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Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Music Tag

A note from Joelle...
The Music Tag

What is your favourite type of music?
Pop and musicals were what got me into music at the age of 4. Mum would play her ABBA GOLD album and my sisters and I learnt all the songs. We also had a video of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday concert and played that on a loop for about 10 years. So we know every single song. 
It's tough because I listen to everything and like a really wide range. Romantic music (a form of orchestral from the 1820s to 1900s) plays a big part of my life, with the likes of Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Bizet.
I'm getting more into Indie, as I used to like it as a teen, but then all those bands disappeared or barely got any airplay. 
I'm also a big fan of EDM and Hip Hop, as there are so many talented artists coming out of the UK right now in both genres. It used to feel like an American-dominated thing, but the Brits seem to be killing it right now.
Modern-day Country music and also old-school Punk are up there in my favourites as well.
See, I told you I listened to everything!

What is your least favourite type of music?
Heavy Metal - I just don't think I'll ever understand it.

What's the best gig you've been to?
McFly always put on great gigs and I'll be seeing them live tomorrow! Ahhhhh! This will be my first McBusted show and TENTH McFly show!
I saw Angel Haze and Kanye West last year and they were pretty awesome and got great reactions from the crowd.  Angle Hazel jumped into the crowd and started running about, which was really hectic but so so cool!
I also remember seeing the Black Eyed Peas a few years back, but in 2013, I saw Rudimental with Ella Eyre and that was on another level!
I guess my all-time fave was seeing Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines at the Lewes Stopover in Summer 2013. We camped for three days and at night, the crowd was electric - it might as well had been Glastonbury!

What albums are you listening to at the moment?
George Ezra's 'Wanted On Voyage' has been blasting from my speakers for almost a year now. Surprisingly, I really like Meghan Trainor's debut album and well as I
I really can't wait for Years & Years' debut album called 'Communion'.

What/who is your favourite band/artists and favourite album?
My favourite bands are: Years & Years, Paramore, McFly, Green Day, Vampire Weekend, Simon & Garfunkel, ABBA.
Artists: Beyonce, George Ezra, Amy Winehouse, Lorde, Kate Nash.

My all-time favourite album is "Modern Vampires Of The City" by Vampire Weekend. Every single song is a hit and that's really uncommon. The lyrics are at times intense, but make you think. Plus I saw them live in 2013 and it changed my life.

If you could instantly know how to play any instrument, what would it be?
I can already pick up a flute, recorder or piccolo and play it, but I'd love to be able to do it with a piano. That would be so handy.


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Thursday, 16 April 2015

'Me Time'

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'Therapy' - All Time Low ♫♪

Lots of people are so afraid of being alone these days, even though most won't admit it. 
Some find it really hard to disconnect from Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook and just be alone with themselves without distractions.
We feel like we need to know what everyone's up to and update people on our own lives even if it's not really a reflection of how our day has actually been.
We automatically feel that we have to post countless pictures to prove that our lives are interesting and, dare I say it, relevant...
I used to be like that. But I guess I have parted ways with that way of thinking and it was the best decision everrrrrr!
The truth is, I have just been having more 'me' time and I am loving it! Why? Because there's no shame in wanting time off from people. It's a time to take stock, get creative and just chill.
Here's what I do:

Light candles - I didn't believe the scented candle hype this time last year, but after getting loads for my birthday, I finally get it. 
This one is from Flamingo Gifts* and it noiiiiiice. What's fab about this Oriental Lotus and Rose Otto is that it does have that sickly, overpowering scent. It burns really well and the aroma is so dreamy! 

Reading - I do this thing where I pass on a book to someone after I've finished reading it. I add a little note telling them what I liked about it too. Books you enjoyed aren't meant to just gather dust on a shelf for the rest of it's life. They are meant to be passed on and shared.
Right now, I've just started 'The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting' by Holly Bourne and am still gripped by 'Only Every Yours' by Louise O'Neil, even though I finished it a month ago.
Calm.com - if you remember my '5 Ways To Relax' post, you'll know that this app/website is my place! Free natural sounds and calming images really help my to unwind.

Writing - It's what I do all-day, everyday, but I've rediscovered the art of actually putting pen-to-paper and jotting things down by hand. 
 I don't always write plays and stories though. Most of the time, it's ridiculous lists about anything and everything.

Lavender - I keep a pouch of dried lavender on my bedside table. It's soothing and is scientifically proven to help you get a good night's sleep. Plus it smells bloomin' lovely. 

Tea - I'm all for herbal and fruit teas. It's been over a year since I went caffeine-free and it's opened my eyes to so many
Golden Tips* tea is a new favourite. They kindly sent my 10 blends to try and the quality and taste is really something. Loose leaf teas bring out a whole new drinking experience.

Pamper - Facemasks aren't just for prepubescent girls at a sleepover! Spending time pampering yourself with a fresh manicure and an ugly-looking facemask can really lift your mood. I try to do this at least once a month, usually on a Sunday night.
Little tip: remember to peel off your gel face mask before the leave the house and try to get on a bus..................

Independence - I like to go to bookshop and sit in the cafe bit with a book for a few hours. I barely take my eyes off the pages and just read and read until it's dark.
Going to the cinema, theatre and restaurants alone is also really, really scary at first, but I'm so glad I am now comfortable with it. No one stares at you or even takes pity on you. In fact, people are too involved in their own like that they barely notice you, so there really is nothing to worry about!
Life is meant to be enjoyed, even when you choose to do things alone, for once!

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Why We Should Vote

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark' - Fall Out Boy ♫♪

With exactly a week until voting registration closes, I'd like to share with you why I think we should all register to vote before the next General Election.
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x Because Emily Davidson didn't throw herself under a horse for banter - she dreamed of a world where British women were equal citizens and gave her life to the cause. Sadly, she died just before women got the vote. Less than 40% of young women voted in the last GE - and that's simply not good enough.

x Because your vote can make a difference, even if you don't think it will - lot's of people say 'my vote doesn't matter, it won't change anything.' But it does and it will.

x Because it's a right that women and non-whites had to fight and die for back in the day - Voting in the UK was once only for White males, so of course the Government represents white males. But time have changed and we cannot let it go back to how it used to be. When we vote, more MPs get shuffled around and more representation in the House of Commons occurs, regardless of the majority party.

x Because policies are made for the people who vote - If a lot of people choose not to vote, the Government isn't as legitimate and even runs the risk of misrepresenting/over representing a large chunk of the country.

x Because it's our future after all - we are so fortunate to live in a democracy, not run by a dictatorship or ruling dynasty with immense political power. We can hold our politicians accountable, but we only have a right to do that if we vote. We all want a better future for ourselves and our loved ones. Voting goes hand-in-hand, as we have a right to choose who we think will help us reach a better future.

x Because the youth (18-25) vote can determine who's in power - We know this too well with the Lib Dems when they became the Kingmakers. If more 18-25s voted, we can't be ignored.

x Because it's soooooo easy - If you can't make it to a polling station, you can just register for a postal vote or apply for a proxy vote (someone can vote on your behalf).

Don't be that guy who's opinion is ignored because they didn't partake in the General Election. It's true what they say, 'no vote, no voice!'.
Even if you don't know who to vote for right now, you should still register so that when the time comes in May, you can make your decision then. And you can even leave the ballot paper blank at the polling station.
Taking a few minutes to read all the party's manifestoes will help when the time comes.
You still have time to register here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The deadline is the 20th April!!!!!
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Sunday, 12 April 2015

#SLBloggerBash

A note from Joelle... 

♫♪ 'Style' - Taylor Swift ♫♪

SLBloggerBash
Scarlett has a real talent for creating and hosting blogger events. I've been to two of her's in the past and they are so much fun! 
A few days ago, she held an event at 1 Alfred Place, a really cool techy building. 
A part of me was a wee bit nervous because I hadn't been to a blogger event in ages and I was worried that I'd be 'out-of-the-loop'. Living so far away from the blogging hub, that is London seems like a drawback, but I had nothing to worry about!
Before I headed in, I met up with Emma, Viola and Eloise. I am so fortunate to have met and spent the day with them as they are all babes! It's great when you instantly get along with people you've only known for a few hours, right?
On arrival at the venue, we sipped on wine and floated around the different brand tables. At no point did I expect to be taking selfies in a prom queen sash (plus a tiara, obvs), do some Italian wine tasting and lawn rug bowls! 
#SLBloggerBash
 The Bon Prix table offered a cool range of Spring clothing that we could win. I've worked with them before, and I can vouch that they have the best-fitting clothes on the high street.
We played rub bowls with Modern Rugs. I lost epically, but got a nice floral headband for taking part.
#SLBloggerBash
 What's a blogger bash without cupcakes and CHOCOLATE PIZZA?
 Next up was wine tasting with Tuscany Wine. I'd like to say I did well, but it was actually quite hard!
 Viola and Eloise taking their #QuizProm selfie

Later on in the afternoon, we headed to my new favourite Thai restaurant, Busaba Eathai. I went last week before seeing McBusted at the O2 and have such a good time, that I convinced my bloggers pals that it was nice. I'm so glad they weren't disappointed!
The vibe of a restaurant changed depending on the time of the day. In Greenwich around 7pm, it's super busy and you sit at communal tables and get chatting to knew people as you dine.
Busaba Eathai
I'll probably do a whole blog post on it, before this post gets too long!

In all seriousness, this even was great fun and it was great meeting so many new bloggers.
I'd just like to take this time to say a big 'thank you' to Scarlett and Search Labs for having me and for the generous goody bags. May they continue to engage with bloggers and thrive as business forevermore! They really are awesome.
I've had too much fun these past few weeks. Back to studying rocks! (I love it really!)
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