Turns Out I’m Just Different

A while ago I wrote a post about how much I missed reading. If you haven’t read that post then I suggest you do so before continuing with this post. http://sashahope.com/reading-anyone-else-miss/

I was shopping with my little sister and she seemed completely uninterested in every clothes shop I dragged her into, so I eventually let her go into WHSmith and look for books. It didn’t take me long before I came across a staggeringly bright yellow book. Having caught my eye, I picked it up and examined the title;


Gosh, I thought, that looks interesting. I had no idea that The Simpsons had any sort of mathematical secrets at all. I have a strong desire to know about this, I thought.

The comment at the top of the book enticed me even further;

‘Blows the lid off a decades-long conspiracy to secretly educate cartoon viewers’

Davis X. Cohen, writer for the Simpsons and co-creator of Futurama


This astounded me. It had been years since I found a book that I was genuinely interested in and was passionate about reading! Then it hit me – I had been looking in the wrong place.I wasn’t interested in fake stories about fake people who have no relevance to me or to anything really at all. I wanted to learn more about what I love in the world; about life and real things and real people and the wonder of what’s going on around me. I think it is pretty clear that this is not the view taken by most people, which is why I hadn’t discovered the joy of non-fiction until now. As with most people, I had never really considered it. It almost seemed like a negative word, say ‘non-fiction’ and ‘boring’ pops up. The non-fiction section of the library is like some alien land, somewhere you wouldn’t even think of going to find a book. Well, turns out I’m just different. And I love it.

I’m so, so glad that I’ve found what is good for me. It really doesn’t matter that it isn’t good for other people. Who cares? I’ll tell my friends, they will laugh at me, and they will accept it as a part of who I am. And if they don’t, then they aren’t the type of friends that I want anyway.

So far I have read 90 pages and am loving it. I have learnt many new and interesting things about maths, some which have been very loosely linked to The Simpsons and others which can be directly viewed on the show. I have also learnt much more about The Simpsons and the writing crew and some rather funny stories along the way.

I really do like being different.

Please comment telling me what you think about all of this, and if you can form an argument against me then I will be happy to debate you on it!

Love from,


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The Ultimate Under £5 Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

As Christmas is looming (16 days to be precise!!) it can get tough to decide what you’re going to brighten faces with when the paper is unwrapped. And your credit card must be exhausted! Can’t have it working every day, you know, you’ll tire it out…It’s time to give the endless cash-chucking a rest, but you can’t be expected to trawl the internet for hours finding the perfect purse-friendly gift! That’s my job! So sit back, relax, and let me do all the work with The Ultimate Under £5 Christmas Beauty Gift Guide…

Under £5 Christmas Gift Guide

*Christmassy add-ons were entirely my doing and are not in any way part of the products!

1. Baylis Harding Sweet Mandarin Grapefruit 5 Piece £5 at Superdrug

2. Philip Kingsley Body & Volume Try Me Kit £5 at feelunique

3. NIP+FAB Lip Butters 3 x 10g £3.99 at Superdrug

4. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil £4.50 at DHC (My favourite cleanser EVER!)

5. Studio London Finishing Touches #2 Lip and Nail Duo £3 at Superdrug

6. I love Duo Box of Love Tutti Fruity £4 at Superdrug

I hope I have helped to lighten the load of Christmas for all you lovely people and I wish you happy shopping! :)

Love from,


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Mini Nail-Haul!

As we all know, it was Black Friday a few days ago. I think we can all join hands in saying hello to that new pointless thing that was 90% off and goodbye to what once was our healthy looking bank accounts.

Also it was nice knowing you Dignity. Good while it lasted and all.

So I had the chance to go to Tesco’s and although Black Friday may or may not have applied to what I bought, I managed to use it as a sufficient excuse to do some spendingtons.

As I found myself with a distinct lack of things that I actually needed, my eye was drawn to the formidable nail polish stand. Sally Hansen was calling to me…and when Sally Hansen calls to you then the nail polish buying ban you put on yourself is instantly void. Obviously.

So despite having enough nail polishes to supply my entire road, I found myself wondering which colours would last me more than one season and did I need another nail treatment oh look they are more expensive maybe not and did I see that one in someone’s blog post the other day?

Sally Hansen

I ended up with these, all Sally Hansen.

At the far right id 610 Red Zin, a beautiful deep vampire red. The colour excites, with elements of darkness and mystery merging to create something effortlessly feminine, can be worn with anything and is striking and bold without being brash or flashy. I was really happy to see this as I have wanted it for quite a while.

To the far left is 160 Shell We Dance, a beautiful ballet slipper pink colour which is one I have been lusting over for a very long time. It also is brilliant because it goes with just everything as the colour is almost nude, especially if you only use one thin coat. It’s a very pretty, light, girly colour, innocent yet feminine. The nail polish can be layered from a very thin carress to a thick, smooth coating that is simply decadent.

These two are part of the Complete Salon Manicure range, which promise seven benefits of a salon mani in one bottle;

  • Base Coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth Treatment
  • Color
  • Top Coat
  • Chip-Resistant
  • Gel Shine

Due to this, I did not apply them with base or top coat, and so far the chips have been minimal and the shine mildly impressive.

The third polish was just to complete the 3for2 deal and I only got it because it looks Christmassy. And that is good enough of a reason for me. I can just tell it’s gonna be hella difficult to remove though.

Before you go, leave a comment telling me what you bought on Black Friday and don’t forget to leave your blog link as I love reading new blogs!

Love from,


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