I never usually make any new year’s resolutions and if I do I either end up not sticking to them or completely forgetting about them. This year I’m going to make some and hopefully stick with them. They’re not going to be completely unattainable goals because I know I’m lazy and won’t try. It’s taken me a while to come up with this list, so here it is:

Get rid of my debts
– I want to try to get rid of some of the horrible debt I’ve got. I want to at least pay off my credit card in the first few months. I was supposed to just buy an iPod and stop at that but I seem to have used it to buy the odd (edible) treat here and there.. it all adds up! I’d also like to pay off some of my overdraft but I’m not sure if that’s going to work. I can at least try though. I got one of those tin money boxes for Christmas so I can save money in there and I won’t be able to touch it unless I take a tin opener to it!

Walk more
– I’m so lazy and take the bus everywhere. The odd £1.60 here and there seems like nothing but if I want to pay off some debts I need to stop jumping on the bus at every opportunity and start walking into town. It’s not that far away at all.. about half an hour and it’s all downhill. I really have no excuse. It would be a good idea if I put £1 or so in my tin every time I walk into town..two resolutions in one!

Learn a craft
– I either want to learn to crochet or knit. I’d love to be able to make myself a blanket or a scarf. I’ll need to get myself some knitting needles/crochet hooks and some wool/yarn and then sit down in front of some youtube tutorials or Ravelry. It can’t be that hard really, can it?

Visit another country
– I haven’t left England since 2007 when I went on a French Exchange. I’d like to go away somewhere for a weekend or minibreak. Top of my list is Amsterdam and Paris (I have already been twice though) but I would love to go anywhere I’d never been before. I could go somewhere nice for less than £200, I just need to start saving! Maybe I could save up and go somewhere just before I start my third year of uni. That would be a nice end to the summer.

Explore England a bit more
– I’d like a couple of days out in England too. I’d like to visit some cities/towns I’ve never been to before. I do a lot of travelling but it’s usually between Winchester and Birmingham so I just pass  through places. Places I’d like to go to include: Bath, Portsmouth, Oxford, Isle of Wight, Brighton.

Make more of an effort with my appearance
– I always tend to look a bit scruffy nowadays. I’m stuck in a rut with my hair and my clothes and I don’t know what to do with them. Luckily, I have a hair appointment towards the end of January so I can get something done to my hair and then maybe I’ll feel more inclined to actually style it instead of sticking it in a ponytail everyday. I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear and I’m going to try to branch out a bit more instead of just wearing leggings/denim shorts and tights/long tshirts/hoodies. I’m 21, I should be dressing smarter/looking more my age!

Learn to use my camera
-I’ve had my Canon EOS 450D for 2 years now but I just treat it as a point and shoot – I don’t really know what to do with it. I’m also a bit too scared to take it out a lot of the time. So I’m going to start using it more, especially as I’ve got lucozade all over the lens of my point and shoot. I can’t rely on my Blackberry camera all the time, it’s rubbish!

Well, that’s the list. I guess I’ll come back to it halfway through the year and then again at the end and see if I’ve stuck to any of it. Like I said, none of them are completely unrealistic so I shouldn’t really have a problem. Fingers crossed!

I know Christmas has just been and gone but like everyone, I’ve always got a list of things I want. I’m waiting for a tax rebate and I get paid on Friday so I might have a bit of spending money soon.

This bag should actually have been one of my Christmas presents but I told my mom to wait until the sales in case it was reduced. There’s now £10 off but it’s out of stock on the website and there weren’t any in the Cath Kidston section in Selfridges, Birmingham. Hopefully I’ll be able to find it in the shop in Winchester.. if not, it says it will be in stock on the 30th so I should probably just order it. I love my saddle bag but sometimes I wish I had a smaller one to take out. This should fit in all my essentials (purse, phone, iPod, bottle of water etc.) but is still quite small!

Trellis Rose Day Bag. £35 from Cath Kidston

I want to start building up a collection of Disney dvds. I already have a few (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story 3, Hercules, Tarzan, Dumbo, The Aristocats) but there are so many that are still on my wishlist. I haven’t yet had my Christmas money off my grandparents but I know exactly what it is going on:

I’ve just discovered how many lovely colours the Topshop nail polish comes in. At the moment, I’m obsessed with always having my nails painted and because of work, I like to make sure it’s never chipped. This means I usually paint them two to three times a week. It’s usually nothing fancy, either a No7 or Barry M colour but it makes me feel good to have colourful nails. Here are my favourites from Topshop, at £5 each they’re a bit pricey for me I may treat myself next time I’m in one of the stores!
Mannequin, a nice nude colour which would definitely go with everything!
Utilitarian, a khaki green which seems to be all the rage nowadays.
Gone Fishing, a nice mint green which would be perfect for spring!
Every year I save up my Boots points and spend them after Christmas on something I wouldn’t usually splash out on. This year, I want a Chanel lipstick but I’m a few points (around 60) short! Being a student, I can’t afford to spend that much in Boots so I gain my points from buying the essentials such as hair dye, shampoo, cold and flu tablets etc, so it could be another month or so until I can afford it. Unfortunately, they won’t let you pay part cash/part points. It’s all or nothing. I’m not sure which shade I want yet but I know I want one of the Rouge Coco lipsticks.
Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick. £21.50 from Boots.
Of course, there are a hundred other things I want such as a guinea pig and a holiday but I’m going to have to save a bit more (and perhaps find another job) for them!

So.. I’ve decided to start a blog. I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this, I’ll try not to abandon it. It can be one of my new year’s resolutions actually (not that I ever bother making any).

I got the name, Strangeness & Charm from a Florence & The Machine song I downloaded off iTunes a few weeks ago. She’s one of my favourite artists and I’ve seen her live twice. I should have been there the night this song was recorded in May but I couldn’t find anyone to go with me so I had to sell my tickets on eBay.

I don’t think I’m going out New Year’s Eve but here’s a very Florence inspired outfit I put together on Polyvore. I don’t own any of these pieces but if I had a couple of hundred quid going spare, I would definitely buy them.. especially the boots!

Cream Lace Bodice Dress, 45 GBP
Black Verity Boots, KG By Kurt Geiger, size: 3, 140 GBP
NARS Blush, $26
145 Intense Lashes, 5 GBP
3-1/2″x3′ Gold Prismatic Happy New Year Streamer Wholesale China
ROUGE COCO Christmas Collection Hydrating Cr

That’s it for now, I’m sure I’ll update again soon once I’ve got over this fluey/virus thing I’ve had all over Christmas and have something worth talking about!