An assortment of songs (and I’m back!!!)

Wow…it really has been a while. Life has been manic, quite frankly, and in the crazy buzz of finishing school and preparing for A Levels, I’ve completely and utterly abandoned my blog.

I’m not going to lie, I have missed writing – I know I’m not the most consistent of bloggers but I find it so cathartic when I do get the chance to write something. I knew though, if I tried to fit blogging into my revision schedule, I’d have a full-on meltdown.

But anyway! I’m back! And I’m better than ever! I’m going to write a sort of life update post soon to elaborate on the happenings of the past few months (and I still haven’t written my Madrid travel guide either…), but overall I think my exams were ok – I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t cry at all during exam season (or at least, not because of exams) and I didn’t come out of any exams thinking ‘god, what a disaster’, so *hopefully* I’ll get the grades I need for uni.

Although I didn’t cry, I’ll happily admit I’ve had a bit of an identity crisis throughout the last few months, which finally culminated in me deleting all of my Spotify playlists the day before my first exam – a weird coping mechanism but hey, whatever works for you, right?! Despite really wanting to devote a few hours to completely remaking them, I knew I didn’t have the time and so during the past week I’ve got them all sorted out – and I’M SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.

I’m in two minds writing this post – part of me thinks explaining the context and backgrounds of all of my new playlists is a teensy, tiny, liiiitle bit extra and unnecessary but equally, music is such a big part of my life (cringe) that I want people to understand why certain songs/genres make me feel a certain way, yknow? No, I don’t either, to be honest. I just like writing, and I like music, and I like writing about music… and here we are. I think essentially, I’m just going to be introducing you to each playlist and then it’s up to you whether you follow or not (although I’m going to start using Spotify as a social media now, I’ve decided – a summer goal/project, if you will – so I’ll be following back anybody who follows me 😉)

So, let’s get started. First things first – my username. I’m currently working under the *slightly* embarrassing username of carastar123 – please don’t laugh, I thought it was so cool when I was 12 or 13.

DANCEY

This is my least-finished playlist, purely because the songs that would fit best into it aren’t songs I listen to the most. But sometimes it just feels fab to dance around in your room (a common occurrence during exam season – another coping mechanism haha) so I wanted to have a playlist that I can just whack on and let off some steam.

CARA THINKS SHE’S COOL

I named this playlist in honour of my 15 year old self, who listened solely to obscure, unknown or ‘edgy’ artists in the (vain) hope of seeming cool haha – needless to say, it didn’t work out and I wasted a lot of time trying to enjoy music that just wasn’t to my taste. This playlist, however, is quite the opposite – very cool, and very very very much to my taste. Generally it features more popular/well-known ‘indie’ bands, such as catfish and the bottlemen, the hunna, viola beach, the wombats etc, but there are also a few lesser-known bands/artists. I’m very much in love with this playlist, and I’m sure past Cara would think present Cara was so cool for listening to this type of music.

PURE BEAUTY

A piano playlist. So far I haven’t added many pieces to this playlist, but piano music gives me such a sense of calm and tranquility so I wanted a playlist that I can put on at any moment and just feel much more peaceful instantly.

A CERTAIN VIBE, BUT IDK WHAT THE VIBE IS

This is undoubtedly my favourite playlist (and I’ve had a few compliments on it too from other people, woo!). As you can probably guess from the title, I was unsure about the vibe of this one, but it’s the sort of playlist you’d put on in the middle of the afternoon when it’s raining outside to feel cosy. There’s a very mixed selection of artists on here – Dijon, The Wombats, Stornaway, Oh Wonder – it’s kind of folky in some ways, with a little bit of lo-fi music too.

FOR SOMEONE?

I’m not sure how much explaining is necessary here – seems quite self-explanatory, really 😂 maybe I made this playlist with someone in mind, maybe I didn’t… either way, For Someone? is a compilation of lurv songs that make me feel cute and mushy inside. Cringe.

JOURNEYS/W FRIENDS

The idea behind this playlist is essentially so that this summer, when me and my friends are going on mini road trips, we have a selection of songs that will sound fab with all of us singing along, the windows open, the sun shining. That kinda vibe. On this playlist there are just loads of classic singalong tunes as well as a few more indie ones as well, such as by Only the Poets (who me and my friends went to see and fell in love with). Basically, this playlist is for blasting out when you’re with your friends.

:))

A compilation of songs that never fail to put a smile on my face. There are a few Kooks songs, The Night Cafe, Surface…just general dancey, happy tunes 🙂 I’m not doing a very good job describing this one, but really it’s just a playlist that will always make you happier.

IN THE BACKGROUND

Again, the title is quite self-explanatory – my thinking behind this playlist is sometimes, when you have all your friends round for a chill night in, eating pizza and just chatting, it’s nice to have some background music and so this is exactly what this playlist is for. Mainly the songs on it are quite chilled and low-key although there are a few bops as well…just good to create a bit of an atmosphere!

PARTY

Self-explanatory again – in fact, I’m not even going to say anything more about this, except that it’s a banging playlist. Enjoy.

LO-FI

This used to be my revision playlist, so if you’re looking for a soundtrack to study with, this is the playlist for you! This is a very very chilled, cool playlist to listen to, either as you work or just to have on in the background. I don’t really know much about the lo-fi genre but I love listening to this playlist; like the Pure Beauty playlist, I just feel so calm after hearing it.

And that’s it! I have a few more playlists but they’re private, mainly just messy accumulations of songs. If you want to follow me or a few of my playlists, feel free – my username is carastar123, or you can click here which will take you straight to my page.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for bearing with me through my absence! Hopefully now I have more free time I’ll get back to writing regularly – I truly have missed it haha.

bullet journal – feb 19

Given that it’s the third day of February today, I feel like I’ve kind of missed the bandwagon of ‘new year new me’ posts, but this year (for this first time ever) I’m going to be using a bullet journal and I’m still excited about it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a bullet journal (or bujo), it’s a form of journal that helps you to track the past, the present and the future. The main reasons I decided to start a bullet journal were so that I could have a place to plan effectively but creatively, and to improve myself and my life by tracking my habits, study time etc.

I’m using the Leuchtturm1917 in navy this year – I don’t know why, but recently I’ve fallen in love with navy (just look at that chipped nail varnish!). The book itself is a really beautiful colour, the quality feels great and so far I’m loving having a way of being productive whilst also being creative, so despite the (hefty) price tag, I definitely think it was worth the investment.

On the very first page, I have my name, my contact details and a little illustration of the moon and some stars. I still haven’t filled out the index but to be honest, I don’t think I will either – so far I haven’t needed it, so I’ll probably just leave it. On the following page I wrote ‘twenty nineteen’, using my pastel green Stabilo highlighter and black Muji gel pen. Although it’s really minimal and simplistic, I think it sets the year up nicely – it looks calm and chill, which is the vibe I’m hoping to take with me throughout this year 😉

Carrying on with the minimalistic theme, I simply wrote out all of the days and dates of the year. Again, I used my Muji pen and a Stabilo highlighter, just to add some definition to the days of the week. For my ‘future log’, I wanted something really simple that I could just glance at and know instantly what I’m doing that month, so I basically just have 4 boxes on each page, 1 for each month, and this section goes over 3 pages. I also have a page dedicated to accomplishments I made in 2018 and resolutions for this year, which I like a lot. I’ve found it to be motivating and kind of inspiring: seeing what you’ve achieved previously and what you aim to do this year puts things back into perspective and makes you refocus on your goals.

Being an English Lit student, I had to have somewhere to write down all the books I intend to read. I drew four lines across the page (although you can only see 3 in the photo) and then drew all the books and added a few little plant illustrations. As I read each book I’m planning to colour in the spine of the illustration, as I have done with The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Hopefully by the end of this year, this page will be filled with colours.

I’m always listening to music – it’s such a big part of my life, it’s how I relax, and I love how a certain song can take you back to a certain point in your life. Hence why I have a page dedicated to my favourite songs each month. I was very lucky to see The Wombats in January, whose music I’ve loved for a very long time, so I felt it was only right to honour that by putting my favourite of their songs down.

Ok…now here’s the fun bit of my bujo 😦 my exam tracker page! I’m not a huge fan of the layout of this page if I’m being honest; it looks a bit of a mess so I might try and fix it at some point. However, I felt it was vital to have a page which tracks not just external exams but also mocks, in-class assessments etc, because I do tend to forget dates unless I have them written down (and then, I forget to revise). Also, by having an overview of each month, I can reassure myself that ‘oh, it’s fine I’ve still got three months until A Levels’!

I have a page at the end of my weekly spreads which is dedicated to music again, as well as highlights of the month. I think this brings a nice sense of closure, almost, to the month – it’s a little reflection of what you’ve done, what you’ve been listening to, where you are in life. As of yet I’ve not completely finished this page (I have more than 2 highlights in an entire month, don’t worry) but I’ll be incorporating this structure into future months too.

My February spread looks like this. I wonder if you can tell where I made a mistake? I’ll give you a hint – the tape has something to do with it, I used it as a way of covering up the mistake 😂 gotta work with what you have! If you make a mistake, just try and intertwine it into your design, and pretend it was intentional 😉 the joy of bullet journaling is you can experiment with different layouts, colour schemes etc, and if you don’t like it then you can just change it the next week/month. As well as a general month overview, I also have the days and dates of March written down, a to-do list, a place to write goals and then also an area to write the key dates and events of March in (which so far is empty lol), so that I know what’s coming up soon. This month I went with a purple and silver theme, using Muji pens, Stabilo highlighters, Stabilo fineliners and some metallic brush pens.

And finally, a weekly spread. So far, this is my favourite layout for a week; each box is large enough to fit a hefty to-do list in, and I can fit all of my habits/spends/study time/screen times at the bottom too. Last month I had a separate page to record all of my habits and my budget but I found that quite often I’d forget to look for it, whereas I’m much more likely to see it when it’s on my weekly spread because I try to plan the day ahead the night before, so I can fill it in then.

I have various habits which I’m (still) trying to instil on my life and I find using a tracker is a really good way of seeing how well I’m doing and where I can improve. A lot of my habits link to my new year’s resolutions: for example, I’m trying to turn off all screens by 9.30pm and go running more. I also am trying to save up money for summer and uni and having a place where I can track what I’m spending is helping me a lot with this. It’s making me come to terms with the ridiculous amount of money I spend on food and books, so now I’m much more aware of where I need to cut down 😂

Do you have a bullet journal? If so, how are you finding it? If you’ve written any posts about your bujo, please leave the link below because I’m always looking out for new inspiration.

Cara xx

Playlist #1

  • Sanctify – Years & Years
  • Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
  • Reverie – isaac gracie
  • IDGAF – Dua Lipa
  • Alors Alors – Bigflo & Oli
  • Paramedic! – SOB X RBE
  • Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
  • Comptine d’un autre été, l’après-midi – Yann Tiersen
  • Silence – Marshmello ft Khalid
  • These Days – Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore
  • Decline – RAYE
  • Strangers – Sigrid
  • Cheetah Tongue – The Wombats
  • Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats

I have a very eclectic taste in music – some of my favourite tunes are quite dirge-like, yet I also love a lot of bouncy, happy songs, and as well, some are in a language I don’t speak and haven’t spoken for over 3 years 😂 Looking back through the list I feel like a lot of these artists are quite obscure (my 14-year-old-self’s internal wannabe-indie gal would be so proud) but if you haven’t heard of the song/artist on any of them, definitely have a listen! I’m interested – what is your current playlist like? It can’t just be me who has one that goes from eerie atmospheric to indie to dance to pop, surely?!

Music

Some of my favourite songs at the moment •

  • Breezeblocks – alt-J
  • Zorbing – Stornaway
  • Memo – Years & Years
  • Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
  • She’s so Lovely – Scouting for Girls
  • Ultraviolet – Stiff Dylans (basically the whole of the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging playlist really)
  • Basket Case – Green Day
  • Oblivion – Bastille
  • Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse
  • The Weekend – SZA

If you have any music you think would be my sort of thing, let me know below! I’m always up for finding new tunes 😉

Cara x