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The Good, The Bad & The Naked

Naked Attraction has returned to Channel 4 for its second series. I hadn’t watched it before but when season 2 premiered it was dominating conversations. When you first explain it to people they often think you’re winding them up:

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Before watching it I was convinced it couldn’t be true – surely the genitals would be blurred or the glass boxes would somewhat cover each individuals modesty? But no, the contestants stand in those boxes with everything hanging out.

Initially the British side of me was shocked at what it was seeing but after various episodes and discussions with my friends, Naked Attraction is a brilliant TV show and I think that it is integral that people (especially teens) give it a watch.

Growing up is difficult and a huge part of being a teenager involves trying to figure out if you’re normal and how to fit in. Experiencing changes with your body is a lot to comprehend and Naked Attraction shows the extent at which people’s bodies can vary. Most importantly, the show presents normal, everyday bodies – not airbrushed models that we are conditioned to believe are representative of the population. The contestants are typical humans with individual preferences. One contestant may choose a curvaceous partner whereas another will go for the edgy individual covered in piercings.

Furthermore, Naked Attraction is not limited to opposite sex partners similar to most dating shows. It goes one step further and has contestants from the LGBT community. On one episode there were two contestants going through the process of transitioning and it was insightful to understand the changes that a member of that community goes through. Being open about topics like this will begin to normalise it and make it widely acceptable – it’s time to leave discrimination in the past.

Overall, the show is informative, inclusive and an important tool for encouraging body positivity. Yes, it’s a bit shocking to see so many penises and vaginas in one go but we are the generation of freeing the nipple! It’s time to put our prudishness aside, start embracing our bodies and educate ourselves. Congratulations Channel 4, for once again pushing the boundaries.

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Dunkirk

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I adore historical films, specifically surrounding the events of WW1 and WW2. Therefore, I was incredibly eager to see Dunkirk. Upon leaving the cinema, I was left disappointed. Unlike films such as Saving Private Ryan, the battles seemed somewhat PG. The characters had no backstory, I expected to grow an emotional attachment to them but I felt almost numb. This Guardian article nicely sums up my initial feelings. It wasn’t until a deep discussion with my mum that I realised this was the beauty of Dunkirk – you are thrown into the “nothingness” of the beach.

The film was utterly immersive – imagine wearing virtual reality goggles and being thrown into a silent film with the silence being disrupted by the sound of explosions and gunshots. There is little dialogue in the film, which makes it all the more captivating; if a picture is worth a thousand words then the incredible cinematography is worth a million. Throughout the film Hans Zimmer’s score emotes feelings of urgency, tension and hope.

The story of Dunkirk is played out over three separate strands; land, sea and air. These strands have separate time periods; one week, one day and one hour. If I were to write down the ways in which the film hops from one storyline to another it would baffle any reader. However, on screen the transitions are effortless.

The movie bluntly portrays a stark challenge – how will 400,000 men escape the beach and get home? There is a focus on events that many similar genres have neglected; waiting, boredom, loneliness, being surrounded by strangers… Unlike other films that seem to have constant action sequences and close bonds with comrades, Dunkirk presents the reality of war and not the Hollywood blockbuster version with a romanticised storyline.

As a keen historian, the story of Dunkirk is beautifully depicted. As a movie enthusiast, it lacked a solid narrative and relationship with the protagonists (but this is all part of its charm). Dunkirk will inevitably become a classic and it deserves to be talked about for years to come. I’m grateful to Christopher Nolan for creating a masterpiece and ensuring that the brave efforts of our soldiers will never be forgotten.

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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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Newbies

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!