Pumpkins - Make a day of it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

One of my absolute favourite things to do in October is going pumpkin picking. I went for the first time last year with Emily and we both absolutely loved it. Last year we got so lucky with the weather; clear blue skies and air that was crisp but not so cold that it was uncomfortable. The week leading up to our visit this year consisted of freezing cold showers, we even considered cancelling; we didn't though because we were so excited about it. Thankfully, Mother Nature did us a solid and put a small pause on the rain, however, it was extremely windy, which isn't ideal when you need to take a really cute photo. A fair compromise though.

This year, we decided to make a full day of it. pumpkin picking, lunch, more pumpkin picking and finally a pumpkin carving party.

The pumpkin patch we visit is at Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington and it's lovely. As well as the pumpkin patch they have a really good cafe that sells food made using ingredients from the farm, a toffee apple stand, a market, and a pumpkin carving station for kids.

The patch was so muddy because of the rain. Its safe to say that my favourite black boots are now ruined. That's on me though. I clearly didn't use my common sense. 

After we'd scoped out where all the good pumpkins were we decided it was time for some dinner. We went to the cafe at the farm and got some pumpkin soup; very yummy. I paired my soup with a pumpkin spice latte because I'm obsessed and Emily got a gingerbread hot chocolate which was amazing.

There's also a greenhouse on the farm where you can choose pumpkins that have already been picked and priced. It's also the best place to quickly find all the monster pumpkins.

This is such a shameless photo that I posed for in public. Ah well. Got to be done. It also showcases this really cute Kanken mini which is the PERFECT size to carry your essentials.

They also decorate parts of the greenhouse which is super cute and spooky. When I came last year they had tonnes of already carved pumpkins that were amazing but we came on the first day of the season this year so there weren't any yet.

The farm has loads wheelbarrows that you can use on the patch to gather your pumpkins. However, there is a strict rule that you cannot ride in them and we DEFINITELY followed that rule. I promise.
As well as our own pumpkins, we also picked up some for our friends to carve later in the day. Transferring 5 heavy pumpkins, as well as food shopping, from the car to the kitchen was very hard work. Anyway, I and Emily were joined by Dane and Liv (from our college) and my step-sister Jasmine. I had such a good night and I think the others did too. When you're in college all week and you're under so much pressure, doing stuff like this at the weekend is so beneficial.
This is Jasmine. I think she carved the best pumpkin in the end but I'm not surprised; she studies graphic design so is obviously artistically inclined. Little side note, her hair looks so cute when she throws into a bun, lol I'm not jealous.

Emily took so long to carve hers! By the time that she'd finished scooping out the insides, everybody else had finished the whole thing.

This is all of our pumpkins. Comment your favourite!
Our second project was this spooky gingerbread haunted house. Please don't be offended by the anti-christ sign as its Halloween and I'm not genuinely a satan worshiper. I bought this one from Sainsbury's.
I also took some polaroids that I love. 

I highly recommend going pumpkin picking before the seasons over. If you're local then definitely check out Kenyon Hall. Its an especially nice thing to do if you have kids. There were loads of families there and the kids get so excited. I think it would be a really nice tradition to pick up.

My favourite movies to watch in October

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Edward Scissorhands – FILMGRAB [ • ]

You know how Christmas isn't just a day, its the entirety of December? I am one of those people who treat Halloween with the same treatment. Although there are a lot more than ten movies that I love to watch during this spooky time of year, here is a small selection that I highly recommend!

My Autumn fashion inspiration

Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn is my favourite time of year for style. The weather, for me, is perfect. I love to layer my clothes and in Autumn I get to start doing that using scarfs, cardigans, and obviously coats. The weather is also not too cold to wear skirts, which are a huge staple in my autumn wardrobe. Autumn also has the most gorgeous colour palette! I get a lot of my style inspiration from Pinterest (follow me!) and also from my favourite bloggers.

My absolute favourite blogger is Noelle Downing. Her style is beautiful all year round but she really does shine in autumn.

I love this outfit in particular. I am obsessed with this dress, especially paired with that beret. The bag is also gorgeous but I think its a little out of my price range.

I also love this more spooky look she did recently. This top is perfect for October; however I believe its from Modcloth, who unfortunately don't ship to the UK. Seriously though, she is serving LOOKS this season.

Check Noelle out:
Her blog

Another one of my favourite bloggers is Rach Martino, who is basically a modern day Carrie Bradshaw. I love her style so much, however we have quite different body types so a lot of what she wears i probably wouldn't get away with. I reckon I could pull something similar to this off though. I really love her coat and boots.

Check Rach out:
Her blog

This Steffy, also a blogger, and she too thrives in autumn. Her Instagram feed at the moment is BEAUTIFUL. I love this orange polo neck jumper and plaid skirt. It is very very cute.

Check Steffy out:
Her blog

Here, Lucy Hale is wearing a very similar one which i also love. She wears in a much more casual and slouchy way, but looks very chic.

I got the next two from pinterest and cant find the people wearing them.

I love this brown look. It gives me strong 90's vibes. I need to find some replicas!

I wish me and my bestie were killing it this much. I cant decide which colour jumper I like the most; they are so pretty!

Also, serious 70s vibes, right?

Finally, me and Emily actually looked quite cute last Autumn when we went pumpkin picking. I love this outfit and have no doubt it will be making a comeback in the near future. I need to find an even cuter outfit for this years trip to the pumpkin patch. I've definitely got plenty of inspiration!

My Dads Wedding

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On the 7th of September, Me and 20+ of my family/might as well be members packed our suitcases and travelled from Manchester all the way to Coral Bay, Cyprus. It was a 10 day, all inclusive holiday with my Dad and Step Mums wedding marking the half-way point. To say that those 10 days were TOTALLY INSANE would be an understatement. When you're younger, you interact with people a lot differently, but being on this holiday gave me the opportunity to actually talk to people that in the past I've seen as "grown ups" and whom have seen me as a kid properly as a young adult. As a result, I feel closer with my Dad, my Auntie, my Nan, practically everyone that I was with. I know that it’s a holiday I’ll remember for the rest of my life and I love my dad for giving me that.
My polaroid by the sea in Paphos. as you may be able to see, Jasmine decided to stick her finger in front of the camera lens whilst she took it. I took A LOT of polaroids whilst in Cyprus but I have very few that actually worked out. The lighting during the day was obviously crazy bright so most of my photos are overexposed.

Again, in Paphos with Jasmine. I bought us these super yummy ice creams. I had a scoop of pistachio and scoop of Lion Bar whilst Jasmine had cherry and Kinder Bueno. It was actually a total disaster though because they just melted really, really fast in the heat. The weather was like 32 degrees celsius so really, I should of thought twice but I was so hot! 

From left to right: a pig, my handsome Father, my gorgeous Nan, my beautiful Auntie. Seriously, my Bridesmaid dress really wasn't flattering for me. It was so tight and as a top-heavy girl I just bulged. Not to mention, I could barely breathe.

This is Willow. She's my Aunty Corina's daughter. She's almost Three now which I find totally insane. I shared a hotel room with Corina and Willow which was very testing. Not because of Corina obviously, but because of Willow. A combination of her age, the sun, the late nights and the unfamiliar bedroom made her very, very cranky and prone to tantrums. Sticking Toy Story on proved to be the perfect antidote. Willow absolutely loved the pool. It seriously warmed my heart to see her so happy.

This photo looks candid but I assure you it was not. We were driving back down a mountain into Coral Bay after an amazing day out when we pulled up on the side of the road to watch the sunset. It was so beautiful. So many photos were taken. Its so lovely to look back at them now that I'm home and remember how breathtaking it was, especially when i was surrounded by my family.

Willow was also ecstatic at this little bird cage. 

This is a photo of me and Sasha hanging out in the kids pool. Me holding Sasha's daughter Ayva and and Sasha holding Willow. When I saw this photo once I was home i remembered that when Sasha was getting in, she thought the pool was a lot more shallow than it really was, so as she stepped in she totally fell. Once I established that Ayva was above water and unaffected, it was hilarious. As you can see, I soon took the baby to avoid any further accidents.

This is Willow and her small, creepy doll that my nan bought her in Paphos. She named her 'Little Willow' and developed a strange attachment to it. 

A deconstruction of my spotify

Monday, January 8, 2018

We have all had them awkward conversations with new people. The 'getting to know each other' conversations. 'Whereabouts are you from?', 'what are your parents like?', 'What are you studying?', and my most dreaded question: 'so what kind of music do you listen to?'.

I always find this question so hard to answer. It really should not be as hard as I seem to find it. Sometimes I wish I could just be one of those people who say 'oh. I'm into death metal' or 'I listen to house music'. Only for the simplicity of it though, I really would rather not listen to death metal or house music. 

Basically, I am using this post to break down my taste in music because I listen to a pretty random selection of tunes. This is in no way a brief summary.

I would first like to make clear the type of music that I never find myself wanting to listen to. 

Genres I do not f*ck with:

  • Any sort of dirty heavy metal music 
  • Grime 
  • Mumble rap
  • Any sort of misogynous, overly objectifying rap music 
  • Techno, house, EDM... yano, that general vibe (except for nostalgia purposes)
Now onto the stuff I actually like...

Musical Theatre has been a prominent component of my music taste for most of my life. I grew up being obsessed with The Sound Of Music, Mama Mia, and of course all the Disney musicals. When I started my vocal lessons in high school, I really began to explore the genre more. Then I met Emily and we started to perform together (not brilliantly might I add). I left high school with a musical theatre performance diploma. I am a massive fan of anything Lin-Manuel Miranda works on. Not to be overly dramatic but he is a revolutionary musical and dramatic genius. Hamilton is one of my most played albums on Spotify; I also listen to In The Heights a lot. As a songwriter, he holds quite a big place in my music taste. I am also an enormous fan of our lord and saviour, Barbra Streisand. I truly admire her, not only for her work but as a whole person, however, I'm not going to go into it because it's not really relevant.  Funny Girl will always be one of my absolute favourite movies. I truly love it.

When I was fifteen I went through my emo phase - like so many do. I began to love this genre because of the album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out', Panic! At The Discos debut album. If you've ever listened to it you'd instantly recognise how theatrical it is. Its like edgy musical theatre. I am still a huge fan of Brendon Urie - he is easily one of the best male vocalists in the music industry today. This era of my life was probably when music excited me the most. I was obsessed with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and Twenty One Pilots. The crowds at these gigs were crazy. I got absolutely thrown around and squished and stood on. When I first came out of this phase the whole genre made me cringe a little bit but now I can appreciate it again. It reminds me of a really exciting and dramatic time of my adolescent life. 

My emo phase quite naturally developed into me listening to a lot of indie rock. Its a genre I've always listened to and it takes up a lot of my Spotify. 

I got quite a lot of my music taste from my dad. When I was younger, my dad used to take me and my step sisters on road trips all the time. He drove a Mercedes camper van - one where the roof pops up to make a little upstairs bed. It makes me so incredibly happy looking back at falling asleep to the music in the little upstairs bed. He introduced me to The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd... So much music that I love so much now. Bob Dylan makes me so happy that I actually cry. I could literally listen to The Beatles all day, every day. He also played A LOT of Snoop Dogg but that doesn't really warm my heart as much as the rest if I'm being honest. I know you're probably thinking 'woowww unpopular opinion', I know, but I'm not sorry. 

A lot of the other stuff that I listen to is just classic 70s and 80s. We're talking Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Elton John, Billy Joel. I had the Madonna 'immaculate collection' on my very first iPod so that whole album makes me super happy. Not only because all songs are obviously bops, but it just reminds me of being on holiday when I was younger. Another album that I'm obsessed with is 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac; I've been in love with this album for years. Queen is obviously iconic, but I think the reason I'm especially drawn to it is the theatrical elements as it really appeals to my love for musical theatre. Plus, Freddy Mercury looked like my grandad and that makes me smile. Billy Joel is another artist that I've loved for a long time- not to sound morbid but his song 'Vienna' is the first thing I play when I'm feeling sorry for myself and need a good cry (I actually have an entire playlist for this). Simon and Garfunkel, particularly Paul Simon, I love. Every classic 80s ballad is in my playlists.

I don't want to sound like a gimp but I really do love music. I am almost constantly listening to it. I struggle to fall asleep without my bedtime playlist. Its one of my favourite feelings to hear a song I've never heard before and just fall in love with it. Or to listen to a song that makes you FEEL emotions. I sound like a massive idiot so I am going to stop myself there. Congratulations if you actually read all that. I am well aware that it is not entirely articulate but I just like to write my thoughts as they come. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.