Autumn Tag

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Autumn is my all time favorite season and if you didn’t know that, where have you been?! It’s all over my social media! I am completely obsessed with autumn/fall and can’t wait for summer to be over and done with so all the leaves can start changing colours, Halloween decorations to plaster the walls of shops , for sweet cookie smelling candles to be classified as appropriate for a household and to be cosy while its cold outside! With my hot chocolate by my side and to get in the full swing of autumn, I have decided to do the autumn tag. ENJOY!

Favourite thing about Autumn?
Definitely the comfort of your own home and the warmth of cuddly blankets! I don’t think there’s anything better than walking home at about 4pm and its beginning to get dark, getting your favorite PJ’s on, sticking your favorite film/music on your TV and snuggling up with a warm drink! Also the fashion is AMAZING in autumn due to all of those wooly tights and checkered scarves tucked up in your wardrobe finally making an appearance! Also, who doesn’t love coffee shops in the autumn?!

Favorite drink?
My favorite drink in the Autumn has to be a caramel cappuccino or a hazelnut latte; each from Costa! At home I will usually buy the sachet’s of cappuccino and add caramel syrup or the Cadbury highlight hot chocolates (they’re so cheap and so low in calories and taste AMAZING!)

Favorite scent/candle?
This is such a difficult question! I’d have to say my favorite autumn scent is Yankee Candle’s Strawberry Shortcake, Pain Au Raisin and Salted Caramel! The scent’s that smell like fresh-baked cookies or cakes are always a winner for me!

Favorite lipstick?
My favorite lipstick has to be Smother from Sleek’s range! It is a dark, purple berry colour. I love dark shades in the autumn and its the seasons where my pale skin can be accepted! Dark lipsticks, pale skin = my all time favorite look!

Go to moisturiser?
I love The Righteous Butter from Soap and Glory and the Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop! My skin gets so dry in the autumn, so I find both of these moisturiser’s so nourishing for both my face and body!

Go to colour for eyes?
Reds, oranges and browns for sure! I usually avoid winged eyeliner in the autumn and stick to heavy shadows and a thin line on the top of my eye lid! This way I’m able to wear dark lipstick without feeling to bold in the daytime!

Favorite music to listen to?
Acoustic, folk and irish music! Even though this is my favorite music throughout the year, I absolutely love the comfort and cosy feel that acoustic can give with emotional lyrics and build up of guitar playing. Most importantly, I love listening to Once the Musical, Fleetwood Mac, Hoizer, Jamie Sloan and Vance Joy!

Favorite outfit to wear?
As I said, I absolutely adore autumn fashion. This is a tricky question! I’d have to go with either a baggy jumper and roll neck with skinny jeans or woolly tights with a dress and a cardigan!

Autumn Treat?
This year, I can already tell that my autumn treat will be buying a new vinyl to make the mood even cosier in my room! I also love buying a new jumper or some new season scented candles!

Favorite place to be?
Once again, I have to pick more than one! I love either being in a coffee shop with a warm hot coffee, a book or my notepad writing new blog ideas or lyrics, OR cosy in my bed writing blog posts and reading!

They are all the questions in this tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved writing this. It has truly allowed me to get that autumn feeling and now I want to go and get my checker scarves out!

I am tagging anybody who loves autumn as much as I do!

You should check out my Autumn Leaves board on my Pinterest! 


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Review | Suicide Squad

Just a quick disclaimer: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!! Therefore if you haven’t watched Suicide Squad and plan to with an open mind and no knowledge on what happens, I recommend you don’t read! But totally come back and read once you’ve watched it!

This was a film I was seriously looking forward to, whilst also being completely apprehensive about what was to occur! It’s no secret that I really didn’t enjoy Batman VS Superman and fun fact, I kept drifting to sleep in the cinema whilst watching! I am also more of a Marvel fan than a DC fan… Although I put all this to the back of my mind, it still made me slightly worried about what DC were going to do with Suicide Squad. Also with the bad reviews revolving around the internet I was completely convinced it was going to be a piece of poop! But…

I was SOOOO wrong!

I absolutely LOVED it! Suicide Squad had me sitting on the edge of my seat from the get go with the action starting pretty much from the opening credits! Unlike most films of this nature, it didn’t feel to drop at any moment! There was no moment through the film that I found myself looking at my watch to see what time it was, I was completely configured and captivated by the narrative; something which was completely different to what I was expecting!

From the trailer, I was expecting the story to be mainly focused upon The Joker; I was completely wrong! The story focuses upon The Enchantress, which I’m not going to complain about because she was a freakin’ awesome character! From the trailer it suggests The Joker is an integral part of the film, or so I interpreted, when in reality an audience witnesses him failing multiple times attempting to free Harley Quinn, until he finally suceeds in the end. However this doesn’t take away from the film because the plot is awesome with The Enchantress’ and there is a ton of action which was great to see!

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What I also enjoyed was how DC are establishing an original identity for the Joker, limiting the comparison to previous actors’ approach to playing the crazy, immensely dark character! More importantly Heath Ledgers’ unforgettable acting as the Joker in the Dark Knight trilogy. I also read online that they based his new image on a modern crime leader with all of his tattoo’s resembling meaning rather than a cackling, purple-suited gangster! Not sure how true this is, but it is evident to see the transition of style! Personally, I wished they had included him more if it didn’t alter the narrative! Here’s hoping for more screen-time of the Joker in what they have lined up next which I am super excited for!

Personally, I feel the casting was actually really good! Although some actors are up and coming such as Cara Delevingne (even though she has been in multiple films recently), I don’t feel like this effected the film in any way like some people online are saying! I think that casting was spot on, especially Will Smith as DeadShot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn!

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An issue that I did have with the narrative was the exclusion of some aspects of Harley Quinn and the Joker’s relationship. In a sense, they appeared to somewhat sugar-coat it by not including the violence and abuse that does occur within the comics and cartoons. I read online that they excluded these foundations to make the film less dark? That’s fine, but now we have an online presence with some people romanticising the idea of a Harley Quinn and Joker relationship which isn’t good! If you’re going to include two crazy characters that are in a relationship, at least show the truth behind their romance.

That’s it for the negative points! I loved the balance between the humour and seriousness. I think they balanced it perfectly and included it only in the right moments! The break up between action and establishing character back-stories were also balanced which made it much more enjoyable to watch!

Finally, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the soundtrack and the songs fit perfectly for each scene! My personal favorite song from the soundtrack would be Sucker for Pain because it is so different to what you would normally hear! Although it wasn’t played through the film and only in the end credits, its still considered a part of the film right?

If you’re planning to watch Suicide Squad and are like me who isn’t particularly DC’s biggest fan, I’m pretty sure that this could convert you! It’s such a great film and is definitely in my top 20 list of favorite films of this year, possibly ever!

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Have you watched Suicide Squad yet? If you have what were your opinions on it? Did you enjoy it or completely hate it? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to know what other people thought!


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Playlist of the month | August

This is going to be a monthly feature on my blog from now on! As music is one of my main loves, I have decided to each month create a playlist of some of the songs that I am LOVING!

So this month, I am beginning to get a bit tired of summer, or what we had of it here in England, and I am anticipating Autumn so much right now! I just want it to be the season of wearing baggy jumpers, dresses with thick black tights, coming into a warm home when it’s chilly outside and drinking a warm cup of coffee, stepping on crunchy leaves.

That means my pre-autumn vibes are rubbing off in my music choices. I am really digging the acoustic artists right now and how relaxing they are while you’re reading or doing daily tasks!

I’m also loving Irish artists right now, more importantly a singer/songwriter called Dermont Kennedy. He only has three songs on Spotify at the moment, but on his Instagram he is apparently writing and recording new stuff! His song An Evening I Will Never Forget is just breathtakingly beautiful. The raw emotion that he conveys through his voice is something I don’t think I will ever get over!

Of course a playlist wouldn’t be right without a few classics, so in there I have included Fast Car by Tracey Chapman which is one of my all time fave’s, as well as Dreams by Fleetwood Mac! Also, The Kooks, The Courteneers and Joy Division are included because I’m loving the indie vibes right now.

You will notice a song that will make you question, ‘did she mean to include this?’. That is Sucker For Pain from the new Suicide Squad film! I am absolutely obsessed with this film as well as the absolutely awesome album! That soundtrack is completely on point.

Finally, I have included Toothpaste Kisses by The Maccabees. This month, they have announced that they are splitting up, which is seriously so sad! Therefore, I felt it was only right to include their wonderful music in this months playlist to remember how amazing their music is! I can’t wait to see what their solo project’s will bring.

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Day Out In Birmingham

I ventured out of the house last Friday and went to Birmingham with my boyfriend for our 2 year anniversary! We booked tickets for the SeaLife centre as I had never been before! As we arrived early to Birmingham, we decided to explore Birmingham for a few hours before we had to go to our allotted time slot! PS- I did take all photos on my iPhone, so if the quality isn’t top notch, that would be why!

Currently, I’m on a budget, but Ben (my boyfriend), decided he wanted to do a bit of spending! So Jack Wills was our first destination and of course I had to take a photo because just look at that chandelier!

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Our food of choice was Eat. as they do affordable yet really tasty food! And they also do the BEST pink lemonade I have ever tasted so that’s always a bonus!

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I had to pull myself away from the makeup counters, especially Urban Decay. I was crying inside. Everything else I definitely couldn’t afford, let alone a Naked palette!

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Once Ben had finished his first half of the shopping trip, (which felt like a year!), we made our way to the SeaLife centre and it was such a pretty walk! My local town is Walsall, and it is nothing special! So whenever I travel to Birmingham, it never fails to amaze me!

I’ve never been to the SeaLife centre before, so as it was my first time everything was so cool! The little tunnel where all the fish are swimming around you is rather amazing, (although little children run around your feet and everybody is taking selfies with the fishes…). Besides that, it was a really awesome place to go! However, I don’t think I’d pay £12 to go again, just a bit pricey in my opinion!

Finally, we ended the trip with a bit more shopping, before exploring Grand Central and all the awesome food stands and shops they have to offer! Although I’ve been to Birmingham since Grand Central has been open, I’ve never seen the second floor and looked at what they have to offer! Needless to say, I was rather amazed!

All in all, it was a great day out and I enjoyed our second anniversary together exploring and adventuring, which is what we both love to do!


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Instagram | #1

I’m going to do a weekly review of my Instagram posts because I think its a fun lil way to keep updated on my weeks and for myself to remember what the heck I’ve actually been doing with my life!

This was a night where I was reading the new Harry Potter and The Cursed Child whilst watching Gossip Girl. Now my Saturday nights are free, this is usually how you will find me; reading a book, watching Gossip Girl with a glass of wine right next to me! How exciting for a newly 18 year old, I know!

I took the photo of the Birmingham Library on Friday when I went for a day out with my boyfriend (there will be a blog post!) and yes, it is as amazing as you think it would be! I’m so excited to be able to travel to Birmingham more as of next month when I start university! Its such an amazing city and all just a train ride away!

I cut a messy fringe in! I’m also messing around with my hair and can never decide what to do with it! Last month I had brown/pink hair, this month I have highlights and a full fringe! Who knows what next month could bring!

Once again, another photo from Birmingham! This time it is of Grand Central which is absolutely amazing! I have never been on the top floor and all the food it offers is just amazing! They have sushi bar’s, Vietnamese food stand, and my favorite; BUBBLE TEA STAND! The only issue is, which food choice do you pick first?!

This photo was actually from a blog post that I don’t think I’m going to upload, but it is The Great Gatsby which I’ve just recently purchased! I needed to add a few classics to my book collection. Only issue is I need to find the space to store all of my books now! Oops.

Just an upload of a photo from my previous blog post, July Favorites. A bit of self-promo never hurt anybody!

I went to see Finding Dory finally! My boyfriend treated me to a cinema date and Finding Dory was everything I has wished for and more! Obviously we had to end the day with a Costa whilst keep repeating, ‘Hi, I’m Dory. I suffer from short term memory loss!’.

I did my hair and make-up and was rather proud of it so its just your regular selfie right here!

Once again, this was a photo from a never-going-to-be-posted blog post! I’m so excited to read this book since its going to be made into a film! I better get reading I guess!

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July Favorites!

July is always particularly a good one for me as its my birthday month! July 2016 has been full of new memories, travelling to new destinations and finding new favorites! In particular, my favorite moments of this month would have to be camping with my boyfriend where we travelled to Brean and Weston Super Mare, my 18th birthday and going to Barmouth! Along the way of this month, I have also found a few other favorites, including makeup, technology, books, tea and other random finds! So lets get right into it!

My first favorite of this month is the Barry M Limited Edition Super Natural eyeshadow palette. I actually had this product for Christmas off my mom, but have only just started using it properly! I absolutely LOVE it! With a mix of matte, shimmery, pale nudes to bold dark’s, its perfect for everyday use! I have found myself particularly loving the shimmery orange and matte brown shade! Using these two shades over my Light Beige Kiko eyeshadow which I will link here, it gives an amazing natural daytime smoky eye! As for the pinks, they are so subtle and pretty and can work great as just a base over the eyelid with mascara, or blended with the brown to give a once again, subtle smoky eye! The best thing about it also, is that Barry M don’t test on animals! Smiles all around from me! -I’m also not sure if Superdrug sell this anymore as this was a Superdrug Limited Edition product!-

This is a strange favorite, but has to be included in this blog post! This month I had to get new glasses as my old ones were too weak! Although I got a case for my glasses from Boots Opticians, I saw this in Home Bargains (which has amazing products and stuff like this for soo cheap!). Although tagged as a sunglasses pouch, I decided they would also work for my glasses and keep them safe! I absolutely love it so much and the design is so cute with the different swimming positions! I think I paid about £1 or £1.99 for this, but either way, COMPLETELY worth it!

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A skin care favorite of this month is ASDA’s own range of skin care products, The Skin System. After seeing many bloggers and vloggers recommending foaming face washes, I decided trying some myself! My skin has been so bad this month and I have had such bad breakouts on my chin! So I decided to swap my exfoliating face wash which was rather harsh for my skin, and replaced it with this! After using it for a few weeks I’m absolutely loving it and the feel of my skin after using it! Its such a soft formula and doesn’t feel like you’re ripping a layer of your skin off! I’ve also noticed a dramatic difference in how less oily my skin actually looks! Definitely sticking to foaming face wash from now on!

This is a 2 in 1 favorite since I took the photo of my diary like that! So, starting with the journal, I picked up this cute diary from ASDA in the stationary section (my favorite department!). The design is super cute and summery, with lilies, flamingos and palm leaves. I needed a new academic diary for University in September and decided to get this one. It is divided into times and has a page specifically for a day which I love because I get more space to write about my ventures for a particular busy day!

My second favorite featured in the picture is the app Afterlight. Since becoming more involved in my Instagram and blog, I decided I need to start sticking to a theme on my IG and perhaps make my images look more professional, foccusing on the lighting and brightness etc. And this app was the most recommended app on the AppStore for those sort of things! So I decided to try it out and I’m loving it! With a simplistic design for editing photos and not being complicated like most photography app’s are, it helps me discover what edits are best for each photo I upload which I didn’t know before! On the AppStore I believe this is 79p which isn’t bad at all I don’t think! They also have great themes to take advantage of!

My book favorite of this month is the recent film release and the book that many are speaking about, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Now romantic books are never really my thing and when I first started reading this book I was expecting romance from the get go! But I was completely wrong. The book is a whirlwind of emotions! Laughter, tears, sadness and a few more tears! I’m not going to include any spoilers of the book just incase any of you readers are waiting to read it and haven’t yet! But it is absolutely amazing and although I got a bit lost in the middle of it, it soon picks back up and you fall in love with William Traynor whilst getting an insight and view to every characters’ life throughout the book. If you’re looking for an easy read and wanting to get in touch with your emotions, I would completely recommend Me Before You! I’m considering purchasing the sequel to this, After You but I’m not too sure yet! If you have read the next book let me know whether it is worth purchasing or if I should just keep the story as it is!DSCF0141

Another favorite this month was Clippers’ Snore and Peace tea bags. This is the most amazing type of tea to drink just before settling down in to bed, and the smells of lavender mixed with chamomile is beyond relaxing and soothing. I never expected to like this tea because I’m used to your standard green and earl tea. But I surprised myself and absolutely loved it! I got this from ASDA for £2 and will definitely be purchased in the future again!

I have a few music favorites this month! They are Hozier, my new vinyl player and Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist. Firstly, I am loving Hozier’s self-titled album and has been on repeat since the beginning of this month! His voice and sound is so different to anything I have heard in years, and is soothing yet harshly emotional. I have also been listening to his other albums and EP’s and I am now determined to see him in concert whenever he tours! I found out about him obviously when he was in the charts with Take Me To Church, but also on my second music favorite, the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, the Discover Weekly playlist is a collection of music that is recommended from artists and songs that you have searched. It is amazing for finding new artists for when your current music interest is getting a bit boring!

Finally, as it was my birthday this month, my fantabulous boyfriend and his family got me a vinyl player and The 1975 ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ vinyl and I am absolutely loving it! The feeling of playing a record is so different to just putting an iPod into an Aux lead or putting a CD into a CD player. Its difficult to explain, but believe me, it feels so much better to listen to the music and see the record go round! I also have a couple vinyls from a few years ago such as Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Deep Purple. So I am occupied for a few months until I can purchase some more!

That is it for this month! I hope you have enjoyed this months favorites! If you have any favorites from this month, let me know in the comments section! I’d love to know some of my readers’ favorites of the months.

Thank you for reading! xxx