April Favourites

Another month down and I swear the weather has gotten even worse- so much for thinking summer was on its way. I’m sorry for not posting a review this week but my life has become pretty consumed with revision recently seeing as my exams start this week and saying I am unprepared is an understatement! Anyway, seeing as April has drawn to a close, here are some of the things I was loving throughout the month.


The-Great-British-Sewing-Bee-Book1TV show- The Great British Sewing Bee

I know that many of you will think this is an odd choice for a 17 year old girl, but this has to be one of my favourite programmes on TV. I am a huge fan of sewing, I took GCSE Textiles and considered it for A level, but ended up just doing plenty in my spare time. I’ve been obsessed with the American tv show Project Runway for years, and I guess this is our version of it. It’s incredibly British, surprisingly funny, and just pretty fab. I’m rather upset that it’s over and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

IMG_1957Book- Popular by Maya van Wagenen

I heard about this book from my mum actually, who has been invited to the book launch for this and I’m lucky enough to be going with her, so I thought I should probably read the book first. It’s written by 15-year-old Maya who lives in Texas and is a true story about her discovery of a book written in the 1950s about how to be popular, with chapters ranging from makeup. Maya, a social outcast, decides it would be a fun experiment to follow a chapter each month of the year to the letter, and see whether there was any wisdom in this book that was still relevant 60 years later. Whilst this may sound like the plot of many a Disney tween movie, it’s surprisingly funny and well-written considering Maya’s age. Considering I read it not expecting much, I enjoyed it surprising amounts and ended up finishing it in about 3 hours without stopping.

IMG_1852Makeup- Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder

I bought this finally a few weeks ago after wanting it for ages thanks to Tanya Burr’s love for it, and I can totally see why. First off, it looks like chocolate and smells delicious, so that’s always a bonus. More importantly though, they actually do it in a colour pale enough that my ghostly skin doesn’t look like it’s been rubbed in mud and instead just looks nicely sunkissed. Plus the ‘glints of sunshine’ which it claims to be filled with give your skin a really beautiful glow, so for the price I think it’s a pretty fab product.


IMG_1764Hair Care- Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment

Well that’s a heck of a name. I bought this a while ago because since I’ve been growing my hair it’s become horribly dry at the ends, so I figured a deep treatment was the way forward. I know Aussie is well-known as a great brand of hair products, but I hadn’t heard much about this product in particular so it was a bit of a blind buy. I must say I love it though; I’ve definitely noticed the difference after applying this to the ends of my hair instead of my usual conditioner. They do loads of different variations depending on your particular hair type and issues, which is great. Plus, it’s super cheap.

crystal-fightersMusic- Crystal Fighters

I’ve loved Crystal Fighters for quite a while, but this month I’ve found myself listening to them non-stop, especially You & I. It’s the perfect mix of genres and reminds me so much of summer. It’s just one of those songs that makes you happy every time you hear it, so what’s not to love about that. Moreover, the cover art is just the most beautiful thing. (ps I’ve started a summer playlist on spotify so if anyone is even  slightly interested you can click here)

220px-The_boat_that_rocked_posterFilm- The Boat That Rocked

I know I’m very late to hop on the bandwagon for this one, but I watched this film for the first time when it was on TV last week and totally fell in love. For some reason, I had it in my head that it was a completely different kind of film so I was very pleasantly surprised. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and incredibly feel good- after the credits rolled I just sat there for ages with a huge grin on my face. Has to be up there with my favourite films of all time, and I don’t say that lightly.

IMG_1783Place- Boston Tea Party, Bristol

When I went to Bristol a couple of weeks ago for Record Store Day, I knew that brunch at Boston Tea Party was a must. Even though I’ve heard they’re awesome, I’d never actually got the chance to visit one and I immediately loved it. The decor is so completely me and the food is fabulous. I introduced my friends Hannah and Shona to pancakes, bacon and maple syrup (what kind of weirdos haven’t tried that before) which as you may know, is my favourite breakfast of all time. Big love for this place, I could see myself spending a lot of time there.

IMG_1820Food- Easter Eggs

What else could I possibly put for my food favourite in Easter? Although the amount of chocolate I got kind of stressed me out, it was a lovely day full with the family and the Easter egg hunt was super cute. Although I wanted to put in a photo of my egg from my mum, which was the most beautiful thing ever, I realised I ate most of it before taking a photo… oops. So have an adorable basked of mini eggs instead, and a belated happy Easter!

So there you have it: some of my favourite things this month which I couldn’t help but share with you. Make sure to check the stuff out because I don’t just obsess over things for nothing. I apologise in advance if my posts become less frequent or worse quality in the coming weeks; starting on Tuesday I am in exam season until the middle of June so will be in full-on stress mode. Of course, I’ll still be posting as much as I can because ultimately this is what I love and exams can sod off if they think I’m giving this up for a month!



Record Store Day 2014

First off I just wanted to say I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and everything, I would have uploaded this last night but for some reason I hadn’t considered the possibility that my grandparents wouldn’t have wifi… so that’s my excuse.

What I really wanted to talk about today though is Record Store Day, which as I’m sure many of you know, was on Saturday. For those that don’t know, RSD is a national day where music lovers join together to support the few remaining independent record shops, with live music and special releases from artists who actually care about the cause. It’s a really lovely thing to be a part of as it’s all focused on retaining the dying industry that is vinyl, rather than just being about making money and that’s rather refreshing to see.

IMG_1773dMy RSD actually started on Thursday, when my local record shop (Sound Knowledge in Marlborough) had George Ezra doing an in-store performance and signing so I luckily got to meet him as well as him signing my EP which was pretty cool. I am so lucky that even though I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere, I happen to have an amazing record shop in my nearest town that regularly gets artists in for free in-stores and signing- past events include the likes of Tom Odell, McFly, Scouting For Girls and Spector. This is definitely a part of the reason I think RSD is such an important cause, I couldn’t bare to see my local store go and it would be such a shame to lose records all together, because let’s face it.. everything sounds a hundred times better on vinyl.

On the Saturday itself, I went to Bristol to possibly my favourite record shop- Rise. I met with friends that I made when I was in the Dog Is Dead music video over a year ago, who I annoyingly hardly ever see thanks to the fact we don’t exactly live nearby, ranging from Devon to Cardiff to Leeds! It was lovely to see them again for the day though and watch some great music in Rise from the likes of the ever-hilarious Beans on Toast who I’ve managed to see four times now without ever specifically getting tickets to see him!

rsd purcahasesOf course, we also had a mosey round the RSD releases, although by the time that we got there at about 11 a lot of them had sold out already (the fact that the releases are so limited is one of the things that makes them so special and people queue from about 7am to get in!). I did manage to pick up a 12″ Haim special release of the ‘Forever’ single, which I was pretty chuffed with. I also bought the Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’ LP which I’ve wanted for absolutely ages and couldn’t resist purchasing. After looking round some of the shops on Park Street, which are some of my favourites in Bristol, we wandered back up to Rise to catch George Ezra’s set, which was fantastic even though I felt like a bit of a stalker seeing him twice in three days!

Picture2I had a wonderful day, and I just felt so glad that so many people care about music and keeping vinyl alive that they go to these measures to ensure it doesn’t die under the domination of downloads. Maybe it’s just because my parents own so many records and hardly listen to anything else, but I really don’t think there’s any comparison to the sound they create. They’re so much more satisfying than just pressing a play button, and if we’re going to be superficial- they’re a hell of a lot prettier.