Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Music: Playlist #3

It's been a good couple of months since I last mentioned music on my blog so I figured it was time for another Playlist blog post! Points for whoever can spot the MAJOR throwback...

- Lauren Aquilina - Sinners -

- Hilary Duff - Wake Up -

- Melanie Martinez - Sippy Cup -

- Seafoal - Chess -

- Bring Me The Horizon - Follow You -

- Beyonce - Hold Up -

- Lukas Graham - Take The World By Storm -

- Drake - Take Care -

- Drake - One Dance -

- Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza -


As always, recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Em 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Photoset: Colour Run 2016

Everyone who knows me well, knows how much I love taking photos and the Colour Run I took part in on Sunday was the prime opportunity to get some pretty cool ones. On the day, I took a disposable camera and my phone along with me. I am yet to get the camera developed, but wanted to share the few pictures I got on my phone with you...









Em

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Review: May

So May has all in all been a pretty good month. I fell in love, reached over 7000 views on my blog, went to my first Pride and made more plans for the summer than I thought possible. 

Listening to:
  • Lucy Spraggan - In preparation for Spraggan's gig this month, I am back in the 'listen to Lucy 24/7' mood whilst not so patiently waiting for her to release her next album...
  • Beyonce, Lemonade - Nope, still not over it. 
  • Halsey - Maybe I should stop basing my music taste on women I fancy? Or maybe not. Regardless, Halsey is bomb af and so is her music. Badlands, alongside Lukas Graham is my go to running soundtrack!
Reading: 
  • Girl Up - Girl Up is possibly one of the best books I have read (maybe this year)?! It's so empowering and really opened up my eyes to just how much sexism and sexual harassment women have to put up with in the workplace, during pregnancy and even just walking down the street. A must read for any feminist. 
  • Everday Sexism - This is the first of Laura Bates books and although I personally, didn't think it was as good as Girl Up, it was still full of incredibly eye opening facts and figures.
  • The Color Purple - This book follows the story of Celie and the abuse she has to put up with daily from her Father and then her husband. The whole book is written in diary entries and just documents Celie's life and all the struggles she goes through and overcomes. Although slightly heart wrenching, it was such a good book and I managed to finish it so quickly.
Watching:
  • Game Of Thrones - Everyone who knows me well, knows that GOT is the one thing that I truly obsess over. I am not a TV watching person at all but GOT is my one exception. I don't really have the words to describe my current GOT feels, especially after Hodor left us so unexpectedly but I am fucking love this season and you should all watch it. End of. 
  • Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass - This film was just as perfect as the last one and whilst I didn't cry, I did suffer from very watery eyes. The film gets a solid 5/5 stars from me.
  • Room - I finally got round to watching it and cried, a lot. Having read the book and thoroughly enjoying it, I was desperate to watch the film and I can hand on heart, say that it did not disappoint. The story was so true to the book and the acting was phenomenal.
  • Scream - IT'S BACK! The first series was so good and I can't wait to see how season two unravels. I don't want to give you any spoilers because I already do that enough with GOT but one thing I will talk about is my love for Audrey still being just as strong the second time round *heart eyes*.
Obsessing over:
  • Keeping a journal! - Writing and positivity are two of my favourite things. Combine the two together, and you have the Daily Greatness Journal. A journal that allows you to plan your days before reviewing them in the evening. It's been so nice tracking my days and being able to find something positive at the end of each day.
  • Buying records - I did it again. Went into HMV and left with two new records. That's four new records in one month *smug face*. I think a record collection post is due soon..?
  • Couch To 5k - Guess who is about to start week four and hasn't given up yet? Me! I am loving waking up at 6am to go for a run. I am slowly re-introducing yoga back into my routine alongside the running and am just feeling better all round because of it. 
  • Booking gig tickets - May was an awesome month for booking gig tickets. I obviously have tickets to see Lucy this month (SO EXCITED), on top of getting tickets to see Oh Wonder in September, Seafoal the week after and Melanie Martinez in November. BUZZED. 
           
Em

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Birmingham Pride

So this weekend, I went to my first ever Pride accompanied by my two best friends and my partner. I have never really addressed my sexuality on my blog as I haven't felt it was something that I needed to talk about. I am very open about it in my day to day life and on my social media channels, but I've just never felt the need to 'come out'. It is what it is, my family kind of guessed, my friends were great so I just didn't want to make a thing out of it.

Unfortunately, for anyone hoping for a 'coming out story', you've come to the wrong place. This post is basically up here to serve as a reminder to myself of the amazing day we had. So I'm sorry to disappoint, maybe you'll get that story another day.


ANYWAY, moving onto Pride. Pride was hands down the best day I've had in a while, we got there about 12ish and obviously I was straight to the pub with Emily getting a pint of cider (we needed fuel), before joining the girls to watch the parade. The parade itself was amazing; everyone was singing along, cheering and spreading the love etc.

After the parade, we headed into Pride where we refueled with some chips and free samples of vegan chocolate. Once we'd had a gander past all the stalls, I dragged everyone to the front of the main stage for Lucy Sppragan's performance! I've honestly never danced and sang as much as I did Saturday. Luce was amazing as per and as soon as she'd finished her set, I dragged Emily out to meet her. LUCY BLESSED OUR RELATIONSHIP AND I'M NOT EVEN SORRY FOR BEING SUCH A FANGIRL. After that Em and I decided to come away from the front for a bit to get some air and go and explore the other dance tents.



We must of spent at least an hour dancing with random strangers in different tents before heading back to the main stage to make camp at the back of the tent and continue dancing. We ended up meeting some really lovely people and spent the last hours of the day drunkenly dancing to Liberty X with them. Despite the most disgusting portable loo ever, being a little bit too tipsy and the achy legs/general tiredness, it was the best day and I wouldn't of done it any differently. 




I can't wait to do it all over again at London Pride this month!

Em

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). 

Em 

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! 

Em


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! 

Em

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