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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Book & show review

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A long while back my dad got me a bunch of books from a charity shop, and I was sifting through them, finding some I liked the sound of. I thought the miniaturist sounded cool but a bit creepy so I set it aside for a while, not fully sure if I was gonna read it or not. But then I was watch one of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s videos and she recommended it so I thought I’d give it a go!

Just a forewarning that I’m not very good at book reviews but I did say I’d give it a go!

‘The miniaturist is set in the 17th century and is about a girl called Petronella, Nella for short, from a village who marries a rich merchant in Amsterdam to pay off her family’s debt, after arriving at his house he gives her a miniature version of their house as a wedding gift. So she contacts a miniaturist to make some furniture and such for her new house, but the miniaturist starts sending her disturbingly accurate things that they shouldn’t know about and that Nella didn’t ask for.’

Quite proud of that summary actually!

I was pleasantly surprised to say the least, it took me a while to get into as it’s set in the 17th century so it’s a bit of a jump back! But once I got into it I think I enjoyed it quite a bit, there were things that happened that I thought were thrown in there quite randomly. For example the thing that happened to Marin near the end of the book, if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about. It seemed just a tad out of character for her and the other character involved.

I think I’d have to say my favourite character was Nella herself, her character development throughout the book was interesting. She started out as quiet, shy and just wanting to make her husband happy. After a series of quite unfortunate events, I think she handled it as well as a young girl in the 17th century could’ve and really came into the role of being the mistress of the house.

You can get the book here from amazon! >The Miniaturist

I also mentioned in the title that this was a show review too, on boxing day (26th December) episode one was aired and the following day, episode 2. I’m not sure if there’ll be anymore episodes but I have to say I’m very satisfied with the ones that I saw! The two episodes pretty much stuck to the book perfectly, the characters were as I imagined them, except Cornelia but she still fit the character perfectly! The only thing I’d say is that the end of episode veered off the tracks a bit, I can’t say much without spoiling  it but even if it did go off the tracks I did appreciate it as it gave me the answers to some questions I had that the book never quite answered.

How was that for my first proper book review? Keep up with the other books I’ll be reading along with my reading challenge over on goodreads!

Until next time 🙂

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10 things to do in 2018

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So before you all roll your eyes at me, this post isn’t strictly a new years resolution post. Think of it as more of a to do list? There are some things in here that are more resolutiony than others, but we here we go!

Get a second ear piercing (in each ear) – I’ve meaning to do this for months and honestly I just kept forgetting about it or didn’t have enough money on me when I remembered.

Write more – I’ve started getting into poetry more over the past few months but I want to practice it more, I go weeks without writing a new piece which I’m not happy about. This point also includes journalling, I haven’t been doing that as much as I would have liked and I bought my journal all the way back in April!

Pass my driving test – Maybe a little self explanatory

Read 30 books – My goal for 2017 was to read 20 books, which I managed. I have read over 30 books in a year before but that was when I wasn’t in sixth form and being given a lot of homework everyday, so we’ll see how this one goes. (Speaking of, I have a goodreads account if you wanna check that out!)

Get more books – This one sorta goes hand in hand with the last one, 2017 was the year for makeup. I was really into it and I spent a lot of my  money on it, which I don’t regret. But this coming year I’d like to buy more books and also visit the library more often again, I haven’t been in a long, long time! I’m sorta curious to try audio books, so that maybe I could listen to a book instead of music on my way to school? For anyone else who’s also curious to give audiobooks a try, click here to get yourself a free audiobook with a 30 day free trial with Audible! You can choose from over 200,000+ titles!

Do well in exams – This one is fairly obvious, but I didn’t do as well as I could’ve last year and I’m determined to do better this time around.

Start waking up early again – I partially blame the fact that it’s still almost pitch black outside when I wake up at 7am and even then I can barely get myself out of bed. I used to wake up at 5:30am, you know, back when the sun existed. I’d like to pick up that habit again and try to stick to it regardless of the lack of light outside.

Take more pictures – I’ve already started implementing this one these past few months but there’s always more that I can do and so much more to take pictures of!

Try to draw more – Not necessarily well! I love drawing and I know I’m not very good at it but I don’t see why I have to be good at something in order to enjoy it! I’m going to start with just doodles and cartoony style drawing because I don’t think anything even semi resembling real life is going to be enjoyable for me.

Continue to work on my blog – This one may seem like a bit of a ‘duh’ one for some, but up until this year I didn’t actually blog all that much! In fact doing blogtober was the kick I needed to actually start blogging and then I eventually went self hosted a month later and here we are! I want to continue to grow this lil blog, it’s been chill so far but let’s see how far I can push it.

That’s all I’ve got for now, I hope everyone has a safe new year!

Until next year 🙂

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Reflecting on 2017

Hey everyone! I hope you had a happy Christmas, and if Christmas isn’t your thing then I hope you’ve been having a nice chilled week!

In an attempt to be positive, half way through this fairly miserable year I restarted an old idea of mine. Where I write on small slips of paper good things that happen throughout the year, put them in a jar and then I go through and read them all at the end of the year. Seeing as it’s nearing the end of 2017 I thought I’d share them with you guys, there aren’t as many seeing as I only started this in July and kept forgetting about it!

I do plan to do this again for 2018 and will definitely do a round up post this time next year!

Here we go, not even in chronological order:

  1. I passed my theory test for driving
  2. Still a vegetarian! (1.5 years and counting!)
  3. I have a cactus
  4. My skin has improved massively
  5. Have started getting into cruelty free makeup
  6. I got a new room
  7. I’ve started journaling
  8. My body confidence and general self esteem has improved a lot
  9. I cut my hair (12 inches!)  and donated it to charity
  10. My poetry has improved
  11. Started self hosting my blog
  12. Still going strong my bf <3
  13. Really started appreciating Tamil films, songs and the language in general. (Tamil is my ‘mother tongue’ if you were wondering)
  14. I’m a lot less stressed at school, and this year is going much better than the last

There isn’t as many as there usually would be but I’m still happy about this list. I hope 2018 brings even better memories than this year, for all of us!

I have one more post that falls perfectly on New year’s eve, so until next time 🙂

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My actual thoughts on Christmas

Now, I don’t hate Christmas by any means, I enjoy the beautiful decor and general atmosphere in the weeks leading up to the big day. But you may have noticed the staggering lack of Christmassy posts from me in the sea of blogmas and just general Christmas content.

Christmas wasn’t really “enforced” growing up, it was always low key and quiet. Done for the sake of my brothers and I. Seeing as I don’t have much family in England, Christmas day wasn’t as extravagant as it was expected to be. After the initial present opening, the rest of the day seemed relatively normal.

While I do enjoy being organised and starting my Christmas shopping before December has even begun, it is a bit bothersome that you see Christmas splashed everywhere that you go from November onwards. Not because it’s too early as such, more that you get tired of it by the time the actual season rolls around.

There’s also the pressure to get presents, naturally. With some people there’s a blurry line whether you should get them something or not, always causes me some level of stress. But aside from that and the financial strain, I love getting presents for people I care about. Especially when you get to see their reaction to it, I think I did good with the presents I’ve gotten people this year even if I do say so myself! Although getting my bank statement for this month wasn’t all that great…

If I were to sort out my thoughts into a sentence it’s that I enjoy the atmosphere and the build up to it, just not that bothered about Christmas day itself.

How do you feel about Christmas?

Until next time 🙂

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Winter and my productivity

If you know me, you know I’ve always said that I loved Winter and Autumn. While that’s still true, I have a bone to pick with Winter. The cold I can deal with, the wind and rain, even the snow that makes life difficult, I can deal with all of that. But getting dark at 4pm? Really?

I was always adamant that I loved every part of these two cold seasons, but not anymore. The dark means that my parents are even more hesitant that usual to let me out. So ok, I’m stuck at home, now what? Nothing, because it takes a tremendous amount of effort to get any form of work done seeing as the lack of light outside makes me want to get into bed and stay there until it’s Spring…

Which isn’t useful when you have a blog to run and sixth form to get through… Plus, seeing as it’s basically pitch black by 5pm when 8pm rolls around I’m so ready to go to bed but I then realise I can’t after I look at the time and then at all the things I need to get done. 

Winter can be beautiful, incredibly so. As can the dark, “without the darkness, we’d never see the stars” etc. However, by living in a city I rarely see the stars anyway so there goes that.

In general, the dark doesn’t have a great affect on my mood and mindset. If I sit in the dark for too long, I just start feeling down and incredibly unmotivated for life. Sometimes I don’t get why it’s happening to me until I turn the light on and then it’s like ah right…

So the Summer wins on this one, and only this one,  brighter evenings are nice and I’d quite like them back now thanks.

Do you guys feel like this, or am I just being overly dramatic?

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How much of my makeup is cruelty free?

As a vegetarian (working on being vegan), the lives of animals are just a tad bit important to me as are the conditions they live in. So naturally I’ve started looking into cruelty free makeup, at first I thought I had mostly non cruelty free (cruel?) makeup but after actually researching and having a look at my collection I’ve realised it’s quite the opposite!

So first up here are the ‘cruel’ makeup items that I have:

These are currently the two foundations that I own, I don’t wear them though because they make me all spotty and red afterwards. Plus my skin is fairly clear now, don’t need to run the risk of ruining it all over again. I’m thinking of donating them to a women’s charity if I can find one that’s ok with products being lightly used.

The rest of these are split up by brand, so this one is Avon. Which is a weird one, they say that they have not tested on animals in 25 years but then they say that they would if the law requires it. Now the only place that I know of that requires animal testing by law is China so they could just not sell in China :/

Next brand is Rimmel, which states very clearly on their website that they are against animal testing. However, they sell in China sooo the above point applies.

Maybelline, they test on animals because they sell in China also it’s owned by L’oreal which also tests on animals so it’s all absolutely wonderful.

Total of 11 cruel makeup products.

And then my cruelty free makeup is as follows:

All my cruelty free makeup is £10 and under, I don’t like to spend too much money in general so it’s not like I’m going to change my stance for makeup. The brands that I have are as follows:

  • Primark makeup
  • MUA
  • Makeup Revolution (& SophXmakeuprevolution)
  • Collection
  • Soap and glory
  • NYX*
  • Sleek*

*Parent company isn’t cruelty free

Total cruelty free makeup: 26

All in all I think I’m not doing too awfully, I am going to try and use up as much of the cruel makeup as I can. Or at least donate it to people who need it more than I do. (Giving it to Women’s shelters etc)

How cruel is your makeup collection?

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Why I love to write

They say to be a good writer you need to read a lot. So that’s where my story begins, for as long as I can remember I’ve loved reading and books. Sometimes I get interested in other things for a period of time, like makeup, but I always wander back to books. I, of course, still love makeup but not to the magnitude that I love books.
But I haven’t been a writer as long as I’ve been a reader, I always wanted to write books but I wasn’t that great at it. I gave it a good go though! Then this year I revisited poetry, and I have enjoyed it. I still write poems but they usually stem from a raw and painful emotion I’m feeling at the time of writing it and sharing those poems would be equal to bearing my soul to you all. Which I’m not ready for, I can barely go back and read them the next day in fear of falling back into that place.
But I forgot how much I love writing these past few months, with the constant essays and coursework it’s easy to forget how to write from the soul.
And I love blogging, but I haven’t felt creative this past month. I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to monetise it and grow my following that I haven’t truly been writing about what want to write about. To be creative and let me soul speak for itself. All the blog posts I see around me are all about growing your blog, how to figure out SEO and monetising your blog.
All of which I appreciate very much and refer to when I’m stuck, but I don’t think I can write about those things and enjoy it. I want to make people feel something. Help them on a more personal scale, something that goes beyond how to grow your blog or what the latest lipstick I’m using is. I don’t want my blog to be a prettier version of the review section of Amazon or an instruction manual.
I don’t think I’m going to start spouting out stories and poems on this blog, I don’t think it’ll mesh well with the rest of my content and who knows how often I’ll be able to come up with that kind of content. So for that reason I’ve created a new instagram for my poetry, please go give that a follow! @ruthlessandbeautiful
And my blog? Well, I think I vaguely know what I’ll be doing with it, I’ll just continue on with writing the posts that I feel passionate about and see where it takes me!
Until next time 🙂
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How to survive winter

Now I would like to clarify that it’s not actually winter yet, Winter solstice is on the 21st December (sounds so magical doesn’t it!)

However, what with there being snow on the first day of December and very cold temperatures all round, it basically feels like winter now. With the crisp mornings and snowfall comes the disaster: cracked lips, waterfall for a nose, flaky skin, frozen toes etc etc. I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about!
So how to combat it? I haven’t quite mastered the art of getting through winter gracefully but I’m willing to have a good go at it this year! Here are my top five tips, some may seem just a tad obvious but here we go:
  1. Lip balm, carry it everywhere! You too, men. Cracked, bleeding lips target everyone so go grab a tin of Vaseline and shove it in your bottomless pockets! BONUS, it can double up as a hand cream! Just rub some onto those dry patches on your hands; been there, done that. Would recommend!
  2. Now this is for the makeup wearers among us, I’ve decided that I don’t like matte lip things anymore. More so in the winter, just the thought of having to deal with matte lips is making my shoulders tense up, eugh. I’ve started getting into lipglosses, there are some out there that aren’t super gloopy! They’re a better alternative in my opinion because they kinda help out in the dry lips department instead of making it worse, as matte lipsticks would! I’ve only got one lipgloss at the moment, so I’ve taken to layering it over existing lipsticks I have to mix it up a little!
  3. Packets of tissues, have multiple. Your friends may not be as prepared and that stuff runs out fast so try to have at least two packs on you at any one time. Maybe one in your coat pocket and then another in your bag?
  4.  Ok this one may not work for some people depending on the type of shoes you wear, but I’m planning on wearing those fluffy “bed socks” with a pair of heeled boots that I have that are a size too big. Also, why are they called bed socks? Who wears socks to bed? My feet would get so sweaty :/ Do you wear socks to bed? Let me know! But anyway, even if you can’t wear fluffy socks, you could wear some ankle socks over your tights or wear multiple pairs of socks! Anything to keep those toes intact.
  5. Speaking of tights, don’t you hate it when you take one step out of the door and your tights have already fallen down well below your crotch and you have to do that awkward pulling-tights-up and-trying-not-to-flash-anyone thing? The only semi solution I’ve come up with thus far is tucking my top into my tights and then putting my skirt on. It isn’t foolproof but it has helped my tights stay up for way longer that they usually would’ve. This trick can usually last me the whole school day!
That’s all I’ve got today guys, until next time!
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A wintery haul

So shocker, I decided to head out to town with my family today as I had a few things I needed to pick up and I didn’t have any other opportunities to go. So I bought more than three things for once seeing as I didn’t have to pay for all of it! There was a low key theme of winter in this haul and I swear it wasn’t intentional!

So first up we have a hot water bottle! It’s smaller than the average one though, why? Because it fits on my stomach better. Why is that necessary? Well my room is fairly warm, however when I get period cramps, a hot water bottle works miracles but the one I have is difficult to carry around and use while I’m trying to get work done. Hence why I have this small one! Pretty long winded explanation for a hot water bottle but there we go! [£2.99]

Something a little less wintery, lip gloss! I was never a fan of lipgloss when I was younger because they were always so… gloopy? But I’ve begun to realise matte lips aren’t my jam and I’ve heard good things about Rimmel’s oh my gloss! so I thought I’d give it a whirl! The shade is Go gloss, or go home. I may write a review on it soon! [£5.48]

Next up we have some teeny tiny baubles; they’d sure fit perfectly with a, say, teeny tiny tree right? If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories you would already know that I recently got bought a little 60cm tree for my room. We only had big baubles for our big tree downstairs so we went to Wilkos and I grabbed these for only £2.50! The real kicker is that they already have the strings tied on so I don’t have to mess about with that.

The next little group of things are all clothes so I’ll just chuck them together! The main reason I went to town was to get some gloves because mine have mysteriously disappeared and after looking for them for weeks and almost freezing my hands off on the way to school, I decided it was probably just time for me to buy some new ones. I managed to get two pairs for a £1 at Primark, they’re both grey though (different shades, of course) obviously because grey is a beautiful colour. (My 8 year old self would be so confused)

I also picked up a large men’s tshirt in a pretty green colour just to wear at home and add to my growing collection of oversized men’s tshirts! (Current tally: 5) Seriously guys, they’re usually only £2 and they’re so comfy and it doesn’t matter how many times they get washed!

The last two things were necessary but not that interesting, I bought myself some new tights because I’m now wearing skirts to school and just whenever I go out and some of my old tights are looking pretty grim. And I also bought myself some more pants because, well, who doesn’t need pants? [Both £3.50 each]

That’s all for now, until next time 🙂

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One month old & podcast plans

Happy one month anniversary??

When I first started this blog, I scoured the internet for any blog post I could find about how to increase my traffic. This was a recurring thing, I’d finish writing a blog post and then I’d spend the rest of my evening on pinterest having all these posts thrown at me about how someone reached 40k views in their first month etc etc. Of course, that’s something I wanted but I began to realise no amount of “tips and tricks” is gonna increase my traffic. Especially not at that rate! Of course some things work for some people and there are certain things us bloggers need to do in order to grow our following, like being active on social media. But obsessively reading these posts won’t help my blog!

So I’m avoiding such posts for now, I understand that they are supposed to be helpful and I’m not denying that they are. Just not for me, they do more harm than good because I end up spending more time reading those posts rather than writing my own.

On another note, if any of you are following me on twitter (@wolfishdelight if you’re not!) you will have heard that I’m interested in starting my own podcast. It will be hosted on this blog (hopefully) so you won’t have to go far if you would like to listen to them, once I’ve gotten round to organising it. However, I have a bad habit of wanting to do everything now. If it’s even remotely possible then I want to do it asap, because I’m excited! I’m excited at the prospect of starting a new project and to work on my creativity further. It was the same with self-hosting my blog, the second I knew I had enough money I began the process of sorting it and I managed to do it all within an hour or so!

But I know I need to slow down a bit, because as much as I want to throw myself into making this a podcast a reality, I don’t quite have the time or the energy at the moment with school and all. Plus I still need to continue working on my blog and trying to build it up, it is only barely a month old! So the podcast idea is going take a backseat, for now.

And with blogging, comes photography. Which is also a skill I’m trying to develop, I’ve managed the first step of figuring out how some of the settings work and I think I’ve just about managed to grasp what ISO means! So my current focus is going to be building my blog up further and improving my sorely lacking photography skills. And of course, staying on top of my school work and getting good grades.

 

Until next time 🙂

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