February Favourites '19

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Well well well, it's been a while since I done a favourites post so I do apologise for the radio silence on what i've been loving. Truth is, i'm a creature of habit and enjoy familiar comforts, so finding something new that I love every single month can sometimes seem impossible. However, February has been good to me with a whole range of things I want to share with you.

ALBUM: Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande.
If you thought I wasn't going to follow the obvious and pick something unpredictable for February's album choice, then i'm afraid you were very much mistaken. I couldn't possibly pick another record when this is the one i've continuously had on repeat. Just 6 months after the release of Sweetener, Ariana Grande treated us to another album, this one titled 'thank u, next' after the hugely successful single. As much as I love Ari, I wasn't a huge fan of Sweetener (bar God Is A Woman and Breathin, obviously) so I welcomed a new release with open arms. Thankfully I was far from disappointed, and thank u, next features some of the 25 year old's strongest work to date. Sitting firmly at my favourite is album opener Imagine, which is sexy, sultry and hits absolutely outrageous high notes. Coming in close second is NASA, Ghostin (pass me a tissue), Bloodline, Fake Smile and the massive closing track, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored (below). I was already excited to see Miss Grande take to The O2's stage in August, but now i'm literally counting down. 10/10. 

BEAUTY PRODUCT: OGX Coconut Miracle Penetrating Oil.
Since going platinum my hair of course needs a lot of extra love. I try my best to leave it alone by using minimal to no heat, but my saviour has been OGX's oil. I'm not huge on the smell (or taste) of coconut usually, but this oil has such a lovely sweet, fresh smell, and targets dry ends instantly. Used on wet, damp or dry hair, this oil has completely transformed my locks and i'm often complimented on the condition of my hair considering what i've put it through!

EVENT: The 1975 @ The Garage, 18th February 2019.
War Child brought us another stream of events this year for Brits Week, and of course I was going to do everything I could to get myself into The 1975's offering at The Garage in London. I've fortunately managed to be a part of the string of intimate shows the Manchester quartet have played in London over the years (The Dome and Camden Assembly/Barfly) and The Garage completed the trio at just 600 capacity. The last time I saw Matty, Ross, Adam and George was on their sold out UK tour last month which saw them play two nights at London's iconic O2 Arena, so the contrast between the two was obviously notable. However, more notable was the change in setlist, which treated us to old songs that haven't been played in years, including The City and She Way Out. As always, The 1975 did not disappoint and they made my 30th (yep, 30th) show one to remember. 

SONG: Summer - Alma.
Finnish pop sensation Alma made an explosive comeback with When I Die earlier this month, as well as dropping a bunch of live dates across Europe (you'll obviously find me at the London show), but it was the follow up that really caught my attention. Summer sees Alma strip things back a bit in this love song that really showcases her vocals. "I wrote this song in LA" Alma told DIY. "It was my first day there and I was jet-lagged but I remember I was still feeling alive and just happy - probably because of the sun! My relationship wasn’t doing great at that time, I was stressed and depressed, so I wrote this song to my girlfriend… I think we’re all better humans in the summertime!"

VIDEO: I'll Never Love Again - Lady Gaga.
A Star Is Born took home some Grammy's and Oscar's this month and has just been released on DVD, so i've got right back into the soundtrack after having it on repeat last year. My favourite track from the film at the moment is the absolutely stunning I'll Never Love Again, which sees any red blooded human in tears after listening. I've spent the last 10 years preaching about people sleeping on Lady Gaga's vocals, but I think A Star Is Born finally showcased Mother Monster for who she truly is, and this track especially documents her outstanding range. The song alone is beautiful, but along with the video creates a whirlwind of emotions.

YOUTUBER: Eleanor Neale.
I've touched on Eleanor videos in my Conspiracy Theories post last year, but since that post she has slowly become my favourite go-to girl for all things true crime. The research that goes into her uploads is something to be praised on it's own, but her delivery and editing makes her videos not only interesting, but actually educational to watch. We met (or rather, interrogated, sorry hun) Eleanor at The 1975's Manchester show last month and she was so sweet and thankful for us taking the time to watch her videos. I don't doubt that she'll be hitting huge milestones on YouTube in 2019 - subscribe here.

TV SHOW: Luther.
I'm not sure why it's taken me 9 whole years to watch Luther, but I finally did this month and i'm absolutely loving it. If British crime dramas are what you're about, this is definitely for you. I can now see where Marcella (another 10/10 series which you need to watch if you haven't already) got it's inspiration from, with Anna Friel and Idris Elba's characters following a similar story line in the early episodes. I'm about to finish season 3 (in which the first couple of episodes actually terrified me so don't watch this shit alone) and i'm ready to binge it all in it's entirety in the coming weeks.

FOOD: Sarastro, Covent Garden.
While I love a good bargain at a chain restaurant, I of course like to step things up a notch from time to time, and Sarastro in Covent Garden is my go-to for this. Paige and I have made it our yearly tradition to visit the theatrical restaurant for Valentines, and it never disappoints. Even before you've had anything to eat, the interior alone is nothing short of spectacular, with balconies, drapes, and various weird and wonderful decorative items. Named after a character in Mozarts 'Magic Flute', Sarastro offers high-class dining with a wide range on their menus. If you're on a budget you can take advantage of their Tenor menu which comes in at £18.95 for two courses, or £22.95 for three. 

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments! 

© Image Source: Ariana Grande

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