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Ellie Taylor: This Guy

IMG_1201On Tuesday I ventured to my favourite London spot, Top Secret Comedy Club, to view Ellie Taylor’s preview show before she takes it to the Fringe. After seeing her performance on Live at the Apollo I couldn’t wait to see her live and I was not disappointed.

I don’t want to give away what is discussed throughout the show but the content is topical and hugely relatable (specifically if you’ve sadly lost a lot of your close friends due to the burden of motherhood). Throughout the show the delivery was absolutely effortless and I was incredibly impressed with how seamlessly the material all tied in together. Ellie is charming and charismatic – a refreshing change from other well known figures from Essex. I went to Top Secret with a friend from Fulham (we are like chalk and cheese) and even he remarked “I thought that you were an anomaly because you don’t sound much like an Essex but Ellie Taylor sounds even less Essex than you!” I’m taking that as a compliment.. it’s all about the little wins.

Furthermore, I’m hoping people will see this show and realise that taking the pill on time is something to be proud of and to celebrate! Here’s Ellie’s Live at the Apollo performance – I’m sure there will be many more to come.

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One Direction Solo Appreciation

Hearts were broken when the beloved One Direction announced that they were (ironically) going their separate ways. However, judging from what the boys have produced this year it may be possible that splitting up was one of the best things that they could have done for their careers!

Back to You – Louis Tomlinson ft Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals

It seems fitting to start with the newest release so please make way for Louis Tomlinson! I have a feeling this song will be lingering on the radio for a long, long time. Bebe Rexha’s vocals perfectly suit Louis Tomlinson and the pair perfectly execute the bittersweet love song; “I tell myself I’m done with wicked games/ But then I get so numb with all the laughter / That I forget about the pain”. Something a lot of people can relate to! Despite the masochist theme, the song is an awesome summer hit – it’s super catchy with an EDM vibe x with a chilled piano riff. Bravo, Louis. I’m sure get a number 1 hit out of this one.

Strip that Down – Liam Payne

I’ve declared my love for this song in a previous Yelemusic, which you can read here. Nearly two months after being released I’m still not bored of it! This song goes down so well in clubs and bars where everyone embraces their inner stripper (… not literally). Throwing a bit of shade towards the other 1D boys, “y’know I used to be in 1D, now I’m free”, Liam makes no effort to hide the fact that he is ready to become a solo star. A bold song and a far cry from the “What Makes You Beautiful” days – Mr. Payne has definitely been reinvented.

Sign of the Times – Harry Styles

wowowowow – the level of emotion in this song was not something that I expected from Harry Styles. This song absolutely blew me away. It’s incredibly mature and vastly different to One Direction’s hits. I don’t know why but the music video always makes me laugh, so that somewhat ruins the seriousness of the song but I absolutely love listening to it. In addition to this, Harry’s recent part in Dunkirk proves that his celebrity status is going to continue to soar.

Slow Hands – Niall Horan 

Confession: until now I didn’t know Niall was the artist in this song! This gentle song with a therapeutic acoustic set is exactly what I’d expect from the cheekiest member of One Direction. Whist being a little understated in comparison to the other singles released by the boys, I feel as though Niall could have found his niche and may possibly the next best thing to Ed Sheeran. I just want to cuddle with him and eat pizza.

Still Got Time – ZAYN

In comparison to Pillowtalk, this song seems a lot more mainstream – just in time for the summer season! I love the simplicity and repetitive nature of this song. I’ve had many car journeys recently with this song playing and I’ve felt completely carefree! Equally, it’s a good song to keep you relaxed about finding a soulmate. Finally, a song in the charts that doesn’t make me feel as if I’m going to die alone!

 

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Dry shampoo is my new best friend

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Before you berate me – I am so late to the dry shampoo party I’m quite ashamed. I tried it before back in my brunette days and was not blown away by it; I found that my hair still felt horrible and that made me desperate to wash it.

Fast forward 4 years and I have converted to the dry shampoo way of life! I saw this bottle on offer in Boots and though I’d give it a go. I’d been reading a couple of reviews and a few people said that Batiste worked better on light hair rather than dark hair. From personal experience I can confirm that this is true! Additionally, Batiste is constantly making an appearance in dry shampoo recommendations so I knew it’d be a trusty brand.

After not washing my hair for two days I decided to give it a few dry shampoo sprays on the third day and I was incredibly impressed with the results. Not only did my hair look fresh, it even felt fresh! This is going to make my weekday work routine 10x easier now that I know I won’t have to spend my time frantically drying my washed hair. My only regret is not buying more bottles with various scents.

I’m aware that Batiste is on the budget end of the dry shampoo world so I’m eager to invest a bit more money and try some other brands, have any of you got any suggestions? Due to its affordable price, I’ll definitely be keeping a bottle in my bag at all times for an emergency hair boost.

Batiste will continue to hold a special place in my heart – you never forget your first dry shampoo. Get yours here: http://www.batistehair.co.uk

 

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Rick & Morty

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Adventure Time meets Back to the Future. Rick & Morty is a new cult classic, filled with hilarity and dark humour.

The series follows a sociopathic, drunken scientist named Rick on adventures with his easily distressed Grandson, Morty. The creative freedom that Adult Swim has is made evident throughout each episode – each one is entirely different from the last and consists of bizarre and unique intergalactic creations.

This is a series, similar to Archer, that gets better each time you re-watch it. Upon the second binge I picked up on so many subtle references. Whilst on the surface the series is absolutely ridiculous, it is also carefully crafted with a vast amount of intelligence. The show has shown superhuman strength by even applying pressure to superfood giant McDonald’s to return Szechuan sauce to the menu after a brief introduction in 1998 for the release of Mulan.

What makes the show even more endearing is just how awesome the creators are. They are the type of people I’d enjoy playing beer pong with and getting a pizza at the end of the night. Check out this video to see what I mean:

Enjoying getting Schwifty!

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Harry Potter is more than just a story

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I am so grateful to J.K. Rowling for dreaming up the magical world of Harry Potter whilst on a train journey between London and Manchester. It goes without saying, the storylines provide a form of escapism that encourages you to think outside of the box and truly embrace the fact that eventually good will triumph over evil (something that J.K. Rowling does on a daily basis against Twitter trolls). But there is more to it than an eclectic mix of characters and fancy spells.

I grew up with Harry Potter and it shaped my life, memories and relationships.

This post could honestly be the same length as my undergraduate dissertation (but I won’t put you through that!) Instead, here are key memories I have thanks to Harry Potter:

My brothers arguing over who got to read our copy of the book first. After Chamber of Secrets, my mum wised up and made the sensible decision of buying individual copies.

Following this, it led to a reading race in which my brothers would race each other to finish the book first. Heaven forbid any arguments happened mid-read because that would lead to spoilers galore! I’ve always been a bookworm but J.K. Rowling encouraged even the most disinterested child to pick up a book and immerse themselves in the fantasy world.

We spent endless Sunday afternoons together as a family watching the films. Specifically, I know the first three films off by heart due to my eldest brother having them on 24/7.

I remember seeing the first couple of films with my brother and my mum. I don’t know why but I always remember at the end of the Philospher’s Stone my mum turning to my brother and asking, “does Harry get on better with the Dursley’s when he gets home?” She sounded genuinely concerned for the wellbeing of the fictional wizard!

As I got a bit older, I began to go to see the films with my friends instead of my family. I’ll never forget being absolutely covered in goosebumps at the beginning of The Deathly Hallows. I’m not sure why but the 2 year wait for the film genuinely felt like a lifetime!

I remember watching the Order of the Phoenix at the first ever sleepover I had with a boy – we were both huge Harry Potter fans so it was the perfect evening! Fast forward 7 years and we ended up visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan together. I can’t describe the butterflies in my tummy I had whilst walking into my fictional paradise. We also binge watched all 8 films on the flight to Japan, best in-flight entertainment ever.

For my 19th birthday, my best friend and a different boyfriend surprised me with tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. This was an incredible day out! Seeing the set design and the props in real life was absolutely fascinating. I even got to ride a broom! I’m going back next week for my 23rd birthday and cannot wait.

I know these memories don’t mean much to anyone else. I find it absolutely fascinating that a book and movie franchise could have such an impact on growing up. From being young enough to not be able to go to the cinema by myself to see the first movie, to being old enough to travel to Japan without my parents and experience the magic – Harry Potter has been a consistent presence in my life. I can’t quite articulate how special it is to me.

Thank you J.K. Rowling for playing a crucial role in the last 20 years of my life.

 

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I’m the One – Dj Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne) 

DJ Khaled’s little intros in videos always crack me up so this is a bonus! With an A-list collaboration like this it’d be hard not to have created a summer hit. The song itself is perfect to chill to in the sunshine or as background music whilst getting on with some work. It’s the perfect mix of tuneful lyrics from Bieber with carefree verses from Quavo, Chance & Lil Wayne. I feel like this is one of those songs I’ll never fully know the words to but I can occasionally chime in with an “I’m the one!” 10/10 good audience participation.

All the Pretty Girls – Kaleo

This is a super relaxing song, probably quite good to cry to if you’re that way inclined (I haven’t cried to it but it’s emotionally stirring and makes me feel like I’ve cheated on a talented, guitar playing bearded partner of 5 years and he’s written me a song to feel guilty – emotional, right?) Its acoustic simplicity actually reminds me a lot of ‘Atlas Hands’ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. I’m looking forward to hearing what else the Icelandic Indie pop group have to offer.

Strip That Down – Liam Payne ft Quavo 

Well, well, well – somebody has certainly grown up and flown the One Direction nest (something we are made aware of 27 seconds in with the lyric “y’know I used to be in 1D, now I’m free“). Not only has he started making babies with Cheryl Cole but Liam Payne has reemerged to the music scene with a powerful track. This is a dangerous song to listen to in public after a few drinks because you’ll feel like the Beyonce of the dance floor. If tracks like this one keep being produced then Mr. Payne definitely made the right choice in going solo.

Unforgettable – French Montana ft Swae Lee 

This song is amazing on so many levels. The music video was filmed in Uganda and the song itself is upbeat, summery and infectiously catchy. Its release was accompanied with an Instagram post dedicated to French’s parents and a caption explaining “I promised my mother that I would hustle and make my accomplishments unforgettable once I found my opportunity. I want other people who might be struggling to know that the sky is not the limit.” Oh French – ya lil cutie!

Touch – Little Mix 

I don’t know why but I find Little Mix to be a guilty pleasure so this is one that I don’t openly declare my love for but I have on repeat/will happily sing along to in public. It’s upbeat and cheerful but the lyrics are so relatable “just a touch of your love is enough to lift me off of my feet all week”  , this sums up how good it is spending time or even just receiving a good morning message from your beau. It’s taken me a while to warm to this song though as when it was first released things with my “beau” were not peachy so it was hastily turned off whilst I stewed in bitter resentment.. But for now I’m actually enjoying listening to it!