16 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT IN 2016



Reflecting on the year that is coming to an end the only way I know how. A list.

1. Travelling is the best thing I have ever done
2. A night in is so much better than a night out
3. You really do make friends for life at camp
4. Backpacks are so much better than suitcases
5. I am Queen of organisation and planning
6. I am quite a DIY whiz
7. The cinema is my second home
8. You have to love your job to really enjoy it
9. Do what makes you happy, not what makes others happy
10. My mum is the most thoughtful, caring and wonderful person I know
11. I have a love/hate relationship with saving money
12. I can live out of a backpack for 3 months so why do I have so much clothes?!
13. Blogging, travelling, writing and film are my passions
14. I definitely don't need things as much as I think I do
15. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
16. I am not a good biking instructor...



MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN CINEMA OF 2016


I have been to the cinema 57 times this year!!! So I thought I'd share my favourite moments that made me laugh, cry or gasp in one way or another.


JOY
Jennifer Lawrence wielding a shotgun. Need I say more?

THE REVENANT
When Hugh Glass claws himself out of his grave and drags himself along the snow and ice. Dedication and tremendous acting. 

ME BEFORE YOU
Will and Lou are at a wedding and she sits on his lap whilst he whizzes her around to Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'. So many goosebumps.

SUICIDE SQUAD
The making of Harley Quinn. Such a badass origin story.

HELL OR HIGH WATER
The final chase where one gets away, whilst the other causes a high speed chase and an untimely end.

BRIDGET JONES' BABY
There are so many moments that I loved, like the disasterous trip to the hospital, but my favourite was Mark Darcy's flashback of his and Bridget's best bits. They were meant to be.

LION
The moment Saroo gets frustrated that he can't find his family and randomly clicks on Google Earth only to stumble upon a familiar road. Incredible.

MOANA
The moment baby Moana meets the Ocean. Absolutely stunning. 

ROGUE ONE
"I am one with the force and the force is with me."

PASSENGERS
When Jim makes Aurora put on a spacesuit and shows her what space really looks like. Fantastic chemistry and incredible visuals.

EDDIE THE EAGLE
When Eddie's dad finally supports him by revealing his "I'm Eddie's dad" jumper. So many tears of joy!

BAD MOMS
Mila Kunis' hilarious slow motion spaghetti montage is just hilarious.

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
When Emmett gets on the wrong side of Howard and ends up being dissolved in a vat of acid. Gruesome.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
The moment you find out that Rachel's ex-husband, Tom was the one who abused her and made her think she did terrible things whilst she was drunk. What a vile man. 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
All of the Harry Potter references, like Hogwarts and Dumbledore. Ah, the memories.


What were your favourite cinema moments?


2016 IN REVIEW



2016, were have you gone?! It seems like only yesterday I was ringing in the new year whilst watching Netflix in bed....


My start to 2016 wasn't anything special. I tend not to do anything exciting for New Year; everything is overpriced, everywhere is overflowing with drunken humans and everyone seems to leave as soon as the clock strikes midnight. So I decided to stay at home with something that never disappoints, Netflix and snacks.

On the 23rd December 2015, I left my stale office job of 6 years and started a job at Costa Coffee the day after. That's right, Christmas Eve. I worked my bum off all through Christmas, New Year and for the next six months and became a very good Barista (if I do say so myself!).
But Costa was getting tiresome. We were constantly short staffed, so I always ended up working long hours, usually on my own until late and the pay was average at best.
I left my office job for a fresh start but the other reason was because I was going travelling in June. Costa was just something to keep me going until I left, but also to gain a new skill that would help me in the future. I am now a fully trained Barista and could get a job in a coffee shop anywhere in the world!

In May, I passed and received my NPLQ Lifeguard qualification that I needed for camp. It was so hard but I did it and it's another skill that could take me around the world if I really wanted.

The first six months of 2016 came and went, and before I knew it, I was on a plane to the States! Through June to September, I worked at a summer camp in Massachusetts as a lifeguard and it was a life changing experience. I have never cried or laughed so much in my entire life and I have made so many incredible friends. We partied on our days off, tanned in the sun whilst working, ate questionable food and looked after American kids who thought they were older than they actually were. Once camp was over, we travelled to 6 states and had the time of our lives in Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

Then I was back to reality with no money and no job... So with the help of my dad, we handed my CV out to everyone I could think of and I got a job 2 weeks after being home!
It's a small office admin job, and it pays well. I have been here three months and while it isn't the most exciting job in the world, it pays the bills.


And that's about it for my 2016! Nothing exciting has happened since I've been back, I'm just trying to get my savings back on track. At the moment, I am working at the office and preparing my blog for a constant flow of content in the new year. I have several goals I want to achieve in 2017, so stay tuned for that in an upcoming post.

Thanks for reading!

STYLE APPRICIATION | WINONA RYDER


Out of all of the 80/90's actresses that adorned our screens with their teen angst, huge hair and questionable outfits, Winona is and always will be my absolute favourite. Her choice of film was quite dark (Girl, Interrupted), moody (Mermaids), dramatic (Heathers) and romantic (Edward Scissorhands). Her fashion was so 90's and grunge. And she dated Johnny Depp when he looked hella cute. Need I say more?

CHRISTMAS IN BATH


After booking a long weekend off of work, I jumped on a train and took a spontaneous trip to the beautiful city of Bath.

I got a train from my local station to Bath Spa, which cost me a pretty cheap £8.40. 


I followed the crowd and ended up in a beautiful square full off quaint shops full to the brim with quirky gifts.
Around the corner, was the Christmas market in all of its glory; smelling of spicy cinnamon, roasted chestnuts and sizzling sausages.


Glittering decorations covered buildings, trees and shelves.


Whilst snow covered trees, plants and succulents adorned a florists doorstep.


Pretty flowers burst out of doorways.


Decorations erupted out of December 25th's extravagant window display.


The Christmas tree in the town centre was simple with lights only, but its size made up for the lack of ornaments!


Interestingly flavoured cheeses creeped around the corner - of course I queued up for a sample or ten!


Stunningly arranged flower boxes littered the street, along with the litter itself...


And red telephone boxes piled high with Nutcrackers.



A bird flies high over a beautifully dark river.



And shops looking particularly festive with twinkling lights.



Bath Abbey stood high and proud in the clouds.


Whilst cobble stoned streets were filled with people on a mission.



Reaching the end of the shops, I turned a corner and it looked like I was in London!


But Bath's gorgeously photogenic streets made me realise that I wasn't in London at all.


And with that, my journey was at an end, with a skyline view of Bath's rolling hills and cloudy skies.



Bath, you were good to me and I will be back to explore soon.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

New York City. Where I truly fell in love.