Currently, I Am… | #10

Hi, friends! Ah, I’ve missed you. It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve shown my face on my lovely little blog, but it’s definitely been well deserved. The first few weeks of 2017 were filled with coursework and university deadlines, so The Rose Quartz had to take a bit of a backseat. Don’t worry though, I thought about you every day!

After that, I had a few days of beautiful nothingness and relaxation with Matthew, before me, him, his brother and his girlfriend went off for a 4-day bender to Butlins for the Giants of Rock festival. That, I tell you, was flipping fantastic and I’ll be talking a lot more about that the next time I’m around! We saw some incredible bands and some really impressive musicians – it was mind blowing, really. As well as enjoying lots of music, the nearby beach was just beautiful. We spent a lot of time walking around and taking pictures – you know what I’m like.

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My “Currently, I Am” series is always a great post for when I return from a pretty long break. I haven’t posted one of these since November, just after Trump managed to find his way into an incredible, ridiculous position of power. Coincidentally, this one comes just after his inauguration and the reinforcement that his new found power is taking America down a horribly familiar, slippery slope.

Anyway, let’s not talk politics. Let’s have a bit of a catch up!

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Currently, I am feeling

…oh, well, a lot of different feelings actually. I’m gunna quickly take you through them, otherwise this could go on for a very long time. I’m feeling excited and nervous about my wedding day – I get married in November and there’s a lot of exciting plans to be made! I’m feeling anxious, unprepared and lost with regards to my future career prospects – I’m graduating in the summer, with no passion for my degree or field of work in any way. I’m feeling tired, because sleep is alluding me – that’s probably because of all these FEELS.

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Currently, I am watching

…Daredevil S2. We recently finished Jessica Jones too, which was unbelievable. Kilgrave is one of my all time favourite villains! He’s easily Marvel’s best on-screen baddie. His ability to manipulate people, simply by talking to them, is a really clever way of avoiding “not-another-fight-scene”. Daredevil is also picking up. The first season started off incredibly dull, picking up towards the end. The second season started a little slow too actually, but it quickly sorted itself out and now me and Matthew are both really enjoying it.

Since my last catch up post, Westworld finished too. That was one of the best bits of television I’ve ever seen. Highly, highly recommend.

Currently, I am reading

…The Great Gatsby. Can you believe I’ve never read it? I also recently read Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories which was a super interesting and super quick read. It’s worth it though. The title story was one of the longer short stories/poems in the collection and it actually made me feel pretty sad. Poor, Oyster Boy.

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How have you been? What have you been up to recently?

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My Year in Review #3/3 | Photographs

They say a picture speaks a thousand words… Throughout 2016, I took over 5,000 of them.

Despite how overwhelmingly rubbish this year was, when I look back on all of these beautiful photographs, I can’t help but feel thankful that some good came out of it. I saw some wonderful things, I made a lot of life-long memories and I grew hugely as a person. Yes, a lot of these memories were made as a way to distract myself from the big black dog but that doesn’t make those memories any less important!

So, to recognise all of the good that came from this year, I’m going to focus on those best bits in my final instalment of ‘my year in review’.

Here’s my best bits of 2016, summarised in photographs!

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Happy new year to all of my lovely followers, friends and family. 

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An A – Z of Me

Animals | If I could spend my life rescuing and caring for abandoned animals, I would be a very happy lady. Animals > humans.  That’s my ultimate life goal.

Blogging | Starting my blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve created myself a bubble of creativity, where I’m capable of sharing whatever tickles my fancy. I’ve met lots of wonderful people. I’ve had so much fun and it’s only been a year!

Cats | If you’ve been around long enough, this one makes complete sense. My cats are my world. They are everything to me! I’ll never understand people who think cats are evil and manipulative. I get daily cuddles and I can even sing one of them to sleep.

Disney | The Aristocats, Mulan and Alice in Wonderland are my three favourite Disney movies. Ah, I love Disney.

Empress | On my birthday, or other special occasions, I have a very particular nickname – I can’t believe I’m actually going to admit this to the world. “Empress Namrog the Third, Mother of Kittens, Queen of Francis Court and Ruler of Matthew’s Attention.” I’m channelling Daenerys Targaryen here.

Feminist | “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” Those who prefer not to call themselves a feminist confuse me. Do you seriously think woman are lesser simply because of their gender?

Gaming | Matt was actually the one who sparked my love for gaming. Some of my favourites now include the Fable series, Skyrim, Child of Light and practically any indie you can throw at me.

Honesty | I’m incredibly honest – for the good and for the bad. It’s one of those personality traits that I’m so grateful for.

Interests | Photography, books, crafts, programming, cooking, beauty, art, writing, film…

Jokes | I’m the worst at telling jokes. I’m sure people generally laugh at my reaction to the joke rather than the actual joke itself. I think I’m hilarious.

Kindness | I try my absolute hardest to be kind every single day.

Lists | I’m not one for spontaneity because I love to be prepared. I’ll always find something to write a list about. I also have a tendency to write lists of the lists I need to write, seriously.

Matthew | The love of my life.

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Nature | Plop me outdoors, surrounded by nature, and I’ll be one happy bunny. Spring and autumn are my favourite months to be out and about.

Organised | You know, organising things is actually a hobby of mine. When I have free time, let’s say a really quiet Sunday, I love taking out my drawers and reorganising them all over again.

Photography | My camera is my third eye. I document my entire life through photographs. It started out as a way to avoid being scared of losing my memory – I don’t want to forget the wonderful things I’ve done. After that, it just developed into a full-on love for the photography process in general.

Quiet | I’m as quiet as a mouse when I’m away from the comfort of home.

Reading | I love reading. At this point, I think it’d be pretty much impossible to get through all of the books I’d like to during my lifetime!

Sleep | I could sleep for years and still wake up tired. Falling asleep is a massive struggle for me so, when I do finally get there, I like to soak up every second I can. Every single cosy second.

Tidy | My tidy home makes me happy – it’s my special sanctuary. So, when ‘Facebook mums’ share quotes such as “a clean home is the sign of a wasted life”, I get really irritated and offended. Just because I make time to tidy my house (even when I don’t have the time, I might add), it doesn’t make my life any more boring than yours.

University | I’m now in my fourth and final year of university. I’m studying computer science at The University of Hull. I have a good feeling this year is going to be the best year of university so far.

Vintage | I always feel far prettier and more put together when I’m in a vintage-inspired outfit with a bit of red lippy. I feel like myself!

Wedding | I’m obsessed with anything to do with weddings. I’m constantly picking up inspiration for my own wedding, and you bet I started a Pinterest account solely to stalk amazing weddings.

X Factor | A big, fat, giant guilty pleasure. I haven’t watched it for a couple of years but this year I’m loving it. There’s a lot of acts that I’m full-on excited about. I’d buy their albums, for sure.

YouTube | I think it’s incredible that YouTube actually rivals television for me, nowadays. There are so many YouTube stars that I enjoy watching. When I was young, I just used it for funny fails or cute cat videos.

Zombies | The only fictional ‘monster’ that I just cannot deal with. They terrify me!

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Halloween Lush Haul

It’s time! Yesterday, Lush’s Halloween products were released in my local store and I couldn’t have snapped them up any quicker. Straight from work, I jumped onto a bus and then practically ran to the store. In all honesty, I presumed they’d have ran out by the time I got there but, luckily for little me, the products were still piled high. Like always, I almost drooled upon arrival. The smell is intoxicating. Walking into a Lush store is one of my favourite things in life – those colours, the smell, the atmosphere and the fantastic staff make shopping there an actual experience.

Alongside lots of other fellow Lushies around the world, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this release for a long time. The return of Lord of Misrule, my all time favourite holiday exclusive product, is a personal highlight, for sure. I previously caught a sneak peak of the Halloween products when they were leaked, not too long ago, and lots of them caught my eye. I imagined I’d pretty much buy the whole store. However, I did refrain from buying one of everything and, instead, I stuck to a handful of products that I was eager to try.

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So, what lovely Lush Halloween goodies did I pick up this year?

Monsters’ Ball:

I love themed bath bombs! They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure really. Whenever a silly or strange looking product is released, I snap one up. Monsters’ Ball looks like a pink Mike Wazowski and what’s better than that? I’ve already seen a sneak peak at the show this bath bomb puts on in the tub. I can’t wait to use it.

Lord of Misrule:

Lord of Misrule is a showstopper. It’s a must-have Halloween bath bomb and if you haven’t yet tried it for yourself I urge you to treat yourself. It’s a beautiful combination of spicy, earthy and vanilla scents. That smell is quite something, but it’s the performance it gives in the bath that makes this product stand out.

Pumpkin:

Pumpkin combines spicy cinnamon with the sweetness of vanilla and, I think, it’s the most pleasant smelling of the Halloween products.  It smells like autumn.

Autumn Leaf:

This is one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen. It’s made up of jumbles of baby blues, yellows, oranges and pinks. It has a very fresh scent which only emphasises the autumnal feel of this bath bomb. Look at the size of it, in comparison to the others! It’s massive.

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I’m super pleased with my mini Halloween haul. I managed to snap up some gorgeous smelling and incredible looking bath bombs that I just can’t wait to try! It really is starting to feel like autumn now. Roll on, Halloween!

Have you tried any of Lush’s Halloween products yet?

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Supporting Small Businesses

I’m a bit of a sucker for small businesses that offer handmade goods. It doesn’t matter if they’re starting up an online store, they’ve opened up their first shop or they’re selling those goods at a Saturday market, I’m always more willing to give their products a try.

I recently came across the lovely Tarnya’s Etsy store, after stumbling across one of her promotional tweets. Every single one of her prints had something special about them – shout out to the adorable cactus print that I was also smitten with – but it was the watercolour Deathly Hallows symbol that caught my eye.

A lot of Taryna’s art uses the continuous line technique where the pen can never leave the paper, creating a sketchy look so I was torn. Sketchy art or Harry Potter art? Artsy or fandom? Oh, the perils of being an artsy fangirl. It had to be the Deathly Hallows symbol – I knew it would look amazing on my bookshelf and I just couldn’t resist.

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How beautiful is that? I absolutely love it. It’s taken centre stage amongst my books and it’s looking great. Without a doubt, I’ll be popping back to Taryna’s Etsy store when I next fancy a little bit of colour to brighten up a space.

If you’d like to have a scroll through Taryna’s prints and stickers, you can find her Etsy store here or you follow her on Twitter here.

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9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

I don’t know about you but I love regularly changing my phone’s wallpaper. It always makes me feel like I’ve got a completely new phone – pair this with a quick reorganise of my apps and folders and I’m a happy bunny. I recently thought about creating my own wallpapers so they’re more personal to me. It’s pretty easy to turn drawings and paintings into digital copies if you have a mobile phone or a scanner. That was the idea but it didn’t quite go to plan. I’ll get there eventually.

In the meantime, I decided to scour the beautiful world of Pinterest. I knew I wanted something colourful but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to grab myself a cute and simple wallpaper or something relating to one of my many fandoms. I couldn’t make a decision so I saved lots of wallpapers for future use instead, allowing me to swap and choose when ever I like.

What type of friend would I be if I didn’t share these gorgeous wallpapers with you, eh? You have been warned, I’m going through a pastel ‘phase’ and I just can’t get enough.


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Cactus Wallpaper | Doctor Who Wallpaper | Strawberry Wallpaper

I am loving all three of these but, come on, you know that pastel pink TARDIS is my favourite. Combining pastel pink and Doctor Who gets a giant thumbs up from me.

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Gotta love the turtles. I’m loving that green and metallic gold combination too.

Flowers Wallpaper | Flamingo Wallpaper | Turtle Wallpaper

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Obviously, I just had to include something Disney related. Even more importantly, I had to include an Aristocats wallpaper. Look at those grumpy little kitten faces! Fun fact: When I found this wallpaper, I went off on a one hour tangent looking at The Aristocats merchandise (include Halloween outfits… and yes, I found an adorable Marie costume).

Lemon Wallpaper | The Aristocats Wallpaper | Geometric Wallpaper

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Which one is your favourite?

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Why I Love Blogging

It’s definitely starting to feel a lot like autumn. I think, for me, that’s because I spent the day in my pyjamas, I painted my nails a deep red colour, I have scented candles burning and I’ve had countless cups of tea. Because of that, I’ve spent the day thinking a lot about my blog.

I began blogging just over a year ago. Autumn came around a lot sooner last year than it has this time and blogging was the perfect hobby for me to take on as the nights became colder, darker and cosier. I guess that’s why an autumnal feel in the air made me reminisce about my early blogging days. Since then, I’ve definitely changed but my love for it has only grown. It’s now just a part of who I am.

Why I Love Blogging

Lots of people blog for lots of different reasons. Here are mine:

I use my blog to channel my creativity

If you’ve stopped by before, I’m sure you’ve picked up on my love for arts, crafts and anything else considered creative. I love it all. I’ve dipped my toe into every possible nook in the world of creativity (or at least all the ones I can think of, anyway). Some stick, such as drawing and photography, and some don’t – but that’s fine.

My blog is a place where I can share all of this. It gives me a bit of a purpose. “Oh, if I finish this drawing soon I can share it on my blog” or “I mentioned that I’d like to make a skirt. I’ll get started” are fantastic blogging prompts for me.

I use my blog to meet new people

My blog has allowed me to meet people all over the world. I’ve had to chance to talk to people from Ukraine, India, Canada, Austria and, in one way or another, we’re similar. Meeting in the blogosphere means that readers generally share common interests, whether that’s reading, writing, photography, film… It doesn’t matter because there’s always something to talk about.

I use my blog to share my photography

Photography, for me, is one of those things in life that makes everything feel okay. I feel happy when I’m taking photographs. I concentrate so intensely on what I’m doing that any negativity in my life, however big or small, fades away into nothingness. I don’t have anywhere to properly share my photography work, so my blog helped me fill a hole. I’m thinking about creating a Facebook page simply for my photography – what do you think?

I use my blog to document my life

Having somewhere to write about my life is what catapulted this little piece of the internet into creation. It’s something I’ve always done. I’ve had countless diaries for me to write about what I’ve been up to and how I’m feeling. When I was younger, I did share snippets of my life on the internet, in novel ways like MySpace questionnaires, but never to this extent. I love it – the internet was made for sharing.

I use my blog to write

Most importantly and most obviously, my blog gives me somewhere to write. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved writing. As a kid, I wrote stories about growing old with my childhood crushes. In school, I wrote about war and mental health and, even now, when I next find the time I already know where my writing is going to take me (but shh, it’s too early to talk about it).

Writing calms me down, makes me smile, keeps my fingers busy and it can still produce something special at the end of it!

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What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

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