Friday, 16 January 2015

NEW KYGO DISCOVERIES // IT'S FRIDAY.


 
Okay, so I guess I'm back into the blogging spirit.
 
Last night, in an attempt to find more Kygo remixes that I loved, I discovered two entirely new ones to me. I had never heard the original unmixed pieces before either, but I fell for these two songs, and have had them on repeat since then.


 
They are:
 
The Weeknd - Often
 
&
 
Of Monsters & Men - Dirty Paws.
 
I am going to advise that if you choose to listen to 'Often' it does have some originally, very inappropriate lyrics, so please, listen at your own risk. The remix is fairly clean, although has strong hints to it's original lyrics. I'm only saying this since I know from my google analytics that I have some quite young readers of my blog, and I don't want to end up in trouble for suggesting a really inappropriate piece of music, plus I don't want you ending up in trouble with your parents either (if you're older, then just ignore this!) - it's like watching a Pewdiepie video in front of your parents - generally you wouldn't do it, due to the consistent swearing.
 
Dirty Paws is entirely clean and innocent, and has a great rhythm, and I honestly cannot find better relaxing music than anything Kygo has remixed.
 
I mean, the music is sensual, but not in an overtly sexual way or anything, it's all fairly clean, it's just completely calming, and I guess you could even venture as far to say that it cleanses your soul a bit.
 

  And yes, I do have a great affinity for the ocean, and water, I just love it, and that's part of the reason the bus journey is beareable, I can sit and watch the waves rolling in on the shore, and I once more can feel peaceful.

"Her dirty paws and furry coat,
She ran down the forest slopes.
The forest of talking trees;
They used to sing about the birds and the bees.
The bees had declared a war;
The sky wasn't big enough for them all.
The birds, they got help from below,
From dirty paws and the creatures of snow."

Have a beautiful day, whoever you are, wherever you are, and be sure to take a listen to Dirty Paws, if not Often too, both are very, very calming.

Love, 
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

♡ A BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY // A LOT OF COURSEWORK.

Last weekend was my birthday, and I apologize that I haven't written anything on my blog for awhile, I've just not really wanted to (okay, blatent honesty is honest) but it's true, it's not that I didn't have the heart to, I just didn't really feel like talking (or writing, since I am saying this all in my head as I type this, so I consider it, in it's own weird little way, more speaking than writing, because I do feel like I'm talking about it)
Anyway, so it was a very busy weekend. On Thursday, my mum, our family friend, and myself went out to dinner at the Beefeater (if you haven't been, then you're missing out, it's a sort of tradition with our lot), then on Friday, my mum, myself, my adopted Grandma Wendy, and her friend Roger all went to see a Philharmonic Orchestra playing live Strauss, which, I have already mentioned, I really enjoy classical music, and since discovering Fantasia, I felt like I was in a real live Fantasia.
I'll come back to Fantasia as a point of discussion later!
 I went out on Saturday with my best friend Courtney, we went window shopping (as I'm still saving my money up!), she managed to get a Yankee Candle in 'Fireside Treats' large jar for £9.99 in the sale, so she's a very happy bunny! We met up in town unexpectedly with a lovely friend of mine (Alastair) so Courtney and Alastair got to meet for the first time, and we had a truly enjoyable time walking together, window shopping. Courtney and I then went to dinner that afternoon/evening, at the same place we went to for my 18th, and it was so enjoyable.
Out for dinner with the bestie.
On the Sunday, we had a lot of family/family friends/people who've known me since I was little/a baby, and they came over to the house for a small tea party, which was so lovely.
Overall, my 20th, most definitely surpassed all expectation. It was definitely the best birthday I've had so far, and there was I thinking my 18th would be unbeatable!
Anyway, the whole weekend was beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm also a very lucky girl because I was gifted a giftcard for a large store that sells designers, and not well known brands at less than retail, and when I went in, I had been blabbering about saving up for something expensive, when I spotted something, with a name on it that I recognised:
  

   
Yes. That's a Michael Kors iPad case. (It't the most stunning royal blue - like really, really bright blue, but unfortunately my camera at night made it look black) And yes, it was £19.99. Yep, I was running up to the queue where Courtney was buying a Parma Violets candle squealing loudly to Courtney with excitement. (I really must try to act more my age, but I was pretty darn happy about this find, I love bargains, and this for me, was a steal. Bare in mind the retail price of these can be £50+!)


So that was an amazing find! Courtney got me the Lindt Coconut Lindor chocolates (They're my favourite, so extra best friend points to her!) and 'The Rescuers Down Under' I had already, but got the shiny LE cover recently to compliment it. Yes, I really need to photograph my collection, or compose a collection video, but I'm just a bit ... what's the word please? I don't know, disorganised with it at the minute, so it'll have to wait. I know a lot of people enjoyed the Lilo & Stitch collection video (actually, that's my most liked YouTube video, with 56 likes currently).


I also managed to scoop a copy of Fantasia 2000, and I cannot wait to see it. A huge thank you to Oliver who found me on Instagram and offered to pick it up for me! And yes, that's another shiny LE cover there.



Anyway, I hope you all had a really enjoyable weekend and start to your week, I don't have a lesson until 3pm, but I'm in college early, and having done my coursework, I don't have a lot to do, except drinking tea and hunting the building for people I know. I'm just grateful I've done what I can for now on the coursework and got myself somewhat organised. 
And having just seen my YouTube channel subscriber count, I'm now squeeing inside. 595??!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Nearly 600, I cannot believe it, I swear it was only last month I was saying I hoped to hit 500 or something? Wow, wow, wow. This, the blogging, the YouTube channel, sometimes, I'm sure it's what keeps me going, and keeps me smiling, so thank you. 

Some music that keeps me going: (really beginning to think my taste has become so indie lately, but I don't care, I'm me, that's that)


Love,
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Monday, 5 January 2015

NEW VIDEO // UPLOADING THIS EVENING.

New video is being uploaded this evening, I filmed it at the same time as my previous two videos, I'm glad I did, otherwise there wouldn't be a video tonight, as my neighbours kept me awake all night again. *ugh* But I did have a lovely lesson today which cheered me up. (Plus, having a lie down with Gu before going out again cheered me up too!)


Also had a glasses/sight check today, and despite getting new glasses on Wednesday, apparently since I hadn't had my sight checked in over a year, my prescription has changed again, so I have a more up to date prescription which they can't fit in my new frames (they're Prada frames, and where I get my sight tested does not stock this brand, so I bought mine online) as the materials they use to put the lenses in might break the frames :( *doubleugh* oh well, I'm getting a free spare pair of glasses for home with the new prescription which don't look hideous so I can't complain, although I will continue to wear the Prada glasses whenever I go out as they're not too weak a prescription and I love them, a LOT. I waited 5 years to be able to get some at an affordable price, and thankfully I got them last Wednesday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J78XQF6GqBk

EDIT: Video is linked, you can now click the photo to be taken to YouTube.

Lots of love and SNUGGLY HUGS again because I can,
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Thursday, 1 January 2015

CATCHING UP WITH CLOSE FRIENDS // A WONDERFUL NYD!

Firstly, I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So today, mum and I went and had lunch in a local place, which was lovely and relaxing, and we ended up doing 'The Independent' crosswords, and almost completing it, and a nice couple beside us helped us out on the last two!


We then went and caught up with my lovely friend Holly, (fashionfromalondoner.blogspot.co.uk) and her wonderful family, as they had come down to where I live for the New Year. We had a wonderful catch up, a lot of laughing was done, a lot of university talk, as Holly is currently at uni, and she helped me out a lot with planning for September, as it's what I live for at the moment! She helped me a lot with what I need to take, by giving me ideas that you probably don't think of until you are at university! I can't wait to go, I honestly can't, I'm so excited.

It was just so wonderful catching up with her again, and every time we see each other, it's like no time has passed at all. We've known each other since I was 5 and Holly was 4 (I've probably mentioned this before!) and I asked her if she wanted to play with me on our local beach and we've been close friends ever since! (Darn it blogger, why don't you have a crying with laughter emoticon?!)


She surprised me as well when I asked her what she got for Christmas, and when she had told me, she said "I already know what you got, I watched your video, I always watch your videos" which was so sweet and touching, and really made me smile. *goes all fuzzy*

Anyway, I hope you've had a wonderful New Year's Day, not long now until we're all back at work and college, which I can't tell if that is good or bad right now, but I guess it's another step towards university, so bring it on 2015!

Here's What I'm Listening To Today: (Bear in mind, I don't like Eastenders, and there are a lot of people from it in the song, but they're doing it for charity, so it's all worthwhile, the person I like the most in the song is definitely Jo Brand, she's brilliant!)

Wake Me Up - Gareth Malone's Children In Need Song.

"Well life's a game made for everyone, and love is the prize."

Love and big snuggly hugs,
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