Monday, 30 March 2015

My Style Icons: Katy English (Little Miss Katy)

 
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Hey there everyone!
 
 
I'm back with another style icon post today and in this instalment of the series I'm going to be writing about the lovely Katy English from Little Miss Katy.
I have a lot of love for Katy's blog, it's like a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows on a cold winters day (or whatever hot beverage you like to drink when it's cold weather).
 
 
I wish I owned Katy's wardrobe, it has that perfect mixture of smart and casual that I wish mine had and, she always looks stunning no matter what she's wearing.
 
 
http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk/2014/10/tartan-scarf-zara.html
 
I absolutely love that Katy's outfits look stylish yet comfortable and, not just randomly selected, you can tell that she puts thought into what she's wearing which I really love.
 
 
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I really like that Katy has a mixture of clothing, there's very feminine items but also items that have a more rocker look and feel to them which I really like.
 I love that Katy has outfits for all different occasions, both smart and casual (or my dreaded fashion nightmare that is smart casual!). 

I also love how Katy's makeup compliments her outfits really nicely, there's a really nice balance between the two, something that I hope I'm able to do one day!
 
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One of my favourite outfits that I've seen on Katy's blog is her London Fashion Week outfit.  I think that this dress suits her so well and is the right kind of outfit for the occasion.  And, I love that the studded belt and leather jacket add a more 'rocker' edge to this outfit, it's so gorgeous!
 
 
I can't recommend enough checking out Katy's blog, you definitely won't regret it!
Let me know in the comments what your favourite thing is about Katy's style, I'd love to hear from you.
 
 
Carolyn
x
 



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Sunday, 29 March 2015

My March Playlist 2015


Hi everyone!
 This month's playlist is very, very long.  Basically over the past few weeks quite a few of my favourite bands have released new music and, I've found quite a few new bands to listen too as well, which has made me very happy. 

I hope you all like my playlist for this month.


All Time Low - Runaways

Fall Out Boy - From Now On We Are Enemies
As It Is - Concrete

State Champs - Simple Existence

Roam - Head Rush
Defy You Stars - Scared For You

Sleeping With Sirens - Madness

Symmetry - Shake Shake

State Champs - Deadly Conversation

Fall Out Boy - Pavlove

BriBry - Astronauts

Neck Deep - Losing Teeth

Sleeping With Sirens - The Strays

State Champs - Elevated

PVRIS - St Patrick

Roam - Warning Sign

Defy You Stars - Like Glass

Symmetry - Cure

State Champs - Prepare To Be Noticed

Fall Out Boy - Hum Hallelujah

Neck Deep - I Couldn't Wait To Leave 6 Months Ago

Sleeping With Sirens - Save Me A Spark

Defy You Stars - Wild Fires

All Time Low - Kids In The Dark




This month I have been loving Neck Deep.  I started listening to them a little bit last month but now I've listened to quite a few of their songs and really want to get a copy of their album 'Wishful Thinking'. 
Their sound makes me think a little of older pop punk but they still manage to keep their overall sound a modern one which I love.
I've been loving their songs 'Losing Teeth', 'Growing Pains' and 'I Couldn't Wait To Leave 6 Months Ago' and I'd highly recommend giving them a listen.


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This month I also started listening to State Champs and oh my goodness, I love their music!  I tried to get a copy of their album 'The Finer Things' when I was last in HMV but, unfortunately they didn't have it in.
I've listened to a lot of the album on YouTube which I kind of hate myself for cause, this means if I do get a copy of the album then there won't be many songs on the album that are new to me (which is one of my favourite things about getting a new CD). 
  When I've listened to their music I've found myself smiling the whole way through which I really love. 


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This month I started listening to a band called Symmetry.  My lovely friend Esmee from Ezzlepops saw them on tour with McBusted and recommended that I give them a listen.  I'm so glad she did because what I've listened to of their music so far I'm really liking. 




I hope you all like my playlist, let me know in the comments what music you've been loving this month.

Carolyn
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Recent Beauty Purchases | March 2015

 
 
Hi everyone!
 
You may have seen from instagram recently that I've been treating myself to a few new beauty products.  So, I thought I'd share with you all what I've bought recently. 
 
If you've been hanging around my blog for a while then you'll know that I am a novice when it comes to makeup.  I only started to properly wear makeup a few months ago so most of the products that I buy are ones that were recommended to me (big thanks to the girls in my college class and the many beauty blogs I read who have been helping me out when it comes to makeup).
 
 
Sleek Makeup: i-Divine au nauturel eyeshadow palette  
 
Before buying this eyeshadow palette I was only using 3 shades of eyeshadow and didn't know how to apply it properly.  So I spoke to a few girls in my college class and they recommended this palette to be my first eyeshadow palette and I am so glad that they did. 
The colours I have been using are Honeycomb all over my eye lids, taupe in the inner corners and, conker blended along the eye socket (thanks to the lovely instructions on the back of the packaging).
As a beginner to eyeshadow I have found this palette really nice to use, by following the instructions that come with the palette my eyeshadow is looking a lot nicer and, it stays on very well.
The only thing is I sometimes struggle to open the packaging and instead of using the brush it comes with, I'm using a body shop brush I was given at Christmas because I find it a lot nicer to use for application.
 
 
The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base (Shade 04)
 
This is my second time buying this product and I love it so much.  I've only ever worn liquid foundation once in my life (for a school dance) and I was not a fan of it.  Before I started wearing the all-in-one face base I used to wear a powder as a base instead and although it was good, it didn't stay on very well during the day.   So,  when I was in the body shop a while ago I asked for some advice from one of the assistants and she let me try this product in the shop.
As a girl whose skin tone is naturally very pale I'm always scared that whatever product I try as a base is going to end up looking very orange on me (and evidently blending into my ginger-ish hair).  But I've been able to find a shade (04) in this range which gives my face a nice colour without looking orange.
This product comes with a sponge for application (I used to use a brush when I wore powder) and I think it's really good for applying the product and helps to give really nice, even coverage.
I'd highly recommend this product although it is a bit on the expensive side (about £14) it lasts for at least 3 or 4 months and, is also good for sensitive skin.
 
 
Zoella Beauty - Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Cream
 
The only other Zoella Beauty product I use is the body mist (you can read what I think about it here) and I decided to get the shower cream that's also in the collection. 
The fragrance is the same as the body mist, which is a scent that I really love and the main reason I wanted to try out the shower cream.  I love the packaging design on the bottle, I think it's very delicate and pretty which I love.
The shower gel itself is a nice product, the scent isn't as strong as I'd like and the consistency is a little thick.  But overall I think it's quite a good product, it does the job it's meant too and I don't think it's too expensive (£5 from Superdrug) for what you're getting. 
 
 
The Body Shop Eye Definer Pencil (Shade Rich Brown)
 
I have a very strong love/hate relationship with eyeliner.  I love wearing it, I think it helps to complete an eye makeup look but, I am not the best at applying it (although I'm getting better with practice).
I really like this eyeliner, I find it's easy to apply and, the shade is really good for me because being pale means black eyeliner really doesn't suit me so, I was so happy when I found a brown shade that suits my skin tone (seriously I've been looking for a good mascara in brown for ages and I'm failing miserably.  So you can imagine how happy I was when I at least managed to find an eyeliner in a brown shade that suited me).
This is my second time buying this eyeliner and I'd definitely recommend it for anyone like me who is new to makeup.  I think the best advice I can give is start with a pencil rather than a liquid and, sharpen the pencil everytime before using it because this makes it easier to draw a thin line and then you can thicken your eyeliner from there if you want too.
 
 
The Body Shop Born Lippy Pomegranate Lip Balm
 
I love this lip balm so much!  Unfortunately it seems as though no matter what time of the year it is, I always have dry lips.  But I've started applying this lip balm before I put on my lip gloss and it's really helping the condition of my lips.
They're now a lot less dry and this lip balm has a nice finish for days when I don't really want to wear lip gloss.
 
 
 
I hope you've enjoyed finding out about some of the beauty products that I've been using recently. 
Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite beauty products are, like I said I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to makeup so recommendations (especially drugstore brown mascaras that aren't too expensive!) would be greatly appreciated.
 
Carolyn
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Spotlight On: Scared For You by Defy You Stars


Hi everyone!
You may have seen from my instagram that last week I received my copy of Defy You Stars debut album 'In The Meantime, In Between Time'. 

I have been loving this album so much and thought I would talk to you about one of my favourite tracks from the album.  When I first listened to the album through for the first time the song 'Scared For You' really stood out for me, so of course I wanted to tell you all about it.


The song opens with a short guitar intro and it's freaking brilliant.  Somehow within a (about) 14 second intro, they have managed to create an amazing atmosphere using only a guitar.

When the vocals kick in for the first verse they fit perfectly with the guitar that's continuing from the intro.  And the drums subtly joining in during the first verse helps to cause a great build up. 
Lyrically I love the first verse, in particular the lines "You feel alone but you're not all" and "Love, you know where you can find me".  I just think it's so beautiful that they used the word "love" to describe the person that the song's about.

The small instrumental bridge after the first verse helps to continue the build up in the first verse and it leads into the chorus so seamlessly, which I think is great. 

The chorus is so amazing!!!  The atmosphere in the chorus definitely delivers from the build up that is made in the first verse and the bridge, and I think it's because of the impact the instrumental has. 
The vocals come across with a very strong emotional sound which fits perfectly with the atmosphere from the instrumental. 
Lyrically, I love the chorus and how well it sums up the lyrics in the entire song

I think that the entire song 2nd verse may be my favourite part lyrically, mainly because of the following lines:

"Just cause you're losing, doesn't mean you're lost
Just cause you're broken doesn't mean you're a lost cause"
(these lyrics may be ever so slightly wrong on my part cause there's no lyric booklet with the album but, I've done my best to type what I hear).

 I think these lyrics are really encouraging and I love the emotion put into the vocals for these lines, it really makes you connect to the song.
Instrumentally the 2nd verse keeps the atmosphere from the chorus but doesn't draw away from the fact that the chorus has the most atmosphere.

The middle 8/third verse is mainly instrumental which I really like because it gives the drums and lead guitar a chance to show off a bit.  But there are also some small vocal parts added in which really help to compliment the main instrumental parts.

The atmosphere and emotion throughout this entire song is insanely good but, I personally think you can really hear this in the final chorus.  And I especially love how the song ends on a raw, solo vocal that is just bursting with emotion, it's the perfect way to finish this song.


I think one of my favourite things about 'Scared For You' is the atmosphere throughout the entire song.  It's one of those songs that when I listen too it I get that feeling in my chest and, I just want to love this song as musch as it's humanly possible.  You know, it's one of those songs.
The atmosphere, for me personally, is caused through the way that they've really made all the instruments compliment each other but, I mainly think the atmosphere is there because of the lyrics and, the emotion put into ever single part of this song.


You can buy the 'In The Meantime, In Between Time' album here and you can listen to 'Scared For You' here.
You can read my interview with Defy You Stars lead singer and guitarist, Nikk Banos, by clicking here.


Let me know in the comments what you think of 'Scared For You', as well as the 'In The Meantime, In Between Time' album, I'd love to hear from you.

Carolyn
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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Album Dissection: Madness by Sleeping With Sirens

 
 
 
Hey everyone!
 
On Monday Sleeping With Sirens released their new album Madness.  I bought my copy of Madness yesterday.  And I listened to my copy of Madness for the first time today.
 
And I now I love this album.  A lot.
 
This is the first Sleeping With Sirens CD that I actually own, I've previously just listened to their music online.  But when they announced that they were releasing this album I decided I wanted a physical copy of it and, I'm so glad that I did.
 
This album is incredible even though it isn't the combination of sounds that I expected from Sleeping With Sirens. 
 
It's been a long time since I wrote an album dissection post and I'm glad to say that this could be the album that really gets me back into writing album dissections.
 
 
 
Artist:
Sleeping With Sirens
 
 
Album:
Madness
 
 
Label:
Epitaph Records
 
 
Producer:
John Feldman
 
 
Released:
EU: March 16th 2015
US: March 17th 2015
 
 
Track List:
1. Kick Me
2. Go Go Go
3. Gold
4. Save Me A Spark
5. Fly
6. The Strays
7. Left Alone
8. Better Off Dead
9. We Like It Loud
10. Heroine
11. November
12. Madness
13. Don't Say Anything
 
 
Bonus Tracks:
14. Parasites
15. 2 Chord
 
 
 
 
My Dissection (Track by track):


 Kick Me
As an opener, this was the perfect choice.  It's a strong, fast paced song that sets up for what the rest of the album is: powerful. 
Lyrically, this is an angry yet strong song.  If you're looking for a song to throw at your enemies then this is it, no questions asked.  I like the lyrics but there are a few that I'm not too keen on but, I think that's just my personal opinions and beliefs.
Vocally this song really shows Kellin Quinn's vocal range and how he's capable of manipulating his voice in a matter of seconds.  I also love the gang vocals in the final chorus, they help to create a great atmosphere for the songs ending.
Instrumentally, I think this song is brilliant, I especially love the guitar at the intro and, the drums during the bridge. 
 
 
Go Go Go
 
I love the drums in this song so much (hats off to Gabe Barham) because I feel it's what makes the song more 'rock'.  I heard this song before the album became out because it was released as a single in late January. 
This song is very different from Kick Me but still has a really good pace to it.  I think what I really like is that all the vocals are clean.  Although Kellin would be capable of adding screams into this song they've not included any and I think that suits this song really well.
I also love the effects that have been used on both the vocals and the instruments, they don't distract from the song but instead add a really great sound.
 
 
Gold
 
I feel like this is a road trip song.  That's what this song makes me think off and, this really isn't a bad thing.  I think I feel this because of the slight acoustic feel to the song but also just the overall sound of this song.  I love how well both guitars have been fitted with the drums and percussion in this song, it makes me smile.
Lyrically, I really love this song.  I especially love the lyrics in the chorus and the emotion that's put into them.
 
 
 
Save Me A Spark
 
Oh my goodness!  The lyrics in this song are so amazing!  I just love this song so freaking much!
The overall sound is insanely good, the vocals are amazing (especially in the 3rd verse and the final chorus), the emotion in this is song is brilliant, the instrumentals are just brilliant (again, Gabe Barham your drumming is incredible) and, I just really, really, really, love this song.
I love this song so much that I'm going to write a separate post about this song in a lot more detail.
 
 
Fly
 
I think that the rhythm to this song is brilliant and the way it changes (although it's not drastic) is really well done and seamless.
I love the lyrics and I think they make this quite a motivational song, especially the lyrics in the chorus.  I absolutely love the baseline in this song.  I think the 3rd verse is great and has a really amazing atmosphere to it.  I love the vocal adlibs in this song, especially in the 3rd verse and the final chorus.
Overall, I think this is a really good song and starts to bring the album back into a more 'rock' sound that we had at the beginning with Kick Me.
 
 
The Strays
 
I really love the instrumentals in this song.  I think the combination of instruments they've chosen is brilliant.  It's not really what I would expect to accompany these really heartfelt lyrics but surprisingly it fits really well.  I think when the song hits the final chorus, it's a really great atmosphere because of the instruments, I always love the combination of strings and an electric guitar.
Like I said, the lyrics for this song are extremely heartfelt.  And even though the lyrics are written about a situation I've never been in I can still relate to it.  This is mainly because of the emotion put into this song, it's so strong that if you've ever felt like this, then this song will remind you of whatever made you feel that way. 
I think this is what makes this song so powerful, the emotion that is in it.
 
 
Left Alone
 
The instrumentals in this song have a more 'electronic' sound to them which I wasn't really expecting to be honest.  This meant when I first listened to this song I wasn't too sure about it.  But then at the second chorus the instruments properly kick in and  I really like that, it helps to create an atmosphere that can't be ignored.  Again, I love the use of gang vocals in this song, especially in the final chorus because, I think they fit in really well.
Lyrically, I quite like this song.  I'm still trying to figure out they mean to me but I think that's okay.
 
 
Better Off Dead
 
I really like that there is no introduction to this song, the vocals just kick in with a killer guitar part and drum beat.  For me, this straight away brings the album back around to that 'rock' sound that's in Kick Me and Fly. 
Lyrically, this song is extremely emotional which you can tell before even listening to it because of the title, Better Off Dead.  I especially love the lyrics in the 3rd verse and think they act as a light in the darkness, especially "So what does it take?  Maybe it's not too late".
Instrumentally, this song is really well put together and the instruments really compliment each other.  They also help to create the harsher sound of this song in a way that isn't too in your face which I really like.  I especially love the guitar in the final chorus and at the end of the song.
 
 
We Like It Loud
 
We Like It Loud was released at the beginning of this year.  It's definitely up there with being as 'heavy' as Kick Me.  I think that the harshness added to the vocals definitely helps to make this a grittier song and the vocals match the lyrics really well.
I love the effects used on the vocals at the bridge and again, the gang vocals come in at really good points in this song.
The lead guitar part for this song is really amazing and helps to keep a really good rhythm the entire way through this song, especially with how well it accompanies the other instruments.
The only think I don't really like about this song is how short it is, I personally would have loved a third verse and another chorus but, I still think it suits the layout that it has.
 
 
Heroine
 
Like Left Alone, the instruments in this song (except the acoustic guitar) have a more electronic sound to them, which reminds of Sleeping With Sirens earlier work, especially their album Feel. 
Lyrically, I'm not really a fan of this song but, I think that maybe after listening to it a few more times I could grow to like them.
I think that Kellin Quinn's voice suits this song really well and that comes across throughout the entire song. 
I feel like the only time this song actually moves up a level is during the 3rd verse when the instrumentals properly kick in which creates more of an atmosphere.  I personally can't really get into this song just now but, hopefully that will change over time.  
 
 
November

This is one of the more 'acoustic' songs on the album (like The Strays and Gold).
 The first time I listened to this song I really liked it.  I still really like this song and I think it was placed pretty well on the track list.
I love the piano part in this song and how it compliments Kellin Quinn's lead vocals, as well as the vocal harmonies and adlibs. 
I really like this song but I feel like it's missing that sort of 'kick' when it comes to the atmosphere.  I really love the lyrics in this song and I think that they suit the instruments used, especially the piano and strings. 
 
 
 Madness
 
 This isn't what I expected Madness to be instrumentally.  I was expecting a song more like the instrumentals in Kick Me or We Like It Loud.  But, I'm really glad it isn't what I expected because I think it sounds really, really good. 
I really love the build up that's created in this song (especially at the second verse) and how the song doesn't exactly deliver a big burst of noise like you'd expect but still manages to deliver something (what, I'm not entirely sure but it's there) through the atmosphere in this song.
I really love the lyrics in this song, I think they're really beautiful and, the instruments used really compliment the lyrics.
I think this was the perfect song to name the album after, even if it isn't what you'd expect a song called Madness to sound like.
 
 
Don't Say Anything
 
 This is the perfect album closer for Madness (not including the bonus tracks).  It somehow manages to wrap up all the sounds that Sleeping With Sirens have created in this album without sounding messy.
There's really strong guitar parts, heart hitting drum beats, strong lyrics and, there are gentler parts to this song which fit in rather than sounding lost. 
Vocally, I really like it although I would have liked a few unclean vocals thrown in there to create a little bit of a harshness that's in some of the lyrics.  But then again, I'm not really sure if that would have fitted with the overall sound of this song so, I'm also kind of glad there aren't any unclean vocals in this song.
 


 
Bonus Tracks:
 
 
Parasites
 
 Vocally, this really shows Kellin Quinn's capability with both clean and unclean vocals.
I think instrumentally this song fits the vocals really well but I feel like the instrumentals stay on the same level until the 3rd verse and final chorus which at first I wasn't sure about but now I'm really starting to like it.  I think this is because the entire song is building up to the third verse and the final chorus and you don't realise it till you actually get to this part of the song.
Lyrically, I really like this song.  I think the lyrics have a really strong message behind them which I think is highlighted really well in the second verse.
 
 
2 Chord
 
This is another of the 'acoustic' songs on the album and it just sounds really freaking pretty! 
I love the combination of the strings with the acoustic guitar and how well they compliment Kellin Quinn's unique voice. 
Lyrically, this song is pretty heart breaking and the overall sound of the song really shows this as well.  And even though these aren't lyrics that I can directly relate too, I can still feel the emotion which I think is really important with this song.
I think this song sounds quite haunting but in a really beautiful way (if you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that I really love songs like this).   
 
 
 
 Overall, I think this album is really incredible.  There are a lot of sounds but Sleeping With Sirens still manage to make them fit together and compliment each other in this album.  As a band they are definitely bringing something completely new to post hardcore music which is exactly what I think is needed just now. 

This album has made me fall in love with Sleeping With Sirens all over again and it's making me wish more than anything that I was seeing them when they're in the UK next month (I'm just gonna go cry in the corner cause I couldn't get tickets).

They have written and produced an incredible album with Madness and,  I'd highly recommend giving this album a listen even if you aren't a Sleeping With Sirens or post hardcore fan because, there will be at least one song on this album that you'll like and relate too.

If you want to buy the album you can do that here.

Let me know in the comments what you think of the album, I'd love to hear from you.


Carolyn
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Becoming Your Own Hero | Part 1


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Hey everyone!

I've tried writing and rewriting this post way more times than I'd care to count.  I have a lot of things in my head that I want to say on this but I've been struggling to start it.
But after a lot thinking, writing, rewriting and a lot more thinking, I've finally decided to be start a series on my blog called 'Becoming Your Own Hero'.

In this post I'm just going to give a general idea of what this series will/could be (for my own benefit as much as yours).

Basiacally, I've been thinking about self confidence and self happiness a lot recently and also questioning it.  Actually, it's something I have thought about on a daily basis for a few years.
And, I tend to ask myself the question 'Why is my self confidence and my happiness with who I am practically non existent?' a lot of the time.
I've come to the conclusion that I can't be the only person who thinks this regularly (please let me know in the comments if you feel the same/similarly as me - we can have a virtual tea party together to help us all out).
 
 

So, I thought I would have a look at this question in more detail through a series of blog posts.  But, also look at what I can maybe do to try and improve my self confidence and try to find some happiness about who I am as a person (who am I am towards both myself and other people).

I want to do this to see if it will help my self confidence.  But I also am really hoping to achieve is to help other people who feel as lost in their own skin as often as I do because, it's not a nice place to feel lost, trust me.
Even if this doesn't work out how I'm hoping I'm sure we'll learn something from it.  If not then maybe we can all just laugh at my mishaps together instead?  Because lets face it, I'm bound to mess up the whole 'self confidence' thing at least twice.


I will try my very best to get the first 'proper' post from this series to you all soon, it's something that I'm really looking forward too writing and I hope you all enjoy it too.

Let me know in the comments what you think of this series idea, I'd love to hear from you.
 
 
Carolyn
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

A Spotlight On: Kids In The Dark by All Time Low

 
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Hey everyone!
 
If you, like myself, are an All Time Low fan, then you've probably been listening to their new song Kids In The Dark a lot these past few days and you know all the lyrics, harmonies, bass line and, drum beats off by heart and have been really liking it.
 
For the non All Time Low fans, let me fill you in.  All Time Low's new album Future Hearts is being released on April the 7th.  From this album they have previously released Something's Gotta Give (you can read my first impressions of it here) and they have now released Kids In The Dark from this album as well (a little bit earlier than expected which is very nice). 
 
 
To be completely honest I was very, very scared to listen to the song for the first time.  I have been having fears that the Future Hearts album may be more pop than punk and, after the amazing masterpiece that was Don't Panic! (All Time Low's last studio album) I feel as though I have my valid reasons to feel slightly worried.
 
But, thank goodness for Kids In The Dark because it's banished those fears for me!
 
 
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I freaking love this song so, so much!  It's a feel good, grin-the-whole-way-through-it, dance-around-like-an-idiot kind of song and I really love that but, I also love that the lyrics still have meaning in them. 

I'm still feeling slightly unsure about the lyrics in the first verse.  I understand them but I'm still trying to figure what they mean to me/how I can relate to them personally.  I think that instrumentally the first verse is brilliant, I love the sort of dimming effect used on the instruments before the vocals properly kick in because for me, it builds a great atmosphere.

It's safe to say that I absolutely love the lyrics in the chorus.  My favourite line from the chorus has to be "Beautiful scars on critical veins" because I have a real personal connection to this lyric.
I also love the line "We come together, state of the art.  We'll never surrender, the kids in the dark" because it just gives a real sense of the connection that people can have through the music that they listen too and, I just really love that.

I think my favourite part of the second verse has to be the lyric "Been a while since you dressed for the kill" because it automatically reminds of the line "You're dressed to kill" from their song Jasey Rae.  I also love the backing vocals and I really love how they help to maintain the hyped up atmosphere of the chorus. 

The middle 8 is mostly instrumental which I love because it gives them a chance to show off their talents.

The final chorus is brilliant.  The entire song builds up to it and the final chorus definitely delivers what you want to hear.  I absolutely love the effect used on Alex's vocals at the beginning of the final chorus because it reminds me of their song "To Live & Let Go" which is hands down one of my favourite All Time Low songs.
 The drumming in the entire song is brilliant but I personally think that you can really feel it in the final chorus which I really love.

I think what I really love about this song is how well they've kept this high energy throughout the song in both the vocals and the instruments, it's really amazing.  I can't help but grin and have a dance party in my head when I hear this song.
 
 
 
 I think the music video for Kids In The Dark is absolutely brilliant.  It fits really well with the song and just looks like so much fun.  I love the neon paint party, it looks messy but amazing!
I think my favourite thing about the entire music video the band performance shots is the use of pyro (those indoor firework things) because it reminds me of seeing them on tour last month.
 
 
http://dyingscene.com/news/all-time-low-announces-record-store-appearances/
 
 Having listened to Kids In The Dark a lot since it was released I'm now really looking forward to hearing the full Future Hearts album (I'll be a hyper mess when my Future Hearts bundle arrives at my door). 

Let me know in the comments what you think of the song, I'd love to hear from you.
 
Carolyn
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Monday, 9 March 2015

My Style Icons: Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

http://www.zoella.co.uk/2013_03_01_archive.html
 
Hey everyone!
 
A few weeks ago I posted the first in a series of posts that I'm writing about my style icons.  In the first post I spoke about Jenna McDougall and, you can read that post here.  In this post I want to talk about blogger and vlogger Zoe Sugg, otherwise known as Zoella.
 
http://www.zoella.co.uk/2011/11/general-update-chit-chat.html
 
I know that some people might be slightly confused as to how these are two of my style inspirations because, their styles are very, very different. 
 
I started watching Zoe's videos at about the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 and since then I've really loved her style.  Although her style is definitely more feminine than mine I'd still love to match a style like hers.
 
http://madfashionlover.com/2013/12/09/style-icon-of-the-week-zoella/
 
 
I've really been loving her style more recently as I feel it's a little bit less girly but still has a nice feminine touch, which is something I've been definitely trying to incorporate into my wardrobe recently.
 
 
One of my favourite fashion videos from Zoe is her Autumn look book from last year.  It's very rare that I find a look book where I love every outfit but this is definitely one of them. 
I'd love to own all the outfits that she wears in this video because I feel they're really pretty but also look really comfortable as well.
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390/featured

https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390/featured
 
 I think that Zoe's style is one that is very unique to her and reflects her personality very well which is something I would love to be able to do myself.  I also love how her make up always matches her outfit, it's something I really need to learn to do.


Let me know in the comments what you think of Zoe's style and, if it's one that you would love to incorporate into your own, I'd love to chat with you all about Zoe's style!

Please also let me know if you're enjoying this little style inspiration series because I'm having a lot of fun writing it and, I want you all to enjoy this series just as much as me.
 
 
 Carolyn
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

My (Slightly Late) February Favourites 2015




Hey everyone!

Since my birthday was at the end of February I took a little time off from blogging to spend time with my family and friends, which means this post is going up a little later than I intended.   But I still have my February Favourites to share with you all, I hope you like them.



YouTube Channels

I loved watching Zoe's vlog from the Playlist YouTube Convention this year.  My favourite part of this vlog was seeing her meet up.  I loved how relaxed and laid back it was and, it was really nice seeing a meet up that makes it really easy for the viewers to make new friends.
 

 
 I have loved watching Matt's vlogs from his time in Orlando.  Seeing all the Disney parks was really cool because I've never been to a Disney resort.  I found myself smiling the whole way through the vlogs because Matt's vlogs are very laid back and, it was really lovely watching him take his daughter Darcy around the parks.
 
 

Blogs

Two Little Pigs Down Under

Oh, the love I have for this blog!  Two Little Pigs Down Under is ran by twins Rosie and Lydia and, I am so glad that I found their blog!  I have my lovely friend Allie over at Reckless to thank as she tagged them in the Liebster Awards.

When I first clicked on their blog I will admit that I spent quite a long time scrolling through their blog, reading various posts and finding myself smiling the whole time.
I highly recommend having a look through their blog but make sure you have a lot of time because, once you start reading their posts you won't be able to stop!
 
Create Flash


You may have seen from my Instagram that this month I got my new camera (a Canon 1200D with a lens kit!!) and I've been needing some inspiration to get me started.  That's why I'm so, so glad that I found create flash.  The photography on this blog is really beautiful and if my photos can ever be half as good as these then I'll be really happy.
If you're looking for some photography inspiration then I'd highly recommend having a look through the Create Flash blog, it's brilliant.

 
Music

You Me At Six & All Time Low UK Arena Tour
http://adamelmakias.com/live/all-time-low-uk-arena-tour-photos/
 
This month I was fortunate enough to see All Time Low and You Me At Six on their joint headline UK arena tour.  I had the most amazing time and I'd absolutely love to see both bands live again.
 
 
 This means that I have been listening to both bands a lot recently, both before and after the concert.
You can see my photos and read more about the concert here.

 
 
Movies 
 
If I Stay


Oh my goodness this movie!  If you've been hanging around my blog for a while then you might remember from my September favourites last year that I loved the book this movie is based on.  This meant I had really high expectations for the movie, I wanted it to live up to the amazing story that the book tells.  And I am so glad that it did.  
One of my favourite things about this movie is the soundtrack.  Music is a really big part of the story and the music selected for the soundtrack was perfect.
I also love that the actors in the movie definitely done the story justice, you can tell from their performances that even the secondary characters had a depth to their story.


Big Hero 6

As part of my birthday I went to see Big Hero 6 in the cinema with some of my family.  I absolutely loved this movie!  It's a fun, family film but I personally feel it also has a lot of really important lessons hidden in it which I think is why I loved it so much.
And, like If I Stay, I loved the soundtrack for this movie and I think the songs were really well selected.
Also, after seeing Big hero 6 I now really want my own personal Baymax!



Books
 
Love, Tanya
by
Tanya Burr


I absolutely love this book!  I love the variety that's in this book, there's makeup, fashion, confidence, cooking, YouTube and more.  I've loved flicking through this book, trying out hairstyles with my mum, learning about makeup and skin care and, I definitely want to try making the lemon drizzle cake recipe very soon.
I'd highly recommend getting this book if you want to learn more about fashion and beauty or, if you want some tips about self confidence because Love, Tanya is a great source for this.


I hope you've enjoyed hearing about what I loved during February.  Let me know in the comments what you loved during February, I'd love to hear from you.


Carolyn
x
 
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