Thursday, 12 February 2015

Sick get to know me post

I'm writing this post whilst sitting in bed in my dressing gown.  Being ill isn't fun, especially when you've got a university assignment to prep for, a Valentine's day YouTube video to film, and an actual real life job too.

I'm feeling a little guilty about how unproductive I have been today so here is a blog post, which whilst being minimal effort on my part, (I can just about manage to sit and type; don't ask me to do anything else though!), at least gives you something to read. :)

Get to know the blogger:

Name: Charlotte

Nickname: I don't have one nickname.  Different people call me different things, but I'm not one for using a shortened version of my own name like Charlie or Lottie.

Height: 5’7"

Birthday: 23rd January

Favourite colour: Unashamedly a sterotypical girl: pink

Favourite singer/band: I listen to Ed Sheeran's new album A LOT.  I also enjoy a bit of Taylor Swift now and then.

Last song listened to:  Take Me To Church by Hozier

Last movie watched: Kingsman

Favourite book: The entire Harry Potter series, which has taken me through some rough times

Last book read: Rather lame: a uni text book 

Alarm clock sound: A jingle that comes with the Sleep Cycle app, which is what I use to track my sleep pattern and to wake me up in the morning

Currently reading: I have chapter after chapter of uni reading these days, so reading for fun isn't on my radar much

Number of siblings: 1

Number of pets: Zero

Cell phone type: iPhone 6

Current shirt colour: Grey

Gamer?: Give me the Sims and I'll play for hours

Day or night?: Day

Summer or winter?: Summer

Most-visited website?: YouTube

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Vegan Eating Plan-ish

One of the reservations I had about the month of vegan-ism I'm currently embarking upon was the variety of meals I would be able to eat.  I need not have worried because as it turns out I'm eating a wider variety of things than before, and they are certainly a damn sight more healthy due the increased portions of vegetables in my diet!

Here are examples some of the things I've been eating to give you an idea!  This isn't a meal plan, and it isn't just what I eat...just the things I could remember when I wrote this up.

Breakfast

  • Fruit. Either at home or a bought fruit pot from Boots or similar
  • Cereal.  I'm a bit fan of muesli at the moment especially Dorset Cereals Simply Nutty Muesli 
  • Nuts.  I buy big bags from Holland and Barrett because it's cheaper and put them on my cereal
  • Bagels with almond butter, marmite or anything similar. 
  • Cereal bars.  Great for when I'm in a rush! 
Lunch

  • Avocado on toast.  I made this for the first time today and it's my new favourite thing!
  • Sandwich.  I put loads of veggies like grated carrot, cucumber and avocado for loads of texture.    There are loads of dairy-free "cheese" spreads available too which I use sometimes.
  • Jacket potato.  Beans and vegan cheese is my favourite.
  • If I'm at work I'll usually have a sandwich/bagel/carrot sticks and humous and then the usual lunch box bits like crisps or a dairy-free yogurt.

Dinner

  • Pasta is my saviour. 
  • Vegan burgers or sausages.  I have a stock of frozen vegetable bakes etc. for the days I don't feel very inspired to cook.
  • Roasted vegetables as a side to whatever I am having for my main meal.
  • "Sausages" and sweet potato mash.
  • Cheeseless pizza
  • Tofu means I can make LOADS more meals as I use it to replace meat or Quorn. 

Dessert



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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My New Years Resolutions



I've set myself three New Years resolutions for 2015.
1. I will have a better skincare regime.
I do own cleaners etc. but I can never seem to summon up the motivation to use them when a handy make up wipe is so much quicker.
I mentioned in my last post that I received some Liz Earle products for Christmas, and I fully intend to use them!  Not only because my skin will thank me, but also because I've got a terrible habit of only using half my skin care products before getting bored and moving onto something else... i.e. make up wipes!


If you're interested the products I have and am using are:
Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Skin Repair Moisturiser

2. Go Vegan for January
As I said in my video, I've tried being vegan on and off in the last few years.  I've not managed to do it for more than three weeks due to a lack of imagination and underestimating how much larger my portions need to be in order to maintain my weight.  This time around I'm trying to be a bit more sensible about it all and cooking more than just big plates full of vegetables!
I've not found it massively hard thus far as I don't really eat meat anyway, always drink almond milk and am not the biggest fan of eggs.
Now obviously this carries potential difficulties due to my past as a sufferer of Anorexia; I state this in the video, but I am very aware that this is technically restricting my diet and I'm very wary of slipping back into old habits.  Rest assured that I'm well enough recovered now to recognise when I need to change something for the good of my health and if I get too obsessed by the vegan "rules" then I'll have to have a rethink.
I'm provisionally trying this for January, but if I like it and it works for me then hopefully I'll continue further into the new year. :)

3. Try to not wear nail polish
There isn't much to say here other than the fact that since I unintentionally started doing this my nails have been so much healthier and I like it!  It saves me so much time and I never have to worry about chipped nail polish, (one of my pet peeves), letting my "look" down.

Any questions or new years resolutions you want to share with me?  Comment below! :)

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Christmas and New Year 2014

Hello everyone who reads my blog!  Happy New Year and all that jazz.  We are less than 48 hours in, but I hope it's already shaping up to be a good one.

I'm currently sitting on my sofa resting as I'm very battered and bruised, but more about that later... :)

My Christmas kicked off with my work Christmas party; much frivolity was had with a dressing up box containing various Christmas themed attire including a full Santa outfit, various beards and a turkey hat.

Secret Santa!
Three days later on Christmas Eve I travelled from Norwich to my parents' house in sleepy Lincolnshire.  It's an incredibly dull drive due to a lack of duel carriageways and inevitably slow moving lorries and farm traffic.  I arrived home at 8pm realised I had forgotten most of my toiletries, (still in my wash bag sitting on my bed in Norwich), and my mother and I had to go on a crazy Fast and the Furious style drive around the town to try and find a shop that was open. 

Christmas day was the usual.  My family always open "Santa's" presents in the morning, followed by the family presents under the tree after lunch.  I'm not really into "What I got for Christmas" type posts and videos so I'll keep it brief but I got some very lovely bath products from Lush, loads of Liz Earle skincare stuff, ( one New Years Resolution is to have a better skincare regime), far too much chocolate for one person, money and some other general knickknacks.  

I love Lush gift boxes! 
Back in Norwich as of late afternoon Boxing Day I entered into that weird period between Christmas and New Year where you don't really know what day it is and if it's socially acceptable to still be eating trifle for breakfast.  I was back at work so that helped somewhat.  

New Years Eve was eventful as I spent much of that day time in A&E at the local hospital.  I fell off my bike due to some ice that had formed under a hanging basket; it had dripped down and frozen into a death trap.  I couldn't see how big the ice puddle was either due to the sunlight in my eyes or just the fact that the ice was so clear, and my bike just went from under me. It went one way, and I went the other.  I've never been in a situation where I've been so badly hurt I've not been able to move, but let me tell you that when it happens it's absolutely terrifying, especially as a healthy 23 year old.  So I was on the concrete floor having fallen, either in too much pain or shock to get back up again.  Thankfully someone I know was nearby and he came to my aid and phoned an ambulance as I could neither get up myself, remember falling or say with any certainty that I hadn't hit my head.

In the end the paramedic concluded I had put my elbow out at a very awkward angle to protect my head.  I can't remember consciously doing this- it was a reflex I suppose.  However my elbow, forearm, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle had all taken the blow.  Basically my entire right side was bruised and swollen to fuck.  We thought at this point that my arm was broken, (news I was absolutely distraught by because I'm right handed), so I went to A&E to get X-rayed.

To cut a long story short the X-Ray came back showing nothing was broken so I could go home.  The doctor gave me some drugs for the pain, and I spent the next few hours in a drug induced euphoria which was actually rather pleasant. 

My bones!  Thankfully all still whole! You can sort of see where my arm was swelling up on the right hand picture.
It's amazing firstly how resilient the human body is, but also how painful not breaking anything can be!  I have a bit of a swollen and bruised elbow now, sore neck and an incredibly swollen thigh, knee and ankle but I'm thankful for no broken bones or a head/spinal injury.

The smallest bruise I have!  I won't show you my leg.   It ain't pretty.

So, that was my Christmas and New Years.  Hopefully that's all the injuries out of the way for this year, because I can't deal with another trip to hospital(!).
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

I am rubbish, and I know it!

I firmly believe that if you say you're going to do something you should follow through and do it.  But...I've been rubbish recently! It's been almost a month since I wrote on here, and a little longer since I last posted a video on YouTube. I can't tell you how guilty that makes me feel!  Nevertheless whenever I do have to put it on the back burner I am always engaging with you on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr and I thank you for putting up with my lax schedule!

So what have I been doing?  Most of you probably know I've started studying again, (expect a video explaining the ins and out soon), and unlike when I was at UEA battling through an Art History degree I had no enthusiasm for, I am really enjoying it.  The downside is that spare time and days off I used to dedicate to YouTube and my online life are spend reading, making essay plays or working through activities.

I also work at least 32 hours every week, (although it's usually more), and coupled with 18 recommended study hours that equals 50 hours per week working in one way or another!  I then have all the boring adult things which need to be done like housework and food shopping - (I wish it would all just magically do itself).

I hope you're not reading this thinking, "oh my God, Charlotte.  Stop making excuses!", because they aren't excuses, just facts.  You all know I love doing YouTube and I love the little community that has built up around my videos.  I recognise loads of you as regular commenters, tweeters or Instagram liker-s, and I'm so pleased you stick around.  It means so much and the thought of you and your kind words has pulled me through some pretty tough times recently.

The run up to Christmas has been, (and always is!), super busy for me...the reason why I will never attempt Vlogmas ever again because I know I always fail.  Hard.  Give me until the new year and when things are a bit less hectic I'll try and get back on track.

There will be videos before December 31st, so keep your eyes peeled and if there is no word from me rest assured I'm probably drowning under a mountain of books and uni notes.
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Monday, 17 November 2014

50 Facts About Me

I've just spent the evening doing housework and writing up an essay plan for an assignment that's due later on this week.  It's been productive, but now I feel the need some something a bit silly...so here is this post. 

I've answered these questions before in a YouTube tag video, but things change and I always prefer to read things like this than watch them, so here it is: 50 questions about me.  Enjoy. 



1: What are you wearing? 
Reindeer pyjama leggings and a navy long sleeve pyjama top, both from Primark.



2: Ever been in love? 
I was thinking about this yesterday evening.  I concluded that at the time I thought I was.  Maybe emotions fade with time, even ones as powerful as love, because I can't be sure.


3: Ever had a terrible breakup? 
Who hasn't?

4: How tall are you? 
5ft 7.

5: How much do you weigh? 
I haven't weighed myself in the last 4 years, and I don't intend to.

6: Any tattoos? 
Not my thing.

7: Any piercings?
Ears, once.  Conventional I know.

8: OTP? 
Myself and someone amazing?

9: Favourite show?
I don't watch much TV.  Coronation Street is the only programme I've watched regularly and consistently in the last few years.  
10: Favorite bands?
I really don't have one. 

11: Something you miss?
I miss how easy I had it before I left home.  Oh, to not have to worry about rent, bills and council tax!

12: Favorite song?
Who I'd Be from Shrek the Musical

13: How old are you?
Young enough to not quite want to accept my grown-up responsibilities just yet.
14: Zodiac sign?
Aquarius.
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
I don't have a specific thing I look for.  I think it is more about the qualities and differences you have as a pair.  That being said, I enjoy quite a lot of stupid, silly and a bit geeky things, so someone who shares or tolerates my undeniable coolness.  Someone who is honest, emotionally open and intelligent also ticks the right boxes.    

16: Favorite Quote?
"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."

17: Favorite actor?
Will Smith.
18: Favorite colour? 
I like anything that's colourful, but also muted and non-obtrusive.  

19: Loud music or soft? 
Depends on the context.

20: Where do you go when you're sad?
Bed.
21: How long does it take you to shower? 
If I wash my hair 10 minutes, if I do not then less than 2.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Again, if I wash my hair about an hour, if I haven't washed my hair about 25 minutes.
23: Ever been in a physical fight? 
No.

24: Turn on?
I like big hands...because big hands = big...gloves.  
For me to steal in the winter when my hands get cold.  

25: Turn off?
Emotional detachment?  Arrogance, vulgarity and stupidity too.
26: The reason I joined Youtube?
I was trying to find somewhere I fit in.
27: Fears? 
Growing old alone.  Not in a marriage and kids kind of way, but just not having anyone else in my life at all.  I'm scared of being one of those old women who die alone in their home and only get found a month later because someone complained about the smell.

28: Last thing that made you cry?
I don't have a clue.  I can't remember crying.

29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Probably within the last week.
30: Meaning behind your Youtube Name?
I can't be bothered to explain it.  I've said many a time already.
31: Last book you read?
A uni text book.
32: The book you're currently reading?
A uni text book.

33: Last show you watched?
The Inbetweeners.
34: Last person you talked to?
My ex.
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My ex.  It always seems harsh to call him that.

36: Favourite food?
Pizza.  Mashed potato. Nando's. Ice cream. Risotto. 
Not all at once.

37: Place you want to visit?
I want to go back to Edinburgh right now.

38: Last place you were?
Norwich.  I'm still here.
39: Do you have a crush?
I always have a crush.  Usually on food.

40: Last time you kissed someone?
What sort of kiss are we talking about here?
41: Last time you were insulted? 
Two people called me fat yesterday!

42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
Black and red.
43: Which instruments do you play?
Cornet, trumpet, tenor horn, I could probably play the recorder too.
44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
Right now my half moon necklace from Accessorise.  I also have my Swarovski star necklace, but I don't wear that much now as the crystals are a bit loose.

45: Last sport you played?
Rounders!

46: Last song you sang?
Let it Go. 

47: Favourite chat up line?
Wanna do the no-pants dance?

48:Have you ever used it?
Oh, so many times.  

49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 
My housemate last night I suppose.

50: Who should answer these questions next?
Someone with too much time on their hands.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Edinburgh

I'm the sort of person who always thinks of a million crazy adventures, but never sees them through for stupidly practical reasons like money, time and my need for 8 hours sleep every night.  However this Sunday I did something, (maybe not totally crazy, but crazy for me), and booked impromptu flights to Edinburgh.

The last six months in Norwich has felt a little suffocating.  Those of you who watch my YouTube channel will know I just started studying Psychology alongside working five days a week.  It's great to feel like I'm working towards something again as stagnation is one of my worst fears, but everything in my life happens in this small city which feels like it's miles away from anywhere else.

I'm not really one for travelling for months at a time; I like my home comforts and knowing I have my own little space to enjoy nothing but my own solitude, (because I'm actually very antisocial and could never share a room with anyone but a partner!).  Short trips away are definitely more in my comfort zone, and the notion that I might get away for even a couple of days filled me with so much excitement it was a bit silly. 

On Tuesday morning at 2:45 am I trundled off down my road, little weekend suitcase in tow, to the bus station.   My flight out of Stansted airport left at 7:55 am, which meant that I would arrive in Edinburgh before 8 am and have the whole day ahead of me.  Side note: Stansted security was the busiest I've ever seen it...at 6 am! 

The sunrise from the plane window before take off.
One thing you may not know about me is that I get terribly stressed out about air travel.  I'm not sure what it is; you could ask me to get the train from London to Edinburgh or drive and I would take it all in my stride, but a combination of the close confinement with other people and the lack of control when flying really bothers me.

Glorious space!  There was hardly anyone on my flight in the end. :)
I won't bore you with every activity I got up to, but I packed a lot into that first day.  I explored the city centre, visited some museums and climbed up a really big hill.  I'm not entirely sure how I managed it because I was absolutely dead on my feet by the time I reached the city centre at 9 am.

The geography around the city is amazing!
By the time I went to bed that evening I had been awake for 21 hours.  This might not seem like a big deal for some of you, but it is normally impossible for me to function like a normal human being for any length of time without sleep.

...and I'm in love!
 I flew home on Wednesday evening, and after another coach journey back to Norwich was in my own bed by 11:30 pm.  It was all a bit of a whirlwind, but I'm so glad I did something a bit out of my comfort zone as I've now fallen in love with a brand new city.  The thing I love most is the geography of the place; the entire streets built on bridges, the castle perched on top of an extinct volcano and the way it all looks lit up at night.  It's the most three dimensional place I've ever been, something which just does not come across in the photos at all, it really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.

#Standard Harry Potter geek. 
...And now I really want to move to Edinburgh. ;)
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