2016/12/06

Christmas Traditions



Hello and welcome to my second post of this year's Blogmas!

I actually intended to post this yesterday but I got ill last week and I wasn't able to prepare anything over the weekend! Boo! I hope I'll be able to keep up anyway.

Today, I want to introduce some of my/my families Christmas traditions and things we do every year during Christmas time. Some of them might be German traditions, some of them are just things my family does. But all of them make Christmas time a little more fun for me and my family an we're all looking forward to it every year. 

Christmas Movies

Well, I guess it's pretty obvious that I absolutely love Christmas movies but my parents actually don't. At least not the cheesy lovey-dovey ones. So it's always some kind of a fight about what we're watching or what we're not watching. But there are two films that we watch every year and it's not really Christmas when we haven't watched these. One of them is Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980). I think it's kind of a Christmas classic in Germany and it's probably hyped a lot more than in the UK haha. So, it's a must for us to watch it! The other one is Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel (Three Nuts/Wishes for Cinderella) and this is such a beautiful film. It's a fairy-tale and I just love it so much. It is quite old already but the music, the setting, everything is just perfect. If you've never seen it before, I strongly recommend watching it! (At least if you like fairy-tales)

Christmas Tree

A lot of people put up their Christmas trees early in December so they can look at its beauty all December long and get into the right mood. We don't do that. We don't put up our tree until the 23rd, sometimes not even until the 24th haha. This is pretty random but I have to admit that I'm proper jealous of all the people that can celebrate their Christmas spirit all through December because of their beautiful tree. We haven't even bought a tree yet haha. Can't wait to get one though! 

Christmas Eve

This one is also kinda random, but here in Germany it's tradition to celebrate and to open the presents on Christmas Eve. There's usually a great dinner (loooots of good food) and then we're on to opening presents. Yay! Writing about it makes me want to have that dinner now /cries. Afterwards we usually watch a movie together.

(Winter) Sports

I said I'm also talking about traditions during Christmas time not only on Christmas Eve/Day. And this is definitely one of them. Me and my family, we love to watch sports, especially winter sports like Biathlon or Ski Jumping. But we also watch the World Darts Championship every year. I don't know why and how but it became a tradition in my family and we watch it every evening when it's on haha. Next week it finally starts! Yaaay! 


What are your or your familie's traditions? Let me know! 

xx


Conney

2016/12/01

Blogmas Introduction: Six Reasons I love Christmas Time

Blogmas Christmas time

Hello and Welcome to Blogmas!

I've tried to take part in this for the last two years and failed but I want to try again this year anyway! So here I am with my first post!
I am not going to post every day because that would be an impossible for me to achieve. Instead I'll try to write three posts a week which are all concerned with various Christmas-y topics. Yay!

I absolutely love Christmas time and I am so happy December is finally here! (Well, not really "finally" more like wtf how is it already December???) And thus, today I will tell you why I love it that much.


  • It's SO pretty outside! There are beautiful lights everywhere, sometimes there's even snow and generally everything looks cuter around Christmas. 

  • It's the time of hot beverages! I mean, I drink cocoa, coffee and tea all year but it feels kinda special in December and no one thinks you're ill or a weirdo when you bring a hot beverage somewhere

  • It's also kinda the time of crafting, baking and DIYs. Self-made decoration is so cool and fun to make and think of all the cute knit and crochet things you can make and wear when it's cold! And the cookies you can eat after baking them!!! This time of the year really boosts my creativity.

  • Christmas movies and songs! I'm literally waiting all year long till it's socially acceptable to listen to Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies haha

  • I hate the cold but I also like the cold. I mean, I could never imagine to be e.g. in Australia at Christmas and it's like 40°C outside. That just doesn't fit into my worldview. And when it's cold but the weather is still nice (sunny, etc.) the cold isn't even that bad. 

  • Christmas time is the time of love and family. The time of giving. I really love this thought, even though I'm not a big 'family person'. It's just nice to know that people are spreading love and joy.

Do you love Christmas time as much as I do? I'd love to know why!

xx

Conney

2016/11/29

Make Up Favourites: November

Make Up Favourites


Hello everyone!

In my everyday life, I usually don't wear make up because in the morning I sleep/stay in bed as long as possible and then there's only time left to get dressed and rush to uni haha. Nevertheless, I absolutely love make up and it's so much fun for me to put it on! So this post is dedicated to my current favourites that I use literally every time I'm wearing make up.

Nivea After Shave Balm

This one's probably the weirdest and people who are not into make up might wonder why a woman who doesn't shave her face is using such a thing. The answer is pretty simple: It's cheap and it's such an amazing primer!!! When you put it on it smells very 'masculine' but the smell vanishes after some time and then you have the perfect base to apply your foundation. It lasts so much longer than without a primer and it's definitely cheaper than high-end or even drugstore primers. Therefore, this is definitely one of my favourites this month.

L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint

I am using this in the colour 120 Pure Ivory and this is my favourite foundation currently. Unfortunately it's almost empty and L'Oréal has discontinued this foundation which makes me angry and sad at the same time. Damn you L'Oréal!!! This foundation is said to be a dupe of the Armani Maestro foundation and therefore it was definitely more than worth its money. It is very light coverage and it also feels very light on the skin, it's perfect for every day make up. (I heard the Maybelline Dream Wonder foundation was very similar to the Eau de Teint but it's also been discontinued. Why are they doing that to me???)

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this palette at the beginning of this year and it has been my favourite palette ever since. The colours are perfect, there is so much variety and you can create so many different looks. I'm a big fan of Gwen Stefani so this is obviously is also a plus haha. 

Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eye

This mascara is just amazing! It took me some time to get used to it but now I can't imagine using any other mascara. Unfortunately it's pretty expensive and I'm looking for some cheaper alternatives currently... 

Kiko Soft Touch Blush 

I am using this blush in the colour 105 and I absolutely love this colour. It's a matte, very soft red(-brown) and I always use it when I put on make up. It looks like a very natural blush when applied and you can blend it very well. But actually I mostly like it because the colour is so pretty.


What are your current make up favourites? Have you used any of mine before?

x

Make Up Favourites


Conney

2016/11/07

To be Read: November

Books to read


I've decided to start a new, and hopefully monthly, series on this blog to set myself reading goals and to have a motivation to achieve them. It will be called To Be Read and (I guess it's quite obvious) it will feature books I want to read in the following month. I also want to feature quick reviews or thoughts on the books I read the previous month. And of course if I managed to read all of the books I wanted to read. I've written about books before in random posts but I think it's neater to have a special category for them. And maybe that way I will make myself read more books.

Uni Books

This month there are actually quite a few books on the list. But that's also because I have to read some of them just for uni and not for pleasure (though some are still interesting). One of them is a non-fiction book about WWII in France (Vichy) for a history course. The other one is Milton's Paradise Lost. I'm not sure if I'm really going to read the whole book; it's very tiring because it's basically a poem that's like 300 pages long, thus it's pretty hard to keep track of the story. I also have to read like 50+ pages weekly on various other topics and for various courses and I kinda have difficulties keeping up with everything haha. 

Books to read

Books for Pleasure

A Feast For Crows will probably be featured in this series every month because it literally takes me years to finish books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It was my goal to finish it by the end of the year but my new goal is to finish it before GRRM releases The Winds of Winter. So there's still plenty of time left and I don't have to put any pressure on me haha. (Please hurry up, though, GRRM!!!!) I'm currently on page 306, which is the beginning of a chapter of Samwell. Well, all I can say is that some characters' chapters are easier and more fun to read than others. Another book which I'm currently reading is South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. So far I've only read realistic books of Murakami even though I've heard that his fantastic ones are supposed to be even better. I'm planning on writing a proper review about this one so I don't want to go into detail now. Last but not least I want to read Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. I've come across this on Instagram and I was kinda shocked when I heard the story. It's a YA novel about a girl in Germany in the 1930s whose family is very close to Hitler and she even calls him "Uncle Dolf". I don't know the exact plot but it is said to be some kind of murder mystery. And she also becomes friends with a Jew. So far, I've only read positive reviews about it and nothing controversial at all. That's the reason I want to read it, because to me it actually sounds quite controversial and like it's romanticising the whole setting. Can't wait to write a proper review about this.

I hope I can make it and read all those books. If you're interested you can also keep up with me on goodreads (I don't update it very often, though haha)

What are you currently reading or what do you want to read next? 

xx
Conney

2016/10/16

Review: Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Review of Bon Iver, 22 A Million


Hey there! Hope you're all feeling well and you're having a nice weekend. I have a cold i.e. a sore throat and a runny nose and every now and then my head feels like it's about to explode. But other than that I'm good haha. 
I first heard about Bon Iver a few years ago, when I was having a pretty rough time. I listened to a lot of sad folk bands back then and even though I'm much better now I still absolutely love this kind of music, especially Bon Iver. His voice is so calming and nice. I really like folk bands with male singers who have a slightly higher voice. At the beginning of October he released a new album, five years after his previous album, and I was very excited to listen to it. And this album is definitely NOT disappointing! 
The album is called 22, A Million and it is very different from his previous albums, they were mostly him and his guitar. This album is more experimental actually. Listening to it reminded me of collages. A lot of different pieces that together make a new piece of art. The songs are made out of a lot of different song-pieces that are cut out and glued together and they create amazing new songs that are very special in their sound. He created some of these pieces on his own, with his voice,his guitar, etc., but some pieces he just 'borrowed' from other songs. The album still has this certain sad typical Bon Iver sound but it is still something very unique and new and it feels like you're listening to a piece of art, in my opinion.

Bon Iver, 22 A Million cover
(c) Bon Iver, Jagjaguwar



I'm barely listening to any other albums but this lately and I strongly recommend you listening to 22, A Million because it's just SO FUCKING GOOD. There are actually a few that were released this year that I still have to listen to. For example from Blink 182, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spector, Passenger and Bastille. And Lady Gaga's new album will be released very soon! I'm so excited!

What bands / albums are you currently listening to or what else can you recommend?

xx


Conney

2016/10/13

Bavaria Travel Impressions

Hello everyone ♥

Last week I've been in Bavaria for a few days. My great-aunt invited me and my sister to come visit her, so I visited her last week and my sister will be there from yesterday until next week. I've only been there for about 3 days, so I didn't have that much time to visit a lot of different places; we mostly drove around and enjoyed the nature there. The weather wasn't that good either but it was still incredibly beautiful. There are mountains and lakes, endless green meadows and a LOT of cows. They're literally everywhere! Sometimes, you can also see sheep or horses. Many people also have dogs or cats; it's a real paradise for animal lovers!

Places where I went

I already said we drove around a lot, mostly in the area where my great-aunt lives. After I've arrived we drove to the Sylvenstein Dam, a huge artificial lake. The weather was very gloomy that day but the atmosphere was actually quite amazing because of that. 
We also visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the base of the Zugspitze (you couln't see the top of it at all because there were so many clouds) and the Eibsee, a lake at the base of the Zugspitze. This lake is very beautiful and the water is so clear, you might think it's the Caribbean Sea. We planned to go hiking around the lake but I thought it was too cold for a two hour hike haha. 
I've also been to Munich, but unfortunately I haven't seen much of the city. It was raining all day when I got there, thus it wasn't that much fun to walk around everywhere. I guess it's a kinda pretty city but I still prefer the more rural parts of Bavaria... (Cows ftw!)
I can't wait to visit my great-aunt again, maybe a little longer next time. And maybe during Summer, so I won't freeze to death when going hiking haha. 

Sylvenstein Dam in Bavaria, Germany
Sylvenstein Dam in Bavaria, Germany
Sylvenstein Dam in Bavaria, Germany
The weather provided such a great atmosphere at the Sylvenstein Dam
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
I love this sort of architecture so much!
Eibsee in Bavaria, Germany. At the base of the Zugspitze.
Eibsee in Bavaria, Germany. At the base of the Zugspitze.
The water was so incredible. The scenery reminded me a lot of a Bob Ross painting
Marienplatz in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Marienplatz in Munich, Bavaria, Germany


Have you ever been to Bavaria? Or have you traveled anywhere exciting in the last time?

xx
Conney

2016/09/24

What I've been up to during Summer

What I've been up to during Summer 2016 - series, movies, books and more


Hello there! 

Jeez, did you notice it's already autumn? When did that happen? But I'm so happy because Autumn means wearing nice layered clothes, the make up is not melting off our faces anymore, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, pumpkins in general, crunchy leaves and beautiful colours everywhere! YAY. 
But before diving right into Autumn I want to recap my summer. It wasn't that exciting, I mostly did what I always do: watching series, reading, being lazy. I've also been to London, where I had an amazing time, but I will write about this in another post. 

Netflix Watchlist

I watched a lot of series this summer. I finished season two of Modern Family and a few days ago I started watching the third. It's SO hilarious, I absolutely love it. My favourite characters are probably Phil and Luke, because they're so silly. But I love the others just as well. I also finally watched season two of Broadchurch after it was finally added to Netflix. I think season one was slightly better, but S2 was just as thrilling. It was no light, funny summer watch, though. Broadchurch makes you feel very uncomfortable and you start hating every single character and yourself haha. But it's definitely worth watching and once you start you have to watch all of the episodes. Another series I watched, one that everyone has been talking about lately, was Stranger Things. It started kinda slowly but after episode three I was completely hooked. I loved the 80s vibes and the focus on the kids. They were amazing. And so was Winona Ryder; she fit perfectly in there. I also liked the ending (and that doesn't happen very often haha) because the storyline of season one was completed but it still gave hints about a second season. I like cliffhangers but I'm glad that Stranger Things didn't end on one. Thank you Netflix! And now hurry up producing season two! I want Eleven back! Last but not least I started watching Gilmore Girls. So many people were re-watching it and thus reliving their childhood/teen years, but I've never watched it before so I was curious what the hype was all about. And now I love it so much and I kinda regret not having it watched before because it's so perfect! (But to be fair, when the first season started I was only five, so it was kinda before my time). I love the characters, the dialogues and all the popculture/literature/etc. references! It feels like they made this series just for me haha.

Books

As you might have noticed I spent a lot of time watching Netflix, so there was not THAT much time left to do other stuff, like reading. But I still managed to finally read An Abundance of Katherines. It was a nice read and it made me think a lot about myself and I realised that I'm a lot like Colin. It's definitely the book I can relate most to of John Green. The wish to matter in this world is such an important and interesting theme for young people. It was nice to know that I'm not the only one who thinks that dying without having achieved anything remarkable is horrible. 
My reading goal for September is finishing A Feast For Crows but I kinda doubt that I'll finish this book anytime soon /sighs. But there's still hope I'll finish it before The Winds of Winter is released haha! (But still: come on GRRM, hurry up please!!!)

Cinema

There were actually a lot of movies in cinema this summer that I wanted to see (very badly). For example Star Trek: Beyond and Suicide Squad. But no one wanted to watch Star Trek with me and I didn't really find time to go see Suicide Squad. But at least I was able to watch Captain Fantastic in cinema in London. This movie was as brilliant as I expected it to be. (I cried a lot haha)

What else? 

Well, I wrote a research paper about one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories and women in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Writing it was kinda exhausting but I loved the topic. I hope I'll get a good grade in it hehe. 
Also there was a new game in the Ace Attorney series released: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice. This is my absolute favourite game series and so far I'm enjoying the game a lot. Finally they brought Maya back! I cried tears of joy! 


That was basically my summer... I also went to some parties and met friends, so I had a good time! What have you done during summer? Did you travel? Watch series like me? Let me know! 

xx
Conney

2016/09/08

5 Reasons why I love Star Trek

5 Reasons why I love Star Trek


"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." 

Apparently, 50 years ago, this sentence was said on TV for the first time. And even though I wasn't born until about 38 years later, I grew up with this sentence (well, at least the German version of it). When I was little, my father always watched Star Trek (he still watches it like daily) and I often watched it with him. Mostly The Original Series, The Next Generation and Voyager, less often Deep Space Nine and Enterprise. (Unfortunately, that's one of the reasons I didn't like them as much as the others when I was younger. Now, I've seen quite a lot of episodes of Enterprise and learned to like it, and I guess I've seen enough episodes of DS9 to say, that it's alright, too haha. It still is the series I know least about, though.) I wouldn't have called myself a Trekkie until some time ago but I guess there's no denying in that now. There are actually a few reasons why I like Star Trek so much!

Nostalgia

Well, I guess I've already discussed this point. I grew up with TOS, TNG and Voyager and those were some nice childhood memories. I especially love the trashy special effects and fighting scenes of TOS. When I was a kid I thought that was pretty awesome but watching it today is just hilarious! I mean, Kirk's fight with the Gorn??? HAHAHA! Other than that I can proudly say that my first OTP was Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres. Seriously, I've had some of my first fangirling moments as a child while watching Star Trek without even knowing what a fangirl is haha. 

Diversity

This one is probably pretty obvious, too. The one thing that's always connected to Star Trek is the first interracial kiss on TV between Kirk and Uhura. And besides a black woman being communications officer, there were also Sulu, of Asian descent and Chekov, a Russian! During the cold war! I mean, that probably was a big scandal (not as big as the kiss, though..). In Voyager the captain is female and in DS9 he is black. And in all of the series, there were always actors of different ethnicities involved in the main cast! You have to admit that this is pretty awesome, especially for a show that was created 50 years ago. 

Humaneness 

I wasn't quite sure what to call this point but I'll try to explain what I mean. In all of the Star Trek series, there has always been at least one character who was either non-human or just part human who didn't fully understand humans and their behaviour. For example Spock, Data or Seven of Nine; they all have difficulties interacting with others in the beginning. With time, they learn more and more about humans, they kind of explore human behaviour and human feelings and thus also learn more about themselves. I especially love those characters; Data and Seven of Nine are some of my favourites in the whole Star Trek universe. Their develpment is very fascinating indeed!

Positivity

Star Trek is definitely very positive about the future. Earth does still exist, it's very peaceful there and life is easy because of all those amazing new inventions. I'm not sure, if our future will ever turn out like this, but it would be pretty nice if it did, wouldn't it?

Scientificity + Technology

I can't really prove the scientificity of Star Trek, because I suck in physics, maths, etc. but half a year ago I was at a presentation that explained the science behind Star Wars and the lecturer said, that Star Trek is very logical and scientific (Star Wars on the other hand not so much haha). I think this is very interesting and pretty cool, because it COULD happen one day (not in my life time though I guess /cries). And not only that, but a lot of things that Star Trek predicted years ago actually became real! The flip phone, video calls, tablets, etc etc. Star Trek inspired a lot of these things and I think it will keep inspiring technology.


These are five reasons why I love Star Trek! And there are definitely even more. (for example me being a total nerd haha)
I hope that Star Trek will live on for many more years! Live Long and Prosper, everyone and keep boldly going where no one has gone before! 

Do you love Star Trek, too? What's your favourite series, captain, character,...? I would love to know!

xxx
Conney

2016/08/12

SUMMER MIXTAPE

Hello everyone,

at the moment it's raining and it's seems colder than it was around Christmas time, so it doesn't really feel like Summer. But I still have hope that, for the rest of Summer, it'll get somewhat warmer again with lots of sunshine, and long, nice days. Therefore, just like 2014 and 2015, I made a summer mixtape/playlist, consisting of songs that sound summery in my opinion. I tried to take songs of different genres so that it is not too one-sided. My absolute favourite at the moment is probably Cold Water! I have to admit that I kinda love Justin Bieber haha.

Best songs of Summer 2016



I hope you like the songs and the playlist! What are your favourite songs at the moment?

xx


Conney

2016/08/05

My Daily Skin Care Routine

Daily Skin Care Routine

Hello there! This is already my second post in August, yay! (Also more to come hehe)

My skin has been very bad the last few months, my face was always red and blotchy, oily and there were a lot of little breakouts on my nose and forehead. I felt as if I was 13 again; it was very uncomfortable for me. It was probably due to stress and some other factors, I don't know for sure. Since I'm a student and I'm usually broke I couldn't afford to try out several products to see if any of them help, I had to work with what I had at home. That obviously and unfortunately didn't help to improve my skin and I got really desperate. A visit at my beautician didn't encourage me either at first because she was kinda shocked to see how bad my skin got. But she did her best and I immediately saw results afterwards. And at home at my parents' I found some pretty nice products that worked wonders on my skin! It's improved SO MUCH during the last two to three weeks! Finally!

Products I use daily on my face


1. The first step is to use an eye make up remover, this one is from Yves Rocher. This is just a basic and a reminder to remove your make up when you go to sleep. It does a solid job by removing eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara properly and it isn't very pricey. I really like this one and I've been using it since forever.

2. Next I use a face cleanser. This one is a cleansing milk but on days when my skin is extra oily or I wore foundation with high coverageg I prefer a gel cleanser because it's stronger. This cleansing milk is good for sensitive skin though. And my skin was and is very sensitive.

3. After I washed my face and patted it dry I use a toner. And this one is just so perfect!! It's organic rose water, it's smells amazing and is just so good for your skin! Rose water is said to improve acne and it definitely did in my case. My face is also less oily than before, it' softer and more matte. 

4. I think the rose water helps a lot but so does this one. Rosehip oil! It's something my sister bought somewhere (in the internet I guess?) and I didn't know what it was and how to use it at first. So I did some research and I read that rosehip oil is actually very good for treating acne scars and scars in general, blemishes, redness and premature skin ageing. Of course I gave it a try and started using it every day in the morning and the evening. Well, since my skin improved in general I can't really say if it was due to the rose water or the rosehip oil, but let's just say they both helped a lot, especially in this combination!

5. Last but not least I use a cream. This one is an anti redness cream. Unfortunately I got my mother's couperosis: my nose is always red and cheeks are starting to turn slightly red, too. Therefore I'm glad about all the anti redness products. I can't really tell if this has improved the redness, probably not, but I have to use some cream, so why not use one that at least promises to help? I also have some other creams that I use that were recommended to me, sometimes I use this one, sometimes another one (also anti redness). It's just important not to skip this step!
favourite make up remover
skin cleansing milk
face toner rose water
Rosehip oil anti-redness treatment
Anti-Redness Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin


So yeah, this is my skin care routine and it works pretty well for me. Unfortunately the rosehip oil is my sister's and I can't just steal it haha. I either have to ask her if she needs it or I have to buy some myself.
I hope this could help if you're also suffering from similar things than I do.

Is there anything else you'd recommend to me? What are you usually using?


Conney

2016/08/01

Favourite Trailers of Comic Con 2016

favourite comic con trailers


I know Disney parks claim to be the place "Where Dreams Come True" but we all know that in reality that place is San Diego Comic Con, don't we? Every year I'm sitting in front of my computer at home (about 9,400 km away from San Diego), watching all the amazing trailers and the hilarious panels. Unfortunately this year wasn't different from the years before (me at home, in front of my laptop, crying).

But I am still blown away by all those amazing trailers! I don't know where to start or what I'm most excited about. 

Let's start with DC

The DC trailers were SO awesome. Period. Justice League, Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad all looked like they are going to be pretty rad. I was disappointed of Batman v. Superman (the characters and the story were too superficial in my opinion) so I hope they won't screw up the other ones. Wonder Woman looked fucking epic and I've loved Harley Quinn for so long now and I truly think Margot Robbie will totally rock this (woman powerrr!!), Ezra Miller is just perfect and Jason Momoa... Well, look at him! I doubt they could've found a better Aquaman. So my hopes are high; don't screw this up DC!! (Particularly looking at you, Zack Snyder!)


(After watching the Wonder Woman trailer again, I'm pretty sure WB just cast Chris Pine because he is the last Chris left and they wanted to have one, too!)


MARVEL: Netflix

I've been waiting for the Marvel panels and new information for sooo long!!! Finally a proper Luke Cage trailer (I misspelled it as Luke Cafe twice and now I can't stop laughing) and even an Iron Fist trailer! I am soooo ready for this! I loved watching Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage was already brilliant in Jessica Jones, so I'm super excited. And I'm not even scared that it will not reach up to my expectations because... well, it's Netflix. YAY. And I'm also super excited about the Defenders series. We didn't get a lot of information from the teaser but I guess it's pretty obvious that the Hand is going to play an important role (or am I wrong?). And Stick's voice in the end??? Oh my! Can it be next year already please?



MARVEL: MCU Movies

They didn't release too much information about the upcoming movies actually. There was a new and final(?) Doctor Strange trailer which looked really good (it kind of reminded me of Inception). I bet Benedict Cumberbatch will be brilliant as Steven Strange but I have to admit that I'm already kinda disappointed because of the whitewashing of  the Ancient One. I'm still looking forward to the movie though! Steven Strange is such a cool character.
Now, there are three more things which I want to talk about:
First: YAY Brie Larsson! I love it so so much that they cast her! She was so sweet at the Oscars, I loved her right away. She will fucking SLAY as Captain Marvel, I'm sure! Why is 2019 so far away? Boooo! 
Second: YAY Black Panther Cast! I mean, the whole cast is black, the director is black, EVERYONE IS BLACK! And it is NOT about slavery or anything stereotypical! This is so awesome and I really hope this is not the last time a movie like this is produced. Also: everyone involved is super cool!
Third: YAY Gladiator Hulk armour! I've always loved Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and I think the Planet Hulk storyline sounds very interesting so I'm excited if and how it will be incorporated into Thor: Ragnarok
And finally I just want to mention the new logos of Thor: Ragnarok and GOTG Vol. 2: They look... not so pretty to be honest haha.



That's it?

Not quite yet. There are two more trailers which are very important to me. Can you guess which? Right, Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them and Sherlock! Both were brilliant! I actually didn't know Colin Farrel was in Fantastic Beasts so I was surprised about that. I seriously can't wait to dive right back into the magical world! Especially since Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander. I'm just getting back into my Harry Potter fangirl-mood. Yay! Last, but not least: Sherlock! We did our waiting. Again. And I'm totally ready for the new season, because the last one left me off without a single clue how it might go on or what might happen. Is Moriarty really back? Is it someone else? What about a possible third Holmes brother? SO MANY QUESTION! And the trailer didn't answer a single one of them, of course. I need answers, nooooow!!! Also: apparently this season is going to explore more of Sherlock's childhood? Bring it on!



So these are the movies and series, that were presented at Comic Con, which I am most excited about. Can't wait for the rest of this year and the following year(s)! Being a nerdy fangirl never felt as good!

What were your favourite moments/trailers/panels/etc of Comic Con? What are you looking forward to?

xx
Conney

2016/06/08

Stay Creative!








Hello lovelies!

It's been a while again. I'm really not doing well in the blogging community this year so far haha. But uni is still so exhausting. July is going to be horrible, I'll be busy with exams the whole month. I want to cry when thinking about it.

This post is something very important to me and it's probably more personal than I thought it would be.  As the title suggests it's about creativity.
Staying creative is something I've neglected in the last years a lot. When I was younger I used to draw a lot and I had a lot of great ideas for bigger drawings and paintings. Maybe a little too big, for I wasn't able to make them look like I imagined it. Since I'm a perfectionist I got pretty annoyed, I also didn't improve as fast as I wanted to and soon lost my interest in drawing. I always doodled on all of my notes in school and now in uni, too, but I haven't created anything 'big' since (except as an art assignment in school).
Now I'm in a position in which I very much regret that I've lost my ambition. I'm also trying to work on my perfectionism and most importantly I'm now trying to do creative stuff as often as I can.
And I want to share with you everything I'm doing to stay creative!

1. Journaling

I've recently started a bullet journal and it's not only a great way to stay organised (well, I'm still not that organised to be honest haha but whatever) and also to stay creative! Every evening I prepare the following day in my journal and think about all the things I have to do, then I write them down. I use different fonts and styles every week or month. It's amazing! I also seek inspiration for it on Pinterest and Instagram! There are soooo many gorgeous bullet journals out there! If you're keeping one I'd love to see them and if you don't yet you might want to start now, don't you?




2. Hand lettering, collages, drawing, painting

Well, this one might sound somewhat obvious. Just draw, paint, etc. ! Try out new techniques or methods! Last year I bought watercolours which I've never tried before and I love it! I'm not good at all yet but it's still so much fun! I also got oil colours but I haven't tried them yet. (I'm afraid they might smell too much haha.)
I also love hand lettering. Just take your favourite quote and write it down in different fonts and styles. Or look through your old fashion magazines and put together some collages. 
My next 'project' is going to be some nerdy paintings. I have no idea where to buy posters of fandom stuff and I definitely don't want to pay a fortune, so I'm just drawing them myself. YAY! I'm so excited already, I just need free time now to get started. (Damn you, uni!!!)


3. Knitting and crochet

To be honest I don't think I've ever finished a work I started except for some headbands I did. I'm not that bad (I know the basics and they turn out quite well), I'm just somewhat inconsistent I guess. It always takes more time than I thought it would and then I can't find time and then I forget about it.... that's the circle of my knitting life haha. I'm trying though. And one day will finish something and then I'll wear it! I found some cute new patterns lately (looking for free and nice patterns is exhausting) and I hope it will turn out nicely when I crochet it. There are also a lot of tutorials for beginners on Youtube, if you're interested! Grab some yarn and a hook or needles and get started!








4. Writing

Write down whatever is on your mind, write poetry or fanfiction. When I was younger I wrote a lot of fanfiction (and also some poetry) but I haven't done that in years now. Booooo! I still write into something like a diary when I'm down but that's not the same as writing fiction. I think I'll just use some of my old fanfics and rewrite or continue them as a practice. Or start a new one. And I'll also try to write some poetry again. 


I can't believe that I've neglected those things for so long! Such a waste of time! And now I'd love to do all the above at once haha. I'm so inspired right now. And I hope you're too!
Remember: it takes a lot of time to learn new things and you have to practice a lot to get better. But don't put yourself down and never stop! You'll only regret it later!


How are you staying creative? I'd love to see some of your artwork! 

xx
Conney

2016/04/17

My current Watchlist

Hello there!
How are you? I hope your year went well so far! I wanted to write a new post for such a long time now but I wasn't able to produce any content at all. I don't know why but I got kinda self-conscious about my writing and I felt like I couldn't properly express myself. Well, I still feel like that but it won't get better if I'm not writing. So here I am again!

I've been on semester break since February and my life has been pretty boring since. I had planned to travel to London and Berlin but unfortunately both didn't work out. So I had plenty of time to do what I'm best at: binge watch A LOT of TV series! 



My two favourites were How To Get Away With Murder and Jessica Jones! The tension in both of them was incredible!
I'm currently watching season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I would love to have watched everything Marvel related until the release of Civil War (I'm soooooooo excited!!!!! #TEAMCAP!!!!) but I'm not sure if that's possible because there are only two weeks left and uni starts tomorrow again.
I also want to re-watch all Phase 2 movies of the MCU, so that I'm perfectly prepared for Civil War. I have to admit that I'm kinda obsessed with the MCU at the moment haha. Everything is just SO perfect!! (Except for the whitewashing in Doctor Strange! /sighs)
I hope the MCU movies, AOS and the Netflix series will interact even more in the future! It's so awesome that this universe is SO huge and everything is sorta intertwined and it's growing more and more.

I also started watching the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt today and I've seen three episodes so far. I'm not gonna spoil anything, though I have to admit that it's not as hilarious as season one yet. But that's just my opinion.

Do you have any more suggestion of what else I *HAVE* to watch? And what's your current favourite series? I'd love to know!

xxx
Conney