Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Older, wiser blah blah blah

Everyone has that band that reminds them of their younger years, don't they? I do know this is an utterly ridiculous question to ask considering i am myself still only 18, but the other night i was lucky enough to see You Me At Six at the o2 Brixton Academy and without a doubt their songs bring me so much nostalgia.

It was the band's final show after a lengthy and most likely tiring world tour promoting their new album Sinners Never Sleep, but no standards had slipped. With this also being the 4th time i have seen them live, i think i can safely say this was their best performance to date.

I went with one of my closest friends and we took a lot of pleasure of finally being at the age where we actually wanted to stand towards the back of the venue with the "older crowd" (har har). Looking down onto the brutal mosh pits, we laughed at the days when we would arrive hours early before the show just so we could practically suffocate in the crowd and be squished up against the front row bar.

As YMAS began to play tracks from their debut album that was released when i was only around 14, it was nice to think about all the times those songs had been playing in the background on lazy days spent sitting chatting absolute rubbish about school life or blasted at 1am on sleepovers where we'd "fan-girl" about how great the lead singers voice was...

Anyway, that's enough peering back into the past with rose-tinted glasses (and embarrassing myself). Overall, the gig was really great and i thought i'd share one of the tour diaries the band has made throughout their time on the road in the UK, just because it makes me laugh and it's nice to see what musicians get up to backstage. Plus, I think tour life looks SO fun.

Saturday, 7 April 2012


Thought i'd share some photos of my recent extremely cheap buys, captured on my wonderful iPhone with Instagram (my digital camera is broken and i have no idea how to go about fixing it...)

Last week i pottered down to Brick Lane with a friend and had a real good time wandering amongst the markets- even though i live in East London i haven't been down there in ages! By chance we stumbled across a vintage store where everything was £10 (yes, really) and i got my hands on this lovely bold printed dress. I've always had a soft spot for florals and combined with the current trend of graphic prints i knew it was a sure purchase- the pattern and citrus-y colours also kind of remind me of these Stella McCartney and D&G collections:

Dolce and Gabbana ss12

Stella McCartney ss11

I love the shape of the dress too- there are some shoulders pads in it which i'm debating on removing, but my mum has said "they look a bit Mad Men" so maybe they should stay?...

I'm lucky enough to be in an area where there are also a lot of great charity shops- the other two items you can see in the top photos are things i snapped up today, both under a fiver! As well as being a beautiful oatmeal colour and made out of the softest wool, I really love the jumper's simple neckline. It looks great with a collared blouse underneath and i think it will turn out to be one of my wardrobe basics. I do know spring is approaching and it probably isn't the time to be buying new knitwear, but at £3.50, who cares :) The brown leather bag, £2.50, was from St Francis Hospice and i just thought it would be nice to carry my bits and bobs around in on holiday when i'm not hauling my usual huge totes.

If any charity shops are near you i really do recommend you taking a look around- not only is it a chance to get hold of some more individual clothing, but the prices are more than purse friendly AND you're doing good!

Hope everyone is enjoying their long weekends, Happy Easter! I'm sure we'll all be reaching chocolate egg induced food coma's at some point...