June Favourites

June Favourites

Hello friends! So we are now at the end of June. We’re officially entering the second half of 2017. Before diving into my favourites for the month, just a heads up! I’ve been commenting on lots of posts this morning and they’re vanishing again. So please check your spam and free me from there if possible 😀 (Why does WordPress do this to me every two weeks??) Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

Let me share with you some favourites of mine from the past month.

Movies

Wonder Woman

Aaah! I can’t get over how much I love this movie. I’m a sucker in general for superhero movies, but this one just got me so pumped. It may be because it has female lead, but the fight scenes seemed so much better to me than other superhero movies. Plus Gal Gadot is amazing. I also loved her relationship with Chris Pine’s character, the romance came second to their partnership of getting the job done, which really more action movies should do.

Sleeping with Other People

Not a recent movie, but one I recently watched. I haven’t watched any rom coms in ages, so I figured let’s find a random recent one. This one wasn’t the greatest, but it was just silly fun. It’s all about sex basically, and the ‘modern’ dating scene, which I don’t really get, but I liked the two leads. Also, I saw lots of familiar faces in this movie, and it made me laugh.

Music

Hayley Kiyoko – Grovel to Tempo

The only other song I know of Hayley’s is “Girls Like Girls”, I was going down a YouTube hole, and after listening to that one, I was curious about this. It’s very catchy and makes me want to do some crazy dancing of my own. I have it stuck in my head a lot.

AJR – Weak

A catchy song to sing/yell and dance too. I love dance/electronic songs. They often find their way to me, and then I listen to them over and over for weeks until I find another one. Rory and I often sing/yell this together in the car when it shows up. We know the whole thing off by heart 😂

Books

Buffering by Hannah Hart

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I am a fan of My Drunk Kitchen, always have been, so it was interesting to learn more about the life of the person behind it all. I’ve been following Hannah since 2013, and she is such a positive, amazing person. It was really inspiring to read about her life, and how in a way, we’re all still learning. We need time to ‘buffer’, and to figure things out.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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Another non-fiction read. This is like a self-help book for millenials. The title is misleading, it’s not about not giving a fuck about anything, it’s about finding out what things we should give a fuck about. The important things in life, and letting the not-so-important things go. This book reminds us that it’s okay to fail, to get mad, to suck, we’re not perfect, no one is.

Games

Singstar

So I haven’t played this much this past month. Just once, but I forgot how much I love singing ABBA! I am not a great singer, but I’m not terrible either, I just love karaoke. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to do karaoke in public, but at home, let me at it!

Risk

Okay, so another game I’ve only played once, but it was so much fun! Once we all got the hang of the rules, it was really fun. I could see it leading to some disagreements though, as you fight over certain countries, or keep losing battles 😂

Something New

Vlogging is the new thing I’ve done this month. I have now done two videos, where I sit down in front of the camera and chat. It’s feeling less weird now than the first time I did it, but I would love to do other kinds of vlogs. I like the idea of a “Day in the Life”, or a “Come with Me”, a “House Tour”, or maybe even baking? I’m already thinking of future ideas, but I may give it a while, I’m still recovering from the Q’n’A post 😂

What are some of your favourites from this month?

Angela.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

We’ve made it to V on the A-Z Challenge! Two more weeks left 🙂

V is for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy is often credited as one of the greatest shows of our time. It is a blast to watch, the writing and acting is amazing, and was also the one who started the trend of having a musical episode (Once More With Feeling), amongst other stand alone amazing episdoes (Hush, Zeppo, The Body…) It’s just such a fun show, and I get sucked in. It’s reached cult status since first coming out in 1997, and has produced lots of spin-offs, merchandise, and is often studied and parodied in popular culture.

Also, it has a fun opening theme.

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

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Sun Sunny nominated me for this. Thank you! Also, sorry it took me a while to get around to it! She blogs about a combination of things, mostly just whatever pops into our head, which I can relate to. Go check her out 🙂

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

To store all my memories of my travels. Then when I run out of travels to talk about, I started talking about everything else.

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What is your favourite book?

I never know what to answer with this, as I like a lot of books, but I have a hard time narrowing it down to one. So I’ll go with my standard answer.

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What do you dislike the most?

Rudeness in general.

What is your favourite food at the mall?

Donuts.

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What is your favourite past time?

Besides blogging? Currently it’s baking.

Nominations

As always, feel no pressure to take part 🙂

Angela.

If We Were Having Coffee #2

If We Were Having Coffee #2

Well hey friends, welcome to another round of coffee catch ups. I did one of these last month, which you can find here. Also,

Another unusual TBT, but I like to do these at the end of each month.

I’m cold over here, so I’m having a hot chocolate. Also some kinda snack cause I’m peckish. You get what you feel like 🙂

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Okay, so here’s what’s been rattling around my brain from this month.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how excited I am that my “Have You Met” series is going really well. I’ve been loving diving more into my favourite blogs and finding out more about them and sharing my favourite posts of theirs. Each time, new people find their blogs, and everyone has lovely conversations in the comments. It’s so much fun!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that while filming and editing the Q’n’A video was a lot of fun, it also cost me a lot of energy. I was so exhausted after all of it. But after a sleep, I realized I just needed to manage my timing better, I tried to do this all after a day’s work and by then I’m already tired. Better to save this kind of thing for the weekend where I have more time.

If we were having coffee, I’d lowkey say that I’m looking more into going self-hosted. I was considering the personal plan only, but to be honest, I find it more appealing to fully dive into a self hosted blog. To make it completely my own. I still want to research heaps before going into it. Like which provider to go with. There’s so many… But I am planning to make this move sometime near the end of July.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I wish I had more time for my hobbies. Baking, cross-stitching, puzzles, playing games, reading…I love blogging, don’t get me wrong. But I now find myself expending most of my energy on it, that sometimes I don’t have time to do everything else I want. Of course, I also work full time on top of that. Sometimes I wish I worked in a kindergarten instead of a daycare, so then I could have school holidays back. But I think I’d miss my babies too much.

If we were having coffee, I’d be practically bouncing out of my seat to tell you how excited I am for tomorrow. Why? You may ask (as I continue bouncing around spilling my hot chocolate everywhere). Well I got an email from our wedding photographer that the rest of our wedding photos are scheduled to be sent to us tomorrow. That’s aaaallll the photos he took, there should be a few hundred at least, and he was with us all day, so going through them all will be like reliving the day. I loved the previews (which is what I keep showing you guys all the time), and I cannot wait to see the rest!!

If we were having coffee, I’d mop up all the hot chocolate everywhere before telling you about how I’m also excited about getting my second tattoo this weekend too. Lots of exciting things happening and I just want this week to be over already!!

What would you want to talk about if we were having coffee?

Angela.

Delta

Delta

The theme of this week’s Photo Challenge is Delta. Another theme I was unsure of how to interpret. In the original post, they suggest sharing a photo “that symbolizes transitions, change, and the passing of time”.

For me, I immediately thought of clouds.

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Clouds are our first reminder of the seasons.

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We often look up to determine what the weather will be.

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Lately, the clouds in our sky have been full and dark.

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Excuse how dark this one is, I was focusing on the sky

They look impressive, and hold a sinister promise of rain.

But soon, they will pass. Bringing back blue skies, fluffy clouds, and giving the sun another chance to shine.

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Clouds are a reminder of the changing times. They’re always moving, never keeping still, changing throughout the season and even throughout the day. They are a friendly reminder that we’re all just hanging out on a spinning ball in space 🙂

Angela.

The Happiest Award

An extra bonus post, as I have been nominated for quite a few new awards recently, and I want to get on top of them all!

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Rules

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to her blog
  • Name the award creator and provide a link to her blog
  • Share the rules
  • Share the award logo
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 5-15 people
  • Share your favourite blog post (from your blog)
  • Notify the people that you have nominated that you have nominated them

Anni was lovely enough to nominate me for this brand new award, that Thehappiestpixel created in celebration of her reaching 500 followers. Isn’t that amazing? Go check out both of them!!

Tell us your favourite:

  • Place: Home, Wellington in general

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  • Film/TV Show: Parks and Recreation

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  • Song: Grovel to Tempo (right now)
  • Activity: Blogging

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  • Drink: Iced chocolate/coffee. Or hot chocolate if it’s cold

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  • Food: Sweets (bonus points if it’s me who made them)
  • Holiday: Christmas

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  • Book: Harry Potter series

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Favourite Post:

Why do you guys always ask  me this? Do you know how hard it is for me to pick?? 😦 I also end up picking a different one each time I get asked.

Favourite DressesAngela Tries Beauty Box. I picked these two this time around as they’re both beauty or fashion related posts which I normally don’t do, but I’m quite proud of.

Nominations:

As always, feel no pressure to accept the nomination, just know I was thinking of you 😀

Angela.

Dream Closet

Hey! So I’m joining in on the “A Girl Can Dream” series, collaborated by Jenny from Sit Back and Just Live and Jayee from Jacqueliine Joy!

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The theme for this month is Dream Closet. Be sure to check out Jenny’s post about her own dream closet too!

For most women, a dreamy walk-in closet is a must-have feature for any dream house. Who can’t resist a space that is filled with your favorite designer dresses, Chanel handbags, jewelry and decorated with fresh flowers? Earlier, we published our favorite closet posts (dreamy walk-in closets and the biggest closet in the world). Since then, we discovered

I would love a walk in closet. I don’t think I have enough clothes and accessories to warrant one, but I just love the idea of one.

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This is organised to an insane extent. But you would always be able to find what you’re looking for. I especially like the cubbies for shoes and bags, and the drawers for jewellery.

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Having a section with a vanity area would be a bonus. Cause then everything is in the same place when you need to get ready.

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Also, a full length mirror would be needed. I currently have one but it keeps falling down off the wall so it’s just resting on the floor which means I don’t get the best view so I kinda have to squat. I will say though, in this picture, I would have no idea how to get to that higher section without ladders.

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I would be more fond of lots of natural light. It just makes everything (including you!) look so much better.

I think looking at perfectly displayed makeup is my favourite pastime. It just fills me with joy! I’ve spent a while perfecting my makeup collection, so I thought I’d (finally!) share the results with

So I know I already talked about the vanity table, but look at that mirror! I want that hexagon mirror.

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I think I would stick with a neutral palette like with all the previous pictures, but this one just kinda appeals to me more actually. It’s more ‘whimsical’.

So what would be in your dream closet? Do we share parts of the same wishlist?

Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Lemonade Cupcakes Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Lemonade Cupcakes Edition)

Another weekend, another batch of baking.

While going through Anni’s blog for my Have You Met series, I came across all her delicious looking cupcakes. So I decided to try her Lemonade Cupcake recipe. Be sure to check out her post as she is the one who originally shared it 😀

Also, I can’t wrap my head around mls and grams, as I go by cups, so I’ve done some conversions.

As always, first make sure you have what you need.

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
  • 1/4 cup (almost) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (almost) Fanta (or other orangey sodas out there)

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (almost) cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (not quite 3/4 but more than 1/2) sour cream
  • 1 package vanilla pudding powder

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Favourite Dresses

The ever amazing Cheila recently did her own Shoe Collection post, and then she said she was considering doing a post about her favourite dresses, and asked me to join her. I, of course, immediately said yes. So here we are 😀

So I only have six dresses at the moment. I used to have more, but I have decluttered recently. I don’t wear dresses often, I normally wear pants or skirts. But during summer, I love to wear dresses. Course it’s winter at the moment, so I don’t wear any of these which is a bummer. A few of them got a lot of use back in Fiji. Anyway, enough rambling. Here are my favourite (and only!) dresses.

The Graduation Dress

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The dress is hidden under all the ceremony garb in the end

The longest dress I’ve had so far. I bought this in mid 2013, when my graduation for completing my Bachelor of Music was coming up. At this point I had no dresses, and wanted something nice for said graduation. I bought this cute blue dress for $25 from Glassons. I loved the little touches of designs with the lace around the neck and shoulders. It’s also blue which is one of my most favourite colours. The skirt is really light and floaty, which is good, but also bad as one breeze blows it right up (Wellington gets real windy). I still love the dress though.

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