Showcase: cosy blankets & throws

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It's been a while since my last showcase post, huh.

So, the cooler months are on their way and chunky blankets will soon become favourable again. I've included ten beautifully cuddly blankets/throws from the web to showcase today, and I wish every single one of them were on my bed right now. Doubt I'd ever get out of bed again, but it's worth the risk.

Sandy toes & baby seals in Skegness

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hope you all had a fun bank holiday. We headed to Skegness for the day which I was very excited for. Beaches are my favourite thing, and I love kicking my shoes off and delving my feet into the sand, so that's exactly what I did.

Took my Birkenstocks out for the very first time (even though I've had them for over a year 🙄) and had a little paddle in the freeeeezing sea.

We enjoyed ice cream and fish and chips (obviously, it isn't a successful trip to the seaside without fish and chips - if you're in Skegness, get them at The Clock Restaurant) then dawdled around the town centre. Seaside towns have the best shops - big, open-front shops that play loud, tacky music and sell near enough everything on the planet all in one place. I saw hundreds upon hundreds of poop emoji cushions. 💩

Towards the end of the day, we visited Natureland Seal Sanctuary...

Cute baby harbour seals! And...

Journals & tweets

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I've recently started a journal/scrapbook - so far it just has snippets of interiors in it (because they're the only magazines I have lying around that I don't mind attacking with scissors) but I'm hoping to have all sorts in it eventually because my ultimate goal is to have a pile of journals that look like this (!!!), so yeah, I still have a looong way to go.

I'm thinking about doing some painting in this journal too; I think some bright colour washes or some floral watercolours would look pretty, perhaps with some photos over the top. I'll make sure to post any updates to my journal either on here or on Twitter (link in side bar).

In other news...

Gina Rodriguez liked my tweet.

Still can't comprehend that.

P.S. I tagged the wrong Jaime Camil Twitter account in that Tweet (here's the right one) so that's kinda frustrating that I can't go back and edit it. 😖

Listen: The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This is a mind-blowingly beautiful cover of The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, a song I deeply love. Please do your ears a favour and listen to Disturbed's cover below. You will not regret it, trust me. Thanks Radio 2 for introducing me to this heavenly music.

Note: You might want to listen to this with headphones on to get the full effect.

Steam trains & sea views in Norfolk

Holt station | Steam train carriage interior (looks like the Hogwarts Express!!)


Norfolk was wonderful as always. I had a great time hanging out with my dad for a couple of days and getting to see some gorgeous North Norfolk sights.

On Wednesday morning we walked to Cromer and sat by the coast to watch the Red Arrows perform. It was incredible, probably the highlight of my trip. I managed to take some semi-decent shots of the planes with my phone.

Afterwards we caught a taxi to Sheringham and took the NNR to Holt - last time I visited, my dad really wanted to take me on the steam train but it wasn't running in January (typical) so I was really looking forward to it this time. We landed in Holt and caught an old London Routemaster bus to the town centre. We spent some time wandering around all the cute boutique shops then caught the bus back to the station. In the evening we had dinner at the Red Lion and then set off home.

On Thursday we headed into Norwich to do some shopping. I bought some Sketchers (my feet were so, so grateful) and two more Pop! figures from my favourite shop in Norwich - the Television and Movie Store, opposite The Forum. We had a quick lunch in Nero's then got the train back to Cromer in time to watch the NNBR host a fun run along the coast as part of the Cromer Carnival. I got some awesome shots of the sea and Cromer pier while I was there.

I'm going on a mini staycation

Saturday, August 13, 2016


I'm off to Norfolk again soon. My dad lives there now and I've only been once before (I visited shortly before starting this blog actually, you'll find a couple of Norfolk snaps in my introduction post including the one I've used above) so I'm visiting again, catching the train on Tuesday afternoon and staying until Friday evening. If my blog posts are a little few and far between from now until next weekend it's because I'm busy at work and then I'm setting off for Norfolk on Tuesday more or less straight after my shift. Obviously when I'm back everything will be back to normal, I just thought I'd make a post explaining what's going on.

Good news is I'll probably Tweet a lot while I'm away (apologies in advance for any bored train Tweets), so if you want you can follow me over on Twitter.

In other news, I had year-old roll of film developed. I'd actually forgotten what was on this roll of film until I put the disc in my laptop... turns out a few of them were from a trip to Cusworth Hall not long before I went to uni, and there was one of Big Ben from this exact time last year when I visited friends in London. Shows you how often I use my 35mm camera. 

I've included three of my new photos above - love the one from inside York Minster, if I may say so myself. 😏📸

Bakewell in the summertime

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


My ma and I took a trip out to Bakewell today. I've blogged about Bakewell before and I've been itching to go again for months. It's one of my favourite places to visit.

We did a bit of shopping and had brunch at Byways - I had some buttery crumpets and then sought out ice cream for dessert. I love Thorntons chocolate so I had a big scoop of Chocolate Heaven. I was a bit gutted that I didn't notice sooner that they had a limited edition Banana flavour. Banana ice cream?! That's my DREAM. They even stick chocolate Smiles in the top of the scoop which I thought was cute.

I ended up buying a Fat Face top and some bath bombs from the Harika stall at the craft & gift fair (had a baby powder one in my bath earlier, smells heavenly), as well as some random bits and bobs from the Ravenside retail park on our way home through Chesterfield. Had to pop into Hobbycraft, didn't I?

It was a lovely day, apart from the weather having no clue what it was doing - it kept raining then the sun would come out for a minute and it was blowing a gale and I'm just... fed up with it to be honest. But despite that I had a nice day out in the Peaks with my fave, and I got to use my film camera for the first time in over a year(?!) - snapped some colourful flowers in the park (not sure what the park's called, it's the one on Buxton Road/Bath Street) and some of Bakewell's charming architecture.

I think next time my mum and I have the same day off and the weather isn't being annoying and temperamental, we're going to visit Haddon Hall since neither of us have been before and it's been on my 'to visit' list for years. Plus it's about five minutes out of Bakewell, so there's that.

Enjoy your week!

My favourite songs to sing along to when I feel blue

Sunday, August 07, 2016

When I'm in a 'meh' mood (the kind of mood that hits you on a Sunday evening when you know you've got work in the morning, you know 🙄), I blast some of my favourite songs out loud and sing along because singing like an idiot always makes me feel better. Something about passionately singing (or miming) a power ballad is just beautiful and joyous in every way, it never fails to put me in a good mood. Give it a go if you haven't already. 🎵

Here are 6 of my favourite sing-along songs (in no particular order):

Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel

I was first introduced to this song in college when we were looking at analysing different kinds of music videos and my tutor brought this one up as an example - the video to Sledgehammer is absolutely bonkers but it is very memorable. I've been obsessed with this song ever since then.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Who doesn't know Bohemian Rhapsody off by heart? I'd be shocked to hear of one person who hasn't belted this out at least once in their life.

Girls - The 1975 (explicit)

One of my fave songs, it's got a smashing video and the song itself is catchy as hell.

The Downeaster "Alexa" - Billy Joel

You can thank The Hangover II for introducing me to this belter of a song. This would be my go-to karaoke song if the idea of karaoke didn't mortify me. This would also probably be the song I'd do on Lip Sync Battle if they did one for non famous folk.

Kickapoo - Tenacious D (explicit)

A classic in my eyes, The Pick of Destiny was one of my fave movies as a teen. My best friend and I would watch it relentlessly, resulting in us knowing all the songs word for word.

Escape - Rupert Holmes

Again, if you don't know this song off by heart already, then what have you been doing with your life? Seriously though, what? More important things that memorising the words to Escape? I don't think so.

So, I read The Cursed Child

Saturday, August 06, 2016

I read all of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Thursday! 🎉

I kinda loved it and it I'm really surprised I managed to get through the entire thing in a day (bought it in the afternoon, finished it at 8pm, had breaks in between since y'know, gotta eat, pee, and socialise). I'd heard mixed reviews about it, but I thought it was really fun. I'd obviously love to see it performed, but since tickets for the play are like gold dust and London is really far (and expensive as heck to get to), it's not looking likely.

I've always loved reading screenplays and play scripts - I still have copies of film scripts I bought off eBay years ago - so I really enjoyed reading the Cursed Child. It was lovely returning to these old characters, I felt like a kid again. It's got everything you want from a Harry Potter story, and I loved every bit of it. I mean, the first page gave me goosebumps, so I instantly knew it was going to be a fun ride.

Worth the read if you haven't picked up the book already, and if you're lucky enough to grab a ticket I'm sure the play is worth seeing too.

Have you guys read the book yet? What are your thoughts?

Repurposing old things & exciting first issues

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

A tiny bit skew-whiff, but it adds to the charm, right? 🌟


I've had a busy day today decluttering the spare room with my mum. The room gets a huge clear out every two to three months because it attracts rubbish and junk like a giant magnet. My old shelves are now in there as are many of our books that we don't have space for anywhere else, and the floor is now visible again.

My mum has hung up some of her new framed art from IKEA in her bedroom. She used to have four little frames with vintage leafy artworks but she took them down and I snagged the frames to use for a little DIY project. I found last year's Rifle Paper Co. calendar in a box in the spare room and we thought cutting out and framing some of the pictures in it could look really nice, so that's what we did. I picked Marie Antoinette, Lili'uokalani, Elizabeth II, and Nefertiti as the four monarchs to hang above my bed. I'm so pleased we managed to save the frames and repurpose a year-old calendar.

I also picked up a new magazine today, and it really is new. This is issue 1 of Breathe Magazine, a lovely mag that focuses on wellbeing, mindfulness, creativity, escapism, relaxing, and exploring. It's absolutely perfect, it's definitely going to be a regular purchase alongside my all-time favourite, The Simple Things. Check out the website and consider picking up their very first issue. I adore the cover by illustrator Bethan Janine, it is incredibly eye-catching and perfectly pretty.

Hope you all have a fun week!
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