Parklife 2015

Parklife 2015

Parklife 2015

So I finally went to my first festival and with the line-up Parklife 2015 was offering this felt like a great one to start with. Many of my favourite artists were announced for Parklife 2015 including Hudson Mohawke, Badbadnotgood, Todd Terje, Madlib, Sango, Jamie XX and more.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of the crowd. I didn’t expect as many people to be there who didn’t know who the artists were and unforunately for a lot of performances I did find the crowd to hinder the enjoyment of the performance. However I did find BADBADNOTGOOD, Hudson Mohawke, Sango and Madlib to have really great atmospheres from the crowd. I just wanted to share photos and a few videos of the artists I saw perform at Parklife 2015.

It’s hard to say who was my favourite as a few felt equally as great, in the end I would say BADBADNOTGOOD, Jets, Hudson Mohawke and Todd Terje were probably my favourites. However, the highlight of Parklife for me was probably when Seven Davis Jr dropped a Christmas tune, he hyped it up as something special, the crowd went wild with laughter and confusion and he continued to say “Merry Christmas everyone” whilst wearing his swag peace sign glasses, bobbing his head along.

Parklife 2015

Parklife 2015

Parklife Wristbands

Parklife Wristbands

Seven Davis Jr Parklife

Seven Davis Jr Parklife

#sevendavisjr

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So that Christmas tune I talked about, here it is in the video about mid way through his track. Seven Davis Jr is signed to Ninja Tune and was the first act I saw at Parklife. He was a lot of fun to get Parklife 2015 started with and created some really happy fun beats which I know I’ll be listening to loads of in the future.

Henrik Schwarz Parklife

Henrik Schwarz Parklife

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I only caught the last section of Henrik Schwarz as my friend and I arrived to this stage early to get a good spot for Jets. I’d never listened to Henrik Schwarz before but he seemed worth noting as another dance musician to check out in the future.

Jets Parklife

Jets Parklife

#jets #machinedrum

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Jets were a real treat for me. I’d listened to a brief amount of Machinedrum in the past and enjoyed what I’d heard but didn’t fully know what to expect from a collaboration with Jimmy Edgar. For me personally this felt like the most intense, experimental, electronic music of the entire festival. I also felt the sound system was great for their show, it sounds bizarre, you’d think festivals would have all the right equipment but for certain artists I felt the bass wasn’t set up in a way to do the performers justice. Easily one of my favourite experiences at Parklife 2015.

Mac Demarco Parklife

Mac Demarco Parklife

Sirusmodeselektor Parklife

Sirusmodeselektor Parklife

Nicolas Jaar Parklife

Nicolas Jaar Parklife

Jaar

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Nicolas Jaar was performing a DJ set rather than his own material but I really enjoyed it, it felt quite dark with its gradual build ups, I found myself quite mesmerised by the atmosphere he created.

Jamie XX Parklife

Jamie XX Parklife

Jamie XX

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Jamie XX

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Jamie XX

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Whilst I absolutely adore some of Jamie XX’s material I was a little disappointed by his live performance. Sleep Sound is one of my favourite pieces by him so when that came on I did feel excitement stir up inside of me but it was lost afterwards when the music turned more just to not my taste I guess, I hoped to hear All Under One Roof Raving but by this point my friend and I moved on to Fatboy Slim.

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim again was a DJ set but an entertaining one at that. He played a lot of famous, well recognised chart music in the dance category but gave a lot of energy from the stage and the atmosphere from the crowd was really positive to be in.

Badbadnotgood Parklife

Badbadnotgood Parklife

Unfortunately I struggled to get a decent recording of BADBADNOTGOOD due to the bass being a little overpowering on this stage. This performance felt a lot more intimate with the stage being more tucked away. BADBADNOTGOOD were a lot of fun to see perform, they played ‘Can’t Leave The Night’ which whilst still amazing as a piece to listen to at home, does not do any justice to how powerful their live performance is. They later covered Flying Lotus, gave a shout out to The Gaslamp Killer and covered Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Bugg’n’ which I just can’t describe in any way other than, it was pretty sick. Leland Whitty was also there to play saxophone, adding so much to their live performance. I hope I get the chance to see BADBADNOTGOOD again as it probably had the best crowd/atmosphere at Parklife whilst also being a performance which left you in awe.

Sango Parklife

Sango Parklife

#sango #parklife

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Sango is the main artist on Soulection I listen to so when I saw his name listed for Parklife 2015 I got a little excited. Unfortunately he didn’t play much of his own material and instead offered a really fun DJ set. The clip I recorded on Instagram is a peak at a new piece he is working on. The crowd were certainly very into his set and had dance offs with one another which at one point Sango left the stage to join in with. He came across really respectful of his fans and it was really nice to see how down to earth he was with not putting himself above the people in the crowd.

Madlib Parklife

Madlib Parklife

#madlib #parklife

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Again I’ve mentioned in a previous post my love for Madlib, especially as Quasimoto or working with Freddie Gibbs. Madlib, like Sango, was performing a DJ set. I still enjoyed the set, he used an interesting collection of pieces many of which I did not recognise, creating a surreal, mellow, dance sound. The crowd were pretty chill, there is no way of really describing the atmosphere other than very relaxed and involved with Madlib’s good vibes.

Todd Terje Parklife

Todd Terje Parklife

Todd Terje ūüėÄ #toddterje #parklife

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Todd Terje was good fun on a bigger stage, playing all pieces in one take and closing the performance with ‘Inspector Norse’ which as I’m sure you can imagine got the crowd jumping around. This was another of the performances at Parklife which I felt had a better atmosphere in the crowd, people were smiling and having good fun. Unfortunately I was right next to a bass speaker which distorted the sound on my recording but you can still tell it is ‘Inspector Norse’. I felt that his show built up nicely to a climax of the end track which I think everyone in unity was expecting, leaving the audience buzzing with excitement for more music, which couldn’t be better with Hudson Mohawke on next.

Hudson Mohawke Parklife

Hudson Mohawke Parklife

Hudson Mohawke <3

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FKA Twigs Parklife

FKA Twigs Parklife

FKA Twigs

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Packing For Parklife Manchester

Packing For Parklife

Packing For Parklife

Hello all, hope you’re well. I’ve been in Manchester the past four days for Parklife festival and I don’t believe I’ve ever made a “What I packed” post before, probably because I rarely go anywhere. I am writing a separate post about my experience at Parklife festival, this is just about what I packed and why.

Packing For Parklife

Packing For Parklife

Packing For Parklife

Packing For Parklife

I tried to pack as light as possible whilst taking enough food to remain on a healthy diet when possible. As I’ve mentioned, I’m working towards a vegan lifestyle whilst also cutting out make-up and hoping to restore my skin and lose weight. I’ve been going running regularly leading up to the festival also, which I think really helped strengthen my legs to cope being on my feet for extremely long periods.

I packed light on clothing: Denim Shirt, pyjama shorts – Primark, Aztec shorts, black high waisted shorts – Pull & Bear, Aztec leggings, floral playsuit, floral crop top, floral scarf – Urban Outfitters, White top – H&M, Pyjama top, black top, hairband, shoes, glasses – Topshop, Vintage bag – Urban Fox.

I basically took three main outfits, plus leggings and a spare top in case it was colder than I was expecting and I needed layers.

I also took along my cat cosmetic bag from Urban Outfitters and my Lush skincare products which I will write about in a separate post.

Next I packed food, all of which was vegan apart from the 9bar bars which “may contain milk” but again are close enough for my diet for the time being. Unfortunately with my efforts of packing fruit and vegan snacks, I was aware that I would face a challenge at sticking to my diet in the festival itself by having to purchase food in there. My approach at the festival was to eat as healthy as possible, as I’ve stated I’ve been more focussed on cutting back on my dairy and gluten intake as I worry these are contributors to my stomach pain.

A book and headphones for music, essential for train travel in my opinion. I chose to take The Perks Of Being A Wallflower after my colleague recommended it to me a few days before I traveled and I had obtained a free copy I was yet to read. I’m over half way through the book now, it’s very deep and I have a pretty good idea what the underlying connotations are behind the letters at this point. I usually struggle to read words and translate the meaning in my head making reading quite upsetting sometimes because it won’t distract me from my thoughts enough however, this book really sucked me in. It’s written simply but with emotion through its short, meandering sentences. I’ll write about this book when I’ve finished it. Continue reading “Packing For Parklife Manchester” »

Urban Fox Floral Skirt

Urban Fox Floral Skirt

Urban Fox Floral Skirt

Time for another outfit post. I haven’t been feeling great recently, in a number of ways, I’m really not happy with my weight or appearance at the moment so I’m finding taking outfit posts a bit of a struggle these days. I want to hope my lens makes me look weird, rather than I actually look weird but I don’t know. I’ve started running now, alongside sticking a strict diet of mostly fruits, juices and salads. I also drink a lot more water now and constantly binge on green tea. I’ve also not worn make-up in over two weeks, so I hope that with time I’ll get better skin and slim down again so that I can have a little more confidence in myself.

I also don’t feel great at the moment as one of my hamsters, Professor Nibbles, passed away a few hours ago. I’m getting down about the amount of hours I’m expected to work as my hamsters don’t get particularly long lives and they feel like the closest things to a family I’ll ever experience alongside my close friends, so I’m a little sad that I was at work all day and arrived home to find her suddenly so unwell but she did die peacefully which is reassuring at least. I’m currently playing Skyrim and seeking comfort in my one remaining hamster now to take things off my mind. I’d also planned to share this outfit post today so I still want to commit to it.

I’m trying to go as natural as possible in my appearances these days, I am growing out my natural dark blonde hair again, cutting make-up out of my life, working towards my health and also ensuring I just wear minimal looking clothing.

I’ve been very strict on clearing out and feel really pleased with how little I’m starting to own, life with less is certainly a lot more pleasant. It also means if I encounter a piece of clothing I fall in love with I’m justified to buy it as I have the space and rarely buy anything these days. I recently ventured into a small vintage shop, Urban Fox, on the outskirts of St Nicholas’ market in Bristol the other week. Initially I was after a nice bag, I’ve had a certain style in mind for years but never found anything that suited the image in my head until seeing one hanging in the window. Whilst in there I also found this pretty floral skirt, the bag was ¬£25 and the skirt ¬£15 but I know they are my style and items I will wear for a very long time. Asides from occasionally looking in Urban Outfitters, I’ve really grown to dislike high street clothes shopping, I much prefer not even looking for clothes and just by chance finding something nice in a market or on Ebay.

Urban Fox Floral Skirt

Urban Fox Floral Skirt

Primark Denim Shirt

Primark Denim Shirt

Next Brogues

Next Brogues

OUTFIT: Floral Skirt, Vintage Bag РUrban Fox, Tan Brogues РNext (Purchased via Ebay for £3), Denim Shirt РPrimark (Via Ebay 99p), Embroidered Top РH&M (Four years old).

If you ever visit Bristol, I recommend taking a visit to Urban Fox, the man behind the till was very friendly and I felt the prices were fair, certainly not cheap, but supporting an independent business which I really hope treats its staff better makes me feel slightly better about what my money goes towards, alongside purchasing a one off piece which just makes your wardrobe feel extra special. There’s a vintage market in Stokes Croft in Bristol which I hope to check out in the near future if I ever find the time.

Have a good week. Xo

My Main Obstacles When Trying To Be Vegan

Hello all,

Previously I stated I was working towards a vegan lifestyle and wrote a blog post here on food I was buying to help me achieve this. Of course with being vegan, you can’t have meat or dairy, you have to substitute many foods for dairy free alternatives. To my amazement, this hasn’t been anywhere near as difficult as I imagined. I think we are lucky that today their are more options for those looking to live a vegan lifestyle, especially in the snacks department. I will be writing another post in the future sharing more vegan snack discoveries which are also gluten free.

I stated I was working towards a vegan lifestyle as I hoped it would help me cope with my stomach/digestive pain. Another perk to vegan food is that a lot of it also appears to be gluten free. I’ve currently been trying to stick as close to a vegan diet as I can for the past two or three weeks and have had little to no stomach pain at all. I really can’t describe how amazing my body feels in comparison to before, I feel much younger inside and completely pain free. It is making me think I do have a sensitivity to gluten or dairy or both, especially as I was once allergic to milk.

That aside, there are still areas of my diet or lifestyle which prevent me from being vegan, they are things I hope to tackle with time, but I just wanted to share the changes I am finding the hardest as it may surprise you as much as it surprised me. Substituting milk with almond or coconut milk has been easy and thanks to the Nakd fruit bars and snacks I do not feel the need for chocolate. Vegan and gluten free oatcakes which will be mentioned in a future post have been a substitute for biscuits, it’s all going pretty well however, these are the things I am struggling to change:

Bread – A lot of bread contains milk or milk powder, I usually like to buy a fresh loaf of bread too so I am in need of finding a local bakery which offers vegan friendly bread. Ideally I want to start baking my own which I hope to do if I get more free time.

Quorn – Initially I thought the biggest challenge would be to give up chicken as it was probably my favourite food alongside onion however, I completely surprised myself when replacing meat with Quorn chicken pieces which I like to fry up when making curries or spicy dishes. Unfortunately I love the Quorn chicken a little too much and it does contain egg, which I guess is one of the less harmful dairy products to still have if you’re aspiring towards a vegan lifestyle. I don’t think egg impacts my digestion at all. Even if I continue to stick to a vegan diet for the rest of my life, I do hope one day to own my own chickens and have my own eggs but ensuring they’re produced in fair conditions as chickens naturally lay eggs anyway and I’ve heard they can be very interactive pets. I am aware in America there is a vegan range of Quorn available but apparently it isn’t available in the U.K. unfortunately. For now at least Quorn chicken will remain in my diet as I am yet to find a vegan alternative.

Lattes, Cappucinos, Flat Whites – Okay so I have mentioned in a previous post I find coconut milk great in my filter coffees which I drink at home. Unfortunately I love other coffees, in particular flat whites. I’ve tried substituting dairy milk with soya milk when in cafes having a flat white or latte but it just doesn’t taste as good and on top of that I’m on edge about drinking soya milk due to its possible links to cancer. I hope to get a coffee machine in the future so I can experiment foaming almond or coconut milk at home and seeing if I can make nice flat whites or lattes with those milks instead but unfortunately I do find dairy milk to be the nicest with my milky coffees still.

Aside from these three things the other main obstacle is time, preparation and work. My work hours are long, very long. On average I lose eleven hours of my day to work, the hour walk there, nine hour shift and my hour walk home. I am on my feet all day and when I arrive home I am left feeling very worn out and tired. I am not motivated to prepare food for the next day when I arrive home from work, I just want to have fun with my friends and make the most of any remaining hours. Even if I do prepare my food or buy a vegan friendly meal deal in Boots I find my shifts too long to function on just fruit, salad and juices etc. By the ends of my shifts I can feel my hands shaking and I feel sick from weakness and quite often find myself in need of food with more substance. I’ve been much better at committing to my diet in the past week even whilst working a lot, I hope my body will learn to get used to it long term.

If you’re vegan or aiming to become vegan, what have you found the hardest to sacrifice in your diet?

Elliott Smith Illustration

Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

I picked up a new sketchbook recently, a rather expensive one and have been wanting to see how much of a difference it makes to my illustration work. I’ve been allowing myself to get fully immersed into my favourite music as of late, this includes Peter Broderick, Elliott Smith, Sparklehorse, Gravenhurst, Nick Drake and so on. I can’t deny that a lot of this music expresses low moods or has connotations to serious addictions/problems but equally, there’s something very comforting about their music also. I’ve been left feeling inspired to work on a series of illustrations of my favourite musicians to have around my room, they may also help motivate me to keep pushing forward with my own music as these are people I aspire to be like, even if most of them committed suicide. I previously illustrated Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst the night he passed away as I was left feeling devastated, even though he was a person I had never met. I personally feel like music can tell you a lot about a person’s personality, especially if its their own creation. I was very in love¬†with Nick Talbot’s melodies and lyrics thus in complete awe of him as a person, I share this feeling with other musicians such as the ones I’ve mentioned. You can see the illustration I made of him here: Gravenhurst illustration.

I guess the other artists I’ll be illustrating are also people that make me feel the same way whilst listening to their music. They’re people I wish I could hang out with, discuss thoughts on certain topics with and accompany in pubs or for long walks. I feel so connected to their music, as if I really need it in my life right now.

Since illustrating Nick Talbot, I have now made a piece on Elliott Smith. I’ve played his music 409 times in the past few days according to my lastfm, just to display how in need of his music I am at the moment. I produced this piece using just inks, rather than my Nick Talbot piece which was a combination of inks and watercolours. I find inks much harder to control, but found this more of a challenge as a result. I wish I could have captured more of Elliott Smith’s personality in this piece though, but it will have to suffice for now.

Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith

I plan to work on another illustration in the next few days, probably of Sparklehorse.

I’ve Been Making Music

Hello all :)

I hope you’re well. Today I’m excited to write a post about something which really excites me in life. I think I’ve mentioned briefly in other posts I’ve had issues dealing with existentialism. On top of that, I worry about death a lot and as a result it leaves me feeling like life has no meaning and I get frustrated when I lose so many hours of my week to work or other things which for me personally don’t give me a sense of fulfillment or achievement in life.

The three things I want to achieve before my life ends are publishing a book/graphic novel, make a game and make music. There’s something wonderful about creating something from your mind and sharing it with the world in your own way. I feel like I have a lot of things I want to say, about welfare, society, attitudes, love, life in general.

Music has always been very important to me, since before I can remember. Music has helped me write stories, it keeps me company when I’m alone, it engages with my feelings, it has even connected me with other people. I’ve made seven pieces so far. I’m going to share them here, because I am proud of most of them, I will begin¬†with my most recent pieces as they to me are superiour to the first piece.

I make music under the name Nzo. It is in reference to Enzo Matrix who is a character from my favourite animated TV Show: Reboot.

1. Up In Clouds:

So I actually finished making this piece today. Initially I was looking to create a piece of music in the style of Nils Frahm but instead it seemed to take its own direction and end up as something which sounds nothing like what I intended. This seems to happen every time I make music but it’s working out for me I guess. Once I started to create the right melodies and sounds, I thought a lot about the night sky. It reminded me of an online friend I had back when I was 14, when we used to go to bed we’d take a photo or draw an image of which constellation of stars we were looking at and send it to one another so that we didn’t feel so far apart¬†as he basically lived the other end of the country to me. It also reminded me of a recent visit to a friend’s where we sat in the woods at night. Once I had the initial sounds I tried to place a focus around watching stars with someone and embracing the night sky.

2. Moments Lost

This was my first piece of music using my grandad’s guitar from the 70s. I’m not going to lie, I don’t really have a clue how to play guitar, I just played a combination of strings until I found something I liked and for the type of minimal, ambient music I make I think it works well.¬†I was looking to make a sad piece, which initially would be in relation to the sentimental value of the guitar. I lost three of my grandparents by the age of thirteen, my grandad was the last to go when I was aged 22, but he developed dementia when I was fifteen so it felt like I lost him much¬†earlier. I guess I feel somewhat at loss about my childhood because I didn’t get to spend as much time with my family as I would have liked at all and now I am no longer a child I missed my chance.This piece goes through three main stages, the first stage was to¬†represent illness and decay of life. The second part to reflect on the past,¬†being a child watching balloons with my grandad or going with him to his favourite pubs and me being naive and ignorant towards mortality, followed by the end, trying to convey, he’s gone now, the moment has passed. As I was making it and upon finishing it I thought how it just captured a lot of feelings towards “I guess I’ll never know” or “what if”. I feel like this piece of music can be applied to so many other aspects of my life such as heartbreak or regrets, or simply remembering good times which are now gone. The overall point now is to create a sense of wishing, missing, loss and the feelings of never knowing what you could have had. Hopefully other people who listen will feel a similar connection with this piece.

3. Prince St

Now for some trip-hop chilled sounds. As a child I loved listening to DJ Shadow and Massive Attack, later in life I discovered Arms and Sleepers and they are still today one of my favourite artists.¬†I¬†really enjoyed making this piece as I feel whilst it still sounds nothing like Arms and Sleepers who are my main inspiration for making music, it has set me up with some new techniques to try to understand their style of working more. Perhaps my most recent piece, Up In Clouds, reflects the progress I’ve made from this track in that direction. As I was making this piece I again thought about morning walks in Bristol with my mum and dad, we used to come into town and wander down Welsh Back Road, across Queens Square, Prince Street, the harbourfront and then around by the Thekla. So that’s where the song title came from.

4. At Amalia’s

This piece was merely just a bit of fun, I wanted to make something in the style of DJ Shadow and once again, my music ended up sounding very different to my original intention. I can’t really talk about this piece on an emotional level as I don’t feel anything other than good vibes with this. But I’m really happy with how professional it sounds. The title is a reference to Kafka’s The Castle.

5. Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight Cover

I’m not particularly happy with this piece, it was all refined to the correct standards but it just isn’t how I heard it in my head and I felt like I wasted too much time on this piece. It sounds quite different to the original track, again I tried to give it a sadder more ambient feel.

6. Lapse

Not really sure how this turned out the way it did. Initially I was firmly set on making a piece inspired by Tim Heckers ‘Black Refraction’ but this really couldn’t have turned out anymore different. Listening to it now I’m unsure of how to feel, simply because I feel like I’ve been making more interesting pieces since however, this was only my second attempt at making music and in that respect I think it’s pretty good. The overall point with this piece was to create a sense of sadness at the beginning either through loss, failure or inability to achieve, at around 3:20 the music changes direction to create the mood of contemplation or pause, which later develops into hope for a second chance. I try to uplift the mood of the piece to create a sense of possibility and the end goal being in reach and at the end of the track I slow the piece back down, skip notes occasionally to represent deterioration and recreate the mood of failing, overall having a piece which shows a mistake or false hope.

7. Cyka

Again no meaning behind this. This was literally a piece made to go “what does this knob do?” “what happens if I press this?” and the outcome was this piece. I placed a focus on trying to recreate the style of Mr Oizo because I was pretty obsessed with his latest album for a while. It’s not to anywhere near as high a standard as my other work, but I still find it fun to listen to.

 

And that’s it so far on my music adventure. Hopefully this post wasn’t painfully boring to read but I just wanted to share my work with you guys as it does matter to me. Hopefully you found something you liked in there. Please let me know your thoughts and if you have a Soundcloud account I’d appreciate the follow!

Have a good day. :)

 

 

Nils Frahm at The Colston Hall Bristol

Nils Frahm Live

Nils Frahm Live

I was recently lucky enough to grab myself a front row seat to see Nils Frahm perform in Bristol’s The Colston Hall. I saw Nils Frahm in London last summer as part of Jabberwocky Fallout but was much further back in the audience and unable to see how he plays or admire his instruments. I love Nils Frahm’s work, it ranges from intimate and emotional piano music to progressive dance, which are my two favourite genres. I just wanted to share photos I had taken at Nils Frahm’s performance, I’ve just arrived home from it now and am still buzzing with inspiration from the show.

Nils Frahm Live

Nils Frahm Live

Urban Outfitters Grey Shorts

Urban Outfitters Grey Shorts

Urban Outfitters Grey Shorts

Cool, so I’m finally writing another fashion related blog post. These will start appearing more again as my room is finally better set up for taking photos. I really love minimal and plain clothing at the moment, it shows in this outfit. I picked up the scarf and shorts in a sale at Urban Outfitters and they’ve easily become two of the nicest items hanging on my clothes rail.

Topshop Beige Jumper

Topshop Beige Jumper

Urban Outfitters Scarf

Urban Outfitters Scarf

Urban Outfitters Scarf

Urban Outfitters Scarf

Blonde Hair

Oh Hey Look, A Serious Face.

Outfit: Beige Jumper – Topshop, Grey Shorts, Floral Scarf – Urban Outfitters.

I’m also not wearing any make-up in these photos, I might look hideous but I’m much preferring life without cosmetics for the time being. My skin isn’t in great condition in these photos though, I have got a Lush skincare post coming up in the future which I’m really excited to write. I’m placing more of a focus now on healthy lifestyle, staying hydrated and skincare products to give myself the best chance at healthy skin so I hopefully won’t feel the need to wear make-up ever again.

Love,

Nicola

Vegan Food Shopping

Vegan Food

Vegan Food

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts about how I am aspiring to live a vegan lifestyle. I am working towards a vegan diet primarily for health reasons and it will take a long time to achieve a full vegan lifestyle, if ever.

One thing however, which has surprised me is not only how fun shopping for vegan alternatives can be but also how delicious vegan alternatives are. Shopping for and eating vegan alternatives has made me realise that a vegan diet isn’t as much effort as perceived. I’m writing this post to share my current favourite vegan friendly foods with you, hopefully any fellow aspiring vegans reading ¬†will find this blog post helpful.

First of all, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of vegan alternatives for milk. Unfortunately I’m worried about drinking soya milk as I’ve read a lot about potential links to increased risk in cancer, although I know this is unproven I am choosing to stay clear of soya milk until more information is released. However, I am finding almond milk and coconut milk to be delicious alternatives. Previously I was drinking skimmed milk, so I have probably found it to be an easy transition.

Nakd

Nakd

These Nakd bars, nibbles and raisins are probably the nicest sweet snacks I’ve ever eaten in my lifetime. They’re both gluten free and vegan and made of just natural ingredients. The strawberries & cream Nakd nibbles were the first I tried, initially I found the texture unexpected and a little odd, I was expecting crunchy bites but instead they were soft, however the taste was so great I soon adjusted to the texture. Now I can’t get enough of these snacks, the lime flavoured raisins remind me of jelly tots and I find the Nakd berry delight bars full of flavour and really filling. The fact that these count towards one of your 5 a day is another bonus. Continue reading “Vegan Food Shopping” »

Witch Doctor Statue – Dota 2

Witch Doctor Statue Dota 2

Witch Doctor Statue Dota 2

Hello all,

I have been saying I want to share more of my “creative activities” on my blog. This was my first attempt at clay modelling and what better place to start than by trying to make a hero from Dota 2. I made this statue of the Witch Doctor from Dota 2 as a present for my best friend Sion for his birthday, I was pretty happy with how the Witch Doctor turned out so I thought I’d share him here.

I made this Witch Doctor statue with air hardening clay and watercolour paints simply because it was all I had on me at the time. This Witch Doctor statue took me about three days to make, I’m tempted to make some of the other heroes and sell them on Etsy but I’ll have to see how I do for time in the future with my current working hours. Seeing as Dota 2 is probably my favourite game, I will probably make another hero, I’m quite tempted by Mirana for my next attempt. Continue reading “Witch Doctor Statue – Dota 2” »

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