May Monthly Mixtape!

2019, music

Hello!

I’ve got a whole 20 songs that I’ve been loving this month to share with you! Between belting Heathers at the top of my lungs and listening to School of Rock and Dear Evan Hansen on loop (it’s been a very musical month) I have actually been listening to my Discover Weekly and adding music I’ve heard in general day to day life. So here’s the sound to my May!

Brand New (Ben Rector) and Flatliner (Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley) are both songs that my boyfriend has on his playlist but I feel like I properly listened to them this month – Brand New is a really lovely, very romantic song that is bright and indie-pop-ish.

Flatliner has more of a story – one of my boyfriend’s assessments involved picking a scene from a film, recreating all the sound and essentially recreating all the sound for the scene. They picked Cars, the film famed for the most wonderful Rascal Flats song ‘Life is a Highway’, and to find a song similar to that – they found Flatliner. I now associate that song with a film it’s not in, but it’s properly catchy and it makes me think maybe I don’t hate country music? It’s fun, a lil bit rocky and you can imagine Lightning McQueen, what more could you want?

GUM (Jule Vera) is a song I found on my discover weekly – it’s a bit of a weird song, takes some twists and turns that don’t fit the stereotypical pop mould but that’s why I like it. I’d love to see someone with a proper creative eye for dance choreograph something for this song because I definitely can’t do it justice.

ME! (Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie) and I don’t care (Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber) are songs I added because I do actually somewhat keep up with new releases and Brendon Urie and Ed Sheeran are two of my faves. I think ME! is a fun, empowering tune and I don’t care isn’t what I was expecting at all. I thought it would be about being a cool kid that doesn’t care about the #rulez but it was actually a surprisingly romantic song, Sheeran and Bieber’s voices really suit each other and it’s just a nice, gentle song. Big fan.

Mark My Words (Doll Skin) feels like a little bit of a throwback – it feels like the kind of pop-punk/rock I listened to when I was 14 or 15, a little bit Paramore esque but more rocky and I love the chorus.

Alone Sometimes (The Mowgli’s) is another one that my boyfriend likes, but it was also on my Discover Weekly spotify playlist – I thought I recognised it but I also really enjoyed it! And I keep getting the lyrics wrong and singing alive sometimes instead of alone sometimes, which I think still fits but does somewhat change the meaning of the song. This is another indie-pop track with two lead vocals that fit really well together and a lovely message.

Shoutout of the month goes to a song that isn’t new and probably isn’t a lot of people’s first choice, but I’ve been loving The Way We Are by Alesha Dixon – I heard it in a performance at a dance convention I went to at the end of last month and thought it was such a catchy bop! It makes me smile every time it comes on and I genuinely think it’s really hard not to dance to, even if it’s just nodding your head – it’s happy, it’s upbeat, it’s fun. Love it.

If you want to have a nosy around my Spotify, I’ve got a bunch of badly organised and incredibly varied playlists you can have a look at here. I’m really enjoying writing about music at the moment, so as always recommendations are always welcome, all my social media is linked below!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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what I got for Christmas 2017

2017, lifestyle, photography, student

Hello!

Christmas is a time full of love, thankfulness and gifts. I wasn’t sure about writing this post but looking at the gifts I got this year and the ones I have chosen to include, this isn’t a list of me showing off how much money my family spent on me and I think the controversy around these posts are kind of centred around that. Assuming people that write these posts are in the same mindset as me, these posts aren’t boasting about anything – I just want to share some of the wonderful, thoughtful gifts I got, take some pretty pictures and show thanks to those who went to the trouble of buying me a gift.

So with that in mind, let’s get into what I got for Christmas this year!

Long story short, I have a collection of cactuses and plants (some real, some felt) and I’ve named them all David – David I is a felt plant from Tiger, David II is a real succulent that I always forget to water, David III is a DIY cushion that I never made, David IV is an Ikea toy, David V, VI and VII are a set of three plants from Ikea and this, is David VIII. I love my little collection and I love that these coasters can be arranged in whatever fashion I like, I think it’s so fun. My mum has a way of finding the weirdest and most amazing little gifts.

It’s only within the last six months of the year that I’ve really got in to any kind of gaming. I’m still completely head over heels obsessed with Overwatch and the depth to which the creators go with the characters and their story arcs. The basic story about this character, Bastion, is that he’s a kind of robot built to fight in a war – the one in the game gets lost and finds a bird in the woods who becomes his friends. Ganymede, the bird, teaches him about love and friendship and the robot essentially becomes sentient. So this is a Ganymede toy and the box is shaped like Bastion’s head and it’s really cute.

I don’t know if I’ve done the game any justice in my description but if you want to add me on X-Box my handle is ‘sophieislame’.

To be honest, I was really awful whenever my mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas because there really wasn’t anything I wanted this year. But she did offer to take me to Long Tall Sally so I picked up this gorgeous loose turtle neck jumper in grey and my new favourite yellow jumper. I’m really into yellow right now and the fact that the sleeves are long enough that I can actually wear it properly make me unreasonably happy. Also it’s like wearing a hug it’s the softest thing I have worn in a very long time.

I don’t know if there’s much to be said but wow I’ve got a lot of food this year, like a lot. I’ve eaten so badly.

Also shout out to the honey roast ham my mum made because oh my god I’m salivating thinking about it.

It could be said that I’m somewhat of a stationery nerd – I have a rather large collection of pens and, my oh my, did my family build on this – my mum bought me two different sets of pens and a cute little elephant pencil case with stencils for my bullet journal (I’m actually dead excited to start putting these to use!) and my sister bought me a book on fancy lettering and brush pens to go with it! I’m so excited to learn about writing all fancy and making my bullet journal just that little bit more beautiful. It’s going to be stunning.

Now I don’t think it would be a ‘what I got for Christmas post’ if I didn’t include what my gorgeous boyfriend got for me this year – he’s truly spoiled me, pre-ordering the new Fall Out Boy album, a ‘merch voucher’ for when we see them in January, a Hufflepuff scarf (that I’ve wanted for so long) and amongst other things, this frame – that makes absolutely no sense out of context. Here’s the context – two of my favourite albums of all time are ‘Save Rock and Roll’, Fall Out Boy, and ‘This Is War’, Thirty Seconds to Mars, (let’s leave all opinions to one side please and thank you) and I’ve been saying for ages that when we have a permanent space I want to get them properly framed and hang them in an office space. So Lucas bought me new copies of both albums so I could cut them up or whatever if I needed to and then drew this wonderful interpretation and stuck fairy lights on the frame. I actually adore it, I think it’s really cute and I’m excited to have it in years to come.

This post ended up being way longer than I thought it would, but tell me all about what you got for Christmas in the comments! I feel like the memories that come with the presents are the best bit and that’s what I want to savour.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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May favourites

2017, lifestyle, music, photography, student

Hello!

Another favourites post! I’ve done this one a little differently and separated it into different categories, but I’ve been loving a lot of things this month so let’s crack right on!

beauty

Highlighters are my new guilty pleasure and for the first time in my life I don’t mean the florescent stationery kind. My ‘go to’ every day make up is eyebrows, mascara, lipstick and highlighter because it just makes me feel cute because I have glittery cheeks. I picked up these beauties while I was home last week in the shades Iridescent Gold and Pink Shimmer from MUA and they were only £3 each! They’re super pigmented and the colour is really clear – it’s not very subtle but I like to go a bit overboard on the highlighter so if that’s what you’re into I’d definitely recommend them!

organisation

As I’m lacking in the florescent stationery highlighters, I need a new way to organise! Not really – I love my bullet journal and it’s good for organising the finer details of things but for an overview of what my month looks like in a more general way then I like putting everything into Apple Calendars. I like being able to have different categories and I can sync with my other Apple-product-using friends and I like having it on my computer where everything else is in my journal. I like the combination of the two.

food

I think it was April when my mum and sister came to visit and we drove to the beach and had ice cream but this New Forest Toffee Crunch Ice Cream was beautiful and I can buy it in big tubs at Asda but they’re £3 a pot and somehow a highlighter feels like a better way to spend my money. If you’re on the South Coast of the UK at any point over the summer I thoroughly recommend it! I might have to treat myself.

watching

Fairytale – my boyfriend is really into anime and he’s been asking if I want to watch this one for a while. He gave me no context of what it was about but the other day he said to me “I just want to show you the title sequences!” and then proceeded to show me all of episode one. Whilst I wasn’t too pleased to be manipulated into watching his show (when he outright refuses to watch anything I suggest even when he watched a couple of episodes and enjoyed it… not that I’m salty) it is actually really good – I often find animes to be too melodramatic and serious (which I don’t mind, like I still enjoy them but it’s a tiny grievance of mine) but this one is really funny and the title sequence song from the first arc is amazing, I thoroughly recommend putting this cover by NateWantsToBattle on repeat for a while.

Doctor Who – I’m one of those Doctor Who fans. I’ve been watching the series since Freema Agyeman was David Tennant’s assistant in 2007 and I’ve watched every episode since and this season is really close to being one of my favourites (but nothing will ever beat Matt Smith and Karen Gillan’s series 5) – I wish this was what Capaldi’s first season as the doctor had been like because I feel like fans would have liked that so much more (though I have a lot of opinions on Series 8/9 Doctor/Clara Who). It’s something I could write a whole blog post about so let me know if you want that!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – I saw this film right at the beginning of the month so I couldn’t write a full on review for it, but all I can say is if you like comedy go see this film, even if you’re not into action superheroes and even if you’ve not seen the first film it’s absolutely brilliant. Personally I think it matched the first one in the perfect way without overshadowing it – the special effects were absolutely astonishing, the action moments were incredible, it was hilarious, surprisingly heartwarming and I wish I could afford to go and see it again!

Also Baby Groot – I’ll say nothing more.

things I’ve created

I wasn’t so sure of this as a segment but I’m really proud of this content and why not a favourites post to be able to share what I’m proud of?

2017 beginner’s bullet journal flip through – this whole video was really last minute and took me a surprisingly long time to edit but I’m really proud of it and the comments are so positive! I’m can’t wait to do another flip through in a few months or when I finish the book! I got to nerd out about organisation and stationery and I loved it.

New instagram – ahealthiersophie – I started this because I watched John Green’s series ‘100 Days‘ and he said he found it was much easier to control his diet when he made himself document it all and that’s what sprouted the idea. But I didn’t want the account to be 100% food so I post twice a day to break it up a bit. The intent was to post lots of workout photos and show how I was being healthy in that aspect but that only really started in June when I started this 30 Day Ab Challenge but it’s been an outlet for me to talk a lot about my mental health. May has been a really tough month and I’ve multiple people message me like ‘u okai??!11!’ and I’ve had some amazing conversations with my friend Sarah about a potential diagnosis (obvs not going to say anything ‘official’ (???) until I’ve been to the doctors but I’m working on the courage for that) and it’s been very therapeutic. It’s also highlighted a lot of scary things that go on in my brain but I think that’s a good thing.

Lupton and Luckett – new YouTube channel with Alice! My friend Alice and I kinda joked in Instagram comments about starting a channel now here we are – Video 1 live, Video 2 filmed (it’s a baking video, I thoroughly recommend subscribing for that going live next Thursday!) and videos planed all summer. I love Alice and I’m so ridiculously excited to create with her. She’s so little and cute (and I look like a mouldy purple potato next to her) but I love this girl and I think you’ll love her too.

my ‘no spend’ month – the blog post I wrote literally two days ago! In May I found out that I had a savings account that I’d completely forgotten about and I closed it and withdrew the cash (which was vewy nice) but it’s going straight into my other savings account for my travel funds but on a similar note, I’m trying to really save my money and get out of my overdraft right now so I cut back a lot in May and I wrote a whole post about it which I’m really excited about because I tried a new kind of format and style and I’m really excited about it.

These posts always end up being really long and I don’t think I mind, because it’s nice to share things I like and just type and type and type and suddenly there’s a thousand words. Blogging is really therapeutic for me and I’m very excited about not having uni distract from it for a few months.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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Monthly Music: March

2017, music, student

Hello!

I love writing about music – it’s no surprise that music is a huge passion of mine and especially studying a music journalism unit at uni right now, I want to write more about music.

I know I already do a monthly favourites post but I thought separating music and doing it in a separate post where I can talk about each album or song in more detail than I would if it was in my favourites.

So I’ve picked five songs and albums that I’ve been listening to a lot this month – not just music that’s been coming out this month, it’s just stuff I’ve been listening to and thoroughly enjoying.

But first I have picked something that was new in March:

Divide, Ed Sheeran: I have made no effort to hide how much I love this album – obviously there are songs I like more than others but there is not one single song that I dislike. I talked about Supermarket Flowers in my March favourites and it’s one of my favourites, but also Eraser, Galway Girl and Nancy Mulligan are so much fun and I just absolutely adore this album. It’s so fun but also so lyrically poignant and heavy and important. I love the placement of Happier (a song about seeing an ex happier now that they’re with someone else) and New Man (a song about seeing an ex going a bit of the rails now that they’re with someone else) following each other on the album, that has actually made me laugh a lot, probably more than it should have.

I love the lyric in New Man ‘He’s got his eyebrows plucked and his arsehole bleached’ – again, because it’s really funny and it makes me laugh.

I loved listening to this album on the underground when I was commuting into London for my BBC Three placement, even when I started commuting from home into London to be with my family this album cheered me up more than it made me sad, it was a bit of a nod to normalcy before everything went to shit and this album just fitted into my life at a really convenient time.

I have literally no bad things to say about this album. Literally none.

Dirty Laundry / Last Young Renegade – All Time Low: I might make it a personal challenge to put All Time Low in my monthly music post every month because they’re my favourite band and I can’t go a whole month without adoring them.

So with a new album coming out in just a couple of months and new songs being released fairly regularly, there are two new songs from the unreleased album ‘Last Young Renegade’ and they’re so good and I’m so excited about it.

They played ‘Dirty Laundry’ when I saw them live in London and Southampton in the beginning of March and hearing it live made me fall so much more in love with the song. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what kind of meaning the song has but I’m thoroughly enjoying listening to it on loop while I try and understand what it’s meant to say.

Last Young Renegade I haven’t listened to as much, I’ll be honest, even though it’s the lead song on the album. I was listening to Ed Sheeran and I was grieving and I just didn’t connect with the song but I adore the video – I love the idea that the first video for Dirty Laundry and this video for Last Young Renegade may be somehow connected but I also just really appreciate the representation of love where it’s just dealing with something bad happening to just go and enjoy a concert in the most basic sense of the word. Music really does bring people together and going to a concert with someone you love is a really different kind of concert and I loved being reminded of that when I watched this video.

Totally rate these songs and thoroughly recommend them.

Keep Me Crazy – Sheppard: My boyfriend and I found Sheppard as a band on our way back from Weymouth at New Years (I think) – we listened to their album on the train on the way back to Basingstoke and their new song is just so happy and so much fun and I love it so much.

It’s so jolly and happy go lucky and it’s a really happy listen. It’s now on my bucket list to go to Australia to see Sheppard play live. They’re Australian, for context. I bet they’re fab live. I can’t wait. I just love Sheppard, a lot.

Little Shop of Horrors: Definitely not a new musical or a new release but I’m now in my university’s drama and performance society’s musical medley, which includes Little Shop of Horrors in which I have like a semi-main supporting-ish role and I’ve just really got into the musical, even though I refused to be in it in my school production when I was in year 11.

I’m loving learning the songs properly and also having a couple of solos is really fun because I’m a very needy person and I like attention in small bursts. Also I like that ‘Sing it child’ is one of my lines and the sass levels hit a hundred. I’m really enjoying Little Shop right now.

Also, I don’t know why, but at the end of Skid Row when Seymour and Audrey are singing about trying to get out of Skid Row and it makes me surprisingly emotional because I get really scared about being stuck in the same place for a long time and it scares me a lot and it just really gets to me. Not sure why but I love that song a lot.

Awake – Josh Groban: Bit of a last minute, weird one this – I got back from work and a stressful evening at uni on Wednesday night and had a craving to listen to ‘So She Dances’ by Josh Groban which is an astonishingly beautiful song and I am desperate to choreograph to it and it’s just really mellow and I was so stressed and I needed something really chill and I’m really glad I listened to Josh Groban.

He’s an incredibly talented vocalist and his music makes me very chilled and happy. He’s got a great twitter too.

How I want to end these posts is with something that I want to listen to over the next month and I’ve been meaning to listen to You Me At Six’s newest album Night People – I love Cavalier Youth and I just haven’t spared the time to listen to the song yet and it’s my aim for the next month to listen to it.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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March favourites!

2017, lifestyle, student

Hello!

I was fully prepared to start this post with something along the lines of ‘there aren’t as many favourites this month because I’ve been busy and stressed and there’ll be a post about it next week’, but when I actually got round to planning it all, I actually thought of ten favourites pretty easily which made me really happy. Let’s not do this awkward ‘so here’s my favourites for this month!’ and just start.

Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran

I’ve been obsessed with this album ever since it came out but I wanted to save it for the new series of monthly music blog posts I have planned, but I couldn’t not include this song. When I first listened to it I knew exactly in what situation I would like to cover it but then I had to face that situation and it was all very sad (I know, I’ve talked about it enough) – I just couldn’t leave this song out of my favourites for this month because I absolutely adore it.

being in a musical!

Not really a physical thing I can photograph but my friend is part of the drama and performance society and with the dance season coming to an end and talking about how much I miss musical theatre, she suggested I audition for the musical. These auditions happened literally two days after the last dance competition of the season because apparently I don’t like giving myself any time to breathe! But we’re doing a medley of five musicals and they’re a brilliant selection of musicals and I’m really excited.

42 coloured pens

Now, I’ve always been a stationery lover – when I was in primary school there was literally nothing more exciting than buying a whole new pencil case. Since starting my bullet journal back in January, I’ve been desperate for a bigger variety in colours of fineliner to colour code and just make my journal a little bit prettier. I found this pack on Amazon for a really good price (considering if you buy the 20 pack in WHSmith it’s normally upwards of £20) and I sent a link to my mum to show her one of the things I was going to buy once I have more money and then she treated me to them.

I’ve been showing literally everyone I know, I’m very excited about these pens.

flippy shorts

I was having a browse through boohoo and I found these shorts – they’re gorgeous and their name made me laugh so I added them to my basket (at this point I was adding a lot to my basket). I then placed a huge boohoo order and it all arrived and I couldn’t be happier – not only does the name ‘flippy shorts’ still entertain me, they’re really comfy and because they’re plus sized they’re really flattering and make me feel happy and comfortable wearing them. Cannot wait for summer to wear them properly!

David the 4th

I’m not sure how much I’ve mentioned this, but I have a collection of cactus’s called David – it started with a felt one I bought from Tiger, then I got a real succulent from Ikea, then I bought a ‘make your own cushion’ cactus (again from Tiger) and now, the newest addition to my David family – David IV, the cute, aesthetic, fake plant from Primark. I’ve decided my room for the new house in July is going to have an elephant, space aesthetic and I’m going to have lots of plants and flowers. I’m so excited to have a room I can actually decorate, it’s going to be so good.

elephant light

I got a bit homeware happy when I went into Primark at the weekend but when I saw this fairy-light-esque copper elephant I knew I needed it for my elephant, space, plant aesthetic. I have no words for how much I love elephants and literally anything with elephants on it is destined to be in my life. Except an elephant candle, because I don’t want to burn an elephant.

cookie dough ice cream

Like I keep mentioning – I’ve faced a very sad death this month (I know I sound like a broken record and I hate it too) but I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to continue my (minimal) attempt at healthy eating and losing weight right now. I’ve had a lot of ice cream this month. I have ice cream in the freezer right now as I write this on April 4th at 2.18pm after saying I was going to stop eating everything I wanted in April. March was both a good and bad eating month – good in terms of how much ice cream and chocolate I ate, bad in terms of how much weight I keep putting on and and my consequent self-esteem. I’m trying to get a handle on that in April.

asdf movie 10

From sad, over-eating to mindless, cartoon comedy. I’ve been a fan of the asdf movie series and their creator, TomSka for about seven years now and asdf movie 10 came out on April 1st, actually so not really a March favourite but I’m including it anyway. It’s mindless, it’s quotable, it’s got a song to accompany it and it’s the same short-skit comedy that I’ve loved through asdf movie 1 through 9. Thoroughly enjoyable watch and worth 2 minutes 15 of your day.

nose piercing

I got my nose pierced two days after my last dance comp and three days after my nanny passed away so it was a combination of ‘I won’t have to take it out for comps’ and ‘fuck it, you only live once’ – that day was a very brave day for me, with auditioning for a musical as well. I wasn’t sure how I’d look with a nose piercing but I actually love it – the flower crown filter on snapchat makes me look as indie as I feel and I have further become the model image of a ‘white girl’, but like a plus sized version.

family

Now for the soppy bit – my family are brilliant, but I don’t see them that often and I wouldn’t have described us as particularly close just because as me and my cousins have grown up we’ve not seen each other nearly as regularly as we used to and we just missed out on continuing to get to know each other, I guess. But with everything that’s happened, I’ve seen more of my family in the last month than I have probably in the last ten years and it’s been amazing – we’ve found new common ground and we have a group chat on WhatsApp now. Jokes aside, I’m so grateful for my family and I hope this will mark a new start in making sure we make the most of each other while we’re still here.

I wanted to end this post on a family note but wow it got a bit depressing. I know I’ve been banging on about this family thing and over my other social medias I have talked about it a little bit – I’m not keeping it a secret on my blog but I do have a full length post planned to go up next week where I want to talk about it in more detail, so I don’t want to end up repeating myself. Sorry for being so sporadic and unreliable on this blog – it’s a little bit of a reflection of my brain and mindset right now.

Thank you for reading and sticking with me – it’s very much appreciated.

Sophie xx

 

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february favourites

2017, lifestyle, music, photography, student, travel

Hello!

This month seems to have flown by – I can’t believe we’re already on the third month of the year. All of my favourites from February seemed to have blurred into January, so there are a few crossovers but I’ll justify that when I get to it.

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My new lipsticks: Maybelline ColorSensational 150 + 157 – they’re the same brand as the lipsticks I talked about in my lipstick blog post but they were on two for £10 and I couldn’t resist. I’m trying out a few more pink-toned shades and this was the perfect excuse for a Barbie pink and a more subtle dusky pink. The one thing I will say is that I find the colours aren’t as strong as I expected and they’re very, very creamy – something I didn’t notice with the nude one I already had, probably because of the colour.

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All the new make-up from my sister – my sister had a clear out of the make-up she had doing the ‘cruelty free’ thing that’s been going round YouTube and offered it to me. Now I know how that seems – I now own all the make-up that my sister threw out because it wasn’t cruelty free? My argument is – I’m learning from her and will not be buying products that test on animals in the future (I’ll need to check Maybelline New York) but for now, the money has already been spent and it would be a waste of a decent product to not use it at all so I’m going to use them with no intend to repurchase. Does that make it okay?

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obviously this isn’t the album artwork, this is just me pretending I’m funny

Dirty Laundry / All Time Low – thinking about it, All Time Low haven’t released any new music since I was in sixth form. I was beyond excited for the new song and when listening to it for the first time and watching the video, I wasn’t too sure but then having it on repeat, I really love it. I’m so excited for Last Young Renegades to be released in June and I’m beyond excited for the two dates of UK tour I’m seeing in a couple of weeks. All Time Low still stand to be my favourite band even in my seven or eight years of following them, they’re my perfect genre of music.

Dance competitions – my dance teams have competed in two comps so far this season and I’ve actually really enjoyed it, surprisingly so. I won’t pretend I was excited for the season – I loved dance last year but comp days were dreaded and I hated them. This year I’ve really thoroughly enjoyed them and I think it’s because I understand it more or maybe they’re just giving off a different vibe this year, but it’s fab. The first comp we went to, Future Cheer, we placed surprisingly well in and we weren’t expecting it which is always fun and the second comp my mum and boyfriend managed to come to so it was really exciting to be able to show them what I’ve been training for. My boyfriend has never seen me dance before so it meant a lot to me that he was there.

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My current bullet journal spreads – I know I mentioned my bullet journal in my last favourites and it had its own blog post but I’m finally settling into it and exploring more – my weekly spreads are starting to look prettier and I’ve been using a habit tracker to. I love that I can do literally anything I want with my bullet journal and how expressive it can be. I’m starting to learn more about writing in pretty fonts and making my journal most effective for me and I love it.

Work experience at BBC Three – it’s only been three days but already it’s brilliant, I’ve learnt so much about the industry, I feel so involved and I’m so impressed by BBC Three as a production company and as a division of the BBC. Everyone is so friendly and inclusive and I’m getting a chance to have a go at everything and it’s so much fun. So far I’ve been doing research for a couple of departments and helping with rights reports but hopefully I’ll get to go out on a shoot, help with some video editing and maybe work with the social media team. I’d love to write something for the BBC Three website too but I’m not sure if I’m confident enough in my writing for that. I’ll do a full run down of the week on my uni blog so tune in for that at the weekend.

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My new boohoo bag – I wanted a smarter bag for the BBC and I love this one – it’s so slouchy and comfy and I can literally chuck everything in. Normally I carry my computer everywhere and it’s really refreshing not having it with me and carrying a smaller bag.

Peri peri chicken with rice salad – my boyfriend and I tried out a bunch of new recipes when I was trying to go on a health kick and this peri peri chicken recipe is incredible – we’ve becoming obsessed with infusing everything with honey. If you’re interested, I’ll do a recipe post with how to make it, though I found it in Kayla Itsines 28 Day Bikini Body book thing.

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The new house – I don’t know if I mentioned it but my friends and I have sorted a house for third year and I’m so excited to move into it! I’ve already made a bunch of plans for my room that I’m really excited about. I want a canvas with elephants on it to hang down the back of my bed and I want it to be covered in fairy lights and polaroid pictures, the whole room (and house) will be covered in fairy lights and I want everything to have a place and have space to feel relaxed. I can’t wait to have a proper place to call my own and I’m so, so excited to move away from Student Housing Company – anyone looking for student residences, don’t live with student housing company: they’ll scam you for your money and you’ll live in the tiniest scabbiest flat there is.

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Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Liner – I was looking for a new pen eyeliner as mine wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do and I think I’d been annoyed by trains so I was in a bad enough mood to justify spending money on make-up. It was a bit of a gamble – I know I like felt too own liners and the felt tip bit of this liner was longer and I can make a really precise wing, I really love it. And those are my favourites for last month!

Now for a couple of admin bits – an update in terms of working out and exercise, it’s come to a bit of a halt, especially since I’ve been doing 6am starts with commuting to London to get to the BBC and not getting back till gone 8pm. I’m very, very tired. I still want to start doing home work outs it’s just really discouraging when I have a 2 by 4 foot space in my room and that’s it. But right now, I’m so sleepy.

I also wanted to talk about why I didn’t upload a photography post last month because I really did try – I couldn’t think of a theme so my plan was to take my camera out and take photos every 20 paces and piece it all together to make a video so it could be what I uploaded to my YouTube channel for the week as well as being my photography post! But my camera ran out of battery and I ran out of time to edit and it’s an idea I still really want to do but I want to have the time to do it well so I don’t want to rush it. Hope that’s okay!

I also plan to include more films in the upcoming favourites because I loved writing my La La Land review but the only films I really watched in February were La La Land and Split, which I didn’t enjoy particularly but I wasn’t moved enough to write a blog post about it, I’m really excited to see Logan in a couple of weeks though.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep up with blogging while I’m at the BBC but these long days are really taking it out of me right now.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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January Favourites

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Hello!

January has been a fairly eventful but a really slow month so I’m welcoming February with open arms. These are a few of the things I loved in the January that went on forever.

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Fitbit Flex: a new toy to help me lose weight! So far, no results but I am doing way more exercise and I love the app that goes with it, even before I had the Fitbit I used the app. I wrote about it in more detail earlier this week in my first venture into a proper health and fitness post: top 4 tips for starting a health kick.

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My bullet journal: again, I’ve written a blog post about this too but considering I couldn’t find the diary I wanted and I’m not sure if I’m doing a proper bullet journal or just making a lot of lists but it’s working for me and the more I use it the more I’ll get into the ‘bullet journalling’ part of the bullet journal. Again, fully post I wrote earlier is here: starting a bullet journal

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28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide – Kayla Itsines: another favourite I’ve already written about but that means I really like it, right? This book has really helped me understand my body and how I should treat it to get it the shape I want it to be. I’ll link it again in case you missed it before: top 4 tips for starting a health kick

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Attack on Titan: I know this is a picture of a game, this is not my favourite – the TV show is what I’m talking about! Lucas and I started watching it in the summer and now I’m a little bit obsessed. I’m really glad that season 2 comes out soon because I need more. It’s melodramatic and the episodes are too short but it’s just so compelling and there are some amazing female characters and I really like the music.

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Once Upon a Time: Sure, I’ve only just finished season 1 but I really do love it, I love fairy tales and Disney films and bringing it all together with brilliant actors and magic and flashbacks and Sebastian Stan and I have like five more seasons to catch up on.

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Strawberry and kiwi water: The first time I’ve ever taken a picture of an empty bottle (mostly because I’ve drunk all of the flavoured water I have). I’ve decided to quit coca cola in the past few weeks (17 days and strong) and this is a really nice and pretty healthy substitute and I’m going to buy so much of it next time I’m at Sainsburys. So much.

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Saltrock Clothing: It’s a very nice brand of clothes but it’s also a really nice place to work. But the clothes are genuinely really nice, some of the stock is 90% off right now so I thoroughly recommend going to give the website a look.

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One line a day – a five year memory book: as someone who has an intense fear of forgetting things, being able to look back on five years of memories when it gets to 2022 (now that’s a scary thought!) just makes me really happy. It’s part of my night time routine and it makes me really happy.

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Passengers: I really love films and I love writing about and discussing films and I really enjoyed this film – it was an awesome concept and brilliantly executed, the soundtrack was beautiful and it was so emotional, it was almost psychological in a way. I’m not sure if it’s still in cinemas but I thoroughly recommend seeing it.

(And not just for Christ Pratt’s lovely bottom)

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Gridtangle elephant: Right, this definitely needs some context – I follow bitsandclips on YouTube, Marie (bitsandclips) runs a crafting group called #cuppacraft and she often organises monthly challenges. This month was to do a line drawing, draw a 30-square grid over the top and colour in a square a day for the whole month (minus a day). I don’t normally do the crafting challenges because I’m no good at crafting but I thought I’d give this one a shot and I thoroughly enjoyed it – I loved how I planned out all the colours and how relaxing it was to do every day and I love how it turned out.

And those were the things I loved this month, if you liked this post give it a like and leave a comment about what you’ve been loving this month!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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December Favourites!

2016, lifestyle

Hello!

I know it’s not quite January yet, but with the New Year approaching I wanted to save those posts for a 2016 review and talking about New Years Resolutions, and I’ve got plenty of favourites to talk about!

Firstly, I have to thank my amazing friends Nick, Ollie and (boyfriend) Lucas for taking so much time to make me some beautiful fairy lights with coca cola cans. They’re the tiny mini ones that are in the alcohol aisle at the super market and I don’t know why I didn’t question it at the time but they’re absolutely gorgeous and I’ve put them up above my desk – I love them a lot.

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Amazon have been an absolutely blessing with all the Christmas shopping and last minute buys – this photo was original used in my last favourites post to talk about the Grand Tour but it’s an Amazon box, so it’s relevant? I did a fair bit of my shopping in person but Amazon is my favourite way to shop – one massive order that covered 90% of the people I needed to buy presents for, which made me feel really organised. Good job Amazon.

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I’ve been a fan of Busted for a really long time – fourteen years later, they do a signing in Southampton and I got to go! They were so, so lovely, it was an incredible experience (I made a news package on it if you’d like to see that!) and the album is brilliant too – I had a proper listen to it that evening and it’s actually really good. It doesn’t sound all that much like the early 2000s Busted, but their sound has developed and progressed with modern music yet still has hints of ‘Busted’. As a long term Busted fan, having a new album fourteen years later really makes me happy.

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I’m called this ‘David III’. This is a ‘make your own’ cactus pillow – I have a felt cactus called David and a succulent called David II and I’m going to make David III. I’m going to have a collection of cactus-related-David-plants and this is actually really cute. Well, I’m sure when I get round to making it, it probably won’t be as cute but the potential is there.

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Okay, not every lifestyle blogger puts a toothbrush in their favourites post but this is a vibrating brush from Oral B, it was only £8.59 for two of these brushes and I got really excited about it. My teeth are the cleanest they’ve ever been.

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A wonderfully practically Christmas present – a portable charger is very useful but when it’s got four USB ports and a torch? It’s the kind of thing someone who relies so heavily on their phone finds really exciting but isn’t really that exciting. For the price though, it’s really powerful and if you’re looking for a portable charger that will fully recharge your phone about four times I think? It’s here on Amazon, if you’re interested!

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I got quite a few new bits of kitchenware for Christmas and it made me surprisingly happy! I had a really nice set of knives when I lived in halls last year but two of three of them went missing, so kitchen knives were on my Christmas list! I also got a Doctor Who TARDIS cereal bowl, a TARDIS drinking glass and little TARDIS salt and pepper shakers. My mum is trying to give my kitchen a theme, I think. I really wanted the TARDIS salt and pepper shakers though.

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Definitely the cutest present I received by a long run – my sister made this cushion in the shape of a cloud and painted eyes and little blushed cheeks on him, then put fairy lights inside the stuffing! It’s one of my favourite things I got this Christmas, he’s just so adorable. I have another cloud pillow at home and she’s called Sora (because I googled cloud related names and it’s also the name of the main character in Kingdom Hearts) and my family and I named him Nimbus, because it’s a cloud related name and a Harry Potter reference. Perfect!

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I mean, I’ve probably mentioned it once or twice, but I’m a huge Disney fan – I love Disney animated movies because they’re so heartwarming and fun, in recent years they’ve led more towards heartbreaking and I cry at every film but I still love them. Over the summer I decided I wanted a Disney movie collection and I wrote out a list of every Disney animated film ever (over a hundred in total) and my mum got me these four for Christmas – the first three and the most recent one! I’ve got both Jungle Book films in Southampton as well so my collection is well on it’s way!

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And lastly for this months favourites – my new hair colour! On Christmas Eve, I finally got the red dye out and dyed it a dark burgundy red. Following a deep conditioning treatment last night it seems to have gone for more of a rose-gold/pinky-red colour, but I’ll top it up in the next couple of days I think. I love this colour and I’m definitely sticking with it for a few months – the past few months have been a blur of bleach, blue and mistakes!

Thank you for reading, if you have any suggestions for things I should try out next month please leave them in the comments!

Sophie xx

 

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November Favourites

2016, lifestyle, music, Uncategorized

Hello!

Now that it’s December, it’s time again for another monthly favourites and these are the ten things I’ve been enjoying most this month. You’ll notice there’s no beauty, a lot of TV and entertainment and a camera which translates to: this month I am particularly poor and procrastinating.

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To do lists – I know, I mention to do lists basically all the time but they’ve saved my life this past month when I’ve been buried under deadlines and stressed and they’ve helped me stay on top of what I need to do for uni as well as not forgetting to blog, making YouTube videos or go to meetings or social events. If it’s not written down there is no way I’ll remember to do it.

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Panic! At The Disco Winter Tour – this is the second time I’ve seen Panic this year and the first time I’ve seen them since Death of a Bachelor was released fully and it was incredible. We happened to bump into Jack Howard and Hazel Hayes while we were there and it was amazing, it was an incredible concert. And I’m obsessed with this t-shirt, it’s so me.

And yes, I do have more stupid pictures of my boyfriend pratting around posing for this picture.

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Also, I have a plant now, his name’s David the Second, he’s a succulent. I picked him up from Ikea, I’m pretty sure I’ve watered him like four times total and he’s not dead. I love him because he’s not a cactus but he’s cute and when I get my own space I’m definitely filling it with plants and succulents.

And why is he called David the Second, I hear you ask?

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Because this is David.

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I know I already talked about Dodie Clark’s debut EP Intertwined (blog post here if you’re interested!) but I really love it – I’ve had it basically on repeat until today, when I finally broke out the Christmas tunes as I was decorating the flat with the guys I live with today but I’m still obsessed with Absolutely Smitten and I’m trying to learn it on my ukulele. One day I’ll do a cover, but I’m not very good at playing ukulele.

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Going to sound like an odd one, but cold and flu tablets really helped me get through this month – I just keep getting really bad colds and this one came around one of my assignment presentations which couldn’t have been more badly timed. I did manage to get a first on it though and if I didn’t have cold and flu tablets and infinite tissues I don’t think I would have.

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I thought I’d have to find a picture online for The Grand Tour but I got this Amazon parcel with Christmas presents in it today so it was perfect timing. The reboot from the Top Gear team is hilarious, everything Top Gear wasn’t with Chris Evans as host and the budget per episode is literally astonishing and it’s worth every penny. Not so impressed with episode 2 if I’m honest but I have high hopes for episode 3.

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I didn’t realise how much I loved Harry Potter and the magical universe until I saw this film because I adore it, I love finding out more about the world in which wizards live and seeing it all in 1926 was so much fun. The music is truly astonishing – when Scamander is being taking to the American Ministry MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America, yeah I’ve done my homework) and the string section really hits my heart melts and I want it on loop forever.

I wrote a full review for Solent Journalism and you can read that here if you like!

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Another TV favourite, a lot of good TV came out in November! I like David Attenborough documentaries but watching Planet Earth with my flatmates is insane because they’re TV tech students so they keep talking about the cameras that are being used and how they got the shots. It’s a beautiful, beautiful show and I’m glad that shows like this are still popular.

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I’m so lucky – my dad came down to visit last weekend and he bought and gave me my Christmas present early, a new vlogging camera. It’s beautiful, the depth of field is stunning and it takes incredible photos too, I’m so obsessed with it, I’ve vlogged so much more in the past week than I have in the past couple of months and it’s amazing, I love it so much. I have no words.

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Yes, I’ve talk about Pokemon a lot. I’ve blogged about it on multiple occasions but Pokemon Sun and Moon came out just over a week ago and I love it. I played it a lot on release day and the day after but I’ve had to restrain from playing any more because I’ve had a super busy week and deadlines and lots going on, but December 13th, the day after my last deadline before Christmas, I’m going to wake up, reach for my DS, maybe relocate to the living room and play all day long.

No regrets.

So those have been my favourites this month, let me know of anything I’ve missed or should look out for in December and here’s to getting excited about Christmas!

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Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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October Favourites!

2016, lifestyle

Hello!

How October has flown! How are we already in the 11th month of the year? I swear every year gets faster and faster the older I get, it’s a little bit scary but here we are in November  with no control over the passing of time so let’s get into these favourites!

Straight to DVD II Photobook – All Time Low released their new concert DVD and I may have gone the extra mile and bought the 3 disc photo edition… and I’ve not watched it yet… but I love the photobook and it’s so beautiful, I wish I could take concert photos like that.

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Where I finished as the end of Day 1 of workbook… sarcastic self-deprecation is how I get work done. 

InDesign Workbook – not exactly a physical product I can share, but I had a big assignment due this week for a big research workbook to go with a presentation I did last week and by the time I handed it in, I actually really enjoyed it. I love putting the pages together and making them as creative and pretty as they could be! I just want to know what mark I got for it now!

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The Flash – The show that I should have watched years ago that I’m not super obsessed with – the story of Barry Allen, the fastest man alive. I’m not normally a fan of DC superheroes because I don’t get the appeal of Superman and I actively dislike Batman (‘Batman is just a rich man with an affinity for bats’ – John Green) but I love the Flash. I love the cast, I think the script is beautifully written and whilst every episode has it’s plot, I love the overarching plot line and how every episode keeps you completely absorbed.

And that leads my wonderfully onto my next favourite!

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My Star Labs sweater – Star Labs is the fictional lab site in the Flash and this sweater was only £14 on eBay and it’s just a subtle nod to the franchise and it’s like my favourite kind of merch. And the best bit – it’s 4XL and I’m like the snuggliest drowned rat you’ve ever seen. So cosy you can’t even see the logo properly. I loves it.

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MAC Lipstick, Marsala – I know I wrote a whole blog post about the MAC Launch I went to but I never included it in a favourites! I’m still obsessed with this colour – I need to buy a lip pencil sharpener before I use the pencil again but I’ve been wearing the lipstick on it’s own and it’s so lovely to apply and it smells really good. One of my go to colours right now!

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Newsdays – again, something I can’t really show you physically but I wanted to talk about it. This time last year I despised Newsdays. As a first year I’d be given shitty jobs on rubbish stories and no one treated me with any respect but now, as I grew to work really hard last year and make a good name for myself this year and they’re actually quite fun. I’m just enjoying uni a lot right now even though going into uni itself isn’t always great. Feeling very productive!

Pokemon Y – I know I’m about 15 years late to this but in preparation for Sun and Moon I’ve been getting really into Pokemon Y. Yes, I’m that traditional shit that played Pokemon Go over the summer and is now really into it. But at least I’m actually playing the games now! I’m really enjoying them and I’m super late and sure I’m a ‘fake fan’ whatever I don’t care. I like Pokemon.

Finding new recipes – I’m really fat, essentially – I’ve put loads of weight on and I’m desperate to lose it again and I’m actually finding loads of fun new recipes so I’m having so much fun cooking again and really enjoying it.

The Great British Bake Off Final – I know it ended, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series and Andrew was my bae and Candice was fab but Andrew should have won just because imagine if he got his own show and he’d make a whole show about how engineering and baking go hand in hand and it would be adorable.

Pastel purple hair – more of a ‘would be’ favourite – I tried to dye my hair today but it’s come out blue, because apparently ‘Indigo’ means blue now and I’m actually quite disappointed because I was so excited but I’ll just have to wait for it to fade and try it again. I’ll have pastel purple hair one day.

I hope you enjoyed this, I’m really loving making it my regular monthly post!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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