Saturday, 19 December 2015

Have a rocking christmas

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Every year it's the same; the carollers carolling, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble... The same old singles come back and haunt the world until we're sick to death of them. You turn on the radio, they're there. You go out shopping? Count on it, they'll be there. 
And thinking about that, I start to catch on to the same thoughts as I'd imagine a lot of alternative artists must have been thinking: Why should we listed to mainstream at Christmas time, if we don't go with that any other time? Don't get me wrong, some of the cliché Christmas songs are great, but there are some really amazing Christmas songs that just don't get the same attention. And that's why I've made this list of my favourite Christmas rock songs. 

Merry Christmas!
  1. I'm gettin' nuttin' for christmas-Relient K Relient K are incredible in general, but their Christmas album 'let it snow baby...let it reindeer' is just AMAZING! No wonder this song got #1
  2.   Merry Christmas kiss my ***-All Time Low This song just had to be in the top 8, let's be honest with ourselves. It has so much signature ATL attitude, which just makes it all the more incredible
  3.   I won't be home for Christmas-Blink 182 They once said that "I won't be home for Christmas" was about the fact that Christmas was the one day of the year you had to be nice to the people you hate the rest of the year. This is the anthem, kids.
  4.   Bleak December-Set Off This one almost didn't make the track, and if it wasn't for the lyric video being released the other day, I wouldn't have thoughts to put it in. Frontman Cody Carson told Rocksound it was "one of the most fun songs to write" And let me tell you this, it is totally a fun song to listen to
  5. Christmas Lights-Coldplay This one isn't exactly rock, but I'm sure you guys will all love it anyway. As long as it isn't too much of an overplayed track (Please, radio, please)
  6. Fools holiday-All time Low This one is for my holiday friends, most of whom raved over this song. It's made the cut for them, and for you- it's an incredible song by an incredible band
  7.  A great big sled-The Killers Such an honest, lightheartened song that pays tribute to childhood Christmas memories. "I wanna roll around like a kid in the snow" sings Brandon Flowers. So do we, Brandon, so do we.
  8. My December-Linkin Park A song with a whole lotta soul. It's not exactly very Christmassy, or cheery or whatever, but there's no arguing that it's a great song for a bit of winter chill time

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Staying organised in the new year | 9 Gorgeous Diaries for 2016

It's that time of year again, where Christmas is fast approaching, and new diaries for the new year are popping up all over the place. And from the looks of it, 2016 is going to be another stunner. Here's a look at a few of my upcoming favourites.


Packed full of features including weekly layout, personal information, public holidays and reference calendar pages inside, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and printed tabs to reference each quarter of the year.

Whoever said planning wasn't fun clearly never set eyes on this gem! Loaded with function and compliments, and not to mention weekly "fun" to-do's, these agendas are a must-have! We promise you'll be absolutely entertained, while becoming the most efficient gal on the block. Grab one for yourself and one for your bestie!

Packed full of features including weekly layout, personal information, public holidays and reference calendar pages inside, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and printed tabs to reference each quarter of the year.


An ideal organiser for students and teachers, this signature agenda from Vera Bradley helps you get it all down on paper with a handy elastic band.

Hot off the Rifle Paper Co. printing press, we can't help but love everything about the latest, spiral bound, 17-month day planner. In addition to the standard monthly and weekly views to keep you organised and on task, it features sections for celebrations and notes to keep your little extra reminders all together.

Hot off the Rifle Paper Co. printing press, we can't help but love everything about the latest, spiral bound, 17-month day planner. In addition to the standard monthly and weekly views to keep you organised and on task, it features sections for celebrations and notes to keep your little extra reminders all together.

7. 2015-2016 Moroccan Academic planner for £9.74
This hard backed week-to-week 16 month diary has tons of extra features to keep you on top of the chaos of life. Seperate space for christmas planning, summer holidays, and even space for meal planning, this diary is exactly what you need!

In classic polka dots, this 17 month agenda is a to-do lister's dream come true. Complete with monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good.

In classic polka dots, this 17 month agenda is a to-do lister's dream come true. Complete with monthly and weekly spreads, note pages and laminated dividers, keeping tabs has never looked so good.


Thursday, 10 December 2015

It's Christmas...

...and I'm feeling good!

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've actually written something and posted it on the day it was written, so this is nice and fresh. It's been a busy week, so I'm really glad I had the chance to take some pictures, and sit down to write a post for you all, just out of the blue! I'm actually pretty proud of this picture... so much Christmas and glitter!

Anyway, I planned to make this post a 5 happy thoughts post, but you know, with Christmas coming up (ITS LIKE, 2 WEEKS GUYS) I thought I might just switch things up a bit! So here are my 5 happy quotes, enjoy!

"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world"

"I am a reflection of the one who loves me most, created in his image on purpose I'm supposed to be me, and no one else can take my place"

"Feelings come and go, so when I don't feel God moving that doesn't mean that he has disappeared. And when I don't feel him with me that doesn't mean he's not there. So I'll keep on believing because faith is not a feeling"

"God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He's working on you too"

"You are not the girl in the magazine because God intended you to be so much more than a body guys can lust over. You are God's beloved princess. The daughter of a risen king"

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The unheard of


So you know that whole "When you're a small blog you should talk about big trends" Thing? I'm going to go completely against it right now. I'm not going to bring to you something that you've heard a million times before, in fact, I'm hoping quite the opposite. I'm hoping that at least half of what I'm going to write about today is going to be completely fresh. Something new. Something unheard of.


I like playlists, a lot as you'll probably learn through my next string of posts, and so the best way for me to introduce you to great music, is quite simply by listing them off. No waffling on, no meaningless jargon. Speaking of jargon... Anyway, here's your playlist. 50% New music, and 50% music that is really great just not popular.



The unheard of playlist


  • I can lift a car by Walk the moon 
  • Moondust by Jaymes Young
  • My house by Pvris
  • Meddle about by Chase Atlantic
  • English kids in America by Lower than atlantis
  • Moveshakehide by Marmozets
  • Heartbeat by Mat Hearney 
  • Bleak december by Set it off
  • Dial tones by As it is
  • Ghost by Halsey
  • Gravity by Against the current
So as you will find out if you listen to these brilliant songs (hello youtube or spotify...) you'll quickly find that they're all pretty diverse. I like them, and they're great quality music. Actually, I love them but basically what I'm trying to say here is don't discriminate. Listen to them all, and don't skip. Once you've listened through them all, you might surprise yourself. Maybe you're usually into rock music and you discover that actually that indie stuff isn't as bad as you thought? Or vice-versa. Anything could happen and all you gotta do is give it a go...
Rant
Hell, if I really wanted to I could have popped a bit of Stockholm Syndrome by One Direction into one of my playlists. You know why? Because it's good quality music. No, it doesn't suit everyone's taste, and thats totally fine. I respect that. But you know what I don't respect? People slam hating other peoples taste of music for no reason other than it's not what you like. Honey, they know what they're doing. Now, I'm not a huge one direction fan (and I'm so not saying that as a get out clause) but it doesn't take a wild dreamy teenage fan to recognise good music. Rant over. You can get back to your daily lives. Enjoy!

Friday, 4 December 2015

The little black dress

Hello friends! It's party season over on this side of the pond, and I've finished my dress shopping just in time! While I was browsing, I came across some hella cute lbd's which, of course, I just had to share with you all. I mean, who knows, there could be someone out there having a fashion crisis, right? No? Well, here are my favourite lbd's this season anyway; whether you want them or not.


1. A lace flare dress, straight out of New Look for a quirky night out

2. House of Frazer have some reeeally nice, elegant dresses out this season. I'm really liking this dress, as it's so simple, but so effective. Less is more, right?

3. This gorgeous dress from glamerous isn't gold, but it certainly glitters!

4. This simple dress from H&M makes for a simple, stylish, and affordable lbd. I can so see this being a big hit with a long statement necklace.

5. A wearable skater dress from Nelly for an dressy-casual night out. This dress would be perfect for a ceilidh... if you're in Scotland, that is.

6. This lovely, smart dress from John Lewis is the perfect thing for a meal with the family this season.

7. This is another one from Nelly which I just fell in love with. It's so elegant and smart, which would be perfect for a work night out. 

8. Make a true statement in the night with this gorgeous gown from bonprix

9. Soooooo I clearly love this dress very much. So much that I accidentally put it in twice. Oopsies?

10. I love the lace in this stunning bodycon dress from OASIS, it really makes it stand out. 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

The change you absolutely NEED to make



If you are subscribed to my emails, you might remember getting a little email titled "What is change". In it, I discussed the different types of change we encounter, the importance of change, and how it enables us to grow. 

Lately, I've encountered a fair bit of change. 

Yesterday evening, I actually got my hair cut, which was a pretty scary thing for me to do, considering how much I got chopped off. In less than half an hour, I had gone from having near-waist length hair, to practically having a bob. I mean, I must have gotten about 6 inches off or something, which is mental. 

I've prepared for change, too. Not all change is instant, and sometimes it takes a lot of thought and preparation for you to get to the place where you're ready to make a change. That's alright. Sometimes change takes a while. Lately, I've been preparing my university application. Hopefully, I'll have sent it by the time you read this post. 


You get the idea; I encounter change pretty much all the time, and I'm not the only one! 

In time, I've come to realise that everything changes. People change, seasons change, times change, trends change... everything. And there will come a time when you'll look at your favourite dress with disgust and wonder why you ever thought it was nice. That band you obsessed over for countless hours will grow old and stop recording music, or maybe they'll completely change their image completely. Maybe you'll change from a little girl or boy, to a young adult, to a mature man or woman. Perhaps your relationship with someone will change, for better or for worse.

That's okay. In fact, that's great! Change encourages us to grow, and to move on to a better place. I'm not saying that it'll be easy, in fact I want to warn you that it will be so, so hard at times. It'll be a challenge. But through this challenge, you'll be able to become the person you were meant to be all this time.

With New Year coming up, I want to encourage you to carefully consider what your New Years resolution is going to be. I want to challenge you to challenge yourself, and make a change. This could be a change in your lifestyle, you habits, your hobbies, your attitude... absolutely anything! Below, I've given you a few ideas of some changes that you could incorporate into your life for the new year.

Lifestyle Changes
-Drink more water
-Get more sleep
-Go on regular walks
-Find a workout buddy

Food related Changes
-Make breakfast a priority
- keep a food journal
-Downsize your plates
-Go meatless

Your hobbies
-Try something you've never done before- and stick to it
-Spend at least 2 hours a week doing something you love
-Limit yourself to watching 2 hours of TV a week
-Find someone to share your hobby with

Your attitude
-Make a daily list of 3 things that you're grateful for
-Find a quote that is meaningful and say it out loud every morning
-Put your all into everything you do, and exceed expectations
-Appreciate the people around you

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The 1st Playlist #December


Open up your advent calanders- it's December! The days are getting shorter, colder, and closer to Christmas. Hot chocolates a definitely a must. This month, the songs are all Christmas themed, to get you into the mood for the countdown. 24 days to go!


Have yourself a merry little Christmas - Sam Smith

I'm Getting nuttin' for Christmas - Relient K

Baby it's cold outside - Idina Menzel, Michael Buble

Christmas Dream - Andreas Weise

Fairytale of New York - The Progues, Kirsty MacColl

Do they know it's christmas - Band Aid

I celebrate the day - Relient K

Falling in love at Christmas - Nadine

Universal Child - Annie Lennox

World Christmas - R. Kelly

All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Care

My Grown up Christmas list - Kelly Clarkson

Sleigh Ride - Air Supply

Christmas Lights - Coldplay

Thank God it's Christmas - Queen

Like a lion (Always winter) - Relient K