July Music Favourites!

Again this is slightly on the late side so sorry about that but this is a round up of what I’ve been listening to recently 🙂 I have to admit that over the past month I’ve been listening to slightly less music. I’m not really sure why that is but it might be to do with work and other commitments like trying to watch Game of Thrones right from the beginning 🙂

 

Ariana Grande – Sometimes

To be honest I’ve been listening to all the songs on Dangerous Woman. Ever since the Ariana’s massive charity concert in Manchester following the terror attack at her concert I’ve had a newfound respect for her as a person, and that seems to have affected me love of her music. She’s the queen of pop at the moment and every time she releases a single it’s a hit. Sometimes wasn’t released as a single but to me its one of the standout tracks on the album. Right from the get go with the “la la la” vocals (by an unknown person) I was interested to see where the track would go. It was something a little bit different, and more mellow, compared to the other big tracks on the album. Instead of being a cynical ballad about a failed love or a high paced hit chronicling flirtation and sexual tension, this song is unashamedly optimistic and is about a love that lasts. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to something like that 🙂

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd

On a different note Wrong Crowd by Tom Odell is decidedly melancholic. It reflects on a turbulent childhood, failed relationship and essentially an inner turmoil that results in both a mentally and physically unhealthy lifestyle. The whistling and melody at the start of the song is what really captivated me (much like Sometimes) but Tom Odell’s effortless, understated vocals are what really carries the song and adds depth to his, already emotional, lyrics.

Twin Atlantic – No Sleep

I listened to Twin Atlantic a fair amount in July in the lead up to Belladrum Festival (which my last post is about, click here to read). They’re a Scottish rock band (with very noticeable accents) and are really pretty popular up here. I’m not sure of their success outside of Scotland but every time I’ve seen them here the venues have been packed out. No Sleep is my favourite song from their album GLA because of the roaring chorus. It feels quite epic, particularly when performed live. There is no getting away from the cringey lyric “I take pills and I drink alcohol”, I mean way to be subtle about it. Other than that though, I like this song very much.

Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger

Ever since I watched the documentary Supersonic about Oasis’ career and the… difficult relationship between Noel and Liam Gallagher I’ve been listening to Oasis a lot more. This was heightened when I began following Liam on twitter, I think I followed Noel as well but let’s be real Liam’s twitter is far more entertaining. Liam’s nickname ‘Potato’ for Noel ‘because he looks like a potato’ is pretty much perfectly catered to my sense of humour and I’m trying hard not to laugh writing this. Other than making me laugh these two have created some classic hits over the years. Despite Wonderwall probably being their most referenced hit I’ve been listening to Don’t Look Back in Anger and Rock n Roll Star a lot recently. Liam’s rendition of Rock n Roll Star at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was the most exciting part of the evening for me and, as per usual, his percussionist skills were impeccable (tambourine AND maracas).

Niall Horan – Slow Hands – wasn’t a fan of other song

I didn’t really have high hopes for Niall Horan’s solo career, probably because he always faded into the background of One Direction somewhat (at least from my perspective). When he released his first single This Town I wasn’t blown away. I found it quite forgettable and didn’t really make much further effort to keep up with his music. Then I heard Slow Hands on the radio once and it got stuck in my head. The guitar riff is catchy and I found myself thinking I had an old rock ballad stuck in my head, only to remember it was actually little Niall. Despite thinking it was “Small Hands” for a few weeks which, in hindsight makes absolutely NO sense and is pretty hilarious, I not have the lyrics right and enjoy this easy listener.

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times is just an AMAZING song. I couldn’t have imagined that Harry would release something like this. I firmly believe that he has the strongest career prospects of any of the One Direction leavers. Also after seeing Dunkirk for a second time last night I am massively impressed with not only his vocals and lyrics but has acting skills as well (who knew). I actually think Sign of the Times and Dunkirk have quite a few things in common. Mainly, they’re both understated and rely on the sheer quality of the content they’re based on (in Sign of the Times case, strong chorus lyrics and Harry’s vocals and in Dunkirk the raw, real story being told and the astounding direction). There’s no unnecessary eccentricities to either of these works and, in my opinion, that is the best thing about them.

London Grammar – Strong

I think I’ve spoken about London Grammar before on this blog but that’s because they are unique and brilliant. Hannah Reid’s clear vocals manage to make every song far more thought provoking and memorable than they perhaps would have been. Live, they are touching and a sight to behold. Hannah stands relatively still by her microphone throughout the performance and the boys (Dan and Dominic) do not move around much either. Their concert is a display of pure talent with no need for bells and whistles. I’ve been listening to every song on their album If You Wait but Strong (their most successful single) is the song I always find myself humming in my head and wanting to go back to the most.

I hope you enjoyed having a little peruse of what I’ve been listening to the past month. Please let me know what you’ve been enjoying as well, I’m always looking for recommendations!

Until next time,

J x

Amsterdam

Last night I returned to Glasgow from my short break to Amsterdam. I’m now sat on a train going home for Easter so I thought since I have almost 4 hours to kill I may as well write a blog post documenting the trip!

On the night we arrived we went to a restaurant for dinner and then decided to go walkabout. The first, most obvious, thing about Amsterdam is that it’s GORGEOUS. The architecture is so unique and pretty.

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Walking around the city at night was quite an experience. The city is buzzing yet serene at the same time, depending on which street you turn down and Amsterdam’s intricate canal system means that there are beautiful rivers and bridges at almost every turn.

Naturally, we were all quite excited to try out one of the (many) coffee shops. So we looked around for a while and eventually ended up in a shop called “The Greenhouse”. If you’re going to Amsterdam and want to try a coffee shop I’d highly recommend that one. The walls were coated with pictures of celebrities in the shop: Rihanna, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Eminem among the many others. It was loads of fun and the atmosphere was great! I wasn’t supposed to take pictures in there but before I was told that I managed to sneak a picture so here you go, the “menu”.

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We tried super lemon haze, it was pretty nice. Fun fact, there’s a set amount of lisences in Amsterdam for coffee shops. No new ones are produced and the only way to get one is if you know someone who doesn’t want theirs anymore. The lisences essentially get passed around. They can, however, be taken off people on the grounds of misuse so for that reason the number of coffee shops in Amsterdam is ever decreasing. There used to be around 600, now only 200. So if you want to smoke weed go NOW!

On the second day we went on a walking tour around the city that lasted around 2 and a half hours. It was amazing and maybe my favourite part of the holiday! Our tour guide was amazing. If you’re going to Amsterdam (or somewhere else in Europe) and want to go on a scenic, interesting walking tour I highly recommend SANDEMANS (Link here). It was SO informative and I’ve come away knowing so many interesting facts about Amsterdam and also with some lovely pictures.

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The first picture is of a church in the Red Light District. I know what you’re thinking, seems like an odd place for a church? Well apparently back in the day sailors used to go to the church for a confessional after visiting the Red Light District. Or, if they were sailing out early the following morning, they sometimes even professed their sins before they’d even committed them! “Forgive me father, for I am about to sin” were our tour guide’s words.

Speaking of our tour guide in that second picture is our awesome guide Robb showing us the plaques on the buildings that used to be used instead of either house numbers or family names (can’t quite remember) to identify who lived where.

The fourth is a picture of the old city gates and the fifth is of the local university.

After the walking tour we went for lunch at a traditional Dutch restaurant with a friend we had met on the tour and ate Stamppot. It was delicious.

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Afterwards, we walked to the Van Gogh museum (on his birthday no less). Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photographs in there so I have none to share, but there was an amazing and vast collection of paintings and I’d recommend the museum to anyone.

Later that evening we went to another coffee shop and out to a bar for some drinks. It was a great night and we got home at about 4am.

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Obligatory weed picture.

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Sorry about the snapchat filter on this picture but my friends and I tried space cakes and it was great fun so I thought I’d share a picture. The shop also had the most incredible fruit juices available and I tried lychee juices, amazing.

On our second day we did went to two museums. I really wanted to go to the Anne Frank House but unfortunately we forgot to book in advance and the queues were about 3 hours long. I will DEFINITELY be returning to go and visit that though, it’s on my bucket list. The museums we did go to were the sex museum and the Amsterdam cheese museum. Cultural.

Personally I thought the sex museum would be a bit more artistic and informative (about the history of sex/sexuality) than it was. It was a bit more of a novelty museum than expected. Here are some pictures.

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As you can see, a lot of dicks.

After the sex museum we headed to the cheese museum which was pretty cool to be honest! There were a lot amazing cheeses to try and I ended up buying a bit of goats cheese. There was also a bit downstairs for you to dress up as farmers and get a picture, so… here you have it.

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You’re welcome.

Our friend Calum came out to visit us that evening. He’s doing a semester abroad in Arnhem. We decided we would try truffles which are also legal in the Netherlands. Honestly, they were potentially the weirdest experience of my LIFE. We went to a park which we later found out was called Flora Park. It was stunning and we sat on a bench there for hours and hours just talking absolute rubbish. There’s no way I can put into words what it was like unless you’ve tried truffles before but it was the most high I have EVER been by miles.

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The park really was beautiful, there’s another picture on my Instagram if you want to see more Click here. After hours of being too high to do anything other than sit and admire a park, cry with laughter and then morbidly consider our own existence in the world (you know there’s a chance life is just a simulation?) we finally managed to act normal enough to go for a pizza.

The following day we travelled back to Scotland, exhausted and sore from all the walking.


It was an incredible holiday, one I’ll never forget. I hope you enjoyed reading about it 🙂

Until next time,

J x

Life Update – Sick Day and Bad Ice Cream

Well this isn’t the most exciting or interesting blog post. More just me having a bit of a rant about being ill. Since this is my blog filled with my own miscellaneous ramblings I thought I may as well just have a bit of a rant.

I was in Aberdeen this past weekend celebrating my friend Euan’s 21st birthday. I had an amazing time. Me and my friends always make sure to meet up at least once during uni time to catch up and it’s always in March!

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Anyway that was super fun but I only got 2 hours sleep after the night out and 2 of our friends had the cold… You can see where this is going. I felt fine on the train back to Glasgow and fell asleep really early that night. On Monday I woke up not feeling so great but assumed it must just be hay fever as the weather had been so good (hence the artistic ice cream shot which actually tasted great). Today though… full blown cold. I feel like an alien life form has taken up residence in my nose and sinuses (sorry tmi).

To be honest though I finished uni last week and have been off since so it could be worse. I am, however, going to Amsterdam tomorrow and I’m worried about my ears hurting on the flight 😦

Well that’s my health update I’m sure that was very interesting for you all.

On a side note I really need to learn to budget better as I’ve splurged on my trip to Amsterdam and a few other things and now I have barely any money to like… buy groceries and stuff. Priorities…

Drug Store Faves!

Hey! I felt like doing a little beauty post today because I’ve been really enjoying doing my makeup recently, sometimes I can’t be bothered haha, and noticed that I keep reaching for some cheap(er) products that I consider to be absolute staples. So today I’m going to give you a run down of my absolute favourite drug store makeup products, I hope you enjoy 🙂

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – £10.99

I am always somewhat sceptical about drug store foundations because I have incredibly dry skin and don’t want to put anything on it that will irritate it. Having said that I decided to give this one a shot after hearing many good things about it from friends and online and I’m so glad I did! At £10.99 it may not be as cheap as some other foundations you’ll find in Boots but compared to some of the high end foundations I’ve shelled out for in the past it’s great to have a slightly cheaper alternative for when I’m a bit skint! I would say this is a medium coverage foundation and the shade I buy is Light Vanilla (the lightest shade, as usual) which matches my skin really well and doesn’t look orangey at all thankfully. The only negative thing I will say about this foundation is that when left on the skin for a while it can begin to look quite greasy, but for the price I can forgive it that.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

Everyone’s favourite, the old trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, well loved and packaging faded. If you’re experiencing problems with shiny skin like I mentioned above this is the product you need. I prefer to use the Transparent shade because sometimes I find that powders with a bit of colour in them come up looking orange on my skin. Don’t think I really need to say much about this product as most people I know own it but it deserved a mention in my favourites! I do have dry skin and sometimes this can be too drying, but to set makeup it works really well.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – £5.49

I haven’t gotten to the stage yet where I can justify myself spending over £20 on a concealer so I’ve tried my fair few of drug store concealers. This is potentially my favourite. Although I do love the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I do sometimes find it difficult to blend and a little dry. The Wake Me Up concealer glides on and blends super easily and does a nice job of brightening up underneath your eyes! The shade I use is 010 Ivory, again the lightest, sometimes out of stock which makes sense given I live in Scotland and we’re all fluorescent up here.

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour – £4.99

I really enjoy using cream products, particularly cream eyeshadows as they look dewy and very pigmented. These Colour Tattoo’s are such a good price for what is a very good product. My favourite shade is On & On Bronze, but couldn’t find it today 😦 so here’s a picture of Eternal Gold which is also a gorgeous shade. They blend out very nicely and are easily buildable. As I’m sure you can tell by the name of my blog I’m a bit lazy (a bit is maybe an understatement)! If I’m also being lazy with my makeup I love to just apply one of these to the lid and blend them out around the edges. Takes all of ten seconds and actually looks very nice.

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Bourjois Liquid Eyeliner – £6.99

I, along with many others, have ALWAYS struggled with doing winged eyeliner. I’ve tried so many different eyeliners, drug store and high end, and this is the best one I’ve ever used! The thin brush applicator allows for a really precise line which is good because I don’t like dramatic eyeliner on myself. I use the shade Ultra Black and it really is ultra black and applies very smoothly. For the price I think it’s an amazing product, especially given how expensive some other eyeliners are. Mine is drying out a bit now but I will definitely be repurchasing it!

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal – £3.99

Continuing with eyeliner, these eye pencils by Rimmel are great! I have the shade Nude pictured above and as you can see it’s in desperate need of a sharpen. This shade is perfect for lining your lower waterline, it opens up the eye but isn’t as dramatic as using a white pencil. For £3.99 you really have nothing to lose giving these a go but I can vouch for their quality, they are very creamy and don’t drag on application which is something I’ve experienced with a lot of pencils in the past.

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – £5.99

Mascara is another one I struggle with sometimes. For some reason my eyelashes on one eye just don’t like to separate out and look nice with a lot of mascaras. I’ve bought expensive ones in the past and been disappointed but this one really separates out the individual lashes and lengthens them. It’s definitely not the only mascara I use but it’s one I always go back to. Mine is in the shade Black, of course.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipsticks – £5.49

These lipsticks are very popular and for good reason. There is a gorgeous and vast range of shades that are all incredibly pigmented when applied to the lips. Of course having Kate Moss’ name on the packaging probably boosts sales a bit, but I think people come back for more because of the quality. The shade pictured above is shade 38, a beautiful peachy pink. I am also obsessed with shade 1 which is a dark, blood red. Not to bash high end lipsticks as many are absolutely beautiful, but if you are a bit short of cash and want to buy a new lipstick I’d highly recommend these guys!

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Barry M Gelly Nail Paint – £3.99

Barry M nail paints are some of the only products that I used to buy at around aged 14-15 and actually still buy now. They come in SO many shades and finishes and for the price the product is great (I mean it’s £3.99, come on). One of my favourite things about them is the shape of the brush, it’s quite flat and fits well with the shape of my nails. The product is a good consistency and glides on nicely. Pictured above is the shade Black Grape, it’s basically all I’ve been wearing recently. As much as I’d love to be sporting pretty nude nails I’m just obsessed with this nearly black shade!

Well that’s the round up of my favourite drug store products, I hope you found it interesting. Let me know in the comments if you also love any of these products or are interested in trying them out. Also sorry if some of the products look a bit dirty it’s just because they’re well loved and they’ve been crammed into a makeup bag that’s way too small!

Until next time,

J x

Childhood Reading Tag

Hello! I was stood in the kitchen the other day waiting for my pasta to boil, scrolling through my reader on WordPress and I was seeing so many cool, interesting posts people had written about books they’ve read or are reading. It got me thinking about everything I’ve read over the years and I thought of an idea for a tag! I’m not under any illusions that this is going to become a thing. I basically just wanted to do it for myself, but if anyone does want to do it then go ahead I’d love to see what other people read throughout their childhoods!

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First Love – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m sure this is one that pretty much everyone can relate too. Harry Potter was one of the first things I read (or had read to me when I was really young) and it’s remained my ultimate favourite ever since. I absolutely love high fantasy in which you can just become completely immersed and forget about any troubles you may have had at school that day or that deadline that’s fast looming over you that you should really be working on instead of reading Harry Potter… Not that I’ve ever done that haha.

I don’t even know what else there is to say about one of the best selling book series’ of all time. I’m sure you all have but if you haven’t read them DO IT! I firmly believe everyone should read these books before they die. Recently my gran told me she hadn’t seen the movies and I could not contain my horror.

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Oldest Reading Memory – The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

These books take me right back to my oldest memories of reading as a child. I don’t think they’re books I would particularly enjoy reading now I’m 20, but back in the day I loved a bit of Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy. The one I remember the most is the “On Kirrin Island Again” book. I think I must’ve read that one over and over again. As much as looking back the characters’ speech is quite comical, I used to get pretty swept up in the drama of these guys’ summer holidays.

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School Reading Memory – The Magic Key by Roderick Hunt

I’m not sure what everyone else read in the early years of school but I know that everyone at my school read a lot of books from The Magic Key series. I didn’t properly decide that English was my favourite subject until the end of secondary school but I definitely remember looking forward to reading what happened next with Biff, Chip and Kipper. This was so long ago I can hardly remember the individual storylines but I guess this series was pretty instrumental in me learning how to read, so deserves a mention in my opinion!

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YA Favourite – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is another super high fantasy series. I was really invested in the first book, then went on to read Inkspell and the start of Inkdeath. Unfortunately I think Inkdeath was either too advanced or too slow paced for my young mind but I remember absolutely loving Inkheart. A film adaptation was made of the book but unfortunately it wasn’t received very well and the sequel was never made. I’m not sure if it was the budget or just the wrong time, but I think that some amazing films could be made out of these books. Especially given the rise of the internet, fandoms and the popoularity of fantasy series’ like The Hunger Games.

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Guilty Pleasure – My Diary by Liz Rettig

Well I can’t exactly claim that this was academically challenging or anything but I’ll be honest with you, I loved these books. At the end of the day reading is reading and sometimes it’s just fun to read something a bit silly. These books contained the over dramatic internal monologue of Kelly Ann and I lapped up every page until, full disclosure, I was probably too old for it to still be acceptable. Oh well, that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure, not ashamed!

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Honourable Mention – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I can’t finish up this post without mentioning The Chronicles of Narnia. I can’t quite place in my mind what age I was when I started reading these books but I think I was quite young. I remember watching the 1988 BBC TV series with my best friend Megan when we were children and later seeing the movies. As I’ve said previously I love fantasy series’, it seems criminal that I still haven’t read the Lord of the Rings series (I know) but I will get around to it! Obviously when I was younger I never understood the heavy religious themes of the books (Aslan is literally a thinly veiled lion Jesus), but to me Edmund was the original bad ass and he just couldn’t deny himself that turkish delight! A classic.

Well that’s everything from me just now but please do this tag if you enjoyed it! I felt really nostalgic writing it but probably forgot so many things that I read when I was younger.

Until next time,

J x

Update: thought I would tag a few people who’s blogs I’ve been enjoying recently.

Random Picture Tag

Heeeeyo I thought I’d do a really old tag today because why not? I’ve been looking at quite a few peoples old blog posts recently and this seemed to do the rounds back in the day.

Premise is you go onto your pictures pick a random folder and choose i think the fourth or fifth picture in that file, share it and explain it! If that’s not exactly how you’re meant to do it I apologise but that’s how I’ve done it for the purpose of this post.

Well I’m the kind of person who has all their photos saved into different folders entitled things like ‘Christmas 2012’ etc. So I decided to pick a folder from a time where I actually did quite a lot to increase my chances of actually having an interesting photo to share with you!

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That’s 17 year old me on the left looking pleased as punch about something! This picture is called ‘mcdonalds’ on my laptop, so as the name suggests this photo was taken in McDonalds. It was taken in Late July 2014 in Plymouth, so the weather was nice and warm! I’m not from Plymouth but I was down visiting my cousin Ellie (middle) during the summer.

We were on our way to an outdoors concert by Mad Dog Mcrea (props if you’ve heard of them, they were a local band), but someone needed the toilet so we all popped into McDonalds to wait for them. I wouldn’t usually dress up to go to McDonalds (and I also don’t normally look quite so thrilled about it either)!

Anyway this was just a short post because I thought it was quite a fun and interesting tag. If anyone wants to comment below doing the same consider yourself tagged!

Until next time,

J x

Favourite Album of the Moment!

I have been completely obsessed with Melanie Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby! As it was released in 2015 the chances are you have all probably heard of it and listened it through, but I love it so much I wanted to do a wee post on it anyway 🙂

I recently stumbled across Melanie Martinez’s audition for The Voice where she covered Toxic by the one and only Britney Spears. I found her voice so unique and captivating I instantly downloaded her album on Spotify and it’s practically all I’ve been listening too since!

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I find the general vibe of the album to be quite dark and electronic with some really unique sound samples underpinning a lot of the songs, the most prominent of which being Lesley Gore’s “it’s my party and I’ll cry if i want to” sample that appears on Pity Party. Other sounds used in the background that lift the songs on Cry Baby to another level are the sound of bubbles popping in Soap and the scream in Pity Party before the final chorus. I’m a big fan of Lorde and Lana Del Rey and I love pop music that has a darker, more mellow edge. I actually can’t believe it took me so long to find this album!

Melanie Martinez released 3 singles from her album: Pity Party, Soap and Sippy Cup (all of which are amazing songs and some of my faves)! Here are a few of my other favourites…

Mad Hatter begins with a whimsical xylophone (i think) jingle but quickly transitions into a more grungy sound with the usual dark lyrics that you come to expect from Martinez. I love Mad Hatter because it deals with what I perceive to be quite a dark subject matter but it combines it with a more upbeat sound which I think has a really interesting effect!

Tag, you’re it was one of the first songs on the album I became obsessed with. There is no mistaking the haunting sound of this track. It’s very easy to listen to and enjoy, however, when you start to actually think about the lyrics you come to appreciate that the sound is a fitting backdrop to the subject matter of the song, but I can only say that although it’s an awesomely dark music experience!

I think Pacify Her may be my favourite song on the album. It’s certainly the first song I found and lead me to find the rest of the album so I’ll always love it. Although I generally find myself thinking “come on now Melanie” when listening to it it’s so so catchy and I absolutely adore the soft haziness of her voice on this particular track.

Anyway I know I’ve just been rambling on for a bit about this album but I just really wanted to do a short blog post on it because I love love love it! If you have any artists or albums you think I’d like please comment below, I’m always on the hunt for new music to listen to 🙂

Until next time,

J x

The Glasgow Series: Hanoi Bike Shop

I think I’m going to start a little series on my blog called, as the title would suggest, The Glasgow Series. I am somebody who, I’m sure you’ll come to realise, LOVES food. I love cooking, eating, restaurants and all kinds of different cuisines. I also live in Glasgow which has so many amazing cafes, restaurants and bars. So it seems only right that I talk about some of the cool places I’ve gone to eat and perhaps some other places of significance!

The first place I’m going to talk about is the Hanoi Bike Shop on Ruthven Lane. Ruthven Lane is a pretty alleyway just off of the main street Byres Road. With fairy lights, restaurants and even a music shop hidden round corners it’s a super interesting place to have a stroll around! The first place you see when you turn on to the lane is the Hanoi Bike Shop, and it’s also the first thing you’ll smell too!

Contrary to what the name suggests this cute little nook is not somewhere you bring your bike to get fixed, but a vibrant Vietnamese eating extravaganza! I’ve lived in Glasgow for almost two years now and it’s taken me waaay too long to eat here. Seriously, if you’re ever in Glasgow and like Asian food GO EAT HERE!

The atmosphere is buzzing and the restaurant in general is bustling with waiters as it is designed to feel like an authentic Vietnamese street food experience. I personally really enjoyed the atmosphere even though it bordered on a little loud sometimes, I think that’s the way it’s meant to be!

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Onto the food. Me and two friends ordered a noodle soup (or Pho) dish each and a couple of sides to share. This worked out to be plenty for us and, surprisingly for a first try, we enjoyed everything we ordered! The noodle soups worked out at around the £9 mark, which for a main is relatively standard I’d say. Not cheap but not ridiculous!

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(Photo credit goes to Gaby Lemin (Alt-G), she’s awesome go have a wee gander at her blog! https://shutupgab.wordpress.com/ )

As you can see the soups were pretty impressive! They tasted absolutely amazing and honestly I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this place since we went!

Along with the soups we ordered a side of cauliflower and chilli fritters for £5.65 which were honestly TO DIE FOR! If I wasn’t sold on this place already (which i was) those fritters were enough to have me back for more.

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They came with a sweet chilli dip and a bed of salad and honestly, they look good but they tasted out of this world!

We also ordered Kimchi for £2.65 which we all tried and enjoyed but I’d imagine is quite an acquired taste? The great thing about this place is you can try loads of different sides though so I say just go for it!

Potentially the only drawback of the Hanoi Bike Shop that I can think of is the fact that there’s no cutlery on the tables other than chop sticks and a small spoon. Luckily for me I have been taught how to use chopsticks before and managed to work with them but I’d imagine for some there would be the awkward “can I have a fork please?” scenario. No judgement, certainly not from me anyway!

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Well that’s me for this blog post. As you can see I’m VERY enthusiastic about this restaurant. I think partly because most places selling Asian cuisine aren’t very authentic, so this was a really special find to me 🙂 please comment below and let me know if you have any similar places where you live. I’d love to know in case I visit one day!

Until next time,

J x

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