Tuesday, 5 August 2014
I am very sorry for no posts in such a long, long time. I have in fact been manically revising for exams and then went on holiday and basically I have been incredibly busy.
Anyhow, I now intend on starting a blog post series about photography tips. The idea is that i will post tips which i have myself picked up over the years, or looked up and learnt recently myself. My aim of this is to encourage you all to take photos, and have a love for photography like me!
Furthermore as I am now FREE from high school I intend on posting a lot more often than usual and I am very excited to do so too!
Speak to you soon xx
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
1) Great Barrier Reef
Its my number one because it just looks such an amazing and surreal place to visit!
2) Amazon Rainforest
Just looks cool!
3) Komodo Island
This is where the komodo dragons live and i would love love love to visit.
4) Golden Gate Bridge
When i was younger i always used to watch Charmed and this featured in it loads and it just really made me want to visit!
5) Empire State Building
Really want to visit NY and see this!
6) Rio de Janeiro
Always wanted to visit here and it just looks soooooo cool! I also will hopefully be able to speak Spanish by then.
7) Puerto Princesa Suterranean River National Park
This cave looks so cool to visit!
Hope you liked my quick but cool post!
Thursday, 1 May 2014
With it recently being Easter, I went on a little trip to Bath. I had a lovely time there and thought I would share my top places to visit if you happen to go to Bath in the future, or perhaps you will feel tempted to visit from reading this post.
1) The Roman Bath’s Museum.
This is probably the main reason I came to Bath. I love history and discovering the baths used by the Romans was really interesting. As you enter the museum you find out all about how it was excavated to which baths the Romans used for which purposes – you can even try the water from the fresh thermal springs! A must see location.
2) Bath Abbey.
The abbey is really quite the same as many others however, although I take part in this, you could go on a tour around it or go up the tower to get a city view of bath. Situated next to the Roman Bath museum this was a great place to visit however it was quite expensive at about £5 per adult just to enter the building (but this money would be spent on maintenance).
3) The Royal Crescent and The Circus.
Although they may just seem like a bunch of buildings (which they are), the circus and the royal crescent are popular sights to see in Bath because they represent bath life and typical Jane Austen era houses.
4) Pultney Bridge.
A really pretty bridge which overlooks Bath river. The bridge has shops and cafés on top of it which makes it a great place to go to. I went in one of the coffee shops and sat next to one of the windows overlooking the river – it was really peaceful and relaxing.
5) Thermae Bath Spa.
Genuinely the best experience ever. Although very pricey, it is definitely worth it, this thermal spa contains 4 floors – one of which overlooks the cityscape of bath as a rooftop pool. Furthermore there are scented steam rooms and other facilities that make the experience amazing. Don’t miss this opportunity if you are to visit bath because the views are really stunning and the baths are super relaxing.
6) Fashion Museum of Bath and Bath Assembly Rooms.
The fashion museum may not be for everyone but it was certainly very interesting. I just enjoyed viewing the different fashions from different eras and noticing that the styles repeat themselves. Furthermore the assemerly rooms are perhaps not that exciting but if you are passing by, its certainly worth taking a little look at the beautiful chandeliers.
7) Bath Balloons.
Again, i didn’t go on a balloon ride myself, however I have heard its a truly beautiful view, especially at sunset – showing the true beauty England can offer!
8) Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol.
Not in bath, but very close by. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is interesting and quite fun to walk over however as you can see the weather wasn’t at its best when i visited.
9) SS Great Britain Bristol.
“A really cool boat”. The SS great Britain is a really exciting and well presented museum. Being able to view the ship as it would have been used and to smell the scents made the museum a really cool experience.
Unfortunately the smells included the scent of sick from this girl. Erlack!
10) The Coffee Shops.
The main culture of Bath was the coffee shops – do not miss out! Bath coffees are especially strong and there were so many little coffee shops and quaint cafés that you cant walk down a single street without being able to pop in and have a coffee and cake.
I hope you enjoyed reading this slightly different post on my short holiday to bath. If you want, let me know in the comments whether you have visited Bath and any places you thought i should have mentioned!
Monday, 7 April 2014
More commonly known as the Northern Nights, and one of the 'Natural wonders of the world'. I would love to see it because it genuinely looks AMAZING.
2) The Great Pyramids
These are one of the 'wonders of the ancient world' and I reckon they would be stunning to view.
3) The great wall of China
One of the current 'wonders of the world' and I genuinely would love to visit!
4) The Leaning Tower of Pisa
How cool would it be to visit Italy! I bet the pizza and the ice cream is fabulous! Pompeii would also be an amazing place to visit!
5) Taj Mahal
This is a dream location to visit. I would love to see the Taj Mahal and try some proper Indian dishes.
6) Grand Canyon
I would not be able to cope if i saw the Grand Canyon because its enormity would shock me loads.
7) Victoria Falls
This is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit ever!
I hope you liked my travel post, its a little different!
Friday, 4 April 2014
1) This watch is from Lisa Angel and i had wanted a watch for so long, so when i finally received this for Christmas i was super happy! I think its really cool; looking vintage but at the same time fashionable with the studded strap.
2) This nail varnish is probably the best top coat nail varnish! It is so pretty with the glitter and its not too pricey either. Being from 17 its a pretty good make and the polish lasts a long time too. It’s also really easy to apply with a reasonably thick brush and i have had it a while now and never had problems with it being gloopy.
3) This cute little Sass and Belle little sign is about 4cm wide and isn't very expensive at all. Its got a really sweet quote on it and i love absolutely love it. Sass and Belle also has loads of other cute items so definitely check out the store.
4) Its a little elephant! I love this pendant necklace from accessorise, i believe it is one of my only pendant necklaces i own and i think it was a fab buy. Although it was about £10 it was definitely worth it as i wear it basically all of the time and i love the detail. What do you think?
5) Okay, so yes this is one of my current favourites however, unfortunately for you, its not available on the high street. These dangly earrings with the hand of Fatima on are from my holiday in Tunisia so they could be available on the internet but i have not checked. These are really light and i love them because they look so different and very pretty. They also give me luck, haha!
So i hope you likes my current favourites and feel free to comment any of yours because i love to try out new products!
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Photo: Lois Mitchell
A different kind of post...
Seeing as my current English project is on uniform, I deemed it a possible blog post. Although it is slightly different to usual, it focuses on a similar topic to my truth about Disney post, which focused on women rights and their identity. This time, I am posting about how uniform prevents a person from presenting their creative personality.
Nowadays uniform is a continual debate. All schools in the UK enforce a dress code and the majority have adopted a school uniform. Even at a very young age, children have to wear it. But why do schools persist on students wearing uniform?
Most schools will explain that uniform is what makes the school a community. Undoubtedly it allows a student to have a sense of belonging, pride and dignity within their school. Additionally it makes the school look smart and professional which therefore in turn encourages discipline and promotes teamwork in the school.
Yet despite this, one of the main issues with uniform is the obliteration of a student’s personal identity because they are unable to express their personality. Especially at 16 years old, teenagers go through the stage where they need to express themselves and part of that is in what they wear in order for them to find out ‘who they truly are’. Uniform means students have a lack of freedom and it doesn’t allow them to make their own choices - specifically in high school as uniform is a burden to students because they are supposed to finally be treated as young adults. Surely that is not fair?
On the other hand, the main advantage of uniform is to prepare children for the huge ‘world of work’; teaching them to take pride in their appearance. But what type of world are schools talking about? In fact, it seems that uniform is encouraging students to work in an environment where a uniform is obligatory such as clothes shops and even McDonald’s. Whereas successful businessmen actually choose what they wear each day, and they just have a dress code. Doesn’t a smart dress code make more sense than wearing a uniform?
Obviously uniform allows students to stay safe because there is no opportunity to get lost on school trips with their recognisable blazer, tie and school logo. It also means students can concentrate more on school, in that there are fewer distractions. Clearly, student attire also helps to identify any intruders who may enter the school and any student who may be skipping a day off school to go shopping for example.
Moreover uniform means no one would be bullied as a result of their clothing choice such as a lack of designer labels which therefore means it diminishes the economic barriers. Uniform also eliminates social grouping which may be due to individual dress code such as ‘chavs’ (who would typically wear fake designer gear) and ‘Goths’ (who stereotypically wear all black). Many parents would also agree school ‘is to learn’; it is not a ‘fashion parade’…
However it is a well known fact that students do not actually benefit from school uniforms. They do not encourage attendance, they do not make students better behaved and they certainly do not improve student’s grades. For example, 75% of schools without a uniform actually receive better or the same grades as schools which require uniform. In addition to this, as well as most uniforms being uncomfortable, there is also the difficulty of finding a size that actually fits, and nearly 90% of school uniforms are of bad quality material.
Although you may be thinking uniform is still the better option, I disagree. You may say that it is cheaper to buy a uniform than buying a whole wardrobe for a child; saving time and money. However the truth is uniform prices are continuously increasing, the average cost of uniforms for one child approximately £160 and in retrospect that is a lot of money to pay particularly on top of equipment costs. Furthermore, is it really fair that parents should pay the extra expenses for a school uniform, when they are already paying taxes for free public education? No, it isn’t right.
On the contrary, do you not think that schools should be focusing on their teaching rather than insisting on a student’s uniform? I do.
Of course, if you want your child to lack freedom, personality and creativity; which would be required for their future, then uniform is clearly the best option. Personally I believe there should not be uniform as it simply does not allow children to be who they really are. A local school child explains; “We all deserve to be unique and original. Who wants to look the same as every person in the same school? Not me. I only want to express myself – being like everyone else is just boring, boring, boring!”
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Now that spring is on its way, the return on pastel clothing and items are back in the high-street, and this can only mean one thing…A Spring Pastel Wish list!
1) Green Jumpsuit – Topshop £36
2) Blue floral crochet jumper – Topshop £36
3) Pink mini tulip skirt – Topshop £15
4) Stripe Dress – Urban Outfitters £175
5) Pink Shift Dress – Bank £28
6) Pink Skinny Jeans – New Look £19.99
7) Blue Sports Watch – New Look £9.99
8) Blue Handbag – Accessorize £27
9) Models Own nail varnish – Boots £5
10) Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter – Boots £7.99
Let me know what you think of my pastel wish list, and if you have any suggestions of your own!
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Many of my recent instagram posts have been from some of my little trips to the famous Norfolk seaside town of Southwold. I love visiting Southwold because it is so cute and there is a cute walk all around the town, right up to the lifeboat station. The pier is also really great as there is lots of lovely food which is where i went on my most recent outing. The place we ate was by a window indoors and so overlooked the sea and was really pretty. Moreover, there is an old fashioned games/arcade area which is really good fun to visit as a family!
A view from Southwold Pier.
It was a really nice walk along the beach especially because the sun was very slowly setting!
I hope you liked my pictures and feel inspired to go for a walk on the beach too! Perhaps if you live nearby visit Southwold. Let me know in the comments of any fun beach experiences you have had!
Saturday, 8 March 2014
When I was younger I used to ADORE all of the exciting and thrilling Disney films. They were full of adventurous and entertaining stories about princesses, mermaids and other fantasies. The films were jam-packed with great sing-along songs which were mostly upbeat and catchy and to this day my sister still listens to them on her iPod. However is Disney everything you believed it to be?
My very favourite Disney film was and still is Peter Pan. In case you didn't know, it is a story about a boy, named Peter, and he never wanted to grow up. He lived in a fantasy land with the lost boys who were his friends and an evil pirate called Captain Hook. Mermaids, crocodiles and Captain Hooks crew are also important characters in the story. Nevertheless, the story involves three children, Wendy and her two brothers who meet Peter and are taken to the Lost land where they get up to mischief and at the end fight Captain Hook in order to return home and the ending is of course a happy one. The main moral of the story was that "time chases us up” and we all grow up eventually.
"To live would be an awfully big adventure."
Back to the point; there is more behind the surface of this film. Now, I mentioned the mermaids earlier. These creatures are portrayed as beautiful women who comb their hair on a rock and portray the stereotypical view of a mermaid that we still know of today. However, if you were to watch the clip below, is that the same idea you receive, or do you gather a different image Disney portrayed of the mermaids?
No? Watch it again.
From the video clip, what I see are the mermaids being portrayed in a way that Peter is superior and women are no way near as important. “Oh, Peter, Peter, look at me peter!”. This exclaims that Disney, not meaning to, portrays women in a wrong and unjust way.
And its not just in Peter Pan! Mulan is a story of a woman who has to dress up as a man to receive her rights! She takes her fathers place to fight in the war, but if found out that she was a women, she would be killed. This is because women were not allowed to be soldiers. Furthermore, it is obvious men have power and at the beginning of the film, you watch the females dressing up to make themselves presentable for the males. Therefore, although they are good films, Disney has portrayed females with no rights and presents signs of sexism.
In addition to this, recently in the news, Meryl Streep made a speech about Disney. According to newspaper articles “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men.” Therefore, could this be the reason for sexist portrayals in the films?! Who knows.
Seeing as it is international woman's day this seemed an appropriate blog post. What does today mean to you? Personally today should encourage equality and remind us all that women still do not get treated fairly and do not have the same chances as men. I hope you found the post interesting and you feel inspired to share your opinions.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Although i prefer to use coal or pencil to line my eyes on an everyday basis, i sometimes choose to wear liquid liner. I find it looks neater and of course more prominent. Also i know that it wont come off during the day, which is where pencil and coal has disadvantages.
Despite occasionally having a little trouble with applying liquid liner, i still manage to do okay. I tend to take it slow and follow the lash line in small steps. I think applying it above the eye looks best however i i only think this because i haven't dared try under. To apply the liner, i hold it like and pencil and lean my hand on my cheek for support allowing me to create a smoother and neater thin line. Take your time when applying it and hold the liner so it is tilted to ensure the line is straight.
My favourite eyeliner so far has been the Soap and Glory Supercatliner because it is basically a felt tip pen. It is simple and super easy to use as it is light and the pen allows you to choose for both thick and thin lines. It also dries very quickly which i find a great advantage as i am always in a rush. I also find that some liquid liners aren't quite black enough, however this one i would definitely recommend because it is dark enough and i love it!
Monday, 3 March 2014
My everyday makeup consists of a natural look which i wear most weekdays. I do not wear foundation however, i do use two types of concealer. I find the Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer great for around the eyes and the powder which sets the concealer in place. However the 17 concealer is great for any redness and also for under my eyes. On a daily basis, i wear the Soap and Glory eye shadow which is great because it hides any dark parts of my eye and gives my eye more definition.
I hope you likes this post, i love having a little nosey in my friends makeup bag so feel free to let me know in the comments any suggestions and uses of your own!
Sunday, 2 March 2014
This weekend i went for a walk around a local lake. It was gloomy and dull, but i enjoy going on walks regularly and it was pleasant to get the fresh air.
There were loads of ducks, swans and other birds, which is sad to admit, but i enjoy bird watching!
I managed to snap this picture of my brother jumping. I think it looks pretty cool and a little as if he was jumping into the lake!
This was a bit of an ‘artsy’ shot i took because i was testing out some of my camera modes. Later i will do a post on my new camera i bought and explain whether i would recommend it.
Anyway, i hope you had a good week-end and feel free to comment on any places you would suggest to go to for a walk. Despite the cold weather, it hasn't stop me from my adventure!