My ‘Go To’ Music

2016, music

Hello!

Music has been a really big part of my life for as long as I can remember – both of my parents are really into music in their different ways and I grew up singing at the top of my lungs, learning an array of instruments and listening to as much music as I could get my hands on. Consequently I listen to a lot of different music so I thought I’d write a post about the kind of music I listen to when I want that comfort music that I know I like!

All Time Low – I had to start with my favourite band right? I love All Time Low – every era, every album, every hair cut. They’re my ultimate go to because I love the sound and the real guitars, I love the vibes and the emotions and the lyrics are just so beautiful, so meaningful and poignant.

Against the Current, In Our Bones – I’ve been a fan of Against the Current for a while now but they released In Our Bones earlier this year and after hearing them sing some of these songs live pre-release when they opened for All Time Low, I was so excited to hear the full album. I love it so much – it’s so varied, it hits a lot of different genres and it’s fun and easy to listen to whilst having some more serious tones too. Also, I’m 90% sure Wastelands could be about Doctor Who. I’m 100% sure it’s not but I like to pretend it is. Always listen to it at the gym!

Busted – one of my first favourite bands and a really easy listen. It’s a very nostalgic listen to me and I need to mentally prepare myself for Night Driver coming out next month. Especially after the announcement of a tour today (relevant) and I’m so excited, the fight for tickets at the end of this week is going to be a nightmare.

Panic! At The Disco – a newer favourite but I listened to Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die and I was obsessed with it, I went back and listened to some old stuff and when Death of a Bachelor came out I listened to literally nothing else. I saw them in January and I’m going again at the end of November and I can’t wait. I just listen to their entire discography – I’ve got to learn every song off by heart at some point right?

Jonas Brothers – sounds ridiculous, but I loved the Jonas Brothers a lot in my early teen days and listening back now, the music isn’t actually that bad and it’s very nostalgic and fun for me – gotta love a bit of pre-Camp Rock JB? Old school, early 2000s pop-rock makes me happy. I like happy pop it’s easy listening and it makes me happy.

Islands, Luduvico Einaudi – very different style – I love piano music, I think it’s really, really beautiful. Einaudi’s work sounds like it should be a fairy tale (in fact, I’m currently teaching myself to play one of his pieces called Fairy Tale and it’s just very beautiful music. I thoroughly recommend it if you want background music without lyrics because I found that really good to revise to when I was at school.

That’s everything I can think of for now! Other albums or styles I’d recommend at movie soundtracks (I like superhero movie soundtrack, X Men: First Class is incredible), the radio function on Spotify is really fun because you can take a song you like and it’ll give you other songs like it and it’s a nice way to find new music as well!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I really enjoy writing about music so let me know if you liked it too!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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September Favourites

2016

Hello!

This post was actually scheduled to go up on Friday but with the MAC event I went to being on Thursday, I figured I’d write that post on Friday and give you a bonus Sunday post too!

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The first thing on my favourites this month is an app that me and Lucas have been playing for a while now – it’s called Mystic Words and we’re obsessed. You get seven word clues and then tiles with combinations of 2, 3 and 4 letters and you have to figure out the words. We’re on the 6th pack, Level 26 and that means we’ve done a lot of levels… like maybe a couple of hundred levels… maybe… I mean, at least it’s not something mindless like flappy bird.

We mostly enjoy making silly words out of the word tiles. Envelope was not envelope.

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I loved the Jungle Book before September – the animated film was a massive part of my childhood and the new ‘live-action’ film is absolutely astonishing, I adore it. So when Lucas bought me this set for my birthday, I was very excited. I’ve since watched it twice. I might watch it again tomorrow now that I’m reminding myself how good it is.

And this is the first DVD in my collection of Disney DVDs! I’ve decided I’m starting my own collection so now it’s officially been started.

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I really love the new flat I’m living in… over the summer, my boyfriend and I had a separate contract with the same company so we only moved into our flat for the year at the beginning of the month. Would you like a full flat tour with lots of pictures? Leave a comment if that’s something you’re interested in!

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Another birthday present! This one came from my friend Nikki and it’s this gorgeous candle holder – it came with all these wax melts that you put in the little dish on top and they all melt together and smell amazing. I’m obsessed with it and I’m glad to have an excuse to be burning candles again! I just love candles. A lot.

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Now this is one of my favourite favourites – NYX lip colours. I’ve seen a lot of amazing things about NYX products and particularly the matte liquid lip colours and I was so impressed – they’re so easy to apply, they last so well and they were so reasonably priced…

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So I bought four? I just… I love red and dark purple lip colours but also nudes and I got all of these for less than £25! That’s cheaper than the MAC lipstick and pencil I bought!

I have NYX Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt, two NYX Liquid Suedes in Cherry Skies and Kitten Heels and a NYX Matte Lipstick in Siren. I’m obsessed with all of the above.

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This one is more of a birthday present to myself… let me explain; I’ve wanted some decent over-ear headphones for a while, I bought a cheap pair but they weren’t the size I wanted so I sent them back. I saw these Ted Baker headphones and I was in love – they looked beautiful, they looked the size I wanted and yes, the £47 which was cheap compared to the ones that were hundreds of pounds but it was too much for me to spend on one thing.

Then my birthday came around. I got Amazon vouchers for my birthday. I used about £2 of my own money in the end and oh my goodness, they’re absolutely beautiful. I wear them all the time – to the gym, when I’m editing, when I just want to mask in their beauty.

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This photo album I’ve been excited about for a long time – I’ve wanted this ever since I did my first shift at Paperchase and since being fired for no valid reason, I obviously don’t want to go back to the Southampton store, so I waited until I was home for my birthday and my Dad offered to buy it for me!

I got a bunch of my favourite photos from my first year of university printed out in the style of polaroids and I stuck them all in the scrapbook and I really do love it. I’m now someone who’s going to make photo albums for everything because I love the idea of being able to look back on all of these photos when I’m old, maybe with children and grandchildren and telling them the story of when my flatmate Nick wore a Chewbacca onesie and said ‘Chewwie got dollaaaaa’.

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Another delayed Paperchase purchase – I was thinking about if I wanted a new bag for uni this year and I came to the conclusion that I only every take my laptop to uni so I only really need a laptop bag and this one is beautiful.

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It’s a black padded material, pretty bog standing doesn’t draw too much attention but it’s the rose gold detailing I like – all of the metallic elements, including the zip, are a beautiful rose gold colour and I feel like it’s a perfect bag for me. I love it.

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This was another birthday present to myself – I’ve wanted a Nintendo DS for a while. Since being with my boyfriend I feel like I’ve been reintroduced to the gaming world and with Pokemon Go coming out and my consequent new obsession with that and the new Sun and Moon games coming out in November, I wanted my own console.

This is a New 3DS XL in Metallic Black. I picked it up from CEX because it was about £35 cheaper than buying it brand new and it still works like new. Lucas has leant me his copy of Pokemon Y so I can familiarise myself with the game before the new ones come out and I’m really excited about it.

I blame Lucas.

(Also I know I’m about 15 years late with the Pokemon thing but I never watched it or played it as a kid… I’m having a good time so it’s okay)

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The last thing in my favourites this month is the Collection ‘Lasting Perfection’ Concealer. Any beauty bloggers out there would be screaming at me – yes, I know I’m a million years late to the party but holy smokes this concealer! It blends absolutely beautifully, the first time I used it I was surprised that it took so little effort to blend it in to my foundation.

I’m obsessed and I’ve already bought a second one for when my first one runs out because I adore this concealer to try and cover my awful eye bags.

So there are my 10 favourites for this month! I really like writing these posts – would you like them to be a regular feature?  If you enjoyed this post please do leave a comment because I’d love the feedback!

It wouldn’t always be 10 things and it wouldn’t all be beauty or a particular genre of items, it would just be a nice round up of things I’ve loved in the month!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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