Friday, 27 July 2012

Get the Gossip; Butterfinger Cake, Mixing Lipsticks and more...

Hey everyone! Its time for this weeks 'Get the Gossip'. Here are the best things that I have found this very week;

Doesn't this recipe for Butterfinger Cake look delicious! It also looks really simple to make, especially since you don't even need to bake it.The image is from here. I think that this cake would be really nice for a summer dinner party because it is a chilled desert, not a hot pudding, which is more wintry. However, I'm sure that this cake would be delicious any time of the year.

I didn't really find this on the internet, but it was so weird that I knew I just had to share it. Basically, the other day some friends and I were cooking marshmallows over a barbecue, and we had some spare marshmallows, so I decided to put one in the microwave. Well, I really wasn't expecting the marshmallows to blow up like a balloon! it literally grew to triple the size! It was so weird and unexpected, I can't believe that I had never done it before! You have to try it.

Here is an interesting article on how to mix lipsticks to create a new shade that's perfect for you. this trick could come in perfect handy if you want to buy a new lipstick, but it's a little pricy. You could just blend the colours that you have already to create a new shade. 

And lastly, here is something which has been anticipated for four years! The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London! Living close to London, the Olympics is definitely not looking so hot right now, especially with all of the terrorist threats and tube disruptions. However, I am really excited to see what Great Britain does for the opening ceremony,  particularly when the Beijing ceremony was so incredible! I will keep you updated on what I thought to the opening ceremony later in the week. 

Have a great weekend!
Jenny xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Midweek Photography; Week 4

These are my two favourite photos of the week, enjoy!
jenny xx

Work Experience

This year, at the school which I attend, we had he chance to go on a work placement, therefore being allowed off school in order to gain 'work experience'. I chose to do my work experience in a formal and fancy dress shop situated close to wear I live.

Can i just say, to anyone considering doing work experience, it has been very valuable to me. Doing my work experiance at this shop has really taught me that (a) i never wish to work in a shop- there is a heck of a lot of pressing of endless amounts of ties, waistcoats and cravats, and  (b) to work really hard and pursue what i really want to be. Some of the other employees have told me about what they wanted to be, and i think that i will try my best to achieve my dream; my career aspirations are currently at freelance fashion journalist, and author.

I know in our lives we all go through endless'dream jobs', and we will change our minds depending on the opportunities that present themselves to us, however gaining some experiance in a place of work is a great first step. It also looks pretty great to future employers if it's on your CV, as well!

If having some work experience is on your agenda this summer, I wish you a hearty good luck- you'll have a great time! Just take everything as a lesson, and you will learn and experience so much.

Jenny xx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Get the Gossip; Bookcases, Birthdays and more...

Hey guys- how is your week going so far? Cant wait 'till the weekend! Here are my favourite things from this last month;

Okay- here's number 1: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAZEL! I love you, have a great day! I hope you like my present- you better! hehe. I am really happy that you are in my life- even though its not like you had a choice! LOL
(readers, if you don't understand, don't worry)

Next- I got a bookcase! I am super excited about this! I have wanted a bookcase for ages. I do have a shelf on my family bookcase, but my books had started to overflow, so i really wanted one for myself. It's white wood, like the rest of my bedroom furniture- and it has three large shelves; It's perfect!! My books look so great in my new bookcase- in colour order, of course! The bookcase is from Argos, and cost £21.99, so it was very inexpensive.It may look cheap and nasty, but it feels sturdy, and it looks better in person- trust me!  We'll see how it wears.

Don't these Brownies with Coconut Frosting look delicious?! I should try and make them- i think it would be really fun, and tasty!

And lastly; here are some tips for how to be happy, from here
(i thought this was really cute!)

Have a GREAT week!!
Jenny xx

Monday, 16 July 2012

Recent Reads; Book Reviews

Hey guys! Today, I thought that I would review a few books that I have read in the past few weeks. Here they are;

Divergent and Insurgent, by Veronica Roth are in a trilogy(the third book is still unwritten) which I love. I read these books within a few days of having them, I couldn't put them down! The story tells us the initiation process into a 'dauntless' group in society through the eyes of Beatrice Prior. I like that the book is written in present tense, first person view of the protagonist. It really made me feel like I was her, and it was happening to me. I also liked the originality of storyline, and the love interest between her and another character. Insurgent is a great sequel, but a lot more blood-thirsty than Divergent. The twists in the plot were really unexpected and it's safe to say that I loved these books. I also love the fact that the cover is holographic. My amazing new camera(!) picked up on the rainbow that the holographic cover created.

Delirium was interesting. The book is about a society that is sure that love is a disease, and put everyone though a procedure once they're 18, to remove the capacity to love. Obviously, the main girl has to go and fall inlove just weeks before her operation- thus the main plotline. Lauren Oliver, the author, did a great job creating the feeling that love is a disease, and to be honest, if i was in that society then I would believe it too. However, I was really dissapointed with how this book ended. I dont want to give too much away, but it was a shock, and I am not sure whether I will enjoy the sequel not that this development has taken place. All in all a great book though, I do reccomend.

If I'm being totally honest, Eve, by Anna Carey, was a major disappointment. After reading so many positive reviews of the book, I decided to get it for myself, but my view of it really doesn't match other reviews that I have read. For me, although the storyline was good, the characters developed too fast, and there was little explanation for changes in the scenery or plot. The plot itself is similar to that of The Handmaids Tale, and follows Eve as she escapes from her school after she learns that it's sole purpose is to raise women to reproduce and create a population after a mass death. This book just really didn't click for me.

The Maze Runner was a good read. It was such a crazy scenario that it really shocked me when i realized that i had started  to believe the story. Basically, boys had been stuck on the inside of a maze for 2 years, trying to get out. Then Thomas arrives, and their entire existaence is threatened. I dont want to guive too much away, buit this book had me on edge, and wanting to turn each page before i'd even read it, in order to find out what was happening. There is also a suprise on thevery last page which really shocked mje, and sets you up for the sequels, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. good job James Dashner!

Lament by Maggie Steifvater was alright. I think that i wasso excited to read this, and i got really dissapointed when it didn't quite meet my expectations. I really enjoyed one of her other series': The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Shiver, Linger and Forever, and i was hoping these books would be just as good. The book is about a girl who attracts faeries aand falls in love with one. There are a few twists, but basically- the plot was boring. I wanted more. I wanted development, not just a story. I also own the sequel to this book, named Ballad. I havent read it yet- but i will. I just hope it is better than Lament.

If you do happen to read any of these books which I have reviewed, make sure to leave me a comment telling me if you enjoyed them or not. I would love to know. (photos werre taken by moi)

Jenny xx

Sunday, 8 July 2012

My Favourite Ever Music Video

Hey everyone- today I wanted to share with you my favourite music video. Ever.

As I have said before- I'm sorta obsessed with Taylor Swift, so is it really a surprise that my favourite ever music video is one of hers?

The video in question- You Belong With Me- actually won an MTV award, but then Kayne West ruined it all. . . Anyway- this is my favourite music video for about three reasons.

One; Lucas Till is freaking HOT! He looks gorgeous in this video. What's not to love?

Two; I am such a hopeless romantic, and this video is the perfect love story. I just adore it! Me and my sister were watching it, and we couldn't help but 'aww' at the end!

Three; Without giving too much away about the video, for those ho haven't seen it, the 'I love you' notebook pages are just the perfect ribbon to tie up the perfect video. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

I just wish that this video was real life!

What is your favourite ever music video?

Jenny xx