What Laura Did: The Welsh Weekend - Rhan Un

Sunday, 31 March 2013

This long Easter weekend Erica, her boyfriend Dean and their two friends Rebekah and Laura came up from London to see me see the sights of Wales. I met them in Cardiff after taking advantage of cheap coffee and free wifi in the food court to be welcomed with hugs in the middle of the road and led to the nearest Walkabout. With Erica being Australian, I'm sure she can sniff these bars out (or at least saw it on the way to her friend's hotel). We drank cocktails and waited on the girls to meet us there before proceeding on to a bottle of wine and two rounds of shots which probably weren't a great idea. Walkabout was crammed with at least three stag parties or very lavish lads night's out as they all had shirts with their names on and were being obnoxiously loud. To add to the noise of the bar an acoustic duo played cover songs for a few hours (they were very good and also amazingly kind when Erica convinced them Oasis wrote Wonderwall about her and made them play the song). After dancing in a bar where nobody was dancing and dragging along a few stray stags to join us in dance, we ventured out in search of Japanese food.

Now, I'm not the most cultured person and I've never tried anything Japanese apart from sushi so when we settled into Bento's restaurant which was sandwiched between bars I was a little concerned that I wouldn't like the food. Erica suggested I try the mixed tempura (deep fried sea food and vegetables on a bed of rice with Japanese mayo and teriyaki sauce) and I am so glad I did as it was delicious. I'm definitely taking boyfriend there the next time we're on the hunt for a meal. I even managed to 'master' chopsticks during the meal so I felt rather accomplished. We met a Tibetan monk who was best friends with Joanna Lumley too which was an experience. I have no idea if he was actually best friends with her but we took it as gospel as he regaled stories of Tibet. Plus, we're also famous as we're on the wall. Yes, that happened.

On the hunt for cigarettes and discovering that literally all the newsagents were closed by dinner on Good Friday and that none of the bars had licenses to sell cigarettes, we ended up holing up in a Wetherspoons without drinks but for warmth before we headed back on a train to Newport. We discussed how people in Wales just don't seem to feel the cold considering we lost count of the amount of girls in tiny dresses with no tights or jacket and even a lady in a bandeau bra and hotpants. I'm not being judgey due to the clothes themselves but I honestly cannot find the logic in going out dressed like that in almost zero degree weather. I'd catch hypothermia, I'm sure of it.

After leaving the girls, Erica, Dean and I headed back to Newport to meet up with boyfriend for a drink in a club that was packed to the hilt. Needless to say we stayed for one (after apologising to boyfriend for walking out to town for just one drink) and headed home to chat for a few hours and give psycho pup the amount of attention she obviously required.

Part two is coming tomorrow - our adventures in Caerphilly but as for now I am tidying the house and thinking that these incredible people have inspired me to travel more, see more and do more as I am far too tired of being envious of their incredible culture. Go check out Erica as she'll have far more eloquent thoughts on this weekend than I do (plus more posts and better photos as she's here until Monday).

Review: Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud

Friday, 29 March 2013

Natural Collection blusher in Pink Cloud - £1.99 here

I don't have much to say on Natural Collection blushers other than for £1.99 they're some of the best the high street has to offer. From classic Peach Melba to the beautiful soft pink of Pink Cloud, the blushes are soft without being too pigmented to blend or look natural. Pink Cloud looks rather scary in the pan but once swatched is the perfect rose pink without too much shimmer or so packed with pigment that it looks harsh. One swirl with a brush and a buffed in application gives me a healthy flush and, of course, you can build it up for a non-chalky pop of colour. For £1.99 these blushes can do no wrong.

Sofa Surfing

Thursday, 28 March 2013

I love interior design. I have no eye for it personally but I will happily spend hours pouring over Pinterest and mentally designing my dream house in my head. I've compiled a little wishlist of things found at SCS complete with a new couch (I just can't decide between the two) and all of the rugs to add pops of colour and warmth to various points.

My carpet is ruined thanks to house training a puppy. It smells a little and is stained even though we commission a professional deep clean every six months or so. Luckily we have wooden, tiled or stone floors throughout the only carpet is on the stairs or landing but still, a new carpet would be a dream. What do you do with your old carpet? Well, I had no idea. I've never had to get rid of carpet before and so I did some searching and found this which gives information on how to get rid old carpet without harming the environment (my personal favourite being to donate it being the thrifty shopper I am, however, my carpet just won't cut it even in a charity shop).

Do you love browsing things for the home you can't afford too? I could make an entire set of these posts weekly for a year and still not be done with my wishlist!

What Laura Did: Easter Egg Hunt

Last Saturday the boyfriend, girls and I attended church. We are not religious people by any stretch of the imagination but our local church holds a lot of family events, does a lot for our community and raises money for those less fortunate so we like to help and attend as much as we can. This weekend was the Easter event where trained circus acts taught the children to hula hoop and juggle, artists were on hand to paint designs and characters on to little faces, far too many sweet treats were laid out and card making was going on at every table. All of this was just a prequel to the big egg hunt which was the main event for adults and children alike. We all got a little competitive with this little boy who seemed to be finding every egg going and filling up his basket before anyone even got up from looking under the pews.

Family days out like these are some of my favourites. I love seeing the girls active and happy while figuring out social dynamics in groups of other children, experimenting and really finding their own feet. Boyfriend and I like to stand back and watch them go, only to intervene when necessary (which is more often than not with our two year old). They are great kids and while they may make you forget to appreciate the little things out of sheer frustration at times, these occasions spark the love and excitement that make me actually want to hang out with my kids rather than 'just' parent.

A Four Year Old's Wishlist

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

I wanted to bring you something a little different today and so I decided to hand the reins over to my four year old daughter Layla. Immediately she told me she wanted to do a clothes collage like I have and so we headed to the one website she could easily spend all of my money on: Asda.

So, these are her thoughts (all of them).

I like this cat print outfit because I love cats and daddy doesn't so if we can't have a cat that will lay on my bed and read stories with me I will have to do with wearing them on dresses. This stripey dress is amazing because it has really very light colours and dots. I like dots and mummy has dotty everything. BUNNIES. I don't wear slippers and my mum always tells me to so I might if I had bunny slippers. I could hop about and teach my sister to eat carrots. This dress has dresses on it and so it's like double dress fun and that's why I like it. Mum, I'm bored now. You know I like them because I want them. Ok, a few more. Then chocolate, yes? Ok. I like this jumper because it has gold bits and mummy has one like this that she wears to walk Sadie. Sadie is our labrador. She likes me to ride her. Yes mum, she does, she told me. Mum put this hat on me in Asda. I don't know why but she did. I liked it as it made me think of the beach. I also like these flowers for my hair because my hair can't be blonde until I'm a big lady so I will put flowers in it and bows in it until it is blonde. Thank you for listening on mummy's blog. Bye now.

I may have typed it but the rest? Boy, that was all her.

Review: Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Bold Matte lipstick in Fire Coral - £8.99 here

It's been a while since I did a post about make up and truthfully it's because I haven't tried many new products. I've been sticking to old favourites and repurchasing things I previously owned and liked just because I found that a lot of new products I've tried, I've not really liked. They weren't bad per say but they definitely weren't anything to shout about. So last week I popped into Boots with my best friend and we ended up swatching a few of the Maybelline 14 hour and 24 hour lipsticks. Since they were on a 3 for 2 deal I took advantage of Christina wanting to buy two colours and bought myself one. As you all probably know by now I like bright lips. I feel it's one feature I can really pull off brights on and so Fire Coral ended up in my shopping bag.

It's a double ended lipstick - that is a liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator on one end and a balm on the other. You apply the colour as you would with a standard lipstick but be careful and precise as it dries quickly and stains like a beast. I usually hang around with my mouth open for around a minute until the lipstick feels slightly hard and dry like a face mask would before putting on the balm. I find if I put the balm on once as soon as it's on I rarely feel it and haven't reapplied the balm at all after that initial application. It's definitely matte but the balm gives it a demi matte finish until it settles in a bit an hour or so after application.

Now, you're probably a bit hesitant to believe the 24 hour claim on this lipstick and I'll have to give it to you, it's not the full 24 hour claim. I have been telling everyone it's 14 hour and while that was me getting it wrong, I will tell you 14 hours is what this baby gives. I get 8 hours of wear through eating, drinking, licking my lips and smoking with only slight wear showing where the lips meet around the eighth hour. Twelve hours after application it is still on my lips but it looks slightly worn now and I could do with a top up. The swatch on my hand is after twelve hours of wear, washing my hands eight times and the rubbing of my jumper sleeve. It's worn in the middle but the colour is very much there.

For £8.99 it's thoroughly worth it and I'll be repurchasing as well as purchasing some of the other colours in the collection.

Monday's Child Is Full Of Woe

Monday, 25 March 2013

So this week I've mainly been wearing a variation of this outfit. Tights, skirt, flats, a jumper and a scarf. Partially because it's been cold and partially because I'm
lazy so having a uniform of sorts helps when I'm stood in front of my rails asking an imagined deity "Why me?"

So this isn't the most imaginative or fashionable outfit but it is an outfit and I feel I'll need to build up to more 'out there' posts.


Thursday, 21 March 2013
I'm going to talk to you about some of my beautiful, spot on horrendous fashion mistakes. I'm not going to talk to you about all of them because one shouldered flowing tops with a sequinned chiffon arm teamed with sky blue pedal pushers and white clogs happened. I don't have photos from that little error as it was the 90's, it was cool and it was also before the world went mighty digital (thank God). Alas, there are gems out there from the digital era. Gems like heavy kohl liner with pink plastic beads (wrapped so that it was like a choker and a long necklace all in one) and green checkered knock off Vans. Gems like jeggings with a bubble hem strapless dress and nude heels. I'm not even going to go on because offending your imagination is one thing but offending your eyes with photos? I wouldn't do that.

I totally would. Check me out.

I remember that photo remarkably well. I paired a red polka dot head scarf with huge earrings, too much eyeliner, an orange polka dot bubble hem dress, grey jeggings and green flats. Look at my hair. It was a short, choppy, spiky mess that I added ratty cheap extensions to and called it a style. In all fairness I was around sixteen or seventeen here but, no, that's no excuse. Stop giving me the eye. I'm not even going to talk about the polka dot on leopard print on light denim. Never.

I'm thankfully not alone in this. With Burton's #FashFail competition (you can tweet your own traumatic photos with that hashtag) people are sending in their most haunting errors all in the name of competition. You should too. You know, so I'm not alone in this. I know you've been there. I know you thought hair mascara with sixteen scrunchies in ascending size was an excellent idea. I know you own formal knee length 'city' shorts and wore them out. I know all of your secrets and now the internet will too.

Wig Giveaway

Alright, you lovely lot. A lot of you expressed interest in wigs after I wrote up some posts on my own and so I've teamed up with possibly the biggest synthetic wig supplier in the UK Annabelle's Wigs who have supplied wigs, half wigs and hair pieces to celebrities such as Pixie Lott, Amy Childs and soon they will be providing hair for Katie Price's upcoming British wedding. The celebrities may not be to your taste but the wigs will be.

You can win any synthetic wig or half wig from their website by entering the giveaway below. The winner will be picked on Sunday 31st March and Annabelle's Wigs will contact the winner directly to dispatch the prize so please make sure to leave valid contact details.

Good luck and you'll have to let me know what your final choice is (because I'm nosy, not for any real reason).

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What Laura Did: Modelled?

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Last night I became a model. The worst model in the world, I'll have you know since I dyed my hair back orange an hour before the shoot was due to start and had bright orange lips that I had to scrub off after thinking I was better than the 14 hour claim on a lipstick; but a model all the same. When Chantele contacted Georgina and I about working on a creative project together we said yes. Why? Because it would be fun. Did we have much of a clue what we were doing? A mixture of apprehension, excitement and sheer terror will tell you, no. So, I sat in front of a camera on a weather worn stool from my garden that I was sure would break at any time, turned my head to the lens and he shot. He being Jonathan of Cross-Jones Photography. Most of you will know his partner in every sense of the word Chantele of Daisy Dayz who coordinated every shot to her liking while I sat there in awe of how two people can be so creative together while refraining from beating each other over the head with a lens.

The exceptionally talented Georgina of Makeup-Pixi3 was my make up artist and boy, did we have fun. She created the image they wanted with so little direction and artistic flair it was just a pleasure to sit there and sneak a peek in a tiny mirror every so often. So with a lot of crushed pigment, some strategic dabbing and some not so strategic blowing, I was covered in a mass of blue and silver ready to look like a feral sci-fi...something.

I had such great fun on the shoot mainly because I was surrounded by such great people. Time flew by, shots were arranged, laughs were had, warmth was given by the exceptionally powerful lights and while I'm not requesting room temperature mineral water and granola to feed my model status quite yet, I am still slightly tinged a lovely shade of blue.

Photography: Cross-Jones Photography
Make-Up: Georgina of MakeupPixi3
Hair: Hair Passion

Spring Fever

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Remember when I said I'd do an outfit post on Twitter an absolute age ago? No? Well I did and then I backed out because I thought nobody would want to see my style let alone my plus size body on their screens. I felt this way for a while right up until I wrote a few posts on body image and weight and something seemed to click. Confidence? I said I had it. I said I was embracing who I am. Well, who I am is what I look like and what I weigh too so here we are. This is me feigning confidence until I have enough to truly be who I said I was.

Everything in this outfit is either a charity shop find (the dress) or Primark so it's not a fashion heavy post, just something I happened to be wearing to do the school run and thought I looked quite apt for the beginning of Spring. Apart from the watch, of course. My baby is from River Island. Excuse the dog hair on my tights from my lovely but not so forgiving yellow labrador.

What Laura Loves: Thrifting

Monday, 18 March 2013

As most of you know I live on quite a tight budget which means that I get to indulge in one of my favourite activities, scouring the charity shops. I've grown up on charity shops with my mother favouring Primark, charity shops and car boot sales to big high street chains but when I was growing up 'vintage' wasn't a word that was used and it was instead replaced by 'poor' or 'grotty'. You see, we had enough money to buy from the high street chains but we just didn't. It was more fun to see what we could pick up, use, alter and customise as much as I begged for the latest Nike trainers (I tried desperately to fit in - I didn't and realised, never would). So my love affair grew when I was out on my own and realised that charity shop shopping became almost a trend. Vintage was a word used by every magazine. People were openly saying they were sourcing their clothes second hand and I had an epiphany: I was cooler than them.

I'm kidding.

I live opposite three great charity shops and so this morning after feeling a little better and deciding to test the waters on my newfound health, I walked over and started rooting. I ended up buying this adorable pastel skirt for Layla complete with a hand knitted white cardigan to pair with skirts and dresses in the Spring, a H&M black long line jumper with faux leather shoulders and pockets, a pair of denim shorts with a tan belt, a khaki and pink paisley print summer dress and a necklace with layers of bronze chain and studs with a big nude pink lace covered gem. Not bad for £10, eh?

Now, the shorts. They were a bit of a purchase on a whim because they were £2 and I haven't owned shorts since I was a teenager and significantly slimmer. They'll be fine for walking the dog in the summer or just lazing about, right? I'm kind of having buyers remorse because my legs are so wide and I'm so pale. Tell me it will be fine and reiterate over and over again never to wear denim shorts with tights. Ever.

What Laura Made: Stuffed Mushrooms

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Tonight I was scouring the kitchen for something savoury for dinner that wasn't too filling yet easy to prepare as I wasn't feeling too well. Inspired by Erica's chilli cheese recipe which was delicious, I decided to do a similar thing with a few bits I had in the fridge. It's so simple yet delicious and healthy if you skip the cheese. This can be adapted to include vegetables such as courgettes and aubergines if you don't eat meat or dairy. This is a perfect light, healthy, adaptable meal or starter to share.

- Large Portobello (flat) mushrooms
- Chicken cut into strips (I used pre-cooked breast)
- Bell peppers of your choice
- Mature cheddar cheese
- Salad
- Caesar dressing

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
Step 2. Lay out your mushrooms on a baking tray and bake for five minutes in the oven
Step 3. Cut up your bell peppers and chicken strips into small to medium sized chunks while the mushrooms are warming
Step 4. Grate your cheese
Step 5. Take out the mushrooms and fill the centre with your chicken and bell peppers before sprinkling as much cheese as you fancy over the top
Step 6. Put the stuffed mushrooms back into the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly golden
Step 7. Take the mushrooms out of the oven and serve immediately with a handful of salad and top with Caesar dressing/dressing of your choice.

Standing There In Your Lingerie

Friday, 15 March 2013

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Underwear. The word that used to fill me with dread a few years ago but now fills me with excitement. No, this isn't a photo heavy post of me posing in my underwear but more a post about it. Having a decent sized chest can be difficult. I don't have extremely large boobs but they're big enough to be a pain to find a bra on the high street. A year or two ago I gave up shopping for bra's offline anywhere but George at Asda and decided to venture online. My best friend has a very ample chest and finds it difficult to find bras that fit both in the back and the cup comfortably and when sizes seem to vary so much with with the style of the bra, supporting your breasts can be a nightmare.

Along with the big name specialist companies, Fantasie (with their excellent quality underwear) and Freya come in top of my list for their wide range of underwear and swimwear designed for the larger chest. After having the girls I like a bit of padding to even the whole area out as well as a lot of support so with bras designed for larger chests became more mainstream I was thrilled. They're designed for comfort, support and style. I've picked out a few of my favourites above in both underwear and swimwear because summer's coming, don't you know? I'll be wearing it down the local pool with the girls in tow, not off on a fabulous beach break but thems the breaks.

March Wishlist

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Since the post this morning was a little bit depressing to say the least I thought I'd put up a March wish list. Today has been crisp yet bright and it's made me want to spring clean, throw open my curtains and air out the house. It would be my perfect day had it been warm enough to go outside with just a cardigan on over a dress and I can't wait for the boyfriend to sort out the garden so I can start planting flowers and start getting it in great condition for the summer.

- I'm in love with this bag from Zara. I've been looking for a daily bag that won't fall apart within a few weeks, looks more expensive than your average Primark offering and that will hold my daily life from my iPad to my books. It's a little bit out of my budget at the moment but hope is always lingering.
- Daisy by Marc Jacobs is one of my favourite Spring and Summer scents. I haven't owned a bottle in a while so I'm hoping that I can treat myself to this in the not too distant future.
- This underwear set from Asda (& here are the knickers)is not only gorgeous but they also have it in a size big enough to fit. God bless Asda for affordable, pretty underwear at affordable prices.
- I swatched this Clinique Chubby Stick for eyes at a counter a week or so ago and I fell in love with it's creamy formula and the shade is the perfect light champagne. I wouldn't use it so much as an eyeshadow but I think it would be a perfect highlighter.
- These are from New Look and I just fell in love.
- MAC's Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle has been on my wish list for a while and I still haven't got around to purchasing it but alas, this Spring it will be mine.
- And finally, Essie Fiji just because it's perfect.

What's on your Spring wish list?

Living With Fibromyalgia

On the outside I look like a perfectly normal young woman. I'm 5ft10in, overweight, decently dressed with bright lipstick and curled hair most days. When I present myself outside I look normal but I don't feel well. I am in constant and consistent pain that is managed mostly by strong painkillers that I have to have blood tests with to check they aren't damaging my liver. I have Fibromyalgia and the reality of life with it is not what it seems.

So before I go into my experience with Fibromyalgia you may want to know what it is. It's described as a long term chronic condition which causes pain all over the body. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia alongside the widespread pain include muscle stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, difficulty sleeping, headaches and 'Fibro fog' which is when your brain basically goes to pot - kettle in the fridge kind of issues.

I've had widespread pain for around ten years. As a teenager I was described as lazy as I often didn't get out of bed until midday missing school as my mother worked in the mornings or laying in bed until the afternoon on weekends. My parents dismissed it as laziness coupled with generally being a teenager. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 20 - six years after developing the symptoms and refusal from the doctor to refer me to a Rheumatologist. When I fell pregnant the pain seemed to ease up and I was told that often pregnancy can cause Fibromyalgia (FM as we shall now call it) to go into remission. As soon as I stopped breast feeding the pain came back and oh, it came back with a vengeance.

That was four years ago and since then I've been living on a cocktail of sixteen pills per day, keeping a sleep diary, keeping a food diary and limiting my intake of foods, cutting out certain food groups for periods to see if it helps, exercising moderately to keep active but nothing happens. Nothing takes away the pain. The doctors say to exercise but on a bad day I can barely walk five steps without needing to sit down. Today I took a bath and needed to sit down after sitting in the bath. I have no energy. I have burning pain in most of my muscles when I'm sitting, standing, walking, eating; it doesn't stop, it's just varying degrees of pain and reliance on pain management.

I try not to talk about it too much as it seems like I'm moaning. Which I am, of course I am, but nobody likes a moaner. So I get on with it as best I can. I stand up and say to myself that I can totally do this and even if I have to limit my activity for the day I will be productive. I may struggle to dress myself but I will bear the pain to dress my daughters. I may struggle to lift a pan of water some days but I have an amazing supportive partner who does it for me.

Which brings me to this part - the boyfriend. He deserves a paragraph of his own because he is an absolute gem. He takes the pressure off me to do everything, he'll massage me if I'm well enough to take it, he'll spur me on and help me out of the bath. He is there for me to whine to, to cry on, to laugh with, to shake off the dust of the day and say "Love, we'll start again tomorrow". He doesn't fully understand the illness. He doesn't understand why it's so variable and why nobody can cure it. He gets frustrated and angry at the situation and I can completely see why. It may be difficult for me but I have the pain to focus on getting through, a boyfriend, daughters...I have motivation. He only has love for me to help. He can't take the pain away or force me to do something. He can't lead a normal life in the weeks I have a flare up as he becomes the head of the house overseeing everything. I love him for all that he does and he loves me for trying.

I hate this illness. I hate forgetting things I just said or getting confused mid conversation because my mind has been covered in a 'fog'. I hate waking up feeling like what I imagine someone would feel at 90. I'm 24 years old, I will live my life but living with FM is not pleasant. It is difficult and painful and tiring (God, exhausting) yet I will continue to try to make friends with the indecipherable beast. I will stand side by side with it and we'll do this together seemingly in pain or not at all. I may have to live with this but I won't let it run my life.

* I can click pretty much every joint in my body thanks to this too. Freaky party trick but at least I have one.

What Laura Wants: A Spring Wardrobe

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

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It's almost Spring (officially on March 20th according to my dear friend, Google) and I'm finding myself craving maxi skirts, corals and tans all over again. This love affair happens every S/S (who am I kidding - it's year long, pals) but every time I saunter into New Look or Primark while running errands in town I lust after the lighter fabrics and images begin to set in. You know the ones because they're usually you with a cocktail in a park or in a beer garden or wherever your sunny day place is with whatever beverage of your choice. Those are detrimental. They have me believing this will be the stylish S/S yet and I'm usually camped in my back garden with a pint of ice water in a dress I've owned for five years.

But new outfits are deserved this spring as one of my oldest friends has recently become engaged and she is throwing a get together at home rather than in London. Joy of all joys, an event I can make! Dip hem dresses are out as that's what the bride to be will be celebrating in but coral is never off limits. So I did a bit of 'you should be in bed' shopping at 1:30am and put together this. Simple, perfect in colour, features flats and a maxi skirt and I have a beautiful cream lace jersey blazer and plaited tan belt to compliment it perfectly. It's not the dressiest outfit in the world but that's why I love it. It's simple, chic, I can wear it again and again during my most stylish S/S ever...it's worth it, yes/yes?

The hair bow is from my friend Erica's Etsy shop and while I think I'd ask for one in a pale pink or coral as a custom order, I am in love with this beautiful floral fabric. It'd be the perfect addition to a low side bun for the occasion.

What are you loving for Spring?

Tuesday Treasures: John Green

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

John Green. I'll say it again, John Green. If you don't know who this fabulous man is, you're missing out for more reasons than I can count on my fingers. This is the man who thinks puppy sized elephants should not be in pre-existence but in existence. The man who along with his brother Hank have over a million subscribers on their Vlogbrothers YouTube channel. The man who calls his own wife "The Yeti". The man who has taught me more about pennies than I thought I needed to know, who prides himself on educating the youth (and not so youthful of us) who watch his videos or read his literature, who covers his face in Sharpie, who gives DFTBA meaning and Nerdfighteria a God. He is my favourite author and my favourite person on YouTube. I adore his family, his opinions, his rants, his humour and his words.

You see, John Green isn't a typical author - he is a personality. He is the only parental supervision on Tumblr. He writes so beautifully with such fluent narrative it can catapult your heart into places you didn't realise it could reach in five lines. He understands teenagers and believes them to be people who perceive life in thoughtful, meaningful and often philosophical ways. His books may be written for young adults but I could live forever as a young adult to immerse myself in his words.

I'm sounding like I worship the man. Idolise him? Yes. Worship? Not quite. There's the poof to consider.

In all seriousness, he does a lot for the community, both his and others. He is hell bent on getting 'fishing boat proceeds' to put on his tax forms. He writes astounding, award winning and fully quotable novels. His videos are hilarious. The interaction with his brother Hank is hilarious (Hank is also amazing) and I recommend everyone read at least Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars.