Music Moods V; Silly

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Acting the Muppet!

Silly songs are the best! You know the ones, the type that gets you on the dance floor no matter what, the kind of song you and your bestie listen to at 3am after a sugar overload, the tune you play repeatedly on a road trip…

Really, silly songs are songs that make you happy, and hyper, and act like an absolute muppet! There is no shame, we all have our own. Personally, I prefer hopping about to Busted Year 3000 and acting Backstreet Boys, The Call, very dramatically with my friends. But if they aren’t for you, here are a few of the greats;

It will come as no surprise that as far as current chart toppers go, Uptown Funk is THE song for messing around and just having fun. I dare you to sit there and not groove a little!

Another contemporary option, but for all the wrong reasons, is Taylor Swift, Trouble. Unfortunately for her there was a small thing of that viral video, in which a goat’s scream was spliced in over hers. You see where I’m going with this…

Madness are a silly band. A great band, but there is no denying, their songs are perfect for those silly moods. Baggy Trousers is one of the all time best songs for just leaping around and getting rid of excess energy .

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Who has never danced around the kitchen with friends demonstrating a heartfelt portrayal of Human League’s Don’t You Want Me? If you haven’t, you must!

I would be a failure if I missed one of the biggest, and best, silly songs of the current college generation; Blink 182 All the Small Things. Have fun jumping about like a mad thing for three minutes!

Obviously, the soundtrack to any of your favorite movies will be an instant hit! But ones I have witnessed working particularly well are; You Can’t Stop The Beat, You Don’t Own Me, and, of course, I’ll Make a Man Out Of You.

Now for the best acting silly song ever, the holy grail of drag queens everywhere, the guilty pleasure of every mam, woman and child… R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I expect each and every one of you to sing your loudest and channel your inner diva, enjoy!

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Music Moods IV; Sad

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We all get sad sometimes. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s healthy.

There are times when we just need to embrace our sadness, but that isn’t easily done. What makes it easier, is a sad song. A song that reflects your feelings, and can allow you to just breath, a song that understands.

One of the most understanding songs, by far, is The River. Is your life a mess? Do you feel you’re losing out? Did you do something stupid that you wish you could take back? That is what this song is all about. With its melancholic harmonica echoing throughout, Bruce Springsteen is there for you.

Who Wants to Live Forever, one of the most relatable and heart-aching songs of all time. Between that and The Show Must Go On, Queen promises to indulge all of “the feels”.

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Whether you’re a lover of mystical beings, or an Ed Sherran fan, I See Fire has a somberness to it, fraught with an underlying strength, that seems to say “cry now, but it will be okay.”

This song will bring a tear to the eye of the coldest heart. Luther Vandross, Dance with my Father, is the warm fluffy blanket of sad songs. It wraps around you and holds you, and let’s you feel it all. The next time you need a good cry, give this a try.

For the fans of heavier music, Slipknot’s Snuff is one of the saddest songs I know. Play it on repeat and just let it all go. This song just gets you.

Given the time of year, December, Christmas time, a sad song to comfort you when missing someone is Mud’s Lonely This Christmas. It’s an old one, but it’s a good ‘un!

It is okay to feel down, and it is okay to want to be alone. But music can help alone time feel a little less lonely.

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Music Moods III; Motivation

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Make Things Happen!

We all need motivation at times, and let’s face it, music really is the best way. But depending on the type of motivation you’re looking for, you’ll need different music.

Gyming requires bass. A lot of bass! We all know it. But a common mistake for a lot of us is relying on dance music for this. Yes, dance is fine for classes; aerobics, spinning, and the likes, but when you’re doing your own work out, trying to beat your personal best, you need to be aggressive. And I don’t mean cheerleader style, with their high kicks chanting “Be aggressive. B-E aggressive! Woo!”

Personal Trainer and Body Builder, Ken Lawton, recommends the likes of Slipknot, Disturbed, Korn, Bullet for my Valentine, MetallicaLinkin Park and Foo Fighters.

Speaking about his preferred training playlist he said “this isn’t my genre, it’s not my usual style, but when working out your music must suit your goals.”

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Word impossible transformed into possible.

What if we need a different kind of motivation?

Perhaps you have a presentation, or a job interview, or you’re meeting “the in-laws” for the first time? Either way, there will always times in our lives when we need a confidence boost.

A current dance favorite is David Guetta and Sia’s Titanium, “I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose, fire away, fire away.” Another very popular song, a song which lends attitude to anyone who listens, is Eminem’s Lose Yourself. How can you not be motivated after that?

A personal favorite of mine is Fake It by Seether. It’s happy, it builds up, but more importantly it’s lyrics are exactly what we all need to hear in those self-doubting moment. “Fake it!”

Perhaps Seether isn’t your style, and that’s fine. Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen, is perhaps one of the most adrenaline infused, pumped up, I-can-do-this songs of the modern music age. A little listen to this and you’ll be tearing into that board room!

And the penultimate motivational song, it fits any and all situations, it’s perfect for male or female, it is the one, the only… I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

There you have it, motivational songs for whatever the situation. And remember…

Puppy supports you

Who’s Awesome? You’re Awesome!

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Music Moods II; Party!

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Party playlists, they’re great, don’t get me wrong! But do you ever notice they’re all the same?

With the multitude of personalities and music tastes that come together at a good ole throw-down, it is hard to please everyone, and even more difficult to come up with something new!

Let’s face it, there’s only so many times we can put up with Justin Beiber saying Sorry, or Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream (sorry Katy…). And although Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit is always a crowd pleaser, we can only get away with it six or seven in one night…

So, what if I told you there is a YouTube DJ, with free downloads, who can solve all of your party needs?

Hell yeah, it’s DR BRIXX!

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Matador, Selena Gomez’ summer hit, Come and Get It, mashed with Pierce the Veil’s Bill In the Bronx, fluidly delivers modern hard-core with a popular dance number. What’s not to like?

Was that a tad too rave? Well how about this; Anxiety, Adele’s current number #1 single, Hello, set to the backing of Paramore’s Careful and Misery Business. Doesn’t sound like it would work, does it? But Dr Brixx is a genius of the pop V punk mashups!

Have we got some girlie girl, boy-band fans in the audience? Br Brixx has got you covered with this mix of One Direction’s Best Song Ever and Imagine Dragons It’s Time, Best Time. Not enough for you to swoon over? How about Contours, Pop pretty boys, 5 Seconds of Summer with Paramore?

Maybe your guests need a little more of a dub-step sound. Duet, B.o.B’s Both of Us spliced with Sing by My Chemical Romance, is the perfect low key, but getting there, house dub-step infused tune.

Cheese, we can’t forget the cheesey singles! I Really Like Stacy’s Mom promises to sort all bestie-bonding-on-the-dance-floor-time! A collaboration of Carly Rae Jepsen and Fountains of Wayne, there are no prizes for guessing the songs!

Depending on your guest-list, you’re more than likely going to have a few back-in-the-day emo kids in attendance. The Sharpest Takeover is going to bring dropped jaws, bulging eyes, and a lot of headbanging, guaranteed! My Chemical Romance with Fall Out Boy? Yes, please!

What did I tell you? Dr Brixx has got everyone’s back! Everyone’s happy, and everything is excitingly new with a comforting familiarity.

Now there is nothing left to do but party!

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Music Moods I; Relaxing/Study

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Chill time, down time, study time, call it what you will, but every once in a while we all need something in the background to help us calm, relax, or focus.

When you are in need of some of this, take it from me, words tend to be the enemy. Word require your attention. You sing along. It’s distracting.

What you need is some good ole instrumental!

Now I know, classical music isn’t for everyone. Despite my love of Vivaldi, I couldn’t listen to classical music all the time. But, never fear, because I have scoured the internet and am going to share with you some modern, refreshing alternatives.

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A magnificently talented young woman, who in recent years has soared in popularity, is Lindsey Stirling. Stirling, an American violinist, took YouTube by storm with her incredibly creative covers and passionate performances.

She quickly built a loyal fan base and now composes her own work, which she has recorded and performed with the Pentatonix and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

By simply looking up Lindsey Stirling on YouTube you can click into one of many playlists suitable for study sessions, relaxation sessions, and anything else which requires pleasant background music without too much distraction.

Did I mention she covers Lord of the Rings, , Skrillex, Assassins Creed, Rhianna, Zelda, J Lo, Phantom of the Opera, Imagine Dragons, and more?!

Now, a more girlie option I’ll admit, but beautiful and delightfully apt all the same, the Disney Orchestral CD. Many people also love the piano covers, however, I find  the selection of songs stretch throughout the Disney reign much better on the orchestral CD, as well as the music having a more complete and varied feel.

The songs are beautifully composed, and in an added bonus for exam stress time, they tend to be soulfully reassuring also. Perfect for project time, but also for some relaxation or nights when you find yourself unable to sleep.

So there you have it, my top recommendations for relaxation/study moods. Both can be found on YouTube and Spotify. All that is left now, is for you to go chill…

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Rimmel’s Provocalips Review

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Rimmel Provocalips in shade Kiss Me You Fool

Rimmel Provocalips claims to be a 16 hour kiss proof lip colour. In reality, it’s a 20 hour kiss proof, drink proof, eat proof marvel of science and genius. Kiss Me You Fool is a brave bright red which boasts confidence and class (although perhaps not for the fainthearted, it is one of eight varying shades). Provocalips isn’t just what I  want… it’s what everybody wants!

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Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Review

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Rimmel’s intensely smooth Match Perfection foundation is guaranteed to blend to your natural skin tone. With a sweet, clean sent and understated coverage, I have added RIMMEL Match Perfection Foundation to my beauty bag essentials!

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Katy Perry Mad Potion Perfume Review

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Although cute and carnival styled in its packaging, Mad Potion by Katy Perry is in fact delightfully wearable.

Light and fresh with a distinct vanilla sweetness, Mad Potion crosses the boundaries of nighttime verses daytime perfume with ease. Soon to be one of my beauty staples!

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SEEING DOUBLE

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When there is one rule for me, and another rule for him…

July 2015

Once Upon a Time there was a talented actress. Her skill and beauty won her the hearts of generations, and she reigned over their television screens, laptops and iPads as Queen, or “Khaleesi” [Kah-Lee-Sea}, Daenerys Targaryen. But despite exuding regal authority in her role, and being known for paving her own path, actress Emilia Clarke is just as much a slave to the double standards of social-expectation as the rest of us.

Game of Thrones actress, Emilia Clarke, was half way through her list of public appearances for the promotion of her upcoming film, Terminator Genisys—released in Ireland 3rd July—when she slipped and suffered a stress fracture injury. The young actress struggled on, and made every one of her scheduled appointments with crutches and a smile.

The media went wild, praising her from a height for her bravery and her skill of wearing high heels while on crutches. ENTERTAINTHIS! gushed

“let’s just admire how chic the girl looks — in heels! — on a pair of lame crutches.”

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While The Daily Mail choose to say

Even more impressive was her choice of chic black heels to walk around in, no easy task when one is relying on crutches.”

All media outlets seemed to follow the same; ignoring the fact she needs two people to help her from a car, and despite describing her movement as “hobbling”, they congratulate her “bravery” wearing heels.

Now hold up! Just hold that thought for a second. The woman is on crutches for an injury. What would you do if your daughter came downstairs in heels while on crutches? You would send her right back up those stairs and call her an idiot for putting her health at risk, that’s what! Sure can’t she look just as gorgeous going out with her friends in a pair of nice yet supportive flats?

But Emilia Clarke is a famous actress, and with that comes the obligation to go through hours of hair and makeup, and to arrive in a designer outfit with matching, and just as expensive, designer heels—regardless of whatever ailment may be making this “duty” less than convenient.

And so, the media now bows down to Miss Clarke’s courage and skill, as she fights through the pain in the name of good style. The message being; if you’re a woman, appearances are more important than your health.

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Terminator star Emilia is not the only actress to recently catch the media’s eye while promoting an upcoming film. This time, they noted what was wrong straight away. American beauty, Selena Gomez was splashed across every site and publication for her stunning attire while promoting Hotel Transylvania 2 in Cancun, Mexico. Where Miss Gomez dazzled in a scarlet two piece with a daring slit, nude heels and simple makeup, her co-stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James turned heads for quite the opposite reason.

The well-known comedians stood either side of her in ill-fitting t-shirts paired with shorts, sweatpants and sneakers. James wore a peaked cap while Sandler sported messy stubble. It is clear Selena had spent numerous hours preparing for her arrival at the exclusive event. In stark contrast to this, both men looked as though they had just rolled out of bed. Seventeen Magazine was one of the first to call them out, posting the inserted picture with the line

“These premiere pictures are a powerful reminder that women are held to an impossibly high standard of beauty that men just are not.”

If a picture says a thousand words, then this picture is the perfect summation of double standards between what is socially expected from women.

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The double standards between men and women do not end at fashion. Earlier this year, in an interview with The Wrap, Maggie Gyllenhaal revealed

“I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me.”

Unfortunately, this is nothing new in Hollywood, with women’s romantic roles having a much more limited lifespan than that of their male counterparts. However, it seems men gain a lot more sympathy than women in such situations. Many of you will remember a young Gwyneth Paltrow getting into trouble over comments regarding her co-star in The Perfect Murder, Michael Douglas. At the time, the 25 year old expressed her discomfort, playing a romantic role alongside a man

“old enough to be my father”.

Shortly after the film’s release, she stated

“Either I was too young for the part, or he was too old for it. I’m not surprised it flopped.”

Her comments were met with disdain, as the public’s reaction was not to empathize with her awkward predicament, but to condemn her for her ageist comments towards a well-respected actor. Douglas went on to say she was

“better known for her love life than as an actress”.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas in The Perfect Murder

Celebrities have it tough, but double standards enforced by social expectation is not restricted to those living in Tinsel Town. We are just as much the victim of it. Women being obligated to wear heels and have perfect makeup for work every day dare they appear “tired” or “unprofessional”…

Women being expected to be virtuous and pure while men are excused with the old phrase “boys will be boys”…

Women being expected to lose the baby weight, while regaining her strength and looking after a new child, despite the fact men don’t go through nine months growing a life inside of them…

All these little things that are so common place, we never think to speak up and say “NO! I don’t care what you expect of me, this is the reality and I’m OK with that.”

So please ladies, the next time you feel bound to do something you really do not want to do, because of social expectation, channel your inner Queen, and with flourish and a flick extend the royalist of all the finger and say “Double this!”

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