Life Lately…

So I’ve been quiet this week and I have reasons why…

Not only am I just settling back into the swing of things with my second semester of university, but I’ve also been in the process of a few other things too. However I won’t be talking about those right now, that’s all a secret which I’ll hopefully be sharing sooner rather than later.

But something I will be talking about is my first snowboarding lesson. Yes that hobby I have wanted to begin for nearly two years has finally started, today, actually.

Yes today was my first snowboarding lesson and I won’t lie in saying it was hard work.

You were up, then down, then up, then down and then flat on your arse! I must have fallen on my bum about five or six times but it didn’t hurt. I was geared up and nervous as hell to go but after all the worry it actually wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. The only part that bothered me was out of the five of us that were learning, I was still needing assistance down the hill by the teacher… But he said everyone is different and I may just not be as confident as the others.

I don’t care though, I did it. I did my first lesson and both my boyfriend and our friend Luke (HI LUKE!) said I did really well today, so I can’t complain.

I don’t know when I’ll go next, but I hope it’s very soon!

As well as that I’ve been super busy with university. I’m now there four days a week instead of three and whilst I don’t feel like I have more work, it will be soon enough. Due to taking a module that involves working on an anthology (a book/magazine full of creative writing) I’m down as both the webmaster and the designer for it… Which isn’t the hardest job in the world, but it isn’t the easiest either.

I’m enjoying the roles I’ve been assigned to though and I’d love to do this as a job in the future to be honest. It’s just very hard this past week and will be next week due to what I need to do but as I have Sunday to myself I’ll be having it all for me!

So next week should be full of blog posts I’ve been intending to have up here this week.

Sometimes my personal life will have to come first, as sadly my blog is my hobby, not my jobby.

I hope all my readers are all and been having a good week.

Until next time, take care all!

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May Wish List

I can’t believe it’s May already, this year is really flying by and I can’t believe in a year I’ve had so much change in my life (will be making a post about this me thinks!).

My wish list for this month isn’t very long I’m afraid as there isn’t much I REALLY want or need… I say need, I never reallllly need anything I add to my wish lists. 😛

So let’s get on with the wish list for this month!

May Wish List

  • Dr Martens 1460 Boots in Black – £100.00.

For a long time I had wanted a pair of Dr Martens boots and in 2009/2010I bought my first pair! They were the same style as these ones but they were  patent bright red leather, very much different from these black ones! For a month I never wore them due to the fact they were a size too small. The girl who sold me them stated that I should go down a size due to the fact that they would give way with wear and if I was to buy my actual size they would be far too big. She was a bit of an idiot because these killed my feet to wear which she stated was “normal”. I took these back after a month and bought some black ankle boots instead, which I still love to this day. A couple of years later I bought my Dr Martens Triumph Boots (post about them here) which I’m in love with! As much as I love them mind they’re a tad long and bulky for the warmer months but at the same time I really want to start wearing Docs again and I’m also craving another pair of Docs anyway. Although I also love the red cherry pair, the black pair will go with everything so those are the ones I’m really craving to get right now. A part of me wants to try and pick up a second-hand pair so that they won’t be as much money and they’d also be broken in and look more grunge and awesome… But I shall see!

  • Oh Lola EDP by Marc Jacobs. 30ml – £37.00, 50ml – 47.00 & 100ml – 63.00. (FYI you can pick this perfume up cheaper on certain websites online)

As you can see from the picture above I have a couple of perfumes on here that I’m really wanting and this is one of them. For quite a long time now I’ve been craving to get a  Marc Jacobs perfume as they just smell so damn good and last ages on the skin and the one I’ve been finding I like the scent of most is Oh Lola. It’s a gorgeous fruity and floral scent with notes of effervescent raspberry, peony heart and vanilla. I’m not sure what ml I would like, but a 50ml bottle would be lovely as that would be a good size for my handbag, as well as the fact it would keep me going for quite a while! With Marc Jacobs fragrances they not only smell lovely but the bottles themselves looked lovely as well! Oh Lola is a pink bottle and the lid of the bottle is a plastic flower that is three different shades of pink, as well as green to symbolise the flowers leaf. Marc Jacobs perfumes are just wonderful and I would like to own quite a few in my perfume collection!

  • DC Vista Snowboarding Jacket – Was £195.00, Now £65.00. (FYI you can pick this perfume up cheaper on certain websites online)

As old readers will know I’m hoping to start snowboarding lessons this year after my boyfriend got me into the sport around the time when we first started going out. If not there’s about it here. I’m needing to get myself some gear together first before I start my lessons and the jacket is one of the main pieces I wish to try and get my hands on next. This jacket is gorgeous and it’s also a very good snowboarding jacket! It’s 10K which means that the jacket will keep me nice and warm, as well as dry. It’s a lovely blue colour that will go well with my snowboarding pants and whilst I don’t have a colour scheme in mind right now, I can see it going down a blue and yellow theme, seeing as my pants are a banana yellow! £65.00 for a DC snowboarding jacket is a very good price and one I don’t see me letting go!

  • BONBON EDP by Viktor & Rolf. 30ml – £50.00, 50ml – £68.00 & 90ml – £94.00.

In January this year I heard about this perfume coming out and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for it! I’m still to smell it and I already know that I will love it already and quite frankly I can’t wait to get my mucky paws on it! I love Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf so I’m pretty sure I would love  BONBON too, especially due to the fact it’s a sweet scent, which is something I love, especially during the spring and summer. The notes for this perfume sound so sweet that I doubt I’ll have a sweet tooth whilst wearing it! The main note is caramel, which is said to be the first thing people notice when they smell this perfume, as well as some citrus and musky notes such as sandalwood and amber. Not only does it sound delicious but the bottle is incredibly adorable too! It’s a dark pink bottle in the shape of a bow, which just makes it look so quirky and cute and reminds me of something you would buy when you’re a teenager. This perfume is definitely something to bring out the young teenager in all women and I’m super excited to finally give this a smell later on today!

  • Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Chocolate Truffle and Espresso – £6.49 each.

When I first heard about these I wasn’t too fussed about them due to the fact that there are or have been so many scented nail polishes around before that it didn’t seem like anything new or special for that matter, however the last weekend of April consisted of me popping into Boots with my boyfriend so that he could pick up a late Mother’s Day present and whilst he was paying for his goods I went to have a mooch at the make up, including the Parfumerie collection. On the stand they had some little paper stickers that were scented to the nail polish the were in front of. Not all of them had these but the ones that did smelt gorgeous! Sadly Chocolate Truffle and Espresso weren’t there but that doesn’t bother me, I’m sure I’ll get to smell them eventually. I have looked at swatches and reviews of both of these shades and the colours themselves have been praised, but the scent, not so much on some occasions. Chocolate Truffle is a gorgeous dark chocolate-brown shade, which looks gorgeous and would make a nice change to a dark blue or even a black! Espresso is a black glossy shade and whilst I have black shades, you can’t go wrong with a black shade that smells of coffee, even though that’s all I smell all day at work! Either way at £6.49 each I can see me picking one of these up, more likely Chocolate Truffle.

  • Love Hearts and Crosses Silver Origami Fox Necklace and Ring – £12.99 each.

The final item on my wish list is one I discovered literally two days before this post was due to be up on my blog and a jolly good find at that! I only own 2 necklaces and I don’t really wear either. One was a 21st birthday present from someone and is a Storm necklace and another is one my Mom bought me, which has been featured on my blog before. It’s a red locket with a silver chain and the reason I don’t wear it much is when I get anxious I faff and fiddle with it which tends to annoy myself, as well as other people. The only piece of jewellery I wear really is my Pandora bracelet, which I love dearly! When I stumbled across this necklace on Love Hearts and Crosses I fell in love with it instantly! They have all sorts of animals to choose from including a rabbit, elephant, fox (which is the one I’ll be talking about), hummingbird and there’s one called bunny rabbit too I don’t know if this is meant to be for rabbit but I’ll mention it anyway. They also come in 3 colours, gold, rose gold and silver which is the one I’d opt for and finally you can get each animal on a bracelet, as earrings, a necklace or a ring. Upon having a closer look at the Fox Ring too, I have decided I really like the look of that too, it’s light and delicate looking and something I would proudly wear on middle finger. BUT onto the design of the Fox itself. As the name suggests and the pictures show it’s shaped like an origami fox and it just looks really quirky and different from what you would normally find. The only flaw with the necklace and ring is that they aren’t real silver and excuse me sounding snobby, but I only really want real silver. I’ve bought fake silver in the past and it’s often turned my skin green as well as turning green itself and that’s not something I really like, or want for that matter. But for £12.99 I can’t complain and for the necklace I can always pick up a real silver chain if I do so wish. This might be something I pick up before my weekend holiday in June… Keep eyes peeled for details about that!

So that was my wish list for May! I know it’s nothing exciting or special but I really can’t think of all that much I want at the moment. My number 1 item on this wish list is probably the Dr Martens, or one of the perfumes… I’d have them all if I had the money! 😛

What are you lusting after this month? Let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and have a great weekend. 🙂

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Japanese Series: Places To Visit (Inc. Boyfriend’s too!)

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Hello and welcome to post number three in the Japanese series! As I mentioned last week on the Asian Food post, I would today be talking about places I really want to go when I visit Japan. As well as that, I also mentioned that I would have a special guest on this post, which in turn is my boyfriend. He asked if he could write about a place he wants us to visit when we both go to Japan in the future and of course I wouldn’t say no!

I shall be talking about three places I really wish to go and visit in Japan, my boyfriends post will find itself amongst those posts and you’ll be able to tell which is his place that he wishes for us to go and visit… It’s snow related. 😛

Whilst the place he wishes to go and visit is snow related, all mine are kawaii and pretty much anime related, which makes me sound a little bad sad, doesn’t it?

This is going to be a pretty long post, so no time like the present to get talking about all the places we wish to go to when we visit Japan!

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When I was talking to my boyfriend about places I could mention on here, I came up with four altogether, this being one of them but when I mentioned that I felt rather silly for wanting to go to such a place, he said he knew how much I wanted to go and it was definitely worth a mention!

I’ve been in love with Hello Kitty and all things Sanrio since the age of 11. I can’t remember how I came to discover who Hello Kitty was, but when I did I was hooked and for years I went out of my way to find things Hello Kitty related to buy. Eventually I discovered that Hello Kitty was by a Japanese brand called Sanrio and there were many other characters just like her and just as cute! I came to find out about Chococat, Charmmy Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Pochacco, Kuririn, My Melody, and many more!

Although Puroland isn’t number one on my list of places to visit whilst I visit Japan, I know it’s definitely there and it’d be a shame to miss it whilst I was there. I’ve seen many pictures of what it’s like inside Puroland itself and it looks like so much fun! I know I would end up spending a lot of money in there, I have to say and that would probably be one of my main reasons for going, to stock on cute Sanrio related products! This is more for children than adults, but after loving Hello Kitty since a very young age, the child in me would love this.

Pokemon Center

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I don’t know if I have really spoken about it much, but I love Pokemon and have done since it came out on the Game Boy back in 1999. It’s been over 10 years since then and over that time there have been loads more games released, the anime followed after the game which I watched religiously as a child, card games were invented, and as well as that, Pokemon Center’s began popping up all over Japan, as well as in America.

When I first found out about the Pokemon Center, I thought it was just a museum and thought nothing more about it, but back in 2011 I did some research on it and pleasantly discovered that it was infact a shop! You could buy all sorts in there and I imagined how amazing it must be to actually go and wander around. Then one morning in 2013 whilst I lay in bed, waiting to go to work, I searching “Pokemon Center Japan” into YouTube and was greeted by hundreds of videos that people had recorded, all of them showing what the Pokemon Center was like. The one that showed up the most, was the store in Tokyo!

The stores are owned by The Pokemon Company in Japan and The Pokemon Company International in America. As I would be visiting Tokyo when I finally go to Japan, the Pokemon Center in Tokyo would be the ideal store for me to visit, this being said there is also a store in Tokyo Bay, so knowing me I’d go and visit both if it was doable!

I’ve already said to my boyfriend that I’ll probably need a lot of money for when we visit the Pokemon Center, as I’d want to buy a bit of everything to bring back home with me. I know when I visit Japan anyway that I’ll be buying a lot of stationery (they have the best stationery!) but I know I’ll want to come home with a huge Eevee plushie. Whenever I watch the videos of people in the Pokemon Center’s I just want to buy most of the things they show and I envy what things I watch people showing off that they’ve bought in haul videos.

This is probably number one on my list of places to visit in Japan… Alongside all the yummy food shops too of course!

Shiga Kogen, Nagano Prefecture – The place Dane (my boyfriend) wants to visit

Japan is a destination I NEED to visit in the near future, although being content with doing the expected things of visiting Tokyoʼs many attractions and districts (Iʼm looking at you Harajuku), getting communal in an onsen and traveling south to visit Osaka and Kyoto.

There is one thing I must do and that is to snowboard in Shiga Kogen, Nagano.

As Natalee may have explained, I am an avid snowboarder going on yearly trips away to the French Alps. Resorts in the French Alps tend to be very similar and having to go there every year is becoming quite monotonous. Apart from going up north to Norway and visiting the homeland of my all time favourite snowboarder, Torstein Horgmo, snowboarding in Japan is a high priority.

Japan is notorious for is snowfall, is an incredibly mountainous group of islands and has literally hundreds of Skijo (ski hills). Adding the fact some of my favourite snowboarders, Kazuhiro Kokubo and Tadashi Fuse, are both from Japan it all greatly adds up for me to snowboard there. If you want to truly understand what it is like to snowboard in Japan see the snowboard film “Seven Samurai – The Catcher on the Line”. And to quote Jimmy Peterson from his book “Skiing Around the World”:

“Snowstorms breeze into the Japanese mountains almost unabatedly from December until late March. The cold, stormy fronts blow in from Siberia, picking up extra moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan. They then dump enormous amounts of white fluff all along the western side of Japan. A number of the Japanese resorts rank among the most snow-rich ski areas in the world.”

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That above image should give you an idea of what I want to experience.

Most tour operators (I.e Crystal Ski) would suggest going up north to Hokkaido for the fresh powder. There are two problems, I can think of, with that.

The first being that it’s an 1hr 30min plane ride away from Tokyo, where as going to Shiga Kogen is nearly a 4 hour drive away. Bear with me on that. Yes it takes longer, I have taken multiple 24 hour coach journeys to the Alps and even with flying there is always a 2-3 hour transfer from the airport. Plus flying is always a hassle of checking in, boarding and waiting to fly. So I can handle a measly 4 hour bus journey. In the long run it is much cheaper and you get to see the sights of Japan en route.

The next reason is as follows…

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Do I need to explain more?

Well yes. This is the Jigokudani Monkey Park, located on the edge of the national park in the Nagano prefecture, a short distance from Shiga Kogen. A place where just under 200 macaques live and bath in the natural hot springs, which you can visit and get up close to. How close you say? These guys are supposedly incredibly tame and let you get within inches of your camera to take nice close-ups, whether I want my camera/phone stolen by a monkey is something of contention. Having it in such a close proximity to a great resort would be incredible and taking a day trip to visit the park is a must in my book.

Ghibli Museum

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Like most people, I LOVE Studio Ghibli movies and since I first discovered their films back in 2004/2005 when I watched Spirited Away and since then I have gone on to watch My Neighbour Totoro, Porco Rosso, The Cat Returns, Kiki’s Delivery Service and many more!

I vaguely remember finding out about the Ghibli Museum even existing due to reading about how there is a short film about the cat bus from My Neighbour Totoro and how it was only being shown at the museum at that time. I researched a little about the museum and since then I have wanted to go there myself!

I won’t talk too much about Studio Ghibli here, as I’m saving it for my fourth and final Japanese Series post next week, but I will say this much… Studio Ghibli is the Japanese version of Disney so I can only imagine the museum to be like a mini version of Disney Land, but that little bit better!

Upon checking out the website in the past about what the museum is all about, I’m already craving to go at this sentence:

Standing in front of a sign that says “Ghibli Museum, Mitaka”, a very large Totoro welcomes you at the entrance. When you look through the portholes, soot-black Dust Bunnies are there as well. But this is not the real entrance. Totoro shows you where the real entrance is.

Real entrance??? This is a total children’s fantasy, adventure world, and it just sounds wonderful! Plus the fact that you are greeted by a huge Totoro, is somewhat of a dream come true.

Some of mine and my boyfriends friends have been to the museum and they’ve told us nothing but positive things about it, but as well as that I’ve seen various YouTube videos about it too and all of the people in question spoke of what a wonderful place it was to visit and how they want to go back in the future.

This isn’t number one like the Pokemon Center, BUT it is the second place I would like to visit and I already know like the Pokemon Center that I WILL need a lot of money when I visit, as I will want to buy myself a huge Totoro to cuddle and keep on my bed.

As my boyfriend and I are both big fans, we both really want to visit the Ghibli Museum and it’d be lovely for us to venture around together.

We’ve really got into Studio Ghibli more than ever and with my boyfriend collecting all the films, our visit to the Ghibli Museum in the future will be extremely exciting!

Speaking of Studio Ghibli, next weeks post is going to be a really exciting one!

As I mentioned above, my fourth and final Japanese series post will be about Studio Ghibli and I’m excited to write about it come the weekend.

So, which places would you like to visit in Japan? Hey, have you been to Japan? If so where did you visit, any places you can recommend?

My boyfriend recently inquired about prices for our future Japanese holiday and now we have decided to save up for it! So as many suggestions as possible, especially kawaii and food related!

Until next week, talk care all and I hope you’re enjoying this series.

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Christmas 2013!

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To start off this post, I am in no way, shape or form trying to show off about what I received for Christmas and if you already feel a bit sore about this post then I advice you to leave now. Around this time of year I like to read of what other bloggers have been given for Christmas and the reasons behind why they may have received such items from loved ones, family and friends, so I thought I would make one myself as I’ve always wanted to. Plus regular readers may wish to know what I had nice.

I’ve never written a post like this before (from memory anyway!) as I haven’t received this much stuff since I was a teenager! I love everything I was bought and I know everything had some kind and lovely thoughts behind them.

So without further ado, let me show you what I got! 🙂

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So this is the big pile of presents I received Christmas Day! As well as two presents from my boyfriends parents, which I will mention and show pictures of at the end of this post.

These were a mixture of presents from both my parents, my best friend, my sister-in-law and nephews and my boyfriend. I also received £20 from my aunt and £40 from my brother, which was lovely of them all! I intend to go shopping with my boyfriend Saturday morning to buy myself Beyond: Two Souls for my PS3 as well as a new diary. The rest of the money will be saved until I find something I really want or need.

A lot of my presents this year were fox related, which in itself is amazing as I love them so much!

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This gorgeous fox wash bag with some toiletries in there was from my best friend. We met up Monday afternoon to have a catch up, a bite to eat and to exchange presents. We were going to wait until Christmas Day to open these but decided to there and then as she just got me worked up as to what she had bought me. I had been eying this up every time I went into Boots but never thought to buy it for myself, I’m so happy my best friend bought it for me mind! In the set you get a body butter, body wash and bubble bath and look how cute the packaging is for the body was and bubble bath! They also smell amazing! It reminds me of a mango and passion fruit lip balm I had when I was at school, but my boyfriend commented how he thought it smelt of strawberries. Either way it smells amazing and this little wash bag will come in handy too.

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This is a lovely Liberty London Hello Kitty set was from my sister-in-law and nephews. I wasn’t expecting anything from her as she’s been so busy and such lately with the boys so it was lovely that she was able to get myself and my Dad something nice. In this set there is a shower gel and body lotion, along with a shower cap which has a gorgeous pattern on it! I used the body lotion yesterday before my boyfriend and I went over to his Gran’s with family for a party. It was lovely to meet the rest of his family and his Gran is so sweet and Irish so that’s a definite win! 😀 With the shower cap, I can’t see me using this unless I use some special conditioning mask on my hair, but otherwise when I shower I usually put my hair up in a high bun. The last time I used a shower cap was when I last had head lice! Shower caps freak me out to this day and always remind me of when I had head lice. *shudder* Either way this is gorgeous and the body lotion and shower gel smell amazing! I’m keeping the body lotion at my boyfriends to use when I’m over here.

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This is all the goodies my boyfriend bought for me and as regular readers will know (as well as my friends who read my blog) this is  our first Christmas together and it sure is a wonderful one to have started off with. He really did spoil me this year and I love all the presents he bought as I know each and every one had thought behind it and for that it’s made each present as special as the next. However I do have my favourite one…

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Running up to Christmas Day my boyfriend told me how a lot of my Christmas presents were fox related and I thought I only had one fox related present (which I already knew about) but this wasn’t the case and I received three fox related presents from him! This was probably my favourite Christmas present as I have been in search of another fox jumper for ages (I have my eye on one from Animal… It’s in their sale!) and when I saw this, I was over the moon! It’s a gorgeous cream colour with various different coloured dots running throughout the wool, which is lovely and looks different! Of course as you can see in the middle is a gorgeous fox, which is super soft and fluffy to touch! I’m going to wear this tomorrow when me and my boyfriend go shopping. I can’t wait to wear it! I’ll be teaming it either with a tartan skirt and my Chelsea boots or my wine skinny fit jeans and my Chelsea boots. Also with whatever I chose to wear I’ll be throwing my pleather biker jacket with spiked shoulders.

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This is another one of my favourite presents from my boyfriend! He’d sneakily wrapped it up inside the snowboarding pants he’d bought me, which I knew about him buying me back in October. We’d ventured into Forbidden Planet whilst shopping in Coventry one afternoon when I spotted this Lumpy Space Princess beanie. I mentioned this on my December Wish List and was close to buying it myself the last time we went in there, but I’m glad I didn’t as it was a lovely surprise! This hat is gorgeous and soft, as well as warm and I’m wearing it today. It’s probably one of the nicest hats I own and I’ll be wearing it a lot over the winter season, as well as when I start snowboarding! BTW Lumpy Space Princess is from Adventure Time, a show me and my boyfriend started to get into recently! Here’s a video all about the gorgeous purple diva! She’s amazing and I know so many Adventure Time fans who love her. I also love Princess Rainicorn!

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Snow Pants

These are my banana pants, to you, my yellow snowboard pants. My boyfriend bought these for me months ago but then stated how he was going to get them me for Christmas. They weren’t cheap and probably cost him near to £50, if not over that amount and these babies were in the sale! They’re super comfortable and super baggy, which is exactly what I wanted! I just love the colour of these and how awesome they look on too. I so far have my snowboarding pants and some gloves, all I need to get now is a jacket, a helmet and some crash pants. Then as I learn and get better I can get my own boots, as well as some more protective gear and in the future a snowboard!

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My boyfriend wanted me to open this before Christmas but I declined and said I wanted something to open on the actual day. He had told me it was a game and showed me the top left hand side of the box and hinted at, “This is a  game you’ve wanted a while but haven’t bought. Also we thought it was only available online too.” At first I couldn’t guess what it was but after asking if Pewdiepie on YouTube had played it and him saying yes I guessed it was The Binding Of Isaac and alas I was right. I have indeed wanted this game for a long time but after attempting to play it once, whilst tired after Christmas dinner and then once again after Boxing Day after yet being more tired I as yet haven’t really played this properly. However, my boyfriend hasn’t been able to stop playing it!

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Everyone always gets me chocolates or biscuits and this year I got this gorgeous tin with two foxes on the front, with some chocolate chip cookies inside. My boyfriend and his Mom spotted this and picked it up for me. I love when people can see things in shops and think of me, which is why I’ve probably received so many fox related things this year. I probably won’t eat the biscuits out of this tin, but I’ll certainly re-use the tin for something! Maybe my lip products.

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I always love receiving a new calendar at Christmas time and last year I received a Domo Kun one, when deep down I did really want a Simon’s Cat one. SO when I saw a calendar shaped present inside the big bag I had a feeling it was this calendar. I remember spotting it in Waterstones when my boyfriend and I went into there for a look one Sunday afternoon and I spotted this, his reaction being, “It has stickers!” So I’m really pleased to have received this, as I love Simon’s Cat! When I go sales shopping I’ll be picking up the diary to match, as I’ve had one the past three years now.

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This is the final present I’ll be talking about that I received from my boyfriend, and also one of my favourites! I knew I had this present as the one time I visited the German Market with my boyfriend and our friends I stopped at the plush toy stand there and looked at the cute little fox plushies, as well as searching for a red panda one. My boyfriend offered to buy me this and I didn’t really turn his offer down so I said yes and he said I wouldn’t be able to accept it until Christmas Day, which of course was the other day. This fox plush is super soft and fluffy, I think I’ll be keeping it on my bed as it’ll always remind me of my boyfriend. I don’t know what to call him (or her!) at this moment in time, I don’t mind taking name ideas! 😉 Here’s a cute picture of me holding it! My boyfriend took loads, but this one was the best out of the bunch.

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These are the lovely beauty related things my Mom got me for Christmas. I actually wasn’t expecting anything from her, as she said to me, “What would you like Nat? I haven’t bought you anything.” What a bloody liar! Bless her though, when I was handed three or four presents off of her I was pleasantly surprised and I love everything she has bought for me!

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She bought me three Elemis items, Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, Quiet Mind Room Mist and Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask. I haven’t yet tried any of these products but I intend to Saturday night or Sunday morning when I’m back in Birmingham (I’m in Coventry at the moment…) and I can tell you, I’m excited to try these! The milk bath smells of vanilla and honey, which is one of my favourite scents so I know I’ll enjoy using this in the bath to help me relax. I did give the room mist a spritz and it smells amazing! I’ll be using this on my bed when I change the covers every week and maybe on the curtains in my room once a month. It’s said to help you have a peaceful nights sleep, which I always long for! Finally the mask, I really can’t wait to try this, however I do have rather sensitive skin, so I really hope this doesn’t burn my skin whilst I’m wearing it, otherwise I will have to donate it back to my Mom.

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It’s really quite funny about my Mom also buying me L’Occitane for Christmas, as I didn’t actually know she knew this brand existed, so I bought her some lavender soap and hand cream from L’Occitane in Birmingham, hoping she would like the set. We opened our presents at the same time and we were pleasantly surprised and both said how we had a L’Occitane hand cream to start 2014 off with! All four products are almond related and the only one I have tried so far is the Smooth Hands hand cream, which not only makes my hand feels amazing, but it smells delicious too! I think I have been converted to L’Occitane! As well as this I got a Foot Cream, Shower Scrub and Shower Oil, but this is an Eco Refill version, which doesn’t bother me. I can’t wait to try these out on Saturday night or Sunday morning too! I’m somewhat excited to smell of yummy almonds.

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These were the last presents I received on Christmas Day (thus the reason for the iPhone pictures) and it is a Keri Smith book and a dressing gown with my name on off of my boyfriends parents. The dressing gown is a gorgeous dark pink colour and as you can see has my name (spelt correctly) stitched onto the right hand side of the gown. My boyfriend’s Mom bought me this to use whenever I stay over and it was a lovely buy from her! As I mentioned I received one of Keri Smith’s books, Finish This Book. I already own Wreck This Journal and I loved it! I want to soon enough own all of her books but this one had been on my wishlist for years (two or three to be precise) so the fact that I finally own it, makes me super happy! I’m going to give it a go over the weekend whilst I’m back in Birmingham. I can’t wait!

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Finally we have the last of my presents that I received and my favourite ones this year too. My Dad bought me two Pandora charms to add to my bracelet that I received in November and whilst it wasn’t a surprise, it was lovely that he bought them for me.

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Pandora

I received two gorgeous charms off of my Dad and whilst he knew I wanted the Mrs Hedgehog charm he didn’t know I wanted the Bunny charm  until we popped into Pandora and bought these two charms, as well as two for my Mom. I love the two little charms I received and even popped the Mrs Hedgehog charm on my December Wish List. I mentioned over there (I think anyway!) that Mrs  reminds me of my Gran and has done since a young age so I knew I wanted this charm when I saw it on Pandora’s website back in November. As well as that after looking at the Bunny charm I loved the look of it. The detail on both of these charms is amazing! The Bunny has a little rucksack on, which has two Easter eggs inside. The Mrs Hedgehog charm has a cute little bow in her spikes, as well as a spotty dress on and a little handbag in her right hand. You can also see her little feet popping out of the bottom of her dress. The detail for them both is amazing and I can’t stop looking at my Pandora. I’m rather proud of the charms I’m starting to get on my bracelet and in the next week or so I’ll have a post on here all about my bracelet and which charms I own, as well as a wish list of which ones I’m wanting!

So, those were all the presents I received for Christmas this year! As I stated at the start of this post, this wasn’t written up to intend on showing off, or upsetting people. I like reading posts like this, so I thought regular readers, as well as new ones might want to read about what I received.

Any negative comments made on this post (as well as anywhere else on my blog) will be removed straight away and reported.

Anyhoo, what did you receive this Christmas? And did you have a lovely day? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I really enjoyed mine, as well as Boxing Day!

Until next time, take care and see you soon.

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Snowboarding wish list

Recently, as regular readers may have noticed, my blog has been a little on the quiet side the past couple of weeks and I apologise for this.

I’ve just been a mixture of busy and stressed with work and haven’t had much time to think about what to write-up next for my blog.

My boyfriend has been lovely enough to suggest this blog post idea to me one night whilst I was whining to him about not having much up on here for you girls (and guys) to read.

He loves snowboarding and I think the day I ask him, “Will you come with me to buy some snowboarding stuff, please?” he’ll be like an obsessed woman searching for a matching handbag and shoes for her next night out. 😉

As you may have read over on my goals, I was hoping to go on a snowboarding at the start of 2014 but due to lack of funds I won’t be able to go in the big group I intended to go with. Instead my boyfriend suggested me and him go somewhere for just us two, which I thought was a lovely idea.

In October I intend to go and learn how to snowboard in a day, which I’m super excited about!

Until then I’ve been looking at snowboarding gear that I’d like to buy for myself for both practicing in, as well as for holiday.

Even if you aren’t interested in snowboarding, you can take a look at how awesome the pants are that you get to wear out in the snow!

Or even if you’re a newbie snowboarder like myself, you can read this post and get an idea of the sort of equipment and attire you will need for your first time in the snow.

So I hope you enjoy this post, I haven’t made a wish list post for aggges!

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This picture was kindly edited for me by my boyfriend. It’s long because he tried to make it look like a person was wearing it, lovely touch if I do say so myself. 🙂

On this picture are some vital things you will need as a snowboarder, whether you are a newbie like myself, or even if you’ve been doing it quite a while like my boyfriend has been. Here I’ll go through what you need for your head (face included), torso, legs, feet and your snowboard. Protective gear will be included in the leg part.

  • Head gear.

It’s really important for most sports that involve fast speeds that you wear a helmet. It protects your skull and essentially your brain from getting some serious damage. You don’t want your head to get damaged whilst riding fast down a snowy hill, do you?

It’ll get cold so as well as keeping your head safe from bumps and knocks, you’ll want to keep it warm too and you can’t go wrong with a fluffy beanie. I love beanies and I don’t own enough of them! This beanie by Burton is a gorgeous blue colour with flecks of blue and white throughout it, which makes it look great for in the cold weather. They have it in red too! I can see me buying this for wearing during the cold winter months, not just snowboarding.

Goggles are necessary for when going down hills at fast speeds to keep the cold and the wind out of your eyes, plus I’ll probably need a big pair to accommodate my glasses. I saw these purple ones by Electric and fell in love with the colour. I wanted a pair of Electric sunglasses for years, but after a while I changed my mind and bought Ray Bans instead. These goggles are ideal for in the snow and the purple would look so nice with the blue beanie. However the main reason why you need to wear goggles when snowboarding is to prevent snow blindness. The amount of sun, being at higher altitudes, and it all reflecting everywhere is very bad for your eyes and can cause blindness. The air and such also doesn’t help and think about it, it’s very hard to keep your eyes open going that fast in snowy conditions, isn’t it? 😛

You’re keeping your head warm with your beanie, but what about your face? That’s where a face mask, buff or a balaclava comes into the picture (literally! xD) I liked the look of this one with the white and red as it reminded me of red paint being dripped into water. Very poetic, I know! Either way I found it hard to choose a face mask for myself, as most of them have little mouth holes and it really creeps me out. These will keep your nose, cheeks, lips and well the lower part of your face warm and free from cold burns, which is ideal. As well as it being cold out, it can also be really quite warm up at the top of those snowy mountains and hills and people tend to get sun burnt, which is why a face mask can also be ideal.

  • Torso.

You NEED a jacket when it comes to snowboarding, or you’ll probably find yourself shivering and with a bad cold, if not phenomena the next day… Well I image anyway! I couldn’t find many jackets I liked the look of but I saw this one and it just looks really autumny with the orange and the black. You wouldn’t go unnoticed in this, that’s for sure. I’m not 100% sure about how waterproofing and breath-ability works with both the jacket and pants yet so that hasn’t really affected my choice at the moment.

Gloves are an essential when out in the snow, even when walking around in the cold in winter in the UK you need a good pair of wooly gloves, but wooly gloves aren’t enough when snowboarding and you need something thicker. I chose these because they look thick, warm and are nice colours too.

  • Lower body.

Before I took up the idea of snowboarding, I had always loved how baggy and comfortable the pants look. I’ve always wanted a pair of flare jeans since I was a teenager and I never got to own a pair, so I may as well own a pair of snow pants. For some reason the colour red just attracts me the most and these are just perfect for me. You need comfortable pants so that you can move about easily, as well as be warm at the same time. I like the bright colours that you can get pants in, means you won’t ever get lost when you fall in the snow. As I mentioned on jackets, I’m not 100% sure about how waterproofing and breath-ability works with both the jacket and pants yet so that hasn’t really affected my choice at the moment.

“When you first start learning to snowboard you’re going to fall on your bum, a lot! So you’ll need some protection (impact shorts) for it, otherwise you’re going to leave the classes with a really sore bum.” Honest to God, this is what my boyfriend said to me when we first started looking for snowboarding gear for me. So yes, newbie or not you need some protection and it seems bum protection is where it’s at. At least with two layers, my bum won’t be cold. 😛

  • Feet.

Due to the pressure that snow boots can cause on your feet, you need some good snowboarding socks to ensure that whilst you’re riding you have comfort. Plus they’re probably extra thick so that your feet stay nice and toasty whilst riding around. I decided to pick some purple ones, as they go with the colour of the boots and the goggles.

Of course you need a good pair of snow boots and when I saw these ones I thought how gorgeous they looked. They look colourful, thick, warm and like they would do the job for me when riding and walking around in the snow. From their description they seem ideal as a starter boot and at a decent price too, can’t go wrong. A plus is that the colour purple matches my goggles and socks, whilst the white matches with my helmet and gloves. Woop!

  • Equipment.

To ride a snowboard you need bindings to keep you feet attached to, it isn’t like a skateboard where you just jump on in your best Vans trainers and that’s it. I decided to find a blue pair of bindings to go with the board that I like the look of. They’re really quite expensive but I hear the more you pay, the longer they’ll last.

Finally we have the most important thing you will need, your snowboard. Whether you buy one or hire one for the day, you can’t go anywhere without one (well you could try… I guess) so it’s best to try and get a good one if you intend to buy one. I don’t know when I’ll buy one, due to the money but when I do I know I’d like to get a high quality one, for a decent price and of course have a cute image on it as well. My boyfriend told me ages ago that the DC BIDDY was a great one to go for as a newbie to snowboarding so I took a look at this blue dolphin design. You can also get it in a purple eagle design (which I love the colours for) which is the one my boyfriend said would be ideal for me. I could see me buying this snowboard in future as it seems like the perfect first board to get and it’s a great price too for a high labeled board too and I really like DC.

So that’s my snowboarding wish list! I know it’s not usually the kind of thing I post about, but it made a change, didn’t it?

Providing I go for my snowboarding in a day class in October, you’ll see a huge post about it all and I reckon it would be image heavy too.

I’m so excited to start snowboarding in the next month!

Have you ever been snowboarding? If so let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all!

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P.S. With some of the gear mentioned on this post, I haven’t been able to go into detail as to why you need to wear them for snowboarding in and such because I don’t know the exact details of all this, but in time I will do. However if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, as I’ll have my boyfriend on tap to help me answer these. 😉

My Goals

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With such big life changes happening in the space of a couple of months, I decided earlier this week that I need to start making goals for myself.

Like many of us do, I constantly say to myself about how I will do all these things and sometimes those things will get done and achieved and sometimes they’ll be forgotten about and thought of when I’m trying to sleep. You know when you lie in bed trying to sleep and suddenly you get all those thoughts of the things you said you would do and never did, then you go all psychologist on yourself and try to work out why those things didn’t get done. If you don’t think about those things you think about all the things you did or didn’t do that have screwed up your life now. Yes girls and guys, you know we ALL do that at some point. Since May this has become something that happened most nights and most of these nights I have lost sleep over it, well I’m not having that anymore!

I’ve set my goals that I want to try and complete within the next year and I know with the help of my friends, my boyfriend and my family I know I’ll complete them all by then… And if I don’t I can always say I tried and that’s what matters, because if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

I hope you enjoy this post and that it encourages you to set your own goals, if you haven’t done so already and if you have, great! I hope this post just encourages you all the more to complete those goals!

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Get an iPhone – When my contract finishes for my current phone at the end of September (HTC Sensation XE FYI) I’m getting myself an iPhone. Everyone I know has one and they just look amazing and as my boyfriend has one I’ve been playing on it every once in a while to see what I think of it and I can say I love it. It feels nice, loads pages and apps up really quickly and just looks great. My HTC has done nothing but cause me trouble this year and excuse my French but it’s pissing me off now, so I’m glad to see the back of it. I’m going to jazz it up with a Vans case and a cute little microphone buddy, like these cute little Vocaloid characters in the above picture. I’m a sucker for anything Japanese and kawaii!

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Learn to snowboard, buy snowboarding gear and go on a snowboarding holiday – This is essentially three goals, but they’re all about snowboarding so who cares! In my teenage years I was a skateboarder and after a bad fall that could have resulted in a broken nose, a broken tooth or both, I stopped as I worried that one day I might not be so lucky. When I first started to talk to my boyfriend he told me all about how much he loved snowboarding and it reminded me of back to when I enjoyed skateboarding. On our second date he showed me a video he’d put together from his snowboarding holiday with friends earlier that year. It looked so much fun and everyone seemed happy and like they had enjoyed themselves. Since then I’d thought more and more about giving snowboarding and go and I’ve decided I’m going to go learn how to do snowboard in a day course, which costs £119, but will be worth it! Then I’ll save up my money to buy myself my own snowboarding gear and then save up for a snowboarding holiday. When my boyfriend and I were talking about it and looking for snowboard gear for me earlier this week, he seemed so excited about it, which made me smile. I haven’t been on holiday since 2005, so I really could do with one soon! Whether it involves sunshine and hot weather or not, I just want a break from the UK for a while.

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Save money – Due to not having a job for three months I lost quite a lot of my savings due to things I needed and bills I needed to pay so all my savings I had has sadly gone… I’m not going to say here how much they were but I’m hoping to have them all saved up by the New Year. As well as this I wish to save up the £5,000 I need for my MA course, instead of needing to borrow it from the bank. I should be able to save this money up, providing I’m good. Of course my holiday could come into this which will cost me between £400-£500, which I would need to save up ASAP. I like having money in my savings, just incase anything should ever happen and me quitting my job is a good example of this.

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Writing – I want to continue with my writing this year. After finishing university I was out of a job for a year and in that time I wrote every other day and even took part in NaNoWriMo 2011, which I completed successfully in 25 days. To briefly explain what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a writing challenge that takes place from the start to the end of November, where you need to write a 50,000 word story in the 30 days of November. I attempted to do this in 2012, but due to my job being so demanding I wasn’t able to even reach 25,000 which really saddened me. I wasn’t able to write anything whilst being in my previous job due to how demanding it was either and it really saddened me. Now I have my new job I’m hoping I can get back into writing my novels, plays and screenplays as I’ve really missed doing them. As well as this I hope to continue writing on my blog, as I enjoy doing it and the feedback I get from you guys is amazing!

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Drive more – I love driving but I really don’t drive enough and I want that to change! The only places I would ever drive is to work, with my Mom to the shops, the cinema occasionally with my friend Jacqui and sometimes I would pick people up from the pub too. Either way, not enough! I want to start driving myself to my boyfriends, which is about 25 miles away from where I live and takes an hour to go there. I love the thought of spontaneous adventures and when autumn comes along I want to start having these. As well as this I’ll of course be driving myself to my new job, which will be awesome. I love my car so much and his name is Sebastian, because he’s red like the crab in The Little Mermaid. I wish he had the accent too!

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Visit lovely people – During my lifetime I have met some wonderful people… Thanks to the internet, yes the internet. Although we had mutual friends and my cousin was in her year at school, I met my friend Jacqui thanks to MySpace. I met my friend Gabriella through a forum we both use and I even met my boyfriend online. I still have people I need to meet from the world of the internet and I’m hoping to do this in the next year. I want to meet a few people I’ve met through Twitter, and a few people I have met through the same forum I met Gabriella off of. As well as this, I miss my friend Gabriella so much and I’m hoping to go and visit her more soon and this is where driving more comes into it!

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Most of all, be happy! This is by far my biggest goal. I’ve been pretty unhappy for a long, long time and I’m only starting to feel a little bit happier. I know I won’t ever be 100% happy, I don’t think anyone can be THAT happy and if they are it probably doesn’t last all that long. But if I can be at least 70% happy, then I’ll be satisfied. As long as I have a job to keep my busy, money to pay the bills and my friends, my boyfriend and my family then I’ll be happy. Plus through completing all my goals so far, I think I’ll be a happy dinosaur by the end of them all.

So those are my goals for the next year, which I hope to have completed by August 2014.

I hope my goals have inspired you to make your own, or at least set some to complete in the next year.

If you already have goals set, let me know in the comments down below what they are. If you don’t have any and my post has inspired you, please let me know and let me know which goals you’ve thought of achieving.

I hope you all had a great week, as I know I did.

Until next time, take care and see you soon!

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