This Week #7

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Happy Monday everyone...well as happy as a Monday can be. This week has been a bit of a blur, it feels like yesterday that I wrote last weeks round up and I'm not quite sure what's happened in between.

After a pretty average work week, Friday night rolled around and as tempted as I was to drag someone out for a few beverages I opted for a classic Friday night in; crap food and wine in front of the telly. I forget how amazing it is to do, even though staying in is what I do most of the week, there's something so much better about doing it on a Friday. 

My quiet night in was much appreciated when I journeyed to London to celebrate one of my friends birthday. On Saturday night she hosted a superb dinner party, and even fully catered for my vegan diet. What a babe. The food was amazing, the drinks were flowing and the company was fabulous. It was such a laugh and somehow escalated into dancing into the early hours and getting a very late night. Sundays plan was to continue the celebrations in the form of a bottomless prosecco brunch, however, as we were all feeling slightly worse for wear from the night before, the prosecco brunch turned into coffee brunch. Still great fun nonetheless. As the weather was so nice we moved on to a pub garden to soak in the sun and enjoy a few booze free bevvies. 

It was so lovely to be reunited with so many of my closest friends from school, most of them live in London now so I don't get to see them quite as often as I would like, but it makes times like this all the more sweeter and it's as if no time has passed at all. 

This coming week is quite a busy one so hopefully next weeks post will be a bit more exciting.

ALSO TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION. If you are not yet registered please do so. It only takes 5 minutes and can make the world of difference. The amount of young people who are still not registered is shocking, we are the game changers in this election. https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

What was the highlight of your week?
What are your plans for this week?

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Char xx 
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Hobbit Encounters | 72 Hours in Berlin

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'Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.' 

Who doesn't love a mini break? A couple of months a go myself and a couple of friends decided we wanted a break from day to day life and decided to go off for a long weekend to Berlin. It had been on my travel bucket list for a while and whilst everyone in the country seems to be jetting off to Berlin at the moment, we knew it would mean we be able to find plenty of inspiration for places to go and things to do.

We hadn't all been together in the same place for a good couple of years so we took the opportunity to enjoy some much needed catch ups, some rest & relaxation and an injection of exploration.

Accommodation.

We opted to stay in an apartment found through Airbnb. We toyed with the idea of staying in a hostel, but decided for only a bit extra money that we would rather have an entire apartment to ourselves where we could come and go as we please. Our apartment was situated in Kreuzberg, an area which seemed to have plenty going on and was easily accessible.


Day 1.

Our first proper day in Berlin consisted of a lie in and a chilled breakfast as we had all arrived quite late the night before. Once we had got ourselves ready we headed out in search of our first spot; the Berlin Wall. Our apartment was situated around the corner from the famous East Side Gallery. I'd seen the murals and street art before on Instagram, but there is nothing quite like seeing it in the flesh, such amazing art work. The street art is a feature we noticed a lot round the city, the pop of colour dotted around is a nice contrast to the quite dark architecture.

We also decided to visit the Jewish memorial, I did a lot of research on the Holocaust during my degree and I'm always intrigued to learn more and pay my respects so I knew I wanted to visit. It was a beautiful and incredibly poignant memorial and an important reminder of the history.

One of the things we were most excited about was seeing what vegan food was on offer, we decided to head to Zeus' a vegan Pizzeria for dinner. I opted for a mushroom and 'cheese' pizza and boy was it delicious, one of the things I miss most about being vegan is a proper cheesy pizza, I could barely taste the difference with this pizza, it was so good. I'm practically drooling now thinking about it.

After dinner we decided to head back into Kreuzberg for a couple of drinks, there are so many bars to choose from around that area and once it's dark the atmosphere is truly buzzing.



Day 2.

After nursing some pretty nasty hangovers, we ventured to Gesundbrunnen Flea Market, to look for some knick knacks, tourist tatt and souveniers. I left with 3 beautiful rings, some Berlin patches for my denim jacket, a jazzy flannel shirt and a lot less money than I went with. It was a really cool market to potter around, there was so many amazing vintage items that I would have 100% picked up if I'd have had the money and the luggage space.

We then journeyed to the Jewish Museum which I insisted we go to, I'd heard that it was really interesting. There were some really amazing sculpture and art installations, mixed with some really interesting factual displays. There were parts which I found incredibly moving, but also very upsetting. I would 100% recommend going if you are in Berlin, especially if you find Holocaust and Jewish history interesting.

We left the museum feeling incredibly moved, but also quite heavy hearted - it was quite an intense experience. That, mixed with tiredness and hangovers meant that we kind of just wanted a relaxed evening in. So we donned our pjs, put on Netflix and ordered some vegan burgers and sweet potato fries. Thank you Deliveroo. At around midnight we decided we didn't want to waste our final night in Berlin so we had a few pre-drinks and headed back out into town for a very heavy night indeed.



Day 3

Luckily we didn't have to leave our Airbnb until 3pm so we managed to fit in a morning of sightseeing. We headed to Brandenburg Tor and the Reichstag Building for some photo ops. It was cool to see and tick them off the list, but it wasn't the highlight of the trip.

We stopped off for brunch at a cute little cafe and indulged in a falafal ciabatta and a slice of Oreo cake - all vegan of course. On our way back to our apartment we made the most of the many old school photo booths dotted around the city and took some incredibly embarrassing photo booth pictures - so much nostalgia.

After we parted ways with our friend who lives in another part of Germany, me and my other friend decided to have a wander and see what we could find. In hindsight, carting our suitcases all over Berlin in the pouring rain wasn't our best idea, but what can you do. We stumbled across Checkpoint Charlie which I must admit I found underwhelming, the historical landmark was kind of ruined by the amount of consumerist change surrounding it. Nothing says history like a big ass McDonalds. We decided that food would be the perfect way to escape the rain so we found a vegan Thai place for a spot of late lunch/early dinner. We then had some time to kill before we had to head to the airport and we found ourselves in a rather fancy spot with some cool looking bars so we stopped for a pre-flight cocktail or two. I'm genuinely surprised we didn't get asked to leave, we looked so scruffy in our plane clothes, drenched from the rain and lugging around 2 suitcases. We then got the U-Bahn (which is so unbelievably easy to navigate by the way) to the airport.

It was nice to go an experience all the tourist attractions and tick them off the list, whilst heading off the beaten track a bit. I would love to go back again to just be completely free to wander and explore with no real concrete plan. I also want to find more restaurants and bars to visit, as 3 vegans we were so pleasantly surprised by the amount of food that was available to us as this is so often not the case. I would thoroughly recommend Berlin to everyone, it is such a cool city, there is so much going on, everyone is so friendly and I can guarantee you will never be bored.

It was a wonderful 72 hours in Berlin, I look forward to going back one day, and am intrigued to see where my next travel adventures will take me. 

Have you been to Berlin?
Where is your ultimate city break destination?

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Char xx 
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Film Review

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'He said welcome to the freaking Guardians of the Galaxy, only he didn't use freaking.'

Guys it's here, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! This film has 100% been my most anticipated film of 2017 - sorry Beauty & the Beast & The Last Jedi. I literally ran to see this film as soon as possible when it came out, and then wanted to gather my thoughts and watch it again before I shared my review. 

When the first film came out back in 2014 I was in awe. I found it to be a refreshing change from the Marvel films that came before it and it quickly became my favourite Marvel film. The humour, the characters and the soundtrack were so spot on. I was instantly so excited to see how they would develop the franchise, although I did have slight concerns as to whether a sequel would live up to the first film. (It did.)

I love how they used this film to develop the characters and the dynamic of the group. One of the main themes throughout this film seems to be relationships, and how our whacky bunch deal with an all manner of relationships that they are not used to. One of the things that drew me to the first film was the mix of characters - a bunch of odd balls from all different situations, who don't really like each other but team up to save the world. I love how they have developed these characters and their relationships as well as adding in new characters for our Guardians to get to grips with. Some of the developments we witness are the relationships between Peter & his father, Peter & Gamora and Gamora & Nebula. All very different, which come with their own struggles and tensions.

I loved, loved, loved Rocket, Yondu & Nebula's character development. We are treated into an insight into the character's motivations and how they have turned out how they have and the inner turmoil that each are faced with when they are thrown face to face with situations and relationships that they don't know how to deal with emotionally. I also enjoy how we are given a taste of how Peter Quill could turn out, the kind ego(lol)tistical, cocky character has the potential for darkness and it is interesting to see what or who prevents that. And it's not who you think.

One of my favourite things about the first film was how funny it is, this film definitely follows suit and is on par comedy-wise. As always the one liners and pop culture references were absolutely on point: 'I'm Mary Poppins y'all.' I loved how literal Drax was in the first film, but I feel they slightly lost that for this one, but he was still incredibly funny. Rocket and Groot will forever be my favourite comedic duo in this film, their chemistry and banter just makes for comedy gold. For extra funny make sure you stick around during the credits to see the next Groot development.

The soundtrack was an absolute masterpiece, it had the perfect amount of 70's/80's nostalgia that the first one did. I have already downloaded it and added it to my GOTG playlist...yes I have one of them, is that weird?

Going into the film I read that people had found it a bit too long, and admittedly it is a very long film, but honestly I didn't notice it. I was having such a good time that I didn't even realise how far in it was.

Obviously this is what I wore to go see the film.
I hope you enjoyed my spoiler free thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. I would thoroughly recommend going to see it. Whether or not you are as an avid fan as I am I can guarantee you will leave feeling pretty good about life. It's a feel good film for all the family to enjoy, with some extra added depth and development for us Guardians' fans to sink our teeth into. I am already excited for the 3rd installment and to see them thrown into the world of The Avengers in Infinity War - now there is an opportunity for comedy gold.

Did you enjoy the film?
Who is your favourite Guardian?

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Char xx


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This Week #6

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This week has felt like it's been purely work, work, work - without the Rihanna glam that accompanies. My days off haven't consisted of plans so I used the time to have a massive spring clean and relax. You know what they say, tidy house, tidy mind. Right? I can't say my mind feels that tidy but there's a lot less clutter around the house so I guess that's a start. 

Tuesday consisted of ballet, it's become one of my favourite parts of the week. It's been so refreshing learning a new skill and I already feel like I'm achieving so much and  100% noticing an improvement in my strength and flexibility.

Sorry that this won't be the most exciting post to read, but this series is designed to be a realistic look at my week, and this week has just happened to be boring as shit.

Next week I'm venturing to London to visit one of my friends for her birthday, so I'm sure there will be plenty of anecdotes and aesthetically pleasing snaps in next weeks post.

Until then I'm going to make a cup of tea, snuggle back up in bed and watch a Disney film, because is there anything else that should be done on a rainy morning off work?

What was the highlight of your week?
What are your plans for the upcoming week?

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Char xx




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The Disney Tag

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I was tagged to do this post by the fabulous Belle from Ms Belle Bonbon who is freaking fabulous, so go check out her blog...after you've read this first ;) I'm sure most of you know by now that I am obsessed with everything Disney, it is one of my favourite topics of conversation so let's get straight into it. 

FAVOURITE CHARACTER - Jasmine. I love her so much! She's so sassy, she doesn't take any shit from any of the male characters and she full on takes one for the team by kissing Jafar. Her and Aladdin are so cute together. I just have a lot of feelings about Princess Jasmine, if I could just be her that would be great.

FAVOURITE PRINCESS - Obviously Jasmine again, but to mix it up a bit I would probably say Elsa or Belle. I love Elsa's character development...and her dress...but mostly her character development. Belle is just amazing, I love her sense of adventure, her bravery & her love of books.

FAVOURITE HEROINE - Mulan, Pocahontas, Megara or Moana. Again, I just love the sassy women. They all go against what they are told and save the day.

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FAVOURITE PRINCE - Prince Naveen. I think he undergoes the biggest change. I loved him as frog Naveen & human Naveen, and I thought that him and Tiana were so cute together. I'm not a massive fan of the rest of the Disney Princes, I think they are all a bit boring and a bit meh.

FAVOURITE HERO - Aladdin. It's my favourite Disney film, and he is hands down my favourite Disney fella - and not just because I used to fancy him. I'd say he's closely followed by Hercules & John Smith.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL - Thomas O'Malley, Robin Hood, Bagheera. Probably the most random answer of the bunch. I remember loving Thomas O'Malley as a child and finding his songs so catchy. I was also absolutely in love with Robin Hood as a child, 90's Char was all about the cartoon fox it would seem. I love Bagheera because he is like the ultimate grumpy parent, he is what I envisage me being like as a parent. 

FAVOURITE SIDEKICK - Carpet from Aladdin, Mushu from Mulan, Baymax. They are all just so funny, we would be the best gang. 

FAVOURITE VILLAIN - Hades. Do I even need to explain why?

FAVOURITE ORIGINAL CHARACTER - Aesthetically I like to say Minnie Mouse because she's so fabulous, but truthfully I'd have to say Donald Duck because he gets so angry, and it just cracks me up.

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FAVOURITE LOVE SONG - A Whole New World. The best song and one of the best scenes of any Disney film.

FAVOURITE SONG - Reflection - Mulan or Colours of the Wind - Pocahontas. Both are so deep and have such strong meaning behind them, they are also really catchy and never fail to make me cry.

FAVOURITE VILLAIN SONG - Friends On The Other Side. Dr Facilier is a close second to Hades for my favourite Villain. I just really like this song and the scene.

LEAST FAVOURITE SONG - Anything from Snow White. I can't stand her voice, or that film.

FAVOURITE KISS - Aladdin & Jasmine. It starts off with them being all cute and staring into each others eyes and then carpet is the ultimate wing man. Plus they are hands down the best looking couple. 

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THE FIRST MOVIE I EVER SAW
- I think the first film I watched on VHS was Winnie the Pooh, but Hercules was the first film I can remember seeing in the cinema.

FAVOURITE CLASSIC - Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland. I think they are both such beautiful films, and the ultimate fantasy classics.

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SONG THAT ALWAYS GETS STUCK IN MY HEAD - How Far I'll Go - Moana is the most recent one that gets stuck in my head, but I also somehow always manage to get Under the Sea stuck in my head as well.

FAVOURITE PIXAR MOVIE - The Incredibles. I am so unbelievably excited for the second one to come out. 

LEAST FAVOURITE MOVIE - Snow White. Hate it! I will forever be traumatised by that stupid Snow White ride at Disneyland. 

FAVOURITE SEQUEL - Peter Pan 2. All day everyday! I love Jane (100% prefer her to Wendy - controversial opinion, shhh!) I always thought her and Peter had such good chemistry, and I just thought she was really cool & had great character development. This might be a slightly unpopular opinion but I'm a big fan of Disney Sequels - Little Mermaid 2 was great, loved the soundtrack. Lion King 2 was on point. Mulan 2 had a weird story line but I always loved that song 'other girls.' Aladdin & the King of Thieves is so bloody underrated, and was such a good sequel (we'll just pretend the sack of shit that was Return of Jafar doesn't exist.) I thought most of them were pretty good...Apart from Pocahontas 2, that was the worst film ever made and will forever scar me, and lets just not talk about it any more. Ever again. BYE JOHN ROLFE, BYE.

OVERRATED MOVIE - The Lion King. I feel like it's blasphemous to say that, I do really enjoy the film, but I just never got the crazy level of hype about it. 

UNDERRATED MOVIE -- I added this one because there are so many! - The Black Cauldron, Atlantis, Robin Hood, Wreck it Ralph, Big Hero 6.

MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH - Hercules and Zootropolis - I just love Nick Wilde. Clearly my subconscious has a thing for sassy foxes. 

MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU CRY - Literally all of them. I cried so much at the new Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Zootropolis, Inside Out. etc. I'm a big ol Disney baby.

SADDEST SCENE - In Hunchback of Notre Dame when they all laugh at Quasimodo, and tie him down & throw food at him. I literally can't cope with that scene.

SADDEST DEATH - Bing Bong! 'Take her to the moon for me' I can't! I just can't!

FAVOURITE QUOTE - "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." This quote from Mulan resonates with me so strongly, it's a reminder to keep going even when the odds are stacked against you and that it doesn't matter how long it takes you or where your at compared to other people.

I now have a VERY strong desire to have a Disney movie marathon. I don't really have any other friends to tag (loser) so I tag anyone & everyone who wishes to take part.

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Char xx
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Spring Collective Haul

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Spring has well and truly sprung, (although it seems someone forgot to tell the weather that.) That being said It felt like the perfect excuse to update my wardrobe with some new brighter items - my wardrobe is now the most pastel/floral it has ever been. 

Over the past couple of months I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone colour & style-wise. These are the items I've collected over that period of time; these were not all purchased in one go, although as my sad bank balance can confirm it wouldn't put it past me. 

H&M is absolutely on point for floral's at the moment, and since I get discount it would have been rude not to purchase a few items. 


I'm sure you all recognise this beautiful embroidered dress, it seems to be the ultimate blogger dress. So I couldn't resist picking it up before it sold out. Priced at £69.99 I would never have bought this if I didn't get the discount because it is pretty expensive for a dress, in my opinion. It is, however, a work of art, the design is absolutely stunning and there is so much attention to detail. I bought this dress because I have a few festivals lined up this summer and it is the ultimate festival dress. I don't like the cami dress that is underneath it so my plan is to take that out and wear it over shorts & a top.




Another floral dress I got from H&M is a bit more wearable and would be perfect for wearing out for an evening of summery drinks or even a wedding. The print is absolutely gorgeous and the cut is so flattering, it really brings you in at the waist and covers any lumps and bumps.



I am absolutely obsessed with culottes at the moment, they are so comfy and so flattering, perfect for a little short arse like me who normally has to roll up her trousers otherwise. I really wanted a striped pair that I could dress up for evenings out and this navy pair are perfect for that. I love pairing mine with a white cami top and some white sandals for a casual yet put together look. These culottes are a bargain at only 17.99 I think. 


Another pair of culottes I just had to pick up were this bright yellow pair from Zara. I would never normally be brave enough to wear a pair of yellow trousers but I'm trying to step out of my comfort zone. These trousers look amazing on, I prefer to pair these with a slouchy t-shirt to make them a bit more casual. 


I'd been pining after these Asos tapestry shoes for ages but couldn't quite justify them. I recently saw they went into the sale and realised it was probably meant to be. They are so comfortable, and I think they look a lot more expensive than what they are. I can sense I'm going to get a lot of use out of these this summer.


Another item from Asos is this Ragged Priest sweatshirt style top. I was particularly drawn to the sleeves, I love that one is black and one is mint green, I think it looks really cool next to the lilac. The fiery tiger is a cool touch, but I probably would have preferred if it was a plain design. This top is so comfortable to wear, it's the perfect amount of slouchy and it looks really good with some ripped black jeans and biker boots.


Back to the floral, it's this H&M striped top with capped, ruffled sleeves. I love that the floral design is a bit more subtle on this top. It's really flattering & wearable and the sleeves add something a bit different which I'm really happy about. I only wish I'd bought it in a size bigger, the boob sitch is not the most comfortable, but the beauty makes it worth it.



The last item I picked up were these New Look lavender/cornflower blue slacks. I'd been eyeing up a pair in H&M but they just didn't fit right over my hips, so when I found these ones that fit like a dream I knew I had to get them. I'm really loving slacks and trousers at the moment, after living in jeans for years it's quite nice to try a different type of trouser. These slacks are incredibly versatile and could be worn for work, a casual daytime look and even dolled up for the evening.

I am so pleased with all these items, even if my bank balance is less impressed.

What's your spring/summer must have?
What are your favourite clothing brands at the moment?

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Char xx 
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This Week #5

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This week I have been a bit off the grid blogging-wise, and I must admit it's been quite nice to have a break from technology and social media.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out and I was unbelievably excited to see it, it's been my most anticipated film of 2017 and of course I had to whack out my incredibly geeky guardians Christmas jumper to mark the occasion. I have a review post in the works so I won't give too much of my thoughts away now, but I think it's safe to say I loved it. 

At the weekend I journeyed down to Chichester for a reunion with my uni housemates, we hadn't all been in the same place since our graduation 3 years ago (I feel so old.) It was so lovely to properly catch up and reminisce of all the weird and wonderful things we got up to as students. We enjoyed a lovely weekend of food, drinks and much needed catch ups in the nicest caravan I ever did see. 

It felt bittersweet to come back home, but hopefully we will not leave it as long until we all reunite again. Now it is time to get back to reality and sort out all those boring jobs that need to be done before going back tomorrow - yay adulthood. 

First, I think it is time for a cup of tea and to find a new series to watch, I've just finished 13 Reasons Why and now looking for something new to watch, maybe something a bit less intense this time. Any recommendations? 

What was the highlight of your week?
What are your plans for the week ahead?

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Char x 

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