Good morning folks and Happy Hallowe’en!
It’s actually only 6:30am as of the time of me typing these exact words, but the clocks went back here yesterday and my body clock isn’t in sync with them yet.
Despite it being Hallowe’en, I don’t have a spoOoOoOopy post for you today. Next year I will be sure to plan in advance, but as you may have seen from a few posts ago, October has been a very strange all-over-the-place month for me.
Instead, I wanted to do a post on stuff I’m into right now and what I’m obsessing myself with in these past few weeks/ months/ okay some of them are a bit longer than that…
Please note: this is a lifestyle post and not a beauty edit, but if you wanna get an idea of things I like that aren’t necessarily makeup, then read on!
Okay, listening to older music isn’t something new to me. I have to admit right here and now, I am not adept at listening to music. Music is glorious and wonderful and beautiful and I love it, but I don’t actively seek out new artists or listen to the radio or keep up-to-date with music trends. I have a selection of artists that I like, and I tend to listen to them exclusively or even just certain songs over and over. And a lot of the music I listen to is old music for this reason.
I have a Tidal account, and on it I have created Playlists to go with different moods. These used to get switched up on a daily basis in terms of what I listened to, but recently it has pretty much been exclusively my 80s and 90s list, which if you have a Tidal account, you can listen to here.
If you don’t, here are some Youtube links for you:
- Africa – Toto
- Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
- A Little Respect – Erasure
- Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
- Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
- Missing – Everything But The Girl
- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
- Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
- Shout – Tears for Fears
- Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
- Life On Mars – David Bowie
- Heroes – David Bowie
- Space Oddity – David Bowie
- Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
I know it’s only a small selection of songs, but I love them, and I probably listen to this playlist like three times a day at the moment. If you don’t have time to listen to them all please just listen to these couple:
Basically, this playlist reminds me of growing up in the 90s and listening to music with my Dad on a Saturday morning in the kitchen while we made breakfast and sometimes did baking together. Of course, I do have recent music I love as well, but this playlist just makes me feel all nostalgic.
Something I probably haven’t spoken about on here before is my love of anime.
I got in to anime when I got with my husband seven and a half years ago, initially just to appease him, but then I actually started enjoying it myself.
We first started out watching a lot of fighting and action anime. Some I enjoyed, some I didn’t. One of my big loves of way back then was Bleach, for example, but I never really got that into Naruto. After a few years I discovered that I had my own kind of tastes in anime, and I started watching some independently. But I then discovered that the anime I loved watching was also his guilty pleasure… and yes, I’m talking about shōjo.
If you’re unfamiliar, shōjo is a genre of manga or anime that is primarily targeted at teenage girls and young women. The subject matter is usually romance, and a ton of these take place in a school setting. I have a long list of anime I love that fall into this genre, but recently I discovered Yuri!!! On Ice and fell in love.
If you follow me on Tumblr, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you’re not following me on Tumblr, why? Go do it now! I’m kidding, you don’t have to.
It’s about ice skating. However, like a lot of anime, you don’t have to be an expert or particularly like the main subject matter at hand to get into it. It’s an ongoing series, and it currently only has four episodes, but it already has a massive fan base online. Particularly Tumblr. I wonder why that is?
Oooooh the homoerotic subtext, right.
Listen, I’ll be straight (ha!) about it: you’re probably not going to enjoy this if watching sexual tension between two guys isn’t really your thing. There’s a lot of it. But at the heart of this anime is a really pure story to be told, and the main characters are just likeable and you want them to succeed. Which, ya know, is a good thing when investing in a story. We’re not too deep into it yet, but you can see the storyline unfolding into something beautiful questioning how to find yourself when people’s perceptions are based on the expectations thrust upon you.
Plus the fact, the composition and artwork of this anime is just beautifully done.
If you want to give it a go, you can see the English subbed version via KissAnime here.
I’m gonna go ahead and guess that most of you know what I’m talking about. There’s been a lot of advertisement online and on TV for this, despite it not even being new. However, if you’ve missed it then I will expand.
Skyrim is a video game that was originally released in 2011 (11.11.11) on older gaming platform models XBOX 360 and Playstation 3, as well as Microsoft Windows for PC gaming. The game was the 5th in the Elder Scrolls series and was created by Bethesda, RPG gods who also created the Fallout franchise.
Skyrim is an alternate universe of Nordic Gods, dragons, magic and civil war. Imagine Lord of the Rings with vikings and you’re not too far off. It’s not a game I intended to get into initially, and when it was initially released I watched my husband play it and palmed it off as fantasy nonsense. However, within a few weeks I was playing it, and I ended up completing it before him.
Recently, Skyrim has had a rerelease due to the popularity of the game, and Bethesda have updated the graphics and some of the gameplay to create a game that now works beautifully on newer platforms, the XBOX One and Playstation 4.
I couldn’t resist. It is one of our favourite games and I just had to see what the rerelease was like, and let me tell you, it’s beautiful. Playing it makes it seem like I was only playing it a few weeks ago and not five years ago, despite the fact that its graphics are hugely improved. This is probably a testament to the developers in keeping the core gameplay as it was.
If you’re into this kinda game, I definitely recommend checking it out.
I’m not going to make this long, I promise.
If you know anything about me at all outside of this blog, it’s that I am a massive Sherlock fangirl. I’m talking BBC Sherlock by the way, although I do engage with and enjoy other versions. Sherlock, and the Sherlock fandom, is something I spend a lot of time engaging with, discussing, analysing and just basically obsessing over.
However, I hadn’t actually watched it in a little while. Every so often the whim arises to throw on an episode, but more than watching the actual show, I do the other stuff as described above more. This is what happens when you have to wait like THREE YEARS in between series. But the other day, just after the GBBO finale, we received the trailer for series four which had already been released, except this time it had a date of release:
Obviously those of us heavily in the fandom had suspected a January release, but the confirmation of such sent us into meltdown. So now, I’m going back and revisiting old episodes, and will probably be rewatching over and over right up until New Years’ Day.
I try not to obsess over Sherlock on most of my social media, however if you are interested in reading my angst, I do have a tumblr sideblog on which I vent all my frustrations over this goddamn show, which you can find here if you really want to.
Onto something a little cheerier and festive now: Christmas shopping!
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I don’t really like the cold, however it somehow feels okay when you can walk into a house with warming flashy lights from a Christmas tree, sweet festive-smelling candles and home baking, which there always is in this household around Christmas. I love Christmas, okay?
But one of my favourite parts of Christmas is giving gifts to people I love. Sometimes this is utterly stress-inducing, and because we don’t have a great deal of money I almost always end up feeling like we haven’t bought people enough, but I still like to go out and find stuff that I know a certain someone is going to like.
My Christmas shopping starts at the beginning of the year. Seriously. If you’re savvy like me, you know the best place to start looking for the next year’s gifts is in the January sales (just make sure you check your use-by dates on edibles and skincare please, peeps!). The rest of the year is then spent keeping an eye out for things that people will enjoy when I’m out and about, and filling up my big Christmas gift box in my house.
I’m always online looking for stuff, bookmarking things and writing down ideas. I just love it and I can’t wait until we are truly going into Christmas countdown mode tomorrow!
And there we go. I hope to do some more posts like this with online makeup and clothing picks too. What do you think?