Treasured In… December

2020, lifestyle

Hello!

With the last month of the year drawing to a close, now might just be the best time to reflect on the things that have brought me joy this month in the hope that perhaps they can bring you joy too!

We all know 2020 has been crap, I don’t need to reel off my personal experiences because it’s been rubbish for everyone in so many different ways. But there has been moments of positivity and joy and though focusing on them doesn’t necessarily make it easier, remembering them can bring little pockets of happiness!

So here’s a few of my favourites from the month!

  • Purchase

Not particularly exciting, but I bought a coffee table on Facebook marketplace and it’s made my living room much more cluttered but given me somewhere comfy to work whilst my desk is in parts in the shed so I have somewhere for the Christmas tree! Only £20, picked it up the same day and it’s been home to lots of crafts, most of my Christmas wrapping and some festive Lego building!

new coffee table with cotton wool snowman whilst we watched ‘The Wheel’ with dinner!

And my second favourite purchase was a boxing day sales one – a bit strange, but I bought a nappy bag… I don’t have a baby, I’m not expecting a baby, I’m just a big fan of pockets. There are so many compartments, so many extra little inside pockets and pouches! I’m sure it would be a wonderful nappy bag, but I’m going to use it as a work bag and I’m so excited about it.

  • Recipe

I’ve not been cooking much this month because I’ve not had the energy to actually prepare food, but I treated myself to a gammon joint for Christmas and cooked it in the slow cooker. I was aiming for a honey roasted ham but I did it on Christmas Day and I forgot how long it had been in for and I think I should have finished it off in the oven, so it didn’t taste very honey roasted at all, but it does taste lovely, it’s not too chewy and it was so easy to just chuck in the slow cooker.

It was the most expensive cut of meat I’ve ever bought (because I’m cheap af and try not to buy meat too often) so I’m not going to be rushing to try it again any time soon, but I would like to try it again and actually pay more attention!

  • Song

There’s one song I’ve literally not stopped listening to but it’s not on Spotify so I’ve made a YouTube playlist and just listened to it on loop about a hundred times. The lyrics are stunning, the melodies are beautiful and it’s perfect for a sing song when I’m home alone.

  • YouTube video

I’ve watched a lot of YouTube this month – I’m sick of having hundreds of videos on my watch later and I don’t want to be watching Vlogmas content in February (and it kind of feels like I have company when my partner’s at work!) so here’s some of my favourites!

It’s my 30th Birthday – KickThePJ

The /W/orst Letter – vlogbrothers (Hank Green)

Among Us with Proximity Chat is Terrifying & Hilarious – KickThePJ

How We Organise Our Joint Finances as a Millennial Couple | More Hannah

It’s Finally Happening!!! RawBeautyKristi x Colourpop Collection Reveal – RawBeautyKristi

  • Books I’ve read

I’ve finally got back into reading! After a three month slump of nothing, I finished The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne last month and I started reading A Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson at the beginning of the month and stayed up to finish it on Christmas day because wow it was incredible.

A full 5/5 for amazing characters (my favourite thing), a suspenseful plot that just kept twisting and the most natural romantic subplot that was so subtle and so not important to the main plot, just beautifully integrated without being focal, it was lovely. I’m trying not to buy more books until I’ve cut down my ‘to be read’ pile, but wow I want to read the sequel ‘Good Girl, Bad Blood’ so badly.

But I am resisting! I’m now reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion because my friend lent it to me and I don’t want to leave it too long to give it back. I’m not sure whether it’ll be my last book of 2020 or my first book of 2021, but the 30 pages I read the other night were written in a really fun style and I’m enjoying it so far.

  • Something to watch…

With watching so much more YouTube in trying to catch up, I’ve not watched a lot of TV, Film or streaming services. But my partner and I have been watching one particular quiz show with dinner because our friend worked on it and it’s exciting and nice to support what our friends are doing (other than live sport, I just can’t bring myself to watch that) – so we’ve been watching a lot of ‘The Wheel’. It’s a Michael McIntyre hosted socially distanced quiz show that is just really fun (despite how annoying the theme song is). I love a quiz show, I love learning new things and I like how impatient my fiancé is that he has to google all the answers before they’re revealed.

This year has been bloody weird, so finding favourites isn’t always the easiest, but even if it’s hard to remember, there are always good moments. Whether it’s a book, a quiz show or a good find in the Boxing Day sales, there’s always something good to be found.

This is my last post for this year but I’ll be back on New Year’s Day with my 2021 goals!

Thank you for reading – I hope you and your loved ones are happy, healthy and staying safe!

Sophie xx

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playlist: Summer ’18

2018, music

Hello!

With the amount of new music that’s been released by a bunch of artists I really like this summer, I’ve been slowly adding to my Summer ’18 playlist for a couple of months now.

And I’m a huge music geek – I love how the algorithms work on Spotify, I love following music people on Instagram, my whole final uni project centred around music, I’m just obsessed. But building playlists is something I’ve seen a lot of people on twitter talking about but I’ve never really ‘designed’ playlists in the same way – I just chuck a bunch of songs that I enjoy belting when I’m home alone in one place!

Some may argue that those are the same things, but I thought I’d have a little chat about the new releases I was really excited about this summer and the playlist I’ve had on for the last couple of months.

Watching the Sky – Sheppard

Sheppard are an Australian band that my boyfriend found on Spotify through their song ‘Geronimo’ because it was inspired by Doctor Who. Since then, we’ve been eagerly anticipating every one of their releases and Watching The Sky is actually one of my favourite albums of this summer – it’s light and fun and the songs are catchy and ‘We Belong’ had us dancing around the kitchen whilst we cook dinner. Such a fun album.

Everything Is Fine – All Time Low

I mean, the band teased this song for maybe 24 hours before it was released and I was on holiday and I wasn’t ready and I love it. All Time Low are my absolute without a shadow of a doubt favourite band and have been for like 10 ish years so I was very excited when I saw this song had come out and I love it. I love the vibe, I love the sentiment behind it and Alex Gaskarth’s vocals are just stunning. I’m excited for the album that is likely to follow, though I don’t think anything has been announced yet.

Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer

I’ve got a funny relationship with 5SOS – I used to be a huge fan, had a tumblr blog that reached nearly 30k followers and built this amazing little community but then there was an article published that showed a side of the band that hadn’t really been exposed before and I’d just started studying journalism and a lot of people blamed the publication ‘for making them look so bad’ but reading into it I could tell that the writer was just working with what they had and my opinion of the band lowered so much. Saying that, I’d listened to a couple of the singles they released before the album came out and I was so frustrated by how much I liked it?

To be honest, Youngblood has been my most played album of this summer – the last five or six songs on the album are absolutely bangers and I really do love them! I think the way I’m settling it in my head is that I like the music but I’m not big fans of the people in the band and I don’t feel too bad supporting them because they weren’t doing terrible horrible things, they just aren’t the nicest people. I hope that’s okay?

Sunnyland – Mayday Parade

This album I added to my playlist on a bit of a whim – I loaded up Spotify one day and it popped up that Mayday Parade had released a new album. I’m not a huge fan of the band but I know I like a few of their tracks and their vibe is very me so I just dropped it in and I actually really like it! It’s a bit heavier than the other albums on the list but I really like that because the slightly heavier, more guitar based sounds are my absolutely favourite. I was pleasantly surprised but really enjoyed Sunnyland!

Pray For The Wicked – Panic! At The Disco

So, Panic! are up there as one of my favourite bands (after ATL in a Solid First Place, I have a group of joint second favourite bands which also includes S Club 7, ngl) and I was so pumped for this album. I preordered the vinyl as my post-FMP-hand-in-present-to-myself and I’m obsessed – the vinyl itself is actually stunning but the album is just so great. Death of a Bachelor was always going to be a difficult album to follow (and I think I do still prefer it) but Brendon Urie’s voice is just absolutely astonishing. Saturday Night, The Overpass and Hey Look Ma, I Made It are for sure going to become some of Panic!’s new anthems. Thoroughly recommend, it’s been on loop in the car for a while now.

Birthday – All Time Low

Two new tracks was very overwhelming and exciting? I’ll be perfectly honest, I prefer the first single out of these two but I stand by that All Time Low have never released a song that I don’t like and I do still enjoy and listen to this song (hence why it’s on the playlist!) – it’s fun and I can imagine it being played at a lot of birthday parties, for sure. Two new songs released so close together hopefully means a new album maybe by the end of this year, but it’s only just been a year since All Time Low’s last album came out, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating news that’s for sure!

Six – We The Kings

Like Mayday Parade, this is another one that Spotify popped up and told me had been released and I’ve liked a fair few of We The Kings songs in the past and I follow the band quite closely on social media, especially as their bassist Charles Trippy is King of the Daily Vloggers and he documents a bunch of behind the scenes music stuff which is 100% my jam, so I added the album to my playlist. It took me a few weeks to actually get round to listening to it and I really enjoyed it! It’s a great pop sound with some really fun riffs and catchy tunes, perfect for a summer party!

‘Lie To Me’ Spotify Sessions – 5 Seconds of Summer

Back to 5SOS again! I saw on Instagram that they’d done another version of ‘Lie To Me’ at their Spotify Sessions recording and I absolutely adore it – it’s not quite acoustic but it’s very stripped back, I love the indie tones in the lead vocals and the harmonies are just magical. I’m very much enjoying belting it at the top of my lungs when I’m home alone.

The playlist is linked down below and if you do want to follow me on Spotify, then you’ll never miss how often I’m listening to Youngblood!

I definitely need to get into making more playlists and writing more posts like these because I love finding new artists and writing about the music I’m loving! If you have any recommendations please, please leave them in the comments below!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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Bands I Need to Listen to More

2016, music, Uncategorized

Hello!

I love music but I’m really good at just listening to the same music I know and love over and over again, so I thought I’d make a list of a few bands that I’ve found individual songs that I love and I’d like to hear more of.

Mayday Parade: (Songs I already know: Miserable At Best)

I heard this song when someone on tumblr asked me to write something based on this song and I really love it, assuming the rest of the bands music is of a similar genre and has lots of guitars, I’d love to hear more of their lyrics because everything is about lyrics. Pretty lyrics make a happy Spoof.

We The Kings: (Songs I already know: Check Yes, Juliet, We’ll Be A Dream)

I follow a couple of members of We The Kings on YouTube so I feel like I’m up to date but having looked at their albums, I’ve really not listened to a lot of their music. I love their genre and Travis has such a unique voice and I already know I’m going to like the rest of their music (I just need to listen to it) (story of my life).

As It Is: (Songs I already know: Dial Tones)

I followed Patty Walters on YouTube when he was a YouTuber and I loved Dial Tones and I know As It Is are coming to Southampton on tour with States Champs and I really want to go but to do that I should definitely listen to both bands if I’m going to spend money to go see them. I like pop punk. I think.

Boys Like Girls: (Songs I already know: The Great Escape, Love Drunk)

I like guitar music and catchy songs and pretty lyrics. I’m literally just going to listen to their entire discography for a week or two then hopefully I’ll know all the words. I did not research this enough I don’t even know if they make music anymore. I feel like I could offend people.

Hey Monday: (Songs I already know: Josey, Home-Coming)

I don’t want to sound repetitive at this point. You get the gist at this point.

Cute Is What We Aim For: (Songs I already know: Doctor, Practice Makes Perfect)

I listened to their album a lot when I was writing when I was on holiday when I was about 15 and I really liked it, it was really motivational so I really want to listen again and see if they have anything else or anything new.

Every Avenue: (Songs I already know: Happy The Hard Way, Picture Perfect)

These are all the nostalgic songs I listened to in my early teen years.

Owl City: (Songs I already know: Fireflies)

My boyfriend loves Owl City and he has a real emotional connection to them so I want to listen to more of their songs to try and hear what he hears. He had a dream about us getting married to an Owl City song so it’s worth having a listen right?

All the music and bands I listened to in year 9. I’m going to spend an awful lot of time on Spotify!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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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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