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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Music for 2016

To me, music makes the world go round. A world without music would be a world without feelings. Whether you're happy, sad, angry, in love, crazy, etc... (the list goes on) there's a song out there for every emotion. Most of the time I feel like we'd rather sit and listen to music than have a conversation with someone (or is that just me?!). I love finding new artists and songs that aren't always in the top 40 charts and don't sound just like every other song out there.

My favourite albums are always the Radio 1 Live Lounge albums, I could just listen to those for days on end. I love the music being stripped back and hearing the words properly.


I'm not going to lie, I have often been one of those people driving along with a song full blast pretending to be in a music video, and I will probably continue to do this until I'm at least 80 years old.

I wanted to share my top 3 gems that I've recently found that have either meant something to me and hit an emotion, or that I just think are amazing songs and feel that everyone should know about them. I love finding new music by people that can actually sing and have raw talent.


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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Polercise

So, I know saying 'I do pole dancing' isn't really a thing people usually just drop into conversation, but this post is in fact going to be dedicated to pole dancing.

Half way through 2015 I realised that I needed to tone up, I started going to a few gym classes which were brilliant (Combat & Pump being my faves) but I also wanted to do something really fun. I went round to a friends house one night and she told me she'd started doing pole dancing classes and how much it had toned her up. She asked me a few times if I'd like to go with her, but I turned it down every time she asked. I didn't feel the most confident in swinging from a pole in front of other random strangers. Also, at this point I had no upper body strength whatsoever, so I just thought I'd make myself look like a div. 

Anyway, a few months down the line, my friend told me the new beginners classes were starting and so I thought I'd take a look at the pole Facebook group. I saw lots of pictures of these girls hanging upside down, swinging around and most importantly; having a good laugh. I am always up for a good laugh and so I decided to bite the bullet and go to a class, and you know what, I'm so glad I did. 


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Monday, 11 January 2016

So it's 2016...

2015 was a bit of a funny year. I'm not really sure how to explain it. Probably a massive rollercoster would be the correct term. It had a lot of highs and a lot of lows, but it was a bit odd. I said half way through the year that I wasn't going to do anything that didn't make me happy, but then I ended up doing those things anyway. But then I also got to do a lot of things that did make me happy. Maybe that's just a normal year? We go through these ups and downs to make us into who we are, even if by the end of the year we still haven't figured out who we're supposed to be. Maybe it's okay.

In 2015 I changed my job 3 times (by complete accident) and hated one job but then loved my new one, I lost my creativity and then found my creativity again, I started to cook more and then stopped again, got addicted to exercise but then lost it a bit, and missed several events that I should've been around for. I then finished the year skiing which again was odd because I'm not very good at it, but I'll save the skiing injuries for another post.  I also found my old diary from school and it included a lot of detail about a friend that we recently lost, it feels so strange to read things in a diary and remember all these memories about someone who is no longer with us.

I think in 2015 I probably felt a little lost. I'd been looking to move house but couldn't decide where to move to, been looking at holidays but couldn't decide where I wanted to go, and changed jobs but struggled to keep my creativeness. I also absolutely loved blogging in 2014, but this slipped off my radar towards the end of 2015 as my life was just taken over by other things.


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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Light it up for BCAM

As I'm sure most of you are aware, October was officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a cause that is extremely close to my heart, so every year I try to at least do something, whether it's big or small, to help make a difference.

I'm very lucky and privileged to work for an amazing company who are very charitable. Avon Cosmetics are one of Breast Cancer Now's official sponsors and every year help make a difference to change lives.

This year we took part in something so exciting… we lit up our office pink!! This was an initiative set by Breast Cancer Now, to help raise awareness while showing support. Many companies across the UK also took part in this brilliant activity and had the press going wild! It was kept a secret until the night of the lighting, and it was so hard to keep it quiet! But it had an amazing turn out and I had everyone messaging me asking what was going on! But they all loved it so it was a great success :) 



Check out an article about Avon's pink initiative in Northampton here.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Making a change

I know I'm writing this post at the end of April, so technically it isn't the beginning of the year anymore - however, when 2015 started, I said I was going to do more activities. I know saying 'activities' is quite an open word and could mean anything, but I just wanted to do more. Do more charity events, do more active events, do more for other people and just get involved more. I didn't want to get to the end of 2015 and be like okay so, what have I actually done this year that's helped other people? Here's a few things that are already sticking out for me:

Charity event

In March, I took part in the Crazy Hats Walk with my work team. The walk is an annual event held at the same place every year and raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have taken part in the walk a few times because Breakthrough is a charity that is very close to my heart. Charity events always get to me, because you know everyone there has been affected one way or another. Reading everyone's reasons for being there and taking part were inspiring yet emotional.

When we'd finished the walk, it was a great feeling to know I'd helped towards making a difference and knew I had achieved something.

If you live local I would definitely recommend attending the Crazy Hats Walk, nothing beats a fresh Sunday morning walk, especially when it's for such an amazing charity.



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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Gaining some pinspiration....

I go through stages where I develop a slightly obsessive craze with Pinterest. I feel like it will help me get through life, no matter what mess I'm in. For example; I threw a paddy the other day because my braces were hurting, and I immediately wanted them removed. So I looked at perfect teeth on Pinterest and suddenly felt a lot better. Ok so I won't look anything like these perfect-teethed people, but we can pretend.

If you're a fellow Pinterest addict (the first step is admitting it), you'll know that I could have uploaded 10 million photos below. I chose these select few because at this moment in time they've really stood out to me; Either because I'd secretly love pink hair, want to go live in LA or just because I would like summer to hurry up. Anyway, here's a few pics that have given me some pinspiration…..

Hair


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Monday, 29 December 2014

My highlights of 2014

I have to say 2014 has been one of the most amazingly eventful years I've had for a long time. Looking back, I can't actually believe so much has happened, but wow has it been a GREAT year. I landed my dream job, reconnected with great friends, made the best new friends, decided to do things that I'd always said I'll do and of course got engaged!!

As they say on Big Brother - "Here's your best bits"

Getting engaged
My boyfriend whisked me away to the South of France in June and popped the question on a BEAUTIFUL rooftop bar in Cannes. I know, how cute. I'm not the most romantic person, so I didn't actually cry at the time, I was just hysterically laughing for a week due to shock and hysteria. However, 6 months later, it has now kicked in - crap. I have to plan a wedding.


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Friday, 10 October 2014

YouTube Friday!

Today's YouTube Friday goes to the amazing Ed Sheeran. Every time I watch this video it just makes me wish I could dance like that - even though I'm pretty sure I will NEVER be able to move like this lady. (FYI - She's Brittany from So You Think You Can Dance)

I don't really feel like I need to say much more, so take a look a the video below, and happy Friday!




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Thursday, 2 October 2014

New York baby!

I've been back from New York 3 weeks now and I STILL have the holiday blues. I've been trying to come up with cunning plans of why I NEED to go back, but so far my boyfriend, my bank balance and my boss won't seem to agree to my plans. I'm not going to bore you all with a whole minute by minute diary of what I got up to in New York (it would take a very long time, the 3,000 photos on my camera prove this). So I'll just upload some main points!

I had to obviously go and see all the main attractions, which they were all absolute incredible. We were blessed with amazing weather, which made the 1,0000 miles trekking and site seeing even more enjoyable. I can't even say which one was my favourite because I was overwhelmed with them ALL. The view from the top of the Rockefella Centre is unbelievable and Times Square at night just gives you an instant buzz. If you're a TV or film fan, then you'll know that more or less everywhere you go, you notice somewhere that has been featured in a programme or film.

Some of the things we got up to were:
  • Shopping on 5th Ave
  • Top of the Rock
  • Empire State
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ground Zero
  • Times Square
  • Biked around Central Park
  • Stalked Celebrities
  • Attended a Diesel show at NYFW
Statue of Liberty
Clearly just posing
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