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Across the Ocean

24 February 2014
Whew! It's been a busy couple of weeks on my front; uni has practically taken over my life. On Tuesday night though, I managed to get out and head down to Ivory Blacks in Glasgow to go see one of my favourite bands - Our Last Night.

Our Last Night are a 4 piece post hardcore band from New Hampshire, USA. I first saw these guys supporting Sleeping With Sirens back in May 2013 and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. You can listen to one of their newer songs 'Sunrise' here but they also do some pretty good acoustics as well - if you're interested you can treat your ears here.

All formalities aside, this gig was incredible and honestly blew all other gigs I've been to, out of the water. Ivory Blacks is a very intimate venue, with a small capacity which just made the atmosphere totally different to any gig I had ever been to. I had been very keen to take my camera with me but with hindsight this probably would have been a horrific idea - there would have been nothing left of it by the end of the night! I'll apologise in advance for the lack of photos and their poor quality but it was all my little phone could manage in amongst the madness haha!

My friend and I had arrived at the venue around 4:30pm - we were a bit keen to get to the front of the queue but we were surprised to find that there were only around 8-9 people already waiting, far less than we expected - so far, so good. The drawback of this was that around 5:30pm it started to turn cold; the UK isn't exactly blessed with the best of weather! By the time it got to 6:30pm and the doors opened, my legs and hands weren't registering with my body - I couldn't get in there fast enough!

After much jumping around trying to warm up, 7pm finally came around and the first of the support acts came on. They were a local band and to be honest, I don't really remember what they were called, awful, I know (sorry). Empires Fade were next up and again, I hadn't heard of these guys either - they weren't really my cup of tea but they brought us one step closer to the headliners - Our Last Night.

The final support act of the night was Secrets - a band I have actually heard of and love. I was pretty excited when I found out that these guys would also be playing and I have to say, they didn't disappoint. It would have been nice to hear a couple more songs in their set but that's what headliners are for eh? (Hint hint) Secrets also somehow managed to start 'crowd surf  Tuesday', I still am not sure how I felt about this - being at the front left me with a lot of bruises and blows to the head. You see, 95% of those at the barrier and in the first few rows were girls and as much as we love to rant about 'girl power' and how we are strong, independent women, we just didn't have the ability to support 6ft- something guys attempting to crowd surf; they just kind of fell onto our heads while they waited for some poor guy who worked at the venue to pull them over the barrier (much sympathy for said guy, it looked a tough job).  I have to say though, even with blows to the head and neck (my friend also had her nose burst open, which was pretty messy) I have to say it only added to the atmosphere - it was something I'd never experienced before, it was amusing whilst being annoying as hell!

But finally, 9pm came around and it was time for the main event - Our Last Night. What came after this completely blew my mind and my expectations. I had never been to a gig so intimate and to have one of my favourite bands stood there barely a metre away, it was quite incredible! They came on with such energy and smashed through their songs, old and new; it was absolutely incredible. I think this is the one occasion that I was absolutely ok with being pushed up against a crowd of strangers and breathing in the stench of sweat. These guys are genuinely the best act that I have seen live and at £9 a ticket, it was an absolute bargain. I would happily pay over and over to see them again.

The crowd shot - you'll find me in the second row on the right of the guy who looks far too happy! Photo credit: Matt Vogel

As you can see, it's a pretty intimate venue and we were all pretty crushed but that was the least of my concerns - I was having far too good a time! 12 songs later and it was all over; the band left the stage, and the crowd started to diverge in their separate directions. I couldn't hear a thing because of the ridiculous ringing in my ears, but I wasn't too fussed - I was just in awe at how amazing the night had been! Nothing beats seeing one of your favourite bands in such an intimate gig. 



The guys came out to sign stuff/ take photos with people at the end of the night so I was also lucky enough to get to meet each of the guys - they're all so lovely and genuine, my face in the photos that I took with them however, is not that; I guess you can't have it all!

In all honesty though, Tuesday night was incredible and I would happily live it over and over - it far exceeded my expectations. Our Last Night have promised they'll be returning to the UK and this is a promise I really hope that they keep!

Until next time!

xo

Spring Wishlist

11 February 2014
Hello there again!

It's kind of half way through February already (scary, I know) and I suppose Spring is on the not too distant horizon, so today, I have drawn together all my most lusted after items to form my very own Spring wishlist; comprising of some normal and some random buys, thrown in there for good measure.



First off, we have Diesel's 'Loverdose'. I was given this as a gift a couple of years ago and it became a firm favourite. After over a year of using it sparingly, like most good things, it came to an end, boo. A repurchase is an essential for this year, I need it back in my life!

Next up is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 in blue. I have to admit that I only first discovered this product after reading a blog post review of it that I stumbled upon, it's safe to say that it was love at first sight. I'm really interested in photography and I just think that polaroids are a nice, cute keepsake - a polaroid camera has always been something I've wanted to get my hands on. The instax mini 8 comes in a range of pastel-y colours; from blue, to yellow and pink amongst others and I've seen the camera on sites like amazon at quite reasonable prices (£50-£65). I think this will definitely be an investment in the coming months, particularly in time for Summer!

I am guilty of spending quite a bit of money on candles; particularly in the past couple of months and I am no stranger to the Yankee Candle shop. At Christmas, I bought my sister the Vanilla Lime candle and oh my goodness, the smell is phenomenal. Vanilla is up there with my most favourite smells, and the lime addition was unusual but most definitely welcome; the odds were pretty high that I was going to need this in my life at some point - sooner rather than later. It's a nice, clean summery scent so what better time to buy it than the lead up to Spring/Summer? I love you Yankee Candles.

I go to the gym 3 times a week whilst at uni and recently purchased a nice, new pair of Nike training shoes. However, whilst I love them to pieces, I'd been lusting over the Tiffany blue free runs - I mean look at them, no explanation necessary. Unfortunately for me, the UK doesn't stock the free runs in this colour - huge sad face. They still deserve a place on this list though; a girl can dream.

A couple of weeks ago, my wonderful boyfriend spoiled me with a few OPI nail varnishes from the 'Touring America' Collection. He got me a couple of darker shades and a neutral tone, slightly different from the brighter and more vibrant polishes I'm used to wearing. However, I instantly fell in love with each and every one of them so naturally had to have a look through OPI's newest collection - 'Brazil'. Straight off, I noticed/fell in love with/ knew I needed in my life immediately, this darker, more neutral polish - 'Taupe-less Beach'. I have a ridiculous nail varnish addiction and no doubt this will be in my possession within the month.

I love bunnies and I love cosy jumpers and conveniently, Topshop have rolled my love all into one with this cute little bunny print jumper, retailing at £24.00. It just so happens that I have Topshop vouchers at hand to spend - wonderful!

Finally, it is one of my daily essentials - the Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 foundation in 'Fairly Light' (I'd say it's more of a powder but we'll leave that to the experts). I have the complexion of a ghost and I've run out of this stuff, just as a colony of spots have decided to set up camp all over my face - I have no luck. This is more of a 'I need right now but alas, have no money' object than one I'm lusting after; I'm definitely desperate for it though and most of you will have probably stopped reading already or not read this post at all anyways, so I gave it the finishing spot (if any of you are still reading to this point, do leave me a wee comment, that's always nice!)

So there you have it, my Spring 2014 wishlist

Until next time!

xo

Thursday

6 February 2014
Hellllllo there

We've now reached one of the most infuriating days of the week; yup, it's Thursday!


Almost Friday, but not quite - infuriating, I know. However in a feeble attempt to make your Thursday that little bit more interesting for you, I've got a couple of songs I've been enjoying this week that you might want to take a listen to - or not, the final season of How I Met Your Mother starts tonight: E4, 8:30pm (be there) if that's what you'd prefer (I definitely won't hold it against you).

First off, we have a wee tune from my favourite band - You Me At Six. Their new album just came out and there's some pretty good stuff on there, here's my favourite: Cold Night

Don't worry, if that wasn't quite your thing I've got an acoustic for you; Hurricane by Parachute to be
 precise, I've linked a live version because I was having difficulty finding the studio version, but it's just as good, promise! They're secretly also my favourite too.

I hope your Thursday is wonderful and filled with lovely things; the weekend is in sight, we've got this!

xo