Beyoncé to star in The Lion King and 6 celebrities I want to see in Disney remakes

Move over, Simba, there’s a new Queen of the Pride Land and her name is Beyoncé. Well, possibly. Straight from the rumour mill, it has been tipped that the top choice to star in Disney’s live action remake of The Lion King is Queen B herself. With the franchise being so popular as a Disney classic and a broadway/west-end show, Beyoncé and The Lion King would be an incredible decision.

A source has been whispering into the ears of the press that Beyoncé is director Jon Favreau’s first choice to voice Nala in the remake which is currently in process. However, insiders have stressed that the Formation singer has yet to make a decision regarding the film yet, due to her being kinda busy being pregnant with twins.

Personally, I would love to see her take on a Disney role. I am a big fan of Queen B and Disney, so for me this is a match made in heaven. However, I’m fully aware of the responsibilities of a new baby mama, so whether or not she will agree to the role is another thing, considering the film is set to be in production pretty soon.

Disney have recently announced a bucket full of remakes, so there’s a lot of casting to be done! I thought I’d help out and pick some potential candidates for certain roles…

Ariana Grande as Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

We already know she can rock the red hair and she has an incredible voice to be able to take on the song Part of Your World. Ariana is killing it right now, so a movie such as this under her belt would be perfect. She’s already taken on roles in kids’ TV Shows (Victorious, Sam & Cat), so she has younger fans, too. I’d love to see her donning a fishtail and lending her voice to the evil Ursula in a trade for her to become human.

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Disney Nerd: A gift guide for the Disnerd in your life

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It’s been so long since I’ve done a Disney Nerd post, but after roaming around the Disney Store in Cardiff and all the Christmas products out, I’ve decided to revive the series with a brand spanking new post to help you this festive season!

Christmas is rapidly approaching and while Disney is a fairly obvious choice for many young ones, it can also be great for gifts for older people, too. Because whether you agree or not, Disney is not just for kids! Walt himself even said it. So, if you have a Disnerd in your life, I have some perfect gift ideas for you and they’re all in this blog.

 

Mickey Mouse Icon Necklace – £39.00

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This beauty is from the ‘Arribas Jewelled Collection’ which features Swarovski crystals. It’s perfect for the typical Disney classic fan who loves a bit of jewellery in their life.

Available from the Disney Store

101 Dalmatians Glazed Mug – £6.99

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I love a good Disney mug and this one seems to be a decent size, especially for the price! 101 Dalmatians is also my favourite from Disney, so it’s no surprise that my friend bought this for me for my birthday!

Available from the Disney Store

 

Alice in Wonderland Book Print Cushion Cover – £12.95

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This isn’t officially Disney, but perfect for those who are wandering in Wonderland. I think this is a beautiful cover which I’d have in my room – that is, if my mother doesn’t nick it for herself to put in the living room!

Available from Etsy

Disney Inspired Candle Holders – £5.99 each

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These are so beautiful and I’d really love to collect all of them. There’s quite a few to choose from on the site and I really think it shows off your Disney side without it being too OTT.

Available from Etsy

Kinkade Disney Dreams Calendar 2017 – £9.99

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I bought the 2016 version of this for my mother and she loved it so much that she plans to save some of her favourite images and frame them. The artwork is simply stunning and perfect to add into the home of any Disney lover.

Available from Calendar Club

Dumbo Vintage Disney Wash Bag – £7.99

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I love vintage Disney so much! This cosmetics bag is perfect for storing make up or for a travel wash bag or even a pencil case. Whatever your recipient uses it for, it’ll be sure to look adorable.

Get it from Truffle Shuffle

ASOS Disney iPhone 6 Case – £6.00

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This saves your phone from being damaged and just looks super adorable. What’s not to love? A perfect stocking filler.

Available from ASOS

Disney Don’t Be Grumpy Be Happy Wash Bag Set – £14.99

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Ideal for the Grumpy in your life! I’ve actually been eyeing this up for my stepdad because we always get him Grumpy stuff because he kind of looks like him and he also loves bath stuff. I thought I should point out there are a ton of more Disney gifts such as this and the Dumbo bag on Truffle Shuffle – it was difficult not putting every item in this guide!

 Available from Truffle Shuffle

Disney Princess A5 Diary 2017 – £8.99

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Because there’s always someone who could pass for a Disney princess! Great for keeping your year in order and just adding a bit of Disney magic to your daily life.

Available from Calendar Club

Once Upon A Dream Novel – £7.99

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If you’ve got a bookworm in the family, this is perfect. I’ve seen a few in this series in various stores including Tesco and Waterstones. I have every intention of getting the entire collection once I track it down, but plan to start with this one as Sleeping Beauty is my favourite princess, besides Pocahontas.

Available from the Disney Store

POP! Disney Mickey Mouse – £9.71

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Funko Pop figures have proven to be fairly popular, especially with Disnerds. These pop culture pieces are the perfect ornaments which aren’t too easy to break. They come in many characters but I absolutely adore this retro Mickey. Now I know these are available in many places, including some Disney Stores, but the only link I could find is on Amazon.

Available from Amazon

Disney Traditions Winnie the Pooh Figurine – £10.99

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The Disney Traditions figurines are a classic collection and have a lot to choose from, but I cannot get over the cuteness of this Pooh Bear figure – just look at him! My mother has a cupboard in our living room dedicated to Disneyana (the name for Disney memorabilia) and has many of these. I think she’s caught wind I’ve bought her one for Christmas, though!

Available from the Disney Store 

Disney Bambi Boxed Pyjama Set – £13.00

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Primark are currently best known for their incredible Disney nightwear range and this gorgeous set is no exception. It’s boxed, which makes it the perfect present to wrap. And who doesn’t love Bambi?

Available from Primark*

What’s your favourite from this gift guide? Comment below and let me know what you think!

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Disney Nerd: My top 10 Disney films

 

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Disney films are without a doubt my favourite films of all, but to narrow it down to a top ten has been a very difficult task for me, as a Disnerd, to accomplish. However, after a long thought (and discussion with my mother), I’ve managed to pick a top ten.  I’ve based this on the Walt Disney films and not included live actions or Disney Pixar. These are in order and took a LOT of thought, so without further ado…

10.Lady and The Tramp

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This canine love story is one that definitely pulls at my heart strings and as someone who prefers dogs over people, this is such a lovely film I enjoy curling up to watch. The soundtrack is beautiful, with ‘Bella Notte’ being my favourite song from the entire film.

9.The Aristocats

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Even if you’re a dog > cat person, it’s impossible to not love the tale of this feline family as they try and venture home to their mansion in Paris. The songs are catchy and the entire storyline is full of family friendly comedy and a plot to win you over and really make everybody want to be a cat.

8.The Lion King

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A true classic. The Lion King is a beautiful and emotional film but has the equal balance of comedy for it not to break your heart too much (Mufasa’s death anyone? Still gets me going even today.) The scenery of the film is gorgeous with the African colour scheme and beautiful wild animals. Of course, another film full of songs which will be etched in your mind for many years, including the famous ‘Circle of Life’, it’s no wonder the film inspired a Broadway/West End show.

7.Aladdin

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Starring the late Robin Williams, this is definitely one of his most finest pieces of work with the chucklesome Genie really being what makes this movie what it is. Of course, we can’t forget about the leading Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, who both share a beautiful love story, but where would a Disney film be without a splash of laughter?

6.A Goofy Movie

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To me, this film is highly underrated. A member of the classic Disney films, Goofy, takes his son Max, on a trip of a lifetime, which can only go wrong in true Goofy style. Another film with a great soundtrack full of toe-tapping hits, this film is one that any person who considers themselves a Disney fan needs to see in their lifetime.

5.Pocahontas

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I used to watch this film every Sunday at my Gran’s without fail. Differing from most Disney princess fairytales, this tells the story of Powhatan Indian princess Pocahontas and English explorer, John Smith. Coming from two different worlds who are against one another, Pocahontas and John Smith are brought together during John’s search for a New World before falling for one another. The beautiful animation really introduces a historic native culture to the world and shares the love story of the diverse love interests. Definitely a classic almost forgotten from the Disney films.

4.Beauty and the Beast

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Who couldn’t be in love with Beauty and the Beast? From the hearty characters and the well known songs, not to mention the beautiful animation by Disney. Another wonderful story which teaches that love is love and not defined by a person’s looks. Plus, how amazing is Gaston? One of the best villains going. As much as he isn’t a feminist, you just love to hate him and his selfishness.

3.Sleeping Beauty

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Another Disney princess film I adore is Sleeping Beauty. The magic and thrill of it all is so enticing and I’m absolutely in love with the three good fairies.  The fact that even though they are unaware of who the other person is, Aroura and Phillip are willing to fight for one another’s love, though it ends up they were destined to be together all along. Thank goodness they were actually going to be set up with each other the entire time, right?

2. Peter Pan

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A definite close second, the entire story of Peter Pan and the idea of Neverland has had me in awe since a little girl. A world where growing up doesn’t exist and adventure awaits is truly something I admire and long to exist. Although the music, animation and characters were what appealed to me most as a child, perhaps now at an older age where I’m becoming a young woman with many responsibilities and fear the future is the reason I truly have fallen in love with Neverland.

1. 101 Dalmatians

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Of course, having owned four dalmatians of my own, it’s no surprise that this is my number one Disney film of all time. I’ve been obsessed since I was quite literally a baby and owned more than a fair few hundred of stuffed Dalmatian toys. The thought of that many dogs actually does excite me, despite being a lot of work and for some reason unknown, the breed has always been one I’ve been most attracted to when it comes to dogs. I love to hate Cruella and following the puppies as they prove that dogs are in fact smarter than you think is such an exciting and entertaining story which I love to relive again and again.

 

What are your top 10 Disney films – are any of them mentioned above? Comment below because I love to talk Disney!

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April Monthly Favourites 2016

I mention this basically every single post and I’m still not over how quick this year is going! The concert weekend I was so excited for has already been and gone and we’re almost halfway through 2016. But anyway… here are my April favourites!

External 50000mAh Power Bank Pack

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This power bank was a lifesaver at my concert weekend. My phone battery isn’t the greatest, especially since there’s currently an issue with my phone that needs sorting out ASAP, so to have something with me to use on the go was very handy. It’s a bit heavy but the amount of power available from it was amazing. I didn’t need to charge it once over the three days I used it, though I did use a standard phone charger in the hotel. However, the days lasted from as early as 9am til 3am the next day, so considering I was on-off using this to boost my phone throughout those three days, this was definitely worth it. Again, it’s slightly heavy but if you’re going on a short weekend break or a big day out (example; a day at a theme park like Disneyland) this would be perfect.

Get it from eBay for £11.49

Peter Pan phone case

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As previously mentioned in another post, I am a big lover of Peter Pan. I needed a new phone case and saw this one online. I love how it’s not too “childlike” and is quite different from a typical style phone case. I think it captures one of my favourite parts of the story which is where they fly over London to Neverland and the background is a page out of the original Peter Pan fairytale book, which is lovely.

Get it from eBay for £4.75

Wunderlist

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This app was recommended to me by my boss as when I started my full time position at Maximum Pop! It was difficult at first to keep track of everything. I’m a very technology-based kind of person and as much as I love a good notebook, I’m currently in the middle of doing my room out so I don’t have a desk to keep things in. It’s easy to keep track of your to-do lists and even offers for you to create multiple categories. I’ve recently had a category for ‘concerts’ (as you all know by now about my big concert weekend, I had a lot of prepping!) as well as work and a private list for day-to-day things like medication reminders,etc. Not only does it pop up as a reminder on your phone, but you can also get emails sent to you. If you have an Apple laptop/computer you can also download the app on there and it syncs up to the one on your phone/tablet.

Get the app here

LUSH’s Intergalactic bath bomb

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I may have featured this previously, but this is definitely my favourite bath bomb from LUSH. It brings the beauty of outer space right into your bathtub and is very uplifting. There are a few oils amongst the ingreedients including grapefruit, peppermint and cedarwood oil and it definitely feels soothing to the skin. Not to mention it’s very aesthetically pleasing.
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Get it from LUSH for £3.95

 

What have you been loving this month?

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February Monthly Favourites 2016

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It’s pretty insane as to how quick February went. I know there’s a few days less compared to January, but let’s be honest, that’s not much of a big deal. In comparison to last month’s favourites, I have favourites are more interesting and probably appealing to more of you as I was no longer poorly and able to just be more humane.

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp 

 

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I’ve never really been one for bold lips, but I decided to move slightly out of my comfort zone and try it. I heard a lot of people raving about the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream so I felt compelled to trying one. The colour is a lot brighter than the packaging but was pretty moisturised, though that didn’t have any affect on the matte look. It’s a perfect size for your bag to go out and about and I just think it’s great for a bold look.

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Get it from Boots for £5.50

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (Vanilla) 

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After being recommended this foundation by a friend, I thought I would give it a go. I applies so well and doesn’t look caked in the slightest. I wear Vanilla (52) and it matches my skintone perfectly. It’s the foundation I have been wearing all month and have been getting lots of compliments on. I would describe it as a medium coverage which is easily buildable if you were going for a high coverage.  Plus, when I take it off, my skin feels so good. As a bonus, you can really smell the fruits used in there including apricot and melon, so that’s good if you like nicely scented products.

Get it here for £9.99

 

TIGI Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner Duo

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This actually isn’t mine, but my mother picked this up at the hairdressers and offered for me to use it. It is honestly one of if not the best shampoo and conditioner duos I have ever used. It feels so cleansing and soothes my hair leaving it feeling so soft and repaired. Running my hands through it in the shower, my hair literally feels so silky and while that feeling tends to go after your hair dries, this isn’t the case with the Oatmeal & Honey nourishing duo. I definitely love these products and think they are worth every penny.

Get it for £15.50

 

MTV’s Catfish Season 4

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I really enjoy Catfish. Nev and Max were back last year delivering us the fourth season of the reality show in where the detective duo help hopefuls in finding out if the person they are lusting over online are really who they say they are. With such a disrupted 2015, I was unable to keep up with the show on a weekly basis, so with season 5 just days away from the premiere, I decided to spend this month catching up with the most recently aired season. I always seem to be hooked on the show and highly intrigued in how people manage to keep up a false life look so realistic online and their motives behind it. This season definitely saw some major plot twists that I won’t reveal, but if you’re all about social media and real life drama, then this show is for you.

PAN (2015) Starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund

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It goes without saying that Peter Pan is my utmost favourite fairytale in existence and I have seen many adaptions of the story via film. My favourite will forever be the Disney cartoon classic that I grew up with, but this movie had a twist to the story we all know and love. ‘Every legend has a beginning’ and this film focuses on how Peter (Levi Miller) first found his way to Neverland and the unsuspecting friendship between himself and James Hook (Garrett Hedlund). It also has answers to questions as to how Peter is able to fly, what species he is and how he met characters he seems so friendly in the story we have heard before.  This family film is packed with adventure and magic which you’ll enjoy regardless of age.

The Amazing Race 

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This is an American reality TV show where 11 teams of two race around the world, completing both physical and mental challenges, hunting for clues and navigate around the countries that are visited. This is the first time I have seen it as this current season features internet stars including my favourite, Tyler Oakley. The show is so interesting and I’m highly enjoying watching the show so far. I’m not sure as to when the show ends but thanks to an app called Hola, I can watch American TV shows on different websites including CBS, where The Amazing Race is aired.

All Time Low

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This isn’t the first time that I have listened to All Time Low and I have enjoyed some of their music in the past, but after my friend, Lauren, has been talking about them so much lately, she has urged me to add them to my playlist, in which I have and I definitely appreciate their music a lot more. My go-to songs to listen to include ‘Therapy’, ‘Missing You’, ‘Dear Maria (Count Me In)’ and of course, being a Peter Pan lover, ‘Somewhere in Neverland’. I definitely feel like listening to them this time around that their music has grown on me a lot more.

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Best Friend tag with A Mermaid's Blog

The Best Friend Tag

Hello!

I tend to mention someone a lot on here and that’s my best friend, Courtney. I nagged her to do this best friend tag with me which I found online and she thankfully agreed to do it with me because she thinks I’m awesome… so here’s what we said!

C=  Courtney, J= Jazz

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When and how did we first meet?

J: We first met online in… 2012?
C: Yeah, 2012.
J: We met through an Olly Murs fan page.
C: With Beth.
J: And we first properly met in Cardiff, when you came to visit.
C: April 4th 2015.
J: I know!
C: A whole month ago.
J: I’m sad…
C: It makes me sad!

Who is your best friend’s hero?

J: I’d say yours is Peter Pan.
C: Yeah pretty much. Yours is Niall or Olly…
J: Well, I don’t exactly idolise them but I don’t know who I do.
C: But out you don’t have anyone definitive you idolise so it has to be one of those…
J: Yeah, back in the day it was Miley but not anymore.
C: Same, still like her music though.

If you could go any place on earth, where would it be and why?

J: Well, if Neverland existed you’d go there.
C: Yes. Yes I would. And probably the same for you.
J: Yep. For places that exist though, Disney world.
C: Yeah, Disney World.
J: For the both of us.

What is your favorite color?

J: Black?
C: No.
J: Oh!
C: You’d completely surprised.
J: Blue?
C: Yours is… *lists the rainbow*
J: Nope.
C: Purple?
J: YES!
C: We’re not good at colours are we?
J: Nope! What’s yours?
C: Yellow.

What is our favorite food?

J: Pizza?
C: Yes.
J: Same

What is the name of your best friend’s crush?

J: Celebrity or people?
C: Probably celebrity because we don’t really socialise!
J: True. Can I say Peter Pan again?
C: No he’s not really my crush – well he is – but he’s not my number one
J: Olly… Oli Skyes?
C: SYKES! Close enough.
J: Oh. Mine’s easy…
C: NIALL!

What is your best friend’s biggest fear?

J: We’ve never discussed this…
C: No not really.
J: I think that yours is like going through life alone or something.
C: Pretty much. I can’t be alone.
J: I’ve told you mine before…
C: Death?
J: Yeah. Started my anxiety off.

If your best friend were deserted on an island, what are the three things she/he could not live without?

J: Cigarettes, Lighter, Eyeliner.
C: Haha, you got me good! Yours would be your phone.
J: And?
C: Umm… Charger… and wifi.
J: YES!
C: Truth.

What three movies does your best friend love the most?

J: Peter Pan, Return to Neverland…
C: Put that as one film.
J: Ummm, oh….
C: What’s my blog about?
J: Mermaids?
C: Book, phenomenon…
J: Harry Potter?
C: YES.
J: What’s mermaids got to do with Peter Pan?
C: It was me getting you closer to wizards and stuff.
J: Nightmare Before Christmas?
C: Yes or Sweeny Todd.
J: Mine are…
C: Peter Pan… Love Rosie…
J: No, I just like Love Rosie
C: 1D?
J: Yeah!
C: 101 DALMATIANS.
J: YES.

What part of your best friend’s body is their favorite?

C: Yours or mine?
J: Yours.
C: Yours is probably eyes.
J: Yes.
C: You have nice eyes…
J: Thanks!
C: Your welcome!
J: Yours is eyes… or hair?
C: Yes and something else…
J: IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR MY BLOG?!
C: *Laughs* It can be!
J: Bum?
C: Yes, I have a good bum!

What are the two things your best friend does not know about you?

J: O,H THIS IS WHERE THE DRAMA STARTS!
C: Ummm… Oh God I don’t know… What don’t you know about me?
J: I don’t know! That’s the point.
C: I don’t know! I can’t think of anything that’s appropriate and you don’t know yet…
J: Uh I don’t know about your first kiss?
C: I don’t even remember it… OH WAIT YES I DO. Basically in year 5 I kissed a boy called CJ – (ironic cause I’m also CJ) and then we caught and after break our whole class got told off for kissing…
J: You caused trouble for the entire class?
C: Pretty much. Umm, the other thing… It’s a bit grim. Sometimes I bite my toenails.
J: UUURGH!!
C: HAHA! Truth.
J: Mine are…. When I was 4 I did ballet and… umm… I once had a fly in the back of my eye.
C: EW.

How would you describe your best friend’s ideal partner/spouse?

J: Yours has to like similar music, trustworthy, funny, up for banter and is willing for you to open up to them.
C: Yeah. Yours would have to be named Niall Horan
J: Pretty much! That is it!
C: Okay, Need to be sensitive but not clingy, up for PJ days but like have a sense of humor as well… Must LOVE Pizza. They must tolerate your low confidence, understanding of anxiety, put up with your fangirl obsessions and love Disney!
J: Yep! *Sings Disney song*
C: And put up with your singing
J: HEY! That’s rude.
C: *laughs hard* WHY AM I SO FUNNY

How long does it take your best friend to get dressed?

J: 45 minutes including make up?
C: Usually yeah. Yours is 20 mins minus make up.
J: Yeah.

Which is your best friend’s favorite season and why?

J: I’d say summer for you.
C: Yeah. Yours is probably winter.
J: Nope.
C: Summer?
J: Yeah.
C: I thought winter because you’d have an excuse for not going out…

What is your best friend’s dream job?

J: You’re studying psychology so psychiatrist or something?
C: Yeah.
J: You can sort me out for free…
C: Yours is journalism.
J: Yep!

I hope you enjoyed this little post and I hope it helps you get to know Courtney AKA A Mermaid’s Blog better. Make sure you go check her out! I tag you all to do this with your best friend and comment a link to it below whether it’s a Soundcloud, blog or YouTube video.

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