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Disneyland Paris: February 2015

4 March 2015

Back at the beginning of February, I paid another visit to my favourite place on earth, Disneyland Paris. We spent three nights at Hotel Cheyenne, and I enjoyed every second of the trip. I took over 900 photos whilst we were there, but I've managed to narrow it down to the snapshots in this post.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter - Animal Actors Week

1 March 2015

On Wednesday 25th February, I finally paid a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. As someone who has grown up with Harry Potter - I began reading the series at age eight, saw the first film four days after my eleventh birthday and queued for midnight releases of the books -  this was somewhere that I'd dreamt of visiting for a long time, so prepare to be bombarded with lots of photos.

My Desk

25 February 2015

Since I graduated in July 2012, my desk has been acting as a makeup application station. However, I recently made the decision that at some point in the next eighteen months I'd like to take myself back to university, and in an effort to begin preparations, I started collecting items to make my desk more 'desky'.
I started off with a H&M order, which included this toothbrush mug (£4.99) for my pens, and a couple of these wire baskets (£7.99). One of the baskets now houses my skin care on top of my muji drawers, and the other is the perfect size for all of my washi tape, stickers and other craft items which I use for my Project Life scrapbook. H&M have a great selection of homeware, so I'd definitely recommend checking them out if you're looking to update your space on a budget.

The next purchase was my lamp (£24.99) from Homebase. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm loving the copper theme that's everywhere at the moment, so this lamp was the perfect addition to my desk. In the evening I really enjoy reading at my desk, as the lamp throws out just enough light without seeming too artificial. I bought the To Do pad in Tesco, and the sections are really useful for maintaining a blogging/work/life divide.
Whilst I'm waiting for some shelves to be put up above my desk, my Tsum Tsum are currently stacked up next to my to do list!
Overall I've spent around £70 on updating my desk, but it now fits with my room perfectly, and feels like somewhere that I could get some serious studying done. I don't have the most space in the world, but I can comfortably work off my Macbook with a book or two by the side, so that's perfect for me! I haven't entirely given up my beauty space however; my Muji drawers are still stacked up in the corner. So, if I ever fancy a break from revision, there's always the option of a lipstick swatching session.

What I Bought In Disneyland Paris

22 February 2015

 I'm currently working my way through my 900+ photographs from my trip to DLP to post on the blog, so I thought that in the mean time I'd share my holiday purchases. I watched plenty of Disneyland hauls before I went but struggled to find any blog posts, so hopefully this will be helpful to a few people. I was on a fairly limited budget as I'm trying to save as much spending money as possible for Florida, but in total I spent around €110 (including gifts for other people which aren't pictured).

My first purchase of the holiday was the holographic Disney Dreams notebook (€7.99). I knew that I wanted this as soon as I saw it, and think it might become my new blog planning book. I absolutely adore the Disney Dreams show, on my last two trips to Disneyland seeing it has been the highlight of each holiday. On our final night I took loads of photos of the show and fireworks, so purchased the Dreams photo album (€19.99) to store them in. There's a button on the front and when you press it, lights go off to make it look as if the fireworks are exploding, which of course I love.
Frozen mania seemed to have hit everywhere in DLP, so I bought myself this Olaf pin (€6.99) to add to my lanyard. There were loads of nice pins that I could've treated myself to, but I decided that I'd rather wait and buy a couple more in Florida. I couldn't say no to Olaf though, and it's becoming a bit of a tradition for me to buy a pin each trip! Another item which always makes its way home with me is Disney chocolate. It's my absolute favourite, so I stocked up on character chocolate coins (€2.99) to have as a treat every now and then.
The one area of merchandise which I was a little disappointed with in Disneyland was the princess selection. Everything was Frozen mad, and every other princess (including Ariel, my favourite) seemed to be a little neglected. I did get a princess pen (€2.99) though, to go with my new notebook, and the adorable princess heart (€5.99) for my handbag, which folds out to be a handy mirror and hair brush. My little sister got me the princess postcard (€2) for my scrapbook, as it reminded her of the Dreams show that we both loved so much.
My final two purchases of the holiday are possibly my favourites. I absolutely love the Nightmare Before Christmas, and was really pleased to see so much merchandise related to the film. There was lots that I could've bought, but in the end I went for these beautifully illustrated playing cards (€12.99). I'm very competitive, so I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of them! Finally, just before we left Disney Village on our last night, my Mum spotted the Mickey Mouse backpack (€29.99). I'd been using a backpack of my brothers for the parks and had said that I needed to buy one for Florida, so this is perfect. I absolutely love the print on it, although I'm a little terrified that it'll end up filthy by the end of the holiday! It's nicely padded, so it'll be great for carrying around my camera and plenty of water.
I'm really happy with all of my holiday purchases. Normally I can tend to go a little overboard with Disney merchandise (especially mugs, I'm a mug fiend and don't even drink hot drinks!), but this trip I chose to buy myself gifts which I'll get plenty of use out of. Lets see if that restraint holds up for Florida...

January 2015 Scrapbook Page

18 February 2015

After seeing an instagram post by Lily Pebbles featuring her 2014 scrapbook, it quickly became a New Years Resolution to start one for 2015. I've got so many exciting events this year (immediate family members turning 50, 21 and 18 within the first three months, my DLP holiday and my Florida holiday to name a few), that I really wanted to keep a visual record of everything. So, armed with copious rolls of wash tape and my Project Life folder, here's the January page that I've put together.
On January 1st 2015, my Mum turned the grand old age of 50. It was a lovely way to kick off the New Year, we went out for a meal in the day and then had a party with family and friends - and those amazing Westie cakes! - in the evening. I saved a little bit of the silver ribbon which I wrapped Mum's presents up with, and stuck it in my scrapbook using double sided sticky tape, along with photographs.
After the excitement of Christmas and New Year, January calmed down a little until the middle of the month, when I went down to London for the day with my Dad to a Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London. We're both huge Sherlock fans, so I bought the tickets for my Dad as a birthday present at the end of last year. The exhibition was really brilliant, and the day was perfect, with a delicious lunch at Palm Court Brasserie in Covent Garden, and then a stroll down Carnaby Street in the evening before our train home.  It was a great day out and one of the highlights of my month, so I've included my exhibition and train tickets, as well as a card from the restaurant and a couple of photographs as a memento. The rest of January was a fairly quiet affair, although I couldn't resist snapping a few Polaroids of the snow at the end of the month.

I'm really pleased with my first attempt at scrapbooking, and I think that the different sizes of photographs and tickets together, along with the washi tape, look really pretty. I'm already excited to put together my February page as so many exciting things have happened so far this month, and I love how therapeutic it feels to work on a page. After spending most of the day staring at a screen, it's lovely to have a creative outlet once a month, and I can't wait to see the finished book at the end of the year.