Tuesday, 30 December 2014


I, like a lot of YouTubers, and YouTube loving people, like to watch, and nose about what other people and members of the YouTube community got for Christmas, and I'd been planning to film this since Christmas day (But having been bitten by something and now on antibiotics to bring down the swelling, I didn't feel like filming!) but having seen Helen Anderson (previously Melonlady) film what she got for christmas, I just had to go ahead, and I filmed 3 videos today, and got two edited, one of which is now up on YouTube! 


Enjoy :)

P.S Would you like me to film a Disney haul? I spent a lot of my Christmas money on new DVDs for my collection, and whilst I have every intention of filming a Disney DVD collection video one day, I was wondering if you'd like to see a haul? If you would, just +1 this post on google+, or leave a comment!

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Monday, 29 December 2014


2014 has been quite a good year, it's as always had its ups and downs, but overall, it's been an improvement on 2013, and I feel quite contented. 

My resolution for 2015:
(I've scrubbed out options which aren't as related to me, and highlighted others which are/have been)

It makes you think about what you do with your life, and that you really need to live it more. Having been ill, I started living in a bubble, and although I've come a long way, I do still feel like I'm not myself enough yet. In 2015, I want to get back to Zumba evenings at the venue that I loved, I want to get back into swimming (I used to swim in events and galas as a child, and was always a very good swimmer, but gave up in later years), I'd like to eat better (being wheat intolerant and not eating fish makes me a fussy eater, so finding quick and easy food can often result in me eating bad food), and lastly, I'd like to get to university and settle in happily. 

One of the most valuable quotes in life is: 

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

and whilst I feel like I've learnt how to do this, I feel like it's time to start making better products out of lemons....

I'm also going to try and curb my excitability. I get really animated sometimes, and it's not really true to my character, to be honest, I'm more of a quiet person than a loud one, but my excitability can lead others to think otherwise. 

Anyway, what are your NYRs? I hope that 2015 brings you every bit of happiness that you deserve. I hope that you find contentment in the New Year, and know that I'm very grateful that you have visited here today.

And because I'm still listening intently to this song...
What Is Love - Rio 2.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014


"What is love
If it's not with you
I know when you're alone you feel it too
In your arms is where I long to be
Cause being with you gives me sanity"

Christmas has been truly beautiful, seeing old friends whom I tend to see annually, and playing games (yes, we played childhood games again, including Hide and Seek in a huge house, whereby I managed to hide under a dressing table, where a small stool goes, with a stool over my head, haha) it was really really funny, because it was in the dark as well. It was nice to just forget everything and just have some fun! (Even if it did mean being exceptionally uncomfortable)

I've also been using some of my Christmas money to buy some more DVDs for the collection, so I reckon that haul video is coming pretty soon.
Today I'm just relaxing at home, with no particular plans, except for drinking cups of tea! Whilst I love being busy and having things to do, (routine!) I also enjoy an odd day to myself to just think.

P.S If you haven't seen Rio, or Rio 2, Christmas is a good time to get in the mood and get dancing! I adore the soundtrack, and the following is one of my favourite pieces from the soundtrack, and I of course, used a little of my Itunes Gift card to purchase this particular song! I love music with a good rhythm to it, and samba is no exception.

What Is Love - Rio 2.

Beautiful Creatures - Rio 2.
Enjoy the rest of the time before returning to college/work/other, and get in some much needed relaxation!
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Friday, 26 December 2014


"Now everyday is like a brand new year,
I throw my hands up in the air
Like I just don't care,
I'm moon walking down the streets
Feeling like oh yeah (oh yeah!)
like the bottom of the glass now I see clear
So now I laugh just a little more (Yeeheheee!)
I stand much taller than I did before (Yahahaa!)
I know I'm not where I need to be
But I thank God that I'm not
where I used to be,
I used to be bitter, bitter bitter
And now I feel better, better, better"

Wow. To the people who do the boxing day sales, you truly are brave! I'm thankful that this Boxing Day, there really weren't that many people about, so mum and I had a lovely time browsing Marks and Spencer, followed by Sainsburys at 8.00am this morning. (Yes, that's earlier than my usual appearance in the morning!)
We managed to get lots of goodies in the sale, plus some lovely bed socks, because you can never have too many bed socks! 

When we got home our student Luzie informed us that she was going into main town, so I tagged along, and we had a great time, and visited all the stores. I was surprised that nothing particularly took my fancy in the sales (oh well, means I can save some money instead, or work on finishing off the Disney DVD collection....) And yes, I do have a soft spot for Disney, always have, and always will. I'm a female, I'm allowed. I must be getting close to completing it *runs off to count* 26 out of 52.... haha not as close as I thought. One film that I cannot wait to see in the New Year (January 30th to be precise) is Big Hero 6. Yes, it's Disney's 53rd classic, and it looks beautiful. A tale about loss, love, and being a hero. I've booked it with Ben if he's around in January that we have to go and see it together!

I'm nearly 20 too.... Eeeep. 15 days. Bloomin' eck! It's getting close now isn't it? It'll be nice to be older though. I know I'm saying that now, but I do feel like, as I've said before, I feel older than I am, so it's nice that the number is finally matching how I feel.

Don't know who made this, or where it came from, it just seemed a little appropriate.
I did however, pop into New Look as Luzie wanted to check if a coat she liked was in the sale (which annoyingly it wasn't!) but I found a t-shirt I have had my eye on for a while (I don't shop in New Look at all, but often pop in when Dominique and I visit town) and it was in the sale, and there was one in my size so I snapped it up, this is it:

New Look - Unlucky In Love Tee.

So cute isn't it? I loved how the 'un' was scribbled out, so it actually says 'lucky in love'. So sweet, and a good length, and nice and comfortable. We all need non glitzy pieces in our wardrobe!

I also picked up a new design Primark crepe shift tshirt dress today as there was a gorgeous palm print one that I'd had my eye on, as well as some essentials like gloves and a scarf. I'll have to do a large haul video soon, I'm accumulating!

Lovely jubbly! 

Today's music?
Alex Boye - Lemonade.

Miss you all, I really wish I could see you in person, I'd love to meet you, and know what you're like as individuals, if you ever want to talk, you can always tweet me @TGCFashion on twitter, I do write back! :)

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Thursday, 25 December 2014


This morning has been beautiful, and so will this afternoon be.

Having watched a bit of Frozen to get the house feeling even more festive (which I was thinking would be an impossible feat) I am feeling very contented. 

Which brings me to wonder, what will my New Year's Resolution be?

 I had one for lifestyle, one for beauty, and one for fashion last year.

Lifestyle was: To find love.

Beauty: Was to make more effort and discover new makeup (which I definitely have, having changed all my high street makeup to mostly high end)

Fashion: To dress myself better, and have less sloppy days. These consist of tracksuit bottoms or hoodie days. I've had only two this year, as neither joggers, nor hoodies suit me. I'm a dresses girl, and have been for a long time now.

What will your NYR be?

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful, peaceful day. 

Love & Warm Hugs,
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014


I just wanted to take the chance to personally 'say' (well write) Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. Whilst some of you may not celebrate Christmas, I'd like to wish you a wonderful time, nonetheless, even if I cannot see you to say it to you in person. 

Tonight we're celebrating with friends so I'm very excited for this evening. 

Managed to somehow get an allergic reaction to something as the left side of my face and neck have bloated up like a balloon so I have gained a double chin (haha) so I'm a little bothered by that, so antihistamines will hopefully cut in soon.

Stay safe everyone, and be with your loved ones. 

No, I'm not about to post a Christmas song, we all know every piece of Christmas music ever written.
Instead, a 4 hour meditation piece, that I love to listen to, and reminds me of 'The Last Airbender' film. (I loved the series as a child, and the human adaptation film is incredible, and well worth a watch over the festive season!)

Traditional Chinese Meditation Music.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014


"Every part in my heart I'm giving out
Every song on my lips I'm singing out
Any fear in my soul I'm letting go
And anyone who asks I'll let them know"

Taio Cruz - Telling The World.

Today has been extremely peaceful. Having left the house at 10.30, we did our last food shop before Christmas this morning, and managed to grab a free cup of tea in Waitrose, (I love Waitrose, and their free tea! I think it has something to do with the fact that my grandma shopped there and would often have waiting for me an Innocent smoothie for when I went around to her house after school, and when the limited edition Innocent Smoothies in hats came out, we'd always collect all the little hats!)
After Waitrose, we went to Marks & Spencer (another store my grandma loved) and went and got some last minute Christmas decorations. 

I guess it just feels strange that this is the third Christmas without her. I still sit by the window sometimes and imagine her walking up the path, or tooting the horn on her Corsa (and it was very distinguishable, so you always knew it was her) to tell one of us to come down and meet her. There isn't a day when I don't think about her, and there isn't a day when I don't wish I could go back in time and try to change some of my decisions. Whilst I don't explicitly regret moving college, had I not moved to the first college (to take the IB), I possibly wouldn't have become as ill as I did, and had I stayed at my original school/college, and not moved in 2013 to my new college, maybe I would've done better.

My Nanama: Where I got my cheesy grin from!
You can't change the past though, and no matter how hard you try, you can't bring someone back that you miss. You can however remember them, and know that wherever they are, they still watch out for you, and love you. 

Never forget those who loved you.
You never have to feel lonely, because those who have been before you are watching and helping you to choose what to do next. 

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Friday, 19 December 2014


So I figured it was about time that I posted this as I have been meaning to write this post for a very long time!
(If you feel like your soul needs some warming, since afterall, this weather is getting a lot colder, here is the perfect music to listen to whilst you read this):

Ester Dean - Take You To Rio.

Today I'm going to be sharing my three favourite Winter scents/candles that I love to have burning over the festive season, and into January! 

So, without further ado, here are my top three picks:

Number One. 
Primark Cinnamon & Maple Scented Candle.

I truly do not believe in spending a fortune on candles (yes, we all would be very happy to buy a Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle, but who can actually even afford them? Certainly not students or the average person! Same goes for Diptyque, you need to take a separate mortgage out just to cover your candle obsessions ladies!)
So, I present to you, the humble Primark scented candle. This wee beauty smells like heaven in a container. As mentioned in my Christmas Primark Haul on my YouTube channel, this reminds me of baking with my grandfather's wife Elizabeth (also called Grandma, but she passed away when I was ten, rather than the most recent, when I was sixteen), Elizabeth and I used to spend what seemed like hours in the kitchen making cinnamon cookies together, for any time of the year, and my heart feels all warm and fuzzy again when I smell this candle. It brings back so many happy memories, and it's the ability to do so that makes me feel completed again.

Price: 80p.
Packaging: In an attractive, small glass 'bell jar', with a stopper lid. Very attractive on display.
Burn Time: 12 hours.
Overall Rating: 9/10.

Number Two. 
Primark Warm Winter Berry Candle.

I genuinely do not know what possessed me to buy this particular candle. Having been a huge fan of the majority of the Deluxe Primark candles, I thought I'd love this one as much as some of the others that I've sampled, my favourites being (in order of best to good) :  Red Berries & Orchid (I bought about six of these!), Fresh Citrus & Ginger (soooo good), and Vanilla & Coconut Creme (mediocre, but a bit too vague a scent for me to truly enjoy). I truly thought this would live up to my expectations, but sadly it has fallen slightly short of them. It does smell nice, but the fragrance is far too delicate, a bit like Vanilla & Coconut Creme so that it doesn't really fill the room with a warming fragrance. 

Price: £2.
Packaging: The traditional small square glass that all the Primark deluxe candles are presented in. Very attractive on display, as both the tinted glass and labels compliment the colour of the candle wax.
Burn Time: Up to 30 hours.
Overall Rating: 6/10. Good for those who like very delicate fragrances.

Number Three. 
Dunelm Mill Gingerbread Man Extra Large Candle.

Now this candle is a contender against big brands and truly gives them a run for their money. Having shown you the small 99p Gingerbread man candles from Dunelm Mill in my Christmas Primark Haul, this candle is the King of all candles. Retailing at £4.99, it's very similar to a Yankee candle, but at a fraction of the cost. The scent is strong, and really evokes powerful memories, it's soul warming, and makes the house smell like Christmas baking. Truly, this has to be my favourite scent of Christmas.

Price: £4.99
Packaging: In a highly attractive, minimally labelled, extra large bell jar.
Burn Time: Unfortunately this product does not have a listed burn time. However, I would estimate it having one of about 60-75 hours.
Overall Rating: 10/10.

So there you have it, three of the best winter scents to make your house warm and delightful smelling, and to fill your heart with warmth, and memories.



Thursday, 18 December 2014


After being in the mood of the century yesterday (for reasons which I have already spoken of) I met Courtney and we went to a local event to get into the festive spirit! Spirits completely raised, we went to Costa (as always, you can't have Courtney, Samantha and no Costa) and both picked up a drink (she had her favourite, Black Forest Gateaux Hot Chocolate, and I had my favourite, Orange Hot Chocolate)

Beforehand, I managed to perfect my coursework, as that had been starting to worry me that I wasn't going to finish it without a computer (the fun of not knowing the computer password and relying on a certain family member to type it in for me) .... -.- but I managed to get it finished, and managed to bake a cake (which I am this morning going to attempt to decorate.... my decorating of cake skills are fairly dismal I think.... house decoration? I'm the girl, but cake decorating? Mmmm not so much.)

Having completely revoked my bad mood, I am feeling much better, and a lot more cheerful (I have Courtney to thank for that!) I'm also uploading my video to YouTube a the moment as someone (who you can all guess who it is, as Gu's paws aren't so good at this) turned the computer off whilst my video was still uploading last night, so it needed completely re-doing again this morning.

Ah well, never mind, all's well that ends well. I must go and sort this cake, I've got a few hours before I leave, but the inner perfectionist in me wants to see the best attempt made on this cake... 

Can We Get Much Higher - The Hangover.

This song made me reminisce about so many moments when I saw the flashback on The Hangover III ending which went back through the three films. Yes, there are some very, very inappropriate scenes which are a bit too in your face, but the overall trio is still very good. 
P.S. No, they're not memories of 'getting high' that's not my style, and it never will be!

Sam Smith - I'm Not The Only One.

And I just love this song, it's beautiful flow and just everything about it. It's sad, but you feel impassioned listening to it. *Warning* Sex Scene in music video.

And finally one more!

David Guetta - Play Hard.

This one is what Im listening to whilst running around the house getting ready. I just want to ensure I haven't forgotten anything!

Just click the photo to go to it!

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014


"I tell myself you don't mean a thing,
And what we got, got no hold on me
But when you're not there I just crumble
I tell myself I don't care that much,
But I feel like I die 'til I feel your touch,

Only love, only love can hurt like this,
Only love can hurt like this
Must have been a deadly kiss
Only love can hurt like this"
This is a bit of a random post. You have been warned.
Just been feeling so irritated by something someone said, and so I keep having to storm everywhere, no, not walk, storm. When I'm angry/hurt/annoyed, I will storm places. It gets the irritation out of my system. It seems to be the only thing that does, other than catching four buses to Waitrose to get a cup of tea.
How I feel when I give a good comeback to someone being insulting or rude:
Anyway, back to life. I'm just not going to take anything that anyone says to heart anymore. People are rude. That's life. I've got coursework, and a cake to sort, and I'm meeting Courtney tonight, so I really must be getting on, I've got a lesson in 10 minutes -.- (Grits teeth, grins and bares it) You've probably realised by now, that I'm not in the sunniest of moods, sheer grump is on today.
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Today's post is just a simple OOTD (Outfit Of The Day for any who don't know what the abbreviation means) of some things I've been loving to wear again recently. Whilst I post this, I am sitting, enjoying some Jordans Raspberry Muesli with Yeo Valley Raspberry yoghurt (word to the wise, this is the best yoghurt ever!) and also listening again to Greek Fire - Top of The World. I'm also rendering my latest video for my YouTube video onto my computer, so that should be going up hopefully tomorrow *Fingers crossed*. 



River Island (*)


River Island (*)


Topshop (*)



River Island.



Super Cosy At Primark.

Necklace: (barely seen)


Well, I hope you are all having a lovely run up to Christmas, my house officially looks ready for Christmas! I really must go now, otherwise I'm going to be late for my bus. and I've still got to get ready!

Best Wishes,
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Saturday, 13 December 2014


It's true. Some of the simplest things in life bring you the most happiness. 

Today I met up with my friend Ben, who used to go to my college, and we met in Environmental Studies, but sadly he left in September to follow his dreams (and good on him for doing so!)
 We've kept in touch because we're really good friends (I once joked he is like a little brother to me!) he's just such a lovely person, and we share a similar silly sense of humour, and both agree Scottish is best! :')
The morning started with mum and I doing a last round of Christmas shopping, and then she drove me to the cinema, (I can drive as you probably all know, I passed my test last November first time, and it's infuriating that the insurance is so expensive on a large diesel car!) where I met Ben, we went for a drink (which was extremely relaxing), and then saw The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (which was incredible, and the absolute perfect end to the trilogy, it's very sad that yet another film set has come to an end, there was Harry Potter, now The Hobbit, and soon, Night At The Museum will also come to an end) but all in all, it was a wonderful day. (And I managed to sneak in a small Orange Hot Chocolate in Costa to takeaway!)

I'm very happy to have a packed schedule for the upcoming run to, and after Christmas! I'm going ice skating tomorrow with my mum and her friend, which I am really looking forward to, I get to see my best friend Courtney on the 17th for a Christmas reunion, and I can't wait to see my lovely friend Holly on New Years Day, as she is at university now, and it'll be amazing to have a nice long catch up with her! Then, before you know it, it'll be my birthday (and I'm planning a small birthday bash which should be quite fun!) 

Hope you are all having a beautiful, festive weekend!

David Guetta - Dangerous.

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Friday, 12 December 2014


Or if you love a woman, then just replace the 'him' with 'her'. 
I feel like as a woman, I'm expected to behave in a certain way, and we're always told to do certain things "because we're women" and the same goes for the rules of romance. A woman is expected to either play hard to get, or just be plain obvious about it, and frankly, I think these expectations are ridiculous. I now understand when my male friends say "how am I supposed to know if she likes me, I'm clueless!", it's because we are impossible to estimate. The thing is, you just know when someone likes you (in that way) you can't put a specific action, specific word, on how they feel about you, but altogether, everything they do, will let you know how they feel about you. I just want to say to people who just don't know, don't lose hope, hang in there, he/she may just surprise you.

Greek Fire - Top Of The World.

Have a beautiful day, and never stop having hope, because when you lose hope, you lose everything.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014


I remember the date that my mum and I first saw Narnia: The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe in the cinema. The 16th of December 2005. All these years have flown by, and yet my heart still fills with the same excitement and emotions when I see the film. I can't believe I was ten when I first saw the film. I may have grown up, but unfortunately, I think I still have the same immature sense of humor. I feel I still have a lot of changing to do as a person. I can't truly be content with myself until I stop acting foolish. Now and again is acceptable, but frequently, and I just feel like I'm letting myself down. It's now nearly 10 years since the film came out, and since I first watched it. So much has changed, and so much has happened since 2005. 2005 was the year I believe I really started to change, and started to truly understand life; it was when I first closely experienced the death of a family member, that made me more appreciative of what little time we have on Earth. 

I love how Gü genuinely believes that Narnia is in my wardrobe, because she consistently scratches and claws the door of my wardrobe until I open the door, and then she hops inside, and will be gone for a very long time! 

I think the most amazing moment that I always remember that made me buzz with excitement was the revealing of the wardrobe. It was breathtakingly beautiful and atmospheric.
Either way, today I will be getting on with English Literature coursework, and I have a lot of it to do, despite making a solid start, I really need to improve it if I am to get a better grade.

Best Wishes,
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014


"Tell me what lovers do
How are we still breathing?
It's never for us to choose
I'll be the strength in you."

Today I keep escaping to music, losing myself in daydreams. I can't be the only person who still has a  vivid imagination? 
I don't even know why I keep wanting to just lose myself in music, but it's just good to be able to lose yourself occasionally.

Today it's been a cross between Ellie Goulding feat Calvin Harris 'Outside' and Enrique Iglesias 'Heart Attack'.
Another one I've been listening to again, is a song that I loved when I was younger, and only ever heard the clean version of. I got a bit of a shock a few years ago when I found out that the song had an unclean version, which I will admit I listened to again yesterday, and something about Enrique saying a rude word is shocking, but as I read someone (a male) comment on YouTube: "Why do girls find Enrique swearing really hot?" I don't know! It just is a teensy tiny bit hot, and quite rude and inappropriate. The song in question is 'Tonight I'm Lovin' You' where the word 'Lovin' is substituted for a ruder word (which I don't by any circumstances think is an acceptable word to just sing about, but it did shock me and make me laugh the first time I heard the not so clean version of it. You can use your imagination. I'll leave the link to it below, but word to the wise, listen at your own discretion to the not so clean version. The one I'm linking is clean, and I much prefer this version.

Enrique Iglesias - Tonight I'm Loving You.

  I guess this is just one of those meaningless posts to be honest. I just have been feeling so many feelings and emotions, and for once, worry isn't one of them. This year started, and at first, it was hard, and brought its challenges, but now, I feel more often happy than not, and I'm laughing more now than I have in years, and I can say I'm thankful for the experiences I've had this year, the people I have met, and my change of outlook on life. Plus the fact, that for the first time in many years, I am admiring someone again, which I thought may not be possible after such a long time. Being in love is better than being out of it. It brings a smile to your heart as well as to your face.

Just know that you, whoever you are, you are one of the reasons why I am smiling. 

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Monday, 8 December 2014


Today I received the tragic news that a young man that I used to attend Sea Scouts with (when I was 14/15) died on Saturday. He was a wonderful young man, and his death was a shock to everyone. I had only just seen him walk past me at college on Friday, and I didn't get a chance to say hello to him. I feel like times like these make you realize just how quickly a life can end, and make you realize you have to live everyday as if it were your last. R.I.P Beau. You were a wonderful young man.
In other news, today was fine at college, first lesson was lovely as always, second lesson was O.K. It would have been much better if I had not been feeling so dozy because of taking some pain killers. For some reason, if I haven't taken stronger pain killers for awhile, I will always feel very very drowsy the next time I do take them, and a little spaced out. However, I do feel a bit better now, and can concentrate again.Time for a cup of tea and some coursework. Gü is sitting at my feet mewing and trying to claw my toes. Delightful creature.

*big sigh* anyway, on with the week. Let's hope it gets a bit better.

Olly Murs - Please Don't Let Me Go.

Be safe everyone.
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