An excess of images

Friday, 31 December 2010
I'm sorry if this is an excess to you, but I quite like a visually interesting blog and mine sometimes lacks lots of photos. And as it's New Year's eve, when better to take a few pictures to show you what I'm enjoying right now and will be in 2011?! 

My Mum and I went in to town today to get out of the house and have a look around. We ended up spending a lot of money!! As opposed to normal, she spent a lot more than me! In fairness, most of what she bought was stuff for the house that we needed, so that doesn't really count but she also bought a nice jumper dress in Warehouse. I bought a velvety t-shirt in the Topshop sale that I'd had my eye on for a while and some underwear too. Then I bought a pack of 3 rings in Oasis (on sale for £3), which are quite simple but nice. I always get excited when I find rings that fit my fingers and buy them even if they're not that special because I can never buy rings in most of the places I shop because my fingers are too small. But one of them has a little bird on it, which I really like. Then I got some eyeshadow in Marks & Sparks (which Mum kindly paid for) as well as tights which I desperately needed as I always rip them! We also popped into Wilkinsons because my Mum had decided she was on a mission to get lots of stuff for the house (apparently it's a New Years thing, a bit like a spring clean... only in winter..) and I found these Union Jack cushions that are really nice, sort of velvety. So we bought one for me and one for my brother. Oh, and also some pretty notecards in Debenhams. I also decided to treat Nibbles the hamster and bought him a bag of sunflower seeds (his favourite) and a couple of things for his cage. He must like them because he hasn't moved from the little grass & hemp house since I put it in there. He's just sitting in it eating sunflower seeds! Cute :)

Then I also thought I'd show you things like books and dvds I'm enjoying at the moment and will be reading in 2011, as well as the essential products I'm using at the moment and other bits and bobs :)

All three were Christmas presents: I finished Never Let Me Go the other day and recommend it, it's touching and sad and I can't wait to watch the film. I saw 500 Days of Summer when it was released and really enjoyed it, if you havent seen it already then do: a funny and touching comeback to the stereotypical rom-com. I especially love the musical sequence!! I'd never heard of He loves me, he loves me not, but knew I'd enjoy it because Audrey Tautou is in it. I watched it yesterday with my Mum and it didn't disappoint. In fact, I was still thinking about it today, it's creepy at the end!

And two books I'll be referring to in the year to come. Delia's cookbook was another Christmas present which will be used not only in 2011 but for a long time I don't doubt! Let's be honest, Delia is the queen of the kitchen! I don't particularly love her as a person (soz bbz), but I have to admit you can't go far wrong with Delia and she knows her stuff. The Arthur Miller biography should come in useful this coming term as I am doing a unit on American Theatre (which I can't wait for!) so I'll probably be studying several of his plays. 

I'm loving my shearling backpack from Zara, using my new jewellery stand, spritzing Marc Jacobs' Daisy, wearing Cath Kidston-esk pyjamas from Primark (steal!), adoring my long sparkly necklace from Topshop, listening to Ellie Goulding's Bright Lights album, patiently waiting to get a lens for my Canon EOS 50e camera (which I bought for £10 from a charity shop, BOOM), vandalising mirrors with the 'Read My Lips' marker that was in my stocking this year, and last but not least worshipping these beauty products, from left to right: Jo Malone shower gel (yummy), Clinique 3 step skin care regime, Clinique Sparkle Skin exfoliator (magic!) and Aveeno moisturiser which I only discovered recently (where have you been all my life?!) Phew! Lots of pictures!

And the best things about Christmas are most definitely sitting by wood burning stoves (preferably with a cup of something hot) and Christmas trees with their lights on...

Right now I'm salivating over the smell of my Mum making lasagne. I'm not going to lie, she makes the best lasagne in the world. You might think your Mum makes the best lasagne... but I guarantee you she doesn't ;) Thanks for reading, I hope you all have good a New Year's Eve, whatever you're doing.

Harriet x


Sunday, 26 December 2010
Ok, so I admit, I did wake up several times throughout the night on Christmas Eve. We are staying at my Aunt and Uncle's in Nottingham for Christmas this year and I have young cousins, which is always exciting and fun around Christmas. So we got up quite early and came downstairs, waited nervously outside the door of the living room and then went in and opened presents whilst drinking tea. It was lovely. I love watching my Mum open presents I've bought her and I think I did pretty well this year, I got her the new Nigella cookbook that she asked for, lots of other books, including a special edition of 'The Great Gatsby' (her favourite book) and some other little bits. I also got some beautiful presents this year, a leather aviator jacket from ASOS that I asked for, lots of stocking things from my Aunt & Uncle (they also got me the blouse I'm wearing in my Christmas look), some dvds and books and more clothes. I felt so spoilt, but it was such a fun morning. In the afternoon we had the most epic Christmas Dinner ever, it was so scrumptious! 

It's nice being with extended family at Christmas, I think it creates a nice busy atmosphere. Christmas is the one time of year when you don't want the house to be quiet! Since my Dad died nearly two years ago I appreciate my family a lot more and it means a lot to be with them, especially at Christmas. I also love it here because they have a dog, two cats and a guinea pig and I love animals. We can't have pets at home because my Mum is allergic to pretty much anything with hair or feathers, and as much as I say I love ALL animals, reptiles don't appeal to me and I just couldn't have one of those hairless types of cat because they're just ugly. Sorry cats, but it's true. It's a good thing they can't read or use a computer otherwise they might have been upset by that... We did have fish that lasted quite a while but they're dead now and I also had a rabbit for quite a few years. I say to my Mum that the first thing I'm going to buy when I move out is another rabbit :) I have a hamster at the moment, called Nibbles.

I can't wait to post lots more looks of my new clothes (and old, now that I'm home and have better lighting) so an early New Year's resolution is to post more, because I don't post nearly enough at the moment! I hope you like the new look of things too, I thought I should change it up a bit and it would motivate me to post more! Right now I'm going to watch some rubbishy television with my family and read my new book ('Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro) Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas too! Here are some Christmas snaps!


Busy, but nearly Christmas!

Friday, 10 December 2010
I'm ridiculously busy at the moment! Today I finally finished editing my films for our unit project next week. I was in a group with my friend Steph and our project turned out really well, we're so proud! They're being screened next week so we've been busy for the past fortnight filming and editing but we're both so organised it was a dream team and we've finished right on schedule. I know some people are having to go into the department over the weekend to finish editing - so glad we don't have to do that. I also made the poster to advertise the screening, which I'm pleased with. The screening will consist of the whole class's films being shown in various locations through the department - some in the cinema and some in other parts in an installation format. We all have individual titles (ours is 'To and From') and the whole project has been named 'There's no (place like) home'. The unit has been about globalisation and it's been really interesting. Most of our projects focus on the idea of displaced people or individuals, hence the name of the project.

I've also had essays and things for the other side of the course, so I've been busy busy busy. I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet either, so I need to get on that asap! Although I have no idea what I'll be buying yet as I am extremely poor at the moment! Oh, the life of a student! And to top it all off they're going to increase tuition fees to £9,000 a year. Great, just what we need to encourage more people to go to university, get a good job, improve the economy and make our country better for future generations. Or not.

I have thoroughly exhausted my emotions about the education cuts and fee rises in the past fortnight and only have this left to say. Nick Clegg is a coward and a liar. I know he is in a coalition government, but that does not make it ok to completely disregard a pledge that he made to his voters. To be honest, I would rather it was Labour who were doing this, because at least we wouldn't have been lied to. I doubt that the Lib Dems would even be in power if it weren't for them courting the student vote, and this is the first thing they do. Well, it's just going to ensure they're not in power again for another 50 years. Congrats.

Anyway, moving on from my bitter attitude towards Cleggy, I think I'm going to relax and watch some TV :) Has anyone seen this week's Gossip Girl?! Loved it! There were a couple of bits that annoyed me but I won't mention them in case you haven't seen yet and want to watch.

Bye for now

Harriet x
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