Friday Round Up

WEEKEND! Everyone else as pleased about this as I am? Last weekend was Birmingham Comics Festival, which was absolutely awesome. The festival itself, you can get a pretty good idea of in the vlog, but the after party was just as brilliant. I put the camera down for most of it, but we came second in the geeky quiz and won ourselves a MegaDrive. Retro.

Tuesday was very food themed. M and I made ourselves a Thai feast, of sweet potato and chicken soup and Pad Thai. It was all delicious, if I do say so myself. Thai food is my favourite.

Friday Round Up

1. X-Friends. 2. More pin-up from Red Rogue Photography

This week’s links:
Solving common social media problems.
How to make an outfit look expensive.
Good girls like Gambit.
What it’s like to cosplay for money.

Currently watching: That 70s Show.

Currently reading: I just finished Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates. Highly recommended reading!

On repeat:


Adulting | Caramel Latte Kiss | Birmingham Lifestyle Blog

Hands up who feels like a real life, proper grown-up all the time. Ok, hands up who feels like they’re playing grown-ups most of the time? Oh, most of you. Excellent, me too. I always thought that adulthood was a magic point where you knew what you were doing and had your life together. The older I get, the more I realise that most of us are just muddling through as best we can and pretending we know what’s going on.

I am an utter failure at adulting. There is never food in my fridge. I have to phone my mum before most important life occasions to be told what to wear. I might live by myself, and have a grown-up job, but the only five a day I get is coffees and being ill on my own is still a terrible experience.

I figure I’m not the only one whose faking their way through being an adult, and that there are probably plenty of us who could benefit from a the tips and tricks I’ve learned to fake it so nobody notices. The Caramel Latte Kiss Guide to Adulting starts here, and will contain all the best tricks I’ve picked up, from dressing for a job interview to recipes you can make when you only own one pan and no decent knives.

Let’s do this.

Friday Round Up

Links, loves and Instagrams from the last week.

Friday Round Up

1. Rogue. 2. Kaylee cosplay. 3. Hipster lunch break. 4. Pinup polka dots.

Being back in an office, at least some of the time, is really suiting me. I’m making friends, learning things and generally having a good time. Turns out I don’t hate offices, I just badly run ones, or ones without the wrong people in. Who knew?

I’ve finally been brave enough to ditch the coat this week, and swap over to the mac. So far, no freezing, which is always nice. Friday night was an excellent catch-up night with some old work friends. It’s lovely to go back sometimes and see everyone. Too much gin was consumed and much catching up was done. I spent part of the weekend with my mum, on our usual routine of food and shopping. We’re nothing if not classy, so our food choice was giant burgers at Ed’s Diner. There’s been a lot of talk this week in Brum about the evils of chains, but honestly, they have their place. A quick, reasonably priced bite between shops is fine. I love the independent scene in Birmingham, and try to choose them where I can, especially for coffee. But it’s just not realistic to do that all the time. What do you think?

The rest of the week has beer terraces, excellent mashed potato, lots of coffee and good times. Perfect.

This week’s links:
How to start a fitness routine you’ll stick to.

Currently reading: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Currently watching: Masterchef. Always.

Currently listening to:

Friday Round Up

Links and loves from the last week.

Rogue and Gambit cosplay

I really am a fail beyond fail this week. So…turns out working an agency job (first week complete!), bar shifts and still trying to run your own business makes you pretty busy and tired out. And that means you forget all about both weekly vlogging and Project 365. I have to say, I’ve been finding the 365 hard going anyway, so I’m weirdly relieved I’ve crapped out. I will give it another bash, but for now, I’ll be reverting back to the old style round-up with whatever I happened to have photographed. Or, like this week, a random cosplay shot.

As for the weekly vlogging, I have a question for you. Would you like to continue to see them, whatever I may be doing? Or would you prefer one off vlogs from conventions or whatever other adventures I might be having? Let me know!

This week’s links:
Brand comebacks.

Currently reading:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I’ve only just started, but thanks to having a commute again, I’m getting through quite a bit of reading.

Currently watching:
I’m still on Twin Peaks. And perhaps inspired by the fact the film has been announced, I’m back on an Absolutely Fabulous kick on Netflix. And loving it.

Listening to:

Friday Round Up Double Edition: Project 365 Days 78 to 91

Links, loves and the last two weeks of Project 365.

Project 365

Day 78: Present from David. Day 79: Pin-Up Rogue details. Day 80: Gambit and Rogue. Day 81: Behind the scenes. Day 82: Jessica Cosplays prints. Day 83: Cupcake time. Day 84: X-Men meet photos start coming in

Friday Round Up

Day 85: Polka dots! Day 86: Sunshine for Good Friday. Day 87: Photoshoot results. Day 88: Photo back from MCM. Day 89: Bright lipstick day. Day 90: Selfie. Day 91: Thrift score.

Bad blogger. I’ve been so tired and not present. Sorry! I have a few new ideas for this little slice of the internet though, so watch this space for new thoughts, ideas and maybe a series or two.

So. MCM Birmingham was two weeks ago now and it was wonderful. We caught up with a lot of great friends, got some good shoots in and saw some excellent costumes. The rest of the week has been very work heavy and I’ve run round like mad and got nothing down. I did find some time to pop into Brum Radio for a chat with Geeky Brummie though. We had a great natter about cosplay, Marvel TV and all things geeky. If you missed the show, you can listen again here.

There’s also been amazing dinner with friends with a giant leg of lamb, spicy salad and an impromptu salsa dancing lesson. Excellent evening.

Currently watching: Bake Off: Creme de la Creme. So far, I don’t like it as much as normal Bake Off, but it is good. Like Masterchef and Bake Off had a baby.

Currently reading: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’m loving parts of it, but some of it is truly awful where the women are concerned. Divided for sure…

Listening to:

The Weekly Vlog: MCM Birmingham

The one with all the cosplay…

In this episode of the weekly blog, I kept the filming during the week to a minimum (sorry), but there’s a lot of cosplay goodness over the weekend. X-Men, BB-8 made from a lampshade, and a whole lot of Harleys. MCM Birmingham was a blast.

In the vlog, I mentioned the very cool male version of Rogue I spotted. I didn’t manage to get any footage of him, so here’s a very quick snap I grabbed.

Male Rogue Cosplay

David took a few sneaky behind the scenes shots of the shoot I had with Torrent Photography too. I should have photos next week some time, but in the mean-time, consider this a preview of what’s to come.

Pin-Up Rogue

Friday Round Up Double Edition: Project 365 Days 64 – 77

Links, loves and the last two weeks of Project 365.

Project 365

Day 64: Delivery for National Stationery Week. Day 65: Wonder Woman collection. Day 66: Book in progress. Day 67: Lipstick. Day 68: Keeping me company on the desk. Day 69: New hair! Day 70: Cool wall.

Friday Round Up

Day 71: Outfit test run for Christening. Day 72: Flying Scotsman. Day 73: Suited and booted. Day 74:Where to? Day 75: Sage advice. Day 76: Rogue and Gambit, ready for the weekend. Day 77: Menu? To do list? Art?

So, I missed last week’s round-up. Oops? I’ve got two weeks of Project 365 for you to make up for it though. There was new hair, trains and cute babies. Last weekend was spent up in Teesside for the Christening of David’s new godson. We had a successful day of adulting, and baby cuddling, and watched a a lot of episodes of Arrow to make up for the grown up behaviour. On Saturday, we were in Goathland, which is a super pretty village. Goathland was used as Aidensfield in Heartbeat, and the station was Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter movies. We went up to get some fresh air and a good walk with the dog, and to check out the Flying Scotsman. The gorgeous old steam train has been restored and is running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at the moment. It was great to see such a classic piece of British engineering in action.

Otherwise, I’ve been getting ready for MCM Birmingam which is this weekend. I am super excited. It’s my first convention of the year, and I’ve been missing it.

Currently watching: How good is The Night Manager? It might as well be Hiddleston’s James Bond audition. It’s amazing. David and I watching Arrow too, as I haven’t actually seen it before. Bad geek. I’ve also been introduced to Twin Peaks, which I’ve also never got around to watching. So far? Really enjoying it.

Currently reading: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It’s a favourite of David’s, so I’m giving it a go.

Listening to: