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5 artists that are ones to watch in 2017

As we get into the swing of things in 2017, there’s one thing to remember; new year, new music. And while it’s certain that many of our big stars will deliver this year, there are some new musicians on the scene that are ones to watch. I’ve done the dirty work for you and picked out some that you absolutely need to check out throughout the next 12 months.

Hey Violet

Regular readers of my blog (in particular my monthly favourites) will know I have been a fan for a fair while of this band. The alternative pop rock band consisting of Rena Lovelis (lead vocals), Casey Moreta (lead guitar), Nia Lovelis (drums) Miranda Miller (rhythm guitar, keyboards) and newest member, Iain Shipp (bass guitar) saw a rise in popularity in 2016 and are soon to release their debut album in spring of this year. The young LA based band are a breath of fresh air and influencing the youth of today – in particular females – to pick up an instrument and bring back the old skool way of making music but with a slight modern twist, making it the best of both worlds of the classic music making and what’s on the Top 40 charts. Their latest single, ‘Guys My Age’, was a beat-heavy electropop track which seems to tease to their fanbase what the possibilities of their first record could have an inkling of sounding like.

Check them out on Spotify

Evaride

British-American trio, Evaride, consists of One Direction’s drummer, Josh Devine, Hayden Maringer or Maringer music/guitarist for Camryn & DAYA  and Sean Michael Murray of Static Stereo, the new pop rock band of 2017. The lads rang in the new year with a snippet of what’s to come from their debut track ‘Heartless’.  The band are already proving to be popular, accumulating over 10k followers on Twitter and just over 3,500 over on Instagram. Given the sounds of each member’s musical background, I have high confidence in Evaride becoming a rising artist this year.

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

Life update: Career change, mental health and more

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Hello there,

It’s been a while since I’ve done an actual life update and a lot has changed, so I think it’s time we talk about it.

The last life update talked about my new job and how lots of positive things were happening. A few months ago I had a job change and went to writing for United By Pop, who are a fantastic lifestyle and pop culture blog for young adults. Unfortunately, my mental health has been deteriorating and has meant I’ve unfortunately had to leave the site as a lot of my self care means interrupting my time and efforts for the site. I still very much love the site and will always support it. I hope to be able to rejoin in the future when I’m feeling a lot better.

As for my deteriorating mental health, I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but my bi-polar is getting more and more intense mood swings and making it difficult to cope with day to day activities. I’ve been trying to try and take control, but it’s been a fair few months now and so a trip to the doctors is on the cards. Since writing is something I like to use to escape on a good day and talking is proven to be a great way to deal with mental health, I decided to start a blog series called ‘The Anxiety Files’. When I was younger and first diagnosed, talking about mental health was such a taboo and it felt like a cold and lonely world away from ‘the norm’. Fast forward 11 years and everyone is encouraging one another to talk and help one another, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I do love writing, it’s a passion of mine. So to completely wipe it off the cards would be silly. On good days, I can write for hours and it’s like an escape for me, but to commit to a company who needs you on the ball on a regular time set is difficult because right now I literally have to play each day by ear because there’s no telling what will be a good or bad day until the day arrives. It’s stressful, but that’s why I’m so thankful I have a blog – I’m the boss here and I can work around my health needs, which is extremely useful.

Onto good things now – I turned 21 back in September which I spent in Brighton and met my internet friend of four years. Emi is from Arizona, United States, but is currently in Brighton studying for a few months. I’ve always wanted to visit Brighton and didn’t have any birthday plans, so it just happened and it was the best birthday ever. I definitely love the town and would visit again in a heartbeat. Emi also came to Cardiff earlier this month to visit the city and meet with Sarah and I where we had a sleepover in a hotel and vlogged it – it was a lot of fun.

The scenery of Brighton was aesthetically pleasing
The scenery of Brighton was aesthetically pleasing

Last month my friend, Camryn, was in town for the first time in three years and she invited me to interview her for United By Pop as well as chill on her tour bus and just talk. She was the support act for Fifth Harmony’s 727 Tour in Europe and it was incredible seeing how she’s evolved since she first came onto the scene at the tender age of 11. It was so much fun catching up and having a chat with her band and I really hope she’s back in the UK again soon.

Alysha, Camryn and I on the tour bus
Alysha, Camryn and I on the tour bus

There’s not too much else I can think of right now that I haven’t already mentioned in great detail on the blog. I’m looking forward to the Christmas season and writing lots of blog posts while trying very hard to get back on track with things. I hope to be in a better place by Christmas.

I hope you’re all doing great and are enjoying the hype for the festive season!

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

Women who have a positive influence on my life

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I have witnessed a lot of women – especially as of late – tearing each other down, seeing each other as competitors in an unhealthy way and just not seeing a good sense of sisterhood and that honestly upsets me. I don’t like the slut shaming or bitchiness, there’s honestly so much of it going on and it genuinely breaks my heart to see. So, to make a change, I thought I would do a blog post dedicated to women who influence me in a positive way in life. From famous faces to family and friends, I am going to celebrate some amazing ladies here and I hope this post encourages you to do the same and remember we should unite together. There’s a lot against our gender and we should be part of the #GirlGang and stick together.

Famous faces

Little Mix

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Little Mix are currently one of the biggest girl groups of our generation. Besides their catchy music and beautiful looks, what really appeals to me is what these girls stand for. They are girls for girls and as much as they have a glitzy and glamourous life, they are very down to Earth and keep it real. The real life issues they face aren’t hidden. True, they have private lives, but they are fairly open with their lives, including struggles. This was hugely showcased in their latest book, ‘Our World’, where the girls discussed struggles growing up such as family splits, illnesses and insecurities. Though all four girls influence me, I think it’s Jesy who I can relate to the most. During her time on ‘The X Factor’ she struggled a lot with her self-image and it’s something I also have an issue with. Though I may not have the confidence she has now found in herself, she has inspired me to try and be able to look in the mirror and not be in hate with myself. I’ve got a long way to go but she is someone who shines a guiding light I can look towards.

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato suffered majorly with her mental health and to make things worse, it was all under the spotlight of the media. The demons faced in struggles of mental illness are beyond difficult, but Demi overcame many issues and has found a way to deal with her struggles. She has turned a negative into a positive by getting involved with charity work and organisations relating to what she has been dealing with and is living proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes, during my darker days, I can look to Demi and be reminded that this doesn’t have to be permanent and I can eventually get to a better place.

Miley Cyrus

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Though quite the controversial character and someone I no longer consider myself a fan of, credit is due to Miley as when I was growing up, she was the first woman I looked up to. She was the person that made me realise it was okay to be different, to not want to walk the same path in life as my peers and to not lose sight of where I want to go. Her autobiography, ‘Miles To Go’, was something I could really personally connect to. It’s also her charitable heart that helped me maintain my passion for helping others.

Beyoncé

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Of course, many women look up to Beyoncé and it’s no wonder why. But beside her beauty and talent, I am in awe of her passion, her work drive. She is extremely hardworking and it’s something people should take note of. What she stands for is something that is also highly admirable, such as her feminist views and of course all her efforts with the ‘BeyGood’ campaigns. She also flies the flag for beauty in women not only in the stereotypical sense, but in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds, religious views and that women are worth a lot more than written off as.

Joan Jett

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Perhaps it’s thanks to Joan where I first got my feminist views, even if I didn’t realise. I loved how she paved a path for what she wanted to do and was considered what is different from ‘norm’ for women, especially when it came to music. She’s done a lot of good for females in the industry and it’s quotes such as “Other people will call me a rebel, but I just feel like I’m living my life and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion, especially when you’re a women,” that empower me and give me the strive to believe I can do whatever I damn well want, regardless of my gender or who I identify as in live.

Miranda Miller, Nia Lovelis, Rena Lovelis (female members of Hey Violet)

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Similar to Joan, I feel as though Hey Violet are bringing back women in the music industry behind instruments and in bands. They’re also very in the know of rights for young people and our generation. In particular, Miranda, Rena and Nia do face a lot of criticism from those who don’t believe in them, but their drive is strong and they work incredibly hard to get where they want to be.

Friends

Sarah

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Though a few years younger than me, Sarah has taught me a lot. For example, I’ve witnessed her go on a journey of self-discovery and she seems to be a lot happier with who she is as a person. From identifying with her sexuality right down to her beliefs and views in life. Sarah speaks her mind in the most respectful way and isn’t afraid of saying when she disagrees with someone. She’s very okay with being ‘different’ because if this world was filled with people who were all the same, it’d be pretty boring. Sarah isn’t very materialistic either and takes every small thing with the utmost gratitude and is happy with the smaller things in life. She is always willing to go without if it means it benefits another person for the best, which is something highly applaudable.

Camryn

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Of course, I could definitely consider myself as a fan of Camryn’s, but I also feel I can call her a friend. Camryn’s journey as an artist is beyond inspiring to me. She started out at a very early age and managed to prove herself to being a success, despite being so young. Camryn has worked tirelessly on her career and it has definitely paid off – by the time she was 13 she had toured with One Direction AKA the biggest boyband of this generation twice. She also became the youngest indie act to chart a song in the Billboard Top 40 since 1997. She hasn’t become an overnight sensation and I find that extremely admirable because in reality, it’s important to work hard and Camryn is a reminder that things don’t happen with the simple click of a button. What else inspires me is that she is such a genuine and kind person, always treating the people who work with her with the utmost respect and gratitude. When I witnessed this and hearing about her journey in person, it inspired me to pursue my passion as a serious career.

Emi

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Emi is someone who understands her rights as well as others and has her heart in the right place. She is an understanding and compassionate person, but also won’t beat around the bush. She is honest in the most caring way possible and is always willing to lend a hand or offer advice, but will always make sure you hear what you need to hear, but without actually being abrupt or blunt. She is a very woke person who takes passion in equality and human rights. During recent political events, it was Emi who taught me a lot about people’s rights and not just the ones that would benefit myself. She has taught me a lot about different cultures and given me more of an insight of feminism and equality as a whole and not from the point of view of someone who may be privileged such as myself. Her independence and hard working ethnic is also something I look at with admiration and I have full confidence in her getting where she wants to be in life.

Lily

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I only met Lily at the very beginning of this year, but she has had the greatest impact on me. It turns out that Lily and I have had a very similar walk in life and jumped the same hurdles. She has a burning passion to achieve what she wants in life and won’t let anyone get in her way. She’s always willing to make friends along the way, no matter who they may be. Regardless of who you are or your story, you can find a friend in Lily. She’s also not afraid to go out of her way to protect those she cares about and has definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable with who I am as a person, despite my battle wounds. She always has a positive but realistic attitude to everything in life and takes life by the balls and ploughs on, which is something I aspire to do myself.

Family

My Mother

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My mother is the biggest influence in my life. We have a very close mother-daughter relationship. I’ve seen her in some of the toughest battles but she never gives up. She ploughs on, even if it’s as though the world is on her shoulders. She always makes sure she looks after those she cares about and will always see herself go without if it means her family are better off. She is my actual rock and has helped me through the most darkest days I have ever faced. She has done countless of admirable things, but what I am taken back by is how strong she was when my dad fell ill. It was the most difficult time in our lives and not only did she look after me (who was the only blood relative), but she would do everything possible for my dad’s family, too. Though they divorced when I was a baby, my mother made sure she and  my dad maintained good friendship for my benefit and they were best friends. To have to deal with losing a best friend of 30 years as well as a grieving daughter (breaking the news to me being the hardest thing she’s ever done) and help ensure everyone got through the most difficult thing ever was so courageous and brave of her. I know many people would have broken down at many things she’s seen in life, but she strives through it with a brave face and to me is a true warrior.

Emily (cousin)

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Emily and I may as well had been separated from birth. We are so alike but I really love her attitude – she does her best to see the positive, even in dark times. She works really hard to ensure that she gets what she wants out of life, even if there tends to be obstacles in the way. She makes it work, even if it seems almost impossible. She is also the one who opened my eyes to feminism and what my rights as a person and a woman are. She’s taught me so much and never fails to put a smile on my face, even when there’s times where I feel like I can never smile again.

My Gran

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My gran has a heart of gold. She always thinks of others and always does right by everyone, even if they don’t do the same for her. She is such a lovely person that she gained the nickname ‘Joan Love’ at one of the places she used to work at. Even though generations have drastically changed since her ‘prime’ times, she will always accept differences and how things may no longer be the same. My gran always has enough love to give to anyone and everyone and genuinely cares for others. She does her best to not let her age get in her way and is the kind of woman I want to be when I grow older (even if she seems 20 years younger than she is).

Angie (my sister)

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My sister was my first role model. I’ve looked up to her for as long as I remember and to be honest, I still do. She’s hard working and always stands by what she believes in. We aren’t close in age, so we didn’t have the stereotypical sister bond growing up and there weren’t really any fallouts or scraps, but to me she set an example that if you work hard and have the right attitude, you can get to where your heart takes you. Life isn’t perfect but in my eyes, she’s always dealt with everything, good and bad, in the best way possible. She’s very intelligent and always puts that knowledge to use. My dad would always both her and my brother up to me as I grew up and even if we don’t share the same dreams, she is someone who inspires me to just keep trying and pursuing what I want in life.

I hope you enjoyed my slightly different post today and if you’ve read this far, I tag you to do this post on your blog or even just a post on YouTube or social media. Let’s celebrate women because we damn well deserve it.

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

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

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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Welcome to The New Dynasty

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Warning: This post is long, so grab a cup of tea or a snack and settle down to read!

Saturday nights are usually what people look forward to all week and for me, it was no different. Except instead of putting my glad rags on and heading to the clubs or flopping out on the sofa to watch ‘The X Factor’ (the latter is usually the norm for me) I was heading into Cardiff with my friend, Alysha, to be reunited with my other friend, Camryn.

“Have you got questions prepared?” Alysha asked me as we greeted each other.
“Of course. We’re testing her knowledge on the UK.”
“Cool. So, shall we go get the food now or later?”

You see, instead of meeting up with Camryn to go shopping on Queen Street or grabbing a bite to eat, we’d be interviewing her. Wait, backtrack… who interviews their friends? That’s kind of weird, Jazz. Right? Except Camryn is a singer. Scratch that. She’s a teen pop-rock star living out the dream of millions of musicians even up to double her age.

Stop the tape and rewind to a few years ago, when I was some plucky teen fangirl with a passion for the Disney Channel stars of 2008 such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, I used to regularly check a website called ‘Cambio’. I was flicking through the articles when I saw one about an 11-year-old musician and naturally since she wasn’t much younger than me, I decided to check her out. That’s when I came across Camryn. She was promoting one of her earlier singles, ‘Wait and See’. After giving it a listen and watching the video, I definitely found myself into her music. Click, click, click – I followed her social media. She’d pop up on my Twitter timeline regularly with various posts on things she was working on, including touring with teen pop sensations Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance. A few years later I was reading a magazine and a familiar face with blonde hair with a glistening smile – it was Camryn. It talked about how she was touring with One Direction in the states along with an interview with her. I hadn’t seen anything about her in the UK yet so I snapped a picture and tweeted it to her only for her to thank me and share it on her socials. I’d tweet her now and then and she’d normally reply which was always nice.

One day, she announced something pretty big and exciting – she was the opening act for One Direction’s UK & European leg of their world arena tour. And guess what? It included Cardiff. I was beyond excited. Of course, I loved One Direction but I’d been supporting Camryn for so long that I had to see her or just be able to say hi outside the arena. I checked Ticketmaster. SOLD OUT. Dammit. Oh well, if I can’t be there, I should at least message her to congratulate her and recommend places to check out if she had the time in between shows, right? I messaged her Facebook page where we ended up talking. I told her about how I wanted to be a pop culture journalist and it was on my bucket list to interview her for the youth website I was writing for. To my surprise, she was totally up for meeting in Cardiff for me to do just that and gave me the details of her publicist. After working with the editor of CLIConline (R.I.P) alongside her publicist, we sorted out a time and place for the interview, which I was extremely nervous for. This was my first proper interview in person. Sure, I’d done bits and pieces for the site before, but this was huge for me. Needless to say it went pretty well; I met Camryn – who was lovely as expected – and she and her manager even hooked me up with tickets to the show. It was incredible and was where I discovered my love for 5 Seconds of Summer. To Camryn, that was one of many interviews she’s done in her career, but for me it was something big. It helped me realise this was something I wanted to do as a career. It’s ultimately what helped me decide I wanted to take pop journalism seriously. And I did. If you know me, you’ll be well aware of some of the crazy experiences I’ve had and interviews I’ve done – from YouTube phenomenon Tyler Oakley and even Oscar award winners from Disney’s Big Hero 6. It’s insane and I’d like to think that little interview with Camryn in 2013 had a big impact on that.

When we first met in 2013
When we first met in 2013

A little over three years later and Camryn was back in town and this time supporting American girl band, Fifth Harmony. We had both grown over time; me being newly-turned 21 and her now 17 and back with a brand new EP and total maturity in her sound. Of course, we’ve kept in touch over the years and I even befriended some of her band and team. I asked United By Pop kindly if they could help me arrange an interview with Camryn for their site to which they happily agreed to. After some sorting out, we had arranged to meet at the venue. Alysha, who played my the role of my right hand woman and camera operator for the day (as well as great company) and I met up with Camryn and her manager, Lesley and greeted each other before heading to the tour bus which would act as our studio for the interview. We had a lot of bags with us and all for Camryn and her crew – which they loved. My lovely friend Lily had hooked us up with some amazing LUSH products for both Camryn and her crew and we bought a tin of chocolates to say thank you to them all (it was thanks to her drummer, Justin, that we had 3 free tickets on the guest list for that night’s show – so it would be crazy not to thank him and the band for meeting us as well as Camryn and her manager for setting up this opportunity) They were delighted with the gifts and we had a chat about the last time Camryn and I had met as well as the support account Alysha and I ran to help promote her. After a few minutes of nattering, we began to film. We decided to do two segments – one where I’d quiz Camryn on knowledge on the UK and another where she’d try some well known British snacks, both proving to be a lot of fun.

Reunited x
Reunited x

We must have spent almost two hours on the bus. In between working on content for United By Pop, we took some short videos and pictures for the fansite as well as some Instax photos for competitions. Camryn even threw in some signed flyers and one personalised one each for myself and Alysha as a token of gratitude for supporting her. We even got to take a picture for my scrapbook which I’m filling for my year as 21.

 

Alysha, Camryn and I on the tour bus
Alysha, Camryn and I on the tour bus

 

Something to remember the day by
Something to remember the day by

We soon said our “see you laters” as we agreed to bring Lily, who was the proud third guest we’d be bringing along to the show, to meet Camryn and the band to introduce her as the girl behind the amazing gifts we had previously given them. She would have come along to the interview, but unfortunately had to work.

After a few hours in Cardiff to grab a bite to eat and meet up with Lily, we returned to the venue to pick up our tickets from the guest list. There seemed to be a problem and we began to get nervous, so we messaged Justin who along with Lesley managed to sort things out and we were given the tickets for the show. We weren’t expecting seats as amazing as we were given – we would have been happy with seats at the back, since this show was Fifth Harmony’s headliner and we were just guests, but we managed to be seated in the fifth row from the front in the middle – a perfect view of the stage and to catch the eye of Camryn and the band when they performed their set.

In the crowd waiting for the show to begin
In the crowd waiting for the show to begin

Of course, my girl rocked the stage and it was overwhelming to see how many people wanted to meet her before the main act graced the arena with their performance. We hung around until the end to make sure all fans had their chance to meet Camryn so we stood with Lesley and talked for a little while. To see at least a hundred fans wanting to meet the girl I’d been supporting and friends with since day one was incredible, especially in Wales as she wasn’t as well known on her first visit. It melted my heart to hear parents talk to their daughters and asking if they wanted to dye their hair the same as Camryn’s bold blue and their skip step back to their seats with excitement in their eyes after meeting the teen rocker moments before. Cam then came over to join us and meet Lily before grabbing a picture with her and signing an autograph. Everyone thanked her for the presents and, let’s be honest, everyone LOVES Lush products. We talked for a little while before Camryn had to leave to do some college work and we arranged to meet with the band before leaving after the show.

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Rocking the stage! –  Image credit to Lily

 

It was emotional but exciting to see her perform again
It was emotional but exciting to see her perform again – Image credit to Lily

Now, I know Harmonizers will be kinda mad at me, but I’m not the biggest Fifth Harmony fan. I appreciate them and their music, but they’re just not my go-to artists to listen to. However, I will say that their performance on Saturday was pretty fricking awesome and myself, Alysha and Lily definitely enjoyed ourselves. Except the inflatable balls they kicked about where practically every single ball in the room decided to land on my head (which, by the way, I was slowly getting a headache following a long day). In my line of work, Fifth Harmony are known as a ‘priority act’ thanks to their huge popularity among fans across the world, so it was nice to finally see them live and be able to gain a new found respect for them and their music.

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Cardiff gave Fifth Harmony a warm welcome to Wales – Image credit to Lily

We left the show a little early as Alysha had to be ready to catch her train home and we wanted to say hey to the band whom we have known for a while but never got to meet in person. It was great to finally talk face to face and get some pictures as well as talk about the show and our general interest in music as a whole.

Finally meeting Justin (with Austin and Alysha photobombing :P)
Finally meeting Justin (with Austin and Alysha photobombing :P)

 

Austin (guitarist) and I
Austin (guitarist) and I

 

Ronnie (bassist) and I
Ronnie (bassist) and I

Before we knew it, it was time to go – Camryn was still doing college work and our lifts were on their way. We said our goodbyes and agreed to meet up again the next time they’re back in the UK, this time hopefully a lot sooner than three years. I have a lot of faith in Camryn, especially for gaining a European fanbase on this tour with Fifth Harmony.

It was an amazing day overall and I had so much fun seeing Camryn again as well as finding a love for Fifth Harmony’s music and of course spending time with my friends Alysha and Lily.

A massive thank you to Lesley for arranging everything and being so nice, the band for just being awesome (especially Justin for the tickets) and of course my girl, Camryn, who I am so beyond proud of. Seeing her go from a little girl from Denver, Colorado with some cute pop songs to touring with some of Pop’s biggest acts of our generation and evolving as an artist overall is just so overwhelming in the best way possible. I cannot wait to see what’s next for her. By the way, you can listen to her EP,New Dynasty,right here and follow our fan support account @CamrynWales.

Alos a huge thank you to Alysha for acting as assistant for me with the interview process and running the fan account and of course Lily for coming along and providing the lovely gifts. Lily also blogs, which you can check out here. 🙂

 

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June and July Favourites 2016

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Hello, strangers!

I didn’t have too many favourites during June, so I decided to do two months in one. I’ve also been fairly busy the past two months so forgive me for the lack of posts.

 

LUSH’s Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning

My wonderful friend recently sent me a goody box of lovely LUSH products and I took a shine to this one in particular. This zit zapper which includes Fair Trade organic aloe vera gel, fresh sea water and grape juice as some of its alluring ingredients is definitely a winner with me. Throughout June I had a few nasty breakouts of one or two big whoppers and this beaut in a bottle really came to the rescue in sorting them out.

Available for £6.50

LUSH’S Coalface cleanser

Coalface

Another product I received was the Coalface cleanser. This was one of the first ever LUSH products I tried and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. The smell for me takes me back to when I first started using the products, which is nice, but may not be to everyone’s liking. You use it like a typical soap and wash off and it cleanses your skin nicely and consistently.

Available from £5.95

 ‘Girls Talk Boys’ by 5 Seconds of Summer

The Aussie foursome are back with a brand new single and this time, it’s pretty special. The track belongs to the soundtrack of the 2016 remake of ‘Ghostbusters’. The song gives off some very retro funk vibes which honestly makes me think of putting on some flares and heading out to my local disco to bust some moves. As an introvert, however, I just listen to it as I get on with work and mime my heart out.

 

‘Brand New Moves’ by Hey Violet

Speaking of 5 Seconds of Summer, their first band signed to their label, ‘Hi or Hey Records’, have released the lead track of their new EP, ‘Brand New Moves’. Hey Violet are back a year on from their debut ‘I Can Feel It’ and following 5SOS on the retro sounds. I’ve been listening to this song on repeat since the release at the end of July and I honestly cannot wait to hear the upcoming EP releasing later this month.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics matte lip in ‘Martha Moo’

Martha Moo

Beauty guru, Tanya Burr, has released a new range to her beauty line and I was extremely excited to get my hands on the matte lip in the colour ‘Martha Moo’, named after her dog, Martha. The colour reminds me of a 90s grunge which is rich in colour and only needs one application to create the perfect matte lip.

Available for £5.99

 

‘New Dynasty’ EP by Camryn

Camryn is back with her brand new EP, ‘New Dynasty’, which is a five track extended play. Camryn’s sound has matured since her One Direction tour days and is a prime example of where she plans to take her music. I’m super excited to see her near future plans.

‘You Don’t Know Love’ by Olly Murs

Olly has released the first single from his upcoming untitled album and it’s definitely a right bop. I managed to meet up with Murs (after that story) on his radio tour promoting the single and it’s definitely thrilling and refreshing to hear his new music on the airwaves once again.

 

This has been a music-heavy two months for me! What have you been loving lately?

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March Monthly Favourites 2016

March Favourites

 

Hello!

March is already over and yet again, I’m still pretty baffled to see the year go by so quickly. Like every month, I have some favourites that I want to share with you, so without further ado…

 

Make-Up Revolution Ultra Cream Contour Palette

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I’m finally trying to take contouring seriously and bring it into my make up routine. I’m not the greatest, but I’m not a make up artist. I’ve been debating on whether or not to try a powder or cream contour kit and my friend highly recommended this palette to try. I’ve been using it all month and definitely think it works amazingly. It looks great and applies nicely onto my brushes feels good when applying to my face. It’s definitely great quality for its price and well worth giving a try.

Get it for £8.00

 

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel

 

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I’ve seen many people praising this cleansing gel for their make up brushes and so I decided to pick it up in one of my regular visits to Superdrug. It really works well on my brushes and gets them as clean as when I first purchased them. I feel like the gel helps maintain the softness of the bristles where some may or moult after a while of using them, plus the product smells nice, which is always a bonus.

Get it for £.6.99

Danielle Peazer’s Young and Gifted ‘Peace, Love and Happiness’ rollerball Eau De Parfum

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I’ve been looking for a small handbag fragrance for a while and since dancer model/model/fellow blogger, Danielle Peazer, has just released her first collection I thought I would invest in her rollerball set. The three scents are amazing with Peace and Happiness being quite light and airy, suited for daytime wear and Love being a more deeper scent which is perfect for a night out. These are your handbag’s new best friends. I’m definitely going to be taking these to my concert weekends to top up and just pop in my handbag and they’re really ideal for travel.

Get the set here for £11.50

 

‘Machines’ – Camryn

This is Camryn’s comeback single after spending a year in the studio working on a new sound as she matures from your girl next door teenager to a more young adult sound. I’ve personally known Camryn since she was 11 and I am beyond proud of her achievements, from opening for the likes of One Direction and Cody Simpson to building a strong fanbase. This song sounds like a real hit and I’m excited to see what 2016 brings for her.

Download ‘Machines’ here

‘No Broken Hearts’ – Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj

I’m not really the biggest fan of rap, but having listened to this after writing an article for Maximum POP! I definitely felt good vibes from the song and ended up playing it on repeat a few times. This song is about reveling in the moment and definitely is a song that I can see on my summer playlist.

Download ‘No Broken Hearts’ here

 

 

Have you tried any of these?  What were your monthly favourites? Comment below!

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