Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: The Best and Worst Bits

I have to say that 2015 has been one of the busiest years for me, from Dance School auditions, to performances and big life events, this year has been a whirlwind one! I thought it would only be fitting to have a look back and both the ups (mostly these) and a couple of downs! All photos in this post are taken from my Instagram.

I don't really remember January much as most of the transition into 2015 was a bit of a blur for me, it seemed to go by so quickly. The first month from what I remember was an emotional one as a few awful things happened, at the time making it look like 2015 wouldn't be a great year. Luckily I had some really great best friends to get me through the challenging (to say the least) month!

Feburary on the other hand was great, in July 2014 I was nominated for the IDTA Theatre Awards and I finally got to compete in them during this month. This was such a challenging but worthwhile experience, I met so many lovely people and the competition set me up perfectly ready to begin auditions for  Dance Schools and Universities during this month. I also saw Cats the Musical with one of my best friends Kane and had an amazing day in London together; we got to meet the cast and even I got a poster signed with all their autographs. 

Then suddenly we were already in March; on the 1st I had my eighteenth, I was finally an adult and it was lovely to celebrate this with my friends and family. I went out for a few meals with my friends and went to the cinema with my dad.

In April, I took another trip to London with a few friends to see a couple of shows and saw Book of Mormon and Memphis which were both absolutely incredible! In this month, I also caught up with a few friends who I hadn't seen since they left for uni in September 2014 which I loved!

May was a big month for my dance career, I auditioned successfully for Tiffany Theatre College and decided from the three dance schools and four universities that I got into that this would be the place for me to take the next step of professional dance training. My dad also treated me with tickets to see Thriller Live which was amazing!

One of my favourite highlights of this year was dancing at Alton Towers during June; we danced a Snow White themed piece, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've had playing Snow White. It was incredible to share this experience with my best friends and we had an entertaining day in the theme park and then performing the show in the evening. I will never forget this particular event. This month I also did my last show with this College (who I danced with at Alton Towers) and my other dance school 's show which were both particularly emotional experiences.

In July I had an unbelievable trip to Disneyland Paris with my best friend, we spent a few unbelievable days on the rides, exploring the park and meeting the Characters (read more here). I also finished college and left with results that I was so happy to receive.

July - Disneyland Paris Blog Post
One of the biggest months for me was August, as this was when I decided to start this blog as something to do during the summer holidays; Just Amara was born! I also spent a lot of time with my friends who I hadn't seen in ages; I saw Miss Saigon with my best friends. I also Les Misérables with my dad (even meeting Carrie Hope Fletcher!!) and Bend it Like Beckham with my mum! I also visited the zoo with my dad's family and went on the Harry Potter Studio Tour! This was an exceptionally busy month as my family, friends and I had planned to do a lot before I left for Dance School (which brings me into the next month).

Another mad event from this year was moving out from my cosy home in Peterborough (read more here). I moved to Leigh on Sea to start my professional dance training at Tiffany Theatre College in September. Although this was a highlight from this year it was a bitter-sweet feeling as I felt homesick to start off as I'd never lived away from home before. Although I fairly quickly adjusted to life living away, I always look forward most to coming home and I've loved having a month off in December to enjoy Christmas at home.

September - I've Moved Blog Post

October, November and December went so so quickly! First was October half term in which I spent the week with my Dad's family and had a day at Chessington World of Adventures. Then it was back to college to get ready for and have my assessments for my first term at Tiffany's; these went really well for me and I was over the moon at the outcomes. By then I was so ready to come home, and so I spend the month of December celebrating Christmas and seeing my friends and family as much as I could.

On the whole, this year has been a complete roller coaster ride! I'm so glad that I was able to start this blog in 2015 and I'm really excited to see where it will take me in 2016. I hope you have an amazing 2016 filled with tons of great experiences, and thank you so much for reading my blog!

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Years Resolutions

I've never really made New Years Resoultions before as I knew that I'd never actually stick to them! However this year I've decided to give it a go, and try my hardest to stick to them. I think they're a good idea to get a fresh start and think about the small changes I might want to change to my life; I thought I'd share with you what I've come up with to follow in 2016.

1. Keep up my skincare routine

As a dancer I usually wear a full face of makeup on a day to day basis; since attending Dance School I've worn a lot more than I normally would, and as a result my skin has suffered. I've been getting a lot more spots than I used to get. Therefore, I really want to keep up a skincare routine so that my skin feels as good and healthy as it possibly can.

2. Drink more water

This leads me onto my second New Years Resolution; this is because I never end up drinking enough fluids on a daily basis, and I get the feeling of being a bit dehydrated fairly frequently. It's really important for your body to drink enough water, so this coming year I am going to aim to drink 2 litres of water a day. I've even bought myself a bottle that I can carry around with me to remind me to drink water! This will help me with my 1st New Years Resolution as drinking the right amount of water can do amazing things for your skin.

3. Eat healthier

I know that this is a really overdone New Years Resolution, that most people want to eat healthier, but end up forgetting to. But over the Christmas season I've let myself eat exactly what I've wanted to, without really thinking how it would effect my body. I've felt a lot more fatigued/tired and sluggish; so this year I am going to try and eat a lot healthier. This will also help me a lot more being a dancer as it'll give me the energy I need.

4. Blog more consistently

As I'm fairly new to the blogging world I never really got into a routine of when to post, so a lot of the time life got the better of me and I didn't blog. But this next year I want this to change! I've decided that I am going to blog twice a week and I will post these blog posts on Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm. This will begin in January; hopefully this will make it easier for you to follow my blog.

I'd like to wish each one of you an amazing, happy, and healthy 2016; I really want to thank you for your continued support! What are your resolutions for this coming year? Are any of yours similar to mine? Thank you for reading,

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Another Trip to the Ballet

Yesterday, as I had bought my mum tickets for Christmas to see The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, we headed to London for the day. I thought I'd share with you what we did during our trip.

We began our day quite early as we wanted to get there with a reasonable amount of time to have a mooch around the shops; I even got a chance to do a bit of sale shopping! Firstly we popped in to one of my favourite shops, Miss Selfridge and then we headed into New Look. Luckily (as I get anxious around sales) the petite section of New Look was completely empty and it even included a few rails of sale items! This was perfect for me as I managed to find a few bits I liked in the sale (which is rare for me), and of course I couldn't resist buying them!

Miss Selfridge Purchase - Mini Skirt
New Look Purchases - Grey Jumper Dress (unfortunately not in the sale), Burgundy Spotty Shirt and Grey Patterned Skirt
I was so happy with my purchases as I don't usually buy that many clothes in sales. with my purse slightly lighter we headed to the Royal Opera House to see the ballet. 

This trip was my first time being inside the Royal Opera House (apart from visiting the Royal Ballet shop a couple of years ago) and it was absolutely beautiful inside; it took my breath away at first! The ballet itself was incredible, the costumes were fabulously intricate and the dancing was perfect and so breathtaking to watch. Unfortunately, being a student, I couldn't afford expensive seats so we were right at the top, in what is called the Upper Slips of the Amphitheatre! It was a shame because I could only see half the stage; we know for next time that I should save my pennies more to get a better view. 

How picturesque is the Royal Opera House!
We decided after the Ballet that we still wanted to do a little bit more shopping so we headed into the centre of Covent Garden. On the way there I spotted The Young Dancer sculpture that was sculpted by Enzo Plazzotta; I've been meaning to visit this sculpture for years and I'm so glad that I finally got to see it!

When I was in Covent Garden I saw that Accessorize had a sale for 50% off, so I popped in to see if I could pick up any bargains. I managed to come away with three necklaces for about £11 which I was really happy with! We then had a meal at Wagamama which I've never been to before, but have always wanted to tried. I had the Chicken Katsu Curry which was so so nice. 

Then we had a walk around Covent Garden so I managed to finally see (and take photos) of the Christmas decorations in Covent Garden then we headed home but managed to visit St Pancras to see the Disney tree on the way home.

Accessorize Purchase
My Other Two Accessorize Purchases 
My Chicken Katsu Curry

I've been incredibly lucky to see two ballets this Christmas and its definitely inspired me for when I go back to Dance School in January. I had a lovely day in London, managing to pick up a few bargains along the way. Have you got anything in the sales? Thanks for reading,

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Hunger Games Tag

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During the month that I've had off from Dance School I've felt that it was the perfect time to start reading again. When I'm away I really don't get the time I would like to read and so I really try to make up for it when I'm home. First on my list this holiday was to re-read the Hunger Games trilogy as I wanted to read them again before seeing Mockingjay Part 2 in the Cinema. Since reading them I've rekindled my love for them and it really got me thinking about what I would be like in the Games; so I thought I would do the Hunger Games Tag.

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains spoilers from the entire trilogy of books; if you haven't yet finished reading them, I don't want to ruin the books so stop reading this post now!!

1. What is your favourite book in the Hunger Games trilogy?

I love the first book as it got me hooked to The Hunger Games, but Mockingjay is my favourite as it hit me right in the feels and gave me so much to think about. I stayed up incredibly late while on a school trip to France because I was hooked and wanted to finish it; I was in floods of tears by the end! To this day it's probably the best book I've ever read and it still resonates with me every time I read it.

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2. How long would you last in the Hunger Games?

I would really love to say that I would win the Games, but unfortunately I don't think that it's the case! I think that my strategy would be similar to either Rue or Foxface by hiding long enough for everyone else to kill each other. I went to Scouts when I was younger so know some basic survival skills, but I don't think that I would do well at the hand to hand combat or be able to kill anyone. The only problem with this tactic is that I feel the Game makers would cause something (like the fires in the first book) to get me closer to the other Tributes and lure me to my death.

3. What is the strangest thing you thought happened in the books?

I feel that every book in the trilogy continually shocked me by going in different directions to what I initially thought. I had no idea what was going to happen in each chapter which left me on edge and is probably why I love the series so much. But I remember thinking that it was so strange that Katniss instantly understood Beetee's plan, knew what to do and shot the arrow at the forcefield in Catching Fire. 

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4. How were you introduced to the Hunger Games?

My sister is an even bigger Bookworm than I am and she said that she thought I would love the trilogy. Usually I trust her judgement so I went ahead and began reading; then I was hooked right from the start.

5. Favourite moment that happens in the Hunger Games?

Oh gosh, there are too many to choose from! My favourite moment in the Hunger Games is the secret messages that Haymitch sends to Katniss through his distribution of the sponsors' gifts, it's so clever. But I also love the ending of Mockingjay when all the games are over and Katniss and Peeta can live peacefully with their two young children after everything they went through.
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6. Favourite Villain?

Major spoilers here: I really like how sneaky President Coin of District 13 is as you don't know until your quite far into Mockingjay that she's actually a villain; I particularly hated how she suggested another Hunger Games after everything had happened. I was so happy when Katniss shot her instead of President Snow at the end of Mockingjay!

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7. Who is your favourite character?

Other than the obvious choice of Katniss as we see the stories through her eyes, I love Peeta and how much he loves and cares for Katniss. I also love how funny Finick is (I was so gutted when he gave his live to save the others from the Mutts in Mockingjay), I admire how clever and cunning Foxface was in Book 1 and I love Prim (who doesn't?).

8. What district would you live in?

I think that I would live in Distict 11 as I think I would be similar to Rue in the fact that I'm small, I can climb trees well and could get the fruit down well from the trees in the orchards. But I'm not sure that it would be the best one to live in due to how poor it is and the security is particularly harsh and cruel! I'd much rather live in the Capital or one of the wealthier districts, such as District 1 handling the Luxury items!

9. What was the most emotional moment in the books for you?

Definitely when Prim died, this was completely shocking to me and I was so so emotional over this death. It was so ironic that Katniss had done everything she could in the books to save Prim and by the end she just couldn't save her life. It really hit me emotionally. I was also really emotional when Peeta and Katniss were reunited in District 13 and because he was hijacked he strangled her.

10. What item from home would you take into the Arena with you?

I would love to have something similar to the gold necklace that has the pictures of Katniss' family in as it would be a content reminder during the games that I would need to survive if I wanted to get back to my family and friends.

11. What was the most evil plan someone made in the books?

When the 75th Hunger Games was announced and victors had to go back into the arena was incredibly evil! Also President Coin's bombs, killing the Capitals children and lots of the medics, including Prim was so evil. And when Coin suggested making future children compete in another Hunger Games. When Peeta was hijacked with the Trackerjacker poisons to turn him against Katniss is definitely up there too.

12. What was your favourite part of the movie? 

I think finally getting to see the Hunger Games arena was my favourite as it suddenly came to life in front of my eyes which I loved. I also loved their casting as I felt that the actors were perfectly suited to the characters they portrayed, which is a rarity! 

I tag all Hunger Games fans to answer these questions as I love this particular tag! Let me know in the comments if you've done this tag, I'd love to read your answers! Thanks for reading,

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Boxing Sale Haul

Today, the Lush site was down which meant I couldn't order any sale items. I decided to take a trip into town to see if I could pick anything up from my local store instead! Quite luckily really as it still isn't working as I write this blog post now! I got into town for around 10am; by then most sale items had gone, but I still managed to get a few bits. I thought I'd share with you what I got from the Lush sale.

As I was checking out, the woman said that it had been so busy this morning that people were trying to get under the metal shutters (to get into the shop early); a grown man even pushed a child out the way to grab the bargains! Good old Peterborough! I can really imagine how manic the rush of the sale was this morning. Thankfully when I entered the store it wasn't too busy!

As all the Christmas range items were half price, my first priority was to pick up one of the gift boxes, as these are by far my favourites. By the time I got in there was only one of the 'Happy Christmas Gift Box' left in the whole store (gift box wise). I couldn't resist and took it as this was a sign that I needed to buy it! In this box there is Green Fun, Refresher Shower Jelly, The Comforter Shower Cream, Bubblegum Lip Scrub and Rock Star Soap. I've been meaning to try out a number of these items (especially the Comforter Shower Cream and the Fun) so I'm really excited to get stuck into this box!

I also got two Luxury Lush Puds (if you read my last post, you will know that I love this Bath Bomb and needed to stock up, if not you can catch up here), as well as a Butterbear Bath Bomb and two Stardust Bath Bombs. Then I picked up a few of my Skincare favourites, that weren't in the sale, as a repurchase (as I had some Christmas money left): Movis Facial Soap, Tea Tree Toner Water and a Mask of Magnaminty.

Overall I am fairly glad with my Boxing Day haul as I have a lot of new things to try out; I find it much much easier for my bank account to bulk purchase when everything is half price! Next year, I will definitely have to visit the store earlier to have first pick of the Christmas Gift sets! 

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to do any other sale shopping. One glance to River Island made me feel extremely anxious when I saw busy it was! But I might have to look at some clothing sales online instead so I don't miss out! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and got everything you wanted and more! Did you manage get anything good in the Boxing Day sales? Thank you for reading,

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Lush Luxury Lush Pud Review

I've truly loved the Lush Christmas Range this year; I have to say I'm a bit sad about this being my last review of the 2015 range as I've thoroughly enjoyed reviewing them on my little blog! But I've saved the one, that to me, looks most Christmassy till last: The Luxury Lush. As my body decided that the best time to get ill would be Christmas Eve, I felt like this was the perfect cure: a nice hot bath with the Luxury Lush Pud and a hot chocolate to drink while I soaked in the bath.

From what I remember this Bath Bomb made its debut as part of the 2013 Christmas range and used to be purple; in 2014 and now in 2015 it's a hot pink shade. This particular product brings back a lot of Christmas memories, as it was my outright favourite product from last years collection and I bought multiple Luxury Puds last year!

It's probably the most colourful looking Bath Bomb that is in the Christmas range, and it completely caught my eye walking into the store when I picked up my haul. It is inspired by the traditional Christmas pudding, but it so much cuter and way more colourful than it's food counterpart! It is mostly hot pink but has a white topping (much like the icing on the pudding), complete with a cute tiny little holly spring that looks so Christmassy against the white snowy-looking part. There are also dots of colours in blue, orange, yellow and green which, as you expect, make your bath so colourful.

When popped into the bath, all the pastel colours spill out as it strongly fizzes; the multicoloured spots break off and fizz around the bath separately, swirling together and create beautiful patterns. It also contains some glittler/lustre but isn't too extreme, it makes the water slightly sparkly but doesn't attach to your skin like some of the others. It really has to be one of the more exciting and entertaining Bath Bombs Lush has released. Even better for the fact that neither the bright colours or glitter stained the bath, meaning there was a lot less hassle to clean it up afterwards.

It shares its fragrance with the Twilight Bath Bomb which has to be one of my favourites; if your a big fan like me, you'll absolutely love this one! It's filled with relaxing ingredients including: Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, sweet Ylang Yang oil and Tonka Absolute. This makes it the perfect Bath Bomb to use on a cold winter night when you want to relax/unwind and it also helps send you off for a peaceful nights sleep. 

It's just a shame that this product is a seasonal product and is Limited Edition for the Christmas range; I really do recommend stocking up on this particular product (I certainly will be), its incredible and it's a relaxing one as well as looking amazing! Not too bad for only being £3.95! Have you ever tried Lush's Luxury Pud? Thank you for reading,

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Lush Golden Wonder Review

This years Lush Christmas range has really been amazing, I really do feel like Lush has upped their game this festive season! This brings me onto my penultimate bath product from my haul of the 2015 Christmas products: Golden Wonder.

Golden Wonder is a Bath Bomb that I have picked up for a few years now; it's shaped like an exciting large golden present. It has to be one of Lush's biggest bath bombs to date, hence why it is being retailed at £3.95. It has a sweet citrusy scent made up from the lime, orange and cognac oils; the only downside to its scent is that it doesn't smell like Christmas to me! However, on the plus side this scent is really relaxing and nice; it reminds me of the scent of the Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, but with more lemon and lime fragrance to it.

When submerged in the water it begins turning your water a golden yellow sparkly colour, but then hints of greens, blues and pinks emerge from within. It was really surprising to see all these other colours appear in the water, it became really colourful to watch! Your bath is left a glittery but deep turquoise colour which has to be one of my favourite colours to bathe in. It is truly a beautiful colour!

Ingredients - Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Golden Edible Stars and Golden Lustre.

I would definitely use this bath product again, I will have to see if I can pick any up in the Boxing Day sales! It really does make a lovely and festive treat for your bath! Once again my photos don't do justice to this Bath Bomb, so you really do have to try it for yourself! What is your favourite from Lush's 2015 Christmas range? Let me know in the comments below; thank you for reading,

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