Sunday, 27 July 2014

Holiday Diaries | The Scarborough Sunshine

So I was able to spend a few days in Scarborough with my parents and my brother, which acted as a really great break for a few days.
The weather this past week has been great and I took full advantage of just living in my shorts and having my sunglasses constantly glued to my head whilst I've had the chance.
In the small village where we stayed there was the cutest little tea rooms. Me and my mum took full advantage of this and went quite a few mornings. The presentation of all the food was incredibly cute, but the presentation of the Eggs Benedict and my scone just blew me away. It was fairly priced too, so therefore me and mum didn't feel guilty at all indulging for a few mornings.
We then went to Bridlington for the day and went to the John Bull Rock Factory Tour, where we got to see rock being made by hand, as well as make our own stick. The last picture is my feeble attempt at making my own stick of rock which has the letter 'R' running through the middle.
Somehow I didn't know that Anne Bronte was buried in Scarborough and I was highly disappointed in myself for not knowing this, so me and my mum visited her grave.
Scarborough was the next place we visited, where I got to take advantage of the incredible sea views of both the north and south bay being so high up. I also got the chance to take a hilarious selfie.
The Sealife Centre was the last place we visited, for someone like me who is generally a massive kid and will do anything to spend a day with the "fishes" this was a great day for me. I got the chance to hold a crab, which I got a sticker for and I also got to take a selfie with the jellies.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Beauty | Made With Love

There is always something about handmade jewellery which has that little bit extra something special, the fact that my little set has the main theme of hearts makes this even more special.

This set was made for me by a family friend who has recently started making jewellery, and started with me choosing the ring pictured above. She then decided to make me a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a pendant to go along with the ring without me asking. The pendent can be worn either on a chain as a necklace or it can be kept on the bracelet for an added extra, I think I'll be keeping it on the necklace as it just adds something extra.

I have a wedding coming up next month and this will probably be the jewellery set that I end up wearing as it's really simple, yet adds such a gorgeous touch.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Life | The Fault In Our Stars Film Review

So I, like many girls across the world, jumped at the chance to see the film release of the much anticipated adaptation of John Green's 'The Fault In Our Stars', and also dragged the boyfriend along, sorry Ryan!

It's fair to say that this review will be short, sweet, and probably vague as the last thing I want to do is ruin it for those who haven't had the chance to see it yet.

The movie was everything I could have asked for. Knowing that John Green was working closely with the movie to ensure that it was as close to the book as possible gave me high hopes, and it sure did not let me down. Hazel and Gus looked how I'd imaged them whilst I was reading the book, this may have also been helped by the fact that I managed to avoid all internet craziness surrounding the filming of this. I only have three niggles with the film: 
  • One of my favourite scenes was not included, however I'm pretty sure that is a complaint for all book to movie adaptations
  • One of the scenes was changed, however I can completely see why it was changed for the movie
  • And most importantly, to me anyway, the last line was changed. However, for those who haven't read the book, I know this won't make the slightest difference, and it doesn't make any difference to the film.
This film will make you cry, whether that be a small sniffle or full on ugly crying, don't be afraid just embrace it. At the end of the showing I went to everyone was looking around to ensure that everyone else was crying, although I'm amazed they didn't hear me sniffling in the back throughout the entire film. I still can't be sure if I was crying from the word go because I knew what was coming, or because it was just beautiful, probably both.

For those people who haven't read the book and don't know what they are in for, it's a refreshing film with some hard truths, but a great film. For those people who have read the book, I don't think we've been let down with the adaptation.

I can't recommend this film, or book any more. It's definitely worth seeing, and if you haven't read the book, definitely worth reading.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Beauty | Family Evening Outfit

So Wednesday was my Dad's birthday, along with my Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary so we went out for a curry as a family, so here is what I wore.

The dress probably looks familiar from a recent blog post as it's what I wore when I went out with Ryan's work, it's one of my favourite dresses as it gives the impression that I simply have a checkered shirt tucked into a leather skirt, I picked this up from Primark in the sale around Christmas time.

I just paired the dress with my black peep toe court shoes, which I also picked up from Primark. I bought these with the hope of wearing them for my 21st celebrations later on in the year, but I really do need to break them in. The ridiculously awkward hand in the picture is me clutching onto just a simple black clutch, why my hand is in that position I could not tell you. My hair is just simply pinned back with two small clips to give the impression of a small beehive look but with a different spin.

My entire outfit is completed with my treasured time turner, which is quite possibly my favourite possession.

Bonus picture of me pulling a hilarious face whilst trying to get a picture of the back of my hair!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Life | Mother Knows Best

Following the post I dedicated to my Dad on Father's Day where I said I'd dedicate one to my mum as it was only fair, I decided that today would be the best day to post this post as it's actually my Dad's Birthday, but also my Mum and Dad's Wedding Anniversary!

So as we did with my Dad, here's a quick introduction to my Mum:

  • She's just as hilarious as my Dad, she has me in stitches most nights when we're watching TV. I'm sure that people would think we were absolutely insane if they could see us.
  • She is fiercely protective when it comes to her family. Just like my Dad, she will go to the ends of the Earth to protect each and every one of us.
  • She's always there for me, no matter what time I know I can always count on my mum to be there for me.
  • She's one of my best friends. I know it's cliche to say and people always say that you should be a parent not a friend, well my Mum did both and she's the best Mum out there in my eyes.
  • My parents bought me up incredible, and I have some of the best values thanks to them. However, my mum approach to being so open with me for as long as I can remember helped us become so close, but also made me respect my parents immensely.
  • We both watch our car crash TV together, if it wasn't for my mum I wouldn't be watching half the stuff I do.
  • She fan girls over Glee and Catfish with me.
  • Oh come on, who else can say that they've been to see both Greenday and McFly with their mum in the same sentence?
  • Just as I am with my Dad, I'm also insanely similar to my mum, which in turn probably drives my Dad crazy.
  • People say I'm her double.
  • We have hilarious inside jokes, like the fact she's my Knobhead
Once again, there is so much more I could say about my Mum. However, if I turn out to be half the Mum that my Mum is, I know I've done a pretty incredible job.

Beka. xo