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Monday, 18 February 2019

January favourites 2019- Lifestyle Monday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

I know it's been long awaited but I thought it would be fitting to do today. For this post, I'm going to be showing you my January favourites 2019. There have been so many things that I loved last month and I thought I would share them with you today. Enjoy!

  • The first thing thing that I've been loving this past month is the Netflix series, Pretty Little Liars. I recently got Netflix and was struggling to find a good series to watch and my friends suggested PLL to me and I've been enjoying watching it ever since.
  • I've also been loving the book All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot which I've been talking a lot about on my book blog, The Book Hub, go check it out. I liked this book because it was light-hearted and funny but I will talk more about that on my review in my book blog tomorrow.
  • I've also been loving the Flatter lip balm and moisturiser from my Christmas gift box which I mentioned in my Christmas haul 2018. I've just been using it a lot lately and I found that they've been really doing the job.
  • Although I've just started it, I've also been enjoying the book, Becoming The Supervet by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. I like this book because it reveals a lot of interesting parts of Noel's life that made him the vet he was today which I thought was fascinating.
  • I've also been loving my autumn yellow jumper that I received at Christmas and mentioned in my Christmas haul. I've just been wearing it as a cosy,comfortable jumper after school and I really liked the look of it.
What were your January favourites? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

An inspirational dancer I wish to talk about, Misty Copeland- Dance Saturday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

There are so many amazing dancers out there but today I would like to talk about just one and I'm sure many of you have already heard of her. Misty Copeland. She was the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history. What's even more amazing was that she only started ballet at the age of 13. Despite her mother fighting legal custody issues over her, Copeland became an award-winning dancer and was working with other professional dancers. Whilst legal proceedings to do with her mother were dropped, Copeland moved home to study with a new teacher who was a former ABT member.

Copeland was born in Kansas City, Missouri but was raised in San Pedro community of Los Angeles, California. Her father, Doug Copeland, was of German and African American descent whilst her mother Sylvia DelaCerna is of Italian and African-American ancestry and was adopted by African American parents. She was the youngest of 4 children from her mother's second marriage. Growing up, Copeland didn't see much of her own father. Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro Dance Center. After 3 months study, Copeland was en Pointe.

Have you ever heard of Misty Copeland? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Photography tips that I learnt from Stella Pereira- Writing Wednesday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

On Sunday, one of my mum's friends came over to do a photography workshop with me and my sister. Her name is Stella Pereira and she is an amazing photographer. Her photos have a very particular style. Although they're incredibly high quality, they are very dark and moody. This was the first thing that Stella taught us, lighting can affect an entire picture. As I was experimenting with a couple of photos, Stella blocked out the light coming from our kitchen window with a cheese cloth or added a black background. I was surprised that it never actually changed the quality of the photo, it just added a "moodier" element to it as Stella explained. She also taught us what angle we should use for different types of cameras. For example, with our phones, we could take flat-lays which were taken from above or we could take photos of something tall in a vertical picture facing the object we're taking a photo of straight on. With the Canon proper photography camera we had, we could take photos from practically any angle. I was a bit frustrated at first with using the proper camera because it was my first time using it but I soon got to grips with it. We did find that we had to use the tripod quite a lot though because of the type of lens we had. It took photos very slowly and every time someone moved, the picture turned out blurry so we used the tripod to keep it stable. Stella also taught us a lot more things like authenticity and getting rid of any distractions in your photos. For example, if you want an older feel to your photos, you may not want to use plastic items. This will all help the audience portray your story from your photo because with a photo you have to tell a story without any words. Therefore, it wouldn't make sense to use plastic items in an old, rustic photo.

Here are some of the photos we took:












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What do you think of the photos? Do you like taking photos? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Monday, 11 February 2019

I read about Richard |||- Lifestyle Monday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

After reading this extract of Richard III 1483-1485, I found out some very interesting facts that I'd thought I'd share with you all today. Enjoy!


  • Richard was born in 1452, the youngest of the ten children of the Duke of York.
  • Richard's older brother Edward, gained victories a few years after the Wars of the Roses broke out, with the help of Warwick the Kingmaker, and installed himself as Edward IV.
  • Only 8 years old, Richard installed himself as henchman (apprentice knight) in the household of Warwick the Kingmaker.
  • At the age of 17, Richard commanded the troops who regained Carmarthen and Cardigan from rebels. 2 years later, when Warwick the Kingmaker rebelled against Edward IV, Richard remained loyal to the king.
  • Edward and Richard both won decisive victories in which Richard played a major part.
  • In 1483, during the king's last illness, Edward was to become heir to the thrown and Richard as Protector.
  • Although Richard swore an oath of fealty to Prince Edward, Richard and his ally the Duke of Buckingham continued to London where Richard started to take soundings about getting himself crowned.
  • Lord Hastings made a claim that Edward and Richard's parents marriage had been invalid, so his son's were unable to inherit the thrown. On the 25th of June 1483, an assembly of Lords and commoners proclaimed Richard as rightful king. This was the Act, Titulus Regius.
  • On 6 July 1483, Richard and his wife Anne were crowned in a magnificent ceremony.
  • However, throughout these events, no enthusiasm for Richard was detected. The Duke of Buckingham, who had put him on the throne, now conspired against it with the help of Henry Tudor.
  • However, Henry's fleet was scattered by a storm and Buckingham's forces also melted away under the impact of heavy rain.
  • Buckingham was executed under the rule of Richard.
  • After the death of Richard's son, Prince Edward and his wife Anne, horrible rumours floated around that he had poisoned her in order the marry his niece, Elizabeth of York. The king was alone.
  • In August 1485, Henry Tudor landed at Milford Haven with 2,000 French soldiers, who were joined by 3,000 men from Wales and Shropshire. He held talks with Lord Stanley, whose son was being held hostage by Richard.
  • Although Richard managed to gather 10,000 men, commander of the vanguard,the Duke of Norfolk, was killed, and his followers fled. This meant that Richard had less men on his side. The king, fighting with desperate bravery, was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field.
  • After Richard's corpse was stripped and flung naked over the back of a horse, he was taken to Leicester where he was buried.
  • Richard's bones were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester in September 2012.
  • Richard was required in Leicester Cathedral. More than half a millennium after his death, Richard had almost become popular.


What do you think about Richard III's story? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

How to stand out at an audition- Dance Saturday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

I've personally never been to an audition but after doing 7/8 years of dance, I know what is needed to stand out and succeed at one. One of the very first things I would recommend doing is to wear something bold. It doesn't have to be something too quirky but if you're doing an audition in hip-hop for example, you may want to wear a bright coloured top or a cool hat. So long as it doesn't affect your dancing! I would also 100% recommend standing at the front. The people who are judging you aren't going to go through all the effort to try and spot your talent at the back. Stand at the front and be confident. Before the audition, make sure you practice in class and in your own time so that you know exactly what you're doing in time for the audition. If you're nervous before you start, I would also recommend running on the spot. This would burn off any extra adrenaline and get you warm for your audition routine.

Have you got any more tips? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX,Juliette

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

My short story- You guys choose the title-Writing Wednesday

I can't say I particularly like babysitting. For a long time, I grew an extreme fear of children. Their spotty noses and constant need for attention makes them seem like little dependent critters,its almost horrifying! So much so, when I see a child, I scarce realise how I could have been so small. But, if I don't babysit, there's no money which as I'm sure we all know, is exactly what a teenager wants and needs in their life. So I babysit. I watch Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom on repeat or even Pepper Pig. I make the food, clean the bits of spit off the table, take a whole entire our to put two crying twins to bed and by the end of it, I get 20 pounds! Amazing. Not. And by the sounds of it, on this particular night, babysitting was about to get a whole lot worse. 

I turned up to Mrs Humphires front porch at 6pm and the usual crying children could be heard from outside. I hear it so often that I have absolutely no clue why I haven't gone deaf already. I walk in as usual and set my bag on the highest peg possible since last time I babysat this family, I found a snapped debit card at the bottom of my bag. After Mrs Humphire has fed the children, she put them to bed, and by 7pm, I was left guardian of the house.

I usually watched TV but at this point the house seemed almost too intriguing not to look around. After nearly smashing on old china bowl in a cabinet, I found an old dusty book which seemed to fit my fancy. Carelessly, I tore open the book and hundreds of tanned pages flew out in an ecstasy of excitement like birds on a rampage. There,in the pile of papers,lay a creepily old black and white photo of a girl around 2. Out of shear curiosity I looked on the back and the dates 1867-1869 read on the back along with the single sentence the sad murder of Emily Rose Humphire.

As soon as you know something, you can't unknow it. But unknowing what I just saw and read was exactly what I wanted to do. In a haste of distaste I piled the old pages together and untidily stuffed it back to the cabinet from where it was found. It could have just been an old book bought from a charity shop, but I didn't want to be seen snooping around looking back over someone's sad family history. So I just reverted back to the sofa and back to the TV and that was the end of that.

What is the title to this story? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Monday, 4 February 2019

A letter to my future self- #200th blog post special- Lifestyle Monday

Dear future self,

I hope you're looking back on life thinking, wow, she did amazing. I hope you're looking back thinking, she accomplished so much. I hope you're looking back thinking I'm so proud of what she has become. I wish and I wish that you're happy and more than satisfied with how far you've come. Though, I'd be lying if I said that I thought you didn't regret anything. So, take the time out and remember that your feet are still on the ground but you're forever reaching up at the stars and wishing to be a better version of you. I hope you remember that no matter how successful you are, you still remember where you came from and how hard you've worked to get to where you are. I hope I didn't fail too many tests or all my GCSEs! Haha. But no matter what happens, I dam right hope that I didn't give up. I dam right hope that I achieved my dream of becoming a dancer, blogger and someone who cares about the world. Otherwise, I ought to be dam right disappointed in myself. (*insert dramatic ending*) ;D

Keep on smashing it!

What are some of the things you would write to your future self? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Saturday, 2 February 2019

What i'm planning to do for dance during work experience- Dance Saturday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

Hope you're all having a great start to February. Quite recently, I went to a meeting at my school for work experience. In found it super helpful and I now know what I hope to do and how I'm hoping to do it. My choices are all to do with dance because that's what I want to try and pursue in the future. My first choice is to try and contact my current dance studio to see if I can teach a few lessons or even help out with teaching a few lessons. If I can't contact my current studio, I'm going to try and contact my old studio instead since I know they allow quite a few teenagers teach during lessons. My third choice is actually what my mum suggested which is to contact her friend Freddie because apparently, he works in the ticket office for the West End shows so he might have a few connections with people.

Are you doing work experience? What I you hoping to get into? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye, 

XOX, Juliette

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The worst presentation I've had to give!- Writing Wednesday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

Recently, in my business lesson, I was preparing a PowerPoint presentation on sex orientation discrimination. I can kind of understand why this has anything to do with business but I also kind of don't. If I'm completely honest, I've kind of been disappointed with the way this GCSE has been going so far so when I found out that I was going to do a presentation on this subject, things didn't get much better. What made things worse was that I had to work in a group with a bunch of people I didn't like. Not mentioning any names but we definitely did not work well at all with each other. Especially as one was pining for my help on the other side of the room throughout the whole entire lesson. Still, perhaps I have to get used to it since I'm probably going to have to deal with a lot of people I don't like in the future. In fact, I know I will. Still, it wasn't that bad, it turns out I wrote quite a good story on a man named Maxwell and his problems with discrimination on the grounds that he was gay. At least my teacher thought so, but I didn't really think it was that great. No hate on the Guardian, but I spotted at least 20 spelling mistakes in that article!

Life lesson: sometimes you're going to have to work with people you don't like. Sometimes you're also going to have to promote something you don't agree with or think has nothing to do with the subject you're learning about. Unfortunately, that's life, and you can't do anything about it but be positive and push through it.

Have you ever had to present something you weren't interested in? Did you have to work with people you didn't necessarily like? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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Monday, 28 January 2019

The woman who jumped the Berlin wall from the east side (History club)- Lifestyle Monday

Hello everybody and welcome back to another blog post,

On Friday, I went to this history club at school where you pick up an extract of any historical book on the topic you're learning about and find out more about the people who lived at the time. In history, we're currently learning about the Berlin wall and Germany's split after the defeat of Hitler and the Nazis in the Second World War. Consequently, the extract I picked up at lunch was about a 16 year old girl, who tried to scale the Berlin wall from the East side and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about it here on my blog today. This will hopefully happen on my blog every Monday but with a different extract. Enjoy!


Miriam Weber in Stasiland, by Anna Funder
Chapter 3 and beginning of 4
The story is told by her friend who heard about her story




Blurb:
Miriam was born in Leipzig in the DDR in 1952. In 1968, when she was 16, she and a friend wrote and distributed leaflets complaining about the way the police had broken up a protest about the closure of a church. As a result, she was arrested by the Stasi.

She was awaiting trial when she decided to travel to Berlin and escape to the West.

My review:
I was shocked by the shear determination and bravery of this young 16 year old girl. I'm 14 now, and I simply cannot imagine trying to do what Miriam had attempted, in 2 years time. At 16, Miriam took a 2 hour train from Leipzig to Berlin to visit the wall and perhaps seek out any rare or possible holes in the wall to climb on. She got close to the wall and surprisingly so, since the eastern guards were on close patrol but, unfortunately, there were no holes in the wall and it would be impossible to scale it anyway. 

She took the train back and as she did so, it took a while for her to realise that the pleasant view had changed since it was dark. Suddenly, she was passing a high wire mesh fence.  She thought West Berlin must be on the other side. Later, she looked up on the Bornholmer Bridge  street map; she had heard of it and thought it might have been one of those places where East and West Germany exchanged spies. Although West and East German train lines rarely divided, here in Bornholmer, the western train line still swoops down from northwest to southwest. She studied the land beside the wall and saw in front of it was a hectare or so of fenced-in garden plots with each of its own little sheds. Miriam climbed through and over the fences separating the gardens to get closer to the wall. She stole a ladder from a tool shed and put it against a hedge to have a look around. She explored with her eyes what was over the fence.

Later, she had tried to climb the wall, crawling on her front and crouching to not be seen by the eastern guards. She was caught by a German shepherd dog out on patrol, but the dog didn't bark and eventually walked away. I was stunned by her ability to hold her nerve. She stayed so still to ensure that the dog would not make any noise. She was so close to Western Germany that she decided to run the last bit to get to the other side. Unfortunately, she stepped on a tripwire and alarms sounded everywhere. She was taken back to prison.

She was taken back to Leipzig where a Stasi officer questioning her said that they contacted her parents and didn't want anything to do with her. However that was highly unlikely that that was true. I asked my dad about this and he said that they probably denounced their daughter to protect her, since visiting her would be more risky than not. I also thought that the Stasi officer did this to mentally degrade Miriam. However, Miriam was smart enough to know that that was not true. 

She was interrogated every 2 weeks by Fleischer, a Stasi officer. This was between the hours of 10pm and 4am. She was only aloud 2 hours of sleep before that. The rest of the time, an officer would look through a peephole into her cell and bang on the wall every time she nodded off. Eventually, Miriam made up a story about how she was part of a secret group who tried to smuggle her out of East Germany. She did not give a name, but they believed her and this earned her the right to sleep for an entire fortnight before they eventually caught onto her story. This just goes to show how difficult life in a prison in East Germany was. Some of the methods used on these prisoners were used on POWs in Vietnam, according to my dad.

In the start of chapter 4, Miriam recites to her friend on her time at Hoheneck, a women's prison. She was told to undress and take in her hands a blue and yellow striped uniform. She was led to a room with a deep tiled tub in it where they were going to perform the Baptism of Welcome. It was the only time she ever thought she was going to die, says Miriam. They held her under the water for a very long time and when they brought her up again they cursed and insulted her. I was shocked to read about such a young girl having to go through this. Her friend recalls her voice being scratchy as she talks about this, indicating that she was so traumatised by the events.

What do you think about Miriam's story? Does it indicate that life was better or worse after the Second World War? Let me know in the comments below and i'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,


XOX, Juliette


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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Dance diary entry #4- Dance Saturday

Dance diary 21/1/19 

Key themes: Jazz stretches and battements 

We started off the warm up with a small jog around the room to increase our heart rate and get us warm for the exercises ahead. After, we did our sequence of 4 skips and jumps which I went into more detail in my previous entries. Then we went on the floor and got into frog position. After, we got into pike position and leaned over. I really like this stretch because it really helps me stretch out my hamstrings. Then we went to second position (splits) and leaned over each side. We had to make sure that when we leaned over, we weren’t leaving any gaps on our opposite leg. This is because we wanted to really increase the stretch. I found this quite easy. Then we did battements lying on our back and on our fronts, which I went into more detail on my battements entry. However, I did find that when I was doing the battements, I was kicking slightly to the side instead of straight up. To finish the warm up, we sat back into a shoulder stretch.  

Strengths: 
I was able to stretch over in my middle splits without leaving any gaps on the opposite leg. 

Weaknesses: 
I was kicking slightly to the side instead of straight up in my battements. 

Targets for next lesson: 
I need to kick straight up instead of to the side when I'm doing the battements, to ensure that I'm doing the exercise correctly. 

What do you like most about dance? Let me know in the comments below and I'll be sure to reply to them. I ♡ hearing from you!

See you next time,

Bye,

XOX, Juliette

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