Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goodbye 2016

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to say goodbye to 2016! It's been a year a lot of people are happy to see the back of. It's been a pretty morbid year, but there have been some good points.

2016 Highlights

• I got to finally go on my dream trip to Disneyland Paris! I never thought I would be able to go, but my boyfriend took me for my birthday!

• I graduated university with a 2:1 degree! After my first two years of getting 2:2s overall, I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to get a 2:1 and I was so happy that I actually managed to achieve it!

• My boyfriend and I moved in together! In June we moved into our own cute little house!

Goals for 2017

• I really want to get my motivation back, as I lost it pretty much halfway through 2016.

• Blog more often. I lost to motivation to blog halfway through 2016, which is why my posts are so few and far between. This year I'm going to attempt to make a schedule and stick to it!

• Travel more. Never thought I'd be saying that, as I had have an intense fear of travelling, but my travel posts are the ones I tend to be the most proud of!

• READ MORE! I barely read anything in 2016! I also want to write more posts about books!

• Have a huge clear out and make the house more homely.

• Obligatory eat more healthy and drink more water goal.

Can't say I've spent the first day of 2017 making a start on these goals. I've been cleaning up, watching Peep Show, and trying to get rid of a hangover headache.

Let me know your New Year resolutions/goals!


Saturday, 31 December 2016

The 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

This year I decided to take part in the 2016 Goodreads reading challenge. If you don't know what Goodreads is, it's basically Facebook, but for books. Each year they set a challenge where you get to choose however many books you want to try and read over the course of the year. I chose to read 22 books, since this year I turned 22, myself.


I completed the challenge! (But barely!)

This year I have not been on the ball. I only just managed to complete the challenge, and only because some of the things I chose to read weren't full-on novels. I'll try not to spoil any of them!

The Full List:

1. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
2. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
3. As They Rise (The Eva Series #1) by J.M. Wilde
4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
5. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
6. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
7. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
10. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
11. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran.
12. Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry
13. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
14. Online (Vol. 1) by Midori Amagaeru (Manga)
15. The Walking Dead (Compendium #2) by Robert Kirkman
16. Guts by Chuck Palahniuk
17. Gakuen Babysitters (Vol. 1) by Tokeino Hari
18. Battle Royale (Vol. 1) by Takami Koushun
19. Battle Royale (Vol. 2) by Takami Koushun
20. Battle Royale (Vol. 3) by Takami Koushun
21. Battle Royale (Vol. 4) by Takami Koushun
22. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

As an extra, I also read One Day by David Nicholls. I've read this a few times before, but I wanted to read it again, when I graduated, since its about two characters and what they get up to in their years after their own graduations.

As you can see there are quite a few short stories and mangas in there to bump the list up. I loved Gakuen Babysitters, which my boyfriend recommended I should read; it's so CUTE, and I really need to get back to reading it! I read Peter Pan while I was in Disneyland Paris (where I've always wanted to go) and so that will have a special place in my heart now. I also read The Diary of a Young Girl while in Amsterdam, because I'm a basic bitch.

There weren't many books that I outright hated. My friend told me I should read Guts and it was DISGUSTING, but I love telling people about it, because it was the weirdest thing I've ever read. If you read it let me know. I love seeing people's reactions to it! The Girl on the Train was very hyped up, and I guessed who the killer was pretty early on. I also had some problems with Alice, but I might end up writing a full review on that book, but I'll see!

I've wrote very brief reviews for all these books on my Goodreads profile which is here!

Let me know if you've read any of these books, and let me know if you've done this challenge yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Autumn Tag | 2016

Hello! I'm a little late to the party, but autumn is finally here! I don't think I've done a tag before but I thought it would be fun to do one on my favorite season!

1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

Leaves falling. Even though I class autumn starting as soon as September does, autumn doesn't officially start for me until there are leaves on the ground!

2. What is your favorite Autumn scent?

This one is kind of tricky. I would say pumpkin, but pumpkin doesn't really have a smell. The only scent I can really think of is a sort of apple/cinnamon smell. There are a lot of candles with this sort of scent around this time of year.

3. What is your favorite Autumn color?

Red is my favorite color all year round, so I'm gonna choose orange for autumn. It reminds me of Halloween, pumpkins, and the prettiest leaves that fall tend to be orange.

4. What is your favorite Fall drink?

Pumpkin. Spiced. Lattes. I know it's the most basic and stereotypical white girl drink, but it tastes good. Sorry I'm not sorry.

5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

The Walking Dead I'm both dreading and looking forward to. If you've caught up with season six then you'll know why. I was looking forward to Luke Cage, but I've already binged watched that, so I'm not sure it counts.

6. What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

At first I thought that velvet clothes were really gross, mainly because I just don't like the feeling of materials like velvet and suede. The feeling of them under my nails makes my skin crawl. But I saw this beautiful velvet wrap dress on New Look. I loved the cut and the color, but if I brought it I have no idea where I would be able to wear it. But it's so pretty!

New Look Dark Purple Velvet Wrap Front Dress
Also because Halloween is coming up I love Halloween themed clothes. This year I've seen so many Halloween jumpers, dresses, pajamas, all sorts. If I could I would just buy everything. I would post some pictures of the stuff I saw on ASOS and Boohoo but I would be here all day.

7. What is your favorite frugal Autumn activity?

I love going for walks in autumn, and when I was little I used to go hunting for conkers. I used to take home huge bagfuls. I went looking for conkers again this year for the first time in forever, but only because I read somewhere that spiders don't like the smell of conkers, so I collected loads to put around the house because for some reason spiders seem to love squatting in my house.

8. What is your favorite makeup look come autumnal weather?

I really love that dark red/purple vampy sort of lipstick. I brought my own for the first time to experiment with. Had an episode with it earlier though, when it went everywhere and refused to come off... Other than that I just stick with what I wear all year round. There's Halloween costume makeup, but that doesn't really count, does it?

I'm not gonna tag anyone, whoever wants to do it - here are the questions if you want to copy and paste them:1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?
2. What is your favorite Fall scent?
3. What is your favorite Autumn color?
4. What is your favorite Fall drink?
5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?
6. What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?
7. What is your favorite frugal Autumn activity?
8. What is your favorite makeup look come autumnal weather?

If you decide to do it, let me know so I can read it!

Thanks for reading! Bye!