Yesterday I turned the dreaded 30! Luckily I had a lovely day so some of the sting was taken out of the scary age I had lots of lovely messages from you guys so thank you and I woke up to a balloon, cake and lots of cards.
I had a girly day planned with my mum who brought me a gorgeous necklace from Links. For some reason taking photos of it was hard but you can kind of see it here:
We went to Harrods and the Paris cafe Laduree for a glass of champers and I had the most amazing chocolate eclair and my mum had a slice of chocolate orange cake. So yummy. I would highly recommend it. I really could get used to this lifestyle
I used the money I got from family and friends to buy a watch in Harrods and ended up with more Links jewellery None of the photos I took came out so here’s one from the internet. As usual with me there was some drama though as the watch didn’t work and we had to trek to another store to get a replacement.
After shopping, we went to Covent Garden for a mooch and then had an early dinner in a restaurant called Sophie’s there. We spent so long looking at their cocktail menu in confusion that the waiter took pity and made up two he thought we’d like and they were delicious and pretty alcoholic
And here we are already looking a little tipsy:
I had a huge rack of ribs and my mum had salmon, definitely worth checking the restaurant out if you’re in Covent Garden. We didn’t have dessert as there was birthday cake waiting for us at home.
I came home to more cards and a lovely bunch of flowers from a friend. I collapsed on the sofa in my PJ’s and ate a huge slice of cake. Bliss. And now I’m in my thirties *shudder*
Posted by Victoria-writes on March 21, 2013
Yes, I’m a little cynical about Valentine’s Day – let’s face it it’s a day made for spending money and love should be shared and celebrated every day. Plus I’m usually single when it comes around so I can’t even pretend to be annoyed with a bouquet of red roses But I saw this Disney film short a few weeks ago being shared around the internet and I kept it to post on here today. I don’t even think the biggest cynics would fail to have their heart warmed by it.
So Happy Valentine’s Day to all my followers!
Ps: If this failed to cheer you up, try these instead
So, tell me – are you a Valentine’s fan or cynic?
Posted by Victoria-writes on February 14, 2013
I can see the shimmering fairy lights reflected in your eyes
All the mistakes from the past year gone in a gold glow
The fire crackles turning cold hearts warm
Anger, fear and regrets can wait until the snow melts
This is my favourite time of the year.
Christmas wishes whispered to the fairy on top of the tree
She promises possibilities if we just believe
The glittering glint of the ornaments puts a smile on our faces
If we just let heartbreak go then love can find us
This is my favourite time of the year.
The cold outside can’t touch us in here
Christmas songs serenade us, wrapping us in warmth
We were lost in our lives until now
The season reminds us that all our dreams that can come true
This is my favourite time of the year.
Eating treats and clinking glasses it’s clear that
The best present of all is under this tree
Nothing will hurt us today and don’t worry about tomorrow
If Christmas brings out the best in us
Then let’s carry it for the rest of the year.
Posted by Victoria-writes on December 4, 2012
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the Point Horror books. Anyone else remember them? They were a horror series of books by different authors and in my early teens seemed very frightening. They were the first really scary stories I had read – before that, Roald Dahl was probably my first dip into anything out of the ordinary. I certainly wasn’t into scary stories like some kids are, maybe I was a wimp – I was freaked out by Michael Jackson’s Thriller video after all
In my later teens, the film franchise Scream started. I mostly avoided horror films. It wasn’t always because I was scared, often I felt like laughing at the clichés included – why would you go into that dark basement alone, after all? Scream was funny as well as scary and I really enjoyed it. I watched I Know What You Did Last Summer but I didn’t get into the genre in a big way.
At college, I did media studies and yes we had to watch films as part of the course. We did a section on horror and I finally watched some of the horror classics like Halloween and Carrie and Psycho. But they still didn’t draw me into horror in any real way – I can appreciate a scary film done well but I don’t feel the need to watch many. I don’t own any horror films and after my childhood obsession with the Point Horror books, I haven’t picked up any more books in the genre.
I love the supernatural though, which is why I’m okay with Halloween. And the genre can often be more scary than hook-handed serial killers. I love vampires, werewolves and witches and my book shelf is crammed with stories of them. My obsession really kicked off after reading Twilight (haters to the left :0) The first novels I wrote were supernatural and I’ll always have a soft spot for them.
Some of my favourite supernatural things are: the Sookie Stackhouse books, Vampire Academy, Twilight, The House of Night, The Body Finder, Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls), Harry Potter , The Mortal Instruments, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Fringe and Underworld. And the fact that most are aimed at teens means I don’t get too scared by them!
I think I’ll always enjoy being drawn into a fantasy world where the rules are different and there are dark creatures who may or may not be dangerous. The fun is in finding out, especially if they look like Damon from TVD
Do you like scary stories?
Posted by Victoria-writes on October 31, 2012
I’ll be honest, I’m not American so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and just about know what the day is all about, however I can relate to the big feast you guys seem to have and the chance you take to be thankful and count your blessings.
So I will piggy back on this day and take the opportunity to thank the universe for my friends and family and all my blogging buddies and wish everyone American or not a lovely Thanskgiving!
Enjoy your turkey, we’ll be joining you in a month’s time
Posted by Victoria-writes on November 24, 2011
Today marks Armistice or Remembrance Day when we mark the end of WW1 and remember everyone who has fought for their country in both the World Wars and more recent conflicts. This year is extra poignant as it’s not only the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month but it is also 2011.
I think it’s really important to use this day to think about everyone who has bravely protected us through the years especially those who lost their lives in the process. We may not also agree with the reasons for fighting but we must always appreciate the people who serve their country when they are asked to. I fortunately don’t know anyone personally but my heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone to war.
The poppy has become the symbol of this day and yesterday I ordered a sparkly poppy brooch from the British Legion’s online poppy shop. Please have a look at the site as you can donate to a special cause and get a lovely poppy themed item in return.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. ~Michel de Montaigne
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~ Cynthia Ozick
Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Posted by Victoria-writes on November 11, 2011
It’s officially the first day of summer everyone yay! Unfortunately, the British weather didn’t get the memo as it’s grey and cloudy outside my office window boo! Looks like our early heat wave has jinxed the summer weather so far but finger’s crossed it will pick up soon.
I did a Google search for an image that would sum up the first day of summer, I found this one
At least I only have a four-day week, I’m planning to hit the shops on Friday and rack up another summer present to myself, maybe the butterfly bag if I like it in person as opposed to just the online photo. And I just got paid today yay so look at our shops here I come!
Happy first day of summer guys, I hope the sun is shinning where you are!
Posted by Victoria-writes on June 21, 2011
Yes the day that apparently is the most unlucky is upon us (cue ghostly wooing). I’m not particularly superstitious so I’m using the day as a oppruttnity to celebrate the supernatural and I will share a Friday 13th playlist with you. Enjoy and may good luck be with you today
Daniel Powter – Bad Day
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Katy Perry – ET
Belle and Sebastian – The Ghost of Rockschool
Paramore – Misguided Ghosts
Glee – Rocky Horror
Any Friday 13th bad luck stories?
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 13, 2011
Growing up, you’re taught history at school and you often wonder what it would have been like to actually life through it. It almost doesn’t seem real - just pages in a book like a story. My two main subjects in history at school were the Tudors and WW1 and WW2. The wars although far more recent still didn’t feel real because I wasn’t there. There will be moments in my lifetime that future kids will learn in school and it’s amazing to think history is being written as we speak.
For me, the two biggest events in my lifetime that will go down in history have come back on the news in the last couple of weeks, making me think back to those moments.
The death of Diana – the scenes in Paris were shocking and tragic and Britain mourned a loved princess. I remember watching her funeral and the sadness that poured out from people, it was so moving. Last week we had the Royal Wedding – Diana’s son marrying Kate. Diana’s absence was felt by everyone I think but the couple made sure she was remembered by Kate having her engagement ring and one of her favourite hymns being sung. Westminster Abbey was the setting for her funeral and his wedding, both key points in our royal history and two days that will never be forgotten.
September 11 – watching this tragedy unfold on TV was numbing, it was like watching a film, unable to believe it was really happening. I’ve been to New York twice – once the Twin Towers were there, the second time they had gone. Walking around Ground Zero was so strange, a building site that hid the horror of that day. With the news that Bin Laden has been killed, so many thoughts are returning to that day. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s lie for people who lost loved ones that day and I just hope they have some feeling of closure now and can find some peace. Whether that peace extends out around the world remain to be seen.
What will our future children think and feel when they read about these moments? What will their world look like? Let’s hope our history helps them lead stronger and better lives and lessons are learned in the future. Because if one thing comes out from these events, it should be love.
To end with, I’m going to use the quote that Lisa shared in her post today:
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
What moments of our time stick out for you?
Posted by Victoria-writes on May 3, 2011