All About 2016

I’m back after a super long unexplained hiatus. Explanation: Schoolwork. I do have a few posts lined up now though.

I made a lot of changes (& friends) this year, & even though some parts of this year weren’t too good, I wouldn’t change a second of it.

Since it’s the last day of 2016, here’s a rewind, like I’ve done for the past 2 years on this blog. 

Cheers to the 366 days gone by and the 365 days to come.
*clanks champagne glass that’s filled with Sprite because I’m underage*

Top 5 New Books

  • Camera (Wattpad book)
  • The Lost World by Michael Crichton
  • Super (Wattpad book)
  • Serial First Dater (Wattpad book)
  • KITEP (Wattpad book)


Top 5 New Movies 

  • 500 Days of Summer
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • Now You See Me
  • Now You See Me 2

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      Top 5 New Obsessions

      • Hair Dye//Mermaid Hair
      • Peach coloured things
      • Physics in general
      • Songs from 2000-2010
      • VicariouslyVirginia (she’s a youtuber & I LOVE her)

        Hair goals. Mine didn’t turn out like this though. A post on that later.

        Virginia is flawless.


        Top Songs

        • Work- Rihanna ft. Drake
        • Work from Home- Fifth Harmony
        • Surfboard- Cody Simpson
        • Cheap Thrills-Sia
        • Your Number – Ayo Jay
        • Iko Iko – Sia
        • All I Want 
        • Dessert – Silento
        • Alone – Marshmello
        • Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
        • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
        • One Dance – Drake
        • Like a G6- Far East Movement
        • Ride -Lowell ft. Icona Pop
        • Oh My Love- The Score
        • Heavy Dirty Soul -Twenty One Pilots

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          Happy 2017 everybody!

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          Until next time  year,
          Briar

          Disclaimer : None of the photos in this post are mine

          (Almost) All About 2014

          2014 was a weird year for me, in both a good way & a bad way. And I don’t know whether you can tell or not, but I just learned that I suck at writing end-of-the-year posts (as this is my first one ever ha XD).
          I don’t exactly know what I should write in this post, so I’ll just list my top 5 books, top 5 movies, top 5 new obsessions, & top 5 songs of this year, & end with what I expect from 2015.
          Top 5 Books (in no particular order)

          •  The Fault In Our Stars
          • The Percy Jackson Series
          • Threads
          • The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
          • Living High School to the Fullest (Wattpad book)

          Top 5 Movies

          • Mockingjay Part I
          • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Andrewww *swoon*)
          • Interstellar
          • Monsters University (Yes I watched it in 2014 XD And I LOVED it.)
          • Frozen (I watched this quite late too…and then I wondered why I hadn’t gone to watch it 2 months earlier while it was still in theatres :/ )

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          Top 5 New Obsessions (in no particular order)

          • Bucket Lists
          • Youtubers // Blogs
          • Everything Percy Jackson
          • Pastel Colours
          • Lame Jokes

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          Top 5 Songs (in no particular order)

          • Stockholm Syndrome by One Direction (actually, the whole Four album heehee :D)
          • Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi
          • Don’t Stop by 5SOS
          • Masterpiece Theatre I by Marianas Trench
          • Break Your Little Heart by All Time Low
          • All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran
          • Boom Clap by Charli XCX
          • All of the Lights by Kanye West
          • Live My Life by Far East Movement
          • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy

          What I expect from 2015

          I don’t exactly know what to expect from 2015. I just want it to be crazy, unpredictable & awesome. You know, the usual 😀

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          Getting excited for the new year ahead,

          Briar

          Question – Have you made any new years’ resolutions yet?

          Learning From Fiction – Teens Can Write, Too! December 2014 Blog Chain

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          TCWT prompt for this month: “What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?”

          Guys, I really, really, really like this prompt, because, to be honest, books have taught me more about life than 14 years of school will ever be able to.

          Gather around the bonfire, children – I’m going to tell you about the lessons I’ve learnt.

          I have learnt a LOT from a LOT of books, & I don’t think I’ll be able to write it all down here, wherefore tonight I’ll be telling you about the lessons I’ve learnt from my top three favourite books.

          Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling  <<might contain spoilers>>

          J.K. Rowling is our queen. Such a brilliant plot and such brilliant lessons? Amazing.

          Okay, so the first & the most important thing I learnt from this book is that, it’s okay to be a little different, & a little weird. Look at Luna Lovegood. She was a little different, & a little crazy, but that’s what made her awesome.

          No.2 : Never, ever judge a person. Look at Snape. Not everything is what it seems.

          No.3 : It’s not what a person is, it’s who a person is. Stereotypes are wrong. Remus Lupin? Yep, he was a werewolf. So? Did that define his behaviour? No.

          No.4 : Your family doesn’t necessarily define you. Draco Malfoy’s family didn’t define him. Sirius Black’s family didn’t define him.

          No. 5 : In the end, it doesn’t matter what you fought with, what matters is what you fought for. Draco fought with Harry to save his family.

          No. 6 : The Weasley family taught me about how important family is.

          No. 7: Neville Longbottom taught me about bravery. It isn’t about being fearless, but it’s about having fears & facing them.

          No. 8: Fred & George Weasley taught me about how important laughter is, & that life shouldn’t always be taken that seriously.

          No. 9: Hermione Granger taught me about standing up for ourselves, & how important proper education is.

          No. 10: Ron Weasley taught me that it is alright to not always be perfect, & that loving to eat is perfectly acceptable. And remember that little incident before his first Quidditch match? Yeah, the most important ingredient in the recipe for success is believing in yourself.

          No. 11: Dobby taught me about being loyal to one’s friends & the struggle many people go through for freedom.

          No. 12: Harry & Hedwig’s relationship taught me about the love for our pets (guys I’m going to start crying).

          The Look by Sophia Bennett

          My best friend gifted me a copy of this novel last year on my birthday, & words can’t express my gratitude to her for introducing me to this amazing book & amazing author. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN. Trisha, if you’re reading this – THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN.

          Tiny summary-ish thing <<no spoilers>>

          It’s about this girl Ted (her & I are sort-of the same age – parfait) who suddenly gets, um, thrown/whirled/involved in a career (it’s modelling, if you’re wondering) she had never considered. And then she is getting told by, like, half the people in the industry that she encounters that she’s plain perfect for it, but the rest of the people don’t feel the same way. Her mother is against modelling. Her best (& only) friend makes fun of the people in the industry. And Ted has always known that she isn’t gorgeous. Her sister Ava is the gorgeous one, isn’t it so? Yea, maybe, but the people at the modelling agency are fawning over Ted. Ted is confused. Then suddenly, Ava gets diagnosed with cancer, & she may or may not survive. Ted’s world gets turned upside down. Should she become a model, or not? What will the people around her think? And what about Ava’s condition? And her mother’s views?

          (Eh, why did I even write a summary? I need to be talking about the lessons I learnt from this book.)

          Okay, so the first thing I learnt from this book is that there will always be times when you have to take a huge decision & the people around you that you care about don’t approve of your decision (Daisy, Mum), & then there will also be a few people who encourage you to just go for it (Ava).

          It also taught me (though I don’t think that taught is the best possible word here, but you know what I mean, right?) that we all have dreams that we are too shy to tell others about because we’re afraid that they will judge us, but we shouldn’t be, because they’re our dreams, & dreams are actually what make life worth living.

          I think that it also deals with issues of body image (I’m probably the only reader of this book who thinks that) & confidence, especially the way young cancer patients start to look at themselves after undergoing chemotherapy & all, like it was with Ava once she started with the treatment.

          Other than that, this book kinda shows the behind the scenes of the fashion industry, which was a huge help to me in writing one of my novels.

          Basically, this book is amazing & it has taught me a lot (yeah, there’s more, but I don’t think that I’ll be able to put all that in words, considering the terrible job I did with the stuff I did write) & I’m really thankful for this book.

          I might have to do a separate post just for this book. Anyways, let’s move on.

          The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

          This book is just – WOAH. When I first got obsessed with this book, I used to carry it around everywhere with me & I hugged it a lot (& I think that explains why my copy of this book has a sort of wrinkly cover). That’s just how much I love this book. It taught me a lot of things.

          • The world isn’t a wish granting factory.  It isn’t. Things won’t always go like we want them to, but no one can help it. It’s just a simple fact of life.
          • You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. You are the one who has to decide who gets to hurt you & who doesn’t, who’s worth your tears & who isn’t. No one can take that decision for you.
          • Love & friendship can be found in the darkest of times in the most unexpected places. Hazel met Isaac & Augustus at Support Group, a place where she dreaded going to.
          • Always live in the moment. You never know when something good will end, so enjoy everything to the fullest. Hazel’s happy time with Augustus came to an end when she least expected it. Everything & everyone in this world has an expiration date.

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          Go check out the responses of other blogs to this prompt! The day by day schedule for this month’s blog chain is as follows –

          5thhttp://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

          6thhttp://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/

          7thhttps://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/

          8thhttp://introspectioncreative.wordpress.com/

          9thhttp://semilegacy.blogspot.com/

          10thhttp://kirabudge.weebly.com/

          11thhttp://whileishouldbedoingprecal.weebly.com/

          12thhttps://randomosityofeden.wordpress.com/ (That’s me!)

          13thhttp://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

          14thhttp://www.alwaysopinionatedgirl.wordpress.com/

          15thhttp://www.juliathewritergirl.wordpress.com/

          16thhttp://miriamjoywrites.com/

          17thhttp://horsfeathersblog.wordpress.com/

          18thhttp://unironicallyexcited.wordpress.com/

          19thhttp://theboardingblogger.wordpress.com/

          20thhttp://stayandwatchthestars.wordpress.com/

          21sthttp://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/

          22ndhttp://fantasiesofapockethuman.blogspot.com/

          23rdhttp://lilyjenness.blogspot.com/

          24thhttp://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/

          25th – [off-day]

          26thhttp://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/

          27thhttp://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

          28thhttp://www.pamelanicolewrites.com

          29thhttp://jasperlindell.blogspot.com.au/

          30thhttp://maralaurey.wordpress.com/ and http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/

          31st – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/

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          Adios!

          -Briar

          It’s finally autumn here! + Updates on Autumn B.L.

          GUYS IT’S FINALLY AUTUMN HERE NOW SAY IT WITH ME-

          YAYYY AUTUMN!

          Okay, now see- 1) That camp got postponed. It’s in December now. 2)I made the notes to leave in the books, but I chickened out at the bookstore at the last moment. One of the employees was watching me suspiciously. 3) I’m currently in the midst of decorating my room. I posted a pic on Instagram, if you want to check it out. It’s a DIY’d poster (My username is briareden allthatrandomosity). 4)My autumn break ended last week & I have been really busy with school for the past 8 days. In my autumn break, I, despite being burdened with my birthday and cleaning & organizing my room, managed to complete a few tasks.

          #16. Make some apple cinnamon rings.

          Oh. My. God. They were so delicious. If you haven’t tried this recipe, then you haven’t lived.

          http://diethood.com/apple-rings/

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          After being fried.

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          Yum yum

          #1. Make an autumn playlist.

          Not many songs, but yeah-

          • Fireproof -1D
          • Steal My Girl -1D
          • Caffeine – Toni & Ash
          • Vanilla Twilight (Instrumental Remix)
          • Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
          • 212 – Azealia Banks
          • Good Girls are Bad Girls – 5SOS
          • Love is an Open Door – Frozen
          • Make You Believe – Lucy Hale
          • Run This Town – Lucy Hale
          • Salute vs. Bo$$ (Mashup) – earlvin14
          • Vanilla Twilight – Owl City
          • All of the Lights – Kanye West
          • Bop to the Top – HSM
          • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark- Fall OWut Boy
          • What I’ve Been Looking For – HSM
          • Breaking Free- HSM
          • Problem – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
          • Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift

          #20. Cuddle up with a book & coffee.

          Yeahhhh…nothing to write, really.

          #26. Go to a fair.

          I did this twice – two different fairs. I bought the mugs for NaNo at one of them. Other things in What I Did-

          1) I ate pasta.

          2)I had some ice cream.

          3)Em?

          #30. Go book shopping.

          I bought a bunch of books from different shops-

          • Paper Towns
          • Looking for Alaska
          • Threads
          • Bloomability
          • How to Get From Where You Are to Where Want to Be
          • The Maze Runner
          • Shopaholic Abroad
          •  The Lost World
          • Goosebumps (I don’t remember the name! 😦 )

          #32. Make a Book Bucket List.

          About 1/4 of these books are books that I already own, or have read halfway through. The rest of them are those that I can’t manage to find ANYWHERE.

          #33.Make a Movie Bucket List.

          I have just one thing to say – it’s pretty long.

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          Sorry about the boring post,

          Briar

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          He wanted to say hi

          More stuff on my Autumn Bucket List

          Hey hey! How’s everyone?

          I’m so excited for the Paper Towns movie (because Nat & Cara) & the album Four! Anyone else?

          Anyways, I’m changing the dates for the Autumn Bucket List. It’s 29th September’14 – 14th November’14. It’s because I realized I’m getting free on the 29th, plus I think our school is taking us for camping in November.

          Also, I added a few more things to my Autumn Bucket List-

          26.Go to a fair.

          27.Accomplish something on my Life Bucket List.

          28.Pull an all nighter at camp.

          29.Play a crazy prank at camp.

          30.Go book shopping.

          31.Leave a note in a book at a bookstore.

          32.Make a Book Bucket List.

          33.Make a Movie Bucket List.

          34.Read a good mystery novel.

          35.Have a bonfire.

          36.Make a leaf crown.

          By the way, what are your favourite Halloween  movies? I really need some ideas!

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          Idk why I put this here it’s just really adorable

          Autumn! (ft. my Autumn Bucket List)

          Buenos Dias people!

          (What language was that anyways? Italian? Spanish? Latin? It just showed up on thesaurus.com so I used it)

          Autumn is coming! Yay!

          But it is SO STIFLING HOT here right now. Autumn, be here already.

          It’s not like the leaves actually change colour here. They just turn yellow & fall off in the blink of an eye. They don’t turn red or orange or brown like in all those pictures I see everywhere. But it’s still called autumn.

          September is definitely not autumn for me. October is. And honestly, I think October is the best month ever.

          I’m busy the whole September. Like oh-god-please-September-end-already-you’re-choking-me-with-so-much-stuff-to-do busy. So, the time for doing the bucket list tasks is 30th September 2014 to 10th November 2014.

          AUTUMN BUCKET LIST

          1. Make an autumn playlist.
          2. Make some butterbeer.
          3. Carve a pumpkin.
          4. Bake a pumpkin pie/ Bake an apple pie.
          5. Make an autumn themed painting.
          6. Decorate my room.
          7. Make a homemade pumpkin spice latte.
          8. Post an autumn OOTD picture.
          9. Customize a sleep mask.
          10. Autumn Manicure+Pedicure.
          11. Revamp thooooose jeans (the ones that I want to distress).
          12. Finalize Winter Bucket List’14.
          13. Decorate a ceramic mug for use during NaNoWriMo.
          14. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
          15. Dye hair.
          16. Make some apple cinnamon rings.
          17. Make an autumn scented candle.
          18. Watch a horror movie.
          19. Watch a Halloween movie.
          20. Cuddle up with a book & coffee.
          21. Get a super cute beanie.
          22. Take a picture of the great autumn-y outdoors.
          23. Make my blog look autumn-y.
          24. Autumn themed scrapbook page.
          25. Complete the Harry Potter scrapbook page.

          There are only 25 tasks, because I don’t think I’d be able to do more than that with all the schoolwork & stuff. And honestly, I’m not too pleased with some of the tasks, so if you have any autumn bucket list ideas, put them in the comments 😀

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          (These photos do not belong to me.)

          Autumn Collage

          Autumn collage

           

          Why do I make a picture collage for everything?

          I do not own the images. They are all from We Heart It. But I do take credit for making the collage.

          I am SO excited for autumn! (Yea it’s still stifling hot here.)

          But right now, I should probably just go & study. Blechhhhh.

          Coming Up Next:

          Autumn! (ft. my Autumn Bucket List)