more favourites of 2013

My non-beauty favourites of 2013!

Music:

– Jake Bugg

I first found out about him from the lineup at the Osheaga festival. After I listened a lot to his first album and fell in love. He has a different voice and I liked almost every song on his first album. With his second one out now, I’m liking his sound a lot.

– Arctic Monkeys

 I can’t express how much I love their music. AM being released last September was awesome.

– Lorde

A fairly new artist, but I love every song of hers. I appreciate her song-writing.

– Tegan and Sara

I really only started listening to them when they released their 6th album, but I really liked Heartthrob. I still like their new sound even if it is a bit more pop.

– Two Door Cinema Club

I absolutely LOVED Two Door last year. It might’ve been unhealthy. I loved Beacon and Something Good Can Work is my most played song on my iPod. I was so happy when I got to see them at Osheaga.

– One Direction

I’d like to say it’s a guilty pleasure? I don’t really listen to pop stuff anymore, but I like 1D. Was lucky to go to the Take Me Home tour last summer :)

TV & Movies

So, sci-fi and dystopian stuff is kinda my thing…

– Orphan Black (TV)

My friend told me about this show and thank goodness he did. Such an addictive series, on the first episode I was hooked. Even better that it is a sci-fi series set in Toronto, filmed in Toronto. Thank you BBC America. Also, Tatiana Maslany is one hell of an actress.

– Sherlock (TV)

This show. THIS SHOW. I can’t quite remember if I watched this in late 2012 or early 2013, but I’ll include it in here anyway. I could go on forever about this show, but honestly, who would bother to read it? Just watch it. All the hype you’ve heard about, it’s worth it. Amazingly written with amazing acting.

– Rookie Blue (TV)

HAIL ROOKIE BLUE! ALL HAIL ROOKIE BLUE! Another Canadian show worth watching. From the trailers and stuff from this show, it looks mediocre, but I really like it. It’s an exciting police drama and I was quite impressed by the acting. I <3 Nick!

– Star Trek: Into Darkness

…Zach Quinto, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch. That is all.

– Thor: The Dark World

This was sooooo much better than the first in my opinion. A lot of humour in it too which I liked. Also….TOM HIDDLESTON. Also…I need Thor 3 now.

– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Ohmygoodness. I was so impressed with this adaptation. I think it may be the best book adaptation I have ever seen. Enough said.

– Warm Bodies

This movie surprised me. I was drawn to it from the trailer, but the movie played out differently from it in my opinion. I loved the humour in it. And Nicholas Hoult – hello!

I love action movies. I will always be in the mood to watch one. 

Books

Regretfully, I haven’t read many books last year. But I must add that many of the ones that I did disappointed me. Here are a couple exceptions:

– The Great Gatsby

A classic. Decided to read it when I heard about the movie coming out. I admit it was quite slow at the beginning, but the book surprised me. The ending and just some of the events in the book I wasn’t expecting at all. Definitely give this book a read.

– The Fault in Our Stars

Yes. Just yes. John Green hit this one home. A terribly wonderful love story. That’s all I’m going to say if you haven’t read it yet!

 

SOOOO…that’s it! Doesn’t seem like much, but this took me a while to write:) Xmas haul soon, I promise.

Recap: osheaga day 2

We lucked out again on Saturday – no rain (except for a bit during Imagine Dragons) We weren’t really interested in seeing any of the earlier acts that day, so we decided to hit up St. Catherines again since we didn’t walk much of it the day before. We went into a few different shoe stores and I made sure we made it to Brandy Melville (where I was determined to buy something!) My friend had never been there before and was very impressed with the store, so naturally she walked out with quite a bit. I ended up getting the Stay Weird top which I had been looking for originally in Toronto. I was satisfied! I was contemplating on a floral skirt as well, but it was $30 and I felt like I didn’t want to spend that much on it. After a couple more stores, we went our separate ways to get lunch. I ended up getting a meal from Kojax (yum, Greek!) and while my mom and I walked back on St. Catherines to the hotel…guess who we spotted? Maxime! We were both surprised and said a quick hello. I couldn’t get over how I met the guy who had the same Chevrolet bracelet as me outside of Osheaga. What are the odds? It definitely made my day!

After finishing up lunch, my mom and I looked for the subway in the Underground City (interconnected complexes in downtown Montreal) We passed by a clothing store called Lime and when I looked in I saw a bunch of denim vests. I had been looking for one for a while, but I hadn’t found the right one for the right price (yet) I saw one with a grey hood attached which was cute and for $25. Not the best price, but the others I had seen had been more so I settled for that one. 

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Later we headed to Parc Jean-Drapeau in time to hear some of the last songs performed in Jimmy Eat World’s set. We all walked around to the other side of the island to explore and entered the Chevy contest again (my friend found a guy with the same bracelet, but he wasn’t bothered and gave it to me!) After my friend and I walked over to the Air Miles tent and showed them my mom’s card so we could get a free Polaroid taken! :) Our moms were back at the Chevy tent entering since they’d also found a match, so my friend and I headed back to the main stages to catch the last bits of Stars’ set. I loved when they played Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It at the end (Yes, long song name) We stood in the crowd of the opposite stage since Tegan and Sara were playing next! We also wanted to stay on that side because Imagine Dragons were playing an hour after T and S. 

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Tegan and Sara were awesome and I especially loved How Come You Don’t Want Me Now and Alligator. I was annoyed partly during the set since the guy in front of me smoked at least 4 cigarettes in that hour…and the smoke drafted into my direction of course. After they finished, my friend and I pushed as much as we could near the front (which was very difficult!) We don’t really like to be rude. Thankfully two taller guys in front of us let us stand in front of them. I was thankful until everyone around us (including the two guys) starting smoking pot. The smell was intoxicating and it was a big turn-off for my friend and I. I was also very squished as we waited and I could barely move in the hour waiting for K-os to end (I was very unimpressed with his set, I have to say). After what seemed like a long, long time, Imagine Dragons were finally on! I was so excited. 

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They were phenomenal. Throughout the whole performance their energy was amazing, especially Dan’s. He had a huge bass drum which he used quite frequently through the show and it was awesome. The number of crowd surfers during On Top of the World was crazy though – my friend and I were so paranoid that we’d get crushed or hit on the head (crowd surfers in my opinion were a big downside in the standing area) Besides that, their set was probably my favourite from the entire weekend. I was a bit bummed they didn’t get to play Bleeding Out, but Amsterdam and Tiptoe were my favourites. They were great performers and interacted with the crowd. At the end they threw their drumsticks into the crowd and a girl behind us caught the one that Dan threw (after it hit her friend on the head) If only we had been a bit farther back!

After Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were playing, but I wasn’t all that interested in going into the crowd, so my friend went with her mom. I’m not really a big fan of rap, but I don’t mind it. I admit, after seeing Macklemore, I like him a little bit better. He was an amazing performer and interacted with the crowd the most from what I had seen the whole weekend. My favourite performance was Same Love, where he invited Tegan and Sara onstage to sing with him. It’s a really catchy song too. 

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Overall, Macklemore surprised me and I was more impressed with his set that I had thought I would be! 

After he left, we also did. My feet were on fire from the pain of standing in the crowds for 3+ hours (and we weren’t all that interested in seeing Beck’s whole set), so we took the Metro back to the hotel and grabbed a late dinner.