Friday I’m In Love #7

Back again after last weeks non-action (that kind of happens when you’re one of the only members of staff and have to do 8 days straight at work) but I’m still attempting to keep up with my more writing pledge to myself. So while I really should be baking for our 1st birthday party at work, I’m writing this and listening to Pulled Apart By Horses (review to come!). Onto the good stuff:

TV: Yet more Bake Off, but we’ll see how much longer that lasts after this weeks Bin-gate dismissing my beloved hipster baker Iain. I’m now convinced that Mary Berry may well be the devil, but I do have a tendency to overreact… I’ve also been obsessively watching Project Runway, not at all bitter that I could do a better job than some of those people and the other day resulted in an enormous binge of America’s Next Top Model now I realised that the new series has started. I watch too much trashy TV…

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Things to do: Aforementioned 8 days straight has meant I’ve had little time to think let alone actually do anything! However I have been mentally preparing myself to go back to ballet, especially since its now less than 2 weeks away! Oh and next week will have a trip out I think, perhaps a little meander to IKEA as I need a nice plant pot for the strawberries that I’m attempting to grow and I definitely need a trip to the cinema to see What If? and Obvious Child, such light happy film choices there!

Wants: While I am attempting to save so I can enjoy a summer of festivals next year, its been pointed out that I have holidays left at work AND the fact that I need a holiday that is not just going back to visit Mum and Dad in America. One quick phone call later and I have somehow cajoled the best friend into a November trip to Paris, so no more treats for me! However, I’m quickly putting together an excellent 3 day trip including dinner by the Sacre Coeur, fireworks at Disneyland Paris, and the all important shopping around Paris. I’ve already earmarked some excellent vintage stores to hit, just sadly the exchange rate is pants!

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Just look at that spectacle, and having not been there since I was 9 or 10, I’m so excited to get this all booked. Which will happen if we get this bonus at work (so everyone keep your fingers crossed for me!) I’ve even found us a super little apartment in Montmarte on airbnb!

Sly mention to the Urban Decay X Pulp Fiction collection that launches on the 1st over here. I didn’t manage to get my hands on any in America when it launched over there, but my desire to resemble Mia has not yet subsided and Monday may be costly…

Music: I’ve already mentioned Pulled Apart By Horses above, and now I’m about to crack onto the new Interpol album but more on those when I get round to finding time to write a proper review. Not a vague promise this time though, there is time pencilled in the diary! I’ve also been guiltily listening to the new Taylor Swift song AS IT IS SO GOOD (and I’m totally down with her feminism stance) and as always a little bit of Beyonce has crept in, especially after THAT VMA performance. Tears did fall (I’ve cried so often this week…) So to round this week off, here is the best Beyonce song (and video) ever, in my opinion anyway…

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Friday I’m In Love #2

Hey look! I’m doing this when I’m supposed to! Check me out for keeping on top of a feature for 2 weeks! I guess the real test will come when I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks. We shall see. But back to the matter in hand, another instalment of all the lustworthy and excellent things that I currently desire in life (and definitely can’t afford because my pay today was the actual worst thing I’ve ever seen).

TV: My love for Mindy Kaling in not so secret, given how I can be often spotted reading her excellent book, or watching one of the many excellent things she’s done. This week was no different, especially after last weeks Office binge, and I duly watched a fair few episodes of The Mindy Project. This is a TV show where I don’t understand why its  it huge. Far more realistic characterisation than New Girl, and essentially the best thing since The Office US, the sheer number of excellent guest stars is surely a testament to how good it is (James Franco, Seth Rogen, Ed Helms, Chloe Sevingy, B.J. Novak to name just a few). Currently on mid season break until April 1st, I’m clawing at my hair while I wait for the conclusion to the current cliff hanger!

Things to do: I’m still knitting this god damned jumper ready for Record Store Day, but I’ve managed to also get out of the house this week as well as getting a shit load of it knitted. I even have a little schedule that I need to stick to so I actually get it finished in time! (Side note: are we all prepared with our lists for Record Store Day? This must be the first year there are less than 20 things on my list). But yes, I left the house this week to go catch the NME Awards tour, or essentially almost weep with joy at the sight of Interpol. Being the loser that I am, I arrived in time for the legendary opening slot, grabbed a pint and headed for the barrier with no intention of moving all night. Openers Circa Waves were excellent, bringing back the noughts inspired indie rock that I love so much. Their recent single Stuck In My Teeth is one of my favourites so far this year. Royal Blood were a band i didn’t expect to enjoy, but they were fucking amazing. Just bass and drums combing to create so of the most glorious sounds I’ve ever heard. I’ve already told everyone I know about them. Temples brought all the psychedelic goodness of their recent album Sun Structures to life and it was like being back in time. It certainly helps that frontman James Bagshaw looks like Bolan reborn. it might have taken them a while to warm to how the crowd were getting into it, but it was an enjoyable experience none the less. Still perched on the barricade when Interpol took to the stage, I swear I nearly cried. Playing a mix of old classics and some new stuff, it was possibly a dream set list. Highlights included Evil, NARC, The Heinrich Maneuver, new song All The rage Back Home, Obstacle 1, Slow Hands and the encore of Lights and Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down. So yeah essentially the entire set. I fell back in love with Paul Banks and Daniel Kessler (how are that so beautiful and that old?!), oh and this happened: 

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I’m never using another photo of myself again…

Wants: In this we cover things that Emily desperately needs, rather than wants for a change. Number one is a new iPod. I have somehow managed to fill up my 80GB one (this happens when you have the entire Rolling Stones and David Bowie discography) so more space is definitely needed. Not only that, but I keeping dropping my current one, so much so that I currently only get sound out of one headphone. Definitely time for an upgrade. Its not long overdue at all…

Want number two is another practical one. Its about time I bought a new pair of jeans, as my trusty black skinnies are marginally less black and less skinny n ow, so time for another upgrade. I’ve had my eye on the American Apparel Easy Jeans for a while now, and having only heard good things about them I guess it’s time to take the plunge when I get my tax back. They’re not cheap but given how often I now wear jeans and my multitude of band tees, I have no room to scrimp on these things. We’ll not discuss how man y other things I want from American Apparel as we could be her all day.

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Okay maybe one more. Never have I wanted anything as much as this:

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Music: Having parents that live abroad means i can spread my wings a bit when it comes to festival time. Chicago has not one but two festivals that I could choose to go to, and with the poor showing from Lollapalooza this year (Skrillex, come on?!), I’ve decided that its time I graced Pitchfork festival. With headliners Back, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel, that’s the $130 ticket price already considered to be daylight robbery on my part, but throw in Wild Beasts and some of the other names on the list and I’m laughing. Plus it will be full of fit hipster boys. How can a girl say no? So in celebration I’m blasting a lot of Beck at the minute, I think everyone at work is already sick of it…

That is getting a hammering, a pleasant thing not so much when I’m dancing round the stockroom to it. Another brief side note here: when I go to Chicago I also get to see Liverpool FC. The small child that begged for a Liverpool shirt with Owen on the back isode of me is a very happy bunny at the minute (and this reminds me I want chocolate, damn me for associating bunny with Easter).

This week I’ve also been obsessively listening to Courtney Love. Is it the 90s again or something? She’s stopping in Leeds on her next tour, on me Mam’s birthday (sorry Mam) and I’m off to see her with one of my favourite people in the world. She may be remembered for being a little bit mental and Kurt’s missus,  but she has some cracking songs no just from her Hole days. Granted they were the best, but her solo album America’s Sweetheart is a cracker, especially But Julien I’m A Little Older Than You (written about a certain Casablancas, allegedly). I mean how can you not love her…

Another of my favourite lyrics; ‘Where were you at 2 am, Triple XXX, Time that me and you had lots of meaningless sex’. Sometimes I just wish I could channel badass Courtney…

Friday I’m In Love #1

In an effort to actually write a bit more on this here blog (especially since my hours have been cut at work and I need something to do) here is what I hope is going to become a more regular feature, essentially me writing about various things that I love and writing on a Friday so I can shamelessly use The Cure’s lyrics. So here goes:

TV: With my extra day gained this week, I’ve watched things I’ve been meaning to watch for a while i.e. binge watching The Office US and my long waited rewatch of The Mighty Boosh. The latter I’ve not watched for nearly 2 years at least and watching it all again from the beginning is bringing back some excellent memories. Should I also worry that I know most of the episodes by heart? As for The Office US, I’ve long loved the series and felt a watch was long over due, I missed Jim and Pam. Do I need to say anything more? It also goes hand in hand with my next talking point.

Things to do: My TV watching is coupled hand in hand with my attempts to cut down on my jumper knitting time. So far I’ve managed a sleeve in just over a week, but when I want it finished by Record Store Day I have to get moving! Especially as I somehow managed to get the day off work (now just to decide between Jumbo and Crash for the day!).Definitely not helping myself by currently working on 3 projects! I’m also attempting to get a little bit healthy as I really do need to lose weight by now so I’ve been attempting to do Yoga every night this week. It’s actually been really helpful in calming me down and getting me to sleep easier, something I thought would never happen given how terribly I sleep.

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Wants: Attempting to save at the minute is really painful as there is so much I want and it all costs a ridiculous amount! Number one on my wish list is this dreamy Fred Perry bag, which matches the purse I bought myself recently! Its a decent enough size to fit my laptop in, just incase I ever want to venture out with it, and plenty of other things too. I do love a big bag!

Number two on the wish list is this dreamy coat from Urban Outfitters. Damn ever leaving there and not getting my employee discount anymore! Coats are a big part of my life (we live in England and it’s always cold!) and this one is pretty spot on. Combining my love of a good herringbone, a nice neutral colour and the perfect shape. What more could a girl ask for?! It looks ideal for mid season dressing, as well and layering up in winter with plenty of jumpers! Putting my skills together yet again!

In things that I have crossed off my wish list, I’ve finally found a really nice navy nail varnish! Considering a large percentage of my wardrobe is a) Navy and b) Paisley, this is something that I’ve needed for a while. The one I went for was the Barry M Gelly one in Balckberry (available here), a varnish that I’ve found doesn’t chip as much as the rest of my collection does! I’m also trailing a new eyeliner, possibly my 4th of the year so far, so we’ll see how that goes and I’ll update!

Music: Next week sees me head out to see the NME Awards tour for the first time in a couple of years, and mainly because of these guys here:

The days might be getting longer and lighter, but its still cold enough out there for me to enjoy one of my beloved winter bands, Interpol. Having never seen them before I’m far too excited and to stick them on a tour with the amazing Temples, Royal Blood and my new favourites Circa Waves, NME have really hit this one out of the park! (I also just got far too excited at almost completing this week’s NME crossword). Since money’s tight at the minute it’s sad that my gig going has to be reduced (I mean how else am I going to run off with a boy in a band?) but when theres line ups like this I at least feel like I’m getting my money’s worth!

My other music obsession this week is the lovely Elbow. It’s album release week for them and it’s a bloody excellent album. Elbow are a bone of contention between me and my Dad’s comparative music tastes, since he is stupidly averse to them (sorry Dad, it’s one of your only flaws) and though he may say its yet more Elbow by numbers, its actually mostly a dream. Occasionally you are wrong Dad!

So that’s number one of this little feature here done! Eventually I will get really good at this again and I might even manage to make this weekly! Anything you want to see with comment, find me on Twitter (@EmilySolan) or drop me an email, which can be found on my about page! Now time for me to put my thinking cap on for another feature that you may well see next week!