Monday, 23 May 2016

Music Library #3 | Arctic Monkeys

I haven't posted about any musicians, or bands rather, in a while, so I thought it's time again. I'm sorry for not having posted anything this weekend, but I was too busy doing nothing after handing in my thesis. It was nice to have a little break of thinking about stuff.

So as you can already guess from the title, today's post is dedicated to Arctic Monkeys, one of my favourite bands. I can't believe that their debut album was released 10 years ago, when I was 18! That's such a long time ago, but it honestly feels like yesterday (or almost). Me and my friends were totally into that kind of music and Alex Turner and co. did totally get everything right. It was such a raw and young album and whenever I listen to it now, I am reminded of being 18/19 again, when I spend my time with friends who were in bands and wore red Doc Marten's with checked trousers. Also, whoever remembers Alex Turner as the spotty guy with the awful haircut, has been around for a while now! ;)

In my last school year, I was part of the student newspaper team and my best friend and I wrote an article about Arctic Monkey's second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. We had so much fun writing it and I remember that day still so clearly. When we finished, another friend came around and we watched that Brian Jones biography. That happens when your best friends are in a band and all they ever talk about is music. But I liked that, maybe that's why most of my friends were guys, who knows.

But back to Arctic Monkeys. I really loved their first two albums and songs like "Fake Tales of San Francisco", "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" and "Fluorescent Adolescent" feel like such classics now. I didn't enjoy Humbug and Suck It And See that much to be honest and I rarely ever listen to those two albums now. But their latest one, AM, is again such a good one and has put the band kind of on a new level. I am still sad that I didn't go see them when they were touring, but hopefully one day I'll manage.

I don't know if I have a favourite song, because there are so many good ones and especially with their change of style over the years it's difficult to pinpoint one song that represents the band for me. Especially Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare and AM are albums where I enjoy every single song. That's really something that I love the most about Arctic Monkeys. I can totally listen to an album start to finish without ever thinking I want to skip a song.

Arctic Monkeys have been in my life since I was 18 and it feels a bit like I grew up with them. So much has changed since I was that age, my life and me as a person especially, and when I listen to AM now, it is as if this change has been reflected in the music. Or in how I perceive it. I don't think I will ever get tired of their music, it is such a big part of my life.

Are you also an Arctic Monkeys fan? And when did you listen to them the first time?


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

White Rabbit Skin Care Haul

In one of the vegan facebook groups that I am a member of, someone recently posted about White Rabbit Skin Care and I was instantly interested in the brand. Their natural products are all cruelty free and vegan and handmade in Scotland. When browsing their online shop, I decided to pick some things up, so if you are interested in what I bought, keep reading.

Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream
The first item I added to my basket was the Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream. I think I have owned an eye cream once a few years ago and never bought another one. I usually just used my face oil for my eye area as well. But lately I noticed some fine lines appearing under my eyes, which I blame my generally more dry skin for, and as I am 28 now, I probably should start using an eye cream anyway. I have used this a few times now and I really like the consistency. It's very thick and creamy but absorbs very well into my skin. I haven't worn makeup on top of it yet, but I don't think I'll have any problems there. The skin around my eyes appears more supple and firm already and I like that there is no added scent, because I have quite sensitive eyes.

Chocolate Orange Lip Balm
I recently bought a coconut lip balm from the local health shop as my favourite Hurraw lip balm has run out, but it was the most horrible thing ever. So when I saw the Chocolate Orange lip balm from White Rabbit I thought I'll give it a go. I really like the scent, which is very orangey and really reminds me of a yummy chocolate orange bar. The consistency is quite different to other lip balms as it is a little bit grainy. Not in an uncomfortable way though and not very noticeable either. I actually quite like that because I feel that the balm stays on my lips much better than for example the Hurraw coconut one. It moisturises my lips nicely and I would definitely repurchase when I run out.

Skin Care Samples
Only a few weeks ago I purchased a new moisturiser and a new face oil so I am definitely covered here, but I wanted to give the other skin care items a go as well. So I picked up this little sample which was only £4. It contains the Rose and Frankincence Day Cream, the Rosehip and Camelia Day Cream, the Coconut and Rosehip Day Cream, and the It's All About M.E. Night Cream. I haven't tried those yet but they will come in handy when I go to Berlin at the end of June. I really like rosehip, which is also in my current moisturiser so I think I will definitley like those two. If I like one of them in particular, I'll probably purchase the full size.

Overall, I am very happy with my order which also arrived quite quickly, which is a sensation in Sweden. I especially love the packaging it came in as it didn't contain any plastic, which is always a bonus. It also had a lovely handwritten note from the founder of the brand. White Rabbit is such a nice brand and I can totally recommend them to you, if you are after natural, cruelty-free and vegan skin care.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Seeing Mumford & Sons Live

On Thursday, I went to Copenhagen to see Mumford & Sons live. I bought the ticket back in November and I still can't quite believe that it was already time to go now! Because I had such a good time, I thought I would share it with you.

It was such a lovely and sunny day in both, Malmö and Copenhagen, and my friend and I left a bit earlier to grab something to eat before the concert. We went to Riz Raz, which is close to Copenhagen University and they sell both, meat and vegetarian/vegan dishes. They had a nice green buffet that had many vegan options and we both really enjoyed our food.

After dinner, we moved on to Frederiksberg and the concert venue. There we met up with some other people before we went inside. I actually expected the venue to be a bit different. I thought it would be bigger than the one we saw Hozier in, just because I expected more people to come and see Mumford & Sons. Now I don't know the numbers of people showing up for both concerts but to me it felt about the same amount. I really liked the place though, it reminded me a lot of the kind of venues I've been to when I was younger.

The support act was Bill Ryder-Jones. I think his music was good, although he and his band seemed a bit high, to be honest. ;) It was that kind of music I listened to a lot when I was around 17 or 18, so it was yet another flashback feeling. When I googled him back home, I actually found out that technically I've already seem him live before. He used to play the lead guitar at The Coral and I've seen them as a support act for Oasis in 2005. So although he is now going solo, I have actually seen him play that 11 years ago.

Then it was finally time for Mumford & Sons and I loved every minute of it. They are really good live and even though I didn't enjoy their new album as much as the others, I still had a very good time. They played quite a few of their older songs, like Little Lion Man or I Will Wait, but I also liked their new songs when performed live. I don't know what it is, but hearing music played live makes everything sound ten times better. Or maybe that's just me. If you want to hear some snippets of the concert, then head over to my Instagram, where I posted some short videos.

After the concert, when we left the venue, I actually think I saw Nikolaj Coster-Waldau walking right past me, just in front of me. Unless I had the worst hallucination ever, it definitely was him. I think he actually lives in Copenhagen with his wife and kids, so it's possible. I thought that was really cool because I've never seen anyone famous just walking around, probably because I never lived in any cool cities. And the thought that Jaime Lannister went to the same concert as me is pretty exciting.

We then had a bit of a nightmare getting home to Malmö because the train was massively delayed so we missed our last bus and had to take a taxi, but we finally made it home. It was such a good night and now I can't wait for the next concert, which will be Coldplay in Berlin. I will keep you updated on that one as well.

Have you seen anyone live lately? And who have been your favourite live gigs so far?


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What I Have Been Watching

Although I have to study quite a lot at the moment, as I only have one week left until I have to hand in my bachelor thesis, I still spent quite a lot of time watching series. It's the perfect ending to a day full of reading and writing, when I don't have the energy to pick up a book to read in the evening. So today I'm going to tell you all about the series I've been watching.

Game of Thrones
Let's put the obvious one out of the way first. The new season has started and the first three episodes did not disappoint. There are still quite a few changes from the books and of course things that are happening that haven't happened in the books yet, but I don't mind that much. I do perceive them as seperate stories in a way and I'm happy to have the TV show, so some of my burning questions have been answered already or will hopefully be answered soon. I feel the stories of many characters are finally getting to a point that we all have long been waiting for and I'm forever waiting for the next episode to be released.

My siblings have been watching this series and recommended it to me and it did not disappoint. There are four seasons on Netflix in Sweden and I have watched them all in a couple of days. Although I must say there are only a few episodes each season so it didn't take me too long. It's a BBC drama series starring Idris Elba, about DCI John Luther, who is a brilliant but troubled detective in London. It's such a gripping series and every episode felt like reading a very good thriller. I hope there will be new episodes soon. Coming from BBC, I was already sure beforehand that I would like it because they have never disappointed me so far.

The Big Bang Theory
I am usually not at all into sitcoms. I find the laughter annoying and American humour is just not my cup of tea. I much prefer dark sarcastic humour, to be honest. But a few months ago I started watching The Big Bang Theory from the beginning. I have seen quite a few episodes when I lived with my friend two years ago but I have never seen it all. I am currently at the end of season 8 so there is not much more to come. It is just such a nice and easy thing to watch at the moment when I can't be bothered engaging into a more demanding storyline. And I really do enjoy it.

Orphan Black
The new season of Orphan Black is currently being released on Netflix, so I have one new episode each week to watch. It's definitely one of the best series I have ever seen and it gets better and better. For anyone who has never seen it, it is about outsider and orphan Sarah who comes across a woman committing suicide right in front of her eyes. She takes the woman's identity when she discovers she looks just like her. This puts her in a mysterious new reality when she finds out that she and the woman have been clones, and not the only ones. It's really gripping and Tatiana Maslany is great in it, playing so many different roles.

I have also started watching Peaky Blinders, but I've only seen one episode so far. I really liked it but I'm going to save the rest for later when I have more time to concentrate on the story. So it probably will appear in my next post like this. What have you been watching lately? Is there anything you can recommend?