Gone are the days when we did MySpace quizzes and answered all kinds of weird questions for fun but that hasn’t stopped us from loving the 73 questions series that has been circling the internet. From Victoria Beckham to Sarah Jessica Parker, if you’re like me, you’ve watched them all (and don’t deny it, you’ve thought of what all your answers would be too!) So have I, which is why I decided to take my own 73 questions…
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Not my first name, but my middle name was in memory of my cousin who I sadly never got to meet.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Honestly? I watched a video of someone doing the London marathon.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I actually do.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH?
5. INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?
Used to be Twitter now it’s probably Instagram…
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I’d hope so.
7. DO YOU BAKE?
Not really, I need to do more.
8. DO YOU LIKE FLYING?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Gluten-Free cereal biscuits.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?
Physically, no. Mentally, I like to think I am.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
18. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS READING IT?
19. WHAT FILM MADE YOU CRY THE MOST?
12 Years A Slave.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The dog barking.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
23. FAVOURITE SMELL?
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
A customer at work.
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH?
27. HAIR COLOUR?
28. EYE COLOUR?
29. PUPPIES OR KITTENS?
30. FAVOURITE FOOD?
31. SCARY FILM OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
32. LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I’m having a break to catch up on a years worth of Glamour magazine.
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
I’m glad we get both.
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
36. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
37. FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE?
38. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON FACEBOOK?
Around 7 years.
39. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO VISIT?
40. WHAT WAS THE LAST COUNTRY YOU VISITED?
41. DO YOU HAVE A SIBLING?
Yes, an older sister.
42. FAVOURITE SOUND?
Thunder and rain together.
43. ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
When I travelled Australia.
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
In a small town.
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
In a small town nearby.
48. FAVOURITE HITCHCOCK MOVIE?
I need to watch some Hitchcock movies.
49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU READ AGAIN AND AGAIN?
I have too many I want to read to re-read any.
50. FAVOURITE TV SERIES THAT’S ON NOW.
51. DARK CHOCOLATE OR MILK CHOCOLATE?
Right now, dark.
52. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
53. WHO IS YOUR GIRL CRUSH?
Kate Hudson or Cameron Diaz.
54. WHAT WAS THE FIRST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA?
I would never remember.
55. HEELS OR FLATS?
56. FAVOURITE BED TIME STORY?
An episode of Pretty Little Liars.
57. BATH OR SHOWER?
58. IF YOU COULD RAID ONE WOMANS CLOSET, WHO’S WOULD IT BE?
Taylor Swift or Kendall Jenner.
59. FAVOURITE BAND?
60. FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST?
61. TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
We’ll soon find out.
62. WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY?
Let There Be Chocolate.
63. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Books. All of them!
64. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?
I gave a nice framed painting of Chaplin to an ex who was a fan.
65. FAVOURITE FRUIT?
66. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PET?
A rabbit called Jet.
67. FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
68. HOW DO YOU HAVE YOUR COFFEE?
I don’t like coffee.
69. BEST INVENTION?
70. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
71. BLOW DRY OR AIR DRY?
72. CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE SHAMPOO?
73. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
I had fun.
Normally a lover of sun-lounging and ice cream it’s no shock that my usual holiday destination is Greece but when my friend, Katie, suggested booking a trip we knew we wanted to opt for something with a little more adventure…
Fast forward the Google searches and frantic board look-ups on Pinterest and we had decided on Norway!
We had both never been and when we managed to book return flights for £44 each (www.skyscanner.net), we were sold.
We booked accommodation on Air B’n’B to keep costs low and we were all set to discover a lovely new place!
Day 1: Arriving in Norway
We flew on an early flight from Stansted to Rygge then had a one hour bus ride from the airport to the bus station in Oslo.
We walked to the train station where we had a few hours to kill before setting off on a 7 hour journey.
You may think we’re crazy but it’s considered one of the world’s most scenic train journeys… (and I’d definitely agree!)
When we arrived in Bergen we went to our Air B’n’B to sleep as we were drained from travelling since before sunrise!
Day 2: Hello Bergen!
On our first day we wanted to just wander around town…
We met a lovely girl on the train the night before who worked in the Starbucks on the harbour so we went there for a hot drink to warm our hands up and then on her recommendation we went to see Mount Fløyen.
We got the train up which didn’t take long at all, then walked back down.
The views from the top were amazing. We spent ages taking photos and enjoying the view and I’d definitely recommend it if you visit Bergen. It’s such a nice place; very clean and easy to walk around. You could easily see everything in two days.
Day 3: Exploring further
Monday was our last day in Bergen before getting the train back to Oslo so we decided to go and track down another famous building; the Fantoft Stave Church.
After being burnt down after an arson attack in 1992 it was rebuilt in exactly the same way as the original and is a really interesting building to visit whilst you’re in Bergen.
It had snowed quite a bit on the Saturday night and was still settled on the ground which just made it look even better!
Day 4: Back to Oslo
With our return train leaving at 8AM, we had a really early start and a long journey ahead but we were excited to see more gorgeous scenery. It was getting dark towards the end of the last journey which meant we couldn’t see much so it was good to see it all in daylight the second time around.
That night we ate in a cool restaurant called Døgnvill where I had a classic burger and fries with parmesan cheese on top. We both said it was one of the best burgers we’d ever had so if you visit Oslo and want to indulge, check them out!
Day 5: Biathlon fun, Hard Rock Cafè and National History museum
On Wednesday we ventured out to Karl Johan’s Gate and the surrounding area.
There was a huge stage and cameras on cranes but we had no idea what they were for…
They had a market with food stools and people selling handmade crafts so we asked a local. They explained that it was the opening ceremony for the biathlon, which is all televised, so it was cool to be there during an event like that. They had singers performing at night and hundreds gather in the street to celebrate.
We then spotted the Hard Rock Cafè on the corner so we nipped in for lunch.
They have these big souvenir cocktail glasses that have the place name on them that are free when you order certain drinks. I’d previously got one when I travelled to Surfers Paradise in Australia so wanted to get one from Oslo too…
From there we went on to find the Natural History museum…
It was interesting to look around all of the different sections within the museum but my favourite was the Native Americans. How amazing are the headdresses?!
Day 6: Nobel Peace Prize museum and St. Hanshaugen park
On Thursday it was feeling pretty cold! On average during the week it had been 0 to -2 degrees but it didn’t feel too bad unless you took off your gloves. To keep warm we took a walk to St. Hanshaugen park where our Air B’n’B host said we’d get a nice view of the city.
Walking to the top of the park you get a nice view but as it was bitterly cold and snowy our view was a little dampened by the fog.
We had lunch at TGI Friday where we were waited on by a nice guy called Ben, originally from the UK. After indulging in a very nice Italian burger we headed back out into the cold to carry on with our day.
As there are so many museums in Norway it only felt right to explore a few. As the boats don’t run in the winter we couldn’t get to the museum island in Bygdøy so we decided to check a few out that we could walk to.
I didn’t really know anything about Alfred Nobel before going in to the museum, only that every year someone was awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize. It was interesting to learn more about his past and to see who and why these people had been awarded with one.
They had a room with interactive screens showing all of the previous winners so you could go round and read why each of them had been awarded with such an honourable title.
Mother Teresa was an easily recognisable one, winning for the recognition of her humanitarian work whilst residing in India; building homes for orphans and hospices for those who were dying in Calcutta.
President Obama was also another, awarded for his efforts to strengthen cooperation and his attempt to eradicate the worlds use of nuclear weapons.
Day 7: Hausmannsgate and Ellie Goulding
Whilst we were in TGI Friday the previous day, our waiter, Ben, suggested we checked out a place called Hausmannsgate, so on our last full day in Oslo we wrapped ourselves up and headed out…
We knew we’d reached the right place once we started seeing all of the graffiti!
It’s a very cool place and home to Hausmania – a self-governed cultural house that provides artists a space to practise and hold exhibitions.
After a good walk around we headed back to the apartment to transform ourselves from wrapped up tourists to gig-goers…
I had seen Ellie Goulding in London previously so knew she was impressive live but this time it was an arena tour – an entirely different setting to the Roundhouse.
She put on a great show and it was a cool way to end our trip in Norway, a place that Ellie loves and spends a lot of time in!
Day 8: Flying home
Our morning was spent trying to fit all of our stuff back into the hand luggage bags that we’d bought with us.
We then had the unexciting trip back to the airport!
But not before we stopped off to buy a donut and get a last Starbucks…
Thanks for checking out our trip! If you have any questions about Norway or our trip, feel free to comment…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nothing quite beats watching a predictable, cheesy, romantic movie today so I’ve picked my top 8 favourite romantic movie moments to share! (PS: includes spoilers!)
8. The Vow
Based on a true story, when newlyweds Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo are involved in a car accident that puts Paige in a coma, she also loses a lot of her memory. Leo (played by Channing Tatum) demonstrates the faith he has in their love, hoping they can save their marriage, but not without complications…
This scene is when the couple meet again at the end of the movie and as you can guess, it gets all sweet and romantic!
No movie is more romantic than the storyline of Serendipity.
When two twenty-something’s meet in New York they enjoy a spontaneous, romantic, night but they decide to leave their destiny to fate. Deciding that if they were ‘meant to be’ the world would reunite them somehow.
The picture above is from a scene dated 10 years after their first meeting. The story of their lives in-between makes the ending all the more touching.
6. What Happens In Vegas
If you’re looking for a real romantic-comedy then What Happens In Vegas is perfect.
After meeting in Vegas, Jack wins the jackpot using Joy’s coin and they drunkenly get hitched. The judge won’t grant them a divorce until she feels satisfied that the two have given marriage a fair go but they don’t want love, they just want the money.
It’s the start of some hilarious spats between the couple as they try to live under the same roof but true feelings are revealed at the end and they share a romantic kiss nearby the Fire Island lighthouse, her happy place. Ahhh.
5. Because I Said So
I have to admit my absolute love for this movie very early on. It has to be one of my most-watched films.
Diane Keaton plays Daphne, a cool mum of 3, but focuses all her attention on her youngest, Milly, as she is desperate to see her find a good guy after watching her date numerous wrong men.
She interferes with fate by creating a scenario where Milly can meet Jason, a perfect match according to her mum, but little does she know that Johnny, a musician, is also about to make things more complex. As she begins to date them both, she’s unsure about her feelings.
Just as she thinks she’s falling for one of them, he finds out that he’s not the only person she’s been seeing but after some time apart we get to see the gorgeous Johnny (Gabriel Macht) make a romantic speech and they get their happy ending.
4. The Notebook
Every females favourite 1940’s love story.
This movie is full of romantic moments as you watch two young lovers play out their lives but the ending, for me, is so romantic.
We watch nursing home patient, Duke, read a story to a lady with dementia but the moment she realises the story he’s reading is in fact the one she wrote about their own relationship is just heartwarming.
Love takes them to the end of their lives together, both passing away in each other’s arms.
Does it get any sweeter?
3. How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days
She uses him as a subject for her latest magazine article and he uses her to win a bet at work. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are the perfect match in this funny and heart-warming romantic comedy.
During a trip to visit Ben’s family she realises that although it started as a bet, their relationship is becoming real.
That whole part of the movie is my favourite but the shower scene coupled by the song ‘Feels Like Home’ by Chantal Kreviazuk is just so romantic.
2. The Girl Next Door
You would probably think a movie about a seemingly normal guy falling for his ex-porn star neighbour could never be… romantic, but I actually think it’s a very sweet film!
There is another scene quite early on in the movie when Elisha Cuthbert’s character walks up the path to her new home and Matthew (Emile Hirsch) sees her for the first time. They way he looks at her, as if no other girl existed, really kicks off the storyline.
It’s the scene above though that I think is so utterly romantic…
Both at a party, he can no longer hold back his feelings for Danielle and interrupts her conversation with one of the popular guys from his school, to kiss her.
Need I say more?
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary
I love both Renée Zellweger and Helen Fielding for bringing this character to life.
The movie is a real girls movie and don’t we all love the ending when she chases Mark Darcy in her knickers, outside in the snow, for a classic movie snog?
I hope you all have a lovely day!
Although it’s all very clichè, as humans we just can’t help but to re-evaluate our lives as the New Year rings in. With this post hopefully that doesn’t have to mean it’s a scary or depressing thought!
The fact you’re meant to ‘start as you mean to go on’ should definitely motivate us to begin 2016 with a positive mindset but if you’re struggling, don’t worry! Hopefully this will encourage you to make the most of the year ahead and get you ticking off that list of aspirations…
One thing that massively inspires me is surrounding myself by quotes. I’ve included a few that I’ve found recently on Pinterest that I think i’d like to look back on during 2016 in the hope that they remind me to go after my goals and make it a good year!
(I hope they help you too)
-PS: see more of my pins on my Pinterest page @sarahpanther23
Another habit I like to get in to at the beginning of the year is writing a list of goals for myself.
By Christmas I normally know what areas of my life need a little more focus and so I generally write down a list of things that I want to do in the next 12 months in order to help myself reach certain points.
This year was no different, I included…
Start Invisalign treatment
Print photos from 2015
Visit Adam in Brighton
Get into a routine with the gym and yoga
Lastly I like to have a good clear-out! Social media included.
Each year I find myself with more and more things. This year especially…
When I moved out of my house in June 2015 I couldn’t believe how much stuff I had to box up! I’m in no way a hoarder, in fact i’m nearly the opposite, I can’t stand holding on to something I don’t need but I have found that I love to buy and rarely get around to having a good sort-out.
If you think of it all in categories, there are certain ones I don’t even consider when contemplating throwing some of it away. Mainly books (I have a good amount of them).
So what is left that I can go through? Well… clothes, make-up and mainly social media.
There are so many people on my Facebook account that i’m friends with (and do know of) but that I never talk to or just find irritating. I’ll sometimes hide their posts from my wall through feeling bad at deleting them but every now and then I will go through my friends list and delete anyone I wouldn’t wish a happy Birthday to…
I find it refreshing and it helps me to just focus more on my own problems and to just stay aware of what my close friends are up to and not the whole town.
You could stretch this as far as you want to, over as many different social media sites as you like but Facebook is the main one I feel like I benefit from when I do this.
Since watching How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days i’ve always liked the idea of being a ‘How-To’ girl, and this week i’ve done it… Not necessarily in the same way Andy did it, but it’s a ‘How-To’ none the less! We’ll call it a ‘How-To: look back at the year positively’.
It’s an idea that I think anyone would benefit from and so I wanted to share it with you ready for 2016 (Nearly…) It takes no time but can bring real happiness!
All you need is a piece of paper (I use a pocket diary sized piece), and a pen.
I write the new year at the top (e.g 2016) and then I usually keep it in my memory box or diary. The idea is that when you do something fun, or something wonderful happens during that year, you make a note of it on the paper.
It can be something big or small, as long as it’s a happy memory.
In the past i’ve documented anything from a special birthday lunch with my grandparents and getting a new car to my school prom and a family trip to New York City. It’s all about remembering the year for the positive moments and trying to forget about the bad.
We all have good and bad years. If you do a lot of exciting things one year you may find it easy to look back on in a positive light but I think that by documenting your year like this, when it comes to the ones that aren’t so generous, you can always still remenice over the times that you were able to feel really happy.
…And after a few years the best part is looking back at the older lists you’ve made! I often forget how long ago some things happen and so it’s a great way of keeping track.
I struggle to remember when I first saw this idea. I feel like it may have been a Tumblr post but wherever it’s from it has really stuck with me since I started in 2006.
2015, for me, was made up of some struggling moments but looking back at my list I can focus on all the amazing things that happened during those 12 months.
If you’re either stuck for ideas or are just curious as to what I included on my list last year, here it is…
If you decide to do this, tag me!
Twitter: @sarahpanther / Pinterest: @sarahpanther23 / Instagram: @xopantherxo
As soon as it begins to get colder we all know what’s coming; bulk buying soup, colds and perhaps more irritatingly, intensely dry skin…
Most of us know that when it’s colder outside we need to moisturise our skin more but there’s so many brands to chose from and so many products claiming to do more and more things for our skin.
I thought I’d share my current choices as we approach Winter, hoping it may give you some ideas on what goodies you can indulge in this season…
Last christmas I received two big Ted Baker gift sets, so now the winter has made an appearance I have cracked them open and i’m going full force into getting my skin nice and moisturised.
The two Ted Baker products that are pictured above are from different sets, therefore have slightly different scents. They both share a hint of rose but the body lotion is also made up of bergamot, patchouli and red fruit whereas the hand cream has sandalwood and shea butter to make it nice and creamy, whilst still having a fruity twist to it with raspberry.
I use the body lotion after a bath or shower, all over. I have sensitive skin, especially on my legs, which reacts to a lot of moisturisers i’ve tried in the past but this one seems to keep my skin hydrated and doesn’t cause a reaction.
I always carry a hand cream in my bag, although I do hate applying it, I get very dry hands, especially around my nails which tends to peel and become sore. When at work I keep the Soap and Glory ‘Hand Food’ on my desk so that I can apply it once i’ve washed my hands but for at home or when i’m out and about and feel like I need an instant dose of moisture I reach for this Ted Baker hand cream which not only smells gorgeous but is one of very few hand creams that I can apply and continue to use my hands straight after. I find it so annoying when a hand cream doesn’t soak in well enough and you have to wait around 5 minutes before you feel you can touch anything,.
The Jenny Packham ‘Salonnière’ foot lotion is something I keep on my bedside table. I’d be lying if I said I use this nightly, I would say I use this around 3 or 4 times a week… This is the last thing I do before I get into bed and i’d say this is the part of the body most people neglect the most. If you forget to include this step, try moving a lotion to your bedside table; that way when you see it, it will remind you to take a minute before bed and moisturise those feet!
As for my face, I go through stages of having quite oily skin and then quite dry skin. I currently use the Vichy ‘Normaderm unclogging exfoliating gel’ to exfoliate my face and it’s my favourite that i’ve found so far. It feels really refreshing and makes my skin soft but if my skin is particularly dry I can feel like I need a good moisturiser to apply afterwards.
The products pictured above are the items I currently use to moisturise my skin and keep my make-up looking better.
I’m a massive fan of La Roche Posay. They’re a French skincare brand that is available in Boots and i’ve tried a few things from their range before although this is the first tube of the anti-redness moisturiser that i’ve bought.
I really like it… I feel like there are more moisturising creams out there but this is enough for my skin and I really benefit from the ‘anti-redness’ factor.
On top of that I use the Smashbox ‘Photo Finish foundation primer’ in ‘Light’. This reassures me that my foundation will go on well over any skin issues like dry patches or blemishes. I use this on a daily basis because without it my foundation doesn’t last the length of my working day.
My skin gets the most attention and moisture at night. I have a full bedtime regime and after i’ve used the Soap and Glory ‘Peaches and Clean’ cleanser to remove my make-up I will use the newly released ‘Super-hydrating Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse’ by none other than Soap and Glory (I really love S&G!) along with their ‘Make Yourself Youthful’ eye cream.
I love this eye cream and find Soap and Glory to be a really affordable brand that has a great range of products. They smell great, they do the job and the packaging and branding is always on point. I have come to trust S&G a lot and if there is a product i’m looking for I will tend to head over to their stand to see if they have it before looking elsewhere.
I hope you have found this interesting or helpful… Although new, different, products from Ted Baker and Jenny Packham are now available, if you haven’t tried their products before I would recommend their gift sets, they are a great Christmas gift idea!
All links to brands are below…
I won’t deny it, I had a little smile when I flicked to page 100 of this months issue of Glamour.
Although it isn’t an Oscar or a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, being named ‘best dressed’ by Britain’s No.1 womens magazine must be a little confidence-boosting.
She won the title in 2013 but moved to the number 3 spot last year, losing out to Jennifer Lawrence (see my 2014 feature here).
Although I love Jennifer’s style I think Kristen’s is more playful and surprising. She can pull off multiple looks, even some that I don’t think suit her, but yet I’m still always intrigued to know what she goes for.
Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfield, is a huge fan of Stewart; even making her the face of a western-inspired fashion release in 2014. With backing like that you’re surely destined for good things!
Below are some of my favourite photos of Kristen during 2014/2015, showing what I consider to be some of her best styles…
I was surprised by a few positions, particularly Ellie Goulding (28), Sienna Miller (18) and Emma Stone who was at number 12 (I thought these would be higher!) but also to learn that it was Kendall Jenner’s first time in the top 50!