Sunday Mood: Epik High - Sleepless in __________

Epik High's latest release Sleepless in __________ is a lo-fi hip-hop lullaby, it's for the insomniacs and the dreamers. And while the new album doesn't reinvent the wheel its familiarity is comforting like a hot cup of cocoa on a rainy day or the summer sun smiling down on you. And thats enough, so many artists are switching and changing genres to innovate but sometimes staying the same is cooler.

This album is the perfect Lazy Sunday Mood, so sit back grab a book or have a little snooze in the early summer sunshine (while wearing SPF50+++ of course!) and be sonically transported to a higher realm!

Have a great Sunday!

Be a Voice for the Planet

This is important, if you can spare 5 minutes of your time to watch this video and add your pledge to Voice for the Planet, then you are on your way to saving Earth and all her wonderful inhabitants. That may seem like hyperbole…but when you think about it. And I mean really think about it, its not, if everyone can make a small change in their life to lessen their impact on the environment then that adds up to a whole lot of change!

What little things can you do to help?

  • Waste less Food

  • Omit one use plastic from your life

  • Buy Vintage

  • Re-sell or recycle

  • Write to a member of your Parliament, ask them for a new deal to preserve our one and only home!

  • Encourage your employer to go Eco

  • Don’t litter

  • Protect Bees - if you see one struggling try getting them a little drink of sugar water and perhaps help them thrive in your garden with a cute little Bee Hotel.

  • Volunteer to clean up your woodlands or beaches

  • Spread the word - use these hashtags #Call4Nature #OurVoicesForThePlanet #FightForYourWorld

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Don’t forget its the little things that count, and that if you encourage the person next to you to make a little change then the chain goes on and on and on.

Music I’m Loving Right Now Vol V - Blooming Days or: A Spring Playlist

Spring is finally here, tuneful birds have returned to our shores and trees are slowly unfolding their limbs. And to mark the most hopeful season of the year I have made a playlist that hopefully addresses the fresh and freeing feeling of Spring.

Books I Haven't Finished (Yet!)

I love reading, it is one of my favourite things to do, but sometimes life gets in the way. So here is a collection of books that I have started reading but am yet to finish.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

I started reading this book years ago, and I mean years. There is photographic evidence of me reading the book on one of our family holidays to Greece, when I was 10! So that was way back in 2003! I think I got up to something like chapter 11 or 12 and then I just stopped, I lost where I was in the book and the next time I picked it up I just couldn’t remember what had happened in the story. 15 years later I still haven’t read the book. Will I read it someday? I don’t really know.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Quite often I have a love hate relationship with classics, their language is beautiful but archaic, they are problematic in their depictions of Women, other ethnicities and social issues when read from a modern point of view. And so on. But Dorian Gray, I really wanted to love it, and maybe I just attempted to read it at the wrong time, but I found it, dare I say…boring.

1Q84 part 1&2

I love Murakami, I love what I’ve read of 1Q84 so far, but I started reading the book at a really stupid time, just before I started my French module in Uni. That year came and went so quickly and I then had to start reading what has felt like 1 million books for this years studies and as such 1Q84 has sat patiently on the shelf, same for Killing Commendatore too. I promise I’ll get to you two this summer!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I received a ebook copy of this book before it was published, I read some of it, but for a reason I can’t remember I stopped reading it. This book has since been so hyped that I’m kind of curious to get back into it and finish the story as I did get quite a way into the narrative.

A Discovery of Witches

Having watched the Sky Tv Series based on this book I naturally bought it immediately and started reading it, however it is a rather large book and there have been several novels that I have had to prioritise reading as they are in my course and most likely in my exam in June. So I will have to rediscover A Discovery of Witches this summer.

Le Petit Prince

I set myself the goal of reading a French book in its entirety last year, I failed but I did get quite a ways into Le Petit Prince which is probably the most famous French book from the 20th century. I will dive back into it as I still want to achieve this goal, and hopefully it will also help improve my french so that I can start reading more complex french novels!

So that’s all the books that I started reading and haven’t quite got round to finishing. I wonder how many of these I can get finished this year, shall I aim to get them all read in 2019? Let me know in the comments section what you think!

International Women's Day

In celebration of all the epic Females in the world I’ve made a playlist full of empowering songs by some of the best Female vocalists on the planet. Have a listen and embrace what it means to be a Woman in the 21st century and have a great day!

And if you need a little extra inspiration read Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman which was the starting point for Laura Mvula’s song of the same name which this playlist aptly starts with.

If you have any awesome tracks to suggest, then pop them down bellow in the comments section!

Wishtrend Unboxing

I am such a fan of Wishtrend, their products work, like really work, as in they have saved my skin from permanent unshifting acne to skin that actually has good days more often than the bad days. So when I ran out of my holy grail skin care products I had to re-order them and seeing as I’m always on the look out for cool new skin care products to try I also have a couple of newbies to test out.

Let’s get into this unboxing…

Have a lovely week, and don’t forget to celebrate a little self love this Valentines Day too!

Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Hello hello, welcome back to another edition of our bookclub. We have tried many a time to get this thing going and sadly it has always swiftly become a thing of the past. But it’s 2019, a brand new year of hope (1 month late, this doesn’t bode well!) and Charlotte has committed to joining me on this endeavour so not all of the books we will be reading will be obscure Japanese or Korean literature – Hurray I hear you shout, thank goodness – yet ironically this first book pick is actually mine, and it’s thoroughly mainstream as Sally Rooney is having a bit of a moment with her latest novel Normal People.

So whats it about?…

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So if you fancy joining the Bookclub then head over to Goodreads and tune in for our reviews at the end of the month either here on the blog or over on our youtube channel