Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Life: December 2013 Monthly Round Up

Is it seriously 2014?

  1. Back to work on 2nd December after a week off, it was nice to see everyone but I was so tired! Also my friend Lauren fell down the stairs and in't at work so that's rubbish :(
  2. Reading Festival announced that Blink 182 are headlining! OMG. My favourite band back in the UK, I must go!!
  3. Talking of Blink 182 (they are also one of my Michaela's favourites) I traveled up to Birmingham to see the bestie for a long weekend :) I only had to change at London Euston which was good. 
  4. We went to see Catching Fire at the cinema and it was AWESOME! Even better than the first one I think :)
  5. We also went out and it was so much fun, we went to a bar called Jekyll and Hyde and had some delicious cocktails (Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Blueberry Twist, Candy Cane) then headed out to an Australian themed club and everyone was hammered! We just laughed at ll the crazy drunks!
  6. We also got a tattoo each. Mine was just a little cross on my thumb but Michaela got a massive pocket watch tattoo, took nearly three hours! OUCH.
  7. I had the Christmas party at work but it was on a Sunday and I was working on the Monday! I still drank way too many cocktails and shots though....Not everybody from my work came along but a few did and so did some of the Christmas temps which was ace as they are all cool.
  8. Although December started OK I had some bad news later. On the 18th my cousin and Aunt were in an accident and my cousin didn't make it, my aunt was put in a coma and they told us she will have severe brain damage. Although we hadn't seen that for some time it was such a shock and horrible news to hear, it was my mums sister who was hurt, I swear my mums just has so much shit thrown at her and she just gets stronger and stronger. 
  9. We had planned a night out with two of my sisters and my dad a while back, it included a meal out and the Christmas panto, despite the circumstances it went ahead. My mum just wanted us to enjoy it as much as we could.
  10. Then of course we had Christmas and New Years. Check out my Christmas post here, I didn't do anything for New Years in fact I'm writing this as it nears midnight. I'm working New Years Day and don't get paid till Friday :(
  11. I saw Mitch briefly at the end of December, we did some shopping and watched a few films; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Zero Dark Thirty, The Worlds End and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The 1st two were brilliant, the third was good but the fourth not so much....

Fashion: Outfit of the Day

Magic & Sparkle - Christmas Meal and Theatre

I headed out for a meal at the Rock and Rose with two of my sisters and my dad then we went to see Peter Pan at Richmond theatre! So lucky :D 

Here is my simple outfit with dashes of colour and glitter.

Original outfit: Jacket is Kardashian Kollection, Skirt and Top are both Primark, boots are H&M, Bag is New Look, Hair Extensions are from Hairtrade

High Street

High End

Life: Christmas 2013

WOW. Another Christmas done with.
Christmas started on 22nd for me really! But this little post is just about the actual day itself :)
I had to work Christmas Eve and Boxing Day but I still managed to go visit my mum in Birmingham, I trekked up Christmas Eve night and traveled back Boxing Day morning at 7am!!! It was LONG but worth it for that one day with the family. It felt particularly special this year after the rather rocky 2013 we all had. 
I do wish that I had a few more days off as I am well and truly knackered but never mind!
I know that everybody says this but my mum is literally the best cook ever, her food is just amazing. We had a delicious mix of pancakes, fruit, bacon, eggs, sausages, croissants and toast for breakfast then (of course) the best meal EVER- Christmas dinner-followed by rocky road slices, Christmas pudding, mince pies and far too many chocolate and sweets! We played a few games here and there and also a quiz which myself and Amy (my sisters friend) won! OH YEAH! But because I had to catch the coach back to London the next day I didn't drink much and had to have an early night :( 
I received some amazing presents, as always, I shall attempt to make a list....just won't go into too much detail....

Rimmel eye-shadow palette, Rimmel spacedust nail polish, Accessorize socks, notepad, River Island gift voucher, Disney cuddly toy, River Island tartan dress, Chanel compact mirror, gig tickets (5 Seconds of Summer & Taylor Swift), Bourjois nail pearls, Etsy Nail stickers, Harry Potter light stickers, ASOS Selfie t-shirt, Mockingjay pin, personalized calendar, underwear, nightlight, tropical scented candle and candle holder, Languages of Middle Earth book, chocolate, Body-shop Musk set & Black VANS

I hope you guys had a fabulous Christmas and Santa sent you everything you wanted! I know I certainly received more than I could have imagined :D

Monday, 16 December 2013

Fashion: Outfit of the Day

15/12/13- Shopping
Fifty Shades of Blue

I did a little bit of Christmas shopping on the weekend with two of my sisters and my nieces. It was surprisingly mild for December and I didn't need a coat or scarf, my chunky Topshop cardigan was enough :)
Check out my comfortable, cosy look below:
(Excuse my face....)

Original outfit: Jeans are Topshop, T-shirt is Primark, Shirt is H&M, Cardigan is Topshop and boots are New Look

High Street
T-Shirt * Jeans * Shirt * Cardigan * Boots

High End
T-Shirt * Jeans * Shirt * Cardigan * Boots

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Fashion: Outfit of the Day

12/12/13- Work
Monochrome & Metallic
In case you didn't know I work in retail and every few months I receive uniform allowance as you can only wear stuff from the store you work in. It's pretty good as after a few cycles you really start to accumulate a good collection of clothes, I also like that because you have to show all the different trends it almost forces you to experiment with fashion. You also have to find different ways to wear the same staple pieces which is pretty fun too!
Anyway, on my Pass the Candy blog I had started to create posts of my outfits but I have decided to transfer that over to this blog and here is my first :) 
I will try and recreate the outfit with 'high street' and 'high end' items:

Original outfit of the day: Skirt is River Island, T-Shirt is River Island, Pumps are Primark, Jacket is H&M, Necklace is River Island, Nails are Primark

High Street

High End

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas: Gift Ideas for Girls Under £35

Us females can be tricky to buy for so if you are struggling to think up a a present for the sister who enjoys shopping and sunbathing or a girlfriend who loves dancing and drinking look no further. All products are under £35 and I have picked five different styles with fashion muses including Alexa Chung, Khloe Kardashian, Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Hudgens & Miley Cyrus.

Chic yet Relaxed like Alexa Chung & Keira Knightley

Glamorous and Bold like Khloe Kardashian & Beyoncé

Boyish and Cool like Kristen Stewart & Ellie Goulding

Laid back and Stylish like Nicole Richie & Vanessa Hudgens

Wild and Colourful like Miley Cyrus & Rihanna

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Life: December 2013 Loves

Here are my loves for this month, this is a post carried on from my Pass the Candy blog

  1. Topshop Tartan Shirt, £30, I am loving tartan at the moment and this cute shirt would go with so much, I tried it on with the leather shorts and loved the look.
  2. River Island Black Ankle Boots, £38, I love these boots and I think you could wear them out to a party or during the day shopping as the heel is chunky and not too high.
  3. Marc B Pink Quilted Bag, £39, I love a quilted bag, I have a black one that I bought about six years ago and I've used it to death. I adore this pastel pink shade I think it is far more versatile then you would at first presume.
  4. M.U.A Glitter Eye Palette, £4, I use purple and pink on my eyes all the time and with the added glitter in this set it is just perfect
  5. Project Social Jersey, £30, I am such a huge fan of Los Angeles and anything associated with L.A and this comfortable jersey is simply perfect for lazy days 
  6. Topshop Leather Shorts, £30, I have been looking everywhere for a pair of leather shorts and Topshop offered the best fit for me 
  7. New Look Pleather Jacket£29.99, My current faux leather jacket is battered and barely wearable, I bought it from New Look back in 2007 so I am trusting that this New Look will offer me the same style and comfort
  8. One Direction 'Our Moment' Perfume, £19.99, This smells divine! I swear! It is pretty sweet scent with a hint of musk but everyone who sniffs it loves it
  9. Demi Lovato 'Staying Strong' Book, £11, I love Demi Lovato and I honestly cannot wait to read this, I just know it will be extremely inspiring. 
  10. Topshop Bat Symbol Tights, £10, These quirky tights are super cute and I love the cute little bat detail to change up an outfit
  11. L'Oreal Hair Chalk, £15, I have coloured hair extensions and love adding some bright colour to my hair and this hair chalk seems the perfect way to play around with colour
What have you been craving this month? Are you spending all of your money on presents like me?

Monday, 9 December 2013

Music: December 2013 Playlist

So this isn't particularly Christmassy....maybe I should make a Christmas playlist too? There are a few old songs on here that I forgot about but love :)
  1. One More Sleep- Leona Lewis
  2. Drive- Miley Cyrus
  3. I See Fire- Ed Sheeran
  4. Another Sad Song- Lower Than Atlantis
  5. When We Collide- Calum Hood
  6. Fate- Our Last Night
  7. Love is on the Radio- McBusted
  8. Happily- One Direction
  9. Fiction- Avenged Sevenfold
  10. Bad Girls Club- Falling In Reverse

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Music: Avenged Sevenfold Gig Review

Who: Avenged Sevenfold

Where: Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester
When: 30th November 2013
Best Songs: Nightmare, Bat Country
Their first UK tour with new drummer Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold were on top form as their paraded the stage of Manchester performing their greatest tunes from a variation of albums. 
Formed in 1999, the California based band has seen a few members come and go but has always had lead vocalist M Shadows and lead guitarist Zacky Vengeance at the forefront of the game. They were joined by current rhythm guitarist Synyster Gates at the end of '99 and bassist Johnny Christ in 03. Most people will recall their drummer being Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan who sadly died of a drug overdose in the Winter of 2009, this year Arin Ilejay took over the drums and the current line-up came to be.
This is the third time I have seen Avenged Sevenfold live but the first time at a gig dedicated to just them and they put on one hell of a show. The iconic Death Bat symbol was often encased with flames and explosions fired off throughout the set as the audience screamed along with M Shadows to hits such as Nightmare and Bat Country.
They opened up with their latest single Shepherds of Fire from the Hail to the King album and it was an immediate crowd-pleaser, followed by Critical Acclaim and (a personal favourite) Welcome to the Family. Being the brilliant showman that he is M Shadows has a certain knack for making the audience feel like they are the best crowd ever, encouraging screams, moshing and chanting the crowd went crazy every time he opened his mouth.
Of course tribute was made to The Rev and even the hardest of metal-heads was wiping away tears as M Shadows honored their lost friend with Fiction, and, for me, Hail to the King will forever be about the bands greatly missed drummer.
We were also given an outstanding guitar solo from Synyster Gates that, perhaps, lasted a little longer then was necessary but seriously showcased his insane skills, you could honestly feel that everybody was astounded by the pure ease in which he seems to play.
They finished the set with the much-anticipated Bat Country but were shouted back on with an encore where they blew the roof off with Chapter Four and (another favourite) Unholy Confessions. With energy still at a high the band completely owned possibly their most famous song and it sounded just as amazing live as it does on the album from nine years ago. 
I was blown away, more than ever, by the incredible talent of all the members; the speed of Arin's drumming, the ease of Synster's strumming and the vocals on M Shadows are unbelievable. Whether or not you enjoy Avenged Sevenfolds music they are the type of band you cannot help but appreciate and, dare I say, envy.

Avenged Sevenfold never fail to impress with fire, lights, raw talent and constant crowd involvement. I cannot wait to see what they have to offer at Download Festival 2014.


Life: November Monthly Round Up

It's December....Ahhh!!!
OK so November was semi-eventful, here is my monthly round up of the chilly month, maybe bullet points will make it less wordy?

  1. Well it was Bonfire Night which I loved! I am a tad obsessed with fireworks, they're so pretty I just love them. I went out with my dad, two of my sisters, her boyfriend and their three children 
  2. We were giving our next set of uniform for work, wahey! A pair of trousers and three tops for us :) Last time I picked jeans so this time I decided to spice it up a bit, I still have one more top to choose so a post on that is yet to come.
  3. I went to go and see Thor with my sister and it was FREAKING AWESOME. Tom Hiddleston is amazing as Loki and I am a big Kat Dennings fan and I also have a bit of a crush on Chris Hemsworth too.....who doesn't, right?
  4. I had a week off from work where I pretty much slept for a week and watched far too many TV shows (Supernatural, Arrow, Witches of East End, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story...)
  5. I went to see 5 Seconds of Summer at KOKO in London and they were brilliant but there was a lot of screaming, click on the band name to check out my review :) I also met a girl there with similar taste in music which is cool.
  6. I was also lucky enough to head up North to Manchester to see Avenged Sevenfold live too and I am currently writing up a review on the night. I went with Mitch and they were pretty damn awesome, we stayed at the Novotel which was OK, the Christmas Market was on too but we didn't get a chance to look around :(
  7. I went out for food with my sister, dad and his girlfriend at a pub in Cobham called The Cricketers. I loved the pub it had a 'Hogsmeade' feel about it but the food wasn't so great :(
  8. November seemed to be the month every body announced (and released tickets for) their tour dates. Katy Perry, McBusted, 5 Seconds of Summer and Taylor Swift to name but a few. I managed to grab myself some Taylor Swift and 5 Seconds of Summer tickets though. YAY!
  9. I also gave Midnight Memories by One Direction a listen, you can check out my review of that here :)

How was your November? I am excited for December as I will be heading up to Birmingham to see my friend and that will involves lots of cocktails!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Music: 'Midnight Memories' Album Review

Who: One Direction
What: Midnight Memories
Favourite Songs: Happily, Half a Heart, Don't Forget Where You Belong, Midnight Memories

At an attempt to steer away from the rather 'vanilla' image they have One Direction's latest album 'Midnight Memories' is much rockier then their previous two, and while it's great to see the lads mature the overall sound is a tad messy.
As a self-confessed One Direction fan I had plan to listen to the album whether or not I liked the two tracks they released first, as it happens I loved both. Best Song Ever was a catchy pop tune and Story of My Life was a cute song with an Ed Sheeran meets Mumford and Sons feel to it.
There seems to be a great deal of influence from other musicians and bands throughout Midnight Memories and although it is ace that the guys are finding inspiration from others it seems that One Direction are trying to cover every genre of music they can.
Little Black Dress is more then reminiscent of The Beatles and the chorus of Midnight Memories sounds eerily like Def Leppards Pour Some Sugar On Me not to mention the speedy folky guitar playing that is the focus of both Happily and Through the Dark. In just four tracks we have the sound of 80's American rock, British 60's rock and modern folk-rock; it is a little confusing. However, at the same time all of said tracks are catchy, fun with brilliant lyrics and ever better vocals from the five guys. Although I find it frustrating that the album is a mix of different pop/rock genres I still love every single one of the songs on the album and that is no mean feat.
There is, of course, still some heart-felt One Direction ballads that will have us on swooning just check out You & I or Half a Heart that features lyrics such as 'Nothing can come between us/You and I/Not even the Gods above can separate the two of us,' and in the latter Zayn sings 'I'm half a heart without you/I'm half a man at best,' over the top of some delightful guitar strumming.
Annoyingly most people won't even bother to give this album a listen and that honestly is a shame because it is fair to say that, although at times it is a little all over the place, Midnight Memories is a mighty fine third album and shows the One Direction guys are heading in a positive direction. 

What 'Midnight Memories' does is cement the theory I have had for sometime now, One Direction are more McFly and Busted rather than JLS or N*Sync. But the real question is, will then follow in the footsteps of McFly or Busted?


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Music: 5 Seconds of Summer Gig Review

Who: 5 Seconds of Summer
Where: KOKO, Camden
When: 26th November 2013
Best Songs: Lost Boy, Voodoo Doll, Over & Over
With over 1 million followers each on Twitter -as well as on their band account- over 900,000 fans on Facebook and over 500,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel you would not be surprised to know that 5 Seconds of Summer have a rather large, not to mention, dedicated following. You would, however, be surprised to know that the four guys (Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford) are yet to officially release a single let alone an actual album. 
With little to no promotion their EP 'Unplugged' reached number 3 on the Australian iTunes chart. After such success in their home country (Australia) the four lads played a few shows here and there and drew interest from several record labels as well One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. Tomlinson contacted the boys and asked them to support his band on tour and, of course, 5 Seconds of Summer responded with a very excited YES.
9 months later One Direction's Take Me Home tour is over and Ashton, Calum, Luke and Michael are ready to make a name for themselves as 5 Seconds of Summer not just 'One Directions support act.'
Pop/Rock band Young Kato were on first (Made in Chelsea anyone?) and they offered a decent warm up with some catchy tunes.
A little later than expected 5 Seconds of Summer graced us with their presence and the crowd went wild. Literally. (They should have started at 8:30 pm but there were whispers among the crowd that Ashton; the drummer, had split his jeans moments before they were due on stage.)
They started off with possibly their most famous song; Out of My Limit that had everybody jumping and singing along, followed by Eighteen a new track that they have only performed a few times and Voodoo Doll, a favourite of mine that is not available to download anywhere. Next up was Lost Boy with a cute little speech from Luke (vocals and guitar) as he thanked all the fans for their support. He then performed the bands latest creation Wherever You Are all on his lonesome and it was a brilliant performance as that boys vocal talent is through the roof! We were then introduced to the other guys Calum on bass and vocals, Michael on guitar and vocals and Ashton on drums, each receiving the same insane level of screaming from the audience.
We were presented with 12 songs in total; two of them were covers (one of which was a rocky take on Teenage Dream that suited Calum’s voice down to a T) but only five of the songs are available to purchase online.
In fact the majority of the songs are yet to be recorded in a studio so if you want to give them a listen you have to scour YouTube for a decent live copy, this goes for Voodoo Doll, Over and Over, Good Girls are Bad Girls and Lost Boy. However, this doesn't change the fact that everybody in the crowd knows the lyrics and is singing them back to the boys. Although crowd interaction was a little limited (this is the guys first real solo gig in UK after all) the love the 5 Seconds of Summer 'family' have for the musicians is really quite magical and not dissimilar to the adoration Directioners have for the 1D boys but that does mean that there is some obsession that comes with it.
While the bond between the boys and the crowd is wonderful it comes with the price of crying/screaming/general hysteria and this can be a little off-putting. That would be the only downside; the extremely loud screaming, it is a constant. But would this be enough to put me off seeing them live again? Probably not. 5 Seconds of Summer are quite simply too talented, too friendly and too damn pretty to miss.

One thing is for sure is that these lads are undeniably musically gifted, they write all of their own songs and with the youngest being just 17 that is quite an achievement. The lyrics range from being flirty and fun to serious and sad but they are always relatable. 


Monday, 11 November 2013

Hello :)


I have decided to start a second blog :) I will be changing my original blog a little bit, check it out here, 'Pass the Candy' will mainly focus on celebrity fashion as well as fashion designers, fashion week and will also feature articles I write for The Upcoming.

This blog I have titled 'Pass the Cliché' will centre around my real life as well as high street, day-to-day fashion and some of my other interests such as beauty; make up reviews, products I love and hate, music; gig reviews, monthly playlists, literature; book reviews, up and coming novels and much more!
I used to write monthly updates on Pass the Candy and they were some of my most viewed posts (you crazy people) but for some reason I stopped doing them (I am also crazy.) So I will add a monthly update to this Pass the Cliché blog :D

I made the decision to start up a second blog in the Summer and I was going to wait until the new year but I have been to two gigs in the past week an they simply needed reviews! I am also contemplating setting up a Youtube account and doing videos on there. I have friends and family all around the country (York, Birmingham, Worcester, Bristol, Devon) so I thought it would be an ace way to keep them updated as I seriously suck at replying to messages and answering the phone. 

So, there we have it!
Stay tuned for updates in the New Year where the true magic begins. Oooooh.

Love ya,