Free Spotify Playlist – July 2014

free spotify playlist july 2014
I think most people become musically moody over summer. In my experience, a little sunshine can turn a kohl-rimmed rock babe on to the one hit wonders of the Top 40, and make lyrical aficionados swoon over an eight-minute stretch of drum and bass.

I am not unaffected by these mood swings (As I’m sure it will become clear from this month’s free Spotify playlist). One minute, I’m ‘Feet In The Sand Girl’ (accompanied by Gavin DeGraw) ans the next, I’m pretending I can out-drink and out-tan everyone around me (Ace of Base, natch). It may not have a ‘theme’, but July’s Spotify playlist will put a smile on your face one way or another.

…and, yes, I’ve hidden the Saved By The Bell cast in this month’s Spotify ‘cover art’. Hashtag #NoRegrets.

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

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Track listing:
Follow Through (Live) by Gavin Degraw
Right Hand On My Heart by The Whigs
Four Days Straight by Scattered Trees
Cheap Kicks by Noisettes
Stolen Dance by Milky Chance
Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
Wings by Birdy
Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) by Blu Cantrell
Please Ask for Help by Telekinesis
Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette
Stay High – Habits Remix by Tove Lo and Hippie Sabotage
Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pills N Potions by Nicki Minaj
Cassy O’ by George Ezra
Bitch by Meredith Brooks
All That She Wants by Ace of Base
Take It Back by Ed Sheeran

IOW Festival Shopping List

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Festival packing is an art form. One I have yet to master. With the Isle of Wight Festival approaching, however, I have had no choice in the matter.

I refuse to be the woman begging drunken strangers for loo roll.

With that in mind, I have created an absolutely essential (in my eyes) festival shopping list for those of you who could use a little inspiration.

The List:
- Vierzon wellington boots from Le Chameau – I’m not the type to go ga-ga over a pair of wellies, but these are simply beautiful in real life. These guys deserve some love.

- Rosie Welly Wellies from Sanita at Zalando – Because when the shoe budget is tight (on account of buying all the shoes in general), Zalando always has the most amazing options for every type of shoe. My wallet may be frustrated, but I am one happy customer.

- Limited Edition Femfresh wipes – We have to go there. I have heard horror stories of toilet roll shortages one too many times to write these babies off. Unlike baby wipes, they are also pH-balanced, hypoallergenic, gynaecologically and dermatologically tested. As far as ‘dry showers’ are concerned, you couldn’t have it much nicer.

- P20 – Whether it rains or shines (PLEASE, GOD, SHINE), I am a freak about sun protection. P20 is the perfect lazy girl option, as one application lasts for up to 10 hours. If there’s any way to convince you, I hope the image of being hungover and burnt to a crisp is reason enough. (It also doubles as a rather lovely make-up primer, should you be concerned about any make-up sticking around throughout the day).

- Cuticura – Fstivals are dirty and I love to be clean. Though I’m not sure it will beat a 5-day communal shower aroma, Cuticura’s Passion Flower and Mango Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel smells divine and kills 99.99% of bacteria upon application. A must.

- Minnie Mouse Metallic Sequin Silver Ears & Bow Aliceband, Exclusive For ASOS – There are few occasions that find glitter ear-wearing socially acceptable, and festivals rule the roost. With the added bonus of becoming tracking device if all five-foot-one of me gets lost in a crowd, I could not pass up the opportunity to permanently attach this alice band to my head for the duration of the festival.

- chill* hair dye – The ultimate in ‘festival hair’ – bold and varied ammonia-free shades that last for up to 20 shampoos. While I’ve just re-gingered myself, I plan on taking a few jazzy hues to throw on the delirious heads of any festival friends that come my way.

- The Weekender from Aromatherapy Associates – While my typical purpose for Aromatherapy Associates purchases is all about relaxation, cleanliness and that ‘home spa’ feeling, their limited edition Weekender kit is the perfect choice for festival goers. Alongside perfect travel sizes of their Revive Body Gel and Renewing Rose Body Wash (because no-one wants to lug full sizes to the showers), I plan on using the Renewing Rose Body Cream and De-Stress Muscle Gel for a daily in-tent pamper.

- Spoil-free sustenance – Quest Bars, Vita Coco, bounce balls, cured meats, avocados, nuts, dried fruit, canned pumpkin, flax seeds and my new favourite ‘green’ supplements (more on those in a future blog!). For fear of a greasy bacon sandwich being the only breakfast option below £10, I’m going prepared.

- Vodka Haribo – Hear me out. Once upon a week ago, a dear friend let me into a festival secret that I have never heard before. I have to share Vodka Haribo with you all. The idea is genius in its simplicity.

Essentially, you soak a pack of Haribo Golden Bears in the vodka of your choice (I’ve gone for Grey Goose) for a few days before the festival, watch the little guys triple in size, pack them in some tupperware, then take them for your evening snack time. You’re welcome.

A lot of love for F&F and Katy Perry

f&f katy perry
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already be aware of my larger-than-life Saturday night.

In partnership with my lovely friends at F&F, I spent the evening with Katy Perry (and a million fellow Katy Cats) on the final night of her Prismatic tour at London’s 02.

Decked out in the most Katy-worthy white jumpsuit I could find, I booked it from an all-day excursion on Regent Street to witness the extraordinary fitness that is Miss Katy Perry.

It was the best night I have had in a very long time (as you might be able to see from my select few Insta-videos, below!).

What I Wore:
This limited edition tailored bandeau jumpsuit from F&F


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Free Spotify Playlist – June 2014

free spotify playlist june 2014
Just one month ago, June was set to be one the most chilled out months of my year (holidays and festivals, huzzah!). Natch, things weren’t going to stay that way. Entrepreneurs and relaxation…oil and water. With 1000 new clients and an entire conference to spearhead over the next 30 days, June has turned into one of the most manic months of my entire life.

Obviously, this month’s free Spotify playlist started its life as a collection of ‘Eye of The Tiger’ club mixes (motivation music of the highest order). I have since come to my senses and compiled a list of wonderful, happy Summertime sounds.

Which I sometimes swap for aforementioned club mixes. Enjoy.

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

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Track listing:
Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths
Scream (Funk My Life Up) by Paolo Nutini
Dreamboat by Hey Sholay
Power To Change by The Black & White
You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover by The Strypes
Fancy by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX
Better Man by Paolo Nutini
C’mon Doll by My Goodness
Them Kids by Sam Roberts Band
Gonna Make My Own Money by Deap Vally
Black Bowl Park by Three Blind Wolves
Waves by Mr. Probz
Relief by Cold War Kids
Troubled So Hard by Paolo Nutini
OK, It’s Alright With Me by Eric Hutchinson
This Is How We Do by Katy Perry

Win Isle of Wight Festival Tickets!

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As the Isle of Wight Festival approaches, I simply get more and more excited. Quite literally everyone who has asked about my ‘summer plans’ has ended up receiving an unofficial invite to the festival.

And now, they’re all going to be sent this blog.

Lucky for my dear friends and dear readers’ wallets, BT* (Isle of Wight Festival’s much-more-official sponsors) are hosting a competition from the 22nd to 30th of May for free festival tickets! Every day, you simply answer a new question for the chance to win a new pair of tickets. Easy peasy, festi-squeazy.

(*As if they didn’t have enough going on already with the Big Top Tent and the BT Sport ‘Field of Dreams’. I. Am. So. Excited.)

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