Autumn Tag 2017

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Another year, another autumn tag!

Just want to say first of all, HELLO! I feel like I haven’t been around for forever, when it’s only been about 3 weeks. As many will know I just got back (early hours of Thursday) from a 2 week holiday in Fuerteventura. It was amazing and to be honest I just felt like I’d gone home (which I kind of did tbf seeing as I’ve been there for more times than I can count and have a house there…) and had time off of work etc.

I’ll be writing LOADS of posts Fuerteventura related over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for those! For now however I need to get an autumn related post out there. Autumn started whilst I was on holiday and Thursday morning when me and Dane went out for a very naughty McDonald’s breakfast I noticed that autumn well and truly started whilst we were gone.

Every year I do a post with an autumn tag, and this year is no different from the rest. I hope you enjoy this one, I’ve tried to find one that isn’t an exact replica of previous years. 🙂

This tag is floating around everywhere to be honest but I found this one through Lotte’s Beauty Box, so please make sure to go and check out her answers!

Quick disclaimer… The use of both the terms Autumn and Fall kept chopping and changing throughout this tag and whilst I didn’t notice it, Dane did as he was sat next to me. His point about fall being an American term for autumn and the chopping and changing of the two was very accurate… So I changed Fall to Autumn. Got to be British and accurate/correct, right? 😛

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1. What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

When the leaves start to change in colour. I just love the yellow, orange and brown colours of autumn so much and it’s when the leaves go this colour that I know I can start saying we’re in autumn territory.

2. What is your favourite Autumn scent?

I always forgot about how much I love it but La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain is definitely one I love to wear as the weather gets colder. Since the day I first smelt it it has always reminded me of Lush’s discontinued Space Girl bath bomb. It has a warm blackcurrant/blackberry type scent which I love. I’ve owned this for ages and it’s still lasting so well! As soon as it runs out I’ll definitely be buying a new one!

3. What is your favourite Autumn colour?

Mustard yellow and burgundy. Always have been and always will be! Which in turn reminds me that I need to get a new mustard yellow jumper. I’ve seen one in Zara which I’ll be picking up very soon. My previous one was from there and it was so damn comfortable!

4. What is your favourite Autumn drink?

I’m always down for hot drinks… But I wouldn’t say I’m much of an autumn drink gal. I’m more of a winter hot drink person. If I could pick anything thought it’d definitely be something salted caramel related! I can’t remember when BUT I do remember Starbucks bringing out a burnt salted caramel latte and it was amazing. I wish they would make it permanent. 😦

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5. What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Autumn?

I’m definitely excited for Stranger Things 2 to come out! I’m also really excited to continue to binge watch American Horror Story with Dane. Now we’re back from holiday we’ll be starting on season 3 very soon… AKA later on today. I’m also loving that seasons 21 of South Park has kicked off, as well as the new season of British Bake Off, which I am loving this year.

6. What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

It’s got to be Dr Martens boots and sweaters with prints of my favourite things on! I’m really after a new pair of Docs this year and I’m forever after new sweaters! 😛 I bought a new one whilst I was in Fuerteventura (which I’ll be showing in a haul VERY SOON!) and I’ve seen a sweater dress from Bershka that I’m going to buy soon too.

7. What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

I don’t really have one to be honest… BUT since being on holiday I want to go for walks with Dane in the countryside. We did loads of walking when we were away and if there’s a season I want to do this with, it’s autumn.

8. What is your favourite makeup look come autumnal weather?

As I only wear lipstick, a gorgeous dark and vampy look is always a good look no matter what! I’ve bought a new dark purple recently by Barry M (which I’ll be reviewing soon!) and it looks stunning, especially for autumn.

So that was the autumn tag! I’m so damn excited to be at home as it’s started to kick off. I never had it when I lived at home, but in my own home me and Dane have the best autumnal view in our front room, which I love more than anything.

I tag whoever loves autumn to take part in this! So… That’s practically everyone then. 😛

Until next time, take care all and have a lovely Sunday.

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Identity Tag

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I recently found this tag post over on Tori’s blog and I wanted to post it today as I’m due to go on holiday in LESS THAN A WEEK NOW! OMG! Due to this I’m a little busy today on my day off and I actually need to start packing my suitcase, or it’ll be left until the last minute. 😛

I love doing tag posts so let’s get on with it! 😀

If they made a song about your life what genre would it be?

It would definitely be in the rock genre and probably a slow sort of rock with some powerful guitar solos thrown in there for good measure.

What is your sole purpose in life?

To have a happy life with Dane. To do whatever makes us happy and be comfortable. Have a lovely home with at least one child, a miniature schnauzer puppy and many holidays to Japan.

What do you regret doing?

I regret not studying a degree I could get some use from.

What are your strengths?

I’m passionate about the things I love, whenever someone needs me for anything I like to think I can be an honest shoulder to cry on. I’m also good at writing, I like to think so at least…

What are your weaknesses?

I get wound up and pissed off too easily. My anxiety can stop me doing things that I really want to do. Oh and I bear grudges.

What is one thing that people might not know about you?

Erm… I dunno really… That I love Marmite? xD

What has been the best decision of you life?

Joining Plenty of Fish for a laugh back in 2013. I wouldn’t have met Dane if I hadn’t and God knows who I would be with now and if I’d have my lovely home. It’s from meeting Dane that my inner geek came out. I just became the person I am due to him and I am thankful for that everyday.

What are you afraid of and why?

I’m afraid of fucking up and losing all of this. Although I am low most days and suicidal I am at the same time thankful and happy with what I have with Dane and how he has shaped me and helped me be who I really am and who I have always wanted to be. The fear of change and loss bugs me.

So who do I tag to do the identity tag? EVERYONE! 😀

I also want to say a massive thank you to Tori for tuning in to both of my first Instagram live videos that I hosted over on my blog Instagram last weekend. She was lovely and gave me so much confidence! I hope to do another live video tonight, so keep your eyes peeled for that if you’re interested!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having an awesome week so far!

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This Or That: Summer Tag

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I know we’re still in summer for well over a month BUT before we know it summer will be over, so I thought I would take part in this tag today before I NEVER get the chance to!

I found it over on lifethroughtsg which is run by Hayley. She didn’t tag me in taking part but I will anyway. I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend and Sunday. I’ve just had an amazing Lush bath. Enjoy the tag and make sure to take part yourself if you enjoy reading my answers.

1. Ocean or Pool
I like both to be honest for different reasons. When I went to Fuerteventura with Dane for the first time it was also the first time I went into the ocean properly and I actually really loved it! I’d probably choose ocean over pool though to be honest.

2. Beach Vacation or Wilderness
Definitely beach vacation! I’ve done wilderness before but I didn’t like it that much. I found that I couldn’t wait to get back home and I don’t want to feel like that when I’m supposed to be getting away.

3. Watermelon or Strawberries
Neither! Allergic to watermelon and I can’t stand strawberries.

4. Bikini or 1-piece
Bikini! At least you can get a tan on your tummy in one. 😛

5. Lemonade or Iced Tea
Iced tea!

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6. Hotdogs… grilled or over a fire
Either way as long as they’re cooked. 😛

7. Hat or Sunglasses
Sunglasses.

8. Windows Down or AC all the way
Windows open, I want to hear all the sounds whilst driving.

9. Tanning Lotion or Sunscreen
What’s the difference? Anything that keeps me protected from the sun and gets me a tan all in one.

10. Baseball Game or Concert
Concert!

11. Ice Cream or Popsicle
Depends on the mood I’m in really. Usually opt for ice cream though in this country and ice lollies in Fuerteventura.

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12. Fireworks or Fireflies
Fireworks usually but if I could see fireflies for a night I would love that.

13. Flip Flops or Bare Feet
Depends on the mood but definitely flip flops.

14. Water Balloons or Squirt Guns
Squirt guns are definitely more fun. 😛

So those are my answers for the summer this and that quiz! I really enjoyed giving it a go whilst I chilled out after my bath. I can’t believe that in just over a months time we’ll be into autumn weather. This year is going by so quickly!

Tell me, what’s your favourite and your least favourite thing about summer? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

I tag EVERYONE who reads this tag to give it a go! 😀 I’ll also be tagging a few of my favourite blogger beauties over on Twitter too so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely evening.

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Best Friend Tag!

I’ve been a bit quiet the past which, which I apologise for hundreds of millions of times! My reason for it is just because I’ve been too busy and tired after work and just wanted a bit of a break from blogging.

BUT I AM BACK and with a tag that I couldn’t wait to put up on my blog for you guys to read. I don’t know if I speak for many but I LOVE reading posts from bloggers that enable you to get to know more about the person behind the blog. I also love being able to find out more about them through their friends through posts and tags like this one.

Sadly I can’t remember the blogger who I found this tag through and when I tried to locate her blog my computer decided that it was a massive virus and blocked her blog. Oh dear. >.<

But yeah I wanted to do this tag to show all my bloggers what an amazing bestie I have and how much I love her! So we answered the questions to the tag via Facebook messenger and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. 😛

So I hope you enjoy this tag!

1. How and when did you meet?
Gabriella: On a forum in late 2008/early 2009. We used to talk on MSN, which shows how long we’ve been friends!
Nat: As Gabriella said we met on a forum that we do not name! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years next year! :O

2. What’s your favourite memory together?
G: That’s a tough one. I’d say meeting Benedict Cumberbatch together.
N: I’d probably say that day as well! I remember that evening so well, it was amazing.

3. Describe each other in one word.
G: Passionate.
N: Intelligent.

From back in 2010 when MSN was still happening!

4. What’s her dream job?
G: Something to do with acting or writing 🙂
N: A psychology teacher, Japanese translator/Japanese teacher or even acting or singing. ^_^

5. What’s her favourite makeup brand?
G: Oh god. Now that’s a tough one. I don’t think she has an ultimate favourite. She likes a lot of different brands.
N: Ooo I don’t know to be perfectly honest with you… I want to say Barry M but I put this down to her recently staying over and us looking at the Barry M goodies. 😛 Although I own a beauty blog, we rarely talk about make up haha!

6. What is something that annoys you about the other person?
G: I don’t think anything does really? I wish she’d have more confidence in herself, but I don’t consider that an annoyance.
N: To be honest that she doesn’t live closer because I miss her face all the time. Otherwise she’s perfect to me just the way she is!

7. If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be?
G: Japan! Preferably when we could see the sakura blossoms bloom.
N: Gabriella has already said it! Apart from Dane if there is one person I REALLY want to go to Japan with its Gabriella. I also want to go and see the sakura… I think we both need to plan something like this in the future…

Our last picture together, this was from Gabriella’s birthday last year! We are long overdue a new one. 😛

8. Favourite inside joke?
G: Ben and Tommy Cream Pie ice cream. XD
N: HAHAHA oh man I remember when we both thought of that! 😛 Oh man inside jokes… Anything rude and to do with men we fangirl over! Don’t think we can top Ben and Tommy Cream Pie ice cream though! I legit didn’t try and make a picture of that. 😛

9. Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?
G: Natalee definitely.
N: Yeah I always take ages to get ready.

10. Favourite season?
G: Summer, maybe?
N: Autumn for me. I love getting ready for Halloween and Bonfire night. September is my favourite month because of it. I’d like to say autumn or winter for Gab.

11. Favourite song?
G: I don’t actually know. We rarely discuss music.
N: Yeah we’ve never really discussed music much. I’d like to guess something by MCR though. I could be wrong…

Taken from the day we met Benedict Cumberbatch!

12. What is it like being best friends with someone who is obsessed with blogging?
G: I’m all for her having hobbies, especially ones that encourage creativity, and doing something she obviously enjoys so much.
N: Thank you sweetie! I love asking you to write for my blog too as I love having you be a part of something I love doing so much. 🙂

13. Heels or flats?
G: Flats!
N: FLATS! I do own heels and boots but I only ever wore them in my room as I was too scared to wear them out. I remember when we went to see Benedict Cumberbatch Gab wore heeled boots and I was all, “GIRL WHAT ARE THOSE ON YOUR FEET?!” Usually she wore Converse or Vans so I felt like I was witnessing a younger sister all grown up and going to the ball. 😛

14. Comedy, horror, or chick-flick?
G: I’d say comedy.
N: It depends I like a bit of everything. I love my drama films though, especially UK based ones.

15. What is something weird that she eats?
G: Marmite. It’s just gross.
N: Apart from Marmite Gab eats a lot of the same stuff as I do. I can’t think of anything to be honest.

Our first picture together! This was probably from back in 2011/2012!

16. You guys have anything matching?
G: I think we have a matching John Watson jumper? Other than that, I don’t think so.
N: You know what? I was thinking about that John Watson jumper the other day and how much I loved wearing it in the winter! With the brown elbow patches. 😛 I think we probably own some matching Primark/Asda pyjamas too but that’s about it. We need more matching clothes. Yuri on Ice maybe? 😉

So that’s the best friend tag! I had so much fun doing this post with Gabriella! I guess it’s a shame there wasn’t more questions for us to both answer really. I may create another one myself like this in the future to do a year from today? What do you guys think?

So who do I tag to do this post? EVERYONE AS USUAL! I’ll be tagging people via Twitter so keep your eyes peeled for those mentions. 😉

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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His N Her Manga Collection and Q&A

As regular readers will know, me and Dane are both massive fans of manga and our love of it is only growing more as we start and end another manga series.

I was writing and aiming for this post to be up on my blog around World Book Day but sadly due to life and how busy it can be, I never got around to finishing and publishing it on my blog.

BUT no time like the present and I’ve accumulated more manga since World Book Day which is amazing of course! I of course have included Dane into my manga collection as with both of our books combined we have a great collection so far. I also did some questions for both me and Dane to answer in relation to manga. So it’s kind of like a his and her manga post today! I hope you enjoy it.

Manga We Own

Dane:

Attack on Titan – Vol. 1-20

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall – Vol. 1-5

Attack on Titan: No Regrets – Vol. 1 and 2

Berserk – Vol. 1-6

Death Note – Vol. 1-6

One Punch Man – Vol. 1-10

Natalee:

Azumanga Daioh

Nana – Vol. 1-21

Nichijou – Vol. 1 and 2

Paradise Kiss – Vol. 1-3

A Silent Voice – Vol. 1-7

Sword Art Online: Progressive – Vol. 1-4

Wolf Children

Your Lie in April – Vol. 1-11

Manga We Want:

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall – Vol. 6

Attack on Titan: Lost Girls – Vol. 1 and 2

Berserk – Vol. 7-38

Masamune-kun’s Revenge – Vol. 1-3

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – Vol. 1 and 2

Nichijou – Vol. 3-6

One Punch Man – Vol. 11

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

Sword Art Online: Progressive – Vol. 5

Dane Questions & Answers:

  • What was the first manga you read?

Admittedly I have gotten into manga much later than I could or should have. My first manga was (is) actually Attack on Titan. After watching countless anime I watched the first season of Attack on Titan and couldn’t wait for the next season so I began reading the manga.

  • What is your favourite manga to date and why?

Easily Berserk. I have seen and heard about it in the past but always thought it was a manga that was “edgy” for the sake of being edgy. Granted the first arc of the manga does show Guts to be an edgelord (someone, especially posting on the internet who uses shocking annalistic speech and opinions that they themselves may or may not believe to gain attention and come across as a more dangerous and unique person) but he is kept likeable and grows over the course of the manga.

The world of Berserk is a dark one, the manga is very explicit in this and does not shy away from some truly WTF moments. It is not for everyone. It begins with Guts getting freaky with a crazy demon only to kill it mid coitus which is a great way to show what is in store for you. This is one of its greatest assets the fact it is not afraid of going balls to the wall with its story, there are some truly great characters and events that will make you smile and sometimes you will be cutting onions outside in the rain whilst miraculously keeping the book and everywhere but your face dry.

One of the other assets that make this manga worth people’s time is the superior artwork that goes into it. Kentaro Miura is a master when it comes to bringing his panels to life, the character design and the detail (particular the full spreads) are just sublime and you have to see them to believe. Every artist has their moments where some things don’t look quite right but Miura can be excused when he does things like this:

Seriously, anyone should give this article (http://www.exprofundis.com/the-art-of-berserk/) a read because it helps break down the inspiration behind some of the art and showcase some of the best images.

The manga was not my first experience of Berserk. I had tried to watch the anime on a few occasions but never got into it. I have always found it difficult to watch most 90s anime because it doesn’t always gel with me. After giving the 90s season another go I surprised myself when I had a thirst for more, so, like I did with Attack on Titan I began reading the manga. I also heard about the three films which cover the golden age arc, which is the same arc as the 90s series. To me the CGI in those films works really well and I enjoyed those adaptations the most and really makes you wish they carried on making more. The problem is neither really follow the manga chronologically, the 90s anime has a few minutes of the black swordsman arc to go into the golden age arc and obviously the films skip the whole first chapter. So what you are left with is no true adaptation of a brilliant manga.

This then leads me on to why you should stick with the manga for the time being: The 2016 Berserk anime series. Since the first season has finished airing it has been greenlit for a second season. It was amazing to hear that we would finally get to see the full story of Guts in animated form. Only to be disappointed with a horribly directed and crudely animated shit show. The story was mostly there, even some moments which fans expected to be censored or cut (If you dare Google rape horse). I won’t go into too much of a critique but it had some good moments but was overshadowed by some really bad moments. It showed promise and I hope that the studio receive more time and money to give Berserk what it deserves.

  • Any online websites or phone apps you suggest for reading manga on?

If you really can’t get the physical books to read I would recommend the manga rock app. It’s free, has decent scans and is what I used to read Berserk and some works by Junji Ito.

  • What is a manga you regret reading and why?

I don’t really regret reading any not in that regards. I have looked at some and thought “nah I can’t be arsed with that” but never have I spent the time to read one and thought why did I bother.

To answer the question in a different manner I would say I regret reading some of the short stories Junji Ito has created. They leave you with a sense of uneasiness I haven’t felt from a book before. He is the master of the full spread shock and horror. The stories are some of the most unique I have experienced too, the creativity astounds me and leave you eerily excited to know the outcome but you are always left with a gaping hole because horror stories hardly ever end well.

  • What is a manga you can read over and over again and why?

All the manga I am currently or have read is still in production so the stories are incomplete. I have Death Note but that is on my to-do list. So the only manga I can legitimately say is Berserk as I am currently on my second run after finally purchasing the physical copies.

  • What is a manga you would suggest people read when first getting into it?

Attack on Titan was a very easy manga for me to get into, it has a decent story and is mature enough to keep me entertained. It is also one that lacks the typical tropes I have found with Japanese media; the fan service, unnecessary cute characters, sweat drop and so on. I don’t mind those things generally but sometimes I feel they remove you from the immersion in a story and western viewers may not appreciate too much of it.

  • Is there a manga you think is overrated?

I cannot allow myself to say a manga is overrated because I have not experienced enough to judge. Although I will bash something in my own time I would feel unfair to claim something I have little exposure to. Especially as I can understand liking something that the general public would see as weird or too nerdy just because it’s different.

  • Is there a manga you think is underrated?

Anyone who has read Berserk I hope will understand why people like it, even if they don’t themselves. I don’t think there are any that I have seen which don’t have a cult following or a new anime adaptation due out.

  • Would you read any of the manga Natalee owns? If so which one(s)?

I would definitely give Your Lie in April and Nichijou a read as I have already taken a quick look and they have peaked my interest. Nana and Paradise Kiss aren’t really my thing, both are most likely brilliant in their own right (the anime for Paradise Kiss kept me interested enough) but it’s just not my thing.

  • What’s a manga you love but hate the anime of?

Berserk, as mentioned above. Hate is a strong word for it though.

  • What is the next manga you wish to buy and read?

I am currently purchasing as many Berserk manga as possible but it doesn’t really count as one I am due to read as I already have caught up to the latest chapter.

I haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest so I genuinely don’t know.

Natalee Questions & Answers:

  • What was the first manga you read?

The first manga I read was Elfen Lied. I had wanted to read manga for years but I never knew which one TO read. After watching the anime over a handful of times I knew it was time to find the manga to read. Physical copies are hard to come by in Japanese and I don’t think they’re available in English so I resorted to reading it online.

  • What is your favourite manga to date and why?

This is a hard one because I love all the manga I have completely finished so far. I honestly can’t answer this question with one manga to be honest. I would like to say A Silent Voice as the story is so realistic and one that has really pulled on my heartstrings. It left me thinking too which I loved. This being said I also loved Elfen Lied and Nana, although Nana isn’t officially finished yet.

  • Any online websites or phone apps you suggest for reading manga on?

I have used a phone app in the past but I can’t remember what it was called. I hated it. It wasn’t the app itself but just the way I felt about it. I can’t remember the website I used when I read Elfen Lied. I just Google’d it to be honest when I wanted to read it.

  • What is a manga you regret reading and why?

I don’t think there’s a manga I regret reading to be honest with you. I usually check out the anime before reading the manga so I’ll always know if I’ll like the storyline or not. I don’t regret reading it because I haven’t bought it, but I do want to get Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid but the artwork doesn’t look as nice as the anime does… I could see myself regretting buying that one for example.

  • What is a manga you can read over and over again and why?

Definitely Elfen Lied as I love the story. I especially love how different it was to the anime.

  • What is a manga you would suggest people read when first getting into it?

Something light and quirky is always a good choice. Azumanga Daioh is one of the first I read and it’s an easy one to read and very funny! I suppose any anime you have watched and fallen in love with you should read the manga because the chances are you’ll love that more!

  • Is there a manga you think is overrated?

From what I’ve seen it’s definitely got to be One Piece. I haven’t read it and I don’t even know what it’s about but fuck it takes up most of the manga books in shops such as Nostalgia Comics in Birmingham and Forbidden Planet’s all over the country. I’m sure it’s amazing and all but there’s just so many volumes! Same goes to Naruto as well.

  • Is there a manga you think is underrated?

I want to say anything by Ai Yazawa but this being said I don’t think she’s underrated. Paradise Kiss is a classic alongside Nana, which isn’t even finished yet and very much sought after these days by Ai Yazawa fans alike. I’m saying it’s underrated because of how long the hiatus of Nana has been now. People have probably given up now on ever knowing what happens in the end. I however have a little bit of faith left in me. I hope we find out sooner rather than later what happens.

  • Would you read any of the manga Dane owns? If so which one(s)?

I don’t know to be honest… I’d love to read Attack on Titan and One Punch Man but I would worry they’d involve too much action for my liking. Surprisingly I love this in Sword Art Online: Progressive but I don’t think I would like it in Attack on Titan and One Punch Man. This being said I love the anime of both of these, especially the action behind them!

  • What’s a manga you love but hate the anime of?

I recently started watching the anime of Paradise Kiss to coincide with me reading the manga and so far I’m preferring the manga a hell of a lot more! I just find that there are huge chunks missing from the anime which sucks! The same can definitely be said for Elfen Lied too, which leaves the ending in the anime in a really poor manner. There is so much more to the story than the anime lets on which is extremely frustrating. I definitely recommend reading the manga if you love the show. It’s shit loads better!

  • What is the next manga you wish to buy and read?

I don’t want to buy it because I wouldn’t be able to read it BUT I really want to print off all the Elfen Lied manga and pop them into a folder so I can physically read them. I would want to do the same for other manga that isn’t available in English.

Besides that I want to try and have a look at Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid before reading to see if I’ll like it and Masamune-kun’s Revenge as I recently started watching the anime which I’m really enjoying. I can see the manga being just as good to be honest.

So that is our lonnnng manga post! Do you like reading manga, or have you just started reading manga? Make sure to let us know which series you’re reading or have read! We’d love to hear from you all.

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Lush Tag!

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I recently discovered this tag over at Lauren’s blog, Lozzlepop, and as many of my readers will know, I LOVE LUSH! So I couldn’t help but join in with the tag. I really loved doing this one too. ^_^

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What was your first…

1. Lush Bath Bomb?

Oh God I can’t actually remember! I think it was Waving Not Drowing. It was a tiny bath bomb like Butterball. Butterball was probably one of the first I tried as well.

2. Lush Bubble Bar?

Creamy Candy! I still love this bubble bar to this day. It’s so creamy smelling, and shares its scent with Rock Star soap. I haven’t yet tried the new formula.

3. Lush Massage Bar?

I’ve never tried any of the massage bars, I’m not a huge fan of how greasy they leave me feeling. Ick!

4. Lush Shower Gel/Cream?

Tramp! I loved it so damn much and then Lush went and discontinued it. 😦

5. Lush Shower Jelly?

Whoosh. I still love this shower jelly and I used to use this during my phase of university when my insomnia first started. Thank God I don’t have that anymore. 😛

6. Lush Fresh Face Mask?

Cupcake, I hated it. Broke me out terribly.

8. Lush Bar of Soap?

Godmother. I am so sad that it’s discontinued now. It shared its scent with Snow Fairy, so it gave me my fix during the year when the sparkly pink beauty wasn’t around.

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What is your favourite…

1. Lush store?

Mmm I don’t know to be honest. It used to be the Merry Hill store but it’s just way too small. I like the Coventry store to be honest, and Cheltenham too. I find the staff in there are really lovely and honest.

2. Lush Bath Bomb?

Limited Edition – So White.

Permanent – Intergalactic.

3. Lush Bubble Bar?

Limited Edition – Unicorn Horn.

Permanent – The Comforter.

4. Lush Massage Bar?

Don’t have one as never used before.

5. Lush Shower Gel?

Limited Edition – Snow Fairy

Permanent – The Comforter.

6. Lush Shower Jelly?

Sweetie Pie, but it’s gone. 😥

7. Lush Fresh Face Mask?

Cup O’ Coffee.

8. What Lush products would you like to see come back/haven’t had a chance to try yet?

There are so damn many I want to see coming back! Happy Blooming Bath Melt, Tramp Shower Gel, Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly, Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel, and Snow Fairy Bath Melt.

Things I want to try – Twilight shower gel, Happy Blooming shower jelly, Lava Lamp bath bomb, Don’t Rain On My Parade shower gel, Key Lime Pie lip balm, and Prince Of Darkness face mask.

So those are my answers from the Lush tag! I tag everyone who reads this post to give it a go and link me in the comments so I can read your answers.

Until next time, take care all!

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Thankful For Blogger Friends TAG

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To start the New Year off I thought I would take part in the Thankful for Blogger Friends tag and therefore my first tag post of 2014!

I really like this tag as it’ll help you guys find out some more about me and due to that I hope you really enjoy this post!

I love taking part in tag posts and although I wasn’t tagged in this one, I will be tagging specific people at the end of this post, as well as anyone who reads it, as I feel everyone should be able to take part, as tags are amazing!

So without further ado, let’s get on with the tag!

Blogging and I:

1. How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging on this blog since January 2012, so my blog is 2 years old! I can’t believe my blog is that old now, it’s really flown by!

2. Are there any bloggers who helped you out/encouraged you when you first started your blog?

Definitely! My friend Poppy over at letsdrivefaraway is of course a blogger and when we first met in April 2012 we spoke about how we were both bloggers and as she is amazing with beauty she gave me loads of hints and tips of what to do with my blog which helped out a lot. As well as that she gave me loads of encouragement to keep going with my blog when I worried that I sounded stupid, or was wasting my time doing something I wasn’t any good at. Over the year and a bit I have known her she’s been such a great friend in general as well as with my blog and it helped me so much! So thank you Poppy, love you hun! 😀

3. What Social Media has given you the most traffic to your blog? Is there a platform that you don’t use?

I use Twitter the most to advertise my blogs as well as talk with fellow bloggers, which is great! I’d say Twitter is the one that gains  me the most traffic too. I suppose the only platform I don’t use is anything Google related, as of course my blog is hosted here on WordPress, not Blogger/Blog Spot.

4. How often do you post? Do you have a regular schedule?

I post every other day and always the first three days at the start of a month due to my monthly posts. I like to think I have a regular schedule and will sit down and write-up to 5 posts in 12 or less hours. I just sit in my bed and write, write, WRITE! I have had a bit of a break since New Years Eve so that was nice but I actually hate having breaks from my writing… Unless I’m busy and I need it. 😛

5. Where do you blog?

I usually sit in my bed and write as I don’t have a desk in my room to sit at to write and the office in my home is bloody freezing, even though the internet in there is a hell of a lot better! When I’m at my boyfriends I’ll either sit in his room in bed and blog or downstairs whilst watching TV. FYI I rarely sit downstairs in my house as I like to be on my own, so my bedroom is always my place of choice.

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6. What camera do you use? What photo editing software do you use?

I use my Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera for my photographs. Sometimes pictures from my iPhone will be on here. I used to use my old Fujifilm digital camera but then I got my Nikon. My boyfriend usually edits my photographs for me as I don’t have Photoshop on my laptop at the moment. He uses Snapseed, which is a free app that you can download from the App Store and I assume from Androids store too! It’s a great app and easy to use for editing photographs on, but as he’s better with this app than I am, I ask him to edit my photographs. 😛

7. How did you come up with your blog name?

As old blog readers will have known my blog used to be called BrokenProphetBlog but I realised this name wasn’t ideal and I decided on ThereMightBeCoffee for many reasons. This is actually the name of one of Deadmau5’s songs, which in turn is one of my favourite songs, ever! I love coffee and as I work in a coffee shop it seems ideal already, but the name of it just reminds me of days at my Gran’s house from when I was younger. My family and I would go to visit her and sit down drinking cups of tea and coffee whilst we discussed various things that had been going on with us all. Of course as a blogger I am here to review, talk about, discuss, network, etc with people and it just reminded me of those times when I was younger. I for one LOVE my blog name and I think it fits really well.

8. Do you do any regular “series” posts on your blog?

I always make sure to do my monthly posts which include favourites, empties and a wish list. Sometimes I will do mini series on my blog depending, the last one I did (from memory!) was one where I posted a MAC lipstick review once a week over a month. Due to my spending ban I’ll be doing some series posts at the moment, which will probably start in February now whilst I decided which products will be mentioned in said posts etc. As well as that I’ll be having a Soap & Glory series come up! Exciting eh? 😛

9. What draws you to a blog?

I think the sort of blog it is for a start. I’m usually drawn to lifestyle blogs straight away as I’m so nosy and enjoy reading what fellow bloggers get up to on their days off work, with their partner, friends and family etc. As well as that I love a good beauty and fashion blog especially if they post about lipstick and nail products, as I only use those two forms of make up. I LOVE fashion too and especially grunge related clothing so if you dress grunge and don’t hide it, I’ll for sure love your blog.

10. What turns you off of a blog?

I sound like such a grammar Nazi now and probably a spelling snob too but bad spelling and punctuation really does turn me off. I know we all make mistakes when it comes to writing blog posts and that’s fine, but if I’m reading a post and all I can read are spelling and punctuation mistakes, I’ll usually force myself to read the rest and then resist the urge to type a comment up correcting all their errors. I know this makes me sound like a complete arse hole but as a someone who studied English at University I just can’t help but be that way. AND if you are a regular reader and notice any errors in my spelling or punctuation feel free to let me know about them! Oh and as well as this, no images of products actually taken by the writer also turn me off. I never used to do this when I first started and it really doesn’t look good on a blog. Plus I know I’m lucky to have my Nikon camera, but most people own a digital camera, or even a camera phone! Your own image is better than an image taken from the World Wide Web. 🙂

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11. How many blogs do you subscribe to? Are they all beauty related?

They’re mostly beauty related yes, but some are just fashion or lifestyle blogs too. As I don’t use Google much for blog related matters I subscribe to blogs via Bloglovin’, which in my opinion is a God send! I currently follow 75, although I am looking for more blogs to follow!

12. When do you generally read blogs?

I read them everyday as I use my laptop everyday for either blog related matters or matters of my own. The great thing about Bloglovin’ is that it’s everywhere! You can read it on your computer/laptop, phone or tablet due to their app for it too! So if I’m not on my laptop I’ll catch up on blogs via Bloglovin’ on my phone. I usually use Bloglovin’s app on my iPhone when I’m waking up in the morning or traveling on the train to or from Coventry to Birmingham. It’s a great app and one of my most used. BTW here’s the link to my Bloglovin’ if you’re interested!

13. What is your favorite/least favourite type of post, and why?

Mmm I don’t really have a least favourite, apart from when bloggers write about make up I don’t use and I think the reason for that is fairly obvious. 😉 Apart from that my favourite blogs are usually lifestyle related ones as I mentioned earlier, I am a nosy sod. 😛 As well as that outfit posts as I love seeing what styles people are rocking. 😀

Some facts about me:

1. Where do you live? Tell us a bit about your city!

I live in Birmingham! I was born here and yes, that makes me a Brummie and apparently we have been voted the most stupid sounding accent. This doesn’t annoy me at all… ¬_¬ Plus most of my friends, including my boyfriend either don’t have Birmingham accents or aren’t from Birmingham so everyone takes the piss out of how I sound… It’s rather annoying to say the least but I have to see the funny side of it I guess. Okay so a bit about my city! Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK and is home to a lot of famous people and bands including Black Sabbath, UB40, Cat Deeley, Richard Hammond, Felicity Jones, Frank Skinner and many more!

2. What about your home?

The thing about my home is that I pretty much lodge in my room and use the bathroom and kitchen whenever! I rarely sit downstairs in the living room for reasons I won’t mention here. I really want to move out for yet more reasons I won’t be mentioning here and I hope and pray to God that I can do just that this year, as I don’t know if I can live at home for another year!

3. Single or taken?

I am taken and very, VERY happy! A couple of days ago my boyfriend and I celebrated (well not celebrated but mentioned to each other via FaceTime) that we are now 7 months into our relationship, which is lovely! I’m very happy at this moment in time due to reasons I shall be explaining on a blog post very soon. 🙂

4. Do you have children?

No I do not, I don’t intend to have any for a while yet!

5. Do you have pets?

Sadly not, although when I move out I would love a dog! I’m thinking an apricot poodle. 🙂

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6. Do you have a “day job”?

I do indeed, I work as a barista in a coffee shop. It’s not my dream job, but it pays the bills… Sort of.

7. How tall are you?

I’m 5’6 and I’ve only just of late come to like my height, after years of wishing I could be taller.

8. Do you have siblings?

I have two older brothers, one who I don’t really talk to so much anymore.

9. 3 words to describe yourself.

Mmm I dunno… Understanding, honest and trustworthy.

10. Who is your style icon, and why?

I don’t really have a style icon to be honest. I look at fashion blogs and on LOOKBOOK for grunge related styles that people rock. If anything I like the way Fearne Cotton dresses but I wouldn’t say she was my style icon. If I like the way something looks and think it’ll work with this item, that item, etc then I’ll buy it and do just that.

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11. 3 favorite bands or musicians.

Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless and Flyleaf. Never did I think I’d see the day when the top three bands I would list were all fronted by females!

12. 3 favorite movies

Spirited Away, I can’t pick one so all the Jackass Movies, including Bad Grandpa and Shaun of The Dead. I would talk about these here but I would be here all day! Basically I love Jackass so of course their movies are going to be one of my favourites! Shaun of The Dead reminds me of my best friend and I from when it first came out. She introduced me to it and I fell in love! It always reminds me of her and we’ve both agreed that she will keep me in her shed if I’m ever infected by zombies. Finally Spirited Away, which is most likely my favourite film to date. I love Studio Ghibli and I remember the first time I watched Spirited Away I fell in love with the animation. It looked so different to any anime I’d ever watched before and the story was so beautiful. Spirited Away has inspired many of my stories, especially whilst I was at University where I studied Creative Writing. I think I’ll be watching this film soon.

13. 3 favorite books.

The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, Nana manga (manga counts!) and The Carrie Diaries series by Candace Bushnell. I got into the Shopaholic series back in 2010 in my final year of University. There was a local PDSA charity shop down the road from me and I popped in to see if they had any decent books for sale, they had three of the Shopaholic books so I snapped them up straight away and ventured to Amazon to buy the rest! I read them within a couple of months and I wish Sophie Kinsella would write more for his series. This being said I love ALL her books and I’m currently reading I’ve Got Your Number. The Carrie Diaries is based on a younger version of Carrie Bradshaw. Like most women, I love Sex & The City the series, but I HATE the book. It’s boring, over the top and just not to my tastes, however The Carries Diaries books are wonderful and I also love the series for it too. Finally Nana, which isn’t a book but a manga. If you don’t know what manga is, it’s a Japanese comic that you read backwards. I’ve only finished one manga, that being Elfen Lied and I can tell you, it was amazing! But at this moment in time I’m currently reading Nana. I’ll be talking more about  manga and anime in a post soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

14. 3 random/weird facts about you.

1. I have a food fear. This probably sounds extremely stupid, but is infact true. I don’t know when this started but I’ve had it for as long as I can remember and due to it I can’t eat a lot of food, mostly healthy food which is frustrating. There are certain foods that make me cringe to look at and only recently in the past couple of years have I been able to even sit with someone and watch them eat these foods. One of these foods is beans. The sight of them creeps  me out and when people sit in baths of them for charity, it really does make me cringe! Food fear is really quite odd and you often get told to, “Man up!” if you ever mention to anyone about it.

2. I’m ambidextrous. I write right-handed, but I do a lot of other things with my left hand such as playing my bass. It’s rather odd being ambidextrous and you often get weird looks for it when one minute you’ll be using your right hand and the next your left. Sometimes I can do things with both my hands, such as pouring things. It’s probably nothing special, but it’s random. 😛

3. I cook an amazing macaroni cheese pasta bake! My boyfriend and I love it and I often cook up a huge portion to feed 4 people, so we’ll have 2 pieces (one each) and have the other 2 (one each again) the next day for breakfast or lunch. We have it with garlic bread and I mix in applewood cheese and turkey ham into the pasta bake to give it a lovely smokey taste.

WOW that tag was long! I actually wondered when it was going to end! Either way I really enjoyed taking part in this tag and I want to thank Charlotte over at makeupbycandlelight, go and check out her blog as she’s wonderful.

I want to tag EVERYONE to take part in this tag, especially my friends Amy over at Von Dork and my lovely friend Poppy over at letsdrivefaraway to take part in this tag too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as I’ve actually really enjoyed writing it up!

Please let me know if you take part in it as I’d love to read what you put. 😀

Until next time, take care all!

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