SUMMER SOUNDTRACK

This summer, I’ve been loving a range of music which I thought I’d sum up in today’s blog post. Some are well known, some less so, but together these songs have made up the soundtrack to my summer.

I’ve compiled them into a playlist over on spotify in case you wanted to have a listen (http://spoti.fi/2aXrClP). Here they are in all their glory:

The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala

Cold Water – Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ

These Girls – Sticky Fingers

Don’t Mind – Kent Jones

Get Free – Major Lazer ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors

Gone Are The Days – HONNE

Surprise Yourself – Jack Garratt // Aluna George Remix

Missed Calls – EARTHGANG

Contradiction – Mali Music, Jhene Aiko

It Goes On – Tin Can Radio

Waves – Miguel // Tame Impala Remix

Electric Indigo – The Paper Kites

Sleep Apnea – Beach Fossils

Just Like Tropica-L – Soft Powers

All I Want – Stonefox

Fool – BØRNS

You Are The Right One – Sport

I Turn My Camera On – Spoon

Happy Idiot – TV On The Radio

Toothbrush – DNCE

Please Don’t Go – Joel Adams

This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

We Don’t Talk Anymore – Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez

Doo Wop (That Thing) –  Ms. Lauryn Hill

Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna

Miracle Aligner – The Last Shadow Puppets

Somebody Else – The 1975

Kiss It Better – Rihanna

iT – Christine And The Queens

FML – Kanye West ft. The Weeknd

Cruel – Snakehips ft. Zayn

Get Low – James Vincent McMorrow (this is probs my fave song at the mo just sayin)

I feel like theres a bit of everything in this playlist so give it a listen and I’m sure you’ll find something new to fall in love with!

Leave your current favourite songs in the comments below so I can check ’em out.

Izzy x

UO NAIL POLISH

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Being a huge fan of Urban Outfitters and having not yet tried their nail polishes, when I saw a bunch of colours in their online sale I thought it was about time I gave them a go. Here’s what I think.

PACKAGING: I’m a sucker for packaging, as I’m sure we all know by now, and these bottles are just too cute. The glass cubes contain a generous amount of product and, although maybe not the best for those trying to conserve space, they do make for snazzy decor and look adorable sat on top of a dressing table or desk. I mean it would be pretty rude of me to shove them in a drawer to be honest! I also love that each polish has a shade name because again, that is something I look for in a nail polish (I’m literally so sad). The three I picked up recently are ‘Miss Scarlet’ a gorgeous deep red, ‘Flamingo’ a bright barbie pink, and ‘Merlot’ a blue-toned dark(ish) purple.

FORMULA: I do like the formula of these nail polishes. They glide on smoothly and dry with a gorgeous glossy finish!

BRUSH: The brush is just your standard nail polish brush really. It’s a pretty perfect size for coating your nails with (although a little tricky to do in just 3 strokes as it’s quite narrow) and it does the job nicely so I have zero problems with it!

APPLICATION: These nail polishes definitely need two or more coats. I have tried out all three colours and it has been the case for all three that one coat just isn’t enough if you want an opaque look. However this is the same for many brands so I always tend to do a couple of coats anyway! The colour payoff is excellent and your nails end up looking the exact same shade as the bottle portrays. In other words, you get what it says on the tin in terms of shades.

STAYING POWER: I’d say a top coat is a grand idea if you want your polish to stay on longer than a day or two. My nails have tended to chip pretty quickly when I wear this brand which is a bit disappointing but also not surprising considering I am quite shocking at nails and never bother with a top coat. I have noticed myself topping up my nail polish more often since I’ve been wearing these, but then again I have been consciously making an effort with my nails lately so maybe it’s just that I’m noticing the chips more!

PRICE: These nail polishes are on the pricier side, when comparing to brands like Barry M (my all time fave) and other drugstore brands, however they are slightly cheaper than alternatives such as Essie and O.P.I. Always on offer for 2 for £10, otherwise retailing at £6 each, they’re not bad but not the most affordable. If you can get these on sale like I did then 100% grab them whilst you can! I love mine, and although I’m not sure I could justify spending that lil’ extra every time I buy a polish, I can definitely justify the odd ‘treat yo’self’ moment as they’re beautiful.

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Let me know if you’ve tried these nail polishes and also if you like this style of blog post. It’s different to usual but maybe more useful sectioning it into catagories? idk, comment below with your thoughts!

Hope you’re having a lovely start to the week and I’ll speak to you soon.

Izzy x

PIMLICO FRESH

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A few weeks ago, I found myself in ‘Pimlico Fresh’.

Located on Wilton Road, London, this stylish cafe is home to a daily changing blackboard of dishes – including Savoury French Toast (pictured above). Holy Moly is this delicious. So maybe it’s not the most instagram-worthy of dishes, but this combination of brioche-style, doughy bread, oozing with melted cheese, topped with crispy bacon and a side of maple syrup is enough to leave you feeling like you’ve had the breakfast of a lifetime.

Priced at almost £10, I was dubious at first. I decided to go halves with my sister as I was warned they were very filling and, for me, this was the perfect amount. I probably could’ve stomached a whole one but I certainly wouldn’t have made it to the train station afterwards for fear of a food coma.

Definitely not the most healthy of breakfasts, but when in London for the weekend, money and health seem to go out the window and I can guarantee it’s worth it if you decide to take a trip to Pimlico. The overall vibe of the cafe is contemporary and a hub of activity, with business men rushing in to grab a freshly squeezed orange juice and macbook owners sipping away at their flat whites, all in the name of brunch darling.

If you’re in this area and feeling peckish, I would recommend stopping by. It was definitely a breakfast to remember and if ever I go back, I know exactly what I’ll be ordering!

Izzy x

DUBROVNIK PHOTO DIARY

view from apartmentDubrovnikdubrovnik viewsdubrovnik ice creamcroatia sea.jpgpink walls.jpgdubrovnik people.jpgDubrovnik, a bustling city fronting the Adriatic Sea in Southern Croatia is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities I have been lucky enough to visit. I lived in a small but cosy apartment in the Old Town for 3 nights before travelling to Moulunat in Konavle, where I spent a week relaxing in a villa with a pool, hot tub and the sea right on its doorstep. We also stopped by in Cavtat for one night which was much more touristy but still stunning and host to one of our favourite meals out (in a restaurant called ‘Dalmacija’ – I would highly recommend the lasagne!)

Whilst none of these pictures truly do Dubrovnik justice, I managed to capture a few moments from the trip, including a snap of one of the most amazing ice creams I’ve ever eaten – ‘Dolce Vita’, found on a little side street, does the best! I also witnessed some incredible views from the City Walls which run uninterrupted for 1940 metres surrounding the City. Such a trek, especially in the 30+ degrees, but definitely worth doing early in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat!

I sunbathed, swam in the crystal clear sea, and partied with Sigma on Banje Beach. Just the usual really. I will definitely look back at Dubrovnik with fond memories and am so grateful that I got to experience it!

To get a closer look as to what I got up to, there’s a few more photos up on my instagram and I recorded some clips so I’ll pop those into a vlog sometime soon!

Izzy x