The A-Z of Victoria.

Today’s post is a little different than other posts recently. I thought I’d bring you a post all about me today; you could say my blog is essentially all about me, but apart from my “About Me” page, there’s not a lot that you know about me.

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A (Active)

I like to think I’m an active person. I walk to work and back every day (30 minute walk each time), I try and go to the gym at least three times a week, I’ve started running so I’m hoping to build it up especially with the nice weather coming through and I go to yoga once a fortnight (I used to go once a week but I have scaled it back for the time being).

B (Belfast)

Where I live! And if you don’t know where Belfast is (I would assume that most people do though), it’s the capital city of Northern Ireland which is in the United Kingdom.

C (Chilli)

My vegan bean chilli is one of my favourite meals to make and it was first inspired by Deliciously Ella but I’ve chopped and changed it around so much that I feel like it’s my own. I have it almost every night for dinner and it’s delicious.

D (Dogs)

I’m scared of dogs. Seriously. In pictures, they’re fine because they’re not going to come out and eat me alive. In real life, we can’t really be sure, can we?

E (Earrings)

I first got my ears pierced when I was seven , and last year I got my right ear pierced again. So I got my upper lobe and my tragus pierced as well as my standard lobe piercing still being there.

F (Face Masks)

I often post on Instagram Stories when I’m using a face mask, so if you want a make-up less and face masked woman on your Instagram, you’ll see me in full force covered in a less flattering face mask (normally from LUSH).

G (Gluten Free)

Anyone who knows me in some sort of capacity; whether that’s in real life, from Twitter or Instagram, or simply just a reader of the blog, will know that I’m eat a gluten free diet and you can read a little more about why right here!

H (Holidays)

I don’t go on a lot of holidays. Last year (2016) was such a massive holiday year for me though; I went on two holidays which may not seem like a lot but this is coming from someone who never went away. My first “adult” holiday was to Finland and Russia with my ex-boyfriend and it was an amazing trip. We didn’t do a lot of tourist attractions which is my one regret so if I went back, I would want to try out more of those.

I (Italy)

My most recent holiday was to Italy and I went there completely on my own. It was my first holiday on my own and it was incredible. I didn’t know how I would get on but I really enjoyed it. I like my own company anyway and I needed that time to myself to get away from everything, even though it was only for a few days. (The photograph of me at the top is at the Trevi Fountain!)

J (Jigsaws)

It’s a hobby of mine that I don’t talk about a lot but I love the satisfaction of a jigsaw puzzle. I want to get a bigger puzzle then once it’s completed, I’d love to get it framed and glassed to hang up in the house.

K (Kardashians)

Is it still a guilty pleasure if you don’t feel guilty watching it? I have loved “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” since it first began and it’s just such a chill out show to have with a big cup of tea and you can switch off with it for an hour.

L (LUSH)

I first discovered LUSH when I was in my second year of college (The first year of my first media course actually) and a good majority of my EMA would go on LUSH. I built up quite the collection. I don’t buy it nearly as often now but it will always be a favourite of mine.

M (Mindfulness and Meditation)

I meditate as soon as I wake up and right before bed every single day. I’ve been doing this for about two weeks now and I’m seeing very small changes but it has affected my mood in a very positive way so far. Coming up on the blog in the next few weeks will be what apps I use and why I choose to practice meditation and mindfulness (so when it’s up, it’ll be right here!)

N (Nail Polish)

With almost two hundred nail polishes under my belt, and yes, I really did say two hundred; I am quite a huge fan of nail polish. If I had to choose between my hair not being done for the day and wearing no nail polish, I’d choose not having the hair done.

O (The Office US)

The American Office is up there (for me) with Friends, Community and Parks and Recreation. It is one of my favourite programmes; it’s one of those shows that has just been there for me during the good and the bad and it’s one that I hold a lot of memories with. Plus, Jim and Pam for life, right?

P (Plant Based)

Since January of this year, I’ve been eating a plant based diet. I’ve written all about it so you’ll find that post right here!

Q (Quinoa)

My chickpea, quinoa and tumeric curry that I am absolutely in love with from Deliciously Ella’s second book is my go-to work lunch. It takes a little longer to make but it’s so worth it; and it has about ten servings for me so I can spread it out over two weeks of work.

R (RetroSnowflake)

Under RetroSnowflake, you’ll find me on Twitter and Instagram and if you just add a S to the end, that’s my blog name. Pretty simple really!

S (Spotify)

Having had Spotify for so long, the ads didn’t bother me but then I kept being told “Get Premium, it’s so much better without the ads.” So I did and can I go as far to say it’s life changing? I use it every single day, I download all the albums I want so I don’t have to worry about using my 4G data and you can choose any song you want to rather than have to sit in shuffle mode all the time. Best £10 I spend every month.

T (Tea)

I love tea. Fruit tea. Black tea. Herbal tea. I’ve loved tea ever since I was little but green and herbal teas have only became a bigger influence the past three or four years. My favourite brands would be Tea Pigs or Twinings, but I love exploring new brands whenever I can.

U (Uncertainty)

Uncertainty is something I’m trying to overcome. I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen, it makes me very uneasy and very on edge but through counselling, I’m trying to combat that.

V (Victoria)

It’s my name, of course! And I have no middle name.

W (Water)

Everyone should be drinking enough water but water is my go-to drink even if I’m on a night out (I don’t drink and I talked about it right here!) My favourite thing is munching on ice, I love ice! I would just fill up a tumbler at home with ice and munch away on it, it’s so satisfying.

X (Hmmm?)

I applaud you if you’re able to think of a genuine answer for this letter. Well done.

Y (Yoga)

I have had a regular routine of yoga in my life for around two years now and I’m so happy with how far I have came so far. I used to go once a week but now I tend to go once a fortnight and I want to start incorporating it into my gym workouts more so (than I already do) and form a longer home practice too.

Z (Zzzz)

I love my sleep. Isn’t it funny when we’re younger we’ll argue with our parents about going to bed early and now we’re wanting a nap during the day and after work? For a year or two, I used to live off three to five hours of sleep a night and I don’t know how I coped. But for the meantime, I seem to be getting between six and eight hours a night and it’s working great so far.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post, some of the letters were challenging and don’t get me started on X. I’m meant to be tag people to do this but honestly, I’d love to see anyone do it. If you send me your links on Twitter, I’d love to read more of them, they’re so interesting!

(Blogmas Day Five) The Christmas Tag.

Blogmas Day Five already! So today’s Blogmas post is a Christmas tag I found thanks to It’s Me Shenan. She didn’t tag me specifically, she left it open to anyone who was reading her blog, so I thought I would join in because it looked like an interesting one. If you decide to do it, please let me know because I want to read your answers too! You can read Shenan’s post right here.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

My favourite Christmas film which I talked about very briefly in my last Blogmas post is the Santa Clause, starring Tim Allen. As I said in my last post, one of my Blogmas posts will be about that film, because I want to go into more detail about it.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

I can’t remember the year but we have had a number of White Christmas’. Living in Northern Ireland, we could get a wet rainy Christmas and then have snow fall heavily in March or April. (Yes, this actually happened a few years ago!)

Where do you usually spend your Christmas?

I normally spend Christmas at home. There was one, maybe two years that I spent Christmas at my (now) ex-fiance’s house but other than that, it’s always been at my Mum’s house.

What is your favourite Christmas song?i

I honestly don’t have a favourite Christmas song; I quite like Michael Buble’s Christmas music but I love the classics, I don’t think we’ll ever have iconic Christmas songs like that again.

Can you name all of Father Christmas’ reindeer? (No cheating!)

Rudolph, Prancer, Blitzen… How do I not know Santa’s reindeers?

The Tree: Real or Fake?

Fake! We’ve always had a fake tree; it’s cheaper in the long run, it’s easy to put up and it’s not as messy.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

I do! Every year I would sit with a cup of tea (It used to be a hot chocolate but now it’s just tea) and watch the Santa Clause.

Be honest, do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

There’s nothing I love more than giving presents. To be honest, it’s not even the giving, it’s more the researching aspect of it all and finding the perfect present for someone. I love it!

The best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

My Nintendo 64, hands down! It’s one of those things I’ll never ever give away.

What is your dream place to visit for the festive season?

Am I being cliché by saying New York? I’m sure it’s a nightmare at Christmas mind you but in my dreams it looks so beautiful and romantic.

Most memorable Christmas moment?

I have quite an embarrassing moment. One of the times I was at my ex fiance’s house for Christmas and we were in Morrisons maybe a week or so before Christmas. It was around the time Toy Story 3 was out so every shop had loads of Toy Story 3 merchandise. Stewart pointed out the Buzz Lightyear and said “Oh no I don’t really like him.” He looked at me very shocked and asked why. I said that I loved the character but the new action figures looked so fake and they just lost their touch. We were with his Mum at the time too and they looked at each other in horror but I thought nothing of it. So fast forward to Christmas Day, I’m opening my presents and I open one of very last ones, and it’s Buzz. I was so surprised, I said “Oh my god, thank you, he’s great!” Stewart turned round to me and said something along the lines of he knows that I hate it but he had already bought it before he knew how I felt. Not exactly a heartfelt, cute moment but definitely memorable!

Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I would say I’m pretty good at it but I have to have all the wrapping paper and gift tags the same. I really love seeing all the presents match each other.

What made you realise the truth about Father Christmas?

I don’t remember anything specific, I just remember not believing any more but I wasn’t told by a friend in school or anything like that.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I am a sucker for New Year’s Resolutions. I made some last year and posted them on the blog but I didn’t stick to too many of them. I’m debating whether to do them again or not though. For me, it’s a lot of fun thinking what I want to do in the future. (But at the same time, thinking about the future scares me!)

What is your favourite part of Christmas?

My favourite part is honestly having time off work, not having to wake up really early and just being able to take it easy for a while. It’s as simple as that really.

I love doing tags so if you know of any Winter or Christmas tags, send me a link over at @RetroSnowflake or leave me a comment!

The Sweater Weather Tag.

I don’t think I’ve ever featured a tag on the blog so why not start now? I was reading Bronagh’s Beauty and Books blog and she posted the Sweater Weather tag and it seemed like just my cup of tea, so I’m borrowing it from her. If you want to check out her answers, they’re right here!

This tag seems like it’s typically done before Christmas but we’re still in Winter until the end of February, so it’s still a pretty perfect time to do it. Okay, technically it should have been done in Autumn, but screw the rules on this one 😉 Oh, and I just changed Fall to Autumn, since that’s what we say in Northern Ireland.

1) Favourite candle scent?
Anyone that follows me on Twitter or Instagram will know how difficult this is for me. I’m in love with candles. Absolutely in love. If I only had to pick one however, it would be Fireside Treats by Yankee Candle (Here’s a link to it from my Instagram if you haven’t seen it before)

2) Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?
Well I used to LOVE hot chocolate but I have an intolerance to cocoa so I can’t indulge in them anymore. Tea is my favourite drink anyway; I love tea with milk and my favourite herbal and green tea brand is TeaPigs.

3) What’s the best Autumn memory you have?
Getting all my new stationery to start back to school in September.

4) Which make-up trend do you prefer: winged eyeliner or dark lips?
Winged eyeliner! I’ve dabbled in dark lips but I don’t know if I’ll ever find something that suits me and doesn’t make me look like a ghost.

5) Best fragrance for Autumn?
I don’t work in seasons with perfume, I normally just have my favourite and stick with it all year round, so that would be Calvin Klein Euphoria for Women.

6) Favourite Thanksgiving food?
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I think the whole premise of the food is generally the same. I do love stuffing!

7) What is Autumn weather like where you live?
It’s wet, it’s rainy, it’s cold. It’s pretty much like this all year; we maybe get a few weeks of sun every year.

8) Most worn sweater?
It has to be The Office Christmas sweatshirt I got a few weeks ago or my penguin Christmas-like jumper I got last Christmas from Tesco.

9) Must have nail polish this Autumn?
Again, I’m not one for matching colours to seasons; if I want to wear pink in December and grey in July, I do. My favourite colours over the past few months have been Chando’s Place by Nails Inc and Midnight Sparkles by Tanya Burr.

10) Football games or jumping in leaves?
I don’t like football games so I think you know the answer.

11) Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans all the way. I’ve never worn leggings, I have worn jeggings but never leggings.

12) Combat boots or UGG boots?
I’ve never owned or even worn anything that resembles UGG boots, and I wear combat-like boots pretty much 80% of the year.

13) Is Pumpkin Spice worth the hype?
I’ve never tried it so I don’t know.

14) Favourite Autumn television show?
While I’ve been off for my Christmas holidays, I’ve been watching a lot of Cheers. I also watch it when I’m just looking for an easy watch, it’s such a great show.

15) What songs really get you into the Autumn spirit?
I don’t know any Autumn inspire songs?