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Saturday, 30 November 2013

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Friday, 29 November 2013



Still on the subject of travelling, I couldn't help but review this amazing book on my blog this week to fit in with my road trip related posts. This book's cover is what caught my eye - it's so funky and inspiring and I love that the scrapbook/doodle theme continues throughout the book with play lists, shop receipts and more. Once I finished the book, I went back and studied the cover again only to realize that pretty much everything drawn on the cover relates to a theme or important part of the book which is pretty cool.

The words 'epic detour' were enough to draw me in and as soon as these words along with the drawings added up in my mind to point to the conclusion that the book was about a road trip, I went ahead and purchased it without even reading the description. I already knew I'd love it. The story is about a girl called Amy Curry who has cut herself off from the world after the death of her father. Her mother arranges a road trip so that Amy can join her mother in their new home in the East Coast, which is a long way from their old home in California. The only problem is, after the accident, Amy can't drive. Which is where Roger comes in to join her on her journey, except they know nothing about each other. 

Although I didn't bother reading the description until AFTER I'd purchased it, here's the blurb (which is designed like a postcard!) for you all anyway;

Amy Curry's year sucks. And it's not getting any better. Her mother has decided to move, so somehow Amy has to get their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since her father's death, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who turns out to be funny, nice...and unexpectedly cute.

But Roger's plans involve a more "scenic" route than just driving from A to B, so suddenly Amy finds herself on the road trip of a lifetime. And, as she grows closer to Roger, Amy starts to realize that sometimes you have to get lost to find your way home...

This story is a little different from your typical boy-meets-girl story because it focuses more on Amy's emotional journey in moving on from all the regrets she has from her fathers accident. She blames herself for it and has shut herself off from the world, won't get behind a wheel again and has basically become a shell of herself. Amy and Roger take a detour which involves visiting places she used to go with her family and even some detours for Roger. Roger has is own issues and eventually visiting the past with a new perspective and being forced to spend time together helps them overcome their demons.

Despite the majority of the book being all about these two teenagers moving on from their issues, it's actually a really lighthearted story. It has it's funny moments too and by the end of the story I was left feeling inspired. I absolutely adored the scrapbook element to the story and the whole idea behind it - I really loved that it was about two teenagers who hardly knew each other just kind of breaking free and going on their own little road trip, creating memories, meeting new people and getting to know each other better. I've been obsessed with the idea of road trips for a long, long time now so this book was perfect.

My favourite thing about the book was definitely the playlists - there are some good choices in there, including a song or two by one of my favourite bands! This was pretty funny in it's own right as I read through the book I kind of knew sooner or later that Bowling For Soup would be featured and as soon as I saw the chapter Colardo Springs Eternal I knew the accompanying playlist would feature their song Colardo. It's such a great idea and I love that you can go onto YouTube and listen to the songs as you read each chapter. I'd definitely recommend doing this.

The characters were likeable, even though Amy seemed quite lost at first, and again it was another example of how just because they were quite young characters, it didn't mean they only cared about the superficial stuff. They still had real issues and I quite liked the fact that Roger was dealing with trying to get over an ex girlfriend which is quite refreshing to me to read about a guy going through that and hands up admitting that he's finding it hard.

If you're expecting a love story - this isn't it. Without wanting to give too much away, it does feature a little romance, but it's more based around the characters inner journey to move on whilst they go on their phyisical journey. I do wish there was a little more romance in the book but overall I think the author balanced it out just right.

This story is about everything a road trip should be and no matter how old you are, you'll probably find something to like in this book because it touches upon so many different things from music and insecurities to creating new friendships and dealing with your own demons. And it's also really funny too and has some pretty hilarious parts.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

On Wednesday I posted about the first half of the recent tour me and my friends went on. We went to see our favourite band on their UK tour so saw them at all of their UK tour dates. This included Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton and London (Warped Tour), including a brief stop in Newcastle. Here's the second half of what happened that week!

Next up, on Thursday, was Leeds, which again, if I remember rightly, there isn't much to write home about! It was awesome, the venue was directly beneath a train track which was pretty cool. It was a really nice night for my friend Harriet because she gave John a rare Tom Petty shirt as a gift and he loved it so much that he actually wore it for the rest of the tour! He really appreciated it and I have to admit it was lovely watching his face light up when she gave him it.

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At the very front for their set in Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton was definitely one of the best nights of the tour, even if we did end up staying in a hotel that looked like it was made for old people. To start with, as if by perfect timing, we ended up bumping into John again on our way back to the car. By now it was the point where he actually recognized us, so he stopped and talked to us for a good ten minutes. It was lovely to talk to him properly without being rushed along or being in a group of fans. Then we met up with Emily who didn't know anyone else going to the gig and she's gone on to become a really good friend. I mean, after the gig, we stayed up talking for a good 2/3 hours about how awesome the band are, ha. The gig was full on awesome too, we were right at the very front this time and yet again met the band afterwards even though we were a little tipsy ha. The venue was tiny, so it was a really great intimate performance which I loved. I think I appreciated it more too because although I knew I'd still be seeing them at Warped, this was the last night I was seeing them on their own actual tour if that makes sense.

We didn't get to speak to John for long that night because he was a little rushed, so we just gave him a quick hug and had a little chat about Warped Tour.

If Friday was the best day for timing, then Saturday was the worst. We ended up super late for Warped Tour, which I'm still gutted about really because one of the main reason we bought tickets was to see The Maine's acoustic set, which we missed in the end. It was on from 2:30 until 3.15 and we arrived at the venue at 3. We raced through, finally reaching their set...only to trip over and fall flat on our arses! It was actually the most embarrassing thing ever because the guys were in the middle of one of their slower songs and everyone turned around and laughed at us. I even ripped a hole in my favourite pair of jeans and have two huge bruises on my knees. However, John seemed pretty concerned but insisted the jeans looked badass, whereas Pat, the drummer, just laughed his head off when we told him.

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Bad times. I took this on the bus yesterday, back to real life again *sob*
The Saturday day of Warped was fun but I wasn't really completely into it, I was still really tired and a little sad that I'd missed their acoustic set. Once I saw their live set in the afternoon, I was ready to go home. We lost our ride home but bar another quick meeting with the boys, we gave up and headed off early.

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We drove 1006 miles altogether - no wonder I was so exhausted!
The next day we returned all energised but so sad that it was the last day of tour! We kept saying we'd have to find the guys and give them a big hug goodbye. We actually had free guest entry this day so we had to go and sign in. Imagine our surprise when we're given wristbands that gave us access to not only the VIP bar but the VIP after party! By then we were pretty much freaking out and spend the rest of the day on a high. I enjoyed Warped a lot more on Sunday because I was more awake and got to appreciate the different bands more. We got chatting to some other fans and just sat by the merch table for an hour or so making friends, before watching other bands. Enter Shikari were pretty great, there was just this amazing atmosphere being stuck in the dark crowd with everyone jumping around and going wild. Then, I headed off to see Flogging Molly who were different in so many different ways but also had a great atmosphere! Everyone was dancing along, it was great!

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Can you believe these are the only group pictures we got the entire week?!
Above - Tom, Harriet and myself on our way to Scotland!
Below - Me, Harriet and Emily looking so, so drunk. Well, we HAD just found out we'd be spending the evening drinking with The Maine (and maybe we were a tad tipsy too) so can you blame us?

Then it was time for the doors to close and for myself and Harriet to go to the after party. Earlier, John had promised us shots, but if I'm honest I thought the chances of The Maine coming to the party or even spending any time with us were slim to none. So it was pretty surreal to be with John at the bar half an hour later, watching him attempt to rap along and dance to teach me how to dougie! I figured after a bit he'd make his excuses and leave...but nope. We pretty much spent the whole night with him, drinking and talking about all sorts from accents and romance to weather and Paris. Very, very cool. He kept topping up my beer and if I'm honest I'm still in awe about the whole thing. I spent the whole night drinking with my idol! It's so weird to think that just over a year ago I'd first gotten into this band and I was writing on this blog about seeing them live in London and wishing I'd had the chance to ask them to come out for a drink with us.

Turns out I just had to be patient :)

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Selfies with my main man John Ohh
I find myself constantly humbled by this band which is why I love them so much and spending so much time with them one-on-one last week has only added to that feeling. They are the kindest people you'll ever meet and I love the fact that John was willing to spend the whole night chatting with us on Sunday. We didn't feel like fans. He didn't just come and say hello then spend time with other people instead. He talked to us like we were friends, asking us questions and genuinely wanting to hang out with us which I love.

It was the perfect end to an amazing week and I'm ever so grateful for the opportunity. It's something I'll always remember. So many people I've spoken to, old and young, have said 'wow I wish I could do that' or 'I wish I'd done that at your age' and that's exactly why we did it! So some people may think it's a bit much that we spent that much money to see our favourite band live, but we went on a freakin' awesome week long road trip and made all these amazing memories that I'll never forget. It was more than worth it and I know that when I'm old I'll always remember it.

It was a trip filled with making new friends, creating memories and just appreciating one of my biggest passions in life - music. If you're ever going to do anything crazy and completely random in your life, then it HAS to be this. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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So that's my little account of the week. I could go into more detail about how it felt to see my favourite band perform in such close proximity every night or all the conversations I shared with my idol but some things are just better kept personal where they can't be tainted or judged online for everyone to see. Instead, keep an eye out for a variety different of posts related to my trip. I'll be reviewing two of our favourite hotels that we stayed in, posting about what I wore each night and I'll also be doing a little feature about some of the playlists I created.

I hope you enjoyed reading what we got up to so let me know what you thought with a comment below!

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Friday, 22 November 2013

So on our mini tour of the UK, one of our first stops was Edinburgh. We only managed to spend one evening here and half a day and I really wish we'd been able to spend more time in this beautiful city because it really was stunning. Edinburgh is somewhere I'd always wanted to visit, so I do feel blessed that I got to at least experience some of it. I've already planned to return, hopefully one day for NYE.

Edinburgh is one of those places where you don't have to do anything to enjoy yourself. Just walking around it's quirky cobbled streets is enough of an attraction; I could have spent hours wandering around the city's walls, glancing in awe at it's beautiful scenery. Edinburgh had a really nice feel to it; everyone was so friendly and it felt like a traditional party town to me. To me, it seemed like the perfect place to celebrate old school ; forget about alcohol and clubbing, Edinburgh was all about grabbing a pint and sitting in a local pub catching up with your old friends. Unfortunately we only had time to visit one little pub in our short time there, but I can tell you now that the beer was yummy and the staff were very friendly! It also offered a bit of everything and it was so lovely to see such a diverse range of shops. Where we live, it's very much considered a 'dying town' with new businesses failing or shops closing everyday. But Edinburgh was booming and also had a lot to offer with shops with quirky names and even awesome costume shops.

Edinburgh is rich in history and had we not been attending a gig in the evening, there's no doubt we would have joined on to one of it's many ghost walks. The castle itself drew us in too, but unfortunately we just didn't have enough time for a visit here either. However, on the way to the attraction we were actually going to, we ended up taking a slow stroll around Princes Street Gardens which were overlooked by the castle.

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This was the perfect way to enjoy Edinburgh in all it's glory for free, even though we were right in the center of the city. The gardens were beautiful and everything looked stunning with all the red and orange leaves. We actually couldn't have picked a better time of year to go, although I think it would look beautiful in the snow too! It was the perfect way to view the castle in an alternative view.

Although we didn't have enough time to visit the castle properly, Harriet's sister did suggest Camera Obscura and World of Illusions which was, you guessed it, an attraction/museum filled with optical illusions. I actually love stuff like this so be able to explore five floors was really fun for me! They had all sorts of things you could do, such as cameras that would show you what you'd look like older and younger or as a chimp, a mirror maze, a rooftop viewing platform which gave a fantastic view of Edinburgh and more. The most hilarious thing was the giant vortex tunnel which was basically a little bridge that went through a moving/spinning tunnel. Despite the fact that the bridge did not move at all, we walked through and it took us a good five minutes to get out again because it was that trippy. We could FEEL the bridge moving, so much so that we even fell over, even though it was all in our minds. It was hilarious and I can't imagine what it would have looked like to anyone watching.


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In the light tunnel
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions was the ideal attraction for a rainy day and even offered a few pretty views of the castle too. It was something a bit different and really fascinating so something I'd really recommend.


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View from the top of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions


I think we must have stayed in the coolest boutique hotel in the city. The Grassmarket Hotel is without a doubt THE place to stay in Edinburgh. It's sat slap bang in the middle of the city and is just so quirky and different. From the chalkboard walls (which we may or may not have defaced with, um, rude drawings - oops...) which the cleaners add a brand new Sodoku to daily, to the secret bookcase door that we noticed in reception - this hotel just screamed awesomeness. We absolutely loved it. The rooms were quirky but so warm and comfy too and the staff were so welcoming. We stayed for a few chats with them and they were genuinely interested in our story, why we were travelling etc. The vibrant part of Edinburgh was right on our doorstep too, just next door was a lovely Irish pub and the hotel was actually just around the corner from the venue as well. 

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This hotel really had the personal touch. There was loads of tea to choose from and when I couldn't find any chalk in the room (which I later found when I bothered to look properly), the staff offered to go down to the shop and buy some more! The reception was inviting too with little window seats if you wanted to sit down and have a chat and the rooms had all the basics and more (hairdryer, iPod dock - with speakers in the bathroom too, man I had a lot of fun singing along to music in the awesome waterfall shower).

They also offer super cheap rooms at mates rates sometimes if you sign up to their mailing list, and I'm going to really regret telling you all about this now because I bet you'll all snap them up before I have the chance to!

The Grassmarket hotel is the perfect boutique hotel for a girly weekend away or a little break with your friends and there's no doubt that I'll be returning one day.

Finally, as stated before, Edinburgh is ideal for long evenings spent with friends in cosy inviting pubs, drinking the local beer! We spent a good few hours drinking with one of the support bands in an Irish club right next door to the venue which also held open mic nights and the drinks were affordable too. However, even though we didn't have a lot of time to go out 'clubbing', so many people recommended a local rock club to us which we checked out. The Hive is like a gigantic underground club, we thought there was just one room - we were wrong. If I remember rightly there were 2 or 3 different bars all connected by these random tunnels and again, the drinks were really cheap here. They played the best rock anthems too from Blink 182 to The Offspring and we were right at home here because it reminded us of a local rock club at home. It was PACKED too, so clearly it's the place to go on a night out!

We really wish we had longer in Edinburgh but we seemed to pack in a lot in such a short time. I hope you enjoyed my 'Edinburgh at a glance' feature and if you're ever in the area, I'd recommend the Grassmarket hotel, The Hive and everywhere else mentioned. This guide is based on the fact that we went out on the cheap so if you're just looking for a really cheap weekend away that still gives you a real feel of the city well here's how.

Let me know what you think with a comment below or if you have any other recommendations.


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

So I'm finally home! Actually, if we're being completely honest, I think I got home at about 5am on Monday morning and have since spent my days in a hungover/exhausted coma catching up on sleep, but more about my late arrival home later..


I'll do a proper post about what I wore and hotel and gig reviews later, but this is just a little lifestyle post to let you know how this past week has gone.

In short, it has been the best week of my entire life. I've made new friends, created some amazing memories, partied with rockstars, partied with strangers, had cheap nights out and very expensive nights out and even managed to do some sightseeing. I've been to Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton and London. I've spent evenings in smokey basement clubs, huge underground rock clubs and VIP bars for after parties. And of course, I've seen my favourite band play every night and meet them too which was just the icing on top of the cake.

On Monday we headed off 'kind of' early, pausing to stock up on food and drink (and a broomstick?!) from Tesco! Then we realized I'd forgotten my skull shot glasses (which we never actually used in the end!) and wine so after another detour we were finally on our way to Newcastle. Excitement was thick in the air as we played some of the awesome play lists we'd put together and before we knew it we were there. We checked into our hotel - a basic travelodge - then went downstairs into the bar to chat about the week ahead. We met up with a friend of Tom's called Lauren who was lovely and very Geordie! We drove back to Sunderland JUST for a Chillino's pizza haha and it was LUSH! It was well worth the drive back, my gorgeous, gorgeous Chillinos. Without a doubt the best pizza in the North East!

Then Lauren took us on a little tour of the best bars in Newcastle which were SO SO cheap, I mean in the end I only spent £15 altogether! We went into loads of different bars, surprised to find most of them closed at half 1. We were just contemplating whether to go home or pay £6 for entry into what looked like an empty bar that was still open, when we got talking to some random guy outside. He got us free entry, a VIP table and free drinks! We went in and it turns out the 'empty' club was just reception. It was all in the basement and it was so cool, very smokey and grunge and VIP. I absolutely loved it. So we spent the next few hours drinking in here and making friends!

People in Newcastle are SO friendly
The next day was up to Edinburgh and boy were we excited! Edinburgh was technically the first night of tour, we'd only stopped off in Newcastle as it would have been such a long drive for one day. Edinburgh is the most beautiful city ever, it's so old and stunning and everyone is so friendly! I adored Edinburgh and can't wait to go back one day. We stayed in a gorgeous boutique hotel which I'll do a post on later, but it was just around the corner from the venue and very, very cool and modern.

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When we got to the gig we were surprised at how small the venue was which we loved. The support bands were really awesome, very talented and their music was catchy too. When The Maine came on I was ecstatic, I hadn't seen them for at least a year and it was so nice seeing them play live again, I just proper rocked out and went mad. They were amazing! They played the perfect set which was a mix of songs from their latest album Forever Halloween and some of their biggest hits including Girls do what they want. I really, really loved their version of Run which they'd added an interesting intro to and kind of 'rocked up' a bit which was cool, in the middle of it all there was just a part where everyone just moshed, including John on stage, so that was really cool. They also slowed down and had John play Into Your Arms on the piano with the fans singing along which was really emotional, especially when the whole band tuned in towards the end. Very awesome.

Afterwards we hung around to meet all the guys and John was a complete babe as usual. Whilst we were waiting some dude from the support band walked past and stopped to say hey and we found out the support band were actually from Hitchin which isn't far from us! After we met the guys we went into a bar next door and Andy from the support band walked in again and automatically recognized us. This led to us spending the whole evening with the band and drinking with them! When we came out of the pub 2/3 hours later the lead singer John O'Callaghan was STILL outside talking to fans in the freezing cold bless him, he's such a genuinely nice person.

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He let me try on his hat!
THEN we ended up at this really cool rock club called The Hive and it really was like a hive. We were there half hour before we got talking to these guys who offered to buy us drinks and it was then that we realized that we'd only been in one main room. We passed through this random arch and went through bar to bar to bar getting completely lost. It turns out there was like three/four bars in this place, all randomly connected by little walkways and arches, it was awesome.

The next day we explored Edinburgh a little. We ended up taking a walk through this beautiful park which had the castle over looking it and it was just so amazing, the trees were red and crunchy leaves covered the floor, it was just perfect. We didn't have a chance to go into the castle but instead visited an optical illusion museum thing which was really funny, especially walking through the moving tunnel. That was trippy as hell, we all fell over even though technically the floor wasn't moving...

I really wish we'd spent longer in Edinburgh, looking back it probably would have made sense to drive up to Edinburgh early and spend a couple of days there as opposed to stopping off in Newcastle (as amazing as our night out was) - there was simply so much to do and see in Edinburgh. I'll definitely be going back.

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Next it was time for the long, long drive to Liverpool. We actually ended up late and missing Fort Hopes set! The Maine were on second that night and the venue was even smaller. Not much to say about this night, the guys were awesome as always and we met again for a chat! We were going to go out afterwards but just went back to our awesome hotel instead that had a giant jacuzzi bath and all sorts of snazzy stuff. Didn't really make much use of it though, we were too exhausted that we all passed out in our onesies by 3am..!

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I will do a review of this hotel too! But for now that's part one of my little road trip, there's just too much to talk about to put it into one single post. We were loving it so far though, every day kept getting better and better but even after an early night in our party apartment, we figured there had to be a bad day soon and that the tour simply couldn't get any better. We were wrong..

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hello everyone! I'm Bex and I blog over at Futures. I've been friends with Lou for a while now and if there is one thing that is apparent, it would seem we are one and the same person. Both us and our friend Lisa have the same taste in pretty much everything, we are pretty much identical in every way - especially music.
The idea for this post came to me whilst washing up (glamorous, I know) when I was listening to some of my old music. I thought what better guest post to do for Lou than my top 10 songs from when I was younger. I was very much a 'greebo' when I was younger and listened to a lot of rock, heavy metal and pop punk. Here is my rundown of my top 10..
10. Dead On Arrival by Fall Out Boy
My friend Kaye introduced me to Fall Out Boy with this song and it led to a long term love affair. I'm not really a fan of their new stuff but I still love the old ones!
9. Breaking The Habit by Linkin Park
My favourite Linkin Park song ever. There is just something about the lyrics and Chester Bennington's voice that I love.
8. A Decade Under The Influence by Taking Back Sunday
Oh, Adam Lazzara, you beautiful man! I definitely had a TBS phase and this was one of my favourite songs during this time. I was never a huge fan but they did some pretty great songs.
7. I'm Not Okay, I Promise by My Chemical Romance
I loved the whole Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge but this was my favourite by a mile - I can't even tell you why because I don't know.
6. Vermilion Part 2 by Slipknot
My partner hates Slipknot but I played him this song once and he thought it was beautiful - listen to it, it truly is!
5. Letters To You by Finch
'I'm writing again, these letters to you'
Beautiful lyrics, need anything else be said?
4. I Wish I Was A Girl by Violent Delight
Not many people remember this band but they hailed from my town and two of them actually went to my school (as well as Paul from S Club 7 - amazing, I know >.<). This song is quite funny and it always used to annoy my parents!
3. 7 Weeks by Inme
I still have to sing along when I hear this! It does remind me of a time of life that I'd rather forget but hey, I came out with Inme on the other side! Score. 
2. Work by Jimmy Eat World
This might surprise Lou by not being number 1 as I adore Jimmy Eat World, especially this song. My blog is even named after one of their songs! This song is so beautiful and really deserves more recognition.
1. Hold On by Good Charlotte
This song was mine and my best friends song when we were both going through a really tough time. The lyrics meant so much to us then and when I was listening to it earlier, I realised how true they are.. 
Hold on, if you feel like letting go. Hold on, it gets better than you know 
This is so true for us. We are both engaged to amazing men, I have Jack and her baby is due in January..our lives are so much better now and this song will always mean so much to me.
What are your top 10 songs?
Thanks for this Bex! I have to agree, Bex and Lisa are like my musical soulmates, the songs listed here bring back so many memories! Letters To You by Finch will always remind me of being 17 and dating, whereas Work by Jimmy Eat World is such a personal favourite of mine that I plan to get some lyrics from the song tattoo'd one day. It's funny to think we have such similar music taste yet have never actually been to a gig together yet! We have to change that soon! Again, thanks a bunch Bex :) - Lou x

P.S Wondering where I've gone? Check this post here for the update, or go ahead and follow my adventures via We Are The Maine Tour.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Last week I was approached by the lovely Mic, asking if I wanted to pop down to her 'salon' and give it a little review for the blog. I jumped at the chance, especially because she's the host of a local company. Unfortunately, Luton gets so much bad rep, that all the good parts of Luton often get overlooked for the bad parts instead.

There's plenty of great things going on in Luton as well as lots of great businesses, so to be able to write about Beau Belles Beauty was a great opportunity that I really enjoyed! Mik was great because she explained to me all about her past experiences studying beauty and how much of a passion it was for her. She explained how it's a tough and competitive business, how people charge far too much for treatments, which led onto her deciding to start up her own business with more affordable prices. What started in the spare room of her house eventually expanded into two quirky but awesome cabins in her back garden! It wasn't like anything I'd ever seen before but essentially each cabin was like a mini spa in one room with everything you needed on hand. They were both decorated beautifully as well and were kitted out with not just the necessary beauty equipment but also a TV and a heater (which was ideal because it was freezing outside!).

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Mik herself was so great, explaining each step and taking her time. She offered me a cup of tea and didn't rush through the treatment by only doing the necessities for i.e JUST painting my nails and leaving it at that; she did coat upon coat to make sure the colour was right and that the studs would stick. She made me feel incredibly at ease, which I was especially thankful for. I do admit, one thing I hate about getting my nails done is the awkward silence or forced conversation between you and whoever is doing your nails, but Mik was the complete opposite and was lovely. We ended up chatting away the whole time about all sorts from how more and more companies work with bloggers now and how people charge way too much for treatments generally which means their target audience - people like you and me - can't actually afford it! So not only was she lovely to talk to, it was also really interesting to hear about what she was telling me.

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And, of course, my nails look amazing. She created the exact look I wanted - simple, but edgy without being too over the top. She used gel nails and my nails have lasted ages (since Thursday so far!) and haven't chipped once. Although I picked quite a simple look (which I love because black can be both edgy and sophisticated), I have looked at the Facebook page and seen that she has done some amazing nail art too, some quite complicated looking.

She also hosts things like children's birthday parties or hen do's which is no surprise - the cabins are so beautiful and funky that it seems like a great thing to do as a group. It really is different being that it's all set in cabins and they do have that special homely feel to them as well. Better yet, the prices are very affordable! She always has lots of special deals on but also has that lovely friendly charm - she uses her Facebook and Twitter to actually talk to her clients and get to know them better, which we all know is a sign of a trust worthy company.

I can't wait to show you all the ways I've styled my different outfits with these nails!

Beau Belles Beauty is based in Luton and offers a diverse range of treatments from massages, spray tans, facials and more. You can also see some nail art and treatment photos on the Facebook page here.


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Monday, 11 November 2013



As most of you already know, I'm off on a little road trip with my friends this week and won't be home until late Sunday evening. This is practically a dream come true for me. As much as I'd love to do a road trip across the USA - and I still do! - I think it's important to remember that the UK has some pretty awesome places to offer too. So that's what we're doing.

Essentially we'll be travelling from Newcastle, to Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton and then finally London to see one of our favourite bands of all time tour. Yes, some of you might find this geeky. But being that I'm literally touring the UK with two of my best friends, staying in some cool places, making some awesome memories and seeing my favourite band play live every night, I'd happily accept people calling me geeky.

Don't tell me you've never been tempted to do this yourself.

Except we're actually doing it. Originally we were just trying to decide where to see them after discovering their only London tour date was Warped tour which cost £80 (although in the end we got guestlist for that anyway...), wondering where was nearest, which city was best to visit to make a day out of it etc. And eventually we just deciced to do all of them. 

It's taken a lot of arranging but we've somehow managed it. We've managed to budget a whole trip and are amazed at how much we've saved, and we're actually organised for once. I've even got a document with all emergency contact numbers on it, ha! The most fun has been putting together the playlists, or booking an extremely cheap but very glam party apartment for the Liverpool tour date. And what's even better is that I'll have plenty to blog about on my return, including lots of edgy outfits and awesome playlists.

So I'm about to embark on one of the best adventures of my life. Not just to see my favourite band, but to spend time with those closest to me, to make new memories and celebrate nights we'll always remember.

I mean, to be honest, it'll probably pee down with rain the whole time and we'll run out of money, but we've stocked up on beer and DVD's just in case this happens. After all, you're only young once. And I  love the fact that one day I'll be able to look back and say I did this!

Our seven day road trip starts now.

I've got some guest bloggers lined up as well as some scheduled posts, but in the meantime, we've set up a Tumblr where you can catch up with us. It's basically a way of just showcasing everything in one place ; all our Facebooks, Twitters, Instagrams, Foursquares etc are automatically updated to the website so if you wish you can log on and get a pretty much live feed of what we're up to. Funky, eh? The URL is www.wearethemainetour.tumblr.com.

And if not I'll see you in seven days!

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