Greetings and welcome back to my little world. I posted a photo on my Instagram of these Nutella biscuits I baked just yesterday and the response was BEYOND my expectations! Everyone wanted to know how I made them, so I decided, why not post it here for EVERYONE to see?! So, without further ado, here’s the recipe for the Nutella biscuits, which by the way, only involve FOUR – yep, F.O.U.R – ingredients! And the preparation time? Less than 30 minutes.
3rd November marks the day my car hunting days (just two!) came to an end. I bought my first car! A cute, snug Chevy which name
thus far is just Sparky is officially Lil Bastard (in ode to James Dean’s). This is my first huge investment in life; after this, comes my first home away from my actual home. This is also a thanks to my dad for being patient enough to drive me around for two whole days in search for my first car. Thanks Papa!
My favourite trends are ALL wintery. I love feeling snug in my clothes. I have a jacket which I call my “bed” because of how comfortable it is! I wear it almost everyday for work and barely take it off.
As of now – when the article has been published – my wardrobe and room is officially autumn/winter ready. The only short-sleeved tops I have are vests I wear underneath my clothes. My bed has fleecy covers and a cuddly duvet. My pyjamas are almost all fleecty as well.
(Can you tell how much I love fleecy, snug, wintery things?!)
Christmas time… one month too early!
Hands down, my favourite time of the year is when end of October rolls in. That’s when I REALLY invest myself into the Christmassy spirit and come out with my obsession with Christmas songs. But let me stop you there, because that’s only part of the obsession… I actually listen to holiday tunes ALL. YEAR. ROUND.
Yes you read correctly. I listen to Christmas songs 365/6 days a year. Whenever they come up, I turn the volume up and jam along. Christmas makes me happy and forget about the crud I had over the last several months.
I love Christmas not because of how damn good and catchy the songs are, but it’s that time of year where the whole family comes together (leaving Thanksgiving out as I’m not an American), gives presents to one another and shares a bottle or two (of wine that is). It’s also the time of year where I bake the most. I’ll be posting some tasty recipes you can try during the holiday season!
To sum up how next month’s #ClaireNotes will be:
Past #ClaireNotes 2017:
THIS IS A SERIES ON MY BLOG WHICH CONSISTS OF ME LOOKING BACK AT ARTISTS I LOVE AND/OR HAVE INFLUENCED ME THAT ARE UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER ALIVE. THEY MAY NOT HAVE NECESSARILY DIED DUE TO THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS/ES, BUT DURING THEIR LIVES THEY SUFFERED FROM ONE OR MORE.
Sometimes after work or a day out in the cold, all you want to do is jump into your bed, under the fleecy blankets and duvet cover with a glass of wine or a mug of tea! Having a cosy night in is almost as good, so here are a few things to make your lazy evening so much more comforting.
#1 A mug of hot chocolate
It can only be the best hot chocolate, so grab yourself a tub of Cadbury’s, you can even make your own with melted chocolate or chocolate milk! Top with giant marshmallows and a flake or some grated milk chocolate. If you’re really making an evening of it, add a dash (or two) of Baileys or Cointreau to warm yourself up!
#2 A movie to get lost in
It can be whatever genre you want – pick a movie that you love or one you’ve been meaning to see for ages but never had time to watch. Keep updated on nice movies to watch during this winter season, such as Christmas movies for example!
#3 The cosiest, softest, warmest knitted jumper
You know the one. It sits in the back of your wardrobe in spring and summer, waiting patiently for the cold so that you can take it out again, pull it over your head and hug it tight. It’s probably a bit big for you so you can pull it over your knees and also wear other jumpers underneath (Do you do that? Or am I the only one?? Let me know!)
#4 Light up the night with fairy lights
Forget the main light in your room that glares in every direction, opt for something softer and more ambient. Fairy lights are my favourite; they can be bought cheaply online or in pretty much any store around this time of year. Hang them around the mantle piece to make the room feel just a little bit magical. I have cute butterfly fairy lights which I got from New Look last Christmas (and I am currently biting my tongue to avoid singing the song).
#5 Make your house smell like freshly baked gingerbread…
Or cotton sheets, just-picked cherries… the list is endless! A few scented tea lights dotted around the room or on top of a fireplace can give you just enough light and fill the air with your favourite smells. You could use aromatic candles if you really want to de-stress and relax.
#6 Cloud-like cushions to sink into
You can’t have a cozy night in without being super comfortable. Grab a few large cushions to arrange around you, lay back and relax into them (with your hot chocolate and laptop – you don’t want to get up after you’ve squished down!). You’re never too old to make a fort either!
#7 Something to flick through
Sometimes, we just need to get away from the screens we spend so most of our time looking at and indulge in something with actual pages. Grab a couple of magazines on your way home from work, or look for that new book you bought so long ago it probably can’t be described as new anymore, and believe me, they are a LOT for me.
#8 Feast away
You need some treats to hand for the evening. They don’t have to be unhealthy; a simple chicken or lentils soup could be just what you need after a long day at work, or perhaps some dip will give you the extra vitamins you need to fight off your cold that won’t disappear. I will be doing some sweet and savoury recipes to try this festive season soon, so watch this space!
#9 Serene sounds
Add some background noise to your evening – Spotify is brilliant for this as you can use the radio function and discover a new song or artist you haven’t heard before. I would go with an acoustic sound – it’s completely up to you! you can also create a playlist with your favourite wind-down songs such as the likes of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran!
#10 A person
It could be your boyfriend, best friend, sister or brother – having someone to share your cosy night with can make it so much more enjoyable. Invite your whole group of friends over, or put your feet up with your furry flatmate (your cat or dog, not the mouldy cheese in your fridge!).
What else would you have on your list for a perfect night in?
It has been almost two weeks since the second season of Stranger Things premiered on Netflix. I’ve already done a post on why you should watch the series. In this post, WHICH CONTAINS SPOILERS BY THE WAY!!!!!!!!!, I will be discussing some questions we have been asking throughout the two seasons, which are still unanswered. The answers which are out there may be speculations or fan theories.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service and stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong – all three of which were in the first movie – Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Sir Elton John (yes, that’s right!) amongst many. Following the utter destruction of The Kingsman spy organization, the two surviving members, Eggsy (Egerton) and Merlin (Strong), discover they have an ally in the U.S. called The Statesman, which is the American counterpart of the British Kingsman. The two spy teams join forces in order to save the world from the villainous Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her crime syndicate, The Golden Circle.
I’m a little bit – low key but also not-so lowkey – obsessed with the retro vibe, whether it’s on the big screen, the small screen, fashion, music, the whole shebang. The atmosphere that’s portrayed in Stranger Things reminds me a lot of Twin Peaks, and old Stephen King movies. I could watch anything that skillfully recreates that period. My love for the 80s started when I was a wee one. Both my parents grew up in the decade, and also started dated then, and I grew up listening to the music, and when I started researching the culture, I was instantly hooked.
Winona. F//cking. Ryder
How can I go about with the list without mentioning the amazing starlet that is Winona Ryder? In my mind, she is cast perfectly for this part. I remember her from movies such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Girl, Interrupted. She was always cast as the girl that didn’t quite fit in with others. In Stranger Things, she is still the first person that is willing to accept possibilities that are beyond the acceptable.
It’s not just the adults that did the job, however. The teenagers themselves deserve a LOT of kudos for their portrayals. This should be obvious in a show that is so heavily cast with children, but believable child actors are not easy to come by.
Unforgettable acts of friendship show us what real loyalty and trust look like. In the age where people’s words mean less and less, it is great to see a story that circles around keeping one’s word. Evident is the friendship between Mike and Will, where Mike did everything he could to find his missing friend, all four of the boys amongst each other, Nancy and Bard, and the introduction of the mysterious Eleven into the boys’ friendship circle.
The science in this show is UN-REAL. Mr. Clarke’s explanation of the multidimensional universe to his students deserves a medal and several awards, if you may. This is what teachers are for. He went out of his way to explain this in a simple form with which both the viewers and the characters themselves – who are preteens – could understand. So kudos to you, Mr Clark!
More than just a sidekick
Although all characters on this show seem rounded and well developed, personally, I think that Dustin deserves an honorable mention. He’s funny, observant, and awfully intelligent. He is also the glue that holds the group together. And that face, how can you not want to pinch his cheek and put him in your pocket?!?!
I got two names for you: Jonathan Buyers and Steve Harrington. And if you’re into the older ones, Hopper’s the one for you.
Do you watch the show? Or are you one who hasn’t yet but will after reading this post? Let me know below! Let’s start a discussion!