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April Photo Diary: Easter, Pins, The Big Moon

April has been a quiet enough month because I've been trying to get all my assignments finished but I did manage to squeeze in a few gigs!

I went to see The Big Moon at Rise in Bristol. I haven't been to this record shop before and I really liked it, they have such a wide selection and they also sell vintage clothes. Downstairs they have a coffee bar and a stage. It was great to see The Big Moon again and hear some of their new songs for the first time. 

I pre-ordered their new vinyl Love in the 4th Dimension with Rise and I was chuffed to get a limited edition vinyl :) They offer 10% off pre-orders for vinyl so its such a good place to buy new releases. 

I also went to see Pins in Cardiff with my boyfriend. Pins are one of my favourite bands to see live. They just keep getting better. My favourite songs from the new EP called Bad Thing are Aggrophobe which features the one and only Iggy Pop and the song Bad Thing

They invited some of us up on stage for a little dance, as you can see I was really going for it :P

I went home for Easter this month and just had a quiet weekend, catching up on essays while munching on chocolate

We also had an 80th party for my grandad when I went home. It was more like a wedding than a party with the amount of food and music.

I wore this fab trench coat from ASOS over the tea dress featured in my last post. I also wore a fluffy peach bag and peach shoes. I've been loving this mac so much this month, its such a classic peach and the quality is amazing.

I went to a lock in at Cabot Circus this month. I didn't really see much that I wanted but I did pick up a few basics including this cute lover tee which is now sadly sold out and Joni shorts from Topshop. I also got this month's issue of Dazed and Confused because the interview with Lana Del Rey looks so good. 

This is a picture from a few days ago when I got my hair-cut and I finished my last ever exam!!

Next month I'm going to Paris (again) and I'm going to see The Kills (again) I'm so predictable haha 

The Topshop Tea Dress + Wishlist

Black Tea Dress - Topshop
Sunglasses - River Island (sold out similar here)
Velvet Heels - Topshop (sold out similar here)

I took these pictures a few weeks back when I first wore this dress. I've worn it about twice since because I absolutely love it. I think the tea dress style really suits my body shape and its so easy to wear. I love the ruched sleeve and the polka dot detail on this black dress from Topshop. Tea dresses also look great as both a daytime dress and a going out dress. I wore it to a party last weekend with a peach furry clutch bag and heels and it looked so cute. 

Topshop have such a cute selection of tea dresses this summer. I've already bought the red one with ruffles even though the last thing I need is more red dresses! Here are a few of my favourite tea dresses ...

Horfield Common

pink blouse - topshop (sold out similar herehere and here)
gingham leggings - topshop

For my digital marketing project, I'm writing a fashion post on some pieces from Topshop so I thought I'd post a few pictures of one of the outfit I featured. We took the pictures in the park near out flat. The daffodils have just come out so its so pretty. It was a pretty windy day so as you can see I'm fighting with my hair in most pictures. I really love this pink top, the sleeves are amazing and its so comfortable. I've had these gingham leggings for quite a while but I thought I'd resurrect them since gingham is such an outfit staple these days. I hope you're enjoying the sun this weekend, I'm torn between writing my essays and going out the sun, why does the sun always come out during exam season!

March Photo Diary: Internship, Warpaint, New Vinyl

At the beginning of March I got a marketing internship at a charity in Bristol so I'm working there every Tuesday :) I still work as a waitress on the weekends and its essay time at uni so the blog is taking a bit of a back seat

I bought these amazing shoes from Public Desire, they're basically dupes of the Stella McCartney flatforms but sadly they don't fit :( I usually have this problem because all shoes are too long for me, or else my feet are just too short either way its major first world problems 

The weather has been so good in Bristol recently, it really is a lot sunnier down south, this a picture of a field of daffodils in the park outside my flat which is very #spring 

my parents came over for a visit this month and we went to Bath. Its a really pretty city. I want to go back there with Mum and try out the Thermae Bath Spa, it looks so good

Me and Chris went to see Warpaint in Birmingham and they were so good, it has really made me want to start playing bass again, it has taken a bit of a back seat too

we stayed in the Pentahotel in Birmingham, we stayed there last time we went to a gig in Birmingham and loved it

the decor is lush

Birmingham Bowie!

we took a quick trip to HMV and I got this Blondie vinyl for only £7.99, such a bargain

I also got this stooges re-issue that I was eyeing for ages but tbh the Bowie remix is quite bad, I prefer the original remix a lot more

I'm making some fashion content for my Digital Marketing project atm so there should be some outfit shots appearing here soon :)

February Photo Diary: Valentines, The Ritz and The Gin Birkins

A few pictures from February ...
I tried wearing my hair up once, I didn't keep it up for long, still trying to master the updo
I bought tickets for The Kills in May, its their 15th anniversary so Im sure they will put on an amazing show (as always)
it was sunny for the first time this year so I had to document it

I finally put up The Smiths framed poster Chris bought me last year. We are renting a flat so we aren't allowed to put nails in the wall which is so annoying because id love to decorate it more. Anyway we figured out a way of hanging it without marking the wall (its complicated)

Heres my cheesy smile when Chris gave me some flowers for Valentines Day

my outfit that night wearing all Topshop

I got this amazing and other stories dress this month, I love it but it leaves a trail of glitter everywhere

I went to London to meet up with my auntie and she took me to the The Ritz for a drink, it was very pretty as you can see

the ballroom (we werent really allowed in here)

me and my goofy smile (and some olives)

I got a cocktail called The Ritz 100, it was created for their 100th anniversary, it was made of rum, orange liquer and gold flakes

my auntie got the Marie Antoinette, it was a lot sweeter than mine

I got some Chanel makeup in London too! its my first foray into designer makeup, I got the Le Teint Ultra Tenue foundation in Beige Rose and the Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Raffinee. The foundation is a good match to my skintone and really long lasting but it does feel a little heavy on the skin. I really love the lipstick, it honestly feels like velvet and its such a nice pink shade. I've been looking for a subtle pink shade for ages but nothing suited me as well as this one

I also took a really quick trip to Dublin to meet up with some friends. I visited some of my old haunts like Tower Records on Dame Street
I also went to the bookshop on Dame Street called Hodges and Figgus. Unfortunatly I forgot to take any pictures when I was out and I stupidly forgot my phone charger but it was a really nice night out

I went to a gig last week in Bristol that a friend was organising, there were some really great bands from Wales and Bristol. This picture is of The Gin Birkins, check out their bandcamp
I bought a tshirt from them with a picture of Jane Birkin on the front, I can't wait to wear it :P

I also redesigned my blog this month, I hope you like it :)

What to Buy Her for Valentines Day

It's less than a week until Valentine's Day so its time to get gifting. I picked a few of my favourite Valentine's gifts from places like Urban Outfitters, Etsy, Lush and ASOS. My favourite gifts are the Jane and Serge card and the Lush gift set. I hope this list help you find something special for your gf :)

1. Valentine Bra - Urban Outfitters
2. Rose Gold Love Balloon - Urban Outfitters
3. Boohoo Heart Print Pyjamas - ASOS
4. Jane and Serge greeting card - Etsy
5. The Old English Company Big Spoon and Little Spoon Pillow cases - Not on the High Street
6. You're my Lobster Card - Etsy
7. Valentines Cupcake kit - ASOS
8. Lots of Love giftset - Lush
9. Hubba Hubba greeting card - ASOS

1. Gucci Flora Eau de Toilette - Feel Unique
2. Too Faced Sweetheart Blusher - Debenhams
3. David Bowie greetings card - Etsy
4. Chanel No. 5 - Feel Unique
5. Tiffany Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant - Tiffany
6. Mac lipstick in Impassioned - Mac Cosmetics
7. Cupid Bath Bomb - Lush
8. I Choo Choo Choose You Simpsons card - Best Player Ever
9. Red Satin Suspender - Topshop

Bristol Event Guide February

I've made another alternative event guide for February. Although Kate Nash, Cabbage, Two Door Cinema Club and The Blondie Tribute at the Fleece are sold out this month, there are still lots of cool things to do ...

The Beatles Eight Days A Week

When: Monday 6th 7:30pm - 10pm
Where: The Louisiana
How Much: Free!

The Louisiana are screening The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week for free next Monday. It really is a fantastic documentary so I'd catch this opportunity to see it if you can

Record Fair and CD Fair 

When: Saturday 4th 10pm - 4pm
Where: Colston Hall
How Much: Free :)

The biggest record and cd fair in the South West takes place tomorrow in Colston Hall. There will be bargains and rarities from every genre you can think of. Its the perfect event for a record collector or music lover.

There Will be Blood Live with the London Contemporary Orchestra

When: Tuesday 7th
Where: Colston Hall
How Much: £25.50 (student) £45.50

Although this event is a little bit more pricey, its an amazing opportunity to see the oscar-wining film There Will be Blood accompanied by a live orchestra.

LA Witch

When: Wednesday 15th 8pm - 11pm
Where: The Crofters Rights
How Much: £6 (before) £7 (at the door)

As part of the Bristol Psych Fest, La Witch are playing at The Crofters Right with support from Taos Humm and Umi. La Witch are a psych rock band based in LA. For fans of the Dum Dum Girls, Bleached and Best Coast. Check out there single Get Lost.

These Smiths and Transmission (The Smiths and Joy Division Cover Bands)

When: Saturday 18th 7pm -11pm
Where: The Fleece
How Much: £13

The Fleece are hosting two cover bands of Manchester finest The Smiths and Joy Division. Its a perfect chance to hear some of your favourite songs from the eighties indie scene

Bristol Vintage Weigh and Pay

When: Sunday 19th 11pm - 5pm
Where: Motion
How Much: £1:50 entry £15 for 1kg

Probably one of the biggest vinatge fair this month. Hosted in Motion Bristol, you can pick up 1kg of vintage goodies for £15! If you pay an extra £1.50 for entry you can gain entry an hour earlier and get a pick of the best.