Tattoo-sday …. First ever post

Tattoo-sday.

First ever Tattoo-sday…

Tuesdays, or Tattoo-sday ‘s, are the days for looking at amazing tattoos! I love tattoos, the art everything about them, so instead of just looking at all of the tattoo images on the inter webs, i decided i should put it all to good use.

So, having said that, I would like to introduce you to a little regular feature here called Tattoo-sday (did you see what i did there) My plan is to post one every Tuesday, and basically just show you a few of the tattoos I have been drooling over.

 

The Ink….

These images are ones that i found online and i will try wherever possible to link back and credit the artists. Enjoy!

Beautiful!I want to believe

She's pretty scary. Dedication! I love this quote.

Well thats that then, i hope you liked my choices! i love all of these, the rex on the side of the head is awesome.

If you have any that you love i would love to see them, link them in the comments.

Till next time, Big love,

Amy xxx

Disney Pixar’s Coco – A review.

General blogging.

With all of the bad weather that we have been having, over here in England, I figured the best thing to do would be to light the fire, make a brew, get comfy and put on a Disney film. Pixar’s Coco to be exact.

Coco and Dia de las Muertes….

WARNING  SPOILERS

Coco is a film set in Mexico, and it follows a 12 Year old boy named Miguel. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Pixar have done it again.

It would seem that Disney Pixar has risen the animation bar another notch! I love a Disney film, and I love a Disney Pixar film, but the recent releases from these giants, haven’t really hit the mark. Finding Dory didn’t do it for me, I thought it was just like Nemo. It was so un-engaging that I cant actually remember the story.  All over the internet there have been rumours that Pixar were struggling, and that they were having trouble with the films that they made not making any money. (not that it would really make any impact, on account of them being BILLIONAIRES) It would seem that the next Pixar films coming out are all oldies but goodies. Incredibles 2, and apparently Toy Story 4?! ( is it going to be terrible?? Are they just playing it safe with tried nd tested films?)

But, I am here to tell you, that Coco was brilliant. The visuals, especially, are jaw dropping. The animation studios Must be proud of themselves for doing such an amazing job. The clothes look unbelievably real, as do the water scenes, to the point you have to remind yourself that they are animated.

What is the moral ?

As is the norm with a Disney film, it is kinda hard to escape the moral of the story, with the typical formula,(good guy, bad guy, trustee sidekick) and it was fairly easy to see what was going to happen next. This in no way detracts from the stunning directing and animating.

The film was directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pixar animation veteran Adrian Molina (Toy Story 3, Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur) and produced by Daria K Anderson. (A Bug’s Life, Monsters inc, Toy Story 3). An Award winning team with many awards to choose from, meaning this should be a blinder!

The Coco Trio.

In order of front to back is Adrian Molina,Lee Unkrich and Daria K Anderson.

 

The way that the scenes are set up are brilliant, with some amazing wide angle shots of the city. The directing of the entire film was awesome. The amount of colours that they use throughout, and the variety of angles they are set in are fabulous!

Coco -The city of the dead.

(Amazing! look at the amount of detail there is in that scene alone. Thats talent!)

Story.

The story itself is beautiful, and makes the subject of death, which can sometimes be a difficult subject, especially with children, seem like a magical and mysterious topic. Mexican folklore is the main inspiration for the film, being set in Mexico, on Dia de los Muertos (the day of the dead). Which is the day that peoples dead relatives can come back to the living , by following paths back to their shrines and alters, where the living relatives have laid out pictures, food offerings, and the things that they loved whilst alive. Then, they have a big celebration.

This sounds like an amazing thing to experience not having anything like that in England. If you don’t know what it is, I suggest you google it 🙂 This story had pretty much everything you would expect in a brilliant film. Even unexpected turns and plot tempo changing. It kept my attention and kept me wanting to know what happens in the end.

Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail, I don’t want to give too much away, but I genuinely believe that this is a film that everyone will enjoy. If not for the story but for the sheer visual beauty.

 

Coco Conclusion?

In my opinion, I am glad that I watched this film and i honestly give it 4.5/5.  It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I still cannot get over the animation in the film. If I had just come into the room, halfway through the film, and not known that it was even animated? I would probably have thought that it was a real film, with real people in it.(if the said people were far away in the film)

The story is very good too, it has tension that, at one point, was almost too much lol. It had emotions and situations in it  that are so easily relatable, for example, family bonds. I imagine if you were from Mexico, this film would be a classic for them. I’m sure i’m going to watch it again. If they can keep this train going then I’m sure Pixar will be back on top before we know it.

Big Love,

Amy xx

 

Adulting, turning 30 and making goals before turning 31…

General blogging.

So. This year is a big year for me age birthday wise……..I turned 30 in February….. time for adulting.

When I was younger I always thought that my life would be pretty much sorted by this point. Regardless of the fact that growing up, I didn’t really have any serious ideas about what it was that I wanted to do.

Adulting and The big 30….

Having a significant birthday is a big deal. 30, 40, 50, 60…. For me it was anyway. I am trying embrace the fact that I, Amy,  am now a person who is taken seriously. Living, working and looking after myself. Paying bills, and doing standard “adulting”.

I have something in mind that I wouldn’t mind, heck i would LURVE, spending the rest of my career life doing, and its a slow process getting to the stage where I am able to do that, but i’m working on it.

Moving forward…

This year I decided that THIS was the year that I make goals, scary goals, and do them before I turn 31.

I will be writing another blog post with 31 goals before i’m 31, i just need to come up with them first.

I just thought that I would pop by and show myself, let y’all know that I am still here and that I will be working on making my blog a more regular activity, even if no-one reads it.

On that note…. Big love, Amy xxx

 

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New Year…. New goals… New job

General blogging.

Missing in Action…

I know i haven’t been around for a while.

After the trauma of starting a business, only to let go before we had even got in. The ups and downs emotionally,  finding myself jobless, then getting a new job. Deciding the best path to go down to get to my ultimate career choice. Fighting with my own negative thoughts, (i have a tendency to over think) getting a new job and getting used to it. Learning how everything works and how things are done within the company.

Its all been a bit of a whirlwind, crazy ride these past few months, especially with Christmas and the new year.

Moving forward…

I made a promise to myself that this year would be my year. Time i started working on the things i want to do for myself and for my future. I want to get to the place i see myself and i want to say yes a lot more. My overthinking usually wins and i am really good at talking myself out of things.

This is where it changes. This is my year. I am going to do everything i have on  my list for this year!!

Join me and let me know what your doing different this year and how you battle your own saboteurs!!

 

Ten Top Beauty boosting foods since we are what we eat.

General blogging.

You are what you eat?

Everybody has heard that saying before, but how many people actually listen and believe it? Can we eat beauty boosting foods to help?

Just recently, as you may have noticed,  I have been thinking about trying to eat the right things, trying to be more healthy and basically trying to look after myself a little better. During my research, I have come across a few bits of information that I love and some that seem too good to be true. But, if they work, which they seem to, then hey, I’m gunna give it a go and I’m sure that there is a few things on here, you will be glad I told you about. (Chocolate is actually great for you!!)

Top Ten Terrific Treats To Boost your Beauty.

Here are my top ten beauty boosting foods that, when eaten regularly, can keep us looking youthful and gorgeous. (Without eating little children ) *clears throat

  1. Blueberries

These little babies, are full of antioxidants so help with preventing premature ageing of skin. They also fight those pesky little free radicals that attack the skin, and so this little warrior is a good one to include in your diet. I like to throw them into a smoothie with other berries and some yogurt. mmmm! I can feel the battle! anti-ageing deliciousness!!

 

2. Coconuts

Coconuts are not only great for drinking holiday cocktails out of, but are super high in Omega 3, which is a good fatty acid. This helps our skin stay baby soft. It’s also brilliant as massage oil for your scalp and body. (and it smells like holidays…who doesn’t like THAT reminder 🙂 noms! ) massaging into your scalp helps with hair growth and flaky scalp. The fat in these bad boys, also guards against age aggressors, like UV rays and pollution. (which is why the best sun cream includes coconut oil!)

3. Avocados.

High in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant,  it also repairs damage to skin and hair caused by the sun and everyday pollution. This is the reason  our skin can look dull and less plump every now and then.

These little Hulks, also contain vitamin C promoting collagen, the plumper, and boosting the moisture levels in our skin.

Avocados SMASH!

 

4. Chia Seeds

I know seeds are for budgies and birds and are kinda hard to eat, but chia seeds are full of good fats. They maintain the skins buoyancy and keep your complexion dewy and glowing. (without using them as a facial scrub 🙂 ) They are a good source of fibre and protein which basically makes them a brilliant beauty all-rounder. Add them to your smoothies for a protein boost.

 

 

 

 

5. Spirulina.

The blue-green algae one. Rich in Chlorophyll, this is a super powerful nutrient that helps our hair, nails and skin to grow. High in Iron and Vitamin A, it adds a super hulk like punch to your morning green smoothie. Brilliant detoxifier and balances the good bacteria in your gut (so long I.B.S).

6. 0% fat greek Yoghurt.

Full of Calcium, protein and swarming with live active cultures A.K.A good bacteria, this aids digestion, helps boost immunity to infections and viruses. It also mitigates the effects of lactose intolerance leaving you with a flat and happy tummy. ( and its fat-free..)

 

 

 

7. Seaweed.

Chocked full of iron and phytonutrients, seaweed aids digestion and circulation . Eating seaweed regularly, helps with getting gorgeous smooth legs with beautiful supple skin. The Japanese and Chinese eat seaweed in their diet regularly, and they have plump youthful looking skin.You can get books on the seaweed that is edible, and so you can beach-comb for the varieties in it. (or just buy it from health food shops).

ALWAYS CHECK BEFORE EATING ANYTHING YOUR UNSURE OF.

Maybe I should eat it more…

 

8.Sweet Potato.

Not only are they super delicious as fries, they are full of Beta-Carotene, which helps maintain bright, healthy eyes the same bonus we get from eating carrots. It can also help protect skin from harmful UV Rays. These make amazing fries with a little five spice on them, and are great as an alternative to regular jacket potatoes. Give them a try!

 

 

 

9. Kale.

Kale is Full of everything good! Whats not to like? Vitamins A, B6, K, Manganese, fibre and omega’s. practically everything for beauty! One cup of this curly, iron rich Kale, provides 10% of the RDA of Omega3 and nearly 200% of the RDA Vitamin A. One cup is enough to maintain healthy teeth, and is an effective anti oxidant. Switch out your regular salad leaves and add in some Kale! You won’t regret it. I love this and love it in smoothies with spirulina !

 

10. Dark Cacao Chocolate.

This is the one I am THE most excited about. Ladies, chocolate is good for you. Although the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you. Edge towards anything above 60% for ultimate health benefits. It is the queen of beauty boosting foods. It contains anti-ageing antioxidants called flavonoids, which fight free radicals, protecting us from the suns UV rays.

A 2006 study published in THE JOURNAL OF NUTRITION found that participants who consumed a chocolate beverage, high in Flavanoids (Dark Choc) experienced improved skin texture and hydration. They experienced less sensitivity and 25% less redness in response to exposure to the sun.

If that wasn’t enough, it also releases endorphins, the happy hormone, and phenylethylamine, which elicits the feeling of falling in love. Awww.

When you feel good, you look good!

So there we have it. See, I told you the last one was brilliant.

I really hope that you found this informative and interesting. I am going to keep these things in mind and remember that I am what I eat!

Which of these was your favourite boosting foods? Did you read about the beauty benefits of coffee on a recent post? Heres the link to go check it out..coffee benefits

Big Love,

Amy,

xx

 

These are A Few of My Favourite Things edition 4.

A Few of my favourite things

So guys its that time of the week again for ” A Few of My Favourite things”.

I have kinda been MIA these past couple of weeks, and I have honestly had a lot going on.

Its all super exciting and seems to be clicking into place, and I shall be writing about it in the not too distant future.

Anyway Its time for “a Few of My Favourite Things” and this week is a super fluffy one since the nights are getting longer and the mornings are getting chillier. Enjoy.

1, Favourite Fluffy fairy lights

These are so cool, and lets be honest, who doesn’t love fairy lights?!

They make even the dankest space, look cosy and warm and welcoming. They add magic, sparkle and now they add fluff!! Who doesn’t love fluff??!!  Now we can have it all 😀

Click on this link here to purchase these beauties either for someone who will love them… (or maybe your bedroom? yeah your bedroom would love these)

2, Favourite Fluffy heels DIY.

So, the trend of fluffy shoes is something that was super popular in the summer and now with the winter coming its all about the slippers. BUT what about those glamorous parties you have to attend ? You need fabulous, fashionable shoes right? If your anything like me you, you like to be on trend as much as you can without being a “follower” you pick and choose the styles and fashions you like and usually like to adjust or make to your own liking.

This is the way that I made my fluffy heels and encourage you to try it for yourself! I love my fluffy heels, they make me feel like a princess.

Head on over to this link to find out more, and while your there check out her other posts. Girls got talent!

3, Favourite Fluffy Bunny Phone Cover.

OK guys, whats better than fluffy shoes? YUP! Fluffy phone cases. Not only are they like a little cuddly toy you can carry around, without looking a little weird, they double up as cushioning for your phone should you (DUN DUN DUN)

DROP IT!

 Anyways heres the pic of the cutest phone case you ever did see :

 Click on this link to go and see the others they do. They are an etsy shop and so should be given all the support they can as they are just starting out and to be honest, they’ve got some awesome stuff!! Go check them out!

4, Super fluffy Soot Sprite Slippers.

 

Totoro is my ultimate miyazaki film. Well one of them… well I love all of them to be honest, and maybe i’m a little old for cartoons but hey,  what ya gunna do?!  It keeps me young!

When I came across these slippers, I just knew they had to be on one of my lists…at least. How awesome are they?!

You can click on this writing here, which has a link hidden amongst it 🙂 do you know anyone who would love to own these?

5, Favourite Angora Rabbit.

“ITS SO FLUFFY I THINK IM GUNNA DIE!!! ”

This is THE fluffiest bunny rabbit I have ever seen. They are Angora rabbits and literally they are balls of fluff!

Heres the story…

The Angora rabbit is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit, believed to have originated from Turkey. The story goes back to the early 18th century. Some sightseeing sailors were put into a Turkish port, then called Angora. The sailors found the shawls worn by the native women to be remarkable for their beauty, fineness and silkiness. So before the sailors left Angora, they secured some of the Angora rabbits to take back to France. The French claim the Angora rabbits were first recorded in France in the Encyclopedia of 1765. In any event, it was the French who first saw the commercial possibilities of Angora wool and began to manufacture this type of wool into yarn. Aside from their commercial use, the rabbits became popular pets with French royalty and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century.

Without further ado, here you go..

The Bungalow of bunnies (click on this and it will take you to their website) is a place in Missouri that raises Purebred Dutch rabbits, and Purebred English Angoras to the ARBA Standard of Perfection. What a job!

You should go and head on over if you’re interested about these breeds of rabbits, as she gives in depth information about them and how to care for them. Its a brilliant site for bunny fans.  They are all adorable, and i want them all!

So there we have it, a complete, fluffy, wintery , Few of my Favourite things. I hope that you enjoyed this, and I hope that you go and check out the websites I’ve listed.

Till next time,

Big love,

Amy.

xx

 

 

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Clearing out….

General blogging.

Sometimes the best thing in life when you’re having a lull, is to have a good clear out.

In the house, in your life, even in your head. A good session of throwing things away and organising is good for the soul. “The outside is a reflection of the inside..” I can’t exactly remember who said that but this is true. When you enter a room with everything everywhere, do you find yourself suddenly anxious? maybe stressed a little? Your emotions react to the environment you put yourself in, and this is our fight or flight trigger.It’s naturally engrained in our DNA. With this in mind, why would you not want to have a clear out every now and then,

The recent craze of tidying with the Marie Kondo, whose book “The magic of tidying” was  number 1 bestseller, helped people understand the importance of tidy living, and was in some way responsible for my sudden burst of energy with this subject. Up until now I haven’t exactly been the most organised person. I have never really been the best at keeping things tidy, and can always find something better or more fun to do . So since I haven’t been “working” as such, and since the coffee shop never really took off, I decided this last week was an ample time to get myself in order and make a plan in my life, my house and my career.

The house…

I started with the house and have cleaned, organised, thrown away and basically started anew with the things in it. Clothes I don’t wear, magazines I’ve kept for no reason , makeup I never use (I never wear a lot anyway )  and made copious trips to the tip. (Much to the surprise and amusement of my BF) This is the reason behind my disappearance for the past week.

My body and mind..

I have started a self-help book…. (I never thought id see the day) called the Barefoot Doctor and I am excited to really get into the crux of it. Liberation is the title and if your interested you should go and check it out. I have downloaded the head space app on my phone and plan to practice daily.

I took a long hard look at the food I was eating and my fitness, or lack thereof. I’m not exactly a gym bunny but I don’t really do a lot of fitness. Sure I enjoy walking but maybe not as often as I should. So a fitness plan and goal have been set, and my diet has changed. More rainbow foods, less beige. (and crisps Good-bye sweet, fried potato)

Career….

I have planned many wonderful things for this little space on the internet and I have made the decision about my career which I am excited to implement.

Throughout my life, I have always been creative and artistic and loved anything that I could with my hands. This is probably the reason I gravitated towards making coffee. Its and art form in itself and I have always enjoyed the process. Tattooing is also something that I have always enjoyed, both on myself and the skills needed to do it,  but never really thought that it would be a smart career choice for myself, as I lack the confidence in myself (which I’m working on) to be able to showcase my art and put it out there for criticism. Still, it has always been something I Would love to do and so am going to make the steps towards that goal.

This year has thrown me many personal challenges, and I have managed to come out of the other side. With my biggest birthday to date coming up I decided it was time to really start thinking about how I am going to implement all of my thoughts, wants,desires, and dreams, and make a plan.

 The time we have on this earth is precious, and we should have the most fun we can. Being surrounded by the ones that we cherish and love , having adventures, having dreams and trying new things are the best things in life (after your house is tidy and clean 🙂 ) Sometimes following your dreams can be hard, but as Walt Disney said

“If you can dream it, you can do it”

Big love,

Amy

xx