Things I’ve Been Loving: November

Okay so I know I’ve just posted a monthly, wrap-up style post (if you missed that then you can check it out here) but November’s been a busy month for me and I have more things to say!

This time round I want to focus on the small products that have kept me going and made me happy this month.

Wild World: Bastille 

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As you might have seen in my last post, I was lucky enough to see Bastille in concert in November. This is a band that I have loved for years but prior to the concert, I wasn’t too fussed about their latest album. Now however after hearing it live and listening to the stories behind each track, I am OBSESSED. This album is fantastic and so relevant to what’s going on in the world right now. If you ever feel unsure, lost or a bit scared about what you see on the news then you need this album in your life.

Shiny, Patent Boots

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I bought these boots this month in what was a very cheeky purchase but I’m so glad I did! They’re something a little different to what I’d normally wear (I mean, they’re shiny!) but I love the way they look. I feel like they make any outfit look more put together, which makes me feel like less of a mess on a daily basis. Ha! They were a bargain at £12 from Primark and I can see me wearing these all throughout this season and beyond.

Hooped Earrings

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I don’t know who I think I am or who I’m trying to be, but this month I’ve been loving wearing hoop earrings. I feel like they add a ‘trendy’ vibe to any outfit and fit in well with this obsession everyone seems to have with the 90s. Not sure if it’s something that suits me, but they’ve made me tragically happy this month.

Fairy Lights

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Another Primark product! These beautiful fairy light, lanterns are from the VelvetGhost range in Primark and I love them. They look so cute in my university room and having fairy lights on is making me feel all festive.

False Nails

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I’ve been experimenting with loads of different false nails this month and I’ve been having so much fun. My own nails don’t grow very long and tend to break easy. But having pretty, even nails is such a boost for my self-esteem so I thought I’d finally try false ones. These particular ones from Elegant Touch are my favourite and I got so many compliments on them. They lasted quite well and look so natural.

What have you been loving this month?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

 

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Cool Things I Did In November (Alternatively Titled: How To Escape)

I know I said this in my last monthly post (read here) but it’s just been another weird month. I think with the end of the year approaching, workload picking up and the general state of the world (*cough* Trump) it’s understandable that a lot of us are feeling a bit shit right now.

I’m, personally, really looking forward to the end of the semester and the end of the year. Although I hate New Years and January, I feel like we all need a chance to let off some steam over the Christmas and start afresh.

Although this month has been a bit poop and I’m still feeling weird about a lot of things (2016, man) I did some really cool things throughout November. These things, I noticed, helped me escape whatever was going on around me and although I want to share with you the events, because they really were cool, I also want to talk about escaping and looking after yourself too.

  • Bastille Concert

On Remeberence Sunday me and my brother went to see Bastille in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and they were phenomenal. Seriously. Bastille are a band that seem to always be there when I’m going through a weird or difficult time and I was so happy to find that my love for them hasn’t disappeared over the years.

The arena was bouncing and the guys were amazing. I’d totally recommend you guys give Bastille a listen, especially if you’re struggling to cope with what’s happening on the news right now. They sing about now and the struggles we’re all facing. Wild World is such a relatable album and sums up all our feelings on this year, basically.

Stand Out Tracks You Need To Hear: Fake It, The Currents, Warmth, Snakes .

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a new love in my life. It’s something I’d seen in the past but didn’t really get. But now for some reason it’s become a great love of mine. In my university flat, there’s nothing we enjoy doing more than watching a version of this weird and wacky show together. And luckily we had a chance to see it this month!

It was hilarious, as expected, and brilliantly performed. It was basically a wonderful excuse to get dressed up and giggle like a schoolkid about sex. And there was something so wonderful going to see it so close to the shocking news in America as Rocky Horror is basically a celebration of all genders, sexualities and, well, species. Ha! It was the perfect escape and just a chance for us all to laugh about silly things.

If you haven’t seen Rocky Horror or have and just don’t get it, then I’d highly recommend you watch the BBC America’s 40th Anniversary Special (you can find it on YouTube). Seeing it live is a totally different experience and I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • Durham

This month I went home for a week which was so lovely. I’ve been feeling really homesick this semester, which is unusual for me, so it was so nice being back home and getting some TLC from my family.

While I was at home, me and my mam took a little day trip to Durham as, despite how close it is to where we live, we had never done that together. It was such a lovely day (as you can see in the pictures) and it was nice exploring somewhere new with my mam, who I don’t get to see much when I’m at university.

Going somewhere new and exploring was such a nice boost and made me feel like a completely different person. I know it did me and my mam the world of good being out of the house and having a little walk around. You don’t have to go far, but dedicate a day to explore and be outside. It’ll make you feel so much better, I promise.

So that was my November. This is kind of a different post for me and I’d love to hear your feedback on it! How was your month?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

Things I’ve Been Loving: October

October was a frigging long month wasn’t it? Unlike previous months, which seemed to fly by, I thought it would never end.

Now winter is basically here, Christmas  is coming and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that this weird year is coming to a close.

October was an odd month for me and not a particularly good one, but these little things made me happy throughout so I though I’d share them with you:

Dangerous Woman: Ariana Grande

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I have never really been a fan of Ariana Grande and I haven’t gotten the hype that’s surrounded her since she first hit the charts. But for some reason I was drawn to this album and I have basically listened to it non-stop all month. It’s so good and I feel like whatever mood I’m in I turn to it. There’s some belters that I love screeching along to and a couple of sassy tracks that make me feel like I’m way cooler than I am.

Chokers

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I’ve had a (none sexual) thing for chokers for a little while now but this month I just stepped it up a notch. I ordered a bunch off eBay (unfortunately not all were what I expected. Lesson learnt there) and have been wearing them more often. I feel like they add an edge to a basic outfit and can look so cool with so many different things.

Toasted Teacakes

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A random mention but this month toasted teacakes have been my snack of choice. Especially now it’s getting colder and the days are becoming greyer, I really looks forward to cuddling up with a cup of tea and a teacake. I feel like such an old lady talking about this but it genuinely has been one of my favourite things to do this month. I know, I’m such an exciting human being!

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting: Holly Bourne

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This was the first full book I had read in such a long time and I just devoured it. I started it when I went away to Manchester for the weekend with my boyfriend and one of my closest friends and just whizzed through it. I have to confess I love a bit of YA and this one was so clever and interesting.

It goes into mental health and self-harm but is ultimately the tale of a girl who discovers herself while going through an extreme personality change. It’s quite raw and honest which I absolutely loved. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I put it down.

Primark Embroidered Jeans

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I managed to find these jeans in the sale when I went back home for the day this month. I have been looking for some ripped jeans for a while now, as well as being slightly in love with this whole embroidered trend going on. So imagine my excitement when I found this beauty, which has both! I haven’t wore them everyday, but just knowing they’re now in my wardrobe has made me so happy.

Fortune Favours the Brave Palette: Makeup Revolution

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I treated myself to this palette on a student lock-in night at my local shopping centre and I don’t regret it one bit. I know I mentioned another Makeup Revolution palette in my last Loves post but that’s only because they’re so good! They’re pretty cheap (this once was £9.99 FYI) and they are fantastic. They’re so pigmented and offer a wide range of colours, so if you’re someone like me who likes to mess about with makeup I’d give them a go. This one also can in handy on Halloween when I was experimenting with various looks.

And finally:

American Horror Story: Season 6

I have been so obsessed with American Horror Story this month! Have you been watching it? It’s been amazing- I can’t get enough of it to be honest.

Me and one of my very good friends (who also happens to be my flatmate while I’m at uni) have gotten into the routine of watching it together and it’s been such a lovely part of my week for this past month. As I’ve already said, this month has been a bit crap so it’s so nice to have something to look forward to every week.  If you’re a bit squeamish like me then watching this show with someone else can be pretty useful!

I don’t want to get too much into it, as I feel like it’s best to not know anything if you fancy watching it but I will say it’s such a dark and disturbing show. It’s also very unique and clever too. I’m really enjoying it anyway and if you fancy something to watch in the darker nights then this is for you.

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So those were the things that have made this month a bit better. What have you been loving?

Speak soon,

Rachael.

 

 

 

 

Four Songs To Ease Your Soul

I’ve done a few music posts on this blog (see here, here and here) and in each I’ve explained why I rely on music a lot. Whatever you’re going through, there’s probably a song about it. I mainly rely on music to boost my mood and that’s what I’m going to talk about today.

It’s a strange, stressful time of the year and I’m aware some of you might not be in the best place right now. So here are four of my favourite songs to ease your mind and remind you that whatever the issue, you’re not the only one.

Listen To The Man: George Ezra

Listen here. This is such a wonderful, soothing song. It reminds us that “we’re so young” and we don’t need “a plan of what you’re going to do” despite what others say and sometimes we just need to hear that. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or down, I turn to this song and it calms me down instantly.

Cup Of Tea: Kacey Musgraves

Listen here. This song talks about the fact that we can’t be liked by everyone (“you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea”). As both a tea lover and a stresser, this song tells me exactly what I need to hear and reminds me to just enjoy myself without worrying about other people’s opinions.

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Deadlines and Commitments: The Killers

Listen here. The Killers are my favourite band of all time. I think everything they’ve done/do is just brilliant so I’m a bit biased. But this song in particular is so beautiful and Brandon’s voice is so soft and soothing throughout. I think this one will definitely appeal to the lonely souls who are feeling a bit lost right now.

What Do You Mean (Acoustic): Justin Bieber

Listen here. We’ve all heard the more upbeat version (by Skrillex and Diplo) and no doubt you’ve heard this one too. It’s the same song, but without the beat behind it which gives you a chance to focus on the lyrics more. Although this one might seem like a bit of an oddball for this list, I feel like the idea of someone no longer being around once we need them is something many of us, sadly, can relate to.

Let me know what songs you turn to when you want to calm down and feel better.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

Another Five Feisty Female Anthems For Your Friday Night

It’s nearly the weekend and as many of you prepare for a wonderful night out with your girlfriends I’ve done the running around and organised your perfect playlist. It’s sassy, upbeat and all about the girls- you’re welcome.

NO: Meghan Trainer

In a similar tone to the Pink song I mentioned in my other post, this one is all about telling those boys where to go. I’m sure any girl who’s ever been on a night out can relate and sadly it doesn’t look like those creeps will stop anytime soon. So for the meantime we have wonderfully sassy songs like this one to belt out while we’re getting ready and thinking about us.

ME AND MY GIRLS: Selena Gomez

This song highlights how wonderful a girls night out can be. When you’re all looking good and feeling fabulous you can’t help but boost each other’s moods and make yourselves feel like freaking Queens. This is the perfect one to sing together as you have a couple before the night really begins.

THEM GIRLS BE LIKE: Fifth Harmony

This song is pretty stupid, but it’s sassy and so carefree that I had to put it in this list. Although I don’t totally like the whole ‘put other girls down’ situation that could be happening here, I think the way it promotes being free and happy within yourself is something everyone needs to hear before a night out. It reminds us that we don’t need to ‘do too much’ to look good and I know I need to hear that sometimes, so you might too.

HAIR: Little Mix

I am obsessed with both this song and the video at the moment. It’s another great one about female friendships and how much they matter. Okay, so the focus is on getting over a breakup but as it’s so upbeat and feisty I don’t see how it won’t get you in the mood for a night out. And if you happen to be going through a breakup, then it’ll work even more!

WILDFIRE: Demi Lovato 

This one is a lot slower than the other ones, but Demi’s tone is so sensual throughout  that I guarantee it’ll make you feel so calm and sexy. As much as I love a night out and although getting ready is my favourite part I do find myself becoming quite stressy and anxious during it all and this song is just perfect for helping me calm down but still puts me in the right, confident, frame of mind to head out and have a fabulous night.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend whatever you end up doing. If you think I’ve missed an amazing anthem from this list then please let me know.

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Speak soon,

Rachael