- Friday, 28 February 2014 -

Wanderlust: Where would I like to travel?

Hello my lovelies, and a very happy Friday to you all! Thankfully, the weather's been a bit kinder to us here up in Newcastle, which has ultimately inspired me to conduct a post dedicated to where I'd love to travel to!

Admittedly, I've not ventured far in my short lifetime, just general holidaying with my mum over summer, however I have been lucky enough to visit London, Paris, New York and California. California was probably my favourite as it was specifically Hollywood that we were in - we had an absolute blast going to Universal Studios, being in the audience for a Jay Leno talk show, cruising the streets of L.A. in search of celebrities - it was phenomenal. But it's experiences like these that just fuelled my wanderlust further. So, below I compiled a brief list of all the places in the world I wish to go adventuring in...

South Africa: Up first and foremost on my list is South Africa, for the primary reason that I desperately crave to go safariing someday. Ever since I was a child, and had no brothers and sisters to talk or confide in in my younger years, I would turn to animals for comfort - I adore animals. South Africa would also be a place steeped in culture and history and I would love to experience the South African music scene as well, from hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock, it would be incredible to immerse yourself in such a vivid civilisation! Additionally, I'd also love to experience some of the adrenaline induced adventure that South Africa has to offer, such as snorkelling with seahorses in Knysna or trekking in the North Cape.

Hawaii: You can't get more relaxed than Hawaii, am I right? When you think of Hawaii, admit it, you instinctively think of crystal blue waters with tranquil beaches and being greeted by the natives with a necklace of flowers. It is this serenity that admittedly draws me to it - the blissful detachment of cities and stress. I don't want to pretend to surf here in the UK, I want to go to where it's famed for its surfing, and whilst on the subject of physical activities, I also want to learn how to dance - to Hula dance to be precise! I also desperately want to explore the Hawaiian Islands and, as soppily unadventurous as it sounds, I'd also love nothing more than to just witness the sun set whilst blissfully sipping away at an island cocktail with a warm sea breeze to keep me company.

Japan: I think you probably saw this one coming, given my love for all things kawaii ^_^ I'd love to attend the district of Harajuku and just absorb the fashion there; I'd be buying so many garments and accessorises that I'd need a plane all to myself so I could fit all my wonderful kawaii souvenirs! And what could be more beautiful than attending a Japanese temple amidst the cherry blossom within view of the majesty of Mount Fuji? The pure beauty of this country would leave me in absolute awe! Another thing which I would be dying to try would be authentic Japanese sushi, right from the source - I'd be in my element, sat there watching the rotating tables filled with platters and plates of yumminess.

Italy: One word - food. I guarantee that I would come home from Italy about 10 stone heavier as I would hoover up any and all of it's fantastic food in my sight. Like Japan, I want to savour the cuisine from the source of it's origin, spaghetti, pizza, lasagne, and just take pleasure in the taste of Italy, because you sure as hell don't get dining much finer back in Northern Ireland (spuds, so many spuds)... But food aside, I'd relish in the history of Italy, and be a proper little tourist about it too, visiting the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, ahhh my head would be dizzy! Not forgetting, it'd also be a place infused with fashion, featuring gorgeous boutiques and fabulous shopping streets, I fear that I'm come home quite a broke little bunny.

Where would you like to travel to?


- Tuesday, 25 February 2014 -

What's in my bag?

Hello my lovelies, and thank you for stopping by! So, today's post is aimed at getting more acquainted with me, and you can't get more intimately informed of someone than having a good old nosy in their bag, am I right? Because, as we all know, the common handbag is a girl's WORLD - if we could carry the kitchen sink in them, I'm sure we would - a woman's handbag is the window of her personality. So, I'm delighted to be sharing mine with you! And hopefully you'll get a better insight of what comes adventuring with me in my bag on a daily basis.

Being a satchel, my bag admittedly can't carry that much - however, I see this as a blessing or else I'd honestly be stuffing all my room's contents into it! 

The first thing that catches most people's eyes is my adorably charming little Deery Lou purse which I happily adopted about 6 years ago whilst in New York (and yes, it is from the Sanrio Hello Kitty Store!). It's been used and abused and has admittedly seen better days but I can't bring myself to part with it, it's just so cute and kawaii I could scream!

After seeing them featured on numerous blogs, I decided to do some investigation into the MyOptique glasses which had been taking the bloggoshpere by storm. I instantly fell in love with a cats eye pair from London Retro and simply had to buy them to channel my inner 50's fashionista! 

 I'm also currently engrossed in The Hobbit at the moment and am always carrying a good book with me - for you never know when you might need a little bit of escapism from this world! 

Another item which I would be totally lost without is my Filofax (which I've glamorously/tackily jazzed up with some insane gems). I write everything in my Filofax, from birthdays to appointments, lists to general notes, my life would have gone awry without it! It's so essential for organisation and would really recommend anyone to have one!

Where makeup is concerned, I like to carry my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette with, if ever a topup in eyeshadow is required - it simultaneously doubles as my mirror! I was originally planning on investing in the Naked 3 palette, however I find that the tones are too rosy for me, and that could potentially lead to a clash with my pink hair SHOCK HORROR. I also religiously carry my saviour salve Nuxe lip balm with me. Without it, I genuinely do believe that my lips would have cemented together, as they would have been that chapped during the harsh wither months without it! Accompanied with the palette, I also like to have by handy mini Benefit mascara, to keep my peepers looking lush at all times!

Another thing which always finds itself rolling around at the bottom of my bag is my Body shop strawberry body butter. I prefer using this rather than consistently hauling a perfume around as it's aroma doesn't overwhelm the nostrils when applied and is lovely to apply to the hands when it's a bit nippy outside.

In keeping with the strawberry theme, I also always have my Denman strawberry scented hairbrush in my possession. As a gal with quite lengthy hair, it does tend to tangle and tat, especially when I'm out battling the elements here in Newcastle!

I don't know about you, but I am a victim of myself - I am ALWAYS misplacing my keys and in the most unusual of places! So, in order to remedy this inconvenience, I affixed a little moomin friend who is a suitable enough size as to not get lost!

So tell me, what's in your bag?


- Monday, 24 February 2014 -

Liebster Award! I'd like to thank God, my family...

So, last week I was nominated for infamous Liebster Award, by two people no less! I honestly couldn't describe my excitement at the thought that my little blog was actually going places - made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this award, it's a friendly blogger token that's given to a newbie blogger that has less than 200 followers, just to give them the confidence of finding their feet in the blogging world! I, personally, was nominated by the magnificent Minnie Michelle and the brilliant Blonde Velvet Lover.

The Rules:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you. 
  • You have to state 11 facts about yourself.
  • You have to answer the questions given to you.
  • You have to pick 11 nominees and create a set of 11 questions that they must answer.
  • You can't nominate the person that nominated you.
  • You have to tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. This one may shock a lot of you but... I'm actually not a big fan of ice cream, is it ironic/idiotic if I say that it's too cold for me?
  2. I love the looks I get from children (little girls in particular) when they first notice I have pink hair - their faces just light up!
  3. Even though my outward appearance dictates that I'm obviously a design student, I actually currently work as a carer, and am loving every minute of it.
  4. Growing up, I went through every adolescent phase imaginable in order to "find myself." I was a tomboy, a chav, a grunger, a goth, an emo... Ahhh the list is endless. I'm just happy being me now! 
  5. I'm obsessed with milk bubble tea! It's the sweetness followed by the satisfying gooeyness of the bubbles that I love, and yes, some people do say that the tapioca reminds them of frog spawn, but whatever, that shit be good!
  6. When I was a child, I was so captivated by American culture (it, coupled with my scorn for living in Northern Ireland) that I actually adopted an American accent. There is even video proof of me talking with a twang and referring to money as "dollars" What the actual fuck...
  7. I collect kitschy animal figurines, and have little ceramic deers, owls, cats, etc back home all sitting patiently, waiting for my return.
  8. Last year at university, we were brought to the Newcastle Medical Centre for anatomy drawing class. There were heads in jars, organs on tables and limbs everywhere - it was SO cool.
  9. I would love to punch Ant and Dec square in the face.
  10. For GCSE I was studying History, however I dropped it due to me thinking it was a useless subject and that "past information has no relevance now" blah blah blah. However, when it came round to my A-Levels, I harboured such a newfound love for it that I took it back up again - and scored myself a cheeky wee A*!
  11. One of the first time's I ever stayed over at my boyfriends house, I went to take a shower, sounds pretty standard, right? That was until I got stuck in said shower due to the shower doors being faulty and had to call out for help after about an hour of me being trapped. The same happened again when I got stuck in one of their bathrooms as the lock didn't function properly - it was his parents who had to rescue me... Both times...

Nominee Questions:
Considering I was nominated by two lovely ladies, I decided to mix and match the questions!

Who/what inspired you to blog?
I remember quite some time ago discovering a blog for the first time as I was looking for some tips and tricks regarding haircare. The blogger was so real and raw in her reviews that I knew I was hooked! I was inspired to create my own as a form of channeling my creativity, plus I don't have many hobbies as it is, and I find blogger a highly therapeutic and enjoyable pastime! 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
This one's a bit of a no brainer  - I'd love to live in America. They don't call it the land of opportunity for nothing, eh?

What is your favourite hobby?
I adore nothing more than attending a good vintage fair or going thrifting! It's such an adrenaline rush when you finally hunt out a beautiful bargain. Plus, I love the atmosphere at vintage fairs, it's like being plummeted back into the 50's, with the quirky music and the abundance of tea and cake!

What's the most you've spent on one item of clothing/makeup?
Not sure if this constitutes as clothing or not, however I do own and adore my red heart-shaped Vivienne Westwood handbag that I treated myself to on my 21st birthday. It's my bag baby, and you'll usually find my cooing over it and stroking it.

What are your top three staple wardrobe pieces?   
The first one that definitely springs to mind is my Alexa Chung Topshop nautical coat as it's so versatile! I'm also a huge dress fanatic, and you'd rarely catch me in trousers/shorts! And lastly, you can never go wrong with a decent pair of brogues!

What was the first makeup product you ever bought? 
Just the thought of the answer has me cringing! I remember when I was about 11/12 I bought my first ever Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, in a desperate attempt to cover some spots that puberty had thrown at me. And I did just that... Covered JUST the blemishes, without blending. I was such a patchy mess!

Subtle or bold makeup?
When I was going through those years filled with teenage angst and rebellion, I was definitely more into my bold makeup, with my Amy Winehouse-esque eyeliner, bright pink cheeks and vibrant lipstick. However now, I tend to wear makeup a bit more subtly.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'm very prone to anxiety and depression, as I've struggled with it all my life. However, in a way though, it's what makes me who I am and I wouldn't be where I am right now without living through all my experiences and struggles.

What is the thing you want to do most in life?
Be happy.

What product could you not live without?
I've been a religious user of Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup since about the age of 16. When going through phases of acne and blemishes, it has given me the confidence I needed to go out and face the world! (Jesus, sounds like I'm advertising for them!).

What has been your worst fashion mistake?
Looking back at my ageing wardrobe, there have been to many to count! However if I had to pick one... Coming from Northern Ireland, we're big into our Gaelic Football (which is basically identical to regular football, only there's extra poles on the pitch, above the goalkeeper where you can also score "points") and so when I was young and very naive, I used to wear Gaelic jerseys like they were going out of style. I even once donned a Dublin jersey for the duration of my stay at DisneyLand and looked like a right tit too.

My Questions For You:
  1. Describe yourself in one word.
  2. What's the best advice you've ever received?
  3. Confess something!
  4. Besides blogging, what's your favourite thing to do?
  5. Given the choice, you would like a year's supply of... ?
  6. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  7. What is your favourite animation and why? (Be that a movie or television programme)
  8. If you had a time machine, what would you use it for?
  9. Which super power would you most like to have?
  10. What is your favourite item in your wardrobe at the moment?
  11. What do you love most about blogging?

My Nominations:

  • Ria-Louise: http://www.ria-louise.com/
  • Charlotte: http://charlottesheadoverheels.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Kerri: http://bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be/
  • Amy: http://www.everythingandamy.co.uk/
  • Alice Marie: http://www.whatalicewore.co.uk/
  • Samantha May: http://pixiedoesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Josie: http://josielcross.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Issy: http://missisgoode.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Sofie: http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/
  • Letitia: http://letitiaharriet.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Jess: http://nerdyteagirl.blogspot.co.uk/

- Thursday, 20 February 2014 -

Review: Wreck This Journal!

Hello my lovelies! Hope everyone's having a good week, but let us all rejoice that it's nearly the weekend - HUZZAH! Anyways, this week I decided to pop into Waterstones for a browse (even though I have a Kindle Fire, I still love walking in and taking a random sniff of new books), and that's when I stumbled across this little beauty! 

Admittedly, I've had a fair few versions of 'Wreck This Journal' in my time, since I first discovered it calling out to me in Urban Outfitters a few years ago. For those of you who aren't familiar with this intuitive piece of creative literature, it's basically a journal which instructs you to dismantle it in your own individual, imaginative way! So, for all of you book-loathers out there, this is the perfect chance for you to really get stuck into a good book (and destroy it!).

I find the book itself to be so quirky and intriguing that it's no wonder that this is my fifth copy! As can be seen above, the overall style of the book is that of a doodle which encourages the reader more to scribble away at the pages! Even from the very start of the book, it invites the readers to partake in silly little challenges. So, instead of having the conventional "this book belongs to..." Keri Smith pushes the boundaries of the imagination by asking the reader to write your name backwards, or in very large letters and so on.

With my first few versions, I remember that I used the journal as a creative outlet more than anything else, whereby I'd have it water-coloured and collaged and illustrated until it was absolutely perfect. However, this got very tiresome so after a while, I just began to downright abuse it, which I found was so much more enjoyable *evil laughs* 

The book is filled with so many weird and wonderful tasks that it's practically impossible to tire of it. I actually like to think of it as being a statement of myself, it's a way of expressing myself and therefore reflects what kind of person I am. That's why if you're ever feeling lost for inspiration on how to best tackle a page, just look at some other people's exciting interpretations on Tumblr - everyone's is different in their own weird and wacky way! 

The book presents brilliant little challenges like "Glue in a photo of yourself you dislike. DEFACE" so if you're every feeling stressed or anxious, if a fantastic way to vent your emotions and get it all out there on paper! I honestly couldn't recommend this book more highly, if you're a hobbyist, a creative soul or just looking for something fun and different to do, it's a brilliant way to spend your time. And by the end of it, you'll come out with something so unique and personal that you can treasure forever :)

- Monday, 17 February 2014 -

In the city their hearts start to sing

Happy Monday my lovelies! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This is just a short post about what little Valentine's touches I wore this weekend! And no, before you think that I got all dolled up in a ruby red dress complete with red cardigan etc, I thought I'd strip back the loved up look and add little hints of red here and there instead!

Glitter Heart Hair Clip - Crown and Glory

I ordered this captivatingly charming hair clip a few weeks ago from the wonderful Crown and Glory just so I'd have it in time for Valentines. The material used isn't flimsy in the slightest so it's quite sturdy once you've clipped it in. Additionally, as you can see, it's quite a substantial size, which I am so pleased about! Sometimes, with the mass amount of hair I have, the wind tends to take over and completely smother and hide some of my other hair accessories. However, if big, bright and bold isn't your thing, Crown and Glory also offers smaller versions of the heart hair clip, so they've loads to tickle your fancy!

When ordering, you can chose between the bright ruby red I'm wearing, fabulous fuchsia or a lovely candy floss pink, but obviously, considering my hair's already a pinky hue, I thought I'd play it safe with this gorgeous bright red, and I absolutely adore how it looks against my hair!

Glitter Brogues - Sarenza (old)

I kept to the glittered theme and wore these stunning brogues I bought about a year ago. Even though these are quite an aged pair of shoes and have experienced their fair share of wear and tear (ah, I'm a poet and I didn't know it!), one of the best things about them is if they ever see a dull day, I like to get out the trusty super glue and sprinkle and stick some red glitter on them, just to keep them looking fresh! I loved wearing these on Valentines paired with my little heart hair clip as the glittering combination was so eye catching and so different from just wearing your generic heart-printed dress!

How was your Valentine's Weekend?

- Saturday, 15 February 2014 -

The 'get to know me a little' Tag

The lovely Danielle over at underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk tagged me to partake in this post! I absolutely adore these kind of tags as you get to become acquainted with the person behind the blog and is more personal rather than reading post after post of reviews of products and whatnot. Additionally, I created a quick and quirky illustration of myself (as displayed below) seeing as this is a post about the one and only... Me! Hope you enjoy my lovelies :)

1. Do you have a middle name?
I actually have a handful of middle names! My full name is technically Claire Ellen Mary Fearon, however that's a tad wordy for my liking, so we'll keep it at Claire! 

2. What was your favourite subject in school?
For as long as I can remember, I've always relished in English Literature as I adored nothing more than getting stuck into a good book and dabbling in some poetry. I actually also did English Literature for A-Level and balled my eyes out when the class was reading Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights!

3. What's your favourite drink?
Coffee - any kind, flavour, brand. I worship the stuff, as it's what gets me up in the morning and it's lovely and comforting to take at night - a hot cup of coffee when I'm snuggled up in my duvet, reading a copious amount of blogs (aha, how hipster do I sound right now!?). 

4.What's your favourite song at the moment?
Songs and music in general has never been my forte, however, right now I'm lovin' Maximo Parks new album, especially Brain Cells, I'm really recommend you have a listen! 

5.What would you name your children?
I'm quite prone to floral names like Violet or Rose, or I have a younger cousin named Juliet and I think it sounds so delicate and enticing, so that either. As for a boy, I'm quite taken by the name Noah, as I think phonically it sounds amazing! 

6. Do you participate in any sports?
I used to participate in every sport imaginable when I was younger - I joined everything, from hockey to football, tennis to gymnastics, I was quite the little athlete! Until ya'know, I realised it was all bullshit haha.

7. What's your favourite book?
I'm one of these people who as soon as I find out a novel is about to be made into a movie, I'll swallow that book up in a day. Therefore, when I heard The Perks of Being a Wallflower was coming to theatres, I knew I simply must read it. And though short, it's one of the best books I've ever read as it really struck a chord with me.

8. What's your favourite colour?
Ohhh, definitely purple! It's an amalgamation of pink and blue so what's not to love!?

9. What's your favourite animal?
I have an inner debate with myself every once in a while about what animal I adore the most. But for the moment, I can't get enough of foxes! Even have myself a wee (actually NOT wee) tattoo to prove it!

10. What's your favourite perfume?
Have you ever smelt Dior Addict? It's exactly like walking into a sweet shop. It's slightly pricey though so I only get it once a year, at Christmas, so you'd actually be safer just walking into some sweet stores and rubbing some Werther's Original all over yourself to save some money :) 

11. What's your favourite time of the year?
I have to comb my brain for this justification - but I really do love winter. And yes, you might be thinking "ugh, the cold and the catastrophic weather, what's to like!?" But I love the layering of comfy clothes, the nights drinking nothing but hot chocolate to warm yourself up and the forever hopeful prospect of snow!

12. Have you been out of the country?
I have indeed, I've been to France, Spain, Prague, New York and California. California being my favourite as myself and my mum were situated in Hollywood and loved stalking celebrities and being absolute children at Universal Studios.

13. Do you speak any other languages?
I've studied many languages, however unfortunately nothing has stuck. I am pretty competent in the most useless language ever though - Irish, learning it was compulsory you see.

14. Do you have any siblings?
I'm technically an only child, and always longed for some company. And lo and behold, about 12 years ago, my father remarried and I was given two of the most wonderful sisters anyone could ever ask for!

15. What's your favourite shop?
I tend to be a tad bipolar with shops, and have a somewhat love/hate relationship with the likes of Topshop and Urban Outfitters. Like, sometimes they can bring in some stunning stock that I lust after for ages until I get my grubby hands on it, and yet then again, there are times where I think what's trending is absolutely appalling, I still don't quite understand how jelly sandals made a come-back!

16. What's your favourite food?
Chicken Katsu Curry from either Wagamama or Yo! Sushi. The cravings actually got so bad that I had to learn how to make it myself!

17. What's your favourite movie?
Right now, The Wolf of Wall Street. The superior acting quality of Leonardo Di Caprio coupled with the hilarious antics of Jonah Hill, what more could you want?

18. What are some of your favourite TV shows?
To list but a few: Breaking Bad, Frasier, Girls, Game of Thrones and of course Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Can't go wrong with some 90's nostalgia, eh?

19. What phone do you have?
I have an iPhone 4. In a Pokemon phonecase. Yes. It is awesome. 

 20. How tall are you?
I am incredibly small! Probably bordering on 5"1 perhaps? People like to pick me up and fling me around quite often. 

21. Any pets?
I have an immensely hyperactive cocker spaniel named Ben. He is the weirdest, most loveable dog you could ever meet. His pastimes include: being scared of cats, eating potatoes (how Irish...) and going to the seaside! Such a charming wee fellow! 

22. Any kids?
Fuck no. I find it difficult enough taking care of myself.

23. If you weren't you, would you be your friend?
I'm quite an approachable and bubbly individual, so I would like to think that I'd make a good friend! However, in the past when I was going through the turbulent teenage phase, I was quite the bitch I'm afraid.

24. What's the first thing you notice about someone?
Definitely their hair! I'm instantly allured to someone who has hair different from the norm!

25. What is your eye colour?
Brown... Like poo.

 26. Scary movies or happy endings?
There hasn't been a decent scare-inducing film out in ageeeesssss, which makes me a very sad panda indeed! I despise rom-coms, but I do enjoy the odd happy ending :) 

27. Favourite smells?
I love the scent of vanilla or anything coconuty! I could just roll around in vanilla extract all day! (Does that make me weird?).

28. Do you have any special talents?
I'm glad you asked! I'm quite the voice impressionist! I can do Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, I can do Jigglypuff and Togepi from Pokemon, I can do Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time, to name a few...

29. Where were you born?
I wish I could say something original like "in a field" but alas, I was born in a boring hospital in boring Northern Ireland!

30. What are your hobbies?
I'm a designer at heart (if you haven't been able to tell from my posts thus far!). I also like going on adventures, wherever the wind may take me! I also enjoy playing video games, anything from Skyrim to Pokemon! 

- Monday, 10 February 2014 -

Be Different - Make a Difference

Good evening everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend! This post is dedicated to all you dreamers and achievers out there and I've even fabricated a little friend (pictured above, created via Photoshop) to inspire everyone! I've dubbed him 'Chirpy' and he's just a reminder that you're amazing and that you can achieve amazing things. 

The influence for this particular post stems from my gaining employment recently and even though I am a designer at heart and you may stereotypically think that I'd be working in a colourful environment to match my persona, I actually don't. So, allow me to give you all a bitta background to my story; for quite some time now I've been scouring the scenes for a job that offered substance, something rewarding, ya'know? And I've had my fair share of working in empty retail jobs but have felt that I never truly could give anything back. I yearned to make a difference and not just be another student drone, working in promotions for freshers. And then, something amazing happened - lo and behold, I was awarded the opportunity to work with a wonderful worldwide company called Home Instead Senior Care whereby workers offer their companionship in caring for the elderly in the comfort of their own homes. 

I know it sounds silly and immensely cheesy, but I am thrilled to be of service to these beautiful older folk and I am so excited to be the person who gets to brighten up their day, be that with just sharing a cuppa with them whilst watching Countdown or listening to their marvellous life stories and adventures and you never know, maybe I'll learn a thing or two! Additionally, my enthusiasm for wanting to work in the care sector also occurred because I missed the company of my grandmother back home in Northern Ireland, as she's been living with my mum and myself since before I can remember! I missed the responsibility and companionship of an older person, so my granny truly is my inspiration for wanting to go on and be different; to make a difference.

- Sunday, 9 February 2014 -

You had me at hello!

Good day to you my lovelies and welcome to my little corner of the internet! I'm Claire, or Clairy Fairy as my friends and family have so aptly dubbed me. I'm a twenty-something year old design student currently dwelling in the north east of England. So, instead of jabbering on with my monotonous likes and dislikes and general formalities, I've decided to make this introductory post that bit more fun, so without further ado, here are 25 random facts about me, I hope you enjoy!

1. I currently have four tattoos - a sun and a moon on my forearms, a darling deer named Dotty on my lower calf and a magnificent portrait of a fox on my thigh. As a very colourful individual, I've always had a strong fascination towards tattoos, even as a child I'd be covered from head to toe in those little temporary tattoos - I was so cool.

2. A few years ago when myself and my mum were holidaying in America, we experienced an earthquake. We were in an ice cream parlour when things seemed to be swaying, and the girls behind the counter suddenly started screeching and ducked under the counter whilst my mother and I remained totally oblivious to what was going on.

3. 30 Seconds To Mars are my all-time favourite band and not only have I been fortunate enough to join them onstage in concert, but I'm also in their music video for 'Closer to the Edge.' Ahhh, dreams really do come true!

4. I'm currently on a placement year whereby I managed to gain a scholarship for a design internship here in Newcastle and I've loved every minute of it.

5. Although I don't remember this otherwise very prominent/traumatic incident, I've been told that I managed to swallow my tongue twice as a child.

6. I have been every hair colour imaginable and I think it reflects my colourful personality well. That being said, I haven't been my natural hair colour in 10 years.

7. I am a total and utter nerd. I enjoy playing the likes of Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty... Anything game-related really.

8. Okay, so this is a bit of a weird one. I have globophobia - an intense and irrational fear of balloons. And yes, you did read that correctly! I'm terrified to even be in the same room with them just incase they pop.

9. My father owns an apple business, so for as long as I can remember, apples have always been a prominent part of my life. We never seem to be short of apple pie, apple juice, or the stars themselves - apples!

10. This one may actually upset or shock you... I prefer coffee to tea.

11. My birthday lies on the 29th of October and every year I ask my mum why she couldn't have just held me in for an extra few days!

12. Even though I technically have two half-sisters, I grew up as an only child. And, as one can imagine, being an only child was quite a lonely experience, so I used to believe I could talk to animals i.e. my best friends.

13. I met my boyfriend, Martin in the funniest of situations. I was at a local pub back in Northern Ireland one weekend (classy, eh?) when all of a sudden I heard this cocky voice downright insulting me. He was playfully slurring some phrases like, "ah, you think you're tight do ya with those face piercings?" We've been happily together for three years now. Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen and all that.

14. I am a complete freak when it comes to eating peas. I have them in almost every dish I prepare (don't judge meeeeee).

15. No facts post would be complete without the generic "my favourite colour is..." Well, mine is purple, merely because it's a mixture of both pink and blue.

16. When I younger and in a desperate attempt to discover myself, I used to practice witchcraft and tarot reading. I was unsuccessful in both however.

17. If I was a Disney character, I'd definitely be Stitch from 'Lilo and Stitch.' Primarily because I can do a freakishly accurate impression of his voice, plus, he's pretty small... Like me!

18. Even though I'm Irish, I've actually never drank a Guinness.

19. I used to flirt with the idea of perhaps one day getting a boob reduction as I've felt so disproportioned my entire life, however I've learnt to accept who I am and be happy in my own skin. Though, it'd be nice to be able to see my toes every once in a while...

20. As strange as this sounds, my mum is my best friend. We tell each other absolutely everything and I'd never let a day go by without talking to her. She's my rock and without her, I wouldn't be the person I am today.

21. I have a cutie of a cocker spaniel named Ben. I first laid eyes on him when I was staying with my dad one weekend. We were visiting a neighbour of his when I saw him. It was pouring rain and the garden was covered in litter and broken objects and general garbage. Ben was tied tightly to a post with no shelter and he was just sitting there in the shivering cold. A few weeks later after this upsetting ordeal, my dad paid the owners to have Ben and give him a better home and we haven't looked back since!

22. Once, whilst I was at a self service checkout at Sainsbury's, I noticed that there was a £20 note that hadn't been fed in properly to the machine. And even though the little devil on my shoulder was urging me to make a break for it, I brushed him off and handed it in. 

23. Having been surrounded by apples my entire life, there's a lot of other fruits I actually have never tried, like pineapple, kiwi or even strawberries.

24. As a child, instead of going to themeparks or beach resorts for holidays, my mum brought me to numerous musicals/plays. The tradition would be: one night we'd go to see something I liked and the next night, we'd go to see something she'd fancy. One time we actually just went to see Cats twice =^o.o^=

25. I used to study drama when I was younger and was adamant that I was going to be the next Meryl Streep.