Nightmare Before Christmas singalong

Nightmare Before Christmas singalong

The Prince Charles Cinema is one of my favourite places in London. The film selection there is always amazing and they have really exciting events happening all the time. Last year my flatmate and I went to one of their teen flick slumber party and to a Halloween book reading with Audrey Niffenegger and Erin Morgenstern.
This year we started our Christmas celebrations early when my flatmate won tickets to their Nightmare Before Christmas singalong. As a bit of a fan I decided to dress up. I was probably the only person there dressed up but I had so much fun.
At one point Charlie and I were concerned we were the only ones singing but it turned out that we were just loud. Everyone was singing, quoting doing the silly voices and applauding after everysong. The whole thing was fantastic and I will definitely be going again, I just can't wait to see what's next. 

Yeah, so I have trainers

Yeah, so I have trainers

I don't wear trainers. The last pair I bought six years ago with the intention of running but they have been worn so little they are still practically pristine.
For Christmas this year my dad bought me a lovely kilt but it's too small so when I tried these on to prove to my seven year old stepbrother that I do actually have the same size feet as him,  my dad thought they were so cool he offered to buy them for me to make up for the lack of kilt.
I was a bit dubious at first but after some encouragement from my brother (nit the seven year old) and some outfit planning I am converted and have worn them constantly since I got them.
For one of their first outings I went for a very casual look with my favourite Star Wars t-shirt and mini skirt. Yes I am still wearing mini skirts in December. For the purpose of warmth I chose my fluffy Bandersnatch (leopard) print coat my mum bought me for Christmas last year and I'm loving the combo.
I'm thinking of trying them out with a 50s style polkadot dress next time.  Yay or nay?

Face Face Face

Face Face Face

As I have mentioned before I am against animal testing and really struggle to find products that are not only suitable for my skin but also cruelty free. I think I have finally found some!

A while ago I blogged about needing a new foundation so I finally treated myself to Benefit's 'Hello Flawless'. I've used it before but I forgot how much I love it. As it's a powder it's nice and light but still gives amazing coverage. It's also suitable for horrendously sensitive skin like mine which makes a nice change.

A decent cleanser is always hard when you're against animal testing. Superdrug are amazing for things like this but my heart will always go to Lush. I had never used their 9 to 5 before and was a bit dubious because my skin tends to hate anything that isn't a facewipe but I gave it a go and it's brilliant. It's a milk cleanser so it's light and leaves your face feeling really soft. It says to use directly onto the skin and remove with cotton pads but I have been using it as a wash instead and am very happy with the results.

Sadly I have reached the age where I need to start moisturising *weeps*. It a sad time, I know. To be honest I am yet to find a day moisturiser that works for me but I love my night creme. It's Boots own brand so is cruelty free and unlike most night cremes it isn't too heavy so I don't feel uncomfortable at night. Always good.

When I'm in a rush I tend to stick to either Superdrug or Boots own brand cucumber wipes. They're great when you're on the go or on your way to a festival and they're nice and cooling. They're also great for sunburn as I have just found out!

Do you have any cruelty free recommendations? I'm still looking for that moisturiser!

Under the needle: Skulls

Under the needle: Skulls

It's been a few months and I've been itching for a new tattoo for a while.

My favourite studio, Skingraff is where my  whole family go to get inked. I have recently started a huuuge Alice in Wonderland piece on my back but at roughly £65 per hour, it's been a bit of a struggle to save. This is what happens when you live in London.

When I saw on their Facebook page that their newly qualified apprentices were offering £20 per hour tattoos, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't have more of my back done because I would only ever want Louis to do it. I have wanted a sugar skull for a while and booked myself in straight away.

The artist  and I agreed to avoid the tacky sugar skulls people normally think of and to go for a more old school look. He had a lot of suggestions and I trusted him completely to just go ahead!

Apparently I went for a really hardcore place and after 2 hours of lots of swearing and pulling pain faces, it was over and I couldn't be happier.

Time to get more of my back done and to plan the next one!!

My festival essentials

My festival essentials

I am lucky enough to be going to Reading Festival this year. The plan was to only go on the Sunday (purely for Nine Inch Nails) but then I found out my ticket was for the whole weekend. I'm all over that!

Excluding the basics like tent and sleeping bag, there are a bunch of things I will not be able to cope without, they are mainly toiletries because I'm not one of those people who doesn't wash for 4 days (I'm looking at you, Gary). Here are my top 5.

1. Bikini

It's rumoured to be nice, sunny and hot this year (It will make a nice change from 2010 when our campsite was basically flooded!) so I'll be spending the majority of the time in a bikini and hotpants in the vain hope that I might get some kind of tan. It'll probably just be freckles though!

2. Ultimate shine solid shampoo from lush

I love this stuff anyway and because I have a lovely little tin to put it in, it'll take up next to no space and my hair will still be amazing. Plus, this stuff lasts FOREVER and it has glitter in it. This pleases me.

Ultimate shine shampoo from lush - £5.50

3. Batiste

Everyone will be taking it as it makes life so much easier. Plus it somehow manages to make me able to actually do stuff with  my hair! Win.

4. All my face stuff

The last thing I want to happen while I'm there is to have a massive break out. I'll be hiding my face from everyone and would just be flat out miserable. I'll be taking with me my favourite face wipes, Tea Tree toner from Lush, my new Nivea day cream and all my makeup. Can't be going around with a naked face!!

5. Medical alert bracelet

I WILL be seeing Nine Inch Nails after all! Can't be stupid

(sneaky number 6) At least 3 Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.

Yes, I am that sad.

What are your top festival essentials?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea

I disappeared for a bit. Sorry about that. Because I start my new job in just over a week, I have been so bloody busy it's insane.

Last weekend, my wonderful flat mate and and I got to experience the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych. I am going to struggle to find words to explain just how good it was. You have to book this while you still can, you honestly won't regret it!

Most of these photos will be courtesy of Charlie my phone as my wonderful SLR has given up on life :'-(

Although we didn't have to, Charlie and I had so much fun digging out our afternoon tea outfits. I went for my favourite dress of all time EVER and I was thrilled to discover it still fit me. It's a tiny size 2 and I bought it 5 years ago!!

From Charlie's photos

When we arrived we could see all the food people were receiving and we were amazed. It looked too much to handle. It turns out we could have had refills on anything we wanted but considering our outfits, I don't think we would have been able to cope!!

The very exciting menu!

Now you can see just how much we struggled to cope!

Some of my favourite parts of this are the HOME MADE candy floss and the golden egg with vanilla cheese cake and mango filling. After having this, Charlie and I agreed that we want all of our food covered in gold dust from now on!

From Charlie. I am SO attractive :-p

Yes, it is as delicious as it looks!
To complement the amazing collection of desserts, it came with the cutest little bottles of caramel chocolate milk. I need more of it in my life.

From Charlie. YUM!

As I am a massive tea fanatic, I'm going to make it my mission to go to as many of these as possible. Next on the list is the Mad Hatter's tea party!

Cruelty free hair dye

Cruelty free hair dye

Out of sheer boredom I have a tendency to dye my hair. Sometimes it works, sometimes it really doesn't and I end up looking like an idiot.

I recently blogged about cosmetics I had found that proudly show the cruelty free bunny as I'm against animal testing and I have recently found a hair dye that's also cruelty free. Sadly, my heart broke when I found out the brand I had been using for years weren't bunny friendly. My hair has gone unloved since.

Superdrug are also against animal testing and all of their own brand products have the happy little bunny which makes me extremely happy whenever I go in there. I always end up leaving for a basketful of things even if I just went in to buy lip balm.

It's been a while since I dyed my hair. I've really been wanting a pink rinse for a while but the usual monetary issues have prevented this. This beautiful shade of 'Fire Red' was a bargain price at £4.49 so it was a nice, cheap alternative.

'Fire Red' from Superdrug

For the people who have used box dyes at home, you know how messy and awkward the whole thing can be. Another reason why I love this new product is because they've considered everything down to the tiniest detail. You know those rubbish gloves you get with hair dye? Well these ones are longer and thicker so you stand less of a chance of staining your finger tips (every time. The gloves can't take my talons!) and getting dye all up your arms when you reach around to the back of your head. You know those pathetically tiny bottles of conditioner you usually get? Well not with Superdrug, you get a bottle big enough for at least two weeks' applications. Obviously this depends on hair length but it's still pretty damn cool.

Awkward hair dying face
The only downside to this product is the smell. I have been dying my hair for years, so much so I'm pretty sure that my hair will never go back to it's natural colour (whatever that is), so I'm more than used to the smell of hair dye but this was really strong. I had to leave the bathroom once just so I could breathe.

I'm so so pleased with the overall result. When my flatmate came home she said it had really good coverage. I don't think it's down to my finally being able to dye my hair properly. The instructions for this dye are a bit more intense than your standard box dye. It requests that half way through you take your hair down and blend it more evenly to the tips of your hair and to do this again 10 minutes before you wash it out. This creates a more even colour from root to tip and makes sure you get all of those stragglers.

I'm so happy I have found a cruelty free hair colour and I recommend you all try it. It's all shades of wonderful.

What I've been reading: The Princess Bride

What I've been reading: The Princess Bride

'Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die'

Everyone knows it, if you don't then I'm sorry to break it to you but you must have been living under a rock for the past 20 years :-p

I have been in love with the movie since childhood and after spending about an hour in Waterstones, I'm weird and was craving that book smell, I thought it was about time I read it. Purely so I can fall in love with the fictional Westley even more...

Yes, that is a rubber duck in the background!
Written in jest as an 'abridged version' of a book by S. Morgenstern, the book flips between the fantasy tale and and Goldman's comical footnotes making sure you are never bored. Which is awesome.

From the second I opened it, I was hooked. I have even been one of those awkward people who read while walking down the street. Sorry to all the people I walked in to! It is just one of those rare finds you can't put down and you just itch to be reading it instead of working.

Holding the whole thing together is the perfect love story between Westley and Buttercup that makes any single woman out there scream 'Why, God? Why!'. We all want him but we can never have him. He's the swashbuckling version of Mr Darcy. 

It was nice to be able to discover more about the characters we had grown up with, I was personally shocked that Prince Humperdink actually does love Buttercup and the friendship between Fezzik and Inigo is more than heart warming. 

The only thing that annoyed me about the book is that it ended on a cliffhanger that I did not expect as the movie comes to a spectacular happy ending. However this does leave it open for the sequel Buttercup's baby which, after reading the first chapter, I'm praying will finally be ours. Come on guys!
You can read my last book review on Dangerous Girls right here.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Part two of my summer of music was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Until recently I didn't know uch about them even though my flatmate had been asking me to come and see them with her for a while. But it was brilliant.

As it has been so hot recently I tried to be sensible with my clothes for once, This rarely ever happens.

Dress - Urban Outfitters Sale £14

The dress is one of my bargain purchases from my trip to Scotland where I spent far too much money for my own good. I also have a funny story about this dress; I tried it on and came out of the fitting room to show my mum and in front of everyone she said 'it's a very nice dress Ashleigh-Jayne but you need to get a boob job'. Thanks mum, I love you too.

I have never worn converse with a dress before but I've seen a lot of people doing it and it looks really good so I thought I'd give it a go myself. Conveniently the colour matches my dress prfectly which made me incredibly happy. These are one of those things I get away with, buying shoes in the cheap section for a disgustingly low price. Yay for having tiny tiny feet.

The gig itself was amazing. I was surprised by how many songs I knew considering I've only started to listen to them properly and it was nice to be able to go to a gig where you can actually dance and not look strange. 

Sadly as my DSLR is broken (sad times), I have no photos of the gig itself but you can see some over on my flatmate's blog. Enjoy!

My favourite movies

My favourite movies

Considering I'm a film graduate, I very rarely write anything to do with film. Shame on me.

Like everyone I have many many 'favourite' films but there are some that will constantly crop up at some point no matter what mood I am in. Whether I want to laugh, cry or feel all happy on the inside.

As I write this Charlie and I are curled up on our sofas under blankets watching Breakfast at Tiffany's, we're suckers for classics and  Holly and 'Fred' kissing in the rain is possibly one of the most perfect scenes in the history of cinema.

Choosing favourite films is always difficult but if I had to narrow mine down to a top five, it would be this, and this was a very hard decision to make.

Gone with the Wind - 1939

Rhett: You should be kissed and often. And by someone who knows how.

There is no disputing that this is my favourite film of all time. Ever. My room is covered with images of Rhett (Clark Gable) and Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) and I'm constantly spotting references to it in more recent movies. You'll be surprised at how many there are.

To me, Gone with the Wind is Hollywood at it's finest. Back when there was a turn around time of different movies practically every week, you can tell that the makers' hearts and souls went into this movie. From the elaborate costumes right down to the actual burning of the Atlanta stage, one of the first scenes filmed. The tragic love story of Rhett and Scarlett is perfect from the beginning right to the very end where Scarlett proclaims 'tomorrow is another day'.

Gone with the Wind also lead to the first Oscar awarded to a black woman, Hattie McDaniel for her role as Mammy. This was still considered as controversial at the time because of the sadly still existent racism in America and Hattie was made to sit on a separate table from the rest of the cast. Since then she became in inspiration to other black actors throughout her life and is still remembered to this day. 

Hattie McDaniel's acceptance speech. If you don't cry, you have no soul:

The Red Shoes - 1948

Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
Vicky: Why do you want to live?
Lermontov: Well, I don't know exactly why, but... I must.
Vicky: That's my answer too.
Based on the short story by Hans Christian Anderson, The Red Shoes is one of the first movies to show the destructive relationship between a ballerina and her impresario which many will have now seen through Aronofsky's Black Swan.

A creative vision from The Archers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes shows a story within a story where Vicky's (Moira Shearer) life mirrors the tale itself. Unable to stop dancing despite being in love. She will always go back to dancing and it will eventually destroy her.

To this day The Red Shoes is considered by critics as one of the greatest British movies of all time and has become a cult classic. We even went to see it shown on the roof of the National Theatre before we got rained on...

Angel-A -2005

Angel-A: 'Do you love me or don't you?'
Andre: From the very first day. From the very first second.
Set in Paris, Angel-A marks the return of  Luc Besson who you'll know from Fifth Element.

Desperate AndrĂ© Moussah (Jamel Debbouze) is rescued by a tall and beautiful woman known only as Angela (Rie Rasmussen) whether he realises it or not. 

For reasons beyond AndrĂ©'s understanding, Angela has made it her mission to help him sort out his life.

Filmed entirely in black and white, Angel-A is funny sad and beautiful. I don't want to give too much away, I can only tell you to watch it.

True Romance - 1993

That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too.
A love story with guns. Where's bad? With an astounding cast including Christian Slater, Christopher Walken and Gary Oldman (and Brad Pitt as a stoner) and written by the legendary Quentin Tarantino, True Romance tells the story of Alabama (Patrica Arquette) and Clarence (Christian Slater) who "throw caution to the wind", fall in love and get married from the very first day they meet.

Action packed from the very beginning, True Romance is a movie I can watch no matter what mood I am in and have been known to watch it twice in one day.

Love, Honour and Obey - 2000

You fucking Anglo-Saxon!
Not only does the stellar cast boost this up to my top five but also the amazing one liners, gripping story line and, of course, Fat Alan. The cast consists of many members of the Primrose Hill Set was was set to be a part of a trilogy. 

Love, Honour and Obey is a British crime/comedy movie about the relationship between North and South London gangs. Ray Winston is head honcho of the North London gang with Sean Pertwee as his rival in South London. 

What's most interesting about this movie is that a lot of the dialogue is ad lib. The cast were given the basic outline and worked with it themselves which is why most of the characters have their own names.

Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller) plays the villain/anti-hero of the film who, due to his own ego and impossible ambitions, brings the worlds of the gangsters into chaos.

Love, Honour and Obey is nothing short of hilarious, some of my favourite insults come from this film with 'mate, you're flat and I'll throw you in the river' being somewhere near the top.

Here's a little clip but I'm warning you, there are parts where it's quite offensive but it's hilarious!

Well, there you have it. A run down of my top five films. If you haven't done so already you should definitely watch them.

What are your favourite films?

What I wore: Bow-ties are cool

What I wore: Bow-ties are cool

It's true and you know it.

For work this week I thought I'd let out my not quite so inner geek and try something I haven't done before. The Androgynous look! Well, a go at it anyway.

A few weeks a go, my flatmate gave me a lovely little Dalek bow-tie that I have mainly been wearing in my hair but I woke up one day and thought I should actually wear it as intended.

OH NO! It's wonky :-( Shame

I chose to wear with with some very battered old Peter Pan stylie boots, a long forgotten pair of Topshop shorts and the cheapest shirt known to man. With my Nightmare before Christmas lunch box as a bag for that extra touch of geekery.

Although one person at work said I looked like 'a little Victorian school boy', I got so many compliments for this outfit that I was insanely happy and think I need to try it a bit more often.

Off I go to buy more bow-ties and maybe even some braces.

Are bow-ties your new favourite accessory?

Amanda Fucking Palmer... Again

Amanda Fucking Palmer... Again

My love for this woman isn't exactly a secret. The day I had been looking forward to for months had finally arrived and I was practically dancing around the the office. I did warn them that I'd be really annoying that day.

Amanda Palmer

As always, Amanda makes sure the entertainment doesn't stop. While we were queuing to get in we were greeted by a brass band, Perhaps Contraption, so it felt like we had our own entrance music.

The picture doesn't do my sparkly sequin leggings justice but LOOK a ukulele!
Following Amanda's performance of Radiohead's Creep on the ukulele with a very shy small boy, the support acts came flooding onto the stage. There were seven support acts in total, that's right SEVEN, including the wonderful Bitter Ruin and Sxip Shirey PLUS acrobats, sword swallowers and more.

Opening with a bunch of songs from her latest album Theatre is Evil with her Grand Theft Orchestra, she automatically took my breath away. Especially since she covered one of my favourite songs in the whole world, Common People by Pulp.

Astronaut was as powerful as ever with the crowd singing their lungs out and the beautiful Lost was dedicated to her recently departed friend Becca Darling. Bed Song had me in tears as it always does and I finally got my chance to support Amanda and hold her hand during her epic crowd surf during Bottomfeeder.

Camera decided not to work so this is a photo from the last time I saw her

 Closing with the amazing Leeds United with Perhaps Contraption before an AMAZING encore (which I sadly missed but THANK YOU YOUTUBE) where she performed her open letter to the Daily Mail following their shameful article about her performance at Glastonbury. She performed completely naked towards the end of the song and truly embarrassed them in front of hundreds of fans and even journalists. Well done Amanda!

For some strange reason Blogger won't let me upload the higher quality version of this but for those of you interested, here's one recording for your viewing pleasure:

 Strangely enough, the Daily Mail are yet to respond to Amanda's open letter. For shame.

As I have said before, Amanda Palmer's shows just get better and I strongly suggest you see her. Do it!

What's the best gig you have ever been to?

The Returned; Answer our questions!!!

The Returned; Answer our questions!!!

How did Simon kill himself? Why did he kill himself? Why has Victor only just started talking? What's his real name? What's with the lake? IS JULIE DEAD??

If you haven't seen it before, in simple terms The Returned is about a bunch of people who are apparently dead coming back. We can't say coming back to life because we're not sure what they are or what their purpose is. A lot of people are guessing that it's a new take on zombies but I'm not feeling that.

My flatmate and I have been so obsessed with The Returned that when she went on holiday I had to promise not to watch any until she got back. That was also because we're too afraid to watch it alone.

Over the past few weeks we have found ourselves screaming at the TV, making dramatic hand gestures, asking the TV questions and using our favourite phrase 'WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!' and we're still as confused as we were at the beginning.

I rarely watch TV and tend to just flick through our seemingly endless collection if DVDs, film and TV, and that's mainly because I don't feel there's much out there that's new and gripping. It seems like there are any programmes out there that are basically just recycled versions of something else. But The Returned is different.

With so many twists and turns you end up feeling a bit dizzy at the end of each episode and you are also never bored. There isn't a single character you're not interested in. My personal favourites are the twins, Camille and Lena, Julie and Victor. The relationships between these characters are creepy yet moving at the same time.

We have just finished the penultimate episode and I'm at a loss to what the final episode will bring. There are so many questions that I am praying for another series. Surely they can't wrap up everything in one episode.

If you're not watching it, get over to 4od, catch up and experience the final episode and let me know what you think. I'm dying to hear your opinions.

My Jeffrey Campbell shoes

My Jeffrey Campbell shoes

It was a very exciting moment when I got a phone call from reception at work to say that my shoes had arrived and I let out a little squeal when I saw the beautiful pink box.

I have been wanting a pair of Jeffrey Campbell's for AGES and was kicking myself when I didn't buy a pair for £60 when I was in Scotland for Easter. Luckily for me, this season's Office sale is amazing and I managed to grab myself a pair for a bargain £45!

While in Scotland, my flatmate bought the black and gold Martinis so I thought I'd go for the black and silver. Good choice I think because then they'll go with everything.

For their first outing, I wore the tightest pair of trousers in the world from H&M and a tie up shirt from the one and only Tescos. I love the colour combination and take any excuse to get my tattoo out!

Looks like I'm standing at a strange angle!
 I love the shoes so much that I couldn't stop staring at them all day!

How would you wear silver shoes?

What I've been reading: 'Dangerous Girls'

What I've been reading: 'Dangerous Girls'

There are many hidden gems in the Young Adult section of your local book shop. 'Dangerous Girls' by Abigail Haas (Published by Simon and Schuster) is definitely one of them.

Dangerous Girls - published by Simon and Schuster

'Dangerous Girls' is a court room drama based crime novel. A young girl is brutally murdered while on holiday with her friends in Aruba, and the story is told from the perspective of Anna, the best friend, standing trial for her murder and desperate for answers.

I'm not one to like crime novels, many people are already aware about my sheer disappointment and loathing for 'Gone Girl' (Sorry everyone!!!), they're just not for me.

But 'Dangerous Girls' is different.

Flitting between flash backs, interview and telephone transcripts and the courtroom itself you are given an insight into each character and as I am currently still on the right side of my 20s there are a couple I can relate to.

But everything gets flipped on its head... a couple of times.

Considering the genre isn't normally my cup of tea, I loved how this book kept me guessing and had me shout 'What?' more than once. It even reached the point where I had to cover the bottom of each page with my hand so I wouldn't be tempted to glance a head.

If you're a sucker for YA books like I am then I strongly recommend you give this a go.

What's the best YA book you have read?

What I wore: Pattern clash!

What I wore: Pattern clash!

I've never tried pattern clashing in any way. My flatmate pulls it off really well and I have always been jealous.

I've been wanting to try it for a while now so I thought I'd start of simply with something I always thought was a cardinal sin. Spots and stripes.

For some reason my office were given gift vouchers for the launch of the new Topshop Marble Arch store so I treated myself :-)

I was in a very 'I love blue' mood (which is actually most of the time. It's the best colour) So I chose to accessorise with my favourite blue Zara bag and did a touch up on my leopard print nails. They just went so well with the outfit.

Even though I have an endless number of blue shoes I chose to break up the outfit with gold sparkly loafers from Office. Most already know that I'm practically a magpie and am drawn to anything sparkly, but when I saw the price of a whole £13, I certainly couldn't say 'no'. Their sale at the moment is absolutely amazing.

After this outfit, I think I have finally been converted to the whole spots and stripes thing and am ready to experiment with some bolder patterns.

What's your favorite pattern clash?

What I wore: Skulls and frills

What I wore: Skulls and frills

I know it's strange but I've always been against socks with shoes. I never thought it could work or I could pull it off. After some convincing from my flatmate, I thought I'd give it  a go.

Pairing them with my favourite skirt from H&M and the most amazing t-shirt in the world from Urban Outfitters, I think this might now be one of my favourite outfits. Plus the girliest in my wardrobe...

Standing in the rain = awkward face

The scarf is a bargain £2 number from Primark and I added it to break up the girliness of the outfit, at first I thought it was a little too much chiffon action but I love the finished effect.

THESE SHOES! Even though they're a little bit grubby at the moment (must. Vanish. them) are all levels of amazing. Not only are they beautiful and work with the Top Shop socks, they're also from the New Look 915 section so they were so cheap AND they fit my tiny tiny feet. This is something that never happens so #win.

Have you ever tried this?

Globe trotter: The Falkland Islands

Globe trotter: The Falkland Islands

Yes, yes. I know, I went in September but it's about time I blogged about it and shared some of my photographs with you all.

Having relatives in the military really does have it's perks ... despite the fact you won't see them for a while! Last year I was lucky enough to get on a special RAF plane for the longest flight of my life half way across the world.

After the first 8 hours we stopped off at Ascension Island which was scorching hot. I've never been to a volcanic island before and even though I had to stay in the airport/base while we refueled, I wished we could stay. The idea of traveling even further south was a little too much for me. The fact that my dad went on holiday to Ascension a few months later AND got to see baby turtles hatch was the ultimate green envy moment for me.

Comfortless Cove - ruthlessly stolen from Google Images :-)
After the final leg of the journey we arrived jet lagged and cramped at the air base (discretion here!) where we were to spend the next 10 days in my aunt and uncle's house.

Staying on an airbase is always interesting... especially  when you're woken up at 7am by Tornadoes taking off and thundering over the house!

Other than seeing my family, one of the other reasons I went to the Falkland Islands was because of their amazing wildlife. It's home to various species of penguins, seals, sea lions, dolphins and even whales. Due to the time of year and the weather I only got to see Gentoo penguins but they let me get close enough to get some pretty good shots, nature documentary stylie.

The Falkland Islands also has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen... despite the weather...

Where else would you need to wear a coat, two jumpers, a hat, wellies and a scarf on a beach??

But then the beautiful landscape can be ruined by things like this:

This was taken in a moving car which is why it's quite fuzzy
 I never thought I would see a minefield in my life but there are so many, it's quite chilling.

This is a bit of a long post so I'll be bringing it to an end now. Needless to say, the Falkland Islands are the most amazing and interesting places I have ever been to. If I had the opportunity I would definitely go back again and I recommend you all do too!

Where's the most interesting place you've been on holiday?