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a hobbit’s festivities

So, the unwrapping of presents is over- and the leftovers are out.

In which case, my family here in Yorkshire (all with the average height of 5”3) are eating at breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. The hobbit eating times if you haven’t guessed!

I feel extremely thankful for all my gifts this year. I didn’t ask for anything in particular, but my plans for next year are the main reason why. Keep Real, as Yorkshire’s Positive Goods Movement- will be opening as a high street store in the near future. Which means I will probably get vouchers for B&Q and stock up on supplies for the shop in future festivites (oh the joy of DIY). I want to make a place where everyone can feel at home, as well as somewhere they can have a browse of the walls, books and clothing that will be available. They’ll be sofa’s, armchairs and throws where people can hang out, as well as shop. (If you haven’t already- go ‘like’ the facebook page! click here) I’m looking forward to the preparation of opening my own Store, it is extremely early days yet!

We have the tradition as a family to watch ‘A Muppet’s Christmas Carol’ every Christmas Eve. We normally play the video (Yes…a video!!) and consume copious amounts of either Gin, Honey Rum or Sweet Cider. A glorious evening for the Robinson’s. We also have next door’s cat creeping in (see below, she looks right at home!)

Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you are all looking forward to the New Year.

Plus I hope no one was disappointed with any of their presents!!

Kimberley x

(p.s here are some photos from my time home this December!)

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cold nights, art and hobbits.

Man this week has been killer!

But I will begin with saying I feel extremely humbled and festively fuzzy after my week.

I went to see The Hobbit- The Battle of the Five Armies in Hammersmith, and for me- a huge Tolkien fan, was thrilled. Even though in some parts it differs from the book- without those added scenes and twists, the film wouldn’t have been as good in my opinion. Who knows, I may go see it again. It makes me sad just thinking I probably will never see a Tolkien film again after the last in the Hobbit film trilogy! cry cry cryyyyy!black_and_white_text_quotes_typography_jrr_tolkien_white_background_1440x900_wallpaper_Wallpaper_1920x1200_www.wall321.com

Also, I got to catch up with my friend Alex who now lives down in London, who I’ve known from back home here in Yorkshire. We ended up wandering around Tate Modern (as an art lover/illustrator I cannot begin to describe how pretentious 95% of the art is) and walked to Trafalgar Square and grabbed a bite to eat. Modern Art definitely isn’t my thing.

After my wonderful time in London, I headed back up North for Christmas meals with my University Degree and part-time job. A wonderful drink I had the pleasure of trying was Mulled Cider. It’s like something is caressing your insides with a warm sweet nectar of the Gods. Definitely something to try out in the festivities. I pretty much danced until my legs felt they were going to fall off. I had a blast with all my friends dancing to terrible tunes of ‘Do they know its Christmas?’ and ‘All I want for Christmas’ continuously until the early hours of the morning.

I received some beautiful early presents too. A delicate little Lord of the Rings necklace from my amazing friend Kate which depicted a compass, with a card which had the script ‘not all who wander are lost’. I also had been given a large Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones– Seasons 3&4 hardback embossed book by my boyfriend. He also got me an insanely posh ‘diptyque’ candle which smells fantastic! I also got many other presents which I haven’t had the pleasure of opening yet, but I have loved each and every thoughtful present so far. So thank you!

With my goods/illustration business Keep Real, I have taken a back seat during the Christmas period. My Degree comes first during this time, but I still have major plans for it in the works. So I always have my mind on it!

Hope you all enjoy the week up til Christmas!! x

thoughts of the week

Well after being chuffed about being interviewed by Sheffield Unchained, my week has been quite a busy one! Today is my only day off for a while, so I have been trying to do all my Christmas shopping as well as starting my dissertation and CBT case study. In truth this week hasn’t stopped at all. It feels like I don’t have time to really roll around under my duvet munching on cheese puffs like I wanna. On the other hand, I think I’d freak out with a day of nothing. Anyway, here’s some highlights from my week.

Found a real cool musician called ‘Shakey Graves‘ and I honestly recommend him. Quite Jeff Buckley influenced I’d say, and mad as hell guitar skills. I was just searching through Audiotree sessions (which I bloody love) and he popped up. Finger picking king that he is, apparently he’s also been in films like ‘Material Girls’ and ‘Spy Kids 3′. Who knew huh. But yeah, some of my favourite tracks include ‘If Not For You’ from his latest record ‘And The War Came’ and ‘Built To Roam’ from ‘Roll the Bones’. love love love his music!

On another musical note (heh, my jokes are the epitome of terrible), thanks to my wonderful boyfriend I will be seeing one of my favourite bands for the second time on Tuesday! I have been a fan of Marmozets since they were bringing out tracks on their ‘Passive Aggressive’ EP. I bought one of their first shirts and listened hard to their scratchy vocals and freaky cool time signatures. It’s rad that they’re from Yorkshire. Plus seeing them hanging round Slam Dunk when I was- to them playing there a couple of years later…then Glasto…and touring absolutely everywhere. It brings a Yorkshire tear to my eye, with utter pride and admiration. So I honestly cannot wait to see them again, and to play their latest record ‘The Weird and Wonderful’. 

Also, I got a beautiful letter from my Nan. I have been writing letters to both sets of Grandparents since I moved out to go to University. It’s so much more rewarding than emails or texts. The effort and the feel of ripping open that envelope, reading the words they wrote just for you that I adore and cherish. I love writing to them!! She hoped I was well and sent a ‘guardian angel’ to watch over me- which she had made out of felt and wool and stuck it on with glue. So cute! I keep all my letters in a Vans shoe box with envelopes slightly in tact.

So yeah! Those are my three things of the week, and here is a lovely lil’ photo I found too to make you smile 🙂

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Interview and the Art of Wandering Aimlessly

On Monday, I travelled to my home city of Sheffield for a wonderful interview by an independents focused magazite/website called Sheffield Unchained‘. I met up with a lovely lady called Tricia at the Blue Moon Cafe, which is opposite the cathedral in the centre of town (they do fantastic vegetarian and vegan food- click here to check them out!).

By talking about Keep Real and the aims I have with it, it really opened my eyes to what I really want to do. So if you’d like, you can check out the interview which has been published today! It is featured on their front page, so I am extremely humbled and proud about it! So have a look at Keep Real – The Interview. woo!!

After the interview, I got the chance to look around the recent Exhibitions over at the Millennium Gallery and the Ruskin Collection. I’ve been dying to take a real look, as it feels like I never get the chance to when I visit Sheffield. Ruskin is actually quite an inspiration for me with his ‘connection between nature and art’. I actually have a really old hardback book of Ruskin’s titled ‘Sesame and Lilies and Unto This Last’. So it was really beautiful to take my time looking around the exhibition.

I then ventured through town (having stopped off at Sheffield’s German Christmas Market for a huge lamb and mint burger), to see my Auntie’s Art Studio. However, I nearly forgot the way and just wandered around aimlessly until this wonderful chap called Nathan- who I learned to be studying Computing something-or-other at the University of- showed me the way, having noticed I looked utterly lost. Had a fleeting conversation with him before we parted ways through the city. Wherever you are Nathan- thank you for being cool!

Finally I met up with my Auntie Bekah, which is always insanely badass. I see her as my big sister, so we always have a good natter. Her art studio is so beautiful too, two rooms of just craft goodness- and a loom!

Anyway, after my long day I just felt truly blessed. Sometimes, you need to hear someone else’s views of what you’re doing to truly understand what your aims are. Plus, wandering around my home city felt so natural. Being in my own company used to be so daunting- but I now feel I can hold my head high and do whatever I set my mind to. IMG_20141201_115908 IMG_20141201_120113 IMG_20141202_201628 IMG_20141202_205011

‘honey is yummy’

So I’m sat on a fairly populated train back to Yorkshire from London writing on the back of a newspaper. Sadly because I have nothing else to write on…who needs a notepad when you’ve got a metro?

It’s ridiculously foggy, a permanent grey hue all over the fields of wherever I am. I’m so used to travelling on trains- with a long distance relationship, seeing the family and friends etc, that I don’t really get bored of it at all. As long as I have a good book (I’m reading ‘Prozac Nation’ by Elizabeth Wutzel- you can find it here) and a good brew, I’m back up North before I know it.

~writing not on a newspaper~

When I’m in Kings Cross Station, I always go to Leon for a quick breakfast (I always get the Full English) and with the added incentive of a beautiful 15% student discount, it really is worth the money. I asked for a Green Tea and they recommended putting honey in it. What the hell? Honey!? I was reluctant with the offer, but it’s totally the bees knees (get my joke? Honey…bees? heh). Seriously, if you love a good Northern brew as much as I do, and fancy something different- green tea (now with honey) is my go-to drink.

Anyway, hope you’re having a lovely day and I shall leave you with this quote that you can also find on my Instagram!

‘Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside’Green Tea!

An Introduction

So hi!

I think an introduction is order, as this is my first blog, everrr.

I am Kimberley Robinson, a twenty year old residing in Yorkshire, England. Lover of hardback books, vinyl and many a brew to plunder my way through life.

Currently, I am in the my final year of University studying Counselling Therapy, with two part-time jobs (one in a music store which is so radddd, and another in Boots-also cool!) and the owner of a small business called Keep Real


 

Now, being excruciatingly busy- finding time to set Keep Real up this year in 2014, probably sounds pretty much impossible and bordering on the delusional. However,  as crazy it may seem (‘like where the hell do you find the time to do something like that!?) it’s honestly something I am so passionate about.

The ol’ tale of ‘staying true’ and ‘keeping it real’ are the foundations of trying to stay positive,  and being true to who you are as a person. Keep Real aims to remind folk that being that, is exactly what is important. None of the bullshit, just be you. It is early stages yet but my passion remains…well, shall we say a ‘beacon of light’.

So to conclude, this blog is about what I’m up to day to day/ weekly. Following the life and adventures of Kimberley Robinson/ Keep Real as a hopeful movement in creating something positive that people will enjoy as much as I do!