Friday, 30 December 2016

Ice Skating in Bath

Every year, me and the rest of my family all take a trip down to Bath just before Christmas so we can roam around the Christmas markets, visit the outdoor ice rink and overall to just spend some quality family time together. This is something I look forward to every year, this year in particular, as being at uni, I don't actually spend as much time at home with my family as I used to. We began our day in 'The Cosy Club', which is one of the cutest coffee shops I've been in! It's decorated with such lovely vintage art pieces, mix-match furniture, cascading lampshades and has the most gorgeous bar that takes you back to 1920's America as if you're in a saloon during the prohibition days.

 After a quick hot chocolate, we then went roaming around the markets and the other shops, with a quick pop in to Urban Outfitters. After eventually spending all of my money in their, we thought it best to leave, now poor but extremely happy with my new tartan trousers, we headed to TGI Fridays to cure our hunger. We spent the rest of the day roaming around Bath, finishing off our Christmas shopping and then headed to the outdoor ice rink. This is my absolute favourite part of the day, which is funny considering i'm the worst person in the world at ice skating. I'm literally Bambi on ice!! I spent the entire time with my sister who just drags me around the rink meaning I have less chance of falling over ha aha!  

Anyway, it was such a lovely day and was a success in terms of not falling over on the ice and in fact coming away with the cutest trousers and some new scrunchies. Above, are just a few photos from the day and towards the bottom are a few shots that me and my sister attempted to take whilst ice skating, that didn't particularly turn out great but that I love anyway because they basically sum up how bad I am at ice skating and how funny the day was as a whole.

The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Day by the Sea

So the other day, I had the pleasure of spending my day by the sea in Cornwall, a place I never get bored of going to. Beaches at this time of year are my absolute favourite as you can wrap up warm and there is nothing I love more than just walking along the shore in my doc martens on a drizzly day. Being by the sea is my favourite pastime, I don't know what it is but I always feel so at home whenever I'm near it; when I can hear the crashing of the waves whilst I sit on the rocks and write poetry, listening to Keaton Henson with my camera at hand. It's honestly the best way for me to forget about everything and just be at peace for a while. The sea breeze and the tranquility of it all is just a huge burst of reassurance for a short while, making you feel like no matter how you're feeling at this moment in life, everything will be ok. So, for me, this meant forgetting about all of my university deadlines for a short while which was an absolute blessing.

I honestly hope that someday I will have the pleasure of living down by the sea so I can be at one with the waves for the rest of my days. Anyway, below are just a few snippets taken of my day spent by the sea, enjoy!

The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November Playlist

So, today we are finally in December, which means that it's almost CHRISTMAS!! I absolutely love Christmas, not necessarily just the day but the entire build up towards it. December is just such a lovely month; everyone just feels all festive as they get into the Christmas spirit; drinking mulled cider; roaming around german markets; curling up in front of the fire with hot chocolate; watching christmas movies; shopping for gifts and how could I forget today is the day that we get to open our advent calendars for the first time! I generally don't understand how some people can dislike Christmas?!

Anyway, this post wasn't intended to ramble on about my love for all things festive (that kinda just happened, woops) but instead it was to give you guys an idea of some songs/ artists that I've been really into throughout November. Obviously below, isn't my complete playlist as a lot of the time, I listen to the same old classics over again e.g. The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks... Although, I may have slipped in a Bruce Springsteen or Van Morrison song here or or there but anywayyyy..

November Playlist

I'm On Fire Bruce Springsteen
Two Fingers Jake Bugg
Go Slow HAIM
I Forget Where We Were Ben Howard
Small Hands Keaton Henson
Sweet Thing Van Morrison
The Tide Pale Waves
My Favourite Room Blossoms
Sleep On The Floor The Lumineers
Say You Love Me Jessie Ware
Daydreaming Radiohead

 So although being I suppose in a way misinformed by the title of my blog post, these are just a few songs that I've been a huge fan of recently and have been basically playing them on repeat. None of the songs are particularly new but instead are ones that you kinda forget about and then years later you fall back in love with them and then some are from artists that I've never listened to before, so the likes of Pale Waves and Jessie Ware.  Above, are the songs themselves so I definitely recommend going to give them a listen especially as I said before, Pale Waves are an amazing new band that I've just discovered. I'm not sure whether or not they're relatively new but their sound is incredible; they have a kind of 1975 with a bit of transvision vamp kinda vibe. Basically, they're dead indie, dead rad and overall dead cool.

 I've also fell back in love with HAIM all over again after digging out their record from my vinyl collection; I genuinely forgot how much I love them. I know you're probably wondering, wtf relevance do these pictures have? Lmao and your right, they basically don't haha, no im kidding, they basically sum up how chill my playlist has been over the past month so I thought I'd also incorporate some of my favourite new book buys as these songs are perfect as background music if you just want to read and just vibe out. Also, are a few polaroids from the last few weeks of november so I thought they were pretty appropriate to include so yeah thats basically all for now.

The Clueless Blogger

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Holy Shit! (Ok that was a rather passive aggressive opening to a blog post) That is the only way to describe the other night at the Catfish and the Bottlemen gig in Manchester and was generally the words that ran through my head all night as I was serenaded by Van McCann.  Well can you call it serenaded when he's singing to millions of other fans, errmm maybe not but I'm certain that he was solely singing to me at one point, he made eye contact with me and I think I might have died a little inside.

So as you can probably tell from my above response, I was sooooooo excited to see them live again because they absolutely blew my mind the first few times. I was waiting for the day to come around for what felt like forever and tbf i'm not going to talk about it in too much detail as my previous post talks a bit more about my day. But anyway, this post was purely to show off my photos of Van as I feel like he deserves an entire post dedicated to him and the band. Lmao I'm such a fangirl and I'm not even ashamed.

If you haven't already, please please pleaaasseee go and give them a listen, they're honestly so fantastic and I can guarantee you that you will be obsessed with them. They have such an edgy rock sound and their lyrics are just always so raw and relatable. Warning: Expect to listen to their albums non-stop for the rest of your life!

The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Gigs Cure Everything

So last week I had the absolute pleasure of seeing one of my favourite bands for the third time, Catfish and the Bottlemen. This time however, it was particularly special as it was the night before my birthday which meant I got to sing my heart out to the beautiful Van McCann all the way through to my birthday the next day. 

The gig was absolutely insane and it the venue was crazy, it took place in Victoria Warehouse, Manchester,  which is absolutely huge and it just had a really edgy vibe. IT was so great as well because my two friends came to stay with me in Manchester and it was just such a brilliant day, I just wanted to relive the whole night over and over again.

Anyway, relating to my blog title, ' Gigs Cure Everything', basically this is something I 100% believe, I mean if you're having a shit time or you're stressed about anything or everything, if you go to a gig, you will feel so refreshed and at peace with the world. Lmao that was so deep hahaa! But I mean it, like you just forget everything and you get to spend your evening covered in beer; singing your heart out with strangers and getting bruised to pieces in a mosh pit. I know that doesnt sound glamorous but honestly it's the perfect remedy. 

Above, are just a few photos of me and my friends having a whale of a time last Wednesday, slightly drunk and prior to becoming drenched in beer and sweat but hey, it was the best night in so long and it was much needed amidst the stress of uni. 

Get yourself to a gig!

The Clueless Blogger

Friday, 30 September 2016

Moving To University

Once again, I'm late getting round to writing this post so I'm just going to openly accept that punctuality is not in my nature. Anyway, as you know following my results, I would be moving to the University of Manchester on the 17th September. I'm aware it's 2 weeks later but I felt like I would write about my experience of moving to uni and now I suppose I can even write a bit about what its like living away from home and having to actually succumb to adulthood finally.

Ok, I was super unprepared for moving to uni, I was still shopping for things I needed right up until I left and I didn't even start packing until the night before, you could probably say I'm quite an unorganised person. Anyway, I was so excited to move to Manchester, the last few months of living in Telford, I just felt like I was ready to start a new chapter to my life in a brand new city where I could truly find myself. I was so overwhelmed with excitement that i surprisingly wasn't nervous at this point.

Me and my family set out on the Saturday morning and got there at about noon, we unpacked everything, I decorated my room and then we headed out for one last meal as a family before they all left me in such a big city by myself, EEEKK (The nerves were beginning to set in)! I finally said goodbye to my family, watching them drive off and abandon me in what felt like the middle of nowhere; not knowing my way around and not knowing anyone either. I remember sitting on my bed for about 10 minutes in complete shock not knowing what to do with myself! Once I finally pulled myself together, I started to decorate my desk space; pinning postcards and photos to my walls and hanging up my tapestry and then I met all of my flat mates, clicking with them almost instantly and honestly this made me feel so much better and more at home. I began to get my excitement back at the prospect of having my own place in my favourite city.  

By the evening, I was sat in my kitchen with all of my flat mates and numerous people from various floors of my accommodation, getting drunk and just getting to know everyone. We all headed out to this really cool indie bar, Big Hands (as pictured above), where I met so many more Freshers and socialised with so many people; we even met these cool Norwegians who were into the Stone Roses and we ended up singing Sally Cinnamon together; at this moment, I knew that I was going to love this place. I ended up making one of my best friends that night and we ended up staying out when everyone had gone back home and decided to head to the Northern Quarter at about 2:00am in search of a curry! It was honestly such an amazing first night, it couldn't have gone any better; the pictures above were all taken that night which shows how much of a great time I had. 

I know people say this all the time but if you're debating whether or not to head to university next year because you're unsure about moving away from home.. just go for it! I am the biggest home bird going, I' so close with my family that for me the prospect of leaving them all was so hard especially my dog! But, two weeks in and despite missing them, I feel as if I've made a home for myself here already and I mean you can just get yourself a railcard and visit home as much as you like.

I never thought I'd hear myself saying this but step out of your comfort zone and just go for it!

The Clueless Blogger

P.S. Be prepared to consume incalculable amounts of free Dominoes pizza and strengthen your immune system for when the dreaded Freshers Flu hits (She writes whilst coughing profusely( You will feel like death))

Monday, 12 September 2016


After months and months of anticipation, on results day, I finally found out that I'm going to be moving to my favourite city to study at my dream university, The University of Manchester. Yes, I know results day feels like ages ago now but ever since its been so hectic, preparing for uni, that I'm only just finding the time to mention it. As you can probably guess, I was absolutely over the moon to find out that I'm going to be living in such an amazing city in a few days, home to some of my all-time favourite bands: The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, New Order, The Verve; the list is endless. 

So, after finding out the good news, me and a friend decided to hop on a train and go explore the city further so that when I actually move there, I know where all of the cool indie bars are and record shops. Despite getting lost numerous times and it actually taking us about 2 hours to reach the city centre from the university instead of 20 minutes *Yawn*, we had such a great day just roaming around all of the different streets and alleyways finding so much street art on every corner, they were like hidden gems. 

Side note: the street art was definitely my favourite part about our day; there was so much of it and it was all so beautiful! There were graffiti tributes to Bowie and Prince and they were all done by such talented artists; it added to the sense of culture and the creative vibe that you feel throughout Manchester. 

It was such a lovely day and it was a great opportunity to take a few photos to grace my blog with; the trip has now made me even more excited about the fact that I will be living in this beautiful city very shortly!

The Clueless Blogger

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Gin Festival

On Monday, thanks to the extended weekend me and my family decided to head to Shrewsbury as it was such a beautiful day and there is nothing nicer than roaming around Shrewsbury in the sun. Bank Holidays are so nice as it means that I get an extra day to spend with my family as normally everyone is at work on weekdays whilst I'm at work on a Saturday so whenever we have an extra day together we try and go somewhere nice and as there was also a Gin Festival on at The Boathouse, it was lovely to just go and have a few drinks by the river. 

The entire day was filled with cocktails, laughs, good food and I was even treated by being taken into Paperchase and being told I could buy whatever I wanted ready for uni as a well done from my exam results. This was so so great as it meant that I got to get lots of stationery and filing in an attempt to try and organise myself when I go to uni as I'm the most scatter-brained person ever so hopefully this will create some order in my life. I also got some cute art prints as I'm hoping to create a mini gallery wall in my new flat to try and make it all nice and homely. At the minute, I'm overly obsessed with anything copper or anything with gold accents and Paperchase have got such a nice copper range in right now, I was so in my element! I also got the cutest mug everrrrrrrrrrr which I just had to mention as it's so so bloody cute! It's honestly the prettiest mug that I own as it has a geometric pattern and accents of gold foil.

Overall, I had a bloody lovely afternoon out with my family which actually turned into an unintended pub crawl as after going to numerous places in Shrewsbury for cocktails; I then continued my night out in Ironbridge with some friends. It was such an overly nice spontaneous day out!

The Clueless Blogger

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Lazy Days

After spending all my weekend at work,  it was just really nice to spend my Monday off having an exceptionally lazy day. I spent my entire day in my pyjamas and just had the most chilled day that I've had in a long time. I spent my day doing some of my favourite things: reading, writing and over-indulging in crumpets and chai lattes. 

It was just so nice to take a step back from the daily rush of life and also gave me an opportunity to improve my blogging skills. This meant that I spent part of my day in my garden experimenting with taking photos and watching other bloggers videos on how to take the best flat lay photos. I actually found this really fun as I just got to play around with all different arrangements and got to create photos just by using some of my day to day essentials: my laptop, books, tea and my typewriter that I keep near by just on the perchance that I have a creative literary spell.

So, above are the results of my photos which I'm actually really pleased with and I couldn't help but feature my new Autumn favourite essential, my bobble hat. Yes, I'm aware that we aren't even in Autumn yet but I couldn't resist this as I walked through Primark's new Autumn collection; I mean for £2 how could I pass that up! 

I'm also heading to London on Sunday to visit my beloved Camden, so expect to see many photos featuring very soon of my adventure and hopefully I'll get into the habit of posting more frequently; that is if I stop procrastinating and succumbing to my lazy oaf tendencies anyway.

The Clueless Blogger

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Cornish Getaway

As previously mentioned in past blog posts Cornwall, is basically my second home. After visiting this beautiful county for the first time about 7 years ago, I've fallen in love with it ever since. I digress,  the relevance of this, is that last week I had a mini-getaway with my family to visit my beloved St Ives, Cornwall. It was definitely a much needed break away from reality as recently I have been so stressed out by the joys of A Level exams and attempting to sort out finance for university; it's as if I haven't really had a substantial break since I began sixth form two years ago now so, it was a getaway that was much appreciated. 

Anyway, come 8:00 am on Monday, I was hopping in the car aided by a much needed latte; an essential Literature classic and Bob Dylan bellowing through my earphones, ready to tackle the 4 hour car journey ahead of me. It was about midday when we arrived in Cornwall and after visiting some of our family in Looe, we continued to St Ives and I was finally at one with myself by the sea again. I don't know what it is about being by the sea but for me, I feel an enormous sense of well-being and my mood is lifted up almost automatically.  Once I'd unpacked, we went straight into town to indulge in a few whiskeys on a rooftop bar whilst overlooking the sea. 

For the rest of the week, we spent our time: exploring down all the hidden alleys; shopping in some of the best vintage and urban shops; paddling in the sea; sea shell collecting; over indulging in fish and chips; drinking cocktails by the sea; taking midnight walks down on the beach and capturing memories of the waves with my camera. For me however, the best part of my getaway was just going down to the beach on an evening and perching myself on the rocks armed with a different book each night and simply reading the night away whilst watching the sunset and listening to the crashing of the waves, the solitude was bliss. The entire week acted as a detox for me, the sea breeze in my hair and the sunshine on my skin was a cleansing break away from the usual rain and dark skies of the midlands. 

Below, are just a few of the pictures I took whilst being down Cornwall, unfortunately I painstakingly had to narrow them down so that they wouldn't take up the entirety of my blog. 

Once again, I definitely recommend anyone who feels as if they just need a break from reality, to head down South and enjoy the beauty of Cornwall. It's perfect if you can't afford to go abroad or don't necessarily have the time, as even a weekend down there can honestly make the biggest difference. The best part about it, is the fact that it is in the UK and although it is a 4 hour drive for me, it is still virtually on your doorstep as it's not like you have to catch a plane. However, despite it being in Britain, the beauty of it is that it's like you're abroad; there are palm trees every where; the sea is so warm and clear and there are cocktail bars on every corner, it's definitely worth the drive.

The Clueless Blogger