Why I love rock…a fan girls opinion. 

As part of my blog content, you can probably see that I’m starting to cover music. Music is a part of my lifestyle-so that I listen to it everywhere I go, collect Vinyl, interview musicians, etc. But I’m often asked “why do you like Rock?” (because, well, I have Aspergers, and noise doesn’t compute well, traditionally.)

Rock has been one of my favourite genres for a long time now-probably since I bought my first proper CD, Queen’s A Night At The Opera. In this sense, I like the songs, as they are seemingly timeless; I was born eight years after Freddie mercury died, and three after Phil Collins left Genesis. (Go on, guess how old I am, I dare you 🙂 ) And there’s so many enigmatic songs-just who is ‘so vain’? But anyway, my point is that these songs have an enduring appeal-why else would we still be singing them?

These songs and the genre are also a comfort to me. When I go out, or am walking in a city that I don’t know particularly well, I will have my headphones in. It’s a sensory thing-related to my Aspergers-because I dislike so much noise. (Try being at Victoria station-there’s a lot of people, trains, announcements, etc. And it puts my head in a whirl.)

Rock is also something that I enjoy-just the sheer beat of the songs, or how it was engineered over time. These song may be cliched in parts, but they rely more on melody to tell the story of the lyrics. They also have a proper structure. And it was a pioneering era of music-just look at Bohemian Rhapsody!

And, I like this genre, because it’s what I aspire to specialise in; I would love to be a music Journalist. I’ve interned at NME, interviewed Marc Martel, reviewed Lissie, QUEX, and Emeli Sande in concert, met Brian May, and listened to a few albums and reviewed them for their releases. Music is an interest to me. And these are some of the most interesting people I have ever met, observed, questioned and listened to. What more could I do?

 

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My iTunes wishlist

For my eighteenth birthday earlier this year, I was lucky enough to receive a MacBook Air and an iPhone 6s. And I’m a convert to iTUNES, the in-house Apple Music service,where you can download your tunes. But I didn’t realise that you could create your own Wishlist-whilst you wait to have enough money for your next instalment. * Here’s the Wishlist I’m currently curating:

A Kind Of Magic-Deluxe.

This is my favourite Queen album-and I love Gimme The Prize, for the sheer amount of pomp and prestige that Freddie has, in being the Highlander. This album is Queen at their peak, to me; and I wish that I could have seen them performing then. (I was born eight years after Mercury died; go on, work out how old I am!)

No Secrets.

Carly Simon, You’re So Vain? Check!

Not That Kind.

This is Anastacia’s album-well, her debut. And although it can seem a little bit overproduced at times, I love the raw vibe it offers, particularly on tracks such as Made For Lovin’ You and Yo Trippin’. To be more like this woman will always be my goal.

Anastacia.

The album released after Anastacia first survived Breast Cancer. And it’s my favourite of hers! I LOVE Left Outside Alone, as well as the filler I Do. This album makes me want to be a better person.

Jagged Little Pill.

Because I was played this one when I was tiny, and I wish to rediscover it.

Live In Concert.

Yeah, Dire Straits. I love to hear singers in concert-it’s what I wish to do, and is rather fitting, considering I wish to be a music journalist-but I sampled this one, and the energy on each track seems enormous.

Happiness?

The rather feisty Queen drummer put his lyrics to music to this, which has gems such as Dear Mr Murdoch. (I love the drums on the sample I heard!)

The Best of Norman Wisdom.

I recall watching his films as a child-and interviewing his son was one of my first covers-but anyway, Wisdom’s voice has an elegant charm that has been lost in today’s era. His self-deprecating character of Pitkin comes across on the recording at times. (I already bought ‘Don’t Laugh At Me.)

Messenger Of The Gods.

All the solo singles-some unreleased-by Freddie Mercury. (Got to be some good times ahead!)

On Air.

This is a compilation of Queen and various performances on Radio, hence how the album gets its name. I downloaded Modern Times Rock ‘N’ Roll and Stone Cold Crazy, but I would love to hear the rest.

Hello Big Man.

Another Carly Simon album…

Spy.

This is another Carly Simon album; and I LOVE one of the songs, which is called Vengeance. I also really love the video-in that Carly wears an orange dress, seemingly so free, dancing to the melody of the song. (And when I needed it, this was the persona that I pretended to be.)

Coming Around Again.

You could probably call this section ‘Simon heavy’. This is one of my favourite albums of hers-because it seems so mature, in her recording history. And one of the songs, ‘All I Want Is You’, is what I would like to see played at my wedding, if ever I do marry 🙂

Spoiled Girl.

If only for its single, ‘Tired Of Being Blonde’.

Boys In The Trees.

With a gem such as ‘You Belong To me’-the very jazz-esque duet-what’s not to love?

Live At Knebworth.

This is a Genesis EP that I’m not really familiar with, but as I’ve already stated before, I do like to hear an artist live. And the same goes for Genesis.

We Can’t Dance.

One of my favourite Genesis albums, this has songs such as No Son Of Mine, Dreaming While You Sleep, Jesus He Knows Me, and I Can’t Dance. And I would love to be able to (legally) take it with me, wherever I go.

Stripped.

I remember being very small, and this being one of the very first albums that I can recall-maybe at about the age of six or seven. Christina is on top form for this album-and I love how she switches genre, from pop to rock, seemingly gospel, etc.

Back To Basics.

Another Christina album, but I love how this is ‘themed’-in that there’s a forties/fifties/sixties feel, in terms of the recording, lyrics, and album artwork. It has a far more mature vibe than Stripped, and makes me happy-especially on songs such as Makes Me Wanna Pray.

Thank You.

Megan Trainor and ‘NO’? Count me in!

What’s on your Wishlist?

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*As I’m new to this service, I have spent a lot of money, and prefer to do so in instalments, rather than a lump sum. Because I just do not have enough money to buy all the songs I’d love to own…

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What’s In My Blogging Bag?

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Bloggers, I have a general question for you: how much does your idealised bag for blogging differ from reality? Yeah, bit of an odd question that. But for this post I wanted to create what would be my ‘dream’ blogging bag-one that has virtually everything needed, and is small enough to be carted around everywhere. And as you can see, I did cram it quite a lot.

The bag is from eBay-however, I highly doubt that its listing is still up for sale, having had the satchel for a while now. (You can tell by the handle-very tatty, as it is not real leather.) But if you’d like to shop for a very classy satchel, I suggest that you click here to do so.

Anyway….as a point of reference, I had had to cut down on how many photos I upload now, due to almost having reached sixty percent of my total storage on my browser. (Then I would have to pay for more, which I would rather not do.) Also, this post does contain some PR samples… But lets see what’s in the content of this bag.

  • The Bell Jar. I need a book with me at all times! Why? First, because this is something that keeps me occupied on long train journey’s. And besides, I can’t not read them-reading is what I enjoy. (The pages of The Bell Jar are just peeking from inside the pocket.)
  • Filofax. well….if you read this blog regularly, you can see that my Filofax is a regular feature almost. It virtually has everything in it-my blog slots, deadlines, ideas, medication, further progression, etc. And I would be pretty lost without a planner.
  • Purse. Aww, Cats! Got to love a cat! (Can you see why my nickname is ‘Crazy Cat Lady’?) This is where I keep my spare change. It was a purse I bought in Cyprus.
  • Charging block. This was a birthday present, and has been very useful at the best of times, simply so that my phone always has some charge. (How else would I call for help if needed?) I think that this was from Carphone Warehouse, although I may be wrong about that.
  • Phone. I adore my new phone! Having an iPhone 6s for my birthday was a real treat-now I don’t have to wait for web pages to load, or terrible service to reconnect, and I can hear people when I phone them. Sweet!
  • Headphones. Because music is so so good! I finally have used iTunes, and I LOVE to discover new songs, and take them with me wherever I go. (You’ll be seeing more of this on the blog, I promise.)
  • Pen. Because BIC makes my handwriting neat, and I am always in need of a spare pen.
  • Fruu lip balm. This was a PR sample that I received with Little Known Box. (Click here to see my unboxing.) And I LOVE the Mango scent of it-plus, it moisturises my lips well. We all have a stock of lip balms, don’t we, ladies? (Click here to see.)
  • Rings and bracelet. I am terrible, really I am. At the end of the day, I usually take off my jewellery, and put it all in my bag, leaving it to be forgotten about. But Jewellery Box were kind enough to send me a few samples, and I highly recommend them. Click here to see their website!
  • Keys. Ditto.
  • Benecos lipstick (not seen) I’m working with Benecos on a few beauty posts, which I can’t wait for you to see. But their lipsticks are awesome! Creamy in texture, as well as with smooth coverage, what’s not to love? (Click here to go to their website.) I’ll be taking this lipstick with me to special events.
  • Highlighters (also not seen) To colour code my Filofax!

What would you keep in your blogging bag?

 

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Sweet Cheesus Cheesecake Review.

Disclaimer: this post contains a PR sample that was sent to me. I asked Matt at Sweet Cheesus to send me a sample, and he agreed. What follows constitutes my honest opinion.

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Cheesecake!

Good morning! How has your day been so far?

As you could have probably guessed by the title, today’s post is a review of Cheesecakes from Sweet Cheesus-and, needless to say, I was really excited to receive a parcel of cheesecake! (Because who wouldn’t be?) And it was in the post! (The post nearly always has me excited.) Here goes….

Branding:

I was really impressed with the branding. As you can see in the above image, they look good enough to eat! The colours co-ordinate, and overall, they have a very soothing aesthetic. They also have the logo, the ‘note’ they are handmade, although I am not really sure as to what the cow is supposed to denote. (Handmade, not gluten free, something or other?) And they are in their own glass box-so sophisticated!

Transportation:

This is a brand that seemingly has stockists in London, although I may be wrong about that. Anyway, I don’t live in London, so I was surprised that they arrived in one piece-the ice had not melted-and they kept their form.

Taste:

Oh cheesecake…You can’t go wrong, can you? Although I did detect a slight odour on opening, I enjoyed these greatly. The cheese could be a little firmer in its form, and I would have loved for an increased the biscuit layer, but all in all, I enjoyed these. And I am very grateful for having been given the chance to review them.

What do you think-would you try these cheesecakes?

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Click here to buy some pretty sweet cheesecake.

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Divide Album Review. * (Because who DOESN’T love Ed Sheeran?)

Disclaimer: this cd was sent to me a little while ago, and I have been meaning to review it ever since. This was at my own request, and therefore, as always, what follows is my honest opinion.

Good Morning.-

Well, it wasn’t that long ago that Ed Sheeran made his return to music, having not released any new music for a year. (I know, I know, that was a long time!) For this post, I’ll be reviewing Divide (stylised by its mathematical symbol.)

Track listing for the Deluxe version:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle On The Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape Of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I know?
  11. How Would You Feel?
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

Whew!

Let’s go section by section:

Artwork/Booklet:

I like how the artwork is seemingly more stylised than Multiply, in that it’s very artsy; there are less photos of Sheeran, and far more graphics. (Lyrically also, there’s even a woman’s body for shape of you.) I also like how there’s actual lyrics-in an ACTUAL BOOKLET-rather than having highly edited photos of the artist. (Because I want to know what I’m singing along to, right?) I’m overall very impressed.

Songs:

There’s a wealth of them here; generally speaking, the longer an album is, the more I will enjoy it. It is almost akin to a book, almost a journal-going from one emotion to another-allowing for there to be more substance than there is style. (Always a bonus to me.) and there is swearing on this-a departure from X.

My favourite songs would have to Nancy Mulligan and Shape Of You. to me, these songs seem to signify a change of artistic direction-and have more of an edge than the romantic lost boy image, seemingly cultivated for the album prior. (Which is alright, but I do like to see a change at points. Besides, it gives us cool tunes like this!) Nancy Mulligan, whilst sentimental, suits Sheeran well, and I hope his grandmother is proud. It’s a beautiful song.

The only song that I didn’t like (please don’t troll me for this) would have to be Castle On The Hill. I also think that the album could have had a stronger opener than Eraser; to hear a song as serious was a bit of a shock to be honest.

Ed is back. And I’m so envious of anyone who has tickets. Overall, I rate this album 13/15, and recommend it as a gift. Click here to purchase it.  What do you think of Divide, by the way?

From one fan to another,

Lydia

XO

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Benecos Cosmetics Package Review.


Disclaimer: this was sent to me to review at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Ingrid Hume at Pravera!

Imagine this; it’s a rainy day, you’ve been drenched, and drive home in a bit of  a sullen mood. You start to blog, seemingly in a miserable mood, but then the postman arrives. (He’s more drenched than you, by the way.) But he has a package for you!

That was me on a Wednesday afternoon.

Benecos is a brand that I read about over at Kimberly Jessica; I also really liked its USP, in having certified organic and natural cosmetics. (After all, our skin does have to breath, and it doesn’t always benefit it, coating it on make up that has been lumped on.) Needless to say, that was something that I was sold on instantly.

I received….

  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt.
  • Lip brush.
  • Eye shadow brush.
  • Natural concealer perfect coverage, light.
  • Lipstick, peach.

You can see all of these products together as above.

Packaging:

Fistula, for the two brushes, I felt that the packaging was a little bit excessive. Quite simply, it dwarfed the actual product, and whilst opening the lip and eye brushes, I was at risk of mangling the bristles a little bit. (You open up the package from beneath, which expands the plastic pocketing the brush is in.) To be honest though, this was my only real criticism.


Design:

For me, things have to be functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. The products fit the bill in this respect; I live the feel of the brushes, they are very soft. They are also shaped well enough to be twirled about etc., when applying make up. The eyeshadow also has a really nice case, meaning that any excess powder can be caught. The casing for the lipstick is also pretty. The concealer was the only one which could be adapted slightly; the brush is not as flexible, meaning that blending the coverage is not really as possible as it could be. (I used my fingers in the end-not that I advise you to-but it is a good product.

See….just look at this brush!!

I’ll get to the product part of the review in a minute, I promise. Bit a brand that promises to be natural and organic, as well as having a pretty design, is what I love best. Because, well, who wouldn’t?!

But they are jeer than the averge , relatively cheap brush as well. When applying the eyeshadow, the brush really does glide well. And in terms of cosmetics, that’s needed, in order to get a very smooth application, surely? It worked for me.

Although isn’t matte spelt like matte, not Matt? (I’m not sure, that’s a genuine question. Any answers I’d love for you to leave in the comments below.)

Product:

I’ll go by each product, one at a time, for this section, because I can be more logical, as well as chronological, in that order:

  • Natural Eyeshadow Matt.

Now, as somebody who is very shortsighted, I do have trouble applying eye make up, or anything related. But this eyeshadow is soooo nice! Glides on easily, highlights my eyes, and generally stays put. I love it, quite simply. And I think that any blog reader would love it also.

  • Lip brush.

I’m not really sure what to make of this, really. It feels nice, and the lipstick glides on, but it doesn’t seem to pick up much pigment. And it also needs to be really cleaned after.

  • Eyeshadow brush.

I love this brush! It works really well with the eyeshadow, and is designed well enough, meaning that it can be used effectively.

  • Concealer.

The brush in this is not flexible at all, meaning that you can’t actually really blend any of the liquid. This is a pity, because although it looks very orange at first, it blends really well, and is quite light on my skin. I’ll definitely use this for any acne breakout!

  • Lipstick.

I live this product best of all! It smells good, has a thick and creamy texture, and lasts reasonably well.

What do you think of these products? Click here to find out more about the brand involved, and maybe purchase a few.

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

Click here to buy the book.

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