Life Update

Bloggers tend to have these incredibly nice posed pics every time they do a personal post, I’m not good at posing but I am good at standing.

I like reading about people’s life because I’m nosey as all hell about the people I care about, so I’m going to be a bit narcissistic and share a bit more about what is going on in my own life. I appreciate when you all do that and I can find out a bit more about you, because I care but also because I’m nosey.

It’s been a few months since I left London, 4 months actually. I miss it a great deal, but then I go back and realise I can do everything I love in a weekend and not be paying through the ass on rent. But then I miss being able to live ‘London life’, so to speak, everyday. I miss living in a huge, diverse city. I miss having loads on my doorstep, I miss my housemates and I even miss just getting on the Tube. London feels like home, but a home that wants me to pay soul crippling amounts in rent whilst earning a mediocre wage.

Right now I live with my parents, which is rather chill. It’s in a town, not a city, which sometimes feels ridiculously suffocating but I end up spending most of my time in Liverpool and Manchester. Most weeks I’m in a combo of both of the cities 3-4 days a week, so 3 at home ain’t all that bad. Plus the food here is banging compared to my lackluster efforts at cooking, though my attempts at being vegetarian have fell completely out of the window. We’ll try again soon.

Work wise, it has been a bit weird. I left my full-time job in December when I moved home. I felt as if I rushed from uni into full-time work and felt quite locked down, and not in the best headspace at times. I wrote a few pieces last year on stress and burning out, and I feel like working in a difficult environment egged that on. I moved away from that to work on what I want to do, to try out some other things and to get a bit more perspective before I go back into full-time employment, which is probably what I’ll end up doing. However, I do feel like I thrive in my own routine, in my own environment and as my own boss.

It’s weird that I’m currently a full time content creator, sure the content is a bit bizarre at time, but I’m technically my own business. A business with a terrible turnover and CEO who sits around in joggers with Drag Race on as he furiously types away, but a business none the less.

Oh and I also broke my finger, well fractured it. I like to be dramatic at times. My piano stand collapsed on my hand. Ironically I was setting it up so I could get back into playing, I haven’t been able to in almost a month because half of my left hand is taped together. Good going.

Recently I was asked to photograph my favourite band of all time, an absolutely wild proposition that came out of nowhere as I’m not a gig photographer. I’m a music journalist, reviewer, critic, editor, whatever you want to call it, but not a live gig photographer. I was going to take it up with some borrowed equipment but then realised with half my hand taped together I can barely hold a camera, let alone be changing settings and lenses in the dark. Maybe another time, but hey I still got invited to my favourite band’s show. That’s something I’ll harp on about forever.

It’s kinda weird that I can get access to some of these cool events and festivals due to my merits as a content creator and journalist, but can’t find a full time paying job in it, it’s a hard time for the creative industry and it feels almost impossible to break into it properly right now. I’m thinking about all these possible careers paths and not sure what I wanna do, I guess that’s normal for being 22. I just don’t want to get stuck down the wrong path and end up not enjoying what I do.

So anyway that’s a bizarre-o life update. I’m hoping to spend two months or so travelling in the summer but my plans keep coming together and falling apart, so we’ll see what happens there.

Who fucking knows is my life motto at this point.

THE HILL OF CROSSES, LITHUANIA

Welcome to Lithuania, the final stop on my epic tour from Northern Europe through Eastern Europe. Lithuania is a beautiful country, and the one we definitely managed to see the most of too. Today’s post features a place I’d rank alongside Tokyo and Machu Picchu in my list of ‘Places I’d most wanted to visit’.

That is the Hill of Crosses! Located around 12km north of Šiauliai in Northern Lithuania, the Hill is rather difficult to get to, you can do it yourself, but I’d recommend booking a tour as we did! We did our’s through Red Fox Tours for €50 each. (This is in no way a collaborative or sponsored post, we just had a great experience with them so I would really recommend using their service)

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INTERVIEWED: Life With Maria

Welcome to Interviewed, a series of chats and discussions with creators all over the internet!
Today we’re joined by someone with the most incredible make up skills on the planet, Drag Race superfan and creative genius – Maria from lifewithmaria.
D: Who are you and what do you do on the internet?

M: My name’s Maria, and I’m an Editor by day, blogger the rest of the time! As my Instagram bio says, I’m essentially an eclectic ball of mess. I kind of scurry around producing makeup looks one minute, shooting fashion the next, indulging in my passion for film writing and also my new-found love of travel. Most of the time you’ll find me posting weird beauty looks on Instagram, or musing on my blog- lifewithmaria.

D: How did you get started in blogging and adventurous make up looks?

M: I’ve actually been blogging for over five years now, I started when I left uni and worked in social media and blogging for a few years, while running two blogs of my own. I finally invested in my own domain almost two years ago, and have been writing on Life with Maria ever since!

Can you believe I only really discovered makeup a year and a half ago?? I’d never really worn much, but after binge-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, I got so inspired. I started experimenting a little bit and I’ve been so passionate about it ever since. I have such a long way to go in terms of development, but I can already see myself improving.

D: What brand of make up to you like or would recommend overall?

M: DEFINITELY KAT VON D! I’m so obsessed with every single product, and it’s a mid price range, so definitely worth the investment. When I first started doing dramatic makeup looks I had no money for products like this, but I really couldn’t achieve any results with cheaper counterparts. It’s definitely worth investing. Other than KVD, I also recommend Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, CYO Cosmetics (they’re super cheap!), NYX and Marc Jacobs Beauty.

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WHAT TO DO IN RIGA, LATVIA

Welcome to Latvia! Our second to last stop on this quick-paced tour from Northern Europe through to Eastern.

If you’ve missed any of my earlier posts about this trip, catch them here or in the ‘Travel’ tab up there.

Out of the four capital cities that we visited, Riga was the one I had extremely high expectations of, as multiple people had hyped it up. Did it live up to those? Not as much as I had hoped, but Riga is still a beautiful city to spend a couple of days in.

So what is there to do?

DRINK BEER

Latvia is an amazing country for craft beer, there’s no shortage of it and it’s a little bit more affordable than the UK. Your staple pints are most definitely cheaper, but you’ll still save a bit on the crafts.

Our Airbnb was just around the corner from one of Riga’s best beer specialists, Beer Fox. Ran by an American immigrant, Beer Fox combines his love of craft beer with Riga’s amazing breweries. I’m not mad on beer, but this was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

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MOST LISTENED TO

Most listened to

Hello friends, music lovers and people who accidentally clicked this link whilst scrolling through Twitter but have now been ensnared by my devilish good looks and my fancy new blog interface.

A few weeks ago I kicked off a new series all about the songs that I’m actually listening to all the time, as presented to me via my favourite online gizmo, Obscurify. Last time’s made sense, it was generally all current tracks and stuff that’s been around recently or from my favourite artists. One slight adjustment I’ve made is to only feature one song from each artist, as the recent album releases from The Wombats and Charlie Barnes did begin to dominate.

This time I’ve kinda gone all over the place, from murderous album tracks to one of the greatest karaoke songs of all time.

1) STRANGERS – SIGRID

This song featured as number 4 in my last post, it’s been a slow burn for me. You know, from listening to almost all the time to ‘I can’t sleep with good conscience unless I listen to this song whilst brushing my teeth before bed’. If that’s not the mark of an earworm, I don’t know what is. View Post