Scarefest 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016

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Happy Halloween folks!

Not going to lie, I'm getting so bored of blogging now. I don't really have much to say these days because I am 100% busy all of the time. And even that's a lie, because I've just had a week off but I still don't feel like I've really stopped.

However, I actually did something blog worthy yesterday, and that was going to Scarefest at Alton Towers!

If you haven't heard of Alton Towers, it's a major theme park in the UK and each year, hosts it's infamous Scarefest event for Halloween.

I've been to Alton Towers a few times because I live fairly close but never for Halloween, and so I had NO idea what to expect.

As well as the normal rides, Alton Towers puts on other scare events, decorates the park beautifully and hires actors/actresses to scare the living daylights out of you. I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so went on all of the 'thrill' rides first before heading to our slot in the Halloween mazes.

So, the mazes. There were quite a few but we only did two of them because I was freeeeezing. I don't know why, but we opted for the scariest one first, and actually I'm glad we did because I was terrified ha.

I perhaps wouldn't read ahead if you're going and don't want it ruining, but basically you have to be prepared to do it alone and I was alone from the start, which I hated. You enter the maze as a group and then an actress pushed me into a door labelled two (there were three doors). I then just started walking, praying to just get the f*ck out of there. The difference with this maze was that the actors could touch you and at one point, I was stuck in a pitch black corner with a woman hugging me. I wouldn't say I get scared easily but I really didn't enjoy it!

I did manage to find my way out, obviously, but at the end, you're chased out by a guy with a chainsaw. I laughed so much afterwards but I honestly hated the whole thing!

The second one wasn't as bad because you got to stay in your group and had to hold onto the person in front of you but as you walked through that maze, things just jumped out at you, people followed you around and come right up to your face. An experience I'll do without in future!

Overall though, it was a really good day, and despite being terrified, I think that's the whole point. Alton Towers definitely did a good job at hosting Halloween and I'd definitely recommend it!
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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When I was 16, I auditioned for the part of Liat in the musical south pacific. Let's just put it this way, I didn't get the part because I was essentially told I was too fat, but instead came away with a 4 year battle with anorexia. Of course, that's over simplistic and it wasn't THE reason, but it stuck as a huge trigger in my mind. 

Fast forward to October 2016. I've rejoined a musical group, and I've been there long enough to audition for a part again; the show is Cinderella.

I LOVE musical theatre. There isn't nothing I don't enjoy more than watching a huge production on stage, singing along to the songs or dancing to one in my bedroom. It's not the coolest of things but it really do love it.

I also love being on stage.

I love it when the lights shine upon you, the buzz from the audience, the way the microphone is taped to your face because people are coming to see you. You actually do feel like a superhero. I sound like I'm exaggerating, and when those nerves hit you pre-show, it's all pretty questionable, but I'm going to stand by what I say.

Last night was the Cinderella audition. I've spent weeks debating whether I can even audition because a) what happens if I'm rejected and the same thing happens? and b) I'm up against the same lady who was cast the part I wanted when I was 16. Dejavu or what?!

Tears, nerves and fear aside, eventually my stubbornness surfaced and I auditioned. Not the best audition; the song I was asked to sing was not how I wanted to sing it (thanks nerves!), however..


Feels so weird to even write that but you know what guys? Feel the fear and do it anyway. I've learned something too - it's not about how many times you fail, the important thing is that you do not give up.
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Go Ahead Snacking

Sunday, 23 October 2016

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When it comes to 4pm, I definitely need a pick me up. And as much as I'd love to start cutting up apple chunks and dipping them into peanut butter everyday, I'm usually running across Birmingham for a train so it's not always feasible. Sometimes you really do just need something for on the go.

If you've not heard of or seen Go Ahead snacks and live in the UK, I feel like you've been living in a hole because they've been around forever. In line with the launch of a few new products, they recently sent me a huge box full of snacks to try! You can't say no to free food when you're a student, can you?

As much as I joke, Go Ahead snacks are probably not something I'd choose BUT my brother on the other hand loves them so he was my guinea pig here.. blame him if you don't like them!

Go Ahead's premise is to provide a range of delicious, satisfying snacks that are all carefully portioned so that you can snack smart - and to be honest, I do quite like the idea of portion control when it comes to snacking.

Anyway, Go Ahead make a variety of snacks; yogurt breaks, crispy slices, fruity bakes and their newest edition to the range; cookie bites.

Firstly I was sent the cookie bites which come in chocolate & orange, and white chocolate & raspberry, and are essentially mini cookies.. which went down a treat!

Then we had the crispy slices which remind me a garibaldi biscuits and come in loads of flavours so you're bound to find something to suit your tastebuds. We had apple and orange!

Finally, I was sent the fruity bakes and yogurt breaks. I remember the apple bakes being my favourite as a kid because they taste like apple pie.. I bet you could even microwave these and they'd be all warm and gooey. My brother also said the yogurt breaks were good for breakfast for those who are rushing out of the door with food in hand, and these were in cherry and tropical!

I think this range is so vast, there is something for everyone here and although they perhaps are deceivingly high in sugar, these snacks are better than your average chocolate bar so maybe an alternative for those of you looking for a portion controlled, healthier substitute?

Happy snacking!

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Jewellery with James Viana

Thursday, 20 October 2016

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I don't know about you, but I actually feel a little bit naked without any jewellery on?!

I always wear my watch, rings, bracelets and necklace (this sentences makes me sound so materialistic but it's true that I always have them on).

Sometimes jewellery can make a great gift for someone, provides sentiment or can be something you can buy yourself and every time you look at your hand etc you like 'dayummm girl, I'm an independent woman' which is what I mostly do!

With Christmas looming though, I'm definitely on the look out for gifts and one brand that sells really, lovely pieces are James Viana. They do a range of silver jewellery, from rings to earrings to necklaces - perfect for any mother, girlfriend, sister or other female relation!

I was lucky enough to receive this sterling silver ring with citrine gemstones. Now, if I'm honest, citrine isn't something I would personally choose but I do know women who would love this as a gift. It fits my hand perfectly though, and you can tell the jewellery has been designed and crafted really well.

What I do like about James Viana, is that their mission is to help every woman look and feel great, so for every piece sold, they share 10% of their profits with charities who work on causes for women. So, if you do purchase something, you know you're doing a good thing too!

There is a sale online at the moment too, and if you are interested in any of their pieces, James Viana are giving my readers and exclusive 20% off with the code 'JVBO20%', which lasts until 31st December 2016! So if you're after early Christmas presents, you're covered here!

*This post was sponsored by James Viana but all opinions are my own.
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My Current Travel Bucket List

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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I think with the recent decline in weather and the realisation that I can't really go on holiday until June/July 2017, I've been thinking about travel and holidays 100 times more than usual.

So, cue bucket list!

1. Croatia

Basically this has come from hours spent on pinterest and drooling over how beautiful it looks! I've not actually been to many places in Europe, or not as many as I'd like to have visited anyway, and this looks ideal. The look of an aqua sea and nearby cities to explore appears to be perfect.

2. Budapest

And on the same wave length, the city of Budapest just calls to me. I know every blogger and their mom has been here, and yes I want to be cliched and go too, but can you blame me?!

3. Iceland

I'm not sure why this is on my list but I want to visit the blue lagoon and northern lights SO badly. I think I'm mesmerised by stunningly beautiful blue water.. the only thing is, I have raynauds so I'm not sure that going to somewhere freezing cold is going to sit well with me?!

4. Australia

I think ever since I can remember, I've wanted to go to Oz. I mean, it just has it all doesn't it?! Sydney, the opera house, the great barrier reef, Melbourne, BBQ's on the beach, the rainforests, kangaroos... I need to go.

5. Bali

This one is mostly on this list because I actually got uber jealous of everyone who went on travelling after our Sri Lanka trip, when I returned home. A lot of them went to Bali and the pictures were just incredible! Give me a sunset, beautiful temple and good company, and I'm sold.

I'd also love to know what's on your bucket list right now as I'm always on the look out for new places to eye up!
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Adult Friendship

Thursday, 6 October 2016

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I've been thinking about writing a post on making friends as an adult for a while now but when I read this post by Jasmin recently, I was like yep, need to do that.

The thing is, when you stop and ask yourself how many friends you've made as an adult, is it really that many?

Taking my own situation into account here, and going off the fact I've been thrown into a new environment where I'm having to make new friends, I've realised that making friends as adults is hard. It's not like when you're a child where you have no inhibitions, no pre-judgements, and no other commitments.. it's another ball game. You actually have to sort of 'click' with that person, in a way in which your comfortable being yourself around - something that can potentially take years.

But actually, I've been lucky in that I've got another chance to make more friends as an adult because most of us don't have that. At school, you're thrown into an educational environment and you know you're going to be with these people for would could be the next 11 years. Let's face it, most of us make our longest and best friends here.

But what if you move away after your school years?

How, in 2016, do we as adults make new friends? Online? Societies? Through work?

It's really not easy. People already have established friendship groups and approaching that can sometimes be intimidating.

And most importantly, those friendships that perhaps you made at school actually now require effort. You know, you actually have to arrange to see someone now or text them because life has carried on and we don't turn up to the same Maths class any more.

So like Jasmin, I'm genuinely interested in what other people think on this topic because in 2016, I genuinely don't know you go about beginning to make new friends as an adult.

Ironically, I actually met my best friend now this year, but that's besides the point, right?
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Autumn Wishlist

Monday, 3 October 2016

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I've actually spent most of this weekend online mooching. I say mooching, because I bought 3 things; all of them with student discount, and one is my first Christmas present! I feel festive already, it's very odd. Anyway, I found loads of things I'd buy if I had a limitless amount of money but I'm now a student again #firstworldproblems.

I don't usually wear converse any more but I'm in love with their new nude converse range. And I seem to be sucked in by all of the berry, brown and nude tones lately. I don't actually need anything but does a girl ever need clothes? Always.

I have ordered this iris ear cuff on Saturday too. I've had a few new piercings in the last few months and I've been wanting to try one out for ages. I just think there is a fine line between beautiful and tacky.. I'll update you when it arrives!

I also want to note that I'm so proud of myself this morning; I've actually worked out how to make a wish list all professional looking!

Hope you all have a lovely week.
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Letters to my Fanny

Saturday, 1 October 2016

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Letters to my Fanny by Cherry Healey

If you are after a light hearted, feel good book, then this is it.

Sometimes on your early morning commute or after a long day, the last thing you want is to start reading heavy literature (there is a time and place, of course), but I'd been after something with a little comedy and interest, and I'm not going to lie, the title sold it to me.

In this book, Cherry writes an open letter to her body parts (bum, boobs, hands, mouth, brain etc), expressing criticism but mostly gratitude for what they have done for her. She shares stories of her life, and notes the life lessons she's learnt along the way, touching on motherhood, growing up, friendship, heartbreak.. y'know? The usual life events.

It's a book I would pass onto other women in my life, especially those who lack confidence because this really is both an enjoyable read, good laugh and self esteem boost all in one.

It's an extremely relatable book, and I'm quite glad I agree with Cherry already on most things despite only being 22, but I know many young women who would benefit from reading this - I promise your time won't be wasted!
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