Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tuesday Top 10; TV Shows

One of my favourite things to do is write lists, I don't know why but I just love making lists about anything, from a daily 'to do list' to a holiday packing list. I was lacking some blogging inspiration and decided this would be a great writing prompt for summer so every Tuesday I am going to try and upload a Top 10 list of various topics.

My first list is going to be my Top 10 TV Shows. As I am on Summer Holidays now, I decided to get Netflix for the next few months until I am back in school where I have discovered some great TV shows many of which have made it on to my list.

1) Pretty Little Liars; Last year I kept seeing people talking about Pretty Little Liars, I am not really one to watch jumpy, mystery shows however I really loved the cast and decided to give it a try. I am now obsessed with PLL and religiously watch it every week. If you haven't watched PLL yet, it is a teen drama set in an American high school based on the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard. The story revolves around 4 friends trying to solve the mystery of their best friend, Alison's, disappearance whilst recieving anonymous messages from A revealing their biggest secrets that only Alison would know.

2) The Fosters; I have only recently discovered The Fosters on Netflix and finished the first series in a few days, Series 2 has just started and I can't wait to watch more as the first series revolves around the basic story, series 2 is already bringing more drama into the scene. The Fosters is a show following the lives of a lesbian couple bringing up a teenage family formed of biological, adopted and foster children. The Fosters is yet another show I am religiously watching every week.

3) The Carrie Diaries; After 2 series I was very sad to hear that the Carrie Diaries would not be returning for a 3rd. Based on the books by Candace Bushnell, the Carrie Diaries is a prequel to the popular television and movie series Sex and the City, focussing on the life of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she explores life in New York City. Revolving around many topics including fashion, school and relationships this is the perfect show for girly girls like myself.

4) Once Upon a Time; My Dad actually introduced me to this show which brings fairy tale characters into the real world. The basic storyline revolves around a curse on the fairy tale characters which has led to them loosing their real memories and their attempts to get back to their fairytale land. Although it can prove to be confusing with the many flashbacks, the script is very cleverly written linking many storylines together. I am really excited for OUAT to return as it has been hinted that Anna and Elsa from Frozen will be joining the line up!

5) Glee; This is definitely a marmite show, you either love it or hate it! I happen to love it. Originally based on a high school glee club and their attempts to become 'cool and popular', the series is now following the journeys of the original students after high school and welcoming new students into the club. Coming up to its last series I am going to miss this show and all the amazing musical numbers that come with it.

6) Dance Moms; My guilty pleasure for sure, this documentary series gives an insight into the competitive dancing world following the lives of the Elite competition team at the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburg. Apart from the amazing dancing, every episode is packed full of bitchy, competitive and jealous dance mom comments and the occasional cat fight.

7) Friends; Definitley a timeless classic, I have been watching Friends for as long as I can remember and even though I have watched every episode at least 5 times I still laugh every time. The 10 series show revolves around the lives of 6 friends living in New York and is probably the most quotable show on the planet with guaranteed laughs for everyone.

8) Nashville; I have only recently started watching this after seeing it in the Box Set section of Sky and I have just finished series one, based in Nashville the show is packed full of country hits, I will definitley start watching series 2 soon!

9) Modern Family; This is another family favourite which I watch with my Mum. The comedy series follows the lives of one family, following three basic story's, the first is of the uptight Father and his new younger Latino wife and her teenage son. The second the daughter, her husband and their three teenage children, one academic daughter, one partying daughter and the adventurous son. And the third the gay son, his camp husband and their adopted daughter. It is an absolutley brilliant show with so many great one liners guaranteed to make you giggle.

10) Cake Boss; My mum runs her own cake business and so cake boss is on in our house quite a lot, it's the show that I always resort to putting on when there is nothing else to watch even if I have already seen the episode a million times before. Based in Carlos Bakery, New Jersey this documentary series gives an insight into the cake business and shows off the amazing talent of Buddy and his staff.

That is my top 10 shows, what are yours, there are many more shows I want to start watching like gossip girl so if you have any other suggestions leave them in the comments below.








Sunday, 22 June 2014

Summer Bucket List; See TFIOS

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of, if not my favourite book, it is so beautifully written and the storyline is amazing. So when I heard they were making it into a movie I could not contain my excitement and I booked tickets for my friends and I as soon as I could.

We finally saw the film on Thursday, the opening day, and after months of excitement building up, it did not disappoint. One of the things I most worry about with book-film adaptations is major changes in the storyline and missing out vital characters but TFIOS did neither of these, it stayed so true to the book and the casting was perfect, I think having author John Green on set during the filming process played a huge part in this success. It is definitely an emotional film as you will know if you have read the books and between the 4 of us we managed to get through a pack of tissues by the end. The soundtrack is also amazing featuring songs from Ed Sheeran and Birdy, and I will definitely be buying it along with the DVD.

Thursday also happened to be the sunniest day of the year in Plymouth with temperatures reaching 26C so after the movie we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and got some chips from the Barbican which we took up to the Hoe where we sat for 2 hours.
It was so nice to spend some time with my friends and as most people where still at school and work it wasn't too busy either, in fact there was only about 8 other people in the cinema.

I'm currently typing this on the plane to Tenerife and so hopefully I should have Wi-Fi to upload some more posts later on in the week!




Sunday, 15 June 2014

2014 Summer Bucket List

I am so excited that I have finally finished all of my exams and I am now on Summer Holiday for 12 weeks! This is the longest summer I am ever going to get and I don't have anything to worry about at all so I want to make the most of it. My main problem during summer is running out of things to do and so I end up sitting in my living room watching TV for half of the time, this year I want to limit my boredom and to ensure I always have something to do I have created an ever growing summer bucket list. I am also going to try and document as much of my summer bucket list on my blog so in the future I can look back at it and remember how amazing this summer was. Some of these things have already been planned, some are big and some are small, some of these things anybody around the world can do and others are more personal to me and my local area, but here goes;


1) See 'The Fault in Our Stars'

2) Go to prom

3) Get a sun tattoo

4) Get a marshmallow ice cream from the Barbican

5) Go to Bristol

6) Go to Greece

7) Go to Tenerife

8) Have a movie day

9) Have a Birthday celebration with my friends and family

10) Have a picnic with my friends

11) Have a picnic with my niece and nephew (when babysitting them)

12) Have a beach day

13) Attend some cake fayres with Mum for the business

14) Go ice skating

15) Go to Ikea

16) Decorate my bedroom perfectly

17) Re-Design Mums website

18) Clean out my wardrobe

19) Donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust

20) Be more active on my blog

21) Get fitter and healthier

22) Go on a bike ride

23) Have a baking day with friends

24) Have a BBQ

25) Make s'mores

26) Light a dandelion on fire

27) Finish my smash book

28) Make spaghetti tacos

29) Have a conversation in Spanish with someone in Tenerife

30) Start doing yoga

31) Watch the fireworks championships from Maker

32) Play all the songs on Just Dance

33) Become more flexible

34) Start playing the piano again

35) Send fan mail

36) Get a tan

37) Make perfect cake pops

38) Make ice cream

39) Make at least 2 things from Pinterest

40) Go swimming with friends

I am going to keep adding to this list so if you're reading this on bloglovin make sure you click here to read the rest! If you have anything you think I should add to the list leave a comment below!


Monday, 9 June 2014

Clarins Sale Preview Event

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Clarins is one of my favourite higher end brands, I absolutley love their make up and my mum and I both use their skincare products. However, such good quality products do come at a higher price so I try to buy their products in their sales. Clarins are having a huge sale soon and are inviting my readers to sign up for special sale preview event!
To sign up just click on the banner above or click here, by signing up you will be one of the first people to preview the Clarins sale and get hold of some amazing products for great prices.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Giveaway Winner

I am so excited to announce the winner of my Blogiversary Giveaway, but first I want to say a huge thankyou to everyone who entered, I can't believe there was more than 200 independent entries. That is absolutely crazy considering my blog is so tiny! I had loads of fun running this giveaway and I really loved seeing all your comments and tweets.

The winner was drawn completely randomly using the rafflecopter widget which was used to register enteries so it as done as fairly as possible. And the winner is:

So, I want to say a huge congratulations to Isabella Rivera who has won £25 worth of Maybelline Makeup! An email has been sent to you and your prize will be in the post as soon as possible.

Thankyou again to everybody who entered, it really means a lot to me, and hopefully I will have another giveaway very soon!