Miss Americana

hello everyone!

What’ve you been up to?

Anyone who knows me knows that I realllllllly love Taylor Swift and her music and I have loved her since I was about 7 years old. If anyone I know is reading this…hi. It’s actually come to the point where people get super annoyed because I force them to listen to her songs and watch her documentary. Which is exactly what I’m writing this post about!

Last Friday (the 31st) Netflix released a documentary about Taylor Swift called ‘Miss Americana’ and it’s basically an inside look on her life and what really happens/happened to her. It’s also about her starting to take a more political stand and not just using her (amazing) voice to sing (amazing songs).

*My opinion is probably extremely biased but if you don’t believe me you should just watch the documentary and tell me what you think 🙂 *

She spoke a lot about her image, both the way she physically looks and the way other people tend to see her. It gives a very personal look into some great things that happened and also a lot of the disappointments and challenges that she had to face throughout her career. Taylor gets really vulnerable about what’s actually happening in her personal life and also what is going on in her family and it’s amazing because you wouldn’t expect there to be so many things for her to be worried about but of course there are. It’s interesting how everyone called her a serial dater but at one point she asks, “Shouldn’t I have someone I could call right now?” There was also information about both of the Kanye West incidents and what she felt about them and how the internet caused her to disappear for a year or two.

The next part sees her finding someone she really loves who has a more grounded life that is so different to hers. There’s lots of insight into the songwriting and recording process of a couple songs on Lover and some of reputation like Getaway Car, I Did Something Bad, Delicate, ME!, The Man, and her newest single only the young.

The final (kinda) part of the documentary is more about Taylor breaking her political silence and speaking out about what she really believes in and it’s all amazing.

The movie is really so inspiring and eye-opening and I hope you do go watch it!

Below are some of the moments that I just wanted to include so yeah please look at them:

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Love, Hreem xx

My Year in 13 Pictures

HAPPY NEW YEAAARRR!!!

I know it’s already been 2020 for like 10 days but the last time you read a post from me was last year so yeah.

I enjoyed 2019 although there were a lot of ups and downs. I got to do a lot of traveling, try new things, meet new people and continue doing and improving things I aready love to do.

For this post I am going to share one picture from each month of 2019 (two for August) and a little caption if I have something to explain so I hope you enjoy it!

JANUARY💛 – a lot of people were giving us weird looks so I’m proud of us for getting as many pictures as we did.
FEBRUARY💛- Camila Cabelloooooo! I’ve already fangirled over her for like two posts before but she’s great so *deal with it* 🙂
MARCH💛- It was spirit week and we had to dress alike. The bathroom wasn’t the best place to take the picture but oh well
APRIL💛- sorry but I don’t even have any kind of explanation for this, it’s completely random.
MAY💛- A very pretty sunset in England 😊
JUNE💛- Let’s not talk about my weird facial expressions. That was a fun day though!
JULY💛- This says “I am your biggest fan” and it makes no sense but I have barely any pictures from July so let’s pretend this is really cool.
SEPTEMBER💛- This is a picture from art class which may not be extrememly interesting but the only other option was a picture of old mushrooms (also from art) so I think this was a clear winner.
OCTOBER💛- The ‘after’ of Halloween feat. Maia. We probably had a sugar rush right about then.
NOVEMBER💛- A picture from the Dua Lipa concert that I forgot to include in the post.
DECEMBER💛- This looks like a summery picture and is totally unrelated to December but I like this picture a lot.

ALSO, I don’t have any good pictures of this to include but I got my braces offff!!! I’ll point it out in a future post and good luck to anyone who has braces on right now, it’s very worth it.

Thank you so much for reading (probably just skimming through the pics but that still counts) and comment some of the best things that happened to you this year!

Love, Hreem xx

P.S. Who else is excited about Selena’s new album? I’ve heard a few songs already and I really like them.

Dua Lipa Concert!

hey everyone!

On November 15th (I am aware that was like two weeks ago but we’re not gonna talk about that) Dua Lipa performed in Dubai.

I originally wasn’t planning to go because I hadn’t heard all of her songs but then my friend invited me and some other people to the concert for her birthday so of course I couldn’t say no lol. For like 2-3 weeks I listened to Dua’s songs and learnt the lyrics and I’ll tell you which of her songs are my favourite at the end and also talk about the concert 🙂

I only have a handful of pics and videos  ( but I can’t attach videos 😔 )because I wanted to dance and jump around so here are the few I could fit into this post.

This picture is my favourite 💖

Birthday girl is in the middle 🎂

Okay, so Dua’s performance was around one-and-a-half hours I’m going to say and she was exactly on time. I’m late to everything in life so to me that’s an achievement.

She performed her songs flawlessly and danced around the stage the whole time. I’m surprised she could sing so amazing while she’s dancing and taking laps of the stage, my friends and I were exhausted and we barely did anything. Alsoo Dua performed her newest song ‘Don’t Start Now’ for the first time in concert which was pretty amazing and a great song to scream at the top of your lungs. (go listen to it if you haven’t already)

Overall her performance was amazing and obviously she ended with New Rules. She just didn’t sing ‘No Goodbyes’ ‘Room For 2’ and I’m pretty sure some other songs that I was really looking forward to.  These are my top 3 Dua Lipa songs if anyone was wondering:

  1. Last Dance (so underrated)
  2. Dreams
  3. Genesis

In no particular order *cough cough*

Comment what your favourite Dua Lipa songs are!!

xx

The Art of Procrastination

P.S. Sorry about the super-duper long wait; my computer crashed and I had to give it in to get it repaired so I couldn’t write! (if I write it from my iPad the format is terrible)

Raise your hand if you are a certified procrastinator

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Admit it, if you’re reading my blog you are probably only reading it to get away from something else you really don’t want to do. So, welcome to the Procrastinators Club! Collect your nametag at the front desk, thank you 🙂

Our end-of-year exams are coming in approximately two weeks (!!!) so I am kind of already drowning in all the revision and I probably shouldn’t be doing much writing because of that so consider this the last post you see until around June 14! I sound very excited but trust me I am NOT. I am dreading these exams, they were literally the worst things last year.

Anyways, because of this, our teachers were telling us about how to manage our studying time well and how to not procrastinate.

It’s only when you’re doing homework or revising that you realise you just have to do a Buzzfeed quiz to see if you can identify the celebrity by their foreheads (seriously why do they even have these kinds of quizzes?) I mean sure I would want my math homework to be done – in the past tense. I don’t actually want to do the homework.

Here are some top tips that have helped a master procrastinator like me:

  • study for 30 mins and then take a 10 min break in between. After you’ve studied for 30 mins twice, take a longer break that is about 15-20 minutes long. It’s a teeny bit confusing but it makes sense.
  • when you’re taking a break don’t do anything that gives you new information (such as checking the news, social media, watching tv shows) instead do something else like practice playing an instrument, do your nails, write in a journal.
  • do your work in a place where other people can see what you’re doing and can warn you when you’re going off task.
  • reward yourself for staying on task by getting something delicious to eat such as ice cream, or something healthy if you want to be healthy.

That’s not a lot but it’s all I have time for sorryyyyyy!

You’ll get much more interesting posts in the summer break so stay tuned for that ❤

xo Hreem

related: exams over! and how to survive them when they return

Homemade Eggless Gnocchi

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I haven’t done a recipe post in a while and I recently came across this one which is reaaallly fab so I thought why not share it with you guys?

I really love food and cooking and pasta (and I’m a vegetarian btw), so this recipe is perfect for amateur cooks like me who like to make food. Another thing, many people assume that if gnocchi doesn’t have egg it tastes extremely weird but some of my friends have tasted it and according to them it tastes the same. and you don’t mess with the experts.

Serves: 4 | Time to make: 30 mins | Difficulty: simple-dimple

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • water

How To Make It:

  1. Firstly, boil the potatoes (in boiling water, duh) until they are soft enough to mash and grate.
  2. Then wait until they are a little less hot and peel off the skin.
  3. Little by little, start adding in some flour and mix it until it is fully incorporated into the potatoes. Here’s the thing: I have no clue how much flour to add! This is becasue it depends on how soft you like your gnocchi. Basically, keep adding flour until it isn’t as sticky as before (but it will still be a bit sticky, don’t overdo the flour).
  4. So then, sprinkle flour onto the counter where you will shape the gnocchi pieces. Take a chunk of dough and roll it into a long strand as thick as you’d like. Cut the strand into little pieces.
  5. Put a pot of water on the stove and let it boil. When it starts to bubble, drop one or two pieces of the gnocchi as a test run. When the pieces float to the top you can remove them. Now taste to see if you need to add more of anything and then do the rest of the batch!
  6. Finally, make the sauce of your choice (arabbiata, alfredo, pesto, whatever) and mix it in with the gnocchi. Then eat and enjoy!

P.S. If you have extra gnocchi left over just store it in the fridge 😉

Hope you try this recipe out; if you do, make sure to comment and tell me how it went!

What was your worst cooking disaster?

XO Hreem

 

Girl Power Playlist

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

I remember writing this same post last year super last minute because I realised I hadn’t written any posts (classic Hreem)

I don’t want to write about the same things I wrote last year which was some of the women that inspire me, and I was TRyInG to think of something kinda original. So I came up with something that includes one of my interests and is just useful to some people (I guess…?!) So I present to you a girl power playlist!

These are a bunch of songs that (I think) are kinda girl power-y. Use this at sleepovers for the crazy (but trying to be quiet) 2 am dance partyyy.

♥️ Girl Power Playlist ♥️

    • BO$$ by Fifth Harmony
    • Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé
    • Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez (I ain’t your mama NoOoOooOOOO)
    • Who Do You Think You Are by the Spice Girls
    • Power by Little Mix
    • That’s My Girl by Fifth Harmony (yes, another one)
    • Who Says by Selena Gomez
    • Girl Power by the Cheetah Girls (hehe)
    • Salute by Little Mix (what can I say, girl groups really spread the message)

 

sooooo that should keep you occupied for about 25 minutes I think. I know I’ve missed a ton of the best ones but if you make a playlist like this, add them. Or just tell me the ones I forgot down below.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing these girl groups are? I have like *goes back to count* 6/9 of these songs are by groups. Cool.

Make sure to comment some of your fave girl power songs!!

‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Review | Book Club

Heyyy everyone!

The last time I did a book review was like, last year. And I really wanted to do another one but I didn’t find any new reads that I felt like sharing with you guys.

So as all of you probably know, near the end of 2018 a movie called ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ released on Netflix. It’s based on the book by Jenny Han. Almost everyone went crazy over the movie and I honestly quite liked it but I think it was super overhyped and that set the expectations pretty high for me.

This book is quite related to Valentine’s Day, which is today, sooooo that’s pretty cool!

SPOILER ALERT : There will be spoilers in this review so if you don’t want to know all the details just skip to the last paragraph.

In my opinion the book is much better than the movie but I really like to read anyway so that might just be me. The book is about a shy teenage girl named Lara-Jean who has one older and younger sister and no mom. Everytime she gets over a crush she writes a letter pouring out her feelings and addresses them to each of the five boys.

Suddenly one day the letters are sent to each of the 5 boys and all her feelings are exposed. Even though they were sent to five guys (lol, like the restaurant), two of them were more important; Josh (her older sister’s boyfriend) and Peter (the most popular boy in school).

Then she starts fake dating Peter because he wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, and to make Josh jealous. Then a few events happen and they start to realise they actually like eachother for real and find out who sent the letters…

I think this book is very intriguing and has a great plot/storyline. It is very different to any book I’ve ever read. I love that it isn’t just focused on one thing (romance) it also has elements of friendship and family, as her little sister Kitty brings a lot of humour. The only thing I don’t like is that it sometimes has a few plot holes, like, why would you address the letters if you never meant to send them? But overall I definitely reccommend this book.

My Rating: 9.5/10

Have you watched the movie and/or the book? Thoughts?

Trip to Gstaad

Me in the snowww

Hey everyone!

This post is long overdue but I forgot that I had already written it and I didn’t post it!

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know that I like to travel a lot and last year I really got to explore the world more than I used to and that is amazing. So, on the 17th of December (ages ago) me and my family left to Switzerland and took a few trains which took altogether 3 HOURS! But I had a new book to read so it was all good 👍🏼 The view on the train was beautiful and when we got there there was a fair amount of snow; not too much but just enough.

On the second day (I think) we went skiing and it really started to snow a lot and the whole town looked be-YOO-tiful. But of course every day after that there was rain so it just washed away all the snow and it was gross and muddy and EURGHK.

View from Glacier 3000
View from Glacier 3000

One of the highlights was going up a mountain called Glacier 3000 which had the softest, most powdery snow I’ve ever touched ❄️ Except it was really, really, really cold and my toes actually went numb. Having hot chocolate after that was amazing.

On the second-last day I got to meet my bestie, Noelle who some of you may have read about in my first few posts. All we really did was walk around the town and chat but the weather was nice and beautiful (except for the tiny bit of drizzle which turned into a lot of rain).

On the last day (the 24th!) we had a bit of time before our flight so my family decided to walk around Geneva and do a bit of shopping since there weren’t many shops in Gstaad. I got a nice, pinkish-purple, knitted top which is sooo pretty. You might see it in a future blog post 😉 After that, we had to go back to the airport and go back home.

What place in the world do you really want to visit?

XO Hreem

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Hello 2019!

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happy new year!

I know I know I know I haven’t posted since LAST YEAR.

Sorry wait.

I haven’t posted sunce November because I needed to take a break as I wasn’t getting any inspiration at all and I didn’t want to write some boring old post that noone would enjoy reading. But lemme just say I’m baaaaack 🙂

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while will remember (or not) that last year I wrote a post about my new year’s resolutions and how I was gonna stick to them. Needless to say, they were pretty much a fail. I wanted to: write a blog post every week (pretty much stuck to that one…kinda), do homework the same day or the day after I get it (only did that for the first two months), and take my dog for a walk twice a week. Now, that one was kinda just impossible because I underestimated the amount of homework I was gonna get.

For 2019 I decided that I didn’t want to make resolutions, I just wanted goals. Like things I could achieve by the end of the year. Things like:

  • learning the splits (I used to be able to do them but now I can’t)
  • stick with my bullet journal
  • do more exercise
  • eat less sugar

Looking back, a few of them are kinda like resolutions but WHATEVER.

I read the post and I thought 2018 would be better than 2017, ha, that didn’t happen. Honestly, 2018 really wasn’t the best year as a whole but there were some great parts. I got to do so much more traveling which was exciting, and had some great times with friends.

Did you stick to your resolutions from 2018? What are your goals for 2019?