I’ve visited the National Space Centre a few times for a Starry Night Ball and general entry so it was amazing to get the chance to see the centre at night! I made sure to do my make-up all space-like and of course, threw on my space jacket for the occasion! I couldn’t wait to explore!
Spoiler: It doesn’t.
Some people believe in astrology, and that’s fine… If you like that sort of thing. A feeling that fate is acting on you in some way. Or there’s some higher power that’s watching over you. Or your Hogwarts letter got lost in the post… whatever you like to believe! But please…
I know that I am super ahead of the trend ‘n’ all that, but when I found out that the Pantone of the Year was Ultraviolet, I just jumped for joy. Last year’s Pantone, Luminous Green just wasn’t my thing, (but anyway that’s so 2017.)
After having an Ultraviolet blog theme and tons of galaxy-laden clothes for my whole life, the trend setters have finally caught up with me… and designers are going mad for the colour and it’s space-like associations!
So here are just a few reasons why I love this Ultraviolet Pantone of the Year!
We all know that there are a LOT of sci-fi stories out there. I mean, there are whole sections of book shops dedicated to the genre. Speaking of which, I now sponsor one! I pledged to help my local BookShop’s expansion and they let me brand their sci-fi section. In celebration, I decided to explore what makes a good sci-fi story?
To answer this question, I took 2 sample texts, from “Amy’s Storys” (sic) written by 8-year-old me, to analyse as core texts. It’s as good a starting point as any…
Last weekend, my other half and I went to the National Space Centre! It was super fun and informative – definitely worth at least one trip if you want to broaden your mind and get some new information about our universe! I thought I’d write a National Space Centre Review as it was amazing and I would go again for sure. We got an annual pass for the price of one ticket (!) so we plan to go again with friends.
We had a ticket to see a planetarium show which was held in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. You can choose from a look at the universe as a whole or stories behind some of our constellations. The lady who presented the show was very enthusiastic and I loved hearing more about the Greek mythology related to the constellations.
Some things I learned from the planetarium exhibit:
- Some space objects are named M followed by a number because Charles Messier just labelled things he found with his initial and a number in the order he found them – how very imaginative!
- We can’t map all the galaxies because our own galaxy blocks the half of our view.
- The big and little dipper constellations are named for a Greek legend of a mother and son who were turned into bears and thrown into space!
I really liked how they relayed the information in the centre to you. It wasn’t centred around children only which it can often be at science museums, it was perfect for us too. The level of interactivity was so high! There were whole areas where you could test your skills as an astronaut, a simulation of a moon landing and you could lose hours watching all the videos and playing the mini-games.
They had some real rockets in the eating area with a multi-layer mezzanine so you could see them from top to bottom. That was certainly a highlight of the day!
There were SO many facts in there that you’d have to visit a few times to really take it all in! There were whole areas dedicated to rockets, sci-fi, the life of astronauts. So many planetary facts and the entire history of space exploration across the world. Here are just a few things I learned along the way:
- The first ever Sci-Fi movie was French and called “La Voyage Dans le Lune”. It involved scientists that looked more like wizards.
- What it’s like to wash your hair in space. (You gather a very small amount of water droplets as best you can and pull them through your hair.)
- Saturn if very small (or we had a huge bath) would float in water
I wanted to buy EVERYTHING in the onsite shop but as it’s my birthday coming up I wasn’t allowed! In the end, I bought some “astronaut” food which I will try out soon. Once my birthday is over I am definitely going to go back for more!
I am constantly searching for inspiration for my space themed stuff. The National Space Centre was definitely full of that- for both my blog and artwork. I discovered that I really love how space exploration changed throughout history and the links between the old and new methods. The history of the constellations was definitely a highlight for me!
Anytime I feel spaced out (pun intended), I am going to revisit and fuel my thoughts!
After finding a few Millionaire’s Shortbread recipes online and in magazines, I thought… It could be SUPER easy to adapt these traditional recipes to make them perfect for a space themed party!
I based the quantities for this no-bake recipe on how much of the ingredients I had in my house, but you can change these up depending on how many pieces you want to make! Also, a lot of people make their own shortbread base but I have NO time for that so… I used shortbread biscuits!
Ignition sequence start…
200g Shortbread biscuits
50g butter (for base)
100g butter (for caramel)
150g demerara sugar
1 can of condensed milk
150g dark chocolate
150g white chocolate
Purple and blue gel food colourings
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!
Firstly crush the shortbread up with the end of a rolling pin with cling film over the top. You could get a little bit obsessive about this like me and make sure that the grains are even with no lumps and bumps, after all, the smaller the pieces the better it will stick together.
Add the 50g butter and mix it through, then press the biscuits hard to form an even base. I’ve learned from my previous cheesecake recipe, that it’s a good idea to use baking paper underneath! Pop in the fridge to chill while you make the caramel. (about 15 mins)
Commencing countdown, engines on…
To make the caramel centre layer, heat up the 100g butter and the sugar on a low heat until all the sugar has melted and it’s not grainy. Then add the condensed milk and bring up to a rapid bubble (you may need to increase the heat a little).
You will find that the mixture starts to get a little tougher to stir as it thickens – this means it’s done! Tip it onto your newly chilled base and pop it back in the fridge.
Next, melt the chocolate into three bowls (all the dark, and split the white into 2). I did this by popping a bowl over boiling water, but you could do it in a pan on low heat or in the microwave. Add a few drops of the gel colouring into the separated white chocolate – I opted for blue and purple for a galactic theme!
Failure is not an option…
Next, making sure that the caramel has set, smooth out all the dark chocolate on the top and then dollop the mixture on top at random. Swirl and create a marbled nebula effect with a chopstick then scatter on your stars – there is no right way to do this, just throw them everywhere!
Ready for a Space themed Party!
Pop it back in the fridge for a few hours (I went to see Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2 at the cinema when I’d finished and it was done when I got back!), then this is the bit where I internally scream every time. Pull the shortbread from the tin and peel away the baking paper from underneath as neatly as you can. Did anything fall off? No? Awesome!
I learned from this recipe to cut the shortbread into pieces using a hot knife as it’s the best way to cut through the top layer of chocolate. This made around 30 pieces give or take.
And there you have it! What do you think?
As it’s my birthday soon I thought I’d post a Space themed gifts wish-list of mine… Just some tiny hints in case anyone (or a certain someone) need some ideas! I hope it also inspires you and gives you an insight into the kind of things you can find if you’re looking for space themed stuff!
1. Starry Night Dress by Cakes with Faces
This is such a cute little dress! I am not into astrology but the science of stars, and constellation themed items I adore! It’s amazing just how much stuff is out there (in the material and the metaphysical sense).
2. Glitter Star Hair Clips by Crown and Glory
I feel like these in gunmetal or silver would look great now my hair’s gone purple. I just want to adorn it with sparkle! Short of covering myself in glitter, Crown and Glory have some amazing starry accessories… including a STUNNING dip-dyed veil that I MUST have for when I get married. Not that I’m even engaged yet…
3. Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
Full title, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, looks absolutely stunning and really interesting! I went ahead and bought this one (this is the problem with making wishlists of affordable, beautiful items!) It is incredibly illustrated and I love the writing style.
4. Atom & Planet Necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity
As some may know, I wear the hell out of the necklace from my previous Space Princess gift guide. EE’s whole range is stunning and space-based and I look at them longingly every lunch break in the office! These colours are just perfect.
5. SpaceShip Bag by SkinnyDip
I added this bag to my wishlist after seeing it in Brighton… until I realised it was from LAST SEASON! *shock horror* Rather than miss out my friend got it for me and sent it in the post. (PaperBag Blog- thank you!) It helps to know lovely people! So… this is on here to show it off really (Sorry, not sorry) and give a shout-out to SkinnyDip for designing something so cool.
6. Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell
Full title “Fun Science: A Guide to Life, the Universe and why Science is so Awesome” by Charlie McDonnell has sparked my interest as it discusses everything from the largest things comprehensible to humans right down to the smallest atoms. Charlie (Charlieissocoollike) began producing science related videos on YouTube and I followed him for many years – I really want to support his venture as an author!
7. 3D Star Globe by Luckies
A 3D map of the night sky would both informative and beautiful hanging from my ceiling. Alternatively, an actual constellation globe with a transparent base would also be awesome on my office desk… but a little out of my budget!
8. Star Stud Earrings by Stray Jewellery
I am always on the outlook for earrings that can tie in with my outfits. I’ve been going for a lot of galaxy-inspired and space themed stuff recently. Even if I have to dress like your average person (boo) for work or an event, I still like to set it off with something astronomical!
9. Planetarium Paperweight by Present Indicative
I know what you’re probably thinking, it’s a bit odd… But it’s REALLY cool and I feel like I could look at it for ages. I first saw it in the Stedelijk Museum Shop in Amsterdam but it was closing and they rushed me out of the shop. I am kinda glad I did though because it’s now introduced me to a whole new website that has cool nerdy gifts! Their whole astronomy section is AWESOME.
10. Cat in Space Mug by CyberDog
I thought to myself that if I never saw another “themed” mug ever again, it would be too soon! But then, I saw this one. Space AND cats? Yeah, go on then.
11. Galaxy Skater Dress by Glitterbomb
This has been on my wish list for aaaages. I’m absolutely in love with it – the colours are amazing (and I already have the necklace!)
12. Space themed Swirl Coloured Pencils
I added these in even though I bought them for myself. I’ve been told I don’t need any more stationery items BUT the leads are coloured to match the nebulas primary colours SO… had to be done. The pencils came from a little boutique in Amsterdam but you could get them here.
And to round it all off, what would an astronomy lover be without an awesome telescope?
Until Next Time,
As it’s International Astronomy Day today (29th April), I decided to get myself back on track with a post about why I chose this subject in the first place. I realise I haven’t really done any astronomy related posts but it’s because I felt I didn’t know enough / it would be a lot of tertiary research. Then I realised why my real passion for the subject and the theme really shines through!
So here is a little insight into the why I love Space, the Universe and everything space themed.
It reminds us how small we are but also how awesome we are
If you go to any planetarium you will often get an introduction showing just how vast we have discovered our universe to be. As humans, we need everything to be a scale/comparison to fathom the size of an object and even when it’s spoon fed to us sometimes it’s just incomprehensible. That can be pretty daunting, but I take comfort in it sometimes.
It makes for some of the best photographs
It’d be great to get out into the middle of nowhere and take some long exposures to see what hidden gems we can pick up! I absolutely love some of the photographs. Good people to follow for this sort of stuff are The Hubble Scope,, Exogalaxies and JoshKirkley to name but a few!
My good friend Geoffrey, who takes a lot of my featured astrophotography, has some perfect pictures in his portfolio! Mostly he focuses on things a little closer to home, but they’re all amazing!
It’s one of the most interesting science subjects
One of the best things about astronomy is that there is always new information to explore, something disproving our original theories and the whole time we are finding out more about our universe. Some of my favourite places to visit are Science Museums. They’re often aimed at kids but they also hold a wealth of information for adults too. One of my dreams is to visit the Kennedy Space Centre!
Everything Galaxy Patterned is absolutely perfect
I absolutely adore galaxy patterned fashion and accessories. I’ve loved it for a long time but now I’m always on the look-out. I previously published my Space Princess Gift Guide and nearer to my birthday I will post my space themed gift wishlist.
My Latest Purchase ^_^
It helps with Escapism
There’s so much going on in the world: with the doomsday clock reaching the closest to midnight it’s been since 1960, scientific research being put on the back-burner and other baffling political decisions being made everywhere it’s good to just escape once in a while. Looking out into the void and remembering what could be out there makes all of the small issues seem even smaller. It definitely helps you to clear your mind!
Some of the best stories and franchises are based on it
A scientist summoned to speak to aliens. A galactic empire at war with itself. A dystopian future with an astral escape route. Space offers us so many directions a writer/director/producer can go with their science fiction. It’s my favourite genre.
I could go on forever about all the games, books, franchises, films, toys and TV programs that are inspired by the great unknown! But there are way too many to mention. In the future, I aim to do a few posts introducing some of my favourites!
Space themed food is the tastiest (and definitely the most colourful!)
I am always on the look-out for new recipes that I can adapt into a spacey theme. My galaxy cheesecake was a super success and soon I plan to make another space recipe! I am always finding inspiration for this increasingly popular theme for baking!
It inspires beautiful Designs
Satin and Tat (who I write blog posts for) have produced 2 invite designs that are perfect for space themed weddings. This is the kind of thing that is exactly up my street design wise; I mean come on, I designed my entire blog around it!
It’s beautiful, awe-inspiring and my favourite place to get inspiration. I am looking forward to the day that I can produce some artwork good enough to show off, but I am working on some galaxy ink-works (watch this space!)
There could be others like us out there
New Scientist Magazine confirms that there is huge potential for life on one of Saturn’s moons, after finding the perfect balance of gases and needed for a specific microorganism to thrive! That’s super exciting! There’s potential for life that could outlive us by hundreds of thousands of years!
In a little older news, the awesome guys and gals at NASA found a whole new solar system with 7 earth-size planets. We have literally no idea how much potential there is for not only life but sentient beings like us living 40 light years away.
I can’t wait to see what else they can uncover about these mysterious planets! Let’s hope whatever they find there is better at looking after their own planets than we are of ours…
Happy International Astronomy Day!
Hope you all have an awesome day, wherever you are in the ether! I might have to celebrate with cake…
So as most of you can tell, I am pretty much the authority on being cool… So I thought I’d share my grand knowledge with you all in the form of an A-Z on being cool 100% of the time.
Also officially introducing part of my new Logo courtesy of Satin and Tat!
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet.” – From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
You don’t all have to be called Amy to be cool, but it just helps!
I think reading is super important for the soul. I’d say if you can’t afford to travel, then read. You’ll broaden your mind either way, and I don’t just mean with the mindless drivel you get in your local newspaper. Escape to another world, particularly when ours doesn’t go in the right direction… I love all kinds of fiction books but my favourite genre is time travel… give me a paradoxical nightmare and I am there! (or then?)
The best way to make an epic skyscraper is to lay some solid foundations and my childhood was pretty amazing (kudos to my parents). I think the best way to make sure your child grows up to be as cool as I, is to dress them in an Austen-esque dress regardless of gender or current trends. It will help get them on the track to a 100% cool factor.
I draw most of the day when I am bored but nothing ever becomes more than a scribble on a page. If I spend more than an hour on a single drawing then it’s a rarity. The pressures of social media make us feel like everything needs to be of a certain skill level to share with others, but don’t be afraid to draw every day, just for the joy in it!
Sometimes you just need to freak out at how insignificant you are to put things into perspective when you’re worrying too much! Just chill! Sometimes I think things in the shower, such as… the water that passes over you now, has existed for billions of years, has touched so many living things and will never touch you again. Does it really matter if you don’t finish that thing today? Probably not.
Your shared experiences help add to who you are. There are a select few I would call my true friends. The ones who add to my daily life, who I truly care for and place importance in. They help to make me who I am and for that, I’m really thankful. Okay, mushy stuff over.
Okay, so if you’re still reading this may not be the first time you’ll want to roll your eyes (and it may not be the last.) I hate the whole “gamer chick” cliche and all that comes with it. I just want to say I LOVE GAMES. Please talk to me about games. Introduce me to games. Tell me things about cool games. I am not talking about FIFA or Battlefield… Think Bioshock, Life is Strange… Works of art in game form. GIMME.
One of the first things people notice about me is my hair. People tell me (frankly ridiculous) things like, “You should see what your hair is like straight!” How about HELL NO. Why would I take something that makes me unique, and then change it to fit in with everyone else? Do you even know me?!
Why do things the most direct way when you can do them in a completely convoluted way? Always act first and never think about what you’re going to do until it’s done… *facepalm*
Have a super smart boyfriend who helps to keep you on the right track towards being an ultra-nerd. You always need someone around who can fuel your passions and encourage you to pursue your dreams. Just when you think you’re starting to feel like life is a little bit ordinary or dull, you’ll both start dancing in the kitchen to National Express, and all will be right again with the world.
Kooky – See Quirky.
Like many adults clinging to their youth, I have a huge passion for Lego. It’s one of those things you wish you had more of as a kid but it’s only affordable if you’re an adult with a bit of expendable income. I collect mini-figs (… those are the little people…) and I’d say it’s the first collection that I’ve been really passionate about!
My Little Pony
Bronies are the coolest. I don’t care what people say. Their fandom rivals that of Harry Potter, Sherlock and Dr Who combined. We aren’t all trilby wearing weirdos and MLP is ACTUALLY AMAZING. Did you enjoy cartoons as a kid? Do you like them as an adult? If so then give MLP a try – it’s not just for little girls.
I was born at the end of the ’80s and so I grew up with all the new privileges of the ’90s and early ’00s. That perfect timing right where technologies became household necessities as I grew up. At this age, we have the ability to adapt to new things with a progressive respect and no fear of the new. We remember the days where we had to turn off the internet to use the phone and somehow it makes us have a respect for the wonders of tech too.
Despite being illogical in everyday situations I am super organised in the long term. I have at least 3 diaries, calendars and journals to make sure my time is organised!
We all have phases in our teens. The times when we look back with a grimace and a swift self-edit. My purple-cord phase was one of those times but everyone should have a phase like this. If you didn’t, I don’t think that anyone could consider you to be cool.
So pretty much anyone who identifies themselves as “quirky” is a bit of a tool. But you try thinking up with something to describe yourself beginning with Q! I like quirky, as a word. I learned that there isn’t really a direct translation for quirky in some languages, and that’s a massive shame. Kooky is the closest but it doesn’t quite cut it unless you’re the kind of quirky that lives with a hundred cats in a shack in the woods.
Of course, I had to drop Harry Potter in here somewhere. I have a huge passion for Harry Potter (as you can probably tell from my previous posts). Ravenclaws have a thirst for knowledge and value wisdom, and that makes them super cool! If you too are a Ravenclaw then don’t worry – you’re just as sane as I am.
I have a real passion for Space-themed items, and try to fit them into my life wherever possible. If you want to do the same you might want to check out my Space Princess Gift Guide or Space Cheesecake posts!
Tiny Versions of big things
Ever look at a small version of something and just go EEK! THAT’S ADORABLE. This only happens to me… every day. Check out ThingsForAnts on Reddit if you want more examples of this. I also have a passion for tiny versions of food! I follow YouTubers such as Tiny Kitchen by Tastemade! So satisfying to watch!
Make sure that all your outfits definitely don’t stand out from the crowd. Opt for plain colours like BEIGE and make sure you don’t see a pattern in sight. That’s the key to making sure that you blend in really well… Pfft.
Vintage style is one of my passions – My hair just lends itself to victory rolls and you pretty much won’t see me out without a 50s style dress on. Every year I visit Goodwood Revival because it’s a haven of vintage culture that I get swept up in. It’s the best place on earth, probably! I love anything with an iconic history and I don’t just mean clothes. I can lose myself in a bric-a-brac store for hours, just checking out all the weird and wonderful items.
Blogging for personal reasons is relatively new to me but I think I’d have been 20% cooler if I’d started doing it earlier. You can talk as much as you want, about whatever you want and you’ll have a load of fun memories from the process. I have been a blogger for Brooklyn Bridal for a year and a half now, and have recently started a new venture with Satin & Tat. Without sounding like Monica, I am pretty wedding obsessed. I think it stems from my love for parties, and after all – isn’t that what mostly what a wedding is?!
I am a self-proclaimed feminist and I believe in breaking the stigma when we talk about women as pretty before we see them as clever or passionate or curious. I am proud to be a woman and all that involves! As is my good friend Lizzie who I collaborated with to make a feminist infographic! (and sells feminist art on her Etsy.)
Grab opportunities that life throws at you with both hands. We aren’t talking about a Yes-Man scenario but by saying yes to more things it just makes life more interesting. YES- I’ll take art classes with you… I’ll come on that trip… LET’S DO THIS THING! One of my goals is to say yes to more things.
This is a perfect word to describe me which I only found when trying to come up with things that being with Z. It has all of the descriptions with none of the negative connotations. I am of course not saying that you all must be like me but I embrace it as something that makes me who I am! Deal with it, dudes.
Well, you’ve made it to the end of this educational post and just by getting this far you have probably started noticing yourself changing into an awesome nerd.
Good luck with being cool 100% of the time!
Until Next Time
So I’m not exactly a culinary legend…
…but I’m not scared to give anything a go! So when I saw there was a trend online for making unicorn related cakes, I thought… why not adapt it and make a Space Cheesecake? The recipe I mostly adapted from used American pre-made bases, so I thought I’d go British and go for a traditional buttery biscuit base! I got some advice from my older and wiser colleagues who know about these kinds of things, and got to work!
Disclaimer: I cannot (!) make anything without trashing the kitchen… But I just like to think the mess is a reflection of how much fun I had making the thing!
Ignition sequence start…
So first of all, the ingredients. As you can see all of my core ingredients are from Tesco but there are other places to get these things!
200g digestive biscuits
500g (or about 2 tubs of soft cheese)
250ml heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla essence
White or silver sprinkles
Just a note: it’s best to use gel colours as they’re much better than your normal runny ones. I bought mine here.
You’ll also need an electric whisk!
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…
The original recipe used a pre-bought Graham-cracker base but I am not American (nor lazy!) so for mine, I ended up crushing up 2 parts digestive biscuits to 1 part melted butter.
I crushed the biscuits by using the end of a rolling pin in a bowl (they break up super easily). I then melted the butter in a pan and combined them.
Then I laid the biscuit crumbs into a well-buttered tin (mine was a cake tin with a removable base) and pushed down with the flat of a spoon to make sure the base was nice and firm.
Commencing countdown, engines on…
Next, I used an electric whisk to blitz together the soft cheese and sugar, and then once it was combined, chucked in the cream and then continued to whisk until there were “Stiff peaks“. Now, I hadn’t done this before and thought… how will I know when it’s done that? But trust me – you’ll know! At this point, add the vanilla extract and mix in.
Failure is not an option…
Next, I separated this mix into 3 bowls so I could add the gel colours. I opted for blue, purple and pink (something wasn’t quite right about a black cheesecake…)
I didn’t want to compromise the flavour of the space cheesecake by adding too much colouring, so I didn’t go too brave and make it really dark… but the colours still worked really well!
Splodge all the mixture into small alternating dollops (technical terms…) onto the top of the base at random, and then marble them by swirling around with a chopstick.
Cake (and grief counselling) will be available at the conclusion of the test…
To finish, I smoothed off the top with a spatula and then scattered my white decorations at random. It needed to then be chilled for 6 hours in the fridge before removing from the tin and Voilà! The space cheesecake was ready to eat, and oh my gosh was it good!
So what do you think?!
Until Next Time