Treasure Hunt | April

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

This month I have discovered quite a few treasures that have changed my life in a good way, so I thought I would share. Let's crack on:

1. Master of None 

I was browsing for a new Tv series and because new Orphan Black had just came out which can be quite violent and harrowing, I wanted something lighter. I found my feel good Tv series in Master of None, I watched it all in one day and I just loved it, nothing much happens and it's just about the life of this American Tv extra trying to get through life in New York with friends but the humour in it and the satire is something I haven't seen before in this kind of Tv series. It's like a mixture between a sitcom and a satirical comedy and Aziz Ansari's script writing really shines through. There is also a tiny cast which makes it easier to keep track of characters and the plot lines of each episode revolve around a theme which I found really clever. It was a perfect uplifting Tv series but I don't think I want anymore because of the ending (no spoilers don't worry) and I think it's perfect as it is as a little uplifting, quiet corner of Netflix, if you haven't watched it yet I would thoroughly recommend. 

2. Mandala clear iphone 6s case 

I was sick of my boring but protective phone case. So I decided to try and look for one of the same brand but with a little colour on it. Because I love the colour of my phone I wanted to stick to a clear phonecase with only a little image on or something, I found this mandala one on Amazon and didn't realise it was slightly pink, but I don't mind because it's so beautiful and summery. It's also really protective and has a raised front to protect your screen if you drop it so really it's the best of both worlds!

3. Asda Free From choc crispie bar 

I've been a relatively un-healthy vegan this month. I don't know why, just a lot of craving for that sweet stuff and so to reward myself I bought one of these in Asda for 43p! The next day I went back and bought 4 more! They are so mourish and the none dairy chocolate is wonderful and not plastic or tacky at all, also they are filled with rice crispies so you get that lovely crunchy texture which most vegan chocolate bars don't have, safe to say they're the first thing to go in shopping basket now!

4. StylelikeU Youtube channel 

As you know I have been discovering a lot of people on Youtube at the moment and my subscription feed is getting bigger and bigger! But when Gareth showed me this particular video  about a wonderful human called iO I fell in love with this channel and the message they are delivering. They have been on Youtube for many years but have just began to gain the reception they deserve. They started a project called the 'what's underneath project' where they invite people with different stories into their studio and ask them to undress whilst being interviewed. The concept is to show that our style does not define us, instead we as a person define our style. I think this is so important and should be talked about more and I'm just so glad this channel exists, when I feel down about the world or about myself I watch a tonne of these videos and they make me feel so much better, I would love to work with them one day, thank you to this channel for existing.  

5. Lush Eau Roma toner water 

The women in my family have been blessed with a thing called spider veins and redness and now I am nearly 21 I have been noticing small veins on my cheeks appearing and although I'm not too bothered, I would like to stop them in their tracks before I'm 50 and bright red! My mum told me to start now because she didn't, Gareth told me to stop taking long hot baths; sacrilege! I can't do that. I went to my lovely friends at Lush and told them about my predictive problem and they told me about this rose toner water that tones down redness and keeps spider veins at bay. They told me to use it along with my cleanser and after I have done any exercise or gotten out of my beloved hot bath. I don't know if I can see any differences yet but if it stops anymore veins appearing then I know it's doing its job. It's also incredibly refreshing on the skin and I'm looking forward to spritzing it in summer.  

6. Naval Oranges 

Talking about redness, the ladies at Lush and my mum also told me to uptake my orange consumption. Oranges are famous for reducing skin redness and spider veins and from what I've read if you eat at least one a day it will keep those pesky veins at bay! I also love oranges and normally tend to go for the little easy peel satsumas instead of these big boys but now I am a changed woman who will eat a whole orange for breakfast and it will keep me full until lunch. It's also almost orange season meaning they will be much juicier and full of nutrients, meaning my summer snack will be oranges, oranges, oranges. Have I said oranges enough? ORANGES. 

Bit weird this bunch, but these are all my treasures of April. 
What's your favourite treasure?

Dear April...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Can we at first just appreciate the fact that I have kept this orchid alive since Christmas not last year but the year before! That is a world record for me and plants and I can't believe it's started blooming again after a few months of me thinking it was dead, I think it might be my prized possession. 

April, you've been great! You actually brought some sun, I mean it was a tiny amount but it was still some sun. It's been a pretty quiet month apart from a few memorable nights out where I had a full on discussion with two cats on a curb and a slow motion game of pool. I also had two gigs this month and it feels really good to be performing again to more than a friend or a depressed bar tender. You also brought along many, many deadlines for Uni, but with my new lease of positivity I worked through it without any actual serious stress (shock horror) and now I've actually left Uni for summer and you could actually say that I'm now a third year, which is terrifying and exciting at the same time. I've been putting a lot of thought into my dissertation recently and the plans I have so far is making me really excited and because I know I'm going to enjoy my subject, I don't think I'm going to hate it as much but we'll consider that on a later date. Knowing I have some extra time in summer I have decided to take up the #100dayproject on Instagram, it's a project that runs for around 3 months (well 100 days) where you create something everyday and because I have to create a visual portfolio for my next Uni course I think it will be a great idea to start up and channel my creativity to make things on the regular. I've been doing it for a week and a bit now and I'm really enjoying it so far. 

So April you've stemmed a lot of creativity and I am greatful for that. I'm now looking forward to May and the rest of the Summer with our exciting plans! Thankyou for being a great opening month to those plans April. 

 How was your April?

Songs for // April

Thursday, 28 April 2016

April's been a great month for music, full of new bands and older people on the scene coming out of the woodwork once again. Obviously the new music that everyone is talking about is LEMONADE Beyonce's new visual album and if it was on Spotify, I think every single song from that album would be on this playlist, but alas it is not but this playlist does include a cheeky Kanye track!

Tom Odell's back. I'm so happy about this, he is one of my faves, especially on a rainy day when everything feels a little glum, his dulcet tones really suit those moods. Although his new singles Wrong Crowd and Magnetised are much more upbeat than his older stuff and I am looking forward to hearing his new album to see if he sticks to this theme. Issac Gracie has been on my new favourites list for a while now, his music really reminds me of Jeff Buckley. I love the echoeness' of the guitar and the lyrics are wonderful, he has such a gentle yet still powerful voice and he's another one of those artists that are perfect for those slightly blue days. Picking up the pace abit are my new favourite indie rock band VITAMIN, I read about them in NME and then gave them a listen, their new song This isn't Love is all you need to get you out of bed in the morning, their music is in a way like taking your morning VITAMIN (see what I did there). Kanye's back everybody incase you didn't know! I finally got to listen to his new album and I was pleasantly surprised, there are a few tracks that do make my skin crawl but there are a few I really love, especially his new single Ultralight Beam, I thought this track however is such a clever intermission to an album, Kanye is known for being obnoxious and arrogant and hats off for someone with a personality like that to take the piss out of themselves and that's what that song is about and it's hilarious. Another band that are back on the scene are The Lumineers, I was always abit meh' about their last album and once I heard Ho Hey for the 1000th time it put me off them abit. This album is kind of the same to be honest it's abit meh' I wouldn't listen to it all the way through again, however there are some songs in there that I would pick out and my favourite is Ophelia I think maybe because I've always felt connected to the character of Ophelia because of the painting and all that but it is a really catchy folk song and I find myself humming it through the day, lets hope it's not going to be the new Ho Hey! I have just discovered Mystery Jets I know, they've been around since what the 90's maybe the 00's? But they've never slipped into my Indie radar and I wish they had, I'm now obsessed. They're such a good walking-down-the-street-thinking-you're-in-an-indie-movie kind of band and their new song bubblegum is poppy' and great and the guitar riff tho.   


If there isn't one of these posts for May, just know that I can't stop listening to Beyonce and yes also The 1975 still, sorry about it. 

What music have you been enjoying through April?

A Not So Blue Monday

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

This week has been filled with decisively dodging all my responsibilities and then letting them clump up into one great horrible mass until I had to recognise them. I wouldn't say that's the best way to deal with things, but my bed limbo is behind me now and after finishing another whole Tv series in a day scenario I finally sprang out of bed with the energy I needed to proceed with Uni coursework and all the other more mundane tasks that mounted up over that period of time. I had a gig on Sunday and being an ambivert; once I got home I realised I was extremely emotionally exhausted from talking to strangers all day and performing infront of a big group of people, so I took a day or two to hibernate and now I can carry on as normal! (I have a weird brain) Here are the things that have made me particularly happy this week:

100 Day Project- Because I have to create a 1 year portfolio for my future art therapy course, I have taken up the 100 day project on Instagram where you create something for 100 days. You can follow my portfolio instagram here if you want, so far I've just been randomly painting which I don't normally do so that's been interesting.

Another year of Uni down- That's right, second year of Uni is over and my gosh it's going so quickly! I'm basically a third year now and that's terrifying but also pretty exciting.

LEMONADE- Oh my good gracious Bey's back and her new visual album is bloody fabulous. I've watched the hour long film three times now and can't stop listening to the songs. This album I believe we needed and the issues it addresses are very important for 2016, she came and she slayed, so much respect.

Game of Thrones- Look what else is back! I watched it yesterday and as soon as I heard the music I felt all fuzzy inside, the first episode was great, I have so many questions, so many.

Flowers- A Tv series that started last night on channel 4. It's poignant and hilarious at the same time, Jullian Barrat and Olivia Coleman are brilliant and it's definitely got those Tannenbaums vibes, rather like if Wes Anderson ever created a Tv series, I'm obsessed.

What I have been listening to:

LEMONADE- All day, everyday. My favourite songs are Hurt Yourself ft Jack White (Jack White tho), Daddy Lessons a weird upbeat country song in the middle of this album of hurt and anger and Freedom ft Kendrick Lamar I'm obsessed with this song and I love the message but being a white, privileged westerner I feel like I can't sing along to it, I think it's very important to recognise the demographic this album is for, as someone tweeted the other day 'us white girls are only mere eavesdroppers' and I think that's very important.

How was your Monday?

A Not So Blue Monday

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Aw no, I've done it again, it's Wednesday. Lets just ignore this and pretend okay? This week has been filled with celebrations because my second year at Uni is coming to a close, I have two bits of coursework left and that's it shabang' another year done (I'm not thinking about third year yet). Here are the things that have made me particularly happy this week:

Vegan full English breakfasts- We went to my favourite place in Carlise Foxes and I got my usual 'herbivore' but without an egg. And they gave me an extra hashbrown, how lovely!

So much Nandos- I have been to Nandos three times this week, do I regret it? Money wise yes, food wise no. But I need to stop eating out for abit now, it's getting a little ridiculous knowing I have a full fridge at home. 

Casey Neistat- I've fallen into the void that is Casey Neistat's videos and I can't climb out. That editing tho' as if he can do that daily and still have entertaining content. 

The Jungle Book- It was amazing, go and see it! Idris Elba's voice is made for a tiger and Bageera is still my favourite character, I want him to raise me from childhood thanks. 

Eleanor and Park- I've just started reading it but I already know I'm going to love it. It's so beautifully written and it's really taking me back to being 16 and falling in love all over again. 

What I have been listening to:

Mystery Jets- I know they've been on the Indie scene for quite a while but you know by now that I am slow. I love their upbeat heavy indie tunes and some of them are great to dance to whilst getting ready (speaking from experience). 


How was your Monday?

Spring Book Haul

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Does it count as a 'haul' with 4 books? Hmm ah well. I've always been an avid reader, slow but passionate none the less. I don't know why I'm so slow, I'm a good reader and have been reading from a really young age, I was reading adult books when I was 10! But when it comes to a standard novel it will take me probably around 2/3 months to finish it. I don't know why that is because I read almost ever night, I love reading I don't see it as a task. I think that's why actually, I get so engrossed into a book that I have to absorb everything about it, take my mind to that place and live the story through the characters, that can only be a good thing right? So after having a reading list to get through for about 2 years now, I finally got through it and when I reached for the next book I found there was nothing left (reading list achieved). I headed to Amazon and ordered the books I've wanted to read for a while, so this will keep me going for another 2 years then!

Reasons to Stay Alive 

Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

Being a psychology student I have an interest in mental illness (you might sense a theme in this haul) I find it fascinating that our brains have the capacity to basically destroy our lives, how do you win a battle against your own brain? With great difficulty, but Matt Haig did it and I can't wait to read his inspiring story. I suffer with a mental illness myself and I think this book, although much more extreme compared to my situation may help me at times, I do love a bit of inspiration. 

The First Bad Man 

One of my favourite Youtubers Estee Lalonde recommended this in one of her videos ages ago and I made a mental note to get it. The book doesn't give much a way, there is no synopsis or blurb. All I know is that it's a tongue in cheek written by a feminist icon and I'm ever so excited to read it. 

Eleanor & Park 

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
After reading a lot of hard hitting adult novels, I needed a break. So I decided to pick up a book that I have wanted to read since 2014 when I noticed the cover in Waterstones, it looks typical YA genre, love and angst but it's been ages since I read a good old fashioned love story and it's set in 1986 which means many musical references and pop culture hopefully. I think I'm going to read this first because its the complete opposite of the books I have recently read, I need that teenage angst back in my life!

My Heart and Other Black Holes 

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.There s only one problem: she s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel s convinced she s found her solution Roman, a teenage boy who s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.
Another book about mental illness, but what looks like a very important one. I read a guardian review about this book and apparently it isn't what it looks like, it breaks down the stigma on mental health one chapter at a time. Although I am a little sceptical because I just don't like the concept of a depressed teenager being saved by their new boyfriend/girlfriend and not by themselves, that just rubs me up the wrong way, but I am going to keep an open mind when I go into this book because I have heard incredibly good things  

That's mi book haul.
 Lets see how long it takes me to read them all, my guess is like 3 years.