Friday, 29 August 2014

My August Favourites 2014

Hey everyone!
 
I thought it would be nice if I shared with you some of the things that I have been loving over the past month, not just music in my playlists (although there will be some music in this post).
I hope that you enjoy this new style of post and if you would like me to continue monthly favourites then please let me know.

Here are my August favourites: 
 
YouTube Channels
 This channel is the work of the lovely Miss Carrie Hope Fletcher.
I've been a subscriber of Carrie's for quite a while but this month I have been really enjoying her videos.  I get so excited when I see that she's uploaded a new video.
Carrie provides a positive place on the internet and that's something I've really been needing this month and her videos help to make me feel more positive about life. 
I also absolutely love her music, she has a very beautiful singing voice.

 
 Shannen creates music mashups and then posts them on her channel.
I absolutely love Shannen's channel and would definitely urge you to give some of her work a listen, it's really amazing how well she's mixed different songs together.
 I absolutely love Dodie Clark.  Doddlevloggle is Dodie's second channel and during August she runs a little series on this channel called VEDA (Vlogging Every Day in August).
I have been really enjoying her VEDA this year and would definitely recommend watching some of her videos because they're fun, unique and will most probably put a smile on your face.


AdamElmakias
 
 I first heard about Adam through his music photography and blog.
When he started his YouTube channel I was very happy but wasn't really sure what to expect.
Adam brings a completely different take on what 'vlogging' is and I absolutely love it.
His videos (much like his personality) are unique, interesting and quite funny most of the time.
If you're looking for something quite laid back yet something that makes you want to get up and do something with your life, then go to Adams channel.
 
 
 
Blogs
 
 I love this blog so much.  There's a range of posts, from beauty to blogging tips and it's easy reading.  No long, complicated words that just confuse me, just lots of honest and trustworthy opinions.
I love this blog and really enjoy reading the posts.
 
 Oh my goodness, I love this blog so much!  In The Frow is run by Victoria and since I discovered her blog at the beginning of this month I have been in love.  She mostly posts about fashion and beauty and even though I'm clueless when it comes to both I just love reading her blog. 
You should definitely  give her blog a read.
 

 
Albums

 
 One album I have been really loving this month is 'The Other Side' by Tonight Alive as I saw them in concert this month (you can read about the concert here).
 So I listened to this album (as well as quite a few songs from their album 'What Are You So Scared Of?) to get myself excited for the concert.
It's the sort of album that has songs for different situations so no matter what mood you're in you can find something on this album to listen too (although there is only one 'love song').

I've also really enjoyed listening to the Live CD that comes with All Time Low's 'Straight To DVD'.
Some of  my favourite tracks are Poppin' Champagne, Lost In Stereo (including the intro, I feel this adds to the live version), Remembering Sunday and Too Much.

 
 Movies 

I finally watched 'The Avengers' this month!  Why has it taken me so long to watch such an amazing film?  I absolutely loved this film, as someone who has heard about it for a long time from their marvel obsessed best friend I had pretty high expectations, luckily I wasn't disappointed.
There's action, comedy and the storyline is brilliant.

Since I decided to watch 'The Avengers' I then decided to watch 'Iron Man' as he is one of the main characters and I hadn't seen his individual story.  I quite enjoyed it but I preferred 'The Avengers' to 'Iron Man' as I love the chemistry between the actors in 'The Avengers'.
 
 
Books
 

This month I decided to reread one of my favourite book series.  It's the first collection in a 2 part series called 'Golden Filly' and I absolutely love it.  I've always liked horses, although never been able to afford to do horse riding as a hobby, so it's nice to live my dreams through the main character Tricia Evanston who is a jockey.
I'd definitely recommend this series, whether you're a horse lover or not as various riding concepts (many which I didn't know) are well described and easy to understand.
 There are 5 books in the collection and I thoroughly enjoyed rereading them all, although as per usual I got quite teary eyed with the last book.
 
 
 
I hope you've enjoyed this different style of post and if you did please let me know and I'll try my best to continue sharing my monthly favourites.
 

Be sure to follow me on bloglovin' to know when I post something new.


Carolyn
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My August Playlist 2014

 

 
Hi everyone!
I can't believe that it's almost the end of August already!
Here is my playlist for this month, there are a few songs that I included in playlists quite a while ago but I've just been enjoying listening to the songs again.  There's also a few new songs thrown in there as well.


Fall Out Boy - America's Suitehearts
 
Tonight Alive - The Other Side
 
Emma Blackery - The Promise
 
All Time Low - Dear Maria, Count Me In
 
Sleeping With Sirens - Let Love Bleed Red
 
Tonight Alive - The Edge
 
You Me At Six - Bite My Tongue
 
The LaFontaines - Shark In The Water
 
Tonight Alive - Complexes
 
Marianas Trench Ft. Anami Vice - Pop 101
 
All Time Low - Too Much (Live From Straight To DVD)
 
Carrie Hope Fletcher - Guess We'll Never Know
 
Yellowcard - Only One
 
Tonight Alive - Complexes
 
 



 After having heard about them a lot and seeing them perform with All Time Low at the Alternative Press Music Awards, I finally decided to listen to Yellowcard.
So far, what I've listened to I have definitely enjoyed but I don't know if I'm going to listen to a lot of their music.
I like them but I didn't automatically think "I need to hear more of this band" as I had when I first heard bands like All Time Low, A Day To Remember and Fall Out Boy. 

 
This month I went to see Tonight Alive with my friend Lex (you can read about that here) so quite a few of their songs feature in this playlist.
It was really good seeing them live, and then listening to the songs again brought back a lot of happy memories from that day.
Relistening to the album after the concert made me realise that it might have been quite strange for Tonight Alive performing in Edinburgh.  They got to witness the positive effect their music has had for people on the other side of the world. 
If I was in that position I would have personally found it mind blowing.
I was mind blown just seeing them perform live.
 
 
I was very excited when Marianas Trench announced the release of their newest song.  It's the first track from their upcoming album.  My expectations for the album are pretty high since their most recent album 'Ever After' is pretty much spectacular.
 I quite like 'Pop 101' but it wasn't really what I expected from them.
It's different from anything else they've done and I like how it's basically just them making fun of what 'pop music' has become.
If I'm honest though I don't think it should have been their first release following 'Ever After'.
It's catchy and upbeat but I really think they should have released it later on.
I've included this song because it's catchy and it's good have for when you need something that will cheer you up but I am slightly disappointed with the song.
 
 
 
 Is it just me or do these playlists seem to be getting longer and longer?
It may be good, or it may be bad, I'm honestly not very sure but I do enjoy sharing the music that I love with you guys.


 
 Carolyn
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Tonight Alive Concert

 
Hi everyone!
My legs are sore, my ears are still ringing and my voice is almost gone.
But right now, I couldn't be happier.
Because last night me and my friend Lex saw Tonight Alive at The Liquid Rooms.

A quick pre warning:
This post will mostly be photos, even though my camera wasn't working properly so all my photos look pretty awful, I wanted to share them with you guys.
 I took a lot of photos (my camera album went from 208 photos to over 600 photos) so I've selected a small handful of my favourite photos to show you

 
We arrived at the venue early so we decided to just get in the queue.
I was pretty excited at this point as Tonight Alive are one of my top bands that I've wanted to see for a while now.
But I will also admit that I was quite nervous as I had got myself quite worked up about the evening.
The doors opened at about seven and we were quite near the front of the queue so we got in quite quickly.
 

When we got in the venue there wasn't many people on the right hand side so we went there and we ended up being in the front row.
 
 
 
The support act was a group called The LaFontaines.  I had previously never heard of them and during the first song I really wasn't sure if their music was for me.
But further on into their set I started to really like them and they were great at interacting with the audience.  The lead guitarist was extremely good, and so was the drummer.  If I'm honest I have no idea how to explain the genre of music that they are, maybe punk rock meets rap music?
I quite liked them and I'm going to borrow their album from Lex.
 
 The LaFontaines

The LaFontaines
 
After The LaFontaines there was an equipment switch during which they had music playing through the speakers, it helped me to calm down as I was feeling a little anxious.
 
The atmosphere at this point was amazing, you could tell everyone just wanted Tonight Alive to come on.
And when Tonight Alive came on stage, I didn't think it was possible but, I got even more excited.
The first song they performed was their most recent single 'The Edge' and it was incredible.
 
Jake Hardy

Jenna McDougall

 Jenna McDougall
 
I was so happy with where we were in the venue, it meant I didn't have to zoom on any of my photos and we were so close to the band!  But unfortunately it meant I was unable to get any photos of Whakaio Taahi or Matt Best.
This also meant that being so close to the band there was some points I just stood in amazement at how amazing they are live, and in complete shock that I was actually seeing Tonight Alive!
 
 Cam Adler & Jake Hardy

Jenna McDougall
 
 Jenna McDougall

 Jenna McDougall
 
 Jenna McDougall

 Cam Adler

 Jake Hardy

 Jenna McDougall & Cam Adler
 
 One of Cam Adler's guitar picks that I got
 
My concert ticket
 
There were various points during the concert that I had to remind myself what was actually happening, it was quite surreal to see one of my favourite bands right in front of me.
The entire evening was amazing.
I was so happy that they played 'Complexes', it's one of my favourite Tonight Alive songs and it is incredible to hear live.
I also loved hearing 'The Fire', as well as 'Amelia, 'Don't Wish' and 'Bathwater'. 
Something that I really loved is that they sound just as good live as they do on the album.  This isn't always the case with some artists and I was so glad that Tonight Alive are just as good live as they are in the studio.
 
 
I want to say a massive thank you to quite a few people:
 
Firstly, Tonight Alive.
They put on an amazing performance.  It was their first time performing in Edinburgh and I'm so glad that they did.  The entire evening was amazing and I am so happy that I got to see one of my favourite bands live.
I was pretty nervous before the concert but when we got in I felt completely at ease and hearing/seeing them live was a dream come true for me.
 
Secondly, Lex.
It was her first concert and she isn't a huge Tonight Alive fan (although she does listen to them they're not one of her favourite bands) so I really appreciate her going with me.
She calmed me down and put up with the weird, emotional states that I was in both before and after the concert.
She also took loads of photos for me because my camera wouldn't focus.
 
Thirdly, the security guard.
When I first got Cam's pick I dropped it (both out of clumsiness and shock) and he picked it up and made sure I got it back.  He also tried his best not to be in the way of anyone seeing properly but also making sure people in the audience were okay (such as getting a bottle of water for the girl next to me).
 
 
Overall I had an incredible time, both bands were amazing and the venue was really good, although it's small I feel this just made the concert more intimate.
I would definitely recommend seeing Tonight Alive if you ever get the chance.
Or even just seeing one of your favourite bands live if you're able too, it's an amazing experience.
 
 
Carolyn
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Album Dissection: Nothing Personal by All Time Low

Hello everyone!

A while ago I purchased All Time Low's album 'Nothing Personal' and I promised you all an album dissection.  It's been a few months since I got the album so I am very late with this post, so apologies for that.
I've finally finished this post and I hope that you all enjoy it.  This is only my second attempt at a post like this (again it's an All Time Low album, sorry if you don't really like them) so apologies if it's not that good but I'll try my best to make it interesting.


 

 
Artist:
All Time Low

 
Album:
Nothing Personal

 
Label:
Hopeless Records

 
Released:
2009

 
Track List:
1. Weightless
2. Break Your Little Heart
3. Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)
4. Lost In Stereo
5. Stella
6. Sick Little Games
7. Hello Brooklyn
8. Walls
9. Too Much
10. Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal
11. A Party Song (The Walk Of Shame)
12. Therapy

 
Bonus Tracks:
Poison
Weightless (The Secret Handshake remix)
Lost In Stereo (Cobra Starship Suave Suarez Remix)
Dear Maria, Count Me In (Connect Sets Acoustic)
Coffee Shop Soundtrack (Acoustic Remix)
Weightless (On The Road Version) Video

 

 

 
My Dissection (Track by track):

 
 
Weightless

 I personally believe that this song is a perfect opener for this album.  It gives you a great taste for what the rest of the album is like as well as just being a great song.
I heard this song before I got the album so I knew what to expect but, with so many of All Time Low's songs I seem to notice something new with each listen.  This has to be one of my favourite things with any song: whether it be hearing a key change or noticing a slight change in harmonies, and how that might match with the percussion.  I just love hearing something in a song that I hadn't heard before.
This song never fails to put a smile on my face and I particularly love the lead guitar in this song, it's just really freaking good!

 
Break Your Little Heart

 The first version I heard of this song was the live version from the 'Straight To DVD' and I really like this version.  I was a little worried I wouldn't like the studio version because I love the live one so much.  But luckily the studio version didn't disappoint.
My particular favourite things about this song are:
 
- The harmonies -
 I just really love the harmonies in this song and feel like they've vocally been placed really well throughout the entire song.
 
- The mention of the album title 'Nothing Personal' -
 I don't know why but this just makes me very happy.
 
- The middle 8 -
 I really like the middle 8 in this song.  I think the bass line works really well and again, the harmonies are, vocally, very strong.  I also really love the guitar solo.
 
Overall, this has to be one of my favourite songs on the album.
 

Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)

If I'm being completely honest, lyrically, I'm not the biggest fan of this song.
But the percussion and the bass guitar in this song have to be what won me over.
When I first heard this song (before I got the album) I really liked it because I didn't really pay that much attention to the lyrics but after a few listens I wasn't too keen on the lyrics.
However, I still like the song, the middle 8 is really good and like I said, I just really love the percussion in the song (Rian Dawson you are extremely talented).

 
Lost In Stereo

 I really, really like this song.  It was one of the first All Time Low songs I heard and one of their first music videos I watched.
Again, the percussion in this song is amazing and I really love the lead guitar too.
There is probably about one lyric that I don't like in this song but apart from that I think this song is really good lyrically (although I'm not sure about the lyrics in the first part of the middle 8).
I really like this song and have a lot of love in particular for the final chorus.  I think it's pretty epic.

Stella

 I think my feelings for this song are pretty similar to that of  'Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)' because lyrically I'm not sure it's my favourite.
But as I'm currently listening to it while I type this, I might be changing my mind.
I think the purpose of this song is just to be a fun song, and it definitely is.
Like with 'Lost In Stereo' I really like the final chorus of this song and I quite like the middle 8.
Overall, I think this song is just really fun and energetic.
 
 
Sick Little Games

I don't know how to feel about this song!
I quite like it but sometimes I'm just a little confused lyrically.
I particularly love the bridges in this song.
I also really like the percussion in this song (is anyone else noticing a pattern here?) especially in the middle 8.  I also really like the lead guitar during the middle 8.  And don't even get me started on how much I particularly love the vocals just after the middle 8, Alex Gaskarth, well done.

 
Hello Brooklyn

 I really love this song.
From the start you just know it's gonna be a fun, kick ass song.  And it definitely doesn't fail to deliver.
The lead vocals are particularly good, I really love the middle 8 (again, anyone else maybe sensing a pattern?) and again Rian Dawson has done an insanely good job with the percussion (again, a pattern).
And I personally believe that the ending for this song is really well executed.
 
 
Walls

 For those of you who have the album or have heard this song, does it remind you a little of the super Mario brothers background music?  Or is that just me being weird?
I quite like this song.  Although some of the lyrics aren't for me, it's a catchy song and  then to contradict myself I actually really love some of the lyrics.
It's just a lovely song (although 'lovely' probably isn't what they where aiming for when writing it).

 
Too Much

Aaaarrggghhhh!!!
 I really love this song but at the same time I really don't.  I just feel the vocals have been meddled with too much electronically. 
If I'm honest I feel like the live version from 'Straight To DVD' is the version that really gives this song justice.
I feel that with the studio version there's a really good build up in the verses but the chorus fails to deliver vocally due to the clear electronic tampering.  I think the only chorus which even begins to give the build up any justice is the final chorus.
Lyrically, I wouldn't change anything about this song, I think it's amazing lyrically.
I honestly do have a heck of a lot of love for this song, I just feel it's a lot better on 'Straight To DVD'.
 
 
Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal

 I had never heard this song before I purchased this album and I really wish I had heard it sooner.
I love this song, it's one of my favourites on the album and I'll admit to having played it on repeat for a while, I loved it that much.
I particularly love the added/backing vocals (I'm not sure if this the correct term, sorry) that are added after the main vocals, I also really love the percussion (no surprises there) and it's just really catchy!
I just love how fun this song is!

 
A Party Song (The Walk Of Shame)
 
I adore the transition between 'Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal' and 'A Party Song (The Walk Of Shame)', it's really well done.
I'm not a huge fan of the lyrics but the fun tempo and awesome percussion made me grow a liking for this song.  It's catchy and fun, and I can't help but dance around a little in my head when I hear it (it's that kind of song!)
 

Therapy

 Oh my goodness!
Overall, this album just has 'fun' written all over it.
But then All Time Low have to hit you with the emotional rollercoaster that is 'Therapy'.
Grab your tissues and be prepared to tear up at least a little with every listen.
I have listened to this song so often, before I got the album and still now.
For me, even though this song is different from every other track on the album, I personally feel that 'Therapy' wraps up what 'Nothing Personal' is about. 
I don't want to go into technical details because I feel that this is the type of song you have to give a listen, not read about.
It's raw and heartfelt, one of my favourite songs of all time, forget on the album.

 
Bonus Tracks:

 Poison

'Poison' is the only bonus track I'm going to talk about because I'm not a big fan of remixes but also I have an extreme amount of love for this song.
I love the guitar transitions between the verses and the choruses, the lyrics are really good and again, I just freaking love the percussion.
I particularly love the second verse, mainly for the lyrics and the lead guitar.
One of my favourite All Time Low songs as well as one of my favourites on the album.


 
 
 
Overall, this has to be one of my absolute favourite All Time Low albums (along with Don't Panic!) even though it might not seem that way.
One of my favourite things about this album is that it definitely lives up to its title:
'Nothing Personal'.
I also just love what Rian Dawson has done with the percussion in this album, it's amazing. 
Although that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate what Alex, Zack and Jack done on the album, they done an equally amazing job.
And even though it might not seem it (at least based on certain songs) but I actually really love this album lyrically, certain tracks are amazing lyrically.

It's a fun yet heartfelt album, and even if on first listen it doesn't seem that way, I feel it has a really deep meaning behind it.  I personally feel that All Time Low have done really well with this album.
I feel like I discovered this album at the perfect time for me, so I don't really regret not purchasing it earlier.  I'm glad I got it when I did because it has helped me a lot.


Carolyn
x


 

 
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Liebster Awards


 

Hello everyone!

This weeks post is quite different but is one that I’m quite excited for to be honest.  

Firstly I’d like to thank the lovely Ciara from Red Clover who nominated me to take part in the Liebster Awards.

When I first saw her comment on my blog I was so confused because I had never heard of The Liebster Awards.  But then I looked into it and I’m thrilled by the fact that she nominated me.



The rules are as follows:
1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to them.
2.  Answer the questions they sent to you.
3.  Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to answer your own set of questions.
4.  Notify these 11 bloggers  that you nominated them.



Questions:


1.  One thing you've always wanted to do?
One thing I've always wanted to do is to find a really amazing group of friends and go on a road trip with them.  For me I have quite a few best friends but they live in different countries so a lot of them haven't met, and I'm not sure if they'd all get along with each other.  So one day I hope I can find that 'road trip group' and travel somewhere amazing like Canada or Australia with them.
 
Another thing that I'd love to do (although not something I've always wanted to do) is go to Warped Tour America as well as go to either Reading or Leeds festival.
 

2.  Favourite food?
Aaahh!!  I honestly can’t choose one favourite dish but I really freaking love pasta!
I also love digestive biscuits (they’re my guilty pleasure!)


3.  Beauty product you could not live without?
If I’m completely honest, I know next to nothing about beauty products.  I don’t wear much makeup and I think this is due to two things:
1. I can’t be bothered with makeup in the morning so I keep it to a bare minimum.
2. I spend my money on CD’s instead of makeup.
But if I had to choose a favourite out of the products that I use then I’d probably have to go with my Boots Natural Collection Fair Concealer, it’s helped me to cope with some terrible spot breakouts.

 
 
4.  Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I had been reading a lot of blogs and writing has always been a passion of mine.  I originally wanted to start a YouTube channel but I felt that blogging suited me more and that I can express myself better through writing.


5.  Favourite hair product?
It has to be my Babyliss Elegance Pro 235 Straighteners.
I received these as a Christmas present last year and I am so glad that I did, because I love them so much.  As someone stuck with naturally curly/frizzy hair  I was so happy to finally have my own set of straighteners. 
 I’ve used them quite often and this has actually resulted in my hair becoming less frizzy which I’m so pleased about.


6.  Favourite T.V show?
I can’t decide on one favourite show, so here are  a few of my favourite shows to watch:
How I Met Your Mother (but I hated the finale to be honest)
Sherlock
The Big Bang Theory

Miranda
Ace Of Cakes
Gilmore Girls


7.  Favourite place in the world?
London.
I’ve always had a love for London and when I got to visit last summer I fell in love even more.  There’s just so much to see and do, the diversity and beauty is breathtaking and truly amazes me.
A few other places I love are:
The Isle Of Sky (Scotland)
Vancouver (Canada)
Lagos (Portugal)


8.  Favourite item of clothing?
Either my black skinny jeans from New Look or my black zip up hoodie from Topshop.  I basically live in both these items, they’re comfy, cosy and make me feel comfortable about what I’m wearing.



9.  Favourite clothes shop?
I really love Topshop, the clothes are comfy and of good quality.
I love Pulp but can never afford anything there, I will spend ages in the shop browsing all the the things I’d like to get but I can never afford them.



Nominees:





My questions for the nominees:


1.  What inspired you to start blogging?



2.  What is your favourite quote?


3.  Favourite place to shop?


4.  If you could live in any fictional world which would it be? And why?


5.  What's your go to comfort food when you're ill?


6.  What are some of your favourite blogs to read?


7.  If you could road trip around any country where would it be?


8.  If you could have a meal with anyone famous (dead or alive) who would it be and why?


9.  Have you been to any concerts?  Which ones?  What concert would you love to go too?


10.  What is your musical guilty pleasure?
 
 
 
Again, I'd like to say a really big thank you to Ciara for nominating me, I've really enjoyed taking part.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post and that you enjoy checking out the blogs I nominated (they're all really good).
 
 
Carolyn
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