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rosie’s 12 days of blogmas: day 1

First of all, I have a confession to make. I consider myself to be a bit of a Grinch. I always cringe when shopping malls start playing Christmas carols over the speakers. I can’t stand the way gift-giving seems to lose its meaning over Christmas, and it becomes a requirement to give people presents. I’ve never liked the amount of stress that is piled onto people during the festive season. And yet here I am, writing a post for day one of Blogmas. And there is virtual snow on my blog. 

My prompt for Day One of Blogmas is ‘what Christmas means to me’, which is convenient, because I can explain this while also explaining why I’ve even decided to write about Christmas at all. So – this is what Christmas means to Rosie Pebbles, ladies and gentleman. Read on. 


  • First of all, this is not a story of a Rosie who has seen the error in her ways and has decided to shed her green fur coat and stop being a Grinch once and for all. On the contrary, I imagine I’ll always feel this disdain I have for Christmas. 
  • I have reasons. I’m not sulking about it because I’m a teenager with no spirit, etc. It’s actually a pretty stressful time for my family. For one thing, my sisters have to spend half of their Christmas with our dad, so I only get to see them for half the day. For another, we’re a bit short on cash, but we’re still expected to buy all kinds of things. 
  • To me, Christmas means stress and supporting messages of how family is the most important thing (which isn’t always true). That’s what I really think about it. But I can also see the charm in all things Christmassy. I love the Christmas lights, I love the decorations, I love the Christmas food. 
  • The conclusion I have made today is that I don’t dislike Christmas for being Christmas. I dislike it for the way other people force it on us. I dislike the expectations and rules and the pressure to be cheery. I dislike the way there is no consideration for the people who are expected to spend the day with their abusive families, or the people who are terrified of having to sit through Christmas dinner, or the people who have nobody to spend their Christmas with at all. The idea of Christmas in itself isn’t that bad – it’s the way people choose to celebrate it.
  • Which is why Blogmas is happening. Every year I’m distracted by the bad side of Christmas, but I know very well there’s a good side to it, too. This year, I’m determined to focus on that side. So for twelve days, I’m going to post about the parts of Christmas that make me smile. Other people can’t force you to be merry, hence ‘Grinches’ being a thing. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t decide to be merry on my own terms. 

If you’d like to take part in Rosie’s Twelve Days of Blogmas, then leave a comment below and let me know! If anyone is interested, I’ll post a list of the twelve Blogmas prompts I’ve created. It’ll be more fun if you guys join in too! Whether you love or loathe Christmas, I hope you can find ways to enjoy it somehow.

— rosie xxx

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i want to be just like you {tavi gevinson}.

There are so many people in the world that I look up to, for a range of different reasons. Some of these people I love because of how beautiful their minds, words, faces, clothes are. They’re my inspiration, and I think there’s something really unusual/wonderful about the way that there are people who have no idea that somewhere out there, there’s someone who aspires to be like them one day. I thought I’d share one of them on the blog today. Maybe this will become like a regular feature or something.


Tavi Gevinson has been a source of inspiration for me for several years, and she’s one of my favourite people. She is an American writer, actress and magazine editor. Tavi started her fashion blog, The Style Rookie, when she was only eleven years old. The magazine she founded at the age of fifteen, Rookie, is my favourite magazine. I highly recommend that you go check it out, because it’s absolutely wonderful. I strongly admire her amazing writing style, as well as her fashion sense. She motivates me to be productive, and I’m very grateful for all that she’s done.

— rosie xx

 

my cook and nelson haul.

So, a few weeks ago I was very excited to find out that I had won a $50 voucher for Cook and Nelson in a Mindfood competition. I got to look through the Cook and Nelson website and pick out of a lovely range of coffee, sauces, chocolate, milkshake syrup and other delicious treats. Anyway, I finally got my order in the mail today, so I decided to review what I got. Continue reading my cook and nelson haul.

the spring fair.

It’s the very beginning of summer now, and already I’m starting to miss the soft colours and mild temperatures of spring. I found this collection of photos on my phone that I took when my family and I went to the Spring Fair at Orton Bradley Park a couple months ago. It really sums up how spring makes me feel. The day I took these photos was dusty and warm, the colour of roses. Everything tasted like grass and cordial. A brass band was playing, and people were selling tea and scones from the cottage.

I’m really happy with how these photos turned out, and so I thought I’d post them to share on the blog! I’m also really enjoying this updated version of WordPress…it’s much easier to use.

As for the treasures I found while exploring the fair, there wasn’t really that much worth buying. I did find this cute rose pin, though – it was ceramic, handmade by this lovely old lady. I found it in a basket of smaller pieces that she was giving away for free. It was a lucky find.

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Goodbye spring, and hello summer. May there be many adventures to be had, and moments to be captured.

Until the dragon flies,

Rosie xxx

ten things about rosie.

  1. I love writing poetry, but I don’t always love people reading my poetry. As soon as you share a poem with someone, it doesn’t belong to you anymore — the words, the idea, the feeling the poem gives you — all of that is no longer yours. And that feels kind of weird.
  2. I pretend to be tough but in reality I am a bundle of nerves, bad puns and low self-esteem. And in typical Rosie fashion, I have suddenly gone from telling absolutely no one about this to telling the whole internet. So there you go.
  3. I like taking photographs of things. However, as I don’t often get out of the house, I am often low on photo inspiration.
  4. I am a regular ‘child of the internet’. I spend far too much time online, and stay up way too late doing things like reading fanfiction and blogging about memes.
  5. I get way too emotionally invested in television shows, video games and books, which means that I get unreasonably attached to fictional people, despite them not even being real.
  6. I love coffee. I really, really love coffee.
  7. I never used to like fashion as a kid, but as of late I’ve discovered a new found appreciation for nice dresses and sunglasses and boots that I can stomp around in. I’ve become more of a typical teenager than I had anticipated.
  8. You are reading the blog of a queen of procrastination. Whenever there is something I need to be doing, I will do literally anything that is not that important thing until I have only a day to finish it. I really need deadlines for everything I do, because otherwise I get nothing done. It’s a real problem.
  9. I have an unhealthy obsession with journals. I love the way they look, the way they smell and the way the paper feels. I have a small collection in my room that I plan to share on this blog some day! Mmmm…journals…
  10. I’m excited to have started this new blog, and I look forward to becoming a member of the blogging community! I can’t wait to meet all of you.

Until the fire works,

Rosie xxx