I think our bodies are one of the most fascinating things in the world. We barely notice what goes on and what it is that actually keeps us alive. There are hundreds of interesting things about our bodies so I thought I'd find out some and share!
For start, there are around 180 million newly formed red blood cells entering our blood stream every hour.
If a person has a high IQ then they dream more.
Everyone has a unique tongue print!
We shed our skin - around 600,000 particles every hour.
We get a new stomach lining every 3 to 4 days.
Our nose can remember about 50,000 different scents.
The muscles in our eyes that we use to focus move around 100,000 times a day. In order to give our legs the same work out we would have to walk 50 miles a day.
No I'm not talking about the film with the talking zoo escaping animals, I'm talking about the island which has discovered a new type of lemur. This cute little creature has been named the Phaner lemur and you can read about it on the BBC website. It's a lovely little thing which has mainly been distinguished by the way it bobs it's head and a different type of tongue structure. I'd much rather open my morning paper to articles on science discoveries than the colour of Katie Price's hair.
If you want to feel christmassy then visit London's Winter Wonderland! At night time all the pretty lights and the smell of mulled wine make a great Christmas atmosphere. My boyfriend and I went along on Friday night with the intention to go ice skating however this was all sold out so we went to the circus instead! It was amazing; fantastic acrobatics and some mesmorising foot work from one girl. They make it all look so easy - I would try it but I think there is only one place that would end, A&E.
Recently on Facebook lots of people changed their profile picture to a cartoon character from their childhood. If you knew about it, whether you took part or not, you probably knew that it was to raise awareness for violence against children. I thought it was a great idea especially with the recent number of cases in England where devastatingly young and vulnerable children have lost their lives to the hands of a care giver.
What I found surprising is the people who were quick to dismiss it as stupid and ineffective. Some people saying what's the point, it won't save the children. The whole purpose was to bring awareness to a terrible issue, of course something like this won't save anyone. Some people even suggested that it was a scam ran by paedophiles... I'm not sure if they know that that is not a definition for cartoon fans?
Anyway, my point is people should be less quick to judge and scrutinize and more inclined to get involved in something simple for a good cause.
Officially it is called a Solider Egg Cup and Toast Cutter however I like to call it the Boily Egg Man.
I was given it as a present and I love it. It makes a great gift for people who like boiled eggs and is something to easily please people like me.
The best bit is on the box, it tells you where to put the egg!
James Brown's song may be a delight to listen to however in these snowy days it doesn't look like cars are going to get anywhere. Just when I thought the snow had finished there is more forecast! Northern England and Scotland are once again being subject to heavy snowfalls resulting in closed schools and more or less stand still of travel. Although other countries in Europe such as Scandanavia and Norway do suffer on days of extreme heavy snowfall they handle the situation a lot better. Organised traffic controlling, snow ploughs, overnight salt gritters and even heated pavements although the countries to deal with snow. Although they may be more used to the snow this is no reason for us not to draw comparisons. Inevitably for Britain to cope in this extreme weather it is going to cost a lot of money and people argue what's the point when our weather is so unpredictable... Well if the last three years are anything to go by I suggest the goverment put tax payer's money to a good use and start investing.
This season the must have for a woman's wardrobe is the Little Black Dress. This one item can cater for many events including work christmas parties, evenings out with the girls or even a special date. Finding the right one can be quite difficult (like with any item of clothing a woman choses!) so I have browsed the internet and found 6 great LBD's!
Firstly for those of you on a budget New Look have a great range of party wear this winter including this One Shoulder Pleat Dress which is now reduced to £20!
Anyone looking for more of a sophisticated look or for a long sleeved dress then Topshop have this Bodycon Wing Sleeve Dress at £38.
For those girls who want to ooze confidence and have all eyes on them Miss Selfridge offer the Black Bengaline Mesh Dress again at £38.
As a student I like to stick to high street fashion where discounts seem endless however if you are willing to splash some cash for a classy look this Draped Jersey Dress at Karen Millen is available at £150.
Finally one for the label lovers out there a simple yet very stylish Velvet Trim Dress from Marc Jacobs which will set you back £250.
When it comes to doing my makeup I love doing my eyes. Eyes are, in my opinion, the most striking feature of the face and experimenting with different colours and eye makeup styles is fun because you can do so much. Some people only stick to blacks and greys as a safe option however just adding a touch of colour can really brighten up a look.
Some people tend to think that wearing fake eyelashes and a lot of eye makeup shows insecurity and they don't see why people don't opt for the natural look. Well, if everyone went for the natural look it would be boring. Makeup is fun and people should try out new looks and colours. If it all goes terribly wrong then you can always take it off and start again!
During the autumn my boyfriend and I visited the Queen (well we went to Buckingham Palace and took some touristy photos) and I just thought I would share a picture I took which beautifully captures autumn in St. James' Park.
I think Cher on X Factor is such an incredible singer. She easily won the sing off tonight between her and Mary. I'm not really sure why Cher went on the X Factor though, she has an amazing voice and great stage presence she, like all others, has used the show as a ticket to jump on the train to fame. Even though I am a fan of the show I think it is a shame that talented singers lack the ambition to build their career up from the ground and instead just go for what is deemed as the easy option.
When most people think of Kid Cudi they think of the Day 'N' Nite Crookers Remix version of his song. Although I like this song, it is quite commercial and not the best reflection of his music. Both his albums 'Man On The Moon: The End Of Day' and 'Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager" have songs with bold sounds and quite deep lyrics. He definitley seems to be inspired by the concept of space which is reflected in some of his titles and the sounds of the music. I would definitley recommend his music to anyone looking for a good sound to listen to and defintely for those like myself who love listening to the lyrics. Perhaps it is not the best recommendation for those who don't like swearing and taboo subjects in music, however here is my favourite song from his new album:
I love painting my nails; I love experimenting with different colours and patterns. A lady sitting opposite me on a bus once told me that she thought my nails looked great. My nails are not naturally strong and they annoyingly tend to break quite easily therefore, I have never had false nails put on because people who have had them say they really weaken your nails. Although I think fake nails can look really good I try and make mine look good just through nail paints and accessories. Two things I have recently discovered are Nail Effects by Barry M and Nail Art Crystals by Girls With Attitude.
With Nail Effects you paint a base colour on your nails (or two in my case) and then when it is dry you simply paint over with this black nail varnish. As it dries cracks begin to appear and it creates this amazing effect on your nails.
I think the crystals are great. So many times I have bought nail accessories only for them not to stick, peel off or fall off soon after. These ones actually stay on and are really simple to apply.You just put them onto dry nail varnish and then apply a top coat and there you have it, amazing nails without huge cost or effort!
Today I randomly decided that my boyfriend and I should find out one random fact each day about anything and tell each other. I love finding out things like this. For my 21st birthday I requested some books in this genre and I was given a booked titled 'The Great Book of British Usefless Information' by Hannah Warner. It has all sorts of facts from things such as "Adrian Chiles was once asked to join the MI5; however, he failed the second interview" to "In 19th-century England it was considered disrespectful to point at the moon". I personally love these pointless yet fascinating facts and would recommend the book to anyone who also enjoys reading them.
So today, after suggesting the idea to my boyfriend, I looked up 'weird and wonderful facts'. The first page I came across had a fact titled "Fragile Spider" and being an extreme arachnophobe this drew me in. The fact reads :
"Tarantulas have an exoskeleton (that means its skeleton is on the outside) like crayfish and crabs. They shed their exoskeleton regularly – normally by lying on their back... Because the exoskeleton is very fragile, if a tarantula is dropped from a low height, it will shatter and die."
Although this may be quite useful were I ever confronted by a tarantula the thought of me picking one up in order to drop it in the first place is not something I particularly would like to imagine, however I thought it was a fact worth sharing. (If you were wondering what my boyfriend's fact was, he told me how to kill a snake if it were attacking you. This involves playing dead when it is suffocating you, letting it eat you from your feet to your knees and then getting out your trusty knife to cut off its head....)
It may not be the most desirable of themes to start with I think its a great idea and would encourage people to start looking up facts mainly for fun but it is also a great way to improve your general knowledge and maybe win a few pub quizzes once in a while!
Whilst working today I lit some candles in a meagre attempt to bring warmth into my room. I noticed the wick of the candle slightly resembled a heart so I took this photo and aptly named the photo Burning Love.
Winter has certainly arrived in England and doesn’t everyone know about it!? I cannot believe how cold it is; minus degrees nearly all day long! Weather wise this is definitely the worst time of year. I am not a huge fan of the snow; it brings our country to a complete stand still which seems slightly absurd for the twenty first century. The contrast of heat indoors and outdoors means that once you have wrapped up warm to tackle the icy air as soon as you are inside the heating hits you and makes you burst into an uncomfortable sweat. The only benefit is that it allows for some scenic photography. Yesterday morning at my home in Sussex I braced the cold to take some pictures of my garden and it was freezing! However these pictures are just a few of the ones I took.