It’s been a little while since I got excited enough about something to put up a Harry Potter related post, but after my recent trip to York, I just had to. After visiting The Shambles which was actually one of the inspirations behind Diagon Alley, I was immersed once more into the world of Harry Potter. Check out some of my favourite shops!
Muggle Musings is coming to an end this weekend and it’s broken my heart a little bit, but I know deep down that it’s for the best. It’s been the most brilliant thing ever, running my own discussion group and getting to know such a wonderful group of people. I feel I’ve learned so much during such a short time so I wanted to share it with you.
If being a Ravenclaw means being more like Luna Lovegood, then count me in. That girl is literally the fictional manifestation of all I wished I could have been during school. There are so many moments where Luna is the most perfect character in the Harry Potter series and in true celebration of her birthday (February 13th) I thought I’d write a post about just how flawless she really is.
2017 in general has been one of the best years ever, fuelled in part to my blog. Not including all the life events I’ve been through this year, my blog has allowed me to set myself goals, think about my photography and find new places to explore! So let’s take a look back on my year’s blogging highlights!
I will be next writing to you in February!
I am on hiatus for January; a chance to get creative, do some prep to get ahead and get some goals completed! This year has been non-stop and I feel like a break to recuperate is in order… (Unless I get bored and want to post, which is just as likely!)
So without further ado, here are just a few of the blogging highlights of my year…
26th June marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! This is Part 2 of my two-part series of Harry Potter party inspiration from my birthday party! Below is all my Harry Potter Party food; to find out what I did for my invitations and decor click here! For more… read below!
I had a lot of ideas for Harry Potter party food and wanted to make sure that people knew what they were called! As with all aspects of my themed parties, everything was going to be a reference: from the food to the wall decor, the drinks to the games. First off I got some mini-metal keys, black ribbon and printed out some labels onto parchment style paper…
For most of my twenties, I’ve been hosting themed parties (Disney, Video Game Characters etc…) and so this year for my birthday I hosted a Harry Potter themed party!
Harry Potter is one of my favourite things ever and next week is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book! So in conjunction with this and my birthday party, I thought I’d do two posts about my Harry Potter Party Inspiration! Part one below is my Harry Potter Party Decorations and Invitations, followed by part 2 next week (June 24th) for food/drinks and games!
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.
I know a lot of people won’t be in the habit of buying one of each of the Harry Potter Sweets available at the HP Studio tour, so I thought I’d do a little review to help you pick the best if and when you go (or to get from their online store.) I purchased 5 items that were featured in the books, rather than the Harry Potter brand name stuff as it seemed a bit more authentic.
This weekend I visited the House of Mina Lima Exhibition in Soho. I went with a group of friends / fans of the books. I decided not to go too over the top and wear a costume or anything so I just went for a witchy dress, my Ravenclaw hoody and Head Girl badge… So not that much at all…
The Mina Lima Exhibition
For those not familiar, Mina Lima is the graphic arts company responsible for the graphics within the Wizarding World. So that’s the book covers, the potion bottles, the icon signage… all the little details that helped to make the Harry Potter movies a true reflection of the world created by JK Rowling.
You, like me, may not realise the amount that these affect the overall tone of the movies and realise just how many graphics there were! The Harry Potter saga is full of amazing props over the course of the 8 films. The Mina Lima Exhibition filled two floors and with the release of the Fantastic Beasts movie, I also got to experience an entire 3rd floor of related print artwork.
The house itself
The place looked as if the whole thing had been created separately and then mortared together. There were creaky floorboards, slanted stairs and ceilings; the whole thing was reminiscent of a creaky abandoned house, filled with iconic imagery and props.
The Daily Prophet. Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. HoneyDukes Sweets.
Hogwarts Acceptance Letters. Ministry Propaganda Posters.
Howlers. House Crests. The Quibbler! All these magical quirks that make Harry Potter completely different from all the other fandoms and have brought the world to life were inside.
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima (whose names sound like they’re straight out of a Hogwarts alumni directory!) have been honoured as eponymous characters in the Harry Potter World.
And that’s for good reason! Their attention to detail is astonishing and although I wouldn’t consider myself a graphic arts enthusiast I can definitely appreciate the amount of effort that goes into creating things like this.
The shop was absolutely wonderful. In the end, I just had to buy some badges and postcards. Later, I regretted not buying myself a print so I splashed out on a Ravenclaw one.
It was wonderful to be encapsulated by this world that I’ve grown up in once more.
Have you ever visited the Mina Lima Exhibition? What makes the Harry Potter movies magical for you?