Declan McKenna Gig Review

Sorry for the lack of posting, I’ve been kind of out of the loop but I am planning to make time for it in between work and get back into the swing of things. Anyway, apologies aside I am coming at you with a brand new gig review! Last night, well early evening, my sister and I travelled into the depths of Kingston on Thames to watch Declan McKenna play a show to celebrate the release of his debut album ‘What Do You Think About The New Car?’. After a last minutes venue change and the addition of a full band, an intimate in store signing/gig morphed into an almost complete show at The Hippodrome. Tickets only came to £11 with a CD each, there wasn’t much to lose but it’s safe to say that Declan surpassed our expectations. Continue reading

Making a Bathbomb at LUSH

Earlier this week, in the midst of exams I decided to ignore the looming deadlines and headed into town where my local shopping centre was hosting an activity weekend. The highlight of this weekend extravaganza, for me at least, was the local LUSH store hosting a make your own bathbomb session! I have been a huge LUSH fan for ages, if it wasn’t quite so pricey it would definitely dominate my skin and body care regime. I even have a little ritual at the end of each term, where I go into town at uni to pick a bathbomb as a treat to use in my bath at home. Continue reading

The Sherlocks Gig Review

On Monday night, I ventured from my room and for one night left my assessments behind me. My friend Hayley and I made our way to the gig, we first bonded over our mutual Blossoms love. She introduced me to The Sherlocks music, how could I not like a northern band with a Courteneers persuasion? With tickets for £9 and an excuse for a night out, we headed to Fibbers. A venue near uni in York that we usually associate with clubbing, it is only the second gig I’ve managed to go to in York during uni time, so it was a bit of a treat. It was quite a surreal experience going into a ‘club’ stone cold sober and being surrounded by underage teenager on the pull, I’ll get back to that later. I really enjoyed their set and I am definitely looking forward to hearing more stuff from them, certainly one to watch! Continue reading

scarborough day trip

Last month, before the horror of 5 essays which accumulate to a total 11,000 words descended upon me, my sister came to visit me at uni and we went on a road trip to the beach in Scarborough. It was a last minute plan, we kept our expectations fairly low, not really knowing what to expect, it was a pleasant surprise if not a bit on the chilly side. Eleanor also stumbled across a feature on her phone camera, after having it for only two years… So we took full advantage of the fun seaside vibes and essentially staged a photography shoot, unfortunately, my phone battery decided to give in so I decided to take it old school and bought a cheap disposable camera from Boots!  Continue reading

A Lover Sings: Billy Bragg Book Review

In the midst of essay procrastination I found myself trawling through the Billy Bragg merch website, I’m not really sure what I was looking for but I’m glad I did. Intrigued by a book section on a singer’s website I had to have a look, one book drew my attention. So I bought ‘A Lover Sings – Selected Lyrics’, I liked the idea of having a physical copy of his favourite lyrics, as his songs have a poetic nature it makes sense to collect them in an anthology.  Continue reading

banning camera phones at gigs?

With Apple being granted a camera blocking patent last year and the list of artist’s publicly calling out fans who record shows ever growing, camera phones at gigs have increasingly become a controversial and debated topic in the technology-saturated music scene of today. Although I can sympathise with many of the ‘cameras at gigs’ defenders, the “I paid for a ticket I can do what I like” argument is true to a certain extent but not when it’s impacting on other gig goers and from my personal experience, it definitely does. Continue reading

purple ombre: new hair

I’m back at uni and that means one thing, making my flatmate, who also has a blog you should check out, sort out the mess that is my current hair. We set the bar high this time, going for the most challenging look that we’ve ever attempted with a purple ombre. I didn’t particularly want to put bleach on my already damaged hair, so I decided to take a break and embrace the roots with a touch of creativity. The idea was a gradient of Plum at the roots down to Lilac in the ends, and I”m so happy with the outcome! I scoured Pinterest for some inspo and came across this photo and fell in love. Continue reading

stylpro makeup brush cleaner + dryer review

I’m sure most tech-savvy beauty fans will have seen the viral video doing the rounds of a new device which advertises to clean and dry makeup brushes in 20 seconds by spinning them. I knew the second I saw it I would own one within a month, my obsession with cleaning my brushes combined with how fun it looked made it my ideal product. The price tag did cause some hesitation but after the discovery of an old gift card and a new Boots one for Christmas which added to make the full £50 it costs, nothing could hold me back and I headed to Boots the next day. Continue reading

vinyl revival

I hope everyone is having a top festive period, everything has just begun to wind down from the mayhem that is Christmas and I’ve started to have a proper play and explore with my fave new toy, thanks mum and dad. I didn’t technically get a turntable for Christmas, rather a loan of my dad’s old one after badgering him to fish it out of the depths, but I did get a substantial kick start to my own vinyl collection. Continue reading