Autumn Favourites

So summer has flown by and autumn is finally here. At first, I was a tad worried about writing this post just in case I’d be stereotyped as a typical ‘white girl with a fondness for Pumpkin spiced lattes in Starbucks and crunching her way through the leaves’ but a) I actually prefer tucked away cafes that aren’t unethical and eco-ignorant. B) Yes, I do love the sound of crunching my way through dead leaves (slightly morbid, if you think about it) but there is a childish pleasure in doing that. Anyway, I thought I’d list some favourite of my things about autumn, or THIS autumn in particular.

With the weather getting colder, and people getting lazy in the cold weather, I get to spend more time indoors reading. I can set up the typical ‘winter’ scene by setting a fire, curling up in an armchair in a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and just read. Unfortunately as I am still at uni at the moment it’s more like being cramped in my tiny, messy room on my bed that is basically just a bunch of springs and a cover, I have to hurry to finish a book a week in time for my lectures. Still, I get to read new books. Currently I’m tackling Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ along with ‘The turn of the Screw’.

Again, as I have more time, I can watch more TV shows. There is some part of shame as an English Lit student loving TV shows just as much as books but after watching Orphan Black, Misfits and re-watching all 3 seasons of Sherlock I can’t complain. If anyone has any interesting shows to recommend I would be extremely happy.

The third point is a recent change in my life in which I have moved from home to Brighton. Brighton is everything I thought it was going to be. It has the hustle and bustle of London without the stress, it’s an extremely diverse culture and even the buildings are full of life and colour. The graffiti isn’t just ‘tags’ of peoples names, it’s art. I will probably be doing a more in detail blog about my adventures in Brighton but it has definitely made my autumn much more enjoyable as I go down the lanes and into little bookstores and cafes and walk along the streets wrapped up in my winter outfits and looking at everything that’s for sale and everyone that’s selling it. Brighton rocks. And yeah, pretty much everyone comes down here for the summer, but there’s something calmingly beautiful yet strangely odd about the beach in winter.

Fashion. I both love and hate fashion in autumn. Because of how many damn layers you have to put on it’s pretty much impossible to match anything. However, I get to wear my huge range of chunky jumpers and woolly socks which I adore. I get to wear brown lipstick and bundle on scarves and hats which make me feel wrapped up in cotton wool. So in fashion, my favourite outfit would have to be my extremely furry multi-coloured jumper with at least two pairs of leggings when its cold, a nice hat and scarf set and red lipstick and nails. There’s something superficial yet exciting about planning your outfit to the weather, or season, But I enjoy it so I take no shame.

Journals. I recently book a new journal this autumn and I’m really exciting to begin sketching, writing and drawing in it. The first blank page is always a bit startling and every year I worry about ruining that first page with awful, childish doodles and terrible drawing but this year I am determined to create a journal full of colour, excitement that I look forward to documenting pieces of my day in.

Fudge. After my partner and I searching high and low for a amazing, mysterious fudge shop, we finally found it a couple of minute before closing. Upon entering, there were lines and lines of fuge stacked up, of every flavour you could possible imagine. To the sides, jars of sweets bursting full of colour lined upon on the wall, and the floor was stacked of glass counters filled with chocolate treats. Now I have never been a big lover of Fudge. As a chocoholic, I would eat it, however I did not have a particular fondness for it. However, after getting 300kg worth of chocolate fudge, I fell in love. It was creamy, rich, smooth, gooey yet firm, the chocolate flavour completely encasing your tongue with its delightful wickedness. And yes, I ate it all that day. And I think it’s safe to say I will be returning to that shop. Maybe next time I’ll try to chocolate orange fudge.

Croissants. Firstly, it is important to establish I am not a morning person. My perfect day would be a very long lie in till about 12 in the afternoon. So when I’m forced to wake as 7 in the morning it is extremely painful for me and having gone a sleep only a few hours before I often feel like death. This results in a permanent sort of queasiness or inability to eat till about 11 o clock. However, after discovering Tesco’s cheap version of croissants, as a poor uni student I leapt onto them.  And I have to say they’ve paid off extremely well. After being heated in the microwave for a few second they are delightfully fluffy and comforting yet quite filling., and it is this reason why I chose to add them to my autumn favourite list.

S there are a few things that I have enjoyed this autumn so far, please let me know what you think of your own autumn favourites, as I’d be delighted to hear.

Peace out.

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The Obession with Fairytales

Fairy tales have been told for thousands of years, we tell them to our children as we tuck them in at night. We recite them as teenage play and discuss the psychoanalytical side as adults.

Throughout our lives, Fairy tales are prominent. In my opinion, there’s something inexplicable mysteries and magical about them, unlike other stories. As a child, I wanted to wear the infamous cape of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and see the house made out of sweets and chocolate from Hansel and Gretel. The vivid imagery detailing the tower from which long flowing hair poured down, the countless evil witches and stepmothers and good fairy godmothers and heroines.

As an English Lit student, the first part of my course allows me to look into Fairy tales from a socio-political and analytical side. I’ve learnt that Red Riding Hood is believed to have medieval Italian roots in which the girl commits cannibalism, and the story is more of a celebration of female wit and cunning before changing- as society becomes more patriarchal, suddenly it is the girls fault for being gullible and naïve. Perrault’s version turns the narrative into a moral in which ladies should learn from. The brothers Grimm put their graphic twist on it. And so forth the story becomes different, changing and adapting to fit our purposes needs, like all fairy tales.

I watch the TV show ‘once upon a time’ which is based on Fairy tale characters, and is a interesting yet admittedly cliché take on them. The film industry recycles fairy tales constantly – one example is the fairly new ‘Snow white and the Huntsman and the upcoming ‘Into the Woods’ released on Christmas day (which I am extremely excited about).

Fairy tales have always interested me. I have based many art designs and drawings and stories on them, and I will never tire of their magical comfort. And I will definitely be reading many of them to my children in the future.

Why I love Cersei

The most common reaction I get when I mention the fact that I love the character Cersei Lannister from popular novel and tv show ‘Game of thrones’ is probably shock and a little bit of confusion. I will try and to explain why I love such an unlikeable character. Ever since I was little, I loved shows such as Xena, Buffy, legend of the seeker and Merlin. My main reason for this is because of the strong female characters presented. And Cersei is no different. A little context if you don’t know about this character- Cersei is the eldest child of Tywin Lannister. Her mother died when she was 8 due to the birth of Tyrion, leading to a hatred of her younger brother. Her twin (and lover) is Jamie Lannister. As children they were extremely close and Cersei has strong beliefs that they belong together, something like two sides of the same coin.  Infatuated with Prince Rhaegar as a child, he refused her fathers offer for Cerseis hand, and she later married King Robert, becoming Queen (every girls little dream). However, on their wedding night, he called her Lyanna (a woman that he is in love with and still mourning for). Cersei bore three children to Jaime- Joffrey (the evil little shit that everyone hates) Myrcella and Tommen. She takes action into helping the King to his death, and then denounces Eddard Stark, leading to his death too. he is need Queen Regent and take charge of Joffreys small council. She uses her power wisely but can get blinded by emotion. For me, Cersei is a beacon of strength and courage. Sure, she’s an incestuous bitch that has caused a lot of trouble. But I think she’s got more balls than a lot of the male figures in the show and book. She’s wise, loves her children and does everything to protect her family and herself, even murder or crippling a ten year old child- though technically, she didn’t agree with as it was Jaime, which she ‘had a go’ at him for. But there are so many layers to her character. She’s a queen. She’s a mother. She’s desperately in love with someone who she can’t be with. She was trapped in a marriage with a man who was in love with a dead woman, to the point of saying her name while they slept together on her wedding night. Being brought up by Tywin Lannister must’ve been hard, but she gained a lot of cunning and wisdom. She uses her weakness and makes herself stronger, realising that strength and power is everything that she needs. She Demonstrates to Littlefinger that ‘Power is power’ unleashing the sassy ‘I-can-do-what-I-want’ attitude that everyone’s so fond of. ‘The more people you love, the weaker you are’ She tells Sansa stark to love fewer people, speaking from experience. She’s not a complete ice queen. We’ve seen her break down, cry and scream. And it’s this emotion which makes me love her so much. She’s not a complete coldblooded killer or twisted maniac. She accepts the fact she has a woman’s body and hates that it makes her weak. She despises the fact that she is not taken as seriously as her brothers, but she does have weapons (her tears and ‘what’s between her thighs’ as she claims) and she uses them successfully. I suppose the modern day equivalent of Cersei would be a strong business woman, completely career driven not afraid to take what she wants. Not to mention she loves wine as much as I do. And Lena Headey is pretty much a goddess. That’s pretty much it for my ramblings on fictional characters for today.   “When you play the Game of Throne, you win or you die. There is no middle ground”