27 August 2014

Songs That May or May Not Change Your life

You know when you come across a song and it instantly makes you happy.  That's how I felt when I heard Mighty Oaks new song for the first time and I instantly fell in love with it.  After proclaiming that they were my new favourite find, I was lucky enough to be able to ask the guys from the band a few questions to find out more about the band.  In the words of my mama 'They seem like very nice boys' and I hope you'll agree!  Enjoy the interview and let me know what you think of their song below too.

 
 
 
 
 
 1.  Your new song ‘Brother’ is one of my favourite songs at the moment, it’s got that whole foot-stomping, upbeat folky feel to it (obviously I’m using very technical terms here!) It’s all about friendship, was there a best friend you had in mind when writing it?
Well thank you very much! It’s a pleasure to hear that you’re enjoying the track. True, BROTHER is a song about friendship, but more broadly about having meaningful relationships to people in life and how important and special that can be. Ian wrote BROTHER about his childhood best friend, Barret, with whom he’s still closely tied today, although they’ve been a world apart for nearly a decade. The two of them were fortunate enough to grow up in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and spent their early years discovering the mountains, the seas, and the old-growth forests around them whilst growing into young men themselves.
 
 
2.  You are all from different places in the world, how did you all meet and what made you decide to form a band?
We met in February 2009 in Hamburg at a small singer-songwriter festival called Melodica. Ian and Craig were based in Hamburg at the time and had recently met as part of the musician community there, and were both playing the festival that weekend. Claudio was invited as a headlining international act. We were able to hear each other’s sets and hang out over the long weekend, establishing a friendship. Ian and Claudio ended up both moving to Berlin in 2010 for different reasons and reconnected to jam out after work and on the weekends. The two ended up fleshing out some of Ian’s previously written songs and recorded our Driftwood Seat EP, which gained over 60,000 followers on SoundCloud after we put it online. Since then, music has taken on an ever-evolving role in our lives and we ended up moving Craig out to Berlin in June of 2012 to formally establish the band and begin our studio production.
 
 
3.  You have toured with Kings of Leon and The Lumineers; did they pass on any advice to you about the music industry or give you any tips on how they got their success?
 We didnt hit the road with the bands for any extended period of time, rather playing one-off shows with them here and there. The Lumineers are super genuine and modest people. They came to our backstage before the show and hung out and drank beers with us and shot the shit for a while. They tour with Budweiser, so it was fun to drink American beer and talk with these great musicians who have been at it for a long time and had finally made their big break. The guys from Kings of Leon keep to themselves, which we can respect.
 
 
4.  Your going out on your own tour later in the year, is life on the road as spectacularly awesome as the movie ‘Almost Famous’ makes out or is it a lot less glamorous than Cameron Crowe would have us believe?
Haha, well, likely much less glamorous than most would believe. Actually, it is definitely less glamorous than most think. Life on the road is hands down the best though: we get to visit new cities, meet new people, and share in experiences together that wed have all missed out on were it not for music. Weve all got our heads on pretty straight though and while we all enjoy a good drink and wild night here and there, were all focused on staying healthy and ensuring that our shows are as tight as possible. Who knows though, this next tour well be in a night-liner and the whole issue of having to drive long hours ourselves is out the window so this may be the demise of our sane working environment.
 
 
5.  Can you tell us a little about your new EP and what your favourite song on it is?
Ah geez, favourite track?! That’s not going to happen. We really enjoy them all and feel like it is a great introduction to us for new listeners. We’ve grown so much since we recorded the tracks, what with all the time on the road, and all the live shows over the past 18 months, but we still love playing and hearing these songs and believe that there is really something for everyone in the EP. The tracks are based in human emotion, whether that be friendship, family, love, adventure, what have you, and they’re written so that people can find something in them for themselves, depending on where they find themselves in life. 
 
Mighty Oaks release their debut EP 'Brother' on Sep 22 via Island Records.
 

26 August 2014

My Favourite Mascara - YSL Faux Cils



 
 
I have wanted to do a 'Before and After' post on my favourite mascara for forever but it's something I just seem to have never gotten around too.


I have posted about my love for Yves Saint Laurent's Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara before but wanted to do a close up shot to give you a better look of the mascara in action.

Faux Cils gives you the blackest of black lashes, it also makes them look longer, more curled and thicker too.  I have tried a lot of mascara's over the years and nothing comes close to this one for me.  I have experienced the same darkest black shade in other mascaras and I have also experienced a similar longer length but I have never ever experienced the volume and thickness to my lashes that this gives me and I think that's it's secret to giving you the best, most beautiful lashes.

I have only put one coat of mascara on in the above pictures (wow, major eye close up alert, apologies) that was just to give you a better idea of what it looks like if your wearing it on a day to day basis.  I will normally always do two coats and even sometimes three if I want a dramatic effect as it really does give you the same look false eyelashes do the more coats you put on but I wanted to show the mascara at its tamest as I know not everyone likes the spider-eyelash effect even though I just love it.

You can see in the picture above how different my lashes look in the before and after, so much longer and thicker and a lot less sparse too.
The other thing I love is your eyelashes don't droop throughout the day, you know when you use some mascaras and it gives you the best curl in the morning but by the afternoon your lashes are heading towards your feet, well this one keeps your eyes looking wide awake all day.

I honestly can not recommend this enough, I wholeheartedly love it and hope that if you've ever been on the fence you give it a wee go as it really does transform your eyes!

What is your favourite ever mascara, I would love to know? 
And what's your verdict on this YSL mascara?

You can by it HERE for £21.95

12 August 2014

Name Necklace




Do you remember that season on The Hills where Lauren Conrad decided every piece of her jewellery should have her name on it, the necklace, the ring, the bangle and then all of us decided that we needed to do the same thing?
Well from then on I have fallen head over heels for anything monogrammed and let's be honest anything LC related too (seriously are y'all as excited as I am to see the wedding, I think it will be a pinners dream).

So when I came across these beautiful necklaces the other day from 'Say What You C' I knew I had to post about them.  They are a little more rough around the edges than the usual name necklaces and I love that, there is something quite industrial about them and I love when something so simple looking can become such a statement piece.

The designer Charlotte will stamp your name or any other word you like I suppose onto a metal bar and no two designs will be the same as they are all done by hand which I think is my favourite thing.

I have really fallen for these, I think they are so beautiful and I can hear the gold bar calling out my name, literally...!

The best thing is they are super affordable too.  The long bar is £28 and the short bar is £24.
You can buy them HERE

Oh and take a look at the sites instagram page as there are so many pretty pictures of people wearing the necklaces and you will get a better idea of what they look like on, check it out HERE

7 August 2014

Perfect Beach Reads - What Would Mary Berry Do Review

                                


'Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can't ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie's had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow - to the letter - recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, 'What would Mary Berry do?'
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . .
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy's sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?'


I thought this would be the perfect day to review 'What Would Mary Berry Do'* as I'm sure most of the nation was tuned into the new series that started last night of The Great British Bake off.
I am the biggest fan of the Bake Off and of the queen that is Mary Berry so all things pointed to me loving this book and I wasn't disappointed because I really, really enjoyed it.

I should point out that Mary Berry herself has nothing to do with this book the main character Marie just uses her as inspiration to become a baking goddess and to get her life in order.

This to me is the definition of a genuine beach read as its so light and fun and is truly funny in parts which is often promised in books like this but is rarely seen, that's why I thought it would be a great one to include in my book review series as it really will make you giggle.
It's also a really substantial size of a book which means that you can get stuck in and become attached to the characters, you feel like there is enough time to really root for the family and all the ups and downs they go through.

I love baking so much and after finishing this book I was desperate to get my piping bag and mixing bowl out to create some yummy cakes as you really get immersed in Marie's journey to learn how to bake. 
If you are a fan of baking or any of the baking shows on TV you'll really love this book.  It will make you smile and laugh in all the right places and it's a perfect book to escape into on a beautiful sunny day.

You can buy it HERE for £5.59
Or download it onto your Kindle for £3.49

6 August 2014

Songs That May or May Not Change Your Life




I just want to put out a little public service announcement to y'all, if you haven't heard about Meghan Trainor and her new song then please click the play button on the video above.  It's literally become my new favourite song the minute I heard it. 
The song really reminds me of 'early Katy Perry' not the sound of it but the lyrics, that sort of tongue in cheek thang that she used to have going on.

Ok, so are you ready to have an epic 3min 9sec dance party with me...?
Turn your volume up as high as it can go, press play and sing.... 'Because you know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass.....'

You can buy the single on October 5th

Because you know I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass 'bout that bass, no treble

 


Because you know I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass 'bout that bass, no treble
 
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