Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Studio Ghibli Films Ranked: Part One

The greatest news ever to grace Netflix was announced in January: the Studio Ghibli films were being added on the 1st of every month for February, March and April seven at a time, and my inner web was elated at the news. So I decided that, every month, I’d rank the seven films, from least to most favourite, and my reasons why. So, without further ado, here is my ranking for the first seven to be added.

7. Tales from Earthsea
Now, before I start, I don’t think any of these films are boring. However, this one just did not grab me at all. I think it is because it is based on short stories, but the whole thing felt a bit disjointed, and not really about dragons as the Netflix description states.

6. Only Yesterday
One of the things I love about the Ghibli films is their emphasis on the natural world and nature, it makes them feel pastoral and I am here for that, but this one was about not much more than the countryside, and, as a city girl, it wasn’t for me.

5. Porco Rosso
This one was Sam’s favourite, and I loved the outfits, the fact Susan Egan was in it, and the general vibe of the story. The only reason it’s in the lower end of this ranking is the characters, I liked them but didn’t love them, if that makes sense?!

4. My Neighbour Totoro
Ok, don’t. I love this film as much as the next gal, and before they started adding the films on Netflix it was in my top three for sure, it’s a classic, and perfectly whimsical. I do love Totoro still, but the two other films that have bumped it down were personally more enjoyable for me.

3. Ocean Waves
Other than that slap, I absolutely loved this film. I really liked the main characters, the main girl especially, and I love the angle of the story told from an albeit slightly male gaze perspective . I also love the fact it was subbed, as I was expecting all dubs, so that also came as a pleasant surprise.

2. Castle in the Sky
Oh, Laputa. This film was absolutely stunning. I loved the myth/urban legend aspect of the story, I thought it was magical, mysterious and wonderful, as someone who finds steampunk fascinating I also adored that, and I enjoyed every single minute of it from start to finish.

1. Kiki’s Delivery Service
If I were to rank every film I’ve ever seen ever, then this film would be in my top 5. It has always, and I suspect will always be my number 1 favourite Ghibli film, it’s just stunning. I have no bad words to say about this film; it’s simply breathtaking. If you haven’t already, go and watch it now, you will not regret it.

There we have it; my first of these posts. I’ll do one at the end of March and April. I’d love to know everyone else’s rankings too, so come tell me over on Twitter.


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Cafe Rouge Afternoon Tea

Can you believe that this is only the second time I’ve ever had afternoon tea?! Wild!

On Sunday, Sam and I decided to have an early Valentine’s Day treat and go for afternoon tea. So, a couple of weeks ago, I was looking around at places we could go, and I remember my parents talking about having afternoon tea at Cafe Rouge, so I thought I’d look at the menu. I loved it, and booked a table. Then the day of the tea came around, and I decided I was going to wear a flouncy outfit. So, all dressed up and ready to go, we headed to Cafe Rouge. 

When we got there, they told us we could have any hot drink, so we both went for hot chocolate, because I’m never going to turn that offer down, and soon after the tea arrived. I was overjoyed to find croque monseiurs on the sandwich tier, so we munched away on those, had the great scone debate (jam first, always) and then shared the cakes and chocolate mousse.

It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and at £12.50 each, it was also a nice affordable way to enjoy a little luxury.


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

What I Did in January

Well, considering January is literally the worst month ever, I actually don’t think it was too bad this year. It was long, don’t get me wrong, but I actually had a pretty good time. 

We started off the year with our usual New Years Day walk, and I pretty much read a whole book, first one off the reading challenge done, I was very happy indeed. The first weekend of the new year saw us head out on a rare night out; my dance teacher decided to throw a party, and we attended. It was a very fun night, although my feet were aching afterwards. I also returned to dancing after the longest time off from it. The second weekend was a chilled one; we went for another walk, and I tried a ruby hot chocolate from Costa, aka the best drink ever.

On the third weekend of January, we went on a day trip to our favourite northern place; Chester. We always have a really nice day whenever we go to Chester, and this day was no different. I also had another ruby hot chocolate. The fourth weekend was a fun one, as it was Chinese New Year! We went to Chinatown in Manchester, where we are noodles, watched some great performances, bought our own Year of the Rat souvenir, watched the dragon parade, and had a bubble waffle. We finished the month off with a trip to TGI Fridays with Sam’s dad, who was in Manchester at the end of the month for work.

Monthly Goals: Did I Reach Them?

I decided at the start of the month that at these new monthly round up posts, I would discuss whether I met my monthly goals or not, so, my goals for January were:
  • Read 5 books. I just about managed this one
  • Go back to dancing. I absolutely nailed this one
  • Write every day. I didn’t manage this one, and I am so disappointed in myself.
  • Do something fun every weekend. I think I did alright with this one.
  • Re-launch my other blog. I was a bit shaky with this one, so it’s on my February list too.
So there we have it: my January. Hope you enjoyed reading this, I’ll be doing one every month now.


Friday, 10 January 2020

2020 Reading Challenges

Hello all, just a short post today. I was going to write more about my mini goals that I’m doing for each month, but I decided to leave that for my end of the month round up posts, so today I’m talking reading.

Reading is probably my number one hobby, so naturally I like to set myself yearly reading challenges, so I thought I’d pop them on here so you can see them too. I have two challenges so far, though I’ll probably try booktubeathon again. At this present moment though, my two challenges are:

Read 50 books
Read a book each month where the author’s name begins with the same letter that the month begins with.

So there they are. I’ll update you all through the year to let you know how I’m getting on. On a side note, I’m also really enjoying posting on here again currently, let’s hope this blogging enthusiasm continues, I think it will, as it seems blogs are making a bit of a comeback this year, here’s hoping.


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

The Roaring Twenties

Happy New Year everyone! I know I’ve not blogged in the longest time, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to write every day, and so I’m making my triumphant return to blogging. I was going to do a whole 2019 in review post, but considering I really fell off the blogging train last year, I thought I’d just show you a snippet of my highlights, which include; 

Getting my hair cut, going to Disneyland Paris three times, going to MCM Expo twice, seeing friends, starting a new job after being made redundant, and going to Walt Disney World did the first time.

So that, in a nutshell, was my 2019. But this is a post about 2020, or, the start of the roaring twenties, take two, so I’m here today to talk about that. I have a few big resolutions/goals for the year, and some mini ones, of which I’ll go in to more detail about in my next post, but here are my big resolutions/goals for 2020;

Write every day.
Take more care of myself/ indulge in more self-care.
Save up to move house.
Be more comfortable in my body.
Go somewhere new on holiday.

And, my goal for every year: live my best life.

I have mini goals for each month, and I’ll talk about why I’m doing that in my next post, so I will leave this post here, and say one final happy new year, and remind you all to enjoy the last little bits of the season before we all have to go back to work. Joking, most of us have already been back.


Sunday, 24 November 2019

Festive Outfits with Femmeluxe

This post includes gifted items, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

As we all know, the festive season is now upon us, hooray, and this means having a lot of plans for most of us, and lots of plans mean lots of outfits, and different occasions call for different outfits, phew. So, I have come up with a couple of outfit ideas for various plans you may have this festive season, with some help from Femmeluxe.

Pub lunch with family members
Christmas to a lot of people means family time, and nothing says family time like lunch in a nice cosy pub. So, with the idea of cosiness in mind, I decided to go for a jumper dress as a nice comfy alternative to all the sparkles and skimpy dresses we often see during the festive period. I know this jumper dress fits a bit on the short side on me, so I would probably wear it with some trousers or thick leggings if I were to wear it for a pub lunch, but I am on the tall side, so that may not be the case for everyone. Another idea for this outfit would be to pair it with your comfiest jeans to wear for a family Christmas morning walk, if that is one of your family Christmas traditions.

Christmas Day/ New Year’s Eve
Now I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m a big fan of dressing up for Christmas Day, it makes the day feel extra special to me, and I’m sure many people feel the same, so a sparkly minidress is perfect for dressing up. I paired it here with a cropped jumper, because, let’s face it, it’s December so it’s not exactly warm, and you still have to look respectable for your grandparents coming for Christmas Dinner. I am also not the most body confident of people, so the addition of a jumper also helps me not feel as self-conscious. If you remove the jumper though, this dress would also be absolutely perfect for dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve, because if you can’t dress as a disco ball on New Year’s Eve, then when can you?

Work Christmas Party/ Meal
I’ve saved the second most important Christmas outfit for last: the work Christmas do outfit. Even though I do love a bit of colour, sometimes you can’t beat a classic monochrome combination, and, for a work Christmas night out, this long sleeved mesh sleeve top is perfect. The mesh sleeves are a great balance between being fun and being practical, because you don’t want to embarrass yourself too much in front of your boss now, do you? Here I paired it with some black leather look trousers, which are great for going out out, and the fabric clash of the mesh and the leather works so well together, and wearing something high waisted with a cropped top is always a winner in my opinion. This outfit would also work for a meal, if that’s what your work like to do for their Christmas do, as well as for a good old night out. 

I hope these outfits have given you some inspiration for something you may want to wear for festive plans you may have. Let me know some of your festive plans, I love hearing about what others do with their Christmases, so any fun plans you have, tell me! I have a couple of Christmas parties to go to, and a couple of meals too, so I’ll have to come up with a few festive things to wear for all my plans too. Luckily, I love planning outfits for things, so I’ll be happy doing that.

Make sure to check out Femmeluxe for any of your festive outfit needs, there are lots of styles for Christmas outfits, with everything from casual, comfy outfits to super sparkly party outfits, there’s something to suit all tastes out there. They are also very purse friendly too, so you have all that extra money to spend on presents, or in my case, on treating yourself, December is hard enough, and hopefully you’ll have all bought all of your presents by now.


Items gifted from Femmeluxe.

Friday, 22 November 2019

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas- A Photo Diary

Last weekend, myself and Sam (and a few of his friends) had our first festive weekend of the year. We went to Manchester Christmas Markets for the first of many times, and on Sunday, we put up our Christmas tree and decorated the flat. It was the perfect way to start getting into the Christmas spirit. I think I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking for now, but expect plenty more Christmas content.