October Pin Collection – part 1

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I love Autumn and alternative pop-culture so I’ve naturally acquired a lot of pins which are perfect for October and Halloween.

Pumpkin and Coffee First – Old English Company, We Are The Weirdos Mister – Punky Pins, Moon and Stars – Primark mixed bag, She’s Mad But She’s Magic- can’t find anywhere, Ghost Cat and Sweater – Little Lefty Lou.

Do you have a favourite designer or place where you get pins?

Chrissie V—V

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Monthly Round Up – December

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Me and my Bloke decided to try both christmas menu’s at Greens on two consecutive Mondays. We were not disappointed, but then we never are. I loved their Xmas decor, the food was inventive, made with quality ingredients and cooked to perfection. Just don’t ask them for an iced coffee, unless you want a rather indecisive luke-warm offering.

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I reviewed these gf, nutty, chewy Atkins bars.

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I haven’t been feeling the happiest of bunnies lately (not relating to the festive season) so the Bloke bought me a few sweet goodies…At the same time I was buying myself some lol

I went to V Revolution to show my support as they have recently opened again after some awful flooding. I ordered a sheese and facon burger with slaw on the side and loaded fries. I also had the best iced coffee I’ve ever had!

Style

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12 of the Cutest Christmas Jumpers because wether you are geeky, into your bling, have been a bit naughty or want to have a laugh, there is an crimbo jumper for you.

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I bought this duck egg blue super soft blanket for the sofa/bed from Tesco and keep resisting the urge to just walk around wearing it lol

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I’ve always adored rose gold as I think it really flatters my pale olive complexion so I just had to make a Rose Gold Wish List.

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Now I’m in my 30’s I seem to be appreciating more traditional decorations and festive style. So here’s my traditional christmas.

 

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All of my old cocktail rings are either looking shabby or have gotten lost or broken over the years. I always treat myself to a little prezzie each year and so I chose this, also from Tesco Direct. *NOT a promotion

Lifestyle

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I tried to start a thing on Instagram and Twitter where you post your #bestworstphoto of yourself with the reason why. This is mine because I look a lot bigger than I actually am due water retention and I don’t like my teeth (and chewing gum) showing – BUT I love that I was having a good laugh on a rare night out with old friends and was totally in the moment and not posing.

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Here is mine and my bloke’s small but shiny tree ^_^

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My lips do not produce anywhere near enough natural oils and are constantly dry and peeling. This is the only lip balm I’ve found which makes a lasting difference to them for at least half of the day. I must have a lot in common with a coconut! I’m going to start using coconut oil at home (for my dry frizzy hair as well) and save this for when I’m out.

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This started off as a general Christmas film post but I realised they were all from the same decade. Here are my Favourite 90’s Christmas Films.

 

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My health at the moment? One day functioning – one day recharging, seems to be working well.

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Me and my Bloke have made an early New Years resolution to support independent brands and crafts people/artists so I bought him two handmade mugs (only one featured) from Old Sun Pottery.

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Here’s me and my Dad in our festive jumpers. His is a giant Rudolph face (which he got from a charity shop for £3.00) and mine is a polar bear (wearing sequin antlers) and a penguin who have crossed the globe to share one giant sparkly christmas jumper together. D’aaaaw!

Merry festivities!

Chrissie

 

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Not using this little dude until after crimbo as he’s my bathroom decoration.

 

My Favourite 90’s Christmas Films

I didn’t intentionally start out with only 90’s films but all of my fave crimbo films happened to have been made then!

Jack Frost (1998)

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A too busy father dies in an accident and then comes back in the form of a snowman his son builds. Sounds cheesy and it is but it’s also funny and heart-warming.

Home Alone (1990)

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Kevin gets accidentally left behind when his family go on holiday. He realises burglars are intent on breaking in and so he improvises to defend his home, with effective and hilarious consequences.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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A Jim Henson twist on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol of course! I watched this the other week and it still stands up as wonderfully creative, funny and surprisingly moving christmas film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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When Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town he is fascinated by it. He tries to recreate it and chaos ensues, along with a love story as Jack is quite sweet really.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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A sceptical six year old and and a department store santa who say he is The Santa but can they prove it? An oddly-practical but charming christmas fairytale.

Which are your five general christmas favourite’s?

Chrissie

 

 

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Halloween Film Guide For Whimps 1984 – 2017

Not everyone finds being scared poop-less by horror films remotley enjoyable but we still want to get into the er, spirit of things ^_^

Gremlins (1984)

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Cute, adorable and deadly if you don’t look after him.

Ghostbusters (1984)

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This film is just a massive amount of fun! A group of ghost busting guys in New York city.

Beetlejuice (1988)

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Fantasy horror at it’s craziest. If you happen to find you are dead or your horrible parents buy a haunted house, then you might need the help of crazy-as-a-box-of-frogs Beetlejuice – I say might.

Braindead (1992)

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Zombie babies anyone? I think this film still holds the award for most amount of fake blood used in a film. It’s gory yes, but every seen is played for laughs and it’s too ridiculous to be scary. Directed by Peter Jackson before he found Hobits.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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If witches and fantasy films are your thing you will love this.

Casper (1995)

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Yes, this is a kids film with lots of CGI but it’s also a family drama and unexpectedly romantic.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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In the days before Johnny Depp played rather annoying characters he was perfectly cast as geeky investigator Ichabod Crane in this film based on a real folk tale.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

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This cult series of three films get progressively darker but the first is the least creepy. How would you help your sister if she were slowly turning into a teenage werewolf? Nothing like Teenwolf I assure you.

Ghost Ship (2002)

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Kinda creepy with some unexpected twists but a lot of expected one’s as well to be honest.

Dog Soldiers (2002)

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A lycanthropic psychological thriller!

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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More of a zom-rom-com obviously.

My Dead Girlfriend (2006)

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So if you ran over your other half with your car you’d naturally turn to the occult to bring them back right?

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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So your beautiful best friend has an insidious appetite for men, literally.

Fright Night (2011)

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I loved the original film from 1985 and had a huge crush on the vampire neighbour. It looks quite dated now so I’ve included this remake in the list instead. This feels more like a sexy psycho thriller than a horror film, somehow.

Dark Shadows (2012)

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More of a character driven fantasy than a horror. Slow start but stick with it.

Warm Bodies (2013)

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Just because he’s a zombie doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel sympathy or love even?

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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This is just so much fun!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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These five sisters have been preparing to date and do battle all of their lives.

Alien Vs Zombies (2017)

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An alien teen comes to earth only to find it’s in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Bring it on dude!

To watch the night before Halloween:

The Crow

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People make the mistake of thinking this is a horror film but it’s actually a beautiful tragic love story. A heartbroken man returns from the grave (the night before Halloween) to avenge his fiancés murder. A poignant, violent, noir-fantasy with dark humour.

Before we share the popcorn, which ones are your favourites on this list?

<Chrissie <3

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Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

Creepy Cute Wishlist from EMP

Pastel Skel Dress

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Tokyo (long) Top

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Cheshire Cat Funko Pop!

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Harley Purse

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Skull & Daisy Leggings

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Bonita Tee

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Bat Top

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Skull Ear Studs

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Lara Tye Dye Vest

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Strong Heart Choker

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Manic Panic Hair Dye in Sea Nymph 

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop!

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Galaxy Skull Tee

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Little Bow Hair Slides

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Cheshire Cat Hoodie

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As always, I want to know which are your faves?

Chrissie

 

Recently On The Blog and Such…

On My Instagram

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The best dairy free easter egg I’ve ever eaten, from Sainsbury’s; Hello Kitty money box for spare change so I won’t be tempted to dip into it for chippy money! Cool quote on equality – although not keen on the dragon slaying aspect; Love this quote from The Wizard of Oz; We’re lucky the bloke’s flat faces West as he gets the best sunsets; Spring flowers I bought myself; Street Art on Soap Street; Powerfpuffyourself; Chillin with a fantasy novel.

Selection of posts from March incase you missed them….

How To Know If You Are Basic (I deliberately left out the word ‘bitch’ from the tittle)

E.L.F lipsticks and Complete Coverage Concealer palette review

OOh Arr facemasks review

Springtime Homeware, Beauty and Accessories

Awesome Geek Questions and Bucket List Game

Balance Me Revitalising Hand and Body Wash review

Filofax Clipbook organiser review

My dairy and gluten free Holland & Barrett haul

March’s5 Fandom Friday’ Posts 

5 Fave Nostalgic/Comfort Films from the 80’s So little allowed, so much choice!

5 Fave Fictional Foods I didn’t include Bob’s Burgers in this because of the character Louise O_o

5 Tattoos I Want or Like

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I saw Deadpool at the flicks and absolutely loved it! The dialogue is like what me and my quick and darkly humoured mates would come up with over a few pints but with a coherent storyline attached and epic action scenes. I don’t review films because I hate breaking down something that I really enjoy (and makes me feel something emotionally) into it’s individual parts and then analysing them so my reviews would only be of films I dislike! Books I have no problem with reviewing for some reason? Look out for some book reviews coming up soon!

Chrissie ❤

5 Fandom Friday – Fave Fictional Foods

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5 Fandom Friday – Fave Fictional Foods

Maybe I’m not a big enough geek or maybe it’s my bad memory but this is going to take some research! I’ll start with the obvious and progress to the more obscure.

Honeydukes in HarryPotter

Anything really, especially the Pepper Imps ‘breathe fire for your friends’, better make sure you tie your hair back though!

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Tacos in Deadpool

I know, I know tacos aren’t fictional but the account of him liking them is. I’d love to share a taco with him, mainly because I think he’s awesome, not because I like those awkward little things that break up the second you bite them.

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Ambrosia

The food of the Greek and Roman Gods is a kind of sweet nectar poured over fruit which sounds wonderful and also gives you immortality by the way. Although on second thoughts maybe this wouldn’t be the best of ideas, I mean you’d get sort of lonely after a century or just plain bored….

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Three Course Meal Sweets in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

You know those days when you feel really bloated from the night before but you’re still hungry? ;o)

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 Sharing a curry with Lister from Red Dwarf

He’s pretty fit, he’s lazy, he appreciates a hot curry and quite a few beers. Who better to spend an evening with when you just want to Netflicks and chill – or whatever their version of that is.

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Did I miss any obvious one’s out and do you think I cheated a tad? Hehee!

Chrissie 

Weird & Wonderful Links #5

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (4th-6th graders) cover Led Zeplin – Incredibly talented kids wow!

Shirt Woot tees for geeks, gamers or people into clever kawaii.

Teepublic my fave tee of Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon done in the style of Le Chat Noir by Rodolphe Salis

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The Flash Season 2 first look – Their not giving much away but it still looks epic.

Marvels Deadpool trailer – One badass superhero!

A Guy Is Leaving Funny Tips In Shops Disguised as Information Boards For Shoppers

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An Unusual Friendship Between a Bear and a Wolf – Awww!

Back To Nature Part Three: The New Forest – I love nature but don’t get out in it nearly enough. This is a blog series by More Than Greens which covers her visits to some wonderful places in the UK.

Struggles Only Geek Girls Understand – Frustrating and funny at once.

26 Truths All Gamers Know – I’m not an obsessive gamer but I’ve played regularly all of my life and I can definitely identify.

19 Amazing English Words We’ve Totally Forgotten About Why is there no interrobang on a keyboard!?

17 Illustrations That Anyone With ADD Will Identify With – This is so on the money.

Dyspraxia and Autism – The Overlap – Natalie explains everything perfectly and in a really comprehensive way.

Actresses Who’d Play Me In a Film of My Life

To play a teenage me I’d pick Sarah Jeffery who plays Thandie Newtons daughter in the series Rougue and Jennifer Lopez daughter in Shades of Blue. She looks really quite similar to me when I was about 13 and I think she is a fantastic actress.

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As for who’d play me now, I’d say Michaela Conlin who plays Angela in Bones. She has the same build, faceshape, features and skin tone as me. I also love her as feisty, wise and empathetic Angie.

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The actress who I’d really love to play me – given a little bit of artistic licence – would have to be Michelle Rodriguez. She plays all of the tough-chick-with-a-heart characters that I love. She is amazing in the film Girl Fight.

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The green contact lenses would be out in force at this point!

So who would you pick to play you?

Chrissie