27 Mar 2015

1. Oh Wonder - Body Gold (Louis The Child Remix)

Louis The Child consists of two fairly young DJ's from Chicago and if you want to know more about them you can click here. I think this song is nice and chilled, you could definitely listen to it after a night out. Angus and I have decided it can be described as 'quite Flume-esque'. 

2. California Soul (Diplo Remix) - Marlena Shaw

It's very rare that you can remix a classic and make it better, but this is a fine example of exactly that happening. This is fairly old, but still good. Thanks Diplo. 

3. Me, Myself and I - De La Soul

I've developed a bit of an obsession with De La Soul this year; they're not just on my March playlist, but January, February and probably will be for a long time. I tend to listen to this in a morning whilst I get ready for uni, to get me in the mood for a MAD lecture. 

4. Warm Water (Snakehips Remix) - Banks

Ruby introduced me to Banks and now I love Banks, especially this Snakehips remix. 

5. Fine (LeMarquis & FAB Remix) - Whitney Houston

I first found LeMarquis through listening to his remix of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (listen for the ting at the end of the rap). I was flicking through his SoundCloud the other day when I found this, and I think I like it almost as much. 

6. Foot Stomp - Disco Tech

This is a good song for dancing. It comes from a playlist called Disco Heroes Vol 6, where you can find more songs, that are also good for dancing. Good for pre-drinks before Soul Jam.

7. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

I used to listen to this song when I was around 14 and I've recently rediscovered it. I forgot how much I enjoy Passion Pit; this is clearly one of their best. 

8. Mugen - Harrison and Seamus Hamilton

I only discovered this towards the end of the month but it's still a fab song. I think this song would go down well at any point of a night out, from pre-drinks to after party. 

For more of my musical selections, head over to my Soundcloud


13 Mar 2015

(Photo: imgkid)

Even in 2015, it pains me to know that when people hear the word 'feminist', the general connotations (of those who don't associate themselves with the movement) tend to be somewhere along the lines of man-hating, non-shaving, free-bleeding screeching maniac. This social definition in itself is exactly one of the reasons millions of other females, males and myself need feminism.

Feminism can be defined as 'the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes' which is where I feel the first misunderstanding of what feminism actually is lies. I believe simple explanation of this official definition could help society let go of a lot of misconstrued ideas of what the movement stands for; the biggest problem surrounding feminism is people who are uneducated and ignorant towards what it is.

There are still pay gaps!

As of April this year, it will have been 52 years since the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed in America. Yet, this far on, American women are paid an average of 77 cents to the $1 a man would earn in the same job, doing the same amount of work. In the UK, as of 2013, women earned 19.3% less per hour. North America and the UK are examples of countries where the pay gap is not as severe as it could be, with Korea's pay gap being a massive 37.5%! It is beyond my comprehension how this could make sense to anyone?


To go back to my opening paragraph, the connotations of feminism are one of the exact reasons we need it. Women who are not afraid to speak their minds about the injustice they experience based on their gender, are punished and labelled with words such as 'feminazi' or just plainly 'insane'. Not only does this beat down women who have had the confidence to vocalise their feelings, it keeps other women from speaking up about their thoughts and experiences as they are afraid of being categorized by such names. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman tells of a writer, convinced by her husband and the patriarchal society she lives in that she is insane because of her hobby of writing as a woman. This in turn, discouraged other women who wanted to write, through fear of being defined as the narrator from The Yellow Wallpaper, which is exactly what is happening in the case of labelling and stereotyping in the modern day. Women are discouraged from speaking their minds.

"Men are victims too"

"What about men?" What about men? Sometimes, to annoy myself, I venture deep in the depths of the comments section of articles (usually Daily Mail) based loosely on a gender issue, and read such comments as 'this applies to men too' and 'don't forget about men'. Recently, the Salvation Army released an advertisement featuring the famous 'blue dress', being worn by a female victim of domestic physical abuse. These comments I have already mentioned were of course present, written by both men and women alike. Although feminism does argue equal rights for both genders, it is mainly women who have been and still are marginalised and discriminated against. I feel something society needs to address is that if a problem doesn't affect men, it is still a problem. Feminism aims to equalise everyone, but focuses on achieving for women, what men are born accustomed to. For women, feminism is more than just an ideology; it is our entire lives.

♡ because women shouldn't measure their self-worth on mens' opinions of them 
♡ because women shouldn't be forced to dress modestly so their body doesn't offend you 
♡ because a man was praised by the national media and social networks for being a single parent 
♡ because I fear for my safety when I'm walking home past 7pm 
♡ because the fact I have a boyfriend shouldn't be the only reason boys take no for answer 
♡ because people find the topic of menstruation more offensive than rape 

I hope you can understand that there are thousands of problems women like myself, as well as in other countries, are faced with every day, but to list one would be to list them all and this post would have simply been too long. This perhaps has been the most brief introduction to feminism anyone has ever written, with the most basic of ideologies somewhat explained. However, I hope it provided a brief insight into my vaguely personal definition of feminism and how I look at the world around me, through a feminist perspective.


2 Mar 2015

February has quickly drawn to a close and it's already March! (Ruby will be very excited right now) As the clever ones amongst you may have already guessed, this post will be concerning a few things I've been loving throughout the past month. Most products are linked so just click to buy online!


I feel as though I've reached a point in my life where I've absolutely nailed my skincare regime and I have mainly Lush to thank for that. As you can see in the pics, all of my products are looking very well-used.

I use their 9 to 5 Cleansing Milk to take off my make up, followed by Herbalism Facial Cleanser to exfoliate. I then tone with Eau Roma Water and moisturise with the Ginzing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer from Origins (best smelling thing I've ever slathered onto my face). Usually, not taking my make up off at night completely ruins my skin but I've had a few nights out recently and my complexion is still the best it's been since I was a wee one. 


Current go to eye look is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate packed onto the lid, then blended out and under the lash line. I'm feeling v Olsen and I think this look can instantly make you look more 'polished' (although I may not be a very good example of that).

Speaking of go to, I've been using my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume every day and I'm still as obsessed with it as I was when I got it two months ago. Their website describes it as 'luscious and golden', which is how I sometimes like to describe myself too.


I'm unsure if this is a weird favourites category but I'm obsessed with these two things. The first is a candle I got from Primark. I will admit that I only got it the other day but I feel as though if I had bought it earlier, it would still be included. I think the outside is really pretty and I'm going to turn it into a plant pot when it has finished burning. It's coconut and vanilla scented, but not overpowering and sickly, the scent is very subtle and light and I can't believe it was only £3.

The second is a mug I got from Tesco. It's one of those that are the perfect size - nothing worse than a small mug. I love the minimalistic design (looks way more expensive than £2.50) and I think it looks v chic on my desk next to my candle. (painting nails emoji)


Another probably quite strange category? I'm one of those people who becomes utterly infatuated with a food for a few months, gets bored then doesn't eat it ever again (special mention to the only food that seems to have survived this process, hummus). This month, those two foods for me have been Rice Krispies and Uncle Ben's Rice. If you haven't had Uncle Ben's Microwave Rice, your life is quite frankly a mess.


Last month I went to SoulJam in Newcastle and now I can't stop listening to that late 70s early 80s disco stuff. I even made a playlist called 'funky groovy pre' and have been dancing around the kitchen to songs like these whilst cooking spag bol.

If you do one thing today, please make it watching this music video.