Friday, 17 November 2017

Is Being Offended By Everything The New Trend?


Lately, I have noticed that so many people are being offended by the tiniest little thing. I am quite an outspoken person and get confused how some people can be offended by something that doesn't seem that much of a big deal at all. To me, it's people who are either scared of the truth or trying to look for ANYTHING to moan about. Don't get me wrong, I love a good moan, but I am not offended by it, I just find it rather annoying. People these days seem to go to the extreme and make something out of nothing.

Now normally, I let things go (sometimes), but this week the whole Zoella thing has bugged me. And that's not because of the calendar, though yes I agree, the cost may be a little pricey for a 12-day calendar. I'm talking more of her previous tweets that people are, for some odd reason, offended by. These are the 7/8-year-old tweets with Zoe saying words like 'fat' and 'chav' etc...

Firstly, it's kind of sad that someone found these tweets. I mean, get a life. But also, I'm shocked to see how many people are offended by these. Again, don't get me wrong, what she said was wrong BUT this was years old and guess what... people change, guys. I also see people say 'she's 20 though, she should know better', but I forgot that after a certain age we should automatically be perfect. Nobody is perfect. I say a lot of things I don't mean and that was probably even last week.

I wrote a tweet expressing how I feel, and a lot of people said that what she said, was absolutely disgusting. I have honestly heard so much worse! It's funny though because what made me laugh the most, is that some people go on like they've had never judged a person in their life. If you have never done that, then are you even human? We all do it, we regret it and move on. Unless they were saying it personally to you, then fair enough, but are some tweets that were written years ago, really offending you?

A lot of things can offend people from soaps to adverts, and it's strange that people feel the need to complain at something to things like Ofcom.

A tip: You can not watch it and then you won't get offended. Simples.

 I feel that we have to be careful these days as we're afraid of hurting people. Of course, I completely agree with someone getting offended by racist and homophobe comments, as I would be too. But old tweets or people swearing in a song, is being offended really going to do anything? We seem to be too afraid these days walking on eggshells.


"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that', 
as if it gives them certain rights.

Its no more than a whine. 'I find that offensive'. It has no meaning, 
it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase.

'I'm offended by that'

Well, so fucking what?"

- Stephen Fry


Do you agree or do you get offended a lot? And are you offended by this post?





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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Juicy Orchard Pig


I was given some samples from Orchard Pig as I reached out to them on how much I love their non-alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, they don't sell these in any supermarkets, and after I discovered these in Giraffe, I fell in love instantly with the Very Berried. Not going to lie here when I say that it is THE best drink ever.

I didn't realise how many different flavours there are and I have got to say that they did not disappoint. I adore fruity drinks but I am never able to find anything unless I am at a restaurant, and I don't have the time and money to buy each ingredient to make one. You can check all the other drinks on their website.

These drinks are perfect for either having dinner or watching a movie on Netflix. They also do cider for which they're best known for, I haven't had these yet, but I can imagine they are just as tasty.

Here are the drinks and what they are like:

Very Berried
Sparkling strawberry and blackberry with a cheeky twist of poppy - My fav! If I were to be a drink, this would be me! It's so fruity and that twist of poppy makes it not too sweet which I love.

Apple Tingler
Sparkling apple crush - A refreshing sparkling apple drink. Nothing but perfection.

Totally Minted
Pink grapefruit and mint with a zesty twist of lime - One of my favourites. If you don't drink alcohol this is definitely a perfect mocktail.

Deeply Rooted
Sparkling ginger and chilli with a wicked twist of fennel - This has to be a very strange combination but I did like it and would definitely have again.

Flower Power
Sparkling apple juice with elderflower - I’ve had similar drinks like this and it is perfect for the summer.

Apple Rambler
Still apple juice - This was the only one I wasn’t too sure with but only because I didn't read that it was a still drink however this is very refreshing.

Let me know if you've tried their juicy drinks or even their cider?





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Thursday, 2 November 2017

OCTOBER FAVS

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Honestly, where has the year gone?! How is it November already? I love this time of year, but it goes way too fast. It's nearly 2018, and it is mad how 2008 was 10 years ago, it feels like it was yesterday.

I love a good blog post or Youtube video of peoples monthly favourites and thought I would show you my favs from October...


Honey & lemon with hot water

I didn't realise how much of a benefit having hot water with honey and lemon can be. I am not lying and can honestly say that I have not had a proper cold in for so long. I would get an odd sore throat here and there, but always feel so much better after drinking this. You can see what else it can do here


Snowbites


One of the many reasons why I love Christmas is because of these beauts. They are delicious and can never feel the need to share these... as they're all gone in ten seconds. I love anything chocolate, especially the Christmas choccies from After Eights to Terry's chocolate orange *drool*, but there is something about Snowbites that I just love even more.


Vaseline (cocoa butter)





My lips are so temperamental. They get even worse when the weather changes, especially when it gets colder. They chap so much and have a habit (when nervous) of biting my lips. I have had many chapsticks in the past, but I honestly think that this is the best creation ever. My lips feel SO MUCH better after using this. I always seem to lose these though, meaning I buy more, and then to find it straight after... typical.



Maybelline Sensational limited edition




I have struggled for sooo long finding the best mascara, and I am so happy that I FINALLY have a good mascara in my life. I have tried many brands from MAC to BENEFIT, and I always find myself going back to the classic high-street makeup brands. What I love about this is that not only is it so affordable, but I adore the look it can give you, and how it can volumise your eyelashes so well. 10/10 for me.

Do you agree on any of these? Let me know what else you've been loving?



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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Top pick | Netflix pt. 2

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Hey guys! I thought I would do another post on what I have been watching on Netflix, I don't have enough money for a Primark haul every month so why not have a Netflix haul?! I love a bit of comedy or a really fascinating documentary. So, here are my top picks for this month...




BoJACK HORSEMAN    
I honestly thought I wouldn't like BoJack, but I think it is utterly brilliant. It's rare for a show to get better and better each time. You forget it's an animated series with the main character as a horse... making out with a human. Season 4 has been it's best yet, it's remarkable how the show can produce such fantastic storylines, from being asexual to suffering from depression. I love the running gags and easter eggs in each episode, the 'Will (Krill) and Grace' poster has to be my fav! It goes to show how hard they work on every little bit. Mr. Peanutbutter is my favourite by far.


youmeher

I definitely think this is not for everyone, but if you love a bit of kink, this will be right up your street. At first, I was a little bit like 'okay, what the hell is this?!', but I did thoroughly enjoy it. The thing that shocked me the most is that the main guy is Amy Poehler's brother... I know right?! Mind.is.blown. It's very different to most shows, and can honestly get it's not everyone's cup of tea. Give it a go though.



Wet Hot 
American 
-Summer-
  ten-year reunion    
If you want something so weirdly confusing that makes no sense and has class A actors, this is one to watch. The ten-year reunion is the latest series, so if you haven't seen them all, they are all on Netflix, obvs.  I honestly don't even know how to explain what this is about as it's just like a mind f**k. Basically, it's about a group of teenagers working at a Summer Camp, one guy turns into a tin of soup, and the President is plotting to destroy the camp. So weird but it is hilarious. It has Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and even Bradley Cooper.


LONGSHOT
This documentary is quite short, but it is insanely good. I really don't want to say what happens too much BUT all I will say is how lucky this guy is. If you love Making a Murderer, you will definitely love this.



ALL LOUIS THEROUX DOCUMENTARIES
I LOVE LOUIS THEROUX SO MUCH. Okay, I may be getting a bit OTT, but he is such a great guy. I love how British he is, and it's so funny how some people just don't get him. I recently saw one episode where he explored 'born-again Christians', one word to describe it... WTF?! Each documentary is so fascinating and can never get my head around how different some people are. There are so many diverse stories from Neo-Nazis to the West Boro Baptist church (the most f***ed up people in the world).


What have you been loving lately? You can check out my other top picks here.








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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

5 reasons why autumn is the best season

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 Guess what? IT'S NEARLY CHRISTMAS. I know, it's two months away but don't you just think the build-up is much more exciting?! Before we start annoying everyone by singing Xmas songs and putting our 'decs' up, let's talk about how amazing autumn really is. So, here are my five reasons why I love autumn.




Hot chocolate
Who loves hot chocolate? what is there not to love about a chocolate flavoured drink filled with whip cream and marshmallows. I hate tea and coffee, but I could drink hot chocolate every day if I could. I recently bought Freddo hot chocolate, and I think I even got a little high just from smelling that bad boy. With the autumn leaves right on our doorstep, what is better than sipping on hot chocolate, the candles burning and watching a film. Nothing? Thought so.

The weather & leaves falling
Don't get me wrong, summer is lovely, blah, blah, blah. I just don't feel body confident yet (diet starts next Monday FYI). I am just so over seeing skin, and I just want to wear my coat, scarf, and boots. The downside about autumn is that we can be too ready for it and it's still quite warm outside. But that won't stop us from online shopping and looking at what we can buy, right?

Food glorious food
I love a good homemade soup or a slow cooked casserole,  and in the summer it can give you a right S.U.L.A. I have so much love for food, and it's that time where we put those diets on hold till January (yes, I lied about diet starting next Monday, get over it), and eat whatever the hell you want..

Being lazy AF and watching TV
I'm a Celeb, Black Mirror, and the best festive movies... it all happens this time of the year. It's way too cold to go out partying. And when I say Netflix and chill I MEAN Netflix and chill. Stay inside and start planning what you're going to wear for your Christmas work party, and have a binge.

FESTIVENESS!!!!!
Of course, I've saved the best till last. As soon as October hits our doors, we have Halloween AND Christmas preps in our Supermarkets. I am not ashamed that I am planning my Christmas shopping, and when to put the tree up (sorry, not sorry!) I honestly feel the build-up is a lot more exciting than the actual day. We have so much to look forward, and you will see a lot of festiveness on my blog soon, so watch out.



Is Autumn your favorite time of the year?












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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

My struggles: Mental health

I honestly hate talking about myself and my feelings, I am a very private person but having a blog has helped me in a lot of ways. Whenever I try to talk about my feelings there is something in me that just can't let it all out, I have always been a closed book but I feel like sharing how I feel can help myself or someone in some way.


I can imagine everyone has had struggles in their life, some more than others, and it's important to make sure that we are there for someone when they most need it. We all have different ways of coping with everything, and even the little things can be the hardest for someone. I have always known I have anxiety and it can be hard admitting it, and each day doesn't get easier. I can feel so happy some days and feel like everything is okay, but then the next day I can feel like I have taken 100 steps back, and feel at my worst. It's not going to go away as easy as it could be, you have to work hard for something, you have to keep pushing yourself and prove that you can set your mind to anything, and not let anyone put you down.

My school leaver's book makes me laugh a lot, so many people said how happy I was and always had a smile on my face, but I was far from it. It amazes me how a smile on your face can make people think that everything is okay. The last thing I wanted was people thinking I was upset, so the best thing was to put on a front and pretend to be happy. I have many struggles from being a hypochondriac to social anxiety, and sometimes I wish I was 'normal'.  I can have days where little symptoms can suddenly pop up where I think I am dying or I just can have days where I want to be alone, and do nothing. I didn't have a lot of friends, and I was ok with it, I didn't care. I was always asked to go out somewhere, but I just wanted to stay home, it was where I was most comfortable, and I didn't like doing anything out of my comfort zone. 

"I've suffered a great catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened." Mark Twain

I recently watched an episode of Bojack Horseman and the episode 'Piece of Sh*t' had caught my eye.  I was in awe and couldn't stop laughing at what I saw, it was me. You don't realise how you feel until you see it with your own eyes. If you have days where you are constantly putting yourself down, watch this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGalix-sVXs

It is a lot easier to just say no and not do anything at all. I am 23 and have only been clubbing probably around 6 times in my life, I know it's not for me, but it has been brought down due to my anxiety. I am more of a stay-at-home, eat pizza and watch movies kind of gal anyway, it can be hard for me, but then I don't want to let people down. I have lost a lot of friends in the past for always letting them down, and I am trying my hardest not to do that anymore. I feel like I can do a lot more than I would ever do a few years ago, and I am a lot happier.

People have said, 'just be happy and get over it!' and trust me, I wish it was that easy. It's important to talk it through to someone that you know can help. I have found it hard to talk about it, but doing this post has helped a lot.

Don't worry if it takes a lot of tries and if you keep thinking, 'what is the point' then you will never get better. Someone is always going to be there for you and the only person that knows you is yourself. Be strong and don't worry if you have a shit day. We all have them. 



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Sunday, 1 October 2017

I WENT TO FRIENDS FEST!!

As you all can gather, I am a HUGE fan of Friends, and last week, I went to FriendsFest in London baby! 


It is finally autumn, and I adore this time of the year. Thankfully though, it didn't rain which made the day even better! We got to Clissold park along with my brother and his girlfriend, and I was soooo excited. 

There was so much food to choose from, there was, of course, Central Perk, and out of everything, I think this was my favourite. I loved being Phoebe with the guitar... I so wanted to sing 'little black curly hair'. I wasn’t 100% well however the food did look delicious, especially the ‘My Sandwich’ bar where they sold the exact sandwich in which Ross described in the show. We got there a little early, as the apartment tour was in the afternoon, it meant that we could just sit in the sun on the deck chairs, having drinkies from the ‘Chick and Duck bar’. 

"Someone ate the only good thing going on in my life!" - Ross Gellar





Apart from watching Friends, there was so much more to do. You could also recreate; the title scenes, the Vegas wedding, and the prom. It was a ball.

It was the moment I had been waiting for... the apartment tour. Before getting onto the actual set, there was a mini-museum of everything including the props, costumes (with Ross' actual leather pants), and Phoebe's guitar. Altogether there were around 20 of us each tour, and we only had ten minutes for each one. 





I absolutely loved the apartment tour, though I did feel it was a little rushed as you only had ten minutes meaning you didn't have long to look around and get a great shot without people around. They did, however, let us all move out of the set to get a good shot of the full apartment.





I will always love Friends and to be a part of it in some way, meant so much to me. It was also a special date, as it was exactly 23 years ago since Friends had started. I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures and check out my Twitter as there will be a giveaway shortly.



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