Autumn Tag

As you all know, I really love autumn!  It’s just so cosy and I really love to be cosy.  Now that I’m on my half term break from school, which started on Wednesday 18th (quite early, but I’m not complaining!), I figured I’ve got some time for some extra blog posts and I’ve decided on doing the Autumn tag.  I’ve seen this floating around for years now, and never managed to source an official set of questions as I’ve noticed everyones vary somewhat.  So, I’ve basically compiled a list of any that I could find on google from all over the place, and I’m going to answer them for you all.

What signifies the start of autumn for you?

Honestly, as soon as my August birthday is done, I am more than ready for autumn!  What really signifies the start of it though for me is smelling everyone with their wood burning stoves on, which I find happens almost every night as I’m walking home from school.  When there are leaves on the floor and the air in the morning is really crisp, that’s when I know autumn has begun.

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Anything which has cinnamon in it.  Something that is spicy, because that always helps to get me in the mood for Christmas too!

What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I love mustards and burgundy, but also cream/oatmeal coloured knits!

What is your favourite Fall drink?

I’m not big on hot drinks to be honest, but I am partial to the odd hot chocolate. My favourite hot chocolate is the dark forest hot chocolate, which tastes like a dark forest gateaux! It also has cream, cherry sauce and a cherry on top; it’s lush.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

Well, as we all know from this post, Riverdale has come back and it  made me very excited!  My thursday evenings are now filled with Riverdale sessions, and I couldn’t be happier.  Another TV show I’m looking forward to is the second season of The Crown on Netflix which is coming out in November!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Really cosy jumpers.  I have a huge jumper and I love wearing it because it’s so warm.  Wearing jumpers is my favourite thing, and I love that I can do it in Autumn so often because the weather is perfect for it!

What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

As anyone who knows me will know, I’m not big on going outside and much prefer the comforts of my own home, however I do love an autumn walk, hunting for conkers and acorns and pinecones, taking pictures of all the colourful leaves and just being cosy in the cold is lovely!

Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

In the UK, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I do love Halloween.  I’ve always remembered it as very special since I’ve been a little girl; the old street I used to live on was always so festive!  Everyone used to decorate their houses for the trick or treaters, and I always loved getting dressed up and wearing spooky makeup.  Now I’m 15, i don’t go trick or treating anymore (mind you, I would if I didn’t think that little kids would find it scary having me out there!!) but I still love carving pumpkins and handing out sweets!

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?

Honestly, I would climb inside our fire if I could!  I’m permanently cold, so whenever the fire is on (it is now, and I’m about a metre away on the sofa and lovely and toasty) you can always find me pretty close by!

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?

I usually use packet hot chocolate (Cadbury is, and always will be the best) but I’ll almost always dress it up with cream on top and marshmallows if we’ve got any!

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?

Um, milk? I don’t understand people who make it with water: I was forced to warm myself up with watery hot chocolate one chilly morning on DofE and it was pretty rank.  I’ll always use milk, and sometimes if I’m feeling really fat, I’ll pour in some double cream too: it makes for the loveliest, creamiest hot chocolate EVER!

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

I love the fact that it is cold in autumn, but I like to protect myself from it at all costs.  I’m constantly wrapped up in millions of layers whenever I exit the house, but somehow I still manage to find myself pretty chilly!  I do love the crisp air in the morning though when I’m walking to school, it really wakes me up!

Do you go pumpkin picking?

I usually buy my pumpkins at the supermarket and I’ve never been pumpkin picking, but I would really love to!

Cold rain or dense fog?

England’s weather is very unpredictable so we never know what we’re going to get (cough cough, Ophelia and your red sun that made everyone think they were going to die for a brief moment) but I love both.  Cold rain is not something I’d opt to venture out in, but I really love sitting inside and listening to rain on the windows, but dense fog is always super spooky and cool.

How good are you at pumpkin carving?

I’d like to say I’m pretty skilled.  With the help of a stencil, I’ve been able to create a few really cool designs on pumpkins!

Favourite autumn candle?

Has to be Yankee Candles Cosy By The Fire.  It’s really nice and spicy and one of my favourite, warm scents.


That’s the end of all my questions I’ve found!  I’m not going to tag anyone, but for those of you who are reading, if you do want to do this tag then you totally should!  Leave me a link to your posts in the comments!

Soph xx

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Why I Love Me Tag

I am so excited to write this post.  An amazing friend of mine, Tash from ThoughtfulTash, has created an amazing tag all about self-love and realising that you are amazing (which I am all for, seriously who doesn’t need some self love every so often) and it is so important.  Tash is amazing for tagging me to do this tag because I want to get this out there to all you guys so you can do it too, it’s amazing!  We are constantly tearing ourselves down as a society, so it’s important to make us realise our self-worth every once in a while!

RULES:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
  • Leave a link to the original tag creator (ThoughtfulTash) to get a bit more info about WHY this tag has been made!
  • Write 10 things you love about YOURSELF and WHY
  • Nominate at least 5 other bloggers
  • In the comments of the blog post, spread more self-love with compliments to each other! THE MORE LOVE THE BETTER!

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MYSELF:

  1. I Love…Being Tall –  Okay so I’m not the tallest girl I know, but I am pretty tall and I really like it.  I feel like it’s so much more convenient for me; I can reach everything in tall spaces and I don’t have to worry about not being able to see things.  I mean it does make buying jeans really hard because I have the gangliest spider legs that exist with really long arms too so everything is just a little bit short on my arms and legs but hey, tallness is cool.
  2. I Love…My Freckles – I’m the most typical pale girl covered in freckles and oh my god sometimes I totally despise them, but recently, as I’ve been getting (dare I say it?!) a slight tan, they’re blending into my skin a little bit and I really like them.
  3. I Love…My Spontaneity – Look, don’t get me wrong I am so anti social it’s insane but I like to think I’m quite spontaneous; I don’t zoom out on cute, instagram worthy adventures at the drop of a hat but I’m quite adaptable and I can be persuaded to do something pretty easily?
  4. I Love…My Love For Animals – I adore animals (apart from spiders and wasps, I could never see them again and it would be too soon) and I would never be able to live without them!  I adore my cats (here she goes again, a fifteen hour-long rant on her cats) and literally all other animals are so great and pure.  Give me any animal and I will love it so much.  Plus, people who love animals are easier to trust, right?
  5. I Love…How Outgoing I am – I can get along with everyone, even if I don’t really like them (please don’t be deceived by this – I like you all!) and I feel like I’m quite an easy to get along with person myself.  I mean I’m probably not and everyone is probably screaming at me like ‘no we hate you’ but at least I can think this and how much I appreciate that quality of myself!
  6. I Love…My Humor – I am incredibly sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell, and I often put myself down with a good old self-deprecating joke but I secretly love to joke about myself and I laugh at basically anything.
  7. I Love…My Love Of Makeup – Well doesn’t this sound a bit shallow?  Am I desperate to find things to love? Maybe. NO!  Here’s the thing; I am so unartistic it’s just mad like I can’t draw a cat it’s that bad.  But, I feel like since I invest a lot of time and money into makeup and my face sometimes looks like a bit okay and well done. Sometimes my eyeshadow looks passable and it makes me feel nice and confident, plus I really enjoy doing it so yeah, I love it.
  8. I Love…My Resilience  – I bounce back very easily from difficult and stressful situations.  If something bad happens to me or something remotely stressing then I feel like I get back up and deal with it head on without trying to ignore it; very little effects me and makes me feel down really.
  9. I Love…My Eyes – I’ve always thought my eyes were a bit weird, they’re all the ‘generic’ eye colours (I say very loosely).  They are blue-green and they have a weird  brown tinge to them round the pupil.  I never really liked them but more recently I’ve started to enjoy them more!
  10. I Love…My Blog – As much as I’m the worst at producing decent content or actually updating my blog, I love it and feel like it’s a part of me.  It’s really helped me over the years to gain confidence (even though I wasn’t a super shy person in the first place) and to improve writing skills.  It’s just an experience I don’t think many people get to go through (even though they totally could and should!) and I’m really glad I’ve got it as part of me.

MY NOMINEES: 

  1. Marble Beauty 
  2. Okaaythen 
  3. Pale Girl Rambling 
  4. Elly, A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts 
  5. Skyyjade

Of course, these people I have nominated but if you want to do this tag then please feel free!  I am so happy that Tash created this, it’s such an important tag for people to do!  Everyone needs a little self-love every so often!

Soph xx

 

 

Christmas Tag!

One of my favourite bloggers, LancoraPerla, did a Christmas Tag yesterday, and I thought I’d give it a go!  LancoraPerla is also doing her ‘Countdown To Christmas’ which is what I feel like loads of us are doing at the moment with loads of posts going up to Christmas!!  Please go check out her blog as she is one of my favourite bloggers out there and posts such amazing content!

Anyway, I’ll get on with the tag now!

  • Favourite Christmas Film? I have one called ‘Snow Day’ which I’ve not seen for years, but remember that my Brother found it on Disney channel on a snow day about 5 years ago.  I also love Mickey’s Christmas which takes you through various different Mickey Mouse characters and their Christmas.  Then obviously Christmas Carol.  I’ve never seen Home Alone, is that bad?
  • Ever Had A White Christmas? I feel like anyone in the UK will remember the time from around 2009-2011 where we did have loads of snow from back end of November until March or something stupid.  I loved it, it snowed before Christmas and then melted away by Boxing Day when it dumped shed loads more snow.  The most fun Christmas ever! So yes, a few.
  • Where do you usually spend your holiday? I spend Christmas Day at my house, and my Grandparents come over for a meal, and then Boxing day is spent at my Grandparents house also.  Then my brothers birthday comes up, and we go to my other Grandparents who live in Lincolnshire for a few nights! Then back to my house for New Years, where we don’t usually have a party.
  • Favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York by the Pouges, Last Christmas by WHAM or Boney M. Mary’s Boy Child.
  • Is Your Tree Real or Fake? Fake, but it looks very real.
  • What Made You Realise The Truth About Santa? *gasps* What truth about Santa? Haha, only kidding.  I remember quizzing my Mum about the Tooth Fairy and having decide she wasn’t real, I came to the decision that I’d also ask about Santa.  I was very mature for my age of about 10, and my Mum just asked me ‘what do you think’ and I simply replied ‘I think it might be Dad’ and they both laughed and gave in.
  • What Makes The Holidays Special For You? While I do enjoy Christmas Day, I prefer the run up to Christmas.  I just love the cosiness and everyone seems to be so happy.  Everywhere you go there’s a tree or some decorations and Christmas songs playing and it’s just lovely.  So probably the atmosphere, yep.
  • What’s Better, Giving or Receiving Presents? Well I hate giving, because I never know if they’ll like it or not.  I love receiving though, as I love to open presents and look at everyone’s impressive wrapping!

That is the end of The Christmas Tag!  Please feel free to try it out yourself!

Hope you enjoyed it,

Merry Christmas xx

I Might Be Slowly Dying ….

No like seriously, I haven’t stepped out of my bed all day, my left ear is deaf therefore every single noise sounds dull, my throat feels non-existent it is in that much pain and my whole body aches.

poorly

I’m not even exaggerating. It is seriously that bad.

Along with me slowly dying of whatever death has been stricken upon me, I am super bored.  I have watched all three series of The Inbetweeners in like, what, two days.  TWICE!  I’m watching Coronation street, and I am dying of absolute boredom.

I wondered what to do with my day, or what is left of it. I thought about a tag, but couldn’t be bothered.  But now, now I think, well maybe I can be bothered.  I can.

BEHOLD MY 20 QUESTIONS TAG!: 

1. Thing you cannot leave the house without?

My phone and purse.  Because I need money to buy food if we get stranded and my phone for help if we get stranded.  I live my life in fear of a nuclear war or something.  But imagine how amazing I would be if it did happen.  How the hell did I even get onto this  from ‘things you cannot leave the house with’?  Just bloody leave it.  PHONE AND PURSE.

2. Favorite brand of make up?

I literally cannot afford and do not care for, out of my own money, fancy makeup like MAC or YSL or like, Benefit.  No.  So basically drug store stuff, which is actually good (hands up if you agree)!  And out of all the drug store stuff I would probably say rimmel or W7.

3. Favorite Flowers?

Snapdragons 

I mean one, they are so pretty and colourful.  Two, you can play with them, like, snap them open and closed.  Three, DRAGON is in their name.   Like, as if a flower would be called dragon.  CUTE!

snapdragons

4. Fav clothing stores?

New look, Primark & H&M

5. Fav perfume?

Jack Wills body spray or Beyonce Heat.

6.Heels or flats?

Flats, because I never have the opportunity to wear heels, and, lets face it, they are SO un-practical.

7.Do you make good grades?

I guess so?  It depends what good grades are classed as.  Like, I’m not the worst, i’m not in the middle but i’m certainly not in the very top? I’m upper of the high levels.

8. Fav colours?

Silver, purple and black.

9.Do you drink energy drinks?

Ew no, they repulse me.  Like, they taste like wee and make me feel sick and shaky.  Literally wouldn’t dare.

10.Do you drink juice?

If vimpto & orange squash is classed as juice then yes.  If your on about posh blended smoothies and cucumber & carrot juice then no.  

11.Do you like swimming?

Out in the open in a warm country, yes.  In England in a grubby public swimming pool with about twenty children’s piss pooling around every square meter, when I have to get out and dry off and get changed in a damp, bacteria filled changing room and then go home with sopping wet hair in the fridge like Britain, no, I do not.  I usually get tonsillitis from it also so, naaayyy!

12.Do you eat fries with a fork?

 First off, CHIPS NOT FRIES.  Depends on the meal.  A plate of chips, no.  A McDonalds chips packet, no.  If I am having chips as a part of a meal which you would eat with a fork, yes I would.  I only have ketchup with fish and chips too, and fish and chips I eat with my fingers, even the fish.  I am so un-dignified.

13.Whats your fav moisturizer?

When I can be arsed to moisturise, which is so very rarely, I use whatever product on my dressing table says ‘face and/or body moisturiser’.  

14.Do you want to get married later on in life?

Uhm well yes, but key point, LATER ON IN LIFE!  I want to like travel and stuff.

15.Do you get mad easily?

Yeah probably.

16.Are you into ghost hunting?

Who the hell was this tag made for?  I believe in ghosts, and say I’m not scared of them but if I did see one I’d probably shit myself.  With fear.

17.Any phobias?

I’m arachnophobic – have a huge fear of spiders.  I have a fear of rollercoasters, not of heights though.  

18.Do you bite your nails?

If you do, please don’t talk to me because that is grim.  G R I M!

19.Have you ever had a near death experience?

Not that I know of, and asking my Mum she replied with a firm ‘NO’.

20.Do you drink coffee?

Guys coffee is grim.  If you need caffeine then have coke.  

Okay so there was my 20 Questions Tag, have a good un’ and anyone who wants to do that, go ahead and do it??!

Zalfie Fanatic Out ♥