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My Introduction to Harley Quinn

3470329-harley-quinn-female-villians-2439836-259-337Harley Quinn, also known as Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel is definitely one of my new favourite fictional characters.

My first full introduction to her was when she was portrayed by Margot Robbie in the ‘Suicide Squad’ film. Since then I have read a full comic bind up of hers (DC Comics Collection Knock Knock Jokes & Preludes) and seen a few bits and pieces from other comics on the internet. I have also seen a few episodes of the cartoons with her in and I absolutely love her. I love the multiple styles that she has and her silly behaviour.

As we all know, she’s not had the best relationship with the Joker, and her relationship is very abusive and I’ve seen many complaints about this, but when you think about it properly, do you really expect the Joker to treat anyone right? They’re both completely and utterly insane, even if the feelings are there, Harley will go back because she’s crazy and crazy in love with him and the Joker will continue to treat her how he does because he’s completely mad as well! I’d be shocked if anyone takes their relationship seriously and continues to complain honestly. It’s fictional, people will not take them as ‘relationship goals’ and want a relationship like that. It’s common sense surely?

official-dc-comics-harley-quinn-diamonds-print-wallet-purseAnyway. I will admit that I am beginning to develop a want for all things Harley. The purse I use on a daily basis is actually an official DC Comics Harley Quinn purse! I also have the build a bear of her (and the Joker) and an itty bitty. But I want to start collecting the comics. I know I want the Bombshell ones, as I have heard good things about it and there are other Harley comics that I want as well, but I just don’t know where to start! If anyone has advice on where to begin with just Harley, please let me know as a comment.

Overall, my introduction to Harley Quinn has not involved much, but I really enjoy her character and I want to learn more and read/watch more to do with her. I’d like to also know other people’s views on Harley’s character.

-Laura

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A-Level results day stress

On the 17th of August 2017, I collected my A-level results. I’m not going to go into what I got because some of it I’m proud of and some I am a little disappointed in but never mind. I’m not going to university so I didn’t have as much riding on these results as other people but for me, it was still a very nerve-wracking day, or well, a portion of a day.

A lot of my friends and I did not sleep the previous night because of nerves and although this is something that a lot of people experience and it’s something I’ve experienced before with AS results and GCSE results, it still made me feel rubbish on the day. Mix lack of sleep with sickness from stress & nervousness, and I felt so so ill! However, the minute we got into school and collected and opened those envelopes we all suddenly felt better. Even if we did or didn’t get the grades we wanted/hoped for/needed, the initial relief of knowing what you got was there. For me, that was the end of the stress and I suddenly felt so much better.

For me, results day is actually more stressful than taking the exams. At my school, we did so many practice ones and homework tasks to prefer for certain types of questions that the initial idea of doing an exam wasn’t that stressful anymore. Of course, I’ve always been a little nervous about taking exams, I mean who doesn’t get nervous? But it’s the dreaded waiting to discover how you did which affects the majority a lot more.

In all, I have finished with education and I am happy about it. I may one day want to try to go to university but for now, I am fine with not having to do exams or wait for results ever again. For those who are awaiting results or just got them, I hope everything went well. For those who are still in any form of education, good luck for the future with learning and exams.

-Laura

 

A Girl for All Time – Lydia

The second doll I own from the ‘A Girl for All Time’ series is Lydia Peyton, who is from the Georgian era and comes from the same family that began with Matilda Marchmont. If you haven’t read my review of Matilda then please do so, but for anyone that hasn’t, the A Girl for All Time company has both dolls and books to do with historical eras of the UK and starts off with the Tudor era. The base line of dolls all come from the same family, but the company is working on expanding their range.

lydia_offer_dress_1024x1024Lydia Peyton is from the Georgian era (as previously mentioned) but instead of being a full UK girl, she goes to Boston. She doesn’t have a book out yet, although I hope soon she will have one so I do not really know as much about her history, but as a doll she is lovely. She’s a 16 inch doll with somewhat articulated joints and shes amazing for play and photography (although I only do the latter option) and she also makes appearances on my photography Instagram. I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago, but on the website she is £89.99 which I know seems like a lot but both she and her clothes are very well made and designed with such detail. Her clothes are all very detailed and beautiful and I own both the outfit she comes in and her riding outfit, both very high quality.

I definitely recommend this line for anyone who is into collecting or photography or history and even the books are wonderful and although they are more expensive I have seen that they are great for kids and they’re beautiful little things as well. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

-Laura

Tamagotchi – A Childhood Love

As a kid I adored Tamagotchis and even into my early teens I was just amazed by these weird little egg-shaped virtual pets. They were cute, some were in colour (only available in Japanese) and they were all different sizes and some did different things and to me they were just a fun thing to collect. Seeing the evolution from the 90’s ones which didn’t do much and there wasn’t much variety in terms of characters into these slightly more complex ones (still in greyscale) and into coloured ones was just amazing to me.
red_leavesSince I was a child I collected a fair few. Mostly tamagotchi branded ones but one was a vmigo and one is a pikachu one it means I managed to get a total of 18. Most of them do very similar things but there are 6 which stand out to me in terms of my collection. These being that of the v4.5 (the first one I got), the vmigo, the P’s, the v5, angel and the school version.

The v4.5 stands out to me because it was the first one I got and I’ve always loved it. The vmigo is very unique as it isn’t a branded one and you look after a dog instead of a fictionally designed creature. The P’s is interesting because of the pierces you can collect to get different content (I found this a little annoying though as the pierces seem quite expensive, especially now). The v5 is unique because you take care of a family instead of 1 single creature. The angel is special because it’s actually in English (rarer) and it’s so old and tiny and cute and the school one (I have no idea what the actual name is) is so special because of it’s unique shape and you take care of a school, not 1 single tamagotchi!

In all I find these to be something that I’m still interested in looking at, even now and I probably would consider trying to find more pierces for cheap if I can. I do love my little collection and they hold a lot of memories for me and I will continue to love them for a long time.

-Laura

A Girl for All Time – Matilda

I’ve previously written about the books, and now it is time for me to write about the dolls themselves. For those of you who do not know about this brand, ‘A Girl for All Time’ is a brand of books and dolls based in the UK that represent historical eras, and the main line of dolls all come from the same family, starting off with the beautiful Matilda Marchmont, a lovely little girl from the Tudor era, who is also the cousin of Katherine Howard (the 5th wife of King Henry VIII).

matilda_cut_out_offer_dress_e9a854ab-477e-43d1-a0ca-a5ab45f18bf2_1024x1024Now I’m someone who is really interested in Tudor history, and I also do love photography a lot so these 16 inch dolls were perfect. The usual website price for Matilda is £69.99 and I managed to get her on Amazon for £25! All of their dolls and clothes are very specially made and designed and I think are more towards adult collectors even though children are definitely able to play with these dolls as they are such high quality, but I will also admit now, for adult collectors or photographers, this line of dolls are fantastic. They have such a lovely expression on their faces and are very very beautiful and with each doll you can see that they are related in some way.

Matilda is definitely my favourite because of where she comes from and she honestly has such a lovely little face and is amazing to take photos of (she makes a few appearances on my photography Instagram) and her outfits (she comes with her basic Tudor outfit but others are available) her so high quality. My favourite I think is her ballgown and mask, she looks so beautiful and the mask can make her look very mysterious.

If you are a collector/photographer/history enthusiast then I would definitely recommend looking into the brand, or even just reading the books. I think they’d be a great way of getting children more into history as well although they’re a lot more expensive than other brands of dolls, but I believe that they are well and truly worth every penny!

-Laura

Sims 2 – My Favourite Game

If you’re about my age (18), maybe a bit older, maybe a bit younger, you’ll know of Sims 2. When I was younger I absolutely loved it. For a while I’ve been unable to play any PC game because I have a Chromebook for school, but more recently I’ve gotten a laptop. Now, it’s obviously not the best laptop in the world, but it runs sims 2 and I’m able to use Word and play some other games and it makes me very happy. Being able to play Sims 2 again has been like I’ve reopened and rediscovered my childhood. I have so many memories of playing that game. I loved sending sims off to university, I loved making big families, designing houses, creating stories and playing around with the pre-made families in their little houses and continuing on with their stories, and even looking up about the mystery behind the famous sim of Bella Goth.

I used to be a huge lover of custom content, I always found myself downloading nice clothes and skins and famous celebrities turned into sims from websites like Modthesims and even directly from the Sims 2 website. But playing it again, I realise I love just the original content and what got brought into each expansion pack and stuff pack. I’ll admit my favourite stuff pack was the H&M Stuff, and my favourite expansion pack was most likely Pets. I just loved being able to make pets and put them into my game, it to me added so much to the families. I’ve found myself now enjoying the more simple things within the game, I’ve not felt this need to download extra content into my game like I used to feel. I’ll admit, some more hair colour choices may be nice, I may benefit from those but in all I do enjoy the game how it is.

When I moved house I did struggle to find a lot of my packs for Sims 2, but it wasn’t until I think a few years ago I realised at the time Origin had been doing an amazing thing. I think it may have been to celebrate an anniversary of Sims 2 or something, but they released the entire collection out for FREE if you put in a certain code. I did it and that is how I’ve been playing the game. Thanks to the generosity of Origin, I’ve been able to play a game that meant so much to me in my childhood. I have played Sims 3, and as much as I loved the open world and the customisation options for every single item, I do prefer the simplicity of Sims 2. I haven’t had the chance to play Sims 4, as unfortunately I know my laptop won’t run it, but from what I’ve seen, although I know I’d enjoy it, I also know for certain that I’d go back to Sims 2 every single time. It’s a game that has meant a lot to me and honestly, I’m just glad to have it back in my life.

-Laura

Pandora – A Beautiful Addiction

A company I’ve really come to enjoy since about September 2016 (the month of my 18th birthday) is Pandora. For my birthday, I wanted something that would last a long time and something that would hold memories. When I started looking at Pandora charm bracelets, my parents knew it would be something great for me. I’d recently gotten more into wearing jewellery, as I’d bought many rings and a little bracelet from Aliexpress, and I did want to get something with quality and personalisation like Pandora bracelets.

What I love about Pandora is every piece of jewellery can hold meaning. I have a charm bracelet with 9 charms on it (all given for my birthday, Christmas or purchased with my own money) and each charm holds meaning to me. The 2 cats charm representing my two cats, the camera representing my love for photography and things like that. But it’s not only the bracelets from Pandora that I absolutely love, but the rings too.

The first thing about the rings that I love is that they actually do my size! I’m a size 48 (the smallest) and it fits perfectly and I rarely find rings that actually fit perfectly, apart from ones from Aliexpress as they have such a wide variety of sizes. But again, these rings can hold meaning to you. I have a ring that I wear every single day that I got for my birthday from my boyfriend, and it means so much to me because it was from him.

But since getting into Pandora, I’ve found myself becoming addicted. I constantly check the website for new charms I may want to one day get, or I’ll check eBay for preowned charms that may be from America originally (like the Disney ones) or ones that may be discontinued (that’s how I got my teacup charm). It’s an addiction but a beautiful one, and I love the look and meaning of all the charms, it’s one of the most personalised gifts for someone that anyone can purchase (if that made any sense) and I love it. I’d love to know if anyone else also finds this with pandora? Let me know your thoughts 🙂

-Laura