Tuesday, 30 December 2014

15 QUESTIONS TUMBLR CHALLENGE

Hey guys,
It's a new day, therefore I bring to you a new tag! via my good friend Tumblr

1. You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?

The Jess express

2. If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?

well, I'm currently a teenager, but I'd say learn ahead of the class

3. What is your favourite commercial? What commercial annoys you the most?

...I'll get back to you on this one

4. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Successful in a job that makes me travel a lot, in a serious relationship, surrounded by friends and family, have an apartment with a view of the city skyline

5. What is the worst possible name to call a child?

After any celebrity/ animal/ object (e.g table, salt, moon) or the parents likes
e.g. I was watching cake boss, and a client loved denim, so she wanted to name her child Denim.

6. What is the best/worst pick up line you have ever heard?

To me personally, it was something along the lines of "...you look like the Mona Lisa"

7. What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?

weird? It's not really weird, but a pencil case

8. What is your most disappointing moment in life?

wow... I'm not sure, probably not being able to join my netball team when they had to compete in Beijing

9. When have you laughed the hardest? Cried?

Well, I have this weird thing, where when I laugh a lot, I begin to cry. So this is kind of  a two in one answer.  Pretty much any time I'm with my friends or family

10. If you had a “theme song” that played whenever you walk into a room full of people, what would it be?

Idek, probably, my current favourite song Vanic X K.Flay - Can't Sleep

11. Are you a planner or a procrastinator? Give an example?

Well, you already know the answer to this, I'm regrettably a procrastinator. My infrequent blog posts is example enough

12. Would you rather plan a party or attend one? Why?

Both (for anyone currently planning a part ;) ) but on a more serious note, I kind of like the planning process. Being able to make the guest list, giving people a dress code to follow, choosing the venue, music, etc.

13. If you could attend any college, free of charge, what college would that be and what major would you pursue? Why?

I currently have too many things I want to do in the future, but I'd probably go to

14. What is something unexpected that has changed about you in the last few years?

I think I've become a more honest, tolerant person, to different personalities and people, but I'm still working on it :)

15. Would you ever use a dating service (match.com, e-harmony, etc.) to find someone? 
Why/Why not.

NO. Not that I have anything against those kind of sites or the people that use them, but I believe that you'll find the person you're meant to be with eventually, if you are meant to be with them

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau

Monday, 29 December 2014

Would you rather tag PT. 1

Hey guys, 

I was browsing my tumblr and I found a lot of (in my opinion) really cool tags that we could do. So, for every day this week, I'm going to do a tag, and maybe this time next year (if I remmeber) I'll redo the tags and see if I'd chose the same answers, or if I've changed my mind. 
Today's tag is...



The would you rather tag 
theses are my answers:

1.Would you rather live in a world where there are no problems or live in a world where you rule?

I would say, live in a world with no problems, because even if I don't rule it, everyone would be either equal, or just well off in life and there'll be no suffering

2. Would you rather get a dream vacation for two weeks or spend a week with anyone in the world?

I would probably spend a week with anyone in the world. If you think about it, you could take that dream vacation any time (if you save up), but you might never get the chance to spend a day, yet alone a week with that person

3. Would you rather fly or read minds?

This one's easy. Definitely read minds. That way no one will know what I know (well technically they will) and you can finally find out what people are thinking when you catch them staring at you

4. Would you rather have more time or money?

I would rather have more money.
Simply because we all spend most of our lives trying to make money, therefore if I had more money, I could use that time for something else. So in a way, by having more money I'd have more free time

5. Would you have piercings or tattoos?

I would have... I don't know. Tattoos? 
I guess, if you have tattoos, at least there can be some sort of meaning/story behind it, whereas if you had a piercing...

6. Would you rather have a rewind button in your life or a pause button in your life?

Hmmm.. another tough one. I think a rewind button would be very useful, but then if I was to change something in the past, I wouldn't be the same person that I am today and things would be different, like I might not have met the friends I have now... so I'd have to say a pause button

7. Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout everything?

definitely whisper, I wouldn't want to be that laud obnoxious person in the room

8. Would you rather go without the internet or a car for a month?

My initial reaction would have been WITHOUT A CAR. But not that I really think about it, I'd rather go on a really long road trip with the car, than have the internet

9. Would you rather have to sit all day or stand all day?

Of course I'd rather sit. If I had to stand all day, I'd be so irritable and moody

10. Would you rather sing every word you speak or always speak in rhymes?

Ohh gosh. Can I say neither?
I guess if I had to choose, I'd rather not torture the ears of the world with my horrendous singing skills and I'd speak in rhymes

I nominate +Neri SeesRed +Georgia Leigh +Anne Vanves +Chloe Bellamy +Angela D +Another Teen and anyone else who has read this post and wants to do the tag

p.s. I really want to see your answers, so please link me into your posts

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Confucius


Happy Holidays!

Hey guys,


Well, coming off my astonishingly bad attempt to participate in this years' Blogmas (hopefully I'll have better luck next year), I just wanted to wish you all, if you celebrate it, a Happy belated Christmas! I hope you all had a amazing time and received the presents and things you wished for (as well as gifting some awesome presents).

Okay, so there is a lot we have to catch up on. First of all, school's out!
Nothing excites me more than saying that phrase. I mean, school is great and all, but the current swarm of exams just takes a lot out of a person. I'm sure anyone who has, and or, is currently taking their GCSEs understands what I mean. 

(I'll try and condense this post as much as possible)

A lot of people spend this holiday in many different ways, some like to stay at home with he family, others like to go out and celebrate, whether they're alone or with a bunch of friends. 
This year I am currently on holiday in Dubai with my mum and one of my older sisters, and on Christmas day, we went to Dubai mall to do some shopping and watch the dancing fountains in front of the Burj Khalifa (I'll show you some pictures in my next post). 

Unsurprisingly, I haven't been very productive (revision/academic wise), but instead, I've used that time to meet up with some of my old AD friends. 
For those of you wondering why my 'old friends' are in Dubai, I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this or not, but before coming back to live in London, I lived in Abu Dhabi with my family for a few years (so you know, I went to school there, made friends and whatnot). 
Most of my British friends went back to England for the holiday (to be with family and their old friends), but my very close friend 'Jane'  drove down to Dubai to meet up with me and we just hung out around Mall of The Emirates. To summarise, she's good company.


How are you spending this holiday? Did you celebrate at home? on holiday? with friends or family? I want to know.

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas for me...

Hey guys,


Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of people. 
For some, it means finally breaking away from work and getting the chance to be with the family and friends, for others (such as soldiers) it may mean getting to stop fighting and come together as one, and I'm sure that the holiday means a lot of different things for you and for me.

My personal idea of Christmas is the following:

1.Bonding with my friends and family.

2. Snow! It occasionally snows in London around this time of year, and I love it because there's nothing better than sitting around the television watching Christmas movies and sipping on hot coco with the family after a having a huge snowball fight. 

3. Decorating the Christmas tree. This is a perfect bonding opportunity, where everyone can go crazy with fairy lights and little Christmas ornaments, but I think the best part of this is putting the star on the very top of the tree.

4. Christmas crackers! I've never passed up an opportunity to pull a Christmas cracker, despite the funny, yet corny jokes

5. Secret Santa... although searching for and buying the perfect present on a budget, is very hard, it's always fun trying to guess who got each other what. 
This year, I'm doing a secret Santa with my friends, but I have no idea what to get the person I picked (help!). 

6. Christmas posts. I love how social media suddenly transforms at this time of year! Youtubers are vlogging, bloggers are blogging, twitter is buzzing etc etc and there's just soo much happy Christmas buzz being spread it's unbelievable!

7. Christmas dinner is always a delicious feast, although I'm not quite sure how it'll be this year considering the fact that  this will be my very first vegetarian Christmas.

8. The Christmas spirit. 

Everyone, even the most grumpy of people are jolly and somehow everybody manages to get along with each other at this time of the year.

9. Being together as a family, I love seeing everybody that sometimes you only ever see at Christmas or birthday celebrations.

10. Receiving gifts from friends and family.

11. Christmas Shopping! The Christmas/Boxing day sales are always the best!


If you do celebrate Christmas:

What gets you the most excited about Christmas?
Who do you enjoy spending the holiday with?

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..


Christmas... is not an external event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
Freya Stark

Christmas gift guide: For girls #BigBlogmasproject2014

Hey guys,

One thing I struggle with, as I get older is finding good, quality presents to get someone. The days of home-made gifts/cards 'from the heart' are over and as you get older, the expectations get higher and higher. For example, a few years ago, I bought a girl in my class one of those childish nail-polish sets for around £3. It was a cool gift and all, but now as a teenager, the sort of gifts that I'm expected to produce are of a higher price range than they were before. There's the trouble of finding a gift that is both reasonably priced and suitable for the person you are gifting it to.

That's where this post comes in. I'm just going to give you a few suggestions on good gifts that can be given to pretty much everyone.



Lush, in my opinion is a good place to shop. I love the whole idea of the brand, and so might the receiver of your gift. It's all natural, and you can buy a range of products from bacth bombs to toners etc etc. One of their products that I love the most is the 'Breath of fresh air' I find that it wakes you up, so if you're buying for someone who always looks tired, or sleeps a lot, hopefully it'll be really effective in keeping them feeling fresh.

 The price range, in my opinion is quite fair, most of the products listed above only ranging from £5-15 which is the average most people are expected to spend on a present (but understandably this ranges with age and financial situations).


Superdrug, like Lush, is also a really good place to buy products such as those in the above images. 
They offer a wide range of products such as mascara, perfumes, bubble baths etc. for a really affordable price range. The products, imaged from superdrug (above) range from £8-15, so are perfect for when you're on a tight present budget.



One thing that I hope you have inferred from this post is that bath soaps and like-wise products are always the best to gift when to a friend or family member when you are stuck on gift ideas because they are things the person can use every day and last long. Although, I do recommend that you make the gift a little more personal when gifting something to someone close to you, because gifting your mum with bath soaps may seem nice, but may come across as you not putting effort into it, if she has been hinting that she wants a new phone case.

And... One last thing I think would be awesome to get someone, partially because I desperately want one, is a portable charger. This, along with many other things, is a unisex gift and is pretty much ageless (as in, would be good for people of any age as long as they own a mobile phone). Unlike the other products, I'm unsure of where you can purchase one of these. I've heard that you can buy one from online stores such as Amazon (I won't be surprised, they sell pretty-much everything).


Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,

Hmm...HMM..


It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.
Moliere

Christmas Jumpers and Onsies

I love the traditional Christmas novelty jumpers and Onsie. From the cute, funny and OTT I love them all!
I think this is an opportunity to start thinking about Christmas if you haven't already but you really should have by now; we are now in December!
Here a few of my favorite shops for Christmas ideas and also for the traditional Christmas Jumper and Onsies for someone you love this year!



JOHN LEWIS 
John Lewis is one of my favourite places to shop for around Christmas time and you may have seen there famous Christmas adverts, Who else thinks that the penguin is adorable?

http://www.johnlewis.com/joules-atholl-christmas-jumper-red-shoe/p1391778

Joules Atholl Christmas Jumper, Red Shoe


Little Joule Girls' Horse Fair Isle Cardigan, Blue/White

 






  Novelty Bear Onesie, Cream

 


Fairisle Print Fleece Onesie, Navy

 


MISS REBEL

On my blog, Twisted-Rust and Pixel, I have actually done a wish list for this winter and have included one of the jumpers and one of the onsies so go have a look at that for more. MISS REBEL WISH LIST.

Bambi Christmas Jumper





Fairisle Reindeer Jumper







Christmas Santa Onsies






Hearts and Stars Onsies


NEW LOOK

I could only find one onsie on the New Look website but I'm sure they have more than one in store so go down to your nearest New Look this just means I have picked three Christmas Jumpers.


Cream Fluffy Sequin Bow Christmas Jumper


Brave Soul Pale Blue Fluffy Reindeer Jumper









If you enjoyed this post, I have my own blog at Twisted-Rust and Pixel where I talk about Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and everything and anything. 
Thank you for reading! 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mockingjay Part 1

Hey guys, 

Yesterday, after attending the weekly National Saturday Art Club, I went to watch The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 with a couple of friends.
Before I even tell you my opinions on the movie, can I just ask...

Are you Team Gale, or Team Peeta?

If your answer is Gale, I applaud you.


I'm usually not a huge fan of the franchise, but this question just annoyed me soo much, I started to get into it (if that makes any sense).
I am just really baffled by the people who ship Peeta and Katniss. I mean, I do understand how nice and thoughtful it was for him to throw her the bread and all, but think about it. Peeta, a stranger at the time, performed a random act of kindness, but then you have Gale. Her best friend, the guy who has been there for her through thick and thin. The guy who helps her look after her family and the guy who constantly performs acts of kindness. Surely it's only fair that they end up being together.

The movie was only fairly entertaining. 
I must admit, there were a few scenes that had me in hysterics and two scenes in particular that almost had me shed a tear (without trying to give anything away, it was the scene where Peeta warns her and the very last scene of him/ the last scene) but I can't help but think of it as a 'filler' movie. Just to throw in all of the boring drama before the actual action begins in Part 2. 

I think the people who were in the cinema found me very annoying as, during the majority of the scenes they found touching and/or sad, I was laughing. I don't really want to specify any scenes because I might give something away, and spoilers are the one thing I hate the most when regarding movies/books.

I'm still unsure at whether I think watching the movie at the cinema was a waste of money or not, but right now, I belive it was worth it.  
This is because the cinema experience alone was amazing. That's just something you can't recreate at home. For example, during one of the silent points in the movie, someone at the back of the room attempted to do the mockinjay whistle, but failed miserably. That was followed by a short pause -where you would literally be able to hear a pin drop- then the entire cinema simultaneously erupted in laughter. That was hilarious.

If you have watched the Film:

What was your favourite scene?
Were there any scenes that made you laugh or cry?
Where there any funny/awkward moments in your cinema experience? If so, what was it?

Another quick question. 

Is it just me, or does Prim look a little like Shailene Woodley in some scenes?

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!” 
― Suzanne CollinsMockingjay



P.S. My favourite part of the movie was when Katniss started singing the 'Falling Tree' song and the scenes that followed soon after.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The TMI tag

Hey guys,


I thought it'd be really fun to do the TMI tag, because it gives you'all a chance to get to know me a little better, but what'll be really cool, is if you guys did the tag too and linked me to your posts so I can get to know you better too.

1: What are you wearing?- My nighties
2: Ever been in love? - Nope
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? -Nope


4: How tall are you? - The last time I measured myself was two years ago, but I think I'm 5ft 6-7 

5: How much do you weigh? - I don't do this often, the last time I measured myself was in July, but I think I'm 55 on the scale
6: Any tattoos? -Nope
7: Any piercings? -Yes, one per ear
8: OTP? (One True Pair) - Lily and Marshal 
9: Favorite show? - How I Met Your Mother, Gotham, How to get away with murder, criminal mincds, Fashion Bloggers, Total Divas, House of DVF
10: Favorite bands? - The Script , One republic, Greenday, Coldplay, cold war kids
11: Something you miss? The  TV shows I watched as a kid
12: Favorite songs? - The A Team - Ed Sheeran, Centuries - Fall Out Boy, Firsts - Cold war kids, Carousel Ride- Rubblebucket
13: How old are you? - 15
14: Zodiac sign? - Pisces
15: Quality you look for in a partner? -Honesty, Kindness, Funny, Physically fit
16: Favorite Quote? - I think, therefore I am - RenĂ© Descartes 

17: Favorite actor? - Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch

18: Favorite color? - RED (now and forever)
19: Loud music or soft? - Depends on my current mood
20: Where do you go when you’re sad? - generally to my bedroom 
21: How long does it take you to shower? - 20mins maximum
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 15mins
23: Ever been in a physical fight? - Never
24: Turn on? - Outgoing, Kindness, Funny, Physical fitness
25: Turn off? - immaturity, obnoxious, vanity, rude 
26: Fears? - Insects and most birds
27: Last thing that made you cry? - A TV show
28: Last time you said you loved someone? - yesterday, to my mum 
29: Last book you read? - The Davinci Code 
30: Last show you watched? - Fashion Bloggers
31: Last person you talked to? - My sister
32: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? - BFF
33: Favorite food? -Pizza!
34: Place you want to visit? - Currently.. nowhere
35: Last place you were on Holiday? - Paris, France 
36: Do you have a crush? - Nope
37: Last time you kissed someone? - Never, unless you count kissing my mum on the cheek
38: Last time you were insulted? - No clue
39: Favorite flavor of chocolate? - White chocolate 
40: What instruments do you play? - Guitar and the keyboard
41: Favorite piece(s) of jewelery? - Rings and necklaces
42: Last song you sang? - Centuries - Fall Out Boy
47: Favorite chat up line? - Hi.........
43: Have you ever used it? - nope
44: Last time you hung out with anyone? - Yesterday 
45: Who should answer these questions next? - Neriah and everyone currently reading this post



Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,

Hmm...HMM..

I love making new friends and I respect people for a lot of different reasons.
-Taylor Swift

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Top 10 Revision Tips/ 5 Tips On Overcoming procrastination

Hey guys,

If you are sitting any exams soon, or you're anything like me (you're a master procrastinator)
 I hope this post comes in very handy for you. Bur bare in mind that I may be able to give you tips on how to revise, but if you're too busy procrastinating, there's no use.

With that said, it seams only fitting that I start off with:

My top five tips on how to overcome procrastination.

  1. Create a Revision timetable 
  2. Tell a parent that you've got the exam coming up and fill them in on your timetable. This way, if they see you moping around or doing something else instead of revision, they can steer you back onto the right path.
  3. Break a long task down into miniature, more manageable tasks to trick your brain into thinking that it's doing less, when really, you're doing exactly the same amount of work, just at a quicker, more efficient pace.
  4. Focus on one task at a time. Don't freak yourself out by reminding yourself about the mounds of work you have to complete in soo little time. Just start, and by the time you know it, you'll be almost finished doing most of the things on your list.
  5. Change your environment. If you're in a noisy room at home, leave the house and head over to the library, or (if you don't want to do that) just head over to your room and close the door behind you.
My top ten tips on how to help you revise.
  1. Understand your learning style (figure out the way you find easier to memorise things). This could be through acting it out, linking it to a thought or image, making mind maps, listening to music etc etc
  2. Once you've completed the first stage, put it into practice. As simple as this sounds, don't lock yourself away in your room, glued to your books for hours on end if the only method of revision that has a positive affect on you is acting the words out or turning the words you need to know into popular songs.
  3. Prioritise what you need to revise. By this I mean, don't do what I do. I tend to focus on the subjects that I find the easiest because they are easier to revise and I don't have to put any effort into it. This is wrong because I'm only going over what I'm good at instead of learning something new. The trick to start with what you find the most difficult and focus on those subject, that was even if you fun out of revision time, you know that you have  rough idea of how to do everything (if that makes sense)
  4. Make mind-maps and little notes around your bedroom and on your ceiling. This way, the first and last thing you will see every day is your revision notes
  5. HELP EACH OTHER OUT. This is just my opinion (based on personal experience), but testing your friends by asking them questions based on the subject you're revising, helps you out just as much as it helps them. This is because by drilling the answers into their head, without realising it, you're also drilling it into yours, as you repeat the answer over and over again.
  6. I find, writing out my revision notes using a range of different coloured pens helpful because staring at blue/black ink makes me feel very bored, causing me to get distracted easily. You could be the same.
  7. Practice on past papers. The best thing to do is print out a bunch of past papers and practice on them. This way, not only are you testing yourself, but you'll have to mark the work after, allowing you to look at and understand the mark scheme, so you know roughly what to do when you're taking your real exam.
  8. Take short breaks. This should keep you focused and should hopefully prevent you from procrastinating
  9. Don't keep your phone with you when revising, it'll only tempt you and prevent you from focusing
  10. Something I failed to do this year was revise in advance. Yes, yes, I know the sound of revising during summer or Christmas doesn't sound all that appealing, but trust me, the time you spent sitting down watching the television could have been used to write revision cards, that way, while everyone is panicking at the last minute, you're already a step ahead
Remember, walking into an exam thinking that you're going to fail puts blocks in your mind. What you should really do is try and think positive, try listing to some music on your way to school on the day of the exam, making sure that you have had enough sleep and that you have eaten breakfast, so you're not sat in the exam thinking about food.

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM..

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday
-Don Marquis

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Quick and easy tips to make a new friend

Hey guys,

 I think one of the things I struggled the most with when I was younger was socialising. 
I don't mean this as I was antisocial. But I was in a way. Sure I'd feel comfortable talking to people I knew, but when left in a room with someone new, it'd be really awkward.

I remember, back when I lived in Abu Dhabi, we had new neighbours, and one of their daughters were my age (in my year) and starting at my school, so we offered to give her a ride.  
Not only did my mum leave us sitting alone on the living room sofa, she also put me in an awkward position by telling me to take photos with the girl, which was very,very awkward but...
Now that I think about it, my mums refusal to pick up on an awkward situation, was useful because it helped to break the ice and the girl and I became quite good friends soon after. 
Moving on, these are my top five tips for making new friend, try some and feel free to comment if they've worked for you:

    • Never, ever speak about the weather.                                                                                           -Talking about the weather is one of the worst things you could do, it's almost as bad as going "Well, this is awkward" because instead of making things less awkward, you're actually highlighting the silence. Bare in mind, I'm talking about making new friends, not about how you should act with your current friends. If someone was to fill an awkward silence with my current friends, we'd all burst out in laughter         
    •   Get into hobbies or communities where you'll naturally meet a lot of people, ones you already have something common with and a built-in activity/conversation opportunity to do with them. this means put yourself in a situation where lots of potential friends are around, and you naturally have to get to know them through your day-to-day interactions. Work and school are the two big ones.            
    • Always try asking some questions about the person.                                                                   -This is really useful if you run out of things to say, or if you had nothing so talk about in the first place. Bare in mind that different situations may call for different types of questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               There  the basic questions that you could ask after you've introduced yourself:  "what's your name?" "how old are you?" "where did you move from?". But there are also questions that you should ask in particular circumstances e.g. if there was a new student in your school, you might want to ask:                                                                                                                            -"What school did you used to go to?"                                                                                  
    • Once you've found a potential friend, try inviting them out somewhere you thing you'd both enjoy and see where the friendship blossoms from there.
    • Do your best to accept every invitation

If at first people invite you out and you constantly decline, they will just give up and stop inviting you to places. This is bad because it means that you're out of the loop. What I'd recommend you do is accept the first five-eight times they invite you out, then you start being the one to invite people out. After that, You can do whatever you want because they know that you'd be up for going if you are free and not that you're the one that never goes anywhere.

    Overall, meeting new people may require making an effort to pull out of your day-to-day routine. If most of your hobbies are solitary you might also need to add some more people-oriented ones to the mix. Also, the easiest way to naturally meet a lot of people is just to live a full, interesting life and run into lots of potential friends as a Bonus.

Anyway, I've got another quote and picture for you all,
Hmm...HMM.. 

Remember,If you want new friends and a social life, you've got to do something to make it happen
-Anonymous