My 2016 Favourites

Can you believe another year has come to an end? Because I can’t. I feel like everytime I blink, a whole 12 months has passed by. Insane. I’ve discovered a lot of things this year, so of course I’m going to do a post dedicated to them and rave about my love for these favourites.

Books

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

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This is Tanya’s second book release. With the popularity proven with the baking chapter of her first book, ‘Love Tanya’, and major love shown for her baking videos, Tanya released this gorgeous book full of amazing recipes which are not too complicated and caters for her entire audience, both young and old. I tried a few recipes with my mother and I highly enjoyed making her  ‘Sunday Cake’ which was adorable to read about an old tradition. There are other recipes from her friends and family which really makes this book so personal. I can’t wait to try making other treats.

Available from WH Smiths for £11.89

Our World by Little Mix

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To be given the insight of life in one of the world’s biggest girl groups of this decade is really interesting. Keeping it real and not over glorifying the glitz and glam that fame brings, Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade share a view of the world through their eyes. What’s really worth commending is that the girls don’t shy away from the struggles they face. Though their face on billboards and their music played worldwide, The 2011 X Factor winners are still very much down to Earth and openly discuss struggles they’ve faced that many of their fans can relate to. I highly enjoyed this book and getting to know the girls on a more personal level. Another enjoyable aspect is that they talk to the fans as if they are on the same level, rather than talking down as if they are more superior, which is always highly appreciated by fans.

Available from W H Smith for £7.99

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LUSH’s Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub

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When my friend, Lily, introduced me to this scrub, I was blown away. More so by the fact that it is an amazing alternative to typical shampoo and conditioner. It washes my hair so well and gives it a lot of volume. If you want gorgeous beach babe hair, this product used in the shower is amazing. I cannot get enough of it!

Available from LUSH  for £8.95

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

November Monthly Favourites 2016

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Hard to believe this is my last monthly favourites of 2016! Next month, I’ll be doing the big annual favourites from the past 12 months. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

24 Hrs (Deluxe Edition) – Olly Murs

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Back with album number five, Olly Murs brings a whole set of songs and this time he’s getting personal, with tales to tell of his recent relationship coming to an end. The album sees Murs at his most vulnerable, really putting his feelings out on the line in the form of art. It’s no ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and definitely no ‘Troublemaker’, but Olly never likes to make two songs sound too similar. My favourite tracks are definitely ‘Flaws’, ‘You Don’t Know Love’, ‘Years and Years’ and ‘Private’, though I do adore every track. I applaud him for being so open without stabbing a knife in the back or heart of his ex.

Glory Days (Deluxe Edition) – Little Mix

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After their lead single from album four, Shout Out To My Ex, took the world by a storm, is it any surprise that Little Mix’s latest release could be considered a work of art? Little Mix change their sound with every album – no two sound the same. Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade have evolved yet again and love is very much the theme of this record. Heartbreak, romance and a sprinkle of sassy attitude, the girls have grown up and so has their music. It’s a big leap from ‘DNA’ and a whole new era from ‘Get Weird’, not to mention a different sound from ‘Salute’ – I think a lot of people would take a strong liking to this new record. My favourite songs include ‘Power’, ‘Beep Beep’, ‘Down & Dirty’ and of course ‘Shoutout To My Ex’. If you’re looking for fun, a good time and relatable lyrics, then this is the album for you.

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My top tips for getting the most out of a signing event

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I recently met Olly Murs again at his latest album signing in Cardiff and with so many people talking online about how they missed out on the opportunity because they weren’t aware. Therefore, I’ve decided to list some of my top tips to make sure you get the best out a signing event.

1. Sign up to newsletters and programmes

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To make sure you’re the first to know about an event, you need to sign up to all the relevant newsletters and programmes. For example, if you are a fan of Olly Murs or Little Mix, you need to sign up to their newsletters which you will find on their websites. There are also some great services where you can get priority access to exclusive events or tickets/wristbands which are available to you before the general public. I’m a member of ‘Pure HMV’ which is a loyalty programme with HMV. You use your card to collect points at every purchase (both online and in store) and you can spend those points on money-can’t-buy items, including priority signing wristbands rather than actually paying for the wristband.

2.  Ticket or first come, first serve?

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Most signings I’ve been to are ticketed/wristband which is usually bought online, but occasionally there are ‘first come, first serve’ events, meaning you need to be dedicated in travelling to the venue as early as possible. If it’s ticketed, find out when the event goes on sale. On some occasions, you may be asked to go in store to preorder the book/CD/DVD and that purchase means you will get a free wristband to the signing. You need to try and get in store ASAP from the announcement. Sometimes there are specific dates you have to go down to the store and others are again first come, first serve from the moment the announcement is made (which was the case for the  latest Olly signing and to my pure luck, I was 2 minutes away from the store!) If the ticket is on sale online, then you need to find out when they go on sale. Get the retailer’s website loaded in advance in two tabs. Two tabs higher your chance of getting tickets, but you absolutely need to be like a hawk, keeping an eye on both tabs because one will be further in the queue than the other.

3. Speak with the retailer who are holding the signing

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Whether you go in store to talk to the staff or just tweet them (there’s a high chance they have a Twitter account for each store or a general customer service account), find out as much info as possible. Ask how much of a crowd is anticipated, find out if selfies are allowed, etc. Just ask as many questions you may have in advance so you are fully aware on the day.

4. Arrive early

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One way or another, you’re going to have to queue. So, make sure you arrive early. Some people do the waiting hours in advance, meaning they’ll be closer to the front of the queue when the doors open. Arriving early does mean you’ll still be waiting, but it means you’ll be getting your turn earlier than others.

5. Respect the staff

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They are there for your safety and protection. I know sometimes they seem a little bossy and you can occasionally get one who is a bit of a control freak, but please just listen to what they say and ask of you because it makes the situation easier on everyone.

6. Don’t bring extra items for signing

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You can only get the one item signed, which is the CD/DVD/Book they are promoting. I’ve seen some parents in particular bring a bulk of merch to get signed for kids, family and friends but there’s just no time. Remember, there are hundreds of people to get through so you need to just have the one item.

7. It’s quantity, not quality

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Usually, that saying is the other way around, but in this case it really is more about quantity than quality, meaning they need to get as many fans in for the signing as possible and you won’t get to have a great amount of time for a full blown conversation or anything, so please don’t get upset or annoyed. I’d love to have had a natter with Olly Murs, Tyler Oakley and the like, but it isn’t possible. A light chit chat is usually possible, you know – “how are you?” “hope you’re well!” “Love you lots” and all that, but this isn’t a coffee date, sadly.

8. Get your phone ready!

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Most days, you can take a selfie at signings or a security guard will take a photo for you. You need to make sure there’s enough space on your phone to take a photo and that it’s ready on camera mode because this makes everything run smoothly and efficiently.

9. Leave the signing area ASAP

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The security need you to move from the area ASAP because there are lots of people that need to be able to get the signing done and leave. Please try and move as soon as you can so the system works like a conveyer belt with no hold ups.

10. Disabled? Ask for help!

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If you or someone who is with you is disabled and is unable to walk (ie: in a wheelchair or on crutches), make sure you liaise with staff ASAP. If you’re in store before the event purchasing the tickets, speak to a member of staff to ask for advice. No worries if you aren’t at the store in advance, though, just arrive in plenty of time and speak to the security guard as they’ll be happy to assist you.

I hope these tips come of use to you. Do you have any tips for signings? Comment below!

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Hold On: the story and meaning behind my tattoo

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Today I thought I’d do a bit of a different blog post and share with you a meaningful story; the story behind my tattoo.

Not everyone is aware of my tattoo, but I had it done 27th August 2015. For most of my life, I never imagined myself getting one, mainly because of my fear of needles. And well, I’m still quite young and was sort of terrified of the thought of having something permanently inked on my body when I could very well change my mind when I get older. But last year, things changed.

Ever since 2010, I used to write the words ‘Hold On’ on my wrist everyday. It’s the title of my favourite song in the world, which is by Olly Murs (are we surprised?). In 2009, I had my first nervous breakdown and it meant I had to not complete year 8 in school. It was a difficult time. Around the time of my recovery, ‘The X Factor’ was on. I didn’t really pay much attention to anything, not even music much (which is insane to think about now) because I was in such a dark place. But nevertheless, I’d sit on the sofa week in, week out, with the family as watching big TV shows such as this one was our family night together. I don’t know what it was, but Olly caught my attention. I can’t really pinpoint what it was, maybe even though a grey cloud was metaphorically hovering over my head, something took note of his charm during his audition and how passionate he was. I’d quietly take note of Olly’s journey through TV’s biggest talent show and I think when he sang ‘The Climb’, which was by Miley Cyrus who was my favourite at the time, it sort of twigged. I knew this song off by heart and sang it all the time, but I guess after taking notice of Olly a lot, it was my distraction and the message really hit home that life is a climb, but the view is great. I was gutted when he didn’t win ‘The X Factor’ and had doubts of ever seeing him again because of how few acts had been so successful following the show, even if he was beyond talented in my opinion. But he proved me wrong, thankfully, and became a hit. I was at a place in my life where I was very self conscious about what I let people know I was into in school so I kept my love for him very quiet, but hearing ‘Hold On’ on his debut album was a song I needed and up to this very day it’s such an important song to me. I used to write it on my wrist everyday before covering it with my school jumper, only peering at the words when I needed encouragement.

As many of you will be aware, in 2014, my dad fell ill. For almost all of his time being poorly and being in and out of hospital, he was misdiagnosed and 2014-2015 proved to be hell for my family and I. Mid August 2015, we had the news that broke us all – he had cancer and it was terminal. I was angry, hurt, upset and terrified. I was so broken, but one night it just clicked- my dad had been a tattoo enthusiast his entire life and even ended up moving into the flat about his regular tattoo parlour which belongs to his best friend. I wanted to get a tattoo and it was at that moment I had never been so sure of something in my entire life. I had the design planned in my head and not too long after making the decision, the hospital gave my dad a few hours release to come with me to get the tattoo. All the doctors and nurses were excited about it and some even welled up when I told them the meaning behind it. I chose to get numbing cream, which my mother bought especially, because I do not do well with pain, but this was so important for me to get. I always knew if I ever wanted to get a tattoo, I wanted it to be with my dad. Time was running out, I didn’t have long to make the decision but it’s one I’d never been so sure of.

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Getting the tattoo was emotional because my dad began to well up over his little girl getting her first tattoo. Inside I was breaking because I knew this was going to be our last father-daughter thing we did together. The hospital had estimated around 4-6 months for my dad, but with them being so drastically wrong in the past, I didn’t hold out much hope. I decided to make my dad laugh by making faces at him while getting the tattoo done, which was weird because it was as though I finally felt what a parent must feel to be brave in front of their child only this was in reverse. The tattoo was done by one of my dad’s friends who worked at the parlour, which made it all the more special.

My dad passed away a few weeks later, Sunday 13th September 2015. It’s been an extremely difficult time and they say time is a healer. I’m still broken but I always have him with me. I don’t know what happens after death, even if I’ve had some theories, but I know if it’s possible, he’s around me in spirit and if not? His love was so strong that it can last an eternity, even if he isn’t here himself.

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On Monday 14th November 2016, I met Olly again for the fifth time at a CD signing. I didn’t have long to talk to him, but I briefly explained the tattoo and his face lit up when he saw the words ‘Hold On’. I did have a letter to give him but couldn’t print it out in time (and my handwriting is abysmal – I wouldn’t want to force him to try and read it!) so I hope to send him a fan email (which I did in 2013 and got a beautiful autograph signed to me, which isn’t normally how he responds to fan mail – just a standard signature) for him to read because I think it’s so important to let artists know the kinds of impact they can have on people’s lives. Music is a universal language and connects us together, so to me I feel it’s vital the artists know what good they can cause with their talent. I may even send him this blog post if it makes things easier to explain, but either way I hope he gets to know the full story someday. Whenever I meet him, I tend to verbal vomit and I don’t always have the time to be able to go into detail, so hopefully getting to read it when he has the time will be the best way to show him the importance.

Would I call this a fan tattoo? Not really. I know many people get lyrics tattooed for the artists they love, but this isn’t about my love for Olly.This tattoo is meaningful for two reasons; it’s about the light he and music brought into my life at one of my worst times. I’m still not whole but I’ve a lot more faith now and I know I can turn to music, including Olly, when I need it most. The second reason being the last father-daughter moment I shared with my dad before his passing which was so personal and sentimental to me.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It was emotional to share, but I’m happy to finally share my story.

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10 songs to help you get over a broken heart

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As a twenty-something year old, it’s no surprise for me to get heartbreaks. True, I am a demisexual, but we also get our hearts broken, too. Just maybe not as much.

I don’t like to talk about personal relationships publicly or on blogs as I like to keep it within a circle of friends and maybe family. But, recently I’ve ended up broken hearted and pretty upset. Like I said, details aren’t needed but I’ve needed something to rely on without keeping on to my friends constantly about how I feel. I don’t want to bring it up all the time. So, I created a pretty big playlist with an explicit name to get my pain out. While there’s a hell of a lot of songs on there, I thought I’d pick out some of my favourites to share with you for either when you have heartbreak of your own or just love listening to music.

1. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele

Adele understands heartbreak and captures the emotions perfectly in her songs. This one doesn’t get you crying into your pillow while eating tubs of ice cream, but rather singing along on the top of your lungs as if you’re confronting your former flame with utmost confidence and happy vibes because you’re better than them.

2. Shoutout To My Ex – Little Mix

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know all about my love for Little Mix and this song even featured in my October Monthly Favourites. The girls describe this as a ‘happy breakup song’ and I totally agree. Even if you don’t have an ex partner to relate this to, they don’t specify what the ‘ex’ stands for, so it could be an ex crush, ex friend with benefit, whatever the reason you ex’d them out of your life, this song is perfect.

3. Stadium – Camryn

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This song is by my friend, Camryn and I really feel like I can relate to this one. It’s an emotional song, but it’s not really slow and it’s telling that someone they’re now all alone in their stadium because you, their number one fan, has left the building. *snaps fingers*

4. You Don’t Know Love – Olly Murs

Olly Murs. What a babe. He’s written some real corkers when it comes to singles and this one really is one you can sing along to and even if you’re hurting, you can enjoy singing along and getting those emotions out through getting powerful with those vocals.

5. Heartless – Kanye West

This is basically the only Kanye song I like. It used to play on ‘Tiny Pop’ when I was a kid and it was kind of catchy. Now I feel like it’s one I can just play when I’m getting low vibes and just listen to when I’m lying down in bed or writing. No words needed, just sit and let the song play.

6. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

This iconic song had to be included because Kelly, girl, you sum it up so well and the tune is a jam. Grab your hair brush and sing into it like the pop star you totally could be.

7. Best Thing I Never Had – Beyoncé

This is probably the one that best explains my situation and experience. It does bring on a tear or two but knowing someone as empowering and inspiring as Beyoncé has felt this kind of pain but can come out of the other side and leads the march of moving on for all broken hearted lovers to be able to get through the other side.

8. Hair – Little Mix

Another one by Little Mix but how could I not include this? It’s such a great tune to sing along to either alone or with your friends as you start your journey of moving on with your life and starting a new chapter.

9. Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato ft Cher Lloyd

Demi has such a fantastic attitude in this song. It’s the attitude you aspire to achieve and emotion you intend to reach after the pain you feel. Plus, it’s really fun to rap Cher’s bridge.

10. Don’t – Ed Sheeran

I really love this song because Ed is such a lyrical genius and this is another great one to jam to. And just a reminder to anyone – don’t f*** with my or Ed’s love. Got it?

What songs do you feel are the perfect heartbreak songs? Comment below and I may add them to my playlist!

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October Favourites 2016

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I’ve been on a slippery slope with monthly favourites as of late. I didn’t know what I actually favoured for some months and last month was my birthday so I didn’t want to do a post then because it’d be pretty bias, not to mention my birthday is the tail end of the month, so it wouldn’t have felt fair to me. Not that anyone is going to get offended. Anyway, this month has definitely made up for it all, with a whopping ten favourites to discuss and share reviews with you.

LUSH Shimmy Shimmy Bar

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After Lily taught me a genius little hack with this shimmer bar, I just had to get it. I’m not normally the type to use shimmer bars, but when she told me that these act perfectly as highlighters, I was instantly sold. It works really well, just as Lily said. It was perfect for when I went to a concert at the beginning of the month and since glittery/shimmery highlighters are all the rage, I felt like it was a right steal to get such a glowing look without needing to use a high quality highlighter which would cost a fair bit.

Available from LUSH for £5.50

LUSH Monsters’ Ball bath bomb

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I was given this as a birthday present and after seeing so many amazing Instagram posts of the bomb in action, I was elated to have this. Using it was so fun because of the beautiful colours that fizz from the product were so beautiful and morphed into a gorgeous midnight blue bath water. This is a seasonal product at LUSH meaning it’s only on sale for a specific period of time, so it’s sad to think that I won’t see this product until next year (possibly, if it doesn’t get discontinued) but it’s also lovely to have limited edition products to look forward to.

This product is no longer on sale 

LUSH Lipstick in Decisive

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Another birthday present was this beautiful lipstick. I’m usually one to wear a red lip on special occasions and for eveningwear. It was fairly long lasting and felt light on my lips, with hardly any smudging. I had a fair few compliments, too, which is always nice.

Available from LUSH for £14.50

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

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I bought this back in Brighton when on a mini spending spree and having heard so many people raving about the foundation that I was intrigued to try it. It’s a full coverage and doesn’t need much product applied to get the perfect and flawless complexion. This was my first high end foundation and I definitely think it was worth every penny, with the product being a luxury and living up to the description of long lasting.

Available from Debenhams for £27

Fifth Harmony’s 727 Tour

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As previously mentioned, I went to see Fifth Harmony perform their ‘727’ tour in Cardiff as my friend, Camryn, was the support act. I highly enjoyed the show and although not my most favourite artists, the girls performance definitely changed my opinion on them and I gained a newfound respect for them as an act. Despite them being the headline act, it was Camryn who made the show for me, but perhaps that may come from a bias point of view having been her friend and a fan for so long. The whole show was amazing to watch and I’ve found myself listening to more of Fifth Harmony’s music since leaving the arena.

Olly Murs – Grow Up

This is Olly’s second single to come from his upcoming album, ’24 Hours’ and I really fell in love with this one. It’s relatable for me on a personal level, but I’m fairly confident that everyone has a story that can track back to this song. The music video was brilliant and cleverly made, also highly enjoyable to watch Olly working with young children. It’s a song I’ve been playing a lot and is on my current playlist.

Niall Horan – This Town

The release of Niall’s debut single was pretty unexpected. We all knew he’d been in the studio, but wasn’t really talkative about his own solo career. The song is so beautiful and I always have a soft spot for acoustics. I felt as though the love song was so heart warming and definitely fitted Niall’s style. Another song I’ve listened to a fair bit over the past month.

Little Mix -Shoutout To My Ex

Little Mix are back with the new era of their upcoming album, ‘Glory Days’ and the first single, ‘Shoutout To My Ex’ is nothing short of perfection. It’s the ideal girl power anthem post-break up and is what the girls describe as a ‘happy break-up song’. The premiere was a live performance on ‘The X Factor’ and showed off the strong and powerful vocals of Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade. The music video is also a fantastic piece of cinematography and highly aesthetically pleasing. It’s no surprise I’ve had it on repeat for the second half of the month following its release.

Our World by Little Mix

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Little Mix’s autobiography released this month which I preordered months in advance. I felt as though the book was very real and hard hitting about the reality of four young girls living typical working class lives across the UK to becoming the first (and currently only) group to win The X Factor and become the biggest girlband of our generation,but at the same time they are fairly humble by sharing both the pros and cons of their careers. I felt as though they talked to their audience on the same level, rather than looking down as they are far superior. I had a lot to say about the book and wrote a review for United by Pop, if you’re interested.

Available from Waterstones for £13.99

The Little Book of Feminism by Harriet Dyer

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I call myself a feminist, since I am for and believe in everything feminism stands for, but I wasn’t fully educated on the background of feminism and how it began, what the origins were. This little book, only 96 pages long, is the ideal book for those wanting to learn about feminism or are intrigued by it, but don’t know where to start. Since fourth wave feminism is currently blowing up in the media, in particular social media and pop culture, this would be the perfect stocking filler for someone such as perhaps a teenager who wants to gain a better understanding of the movement. The book is more full of facts as to what has happened, what is happening,etc. rather than opinion based. It doesn’t go into too much detail, but is great for putting you on track as to understand the basics of feminism.

Available from Waterstones for £5.99

What did you love in October?

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The Best Friend tag with A Mermaid's Blog

The Best Friend Tag

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I tend to mention someone a lot on here and that’s my best friend, Courtney. I nagged her to do this best friend tag with me which I found online and she thankfully agreed to do it with me because she thinks I’m awesome… so here’s what we said!

C=  Courtney, J= Jazz

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When and how did we first meet?

J: We first met online in… 2012?
C: Yeah, 2012.
J: We met through an Olly Murs fan page.
C: With Beth.
J: And we first properly met in Cardiff, when you came to visit.
C: April 4th 2015.
J: I know!
C: A whole month ago.
J: I’m sad…
C: It makes me sad!

Who is your best friend’s hero?

J: I’d say yours is Peter Pan.
C: Yeah pretty much. Yours is Niall or Olly…
J: Well, I don’t exactly idolise them but I don’t know who I do.
C: But out you don’t have anyone definitive you idolise so it has to be one of those…
J: Yeah, back in the day it was Miley but not anymore.
C: Same, still like her music though.

If you could go any place on earth, where would it be and why?

J: Well, if Neverland existed you’d go there.
C: Yes. Yes I would. And probably the same for you.
J: Yep. For places that exist though, Disney world.
C: Yeah, Disney World.
J: For the both of us.

What is your favorite color?

J: Black?
C: No.
J: Oh!
C: You’d completely surprised.
J: Blue?
C: Yours is… *lists the rainbow*
J: Nope.
C: Purple?
J: YES!
C: We’re not good at colours are we?
J: Nope! What’s yours?
C: Yellow.

What is our favorite food?

J: Pizza?
C: Yes.
J: Same

What is the name of your best friend’s crush?

J: Celebrity or people?
C: Probably celebrity because we don’t really socialise!
J: True. Can I say Peter Pan again?
C: No he’s not really my crush – well he is – but he’s not my number one
J: Olly… Oli Skyes?
C: SYKES! Close enough.
J: Oh. Mine’s easy…
C: NIALL!

What is your best friend’s biggest fear?

J: We’ve never discussed this…
C: No not really.
J: I think that yours is like going through life alone or something.
C: Pretty much. I can’t be alone.
J: I’ve told you mine before…
C: Death?
J: Yeah. Started my anxiety off.

If your best friend were deserted on an island, what are the three things she/he could not live without?

J: Cigarettes, Lighter, Eyeliner.
C: Haha, you got me good! Yours would be your phone.
J: And?
C: Umm… Charger… and wifi.
J: YES!
C: Truth.

What three movies does your best friend love the most?

J: Peter Pan, Return to Neverland…
C: Put that as one film.
J: Ummm, oh….
C: What’s my blog about?
J: Mermaids?
C: Book, phenomenon…
J: Harry Potter?
C: YES.
J: What’s mermaids got to do with Peter Pan?
C: It was me getting you closer to wizards and stuff.
J: Nightmare Before Christmas?
C: Yes or Sweeny Todd.
J: Mine are…
C: Peter Pan… Love Rosie…
J: No, I just like Love Rosie
C: 1D?
J: Yeah!
C: 101 DALMATIANS.
J: YES.

What part of your best friend’s body is their favorite?

C: Yours or mine?
J: Yours.
C: Yours is probably eyes.
J: Yes.
C: You have nice eyes…
J: Thanks!
C: Your welcome!
J: Yours is eyes… or hair?
C: Yes and something else…
J: IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR MY BLOG?!
C: *Laughs* It can be!
J: Bum?
C: Yes, I have a good bum!

What are the two things your best friend does not know about you?

J: O,H THIS IS WHERE THE DRAMA STARTS!
C: Ummm… Oh God I don’t know… What don’t you know about me?
J: I don’t know! That’s the point.
C: I don’t know! I can’t think of anything that’s appropriate and you don’t know yet…
J: Uh I don’t know about your first kiss?
C: I don’t even remember it… OH WAIT YES I DO. Basically in year 5 I kissed a boy called CJ – (ironic cause I’m also CJ) and then we caught and after break our whole class got told off for kissing…
J: You caused trouble for the entire class?
C: Pretty much. Umm, the other thing… It’s a bit grim. Sometimes I bite my toenails.
J: UUURGH!!
C: HAHA! Truth.
J: Mine are…. When I was 4 I did ballet and… umm… I once had a fly in the back of my eye.
C: EW.

How would you describe your best friend’s ideal partner/spouse?

J: Yours has to like similar music, trustworthy, funny, up for banter and is willing for you to open up to them.
C: Yeah. Yours would have to be named Niall Horan
J: Pretty much! That is it!
C: Okay, Need to be sensitive but not clingy, up for PJ days but like have a sense of humor as well… Must LOVE Pizza. They must tolerate your low confidence, understanding of anxiety, put up with your fangirl obsessions and love Disney!
J: Yep! *Sings Disney song*
C: And put up with your singing
J: HEY! That’s rude.
C: *laughs hard* WHY AM I SO FUNNY

How long does it take your best friend to get dressed?

J: 45 minutes including make up?
C: Usually yeah. Yours is 20 mins minus make up.
J: Yeah.

Which is your best friend’s favorite season and why?

J: I’d say summer for you.
C: Yeah. Yours is probably winter.
J: Nope.
C: Summer?
J: Yeah.
C: I thought winter because you’d have an excuse for not going out…

What is your best friend’s dream job?

J: You’re studying psychology so psychiatrist or something?
C: Yeah.
J: You can sort me out for free…
C: Yours is journalism.
J: Yep!

I hope you enjoyed this little post and I hope it helps you get to know Courtney AKA A Mermaid’s Blog better. Make sure you go check her out! I tag you all to do this with your best friend and comment a link to it below whether it’s a Soundcloud, blog or YouTube video.

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My Bucket List

Throughout my teenhood, I’ve made many attempts to create a bucket list. But there’s something that I never really took into consideration – what goes on my bucket list should be something I actually really want to do that I want to remember for the rest of my life – not something that sounds cool and impressive.

After reading this post by Mali-Koa Hood, I decided that now I’m so close to entering my third decade and have matured since my last attempt, that I should write a bucket list. One that I can stick to with goals I actually want to achieve. Note that this is not in any particular order of what I want to do most or first.

Checked box symbol Completed
X in box symbol Yet to complete*

 

*Credit to Mali Hood – I couldn’t find a tick or cross anywhere else!

My Bucket List 

Meet Olly Murs Checked box symbol (completed x4)

Olly and me

 

 

Meet my favourite bands X in box symbol (Update: 17th April 2016 – I met Michael from 5SOS, so We’re a percentage of the way!!!!)

Meet my online friends Checked box symbol

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Tash and Jazz

 

Get a paid job as a journalist Checked box symbol – Complated March 2016

Spend a week in London to explore, discover and shop X in box symbol

Interview an Oscar winner Checked box symbol

Visit California X in box symbol

Swim with dolphins X in box symbol

Give blood X in box symbol

Attend The Brit Awards X in box symbol

Attend London Fashion Week X in box symbol

Visit Paris besides Disneyland Checked box symbol Eiffel Tower x

Have a conversation in another language Checked box symbol (wasn’t the greatest, but it counts, right?)

Go on holiday with my best friend X in box symbol

Get a meaningful tattoo  X in box symbol

Stand front row at a concertChecked box symbol Completed 5th June 2015

Meet my soulmate X in box symbol (It’s Niall Horan until I actually meet my soulmate, okay?)

Attend a world premiere Checked box symbol

Visit Times Square X in box symbol

Walk down the Walk of Fame in Hollywood  X in box symbol

Go glamping X in box symbol

Attend a festival X in box symbol

Feed a baby animal X in box symbol

Take my gran to Florida X in box symbol

Go snorkeling  X in box symbol

Visit a tea roomChecked box symbol completed August 2015

Have a song written about me X in box symbol

Go on a Disney Cruise X in box symbol

So, there’s my bucket list. Full of a ton of things I’ve been wanting to do for a while but never realised how much I really wanted to do it until recently. I’ve made a start, so that’s positive!

What’s on your bucket list? I love to hear about people’s hopes and dreams, so if you have a blog post about your bucket list, please link it in the comments so I can read!

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I spent a week with a mermaid!

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So, as I excitedly explained on my social media sites a numerous amount of times, just over a week ago, my dear friend Courtney AKA A Mermaid’s Blog  (formerly known as Find The Lost Girl) travelled from Stevenage, Hertfordshire to visit me for about a week here in Wales. We have been online friends for almost three years now having digitally met via a Facebook fan page for our favourite singer, Olly Murs. After Skyping, Facetiming and just talking probably more than we talk to our friends who live near us, we eventually arranged to meet up. My parents were happy to let Courtney stay with us for a couple of days and after months of excitement, the day finally arrived.

I stood at Cardiff Central bus station with slight anxiety and adrenaline. As the London bus pulled in, I rapidly began texting “Is this your bus?” but no reply. As soon as it pulled in, I had a call.

“Where the hell are you?!”

“I’m literally right by the National Express office you can’t miss me.”

“I can’t- OH MY GOD I SEE YOU”

“Grea-”

Call Disconnected

I look up to see a very familiar face running across the crossing with a suitcase lugging behind her. My face lit up as I ran towards her and she mimicked my actions. We ran to each other, screamed and hugged before bursting out into tears. At last, we had finally met.

Courtney and Jazz first selfie
Our first selfie! Still red eyed from crying…

We only had 5 days together as CJ (her nickname, so you know) had to get back in time for a concert, but we made every moment memorable. From blogging to spending quality time watching films, from shopping to a make over. We did so much in such little time.

I’ll write an overview of each day as so much went on.

Day One:

Courtney and I met in Cardiff after she arrived from London which was a transfer from Stevenage. We got really emotional before catching a train back to my place. We had a night in to watch Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and just chatted the night away before watching one of our favourite films, Peter Pan in Return to Neverland.

Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!
Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!

 

Day Two: 

After a very lazy morning together, my mother, our friend Denise and I took Courtney up a local Welsh mountain to walk Louis and Pepsi and for CJ to see the breathtaking views of the Welsh Valleys. It was also my stepdad’s birthday but he had to work. I managed to give him his present, which was this video from a member of the cast from Game of Thrones wishing him a happy birthday. Needless to say, he was really happy! Courtney and I then spent the evening watching The Fault in Our Stars.

Day Three:

My stepdad’s birthday was on the Sunday but he was working, so today we had a tea party with my stepbrother, my gran and some family friends visiting alongside CJ and I there with my stepdad and my mother. Denise made an amazing cake for his birthday in shape of a Welsh rugby ball. We later went to my local carvery for dinner before watching Love Rosie on DVD.

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Day Four: 

We had an early rise before going to my favourite little cafe, The Potting Shed. It’s the cutest little place for breakfast and I think Courtney enjoyed it! We then went to the Welsh history museum, St Fagans, where we looked around the old buildings from the past as well as making friends with a sheep! We called her Dolly. We headed home before taking Louis and Pepsi to the beach for a walk and headed to a little ice cream kiosk which ran out of ice cream and made the world’s worst tea. Never again! I also introduced Courtney to the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. I was rather shocked she had never seen it considering the moment it released, thousands of teens and tweens headed out to the cinema to watch it.

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So much cuteness from The Potting Shed!
Breakfast
Breakfast
Courtney xxxx
Courtney and Polly!
Jazz and Polly
Polly and I chilling

Day Five:

This was the day we had been planning for a long time. We both love shopping, especially for make-up and beauty products, so I took CJ to Cardiff to go shopping. We went to a number of shops but the best ones being Superdrug Beauty Studio (the only one in the UK), LUSH, Blue Banana (which Courtney fell in love with), The Disney Store and The Body Shop where we booked in for a free makeover. Sadly, when we got home, we forgot to take close ups of our make as we were so tired after a long day. I also took Courtney for her first Nandos. Thankfully, they have Vegetarian options!

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Nandos do pretty great vegetarian options!

 

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Chilling in Cardiff!

Day six:

The day of dread. The day Courtney heads back home. As she packed her bags, we headed to the train station with our heads hanging low with sorrow before boarding the train and headed back to Cardiff central. We spent two hours in a coffee shop for a final chat before the coach arrived. I was welling up. The past few days had been so much fun and now it was all coming to an end. It flew by so fast. As I hugged her before she boarded her coach, we said “see you soon” because we refuse to say goodbye. “Goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” as Peter Pan once said. Cliche? Cheesy? Yes. But we’re fans, so we stuck by it.

My few days with Courtney was so much fun. We did so much and just had a great time in each other’s company. It wasn’t the last time I will see her, though. We’ve already started making plans for her return in the summer and our reunion in London some time this year for a party. So, it’s all good!

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I had my first kiss with Olly Murs… and fainted

Hello, you beautiful people!

Friday, as you know, was Good Friday. I think you could pretty much say that my Friday was rather damn good. It was the day I was reunited with my alltime favourite singer, Olly Murs!

Knowing that Olly meets fans outside the venue for each tour, there was no way that I was going to pass up the opportunity to make his acquaintance. My friend, Cassie, and I went to the back of the arena and waited. And waited. And waited. We probably waited a total of 3 hours and had to stand the entire time. Finally, a security guard with a sexy strong Irish accent walked over and asked “if I bring out Olly, will you promise not to break the barrier? If you break the barrier, then I will take him back in. Promise?” we made the promise and around 20 minutes later, a short Essex bloke came out and roars of screams pierced my eardrums. Cassie was bursting with excitement as he finally got to us. She managed to get a selfie with him. The excitement in her face was enough to light up an entire shopping centre at Christmas. Once he had seen Cassie, it was my turn. Finally. I could hardly wait.

“Hi O-”

“OLLY OLLY OLLY OLLY!”

A woman behind me frantically pushed in front of me. Olly’s face was a bit surprised and mine was furious. I bit my tongue and just patiently waited. Finally, it was my turn.

“Hi Olly!”
“Alright, Darlin’?”
“Could you please do a quick message for my best friend, Courtney? We met because of you online and tomorrow she’ll be coming to Wales where we will meet in person.”

“Of course!”

I shakily pressed record on my iPhone.

“Hi Courtney, lots of love, Darling!”

“Thank you!”

“No problem, babe”

He proceeded to take a selfie with me.

“Olly, can I get a k-”

I stopped myself. Don’t be so silly, Jazz. 

Suddenly I felt a pair of lips linger on the corner of my own. Olly extended his arm to take a selfie on my phone. A quick click and it was over, but the lips had now moved to match mine. He quickly but softly pecked my lips before saying “thank you for coming today.”  I hugged him and pecked him on the cheek.

“Thank you.”

Olly and me

Before I knew it, security were pushing us away and Olly was escorted in the opposite direction. Cassie was squealing and without even realising, so was I. I just had my first kiss. Not with anyone, but Olly Murs. My favourite singer ever. We kissed. We kissed. 

The rest of the time up until the concert was quite a blur because it was constant queuing. When we finally got there, we bought some merch and went into the photobooth for some pics. Finally, it was showtime.

Olly is such a spectacular performer. He always gets the crowd going with his flawless voice, incredible dance moves, irresistible charm and cheeky banter. The entire concert was amazing… until the end.

I basically had no sleep the night before and didn’t eat the entire day due to excitement. I then proceeded to wait  outside the arena from 2pm until around 5:30 and met him before queuing for a very long time to get into the arena. This was a standing concert so I was on my feet up until the last 20 minutes. Everything was like it was in another room. Olly on the b stage, just meters away from me and instead of my usual happy vibes at a concert, I felt weak and dizzy.

“Alright?” Someone asked. I don’t know who, but I could hear a droned voice. Suddenly there was gasping and I saw black spots in front of my eyes.

I didn’t fully faint but I was basically almost blacked out and it triggered a panic attack so I panicked my way out of fully fainting. It felt weird and something I had never ever experienced before. I was scared. The crowd were angry when I pushed my way through to try and leave.

“What are you playing at?!” asked one intoxicated woman.
“I’M GOING TO FAINT!” I snapped as I shakily pushed through the crowd.

I got outside and broke into a full panic attack. Poor Cassie looked worried and I felt the weight of the guilt sit on my shoulders. I had ruined this for her.

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There was no need for a zoom on this… swoon.
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Literal sweetheart
Cassie and me
The photo booth pre concert. As you can see, my fringe was not my friend and in the first pic, I wasn’t ready.

The medics were wonderful and helped me recover. My mother and Cassie’s mother were called to the venue and they sneaked Cassie’s mother in to the venue to take my place with Cassie for the remainder of the concert. I left the venue broken hearted that I had missed the end and spoilt it for Cassie, but I was reassured by her mother that Cassie still enjoyed herself and wouldn’t have met him without me. I also made Courtney ecstatic with the video and had my first kiss. I guess, in the end, if I had to choose to faint afterwards to achieve what I got from Olly, I would have taken one for the team. Oh, the shame. Not!

Overall, it was a truly amazing show and a memory I will forever keep treasured. Thanks, Olly. Hope your girlfriend doesn’t mind. No hard feelings, yeah?

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.