8 Bit Ninjas Nice Chaps

Since I am stepping back into film making I thought it would be cool over a few posts to introduce you to a blast from the past of some of the wok I have done before. 

A few years back I entered a Birmingham based film challenge with a team mate. The challenge was for a team of film makers to be randomly paired with some musicians. We literally picked a random CD out of a box.

We were super lucky and got the awesome band 8 bit ninjas!
Two talented geektastic guys from Walsall who played electronic music inspired by computer games. This duo are now down to one but 8 bit ninjas are still creating great sounds so check them and the video out.  Amazing match for us and although we didn’t win we had great fun filming this video. All the zombies that came down on the day were amazing no complaints despite the heat and long hours! special thanks to the robot Liam who was stuck in costume all day.

Primark Always Empties My Purse Haul

This is a little late but I had a bit of a Primark Haul before I went away to Turkey and I love some of the items so much I figured I should still share.

 I have always admired Debbie Harry and love Blondie so I jumped on this jumper even though it is slightly annoying when people buy band tops for bands they have never even heard of!

Would you wear a t-shirt of a band you don't know because it looks nice?Let me know.

 As I love the Ramones I thought this Tshirt was really cute.They had it with a Tartan pastern too.

 I am really trying to wear more skirts and I find that pencil skirts and Midi skirts can be dressed up and down and very flattering for us plus sized girls. I have this skirt in black, green and gray. They are really comfortable too!

Being a massive hip hop fan when I saw a snoop vest for £3 I had to have it Even though admittedly snoop looks less Snoop and more Ice Cube meets Nate Dogg I am still happy to represent.

I have rocked the black skirt with the Snoop vest over a black vest with this awesome fluffy cardigan. I have to admit when I first saw it I couldn't decide if I loved or hates it but I have learnt that if I feel like that about clothes I should buy them because they always end up being the items I love. It is super warm and so cute.

It looks a little like this. If you are interested in seeing outfit posts let me know and I will be sure to post them so you can see what they look like on. I seem to avoid he camera.

This dress I am so in love with but sadly I had to return it because it was too small around the chest. SO if anyone knows where I can get a dress like this I NEED to know.. It is screaming to be worn with a pair of huge dolly shoes I have.

I did manage to swap it for this dress though. Very cute leather look skirt with a beaded collar. 

 This bag was only £2 so I grabbed it and it was super handy while I was away in Turkey. Small but still manages to hold a lot.
Let me know what you have been buying lately :)

Too Pretty To Be Sad

Recently I was on a bus on the way to work and my hayfever was pretty bad so much so it had made me really teary. I was on the bus wiping away the tears when a man was staring at me he came and sat next to me touched my face and said "Why are you crying you are too pretty to be sad?". I looked him dead in the eye and explained that I was not sad I had hayfever thanks and he continued to try and chat to me about if I had a boyfriend because obviously that was why I was so sad because a "man wasn't looking after me proper". This whole ordeal frustrated and annoyed me. My male friends say that I should be grateful that a stranger was concerned if I was ok in a world where so many do not care about each other. It isn't that that bothers me it is the intention he came to talk to me with and the fact that he obviously thought I was crying over a man. With so much going on in the world with children dying and women fighting to be heard I am pretty sure had I been shedding tears of sadness they could have been used for them. This aside if I had been sad why should I be ashamed of it and why would it make a difference how "pretty" I am? Does this mean if I was ugly in his eyes he would have just ignored me and left me crying...even though I wasn't. I am not a man hater I love men after all I date them, I love women too. Had it been a woman approaching me with the same intentions I would have been just as mad. How is this any different to cat calling in the street?

A few months ago I met a passionate, creative and caring woman. A woman who cares about the world and fighting for the rights of women. Amrita Bhattacharjee I hope will remain a friend for a long time as she is so easy to click with. Amrita is an artist herself and recently I was speaking to her about this bus journey as I was on my way to meeting with her. She responded to this with sending me a poem a few weeks later. For those who follow my facebook page for this blog will have already seen it but I wanted to share it with those who don't. Along with a friend of hers Roisin Nugent she made a performance piece to showcase how women feel in these situations. Amrita also runs The Sisterhood so get involved if you feel passionate about women's rights.

Before you watch let me tell you about some of her other work. Amrita spends her time life coaching with a speciality in working with artists all at affordable prices to make it obtainable for all. To find out more about Coaching Kreators follow them on Facebook here. I encountered Amrita through work so can vouch for how inspiring her coaching sessions can be. If you are looking to make that dream piece of work be you a graffiti artist, film maker, singer or just someone in need of some direction then this is the lady you need to speak to.

Christmas Haul Ho Ho Ho

Oh glorious boxing day! For the first time in years I do not have to be at work on boxing day. Which means I have a whole day to recover from all the food!

Christmas in my family is pretty big my Mama loves it and always goes all out to make sure we have a nice day. Last year was awesome because my big brother came up from Cornwall and to me having all the family together was the best gift ever.

For us Christmas starts remembering those passed and we visit St Martins church in Birmingham to light candles for those no longer with us and one for hope for the future. Although I am not religious I really enjoy visiting church to pay respect and take a moment to remember the ones I love. St Martin's is especially important as whenever my Nana came to visit it is where we would take her and now she is gone it is a good place to remember her.

My Ma always goes all out with cooking so I am stuffed especially since she made this enormous cake.....No we didn't eat it all just a small piece.

My cat Theo Noire has a poorly eye from fighting so I have been looking after him.

Presents to me are just a small part of Christmas and to be honest I would happily have Christmas without gifts but this is what I got. This year my Ma knitted me two scarves. I love gifts like this because they mean the most that someone has taken the time to really think about you and make you something. In fact if it was up to me I would make every gift and every gift I had would be made. 

She also got me an amazing dressing table which she restored and customised herself when it is at home I will do a post for you all to see. My Dad got me an amazing vintage 1960's dressing table set to go on top. 

Some cute candles. I LOVE candles. 

My little brother bought me a much needed new hairdryer, and some other cute things. 

What did you lovely lot get for Christmas? More importantly how did you spend it? With Family or away somewhere sunny?

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Diary Of A Project Manager In Turkey Take 12

So we are back now and what a ride. Sorry about the wifi it made it really difficult to keep up to date. Although again it just shows you how much we take for granted in the UK. Super fast WIFI seems to be everywhere these days. So to find a 4 star hotel struggling to keep their WIFI going and having to explain how to reboot a router to a confused staff member seems almost insane to us.

Something else we take for granted in the UK is the respect we get as a woman in everyday business life. We could spend hours arguing about equality of pay (which I agree still does not exist even in the UK) but compared to how I was treated by men in Turkey in terms of business I really do feel we are more empowered in the UK. I found it sometimes belittling and infuriating that they could not believe that a woman could have so much control over a project and in fact it made them feel really uncomfortable and caused them to act out like children when I was very straight talking and professional with them. When I came back and discussed this with one of my bosses she said she had been experiencing this for so many yeas every time she worked abroad. I think this is something we definitely need to address in the future and the wider world needs to catch up with the fact women are just as good as men in business. Have you ever experienced anything like this? If so I would love to hear about it. The experience made me feel a little isolated at times so it would be good to share experiences.

However I found the trip a huge learning curve. Although 6 people ended up getting sick, we almost lost luggage and disrespecting business men aside from that everyone came back alive, with lots of footage and a new perspective. For my first international project I think that it really set me up to be able to handle future projects. I feel stronger as a woman and stringer in management skills. The most rewarding thing for me of YTV and me would always be there to support them as much as we can .It is moments like that that remind me why I love my job so much.
the whole trip other than seeing beautiful scenery and learning about a new culture was genuinely watching and helping young people to blossom.. For some of the group this really was a life changing trip and this is exactly why projects like this are so important. Taking inner city kids to a new part of the world tooled with new skills. A large majority of the group cam back more focused, more open and more willing to understand that if they need someone to talk to

Working for somewhere that really makes a difference in so many different ways. So follow YTV on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated and hopefully I will be able to share the finished footage with you soon. Keep an eye on the You Tube page.