Saturday, 28 September 2013

B is for...


Look, I know I've talked about my love of books before, but I just couldn't let this one slide. As a publishing student, I feel like it's my duty to talk about books as much as humanely possible. I have just recently created a Goodreads account, mainly because I didn't even know it existed before, so if you have one, please add me to it!

I'm currently reading The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and so far I am enjoying it. It's quite interesting as it was originally published in french, so obviously, I have the translated version. Another interesting point is that it has two narrators, so they have their own font style. At first I thought it might get a bit gimmicky, but it hasn't, so that's a plus.

A uni friend recommended it to me, and I'm really glad I gave it a chance. I love book recommendations, but I hate giving them. Does anyone else get like that? I read The Hundred Year Old Man... because I read the review on Becky's blog, yet I feel like if I recommended something and people didn't love it, that I'd have let them down. This is more than likely why I won't be on the publishing board in a future job role, as I'd end up loving them all and wanting to publish everything!

I love buying books, I find it really hard to not go into a bookstore whenever I visit town. Sadly, the local independent bookstore near us had to close recently, so we only have a WH Smiths to hand. Not even a Waterstones! I musn't grumble, mind, as I like a paperback as much as the next guy. I am so, so against buying books from Amazon if I can help it, simply because I really dislike their work ethnic. This is why I am supporting the Books Are My Bag campaign. I won't go into it too much, just incase books really aren't your bag, but it was set up to raise awareness of all those lovely bookshops your towns, villages and cities should have. One of the funniest accounts on twitter is the Big Green Bookshop, which isn't even my local bookshop anymore, but I still stalk their online store and make a mental note to visit them whenever I can get to London. If you're ever in the Wood Green area, you must give them a visit, they really are a lovely bunch!

Dylan has a huge love for books, which is something I am so proud of. I'm glad that he enjoys watching Disney movies and his favourite film of all time is Despicable Me, but it just doesn't compare to the feeling I get from seeing him pick out a book, open it up at a random page and start babbling away to himself, nodding along to his own little story. I went to bed early on Monday (or was it Tuesday?) due to my awful earache, and overheard Joe reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit to Dylan, and it really made me melt. The book that started my love for books, now being read to my little boy. It's amazing, really. 

You all love books too, right? 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wondering Wednesday #8

Howdy, friends! Wednesday has come around again, and I've been in a bit of a muddle as to what to dedicate this week's WW to. I was going to write about one topic, but I realised my B Is For.. post was something similar and I didn't want to bore you all twice.

Instead, I thought I'd pick my favourite topic and just speak about myself. I finally have my contact lens trial starting tomorrow, I can't even remember how long ago I started this journey on being glassesless. We've borrowed Joe's mum's car, so we're hoping to pick up a few bits and pieces - namely a bed for Monty as his old one is a bit ragged - as well as giving me the gift of sight. What else have I been up to?

Ah yes, I smashed my phone screen. When I say "I smashed my phone screen", I mean "Joe dropped my phone outside and smashed my phone screen". I've been putting him on a little guilt trip about it, and hopefully I'll get extra presents for my birthday (he's so lucky to have me, right?) It's not all bad news though, as when I asked facebook if anyone was selling a mobile, my cousin piped in and said she was selling her iPhone 5. Result! Naturally, since deciding to buy that, the first thing I have looked into is buying some protective covers for it.

I really like this one from here.
Lisette included it in a post ages ago and it's been in the back of my mind.
Anything else? Ah yes, I had to go to uni and enrol today. It was a bit of a shock to see that I had to pay £40 studio fees, but it had to be done. I met up with some of the girls on my course and we had lunch after enrolling, which was fun. I was a bit of a pain, with my lack of hearing, so my speaking volume was all over the place. It's not fun thinking you sound like you're underwater! 

I'm hoping that this week I can finally post my B Is For... post, and then maybe write up a few of the other letters so that they're ready when I need them. As well as being organised, this will help me to not forget what I actually want to write about! I've got so many different notes dotted about, here and there, that sometimes I feel like I need a note to tell me where my notes are.

So that's it for today, hopefully in my next post I can tell you all that my ears are fixed! 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 23 September 2013


Dear readers, I have some bad news. I am ill. I have been awake since 3am, and finally gave up trying to sleep at around 4am so I've been sat downstairs waiting for the doctors to open so I can ring them. I've got an ear infection, which I used to get practically every winter whilst growing up, but I feel like this is the worst one yet. It's probably as the last two years have been ear infection-free, but y'know, it is super bad. 

I was attempting to do a little "yay first payday wish list" for you all, but my internet was getting really annoying so that didn't happen. I then thought about doing a book review, but then I remember I'm not even halfway through my book, so of course that couldn't happen. So instead, I'm going to just post this picture of Dylan from my instagram account. 

Too cute.
This is from yesterday morning. I'd woken up early as I had a shift at work and could hear Dylan chatting to himself (or maybe his teddies?) in his cot, so I thought I'd get him out and have a little snuggle with him. As much as I love work, I feel like I'm hardly going to see much of this chap once I'm working and back at uni. Anyways, Dylan had other ideas and did not want to snuggle! Instead, he decided that he wanted to free-fall onto the bed?! He just stood up straight, and then kept leaning forward so that he just bounced face first off the mattress. I'm hoping this hasn't damaged him in any way, as he kept doing it and found it completely hilarious. 

So yeah, in short, that is my child. I love how he's turning into a 'proper' human, and pretty much everyone thinks he's a lovely child. He has his own quirks, such as he hates getting his hands dirty and he likes teasing you by puckering up and then shouting "NO KISS" at the last second, so sly! 

Right, well I'll stop blabbing on about Dylan, I'm sure hearing about someone's toddler isn't everyone's bag. You'll be glad to know that I've finally managed to get an appointment to see the doctor at 2 today (after telling me that they had no available appointments until October 1st?!), so hopefully I'll be less of a bore on twitter haha! No promises, obviously.

Hope you're all having a better start to the week than I have!

Chelsea xo

Friday, 20 September 2013

A Festival Like No Other...

Did I mention I went to Festival No.6 last weekend? I don't think I mentioned it. Oh, hang on... Yes, it was pretty much the only thing I mentioned, so sorry about that. You'd think that after I'd been, I might stop banging on about it, but I'm afraid I can't. You see, Festival No.6 was an amazing experience for me - as a festival goer, a music lover and a person. I want to live there and never leave the beautiful, dreamlike village.

The main setting boasts the Observatory Tower, manicured gardens, a Mermaid Spa and it's own beach. The location itself played host to a sci-fi show in the sixties called The Prisoner, in which Prisoner No.6 tries to retain his identity and escape from the village. Why anyone would want to escape such a beautiful place, I've no idea, but that was the general gist of the show. Of course, Prisoner No.6 inspired the name of the festival and I think it's a rather nice name! 

Portmeirion, located in North Wales, was designed by Sir Clough William Ellis who wanted to prove that development did not need to mean destruction of the environment. Instead, he embraced the woodlands and used them to incapsulate the beauty of the village. 

I'm not entirely sure how many festivals in the UK have their own beach, but I'm sure glad that this one did. The village design makes you feel like you could be somewhere in the Mediterranean, just with slightly more drizzle. When we arrived on the Friday, it was raining, and when we left on the Sunday, it was raining. But we were in North Wales, so we were all more than aware the sun might not be with us. Yet, on Saturday, it shone, and my, did Portmeirion really glow. 

Despite this being only the second year for Festival No. 6, the line up was incredible - and I can only expect that it will win awards again this year. Last year, they had New Order play, and this year it was Manic Street Preachers, Chic, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. I'll be honest and say now that I didn't really take many photos of any of the acts, as I'm one of those people who thinks you should watch a gig with your eyes, not through your smart phone. Some highlights for me were Everything Everything's set. I've seen them three times now, and it was still so enjoyable. Another highlight was catching a little band called Bright Lights Bright Lights (maybe I only like repetitive bands?) who only had about 15 people in the audience, but it was incredible. Think 80s synth pop mixed with tailored suits and fist pumping, and you're about there.

I would really recommend visiting Portmeirion if you're ever in North Wales, or even getting tickets to Festival No.6 next year, I know I'll be going again! You can read more about the festival, with its unique and wonderful location here.

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

It's the Final Countdown!

I'm sorry guys, I just couldn't help myself with the title of this. Basically, this post is going to highlight that it is my birthday in less than a month! That's right, October 16th - the biggest day of the year. Well, for me at least. My 21st birthday was a bit of a letdown, so I'm really hoping that this year is special. I'm also feeling excited to sing about "feeling twentytwooooooo" for a whole year, and perhaps longer if I can still remember the song. 
So, why was my 21st birthday a flop? Pretty much everyone forgot about it. I spent most of the day by myself as Dylan was at childcare, and Joe was on his course. We did have pie for tea, which was awesome, but we were supposed to have it with family and they were ill. If you ask me, it is just plain rude to do that on my birthday. What else? Oh yes, it was my first birthday away from my actual family, and we're talking 300 miles away from them - although, my dad is actually 2000 miles away from me this year - the swine! The icing on the cake? Student Finance had messed everything up so we had no money to do anything, and about a million money worries to deal with. 

This year, I am hoping to have a nice time and fingers crossed it will be as stress free as possible. I'm not the sort to go partying or anything (I am a boring mum now, after all) but I am looking forward to not having a whole day by myself. Dylan will be off at least, and Joe will hopefully be on a split shift so at least I can see him at some point during the day. 

I've asked for a watch for my birthday, and if anyone else is feeling generous, I'd love an iPad Mini. I'd like someone to make me a cake, and no doubt I will be asking for pie, again. Another thing I would love for my birthday would be to reach the elusive 100 follower goal! I know numbers don't matter, but it's just one thing I would love to get to. It would really make my day complete to get to that, but I've no idea how I can reach it in a month. That's 22 whole followers! Any suggestions with how I can do this, would be greatly appreciated!

Is it your birthday soon? Do you have a birthday wishlist I can gain inspiration from? :) 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 16 September 2013

Back To Reality

You may have noticed that I haven't really being say much recently, so I thought I better sit myself down in front of the keyboard and rectify this. I've no doubt you'll remember me yapping on about going to Festival No. 6 at the weekend, so that is why I didn't post anything for a few days (for the most part, at least). I think I'll do a separate post on it, so I won't go into too much detail here. 

The festival location - bit beautiful, right?
I'll be honest, I had such good intentions before I left. I was going to do a post about what I was taking, I was going to schedule some review posts and whatnot, but I just forgot - plain and simple. It's so hard trying to organise a weekend away for me and Joe, as well as organise stuff for Dylan - you won't believe how hard that was for us, pft! - and so many other things I had to do, all last minute. So yes, I'm sorry that this little blog o'mine got neglected a bit, but it was either you guys or my two year old! 

Now, I'm back home with still weeks to go before I go back to uni, so I've got plenty of time to make it up to you all. I was so, so happy to see that I'd reached 50 followers on GFC and nearly 80 on Bloglovin'. It really does mean the world to me, and I'm going to make it my goal to make my blog a worthwhile visit for you all! Another thing that make me tremendously happy, was to be included in Amy's weekly round up of her favourite bloggin' reads. I really admire Amy, so I was chuffed to find out I was on there! Definitely check out her blog, and the blogs she has included!

Alright, so I'll stop jibber jabbering on, I've got sooo many blog posts to catch up on (nearly 500!) and then I'll be back a bit later in the week with something that might be of actual importance to someone haha :) 

Hope you all had a good weekend! 

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A is for...


Now, I may have mentioned this before, but my favourite place in the world (that I've visited, at least) is in Turkey. My papa is lucky enough to own a house there, and although I haven't been in five years - I could weep typing that! - it is still so special to me. If you don't know, the Aegean sea is sandwiched between Greece and Turkey, and then joins into the Mediterranean Sea. Little bit of geography for you, there!

My all-time favourite place is Turkey is called Akyaka, a little coastal town in the muğla province. It actually has it's own website, which I didn't know about, so I guess I could just shut up about it and let you see for yourselves, but that's too kind. When we visited Akyaka, I was 15 and to be honest, quite a grumpy teenager. We used to go to Turkey for weeks at a time, so this meant I was stuck with my step brother for weeks at a time, and as he's four years older than me, he just used to wind me up the entire time. Seriously, I was about ready to push him off a cliff. 

Anyhoo, my dad hired a jeep for the day (as you do), and we set off down the dusty mountain road. We arrived at our destination and I was immediately blown away. This place was beautiful. It's not a tourist hotspot, so everything was unspoiled and we made sure that we covered up, as to not offend anyone. I don't think the sea has ever looked more appealing to me, and I'd do anything to go back.

Beside the cove at Akyaka
Naturally, I love all of southwest Turkey that I have visited. Marmaris is probably the most known destination, although I believe it has changed a great deal since I was last there. It's a port town which sits along the Turkish Rivera, so you tend to see a lot of huuuuge cruise ships pass by, which is pretty impressive. There's also a Turkish island named after Cleopatra of Egypt as it's said that Mark Anthony picked it out for her as a wedding present. Another place I love is Turtle beach, which is owned by the turtles as they mate there. Which is pretty awesome, if you ask me. 

So, that in a nutshell is my first A to Z of me! 
I hope you've enjoyed reading it, and look forward to my B word. I'd love to know if you've visited Turkey, although I may get insanely jealous! 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Mini update!

Just a little update today to tell you a few things! I dyed my hair (again) yesterday to lighten the 'dip' bit, and was rather shocked when I washed it off and it turned my hair a murky grey/blue. It was so odd! As someone who actually quite fancies the look of grey hair, it looks horrible! It was soo patchy as well, so my love of grey hair hasn't died yet!

After asking twitter for help, Danni and Jennifer came to the rescue and now my hair has mellowed quite a bit. It still has a tint of grey in a few places, but I'm a lot happier with it!

Excuse the huuuge nose, here! Not my best angle...
Another update, is that I start working at Boots tomorrow! I'm not entirely sure what to expect, but I got a huge package in the post this morning with various handbooks and forms I need to fill out, so I imagine I'll be focusing on that side of things. I'm really excited, and hugely nervous, but I'm sure it'll be a fun day. 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend! 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wondering Wednesday #7

Is it Wednesday already? I've been debating with myself with a few different subjects I could have used for todays post, but I thought I would go back to basics and just talk about my family for a bit. I know this could be quite boring for some people, and I promise I have some different posts up my sleeve, but for now this will do. Plus, I like my family, so why wouldn't I write about them?

If you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I had my mum and two little brothers stay with us at the weekend, and although I've not seen them since April, I think it was just the perfect amount of time. God, why did no one tell me that 10 year old and 14 year old brothers can be annoying? Haha, joking aside, it was nice to see them and I tried to show them a few of the nice things Somerset has to offer.

First, we headed off to Street for the Clarks retail village. My mum was wanting to pick up some school shoes for my brothers, so sadly there was no time to look at everything else the village has to offer. Then, after a quick stop in Glastonbury we ended up in Cheddar. I've lived in Somerset for a year now, and I find it absolutely shocking that this was my first time in Cheddar. I could live on cheese, I love it so much.

This little bit is near all the shops, and there is this peaceful view on one side, and on the other side it is the humongous Gorge. I wasn't really that interested in the Gorge, if I'm honest, as I'd skipped breakfast and the promise of cheese was just too much for me to take. After dragging everyone to taste the cheeses, I let them go back to tourist mode and spent ages trying to get a decent photo of everyone sat on a rock.

Dylan doesn't even look like Dylan in that photo, and the wind is blowing Jake's hair about (he's a rocker, so that's his style apparently) but this is definitely the nicest one there. After Cheddar, we took the scenic route home - which is basically any road not on the motorway in Somerset - and then we took the train to Weston. As we don't have a car, we decided that doing a few things by train would be the best thing as it meant Joe could come along too! 

This is such a bad photo of me, but look how handsome Joe is! *dreamy sigh* But yes. We went to Weston, and then it started to rain! Nothing like good British summertime weather, is there? Naturally, we were practically the only people there, and the boys all had fun kicking Dylan's ball about and building sand-mounds - top marks for not bringing any buckets or spades!

Then, on the Saturday, we took the train to Bristol! We went on a Gromit hunt, and it was quite fun. Despite going to Bristol quite a lot, there were so many Gromits in really obvious places that I hadn't found yet. I also took everyone to St. Nicholas' Market to get some amazing food - I had pie, obviously, Joe had some falafals and my mum got some BBQ'd lamb. My silly brothers ended up getting egg and chips, which is so like them. Kids, ey? 

I thought I'd include some cute photos of Dylan for good measure. The first picture is from our trip to Bristol, and the second one is at a local farm shop we went to with Joe's nana on Monday. Sadly, nana's trip collided with my mums trip, so we didn't get to see much of her, but we made sure the time we had was full of fun stuff. Naturally, this included a cream tea and a go on the slides. I love Dylan's hair in the second picture, so funny. 

So that is all I got up to during my weekend with family. I'd like to go to a few different places in Somerset, as there really is so many things here, but without a car it is a bit tedious, if I'm honest. Have you been up to anything fun lately? 


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Autumn Leaves

I love autumn. I love baking in the autumn, I love the colours of autumn and I even love that it doesn't even look like a real word. That last point might just be me, actually... This autumn I am looking forward to quite a lot of things, on the basis that they can't be worse than last year. I'm such an optimist, right? Anyhoo, I've been whittling my way through hundreds of unread posts on bloglovin' (this is no exaggeration - don't have family stay for a whole weekend, it wrecks your blogging mojo!) and I saw the Autumn tag created by Georgina from Makeup Pixi3. I likes me a good tag, and I likes me a good autumn so let the funtimes begin!

Check me out and my vintage bunting.

For Autumn, what is your...

1. Favourite thing about it? Holy cow, I have to pick one thing? Talk about easing me in gently. My favourite thing, I cannot lie, has to be my birthday. Who doesn't love their own birthday? I usually always get some sort of knitwear for my birthday and knitwear is also one of my favourite things - I'm wearing a short sleeved knitted jumper as I type - so yes. Birthday. 

2. Favourite drink? Hot chocolate, easily. None of that crap from a coffee store, either. I like drinking hot chocolate at home, snuggled up on the couch with my boys watching something hilarious or dramatic on the telebox. I mean, drinking hot chocolate outside is cool too, but only if you're at some sort of events. Them's the rules.

3. Favourite scent? Cinnamon, without a doubt. This is really making me want to make some gingerbread and cinnamon cookies! Also, cookies. And ginger. 

4. Best lipstick? I don't really wear lipstick, as I don't have a top lip (thanks, genes!) so rem, this is a tricky one. I'd usually plump for just a good lip butter or something.

5. Go to moisturiser? I have to use Clinique's Dramatically Different on my face, otherwise I look like a scary, dry mess. Everywhere else I just grab whatever I have to hand, at the minute it's a pistachio one :)

6. Go to colours for the eyes? I like greens and browns as I have hazel eyes, but I'm open to gold hues too. Gold might be a bit more christmassy, but I'm a daredevil. 

7. Favourite music or band/singer to listen to? Hmm, this is tricky. I don't really let the seasons dictate my music, but I guess I like listening to acoustic music a bit more when the weather gets like this. However, catch me freezing on the train platform when my train is delayed and you know I'm listening to Everyday Is Like Sunday.

8. Favourite outfit to wear? Knitwear, next!

9. Autumn treat? You mean, birthday treat, yes? Of course you do! This year I'm hoping the birthday fairy brings me an ipad mini, otherwise I'll have to make that my treat.

10. Favourite place to be? If I'm wrapped up warm enough, I love taking Monty out for a walk. He's not exactly the most playful pup at times, but get him off his lead and off he goes, running off until he gets scared from crunchy leaves underfoot. 

If anyone else loves autumn as much as I do, feel free to do this tag yourself! I'd love to read about it so drop me a link once you're done :) 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 1 September 2013

101 things in 1001 Days #1

I don't know if you've noticed, but since July 1st there has been a '101 things in 1001 Days' page along the top of my infobar thingum. As I don't think I actually mentioned it to anyone, I thought I had better tell you about it now.

I've seen this on quite a few blogs, and I thought it was a really great thing to do. So far I have a few things in progress, so on with the update!

4. Get a job whilst studying
I now have a job! It's a temporary one over Christmas, but it still counts, right? I can't wait to start my first shifts, wooo!

11. Open a savers account for Dylan
This is pretty self-explanatory I think, we had a meeting with a chap from the bank and set it up pretty easily. Dylan was really good, until he started throwing his toy boat around...

13. Make an in-goings/out-goings list
Okay, so we've made a spreadsheet for all our money and stuff, but it's quite hard to do when we don't know exactly what money we'll have each month. The joys of student finance!

34. Do something special on our anniversaries (1/3)
It was our first anniversary last week, and we managed to rope a two day celebration out of it. We had a meal with Joe's family on the Tuesday then had a nice romantic meal and cinema trip on our actual anniversary, the Wednesday. We had a really fun time and I'm so excited for year ahead!

47. Start a perfume collection
I've finally started doing this! My sister-in-law went to America so I sent her off with a list of possible things for me and she brought me back a Marc Jacobs Honey perfume! So happy about it :) She said it was actually more expensive than it is in the UK, which I found odd, but I'm guessing that's because of it's newy newness, maybe?

48. Dye my hair blonde
Okay, so this isn't exactly true. As my hair is dipdyed, the bottom half is now a proper blonde colour, and less brassy orange! Sadly it makes me want to dye the rest of my hair blonde, but I'm happy with it for the time being.

66. Make £100 from selling on ebay
I did this quite easily, and it is the first thing I have properly ticked off my list. I sold my camera and it ended up going for £400!

84. Go to five comedy shows (1/5)
Yay, I saw David O'Doherty and he was hilarious. I want to see his show at the Edinburgh Fringe so badly, as I know it's different to the one we saw. You can read my review of the show here.

85. Watch every episode of Breaking Bad
Does this count? I've seen every episode that I can view, anyways. 

88. Read 100 new books (4/100)
Whoa, slow your horses down Chelsea! That's right, four books! The first was a collection of short stories called The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich. Well, they weren't all named that, but y'know.
The second was the much less cheery The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which is apparently a film also but I haven't seen that. The book made me cry so I don't think I'd want to watch the film...
I also read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which was lying around at my in-laws so I thought I'd read it. I did, in one sitting, and I cried my eyes out.
The last book on my reading list was 1984 by George Orwell. I've never actually read it before, despite it being on our bookshelf for a loooong time, and I thought I better read something while I waited for my incredibly slow Waterstones order. The end shocked me, which I quite like in a book.

I'm yet to start anything on my family goals  so I think I should probably focus on them for the next update! I have put my name forward for a few blogger meet ups, so I'm really looking forward to them! 

Chelsea xo
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