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.

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sweater weather tag

Saw this tag video on YouTube going around so I decided to give it a go. There were quite a few variations of questions, so I just chose the ones I liked the most!

1. Favourite candle scent?

I don’t personally own any candles (yet), but I have smelled some of the Bath & Body Works winter collection and I do like Marshmallow Fireside!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate, hands down. Whenever I need something sweet and when I’m cold from walking home from the bus stop, hot chocolate is there for me.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

Hmm…this is a hard one. Probably watching my dad carve pumpkins as a kid or walking in the trails with my family and admiring the colour of the leaves.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer – dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Dark lips!

5. Favourite Thanksgiving food?

Stuffing all the way.

6. Hats or scarves?

Scarves, definitely!

7. Most worn sweater?

Probably my camo hoodie I got ages ago from somewhere in Montreal or my Zara basic black cardigan.

8. Must-have fall nail polish?

Anything plum-y or berry coloured. (Revlon: Plum Attraction)

9. What is fall weather like where you live?

Well, first it starts out at a nice temperature – around 5-15 degrees Celcius. Later on in November though it’s usually 5 or below…brr! All the more reason to layer.

10. What song gets you in the fall spirit?

Even If by Lewis Watson, Slide by Jake Bugg, or Changing of the Seasons (I’d say it’s an appropriate song title!)  by Two Door Cinema Club. (Sorry I couldn’t choose one)

august favourites

In the summer I don’t really use any makeup, but here are a few beauty favourites I have this month.

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

This isn’t really a beauty product, but I have been using this shampoo for about a month and a half and I am quite happy with it. They are only available at hair salons (possibly online too, not sure) After using it, my scalp and hair felt extra-clean. The tea tree leaves a tingling feeling and it great for people with dry scalps.

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Spectro AcneCare® Deep Pore Vanishing Lotion

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Summer Fruit

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

The Spectro lotion is great for acne. I don’t have a lot of acne, but now and again I would get bad breakouts on my forehead or around my nose. I had been continuously using some Neutrogena acne care products, but nothing was working. Eventually I tried the Spectro lotion and now I don’t use anything else! The lotion contains benzoyl peroxide which reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria. I definitely recommend this product, but make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle. Also, it is better to apply at night as it leaves a white residue when it dries (can be easily washed off!)

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My lips get dry very easily, so I have been using these two products together frequently this month. I got the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish from my mom in a gift set and it works very well! I am also obsessed with the EOS lip balm…in my opinion the Summer Fruit flavour smells like the fuzzy peaches candy…yum! As you can see in the picture I have used quite a bit! I hope to get the Sweet Mint or Pomegranate-Raspberry flavour when I am done this one.

Now onto the entertainment favourites.

TV Show: Orphan Black

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My friend recommended that I watch this show and I’m glad I did. IT’S SO GOOD. It’s a BBC America production and is a sci-fi series set in Toronto, Ontario. The show is about a woman named Sara who witnesses a suicide of someone who looks like her. She assumes the life of the deceased woman and soon discovers she is one of many clones. Such a good series and Tatiana Maslany’s acting is phenomenal. Please start watching this show now!

Music:

Sleep Alone – Two Door Cinema Club

Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club

Chartreuse – Capital Cities

My Number – Foals

Our Song – Matchbox Twenty

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Random favourites: Homeade blueberry muffins. I am addicted. There is a blueberry patch in a park near me and my sister and I go pick fresh blueberries for my mom to make desserts! :)

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my monthly favourites.

*New post in two days*

packages in the mail = happiness

Here are some things that came in the mail today!

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Woohoo! A new phone case and Two Door Cinema Club’s second studio album (deluxe edition!) About 2 weeks ago I got a new phone (Samsung Galaxy Ace II x) and I wanted a case for it. Instead of spending $20 on a boring one at the Virgin Mobile store, I looked for some on eBay. I found a cute cassette one for around $5. It also came with a screen protector and a stylus, which is a bonus. It was supposed to come with a waterproof pouch for the phone, but I guess the seller ran out. A bit disappointing, but at least they sent the stylus in replacement.

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The album is beautifuuuul. I had downloaded the regular version to my iTunes, but that wasn’t good enough for me. I really wanted the deluxe version after seeing them live, so I convinced my dad to get it for me off Amazon. Thanks dad.

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Best part about the deluxe edition? There’s a second disc with live songs from their Brixton Academy set. I can’t wait until their new EP.

my summer 2013 playlist

here is just a short post about some songs I’ve had on repeat this summer.

  • changing of the seasons – two door cinema club
  • this is the life – two door cinema club
  • something good can work – two door cinema club
  • best song ever – one direction
  • teenage dirtbag wheatus
  • trying to be cool – phoenix
  • 1901 – phoenix
  • diet mountain dew – lana del rey
  • radio – lana del rey
  • you – the 1975
  • safe and sound – capital cities
  • chartreuse – capital cities
  • out of my league – fitz and the tantrums
  • hold on when you get love and let go when you give it – stars
  • beach – san cisco
  • unbelievers – vampire weekend
  • step – vampire weekend
  • do i wanna know – arctic monkeys
  • creep in a t-shirt – portugal. the man
  • sofie – the crookes

Now going a bit more into detail…

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Changing of the Seasons is Two Door Cinema Club’s new song off their upcoming EP (single released August 20!) It only aired two days ago, but I am already obsessed. I will definitely be listening to it for a loooong time. Especially when the new EP comes out. I am beyond excited. I also included two other TDCC’s songs (I had a hard time picking), which I will never, ever, tire of. Give them a listen.

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If you want teen pop rock, here it is. After hearing One Direction’s cover of Teenage Dirtbag at their concert, I had to give the original a listen again. I had it on repeat for days after the concert. Brendan B. Brown’s vocals take some getting used to though! It’s a song that’ll easily get stuck in my head.

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I mean, just look at the artwork. Safe and Sound was just so catchy, and after seeing them at Osheaga I began to enjoy Chartreuse A LOT. Although their songs sound very produced, they are amazing live.

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Again, this artwork is beautiful. Plus side – this band is Canadian. I’ve listen to Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It (phew I’m out of breath) on repeat ever since The North album came out. Listened to it even more before Osheaga. Who could not like the indie-pop feel of this band?

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I love love love this band. Listen to Sofie, Afterglow, and Maybe in the Dark. You will understand.

Hope you enjoyed my summer playlist post! What have you been listening to this summer?

Recap: Osheaga day 1

Sorry I have been so MIA the past week…my friend and I attended the Osheaga music festival in Montreal from August 2-4. It was such a fun experience.

Although I listen to One Direction, my music taste is mainly alternative/indie. Back in March Osheaga released their lineup and I was very impressed. I was already going to One Direction, so I didn’t think much of going, but when tickets when on sale I decided to needed to go! My mom gave in and since I am only 16, she and my friend’s mom came with us. Good thing they didn’t hover the entire time, thanks mom! We purchased the three day pass and I added another countdown to my phone. :)

Unfortunately, many of the ticketholders (including me) received our bracelets quite late. This was due to fraud issues. My mom had called Osheaga worried we wouldn’t get them in time, but they assured us we would get replacement ones in case we didn’t receive them in time. Although the bracelets came only 4 days (4 days!) before the festival, I was glad we finally had them!

We left on August 1 on a 3 1/2 hour drive. We stopped a bit to shop at the Fairview Point Claire mall and then ate at an allergen free restaurant (I have a peanut/nut/shellfish allergy) in the Latin Quarter called Zero8.

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I ordered the steak and fries (+ salad) and managed to save enough room for a chocolate cake dessert. I go to Zero8 every time I’m in Montreal, and I have to say they have gone downhill a bit compared to previous years. I was satisfied with the cake though!

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The Latin Quarter!

Ok, on to what this blog post was supposed to be about – Osheaga day 1! The festival didn’t officially start until 1 (which was when the first act was playing), so we decided to take a walk down to rue St. Catherines for a little browsing/shopping. I only ended up getting a shirt from Simon’s (a French clothing dept. store), but that was good enough for me!

We were lucky – the Metro was literally steps away from our hotel. We hopped on and after 2 stops we were at Parc Jean-Drapeau! I was beyond excited. We entered with a swarm of people and checked through the security quite smoothly. Osheaga time!

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Me and my friend!

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The first act of the day were Capital Cities. I had heard of them before from their popular song “Safe and Sound” and I knew a few others so we decided to stay and watch. I was pleasantly surprised. They were really good live and they covered “Stayin’ Alive”. Their performance was very entertaining and I will be purchasing more of their music!

My mom and my friend’s mom sat on the hill while they waited for us and watched the other acts. After Capital Cities we left and decided to look for the water stations where we could fill out bottles (for free!). Unfortunately, parts of the map were inaccurate so we ended up at a farther water station since the one that showed closest to where we were didn’t exist! My friend and I stood in the semi-long line waiting for our turn. Now before I write about the next story, I forgot to mention. Chevrolet was holding a contest at Osheaga. Two Chev Sparks were up for grabs and once you entered the venue you were given a bracelet of a colour and specific number (see here) 200 people are given the same bracelet each day, and if you find your match you can be entered to win one of the cars. My thoughts were…what are the odds? How could you find your matching person in a sea of 40,000 people a day?

Well, I was wrong. Bored in line, I glanced over to the guy next to me and on his wrist is a black bracelet with the number 914. THE SAME AS MINE! I honestly didn’t know how to react, so I motioned to my friend and she was nodding and telling me to confront him. So I did. I said something like “Is your bracelet 914?” or “Excuse me, I think our bracelets are the same..?” And then the first words out of his mouth was in a French accent, “Do you speak French?” I was all freaked out and using my .1% of French I answered “Un peu…” Haha. Good thing he spoke some English, because I was worried we wouldn’t be able to communicate. I had to explain to him about the contest, so after we got our water we walked to one of the many Chevrolet stands set up. Too bad there was a huge lineup! I wasn’t willing to wait a long time just to enter a contest – especially since we’d be missing some acts. Before I could suggest it, he asked if  we could exchange numbers so we would be able to meet later and enter. I agreed and he left to watch Oberhofer (I’m glad we didn’t stand in line, or else he would’ve missed this band!) My friend and I met our moms back on the hill and relayed my story. We sat on the hill for a while watching Oberhofer, which I liked a lot (yay new music to listen to!)

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View from the hill (photo courtesy: my mom (+ dad’s fisheye lens)

After my mom and I went to fill our waters again, but I decided I wanted to line up at the merch tent. Waiting there for a while, I finally got a shirt while Daughter played in the background. I made it back in time to watch half of Ben Howard’s set in the standing area. My friend and I were determined to stay at the Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile stage as Alt-J was playing on the stage next to it (Scène de la Montagne Molson Canadian). Also, after Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club was playing at the stage where we were already standing. We needed to get close to the front!

As people filed out after Ben Howard was off, my friend and I raced to the front. Though we weren’t against the gate, we were fairly close and I was satisfied! Thank you to the tall guy who moved over to let us in beside him. We waited 45 minutes as Alt-J played their set (which was very good) and finally Two Door Cinema Club was on! You don’t know how happy I was.

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TDCC was perfection. Alex’s vocals were amazing and spot-on. And of course he brought a drink out with him. I loved it when they played the opening guitar part to “Something Good Can Work” and everyone started cheering. It was pretty cool when Alex announced that it was Kevin’s 24th and everyone tried to sing “Happy Birthday”. My favourite performance was probably “Next Year” or “What You Know”. I would definitely see them again!

After TDCC, we left for a much needed food/bathroom break. My mom and walked around to the other side of the island to meet up with Maxime (the guy with the same bracelet) I was glad the line was fairly short and the Chevrolet worker took our picture which was put on to Instagram (yeeikes!) The picture was a bit awkward, but oh well! We entered the contest on 1 of 4 iPads at the tent and then said goodbye. He was very nice and I’m glad that we met!

We headed back after meeting Maxime.  As Ellie Goulding finished, my friend and I entered the standing area again where she had just performed her set. Vampire Weekend was on the stage beside and after them would be Phoenix! I was pumped. Vampire Weekend were awesome, but I wished I knew more of their songs. When Phoenix finally came on I was excited. They played “Entertainment” first and I really enjoyed “Litsztomania” and “1901”. It was cool how the lead, Thomas Mars, went to the front crowd and also crowd-surfed in the end! I wished we had been closer. Phoenix really impressed me and they turned out to be great performers.

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Ezra from Vampire Weekend

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After Phoenix performed, we were done for the night. The Cure was playing next, but we weren’t very familiar with their music (Except for “Friday I’m in Love” & “Just Like Heaven”), so we decided to call it a night. The weather was forecasted to rain that day (along with the next two days), but we lucked out!

*stayed tuned for tomorrow’s post of day 2!*