Life Lately – June

June has flown by, which is weird considering I’ve been out of the house a whole…one time! I’ve been very grateful for the, frankly shite, weather Manchester has had this month, as it’s been a well needed break from the crazy heatwave of May.

Pride Month

My love and respect goes out to the LGBTQ community as always, whatever your sexuality and however you identify. I’ve always been proud that I live in a city with year-round acceptance (in a general sense) and awareness. I think this is thanks to the The Gay Village, plus a great Pride Parade and festival.

Food

Been switching all month between having cups of tea with sausage and mash to having a cold beers and mezze.

Independent Artist or Business

GDBEE Art is by Geneva who makes the most gorgeous graphic art of women of colour. She’s also created the webtoon Hovergirls, about two alien fighting cousins who work in a coffee shop by day. The entire Hovergirls series is available to read on phone/device or PC.

Lifestyle

I’ve changed my bedroom from being the place where stuff gets dumped, into a place where I actually want to spend time. a) I’ve had a big clean and tidy b) I’ve brought in more storage c) Updated a dark toned LOTR poster to a lighter toned and very neat dragon canvas d) I’ve reduced the amount of Funko Pops and books/papers piled everywhere.

Reading

The Getaway Girls by Dee McDonald is roadtrip comedy about three rather different friends, all past middle age, who decide they are unhappy with their lot and want to start a new adventure through France and Italy. I’ll review it once I’ve finished reading. I’m a third of the way in and enjoying it!

New Fringe

I was sick of my giant wavy fringe which needed cutting constantly and was way too hot and wide. I watched Birds of Prey (which I loved, but thought the bad guy was just plain annoying) and cut myself a new punky, shorter fringe. Freshly cut it looks a little too perfect but it does naturally have a lot of movement and looks spikey if I apply styling putty.

Here is me as a kid in the 80’s with a very different kind of fringe lol

I hope you’ve all been finding things to make you happy, in these turbulent times!

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  • Charmin Darlin
  • Hissyfit Clothing
  • Maurio Kart (death metal shirts especially)
  • House Of Bats

Happy shopping and listening!

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Your Fave LIFESTYLE Photo’s from the Last 6 Months

I post a selection of photo’s from this blog onto my Instagram and share a few general images everyday. Come follow me if you don’t already @vamp_it_up_mcr

I’ve gone through which photos got the most likes (on Insta) and divided them up into four categories, Lifestyle, Style, Food and er, Me!

Lifestyle

(Clockwise)

Gap Between Buildings When you walk down Whitworth Street heading to Oxford Road, you cross over a tiny bridge without realising and that’s the view of the canal and swanky apartments to your left.

Baby Jay I’ve only ever seen a Jay twice before so this little’un sitting right outside the window was lovely surprise.

Sorting my makeup and storage I chucked out anything old or crap and arranged everything here into one bag and base coverage and tools/brushes into a wicker basic. I indulged my left over OCD traits and lined up everything colourful for this photo; so satisfying!

Pins I have so many pins I have to rotate them on bags and coats. I need to make space on my pin board to display them all properly.

Skincare Routine After setting myself he challenge to get healthier skin in one month, I narrowed down my products to these and found a consistent routine and it worked!

Street Art This is a very old photo of the side of a block at the start of The Northern Quarter. The beautiful art (subject now replaces by Mcr bees) is by Faunagraphic who’s responsible for all of the nature inspired, pastel or brushstroke effect street-art in town. Check out that pretty fire-escape too.

Narwhals Narwhals Swimming In The Ocean (the pre-curser to the baby shark song) My Bloke got me these slippers last Xmas.

Bench In Our Tiny Backyard All my Dads work. I offer to help with our yard but he always refuses as he loves doing it so much. He’s like me, if he gets an idea in his mind, he knows exactly how he wants it. I’m not arguing as it comes out looking lovely every time ^_^

(Centre)

Sustainable (what used to be referred to as Eco) Purchases I got everything here from an online shop called Ecologue. Metal flask, really light but efficient; Bamboo toothbrush, the most comfortable one I’ve ever used and biodegradable; Cleansing pads, also made from bamboo and machine washable!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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The Stuck at Home Blog Tag

The Rules

β€’ Thank the person that nominated you (I found this tag on Cranky Autistic and decided to join in!)

β€’ Answer all the questions below

β€’ Pingback to the creator: Ellyn at Allonsythornraxxbooks

β€’ Nominate five other book bloggers to do this tag (or just leave it as a free-for-all)

What Are You Currently Reading? 

Tina Turner’s autobiography My Love Story. She writes like she’s having a chat with a friend, with all of her personality coming through.

What’s Your Favourite Can’t Leave The House Activity?

Connecting with people through blogging and social media. I don’t have a smart phone, so can’t do this out of the house, unless I’m in a free wi-fi area. I want to be fully engaged in the moment outside the house anyway.

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read?

The Velveteen Rabbit. I watched a cartoon film of it as a little kid and it was the first story that made me feel a crazy amount of emotions. “Whaaaaaaah!” “Yaaaaaaaaay!”

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

The last two books in the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. It’s very thick and pretty trippy and also disturbing in places so it was giving me vivid, hyper-real dreams of that nature. So literally and literary intimidating!

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (prequel to film Practical Magic)

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (an urban drama about an up and coming female rapper)

Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin (Patti Smith loves this book)

Recommend a Short Book

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. A gritty neo-noir detective novel, covering race, the American dream, status, trust and self respect.

Recommend a Long Book

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. An amazing multi-layered story. The film and TV adaptation missed out entire plot lines which were vital to understanding the thing as a whole. Please just read the book instead.

Something You’d Love to Do While Stuck at Home? 

Get into baking but have someone else shop for ingredients, take it out of the hot oven and then tidy up and wash up afterward. So I’d be chucking stuff into a bowl, mixing and awkwardly rolling/folding and messily filling/icing, all the fun stuff basically! I’m heavily playing the Dyspraxia and chronic fatigue card here aren’t I, hehee!

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

A comedy-drama about three more-mature women going on a road trip together through Italy, having fun and discovering lots of surprises about themselves and each other. Can’t for the life of me remember who it’s by or what it’s called! It’s my light summer read for when I’m brain fogged in the heat (appropriate vague answer then I guess).

Hope you found my (slightly random) answers interesting. I’m not tagging anyone as I don’t want them to feel pressured in this weirdest of times, so if you want to join in, then just join in!

Tag me in your post so I can have a read of your answers and please make sure you mention the original creator Ellyn (link above).

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Assembling a Dragon Canvas from Photowall.

When Photowall got in touch asking me if I’d like to review their service I was intrigued. Photowall specialise in posters, canvas prints and more surprisingly, detailed wallpaper designs. As I have so much furniture against the walls of my room I chose a canvas print.

Choosing the Size and Subject

This is a print of Hobsyllwin painted by Ciruelo. I wanted the subject of my canvas to be a peaceful looking dragon with neutral blue and golden tones to match the rest of the decor of my room so this one was perfect! It was easy to browse on the site by looking under different categories or using the search box. You can also upload your own image, such as a photograph.

Once I’d  chosen the subject, I choose the dimensions on a sliding scale (so no working out numbers) and then I saw what it would cost, had I not been gifted this.

Packaging and Postage

The print arrived within two days! I’ve never had anything arrive that fast. It was environmentally packaged in a thick cardboard box, padded with brown paper. It included the canvas, four sides of a frame and fixtures and fittings.

Rather than assembling the frame and stretching the canvas over it like I’m used to, this came with very sticky tape along the edge of the very sturdy frames. You place the edge of the frame planks onto the edge of canvas and then fold them in, to create the frame shape.

This is me practicing before peeling the backing off the tape. Sadly, even though I’d stuck three sides perfectly to the edge of the canvas, the top frame didnt have room to fold over into place. It just sat awkwardly on top of the sides frames at the corners. I had to move it back a little to fit it into place but that meant it was overhanging the canvas slightly. I wished I had a bit of canvas space to spare. The print is going to hang high up so it will be too high to notice it doesn’t reach the edge, very fortunately!

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Screwing the frame together was incredibly easy and I did it by hand. I’ve not hung it up as it’s too big for me to manage on my own.

I’d have much preferred it to have been professionally mounted for the price, if I’d have bought it but overall I’m really pleased with my dragon. He’s going to hang high-up at the side of the chimney breast (if he’ll fit), facing the door so he’ll be the first thing you see on entering the room.

If you are interested in getting 25% off a poster, wall paper or a canvas you can use vampituppw2020 at the checkout. Hurry though as offer ends 6/6/2020.

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Positive Quarantine Effects

6 bonus things that have happened during quarantine:

  1. I’ve not washed my hair for two weeks (there’s only a bath where I am) and it feels and looks so naturally healthy, in shiny defined waves.
  2. I’ve not impulse bought food with wheat or dairy in so my nose, chin and tummy aren’t puffy/bloated. I have more energy and feel more upbeat and I love my features now!
  3. My skin is so healthy because I’ve been sticking to my skincare regimen.
  4. Me and the bloke have not killed each other.
  5. Meal planning doesn’t suck. It takes the stress of decision making away (a supermarket full of food yet you still come home with random shit that doesn’t make any recognisable dishes, sound familiar?) and isn’t boring or restrictive. As long as you plan enough meals to give you a choice and don’t have specific days where you have to eat them, it’s just like choosing from a menu.
  6. If you make a curry too hot and don’t have any yoghurt or cream (or dairy free versions) to swirl in it, you can add mayonnaise, so creamy!

What have been your positive quarantine effects?

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The Ultimate Film List Challenge

Put an emoji against each film you’ve seen, count them up and see how you did!

I got 162 out of 225

The Revenant πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rocky Horror Picture Show πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Grease πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Harold Lloyd Safety Last πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Footloose

Fight Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Parasite

Maze Runner franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Great Gatsby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Neverending Story

Blazing Saddles

Airplane πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Princess Bride πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Anchorman πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Crazy Rich Asians

A Few GoodmenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

In The Line of FireπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

How to Train Your Dragon films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Napoleon Dynamite πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Labyrinth πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Saw

Step Brothers πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

White Noise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Some Like It HotπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

50 First Dates

The Princess Diaries πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Nightmare Before Christmas πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Scream franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Dark CrystalπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ginger SnapsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Edward Scissor HandsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Superbad πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Million Dollar Baby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Harry Potter franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Resident Evil πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Wedding Singer πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lilo & Stitch πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Finding Nemo πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Finding Neverland πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jurassic Park films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Signs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

My Neighbour Totoro πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Coralline 😱

White Chicks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Butterfly Effect πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

13 Going on 30

iRobot πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Universal SoldierπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Devil Wears Prada πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Deep Impact! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Gridiron Gang πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Never Been Kissed πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Meet The Parents πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

10 Things I Hate About YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mean Girls πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

A Knights TaleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

KING KONG

The Terminal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Sisterhood of the Travelling PantsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Baby Driver

Dumb & Dumber πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Final Destination franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HalloweenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Ring

Bad SantaπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Mrs Doubtfire πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rock of AgesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Practical Magic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Chicago πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ghost Ship πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

From Hell πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HellboyπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Secret Window πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I Am Sam πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Truman ShowπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Day After Tomorrow πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hunger Games franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Child’s Play

Seed of Chucky

Bride of Chucky πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

P.S. I Love YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Just Married πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Gothika

Sixteen Candles

Coach Carter πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Grudge

The Mask πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bad Boys franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Joy Ride

Lucky Number Slevin

AvatarπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Alien Franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s Eleven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s TwelveπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s ThirteenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Howls Moving CastleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bourne franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bond franchise (new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Black Swan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Kingsman: The Secret Service πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Princess and the Frog (Disney)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Mummy franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Predator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Fog πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ice Age franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Best Exotic Marigold HotelπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Independence Day πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Cujo

A Bronx Tale

Darkness Falls

Christine πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

ET πŸ’—

Children of the Corn

Leon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Maid in Manhattan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

War of the Worlds πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rush Hour franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Best Bet

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

She’s All That πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Calendar Girls

Sideways πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mars Attacks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Event Horizon

Ever After

Wizard of Oz (original)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Forrest Gump πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Big Trouble in Little China πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Terminator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ant Man πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ant Man and the WaspπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Die Hard franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Spider Man franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Batman franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Blade RunnerπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers 2

Catch Me If You Can πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Little Mermaid πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Freaky Friday πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Reign of Fire

The Skulls

Cruel Intentions πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

BurlesqueπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Shrek️ franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Swimfan

Miracle on 34th Street πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Old School

The Notebook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

K-PaxπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Krippendorf’s Tribe

A Walk to Remember

Kidulthood films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Boogeyman

The 40-year-old Virgin

Little Miss SunshineπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lord of the Rings franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Indiana Jones franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Basketball DiariesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hostel

Do the Right Thing πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

House of 1000 Corpses

Devils Reject

Elf πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HighlanderπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mothman Prophecies️

American History XπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Jacket

Kung Fu Hustle

Shaolin Soccer

Night Watch

Monsters Inc πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Titanic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Monty Python and the Holy Grail πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Shaun Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Legally BlondeπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

High Tension

Club Dread

Hulk πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dawn Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mad Max (old or new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

28 days later πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ghostbusters franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Phantasm

Water World 🀣

Kill Bill Vol 1 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Kill Bill Vol 2 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mortal Kombat

Wolf Creek

Kingdom of Heaven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Hills Have Eyes

Miss Congeniality πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Last House on the Left

Re-Animator

Army of Darkness

Star Wars franchise

Joker

The Irishman

The Matrix franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Evil Dead 2

Team America: World Police

Red Dragon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Silence of the Lambs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hannibal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Breakfast Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Grown Ups

Dazed and confused

Natural Born KillersπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Pretty in Pink πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Sweet Charity πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Polar Express πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

American Werewolf in London πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Fantastic Four πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Leprechaun

The Blindside πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Inside Out

How did you do?

Let me know your score and what you want (or don’t want) to watch! I’ve got The Irishman, Joker and Inside Out on my watch list. I have no intention to watch any horror films – ever.

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

Have You Ever… Blog Tag

A bit of geeky, PG fun in this time of craziness.
Have you ever…?

🏎 Driven or been driven at 100 miles an hourNo but that sounds fun!

βš”οΈ Learned a possibly deadly skill – Axe throwing?

🚁 Ridden in a helicopter- Yes for my 21st but it was a bit boring
πŸ™€ Gone zip lining – No because it was closed! *sob*

🏈 πŸ’ Been to an NFL game or Ice Hockey – Yes (Manchester Storm)

πŸ‘½ Watched Dr Who – Yes, because Peter Capaldi was the Dr

🍁 Been to Canada – No but I’d like to live there
🏰 Visited Disney – Nah

πŸ— Visited an actual castle – Many times on holidays in Wales

🎲 Visited Vegas – No
🍽 Eaten alone at a restaurant – No, unless you count cafes

🎹 Played an instrument – Saxophone (badly), Electric Guitar (a bit better)

🏍 Ridden a motorcycle – No, sadly
πŸ‡ Ridden a horse – Do Blackpool donkeys count?
πŸ’‰ Donated blood – Not yet. My blood pressure is all over the place because I get tachycardia easily.
πŸ‚β›· Been skiing/snow boarding – Not but I’d love to try snowboarding

πŸ• Gone camping – Once, it was cozy.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ€ Gone to a festival – Beatherder. The 1st time, we won The Golden ticket and got in for free and got Β£100 beer money and free merch and it was warm and sunny. The 2nd time was a total, freezing mud bath.

πŸš— Driven a stick shift -Yes, 3 lessons, never again! My instructor who I got on brilliantly with asked me to reconsider driving!
πŸš“ Ridden in a police car? – Taken me home a few times
🚀 Driven a boat – I was on a boat and we rescued another little boat that was sinking.
🐌 Eaten Escargot – No!
🚒 Been on a cruise – No
πŸŽ₯ Been on TV – No

πŸ“° Been in a paper/book/magazine – A few times, winning competitions. I got to ask actress Saroise Ronnan and (my idol at the time) Juliette Lewis questions. I also won a huge goodie bag (the middle shelf of Cosmopolitan magazines beauty cupboard) for best outfit. I got the below photo published in Festival Annual (and therefor got a free copy of it).

🍣 Eaten Sushi- Yes all the time (avocado)
🌌 Seen a UFO – Maybe?
πŸ— Been Bungie jumping – OH HELL NO!

πŸ¦” Rescued an animal – A hedgehog outside a theme park. Everyone was just staring and photographing it so I picked it up with my hoodie and put it in some bushes across the motorway (where it was heading).

🀩 Met someone rather famous – Erm, Eddie Izzard, Hurley from Lost, Craig Charles

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Okay, your turn, just copy and paste the questions and include a link to the blog where you found it.

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Hello lovely people, I can’t wait to read your answers!

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

What’s your β€˜Core Aesthetic’ on Pinterest?

I got this term ‘core aesthetic’ stuck in my head and couldn’t remember why or where I’d gotten it from. Then I remembered it had something to do with letting Pinterest find your specific look. I typed ‘Chrissie core aesthetic’.

Here’s what it came up with for me…

Alternative and urban things like neon signs, a skull, tough but feminine style, a little bit of bling and even a bee – the symbol of Manchester.

Pinterest has well got me sussed!

I’d love to know what you get and if you agree?

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

Crazy Crafty Chick Club Pin

I came across Crazy Crafty Chick Club on Etsy when this awesome badge (Β£10.64) leapt out at me. Everyone I showed it to laughed and said it was perfect for me – in a good way!

It arrived fairly quickly considering it came from Canada and was packaged in a funky bubble wrap envelope and a cute cardboard box.

I know it’s hard to tell in these photographs but it’s actually made from a dark silver metal and big enough to need two pins. It really makes a statement!

Crazy Crafty Chick Club also sell other pins, stickers, iron on patches, jewellery and totes with feminist, geek or alternative style sentiments.

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I’d love to know, who else still adds pastel-goth influences to their style?

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€