Thursday, 17 October 2019

My Top 5 Favourite Games This Season & Beyond

Blogtober Day Thirteen
Hey lovelies!

Gaming. Boy does it take over your world once you get into! I mean, as much as I'd like to say that I'm ace at playing Fortnite, I'm the best at Grand Theft Auto, I'm the fastest on Need for Speed and I'm the greatest trader on FIFA, the reality of it is I struggle. I don't really know why I've never gotten the hang of playing games like these but I know for a fact that it's not for a want of trying, I just need hours and hours of practice haha!

I've discovered though that I love a game especially when it's portable, I can play it on the go, I can use it without Wifi or data, and it is fun or entertaining in some way. Mobile phone games  for those reasons are always a must for me.  

Personally amongst all the social media accounts, the endless apps and the resources that I need for adulting, I want a bit of a breather and to have something that can either train my brain or let it rest for a little while so I don't have to think too much.

So if you're wondering what kind of games I'm playing at the moment then just keep reading...

1. Homescapes - You may have already seen this advertised absolutely everywhere by now but I downloaded this game over a year and a half ago and I have managed to get way over level 600 and I'm majorly proud of that! If you love Candy Crush, this is super similar but with a little extra twist/quirk.

2. Colour Bump 3D - I have to say that a lot of these 3D games from the Good Job Games family are so freaking cool to play and very addictive too! I love playing this one when I'm on the train and need a distraction whilst I wait for my stop.

3. Idle Supermarket - This is for sure another game company (CodiGames) that have created very similar but equally cool games for you to play. I'm not going to lie but I sure do get a little obsessed with the constant growth of my supermarket in this game - I love hitting the targets!

4. Klondike Adventures - Such a cute game with its hard working village and real time challenges, I don't think that I could ever get bored of this one. I adore being able to find new treasures and constantly engage with the ever-growing, adaptive storyline.

5. Zipline Valley - Last but not least we've got this thought provoking and mental challenging game. I think it's pretty cool how you're tested on every level to try to get the little characters all the way home on this zipline, safe and sound, whilst trying to dodge all the obstacles. You need to try it out!

...and there we have it! If you have any suggestions or recommendations for other games I should play then send them my way by leaving a comment in the section down below!

XOXO
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Autumn Is My Time To Be A Foodie

Blogtober Day Twelve
Hey lovelies!

I always feel that around this time of year I become a real foodie. I don't know if it's the colder weather or the fact that I'm someone who has always craved carbs but I just LOVE dough in all its forms - dough turned into bread, dough turned into garlic bread, dough turned into pizza - you name it, I love it! Unfortunately or maybe fortunately...the cravings don't stop there because I am a sucker for chocolate, specifically chocolate brownies and I'm telling you from now, if I could go around taste-testing every chocolate brownie in every restaurant that served it for dessert then I would be a pretty happy gal! No lie.

I recently had an awesome day out with a loved one where we enjoyed a movie at the cinema and a three course meal at Zizzi and I couldn't believe just how much I would enjoy my garlic bread with mozzarella and caramelised onions. I liked it, A LOT, and not from the point of view that it just tasted great but it made my soul happy and it made my heart sing, it was THAT good.

In case you're wondering, yes I am one of those people that like to take photos of their food before they eat it which can of course annoy those around me but hey, at least I get to remember my food for years to come and have the opportunity to think: "wasn't that a darn good plate of dough balls!" No regrets for me. None. Nada.

I think that it's important to note though that Mediterranean girls like me...scrap that...Greek girls like me love to eat, at least the ones I know do! Similarly just like Italians or the Spanish, our food tends to be quite heavy, quite filling and oh so tasty which can often make it difficult to say no to another plate of dolmades, Greek bread and/or feta cheese - the latter of which are just two of my ultimate weaknesses amongst a whole selection of other delicious treats.

So for this season I'll continue to be a foodie but I'll actually start to look after myself a bit more because all play (food) and no work (exercise) can lead to a very unhealthy lifestyle and I don't want to continue on that road if I can help it. I'm pretty sure that is what often turns my life into a mini self esteem disaster, which is something that I certainly do not need. 

In the meantime, whilst I venture down that road to becoming a healthier version of myself, be sure to let me know a bit more about you and your love for food. If you're a foodie, how do you balance your cravings and your love for food in order to have a healthy lifestyle? Give me some tips and let's chat!

XOXO
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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Music Is My Soul

Blogtober Day Eleven
Hey lovelies!

"If music be the food of love, play on" - I must admit, Shakespeare was a wise man. My love for music is not a recent obsession, but more so a constant need to thrive, to feel the emotions and have the desire to live out those emotions through every beat and every word sung. I have a deep connection with music and whilst I understand that for some, listening to dance music doesn't necessarily soothe you or allow you to be in the moment, there are so many different genres that can make you feel some type of way whatever your mood and whatever your taste.

Music features a never-ending spectrum of moods, minds, and magic and without it I would be a little more lost than I let on. There's something about going down the escalators on the Underground, looking around whilst everybody goes on with their lives and you're standing there with Old Town Road acting as the soundtrack to that particular moment. I like to compare it to those adverts you get in the cinema that showcase how seeing a movie in the cinema is a sure fire way of being able to feel as if you're in every single scene. Well sure enough that's what music is to me. Every song, every beat, every note and every lyric pretty much. It feeds my emotions and it feeds my soul in ways that nothing else can.

I can't figure out how they do it but musicians are somehow so much better at being able to put a mood or an emotion into words and have it make sense; hallelujah for their talent! Without them I sure wouldn't be able to have a dance party in my house that gives me such overwhelming happiness...or sadness (depending on the song) compared to if I were to dance in silence. It makes life interesting and it makes you remember things.

Music to me is like your favourite perfume in the sense that it can bring back memories, it can remind people of you and it can make any and every situation that much sweeter, maybe even bittersweet. I have never-ending videos of me singing along or miming to my favourite songs and I could very easily spend most of my time making these videos and pretending I'm much cooler than I actually am!

I mean let's be honest, who doesn't imagine that they're performing at their own concert in front of thousands of their adoring fans or making their own music video because I sure do! I may actually be alone in my room but my soul is in the moment, creating my own cheesy magic through my own little recreations - I promise you it is normal and not at all sad haha!

To be on the safe side though, leave me a comment down below letting me know that I'm not alone in this! In all honesty, even if you all find me a little weird, I really don't mind because in those moments when I'm in my music bubble listening to every song loud and proud, I am at my happiest! 

XOXO
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Monday, 14 October 2019

Why My Blog Seems To Showcase More Beauty Than Fashion Lately...

Blogtober Day Ten
Hey lovelies!

This post is a big one to the extent that I could potentially be opening up a can of worms or maybe revealing something that other people can't see but nevertheless I feel it. I once saw this quote that said: "You are so used to your features, you don't know how beautiful you look to a stranger" and it got me thinking about how harsh we can be about ourselves and the way we look. I have spent years beating myself up about the fact that I have always been a little bigger than the girls I know or the other women I pass in the street and it always sticks at the back of my mind, bugging me every now and again.

You see I am a very observant person which can be great in crucial moments but when you're constantly observing other people and looking at what beautiful features they have and that you don't, it can be a little soul crushing to say the least. I try to do it less and less but when you're on the train and there's nothing else to do but people watch, there's hardly time to escape it!

Bringing your attention back to the original idea behind this post though, some of you may be looking at the title thinking: "maybe beauty is just your blogging area of expertise" but the truth is the reason why my blog seems to showcase more beauty than fashion lately is because I'm just not ready. I truly do not feel that I am in the best physical shape of my life and whilst I'm not asking to have a model figure so that I can feel comfortable creating fashion content, I am wanting to become healthier in order to see mental and physical results that I would be proud to show off.

Personally I don't believe that my body aspirations are linked to any societal norms because firstly I do not agree with them all, nor do I fit in with most of these traditional societal norms and nor do I want to in all honesty. I truly appreciate my body and what it has to offer but when I find myself wanting to shoot outfit photos or do anything fashion related, I end up having THOSE thoughts.

THOSE thoughts being the ones where you doubt your potential and the ones that leave you questioning all that you are - they can be so utterly detrimental to the point where they have the power to put me off from doing something that I could really enjoy! I think that it's fair to say that this feeling is very common in so many individuals and that's a sad fact of life because no one wants to feel less than they actually are. Most of all though, no one wants to feel as though they need to overcompensate or overshadow their "flaws" by showcasing one feature of theirs (e.g. their face) in photos in order to divert away from what they don't like about themself (e.g. their body) but then again, it's all about what you're comfortable with I guess.

Maybe in the near future I will be able to muster up the courage to create fashion content but in the meantime, I would love if you could let me know in the comment section down below if that is something that you would like to see from me! What do you prefer: wishlists or actual photos of me wearing the clothes rather than just photos of the items? Let's get chatting, I want to hear your thoughts! 

XOXO
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Friday, 11 October 2019

Why I'm Finally Proud Of Myself

Blogtober Day Nine
Hey lovelies!

You may have seen the above tweet recently and long story short, I'm just really proud of myself and how far I've come. I'm not one to boast, nor am I one to push my achievements in other people's faces. I keep myself to myself but when I put this tweet up, I just felt like I had to get it out there.

I know I said that there was no rhyme or reason as to why I was proud but the truth is, I have managed to take a step back to look at my life. I can see what I once was and I can see what I am now - bigger, better and stronger. I'm not perfect by any means but I'm finally getting more in tune with life and I'm pretty darn happy about it!

Let me know in the comment section down below if you've seen an improvement in yourself. Are you feeling happy and proud of who you've become? I want to know more about you!

XOXO
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Thursday, 10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day - My deepest thoughts, a mind unravelled...

Blogtober Day Eight
Hey lovelies!

Happy World Mental Health Day to all of you!

Today's post is a little simpler than the others in terms of its structure but its content is quite deep, raw and very vulnerable. I don't always like to delve into these feelings too much in such a public space because it can be a cruel world out there and there are plenty of harsh individuals who like to have their say and tell you how you should be feeling.

I wrote the below piece because I wanted to express how I felt during a time in my life where everything felt as though it was going wrong, completely and utterly wrong. I was lost, truly lost and although I have managed to find my way out of the deepest depths of my mind and soul, I know that I am still finding my way out and I always will be - we're always a constant work in progress, always changing and always learning.

I know it's cliche but if one of you reads this and can relate to what I have to say or if it helps one of you to know that things will get better then I can consider my job done. I love you all and I want to help with all my heart.

So please, take a read...

Silence. I need it now and again, just to figure out how this stickiness ends,
Sometimes it's with a hug from my love, other times it's not so fun,
A talking to and a bringing back down to earth chat does the trick, but even so it never ever chooses to stick,
My life splits into a million pieces and once upon a time there lay this perfect fit yet here I sit, on the floor shoving the pieces back together,
With tears in my eyes and a dent in my soul, everything feels so out of my control,
A nervous heart and an anxious mind is all it takes for me to unwind and yet I unravel into this utter mess and wind up one big ball of uncontrollable stress,
I apologise for the inconvenience I cause but after a moment I find myself pause,
I'm no longer in charge of my behaviour, you tell me to stop like I'm doing you a favour,
I can't help the way I am so help me God, I don't understand what I've done so wrong,
I turn on myself and shout back with anger, whilst my reflection looks back at me with such candour,
The person in the mirror is no use to me, it mimics every word that it ever did see,
A slow chipping away of me as a human, I want to get away so that I can move on,
I hold myself together with some old tape, until I feel so bent out of shape,
I barely hold on to reality, I don't remember what that used to be,
But with time I find the dust settles, and you're no longer in a bush of nettles,
You build up who you used to be, something you once knew as 'happy',
Don't give up because it does get better, get back what was yours like a debt collector,
The silence becomes that less bit scary, and the darkness affects you what I know as 'rarely'.

XOXO
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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Autumn Goals 2019

Blogtober Day Seven
Hey lovelies!

So there may be a reason why we now call those  good old fashioned resolutions, "goals" and I believe that it stems from the idea that coming up with resolutions to become these super human beings just adds way too much pressure on us.

The notion of what a goal is however can be viewed as being much more reasonable because they end up being smallet tasks that are usually more managemable, as it is usually something way more managable, completely attainable and  most of all, way less stressful.

This season I don't want to set myself any silly objectives or apply pressure on myself to HAVE to DO something or BE something but rather, just to enjoy the fun and happiness that will manifest itself over the next few weeks!

So without further ado, here are my Autumn Goals...

1. Live more in the moment and enjoy the happiness you feel!
2. Learn how to do 5 things in cooking/baking
3. Spend at least one day/morning/night out with every person I love in my life
4. Do 5 things every week that allow me to look after myself
5. Spend a whole week planning and doing fun things, however big or small
6. Watch two documentaries and learn something new
7. Do something for charity whether that's donating money or taking part in an event
8. Be selfless and help out wherever I can
9. Make it through an entire inspirational or influential podcast
10. Start talking positively about myself instead of putting myself down!

There we have it! Let me know in the comment section down below if you're setting yourself some goals this season to make sure you make the most of every single second!

XOXO
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