Saturday, 23 December 2017

A letter to myself 12 months ago

Dear 2016 self

So here I am at the end of 2017

I know every year you name a photo album on Facebook for the up and coming year and if anything 2017 should have been called curve ball. 
This year will be full of challenges for you. 
One of the biggest being learning to start again. Don't be afraid as you will make it out the other side with a smile on your face.
What has been your routine for many years will change but you will make a choice and stick up for yourself and what you believe in. Don't be afraid to have an opinion that is different. Everyone is different and people will respect you for it.

You will do lots of different things in the up and coming months. The dreams you've had for years of visiting places across the world will come true. You will see lots of places that you've seen in films and on TV shows and make some incredible memories. 
You will meet friends you've known online across the world and travel further than you ever have before. 

You will see how incredible your close friends are when you need them and how much laughter can make your sides hurt on great days out and catch ups.

Experiences will come your way and you will get the chance to do things you've wanted to do since you were young.

Don't be afraid in wanting to take your time in deciding how you want to start again. Everything happens for a reason and this time is yours for the taking now.

2017 will test you with many challenges but it will show you how well you can handle things and how strong you are

Love your 2017 self

2017 Best Nine

Hey Guys, 

Happy Christmas

If you've been following some of my Instagram posts this week I've been posting some of my favourite photos of 2017 ( it's been a massive challenge to actually select 9 ) 

Following on from the picture here are the stories behind them

Thunderbirds
A few months ago I came across a tweet about an exhibition in Leeds featuring the puppets and crafts from Thunderbirds and other shows from Gerry Anderson. Being a massive Thunderbirds Fan it was a complete no brainer to book train tickets and head up there to have a look. I think if i could have reached an inner child geek level at any point in my life this was the day. Being offered the chance to operate Parker was so much fun. 







                                                      
Ultimate Selfie 
I managed the ultimate selfie of the year. The photo challenge i'd given myself for Disney in LA was a picture with Mickey and Minnie which I was so happy to do but as it wasn't too busy I took the chance to grab this selfie as well.






Backstreet Boys in Vegas
What can I say this show was incredible. It came up in conversation towards the end of last year and not only did I make it to Vegas seeing the show really made the trip very special. It was a complete trip down memory lane but one I really enjoyed.
If you get a chance to see this show you wont regret it.





The Grand Canyon
This has been a place I've always wanted to visit. After a long coach journey the day was incredible. The view is something that looks incredible in pictures but when your actually there trust me when I say pictures don't do it justice. One thing I found baffling was how it was cooler there than in Vegas itself. It's a place I will always rate high up on my travel bucket list that I am so happy I got to do.




Girls Days Out
This year has been one thats bought a lot of laughter and great days out with friends. This was one of my favs of a get together with friends in London on a lovely summers afternoon. 










Disney Land LA 
This part of my USA trip was incredible. I've wanted to visit here since I can remember. Having visited Paris a few times to make it to the West Coast was another one off the Travel Bucket list. There is so much more I want to see there one day the parks are huge but so much fun. 







Gymnastics World Cup London
I had so much fun watching the Gymnastics when the Olympics were on in London in 2012 I couldn't pass up the chance to see this take place. It was a long day but watching both the competitions that day was an incredible experience. Watching the second part of the day from the Sky Bar made the day that more special.









This next picture is one of my favourites of the year , it was taken at a friends wedding at the end of the summer. I don't often do getting dressed up often but I loved it for this day.









Last but not least was this years visit to Friends Fest in London. Last years was a lot of fun they took the feedback on board and made it better this year. We had a lot of fun taking pictures and sitting in the sun watching Friends. 













I hope you've all enjoyed these pictures and the stories behind them
Have a great rest of the weekend on the run up to Christmas

Love Holly 
x

Monday, 11 December 2017

This is How We Bingham

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are all good and looking forward to Christmas 

Today's blog features the amazing This is How We Bingham. For those of you who didn't catch my Fav Vlogger / Blogger series earlier in the year you can check out where I featured them here This is How We Bingham Fav Vlogger/blogger series

If you haven't already checked them out head over to You Tube and look up them up now. I love watching their daily vlogs and adventures. If you ever wanted inspiration for Vlogging look this amazing family up.

A few weeks ago I made an order on their online shop This is how we Bingham shop the whole process is great from start to finish. At first my browser didn't want to play ball but once the transaction went through its taken 12 days to arrive here in the UK which this close to Christmas I am so impressed with. I can't wait to make another order in the New Year.

With how cold it is in London at the min I think I may live in this hoodie its so warm and the sizing is perfect. 

Don't forget to pop over and check their channel out

Have a great rest of the week guys I've got a few posts lined up so pop back in the week to check them out 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Beauty and the Beast - the Primark challenge

Hey Guys

Happy Friday 
Hope you've all had a great week so far. If your reading this from the USA Happy thanksgiving and if your out and about shopping today on Black Friday I hope its all going ok.

So todays blog has a slightly different twist to it..... There is a Vlog to go with it come check it out here Beauty and the Beast Vlog I'm venturing in to a few more vlogs so hit subscribe and keep an eye out for more

So on to what has become the Beauty and the Beast Primark challenge

Earlier this year Primark released a small range around the time the movie came out. First came Chip purses and mugs which for a long time you just couldn't find anywhere. It took many visits to track them down. For one of the chip purses I remember seeing one left on a hook in the shoe department.

Next up came Mrs Potts the money box. I wasn't expecting to find her when I did. The till point in the store was closed but I spotted them and even made the security guard laugh when he told me the till was closed but waved me through when I said I just wanted Mrs Potts.

Mrs Potts the Tea Pot i clocked after I'd already paid a few weeks later after seeing lots of boxes being bought out and added to the display. This one did well as I was on the way to the theatre at the time she's even seen Flashdance.

Last but not least for this blog, Cogsworth.... After a very long wait and countless visits to try and get him the rumours started flying yesterday that he was being released for Black Friday I knew an early visit was due to the shops this morning. 

I don't think I've been in a store that early but firstly finding it stupidly quiet and then finding loads of Cogsworths it was a very successful morning. Only thing I will add is be careful adding a battery into the clock as its not easy. 

Hope you all have a great weekend

Love Holly 

x



Friday, 17 November 2017

A bit of a winter round up

Hey Everyone,

Hope you've all had a great week
Who's ready to watch Children in Need tonight? I've just donated to the Ben Adams Flashdance Water Drop, if you've seen the show you won't want to miss Ben having a go at the water drop scene and they are so close to their target now click here to donate

So the past couple of week have been fairly busy, its that time for Christmas shopping and this year I've made a good start which is not like me at all. There's some great things out at the moment for present ideas. I've been continuing my Primark hunt for Cogsworth the clock from Beauty the Beast. I thought Chip was a challenge but Cogsworth is coming up a close second. 

Primark has some lovely things out at the moment I am totally in love with the whole Saffron Barker collection check it out here Saffron Barker Primark collection For all bloggers and vloggers defo go check it out for some great items. I think I've got my eyes on well over half the collection.



Theres also some great Disney items out if you are a fan of the Mighty Ducks this top is a must have. Also one for the must have list are these adorable Mickey and Minnie lights at the top of the blog.

Last weekend was a visit to Cineworld to see the new Thor movie. Not only in 3D but on the new 4DX screen which will now forever be known as ThorDX. It was a great film from start to finish and you completely feel in the action with the 4DX seats so if you get the chance to book a film on them I totally recommend it.

Earlier this week I finally got to see Kinky Boots in London. Its been on my list for ages check out my review here Kinky Boots Review the show was a lot of fun and if your looking for something to book for Christmas I really recommend it for a great night out.





Hope you all have a great rest of the week

Love Holly 

x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Colour Change

Hey Guys,

Hope you've all had a great week. 
It's Saturday evening but I'm staying in tonight currently watching the many fireworks displays that are going across the park where I live.
So tonight I thought I'd give you some insight to my new pictures I posted on instagram yesterday click here to follow me on instagram

So for a while I've been thinking of changing my hair colour. I tend to have the colour done every 6 months as thats when its at its most noticeable and annoys me. Before I went to Vegas and LA this year I had some blonde bits put in which really looked nice when I got back and had caught the sun. Since September my hair decided it was time for a growth spurt and I know it's time for a trip to the hairdressers when my fringe can be tied back. 

Since my hair appointment was booked Ive been looking for different ideas and kept coming back to one colour. It miles away from what I would normally go for but I feel like I've been hiding away recently as I've not been happy with it. 
I really feel like I've needed a bit of a confidence boost recently and even from the amazing comments from everyone in the hairdressers yesterday to all the likes the pictures have had its really boosted how I've felt.

I'm so happy with the way it's come out as I really didn't expect it to take as well as it did but I love it.

Thanks so much for checking out the blog and all the nice comments on the Vlogs so far. I'm hoping to get another one up soon. Lots coming up in the next few weeks so keep checking back

Have a great week 

Love Holly 
x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

You Tube Vlogs

Hey Guys, 

So I've got some exciting news
I've started Vlogging, this is a big step for me confidence wise but I've found an app called Pocket Video which is so easy to use and as I don't have a Go Pro yet its a great one for putting Vlogs together on your iPhone when you are out on the go.

I am trying out different ideas for vlogs but have just put my second one online now all about Scrapbooking.

Come check out my new vlog here Scrapbooking Vlog

They will get longer the more I use the app but I hope you enjoy them 

Love Holly 


A Blog Round Up - All things Lifestyle,Fashion, Beauty and Travel

Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all well and have had a great week.

So todays blog is a bit of a round up of everything I've been up to in the past couple of months.

Lifestyle

So the past few months have flown how is it even November next week? I am first to admit I'm not a massive fan of winter. The clocks change this weekend and I am totally not ready for short day light hours. One thing I do love about Autumn is the amazing sunsets in the evenings and walking through leaves.


So what have I been up to Lifestyle wise
Being a big fan of Friends I was very excited to get to go to Friends fest again this year when it arrived in London. Luckily being late September when we went it was a rare bright blue sky and a gourge warm day watching episodes of Friends on the big screen and visiting Monika and Chandlers apartments (feedback had been taken onboard from last year with some great improvements made to the sets)
The Beauty and the beast hunt has continued in Primark, Mrs Potts has now joined the collection ( she even joined me on a trip to the theatre a few weeks ago) it's now all down to a hunt for Cogsworth to join the collection




Fashion
I may or may not have added to my collection of Converse. I am not a fan of shoe shopping but when you find your size in the sale it was a no brainer not to put them in the basket. They are actually some of the comfiest Converse I own now and look great for Autumn.





Beauty
I was lucky to be invited to a new product launch for the brand Urban Veda a few weeks ago. The launch was great fun and the products have been great to try out. I totally recommend the brand as one to try out and cant wait to order some more products. 


                                   Travel
So last weekend I popped up to Liverpool for a few days. Whilst the weather was super windy and well the rain excelled itself joining in I had a great weekend. The Flashdance tour was a great night out. Our adventures on Sunday took us up to Blackpool Zoo which was a lot of fun, even the giraffes got in on the picture taking. Time always go so fast in Liverpool cant wait for my next visit though.
If you get the chance to visit Blackpool Zoo I really recommend it for all ages, theres a lot do for everyone. CarPark space was great even though you do have to pay but if the kids have energy left then there is a great soft play park next door.

Hope you all have a great week 

Love Holly 

x


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Manners cost nothing

Hey Guys, 

I hope everyone has had a great week.

This wasn't a post I hadn't planned on posting but after an incident I witnessed tonight I've had to put pen to paper.

So this evening I was picking up some dinner on my way home when I could hear raised voices getting louder from the self service area of Lidl. 
It was loud enough to hush every person in the queues and bring security and other staff members running.
What made my blood boil was listening to the woman who was shouting laying in to the poor member of staff - accusation after accusation continued to fly. 
I'm sorry but at what point no matter how angry you are do you have any sort of right to swear, shout and lay on the abuse. 

After working in customer service for nearly half my life I've seen a lot and have taken a lot as well. You have to have a thick skin to take it but not let it get to you. I'm not going to lie and say I've walked away from every situation and just moved on, some days I had to walk away and let my anger out or also cry.
Staff no matter where they work are human.... Yes I know situations come up which don't please everyone but on the flip side people forget it's also the way you come at people that also can explain the response. I know some of my responses were sharp at times but I am a firm believer in something I've had drummed into me all my life 

" What you give out you get back"

It's simple, Manners really don't cost anything. Even saying to a member of staff How is your day going? can be a simple question but when you've been on your feet all day and dealt with a lot of people it can go a long way.
I honestly don't understand how people can be so rude, no matter where you are staff are doing their job and no body deserves to have to be treated like that. 

With Christmas fast approaching think when your out and about from shopping to office parties staff working are there to do their job but to also help you have a good time. If you have reason for complaint don't go in seeing red you will be more likely to get it sorted quicker if you do it constructively. Staff want to help also should be allowed to do their job the best they can to.

Thanks for listening guys 
Have a great week 

Love Holly 
x

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Thunderbirds Day 2017

Hey Guys, 

Hope you've all had a great week - I still cant get my head around that it's October tomorrow where did September go?

So today if you've seen some thing's I've been reposting on my twitter is officially Thunderbirds day - I can't believe this show is 52 years old. 
This show in my eyes really was so ahead of its time. I mean the idea of being able to see calls on your watch reminds me so much of the Apple watch's now.

So the first part of my Thunderbirds themed weekend started yesterday when I got a chance to go and see the special Thunderbirds themed pods currently running on the Emirates Air Line at the 02 arena in London.

If you've not been before its a very short walk from North Greenwich station. Its sign posted and a couple of minutes from the arena. There are a few ways of getting tickets but the easiest option is using contactless on your bank card for a return journey across the river as long as you swipe out the other side n have a short walk round to then make your way back. 
The Thunderbirds theme come from the new ITV show and there are special surprises on both sides of the River for big fans of the show. All the pods on the cable car have been themed to all the characters of the new show. I did enjoy having one of the Fab 1 Themed pods on the return visit. 
If you are looking for something different to do and want to check it out you've got till the end of Half Term to come n see the Thunderbirds theme running.

Todays Thunderbirds trip to the cinema was brilliant. There was a mixture of young and old fans in the screening I went to. I was lucky to get one of the new blu rays with the copies of the new episodes a few months ago but it was quite iconic seeing it on the big screen. The new ITV episodes were also great. I've been waiting a long time for the 2nd part of Season 2 to arrive and it made a welcome return to screens this morning. 
I have to give some of the effects a mention that are  coming up in what i hope is next weeks episode that was played in the cinema today. It pushes the boundaries of blending a cartoon and real life so far and each episode looks amazing. 

Its been great seeing ThunderBirds feature so much everywhere on social media the past few weeks. I really would love to see the original episodes and the new episodes with the puppets make it back on to the TV - with the success of the ITV show seeing the original episodes follow them back on to tv would bring a new generation of fans.

I've loved the past few days doing Thunderbirds themed things
Hope you have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 

x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

A FAB filled Thunderbirds themed day

Hey Everyone, 

Firstly Happy Saturday I hope you have all had a great week

So todays blog is pretty Epic

If you know me well you know that one of my loves has always been Thunderbirds. Lady Penelope has always been my favourite character ( yes I've secretly wanted a pink car like FAB 1 ever since I was about 8) 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds with some special events coming up which I will be attending starting with todays incredible trip to the Space Museum in Leicester to see a selection of the puppets, sets and the craft used in Thunderbirds and also from other shows produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. 

After a great journey from London I arrived at the Space museum which even my taxi driver said I should explore after I had seen the exhibition. 

Having a walk round I found puppets first from Captain Scarlet which I loved growing up and then on to the ones from Thunderbirds. 
Its so incredible after growing up with this show to actually see them in real life and see close up how much work has gone into them both in detail but also the costumes. Next to the first set of Thunderbird puppets was Scott in a set of Thunderbird 1 which was great to see close up.

Exploring a bit more I found some things from Space Precinct which is one show I would have loved to have seen more of as a kid and one day I will track it down on DVD to add to my collection.

Next up was some of the Thunderbirds set including Jeff Tracy's lounge with Jeff and Brains and then my highlight Lady Penelope and Parker in the lounge area of the mansion. I watched Stephen who is also the producer of the 3 new episodes of the show operating Parker before making my way to see Dee Anderson and her talk. 
The talk was a great tribute to the legacy of Gerry and Sylvia showing old photos and video clips. The highlight of the talk for me was hearing stories of the old days and things that Dee talked about that had happened as she was growing up.

After the talk was over I headed back to the Thunderbirds and what happened next literally became the highlight for me. Whilst talking to Steven about the new episodes Dee appeared next to me take some photos of Penelope and Parker.
After talking to both of them and telling Dee about how long I'd been a fan and how much I loved Penelope growing up I was so happy when Steven asked if I'd like a picture next to the models with Dee. To then make it even more incredible I got the chance to have a go at controlling Parker. 
To say this moment made my year is an understatement - my first impression was how heavy Parker was as a figure. I have a new found respect for anyone who has worked on the shows as that must take some training to do for any length of time.
After taking some great pictures I made my way round to see more of the models in a different part of the museum. 
For a trip down memory lane for fans this also included Stingray and the Thunderbirds craft.

After this I went for a look round the museum itself - the space rocket you can see from outside on the way in had caught my attention so i really enjoyed having a look at what was on offer.

If you are a lover of Space this place is one that should be added to your list to visit. I pretty much spent the whole day here and it was a lot of fun. There are things to do for all ages as well.

The museum itself is about a 10 minute taxi journey if your travelling to Leicester by train but also has great car parking outside and is accessible for families and disabled guests. 

Theres so many pictures i've taken today but I've put a selection in of some of my favourites. I've got a few more Thunderbirds themed blogs on the way so don't forget to check them out over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks so much reading this I hope you've enjoyed it 

Love Holly 
x

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Footloose returns to the Westend

Hey Everyone, 

Hope you've all had a great week

So this week my favourite theatre show made a return to the WestEnd and of course I popped along to watch it.

I've seen the show many times both on tour and also on both its runs in the WestEnd but I've waited a long time for it to make a return for a stay in London.

This was my first visit to the Peacock Theatre and it was lovely, all the staff were great and the theatre itself I really felt suited the show. The theatre is a short walk from Holborn and also Charing Cross stations.
Bit of Footloose history Its first WestEnd run was just around the corner where Mamma Mia is now at the Novello Theatre.


The show was 5star from start to finish the whole cast on this tour are all incredible - playing instruments, singing, dancing, acting also in some cases even roller skating whilst doing the above I literally take my hat off to all of them for an incredible show. The energy from the show I saw on my visit to Wimbledon earlier this year is still there but there is something special having it back in London.

I really hope this can be a longer stint as its long over due a run back in London especially with this amazing cast.

The show is running till 30th Sept so make sure you grab a ticket and check it out - I know i'll be back in before it finishes




Have a great rest of the week 

Love Holly 
x

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Weekend Adventures - Game4Grenfell

Hey Everyone,

So this weekend has been a busy but a really good one. 

Yesterday was Game4Grenfell - a fundraiser match in aid of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that happened here in London earlier this year. The match took place at the QPR Football stadium which is a short distance from the tower with a host of Pro Footballers and celebrities coming together to make up the teams.
During the match they were joined by Fire Fighters and also residents. They were all given a standing ovation when they came on to the pitch to play. 
The game itself was really good and full of excitement the whole way through with the whole crowd getting involved with cheering everybody on.

Half time music came fro Emeli Sandi who was then join on the pitch by Rita Ora and Mumford and Sons for an amazing special performance.

The second half of the game bought more action before heading for penalties after the match had ended. 

The atmosphere continued throughout the whole game with everyone uniting for the cause and supporting all those affected from the towers.
To donate by phone text Grenfell to 70007 to donate £3 

The view from our seats was amazing and yes I will admit its the second match I've been to but really enjoyed it all



Hope you all have a great week 
Check back in the next few days there are a few blogs coming this week

Love Holly 
x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bank Holiday Weekend vibes

Hey Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying what in London is actually turning out to be a sunny bank holiday weekend.

After a few very busy weekends I’m currently enjoying a fairly quiet one so far. As I’m now back in business computer wise I’ve been catching up with some blog bits as I’ve been blogging off my phone for the past few weeks which has been good but its always nice to have a screen to use as well.

So yesterday involved a trip to B&Q to pick up some paint and bits for decorating, some colour swatch ideas for some more decorating that will follow and also some driving theory and practical books and L Plates. Yes that time which is long over due has come is nearer to being completed.

I tried a mock theory test for driving online last night to see what I knew and what I didn’t and it actually gave me a better score than I expected. I scored 37 out of 50 and needed 43 to pass which is a good start.
When my lessons start again I will feature them in a blog to keep you updated on my progress.

As for the rest of the weekend today is going to be a lazy day with some films and blogging work and enjoying some sunshine

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Love Holly



Saturday, 19 August 2017

MissGuided

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Saturday

I thought I'd put together a blog on my experience with shopping with MissGuided over the past few weeks.

I love the store in Stratford Westfield but last week popped online to see what things I could buy for the fast approaching Autumn season.

I stumbled across first these really comfy black sparkly trainers - I'm not a fan of shoe shopping at all but when i find things i like in my size i jump at the chance to get them.

I can't fault MissGuided and the speed of the delivery I've felt so let down recently with some online shopping with other brands when they say its next day and dispatches days later.


Following on its heals came this amazing grey jumper dress which is so comfy to wear and will team nicely with jeans and also leggings for some great outfits. 
The sizing is also a great fit and true to my size which is something thats great not to worry about. 
I loved the trainers so much I snuck in an order for the white pair which arrived super quick and on time.

You will receive a text alert when its on its way which is also a bonus.

I am so happy with the customer service I have received I will happy shop here again and also in the store as they both have a great selection. I love the store as somethings its better to try on but with everything thats been delivered I have no complaints at all.

Have a great rest of the weekend 

Love Holly 

x