Friday, 31 March 2017

A 25 Watch Wishlist!

For me, watches are one of the more difficult accessories to buy. For starters, they do tend to be a fair bit more expensive to buy. I've also got freakishly tiny wrists, which means that a lot of them either just plain don't look right or end up spending the day sliding up and down my arm regardless of how many times I try to get them fitted. My third concern is always whether I should get the watch that I think is the prettiest or the one that best matches the clothes that I tend to wear. I still couldn't tell you the answer to this question!



001. Abbott Lyon £90 // 002. Rosefield £89  // 003. Sekonda £22.50 // 004. Lorus £69.99 // 005. Rosefield £79

My new work role means that a lot of time checking is needed - and unfortunately for me, it's also a role that has banned me from looking at my mobile phone throughout the day, which means that an actual watch is needed. So, a new watch it is.

006. Oasis £35 // 007. Lipsy £35 // 008. New Look £12.99 // 009. Pilgrim £89.99 // 010. Cluse £79.95

Some of these watches are more expensive than the sort that I would normally feature in my wishlist posts - but alas, there isn't much choice when it comes to watches! Watches just ain't all that cheap - and unfortunately a lot of the high street ones that I came across that WERE lower in price just didn't look anywhere near as good. For the most part, I've kept them below £100 though, the most expensive being the £155 one in the row right below this little paragraph.

011. Abbott Lyon £90 // 012. Ted Baker £155 // 013. Ted Baker £135 // 014. Ted Baker £145 // 015. Ted Baker £135

You'll notice that most of the watches I've chosen are of more discreet tones. I went with some browns, because I figured that brown looked pretty good with almost any other combination. I've chosen some peaches and some rose golds, just because I think they are pretty colours. But these Ted Baker ones and the Lipsy design on the row above are just SO pretty I had to include them!

016. Cluse £79.95 // 017. Cluse £79.95 // 018. Cluse £79.95 // 019. Olivia Burton £75 // 020. Olivia Burton £80

I did consider smartwatches, but I need to be honest about this - I just don't actually like them all that much. I already own one, a rose gold Moto 360, and truth be told I just don't wear it all that much. Despite being the smallest size it still feels ridiculous on my wrist, I'm constantly catching it on things, and I just don't use it all that much - and even then it somehow manages to completely drain my phone's battery, so I just don't bother! For me I don't find they save much time from just taking my phone out of my pocket. Although I did like being able to quickly read notifications on them, for me I'd then generally forget to actually reply to the message at a later time, so a proper watch it has to be!

021. Accessorize £25 // 022. Olivia Burton £98 // 023. Olivia Burton £70 // 024. Olivia Burton £70 // 025. Olivia Burton £70

So, here's my list of 25 favourites. Which one do you like the most?
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Monday, 27 March 2017

10 Happy Things

001. The flowers are out! I bloody love flowers, and I'm so happy to see some little bursts of colour popping up all over the place. From daffodils on the sides of the street to beautiful blooms popping up in gardens and in stores :D

002. I have finally completed training, and someone somewhere decided it would be a good idea to hand me a train driving license. So, that's exciting! Really I'm just so relieved to have finished training, you have no idea. It's been remarkably stressful having so many exams and practicals and having to learn so many new things with the constant threat of suddenly being made unemployed if you fail to grasp any part of it - urgh!

003. Disney World is all booked up - we're heading over in September! It's been about six years since I last went to Orlando, and as wonderful as California is, Disneyland two years ago didn't quite fill the gap. My annual leave has managed to fit perfectly as it means we get to go during the Halloween season, easily my favourite time of the year. And the Food and Wine festival is on in Epcot too which I've always wanted to give a try, so I couldn't be happier about this!

004. For the first time in a while, I'm feeling like I've got some really close friends again. I didn't stop having friends, but my police schedule was so unreliable and crazy I kept letting people down all the time because I wouldn't be able to leave work, so I understand why I stopped getting invited to things. I'm happy to see that people seem to have been trusting my timings again a little more lately and I'm back to feeling like I'm being welcomed and included in things!

005. My pay during training was pretty sucky, but the end is nearly in sight and I'll finally be going onto a full wage. I'm looking forward to being able to live normally again, and the ability to book holidays without being terrified about not being able to pay rent will soon return. I'm also happy to be able to start treating people again, I feel like I've had to be carried through the last few weeks and I can't wait to return that.

006. I saw Beauty and the Beast the other day and it was brilliant! Such a dark movie, Disney did a really good job at it. I do have to agree with what the initial reviews said and say that Emma Watson is by far the weakest part of it - but after the first 15 minutes or so of it she is joined by much better actors and it really is a good movie. It's a shame to say it as I think Emma's gorgeous and I'd never noticed anything wrong with her acting before but I just couldn't quite accept her as Belle - but it's still a brilliant movie that is very worth watching.

007. April brings lots of restaurant deals and I'm looking forward to trying out lots of new restaurants again. It's been a while!

008. With the weather warming up, I'm also enjoying going on lots of walks again. Right now I've just been doing little walks around east London and exploring parks and other places. The weather isn't quite reliable enough yet, but I'm looking forward to exploring more and it's making me want to plan all sorts of outdoorsy trips!

009. Speaking of which - I may end up living on a boat?! Of course I need to keep researching it, but buying a houseboat is something I've been thinking about for just over a year now. I don't know yet, but I'm enjoying finding out more about it and thinking of taking a tiny little boating holiday in the meantime.

010. I'm going to Copenhagen in May! At last. It seems like 2016 was the year that literally everybody ended up going to Copenhagen, a place I hadn't really thought much about previously. I don't have many plans at all yet aside from who I'm going with and what the dates are going to be, but I'm so looking forward to exploring.
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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mother's Day, with Hotel Chocolat - Plus Win Your Own Hotel Chocolat Sleekster!

  Can you all believe that spring is here? And with it comes the return of the daffodils, Easter, my birthday (!), allegedly warmer weather (where is it? It's actually getting colder!), and of course, Mother's Day.

  This year, Hotel Chocolat got in touch with me to ask me to share some of my favourite Mum Moments with you all - as well as that, I'm also going to share my opinion of their delicious Mother's Day sleekster - and even better, you can enter my giveaway at the end of this post and win yourself your very own sleekster - it's your choice whether you send it on to your mum or eat it yourself, I won't judge :-)

  For myself, my relationship with my mum was always very strained. I suppose this isn't the normal thing you hear on blogs, but truth be told, we just don't really get on all that well! It wasn't until I moved out ten years ago that our relationship actually started improving. We don't see each other all that often anymore - and for us, it's actually better that way! My boyfriend manages to stop by and see his mum most weeks and something like that would never work for us at all - right now, every year or so is sort of our limit. I know some of you may be horrified to read that, but for us it's what works best. Since I moved out, things have been much more supportive between us. We are able to text more, and we are able to be there when the situation calls for it. As an example, she came to visit when I first rented my last apartment, and helped me out when legal fees suddenly went soaring for the one that I was attempting to buy. She has also come up to visit and braved her personal horror of south London when I was in hospital following surgery, and we went down to visit when she moved as well. Our relationship will never be the sort that you see depicted on TV, but it works for us and is probably the best it has ever been!

  Shall we take a look at the sleekster, then...?
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Robots at the Science Museum!

Robot
The other week, me and Chris headed on over to the Science Museum to take a look at their new robots exhibition. This display was something we'd be eagerly waiting for - I first heard about it a few months ago and had put it into my calendar to remind us to come and take a trip. Then, a few weeks ago I was suddenly convinced that it was open so we headed over, only to find out that it wasn't afterall! But, at last, we could finally take a trip to see the robots.

 I did go to this exhibition with very high expectations. Robots are of course very interesting and I was looking forward to seeing the variety of what they would have on offer. I also visited the museums' last exhibition, Cosmonauts, and thought it was one of the best exhibitions I had ever seen, so my expectations were probably unfairly high!

Toy Robots
The exhibition is split into different zones. It starts off with looking at the early development of robots in the form of clocks and small toys - and also includes a very large and impressive swan! The swan does not move, however there is a video next to it showing the swan in action; and for that, I am sort of glad for the fact that the swan was immobile as the video makes it look absolutely terrifying!

Eric the robot
You can take a look at some of the more basic robots...

Robot
...and robots that were created to copy certain body parts or movements, such as walking robots or hands - one of which moves, and is very creepy!

Toyota's trumpet playing robot
Following that, you move on into the room that I imagine is the biggest draw for most people - the robots that are modern and futuristic!

Robothespian
This fellow here likes to interact with people! He correctly identified me as female and greeted me as such - while Chris got ignored entirely and just got blankly stared at until someone else came and stood next to him too! This one is a very lively and theatrical robot.

News reading robot
Here we have a newsreading robot - who ultimately, we just thought was really scary.

Robot
Not as scary as this creation, however! This robot wasn't moving, and is another one that we are glad for. This robot fills an odd sort of role - it is there to act as the voice of the other person you are speaking to on the phone, including moving it's mouth to replicate the voice of the person on the other end of the line. Apparently it was designed as such so that you could hug the robot whilst speaking with it, but we both just found it very uncomfortable!

Pepper the robot
This robot was probably the one who was getting the most attention, as he was by far the most animated. Pepper is a robot capable of lots of movements, and who tells stories to you through the use of the tablet on its chest. We didn't get a chance to interact one-on-one with Pepper, although we did watch others who were and Chris was very jealous of them all as he really wanted a go.

Robot 

Learning robot
One of the things that surprised me is just how many learning robots there are now. This fellow is an example of one - he is connected up to a database along with the other robots of his kind. The different locations that have one will set him up with different items that he is able to learn to pick up and move around - when he has successfully learnt something, it can be uploaded to the database and shared with all the other robots of his kind. He wasn't the most successful while we were there - which made us glad that he had not decided to pick up the slice of cake that you can see peeking in from the right!

Robot brownies
 To add to the theme, robot brownies were available from the cafe when leaving. And they were actually delicious!

Overall, we had a good time looking at the robots. We both enjoyed looking at how robots had developed and having the opportunity to interact with some of them, and I was pleased to see that the exhibition contained some of the more famous robots that I had previously seen on TV - although, sadly, not live. Tickets start at £13.50 for adults, and I would say that the gallery is worth it if of course you are interested in robots. However, the exhibition does feel quite short, and unfortunately it definitely wasn't as good as Cosmonauts was despite the fact that I personally think the robots are a more interesting subject matter - but still definitely worth a visit!

Due to the fact that the exhibition is ticketed, only a certain number of tickets are sold per slot which means it shouldn't be overly busy. With the exception of Pepper we didn't have any trouble when it came to getting to see and interact with the robots - however in the interest of fairness, I will see we went midday on a week day so obviously if you go on a weekend your experience may be different.

More information on the gallery and ticket booking is available here!


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