May Verbs

I’m seriously late in the game.  Again.  Well, crisp and clear apologies and onwards and upwards we go.  May has mostly been spent toodling around Paris followed by a swift return of the double Ds (dance and dissertation, don’t you know).  Here’s what I got up to this May:

Watching: Orange is the New Black

Another Netflix cracker.  Different though, because this series has been made and produced exclusively for Netflix (i.e. the show never has, and never will be on regular TV).  Which I like, makes it kinda exclusive.  It basically involves a lot of crazy women running around prison getting up to prison antics.  Its dark, sarcastic and very very funny.  Definitely worth a watch.  (Plus, Season 2 came out yesterday!)

#OITNB

#OITNB

Reading: Literature

Nothing too exciting kids, just about 100 journal articles and 50 books, all working towards my Literature Review for my dissertation.  #MastersLife

Life

Life

Listening To: Regina Spektor

So this is connected to my watch: Orange is the New Black.  The titles include Regina Spektor’s ‘You’ve Got Time’ and since then I’ve been hooked, all over again on her.  My 2009 phase loved Regina and the likes of Imogen Heap, and they’re well and truly back in force.

Babe

Babe

Wearing on my body: Primark PJs

It got to that point in life where you look in your pyjama draw and just think ‘its time for a clear out’.  You know the feeling.  So off I toddled to Primark and got 4 beaut colourful and comfy sets of summer PJs for just £5 each.  I work from home a lot, unashamedly in my PJs, so I was basically investing in work wear.  Sure.

Pit of hell or entrance to heaven?  You decide.

Pit of hell or entrance to heaven? You decide.

Wearing on my face: Benefit High Beam highlighter

The dance world has taught me a few of life’s great make-up lessons, one of which is contouring.  Benefit High Beam highlighter was made for this, and can really change the shape and angles of your face.  I use this highlighter just above and below bronzer to enhance my cheekbones, it also gives me a real glow.

benefit highlighter

Eating: Clean

This month, I’ve been attempting to eat clean (as the new craze would say).  I’m not in any drastic weight loss attempts, it’s just nice to have a colourful and healthy plate full of veggies that keeps me full and does wonders for my hair and skin.  It also makes me feel better about life when I have a Camembert craving.

Fruity Word-Art.

Fruity Word-Art.

Drinking: Bootea

With my ‘eat clean’ and ‘Teatox’ it really looks like I am out on a healthkick?!  No.  Bootea is titled a ‘Teatox’ (they so clever) but has done nothing really of the sort for me.  It tastes mediocre, performs none of the detoxing effects it claims to and the teabag tab is too short.  The best thing about it is the packaging.

Not worth the hype, madness or money.

Not worth the hype, madness or money.

What did you get up to this May?

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What Happened In September

Way back when in 2012, I did a series of posts titled ‘What Happened In’, then said month, to give you all a monthly life roundup.  As life as got hectic once again, I thought I’d provide you with another, so hello to, What Happened in September.

My month started off in the Isle of Man (which I wrote about here: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/oh-hey/).  As usual, I had a beautiful time there and am really excited about spending Christmas there this year (Boyfriend and I are official grownups now, we alternate).  I just love the peace and serenity of the countryside.  Despite having a few on-going internal tensions between rural and urban love and lifestyle, this September, I loved it.

I also headed back to Dance which you can read about in the above post.  I’m absolutely loving it!  Dance is my thing, if you know what I mean.  I’ve always done it, and always loved it.  At the risk of sounding a cross between Darcey Bussell and Louis Spence, I’m so passionate about the way a body can interact and flow with (or without as the case may be) music.  Monday nights are now dance nights.  My go-to nights of hard work, passion and (the next day, usually) pain.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

September also took me Glamping, which you can read all about here: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/glamping/

As I wrote about in my post titled about September Syndrome: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/september-syndrome/, September can bring around huge changes for people, as they have for me.  This month, I’ve gone through a huge life change .. I’ve started a Postgraduate Masters course at University.  I’ve had Induction Week and two weeks of Lectures.  It’s full of big changes; a commute, new buildings to get the hang of, London prices, new people, harder material .. but I honestly think doing this Masters might be the best decision I have ever made.

3 years ago I wrote about my Geography A Level exam: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/make-me-or-break-me/  I’m making my dreams come true.  I’ve fallen in love with the life I have, the life I’m living, the life I’ve always wanted.  What are you doing this October?

Up at the O2

Soo, this weekend I went to London!  And London took me ‘Up at the o2’!  Up at the o2 is basically .. walking across the o2 which I bought boyfriend for Christmas.  We tend to buy each other experiences for birthdays/christmases/anniversaries etc.  I feel so happy right now, in terms of life and I have everything I could possibly need or want, so experiences are a perfect present.  By this I mean beautiful food, gigs, climbing over historic landmarks .. you get the idea.  So here’s how it went ..!

 

So we arrived at the o2, ready to head the heck up it, have a gorgeous dinner and see the one and only ‘Skyfall’ (which is AMAZING by the way).  It looked terrifying from the bottom.  For me, someone who is mildly nervous of heights, I was pretty freaked out.  Next we signed into ‘Base Camp’ where a mental video greeted us with lots of interesting facts and what we could expect.  We headed into a changing room to get dressed, in our totally fetching boiler suits!  I also grabbed the walking boots they had on offer, which I would definitely recommend .. so much better grip!

Next was heading up.  I was totally freaked out by the Carabina thing, and couldn’t even really work it .. sometimes boyfriend had to do it but I managed, and before I knew it .. we were up!  The actual walk way is suspended above the tent canvas and is kind of like a massive bouncy mat .. with no sides!  I thought that bit would be scary but I loved it.  Walking across it, knowing you were safe, but not completely feeling safe (sort of like a roller coaster) was really exhilarating.

At the top, gosh it was just beautiful.  I purposely timed our walk when the sun was setting (I googled it and everything, romantic huh?!)  We had a gorgeous view of Canary Wharf (which I had funnily visited the day before on a Geography field trip, so it was really interesting) and of the Emirates air line, but I must admit I was a teeny tiny bit disappointed with the lack of the view of the City.  Being a geography student, I probably should have realised that the way the Thames bends, we wouldn’t have but ah well, it was still beaut.  Complete with a cheeky plank too, of course ;)

The way down was doubly scary as the way up, the gradients just kept going up and up and up, so the way down was getting steeper and steeper and steeper, I couldn’t handle it!  I will admit I took a minute or two to have a tiny cry and compose myself, the guide was brilliant though, professional but such a lad too.  And after a wonderful hour, I touched the ground again!  It really was incredible, and only £22 on a week day.  I really would recommend doing it, so so special.

So do it guys, get out there, fall in love with life (haven’t said that in a while!) and get up the o2!

Student Life

Well as you all know, I am a student.  And I love it.  I love it so much I’m considering I’m considering being an eternal one, Masters, PHD .. the works!  Just so I can forever live in colorful outfits, always have purple hair, never wear work clothes and always eat pasta.  Well they’re not the only reasons.  I absolutely love Geography, I love it.  So yes.  But anyway, I thought I’d share with you some very common goings on of student life, in case you are a student, just to nod and smile, or in case you’re not, and aching to know what happens.

So this is a video … S*** University Students Say.  (As you know I’m a COMPLETE technophobe, so I don’t know if this will even come up but please please watch it!)  And it is basically my life.

This is the boyfriend, looking troubled at our monthly shop.  In this shop a few days ago we spent £168.12 which hurts, physically, mentally and spiritually hurts.  Now, I know that this is quite a standard amount for a family of four, say, to eat for a week or two but for us as students it cripples us having to part with so much money, even to stay alive.  Thankfully though, we will only be at Uni for another 6 weeks or so before being back with all paying parents … yay! (Boyfriend wears: Jumper and Gillet: Sissy Boy  Jeans: Topman  Trainers: Converse)

This is me.  With a chicken.  And what I wear around the house.  Yes, I look ridiculous but Uni is the only time you CAN look ridiculous, the only time it is completely acceptable.  Another reason I LOVE it.  (Glasses: Odeon 3D Glasses minus lenses   Hoodie: DKNY at TK Maxx   Shoes: Uggs   Chicken: Tesco)

Right, this is Instagram.  Instagram is a tool that average people use to make themselves look cool, and we us it alot.  And in this picture is Hannah, and a bottle of vodka, standard.  Pre drinking for us involves plenty of cards and forfeits before we go out, so, much, fun.  (Hannah wears: Primark)  Speaking of Pre Drinking:

Facebook is amazing.  Through it, we have a house group page where we post everything from cleaning rotas, bill money, rent money, payments, who left the massive poo in the toilet and of course, this.  And this.

Unbelievably, this is very standard.

So just a little insight into my life as a student, hope you enjoyed!

Dam Madness

So last week I casually went to Amsterdam.  Yeah, no biggie.  Ya know, just thought ‘d fly over for a few days, test the water.  AND IT WAS INSANE!  It was actually for a University Geography Field Trip so we did lots of work, but fun work.  No standing in rivers measuring flow or anything juvenile like that (I take it back, river flow is VERY important …), total human geography madness, interviews, observations, the works.  Pretty awesome.  So whilst we worked all day, we partied all night.  The evenings were our own and by jove did we make the most of them.  Here’s some snaps and stories:

Ah Amsterdam, the Venice of the North.  Except the boyfriend didn’t even know it had canals!  We were lucky enough that the weather was beautiful while we there (yes, weather, it WAS a geography trip guys) which I feel made it SO much better.  Oh and on the right, standard Netherlands.  You know, I think I might try make clogs cool.

Right, so despite what I’ve given up for Lent (Oh my goodness, it’s SHOPPING.  But I’ve just realised you probably don’t know that, stay tuned for a blog), I felt that being international (i.e. not in England), it was alright to purchase a couple of small things.  Tiny.  Absolutely miniscule (not like three maxi dresses, a crop top and four necklaces … NOTHING like that).  So I rallied the troups and we headed to a gorgeous flea market down by one of the canals.  It was amazing.  Antiques, trinkets, vintage galore.  Stunning.  Oh, and the middle picture is just a really cute Dutch house.

Naw, thought I’d put at least one cute couply picture in there.  Yes, Andrew came too!  Being a fellow geographer and all that.  It was really weird actually, being on holiday with him but not being with him if you see what I mean.  We had 68 other geographers, 3 lecturers and 3 postgrads to keep us company.  It didn’t work out too bad though.  He was in my working group meaning I actually spent all day with him and we hung out in the evenings together in a big group.  So yeah, it worked well.  Oop, middle picture is my stunning new swatch watch.  BUT, I purchased it Duty Free so it doesn’t even count.  The picture on the left is my absolutely revolutionised idea of hot chocolate!  Warm milk, and actual chocolate.  Why did I not think of this before?!  Dutch, you are dreamboats.

Yes, we went to the sex museum.  Picture on the left is be sitting on a giant willy, standard.  (For anyone that cares I’m wearing blouse and denim jacket, both Dorothy Perkins, scarf from Zara, Urban Outfitters jeans and Converse.  I was a TOURIST, okay?!)  The middle picture is Josh, Bec, myself and Andrew on a night out.  But Amsterdam nights out are very different to Southampton nights out.  Coffee Shops.  That’s all I’m going to say on the matter.  And the left was just a cool sign.

Picture on the left is my STUNNING working group.  I’d never met the two girls Emma and Louise before, but we got on SO well!  There’s something about working together and being together for long periods of time in a new environment that just makes everybody bond.  I can’t wait to catch up with them both over some vino after Easter.  Yes, I went to McDonalds in Amsterdam, sue me.  But they officially did the best burger I have ever tasted.  A McKroket.  Exclusive to the Netherlands.  Which is short, is a cheese croquette in a burger.  It was so amazing that on the last night I had three at once.  And on the right, shows one of the most famous coffee shops in Amsterdam, right in the middle of the Red Light District (which we did visit, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures of for fear of being shot).  It’s called Bulldog and it was incredible, inside it’s got heaps of pictures and autographs of all the famous people that have been there.  I’m talking Rihanna, Eminem, Shaggy, Andre 3000, The Black Eyed Peas … and Atomic Kitten!  I squealed a little bit when I saw their picture.

So that was Amsterdam.  The final picture shows my fab working group on the new I AMsterdam sign, and we cleverly just went in the DAM bit, I know right.  So smart.  So I had a great time.  Friends, fun and frolics.  All I could ask for.  When can I go again?!

50 Questions That Freed My Mind

Hey guys!  I’ve just come back from the most incredible week in Amsterdam and am now back in Woking for Easter.  I’m currently in the midst of writing 15,000 words for Uni coursework so blogging may be my only release, so expect quite a bit more from me over the next few weeks :)  Hope you’re well, I’ll post about Amsterdam soonish but first, here are some questions I stumbled upon to mull over this Saturday afternoon.  So fall in love with life guys, I dare you:

1.  How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

About 24.

2.  Which is worse, failing or never trying?

Never trying.  People fail everyday.  Who gives a monkeys anymore?

3.  If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

To get to the place we want to be.

4.  When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Nope.

5.  What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

Persecution.

6.  If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Wine and cheese.

7.  Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

I believe in Geography, and I’m doing that.

8.  If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

I would be married by now.

9.  To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

A huge one.  I have worked very hard to get where I am today.

10.  Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

Doing the right things.

11.  You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?

Speak up.  Tell them to bleep off.  There will be plenty more people I will find, respect and admire throughout my life.

12.  If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Smile.  Your baby photos will be much cuter.

13.  Would you break the law to save a loved one?

Yes.

14.  Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

Every day.  I didn’t even know I possessed creativity until a couple of years ago.

15.  What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

My eating habits are very different from most people.

16.  How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

Because everyone is different.

17.  What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?

Travel the world.  My life situation and my bank account.  But one day, one day.

18.  Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

Perhaps.

19.  If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

I would move to New Hampshire.  Because it’s fairly close to New York, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, people speak English there and it’s not too far to visit home.

20.  Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

Nope.

21.  Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Joyful simpleton.

22.  Why are you, you?

Because of the experiences I have had.

23.  Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

I like to think so.

24.  Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

Losing touch.

25.  What are you most grateful for?

My family.

26.  Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

This is the only question I have paused upon.  And I genuinely don’t know.

27.  Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

I don’t really understand this question.

28.  Has your greatest fear ever come true?

No.

29.  Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?

I remember.  And no, it doesn’t.

30.  What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

Learning the Macarena in Australia.  And the smell, I’m obsessed with the smell of Australia.

31.  At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Portugal 2010.

32.  If not now, then when?

NOW!

33.  If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

Exactly.  Thank you quiz, you read my mind.

34.  Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

Yes.

35.  Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Because of humans.

36.  Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

Good and evil are subjective, so no.

37.  If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

No.

38.  Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

Less work.

39.  Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

No.

40.  When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

A few days ago.

41.  If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

My Grandmother.

42.  Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

No.

43.  What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

Feeling the air enter and exit your lungs.

44.  When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

Now.

45.  If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Because people judge.

46.  What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Go clubbing much less.

47.  When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

When I answered question 43.

48.  What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

I love cheese.  And running about a cheese shop in Amsterdam helping myself to far too many samples openly expressed this love.

49.  In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?

Yes.  Because Amsterdam 2012 was incredible.

50.  Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

For myself, every time.

Have a think, you’ll feel better for it.

Bella’s Bits is on FM! Week 2 :)

So I had my second show on FM yesterday and it went well!  Much better than last week when I was extremely out of practice anyway.  Here’s how it went:

  • Morning everyone!  Very best of Lifestyle, Culture and Entertainment.  How are we all today?  Happy Friday blah blah blah! Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow
  • How was everyone’s Valentines Day?  Mine was FANTASTIC.  The night before, I was wearing some heels, missed a kerb, fell up it and twisted my ankle.  Thus, I spent ALL day in bed with ice on it.  Lame. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know  One Direction – One Thing
  • What a week for deaths!  Whitney Houston passing away and Grandpa Joe from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!  I’m gonna watch Willy Wonka in tribute.  BUT, did you guys hear about the lady in Manchester who accidentally set fire to her own house during a candlelit vigil for Whitney?  Mental. Ben Howard – The Wolves Ed Sheeran – Drunk
  • London Fashion Week starts tomorrow!  VERY exciting for the fashion world, but I don’t know if anyone else cares.  Cool for the blogging community is well, free tickets much! Gym Class Heroes – Ass Back Home My Chemical Romance – Planetary (Go!)
  • Right, the boyfriend found an article about some countries that didn’t exist twenty years ago.  Top ones include: Czech Republic, Eritrea (my brother-in-laws from there), Bosnia and Hertgovinia (reminds me of the Eurovision Song Contest!) and Serbia. Lady Gaga – Judas  Stooshe – Love Me
  • Top 40 ten years ago:  In Too Deep – Sum 41
  • Has anyone tried the new Walkers ‘Guess your flavour’ crisps?  I tried packet A and it just frustrates me I don’t know what it is!  Like, dead annoys me. Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me  The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
  • Just found a news article that Wills and Kate have been made into Barbie Dolls!  That’s just awkward.  They cost £100, who would buy one?! Alphabeat – Fascination Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  • Jessie J – Domino Morning everyone!  Very best of Lifestyle, Culture and Entertainment.  How are we all today?  Happy Friday blah blah blah! Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles Shakira – Whenever Wherever
  • Did anyone hear about Shakira narrowly missing out on a sea lion attack?!  It all sounded very dramatic if you ask me, and she hasn’t been in the press lately so perhaps a good way to just news?!  Ooh, a shark ate my leg.  Publish an article about me! Cover Drive – Twilight St Spirit – Pigeon
  • I don’t know if anyone will care but Stephen Fry is heading back to the Theatre to do Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre.  This is very exciting news to me!  I love the Southbank, am definitely gonna get some tickets for that. Rihanna – We Found Love Coldplay – Charlie Brown
  • What’s On in Southampton with comments, ideas and suggestions. The Clash – London Calling Beyonce – Run The World
  • Pancake day coming up soon!  Hello 5p batter mix from Asda, know how I’m making MY pancakes.  The BIG question is .. chocolate or lemon? Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine Flo Rida – Wild Ones Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth Green Day – When I Come Around
  • Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed listening to Bella’s Bits.  I’ll be back next Friday for more fun and frolics.  Love!