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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

This past weekend has been the busiest one in a long, long time and if I'm really honest, the vast majority of this week just gone has been pretty fun. I enjoy adventuring off to random places and love capturing the moment even more, so here's just a little glance of my Instagram feed from the last few days...

On Wednesday I headed into London for the launch of Ong-Oaj's collaboration with Ligne Roset City, which featured one very fabulous and comfy looking chair (as well as lots of free cocktails and yummy sandwiches). My sister texted me late Thursday night to tell me that herself and her boyfriend weren't feeling up to heading all the way into London the following day for one very big gig, so guess who bagged those tickets instead? Yep! Yours truly grabbed a good looking guy and managed to see the Arctic Monkeys in Finsbury park which was definitely some awesome last minute plans, especially since said good looking guy paid for my drinks all night!

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 I also found out I got a new job Friday afternoon so being able to celebrate that by seeing one of my favourite bands live and then a night out with my girls on Saturday was kind of perfect. An old friend from university joined me at Slam Dunk on Sunday (her first music festival ever!) so that was real fun. I got to meet lots of new people, see some of my favourite bands, add to my wristband collection and also meet Sean Smith from The Blackout.

My favourite sets from Slam Dunk were without a doubt Red Jumpsuit Apparatus & All American Rejects who were headlining. They've been my favourite band since I was a teenager and even though I've seen them a few times before, I haven't seen them for a good few years now and had forgotten just how great they were. The lead singer is so charismatic and they played a real mix of songs from old and new albums, as well as upbeat and slower songs too! We also caught the last song of MC Lars' set which was really cool and upbeat, he got everyone up and dancing but I really wish we'd caught more (even though that would have meant missing We The Kings' set so it was a really tough decision only decided on by the fact that I've seen MC Lars about four times now and We The Kings' twice).

Since then I've just been enjoying my new job and checking out more music from some of the bands I managed to catch at Slam Dunk. I think the best kind of weekends are the ones that tend to be last minute, especially since it wasn't until the night before that we were entirely sure who was coming to Slam Dunk with us, and obviously the last minute Arctic Monkeys tickets. I haven't had my bed to myself for three days, let alone a moment to myself and it's been tiring but it's also been really fun!

How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything exciting? Let me know!


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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Back during Bloggers Fashion Week, I was lucky enough to meet with the awesome brand Vita Liberata, a fun and passionate brand who specialise in natural looking fake tan for ladies. I was impressed with what I was told immediately and loved how the ladies I spoke to who were representing the brand spoke about how they enjoyed developing a natural and healthy tan, as opposed to an unnatural bright orange look!

This definitely sat well with me as I've had a couple of fake tan disasters in the past in an attempt to 'fit in' and see what all the fuss is about, as I tend to be quite fair skinned and sort of dig being pale since it's so different. For a long time now, I have been on the search for a product to just give me a healthy glow for summer - I still enjoy being fair skinned as opposed to heavily tanned, but I'd much prefer to have healthy skin as opposed to pale chicken legs for example!

So I was very pleased when they sent me a Capture The Light - Latte Illuminating Skin Finish to review. I had high hopes for this product from what I was told at Bloggers Fashion Week and it did not disappoint. To begin with, the product itself is easy on the eyes with a sophisticated and summery feel to the bottle.

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I really loved this product and was especially impressed at it's easily application. It's so different from what you'd expect a fake tan to be - it's more of a cover up if I'm honest! You simply squirt a small amount onto your hand or fake tan glove and massage it into your skin evenly - and the results are instant. Right away my skin developed a healthy glow and featured a natural looking tan. I was extremely pleased! It dried within moments and there was no odd smell or scent either.
 
I think this product is perfect for a top up tan or between fake tans if you enjoy being bronzed, but for someone like me who just wants to look a bit more healthy, this was the perfect on the go alternative as opposed to having a spray tan or taking my time to fake tan my whole body. There was no faffing around with applying it and waiting for it to develop overnight, nor waking up to my skin smelling funny. It was instant, which meant it was so easily for me to see immediately if I wanted to add a little more to darken the colour or leave it as it was.
 
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Please excuse my nasty feet - but as you can see, it's cast a nice healthy glow over my skin without being too over the top. This is perfect because where the weather has been a bit warmer these past few days, I've been able to sit in the garden and relax without worrying about looking too pale!
 
I can't wait to use this product more this summer and have a nice colour to my skin when me and my friends sunbathe and chill out at our local outdoor pool!
 
What do you think? Do you like this product or do you have a favourite fake tan brand that you use religiously? Let me know!
 
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Monday, 19 May 2014

First of all, let me just say how freakin' excited I am to be able to post a movie review on this blog whilst the movie is actually still relevant. I don't post movie reviews half as often as I'd like because despite being a self confessed movie buff, a lot of the time I don't get to see films until they've been out for a long while. Luckily for me, I have an awesome older brother (which is probably where I get my love of film from, from him and my dad anyway), who was just as eager to see the new Godzilla as me. So, my brother, my sister-in-law and I all headed down to the IMAX in London on Saturday to see Godzilla & I'm very pleased to be able to pop up a review after seeing this film during it's opening weekend!

It's no surprise that parts of Godzilla reminded me of Cloverfield (giant monster causing havoc around the U.S? How can I NOT be reminded of Cloverfield, especially given that Cloverfield was actually inspired by good old Gozilla), but I think it was the trailer that made the two most similar to me. The trailer for Godzilla was definitely intriguing, and I LOVED the fact that for most of it all we saw was glimpses of the huge monster - a tail here, a foot there, before finally just Godzilla's roaring face at the very end - but I think we all knew what to expect. After all, Godzilla is one of the most popular franchises since 1954! However....I was wrong. I was very wrong. The trailer doesn't even cover a 5th of what actually happens in the movie and my god is this a smart move. I'm not going to reveal any spoilers of course, but you know when you sometimes watch a trailer and it's pretty much summed up everything that happens in the film? Well, that's not the case here. I mean, yeah, we all know it's about a giant monster being generally bad-ass, but let me tell you, when you get around to watching it, there's a lot of WHAT THE F*CK moments and this is a very good thing.


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I've read that this Godzilla is probably the film that pays the most homage to the original Godzilla films, staying faithful to how he was perceived in the Toho series, which I really like. It's very modern and up to date, but even though I only ever saw the last American Godzilla back with old Matthew Broderick, reading this made me happy. It's always nice when a monster can still scare the bajeebies out of you and be so bad-ass and amazing whilst still staying true to it's original roots, no matter how old it is.

From start to finish this film is action packed with battle after battle. I mean, after one action packed scene, I barely had time to blink before more buildings were being crushed and knocked down by giant tails or Godzilla was leaving yet more destruction in his wake. If you want to be blown away by a really massive & off the scale action/monster movie, then you need to see this film ASAP.

There was, however, a few great supporting storylines, from Bryan Cranston's character knowing some shit is up and trying to get to the bottom of all the Government's lies, to the very fit Aaron Taylor-Johnson trying to get home to his wife and kid amiss all the havoc. Bryan Cranston has come a long way from being Malcom in the Middle's slightly bonkers dad, and I have to admit, I was really impressed with his acting in this film. Of course I've seen him in Breaking Bad but I think I was worried it would be hard to see or accept him in a role other than Walter White. After being surprised at how genuinely young he looks when he's not playing the role of an awesome drug dealer, Bryan Cranston was really bloody good in this film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was really impressive too, considering this is the first time he's been cast in a proper proper action role. I really liked his character and felt even amidst all the monster slaying that was going on, he still managed to tug on my heartstrings for a few tender scenes where he was missing his family and such.

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Be still my beating heart! The very lush Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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We didn't actually see much of Elizabeth Olsen and for the first five minutes of her first scene I just kept thinking 'WHAT IS UP WITH HER HAIR, WHY IS IT SO FLAT' which I know isn't very movie critic of me, but it was getting on my nerves. It made more sense when it was revealed that she was a nurse so probably didn't have time to style her hair, but c'mon girl, haven't you ever heard of dry shampoo?? But moving on, I did feel she was a good actress too, this is the first role I've ever seen her in and she was good, but I would have liked to have seen more screen time with her!

And to the movie critic side of me - having studied Media (Moving Image) in college, I spent a good two years studying film and everything involved from soundtracks to editing effects. I kind of geek out when I see a good movie and I was thoroughly impressed by some of the shots used in this film. One shot I loved was just a view of the San Francisco skyline, all smoky and damaged, as the soldiers parachute down into the havoc.

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Another shot I really loved was when Aaron Taylor Johnson's character, and another soldier, are lying on an old wooden train track/bridge, and the camera pans over them as we just see glimpses of something passing behind their heads through the gaps in the wood...
 
All in all, Godzilla was amazing. It was a perfect blockbuster hit, and the ideal big monster movie considering we haven't had one in a few years now. If you're going to see it, however, I'd recommend going all out and seeing it at an IMAX. This film BELONGS on an IMAX screen. If you can't get to an IMAX, then a normal cinema screen will do but trust me, you'll regret it if you wait until it comes out on DVD. Godzilla is action packed, has a great supporting cast, includes strong storylines and has amazing special effects. I'd definitely recommend going to see Godzilla as soon as possible...

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

It's no secret that I love London and being that it's only a short 40 minute train ride away, I regularly find myself heading into the bustling and vibrant city for some reason or another. My favourite thing about London is that it's so accommodating. Whatever you want - whoever you are, whatever your interests - there will always be something up your street. From dining in the dark to password protected whisky bars (which require entry through an old fridge door!), you'll never run out of things to do in the popular capital.

Even better, we've got some pretty amazing tourist attractions to offer, but also some really cool and quirky other things often going on, strictly kept hidden among dedicated Londoners (and me. Not really. These aren't THAT secret, but they're definitely not classed as tourist attractions). I myself am looking forward to a lovely summer in London once the sun comes out for good, and I can already see myself tagging along to all of these things I've discovered lately.

Here are just some things that are coming to London soon, all of which you'd be mad to miss out on.

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Outdoor cinema is no longer just an American thing but as always, London is offering something more. Viewing films outdoors is becoming more and more popular lately so there's so many different variations on offer. If you fancy braving it, you can attend Hot Tub Cinema (yes, it does involve sitting in a hot tub whilst watching), or for the more reserved bunch of you, there's also just standard Pop Up Screens, which feature movies in some of London's most beautiful parks. Finally, if you dare, Nomad host outdoor screenings at some of London's coolest & weirdest locations, one of which includes a graveyard...

For those of you who like to get fit & have fun in the process - I am here to tell you it IS possible. The infamous Colour Run is FINALLY coming to London this summer, and this electric festival is the perfect excuse to get in shape. It's basically a 5k run where you turn up in white clothing and get covered in colourful dry paint! Just imagine how awesome you'll look at the finish line...The Colour Run is unfortunately sold out for this year, which is a good thing really because as it's only next month, I don't think any of us would have the time to train ourselves up enough! However, you can still tag along to watch, and I'd also keep this in mind for next summer...

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I have real fond memories of giant water fights with my friends when I was younger and it looks like a more grown up version is making it's way to London in June. Aptly named Street Wars, this amazing water fight goes one step further in which you're actually given the details of an 'assassin' who is your target. The event takes place over a good month or so (once you 'kill' or rather 'squirt' your subject, you are then given the subject they were supposed to kill and so on so fourth) and it's pricey at £60 per ticket, but apparently there is a cash prize. And despite that, when else are you going to have the opportunity to take part in such an epic water fight?!

Finally, even though it's not so much a secret & has been going on for years now, Camden Rocks returns in a few weeks time to offer over 200 rock bands performing in some of Camden's best pubs. Tickets are a mere £25 and feature top bands such as The Subways, The Blackout & Blitz Kids. Perfect for when you want to spend a lazy day transitioning between different pubs in the London sunshine, slowly growing more and more tipsy by the beer on tap...

This is just a small glimpse of some awesome things going on in London this summer, some of which I've only discovered this week. Without a doubt I'll be mooching along to Camden Rocks and Hot Tub Cinema, and, if money allows, hopefully some of the others too!

Are you doing anything oddball in London this summer? Let me know your thoughts & plans!

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Monday, 12 May 2014

It's Monday. Again. Yes, it's now in the evening but I still loathe the fact that I had to get up early this morning and roll out of bed to face the cold. Then again, who doesn't hate a Monday?? I've done a few of these posts before (both a 'cheer up, we all know Monday's suck' and money saving posts) but today I'm going to mix two into one. Because I know these little tips to help you earn more money won't be enough for you to give up your job and say goodbye to early Monday mornings forever, but it can definitely play a hand in helping you save for something you're really looking forward to. I've recently been subtly moving money across into a savings account, which I'll be using in future for travel and/or gigs.

So first of all well done for getting through another crappy Monday! And second of all, kick back with a cuppa, read through some of these tips and dream about what you can put all this extra money towards...

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Putting a few hours aside a week can make so much difference in earning a little more cash. I work part time, so I have more time then others, but to be honest I still only tend to put an hour or two aside every other evening. When it comes to websites like survey websites or things like that, often you have to earn a certain amount before you can withdraw (generally between £10 & £20). However, ignoring that for one second, if I had to add up all the 'money' I have on different websites, ready to withdraw once I hit the withdrawal target, I have about £151.44 floating around! This alone could easily pay for a little weekend break away somewhere, so it's perfect to put aside for a rainy day or save back for when you really need a small break.

About half of this has been earned steadily over the past six months or so, on websites such as Survey Network, YouGov & Vindale, but I'd say at least £70ish has been earned recently on newer websites I've discovered over the past couple of months. Survey Network & the others mentioned above are survey websites, and out of all the ones I currently use, these probably take the longest to hit target. But, I find YouGov is particularly good because the surveys are always short and quite straightforward for usually 50 points per time (which I think works out at 50p), although I forget check this as often as I should for new surveys.

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I think a lot of people are aware of these websites, but they're are a few newer ones that have really helped me lately. Slicethepie for example, helps you earn between 3p & 10p by listening to a 30 second clip of a song and simply reviewing it in just a few sentences. This is great for me because I love listening to new music anyway.

GlobalTestMarket is a firm favourite of mine, and I find I tend to withdraw £30 every couple of months with minimal effort. There's always a bunch of surveys to do as well so it's rare that there's never any to do (although I've noticed when I get close to cashing out sometimes I get screened out a lot more, but that might just be coincidence!). Swagbucks is similar to GlobalTestMarket too, and is great because you get bonus points for hitting a daily target and can get loads of points easily/free every day just by viewing short videos or using their search bar.

People Per Hour is absolutely fab, although you might find it takes a bit of time to get that first person to take a chance on you and offer you work. You basically offer up hourlie services, such as offering to spell check a 500 word document for £6 an hour. You can also scroll through other jobs that people post and submit a proposal to get work that way. Once you do start getting work, you're pretty much sorted though as you'll find a lot of companies/people tend to have ongoing work and will come back to you for any other work they need doing.

Clixsense and iPoll haven't earned me much, yet, but I haven't been using them for long. They're very eays to use, Clixsense is basically just clicking on and viewing an Internet advertisement for 10 seconds or so for 1p each (not much but every little helps!) or you can complete mini tasks for 7p or 8p, which is usually just googling a phrase and answering a short form about where the desired result appeared on Google etc. iPoll is more of an app for your phone, but I find it pretty fun because the surveys are short and easy to do and sometimes you're required to film a short film with your opinion, or some surveys can be taken on site at Tesco or somewhere if you're doing your shopping!

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The Depop app is particularly popular right now. It's pretty much a nicer version of Ebay, specifically for clothes and accessories. It's used by a lot of bloggers, and it's the easiest way to sell things through your phone. You just snap a photo, type in some details and you're done. It's displayed just like Instagram too, meaning your clothes look a lot nicer and you can even apply subtle filters too.

So as explained a few times before, a lot of it is based on how much effort you put in yourself. If you use just a couple of sites, it doesn't seem like much, but if you use a variety of different websites and apps like me & put an hour or so aside each evening, it all adds up to a nice little bonus. I've taken to immediately saving this money, so I live off what I actually earn at work, and will put this extra money towards traveling in the future. Knowing that I'm working towards saving money for something so exciting also helps motivate me.

Finally, a few further tips. It helps to keep a word document of how much you have on each website (& how much you need before you can withdraw), as there are so many and it's easy to forget which ones to log onto. Either put a few hours aside a day or every other day, or do them all on one day a week like on a Sunday afternoon. Don't forget to use cash back websites such as Quidco too, as these are ideal for bigger purchases like when you're due a phone upgrade or booking train tickets or a holiday! And finally, try and get some of your friends in on it too. A lot of them offer an incentive where if you get somebody else to sign up, you'll get a bonus extra % depending on what they earn (but it's not taken from them!) over the first month or so. With all the links in this blog post I have used my referral URL, but because I'm typing up this post to help YOU and not help myself, I'm telling you so! So just as proof that I'm not writing this just to earn extra cash for myself, feel free to google the names I've used and sign up that way.

So there you have it! These are just some small ways you can earn a little extra cash from the comfort of your own home - ideal for when it's a rainy day and you're bored out of your mind. I also have lots of other tips in regards to how to find the cheapest travel costs, how to get into mystery shopping and how to get lots of freebies, but if you'd like to see a similar post about any of these, let me know!

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Friday, 9 May 2014

So I know 'Friday Favourites' isn't an entirely new concept on the blogsphere, but since I often find myself discovering new things that I can't help but brag about, I thought it would be nice to do a little post about things I'm particularly digging this week. And it's actually not all makeup!

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First up is this skincare brand that I've been recommending to absolutely everyone lately (even random ladies in Boots who looked particularly lost in the skincare section when I was purchasing these items). Avène is a French skincare brand recommended to me by my sister and I wish I'd discovered it much sooner. I used to have really unhealthy skin - although I never had severe acne, I would break out more than I should for someone my age - looking at me you'd think I had the skin of a teenager as it was so temperamental. Since trying Avène, my skin had cleared up a lot. I no longer break out, and it's also a lot smoother and healthier. I still have a few blackheads in those problem areas, but Avène has prevented further break outs, and these blackheads were already there. It's a great brand which is sensitive to skin and if you go on their website, you can take part in a skin test. They'll evaluate your skin and create a personalized skincare routine for you, and will even send you a couple of samples of the products they think will be best for your skin. I'm thoroughly impressed with this brand and considering I managed to buy everything for my personalized skincare routine for under £40, I'm also very impressed at the price.

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There are a few bands I've wanted to recommend to you all for a while now, but haven't quite gotten around to it since I struggle to write full posts just on one band at the moment - although this is something I'd like to improve on in future. So although I'll probably feature these bands in a playlist post and might even do a full blogpost on each, nonetheless, here's some bands (or rather albums) I really think you should all really check out. Both these were recommendations to me and since my first listen to each a few months ago, I haven't been able to stop listening to either. They've been played over and over on my Spotify and interestingly enough, both are completely different from one another.

Crosses have a very dark and real edgy feel, their album probably isn't everyone's taste, but I really, really love how dark and intriguing it is. It's kind of hard to explain because it isn't scream or hard core and the music is actually quite relaxing, whereas the lyrics kind of push the boundaries a little.

On the other hand, The War On Drugs, are very much 'easy listening' and just remind me entirely of summer. My brother said they have a slight folky feel to them too, which I suppose when listening to their album over and over, I can sort of see now.

I suck at explaining music to people. Just go listen, ha. You won't be disappointed.

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I picked up a bunch of these L'Oreal lipsticks at a boot sale recently and they'd never even been used. I've become a massive lipstick fan since becoming a blogger, I find the majority of lip-glosses to be far too sticky and 'young' for me, and I enjoy experimenting with different shades of lipstick. I love choosing a subtle nude shade for day to day wear like when I'm at work, and if I'm going on a night out or a gig it'll be either a bold purple colour or the deepest red I can find. I never really thought of myself as someone who would be able to pull off such vibrant and bold shades of lipstick, but there you go. I'm really loving all of these shades lately and will be sure to pop up a review ASAP.


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You all know how much I've loved attending music festivals since last year, and Slam Dunk is one I'm really, really looking forward to. So many of my favourite artists are playing (All American Rejects, Kids in Glass Houses - who's lead singer still owes me a drink at the after party - Less Than Jake, The Ataris, We The Kings & Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to name a few) so I really, really can't wait. Oh, and an old favourite of me and my sister's - MC Lars, who is a total badass - is also playing too. I know lots of friends attending as well, and I just know that it's going to be a really fun day.

So that's pretty much what I've been talking about a lot lately, or at least recommending. There's loads of other stuff I can't shut up about lately like the new Godzilla film,  plenty of gigs I can't wait to attend and lots of new nice clothes. But they're all for another blogpost another time...

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Last week, one of my favourite brands, BangoMango, were kind enough to send me this beautiful dress to review! I've always loved BangoMango, not only for their super affordable prices, but also for the fact that they stock some pretty edgy stuff that's often bang on trend at the same time.

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What I love about this dress is that it's the perfect casual dress that can easily be transformed from a day dress into an evening outfit. It's really cute, and the way the black shoulders contrast against the maroon material of the dress makes it just that little bit different. The weather has been a tad temperamental lately, and the day I wore this out and about doing general chores, it was gloomy and on the verge of raining. So I decided to pair the dress with a pair of thick, black tights and some chunky brown boots. To style the outfit up a little, I added my favourite trusty old brown belt, and this beautiful dog tooth necklace I received from Made at Bloggers Fashion Week.

Furthermore, this dress is a loose cotton fit, meaning that no matter what size you are you can carry it off. I added a belt to clinch it in a little, but it's relaxed fit means it's really comfortable and isn't too tight. Yet, at the same time, even without a belt it shows off my body and curves well, without being too baggy or overbearing me, making me look bigger then I actually am.

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I think I'll also be wearing this dress to a gig or two or on a night out. In that case, I'll probably wear thinner tights and a pair of biker boots if going to a gig, with a deep red lipstick and similar accessories to above. On a night out, I'll probably be brave and forgo the tights, wear a nice pair of heels and pile on the accessories (think lots of bangles!). This dress is easily dressed up or dressed down, and at only £5 it's definitely a bargain for something that can be worn over and over again. I think it can be worn as a staple piece too and styled many different ways!

What do you think? How would you have styled this particular look? Let me know with a comment!

Also, please excuse my wall, I'm in the middle of creating a 'photo wall', so have a bunch of photos stuck to the wall in the corner and that's all at the moment...I know it looks messy!

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

It's been a while since I've posted a book review, perhaps because I've just not had the time to read or, when I have, I've had my nose stuck in a very odd book called House of Leaves that needs your constant attention! However, I recently took part in a bloggers book swap and swapped some books with a fab blogger called Steph, and this is one of the books she sent me.
 
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I'd actually been eyeing it up a few days beforehand in a shop, so I'm glad I never purchased it! Me Before You was the ideal book for me at the time, because with my life being a bit mad lately, and with trying to really get stuck into House of Leaves, I definitely needed a bit of easy reading.
 
Except, when you read the blurb, it doesn't really sound that light hearted...
 
Lou Clark knows lots of things.
 
She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
 
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
 
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
 
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows that they're going to change each other for all time.
 
The book centres around main character Lou, who, after losing her job working in a tea shop, takes a job as a care assistant, which of course is 'looking after' Will. At first, the job is horrendous. She's scared of something going wrong, walks around him on tiptoes, and the two don't get along at first at all. But ever so slowly things start to change and just as a friendship forms, Lou discovers that there's a lot more to this job then noted in the job description.
 
The two characters of Lou and Will are at completely different ends of the spectrum, although, as you read on, you find that Will probably had a lot more in common with Lou before the accident then he realizes. Quite frankly, after his accident that has put him in a wheelchair, he's a shell of the adventure chasing man he used to be. He sees little point in living anymore, and Lou takes it upon herself to show him that there's still a lot left to live for.
 
This book had lots of different unexpected twists and was pleasantly inspiring. It's based around a subject most of us don't often think about and opened my eyes to the life of someone who has a disability. Not only that, we also learn a lot more about what Will has to go through emotionally as well as physically. I can't say I wasn't surprised with what this book taught me - it without a doubt got me thinking.
 
Without wanting to reveal any spoilers, this book also proposes a lot of moral questions which is one of the factors I enjoyed about this story. It touched upon and featured darker subjects but it didn't go too dark. It was moving and upsetting in places, but overall the story kept an inspiring tone throughout. It wasn't too much to read, it was the type of book you could take a break from and come back to without worry. It wasn't a 'heavy' read, but still featured a storyline that tugged at your heartstrings.
 
I enjoyed most of the characters in this book and even found myself liking a few that I didn't at first, like Will's mother, who's point of view is touched upon in some chapters. It was the age old lesson - you never really understand a person or see things from their point of view until you realize just exactly what they're going through. I tend to try and remember this a lot of the time anyway, but I thought this would be a nice lesson for a lot of readers to remember. A lot of us forget that everyone battles their own demons and isn't quite as open about them, so it always pays to be as nice as you can! 
 
Finally, I really enjoyed reading the way Will and Lou's friendship developed over the course of the book. When I first started reading, I assumed it would be about her 'brightening up' his world, and giving him a new lease of life. However, Will also changed Lou a lot too, helping her take a good look at herself and basically helping her to become inspired too.
 
JoJo Moyles is a fab writer, and one that really managed to tackle some tougher subjects without bearing down too much on the reader. This book was also the perfect length too - a little longer then some books, but I enjoyed the fact that it was drawn out more because of course it meant more to read. I'll definitely look into reading further fiction by JoJo Moyes.
 
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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Last week I posted about how much I loved attending Hit The Deck festival for the first time ever. One of my favourite parts of the day was discovering new music - on my own terms. I loved that I could just walk around and explore, accidentally stumbling into the basement stage in Rock City for example and discovering Ghouls, who I've listened to many times since. It really was a great way to come across new music and learn more about talented upcoming bands.

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Just for fun, I've put together a little playlist of my favourite picks from the day. Some bands I already knew, but particularly loved their performance of the song I've used in the playlists, others I discovered on the day. I thought it would be a nice idea to create a playlist so I can listen to it and be reminded of such a great day (and I've listened to it so many times since).



Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to see EVERY band, but these are just my personal favourites from the festival. As you can see, there was a real diverse mix which I loved. The Maine were very upbeat and got everyone moshing, whereas People On Vacation were more chilled and relaxed. Ghouls got everyone dancing with their beyond funky and ska-like beats, and everyone rocked out one last time to Kids In Glass Houses (who have recently announced they are splitting up). There really was something for everyone.

Enjoy and do let me know what you think!


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