Monthly Favourites #10 (June 2016)

After a busy birthday month, which including spending a lot of a time at several trains stations I have finally accumulated June monthly favourites which sees the return of some previous favourites.

TV – Orange Is the New Black
By now most people have heard the Netflix original series Orange is The New Black (OITNB), a comedy drama series set in a women’s minimum security prison.  The premise for the TV show was based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison. The first story we follow is Piper Chapman who goes to jail for the same reason as Piper Kerman, money laundering and drug trafficking. Over the seasons, the show has created its own story lines and characters as well as receiving cheers from the fans and critics alike. Season four made the three previous season seem like bubble-gum pop (with the odd exception), it was gritty and raw and tackled some important issues head on. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys comedy and drama, you most certainly don’t want to be missing out on this.
Also a quick honourable mention to Game of Thrones who is knocking out of the park this season!

S1Cast

Documentary – The Hunting Ground
Someone on Twitter mentioned this documentary and said it should be getting the same outcry of anger as Making a Murderer (both documentary’s can be found on Netflix), so guess who took the plunge and decided to watch it. The Hunting Ground is a documentary that focuses on the rising sexual assaults on college campuses in the United States; it also shows how the college administration have failed to help the victims. This documentary made me angry, it showed that the administration were not helping the victims but protecting the rapists. It is an eye opener and if you are not worried about being triggered I would give this a watch. More people need to be aware of the injustice happening on college campuses across the states.

Music – The 1975 & Hamilton
Really not much to say about these two as I have previously mentioned them in monthly favourites. But they are what I have been listening to this month.

Thing – Phone Case
I finally got round to buying a phone case for my phone! I headed to etsy in search of something fun and quirky and I stumbled upon a shop called TheSmallPrintCases.  They catered to many different types of phones and they have a great high quality choice of cases. I really like my dinosaur cases, I have had it for nearly two weeks and it is still looking good, so much so in the future I may consider getting another case from this wonderful shop.

Beauty – Sleek Blush by 3 Pink Lemonade
I went on a little make up shopping spree this month and picked up a few items but I wanted to include this one in this favourites. I am slowly getting back into wearing makeup, I enjoy putting it on and wearing but this blush is simply gorgeous. It is highly pigmented and just so beautiful with its three shades, one of which is a cream blush.  The picture does not do the blush justice, it is very pretty. A strong beauty recommendation if you are looking for a new blush. If you are in the UK you can buy it here!

Sleek blush

So that’s it for favourites this month. Do you have any favourites let me know in the comments!

The Vinyl Countdown

Last year for my 21st birthday I requested what would be considered ‘vintage’ things, I asked for a polaroid camera and a vinyl player. My step dad got me a vinyl player/turntable and it is probably one of my favourite things I own.

Vinly stackcollage

My turntable is ION Audio Profile LP Record Player and one of its main features is that is converts your vinyl (if you want it to) onto the computer, however, I use it as turntable. It took a few weeks to get it to work. First I needed speakers (Edifer Speakers, my brother suggested this would be the best). and then I needed an adapter and then a stand for the turntable but eventually I got it work. To date I have had no problems with it, well apart from the damn fluff on the needle but so far things have been good. I do have a minor issue with trying to store all my vinyl, yes in under a year I have obtained quite the collection but the large majority are from my dad. My dad gave me (I am still due) a stack of records everything from AC/DC to Pavarotti, I have admittedly not listen to all of them but I am sure there are some gem of records stored away in there.  So let’s talk about my favourite records!

Actual Vinyl Collage

From left to right, we will start with AC/DC. My dad bought this record on a school trip to Holland, he wanted it desperately because it had the time stamps on the back, which the UK record didn’t. Highway to Hell is a fantastic album and it sounds amazing on this vinyl. I really do cherish this album as it was one of my dad’s favourites growing up and now it is one of mine.

The 1975 self-titled album was bought by a friend for my 21st. I love The 1975 and this album is such a strong album, I can just put it on, sit back and read without a worry or a care in the world. I am currently listening to the new 1975 on Spotify (I do intend to buy the vinyl when I can afford it).

I pre ordered 5 Seconds Of Summer new album way back before I had the turntable, I knew I wanted a vinyl player and this would be a great record to listen to on vinyl. I wasn’t wrong. First of the actually LP is bright green, which looks great and all the songs are solid.

And finally Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. Like my dad, I am a fan of the man in black and this is a classic album so I just had to get on vinyl. It has the full show on the vinyl, not just part of it; it has his introduction and the cheers from the inmates. It is such a classic album that playing it on vinyl only seems right.

Vinyl All 4 Colage

Admittedly I don’t spend money on CD’s like I use to, I use Spotify as my music sources and if I really like an album I will buy it. However, if there is an album I love I think I may just have to buy it on vinyl. So things on my wish list include Sigur Ros, The 1975, All Time Low and whatever I can raid from my dad’s collection.

Edit: I just found American Idiot on vinyl, that was the first one I bought. It gets an honorable mention!

A Trip to Norway (On Top of The World).

Roughly, two weeks ago I returned to the UK from a nine-day trip to Norway, the trip itself was probably one of the best experiences of my life. However, at the time I would have not said.

The trip to Norway was not a spur of the moment thing and I was not travelling to the Scandinavian country for a jolly holiday. I was going to work at one of their largest festivals (possible the largest), Hove festival based on a small island called Tromøy, right beside the town of Arendal  (I thought Frozen as well). Hove festival has been going since 2007 and was acquired by the well-known Festival Republic (Leeds and Reading festival) in 2008.
I would be interning for the accreditation team at the festival.  One of my university lecturers set up this link and the students (who were going to Norway) had to correspond with emails (to their respective person) to sort out details about the placement. But that is enough about details about going to Norway, let’s just move to talking about being in Norway.

Amfi Stage - Hove.
All pictures taken by yours truly.

When I arrived at Oslo Torp airport, I noted several things about Norway; there were a lot trees, a lot of the colour green (and red) and a lot of water. It was beautiful and visible pleasing for the eyes. The journey to the site, the beauty of the country wore off a little, it took roughly three hours to get the festival site from the airport. Also nearly, every house in Norway is red and made out of wood, something that I found oddly refreshing since most of the houses in the UK are made of brick.

Now it is important to note that while I was in Norway for nine days, I camped for at least eight of them. I know feel that I have camped long enough and will be fine at any UK festival where I have to camp for several days.  As I was camping my access to the internet was very limited, this was extremely refreshing. There was no need to check Facebook out of boredom because I was more than often busy or really tired (but I did come back to the UK and binge the internet). Another thing about camping is that I got to wake up to stunning views everyday (yes, there was a lot of tents) where the tent was positioned I managed to see the sea every time I left the tent.

I feel like I must stress the beauty of Norway (there will be a minor spam of pictures). The sunsets Norway provides are breath-taking, if you ever have the chance to go to Norway in summer please watch one of the sunsets. We were truly blessed with the weather we received over our nine days; nearly every day (bar three days) it was sunshine. At night it never really got that dark, compared to the UK, I assumed this was where Norway is placed in the world. As much as Norway is beautiful, I do have one grumble in the form of seagulls. Every morning I was awoken not by my alarm but by the sound of seagulls circling the campsite in search of food and these seagulls were like foghorns.

Norway Sunset.
Norwegian sunset

My internship was great; I had reasonable hours and learnt a lot about the area was in. I also managed to make a new friend.  The group that came from university, I believe grew closers as friends over the days we were there. We would meet up for lunch and dinner (tea) and grumbling like true Britons but we would also trade stories about what happened in our day. For some of us, we got the nights off which at first left us to explore the site and its beauty but when the music started it allowed us to enjoy live music which is one of my favourite things in the world.

Friends.
Most of the group, Bastille were playing in the background.

I had most of my nights off (I had to work one but it meant I had to work a disable platform, so I got to watch bands for a few hours). A couple of my friends and myself went around the three stages to catch the bands (we watched most of the British bands/musicians) but this gave me a chance to see people I liked/thought were okay live. These resulted in the band The 1975 quickly become a favourite band of mine (I listened to their album on repeat on Spotify until I bought the album this week from HMV), Bastille were amazing as were Foster The People, Imagine Dragons (there song On Top Of The World was very fitting) and surprisingly Example. Sunshine, live music and friends that was when the festival really began to pick for me.

The 1975
The 1975 – Hove Stage (Monday 30th June 2014)

So what else is there to add? Five major things I’ve learnt? If offered rooms, take them. Do not forget to bring a bottle open, forget one can cause problems. You can get sunburnt on your ears, so lotion those bad boys up.  Do not be fooled by sparkling water. Norway is expensive so save up if you are visiting.

There is so much more I could add about Norway but I think this post would be extremely long if I continued to sit here and write about it. I guess my final word about this post is that if you have a chance go visit Norway, go. You won’t regret it.

Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons – Hove Stage (Thursday 3rd July 2014)