Sunday, 21 December 2014

MUSIC // MY TOP ALBUMS OF 2014

As 2014 draws to an end, I find myself thinking about my favourite things from the past year - the best memories, the fun trips I've taken..and my favourite music throughout.

There are a few albums I've found myself coming back to over and over again this year without fail. Looking back at my choices, I'm pretty sure none of them have actually been released this year but never mind - I think we all agree that it's important to have a mix of new AND old music in our music collection.

Here's what I've been listening to non-stop in 2014.

FALL OUT BOY | SAVE ROCK & ROLL
I'll come back to this album every few months or so and find myself listening to it like it's the first time I've ever heard it. Each time I do, I'm amazed at just how good it is and end up favouring different songs each time. Then I'll get into some other album for a couple of months...and inevitably always come back to this. I really love this album because on one hand it's kind of real different from Fall Out Boy's 'normal' stuff - their older stuff was heavier, whereas I did feel the album before this one was a little too mainstream & scene. This one is the perfect mix between the two - very upbeat & catchy, with lots of subtle nods to their old stuff as well.

THE WAR ON DRUGS | LOST IN THE DREAM
I love, love LOVE this album and I can't really put my finger on why. I wouldn't usually say this was 'my' type of music and my brother even called them kind of folky but there's just something about this album. I know I'm not the only one either because this band have become pretty damn big in the last year. This album is perfect for lazy listening and is the ideal soundtrack for hot summer days.

CROSSES | †††
Another album I am completely addicted to without even knowing why exactly. I just love it's dark, deep sound and this album just has a really edgy side to it. It's filled with those types of songs that you can listen to and feel like the lyrics themselves have been picked from your brain, as if the band themselves are in exactly the same situation as you with the same thoughts, beliefs and feelings. I particularly love Trophy - a song that, for me, sums up some brutally honest feelings about the early days of falling for someone when it's all falling apart.

LYDIA | DEVIL 
I've actually only been addicted to this album within the last few months after catching them on the 8123 tour but have totally fallen for their indie and sort of punk rock sound. This is another album that's pretty easy listening and a rare one that I can't decide whether some of the songs sound better on stage or on the album. When seeing them live for the first time, the lead singer really captivated me as he gave everything in his performance and I think I fell in love with these songs live in that setting. Never the less, the album lives up to the live versions of the songs and has become a firm favourite in only a few months.

ED SHEERAN | X
So this probably isn't a big surprise to most people - this was without a doubt a top album for so many people this year but it's kind of surprising for me! It took me a long, long time to get into Ed Sheeran and I was still listening to his older album on repeat when this one was released. Eventually I moved on and fell in love with this album, simply because it's romantic, gripping, easy listening, emotional, sweet...and more. Some favourite tracks from this album include I'm A Mess, Thinking Out Loud and The Man. I'm not ashamed to say I've fallen asleep to this album on many, many nights!

What have been your favourite albums of 2014? Have you listened to really popular albums or have you been listening to albums from more obscure unknown artists? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

THE XMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR *THAT* SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE A LABEL YET...

Christmas is great. We all love Christmas. But with great times comes great responsibility, hence why December can be one of the most stressful months of the year. You know at some point there's going to be a family argument, usually on Christmas day. You're overrun with invitations for work, friends and family parties and then you also have to make time for an inevitable visit to Winter Wonderland...and buying presents.

Deciding what to get people for gifts is one of the hardest parts. Deciding whether or not to GET someone a gift can be even harder and let's face it, we've all been there so you know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm talking about when you're not quite 100% single but you're certainly not in a relationship either. When you've met someone who sometimes makes your insides go funny, someone you've been on 5+ dates with on the run up to Christmas or someone who's peen you may or may not have seen.

Although I'm no expert, personally I'd go for the rule of no gift and/or card (excluding sexy humorous cards) unless you've been on more than five dates or 'seeing' each other continually for over 3 months. BUT that's just the timescale I go by. It's really one of those things that depend on how often you talk/see each other, whether or not you see it turning into something more etc.

If you then go onto to decide that you are going to get them a gift, then comes the problem of deciding what to get them. Anything romantic is a no-go and anything sexy is always welcomed but probably a little predictable. Personally I'd just buy some really cute lingerie for myself since they'd benefit from it too, but you also want to kind of impress as well. It's hard finding that balance, without a doubt. So here are some ideas of 'alright' presents for that not-entirely-but-also-kind-of-special someone.

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1. Star Wars Origami, Firebox, £12.99. Because I've never met a guy who doesn't like Star Wars. And guys love challenges like folding paper and stuff.
2. Maybe You Touched Your Genitals hand sanitizer, Firebox, £4.99. Because they probably have - lets face it. And ewww boys are just icky and have cooties and literally do sh*t like touch that area multiple times a day for no particular reason.
3. The Wallet Ninja, Firebox, £9.99. Yeah I don't even know what half this stuff is for but I suppose it's a modern take on a pocket knife and makes a man feel, yknow, manly.

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4. Cards Against Humanity, Amazon, £20.00. It's that game that everyone goes on about and if you buy it for your boy, it's almost guaranteed he'll find you super cool and chill. No one who doesn't already own the game really knows much about it, let alone how to play, but they do know it's absolutely hilarious.
5. Sea Monkeys, Amazon, £10.85. You can literally NEVER go wrong with sea monkeys. They're vintage, fun and its a funny gift. This is usually my go-to safe gift for boys or secret santas when I barely know the person.

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6. Racing Grannies, Iwantoneofthose.com, £4.61. Probably a little offensive but nonetheless a perfect stocking filler, this humorous gift will provide hours of entertainment for guys especially who love challenges and to get competitive with their mates.
7. Smartphone Projector, Iwantoneofthose.com, £22.99. This is one of those things that in hindsight, probably aren't really needed what with all the technology we have nowadays anyway, but is still super cool and awesome. This will definitely earn you brownie points, whether your boy uses it to show off cutesy photos of you (I doubt it) or stupid but 'hilarious' Youtube videos (likely).

Some other ideas I'd suggest would be gig tickets (to their favourite band or a local gig), a console game (just don't ask me what ones are meant to be big this Christmas, best asking a male friend for advice on this one) or if you really, really cannot decide on anything else, just do what I normally do and buy yourself some sexy underwear. You can NEVER go wrong with sexy underwear (as long as they get to see it obvs).

Do you struggle with getting gifts in this vital 'seeing someone' stage? Or do you find the challenge quite exciting? Let me know!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

NAILS OF THE WEEK // H&M NAIL POLISH DUO IN GOLD

I'm loving all the stocking fillers H&M have brought out this Christmas and I've particularly been eyeing up some of their gorgeous nail polish duo's. Available in four different colours - red, gold, silver and pink (all but three looking perfect for Christmas), the set includes two mini polishes - one a base coat and one a sequined addition, usually reserved for your ring finger to stand out a little!

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The idea is super cute and with each only costing £2.99, they definitely are perfect as stocking fillers for the girls. I  couldn't help but buy a few for myself though because the colours are absolutely stunning. I chose to go with the gold shades first of all and I can't stop staring at my nails. The colour is just so subtle, feminine and classy - and not to mention effortlessly seasonal without being too over the top.

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I'm really excited to try out the silver and red shades too closer to Christmas, but right now my heart is absolutely set on the look/theme created by this nail polish duo. Being that so many people choose to have plain nails with one 'arty' or 'out there' nail, this little set covers both your needs. Additionally, you can obviously go all plain or all sequined and for such a small price, it's a bargain.

What do you think of the shades? Will you be going for some subtle gold shades this Christmas? Let me know!

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

MY B-LIST HORROR MOVIE CHALLENGE // THE PACT


Yes, this challenge is STILL going. I wonder if I'll ever get around to finishing it?!

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Watched : This afternoon
Essential movie snacks : None
Watched with... : By myself
Score out of 5 : 3/5


Tonight I'm reviewing The Pact, another film that actually wasn't all that bad. The starting is pretty standard, girl returns to childhood home after her mother passes away and freaky stuff starts happening. But, this movie does jump straight into things whilst successfully keeping up the premise of lots of build up and tension etc. After watching it, I'm not 100% sure that I understand the story line or how exactly it fits in with all the weird stuff happening, but nonetheless it was good. What I DID understand was a little bit different from most cliche horror movies.

The acting was standard, not amazingly great but good enough for the length of the movie. The whole movie held my attention throughout and I felt it had an accurate amount of scares. I did jump a few times, and I definitely found myself on the edge of my seat throughout as the tension built up.

The only complaint I had about the film was some of the unanswered questions, for example I still have no idea why the film is called The Pact. 

However I would recommend this! I wouldn't say it would have been worth seeing at the cinema but it's definitely a good film, probably even good enough to watch more than once.

My only notes are -
  • AHHH the giant eye
  • The little girl asking who's behind her on webcam - CREEPY OR WHAT?!
  • Why is she drinking juice to calm her down
  • What's soothing about juice
  • I don't understand
  • SH*T MY F*CKING PANTS
  • That REALLY made me jump

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Monday, 1 December 2014

REVIEW // COOL RUNNINGS ON ICE WITH PRESS PLAY

Being a bit of a movie buff means that living close to London certainly has it's advantages. Cinema events have become ever so popular in the capital in the past few years from Secret Cinema hosting exciting and interactive showings of old favourites, to ultra posh venues featuring plush sofa seats & beds. What's been especially popular lately is not only the funky and oddball locations that pop up cinema's seem to inhabit, but also the quirky and wacky themes that come along with the showings too.

Last week I decided maybe it was time to stop hoping to attend one of these cool events and actually, yknow, attend one. Cool Runnings on Ice was an immediate first choice - a viewing of a child hood favourite film that takes place on actual ice and boasted bathubs, free glasses of rum and generally an exciting and friendly atmosphere.

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We headed down to Queens Ice and Bowl, amused at people's outfits of choice (we were encouraged to channel our 'retro Caribbean ski wear' wardrobe) and impressed with the venue - an ice skating rink and bowling alley in one - WHO KNEW. It sounded mighty fun and it was.

So it was pretty chilly and I ended up getting a numb bum, but it was really fun watching the movie in a completely different setting to normal. Compared to the fact that I hadn't seen it in donkeysyonks and barely remembered the movie, I was entirely submerged in the film. We received a free glass of rum and some popcorn and for a small fee could also get a blanket to keep us warm and some handwarmers. THE HAND WARMERS WERE STILL HOT THE DAY AFTER. Just saying. The blanket was real thin and did little to keep me warm but I was mightily impressed with the handwarmers.

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that there were actually no bathtubs on the ice to sit in to watch the movie (I think I totally misread the event details wrong - I know, I know, it would be near impossible to get enough bathtubs for everyone onto an ice skating rink but hey, London has played host to weirder things...) but overall, I really enjoyed my night.

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The only photo I took that night - a 'non bathtub' selfie
It was really so different from just watching a film at home because it was so lovely to see everyone get involved. Everyone cheered and clapped at appropriate parts of the movie and it just made the atmosphere really upbeat and fun. 

The only thing I would say was that it was a tad pricey at about £25 each which only covered entry, a glass of rum and a free packet of popcorn. The blanket & handwarmers were purchased at a small fee. Although I feel this price is worth it for the what the event involved and how different it was, I think it was a lot to pay to watch a movie whilst essentially just sitting on an ice rink. Had the venue been different I probably would have said the price was entirely worth it, simply because I did find it a little hard to enjoy the movie at points because it was so damn cold. However, being that cinema tickets are so expensive these days anyway, it's tough to evaluate. Despite that, I would most certainly attend a Press Play event again, depending on what theme/venue it is.

I would definitely suggest going with a big group of friends and throwing yourself into this type of thing. Press Play definitely put on a fun night and really went all out to re-create the theme of the movie.

Please note, this is in no way a collaborative or sponsored post - I purchased the tickets myself and all words and opinions are my own.

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