26 March 2014

Favourite songs and Lyrics #9

This series has become a bit strange, for a start it's been over taken with song lyrics with very few quotes, and secondly there not even my favourite lyrics!  There just songs I'm really into at the moment.  The thing is I love language, I have loads of favourite quotes and lyrics that mean so much to me but I don't seem to be showcasing them.  However new music is never something to be sniffed at so lets stick to the format.  This post is in the same vane, not exactly a favourite lyric but a song I heard on Kerrang radio while at work earlier today and have been listening to on repeat ever since.

You like to think you've broke the mold but now I'm sure,
You'll crack just like the rest when I break your fucking jaw

I won't settle, settle, settle, you are never gonna hold me down.
So toxic, you ain't nothin' but a prick.
I'm the best thing that never happened to you.
Never, never, never, you are never gonna live this down.
Life's too short, I can't fake it anymore.
I'm the best thing that never happened to you.
We are The in Crowd- The Best Thing (That Never Happened)

I do love a bit of spunky punk pop!  This is the perfect song if your going through a break up or just need a confidence boost.  I recommend playing it as loud as possible while dancing round the room in just your underwear.

Let me know if you enjoy this song, I have seen this band live before at a festival but this is the first time I'd really listened to a song of theirs.

Kariss xxx

24 March 2014

The Houshold Cavalry Museum

For those of you who don't know, this week is #MuseumWeek over on twitter.  If you log on and follow the hashtag you will find loads of information about what your favourite museums are up to.  There's a different theme everyday, today's was 'a day in the life', you can check out the daily themes here.  I think its a great idea and my dream job would be traveling around visiting museums and blogging about them (someone tell me that exists!).  This inspired me to visit a blog post a planed ages ago about my trip to the Household Cavalry Museum.

So way back in November I was headed to London for a meeting on a Thursday and decided to take the opportunity to take the following day off and use it as an extended weekend to see my boyfriend and sister.  My meeting was close to Trafalgar Square so I met me boyfriend strait after and decided to head towards the Household Cavalry Museum as it was the only place near by I done to death and it was on my list of places to visit in London.

I hate this photo of me, it's so unflattering, but I'm dealing with it because Harry looks so cute in it!  Anyway enough winging, here we are outside waiting to go in, it was a surprisingly sunny day.

These are all pictures from outside, it's worth going just to look at the buildings!  The front always has the Household Cavalry on guard and there's a changing of the guard every half an hour.  It's less grand then the one at Buckingham Palace but you can get really close as there's no barriers and it's much less busy so it's defiantly a good alternative and great for photo's, although there are no classic bear skin hats here.

I unfortunately don't really have pictures from inside, I think I took some but they must have got lost at some point.  However there were only really two rooms and a gift shop so if I'm honest there wasn't a great deal to photograph, and one of those rooms was an unused stable.  None of the exhibits were particularly interesting and for £6.00 it was a real disappointment considering that it is surrounded by much larger, more interesting free museums.  In fact just across the road is The Banquet Hall which in my opinion is much better and massively over looked so save your money and spend it there instead.  By all means go and check out the guards, you will probably pass by it accidentally if you are doing the usual tourist rout as its in between Big Ben and Trafalgar square (and you get to pass number 10 on the way) but I wouldn't say it's worth paying for the actual museum exhibits.  I'm glad it's ticked off my list but I wouldn't go again.

Of course no museum blog post is complete without silly hats!


19 March 2014

Books of 2014: Part 2

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Your planet has just been destroyed and you re lost in the space-time continuum, but Don t Panic! Just thumb your way to the end of the universe for a nice cuppa tea with the help of The Ultimate Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, your Baedeker for intergalactic zaniness. Featuring all five novels in Douglas Adams s beloved Hitchhiker s series The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless and the bonus short story Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, this omnibus provides you with the perfect itinerary for sightseeing across the universe, from the beginning to the end of time. Along the way you'll meet paranoid robots, avert Armageddon (more than once!), and learn the answer to the ultimate question concerning life, the universe, and everything even though you'll never learn what the question is. So strap in, get ready for lift-off, and prepare yourself for comedy on a cosmic scale.

I think it's important to note that I read the ultimate (full series) version of this and not just the title story and so that's what this review reflects.  It's a shame because I had high hopes and as much as I found the title story funny, imaginative and interesting, as the stories went on the stories got much weaker, more irrelevant and confusing.  It took me ages to get through this book because towards the end I just wasn't enjoying it.  It felt like a challenge more then a pleasure, I would suggest just picking up the original story and ditching the rest.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories volume 1 by Joseph Gordan-Levitt

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1.
The universe is not made of atoms; it's made of tiny stories.
To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE--directed thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, Gordon-Levitt culled, edited and curated over 8,500 contributions into this finely tuned collection of original art from 67 contributors. Reminiscent of the 6-Word Memoir series, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size

Can we just talk about how sweet these are? They look great and it's such a simple idea.  They are a little hit and miss but there's always going to be strengths and weaknesses when your taking works from lots of different people, but the good ones really are great.  It's amazing how you can create such emotional complexity in just a couple of sentences, also the illustrations in this are beautiful, worth the price of the book in themselves and they really add to the story.

The tiny book of tiny stories volume 2 by Joseph Gordan-Levitt

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Looper, 500 Days of Summer) made a big splash with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories - so now he’s back with volume 2! One of the most ingenious and successful projects to come out of Gordon-Levitt's online creative coalition hitRECord - an international collaboration of artists and writers - The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 offers more quirky, delightfully small, ingeniously illustrated haiku-like tales, proving once more that the universe isn’t made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories. The best things do come in small packages.

Honestly not much more to add then what I said about volume 1, a great edition that keeps up the same level of quality in all areas as the first.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.  
The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.
This was one of my favourite films as a kid and so I knew I would want to read the book at some point and see what the differences are.  I guess the surprise is that there isn't, it's pretty much play for play the same as the film (well the film is the same as the book) which just shows that the film must have been a pretty good adaptation!  I enjoyed it because I loved the film but it didn't add anything extra, I'd recommend this to lovers of the Hobbit.

Lolito by Ben Brooks

She's online.
'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch.'
'That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you.'
'Yeah. Me too.'
'I'm vaguely nervous.'
'Don't be.'
Do be. I'm a child.
 is a love story about a fifteen year-old boy who meets a middle-aged woman on the internet.
When his long-term girlfriend and first love Alice betrays him at a house party, Etgar goes looking for cyber solace in the arms of Macy, a stunning but bored housewife he meets online. What could possibly go wrong...?

Grow Up is one of my favourite books and ever since reading it a couple of years ago I've been desperate to read more of Ben Brook's work, as that one just floored me.  This one wasn't as good for me but it was still enjoyable.  I think because of Ben Brook's style people expect him to really take the readers into something truly debaucherous, and with the title and theme of the book I guess I just expected more.  As a result it felt kind of tame, but still interesting and I loved the lead character.  Another tale of modern teenagers that's totally believable.

17 March 2014

New hair time!

My last post left a rather big question mark over what I was going to do with my hair, so here is the result!

I'm sorry for the quality of these pictures, I am still phone/camera less so it's webcam all the way, feels a bit old school!  Anyway here's some quick pictures of me before I made the trip to the hairdressers.

I think this is the first time my makeup-less face has appeared on my blog!  But considering I only wear makeup once a week I guess I should get used to using pictures like this more often.  Anyway I purposely hadn't had my roots done for about 5 months as I was trying to grow the bleach out, I also hadn't had a haircut in this time so it was getting pretty long!  My hair wasn't died blonde, it was pink but this is the colour the pink washes out to.  Because of this it looked a mess as it wasn't toned or anything.  So on with the new hair!

So here it is!  My hairs a little messy in these as I'd slept on my curls a couple of times.  There's actually 4 different colours on my hair here, one initial one on my roots and one on the rest of my hair, then another colour on my roots and another on my hair to make sure the colours matched properly.  All this was to avoid using bleach and I think my hairdresser did an incredible job of managing to get my hair all one colour considering!  Next time were going to get it a slightly different colour and eventually the bleach will all grow out.  I also had about a inch of my ends as it had grown unevenly and was pretty dry, it feels really refreshing having healthy hair again!  

So what do you think?  I've seemed to have gained a mixed reaction so far

Kariss xx

15 March 2014

Time for a change: My hair throughout the years

This blog post could also be titled 'why my hair is fried'.  As soon as I hit my teens I was desperate to dye my hair, my mum told me I couldn't until I was 16, but at 15 she finally relented and it all got crazy from there.  Why am I talking about this now?  Well my once beautiful pink locks have faded to a horrible yellow/blonde and with having a sort of serious job now I wanted something a bit more practical, but still fun.  What is that going to be?  Well you'll just have to wait till next week, as until I see my hairdresser I'm not 100% sure myself.  I also hoping to try and grow out the bleached parts of my hair, but with my natural hair colour being so dark I don't know if this is going to be possible to get the colour I want.  How did my hair end up being so damaged?  Well let's take a look at some of my past hair colours and see.  Let the ritual humiliation commence!

 1. my natural hair colour, very dark brown, 2. my first experiment with hair dye, blonde and coper streaks (because thats what all the 'cool' kids had), 3. dark brown with blonde and red streaks underneath, actually inspired by Fern Cotton, 4.brown with blonde fringe

 1. Starting college brown hair with blonde and red streaks, 2. more blonde and red streaks in different places, 3. brown and red with a ridiculous fringe, 4. purple/red with black fringe and black streaks under my hair

 1. brown with blue and green areas, 2. purple and red with black areas, 3. the worst haircut I ever had when I started uni, dark brown with green, purple, blue, blonde and red patches, 4. dark purple with bright purple highlights
 1. dark purple and brown, 2. red and dark purple/black, 3, purple and red, 4. bright red with dark brown areas

 1.pink with black underneath, 2.bright red, 3.blonde with red underneath, 4 red that fades to black

 1. my 21st purple with pink underneath, 2. red and blonde, 3. purple and pink, 4. red and brown

 1. bright blue and purple, 2. dark purple, 3. purple, 4.red and pink

1. bright blue with pink fringe, 2. bright purple, 3. blonde, 4.blonde with pink under fringe

1. blonde with turquoise under fringe, 2, blonde with purple tips, 3. cotton candy pink, 4. my current hair, washed out pinky/blonde

So there you are, now you can see why my ends are in trouble!  I am going to do a hair care post soon to show how I keep my hair in relatively good condition, because considering how often I used to bleach it, it should be far worse!  This isn't even close to all the hair colours I've had but I spent most of my teenagers avoiding cameras and I've also lost a lot of photos from back in my myspace days. What's the most ridiculous hair colour/style you've had?  Would you like me to do anymore posts on hair? let me know

Kariss xxx

11 March 2014

OutlandishPixel Pixel Art

I get a lot of complements from newcomers to my blog about my lovely banner, I adore it and it's one of the favourite parts of my layout.  I love the fact that it's completely unique and shows off my style perfectly while having that geeky hint that is very me.  If I'm honest I'm lucky, my boyfriend is a pixel artist so he did created it for me, and tweaked it till be both were happy.  As much as I admit I am kind of biased, I do think he's really good, so I thought for something a little different I would use this blogpost to show off some of his artwork! It's the least he deserves for putting up with my blog demands!

This is one of his most resent creations, he made the mistake of asking me for inspiration so of course I went for Fluttershy, I think it's super cute :)
A few months ago I asked him to create a cover for a disney album I was making for a friend, he spent ages on these and I think they are fantastic, so much detail!  Speaking of detail, look at these full scenes bellow.

And lastly a couple of self portraits, since his face doesn't get up here very often.

So what do you think?  He has a blog over at Outlandish Pixel which shows much more of his work (and explains it much better then I do).  I am still phone/camera less, and will be for a couple of weeks, but it's giving me a chance to do more posts like this that don't require new photographs (and hopefully getting round to making post I took photo's for months ago!).  Time to get resourceful!

Kariss xx

6 March 2014

Hell Bunny Adelaide skirt from Audrey Star's Boutique

Sorry It's been quiet around here, on top of being ill, away with work and looking after the dog while my parents where away, my phone broke.  Well when I say my phone broke I mean I dropped it in water....and left it there for 2 hours!  A long story short I unknowingly dropped it in a bucket of water, and didn't realise as I was watching a film.  Needless to say that no matter how much rice I buried it in it's pretty dead and thanks to my crappy insurance it's going to be weeks before I get my hands on another.  Apart from the problem of not having the internet at my fingertips (Jesus that really has been hard!) unlike most bloggers this was my only means of taking photos, I also own no form of tablet so unless I'm sat at home in front of my laptop I am contact-less.  Anyway enough about my phone anxiety and on with the blog post!  Luckily I had taken some pictures of the skirt and uploaded them before my phone went to it's it's watery grave.  Bare in mind though these were not supposed to be used as blog photo's, hence the awkward mirror selfies!

I had intended to do a quick review of this skirt when I bought it, I expecting to review the company too but when you receive good customer service you just have to spread the word! I love Hell Bunny, I don't know if I have made that clear enough on here but I own a LOT of their stuff, and I want to own even more!  I have added a lot of vintage reproduction shops on twitter etc so I can keep track of who has the best offers when I have my eye on something.  This time it was this beautiful Green polka dot skirt from Hell Bunny.

After checking my usual places I had a bit of a google search and came across a website I had never seen before, Audrey Stars Boutique.  I found what I was looking for in my size and cheaper then anywhere else at only £19.00 and ordered as soon as I got paid.

The day after I ordered however I saw a post on their Facebook page offering a discount on all Hell Bunny products!  I commented jokingly saying 'typical of me to buy something the day before an offer starts!'  I was only speaking in jest but they were nice enough to reply saying that seen as I had missed out they would send me a free gift! How exciting! It' always lovely when companies have a personal touch (they didn't even have to ask me for an information, they already knew which order to add it to).

Everything arrived promptly and I was really happy when I opened it to find my skirt had been wrapped up beautifully in mint green tissue paper.  My rubbish picture doesn't show the lovely colour properly, but it really was super pretty!  I love little touches like this i really dose make a difference and it isn't something I've received from other shops like this so it was really nice.

The free gift turned out to be this lovely Hell Bunny tote bag, It's really thoughtful and I love it.  It's big enough to carry plenty of stuff in so I will defiantly get some use out of it.  Anyway onto the actual skirt!

I LOVE this skirt, its super comfy and looks great, Hell Bunny just released this same skirt in lots of different colours for spring and there's a few I've got my eyes on.  My only criticism is that it's slightly longer then it is on the official pictures, admittedly I am only 5,3 but I have never had this problem with Hell Bunny clothes till recently when I ordered a couple of autumn dresses that can be found here.  It's not a major problem, and I am just debating weather to get it taken up or not.  Maybe this would be good motivation for me to learn to sew!

Expect to read some blogs from me in the future that don't require me to take pictures!  I do have some ideas up my sleeve.  So do any of you guys like Hell Bunny?  How about Audrey's Boutique?  Let me know what you think

Kariss xxx
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