First Listen Thoughts-Jodie Knight

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Summer is almost here, and with summer, comes the essential summer playlist, and I’m incredibly excited to have something new and fresh to add to mine. Jodie Knight, a singer/songwriter from Scotland (I love Scotland so much but that is another blog post entirely, and I might not even write it, because collectively, Scotland might get creeped out and not let me back in. As I said, another blog post for another time) has just released her EP, “You’re The Only One” and below are my first listen thoughts.

The EP begins with the infectious title track, a combination of mature and heartfelt lyrics, and emotive delivery, over laid back instrumentation that creates the perfect summery vibe, and would be ideal for beach playlists, parties and get togethers during the summer season with your sweetie.

The second track Get To Know You is a catchy look at the struggle of trying to test the waters of a new romance. The conflict often found in this situation is well represented by the lyrics. While the excitement of a new relationship can make your heart race, your heart can also be unsure, and Knight describes this well, over a melody that is sure to get stuck in your head.

That’s The Truth slows things down a little, and is a great showcase of Knight’s lovely voice. Gentle instrumentation matches perfectly with tender vocals from Knight as the lyrics detail her wishes to protect someone she loves. With prom season on the horizon, this could be the perfect last dance between friends as they say goodbye, because it’s guaranteed to bring on the tears.

Getaway is probably my favourite track from the EP, an anthem of empowerment, it is optimistic, but honest, acknowledging the defeats life can throw at you before you are able to push forward and reach where you want to be. Let’s face it. We’ve all felt downtrodden at one point or another, we’ve all felt defeated, but it’s what you do in your defeat that people will remember, and Getaway is a great soundtrack to push you out of those blues and into action. It is dignified, full of ambition and perfect to motivate you all summer long.

Overall, Knight has delivered a great introduction to her music, and I’m sure there will be more great stuff to follow, after such an impressive and interesting debut. You can find Jodie on twitter here, and get your copy of You’re The Only One here.

Happy listening!

J x

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My novel and I have entered couples therapy

Hola reflexivo amigos,

I hope you’ve been well. I dont have much to update you with, but I do have some new poems below the cut.

I thought you might like to know, the novel is giving me less trouble. It feels less like an atrocious marriage, and more like that kind of marriage where you don’t avoid each other, but you only deal with each other in small doses, by working lots, so that you can smile in public and tell your friends that things are going well. We’re seeing someone twice a week, and talking through the resentment and occasional happy moments to see what we can figure out. I’ll keep you posted.

Hope your day is awesome 🙂

Besos,

J x

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Writing talk, and actual new writing.

Hola reflexivo amigos,

I wish I had some exciting adventures to share with you, but as of late, I haven’t been up to all that much (beyond writing, as you will discover below).

One thing I have been doing is falling deeply and irrevocably in love with Jane The Virgin. The first season was released on Netflix, and I decided to try it out and see if I would enjoy it. I honestly cannot think of words to describe how much I love this show. I love every character, I love every story, and I can hardly go a day without an episode. I have an extra special place in my heart for Rogelio, because I’ve honestly never identified so much with a character in my entire life. He is perfect. They are all so perfect. Please, do something nice for yourself and watch this show, and don’t forget to come back in a few months to my blog, when I’m several years late on falling in love with the next hit show that Netflix uploads.

In other, and less blissful news, I have been working on my previously mentioned novel, and when I say working on, I mean sighing over the same few pages or so, procrastinating, and them returning to the sighing, due to me being unsure of just how cruel I can be to my own creations. I would have given up with the whole thing, but I’ve been writing it since 2012, and I really should see it through. I’ve been with this mess of a novel longer than I’ve ever been in a relationship, which is both lovely, and horrifying. I’m not even sure if we love each other anymore. We’re just together for the kids. It is what it is.

The thing is, I know it could be good, or at least half decent, if I could just decide on an ending and get it all together. I have genuinely considered just doing a choose your own adventure style ending, but I don’t think that quite fits with the seriousness of the rest of the story.

Anyway, enough about my marital novel writing problems, and onto some poetry, which you can find below the cut.

Besos,

J x

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T. H. Baker Silver Open Star Pendant Review

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When I received a gorgeous necklace from T. H. Baker this weekend, I was curious to know more about the history that I would soon be wearing around my neck.

Beginning in Wiltshire, in 1888, with Thomas Henry Baker, the business began with a core principal that remains to this day. “Good value, and a quality of service unmatched by its rivals”. The dedication of Thomas Henry Baker, and his children (and currently great, great grandchildren) that followed him into the family business, have ensured that the company has continued to succeed, over a century past it’s inception.

Now in their 128th year of business, T. H. Baker still believe in good value and great service, which is apparent in the packaging of the necklace I received.

It arrived within two days of confirmation, although next day delivery is available, and I could hardly wait to have a peek inside.

The presentation box was sturdy, yet sophisticated, making it ideal as a gift straight out of the envelope, without additional wrapping or presentation, or just a fancy gift for yourself (I definitely went for the second option…). T. H Baker’s pride in their business is clear, from not only the quality of their products, but how they present them.

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Inside the presentation box, the cushioning is soft, adding to a high class feel of the packaging, but more importantly, the necklace is displayed in all it’s beauty. There is a dainty sterling silver 16-18 inch extender chain, which allows for security of the pendant, with a glamorous touch. One of my greatest fears when wearing a necklace is the chain breaking and the necklace being lost, but the chain feels very secure, without being restrictive.

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The main event, of course, is the pendant. A beguiling design, that will give a boost of timeless elegance to any outfit. The cubic zirconia adds sparkle to the painstaking detail of the pendant. It is clear that great thought and care went into the design of the pendant, making it the perfect eye catching accessory.

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The necklace is light and graceful, and is perfect for complimenting both day wear and night wear, and overall, I’m very pleased with it, as it is the kind of necklace that can be used for any occasion, and will receive a lot of use, and that, as far as I’m concerned, is the true meaning of good value.

If you would like to find out more about the history of T. H. Baker, or find more of their jewellery, you can find them online below.

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If you would like to see more of the necklace seen in this review, you can do so here.

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Besos,

J x

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*Disclaimer* I was generously provided with the above necklace in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts, opinions, research and photographs are my own.

 

 

 

What’s In My Bag? + Learning A New Language!

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So, I’ve never done a post like this before, primarily because I keep nothing of interest in my bag. Up until recently, I didn’t even HAVE an interesting bag. However, I got the idea from Fran’s excellent post on blog ideas, and figured I may as well give it a go.

My bag was an effort to keep things practical, while still having a bag that represents me. While I’m not actually a cat, no matter how much I enjoy naps and giving presents nobody wants (always bad box sets, never dead birds, I promise), I try to live a fun and carefree life when I can, and a cat themed backpack spoke to me on that level, which is why I was thrilled to get it for Christmas. It also has ears. Who doesn’t want a bag with ears? It also has a lot of room and is durable, but I thought you might be more interested in the ears. I know I was.

The Star Trek playing cards may seem an odd choice, especially when you consider I don’t know how to play any card games. However, they are beautifully designed, featuring all the original series favourites (before JJ Abrams got his hands on them, more on that if I ever blog when angry), but they are perfect for something I recently discovered. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I recently (January is still recent to me..) saw a psychic, and I found the whole thing so interesting that I decided I wanted to know more. I’ve used horoscope apps, much to the display of everyone who looks through my phone and says “you believe in this crap?” for years, but I had never attempted to tell my own fortune, until now. As it all turns out, this can be done with playing cards, and so I keep them with me so I can practice, memorise what each card means and occasionally find out what is waiting for me around the corner.

This Royal Jelly body lotion was part of a set from Boots, that was originally a present (occasionally I do well in that department), and looked so nice, just from the packaging that I got a second set for myself. It has a beautiful scent and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, and I am heartbroken that I can’t find it at Boots any more.

My keys are pretty essential, I suppose. They aren’t even fancy. My bad.

Tesco’s Pro Formula Handgel has a lot that I can get behind. It’s green. I like green. It promises clean hands without water and delivers, and includes moisturisers to minimise the risk of dry hands. It’s a win win thing, really. Clean, not dry hands, with a cool, green goopy thing. What’s not to like. Also, it doesn’t feel sticky, it just looks like it should.

Maybelline’s Colorsensational Cocoa Fever Lipgloss is my favourite lip gloss at the moment, as you can tell by how used it looks! It gives a great shine to the lips, and isn’t too heavy. It has an unmistakable and delicious cocoa scent, and is long lasting, making it my perfect gloss.

Now, I have to be honest, I have no idea where my purse is from. I’ve had it for a while, and it has all kinds of stuff inside, and I suppose if I had looked hard enough, I could find out where it was from, but I didn’t so I can’t. Again, my bad.

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The contents of my bag are not the only exciting thing on my blog today (please let me at least have a moment before telling me the bag wasn’t exciting, I beg of you), because I have decided to learn a new language!

It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I kept putting it off and telling myself I didn’t have the time. I was looking for something that would remove those excuses and give me the motivation to learn and I found that with Duolingo.

For those that don’t know, I spend roughly three hours of my day, every week day commuting on public transport to work, and while I often fill that time with writing, reading and Sonic Dash (the choice of the grown up commuter with a grudge against adulthood and excellent tapping skills), I realised an app like Duolingo could fit in perfectly.

So far, I’m a few lessons into my course on Esperanto, which I decided on after researching all the languages offered, and discovering that William Shatner once starred in an Esperanto language horror film, that I’ve made it my mission to watch, without subtitles one day.

I’ll let you know how it goes, and maybe one day, I’ll be writing to you in Esperanto.

Besos,

J x

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