The Quest for a Beard

My current facial hair in all it's glory in my new city. London, aged 21.

Ah yes, the quest for a beard. One which most teenage boys tend to go on. Luckily during my teens I stayed staunchly clean shaven as I knew I couldn't grow decent facial hair despite shaving from the age of 12/13, which I think is pretty young? It felt young anyway. I found a razor still in it's packets in my dad's cupboard and stole it. Mum, I know you're reading this. This is me admitting to that crime a decade or so later.

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New Music of the Month - February 2017


February has been a fantastic month for music, with comebacks from two pop queens, Gaga's superbowl performances, and 2 British lads dropping incredible debut albums!

Catch up on January's New Music of the Month here.

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Gamla Stan - Stockholm's Old Town


After the ordeal of the last post, we finally made it to Gamla Stan, translated, it means The Old Town. Very fitting for this area of Stockholm, Sweden.

Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century and contains many of Stockholm's famous landmarks, such as Parliament, the Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum and Stockholm Cathedral.

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INTERVIEWED: ADELICATE

Welcome to #INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions of creators of all likes from around the internet! Today we're joined by the artist formerly know as Zodiac Princess - ADELICATE!



D:First of all, what do you do on your corner of the internet?


A: I like to think of my YouTube channel as my own personal piece of the internet - something that really represents my personality. In particular I like to upload videos to do with things that I enjoy but usually keep to myself for example: my love for anime, cosplay, Japanese fashion and more recently Disney covers. These are things I normally struggle to share with others, but I've been trying to not let myself get held back from fear of being judged by others.



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My Menswear Wishlist


I don't post on menswear as much as I'd like to, if anyone would like to volunteer as my photographer for outfit posts, I'll take ya! Can you also make me look more relaxed and natural when I pose for photographs? That's something I definitely need to work on.

Here's a run through of some clothes I'm lusting after currently. I keep a note on my phone with pieces I wish to pick up at some point, or something I've seen that I'd like to find a dupe of. It's really helped me stop buying pieces I don't really like. This method makes it so much easier to keep track of what you own and what you'll pair them with.




I love my black tees, I counted the other day, I have about 12. I just can't get enough.

I thought I was over graphic tees, but clearly not. I love this design, very clean and simple, but an effective splash of colour.

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200.

200 posts now live on daveygranger.co.uk.




I've never had a hobby that I've committed to quite like this, I go in phases of running, play piano once in a blue moon and sew when required, but I blog always. I work on this site almost every single day, often only having a day or two a week away from it and I truly miss it on those days.



This blog has helped me find my passion in life, how cringe does that sound, but it's true. I realised I love to write, I love online media, I love photography and I love to interact with others on social media. I have made so many friends in the blogging community, and I am so thankful to know every single one, you all inspire me to challenge myself with the content I create, and ALWAYS provide great ideas of where to travel to next.



My 100% honest, nothing 'held back' goal would be to write full time. Maybe on this blog, but  for other places too. I love this blog, it's gave me the confidence to reach out to companies for opportunities, I surely wouldn't be living in London doing what I do without my blog, without the countless hours I've put into it, without the late nights finishing posts, the lunch hours spent typing, the evenings spent deleting rubbish photos, and the endless stream of notes on my phone, post-its in my room, containing ideas that are often nonsense. My all time favourite was a note I found in my bed that said 'Tinder for dog?'.


I still don't know what that was supposed to mean.


Thank you to each and every person who has ever clicked onto my blog, I love to click into my stats and see that people around the world are looking at my pictures, reading my words! It's very strange and surreal.



Back in 2014 I started this as a hobby to go alongside my YouTube channel. Now my blog is by far my main priority. It gives me ambition, confidence, satisifaction and helps scratch that endless need to create I've had for as long as I can remember, I just never knew where to focus that energy. Now this blog is actually something I do semi-professionally, it comes nowhere close to paying the bills, but it actually pays something. It's a very strange feeling to earn money from something you'd be doing anyway. The money is great, but it means so much more that brands and companies see what I do as worth it. 



I recently trawled back through every single post on this blog fixing some problems I've had since changing the theme in December, it was eye opening seeing how far I've come in terms of post-quality, focus, consistency and I write in less terrible jokes nowadays, they're not gone, they're just a little less frequent. Hopefully the content is a bit more consistent these days too!



I read back over my stresses and worries during university, how I had no idea what I wanted to be doing, how I wanted to live in London but wasn't sure how to make it happen, how it was a pipe dream to be working in London in social media when I study law, and don't have the all important 'edge' you need to get into any job, let alone one in such a competitive field in one of the world's toughest job markets. But here we are in 2017 and that's come to fruition! I appreciate being in London everyday, thanks to this blog I can always look back and see just how much I wanted this, and how hard I worked to make this happen, it's like a digital diary of the last 3 years of my life!



I've never been busier thanks to this blog, thanks to working full-time, thanks to living in such an amazing city, and I've never been happier.



Here's to another 200 posts!

The road to Gamla Stan - Stockholm's Old Town


It was a treacherously icy day in Stockholm. We were venturing to Stockholm's Old Town located on the isle of Gamla Stan, a seemingly short walk from our hotel.


With snow like this, it was not a short walk.
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INTERVIEWED: HEARTSHAPEDBONES



Today we're joined by my friend Jessica of HeartShapedBones. I love Jes + her blog, she's a witch incarnate running a kickass blogging magazine and always looking effortlessly cool. I don't remember how I found Jes' blog, but I do remember that we became friends as we were both watching Twin Peaks at the same time!

Without further ado:

D:First of all, what do you do on your corner of the internet?


J: I blog over on and also have a fashion & lifestyle youtube channel! I'm involved in a number of online projects such as The Blogging Grotto, which is a blogging magazine, and I sell my artwork, so many fingers in many pots!

D:Keeping yourself busy with all of that! You manage to keep each to such a high standard too!


J:haha yeah I'm like a hoarder...of projects

D:Could you tell me a little bit about your offline life?

J:I'm 22 and I live in Doncaster with my boyfriend, having just moved from York, which is where I studied fine art at University! I currently have a full time job at H&M, which hopefully I can pursue to manager level because I do love working for the company. I really want to pursue blogging and make it my full time job or selling my artwork, which is my end goals for now.

D:That's a great goal, I would love to be a full time blogger one day also. What an amazing job it would be! I'm glad you're enjoying your job so much now however!


J: I want it so bad if I'm honest, like I really want to make 2017 with blogging so stepping up my game!

D: I believe in you!

Could you tell me a bit about your creative process? Are there any parts of it you find particularly difficult?

J: I feel as if I'm constantly mulling over ideas for everything, whether blogging related or when creating my artwork I always have mountains of note books lying around full of what I plan to do. I start from there and then I start to form the thing, I prep so much for filming a video so I get across everything I want, with a blog post I always take the photographs first because they're the most important part for me. I then spend an evening writing up the posts so they're ready to schedule for the week! Art wise, I'm in such a rut at the moment. I sketch out everything in pencil then just go for it with pen, I get inspiration from everywhere, tattoos, books, films (especially films) but I just tend to go for it with whatever thing I'm doing.

D: Getting into a rut can be the worst, is that your least favourite part about creating?

J: 100%, it makes me feel utterly useless like I've wasted my time! I think that's how I manage to do so many things, I manage my time really well which is why it's so upsetting when something I've poured my creativity into doesn't work.

D: Yeah I understand that, it's really disappointing isn't it? Sadly it happens from time to time.

What inspired you to start creating content? And what has kept you going so long?

J: I religiously read fashion blogs and watched bloggers on YouTube, and I thought from the start that I really wanted to do what they were doing! I wanted to take photos of my outfits, review things, blog about my life and create YouTube videos like the ones I loved to watch. It's such a creative outlet for me and sharing myself with others has really allowed me to grow not only as a blogger, but a person! What keeps me going is how much blogging makes me happy, I've met so many amazing people, worked with brands, made friends who I speak to every day. I can spend hours writing posts and taking photos, but I never feel overwhelmed.

D:I'm glad you've really found a place online for you, it sounds like you're very well suited for it!

J: yessss I have!

D:Have you had any opportunities because of what you do?

J: I've had some absolutely amazing opportunities that I'm still gushing over. I got to work with Propercorn last year and that was a big one for me! I love it, it's amazing to be able to work with brands whilst using your own creativity!

D: Have you got a particular moment or piece of content you've created that you're proud of?

J: I have a number of outfit fashion posts that I'm so proud of because of the quality, but creativity wise definitely The Blogging Grotto! It's something I've wanted to do for so long now and it's gone down a treat. Also when I finally made t-shirts with my artwork on! Such a big step in the direction I want.

D: You should be so proud of The Blogging Grotto! It's bloody brilliant!

How do you find a balance between blogging/vlogging and your job and life? It's so time consuming!

J: I find it incredibly hard sometimes because it is really time consuming, instead of dedicating one day to different things, I tend to try to do so much stuff in one day and sometimes it burns me out. I'll usually take photos in the morning, film or write a blog post, eat, edit the photos, blog some more, spend time with my boyfriend, draw on a night time. Then when I'm working it completely throws off my day and I get zero done.

D: Yeah I completely get that, I bet it's been tough with moving house too!

J: oh god yeah, I haven't posted anything on my blog in a week and that's the first time in ages! Moving house is the worst stress possible!


D: Can you list 5 influencers who have had the biggest impact on you and your content?

J: ooo in no order - Helen Anderson
- Kiera rose - Robyn Vernon (midnightandlace) - Sophie Walker (Popcornandglitter) - Leannelimwalker

All bloggers who not only made me want to start blogging and my YouTube channel but inspire me so much to create the content I do every day!

I love what they do and it makes me want to do it too, all in my own style, but I can relate to them so much

D: Great choices!!

What's your Hogwarts house?

J: eeee my Hogwarts house is Slytherin! best house haha!

D: Hahaha I see you as a big ol' Slytherin

J: Haha oh why thank you

D: Do you have an all time favourite movie?

J: Hmmmmm Oh god I realllllly wanna say Hocus Pocus, the witch inside of me is screaming say Hocus Pocus haha but it's definitely Lost Boys! I quote it like every day.

D:Hahaha Hocus Pocus is a classic!

and finally, do you have any favourite artists/bands at the minute?

J: My all time favourites are Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac, I listen to them everyday religiously, but I'm also loving Waterparks at the moment and I've gotten back into Of Monsters and Men!



Huge thank you to Jes for taking part! Make sure to check out her blog and to follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to her on YouTube. Take a look at her shop, she's wildly talented!

Catch up on all interviews here.


A Month a Londoner

Once again with this series, I've been a Londoner for longer than the title suggests, but we got a blog schedule to keep here! I've lived here now for closer to 7/8 weeks, but I haven't touched this post in a while, so it's *close* to being a true month a Londoner post!




My London scowl has been perfected. How is it that resting bitch face becomes the norm?

I've sussed out the local pubs, one sells pints for normal Northern prices, A.K.A cheap London prices.

Franco Manca has both my heart and my patronage.

I've survived a Tube Strike unscathed. Scratch that, two Tube strikes.

Snow only disrupted my travel slightly, and by snow I mean 10 minutes of snow and hours of regular rain.

No celebrity sightings yet but there is a major movie filming a stone's throw from my house.

I went to a chicken shop, and didn't get chicken. I'm still a failure in that department.

I said the word 'bruv' in normal conversation the other day...it has began.

No one has questioned the use of me describing things as 'boss' or asking if anyone wants a 'bev/bevvie'. Maybe Scouse slang is better known in London than I thought?

Still though, why do you have so many Prets?! No one, NO ONE, needs that many Prets and it's so expensive.

All I do is complain about rent prices, in work, with friends, is this what we do for the rest of our lives, or until the market somehow fixes itself?!

Walked into a non-descript bar to get out of the rain and it turned out to be an amazing underground cocktail place located in a former illegal strip club. Amazing.

I left London for a little bit, the air is so clean elsewhere. There aren't as many people. There's room on trains. I forgot about this life.

INTERVIEWED #6: STACY KINSEY

Today we're joined by newbie blogger + very good friend of mine: Stacy Kinsey! Stacy and I met in our first year of university, lived together in our second and went to Hungary in our third, quite a strong track record!!





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Greenwich Park + the Royal Observatory


Living in South London, I have to visit Greenwich Park. Partly for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, although the park is very busy for an open space, but mainly for the incredible view from the top of the hill.

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My Tech Wishlist


Hello,

Today I'm reeling off a tech wishlist. Currently there's bigger and better gadgets and gizmos out in the world than ever before, and we often end up limiting ourselves to our phones exclusively!  

I don't update my tech as much as I used to, nor as much as I'd like to! I use a 2012 model laptop, was a late adaptor to the PS4 and have an iPhone that isn't the 7...though I guess most people are in that boat too!





No explanation is needed here, I love Nintendo and I love video games. I'm super stoked about the Switch, though I won't be getting one at launch as I wish to save, and also because I never have the time to play games. I work, I see friends, I watch TV and I write, there's my week gone!

However the new and innovative interface of the Switch, and the dual handheld/home console functionality have me so excited. I can't wait to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2. Plus the matte black means that it won't be covered in fingerprints like my Wii U is!





Sony's black pair have caught my eye, if you couldn't tell, I love black pieces of tech. I want to upgrade my Macbook partly because there's a black one out now.

A pair of bluetooth headphones would make my morning commute on London's busy train system much easier, as that bloody headphone wire always gets tangled with no room for me to untangle it. Once again this morning, I found myself with earbud wires wrapped around my coat buttons somehow.

10 hour battery life, and a 10m range make these a convenient commuter buddy.



I really want a ridiculously expensive coffee machine that grinds and makes the coffee for you, and even froths the milk, oh my sweet baby Jesus. I have a French Press, it makes good coffee, but it's messy. My housemates have a Tassimo, it makes good coffee, but it's terrible for the environment.

This is much less wasteful, much less messy, and much less effort. And it looks like it makes some incredible coffee.

Specifically the SC-ALL6, however all of the multi-room speakers are lush. Not only do they look aesthetically great, the SC-ALL6 being my fave as it's oh so sleek and black, they have top class specs. Music playing in multiple rooms in your house, controlled via one app, and even a built in memory so you don't even need your CD in the player to listen to it. We live in the future!

Like everyone else, I love a good sing and dance along in my pants from time to time, anything that enables that is golden in my books.

And not to harp on again about it being so sleek and black, but it would look so nice on my white shelves against my white walls.




A compact, wifi-enabled camera with video function would complete my life. Being able to instantly send photos to my phone would be a game changer. To carry a camera all day and not have my hands and neck aching would be a game changer! I love my DSLR, but it's so heavy and takes up a good chunk of my baggage allowance whenever I travel. This is the answer to all those problems!

An iPhone that is the size of the 7, has the camera of the 7+, a headphone jack and removable storage...c'mon Apple, I've been so loyal, give me this one.

And that's it for now! I could go on forever about pieces of tech I lust after.

Do you have any gadgets that you're desperate to get your hands on?

This post has been made in collaboration with Panasonic.

INTERVIEWED #5: JAYKA ANN



Welcome to INTERVIEWED,  a series of interviews with people from all over the internet. Today we're with my friend Jayka Ann!


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