Autumn isn't just for rusts, oranges and browns, though of course those colours are perfect for the season. However, I'll never turn down the chance to wear some pretty pastels, too - pastels aren't just for Spring, after all!
I recently picked up this jumper from Matalan and it is so lovely! It's such a lovely dusty pink and it's really light, stretchy and soft, perfect for wearing over dresses, under dresses or with cute dungarees or pinafore dresses, too!
Jumper - Matalan
Dress - Urban Outfitters
Leggings - Primark
Boots - Charity shop find (no obvious brand)
As the evenings draw in, long and dark and cold, I've taken to watching a lot of Netflix. Nothing beats snuggling up in a blanket, scented candle burning away, as you catch up on a new show. Here's a few I've been enjoying lately!
Emily in Paris
Okay, so this show is new on Netflix and became a big talking point on social media, so I had to check it out. Honestly? It isn't very good. It's fluffy, ridiculous, unrealistic and, quite frankly, a bit rubbish. And I binge watched it in two days. It's fun. And it's pretty. It is light-hearted and it draws you in. The story of Emily, a girl who transfers to a Parisian office and navigates the world of new workmates, new romances and new challenges - all with a language barrier - is not realistic at all. She sails through trial and tribulation, breezes through difficult encounters and wins out, every time. But, it's what I feel I needed, in 2020. A little escapism (Paris through the rose tinted glasses of a tourist who dreams to visit someday), a little hope, and a little romanticism - we could do worse than to enjoy this fluff in 2020. It wasn't a very good show, but I can't wait for season two!
Dead to Me
My Mum and I were hunting for a new show to watch together and I happened on this one a while ago. I watched the first few episodes and got completely hooked, and demanded she watch along. Every single episode in season one seems to end with a twist. It is engaging, funny, emotional and addictive. The lead characters, Judy and Jen are completely compelling (and their actors are so, so incredibly talented). The plot centres around two women who meet at a bereavement counselling group following the death of Jen's husband by a hit and run driver. I won't say any more, because honestly, you have to watch it.
I am a sucker for teen dramas. It's honestly my favourite genre. I saw Trinkets advertised on Netflix because Season two had just landed, so I figured I'd give it a go. Trinkets is the story of three teenage girls who wouldn't normally cross paths in their high school social groups, but who meet at a 'Shoplifters Anonymous' meeting. The show unpacks a lot for each character, and I honestly found myself feeling as though I knew the girls personally. Sadly, there's only two seasons, though the show does have a proper, complete ending. I very much appreciated the closure, but dang, I'll miss these girls.
Another ridiculous show, but one I've followed for a while now. Season three only recently hit Netflix so I've been catching up. It's your typical Rich Americans Are Brats show, but I absolutely love it, and love pretending I also can enjoy their fancy lifestyles. Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon Carrington) is such a talented actress and honestly, Fallon is sassy, girl boss goals. Even if she sometimes messes things up, a lot.
I know, I know. I bought into the hype. But honestly, for the same reasons I love shows like Dynasty, I love reality tv like Selling Sunset. I like to be a voyeur into the lifestyle of the rich and glamorous. It's nice daydreaming and pretending, right?
I've always loved Autumn, and oddly enough it's the time of year where I find myself drawn back to blogging. Something about the long dark evenings, warm cosy jumpers and cups of steaming hot cocoa really makes me want to snuggle up with my laptop and pour my heart out to the world. Autumn holds so much promise to me, so I thought I'd write up a little list of my five most favourite things about this beautiful season.
These days, against my better judgement, I find myself using Instagram more and more for my ‘day to day’, lifestyle blogging. It's easy, convenient and it's where all the cool kids hang out these days. Only… I swore I’d never do that. I made it my goal to turn this blog around and make it an online diary I’d look back on someday and reminisce about the girl I was. Instagram, for all its reach, connections and aesthetics, never felt like a true blogging platform. I like lots of words, backed up by multiple photos, and I like those photos at a 6:4 ratio, haha.
Still, I'd be remis to ignore Instagram completely. I thoroughly enjoy the platform, despite its questionable algorithms! So I thought, in a way to keep both places current and active, I'd do a monthly series here called 'Life in Square Pictures', where each month I'll collect together my little square photos and post them here. Who doesn't love a pretty photo collage anyway?
I received a copy of Ringfit Adventure at Christmas, Nintendo's newest fitness game that aims to make fitness fun. And even though I believed its claims - every review I read or watched on Youtube attested to as much - I didn't actually remove it from its box until, well, two days ago.
See, there was always a convenient excuse. I'm quite busy with cons throughout the year and travelling to different events usually involves lots of food away from home, lots of drinking and very little time for fitness. So, y'know, where's the point in starting a fitness regime if i'm going to Japan in a few weeks, right? And where's the point in starting in February when I have Secret Cinema around the corner. And then there's MCM Birmingham right after that, in March. Silly getting into it only to blow it all on post-convention Nandos, right? I'll do it some other time, when I have more time.
And then, well, 2020 got into full swing, didn't it, and gave us all far more time than we'd ever hoped for. Lockdown happened, every event and convention I had planned got cancelled, and suddenly I started running out of excuses.
On May 4th, the force was very much with me, and I finally picked up the box and strapped the joycon to my leg and started my Ringfit Adventure. And, guys, it really is very fun! I initially set it to level 2 because I'm a baby and selected a 'casual workout', but after two days of being kinda-sorta out of breath, I upped it to a moderate workout at level 8 and started again. I repeated World 1 and 2 and boy, oh boy, did I feel it this time. I'm incredibly unfit! BUT, not for much longer!
The game is great. It combines aspects of an RPG with HIIT-style training. So, you'll jog on the spot to progress through levels and attack enemies using various exercise moves, all the while collecting coins and powerups and all the other goodies you'd expect to find in an adventure game. It doesn't get boring, which is something I really struggle with while running or doing aerobics. You're too distracted with the course, with the powerups and with the bad guys. By the time you've progressed through a world, you're sweating buckets and you've not once glanced at the clock. It's great.
My goal is to lose 3 stone and 3 lbs. My weight has crept up and up the past few years and I really don't know why. As an artist/blogger/gamer/insert sedentary lifestyle-er, I'm putting it down to lack of exercise, as I eat and drink pretty much the same as I ever did (in fact, I drink a lot less cider than I did at Uni!)
Losing those 3 stone and 3 lbs would get me back down to my Uni weight, and I'd like that very much indeed, right now! I don't think I'll ever get to my thinnest ever - I can't imagine being a UK size 10 again - and I've made my peace with that, even though I did shed a tear as I threw away my lovely H&M skirts, corduroy flares and raver pants!
I'll be updating my blog here of my fitness journey, and I'm excited to share it with you all! I truly hope the game keeps me entertained for long enough to reach my goal, and considering they've just updated it with a new rhythm game and various extras, I'm sure that will be the case!
Boy, it's been a minute, huh? And the worst part is, my New Years Resolution all those months ago was to make sure this didn't happen anymore. In December, folks started sharing 'then and now' posts on Twitter, detailing the last decade of their lives, and I realised with such sadness that I haven't really been documenting my life very well since the migration from Livejournal. I used to post so much to my blog back then. I'd share my thoughts and feelings on anything and everything, from the trivial matters of Doctor Who drama to the very real moments of heartache and bereavement.
Looking back now, I have a beautiful archive of the life I lived from 2001 to around 2013, when I stopped using my Livejournal as often. The site had started to dry up and people had moved away, so I did also. I moved here, to my own blog, and while I'm happy that I've got my own little home on the internet here in Dream Somehow, I'm also incredibly sad that I just ...stopped sharing as much as I did back then. With the lack of the active built-in blogging community that Livejournal supported, it became so easy to just post a little snippet on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, where engagement was constant, immediate and fulfilling.
But, I deeply regret turning entirely to Social Media, because your words get lost to the ether, and there's no easy timeline to look back through.
So my resolution, because I'm silly enough to make these things each year, was to 'blog more, vlog more, document more'. I wanted to force myself back into the habit of keeping this place a diary of my life and the adventures I embark on throughout it. I wanted to ensure that I don't look back at another decade and wonder where the heck those days all went.
And now we're approaching May. And I've very much not kept to my resolution at all.
So this is me, again apologising for the lack of updates, again promising it'll change this time, and that I mean it this time! No, really. I truly do. I have so much to share with you!
Yesterday, the world lost Rick May, a man I knew through his wonderful work as the voice actor for Team Fortress 2's Soldier. He brought the Soldier to life in such a dynamic and unique way, and his acting easily made Soldier the most interesting (and downright funny) character in the game. If you don't play TF2, you can still hear his incredible work in many of Valve's animations, including this short film, 'Expiration Date', in which Rick May truly shines.
Rest well, Sir. Thank you for your work as the Soldier. TF2 had such an important and monumental impact on my life, and TF2 wouldn't be the same without you.
I absolutely adore the snow. I think it's magical. We so rarely get any in the South West that my Mum and I both become big kids the moment a single flake flutters to the ground. Here at home, the snow teased us, the dusting of snow barely covering the tips of the daisies that have taken residence on our lawn over the Winter months. Just a few miles away, however, the snow created thick, beautiful blankets glistening over the fields by our cafe. I took some photos while wearing shoes not fit for snow, with freezing toes and soaking socks, enjoying every moment while it lasted.
Midweek breaks are lovely, but they're very short. We'd been on a dinner cruise, seen Anne Frank's house, visited ARTIS Zoo and wandered around the city plenty, but before we knew it, it was Friday - our final day. We picked an evening flight so that we'd get a little more time in Amsterdam before we left, and we were out early to get the most out of it.
First stop was Nemo, Amsterdam's resident science museum. Like the big kids we are, we spent most of the time on the interactive exhibits - playing in the name of science. The building itself is quite an impressive structure, and one of the best things about it was the stunning view it offered of Amsterdam, absolutely free.
Afterwards, we grabbed lunch at the first restaurant we'd ever eaten at in Amsterdam - the Pancake & Burger Bar! I know it's good to try new things, but I always like going back on the last day to somewhere we've enjoyed during a trip. It's a good way of rounding things off a little bit!
We went for one last wander around Amsterdam before we had to get our tram back to the hotel to pick up our bags and head to the airport. This was when we finally tried one other Dutch delicacy; stroopwafel! These are thin waffles stuck together with syrup and other delicious things, so when we found a store selling them, we jumped at the chance. They are so rich that I shared one with Moose, and I bought a tin of them as a gift for my family, though honestly nothing beats having them fresh and warm and gooey!
And just like that, our little vacation was over. It was time to go back to the hotel, pick up our bags and get ourselves to the airport. With a flight time of only an hour or so, we were back in London in time to treat ourselves to a Nandos for dinner - which means that we were truly back in Blighty!
Amsterdam was a lovely little city break. I don't think we'll go back simply because it very much felt like we'd done enough and seen as much as we wanted to in those five days, but I'm glad to have visited such a fun city. We're on the hunt for a new city to explore this year. I'm hoping for somewhere really modern and fun because I really enjoy big bustling metropolises! Any suggestions?
Thursday was our last full day in Amsterdam! How do these things go by so fast?
Today was a bit more of a relaxing day as we spent the time trying to see parts of the city we'd missed before. We also ate a lot of food today! One Amsterdam delicacy I really wanted to try was bitterballen! I'd heard about these little Dutch meatballs online and desperately wanted to try them! We actually searched high and low for a traditional place that actually served them (have I mentioned lately how Amsterdam is full of pancake and burger joints?). In the end, we found this adorable cafe that had all sorts of interesting things on the menu, and I finally got my bitterballen!
Afterwards, we were still peckish. I'd heard about this really awesome place called Foodhallen which was, if you couldn't guess, a giant food hall, and we decided to check it out. There were so many varieties of food on offer. In the end, Moose settled on a loaded hot dog and I had a plate full of sushi. Like I said in my first post, Amsterdam seemed to be nuts on sushi, so I felt like I had to finally try some out. It was great!
Afterwards, we took another canal trip, this time not a pizza dinner cruise, but purely a sightseeing tour. We were given earphones and were guided as we sailed around the city. It was a lovely way to see Amsterdam and we got to see a few areas we'd missed in our wandering.
We also finally found the infamous Red Light District. Isn't that crazy? It's not that we'd been trying to find it, but I'd been lead to believe that you just plain couldn't miss it the moment you stepped foot in Amsterdam. We strolled through during the day so we didn't see any of the, uh, sights, but it mostly surprised me that we'd not stumbled across it earlier.
By now it was starting to get late, and we had reservations at Moeders, a restaurant I'd seen online and really wanted to check out. It was a place I knew I'd finally get some real Dutch food, but what I loved about it was that it was dedicated to mothers, which is what the name means, and it pays tribute to them in such a unique way. The walls are absolutely covered in photographs that people have brought in of their mothers. They are everywhere, floor to ceiling, on the doors, behind the bar. It was incredible.
We shared a starter called 'Mama's Happas' which was a plate of five different appetizers. I don't actually remember what any of them were now but I remember they were delicious, especially the shell fish that I think was filled with a cheesy garlic sauce. For my main, I had the 'Hotchpotch', which I appreciate doesn't look very appetizing at all, but I guarantee it was delicious! It was a bed of mashed potatoes (with spinach, I think, which is why it's green!), served with bacon, a meat ball and a giant sausage. It was so delicious and rich, I couldn't finish it all! Moose had the steak and that looked lovely, too!
Below are some shots I took while we wandered around Amsterdam at night, from before we went to Moeders. We actually found a nice (Australian!) bar to get a drink in before the restaurant, too. It was our last night there, so I wanted to make the most of it.
I absolutely love cities at night time, I think that's when they come to life. I'm a sucker for twinkly lights and starry skies.
And after that... it was time to go back to our hotel and enjoy our last night in Amsterdam. We still had a few things left to do the next morning before we flew out, so we wanted to get a good night sleep to be ready.
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