Friday, 31 July 2015

14 Reasons Harry Potter was the highlight of our childhood

1. Fred and George Weasley were our brothers too, and they made us laugh until we cried. I remember roaring with laughter when I read the line 'Don't worry Ginny, we'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!' and it was midnight and I woke my mum up from laughing so loud.

2. It wasn't just about the story line. We got to go to Charms lessons, Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions - and the lessons were just as fun to read as the gritty bits. (And even Hermione didn't get it right all of the time)

3. That feeling we got when Dobby popped up at the beginning of The Chamber of Secrets with a warning and you wanted to cancel you plans for the day to find out what it is (because too much suspense, can't handle!)

4. We got to relish in all the quips and quirks of Hogwarts, all the little side corridors, the little genius magical moments that made reading so enjoyable. From Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to The Room of Requirement, the wizarding world never disappointed.

5. We learnt the rules of Quidditch.... and in that we finally found a sport we could get on board with. Plus the Quiddicth games in the book were never dull with the on-stop hilarity from commentator Lee Jordan.

6. That one golden moment we got to watch Harry be sassy... and of course Hermione was there the put him back in his place. Can't remember if this happened in the book but it's by far one of the best moments.

7. We got to live vicariously through Hermione that time she lost it with Draco. What we wouldn't have given to do the same.

8. We could always relate to either Harry, Ron or Hermione. Whether we were the academic, studious type, the 'where's the food' kind of kid or the perfect balance between smart and lazy, there was a character for all of us.

9. While other kids were watching jumpy horror films, we were curled under our duvet scared to death of the dementors in The Prisoner of Azkaban. That first time they stop the train... *shudders*

10. Mrs Weasley felt like our second mother. Although, we were still petrified of her... did we mention we love their house too? Why can't we help degnome the garden...

11. We learnt that not all demons come in black capes and suck out your soul. The worst ones, in fact, wear pink. There was no fear quite like the scene where Umbridge makes Harry write 'I must not tell lies' with the black quill...

12. Hagrid was a comfort blanket. We knew no matter what was happening, Hagrid would be around to help out. That's why whenever Hagrid left, that sense of dread quickly crept up on us (and also why whenever Draco insulted Hagrid we hated the slimey little thing even more).

13. The Snape storyline taught us more about judgement and character than 12 years of school ever could.  And if any character's story sticks with us when we read all the series of books in the world, it'll be Snape's.

14. And the final reason Harry Potter was the highlight of our childhood is because we were the lucky generation who got to grow up with Harry and when everything else went wrong, we could always escape to Hogwarts.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

17 original blog post ideas for the lifestyle blogger who's a bit lost

1. Write about something funny that happened to you. The more embarrassing the better.

2. Share the best advice you've ever received - and the story about how you found yourself receiving it.

3. Give us a family recipe. And show us photos of you making it so we know it's fool proof too (we're not exactly Nigella, okay).

4. Tell us about the best five places you've ever been to. Not necessarily countries. It could just be a farm up in Scotland, an restaurant with an incredible view, whatever.

5. Tell us what you want to do in your career and how you're trying to make that happen. Have you studied at university? What are your next goals? (This is starting to sound like an interview now, sorry).

6. What topic do you know a lot about that we probably don't? Educate us.

7. Write down all the funny things you overhear on the tube or bus and collate them into a post. Think MORE magazine's men overhead section (but far funnier, of course)

8. Put together a post of all your favourite Youtube videos. Favourite speeches, vlogs, tv show clips, the lot.

9. Tell us about the time your mum dropped the turkey on Christmas day. Or another funny-upon-reflection family disaster.

10. Write about the worst date you've ever been on (and maybe the best, if you're feeling particularly soppy. You softie, you.)

11. Tell us who you'd be in an alternate universe. I, for example, am an investment banker with a tightly scraped bun.

12. Write about all the ridiculous things you believed as a child. You might have to get family members to help out with this one but it'll be worth it - we were all hilariously naive at some point.

13. Tell us in elaborate detail what you would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Which of your blogging friends would you form a team with and, more importantly, where would be base camp?

14. Write about something that your opinion has changed on as you've matured. Tell us what shaped your new opinion on it.

15. Talk to your grandparents about when they were younger and (if they agree to it) write up one of their stories, the sweeter the better.

16. Write a list of things to tell your future kids.

17. Dig out some old photos of you rocking a zig zag parting and sporting string-like eyebrows and share them with us. Go on, take one for the team.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

3 make up must haves for green eyed girls

Let's cut to the chase. If you don't already have the following items in your already overflowing make up collection, I am actually going to recommend your pop your pretty little self outside and buy them.

MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow. £10 (in pan). Link here

The best £10 you will ever spend on make up if you're a fellow green eyed gal. Makes your eyes look greener without, you know, having to do the whole 'try purple or orange shades!' thing that the pros pull off so well but leave us looking like we have an eye infection.

Just enough golden, neutral shimmer.

Rimmel Lipstick by Kate Moss in 03. £5.49. Link here.

I have three of these lipsticks. Every birthday my friends buy me a back up because my love for this lipstick is directly proportional to my love for pepperoni pizza (you know when it's hot but not so hot it burns your mouth hnnggg).

Reminds me of the Tom Ford nude lipsticks but you won't have to remortgage your house to buy one. Win win.

MAC Eyeliner in Coffee. £14. Link here.

I know you love your black winged eyeliner but hear me out. This works wonders when you draw a thin line across your top lid and half way across the bottom one. You can even pull it out into a little flick if it's sharp enough. Don't forget to do the outer part of your waterline too.

Smudge it really gently with your finger after and BOOM. Sexy as hell eyes right there.

There you go green eyed gals. Now, hence forth with the shopping.

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