I, like the rest of the human species, like to smell real good, and like to be around people that smell real good. I walked past a friend of mine the and she smelt so heavenly I had to ask her what she was wearing. ‘Oud’ she replied, ‘OOOOOOED?’ I questioned, wrapping the new word around my mouth, letting it linger and intensely googling ‘What the hell is Oud?!’
I’ve been on a hunt ever since for the scent (without travelling ‘mix your own and spend a mint‘ perfumeries). So when Jo Malone released Velvet Rose and Oud Cologne, I audibly gasped. Yes, I am a nerd.
It smells like everything you’d hope from a heady, warm perfume in a black mysterious bottle. Even though I’m not a huge rose scent fan, usually linking it to old ladies and the 80s, this Jo Malone take is…just delicious. Moreish even.
Get yourself to a counter and have a spritz.
Photos by Amy
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
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
Admittedly, whenever I speak to anyone about this beauty company I get a bit giddy. The Ordinary is a new brand from Deciem, bringing pure, clinical ingredients to an affordable price range.
Being the nerd that I am, I found The Ordinary by scouring the ASOS beauty ‘new in‘ page (niiiiiiiche), and have been using the Hyaluronic Acid 2% for the last few months, and haven’t been disappointed yet.
So it was about time Amy and I took a pilgrimage to the home of Deciem in Spitalfields Market after spamming each other with their Instagram, and spent a solid 40 minutes trying all the potions on our hands until settling on High-Adherence Silicone Primer and the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.
Having tried other Salicylic Acid products before (at a much higher price point) and being somewhat unimpressed (and still spotty), I’m looking forward to what The Ordinary have to offer especially at £3.90 * cue my bank account angelic choir singing *
It’s cheap, it works, and my face feels so good. So good.
The Ordinary : theordinary.com
ASOS : The Ordinary Brand
February for me is somewhere between a swirling lilac sky, and the sweet spot of waking up with the sun coming through the blinds before you find that you’ve slept through all your 3 alarms, and all of the snooze alarms.
February is a deep breath before the panic….and then a little bit of that panic.
These songs are all of those things; calm and delicate, and baselines to shake off the the lethargy.
Listen to F E B R U A R Y here
PS . Prince‘s back catalogue is on Spotify. You’re welcome
Boy in the Picture : Alex
Primarily a YouTube channel, Negative Feedback has spawned a film loving community across social media platforms, sharing questions and photos, and opening a an old medium to a new audience.
Luckily, I managed to squeeze into the very very busy magazine launch to pick up the first tangible offering from Negative Feedback (and picked up a 35mm film too). I’m impressed; The branding is gorgeous in soft pinks and white, and the zine itself holds a contemporary collection of film by Damien Maloney, Liam Stock, Laurence Watts and Tim Palman, amongst so many others. It’s a stunning edit.
It’s made me search out the reels of film on my shelf and finally get them developed to discover what magic they might uncover…or they might just be the result of a snap happy, giddy drunk me. We’ll see what develops (eyyy see what I did there?)
Shop this issue
Negative Feedback : YouTube Instagram Facebook
I may have got a bit giddy when I saw the advert for this when it opened. It ticked all of my boxes: free stuff, embroidery and tulle as tall as your house. I. Am. In.
Designer Molly Goddard, famous for her reimagined neon tinted couture, has hung her signature dresses from the ceiling of the NOW Gallery in Greenwich available for the public to sit, sew and embroider – and I won’t lie to you, they are pretty spectacular.
Obviously, our attempts at sewing our self portraits were great #alternativefacts, but that’s what’s so good about the exhibit, whatever the ability, you can sew/accidently knot your needle into the dress and have to call a steward over to sort yourself out.
This exhibit is only open until 22nd February, so hurry over there this weekend and sew to your hearts content before it’s closure
See here for more info : The NOW Gallery