January Favourites

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New year, new opportunity to try to remember to post monthly favourites! I always love writing up these favourites posts, but I find it so hard to remember to post one at the end of each and every month. My brain is so wrapped up in uni mode that I often neglect my blog :( But here’s to turning over a new leaf and making more of an effort with my blog!!

With that being said, here are my favourite things from January!

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Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter [Shampoo // Conditioner]

Oh my goodness. This shampoo & conditioner set is truly to die for. I was in the market for a new shampoo and conditioner as I was pretty disillusioned with the one I was using before. I picked up this Marc Anthony duo on a whim, as I knew that Marc Anthony was a good brand (fun fact: my dad went to school with Marc Anthony himself!). It’s soo nice!! It makes my hair so soft and hydrated, and the scent reminds me so much of a tropical holiday! In other words, it’s a very strong coconut scent. If you don’t love heavy scents in your hair products, steer away from this bc it’s powerful haha. But the coconut scent is what makes me love it!

Bath & Body Works Comfort Body Butter [Similar: Body Cream]

If I could smell like Bath & Body Works’ Comfort scent 24/7, I would. Is there a way to make that happen that doesn’t involve going through ten tubs of body butter per month?! This Comfort scent is part of Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy line (which I absolutely love btw) and its fragrance is a combination of vanilla and patchouli essential oil. I think it’s an unusual but also really nice scent that isn’t too overpowering at all. Plus, the body butter is very hydrating on the skin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem they’re selling it online anymore (I got mine in the semi-annual sale) but I’m sure the body lotion version - which I’ve linked - is very similar!

Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Body Cream [Body Cream]

Surprise, surprise, yet another thing from the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line!! I really love the Stress Relief scent so so much. The eucalyptus is lovely and genuinely soothes my anxiety. I’ve got this scent in a million different versions - soaps, wallflowers, sprays, you name it - but I find this body cream is one of my favs. It’s also very moisturizing!! And I got it for like $4 at the semi-annual sale this Christmas so I simply couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to buy it ;)

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash with Soothing Oat & Coconut [Body Wash]

This favourite of mine was actually a complete fluke! My boyfriend went to the store to pick up a few things and I asked him to pick up the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash. I typically use the fragrance free one as I have super sensitive skin, so I like to be careful with washing. But he accidentally picked up the coconut one and can I just say I am absolutely in love with it?! It’s completely added to my coconut scent obsession!! I find it doesn’t irritate my skin at all, so the skin relief part is still useful. But it just adds a lovely scent to my skin - so it’s a bonus!

The History Chicks Podcast [Website]

Unlike the rest of the world, I’ve not been totally obsessed with podcasts these past few years. For me, I’m very much a visual sort of person so I find that while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, my mind often wanders off as I get bored of listening. However, the one exception to the rule is The History Chicks podcast! I’ve been listening to this podcast on-and-off for the past year or so, and I’ve recently fallen back in love with it! It’s very simple - two women sit down and chronologically discuss the lives of prominent women, real or not, in history. Being a massive history fanatic, especially when it comes to women’s history, this is right up my alley! Personal favourite episodes include Jane Austen, Marie Antoinette, and Mary, Queen of Scots - because those are my fav historical women. However, there are hundreds to browse through and listen to!

Game of Thrones

I know I’m so late to the party, but I very recently started watching Game of Thrones and I’ve been loving it. Totally see what all the buzz has been about these last, what, 8 years lol. But whatever it’s all good!! I basically binge-watched the entirety of the available seasons in January alone, getting all the way up to the end of season 5. I’m v excited to see what the next two available seasons have in store and even more so what the final season has to offer! I’m pretty bummed that I’ll have watched all of Game of Thrones in just a few short months though… Feels like I missed out on the journey a little bit! If anyone’s wondering, my fav characters so far are Daenerys and Tyrion!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Broadway Musical Soundtrack

It somehow managed to slip my knowledge that The Hunchback of Notre Dame had been turned into a Broadway musical at some point… How?! I absolutely love Hunchback, and always have, ever since I was a kid. And I adore musical theatre, if you hadn’t already guessed that. So I had to check out the Hunchback Broadway soundtrack and BOY am I glad I did!!! The OBC is incredible and although I highly doubt it’ll happen, I would be extremely grateful if they cast Michael Arden as Quasimodo in the upcoming Hunchback of Notre Dame live action adaptation.

So that’s all for this month! Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my little favourite bits and bobs of the month!

Felicia x

Blogmas 2018 Day Seven: Christmas Playlist

Hello everyone! Welcome back.

Today is possibly one of my favourite Blogmas posts - my Christmas playlist.

I love Christmas music, but that wasn’t always the case. When I was a teenager, I wasn’t huge on Christmas music. I basically only liked Michael Buble’s album and that was all. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to broaden my horizons and open myself up to the genre a lot more. So my playlist has grown quite a bit over the past couple years. I have a good mix of classics, pop, slower tunes… A lot of the big Christmas tunes have landed on this playlist over the years.

Also please check out this super cool 1949 Bing Crosby record that was passed onto me from my grandma!!! It’s gorgeous and I’m in love.

I’ve added a widget of my Spotify playlist for you guys, and I’ve also included a track list which has some of my favourite Christmas songs in case you want to make your own version! I hope this gets you guys into the Christmas spirit!

Happy listening!

Felicia x

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Waves: Summer Playlist

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Windows down, volume up. It's nearly summertime y'all! 

I love summer. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and everyone just seems to be in a better mood to be honest. Most of my summer is spent by the beach, as I'm constantly in Orlando. And one of the best beach pastimes is listening to music! So, as you probably expected, I have curated a special summer-themed playlist for just the occasion. :)

You can listen to my summer playlist below in the widget!

Felicia x


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Let’s Go Surfing - The Drums

Cheap Thrills - Sia

Miss You - Gabrielle Aplin

Paradise - George Ezra

The Wire - HAIM

Wildfire - John Mayer

Campfire - Satellite Stories

Coming Over (filous Remix) - James Hershey

Breezeblocks - alt-J

Anna Sun - WALK THE MOON

Left Hand Free - alt-J

Daylight - Matt and Kim

Florida Kilos - Lana Del Rey

VCR (Matthew Dear Remix) - The xx

Knocking At The Door - Arkells

Fireproof - Coleman Hell

Wish I Knew You - The Revitalists

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May Favourites

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Hello everyone!

It's the end of May, which means that it's time for a monthly favourites wrap-up. I do love me a good favourites post, as it's so much fun to chat about what I've been loving this month and sharing it all with you guys! There's been a few things that I've really enjoyed lately, mostly music as this month was great for new music releases, but I've also got a couple beauty-related items in there for good measure! 

Without further ado, let's get right to business. 

TRESemmé Repair + Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray [x] - I purchased this bad boy at my local drugstore at the beginning of the month on sale for like 2 bucks. What a deal, considering this product is actually pretty awesome! I love it because a) it's a heat protectant for when I use heat tools on my hair which is a must, and b) it makes my hair feel great afterwards! I'm seriously loving it. 

Choetech Qi Certified T511 Wireless Charger Pad [x] - I've always wanted one of these wireless chargers, ever since I bought the iPhone 8+ last year, but I always assumed they were all super expensive. That is, until my bf bought an 8+ earlier this month and found this charger on Amazon. It's so cool!! All you've got to do is plug the usb into the pad and into a charger brick, then place your iPhone on it. It works with any iPhone 8/8+/X with a small case. And it was only $20!! 

E.l.f. Cosmetics "Everyday Smoky" Palette [x] - Last month, I mentioned that I'd been loving the e.l.f. Cosmetics "Mad for Matte" palette, but this month I've found myself reaching more for the Everyday Smoky version. Although I haven't had a reason to go full-on smoky this month, I've been using the darker brown shades from this palette as well as the lighter shimmer shades to create everyday brown smoky looks, and I just love how it's been turning out! This palette is so easy to use and the shadows are very blendable. 

Little House on the Prairie [x] - If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that I’m pretty obsessed with the tv show Little House on the Prairie. I was a huge fan when I was a kid and my mum recently gifted me the entire series on iTunes, so I’ve been watching it religiously over the past month. Watching it back is giving me major nostalgic feelings about my childhood and making me remember how I used to sit in my basement with my grandma watching it for hours on end. Obviously a lot of it is historically inaccurate and the show itself is pretty outdated, but it’s definitely a fun show to watch nonetheless!

John Mayer, “New Light” - New John mayer music... YESSSS. I so wasn’t expecting him to release new music this month and it was a very happy surprise to have this pop up onto Spotify. This song is very different from his usual stuff, more disco-y honestly, but I’m definitely into it. Also, do yourself a favour and check out his music video for this song. You won’t be disappointed. 

Florence + the Machine, “Hunger” - I’ve been into Florence + the Machine since I was in high school and every time she releases a new song, I’m never disappointed. Hunger is such a powerful and amazing song, especially with Florence Welsh’s voice. I love turning this up whilst I’m driving around town!!  

Shawn Mendes’s new album - In case you hadn’t heard, Shawn Mendes recently dropped his third studio album this month on the 25th. And - as expected - it’s pure gold. I love his new mature sound and think that he really outdid himself on this album. It’s incredible to think that a boy from Pickering who just played guitar on Vine could come so far! Some of my fav songs off this album are “Nervous”, “Lost in Japan”, “Where Were You in the Morning?” and “Fallin’ All In You”. 

Well, that’s all for May! What have you guys been loving this past month? 

Felicia x

In Bloom: Spring Playlist

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Hello everybody! So one thing you may not know about me is that I'm sort of obsessed with playlists... And when I say "sort of", I mean I'm absolutely, completely addicted to making playlists. I'm not kidding when I say that I have at least thirty handmade playlists on my Spotify account. I have one for every decade, every month, every season. It's crazy but useful!

Some of my favourite playlists are my seasonal ones. I love making lists of songs that remind me of each season because I don't know about you, but I totally think that certain songs sound more "autumn" than "spring", or more "summer" than "winter". It sounds a bit crazy, but I promise it's not!! (Well, maybe it is, but oh well! haha)

Today, I thought I'd share my Spring playlist with you guys! I've put them all into this little Spotify widget player for you guys to listen to (which took me much longer to figure out than I'd care to admit to).

Enjoy!!

Felicia x


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Bloom - The Paper Kites

First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes

Boardwalks - Little May

Green Eyes - Coldplay

Come To Me - The Goo Goo Dolls

Little Darling - Lewis Watson

Love On The Weekend - John Mayer

To Whom It May Concern - The Civil Wars

Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg

Flowers In Your Hair - The Lumineers

Big Parade - The Lumineers

Free Fallin’ - John Mayer

Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

King and Lionheart - Of Monsters and Men

All We Ever Knew - The Head and the Heart

Dear Marie - John Mayer

The Girl - City and Colour

Girl You’re Alright - Paul Otten

Begin Again - Taylor Swift

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5 Concerts I Loved + 5 I Want to See

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Hello everybody! One of my most favourite things in the world is going to concerts. People will sometimes say that they can just sit in their own home to listen to music and why should they pay $100+ to listen to it in concert, but I don't agree. There's something about the atmosphere of concerts that is so inexplicably amazing.

So today, I thought I might do a fun, casual sort of post, talking all about concerts - the five best ones that I've to, and five that I'd still love to go to someday! I've been lucky enough to see manyyyy concerts over the years, since my first one back in 2006, and yet there are still many I'd love to see.

5 Concerts I Loved

- the 1975 -

I think it's safe to say that The 1975 was my fav concert of all-time. This concert was a long time coming. I missed out on seeing them not once, but three times - twice in 2014, and then again in May 2016 - before FINALLY getting to see them in November 2016. My boyfriend and I took the Go train into downtown Toronto to see them at the Air Canada Centre which was hectic af but sooo much fun. The 1975 were my fav band in high school and although I didn't see them until I was in uni, it was still really special and they put on an incredible show.

- july talk - 

I actually saw July Talk during Welcome Week in my first year of uni, with my boyfriend and a friend from school. July Talk is one of my fav bands ever (if you don't know them, they're a Canadian alt-rock band) and I'd actually considered buying tickets to their Toronto show in October or November of that year but instead I saw them for free at school - which was obvs a bonus!! Since it was general admission and a pretty intimate venue (it's just a little field behind buildings), we got super close to the stage - in fact, close enough for the lead singer to crowd-surf right above our heads. So, it was one for the books, y'all.

- shawn mendes - 

If you've been around here for awhile, you probably know how much I love Shawn Mendes. I've seen him twice, both in the same year. The first time was at a concert in Universal Studios Orlando which had free entry for annual passholders (aka moi) with my boyfriend and then the second time was in St. Augustine with my mum that summer. Honestly, both concerts were fantastic exceptttttt both times, he was sick with a cold.... What are the odds?! Nevertheless, he was utterly fab and super lively, despite prob feeling like shit haha. Shawn Mendes is an incredible singer - and it helps that he's super cute (if you're reading this, sorry Steven!! haha) - and it was such a blessing that I got to see him. Even if both times it was over a thousand miles from the province we both live in!

- walk the moon -

Walk The Moon was kind of an unplanned, spontaneous thing, as in I hadn't ever really planned to see them live. The story goes that my high school friend and I were really into this Australian band called The Griswolds, and they announced that they were coming to Toronto as the opening act for Walk The Moon. So my friend and I started talking about seeing them, mostly joking, but then we both ended up being dead serious so we bought tickets on a total whim! The concert was at the Danforth Music Hall and since we were only like sixteen at the time, my parents drove us down and picked us up at the end (thanks mom & dad!!). It was a really, really good time - especially because we got to meet The Griswolds in the lobby!!! Def one of the good memories of high school

- ed sheeran - 

When I was fourteen, Ed Sheeran was my favourite singer. In fact, I was positively obsessed. I'm not even exaggerating when I say that all I listened to in grade nine was his "+" album on repeat. Anyway, so when I was fourteen, my then-best friend and I went down to Echo Beach in Toronto to see him and it was incredible. I've since seen Ed Sheeran a couple times (actually, 3 times, but who's counting?) and I've found that he never fails to put on a fantastic performance. He's an extremely talented guy and the fact that he does it all by himself, with just a loop pedal and his guitar, is hella impressive. His last album wasn't really my thing but hopefully on his next album, he'll find his way back to his original sound!

5 Concerts I Want to See

- paul simon - 

Paul Simon is #1 on my list of must-see concerts - but luckily for me, I get to see him this summer!! Paul Simon, oddly enough, has been a fav of mine for a long time, probably since 2013 or so. I really love his Graceland album in particular (my fav song is "Crazy Love, Vol. II" in case you're wondering). This summer, he's going on his Farewell Tour (I'm very emosh about it) and he's not going to all the states, so I'm actually flying to Nashville for a couple days with my mum to see him perform and do some sight-seeing! So that's going to be really awesome.

- john mayer - 

I've basically been in love with John Mayer for the better part of the last decade. I loved his music all throughout middle school, high school, and now uni. I've wanted to see him for ages now but, like The 1975, I just kept missing him. My dream concert would be him and Shawn Mendes together, which would be literal heaven but who knows if it'd ever happen lol

- queen - 

Oh my gosh. I just LOVE Queen. And I'm so dying to see them live. For obvious reasons, I wouldn't be able to see the full band perform, however my parents saw saw the remaining members perform with Adam Lambert a few years back and they said that he really fit with the band - ofc, he's no Freddie Mercury, but then again who is? I'd love to see them live and get a taste of what Queen once was in concert, back when Freddie was in the lead!

- arctic monkeys -

I've wanted to see Arctic Monkeys for ageeees - this seems to be a recurring theme, doesn't it? The last time I had an opportunity was in grade ten but no one would go with me. And then they went on a hiatus, sooo there was no way to see them. They're going on this summer but sadly I won't be in the country when they make their Toronto stop. So, I'll have to just keep on waiting!

- george ezra -

I first heard about George Ezra about a zillion* (*four) years ago, when I visited London and Paris with my family on a summer holiday. I picked up a magazine (I think it was Company) and there was an article about this up-and-coming singer named George Ezra. I got curious so I wrote down his name and when I got home, I downloaded a few of his songs. I just loved his music!! He has such an incredible, deep voice and his songs are super catchy. He plays a lot of feel-good music and I think his concerts would be a really good time!

What concerts have you loved that you've been to? What concerts do you want to see? 

Felicia x

Things I Love About Christmas

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If you hadn't already guessed it, I am one of those people who goes into full-on Christmas mode as soon as the clock strikes 12am on November 1st. I love Christmas. My excitement starts early as in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and so our next holiday after Halloween is Christmas. This is genuinely, 100% my favourite holiday and I find there is so much to love about Christmas. In the interest of pumping myself up even more for the season, and getting all other Christmas-lovers excited, here are seven things that I love about the Christmas holidays.

The Return of the Red Lip

During September/October, I tend to put my red-lip obsession on the back burner and focus more on autumn lip colours: berries, burgundies, etc. But with Christmas around the corner, that means I can bring back out my reds and rock the classic look I love so much.

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Decorating

I think my favourite time of the weeks leading up to Christmas is the decorating. My mum and I are restricted to putting up our tree at the very end of November by my dad, so we spend all of November (and admittedly, October) buying decorations and planning out how we envision our decorations in our home for the holidays. We've got a closet under the stairs full of boxes of decorations, and a Pinterest board full of ideas - we're ready to go!!

Baking

I recently tried my hand at baking my favourite autumn dessert, apple crumble, and discovered an interest in it that I didn't know I had. This year, I'm very excited to bake Christmas treats with my mum for our family, friends, and our party in December. Some of my fave Christmas treats are gingerbread cookies and chocolate fudge... yummm..... I'm getting hungry now!

Buying and Wrapping Gifts

As stressful as I find buying gifts for my loved ones (and trust me, I do find it very stressful), I love it. There's something so amazing about finding the perfect gift for a family member or your boyfriend. I love buying gifts for everyone and once I've got everything bought, I go into crazy wrapping mode - it's serious business for me! And then, it's total agony waiting because all I wanna do is give the gifts out to everyone! Haha

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The Toronto Christmas Market

Last year, I visited the Toronto Christmas Market for the very first time and I fell completely in love with it (despite my toes being frozen afterwards). For those who have never been to or heard of the market, it is held in Toronto's Distillery District which is a pedestrian-only area where an old whiskey distillery once sat in the 19th century. The whole area gets decorated for Christmas, they put on shows, and they have a massive Christmas tree at the entrance. It's so fun to walk around and take photos of everything. I cannot wait to go again this year.

Christmas Music

I can't tell you how much I love Christmas music. As soon as November 1st, I'm playing Christmas tunes in the car, while I'm doing my makeup in the morning, basically any chance I get. I even have Michael Buble's Christmas album on vinyl - which by the way is amazingggg. I love to sing-along to the classics and the newer versions by some of my favourite artists.

Holiday Films

Some of my most favourite movies are Christmas themed. Love Actually, White Christmas, Elf... to name a few. My mum and I love to watch these films in November and December every year (sometimes in July, too, but shh that's a secret). We can practically quote the entire Love Actually film. I mean, who doesn't love watching Hugh Grant and Colin Firth???

What gets you excited for Christmas?

Felicia x

September Favourites

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I know it is so typical of me to say this, but I can't believe it's September. Where did the month go?! The days completely slipped past me and before I realized it, the month was gone. Just like that. It's been such a busy month, what with returning to school and jumping back into a daily schedule after four months of living my days spontaneously. Because I've put myself on a tragically tight budget so I can save up money for a Disney trip in the new year, I have been very frugal in the spending department. However, there are a few items I've recently purchased, plus some older goodies which I have been just loving this past month.

For some reason, the past month has been the worst in terms of my skin health. My face has completely broken out in blemishes and it's been bringing me down. Fortunately, the only thing keeping me sane has been the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It is probably one of my favourite moisturizers, ever. It contains salicylic acid, the ingredient which is used to clear acne, plus it is hypoallergenic so my sensitive skin doesn't react poorly to it at all. I use this every morning in my skincare routine and it has been making my skin feel much better than it did at the beginning of the month.

The other skincare product I have been loving lately is one that I've owned for a while, but have recently fallen back in love with. Way back in the far away land of 2013, I was fifteen years old and brand new to the online beauty community. Soap and Glory was a line that was super popular amongst beauty bloggers at the time and so, being the follower that I was, I ran to the drugstore to pick up the famed Righteous Butter body butter. I was not disappointed, and I used it religiously. Over the years, I forgot about the brand and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I glanced at the tub in my bathroom counter and decided to try it again. I've been using it now every day, especially after I shower, and my skin has literally never been so soft! It has such a lovely scent to it, as well, and I love that I can smell it on me throughout the day.

As for makeup products, I purchased the e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in a spur of a moment decision while at my local drugstore (which I have created an unhealthy obsession with - damn you Rexall and your great beauty department!). I am always on the hunt for new brow products and this cream seemed interesting so I decided to give it ago. I have not used it as a liner, but as for a brow cream, I have been impressed so far. I use an e.l.f. duo eyebrow brush, with a brush and spoolie combo, to apply this and I have been loving the results. Even my boyfriend said the other day that my eyebrows have been looking great recently, so that's a real testimony! Haha

Last month, for my birthday, my parents gifted me the Too Faced Natural Love Palette, which was so kind of them. I absolutely love it. Typically, I tend to lean on the more neutral side of eyeshadow shades and so this palette is perfect for me. It has a few lighter matte shades and a ton of gorgeous shimmery shades. I find myself reaching for this palette every day during my makeup routine. My favourite shades of the palette are Makeup & Chill, Hot & Bothered, Satin Sheets, and Honeymoon.

With the changing seasons, of course I had to make my seasonal stop at Bath and Body Works to pick up a few new candles and soaps for autumn. Of the several I picked up, my favourite was the Hello Sugar Warm Apple Pie candle. I absolutely love this candle. It genuinely smells like a freshly baked pie which is probably one of the greatest scents in the whole world. I've lit this candle already a dozen times, and I'm sure I'll be getting a ton of use out of it this season.

Aside from makeup and beauty, I have been totally into music this month. I'm not sure but I think it has to do with the fact that I've been commuting to and from school every day, which is a 40-minute drive each way in traffic. Music has been keeping me sane haha. My two favourite artists to listen to lately have been John Mayer and Sam Phillips. Both of them have such soothing music which is great to listen to while driving and while doing homework or studying. Like, let's be real, John Mayer has the voice of an angel. How can you be stressed while listening to him sing? Currently, my favourite songs by them are "If I Could Write" by Sam Phillips, and "In The Blood" by John Mayer.

Also this month, I have been completely and utterly obsessed with the tv show, This Is Us. Yes, I know. I'm so late to the party. But basically, I am in love with it. My mum, my boyfriend, and I all watched the first season on Netflix within like a week. And now we've bought the iTunes season pass for season two, which is currently playing on tv every week. The Pearson family is so complicated and loveable and Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson is stealing my heart more and more with every passing episode. I can't wait for the next episode to come out! Ugh plus, the soundtrack is just beautiful.

And there you have it! Those are the very mismatched, unrelated things that I have loved this past month. I can't wait to see what October has in store, as I have a ton of cool things coming up that I'm so anxious to share with all of you! I'm so excited for October, and I hope that everyone has had a fabulous September.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

Nashville + Tupelo

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Good evening all! I am finally back to writing for this blog, after what seems like forever of being away. I have been so incredibly busy these last few months with moving house, settling in, hosting numerous dinner parties and getting in as much time with my friends and boyfriend as I could before leaving for the summer. But now, I am in Florida and you can expect a huge flood of posts this summer for sure, as I plan to keep very busy with things I'd love to share with all of you! Recently, I was lucky enough to get to visit two of the places I have been dying to visit for a very long time, those places being Nashville, Tennessee and Tupelo, Mississippi. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you may already know that I am a huge fan of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Thus, when we passed through the southern United States on our drive to Florida, we just had to stop at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville and Elvis Presley's Birthplace in Tupelo.

Our first stop of the two was the Johnny Cash Museum. Immediately, when we arrived in the city, I was head over heels in love with Nashville. It is a beautiful city and I wish I could have seen more of it, but sadly we were quickly passing through just to visit the museum and head straight onto Tupelo. Around mid-morning, we went from our hotel just outside the city in Goodlettsville to the museum. IMG_0756IMG_0779IMG_0788

I was particularly excited about the display they had on the film Walk The Line, which showed a couple of the costumes that Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon wore as Johnny Cash and June Carter. Walk The Line is one of my all-time favourite films so I was in heaven seeing their costumes right before me.

 

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Another really cool artifact in the museum was this chair, which was featured in Johnny Cash's unbelievably moving music video for his cover of "Hurt". It was just so crazy to be up close to such important pieces of musical history.

After finishing up at the museum and buying a few cool things from the gift shop (a t-shirt, a pin, and a leash for my dog - yup, you read that right), we made the three-and-a-half hour drive to Tupelo, Mississippi. Finally, after what seemed like a hundred hours on the Natchez Trace Parkway (look it up, it's nuts), we arrived at Elvis Presley's Birthplace.

You always hear about how poor Elvis' family lived when he was growing up, before his big break at Sun Records. But until you stand in front of his house, you really don't understand how hard his life and the lives of his parents really must have been.

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The white, small house has only a plain porch to its exterior, with a swinging chair hanging from the front. In person, the house is even shorter in length than pictures make it out to be. IMG_0833IMG_0834

The house is made up of two rooms: the bedroom and the kitchen. The bedroom is home to an average-sized bed, a dresser, a fireplace, and some chairs. The guide informed us that it doubled as a bedroom and sitting area/living room, and that Elvis and his stillborn twin brother were born in that very room. IMG_0839IMG_0836

The second room, the kitchen, was just as small as the first. As the pictures show, it really doesn't fit more than kitchen appliances and a small dining table with four seats. And that is all. Just two rooms that this family of three lived in. It truly puts so much into perspective to see it up close.

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Another interesting site in the nearby area was the church that Elvis attended as a child. It wasn't originally located where it sits now - a few years ago, the whole building was actually transported from down the street to its current location, to be better accessible for guests visiting Elvis' birthplace. We went in just before closing and were treated to our very own showing of a film which gave a reenactment of a typical service that Elvis himself would have attended. It gave a really good idea to how the music he heard at church would later influence his own personal music style.

In a split second, I would go back to visit both Nashville and Tupelo. Southern USA is so beautiful and lush, it really is so heavenly, and the history of some of my favourite artists is so present there. I can't wait to go back someday.