Thursday, 31 March 2011

Keeping up.

Happy near Birthday to my almost two year old blog.

It's been an on and off relationship much dependent on workload/life/computer/inspiration but I've been trying to keep up with it more recently. This is partly because I'm worried that if I don't keep writing then I will lose any skill I once had, and also because I feel like I need to keep up with technology if I even stand a chance of understanding new developments! In my latest attempt at keeping my blog snazzy, I discovered that I can add stand alone pages (which basically means separate pages rather than everything on one) and so I have added personal things, fashion, music and also a share page incase anyone feels the need to share my wisdom  ramblings with the world.

I will aim to keep updating the music and fashion pages as new loves develop and old ones inevitably expire. I added a visit counter a while ago and I'm up to around 1,130 so far. Shocking. Either I have one incredibly devoted stalker or people are actually reading it.

Dear my one stalker,
Tabs for the other pages are above this post in the yellow bar. Click and it will take you there!
Big love.

p.s. I will never get over the word 'blog'. It just won't stop sounding weird.


 Katy Perry's new song E.T featuring Kanye West. Not sure what to make of the super weird video or the song itself. It's not as catchy as her other songs and the video seems to be trying incredibly hard to copy Gaga and join in with the 'kooky' look.

My opinion? Stick to the PVC and cheesy pop tunes please Mrs Brand.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Brum brum

I don't normally pay much attention to car adverts but these two have caught my eye recently. I think it's  because you don't realise it's for a car until the very end!

Particularly love the 'Va Va Voom' advert with the montage and trippy music. Not entirely sure the Renault logo fits into the new, sexy look they're going for but I'm still hooked!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.  ~Frederick Keonig

In light of all the recent natural disasters and the devastation of so many lives, I've been thinking about my own life. I'm guilty of complaining about every little thing even when I know that other people have it so much worse. Sometimes I lose focus and forget how great my life is and how much I should appreciate the people who keep me smiling on a daily basis. Even those people who I don't speak to or see that often are still considered great friends and people who I value. I know everyone gets wrapped up in work, saving money, having a rest and so on, and you end up losing touch or not seeing people as much as you could.

I didn't give anything up for lent, I picked something up. I'm going to appreciate people more and try to enjoy life as it happens rather than thinking I'm aiming for some final happiness (whatever that may be). Everyone is probably guilty of the same thing. 'If only I could lose some weight/have that thing/achieve this... then I would be happy.' I'm going to stop doing that. I realised that I AM happy right now. I love my job, I have great people in my life and I'm happy with myself as a person. Of course there are plenty of things to improve on, but focusing on that isn't going to be helpful. I need to live in the moment more. Living in the moment doesn't mean stopping doing work or treating people like I will never see them again, but it does mean doing things because I want to and not because I feel like I should. I will always be ambitious and hard working but I don't think that should stop me enjoying myself and making sure everyone around me is also happy. 

My happy things
♥ listening to music while I write
♥ delicious food
♥ crossing things off my to do list
♥ looking forward to seeing friends and catching up
♥ knowing something I've done has helped someone
♥ long bath, glass of wine and trashy magazine
♥ bright nail varnish
♥ long talks
♥ mornings getting lighter = summertime approaching!
♥ long lie ins
 The happiest times in my life have been unplanned: moving to Spain, going to wakestock with Tait and having that last minute race down the motorway, ending up at Aberystwyth University (best decision ever).

I'm starting to think planning is overrated. xx

Sunday, 6 March 2011


In other news, I was lucky enough to be one of the givers for World Book Night. For those people who haven't heard of it, it started this year and has been a giant giveaway of a million free books with the intention of encouraging people to read and getting them passionate about it. I didn't get the choice of book I wanted but I did get Killing Floor by Lee Child. I have 48 copies to give away so if you are in my vicinity and fancy a free book then let me know! 

Blurb for your reading pleasure:

"Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. 

An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.

Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure.

They picked the wrong guy to take the fall."

I've not had chance to start reading yet as I've just started reading Living Dolls - The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter. Finished reading The Lovely Bones last week and I have to admit that I found it hard to put down. The book was heart wrenching in points and so well written that as soon as I picked it up, I forgot where I was or whether I had missed my bus stop! Would recommend that book to anyone (although perhaps not youngsters as it does deal with some very tricky topics). Once you get past the first chapter you will be hooked.

I think World Book Night is such a good idea! As a total English geek and lover of books, obviously I will think that, but there's definitely nothing wrong in trying to educate people in reading, especially when it's a cheap activity, it expands your mind and it makes you consider things you might not otherwise have thought of.

From one geek signing off, I will leave you with pictures of some of my favourite geeks.

Moss - Richard Ayoade
Roy - Chris O Dowd

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg

I was born to be brave...

Lady Gaga will always baffle and amaze me in equal measures. I'm never quite sure whether to think she has gone totally insane and overloaded on drugs, or whether she is truly an individual who doesn't care what other people think. Surely no one that relies on record sales and people liking her music is completely unaware of the need to please? But please she does, in her millions. While she presents herself as an out there, wacky character, her music is still poppy and catchy enough to remain mainstream and popular across most ages. Despite claims that her music/artwork/look is copied, she still has an overwhelming following and a huge influence on the media today. Designers are desperate to dress her, she has recently done her first runway show (whilst promoting her new single) and she is the star everyone wants to know about. Why? Because she is that odd entity that no one knows how to sum up. Everytime we think we can put her in a box, she breaks out of it. (Or an egg, whatever.)

Each video Gaga releases seems to top the previous one in both weirdness and creativity. The latest video... well, you can figure it out for yourself. See what you make of it:

Pretentious? Maybe. Fascinating? Definitely.

Here's a few Gaga treasures (just incase the media hasn't bombarded you enough)

Androgynous Gaga for Vogue

No one has EVER made me want to wear double denim but she's somehow making it look wearable.

I already want to know what she's going to do next...
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