Monday, 20 July 2015

The Love/Hate Tag

Hello everyone! As I mentioned a little while back, my blog is going to be fairly slow on the uptake until after my holiday so hopefully I'll have plenty of lifestyle content ready for when I get back. Anyway, onto the purpose of this post... I was tagged by the gorgeous Bianca from Ditzy Sprinkles to do the Love/Hate Tag sometime last week but I didn't get a chance to type it up. Thanks by the way, I really enjoyed your post! I love doing tag posts so I'm more than happy to accept this little challenge. I'm just going to get straight into it so I hope this is enjoyable for you guys!

The rules, as copied from Bianca's post:

Simply list 20 things about yourself- 10 things you love and 10 things you hate/pet peeves. Then nominate 10 bloggers to take part.

10 things I love:
  • I utterly adore Marvel, as you can probably tell from my last post, I'm a big fan of both the comic books and the films so you can expect quite a few mentions of it on my blog!
  • I love to travel, I like discovering new things and exploring new places. I used to be quite a home bird but now I'm constantly thinking about my next trip and how I'm going to afford my travels.
  • I love... BLOGGING. As if you couldn't already tell, I try my hardest to write as much content as I can but I have to be happy with and proud of it before it goes out onto my blog, I'm starting to be quite the perfectionist. 
  • Getting a haircut is something I love because after years of bleaching and dying I like to take care of my hair, even if it does look like a rats nest sometimes. I recently got it cut quite short and the weight off it felt amazing, my hair is quite thick and coarse so more drastic changes feel so odd.
  • I love going on long walks, it's my way of doing exercise without it feeling like a chore because I stick my headphones in and just walk for ages. It's a great way of clearing my head and getting some fresh air so I use any excuse to do it, I visit my gran a lot because she lives in the next town over.
  • I love Autumn for a number of reasons; Halloween, cosy jumpers, an excuse to drink tea, my birthday... the list goes on. 
  • Going to concerts is one of my favourite things to do, the last one I went to was S Club 7 with my friend Leanne which was a total blast from the past. I hope to go to see more at some point, I just need to think of one I really want to go to.
  • Speaking of Leanne, I love painting nails, she used to get me to do her nails whenever she had a party or something to go to. We used to go to her house at lunch break when we were in school and just sort out her nails as we ate lunch. 
  • As cheesy as it sounds, I love my family. We have our ups and downs, none of us are perfect and we bicker but at the end of the day I couldn't imagine life without them.
  • I love chatting to other bloggers because quite often they have a similar mindset to me and it's easy to relate to them. Everyone has a different view on things and I like to compare my own to that of theirs.
10 things I hate:
  • Hate's a fairly strong word but I hate Iggy Azalea's music, not her, just the sound that she makes. 
  • Noisy/messy eating is something I really get irritated by, I have to leave the room, I know that probably sounds a little pretentious but it just really grates on me.
  • I have it when people I think I know turn around and betray me, especially after being two faced about another person (one which they run off to). It just stings a little, then again, if they are willing to turn around and stab me in the back at the drop of a hat I guess they weren't real friends at all in the first place.
  • If it has wings, I don't like it, whether it's a chicken, a wasp or a moth I just don't like them at all. If it has wings you can't exactly escape from it because it can... get you. 
  • I hate sweet and sour sauce, I've just never been able to eat it. I've always been picky but it's just one thing that really sticks out in my mind.
  • I hate the kids that used to bully my sister for being smaller than everyone else, more broadly, I just can't stand bullies. No matter who they are or where they're from.
  • I hate the fact that I'm so pale, unless I've been on holiday twice in the year I just look grey and unhealthy by the time it gets to Christmas. 
  • One thing that I really don't like is when I'm giving someone my work/writing to read through and they just stare at it in silence with a straight face as they read it, it makes me feel insecure about what I've written.
  • I utterly detest walking through slushy snow in the winter without wellies on, even in leather boots it's just plain awful, slippy and messy.
  • I hate the fact that I'm not musically or rhythmically talented, I always wanted to play an instrument but I just don't have the time, the patience or the co-ordination to do so. I've attempted a keyboard, an acoustic guitar and a recorder and failed at all three. 
The bloggers I nominate are:

Ant Man: Look Past The Name, It's A Good Film (SPOILERS)

So at the weekend I went to see Ant Man and, whilst most were dubious, I was really looking forward to seeing Paul Rudd play the unlikely hero. I'm just going to say now that it really didn't disappoint, with cameos from Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell and, of course, Stan Lee the writers didn't miss any chances to make references to other films and excite the average nerd. I think that the atmosphere of the cinema when a Marvel film is playing is just the best really, most of the people going are avid fans and you can really tell who got the references and who is just there because the actors are pretty. The film itself was very dry in its humor, the hero was unimpressed by his identity as the Ant Man but he was in awe of the technology. I think this worked very well for Rudd as he mainly plays quite sarcy characters and he plays them well, the role was perfect for him really.

The fact that the film was called Ant Man has put a lot of people off from seeing it, big mistake. It's a good film and it fills in some of the MCU storyline gaps. The main issue that I feel is considered too much, is the comparisons to Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Stark. Some people felt a little disappointed by Ant Man because as far as superheroes go, he is lacking in the ego department whereas Iron Man is this big brash character that plays up to the stereotype. Scott Lang ( Rudd's Ant Man) is more so a modern day Robin Hood, rather than a petty thief as you are lead to believe before actually seeing the film.

There's also the heart-warming father-daughter element of the movie as Dr Hank Pymm and his daughter (the original and man and the new Wasp) build their relationship back up as Scott tries to prove he is still a good father to his daughter Cassie. This was the glue in Pymm and Lang's mentor/protege relationship - they understood the importance of family and wanted to protect their children. The emotional aspect tied in nicely with the more serious backbone of the story - the protection of the world as Marvel movies tend to sway towards.

The end of the film tied it all up nicely (pretty much with a bow) and readied the characters for further action with the prospect of a sequel and perhaps a few cameos in other Marvel films. Hope Pymm, the new Wasp, will probably play a large role in the Ant Man future story lines and hopefully we'll get yet another strong female character woven into the scene! The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff) needs her own film and I'm fairly pleased with the new TV series Agent Carter.

Before I finish up this post I just want to mention the post-credit scene with Captain America, the Falcon and Bucky... It was amazing in its simplicity, it has certainly left me wondering about that particular part of Cap 3 and where they are going to go from there. Also, what's the story of that vice Bucky's arm is caught in? I reckon we won't ACTUALLY get any straight answers about that. So, on that note... Thanks for reading!

Monday, 13 July 2015

From School To Twenty

So in November I'm officially coming to the end of my teen years and it's made me think about my experiences since I started school. It's been a strange journey from my expectations at the age of fourteen to where I am now and I just want to share with you some of my more memorable experiences that have made me who I am, well, along with some minor details.

At the age of fourteen I started my first year of GCSE's, my subjects included the compulsory English, Maths, Science, Information Communication Technology, Religious Education and Design Technology. My chosen subjects were History and French as I loved History and French seemed like a good idea at the time. It was at this point in time that I wanted to be a primary school teacher, at the end of my GCSE years I actually did work experience at a primary school but I decided against that career path. Long story short, I finished with decent grades but I no longer knew what I wanted to do with my life.

I decided to stay on at school and go to Sixth Form, my A-Level subjects were English Literature, History, Psychology and Sociology which I actually chose because I wanted to study the humanities - they leave a lot of options if studied well and progressed. I went through a phase where I decided I wanted to be in the RAF or the Marines, I eventually dropped that idea because I couldn't do press-ups... Or run very far for that matter. I did, however, work towards that dream for quite some time and for a while I clung onto the idea. To be honest, I really struggled to come to grips with the transition between GCSE's and A-Levels so I lost interest in the subjects more and more as the year went on. 

So there I was, at the end of my first year of Sixth Form with lower grades than expected and no clear plan as to what I would do with my life. Luckily enough I had the chance to have a career guidance session, I met with a lovely woman who talked to me past the end of my session as we discussed my options - she suggested a college course in Journalism. This is how I ended up signing up to do the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Journalism and PR. 

Over that summer, before the course, I became involved with the National Citizenship Service (NCS), I was the only person from my Sixth Form that went so I had to meet new people and forge new relationships. We had a week out of bounds just doing team-building activities and things like zip-wiring and abseiling, we spent the next week at Sunderland university before planning and running an event for the Heel & Toe Charity.

It set me up perfectly for college and I made many friends and learnt things that'll always stay with me over the course of the year, it also gave me the confidence I needed to be my own person and have some independence. I got an MM grade for the diploma but I ultimately decided against pursuing journalism, I don't regret this decision but I did have a fantastic time over that year. 

To pass time after that I volunteered at the local primary school since I couldn't seem to get a job anywhere, my next move was actually recommended to me by the Job Center. I volunteered at a furniture scheme where I started in the front office but I ended up as a PA and social media manager (unpaid) until I started to get interviews for social media jobs. I stumbled across the social media career path completely by accident because I managed social media streams for my own, very new and slightly up and down blog as well as the accounts for the furniture scheme.

Through blogger outreach I met AJ who gave me some fantastic advice and even got me a few days work as a brand ambassador. I still talk to her today, she gives me advice on best practice and teaches me how to cook sometimes too. Anyway, not long after this I got involved with the Generation North East project which helped me get an interview with the company I work with now. It went really well and I've been working as a social media manager and digital marketing apprentice for around five months now. I'm still really enjoying my job and I reckon I'll be here for quite some time, of course, I would like to blog full time and do something in that sort of vein but at nearly twenty I've finally found my calling and I did it without UNI!

I'm very interested in hearing about how your experiences differ from mine, I'd also love to hear from anyone who is struggling to find a niche. I'm always available to answer questions and chat so please don't hesitate to comment or get in touch though my contact page. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Youtube And Hopes For Next Year

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by to read this post, I just want to talk - well, type - about Youtube. It's a venture that I've been thinking about for quite some time now and whilst I don't currently have a channel, I do have plans to start one. I'm holding out for when I have the proper equipment and setup so it will be a while but if I'm going to put myself out there and do it, I'm going to do it right. This may end up being the beginning of 2016 but I'm determined to get this started.

Until I start I'm going to reflect on what sort of videos I'm going to put out, I'm not sure whether I'm going to do it like this blog (featuring lifestyle, beauty and fashion) or I'm just going to vlog... I might do a mix. It will be a while until I've sorted everything out but it will be worth it in the end as a little project of my own. I do hope I start the blog before I go to Hong Kong next year though because it would be a really interesting addition to it. I could vlog my experiences and share my awkward personality with those who don't know me in person. I'd love to hear your thoughts on how I could go about this, if you're already a Youtuber I'd love to chat about getting into the swing of things.

My goal is not to become the next Zoella or whatever, it's just to give myself another way of expressing my thoughts and creativity... Plus, it would be nice to have another hobby, even if it is just about the same as this one. It's not even a goal really, it's more of a promise to myself that I'll stop caring about what people will think of me if I start a channel and just go for it. I think Youtube would sort of be the natural progression of this blog, it's kind of inevitable really. I enjoy what I do with this blog but I've been itching to start a channel, I'm not going to lie, it's daunting but it's something I've been thinking about since... Well, before I started my GCSE's.

Anyway, that's it for now... I'd really appreciate it if you could leave tips and advice in the comments so I have more to work from. Thanks for reading!

New Haircut

Please excuse the fact that the image is a bad bathroom selfie because I wanted to get the back of my hair in the image too. Anyway, since we've just had a heatwave here in the UK, long hair was a total nuisance... Me being me, I actually booked an appointment at the hairdressers in a bit of a strop. Having thick wavy hair is both a blessing and a curse, some people would kill to have that hair texture combo but it's been the bane of my life for a while now. In the summer it feels too heavy and without blow drying it looks ratty. 

I went in with half of an idea, as I usually do, as I can never decide and my hairdresser basically got free reign. I ended up with this concave bob, which I love but I know it will get annoying because I'm trying to grow out the dye. I get bored too easily and I love changing up the colour so it's going to be difficult! It will, however, be really handy for when I go to Majorca because it's a bit of a wash and go style. My hair doesn't dry that badly when it's short but because my hear is used to creating the natural oils for longer hair, I've found that I need to wash my hair every day which is more of a fuss because I usually wash it every other day. 

Last time I got my hair done (as seen to the right) I just got it trimmed and dyed, looking at this picture and focusing on my fringe, I guess I was always edging towards a shorter cut. I haven't had my hair this short since I was about sixteen or seventeen. Last time I had it this short I had a full fringe and I looked a bit like a lego head but I think I suit my hair shorter anyway. 

So, I just wanted to post a bit of a hair update since a) I always seem to when I go to the hairdressers and b) because I've been such a bad blogger and this my first post of July. I know, I suck. It's probably pointless promising a wave of new content as I'm just planning for my holiday content which will be out halfway through next month if things go the way I think they will. I will try to post as much as I can without compromising on quality before then though. Thanks for reading, it's much appreciated!