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A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond Review

Title: A Bear Called Paddington

Author: Michael Bond

Purchase: Available in the UK

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Children, Families, Rekindling Childhood Memories

Themes: Adventures, Family, Values

Review: I absolutely adored this book when I was younger and have always been a Paddington Bear fan. I thought that I would pick up this book again on Amazon for £3.49 Kindle Edition and give it a good, nostalgic read!

If you do not know who Paddington Bear is, he is a bar from Peru that travelled to London, United Kingdom. He was found at Paddington Station and that was where he got his name from. In this book, you will follow him on his adventures of finding a family, discovering new experiences and many more..

It didn’t disappoint. I still had the same warm feeling that I had when I was younger reading this. The familiarity is great and it has made me realise how well the recent film was made too – they stuck to some of the exact stories and it just worked so well!
This book is great for all ages, especially kids as it isn’t one whole story in itself. It is a compilation of short stories featuring Paddington and the Brown family.

I feel like I cannot say any additional information on this, it really is a ‘you have to read it’ kind of book and most of you have probably read this throughout your childhood.

Did you use to read this when you were younger?
Would you give them another read now?
How did you feel about the film?

Check out my other book reviews:

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

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Harry Potter Studio Tour!

That’s right.. I have finally been to the Harry Potter Studios and I had such an amazing day!
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I went with my friend Stephen and we had such a blast – we went shopping around London first and headed straight to the Warner Brothers Studios for an incredible day! We firstly saw the Great Hall which was a lot smaller than anticipated and from what it looks like in the films but it was still mind-blowing and such a sight to see! They also decorated the whole studios for christmas time, so everything was wintery with snow, christmas food, tinsel..
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I loved the amount of props and costumes that they had at the Studios, I’m not sure why but I just didn’t expect as many as they were so great to see in the flesh! I just had to take a photo of almost everything!IMG_5932IMG_5943
And that everyone, is the face of pure happiness, right there.IMG_5969
They had a lot of incredible, random and smaller props around the place and I think the Remeberall really took my fancy! I adore the Remeberall in the films and the book and wish that I could get my own real life one, as I forget so much!IMG_6071IMG_6003
We then hopped over into the second lot at the studios and they had the Hogwarts Express (which I believe is new to the studio tour possibly? Feel free to correct me!) but this was so great to have photos with and you could even go inside and see some replicas of the carriages from several different years throughout the films!DSC05376
And, it was so beautiful to photograph! They also had a really cute shop too with all Hogwarts Express merchandise in.DSC05380DSC0538712366242_10153343427577362_7029182352458995771_n
“You’ve got a bit of dirt on your nose, by the way. Did you know?”DSC05399DSC05400
One aspect of the tour that I absolutely fell for was all of the Graphic Design features by MinaLima. They produced all of the design work for all of the films, so this included stuff like packaging, event brochures and programmes, newspapers, advertisements..
As a Graphic Designer myself, I thought that this was incredible!DSC05403DSC05404DSC05407
I really, really enjoyed the concept side of the tour, also. They had a third building which was mainly based around concept art and construction of the elements from the films. This showed you how they created the hundreds of creatures, props, hair and make up and even the set design which was mind-blowing!DSC05455DSC05457
In the middle of the concept building, we came across Diagon Alley which had to be my utmost favourite part of the tour! And what made it even sweeter, was that a woman had a short trail, like a scavenger hunt but they were random photographs of her placed around the studios with bows on them. It turns out that the guy proposed to her by the Hogwarts Castle and it was just too cute and such a great idea for a proposal!DSC05492DSC05494
Back into the Concept area of the tour, they had so many prints, carbon drawings and sketches of different ideas that would go towards production. These came in all different shapes and sizes and was such a great insight for Creative minds, like myself.DSC05503DSC05506DSC05516DSC05529
We sadly got to the end of the tour, but they saved one of the best moments for last! The Hogwarts Castle, and what would make it any better? SNOW!
This was just so beautiful that I had to take photographs of it from almost every single angle!12369227_10153343427627362_8619539123356055109_n
Before we headed on outside to see some of the larger props and backgrounds, we decided to have a cheeky little stop for some Butterbeer (the drink) and Butterbeer ice cream and they are both beautiful! (The drink isn’t the same as the frozen one in Orlando which is incredible, but this one is still amazing too!)941023_10153343428017362_1268470466393593345_n12376557_10153343428302362_2175615712190441125_nThe props outside were mainly from the original three films and I wanted to take every single one home with me! Obviously, I had to get a cheeky photo opportunity with the majority of them, of course!DSC05533DSC05541DSC05544IMG_6046I know that I have put in around 10,000 photos into this one blog post, but I thought ‘who doesn’t want to see loads of photos from the Harry Potter studios, as it is so incredible?’
So that’s all I have for my Harry Potter Studios post for now – I would write more, but I feel like I have possibly shown you a little too much in photographs alone! But have any of you been here? Did you go here at christmas time? Let me know what you think!

Have a Happy New Year all,
Zoe
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Time for the next step in my life!

I’m feeling like a little post on whatever is on my mind, at the moment.
I am so excited for the next chapter of my life. I am hoping to move to London (surrounding areas, as it’s cheaper) and to hopefully get a Junior Web Developer job.

I cannot wait to start looking at apartments/houses and at jobs that I would love to do!
I even went to Currys today, had a look at all of the home products and fell in love with the Dyson V6 Absolute (link here) too! I have all these future visions in my mind right now – it’s exciting!

I personally feel that when I don’t live at home, I feel like a completely different person. I am me.
I am more mature, I will cook for myself, eat healthier and I will enjoy it too. I will also bake a lot more, which I love doing as it will be my kitchen. I will enjoy decorating my place as I adore some interior design and cannot wait to purchase some amazing pieces for my kitchen – such as the Phillipe Starck juicer, that I have had my eye on since I was about 15/16!

I find this so exciting and by being a christmas temp at work, it is giving me that extra kick to get through my Coding course online, work harder and faster to get ready by the time that I am finished with work in January! Too much motivation going on right now!

I know that it can be expensive living in the surrounding areas of London, and I know that the wiser choice is to live with more people to make it cheaper. But I personally believe that I can find something smaller for cheaper, if I really look properly (I have already found a few beautiful places that would be perfect!). Although it would be cheaper, I think that it is personally worth me paying that little bit extra so that I can be happier and less stressed with the people I will live with! Definitely worth the money for me!
I like my own space, peace and quiet when I can get it and clean clean clean spaces!

I cannot wait to have my place, my own decor, a bookshelf, have a Mon/Fri 9-5, go out for a relax and coffee on the weekends, be able to do one of London’s many things in my spare time (museum, galleries, book stores, shopping, sights, meet up with friends..) I simply cannot wait!
Is it just me that’s in this stage at the moment? Anyone else feeling like this? Get excited over the little things like what products to have or decor? I cannot wait, and yes, my butt is so on Pinterest right now having a browse!
I feel like I have so many ideas in my mind right now that I need to write it all down – I might have another good go at Pinterest this evening and get my brainstorms out in one go!
Apologies for the ramble!
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If you want a cheeky look at my Pinterest then here’s the link!

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Author: J.K. Rowling

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Magic, Wizards and Witches, Adventure, Challenges, Vengeance

Review: As always, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are always ALWAYS incredible!
I have decided to start re-reading these this year! And, as you can tell I just finished The Goblet Of Fire, which is probably one of my favourites out of the books, although I really don’t like the film adaptation of this book..
This now reminds me that I really, really want to go to the Harry Potter Studios when I get home from travelling, as I have been to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando a few times but not London?!

Anyway, I don’t think there’s much explaining to do about this book, as most people have read them or seen the films – you all know the jist! I just thought that I would share my excitement that I am re-reading them and you all should too! 😀

Have you re-read the books? If so, how many times? If not, will you?

Check out my other book reviews:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Other Harry Potter related posts:

Harry Potter Studios

Florida Vlog

I surprised my mother at Disney World

How I do Disney World and Universal on a Budget

 

My London Birthday Trip + Mini Haul!

I completely forgot to post this, when I had uploaded my vlog! But here it is – if you haven’t seen my blog post from my birthday, then I went to London with Glen to do a little bit of shopping and have a really good day out!
It was so much fun, as London always is and we both had a really good time.
There is a blog post of this London Haul, which includes the links to all of the items that I purchased!

So, don’t forget to check out my other vlogs if you haven’t already, and watch out as I am going to be posting some beauty related videos in the near future too!

Did you get anything good in the christmas sales at all? x

What I bought in London

 

 

Yet again, me and Glen went to London but this time it was for my birthday (although we went the day after). I knew that I wanted to get a few things, although I didn’t end up buying most of them but I found some good bargains in Boots and HMV!
The shops, especially the clothing ones were so busy that I didn’t have the patience for it, so we decided to take a trip to Westfield Shopping Centre, that we have never visited. It was such a good choice, as we found some bargains there.

We went into Boots and I didn’t expect to get much from their sales, as I thought ‘it’s London, the good sale stuff would’ve sold out by now’ but I was surprised! I found this No7 set hiding behind another item, this was the last one but I had been eyeing this up before christmas and thought that I’d get it in the sale. I wanted this as they’re a good travel size and I can try some new products out (Hot Cloth Cleanser that everyone raves about) before I purchase the full size! This was such a good buy, as it was reduced to £8!
This set includes a Muslin Cloth, Eye Make up Remover, a Day Moisturiser (with SPF 15), Night Cream, a headband to keep your hair out of your face whilst cleaning and the famous Hot Cloth Cleanser.

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I then saw some Soap & Glory sets left around, I previously wanted to get the Gloss Sticks set but I haven’t seen them at all in the sales! But recently, I have been thinking about getting some lip glosses. I’m not sure whether it’s a phase, or if I’ve just gotten back into a past like. I was going to purchase MAC’s Nocturnal Lip Gloss sets, but they were all sold out and couldn’t bring myself to buy a single lip gloss for £18 each, so these were such a good fix instead!

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I thought that I would have a last, quick browse around the store before I went to the till. I found this on its own too, so I snatched it up as soon as I could as someone else seemed interested *mine*. This is such good value as I bought the Miscellar Solution a lot and it’s usually around the £5 mark when it’s not on offer. So to get this box set for £5 was amazing! The moisturiser is a little pricey too, so that was a bonus!

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We had a browse in HMV and I saw that The Amazing Spider-man was in a ‘2 for £10’ offer, so I had to get it to go into my ‘nerdy’ collection back home. I love this film so much! I couldn’t really find another ‘nerdy’ related film that I wanted, that was in the same offer – but I found Moon which I have heard it really good! So I can’t wait to give this a watch (I am a bit of a space nerd, too).

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Last but not least, I ventured into Paperchase as they had good items in the sale, a few days ago. I really wanted to get a diary for my blogging/youtube/university routine, to keep me more organised and scheduled. I had an urge to get a Filofax from their website as they are reduced, but I resisted, as knowing me, I’d probably forget about it half way through the year!

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So that’s all I bought in London (apart from some Buffy from Lush, and another big bottle of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter which is now half price in Boots), as I’m probably going to order some tops from ASOS this evening! Or maybe a cheeky Pandora ring purchase!
I will be uploading my London Trip Vlog possibly tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that!

Have you found any sales bargains?! x

Our Christmas London Trip!

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So, me and my friend Glen (Blog & YouTube) decided to go to London before the mad Christmas rush, for a day out! We thought we’d do a little bit of shopping and sightseeing, combined with filming my first vlog on my new camera! (Samsung MV900F).

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We got up ridiculously early to get a 5.30am train from Central, so we have a proper full day there. We also booked a 10.00pm train home, in the evening which ended up being perfect timing!

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The first thing we did when we got to London, was visit Tottenham Court Road’s Primark. We thought we’d go here first because it’s filled with hundreds of people and is a complete mess! We were nicely surprised that this Primark looks amazing on the inside, it’s done up really well and looked more like a New Look or Topshop!

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After Primark, we decided to visit Camden Market as it’s one of my favourite places in London! I love how you can buy anything quirky and different that you wouldn’t find in many more places for the same price. I also love the atmosphere there too, you cannot miss a cheeky trip to Cyber Dog either!

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Whilst we were at Camden, it started to pour down with rain (surprise, surprise) and we were starving so we decided on stuffing our faces at Pizza Hut until the rain stopped! After that, we went for a quick (not so quick) browse up Oxford Street, Carnaby Street & Regent Street – visited Liberty, Johnny Cupcakes, Nike, Apple..

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We got to Covent Garden in the afternoon, after a Starbucks and then my camera ran out of battery although I had plenty of room left to film! So I decided to invest in a Recharge Charger to carry around in my bag – luckily this was pre-charged and I could charge my camera up straight away and carry on filming!

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I love Covent Garden, it always has a really nice variety of shops – mainstream and unique. Although, I’m verysad that the Moomin Shop isn’t there anymore! But we had a browse in Lush and purchased some goodies like the Limited Edition Santa’s Lip Scrub that tastes like Cherry Cola and has little hearts in it! (I’ve wrote about this product on my last blog post, which I will attach at the bottom).

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We then started to make our way back towards the centre and visited Leicester Square to visit the M&M shop!

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The last stop was Harrods to look at the ridiculously expensive, but really cute pets! They had puppies, kittens and hamsters there this time! We also went into the Christmas Section upstairs (got lost, a lot of times, although I’ve been to Harrods quite a few times) and then went for a quick browse at Big Ben to fill out sightseeing needs!

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Overall, we had such a fun day, although our feet hurt so much (especially as I had to run to the train station in boots, in the morning). But yes, hopefully we’ll be going back to London for my birthday – possibly visit Ripley’s Museum and a few other museums like the Tate Modern and London Film Museum to see all of the Star Wars goodies!

You can watch my YouTube Vlog of London HERE, that I recently uploaded. I will also be posting a week’s worth of Vlogmas, in one video too! So look out for that one!