Fabulous Liebster Love!

We won a Liebster Award! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you very much to MHK in STL for awarding us with the prestigious award, you’ve made two girls very happy and very grateful! 😀 

So what is the Liebster Award(?), I hear you ask. Well, the Liebster Award is all about the discovery of new blogs, and giving the award to your favourite blogs so more and more can be found, and shared, and ideas can be shared and read by many more. It also helps bloggers hopes of expanding their exposure and gaining more followers.

“Liebster” is a German word (I should really know what it means as I took GCSE German for two years-I think it means something associated with ‘love’ as ‘lieb’ means ‘love’). The exact meaning of it is slightly varied, and it can mean anything associated with the words ‘sweetest’, ‘dearest’, ‘lovely’, ‘pleasant’, ‘valued’, ‘cute’, ‘endearing’ or ‘welcome’.

So how does it work? Well the blog that awards yours with the ‘Liebster Award’ designs a set of questions that you have to then answer, in our case, the questions have come from MHK in STL . Then, when you are choosing your few favourite blogs, you then design your own set of questions for them to answer, and on it continues.

Myself and Scarlett will both answer the set of questions separately and then design our own individual set of questions and choose our own favourite blogs. We hope you enjoy reading our answers! 🙂

Laura: 

1. Is there a story behind the title of your blog? If so, share it!

Yes, there is actually. Ours was a joke that started it actually. Scarlett has always used the word “fabulous”. She uses it as an adjective to describe everything, and always uses it to sign off with her name, and in reference to herself. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but I think it was the day we were down at V-shape: “A Fabulous Adventure“, but the planning definitely came when we were at my dad’s house taking fabulous pictures of ourselves. We were laughing, as we usually do together, and obviously thinking we were both hilarious (we’re not, but we like to think we are) and I remember saying something like “we should just start our own blog or something” (because I know Scarlett has her own blog) as a joke. But then Scarlett got all excited and began to explain all the possibilities of this ‘joke’ and I began to get involved in the excitement too. We began to discuss this, and I remember saying “yes, we should call it ‘Fifty Shades of Funny'”. Scarlett loved it and it made us laugh again. Later that day at V-shape we began to brainstorm ideas for posts and what we would include in our blog.

That night, Scarlett messaged me (as she created the entire blog (thank you Scarlett!)) saying that ‘Fifty Shades of Funny’ had already been taken and that there was a ‘Shades of Funny’ available and ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’. I really wanted the ‘Fifty Shades’ part involved, and of course with Scarlett’s fabulous-ness, it really made complete sense to go for the second option. We both loved it, and ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’ was born.

We then got carried away, and jokingly said we should make a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc etc for ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’. It was another joke, but later on I received a barrage of links to all our new pages. Sigh.

Scarlett: I take things seriously – especially blogging. So when Laura jokes, I go out of my way to make those things happen.. mostly to see how Laura will react, but partially because you never know where blogging may lead.

2. What is your favourite go-to hobby to cure boredom?

I could do anything. Competitive sport games with friends and family are always tons of fabulous fun. I used to play cricket with my Dad and brother and I absolutely loved it.

Oh and to watch ‘Jamie’s World‘ videos. I don’t think I’ve seen anything funnier. They are partly to congratulate in helping me retain my sanity during my exam and revision period. The girl is a genius. If you would like to check out her videos too, click here to go to her Facebook page.

3. If you could donate $10,000 to a charity of your choice, which charity would it be? Why?

My choice would be Marie Curie. I mostly always wear on of their yellow daffodils. It was always on my blazer when I went to school, and I think I remember getting really annoyed when I was told to take every accessory off my blazer, which included the daffodil, because it was a charity that I was showing my support for. The yellow daffodil now hands from my college lanyard. The story behind why I would donate this money to them because the nurses were an amazing support and help for my Nan when she was suffering with terminal cancer. That help and support meant the world to her and the world to my family, and without them, we wouldn’t have known what to do. I therefore want every person who are suffering with cancer to have the opportunity to be helped and supported by these people, because they made such a positive impact on my Nan’s and my family’s lives in the darkest days, and I want this for all cancer sufferers and their families too. Marie Curie’s work and their nurses help would not be able to continue without much needed donations, and that is why I would donate $10,000 to them.

4. What’s your favourite thing to do with your best friend?

Anything. Best friend’s make everything great, so it’s hard to pick a favourite.

5. It’s a rainy day. What do you do?

Sleep. No I’m joking. What a waste of a day if you just slept through it.

Well I tell you one thing I definitely wouldn’t do. Go outside. Actually, I tell a lie, I would, if it meant I had a house right next door that I could come back into, peel off my damp clothes, dry myself and get into some warm and snuggly pyjamas, otherwise, no, I would not go outside.

I find my house full of possibilities of activity on a rainy day. It’s better when I have the house to myself because then there’s more to choose from. I could read, bake, watch TV, learn to play the guitar, sing, dance, clean, tidy, iron, wash pots, finish housework, finish any other work I have to do, go on the Xbox (with my brother’s permission of course), draw, craft, Playstation, Wii, blog, anything really. I probably wouldn’t do most of those actually. I would try and take full advantage of being stuck indoors for the day and attempt to finish jobs I have set myself to do because it annoys me when I have stuff to do and I am not productive. However, I would probably just end up and want to lounge around with a blanket and plenty of pillows watching films all day. That would be perfect. I love films. Preferably watching them on my own, but I don’t mind company.

6. What’s your all-time favourite movie?

What a fitting question after my last response! Ooh, I have no idea! Hm, I’m addicted to film adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen. My favourite is probably the 2005 adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ starring Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadden. I will simply refuse to watch any other adaptation of that story. It pains me to have to watch another as I believe there is nothing that can top that version. It’s completely fabulous.

7. Ice cream or frozen yoghurt?

I don’t think I’ve ever had frozen yoghurt, I didn’t really know there was a difference between the two. Now I have acknowledged there is, I guess I would have to say ice-cream. Vanilla if I’m having it with a brownie or chocolate cake, and triple chocolate with chocolate sauce and all the chocolate swirls if it’s just on it’s own.

Scarlett: YOU’VE NEVER EATEN FROZEN YOGHURT?! Holy mother of god.

8. If you could hang out with a celebrity of your choice, who would it be?

Ooh, there’s so many to choose from. I would love to hang out with most of them I reckon. Someone who could keep my laughing I reckon. I think Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis), David Tennant and Danny O’Donoghue I reckon would be great fun to hang out with for the day, but I don’t know if I would choose them.

What I would really love to do is hang out on the sets of TV shows and films, to watch it all happen, and see how the people are off the cameras. I think that would be really great.

9. What is next on your reading list?

I’m currently reading ‘Picture Perfect’ by Jodi Picoult. She’s my favourite author right now. Her books grip me. So far I’ve read: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, ‘Salem Falls’ and was part way through ‘Perfect Match’ at school, but I left before I got to finish it :-(. The topics of her book are often quite dark and disturbing, so I would not recommend for younger readers. The topics are also sometimes difficult to grasp as they contain a lot of specialised knowledge that I can not understand, and I don’t think would be able to understand without a degree in that profession. I find that this makes them all the more interesting to read, and to find out what spin she puts on them is intriguing.

The next item-s of my reading list would be to definitely read all of her books.

10. What are your hopes and dreams for your already adorable blog?

Aw, thank you for the compliment!

I never really thought about hopes and dreams if I’m honest with you. The main thought was to just start up a blog with my best friend and write about our adventures together, and things that make us laugh in the hope that they would brighten up someone’s day.

The hope to start off with was to get into the world of blogging and explore what it’s like.

The dream for the future would probably be to continue this, to keep entertaining people, and to watch in grow across our lives. My other dream for it will be for it to keep Scarlett and I together when we are separated, and to keep us and our adventures alive, connected and fabulous; wherever we may be in the world.

Scarlett: As you may notice, i’m no good at writing big lengthy answers like Laura – so here are my answers in basic form!

1. Is there a story behind the title of your blog? If so, share it!

The story behind is Laura has clearly already explained – so there we go!

2. What is your favourite go-to hobby to cure boredom?

I have many things I can do when I get bored: Art, Pokémon, Minecraft, Reading, walking.. My favourite at the moment though is most definitely blogging.

3. If you could donate $10,000 to a charity of your choice, which charity would it be? Why?

Myeloma UK – My Auntie Sue died of this awful disease just before Christmas so i’d do anything to help anyone going through the same thing. It’s one of the lesser known of the cancers so it doesn’t get as much funding so the $10,000 would go a long way.

4. What’s your favourite thing to do with your best friend?

My favourite thing to do with my best friends is just be with them. With my friends we could do anything and find enjoyment out of it. However, with Laura: just staying in, watching films (such as hairspray) singing and drinking cocktails.

5. It’s a rainy day. What do you do?

Stay in bed watching movies and blogging – inviting friends round sometimes to stop me from going insane.

6. What’s your all-time favourite movie?

It’s a tie between The Shawshank Redemption and The Hunger Games – both clearly are tear jerkers: Shawshank, the end where Red and Andy hug on the beach and Hunger games, where Rue dies. I am currently watching the Hunger Games and the way that the sound and picture is used to show different things is really clever. The Shawshank Redemption is just a classic, and I don’t know of one person who doesn’t like it.

7. Ice cream or frozen yoghurt?

Frozen Yoghurt any day – I currently have lots of Frubes in my freezer.

8. If you could hang out with a celebrity of your choice, who would it be?

ZAK BAGANS! I bet you all knew that was coming. Zak Bagans is my idea of perfection, but if Aaron Goodwin was there as well that’d be the perfect day in my eyes: Zak’s beauty, greatness and all round fabulousness and Aaron’s brilliance and witty humour would cause for an extremely brilliant time, not to mention we’d go on a ghost hunt – something I’ve always wanted to do.

9. What is next on your reading list?

I’m currently looking for the Hunger Games saga – i’m sure Laura said her brother has it.. I May have to steal it off him when I get home.

10. What are your hopes and dreams for your already adorable blog?

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I agree with Laura – I hope for it to keep us in touch where ever we are in the world – another big dream that could come out of it is for our blog to get recognised by something big and we and Laura could become famous for it.. A long shot but never say never right?

So without further ado…here are our Liebster Love nominations:

It’s me, Charlotte – anyone that loves reading is super cool. Books are the way forward, forget about technology. Nothing can beat a good book. We especially loved her ‘Book Obsession post’. This is pure fabulousness:

“People do not understand why I am obsessed with books.
I don’t understand why they aren’t.
This.
Right here.
When I talk to some people I cannot understand why they don’t love books.
But then I talk to people who are equally excited by books and the world is balanced once again.”

Thoughts from Hazel  – Her words are simply beautiful.

Advent’s & Other Fine (ell) Adventures – We love the way her posts end with what she is thankful and grateful for in her life. It’s such a lovely and inspiring passage to read. There should be more people with the positive mind that she possesses.

…and last but not least; polka dots and leopard spots – Her fashion sense and quirky highlights makes her our firm favourite fashion blogger!

So the questions for our nominees are as follows: 

  1. Can you remember why, when and where you first decided to write a blog, if so why, when and where?
  2. What is your all time favourite thing to wear? Favourite book? What’s your most played song?
  3. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re home alone?
  4. Would you prefer to be without music for the rest of your life or without television?
  5. What is your idea of a perfect date?
  6. Do you say Oreo or Orrrreo? 
  7. Which is your favourite Haribo sweet? 
  8. If you could bottle something in order to keep it forever, what would it be? 
  9. What’s something you’ve disliked your whole life?
  10. If you were Prime Minister/President, what would your first official act be? 

We can wait to read your answers! 🙂

So to our nominees/award-ees, and all the other bloggers out there:

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

Written by two very happy girls!

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How to give someone a Heart Attack

Zombie collageThis is one of the first Halloween posts for Fifty Shades of Fabulous, written by the one and only Scarlett. So this is the month of Halloween, or Samhain in my case. Being a Wiccan, Samhain is basically my new year and it’s my second favourite time of year, after Christmas. So as you can see, the month of October for me is all about preparing for that final day where every sense of normality goes out of the window. In some peoples case, and to quote Meangirls “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it”. In MY case, Halloween is about showing off skill with face paint and liquid Latex.  Every year, my family throw a huge Halloween party, so being in the Wakefield family, i have to make some sort of effort right? So this is my second Halloween face paint trial (I forgot to document the first). This year, the face painting is actually going to be used for something too! With my art project being the ‘Transformation Project’ and my theme being ‘Personal Transformation’ i don’t think anything else would go better in my art than this!

So this being my first Halloween post, i thought i’d give you all a little Tutorial on how to achieve a look like this, feel free to adapt it in your own way, i just threw a load of different techniques in to show you all what you can do with a bit of toilet paper and paint.

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So i started with a completely clear face and my hair tied back – i apologise for my face and bad roots! I advise not to wear a white tee, i made this mistake and now my ‘Big Bang Theory’ shirt has fake blood all the way down it… I’d advise an old shirt, or even put a bin bag poncho over you!

The basic colours that you’ll need for the look are: Red, Black, Purple, Green, White, Yellow and Blue. I used ‘Snazaroo’ and ‘Boland Aqua Face Paint’ and ‘White Cream Make up’. Another few things that i used are: ‘Avon SuperShock gel eye liner, to get the dark circles around my eyes and ‘Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick, in the colour Rossetto 107, for the inside of wounds.

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To start off, paint your whole face white with the Cream make up, or just basic white face paint if that’s all you have. This gave me an even base. I then used baby powder to get rid of any imperfections in my skin, and to me, it felt like the toilet paper stuck on better with this step.

Go over your eyebrows with the white as much as possible to blank them out, my eyebrows are quite dark, so this step was hard for me. I put on two coats of the Cream make up, but you can apply as many as you feel is appropriate.

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I then took sheets of toilet paper and ripped them up into fairly small segments. For this step, you can either use liquid Latex or PVA glue, i used PVA because i couldn’t find any liquid Latex! It works just as good though, and gives the same effect (It’s just a little harder to blend into your face). I chose to put the layers of toilet paper under my eye, at the side of my mouth and in the centre of my forehead – this makes a ripped eye and face, a ripped mouth and a bullet hole in the middle of my head.

Wait for the glue/Latex to partially dry, i just worked in a triangle – by the time i’d done both the side of my mouth and my forehead my cheek was just at the right dryness and so on.

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When the glue was at the right dryness, i used the end of a bobby pin to peel the toilet paper away from my eye and curl it under partially, i made little holes in my fake cheek, made a slit in the fake skin at the side of my mouth and made a hole in the middle of my forehead. Personally, i think that the bullet hole is a little big, but by the time i realised it had already dried so i couldn’t change it.

If you rip anywhere in your fake skin, just use a little bit of PVA or Liquid Latex to rectify the problem.

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Here, as you might be able to tell, i used foundation to blend the edges of the toilet paper into my face. It’s best to use a liquid foundation rather than a putty or anything dry. This is because it’ll make the toilet paper dry and the ends and more likely to peel away at the edges.

Be sure to go over your whole face, especially because of the white. This way, you wont just have a tan line around the toilet paper sections.

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To make the bullet hole look bruised and bloody: I used my Rimmel Lipstick to colour the inside of the hole, along with purple face paint around the inside edge to give it more depth. Don’t be afraid to mix the red, purple and black face paints to make different shades of each colour. I then used the purple face paint to dab around the outside of the wound, then used my finger to smudge it in, then i did the same with blue face paint, red, yellow and grey.

Try to make it look as bruised as possible, so really mix and blend the colours well. I will add the fake blood at the end, so it doesn’t get messy.

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I then moved on to the cheek and eye. I started by using my Rimmel Lipstick again to line the bottom of my eye, all the way down to where the toilet paper starts to give it the ellusion that the outer layer of skin has been pulled away from my lower layers of skin. I then used a dark purple to line the crease between the toilet paper and skin.

I dabbed all of the different colours on the rest of my cheek, making sure to cover all white areas. Then i used my lipstick again to go colour the inside of each hole on my cheek, i used a little bit of lighter red face paint too, to give it more depth and texture. Then i lined the holes with a dark purple again. Be careful not to pull the flappy fake skin too far or it will just fall off.

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Okay, so i accidentally missed out a photo for a few steps here.

First of all, i coloured the whole of the inside of the fake rip white, to portray teeth, then i drew a teeth effect with a thin paintbrush and black face paint. I then did the same bruising effect as i have been doing around the outside of the mouth.

I then, as you can see, have used my fake blood around the edge of the mouth, and coming down from my bullet hole. You’re better off using a thin blood for the bullet hole, but a thicker one for the mouth so it doesn’t drip down as much. I  also used the black face paint to shape my eyebrows.

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I then used the fake blood under my eye up to the fake skin and in the holes in my cheek. The blood that i got seemed to go dry after a few minutes so i advise to get a long lasting one.

I then out a bit of blood on my chin and if i were in a proper Halloween costume i’d poor some of the blood down on my costume too.

As you can see, the pictures quality is starting to get worse here, but that’s just because the sun started to go down!

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Here, i’ve added a black eye shadow under and around my eye, this just adds some depth to my face. Next, to give my fake teeth a more realistic effect, i rounded the edges of the teeth, just by using some white face paint. I then added a little bit of yellow to the bottom of the teeth to add a more gross effect – because as we all know, Halloween isn’t great for out teeth now is it.

I then added a bit of black on my lips to make the lips look more fitting to the make up.

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I then added a bit of black eye shadow around the edge of my face, under my chin and down the edge of my nose to give my face a slimmer look. I also added a little bit of black shimmer on my lips to give them a fuller look.

At this point, you could either add contacts, or just edit your photos to look as if you have different coloured eyes.

This look would look great with any costume, and to give more of a zombiefied look, you could add a little bit of green to your complexion.

To get the look off, i just peeled off the toilet paper, it doesn’t hurt that much, and then used make up wipes to get off the rest of the paint.

One thing i would say about this though: It’s hard to eat or laugh with fake mouth on, so maybe make the mouth a little looser.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial on this look, if you want any more, just like and comment! – Any requests on anything for me to try, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Until the next time,

Stay safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous! – also, stay scary!

-Post From ‘Scarlett’s Sanity’ – Written by Scarlett

Five Fabulous TV Shows

For today’s post we thought that we’d write about 5 of our favorite TV shows – we thought doing 5 each would be a lot simpler and cause a lot less debating that trying to come up with 5 shows that we both love equally as much – so this is the outcome!:

Scarlett’s Top 5 TV Shows:

ghost-adventures_web-logo_476x268 1: Ghost Adventures

So if anyone out there reading this knows me, or even if you’ve been in my presence for more that 5 minutes you’ll know that i have a serious obsession for ghost adventures. Now ‘Ghost Adventures’ is an American ghost hunting show with Ghost Hunting being one of the things I would consider being when i’ve matured, Ghost Adventures and Zak Bagans has to be one of the biggest inspirations for me. Zak Bagans, the lead investigator is not only macho and wears tight tops – he saves dogs too, what more could you want? I know some of you’re out there are saying ‘It’s Fake!’  and i’m not going to sit here and tell you that you’re wrong because you’re most likely right. I understand that Zak, Aaron and Nick often will have to make up more exciting encounters just to keep their audience entertained but that doesn’t go to say that SOME of their evidence isn’t truthful. If you’d like to read more about what i think about Ghost Adventures, click here.

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With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who coming up, it’s making me love it more and more – the tension of who will be the new Doctor is killing me but being a VERY big loving of Matt Smith i know that more than a few tears will be being shed this Christmas. The way that Doctor Who has something for everyone is magical – quirkiness, sadness, comedy and in some cases; romance. Doctor Who brings back memories from childhood for older views, and will without a doubt it’ll be something i can look back on from my future and remember it as an amazing show. However, despite my love for Doctor Who, i can’t regret the thoughts of it going down hill – the story lines are getting more complicated and in some cases it seems as if The Doctor is becoming more of a magician rather than a mad man with a box. – Regardless, i still love Doctor Who.

the-big-bang-053: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is spectacular – let me just get that out there straight away. Not many American shows about Geeky Scientists do it for me, but The Big Bang Theory certainly does. Every Single member of the cast is perfectly chosen – especially Sheldon. The main four, Sheldon, Lennard, Rahj and Howard and just so different it makes them such an amazingly formed quartette. Each one has their own qualities and developed stories which we are told about through out the series – My favorite is most definitely a tie between Sheldon and Rahj, Sheldon’s dominant presence is hilarious for someone of his mental capacity and Rahj’s Innocence and witty one-liners popped in here and there is just what makes them two so perfect. The women are also casted perfectly – Penny, Amy and Bernadette are so different but just so perfect for each of their partners. If you haven’t seen the Big Bang Theory yet, you need to get out of your little cave and check it out!

storagehunters4. Storage Hunters

Storage Hunters has increasing started to become a major part of most days – watching hours on end of the amazingly staged program. This is ANOTHER American show, about people bidding for ‘Bins’ of storage that people no longer want or access  – it’s so staged and fake it makes it absolutely hilarious to watch. The auctioneer Sean Kelly has the most annoying but brilliant voice it makes me giggle all the way through. Each bidder has their own little personalities and the on going hatred between Brandon and Lori Bernier and Jesse McClure is absolutely priceless. Sean’s nicknames for each of the bidders are also priceless – calling big black women ‘Queen Latifah’ and calling the lock gutter ‘Green Mile’. It’s just so obviously American, staged and practically amazing it’s unbelievable – you should all check it out, if not for the program it’s self and just the comedy value.

Come-Dine-with-Me-Logo5. Come Dine With Me

Come Dine with Me is a cookery program which, lets face it, is absolutely hilarious. The show has either four or five amateur chefs competing against each other hosting a dinner party for the other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host’s performance with the winner winning a £1,000 cash prize. Most of us have seen Come Dine With Me at one point of our lives – but what makes this tv show so amazing is DAVE LAMB. Dave Lamb is the comical genius who does the bitterly sarcastic commentary, ripping into each contestant one by one. His comments are amazing, because it’s just what everyone is thinking but they don’t have the guts to say it – but oh boy, Dave Lamb does.

Laura’s Top 5 TV Shows:

So I’m struggling with how to rank mine so as most television competitions do I shall announce them in no particular order:

My Favourite TV Show (probably of all time): 

                                                UGLY BETTY

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This has to be one of the greatest TV shows that has ever been created, and I am so so upset that it got cancelled after just four series. I couldn’t understand why such a good show could just end. I couldn’t understand why people could not like this show…hold up, actually I can, even I got frustrated at times when all I wanted to know was just that little week. But that is exactly what makes a good TV show, right? If you are literally on the verge of throwing yourself off the cliff to find the hanger, then the company producing the show and the writers are doing something right. Having viewers craving to know more and more keeps them eager, keeps them keen, and keeps them watching, which is the aim. This was definitely plentiful in Ugly Betty. The cliffhangers they left us with were just unfair. Especially the ones at the end of each series that we then had to wait for an ENTIRE new series to find the answer to. However being a master con artist, actually no, I don’t think that is relevant, I found away around this. After not watching the show for a period of time (god knows why) me and my mother (also a huge fan) decided to buybit extra that would make the whole thing make sense but darn I had to wait til next the complete box set on Amazon, and spent many many days and nights sitting and watching episode after episode until we could leave the story in a place where we weren’t going to claw our eyes out to know the next bit. THAT was a hugely difficult task. I think we decide an honour for managing to find a situation at the end of an episode where we could cope with leaving it til the next day.

ugly-betty-season-3-ugly-betty-7460438-1024-768So the plot? It was so varied and was always changing so I could possibly not explain it to you. It basically teaches the story of a young girl, and how she becomes a success through her own ways and by not conforming to the world of vanity and beauty. It teaches of inner beauty, and I truly believe that that is the constant theme and the constant message throughout the show. The idea is that Betty is ‘ugly’ when she first comes onto our screens, but I’ve always strongly thought and believed that she couldn’t look more beautiful as she did in her first appearances in Season 1. All I would be able to say is just buy the box set (it’s not that expensive at all!) and watch every single episode and you’ll be able to understand why I am so hooked.

The characters were just so brilliant, so perfectly cast, so full of charisma and just so talented. There are simply too many to name, but each individually communicate their own individual message to the audience about who they are. I personally learned a message from all of them, and they each taught me something, an important life message, which I am so grateful to the show and the actors/actresses for creating characters that the audience could so easily connect with.

This is a show that can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can frustrate you and it can make you the happiest person alive. I found that after watching episodes I began to actually become the characters that I watched on screen, especially Amanda. Sassy, sexy and with one hell of an attitude, I found myself saying the things that she would say and adopting her ‘no-care’ attitude. This was followed closely by the character of Betty, as I immediately found myself with the ability to give so many more ‘pep’ talks. You can seriously connect with the show at a more emotional level. It’s not like a typical American show. It’s creative, it’s effortlessly fantastic, and the talent behind it is phenomenal…and that’s what makes it so different, unique and just so brilliant.

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After finishing the box set, I was left saddened and unsatisfied at the ending. It all seemed too rushed and too quick, as opposed to the length of the story lines that had taken part in the four series. The network and writers had attempted to bring closure to all individual stories of the fourth series, but left me with so many questions. So this is when I made my decision to spend my days campaigning to find out more. And I did! I found a literature version of a Season 5 of Ugly Betty and I could not contain my joy! I originally thought this was the actual genuine Season 5, but then realised it was something created by fans, namely a organisation called ‘The Bachelor and Butterfly Committee’. This disheartened me slightly, but when I started reading, it shocked me to find that it was as if the actual writers had written it. The plot and the stories were so similar in style to how the ones of the TV Show were portrayed and the ideas were in such a similar style and portrayed in such a similar way to that of the show.  I could actually imagine the scenes unraveling in my mind, and it was so wonderful to have a glimpse of Ugly Betty being alive again, for me. If there are any fans of Ugly Betty out there, who felt they had many questions at the end of the series, you can find a version of Season Five here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6002738/1/Ugly-Betty-Season-5. This Season Five focuses a lot on Daniel and Betty and portrays what happens to them once they both end up in each others company in England. So for any ‘Detty’ fans out there, these literature episodes are definitely for you! Most of my questions were centered around Daniel and Betty and I personally wanted to see them as a couple (although some people took to the Internet to write articles as to why they’re so not right for each other, which I never understood) so this was perfect for me.

200px-UglyBetty_S1-1-The Committee promised a full 26 episode series, however, are only on Chapter 14, and we’ve been waiting a long time for anything new to be added, so I was very sad when I saw that it had not been updated for a while and finally thought I may have to just learn to survive without Ugly Betty being a part of my life any more.

But I couldn’t do it. I wanted to see more. I wanted more Ugly Betty to be made, and after searching through social networks, discovered that many other people did too. So I was on a mission, and determined to get in touch with the writer. It may seem silly to some, like, how would I make a difference? But I thought better to try and to know, than to never try and to never know what may happen. Starting my research,  I become slowly more disheartened as I read critical reviews and bad press on the show. But watching videos of the characters and how much they would love for the show to continue, and reading comments on blogs about how much the public wanted it back, and my own personal desire kept me going. I gathered a lot of research, found contact details, came up with alternate ideas such as just a series for DVD if it could not get the air time, or just a movie, which had been rumoured to be in talks of being created and began to draft my letter. Unfortunately, school began, GCSE Year 11, and I couldn’t afford to spend any more time on my mission. I had to leave it unfinished, and focus of my studies. However, now starting this blog, and having the ability to communicate with a large community of people, I am determined to finish what I started.

If you want to see Ugly Betty back, please contact me through the comments below or on our Facebook page which you can find in the bar to the right. I would love to find other people that feel the same as me about this fantastic show and would love to bring it back. I know I can’t be the only one.

AMERICA FERRERA

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I do agree with Scarlett on ‘Doctor Who’. I love this show, but I always struggled to understand some of the story lines which I always have to interrupt the show to ask about and getting into the show once there was a new Doctor. I started watching Doctor Who when Christopher Eccleston began as the Doctor and I loved every single minute of it. This was my reasoning behind why I then swore loyalty to Mr Eccleston and swore never to watch the new series of Doctor Who because of the fact he was no longer in it and I believed the show would never be as good without him. I refused to accept David Tennant. However, I did start the watch the new series as it had become something of a family tradition with my Dad and brother. After a short amount of time, I had fallen in love with David Tennant as Doctor Who. His craziness, wacky style sense and pure talent to entertain hooked me instantly and I was drawn in to this new world of Doctor Who with David Tennant. However my ability to understand and grasp some of the story lines didn’t change, so didn’t improve. But with David Tennant as the Doctor, it didn’t matter. My biggest apologies to Christopher Eccleston (who became a very very close second) but David Tennant did become my all time favourite doctor.

So it was my utter delight that David Tennant remained as the Doctor for three series and eight specials. However, when this ended, I was utterly distraught and again, I swore loyalty to Mr Tennant, and refused to watch the next series. Due to family circumstances, I did stick by my oath, and I didn’t begin to watch the new series with Matt Smith, already certain I would neither like him, or the new adventures.

Scarlett, on the other hand, fell in love with Matt Smith and she has hundreds of photos of him and the Doctor Who series plastered all over her walls. I saw snippets of the series including Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) but did not generally follow them up to watch properly. I eventually did come to watch the series properly, but this began when Jenna-Louise Coleman started on the show, and I was so upset I had not watched it sooner. Although David Tennant still remains by favourite Doctor of all time, Matt Smith fell in at second place, cosying up to Christopher Eccleston. I loved the series, and I loved Matt Smith (his craziness just continued from that of David Tennant effortlessly and amazingly-they shared the same energy and the same passion) and I loved his companion, Clara Oswald (what a sassy one she is! :-)) . I just fell in love with the show again, but it seems this series was so short, which is really upsetting. However watching all the episodes on record, it meant I now don’t have to wait as long for November to see a new episode and series! And guess what?! I finally began to understand the story lines which is a miracle in itself. So I thank each and every one of the people behind the scenes at Doctor Who for helping me to do that.

Rumours of David Tennant returning have also made me very excited, so I wait eagerly for November and the Christmas special! 😀

I also like both ‘Come Dine With Me’ and the ‘Big Bang Theory’ but they are not in my Top 5. I also really enjoyed the one episode of  ‘Ghost Adventures’ that I watched during a PD lesson at school. I enjoy all kinds of TV shows very much, it’s so unfortunate that I can’t list them all! 😦

We’d LOVE to hear about what you think of any of these programs or what your top 5 favorite programs are. Get in touch with us through Facebook or comment down below.

Until the next time,

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

Scarlett’s Candy Crush Addiction

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Candy Crush Saga is a variation of match-three games such as Bejeweled. Each level has a game board filled with differently colored candies, and might contain obstacles. The basic move of this game is horizontally or vertically swapping the positions of two adjacent candies, to create sets of three (or more) candies of the same color. Having been a HUGE fan of Bejeweled as a kid I thought i’d download it one day and i’ve never looked back! No only does it entertain me for hours on end, it’s a great way to have little competitions with friends to get to highest level.

Being a free game, Candy Crush already has a wider audience than most games in the app store – it is the highest-grossing app in the Apple and Google app stores, not to mention the most popular app on Facebook: So clearly it’s pretty damn popular! Candy Crush Saga is played more than 600 million times a day and is reportedly bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to King, the creators of Candy Crush Saga.

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  • Ease of access: With Candy Crush being everywhere; your phone, laptop, iPod, iPad etc it never leaves you alone – it’s always there where ever you look so it’s usually just force of habit to play (Especially to me) and it’s so easy to just pick up where you left off.
  • Random Rewards: With Random Rewards coming up most of the time, it’s hard to stop playing the game until you get to that milestone – and usually it’s a lot further than you think – Like Las Vegas shot machines. “People keep responding in the absence of reinforcement hoping that another reward is just around the corner,” says Mark Griffiths, director of the International Gaming Research Unit at the psychology department of Nottingham Trent University.
  • Competition: With most of my Facebook friends, it’s hard to stop playing in case of falling behind others – It’s always great to be number one in something, even when it’s just a silly little game like Candy Crush! Wherever you play it you can connect to Facebook so you can constantly check up on who is beating you and who isn’t.
  • Withdrawal: Because of the lives system, there are periods of time where you can’t play causing withdrawal symptoms for many players. It’s half an hour to wait for one life, so when you’re so close to finishing a section/zone it’s so tempting to buy new lives or sit by your phone for that half an hour just to wait for that one life.

For me, Candy Crush is just plain addictive because I have nothing better to do with my spare time! One little annoyance though – I got up to nearly level 100 and my iPod crashed so i had to reset it: Possibly the most heart breaking moment of my life.

We’d love to hear about your Candy Crush Saga addiction stories! Get in touch with us through Facebook or Comment down below!

Until the next time,

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

Written by: Scarlett

The Joys (and Fabulousness) of Snapchat

snapchatBeing fond users of the photo messaging  app ‘Snapchat’, we thought we’d be fun to tell you why we love Snapchat so much.

For anyone out there who has been in a cave the whole of your life and don’t know what Snapchat is: It is an app where users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to their friends. You can set a time limit for how long recipients can view your Snaps after which they self destruct.

So why do we love snapchat so much?

  • It is the perfect way to keep in touch with your friends when you’re apart, in a different country or time zone as it is completely free – as long as you have internet connection.
  • Sending Snap’s is so much more fun and visual than sending text messages because your facial expressions show a message in their self.
  • Screenshotting is available – so when someone sends you a funny picture which you want to keep to blackmail them with, you can. However, the app does tell the person on the receiving end of the screenshot that you have taken one, so it does set you up for the inevitable ruining of your life.
  • It’s a way to share a moment with a friends in a different way to traditional social networking which is permanent – so a lot more private.
  • The drawing tool is brilliant for making yourself into different characters or for blocking out bits of the picture you don’t want to see. Or for writing your own message when it’s too dark to see a face.
  • You can have three best friends, which means three people appear the top of your contact list and as a Star on your Snapchat profile online. This is basically the people you spam the most with Snapchats. Although recently, it seems to have gone down to two, which basically just upsets us. Myself and Scarlett are of course–or should I say WE’RE–best friends on Snapchat, until Scarlett decided to spam others instead of her beloved Laura.

So what do me and Laura send on Snapchat?

I think that it’s safe to say; Scarlett is the person who spams on snapchat the most, where as Laura sends cute ‘Good Morning’ messages now and again, ones where something has clearly hyped or excited Laura (no filthiness intended) and replies to Scarlett’s snaps (sometimes). Bath time selfies are Scarlett’s favorite type of snap (You don’t see any body, just face)-(you see a lot of body, I have near proof of boobs) and well Laura just likes to spam Scarlett with funny faces now and again when she feels awful for her Snapchat ignorance and rejection of others time and effort to send her snaps. Scarlett also does this, but to everyone on her contacts list (SPAM, SPAM, SPAM!). Both of us also take great delight in sending each other amusing videos about events that have occurred to us in previous days. We also have great pleasure of sending each other pictures of our animals acting like humans. Or the ’20 steps to Multi-coloured hair’, the ‘How To Revise’ and other guides have also been a feature in myself and Scarlett’s snapchats.  We basically have a range of snaps that we send each other of our daily life. Every one is different, so there’s no excuse for boredom. One thing they do have in common though-they are all hilariously funny. Oh, and fabulous.

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Another time we like to use Snapchat is when we’re with family because everyone loves a family photo (especially when it’s an amusing one).

As you can see in this photo, Laura’s Dad is clearly a fabulous an majestic man with his ‘trout pout’ – like I said, the pictures shows so much personality, that’s just one of the reasons Snapchat is perfect for communicating.

In conclusion (as we were always taught to do in History), Snapchat is great because it’s a totally unique way to communicate with those you love, and those you love not so much (possibly a bad decision to send them snaps you don’t want to be help against you for the rest of your life). You should all download it and have much fun laughing at the funny snaps you get sent, and laughing even more at the fact you can screenshot all the embarrassing ones to have for future use.

For Android phones, (like myself) it is free to install and download on the ‘Google Play Store’. For Apple phones, I’m pretty sure that it’ll be the same scenario, except you will need to download it from the Apple store. For Windows phones (like Scarlett’s), I literally have no idea. I imagine they do have the app, and it is free, but I have no idea where you download it from. For any other types of phones, I have no idea. You either need to upgrade, or make use of the beautiful and fabulous internet. But don’t let extra research deter you. IT WILL BE WORTH IT. 

Until the next time,

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

Written by: Scarlett (+A little bit…a lot-ta bit of Laura)

July Favorites

Us girls from Fifty Shades of Fabulous thought that every month we would treat you with a ‘Monthly Favorites’ post to keep you updated as to what is happening in the world of Scavalar and Laulaur. So this is the outcome:

This month is clearly July, and with highs of 32 degrees it’s been a lovely opportunity to go out, have fun and get a tan – which means summer clothes and ice lollies.

Scarlett’s July Favorites:

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Apps: Candy Crush Saga, Snap Chat, Instagram.

Websites: Tumblr, Ebay, Fifty Shades of Geek, Spotify + WordPress.

Music: The Sixth Letter, Leah McFall, The Secret Sisters, Franz Ferdinand.

TV: Ghost Adventures, Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who.

Clothes: Hawaiian Shirts, Sazzy dresses, floral shorts, Ray Bans.

Other: Minecraft, Hair Dye, Ice lollies, School, Zak Bagans, Cocktails, Alien Books.

Most Wanted Item: Jeffery Campbell black cutout ankle boots.

*LAURA’S JULY FAVORITES COMING SOON*

Until the next time,

Stay Safe, Stay warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

A Fabulous Adventure

P1100070 Us girls of ‘Fifty Shades of Fabulous’ had a thrilling day today so we thought we’d treat you all with a lovely post about what today’s adventures entailed, and this is the outcome:

We met up in our usual rendezvous place around 11 after, being the clever girl she is, Scarlett forgot to lock her door and had to run all the way home to lock it (Whoopsy). After that dilemma had been resolved, we took our final stroll around school and said goodbye to the teachers that are leaving and for Laura to faff, give thank you cards and to get our yearbooks signed- as always, Scarlett got rather overwhelmed with emotions after saying goodbye to her favorite teacher and started blubbering like a baby. I’m just an emotional person okay!? Two hours down the line, and we thought it’d be best if we vacated the school premises for the very last time – Good Bye School! You will be missed.

P1100182After that emotional trip, we met up with our fabulous friends: Isaac and Gyllene who greeted us with moaning about our lengthy trip around school. We then took a trip to various shops to buy enough liquids to keep us hydrated for the whole day – Water, Orange Juice, Irn-Bru, 7UP, J2O, Grape Soda and Energy Drinks so it’s safe to say we had enough. We also had to get ‘Fab’ ice lollies, because we thought we’d celebrate the opening of this fabulous new blog with a relevant item of food.

The trip then took us to a beautiful little spot we like to call ‘V-Shape’ because, to your amazement, it’s in the shape of a V – i know, baffling stuff. V-Shape is a little stream type area with sun and shade, so a perfect spot for us to go on such a beautiful day. We sat there from around 2-5:30 taking many photos which you can view here.

P1100059As V-Shape comes with it’s own built in pool, we though we’d go for a little paddle and being the cleverer of the two, Scarlett brought a spare Hawaiian shirt to wear in the water and Laura brought nothing. Therefore Scarlett came to the rescue and agreed to let Laura wear her dress sacrificing her dryness while walking home just to save Laura’s – I know, a great friend.

We ended the day by walking, or in Scarlett’s case; limping home (Because her shoes were giving her blisters *Cry*) but of course we had to stop off at Laura’s house for Scarlett to retrieve her dress – as usual while at Laura, Scarlett was given a drink and fed ham. Then Laura’s fabulous mother; Carolyn, gave Scarlett a lift home because of her poorly feet – Thanks Carolyn!

The highlight of the day was most definitely when a random dog ran up to us, pondered around for a second and then went and urinated all over Gyllene’s bag – priceless.

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Many thanks to Isaac and Gyllene for making this day a fabulous one for us.

Until the next time,

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Hydrated and Stay Fabulous!

xo

Written by: Scarlett