Why we need to talk about Honey, Honey!

We all know that honey has amazing health benefits from consumption to beauty treatments. This little gift from nature can be found in all forms from lip balms to poured in your tea as a healthier alternative to sugar but what exactly is it and why is very little honey actually ‘pure honey’? Well dear reader, let me explain…

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What is Raw Honey? 

Put simply, Raw Honey is the product that is taken as it is directly from the beehive and bottled. The beekeeper will pour the honey through a filter, usually, a mesh cloth to filter out any impurities such as bee wax and et voila! The honey is ready to go out into the world. 

This honey is darker in composition and maintains a lot more of the natural and nutritional benefits of honey as it hasn’t gone through several filtration and pasturisation processes 

What is “Regular Honey’ 

Regular honey, which the type we are most likely to see in the shops and on hotel breakfast tables is honey that has gone through several pasterian and filtration processes. These processes can remove beneficial nutrients like pollen, enzymes and antioxidants but makes the honey clearer and to many this can be more appealing to consumers. 

How sellers profit from ‘Regular Honey’ 

Now, as mentioned ‘Raw Honey’ is bottled as it is taken from the hive but with ‘Regular Honey’ once it has gone through the various filtration stages it is often further broken down and mixed with other products to make it more profitable. In man cases bee farmers will sell their raw honey to bigger companies where this extra step is then performed. 

To meet the massive demand for honey, the companies will then mix the honey with sugar syrup and other ingredients such as artificial sweeteners to make a larger batch but to not lose the flavour – but this process further delutes the nutrition benefits one can obtain from Raw Honey such as pollen. This pollen is superpowered as it contains over 250 substances, including vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, micronutrients and antioxidants. Nice. 

A study in the USA showed that up to 75% of all processed “Regular Honey” contained no pollen after it had gone through treatment, which is certainly food for thought.

Image of a Local Honey Farm – Via The Raw Honey  

Raw is the way to go, honey! 

With most of the health benefits being attributed to honey in its raw format, it is highly recommended that when you are next making a honey purchase that you check the labels of the products to check for any added ingredients and the processes that it has gone through. If you use honey for health reasons it may make sense to spend a little more to get the full benefits of all that lovely honey goodness. If you want to stay away from the supermarkets and support local businesses then why not go directly to your local honey farm and get it directly from the beekeeper themselves? Get in! 

Do you love honey? If so did you know the above or have you been getting the benefits all along? Let us know below or on our social channels as we can talk about all day. 

Until next time, darlings

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Why don’t you come see me over at Digital-Coven.com, sometime?

Well hello there, darlings! 

Just a little note to let you know that in between the shit storm that is 2020 and channeling Mae West, I have been working on some side hustles which is why I have selfishly not been able to update this blog as much. Rest assured this is due to change as I am working on a plethora of content to be posted over the next few weeks. Exciting times indeed!

If you are in dire need of bunnypudding related content then check out my Witch and Tarot related blog and business over at digital-coven.com and keep your eyes peels for my next little love nuggets to be shared on here shortly. <3

As always, stay in touch by commenting below or following me over on my social channels, as you know I love a good natter. 

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Bunnypudding and The best Halloween films to watch if you’re partial to historical hotties

I am not even going to go into the cluster fuck that is 2020. It’s been terrible, it’s been awful and my God my mental health is as good as yours…which I imagine looks a little like this: 

So rest assured dear reader, I am not going to bore the living shit out of you by writing some deep and profound long-form post about how we can find inner peace during a shit storm. Maybe you can find inner peace in a shit storm, who knows – I certainly don’t but what Ms.pudding does know is that sometimes when it’s raining shit outside, you just need a break from it.  Even if it’s a just break from the smell, and my gwad, haven’t you come to the right place for that. Distraction and disassociation is my bag baby, so you ready? Let’s go….

It’s October, therefore my lovely and ever-patient audience (Dad) this means two things – 2020 is nearly over – hu-fucking-rah and it’s….HALLOWEEN SEASON. 

If you’re new here and just groaned at me mentioning Halloween… how on earth did you find yourself here*? Shoo, we do not want your wares here, oh no. 

If you suddenly perked up at the near thought of the day celebrating the macabre, well my child, you have found a new home <3 

So very top level with the news but I am building a new Witchy website which should be launching very shortly. I have just commited to a domain name and you’re all gonna be welcome to join my lil’ ‘digital coven’…so watch this space for the announcement. Whoop! 

If you can’t wait until then (and why should you?!) please check out @bunnyscopes on Instagram or if you are a member of Soho works, come and visit me on the 29th October 2020 5pm onwards and get a lil Tarot reading from me in person 😉 

And if you really can’t wait, here is the first out of my MONTH LONG ‘lists of things to watch over the Halloween’ season posts. Get in. 

The Love Witch 

You may never have seen it, you may never have heard of it but you for sure will have come across a meme from it. ‘The Love Witch’ is not only a homage to the horror films of the 60s, it’s also a feminist film full of beautiful technicolour and fabulous fashion. It’s a personal go-to of mine and, was the first film I brought to cheer myself during the breakdown of 2018. Lolz, and we thought that was a bad year…Such fun memories…

Where to find it 

You can find it to rent or buy on amazon 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/pNtEbdJSnrs

The Company of Wolves 

Angela Carter, you saucy minx. If you haven’t read her yet, do so immediately. If you’re a prude then maybe not so much but still give her a go. Either way, you’re in for a titillating time. Based on her sensual retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’  from her collection of short stories ‘The Bloody Chambers’ the film takes a feminist twist on the original story. It’s my favourite film. I think this and Labyrinth could be played on repeat and I would never, ever get tired of watching them. On that note, if you partial to men in tight trousers and cravats, and I AM, then there are a few of those near the end of the film. You can thank me later. 

And before you moan ‘Bunnypudding, these are all stylish, feminist films… where is the agony and painful horror!’ no shit. The blog name literally has ‘bunny’ and ‘pudding’ in it. That’s the first give away, champion. I may swear like a fish wife and could win in a knife fight but damn I’d be wearing an haute-couture dress doing it if I could… *Glares at sugar daddy* Also, this is a list to take your mind away from….**gestures animatedly**  2020. So if you’re looking for deeply emotional kitchen sink dramas, this isn’t the list for you.

Now,  If you’re looking for fucked up fantasy films with a side of horror, how much fun are you having right now, huh?! 

Where to find it: 

Amazon 

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Trailer: 

Interview with the Vampire 

As I know my audience, top-level description:  

Hot historical male vampires in cravats being slightly homoerotic with each other

For the newbies:

The cinematic version of Ann Rices classic book about the several hundred-year old vampire Louis (or Sir Wallow a-lot as I like to call him) retelling his life in the modern-day to a journalist – thus the ‘interview’ part of the title. This film was a favourite of mine at 12 years old and its a favourite of mine at 112 years old and for exactly the same reasons my friends (See above top-level description) Starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas complete with fangs and flowing locks, its just fabulous. 

You can thank me later. 

Where to find it: 

Amazon 

Trailer: 

So what about you my Digital Coven? How you doing – been up to any adventures? If so, I want to know below and hey, if you have a film you’d think I like, make sure to pop them down below as well. We’re partial to breeches, boots and bosoms as well as cravats…so cheers!

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* Based on my blog Analytics I currently rank for ‘historical porn’…so I am gonna make an educated guess here. Also, I apologise for the disappointment that the site didn’t match your desired search term. I recommend The Whores of Yore for those actually seeking historical pornography but if you’re seeking salacious films from 1980’s and back – alas, nothing here but if you do find the sie, by all means, share the link. No judgement here ya’ll.  

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Well hello, My beautiful Coven!

How has Summer been treating you? I don’t know about you but I have certainly needed vitamin D in my life. That was a very long Winter and I am very happy to be spending these past few months in the sun. 

It’s been fabulous with work, part of that means I have been super busy and not been able to record much on here but I am always popping up on the ‘Gram so make sure to keep up with my adventures over on bunnypudding and my witchy account – bunnyscopes but we are working some amazing things so it is all worth it, especially the campaign we have brewing at the start of the year. It’s very close to my heart and makes my mental health struggles all seem to have a little more positive meaning now. Watch this space. 

 

I am literally about to fly to LA in 4 days, therefore I have naturally found the time to write this entry…procrastination, moi? I’ve managed to start the process of packing my things, well, as much as you can do without a suitcase. Now, don’t judge me, we all had a Marie Kindo period last year and mine involved binning my large suitcase, so I shall be hauling ass to oxford street primark commeth Monday. Otherwise, I am trying to keep it sensible…I’ve brought no new clothes and most of the items that I need I already own, so on top of the suitcase, I have only treated myself to a new memory foam travel pillow #livingthedream #travelblogger #livelaughlove

I’ll try to post a few of my adventures in LA  on here and make sure to keep me posted on what you have been up to and any recommendations on what to do when I am in LA below (Of just send your Instagram angles so I can just follow you instead) Whoop! Anyway, I am off to fall down another Lana Dey Ray* hole, see in you in 5 albums time.

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*I wanna know what you think about the new Album, stat TWITTER

 

Anxiety,ahoy! Life Lessons on Unfucking yourself

Hi Huns,

I am currently lying on my bed with deep heat rub on my stomach as I can’t find the hot water bottle or pain killers, feeling sorry for myself. Yip, it’s that time of the month and yip, I am as irritable as hell. The best thing about this whole experience is the overwhelming despair I’ve had for three days. Hu-fucking-rah. Therefore, rather than allow myself to fall into the hormonal (or maybe emotional, ala my last post – we can never be too sure these days) pit of despair, I thought I’d make myself feel better by laying here on my bed in my flowing bathrobe surrounded by both cats – like the old Victorian lady I really am and share some life lessons with you beautiful creatures.

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Today’s life lessons are about how to attempt to stop hurting yourself and not allowing other fuckers to do so. Basically, how to not “chase the pain”- which is something I am no professional in but happen to be the super, bestest, greatest, so “good I got a masters in it”, at chasing within my own life. What can I say, I gotz skillz.

So, what is chasing the pain? Sometimes in life situations such as jobs, relationships and friendships, we stay in situations that are not healthy for us. It’s where we encourage and allow/repeat negative behaviours which then begin to rule our lives. Where we allow ourselves to believe the negative thoughts or even, seek out more as we feel safer being disappointed more than we do on moving forward. Below are a few examples of red flags which you may be able to spot in your own behaviours and how you can change your future actions or even, just leave the situation. I start a bit light hearted but my god, its true!

If it makes you consult your tarot deck/horoscope/any other “clarity craft” about this subject more than once a month, it’s probably not the best thing for you

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“Will they come back into my life?”

“Will they finally give me a pay raise after two years”…

“Are they going to get their comeuppance”

You know exactly what I am talking about, Susan – if you’re seeking clarity on a situation you are in from elsewhere, then go find something/someone else that wants to keep you informed, enlightened and appreciated without resorting to constantly seeking third party.. If you have to attempt to make sense of the actions of something or someone constantly, then the subject you’re asking for advice on is probably a massive bellend rather than anything else at play in the situation. You should always know where you stand.

If it makes you cry, it’s not a healthy situation to be in.

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Honestly, anything that makes you shed tears regularly isn’t a perfect partner, dream job or best friend. It’s something that is ruining your chances of being happy and being the best you can be. If I thought I made anyone ugly face cry, I’d be a broken woman. Causing emotional damage is never good and anyone who treats people’s feelings like that are basically, walking human buttholes.
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Social stalking isn’t smart

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Yes, checking their social media will help you know what your former bestie/lover is up too and that they are alive but we all know it’s going to hurt your little heart when you see them actually happy without you – If they actually cared they would be in touch and as they uploaded pictures from their phone onto their feed – you know it ain’t broke, boo. It’s brutal and I’ve been there and it aches but you know I speaketh the truth.

I’ve had so many friend call me in tears over doing this and of course I’ve done it myself (ok, ok, a lot – consider me an emotional scab picker) and it always hurts. The worst part? How your imagination will then hurt you more than anything else you see on their accounts imaging what they are up too or even worse imagining false knowledge –

“They can’t be happy? I know how sad they really are!”
“They look miserable with them”

The cold hard truth I’ve had to tell them, and myself – If they wanted you in their life, you’d be in their feed and not someone else. Maybe they are those things but either way, you’re not the person they have let know about it. I’m sorry it hurts, poppet.

It’s the same for jobs. If you’ve moved on stop stalking old co-workers or former employers – the only competition you should have is with yourself. So what if they are doing good? You have plenty of time to build your brand and make the career you want to happen.

Now, go make new adventures and take fabulous pictures make positive memories to populate your life and feed with. The best revenge is to live well.

 

If you’re always waiting to be a priority, you are not and are never going to be a priority.

 

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This is pretty hard to learn and live but it’s so true. If they wanted to keep you on the team they would show you and not offer excuses or false promises. If they saw you as an important friend they would take a second to text back if they knew you were in trouble/sad/acknowledge that you’d tagged them in a very fucking funny meme. If they want to be with you, they will make it known – relationships where someone is always sitting, waiting and wishing are heartbreaking and usually only for one person. What I do know about love is that if it’s true, they would be upset to ever make you feel unimportant, it’s present when it’s with you and it doesn’t go anywhere.

Look after that muscle of yours, it’s a sacred gift to give to anything in your life. Don’t give it to those who don’t appreciate it.

 

If it makes you doubt yourself and be challenged in a negative way constantly – go,go,go!

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The biggest critic in your life is actually you, so don’t allow that inner critic to be fed by other negative energies. I have left jobs because of this and it was a hard lesson to learn. Where as before I’d try to be nicer to the bitch, I’d work later to get the project done (even though they over sold it and knew the team couldn’t do it without unpaid over time) I’d do two jobs at once… now I call out crap and vote with my feet. Going freelance can be life changing!

The same should be in relationships. I was in a mentally abuse relationship a long time ago and my God, what those people can do to the strongest of minds and the kindest of hearts. If someone spends all day tell you how shit you are, they are the failure, not you. If you’re that bad why do they bother? Why can’t they be supportive? Just don’t even try to please these people, just leave – anyone who says you would be nothing without them is wrong. I can 100% tell you that you will in fact be sad at first and then happier and stronger than you have ever been before. Listen to me kid, I got ya back. You’re gonna be ok.

Anyway, I am now off to cry/laugh as I watch Will and Grace and drink tea whilst simultaneously hating and loving being a woman at the same time.

Love,Love1

Ps. if any of you are in any negative situations and needs support get in touch as I have a list of fabulous support groups and channels which I am more than happy to share

Hormones and Horoscopes, ahoy!

Warning – I will be discussing periods in this post. If that upsets or offends you, please do fuck off now. Thanks!

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I happen to be very educated in Horoscopes**, mainly as my Grandmother adored them and used to buy every magazine she could on the subject which in turn, I used to devour every evening after school. I am also partial to an almanac because of her interest in the mystic world and buy one every year, in fact I brought my 2019 one the other day – make of that fact what you will.

For those curious, I am a Pisces with a Sagittarius rising and a Pisces moon  (who is looking for an emotionally available Capricorn*, will settle for not emotionally available Capricorn, a Taurus and/or all water signs, apply via contact form or on the astral plane or just a bar – I’m pretty chilled about it all as well, I’m a Pisces!)

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Anyho – I digress, as the type of Horoscope I want to be discussing today is a Hormone Horoscope. “What is a Hormone Horoscope?” I hear you cry! Well dear reader, it’s something that I have been using to help understand my mental health better. The best part is that you can get it as an app for your phone and it’s free. (see below for recommended apps) 

“Hormone horoscope that reveals what your day will be like based solely on the ups and downs of the hormones in your monthly cycle”

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One of the joys of being born with a womb is that you get to have your period every few weeks which not only do you have to pay for – because gushing blood every month is super fun and worth every pink tax penny. It can also ruin many a fine pair of underwear as well as play havoc with one’s mental health, its the gift that keeps on giving. Especially, if you’re partial to the odd change in ones level of oestrogen and other lovely chemicals [Spoiler alert] I really, really am. Such an over achiever, I know. 

I am a firm believer in speech therapy and have found talking at someone for a whole hour at a time has actually helped me get to grips with what is actually going on in that beautiful little brain of mine. Sometimes, the councillor even gets to talk back (usually when I am drawing breath) and offers really useful advice. Which is how I discovered this amazing app. My councillor wanted me to begin tracking when I felt at my most anxious and depressed making sure to mark off the dates whilst referring to this app to help figure out how much my mood is affected by hormones and how much is my brain chemistry.

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Now, I am not saying that all my issues are directly connected to my hormones  but they do add to my stress levels if certain things are lower in my system when I am going through a very anxious or depressive phase. Having some insight on when certain items will be low in my body has helped spot patterns of behaviour, as well as make sure I can perform better self care on myself. When my horoscope is “You should be brighter and breeze today as you have high oestrogen in your system” and I am having high anxiety and potentially a little depressive cry as I ponder the bleakness of the void, I can mark that off in my calendar and spot the actual issues with my brain chemistry.

Where as before I could have blamed ye old crimson wave for my low mood, I can now spot when there is something concerning and thus should see a professional. When in doubt, do seek a professional out.

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Recommended apps:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hormone-horoscope-lite/id710914595?mt=8

https://www.myhormonology.com/hormone-horoscope-app-classic/

Fabulous Long read:

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/8qwpja/i-used-my-hormones-as-a-horoscope-and-it-worked

I recommend all my beautiful period having friends get the app , especially if you’re having mental health struggles as it really does help you get a grip of what is happening to you biologically. You’re welcome! 

Let me know what you think below or on ze social media channels…. Until next time beautiful people, stay sassy!

Love,Love1*Sniggers. Ok, Ok is there actually an example of an emotionally available Capricorn? Thought not..(love you really Capricorns…call me!)

**I’m a complete atheist so appreciate the fun of Horoscopes and am aware that there is no science behind them…and *yet* you gotta admit a lot of people are the stereotype of their sign. I’m 100% Pisces and OMG that is as traumatic as it sounds. 

Oh, well look what the Bunnypudding dragged in, herself.

Ahoy there, Sailors!

So it’s been a busy summer here in London Town and I endeavoured to enjoy as much of the sunshine as possible. Making sure to wear the highest factor sun protection and a hat at all times, Natch. Here is a quick run down of some of things I’ve pondering over my Summer break…I guess it’s welcome back, bitches! What have I missed?

 

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I’ve always been a bit of a shopping addict and I especially love whittling down the hours rummaging through people’s throw always hoping to find a “diamond in the rough” as it were. When I do, I make sure to wear it to death. This is especially true of shoes as I am very heavy footed for such a tiny person. My current obsession is blazers and Afghan coats. I can’t get enough of them. BRING THEM TO ME.

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Smug drunk face, ahoy! 

I’ve suddenly redeveloped my eBay habit as well. It’s terrible, especially as now there is an app and I get alerts. Am now going to investigate reselling as I seriously need to declutter my “petite” London flat. I’ll make sure to let you all know when I post anything. I discovered a abandoned mannequin outside the flat not to long ago so I’m going to put it to use*

 

Apathy ahoy!
I always try to be honest about mental health and this year has been a bit of a roller-coaster. By roller coaster, I mean having my heart ripped out and shattered several times. My main affliction currently being depression and apathy. I’m making strides in combating this and being more proactive and I am happy to say it’s doing some good. I have a habit of catastraphising things, which is a common trait in us anxious peeps and I am slowly learning to just take it one day at a time. Not everything that can, does go wrong.

That being said, it currently feels like it is, but again, everything is temporary and it will pass….one hopes.

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Don’t ever believe what social media tells you BBz – we all struggle <3

 

Cleaning. It’s fucking shit.
House work is wank. I don’t care what anyone else says. Yet, despite its horrors, I am trying to do as much of it as I can but I’m seriously tempted to obtain a cleaner. I mean, technically that would mean my laziness and obtaining of happiness is also supporting the economy, right? That’s surely a positive? Does anyone else have a cleaner? Is it worth the expense?

 

Soup maker and sobriety 
I’ve decided that I need to save money. By decided, I mean that I have no actual choice on the matter and needs must. Therefore, I have made the decision to stop drinking and socialising as much. It’s as much for my health as it is for my bank balance. To fill the time I’ve also decided to stop putting Deliveroo’s kids through college and proactively begin to make shopping lists and meal plans and **GASP** Brought a mother fucking soup maker.

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It’s a game changer people. I got the one that sautés the onions etc before you, erm…“Soup” in a flash sale on amazon. I’ve honestly discovered a new world of easy food choices AND I can just shove any veg that needs eating and et voila! Sooooup. #grateful I’ve also discovered I make a sensual lentil salad. Recipes welcomed! Post links below.

Sweep stakes open on how long it takes for this health kick to end at the bottom of a bargain bucket and bottle of processco

Chiao chiao

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*Not that she isn’t currently at use, she is the proud barer of the Miss Greggs 2017 Sash. She looks stunning.

The Downward Spiral : Part Two

Hello Darlings,

One of my earlier blog posts was about a subject that really touched my heart, and I know from the lovely messages I’ve received about it in the years since, that it also touched a lot of other people too. I am talking about the downward spiral – Which is the name of a series of images used in a anti drug campaign of a young girl’s mug shots over the course of a few years showing her decent into the pit of drug addiction.

It’s sobering viewing and it really did make me think when I was younger…to the point that I am writing about it now!

I always promised that I’d update if I found out more and I am happy to say that according to writer Jamie Saari Crawford on her website, she is in fact alive and well. Jamie states on her site:

She is a little perplexed about why anyone would care about her story and I explained that there are hundreds of people around the world who have reached out to me for updates over the years. She sees a lot of pain in these photographs.

She has an incredible story to tell and I plan to travel to her in the near future to meet, learn more about her story and hopefully create something in writing or on video that changes the way people look at people suffering from addiction. She has so much wisdom to share with the world.

Speaking to her today felt like I was speaking to a long, lost friend. I look forward to announcing when and how she would like her story told. Everything is going to be done with dignity and respect for her and her family.

 

To get the full story visit Jamie’s blog. I really hope this is for real and that there is a happy ending to this tale, it really would be a pleasant surprise. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this update as well!

We don’t do January but we definitely do coats

Hello Darlings!

Let’s level with each other, I don’t do January. I 100% don’t even consider “Dry” January as even a concept and Veganuary – can just veg off. Basically, if I had a choice I would “winter” like a classic Victorian lady throughout January and just go and chill out in a penthouse somewhere reading and drinking expensive red wine, or I’d be lazing on a beach getting both types of vitamin D but alas, someone (moi) still hasn’t become as wealthy as she was born to be and thus, had to suffer like everyone else. How have you lot survived January?

I won’t bore you with “new year, new me shit”  as I assure you it’s  “New year, old me, new crap.” but I am certainly excited about the upcoming months and I shall be keep you all informed.

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For regular updates, I am always sharing stories on my Instagram feed like the image below (Stokie street art at it’s finest)  and, due to popular demand (all two of you) I am finally going to stop being such a crazy reclusive cat lady, and get my ass on Youtube. I am forewarning you now, it will be sweary, ranty and basically just me having a laugh-  pretty much like this blog. It will also allow me to bring back the Feminist weekly round up and “History, Ahoy!” content that I love doing soooo much but find hard to put to together between you know, the glamour of my life (Ahem)

 

I mentioned in a previous post my love affair with the British brand “Shrimps” and my disappointing sample sale experience (Lesson: I need to move faster, I was not sample sale “Fit”) So I am happy to say I finally found and purchased a Shrimps “Frenchie” coat. It took many Months of trawling the internet but finally I acquired one at a complete steal. I love it. I wore it out and people actually stopped me just to stroke it. It owns me and not I own it, and I’m cool with that.

 

Have any of you made any mad purchases already this January? I am not going to lie to you, I haven’t had success in all of my recent shopping adventures – I also brought a soup maker to make eating healthy easier but it broke after 4 days (scrap that blog review) so now I am manically making vegetarian meals to avoid wasting the soup ingredients that all appear to go off at the same time – recipes welcomed!

 

Roll on February!

 

 

We need to discuss Christmas Movies

Hey Darlings,

Tis Christmas time in case you have been missing the living hell that has been the UK high streets this past Month. Which, as a matter of fact, I have, as I do most of my Christmas shopping online. Yes, it’s true that whilst avoiding the carnage of people bare-knuckle fist fighting over a Primark Hogwarts bathrobe, I prefer to sit in my slippers with wine and watch films.

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Now, I’ll be to the point. We all know that the “Muppets Christmas Carol” is the greatest Christmas film ever created. No ifs, no buts. Michael Caine playing a deadpan Scrooge whilst a bright green frog/pig hybrid* sings about finding love in the same shot, arm in arm with a talking rat? A masterpiece.

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Sometimes, I do watch other Christmas films, and here are my 10 must watches if you have to watch something OTHER than “Muppets Christmas Carol” this season.

Nightmare before Christmas

Halloween being my favorite time of year, and Christmas maybe not quite so much meant that this film was an instant shoe-in with me. A film I can watch all year round but any excuse to put it on and I will. Therefore, it’s become one the first I pull out to get me in the mood, once the dark nights begin to crawl in. It also has an amazing soundtrack…gah, I could gush about it all day!

 

White Christmas

Now, this film is close to my heart as I watch it with my mother and sibling every year. If you haven’t seen it, please do. It’s a Golden Hollywood Classic and some of the amazing dance numbers will be familiar to you from GIFs everywhere. You also get treated to the beautiful Bing crosby singing “White Christmas”…If the below GIF doesn’t convince you to watch its camp, fabulousness, I don’t know who you are anymore!

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Scrooged

Jumping from one extreme to another with the hilariously dark comedy “Scrooged”, starring Billy Murry as a modern-day Scrooge who works in Television – nuff said.. Well worth a watch if you want something funny yet familiar.

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Love actually

I live in London and know for a fact that the London presented in the film isn’t real but ohhh, I wish it was. We all live in the hope that we will suddenly wake up in a Richard Curtis film where suddenly the class divide will disapper, house prices become reasonable and Great bloody Britain rises as bumbling, adorable floppy-haired, posh men-children are allowed to mumble through the streets of London again, wooing fair ladies. Admit it.

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Home Alone

I loved watching this every year with my sister and then torturing my parents with screams of “Kevin!” for the rest of the night. Oh, how we laughed.

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Edward Scissorhands

The soundtrack alone gives me shivers but the dance scene in the snow is just heartbreakingly beautiful. Put simply, Tim Burton’s classic is a must-see. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

 

Santa Claus the Movie

It happens to feature one of the greatest “movie Santas” of all time in it and Dudley Moore stars as a strangely attractive elf. Not the “sexy Legolas” attractive elf type but, the “creepy but kinda going with it” attractive elf type. I’m a sucker for a heavy brow.

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Full disclosure: I adore the opening of this film and then once it jumps to the future, I couldn’t give a shit. Therefore, just watch the beginning and enjoy the feels, perv on the elf and be done with it.

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Batman Returns

Fuck off, it is a Christmas film. This is my blog and I can do what I want. Look at the gif, that is snow and lights which makes it’s Christmassy. I know, I know, another Tim Burton on the list. I have a problem or taste**, you decide.

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The Snowman

It opens with David Bowie going through his old drawers ( he could go through my old drawers any day) and has a cracking sequence with a choirboy and a flying snowman. At least that is how I remember it. I usually just find myself astounded that it appears to be made solely out of pencil crayon drawings (Usually, I watch half cut by this point)

Frozen

I first watched this with my sister and it has become an instant staple in our household. I’m the Anna before you ask. May you all find your inner sassy Elsa, this Christmas. Sing it with me people, as your relative drops another casual politically horrifying comment across the dinner table, “Let it go!”

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So what do you guys think of my list? What have I missed out that is a must-have in your household at this time of year? I am always seeking recommendations but I stand by my entire list!

 

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* They never quite get around to explaining how the genetics work in the Cratchit family in the film, do they?

**If you answered that with “Problem” you can’t sit with us anymore.