Primark Beige Speckle Jumper
Winter is coming! Sorry that feels so generic to hear around this time of year and seeing as so many people watch and read Game of Thrones that reference is very over used. However, I’ve been exploring the world of knitwear recently due to the decrease in temperatures. When I was a higher weight, I often avoided jumpers, paranoid that they exagerrated my size and made me feel much worse about myself. Whilst I’m still not as thin as I’d love to be, I do find knitwear a lot easier to wear today and also find it incredibly cosy! Continue reading “Primark Cream Speckle Jumper” »
I don’t believe I’ve talked about any manga books with you all yet, so I thought I’d start with one of my favourite series, I have read A LOT of manga as it was pretty much what got me through childhood and offered me hopes and escapism from life that nothing else could. Some of my other favourite manga series include: Please Save My Earth and Full Moon Wo Sagashite. With some of my favourite series and films being Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Princess Mononoke, Perfect Blue and Metropolis.
From the creator of Ranma 1/2 and Uresei Yatsura comes InuYasha. I first discovered InuYasha around the age of 12, I was staying in Seattle and watching Adult Swim in the hotel room which played a ton of great shows. At the time InuYasha was in English dub, which was slightly annoying as I think the Japanese version is so perfect, I’m not normally too fussy with subbed/dubbed, but with this I really I am. I returned to England, which was never a great feeling as I had a very lonely childhood, I hated school as I’m sure many of us did, I felt out of place and very weird, I was quite weird as a child I guess. I remember thinking a lot about the shows I watched in Seattle and for Christmas that same year my dad had managed to import me a box set of InuYasha season 2 from Japan, we couldn’t get hold of season 1 at the time. It was in Japanese with English subtitles. Each day when I arrived home from school I would hide under my bed covers in my room, watching each episode, completely absorbed by the story. Eventually I owned all the box sets and purchased the movies on various trips to America. Once finishing the series I felt quite disappointed, it was by far my favourite thing since Dragonball Z but the last episode of the series was so disappointing. It was 167 episodes in total, it was building up to a climax with all of the characters’ problems, but the episode ended resolving nothing. (They have made a new series now called InuYasha The Final Act which clears this stuff up, but that came a long while after.) Continue reading “InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi” »
Genius Richard Feynman by James Gleick
So this book might seem rather heavy compared to others I’ve been reviewing recently but I really urge you to give this a chance if you want to increase your awareness of an incredible man.
As I often state in my blog, I am a complete music nerd, I can’t cope without music, I get very inspired at gigs and play around with making my own electronic music from time to time. Through recent obsessive listening, a few months ago now I discovered an artist named Phoria and their track, ‘Red’ which of course absolutely beautiful has sampled ‘Ode To A Flower’ byRichard Feynman in one of his interviews. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Ode To A Flower’ is basically where Feynman describes his good artist friend criticising him for being a scientist, arguing scientists cannot appreciate art and instead make beautiful things such as a flower dull. In response Feynman argues that he too can appreciate the beauty of a flower, as can any other human being, but for him science also tells him much more about that beauty and raises questions. It’s possibly my favourite quote, if not it’s in my top five. Continue reading “Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics by James Gleick” »
How To Archer by Sterling Archer
Archer has been quite a refreshing comedy to have encountered in a while, as it meets the level of humour I enjoy from other programmes it does also offer a different comedic style to that of South Park and American Dad which I also enjoy.
I don’t tend to watch many comedies anymore aside from those mentioned and also Peep Show, but I have found Archer to be great background watching or a great form of relief from one of those not so great days, it really makes a wonderful distraction from things and puts me in a positive mindset. Continue reading “How To Archer by Sterling Archer” »
So this is more of a crafty book review but one I found so high in quality that I had to share it. I often worry there are a lot of books produced which state X amount of things to make/sew/knit which all just feel the same and show you items where you think, would anyone actually wear this/use this? This Woodlands Knit book was incredibly refreshing to stumble across as it is filled with items I would absolutely love to make and would very happily wear, especially the cat gloves and fox scarf. The book is also presented beautifully which again makes immersion into the world of the Woodland Knits book very easy. This book is a fair price for the detail and quality of the instructions and is ideal for the coming winter months. Continue reading “Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen Book Review” »
Nice N Easy Natural Dark Cool Blonde
Hi everyone! So again following from my last post, some of you may have already seen from my Instagram also that I went a darker blonde after my L’Oreal blonde hair had faded out. I absolutely loved the initial result, the Nice ‘n’ Easy product was very easy to apply, as you would hope from it’s name and I didn’t run out of mixture like I do with other hair products. Again my only problem was that this product faded out after about two weeks and my hair returned to its pre-bleached state, it appears to be very stubborn with wanting to stay blonde. Continue reading “Nice N Easy Natural Dark Cool Blonde Hair Dye Review” »
So this feels like a very pointless blog post in ways, as most people are now aware of Game of Thrones either through the books or through watching the TV series but it is a book series I am currently up to date with so I guess I could share my thoughts on it, even if it is talked about everywhere.
Not my favourite fantasy series but certainly one I very much enjoy, I really admire Martin’s ability to write such a complex world with so many characters and unexpected twists and turns. If you watch the TV series but haven’t read the books, I’ll tell you now on the whole they’re not all too different as the television adaptation has stayed very true to the story. However, I would say I much prefer Jon Snow’s character in the books, and the same goes for a few of the characters. The main reason I love these books is for the character Tyrion Lannister, he by far leaps out to me as one of the most interesting fictional characters I’ve discovered in a while, although I do love how well written Tywin and many others are too.
These books seem loosely based on true accounts in history, filled with lies, betrayal and also the risks of loyalty. Martin doesn’t glamourise any of the brutality in this world, as I’m sure those of you who have watched the series will know.
I am curious however, for the direction of the series, as the latest series did end differently to the book it was based on, so they may become two separate stories from here. Who knows!
If you’re looking for a heavier, more challenging yet very rewarding fantasy read, give this a try!
Love At First Stitch
So here is another beautiful “making things” book I stumbled across. Again as mentioned in my previous blog post I am very skeptical about these “how to” books as I often feel they’re churned out to contain a lot of low quality step by steps and templates and result in you making items that either look bad in size or items that just seem to serve no purpose.
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover as the saying goes but I often stumble across my favourite books in doing so, this is another example of that. So Tilly Walnes already had a blog before this book which offered tutorials in sewing and inspiration. This book is very similar, containing a select few templates for making items which are very easily customisable so for example one pattern could be worked in three or four different ways to make different items. I love the colours and style of this book, it has a very happy and upbeat feel which I find rather motivational for approaching sewing tasks. Continue reading “Love At First Stitch By Tilly Walnes Book Review” »
Fashion Illustrators Sketchbooks 2
So finally a few more book reviews are on their way, which is always great for this time of year as hopefully it can inspire some Christmas shopping!
As it’s been a while in the world of book reviewing I thought I would start with Fashion Illustrators’ Sketchbooks Book 2. I may review Book 1 at a later date but I much preferred this edition of the Fashion Illustrators’ Sketchbooks. I’m currently working on a very large painting and in amongst all the reading and writing I do and experimenting with music making I am also trying to get back into the habit of drawing to chase my dream of making a graphic novel. Although I also dream of making music too and designing video games… it’s very difficult to find the time for it all. Continue reading “Fashion Illustrators’ Sketchbooks Book 2” »
L’Oreal Natural Frosted Beige Blonde
Hi everyone! So I had changed my hair colour a few times over the summer so I have these overdue review posts, first of all I tried to go a darker. more natural blonde, firstly using this product by L’Oreal. I found the product applied really nicely and didn’t leave any damage to my hair, it added some natural looking highlights and I was really happy with the colour. The product didn’t smell bad to leave on my hair or leave me gasping for fresh air. Continue reading “L’Oreal Blonde Hair Dye Review” »