James Bay by Alex Shahmiri

On Repeat: James Bay

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For discovering my new acoustic crush, I have only the lovely Hannah Maggs and Stefan Michalak to thank. When James Bay‘s song “Let It Go” began playing in one of their vlogs, I Shazam’d faster than I had ever done before. I then did what I always do when I get excited about new music, and began devouring everything he had ever recorded. This time last year, James Bay was a boy waiting in the wings. … Continue reading

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The Smiths Manchester music tour

A Weekend Escape To Manchester’s #HotelOfMusic, Part 2

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Picking up from where we left off last time in my weekend escape to the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester (not read part one yet? It’s here!), in part two I’m talking all about my experience on a mystery Manchester music tour. The Radisson hotel kindly offered Clare and I the chance to go on a music tour on the second day of our stay in Manchester, and we both confessed to each other … Continue reading

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Manchester Free Trade Hall

A Weekend Escape To Manchester’s #HotelOfMusic, Part 1

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Ah, Manchester. Home to perpetually rain-ridden skies, the 1980s ‘Madchester’ music scene, and once a playground for the likes of Steven Morrissey, Ian Brown, and Noel and Liam Gallagher. Manchester holds a fondness with me, not just for its rich and nonchalantly cool music history, but because it’s where my roots are. So, when an email from the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel landed in my inbox inviting me and my fellow music blogger buddy Clare … Continue reading

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Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro, Zane Lowe and Slaves for #RelentlessLive

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Image courtesy of Relentless Energy Hosting this year’s Relentless Live at the utterly vintage Troxy in London, was the perfect paradox. The 1930s art deco of The Troxy, in all its former decadence, gave a helplessly cool backdrop against which to paint music by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Slaves and Zane Lowe, and it didn’t hurt that the venue’s sound is as clean and bright as the sparkly ballgowns that once danced within its … Continue reading

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My New Living Room

My New Home: Living Room Details

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The living room is nearly done. The kitchen is all set up. My office space is a work-in-progress. It’s not quite there yet, but now that I’ve settled into my lovely new home, I thought I’d start sharing a few little corners of it as I go along. Like all of my favourite things in life: music, food, fashion, beauty – I pick up most of my inspiration from blogs. Now, I can add “home” … Continue reading

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The November Playlist

The November Playlist

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Let’s just say that November, music-wise and life-wise, has been an exciting one for me, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to soundtrack these milestone moments with new songs from some of my favourite bands. I’m talking: Foo Fighters, The 1975 and Fickle Friends. Oh, and the re-scoring of one of my favourite movies, Drive, was a welcome way to unwind amidst the chaos that November has brought with it so far. Along … Continue reading

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Moving Home: Inspiration

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Over the years, Topshop, Boots and Space NK have remained consistent mainstays on my bank statements. But, since the advent of adulthood, some other unexpected names have been appearing on the list, like John Lewis, Ikea and the oh-so-pretty Homebird in my Cheshire postcode. Spending money on my digs has become a new and dangerous pastime, where I feel like I just can’t go on without a white, ladder shelving unit, or a heap of … Continue reading

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The Private White VC Twin Track Jacket

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When it comes to Sundays, there’s nothing much that can beat a jaunt into the English countryside under unblemished, blue skies. And when it comes to English threads, I don’t think many do it better than Private White VC. You know how a lot of labels these days love to stamp out their lineage in big, bold, printed claims, e.g. “Made In Britain”, “Fabulously British”, and so on? Well, a little bit of research will … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?

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It will come as no surprise to those that know me, that my favourite movie soundtrack is this one. On the date of the movie’s release, I had organised a night at the cinema. I settled into my front row seat cradling a box of salty sweet popcorn, fizzing with excitement (not just at seeing a tattoo-spangled Gosling), and sat transfixed at the screen for 2 and a half hours. I remember walking out with damp … Continue reading

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My New Autumn Kicks

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There’s nothing quite like a pristine pair of shoes to kick off a brand new season. With autumn well and truly on its way, I’ve found the age-old task of outfit selection even more difficult, and I’ve penned it down to footwear. Having worn my Birkenstock Arizona’s the entire summer, I’ve been feeling a little confused as to where to turn next now that the weather calls for jeans that are a little toastier, and … Continue reading

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