Thursday, 27 April 2017

A MIXTAPE FOR APRIL.

Back in January, I uploaded a blog post entitled ‘A MIXTAPE FOR JANUARY’. Today, I’ve decided to bring it back by giving April a mixtape. I always find April quite a difficult month, it feels like that half way stage where I’m just ready for Summer and completely done with school so the way I listen to music in April can differ a lot. However, this April the music I listened to was like a rollercoaster – it’s gone from one genre to another in a matter of minutes. Therefore I thought that today it’d be fun to give you all a bit of an insight as to a couple of the songs that I've been listening to in the month of April with its very own mixtape.



I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Sleeping At Last
In The End – Linkin Park
Burn – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012) – Def Leppard
Last Night (Beer Fear) – Lucy Spraggan
Good Greif – Bastille
The Cure – Lady Gaga
Sign of the Times – Harry Styles
Victorious – Panic! At The Disco
Unforgettable – Sia
Waiting For Love – Avicii
Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
Star Girl – McFly
The Fall Of Saigon – Miss Saigon
In My Dreams – Ruth B
Pony (Jump On It) Radio Mix – Tough Love feat. Ginuwine
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich – Lady Gaga
Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbra Streisand
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains Of Wayne
Flash Dance…What A Feeling – Yael Naim
Ironic – Alanis Morissette
All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Original Soundtrack
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – GLEE Cast
Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
Dancing On Glass – St. Lucia

Sunday, 23 April 2017

WEEKLY EDIT #2

Happy Sunday Chums!

I hope you’ve had the most wonderful week – even though the weather here has been a bit hit and miss I’ve actually had a rather lovely week. I’m really happy with all the things that I’ve been doing and have accomplished this week so I thought that I’d share with you a couple of things that I’ve been up to this week in order to try and round everything up before I go back to Sixth Form tomorrow.



SO HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO:

- My sister turned 19 on Tuesday so both my sisters, my mum and I all ventured out to the cinema to watch Beauty and the Beast, which I absolutely loved, and then we went for a wonderful meal at Bella Italia where I had a pepperoni pizza followed by raspberry sorbet gelato



- I spent most of my Wednesday alternating between writing an essay for English Literature about Othello and rewatching videos on Carrie Hope Fletcher’s YouTube, especially anything surrounding The Addams Family which I am now absolutely obsessed with thanks to Carrie



- On Friday my little sister and I ventured out to Calke Abbey with our dad where we ate lunch, took many a photograph and got lost on the walking trails almost too much. Even though I felt like I was dying whilst doing it I had a marvellous time and the Chewits I was snacking on really helped me through



HOW'S YOUR WEEK BEEN? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

TINY LITTLE MOVIE REVIEWS #1

I'm a massive movie junkie. I'm so passionate about movies it's ridiculous whether that be because of the actors, the soundtrack or the directing of the movie, I'm just a massive fan. Actually, as I write the opening to this blog post I'm watching a movie that I love because of all of those things, it's actually one of the movies in this blog post. I got the idea to do this blog post from Marbl☾☽Moon, her blog is linked in this blog post and so is the post that I got the inspiration from. Without further ado here are my tiny little movie reviews for y'all.



Love, Rosie 
Heart-warming, coming of age, love story -- I fell in love with it.


"You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.”

How to Be Single 
Laugh out loud, girly, brilliant soundtrack -- this film has established my love for Dakota Johnson!



"The thing about being single is, you should cherish it. Because, in a week, or a lifetime, of being alone, you may only get one moment. One moment, when you're not tied up in a relationship with anyone. A parent, a pet, a sibling, a friend. One moment, when you stand on your own. Really, truly single. And then...it's gone."

Doctor Strange
I liked it but I think it was more focused on the technical side of the movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Doctor Stephen Strange though.


"Wong. Just Wong? Like Adele? Or Aristotle. Drake, Bono and Eminem?”

The Shallows
On the edge of my seat, tension filled stuff – Blake Lively is brilliant! Also, I’ve never been more invested in a seagull before.


"[shoots flare gun at shark] Fuck you.”

Beauty and the Beast
The sheer brilliance and beauty of the movie amazed me. My worries about the movies reinvention were silenced even before the end of the opening number. Also, who knew Dan Stephens had such an amazing voice?


"Think of the one thing that you’ve always wanted. Now find it in your mind’s eye and feel it in your heart.”

So there it is for y'all. Some opinions on a couple of the movies that I've watched over the past few months. If you've watched any of these movies let me know what you thought about them or better yet, give me some recommendations of movies that I should watch and review next time!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE BY J.D. SALINGER | BOOK REVIEW

A confusing tale about a boy who aimlessly wanders around his hometown of New York after being thrown out of his posh grammar school. The Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel that seems to be a staple on many people’s bookshelf but until a couple of weeks ago I’d never even touched the book. I’m quite undecided about how I feel about the book as a whole, but I thought that I’d share my overall thoughts with you anyhow in order to give you a review on the book that seems to have confused my mind thoroughly.


Before I get into all my thoughts and feelings surrounding the book I’ll give you the synopsis of the book itself. “Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phoney' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.”
I was given this book by a friend from school in my English Literature class. Now, this exact copy of the book had been passed around quite a few people in our friendship group from English Literature and everyone had extremely different opinions about it. Someone thought it was revolutionary, others understood the creative brilliance of Salinger and others outright hated it. I entered reading the book with lots of different opinions circling my mind which now thinking about it could’ve possibly clouded my judgement about the book. Anyhow, with multiple judgements swimming around in my mind I eagerly jumped right into reading the book on my way home from sixth form the day I was lent it.


Before I was even five chapters in I realised that this book was not one of “normal” standards, it was actually far from it. The book itself was almost a collection of ramblings rather than a story, even as I read more and more of the book I never felt as if there was an end point, it just kind of felt like it was going to carry on forever because Holden’s ramblings carried on. However, unlike many of the people who I know that have read the book, I quite enjoyed the ramblings because it matched my thought process and stream of consciousness a lot where it was quite sporadic and so many things were happening at once that it almost hurt my brain to try and process all of that information. That probably sounds pretty unenjoyable to most of you, however, when you're trying to figure out the way that the story is going to unfold it's actually quite enjoyable.

Overall, I feel as if there should've been five or six extra chapters added onto the end of the book itself. I just felt like the book ended at an extremely odd place and nothing was ever really explained. I don't know whether I was the only person to feel this way but I finished the book feeling rather incomplete about what happened to Holden and his little sister and even Stradlater. There were a lot of unanswered questions running through my mind once I closed the book and I really wish that I could get the answers to them.


So Mr Salinger, if in another life we meet you can expect a long conversation about your thoroughly confusing, but quite brilliant novel.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

INTERNET BABES WHO ARE KILLING IT #1

During these dark days on the Internet, I definitely think that a showering of love is needed every so often, maybe even more than that. I wanted to spread the love today for all the Internet babes who I think are absolutely killing it right now. If you haven’t checked out any of these absolute babes I recommend that you check them out as soon as you’ve finished reading this blog post. If you know of any Internet babes who are killing it right now let me know about them in the comments!


Viola Helen
If you read my February Monthly Favourites blog post you’ll know that I stumbled across Viola’s YouTube channel as I was searching for university related videos and vlogs. Most channels that I’ve found a video related to university on I’ve watched the university related video and moved on, however, Viola’s channel stuck. With weekly vlogs from her time at Oxford, I hang on to the edge of my seat as I sit and wait for a new vlog to be uploaded but not because it’s university related but instead because I genuinely love watching her videos. I really love Viola’s bubbly personality and her video content. As I began to watch more of her videos I started reading her blog and everything just kind of spiralled from there. I’m sure that long after Viola’s left university I’ll still be watching her videos and hanging onto the edge of my seat in anticipation.


Viola’s Snapchat: @violahelen

Holly Gabrielle
When I found out what Holly’s YouTube channel was focused on I did originally think about unsubscribing from her channel, however, as I invested more time into watching her videos I gradually fell in love and now can’t help but pop one of her videos on whilst I’m writing an essay. As a vegan vlogger at Cambridge, Holly has been vlogging her experience both as a student and as a vegan. I’ve actually been finding her videos so relaxing to watch and even though it’s unlikely that I’ll be turning vegan I have noticed that I’m incorporating slightly healthier alternatives into my diet, I say this as I drink a cup of tea and scoff down a biscuit or two. Whether you want to watch Holly’s vlogs for the vegan aspect of them or the student aspect of them she comes across as a lovely person and I will continue to listen to her intently as I continue to write Shakespeare-related essays.


Holly’s Snapchat: @hollygw

Jack Edwards
Oh, the power of Twitter. After following Jack on Twitter a few months back when I went on a blogger follow spree I hadn’t particularly paid much attention to him, which sounds quite dismissive as I type this but because I follow so many accounts on Twitter he was someone I never really saw on my feed. However, after replying to a tweet about Phineas & Ferb (trust me, within the context it makes sense) I checked out his YouTube channel and then his blog and then I added him on Snapchat and so on. Basically, I became absolutely obsessed. His video content, blog content and overall greatness of his social media is just so utterly amazing. Male bloggers are an element of the blogosphere that I’ve never particularly delved into too deep but rest assured with the assistance of Jack I shall be letting my toes dip in a bit further.


Jack’s Snapchat: @jack_edwardss

A Beautiful Chaos
Now Nicole, though she may be completely unaware of this fact, is one of the few people who really got me into blogging and because of that, I will forever thank her. Rather recently Nicole re-launched her blog and has dedicated it to spreading a positive message about mental health both in the blogging community and society itself. Bringing about important topics such as anxiety, organ donation and OCD, Nicole is really making her mark in the blogging community. Nicole and her blog have really helped me through some difficult times both in the past and quite recently, for that, I'll forever thank her as well. I could quite easily make myself a cup of tea, cut myself a slice of cake and read Nicole's blog for hours on end.



So there it is, a couple of the people on the Internet that I'm following and absolutely loving right now! I definitely think you should check these people out as soon as you can because I definitely think that these people are going places on the Internet. Remember that if you know any bloggers, YouTubers or any other people who are killing it on the Internet right now let me know in the comments below because I want to check them all out!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

MONTHLY FAVOURITES | MARCH

April is here, Spring has finally sprung and I have a whole new list of favourites to share with you. I’ve got quite a few favourites to share with you this month and there’s a real range of them to talk to you about today. Shall we get right into it? I think we should!



THE INFERNAL DEVICES CLOCKWORK PRINCESS BY CASSANDRA CLARE
Yes, I finally finished it! After almost a year of reading it, I finally finished the final instalment in The Infernal Devices series and I absolutely loved it. There was a lot of tears, a lot of laughter, but mainly a lot of tears. I love Cassandra Clare novels, they almost take up a whole shelf on my bookcase, and I never thought I’d find any of her books to compare to The Mortal Instruments series. However, The Infernal Devices, though it hasn’t overtaken my love for The Mortal Instruments, is a close second. I really loved returning to the world that I love so much but in a different time period. It was so interesting to see how The Infernal Devices affected The Mortal Instruments. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s novels I definitely recommend you pick one up as soon as possible!


LEICESTER
I finally, finally went to Leicester this week. This trip was in the planning since December and I finally managed to get down there. I was supposed to go to Leicester the week of my birthday to stay with my sister but she wasn’t very well so I didn’t go. Then I was supposed to go during the second week of March but that week was a bit rough. HOWEVER, in the third week of March I finally, finally managed to pack a suitcase, buy a train ticket, and take two trains down to Leicester. I had the best weekend EVER, possibly the best weekend that I've had in a long, long time. The people that I met were so lovely and I couldn't imagine having the weekend without them. If my sister will let me, I'll definitely be back as soon as possible.



CALL THE MIDWIFE
Over the past couple of years the BBC have really stepped up their game when it comes to dramas and a Sunday night is my personal favourite day because Call the Midwife is on. If you haven’t watched Call the Midwife it’s a BBC period drama about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Last month the eighth series of Call the Midwife finished and I couldn’t be sadder about it. However, I really loved the ending to the eighth series – everything ended in the way that needed to, but none of it was sad. It was possibly the happiest ending to a Call the Midwife series ever. If you haven’t watched Call the Midwife yet I definitely think that you should check it out especially seeing as it won’t be back for a while so you’ll have time to catch up with it.



RED NOSE DAY
Friday, March 24th. £71,308,475. Charity never fails to amaze me. Red Nose Day is a British charity day where people from up and down the country come together to raise money for children, adults and multiple organisations both in the UK and across the poorer areas of the developing world. This year was no difference. I cried at all the stories, I donated money and laughed at all the funny skits that were created in order to raise a tonne of money. I always feel patriotic, however, on occasions such as Red Nose Day I feel even more patriotic because as a country we come together and raise so much money for people we don't know and probably won't ever know. My favourite part of the night? Red Nose Day Actually. After 13 years of waiting for my favourite Christmas movie reunited to create a "what happened after" skit and it was the best thing ever!! Hugh Grant was just perfect, as always. If you haven't seen it yet, then go and find it right now!!


TIMELESS
I'm a sucker for history, it's one of my great loves so when I found a T.V. show that mixed time travel and history I was sold even before I pressed play on the first episode. The basic idea of the show is that an unlikely trio of Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus, travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it. I definitely don't think that this show is for everyone, it's kind of a love-hate thing, but I've definitely fallen in love with it. It's really unlike any show that I've watched and that's why I think I love it so much. At first, I didn't know how sure I was but since everyone's personal lives have started to be interwoven into the show I've really started to love it even more.


There you go! All of the things that I loved throughout last month, what did you love? Was there any particular T.V. show or a certain event that you really loved? I'd be genuinely so interested in finding out. If you haven't read, watched or been to any of the things or places that I mentioned in this blog post I definitely recommend that you checked them out.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

INSTAGRAM DIARY | MARCH

Oh Instagram, how I love you. I will always love you but in March I seemed to love you a little less. I hardly uploaded anything onto Instagram throughout the month of March. I'm not too sure. Maybe it's because I went through a lot during the month of March and uploading things to the Internet or social media was difficult for me. Anyway, even though I didn't upload many photos to Instagram last month let's just dive into the few photos that I did upload.


As always, you can find all my Instagram posts as I post them over on my Instagram which is @chloe_marie.x, go give me a cheeky follow and I might just follow you back. I don't have a theme to my Instagram so if that's what you're looking for maybe I'm not the best person to follow, but if you're a fan of a mix-match of memories I'm definitely the person to go and follow!


| remember that time we dressed up all fancy and danced all night? yeah, that was fun |



// i spent almost three hours on facetime to this one today + i really love her for it💜 //



// i hung out with some pretty cool people + had the best weekend ever🎉 //


So there you go everyone, the whole three photos I uploaded to Instagram. I know they're really not as many photos as usual, actually, there are hardly any photos compared to usual but you know, social media wasn't the most important thing on my mind last month. Maybe I'll overload you with photos throughout this month, who knows? What I do know is that I'm back with lots of blog posts planned for you all. Hope everyone has a great week coming!