Thursday, 31 December 2015

GOODBYE 2015, HELLO 2016: RESOLUTIONS


2015 has definitely been a year of change for me. I finished college, turned 18, started driving and I am now on a gap year. I didn't expect 2015 to go as it did. I thought I had my life planned out however, 2015 taught me that I don't. Things happen and they happen for a reason and most of the time there's nothing you can do to stop them but just let them happen. Eventhough I originally thought the things that happened were for worse, like nit getting the A level results I want, I am kind of grateful for the break from school work, despite having to still revise. Nevertheless, I have more time to dedicate to my blog and work and figure out what I want, although I don't think I ever will figure that one out.
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015

I was going through my daily bloglovin' roam and came across a bunch of bloggers posts about their blogging highlights, one of my favourite's was Megan's post (click here for it) and I absolutely loved it and thought maybe I should give it a go and show you my blogging highlights!
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

NY RESOLUTIONS 2015: THE RESULTS

Hi guys, around this time of the year last year I wrote a post about my 2015 resolutions; it's time now to see how I did.
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

CARNABY CHRISTMAS

'Twas the night of Christmas Eve... A few days a go, my friend Sarah and I (you can see her on my Instagram) went to Oxford Street for a very unsuccessful day of Christmas shopping on my part. We went to Carnaby Street and obviously had to take a bunch of pictures. Queue OOTD and pretty X-Mas lights.
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Monday, 21 December 2015

DECEMBER BOOK HAUL PT 2

Hello guys, it's nearly Christmas! Also, my book haul from The Book People arrived a couple of days a go and I thought I'd share with you what I got. This is a part two and you can check part one out here! I'll also put the links of where you can but the books :)
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME

Hi guys, I'm coming to you today with a bit of a personal post. So many people are writing posts on why they love Christmas and they are so lovely to read however, I thought I'd do a post on what Christmas means to me and hence why I love it. Excuse the cheese in this post (if it shows up.)
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers for Him and Her

Hi guys, following my last 'Christmas Gift Guide: For Her' post and it's popularity, I decided to do a stocking filler gift guide for both girls and boys.
TOP ROW (l-r) SKULLCANDY HEADPHONES (£14.99) / NL MOCASIN SLIPPERS (£8.24) / TOPMAN BUILD YOUR OWN STRAWS (£6.00) / CHAMPAGNE CHOCOLATES (£3.25)

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Five Places I'd Love to Visit #2

Hi guys, last year (well nearly two years a go now) I posted my 'Five Places I'd Love to Visit' and since then I have accumulated more places to put on my wanderlust list.
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1)St Petersburg, Russia. Whenever I see pictures of this beautiful place, I always crave to go. The architecture seems so amazing. I actually came across this city from the Vampire Academy books and the description has stuck with me since. I reeeally want to go. Just look at it in the snow!

2) Cappadocia, Turkey. Cappadocia seems so archaic and lovely, The place is literally made of caves and everything is built around them. The reason why I'd love to go to Cappadocia is to do the whole hot air balloon at sunrise thing as it is meant to be so beautiful.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Best Christmas Movies Around

IT'S CHRISTMAAAAAAS! Well not today... but in a couple of weeks. Christmas obviously calls for Christmas movies to get you into the Christmas spirit, so here is a few you should definitely watch:

1) Home Alone 1-5
All the Home Alone movies get me into the Christmas spirit as they are all fun and funny, with amazing Christmas vibes. I do however prefer the fourth one, as I watched it all the time as a child. The movies always follow a young boy (most of the time named, Kevin) and what he get's up to whilst he is 'Home Alone' during Christmas time. This mostly involved little Kevin playing a bunch of pranks on the bad guys.

2) Miracle on 34th Street
Once again, this movie is sort of magical. I'll some it up for people who haven't watched it: it includes the girl from Matilda(yes, she's still cute and little,) Santa's on a real court trial and there's a really cute love story.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

The Under £30 Christmas Gift Guide For Her!

Figuring out what to get a girl for Christmas can be pretty tricky, especially if you are on a budget. Most of these gifts are under £20, apart from the candle and the perfume but we will get into the prices now. I decided to go with £30 because it is a really great budget to work with and its not too expensive.

TOP ROW (l-r) YANKEE CANDLE (£21.99) / NL HEART MUGS (£9.99) / RI SCARF (£15.00) / TOPSHOP UNICORN HOTTIE (£9.00)
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Red Hair, New Blog Design and Welcoming November | WRU #4

Hi everyone! It feels like I haven't used that greeting in a while. I thought, as now that I am officially an Instagram blogger(follow me here,) I'd restart the whole Instagram Weekly Round Up. I've decided not to call it that but instead call it something relating to the week and the create a sort of hashtag.
This first half of the week I decided to treat my followers with a bit of Monday Motivation, reminisce on my red hair and take a trip to Lush. I honestly love that quote though, it just reminds you to be the best you can and achieve a little something, each day.
The other half of the week I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a blogger template and I do not regret it one bit! Thank you Pipdig! I also decided to take a selfie because it was probably the first time I straightened my hair in six months and let me tell you, it has gotten so long! I ended the week, which is today, welcoming November and getting very excited for Christmas!

What did you do this week!?
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Thoughts When Running

A couple of days a go, I decided to take up running again. When i say 'again' it really just means for the first time since running on a treadmill at the gym, which is completely different than running outside, by the way. On my first run, in a very long time, I thought i'd share with you my thoughts:



'Okay, let's do this.'
'I'm going to think I look like the epitome of fit, but watch how i look like a donkey.'
'See jogging isn't so bad. You've got this.'
'Jheeze I've been running for so long.' *looks at time on running app* 'how has it only been 30 seconds!?'
'I am so out of breath.'
'When did I get so unfit!?'
'OMG I am dying. Help me.'
'Why are my sport leggings falling down?'
'Okay, you've earned to walk for a bit (or a kilometer)'

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

TV Shows You Should Give A Go #2

Hey guys, happy Sunday! I'm sitting here on my bed wondering what to post about. I've gone through my archive and decided to do another 'What I've Been Watching' (i did decide to change the name though.) Let's get straight into it!



The Great British Bake Off
What British person is not watching GBBO? From Nadia's facial expressions to my favourite cute doctor, Tamal, Bake Off is brilliant this year. The creations from the contestants are great.
For those of you who don't know what Bake Off is, it's a baking show that involves the contestants going through a series of technical and show stopper challenges to create mesmerising cakes and puddings and pies. Eventually one of them, which is happening this week will be crowned champion.
#TEAMTAMAL

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Inside my Blogger Planner

Hi guys! Todays topic is all about blogging, specifically how I stay organised with my blog.
Unlike other bloggers I don't have one of those fancy blogger planners(would love one though :( #alwaysbroke) but instead I use a normal cute notebook and you know what? It does the job very well.

HOW I SET IT UP:
I set the posts up month by month. I then jot down a bunch of ideas and then if I really like them I put them in detail (well bullett points) and come up with plans of photos.
After that I will normally draft them up on my computer and then set a date.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Why You Should Be Excited for Autumn

Okay, Autumn means that there is a lot of rain, which includes you being stuck in it, over time at work and having the heating on 24/7 but it is also great for these amazing things:
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

21 Things to do Before I turn 21

This is a very late night post for me, 11.30 to be exact. I was just watching Pretty Little Liars, thinking about life and how much I want to do and achieve before I am officially an adult adult (21 to be precise.)

                                      photo is mine :)

1) Visit another continent, something like Africa or one of the Americas. Australia sounds cool too.
2) Pass my driving test
3) Go scuba diving
4) Go to New York
5) Read the whole Harry Potter series (I can't believe I haven't read these either.)
6) Watch a drive by movie because I am most definitely born in the wrong era
7) Be a total tourist in continental Europe
8) Go to university
9) Learn to speak better Greek
10) Go on a Safari (even if it is at London Zoo or Chessington.)
11) Go to a very messy festival
12) Go go-carting and beat everyone else
13) Have an amazing wardrobe
14) Have an AWESOME youtube and blog
15) Camp underneath the stars
16) Have a healthy mind and body, that I want
17) Meet someone who has my back!
18) Find out who I am (oh so cheesy and dramatic.)
19) Find my dream career
20) Live somewhere away from home that is not London
21) Be happy.

That is what I want to achieve before I am twenty-one. Some of them are the typical what everyone wants to do before they become a real adult type of thing. Hopefully I'll achieve at least fifteen of these, some travel and experiences and then all the 'spiritual' ones.  But hey, I have 3 years to complete all of these so we will see how it goes!

What do you want to achieve before you are 21/25/18?




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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

About Me | Get To Know Me

Hey guys! I am here today with a different type of post for you. It is the 'About Me Tag.' I've been blogging on this blog for a good three years now and hardly ever do 'get to know me' type of posts so i thought hey this would be a fun video and post to film and write. Here we go..



What is your middle name?: I have 2…Louise Despo
What was favourite subject at school?: Chemistry
What is your favourite drink?: TEA!
What is your favourite song at the moment?: New Romantics by Taylor Swift! SO GOOD.
What is your favourite food?: Cheeseburgers are pretty amazing!
What is the last thing you bought?: MissSelfridge Jeans and Shorts
Favourite book of all time?: The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud/ ACOTAR/ TPOBAW
Favourite Colour?: Green
Do you have any pets?: A tortoise shell cat called Coco- she is so adorable! 
Favourite Perfume?: Chanel Chance
Favourite Holiday?: Lanzarote with my family, it was so cute. I think I was about 10
Are you married?: No, I'm only 18.
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I have. I've been five times (hopefully way more in the future.)
Do you speak any other language?: Yes, I speak Greek and GCSE level Spanish (Hola, me llamo Georgia.)
How many siblings do you have?: Two brothers and a sister. 
What is your favourite shop?: I love H&M, New look, Topshop and Miss Selfridge is becoming on of my faves.
Favourite restaurant?: Pizza Express for pizza and TGI Fridays for burgers (yum)
When was the last time you cried?: A few days a go. 
Favourite Blog?: I like COUTURE GIRL and WATER PAINTED DREAMS
Favourite Movie?: 21 JUMP STREET. OMG this film is amazingly funny. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are dream team.
Favourite TV show?: TVD and Teen Wolf (love love love)
PC or Mac?: PC, i've never had a Mac eventhough i desperately want one.
What phone do you have?: White iPhone 5
How tall are you?: 5ft 4 and a half.
Can you cook?: I'm not to sure but I'm going to go with yes, as I have cooked a roast before.


I tag all of you to do this tag! If you do it link it below :)




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Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Review | Book Talk #10

A Court of Thorns and Roses is Sarah J Maas's first book in her most recent trilogy, aptly named the A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy. Maas and her books are generally very hyped all over booktube and the blogosphere. I have been dying to read one of her books and I was so excited when I saw this book in my local library!

ACOTAR follows the story of Feyre, a debutante turned villager/ hunter as her father lost them their money and Feyre is forced to look after her sisters and her father. One winter, Feyre is out hunting for survival when she sees a wolf and kills it. However, Feyre then finds out it was not a wolf at all, it was a member of the High Feye of the Spring Court. 
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Reader Survey 2015

I've been blogging for a good three and a half (nearly) years now but I have never asked for feedback about my blog which has kind of left GeorgiaNicolaou in a bit of a multiple crossroads. Eagerly wanting to redesign and revamp my whole blog, I want to know what YOU guys like! Hence my Reader Survey(click HERE to go to the survey.) The survey only consists of seven questions and I'd love for you to fill it out as it will only take two minutes.
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Everything is anonymous so please be as honest and brutal as you want. I would really appreciate you filling this survey out as it will help my blogs development a great deal.
I look forward to seeing and reading your feedback!





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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Why Sharing a Room SUCKS!

Hello everyone! For the past eighteen years (so all of my life) I have shared a bedroom with my sister, which is totally terrible and awfully suckish for these reasons (to which everyone on the planet sharing a bedroom can relate to.)
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1) Not being able to sleep because they want the light on.


2) After you argue with your roomie in your bedroom and you can cut the tension with a knife.

3) When they have to wake up early in the morning and both their alarm clock and them getting ready wakes you up.

4) When they are singing/ talking/ playing their awful music out loud and all you want to do is read/ have some peace and quite.

5) Having to SHARE every single thing in your bedroom, which includes wardrobe space and clothes.

6)Not having any personal space when you desperately want it. You have nowhere to go to be alone, to cry, watch tv, etc. because they are always there.

7) WHEN THEY SNORE AND YOU CANT SLEEP!

THAT is why sharing a room absolutely SUCKS. I am pretty sure I can come up with many more reasons but this post will be way too long.

Do you share a room and can add to this list? Tell me some of you reasons :) 



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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Book Talk #9: Wonder by R.J Palacio

So going into this book I thought I'd be a bit too old for it. However seeing the amazing reviews and ratings on Goodreads I knew that I must read it.
'My name is August.
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'


Going into Wonder I did not expect to like it as much as I did. I never expected the book to teach me about both the courage and cruelty of children and that one little boy can change the views of many.

August is a 10 year old boy who has a severe facial deformity. August has also never been to school. 'Wonder' follows August's first year at middle school.
The beginning of middle school seemed to be tough for August as he deals with a lot of bullying and confidence issues, as people stare at him, talk about him and laugh at him. We also have an insight into his past. The beginning of the book, in Auggie's perspective gives us an insight on the challenges people with facial deformities face and how affected they are by what happens. Despite this August manages to make a few friends and remains his bright, funny self... not a victim.

The rest of the book changes perspective. The multiple perspectives adds a great dimension to the book as we not only see how August is affected by his deformity but how the people around him, his family, friends and strangers are affected by it.  We see these through the perspective of his older sister, Via and August's two best friends, Summer and Jack, in which all three we see a different side of August but also form a bond to. 

Palacio gives us an insight on the challenges people with deformities face and how other people affect them, whether it is with looks or words, good or bad.

'Wonder's' messages are amazing, too:
- 'There are always going to be jerks in the world.'
- 'Whenever you can, try to act a little kinder than is necessary- the world really would be a better place.'

Overall, Palacio wrote the book beautifully. Her amazing writing allowed me to form bonds with the characters and also take home amazing messages, despite not experiencing any of these experiences first hand.

I gave Wonder: 4/5 stars.

Have you read Wonder? What do you think about it?


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Huge July Book Haul 2015

Hi guys. so today's post is going to be a really long book haul. I forgive you if you don't read all the mini blurbs. This book haul consists of books bought in both June and July. All of them came from either The Works (9/12 did,) the charity shop and the library. 

All of these books I bought for £1(!) apart from The Girl and COHF which were £1.99- still an amazing bargain. I got all of these books from The Works and the Charity Shop

The Works:
'A Monster Calls'- Patrick Ness
This is book is all over booktube and booktubers love it. It's about a boy who has reoocuring dreams and then suddenly one night he wakes up to find a monster at the end of his bed who wants the truth. 
Synopsis

'City of Heavenly Fire'- Cassandra Clare
This is the long awaited final book in TMI series and I really did not want to look up the blurb for this incase I spoiled something for myself.

'The Immortal Rules' and 'The Eternity Cure'- Julie Kagawa
I already had the third book in this trilogy so when I saw the first and second book for a pound each I had to get them. 
The series is basically about a poor farm girl who one night is turned into a vampire. She then goes on a journey that she has to disguise herself as a human to find the 'Eternity Cure...'
This book scored really high on Goodreads, despite myself being over the whole vampire genre. 
The Girl With all the Gifts:
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.


'All our Yesterdays'- Cristin Terrill.
This book really interested me as it is about time travel. Em is locked in a cell and the only thing she has is the boy next door and the instructions in the drain pipe.
Marina suddenly faces a disaster to do with the love of her life. 
They both therefore have to race against time, however only one of them will win.

'Talon'- Julie Kagawa
This will be the first dragon book I will have ever read and I am so exited for it!
'Burn Mark'- Laura Powell
This will also be the first witchraft book I have ever read, that I can remember. Yes, I have never read Harry Potter. I know, I hate myself for that too. 
Burn Mark is essentially about a battle between two covens which was created by a new witch. 
'Earthfall'- Mark Walden.
This is a dystopian, post apocalyptic novel where if you are a survivor of the apocalypse you are essentially hunted. 
I've also just found out that this is a part of a series. 
'Rupture'- Simon Lelic
Rupture has a very interesting story line where a teacher shoots himself and a bunch of students. A police officer, instead of brushing the shooting off, wants to discover why he did it. 
Synopsis

                         I got these two books from the library and was very happy that I saw them.

'Sister's Red'- Jackson Pearce
This is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, which I've been wanting to read for ages. The book is about two sisters who want to protect the girls from werewolves by hunting them.
'A Court of Thorns and Roses'- Sarah J Maas.
I've been wanting to read a book from Sarah J Maas for absolutely ever. I've heard many good things about her writing and can't wait to read this book. This book is about wolves and faries (I believe) and I'm guessing there is going to be a battle in there somewhere.

Those were all the books I got in June/ July. I know I've bought a lot of books but I only really spent £15 and I also don't plan on buying anymore.

Have you read any of these books? I'd love to hear what you think of them but please dont leave any spoliers :)



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