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26 December 2014

Christmas Time, Mistletoe and (too much) Wine

Finally, after 365 days of waiting for my favourite day of the year once again, I woke up at 9am to Christmas day. Despite feeling slightly worse for wear due to going out after work on Christmas Eve, I bundled down the stairs with my family in tow, absolutely raring to start the day.

 Our family always starts with present opening, before the coffee is even put on, we all sit down and open our presents... me and Sarah are just about at the age where we still get stacks and stockings and honestly, my excitement hasn't lessened at all growing up. 

The aftermath was absolutely carnage. Every single year we throw all the paper into the middle to create a paper mountain (unless it's salvageable- then my mother is a very keen recycler) and after our mass present opening we stare in awe at the paper mound! My sister bought me my own Olaf from Build-a-Bear, I became attached very quickly! 

Finally it was time to get some coffee down our necks and as it's Christmas, we bring out the bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon. Although I absolutely love Christmas dinner, I think breakfast may just be my absolute favourite meal of Christmas day- before the jeans start getting too tight! Despite the excitement of breakfast, it's always very rushed as all four of us need to shower and prepare for the real beginning of Christmas day, where we all head over to my aunty's... to join a 15 strong family gathering! 

One of my favourite presents this year was this cape from Marks and Spencer's, it's fur lined around the neckline and sleeves and is super cosy! I've been searching for a cape all winter and after finding this a couple of days ago I knew if it wasn't in my Santa sack I would be heading straight for the boxing day sales! 

Finally we were out the door and on the road! Ready to start the big festivities with the whole family. After arriving, toasting and having some delicious starters (featuring cheese sticks- a definite favourite part of Christmas for me), we took our seats and Christmas dinner was thrown upon us! Honey roasted gammon, turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, by the end of it I was so stuffed I'm surprised my tights hadn't fallen apart at the seams! But, as I always say, there is a second stomach for dessert, and when the desserts came, none of us had any problem eating even more,  despite initial complaints at our fullness level! 

After a lot of eating and drinking, we were finally fed and watered to our hearts content. Another family tradition is the 'Christmas Walk' where we all take a stroll around the block before coming home for even more present opening (and drinking)! So in an attempt to gain back some of our humanness we decided to take a walk down to the cliffs to overlook the sea on Christmas night. And despite the freezing cold, it was so very lovely! 

We were happy to get back into the warm house though, and we headed into the living room for the present opening ceremony round 2. People were very generous and I received lovely gifts! 

And what is Christmas without a game? It was time for the 'Pointless Quiz' (a British TV show) we divided into four teams and tried to take on my mother and uncle as Alexander and Richard. In order to fuel us for the excitement of the quiz, 'Margarita Hour' was announced, and everyone was bought out a Margarita cocktail, something I may have ended up regretting this morning! We came second from last, but you could view it as third! After the quiz, apparently more food was needed! And out came the cheese! As a cheese fiend, this is my heaven, and it became even more heavenly when my next favourite 'ch' word was bought out, chocolate! More specifically Fererro Rocher, a lot of them at that! Apparently they're Spot's favourite things too. 

Despite the food ending, the night continued. With round the table singing, laughing and just generally being merry, perhaps even too merry, all the way to gone 3 in the morning! Completely and utterly what Christmas is all about? Although I am sure I can wait another year before I hear my uncle and dad sing 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me'! 

I hope all of your Christmases were as lovely and joyous as I had. Despite being up at 8am for work, I have absolutely no regrets for the occasion and feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful family! 

Merry Christmas to you al! 

Ciao for Now 

24 December 2014

Blogmas Day 24: Twas Christmas Eve, Babe

Christmas eve, aka the last day to rush madly around the shops and do some last minute (...or first minute) present buying. Most of you know by now I am pretty much a giant Christmas elf. I start celebrating the festivities from the minute Bonfire Night is over, and so it will come as no great surprise to many of you that christmas eve is one of my favourite days of the year. The festivities always overwhelm me on this day every year, it reminds me so much of being a little girl and not being able to sleep from the excitement of the next day and my family have our own little traditions which make Christmas Eve almost as special as the day which follows it. 

We used to go to the cinema every Christmas Eve when I was growing up to watch a festive film but as my sister and I have gotten older we started finding more comfort in the prospect of sitting at home and watching a family film together instead! That's when you know you're getting old! 

Unfortunately this year, both me and Sarah are working today! Between us we're working the whole day as she starts at 11 and ends at 6, and I start at 6 and end at 10, how unlucky! Fortunately we watched our Christmas film a couple of days early and although tonight we traditionally have a giant gammon, it looks like I'll be eating mine very late indeed! 

I am so excited for tomorrow, I feel like a little girl again. I think there comes a point where Christmas stops becoming about the presents and starts to become about family and friends and just being together for the season- and of course, the food! 

Today is  the final day of Blogmas. Despite my little lapse in the middle, I am actually rather proud of the progress and daily blogging I've done over the last month! I hope you've all been enjoying following me on the count down to Christmas! I will probably write a blog post on tomorrow (which should be out on boxing day, depending on my food coma) but apart from that I shan't be blogging too much over the course of the next week or so, I think most people will be concentrating on their own families and I will certainly be concentrating on mine! 

Ciao for Now!

23 December 2014

Blogmas Day 22: Motivational Monday

A lot of blogs do 'Motivational Monday' weekly, keeping on top of their following and ensuring they spread the life of a motivated human being. For Alice's Antics, todays Motivational Monday is a one off,  and I've simply chosen to write it because A) It's Monday, B) I'm feeling motivated. This doesn't come around all that much, I, like most of people at this time of year, enjoy lying in bed until late morning (or early afternoon...) mooching around, doing not much with my day, a bit of crappy telly here, an advent calendar chocolate there. Essentially wasting the day until it's suddenly 2am and you don't know what you've done with the day.

That is the holiday induced comatose state I've been living in for the past week. And it is a charmed life (as my mother keeps telling me), but it's also a completely and utterly unrealistic one too. So today, I've decided to motivate all of us- me, you, everyone and anyone. Because it's so, so easy to turn into a giant christmas pudding at this time of year. And I've decided to refuse to do it. So, after a quick nip into town, christmas cards finally bought, written out and sent, new work clothes bought and the last of the Christmas presents in hand, I ventured to the local coffee shop to indulge in a latte, open up my little macbook and set about to do some actual life planning. Oh, and I wrote this blog post too.

This quote is similar to something I wrote about yesterday in my 'Fourteen Things I've Learnt in 2014'. I've always been the kind of person who says they'll start something and never really does. I make my excuses and put it down to the back of the pile, only to look back and regret not starting it a couple of months later. But in just over a week it will be a fresh start. Whatever they say about New Years, they're the time to start anew. Even if it's not technically true and you are returning to the same job or same school, the new year is the perfect time to mentally readjust yourself. If someone out there is making it happen, there is no reason you can't do it too.

Ciao for Now!

21 December 2014

Blogmas Day 21: Fourteen Things I Learnt in 2014

Minor confession, I actually forgot about todays blogmas. Although I do try to prioritise blogging over some things, I think it's important for it not to always be top of my list, and tonight my family and I sat down to watch a christmas film, something we do every year. Tonight we watched Nativity- have I mentioned before it's one of my absolute favourites? It's one of those ones which you approach with caution but by the end are singing and dancing along! 

So along with it only being 4 days until Christmas day, it's also 10 days until the end of 2014. The END. How did this even happen? I feel like I blinked midway through January and have woken up at the end of December, it's been a crazy year and I genuinely think 2015 can only hold better things, but it has a lot to live up to. Despite 2013 being the year I would call 'the best', 2014 is without a doubt the year I grew up. I may have stopped full time education, but I've learnt so much more about life (oh Alice, so cheesy). So whilst I'm in the reminiscing mood, I thought I'd write yet another list, we know how much I love a good list, about the year gone by. 2014. What a year you have been.

1) If I want to do something, I'll do it, without overthinking letting other people put me off, I've realised it's important to learn for yourself.

2) Take pictures. Lots of pictures. Even if they annoy people at the times,  I always regret it so much if I don't bring my camera anywhere.

3) I work well under pressure. Not necessarily in a stressed out way, but I work far better going to the library for a seven hour day then for one hour each day a week. People work better under different circumstances, I no longer let people dictate how to write or work to me.

4) I am the only person who can define my own happiness. Nobody else will ever care more about me than I do, so make the most of that and put it to work.

5) Sometimes going against the tide is exactly what is needed to find that happiness.

6) Men are even more confusing now then they ever have been. Men and women really are from different planets and getting older does not make anything easier.

7) Nothing makes me happier than reading or writing. I forgot how much I loved writing until I started writing this blog frequently, and I forgot how much I loved reading until I moved to Italy and the awful internet meant I spent my time with my nose in a book.

8) There really is no place like home. I've spent my whole life trying to leave my home and family and break free, I never appreciated what I had. It's not until now I've experienced living away from the people I love and the place I grew up, I realise how lucky I am and how much I love it. 

9) Blogging is bloody hard work. 

10) Despite number 9, blogging is also one of the best decisions I've ever made. No, I'm not a full time blogger and I don't have hundreds of thousands of followers. But I get to interact with the people who read my blog and email me and have chats and I've gotten to know people through blogging, which is all invaluable to me.

11) Cutting out negativities does a world of good. From bad food to bad people. This year, more than any year I have learnt to get rid of it.

12) Being myself is the best version of me. When I was growing up, I spent my whole life living up to the 'popular girls' standards. When I was a teenager, I tried to change my taste in music and fashion to fit in with my friendship group. Even when I was in Italy I bought a packet of cigarettes to make me feel more continental. Why? 2014 taught me the only person you are letting down is yourself. 

13) University is both harder and funner than I could ever have imagined. 9,000 words due in over 2 weeks? Yes. Parties and new friends around every corner? Also yes.

14) People who say you cannot buy happiness have never eaten macaroons. 

So there is my little insight in to the trials and tribulations of 2014. We still have a few days left of it, and with the Christmas season practically surrounding us, how on earth could these last few days not be enjoyable? As per usual I hope your weekends have been lovely! 

Ciao for Now!

20 December 2014

Reasons You Don't Need a Winter Warmer (Blogmas 20)

Since starting my blog, I've always been honest with my relationship status, with the exception of 'seeing' a couple of people or going on one or two awkward dates, I've been single for the duration. I'm not ashamed of that and despite the repeated question of 'have you found yourself a man?' which has been thrown at me almost daily since my return from university, I'm never embarrassed to say no, no one has swept me off my feet. And yet, at this time of year, something in the air changes. Instead of being delighted about being single and free, you realise you don't have someone to curl up and drink hot chocolate with. Rather than considering how we're technically saving time and money on one less person, we dwell on the lack of cuddles and snuggles. Let's face it, it's time for the 'winter warmer'.

Luckily, I am here to assist in the art of persuasion. You don't need a man or woman to keep you warm this Christmas. Besides myself (there's enough of me to go round, let's face it), there are loads of reasons why it's far better to be single at Christmas. I just think occasionally it's nice to have a reminder- and to persuade myself. 

1) Other halves don't usually appreciate having Christmas CD's on repeat all day. And if they do, you marry them.

2) You don't have to go through the 'Meet the Fockers' series. No awkward handshakes, no small talk at the dinner table and no living up to their mothers expectations.

3) As pre mentioned, no money on them, means more money on you, yippee!

4) Every girl knows the months to shave your legs ends in October and starts in March. Come November, it's time to be au natural, but only if you're single- or your boyfriend doesn't mind. Anyway, no boyfriend in December means wrapping your legs up in tights and knowing you don't need to shave them unless you get your pins out at a Christmas party!

5) Christmas time is actually pretty opportune to meet the guy or gal of your dreams if you do choose to, simply because everyone is in a pit of emotional loneliness. Plus Christmas parties mean lots of mistletoe which means potential kissing. Excellent.

6) In reference to point 5, Christmas time is the perfect dating season. Fairy lights and ice skating and festive markets and (if you're lucky enough) snow. Lovely, lovely, lovely. 

7) Piling on the pounds at Christmas? Who cares! 

8) You don't need to pretend to love the present they got you, we know it's all about the thought, but, I don't really think maroon is quite my colour. In trouser form.

9) The christmas period won't revolve around an Xbox. Because undoubtedly they will be given a new game. And they'll simply have to play it. All day, every day.

10) You don't have to share the good chocolates in the Roses box. No bottom-of-the-box for you, you get the WHOLE box!

So there we are, a little list of why you don't need to be snuggling with a loved one this Christmas. Not to say I'd complain if Leonardo DiCaprio did happen to want me as his winter warmer... 

I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas build up, have a lovely weekend! 

Ciao for Now! 

19 December 2014

Blogmas Day 19: Christmas Reunion 2.0

Before I embark on this blog post, I just thought I'd quickly announce, this is the 100th post for Alice's Antics! I know we are a fairly small little kingdom of minions, but I am so so grateful for ever single one of you taking the time to read this. When I first started blogging properly and decided to dedicate ample time to running a blog, I was the butt of all kinds of jokes and for the longest time ever I was only writing for about 9 people. But somehow you've all joined and now I feel like what I'm writing is actually getting somewhere, which is the best feeling in the world and I want to thank all of you for it. I'd send you all Christmas presses if I could, I promise.

Anyway as for the post intended... For the last three years, my friends and I have managed to uphold a new-found tradition of having a Christmas meal, and for the last couple of years it's proved difficult as we're all off working, travelling or at university, but we set aside tonight and as many of us as possible made it to my lovely friend May's house. Typically, the host makes the main dinner bits and then the rest of us bring our own contribution, whether it's a couple of bottles of wine, a dessert or a contribution to the main, all of us bring our part and together a Christmas feast is created. 

Soon enough the drinks were flowing, the conversation was going and the food was being munched down ridiculously quickly. A couple of us hadn't seen each other since the last Christmas meal and considering we all used to see each other every single day during sixth form (the last two years of non compulsory school in England), we all felt like we had withdrawal symptoms from one another! 

Despite the longest time apart, we all just fell back into the usual easy talk and it was so lovely to reminisce on various things. All of us had been travelling together in seperate groups and more than a couple of stories cropped up we were all hoping to forget! 

Once we were full to the point of sickness on meat and veg, it was time for dessert. Everyone knows it's not Christmas time until you have Yule log! And luckily for us Martha supplied one for the table. Coupled with the gingerbread tree (you can read about it here) and a bit of cream, dessert went down extremely well with some wine, and for the non drinkers elderflower press and raspberry lemonade! 

After being fed and watered to an extortionate degree and talking each others ears off, we decided it was probably time to call it a night. And so with promises of seeing each other before New Years Eve (another big tradition we share each year), we all parted ways to various houses. 

Such a simple evening but I honestly love evenings like this. Being reunited with old friends and eating delicious home made food- how can you really compare! This is what christmas is all about. 

Ciao for Now! 

18 December 2014

Blogmas Day 18: The Story of the Gingerbread House

Once upon a time, a girl named Alice decided to make her first ever gingerbread house. She roped in two of her best friends and together, the three of them went to the local supermarket to buy the best goodies money could buy to make the most impressive gingerbread house in the world ever. It was a complete success and after an easy couple of hours of baking and decorating the three friends bought the delectable success to the Christmas dinner party hosted by their fellow friends. 

This is pretty much the blog post I wanted to write you today. However, as myself and my friends found out this afternoon, gingerbread houses should be left to the absolute experts. Baking gingerbread is not easy and getting the shapes right is actually super hard, especially without cutters. Luckily, Vivienne was there to lend a hand... in the classic 'licking the bowl clean' type of lending a hand way! 

Once all twelve bits had been cut out and baked for 15 minutes, we took them out of the oven and waited to cool down whilst making the icing which would stick the gingerbread house together. Unfortunately, as we soon found out, sticking together gingerbread is not quite as easy as the instructions make out. We tried and tried, we cut and shaped each bit to make the dimensions easier, but to no avail.

Sorry about the blurred photo above, thirty minutes of gluing an un-gluable gingerbread house together had taken its toll on my hands. 

Luckily we had an ingenious idea and with the bits of gingerbread, we decided to cut them into descending sized squares and build them up to make a Christmas tree! We cut and built and glued and I wish I'd taken photo's of the process (how un-blogger of me), but I'm afraid I was too caught up in the moment! Luckily we persevered and, after a solid half hour of building, decorating and sticking, we finally had a half-decent product to bring the our friends table! 

So it wasn't quite the gingerbread house we'd dreamed of. And it's probably the most expensive biscuit tower the world has ever seen. But, after the mess of the crumbled biscuits we'd experienced, we were more than happy to have a presentable, edible dessert! And look at all those sweets at the bottom, 'presents' as we deemed them, absolutely delicious.

So the life lesson of this blog post, is no matter how much your gingerbread house falls down, it's still gingerbread and it will still taste amazing no matter what you do with it! 

(Also, sweets and chocolate make everything better)! 

Ciao for Now!

17 December 2014

Blogmas Day 17: Pamper Night Routine

Occasionally, I get the urge to indulge myself in a night of luxury. These nights have become almost impossible at university, everyone knows the first step to a pamper evening is a bath, and since I don't have one of those in term time, I've been looking forward to my first evening in forever of soaking in a lush product induced daze.

The first thing I do is run the bath and add whatever little extras are necessary to make me happy. Tonight I added a bit of Zoella Soap Opera (despite my Blogmas 15, I do genuinely love the smell of the Zoella products), and I also added Golden 'Fun' from Lush which isn't pictured at all because I stupidly crumbled it before photographing! But the smell coming from my bath with these combination of products was absolutely heavenly.

Next I prepared my relaxation time and got out my comfiest pyjama's and slippers. Post photograph, I hung the pj's on the radiator so they'd be toasty warm for when I got out of the bath.

Once in the bath, I indulge for a solid 45 minutes minimum- it's not pamper night unless you actually pamper yourself! Because my hair is so long and thick, it's impossible for me to actually wash it in the bath, so once I'm ready to become human again, I drain the bath water and have a normal shower. When I was last home my parents took me shopping for uni essentials and I managed to convince my lovely Dad into buying me Aussie shampoo and conditioner... not quite 'essential', but never the less Aussie is my absolutely favourite hair care brand. I'm not too sure what I'll do when I run out!

Once out of the shower, I put my hair in a turby towel and commence on all the skincare stuff. Firstly I shave my legs, an inconvenience but necessity none the less. It's so easy to hide away at this time of year, especially if you're single (cough cough), but nothing beats the feeling of shaved legs and I do love it once I'm through with it. Once they are hair free, I exfoliate them, at the moment I just have a cheap M&S body exfoliator, but it smells delicious, then I hop in the shower and rinse off the exfoliator, towel dry them and apply moisturiser. I'm a sucker for The Body Shop products, and at the moment I have the Madagascar vanilla body lotion. As per usual it smells incredible, and I'm hoping their Christmas Cranberry products will be in my stocking!

To finish off, I follow through my evening skincare routine. I still follow this whenever I can, but the products have changed a bit since the last post. At the moment I'm using The Body Shop camomile eye make up remover, which is incredibly gentile on the eyes and it's the first eye make up remover which hasn't made my eyes red around the outside after taking it off, something I was becoming used to due to having such sensitive skin. I've also added Soveral Spotless Gel to the end of my regime. I went through a stage at uni where my skin was absolutely awful, I had breakouts here, there and everywhere, and as someone with clear skin I just didn't know how to handle it. I tried everything under  the sun and eventually found this on Net-a-Porter. This is now, my holy grail. It is expensive, coming in at £23 for just a 15ml tub, but it does last (I've had mine since the start of November) and if you do have the money then I totally recommend it.

Finally, once I'm dry and content, depending on what time it is, I snuggle down with a cuppa and a blanket and put on a good film, which along with being great for my own sake, also means I can let my hair dry naturally and heat-free. Tonight, Jonny Depp is gracing my screen in Edward Scissor Hands, without a doubt one of my favourite films in the world.

I hope you've all have a lovely evening, it's almost a week until Christmas!

Ciao for now!

16 December 2014

Blogmas Day 16: Dear Diary

After coming back with a bang (what a great response to yesterday's post) I thought today would be a bit more chilled out and I just wanted to write a bit of a natter post. Classic old Alice's Antics style. A bit christmassy, a bit about my day. Nothing too wild and very easy reading- so grab yourself a cuppa and put your feet up.

Today's been a day of catch ups, including being reunited with two of my best friends. I spent the afternoon with Molly, being fed and coffee'd by one of the greatest people I know is exactly how to spend a lovely afternoon on the lead up to christmas. I haven't seen her for nearly two months and we had a lot to catch up on! I honestly think there's nothing better than sitting and chatting with friends over lunch or coffee.

Later, I was reunited with Ruth, I actually wrote a blog post concerning her about a year ago now, and it all stands true to this day. The last time I saw Ruth for longer than a couple of hours was New Year,  but we quickly fell back into our usual pattern. After a bit of christmas shopping and a very long Starbucks chat (more coffee- what a surprise),  we decided to cut our losses of extreme overdrafts and go to the cinema to watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I am a huge Hunger Games fan, I was bought the first book in 2009 by my dad and since then have loved the series, but what with uni work it took me so long to get around to watching it and I was once again left very happy with the film adaption! Despite hating cliffhangers, I love the fact they separated the last book because there is just so much detail they've managed to include, which they would never have managed in one film only. 

I honestly think there's nothing like catching up over lunch or coffee with old friends to make you appreciate life that little bit more. Especially at this time of year, the weather's cold and it gets dark at 4 in the afternoon and it's just so easy to settle down into comfy positions and wrap your hands around a steaming mug of your choice. 

Despite the break in blogmas, the christmas festivities are well underway and I finally feel like it's the right time of year! The rest of my week is almost definitely looking like it will consist of more coffee and lunch catch ups and a big christmas reunion dinner with all my old school friends. Something I'm super looking forward to as it's been over a year since I've seen a whole lot of them! The christmas tree is now up and all my christmas shopping is now done so the 'stressful' bit of christmas is over, time to gorge on mince pies and watch endless amounts of trashy 'christmas specials'! 

I hope everyone's christmas is looking sparkly and exciting! I'm finally in the real Christmas spirit and have a lot planned for the rest of Blogmas! 

Ciao for Now!

15 December 2014

Blogmas Day 15: Internet Rant

If you aren't following my Twitter or Instagram, you may not have seen that I apologised for lack of Blogmas-ing over the last weekend. I'm super super sorry but the last few of days have been quite frankly mental, and have included packing up my life due to my university halls being a 30 week let (so I have to move out during the holidays), along with other various things and just not feeling particularly Alice-y, I was having an 'ugh' couple of days as me and my friends call it, to such an extent the extortionate shopping spree in Windsor didn't even cure it. In fact, tomorrow may be a haul post to show off my buys, but I'm not too sure yet as there are a couple of bits which are christmas prezzies! Anyway, today I've decided my blogmas post isn't going to stick the usual Christmassy themed. I know I've only been doing it just over a week, but writing Blogmas has made me realise there's only so much non-topical writing I can really cope with as a blogger. Some bloggers base their whole blogs on photo's and days out and fashion or beauty and that is all wonderful for them, but I've realised in the last couple of days that for me it just frazzles my brain. There's so much out there that needs discussing and talking about and putting out there, and just because it's not beauty or fashion it doesn't mean the typical internet-y audience or reader won't understand it, in fact I think it's a bit of an insult to assume that's all we consume. So today, and potentially in the upcoming days of blogmas, I've decided to stick to my daily blogging, but it's not always going to be christmas related. And today, I want to talk about the internet.

I am, a self confessed internet human. I love social networking, I love Youtube, I love blogs, I even love the technicalities like html-ing and css-ing, I find the world wide web an incredible thing, I've even written previous blog posts on the perks etc. But recently there has been so so much that is making me want to cower and hide and run away from the interweb. As a pre-warning, a lot of this will mainly be relevant if you know a bit about other bloggers and vloggers.

The Youtube vlogging community has been under enormous scrutiny over the past few months. Since way back when I wrote my 'Youtube culture' post, the Youtubing humans have been losing their appeal to me a bit and there are a number of reasons why, which I just wanted to get off my chest. I know, I know a lot of what I want to say is a bit controversial, and I don't want to offend anyone, particularly those who spend time and money in Youtube.

The vlogging world has steadily been less of a distraction for me over the last few months, I've gone from checking Youtube daily to literally watching it once a week if that. And I think a large portion of this decline is due to the Youtubers I watch losing their appeal to anyone beyond or below the 12-17 age gap. There are a lot of videos I do and can relate to, but the majority of the content now put out for viewers are things I just don't find entertaining and can't really relate to at all. Louise (SprinkleofGlitter) is without a doubt the main person I watch and I do love her content and find it the most easy to watch for girls -and boys- a bit older, but a lot of the other Youtubing humans just seem to be focusing on the demographic of their viewers rather than filming what they would like to film. Obviously I can't speak for them and I have no idea what appeals to them, but when you remember Zoella, Alfie, Tanya etc... they are all in their twenties. It is almost unnatural for them to have the same interests as a 13 year old. Yes it is their job, but unlike for instance, children's TV presenters, their job has derived from the originality and of them making videos which are relatable, but all I seem to be seeing lately is tag video after tag video.

As you can see from my word vomit, there's been a lot of pent up feelings towards this whole internet movement. I am a huge advocate of the internet world. But I think the root of the problems have started with bloggers and vloggers getting a 'taste' of fame, being papped, having 'fans' instead of followers, and so they snap up any opportunity they can. I am genuinely not surprised or even annoyed Zoella has a ghost writer, if you honestly think Russell Brand or One Direction write their own books then you'd be sadly mistaken. But for me, the problem is, instead of all the youtube famous humans just saying 'dyou know what, we're great at vlogging and blogging and talking to a camera, let's stick to that', they're taking anything they can for granted and grasping it in any way they can to excel in their success when really, they shouldn't even be provided with the opportunity. Zoe Sugg is not an author and neither is she a singer. Herself, Alfie and Joe shouldn't have been on the Band Aid 30 single, because they are not singers. There are artists who work for years and years without being recognised as singers, and they waltz in from the internet and are given a place on the record. In all honesty, I just don't think it's fair.

I love blogs and vlogs and I am in no way slating Zoella or anyone else as the bloggers and vloggers they are. The internet is not going anywhere and critics need to get over this and just get on with life, internet media is a thing and internet fame is only going to get bigger and bigger. But you wouldn't catch Ed Sheeran starring in a film or Cara Delevigne releasing a music video, because it's not their thing. Zoe Sugg can't write a 300 page novel, so instead of spending her energy going to meetings about a book she made up the characters to, she should have used it to create content for her viewers, she should have spent her time making more videos to help young girls and boys with confidence issues or anxiety problems. The problem with the internet is that it's becoming too big, overwhelmingly so, and it's started to make me want to run and hide from the rest of the world. I just wish someone would sit down with these internet humans and let them know, it's okay not to have a stereotypical 'talent', making videos and writing blogs is totally a thing now. But don't throw fuel onto the fire by taking up space in other people's professions because that's where the problems are going to start, and the more problems there are the more their audience is going to lose touch with them. I just can't help but feel, soon enough they won't be known for their video content and then their audience will realise that they can't actually sing and they don't actually write real books. It is such a dangerous game and I completely understand how people fall into it, but I just had to write this rant of a blog post and get it all out.

Tomorrow will be cheery and non moany and back to festive life again!
I promise!

Ciao for now!
(And sorry for the absence)

8 December 2014

Blogmas Day 8: The Best Christmas Jumpers

As you may have noticed in yesterdays post, I am a big fan of Christmas jumpers. To me, the cheesier the better, and a big ol' polar bear wearing a santa hat is exactly what I need to get me in the Christmas spirit. Mine was a very cheap one from Primark, as I know it's only going to be worn for a couple of weeks over the Christmas period and then next year I'll buy another. But I thought I'd scour the internet and find a selection of my favourites, just in case you haven't found yours! I've kept the price range to below £50, simply because I keep looking at Christmas jumper posts on blogs and they are all far too expensive for little old me. And considering 99.9% of you minions are teenage girls, I'm hoping you'll also appreciate this! 

Today I am still feeling suitably full from fake-Christmas and have spent the day finishing all of my university work. Finally, after just under a month of intense essay writing, I've completed all six of my assignments and am feeling like a very happy chappy and finally am ready to get into the Christmas spirit without the threat of deadlines hanging over me. Somebody, please pass me the Bailey's! 

1) Navy Gingerbread Man, Next, £26

2) Mint Penguin Repeat, New Look, £15

3) Cream Rudolph Scene, ASOS, £32

4) Grey Monty and Mabel, John Lewis, £49

5) Black Reindeer Pug, H&M, £9.99

6) Cream Black Polka Dot, John Lewis, £49

7) Red Repeated Pattern,, £39.99

8) Navy Jumping Reindeers, House of Fraser, £50

9) Navy Reindeer Dalmation, Joules, £49.95

10) Blue Dancing Penguin, Joe Browns, £39.95

11) Green Bold Jumper, Next, £25.99

12) Grey Elf-ie Cat, Very, £22

These are some of the absolute treasures I dug up when on the search for a lovely warm christmassy jumper! I do love the pug one but I think number 6 might be my favourite, a bit of a tone down from the cheesiness of my current one, that's for sure! 

I hope your weeks have gotten off to a good start!

Ciao for Now 

7 December 2014

Blogmas Day 7: Christmas Day at Uni

About a month ago, our flat decided that due to us all being away from each other over the Christmas period, we would celebrate ourselves over a weekend just before we go away. So this weekend, we all donated some money to a kitty and bought food for a four course Christmas dinner, each of us being responsible for our own part. Secret Santa was decided about three weeks ago, and so this morning, after a 'Christmas Eve' of melted camembert, Vicar of Dibley and a carol concert at the university chapel, we gathered in the kitchen, presents in hand, ready to begin our christmassy day.

First off, was obviously the most important part of opening presents. After putting up some festive decorations and putting wrapping paper across the table to avoid any mess, we started on the Secret Santa revelations. We'd each picked names out of a hat, but as we all live together and there's only 8 of us, we did the classic thing of finding out who's everyones was and of course going slightly over budget. None the less, the presents were a huge success and everyone walked away happy. Especially Roman, who received a leather hat and Lizzie, who got a t-shirt with Sophie's face on it. 

After the present opening ceremony, it was time to start cooking the food. As I am a notorious and self-confessed awful cook, I took on the role of dessert human, and so the four of my lovely flatmates, who had preordered the food, stepped up to the counter and began their cooking ways. Pigs in blankets, chicken crowns (because we're students and Turkey is just too much out of the budget), stuffing and honey roasted vegetables were just a few of the foody-bits the cooks whipped up. And in the mean time, Alexandra was on hand preparing our starters and nibbles, to stop us getting too hungry in anticipation!

The starters to main break was filled with games and christmas songs, with a very strong playlist of 62 songs playing on a loop throughout the day. And then finally, after much excitement and slaving away and a couple of panicked 'have you put the ***** in the over/on the stove!' we were ready to load our plates and feast on a traditional Christmas meal.

We ate and ate, going back for seconds until finally we could eat no more.... we knew there was more in store for us throughout the day! We pulled our special 'racing' crackers and decided to put them to the test- something my cracker toy was awful at. And took a huge gap between our main and dessert, to allow our bodies to fully recover before continuing to overfeed it in the typical Christmas way.

Finally, it was my course, dessert. I honestly think I was made for dessert. I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth and despite not having a particularly huge appetite for savoury things, I could probably eat chocolate and icecream all day. It is, a curse. But it means if there is anything I'm good at, it's choosing dessert. And I'd like to say, I did not disappoint. 

We had some ice cream and apple crumble too which I didn't manage to snap a picture of, but the dessert offerings looked divine. Unfortunately there was a slight interval, when the fire alarm for our halls went off. The first of the year, we'd almost gone the whole term without a single one, and then somebody ruined it, right in the middle of a profiterole and cake feast for our flat! Luckily it was just a false alarm and so we returned, shivering cold and craving our chocolatey goodness, to continue with the dessert. 

Eventually, after second and third helpings, none of us could breathe from being so full and we decided to put the remainders in the fridge and have a real interval before Sophie did the final course, cheese. We managed to borrow Articulate from another flat, a true classic Christmas game, and so we split into two teams and got maybe a bit competitive in winning. The team I was on proved victorious and there were couple of examples and answers which did make us question why we were even at university... 'A jungle in Africa (meaning the Amazon)'.... 'Killed millions of Jews' 'Sherlock'. Luckily nobody around the table was doing a history or geography degree. And then, the cheese came. We completed our feast with camembert, brie, goats cheese and some grapes to top it all off. As a cheese human, it was absolutely divine. Although after eating melted camembert last night too, I think it will be a long time before I can quite manage to look at another one again. 

Our Christmas day ended on a high, with a lot of extremely full university students. The whole day was so lovely and just got me really in the mood for the real thing- it was sort of like a practice! We were all so impressed at ourselves for pulling it off, and there will probably be cake left over for months as there's just so much! I can hardly type I'm so full- this has taken a lot of effort to write, moving anywhere is not a viable option currently... 

Do you have any christmas meals with friends before the real day? Have you done something similar at your university!? I hope you've all had lovely weekends! 

Ciao for Now!


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