J U L Y

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What a month. Seriously. What a month. July has been a ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ month.

A week was spent in Croatia sunning it up, drinking alot of wine and working through books that I’ve been meaning to read for months. I read Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and felt like I needed a massive cry. Not that it’s a particularly sad book, or that is what Carrie Fisher intended, but it’s very referential to her death and that got me going. I blamed hayfever. I would definitely recommend. I also read the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – again, not the most uplifting book. But still, it is such an interesting story; disturbing and moving. If you’re in the market for a dystopian world this should be next on your list. Check out my Croatia post and video here!

July also was also marked by a main event (and will one day be a national holiday), my birthday! A little party whilst it poured down with rain with loads of cake, glitter and dancing…and not forgetting bad decisions involving tequila. A classic.

My July Essentials:

  • Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 – For a girl that hates being burnt this was my go to in the heat. Perfect to keep skin hydrated and protected from the sun.
  • Nobody’s Child Black Frill Hem Jumpsuit – light, swishy and the most versatile outfit I own. I cannot live without it.
  • Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies – Okay, so it’s not a ‘summer brights’ but this shade is quickly becoming my everyday go to. Paired with dewy highlighter and a slick of mascara, this is my fave long lasting red.
  • Glitter, lots and lots of glitter – Ebay has been my best friend this month for the glitter stash.
  • Nyx Glitter Primer – You can’t have glitter without sticking it to your face. this is what i used and it was just right for my birthday party. As a bonus, it didn’t ruin my skin when I was scrubbing the sequins off the next morning.

Whenever I switch on the J U L Y playlist, it takes me back to happy dancing times. have a listen to the spotify playlist here

Until next month,

J x

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Boy in the photo : Alex

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Playlist : M A Y

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s been a busy month: Putting out 2 podcast episodes into the world, seeing the boy play his first gig with his new band (and obviously planning embarrassing merch ideas), along with copious amounts of alcohol to ‘get my life together’ and catch up with all the muppets I’ve missed because I’ve  been inside for too long. May has been good to me.

Admittedly,  I’ll chuck loads of tracks on a playlist and filter them as I listen to see if they work with the mood, but somehow I just couldn’t filter this month. As the days rolled on the songs just worked. The playlist is eclectic.

Listen to M A Y here : Spotify

P . S . I’ve just watched Lucy Moon’s 168 Hours and something about it has really made me want to film more. Maybe it’s her nostalgic aesthetic (which literally makes me drool btw). And at the risk of sounding like a wannabe, I want to create things like that. It’s personal and still has distance and tells the story. Count this as your warning for more video based content. ek?

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The Podcast : Ep 2

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This is the difficult second album, I mean, podcast episode.

Our questionable judgement has lead us to think that releasing Dev’s imaginary wedding plans into the world is a good idea. Okay, so it’s not a good idea, but it’s real funny.

Have a listen here : Soundcloud

Have a topic you want us to talk about? tweet me @teefygrins

Find Devs here : @simplydevsblog 

Playlist : A P R I L

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April saw a shift in what I was listening to. I went by the mantra of ‘if I can’t imagine driving in the sun on the way down to the beach listening to it, it’s not going on the playlist‘ – also in conjunction with my imaginary driving licence and imaginary car. As always, I’ve got my head in the clouds.

Regardless, I dug out these photos of B and I on a funfair ride from last year when we were burnt, giddy and windswept, and looking forward to summer. It’s sums up an optimistic April playlist.

Listen to sunny, silly songs here : Spotify

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B can be found here : instagram

The Podcast : Ep 1

FH000004It’s happened.  You can now hear the sultry tones (and multitude of cackle laughs) of myself and co-host Devs through the medium of a podcast

Episode one delves into our dark pasts…and Dev’s deep deep love of Nick Jonas.

Devs can be found here : Twitter or Blog (she’s great, check out her rambling)

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Spoilers : this is the infamous cocktail cruise ticket.

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Sampha : Process

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This is a self indulgent post. Spoiler. I made a gif – That’s how indulgent.

I don’t think its any secret to anyone that been with in an arm’s length radius of me in the last 5 months that I’m a huge fan of Sampha. From soft murmur listening in the background, to cry/singing in the shower to ‘No One Knows Me Like The Piano’.

The album feels quite transportive and fluid. Emotional and calm. Possibly an audible version of  ‘a good long reflective soak in the bath watching the steam swirl out of your coffee cup on the window sill’. One of them, you know? or the audio equivalent of a sunday morning in bed with the sun coming through the curtains.

Tracks that bring me alot of joy:

Have a listen to Process, I’d wholly recommend

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M A R C H

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March makes me giddy, not just because it was my brother’s birthday and any excuse to dig out the Lucky Voice and belt out the Kinks in the living room makes me happy. But March feels lighter, like a candy floss softness. I notice colours more, and the blossom looks like clouds have perched on the trees.

This month has somehow transposed into #throwbackeveryday with Madonna, Chaka Khan, and songs that remind me of 2006 happy indie (but are actually waaaay more recent). Oh, and a banging Missy Elliot, that makes me think I’m in Step Up every time I hear it; I start throwing some interesting shapes. It’s a happy time.

Goodness knows what A P R I L is going to churn up….the scene days? *head in hands*

Listen to M A R C H here