Tuesday, 14 March 2017

OHH DEER x MOTHER'S DAY

Ohh Deer is a site I've coveted for a very long time and have been waiting for a reason to be able to purchase from there. There's no time like the present, as they say, so I decided to make an order in time for Mother's Day. I wanted to go a little out of the ordinary this year and a quick browse turned into a little shop of bits to go into Mum's gift bag, as well as buying the cutest card in existence!

Each item means something to me in terms of reminding me of my mum and they're small gifts that I hope will make her smile when she sees them; our shared love of cats is emblazoned on the reusable shopping bag (£8.95 by Gemma Correll); her fondness for flowers and ability to be a top notch cool mama is reflected in the pin (£5.95 by Jade Walsh); and we have an in-joke on finding the most random paper for writing each other letters and, whilst Finley the Dachshund isn't particularly random, the writing pad (£5.95 by Maddy Vian) was too cute to pass up! To finish off I had to get the kitty card, which was £2.50 by Allison Black.

It's safe to say I'm over card shops and supermarket offerings - I always feel like I can never quite get what I want and tend to just make do - and my first dip into Ohh Deer has proved to be a great success.
Finding cards that are fully on the wavelength of myself and the people I'm buying for has been a revelation and they're on a permanent 3 for 2 offer, so I'm going to take advantage and stock up for birthdays throughout the year.
Creative and prepared, that can't be bad!

Friday, 3 March 2017

FEBRUARY TOP TEN

How has it been a month already since I posted my first Top Ten of the year?! Huh. Since cancelling Amazon Prime, thus losing their music app, I've discovered the joys of Spotify and am currently on the go with a free trial with them. I like it and the variety of music is incredible, but I think for my uses I'll be happy to keep on with the free version. Anyway, on with this month's Top Ten, again song titles are clickable.

Jason Derulo: Get Ugly
MGMT:
Kids
Blink 182:
Going Away to College
Analepsy:
The Vermin Devourer
Ed Sheeran: Shape of You
Katy Perry: Chained to the Rhythm
Chainsaw Castration: Contorted and Aborted (starts at 01:09)
Twenty One Pilots:
Stressed Out
Jimmy Eat World: The Middle
Lady Gaga: The Edge of Glory

I think this month's list is a pretty good reflection of how varied my musical choices have been; more beat-based stuff because I've been out dancing and by default hearing more mainstream songs, Katy Perry's comeback is a pant-dropping happy time for me, some heavy stuff in the form of Slam, the usual alt throwbacks that I just can't quit and obviously Queen Gaga who has been giving me life all month long!
Once again feel free to share with me what you've been listening to and I'll happily check out any and all recommendations.



As a little aside here I'm pipping in with a footnote to say that as of next week I'll be back on track with this blog. The move has happened, I'm getting settled and I'm able to get back into a routine of uploading, yas!

Friday, 3 February 2017

JANUARY TOP TEN

I've been wanting to do something a bit different here and so I've decided to share my top 10 most listened to songs of January (in no particular order) with the intention of doing a roundup at the end of every month. Music has always been a huge part of my life and, in the spirit of building myself back up this year, I'm getting back into buying music, listening to it and I may just be tempted to restart playing some as well!
Let me know if you love/hate/have never heard of these songs and give me some recommendations for bands/artists in the comments.

+44: 155
Underworld: Born Slippy
Abominable Putridity:
Last Communion
Little Mix: Touch
The Chainsmokers:
Closer
Winds of Plague: Decimate the Weak
Spice Girls:
Spice Up Your Life
Michael Jackson:
Billie Jean
5SOS:
Don't Stop
Whitechapel:
This is Exile


And so there's my eclectic top ten for January! I'm happy to listen to almost anything and I have my music on shuffle the vast majority of the time, which I guess is why it's so mixed. But that's the way I like it; I think it keeps things interesting. In the next couple of weeks I'm hoping to get the Amazon music app back on my phone because I have some killer playlists on there, but my overall aim is to actually own an outstanding catalogue of music like I used to.



Psst...song titles are clickable if you fancy a listen.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

BLOOM

"Nothing in nature blooms all year long, so do not expect yourself to do so either."


I saw the quote above on an Instagram meme page and, whilst the majority of the time I think they're irreverent little musings, this one struck me in a surprising way.

We're expected to present ourselves in the best way possible all day every day. But why? We are, after all, only human and sometimes life is hard; we cannot help but reflect this in our demeanour.
Emotion is difficult to contain, be it positive or negative, and people get too hard a time when they're not themselves.
'Chin up', 'cheer up', 'give us a smile'...I'm over all of those phrases and would like to see more acceptance for the days where we simply feel BLAH. Blah days are normal and blah days are sometimes very much needed.

So I have a proposal, which is to embrace the blah days and wallow in them as much as you like, be it for a couple of hours or for the entire day. Allow yourself to be closed off completely, if you so desire.
But the stipulation is this: take it no further and draw a line because, whilst nothing in nature blooms all year round, you must always remember that everything comes back to its best.
And so will you.

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017



It's easy to get sucked into the 'New Year New Me' mentality, but what does it actually mean and why do we put so much emphasis on becoming better versions of ourselves just because we're starting a new calendar?
I'm guessing it stems from having the closure of an old year; it's behind us, we can draw a line and we can take the opportunity to begin afresh and leave behind anything bad from the past 365 days because we have a whole new year to do amazing things.
That's what I take from it at least. 2016 was one of the toughest years I've had for a long time and, frankly, I'm firmly in the camp of being glad to see the back of it. For me 2017 has anticipation and excitement, changes are coming and I'm looking forward to getting out of a rut and tackling some new challenges.

Obviously 2016 wasn't all bad and there were times that I'll regard as some of the best in my life that occurred last year.
But, after a year that was largely spent battling with heightened anxiety, riding a rollercoaster in terms of illness within the family and living the general discomfort of some heavy 'am I ever going to be good enough?!' existentialism in regards to work/love/weight/friendship/writing*, I'm taking the arrival of 2017 as the herald for getting my mind talk under control and being proactive in becoming the version of myself that I want to be.

And that's it really.
I don't have any dead set resolutions this year, just some promises that I'm making for myself; lose some weight, laugh every day, write more and take nothing for granted.
I'm hopeful that 2017 is the year I have that moment that's in every chick flick, where the heroine has her empowering montage and comes out of the other side ready to take on the world. Once this cold has gone I'm sure I'll be her.

*delete as applicable