Thursday, 28 April 2016
In case you missed my post announcing my participation in #The100DayProject, then here is a catch up of my first 10 days into this project. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with me everyday where I'll be posting #100DaysOfMyDay.
If you follow me on Instagram then you get to know the reason I took these pictures to sum up my day ;)
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Seeing as I reviewed the first part of Lee Hi's Seoulite album, I thought I might as well review the second half. I'm going back on what I said in that post too because THESE songs are better than she has released before! This half also has songs and styles that suit her voice a lot better.
1. My Star
Lee Hi is channelling the 1960's Mo-town vibes so well through this song and I have had this stuck in my head since I first heard it! The song is so cheerful and happy and is a good tune for the spring season too. Like a few of her songs on the 1st half, this is really easy to listen to but still has more exiting parts too, such a when 'the boys' and 'the girls' join in.
Another song with 1960's vibes, which Lee Hi does so well. This is a lot slower and a bit more heartbreaking than 'My Star' but still has a great beat and rhythm to it. The harmonies in this song really compliment her voice perfectly too.
3. Passing By (스쳐 간다)
If you didn't know, I play guitar and this song really got to me because the melody the guitar plays is really nice. The style of this is very different from the previous two songs and I would even say it has a little bit of a country style to it. It's very gentle and also very easy to listen to. This song is actually the only song on the album that the lyrics were written by Lee Hi and it was composed by her too.
4. Up All Night (밤샘) (Feat. Tablo)
If I'm honest, I thought this was a new version of 'Breathe' when it first started because it's also ballad, though gentler, with a piano. It also features Tablo, who wrote and composed the song, with loving but sad lyrics. In comparison to 'Breathe', I very much prefer this song because it's a bit more interesting to listen to.
5. Video (안봐도 비디오) (Feat. Bobby of iKon)
This is another song that's constantly been in my head because of it's super catchy chorus. I would say that this is another energetic yet easy to listen to song but Bobby's rapping is a bit aggressive in comparison to the rest of the song. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does change the overall tone of the song and gives it more edge.
6. Missing U
I love listening to this song to feel chilled out which is helped with the jazz organ and the classical piano riffs in the chorus. Even though it's quite slow, it's got quite a bit of energy behind it, especially thanks to Lee Hi's vocals offering quite a lot of power in the chorus.
I give Seoulite 5/5, just like the first half of the album. Lee Hi has released another half album with a high standard of songs that have an easy going theme and a good quality of sound. The melodies, harmonies and rhythms of every song on this album are incredible and I absolutely love it. This half of Seoulite is definitely my favourite and I can now actually say that I got a bit bored of a few of the songs on the first half after a while. Again, well done Tablo, DJ Tukutz and Lee Hi
Do you agree with me on my opinions of the songs? And which half of the album do you like better?
I'm in love with this album artwork too!!
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Wardrobe Basics: Spring Jacket by zin-s
Spring is a season that has us too hot with a jacket on and too cold with it off so thankfully thin and loose fitting blazers are here to save the day. They are easy to pull off with simple looks so here are a few tips on how to style them.
If your blazer is patterned, like the one above, then match it with a plain t-shirt and plain jeans, shorts or a skirt. Your jacket will become your statement piece!
Try and match the rest of your outfit around the colours in the jacket. I have mainly picked out the pale colours from the jacket such as the light blue and coral colours from the flowers. I have used these in the light blue jeans and the coral lipstick.
Have you started wearing your spring items yet? What have you been doing to deal with the warm sun and the cool breeze?
Monday, 18 April 2016
A quick update from a rushed college student who has an assessment tomorrow (!!). I'm going to be participating in the second year of #The100DayProject that was created by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent.
This is a project for everyone and anybody who wants to but it starts tomorrow so if you want to join this creative project then you better think of something quick! If you want to actively take part in this then you post a picture everyday on Instagram with your own hashtag.
Follow my Instagram to keep up with my #100DaysOfMyDay where I'll be posting a picture that will sum up or represent my day.
Are you taking part in the project? If so, what are you committing to for 100 days?
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Hello everyone! This is my 100th post!! It's been just over two years since I started this blog so today I'm going to do something that I don't usually do and tell you all about my 9 ultimate favourite books to get cosy and get lost in.
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
Books that make you question your aspirations are very important and even more so when they are metaphorical - which is how I read this one. The poor hen, who is constantly under threat from predators, only has one simple wish and she is challenged in her attempt to fulfil it.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
With the new film coming out TOMORROW(!) I have quickly read this book and it is so much more than what the original film portrayed the story as. Mowgli's hardships of being a 'man-cub' within the animals of the jungle lead to him creating friendships with Bhageera the panther and Baloo the bear who protect him from the animals who see him as prey.
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Michael gets ship wrecked on an island with his dog Stella but they're not alone. This is another 'chidren's' book that is also a great read for adults (in fact, my Dad is currently reading it) and this is probably my favourite book in this category.
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
The Bradley's go on a journey of discovering themselves and one another. When an event brings many emotions including confusion, sadness and hope, each member of the family's life is changed forever. Though this is a pretty dull read, I was interested to see different perspectives from the different family members after the event happened because I have experienced a similar situation.
The Compact Cosmos by Matt Tweed
A compact and easy to go to guide of the cosmos. Understand more about the universe from auric objects to zones that are habitable away from our planet with both cute and complicated illustrations.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after the rest of the crew from his mission had to make an emergency evacuation and thought he had died in the process. This sci-fi novel is one of the best books I've ever read and is also an incredible film staring Matt Damon (though I prefer the book).
An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield
If you know me then you'll have heard me mention Chris Hadfield a couple thousand of times. All time cool guy and three time space go-er, Chris Hadfield's rocket ride of how he became an astronaut (with helpful healthy life tips) makes this my favourite book ever.
A Work In Progress by Connor Franta
With almost five and a half million subscribers on YouTube, Connor Franta shares how his childhood and teenage years have made him who he is today. I love reading about how people who make their own careers get to where they are in life. Be aware: this book has been written with great aesthetics.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Who is Malala? More like who is she not and what hasn't she done?! She was shot by the Taliban for wanting girls across the world to be educated equally and this is her story from before the event that changed her life and afterwards. I don't think I will ever get over the fact she is only a few months older than me and has achieved what she has already and here I am watching kids TV shows (All Over The Place if you're interested).
Have you read any of these book? If so, did you enjoy them as much as me? Do you have any books that you would put on your favourites list that you think I should read? Let me know in the comments.
Friday, 8 April 2016
Is your skin lacking in .... well everything lately? From tired eyes to dull skin, Balance Me ensure that their 5-minute Radiance Face Mask will brighten your complexion and purify your impurities among other skin boosting benefits.
When I think of a mask I usually expect something quite thick but because this is a quick 5-minute solution so I was reassured when this turned out thinner. The consistency is a bit like a silky and is slightly clay-like with small beads of walnut shells.
It has a distinctive nutty smell with fruity hints - which is appropriate because this is what is in this mask along with kaolin clay.
Does it Work?
I wasn't expecting any miracles, especially the first time I used it but I did notice a difference. My skin problems still exist after 2 weeks of using this mask about twice a week however my skin looks a bit brighter, especially in the dull areas. Immediately after I use it, my skin also feels more radiant as if it has been gently exfoliated.
Whilst some people have claimed this mask has done absolute wonders for their skin, I can only partially agree. My skin has benefited from using this mask and I think it would be great to use if your skin was especially dull and in need of a pick-me-up.
As you may be able to tell, this is just a small bottle and I have to admit this was a free sample from Glamour Magazine (GUILTY!) but you can buy this sized bottle (15ml) for £6.50 or a larger size (75ml) for £18.00.
If I'm honest, I would buy the larger bottle if it was the price of the smaller one so unless my skin was desperate I'm not likely to buy this. That being said, I would recommend anyone who feels like they need something like this to get it because I think it would definitely be worthwhile to spend a bit extra.
I give this product 3/5
Have you tried this product? Do you agree with me?