Monday, 5 October 2015

September 2015 Digest

I don't know about you guys, but September absolutely flew by for me. I got to spend a day with my lovely friend Dan (who lives too far away, if you ask me), had two blissful weeks off work, added six Pop! Vinyls to my collection, bought some new make up for the first time in forever, and I reignited my love of Harry Potter. I thought that I'd start off the post with a little bit of Instagram lovin'. I think the main theme of this month's posts is socks, I've started stocking up on cosy ones in preparation for Autumn/Winter. I'd like to give a shoutout to Primark for putting my spirit Princess, LSP, on a sock!

As you probably know, I'm a film boffin, so I can't not mention what I've been watching. Embarrassingly I only viewed a rather measly 14 films this month. I began by paying tribute to the master of genre Wes Craven, who passed away at the end of August, by watching the Scream quadrilogy. I can't recommend the first one enough, it's a holy grail for every horror film fan. The only other films from my September viewing that I'll recommend are Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (easily one of the best films that 2015 has produced) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I have watched several times at this point.) 

If you read my last post you'll be aware that I've regressed back into my 10 year old self and I'm on a little bit of a Harry Potter binge. I finished Philosopher's Stone and moved onto Chamber of Secrets, so we'll see how far I get with my Hogwarts adventure by the end of October. I also read Stranger Child by Rebecca Abbott, which I wasn't particularly impressed by but hey, it was free on Amazon Prime, and The Lie by CL Taylor which was quite a gripping read and I believe is only 99p on Kindle.

How did September go for your guys? Please recommend any films or books that you think that I should have in my life! I'm super excited that it's October now, I've always loved Halloween more than Christmas and I adore 'miserable' weather (it's actually chucking it down as I type this), so it's bound to be a fun month for me. I know that I teased the fact that I've got some new Pop! Vinyls and make up at the beginning of this post, so expect some updates on them very soon. Let me know your October plans by tweeting me or leaving a comment!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Funko Pop! Vinyl Rubeus Hagrid and Ron Weasley

I've always been a bookworm and when I was younger I was absolutely captivated by the Harry Potter books, by the time the first Harry Potter film came out back in 2001 (do you feel old now?) I had my nose stuck in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I even became one of those people who went to midnight book launches and screenings, no shame. Admittedly, I lost my Harry Potter vibe for a while, but I was still thrilled when Funko finally decided to add the franchise to their list. The characters that they've made available in vinyl form includes; Harry (there are a few variations of him), Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort and a big ol' Hagrid.

I buy a lot of my Pop! Vinyls from Zavvi as they usually have pretty good offers on them. There's almost always the 2 for £20 deal on, which is a good one to watch as they're constantly adding new Pops into the offer when they run it. I was having a browse last week when I noticed that they'd added all of the Harry Potter ones into it. Picking which 2 I wanted was a bit of a chore. I definitely had to get Hagrid because he retails at £16.99 by himself, so I wasn't going to miss out on that bargain, plus he's a big animal loving softy. I love the fact that he has his pink umbrella with him, it's the ultimate accessory. I also got Ron because he's a personal favourite of mine, you've got to love the comic relief. Most people won't find anything particularly outstanding about him, but I love the texture in his hair and he even has his taped up wand. Plus, who doesn't love a ginger? 

I've recently started to re-read the books and I'm in the middle of planning to go on the WB Studio Tour for my birthday in January, so I'm currently in a Harry Potter overload and these Pops are just encouraging my obsession. Are you a Potterhead? Tweet me or leave a comment and let me know!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

How to Beat the Graduate Blues

I've been overwhelmed by the amount of posts that have been popping up all over the place that are really supportive of those who are about to step into the world of university life for the very first time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting the new generation of freshers, but what about those who have already been through the entire higher education experience and only got a lousy t-shirt? That's right, I'm talking about people like me: graduates. I attended Edge Hill University between 2010 and 2013 and completed a degree in Film Studies. Shortly after graduating I got a job in retail with the intention of saving up and going back to uni to complete a Masters Degree. However, it's two years down the line, I'm still stuck in the 9-5 world and sometimes it's hard to see a post-uni silver lining, so I thought that I'd post some tips for my fellow graduates on how to stay cheery.

1. Don't regret your choice of course. I know that a lot of people get down over what they chose to study. I studied ICT and Business at college and whilst these were deemed the more 'suitable' options to continue with by my family, I couldn't face dedicating three years of my life to something that I couldn't stand. Picking a course that I loved made the biggest difference and, whilst it hasn't got me my dream job just yet, I loved every second of studying a subject that I'm so passionate about.

2. Keep looking forward. It's also good to remember that despite what subject your degree may have been in you can always fall back on further education, a graduate scheme, or a PGCE. They may not get you jobs in your dream field, but they're still likely to lead to careers that are better than a bog standard job. I've found that exploring different career paths and routes to take for the future leaves me feeling quite positive.

3. Avoid Facebook around September/October. I know that asking people to abstain from social media for a couple of months is a ridiculous request in 2015, but you wouldn't believe how much this can help. These two months specifically can be a killer, because you'll be bombarded with posts from friends who are extremely hyped to be either starting or returning to university and it can be a massive downer. 

4. Invest your new found free time in hobbies. As much as I loved being at uni I can't lie and say that it didn't completely eat into my free time. When I was at college, and wasn't particularly bothered about studying for exams on the ins and outs of business, I had an abundance of hobbies. I was an absolute bookworm, I was constantly glued to my PS3, and as you can already tell by this post, I loved watching films and taking trips to the cinema. Besides watching films for my course, and maybe the odd cinema night, I didn't really have any time to dedicate time to my hobbies and it did start to grind on me a little bit. The first thing that I did when I finished uni was buy a bulk load of kindle books in order to lose myself for a few weeks and it was so nice to read something that wasn't as dense as anything that Freud and co had written.

5. Keep in contact with your uni friends. Since I was on a course that also acted as a hobby outside of academia it meant that a lot of my course mates were passionate about the same films and directors as I was and we bonded really easily. I can definitely say that I met some of the greatest, likeminded people when I was at uni and no matter how far away they are they always know how to make me feel better.

I hope that these tips help my fellow graduates! Let me know your top tips for keeping your head above water post-uni!