Tuesday, 20 June 2017

small youtubers I love


I love supporting amazing internet creators, especially when they are amazing but don't have the volume of support they truly deserve. I love the accessibility of youtube and I love small creators so I decided to compile a small list of some small youtuber recommendations! And by small I mean youtubers with like under 30k subscribers. They are the underappreciated creators I admire profusely and always get excited for their new videos. Hope you check them all out and maybe even find a new favourite!

Monday, 19 June 2017

making my own vegan hot cross buns

vegan hot cross bun
It will surely come as no surprise that I love hot cross buns. Having tried and sampled many over the seasonal months, I decided to have a go at making my own. Couldn't be too hard right?!

'An attempt was made' can summarise the experience.

Friday, 16 June 2017

a trip to the harry potter studio tour london


Obligatory nine and three quarters photo. 

So, last month I finally visited the Harry Potter Studio Tour! The tour was a little expensive at £39.99 per person (depending on what expensive is to you) but this was luckily a belated birthday present, and one I had been looking forward to for nearly two months!

Friday, 26 May 2017

6 interesting hot cross bun recipes


~ Hot Cross Bun Chronicles Part 5 ~

My love for hot cross buns seems to be for life, not just for Easter. It's no surprise that I love hot cross buns. I've seen so many different flavour combinations in shops, and even tried a few, but they never seem to live up to my expectations (M&S I'm looking at you) So I've been collecting some interesting and intriguing hot cross bun recipes from creative bakers of the internet, and rounded up a few that seem particularly mouth watering.

Monday, 15 May 2017

a haulternative // second hand gems


When I was about twelve I watched a documentary about Primark. It was a documentary about the appalling working conditions in their factories, predominantly in Asian countries. It was my first time being exposed to the hidden realities of fast fashion and I remember being absolutely shocked. It effected me so intensely I immediately decided to boycott Primark. I can quite proudly say I stuck to that pledge. Boycotting one brand was progress, but it wasn't going to change the entire industry.

It's very easy to turn a blind eye to the hidden side of fast fashion are hidden and there is very little information readily available. I struggled to find ethical clothing companies I could afford to buy from, but then I discovered Fashion Revolution, the first easily accessible website I found challenging fast fashion.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

may wishes


Happy May! Here are some of my wishes for the month of May! I'm also wishing for some nice summer weather, but honestly I'm wishing for that all year round!

Take more instant photos

I've had my instant camera for over a year now and I've only used it about three or four times! I'm always a bit reluctant to use it, in case the photos turn out bad. You only get one chance with an instant camera and I'm always worried about wasting the remaining film, which is pretty silly. If I want to take a photo, I'm just gonna take it! 

Film some youtube videos for my shiny new gaming channel

I've been thinking about making a gaming channel for ages (YEARS) and this month I'm finally going to make it happen. I have so many ideas already but definitely let me know if you have any game recommendations or suggestions? ~SNEAK PEAK~  I'm thinking of doing some Sims 3 challenges, Yandere Simulator, and some horror games like Outlast and Resident Evil. I also own a copy of Undertale but I haven't played it yet!! This might finally be my chance to play it without feeling guilty.

Buy some cute Hufflepuff merch at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

I'm going to the Harry Potter Studio tour at the end of the month! Technically it's a late birthday present and I'm so excited! I'm putting aside some money to buy my first ever piece of Hufflepuff merch! I don't actually own any Harry Potter merchandise (outrageous, I know) so I'm definitely going to be on the hunt for something cute and yellow!

Meet Aycan for reals 

This is so exciting! We're both going to the same gig this month, so we shall meet for real this time! We were actually at the same All Time Low gig in March but missed each other (because I had my data switched off!!) This time I will be prepared! We have so many hobbies and interests in common so I know we will have a super cute and fun time!


Revamp and edit old blog posts

I wanna go through my archives and do some digital spring cleaning. Along the lines of reformatting text and images, weeding out pesky typos and generally making old posts look more presentable.  A bit of a challenge but if I do a bit at a time I should get it done this month.

Visit some charity and vintage shops

I've had an interest in shopping ethically from a young age but always struggled to put it into practice. I don't usually buy new clothes that often (every couple of months maybe) but I want to stop buying from brands and companies that perpetuate fast fashion. I'm planning on hitting up some charity and vintage shops very soon, and hope to find some absolutely unique gems!

What are your plans for the month!?





Sunday, 30 April 2017

reasons to play horizon zero dawn


A few years back I wrote a post all about my most anticipated video games in this post. Horizon Zero Dawn was the one I was most excited for and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. It feels like it's taken forever but I've finally recieved it (and spent an awful lot of time playing it) and it has quickly became one of my favourite games for a number of reasons.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

motivational songs playlist


Sometimes there's nothing like a good song to get you out of a funk. These are songs that have all sparked something inside of me, either inspiration or motivation, or perhaps even perspiration from dancing too hard. Either way, they make me want to be a better person and motivate me to get things done.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

sainsbury wholemeal hot cross buns




~ Hot Cross Bun Chronicles Part 4 ~


Easter may be over but my love for hot cross buns is definitely not. Today I'm bringing you some thoughts on my favourite hot cross buns yet. In fact, I believe these are the ones that started it all in the first place. I bought them (from Sainsburys) for a reduced price and kinda just fell in love. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

animal crossing: new leaf town tour


Animal Crossing is one of my favourite games. I've been playing it since I was twelve and could watch town tours on youtube for hours! It's so fun to see how different, diverse and personalised other people's towns are. My town is still a work in progress, so I figured it would be fun to document the many phases of my town and how it changes over the seasons!

My town is called Skyrim because I started playing Animal Crossing New Leaf and Skyrim around the same time, and I clearly really loved Skyrim (with good reason, it's an amazing game)

On main street, I have unlocked T&T Emporium, Club LOL, Kicks, Shampoodle, and The Dream Suite. I don’t have the fortune telling shop yet, but I’m working on it by getting my fortune told every time Katrina visits town! My current neighbours are: Miranda, Curlos, Groucho, Bluebear, Kiki, Rocket, Jay, Keaton, Clay, & Cheri.

Friday, 24 March 2017

m&s apple hot cross buns


m&s apple hot cross buns taste like deception

 Hot Cross Bun Chronicles Part 3 ~

Apples are a gift from the Gods, a divine piece of fruit we are blessed to have, so sweet, so pure, so juicy. M&S once again tempted me with these attractive hot cross buns, so I'm back with another segment to my Hot Cross Bun Chronicles. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

m&s chocolate orange hot cross buns (hot cross bun chronicles)



~ Hot Cross Bun Chronicles Part 2 ~

I love fruit, and I love chocolate, so when I saw these in M&S, I definitely felt like the human embodiment of the heart eyes emoji. What can I say? I'm a sucker for that chocolate orange goodness. As a self proclaimed hot cross bun fanatic, today I'm sharing my thoughts on these cute lil' hot cross buns!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

new glasses: harry potter inspired!


I GOT NEW GLASSES! After going for a very belated (four years) eye test I picked up two new pairs of glasses, mostly because I couldn’t decide which pair I liked best!

I've grown to love glasses, but it wasn't always like that. I first started wearing glasses in primary school, and like most kids, I absolutely detested them. Being told I had to wear these strange and uncomfortable frames on my face was a challenge. The fact that I reacted badly to change and especially attention drawing change, made it all the more challenging. I refused to wear them and specifically remember the time my parents asked my teacher to make sure I was wearing them. This teacher (who was always mean to me, not entirely sure why but I have my suspicions) decided to shout at me, and send me to the head teachers office because I took them off whilst walking across the school. It’s important to note, I only need to wear glasses when concentrating or looking at a screen. Injustices committed against young Rosario still anger me to this day. Honestly, I could write an entire essay about them.

Regardless, I started loving my glasses at sixteen. They make me feel like a scholar, almost as though everything makes more sense when I’m wearing them, everything feels a bit more together. I have one long sighted and one short sighed eye, which means my eyeliner is sometimes a lil bit uneven, and I can’t see distances too well without glasses. They kinda just make everything HD, like switching from 360p to 1080p on a video. With my frame choices, I am once again (not so) subtly inspired by Harry Potter. Both frames have round lenses, very much inspired by the infamous Harry Potter, but each pair has a different vibe. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

hot cross bun chronicles: the perfect hot cross bun


Over the past few months I have developed an intense love for hot cross buns. I don't remember how or where it started but I’ve been picking them up at every opportunity. At every food shop and bakery I found myself gravitating towards to hot cross buns, putting them straight in my basket, and buying them. I even joked about becoming a hot cross bun blogger. Turns out I was only half joking because here I am, ready to share my thoughts and love for hot cross buns, in what I'm titling 'The Hot Cross Bun Chronicles' A series of posts dedicated to hot cross buns!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

evening coffee


So, I’ve been gone from this blog for almost the entirely of February. I would explain the reason for this but I’m not too sure myself. Regardless, I feel refreshed and ready for spring. Spring is the season of growth and rebirth, so this is me, stepping out of my winter rut and getting back on top. I also have lots of exciting posts lined up this month, so keep an eye out for them!

Evening coffee has become a part of my routine. Sipping coffee after eating a wholesome meal, it just speaks to my soul, and what better way to invite you into a catch up post, than to invite you into my evening coffee session? Not gonna lie, ‘evening coffee’ was totally inspired by Moose Blood, but anyway, here are some things I've been doing recently.

Monday, 27 February 2017

some spectacular bands to listen to

Oh boy, this year I’ve been listening to some good music. I’ve started the year by filling my head with amazing tunes from punk rock bands with amazing outlooks. Recently I’ve been actively trying to listen to and support smaller bands, plus bands including minorities in the rock scene (women, people of colour & LGBTQ people.) think it’s important to be mindful of the music and art you support.

I recently read an article, in which Jason Butler articulated some thoughts that’ve been creeping up on me for a while now. ‘Rock Music is Boring’ the article is titled, a direct quote from Butler. Butler states, ‘most rock music is a heterosexual white boys club.’ Whilst I listen to a lot of mainstream rock, it does get repetitive and boring at times - the same straight white dudes rehashing the same old music. I want to give more recognition and support to minority groups, who do exist within the scene. In a system that favours straight white men, minorities are automatically disadvantaged, which is why it’s super important to actively support them. Because let’s face it, success in the rock industry (and life generally) is considerably easier if you’re a straight white man.

As someone who identifies with multiple minority groups, I understand first-hand how powerful it is to see a part of yourself reflected in the music you love. Representation is important. So even if you don’t care, here are some bands that you should definitely check out, because regardless of who is the band, they still make some damn good music.

 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

february wishes

~ Some February wishes to grant myself (aka monthly goals) ~


Visit a museum and/or Art Gallery 

(thinking about the Saatchi Gallery or the Tate Modern). A day at a museum never fails to inspire and amaze me, plus I live right outside London so I should definitely take advantage of that.

Start trusting myself, get some balance in my life

 + root out negative habits, thoughts and routines. Think along the lines of 'stop what’s stopping you' Also meditate every morning because this is a bit vague.

Have a good time seeing Modern Baseball 

And get some more gig tickets.

Post three time a week on this blog. 


Rearrange some bits on my shelves.


Take myself out on a date 

It's Valentines month and whilst I’ve never felt strongly (or at all really) about Valentines Day, taking myself out on a date and treating myself to literally whatever I want, seems like it will be really good for my soul.

Sort my life out a bit + stop avoiding everything 

Yay for vague and huge goals! I honestly need to make lists and sublists to do this one, and that is literally the plan - to make lists and sublists, and then go from there.

Make some art and put in on my wall 

Creating things, even if they're not ~the best~ makes me feel supremely fulfilled and alive. I want to work on something, maybe a little painting or piece of embroidery, and hang it up by the end of the month.


What are your February wishes/goals?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

what's in my december gratitude jar!?


Feeling very inspired by Steph’s lovely posts on making a gratitude jar for December, I decided to make one of my own. Every day I wrote down something I felt grateful for, big or small, and put it into my little pot of gratitude. I find there is so much unnecessary stress thrust upon us, especially around Christmas time, that we sometimes take the things we have for granted. I know I often have this ‘the grass is greener on the other side mindset’ so it was very refreshing and grounding to sit down every day and appreciate all the wonderful things I do have.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

the books i read in 2016


In 2016 I read a total of 10 books, which is honestly quite a disappointing number. I've grown to adore reading and it feels like I've fallen out of love with literature this past year. 2016 was one of my worst reading years since I started tracking my reading, especially considering I read 33 the year before! I had a lot of trouble finishing books, especially as I was in my final year at University and it was pretty demanding, but it continued even after I graduated!? 2016 was definitely the year of unfinished books; I picked up so many but never managed to finish them. Not sure what happened, but I'm actively trying harder in 2017. The books I read in 2016 could easily be described as okay, so-so, wouldn’t mind if they were used as tinder in a zombie apocalypse. I liked them but didn’t find any new favourites. Here's is a quick round up of the books I did manage to finish.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2017 wishes


I like the new year and the collective bettering of ourselves. I’m prone to becoming a bit passive and caught up in monotony over the year, and the new year always gives me the push I need to make some little changes, to climb out of that void, and work towards something better.

2016 was a mixed bag, I did some things I'd never done before but also went though bouts of feeling v lost and purposeless. I spent a large part of 2016 feeling overwhelmed and a lot of pressure to have everything figured out, which resulted in a lot of procrastination and developing some bad and unhelpful habits. I’m hoping some goals, things to work towards, accepting and actively bettering myself, will help alleviate these unwanted feelings.

My goals are quite broad so I’m planning on writing out everything I need to do in order to reach them. I want to work towards these goals, but also allow myself time to accept where I am and figure things out, without the overwhelming pressure to be doing all the things, all the time. I guess I want to focus on figuring out a balance between accepting and challenging myself. 

1) Take more photos & complete a project 365
2) Actually learn how to play the guitar
3) Improve my mental health
4) Develop a healthier relationship with food
5) Be more present, mindful & live more consciously
6) Do more everyday
7) Give up overthinking and overcomplicating every damn thing
8) Be more confident in my beliefs, my ideas and myself
9) Be a better feminist
10) Aim to meditate every morning
11) Visit more museums
12) Continue running regularly and looking after my physical health
13) Read more than 10 books + reread all the Harry Potter books!
14) Blog more consistently
15) Say yes to more things
16) Leave the house more often
17) Make decisions based on what will make me happy, rather than what is simply easiest

What are your goals and wishes for 2017!?