Cheer up Tuesdays - Bee

For those of you that didn't spot the first Cheer Up Tuesday, it's a little feature I launched to bring some happiness to my blog on the most depressing day of the week! The thinking behind Cheer Up Tuesdays is that I ask some of my favourite bloggers to answer some questions about what makes them happy - and hopefully it'll put a smile on your face too.

Bee, from Vivatramp was a natural choice for this feature.  Her blog exudes happiness and positivity, with her H is for Happy posts and sunny outlook on life.  Visiting her blog never fails to bring a smile to my face.  Here are her answers.

1. For those readers that don’t already know you, tell us a little bit about yourself...

Hello, I'm Bee! I'm an 18 year old ditz that lives by the seaside with my dysfunctional family. I'm currently on a gap year and I'm embracing this time off to walk with my boyfriend, learn new skills and snap photos of near enough everything. I'm quite an eclectic little lady; my passions and interests are somewhat quite conflicting but they're lovely all the same. I'm crazy for Stephen Fry, retaining information, floral prints, cups of tea, travelling, food programmes, writing and culture. I'm also quite nice!

2. Tell me five things that make you happy...
As someone who has blogged over 200 things that make me happy it's quite difficult to pinpoint just 5 things that make me smile. You can find all the things that make me happy HERE. I'll simply pick five things that are making me happy right now: 

one) canary yellow

two) summer breeze 
three) country walks with my loved ones
four) bargain hunting
five) bare legs

I definitely recommend documenting your happiness in life through lists like this; it certainly helps me put a smile on my face and remind myself of the simple things in life that I'd usually take for granted. 

3. If ever you do feel down, what song or songs do you put on to cheer yourself up?
Music has always been a big part of my life and I tend to therapise using different playlists to suit
particular moods. My music taste is certainly eclectic and I'll genre hop in search of tracks that take me back to a particular time in my life or ones that give me a particular cheery disposition. My happy playlist would probably include:

  • Friday I'm In Love / Just Like Heaven - The Cure 
  • You! Me! Dancing! - Los Campesinos 
  • Crazy for You - Best Coast 
  • Always Like This - Bombay Bicycle Club 
  • Some bouncy hip hop courtesy of Snoop, Dre, Beastie Boys or Cypress Hill 
  • Paradise City - Guns 'N' Roses

Of course, all these songs must be accompanied by frenzied mirror dancing and terrible singalongs into your hairbrush. There's so many more songs and amazing artists that I listen to but I don't want to turn this into a post about the contents of my ipod! 

4. What’s your happiest memory? A memory you think of that always makes you smile?
It's amazingly difficult to pinpoint one solitary memory that puts a smile on my face. I've been lucky enough to see some awesome sights and experience some lovely things. Therefore, it's a difficult question to answer without questioning the validity of my own response. I'd probably say that one of my current happiest ongoing memories is the butterflies I get in my stomach every time I see my boyfriend after a break apart. It's so clichéd but it honestly does put a huge smile on my face when I think of how elated and safe I usually feel. It always reminds me how lucky I am too! Corr, pass the sick bucket or what?! 

5. Describe your perfect day.

My interests can be quite conflicting so my idea of a perfect day would involve a mix of both craziness and mind numbing normality. The day would start by waking up to my boyfriend before heading out on a hearty countryside walk with my camera in tow. If it was going to be perfect, it'd result in me taking loads of awesome snaps of the best things in life. To quench our thirst, it'd be followed by lunch in a beautiful countryside pub complete with sun drenched beer garden and cheap cider deals. Lunch would be large as I have the appetite of a horse. No perfect day would be complete without scoring a bargain for myself at a local car boot sale/charity shop. It makes me incredibly happy to stumble across a little piece for a small price tag that can be, to some extent, exclusive to me.  My perfect day would end on the beach watching the sun set on the horizon with my boyfriend and a makeshift fire. That'd be the best way to reflect on the beautiful day I'd just had the pleasure of having. 

6. I love the way your blog – as you put it – ‘encourages positive living’ and is always such a happy and uplifting read.  How do you maintain your positive outlook and attitude to life?

Thank you! I'm in no way always happy. I have horrendously crap days intertwined with the best ones but it's those good ones that I try to make a fuss about. I've been self-therapising for a while now to push away all the bad that tried to swamp me a while back. I focus on the good, ignore the things that don't concern me and keep myself busy by educating myself. That way, I feel a lot more accomplished at the end of the day. I recently guest posted a whole load of tips for maintaining a happy head/heart. You can read that HERE!


You look like a cool drink

Had such a fun weekend this weekend - we spent Saturday afternoon and today at my parents' house celebrating my brother's 22nd birthday.  Wasn't it a scorcher today? Did everyone else enjoy the sunshine?

We had a huge barbecue this afternoon, the pièce de résistance of which was 'beer can chicken' - basically you roast a whole chicken with a half empty, open beer can up it's *ahem* - and then the chicken comes out all succulent and tender! (You can see from the pictures).  There were also ice creams at the beach (my Dad had the biggest ice cream I've ever seen!), games of jump scatch (who else loves scatch? It is basically the best game ever invented!) and lots of sparkling rosé and real ales.  The real ales were a present for my Tom, for his birthday last week - the running joke was that he already has a 'Cornish blonde' - me!

Below is a panorama I took of my parents' garden this afternoon using Photosynth (free app) on my iPhone. If you click on it you can drag and spin it round to view the whole panorama (it doesn't take you away from the page).  It's such a good app!


Back in Blighty

We got back from sunny Fuerteventura late last night - had such a brilliant time. In a funny way though, I'm glad to be home - I start to miss home after about a week and look forward to coming back and sleeping in my own bed and seeing Pancake hamster! The last few days we were there the temperature was up in the late 30s (it was 41 degrees one day), and whilst I love nothing more than lounging around in the sun, the hotel room only had a ceiling fan and no air conditioning so it was almost impossible to sleep at night.  Other than that the hotel was great - we paid for 'all inclusive' so all our drinks and food were included.  Funny how by the third or fourth day though you don't want to look at a full cooked breakfast ever again! I didn't get bored of the sangria though - nothing like an ice cold sangria in the sunshine! Apart from reading all the books I took with me (I had to buy another for the plane home!) and doing lots of lazing by the pool, we ate at some yummy restaurants and I tried surfing again one day.  I nearly got up to standing several times - it's only my second try (my first really as I had to come back in the first time due to my hands and feet swelling up!) and enjoyed it so much more than in the freezing rain at Polzeath (give me bathwater-esque sea temperatures any day!)

Needless to say that even after 12 hours of being back my tan has almost completely faded (I am convinced it is something to do with being on a plane - plane air just zaps your tan!) and it almost feels like I never went at all! I've put a few photos down below - just do the scroll-y scroll-y if you don't want to see them all!

By the way, the parrot in the sixth picture (whom we named Norris), was one of a group of five or six that lived in the tree opposite our balcony and visited us every day - they were so tame they would eat out of your hand!


My week in pictures





[1] On Monday I had a pretty rubbish day at work, and though I didn't tell Tom, he came home with these anyway - he said he could tell by my voice on the phone I was fed up, and wanted to cheer me up!

[2] and [3] Got my hair did on Wednesday - it has a bit of style to it now rather than being a big ol' birds nest of hair! I am really liking the colour even more now too, can't believe I paid attention to all those hairdressers over the years who told me not to bleach my hair; especially as it still feels in really nice condition!

[4] I have to hand in my first assignment for my year-long management course next week so I've been reading lots of management books on the train.  This one (Who Moved My Cheese) is about change management, but the pictures I can really get on board with. Cheese definitely makes me happy!

[5] Whatsapp is one of my favourite iPhone apps and is perfect for whiling away the train journey on the way to work - on this occasion by compiling the party playlist for Friday night via playing 'guess the lyric!' - any takers?

[6] and [7] Our Friday night 'soiree' was originally a leaving party for a work friend, that turned into a 'we're staying!' party as they changed their mind! I had to bring a dessert so I made Oreo cupcakes - complete with an Oreo in the bottom of the cake, mixed into the cake batter and Oreo icing (with an Oreo on top!) They were very yummy!

[8] Unfortunately this is the only photo I took at the party (and possibly the reason why!) Tastes like melted down Wham! bars and is very alcoholic.

[9] Made a visit to Toby Carvery - I was very unimpressed; by the time the food got back to our table it was all freezing cold!

[10] We were supposed to be going to a birthday barbecue for Tom today with his family (as we are off on our holidays on his actual birthday) but it has been rained off in favour of lunch out somewhere indoors!

Cheer up Tuesdays - Ayden

I am really excited for this evening's post, because I have something new to introduce to the blog! I wanted to start a regular feature, and a feature that would allow me to invite some of my favourite bloggers onto 'A Rosie Outlook'.  I also wanted to think of something that was in keeping with the rest of my blog.  So without further ado, I bring you....

As cheesy as it sounds, I like to think that I am a pretty positive person, and it was always my intention to use this blog for good things - having said that, I also think that Tuesdays are positively the worst day of the week (you're not the beginning of the week, you're not the middle, what are you trying to be Tuesday?) and we could all use a little happiness on a Tuesday.

With this in mind, every two weeks I will be featuring a favourite blogger of mine, talking about what makes them happy.  As Ayden from Little Blog of Horrors is not only my favourite little blogger, but always comes across as such a cheery, lovely person, I thought she would be ideal to be the first! So here she is...

1. For those readers that don’t already know you, tell us a little bit about yourself...

Hello :) My name is Ayden, I am 21 and I live in a lovely little town between Glasgow and Edinburgh, in Scotland. I have a blog called the Little Blog Of Horrors, which I started writing as a reflective exercise when I was at uni. When I discovered the awesome online community that existed via blogging, my blog started to morph into more of a personal diary and less uni related. Thus, the Little Blog Of Horrors was born! (I even have my own Audrey monster now)

2. Tell me five things that make you happy...

Drinking tea, eating cupcakes, pop punk music, my wonderful boyfriend, cuddles with my guinea pigs Oscar and Alfie. These are the 5 main components of my day when I really sit down and think about it haha :)

3. If ever you do feel down, what song or songs do you put on to cheer yourself up?

Without a doubt (as mentioned above) pop punk music is a sure winner to cheer me up when I am feeling down. My music taste hasn't changed much since I was 15, which sounds pretty cringeworthy but to be honest it just makes me so happy! The nostalgia certain bands and songs give me is a feeling I will never get sick of. Luckily my boyfriend shares the exact same taste in music as me, so dragging him along to gigs is never a problem :) A few of my favourite bands include Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Forever The Sickest Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Dashboard Confessional, The Get Up Kids, The Early November, Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, and City and Colour.

4. What’s your happiest memory? Or a memory you think of that always makes you smile?

I actually have 3 memories from the past year or so which when I think back to them, I know I was in the most happiest state of mind I've ever been in. No demons, no paranoia, no insecurities, no fears... just a genuine feeling of contentment. My 21st birthday, my graduation day and swimming in Lake Bled, Slovenia, during my month travelling europe last summer. I feel like I finally have the right people around me in my life to allow me to be the best person I can be. It took a while, but I got there eventually <3

5. Describe your perfect day.

A perfect day for me would be getting up early and heading over to the east coast for an early morning surf. Afternoon tea in a cafe by the beach (Cafe Irie in Cornwall is my most favourite place in the entire world, and my number one choice if I could be morphed from Edinburgh to Newquay in a jiffy) Assuming this morphing around the country could continue, I'd pop over to Carnaby street in London to find a nice outfit and some new makeup. I'd then jet back up to Glasgow for dinner with my girls at Sapporo Teppanyaki, followed by cocktails at Malmaison, and a night of dancing at the ABC. I'd have to top it off with a night in the awesome Citizen M hotel or even Blythswood Square if I was feeling REALLY extravagant. But yeah... that mega operation of whizzing around the country, and hopefully not running out of steam (or money, haha) sounds like a pretty awesome wee day to me.

6. One of the reasons I wanted to pick you for the first ‘Cheer up Tuesday’ is that you always come across on your blog as having such a positive attitude to life.  How do you maintain that?

Thank you Rosie, I really appreciate that you think that. I'm not saying that I don't - I defo do! But I have the same ups and downs in life as the next person. I guess I just try not to moan about something, or focus on a negative aspect/incident in life unless I actually intend to do something about it. I really don't understand people who would moan about their life, then then not actively want to go out and try to change it (as much as possible within their power) I feel like if you give out positive vibes and positive karma, you should get the same back to you. Whenever I have low days, or difficult situations or difficult people to face (being so young and working in the TV industry has also exposed me to my fair share of competitive, and sometimes back stabbing, people) then I try to think clearly about it before I respond to the situation. I have a couple of quotes tattooed around my body that remind me what's REALLY important in this life we have - and I guess keeping that sort of wisdom close helps me maintain positivity, and think back to a time when I have faced adversity and overcame it. Plus, speaking to likeminded, genuine, down to earth and honest people (like you, Rosie) helps to remind me that we are all in the same boat at some point in our life, and that amongst the madness we have all been through similar motions at some time or another. It keeps my feet on the ground and reassures me that we're only human :) "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"


So there we have it - the first cheer up Tuesday of many I hope! Massive thanks to the gorgeous Ayden for being my first little interviewee!

From coast to golden coast

Yesterday we went to Weymouth for a wedding reception - disappointingly I forgot to take a snap of the dress I wore to the reception but this is what I wore for our mooch by the seaside before we went.  I didn't wear the leather jacket in the end as it was so hot! The reception itself was lovely, it was in a little village hall with lots of bunting and cupcakes (two of my favourite things!) - the only downer of the evening being that I got the heel of one of my beautiful Aldo shoes stuck in a grate, and when I pulled it out it ripped all the material off the heel! Annoying!

Pensive Tom amidst the bunting
I have picked up a few bits for our holiday this week (I need to remind myself that I am only going for a week and 90% of the time I will be wearing a retro bikini).  Despite being hugely unimpressed with H&M's customer service (made an online order weeks ago that isn't coming before the holiday and half of it wasn't even in stock anyway!) I picked up these three bits instore on Friday.  I think the trousers will be really light and cool but I can't help feeling they are a bit MC Hammer-esque!  The second picture is a dress I bought from boohoo.com - I've never bought anything from them before but I love this pleated peter pan dress, it's so girly and feminine.