This month has flown by, I guess that is what happens when you spend almost half of it away from home. It is strange how I've been to the beach in two completely different types of countries. In between going away to Spain and Scotland I got a new part time job in an attempt to improve my CV, re-painted my bedroom and cleaned every little corner, I also got rid of a lot of clothes and now on the hunt for new Autumnal clothing. Drank a ridiculous amount of coffee and eaten a lot of sweet treats. It has just been one of those busy months but I like getting back into a project or job, fulfilling my time productively. I hope to continue this in October while taking time to enjoy my favourite time of year. Have a great month everyone.

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September Days

30.9.14


This month has flown by, I guess that is what happens when you spend almost half of it away from home. It is strange how I've been to the beach in two completely different types of countries. In between going away to Spain and Scotland I got a new part time job in an attempt to improve my CV, re-painted my bedroom and cleaned every little corner, I also got rid of a lot of clothes and now on the hunt for new Autumnal clothing. Drank a ridiculous amount of coffee and eaten a lot of sweet treats. It has just been one of those busy months but I like getting back into a project or job, fulfilling my time productively. I hope to continue this in October while taking time to enjoy my favourite time of year. Have a great month everyone.

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Most people tend to stick to a type of book or story. I'm a culprit of that. I typically gravitate towards contemporary-love-drama-tragedy stories, whether it is books, films, tv shows or music. I like to be consumed by something, have deep thoughts and feelings. If I Stay is one of those kind of stories. I found out it had been made into a film and watched the trailer then decided to give the book a read. It spoilt the story slightly but the back of the book does the same.

Mia is a teenager, cello player, family girl, best friend and girlfriend. She finds herself stuck in limbo. Between life and death while in intensive care after her and her family get into a car accident. While fighting for her life or slipping away we see her recount the big events in her life as well as the simple yet good moments. From the arrival of her little brother, when she first played the cello, the first kiss with her boyfriend, Adam. Mia watches those loved ones who are there for her while deciding if she should stay. A little predictable I will admit, it's also a good story that covers all areas of a typical young person's life. It's emotional at times, cool punk rock references and inspiring.

A week later I watched the film and it's not often I think a film adaption is as good or better than a book but I think it was in this case. The book translates well, it had good actors, great soundtrack and shows what the story is about. Showing that with or without certain people in your life there is always someone there for you, who loves you and we all have greatness and a reason to be here to pursue and the life inside us.

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Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

27.9.14


Most people tend to stick to a type of book or story. I'm a culprit of that. I typically gravitate towards contemporary-love-drama-tragedy stories, whether it is books, films, tv shows or music. I like to be consumed by something, have deep thoughts and feelings. If I Stay is one of those kind of stories. I found out it had been made into a film and watched the trailer then decided to give the book a read. It spoilt the story slightly but the back of the book does the same.

Mia is a teenager, cello player, family girl, best friend and girlfriend. She finds herself stuck in limbo. Between life and death while in intensive care after her and her family get into a car accident. While fighting for her life or slipping away we see her recount the big events in her life as well as the simple yet good moments. From the arrival of her little brother, when she first played the cello, the first kiss with her boyfriend, Adam. Mia watches those loved ones who are there for her while deciding if she should stay. A little predictable I will admit, it's also a good story that covers all areas of a typical young person's life. It's emotional at times, cool punk rock references and inspiring.

A week later I watched the film and it's not often I think a film adaption is as good or better than a book but I think it was in this case. The book translates well, it had good actors, great soundtrack and shows what the story is about. Showing that with or without certain people in your life there is always someone there for you, who loves you and we all have greatness and a reason to be here to pursue and the life inside us.

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Every year when it starts to get a little colder and the night falls earlier all I feel like doing is baking. I had some blueberries that needed to be eaten and decided to find a new recipe to use them in, after looking for a little while I went for scones.

You will need..
250g plain flour, 100g granulated sugar, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt, 115g unsalted butter,  120ml milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 200g blueberries, tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top before baking.

Preheat oven at 200C, line a round baking tray (8"). In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and combine with a knife or your fingers until it resembles a course texture. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together. Then drizzle that over the dry bowl. With a wooden spoon or spatula mix the ingredients together and carefully fold in the blueberries. Put the mixture into your prepared baking tray, sprinkle sugar on top. Finally put the tray into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Take them out cut into even wedge shapes and enjoy.

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Blueberry Scones

17.9.14


Every year when it starts to get a little colder and the night falls earlier all I feel like doing is baking. I had some blueberries that needed to be eaten and decided to find a new recipe to use them in, after looking for a little while I went for scones.

You will need..
250g plain flour, 100g granulated sugar, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt, 115g unsalted butter,  120ml milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 200g blueberries, tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top before baking.

Preheat oven at 200C, line a round baking tray (8"). In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and combine with a knife or your fingers until it resembles a course texture. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together. Then drizzle that over the dry bowl. With a wooden spoon or spatula mix the ingredients together and carefully fold in the blueberries. Put the mixture into your prepared baking tray, sprinkle sugar on top. Finally put the tray into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Take them out cut into even wedge shapes and enjoy.

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Weekends are a time to relax and enjoy your free time. Sleep in, stay out late, do nothing, do everything. No matter what it is, remember to listen to good songs to make the weekend even better. Have a listen to what I'm listening to this weekend.

September Weekend Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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September Weekend Music

13.9.14


Weekends are a time to relax and enjoy your free time. Sleep in, stay out late, do nothing, do everything. No matter what it is, remember to listen to good songs to make the weekend even better. Have a listen to what I'm listening to this weekend.

September Weekend Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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The beauty of walking into a bookstore just to browse is that you end up finding books that have been in your mind to read but are yet to physically get your hands on it. I saw It by Alexa Chung almost a year ago but at the time I was not interested, mostly because I had no idea what the book was about. Bringing me onto why I like writing book reviews, it gives the reader an insight into what it's all about. I recently read a review and the very next time I went into Waterstones I saw It on the table with a 'buy one get one half price' sticker, perfect as I already picked up another book with the same promotion.

It feels so good to hold, similar to a thick magazine but smaller. I read it in about the same time I would a magazine cover to cover. About an hour. A coffee table, with your breakfast or lunch break kind of book. Alexa Chung is known very well in the fashion world. I still remember her as a presenter on T4, back in the day. Always loved her style and personality. Her flowing and friendly voice in the book has her telling you a few stories about her life, beauty and fashion tips, advice on love and heartbreak and discussing her idols. The way she writes is what I could only imagine a big sister would be like when giving advice. In between her words are beautiful photographs that are from her personal collection and other illustrations.

I was left feeling inspired and thinking everything will be okay. Probably one of the best things to come from a book. Whether you're a fan of Alexa or not It is worth reading, especially for any young woman or teenager out there who could do with an easy-going read.

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Book Review: It by Alexa Chung

9.9.14


The beauty of walking into a bookstore just to browse is that you end up finding books that have been in your mind to read but are yet to physically get your hands on it. I saw It by Alexa Chung almost a year ago but at the time I was not interested, mostly because I had no idea what the book was about. Bringing me onto why I like writing book reviews, it gives the reader an insight into what it's all about. I recently read a review and the very next time I went into Waterstones I saw It on the table with a 'buy one get one half price' sticker, perfect as I already picked up another book with the same promotion.

It feels so good to hold, similar to a thick magazine but smaller. I read it in about the same time I would a magazine cover to cover. About an hour. A coffee table, with your breakfast or lunch break kind of book. Alexa Chung is known very well in the fashion world. I still remember her as a presenter on T4, back in the day. Always loved her style and personality. Her flowing and friendly voice in the book has her telling you a few stories about her life, beauty and fashion tips, advice on love and heartbreak and discussing her idols. The way she writes is what I could only imagine a big sister would be like when giving advice. In between her words are beautiful photographs that are from her personal collection and other illustrations.

I was left feeling inspired and thinking everything will be okay. Probably one of the best things to come from a book. Whether you're a fan of Alexa or not It is worth reading, especially for any young woman or teenager out there who could do with an easy-going read.

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There comes a point in time when you just need to pause on your daily life, the day job, responsibilities and other little things. Switch off from that part of your life and take some time to have a break, go away, relax and just have fun. Typically I try my best to do this for a few hours or as much time as I can but this time I took 5 days, went to Spain, spent time with family, ate a lot of ice cream (and churros), soaked up the sun, played in the water and relaxed. Make sure you take the time for yourself, it's an incredible thing to be hard working and leading a full life with a lot happening but be kind to yourself and take a break, you need it more than you think sometimes.


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Taking a break

6.9.14

There comes a point in time when you just need to pause on your daily life, the day job, responsibilities and other little things. Switch off from that part of your life and take some time to have a break, go away, relax and just have fun. Typically I try my best to do this for a few hours or as much time as I can but this time I took 5 days, went to Spain, spent time with family, ate a lot of ice cream (and churros), soaked up the sun, played in the water and relaxed. Make sure you take the time for yourself, it's an incredible thing to be hard working and leading a full life with a lot happening but be kind to yourself and take a break, you need it more than you think sometimes.


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