Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Music: Carnivals

London based band, Carnivals have hit that Pysch/Indie vibe on the head. With sick instrumentals and vocals that are comparable to the likes of The Smiths and The Maccabees, there is no denying that these guys are talented. 

Their new single Shadows, released April 1st is a track with so much potential. The classic punk guitars accompany the lyrics perfectly throughout the song. Shadows gives you a pretty good idea of what the boys have in store for the future and I'll be the first to say that I can't wait to hear more. 

Unlike their demo, Shadows unfortunately draws to an end a lot quicker. The psychedelic style intro sets the scene for the whole song before being quickly accompanied by those spot on indie rock lyrics. 


When asked where the bands inspiration came from, this is what bass player, George Brimble had to say; "We have our heroes from past eras such as The Doors, The Smiths, The Kinks, Nirvana & Bowie but individually it's very different.  Harry our drummer loves a lot of Hip hop ranging from Dr. Dre, Wu Tang to Kendrick Lamar. Myself on bass will look to Motown songs, Sly & the Family Stone, Parliment-Funkadelic as well as rock bands and even Dance Tracks." 

George also described the creative process behind Carnivals music; "We all have our own musical ticks, which we fight it out to bring into a song but it’s all these elements from whatever we listen to that makes our sound. We aim to make Indie/Psych music with the greatest hits bits from other genres."

Carnivals are set to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival on the 9th-12th June. To keep up to date with any new releases and live performances, you can hit the band up on FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube or Soundcloud


Carnivals is made up of Cal Green (lead vocals/guitar), Joe Hannen (guitar), George Brimble (bass/vox) and Harry Wood (drums/vox). 

Emily 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Going Veggie

It's National Vegetarian Week and in honour of that, I thought I'd write about why I went veggie, how it's been for me and why you should consider it. Please note, I'm still a newbie so in no way an expert nor do I claim to be.

Why did I become a Vegetarian? - 

I don't want to eat dead animals. That's it. I don't want another living creature to suffer for the sake of my dinner. I have watched countless videos on how the animals are slaughtered for food and that was enough to give me a kick up the arse and give up meat for good. People often brush it off with a good old statement such as 'it's the way of life' or 'animals are supposed to be eaten'. Bullshit. Chickens can live for up to 8 years if they aren't being used as egg laying machines or being fattened up to fulfill your meat eating needs. EIGHT YEARS. Majority of chickens only live to see TWO of those years before being slaughtered. Think about that.

How it's been for me - 

It definately wasn't easy, I messed up a few times and had to transition to Flexitarian beforehand but it's doable. I only ate chicken and fish as it was, so I started off by reducing my intake to once or twice a week before cutting them both out completely. Giving up my beloved tuna was the hardest BUT I DID IT! Finding your feet as a vegetarian can be difficult to start with so the most important thing to remember, is not to rush it. Nobody is going to judge you if it takes you six months to make the transition, or a week. We are all here to support each other and the fact that you are even giving a thought to becoming Vegetarian means you're on the right track. If you're a social media addict like me , then jump on Twitter and join the vegan/vegetarian community because it's fucking awesome (most of the time). Hopefully, when I re-write this post next year, I'll have achieved the golden Vegan status.

Why should you consider it? - 

I don't think people are educated enough on the benefits of being Vegetarian or Vegan. We don't do it to be difficult or 'different', we do it because of the positive effects it has on your mind, body and the environment, all whist saving the animals! Vegans/Vegetarians are proven to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, be at less risk of developing; cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, type-2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Vegan/Vegetarian men live on average, 9.5 years years longer than those eating meat and women, 6.1 years longer. It's not all about the physical effects though, cutting out meat means you normally end up eating healthier. Putting the good stuff into your body makes you feel so positive, you find yourself having more energy and being more excited about the prospect of food. It's no longer a chore but something you can experiment with and enjoy. Cutting out meat is also good for the environment, following a Vegetarian diet saves carbon emissions by 50%! In the United States, 70% of crops are used to fatten up animals for slaughter - imagine how many humans that could feed?!


I don't want to be one of those people that is pushy or ridicules you if you chose to eat meat, I just want to present you the facts for you to at least consider. Even just doing three meat-free days a week will make a difference!

Happy Vegetarian Week to all of my fellow veggies, here is to another year saving the planet and the beautiful creatures that live on it! 

Emily


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Small Business: DeeBee

I'm not really a massive jewellery person, the idea of big, sparkly chains hanging round my neck makes me shudder. So when I came across DeeBee, I instantly fell in love with their more delicate range. When Emily, the owner of DeeBee agreed to send me over some items to review, I was so excited. I was straight on the website deciding which two pieces I wanted before eventually choosing the hamsa hand earrings and the all seeing eye necklace.


Both are really delicate silver pieces, perfect for adding a little something to an outfit without being too brash and in your face. I have already got so much wear out of them both and had loads of compliments on the necklace!


With the necklace at a mere £4.19 and the earrings £3.15, it's the perfect option for those not looking to break the bank but wanting to brighten up their wardrobe. I am now lusting after the silver Buddah bracelet and the humble bumble bee necklace! Payday treats??

You can shop all of the products above by clicking here. To follow DeeBee on Twitter, click here.

NB: For the purpose of these blog photos, I used my sister. I am a photographer and a writer, not a model! 

Emily

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*Please note, these products were sent to me free of charge but the opinion is completely my own. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Review: April

I'd like to say that this blog post had been planned and ready for the past week or so but that would be a lie. I wrote this in a record time of twenty minutes. So here you have it, my April review (albeit a week late)..
Listening to:
  • Beyonce, Lemonade - I fucking love this album. I downloaded a free Tidal trial just so I could listen to it, that's how serious I am about the album. However, I do reckon it's about time for it to be available on iTunes..
  • Lucy May Walker, We Know The Score - I found Lucy through Twitter, downloaded her EP and fell in love with this song. It's so catchy and I am a sucker for a good old acoustic song. 
  • Oh Wonder, Body Gold - I know I mentioned them last month but I am still obsessed and wanting to share my love for them with everyone. I love Oh Wonder's vocals SO much and I'm definitely still crying over the fact I missed them on their UK tour. 
Reading: 
  • Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children (Book 2 & 3), Ransom Riggs - After falling in love with the first book, I had to read the second and third! The books although childlike, are easy to read and in no way boring. I got absorbed into this fantasy world where hollows are something to be feared and floating children are perfectly normal. Now I've finished the series, I am even more excited for the film!
  • Am I Normal Yet, Holly Bourne - I have just posted a review on this which you can read here, so I won't blab on too much. I will keep this one short and sweet by saying that I think this may be my favourite book of the month. 
  • Room, Emma Donoghue - I read this book and got major feels. I don't want to spoil it for anyone as I feel like it's the type of book that everyone interprets it differently. I still have so many unanswered questions for the author but I will put them aside for now and concentrate on watching the film!
  • Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman - I fancied a throwback this month so picked up a series I remember reading for GCSE English. The dark, twisted story addresses racial issues in potentially the cruelest way. 
Watching:
  • Arden Rose - I have followed Arden on Instagram for agess but had no idea she had a YouTube channel! When I discovered it, I spent a good few hours binge watching her videos before adding her to my list of firm favourites.
  • The Island with Bear Grylls - I am not normally one for watching TV but I am hooked on this series. I remember watching two episodes of last years series and hating it. It made the women out to look like fools that were incapable of nothing compared to the men. This year however, the women are representing and are doing reasonably well. I am looking forward to it finishing though, I hate keeping up with something. 
  • The Durrells - One thing I do love, is a good old Sunday night drama. Mum decided that we would watch the first episode of The Durrells as a family and it quickly became a tradition. It's such a light hearted, feel good programme and I'm gutted that it was the last one yesterday, I have no idea what I'll do on my Sunday nights now.
Obsessing over:
  • Getting fitter - So I started the 'couch to 5k' programme last week and  miraculously managed to stick with it for the entire week. Getting up at 6am for a run left me feeling amazing and so positive for the rest of the day! In order to give myself a reason to stick to it, I am setting myself the goal of running the Birmingham 10k in April. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I'll still be doing it and in the position to write a blog post about my progress!
  • My record player - Aside from a major flaw in the design (the lid has to be at a certain angle to play your records without a hideous groaning sound), I am loving my record player. I added two new records to my collection in April, Oh Wonder and an old Arctic Monkeys classic. I still have a 'record wishlist' as long as my arm but I'm working on it...
  • Blogging - I am so happy with my content at the moment. I am enjoying blogging so much and have post ideas coming out of my ears. Seriously, you should see my drafts - it's a mess! I love not following a schedule or worrying about fitting into a certain blogger category, it puts the fun back into it.  
  • Trying new foods - I am a fussy eater, there is no way to hide it. However, I am desperately trying to broaden my palette by forcing myself to try new foods. I recently made scrambled egg on toast and actually enjoyed it and then this weekend just gone, I went for sushi!! I feel so cultured now (this is where you can all laugh at me)...

It's my little babies 1st birthday at the end of  May soo Guinea Pig party anyone??

So there you go. Apologies for being behind schedule, I've just been so caught up with life and watching too much spoken poetry (read my blog post here). May is the month where I have something booked every. single. weekend. It is going to be both expensive and exciting. I'm off to London this weekend and next then finishing the month off at pride in Birmingham. PHEW! 

Hopefully, I'll have lots to write about though!
What have you got planned for May?

Emily

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Book Review: Am I Normal Yet?

At the start of the year, I signed up to Goodreads and set myself the target of reading 100 books in a year. Looking at that now, I feel like it was probably a bit too optimistic. Nevertheless, the year is not over yet and I'm determined to get as close to that goal as possible. 25 books down, 75 to go. You can add me as a friend on Goodreads here.

I recently finished the book 'Am I Normal Yet' by Holly Bourne and fell so overwhelmingly in love with it, that I decided I needed to review on my blog. So I've done just that...


As someone who has suffered with mental health issues, I am always skeptical reading about them. I am worried that they will be put across in a negative way and not given the voice they deserve. I am worried that I'll get angry if someone mentions that it's just a 'feeling' or if the characters suffering in the story get miraculously better in the blink of an eye. Mental health does not work that way in real life, so it shouldn't in fiction.

So, when I was recommended this book, I dubiously started reading it and quickly realised that this is going to be one of those books that waves the flag for mental health and contains the words that us, as sufferers struggle to find.

I have tried doing some research into whether or not Holly Bourne suffers from OCD or another mental health illness, but so far have found nothing. Regardless, Holly has done such an incredible job of getting her facts right beforehand and avoiding anything that may be offensive.

I will add, the book can be a little triggering but I think that is to be expected with any book addressing issues such as mental health. 


This book, is the escape I needed when I stuck in hospital wondering why my problems weren't as straightforward as other peoples. Reading this, really helped put things in perspective for me and made me more aware that actually, there is a whole army of us crazy people out there!

I am now hooked on hearing the rest of Evie's story so will be purchasing the second book on Friday and no doubt, have finished it the next day. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. Despite talking about issues such as sex, feminism and mental health, Holly has managed to create a 'feel good' series that really allows you to resonate with the characters. I almost feel like I know them personally now!

You can buy the book here.

Emily 

Friday, 29 April 2016

Spoken Poetry

Today, I discovered Spoken Poetry. A form of literature that I had not yet really had anything to do with but have already fallen deeply in love with. After seeing my wonderful friend Emily write and then perform a poem they wrote about having an upper limb deficiency, I was keen to hear more spoken poetry. I loved the way a poem can sound so different when it's being spoken to when it's on paper. Spoken poetry allows the listener to feel the passion coming from the Poet and really take on board what is being said.

After a whole afternoon of watching spoken poetry, I have compiled a list of my top five favourite videos. I'll issue a warning beforehand because I was covered in goosebumps throughout all of these and felt really emotional during some of them. 











I really hope you enjoyed these incredible videos as much as I did, please let me know if you have any Spoken Poetry reccomendations! 

Emily 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Small Business: Ethereaia

It's no secret that I love a small business and when I discovered Ethereaia, I instantly fell in love with their bespoke handmade dream catchers and garlands. In fact, I was so happy with the service and product outcome that I decided I wanted to shout about it on my blog...so here goes. 


After seeing this beautiful phases of the moon garland on the Ethereaia Facebook page, I knew that I needed one. It was the perfect accessory to fuel my love for the moon and add to my bedroom walls. I got in touch with Nicola (owner of Ethereaia), told her what I was after and within a week my garland had been made and shipped. Nicola was amazing with communication and kept me updated every step of the way, ensuring I was completely happy with my purchase.


My garland arrived a week or so after I had put in my order and was packaged beautifully. It went straight up on my wall and I am so pleased with the nice little touch it gives to my bedroom. I will definitely be making an order for one of Nic's custom made dream catchers at some point in the near future! 


If you are in love with this as I am, or simply want to check out what else Ethereaia have on offer, then you can find them at the links below! 

Website -
Facebook -
Twitter -
Instagram -

Emily