50 Things That I’m Excited For. 

Here’s another one for the fifty things series….here’s what I’m excited for!

  1. Anastacia will be performing at the Brighton Centre in June. Her concerts are really good-as well as cool-and I love to just have a good singalong to old hits I used to listen to.
  2. Soon to be starting my NTCJ course.
  3. Leaving college. Whilst it has been a bittersweet experience, and I’ll miss some elements of the instution, I want to begin my journalism career, and start to write, be trained, interview people, etc.
  4. I have an interview coming later this year…I can’t wait for you all to read it!
  5. Alfie Boe and Michael Ball will also be playing Brighton in December.
  6. Further blogger collaborations to come.
  7. The end of Pretty Little Liars-just WHO is this mysterious A.D, what do they want, and why?!
  8. Kingsman two is coming out later this year. Because who wouldn’t want to see a sly film with moments of comedy, complete with a now resurrected Colin Firth?!
  9. Constructing a guest posting fortnight.
  10. How To Stop Time By Matt Haig is coming out-as a fictional novel, it looks awesome, and I can’t wait to read it.
  11. The release of The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. It made me cry!
  12. An interview with Rowan Coleman coming in June.
  13. Trying to monetise my blog.
  14. Still filing my column!
  15. Lissie will hopefully be playing a few U.K. shows, later this year, and maybe with some new music, although don’t quote me on that.
  16. Brain May and Kerry Ellis may be touring also.
  17. Christina Aguleria also may be releasing a new album.
  18. Pilates!!
  19. People’s birthdays-I love to create funny gifts to give to them, complete with my verses, in order to make them smile.
  20. Starting to get more involved in Blog chats.
  21. The publication of Sylvia Plath’s letters-in a fuller volume. More blog content to come soon!
  22. Queen Extravaganza have been teasing a new projects that’s ostensibly underway on their social media…
  23. And who wouldn’t be excited for them maybe touring!?
  24. New monopoly boards.
  25. A mental health magazine that is being set up by Nicole at A Beautiful Caos.
  26. The new pandora collection.
  27. The Hilary Clinton biopic. I would love for this to be released in the UK-and just because she’s one of my heroes.
  28. Finishing my exams.
  29. Finishing education overall.
  30. Not being judged by people my own age for my clothing choices.
  31. The end of PLL. Oh wait, I already mentioned that…
  32. A new John Grisham thriller.
  33. Even more Blogger collaborations!
  34. Working with a new US-based PR agency.
  35. Dawn O’Porter’s new book.
  36. Jodi Picoult may be releasing a new book?
  37. A new novel that I can’t say too much about…
  38. Ann Shoket and her book. Let’s hope it comes to the UK!
  39. The Little Mermaid-the live action remake.
  40. Blogosphere magazine and their new ventures.
  41. Utilising an iPHONE for this blog.
  42. Utilising a MacBook for this blog.
  43. JFK 100.
  44. Shopping for new clothes! Gotta get kitted out to look like a Journalist…
  45. Ed Sheeran is touring.
  46. Phil Collins is also touring.
  47. Pitch Perfect Four is rumoured to be in production?
  48. Living up to the expectation of the 365 day challenge.
  49. Finishing the 365 day challenge.
  50. Blog chats!

What are you excited for?

Lydia

XO

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Why I started Blogging….


Hello!

I’ve been running this little blog for a while, now-five years. A full half a decade. (Just writing that makes me feel quite old-it seems only yesterday that I started this blog.) It’s about time that I explained why I started Blogging, right? Hence why I thought today’s post should explain why..

As a younger teenager, I use to read Shout Magazine a lot; to be honest, it was largely because there just was not something on the market for people my age. It was seemingly content largely based on beauty, boy bands, and problems. (There was not a lot about careers-I wish there was, and that there would be more now.) Anyway, there was a two page spread about Blogging-showing some great blogs, complete with a how to guide. (Blogging hadn’t really taken off-Zoella wasn’t on our horizons, yet.)

I wanted in.

Blogging just seemed really cool-and something glamorous, exotic, even exciting. Who wouldn’t want that?

I was the teen who loved words-bookish, awkward, slightly geeky, and yet to be diagnosed with ASD. (That would come later-and I’ll maybe go into this later.) But as somebody who was constantly writing words-diaries, poetry, etc-this was something I wanted to do. I didn’t really have an ambition at this point-as in, what I wanted to do, career wise. (The prefix of Journalist came later.)

So, this blog started off as Musiclover25.wordpress.com-based on my birthday date, as well as my Bluetooth name, for a phone I owned at the time. (So cool, ha ha!) I blogged about anything that came to mind-but as pages, rather than posts. I was a rookie, learning on the job. (Because who wouldn’t love playing about with the free WordPress themes?)

Then I really got into history…so, instead of writing about fashion-I know more about style than trends-I started writing about history. So, Anne Frank, people like that…But it was still a mesh of subjects. I even published some lousy drawings I’d made via the programme Paint. People at my secondary school promoptly found this site-in spite of using a pen name-meaning that I was promptly mocked. And not in a nice way, either. (But I still wanted to write-it’s what I do.)

Finally, I found out about Sylvia Plath, and Stacey Duigud. They because my namesake-the women of  ‘Mademoiselle’, glamourous and exciting, I could semi-emulate them, whilst writing under the umbrella of ‘lifestyle’. 

Blogging has been a way for me to build up a publishing reputation-I can practice many different skills such as photography, being disciplined or a deadline, writing, coordinating extra content, and formulating my opinions. And at the end of the day, I’m very grateful,I took the plunge.

How did you become introduced to Blogging?

Lydia

XO

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Sylvia Plath And The Haunted Reader By Gail Crowther; Review. 

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me from Fronthill Media, the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to read this book, and asked to review it. What follows constitutes my truest thoughts.

As readers will know, I am an avid fan of Sylvia Plath ; I have been that way since about the age of thirteen, having been introduced to her via (the now defunct) Company Magazine. (Because wonders will never cease!)
There is a rather stereotyped image of Plath, which I think is now partially down to her committing suicide. But she was not just this image of a Depressed wife, seemingly stuck in  shadow of her husband, Ted Hughes. Rather, she was vibrant, seemingly dancing to the beat of her own drum; she wrote almost as with this electric energy. And if anyone sees me reading one of her books, they always raise their eyebrows, making ‘oh’ noises as the perceived content.

At the time of writing this post, I have yet to finish the book; I’m sort of muddling through, due to other commitments such as revision. I’m not sure I necessarily understand it as much as I should, in spite of the fact that it has been coached from an easy writing style. I’ll let you know how I get on with it.

I also think this book is quite radical in its thinking-in the sense of being a new way of thinking about Plath. Rather than being a mere academic subject, she is personal to every reader, meaning different, vibrant, and almost as if alive in our own heads. And I’m grateful to Crowther for doing this, as it’s a brilliant concept.

Score: 11/15

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25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag.

As any Blogger will know, we can get ‘Bloggers Block’-which is essentially the same as Blogger’s Block, but we just do not know what to post. Therefore, I googled possible tags I could post-and found ’25 Get To Know Me Questions’. (You can see the post here.)  I wish to tag anyone who wishes to also write this tag-I’m not tagging any specific blogger, as I think they are tired of it, with the amount of tag posts I write.

1. What is your middle name? 

Keren. And surprisingly, very few people can spell it correctly the first time they hear it! 

2. What was favorite subject at school?  This varied a lot over the years, due to subject changes, or if I was really struggling with a particular unit. I really liked English-and as a wannabe Journalist and Blogger, why wouldn’t I?-but I also loved Media, as we had to make a magazine cover and spread. But now I really love politics.

3. What is your favorite drink? This depends on what mood I’m in, or if I’m sick. I love a hot strawberry Ribena when I’m sick (works wonders, trust me!), or Elderflower. But I also really enjoy a Strawberry Frappe from Starbucks. (I drink neither tea or coffee.)

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Good question. This would probably have to be ‘Flash’ from the Queen Rock Montreal album. 

5. What is your favorite food? Macaroni cheese! Lasagne! Spag Bol! Icecream! Curry! (Trust me, what I really love tends not to be very healthy.) 

6. What is the last thing you bought? I think a box of Strawberry liquorice from Tiger, although I may be wrong about that. (Although I am intending to buy a new planner, which sort of counts towards the question-I’ve already bought it in my head.)

7. Favorite book of all time? I can’t single out just one book! For the amount I read it would be a struggle to just pick one. But I love The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Bell Jar, Searching For Grace Kelly, How To Stop Time, The Storyteller, The Summer Of Impossible Things….

8. Favorite Colour? Pink!

9. Do you have any pets? A cat and a dog.

10. Favorite Perfume? Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. 

11. Favorite Holiday? Probably either when I visited Boston, and got to go inside the John F Kennedy library, or when I went to Amsterdam, and went to visit the Anne Frank House. These have both been goals of mine for a long time.

12. Are you married? Nope. 

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? I’m not sure as to how many times, but I have been out of it-and you can tell that from two questions above this.

14. Do you speak any other language? I really wish I could, but I can’t. I studied Spanish for my GCSE, but I have trouble learning any language, as it becomes very muddled in my brain. 

15. How many siblings do you have? I am one of five. 

16. What is your favorite shop? Again, this is a question that depends on my mood at the time. I love Paperchase for all of its pretty notebooks, Washi Tape, and anything planner related. But I also love Smiths for its collection of magazines. 

17. Favorite restaurant? Ed’s Diner. I love that it has jukeboxes at each table, complete with fifties rock songs. Jailhouse Rock anyone?

18. When was the last time you cried? Ditto.

19. Favorite Blog? I love a lot of blogs, but I can’t write them all here. I love Gala Darling, A Beautiful Chaos, Philofaxy, Country Katie UK, Dorkface…I also sometimes look back at blogs that are no longer active-so, Gem Fatale, Oberjean.

20. Favorite film? There are a lot, I can’t just pick one! So, Funny Face, Bridge Of Spies, State Of play, Jackie, and many more. 

21. Favorite TV shows? I think I’ve started to prefer Netflix, as there’s a lot less reality TV, and more choice. But I do like Line Of Duty, Saturday Night Takeaway, and The missing. I also LOVED Raised By Wolves. (Why, just why, was it cancelled??)

22. PC or Mac? I now have a MacBook Air…

23. What phone do you have? An iPhone 6s in Rose gold.

24. How tall are you? Less that six feet, but more than four…the long and the short of it-no pun intended-is that I don’t know. 

25. Can you cook? Nope!

Lydia

XO

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A Trip To Waterstones, And On Making A List Of Books I Would Love To Read…

Books. Books! Lovely books.

Whenever I go to Waterstones, I always compile a list of books I wish to read; after all, of there is any purpose I can have, it could be to cram by brain with what a book gives, and pass the information on. Anyway, here are a few photos I took to share with you all..

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Shulman.


I am fascinated by magazines, how they are formed, layout, etc. Vogue, according to this book by a Now ex-editor in chief, has been around for a century, a full one hundred years. Surely I could pick up some culture, clothing tips, etc, along the way? Style is what remains, and what I hope to one day possess.

Karl Marx by Gareth Stedman Jones.


Despite the fact that I study politics, I still find Marx quite hard to understand, and to get to grips with. And yes, I know that he wrote The Communist Manifesto, but I can’t interpret this very easily. And biography has a lot to do with the actions an individual has intent to do, I feel. Anyway, I want to express about the antithesis of the Democratic ideals I love.

Imagine Me Gone By Adam Haslett.


It was largely the title of this one that caught my eye.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan.


This is a book that I have wanted to read for a while. A summary of the blurb essentially is that somebody is missing, possibly kidnapped, and is writing to an agony aunt, sending a signal to find her. And there’s a twist! I love a drama, as well as a detective book, and would love to read this.

Insane Clown President By Matt Taibbi.


For all his controversy, I want to read about Donald Trump, in order to understand him, his impact, etc. That way, I think I’d be better equipped to understand this new form of politics.

What books do you hope to read?

Lydia

XO

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Things A Woman Should Know About Style Book Review. (Currently I’m Reading…)

Disclaimer: this is a proof copy that I was sent to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe at Carlton Books.

Remember Fashion? That very controversial subject-it raged over the fur debate, is still a major industry, and bloggers are now sat on the front row, complete with its own hashtag. One thing that strikes me about this book is that it seemingly does not like fashion-and prefers style as the alternative. (Jacqueline Kennedy had style, yet it is her ‘look’ that endears today. Fashion comes, fashion goes, which is the most notable difference.) So far, so good.

The further I progress through this book, however, the more I think it has a little bit of a snarky tone; there are claims such as ‘cheap clothes don’t look good on people over thirty’. What exactly are cheap clothes, anyway? Mine are largely pieces worn over and over, from places like H&M; I see nothing wrong with these. They fit well into my style of wannabe preppy student, anyway. 

However, my favorite thing about this book is that it uses history to back up its arguments; the twenties and thirties had style-courtesy of Coco Chanel, who is then partially quote on one of the pages. And it gives examples of fashion by era-seventies, eighties, nineties, etc.

This book is ideal for a style-conscious friend, a fashion blogger, even as a Mother’s Day gift. Yet, I’m not sure it’s entirely for me.

Rate: 8/15

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My favourite books list. 


Books are life, and life is books. These are my list of my favourite books:

  • The diary of Anne Frank.
  • Searching For Grace Kelly.
  • Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan.
  • Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon.
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
  • Pain, parties, work; Sylvia Plath in New York, 1953 by Elizabeth Winder.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Big Life by Ann Shoket.
  • First woman by Kate Brower.
  • Dear Pussycat by Helen Gurley Brown.
  • We are all made of stars by Rowan Coleman.
  • The book thief.
  • Reading Jackie by William Kuhn.
  • The Help.
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
  • Sherlock Holmes.
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.
  • Deathless.

What are your favourite books?

Lydia

XO