Thursday, 31 January 2013

It's My Life - Cracking Down on Cruelty.

More so than ever I have been extremely cautious of the brands I am buying, and whether they are cruelty free, recently. I find it hard to be sure with alot of things as they may state the product itself has not been tested on animals but it's ingredients may well of been. I often check the PETA list to see if a particular brand is okay to use but it's time consuming sifting through all the unknown brands. Hence this post! I thought it would be beneficial to have a list of the most commonly know brands that are NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS! Some may actually surprise you...

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Charity Spotlight V.5

The Greater Good Network. 

In their own words (which is usually the best description) - 

'The Greater Good Network of websites is a family of online activism sites that harness the power of the Internet to help people, animals, and causes in need.
Our websites bring together communities that care, giving you the power to make a difference in the world with simple, every day actions. You can benefit leading non-profit organizations by choosing from a range of activities including clicking on the free contribution button daily, making a micro-donation through the Gifts That Give More™ program, and shopping for gifts, apparel, jewelry, and home d├ęcor in our do-good stores to give even more at no extra cost.' 

I have a memory worse that a fish so don't ask me how, but I first came across this group of sites maybe 4 or 5 years ago. At the time I developed a habit of visiting each site and clicking on the 'Click to give FREE ___' every time I was on the internet. I even bought a couple of small jewelry items from their online stores, some of which I still wear - actually I never take off - to this very day!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Inked & Awesome - Liza Sherlock

Name: Liza Sherlock
Age: 31

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?

It was 1 day after I turned 18. My brother is a tattoo artist and has been since I was about 16 and all i could think about was having him tattoo me. But, he wouldn't do it until I was 18 so the day after my birthday I was down in his shop! My first tattoo is a large pin up hula girl covering my shoulder blade. She is super faded and not the prettiest now but I won't touch her up as its a memory of my first tattoo.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Share the Love V.6

This post is dedicated to the wonderful world of the Swamp Family. <3

I am usually not a fan of Tumblr. I mean, I had photography of mine taken and used without consent on the website which was a breach of copy write and I know it happens to many others.
That being said there are people who credit original owners and also produce their own work. These hand full of Tumblrs made this list due to their selectiveness in 're-blogging' and posting content. A must see for fans of the weird and wonderful! [Click the images to be directed to the websites.]

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Opinions Of A Housewife - Instagram Privacy Changes (and how to download your whole photo stream).

Instagram, a previous 'currently obsessed' feature on this blog, is for me no more.

Yes, after hearing in the latter part of last year of the photo sharing app being bought out by social network giant Facebook, it was only a matter of time until there was a huge upset.
The long and short of it is, unless you deleted your account by the 16h of this month all non-private accounts photos will be under copy write threat. Whether you are a photographer that shares their work or a general photo taker posting photos of your shoes, food and the like Instagram has the right to sell your photos to third party companies for adverting without any type of credit to you.

Personally, I think it sucks!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Cuteness Overload V.6

If this doesn't prove animals have feelings, I don't know what does.

They know they are being mistreated. They know they are being testing on, abused and taken away from their parents. STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

My Soundtrack V.6

A song from my all time favorite band. Sometimes I go for a while without listening to them, but there isn't a song that I dislike by them and can always stick them on even after a good Rick Ross session! I also had the honor of meeting them and being given Zach's drumsticks at the Newcastle gig of the Chase This Light tour.
The song above inspired my latest tattoo...

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

I Wish, List V.9

Hair Rings  These little gems were brought to my attention by youtube's Grav3yardGirl . You'll see from my 'My Top 5 - YouTubers' post how obsessed I've become with her since stumbling upon her channel and her style is right up my street. I remember a couple of years ago I threaded different beads into my hair for a while and these rings look awesome hair fun!
Bambi Crew It's Disney and it's casual clothing. It's ME.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Saturday, 12 January 2013

My Top 5 - Favorite 'Sci-Fi / Drama' Movies

Before I get into it, I'm gonna kick off by saying this is not including movies that are part of a series - that will come separately and that I originally had planned to do just an 'All time favorite movies' top 5, but that's impossible for my incredibly indecisive brain. Top 5 'Sci-fi/Dramas' it is...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
By far the easiest movie to choose for this list and actually the only movie I can declare as my (non-Disney) all time favorite ever! I am not the type to watch any sort of chick flick, romantic, lovey dovey films and this is the only exception.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Currently Obsessed V.7

Anyone recognize this guy and his crew?
I don't play on my Xbox a lot because there is a human male that lives in this house meaning its usually occupied. But when I spotted this on the dashboard I had to take over control of the controller! Yes, the game we played all those years ago (well two really, but it seems like forever ago) originally on a desktop PC, has been released as an Xbox arcade download as of May 2012. Woo hoo!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Inked & Awesome - The Dame

Name: The Dame
Age: 33

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
Ummmm, I'm not sure, I got them done at the first ever London Tattoo Convention which I think was in 2004? So I would have been 25.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

2012 on Once Upon A Time...

2012 has had its ups and downs, but overall a happy year with the best people.
Here is an overview of my year in posts.

Firstly, my Top 10 most viewed posts.

I have no idea why some of these post have been viewed as much as they have, especially number 1! It has weirdly crept up the rankings in this past week to surpass number 2 that was way out in front.

I thought it also might be cool to list a few of my personal favorite post that may of not been as easily directed to via a search engine. I hope you take the time to check some of these out, you may of missed some interesting posts if you only recently started reading...haha

In no particular order, here are some posts I really enjoyed writing:

November marked the 1 year anniversary of this new blog venture and I hope it continues to grow in 2013!!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Out and About - Gosforth Park Nature Reserve Revisited.

Start the year as you mean to go on.  -  Nature hunting and Photographing.
If you're following my Project 365 photography blog you may of seen THIS awesome photo (if I do say so myself) of a beautiful male Roe Deer!

My friend Sophie and I went on our second outing to the Nature Reserve at Gosforth, Newcastle on the 3rd and began our day in disappointment as my personal favorite place, the feeding station bird hide, was bare of any sort of wildlife!
Starting our trek around the over 148 acre park we were very pleasantly surprised to run into a couple of young female roe deer. Literally, they were about 6 meters or so in front of us. By the time we raised our cameras they were on the move and especially with my camera settings still the same from shooting birds, I didn't manage the clearest shot.

However, a little further along the path, this stunning male trotted straight across in front of us!

 Other than the amazing sightings of many more roe deer that day, I only got one photo of a bird and lots of random snaps. Check them out... Everything looked soo different from when we last visited.

It's My Life - Christmas Haul

After Christmas, I love to watch all the YouTube present hauls and seeing as I'm too shy to sit and talk to a camera I thought I'd do a similar thing here.
[Disclaimer - I'm not bragging, presents aren't everything etc blah blah blah.]

So yeah, Jake and I couldn't afford to get gifts for each other year and so that we had something to open on Xmas morning my Mam had previously brought down a few of our gifts. 
In those bags were 3 items and all 3 were from my wishlists! haha
First was the pink Lipsy cardigan with black hearts on it, then some Ed Hardy Born Wild perfume along with the Christmas essential of some Snow Fairy shower gel from Lush (which has become a tradition).

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

What's Going On? - Welcome to 2013!

Happy New Year everyone :)
I don't even know where 2012 went, but I suppose it's like they say 'time flies when you're having fun'.
It may not of been the easiest of years financially but it has been spent in the best company.

We made it through the end of the world, heard brilliant news of a new Royal baby and devastating news of the school shooting in America.  London hosted a very successful Olympic Games, Felix Baumgartner set the freefall skydive record and the most annoying song ever went viral.