Thursday, 25 August 2016

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2016



As most of you may know, I'm headed to Leeds festival this Sunday - yes just for the day but don't get me started. So I thought, after reading Joe from Northern Blood's post, that I'd give you my round up of who to look out for at the festival this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

I mean, can we all just take a moment. It's Red Hot Chili Peppers, do you really need a reason to not miss out on what I can only imagine will be an AMAZING set. Since their album dropped in June I have been bursting with excitement, it's going to be a great day.

Deaf Havana

I have such an unbelievable love for these boys. They (sadly) haven't released an album since 2013 but I gave their new song, Sing, a listen last night and was blown away. They put on such a great show and James, well, his voice is something else. 

Good Charlotte

Now, I'm not actually the biggest fan of their new material in it's entirety but I can bet these guys are going to being in some classics and get the crowd pumped. My friends an I had such a love for GC when we were younger that I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to see them.

Sigma

Not necessarily a group you would head to Reading and Leeds to see but I saw them a few months ago at Parklife and they were so good! Pair that with a crowd loving every second and you've got a really good performance. I literally can't wait to get stuck in. 

Biffy Clyro

Last but definitely not least, Biffy Clyro. I've never seem them live before but damn I bet they put on a good show. They're so full of energy and what they produce is just amazing! I expect the set to be absolutely massive full of their best work - absolute love.


Are you heading to one of the festivals? Who are you most excited to see?
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 Tips for Saving Money

Money. That dreaded word. Working so hard, paying your bills and having what feels like a tiny amount left to spend for the month and still have some to save for the rainy day.

I definitely have a love hate relationship with spending and saving - I’m great at the saving part but also great at the spending part and sometimes it’s hard to know when to keep my wallet closed.

Like everybody, I want nice things but I’m always very aware of how much money is in both my bank and my savings account. I constantly hear things like ‘When are you going to spend it?’ or 'You can’t take it with you when you’re gone’ - how touching. But whether I want to save it for a holiday, a bag or adult things like a new dishwasher, I just like having it there.

So, today I’m going to share with you my top saving tips that will help with your money habits and give you a little insight into what I like to do to help manage my money.

Know Your Budget At the beginning of each month, I fill out a budget spreadsheet kindly created by my dear friend Bethan. I add in all of my outgoings for that month and it deducts them from my salary - clever little spreadsheet. That way then as the month goes on, I can see where I need to cut back and then by the time payday hits, I know exactly how much money I have left over to spend.

Live Within Your Means Following on from the first point, it's so important to live within the budget you have. By this I mean don't plan a major shopping spree when you know you have £100 to last you for two weeks. Side note - If you have a credit card PLEASE don't use it like a debit card (I have been so guilty of this in the past!). In the end, you have a huge balance - probably with added interest - that you'll then have to factor into your budget for the next months. Vicious cycle, spend wisely.

Save Your Change When I was younger I never really cared about change and just put it aside. Now, I put all of my change into one of those money pots that counts it as you go and by the time I next go on holiday, I have enough to pay for the taxi to the airport. This is definitely something I would recommend doing.

Set Up A Savings Account This may sound like common sense but so many of my friends don't have savings accounts. ISAs are a great option if you have a long term goal. You can choose to not access it for a length of time and set up a direct debit - Think of the money you'd have after a year. Adulting like a pro! Alternatively, I choose to work out how much I can afford to save after my major outgoings and transfer it each month. I also make a note of my 'Days Since Withdrawal' because I know how difficult it is to not withdraw.

Set Goals Following on from the above, it's so motivating to set goals. Whether it's a new bag or a deposit on an apartment it's so much easier to save when you have something to work towards. Before my trip to Las Vegas I worked so hard to save my money and it really paid off when I knew I could go on the trip money-worry free.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and together we can conquer this whole adulting thing. If you have any savings tips, I'd love to hear them!

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Favourites Playlist - August

After getting my daily dose of beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts I tend to search through peoples blogs - quite literally - for posts that are a little more personal. Maybe I'm just nosey but I love knowing the person behind the writing.

I think I've become more intrigued in recent months because a lot of the bloggers I used to love following, only ever seem to share sponsored posts and while I have no problem with that, it's nice to see some raw and personal content every now and then. I mean, if I wanted to read adverts all day I'd flick through a magazine not a blog. The balance needs to be just right.

So, when I was deciding what to post today, I thought I'd share with you something personal, a few tracks from my current Favourites playlist. Some old, some new. 

This post isn't sponsored but I thought I'd mention that I use Deezer for all of my music and pay for the premium subscription. It's essentially a lot like Apple Music and Spotify, I just find it easier to navigate and since I've used it for years I didn't want to move my favourites/playlists/saved albums to another platform. Lazy I know.


TRACKS

St Patrick - PVRIS
Coming Home - Sigma
Four Walls - Gorgon City
Bullfight & End Of Me - A Day To Remember
Soundcheck - Catfish and The Bottlemen
Overdrive - Fightstar
 All American Nightmare - Hinder
Love For The Night - We Are Harlot
Go - Chemical Brothers


What are you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments.

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