Free Spotify Playlist – October 2014

free spotify playlist october 2014
This month’s free Spotify playlist is something special to listen to while you watch the seasons change. It’s a hop, skip, and jump between genres, decades, bands and solo artists.

It is also a rather snazzy collection of snappy, happy tuneage. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for September’s free Spotify playlist.)

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Track listing:
Until the Sun Explodes by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yes, It’s Good For You by Koko Taylor
I’m Not Part Of Me by Cloud Nothings
Bad Thing by Kiesza and Joey Bada$$
Kites by Geographer
Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix
Dip It Low by Christina Milian
Simple and Sure by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
9TS (90s Baby) by Redlight
They Want My Soul by Spoon
One More by Elliphant and MO
Pretty Green by White Denim
Sound Of Da Police by KRS-One
I Am An Animal by Twin Atlantic
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

What I Wore – Bethnals and Butterfly Twists

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Taking a break from scheduled programming, I wanted to forgo a traditional outfit post to scream and shout about Bethnals and Butterfly Twists.

These two new additions to my wardrobe may just be flats and jeans, but as a woman who has never been able to identify as a flats or jeans-lover, my infatuation for each item is simple testament to the pieces themselves.

On leg? It’s Bethnals. The brand (which is very much still a baby) is London-based and was established by Melissa Clement – denim and creative product development genius – last year. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to find investment for production, her unisex denim brand got the thumbs up from all the right people…and now, me.

With denim sourced from ISKO – the highest quality denim mill in the market – Melissa’s designs (like the rinsed indigo ‘Pete Skinny‘, shown here) are able to make quality, conscious, beautiful denim a reality at price poiints that bridge high-street and high-end. I am a complete convert.

Shoe-wise, you’re looking at a pair of Butterfly Twists.

More specially, the Gabriella flats. Though I will often throw on a pair of reasonably-heeled boots if I’m running around all day, these flats have come as a luxurious alternative. While the brand is known for its post-party foldable flats, these pony hair smoking shoes are quite literally as chic as it gets. The quilted memory foam insole means you feel like you’re walking around in slippers, yet the silhouette maintains all seriousness.

Note: no sponsoring of nothing, nada, zip. I just need to share the love.

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The Weekend Wonder – Margaret Cho

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“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them, too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose.”
Margaret Cho

The Prosecco Moments

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I am a firm believer in celebrations. I’m not necessarily talking about birthdays, holidays, and the societal Hallmark ‘moments’, but – instead – the little celebrations.

The Prosecco moments.

Prosecco is the perfect midway point between a glass of wine with dinner and a champagne shower. A tipple which, in my mind, one should always have on standby. (Or, y’know, a case on standby – I blame Waitrose Cellar’s ridiculous deals on Prosecco).

After a month of eye surgeries, travel mishaps, delayed invoices, and an exorbitant amount of little niggles, the aforementioned case came was a constant reminder to celebrate. Celebrate new business deals, restaurant-quality homemade meals, shopping steals, et al.

In fact, discovering the Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene was reason to celebrate enough…

…time to order another case.

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London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

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I am a renter. A renter to my very core. I’m not sure if it comes down to the slightly nomadic tendencies of my early twenties or the fact that I didn’t grow up in a ‘permanent’ home, but the idea of being attached to a single residence for more than a year lacks any appeal.

The majority of my quasi-domestic adult life has been spent renting in London, which could be considered an art form in itself. For anyone who hasn’t grown up in the city (I’m over here counting my cultured blessings!), the unstable knack for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ areas and the prices that both ends of the spectrum call for could make your head spin.*

When MyRooms offered me a discount code (for £100 off your first month’s rent!) to share with my readers, I could hardly say no. (it’s LELO01 and is valid until September 30th, 2015 – enjoy!).

In fact, I want to help you renting fashionistas out as much as I can. After twenty-four years of borough hopping from North to South, West to East (…even zone 5), I am now schooled in the art of a good postcode.

Therefore…

London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

(Use the postcode map – above – to get as close to them as you can!)

Postcode: W1
W1 puts the life into London. Not only is it the shopping capital (hello, Regent Street and Oxford Street) but it also boasts some of the most chic restaurants around. Good ol’ West One has stood the test of time.

Postcode: E1
Over the past five years, E1 has taken the cool kid cake of London. The ultimate balance of high and low, street style and couture, all with students alongside professionals. Special shoutout to the best vintage markets in London.

Postcode: SW3
The home of the Chelsea set. Be you Made in Chelsea or not, anyone can appreciate the beauty and style of the Fulham Road and its surroundings. Sophistication, grandeur, and a hell of a lot of yummy mummys abound.

Postcode: N1
Though the postcode reaches as far as Dalston, I find N1’s proximity to King’s Cross the biggest coup. Easy access to champagne bars and spontaneous travel (St Pancras = weekends in Paris, natch) is hard to beat. Don’t miss: the indie fashion houses of Upper Street.

Postcode: WC2E
I know this one is rather specific, but I have something of an infatuation with this area. Covent Garden/Leicester Square has always felt like the centre of the universe to me, and if you manage to find a room to rent in this postcode; you are golden. The access you have to all of the postcodes above? Unparalleled. The area itself? A snapshot of all that makes London magical (along with some of the best boutiques around).

* Even though it is 14% cheaper to rent than buy in the city.

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