72 HOURS IN HELSINKI, FINLAND


Tervetuloa Suomeen! - WELCOME TO FINLAND!

A sometimes Scandinavian, once-upon-a-time Russian and extremely cold country based in Northern Europe. 

Whether you want a city break, a delve into a sauna (pronounced 'soww-na') or want to drink a lot of coffee (that's me), Finland's capital Helsinki is for you.

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INTERVIEWED: MR CARRINGTON

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds!


Today we're joined by a man with an eye for household D.I.Y, Iwan A.K.A. Mr Carrington!

D: What do you do as an online creator?


I: On my blog do men's fashion, lifestyle and travel, along with anything else that I think might be interesting to people. I like to mix things up and keep it creative so there are no rules with me. If something has inspired me I'll try to share it. I also have a YouTube Channel where I've ended up doing mostly 'house' stuff. I'll do anything from full room makeovers & DIY tutorials, to advice on moving house. I'm really passionate about property and interiors and I love sharing tips and techniques that can help and inspire other people in their own homes. All of my camera equipment is covered in paint splatters as a result though!



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MUSIC OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER 2017

It's time for the final installment of Music of the Month 2017! Will this series be continuing into 2018? I haven't decided on that yet, so we'll find out.

This series has been a completely fun way of forcing myself to give new tracks time, to discover new artists and to challenge myself to review a song in a couple of sentences.


Enough about that, let's get into the best music of December!

Here's November's if you missed it.

I Know You - Acoustic - Craig David + Bastille



Taking a production laden track with a focus on it's twist on the conventional 'drop' and turning it into an acoustic isn't an easy task. Somehow Craig David and Bastille have pulled it off by slowing down their vocals, relaxing it all and changing the entire tune of the song, yet they still absolutely crush it.


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Goodbye 2017!

2017 is coming to a close, here we are on the last day of the year. You BET I can't fucking wait to make a joke about not having showered since last year, though I shower so infrequently I could make that joke now and mean 2016.

Last year I wrote a bit of a similar spiel to cover my year, to have a long ass list of what I did that year forever. It's nothing of any quality, but it's a nice thing to have to look back at.



January. I opened this year by standing at Point Hill in Greenwich overlooking central London and the famous London NYE fireworks. They looked kinda tiny from that far away, London is a giant ass place. Amy and I went back to my new house, drank some prosecco and fell asleep at like 2am, it was clearly quite wild. A few days later I started my new job, as a social media and website intern (later becoming assistant) for a charity based in East London. I was all alone in this big city living with people I didn't know then, but who went on to become like family to me. The rest of January was spent finding my feet in this new city I lived in. And at a conference in Morecambe, where it promptly pissed down. Whilst there I met and befriended so many people who are big parts of my life now, and also met Laura who I already knew through the wonderful world of Twitter, despite the two of us having 0 clue we were on the same internship scheme. Wild. The most important part of January was going to the Tate Modern for the first time. My favourite gallery, my favourite spot to have a coffee and take in the London skyline. I miss that place already.

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INTERVIEWED: FORDTOGRAPHY

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds. 


Today we're joined by photographer extrodonaire, Kaye of Fordtography, if you're a follow a lot of bloggers online, you'll have 100% seen some of her amazing work!

D: What is it you do online?



K: I really don’t know haha I blog some stuff and take some photos and self

market on social media. So I guess what I do online is show the world what I
create with my camera!
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Top 10 Albums of 2017

Another year in music is over. Last year I recounted my top 10 albums of the year, and it's time to do it all over again. This year's list was very tough, it's been an absolutely amazing year for all genres of music, so many artists have released such mind blowing pieces of work! Here are the 10 I've chosen as the best of the best.

This year I tried not to simply focus on my 10 favourites, but on 10 that I truly believe are the best, whether this is overall, or means a complete album with 0 filler, or an album that's defining it's genre, these are all something special.


Lorde - Melodrama
Top Track: 'Homemade Dynamite' 


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My Year in Music

The end of the year is nigh, and that means only one thing, Spotify's 2017 Wrapped has arrived! It's time to look back at a year of music and what we've wrapped our ears around over the last 12 months.

I love these stats and document them every year, here's 2015's and 2016's if you're interested!

Top 5 Artists


1) Bastille (Last year: 1)


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INTERVIEWED: OMYO

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.


Today we're joined by London based pop duo OMYO!

D: Who and what is OMYO, what's the full backstory?
 
O: OMYO is made up of me (William) and Tom, who met a few years ago in a pub on New Year’s Eve and after a short conversation made a bet to write a song! 2 days later and a few rough tunes done, our second song was picked up by New Look for an advert and played on 1xtra. 

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5 things I'll miss about London: a cheesy ode to the city

If I don't harp on about it enough in these posts, I'm leaving London soon. It's been my home for a year and I bloody love it here, however in order to chase down various travel and career goals, I'm taking a step back for a while. It's a big one, but I can't afford London rent whilst travelling nor can I pay for London rent when freelance writing as my career stands currently. One day eh?

You've not fell onto Buzzfeed, Cracked or any other of those hit listicle website the kids are loving, but that doesn't mean you're free from them. Here are 5 things I'm gonna miss about this city.

Clapham Common Tube Station
1) T R A N S P O R T 

London's transport system is absolutely wild. A billion tube lines combined with a few other things that technically aren't the underground but they're practically the underground, an amazing bus system and apps that can get you anywhere. I grew up in an area connected pretty decently and it doesn't hold a candle to London. The freedom of travel is something I'll lose when going back home, especially as I don't own a car. Being able to go anywhere in the city at the drop of a hat is incredibly enviable. 

You can get a train all the way to Brussels for fuck sake, it's absurdly good.

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MUSIC OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2017

The year is nearly over and we're up to the second to last instalment of 2017's MOTM posts.

Here's October's if you missed it.



The Way Life Goes - Lil Uzi vert, Nicki Minaj + Oh Wonder


I don't think anyone ever expected to see Oh Wonder's Landslide sampled alongside Nicki and Uzi, least of all Oh Wonder. This is a magical, mystical collab that works absurdly well, much better than it ever should. It's a testament to all involved's incredible talent.


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