6 on 6 – Gold

I loved taking part in the 6 on 6 photo challenge last year. Unfortunately, In November I didn’t have time to take any “gold” photos. So in took them in December and did not have get around to post them to the blog. But seeing as I enjoyed the project I figured I would post them now to complete the challenge, even if they do include some Christmas photos!

I couldn’t include a tsum tsum in these photos, I incorporated my C-3PO tsum tsum in the July (he still looks yellow not gold to me). I have included Star Wars iconic golden droid. From the cover of my moleskine journal and Santa version (from 2015 Lego Advent calendar).

I mentioned before, how I love charm bracelets, this is my newest version which only has a few charms. I stopped wearing glasses 10 years ago, but sometimes still miss it. This “glasses” ring is a way for me to show my nerdy side.

6 on 6 - Gold

Charm Bracelet

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“Nerdy” ring
6 0n 6 - Gold
Washi Tape
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2016 Journal
6 0n 6 - Gold
Santa C-3PO
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Baubles

6 on 66 on 6 is a monthly photography challenge started by the Scruffy Little Nerd Herder #6on6

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Goals for 2017

2017

Goals for 2017
  1. Read More
    Finding time to read seems like a luxury. The truth is I choose to spend time online and not read. In the mornings I reach for my phone to check social media than to read a book. Even whilst travelling on public transport I will play on my phone, when I could be reading. Last year, I tried to take part in the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge and I found it awkward to meet the criteria of each challenge. This year, I have signed up to the Goodreads challenge aiming to read 24 books in the year.
  2. Learn More
    It has been years since I left full-time education, But I still love to learn. In the last 15 years I have self-taught myself several programming languages, and learnt how to use Photoshop from online tutorials. I have taken courses coding and other software applications. Last year before buying my DSLR, I did a basic photography course. This year will be no different. I want to continue to learn and possible go back to formal education.
  3. Take More Photos
    DSLRSince getting a DSLR camera last year, I have tried to take more photos. I love taking part in the 6 on 6 challenge last year (I will be uploading my last photos of the year next week). This year, I want to explore more with my camera and take more photos.
  4. Blog More
    I have had this blog for years, I never take it too seriously. It is just my little corner of the internet for me to talk about my knitting or fangirling. Last year, for the first time I used an editorial calendar to create blog posts. I enjoy writing regular features (like the Five Fandom Friday). This year, I want to continue with that momentum. Each day I want to set aside time to devote to my blog. Be it editing photos, creating graphics, writing, or networking within my blogging communities.
  5. Spend more time with friends IRL
    We all lead hectic lives. I sometime find it hard to meet with my friends. It is easy to keep in contact with friends through social media and messaging. But it is nice to meet up face to face, to have a gossip or laugh! This year, one of my goals is to spend time with my friends, even if it is just for a coffee and chat!

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.
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Review of the Year

2016 REVIEW OF THE YEAR

I have put together a little Review Of The Year Blog Tag. Just a few questions to talk about some of the highs and a low of 2016. Feel free to join in and use the graphic. I look forward to reading your answers.

Highlight – What one great thing happened to you this year.
Losing so many icons this year, has been truly awful. It’s hard to think of highlights. But I did have a few. Finally, visiting Barcelona in March, Star Wars Celebrations in July and attending the Fan Screening of Doctor Strange in October.

Surprise – Be it TV show, film, game etc. that impressed you the most.
This answer is the little odd for me, for the majority of the year it’s been Stranger Things. But last week I watched The OA. Beforehand, I knew nothing about this show, hadn’t read any reviews, didn’t know about the cast etc. I just saw a tweet that claimed it was the new Stranger Things. Within two days I went from never hearing of the show to full on obsession.

New Fandom – Did you gain a new obsession in 2016?
So I am a little late to the game with this one, but Hamilton has become my latest obsession! I am hoping to get tickets to see the West End production of the show next year.

The Comeback Kid – Was one of your fandoms rebooted, re-released, or re-imagined.
I guess Gilmore Girls. I did have some objections with the show (I hope to write about it soon). But it was so lovely to visit Stars Hallow once again.

Still going strong? – did one TV show have an amazing season. Or did a book series have a truly impressive release this year.
Game of Thrones! I was a little concerned about season six as it was the first season that didn’t use the books as a guide. However, the season extremely impressed me (especially with the Battle of the Bastards episode).

Biggest disappointment of the Year.
The Killing Joke movie. I wrote about my disappointment of the movie adaption. I had really been looking forward to this movie. I arranged to go to the special screening in our local cinema and left feeling upset and disappointed.

Event of the year – be it a convention, viewing party, geek girl brunch etc.
Star Wars Celebrations! I reviewed my experiences here.

What are you looking forward to next year.
I guess it will start with new episodes of Sherlock in January.
Our 10 year wedding anniversary in March.
Films I am looking forward to including Lego Movie: Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars 9!

Quick Fire Round

TV Show of the Year: Stranger Things
Movie of the Year: Rogue One
Game of the Year: Pokémon Go
Book of the Year: The Good Immigrant (non-fiction) and Rebels of the Sands (fiction)
Album of the Year:  The Hamilton Mixtape

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A Merry Fictional Blog Challenge!

A Merry Christmas BLog Challenge

Katy at Oh So Geeky has put together this fun Merry Fictional Blog Challenge, to spread some Christmas cheer online. It’s not too late to join in you can get all the details on her blog.

Advent Calendar: Traditions you celebrate during December?
Our traditions start over the first weekend of December, my in-laws have a tree trimming party. Most of the extended family come over. This marks the start of the holiday season for us. The rest of our traditions are pretty boring, I always put together a Christmas Eve Box, we have a movie night at home with cocktails.

When my dad was alive we would go to the cinema on Boxing Day. When the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movies were released we saw them or the most recent Bond movie. Last year, my mum, sister and I went to see The Force Awakens and this year we will be seeing Rogue One. So I guess watching Star Wars on Boxing Day will become a new tradition.

Carols: What’s your favourite song(s)?
“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses
“Fairytale in New York” by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

Coal: A naughty character you’d send coal to?
Kylo Ren – he can add the coal to that Darth Vadar shrine.

Fireplace: Favourite Christmas movie that melts your heart?
Love Actually. But I love any variation of A Christmas Carol, especially the Muppet’s version!

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Gingerbread: What’s your favourite holiday snack?
Mince Pies!

Hot Cocoa: What’s your favourite drink?
Gingerbread Lattes!

Mistletoe: Character you’d like to meet under the mistletoe?
Sherlock

Mittens: A cozy outfit that keeps you warm during winter?
I love wearing hats in this weather, oh and my comfy boots.

Naughty: Three characters who’d make the Naughty list.
Littlefinger from Game of Thrones
Neagen from The Walking Dead
The Joker

Nice: Three characters who’d make the Nice list.
Jyn Erso from Star Wars: Rogue One
Eleven from Stranger Things
All the Stark children from Game of Thrones


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North Pole: If you could spend Christmas anywhere (even fictional), where would you go?
I would love to spend Christmas on the beach or even in Las Vegas!

Presents: A book or movie on your wishlist?
The Brotherhood Trilogy (Noel Clarke’s films) and The Harry Potter Illustrated Editions.

Rudolph: What’s your favourite TV holiday special?
It would have to be Doctor Who. Maybe Voyage of the Dammed or A Christmas Carol.

Santa: A character you’d love to exchange presents with? What would you get them
Batgirl! I would buy her a funky phone cover, or some decals for her laptop.

Scrooge: A villain you’d help see life in a different way?
Darth Vader

Snowflake: Something that makes you feel special.
Being with my friends and family, or just getting messages from them over the Holiday period.

Tree: What do you decorate your house with for the season?
Our family room is decorated quite traditionally, with a tree and a garland over the mantel. In our bedroom we have a Star Wars theme!


Yuletide: The top 3 things in your life that make you the most happy?
My husband, my mum and my sister.

BONUS: Ugly Christmas Sweater: Would you wear a sweater Molly Weasley made you or avoid it like the plague?
As a knitter, I like to think I will become the type of mum like Molly Weasley. That knits ugly jumpers for my children.

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Everyday Cosplay: K-2SO

For the last part of my Rogue One cosplay series I have decided to do K-2SO. Droids are an amazing part of the Star Wars stories. From the original R2-D2 and C-3PO to the newer fan favourite BB-8.

Rogue One Everyday Cosplay
Jyn Erso || Dir. Krennic

K-2SO

K-2SO

When thinking about cosplay, your first thought might not be to use a droid as your inspiration. I have seen some amazing droid based cosplay over the years. One of my all time favourite everyday cosplay is the Disneybound C-3PO outfit.

BB-8 has also provided the basis for some amazing cosplay this year. Online I have seen a kimono inspired dress, several fabulous variations for Dapper Day. And of course the adorable little BB-SK8. Will K-2SO be as popular next year? I think he might.

K-2SO 
Necklace // Bracelet // Trousers // Jacket // Top // Shoes // Bag

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Everyday Cosplay: Director Krennic

Next up in my Everyday Cosplay to mark the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Is Director Krennic, one of the villains from the movie. The Star Wars films have a history of great villains, and I think Orson Krennic will join this rank.

Rogue One Everyday Cosplay
Jyn Erso || K-2SO

Director Krennic

Director Krennic Outfit

As villians Kylo Ren, Captian Phasma, and Darth Vader as amongst fan favourites. In turn their characters have produced some of the greatest cosplay. Some of the best cosplay I saw at Star Wars Celebrations were Spider Maul ( Cyborg Darth Maul), and “Matt the Technician” aka Kylo Ren.

Director Krennic Description

As I said I think Director Krennic will become one of great Star Wars villains. The ambitious head of the Imperial Research Division, his costume is similar to that of the Grand Moff uniforms from A New Hope. His Imperial uniform is cream instead of grey with the addition of the amazing cape.

Director Krennic

Brooch // Gloves // Tunic // Cape // Boots // Belt // Trousers

Rogue One Everyday Cosplay
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Everyday Cosplay: Jyn Erso

Who else is excited for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this week? I have stated numerous times on my blog, how excited I am about the release of this film. As a child watching A New Hope, one of the first things I saw on the screen in the opening crawl. Is mentions “the group of rebel spies that steal the secret plans to the Death Star. Now we can find out what happened to this group.
The closer we get to the release, the more my excitement grows. We brought my tickets for the midnight showing several weeks ago. I planned my outfit for the opening night months ago. I am wearing a Her Universe dress. But I thought I would create a few everyday cosplay outfits for some of the characters in the movie.

Jyn Erso

Jyn Erso Outfit

When we were at Star Wars Celebrations. We had a chance to see some of the costumes and props from the film. In the exhibit, next to each costume was a card listing all the aspects of the outfit. This display card was idea for cosplayer to get all the details of the costumes. They also were ideal to help for plan these outfits.

Jyn Erso Description
First of is Jyn. From the moment I saw the teaser trailer for Rogue One, in April I have loved Jyn as a character. The more footage from the film I see the more I want to get to know this newest female hero from the franchise.

Jyn Erso

Necklace // Bracelet // Top // Jacket // Boots // Scarf // Trousers

Rogue One Everyday Cosplay
Director Krennic | K2SO

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100 Cups of Coffee

When uploading these photos for the #100cupsofcoffee project to Instagram, I messed up the numbering. So I have added these in the order they happened, which doesn’t tally with the little number icons.

Coffee & A Great Read #100cupsofcoffee

As I mentioned in my last 100 cups of coffee update, whilst in the Philippines. I use to pop to Starbucks every afternoon for 4 p.m. caffeine fix. All the travelling I did in October, gave me the ideal time to catch up with my reading. Ideal for travelling was The Good Immigrant, as the short essays where easy to dip into whilst waiting to board a plane or riding on a shuttle bus.

Breakfast Coffee #100cupsofcoffee
In Manila and Gibraltar, the cafes we used to have breakfast in served coffee in tiny cups. In London I have a large mug or “venti” cup with my breakfast. As a result I found in Manila, I needed several cups each morning to get my coffee buzz!

Fall 2016! #100cupsofcoffee
When I returned home in London, autumn was definitely here! My uniform for the Fall Season in 2016, became my “Her Universe” bomber jacket and a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!

Coffee & A Movie #100cupsofcoffee
At the end of October we were lucky enough to get tickets to the Doctor Strange Fan Screening in Leicester Square. Before the screening of the movie, the director and movie’s cast (including Benedict Cumberbatch.) did a short introduction.

Final PSL of the Season #100cupsofcoffee
When I discovered my local Starbucks had run out of Pumpkin Spice syrup at the before the end of October. It meant I didn’t get a P.S.L. on my birthday! So when I discovered another branch still had syrup in November. I took the opportunity to enjoy my last P.S.L. of the season.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Currently… November Edition

currently july

Currently Reading… Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
As we are just days away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So I am getting into the “rebellious” spirit. We have brought our tickets for a midnight screening and I have bought merchandise and am reading the prequel book.

Currently Watching… Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
During November, I have loved watching Westworld. But the month was devoted to the return of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I originally took Friday off, for Black Friday shopping but instead opted to spend the day in “Stars Hallow.”

Currently Listening… Cashmere by the Swet Shop Boys
I have loved this album for a few months, but seeing it performed live in November has increased my love for it. I am hoping for more material from Swet Shop Boys next year.

Currently Loving… Hamilton Mixtape
As I mentioned in my post about Joy, this month I have been loving the pre-released tracks from the Hamilton Mixtape, I can’t wait for the release of the whole album this weekend.

Currently Feeling… Christmassy
Last weekend, was the “Tree Decorating Party” for our extended family. An annual tradition when we all gather at my in-laws house and decorate their tree, eat, drink and relax before the craziness of December. It marks the start of the festive season for us.

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100 Cups of Coffee

Cold Brew & Bake OffSeptember means the new autumn television schedule and an important part of that use to be The Great British Bake Off. To mark the start of the seventh series, and continuing our little tradition. We popped to our favourite bakery, The Outsider Tart to buy cake for our viewing party.

PSF

For the first time this year Starbucks released Pumpkin Spiced Lattes at the beginning of September, instead of the end of the month. The release of the drink happened to coincided with one of the hottest weeks of the summer. So I took the chance to try a Pumpkin Spiced Frappacino. I was not convinced by this cold version of my favourite drink.

PSL

With the British weather being as unpredictable as it is. A few days later we had grey and rainy skies. This was the perfect weather for an autumnal walk along the river whilst drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.Spanish Coffee

When I went to visit Jason in Gibraltar, we would visit a cute café around the back of his apartment for breakfast. It was on the corner of the mini square, and the ideal spot to people watch whilst eating. It also seemed right to have this photo in black and white, for that artistic European feel. Same Coffee
The next stop on Jason’s overseas working tour was the Philippines. Next door to his apartment here was a Starbucks. So every afternoon, just like at home I would pop downstairs for my afternoon pick me up. They didn’t serve PSL here, but did have traditional lattes and had an amazing range of teas.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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