Halloween Drinks

So, it seems this year we will be celebrating Halloween from our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to change what we do much. There are loads of ways to get spooky at home and making themed drinks is one of them.

The Jack-O-Lantern (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 1/2 ounces cognac, ½ ounce orange liqueur, 1-ounce orange juice, 2 ounces ginger ale (to fill), Garnish: orange wheel and lime twist

Gather the ingredients. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the cognac, liqueur, and juice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Float an orange wheel with a lime twist poked into the top. Serve and enjoy!

The Candy Corn (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 (750 ml) bottle gin, 1 cup popcorn, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup pomegranate juice, Skin from 1 orange, Skin from 1 lemon, ½ ounce Moscato wine, ¾ ounce citrus peel grenadine syrup, 3 candy corns

Popcorn Gin – Pour the gin into a container with an airtight lid and add the popcorn. Save the bottle for the finished infusion. Allow it to infuse for approximately 24 hours. Fine strain the popcorn and rebottle. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Citrus Peel Grenadine Syrup – In a saucepan on the stove, dissolve the granulated sugar into the pomegranate juice over medium heat. Once dissolved, add the citrus skins and simmer for 10 mins. Remove the skins and chill the syrup. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cocktail – In a cocktail shaker, combine the kettle corn gin, Moscato wine, and citrus-infused grenadine. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the candy corn. Serve and enjoy!

The Halloween Hypnotist (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 2 ounces Hpnotiq Liqueur, 1-ounce ​vodka, 1 splash lemon juice, Glow sticks

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Hpnotiq, vodka, and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lit glowstick. Serve and enjoy!

Vampire Kiss Martini (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 ½ ounces vodka, ¾ ounce ​raspberry liqueur (Chambord), 1 ½ ounces ​sparkling wine, Red sugar.

Gather the ingredients. Rim a cocktail glass with red sugar. Pour the vodka and half of the Chambord into the glass. Top with Champagne. Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. Serve and enjoy!

Swamp Water Surprise (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 3-ounce package gelatine (any flavor), 1 cup boiling water, ¾ cup ​vodka, 2 ounces rum, ¼ ounce ​curaçao (orange or blue), 1-ounce ​orange juice, ½ ounce lemon juice

Plasma – Gather the ingredients. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the gelatine in boiling water. Stir in the vodka and set the bowl in the freezer. Just before the gelatine sets up completely, whip it with a whisk to form lumps. Let it set for at least 5 minutes.

Cocktail – Gather the ingredients. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the rum, curaçao, and lemon and orange juices (If you want to add to the murkiness, use orange juice with a lot of pulp for the cocktail). Mix in shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Carefully spoon the plasma into the glass. Serve and enjoy!

The Black Widow (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 2 ounces black vodka, 3 ounces cranberry juice

Gather the ingredients. Pour the cranberry juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Float the vodka on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon to disrupt the flow. Or you can slowly drizzle the vodka onto the cranberry juice for a swirling effect. Serve and enjoy!

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Halloween Movies

It’s October, so that means its time to get spooky. Every year I spend the month watching movies that get me in the Halloween mood. I love watching movies and TV shows to help me get excited about different holidays and Halloween is one of the best, curling up with a hot drink and watching a scary movie is the best for this time of year.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993). A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Hocus Pocus 2 (Unknown). Sequel to the 1993 Halloween comedy ‘Hocus Pocus’.

Monster House

Monster House (2006). Three teens discover that their neighbour’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Scream

Scream (1996). A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Scream 2 (1997). Two years after the first series of murders, as Sidney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.

Scream 3 (2000). While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, another Ghostface killer rises to terrorize them.

Scream 4 (2011). Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Scream 5 (2022). A new instalment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

The Babysitter

The Babysitter (2017). The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020). Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he’s living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016). A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family (2019). The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams’ friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families.

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion (2003). A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Coraline

Coraline (2009). An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Scary Movie

Scary Movie (2000). A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Scary Movie 2 (2001). Four teens are tricked by Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) into visiting a haunted house for a school project.

Scary Movie 3 (2003). Cindy must investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.

Scary Movie 4 (2006). Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien “Tr-iPods” are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.

Scary Movie 5 (2013). A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their lost nieces and nephew home. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1984). Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Ghostbusters II (1989). The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

I hope these movies get you as much into the Halloween spirit as me. I love this time of year and love Halloween though as I get older it seems to be less and less exciting. Obviously, I’m too old to be trick or treating but if only I could. It seems there won’t be much to do this year due to the virus so maybe a movie marathon is the best thing.

‘It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.’ ~ Vincent Price

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Things To Do In Glasgow

It’s always hard to figure out what to do for the day so I thought I would write another post about things to do but this time for Glasgow. I spend a lot of time in Glasgow and it’s getting difficult to figure out what to do on my days out there. I know we are on the brink of another lockdown but we all need ideas of for when this is all over and we are back to normal, plus it is important to help these places get back to business.

Ghetto Golf

Although it isn’t open yet, Ghetto Golf is definitely on my list of places to visit asap. I love a good game of mini golf but sometimes it can get boring, unless it is themed and styled to make the experience even better. I have been to themed golf venues before and always enjoyed myself so much. Ghetto Golf is apparently going to have food trucks and a bar and many more things to make it a great day out.

Axe Hurling

This is another thing that I haven’t done yet but am very excited to try soon. I have seen loads of videos and posts about things like axe throwing and have always wanted to give it a go. When I was looking for axe throwing in Glasgow, I found a few different venues but Axe Hurling seemed to be the most reviewed and popular.

Escape Reality

The past couple of years my family and I have completed every escape room in the Escape Reality venue and it is honestly so much fun. Trying to figure out puzzles and escape different situations such as solving a murder, escaping prison and surviving a jungle is thrilling and is made so much better by a clock counting down. We even held the record for fastest time in the most difficult room at one point. I absolutely love doing them and am keen to do more.

Sight Seeing

I think if you are visiting any city you should learn a little about the history. I have done sightseeing in nearly every city I have been too and highly recommend doing so, especially in Glasgow. I have been going to this city regularly for over three years and didn’t know half the things I learned while riding the sightseeing tour bus. The bus is also ‘hop-on, hop-off’ so you can get off wherever and get back on when you are done.

Science Centre

Last time I visited the Science Centre was when I was almost 10 years ago so I suspect it has changed a lot but I think I would enjoy it just as much now as I did back then. The center is made of multiple rooms full of interactive and educational exhibits that are fun for the whole family.

Botanic Gardens

For a chilled day out, the botanic gardens are perfect. Walking around some gardens and green houses looking a cool plants and trees is pretty fun. The botanic gardens in Glasgow are beautiful and walking around makes for a really lovely day out. It is also free and so is a perfect day out on a budget.

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Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea

This past year, I have made the switch from coffee to green tea. I still like and sometimes drink coffee but I discovered how good green tea is for you. I originally started drinking it to cope with acne but found out all the amazing things it can help with as well. At first, I didn’t like it at all and was basically forcing it down but now I actually crave it and feel better starting my day with it over coffee. Because of my still growing love for it, I thought I would share all the reasons why green tea is good for you.

Weight Loss

Drinking green tea actually helps to increase your metabolism. It helps to increase weight loss when you are working out and also burn natural fats. Don’t expect it to make you skinny overnight but it does give a helping hand along the way.

Diabetes

According to some studies, it helps to regulate the glucoses levels by slowing the rise of your blood sugar after you eat. It also helps to prevent high insulin spikes.

Heart Disease

A lot of scientists think that it also works to help keep the lining of your blood vessels relaxed and capable of withstanding changes in your blood pressure. It also helps to protect against blood clots forming which is the main cause of things like heart attacks and strokes.

Oesophageal Cancer

it helps to reduce your chance of getting Oesophageal Cancer and it also thought to help kills cancer cells in general without damaging healthy tissue. It is thought to target the cancerous cells without causing damage to healthy ones which is something regular cancer treatment has trouble doing. Drinking green tea wont cure cancer but it gives small help in preventing it.

Cholesterol

It also helps to improve your cholesterol. It reduces the bad cholesterol in your blood and improve the ratio of good and bad.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Amazingly, it is also said to delay the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. through studies on mice it showed that green tea helped to protect the cells in your brain from dying and actually restored some of the damaged cells.

Tooth Decay

If genetics (or lack of hygiene) have left you with teeth trouble, drinking green tea can actually help. Studies have suggested that the chemical antioxidant found in green tea helps to destroy bacteria and viruses that lead to things like throat infections, dental caries, bed breath and loads of other dental conditions.

Depression

Theanine is found in tea leaves and is also thought to provide relaxation and tranquilizing effects that help with mental health.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial

Green tea is also antibacterial and can help with treating many different illnesses, serious or not. It has also been shown to stop the spread of many different diseases.

Skincare

The reason I started drinking green tea was due to skincare. It apparently helps with wrinkles, signs of aging, acne and sun damage. This is due to it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Brain Function

Along with keeping you awake and alert, it is thought to actually improve the function of your brain. It doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee and you can by decaf but it has enough caffeine to cause a response in your body without the bad side effects.

Those are just some of the many benefits of drinking green tea. I read that you have to drink it 3 to 5 times a day in order to get the full effects so I normally drink it with my breakfast, lunch, dinner, when I’m getting ready for bed and then extra cups if I fancy them. I hope this will convince more people to try drinking green tea and give information to people who already want to drink it.

‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ ~ Hippocrates

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Places To Drink In Edinburgh

I like a drink and I definitely get bored of going to the same places over and over. Edinburgh is the perfect city to never visit the same bar twice. I have already written a post about things to do in Edinburgh but I purposely stayed away from food and drink so I could write separate posts about my favourite places to go.

Frankenstein

I’ve been going to Frankenstein’s for a long time now. I always enjoy my time there. It has a good atmosphere, good music and good drinks. It has a horror theme focused around Frankenstein’s monster and sometimes the monster is lowered down from the ceiling to rise once more. They have a main bar that includes balcony seating and multiple rooms for gigs and comedy acts. They also have large projectors playing movies (normally Frankenstein) and once a week do a Rocky Horror Night where people get up onto the bar and perform the songs.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters is a great place to go for a drink. They have a huge outside area with bars and food trucks along with an inside bar and multiple rooms for gigs and comedians. I normally go there during the Fringe to drink in the courtyard and see shows. They also have very large outside screens that they show movies and sports on. At Christmas and Halloween, they usually host outdoor movie nights.

Stramash

Nearly every time I go to Edinburgh, I end up going to Stramash. It’s a great place to have drinks and listen to music with a stage for live bands and performers. There is two layers just like Frankenstein with one layer being a balcony. It is always packed when I go in there and I have met some amazing people there as well. It is always good fun and I recommend going there during the Fringe especially.

The Pop Up Geeks

The Pop Up Geeks is a bar I recently discovered. It is a bar that changes its theme to different ‘geeky’ TV shows and movies. They have done Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and many more. For anyone that loves to geek out and get a little merry at the same time then this bar is definitely for you. I am really excited to go as soon as I can.

The Banshee Labyrinth

For any thrill seekers, this is apparently the most haunted pub in Scotland. It is a family run business for alternative entertainment that has seven rooms including three bars, a pool room, a gig room and a 50-seat cinema. They are constantly having events, gigs, movie nights and much more claiming you will defiantly remember your visit. They also take bookings for functions.

Hopefully these suggestions will get you out of boring pubs like Wetherspoons and give you experiences you will remember forever. Life is all about experiencing new and exciting things, there is no point doing the same thing everyday going to the same places every weekend when you could be out living life to the fullest every chance you get.

‘Get busy living or get busy dying.’ ~ Stephen King

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My Favourite Apps

I think we all spend a little too much time on devices but it is hard to avoid as they have become a regular part of our lives. We’ve all been told to get off our phones and live our lives but I have a few favourite apps that actually help me. Now not all the apps I’m going to recommend will improve your life but they might be a little fun.

Flo

For all my fellow menstruates, Flo is amazing. It is a cycle tracker app that helps tell you when your ovulating, your chances of getting pregnant and when you period is due. You can also use it to log your menstruation flow, weight, sleep, water intake, sex, sex drive, mood, symptoms and many other things. Once you log everything then you can use the app to look at graphs showing your cycle lengths, period length & intensity, symptoms and all the other things. There are so many more features to the app that I haven’t yet explored but I love using it to keep an eye on my reproductive health. You can get premium features as well but you I still use it for a lot on a free plan.

Depop

Obviously, I have written about Depop and sustainability before but I feel it needs writing about again. Now, I’m not saying I don’t buy new clothes but I will always try to find the item on Depop first. It is so much better to buy items second hand for a number of reasons. You can form relationships with the shop owner, you are supporting your fellow fashion fanatics, you can ask questions about the item and they will actually be answered, you are saving the planet by buying second hand and you save money as well! I have always had good experiences when ordering from Depop and I use it to make some extra money selling my old clothes.

Disposable

This app is a bit of fun for those of you that like taking pictures. I see loads of people buying disposable cameras to get pictures that look vintage and cool but they are so wasteful, instead you should download David’s Disposable. The famous influencer David Dobrik developed an app where you can take disposable like pictures with your phone instead of buying a camera. You even have to wait until 9am the next day before you can view the pictures.

Be My Eyes

My sister recommended this app and I think everyone should download it. You use it to help blind people. So, someone who doesn’t have good sight will use the app to call you and ask you to help them with finding things, choosing clothes and so many other everyday tasks we take for granted. Because there are so many more volunteers than there are people who need help it is rare you will get one but it is still worth downloading in case you have the chance to help someone. Don’t worry if you can’t answer or miss the call because it calls multiple people at the same time and the first to answer gets to help.

Shazam

I think everyone has had Shazam for years but I still think it’s worth recommending. Have you ever heard a song and wanted to know what it was called? Then you can just Shazam it. When the song is playing you just press the button and it listens to the music scanning the internet to find a match. It will tell you the name and artist along with links to different music streaming sites and apps you can listen on.

National Rail

Finally, I would recommend National Rail. Obviously, this will only apply if you live in the UK but this app tells you train times and prices up and down the country. You can enter where you want to leave and where you want to go editing times, directness and detours. You can even save your favourite stations, work station and home station.

When I get my weekly notification telling me how much screen time I’ve used I feel so disappointed, especially during lockdown, but I enjoy using these apps and like nearly everyone else, I am addicted to technology. Technology is nothing to be scared of and embracing it is better than rejecting it. We obviously shouldn’t be spending as much time in front of screens as we are right now but hopefully the ending of lockdown will change that.

‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’ ~ Arthur C. Clarke

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Best Documentaries I’ve Watched

During lockdown, I have watched an amazing number of documentaries. I love them, they are like real life horror movies and its honestly hard to believe that they are true. Though the staggering number of tweets about how much people like documentaries I have seen, I thought I would recommend some of my favourites. Now I understand that most people will have seen these already but personally I normally need some convincing even when something is so popular.

Tiger King

Tiger King became a phenomenon at the beginning of lockdown and it feels like it came out years ago. A documentary series about Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin in the world of exotic pet ownership. It’s basically a bunch of red necks running around with tigers, lions, bears and monkeys. Oh, and I forgot it also includes a possible murder, a suicide and an attempted assassination attempt. It is so hilarious and includes a bunch of twists and turns and crazy characters. It gives you an insight into road side zoos and who these people actually think and react to things. It is educational, interesting and really fun at the same time. Season two has also been confirmed.

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer

I think this is the best documentary I have ever watched. I was in sock the whole time and it definitely wasn’t something that I was expecting. It follows an internet group that discovered a video of a man killing cats online and then tracked him down using things like his hover, his bedding, his plug sockets and so on. I was completely hooked and watched the whole thing in one sitting, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. The story is completely incredible and incredibly hard to believe. This defiantly tops the list as the best documentary I am recommending and I think everyone should watch it.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

This docuseries was chilling. I am all for a serial killer documentary and this sacred me a bit. I think the thing about Ted Bundy that is so scary to me is he was the last person you would expect. He had a life, a girlfriend and was a nice person yet he was capable of unspeakable things. It is horrible to hear about things he did to unsuspecting women, some even asleep in their houses that had other people in it. Hearing his voice talking about what he did is chilling and it is defiantly worth a watch.

Abducted In Plain Sight

I watched this documentary with my Mum and we were laughing in disbelief. It was insane to see how naïve people where and how they allowed this to happen to someone. It was also unnerving to watch someone who was so close to a family do something so horrible to them, you never know what someone is thinking and what they are capable of.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

We all know about the McCann family and how their daughter went missing while they where on holiday in Portugal. Now I had already made up my mind about what happened to her before watching this (it was her parents) but it was still an good watch. Because the case is unsolved, it is interesting to try and piece together evidence and figure it out for yourself. They are still unearthing new evidence and suspects to this day and so there is some stuff that will be missing from the documentary. So, if you want to watch a docuseries about the most famous missing girl in the world who has a case that is continuously getting funding even when there are millions of missing children around the world that get ignored because they aren’t white and rich, then this is a good one.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

The Fyre Festival documentary is a rare one that isn’t about murder or kidnappings but about a group of idiots that tried to put on a festival without knowing how to do it. It is hilarious at some points and is incredible that this actually happened because it just seems so crazy. In a world run by influencers and chasing luxury, this really opens your eyes about the price that comes with buying into it.

Every single one of these can be found on Netflix. Most people will have watched these already but just in case you haven’t I strongly recommend you do. I like watching unsolved mysteries and murder documentaries and am always looking for recommendations so I hope this helps others in the same boat.

‘You know, people only care about saving what effects them.’ ~ Joe Exotic, Tiger King

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August Looks

In August I lost all motivation. I was finally bored of lockdown, I wanted to get out and do stuff and I still wasn’t back at work so this made me become lazy and forget about writing blog posts. Honestly, I just couldn’t be bothered. This made me put of the June Looks post over and over again until I thought it was too far into August to post it. I didn’t document my outfits though June and so there was no point. Now I am back into the swing of things, I am going to include one or two looks from June in this post.

Top – Shein, Joggers – New Look, Blazer – Primark, Bag – Primark

Top – New Look, Jeans – Primark, Boots – Nasty Gal, Coat – Primark

Blazer – Primark, T-Shirt – Primark, Jeans – Primark, Boots – New Look

Jumper – F&F, Trousers – Primark, Jacket – Top Shop, Boots – New Look

As I have been giving myself more things to do and getting my motivation back, hopefully I won’t be as lazy when it comes to writing. Even though I am not the best at blogging and don’t really have a consistent theme, I really enjoy doing this and appreciate anyone who reads my posts. Thank you for baring with me while I figure out what I want to post about and learn how to become better at this.

‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.’ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Things To Do In Edinburgh

As we start to come out of lockdown, more places are starting to open again and welcome back customers. Even though it’s not the same because of guidelines it is important we all start getting back to normal life and help to support the business we love. Because of this, I am going to start recommending things you can do on a day out in different cities. I am starting with Edinburgh as it is one of my favourite places and I have actually been everywhere I am talking about and so can give an actual insight into wherever it’s worth it.

Camera Obscura

Located on the Royal Mile, Camera Obscura is a building full of optical illusions. I have been here a few times now and loved it every time. They five floors and over 100 interactions that are enjoyable for someone at any age. It is called Camera Obscura because at the roof there is a camera made with mirrors that can see the whole of Edinburgh even zooming in so you can see buildings that are miles away. You have to pay extra to see this but to me it is totally worth it. Back when the camera was invented, the man who owned the building across the street paid to make his windows smaller so the camera couldn’t be used to spy on him. At time of posting, entrance is £14.85 for an adult and £11.25 for a child obviously offering discount to students, seniors and under 5s.

https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/

Edinburgh Dungeon

One of my favourite memories from when I was a child was going to Edinburgh Dungeon. I honestly think this experience gave me my trill and horror seeking nature because I loved it so much. Some attractions have changed since I visited including adding a ride but I am keen to go back. There is a Dungeon is nearly every big city and it is a fun way to get to know the horror filled history of the city you are in. I was very young when I went and my sister was even younger so she began to get scared and upset in the first room. The first room was a court room where a judge was putting visitors on trial so to cheer up my sister, he put my Mum on trial. She was accused of dancing on a hill naked, using witchcraft to conjure herself and man and judging by my Dad, she didn’t do a very good job. One actor also said as she walked into the next room ‘Get in there you little freak before I rip your legs off’ and I think that made me enjoy it a little more. At time of posting, entrance is £15 for adults and £11.95 for children.

https://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/

Edinburgh Zoo

If you are looking for a fun but chilled day out then the zoo is always a good option. I have been to Edinburgh Zoo many times and have never got bored of it. I’ve been freaked out by a Joey jumping into its mum’s pouch, been entertained by Penguins waddling about on Penguin Parade and amazed by a Panda going to town on some bamboo. The park is huge with loads of attractions featuring amazing animals and is honestly a great day out. They do live talks and feeding times along with having events at different times of the year. You can even visit their website and watch live footage of their Pandas, Lions, Tigers, Penguins and Koalas. At time of posting, entrance is £21.95 for adults and £12.80 for under 15s.

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

Edinburgh Castle

One of Edinburgh’s biggest tourist attractions is the Castle. Located at the top of the Royal Mile on a hill it stands above the city and is amazing to look at. You can walk right up to the castle and pay to tour the castle itself. You can rent headphones to tell you about the grounds and its history and you can even get married in the church (but you can only have like 6 guests because its incredibly small). Being up by the castle offers you amazing views of both Old Town and New Town and it also plays host to a series of events throughout the year such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I have been to the Tattoo and if you can then I highly recommend going. You can also hire it out for privet events and every day at 1pm (exept Sundays, good Friday and Christmas day) the One o’Clock Gun is fired. At time of posting, entrance is £15.50 for adults and £9.30 for under 15s.

https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/

The Fringe

Every year (except 2020 for obvious reasons) Edinburgh plays host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This is a city-wide festival where street performers, magicians, comedians, actors, musicians and anyone looking for attention descend on the streets and bars to perform. I have been every year since I moved back to Scotland and it is incredible fun. There are pop-up bars and food stalls everywhere, people in the streets dressed up and handing out flyers to their shows and even big names in the entertainment industry will come to take part. You can get programmes with the best shows and ticket prices in or you can do what I normally do and see random shows and performers that happen to be in the same bar as you. I have seen hilarious comedians, beautiful musicians and student roasts where a professor and student said some very X rated things to each other. Yes, drinks prices are a little higher and the city gets quite busy but, in my opinion, it is totally worth it. The brilliant thing is if you don’t want to spend a load of money seeing shows, you can just go to free ones!

https://www.edfringe.com/

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth is a science museum. Most people roll their eyes when you say science museum but this one is incredible. It has multiple rooms all dedicated to different things such as volcanos, the arctic, rainforests, underwater and more. The attractions are interactive and so much fun with the floors moving in the volcano room and it pouring it rain over the rainforest exhibit. I have been a couple of times and love it every time I go. It is so much fun for people of all ages without it getting boring for the younger members of your family. At time of posting, tickets are unavailable due to the pandemic but I strongly recommend you visit when it opens again.

https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/visit/tickets

Like I said, as we move out of lockdown and into the new normal it is important to support businesses to ensure they stick around. These are all attractions in Edinburgh I have enjoyed for years and people should be enjoying them for years to come.

‘Everything you can imagine is real.’ ~ Pablo Picasso

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. New post coming Friday, check out my last post ‘TV Show Recommendations’.

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Jocy.

TV Show Recommendations

I have done nothing but watch TV since we went into lockdown meaning I have made my way through most of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV, Disney+, BBC IPlayer and the ITV Hub. I am quickly running out of things to watch and I suspect most people are in the same boat so I thought I would start recommending the TV shows that I enjoy the most.

Umbrella Academy – Netflix

When Umbrella Academy first came out it didn’t interest me at all. My Dad and sister then watched it, recommended it and I still didn’t watch it as they don’t have the best track record when it comes to recommending TV shows. Umbrella Academy looked like it was going to be another cringy, over-dramatized science-fiction flop but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I decided to put it on in the background while I did some work and ended up ditching the work and watching the whole series in one sitting. It is a fun, quick paced program with great actors and a brilliant story line and if you haven’t watched it, I strongly recommend you do. Season two came out not to long ago so you have 20 episodes to watch before you get absolutely hooked and have to wait at minimum another year before season three.

After life – Netflix

After Life is something I wanted to watch before it even came out. I enjoy Ricky Gervais and his comedy but the thing that drew me to it most was the premise of the show. A man who has lost the love of his life and has decided to kill himself, before he does that though he is going to act however he wants, doesn’t care about anything and feels he has no consequences because he can just kill himself whenever he wants. The show manages to pull at the heart strings while keeping me comically entertained and tackles serious issues such as death, mental health, suicide, drugs and dementia.

Community – Netflix

Community is just one of those funny, witty and crazy TV shows with unpredictable outcomes and unbelievable story lines that make it so enjoyable. The cast includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yevette Nicole Brown and many more amazing actors. The show is about a bunch of people all different ages and from different backgrounds forming a study group while in community college and it is honestly so good. The show continuously references the fact they are in a TV show and do parodies of block buster movies. Not to mention is was created by Dan Harmon who is a writer for Rick and Morty and is directed by The Russo Brothers who also directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. They promised six seasons and a movie and you bet I’ll be the first in line to see the movie when it ever gets made.

Peaky Blinders – Netflix/BBC IPlayer

I do like a good drama and I especially like gangsters so Peaky Blinders is perfect. Its just a good old-fashioned gangster show with amazing acting and gripping story lines that have me absolutely hooked. I am attached to the characters and like with most gangster shows, you never know who’s safe. The show ends every season with a time jump so they can put their characters into new situations quickly without it feeling forced or unrealistic. Obviously, the show is based on the real gang the Peaky Blinders but doesn’t follow their story or real-life members in any way meaning they can really do whatever they want in the show and explore a lot of different issues with other gangs, police and their characters story lines.

Archer – Netflix

When this show was introduced to me, I had no interest at all. I had never watched an adult cartoon I like (apart from maybe Family Guy) and so I just expected it to be another rude collection of forced comedy and no story line. I was wrong. This was one of the first cartoons I had watched that followed actual story lines and gave consequences to the characters actions. It is about an intelligence agency called ISIS and the crazy antics the staff get up to all focused around the main character, Stirling Archer. He is a playboy, alcoholic, self-centered man who happens to be the worlds best secret agent. Sort of a less elegant James bond.

Chernobyl – HBO/Now TV

I am a sucker for true story TV shows and movies and so I was so excited to watch this show. It came out, got raving reviews and definitely lived up to the hype. The show is so heart-breaking and shocking showing us an insight into what happened and how the disaster actually occurred in the first place. The acting in the show is truly amazing and I honestly had my mouth open in shock finding out how much the Chernobyl disaster was covered up and lied about. The story starts with the disaster and the following episodes deal with trying to fix the problem and cover up what happened to the rest of the world. The characters are based on real people with one woman representing the real-life team that where involved with discovering what had happened. I think it might be one of the best things I’ve ever watched.

I hope these suggestions give you some inspiration of things to watch. I wouldn’t recommend something I don’t genuinely enjoy and I think other people will enjoy these too. I have so many more TV shows I would love to talk about and so I am going to make more posts like this in the future. I am trying not to spend all day and night watching TV but as there is nothing else to do right now, I might as well.

‘We didn’t choose this life. We’re just living in it.’ ~ Number Five, The Umbrella Academy

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Army Schools

I grew up with a Dad in the British Forces and so I moved around a lot and attended a few different Army Schools. Growing up this way has been a huge part of what has shaped me as an adult and I also feel that no-one truly knows me unless they understand what it was like to grow up this way. I am still friends with people I went to school with and we all agree that no-one from the regular world gets what it was like to grow up in the Armed Forces environment and so I want to write about it to give people an insight into our lives. There is so much to life like this that it would be impossible to talk about it all in one post and so for the moment, I am going to be talking specifically about Army Schools. Before I get into it, I have to let you all know that if you are living in an English-speaking country then you attend regular school but if, like me, you lived in Germany then you go to a specific Army School.

In school, no matter where you are from you have to take part in the English schooling system. I had already left school before moving back to Scotland but I can’t imagine how hard it was for the children that had to leave their GCSEs and try to pick up their schooling in a different system. When I first moved back to Scotland, I was half way through my first year of A-Levels and didn’t exactly know what to do. I was offered a place at my sister’s school but I would have to be held back two years to get Scottish qualifications. In Army Schools you are taught regular subjects until Year 10 where you then get to choose your subjects. You still have to do Maths, English, Science, Physical Education and Religious Education but you can then choose three extra classes. I chose German, Art and Performing Arts. I have learned from people who went to school in the UK that French is the main language they learn in school but for us it was German as we lived in Germany, I learned French for 6 months when I first started secondary school. All our teachers are British and have chosen to move to Germany in order to teach at an Army School but it comes with perks. They earn a generous amount of money, get superior housing, schooling for any children they have, don’t pay rent or tax and many other things that make being a teacher in a different country appealing. In Germany, there was only a couple of secondary schools so you normally had to travel for up to an hour to get there. There was King’s School, Gloucester School, Windsor School and Prince Rupert School (RPS). We had the regular school rivalries which was confusing considering most of us had been to multiple schools, like I attended King’s and Gloucester.

Because there was only four, most of us had to travel to different cities for school. As there were much fewer secondary schools than primary schools it was likely that you would end up bumping into people from years ago and re-spark old friendships. There were occasions though where you would move to a school you didn’t know anyone or the person you were friends with moved away so being in this environment, you got used to making new friends. For me, this has given me a confidence I don’t think I would have had and moving away from people who were your friends definitely tests if it was real or just convenient. I am still friends with people I went to school with and some actually live near me now. Even though people are moving all the time and you have to regularly make new friends, this didn’t stop there being cliques in school. Everyone was obviously just being teenagers but people still got bullied and stupid things still happened. The worst thing was if because of the different Army Bases, you didn’t live near your school friends. When I first started secondary school, I didn’t live near anyone I was friends with but over time people moved in and out, I moved and eventually ended up living in the same place as all my friends which was a welcomed change.

The actual school campus was widely different depending on what school you went to. Gloucester was a huge modern building with lots of windows, space and everything in the same building. King’s was four old army blocks that where converted into a school meaning if it was raining you still had to go outside to get to class. Nearly every school I went to was on an Army Base, we would have to arrive in our school buses through the guarded gates and this would also mean that we couldn’t leave until the school day was over. During my A-Levels I would have free periods at the end of the day but would have to wait around as I couldn’t leave and had no way of getting home. Because of the security level on bases and in the schools, you had to be a child of someone in the Armed Forces or a teacher to attend the school.

I attended King’s School though my GCSEs and part of my A-Levels as I couldn’t just go to college. If you finish school at 16 and wanted to study your A-Levels at a college, you would have to go to leave your family and move back to the UK on your own as there was no colleges for Army Children. Every secondary school offered A-Levels instead and I guess to make it feel like regular college, we got a few perks. We no longer had to wear school uniform but instead had to wear smart casual clothing and god forbid you were caught wearing jeans. We were also allowed access to a common room that no-one used and to leave the school grounds and use the Naffi (Army Shop) or JBs (Soldier Canteen). We still got detentions, had to engage in school activities and where taught by the same people.

As it was the English schooling system, you leave school at 16 once you finish your GCSEs. When we left school, we had a sort of graduation called NRA. We all got dressed up and walked across the stage in front of our parents to accept a piece of paper from the RSM. Along with a graduation, we also had a prom. Every year the Year 11s all put on a winter market we called enterprise day to raise money for the prom. We would all break up into teams and come up with an idea for a stall at the market which we would then have to plan, pitch to a board made up of teachers, get approval, get a loan, buy materials and set up the stall. On the actual enterprise day, we would have to work our stall all day tricking 12-year olds into paying £3 to have their hair sprayed purple or to have a go on a bouncy castle. The prom committee (which I was on) would then use this money to put on a prom, but all we actually did was choose a theme (black and white, very inventive) and design the tickets leaving the teachers to do the rest. Our prom was held at a hotel in the same city as the school. People all turned up in limos, on space hoppers, on rollerblades and one group of boys got handcuffed and chased into the hotel by the Military Police. My prom was pretty fun. The teachers all got drunk, most people had vodka in flasks, if you were lucky enough to be 16 you could get drinks from the bar, we had a prom king and queen, voted most likely to’s and danced terribly all night. At the end of the night it was kind of sad but most people I was friends with where coming back for A-Levels so it wasn’t the big goodbye everyone thought it was going to be.

Although there was a lot of fun things about Army life, there was also some not so fun things. As school was on military camps there was always a level of threat and for as long as I can remember it was on medium or high, never low. Soldiers with guns guarded the gates and most people had parents away at war. Every school does fire drills, as did mine but we also had bomb drills and a few scares. The practice was the same at fire drills but when there were actual scares it was different. If there was a suspicious package or a bag left somewhere then we would be evacuated somewhere away from the ‘bomb’ but still on the base while they dealt with the issue. My Mum said it was always so scary as she would have to wait outside the base with all the other parents while this happened as the base would go into lockdown with no-one allowed in or out. There was even one time someone parked a car outside the base and was acting suspicious and so the car was carefully blown up, turned out it wasn’t a threat and the poor person returned to find their car on fire.

Everyone’s experiences are different, especially in Army life. Some people’s parents left the army when they were very young, some people’s parents never went to war, some people have lived in a crazy number of places and some people have never left their home town. My experience will be unique to me and even with some people sharing those experiences, I bet they have been in a million situations that are different to me. I loved the way I grew up and I didn’t know there was anything weird about it until I got older, even with some horrible times I still wouldn’t change it for the world.

‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’ ~ Albert Einstein

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. New post coming Friday, check out my last post ‘My Makeup Routine’.

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My Makeup Routine

I don’t wear makeup that much; I normally put on some mascara and do my eyebrows for a regular day but I used to do a full face every day. I know a lot of girls who love doing makeup or don’t feel comfortable leaving the house without it. I definitely don’t feel comfortable leaving the house with no makeup but I honestly just can’t be bothered doing it every day. Even though I don’t enjoy doing my makeup, I love the way I look when its on. I only really enjoy doing my makeup when I am going out for a special occasion or a night out and so I am going to talk about my routine when I am doing a full face.

Prep

The first thing I do is prep my face. Everyone should be doing this before they start applying actual makeup. I have always struggled with the condition of my skin and so the thought of putting on makeup without some sort of prep scares me. I will do my skin care routine making sure my face is clean and well moisturised before applying Primer. I use two different primers, the e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer and the e.l.f Matte Putty Primer. The Poreless Putty helps to hide all my pores while the Matte Putty  will help hide my naturally oily skin.

Foundation

My next step is to apply my foundation. I have tried a wide range of foundations over the years (even the dreaded Matte Moose) but I have two favourites that I use today. The Revlon Colourstay Foundation and the Revolution Matte Base Foundation. I use the Revlon one if I am going on a night out and the Revolution one is something I will apply very lightly on a bad skin day. I will put the product onto a brush and apply it to my face, then I will use a beauty blender dampened with setting spray to buff it out.

Concealer

After my foundation I will apply concealer. I hardly ever use concealer as my foundation is pretty full coverage and I never got into the face sculpting trend but If I use it under my eyes or something then I will use the e.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer. I use the brush to apply it and then blend it out with a beauty blender again dampened by setting spray.

Contour

I know I just said that I never got into the face sculpting trend but Contour is an exception to the rule. I look like a circle with none on and find it hard to believe I used to go on nights out without it. I use the Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. I will apply this to my jaw, just below my cheek bones and the top of my forehead with a brush and then use a beauty blender that is, you guessed it, dampened with setting spray.

Powder

To set my face, I will then use powder. I switch between different powders all the time but the one I am using at the moment is the Revolution Setting Powder. I just apply this over my face with a powder brush to help set and mattify the products.

Highlighter

After powder, I then apply a small amount of highlight to my cheek bones, the tip of my nose and the bow of my lips. I use the highlighter in my Revolution Ultra Contour Palette and it works really well for what I want. I normally apply powder throughout the night and so I will inevitably cover it up but I like to use it anyway.

Eyeshadow

Next, I will do my eyeshadow. First, I will use an eyeshadow primer to make sure the shadow actually sticks to my lid and apply whatever look I feel like doing. I normally don’t decide what I’m wearing on a night out until just before I need to get ready and so my makeup looks will almost always be a spur of the moment thing that will match the outfit. I don’t know how to do cut creases and cool inventive looks so I will just experiment blending different colours together. When it comes to the actual product, I am not fussy with eyeshadows, as long as I like the colour and I can actually see it on my lid then it’s a yes from me.

Eyebrows

I change my eyebrow products and routine all the time. I have used pencils, powders and gels that all work really well so I will usually just use whatever will give me the look I want. I have always been complimented on my eyebrows and without product they look horrific so I am happy with that, especially since my eyebrows definitely went though some rough years as a teenager. The products I use are the e.l.f Eyebrow Pencil, the Revolution Pro Gel and I honestly use matte brown eyeshadow most of the time (and they are usually the times I am complimented).

Eyeliner

When I do my eyeliner, I use a pencil and liquid. If it is just a regular day then I will apply a small amount of pencil liner to my upper water line. If I am going on a night out then I will apply a generous layer to my upper water line, a very small amount to my lower water line and then do a winged look with the liquid liner. I use the Clinique Quickliner and the e.l.f Liquid Liner.

Lashes

Next, I will do my lashes. I wear mascara nearly every day I leave the house but when I am going out, I wear false lashes. I read so many reviews on expensive lashes about them being amazing but the bast lashes I’ve ever used are the £3 ones from Primark. They fit my eyes perfectly and come with glue so what’s not to love? I will apply my lashes and wait for the glue to dry before curling them and applying mascara. I tried putting mascara on before lashes but my eyes would water and make it run. I use lashes from Primark and the Clinique High Impact Mascara.

Lips

I am definitely not experimental when it comes to my lips. I don’t over draw, I don’t wear gloss and I only stick to three colours; nude, deep purple and red. I will have prepped my lips with lip balm and the BarryM That’s Swell! Lip plumper (my lips aren’t the biggest) and then just apply the lipstick. My favourites are the Academy of Colour Matte Liquid Lipstick, the Revolution Lipstick in the shade Nostalgia, another Revolution Lipstick in the shade Movie and a final Revolution Lipstick in the shade Seduce.

Set

Finally, I set my makeup by just spraying it with setting spray. I use the Lacura Makeup Setting Spray or the Rimmel London #Insta Fix&Go.

I know I am probably doing something wrong or not in the right order but I think the thing people find so fun about makeup is its really up to you what you do with it. I like to keep things simple and have spent years trying different things until I found what was right for me but I can appreciate why people love trying new looks, products and experimenting. There is no right or wrong way to use makeup and I think that is pretty cool, you can use it to express yourself and make yourself feel more confident.

‘The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.’ ~ Yves Saint Laurent

Thank you so much for reading! The products in this post are ones I personally use but may not work for everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Styling My Mum’s Clothes’.

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My Night Routine

I recently posted about my morning routine and so I thought I would now write about my nightly routine. I like to stick to routines in the morning and at night to help start/end my day in the right way. My night routine helps me wind down after the day and get me ready for sleep while also looking after myself. Normally my night routine will start with having dinner, doing a workout and having some time to chill out before getting ready for bed.

The first thing I do is remove my makeup. If I am doing a workout then I will obviously remove my makeup before I do that. I use the Clinique ‘take the day off’ cleansing balm or the Garnier Micellar cleansing water. It is so important to remove your makeup before going to bed, you can end up with acne, skin infections and general dirtiness if you don’t.

After removing my makeup (and maybe a workout) I brush my teeth. You are meant to brush your teeth twice a day and I know a lot of people forget to do this at night. You need to remove the day from your mouth. While brushing my teeth I also have my retainer being cleaned in Retainer Brite to make sure it is nice and hygienic to put in my mouth. I also make sure to floss every night and use mouth wash. Once my mouth is nice and clean, I put in my retainer for the night.

The next thing I do is wash. I hop in the shower to wash my body and also use my facial cleansers. I am trying very hard to look after my skin and so I am making sure I treat it properly by washing/cleansing every morning and night with the right products. I use Dove shower wash on my body and then my regular skin cleansers on my face. I make sure to exfoliate my whole body at least twice a week, I also only wash my hair at night. In the shower I will shampoo, condition, leave the conditioner in while I wash, exfoliate, cleansers and then wash out the conditioner. I also make sure to use warm water instead of hot as it is better for your hair and skin.

Once I am out the shower, I will make my room feel nice and cosy while I dry off a little. I put on my diffuser, turn on some mood lighting, put on some relaxing music and sometimes light some candles.

My next step is to do my skin care. I will moisturise my body before moving on to my face. I talk about my skin care routine in the post ‘My Skin Care Routine’ so have a read if you are interested in knowing more about it. Once I have done my facial routine and the moisturiser has dried, I then make sure to put on after sun. I make sure to wear sunscreen every day and so I also make sure to use after sun every night.

After my skin is all prepped and ready for bed, I put on my PJs. I try to wear silk or similar to bed as it is good for your skin and honestly feels so nice and comfy.

Before actually getting into bed I brush my hair. My hair texture is really weird and is also a mixture of straight, wavy and curly so I try to look after it as much as possible, if I don’t brush it before bed then it is a nest in the morning. If I have washed my hair then I will put a leave in conditioner in and brush it with a wide tooth comb.

Once I am in bed, I will usually watch a little TV, write in my diary then read a book until I am tired enough to fall asleep. I usually only watch one episode before turning the TV off and then I don’t get that far in my book as I get tired really quickly.

I used to struggle really badly with sleep. I would lie in bed looking at the ceiling for hours and tried everything to help fall asleep. Since I have kept to a nightly routine and tried some other methods of falling asleep, I have no problem at all. It is important to look after yourself while also winding down at the end of the day. I guarantee if you just hop into bed without any preparation for sleep then you either can’t fall asleep or don’t get good quality sleep.

‘When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier’ ~ Diane Von Furstenberg

Thank you so much for reading! The products in this post are ones I personally use but may not work for everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘My Bedroom Décor’.

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Jocy.

My Bedroom Décor

I have never had a properly decorated bedroom until I moved into my current house. Since I began decorating it, I have become obsessed with finding budget friendly items that can help bring my room together. People have commented on my bedroom before and so I thought I would write about my furniture and décor telling you where I got things and what they are so you might be able to find inspiration when decorating your room.

I think every bedroom needs a large mirror. You need something to check out outfits, maybe do your makeup and dance in front of. I originally had one I got off amazon but it broke when I moved so, I bought this one from B&M. I actually broke the frame by dropping it when I bought it home but it was easily fixable with some tape.

Bedside tables are an obvious one. Even though its only me, I like having a table on each side. It’s a good place to put décor, necessities and other small things. I got mine from IKEA when I was shopping for new furniture. I used to use a pile of books stacked high enough to reach when in bed but I didn’t think this was a long-term option.

I love bedding, I think it can really make up a room. You don’t have to spend a crazy amount of money on good bedding though. I get all my bedding from ASDA so it is cheap but still looks good. I prefer floral bedding but I just get whatever I like really, I make sure it will match my bedroom and also feel good to sleep in.

I spoke about this wall hanging in my Amazon favourites post but as this is a post about décor, I thought I would talk about it again. I had this big empty space on my wall and needed something to fill it. When I bought this, I had mainly white furniture, white walls and not much colour and I didn’t want to buy a plain white wall hanging so this one was perfect. The blue makes it unique to other hangings and gives that bit of colour that my room needed at the time.

I never really saw the appeal with salt lamps until my sister got one. It made her room look so warm and inviting and was a source of low light to have at night before going to sleep. I know they are meant to have properties that make you chilled and stuff but I honestly just wanted one because I thought they looked nice. I got this one from Amazon.

Once I got bedside tables, my books and DVDs where just a pile on the floor that made my room look messy. I wanted some shelves to display my books and favourite DVDs on along with some decorative pieces. All the ones I saw online that fit the style I wanted where all expensive or weren’t quite what I wanted until I saw these in Homebase, exactly what I wanted and didn’t break the bank.

Although I don’t use them too much, I always have fairy lights in my room. I think they give my room a nice atmosphere and honestly make the space look good even if it is messy. I used to have ones in the shape of flowers but I wanted some plain ones that will go with anything in any room. I got these ones from Amazon, they where a lot longer than I expected but I just wrapped them around twice.

With any vanity, you need a mirror. I used to have just small cheap ones that sat on my desk until a friend bought me a hanging one because she felt bad for me. I used that mirror for a couple of years until the style of my room outgrew it and I thought it was time for a new one. I looked at inspiration pictures online and fell in love with circle mirrors. I didn’t want my room to only be black and white so I went with this gold from B&M one to give some colour to my vanity space.

I originally wanted a vanity with black metal legs and a marble top but couldn’t find a budget friendly one so, I instead went for this one from IKEA that matches the rest of my furniture. Obviously, this is not a vanity but a desk and so has features like the space at the back for cables and small draws for paper and stationary but, it works well and I have grown to love it. It is quite large and so I have plenty of room to make a mess when getting ready.

When looking at bedroom ideas online, a lot of them had wall grids. I couldn’t find one I liked in a size I wanted until my mum came home with this one. It is perfect to keep tickets, important reminders, pictures, jewellery and sunglasses without creating a mess. I definitely think every room needs something like this. I can’t remember where she actually got this one but I have seen plenty similar at many different stores.

My wardrobe isn’t exactly the biggest and so I knew I needed a big chest of draws. These ones from IKEA are perfect. I had never seen them in person until I went to someone’s house who had them and I fell in love. They are a perfect size to store plenty of clothes and some other things as well such as my makeup and skin care.

I have got many compliments on my lampshade. A lot of people ask me where I got it but unfortunately, I got it from a charity shop and so don’t know where you can get one like it. I wanted a lampshade like this for a long time but couldn’t find one I liked enough until I found this one. It is the perfect size and style for my bedroom and I think it is one of my favourite things I own.

The rest of my room is made up of small décor pieces that I think just look good. Things like plants, pictures, hats, storage and candles. I might do a post talking about all these little pieces in the future. I am constantly working on my room and thinking of/finding new ways to make it something I am proud to show off to people. I think having a nice room is important, especially if you live with other people. It is your private space that you can use to relax and get away from the rest of the world so it should reflect who you are and what you like.

‘Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ ~ William Morris

Thank you so much for reading! All Items in this post are ones I personally use but my not work for everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Everything I Want To Do Before 25’.

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Jocy.

Before I Turn 25

I have a huge bucket list, but there are things I want to achieve in life before I hit certain ages. I think it is important to have life goals even if you don’t hit them within a time frame. Everyone does things at their own time and pace but I still have things I want to do before I reach 25. I have wanted these things for a long time but now I realise that most of them won’t happen in the next 3 years and that’s completely fine, but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be working towards them.

Before I turn 25, I want to find a job that I love. I have always liked the jobs I’ve had but never truly loved what I am doing. Everyone wants to find their passion and make a career out of it but I am yet to find that. I am starting to realise I probably won’t be in my career starting job within 3 years but I want to at least figure out how I am going to start my career and know what I want to do.

Before I turn 25, I want to meet the love of my life. Since I was a child, I wanted to settle down at 25, what an idiot. As I have grown older, I now realise this is something you can never put a time frame on. You meet people and fall in love by chance, not because you want it. Sometimes the wanting of love fools you into forcing it with someone you definitely shouldn’t be with. Also, in some ways I feel like my life is just starting. I am no longer interested in finding someone who is going to keep me still when I could be out traveling, exploring options and having fun.

Before I turn 25, I want to move out. This is still something I want to do. I love living with my family and spending time with them but I want my own little place that I can decorate and have the way I want. The only thing stopping me is money, I definitely don’t earn enough to move out and I am still saving for a deposit. I don’t want to rent somewhere, paying someone else’s mortgage when I could buy my own place.

Before I turn 25, I want to go on holiday without my parents. I know most people start going on holidays with their friends around 16 but I have always loved going with my parents. My family are my best friends that have been with me and supported me unconditionally my whole life and I really enjoy hanging out with them, especially on holiday. They want to go to the same places as me and do the same things as me but as an adult now I sometimes want space away from them. I want to experience things as an adult, on my own.

Before I turn 25, I want to learn how to drive. I got my provisional licence for my 17th birthday and have talked about learning to drive since. I want the freedom and reasonability of having my own car but there are definitely some things holding me back. I cannot afford driving lessons or a car, I don’t have much need for one and seeing the way other people drive scares me. I still want to learn how to drive but it isn’t possible at the moment, hopefully I will be able to before I turn 25.

Everyone’s life is different and there is no real timeframe on anything. If you want to go to college at 17 or 50, get married at 20 or 70, learn to drive at 18 or 40, it doesn’t really matter. These are things I always wanted before I turn 25 but I am fine with the fact that they might not happen before then, I will continue working on these goals and myself until I have reached them but there is no rush. Do what makes you happy, everything is an achievement no matter your age.

‘It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.’ ~ Pat Summitt

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Five Looks With One T-Shirt’. Make sure to educate yourself, sign petitions and donate to help make the world a better place, Black Lives Matter.

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Jocy.

Five Looks With One T-Shirt

Fashion is great. It is a way that people can express themselves and create their own style. I have always loved clothes and putting outfits together but for a long time I had very few clothes and so wore the same outfits over and over again. It wasn’t until I was older, I started to realise I could use the same pieces to create many different outfits. Its sometimes hard to imagine using basic pieces to create different style and so I’m going to show you five affordable ways that I wear a basic white T-Shirt from Primark.

Jeans – Primark, Blazer – Primark, Boots – New Look

Trousers – Nasty Gal, Boots – New Look

Dress – Hollister, Trainers – Nike

Belt – Nasty Gal, Shorts – Monki, Trainers – Nike, Necklace – Primark

Trousers – Blue Vanilla, Trainers – Nike, Necklace – Primark

I understand not everyone will own the actual pieces I am using but you can experiment with different items you own to recreate these looks. Maybe instead of recreating these looks it will inspire you to try and create some of your own. I think fashion is all about your interpretation to create styles that speak to you and who you are.

‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live’ ~ Gianni Versace

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Book Recommendations

I love to read. I know a lot of people who hate reading but I think they just haven’t found the right book yet. A lot of people read their first books in school, something they are assigned and not something they will necessarily enjoy. But books are amazing, someone creating whole new worlds with people you get surprisingly attached too just through words. They can make you cry or laugh or change your mind and there is so much power in the stringing together of the right words. I have always loved reading and in another life wouldn’t mind taking a crack at writing. Until that other life arrives though, I am perfectly happy reading the words of someone else.

My favourite book is The Great Gatspy. This was a book I was assigned to read in school and I burned through it in one day. I read it just before the movie version came out and so the plot wasn’t spoiled for me. Even for people who have seen the movie and not read the book, it is an amazing read. There is a reason why it has become so famous and I definitely understand why it is studied so much. The use of language, foreshadowing and metaphor is truly amazing. This book might not be for everyone as it was written quite a few decades ago, but it’s a small and beautiful story.

Right now, I am reading the Game of Thrones series. I am a massive fan of the show (not the ending) and so when I saw a copy of the first book on sale, I thought I would give it a go. The fantasy genre has never been something I actively read but I was hooked right away. The description is so in depth you can imagine every detail, I wasn’t even imagining the people/places in the show. I am so intrigued to see where the story goes and read an ending that will hopefully satisfy me in a way the show just didn’t. Lucky for the readers, the show overtook the books and so they won’t end the same way.

Another book I was assigned in school was Lord of the Flies. I put off reading this book for ages, faking my way through papers and presentations but as an adult I thought I would finally read it. I loved every minuet of it. Who wouldn’t love a story about some school boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes? The story (to me) represents what would probably happen if there wasn’t an already made system in place for us to follow. It would be madness.

Another book series I loved was the Maze Runner. I watched the first two movies purely because Dylan O’Brien was playing the lead but I ended up really liking them so, when I found out they where based on a book series I had to read them. I read the original three books just before the final movie came out and it actually made me enjoy the final movie so much more. There is also a prequel book called The Kill Order and another called The Fever Code but I am yet to read them both.

My final recommendation in this post is Submarine. I watched the film of this book before reading it but it didn’t spoil the experience as quite a few things are different. It is a story about a teenage boy who thinks his parents are splitting up and is also trying to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. He lies a lot and does some hilarious things on his quest to fix his family and keep his girlfriend.

So, those are some book I have read and would recommend to others. I obviously have so many more that I can talk about and so maybe in the future I will. I think it is important to read, get your mind working. I know lockdown is ending but if like me you aren’t at work still or you are trying to stay inside as much as possible you might still be looking for something to do, reading is always a great way to entertain yourself. Reading is fun and I lose hours with my head in a book.

‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.’ ~ George R.R. Martin

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘My Morning Routine’. Make sure to educate yourself, sign petitions and donate to help make the world a better place, Black Lives Matter.

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My Morning Routine

I posted a lockdown routine a few weeks ago and got some good feedback on it which I really appreciate. I wanted to write another post about my routine outside of lockdown but we still aren’t completely back to normal yet. In place of writing about my whole day I am going to tell you about my morning routine instead as I do this every day even when we aren’t in lockdown.

The first thing I do in the morning (just like everyone else) is wake up. I normally wake up around 9/10 when I don’t have something to wake up for. The second thing I do is some stretches to ease back pain. They are easy to do in bed and so I just do them for 5-10 minutes before getting up. I then make my bed. After I have got out of bed, I get myself a glass of cold water to drink while I take multivitamins, allergy meds and anything else I need to.

Next thing I do is go downstairs to have my breakfast. I normally have cereal if I’m getting ready to go somewhere to save time but when I have the time, I will cook myself something like bacon or eggs. I will also have a cup of green tea while I eat.

After I have had breakfast, I start actually getting ready. I brush my teeth, use mouthwash and floss before hopping into the shower. When I’m in the shower I will obviously wash my body but I also shave and use my facial cleansers. I also never wash my hair in the morning because I’m too tired and it takes way too long to dry.

After I get out of the shower I will moisturise and do my skin care routine. I did a whole post about my skin care routine so if that’s something you’re interested in reading about then you can go and check that out.

After I have done my skin care routine, I start doing my makeup. I don’t actually enjoy doing my makeup and I hate wearing it but I feel self-conscious without it. Because I don’t like doing my makeup, I normally put on a TV show to watch while I’m doing it and this means it takes me ages to do.

Once my makeup is done, I do my hair. I don’t like putting heat on my hair too often so I will normally just put it up in a bun or pony tail. Because my hair is a mixture of straight, wavy and curly it seems to just do what it wants so sometimes heat is unavoidable. If I have to do something to it, I normally straighten it and save the curls for a special occasion.

After my hair and makeup is done and I basically look like a different person, I get dressed. My style is very different depending on what I’m dressing for. I’m still experimenting and figuring out what I like so sometimes it’s a hit or a miss. I dress smart for work but if I am not doing anything in particular, I will just wear jeans and a t-shirt. I post a monthly look book so if that’s something you would like to see you can check that out.

After I am dressed, I will do final touches to my outfit and myself. I put on deodorant, perfume and choose the jewellery that matches my outfit. When I say ‘choose’ I don’t actually, I normally end up wearing the same jewellery every day. All silver all the time. I then throw anything I need into my bag.

Once I am actually ready, I have to tidy up my room a little. I make some mess when I am doing makeup and choosing clothes that I don’t want to come home too so I force myself to tidy it all away before I leave. Before I go, I also check through my emails to make sure I don’t miss anything important.

Finally, if I have to leave the house then I do it. I try not to leave things until later in the day, putting stuff off just makes it worse so I try to get things done as soon as I can.

So, that’s my morning routine. I sometimes miss steps out if I’m in a rush and if I’m not in a rush, I will spend a long time getting ready. I think I’m like most people when I say I spend as much time in bed as possible before getting up but I think having a morning routine is a good way to ease yourself into the day.

‘Make each day your masterpiece’ ~ John Wooden

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The Mandela Effect

I have always loved conspiracy theories. I don’t believe in a lot of them like the Earth being flat or celebrities being lizard people but I still think they are fun to read about. My favourite conspiracy theory is the Mandela Effect. Now a lot of people will find this stupid but I think it’s just a bit of fun. There are things in the world that people remember differently to what actually happened and there is a whole theory and evidence that gives an explanation as to why people remember it differently.

The Mandela Effect is the name for when someone remembers something differently to what it actually was. The term ‘Mandela Effect’ came from Fiona Broome in 2009 when she started a website about her observance of the effect. She (along with a lot of other people) remembers the death of Nelson Mandela happening when he was in prison in the 1980s when in reality, he passed away in 2013. People claim to remember seeing news coverage of his death and a speech given by his window all in the 1980s. More and more people came forward with specific details of an event that never happened and their details matched each other. This has occurred with many different things throughout history sparking the much talked about ‘Mandela Effect’.

The theory that explains all this is that when the world was meant to end in 2012, something else happened. The theory is that in 2012 when the world ended, we all entered an alternate reality, or at least the people that remember things differently have moved to this reality from a different one. This would mean that there are multiple versions of Earth with slightly different histories. That explains why people have different memories of events as they have come from an Earth that is different to this one. As much as this explanation sounds crazy, the evidence of people remembering things differently is huge.

  • Everyone says ‘Luke, I am your father’ when in reality it is ‘No, I am your father’
  • It isn’t Looney Toons, it’s Looney Tunes
  • Curious George has a tail, right? Nope
  • It’s not Sex in the City, it’s Sex and the City
  • It’s not spelt Febreeze, it’s actually Febreze
  • There was never a painting of King Henry VIII eating a turkey leg
  • The Monopoly Man doesn’t have a monocle
  • The tip of Pikachu’s tail is yellow, not black
  • C-3PO isn’t all gold, in reality he has a silver leg
  • Forrest Gump said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates’, he actually said ‘Life was like a box of chocolates’
  • It’s not Mirror, Mirror on the wall, it’s Magic Mirror on the wall
  • Gandalf doesn’t say ‘run, you fools’ he says ‘fly, you fools’
  • He never said ‘Hello, Clarice’ in Silence of the Lambs
  • The song ‘we are the champions’ doesn’t end with ‘…of the world’
  • There are 50 states in America, not 51/52
  • Mother Teresa was never a living saint, she became a saint in 2016

There are hundreds of examples of the Mandela Effect that you can look up but these are examples of things that I remember even though it didn’t. I know the whole parallel world theory is far fetched but I still think it is weird that a lot of us have memories of things that don’t even exist. There are so many other conspiracy theories that I love and I will probably write about them in the future.

‘Conspiracy theories are really attractive. Figuring out patterns is one of the things that gets your brain to give you a nice dose of chemical reward, the little ping of dopamine and whatever else that keeps you smiling’ ~ Elizabeth Bear

Thank you so much for reading! This post contains theories only, in no way have these theories been proven or are meant in a harmful way. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘My Skin Care Routine’. Make sure to educate yourself, sign petitions and donate to help make the world a better place, Black Lives Matter.

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My Skin Care Routine

My skin has always been an issue for me. I have found it hard to find products that help my skin and am still searching for makeup that hides the imperfections I want it too. I suffer from acne, oily skin and some areas that get really dry so it has always been a challenge to find the products and routine that help take care of my skin properly. Although I am still searching for other products that give me the result I want, my current routine helps my skin more than any other products in the past.

Step One

If it is my night time routine then I normally have to remove my makeup. I do this using the Clinique ‘take the day off’ cleansing balm. I normally use my fingers to rub the makeup off and then use a reusable pad to take it off. If I have run out of the balm then I use Garnier micellar cleansing water. I will use this by applying it to a reusable pad and then applying it to my face until all the makeup is gone.

Step Two

The second step of my routine is to wash with a gentle soap and exfoliate with exfoliation gloves. I shower every morning and night and so this helps me make sure that this is carried down to my neck as well. I use dove beauty cream bar soap on my face as other soaps have caused irritation. I don’t exfoliate everyday as it is bad for your skin but I do it at least twice a week. I do this in the morning and at night.

Step Three

My next step is to use a charcoal cleanser. I use the Bioré deep pore charcoal cleanser. This product is great for oily skin as it is oil-free, it is also made with natural charcoal. I use this by wetting my face with warm water, pumping the product onto my hands, working it into a lather and applying in circular motions all over my face. When done I rinse it off with warm water. I do this every morning and night.

Step Four

After the charcoal cleanser I use a foam cleanser. I use the Clinique liquid facial soap for oily skin. This product has done wonders in removing excess oil from my face. It is 100% fragrance free and is the first step in the Clinique 3-step skin routine. I do the same with this as I do with the charcoal cleanser. Wet my face, work the product into a foam, apply in circular motions and then rinse. I do this every morning and night. In the morning I will finish off my cleansing by splashing cold water on my face to close my pores.

Step Five

If I am doing my night routine then I will do a Facemask. Twice a week I use Indian Healing Clay. My skin has never felt better since I started using this facemask. I will mix the clay with water and apply to my face. When the mask has hardened, I will then wash it off with warm water. After that I will then splash cold water on my face to close my pores. If it is one of the nights I don’t use this facemask, at the end of my routine I will apply a Clinique moisture surge overnight mask to stop my face getting dry.

Step Six

The next product I use is the Dickinson’s original witch hazel. When I was researching how to control oily skin, this was a product that appeared at lot. It is a pore perfecting toner that gently cleanses and conditions pores to maintain clear, smooth and balanced skin without over drying. It removes excess oil, dirt and makeup residue and also helps depuff. I use this my applying it to a reusable pad and pressing it into my skin. I do this every morning and night.

Step Seven

After I use the toner, I then use the Clinique clarifying lotion. This comes as step two in the 3-step skin routine. It is a non-drying exfoliator that helps to clear away dull flakes. It controls the build up of flakes and excess oil leaving your face fresh. I use this by applying it to a reusable pad and pressing it into my skin. I do this every morning and night.

Step Eight

After all this cleansing and toning I need some moisture in my face. I use the Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel. I received a tester of this product at a student fair and absolutely loved it, this is what helped me discover all the other Clinique products I use. This is another oil-free product that is step 3. It softens, smooths and improves the texture of my skin and is again designed for oily skin. I use this by just applying it to my face evenly with my fingers. I do this every morning and night.