Tuesday, 28 January 2014


And so the announcement is finally made. I am currently 12 weeks pregnant,  and pretty excited!

Our little jelly baby!
I want to carry on with this blog as much as I can, but I also want to start a new Pregnancy blog so I can kind of keep that stuff separate.  It is harder to blog as we don't have internet in the caravan, so I am constantly running out of data on my phone plan. I'm pretty gutted that having a baby means we can't stay in the caravan as long as we planned (2 years), but such is life! Nothing ever goes as planned but this surprise was definitely worth it. 

I will be posting details of the new blog very soon, and I hope to be very honest and frank about pregnancy,  and also talk about my hopes and fears as a gothically inclined parent. Soon!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Chepstow Castle (and other adventures)

So as to recover from the madness of the holiday season I took four days off work over the weekend in order to spend sone time with people close to me and just generally have a rest. On saturday Protector Of The Realm and I went to Chepstow Castle to do some exploring. 

I really love history, going to museums, visiting historic landmarks, houses and estates make me very excited. The castle is only half an hour away from where we live, my mother lives there and its also where we get our tattoos done so all in all a rather convinient location. They also allow dogs into all areas of the Castle, which is really nice for people with dogs as not only do you get to geek out on history but its great excercise for everyone and puppy doesn't get left at home.

Most of the visit went without a hitch, excepting the first window we stopped to look at, of course Inca wanted to get a closer look too. She jumped right up onto the window and halfway over the edge, and if she hadn't been on a leash we definitely would have lost her. Scary stuff!

Here are some pictures I took around the castle.

My favorite,  the low winter sun made for some beautiful views
And finally Inca and Protector exporing!
On sunday I travelled up to London to see my closest friend,who I haven't really seen since she moved up there three months ago. Its times like that you really appreciate those close to you in your life, which is a shame because we should learn to appreciate them every day. That's definitely what I do now. We had plans to visit a museum as well as (obviously) take a stroll through Camden and visit the wonderful markets there. In the end we only really had time to go to Camden, but I didn't mind at all. We had a lovely time and discovered many gothy treasure troves in the markets. We even went to the Cyberdog shop, which was fun and rather novel. I never realised hiw big it is either,  it spans three floors!

What do you guys like to do with your time off? :)

Friday, 10 January 2014

New purple hair!

New purple hair!! 

So after more than a year or dying my hair blue, I have finally taken the plunge and gone purple! 

 My chin looks rather large here, haha, but it was the best shot I could get of today's makeup and my new hair together! I ended up with a double-pointed flick and bottom lashes today, and its almost anime looking from the front.

I am wearing MAC studio fix fluid foundation with powder, it's the lightest shade they make and I think its NW10. Don't quote me on that though. On my eyes I have a shimmery lilac shade from Accesorise blended with grey, this purple is my all time favourite,  its so pretty and shimmery and it blends beatifully with other colors especially darker ones. On my lips I'm wearing the Mirror Shine lipstick from Seventeen in Roserie, it's a very pale lilac.

My hair on the other hand, has ended up a rather unusual colour. It's hard to explain as my crappy camera can't really pick it up, but because I started with Capri Blue from Crazy Colours, which was quite electric. When I decided I was tired with it I simply stopped dying it so much and let it fade. After a couple of moths it got to turquoise and I realised unless I chemically treated it (which I really didn't want to do) it wasn't going to fade any more. From experience and from other people I now know that blue sticks to hair as much as red fades from it.

I mixed a whole pot of Violet from Directions (my new favorite brand, the pots are handy for keeping leftovers and the thick formula is a dream to apply!) With two thirds of a pot of Cerise, and have ended up with an almost luminous dark purple with lots of blue undertones! I will try and get some better quality pictures because the colour is pretty cool.

Sorry for the rant... thinking about some new makeup reviews soon, and possibly even my hair-colour-journey-thusfar? In six months I went from black to blue, and it took patience but I want other dark haired ladies out there to know its not impossible to have whatever colour you want :)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Happy new year! 

Happy new year everyone, I hope Christmas was as special for all you people out there as it was for me! Lots of special family time and making people happy is what I love about this time of year. And I just know that this year is going to be really special, I have an announcement coming up in the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled :D 

I want to get back into arts and crafts this year, and the tail end of last year  was not too productive with all the stresses of moving into our caravan and then Halloween,  birthdays and Christmas!  And I really miss having an oven!! So much. I love baking, plus when trying to provide nutritious meals there is only
so much you can do with a two ringed camping stove. Ha!

But on the plus side I made this Triple Chocolate Toblerone Cheesecake today for a family dinner. No baking required :)

Here is my recipe:

175g oaty biscuits ( something like hobnobs without the chocolate )
70g butter
Crush the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin until they are crumbly, melt the butter and then let it cool before mixing into the biscuit crumbs and pressing into your tin.

300g light cream cheese
200ml whipping cream
175g melted white toblerone
A handful of milk chocolate toblerone pieces, chopped into chunks.
A handful of dark chocolate toblerone pieces, melted for the topping.

Lightly whip the cream until it is just fluffy, stir in the cream cheese and the melted white toblerone, followed by the milk chocolate chunks.  Spread onto the biscuit base and refrigerate for a minimum of three hours.  You can then decorate with the melted dark chocolate,  I just used the spoon to sort of flick it across the top to get the messy look.