Thursday, 4 August 2016

'Reasons to Stay Alive' By Matt Haig | A Review

Recently I have rekindled my love for reading, alongside aesthetically pleasing Instagram feeds and beautifully filmed montages; these led me to Will Darbyshire. Will makes beautiful videos, and he just so happened to make one about 'Reasons to Stay Alive'. Now, me being someone who thrives on philosophical questions/statements and aesthetically pleasing videos, I just had to watch this.

I'm not going to give away any spoilers of the video, but needless to say its beautiful mood lighting and message had turned me into a sobbing heap of blankets and emotional turmoil. After watching the video I found out a necessity to read the book it was based upon. 

'Reasons to Stay Alive', which I like to call my 'Bible', deserves to be put on a pedestal and bowed down to. Matt Haig, the genius behind this beautiful piece of literature, pours his heart and soul out across each and every page, but still allows the book to be a relatable source.

By relatable, I don't mean a typical white girl, who wears snapbacks and UGG boots and only orders a frothy white, whipped cream latte, with 2 shots, a dash of milk and extra sprinkles from Starbucks. However, it did hit close to home. The majority of this blog turned out to be a physical representation of my head space... and for a while, it was a space I didn't want to be in.

I'm not going to give you any spoilers, because that is just mean; what I will say is Matt Haig has a beautiful way of writing in order for you to be comforted about such a sensitive topic. The chapters are short and easy to read, I liked that they were short and sweet, yet the didn't sugar-coat the difficulties of living with a mental illness. 

Overall, despite the hard hitting topic, this book still remained happy. The book may very well be about depression, anxiety, depersonalisation, suicidal tendencies, etc. but Matt Haig's humour doesn't go a miss; for example 'Beware of Tuesdays and Octobers' is such a bizarre thing to say, but in light of what the book is about, it adds more of Matt Haig's personality instead of just his mind/person. 

It's hard to find a book that remains truthful about mental health disorders, but still provides you peace and comfort at the least it was hard, my search for such a book is now over.

Let me know if you have ever read 'Reasons to Stay Alive'. Did you enjoy it? Did you hang off every word Matt Haig said?

Saturday, 9 July 2016

There Is No Destination Without The Journey

I'm an artist. Anyone that follows my social media knows that. I long for that gratification and satisfaction you feel after creating something. 

I'm an artist. Noted. I also do a lot of other things; I'm a writer on both a blog but in terms of poetry too. I am a singer/songwriter/performer which not many people actually know about.

However, not only am I a creator, but I love the feeling when you find a small artist. Whether they're a singer/songwriter, a painter, a designer, a poet, a journalist, a film director, a photographer, a musician - they're ability to create is satisfying to those around them.

There's something about watching a creative process; sometimes its a slowly developing sketchbook, or a song someone has jammed out in five minutes. The creative process, for me, is so much more interesting and valuable than the final outcome. Without the journey, you would have no destination. Without the process, you would have no promise.

I aspire to be a creator in life. Graphic Communication is my university goal, and hopefully my own business afterwards. HOWEVER, none of this comes without the love for creativity, and the willingness to accept the ambiguity of what art can throw at you.

I have a bigger love for creating than I do for preserving. I'd rather create something and put my own mark on it, as an artist; rather than preserve a piece and change it, and instead be a designer.

Life is creation in itself. Man, is it beautiful.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Boil. Pour. Matcha!

As some of you may know; I love tea. I don't just mean "I love tea" I mean "I LOVE tea". Eat Clean Tea have been lovely enough to send out some of us bloggers a sample of their tea. Seeing as summer is fast approaching, I thought I'd go for something fresh- minty fresh.

So for this recipe you will need:
  • 2 scoops of mint matcha tea.
  • Boiled water
  • Orange slices (and some of the juice)
  • Strawberries (I recommend 2-3)
  • Ice cubes

First you want to scoop your matcha into your mug, I did this to measure how much water I would need. Then fill 1/3 of the mug with boiling water. If you're fancy, use a frother to whisk the tea, but if you're like me, just whisk really quickly with a spoon/fork.
OKAY! Now you want to allow this to cool. Whilst you're waiting, chop up some strawberries and slice some oranges. Put these back in the fridge to keep these nice and cold. With the remaining orange, you can use this to make a little bit of fresh orange juice to add a little more flavour to your mint ice tea.
Once the water in the mug has cooled, go ahead and pour it into a glass, and fill the remaining with icy cold water. Drop in a few ice cubes, along with the orange juice from the fresh orange, and you've got a beautiful orange and mint ice tea. 

BUT we are not over yet my friends, oh no! To add that summery sweetness to your fresh and cooling tea, drop your fruit slices in!
Once this is done you can sit out the garden with you're book (I recommend 'Reasons To Stay Alive' by Matt Haig), or whatever you choose to do and chill out.

I also realised after doing this, that I could've made these into ice lollies, but instead of adding the ice cubes; pop the cold mint tea and fruit into lolly trays and freeze them!

I hope you all have a lovely summer; thanks again Eat Clean Tea for letting me have a cheeky sip of this GORGEOUS tea.
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

I Fell In Love With Words

As an English student, I have a strong admiration for words. My appreciation varies from words like "and" to words such as "transmogrification". I seek love and meaning and purpose in each and every word I read, only to find inspiration and a path for me to explore. Poetry. 

For the last 8 months I have been studying the beautiful poetry collection "Field Work", by the oh so clever Seamus Heaney. Heaney is inspired by nature and shows this through his poetry. He often means something else when he uses poetry as inspiration. My favourite poem by Heaney might be "Song". He uses it to form a basis of a feminist argument, and its so empowering. Displaying IMG_2077.JPGDisplaying IMG_2077.JPG

I figured, poetry is for anyone who wishes to pursue it. It doesn't need a rhyme or reason, a time of day, so long as you've got an idea anything works. This is why poetry is so beautiful. I've often thought of poetry to be a way of finding your inner most deepest thoughts. I describe it as a dark room. This dark room is the neglected part of your brain where mish-mash memories and thoughts hang from the ceiling of your skull. It takes one spark of inspiration for you to have this want for creating something. This inspiration is the light in the room. When this light comes on you begin to recall thoughts, memories and opinions that you had completely forgotten about. Poetry helps you find out things about yourself that you never thought had existed, but do.

I, like Heaney, am inspired by nature. I find so many stories hidden between the branches of trees, and so many words written in the cracks of the street, that I have too many to actually use.

I like to think I have a way with words when I want to, and I often post poetry on my Instagram (@little_meyt) if you so wish to check some of them out.

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Beauty Trends: Contouring & Strobing

Things come and go, obsessions last and fade but what never changes is human need to constantly invent, try new things and move from one passion to another.
It is no secret that both fashion and makeup world are driven by the insatiable need to rely on all that’s beautiful, twisting it and turning it to a point of perfection (if perfection is ever to be achieved). Will beauty save the world? We have no idea – but it will definitely make for a good pic!
Unless you’ve been living under the rock, you must’ve caught at least a glimpse of the contouring – the makeup obsession we have collectively gone cray cray over, especially due to its popularity among the multitude of celebrity cliques, Kardashian clan primarily. In all honesty, contouring is an amazing makeup skill and it can indeed transform a face if done properly. If you don’t need a transformation but a simply emphasizes on your favorite face parts, contouring will help with that, too. However, it’ll last – a regular contouring session will last from an hour to three hours which is, you’ll admit, a loooot of time in the world where we don’t have time for anything! Plus, tones of makeup used to achieve the perfectly contoured look aren’t only cha-ching expensive but they are also bad for the skin in the long run.
It might be that these two are actually the reason why makeup artists came up with contouring sister-technique, that takes much less time and requires much less makeup. That, or they got bored with all the contouring talk. On top of that, youtubers need to earn a buck and how would they if they didn’t have new tutorials on new stuff to prepare, right? Anyhow, ladies and gents, we give you – strobing!
Strobing is a new makeup technique whose goal is to emphasize your strong face features (or define them if they aren’t visible enough) in a pretty simple way; cheekbones, nose, chin, cupid’s arrow as well as the underbrow section are the best strobing targets. The idea is to use a special shimmery and whitish highlighter on segments of the face that would be hit by light, i.e. catch the light.
By perfect examples of strobing queens Gigi Hadid, Olivia Munn, Chrissy Teigen, Kerry Washington, Kendall Jenner and many others we’ve witnessed how amazing strobing may look if done well.
Strobing should be the final step in your makeup; foundation, blush, etc. products will be under the top strob-layer.
It’s important to mattify the areas you don't want emphasized, such as your chin, forehead and the tip of your nose before you strobe -  —otherwise, your whole face will just look greasy.
Next, using your highlighter of choice (make sure you opt for one that agrees with the color of your skin) — apply a small amount to the areas of your face potentially hit by light to emphasize them even more. To apply the highlighter, you can use either your finger tips or go for high quality makeup brushes that can help you with perfect finishing. There are brushes that are specially made for contouring and/or strobing, so you may want to look into that. Don't forget to blend, either with a buffing brush, a sponge or your fingers.
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To get strobing just right, it’s important to avoid anything sparkly – remember, you are going for a sophisticated look, not the imitation of the ’90 vibe. Also, if you want to go with a matchy-matchy combination (and if you are in a hurry) you may pull the lip gloss trick on your face. It’s simple and pretty cute (and probably best for girls who wear minimal makeup but still want to look chic). Use the same lipgloss you are using on your lips for strobing on your face. That is – just apply a bit of your lip gloss on the cheekbones, corners of the eyes and on your brow bone. You’ll be shiny (but not too much) and you’ll achieve the “sameness” that may look pretty charming.
- Peter Minkoff

I would like to say a big thank you to Peter for giving me a guest post to put up for you! He's a great writer and his beauty tips are amazing!