Which British City Would You Be Happiest In?

I don’t know about you – but i’m a sucker for personality tests… i obviously don’t take them too seriously – but it’s fun to find out which Disney Princess you’d be, or which animal you should have as a pet, etc.

Take the simple personality test on the website linked below (BBC) – and find out how your personality and the place where you live affect your happiness.

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This is what they have to say on it:

“Until now, we’ve decided on where we should live based on things like job, family, friends, schools, colleges, countryside and nightlife. But now new research suggests different districts of Britain have distinct personality traits. And how well our personality fits with the people around us can contribute to our happiness.”

The test they’ve created will supposedly reveal your personality traits, and then based on the research, it should predict the place in Britain that would make you happiest, or least happy, based on your personality profile.

NOTE: In order to do the quiz – it requires a UK post code, for whatever reason – it doesn’t actually affect your results. So for the sake of the test, just pop in S81JD (which is somewhere in Sheffield, and totally stolen from my boyfriend, Joe).

Follow this link to do the quiz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3g487h

How Sriracha Is Made

Sriracha sauce has been called the “skinny jeans” of the culinary world – when it gained popularity it seemed like it might just be another fad, but it’s stuck around for years and its popularity is only growing. It’s actually become so ingrained in popular culture, that you can buy Sriracha t-shirts, it gets referenced in tv series and movies, there are even numerous counterfeit sauces trying to piggyback off of the original’s success. It’s so popular worldwide – that even our very own Woolworths has started importing it…

Whether you’ve tried it or not, i found this video fascinating. How Sriracha is made:

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows are in a league of their own – not only because of their unnaturally gorgeous models, but also because of the quality of the actual show. Over the years they’ve turned the show into more than just a parade of lingerie, always hiring the most on point musicians of the time and pairing them with spectacular backdrops.

This year – the performers were: Hozier, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. Ariana did a mashup of her most recent hits, Ed Sheeran sang one of the most romantic songs of recent times (while looking slightly overwhelmed), Hozier ironically sang his song about worshipping at someone’s shrine – when all i want to do is devote my waking hours to the VS Angels! And finally, Taylor Swift came on twice (both times wearing VS lingerie) and was obviously perfect in every possible way. She didn’t look out of place on the ramp at all – she could definitely pull off being a VS model any day of the week.

In case you’re just as starved of coverage of the show here in SA like i am, let me save you the time of scouring the internet for footage. Below, you’ll find all of the best bits about the show and from the show. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

DISCLAIMER: i do not take any responsibility for feelings of inadequacy experienced after watching the following clips.

HOZIER – Take Me To Church

ED SHEERAN – Thinking Out Loud

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100 Years Of Beauty

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Watch this timelapse video of a model sitting through hair & makeup spanning the past 100 years. It must have taken them ages, but the results are pretty cool. It’s amazing how drastically someone’s look can change just from a different makeup style. The 80’s and 90’s were a dark time in terms of beauty i think – blue eyeshadow. No, just no.

I like the 1940’s makeup the most, and 2010’s hair… how about you?

Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses

Just in time for the festive season! These beauties will both impress and delight your guests. You can fill ‘em with something non-boozy like white chocolate mousse, but i think a shot of Amarula would be amazing!

These look super easy to make, and all you need is: heat, marshmallows, a fork, plus the filling of your choice.

The lady in the video toasts the marshmallows over her oven spiral thingys, but you can use a toaster too! Just rotate the marshmallows above your toaster once it’s been pushed down – the elements inside are hot enough to toast them. Just obviously DO NOT put the marshmallow inside of the toaster! Also: please don’t use a candle, there are some theories that it’s carcinogenic.

Check it:

And if that’s not enough for you… here is a recipe for a baked Chocolate Chip Cookie shot:

And finally, a Vanilla/Sprinkles/Rainbow version:

I Spend Too Much Time On The Internet

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As the title suggests – i spend way too much time on the internet… and i’m picking up on a growing (and rather disturbing) trend. Something that was once spoken about in hushed tones and videos found in the darkest recesses of the internet is now leaking its way out into the open and into the mainstream. I’m talking about a fetish that i will never be able to understand: pimple/zit popping videos.

On the sites i regularly visit references are being made to these videos, and gifs are popping up all over the place. There are some Youtube accounts with millions of views on videos of extreme zit popping. By “extreme”, i mean that these zits produce a ridiculous amount of pus… some of them ooze slowly, others “snake” out of pores, and the worst – the ones that shoot out of the skin like a clown from a cannon. These zits get popped in such a “dis/pleasing” manner that this particular fetish is gaining some serious momentum.

If you’re wondering where to start, how about i introduce you to the dirty underbelly of Youtube zit popping clips with this next video. It’s one of the oldest you’ll find and has an absolute staggering amount of views. The story is that this zit is around 20yrs old! While on holiday the zit grew and became inflamed to such an extent, that the man on whose neck this evil resided asked his wife to help him relieve the pressure. This is what they filmed coming out of the spot. They had to “drain” this zit at least once a day for about 2 weeks until it was finally empty. Apparently the guy has fully recovered and the spot is almost invisible now… the video was filmed quite a number of years ago.

DO NOT CLICK PLAY IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH! I wasn’t able to get through ANY of this video. I saw a very short gif and proceeded to vomit in my mouth. I can safely say that this is NOT my fetish and i will definitely judge whoever likes this kind of shit. I’m sorry, i feel like i’m quite an open minded person, but this is so far out of my frame of reference and i think it might actually be a phobia of mine too. So yeah… be warned.

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The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 Official Trailer

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1. This movie finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

The movies so far, and still to come:

The Hunger Games – Released March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Released November 22, 2013
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – In theaters November 21, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Coming November 2015

#ExploreTheNight With Smirnoff!

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By now, whether you follow me on Twitter/Instagram or you just read my blog, you’ll know that just over a year ago i made the move to Johannesburg from Cape Town. Having lived in Cape Town my entire life, i knew that place better than the back of my hand! I had my regular drinking spots, and chill spots, and party spots… i had friends at every spot too.

Moving to a new city means you have to start from scratch. I must say, i’m a stubborn thing, so I still haven’t really found the right “spots” in this town. I’m hoping that Smirnoff can help me change that with their new website: ExploreTheNight.com.

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