Getting Personal: Heartbreak Hotel

Tuesday 26 February 2013

*WARNING: Extremely text heavy post, but may be beneficial to anyone who's feeling heartbroken*
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As I am sitting here beginning to write this I know it's going to be difficult. I'm going to try to open up without getting too personal, which is a problem that I have had in the past. I'm not sure I'll even post this, so if you are reading this, then know that writing this is difficult for me. I've been dealing with this one heartbreak for almost 2 years, and I only just feel like I am beginning to get over it. 

Lets start at the beginning. I met this boy in year seven, and I fell head over heels for him. We went out a couple of times, we kissed and I knew then and there that he was the one for me. We lost our virginity together at the age of 15. We split up. A few years later we got back together and finally had the relationship that we both deserved. We got engaged at the age of 17, and came to university together. It was at university in particular that we started having serious problems, although we had problems before coming too. We both became very different people. I became over emotional and irrational in my first year of uni, because I couldn't deal with being so far away from home. We stopped talking to each other and ultimately our relationship failed. I held out hope for 2 years. He came back into my life a few times and messed me (and his girlfriend at the time) around, only then to go back to her. Earlier this year we gave it one final shot. It didn't work out. I know we both want to blame each other heavily, but the truth is, we just don't work. I finally see that. 

Now I'm not typing any of this to 'out' him, or to make him feel bad or anything like that. I'm writing it more as a help for other people, I want you to know that your aren't alone, and I'm here for you. Before when I would write anything like this about him I would cry, a lot. I'd feel such intense pain, but now, although I feel a slight sadness in my heart, I finally feel free. Of course I care about him still, and I want him to do well in the future, but at the same time, I respect myself enough to know that having him in my life is just destructive to the both of us. So I'm not doing it anymore. I've said 'It's over' a million times before, but at the time I only said that to try and get him back, as pathetic as it may seem. This time, I'm being 100% honest with myself. It... is... Over.

I've started reading a book: 'I Can Heal Your Broken Heart' - It's a self help book. I'm finding it really beneficial. I thought I'd just share some things I've learned from the first few chapters for anyone else who is having a bit of a difficult time.

When you fall in love with someone, you visualise a 'perfect' future with that person, possibly getting married, living together etc. When you split up that future is now ripped away from you. So you hold onto that 'perfect' future for dear life. You do this by:
  • Reliving old memories
  • Visiting places you used to go together
  • Listening to songs that remind you of your ex
  • Doing anything you can to cling on to their memory
  • Constantly contacting your ex
All of these things mean you cling onto the 'hope' of rescuing that future that you've already imagined. What you don't realise is that by releasing yourself from this 'future', you are ultimately going to be lead to another better future with another person, and the same is true of your ex. 

One of the best things I've done in the past weeks is to imagine all of the bad memories that I have of my ex. Not in the way that it makes me hate him, but in the way that it's made me realise that we had problems. I've broken out of the cycle of thinking that he is the only person in the world that I want to marry, because he isn't my 'one' anymore. He was A 'one' but not THE 'one'. At the same time though, I feel no grudge against him.

I can't believe I've been going through this vicious cycle of heartbreak for two years. Whenever my family or friends just told me to move on, I'd say I had, but really I didn't, and I just let him break my heart again. So if you are finding yourself in the same vicious cycle, just stop it. RIGHT NOW. No amount of hoping is going to change the fact that things in that relationship didn't work out. What you can hope for is the future, and the new better future that you are going to find in your next relationship. A great love isn't a love that causes this much hurt to both of you, a great love is one that you share with someone who can love you for ALL you are, and not just the bits that they like about you. I look forward to my new future with someone who can give me as much love as I am giving them!

I hope this helped at least one of you reading it. Feel free to talk to me in the comments, and share experiences. Or tweet me (@Alyssia_rose).

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Buying into Beauty: Sunday Spa Day!

Monday 25 February 2013

Here's the thing. I like makeup and beauty as much as the next girl, but I'll be honest, I'm kind of lazy. I've always wanted to be the kind of girl that has an amazing skincare routine, and was able to create the most amazing makeup looks, but before I just couldn't be bothered. Since starting my blog, and reading a lot of other blogs (mostly fashion and beauty blogs). I have decided that the time has come for me to get my own beauty routine. Now as I said I'm lazy, so I'm not going to do this routine everyday (Except for skincare). So I created 'Sunday Spa Day'.

The reason Sunday is a good day for me is because even if I have to work The store closes at 4:30pm so the latest I will be in work is 5:30pm. Leaving me the evening to carry out this routine:

In the shower:

  1. Wash my face with my Tesco Cucumber Face Cleanser. My skin is fairly ok, so I don't see the need to buy expensive cleansers.
  2. Wash my Hair with my Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Thick hair. My hair is actually quite fine, but I got bought this shampoo in a gift set for Christmas, so I thought I might as well use it. Since using it I have noticed that my hair is slightly thicker!
  3. Put my Pantene 2 Min repairing hair mask on. Also part of the gift set with the shampoo and conditioner above.
  4. Whilst my hair mask is doing it's work I use the I Love... Raspberry and Blackberry Shower Smoothie to exfoliate my body. I love the smell of these products and exfoliation is something I need to do more!
  5. Rise everything and get out of the shower.
Once dried:

  1. Use my Simple Face Moisturiser. I don't really buy into moisturising my face, but I'll see how it goes.
  2. Use my Dove Body Lotion to moisturise my entire body. I don't have the patience to do this every day, or every other day, so doing it once a week is just right for my lazy self!
  3. Simple Pedicure. (Use a nail block to shape, buff and polish the nails. Place a little moisturiser on each nail and use an orange stick to push back cuticles. Rub the remaining moisuriser into the feet) This Sunday I gave myself my first ever pedicure and my toenails look healthier than they have ever done. This is something I'll definitely keep in my routine. 
  4. Manicure. (same as pedicure. Then use my OPI Nail Envy as a base and paint my nails any colour I like!)
Evening relaxation:
  1. Face Mask. I bought 4 facemasks from Superdrug the other day, they are too cheap to pass up. This Sunday I used one of the peeling ones. I just love the feeling of peeling off the facemask when it is dry!
So there you have it! This is my new Sunday Routine! Obviously there are parts that I'll do every few days, Such as my manicure, because I need to use the Nail Envy every other day for it to work. As a side note I am seriously impressed with the change I've seen in my nails. On Sunday when I removed my Nail Polish my nails looked and felt a lot stronger, and that was a mere two days after starting to use Nail Envy. I can't wait to see what my nails look like in a week! I'll hopefully be bringing you a lot more beauty posts as my tastes and interests grow. We'll see. 

If you want to recommend me some products to use for my Sunday Spa Day then please leave them in the comments!

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Friday Letters

Friday 22 February 2013

Dear Hair, Thank you for actually behaving today and looking so beautiful, I promise I'll sort your colour out soon.

Dear Body, I know we are going through a stressful time, but you aren't helping!

Dear Mum, I miss you lots, I can't wait until I move back in the summer.

Dear Internet Sellers, Thank you for being so understanding recently when I've had to return faulty items, it makes me feel so much better about the situation.

Dear fellow bloggers, I love sharing my blog with you and reading your blogs, I can't wait to read even more of them!

Dear E.L.F, Please stop sending me really good offers over email, I really REALLY want to buy from you, but I have to restrict myself.

Dear Universe, Please keep bringing the good times my way!

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Film Thoughts: Horror Films

Friday 22 February 2013

Today I'm going to be talking about a subject that is close to my heart, Horror films. I can't remember when I first fell in love with horror films, but I remember the moment that I realised I liked them above most other kinds of films. It was in Sixthform, during 'A' level Media Studies. We had to make a Promotional Pack for a fictional horror film. So for research we had to look at lots of horror trailers etc. I watched so many horror films that year, and that's when I realised I loved them. I think my love of horror was always apparent when I was younger though...

My first memory of a horror film is watch Nightmare on Elm Street when I was younger. My family used to have a takeaway and film night every week, I think on a Sunday. One week the film that my dad and uncle chose was Nightmare on Elm Street. Originally my mum didn't want me to watch it, but I protested. I can't remember what age I was but I remember being fascinated with that film. I'm sure I sat and watched it a good 5 times before it had to be returned to Blockbuster. I also remember mum renting Sleepy Hollow, and I watched that over and over until it had to be returned.

The first horror film I remember being terrified of was Darkness Falls. Short story, it's a film about a tooth fairy. The thing that scared me most about this film was that she could only get you in the dark. I was terrified of the dark anyway like most 7/8 year olds, but this made me paranoid. In fact I'm sure this is the film that started my stupid 'running and jumping into bed' thing that I used to do because I was terrified that a monster would grab me from under my bed. I re-watched this film today with my friend Ellie, who was also scared of this in her childhood. It wasn't as scary as either of us remembered, but there were still a few good jump scares in it that got me. It was watching this that made me realise how much I love horror films, and it's because they shock, scare, and gross me out that I love them. I've spoken about this before on my old blog, but there is something about a film that can make me feel scared that I just like. I don't know why, I just do.

In the last few years I've attended Abertoir Horror Festival which is held in the town I go to University at. This has just grown my love for the genre and helped me to get together with a group of like minded people. It always still shocks me though, how little other people think of horror films. Just because they don't understand them, or they won't give them a chance. One big example of this was the release of 'The Human Centipede 2'. They screened it at Abertoir the first year I ever attended, and I loved it. Don't get me wrong, it's sick, very gruesome, and in places downright wrong. It's the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously that makes it a brilliant film. It received a shocking reception from my fellow film students, some of whom slated it and refused to watch it. They all had opinions on it without even sitting down to it. Now I understand if you don't like gruesome films, you don't have to watch them. But that doesn't mean that you can go and slate a film with gore in it, just because you don't like gore. Over half the people commenting on the discussion slating the film hadn't even seen it, and that wound me up so much.

The thing I love most about horror films is that they push boundaries. I want to be shocked! I'm waiting for a day when a film shocks me so much that I have to walk out, and on that day I won't be slating the film for being too much for me. I will applaud it for pushing it that far!

I seem to have gone slightly off-tangent there, but my point is, I love horror films. They've been in my life for a long time, and I hope they stay in my life!

Do you have any childhood memories of watching horror films?

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I've Joined the Cupcake Book Club!

Wednesday 20 February 2013

I have joined the amazing Cupcake Book Club which is run by An American Cupcake in London! I'm joining it in it's 8th month, and I am super excited! To see the full rules then check out this post, but this is the basic idea.

Every month the book club reads a book (with a baking theme) and then they bake something inspired by the book. We share our ideas and bakes and have a laugh. This month we are going to be reading this:

I've bought the Kindle version of this book (as I couldn't wait to get my hands on it), and I'm going to start reading it tonight. I'm still trawling my way through Wuthering Heights, but I want to start this book sooner rather than later so I can get some baking ideas flowing! Also because I have a LOT of work coming up and soon I won't have as much time for reading, baking, and unfortunately blogging. I will try to get posts up when I can, but they won't be as often as I would like. Once my uni work is out of the way though I'll be all yours!

I was going to have a lovely review for you of Benefit They're Real mascara that I finally caved and bought on Ebay. However I used it once and got a horrible allergic reaction (I never get allergic reactions to makeup), so I think it may have been a fake. Thankfully the seller has agreed to refund me, but I'll certainly be more cautious next time I buy makeup from Ebay. 

Also I have a redesign on the horizon! I have got my own domain name now, I'm just waiting for my redesign before I update it so I can launch them both together. My dad is actually doing my redesign so I don't know how long it's going to take him, I may get bored and just end up paying someone else to do it for me. As well as that i'm thinking of combining my nail and lifestyle blog once I have the redesign up and running, but I'm not entirely sure. What do you think?

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What I Wore: Murder Mystery!

Saturday 16 February 2013

I wouldn't normally do a post like this but I thought to myself: Life is too short, why not? So here I am bringing you a post of what I wore!

My friend Laurence hosted a murder mystery at my house last night. I don't know if you've ever participated in a murder mystery, but basically you get given a character and you attend a 'dinner party' just as a murder occurs. Then you spend the dinner party with rounds of clues and questions trying to work out who murdered the victim! This is the second murder mystery I have participated in and was set at a French Vineyard. I played 'Marlene Deepditch' a German Wine Merchant. Seeing as I completely forgot about this party until Thursday I didn't have time to get a proper costume together but this is what I chose to wear:

(from top left to bottom right) Pretty eyes, The dress I'm wearing is one I bought from Primark AGES ago and have only worn once previously, tee hee look at my camera, oooo moody and showing off makeup!

(from top left to bottom right) E.L.F Everyday Eye Palette, The look I created, my gorgeous lips, E.L.F lip colour in 'Seductive'.

I don't normally wear lipsticks, but I bought 'Seductive' back in October and I'm sure I haven't worn it since. I'm not a fan of it being too obvious that I am wearing lipstick to this seems to be the perfect colour for me as it simply enhances my natural lip colour. As for the Palette, it's one that I wear EVERY time that I wear makeup. Mainly because the colours are so simple and make it look like I'm not wearing much at all. I like to wear this look and then use my Maybelline Master Smokey Eyes Eyeliner to line my upper lash line carefully just to frame my eyes! It's been a long while since I wore makeup (other than just everyday boring makeup), and I really enjoyed it. Maybe I'll start wearing it more often, lord knows I have enough stuff at my disposal!

As for the murder mystery I wasn't the murder, and neither did I guess who the murderer was. I kind of fail at murder mysteries. Although it didn't help that I had drank pretty much an entire bottle of wine to myself (oops). I'm hopefully going to be hosting the next murder mystery and I am hoping to go with a Pirate theme! We'll see!

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Friday Letters!

Friday 15 February 2013

I first saw this post on Is That You Darling and I've been meaning to get involved for the last few weeks, but I kept forgetting. This week however I am all over this! So this is my first Friday Letters!

Dear Self, I know at the moment you want to crawl into a hole and disappear, but you've gotten over him before and you'll get over him again. Give yourself some time and stay positive.

Dear Ex, You've broken me for the last time. It's your loss, you've just lost the one person who knew you better than anyone, that will hit you one day soon, but by then I'll be gone.

Dear Lifestyle bloggers, I love reading your blogs and making new friends, please find my blog so we can have a chat and share stories together.

Dear American TV Shows, Sorry I haven't caught up with all of you yet, I promise I will. P.s I miss Gossip Girl, that show was the best.

Dear best friends, Sorry I've been hard to be around the past week, I'll make it up to you soon.

Dear Aberystwyth University, I can't believe that I am going to be leaving you this summer, I really don't feel ready for life. Keep me for another year? Seriously though, I can't believe that the past three years have flown by so quickly.

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Happy Valentines Day?

Thursday 14 February 2013

Hey there! I hope you are all having a wonderful Valentines and have received at least one card or gift. If you haven't then here's a Valentine from me!

I have a strong dislike of Valentines Day. Probably because I myself have never experienced a nice or even a romantic valentines day. I used to exchange Valentines cards/presents with a boy in my village because our family were friends and we wanted to at least get one valentine. Since coming to university the only Valentines day cards I get are from my mum, and for some reason always feature an animal on the front. This year, it's a Meerkat!

So in honour of not liking Valentines day I thought I'd share with you a few of my Valentines experiences!

When I was in Primary School, I can't remember what year. A boy in the year below me asked me if I wanted to go out with him on Valentines day. So I said ok, being young, and foolish. So on Valentines day he came to pick me up with his mum. He gave me a cute little card and some chocolates, and off we went. His mum took us into town and we went and had a McDonalds (the most romantic of all the foods). Then he dragged me into a games shop where he proceeded to fawn over a million pieces of Warhammer. Basically Warhammer is this game where you collect and paint the pieces yourself. Anyway, when we got back to his he began to paint his Warhammer and I sat there bored for the next two hours until my mum came to pick me up. Needless to say my first Valentines experience didn't go down too well!

Fast forward to the age of 16. I was dating a 19 year old, who happened to be the brother of one of my old school friends. The term 'friend' used loosely here. We'd been going out about a week when Valentines day rolled around. He got me a card, some roses and a red silk cushion (because I liked to snuggle things). Which I thought was amazingly sweet. We went to the cinema and got a pizza if memory serves me. That was a good Valentines day.

My 17th Valentines day I was actually in a long distance relationship with a boy from Canada! (I know STRANGER DANGER!) Anyway I think he sent me a card, but I'm not sure. I managed to find the website for a florist in his area and sent him some roses and a card. He was pretty sweet and loved the roses I sent him. I'm pretty sure I put more effort into that Valentines then he did. Which always seems to be the case.

I was racking my brain for a while trying to think about what me and my ex did for the few Valentines days that we were together. The first one we spent together I orchestrated what I can only describe as a sexy treasure hunt. I'll let you think of that what you will. That was a good Valentines day from what I remember of it, but I spent most of the day pleasing my boyfriend and I don't remember there being anything particularly romantic or surprising for me on that day. The second Valentines day we spent separated because we'd had an argument. The argument revolved around me accidentally agreeing to work on Valentines day, because I got my days mixed up. He then pretty much went on a sulk for a while. He did buy me Assassin's Creed Brotherhood to make up for being a douche though, so that was a win!

Since then I have been single and haven't had a nice romantic valentines. In fact my life has been void of romance full stop for a good few years now. In fact I'm not sure I really believe that romance exists anymore. I guess we'll see.

Tonight I'm going to see a hypnotist act at the union with my best friend Ellie, so I guess I'm just going to keep pretending that Valentines Day isn't happening!

Let me know in the comments what your best/worst Valentines experience is!

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Never Gunna Give You Up!

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Apologies for the post title, it had to be done. So yesterday was Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday, this had to be the first year since coming to university that I have actually bothered to make pancakes. I managed to limit myself to eating just two. One smothered in golden syrup and another with chocolate an strawberries.

At this time of year people often give up something for lent, this is an idea that I have NEVER even attempted. I know myself pretty well, and I know that if I take something out of my life, I'm only going to want it more. At least I always thought that way until this year. If you follow my internet presence then you may or may not know that I gave up meat for the entire month of January. My reasons being that I wanted to prove to myself that I could control my eating, and to broaden the kinds of things I eat (mainly vegetables). I succeeded and didn't eat meat on a single occasion. I ate Tuna a couple of times, but that counted in my 'broadening what I eat' because I am not a massive lover of fish. The fact that I got through an entire month without eating meat really surprised me, the old me would have given up after a few days, and trust me there were days when I wanted to throw in the towel. So I thought this year I would actually give something up for lent.

So I am giving up Coca-Cola. I drink A LOT of coke. Not as much as I used to drink but still a fair amount. So all the way up until Easter I will be avoiding this delicious drink. Thankfully I have already drank what coke remained in the house yesterday, so I can have a clean slate. I will be allowing myself other fizzy drinks, but I will limit them to only a couple a week. This way I'm making it more manageable on myself and therefore I am much more likely to succeed! I'm interested to see how this goes, particularly after the success of my January vegetarianism.

Are you giving up anything for lent? Let me know in the comments!

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Skyrim Diary #1: The day EVERYTHING happened

Monday 11 February 2013

So today I finally picked up Skyrim again!

If you read my Birthday post, then you'll know that my best friend Ellie bought me all three downloadable expansions for Skyrim and I wasted no time installing them. Although in hind-sight it may have been a bad idea, installing them all at once... I fast-travelled to Whiterun and everything went a bit crazy. I had two guy asking me if I was Dragonborn and then attacking me saying they didn't believe me. Once they were killed some other men came up to me and asked me if I know what the Dawnguard was, so I had to talk to them, and then I had 3 letters from a courier. Insane...

So the next thing I do is chose a quest, and I fast-travel to the nearest point to my target location, and I get attacked by a dragon. STRAIGHT AWAY! No word of a lie, I fast-travel, the game loads, oh there's a dragon... ok! So I kill the dragon, but before I can absorb it's soul I get hit by a troll, which I proceed to kill, but then the Orc who was attacking the troll attacks me... Once all that is finally over the game seems to have settled down I manage to get a couple of quests done. Then I decide to try out one of the features from Hearthfire, building my own house.

I made a good start, I had the small house, and the great hall all up and running, and I'm about to use the crafting table to finish up the roof when I hear this almighty crash (ingame) and my controller starts vibrating. I turn around to see that a Dragon has landed in between my house and my stable (a relatively small space) and is attacking my horse. After the initial shock wears off I run over and kill the dragon, all the while shouting profanities about how Skyrim can't be nice to me today. Once I killed the dragon I tidied up and quit Skyrim.

I decided I needed a little time away from the insanity that seems to ensue every time I pick up my controller to play Skyrim. I swear that I get attacked by Dragons 100% more than every one else that I know that plays the game. This is one of those times that I really wish that I could do Game playthrough videos, because you literally WOULD NOT believe me.

I think Skyrim hates me... but I don't hate it. I can't get enough! I'm off to play some more now, and hopefully I will (finally) adopt a child!

Please feel free to leave your funniest Skyrim experiences in the comments, I'd love to hear about them!

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Scrapbooking again!

Monday 11 February 2013

Today I did more scrapbooking! I am definitely enjoying it! I managed to get all the photo's I wanted from my birthday, some of which you can see in the beautiful collage above! I've been using to create the collages that I have been using on the blog recently. It's really easy to use and I recommend that you all have a go at it. You basically upload photos, chose the kind of collage you want, then drag the photos into it! I'm not sure what you guys think but feel free to let me know in the comments!

If you've been in touch with the news then you will know that Jessops has gone bust. Living in a small seaside town means that I have NO IDEA where to print my photos off. Before I would have gone to Jessops but that is no more. I know that Boots has a photo printing service but it's so expensive. So I went looking for alternatives. Online Photo Prints! I simply Googled photo prints and found Photobox. I actually used Photobox first to create a personal birthday card for someone. You can upload a photo and then write whatever message you want in the card and they send it out to you. You can chose from different card sizes and the most basic (A5) comes out at £2.50. When I received the card I was seriously impressed with the quality of the print and it certainly was a unique birthday card (at least in my eyes)! Anyway, after being pleased with my card I thought I might as well try out their photo printing services. At 12p a print for a standard 6x4 I was very pleased. I did have to pay a small amount for delivery, but they arrived so quickly that it didn't really bother me! 

If you require any online photo printing services I suggest that you definitely give Photobox a look, with good value for money and excellent service who could ask for more!

In conclusion I am making good headway with my 22 before 22 list and it's giving me something to focus on. I've had a bit of a tough week this week, after trusting someone and letting them back into my life only to be dumped again. I'm aware it's my own fault for being a trusting fool, and this is all I'm really going to say about it. I'm just glad I have something else to focus on so I'm not wallowing in self pity!

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Film Thoughts: Jawbreaker

Sunday 10 February 2013

I watched another film from my 22 Before 22 Film list! I don't know why this was on my list, probably because I love Mean Girls and wanted to find a film like that. Well this film is certainly like Mean Girls, except more crazy and not as good.

I was surprised to see that Rose McGowan was in this film, particularly seeing as I only recently finished watching Charmed, and liked her in that. She actually plays the villain in this film and quite a convincing one!

The plot itself is actually a little bit stupid, and quite unbelievable, and the character motivations are kind of rubbish and the acting is a bit meh in places. Basically this film is only alright. Only watch this film if you liked Mean Girls and wanted something 'kind of' like Mean Girls so that you don't have to watch Mean Girls for the millionth time.

Or you could just watch Mean Girls. Its better, and probably more worth your time.

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Film Thoughts: Wreck-It Ralph

Saturday 9 February 2013

Having literally just gotten in from seeing this film and I literally cannot contain my emotions. This film is beyond belief good. If you are a fan of video games, or even a fan of Disney then this is a must-see film for 2013! 

There were so many amazing references in the film to classic video-games. Me and my friends were all trying to beat each other to spot them all! And the SOUNDTRACK! Wow... everything about this film is amazing. The only disappointment I have in it was that it wasn't released in the UK sooner! I want this on DVD so I can watch it ALL the time! 

The film begins with the majority of what you see in the trailer, which I tend to expect from Disney films, but then it takes such an interesting and un-obvious turn! There is even a major plot twist that NONE of us saw coming! I'm trying not to give much away about this film hence why these thoughts are full mainly of me fangirling! There are perfect moments of laughter balanced with the heart jerking moments that Disney is famed for. Jane Lynch makes a brilliant and heartwarming appearance, managing to keep her hilarious banter without being too crude for a children's film. As well as that the relationship between Wreck-it Ralph and the little girl is so heartwarming and I found it so refreshing to see a relationship between a male and female that wasn't about romance or falling in love!

I literally have nothing bad to say about this film, so go and see it. NOW. Like as soon as you can. Seriously. It's amazing. 

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Friday 8 February 2013

Just a quick post from me today guys!

One thing I have learned since starting my Nail Blog in November is that the blogging community is very large, and very lovely. I've joined a couple of groups on Facebook that have lead me to meet some wonderful people. What I've always wanted is a network of online friends that support each other but that could then also meet up in real life every now and again for a good chin wag!

So I've started a new Facebook Group called Berkshire Bloggers. If you are from Berkshire or the surrounding area then please feel free to join up! I basically am looking for us all to support each other, write posts for each other, do giveaways together and eventually meet up! You can find us on Facebook or on Twitter if you search #BerkshireBloggers I would love to hear from you lovely ladies! I hope that in the coming months our group grows and we all meet some wonderful new friends!

So far I have these lovely ladies within my group:

Hope to hear from you all soon!

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Film Thoughts: TiMER

Thursday 7 February 2013

I actually found out about this film from Tumblr. There was a post that contained the tagline from the film that was floating around for a long time before I realised that it was actually a film! The tagline presented an interesting idea: 'If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know?'.Before I knew this was a film I began thinking about the concept itself. Would I want to know who my soulmate was. Short answer, yes. It would remove all the unnecessary heartbreak of having relationships with people who clearly aren't right for you. I am a hopeless romantic, I believe in soulmates and true love and that's my problem. I want the perfect fairytale relationship, and that is never going to happen. Anyway onto the film itself. It's interesting enough, with some good sub-plots. You follow the main character who's TiMER is blank. Meaning that her 'true love' hasn't had one implanted yet. You meet her as she drags yet another man into the matchmaker's shop to get one fitted so they can see if they are supposed to be together. Of course his starts up and shows a time and hers remains blank. This sends her on a journey that leads her to question what the point is of having the TiMER. Ultimately though she finds her 'one' but it leaves her in a less than ideal situation.I enjoyed the film overall, it made me think a little about love and my own situation and ideally what I'd like my future to look like. It's worth a watch if you are into girly films, simply for the concept.Would you get a TiMER if they existed?

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Making a (good) Start on my 22 before 22 List!

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Today I've been making a small dent in my 22 before 22 list which you can find in the tabs above. I thought that I would share with you how I have began to make a dent in my goals!

5. Make a Scrapbook!

I bought the things to begin making a scrapbook last week when I was birthday shopping in town but today I made a start by organising everything I got and making a title page!

I know the title page is a little boring, but I really like it and I know that they other pages are just going to be FULL of pictures etc. I've called this scrapbook 'The year my life truly begins' because it really is. I'm graduating this year and I'm going to have to settle down and get a job. Scary stuff! The picture on the right is what my bed looked like when I was creating this page earlier. I managed to find some cool bits and pieces in The Works such as the Owl, and the Flowers on the title page. Also you'll see there are a tonne of birthday cards in the picture. I'm going to be cutting out little pieces of those and using them as decoration whenever I can. I've kept the cards that mean a lot to me in my keepsakes box, but these are ones that I won't mind chopping up. I can't wait to make a page with that cupcake card!

7. Watch every film on my 'to watch' list

I opened up my 'to watch' list this morning and to my horror it was severely outdated. So of course I had to make myself a new list! and here it is:

1. The Godfather
2. Casablanca
4.Pulp Fiction
5.The Good, The Bad and the ugly
6.Lord of the rings: 1,2,3
7. The Hobbit
8.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
9.Sin City
10. Pan's Labyrinth
11. Children of Men
12. Rear Window
13. The Shawshank Redemption
14. Requiem For a Dream
15.Little Miss Sunshine
17.Ed Wood
18.Breakfast at Tiffany's
19. One Day
20. TiMER
21.10 things I hate about you
23.Never Been Kissed
24.Pretty Woman
25. The Ugly Truth
26.Shop Girl
27.P.s I Love You
28. The Time Travellers Wife

You may notice that one of the films is crossed off already! I watched it this afternoon and I will be writing about it shortly! Some of the films on the list are films I've started watching, or ones that I have seen parts of in passing, but most of them are ones I haven't seen at all!

9. Lose Weight

Something that I have been trying to do and failing at for a very long time! I recently purchased 4 exercise DVD's in the hopes that these would kickstart some kind of fitness regime. I HATE going outside to exercise, the entire time I am worried that someone is going to be staring at me and judging me so doing these things in the comfort of my own home is definitely the way to go! I did 2 workouts this morning and I'll admit I almost died, but I'm hoping that they'll get easier the more that I do them!

14. Read 5 Classic Novels

I've been meaning to do this for a LONG time, I have read a few of the classic's when I was in secondary school, but I've been putting off reading them for a long time, for no apparent reason. Anyway I haven't started reading any yet, but today I decided that I would at least make my list of the books I am going to tackle!

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I kind of chose these at random from a list, but I do know of them all, so we'll see how this goes!

So that's what I have been getting up to today! Let me know in the comments if you have a goals list and how you are doing with yours!

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Birthday Roundup!

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Hello again my little rose petals! Seems like forever since I last posted (even though I had posts that went up at the weekend)!

At the weekend I celebrated my 21st Birthday! I decided to take my two best friends home for the weekend to celebrate with my family, and I thought I would share with you what happened! Let's start with what I actually got for my birthday!

From top left to bottom right: A selection of small gifts, The drawing my best friend Ellie made me, Doctor Who memorabilia, Fox Handbag!

As you can see from the picture in the top left I got a few different small gifts from family and friends, including a zombie book from Elliot, a Doctor Who DVD, and Justin Beiber's perfume. Now don't get me wrong, I HATE Justin Beiber's music, but he managed to make a pretty decent fragrance, and I've wanted to get my hands on it for a while now. I would have done so much sooner had it not been for the name attached to the fragrance! My nan bought me the fox handbag, I had seen it in Accesorize when we were in reading together and she managed to snap it up for me. My favourite present of all has to be the drawing that Ellie made me. I kind of half seriously, half joking asked her to draw us both naked riding a black unicorn, and she made it! The best thing is that the face actually really looks like me, even if you can't really see it that well in this photo! Ellie also bought me the three downloadable expansions for Skyrim, including the one in which you can build your own house, and adopt children. Safe to say I will be playing those as soon as I get a free moment! Other than that I basically got money. I still have gifts from a few of my friends to come which I will be getting on Saturday! So i'll be sure to post about them too!

So what did I actually get up to? I could tell you, but showing you is more interesting!

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Ellie being Ellie, CLAW MACHINE, Elliot being an expert bowler, Me and my sis pre-dinner, Best friends at dinner, Hat swapping, Extreme ice cream close-up, Flat cap fashion stolen from Granddad, Birthday Cake Topper

On the Saturday after opening gifts, we went into Newbury for a spot of shopping, though I didn't actually buy anything. I had my first meaty McDonalds since before Christmas and savoured every single bite of it. Then me and the bestie's went bowling! We played three games and Elliot won every single time. I actually managed to get progressively worse which I thought was quite an acheivement. I went from 85 to 83, to 80. Shameful. Then we hit the town on Saturday night where we managed to stumble across a hilarious attempt by one pub to get around planning permission. There were two toilets in one cubicle. Me and Ellie almost died! You can find the picture of that here. Then we went into the Diamond Tap where in the toilets my father apparently punched someone who was drug dealing... (Standard), and then moved onto the ONLY club in Newbury (Fever) which I thought was going to be rubbish, but in actual fact they played some pretty decent tunes and we managed to dance the night away!  THEN on Sunday we went for a meal at the Hungry Horse in Wantage where I had a lovely Sirloin Steak OM NOM NOM! I didn't realise how much I missed steak until I had it again. The rest of the time at home was spent chilling because we were all so tired.

All in all I had an AMAZING weekend and I'm so glad I got to spend it with ALL my favourite people. Even some people that I didn't expect to see.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Also I hope you enjoyed this post, I'm hoping to do weekly(ish) posts like this, let me know if you want to see that!

ALSO my giveaway is still going on until the end of February, so CHECK IT OUT

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I'm 21!!!

Saturday 2 February 2013

Hello there my lovely rose petals! Today is my 21st birthday! Wow I feel old. I'll admit I'm cheating this and writing it before my birthday because I'm going home for the weekend with a few friends to spend time with my family and I doubt there will be blogging time! Don't worry there will be a detailed gifts post when I return and I've received my gift from a certain someone!

21 years ago at a quarter past midnight (give or take a few minutes) I was born at Basingstoke hospital to my wonderful mother Lisa. Since that day I've learned a lot of life lessons, mainly about men, and been through some horrific things in my childhood. Ultimately these things made me a stronger person. I've done my GCSE's, 'A' Levels and now I'm in my final year at Aberystwyth University studying Film and Television studies. In the past year I have grown up an awful lot. I'm a lot calmer, and I've learned to control my emotions. I've learned how to be a good friend, and I've learned what it is to live independently. I also managed to meet The Wanted twice, which isn't too shabby!

I had a long hard think about what I could do that would be special for my birthday and then I stumbled across a tab on the blog Is That You Darling? which is run by the lovely Jane, entitled 31 before 31! Which is basically a list of 31 things that Jane wants to do before she turns 31. So I thought to myself, why not write 22 things I want to do before I reach 22!  So without further ado here they are! (Prepare yourself for a very wordy post)

  1. Go on holiday without my family (Outside of the UK): I have been away without my family, but that was with my ex's family, I've never just been by myself or with friends and I really think I'm old enough to!
  2. Make an item of clothing: I've been saying for ages that I wanted to make myself a dress, and maybe now is the time
  3. Write a script: I have a lot of story ideas but I never seem to manage to get them down on paper so my goal this year is to write a script for a feature film!
  4. Do the Race For Life: This is something I kind of decided I was going to do anyway, but I still haven't signed myself up yet and made the complete commitment.
  5. Make a Scrapbook: I've always wanted a scrapbook, so I went and bought some things and I'll be starting one asap!
  6. Get a tattoo: I've been planning a tattoo for a long time, using my weight as an excuse to wait to get one, but maybe I should just take the plunge/
  7. Watch every film on my 'To Watch' list: Being a film student you would think that I've seen most films, but my 'to watch' list is shamefully long for someone on my course and I really need to remedy that!
  8. Learn a new craft: I'm not sure what this will be yet, it could be a new language, or a new hobby. I'll decide later.
  9. Lose weight: This one is quite open. Ultimately I want to be the weight I was when I came to university and to do that I need to lose 2 stone, which I could do in a year!
  10. Start making Youtube Videos: This is something I have tried to do countless times but then I make a few videos and decide I don't like them and remove them from Youtube. I recently bought a DSLR so I have no excuse not to be creating content.
  11. Take more photos: This includes being in photos. I get bored very easily when I'm taking photos. I need to not do that, this will also help with my scrapbooking!
  12. Walk my Dog more: This is something that I can't start until I move home from uni in May, but I do need to walk her more, that poor dog is depraved.
  13. Work my way through my favourite baking book and see how far I can get: I have a 101 recipe baking book and it is literally my bible. I have made a few recipes from it, but I want to work my way from beginning to end. We'll see how that goes.
  14. Read 5 Classic Novels: I'm not terrible at reading, I have read a few of the greats, but I always wish that I'd read a few more.
  15. Stay in Touch with my friends: This one is massively important to me. My biggest worry is that I won't see/speak to my friends very often when we graduate in May.
  16. Play a sport: I'm not very good with sports, but I feel like playing one would be beneficial to me, especially on the weight loss front. Rounders is my favourite sport but I also used to take Ballroom and Latin dancing (yes I consider that a sport).
  17. Move out of my mum's house?: I'm not sure about this one yet, it will depend on how quickly I get a job etc. I won't be moving home until May, but I don't want to be there for too long, mainly because I have to share a room with my sister, and I don't want to do that forever.
  18. Have a radio show: In my first year of university I was part of the student radio station and I absolutely loved it! I had to quit due to disagreements with a few of the members, and I miss it dearly. I was often told how good a presenter I made, and I really want to take it up again. I already have a possible volunteer show lined up, maybe it could turn into a career.
  19. Listen to more music: I love pop music, but I'm not very good with keeping up with what's in the charts!
  20. See more of the UK: I haven't seen a lot of Britain, and I want to remedy this by travelling around more, even on day trips and seeing everything I can.
  21. Write a letter to someone who inspires me: This will most likely be someone famous but not necessarily.
  22. Maintain my blogs!: This one is quite a boring one, but it's also an important one. Blogging is a good creative outlet for me and I need to keep up not only my personal blog but my Nail blog too. We'll see. 
So there we are! 22 things I want to do before I reach 22. As and when I do these I'll make sure I blog about them and tick them off the list. I'll also be adding a tab at the top of my blog so you can track my progress if you like!

ALSO on my Nail Blog I am doing a birthday giveaway! Click here to check that out.

Let me know what you think are the best ideas on the list! I'm off to enjoy the rest of my day now, goodbye petals!

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