What are my plans for Saturday 13th April? Well, other than going on a road trip with one uni friend to see another, I’ll be heading out to check out some exclusive Record Store Day releases of course! Last year was my first proper go at RSD. I was foolish enough to think I lived close enough not to worry about be one of the first 50 that would be entitled to a free tote bag. We all know I’m a sucker for that kinda thing, so wanna know what number I was in the queue? 51. Hilariously frustrating to be honest.Continue reading “Record Store Day 2019: Wish List”
Let’s talk about February. It started with my mind a flood of thoughts about work, home, relationships and well, life in general to be honest. I felt a little bit lost, but – you might want to grab a chair for this – just as I thought I was reaching an all time low, my life picked up. I started to feel like progress was being made. Shocking, I know.Continue reading “A New Outlook”
When it comes to skincare, Lush has always had my back. When I started as a Christmas temp way (way way way) back in 2013, I had no routine whatsoever for my face. I would occasionally get a scrub and a moisturiser, whatever happened to be the cheapest at Superdrug, but it never lasted long and truthfully, I was never really sure what my skin needed.
When I rambled on needlessly about wanting to change my monthly posts, I was not exactly sure how (if it all) they would differ from what I had already been doing. The one thing I did know was that I wanted to focus more on progression as well as reflection.Continue reading “Embrace Everything”
I started following Matt Haig on Twitter after one of his books (How To Stop Time) featured on Lush Book Club, with the intention of reading said book, and immediately I found his voice to be one I understood and respected relentlessly. Of course I am yet to read How To Stop Time, but I did eventually decide that it was about time I actually made a start on his collection. Easy decision then when it came to my Mum asking what I wanted for Christmas; any book by Matt Haig please!
Oh how terribly cliche of me, making changes in the new year. I know, I know, how original. Under the usual plan, this post would be looking back on the last month, December; an opportunity for me to close a chapter in my life. This retrospective view on life has been particularly useful in moving on, but the one thing I have been lacking is the plan of where to go next.
When it comes to thinking of the music that I have loved this year, there are only a handful of albums that I can choose from. This is certainly not from a lack of albums, more so the fact that I just simply haven’t listened to enough. I came to this conclusion when I was drawing up a list of my top 10, only to just about find ten that I had properly listened to throughout the course of 2018.
Remember when I had that really tiring month? If only past me knew what was coming.
I’m not going to lie, this month has been a struggle, but at the same time, I have felt the support of so many people. Not everyone, but a fair amount. That’s not to say I’ve always listened to those supportive words, or even that I haven’t dismissed them for one reason or another. Imposter syndrome (a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud” – cheers Wikipedia/Mel for introducing it to me) is real and the craziest thing is being SO aware of it and still making excuses. The brain honestly baffles me.
Oh, October. The month that was simultaneously the longest and quickest month ever. Looking back to what I got up to at the beginning of the month feels like delving deep into the past, however I still can’t quite believe that we’re already a few days in to November.
It finally happened! I finally saw Beach House live, and I must say, those guys perform one hell of a show. Every note, every vocal, just every little moment was more wonderful than I ever imagined possible. It was a perfect blend of dreamy old numbers and the electrifying new material.
There was a moment where they referred to the crowd; “you guys are the electricity”, and true, Beach House were the ones up there providing the enigmatic sound, but it would be nothing without us, the listeners, the ones who have connected majorly to this band, be it in the last year or right from the very start.