Wednesday, 26 February 2014

What I Did Last Week #1

So I thought I'd show you some of the pictures I took last week of some of the things we did, it mostly relates to food! I've never done this kind of post before, so I apologise if it's a little all over the place!

My boyfriends cat Monty being a cutie, we just love dips, shopping on a rainy day (haul on the way), I swear their was cauliflower in this tea, pizza and quesadilas, me and the boyfriend at a gig (he was tired of me trying to take a selfie). 


I discovered this ornament I painted as a kid (it's really scary), found this bottle of brandy for £1650 (I bought 4 of course), Papermoons were amazing at a gig last week!

What did you guys get upto last week?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Sea Gods and Tridents

So finally in our little series about the planets we are talking about Neptune. The eighth planet in our solar system, and the furthest from the Sun. It is a gassy planet but is also classified as an Ice Giant (I'm voting for renaming it Loki), but this means that there is more water, ammonia and methane than in planets like Saturn! Neptune is named after the Roman god of the Sea, or Poseidon if you are from Greece! Although Galileo did see Neptune in 1612, it was not officially discovered as a planet in 1846.


Neptune is pretty massive and weights about 17 Earths. It is made of mostly gases, but has rocky core which is bigger than Earth! It is so far away from the Sun that most of the heat is generated by the planet itself, but the atmosphere has a temperature of almost 450 degrees Celsius (which is pretty darn hot!) so Neptune is generating a lot of heat!

This is an image taken by Voyager 2 in the 80s.

Neptune has a ring system (like Saturn), but it is really hard to see in visible light. They are mostly made of ice, but instead of Saturn's pure white rings, Neptune's is a reddish colour. They are also pretty unstable compared to Saturn's. Neptune has 14 moons, the largest of which is called Triton (who was the son of Poseidon) and is one of the largest moons in the solar system! We haven't really explored Neptune very much, but hopefully soon they'll launch a new satellite that can tell us more about this distant, mysterious planet!


What do you think about this lonely planet? Is there anything Astronomy you'd like me to cover? (I promise black holes are coming soon!)

Post Weekend Wants #2

So I've been about the shops this weekend and online a lot this weekend, and although I've done a wee bit of shopping I've noticed a fair amount of things I'd like. I've already made my bank balance shed some tears this year, so I might a little while until I buy these. But I thought I'd share them with you incase you you like some inspiration, or like me just love window shopping (or lusting).


So my boots are getting a little worn, and I think these boots from Topshop would be a great replacement for Spring. Practical and pretty! I've already featured the dress version of this on my last wish list, but I think this skirt is a really item that you could wear everyday, also this print is so adorable! You can't take the Astronomer out of the girl, I adore this necklace, I think it is so cute! I've seen this jumper in the flesh and it is stunning, a great on trend piece for Spring! And I do love a statement necklace, again I think this piece will be amazing for taking you into the next few seasons!

What are you guys lusting after?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ice Giants and the Sky

So to continue our little series about talking the planets in our Solar System, we are going to be talking about Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun. This is the only planet named after a Greek God (the rest are all Roman), and Uranus is the God of the Sky, who is the grandfather of the Olympian gods. It was discovered by Sir William Hershel in 1781, and although you can see it from Earth, but because it is so far away from the Sun and has such a slow orbit, it had never been recognised as a planet before. It was also the first planet discovered with the help of a telescope!

 

It is called a Gas Giant (the same as Jupiter and Saturn), due to the fact that it is not made of rocky material. It is made mostly of hydrogen and helium, but Uranus contains more icy materials including ammonia, water and methane. This extra icy material has ment that Uranus and Neptune are also sometimes called Ice Giants (if you're a Thor fan you'll know this isn't a good thing!). Uranus is pretty heavy, it weights almost 15 times more than Earth, and is on average around 2 billion miles (3 billion km) from the Sun.

 

Uranus is one of the coldest planets in the Solar System, and part of this is because it is so far away from the Sun, so it recives less light and heat, but also because Uranus rotates around a strange axis (totally different to any other planet in the Solar System).  One of the reasons that Astronomers think that Uranus has this weird axis is that early on when the planets were forming another planet collided with it and caused it to have this weird rotation. The average temperature of the planet is around -218 degrees Celsius.
 

It does have a ring system as well as 27 known moons, but these haven't really been explored very much!

Hope you guys are having a good Sunday! I'm stuck studying and waiting for the Musketeers to come on!
What do you think of this cold planet?

Saturday, 22 February 2014

I love your eyes the way, they look when you're uncomfortable.

So another first for me, thought I might try a little outfit shot from what I wore last night when we went to go see the Lego Movie (it was actually really really good), I'd recommend that film if you just like a good laugh (and Batman references).


  Beanie: Asos
Cardigan: New Look
T-shirt: Papermoons Band tee (from a gig)
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Topshop
Jewellery: Vintage

Yesterday was a fun day with Mexican food and getting my butt kicked playing Street Fighter. I've also had the song 'Mountain' by The Front Bottoms (hehe). But they are an awesome band from New Jersey!

Hope you guys have a great weekend! What are you doing with the best part of the week?

Friday, 21 February 2014

Topshop and Champagne

So last night me and some friends went to a Topshop event at the Blysthwood Hotel to see the new Spring/ Summer collection. So I took a few pictures of what we did and thought it might be quite interesting to show. It was a really good night, and great to see some pieces that I would never normally look at (some of these clothes might be in my wardrobe soon)!
Started the night at a Wetherspoons (who have the nicest china) and we had a wee glass of wine (or two..).


We then headed to the hotel and were greeted with some champagne and canopies, which were really lovely. The hotel was so beautiful inside, and I really want to go back and maybe have a cocktail there!


Then onto the clothes, the girls from Topshop outlined a couple of key trends for the Summer mostly pastels, the Boho look, the check and print and then monochrome. These are the pieces that I loved and also a picture of the model who looked stunning in a printed almost brocade style jumpsuit (if only I was taller).


This mint coloured jacket was one of my favourite things, it would look stunning on a chilly Spring day!


These shoes were stunning as well, these patent black heels would look great with anything, and I just love boots. So who could resist this gorgeous brown pair?!




Of course we posed for shots in this lovely red velvet booth! And my friend Katherine is showing of her space nails, I need to try this nail art!




Have you ever been to anything like this? What looks are you looking forward to this Summer?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

It Fell From Outer Space

So this is another first for me, I thought I'd do a bit of a post about one of my most favourite pieces of jewellery. It has the bonus of also being Astronomy themed so it kinda ties in.This is the necklace my lovely BF got my for my 21st last month. It is a piece of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite that fell in Russia in 1947.


It's an Iron meteorite that originated from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and could have been knocked out of it's orbit by colliding with another asteroid. The only difference between asteroids and a meteor, is that a meteor has passed into the Earth's orbit and is either burned up in the atmosphere or falls to the Earth then it becomes a meteorite. They are generally made of iron, silicates and rock.


Excuse the crappy model shot but I wanted to show you guys what it looked like on! It's quite a heavy and substatial piece and I do keep meaning to get a slightly sorter chain for it, but I just love how it looks on. It's really simple and subtle, but obviously the sentimental value for this is pretty massive! Plus it's not every day I get to wear a thing that was in space for a few billion years. The shop this is from is called Jurassic Jewellery, and they have some really lovely pieces!


What do you think of jewellery like this? Is it something you would try?

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Waxing and Waning

So today we're going to talk about our only friend in this vast Universe, the Moon. When we look up in the sky at night it is the brightest object we see, and is one of the earliest recorded observing! The Moon is just over 4.5 billion years old (which means it's just a little younger than Earth). There are a couple of different theories about how the Moon formed, but the leading one is that a planet the size of Mars collided with the Earth and the Moon formed from the dust and debris.


We see all different phases of the Moon, these are named the waxing, full and waning Moons. The Moon is reflecting light from the Sun which causes the Moon to be so bright! The Moon is in a thing called Synchronous Rotation with the Earth. Which basically means it rotates at about the same rate it orbits the Earth, this means that we only ever see the one side of the Moon which is why people talk about the dark side of the moon. We see these different phases of the Moon just because of where it is in it's orbit around the Earth (it takes roughly 28 days) and how much of the illuminated surface we can see.



The Moon is the only other celestial body in the Universe (apart from Earth) that mankind has ever set foot on. The Space Race in the 1960s which ended when America landed on the Moon in 1969 in Apollo 11. No one has set foot on the moon since 1972 but there has been lots of shuttles and satellites since then. These have even discovered the presence of water on our little brother!



What is your favourite phase of the moon? (mines is when it's full)

Monday, 17 February 2014

War Against Spots

So I've never done a beauty post on this blog before, but there is a first time for everything! In general my skin is normal to combination, and I only get a few spots. But all of my spots scar, even like a small white head will scar for months. So most of my war against spots is put into getting rid of these scars.





My products of  choice are the Effaclar Duo (+) and Rosehip Oil. I've been a lover of the Effaclar Duo for a while now but when my last tube was running out I decided to try the new + version of it. I've found it over very similar to it's older sibling, but this product clears my spots up like nothing I've ever tried! To try and clear my spot scars up, my friend Jillian suggested this Rosehip Oil,  she has never steered me wrong before so of course I ran down to Holland & Barrett to pick up a bottle. It is amazing, it's already taken down a lot of the redness and they take a lot less concealing than they did even a week ago! I'm going to use this a little more and then maybe post before and after pictures. The one tiny downside of this product is it makes my a little more prone to spots, but the way around this is to only use it where you need it! Both these products were around £15 so not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either!

Have you ever tried any of these? What are your miracle spot treatments?

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Baking Days; Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I had a bit of a quiet Saturday night in yesterday and decided instead of watching Splash (it's so bad, but I can't not watch it!), to bake instead. Now I'm really not a great baker, so this was maybe only the third time I had used this recipe that was mentioned in VivannaDoesMakeup's blog a couple of months ago. This is my take on it, mines maybe don't look the best, but they taste amazing!


So what you'll need is an egg, self raising flour, caster sugar, chocolate powder, butter and lots of chocolate (you can always eat the leftovers, I did..). 
First stick the butter (200g) in the microwave and let it soften a little (best bit of Summer is always having spreadable butter). Now adding the caster sugar (300g) and whisking/mix until it looks really creamy (like below).


After this add your egg and give it a wee stir, then add self raising flour (275g) and hot chocolate powder (75g) and mix until it is all combined (your not suppose to taste it due to the uncooked egg!).


 

Now for my favourite part, crack in as many bars of chocolate as you like, and maybe even add some Nutella. I wish I had added some dark chocolate to this as well! Then scoop some some small handfuls onto a tray lined with baking paper and put in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes (gas mark 6/200 degrees Celsius). If you don't have a conventive oven then make sure to move the trays around so they both get a turn on the topshelf.




This is what they looked like when they came out of the oven, they don't half expand! It does look a but of a mess, but these are honestly the gooiest cookies I've ever eaten.


Now I'm off to enjoy these with a wee cup of tea..
Do you have any recipes to share? What are your favourite cookies?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Myths and Rings

So for the past few days we have been talking about planets in our Solar System, next one up is Saturn (the Universe liked Saturn so much it put a ring on it.. *sigh* I'm sorry). It is the sixth planet from the Sun and is one of the most stunning planets to look at due to it's ring system (we'll get to that). It's pretty massive, being 95 times heavier than the Earth and is a gas giant, like Jupiter. It's made mostly of Hydrogen, Helium and crystal Ammonia (which gives Saturn it's orangey colour). The North pole of Saturn seems to have a cloud in the shape of a hexagon, which is the first time anything like this had been observed in the Universe.

In this picture Saturn is being backlight from the Sun.

Saturn has been observed from ancient times, but it's only been in the last few hundred years that we have realised that Saturn has had a ring system. The rings are mostly made of ice and rock, and consist of lots of tiny pieces which can range from tiny particles to massive boulders! They have often been described as Saturn's ears, and there are many different rings within the whole shape. These rings are probably gonna be a blog post on there on soon, but I think they are one of the prettiest sights in the solar system.


Saturn has many moons that are interesting and very different, but it also has the biggest moon in the solar system. The moon Titan is bigger than the planet Mercury, it is thought that Titan may once have been a separate planet that has been attracted to Saturn's gravity and ended up orbiting it. Titan is the only body in the solar system that we have observed a liquid on! We have observed liquid Methane (no one farted) on Titan and even seen Methane rain. Titan is one of the front runners of possible life in our galaxy!


What do you think of Saturn? Is there any Astronomy/Science things you want me to to talk about?

Beauty Wants

So I've been trying to avoid Space NK and the Debenhams beauty floors the past few weeks, but that doesn't mean I haven't been adding a few things to the wish list (I say a few..).


So we have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes, these just seem the perfect way to bring a natural flush to your cheeks. The Narcissist eyeshadow palette, 15 gorgeous colours that will take you from day to night or natural to smokey. The YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks, I'm not sure what this colour is but this would be a perfect Summer colour (come on Spring!). The consistency of these lipsticks are amazing, creamy but have a lasting power! Next we have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, sadly missed out on this palette but having swatched these so many times that they are the perfect way to set the make up without being matte! And lastly Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder I hope will one day give me the cheek bones I should have been born with!

What are you guys hoping to put in your shopping baskets this weekend?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Kings and Thunder

So today we are going to be talking about Jupiter, it's the fifth planet from the Sun and the first gas giant that we have spoke about in this series! Named after the Roman King of the Gods, or the Greek ruler of Olympus, Zeus. After Venus it is the brightest planet in the night sky, and can often be seen on a clear night (and if you look through a telescope you can even see some of it's moons). Jupiter has many moons, with around 65 being the last count. But there are four of these that are kinda famous, they are called the Galilean moons of Jupiter as they were first observed by Galileo. These moons are called Europa, Callisto, Ganymeade and Io, and these moons are named after famous lovers of Zeus! 

In this picture you can see two of the moons, Io and Europa.

Jupiter is a gas giant, compared to the rocky planets like Earth or Mars. This means it is mostly made of Hydrogen and Helium (a little like the Sun), it is the biggest planet in the solar system and weights more than 300 times that of the Earth. Jupiter may have a small rocky core at it's centre but we don't really know yet whether this still exists (it was almost certainly there when the planet began).

 Jupiter has many bands of different colours and you can see the Great Retd spot in this picture.

These different bands of colour that we see on Jupiter can move at different speeds (there is a wee video of it here). The Great Red spot is actually a storm on Jupiter that was first observed in 1665, nobody knows how long it has been raging for, but recently scientists think it may be a permanent feature (and I think Scottish weather is bad..). Jupiter has such a massive influence on the solar system, with it's gravity being the strongest apart from the Sun's. We think it helps protect the inner solar system as it attracts many of the comets and meteors that may have hit us!


Saturn's Rings systems are the famous, but Jupiter also has a ring around it (as shown it above), but we'll talk about these tomorrow!

What do you thing of the King of the Planets?

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Seeing Red

Fourth planet from the Sun and named after the Roman god of War. Next in our series of planets we are going to talk about Mars (I promise Earth will be here as well). It is the last of the four terrestrial planets in the Solar System, again these are the rocky ones instead of the gassy ones. Mars is a lot smaller than Earth only having about a 1/10th of the mass (if you imagine all the dry area on the Earth, that is how big the surface of Mars is). The red colour of Mars is caused by Iron being oxidised, you know how metal left outside can rust? This is pretty much what happened to Mars!


Mars doesn't have a very strong magnetic field, which suggests that the core of the planet has stop being as active. It also means that some of the atmosphere of the planet has been stripped away! Mars has the biggest known volcano in the solar system called Olympus Mons (it is almost two and a half times bigger than Mount Everst!). It is one of the only bodies in the solar system that we have observed water on! In all these pictures you can see that Mars has a North Pole like we have here on Earth. Recently we have found evidence to show that there was probably once rivers and seas on Mars, does this mean in the past if could possibly have had life on it?!


 Mars is one of the most heavily explored planets in the Solar System with over the Curiosity Rover being the most recent one launched. It landed on the Gale Crater of Mars on the 6th of August, and has a whole host of instruments on board to help it explore. It was safely landed on Mars using a sky crane (yeah, sky crane, how cool is that?!), Curiosity was suppose to run for only 2 years but due to the success of it, it has been extended indefinitely!  

Curiosity taking a selfie on Mars..



Mars is a pretty big topic to cover in just one post, so I will definetly come back to it. This is just a bit of an intro to it!
What do you think? Coolest selfie ever?
 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Love and Sisters

So next in our series of talking about every planet is Venus, second planet closest to the Sun and the Goddess of Love.. It is also the closest planet to us here on Earth (I always thought it was Mars for some reason). Venus goes round the Sun once every 226 days, and is the only planet named after a woman! She is pretty hot, her average temperature is around 450 degrees Celsius (again, not gonna be my pick for a space holiday, sorry dear). This makes Venus the hottest planet in the Solar System, due to the Greenhouse Effect.



It is a terrestrial planet, which means it is a rocky planet. It is often called Earth's sister as they are similar structure and weight! But it has a different atmosphere than the Earth's, it has a Carbon Dixode heavy atmosphere (almost 95%). When we look at Venus we actually only see the atmosphere and clouds, it is very difficult to see the surface of Venus. We think there maybe active volcanos on the surface on Venus, as we don't see many impact craters from meteorites which means that the surface is relatively new (around 100 million years, I only use 'new' lightly).


There may have once been oceans and seas on Venus, but due to the temperature rise from the Greenhouse effect it has evaporated! Venus is one of the brightest objects in the night sky, and can be seen in the middle of a clear day but is often seen at Morning or Evenings (it is often  mistaken as a UFO, poor Venus).

An artists impression of lightning on Venus.

Have you ever seen Venus in the night sky? Is there anything you'd like to see my talk about?