Trick or treat, give me something good to eat!
A 400g bag of vegan sweets for a fiver from Zad’s takeaway, made by Cruelty Free Candy
Trick or treat, give me something good to eat!
A 400g bag of vegan sweets for a fiver from Zad’s takeaway, made by Cruelty Free Candy
I’ve taken screen shots from my Instagram to remind me, and show you what I’ve been up to this month.
I changed my contraception so got quite a few hormonal spots and this Body Shop Tea Tree, Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner was invaluable; as was The Ordinary, Lactic Acid which very gently and naturally exfoliates.
Now it’s the end of August and my skin has settled so I’m using Neal’s Yard Remedies Orange Flower Toner and Orange Flower Moisturiser everyday to keep my skin all glowy and nourished (along with the The Ordinary Lactic Acid twice a week).
Me and my bloke spent our Tesco vouchers on Pizza Express (who will be going into liquidation next month apparently) and order two ‘new’ veggie pizzas and all of the salad.
To take advantage of the governments ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme we went to Ruyi Vegetarian Restaurant. Amazing!
I’ve gotten back into the fake meat brand Vivera and have been making simple stir-fries. Like these Vivera Shwarma Kebab strips with rice and pea and sweet corn and Jamaican Jerk BBQ sauce.
The hot weather made really reduced my appetite so these mezze/tapas style bowls were great to nibble on.
I’ve had purchasing a Nirvana tee at the back of my mind for decades and this month I found an official pale pink one. Cute and grungy!
I got sick of buying summer shoes that were either too flat and bad for my shitty joints or too heavy or that flew off my feet going down stairs. I bit the bullet and bought Crocs. I actually think these look pretty bad-ass as they remind me of late 80’s/early 90’s street style. Here’s my full review of Crocs.
I still think the simplest thing to wear is a maxi dress. Hides a ton of sins and all you have to choose are shoes and then a jacket/cardigan for evening.
In the crazy hot weather I’ve been wearing these sandals from Newlook, drinking Rockstar blueberry energy drink, using this light and fruity perfume from Eden and ( even with my limited concentration span) flew through My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
The households charity shop donations for the second quarter of the year: A crazy wide pair of linen trousers, a face scrub you have to mix from powder (I managed to spill the first pot everywhere), vest I’m now too big for, too small jeans, a teeny-tiny dress from Japan, shoes which I’ve had over a decade and worn out.
80’s pop and bluesy rock.
Snowfall about the start of the crack epidemic in early 80’s LA, like a mixture of Breaking Bad, The Getdown and The Wire.
Canada’s Drag Race, love Priyanka!
Galdem (on BBC iPlayer) about women making it in the UK grime scene.
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
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Finally visited Ruyi Vegetarian House (Withington) who do delicious vegetarian and vegan food, specialising in mock-meats.
They are doing the #eatouttohelpoutscheme during the week.
The general standard of cooking was fantastic and the staff (even though they were so busy) were so attentive. Really relaxed, friendly atmosphere too.
I ordered: Peking Ribs (lovely), Salt and Pepper Tofu (quality), Mixed Veg (subtle seaweed flavour).
My Bloke ordered: Peking Ribs, Satay Chicken (amazing) and Stir Fried Mushroom (lovely).
They’re moving to Chorlton very soon, which is a very trendy and unique place to be. I do think it will be such a shame for this part of Withington that another veggie/vegan place has gone, along with the closure of Boho Utopia cafe recently.
This is inspired by a quiz from Buzzfeed. I’ve changed it to incorporate a more UK based audience and added and removed a few things. Here are Freddie and Kelsey, two US influencers, taking it themselves for As/Is channel.
What did you score? I got 29/40, which doesn’t really surprise me!
I’ve mostly been wearing this combo or these pants with the-dye tops. I’m all about clashing prints this summer.
I bought these adorable and very unique Freda Kahlo earrings by Wilderness from Sour Cherry, who are located in Afflecks and they also have an online shop.
I’ve been wearing this outfit (shrug, maxi dress, black gladiator sandals) the few times we’ve been out and about.
I posted about Items of Clothing That Seem Ideal in Theory but…
Hated my heavy, long fringe in the heat so gave myself a short choppy one instead.
After reading that Pizza Express will be slowly closing branches permanently from September my Bloke used up his Tesco points and treated us to a meal. We thought it crap that the rocket didn’t come with the mozzarella and tomato so we ordered that as well. We also ordered three 14″ pizzas which were amazing. A spicy, smokey one with aubergine, peppers and humus (added after cooking); a slightly sweet one with sultanas, black olives and red onion and a cheesy one with garlic.
I tried Aldi’s No Steak Bake which had the loveliest flakey pastry and a mince sauce that was so rich it would have suited a Spag Bol better!
Did a comprehensive Cupboard and Fridge Shop at Ocado (didn’t realise they have Follow Your Heart Cheese unfortunately). It’s all gluten and dairy free apart from the pepperoni which has milk in the flavouring.
We visited V Revolution. I had this cheese burger with bacon, slaw and onion rings. My bloke had the burger between two doughnuts which he said was very tasty and not as weird as you’d think. Okay…!?
I’ve started putting chilli (fresh, or oil, or sauce), spring onion and crushed roasted peanuts on everything. So refreshing for summer!
If I Could Only Use One Skincare Product this is what I chose and explained why.
I blogged about my Lifestyle Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin.
Unpopular Opinions – Makeup Tag was surprisingly fun to join in with. Spotted on Just Geeking By.
Another tag which I find by the lovely Heather over at Just Geeking By was The 90’s Tag I was a teen in the 90’s so this was so much fun!
The last tag I joined in with was The Daily Gratitude Tag – Home Sweet Home
Limitless – a spin off from the film staring Bradley Cooper. A guy who’s on pills which expand his mind consults for the FBI. Light and entertaining.
Preacher – About a preacher, a con-woman and a vampire ft. God and a murderous Saint. Totally nuts!
The Avengers films – Never get bored of these.
Captain America – Kinda boring.
Mortal Engines – Film Set in the future most cities will have morphed into huge machines which move around and swallow smaller cities to survive but not all cities are as ruthless as this. Two young people fight to find justice and fairness. Based on the Mortal Engines Quartet books by Philip Reeve.
Super 8 – A film incredibly similar to Stranger Things before that series was created.
Brad Mondo – Very honest, funny, sweet hairdresser who reacts to people doing their own hair and also does tutorials.
Kate Bush album Hounds of Love; Fun Loving Criminals album Scooby Snacks; Lady Ice (fellow Mancunian) single No Silence; Nadia Rose single Skwod.
If there’s anything you want to ask me or to tell me, please leave a comment, I love reading them and replying to you!
TIPS ON LIVING A GREEN LIFESTYLE
Just do your best and don’t stress!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
As seen on catwalks and in glossy magazines over the past several years, pyjama-style fashion is sticking around. It’s cool how items which look like PJ’s separately, can also look surprisingly smart when you put them together right.
I should have rolled the sleeves up for the first one though.
Shirt – Missguided
Cami – Boohoo
Palazzo Pants – Matalan
Sandals – Newlook
Earrings – Forage
Hair Clips – Claire’s
Scrunchy – Claire’s
I’d love to know, in these strange times have you managed to pull off wearing actual PJ’s outside and how did that go?
• Thank the person that nominated you (I found this tag on Cranky Autistic and decided to join in!)
• Answer all the questions below
• Pingback to the creator: Ellyn at Allonsythornraxxbooks
• 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).
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 🙋🏻♀️
Rocky Horror Picture Show 🙋🏻♀️
Pirates of the Caribbean franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Harold Lloyd Safety Last 🙋🏻♀️
Fight Club 🙋🏻♀️
Maze Runner franchise🙋🏻♀️
The Great Gatsby 🙋🏻♀️
The Princess Bride 🙋🏻♀️
Crazy Rich Asians
A Few Goodmen🙋🏻♀️
In The Line of Fire🙋🏻♀️
How to Train Your Dragon films 🙋🏻♀️
Napoleon Dynamite 🙋🏻♀️
Step Brothers 🙋🏻♀️
White Noise 🙋🏻♀️
Some Like It Hot🙋🏻♀️
50 First Dates
The Princess Diaries 🙋🏻♀️
The Nightmare Before Christmas 🙋🏻♀️
Scream franchise 🙋🏻♀️
The Dark Crystal🙋🏻♀️
Edward Scissor Hands🙋🏻♀️
Million Dollar Baby 🙋🏻♀️
Harry Potter franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Resident Evil 🙋🏻♀️
The Wedding Singer 🙋🏻♀️
Lilo & Stitch 🙋🏻♀️
Finding Nemo 🙋🏻♀️
Finding Neverland 🙋🏻♀️
Jurassic Park films 🙋🏻♀️
My Neighbour Totoro 🙋🏻♀️
White Chicks 🙋🏻♀️
Butterfly Effect 🙋🏻♀️
13 Going on 30
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 🙋🏻♀️
Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events 🙋🏻♀️
The Devil Wears Prada 🙋🏻♀️
Deep Impact! 🙋🏻♀️
The Gridiron Gang 🙋🏻♀️
Never Been Kissed 🙋🏻♀️
Meet The Parents 🙋🏻♀️
10 Things I Hate About You🙋🏻♀️
Mean Girls 🙋🏻♀️
A Knights Tale🙋🏻♀️
The Terminal 🙋🏻♀️
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants🙋🏻♀️
Dumb & Dumber 🙋🏻♀️
Final Destination franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Hitchcock’s Rear Window
Mrs Doubtfire 🙋🏻♀️
Rock of Ages🙋🏻♀️
Practical Magic 🙋🏻♀️
Ghost Ship 🙋🏻♀️
From Hell 🙋🏻♀️
Secret Window 🙋🏻♀️
I Am Sam 🙋🏻♀️
The Truman Show🙋🏻♀️
The Day After Tomorrow 🙋🏻♀️
Hunger Games franchise🙋🏻♀️
Seed of Chucky
Bride of Chucky 🙋🏻♀️
P.S. I Love You🙋🏻♀️
Just Married 🙋🏻♀️
Coach Carter 🙋🏻♀️
The Mask 🙋🏻♀️
Bad Boys franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Lucky Number Slevin
Alien Franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Ocean’s Eleven 🙋🏻♀️
Howls Moving Castle🙋🏻♀️
Bond franchise (new)🙋🏻♀️
Black Swan 🙋🏻♀️
Kingsman: The Secret Service 🙋🏻♀️
The Princess and the Frog (Disney)🙋🏻♀️
The Mummy franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Predator franchise 🙋🏻♀️
The Fog 🙋🏻♀️
Ice Age franchise 🙋🏻♀️
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel🙋🏻♀️
Independence Day 🙋🏻♀️
A Bronx Tale
Children of the Corn
Maid in Manhattan 🙋🏻♀️
War of the Worlds 🙋🏻♀️
Rush Hour franchise 🙋🏻♀️
The Best Bet
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 🙋🏻♀️
She’s All That 🙋🏻♀️
Mars Attacks 🙋🏻♀️
Wizard of Oz (original)🙋🏻♀️
Forrest Gump 🙋🏻♀️
Big Trouble in Little China 🙋🏻♀️
The Terminator franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Ant Man 🙋🏻♀️
Ant Man and the Wasp🙋🏻♀️
Die Hard franchise🙋🏻♀️
Spider Man franchise🙋🏻♀️
Jeepers Creepers 2
Catch Me If You Can 🙋🏻♀️
The Little Mermaid 🙋🏻♀️
Freaky Friday 🙋🏻♀️
Reign of Fire
Cruel Intentions 🙋🏻♀️
Miracle on 34th Street 🙋🏻♀️
The Notebook 🙋🏻♀️
A Walk to Remember
Kidulthood films 🙋🏻♀️
The 40-year-old Virgin
Little Miss Sunshine🙋🏻♀️
Lord of the Rings franchise 🙋🏻♀️
Indiana Jones franchise🙋🏻♀️
Do the Right Thing 🙋🏻♀️
House of 1000 Corpses
American History X🙋🏻♀️
Kung Fu Hustle
Monsters Inc 🙋🏻♀️
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 🙋🏻♀️
Shaun Of the Dead 🙋🏻♀️
Dawn Of the Dead 🙋🏻♀️
Mad Max (old or new)🙋🏻♀️
28 days later 🙋🏻♀️
Water World 🤣
Kill Bill Vol 1 🙋🏻♀️
Kill Bill Vol 2 🙋🏻♀️
Kingdom of Heaven 🙋🏻♀️
The Hills Have Eyes
Miss Congeniality 🙋🏻♀️
The Last House on the Left
Army of Darkness
Star Wars franchise
The Matrix franchise🙋🏻♀️
Evil Dead 2
Team America: World Police
Red Dragon 🙋🏻♀️
Silence of the Lambs 🙋🏻♀️
The Breakfast Club 🙋🏻♀️
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 🙋🏻♀️
Dazed and confused
Natural Born Killers🙋🏻♀️
Pretty in Pink 🙋🏻♀️
Sweet Charity 🙋🏻♀️
Polar Express 🙋🏻♀️
American Werewolf in London 🙋🏻♀️
Fantastic Four 🙋🏻♀️
The Blindside 🙋🏻♀️
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.