Tuesday, 3 May 2016

In A Nutshell: April

So I decided to write a little recap of my goings on throughout April and my most popular posts, to just make the whole thing a little more accessible.  This post idea is shamelessly stolen from Miss Jamie-Leigh so I hope she doesn't mind! 

Top Five Posts in April:



 This was a nice mix of jewellery, fashion and the cult favourite NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks.  I'm actually surprised that this one did so well, as I didn't think it was that exciting, although it does feature some of my better photography (I'm really bad).  I guess people just love a haul!


 I think this one did well mainly due to the major retweeting and Facebook sharing of the author.  I was asked to review the book and although my review wasn't 100% positive, it was still a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  My book reviews don't tend to do as well as my makeup and fashion posts, but I really enjoy writing them so they won't be stopping any time soon.


 I'm pretty sure that the reason my Makeup Haul did so well is because I used the magical word "MAC" when I tweeted about it and the fact that it featured the new Charlotte Olympia collection.

 No clue why this one did so well.  It wasn't doing brilliantly as I posted it at the beginning of the month when this blog was barely a week old, but after discovering Buffer I added it into my queue and the views rocketed.

 I think the Beauty Box posts will always do well because everyone is nosey and wants to know what's in them! Whether you're deciding whether or not to subscribe or just there for little reviews of all of the products they're quite good fun.  My Look Fantastic Box was next in views but didn't quite make the Top 5.

What I've been up to:



My boyfriend and I went to see A Midsummer Night's Dream in Blackpool earlier this month.  I wrote a post on it if you're interested in more detail, but it's safe to say that it was hilarious.  I'm a pretty big Shakespeare fan, so it may not surprise you that the next thing on this list is another Shakespeare play!

King Lear & Gaucho
 My boyfriend, his Mother and I all went to see a production of King Lear by the Talawa Theatre Company in Manchester's Royal Exchange TheatreI have a separate post on it going up tomorrow so keep an eye out if you're interested in thatThe play itself was soul-destroying; I cried, I laughed and I left in emotional turmoil.
To take the edge off all the turmoil, the three of us then went to Gaucho, which is an Argentinian restaurant specialising in more steaks than you can shake a stick at.  The empanadas I had to start stole the show for me though, as I am a huge empanada fan after eating approximately one million in Queenstown, New Zealand.  If you're a fellow meat lover, and someone else is paying, definitely check out Gaucho, which has restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. 
 
Learning Chinese 
 I decided that it was about time I learned a language that is actually useful.  I can read Babylonian, Sumerian, and Egyptian with varying degrees of fluency, and I can get by in France and Italy providing we don't start discussing nuclear physics, but I'm not fluent in any modern language other than English.  Spurred on by my slightly competitive nature and the fact that the boyfriend is teaching himself Japanese and is far too good at it, I have signed up for Chinese lessons with Manchester University.  I was fully prepared for Chinese to be difficult, but so far it's not so bad.  The characters are complex but no more so than Babylonian, and the grammar is a piece of cake in that there isn't really any.  The most difficult aspect is that Chinese is a tone language, meaning that in speech the same word can mean different things depending on how you alter the tone of your voice.  This isn't a problem with written Mandarin as they use different characters, but actually speaking and listening requires a good deal of concentration.  I have two lessons a week, each two hours long, and I'm learning a lot!  

If you enjoyed this let me know and I'll do another one at the end of May!
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  1. I admire your want to learn new languages! I tried learning German, but didn't keep up with it so I forgot everything. But you seem to already know so much!

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    1. I think you really do have to work at languages every day or else you forget most of them. The ancient languages I know are difficult in a lot of ways but there's no speaking/listening element to them which makes them a lot easier! I want to travel as much as possible and knowing how to speak the language makes that so much easier, but it's so difficult to actually master a lannguage. It's hard and I'm lazy, so we'll see how far I get!

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