Sunday, 30 March 2014

Vintage Things Wishlist

Some of you may have guessed that I am one of those types who love all things vintage - not cool, pop culture vintage but hang out in antique shops smelling books vintage. Thus I am always on the prowl for pretty things to add to my growing collection of oldey-woldey clutter and my favourite item being pretty tins and storage boxes.


Raccoon and Rabbit Tin
How cute is this little tin? It would be great just to put knick-knacks in and would look gorgeous on any dresser. I personally love to store nail varnish in cute tins like this.

Phone/Glasses Case
I love the pattern of this pretty case and the colours work so well together

Rapunsel Card
Who wouldn't want to receive this Rapunsel card? It is really pretty - albeit slightly gloomy

Embroidered Clutch
Although the picture isn't great, this clutch has a gorgeous pattern and I love the colour

Cat & The Fiddle Tin
Another tin but how adorable is this one? I am in love with it

Change Purse
This pattern is my ultimate favourite - I think I need this purse..

Bookmark
I love this little bookmark just because she is stood on books and has good hair

Cat Trinket Box
This is so cute - it is really so sweet - and would be great for bobby pins and hair bands

Penguin Books
I really do like books and I think that Penguin Books are so pretty - wouldn't mind adding this little lot to my collection

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more vintage inspired posts, be sure to let me know!
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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Choosing a Uni Hall

As is becoming quite the custom when I have difficult decisions to make to ask for your opinions, I would like to do a little post about the decision I am currently making about which uni hall to apply for and I would love to hear your advice.


So, I am currently trying to decide whether to apply for an all-girls hall or a mixed one.

I know that it might sound weird to even consider an all-girl's hall but here is my reasoning:
-it is right next door to my campus and is the closest out of all the halls so I can just roll out of bed and wander into my lecture
-it's cheap
-it is the most beautiful building ever as it is Victorian (see picture above) and doesn't look like a prison block like some of the others do
-it is said to have lots of international students
-lots of religious people go there (like myself)
-I feel quite self-conscious around guys and if I like someone I find it difficult to eat in front of them (yes, I am a loser)
-it has it's own gardens, common rooms with pianos and TVs and a music library but not a book one *sob*
-it will be quiet and I will be able to revise which is something I prefer as I'm not the going out type

But then there are the cons...
-it sounds a bit regimental
-they may be factional rivalry among the girls
-there are lots of rumours around this hall and people may think I am weird if I say that I stay there
-it's a bit boarding school-like
-you have to sign in and out
-I might miss out on important life skills that I would gain through staying in a mixed hall
-they use a tannoy to say when you receive calls or have visitors (...1984...)

I would love to hear your advice as I am really unsure what to do and I would love to hear people's experiences of staying in halls.
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Friday, 28 March 2014

Costume Drama Recommendations



I am not a huge film buff and I find it difficult to sit and watch a film as, unlike a book, you can't just put it down and then pick it back up again later on. However there are quite a few costume dramas that I really like and think that everyone should watch - brace yourself, we're going for the long haul!




Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I know this is controversial among P&P fans but I do see Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy and I couldn't see Mr Collins played by anyone else. The scenery is beautiful (Chatsworth House - need I say more?!), the characters are true to the book without it being too long a film and the soundtrack is breathtaking. But I do like the BBC version also but the 2005 is always going to be my favourite.




The Young Victoria

Although historical evidence suggests that perhaps Albert wasn't as amiable as he is portrayed in this movie, I don't really care. You may know my love for German and people who may or may not have played Wickham in Pride and Prejudice so this is just perfection for me.



Jane Eyre (2011)

You may have noticed a theme in these recommendations in that they are set in the past and mostly adaptations of books. Jane Eyre is one of my favourites and I think that the actors for Jane and Rochester are very well suited to how they are described in the book.



Emma (BBC Series 2009)

I know this isn't a film but you can buy it on DVD in full so it is kind of like a film... It is amazing and made me fall in love with the book. Knightley really is the friendliest fictional character! I can't recommend this enough - it is so good.



Northanger Abbey (ITV 2007)

I couldn't find many good clips of this version of Northanger to share with you but this is my favourite adaptation and one which I would encourage everyone towards. Also the actor who plays Tilney is also in Austenland!




Austenland

I recently watched this film and really enjoyed it. Despite the painful attempts at a British accent, I love this film and brings in lots of parts from Austen storylines and is great for the literary geeks among you who want to watch something fun, a bit more modern but also based slightly on literature. Also I can relate worryingly a bit too much to the character of Jane at the start. The best men are fictional. 
I know it is not wholly a costume drama but it kind of is.



Shakespeare In Love

I think this is a great film if you want to learn more about Shakespeare and try to visualise Tudor society and the background to Shakespeare's work. Also the actor who plays Shakespeare appears in many Tudor dramas.



Downton Abbey

This is an easy one to finish on as everyone knows that it is amazing and long term readers will know how much I love this drama. I love the characters, the storylines (although they keep killing off my favourite characters) and the costumes and settings are amazing.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear which films are your favourites.
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Clueless Fashion Inspiration

I have recently been watching Clueless a lot - and I mean, a lot, and I have just fallen in love with all the outfits and just how cool everyone looks. So, I have found pictures of all my favourite outfits and have attempted to recreate them with pieces on the highstreet and some more expensive pieces from ASOS.

Outfit One





Outfit Two



White shirt, Tartan skirt, Black jacket, Silver shoes

I hope you enjoyed this and if you would like to see more posts like this be sure to let me know!
Also I would love to have a chat with you all - you can email me or tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove.
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Friday, 21 March 2014

Reasons To Learn German

I thought I would put together a little post about something I rather like - that being German and Germany. Since I have decided to do a degree in English Lit and German, I often have to tell people that I am learning German and, as there are only 4 people in my class, it is evident that it's not a language us Brits are mad for. Whenever I tell people I study German and am planning to do my degree in it, they usually look an bit dumbfounded and some even say 'why?!' so I decided to put together this post to try to dissolve some of the misconceptions you may have about German. 


- It is in the same language family as English and many English words are derived from German
- It is the language of science, philosophy, theology and much more
- Most of 20th century theology is written in German


- German was the first language the Bible was translated into outside of Latin, Greek etc.
- The Protestant movement began in Germany
- Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, Marx, Kant and Freud all spoke German
- German has the largest number of native speakers in the EU


- Germany has the best economy in Europe
- Sandra Bullock and Sarah Chalke can speak German


- Few people in the UK learn German
- It is a complicated language so employers will see your dedication and skill


- It is a very beautiful country with great Christmas markets
- Their cakes are amazing


- It's not so harsh a language as you think
- German people, in my experience, are very friendly
- Black Forest Gateau was invented there


- They have very good words which we don't have equivalents to in English
- Most of the fairy tales you know are from Germany

If you enjoyed this post then be sure to go and check out   Easy German on Youtube which is amazing and shares videos of talking to random people on the streets of Germany.


And Melilitona for German Disney songs translated (too cool).
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

New Look Spring Wishlist

I have recently been looking around at the new clothing for Spring in New Look and am rather taken aback by how great everything looks. Thus I have chosen a few of my favourite things (unfortunately, though, no whiskers on kittens *sob*) and have compiled them into this snazzy wishlist that you see before you.



I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear which item is your favourite.
You can also tweet me day or night at @TheEmeraldDove. 

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Uncommon Goods Favourites

I recently came across a lovely website full of the most adorable items ever! It is called Uncommon Goods and they have such great items that I could probably spend an unspeakable amount of money on there.
Thus I have put together all my favourite items to share with you all and go some way as to explain my love for this company.


I especially love their literary themed gifts - I could buy one of everything on their website.


These novel teas are possibly my favourite - each teabag coming with a literary quote. I mean, literature and tea - what more could I ask for?


These literary coasters are the other main contender for my favourite item from this site.I love the Pride and Prejudice one and I am bit of a fan of 1984.

How pretty is this Alice In Wonderland Cushion?! The colours are gorgeous and just everything really.


As a kid I was mad for gem stones and these nightlights remind me of my gem collecting days. They are such pretty colours too.

I love the colour of these robin egg soaps and they look adorable in the jar - perfect for Spring.

Although these piglet soaps remind me of Animal Farm quite a lot, they are still adorable. So adorable, in fact, I doubt I would be able to use them.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear which item is your favourite.
Also feel free to tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove - I love chatting with everyone!
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Awkward Teenage Years Tag

I have decided to create tag mostly because I am eager to hear everyone talk about what they were like as teenagers but also because I am rather a nostalgic kinda person and enjoy looking back on things.
Although I am still a late teenager this post is more directed towards those awkward school years.
I hope you enjoy this post and I hope that you all take part as I would like to see your answers.

Questions
How would you describe your teenage self?
What did you enjoy most as a teenager?
Which band/artist did you like listening to?
What was your fave subject in school?
Did you go through any awkward phases?
Which books or films did you enjoy?
Please share an embarrassing pic of you as a teenager with us
What did you watch on TV?
What advice would you give your teenage self?

Very young at the beach in my fave Harrods top

How would you describe your teenage self?

I was quite shy but also really wanted to be seen as cool and popular. I suppose I really wasn't happy with myself (Downer Debby) and always wanted to be like the 'cool kids'.

What did you enjoy most as a teenager?

I was such a Facebook addict around Year 9 but before that I loved reading - especially the Louise Rennison series.


Which band/artist did you like listening to?

When I was in Year 7 I a big 80s rock and pop fan and liked things like 'I Think We're Alone Now' etc. Then in Year 8 I was ABBA mad. Thereafter I was a big pop music fan and loved Enrique Iglesias and things like 'Candy'. Then in Year 11, cool kid that I was, I loved Horrible Histories songs (my faves being the King Charles II and The Highwayman one - yes, I was a 'Bayntonette').

What was your fave subject in school?

I started out loving Art but by GCSE I disliked it - probably because I got a C in it. I also loved English but hated German which is funny as I am hoping to study that at degree level.

Did you go through any awkward phases?

I went through a 'scene' phase which is kinda like colourful emo. I would wake up at 6am to straighten my hair and wore bright pink skinnies.


Post-haircut selfie
Which books or films did you enjoy?

I loved Jacqueline Wilson and the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison. Film-wise I enjoyed Mamma Mia and golden oldies like Titanic and Grease.

Please share an embarrassing pic of you as a teenager with us


 Pretending to be Harry Potter in an invisibility cloak

What did you watch on TV?

I can't really remember what I watched other than Horrible Histories in Year 11 (yes, I admit I was a bit old for it..). Probably just spent all my time on Facebook before that.


My 16th birthday cake

What advice would you give your teenage self?

I would tell myself not to worry so much about trying to fit in but to just focus on studies and make the most of the time with my friends.


Prom with my bestie

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to let know if you have a go at this tag!
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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Primark Haul (ft. giveaway win & thrifted): March 2014

You may have seen that not too long ago I did a bit of a Primark haul but, alas, here we are with yet another. What happened was that I had something to take back to Matalan and I got store credit but couldn't find anything that I wanted to buy. So my mum swapped me the store credit for cash as she wanted to buy something in there.
I promptly then went to Primark and bought a few things. I also got some things in charity shops and from a giveaway win.



I was rather excited to find this bag after seeing a few blog posts about it - Zara City Office Bag dupe - whoo!! I had loved the Zara bag for ages but it was much too expensive but this dupe was only £12 in Primark. And I love it. 


This skirt was reduced to £3 in Primark - I know, crazy! I loved the design and have been wearing it loads recently.


I had seen this jacket in Primark for a while and thought it was nice it was then reduced to £8 so I decided I had to have it. 


Please excuse my dreadful, makeup free appearance 

I won these awesome sunnies in a giveaway run by the lovely Rachelle from Beloved Bluebird. She also put some other amazing gifts into the parcel.


Rachelle also sent me this lovely hairband from Forever 21 - first thing I own from there!


I had seen so many people on Youtube buying things from Old Navy but I think they only have stores in the US so when I got these I was crazily excited. They are like walking on clouds.


These were delicious. I also got Skittles which were delicious and some other lovely things.



I got this in a really cheap shop and I got this adorable plate for 99p - bargain!



I found this in a charity shop and I couldn't leave it. It was £1.50 but it is adorable so..




I got these 3 gorgeous books for just £1.75 all together. The last two look new and I am so excited to read Tender is the Night as I loved reading Gatsby.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear which item that I got you like the best.
You can also tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove. 
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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Quotes From Great Women For NWD

As it is National Women's Day today I have decided to share with you a few quotes from inspirational women. This is going to be very picture heavy with little writing but I hope you are inspired by these amazing women.









I hope you liked this post - Happy International Women's Day!
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Friday, 7 March 2014

My Favourite TV Show

For the third day of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge we have to write about our fave TV show. I don't tend to watch any shows every week as I have little time for TV and when I do it is quite majority vote in our house. But, when I can get to the TV, there are a few shows that I enjoy.
Naturally being a boring political person I really enjoy Question Time, Prime Minister's Questions and The Big Questions - gosh, I am sad. I also love comedy shows like 8 Out Of 10 Cats - I think we are agreed that Jon Richardson is amazing. And Miranda is absolutely the best. I am enjoying Hair recently and anything with Kirstie Allsopp in is good. I watch Come Dine With Me, Four In A Bed, Don't Tell The Bride and Coach Trip repeats whenever I can - you can always count on at least one of these being on TV on a Sunday afternoon. Also My Wife And Kids on 4Music.
But my absolute favourite has to be Downton Abbey.


I don't think anyone can argue that the costumes and setting are divine and the characters really interest me. I think it is a good mix of drama and history. But my only qualm is that they kill all my favourite characters - Sybil was my ultimate fave. I think it really makes the early 1900s come to life and the characters are really relatable to today and it kind of shows you that although things were different, people are still the same.


I hope you enjoyed this post - I know it was only short and rather boring.
Feel free to tweet me at @TheEmeraldDove and I would love to know what shows you like.
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