Youtube Channels I’m Loving Right Now

So Youtube takes up a lot of my time. But hey, it’s a thing you can do while multi-tasking. I write a lot of my blog posts with Youtube in the background, and these are the channels I get most excited about when they upload!

Conan Gray

Conan has one of the most beautiful channels on Youtube. There, I said it. He uses his passion for art to make meaningful and creative content that is honestly what I love about Youtube itself. Plus, this boy is cute as a button.

Billy Maier

I’ve only just found Billy recently after the heartbreak that was SKAM ending. Thankfully, I can now live vicariously through a teenage boy somewhere in the United States. Billy is uploading videos almost daily of himself reacting to each episode of SKAM. Not only are his reactions hilarious and dramatic, he also just understands very easily what this show is about, and I love how he picks up on things quickly (because I certainly didn’t!) This video is by far my favourite because it was one of the things he got hilariously wrong.

 

Cheyenne Barton

Cheyenne has definitely been my inspiration for working on my bullet journal. While I’m trying to find my own style and ways I can make my bullet journal my own, Cheyenne’s flip through videos and monthly plan with me’s are great to stick on while you’re working, even just for background noise. I especially love the attention to detail to her doodles, and even just the chatty parts when she talks of memories she’s given spreads to.

 

Jenna Marbles

I have been subscribed to Jenna Marbles for years and I have always loved her videos, but in the last few months I have begun cry laughing at the videos she has been releasing, especially the ones that include her boyfriend, Julien. While they have slightly different senses of humour, they compliment each other so well to the point where they make each other laugh, which is the best kind of comedy.

 

DarkSquidge

Dark Squidge is the second channel of popular youtuber Tomska, a comedy filmmaker who is also known for animation (but refuses to call himself an animator). While his main channel videos take a considerably longer time to make what with budgets, production crews and sponsors, his side channel weekly vlogs are videos I get excited for every Monday/Tuesday and are hilarious and sad at the same time…depending on what type of week it is. He also just got a puppy!!

 

Share in the comments what channels you’re loving at the moment! I’m always welcome to recommendations!

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NANOWRIMO 2016 – WEEK ONE

I can’t believe a week of Nanowrimo has already passed.

And since this is the first November in a long time where I’ve had lots and lots of free time, I wanted to set an even harder challenge than usual and aim to reach 50,000 words a few days before November 30th.

So far, we’re looking good.

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The first few days of writing your novel are, for me, the best days. I’m so excited to unravel a story that I don’t want to stop. I know the basic premise but I haven’t figured out each and every scene, so one will just come to me and I’ll think “Right! Get it on the page!” I’ve only recently delved into the world of novel planning and so far I really enjoy it. I began one for Royal Blood, but then suddenly November 1st arrived and I was spending too much time on the plan and not enough on the actual story.

At the moment, I’m just letting a million thoughts enter my brain, a lot of ‘What if THIS happened’ moments and then just letting it happen because hey, it’s just a first draft!

So Thursday 3rd November was the most productive writing day. The previous day I’d been in Oxford all day, and so needed to play catch up. However, I got so in the zone that I managed to beat Friday’s goal as well! I’m currently one day ahead, and working towards the next day’s goal each day, which is a pace I’d like to keep.

Of course, every week there are distractions, and this week was the reality television show Dance Moms. I used to be into the show so much a few years ago, but I stopped watching when I couldn’t binge watch because I’d watched them all (and because I’d discovered The Real Housewives of Orange County), but now I’m back down the rabbit hole and it’s awful. It eats up writing time, and so I’m trying to use it as a reward rather than as a thing that could physically minimize MS Word.

I’ve been letting music and Pinterest inspire me the most, as usual, and so;

WEEK ONE’S MUSIC INSPIRATION:

WEEK ONE’S PINTEREST INSPIRATION:

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If you want to know more about my novel, I wrote a little summary in my Nanowrimo intro post. How is your novel going? Do you find having a deadline works for you? Good luck and see you in week two!

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Monthly Favourites: May

May, the month where the weather can’t decide what it’s doing…at least here in England. Is it raining so hard you have to sail home from work? Or are you dusting the cobwebs off the BBQ for an all-out Sunday garden party? Whatever the weather, I’ll probably be reading, writing, and on Twitter. This is May.

BOOKS
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is it. It’s the end of The Raven Cycle. I anticipated this book so much and I was so ready for what was about to come, and I loved every second of it. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is so poetic and deep that I swear these teenage characters are too intelligent for their own good. The Raven Cycle is a vibrant story with well developed characters and such imaginative scenes that your aesthetic heart will weep. I wrote a review for the last book here.

TELVISION
Eurovision (BBC)

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The older and more engrossed in books and youtube I become, the less television I’ve begun to watch. We don’t even have a TV in our house with channels anymore, just a giant screen to hook Netflix up to. But when it’s that time of year, you’ve gotta bring out the flags, the face paints, and the friends.

Eurovision, for all you Non-Europeans, is an experience. A spectacular whereby each country sends an artist to perform an outrageously cheesy song and aim to win that year’s contest. It’s flamboyant, political, and silly, and each country has it’s own commentator. United Kingdom gets to enjoy the voice of Graham Norton, who persistently gets drunk throughout the competition until he’s basically saying whatever he wants. Just put Eurovision into Youtube and enjoy.

YOUTUBE
Blogilates

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Speaking of Youtube, who here wants to get fitter without feeling awful? I am CONSTANTLY on that on and off again healthy lifestyle and I’m getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. Blogilates, or Cassey, is an entrepreneur and lifestyle expert. Giving accurate and helpful advice as well as fantastic, motivating workouts, Cassey understands that you can’t always afford the gym or have weights just lying around waiting for you. Instead of berating you for not drinking your kale smoothie, she wants you to celebrate your body, and listen to it. Some of these workouts are great for just before work or a boring hour on a Sunday!

MUSIC
The Stone Roses

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You know when you’re about to go to a gig that you’ve been waiting for for so long, that you end up listening to them non-stop as a sort of build up? The Stone Roses have been in my life ever since I was young – thanks to my parents. And this year, they’re releasing a new album and doing a few dates up in Manchester, and GUESS WHO GOT TICKETS? If you haven’t heard of The Stone Roses, they’re a band of five guys from Manchester who became a sensation in the 90’s during the time my parents were in the twenties. They were working class and Northern and everything a frustrated nation embodied. They are my parents’ youth, and I can’t wait to share that with them in a few weeks.

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TTT // Fave Sites That Aren’t About Books

I didn’t realise that my online life has been completely consumed by books.

Until now.

Almost ALL the sites I use are for a bookish reason, and the delights the Hell outta me. But while leading an online book life, there is a tiny amount of room for everything else. My life is nothing but online, which some might say isn’t great. But living in a life time where we’re dependent on the internet to tell us everything, how can I say that my life is not online?

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Pinterest is probably my most visited website that is no way affiliated with books. I use Pinterest because I’m all about that visual. I use it for writing, for dreaming, for aspiring. I use it to purely indulge in places I want to see, clothes I want to own, and hair I want to have. It’s choc full of ideas and life hacks and pictures of beautiful people. I have multiple boards on season aesthetics as well as how I want my life to be (particularly living in Paris).

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Would it be a crime to not have Netflix on this list? Probably. Netflix has literally saved my life from a life of internet piracy. While the site doesn’t have all of my fave shows (and annoyingly varies from region to region), I’ve still found loads of great films and shows that I didn’t even know existed because they were foreign or indie. Some great shows/movies on Netflix at the moment are Jongens, Shadowhunters, GBF, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Clueless.

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I am such a sucker for languages. In school, I was at the top of my class in French and Welsh (not to brag), but when I moved schools, I was put in the naughty kid class to catch up on what I missed from being at a Welsh school and well…my education suffered. Now I’m an adult, I really miss learning languages and I wish I’d done GCSE’s in them. Enter Duolingo. While I don’t get a qualification at the end, I get to have some interactive learning fun with points and rewards, and can even put it on my CV!

 

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I think it might be a bit weird if I don’t mention Spotify. Spotify is life. Music is life. I can’t remember what I did before Spotify; I think I had multiple Youtube tabs open and just listened to music videos? Or, I only listened to the music on my Ipod, which I do now, but only in situations where there’s no internet (which ain’t often). Spotify has my writing playlists, my pre-drinking playlists, my shower singing playlists. My favourite albums, artists, and bands. And while some songs I love aren’t on there, it’s safe to say that Spotify is the driving force to my online browsing.

 

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So I definitely use Youtube for books. I’m not gonna lie about that, but it’s only around 30% of my watching time. The rest? Actual nonsense. Stuff that, I don’t need to watch, but I want to watch. Like vlogs, vlogs of people on holiday in Disneyland. I LIVE for these vlogs. Videos of people playing games that I don’t even play myself anymore (curse you danandphilgames). Videos that make fun of films, make fun of online typos, make fun of thirsty comments. Honestly, without Youtube, I’d probably have so much more free time. It’s nothing to do with books, and I love it.

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Are you sure you want to put this Hollie? Are you sure that Tumblr is nothing to do with books? Well, touche, Tumblr for me is mainly about books; I have a booklr, and all my blog posts posted on here are posted on there as well. HOWEVER, I also have a blog that is purely for reblogging and liking things. I like to call it the ‘trash blog’, because that’s exactly what it is. It serves no purpose other than making me laugh. I reblog memes, funny text posts, cute gifs of celebrities I’m crushing on, and fandom things. So, a lot of Marvel. If anything, it’s a place to fully waste time on if I’m tired from working on important things. So yes, I’m putting Tumblr.

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tmlogo_greyThis year has been the year of booking concerts. I’m officially broke and artists are richer all because of me. At one point this month I was buying tickets for two different acts at the same time. Ticketmaster is one of the reasons why I have no money and I don’t regret it at all. People I’m seeing; Stone Roses, Selena Gomez, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, Fall Out Boy (plus more at Reading Festival).

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Does this count? So I check my emails everyday making Outlook one of my most frequented sites. Everyone has emails…I feel it would be silly for me not to put this. Anyway, I mainly use it for job hunting and receiving review copies of books from publishers. I very rarely receive emails from friends or people just wanting to chat. Who does anymore?

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Let’s face(book) it, Facebook has become old news. As mentioned in a Parents React video by The Fine Brothers, Facebook has become the social media site for the older generation. It’s easy to use, kinda boring, and full of minion memes. I hate it, however, I live for group chats. I am constantly in multiple, hence the reasoning for FB being on this list. If group chats didn’t exist, I would have got rid of my account ages ago.

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This site is a godsend. I use it for everything, especially helping me get to sleep. Want to feel like you’re at the beach? Sat around a campfire? On a balcony in the rain? Soundrown has everything, all on a very accessible site with clean features made to look minimal and effortless.

 

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The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is a fantastic way to find new blogs to love and learn about. I have never been nominated for a blog award before so this is such a surprise! I was nominated by the lovely likesof93, thank you so much!

Here are some rules for when you’re nominated:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Here are the A’s to likesof93’s Q’s:

1. Who is you favourite YouTuber?

This is HARD. I’m currently subscribed to 133 channels which, to some people, isn’t much, but for me it’s LOADS. I can’t narrow it down to one, so here’s a few.

fab72c64562a81419c676e2e7b4507f7I love Tashapolis, a booktuber and fangirl extraordinaire. She’s a MUST if you love all things books and fandom.

I also really enjoy Savannah Brown for the witty sarcasm. She uploads great videos on inspiration and nostalgia, as well as having that aestheticism that I can’t get enough of. She’s intelligent, and has some great ideas on creativity.

I’m in love with Damon And Jo at the moment, two best friends who have set out to explore the world. Their travel vlogs are hilarious, beautiful and realistic, and make videos in different languages for your learning pleasure!

For humour, I always go straight to jacksfilms. Not only is his comedy en pointe, but it’s relevant. It speaks to a generation who’s had enough of fart jokes and Adam Sandler.

2. Do you read a lot and if you do what is your favourite book?

I DO. Weirdly though, not as much as I’d like to. I tend to read about one book every week and a half, so roughly about four books a month. Again, I just can’t narrow it down to one, but some of my favourites come from Rainbow Rowell, Jandy Nelson, Leigh Bardugo, and V.E. Schwab.

3. What is your favourite clothing shop?

I don’t enjoy clothes shopping. There, I said it. I love buying things like books and candles and food. When it comes to clothes, it’s either because I need more of e.g. bras, or because I’ve seen something specific that I NEED. But I usually find myself in New Look, a British clothing store that’s not as cheap as Primark, but not as pretentious as somewhere like Urban Outfitters or Hollister.

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SO MANY PLACES. I’ve never left the continent (Europe) and so I’d love to see the U.S, or East Asia. Japan looks beautiful.

5. If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

I don’t know if it counts as a superpower, but I want to be able to speak every language there is. I love other languages and I can speak fluent English, basic French, and VERY basic Spanish. But I’d love to know Russian and Italian and Dutch and Korean and ALL OF THEM.

6. If you had the whole day off tomorrow what would you spend it doing?

Probably reading. Probably writing. Not going to work, that’s for sure.

7. Name 5 artists or bands you HAVE to see live?

(I read this wrong at first and listed bands I have already seen live. Anyway, I would love to see:

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  • The 1975 (Who I’m seeing this year at Reading Fetival!)
  • Troye Sivan
  • The Killers
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Oasis (THEY’LL GET BACK TOGETHER ONE DAY)

Also, this is six, I know.

8. Being in a LUSH shop – do you hate or love the scent?

I work next door to LUSH, and sometimes the smell can be overwhelming. I like smelling individual items, but when they’re altogether, it’s a bit too much.

9. What is your favourite time of the year?

It used to be Christmas, but since working in retail, not so much anymore. I do love the height of summer though! It’s when I have the most time off and meet up with friends who don’t live near me. It’s also a time for festivals and outdoor reading.

10. If you have a bad day what do you do to make it better?

I like to get into my comfort zone. Bed, hot chocolate, and a book or Netflix to keep me company. I love sitting at my bay window in the dead of night with the window open. It’s so peaceful and time seems to move differently there.

11. What is your biggest dream?

I have so many, but my biggest is to be a bestselling author. To be able to go on book tours with other authors and have people want to meet me and talk about my books would be unbelievable. To see people on the train reading my book.

That, and going to Disneyworld, Florida.

And now, here are my questions:

  1. What’s your patronus?
  2. What’s a great go-to comfort book?
  3. Do you or do you not reread books? Why/Why not?
  4. What drew you into starting a blog?
  5. What’s a song that you can’t stop listening to right now?
  6. Do you use the library? Or are you an all-out book buyer?
  7. Fave social media platform? Why?
  8. What book do you NEED to read but haven’t yet?
  9. Can you read on trains/buses/planes?
  10. Recommend a Spotify playlist?
  11. Puppies or Kittens (or BOTH)?

Aaaaand the lovely blogs I’m going to tag and who definitely deserve this award are:

If any of you have already been nominated then I’m sorry, just means you’re twice as great!

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Monthly Favourites: April

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I’m still not great at these opening titles. Hell, I don’t think I’ll ever be. But this month was filled with spectacular online interaction that I hope won’t ever stop. Of really using the internet for it’s full potential, and for writing and reading like nothing I’ve ever done. This is April.

BOOKS
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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I mention this book in so many of my blog posts because it’s just THAT GOOD. A British university student, Alice Oseman is well on her way to having a list of publications full of five stars. She writes realistic, stressed out teenagers who deal with school, parents, and the future. Radio Silence, if you haven’t heard me natter on about it before, is a novel about Frances Janvier, a girl with straight A’s who doesn’t know what she truly wants. She meets Aled Last, a quiet older boy who’s drowning in a sea of pressure and other people’s plans for him. Radio Silence is a great portrayal of boy/girl platonic friendships, and how school is not the be all end all. My review for it is long and right here. 

MOVIES
Deadpool (2015) Dir. Tim Miller

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I finally watched a movie, everyone. Round of applause to the girl who finally put her book down for two hours and didn’t watch Youtube videos.

Deadpool is a movie I’ve been really looking forward to, despite not seeing it until April. It turns out, not many family members want to see an 18 rated film with you. I’m not surprised, and I struggled to find people to see it with who hadn’t already, so when I finally got to watching it was in the comfort of my lonesome, with no embarrassing side glances at the person sat next to me.

I loved it, but my only criticism is that is was way too short. But still, beautifully done, and by beautiful, I mean great close up shots of Ryan Reynolds ass. I’m so glad he worked had to get it done properly (the movie, not his ass); Deadpool swears, breaks the fourth wall, has lots of sex, and loves gratuitous violence, and it would be a shame to leave that out of a movie that was about him. How they’re going to slot him into a Marvel movie, I have no idea.

TELEVISION
American Crime Story: The People v O.J Simpson

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During the trial of O.J Simpson, I was 1-2 years old. I have no recollection of the internationally broadcast trial, and was still in the dark about most things even today. I’ve heard passing jokes on comedy shows, but that’s about it. Therefore, when I got down to watching The People v O.J Simpson I was actually shocked at the outcome and the ramifications both sides had for their motivations. A gripping insight into the mind of society on such an important and sensitive topic.

INTERNET
Twitter Hashtag Chats

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Since starting this blog, I have become completely immersed in the internet book community, and one thing that I’ve found incredibly engaging and down right fucking fun are Twitter chats, hosted and taken part by book bloggers alike. You find new friends, new blogs, and some stellar book recommendations. Some great ones that I take part in, all in which are hosted by British bloggers and so are at times suitable for people in the GMT/BST timezone, are:

  • #UKYACHAT: Hosted by @lucythereader on Fridays at 8pm GMT/BST
  • #SUNDAYYA: Hosted by @_sectumsemprah every other Sunday at 6pm GMT/BST
  • #STORYCRAFTER: Hosted by @writerology on Sundays at 8pm GMT/BST
  • #FEMINISMINYA: Hosted by @helloiammariam on Tuesdays at 7:30pm GMT/BST
  • #FAIRYCHAT: Hosted by @fairyloot every 2nd Saturday of the month.

I try and attend each chat every week, #storycrafter being the easiest because I’m NEVER busy on Sunday evening, and #feminisminya the most difficult because I’m ALWAYS busy on a Tuesday night.

If there’s any twitter chats that you attend that would be great for bloggers in other timezones, share them in the comments!

YOUTUBE
Kingsley – ItsKingsleyBitch

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When the internet gets crazy, all you need is a good laugh, and that’s what Kingsley is here for. Hilarious in his expressions and reactions, there is nothing like commenting on people’s ridiculousness as they reply to celebrity’s photos with vulgar and explicit content. Thirsty Thursday, a weekly segment on Kingsley’s channel, sees viewers send in ‘thirsty’ comments they’ve seen on social media and basically call them out.

And the shit they say is hilarious.

I’m not going to embed a video on my post because the videos are so explicit it’s hilarious. So, if you’re over 18, I’d click the link to his channel up there and prepare to wet yourself from laughter.

MUSIC
Fall Out Boy

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It seems that April is going to also be my most expensive month, with concert tickets going on sale left, right, and centre. One in particular that I’m excited about is Reading Festival, a three day music extravaganza that I’ve never been to. While there are some fantastic acts I’m eager to see, I bought the tickets because of this band.

Fall Out Boy have been in my life for the last ten years; always present, always in my ears. And now, I finally get to see them. I’ve been listening to the American Beauty/American Psycho album on repeat for the whole month, and I don’t intend to stop until August.

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March Favourites ~

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It is time for the sun to shine, for the birds to sing, for the flowers to grow. For my first holiday of the year where I can read and read and maybe do a bit of sight seeing to. I mean, it is raining a lot…still…like it won’t stop. But who cares, when you’re that much closer to summer? This is March.

 

Books: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy NelsonBuy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Widethesky

Now, I know I haven’t shut up about this book for the last month, nut it is for good reason. This book was/is BEAUTIFUL. Dealing with grief, puberty, first love and sex, Jandy Nelson’s writing is contemporary cocaine. I talk about this beauty of a book here in a review, and also a little bit in this week’s TTT.

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

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HTGAWM is back, and I hadn’t even realised! A show that isn’t highly publicized in the U.K, I found this show through GIFs on Tumblr. And I was hooked ever since. The second season is over and I’m currently play catch up which means no weekly waiting!

How To Get Away With Murder follows the academic careers of five law students and their law professor/boss, Annalise Keating, where everyone is awful but so interesting at the same time. So much mystery and tension! If you like crime thriller reads, this show is perfect for you!

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Instagram, from the get go, has been one of my fave social medias, but this month I took an impromptu trip to Spain with the fam, and Instagram suddenly became my rock. Lost in the world of dodgy wi-fi hotspots, Instagram was my only gateway to the rest of the online world. While I have a book blog and a booklr, Insta is not a bookstagram for me, but many a things, including a travel…stagram.

 

Place: Malaga, Spain

I don’t think I’ve been on holiday this early in the year. Holidays are saved for the months of July and August, but a spontaneous climbing holiday to Spain was on the cards, and so I took it. When it comes to Spain, I’ve only been to Teneriefe, that’s it. I’ve never actually been to mainland Spain, ate Tapas, or danced the Flamenco. And while I…still didn’t do those things, I got to immerse myself in the beautiful city of Malaga during off-season, where it’s so much better. No drunk lads, no all inclusives, no tacky shops (well, maybe some), just sun, ice-cream, and fabulous views.

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Youtube: Lucy Moon (meowitslucy)

Lucy Moon just oozes cool. As well as having a hipster cool name, she’s a whizz with editing and getting that aesthetic. Her videos are creative, insightful, and entertaining. She’s what you would call a ‘small youtuber’; she’s got less than 100k, but she’s peddling out content that millions should watch. Her videos mainly consist of lifestyle tips, topics about uni, feminism, and starting your own channel. She has a series called ‘168 Hours’ where we get to glimpse into her life of work and travel.

I hope she gets bigger, she deserves it. Here’s one my favourite videos of hers.

Music: The 1975bands-bushes-grunge-light-favim-com-3074496

I had no idea The 1975 were so popular until their second album dropped and everyone was talking about it. I loved their self-titled album and I love this one, which is slightly more poppy. But who doesn’t love a bit of pop? Their songs of love, loss, sex, and youth are all back lit with neon lights and leather jackets. I told you I love aesthetics, didn’t I?

Some of the best songs from them include the most famous Chocolate, along with Girls, The City, and Sex. Top dogs on their recent album include The Sound and Somebody Else, the latter of which I have a special fondness for.

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