24 Gifts Every Unicorn Lover Needs In Their Life

Unicorns are the best. Fact. I don’t remember the exact point that I came to this realisation, all I know is that they can fly and poop rainbows, possibly simultaneously, so they trump every other animal in my opinion. Plus THEY ARE SO DAMN FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE! Unfortunately, they’re also pretty hard to come by – unless you have a Questing Unicorn Licence, yes that is a real thing – so the closest you’ll get to one these days is by owning EVERYTHING unicorn. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled list. You’re welcome.

Unicorn Print Polo Dress | Rainbow Unicorn Enamel PinUnicorn Emoji Phone ChargerUnicorn Head Wall Mount

 Alien Unicorn Enamel PinUnicorn Cosmonaut Rainbow Sticker | Rainbow Unicorn Travel Mug

Unicorn UmbrellaUnicorn Poop Collar PinsUnicorn Ring Dish 

Chocolate Unicorn PoopAstronaut Unicorn Pin | Origami Unicorn Necklace

Unicorn Horn RingUnicorn Bath BombsUnicorn Phone CaseUnicorn & UFO Patch

Happy Unicorn Pin | Unicorn Tears Gin |  Unicorn Paper Clip Holder

Unicorn Night LightUnicorns Are Jerks Colouring BookUnicorn Sprinkle Shaker | Unicorn Farts Candle

A Geeks Guide to Fighting Procrastination

Procrastination is something I have become very skilled at in my old age. I always used to tell myself that I’d put things off until the last minute because I work better under pressure, but the reality is I just like finding other things to do with my time. I just like to procrastinate.

The key to fighting procrastination is to do things you enjoy, then you’ll be less likely to get distracted by menial tasks. However, that isn’t always possible when you’re a supposed adult, so you need to find other ways to stop your mind wandering. As it’s Fight Procrastination Day, I thought I’d share a few of my tips – one geek to another.

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Stop with the Netflix already

Netflix is my productivity downfall. It reigns as my ultimate procrastination technique. If you’re a bit of a Netflix fiend like myself, it’s probably the reason you’re not getting anything done. Be strong and limit yourself. Decide on a certain time of day to watch, and stop after a set number of episode. Don’t compromise. I personally like to tell myself I can only binge when I’m at the gym, that way I can catch up on Pretty Little Liars whilst running on the treadmill – two birds, one stone.

Turn off your notifications

Another one of my favourite ways to procrastinate is Social Media. As soon as you hear that beep on your phone telling you that you have a new follower, you can’t help but go and see who it is, what they like, what their friends like, and then you emerge out of the Instagram black hole two hours later wondering where the time has gone. Turn off your phone notifications. Or, if you’re on your PC – close the damn tab when you’re done. Seriously. Schedule specific times of the day to check facebook and twitter, and if your weekness is posting things, then download an app like Tweetdeck where you can plan these things in advance.

Buy some cute stationary

There’s no better way to fight procrastination and stimulate productivity than by writing a list of things you’ve got to achieve. Crossing thing’s off can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but if you’re not a lover of the old to do list, you’re probably going to avoid them like the plague. Well, go out and buy some cute stationary. This stuff is like cat nip for humans. When you’re no longer forced to go shopping for school supplies, stationary is something you surprisingly miss, and getting a new notepad or set of pens is going to make you want to list the crap out of everything.

Bullet Journal

There is however one slight problem with making lists  – you can get addicted. I find myself writing things down as a form of procrastination in itself. I’ll write a list, about writing a list. Then I’ll write two more for the hell of it. There’s no point creating these intense lists if you’re not going to cross any of it off. This is when I’d suggest creating a Bullet Journal. It’s essentially a hand made planner filled with all sorts of lists, but it’s way more organised, and you can prioritise your goals. It can also be fun, and end up looking really good, so you wont want to mess it up by filling it with a load of crap. Also – stickers.

Listen to movie soundtracks

I listen to a lot of music throughout the day, but sometimes I find I can get distracted by a particular song, and will end up grabbing my hairbrush and screaming out lyrics at the top of my lungs whilst jumping on the bed. Ok, so the hairbrush thing doesn’t happen often, but the distraction does. I found the best way to avoid this is by listening to lyric free songs. Download albums from a couple of your favourite films. You’ll still get the soothing sounds of music in your ears, but it’s merely background noise. Plus, I dare you to listen to the LOTR soundtrack and not feel inspired.

Find inspirational Quotes

There’s nothing that kicks my butt into gear more than seeing an inspirational quote from one of my favourite fandom characters. It makes me feel like they are personally routing for me to achieve, and I hella don’t want to disappoint Gandalf. Surround yourself with these amazing words, because if Liz Lemon can do it, you can too. I like to hang quotes up around my room, but you could set one as your screensaver, or even get one on a shirt to wear in the office. My personal favourites are ‘Never half ass two things, whole ass one thing’ – Ron Swanson, ‘Bitches get stuff done’ – Liz Lemon, ‘There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives’ – Leslie Knope.

Get inspiration from friends

Like-minded people will also inspire you. Join an online community filled with people who have similar interests as you. If you strive to blog more, find a facebook group filled with other bloggers that will offer up support and guidance. Their posts will inspire you to post more yourself, and their collective years of blogging experience will save you hours of procrastination time at a later date – you know, when you go off searching for that Wordpress plugin, and end up watching cat videos for three hours.

Tell others about your goals

Added pressure will make you want to succeed more. I’m not saying that you should get yourself so overwhelmed and stressed out that you have a heart attack, but if you tell someone about your goals, or share them on your blog, you’re kind of accountable for them. People might ask you how you’re getting on with your to do list, and you can’t very well tell them you haven’t even looked at it yet. Yes, It’s essentially a scare tactic, but it works – you don’t want anyone to judge you. Not that they will, but your brain doesn’t know that.

Treat yo’self

Make sure to give yourself a treat once in a while if you complete something on your to do list – an incentive. I’ll occasionally promise myself a trip to the comic book store on my way back from running errands down town, or a brand new Funko pop vinyl if I fill out all my accounts and don’t appear to be in my overdraft – yet. You could even promise yourself a new book if you reorganise your book case, or that skirt you’ve been eyeing up, but only once you’ve taken your old clothes to the charity shop. You could even go down the old sticker route, and give yourself a gold star every now and then.

Make time for little old geeky you

At the end of the day, only you can tell yourself when to stop and start avoiding things. The key is to make sure you have enough time for you, so that procrastination isn’t quite as tempting. Having a break every now and then to do something fun, will put you in a better mind frame to get things done. unintentional rhyming there. Sit down and read a book, go on an adventure, or play that video game, just make sure you make time to unwind. The more stressed out you are, the less likely you will want to do anything at all.

This is just a sample of the ways I combat procrastination – when you’ve been doing it for so long, you kind of pick up on these things – but everybody is different. Some people need an organised environment, some people need help from apps, and some people are so focused they don’t need help at all. Find out what works for you, and stick to it – you’ll be a productive master in no time.

Do you procrastinate? What are your favourite ways to fight procrastination?

 

28 Random Thoughts

As I lay in bed this morning, listening to the sound of torrential rain hitting my window, no fewer than a million thoughts ran through my head in an attempt to stop me pulling back the covers and stepping out into the cold to get ready for work.

It got me thinking – can you imagine how much space would be in this bulbous head of mine if some of my nonsensical ramblings moved over for something useful. The answer is – a lot.

My mind started to wander, as it so often does on a Monday morning, to a pair of rats; one of which is named Pinky, then onto a game called Pac Man, and finally the lengthy tangent ended with the sad realisation that I haven’t written a random thoughts post in quite some time.

So here are 28 random thoughts that have been circling my brain this week. What has been on your mind?

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  1. If there are aliens on Mars, I hope they’re friendly. Alien’s get such a bad rep.
  2. On that note – who came up with the word Alien. It even sounds alien. I bet it was an alien.
  3. I wonder who would win in a fight between a Xenomorph and Ash from The Evil Dead.
  4. Note to self – watch Ash vs Evil Dead.
  5. Having no hot water in the house is a complete cliché. I feel like I belong in Zack and Miri make a !!!!!!!
  6. I wonder how long I could go without showering.
  7. My god I miss having baths.
  8. I’m going to treat myself to two bath bombs when the boiler is fixed. No, three!
  9. I can’t believe I’ve been a vegetarian for over two years now.
  10. Herbivore sounds better.
  11. I can’t believe I’ve been a herbivore for over two years now.
  12. I really miss Jack Daniels ribs from TGI Fridays.
  13. I wonder how many turtles you could stack on top of each other.
  14. I think I might make mine Halloween costumes this year.
  15. Do I go down the safe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle route?
  16. Nah, I’m thinking Discworld. Where can I find tiny Elephants?
  17. Damn I want some Crème Brulee.
  18. I should probably invest in a blow torch at some point.
  19. Why did I decide watching Hostel was a good idea.
  20. Scratch that, no blow torch.
  21. I’m so excited for new Gilmore Girls – hurry up November.
  22. Please let Lorelai and Kirk be a couple.
  23. Milo Ventimiglia is so disgustingly good looking.
  24. Note to self – watch Heroes Reborn
  25. I wonder if Beer Pong will ever be an Olympic Sport.
  26. Whoever says Beer Pong isn’t a sport is a liar.
  27. I should probably think about hunting out my sweatshirts for Winter.
  28. I should probably think about buying a swan boat.

 

The BFG Dream Jar Trail

A couple of weeks ago, whilst searching for things to do in London on my afternoon off, I came across a trail. A scavenger hunt if you will. It was called the BFG Dream Jar Trail, and it was made up of 50 giant sized jars spread across the city.

I’m yet to see the latest adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic, but I vaguely remember the animated movie, and if I’m not mistaken, the Dream Jars were filled with dreams the BFG created to give to children.

Well, these giant jars were also filled with dreams, but they already had owners. These dreams belonged to the famous; Steven Spielberg, Stephen Hawking, Helen Mirren, Buzz Aldrin. The list goes on.

As a lover of challenges and pretty things, I set out to find as many jars as I could, and in the process came across some beautiful artwork and inspiring stories. I managed to find just over 10 in total, so wanted to share the ones I came across:

Sweet Dreams | Stephen Spielberg

The director’s dream jar in Leicester Square was the first one I found. It held a young Spielberg, holding an ice cream cone piled high with brightly coloured sweets. It was beautifully vibrant, but the thing I loved most about it was its message – Dream Big. Children naturally dream big, but the premise shouldn’t be kid exclusive. We all need to have big dreams.

Once Upon a Dream | Angelababy

I’m not hugely familiar with Ying Yang, or Angelababy as she is better known. I’ve only ever seen her in Independence Day: Resurgence – she played female pilot Rain Lao. That being said, I came across her dream jar in Chinatown, and it instantly became my favourite, because – Sailor Moon. Her jar depicts a dream for peace and happiness, so who better to feature than the Queen of kick ass.

Believe in Extraordinary | Team GB

With the Olympics having only just come to an end, a trip to Trafalgar Square to see the Team GB dream jar seemed too good to miss. Every time one of the GB athletes earned a medal in Rio, it was represented in the jar. The phrase ‘believe in extraordinary’ is ingrained into every Olympic athletes’ mind, but anyone can be extraordinary.

The Merry Go Round | Mark Rylance

You can’t do a BFG trail without visiting a dream from the Big Friendly Giant himself. Actor Mark Rylance voices the BFG in Spielberg’s latest movie adaption, so his jar took center stage at Parliament Square. Rylance’s dream was probably the most obscure one I came across. It held a carousel inside a glass house, surrounded by friends. I have no idea what it meant, but it was certainly interesting.

Mayor of Dreamland | Cllr. Robert Davis

I came across this one by chance whilst on route to Buckingham Palace. The dream belongs to the former Mayor of Westminster, who dreams of becoming Mayor of the perfect city. It depicts him in mayoral robes standing in front of said dream city – which appears to be nothing more than a castle in the clouds, so I’m not sure he want’s many people to join him in utopia.

Innocence | The Countess of Wessex

This adorable dream jar shows a little girl on a swing, and depicts the dream of Sophie, Countess of Wessex – wife to Prince Edward – who seeks to protect children from the threats they face via the internet. I love the simplicity of the design, though I’m not entirely sure that it represents her dream very well.

Read | The Duchess of Cornwall

 
Another one of my favourites, this jar holds a selection of children standing on a pile of books whilst reading their favourites. Like the Innocence jar, it’s a lovely pure white colour, which contrasted amazingly with the green of St James’ Park. As an avid reader, Camilla’s dream is for every child to learn how to read, and have the resources to continue to do so – a thought that is equally close to my heart.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine | Jenny Peckham

I came across this jar outside Monument Station, and although it’s not the most interesting, it was very pretty and delicately designed. As an acclaimed stylist, Jenny’s dream is to continue to create beautiful garments with immense passion. Her jar holds strings of pearls and beads in pastel colours.

The Heart Takes Over | David Weir

This incredibly inspirational dream jar was created by Paralympic athlete David Weir, who has won six gold medals in his time. His dream is for others to triumph over physical adversity, just like he did. He believes that no one should give up on what they want in life. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

Home is Where the Heart is | Dominic West

West is probably best known for playing Detective Jimmy McNulty in The Wire, but he’s also a supporter of many charities, including Save the Children, which he dedicated his dream to. He wants every child to have a safe place to live and play, with safe water and food. His jar contained a house – one side demolished, and the other side homely. It was an incredibly heart felt and detailed representation.

I Dream of the Universe | Stephen Hawking

This was the last dream jar I saw, and was probably the one I was most excited about seeing. In true Stephen Hawking’s style, he focused on the scientific aspect of dreaming – its concept – asking ‘how do we know if we are living our dreams or reality’. The jar itself represents Chinese Philosopher Zhuangzi, who dreamed of becoming a butterfly, but wasn’t sure whether he was actually a butterfly dreaming of becoming a man.

I managed to find 11 jars in the end, spread all the way across London. Unfortunately the trail ended at the end of last month, but from the 31st August, all the dream jars will be auctioned off for a good cause. Has anyone else taken part in the Dream Jar Trail? Which one was your favourite?

 

Anticipating | September

With the release of this Fall’s TV schedule, September looks to be a good month for new and returning shows. I’m particularly looking forward to binge watching Luke Cage, and witnessing the return of an evil Regina to Storybrooke. Movies on the other hand – well, there isn’t much that excites me. There’s a few I would like to check out, but I’m not desperate to see anything.

Thankfully, comic wise, there are a lot of new Indie’s coming out through September. Alters is going to be a must read, showcasing the very first transgender superhero to have her own comic – HUZZAH! – and if you were an embarrassingly huge fan of My Chemical Romance in years gone by, you’ll probably want to check out Doom Patrol, written by lead singer Gerard Way. There’s also a graphic novel called Mooncop due out later this month which sounds positively miserable, and therefore right up my street.

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Movies

Sausage Party | Sausage Party is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. Starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wigg, and Jonah Hill. 2nd September. Watch the trailer.

Captain Fantastic | Ben and his children live a rustic and carefree lifestyle in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, but it all changes when they must venture into modern society to attend their mother’s funeral. Starring Viggo Mortenson and Frank Langella. 9th September. Watch the trailer.

The Magnificent Seven | The desperate townsfolk of Rose Creek turn to a group of outlaws for protection from a villainous industrialist. Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Haley Bennett. 23rd September. Watch the trailer.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children | Young Jacob Portman follows clues left by his grandfather to the crumbling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where the mystery and adventure only deepens. Starring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, and Asa Butterfield. 30th September. Watch the trailer.

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TV Shows

Red Dwarf: Season 11 | Rimmer accidentally saves the life of a Space Corps Captain and is promoted to officer, while Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall in love with a female cat with a secret. In the meantime, Lister wakes up to discover a deranged droid has stolen some of his body parts and Kryten has a mid-life crisis. 22nd September. Watch the trailer.

Bobs Burgers: Season 7 | A third-generation restaurateur, Bob runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves.25th September. Watch the trailer.

Once Upon A Time: Season 6 | The town of Storybrooke is threatened by Mr. Hyde, along with his fellow inhabitants from the Land of Untold Stories, and Regina’s former self (or other half) — the Evil Queen — who has now declared war on the Heroes. 25th September. Watch the trailer.

Luke cage: Season 1 | When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. 30th September. Watch the trailer.

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Comics

Alters #1 As the world struggles to accept the emergence of a new kind of mutant species known as Alters, a young woman begins her transition from male to female, only to find herself also transitioning into a superhuman. Faced with persecution by the multi-powered fascist known as Matter Man, she will face the world as Chalice – a hero for a new age. 7th September.

Skybourne #1 | The legend of King Arthur is alive and well in modern day. Only one man, Skybourne, can stop the evil Merlin from destroying the world. 7th September.

Doom Patrol #1 | Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift, and her partner Sam Reynolds, blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Robotman. 14th September.

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 | When you’re Olive Silverlock, winter holidays can be a drag. Luckily, when a new student shows up at Gotham Academy to keep her company while the other students are away, Olive finds what could be a brand new friend or a whole lot of trouble! 14th September.

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Graphic Novels

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet: Volume 1 | A new era begins for the Black Panther! When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl! Collecting BLACK PANTHER 1-4. 13th September.

Spider-Man / Deadpool: Isn’t it Bromantic: Volume 1 | The Webbed Wonder and the Merc with a Mouth are teaming up for their first series EVER! It’s action, adventure and just a smattering of (b)romance in this episodic epic. Collecting SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL 1-5. 13th September.

Brighter Than You Think: 10 Short Works By Alan Moore | A collection of Alan Moore’s difficult-to-find comics short stories. From bold experiments, through early takes on his favourite subjects, to self-critiques of his older work, this wide-ranging collection is an essential look at Moore’s illuminating short stories. Each story is drawn by some of the best artists in comics from mainstream mavericks to underground iconoclasts. 14th September.

Mooncop | The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new super highway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon. Each day that the Mooncop goes to work, life gets a little quieter and a little lonelier. No big explosions or grand reveals, just the incremental dissolution of an abandoned project and a person’s slow awakening to his own uselessness. 20th September.

What are you anticipating this September? Will you be picking up any comics, or going to the cinema? Let me know what you want to check out this month.

 

My Life In Photos | London Tourist

I have a confession. I celebrate – a lot. I know that sounds weird, but I like celebrating. I would happily celebrate something every single day of my life, even if it was completely mundane – like apples, or head scarfs.. Everything deserves some recognition right, and I want to be the person to spread that love and appreciation.

Well, on Friday it was World Photography Day. So to commemorate the occasion, I decided to hone in on my limited photography skills, and take a photo every hour, on the hour, throughout the day.

Thankfully, it didn’t fall on one of my watching Gilmore Girls in bed whilst sporting a rather faded pair of pants days – I was actually playing tourist in London with my friend Alice, so I managed to get some pretty decent snaps. It didn’t get interesting until midday, so I’m only featuring those from 12 onwards to save you from boredom.

12pm

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Our tour of London started with lunch in Leicester square, overlooking the William Shakespeare fountain. For an area that is smack bang in the center of one of the busiest areas in London, it was surprisingly serene around here.

1pm

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Next stop was Trafalgar Square, via China Town – because our sense of direction is terrible. There were loads of street performers here, including this Yoda, which was my favouite.

2pm

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We then took a stroll down to the River Thames via Big Ben and Downing Street – which was rather underwhelming. It’s literally a street name plastered on the wall. The road itself is inaccessible.

3pm

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Westminster Abbey was up next. It was incredibly impressive – huge, and stunning.

4pm

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We then went to Buckingham Palace which was rather anti-climatic if I’m being honest. Everything was closed off, and there were very few people about.

5pm

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St James’ Park on the other hand, was beautiful, even though the weather wasn’t at its best. However, the entire place was ransacked with birds, which I found out I’m kind of terrified of.

6pm

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We rode the underground to Monument, which probably wasn’t worth checking out in hindsight.

7pm

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Then we walked up to St Paul’s Cathedral which was quite possibly my favourite visit of the day.

8pm

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We then hopped on the underground one more time, and headed to Camden Market for dinner and a few drinks.

9pm

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Then ended the night watching Motion City Soundtrack at the O2 Forum. They were unbelievably amazing. Seriously, this band has been a favourite of mine since I was a teenager. I’m gutted this is their last tour.

I stopped taking photo’s at this point because it was just a boring train ride home – also I was a little tipsy, so I kind of just forgot. What do you think of all my photo’s though? Have you ever been to London and seen any of these sights?

 

5 on 15 | Invasion

Today marks the first day of 5 on 15, and I instantly regretted picking Invasion as a topic. I mean – what the hell was I thinking. It has taken me an entire week to come up with things to photograph.

Oh yeah, 5 on 15. Well, you may recall seeing my 6 on 6 posts that have gone up over the past year. Well, 5 on 15 is it’s slightly more intense older brother. Instead of taking colour themed photos of things you geek out about, they are themed on a specific topic; Heroes, Magic, Paranormal etc. You can learn a little more about it here.

August is Invasion, and it was hard. Really hard. But I think I did a good job in the end. Check out what I came up with..

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So, I think my favourite Invasion would have to be in the form of zombies. I absolutely love the idea of an apocalypse, to the point that it could be portrayed as borderline psychotic. One of the best zombie movie’s of all time? Shaun of the Dead. I own like three copies, but this one is my favourite also my house is a mess and I couldn’t be bothered to look for the others.

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I’m also a little partial to an Alien invasion, specifically in the form of Xenomorphs. I just think they’re so beautiful. I know that sounds ridiculous, but H. R. Giger did an amazing job designing these stunners. I couldn’t resist getting my very own miniture version, though I’m still not brave enough to take it out of it’s packaging – very unlike me.

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Another Alien Invasion I can’t get enough of – War of the Worlds. I’ve never actually read H. G. Wells’ novel. I only recently purchased this copy. However I was addicted to the radio broadcast for a very long time, and even managed to get tickets to see Jeff Wayne’s musical version in London – which was absolutely inspiring.

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Now for one of the scariest types of invasion – Daleks. I can’t be the only person terrified by these guys? I own a lot of Doctor Who memorabilia, but my Tardis Handbook has definitely been the most informative, especially when it comes to a certain mutant with an extreme love of extermination.

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Finally, an Invasion I’m not yet familiar with – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which has just been released on Netflix, and I’m really looking forward to checking it out. I actually kind of liked Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, and I loved the original, so I can’t see why I wouldn’t like this version. I even have my very own accomplice, who came back with me from New York  – he scaled the Empire States Building.

So what do you think of my first attempt at 5 on 15, and what would you have picked yourselves? As difficult as it was, I kind of enjoyed looking at some of the things I wouldn’t usually take off my shelves.

Oh, and please check out some of the other ladies who took part. It’s really interesting to see how they interpreted the theme.

A Nerdy World | Her Geekery | Epicfied

 

Everyday Cosplay | Rugrats

I probably shouldn’t admit to this, but I watched a lot of cartoons when I was younger. Hundreds. Before school, after school, at the weekends – if it was on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or the Disney Channel, I watched it. I mean, I still watch a lot now, but back then it was a little more sociably acceptable. Plus, internet didn’t really exist, so what else could you do!?

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about cartoons as a whole, just one in particular – Rugrats – which celebrated its 25th Anniversary yesterday. How terrifying is that? Rugrats aired on Tommy Pickles’ 1st birthday 25 years ago, which makes him.. 26. I feel so old.

I decided to take a look at some of my favourite characters from the show, and compile a few outfits inspired by their iconic clothing. Picture Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica all grown up. I love how all of their looks turned out, especially Chuckie’s, which I would wear the hell out of – even if there are some major hipster vibes going on. I’m also obsessed with the colours that make up Angelica’s style.

Red Hoodie | Blue UFO T-shirt | Green Jean’s | Red Converse | Orange Beanie | Purple Glasses

Beige Jacket | Blue Shirt | White Jeans | White Vans | Yellow Belt | Dog Ring | Screwdriver Necklace

Purple Dress | Orange Cardigan | Green Tights | Purple Dr Martens | Purple Bow | Microphone Necklace | Cynthia BroochPink Crop Top | Green Skirt | Pink Heels | Duck Tote Bag | Duck Necklace | Bow Necklace

Do you remember Rugrats? What was your favourite character from the show? Who’s style do you love the most – would you wear any of these outfits? Let me know below.

 

Review | Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is DC’s latest blockbuster, directed by David Ayer. It was going to be their wild card, in a world where every new Superhero movie over shadows the last, but it fell a bit short for my liking. Ok, very short. Alright – I hated it – is that what you wanted to hear!?

* Don’t read this review if you hold an incorruptible loyalty for DC, because you will end up despising me for what I am about to write.

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So Suicide Squad is a film about villains turned heroes – meant in the loosest sense. It features a selection of underrated characters from the DCU, as well as some relatively high profile ones, all of whom happen to be locked up for life in this dingy prison: Belle Reve Penitentiary.

Now, since Superman and other ‘superheroes’ have started to come out of the woodwork, the government want to create an elite task force in the event that they get turned upon by said superheroes. They decide to enlist inmates who are almost equally matched in the crazy super power department, but who have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

So Deadshot, Harley Quinn, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, and Slipknot are all implanted with a small bomb that can explode on demand if they decide to misbehave, and Suicide Squad is born.

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The only problem is, it’s not is it. As much as marketing wanted to make you believe that every character was going to play a big part in the ‘skwad’, Suicide Squad is actually the Will Smith show, with a bit of Harley Quinn thrown in.

That’s not to say they didn’t both do a brilliant job. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn exceeded expectations. She was the perfect amount of crazy / emotional and brilliantly badass, while Deadshot was basically Will Smith acting himself, only a little more toned, and slightly more serious.

No, the problem was that no one else got a look in – except for Rick Flag, the team’s official ring leader – and even he was overshadowed by Viola Davis playing government official; Amanda Waller. Davis definitely stole the show, and she was only in it for a fraction of the time compared to most of the other characters.

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So what happened to everyone else; Boomerang, Croc, Diablo, Slipknot? Well, they faded into the background. It started at the very beginning of the film with the obligatory origins. Both Deadshot and Harley were given elaborate backstories – I’m pretty sure Deadshot had at least three introductions – while everyone else was skimmed over.

They almost seemed expendable. In fact, I don’t think any of them were particularly necessary to the plot at all because they didn’t exactly do much.

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And that leads me to the plot – was there one? The squad seemed to spend most of their time traveling from A to B through scenes that reminded me of a zombie game. Seriously, it felt like I was playing Left for Dead, running through a deserted city full of half demolished skyscrapers, trying to find a check point, whilst occasionally shooting the crap out of a horde of ‘zombies’.

Don’t get me wrong, I love playing zombie FPS’s, I just prefer to be in control rather than watching them.

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Finally, let’s discuss something a little more controversial; the Joker. Mr J is my absolute favourite villain because he doesn’t give a crap about anything except making life difficult for others – and he’s undeniably cunning.

Surprisingly, the Joker was barely in this movie, which was both a good and a bad thing.

It was good because Jared Leto just didn’t cut it for me. He gave off a shallow Gangster vibe, instead of the maniacal genius persona I’m used to. I’m aware that there have been loads of variations of the Joker in the past, and that gangster may well have been one of these, but it was such a stereotypical performance that I just couldn’t get on board with it. Oh Jared Leto – how much I wanted to like you.

On the other hand, the lack of Joker disappointed me because he would have made a great antagonist in a movie that quite frankly lacked in the villain department. I won’t go into detail about the Suicide Squad’s adversary because that would be spoiling it. Just know that I thought they were incredibly dull, and the ultimate ‘boss’ showdown was pretty weak.

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As a lifelong DC fan, who adores Batman, who reads countless comics and graphic novels from the DCU, and who grew up watching movies like Batman Returns and Batman Forever, I thought I’d love Suicide Squad – just because. I didn’t.

There were a few saving graces; the soundtrack, the acting, and of course everyone’s beloved Harley Quinn, who for once wasn’t overhyped. In fact, I’d go as far as to say she was a little underused – there’s an elevator scene where I could totally have seen her channelling Captain America from the Winter Soldier (you know the scene I’m on about).

It was also a relatively light hearted film in the end, and easy to watch, but I felt like it needed a little more wit. I did laugh once or twice, but the trailer led me to believe I’d be in hysterics throughout. I wasn’t.

David Ayer needs to take a page from Jay Olivia and Ethan Spaulding, because if you want to see the Suicide Squad at their best, check out their animated movie Assault on Arkham – that’s how this movie should have gone.

Have you seen Suicide Squad yet? What did you think? Are you in love with the film, or did it leave a sour taste in your mouth?

 

Hello August | Goals

So.. I haven’t made any goals since April – oops! I mean, obviously I’ve still been getting stuff done without them, but I just find that I’m way more productive if I have a few written down, you know?

Now, usually, at this point, I’d recap over all my goals from the previous month – but seen as there were none, I thought I’d just give you a quick run through of what I’ve actually been up to:

  • I went to Spain. Yep, my best friend and I went on our first holiday together, and it was amazing. You can find out about our trip here.
  • I visited the circus. It sounds like a bit of a weird accomplishment, but the show was awesome.
  • I watched Independence Day: Resurgence. And I made a review about it
  • I went strawberry picking. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.
  • I made a body scrub. It was inspired by Sansa’s Lemon Cakes in Game of Thrones, and smelt amazing. Here are some instructions if you want to have a go yourself.
  • I played a lot of Pokemon Go. Like the rest of the world, I’ve been addicted to the game.

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August Goals

  • Go Geocaching – This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time; I even put it on my Bucket List because it’s an ultimate goal of mine. A modern treasure hunt – is there anything more exciting?
  • Make Ice Cream / Ice Lollies from Scratch – I’m not the most gifted in the kitchen department. I like to stick to the basics. But I figure making Ice Lollies can’t be too difficult, right?
  • Watch Suicide Squad – I guess this isn’t really much of a goal, but Suicide Squad is most definitely my film of the month and if I don’t watch this movie at some point through out August, you have permission to take my nerd card away from me.
  • Get my Harley on – Harley Quinn is no where near my favourite character in the DC universe, but I love her outfits in the new Suicide Squad film so much, that I’d like to channel her and dress up for the cinema.
  • Visit a film set – Another thing on my bucket list that I’d like to cross off this month. I’m incredibly lucky to live in a county called Hampshire, which has been the setting for some great films, including The Avengers, Stardust, World War Z, Skyfall, Children of Men, and Inception. I just have to decide where to visit first.
  • Tie-Dye Something – I’ve been looking for a decent tie-dyed shirt in time for Summer, and still haven’t managed to find one I like, so I thought – I’ll just make one myself. And I mean, why stop there. Tie-dye pants, tie-dye shoes. We’ll see how it goes.
  • Go Kayaking – Ever since I got back from Spain, I’ve had an itch to get back out on the water to Kayak. I live on the coast, so I’m hoping that should work in my favour with regards to renting a boat – in fact, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner.
  • Make Root Beer Floats – It’s National Root Beer Float day on the 6th and I want to get in on the action. Now, I’ve never tried one, let alone made one, but they sound fun. I might even sneak in a little alcohol.
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel – They’ve just erected a Ferris Wheel in my town, and I keep saying I want to give it a go, but never get round to it. If I put it on here, there’ll be a little more pressure to get it done.
  • Write a Guest Post – The lovely Ashlee from Her Geekery has asked me to write a guest post for her blog, and I’m so excited – this will be my first one. We threw ideas around and have come up with a post that will hopefully be a lot of fun. Watch this space.

So how did you get on with your July goals, and what have you got planned for August, do any of our goals match? Have a great month guys.

 

10 Things I’ve Learnt From a Year of Blogging

Oh Em Gee guys – Scruffy Little Nerd Herder is officially a year old today!

*one person Mexican wave*

This time last year I embarked on an adventure to launch my geek out into the world virtually, and today I’m a little in awe that I’ve made it to my first milestone.

This blog has become a part of me. I don’t know whether that’s sad or amazing, but not a single day goes by that I don’t think about how I could improve it, or what I could post about next.  I look at the world completely differently now, and have learnt so much about myself, and about blogging.

Before I go on to gush about how amazing you all are for supporting and interacting with me these past twelve months, I want to quickly talk about some of the things I’ve learnt.

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A VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CAN BE THE BEST COMMUNITY

I think one of the greatest things to come out of this past year has been the amount of friends I’ve made. I’m not used to having a lot of people around to talk to, let alone ones who actually want to listen to me babble on.

One group in particular – Geek Girl Bloggers – has completely changed my perceptions on friendship. They’re always around to offer up support and encouragement, whilst being equally kick ass and interesting to boot.

In another life I may have scoffed if someone told me they’d met a friend online, but I’ve come to realise that distance just doesn’t matter. Ok, so I can’t really ask one of them to pick me up from the station if they live on the other side of the world, but I can ask their advice on anything, and their kind, honest replies mean more to me than a lift home from the dentist.

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY

Juggling a social life with work is hard enough. When you throw blogging into mix, it all gets a bit crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever written a post that has taken me less than 3 hours to complete, and when you’re trying to put one up every day – and failing quite drastically may I add – it all gets a bit overwhelming.

You know what helps – apps. I downloaded the WordPress app to my phone and my Ipad, and it’s kind of a life changer because I can make use of the time I spend commuting by blogging or editing photos.

You know what also helps – notebooks. Which leads me to my next point..

NOTEBOOKS ARE LIFE

Seriously, a simple notebook can be a bloggers best friend. I always carry one around with me in my bag so that I can jot down ideas on the go, or make bullet points on a movie I’ve just watched.

I have tons of the damn things in my drawer at work, and even more of them scattered around my house, but they’ve saved me from my poor memory on so many occasions that I will never resent their presence.

TAKING PHOTOS IS HARD

I have taken more photos this past year than I have my entire life. There is no denying that a good photo can completely change your blog post; taking it from an article that someone will skim over, to something people will want to interact with.

I am in no way good at this photography thing, because I’ve just never really learnt how to use a camera properly, but I still try my best – even if it does take me 30 minutes and 100 snaps of the same thing over and over again.

You know what’s harder than taking photo’s? Editing them. I don’t think I even bothered when I first started blogging, but now I couldn’t imagine posting a picture that hasn’t first gone through A Colour Story or Snapseed.

But it’s worth it.

I sometimes look at photos I’ve taken, and can’t believe they came from my camera. It makes me smile to think about how my photography skills have improved.

IT’S DIFFICULT NOT TO COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

One of the harder things I’ve come across while blogging is that urge to compare yourself and your blog, to other people’s. Whether it’s the look, the content, or the social media following they have gained, it can get you down quite drastically if you think about it all too much.

The one thing you have to remember is that everybody is different, and just because you don’t have as many views as someone else, doesn’t mean you aren’t having a huge impact on someone’s life.

Just keep concentrating on what you do best, and admire other blogs – don’t resent them, because you know first-hand how much work goes into blogging, and besides, everyone started off with the same figure – zero.

WRITE ABOUT WHATEVER YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

 Another difficult thing to deal with as a blogger is being original. Having a niche definitely helps with this – it can get your blog noticed by the right people – but if it’s a niche you aren’t passionate about, you’re going to get bored very quickly.

Make sure you write about whatever you want to write about. You’re the only person who looks at your content every single day, and you’re the only person that has to write the content.

I went a long time thinking that I could only post geeky things because I have a geeky blog, but ended up discovering that my more personal posts were enjoyed just as much, if not more.

If you want to write about your incredibly un-geeky trip abroad – do it. If you want to write about your favourite beauty products, get on that. Being passionate about something is all that counts, because it will come through in your words and be ten times more enjoyable to read.

STRUCTURE IS GOOD, BUT SPONTANEITY IS GREAT

A little while ago I made a bit of a blog battle plan where I’d post about a specific subject on a certain day. Geek Picks on Wednesday, Adventures on Monday, Geek Chic on Thursday, and so on.

Having those guide lines and being a bit more organised in general really helped me and my blog out. My content became more regular and consistent, and planning posts in advance became a lot less stressful.

But still be spontaneous.

Sometimes you may have a strong urge to write about something – something that you deem quite important – and yet, you may not post it because it will mess up the structure of your blog. Screw the structure. Your readers want to know your random thoughts there and then, because there has never been anything quite more relevant than what you are posting that very second.

IT’S OK TO HAVE A BREAK

When you become responsible for updating a blog that people actually read, you can get a bit anxious that you’re not doing a good job – that maybe you’re not posting enough.

But it’s honestly ok to sit back every now and then – slow down, or even take a break. We all need holidays, even holidays from blogging.

Plus, your readers will still be there when you get back, and anyway, haven’t you heard – absence makes the heart grow fonder.

YOU WILL START TO ANALYSE EVERYTHING

I honestly can’t remember the last time I just watched a movie. As soon as you decide you want to start reviewing things, the way you watch something completely changes, and you find yourself being far more critical of absolutely everything. It’s exhausting.

On the plus side, your attention to detail improves tenfold, and you’ll start to spot things that no one else has. Your memory will also improve because you’re using the whole of your brain whilst you watch and read, instead of just enough to be force fed the information.

JOURNALING IS A BLOGGERS BEST FRIEND

The last time I kept a personal diary must have been when I was about 14 and going through that awkward puberty / boy crazy phase. I then started up a travel journal so that I could record every detail of the amazing trips I went on. After coming across an entry I had written about New Zealand, I realised that the whole page of personal thoughts would be perfect material for a blog post.

Since then, I’ve recorded what I get up to everyday, and not only has it helped my remember my thoughts on specific subjects, and movies, and life in general – allowing me to add those thoughts to posts – it’s also helped improve my writing style. You can write much more personal things on a blog if you are in a journaling mind frame.

G I V E A W A Y

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Now that that’s over, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read an article on here, or post a comment, or like something. I want to thank all my facebook followers, and twitter followers, and Instagram followers as well. The fact that you guys stick around whilst I stumble my way through life means an awful lot.

As much as bloggers always say they blog for themselves, which is true, there’s also a big part of us that gets a kick out of seeing others enjoy our work, and I can’t express the feeling of getting a new follower to try and inspire.

To say thank you, I’m going to do a quick giveaway.

Because Scruffy Little Nerd Herder was inspired by one of my first loves – Star Wars – there’s a Star Wars bag up for grabs, as well as a Nerf Gun for all you Nerd Nerf Herders out there. We all know Han shot first.

Click on the link below to be in with a chance of winning:

1 Year Anniversary Giveaway

 

Introducing 5 on 15

Last year I started up a photography challenge called 6 0n 6, where I posted 6 photos of something I geek out about, themed on a specific colour. You can find out more about it here. So many people have taken part over the past 12 months; and I’ve seen some amazing pictures from some very talented bloggers, however we’ve now come full circle which means that those who joined in from it’s initiation will have completed the challenge.

I think it’s a shame that 6 on 6 has to come to an end, so I’ve decided to start up a brand new challenge called 5 on 15. The aim is continue to take photo’s of things you geek out about, and improve your photography skills, only this time the theme has changed. Instead of taking pictures of things based on a specific colour, you now have a category to interpret.

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It’s definitely going to be a little harder, but I also think it will be incredibly interesting to see what people come up with for each months theme. I’ve reduced the photos down to 5 to make it a little easier, and I’ve also moved it to the 15th of every month, so that anyone who hasn’t completed 6 on 6 has the option to do both simultaneously if they’d like to.

I’d love to see people get as passionate about this new challenge as they did it’s predecessor, and can’t wait to see what they decide to take photos of. As the 15th August is only around the corner, I thought I’d give you some inspiration on what I will be looking at. The theme is Invasion, so my pictures will include things from Fandoms such as Independence Day, War of the Worlds, and X-Files.

Did you take part in 6 on 6? Will you be having a go at 5 on 15? Which month are you looking forward to the most? I’m personally partial to a little Paranormal – Supernatural love will be happening.

 

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Geek-venture | Lloret de Mar

Time goes ridiculously fast doesn’t it? Well, not time – the perception of time. This exact day last week I was on a plane home from Spain, but it already feels like an eternity has passed since I was sunbathing on a beach in Lloret de Mar.

I’m worried that I’m losing all the wonderful memories I created there. I haven’t even unpacked my suitcase yet, but I’ve already forgotten what I ate on my first day. Thank god for journaling – am I right? *fellow journaling nerds nod approvingly*

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my trip with you all. This is predominantly for my benefit, but you also get to take a peek at a ridiculous 1 litre cocktail that took me two hours to drink – you’re welcome.

It all started with a train ride to Gatwick Airport, where Alice (best friend, Hufflepuff, natural red-head) and I spent a good hour playing Pokemon Go – once we realised that almost every train station we passed was a Pokestop.

Our flight was delayed – standard – so we relaxed in a bar with a glass of Prosecco and watched the world go by. Why are people always in such a rush at airports? There’s a mad dash to get to the front of the queue to board, but you still have to wait for everyone to get on the plane till you can leave. Surely you’d rather stretch your legs in the lobby than sit in a cramped seat next to crying children. Silly tourists.

Our plane arrived in Barcelona close to midnight, then we had to get on a coach to Lloret de Mar which is just up the coast. I say just up the coast – we didn’t actually arrive at our hotel until about 2am. I was shattered, and if it wasn’t for Alice, I probably would have slept the entire day away in my glorious queen sized bed.

Instead I went down for breakfast at 9 and ate as many pastries as I could fit in my stomach. Breakfast was this huge buffet filled with EVERYTHING, seriously, you could have fruit on your eggs stuffed into a croissant covered in yoghurt and ham and cheese, in a bowl of cereal. That is not what I ate, but I could have.

 

We spent the rest of the morning on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, where the sunbeds overlooked mountains circling Lloret. In the distance you could see the ocean and hundreds of people, but you couldn’t hear anything because you were 10 stories up in your own little oasis.

The roof pool was amazing; turquoise blue and refreshingly cool. You could swim up to the bar and order cocktails right there and then – which I always spilt everywhere because I’m an excitable clumsy fool – but I was wearing a bikini and I was in the water, so who cares.

 

We ended our first day with dinner and more cocktails on the beach, but these weren’t like the ones we had in the pool. These bad boys were 1 litre each. I have never seen such huge drinks in my life. They were topped with fresh fruit and flowers, and some came with scoops of ice cream inside.

It took me over two hours to drink one, and by the end of it I was well and truly tipsy. Alice had to part carry me home, with my lei in hand. Yes I brought the lei back home with me. It’s my new cocktail drinking necklace!

 

The next day we had a bit of a roam around town, and came across lots of interesting statues and extravagant churches. Mosaics, banners and flags lined the streets, leading us to a princess castle right on the beach – however it was guarded by Pokemon so we didn’t go inside, also we’re lazy.

We even passed a quirky little cat museum with added cat door, but unfortunately it wasn’t open. I would so have been all up in that place, getting my cat lady on.

 

In the afternoon I tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a while – Scuba diving. Getting my PADI open water licence has been on my bucket list for a few years now, and although I didn’t have time to do the course in Spain, I did have time to try it out. Boy was I nervous.

It sounds strange, but I’m the kind of person that likes being good at things, so the thought of trying Scuba Diving and failing miserably made me feel rather anxious. I know, we are meant to learn from our mistakes, but that’s not always how my brain works – it likes to be right about stuff, and it likes to succeed.

So yeah, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to do well, which was stupid because scuba diving is AMAZING, and after freaking out a little at the beginning – because it is actually quite hard NOT to breathe through your nose – I took to it like a duck to water. Pun intended.

 

We managed to do quite a lot of other activities as well. One morning was spent at the Botanical Gardens, which were absolutely stunning. They were so immaculate and everything was a luscious bright green. The statues reminded me of Rome, and there were mermaids throughout that reminded me of Disney – only much darker because they were actually quite terrifying with two creepy tails instead of one.

We also stumbled across a nudist beach at one point, and ended up spending an afternoon there because it was so tranquil. Yes, everyone was naked, and yes, I saw more genitals there in three hours than I’d seen in my entire life, but it was peaceful and golden, and well – when in Rome. I didn’t strip off completely, but I took off my bikini top and felt safe in the knowledge that no one was a creeper. Everyone was very respectful of one another.

 

Kayaking in the ocean on our last day was probably my favourite thing of the whole trip, and allowed me to cross something new off my bucket list – Number 207: Go Sea Kayaking. We started in Blanes and went about 4km up the coast, past coves, cliffs, rocks and private beaches.

The water was bright blue, and the beaches were covered with fine, white sand, and when we stopped for a break on a secluded rocky island, we got to snorkel amongst shoals of multi coloured fish. I took so many photos of this excursion – but I’ll do a separate post about it all at a later date so you’re not bombarded with selfies of me and my kayak.

 

It was painful having to get up at 6am on our last day to go home. If I could, I would travel forever, but England was calling me and I had to return. Lloret de Mar was very lovely, but I think I’d like to check out Barcelona next – however, now that Spain has been crossed off my ‘attempt to visit every country’ list, I think I’m due a trip to Asia.

Have any of my fellow nerds been to Lloret de Mar? What about Spain? What did you enjoy the most while you were out there?

 

Geek Picks of the Week

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Pokemon Go Necklaces | I briefly mentioned that I had been playing Pokemon Go on the blog a couple of weeks ago, but I doubt any of you realised how addicted I actually am. Now at level 20, I have been playing this game every other day since its release and have no intention of stopping any time soon. In fact, I’m now contemplating representing Team Valor (fist bumps for my fellow Reds) in a more obvious way, and think these necklaces are perfect for some subtle fandom worshipping. What do you think.

Adventure Journal | I’ve only been back from Spain for a week, but my brain is already thinking about where it wants to take my body next. Having had a bit of a break from travelling recently, I am desperate to get back into it and I think this gorgeous map covered journal is the exact thing I need to help with inspiration. Perfect for those planning holidays away, or recording them. I’d personally use it for both. Also, new stationary – so much love for new stationary.

Stranger Things T-Shirt | Has anyone else had a Stranger Things binge fest yet? I finally caved and watched it over the weekend, and boy am I in love. It’s basically this giant love letter to the 80’s. Imagine a Goonies, Alien, ET hybrid – with some Star Wars and Evil Dead references thrown in for fun. It’s massively nostalgic, with an exceptional cast, and amazing soundtrack; and this t-shirt by Zerobriant is the best representation of it I’ve seen to date. A Stranger Things / ET crossover – perfect.

Ilvermorny Wands | It’s quite a year for Harry Potter isn’t it! With Fantastic Beasts, and The Cursed Child, not to mention all the news about Ilvermorny – the American school for Witchcraft and Wizardry. A new school with new houses; Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Wampus, and Thunderbird, and with them, beautiful new wands. Seriously, are these not the most stunning wands you’ve ever seen. JustALevel have created a set of unique wands for each house based on their personality traits.

 

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Ted Talks Tuesday | My Love Letter to Cosplay

I’m a massive fan of self improvement and learning new things. It’s an addiction of mine. I genuinely feel a little anxious if i’m not mentally progressing regularly in some way, and one of my favourite ways to get a bit of a knowledge fix, is by watching Ted Talks. Sometimes I’ll learn something completely new – something I wouldn’t dream of researching on my own. Other times I’ll find something so relatable that I just need to share it.

That’s the case today. Not only is this a discussion about Cosplay – something I dabble in whenever I can – but it’s also a talk by Adam Savage, a sort of role model of mine. He’s best known as a presenter on Mythbusters, but he’s also a skilled model maker who helped create sets for multiple Sci-Fi movies, including Galaxy Quest and Star Wars – and as I found out today, he’s a very keen Cosplayer himself. Marry me?

Seriously though, this is a great talk about how cosplaying can open up some amazing opportunities for the people who are passionate about it. Adam started creating costumes as a child, and it’s helped shape who he is today. He also explains how Cosplay effected him in a positive way, and how he LIVES his costumes.

This is one of the reasons I personally cosplay. I love being able to transform into someone else, without judgement. I love becoming fictional characters that I admire. One of my favourite cosplays is Ramona Flowers because I absolutely adore how confident she is, how impulsive and sexy she can be, and it in turn makes me feel confident and impulsive and sexy. It’s something I hadn’t really thought about until this moment – why do I cosplay. Sure, I love people commenting on how great I look, but the reality is, I’m not doing it for that, i’m doing it because I get to be someone other than me for a little while.

Whether you’re a Mythbusters fan or a Cosplay fan, make sure to check out Adam’s talk. Can you relate his story at all? I’d be interested to know what your thoughts are on his video.

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Goodbye little one..

My dog died yesterday. I got a phone call from my mum at half six in the morning as I was rubbing sleep out of my eyes and frantically getting ready for work. I didn’t have time to process the news at first. I just said ‘oh, alright, can I talk to you later, I’m in a rush’.

It wasn’t until I was sat on the train to London Waterloo station, completely surrounded by people, that my throat decided to close up. Then there was an unusual ache, deep in the pit of my stomach. An ache that I haven’t felt for a very long time. I glanced at all the commuters around me and tried to hold back my tears so that they wouldn’t look at me strange or try to give me any unwanted awkward comfort, but it didn’t work, and I found myself silently sobbing into the palms of my hands. I can’t remember the last time I cried.

Molly was only 8. I don’t know whether that’s young for a dog, but it’s too young for me. She was the cutest, most sensitive little thing I’ve ever known. She was special, and I’m not just saying that because she was mine. The runt of the litter is what they called her when we picked her out of eight at 6 weeks old. She was so tiny. Everyone warned us that she’d grow up to have hundreds of problems, but we wanted her anyway. She was so alive with curiosity – it was completely enchanting.

Her curiosity only grew as she did – strong and healthy – as well as her big heart. It’s amazing how in tune pets can be to your emotions isn’t it. It’s impossible to feel sad about anything with a huge golden retriever sat on your lap. She gave the best cuddles, even when they were unwanted. No matter how many times you told her to get off the sofa, she’d persist to climb back up and stare into your soul with her big brown eyes. I could never resist those eyes – she had me wrapped around her fingers.

Molly died in her sleep of unknown, natural causes. I find solace in the thought that she was peaceful until the very end, but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less, and the thought of my mum finding her like that breaks my heart even more. My mind can’t even comprehend what it’s going to be like walking into my childhood home and not seeing her there, waiting by the door. And I don’t even want to think about how our other dog Sadie – her sister, is feeling right now.

I know this is a slightly unorthodox post for me, but it’s hard to write about anything when you heart is filled with such sorrow, and seen as talking isn’t really a strong suit of mine, I thought I’d stick with something I know well – writing.

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to the silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” – Oscar Wilde

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Independence Day: Resurgence

Resurgence is Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster movie, and sequel to Independence Day. It’s set twenty years after the first alien invasion on earth, which is technically our present day – but because humans have managed to salvage technology and weapons from fallen spacecraft, it’s more like a parallel universe.

The aliens that Earth fought in the original movie, have returned with full force to claim Earth as their own; so the team have to put their heads together to try and save humanity, again, and stop the Alien Queen from destroying their planet.

As one of my favourite movies, it’s really hard not to compare Independence day to its sequel, and yet, as much as I found Resurgence to be slightly moronic at times, it has become part of a franchise that I’ve held close to my heart for almost two decades, so I can’t help but feel slightly protective of it.

It was never going to win any Oscars, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of fun to watch – and if that’s predominantly down to the huge rush of nostalgia I felt every 10 minutes, I don’t care. Still, there was so much that could have been better..

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One of the significant differences between Independence Day and Resurgence is the introduction of advanced technology. Humans now have a military base on the moon, with laser guns and gravity defying spaceships. It looks awesome, but it makes the film kind of un-relatable.

Yeah, I know, it’s a movie about aliens, how can it be relatable – but one of my favourite things about the first Independence day was the fact that the characters were all so ordinary. There was a nerdy environmentalist, a neurotic alien-obsessed alcoholic; even an exotic dancer. They were all from different walks of life, and it was fun seeing them bump into each other throughout the film.

In Resurgence we spend half the movie in space, and the other half at Area 51, so we’re only ever really introduced to military types – all of whom seem to have exactly the same backstory; an orphan who becomes a pilot because their parents were killed in the last Alien Invasion.

 

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There just didn’t seem to be enough character development at all. I didn’t really care about any of these new characters, and in fact, some of them were so unnecessary to the story line that it felt like they were just slotted in last minute to make the film more diverse.

Rain Lao for example, was a Chinese female pilot, who had so much potential to be a great addition to the cast, yet she only seemed to be there as a love interest to this awkward nerdy white guy.

Then there was Umbutu, this badass African warlord who supposedly killed hundreds of Aliens. He could have been an incredibly complex character, yet he seemed to play sidekick to, oh wait, another nerdy white guy – who didn’t seem to fit into the film at all.  Why would an accountant be invited to go on a mission to save the world?

 

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Thankfully, we got to see some of our beloved characters return. Jeff Goldblum reprised his role as Jeff Goldblum David Levinston, and was the same bumbling, passionate geek that we saw in the first movie. He’s lost none of his charm, and has only gained points in the sexy older man department.

Bill Pulman also returned to play President Whitmore. He didn’t have quite the same screen presence as he did in the original film, but it was exciting to see him on screen nonetheless.

Finally, Brent Spiner was back as Dr Okun, and he did such a brilliant job as the excitable scientist, however a slightly bad taste was left in my mouth with regards to his sexuality. Again, it seemed like the writers were desperate to make the film more diverse, so they wrote him as gay, which I’m all for – big love to the LGBT community – but it was kind of a half arsed attempt.

No one realised he and his partner were a couple until long into the movie because they just didn’t really act like one. It appeared that all the passionate kisses and lingering embraces were saved for the heterosexual couples. It’s no longer 1996 guys.

 

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Ok, so maybe I’m not as protective of this film as I thought, but it really was a lot of fun. It was easy to watch, simple to follow, and impossible to take seriously because that’s not how it was written – it’s obvious that Emmerich wants you to laugh with AND at this movie.

And laugh you do. Judd Hirsch, who returned as Levinston’s father, was absolutely hilarious, and yeah, some of his one liners were stereotypically Jewish, but it suited his character. Jeff Goldblum also had me in hysterics at times. His comment ‘They like to get the landmarks’ almost made me spit my drink out on the lady in front of me.

It’s not going to be a film for everyone. If you’ve never seen the first Independence day, you’ll probably love it. If you like your movies to be crammed full of action and destruction, again, you’ll love it. But as soon as you start thinking about it all a little deeper, or comparing it to its prequel, you’ll get a bit annoyed, so just go in with an open mind – plus the two hours go pretty quickly so if you do hate it, you don’t have to suffer too long.

 

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Fangirl Friday | Suicide Squad, Star Trek and Scott Pilgrim

Happy Friday! I haven’t written much on the blog this week because – like every other geek I know – I’ve been addicted to Pokemon Go. Who else has managed to get their hands on it? How awesome..? It hasn’t officially been released in the UK yet, but because I’m an impatient nerdling, I made an Australian IOS account so that I could download it to my phone NOW – but don’t tell anybody.

It’s so much fun guys! Seriously, it’s like, real life Pokemon, only way better because you don’t have to lug pokeballs around in your backpack, and you’re not whiney ass Ash Ketchum.

Pokemon isn’t the only thing I’ve been fangirling about this week though. Both Suicide Squad and Star Trek have had some big announcements, and it’s got me pretty excited for their movies – not that I wasn’t already. Take a seat and get ready to squee with excitement at all the nerdy gossip..

Suicide Squad

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Suicide Squad comes out next month guys – next month! How quickly did that come around? I’m currently trying to win a couple of tickets to the UK premiere (everyone cross your fingers for me) but in the likely situation that I don’t, general tickets go on sale in a mere five days’ time. Who’s thinking about pre-booking? If you just said no, you’re dead to me you should probably change that.

Have you seen the amazing marketing surrounding this film – it’s so much fun! The posters alone are worth framing, and their latest batch – which focus on each individual character, with a colourful comic book inspired background – are my favourites.

They’re not the only things that have stirred my intrigue though. Warner Bros released a song list from the films soundtrack, and it looks amazing. There are original tunes on there by Skrillex, Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Grimes, and The Black Keys. There’s even going to be a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Panic! at the Disco – I can’t be the only person who thinks that sounds awesome?

I’m already addicted to Heathens by Twenty One Pilots, which was released as a single last month. I’ve played it so many times that I think I may be the sole reason it’s currently in the top 10 rock chart.

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And if I didn’t think I could pre-emptively love Suicide Squad anymore than I already do, Black Milk Clothing launched their new Pure Insanity line based on the movie – what are you guys doing to me! There’s a jacket, shirt and hot pants based on the outfit Harley wears in the trailers, a skirt and crop top based on one of the SS posters, and these insanely adorable wood chucks that I want more than anything, even if I don’t know what wood chucks actually are.

Oh and I had a lot of fun making my own Suicide Squad skull – you can make your own one here.

Star Trek

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Onto Star Trek now. Earlier this week, John Cho announced that his character in the reboots – Sulu – will be revealed as gay in the upcoming film – which I personally think is amazing news, no?

Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the script, supposedly made the decision as a sort of homage to George Takei, who played the character in the original series. Unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of people have taken offence to the announcement, including Takei himself, which is a shame because I love the idea that a huge franchise like Star Trek wants to support the LGBT community.

I get that Takei must feel incredibly attached to the character, but he’s also an LGBT activist. I just don’t currently see how this is a bad a thing – it’s made me want to watch the movie even more than I already did.

Anyway, the latest Star Trek trailer has got me excited for the film too. Rather than showing off the comedy and light heartedness of the movie, it’s gone down a pretty intense route – it looks badass. I’m also loving the addition of Rihanna’s new song: Sledgehammer.

I’m not really a Rihanna fan – like, at all. Fortunately, all I can hear when I listen to this is Sia, who apparently co-wrote the tune, so I’m all over it. It reminds me of one of the James Bond songs you hear at the beginning of the films.

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I’m also excited that Netflix are streaming every single Star Trek episode EVER. The original Star Trek series, The Next generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise are all on there. You can even watch the animated series, as well as a load of Star Trek movies, including Into the Darkness, from the latest set of reboots.

I actually feel a bit overwhelmed by how much there is to watch, but will be starting with Voyager as it was always my favourite growing up. Plus, it will be very strange seeing Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway and not Red from Orange is the New Black. Kind of freaking out just thinking about it.

Scott Pilgrim

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Finally, I quickly need to show off this new Ramona Flowers figure released by Mondo. As you all know, I’m a huge Scott Pilgrim fan – I have every graphic novel (hardback and soft) and like four things signed by Bryan Lee O’Malley, including a replica subspace bag.

The collectible was announced a little while ago, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately, all news surrounding the figure went really quiet, and I had no idea when it was going to be released. Thankfully, I was reading SuperSpaceChick’s blog last Friday and found out the figure was on sale for 72 hours from 28th June.

I quickly popped over to the site, and with about 2/3 hours to spare, ordered one of the remaining figures on the spot. My heart has never raced so hard in my life. I honestly thought I’d missed out. I had to pay a ridiculous amount in shipping because – America, but it’s so worth it. Look how beautiful!

So that’s this week’s fangirling over. I’m curious to see what will be on my radar come Monday. What have you all been excited about lately? Any ridiculous news I need to hear right this second?

 

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Game of Thrones Body Scrub

I’ve been going through a bit of a DIY stage, or as I like to call it – GIY (Geek it yourself). Upcycling has become my ‘thing’, but I’ve also been toying with the idea of making my own natural beauty products for a while now – think Lush, but a lot shitter because I’ve been doing it five minutes.

The first thing on my list to attempt was a body scrub, because they are damned expensive yo. I knew that I wanted to add lemon into the mix, because it’s supposedly good at fixing all sorts of ailments, but the rest was a bit up in the air.

So as I stood in  my kitchen with bowls of sugar and oil, and various nice smelling ingredients, I started to reminisce about all the times I helped my nan bake cakes when I was little. That in turn made me start thinking about how much I wanted to eat cake itself – lemon cakes specifically. And then it just became a one person conversation about how awesome Sansa is in the latest season of Game of Thrones.

Thus Game of Thrones body scrub was born. It’s inspired by the lemon cakes Sansa loves so much in the series, and as much as it does smell like the delicacies, I wouldn’t recommend eating it – though by all means give it a try.

It’s really simple to make, and it genuinely made my skin feel so unbelievably soft afterwards, to the point where I honestly wondered what kind of sorcery I’d managed to cook up, and would my letter to Hogwarts be coming very soon.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Container (mine was from Amazon)
  • Half a containers worth of sugar (so professional, I know)
  • 5 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Lemon – squeezed
  • 0 pips

 

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The first thing you need to do is pour the sugar into your container. I didn’t bother measuring – I just filled it half way. It probably equated to about 200g approximately. You then need to melt the coconut oil. I put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and that seemed to do the trick.

 

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Next, add the oil, lemon juice and honey to the sugar and give it a stir. At this point, the mixture is probably going to be on the damp side, so you’re going to need to add more sugar. How much is up to you – do you want the scrub super coarse, or a little softer? I like to be able to scrape off a good three layers of skin, so I added about 5 more tbsp.

 

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Then you just let it set. I gave it a bit of a mix about an hour later, because the coconut oil does go quite hard, but yeah – voila! Like I said, it made my skin feel AMAZING. And it lasted just over a week, scrubbing every other day. If you were using it slightly more sparingly, you’d probably get a months worth of use out of it.

 

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I hope you guys have lots of fun trying this out – and using it. Have you ever made your own bath products before? Would you give this a go? It’s really easy, I promise.

 

Loving Lately | June

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TV Shows

Orange is the New Black: Season 4 | After season 3 seemed to go nowhere, I was honestly a little uninspired about the series. Thankfully season 4 brought back all the charm that made me fall in love with the show from its birth, and has become my favourite yet. Being a relatively comedic series in general, it shocked me to see that the latest season had taken a much darker route. Not only did we see the death of a beloved character – which hasn’t really occurred on OITNB before – but we also looked deeper into the issues of mental health. They managed to turn a rather amusing ‘she’s a bit crazy’ plot into something that really dug deep into my soul. I think I was more heart broken about Lolly than anything else that happened in this season – but then, I do adore Lori Petty. TANK GIRL!!

Mozart in the Jungle: Season 1 | Being neither a comedy or a drama, or anything else for that matter, I initially wasn’t sure this show was for me. Classical music is something I enjoy if it’s playing in the background, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to attend a symphony – unless it was attached to a geeky title, like Legend of Zelda or Jurassic Park. The life of a musician is something I know absolutely nothing about, and I think that’s why this series was so fascinating. It wasn’t too long, and was easy to watch. It had some impressive visuals, and every episode gelled really well together, like it was one big movie – which it essentially is if you binge it like I did. I grew fond of the characters without getting too attached, and a massive bonus – it was written by Jason Schwartzman, whom I rarely dislike in anything.

Black Sails: Season 1 | You can’t not love this series. It’s a prequel to Robert Stevenson’s Treasure Island, but a bit less PG. Ok, a lot less PG – picture Game of Thrones with Pirates. Every scene is stunning, and the characters are all well developed. They’re not always likable, but you understand them which is more important. One of my favourite things about this show is the strong female leads. For a series about pirates – who are predominately male – there are some incredibly powerful women that make you weak at the knees. There’s also a really good mixture of excitement, drama and comedy which makes the show consistently interesting. As someone who hadn’t actually read Treasure Island before watching season 1, it was a completely new world to me, but I think it would be even more fascinating for those who have read the book – these characters are very different to those you’re familiar with.

What else I watched | Pretty Little Liars: Season 1, 2, 3 & 4, Impractical Jokers

 

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Movies

Independence Day: Resurgence | Independence Day was one of my favourite movies growing up, and quite possibly is to this day, so as you can imagine, I was a little sceptical about watching its sequel. I don’t know why, because I absolutely loved this movie. I could literally talk about it for hours, so I’ll save most of my comments for a proper review at a later date, and just say that this was more than I could have imagined. I can already sense that a lot of people would disagree, but when a movie has meant so much to you for such a long time, and then you see all the characters together again on screen, nostalgia sweeps over, and you can’t help but feel happy throughout the film. Yes parts of it were predictable, and maybe it was a little too long, but the acting was incredible, and the action was incredible. Most importantly, it was so different to its predecessor that it kept all of its excitement throughout the film.

The Fundamentals of Caring | This was never going to be the best movie in existence, but it gave me a nice break from all the superhero / sci fi films I usually watch. Paul Rudd is consistently likeable in everything, but I personally fell for Craig Roberts, who plays a handicapped teenager in need of a carer. Instead of being a vulnerable, frail boy, he was hilariously brash and provided most of the comic relief throughout the movie. I even liked the addition of Selena Gomez as a love interest. She definitely wasn’t necessary, but she didn’t take anything away from the film either. It was altogether an easy watch, and although it’s spark seemed to fade towards the end, and the final scenes were a bit lacklustre, I enjoyed the film and felt a bit lighter after watching it.

Hot Rod | I think I must watch Hot Rod every other month. It’s my go to movie for when I’m feeling, well, anything really. I thought it was about time I shared my love for this film, because I insist you watch it if you haven’t already. It’s created by the Lonely Island guys – you know, Andy Sandberg and crew – and is just hilarious. I’ve never seen a more quotable movie in all my life. It’s weird and quirky, and half of it doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s like a disgustingly relatable spoof where everything they say is some strange sentence that you yourself would probably blurt out if you were dorking around with your friends. The cast is incredible as well, and they all work so well together as if they genuinely are all friends in real life – which they probably are.

What else I watched | Warcraft, Deadpool, Jurassic World

 

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Other Loves

Winning at Pool | Sharpies | Eggs and Avocados | Sister Fun Time | The Bandstand | Working Headphones | Kit Harrington Live | Nights In | Long Car Journeys | Live Music | Stone baked Pizza | My Bed | Lambs Rum | Sunshine | Booking Holidays | Piri Piri Chips | Wilbur Smith | Midday Lay Ins | Fresh Sheets | Pesto | Bubbles | Cinema Trips | Rain On The Window | Weekend Anticipation | Midnight Pizza | Halloumi | Game of Thrones | Books Half Way Point | Banana Pancakes | Pay Day

What’s everyone else been loving lately? Have you seen any good TV shows I need to check out, or any movies I need to get my butt to the cinema for? What else are you loving right now?