The Best Bits | January 2017

Hello again,

The first Best Bits post of this year is quite a simple one. Here are the three best things that happened this January…

Budapest

Me and Cem went to Budapest from the end of December into the beginning of January and had the best time. We split our time between walking for miles to see all the sights and unwinding in the spa. My favourite parts of the holiday were ice skating, walking up Gellert Hill and seeing the government building light up at night. If you were wondering what Cem’s favourite part was, it was probably the GIANT pizza that he ordered…

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Passengers

I’d wanted to see this film for a while and I’m so glad that we got to see it in the cinema. It’s essentially about two people being stranded on their own in a spaceship. That’s a really boring description but if I say anything else about it then the story will be spoiled. I’d highly recommend it anyway!

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Getting a job

I finally have a job! I haven’t had any paid work since the summer because I’ve been focusing on uni and finishing my 3 month social media internship. My internship didn’t quite end because I now have a proper job there and couldn’t be happier. I genuinely love being there so being paid for doing it is just a bonus.

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As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know what happened in January for you…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

12 ways to pamper yourself

Hello again,

Over the past couple of months I’ve felt a huge need to try and de-stress myself. Going to uni, having an internship and blogging mean that I’m always thinking about what I have to do next. Even when I’m trying to have a relaxed evening, I’m always thinking about the work I have to do. What I’m trying to say is that I’m starting to realise the importance of self-love and appreciation. For me, this means doing things that help me to unload all of my stress whenever I get the chance. Here are some of the things that I do…

Put a face mask on

My personal favourite is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty but I recently jumped on the charcoal mask bandwagon. Yes people, we’re now putting charcoal on our faces.

Paint your nails

For some this might be stressful, for others this might be therapeutical. Go for a nude so theres a smaller chance of you staining your bed sheets with polish and getting yourself worked up about it.

Eat all of the baked goods you can find

Am I the only one whose happiness is defined by pain au chocolats and giant chocolate cookies?

Binge Netflix

Have a movie marathon or start a new TV series. If you choose the latter, be sure to stay in bed until you’ve finished the first series. Don’t just stop after a few episodes. You’re not a quitter. Last week I rewatched the whole first season of Prison Break for no reason other than I was in the mood for it.

Buy yourself flowers

Don’t buy them because you’re a strong independent women. Just buy them because peonies are your favourite and they smell lovely.

Light some candles

I can’t relax without candles. This sounds a little dramatic and makes me look incredibly high maintenance but I just can’t. If I’m in my room then I’ve always got a candle burning. My personal favourite is Red Raspberry by Yankee Candle.

Cook (…or order) your favourite meal

I’m a big fan of home cooking but there are some foods that don’t taste as good if they’re not from a takeaway. I’ve heard from many pizzas enthusiasts that a Morrisons margarita is no Domino’s meat feast. Choose wisely with this one…

Give yourself time to do something you enjoy 

Sometimes you need to do something for you and only you, even if it’s not something that interests those around you. Make time for things that YOU love.

Buy brownies. Warm them up. Put Ben & Jerry’s on top.

A personal favourite of mine…

Get your hair done 

Put a stop to the home bleaching and allow yourself this treat. My favourite part of getting hair done is the little head massage you get when the hairdresser is shampooing your hair.

Have a Lush bath

I’m very jealous of anyone who gets to enjoy the luxury of going to Lush, choosing a bath bomb and reading a mag in the bath. I only have a shower for crying out loud. I miss bubbles!

Go to the cinema

I find that going to the cinema is basically the same as watching a film from the comfort of your own bed, but it feels a bit more special. I don’t really know how to describe it but going to the cinema feels a lot better than sitting home and watching something. Although it’s a little more expensive than Netflix, sometimes it’s worth it. Me and my boyfriend went to see Sausage Party recently and it was hilarious!

As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know some of the things you do to pamper yourself…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

The Best Bits | October 2016

Hello again,

After thinking about all of the good things that have happened in October, I wanted to summarise the highlights in a blog post. I might actually make this a monthly thing, where I list all of the ‘best bits’ from the whole month. I thought that it would be nice to read about all of the nice things I’ve done in a few years time. Anyway, this is what I got up to in October…

Getting an internship

After spending hours and hours looking at internships, jobs and work experience I’ve finally found an internship that suits me perfectly. I’ve just started a three month internship with Brain Füd, where (in basic terms) I’ll be managing their social media accounts and thinking of new ideas to better their profiles.

Southend

At the beginning of the month I went to Southend for a night and a day with my boyfriend. We walked the whole of that huge pier, tried and failed to win a Squirtle from one of those God awful grabby games and won a ridiculous amount of tickets in the amusements. We traded our tickets in for a Secret Life of Pets mug and Batman ball.

Beating Cem at crazy golf

Despite feeling poorly and having a terrible cold, I was the crazy golf champion when we went to Southend. Despite Cem being over-confident and telling me how badly he was going to beat me, I beat him on almost every hole. At one point, he actually lost his golf ball…

Losing to Cem at Topgolf

It turns out that I’m not as amazing at golf as I thought I was. For some reason, I thought that Topgolf would be just as easy as crazy golf. As soon as I picked up my club and looked at all the targets, I knew that I was going to lose this one.

The Girl on the Train

I’ve been waiting a good year for this film so finally getting to see it in the cinema was a long time coming. I couldn’t put the book down so I was excited and nervous to see if the film would live up to my expectations. It did!

My own domain

Another thing that was a long time coming was FINALLY buying my own domain name. In case you haven’t noticed, my blog’s had a little makeover. Instead of cour10eynoonan.wordpress.com, we’re now a more professional http://www.courteneynoonan.com. Yaaaaaay!

Sharing my blog with my family

Why do I feel like everything that’s happened this month has been a long time coming? I wish I’d shared my blog with my family ages ago but that’s just how things work out sometimes.

Going back to uni

Unlike a lot of people I was actually really ready to go back to uni. I had a nice long summer from May until October and worked two jobs in Cornwall. I loved being at home but I missed my uni routine. I’m sure I won’t be saying all this in a few weeks when my assignments start creeping up on me.

The Great British Bakeoff 

Although this sounds really bitter, I was absolutely heartbroken when Candice won. I was really rooting the Andrew and cried my eyes out when he lost. Maybe I was a little over-invested in this year’s series…

Going on the London Eye

I saved the best for last. Although I’ve been on the London Eye before, for some reason I had the urge to go on it over the weekend. Cem came with me and although he wasn’t certain that he really wanted to go on, he did and we had a lovely time. However, when we were taking pictures together it took me saying “can you act like you love me in the photo please?” for him to smile in the photos… He’s also terrified of heights so the first two minutes were hell for him. He felt a lot better when he realised that the pods don’t rock side to side like a ferris wheel…

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As always, thank you for reading!

Let me know some of the things that you loved about October…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Books To Read In 2016

Hello again,

In 2016 I’m planning on reading a lot more than I did in 2015. I’m hoping that making a specific list of books that I’ve been meaning to read will help me finally get round to reading to.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Actually, I just need to finish this book. I’m about three quarters of the way through and I love it – it’s probably one of the most interesting and surprising books I’ve ever read. I’ve been reading it for so long and actually intended to watch it before the film was even released. I didn’t get very far before watching the film. I know how the book ends so I suppose I should just get it over with.

The Shining by Stephen King

After reading Green Mile (one of the best books ever written. EVER) a couple of years ago I’ve been wanting to read more from Stephen King. I haven’t seen the film adaptation of The Shining so by the time I read it the story won’t be spoiled for me. I love a good thriller so this should be perfect for me.

1984 by George Orwell

It’s not secret that George Orwell is a brilliant author. However, I’ve never actually read one of his novels. This will change this year, I’m going to enlighten myself.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Where would a reading list been without a dramatic romance novel, courtesy of Nicholas Sparks? Nowhere, in case you were wondering. I’ve already read most of what Nicholas Sparks has written. I’m halfway through A Walk To Remember so I just need to get round to finishing it. It’s OK so far, not as good as the others I’ve read of Sparks’s. The film is far more heart wrenching. Don’t watch the film: it will ruin your life.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I really can’t wait to read this. I bought it ages ago but just haven’t bothered with it. I really should seeing as the film had me on edge all of the way through. I can’t imagine what the book will do to me.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

A couple of people have recommended this to me and after reading (most of) Gone Girl I really want to read more from Gillian Flynn – I think she’s a genius. I don’t even know what Dark Places is about; I just know that I’ll love it.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

From what I’ve read about it online, Atonement is a novel that is set in three time periods: 1935 England, wartime (World War II) England and France, and present-day England. I don’t usually opt for books about war but I have a feeling about this one. I’ve avoided watching the film because I don’t want to ruin the story for myself.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I’m pretty sure I bought this book before the film was released, but completely forgot to read it. I’ve already seen the film but I enjoyed it so much that I’ll probably love the book all the same. It’s about two people, two very complicated and damaged people, who find comfort in each other’s friendship. It’s really hard to describe books when A) you’re trying not to spoil them for people who may want to read them and B) you haven’t actually read the book yet.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

This is a book that is recommend by everyone. On every single ‘Books to read before you die’ list, this book will appear. I bought it a while ago so I may as well see what all of the fuss is about. According to Wikipedia: “The novel also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, loss, and connection.” Sounds like a crier to me.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I’ve read a few John Greens and, like most people, I absolutely loved them. They each have so many twists and surprises meaning that they’re quite engaging reads. However, I always seem to read them in a day or two. Perhaps John Green needs to start writing longer novels. According to my friend, Will Grayson, Will Grayson can be quite confusing and difficult to follow. Sounds like a challenge.

Thanks for reading!

This is just a list of the books that I know I definitely want to read; I’ll read a lot more books throughout the year.

If you have any book recommendations that I could add to my list then that would be very helpful.

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Anticipated Film Releases In 2016

Hello again,

I’ve been recently looking into which films are going to be released in 2016 and there’s a fair few that I’d like to see. Maybe making a list of them will motivate me to take advantage of the 2 for 1 cinema tickets I get from my car insurance…

The Girl On The Train

I read the book ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins and I absolutely loved it: I read it in about three sittings. It starts of with Rachel, who takes the same train journey everyday and notices the people living in a specific house that the train stops near. The book is written from the point of view of 3 different characters so it will be interesting to see how the film interprets this. Also, Emily Blunt is going to play the main character, all the more reason to go and see it.

The H8ful Eight

I want to watch this film because the trailer reminded me of Django, which is one of my favourite films of all time. From what I’ve read online, in the film, some time after the Civil War, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue head for the town of Red Rock, where Ruth plans to bring Daisy to justice. Quentin Tarantino recently revealed that The H8ful Eight started as an idea for a sequel to Django, which is also one of the films he has directed. If The H8ful Eight is as half as good as Django I will be very impressed.

Now You See Me 2

I went to the cinema to watch the first Now You See Me film and thought it was amazing. I usually hate films about magic but I found this one really interesting. Let’s hope that the second installment is as good as the first…

How To Be Single

From what I’ve read, the film follows Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David who are all learning to be single. I’m probably only excited about this film because the cast includes Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson. Two very good actresses, in my opinion. I watched the trailer with my friend and it looks hilarious.

The Choice

This film is based on the Nicholas Sparks book The Choice, which I thought was a really good read. From what I remember it made me cry loads, so perhaps I shouldn’t go to the cinema to watch this. It’s about Travis and Gabby, who meet when they become neighbours and start at relationships which is tested by life changing events.

The Boy

Finally, a horror movie! Horror is probably my favourite genre of film: they have more twists and surprises than dramas and comedies. The film is about an American nanny who takes a job looking after an English family’s boy, who is actually a life-sized doll. After breaking the strict rules of taking car of the ‘boy’, she begins to believe that the doll is really alive. Since watching the trailer a while ago I’ve really wanted to watch it.

Dirty Grandpa

In Dirty Grandpa, just before his wedding, an Zach Efron is tricked into driving his grandfather, Robert De Niro, to Florida for spring break. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks hilarious.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Who else is excited about this? I’m sure the entire female population is looking forward to the long-awaited final installment of the Bridget Jones adventure. However, I’ve read the book so I know that the film is only going to break my heart. I won’t tell you why so I don’t spoil the ending if you haven’t read the book.

Ride Along 2

Firstly, if you haven’t seen the first Ride Along film then you definitely need to. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are the best comedy combination. In the second film, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer. I’m definitely going to the cinema to watch it.

Thanks for reading!

What films are you looking forward to seeing in 2016?

Ways you can reach me:

  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Exploring London and The Intern Premiere – 27/09/2015

Hello again,

Since I don’t officially start university until this Tuesday, I’ve had a week to explore London and enjoy the sights. So far I’ve been getting to know the area I live in and have managed to go shopping A LOT.However, Monday was a bit more interesting this week…

Hyde Park Corner

I got off the tube at Hyde Park Corner because I originally decided that I was going to go to Speakers Corner; I’ve been told that the debates can be quite eye-opening and interesting. Unfortunately, nobody was there. After that, I decided that I’d walk past Buckingham Palace whilst I decided how I was going to do with my day.



Buckingham Palace

The beauty of the Palace never ceases to amaze me. Standing outside of the tall gates is actually slightly overwhelming, I imagine that’s what the hundreds of people stood around me are also thinking. It’s so grand and posh; I wish I lived there.



St James’ Park

After walking past Buckingham Palace, I decided to walk through St James’ Park, seeing as I’ve never actually bothered to before. What a lovely walk it was. There we so many ducks and elegant swans being fed by passers by and the sunshine allowed people to picnic and read on a blanket on the grass. Even though it was brimming with people it was a very peaceful place to be. From where I was walking I could see the London Eye peeking over a row of trees.

    

Trafalgar Square

When I’d finished my afternoon stroll I stopped for lunch in Trafalgar Square and decided to walk past the National Portrait Gallery. I do enjoy walking around the gallery but decided that it was probably best to make the most of the hot sun today. I love seeing all of the street performers that cluster on the Square; there was even a man dressed as Yoda. I made sure I put a few pennies on the Union Jack to support the artist that drew it.


 

Leicester Square

Since I was so close it felt silly not to wander through Leicester Square. I don’t really care for the shops they have there though, they’re a bit too upmarket and pricey for me. However, they did have a H&M. As I was passing through I noticed that some workers were setting up barriers in preparation for the European premiere of the film The Intern. I made a note to come back later if I had time in the hopes of meeting Anne Hathaway. One can dream.


Covent Garden

Covent Garden was extremely busy. People seemed awfully eager to get into the market and drink wine on the balcony. There was also a street performer that had grasped the attention of the majority of the people there. Interestingly, whilst passing, I found SEVENTEEN of the Shaun the Sheep sculptures all in the same place. How strange. I took a picture of every single one.


The River Thames

Seeing as I was in the mood for exploring, it seemed rude not to walk along the River Thames. With this thought, I climbed the stairs of the Waterloo Bridge and took a moment to gasp in the beauty of the whole scene: from the London Eye on my left to Westminster on my right. After that, I spent 20 minutes watching a street performer called Tom. He was incredibly talented and comical in equal measure. He managed to successfully juggle, on a seven foot unicycle, whilst blind-folded, WOW.


 

The Intern Premiere 

After a short break from walking I decided that I had enough time to walk back to Leicester Square to join the crowds bowing down to the red carpet of The Intern premiere. I stood there for around two hours; I was squashed. In the end it was all worth it as I managed to take a picture of the beautiful Anne Hathaway. Herself and Robert De Niro were very charming in their interviews. What an experience.


Thank you for reading!

I’m definitely thinking of writing more posts about what I get up to in London in the future.

Ways you can reach me:

  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
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Bye for now,

Courteney x