Music Mondays: I don’t care if Monday’s blue

I’m in Malta right now, and it’s so.hot. but beautiful. The bridal shower I hosted last night was a roaring success, and today I’m taking it easy after an exhausting couple of days. Being with friends and enjoying Malta (and its food) has been stupendous… although I do need to lock myself indoors for a few hours tomorrow and get some work done.

This song is mostly about a Friday, but let’s ignore that, shall we. Have a lovely Monday night, and a great week!

{ Janet Devlin // Friday I’m in Love (The Cure cover) }

PS: The playlist.

Things I Love Thursday

  • A super-fun wine tasting
  • Meeting a bunch of different (lovely) people in Luxembourg this week
  • Packing for Malta – tonight!!
  • Finishing a cycling confidence course – I am “a very good cyclist” (my teacher’s words, not mine, hurrhurrhurrrr)
  • Sushi and drinks with a lovely friend
  • An al fresco dinner with my boyfriend <3
  • The weather being cooler
  • Going to a kick-off meeting for The Vagina Monologues – February 2016 in Luxembourg ;)
  • A very nice optician

Sunday Photo Mishmash: cycling school, a giant corgi, and bridal shower preparations

I’ve been a little sick this week, unfortunately, but I’m hoping to get back to 100% health by the middle of this week, when we’re off for a long-ish stay in Malta, for a family wedding (more on that below). I’ve also started a cycling confidence course here in Luxembourg, which is for adult beginners or people who are just scared of cycling most of the time (I fall into the latter category). It’s been a very gradual course, but I can feel my confidence growing already… We’ll have a few more lessons this week, and then I can’t wait to go out with my bike more often.

Below – one of my favourite online purchases. I was having a bit of a down day last week, and I indulged in a little retail therapy, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect purchase – this guy is huggable, hilarious, and so soft. (And larger than I could have ever imagined.)

And the final photo from this week: it’s one week to go till the bridal shower for my boyfriend’s brother’s fiancée. I’m the maid of honour, and it’s been a lovely few months, organising the whole thing. I might have purchased the entirety of HEMA, and I have so many activities and delicious things planned. And then it’s the wedding! So much excitement…

Have a great week.

June 2015 Favourites <3

June 2015 favourites

These monthly favourites are a little later than usual – but they’re here! I’ve been very busy with music festivals, and I’m a little addicted to live music now. The list of absolutely excellent bands and artists that I have seen over the past few days is endless, and my most recent Google search was “music festivals in Germany”, because I just want to go on another music festival this summer. June was full of travel and quite a bit of work, and July has already kicked off with a disastrous heatwave in Luxembourg (it’s awful when you don’t have air-conditioning or a fan).

Pictured favourites:

  • The Martian by Andy Weir – I finished this book in June and while I was NOT a fan of the protagonist, I did thoroughly enjoy the story, because space is one of my favourite settings in films and books.
  • Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie – I read this between acts at Rock Werchter, and it was the perfect book for a festival, with each short chapter dealing with a different case.
  • Notebook – I bought this from the Pompidou in Metz, and it’s sturdy and colourful and lined.
  • Acqua di Parma (Gelsomino Nobile) – I bought this perfume for myself when I got my notarial warrant. It’s the best.
  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine nail polish – A lovely nail polish which withstands a lot.
  • The new Venture magazine at the Departures Lounge at the Malta International Airport – I write an article each edition about the food available in the outlets in the lounge, and it’s been so much fun to discover all the delicious food and drink, and to meet all the lovely people who work there. If you’re ever in the departures lounge, do pick up a copy (and my top food tip from my last trip there would be the Costa Coffee caramel shortbread – it doesn’t look too impressive, but it seriously melts.in.your.mouth.).

Other favourites:

  • The best weekend home in Malta
  • Rock Werchter (and SO many artists/bands)
  • Rock-a-Field (Kate Tempest! Bastille! Alt-J! MUSE.)
  • National Day in Luxembourg
  • New friends
  • Slash
  • Going on an audition and doing well (and meeting wonderful people)
  • My two best friends who seriously keep me sane, even thousands of kilometres away
  • A giant impulse buy

Hope everyone has a lovely July.

Music Mondays: what the hell are we doing

I’ve just had a couple of weeks with an overload of (mostly rock) music. So, instead of showcasing one of the bands/artists that I saw over the past few days, I’m just going to include a lesser-known artist with a beautiful and quite calming song for this Monday morning.

Lots to do today! And I’ll be in Malta next week. CANNOT WAIT.

Also, have you seen my 6-month Luxembourg post? It’s been very well-received among people who, like me, have moved to Luxembourg.

Have a happy Monday.

{ Orla Gartland // Whispers }

PS: the playlist.