29 September 2014

Currently I'm...#15

I haven't really been making any reading progress recently, partly because of school and partly because I've been in a bit of a reading slump since finishing We Were Liars a couple of weekends ago. I loved We Were Liars and just haven't been enjoying anything since. I did manage to read Matched by Ally Condie a while ago which was pretty good but I'm struggling to get into anything else. Suggestions?

America's Next Top Model (both cycle 20 and re-watching cycle 17), Glue, The Mindy Project, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake-Off. TV is freaking fabulous at the moment. YouTube-wise, you've probably heard about Sam Pepper and Jason (VeeOneEye) already so I've mainly been watching videos about them and about sexual assault in general. The YouTube community is a mess at the moment and it's made everyone even more aware of the issues with the power-balance. Please just be careful and don't put YouTubers up on a pedestal. There have been some brilliant videos made about the whole issue with Sam Pepper including this one from ILikeAlison and this one from IckleNellieRose. Then the amazing AniaMags made a video outing Jason. She's so brave and her video is going to help so many people feel more confident and comfortable to come forward with their stories. You can see that one here. George from Veguntold then uploaded his response to Jason's 'apology' and, again, raised some really important points. You can see that one here. Then, if you have a spare 110 minutes, Chelsea, Jimmy and Harry Hitchens did a live-show last night which has been uploaded to YouTube, where they address the whole YouTube abuse situation. You can see that here.

Listening To:
Jamie T...a whole lot of Jamie T. I've actually been a fan of Jamie T since 2009, when I heard Sticks 'n' Stones for the first time. I probably shouldn't have been listening to Sticks 'n' Stones at the age of 12 because he's pretty damn vulgar. For some reason, I didn't think to look for any other Jamie T stuff until December 2013 when I went to show the video for Sticks 'n' Stones to my friend. Ever since, we've both been hardcore Jamie T fans. It's almost impossible to pick favourite songs but I think I'll go with Calm Down Dearest, Emily's Heart and Zombie.

Lots of love, Cat

24 September 2014

One More Thing...

Photoshoots with me are by no means easy

I cry every time I listen to C'est La Vie by B*Witched. 
Until last year, I was convinced that Boris Becker and Boris Johnson were the same person. As it turns out, one is a tennis player and one is the mayor of London.
My phone has been in the shoe of a boy I barely know.
I am hopeless at identifying accents, much to the amusement of my family. 
I honestly think that I could live my life, just listening to Jamie T and Fall Out Boy exclusively and it wouldn't be half bad.

Once, a stranger sneezed in my face. 
According to a ridiculous amount of people, I look like Martha from The Great British Bake-Off.
Back in 2010, I laughed solidly for 40 minutes at a photo of a shaved llama. I cried a lot and almost threw up because I was laughing so hard. It wouldn't have been so bad if I wasn't at school at the time. To this day, I can't look at the shaved llama without crying a little bit.
"I'm about as flamboyant as a bagel".

This one time, I fainted and pulled down a window display.
 This one time, I fainted in a doctor's surgery when she suggested doing a blood-test, then fainted the next day when I came back for the blood-test, then fainted after the blood-test, then fainted on the way home from the blood-test, then fainted when I went back to get the results.
This one time, I fell into a big gift-bag when I wasn't entirely sober and cut my leg but didn't notice until the next morning when my leg was covered in dried blood. Oh wait, that was only a fortnight ago... Let's move on, shall we?

When I say 'Jeremy' and 'germy', they sound the same.
When I saw Fall Out Boy in March, I bruised the palm of my hand by using my phone to clap along to Save Rock & Roll.
Once, I asked my sister to pass me a Chunky KitKat and she threw it at me with a full-force over-arm throw. It bruised me both physically and emotionally.
I once took a selfie with a stranger at a gig.

When asked, I say that Jim and Pam or Klaine are my OTP but, deep down, Laura and Almanzo from Little House On The Prairie are my OTP and have been since before I even knew what an OTP was.
Very recently, I told a stranger on Twitter that he is 'pretty damn attractive' and then realised that normal people don't do that.
I freaking love Kian Egan.
Once, I started crying as I scrolled through photos of Darren Criss. Who am I kidding? I do that everyday.

I cried at the One Direction movie.
I had never been to a gig without my parents until this year and in that time, I've seen New Politics, The Pretty Reckless, Fall Out Boy, E of E, Young Brando, McBusted and Belle & Sebastian.
I've only had a black-eye once in my life and it was caused by a rubber colliding with my face. I'm so hardcore.
My dream is to be in a Danish twee-pop band.
Whilst go-karting, I threw the marshal off the side of my kart.

Basically, I'm a walking disaster.
Lots of love, Cat

22 September 2014

Falling Into Autumn

Autumn is on it's way so it felt right to get outside and do a little photo-shoot with the lovely Rachel. It's not like me to do photo-heavy posts but there were some real gems from Saturday that I wanted to share with you all, in the hopes that they'll help everyone get in the Autumn-spirit (if you're not in it already). Autumn is by-far my favourite month. I seriously struggle to dress myself in Summer because my wardrobe is mainly jeans, boots and jumpers, and layers are my specialty. Everything about Autumn just makes me happy; the colours, fashions, candle scents, seasonal drinks in Costa, knitwear, movie-nights, blankets, boots...just, everything. Typically, it was a super sunny, warm day when we had our little photo-shoot but it felt like Autumn was right around the corner. I just can't wait for it to be in full-swing. ♥

All photos were taken by myself and Rachel (hers are the best ones!) and there's another two posts from the same day, on Rachel's book blog (here) and her personal blog (here). They're both gorgeous and you should follow her when you're over there if you haven't already! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! It's a little bit different for me so let me know what you think and I might do more like this in the future. 
Are you looking forward to Autumn? What's your favourite season?
Lots of love, Cat

20 September 2014

Soap & Glory: Peaches & Clean Deep Purifying Cleanser

Soap & Glory's Peaches and Clean, 3-in-1 Wash-Off Deep Purifying Cleanser 200ml - Boots, £8.00

My skin threw a little hissy-fit a couple of months ago so I decided to mix up my skincare routine a bit, hoping that a change in cleanser would sort things out. I did some research, read a lot of blogs, then headed to Boots to pick up Peaches & Clean which had came out on top out of all the reviews I'd read. I've been using it every night for a couple of months now and I really feel like it's improved my skin in that time. I still get the occasional break-out but the overall feel and appearance of my skin is a good bit better than it used to be. So that's fab.

One of my favourite things about this cleanser is the scent. It literally smells of minty peaches which is oddly nice. I personally love cleansers that are slightly minty because they leave your skin feeling super fresh and clean (also kind of like you've washed your face with toothpaste). It's not an overpowering scent so it should be alright for sensitive skin. Texture and consistency-wise, it's a lovely thick lotion which feels both cleansing and moisturising. You just massage a pump (I use half a pump) into your skin when it's dry, then rinse it off. Once it comes into contact with water, it turns into a slightly more milky cream but doesn't lather up, keeping it moisturising. I know it can be tempting to use a super-foamy cleanser - especially if you have oily skin - but it really is best to stick to lotions and oil-based cleansers. What I really love about Peaches & Clean is that it helps to break down make-up, meaning that you don't actually have to use a separate make-up remover. Unless you're wearing slightly heavier eye make-up, this should do a pretty good job. 

Overall, I love this cleanser and have seen brilliant results over the past couple of months. I'll definitely keep using it for the next few months and might even repurchase it in the future which is pretty much unheard of for me. I'd highly recommend it but bear in mind that everyone's skin is different so what works for me might not work for you! 

Lots of love, Cat

15 September 2014

Currently I'm...#14

Last weekend, I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and wow...just, wow. I had high expectations for We Were Liars because it's been hyped up beyond belief and is being talked about constantly on YouTube and in the blogosphere, so I was quite nervous about reading it. In all honesty, I wasn't really expecting to like it. Luckily, I was very wrong and I ended up absolutely loving it. It's beautifully written, so original and pretty shocking, and I would highly recommend it. Now, I'm reading Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett and Submarine by Joe Dunthorne (I've been reading it since the start of August but I keep putting it down to read other books). 

Listening To:
Ooh this is exciting. In 2010, I had a moment of madness and gave my beloved Fall Out Boy CDs away, thinking that I was too cool for FOB now that I was in secondary school. I'm not kidding when I say that I've regretted it every day since. This means that, for the past 4 years, I've only had Save Rock & Roll and whilst I freaking love it, I need their older stuff in my life too. Weeellll...this finally changed on Saturday when Infinity On High and Folie รก Deux arrived in the post. I actually shed a tear when I opened the parcel. I just haven't had the money to re-purchase all the old FOB CDs until now and I'm still waiting for From Under The Cork Tree to arrive (Take This To Your Grave was too expensive so that'll be bought later (and An Evening Out With Your Girlfriend is pretty much impossible to get)). I'm so happy to have them back in my life. ♥

You're probably getting sick of me listing the same TV shows in every Currently I'm... post so I'll just talk about YouTube today. Basically, I've been looking into university quite a lot recently and dealing with UCAS and all that stuff, so I've been (re)watching a few videos about university. My favourites are KickThePJs University Q&A, and MeowItsLucy's videos about starting uni, eating at uni and uni advice with Hannah Witton.
I've actually done some pretty awesome stuff so far this month; I went to the Glasgow Uni open day (post here), tried bubble tea, got on the subway for the first time, went to a party for my friend's 17th (and cut my leg somehow (no idea how) which then bled through the night but I didn't realise until I woke up the next day and it still hurts a week later) and went to Costa with the girls after school one day to have a huge chai latte. It's been nice. :3

Fall Out Boy's new song. Centuries, Their new song is Centuries. It's so good. Centuries. Oh wow just listen to it.

Lots of love, Cat

13 September 2014

My YouTube Experience

The third post in a series about YouTube culture.
The 1st: Losing An Idol
I like YouTube. 

Since I was 11 - in 2009 - I've been watching YouTube videos pretty much daily, subscribing to channels and being a 'fan'. I started off with Bubzbeauty; watching her make-up tutorials even though I was yet to start wearing make-up. It's ridiculously vivid in my mind; I remember talking on webcam to my friend, Blair, on MSN and him asking me what I was watching on YouTube. I said Bubzbeauty and then made him watch make-up tutorials... I still love Bubbi to this day.

After that, I experienced what I expect a lot of people experience (probably like, the full population); I went through a hardcore Ryan Higa phase. It was a slight obsession; I watched his videos for like, 6 hours every day, re-watching videos and watching his channel pretty much exclusively for a few weeks. It was a weird time in my YouTube life. :'D I stopped watching Ryan Higa after a couple of months and haven't watched any of his videos for about 5 years. Then came the Charlie McDonnell discovery... 

Charlieissocoollike is kind of a household name now; he's the original 'British vlogger' and started the trend of cute English boys with flicky fringes making videos from their bedrooms (a trend I have no issue with, whatsoever...love a good fringe). Again, I remember this way too well. I found one of his videos one night through the YouTube homepage and then proceeded to watch all of his videos in one go. I couldn't stand up after it...my legs had seized up. Like with Bubbi, I still watch Charlie's videos now, just not quite as obsessively. :'D

A week or so after finding Charlie, I stumbled across Mr Alex Day. I watched his videos religiously for a good few years, bought all of his music and merch and even travelled for hours to meet him very briefly when he released Lady Godiva. He complimented my jeans and was absolutely lovely to me, then I fell asleep in the car on the way home, leaving Beka alone with my parents for a few hours as I slept... Now, it's all changed and I've lost all respect for Alex Day. I did a full post about the situation which you can see here so I'm not really going to talk about it now. Shortly after discovering Alex, I found Liam Dryden, Tom Milsom and KickThePJ.

Like with Alex Day, Tom Milsom used to be a huge inspiration to me but he also lost my respect earlier this year (also spoke about here). I found Tom through Alex and instantly fell in love with his crazy individuality and amazing musical talent. I watched his videos and listened to his music for years and only stopped a few months ago. On a more positive note, Liam Dryden was my next YouTube love and I still freaking love him now, a good 4 or so years later. He's so inspirational and I really feel like he's a great role model for young adults and teenagers. He's absolutely wonderful. Similarly, KickThePJ is one of my very favourite YouTubers and is, in my opinion, one of the most innovative and creative people online. I found him pretty randomly around the same time as Liam Dryden and have loved his content ever since. Next up, (don't fangirl too hard) were Dan and Phil...

I'll be surprised if you haven't heard of Dan and Phil before because they are now incredibly well-known. I found Phil first, via the YouTube homepage and watched his videos for a few weeks before being introduced to Dan. This was 4 years ago so yes, I've watched Dan from the very beginning. :'D I'll admit, I don't watch their videos quite as much now but I have a lot of respect for these guys because they don't take YouTube too seriously and have done so freaking well from it. I mean, come on; they're now Radio 1 DJs.

In the year or two after that, I subscribed to BriBry, Emma Blackery, Carrie Hope Fletcher, MusicalBethan, Doddleoddle, Jack Howard, Dean Dobbs, OMFGItsJackAndDean, Evan Edinger, Patty WaltersEssiebutton, ChewingSand, FashionRocksMySocks, MissGlamorazzi, Tom Law, WOTO, Ben Cook, Daniel Dobbs, Ophelia Dagger, Emma Pickles, SprinkleOfGlitter, Zoella, Vlogbrothers, ViviannaDoesMakeup and a load of other amazing YouTubers. I fell in and out of love with various people, went through countless phases and have eventually fine-tuned my taste in YouTube. A lot of the bigger, more well-known YouTubers I once loved have now moved aside for smaller YouTubers and I'm really pleased with the content I now watch.

More recently, I subscribed to the likes of JonBeHere, MeowItsLucy, Tom Rosenthal, Rusty Clanton, Tessa Violet, ThisBeDottie, ThisIsNotHolly, Alex Bertie, Jake Edwards, RadHaggis, Savannah Brown, TheThirdPew, Olly Newport, Mike Falzone, Mark Ludford, Mark Robb (he's a wonderful human but has taken a break from YouTube), Jackson Perkins, Harry Hitchens and Veguntold. There are so many amazing content creators out there and I really feel like the lesser-known people like these should be getting so much more credit for what they do. ♥

I don't doubt for a second that YouTube will be in my life for the foreseeable future. I love how it supports new creators and lets anyone be creative and share their work. It's a new kind of media and I personally think it's fabulous.

Lots of love, Cat

8 September 2014

Recent Reads: Summer 2014

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick // Educating Rita by Willy Russell // Girls Meets Boy by Ali Smith // Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro // Amy by Mary Hooper // Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell // The Summer I Turned Pretty // It's Not Summer Without You // We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (the summer trilogy) 

Summer was a great reading season for me, especially July. I read 5 books in the first 3 days of July, read a few more over the rest of the month, then fell into a little bit of a reading slump in August. Luckily, I got to read some of my favourite summer books before the slump, and ventured into a style that I've never really explored before by reading Educating Rita, an amazing play.

For me, summer is all about re-reading old favourites. The 5 books at the bottom of the pile are all re-reads and I loved them all just as much as I did the first time I read them. I've said this before but I read the summer trilogy by Jenny Han every single July and have done for a few years now. They're not amazingly written or anything but they're lighthearted fluff and in summer, I love fluff. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a blogosphere favourite and that was the second time I've read it. The first time around, I loved it a lot. This time, it made me quite angry... It's strange because, although it made me want to punch a wall, I still loved it. I just grew so attached to the characters. I have a real love/hate relationship with Eleanor & Park. :'D Amy by Mary Hooper was one of my favourite books when I was 10 so it's always nice to read it again. 

As well as the re-reads, I read 4 new books during the summer. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was my London read; I read it in the car on the way to and from London and a little bit when I was actually in London (I said London way too many times). Never Let Me Go is a gorgeous, unique book and I'd highly recommend it. Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith was a recommendation from my sister and, although I did enjoy it, it didn't really live up to my expectations. I thought it was pretty average but it might be to other people's tastes; my sister absolutely loves it. Educating Rita by Willy Russell is the first play I've read in my own time so I was quite apprehensive but I ended up adoring it. It's hilarious and so original. Whether you like plays or not, you should give Educating Rita a go. :'D The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was my Pitlochry read and I seriously loved it. I laughed a lot and cried a lot... It actually turned out to be even better than I was expecting which is always nice. :3 

What did you read this summer?
Lots of love, Cat

6 September 2014

Currently I'm...#13

On the 28th, a certain book arrived in the post which pretty much made me cry with happiness. I'd ordered it a few days before and had decided to save it for the weekend and spend Saturday reading it. This book, of course, was Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Holly and I have named Stephanie Perkins the Queen of YA and she definitely lived up to that with her new book. I read it last Saturday and every word was absolutely beautiful. It's just as amazing as Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door which are two of my all-time favourite books. I'm sure I'll be re-reading Isla in the near future. ♥ 
Today, I'm planning to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. 

Listening To:
The usual stuff but because I'm back at school, the bus journey playlist has made a comeback.  On the way to school, I usually stick to either quite relaxed music like Bombay Bicycle Club and Haim, or slightly more moody stuff like Jimmy Eat World and The Smiths. Then, when I'm coming home from school, I stick on some 5SOS, New Politics and Paramore. If I've had a terrible day, I just listen to F*ck This Sh*t by Belle and Sebastian on repeat. :'D

Same old, same old: University Challenge, Virtually Famous, Glee, America's Next Top Model, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, and The Great British Bake-Off. Speaking of GBBO, since it started 5 or so weeks ago, I've been told pretty much every day that I look, act and speak like Martha. I've literally lost count of the number of people who have said this to me at some point and when I was re-watching it with my mum and sister last night, they were both screaming "OH MY GOD THAT'S YOU" at one point. I don't really see it but I'm taking it as a compliment. :3

I tried bubble tea for the first time on Wednesday and pretty much did a full post about it here. :'D I got mine from Tempo Tea Bar in Glasgow and it was the vanilla-berry milk tea with strawberry boba. If you haven't tried bubble tea before, I'd highly recommend it (especially from Tempo Tea Bar). 

Lots of love, Cat

3 September 2014

September 3rd

Today was good. Like, really good. 
I'm 17, meaning that I'm starting to look into university for when I leave school next year. It's all a bit scary - UCAS conventions, uni websites, open days - but I'm gradually beginning to look forward to it a little more and the thought of going to university isn't quite as scary as it used to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm still adequately terrified. :'D Today, I went to my first open day at Glasgow Uni.

If you've been reading TACE for a little while, you'll probably know that I have a fear of public transport, especially trains and the subway or just unfamiliar public transport in general. It freaks me out a hell of a lot but, recently, I've been getting better. Like, back in July, I got 4 trains. :3 Anyway, today started with me going to a train station to get on a train (I guess that's why you go to train stations) and I actually coped pretty well. We got to Glasgow at 10ish then went to get the subway - wait what? The subway? Yeah. I got the subway. I've never got the subway before but the thought of it has always terrified me. It wasn't exactly fun but it was way better than I was expecting and again, I coped pretty well. ♥ 

Scary transport stuff done, we headed to Glasgow uni and oh my goodness, it's absolutely gorgeous. I've heard a lot about how beautiful Glasgow uni is but it was even more majestic than I was expecting. Although I'm not mad about any of the courses, the campus and city alone are enough to make me want to go there. I love Glasgow so much... We wandered around a bit, cried over how bloody gorgeous it is, explored the 12-floor library, then headed to a cafe on Byres Road to get lunch before getting the subway back to Buchanan Street. Then, we got fro-yo and listened to a couple of amazing buskers for a while.  I realise how pretentious I'm starting to sound but just bare with me. :'D Just before we got the train back home, we stopped off to get bubble tea. I've never had bubble tea but it's such a weird concept and I've wanted to try it for a stupidly long time. Thankfully, I wasn't let down. Bubble tea is goooood.

Now the super-awesome bit. At the start of the day, I was standing with Rachel in a tent-thing on campus when a girl (who I later found out was called Alison) came up to me. She asked if my name was Cat and I said yeah, then she said I have a lovely blog. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. If you're reading this, Alison, you seriously made my day and it was so nice to meet you! 

Lots of love, Cat

1 September 2014

August 2014: Results, GBBO & Turning 17

The 5th of August was, to some extent, judgement day for me and thousands of other teenagers. It's the day that everyone not-so-silently dreads. There's nation-wide silence until the post comes and I'm pretty sure that cake-sales spike drastically on the 5th. You've either got to comfort-eat or celebrate... If you haven't caught on yet, the 5th of August was the day of my exam results. I was getting my Higher results (equivalent to A-levels, I think) and, luckily, I did about as well as I was expecting, if not a little better. I ended up with AABBD - A's for english and administration, Bs for modern studies and biology, and a D for maths. I'm relieved. :'D

On the 6th, life got a little bit better when The Great British Bake-Off returned. I'm a long-term, crazy GBBO fan, having watched it obsessively since it started in 2010. This season is so good already and we're only a few weeks in. Since it started, I've had at least 10 people tell me that I look and act like Martha... I'll take that as a compliment. :3

I turned 17 on the 8th of August! Before you ask, I feel no different now that I'm 17. In fact, I forget my age pretty much daily. I had a lovely day at home with my family then had my friends round on the 10th, which was also super lovely. I love my friends quite a lot. ♥ A couple of days before I turned 17, this little blog of mine turned 7. I did a full post about my blogoversary and thanked a few people who have helped me along the way which you can see here. I still can't quite believe that I've been blogging for 7 years...

I hope you all had a great month and that September is even better. :D
Lots of love, Cat
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