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Friday Favourites: Tiffany

Wow who knew we would reach my 13th Friday Favourite? I’m actually kinda proud of myself for getting this far.

 

Today’s post is all about the delightful Tiffany from Food and Other Loves. I first was aware of Tiffany back when I was working with GRLPOWR and then as she got more involved in Bloggers Tribe, I found myself looking forward to reading her next post, anticipating when they would appear in my inbox. So why don’t we take a look at Tiffany, the person behind the blog?

 

Blogging and living in Sheffield, Tiffany is a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who uses her blog to write about whatever she feels like. It’s for this reason you’ll probably find a lot of baking posts or posts about London – she loves them both! Tiffany started blogging about three years ago, and loves it more and more each day. Can we maybe help her love today even more?

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I may have only been following Tiffany over the last couple of months, but I have managed to go back and read a lot of her posts! I really don’t sleep much so it’s been great slowly reading back through to 2014. My favourite blog post of Tiffany’s is It’s Okay To Not Look Forward To Your Birthday. It’s raw, honest, and I loved the entire post. I know I keep picking lifestyle, and quite personal, posts, but that’s just because they’re what I enjoy reading. Of course, there are plenty of other posts on Tiffany’s blog if this one doesn’t appeal to you, so head on over there and give her a follow! As always, her links are below:

 

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Vogue 73 Questions Tag

Okay so I really have to apologise. Jordanne from The Life of a Glasgow Girl tagged me in this months ago… sorry! But I’m finally catching up with it all and here we go.

 

1. What’s your favourite movie?

I’ve so many that it’s hard to think on the spot, but I would have to go for The Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea. Quite a difference, right?

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

Okay so I was about to say The King’s Speech until I realised that was actually released 6 years ago! So instead I would have to go for Captain Phillips. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s on Netflix and you have to watch it.

3. Favourite Hitchcock Film?

The Birds. I didn’t sleep for a week after watching it.

4. A book you plan on reading?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

5. A book that you read at school that positively shaped you?

None of the books I read at school ‘shaped me’ but I did love reading The Lord of the Flies. I’d already read it before but I loved it.

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Riverdale! Or Grey’s Anatomy… Or Nashville…. Or Designated Survivor… To be honest I love them all!

7. On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you about life right now?

At the time of writing, I would say probably about 2 or 3 to be honest, but I’m working on that.

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Twitter

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?

Jordanne

11. What’s your favourite food?

Kung Po Chicken with egg fried rice

12. Least favourite food?
Potatoes. Genuinely don’t like potatoes

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Unpopular opinion but pineapple! Or sweetcorn

14. Favourite drink?

Coke. I’m currently off a lot of stuff for Lent including fizzy drinks so this is a tough one.

15. Favourite dessert?

Sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark Chocolate

17. Coffee or tea?

Coffee, no milk, no sugar, sometimes whiskey.

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?

I’m not a mum yet so I’m not sure I can answer this one, but I feel like it would be watching them grow up.

19. What’s your favourite band?

ABBA. Or Westlife. I’m more of a solo artist fan!

20. Favourite solo artist?

Sam Smith or Ed Sheeran.

21. Favourite song?

At the minute? Nancy Mulligan. Normally, The Story by Sara Ramirez

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

Sara Ramirez

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Guitar

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

My wrist. Already planned what it’ll be too! Just to book it…

25. To be or not to be?

To be.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

Whale watching definitely!

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?

My dog, Baron.

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

My sister’s 18th Birthday present – 18 small presents then a holiday to Lanzarote

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

Chocolates, a notebook, and handcream.

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Scrabble

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

Ibiza

33. What’s the last country you visited?

I’m not counting Northern Ireland as I frequently go there to see family, so Lanzarote!

34. What country do you wish to visit?

All of them!

35. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue or Purple

36. Least favourite colour?

Bright orange.

37. Diamonds or pearls?

Diamonds – I love anything sparkly

38. Heels or flats?

Flats

39. Pilates or yoga?

Yoga

40. Jogging or swimming?

Swimming

41. Best way to de-stress?

Bubble bath, book, and chocolate. Maybe also wine.

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Read minds

43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Pulp

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Purple orchids or lillies

45. When was the last time you cried?

Haha just hours before writing this!

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes! Although I’ve been told it’s messy

47. Do you bake?

Yes, but not recently.

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

My lack of self esteem or self confidence, whichever you choose.

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?

My loyalty to my friends.

50. Who do you miss most?

My dog. Why can’t he live with me??

51. What are you listening to right now?

Currently? I’m watching Twilight – please don’t judge me!

52. Favourite smell?
Anything citrus!

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My mum

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

Jason.

55. A sport you wish you could play?

Badminton

56. Hair colour?

Natural brunette, lighter than I currently am though.

57. Eye colour?

Blue

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings.

59. Favourite season?

Autumn

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

My two grandas and Stella

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

The Beatles

63. Where were you born?

Belfast

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Washington DC

65. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?
Lipstick

67. What book have you read again and again?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

68. Favourite bedtime story?

Winnie the Pooh

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

Sorry

70. Favourite sound?

An orchestra warming up

71. Favourite animal?

TURTLE! Then penguins, then dogs.

72. Who is your girl crush?

Britany Snow

73. Last photograph you took?

Lanzarote
 So there you have it! I tried to keep my answers short and sweet for you.
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Where She Went

While I was away, I got another book fully read and am so proud of myself for getting through two books this month! I read If I Stay back before the film appeared in the cinema back in 2014. One day I was walking through Waterstones with a friend when I spotted the sequel lying on a desk. A phone call home, and a few months later, there Where She Went was sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me. So it’s actually quite ridiculous that we’re now in 2017 and I’m finally done reading it.

 

Written by Gayle Forman, Where She Went follows Adam over the course of 48 hours as he struggles to cope with certain aspects of his past when he suddenly bumps into an old friend and has the opportunity to talk about the history between them and more.

So, as I mentioned before, it is a sequel, so look away now if you haven’t read If I Stay or seen the film. And if you haven’t, then I strongly recommend that you go do that now because both book and film had me sobbing throughout. Shall we look at the blurb of Where She Went?

It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life. And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?

 

I personally loved reading this book. There are frequent flashbacks even before Adam meets Mia again, but they’re clear that they’re flashbacks. I loved the way it was written, and some of the chapters started with the lyrics to the songs Adam has written for his band, Shooting Star. This kept me interested and I loved the fact that the author had taken the time to think out the lines that Adam has apparently written during his heartbreak. What made this even more real was the playlist of songs she suggests to go alongside Adam and Mia’s journey through New York. I’ve never seen an author do this before but the idea of it was great, and if I’d known it was there then I would’ve definitely listened to it throughout the book.

 

One complaint of mine about the story, and complaint is probably too strong a word, is that the ending is a little too idealistic for me. You know those books where you get an ending you want or expect, but you know in real life it wouldn’t go that way? That’s how I felt when I finished reading it. But I still loved it. And for this reason, and this reason alone, I would have to give Where She Went 4 out of 5.

 

I don’t think you would need to read If I Stay before reading Where She Went, as the background is explained in the latter, however I would honestly recommend it as both of these books are incredibly well written and super easy to lose yourself in.

 

Let me know if you’ve read either of them, or if you’re going to! Or even let me know if you’ve got a book recommendation for me! I’m loving getting back into read and writing these reviews for you all.

 

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A Letter To Future Me

So I was trying to think of something I could do differently on the blog today, and from that I decided to write a letter to me this time next year. It’s different to my This Time Next Year posts, in that I’m not setting goals. I hope you don’t mind it, it really is more of a diary type post.

 

Well hello, I’m surprised you even remembered to read me. How’re things with you? I’m curious to know how the last year has been, but you know you can’t come back and tell me. That’s cool though, I don’t mind. As long as you’re in a better place now than you were when I’m writing this.

 

Things haven’t been all that great recently here, but I’m working on that. And hopefully you’re seeing the benefits of all that work now! It’s been a crazy last few months between travel and who knows what else but I just wanted to say I hope you’re happy.

 

We’ve always aimed to just be happy, but until recently I (you, we, whichever) haven’t really thought what that involved. In fact, you’ve got you-know-who to thank for making you consider that. That night that you stayed up talking until half 4 and he staggered home quite drunk, that night actually helped a lot more than you’ve let on to him. I hope by now you know that it’s okay to be emotional. Because I’ll tell you this for free, I’m crying even thinking about it. Not sad tears though! And that’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last couple of weeks. I’m actually beginning to figure out what’s been going on in our head because he hit the nail on the head when he said it’s okay to not know who you are yet. I don’t think we’ve known who we are for as long as we can remember. Sure you were the smart kid who always managed to pass without that much work, then A Levels hit and you realised that you weren’t all that smart but you didn’t mind that. Your mind was on what would come after your own education.

 

We’ve always thought about becoming a teacher, and I do hope you’re well on your way to that now! Because even though you aren’t career driven, you do love being around kids and maybe that’s where your heart actually lies. That’s cool, I just wish I knew now where you’ll be when you read this!

 

But that’s enough of your ramblings – how about a life update? Well we’ve just been to Lanzarote and had a great time with Rachel. Although I’m sure you’ll have re-read that post. The week leading up to that, Nikki was over visiting!

 

To be honest, things aren’t all that bad, I’m just in a down place. So the aim for over the next year is to actually be happy when you’re reading this. And to know it’s okay if things aren’t going the way we planned them. You’ll get where you want to be eventually, and even if that’s when you’re 40 just know that you still have people who care about you. You’ve people who make an effort to see you. Family who want to know that you’re okay and that is why they phone you so damn frequently, even if you hate them for it you know you actually don’t mind it.

 

You’re too hard on yourself. You’re meant to be having fun! Yes you’re an adult now but we’re well on our way to our thirties which is scary as hell and for that reason and that reason alone I hope you’re making the most of being 22 and free. Just promise me that you won’t lose contact with the few people who actually make you smile when all you want to do is cry. They’re the ones who actually mean something to you. Not that the others don’t but you have 5 people in your life right now that you don’t want to lose and if I (you, we, whichever) have stopped talking to them next year, in 5 years, 10 years, whatever, then I don’t know if I can forgive us for that. So be good!

 

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Friday Favourites: Melissa

Hey everyone, it’s finally the weekend again and now university has officially finished for easter (and for the year – scary biscuits!) I have another Friday Favourite for you!

 

As today’s title would suggest, here’s why you all should follow Melissa from Love Melissa. She’s a 19 year old blogger from England, and before I go any further why is everyone younger than me? Anyway, sorry, mind isn’t fully with it there. Melissa started blogging in 2015 under a different name, a different site, and it just wasn’t her. After a bit of rebranding, and a decision not to care who knew about her blog, Melissa started again in 2016 and damn that girl has done well!

 

Between her love of fashion, and her genuine happiness writing blogs as part of her English A Level course, Melissa soon found something that was both constructive and fun – how many of us can say the same? In the mean time, while she tries to figure out what she wants from life like the rest of us, Melissa is writing some brilliant posts and that’s why you’ve got to go check her out now.

 

Now, as you know, I’m more of a lifestyle fan at the best of times, which is why I love reading the blogging tags Melissa has done such as her Versatile Blogger Award tag, but one of my favourite posts from Melissa has to be her Top 10 Under £10. As she says herself, it’s great finding drugstore products that work equally well (if not better than) the highend products that take over our newsfeeds and time lines. Definitely worth reading if you’d like to where to get great makeup at an even better price.

 

I got to know Melissa back when I was part of the GRLPOWR crowd, and I honestly miss talking to her now that I’ve left the group, but I’m so happy to say I’ve had the pleasure of talking to her, and now I want you all to get the opportunity! Just click the links below:

 

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Lanzarote Mini- Break

I’m ba-ack! Did ya miss me? I know it’s almost like I was never away, what with the brilliance of scheduling posts, but I’m here today to tell you all about my mini break away to finish celebrating Rachel’s 18th birthday. But hi again everyone! How’ve you all been? Feels like ages since I sat to write a post.

I’ve got a bit of the holiday blues. It was great being away in the sun, even if only for a weekend. Makes me realise I should’ve gone to Ibiza when I had the chance all those months ago! But anyway, I promised you a write up of my time away so here goes.


We left the house at 9:30 on Friday morning, excited but tired and ready to just start the holiday! When you’re only away for 3 nights, every minute counts and so once we got through security we headed straight to the bar. What holiday starts without a drink before the flight? For once, I got travelling with no delays, and soon we were on the plane preparing ourselves for take off. Rachel and I had the middle and aisle seats, but luckily no one came for the window seat and so we were able to sprawl out along the row. We passed the 4 hour flight talking, listening to music, and watching films on my iPad. Finally got seeing the live-action version of Peter Pan!

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When we landed in Lanzarote, it was a quick and easy route to baggage reclaim, and soon we were in a taxi on our way to the hotel. Unfortunately our taxi driver got a little lost along the way but it just meant we were 5 minutes later in getting to the hotel than we had originally thought.

 

First impressions are always important, and I wasn’t quite so sure when we got out of the taxi. When I had booked the hotel back in August, there hadn’t been any pictures of the front of the hotel from the street, and so to arrive and see it right beside a sports bar I was slightly worried about what it would be like. This worry disappeared as soon as we walked through the doors, though. The reception area was big and bright and the man at the check in desk was smiling – always a good start. When booking, I had only paid a deposit, and so paid the rest while we checked in. Our passports were scanned, we signed a couple of forms, were given a map of the grounds, and told to wait to the side as someone was coming to show us to our room. Our room was over to the left of the hotel, and so we walked past the restaurant, the bar, and the entertainment lounge before we were told our room was just up the stairs and on the left. Rachel had the big case while I tried to figure out how to carry a handbag and a travel case – it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds! It was only when we reached the door that we realised we hadn’t got a key… so back I went to reception and collected it. Then began the confusion of the door. We couldn’t unlock it! No matter what way we turned the key, it constantly sounded like we were locking it over and over again. Eventually we somehow got inside and were pleasantly surprised with the room.

 

I had asked for a double bedroom just for the two of us – we don’t mind sharing when on holiday. So imagine our surprise when we found ourselves in an apartment with a lovely big balcony! Just a shame my request for a pool view had been completely ignored. It wasn’t worth asking to move though, and so we unpacked quickly and went downstairs for a drink. Did I mention we were all inclusive? We took a walk around our half of the resort and saw the mini golf area and the tennis courts. There was a €20 deposit for each of these (so you got your money back after returning the equipment) and golf cost €1 per game, while tennis cost €6 for 2 people for an hour. If we’d been there longer, we might have considered it, however all we wanted to do was lie by the pool. Unfortunately there was no one around the pool by 5pm and so we decided to take a walk and investigate the surrounding area. We didn’t go too far, mainly because the idea of getting lost in a new country without adults (shh no 21 and 18 does not make us adults) but we found the sea front! It looked so calm and peaceful, and Rachel got to walk on the sand for the first time in almost a year. For some reason she loves it! We soon headed back and got ready for dinner, not really sure what to expect.

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The restaurant was a reasonable size, with lots to choose from, but all the tables were crammed in together which made it difficult to navigate around when you had food and/or drink in hand. For anyone all inclusive, there were bottles of wine and some wine glasses at the bar for you to help yourself, as well as there being a serve yourself drinks area with beer and soft drinks. Starters were salads, some fish, and soup options, as well as some cheeses and cold meats. The mains consisted of a couple of different meats, a fish option, some sort of rice dish, and always chips. For dessert, you could have either ice cream (in a bowl or a cone), fruit, cakes, jelly, or mousse. The staff were all friendly and easy to approach, and very quick to clear between courses. That first night, Rachel and I took a mix of salads and cold meats with some fresh bread to start. I then had the chicken korma for dinner which was quite nice but knocked me out of the running for our lent challenge within the flat. Rachel had pork in a creamy sauce and it was delicious. So tender and just melted in your mouth! Now, for dessert, I hadn’t even realised I’d broken my lent and so I had a lemon mousse that was a bit disappointing, while Rachel sampled the cakes. After dinner, a chat, and quite a few glasses of wine, we decided we were shattered – I’m not ashamed to admit we were in bed by 9pm and asleep before 10!

 

Saturday morning was bliss – waking up to see the sun shining in and feel the heat of the day before it had even really warmed up. We went down for breakfast – a fry up followed by some fruit – before taking up our positions on the sun bed. The bar opened at 11 for us to get a drink, and so we played a hand of cards before moving back to the beds for a while. Eventually we went over to the pool bar for lunch. As part of our meal plan, we could either have a buffet lunch in the restaurant or something off the pool bar menu. Rachel had spicy chicken wings while I had fish. It was alright, but we agreed that we would eat in the restaurant on Sunday. It clouded over mid-afternoon, so we decided to venture out again but further this time. We found a little shopping centre and had a little look through it, before walking out and finding ourselves at the beach! How did that happen?? It was gorgeous, and by this stage the sun had come back out. We ambled along the sand, enjoying the heat and peacefulness of the entire thing. Eventually we headed back to the hotel and lay in the sun again. By this stage, the pool area was quite quiet and the air had cooled a bit. This wasn’t helped when the sun disappeared behind a layer of cloud again, so we packed up and went to the pub beside the hotel to watch Ireland play England in the final match of the six nations – what a great match!

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We went back to the hotel and got ready for dinner, feeling very much in the holiday spirit. Dinner that night was lovely again, a similar starter followed by a pasta dish and then fruit and cakes for pudding. Now, we were more awake and ready to join everyone in the entertainment lounge. We sat down with our glass of amaretto each and some man came over to us, having identified us as the youngest in the hotel, and told us he was travelling home in the morning and had some vodka left that he couldn’t travel with if we would like it so naturally we thanked him and accepted it. It was huge! You know those big bottles you put in optics in a bar? Yeah, we had pretty much a full one of those given to us. Never mind that, Rachel then won a bottle of sparkling wine while playing bingo! Saturday seemed to be a lucky day for us. We sat up to listen to the music afterwards and headed to bed around 11.

 

Sunday we woke up to the sun again but a stronger wind. After breakfast, we took up our positions on the sunbeds and agreed we weren’t moving very far. I read my book (and finished it so look out for that review coming soon), we had a few drinks, and we were just so relaxed. At lunch, we went into the buffet restaurant and I was so excited to see calamari! After this, we moved back to the sun and just stayed there until about 5ish again. With it being our last day, we didn’t want to waste any of our valuable tanning time. After dinner, we moved through to watch the entertainment again – flamenco dancers – before heading to the room to pack. We crawled into bed, set our alarms, and were sad to be saying goodbye so soon.

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Monday morning came very quickly and I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t exhausted. We arrived in Belfast around 11:30ish, and I got back to the flat at around 3pm – almost 12 hours after I started travelling.

 

It was a great mini break, and one that was definitely needed. I feel like I cleared my head and got a little perspective. I woke up on Tuesday feeling ready to take on these upcoming exams, and I can’t wait for the summer break. It’s good to get away, even for a short time, just to remind yourself that it’s okay to take time to yourself. A little self-love goes a long way.

 

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Clue

Wow how long has it been since I wrote a movie review? But here we are, back with a new post! Okay so it’s not really a review, but I was having trouble sleeping a few nights ago and thought ‘Why don’t I watch a film and write about it? It’s been a while since you did something like that!’ and so we have this post. You would think that picking a film would be easy, but instead, trying to think of a film on Netflix that was old enough that I wouldn’t really give any spoilers was difficult. And somehow we ended up with Clue.

 

Now, some of you may know that a week ago I hosted a murder mystery party, and I love any crime story. So when Kelsey introduced me to this film back in May 2016 and I loved it.

 

The film starts with guests arriving for a dinner party, all using pseudonym instead of their real names. The butler, Wadsworth, Professor Plum, Mrs White, Mrs Peacock, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mr Green, and the maid, Yvette, are all having dinner and beginning to find links between themselves, when their supposed host for the evening arrives – Mr Boddy. Now as you may have guessed, this film is all loosely based on the board game, Cluedo, and so the characters are named in this way. After dinner, the guests come to realise that they are all being blackmailed for their secrets, and that Mr Boddy is the blackmailer. Wadsworth tells them the polic are on their way and they should hand Mr Boddy over to the police. Of course, Boddy doesn’t like the sound of this. He tells the group that he will turn off the light so someone can kill Wadsworth to keep the whole thing quiet and they can get on with their lives. The lights go off, there’s a thud and a gun shot, and when the lights come back on, Mr Boddy is dead. But who killed him?

 

Clue is what I would class as silly comedy. With puns, slapstick, and every other kind of stupid things going on, it’s a great, light mystery, with a fantastic cast.

 

IMDb has a rating of 7.3/10 for this 1985 comedy classic. Personally? I would give it 9/10! The whole story is done extremely well, and the script is incredibly smart. There are times it was a little too slapstick for me, but I guess that’s what you get when you’re watching a parody movie.

 

The costumes, the script, the whole setting is just fantastic, and you should watch it if you get the chance! It’s only one and a half hours long, so could be the perfect bedtime film for tonight. If my brief summary isn’t enough to interest you, maybe the trailer (below) will!