Monday, 14 October 2013

relax & unwind

With this term being a particularly stressful term with a lot of studying coming up (or so I'd like to lead myself to believe), I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my ways to relax and unwind amidst waves of stress and being buried under piles of books.

First things first, make yourself a steamy cup of tea - tea is literally like my safe place; it's like a hug in a cup.

Okay now that you've successfully made tea to your taste - some like it milky, some like it not quite black with two drops of milk - you can move onto my next step.

This next step for me involves either a) switching on the TV or b) in most cases my laptop and surfing the interwebbles.

My go-to interweb sites are firstly YouTube and catching up on all my subscriptions - there's generally a dailygrace or two to watch and a couple of vlogs there too along with the normal youtuber videos.

Secondly i open up facebook but if I'm not in the mood to be annoyed by the people I kinda met this one time. then i open up pintrest and play house and fashionista by repinning all these beautiful looking photos. But I tend not to open weheartit, it's hopelessly too soppy, self-piteous and teenage dream (most of the time anyway) for my liking.

Once I'm done catching up on these two important sites in between the sips of tea i move onto series. Series is another way to get lost for a couple hours - some prefer books, which I don't mind but series is my calling. 

Thankfully it's October which means a lot of the series that I watch are premiering this month - just in time to help me procrastinate studying for exams (jokes, mom).

What are your favourite ways to relax and de-stress? Have a great week! xo

Friday, 4 October 2013

Happy Friday!

It's the weekend at last, this week feels like it dragged fooo' sure. This week was mildly uneventful although yesterday was October 3rd and the Mean Girls world imploded and it was a very grand day quoting Mean Girls (not that I don't do that on a daily basis anyway - totes relatable, I mean "get in loser we're going shopping" who doesn't use that in everyday life??)

I digress. Looking forward to another chilled weekend and procrastinating hopefully getting myself organised for the upcoming exams and what not. I am also loving getting back in the blogging groove.

Have a suuuper fab weekend all. xx

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

C'est une citation.

We all have those days where we would rather just hide under the duvet for the day and so this is just a little motivation quote for those days because sometimes you just got to fake it till you make it.
What do you think? xo

Friday, 27 September 2013

I like them 80s movies.

So this year I've fallen in love with everything to do with old movies - especially 80s and 90s movies.

I love the naïveté of the characters and the simplicity of the times in the high school movies compared to teenhood today. It just really and truly makes me happy. Before you jump ahead - no I do not wish I was a teen in the 80s, truly. I'm pretty sure I was born in the right era because I can't imagine being a teen without internet. 

So I thought I'd just give you a list of my favourite golden oldies that I will never get tired of, it's not quite a top ten but it's close. 

This movie is one of my all time favs and I will never get tired of - don't you wish that you could go to detention and come out with new friends and a boyfriend? 

Yes, yes it's not an 80s movie but it's still an oldie and a classic. I first watched this movie whilst on exchange and I recently rewatched it and loved it all over again - how can you not love her poem in the end and of course Heath Ledger? 

One of the cutest love stories there is. If you didn't feel utter joy when they could do the lift in the end then there is a problem. 

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others but it's still one of my favourite oldies. It follows the story of a girl on her sixteenth birthday where her family has forgotten about her birthday and even worse the boy she has a crush on doesn't know she exists - imagine how horrible that must be.

5. Footloose 
Now before you say that you've watched this one you better not be talking about the 21st century remake. The original version is much much better - surprise surprise. I find it more sincere and believable and it just suits the time better having it set in that decade (the 80s) rather then today. 

I forgot how sad and heartwarming this movie was until I rewatched it recently. The movie follows the lives of boarding school boys whose lives are changed by a new English teacher. It is such a well-written story about following your passion and not following convention and tradition for the sake of it.

7. Pretty in Pink
This is one of those really bad 80s movies you can't help but love and find entertaining. Another Molly Ringwald movie where Andie finds herself in a bit of a love triangle and she has to choose between a sweet rich boy and a childhood friend.

8. Some Kind of Wonderful
I found this movie to be very similar to Pretty in Pink but the gender roles are reversed where Keith asks out a popular girl unbeknown to him that his tomboy best friend has a huge crush on him. If I had to choose my favourite between Pretty in Pink and this one - Some Kind of Wonderful would get my vote because I found it cuter and my heart melted more at the end of this one than at the end of Pretty in Pink, that's a very good indication right?
That's my list - it's not a very long list but out of all the 80s movies I've watched so far, these are my fav. It's a lot of John Hughes and quite the Molly Ringwald overload. 
Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. What are your favourite golden oldies? xx

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

C'est une citation.

I came across this quote whilst reading a book based on real events called Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I found it quite thought-provoking and thought to share it. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


A while back I found a DIY article on Rookie on how to make a tutu. It didn't look that complicated and I've been itching to do a DIY project for a while. So I decided to give it a bash (LOL, how English of me next thing you know I'll be starting posts with top of the morning to you). 

So here's a simplifed version of how you do it and me being the organised person that I am - I didn't take any "during"/"process" photos so your imagination is important here. But I did capture some photos of me prancing around it, selfies etc. Usual tutu behaviour. 

Stuff to make tutu:

  • roughly 9m of 140cm wide tulle, depending on the amount of poof you want in your tutu. I opted for a harder sort of tulle almost like net. 
  • a piece of fabric about 13cm wide and the length of your waist, this acts as "skirt".
  • piece of ribbon - a little longer than your waist. 
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • sewing pins
  • needle and thread
The method was simply laying out the fabric on a flat surface. Then cutting even strips of the fabric and then folding each strip of fabric in half and looping it and tying it around your ribbon. I then hand sewed a piece of white fabric underneath the tutu which acted as a skirt. Please do check out the full article up on Rookie for more detailed explanations and methods.
I hope this inspired some of you to release your creative side. Trust me, it isn't that hard - if I can do it, you can (me who can barely sew a button, don't tell my mom that). I haven't really had a chance to frolic in it yet, waiting on that perfect summer's day. I really did enjoy making my tutu and have definitely caught the DIY-bug so I will be trying out more DIY things as I come across them on Pintrest. Stay stylish, lovelies! 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sunday Songs

I've only done this post once before. I guess it's not often that I find a song that I madly enjoy and want to share it. This particular song is another french song called Je Veux by Zaz. It has quite a jazzy vibe to it. It's just really fun and makes you want to dance and sing a long. I put the french and english translation below as well so you can follow along. I hope it brightens up your Sunday, enjoy!
(please excuse the corresponding lyrics not matching up exactly, the OCD in me tried very hard to get them to align but alas it refused to budge)

Je Veux
I want
Donnez-moi une suite au Ritz, je n’en veux pas

Des bijoux de chez Chanel, je n’en veux pas

Donnez-moi une limousine, j’en ferais quoi?

Offrez-moi du personnel, j’en ferais quoi?

Un manoir à Neufchatel, ce n’est pas pour moi!

Offrez-moi la Tour Eiffel, j’en ferais quoi?
Je veux de l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur

Ce n’est pas votre argent qui fera mon bonheur

Moi je veux crever la main sur le coeur

Allons ensemble, découvrir ma liberté

Oubliez donc tous vos clichés

Bienvenue dans ma réalité!
J’en ai marre de vos bonnes manières, c’est trop pour moi

Moi je mange avec les mains et je suis comme ça

Je parle fort et je suis franche, excusez-moi!

Finie l’hypocrisie, moi je me casse de là

J’en ai marre des langues de bois

Regardez-moi, de toute manière je vous  en veux pas

Et je suis comme ça!
Je veux de l’amour, de la joie, de la bonne humeur

Ce n’est pas votre argent qui fera mon bonheur

Moi je veux crever la main sur le Coeur

Allons ensemble, découvrir ma liberté

Oubliez donc tous vos clichés

Bienvenue dans ma réalité!
Give me a suite at the Ritz, I don’t want that

Jewellery by Channel, I don’t want that

Give me a limo, what would I do with it?

Give me staff, what would I do with them?

A mansion in Neufchatel, it’s not for me!

Offer me the Eiffel tower, what would I do with it?

I want love, joy, good spirit

It’s not your money that will make me happy
 want to die with my hand on my heart

Let’s go together, discover my freedom

Therefore, forget all your prejudices 

Welcome to my reality!

I’m fed up with your good manners, it’s too much for me

I eat with my hands, it’s just who I am

I speak loud and I’m direct, excuse me

No more hypocrisy, I’m done with it

I’m fed up with double talk!

Look at me, I’m not even angry with you!

It’s just who I am!

I want love, joy, good spirit

It’s not your money that will make me happy

I want to die with my hand on my heart

Let’s go together, discover my freedom

Forget all your prejudice

Welcome to my reality!

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