Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tech: Top 5 Apps

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Most people have smartphones and tablets now-a-days, so it’s only right to recommend some apps every now and then. These apps I all have on my iPod Touch and are available from the iTunes app store but they should all be available on android app stores too, such as Google Play.

#1 Social Media – Instagramapps

I love Instagram, it’s an easy and fun way to keep up with the lives of your favourite people and celebrities. Instagram allows people to post images and captions instead of text posts such as statuses and tweets as seen on Facebook and Twitter.

#2 Story-based Games – Runway Life

I’ve recently been playing this game and been loving it too much. In the game, you have started your own fashion company and are required to hire models, buy clothes, and design your studio to make a successful company of your own.

#3 Wellbeing – Calm

This app allows you to meditate by listening to a calming soundtrack and looking at a calming image either with or without instruction. I find this very useful just before I go to sleep to clear my mind and I think you’ll find it equally helpful, if you also have a mind that never shuts up.

#4 Community Social Media – Strawburry17

I love this app for it brings the Strawburry17 fandom together and allows the Strawburry17 audience to interact with all the SB17 team in one place.

Strawburry17 is a YouTube channel set up and run by Meghan Camarena, who works with a whole team of brilliant people to provide interesting and unique content. See her channel here.

#5 Time Wasting Games – White Tiles, 1010! And Magic Touch

Okay, I couldn’t pick between three games but hey, three for the price of one! White Tiles is a fast paced game based on tapping a black tiled moving screen. 1010! is a tactical game using ideas based on Tetris by clearing lines in a cube by placing different shaped tiles strategically. Magic Touch is a Nitrome game which involves tracing the lines or images seen in bubbles to pop said bubbles before they reach the bottom of the screen. All three are addicting and will make you and your friends fight for the best score.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from various sources, edited together by myself via word and paint to create one collage for this post.
P.S. While I move and settle in to my new surroundings, I will not be posting until Oct 4th. See you then!
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Tech: HP Envy Printer

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Today I’m recommending a printer. Yes, you read that right… a printer. The reason for this is that I’m currently preparing to move for university. I decided that I wanted to buy myself a new printer, perfect for me and perfect for uni life, largely so that I don’t have to worry about printing off my work in time for deadlines or worry about my own personal printing (such as pictures for my scrapbook).

Additionally, I thought this post could be helpful for anyone else looking to buy a printer, as a uni student or not, since the experience of shopping for any technology can be daunting and overwhelming.

The printer I bought is a HP Envy 4507 from the HP Envy 4500 e-All-in-One Series.

I decided early on that I wanted a HP printer once I was informed about their new service, HP Instant Ink, which allows you to sign up for a subscription service that basically ensures you never run out of ink. There are three packages that you sign up for, the 50 page plan (£1.99), the 100 page plan (£3.49) and the 300 page plan (£7.99). Each you pay for monthly.

It works by telling HP when you’re running low on ink and they’ll send you your cartridges for a much cheaper price, as you can tell; many printer ink cartridges are upwards of £20 as it is. However, if you chose to buy your cartridges as and when you need them, the ones compatible for the HP Envy 4507 are approximately £16 to buy.HPInstantInk2

Leading on from being able to select a plan, to help keep printing costs low, my printer came with two cartridges (as you would expect) and 2 months free on the Instant Ink 100-page plan. After these two months are up, I can easily change the package I use, if I feel I need to, to a smaller or a larger one.

So about the printer itself? I wanted a colour all-in-one printer with only two ink cartridges. The HP Envy 4507 offers this. It can also work wirelessly. It allows you to print normal documents and photos, which for someone creative like me, with hobbies doing photography and scrapbooking, I find very useful. As well as the 2 free months on HP Instant Ink, the printer came with a pack of HP photo paper. Additionally, once I had put the first two cartridges in, I was ‘rewarded’ for using genuine HP ink by them giving me access to the HP photo creations software.

I found the HP photo creations software to be extremely good, it gives templates to create photo books for example, and I can’t wait to use it more.

To sum up, the printer is excellent, great printing quality, great colour, great deal via HP instant ink and amazing free photo software all for a great price at £49.99 from PC World.

There is little else to say, except that if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll answer as best I can as soon as possible.

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Disclaimer 1 – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/printers-scanners-and-ink/printers/hp-envy-4507-all-in-one-wireless-inkjet-printer-10076742-pdt.html#srcid=11026 and http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/HP-Instant-Ink-Ink-that-thinks-for-you/ba-p/83505#.VfBH7PlViko
Disclaimer 2 – I am not sponsored for this post, I genuinely wanted to recommend my printer since so far I am having a good experience with it.

TV: 2 Broke Girls

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I’ve recently finished watching 2 Broke Girls Seasons 1 – 3, so guess what? That’s what I’m recommending today.

‘Sassy, streetwise Max works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money.’ (Written by CBS)

This show is hilarious as it is inspiring. Two girls, strapped for cash and with little to live for, manage their everyday lives in style and even work towards their dream business selling ‘Max’s Homemade Cupcakes’.

The characters are lovable from Caroline to her opposite Max, from Earl, Han and Oleg at the diner to Sophie, their upstairs neighbour and to all of their friends (and sometimes boyfriends) such as Deke, Johnny, Andy, Luis, Peach and Bebe. The cast playing these wonderful characters are also fabulous: Kat Dennings (Max), Jonathan Kite (Oleg), Beth Behrs (Caroline), Matthew Moy (Han), Garrett Morris (Earl), Jennifer Coolidge (Sophie), Steven Weber (Martin Channing), Nick Zano (Johnny) and Eric Andre (Deke).

Warning: The humour is largely inappropriate and there are a lot of strong sex references. Rating: 15. Other than that, here’s a trailer:

I can’t wait to watch Season 4 for more cupcake craziness. Enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2014/11/2-broke-girls-sex-jokes

Quote: Stephen Fry

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fav-1107‘Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the world’s full octave.’

‘Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.’

‘It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.’

‘It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.’

‘They are just 100 per cent bear, whereas human beings feel we’re not 100 per cent human, that we’re always letting ourselves down. We’re constantly striving towards something, to some fulfilment.’

‘My life, at least, is divided between writing and performing and mixtures of the two.’

‘An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.neworldnews.com/2013/06/07/dear-mr-fry/

Film: Mr Holmes

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mr_holmes_ver2_xlgA friend of mine recently invited me to see Mr Holmes at a local cinema and as much that is what I’m recommending today.

I love everything Sherlock Holmes, especially the modern adaptations of the books such as the BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the two films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and lastly, the American series, Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. From that I figured, I had to watch this new adaptation starring Ian McKellen.

‘The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and [her] rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case. Holmes memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, [and] a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.’ (IMDB)

This magical story sees Mr Holmes in his self-made isolation from the world as he lives his old age. Sherlock is suffering with his aging, as his brain doesn’t work how it used to; he can’t remember his old cases as much. The film sees Sherlock go over his one unfinished case with the help of young Roger, the housekeeper’s son. While Roger helps Sherlock with the case, Sherlock teaches Roger the art of bee-keeping, something that Sherlock Holmes, in his legacy, enjoys. This shows an amazing relationship grow between the two, but not everything is as perfect as it seems for Mrs. Munro, the housekeeper, who struggles to look after a stubborn old man while ensuring her child is safe from harm. She eventually considers leaving Mr Holmes to work in another household.

I really enjoyed the film, it was very simple in its concept and the film isn’t particularly punchy (like many of the newer adaptations) but it offers a chance for the current generation to see Sherlock in a different way; it is very unique and interesting. There wasn’t a large cast and most of the film only focuses on Sherlock, Roger and Mrs. Munro but this just seemed to add to the magic of it all.

I truly recommend this film, if you haven’t seen it, even if you don’t know much about Sherlock Holmes. (However, this is the only modern version that sees very little of Holmes’ sidekick Dr. John Watson).

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.screenrelish.com/2015/06/01/sir-ian-mckellens-mr-holmes-steps-out-of-the-shadows-for-new-poster/

Fashion: Primark Dresses for £3

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IMG_2081Today I’m recommending dresses from Primark.

I recently bought the black version of this dress (in the picture attached), it fits amazingly well, and it was very simple and plain, great for everyday wear. These dresses were previously £5 (already super cheap!) but were reduced to £3. WHAT AN AMAZING BARGAIN!

To take advantage of Primark’s prices, I went back a day later to pick up the dress in two other colours, red and white. I would’ve also picked up the navy version had it been in my size. Pink was also available (but not a colour I would personally choose). I can’t wait to get wearing my new dresses and if you want to take advantage of this amazing offer, see if your local Primark are reducing similar stock.

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