New Years Wishes

Since I’ve gotten out of my twenties I don’t much like the idea of new years resolutions as a) I’m just such a rebel and b) Why start the year by putting pressure on your self and possibly setting yourself up for a self-induced guilt trip a few months later? I’m not religious but I know the universe throws some welcome surprises and wonderful coincidences at us. Wether that is the work of serendipity, a trick of fate or the work of an optimistic faerie, I’m wishing on it.

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During 2015 I wish…

My friends, family and myself stay in good health apart from the odd sniffle, which is probably to be expected, realistically.

My friends, family and myself are happy with our lot and try to make other people feel appreciated.

That I will win the lottery – well it’s worth a try and if it was a large amount I’ll be giving quite a bit to a small local charities anyway.

That I get to see my favourite actors in some awesome scifi, fantasy and superhero films, oh and some epic historical drama’s featuring swords of course.

My blogging goes well and I meet more lovely bloggers and continue to collaborate with many more ethical and interesting brands.

That people have more awareness about the dangers to our environment and endangered species and act on this knowledge, even if it’s in a small way everyday.

That at least once a month, I’ll remember to show compassion to a stranger wether that’s a mum struggling with a buggy or a homeless person needing some gloves.

Bob’s Burgers will run for many more series.

Someone will invent a larger that tastes like Sailor Jerry’s but it doesn’t make me ridiculously emotional  like too many shots of dark rum does.

That by some miracle my living situation allows me to have a little bunny or kitty, puppy or er, lizard.

That you all have a fantastic 2015 full of everything you’e been wishing for!

 

Woven Thread Chain Necklaces by Scarlet Olive

Over the years a persons style changes but our moods change on a daily basis, which is why when we invest in a piece of jewellery it needs to be timeless but also incredibly versatile. If like me you are of the opinion that jewellery should make a bold statement otherwise it’s not worth wearing, then you will adore Scarlet Olive’s beautiful costume jewellery.

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If you read this blog regularly you will know that my style contains elements of rock, urban and bohemia, sometimes all at once! This is why I was delighted to receive these two necklaces from Scarlet Olive, which arrived beautifully packaged.

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I love that these necklaces can be worn formally or casually so I styled them with a daytime dress, a tee, a going out top and a spaghetti strap black dress.

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The necklaces are of excellent quality with strong links and fastener which can vary in length and isn’t at all fiddly and the parts didn’t catch in my hair at all and the intricate weaving is beautifully done.

Chrissie xx

December Monthly Round Up

My family and friends have opted out of appearing on my blog, so that they won’t be affected by the subsequent fame that would of course ensue, so there are no pictures of christmas gatherings to entertain you with. I’m sure you are just, oh, so saddened to here this :0)

This month I’ve been…

Watching…

Scrubs and falling for Dr Cox all over again.

Myself and The Bloke watched a wonderful film called The Machine about a man who’s daughter is physically ill. He intends on building an artificially intelligent android and uploading his daughter into her. The AI develops advanced emotions and a subconscious. The mans government boss has other ideas and wants to use her as a weapon along with the war veterans he’s modified. Luckily the modified Vets also have other ideas. This film is really quite beautiful with subtle heartfelt dialogue and room for the characters to develop. There are the obvious parallels to be made with Blade Runner in it’s themes, characters and score but this is a much smaller independent film and I thought it was better for it.

Wearing…

My Fraggle Rock tee that I treated myself to for xmas. I also bought a white faded Count Duckula tee (I’m all for being retro) only to find it’s not faded or retro looking at all which makes it look rather childish. I’m going to die it light grey like the other one and hope it subdues the colourful print – eek! I’ve also got reviews of some gorgeous jewellery coming up in January so keep a look out for those.

Feeling…
Absolutely chuffed to bits with my new laptop! It has a very similar operating system to The Blokes computer so I’ve customised it and figured it out pretty quickly. Gutted that I got the wrong game for The Bloke for christmas! I swear I picked up Grand Theft Auto and asked the assistant if it was a follow on pack or a full game just to check, then I took it to the till and paid for it. I opened the bag a day before christmas to wrap it and realise I’d actually bought Far Cry – WTF!!! It’s going to be fun taking that back now the 28 day return time has past. I’m trying to get help from an occupational therapist by going through my local councils services instead, as I’m not keen on the Neurologists almost blasé suggestion of taking a sample of my spinal fluid like it’s no big deal. I’ve been waiting for around two years now to just get some suggestions and excersises from an occupational therapist to make my memory and coordination problems (that I’ve had all of my life and that haven’t deteriorated) easier to cope with – that’s really was all I was asking for in the first place.

Eating…

Boxing day dinner with roast and mashed potatoes cooked perfectly by The Bloke. A giant Thorntons reindeer in milk chocolate that should last me around 2 months of cheat days! I’ve taught myself how to cook (yes, using paste from a jar counts) a fantastic Massaman stir fry. It tastes so creamy thanks to full fat coconut milk and crushed cashews and is dairy free.

Using these beauty products…

My Proactiv+ starter kit worked really well and cleared up my skin completely but it was a bit of a shock to receive an email from them detailing three large payments I would be making that month to them for full sized products because I’d supposedly signed up to an ongoing and very expensive plan with them. I don’t think so!

Soak Yourself patchouli and vetiver soap, combined with Good Things daily exfoliator and a light moisturiser – maybe from Lush? – should do just as well.

Discovering…

That you have to read the small print carefully and make sense of cleverly worded jargon and beware of any type of plan. I’ve learned how to write good blogger pitch emails which means I’m able to collaborate with some wonderful brands and designers. I’ve also discovered that Jack Daniels, Dr Pepper and fresh lime juice tastes wonderful.

I hope you had a guddon’ and even if you didn’t, I’m wishing you a really wonderful new year full of surprises of the most awesome kind.

Chrissie xx

My Top 5 Films of 2014

Dracula Untold

I’ve watched pretty much every contemporary Dracula film out there and I was really impressed with this one. The plot revolves around Vlad The Impaler and the dark route he chooses to desperately protect his people and loved ones against the invading Turks. The film contains a lot of action but also quieter scenes full of tension which add balance. Although there are many fantasy elements the CGI supports rather than swamps the story.

5/5

Guardians of the Galaxy

A bunch of outcasts band together to save the galaxy, including the wonderfully engaging characters of Groot, a tree like being and Rocket, a man who’s had his brain transplanted (unwillingly, obviously) into a racoon. Stay with me here, this really is a fantastic film full of action and loose-attention-for-a-sec-and-you’ll-miss-them witty one liners. The film doesn’t take much time to establish the characters back stories apart from a few scenes and expositional dialogue but that does help to keep up the fast pacing and leaves room for many sequels of course.

5/5

Maleficent

An origin story about how the ‘evil queen’ of ‘sleeping beauty’ gets so bitter she puts a curse on the kings daughter. You will fall in love with Maleficent, you will hate the double crossing king and you will think his daughter is sweet but really naive. The wings are a character in their own right. A beautifully realised fairytail that is as enchanting as it is twisted.

5/5

That Awkward Moment

A rom-com from three dudes perspectives. It’s a bro-bonding-rom-com I guess. This movie stars Zac Effron but it’s not a typical Zac Effron movie. The laughs, of which there are plenty, come from witty one liners, toilet humour and genuinely funny – rather than overly cringe inducing – awkward moments. This is a great movie to watch with your other half as the women in the film certainly hold their own and the humour stays just on the right side of bad taste. The characters are stereotypes, the player, the serious committed guy and the witty chancer/looser but they do evolve as the film progresses and you can’t help but like them.

5/5

Life After Beth

This is a weird one – well obviously, a poor blokes girlfriend comes back as a zombie – but what I mean is the film doesn’t know what it’s meant to be. The film starts off as a drama then turns into a rather twisted romance before becoming an all out ridiculous zombie comedy. I honestly liked this mash up because it makes you take the lead character Zach seriously and it established that there is some honest love between he and Beth before she goes all psycho and bittey. Aubrey Plaza plays the role of the zombie with manic mood swings perfectly.

4/5

One’s that didn’t make it…

Divergent

A girl learns that she does not fit in with the very narrow stereotypes society separates people into meaning she is ‘divergent’ and therefore a problem to be dealt with. She teams up with other divergent’s to put an end to the oppression. I really liked the premise of this film as it was fresh and interesting but then I actually got quite apathetic during the middle until i didn’t really care how it ended. Read the book instead.

3/5

X-Men Days of Future Past

As with all X-Men films this is a great film if you switch your brain off, otherwise it will just ache trying to make sense of the contrived and nonsensical timelines in the plot. We are going back to how things all started – yet again but this time history will be a little different – yet again!

3/5

Boyhood

They had a chance to tell the stories of four characters, the Mum, the estranged Dad, the son and the daughter over a decade of their lives. The Mum ‘makes poor life choices’ and ends up with two drunk abusive husbands when her original husband (who was was a bit of a looser when younger) is actually a really nice person. The son grows up to be a mumbling teenager who can only express his feelings through taking supposedly profound photographs. That’s it! I kid you not. None of the scenes come to any conclusion rendering most of them meaningless. If it wasn’t for Ethan Hawk as the kids Dad I couldn’t have sat through the 60 minutes that I did – I sort of slowly fast forwarded through each scene after that looking for one that was vaguely eventful. Another thing, we aren’t meant to wonder why two very white looking people with fine features have a very cute but very Latino looking daughter!?

1/5

Party Fashion For Tall Women

Party Fashion For Tall Women
Even crop tops, playsuits and mini dresses are wearable from the ‘tall’ section of these brands and Mango has really generous leg and hem lengths.

Throwback Thursday: Llandudno and Prestatyn Photo Story

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Visiting family who live by the coast is the perfect way to relax and make some lovely memories. Prestatyn has a great town centre and it’s really easy to visit other parts of Wales from.

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Visiting Llandudno for the day and going up The Great Orme.

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A terrifying Alice in Wonderland!

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Back to Prestatyn, which as a kid I thought was called ‘press that in’ for months until I saw the road signs!

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Chrissie xx

 

 

Geek Christmas Gift Guide

For the geek in your life who already seems to have everything…Or just a cheeky treat for yourself after all of those taxing Christmas preparations.

Fraggle Rock tee – Truffle Shuffle £19.99

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Marvel Comics Characters Messenger Bag – Truffle Shuffle £24.99

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The Art of – My neighbour Totoro – Waterstones £17.10

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Groot Guardians Of The Galaxy Pop! Vinyl Figure – Forbidden Planet £8.99

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Tetris Ice Cube Tray – Lazybone £7.24

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PS4 DualShock Controller Camo – Dell £64.99

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I’ve already bought the Fraggle Rock tee, I confess.

Chrissie xx

Important Food For Your Brain

Regular readers will know that I’ve been a little wonky and weird all of my life where my concentration, memory and my recall (among other things) are concerned. As a side effect of looking into why this is, I was diagnosed with incredibly low levels of vitamin B12 or D. So I’ve been having B12 shots and taking vit D capsules for around a year which has improved my energy levels massively and means that I wake up feeling refreshed rather than confused and totally exhausted. Just shows you what an effect vitamins can have!

I still wanted to tackle my concentration and memory problems though (without invasive tests) so when Scholar’s Nutrition asked if I’d like to review their Brain Food supplements – after consulting with my Dr – I jumped at the chance.

Brain Food DHA Scholar's Nutrition

A months supply of 30 veggie capsules contain DHA, Phosphatidylserine and B vitamins 5 & 6. DHA is given to premature babies to promote their neurological development and promotes neurological health and normal brain (and eye) function in adults.The DHA is sourced from algae rather than oily fish so it’s perfect for vegetarians. Brain Food retails at £21.99

Ingredients: DHA rich oil from the micro algae Schizochytrium sp, Phosphatidylserine, d-alpha tocapherol (vitamin E), Calcium Pantothenate (vitamin B5), Pyrodoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Potassium Iodine. Contains soya.

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The effects Brain Food has had on my…

Concentration

Normally it feels like my thoughts are floating around and I can’t pin them down or a thought zooms by so fast when I open my mouth to express it it’s gone already. Since I’ve started taking these supplements it’s like my thought fog has cleared a little and I’m able to think with more clarity. I’m know for starting sentences in the middle and then putting my point into context at the end, which requires a lot of patience from the listener but I’m getting a little better at this. I seem to be absorbing more details of what people are telling me as well, rather than just the overall gist of the conversation.

Recall

I have to mention my improved ability to recall words, names and places. A lot of the time I reach into my mental dictionary for the optimum word which describes what I mean, only to be like “it’s er, you know, when you kinda…” and I have to settle for an easier word or even explain the meaning of the word which sort of defeats the purpose!

I’ve noticed many times over the last month that I’m talking fluently and quickly without as many er’s and ah’s and that I’m more articulate. The Bloke and my friends have even noticed this change – probably because I look so pleased with myself when I recall the specific word I want to use with more ease.

Sequencing

This means keeping track of the order of something, be it the process of making a cup of tea, adding up figures, the order of letters that make up a word or the structure of a sentence. My sequencing was pretty poor. Over the passed month my typing seems to be making more sense, I’m able to keep a running tally of the price of three items as I find them in the super market (if no one distracts me) and I haven’t added milk to my tea before the hot water once. I still come out with babble and have to start my sentence again but everyone does that if they’re rushing.

Memory

As far as my memory is concerned it’s not got better but as I’m able to concentrate better I recognise there is something I’m meant to do i.e.. Phone the bank for some reason or buy a certain thing while out food shopping. Even if I’m not sure what or why specifically, at least it’s on my radar so it will pop into my head later.

Sleep

I’m finding it easier to calm my racing thoughts when I’m trying to get to sleep. Like I’m more in control of what or even when my mind is thinking.

My verdict

This isn’t the type of thing I can really rate but overall I think it’s really helped! I’d recommend this supplement to someone I know who’s struggling with all of the above things due to old age. Some people could argue that I’ve just been practising mindfulness over the last month but I promise you, I’ve tried doing that since my late teens and it’s never worked with any real efficiency, so there you go.

Brain Food is a dietary supplement and one capsule should be taken per day in the morning, along with a healthy balanced diet. If you are on any medication or other prescribed vitamin/mineral supplements you should consult your Dr. before taking Brain Food. People with conditions such as Parkinson’s, alzheimer’s or ADD, should never rely solely on dietary supplements.

Chrissie xx

Fifteen Festive Favourites Tag

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Favourite Festive Food
Ferrero Rocher for breakfast!

Favourite Reindeer
It has to be Rudolph because he was a victim of bullying but his supposed disability became his advantage. However I thought he was a tad needy not to tell the other narrow minded reindeers to shove their sudden friendship and invites to ‘reindeer games’ ;0)

Favourite Day Of Christmas
Right at the start of Christmas day, when I wake up from whatever crazy dream I’ve been having and happily realise what day it is.

Favourite Christmas Song

I think this is the most relatable and contemporary festive song I know. Plus I love singing along to it as I think the words are really honest.

I do like that nostalgic feeling of being a teen that East17’s Stay gives me but the lyrics aren’t actually about Christmas.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas always makes me emotional if it’s in a film. Beautiful old song.

Favourite Christmas Present
When the film E.T came out I begged my parents for the official and very cute pleather covered toy which sold out instantly. A neighbour saw the devastated look on my face and gave me her kids E.T. toy (who wasn’t remotely arsed about it) and that made my whole year!

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Favourite Festive Film
Home Alone. The first full on slapstick comedy I’d ever seen. I watched it with my cousin as a kid and it made her cringe but I found the unapologetic violence directed at the baddies hilarious, hehee!

And now there is Elf…

Favourite Festive Cracker Toy
When I was a kid one year we got proper posh crackers and I won a miniature Philips head screw driver set and sharp fold up scissors. I still have both and use them frequently.

Favourite Cracker Joke
Q: What do you call a blind Reindeer?
A: No eyedeer.
Not one for the kids I guess.

Favourite Christmas Decoration
We had this angel with blonde fluffy hair and the older she got the more irreparably crazy her hair got and the more wonky her tinsel halo went but we loved her.
Now it’s the gel decorations that stick on the windows/mirrors.

Favourite Christmas Candle Scent
It has to be cinnamon as it’s the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. A lot of my perfumes have cinnamon notes.

Favourite Christmas TV Advert
I love/hate the John Lewis add where the kid realises his penguin is sad all alone and gets him a girlfriend for Xmas then you realise it’s actually his soft toys. I love it because it’s so sweet and cute but I hate it because it plays on your caring emotions to drive you to buy stuff. Plus one bloody penguin costs an astonishing amount to own (around £70) never mind two!

Favourite Festive Tradition
Eating chocolate & canapé’s for brunch and opening presents such as fluffy socks, smellies, Jack Daniels/Sailor Jerries while The Snowman is on TV in the background. Me and my Mum always shed a tear when he melts :,0|

Place To Spend Christmas
As you can probably tell I spend it with my folks for most of the day and then go to The Blokes for the evening.

Favourite Christmas Fact
According to Will I Get A White Christmas we have a 50% chance of snow on Christmas day in Manchester, hmm. Maybe not my fave Xmas fact then, ha!

Favourite Snowman Accessory
A scarf. I like the irony.

Thank you to Keeley from Phat Cupcake for nominating me.

I nominate:
Eva – Head Like Soup
Tasha – Belleza Kisses
Claire – Six Degrees Of Harmony
Freda – This Luxe Life
Kajsa – KJAndersen

Have fun!

Chrissie xx