August Verbs

I must admit, I’m utterly baffled as to how we’ve ended up at the end of August.  This month has been amazing, I’ve finished #masterslife and had a few beautiful weeks off before starting full time life shortly.  It’s been a goodun.  Here’s what’s happened:

Watching:  The Inbetweeners

These Boys

These Boys

With the dawn of the new Inbetweeners film (which apparently I won’t find that amusing seeing as I ‘did’ Australia last year) I felt it was necessary to begin the whole series from scratch.  I originally watched the first film after a year’s gap from the series and couldn’t see the humour.  I’m hoping recapping will make the newest movie even better when I get round to cinematic viewing.

Reading:  Bridget Jones, Mad About The Boy – Helen Fielding

Grated cheese, anyone?

Grated cheese, anyone?

The latest Bridget Jones book!  I still haven’t finished so pretty please don’t divulge any necessary information from the story line, but I have to say I’m loving it.  Only half way through I’ve already laughed, already cried, and already drawn a frightening amount of similarities between myself and Jonesy all these years on (bags of grated cheese anyone?!).  A must read.

Listening To: B.O.B

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Another Gossip Girl find I’m afraid (guilty!).  I previously only knew B.O.B from ‘that song with the one from Paramore’ but I’ve been trawling Spotify and I have to say I’m rather impressed.  His tunes make great kitchen choreo too.

Wearing on my Body: Denim Jacket

It looks a bit like this.

It looks a bit like this.

With this BEAUTIFUL August weather we’ve been having, the sheared denim jacket has just had to make an appearance.  A comfy classic.

Wearing on my Face:  Nothing

I'll go with that.

I’ll go with that.

Sorry to be boring, yet again!  I have however been testing out my everyday work make-up face and think I’ve pretty much got the look down, so this subsection might be more exciting next month!

Eating: Out

Nom

Nom

This month has seen countless pub trips, restaurant stops, BBQs, family friend buffets and house parties.  My social life has been off the chain this month (golly) which has meant I’ve barely cooked!  Next month, I’m looking forward to lighting candles and having longer nights in with some autumnal plate of yumminess I’ve conjured.

Drinking: Bubbles

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I think this goes hand in hand with all the social events I’ve been a part of this month – dahling.

What have you been up to this August?

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Bella Evening

For the last 3 to 4 years, I’ve been partaking in an event named ‘Bella Evening’.  Or my full and real name evening if you know me well.  Prerequisites require a free house (boyfriend being out and about), wine, cheese and a girlish drama of sorts.  I’ve loved, even craved these evenings for the past few years.  A chance to let down my Bridget Jones, sing youtube karaoke to my webcam in my pyjamas and collapse into the MIDDLE of the bed, without fear of retribution.  So why is it tonight, I’m questioning my company?

I think it’s because generally, these days, I’m alone more.  So the question is, how to be alone?  Whilst one could take inspiration from this incredible youtube video, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs) how does one enjoy being alone when it happens so frequently, yet so seldom?  Excuse the melodrama.

I’m alone most days.  These days in #masterslife, I generally work from home.  I look forward to boyfriend returning home at 7pm, dinner and drinks, or a night in front of The Hunger Games.  So when boyfriend heads out of an evening, alone time turns into … lonely.  Yet I do oh-so hesitate to use that word.  I have beautiful and amazing friends, whatsapp and texts could provide me with a cinema or bar buddy in half an hour, yet I choose to stay alone.  Why?  When did my own company, which I love and crave so much, become questionable?

I believe it’s important to be alone.  I’ve always been around people, always.  My family home was full of people coming and going.  One year, I remember 16 souls in a 3 bed semi for a month over Christmas.  At university, I lived in a house of 9.  I’ve always been around people.  And don’t get me wrong, I love people.  And because I love people, I believe in the importance of being alone.  Whilst sociability is an exquisite trait, so is aloneness.  I just need to remember that.

I used to cherish being alone.  And in 6 months, when I have a full time job and am struggling with running a household, seeing friends and family and looking after a boyfriend (ladies, y’all know what I mean), I’m going to cherish it even more.  These evenings are few and far between these days, and will become even more so in the future.  My own company isn’t questionable, its essential.  Not just now, but always, and I will love and enjoy me, myself and I for years and years to come.  So should you.

Thank you for letting me vent, excuse me whilst I go bathe, watch Orange is the New Black and belt out ‘Titanium’.  I believe it keeps me sane.

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!

19 Date Night Ideas … you don’t have to leave the house for!

So being a relatively poor student in the grand scheme of things, date nights in with the man are in high importance, but more importantly than that they have to be cheap, cheerful and a LOT of fun.  Whilst nights out can be spent with your loved one (which may I point out doesn’t HAVE to be a boyfriend/girlfriend.  Friends/brothers/sisters/parents/pets go quite well on this too) with dinners or clubbing, there’s something really great about staying in in your jammies and having a good old chat.  So here are some budget ideas if you’re ever stuck of things to get stuck into:

1)  Movie Marathon.  Probably the most obvious, but mix it up!  Have a HIS night, a HERs night .. hell, even a theme night!

2)  Board Games.  Go mental on this one.  Pull out all the stops.  Why not have Twister, Monopoly and Game of Life going all at once?!  Go crazy.

3)  Have a picnic.  Sit somewhere you usually wouldn’t (outside, kitchen floor, dining room, bedroom floor), spread out a rug and have some treats!  Complete with Cava .. of course!

4)  Work out DVDs!  Sounds mental, but Zumba and Pilates can be quite hilarious together.  Put on some mad outfits and get a sweat on.

5)  Do the housework together.  Sometimes massive tasks seem too hard to handle.  For me, housework is a huge one.  Stick on your favourite tracks, pour yourself a glass of wine and get hoovering!  Have a race if you fancy, and have a nice dessert as a reward at the end.

6)  Recreate a perfect night.  One of my favourite nights in I’ve ever had with boyfriend was a night we watched ‘The Beach’, had a few bottles of wine, stuck some candles on, listened to Tyler Ward for far too long and chatted into the early hours.  Since then, we’ve recreated it a few times .. each time more fun than previous!  Take inspiration from what you’ve done before.

7)  TV Marathon.  Take a favourite TV show, or an entirely new one, and challenge yourselves to watch a whole season.

8)  Draw each other.  Sounds weird, but can be totally hilarious.  Get some pens/pencils/paints/paper .. and get creative!

9)  Theme night.  This could be incorporated into movie night, but why not go the whole hog.  Decorations, outfits, music, food .. the lot!  Favourites off the top of my head include Mexican, French, Spanish, American or Italian.

10)  Have a boogie.  Get some drinks flowing, stick on some clubbing tracks, lights off .. and just have a dance!

11)  Make a den.  Again, perhaps a weird one, or just very childish maybe.  With some prominent furniture and strategically placed sheets, a den can be made to cosy in/cuddle up in/do whatever you fancy in ..!

12)  Cocktail night.  As students, we’ve always got spirits bottles with just a few shots remaining.  Dress up a little, grab all the mixers you can find and go crazy!  Through Cocktail night, a Fanta Fruit Twist, Gin and Grenadine miracle was created.  Give it a go!

13)  Candlelight Crazy.  Lights off.  All the tealights you can get your hands on.  And just chat.

14)  Opposite night.  Be opposite for the night!  Yes means no, no means yes, just do everything differently!  If one of you drinks red wine and the other drinks white, swap.  You get the idea.

15)  Video game night.  Whack out the console and don’t stop til the girl has won SOMETHING!

16)  Rearrange a room.  Similar to housework; music, wine and boom.  Relax in your refreshed new room at the end.

17)  Order in crazy.  Order something you’ve never had before, and see how it goes.  I’m meaning to do this one.  On our local ‘JustEat’ page there’s Afghanistan, Lebanese and Arabian food left to try.  Dig in!

18)  Wine and cheese night.  Splash out; some crackers, your favourite dairy products, vino (of course) and see where the night leads!

19)  Just have a few.  Whack out the drinking games to film, tv, roulette, cards … and have a great night!

Just have fun!

Enjoy ;)

Back to Blogging

So it’s always Summer that leaves me for lack of blogging.  Mainly because I’m either working, travelling or being lazy and this summer in particular, it’s been a combination of all three.  So I’ve decided to set myself a challenge.  I’m gonna take the things I love writing about, make a list, and over the next few weeks, try and write about as much as I can, as often as I can.  I’m heading into third year at University which will be hectic, dramatic and crazy, and I find blogging to be SUCH a great release.  So here goes:

1)  Musical Palette

2)  Party Life

3)  Southampton

4)  Urban Outfitters Obsession

5)  What I’m Wearing Week

6)  Winter Wishlist

7)  Tour Of My Handbag

8)  Tour Of My Makeup Bag

9)  Charity Shop Tour

10)  Something On My Heart

11)  Travel Hopes and Dreams

12)  A TV Show I Love

13)  Movie Mayhem

14)  The Four Hour Body

So there’s 14 topics there, 14 days of blogging?  Pfft I don’t think so.  In the next two weeks I have to support boyfriend through his exams, go to Edinburgh for a holiday (I know right, HOW unfair?!) and do some serious studying.  So I will aim to blog where and when I can.  Also guys, any readers, please email me/message me/tweet me if you have any requests of things for me to write about :)  Love!

Ooooh – Cheeky Boom Boom!

How We Make It Work

Now, I know I’m no expert.  I haven’t been married for thirty years and I don’t have any children and I certainly don’t have any kind of ring on any kind of finger.  But I like to think the boyfriend and I make it work.  As were approaching the 18 month mark I can see all those people from Halls who thought it was never going to work and I want to throw my head back and chortle.  Cause you know what, it has worked and fingers crossed, it will continue to work for a very long time.  Here’s how.

1) Date Night.  Now whether this comes in the form of an afternoon gobbling pizza in front of Shrek or a romantic table for two in a posh restaurant, date night is stupidly important to make a relationship work.  Despite the fact that man and I do the same course, we’re forever running here, there and everyone with me rushing off to dance or to present a radio show or him to rugby and the pub, so believe it or not, we don’t get to spend that much quality time together.  Note the buzz word there, quality.  Yes he can be in my room all day but that will be it.  I’ll be working, reading journals, writing notes and organising my life whilst he’s doing the same (or playing on Football Manager), so I don’t really notice him.  He’s just a comforting presence in the corner.  Date Night gives us time to exhale and say ‘How are you?’ and really want to know the answer.

2)  The Best Friend Role.  Now, I’m a sucker for a cliché, I always have been and I certainly hope I always will be.  It makes life much more dreamy and romantic.  The boyfriend is my best friend, my best best friend, and I would actually be lost without him.  Not in a lovey dovey way, but in the way I wouldn’t have anyone to play computer games with, play Simon Says on rainy afternoons, run around the room tickling or have impromptu midnight feasts with.  Well I would, just not in the same way.  Another buzz word there, play.  Playing brings about feelings of youth, happiness and laughter.  Relationships don’t have to be boring and serious.  They can be fun, so so much fun.  Just enjoy being with your best friend.

3)  Don’t Get Comfortable.  I may not have chosen the correct words there.  When I say ‘Don’t Get Comfortable’, I mean don’t settle for less than what you deserve.  As Samantha from SATC so notoriously says in her break up ‘I’ve been in a relationship with me for 50 years, and that’s the one I need to work on’.  If myself or boyfriend are unhappy about a comment or an action, we won’t let it fester and bottle it up, we will sit down and talk about it, work it out.  We push the boundaries of discussion, debate and sometimes argument, so we know that we are both being the best we can be for both ourselves, and for each other.  Because let’s face it, if there comes the time that the other person isn’t the best thing for you anymore, then it might be time for a rethink.

4)  You Time.  Now this can be a tricky one.  If you’re exhausted and just want to cuddle up and the boyfriend says ‘Sorry I’m going out with the boys’, it can be a little down heartening.  But it’s so so important.  There have been many a night when he’s rung up and wanted to pop by and I’ve said, no, sorry, I’m downing wine and watching SATC.  Whether it’s with your boys, your girls, your housemates or your family, time with you and your friends is incredibly precious.  Because if it all goes belly up, who will be there?    I blow boyfriend off for Bella time all the time.  ‘What are we doing now then?’ he’ll often say.  And I’ll say ‘I don’t know about you but I’m buying myself a magazine and a coffee and sitting on that bench for an hour’.  For me, you time is crucial to not only a relationship, but also general wellbeing.

Just a few tips.  Yes I’m loved up, and I love it.  And what?

<3

Titanic 3D

Titanic

So right now marks the 100th Anniversary of the sailing, and alas, the sinking of the HMS Titanic.  Being a Southampton citizen I think I’m feeling this a lot more than regular people so decided to drag the boyfriend to see Titanic on the big screen … in 3D.  I love the movie; I know I love the movie.  It never fails to bring a tear to my eye, I can recite every line (my favourites being: ‘Take her to see Mr Murdoch’ and ‘Is anyone alive out there?’  Yes, I know I’m sad) and I dance along every time to Irish Party in 3rd Class.  And I own the James Horner soundtrack.  So imagine my excitement when it was rereleased in 3D, if nothing else but to see a 3D boob; I could not wait.

So every other film I’ve seen at the cinema in 3D (Avatar, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and of course, Tin Tin), I have seen under the influence of a little bit of alcohol.  You crazy person!  I hear the cries.  But no, it generally makes for, in my opinion, better overall viewing and entertainment.  If I’m watching a movie in my own home, I will do so with a few glasses of wine, so why not in the cinema too?  Exactly.

So I decanted my Pinot into a Buxton and skipped off to the cinema wearing my comfiest, warmest outfit (cinemas are freezing!) and settled into the film.  For some reason, it was so much funnier!  Now, I don’t know if I’m just a ditz and missed all the jokes the first time so only laughed along cause the man did, but it was just so comical!  I think seeing the guy from Thunderbirds in HD was funny enough in its own right to be honest.

But the action scenes! AMAZING!  Other than the scene where everyone is flapping about in the sea dying and you can totally see the edge of the swimming pool in the background, they were so real.  So incredible.  I.  Was.  Sobbing.  I mean, actually sobbing.  The kind of sobbing where you stop and can’t breathe for a moment then erupts again.  It was embarrassing. But maybe that what 3D does?  Generic, cliché and predictable … but makes everything come a bit more to life?  Makes everything just that bit better?  I think so.

HMS

But seriously for a minute now, the Titanic means a lot to me.  I have no personal links to it, but every few months when I had down to Southampton docks to visit my Doctor I look around at all the pubs thinking which one Jack Dawson won his ticket in.  When I’ve accidentally slept with my window open and a cruise liner horn wakes me up I instantly think of the Titanic.  When my bus drives by the Titanic Museum I always think, I MUST get off and go inside.  And I tell you what, I’m going to.

So Titanic in 3D was amazing but RIP HMS Titanic and all the souls lost upon it, you are all in my prayers.