Monday, 21 August 2017

50 Things You Should Know About Me

Hi guys,

I hope your day is off to a good start. Mine sure is not. 

I awoke this morning to find somebody had hacked my eBay, and Paypal accounts, and the email address attached to them over night, and spent £600 I do not have on Lego using my eBay account! I've been freaking out because I don't have the funds in my bank account to even cover the transactions because I don't have any income right now, and I'm just praying I'll be able to get it all back. Paypal are already on the case and I've got one of the three large transactions refunded already (luckily one seller thought to query the fact the address didn't match the one I registered), and the other two are pending, so fingers crossed. Hopefully it will be sorted before any of it reaches my bank balance or otherwise I'm screwed. Thankfully eBay noticed the unusual activity last night and froze my account as who knows how much more they would've tried to spend.

I'm fucking livid that somebody would do this. The spineless little cretin(s) really need to reevaluate their pathetic little lives. I'm sure their kids would be so proud to know their parents are buying them presents with stolen money from somebody who has none.  I hope karma comes back to bite them in the balls. Scum of the Earth.

They've also used my email address to sign up to hundreds of different sites, so even though I've changed my password, I think I'm going to have to delete the account, and set up a new one to be on the safe side. I'm going to have to go through everything I'm signed up to and change my sign in info. FML. It's the last thing I needed to be dealing with today.

I've done all I can for now, so I've taken a break from it all to blog to try to take my mind off it (doing well so far, then, haha!) It's been so long since I last did one of those 'Things About Me' kind of posts, so I thought it would be fun to share some facts about myself to help you get to know me a little better. 

Here are 50 things you should know about me...

1. My favourite pastime is going to concerts. I would happily go to one every night if I could.

2. I used to be a visual merchandiser in a vintage-style children's toy shop before I got ill.

3. I've lived in the same small town in Oxfordshire all my life.

4. I'm from a military family- my Mum, Dad, and Grandad were all in the RAF, and my brother-in-law currently is. Luckily, I never had to do the moving around thing growing up because my parents were out before I was born.

5. I studied animal care at college. I still hope to put it to good use again one day.

6. I'm the second of three sisters.

7. I've been in excruciating pain for almost six years straight.

8. My spine is naturally and abnormally fused to my sacrum (above the pelvis).

9. I suffer from bertolottis disease, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, degenerative disc disease (plus torn and herniated discs), sciatica, osteomalacia, depression, and anxiety. Apparently my body hates me.

10. I've met all members of Boyzone twice, and Mikey Graham a couple more times... and I've had a fair few interactions during concerts, too. Yep, total fan girl right here.

11. The comedian Ronnie Barker was a regular customer of mine when I worked in a pet shop. We used to sell him ducks for his home in the Cotswolds.

12. I did work experience in two zoos when I was studying animal care, and got kissed on the head by a huge male sealion.

13. I love collecting novelty handbags, and quirky brooches.

14. I'm from The Cotswolds but I'm neither rich nor posh.

15. I was so shy growing up I would clam up and go mute around everybody but my immediate family and closest friends. I only really came out of my shell in my early twenties, after a few years of working in retail, and having to talk to people all day long.

16. I really love cross stitching, and find it helps me cope with my pain. It's not just for grannies; there are heaps of fun modern designs these days!

17. I have a black and white Tibetan terrier called Rosie, and also keep tropical fish.

18. I have two tattoos, but I would love dozens more. I was just getting in to them when I got ill, and if I hadn't I'm pretty sure I'd be covered in them by now. I have a tattoo wish list as long as my arm.

19. My favourite films are Little Women, Steel Magnolias, and Titanic.

20. I'm covered in freckles from head to toe, and have them on all areas of my body, including my lips, ears, and palm of my hand. I hated them until I was about seventeen, and now I love them!

21. I can't stand bacon or mushrooms. The smell and taste of both makes me gag.

22. Unpopular opinion: I can't stand Beyoncé, or the film Frozen.

23. I'm an introvert, and enjoy my own company, but I'm not anti-social and enjoy spending time with people I like, too. I just need a little time to myself to recharge every day.

24. I love creative writing, and have been scribbling down stories in my spare time since primary school.

25. I was raised catholic and went to a catholic primary school, but I'm an atheist. I tried to believe but I knew from a young age that religion wasn't for me. 

26. My favourite bands are Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, and Boyzone, and I also have a thing for Ronan Keating. I don't actually like much pop music these days, but my love for those Irish men goes back to age nine, and old habits die hard! I also really love Arcade Fire, Panic! at the Disco, Evanescence, and Kings of Leon.

27. I worked in a pet shop for five years.

28. I've always wanted to be a zoo keeper. I'd particularly love to work with tapirs, giraffes, anteaters, aardvarks, and armadillos. I like the weird ones!

29. I'm happiest with my feet in the ocean. I'm a total water baby.

30. I've always wanted to learn how to surf.

31. I'm addicted to colourful eye make up, and particularly love green shades.

32. Colour makes me happy. I try to inject it in to all areas of my life.

33. I'm a stationery addict, and can never resist a new notebook, even if I already have 15 unused ones at home.

34. I pretty much always have my finger nails painted.

35. I love the Big Bang Theory, and watch an episode or two almost every day.

36. I love musicals, especially live at the theatre. My favourites from the stage are Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Sister Act, and Chicago, and I love the movie versions, too.

37. I hate the sweltering summer heat, and love the rain.

38. My favourite place on the planet is Perranporth Beach in Cornwall, closely followed by New York City.

39. I once broke my wrist by unknowingly getting my foot caught in a basket rack, and falling flat on my face at work... in front of my boss, a colleague, and a big queue of customers. Hands down the most embarrassing moment of my life.

40. You will almost always find me with a camera in my hand, snapping photos wherever I go.

41. I love travelling and sight-seeing, and hope to travel all over the world one day. I'm currently dying to visit Austria.

42. I love crafting, painting, and creating stuff. There's just something satisfying about creating something with your own two hands.

43. I still don't know how to drive. I kept meaning to, but always had other things to spend my money on... like concert tickets and dresses. Now I can't learn to drive because sitting and travelling causes me too much pain.

44. I have a slight Cath Kidston addiction.

45. I'm a Christmas enthusiast, and love to embrace all the festivities I can.

46. My middle name is Christine.

47. I've had the same best friend since I was eleven.

48. My nicknames range from everything from Lou and LouLou to Weeze ('ouise), Weezy, and Weaselby.

49. I've had three ECGs so far this year.

50. My earliest memory is sitting in a hospital corridor with my Dad and older sister aged three after my Mum had gone in to labour with my little sister, and asking if we could "have a brown baby this time." Funnily enough, I didn't get my wish.

So, I've told you a little about myself... now I'd love to learn a little about you to get to know you better! 

Please tell me a few  things about yourself in the comments below! 

Do we have anything in common from the list above?

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday Favourites #289

Sorry it's been so quiet on the blog this week; I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment with my spinal pain raging and totally kicking my ass, along with a nasty fever making me feel like death. I've not felt up to blogging, but hopefully I'll feel better in a day or two so I can get back to it. 

You'll be glad to know I powered on through and managed to throw a Sunday Favourites post together for you last night, so here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

These pieces of art by Margaret Scrinkl are so beautiful.

This embroidery of the human heart by Tessa Perlow Inc is amazing.

A Subtle Revelry's white chocolate popcorn cake looks delicious.

I love these lovely painted DIY envelopes from Paper & Stitch.

This DIY pineapple beverage cooler from Aww Sam is super cute.

I'd love to take a shot at this amazing DIY rotary phone succulent planter from I Spy DIY.

I don't have a desk, but I could do with this awesome DIY colourful geometric desk organiser from Lovely Indeed to help organise my life.

I adore this funky DIY colour-blocked two-tiered coffee table from A Kailo Chic Life.

Oh Happy Day's hanging paper installation is such a creative way to inject a rainbow of colour in to a room. I think it would be really fun to install it above a desk in an office space for inspiration.

These watercolour paintings from Soul Made Art are stunning.

Isn't this fox collage art by Dorkface Shop absolutely gorgeous?! 

This rainbow Make Today Amazing cross stitch kit from The Make Arcade looks really fun.

This eye make up look is so beautiful.

This cool piece of street art from the streets of Er-Riadh.

I'm in love with these colourful tattoos by Emily Kaul, along with just about every one of her designs.

And this iridescent rainbow miniature house by 2 of 2 is pretty cool.

Lovely Links

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday Wish List

This week I have my beady little eyes on...

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These amazing necklaces from Sugar and Vice. The 'Alligator Heads' is probably my favourite of the four.

How cute is this rainbow laptop case from Skinny Dip?!

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These dresses from Joanie Clothing are all so pretty.

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I'm head over heels in love with Vendula London's entire 'Russian Dolls' collection; the designs are so beautiful! I love all of the little folksy floral detail, and the cute tassels attached to the zips and straps. I'll take one of everything in black, please!

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These gorgeous dresses from Collectif would be perfect for transitioning in to Autumn, and wearing through the colder months. I want need those tartan frocks in my life so badly.

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Lady Vintage's new kitsch print Hepburn swing dresses are all to die for. The new prints are amazing! Well, you know me; I love a good quirky print.

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I love these magical enamel necklaces from Papio Press. Naturally, my favourite is the fox, but all three are so beautiful.

Frock and Frill Embroidered Maxi Dress

I'm obsessed with this stunning embroidered maxi dress with lace inserts by Frock and Frill. I'd go as far as saying it's one of the most beautiful maxi dresses I've ever seen! The detail is amazing! I'd snap it up in a heart beat if I could afford the £170 price tag, but sadly I cannot. Ah, well, it doesn't hurt to dream.

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And last but not least, these fruity clutch bags from New Look are pretty darn cute. Perfect for taking on some late Summer shenanigans.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion pieces on my wish list, check out my style wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

What's on your wish list this week?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Favourites #288

It's that time of the week again...

I adore these rainbow macarons from Aww Sam.

Artist Cyrene Q makes a statement of her handbags by painting them with beautiful, one of a kind artworks!

I love these DIY fruit slice pillows from Studio DIY. I really want to make some in the watermelon and lemon designs.

How pretty is this little display from A Beautiful Mess? And their rainbow disco ball DIY looks super cute, also.

I also love this DIY terrarium desk organiser from A Beautiful Mess. I don't have a desk to organise, but I sure wish I did so I could make this.

Speaking of desk organisers, this DIY rainbow desk organiser from A Kailo Chic Life is all kinds of adorable.

These confetti cookies from Best Friends For Frosting look delicious.

Mermaid Gossip's pastel coloured studio is the office of my dreams. So much colour!

I'm absorbing so much colour inspiration from Studio DIY's feelin fruity garden party.

I love this 'Foxes in the Forest' illustrated wall hanging from Papio Press.

Awesome insects created out of flowers by artist Raku Inoue.

I need this brilliant ice cream print from Old English Co!

These inspiring side walk messages from Lovely Indeed.

The sad story of Paddy the chihuahua who recently lost his best friend, Lily the lamb, and was given a plush lamb toy to help him cope with the grief.

These realistic floral buttercream cakes by Seoul based pastry chef Atelier Soo, look waaay too beautiful to eat.

And this peony tattoo by Martyna Popiel is absolutely gorgeous.

Lovely Links

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

Thanks for reading!
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