Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas Wish List

I'm a blogger and if there's one thing I've learnt over the last year it's that bloggers like lists. And stuff. And making lists of stuff they want (mostly things that are out of our price range!) So without further ado, let me introduce you to my Christmas Wish List!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

My Favourite Quotes #3

Revenge. I'm sure you've all heard a lot about it - apparently it's sweet and best served cold (sounds like a really great chocolate mousse to me!) I've discovered over the years that I can be quite vengeful and it's a part of me I really don't like.  So, whenever I feel like cleaning the toilet with someone's toothbrush I try to remember the following quote (which has been attributed to many people over the years but I first became aware of it when Midtown used it as an album title):


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review | Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Gel

I've been using Dragon's Blood Eye Gel from Rodial for six months now and I can sense the end of the pot is nigh. I think six months is long enough to determine if it's any good, so read on for my honest review!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas International Beauty Box Swap 2014

I love nothing better than putting together a box of goodies for someone else, so if you're like me and fancy taking part in a Christmas Box Swap  then head on over to Fatbeautyx for more information.
 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Giveaway | 1st Birthday MAC Giveaway! (ENDED)

Thirty Something OAP is one this month, and to celebrate I'm having a giveaway!

MAC GIVEAWAY

First things first - let's have a quick look back over the last year!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Favourite Quotes #2

As a teenager I was a big fish in a small pond. I don't mean that I was popular - far from it. I was, however, academic, so the teachers loved me. They even overlooked my blatant disregard for the school uniform policy ("no, no Sir, this skirt is definitely only 2 inches above the knee!") As a teenager I thought that I'd always be free to be who I wanted to be but as soon as adulthood hit I realised that sometimes people just don't "get" me and no matter how hard I pretended not to care, it was always a little bit saddening to learn that someone didn't appreciate my unique sense of humour (it's so dry that it makes the Atacama Desert look like Niagara falls).

That's why I find this quote from Marianne Williamson (a new-age self-help guru) so inspiring:

"There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."

In short I think it means that if you're good at something then don't hide it. Learn to love what you are good at and appreciate all that you have to offer - don't sit back and let life pass you by because you're afraid that other people will feel insignificant. Of course this comes with a side warning - don't forget to be thankful!

How would you interpret this quote? Do you think that we should all be more assertive or are there occasions when we really should sit back for fear of offending or upsetting others?

Related: My Favourite Quotes #1

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wednesday Whine | Live Music #3

I love live music; there's just something about seeing a live band that brings their music to life. Being surrounded by people who all share a similar passion really excites me and I'll happily watch bands in all kinds of venues from stadiums to the back room of a dingy pub.

Having said that, in the past few years the experience of seeing live music has changed massively and in the next few editions of Wednesday Whine I'm going to tell you how.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

My Favourite Quotes #1

I love to write. I'm not saying I'm particularly good at it but it makes me happy, which would explain why I plough on with this blogging malarkey when I've got a hundred and one other things I should be doing. That is why this quote from Henry Rollins (from punk band Black Flag but also a poet, actor, activist... you name it, he'll do it!) is so poignant for me:

“If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you” 

What image does this conjure for you? For some reason it resonates on a personal level but it also makes me think about human oppression and how for some people just receiving a letter can change their whole outlook and give them hope.

Amnesty's Individuals at Risk campaign strives to protect those directly experiencing human rights abuses. You can find out more and get involved here. Your love of writing might just help someone.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Wednesday Whine | Live Music #2

I love live music; there's just something about seeing a live band that brings their music to life. Being surrounded by people who all share a similar passion really excites me and I'll happily watch bands in all kinds of venues from stadiums to the back room of a dingy pub.

Having said that, in the past few years the experience of seeing live music has changed massively and in the next few editions of Wednesday Whine I'm going to tell you how.