2016 | Year in Music

I have a soundtrack for everything. My Spotify has a selection of playlists curated by me for each and every occasion, memory, holiday, year, genre, artist – you name it!

Throughout the year I add current favourite songs into one playlist which becomes a sort of time capsule. I see many blog posts using Instagram to sum up the blogger’s year -which certainly is a good indication of what each of us got up to in 2016 – however, for me it’s all about the tunes:

Okay, not every single song brings back a poignant memory, but scrolling through I am reminded of the highs and lows of 2016: the deaths of David Bowie and George Michael, a very difficult time at work facing redundancy, the relief of keeping my job, our honeymoon (particularly blasting out Austra when driving over the Golden Gate bridge and hearing JT on the radio whilst cruising around Hawaii), falling in love with Gilmore Girls (Carole King and Sam Philips of course), and finding out we are expecting our first child.


These are memories that will be infinitely linked with these songs. In years to come, I will always associate certain songs with a particular bar in Vancouver – as if I was sipping an ice cold beer right there and then (currently dreaming of having another once our new addition is here).

It’s said a picture says a thousand words, and that may be true, but for me a song says even more.

Happy new year all!


PS I will be back very soon with my favourites (beauty and lifestyle) of 2016!


January 2016: My Month in Music

I love music. So many memories are intertwined with certain songs that they themselves become the memories. I am constantly creating and updating Spotify playlists for different moods, occasions, music genres and pretty much everything!

January was a sad month for the world of music with the passing of David Bowie. He was a true icon who innovated music both past and present. You will find a few of my favourites from him in this playlist.

I particularly enjoyed the introduction of the Beatles back-catalogue on Spotify in late December. It was an early Xmas present and I have been reacquainting myself with their work.

My favourite song of of the year so far is definitely “Charlemagne” by Blossoms. It is so catchy and sure to be a big hit.

Please note that these are the songs I have been personally loving so far this year but I don’t think any of them are actually new releases! I have such eclectic taste in music which spans decades and genres, and this is just what has been repeat for the past month!

Enjoy the playlist and subscribe to hear future editions! What songs have you been loving so far this year?


VIVIFY Awards: Best of 2015

Welcome to the inaugural Vivify Awards where I showcase my favourite items from the world of beauty & lifestyle from the previous year!


Most of these products are from the drugstore and are under £10 – score! I personally believe high-end products aren’t worth their high-end price tag so how about trying these out next time?

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational (in shade Very Black)

Eye-liner: L’Oreal Paris Superliner Superstar Black

Foundation: Collection Perfecting Minerals Foundation Light To Medium

Powder: L’Oréal Paris True Match Powder (in shade Rose Ivory)

Brows: Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil (in shade Hot Chocolate)

Eye-palette: Maybelline, The Nudes

Nail polish: Ciate Paint Pots Red Hot Chilli

Lipstick: KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 # 813 (Apple Blossoms)

Lip balm: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter Peach Parfait


Hair colour: Live Colour XXL Radiant Red

Shampoo & Conditioner: John Frieda Radiant Red

Styling Product: Got2B POWDER’ful

Dry shampoo: Batiste Original


Make-up remover: Garnier Micellar Water

Serum: Olay Anti Wrinkle Firm And Lift 2 In 1 Moisturiser And Serum

Primer: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer Transparent

Moisturiser: Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser

Cleanser: Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser

Wipes: Simple Micellar Water Cleansing Wipes

Toner: Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner

Face Mask: KIKO Hydrating Mask


Candle: Yankee Christmas Memories

Book: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Album: At Least for Now by Benjamin Clemintine

Song: Chandelier by Sia

Bag: Fiorelli Flapover Shoulder Bag

TV Series: Pretty Little Liars


Best health & fitness vlogger: Carly Rowena

Best yoga channel: Brett Larkin

Best beauty blog/vlog: Vivianna Does Makeup (blog, YouTube)

Best tutorials: Lisa Potter-Dixon

Upcoming vlogger/blogger: Fashion Mumblr (check out her new-look blog here!)

Best daily vlogs: The Saccone-Jolys

Most unique content: Zoe London

Best YouTube channel: Helen Anderson

What a year it has been! I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store in the world of beauty and blogging.



NB all opinions are my own and this post contains no sponsored content


Blogmas Day 5: Top 3 Christmas Films

What are you up to this Saturday night? If you’re not out painting the town red, how about cosying up to a Xmas film (or three)? I’ve also heard they are a great way to nurse a hangover if you are partying tonight.

So here are my top 3 Christmas films:

3) Elf (2003) – Buddy was raised as an elf but when he grows up he searches for his real father in NYC. Be ready to laugh at Will Ferrell’s antics as he tries to get to grips with human culture.

2) The Grinch (2000) –  (Jim Carrey) hates this time of year and determined to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Look out for a young Jenny from Gossip Girl!

1) The Polar Express (2004) – A young boy finds himself doubting the existence of Santa until he takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Tom Hanks plays multiple characters is this ultimate Xmas Eve film, believe me!

Time to light the fire, grab those mince pies and pour a glass of sherry.