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.

Nic
xx

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.

Nic
xx

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.

Nic
xx

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.






Nic
xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Day I Cosplayed as Carol Danvers, or, MCM Expo October 2019








The end of October saw myself and Sam head back down to London for MCM, this time opting to go to con on the Saturday. It quickly became apparent that that wasn’t our best idea, as the con was heaving. I’d been on a Saturday before, but, because of the rain, people weren’t spending as much time outside, so it seemed even more jam packed than usual. Nevertheless, we had a great day, and managed to control ourselves with spending this time round too.

Now on to our cosplays. Sam opted to attend as Ash from Pokemon again, and another Pokemon cosplayer had a little photo shoot with him which was amazing and so cute. I had a tougher time choosing who to cosplay, going back and forth between ideas for weeks on end. I eventually decided on Carol Danvers, and let me tell you, it was the most comfortable cosplay I have ever worn. I was neither too hot nor too cold, and I didn’t feel too self conscious walking around in a jumpsuit all day either. We also attended the MCU meet which was great fun, and a lovely way to end the day.


Nic
xx

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Fighting Evil By Moonlight





My favourite anime of all time is definitely Sailor Moon. I’ve seen the whole original 90s anime, and read all of the manga. When I saw a Sailor Moon collaboration with Uniqlo I filed the information away in my brain for a rainy day. Then, when Sam and I went to Manchester a couple of weeks ago to look for Halloween costumes, I saw that there was now a Uniqlo. Remembering about the collection, I quickly found it, but I wanted it all and I don’t have infinite money, so I knew I could only get one. I couldn’t choose at all, so I told Sam the options, and he chose one for me.

I’m so glad he chose this tie-dye effect pink one, as it has scenes from the actual manga on the back of it, and it’s the transformation scene, which, if you haven’t seen it, go and watch it, because it’s one of my favourite animated scenes ever. I’m now gutted that t-shirt weather has well and truly left us for the year, but, judging by my other Uniqlo clothing items, I know I’ll enjoy it for years to come.


Nic
xx

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Disneyland Paris September 2019




















As I mentioned earlier in the week, during my blogging hiatus, myself and Sam went to Disneyland Paris with my parents for the 100 characters Annual Pass party. We went Friday-Monday, and because it was such a busy but short trip, I thought I’d put it all in one trip report, instead of splitting them like I usually would. So, here we go.

We arrived at Disneyland Paris on Friday afternoon, so we went to check in to Hi Park, got changed, and headed to the Disney Village for food. We ate in Planet Hollywood, which was very nice indeed, and then we headed towards the park to get in the queue. We queued for about 2 hours to get in, and as soon as we got in all hell broke loose and people were running everywhere. Sam and I headed over to Phantom Manor to meet the Ravenswoods, and that was about the most successful part of the night. 

After walking around in the pitch black and getting turned away from the Tarzan and Pocahontas queues, we got in the Lion King queue hoping to get the hyenas. DLPs one photo and move on rule broke down when the rare characters came out, and so we got Timon. After that we found out the Betty Rose/Jimmy Ocean queue was short, so we went to get in that, but only met Betty as Jimmy had gone. Fast forward past us not being able to meet others as their queues were closed, we met Lumiere, and then went back to meet Jimmy and Betty together, and then that was it. We then watched the final show, which was really good, but we, like so many others, left the party with a bitter taste in our mouths.

Saturday morning we had a little bit of a lie in after not getting to bed until 4am, so we went in the parks and got a BB-8 burger. The parks were insanely busy, so we got the LE pin I wanted, watched the Jungle Book Jive twice, went on Star Tours, looked around some shops, and went back to the hotel early via Earl of Sandwich, for a lovely bubble bath and an early night.

Sunday was a bit more productive. We went to the park, met Donald and Scrooge, went on Casey Jr and the Teacups and caught some Turtwigs (it was community day on Pokemon Go) before getting in the queue for Rhythms of the Pride Lands. The show was amazing, and it made Sam all emotional, so I’d say it was a success. We then went over to the Studios and checked out le Rendezvous Gormand for lunch, and we also met Parisian Minnie.

We then headed back over to the Disneyland park, where we went on Small World, Star Tours and Hyperspace Mountain, got another BB-8 burger (Sam loves them) watched the parade, and went to Cafe Fantasia for one of the seasonal cocktails. Mine was delicious and I’m glad we made time to go get them, as we sat outside on our own, so it felt like we had our own private balcony. We then went and looked in the shops in Disney Village, and went back to the hotel to pack and sleep before our 5am airport pick up on Monday morning.

All in all, it was a bit of a busy trip, but Sunday definitely saved it from being an absolute write-off. As always, I enjoyed the magic of Disney, and the atmosphere, but not the sheer amount of people.


Nic
xx