’s a condition that’s on a Spectrum; so what I may write in this post may differ from the experience of other people.

It feels isolating.

The amount of times just trying to talk to someone, but they have laughed at me, or made me feel uncomfortable, because of my lack of eye contact, flat voice, etc is something that I have lost count of. For years I did try to ‘fit in’ to whatever clique was dominating whatever school I was at; here’s a spoiler for you. It doesn’t work. I was the one who wanted to talk about politics, or to discuss Cold War history. That’s not what counts as ‘usual’ for a teenager, is it? 

It can feel lonely.

It seems like being in your own world at times, locked away, unable to communicate at the best of times. I don’t want to just sit, talking about boys, hair or make up. There has got to be more to life than this!

It feels as if I am winning, because of a special interest.

Special interests can be subjective to everyone; mine usually revolved around History and people. But it helped with what I would study, because there were so many links that I could make with what I already knew, meaning that I could get to grips with the subject more easily. And that is a good feeling, because I would otherwise struggle with a lot of subjects.

It feels like an unfair fight.

Because so many people do not understand. And I don’t understand so many things, because of the idea that I should inhabit a neurotypical world, rather than my own. It’s not helpful, and I’ve had to deal with this a lot. 

It feels like something gained, not something lost.

To be diagnosed with Aspergers was an end to a very long game; it was just so obvious to me that I was different from my classmates, therefore logically I thought of myself as being ‘on spectrum’. But knowledge gained is something good; I haven’t lost anything, and there’s nothing to loose. 

It feels as if I am NOT broken.

Because anyone with Aspergers or Autism does not need to be repaired. They are not broken, or at fault. Be supportive in this sense; to be autistic or on spectrum is NOT a travesty, or something to be mocked.

It can feel scary. 

Could we look at being on the spectrum as being something positive, just for once? Yes, it can be scary, because of places with a lot of people, unfiltered noise, etc. But there’s something powerful in it; we can specialise in a given topic, remember a lot of things, and create what we wish. This is something that is a strength, and maybe not something that somebody neurotypical has. Use it to your advantage. Hans Asperger described people on spectrum as being ‘Little professors’. And there should be no shame in that. 

Thank you for listening,

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Why I love rock…a fan girls opinion. 

As part of my blog content, you can probably see that I’m starting to cover music. Music is a part of my lifestyle-so that I listen to it everywhere I go, collect Vinyl, interview musicians, etc. But I’m often asked “why do you like Rock?” (because, well, I have Aspergers, and noise doesn’t compute well, traditionally.)

Rock has been one of my favourite genres for a long time now-probably since I bought my first proper CD, Queen’s A Night At The Opera. In this sense, I like the songs, as they are seemingly timeless; I was born eight years after Freddie mercury died, and three after Phil Collins left Genesis. (Go on, guess how old I am, I dare you 🙂 ) And there’s so many enigmatic songs-just who is ‘so vain’? But anyway, my point is that these songs have an enduring appeal-why else would we still be singing them?

These songs and the genre are also a comfort to me. When I go out, or am walking in a city that I don’t know particularly well, I will have my headphones in. It’s a sensory thing-related to my Aspergers-because I dislike so much noise. (Try being at Victoria station-there’s a lot of people, trains, announcements, etc. And it puts my head in a whirl.)

Rock is also something that I enjoy-just the sheer beat of the songs, or how it was engineered over time. These song may be cliched in parts, but they rely more on melody to tell the story of the lyrics. They also have a proper structure. And it was a pioneering era of music-just look at Bohemian Rhapsody!

And, I like this genre, because it’s what I aspire to specialise in; I would love to be a music Journalist. I’ve interned at NME, interviewed Marc Martel, reviewed Lissie, QUEX, and Emeli Sande in concert, met Brian May, and listened to a few albums and reviewed them for their releases. Music is an interest to me. And these are some of the most interesting people I have ever met, observed, questioned and listened to. What more could I do?

 

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A 4 App Album Review.

Good morning-

It has been a while since we had a proper album review, isn’t it?

Well, my dear readers, I wanted to tell you about A 4 App, the first Anastacia app-which was the first thing that I ever downloaded from the Apple Store. Track listing for this is as follows:

  • Resurrection.
  • Overdue Goodbye.
  • Rearview.
  • In Your Eyes.
  • Dark White Girl.
  • The Saddest Part.
  • Who’s Gonna Stop The Rain
  • Pendulum
  • Time
  • Underground Army

For the sake of this review, I would just like to say that, owing to preview on her Facebook page, I was a little bit pessimistic about this album. Parts of the previews seemed a little bit flat at times, and not at all alike to what I remember of her in concert. But I eat my words, because this album is utterly fabulous-and something to be otherwise described as ‘Ear candy’.

Although at times I felt that there could be less talking-on the opener, there’s almost a minute of it, prior to the song-this could have been remedied by a recorded, succinct explanation of the whole A 4 App project. (Because it linked up via her app, etc.) But it captures the in-concert vibe well, in that there is the audience. And they seem to be enjoying a pretty good concert-clapping, stamping their feet, and calling for their hero. That is what a concert is about-the people who turn up, intent on enjoying some pretty good songs.

My favourite tracks are Resurrection (because this makes me feel powerful, and that I can stand tall), Overdue Goodbye (probably the politest ‘F you’ song), Rearview, The Saddest Part, and Underground Army (because this latterly reminds me that we are not alone in this world.) This is a great album-and I had forgotten just how brilliant of a singer Anastacia is, if I’m honest. Her voice is huge, and pretty all at one-just listen to the ‘meeeeee’ note on Who’s Gonna Stop The Rain. If you are a fan, this is a staple to add to your collection.

I rate this 10/15.

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For more Anastacia related content, try clicking these links: Resurrection Show Review , Ultimate Collection Release , Meeting Anatstacia  , Anastacia Interview, and A 4 App Release. Click here to follow Anastacia on Pledge Music, and to find out about future projects.

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What’s In My Blogging Bag?

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Bloggers, I have a general question for you: how much does your idealised bag for blogging differ from reality? Yeah, bit of an odd question that. But for this post I wanted to create what would be my ‘dream’ blogging bag-one that has virtually everything needed, and is small enough to be carted around everywhere. And as you can see, I did cram it quite a lot.

The bag is from eBay-however, I highly doubt that its listing is still up for sale, having had the satchel for a while now. (You can tell by the handle-very tatty, as it is not real leather.) But if you’d like to shop for a very classy satchel, I suggest that you click here to do so.

Anyway….as a point of reference, I had had to cut down on how many photos I upload now, due to almost having reached sixty percent of my total storage on my browser. (Then I would have to pay for more, which I would rather not do.) Also, this post does contain some PR samples… But lets see what’s in the content of this bag.

  • The Bell Jar. I need a book with me at all times! Why? First, because this is something that keeps me occupied on long train journey’s. And besides, I can’t not read them-reading is what I enjoy. (The pages of The Bell Jar are just peeking from inside the pocket.)
  • Filofax. well….if you read this blog regularly, you can see that my Filofax is a regular feature almost. It virtually has everything in it-my blog slots, deadlines, ideas, medication, further progression, etc. And I would be pretty lost without a planner.
  • Purse. Aww, Cats! Got to love a cat! (Can you see why my nickname is ‘Crazy Cat Lady’?) This is where I keep my spare change. It was a purse I bought in Cyprus.
  • Charging block. This was a birthday present, and has been very useful at the best of times, simply so that my phone always has some charge. (How else would I call for help if needed?) I think that this was from Carphone Warehouse, although I may be wrong about that.
  • Phone. I adore my new phone! Having an iPhone 6s for my birthday was a real treat-now I don’t have to wait for web pages to load, or terrible service to reconnect, and I can hear people when I phone them. Sweet!
  • Headphones. Because music is so so good! I finally have used iTunes, and I LOVE to discover new songs, and take them with me wherever I go. (You’ll be seeing more of this on the blog, I promise.)
  • Pen. Because BIC makes my handwriting neat, and I am always in need of a spare pen.
  • Fruu lip balm. This was a PR sample that I received with Little Known Box. (Click here to see my unboxing.) And I LOVE the Mango scent of it-plus, it moisturises my lips well. We all have a stock of lip balms, don’t we, ladies? (Click here to see.)
  • Rings and bracelet. I am terrible, really I am. At the end of the day, I usually take off my jewellery, and put it all in my bag, leaving it to be forgotten about. But Jewellery Box were kind enough to send me a few samples, and I highly recommend them. Click here to see their website!
  • Keys. Ditto.
  • Benecos lipstick (not seen) I’m working with Benecos on a few beauty posts, which I can’t wait for you to see. But their lipsticks are awesome! Creamy in texture, as well as with smooth coverage, what’s not to love? (Click here to go to their website.) I’ll be taking this lipstick with me to special events.
  • Highlighters (also not seen) To colour code my Filofax!

What would you keep in your blogging bag?

 

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My Filofax Deconstructed.

I finally made the choice to upgrade my Filofax-and after so much time! For today’s post, I wanted to post one final set-up; after all, as I post daily, Imneed as much content as I can get!

I’ve been using my personal size organiser-the breast cancer charity diary released a few years ago-with a single loop. Whilst it fits into my bag nicely, there isn’t a lot of room for all I wish to do. (The pen is from W.H.Smith, a lovely biro!)


These are the dividers…

  • Diary. Here are all of my appointments, any birthdays, events, blog posts, deadlines, social outings, new releases, etc. And I love to colour code! That way, I can see what needs to be written/proposed/scheduled months in advance, and above all, it can be a very soothing mechanism. (Me as an aspie!)
  • Notes. Literally as it sounds! It’s a random collection of assorted notes-songs I wish to buy, iPHONE related, etc.
  • Projects. Otherwise my ‘blogger’ compartment. Here lies everything to do with my blog-retweet accounts, ideas, brands, etc. And it’s really useful, otherwise I’d be in a complete mess.
  • Information. As a student, I will be finishing my A levels later this summer. This tab contains all of my further progression information-such as NTCJ, University, etc. I’ll be needing it from September!
  • Financial. Ditto.
  • Addresses. Does what it says on the tab.


Overall, this space has kept my life organised, and is almost as if my mind is on paper. I would have been lost without it, but I can’t wait to switch to a different planner.

How do you keep organised?

 

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Sweet Cheesus Cheesecake Review.

Disclaimer: this post contains a PR sample that was sent to me. I asked Matt at Sweet Cheesus to send me a sample, and he agreed. What follows constitutes my honest opinion.

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Cheesecake!

Good morning! How has your day been so far?

As you could have probably guessed by the title, today’s post is a review of Cheesecakes from Sweet Cheesus-and, needless to say, I was really excited to receive a parcel of cheesecake! (Because who wouldn’t be?) And it was in the post! (The post nearly always has me excited.) Here goes….

Branding:

I was really impressed with the branding. As you can see in the above image, they look good enough to eat! The colours co-ordinate, and overall, they have a very soothing aesthetic. They also have the logo, the ‘note’ they are handmade, although I am not really sure as to what the cow is supposed to denote. (Handmade, not gluten free, something or other?) And they are in their own glass box-so sophisticated!

Transportation:

This is a brand that seemingly has stockists in London, although I may be wrong about that. Anyway, I don’t live in London, so I was surprised that they arrived in one piece-the ice had not melted-and they kept their form.

Taste:

Oh cheesecake…You can’t go wrong, can you? Although I did detect a slight odour on opening, I enjoyed these greatly. The cheese could be a little firmer in its form, and I would have loved for an increased the biscuit layer, but all in all, I enjoyed these. And I am very grateful for having been given the chance to review them.

What do you think-would you try these cheesecakes?

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My Perfect Boy: Part One. Guest Post By Lisa Kallas.

This is anbrave, personal guest post, written by Lisa Kallas at Sugar Loaf Dreamer. (Click here to view her blog.)

February 7, 1993: a date I cannot nor would want to forget. You see, this was the day my second child was born. A handsome blue eyed boy. I now had a perfect pair as he had a sister 22 months older. He looked so much like her it was uncanny. She had been a perfect baby and toddler and now she had a little brother to follow in her footsteps.

When I say perfect she really was as close as you could get. She slept through the night from 5 weeks old, only ever cried when she was hungry or sick and at the point her little brother was born she had never thrown a tantrum, not even a teenie, tiny one. But this was a boy, he would probably be a little different.

When he was taking a little longer to sleep through the night I put it down to he’s just a boy!! Looking back if I had a dollar for every time I uttered those words I would be living on an island somewhere by now!! He was also really fussy, fussy feeding, fussy playing, just damn fussy. Oh well, he’s just a boy, they’re different ….right?

He started to hit his milestones and even though I had read that boys are usually slower than girls he was right on par with his super quick, super smart sister. But something was just …..off. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was something. By this point he was just over 12 months old…..still not sleeping through the night. His behaviour was becoming a problem. For someone so small he was extremely strong both physically and strong willed. He was tearing apart the house and climbing….even on higher things that his older sister wouldn’t think of. He was physically hurting his big sister. He would get this look in his eyes that even though I loved and adored him…..it scared me too. He would stiffen and his eyes would glaze over; looking back now it was very frightening. Something had to give and my mum who up until then had remained quiet spoke up and agreed there was something not right. She had also noticed that he would rock back and forth at times. At first, being a musical family I just thought he was musical……then I realised that he was doing it whether there was music or not.

So I made an appointment and took him to our family Doctor, at this point he had not long turned 2, but he was causing absolute chaos in the family. My Doctor listened to me, watched him tear his office apart and told me there was nothing wrong with him and I just needed to be a little stricter with him.

So I took him home but certainly not feeling any more comfort than before. My mum suggested I take him to her Doctor as he has 4 sons, surely he would know if there was something wrong?  I agreed as I, by this point, was at my wits end. Long story short…..after being observed for 20 minutes I was told this was NOT normal and given a referral for a paediatrician. OK….now what?

So after a 2 month wait we finally had our date with the paediatrician. In the meantime I had been writing copious notes on sleep patterns, behaviours etc. The kindly, older Chinese origin paediatrician read through my notes quietly, at all times also observing my boy without it being obvious. He then re read through the Doctors referral. He then very quietly approached my son and engaged him in a couple of questions before leading him to the bed for some testing. Based on everything he knew from watching, reading and listening he was 90% sure my son had Hyperkenetisis…or in modern terms ADHD. Finally an answer, not one I wanted but at least it meant my boy wasn’t just the naughtiest kid in town. At that point I didn’t really know anything much about it and I certainly didn’t know anything about the Autistic Spectrum..Anyway, we were referred to one of our largest children’s hospitals for an assessment with a Child Behaviour Specialists ,which was a leader in the the field of ADHD. He confirmed the original diagnosis and at that point, being a mum that would do absolutely anything to help her son and her family, I agreed to trial him on some medication.

Medicating your child is a very personal decision and I butted heads with and lost a few friends over my choice but the positive results in him were outstanding. I had my son back, that was my main job as his mum. His improvement over all areas was outstanding….except sleep, we were now 3.5 and had never slept through the night..do you think I was tired? Just a tad!

We started kindy and for the most part fitted it, but something was still not right.

You need to remember I didn’t own a computer, let alone know what Google was, so all and any information I could gather came from pamphlets the Doctors would give me and books.

We went on a family holiday to America, my parents, my children and myself. I would go into every book store I saw and would come out with a new book. I remember my dad saying to me why do you keep buying another book? My hope was that there may be just a snippet of information in one that was different to the others that I could learn from.the medication on its own was not enough, there was more and I needed to fix it…..I was his mum and his advocate that was my job. My dad joked to one of his specialists that I had more books on the subject than he did, he said maybe I could lend them some. You see I would take both or one of my parents to every Doctors appointment with us as I was always given so much information, I couldn’t always remember it myself. So between us it was like putting the pieces of a jigsaw together every time we went home.

Through all of this and his increasing doses of medication something just wasn’t right. He would metabolise his meds very fast so we would have to split them as doses every couple of hours to sustain him instead of just morning and afternoon.

He was becoming angry and violent , still not sleeping, extremely fussy with his eating…..when he started primary school he was restless, and sad as it is for me to say still after all these years he was bullied terribly due to the fact he was different. Not just because he was different though, because the parents of the other kids were so damn ignorant! I’m not sure how ADHD is, or was portrayed in the media in other countries, but here in Australia these kids were almost shown to be the devil incarnate. They would only show the worst of the worst in behaviour and this in turn frightened people, in believing that they were demented and dangerous. Unfortunately like most behaviour disorders ADHD has a spectrum that runs from the mildly dreamy ADD child ( without hyperactivity) to ,yes, the very destructive, angry and malicious ADHD child. However this usually is because other co morbid conditions run with the worst of the worst.

Children learn what their parents teach them and all I am going to say is there were some horrible, uneducated parents out there at the time. The bullying continued for my son right through school from the age of 6 through to 16….10 years of hell. No wonder he came to me and begged to leave when he did…….of course I said yes, it was still my job to be his advocate and protector and at the the age he is now, which is 24…..I still am.

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25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag.

As any Blogger will know, we can get ‘Bloggers Block’-which is essentially the same as Blogger’s Block, but we just do not know what to post. Therefore, I googled possible tags I could post-and found ’25 Get To Know Me Questions’. (You can see the post here.)  I wish to tag anyone who wishes to also write this tag-I’m not tagging any specific blogger, as I think they are tired of it, with the amount of tag posts I write.

1. What is your middle name? 

Keren. And surprisingly, very few people can spell it correctly the first time they hear it! 

2. What was favorite subject at school?  This varied a lot over the years, due to subject changes, or if I was really struggling with a particular unit. I really liked English-and as a wannabe Journalist and Blogger, why wouldn’t I?-but I also loved Media, as we had to make a magazine cover and spread. But now I really love politics.

3. What is your favorite drink? This depends on what mood I’m in, or if I’m sick. I love a hot strawberry Ribena when I’m sick (works wonders, trust me!), or Elderflower. But I also really enjoy a Strawberry Frappe from Starbucks. (I drink neither tea or coffee.)

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Good question. This would probably have to be ‘Flash’ from the Queen Rock Montreal album. 

5. What is your favorite food? Macaroni cheese! Lasagne! Spag Bol! Icecream! Curry! (Trust me, what I really love tends not to be very healthy.) 

6. What is the last thing you bought? I think a box of Strawberry liquorice from Tiger, although I may be wrong about that. (Although I am intending to buy a new planner, which sort of counts towards the question-I’ve already bought it in my head.)

7. Favorite book of all time? I can’t single out just one book! For the amount I read it would be a struggle to just pick one. But I love The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Bell Jar, Searching For Grace Kelly, How To Stop Time, The Storyteller, The Summer Of Impossible Things….

8. Favorite Colour? Pink!

9. Do you have any pets? A cat and a dog.

10. Favorite Perfume? Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. 

11. Favorite Holiday? Probably either when I visited Boston, and got to go inside the John F Kennedy library, or when I went to Amsterdam, and went to visit the Anne Frank House. These have both been goals of mine for a long time.

12. Are you married? Nope. 

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? I’m not sure as to how many times, but I have been out of it-and you can tell that from two questions above this.

14. Do you speak any other language? I really wish I could, but I can’t. I studied Spanish for my GCSE, but I have trouble learning any language, as it becomes very muddled in my brain. 

15. How many siblings do you have? I am one of five. 

16. What is your favorite shop? Again, this is a question that depends on my mood at the time. I love Paperchase for all of its pretty notebooks, Washi Tape, and anything planner related. But I also love Smiths for its collection of magazines. 

17. Favorite restaurant? Ed’s Diner. I love that it has jukeboxes at each table, complete with fifties rock songs. Jailhouse Rock anyone?

18. When was the last time you cried? Ditto.

19. Favorite Blog? I love a lot of blogs, but I can’t write them all here. I love Gala Darling, A Beautiful Chaos, Philofaxy, Country Katie UK, Dorkface…I also sometimes look back at blogs that are no longer active-so, Gem Fatale, Oberjean.

20. Favorite film? There are a lot, I can’t just pick one! So, Funny Face, Bridge Of Spies, State Of play, Jackie, and many more. 

21. Favorite TV shows? I think I’ve started to prefer Netflix, as there’s a lot less reality TV, and more choice. But I do like Line Of Duty, Saturday Night Takeaway, and The missing. I also LOVED Raised By Wolves. (Why, just why, was it cancelled??)

22. PC or Mac? I now have a MacBook Air…

23. What phone do you have? An iPhone 6s in Rose gold.

24. How tall are you? Less that six feet, but more than four…the long and the short of it-no pun intended-is that I don’t know. 

25. Can you cook? Nope!

Lydia

XO

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What’s in my bag? Guest post by Chloe-Rose. 

(This is a guest post, written by Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Her blog is great-and you should read it, by clicking here.)

I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon with these ‘What’s in my bag’ posts. I am a huge lover of these posts. I just love finding out what bags and purses people use especially if they are co-ordinated! I think you can tell a lot about a person by what they carry around with them.

Lets jump straight in .

 

The Bag

I use this black faux leather buckle backpack from Primark. I used to be a hoarder of bags, I had them sitting in the back of my wardrobe gathering dust, so recently I had a huge clear out and decided to buy one staple bag. I love backpacks more than handbags because they are so versatile! This was £9!

Purse

A necessity for every bag. This is my little cupcake purse that I have had for god knows how many years. It was given to me by my mum after she bought it and didn’t like it. I recently found a new purse on Depop! In my purse I have money and my cards and endless amount of loyalty cards.


Make up bag

I got this Rimmel make up bag free after buying an eyebrow product In a promotion a few months ago at Boots. In here I mainly keep pads just because periods can be super inconvenient. I would rather keep them altogether than have them floating around my bag. If I am wearing lipstick that day it will also be in there.

Lip Balm/Lipstick
I always keep a lip balm in my bag and this one is my favourite at the moment. Crazy Rumors Gingerbread lip balm. It’s so moisturizing and I can’t recommend it enough! I will always have the lipstick I am wearing on the day in my bag. I have been loving this matte lip liquid by The Body Shop in the shade ‘Windsor Rose 032’

iPod and headphones

I can’t go anywhere without being able to listen to music. It is a must have for my bag.


Phone

I currently have a Nokia Lumia and it is the worst phone ever. I can’t wait to upgrade to an iPhone. I always have to take my phone with me in case my sister or my mum want to grab me while I’m out.


Notebook and pen

I always carry a notebook and pen with me in case I have a rush of inspiration. So many times I have been granted with a great idea in my head and I can’t write it down and then I forget. This way I can write down whatever idea comes to my head.


Camera

I usually take my camera out with me, so many times I have seen something and thought, “That would look amazing on my blog” but then I don’t have a good quality camera to take a picture of it. I have a bridge camera and it’s quite small so it easily fits in my bag.

This is everything I have in my bag! I hope you have enjoyed this post!
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Photo Diary: Where Have I Been?

I haven’t posted a photo diary for a little while…therefore, for today, I thought “why not?” This shows what I have been up to recently, with a little look at behind the scenes of this blog at points.


I went to see Emeli Sande! This was onlr as tickets to write about it for this blog and in my column…


Can I now not claim to not be a legitimate Journalist!? I’ve been all the way to Fleet Street!*

*But then again, this was in Brighton..


This proof copy also came in the post for me to to review, courtesy of Canongate. Needless to say, I am very excited to be reading this book!


This was part of a larger sample that was posted to me recently to review…(coming soon!) I could smell it through the packaging, which smelt divine! You’ll be able to read all about it soon..


Adding colour to my life!

What have you been doing?

Lydia

XO

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My top five essentials for my handbag. 

Handbags are very funny things: considered widely now to be a staple of a women’s wardrobe, they contain all sorts of things. They even are used as a handy tool. (Take a look at Mrs Thatcher!) Instead of showing you what’s in my bag, I thought I’d share with you what my top five things are for my bag.

  1. Tangle tamer. Does anyone else have really bushy hair? Mine is horrible, and does exactly as it pleases-whether it’s sunny and I’m walking, or it’s rainy and I’m running for a train. I’m keeping this with me now, in order just to look a little bit more professional.
  2. Highlighters. I colour code everything! Meaning I know what something is at a glance…
  3. Eyeliner. This is Topshop’s magic liner, and I love it. For it is easy to use, good durability, comes off easily, and doesn’t stab me in the eye. (As somebody with glasses, eye make up is a real hassle.) It adds an extra feature to my day, and allows me to feel better about my poor eyesight and glasses.
  4. Book. Mind over matter, right!?
  5. Magazine. News is everywhere I go, meaning that I have a slight addiction-I have to know what’s happening in US politics, UK politics, the NHS, books, films, fashion trends, photography, etc. And I get this from regularly reading glossy magazines, newspapers, and news websites.

What are your top five essentials?

Lydia

XO

Why I Like To Write; An Answer To A FAQ! 

*By FAQ, I mean frequently asked question.

Hello.-

For this post,I thought I would answer a frequently asked question: why do you write? 

For me it’s almost funny: now as a Columnist, Blogger, Interviewer,and  Freelancer, I, still asked: why do you like to write? It’s a question that has taken a long time to answer-alongside the variants of it.

Usually this is phatic talk, and we chat on about what I hope to write in future.

I wasn’t always a writer. And that’s why this is a seemingly funny question to me-becacuse I write like I talk, generally speaking. My features and blog posts are littered with features of spoken language. Writing is just having a conversation in print, essentially, to me. I don’t write to inform like a reporter; I do it instead to share my opinion, as well as to entertain. Not for the ego gratification.

Writers are important, because these are the people that live on, in terms of legacy; for instance, English students are still talking about The Great Gatsby. Book Bloggers review new releases all the time. They essentially write the history books, influencing us beyond what can sometimes be comprehended.

But at the end of the day; writing allows me to get rid of the cares of that day, dissolving my negative thoughts, and carry out a need to do so. If you lot weren’t here, reading this, I’d still be writing. I’d still be writing because I feel the need to-be it blog posts, columns, letters, missives, articles, books, poetry, etc.

At the core are words, the very thing that fascinate me; after all, I was never very good with numbers. But they are subjective in that they can mean different things to different people; love can differ in context, language, the pragmatics of the situation, etc. This is an endless puzzle, one that I want to solve.

Lydia

XO