Free Spotify Playlist – April 2014

free spotify playlist april 2014
The selection process for this month’s free Spotify playlist went something along the lines of:
a) Pretend you’re 12 again. What music is on your mix tape?
b) If you were 12 today and mix tapes still existed, what music would be on it?

Naturally a mix of Travis Barker, Will Smith, and Haim came out from my brain rubble.

If you’re actually 12, loving this playlist officially makes you the coolest kid around.

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

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Track listing:
Run by Kill It Kid
Cucurucu by Nick Mulvey
She Can Get It by Kevin Rudolf
Low by Flo Rida (ft. T-Pain and Travis Barker)
Everything is AWESOME!!! by Tegan and Sara (ft. The Lonely Island)
Changing Of The Seasons by Two Door Cinema Club
One, Two Step by Ciara and Missy Elliott
Faith by George Michael
Fred Astaire by San Cisco
Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
Wait Up For You by The Belle Game
You – Ha Ha Ha by Charli XCX
Miami by Will Smith
Strong Hand by CHVRCHES
It’s Time (Live) by Imagine Dragons
I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness
Worried About Ray by The Hoosiers
Stompa by Serena Ryder
No Scrubs by TLC
The Wire by Haim
Habits by Tove Lo
Headlock (Live) by Imogen Heap
Ooh Stick You by Daphne & Celeste

Jealous Sweets

jealous sweets
Barring Twizzlers (potentially my biggest-ever vice), I didn’t pay much attention to sweets until The Manfriend and his Percy Pig obsession waltzed into my life. While standard sweets are obviously not a health food, his love for all things ‘Phizzy’ and sugar-packed made me pay much closer attention to the ingredients list.

Long story short, it’s frightful.

Then came Jealous Sweets. When a few boxes landed at my doorstep, I was intrigued. Though the branding and packaging was flawless, was a sweet specialist shelling out claims of healthier sweets really going to deliver? Thankfully, yes. These 100% vegetarian and gluten free sweets are full of natural fruit juices, free from artificial colours and flavours, and free of the ‘nasties’ – all while being delicious (and filling!).

A large box of Bittersweet Blitz (Gummy Bears, Sour Beans, and Tropical Tang)
A large box of Rebel Sours (Tangy Worms*, Sour Beans, and Fizzy Drops)
A small box of Sour Beans (sour pomegranate, apple, peach, and tropical jelly beans.)
A small box of Gummy Bears

*The bomb.

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What I Wore – Popcorn

popcorn handbag
Though the promise of sunshine had me wanting to run around Primrose Hill in stilettos and sundresses, I had quite a bit of ‘running around’ to do in London at the tail end of the week. Forgoing my ankle-breakers for a pair of sensible booties, this comfy/lazy outfit won me a few unexpected smiles from strangers. That, or everyone was juiced on sunshine.

(I hacked the handbag into a long strap instead of its ‘popcorn strap’ and it was the wisest decision of the weekend. #handsfree)

What I Wore:
Popcorn handbag from Kate Spade (DIY by me)
Floral jumper from Zara
Striped shirt from TM Lewin
Zipped skinnies from Zara
Cashmere socks (similar here)
Boots from Even & Odd (similar here)
Steampunk necklace (handmade gift)

popcorn handbag
popcorn handbag

In Review: 63 Degrees, Manchester

63 degrees manchester
Arriving a tad too early for a dinner at 63 Degrees in Manchester ended up working to our advantage. With the kitchen buzzing for the night ahead, The Manfriend and I settled into our seats and launched into a delightfully informal conversation with the hostess.

There is a delectable intimacy to this little French restaurant that was clear from the get-go (even if we were the only patrons daring to dine at 6pm).

In regards to the food, the menu would make up my dream meal plan. The choice was quite literally so difficult we had to form a dish-sharing committee of two. He, enviably, had a starter of pan-fried scallops with truffle and lamb’s lettuce salad (Saint-Jacques poêlées, truffe et salade de mâche) placed in front of him while I started with a small plate of stuffed pigeon and foie gras (pigeon royal farci au foie gras). As we shared forkfuls of each other’s starters, it all became a little audibly pornographic. This is that kind of food.

With The Manfriend on a truffle kick, his beef fillet Rossini with potato puree and truffle (Filet de boeuf Rossini, purée à la truffe) arrived shortly after we licked the first plates clean.

That, and my Native Lobster.

I don’t often eat lobster in the UK. Nursed on a mix of Floridian and le Midi-an seafood, I tend to save lobster feasts for places tried and true. Lobster in Manchester? I had an – untrustworthy – inkling…

As you could probably guess, both mains were exemplary.

Soaked in tarragon butter, the Homard Bleu au beurre d’estragon was the poster child of guilt and joy. Managing to look up from the lobster long enough to feign an interest in the beef fillet, I am forced to attest to multi-skilled magic of 63 Degrees: each bite is truly perfect.

And, when paired with an impeccably light Feuilleté de pomme de terre (potato in puff pastry), the maker of a very happy man.

Skipping a tempting wine list to save room for ‘afters’, we finished the meal with a rave-reviewed chocolate and caramel fondant with candied chestnut ice cream alongside a selection of matured French cheeses. In a restaurant that so obviously sources fine ingredients, the cheese board is always a must for me. Dare I say the Camembert, Goat’s cheese and a Comté induces quasi chocolate-euphoric feelings.

We are dying to return already.

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63 degrees manchester
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The Weekend Wonder – Sophia Bush

sophia bush

“I think the greatest thing that we can do is take care of each other.”
- Sophia Bush