- You have a ‘real’ wood fire. It takes an age to cut and dry the wood but it has the scent of nature.
- You have an over stuffed leather and wood sofa which takes a layer of skin with it in sticky Summer time and is freezing in the Winter but it looks so traditional.
- You place candles absolutely everywhere and then realise you stopped bothering with them as a teen because they are actually quite high-maintenance and possibly dangerous when forgotten about.
- You have the thickest hand woven rug imaginable in your living room, which everyone constantly trips over.
- You decide with friends to only exchange presents which you have hand-made yourselves for special occasions. You realise just how time consuming crafts actually are and that you are really quite crap at them.
- You buy a new wide screen TV (which you’ve sort of needed for ages and which looked reasonable in the shop) only to find it looks utterly absurd in your newly Hyged home.
- You have a basket of blankets for people to snuggle under but because they are so neatly rolled everyone is to polite to actually use them.
- Lots of your friends are coming around so you’ve put on a spread consisting of convenient comfort food such as cinnamon Danish pastries but everyone is either going gluten free or watching their weight.
- You are incredibly pleased with your folk lanterns but with minimal lighting everyone trips over that damn rug.
- You realise knitting is a worthwhile hobby but you can only knit scarves and sofa throws as they are rectangular and therefor easy. You note that the throw constantly slides of that damn sofa.
- You provide a range of spicy comforting teas for people but the most requested is “Builders tea, white, two sugars. Cheers.”
- You decide that wearing snow boots and the Scandi print dressing gown you got in the Primark sale really is channeling the spirt of Hygge anyway.
I thought I’d start this up again as it’s a nice way for you to get to know the person behind the blog and it’s a nice way for me to remember what I’ve been up to.
Me and the Bloke celebrated new years eve by visiting Lotus a vegetarian restaurant in Withington which is often overlooked due to it’s location. We love it there, the food (which includes the most amazing mock meats) is superb. Then we came home and watched The X Files and Grimm and enjoyed an awesome firework display by a neighbouring family from the comfort of our sofa!
The Bloke cooked us a New Years day meal which was even better than Christmas day’s with Quorn roast, al dente green beans, carrots, broccoli, sprouts, mashed potato, Yorkshire puds, stuffing, roast potatoes and veggie sausages.
You know those thrifty programmes where they tell you to look in your parents or grandparents loft (attic) where you will almost certainly find hidden treasure? Well not exactly anything of value but I did find this vintage rucksack which would be perfect for festivals. Weirdly, no one has a clue how it got there!?
I’ve added to my collection of the weirder kind of Funko Pops and bought Deadpool, The Cheshire Cat and Alien. As you can see Deadpool is the only person looking figure in my little collection.
I love it when it gets all foggy at night and makes everything under the street lights look all eery.
I was emailed by vegetarian restaurant 1847 offering 50% off, yup half price! So obviously wanting too support Manchester veggie eateries we thought it rude not to book a table.
The Bloke managed to get these cool shots of the beautiful super moon and I (using the same model of camera) managed to take a big fuzzy orange blob which I won’t bother showing you lol
I’ve been trying to drink only gluten free beer lately but my local Coop run out so I bought this Brewdog beer (which isn’t one of their gluten free ones) instead. It’s the most fruity and refreshing beer I’ve ever had. Such a shame it isn’t one of their gluten free offerings.
I’ve discovered an online shop called EMP which apart from stocking some amazing rock chick apparel also do Funko Pop! and other random cool stuff. I’ve been in need of a mug for ages so bought this kawaii version of Deadpool.
So to some up my purse is a bit lighter and my belly is a lot fatter ^_^
True to the promise I made to myself I’ve ordered a pile of books. I’ve actually been wanting to read some for several years! I’ll be reviewing them all at some point so here’s what will (eventually) be coming up…
Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger is a beautifully illustrated fairytale about a raven trapped inside the body of a girl who longs to be free.
Bossypants by Tina Fey her autobiography/collection of essays and other random thoughts.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a very unique reimagining of the old fairytale. Cinder is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing and also a cyborg. Hated by her step mother and blamed for her step sisters sudden illness her luck starts to turn around when she meets a prince where loyalty, freedom, betrayal and temptation collide.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher about a teenager with a terrible secret who decides to confide in a man on death row.
The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas about a young woman who comes across a very old a rare book which she has heard will curse anyone who reads it. This has elements of ‘real world’ time travel (as apposed to the sci-fi kind) so I was sold on that.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor about a student who also happens to be an errand girl to a monster who is basically like family to her. The door too the other world is closing and so it’s time to choose between the two.
What the F*** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two and has obviously heard many times and in many ways just how not normal she is. But what the f*** is normal anyway? Sure, I’ll identify with this a little from my Dyspraxia/Hypermobilty/(something like) MS point of view but more for the fact we are average women (in my opinion) of similar ages, who cannot understand why the society we live in is so judgmental and so obsessed with this elusive and somewhat bizarre standard of ‘normal’.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I love traditional fairytales and folk tails so I’m really looking forward to reading this story about a mysterious child who appears at a remote homestead in Alaska and the couple who wonder whether to take her in or not.
The Humans by Matt Haig. I used to chat to Matt a long time ago on Twitter just by chance and vowed to read one of his books so now I’m finally getting around to it. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I can tell by the specific things he chooses to satirise about the human race that we are fairly similar people, except in this story his protagonist is an alien on a mission.
The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid is about a humanoid created to protect the girl she has grown up with, a senator’s daughter. She will give her life and take the lives of others in order to do so. When she goes undercover as the girl things really start to kick off in a rather ruthless manner basically.
Every time there has been a large gap in between me reading books I have to start off with the lighter or at least funnier one’s first so that it doesn’t feel like hard work. Thanks to Dyspraxia and sometimes ‘brain fog’ in general I have to concentrate a lot more than most when reading so as not to skip words or read them incorrectly as other similar words, therefore becoming rather confused. I’m glad I chose The Humans to read first as Haig’s writing style is so accessible I’m just flying through it!
Have you read any of these and what’s in your reading pile?
Here’s two products which I absolutley love and still use at least one of them everyday. They have really improved the appearance of my uneven skin texture!
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I am by no means an expert when it comes to photography and have actually hated the way that I look for most of my life due to racist bullying (“Yeah but what is she though?”) but here are all of the lessons I’ve learned about photography and myself when embracing the selfie.
Black and White can really clarify a photo. This originally had a very realistic poster of a forest in the background but I was wearing my red and white dressing gown, what!? Now it looks like it could be a camo jacket and the b&w edit really simplifies the shot.
Colours don’t always turn out to be realistic. I thought this sorbet yellow wall would really compliment the pastel tones in my hair and jumper but thanks to harsh blue toned overhead lighting, the wall appeared to be acid yellow! No amount of editing could change it. Maybe I should have fixed the white balance on my camera before taking the shot I don’t know. Any ideas? I do love the cheeky expression on my face here though.
Be yourself and don’t edit the crap out of your selfies until you look like an a mannequin . I really like this one, even though I look far from perfect, maybe that’s why I like it. It’s just cute, quirky me!
When it’s a really sunny day don’t take a selfie in front of a window with obstructions in front of it as they will cast shadows onto you. Smile like you mean it, don’t do a weird wonky fake one lol No point in making an effort with your appearance if you aren’t going to bother tidying the background.
Be spontaneous and silly sometimes!
Balance your lighting. Try to even up your lighting so it’s not all hitting you from one side. Also, velvet looks lacklustre really easily in photographs, unless you get the lighting just right. I still like this one though.
Don’t take a selfie when you are silhouetted by the light behind you. I’m pretty good at editing but this was the best I could do without making the image look grainy and greying out any contrast.
I just love this one. It’s a joke between me and the Bloke. It’s my ‘but I need you to pick up my take away order for me, it’s too cold outside’ face.
Consider your angles. I’ve tried to recapture the angle of this but have ended up with massively unflattering ten-chin selfies instead. It’s one of the few lower angled selfies that I’m pleased with.
Be aware of that annoying thing you always do in photographs. I like my little unenthused smirk as I think it lends it’s self well to the feel of the shot. However, I always need to remember that my eyes are a lot narrower than I realise, giving me permanent resting-bitch-face unless I make a big effort to open them more. Still I s’pose they lend themselves well to my overall attitude in this particular selfie lol
Learn what angles don’t suit you. This is one of those rare selfies where I’m not face on to the camera. I’ve learned this angle is as near to the side as I can get while still still appearing flattering.
Learn what angles do suit you. This angle is pretty flattering for anyone I think. It’s also the perfect angle for days when the light keeps bouncing off your specs.
Don’t be scared of colour. I only took this selfie to see what my hair looked like but I actually love the clashing colours of purple and turquoise along with my orange hair. It really makes my hair colour stand out.
So, some good one’s, some that would have been good if not for rookie mistakes, some which came out better than expected, some interesting lessons, and some I love. Taking selfies on a more regular basis really has helped me appreciate my natural appearance so much more than I used to, it’s also honed my photography skills and has helped me to be more expressive and relaxed when being photographed in general.
Any tips for me? Be kind!