#Blaugust Day Two: 9 Happy Things

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Actually being posted on a Sunday! At a reasonable time! Miracles do happen…

1) Making plans

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In this last week, I’ve made plans to go and see my bestie in the next city over and have a mini-meet with the Lincoln Lolis! On Tuesday, Gina and I going to see Inside Out, and the next day we’re going out to test a new waffle joint that’s opened in Lincoln. As well as hanging out with my Loli friends, I bumped into my best friend from college/ex-boss, Becka the other day, and we arranged to meet up for coffee and a catch up at some point. I’m really excited to hang out with everyone!

2) This gif

This pug 1000000% does not care.

3) Peaky Blinders 

I’m not usually one for period dramas, but dang. Peaky Blinders has hooked me and I’m only 3 episodes in. Set shortly after World War 1, Peaky Blinders follows the named gang of Birmingham’s exploits as they try to readjust to a changed world, and Tommy (Cillian Murphy) has to adapt to being back home and not in the trenches, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s danger, drama and subterfuge, and some beautifully shot and scored scenes. S1 is on British Netflix, and it’s a damn good watch! Also, Cillian Murphy is oddly fetching in a flat cap… Even if it has razor blades sewn into it.

4) American Horror Story: Freak Show

It’s no big secret that I LOVE AHS, and despite S3’s incredible disappointment (The name of episode one sums up the entire season: Bitchcraft) I decided to hold on, and jumped into S4… And ended up marathoning six episodes of it with the Boyfriend-Wonder yesterday. Whoops, so much for making it last! I’m really enjoying this season so far, and I think it has a ton of really good subtext, some great performances and an engaging story. I love the creepy, animated intro and I think it really stands apart from the rest of the series and other shows. However, the one problem I have with this entire season is Jessica Lange’s awful German accent. It’s so bad and borders on cringeworthy.

5) These glittery purple earrings from Peppermint Puff

If there’s one thing you all probably know about me, it’s that I like the colour purple, and I like glitter and sparkly things. These awesome earrings handmade in Kent are the perfect example of this! Peppermint Puff was recently shared on my Twitter timeline and I fell totally in love with all of her stuff. It’s cute, glittery, and totally spoopy. I am currently eyeing up the lavender unicorn bag charm and this cute little pixel love-heart ring. Check out her stuff on Etsy!

6) Starting #Blaugust

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Yeah, blogging challenges! This one is ran by Bel over on Aggronaut (rules here!) and there’s a ton of people taking part with a whole range of posts and a pretty big community. I’ve already written about my intentions to complete this challenge, but damn- it feels good to be taking on a challenge like this!

7) Mail call!

Secret Mask, a vegan-friendly cruelty-free company reached out to me a few weeks ago and offered to let me test some of their products, and they finally arrived on Friday! There’ll be a review coming next week (giving me chance to test them properly!) but I’ll tease you with this: the rose fragrance on the Rose Secret Mask is incredible.

8) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I’m doing my yearly reread, and totally loving it! American Gods has been one of my favourite books for quite a few years now, and I always make a point of rereading it every summer. I love the story and all the characters, and it’s incredibly well-written. I’d recommend it to any fantasy fan who wants something a bit meatier and modern in their books.

9) Progress

Inching ever forward, a day at a time.

What’s been making you happy this week?

#Blaugust Day One: What I Hope to Gain

#Blaugust is here! What is Blaugust, I here you ask? Should I go see a doctor about it? Why am I so excited?

#Blaugust is a blogging challenge, put together by Bel of Aggronaut  (rules on the link!) where basically, you have to write a blog of at least 400 words every day throughout the month of August, and you might be in with a chance to win some sick gaming swag (they’re epic drops, naturally). There’s also a vlogging version of this challenge, which, if you’re into that kind of thing, could be pretty fun.

In posting this, I’m putting it out as an intention of completion! As long as I still have internet, I’ll be posting every day, about various things. I sat down and wrote out a list of post ideas, so there’s gonna be a mishmash of posts coming up. I have ideas based around video games, fashion, a combination of the two, advice, picture posts and more, as well as the usual posts you’d get from me, such as 9 Happy Things. I have a few reviews that’ll be coming your way too!

So what am I hoping to get from this? To get back into a blogging schedule for one thing. Currently, I just have one post I put up every week, and I want to include more. I constantly feel myself having zero inspiration or ideas for my blog, so I’m hoping this gives me a boot up the backside. It’s funny, since I decided I was gonna do #Blaugust, I had tons of ideas for posts and things I wanted to do for it. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

I also wanted to get the chance to link up to new bloggers from a different blogosphere. Currently. I am deeply and comfortably entrenched within the lifestyle bloggers and the cruelty free fashion/beauty bloggers, but that’s not all I’m about. As many of you know, I’m a huge video game nerd, and have been gaming since as long as I can remember. I’d love to write more about video games and my love for them, but I never found the right time… Until now! I plan on combining video games and fashion quite a lot too, to combine two of my biggest loves <3

One of the biggest difficulties between me and completing this challenge will be my potentially upcoming move! Things are moving forward, and I may be moving out soon… Ish. Obviously, in that time, I won’t have internet (unless someone else in my building has it and is generous) but hey- It’s a good excuse for falling behind.

So I hope that over the next month you guys won’t get bored of me chiming on about #Blaugust. Are any of you guys joining in?

Sports Chic outfit with Fanatics*

Fanatics, an online store specialising in sports apparel recently reached out to me and asked if I could make an awesome sports-luxe sports chic outfit. Never being one to turn down a challenge, I jumped on it! As you may well know, sports chic isn’t really my forte, as I’m more of a casual goth with a nerdy twist. I ended up combining my style with sports chic to make the following outfit on Polyvore…

The first challenge was that I had to base the outfit around a hat, specifically either the Atlanta Braves or the San Francisco Giants, to tie in with Giants vs Braves National League game taking place on August 4th in Atlanta. I opted with the Giants, because I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco!

I went with this hat, available on the Fanatics site.

Above is the hat I went with! It’s simple, while still being stylish. Black goes with just about everything, and the black colour makes the colour of the logo really pop.

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More details on this outfit over on Polyvore.

Here’s the outfit I made! There’s still a touch of casual goth, but it leans much more on a sporty theme. I went with the flared miniskirt (aka my favourite fashion item ever) as a base for the outfit and worked around it and the hat I chose. I also picked a SF Giants V-neck tee in a lightweight material. The jersey material means it would keep you cool if you’re getting hot in the stands and it looks good! It also has the team name and logo printed across it which matches the hat. I chose the tights because the twin stripe pattern always makes me think of sports socks and is also incredibly stylish! I picked sneaker wedges which combines sport and style (and a bit of glamour!) and are pretty damn fancy. Finally, I went with a bright orange watch as an accessory because it’s bright orange, and emulates the team colours. Go team!

I think this outfit is not only fashionable, but you could definitely play a few rounds of baseball in it!

So what do you think to my sports luxe outfit? It was a lot of fun making an outfit outside my comfort zone.

Meet the Blogroll!

As you may have noticed, things have changed a bit around here. I’ve played with my about, contact and disclaimer/PR pages, and added a blogroll! I’m still in the process of a) learning more about WordPress on the whole and b) changing things, but for now, I thought I’d introduce all my lovely friends who I have on the blogroll.

If you are interested in advertising or sponsoring with me, please shoot me an email at arianwen.carr@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club

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The International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club is pretty much what it sounds like on the tin- nerdy people around the world are paired up and they write letters and send parcels together. However, it’s so much more than that! It’s forums are things of gold, and feature advice, how-tos, swaps and all sorts. Put together by Internet Pixies Leslie Stewart, Jen Giammarco, Emma Silverlock and Emily Farquaharson-Hall, it’s been an overwhelming success, and I’m more than happy to call myself an iggle.

Sparklegirl

Jen’s blog is all kinds of magical. When I first start blogging way back when, Sparklegirl was one of the first blogs I subscribed to. It was cutesy, nerdy and above all else; Jen’s voice was clear and honest. Plus, she has totally cute cats. Sparklegirl is a combination of lifestyle posts (holidays, trips out etc) recipes and info on all of her crafty stuff. Jen is a seriously talented crafter who makes super cute bags, pillow cases and kitty kickers all out of her own house!

Spiked Black Tee

My friend Danie, irl punk rocker and magical girl runs her own fabulous blog which is packed to the gills with alternative fashion, mood boards, recommendations on cruelty free beauty and cruelty free living. She adds her own goth/punk twist on everything and she helps host the #cfbloggers Twitter chats. She’s a hella talented lady and I’m so happy that I know someone that awesome!

Nerdette at Large

How cute is Gabriella‘s banner though? Isn’t the art precious? Anyway, Nerdette at Large is a totally fab blog which features interviews with lady gamers (yours truly did one recently!) and also features personal looks at all things nerdy. Gabriella is one of the friendliest, loveliest bloggers I know, so be sure to check her out!

Dim Horizon Studios

Oh Dim Horizon. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… This superb photography company is based out of Georgia, America and does some of the most incredible photography. Ranging from portraits, to pets by way of landscapes and urban exploration, Dim Horizon are an innovative company with an eye for the beautiful and weird. Their work is absolutely must-have!

Gamerwife

Gamerwife is one of the most unique video games based blogs I’ve read. Blogger Mariko offers a fantastic perspective on gaming as a pastime, as well as an introspective on the world of indie game devs. Mariko has a really interesting approach to gaming; she wasn’t brought up with it like I was, and only got into it with her husband, several years later. She writes about gaming cons, games in general, and my favourite posts: Fridays I’m in Love.

That’s everyone! I hope you enjoy checking these blogs out, and tell them I sent you!

9 Happy Things

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A bit late as usual (Blame WoW, the Boyfriend-Wonder has been playing it A LOT this week!) but as usual, it’s been a good one:

1) Cats

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I saw my Dad, his kids and our cats on Friday, and it was lovely. I became cat nap central to these two. I posted other cat pics on Instagram!

2) this gif:

You go, li’l corgi!

3) American Horror Story: Coven

I wasn’t all that keen on the series (it was wayyy too bitchy and not enough horror- although Poor Nan!) but dang, the wardrobe was totally on point.

4) This epic planner from ban.do

Thanks to Jemma over at Dorkface for sharing this awesome stationery/accessories shop ban.do on her blog!  Ban.do are the go-to on awesome planners, agendas, notebooks, stickers… All sorts! I’m totally eyeing up the notebook/diary set above.

5) This adorable Frenchie bag from Sour Cherry

How cute is this?! Admittedly I’m more of a cat lady (see my first entry in this post!) but this bag calls out to me. I totally love it! It’s sold by Sour Cherry, a local shop in Sheffield, who also stock a wide range of awesome jewellery. Shop local, friends!

6) Atari: Game Over

I watched this awesome doc while I was at my Grandma’s one night and it was fascinating! It was about the rise and fall of the video game industry in the 80s, and how ET signalled its decline. Featuring interviews with members of the original dev team at Atari as well as various other industry bigs (and Ernest Cline!) this doc is equal parts about the rise and fall of atari in the 80s, and the uncovering of the buried games of ET in Alomogordo. Atari: Game Over is on Netflix (British Netflix anyway) and I strongly recommend it if you’re interested in video games.

7) Getting lovely things in the mail!

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The above picture is the lovely Thank You card I got from where I interned! I pretty much welled up when I got it, it’s so nice. I’m glad my time in the office was so appreciated. I also got a thank you card from my cousin’s wedding, and the earrings I won in a competition arrived too.

8) Birdy

Birdy is a unique kind of musician. With lilting, haunting vocals, catchy hooks and the ability to make you feel sad and happy within the space of a few minutes. Birdy’s ethereal album The Fire Within has been on a constant loop here. Her unique brand of acousticy baroque-pop is the exact type of thing the Boyfriend-Wonder loves, and I’ve really grown to love her too.

9) Happy anniversary!

It was mine and the Boyfriend-Wonder’s 2 year anniversary this last week! I bought donuts and we watched dumb stuff on Netflix. I’m living the dream life <3

What’s been making you happy this week?

Versatile Blogger Award

While I was away at my Grandma’s with a questionable internet connection, I got tagged by the very lovely Jenna of Princess Parasox blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks Jenna :D Jenna’s blog is full of feminism, beauty tips and adventured. Jenna has a really strong, distinct voice and I love reading her posts. Go check her out!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  4. Select 15 blogs / bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly.

Here are my facts!

1) I met my best friend Gina after we bonded over a terrible tutor at college

Gina and I first met when we both took the same class at college. I was returning after not getting into university the first time I applied, and Gina had been looking for a college better than their sixth form. The class we took was Communications and Culture, which at first, sounded really good. We learned about types of communication, and our fairly old, totally backwards tutor tried to teach us about other cultures and subcultures. Suffice to say, it was a disaster. Our tutor had no idea about any modern subcultures, and operated on old-fashioned views of existing subcultures (all goths are depressed? Please, pull the other one) and as Gina and I both the outcasts of our class, we were pretty mad. Sadly, due to personal issues, Gina dropped out, but we kept really close. In the years since taking that godforsaken class (which I got an A in and did the whole A-level in 1 year!) Gina and I have become closer than ever, and regularly go on adventures and they’re soon joining me in Sheffield, where they’re starting university at my old stomping ground. I love you, gurl!

2) When I met my other best friend, Lawrence, we HATED each other

Lawrence and I first met way back in the hellhole of hormones, high-pressure and heresy which is secondary school. We were in the same English class in Year 7, and we hated at each other. We’d share barbs, spread rumours, and generally give each other shit whenever we passed each other. Then, one day, in Year 8, our school was doing one of those charity 3-legged races, and we got put together. Long story short, we bro-ed out. Hard. A shared love of video games and general silliness meant we got on like a house on fire. We’ve fallen out a few times, but always made up. Lawrence is my boo and one of the funniest people I know.

3) I have had some terrible, terrible jobs

I’ve always been of the mindframe that so long as I’m getting paid, a job can’t be too bad, right? I have proven myself wrong quite a few times! My worst job ever was oddly enough, my first; I worked in the back of a fish and chip shop. My uniform was a baggy polo shirt, burgundy baseball cap, tracky bottoms, the most waterproof trainers I could find, and a burgundy fleece in case it cold. In short, I looked ridiculous. The worst thing about that job was having to hoick fish around. Do you know how gross raw fish feels? It’s horrible. Another bad thing is that I could never get the smell of lard out of my hair. It was an awful, underpaid job and it sounds odd, but I’m always glad I had it; I know what the very worst is, so I can avoid it forever!

4) I used to play guitar

I took lessons for about two years, but I was never any good! You know how some people’s brains are just really good with numbers, or languages or music? My brain was not one of those. I couldn’t make sense of sheet music, couldn’t do chord changes and just couldn’t keep it up. The one song I could half play was This is Not a Test by She & Him.

5) Half of my family live in Scotland

My family has a very distinct regional split. My Dad’s side live almost entirely in Lincolnshire and Lancashire; while my mother’s side live entirely in Scotland- mostly Inverness and Perth. Because Scotland is so far away (8+ hours on a train) I don’t see them as often as I’d like, but we keep in contact via emails. On my Scottish side, I can trace my lineage way back to the Battle of Culloden (think Outlander!)

6) I’ve been to France 3 times… With school

Ah, France. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear France? Moustaches? The Eiffel Tower? The Tour De France? Sadly, I had none of that. My secondary school offered a 3 day coach trip to France via Luxembourg and Brussels for pretty cheap, so after sorting some legal stuff, I paid up and was all excited to go. However, because I was taking both History & French GCSEs and was generally a big nerd, I was a prime candidate to ‘represent the school’ and all that stuff. We travelled to Calais, and drove to various historical sites, many graveyards and the like to honour fallen soldiers of WW1 & WW2. There were quite a few soldiers from my hometown which died during the wars, so we were there to honour them, as well as lay wreaths and the like. It was a nice trip (and not bad for the price!) but I wish it had been longer- and that it hadn’t been so long on a coach.

7) I’ve seen Sir Patrick Stewart perform The Tempest in London

More secondary school adventures! In Year 9, when we were studying The Tempest, my fab, crazy English teacher arranged a trip for us to go down to London (a big deal for us Lincolnshire kids!) and watch The Tempest, after a wander around the Capital, buying souvenirs (I bought my Dad a World Cup keyring, he was quite happy with it) taking photos of everything, we went to the theatre and watched the show. We had terrible seats, but what did it matter? Sir Patrick Stewart in the flesh! I grew up watching Star Trek, so I already the ultmate respect for the man that was Captain of the starship Enterprise, but still. It was incredible.

That’s my facts!

I’m gonna be lazy here and tag whoever wants to do it! If you take part in this award, please let me know and link me up!

9 Happy Things

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Sunday funday! Something like that. It’s been an up and down week, but thankfully, more focus on the up. Let’s hope it stays that way <3

1) Cats on glass tables

Look at it’s fluffy belly!!! Cats, already hilarious animals, are even better on glass tables. I was looking at this list on Buzzfeed the other day when the Boyfriend-Wonder looked over my shoulder and said, “they’re not cats! They’re clouds with paws!” and it cracked me up. He’s not wrong!

2) Mysticum Luna

A Sheffield-based shop, Mysticum Luna sell a wide range of cute, sterling silver jewellery, fashion and other witchy ephemera which is totally perfect for the bad witch in you! I came across these lovelies on Instagram, and since then, I’ve added many, many items to my wish list, including these moon/star bracelets, moon phase pillow cases (!), and ouija socks. Shop locally, you never know what you might find!

3) Heart Aches by the Number by Guy Mitchell

Some background; I spent the weekend at my Grandma’s, and on Sundays, there’s a radio show she listens to which plays music from the 50s-60s “her music” as she tells me. Today, as we were making a cup of tea, Heart Aches by the Number came on, which I recognise from Fallout: New Vegas, so we had a little bonding/singalong in the kitchen while the song was on. Thanks, video games for giving me a nice moment.

4) American Horror Story: Asylum

I’ve not watched AHS in a while, so I decided to make a bit of progress through S2, which was my favourite on my last watch. I’ve just crossed a pivotal point in the series (hello, Angel of Death) and god, it’s so good! It’s such a good show and I’m loving rewatching it. I’m hoping S3 & 4 live up to the hype as well!

5) Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Boyfriend-Wonder has been under the weather this week, so that means marathoning comedy shows, and we settled on Whose Line Is It Anyway? presented by Aisha Tyler (of Archer fame!) and it is HILARIOUS. I have snort laughed more times than I’d care to admit to! It’s quick-fire improv which always ends in brilliant results.

6) I made an advert for my blog!

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I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes stuff with my blog, including jigging up my about me section, and adding a contact page and disclaimer and PR info. I also made this ad! It’s not brilliant, but alas; I am NOT a designer. I also started adding some of my favourite blogs to my blogroll over there on the left, and shall introduce them at a later date. I might tentatively offer some advertising packages in the future too. It’s all a part of Comics and Cookies’s more professional look and feel! If you have any advice or feedback, please let me know, as I am a total noob at all this.

7) Rendezvouz with Rama by Arthur C Clarke

My Dad lent me this book a while ago, and he’ll be thrilled to see I’ve finally finished it! Arthur C Clarke is the king of sci-fi, and this book was superb. It was incredible. It was space exploration and the very best, and Clarke’s writing and descriptions made the story really easy to visualise. I can’t wait to get started on book 2!

8) Warcraft film posters

HYPE. SO HYPE.

9) That’s about it! There’s been a lot of behind the scenes, life type stuff going on which could lead somewhere exciting- but also, it could not. I’m trying not to get too hyped up about it!

What’s been making you happy this week?

Four Things

I saw this post over on Princess Parasox‘s blog (check her out, she’s fab!) and thought it looked cute, so I decided to give it a go!

I nominate Danie over at Spiked Black Tee (of course!) Bev at Beverbeee, B at You Fancy Me Mad, and Travis, at Travis the Grimm. All fab blogs, go check them out!

Four places I’ve lived: 

  • In Gainsborough, with my Dad
  • Walkley in Sheffield (I miss that big old house!)
  • Wybourn in Sheffield
  • Gainsborough, with the Boyfriend Wonder’s parent

Four jobs I’ve had: 

  • Open Day Assistant at uni
  • Customer Service Assistant at 2 different cinemas
  • Intern at a film company
  • Events assistant at 3 different arts-themed festivals

Four things I don’t eat

  • Olives
  • Peas
  • Baked beans
  • Marmite

Four of my favourite foods

  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries

Four films I’ve watched more than once

  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Amelie

Four TV Shows I watch 

  • American Horror Story
  • Whose Line is it Anyway?
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Sense 8

Four things I’m looking forward to this year

  • Moving out (I can get all my clothes and books again, bliss <3)
  • It’s my 2 year anniversary with the Boyfriend-Wonder next week <3
  • My 23rd birthday this year! I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it will be awesome.
  • Starting my internship in September with a magazine in Sheffield

Four things I can’t live without

  • Tea tea tea tea
  • Sweet food
  • My lovely friends
  • The internet

Four things about Iain (the Boyfriend-Wonder!) 

  • He nearly always has facial hair
  • He is amazing at any video game
  • His favourite colour is orange. The brighter, the better!
  • His favourite food is tuna pasta cheese

Four places I’ve visited

  • Inverness, Scotland
  • New Brighton, England
  • Somerset, England
  • Leeds, England

Four pet peeves

  • Terrible estate agents
  • People walking slowly in front of me
  • Rude staff
  • People revving their engines at stupid times of the day/night

Four things I wish I could do

  •  Cook properly- shepherd’s pie is a limited repertoire
  • Earn enough money to be financially stable and buy nice things for friends and family members
  • Speak a ton of languages fluently
  • Change all my beauty and house products to cruelty free/vegan alternatives

Four subjects I studied at school

  • Maths (I took my GCSE early because I was in the top group, but I am actually pretty bad at maths)
  • French
  • History
  • English Language

Four things near me right now

  • My phone
  • Wii steering wheels
  • My hairbrush
  • A printer

Thanks for reading! Have you joined in with this tag? Let me know in the comments!

9 Happy Things

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9 Happy Things! Actually on a Sunday! Miracles do happen… Here’s things from this week that have been making me smile.

1) Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Hardcore mode

Thankfully this hasn’t happened to me yet! In short, hardcore mode means that if your character dies, they’re dead for good. No revives, no ‘press y for revive’, just full on deadsies. You get that lovely screen up there and then it’s back to the start. I have been absolutely loving the challenge of hardcore! I’m used to playing hardest difficulty on my lvl 70 Monk in Monkey King garb and coasting it for the most part. In hardcore, I’m playing a Demon Hunter (completely new territory!) and having a ball! The greater risk makes for the greater reward, after all.

2) this gif

This is how I feel when it’s really hot.

3) Cats in general

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My cat Jackson relaxing in the flower bed

As I have been doing for the last few weeks, I visited my Dad and saw our cats, who promptly made me giggle. Jackson was sleeping in flower beds, and Chet was collapsing just about anywhere. As a big, black fluffy cat he doesn’t do well in this heat!

4) Chanrio avatar maker

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Isn’t this the cutest? The Chanrio avatar generator (warning: you will need your browser’s translator on for this site!) is an avatar maker from Sanrio (Hello Kitty, Keroppi, My Melody… but you knew that already!) and I just had to make avatars of me and the Boyfriend-Wonder. They didn’t have my hair colour, but I’d like to try a grey/silver one day! If you make avatars, let me know! I’d love to see them.

5) Cateaclysmic’s Etsy store

Clickthrough for shop!

Fellow blogger Cateaclysmic makes some hella cute nerdy jewellery and accessories. Like, HELLA. CUTE. She makes scarves (many of which are Game of Thrones inspired) and tons of bracelets- the chocolate chip cookie and pink rose ones are my favourite! Check out her shop and blog and tell her I sent you!

6) Song of the Sea is finally out in the UK

This film is finally, finally out and I can tell everyone how good it is! Yay! I saw this back at the start of May thanks to my internship and have been smitten ever since. It totally killed me not being able to tell people about it. It’s honestly one of the best non-Disney, non-Japanese animated films I have ever seen, with a really unique style and colour palettes.  I really recommend everyone sees it and lets me know what they think! Check out the trailer here.

7) Cheeky Boo’s mermaid necklace

Confession: I LOVE mermaids. Absolutely adore them. Cheeky Boo Emporium (who I won this awesome banner from) have an awesome selection in their online shop and I am deeply deeply in love with necklace. They just got their summer collection in, and I am a huge fan of the I Heart the Internet pin (fitting for a blogger, no?) and the Diplo-Cupidocus badge. So cute!

8) Tuxford Windmill

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Grand adventures! Kind of. It was the Boyfriend-Wonder’s Gran’s birthday this weekend, so to celebrate, his family took us all out to the tearoom at at Tuxford Windmill and it was gorgeous! There was a ton of options, a friendly dog (!) and lavender everywhere. I ordered cream tea and it was delicious! the wait was a bit long, but hey- it was super busy.

9) All lavender everything

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Little planters like this were everywhere at Tuxford, and reminded me of my love for lavender. You can use it for and with everything! It helps you sleep, makes your clothes smell lovely, you can put it in food, drinks… All sorts! When The Boyfriend-Wonder and I have moved into our new place (wherever that may be) I plan on cultivating some.

What’s been making you happy?

9 Happy Things

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Yup, a week has come around again! Here are some things that have made me smile this past week.

1) Blondie

My Grandma bought me Parallel Lives this weekend which is all the behind-the-scenes stuff throughout Blondie’s career. I’ve been a fan of Blondie since as long as I can remember and I’m finding this book fascinating so far! I love reading books about bands (especially ones active during 70s/80s… Hello crazy parties and hanging out with Jagger & Bowie!) and this has been one of my favourites so far.

2) My giveaway prize arriving!

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Thanks Cazz! How awesome is this sparkly, glittery rainbow ring?! I love it so much and can’t wait to rotate it into my everyday wear. You can get one from Cel’s DecoNails on Etsy! You should also check out the rest of their shop (I totally love this phone case too!)

3) My Prairie Pizzazz box arrived!

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It’s been a boss mail week for me this week! I’ve been waiting on this for nearly all week from the lovely folks at Prairie Charms! I’ve only just got around to having a look through, but let me tell you- this is a fab subscription box. Look out for my review coming this week!

4) This gif

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Isn’t it adorable?! Silly kitty trying to pick a fight with a St Bernard! (Also thanks to the Boyfriend-Wonder who did some tech wizardry and converting!) If you only go on the cute section of 9gag, your day will be better. Guaranteed.

5) Vintage Life Magazine

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In the baking hot weather, all I’ve been able to do is lay down, next to a fan with bottles of water and read. Thankfully, my bestie Gina gave me a stack of Vintage Life Magazines to read and they’ve been keeping me sane. They’re such a great read if you’re a vintage lover and give you tons of ideas. I’m definitely gonna get a subscription when I can!

6) The art of Ludo Sallé

Also known as Hell Strawberry on Facebook, Sallé is an exceptional artist. I adore how polished his finished pieces are, as well as his inventive use of colour (especially in some of his blockier pieces) and his comic Hell Strawberry is well worth a read. He’s currently working with Kevin Joseph on a fab comic called Tart which is also worth checking out!

7) Begin Again

Such a magical film! I watched this on recommendation of the Boyfriend Wonder and absolutely fell in love. As much a love letter to non-traditional music production as it is the city of New York, Begin Again is like nothing else I’ve seen. The music in it is incredible, and Keira Knightley is totally awesome in it.

8) Spiked Black Tee

My friend Danie of Spiked Black Tee recently held a cruelty free bloggers meet up in London and it looked amazing! I wish I could have gone, but I’ll settle for reading accounts. It sounds like an amazing time! Good job Danie!

9) Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

After beating The Evil Within for the first time, I’ve come back to Diablo. I’m working my way through the challenges and having a great time! I’ve recently made a bunch of new characters, so I’m excited to try out new builds and classes. As much as I love my monk Wem, I feel the need to shake it up a bit… As well as start on hardcore mode. One day. Maybe.

What’s been making you happy this week?