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Hobbies: Origami!

I have many hobbies. I like to pride myself on being creative, but rubbish at it. I recently got back into origami as I really enjoy the process of it and making cute little shapes. I was pleased to realise that I could still fold a paper crane with the best of them!

Origami began in the 6th century and it’s modern form started in 1954. It is a form of playing with paper and there are communities around the world devoted to origami, such as the British Origami Society. While a lot of the designs are traditional, there are a lot of great people coming up and making super different shapes and designs. Perhaps not for the beginner but once you get skilled enough you can go fold a Darth Vader (no joke). I would say that this is another form of therapy for anxiety as you have to really concentrate on folding correctly and if you get it wrong, start again, you will get it! I have folded a swan, a crane, and a heart, and have my eye set on a butterfly next. It’s a great game for children as well, as it expands the art of paper folding beyond paper planes.

Here are some examples both modern and traditional.

 

 

If you do get folding, I recommend going on Youtube and finding tutorials as I find that the easiest way to see how you are getting on with it. Let me know how you get on, i want to see!

T xx

 

Here is another blog about my other hobby!

Hobbies: Making a Happy Jar

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My Address Book!

Hi team!

So this is where we delve into the nerdier part of me, and if you are the same, please holler at me!

I have a well used address book that I have had since I was 16. I keep everyone’s address in it, and there are many crossed out ones where people have moved, changed names, or I have simply fallen out of touch with.

I write letters and postcards to people, and send birthday cards, anniversary cards, and cards just because. I find this dying art fun and fascinating, as a lot of people are very social media minded (me too obvs) but I love sitting down and writing a letter to someone to genuinely enquire on how life is, whats changed, and whats to come. I love receiving letters in the post (who doesn’t) and I love getting proper stationary to write on.

Now a lot of my friends don’t write letters, but there are a few that do, even if they come once a year on my birthday. I love these momentos, and keep them as they remind me of particular moments in my life.

I had many pen pals in school, due to me being more confident on paper that in person (still true tbh) and I have kept many of the letters that my friends and I scribbled in primary, high school, and beyond.

I am a true stationary girl, and love going into a stationary store and buying pens, paper, postcards, post it notes, you name it. But I have never given up my funny old address book that is way too young for me now, and has nearly filled up to the brim with addresses that I’ll never send letters to. However I really can’t give it up as it is a vital piece of my history and tells me more than many more momentos I have.

In a world of networking and swapping business cards, there is still a place for thank you cards and letters, or a card sent to congratulate someone for a new job. I definitely think if you sent someone a letter today, you will get a great feeling when they message you via social media to tell you thank you or better yet, write you back! Make room in your life for an address book, as it is a vital part of connecting yourself to someone in an ever-changing world.

Show me your address book and make a stationary nerd happy!

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T xx

PS Read some of my other blogs!

Goals for Autumn

Tiredtiredtired – A Woman’s Story.

Job Hunting today.

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Fashion in Film: My Best Friend’s Wedding

HI team, welcome to another in this series of Fashion. In. Fiiiiiiiiilm…

….(*ahem*)

Anyway this one is My Best Friend’s Wedding. Now let me start off with saying Julia Roberts is a international treasure. I love her in many films and this is one where she is so good in, you can’t keep your eyes away.

The film is amazing but the fashion is even better, especially when bridesmaids dresses come into play. So here goes!

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Now Julia in this film rocks the lady suit. The high trousers, a blazer, a plain tshirt, a necklace and cool round glasses. And the hair. The Hair. As far as I am concerned, that hair is her costar.  She has the coolest work style and if I ever work in an office I will be taking tips. She still looks young and sexy but you can tell she means business.

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She looks stylish and reserved. She looks like a lady of the 90’s and very Chanel like. I like this outfit a lot.

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This pivotal scene is also pivotal in the fashion. She’s obviously just thrown some clothes on without any thought into it, but manages to look like a total babe.

This is a strong look and you might have to do a few sit-ups to get this look (or not, who cares really) and could be your summer look or just your look when you are crashing a wedding? Anyway, this scene was very dramatic but I was just looking at the outfit. Too cool.

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Now we come to the crux of the film, and that dress. Oh that dress.

Now my girl Julia can rock it, but this is something else as a dress. My mum had a similar coloured one when she was a bridesmaid, so it must have been a trend!

Either way, she does make it look very good and props to her, as it really could have been worse!

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Special mention goes to Cameron Diaz:

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She has a really cute preppy look in this film and it really suits her!

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Fashion in Film and if you have any suggestions for the next one, let me know!

T xx

Want more? Here are a few more instalments in the series!

Fashion in Film: Funny Girl

Fashion in Movies Series – Never Been Kissed

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Review: Hello Kitty Instax Camera

Hi team! Welcome to my review on the Hello Kitty Instax Camera! So I wanted an instant camera, and started to have a look through all the brands. Fuji Films I have used a lot of for film projects and their products are great. I spotted the Instax Mini 8, which comes in many colours, and then I spotted the Hello Kitty version, created for the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty and was sold. It also came with a close up lens, a selfie mirror – which is two more features that the standard Instax doesn’t have – a Hello Kitty Strap, batteries (2xAAs) and special Hello Kitty photo paper, its just the cutest.

So I got a good deal on Amazon, and bought two packets of plain photo paper as well because I want to save my Hello Kitty ones for me and my niece as she is OBSESSED.

Unboxing this was so much fun. It comes in the cutest box, and you see the camera as soon as you open the lid. Let me tell you, it is big. But it is easy to grip onto when you are taking pictures.

It is really simple to use. The button on the right hand side pops out the lens and turns it on, and the left hand button takes the photos. It also has five settings – Home, Cloudy, Sun, Very Sunny and Hi Key (which makes everything softer and lighter). It also shoots from 60cm to 2.7 metres. You can also purchase close up lenses or coloured lenses.

You load the photo pack into the back, clip it in, and then do a random snap to get the back of the pack out, then you are ready to shoot.

My first shots were of my shelves in my bedroom with my trinkets, and then a selfie of me. They recommend under any circumstances do NOT shake the picture while it is developing, as it will mess things a bit, so just set it down and watch it happen.

The photo is a credit card size, perfect for sending to people and having in your wallet. I intend to send these to people for their birthdays, and commemorate great events, starting with one of my good friends weddings.

I am in love with this camera, it is so easy to use, and I am keen on letting my niece and nephew have a go so they can start looking at taking photos and making memories in a different way. I am also looking forward to putting it into my friends hands and watch them try and figure it out. It really makes me smile and I will definitely be using it in my blogging pics too, so thats also an excuse!!

 

T xx

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I’m 31 and I have a 90s Obsession. (Language)

Hi team!

Welcome to the last instalment of my love for the 90s. Have I saved the best for last? Perhaps. I am talking about all the cool words we used to say in the 90s/00s that we thought were soooo cool. I said some of these to one of my young super cool staff members and she looked at me like I was nuts. She then told me all the cool words that she and her friends say and I felt like an old woman as I didn’t understand them at all! Think of how our parents felt!

Lets take the word PHAT. Phat was a word I tried and then was like ughhh….not sure about this one. But everything was PHAT in the 90s, or cool if you aren’t in the know. So totally PHAT. That issue of Smash Hits was totally PHAT this month. The Vengaboys are PHAT. Etcetc.

BOOYAH!!! Which means YAY! AWESOME! YOU KNOW IT! What a word that is satisfying to say and you have to say it loud with some kind of arms spread pose also, just to drive your own coolness home.

Talk to the hand. Just talk to the hand. I LOVED this one as a teenage girl because its so sassy. Accompanied with your palm close to someones face, this was meant to shut people up, including bewildered parents and boyfriends. This one should come back for sure.

Thats so fly. Your top is fly. Ya girl is fly. It means cool. I like it. Its a word that isn’t in use that much but I am sure it still kicks about.

What were your favourite words of the 90s? Tell me!

T xx

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Day in the Life of a Blogger

Hi team! Ever wanted to know what life is like of a blogger. Specifically this blogger?

Note – all of this does get disrupted by me getting inspired by a topic and writing like crazy so often this ‘day in the life’ turns into a total blog fest! However, I do like doing all the other parts of the job of being a blogger and here is a rundown of that!

Here we go!

8am. I grumble and struggle to get up as I am lazy. I get up and have cereal with banana and a coffee, sometimes prepared by my husband on the coffee maker he got me, and now he likes to use.

9am. I run through all my social media, seeing whats new that my fellow bloggers are putting up, replying to comments, and liking stuff and commenting. There are a lot of great people I have connected with on Twitter and I like to see what they are up to.

9:30am.  I work on Canva, producing blog headers for my blogs, sourcing pictures that I have taken and working them into graphics to catch the eye. I also look at older ones and rework.

11am. Snack time! This is when I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race for a little longer than intended but Sasha Velour is going to win I know it!

11:45am. I get back to work on Canva, putting together inspiration memes that I publish on Saturdays. This is a fun part of my job as I like to put my own twist on it and make people laugh. Have you seen my Shrek one?

1:15pm. I get back on social media, posting stuff that is trending, reposting and sharing my latest blog on the platforms for the lunchtime readers. I also read a few at this time as I like to support my fellow bloggers and there is some amazing content out there!

2pm. Lunchtime! I can’t be a shut in all day, so I’ll often go get lunch out, go for a walk, and snap some pics for my blog/social media. If there is a cute dog I will pat it.

3pm. I’ll get in touch with businesses about collaborating and writing guest blogs for companies to get my following up and practise my writing.

4pm. I’ll check my Hootsuite to make sure my whole month is full of interesting content and if something current is needing talked about I will move stuff around to make it great for my readers.

5pm. I clock off for the day. If there is an event I will go to this in the evening, otherwise I will go out with friends, or binge watch Netflix (Party of Five, amirite?)

The life of a blogger is fun, varied, and you talk to a lot of interesting people. However it is important to get out and experience life, even if it is a walk during the day. Your readers want fun interesting experiences, and even if you go for a walk around the block, the magic of life could spark ideas for you  that your readers will love!

T xx

Read my other blogs on life!

Goals for Autumn

Blogging: Writing about what the hell you want.

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Review: Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3 in 1 Oil Control Serum

Hello fellow greasy girls. As this blog is published after lunch UK time, swipe your T-Zone and tell me how much you get on it. Enough to fry an egg? Read on…

So I am a growing fan of Soap and Glory. As I get older and the bags under my eyes get bigger I am now getting to the point where I am trying to freeze my face and skin without getting all the Botox. So when I saw this range at my local Boots I had to pick up some. I need a primer that is going to works hard, and since this one claims to Mattify, Prime, and Refine, I invested.

So on the back, it tells you that you can use it alone before moisturiser, or under makeup as a primer. I will probably only use it under makeup, and I am currently working with Kat Von D’s Lock it Foundation (Review here) which is great, but does still give me a slight sheen. So I squeezed out a pea amount onto my hand (its pink!) and then smoothed it into my T Zone, let it dry, then applied my makeup as usual. My day consisted of working in a store under hot lights and air conditioning, so I need my foundation and primer to work together as a team to make sure I am not a greasy face lady halfway through the day.

It performed pretty well! I was quite impressed! I had a day of running around and lifting things and generally sweating it out, and it seemed to cope pretty well. I didn’t feel that my skin was overproducing oil to combat the product, as my skin tends to do with some brands, it seem to be doing alright with it.

So I would give this a 8/10 – I hate any kind of sheen and it did give me a slight sheen but I think to a normal person it’s a lovely glow (I hate glow, I love a matte face).

Have you tried it? Tell me what you think!!

T xx

Read my other reviews!

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

Review: Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Blackheads and Blocked Pores

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Challenging your buying habits and streamlining your wardrobe!

Hi team! This is a blog about your wardrobe and how to buy smarter!

A woman’s wardrobe can cause stress, grief, joy, and bubbling excitement. You get up for the day, you look into your wardrobe, and there are a million different options on who you want to be today. A top and a cool jean means you are fashionably aware yet nonchalant to be like: “Oh this old thang?” while secretly high fiving yourself on choosing said outfit that morning.

Now here comes the tricky part. There are parts of your wardrobe deemed NO ACCESS areas. This means there are clothes there that you want to get into one day, part their prime but can’t bring yourself to get rid of, and the biggest fashion crime, unworn with tags. This happens a lot in wardrobes I have seen over the years and it is a big crime, but a source of shame for people.

These corners of your wardrobe need to be addressed so they can let the rest of your wardrobe shine.

People often buy and take home items, try them on, then realise that they don’t look good outside the shop for whatever reason, then are too embarrassed to take them back so leave them in their wardrobe. This is a big no no in my books. Send it back, get yo money, then buy something you will wear!

Other things in the wardrobe are sentimental items. Now I know this pain as I have a pair of MC Hammer sequin pants that I have not worn in years, but I have kept as I have had a good time wearing them and they have good memories. However, this is a trap. Do you have pictures of you in your beloved item? Good, theres the memories. Throw the sequins away (can’t believe I just typed that who am I?).

Stop waiting to try get into clothes. A woman’s shape is ever changing and mysterious, so just go with the flow and your body and buy clothes that fit well NOW. If you are working on yourself fitness wise (see my Fitness Athleisure wear blog HERE) then good on you, keep that heart ticking and get healthy. Live life now and get clothes that make you look good on the journey.

Another one I see a lot of is tops that have holes, faded, run down, tired. I had a lot of those in my wardrobe and it is amazing how many things past their date I kept or continued to wear into my twenties when they should have stopped in my teens. Even my nightwear was sad. So I updated in good quality jimmy jams and got rid of my holey tshirts and frayed jeans. Get rid of it. Donate any wearable good stuff but get rid of the rest.

Donating is a great way to keep the life of a clothing piece going. When you think about the work that goes into making a piece of clothing, you want to make sure that it gets the most out it as possible. Plus you could make a grown woman scream in the middle of a charity shop because she has been looking for your top for AGES (may or may not be based on the life of the blogger here).

Buy sensibly in the first place. Invest in clothing, don’t just buy a £3 top. Look at the material, the price, where it was made, who is selling it. These factors match up with our own personal values and ensure that we are buying smarter and not just on a whim, which leads to many clothes being wasted.

There are many clothes swaps nights happening around the world, get along to one of those and take your good quality items to swap with other like minded people. This is a great example of the ‘one in, one out’ theory where if you buy something, you get rid of something.Or have one of your own with mates!

So these are a few ways to really challenge yourself and your buying habits, which building a wardrobe that ultimately makes YOU feel good!

T xx

Want to know more about wardrobe culling? I wrote a blog on it….

Wardrobe – from nightmare into daydream

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