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

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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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Last of the English Roses

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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.

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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

Anything But Ordinary

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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.

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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

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F E B R U A R Y

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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