A Few of My Favourite Things: Harry Potter, Hair routine and How-did-it-only-cost-that-much?!

I’m a few weeks into full time work, and it’s going so great 🙂 But it is always hard adjusting to a new routine. Waking up at 6.00, working 8 hours, back home and then sleep! That’s pretty much it!

But I have worked out that I DO have enough time to watch everything, and I mean everything! Big Brother, Hannibal, Wayward Pines, and yes, I am even Keeping up with the Kardashians!

Admittedly, I am finding it hard actually having to do stuff after work: socialising is haaaaard! But I’ve found time to go for dinner, see shows like The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and I’m even going to a school reunion tonight. Not sure my feet are going to thank me for it by the end of this week, but I’m keeping busy!

This week’s favourite things seen to revolve around buying stuff. But since I am full time now, I am enjoying having money…well maybe not having money so much as spending the
money that I have!

It’s Harry Freakin’ Potter

So it’s taken me a long time to accept, but here goes: I’m a Ravenclaw.

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I always thought I was a Gryffindor deep down inside. Like 14-17 year old me was like Gryffindor for life! But after taking those online ‘Which house are you in?’ quizzes and the Potter
More one, I always got Ravenclaw. Plus the chocolate frog card I got when I went to the Studio Tour…Rowena Ravenclaw herself.

And now I am proud to say that I am a Ravenclaw! I mean we’re wise, creative and witty! What could be better?

Following this realisation, I may or may not have bought some Ravenclaw pyjamas…okay. I totally did. And they’re awesome! They’re from Primark but I got them on eBay, and the bottoms are super comfy, despite the fact I normally don’t go for shorties.

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I’ve gone a bit crazy on the Harry Potter merchandise this year, and am tempted to get a Ravenclaw cover for my iPad. Or this Marauders’ one!

Hair Routine

A few weeks ago I did a piece on my make up regime, and it seems to go down well. So thought I’d do one on my hair routine too.

I’ve become a VO5 convert. And I kind of hate that I am!

I hate the adverts for it. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because the weird situations for hair gel to show how strong it is. Maybe it’s because the weird facial expressions they pull in the posters. Or maybe it because it’s because it would always be on before Hollyoaks. For whatever reason, I always loathed it.

…well, before I tried it. And I now swear by it!

My hair has always been odd: half fine, half still-managed-to-look-like-I’ve-been-dragged-through-a-hedge. And it’s been hard to find a shampoo/conditioner which actually tames it and makes it smooth. Until I found the best routine which worked for my hair.

I start off with VO5 Nourish My Shine Shampoo. It really leaves your hair feeling much silkier, softer and no more tangles. Once it’s all washed through, I follow up by applying a hair cream while my hair is still wet: VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Illuminator. This protects it from the heat while I hair dry it, and leaves it feeling soft with no fly aways! And if I need my hair to be even more tamed for work, I use the VO5 Strong Hold Hairspray, which is the best hairspray I’ve ever used. Because it actually works, and for hours!

Here are the products and how much they cost. Oh and, fyi, they’re all part of Boots 3 for 2 offer at the moment:

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VO5 Nourish My Shine Shampoo– £3.99

VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Illuminator– £4.99

VO5 Strong Hold Hairspray– £3.15

HOW DID IT ONLY COST THAT MUCH?!

Seriously, I am still not over how great a deal I’ve got for theatre tickets this week! In the last week, I have booked to see 3 different shows.

And it’s cost me less than £30.

For 3 sets of tickets.

Considering the average price of Stalls/Dress Circle is around the £30-40, getting 2 tickets let alone 3 for this price is AMAZING SAVINGS!

2 of the shows which I’m going to see are included in Under 25s schemes. Which I am getting the most out of, since I only have 2 more years of it! The other one, I got through a great deal on lastminute.com

In July, I’m seeing The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time at The Gielgud Theatre, which I have been wanting to see for ages! I read the book when I was a teenager and I loved it. So I was thrilled to hear it was becoming a play! And it’s done so well, not only in the West End but also across the pond, completely sweeping the Tony Awards!

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Me and 3 of my best friends are going, and the tickets were only £15 each on lastminute.com. Sure, they’re Restricted View but I’ve had worse and sometimes they’re not even that restricted. When we booked Book of Mormon through lastminute, it warned they were Restricted View, but you could see everything important and only the stage left wing was blocked.

Then later that month it’s High Society at The Old Vic with my friends from work. One of my work mates Alice loves Jamie Parker and has pretty much converted me to this cause! He is my Henry V…you know what I mean…like how people see Shakespeare characters and imagine one actor…like Iago is Kenneth Branagh, Hamlet is David Tennant, Richard II is Ben Whishaw, and Tom Hiddleston is Coriolanus…we all do that…right?!

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Anyway, 4 of us are going to see that and got our tickets for £12 each, thanks to the PwC Under 25s scheme! It’s got great reviews, a great cast, and great songs! So can’t wait!

And finally, I’ve just booked something else at The National Theatre after enjoying The Motherf**ker with the Hat so much. Three Days in the Country opens on the 21st of July and I’ve booked to see it during previews. I quite like watching stuff during previews: they’re still working things out, playing around with the text and movement, and if you relaly like it, it’s great to go to a show at the end of the run and compare the two performances.

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It’s starring John Simm, Mark Gatiss and Amanda Drew, so a stellar cast already! I’ve seen Gatiss before in productions at The Donmar Warehouse, including Coriolanus and The Vote broadcast. But I’ve never seen Simm or Drew live before, so looking forward to that.

Again, I got my tickets through the wonderful Entry Pass ticket scheme, and for only £5. If you’re under 25, love the theatre, and are not a member of this, what are you doing?! Sign up now!

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