Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Perfect Reaction to 1989 by Taylor Swift

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In the early hours of October 27th, I listened to 1989 three times. I'd been desperate for Taylor Swift's new album, and my body refused to let me sleep past 7AM. When Rhys woke up, the first thing I told him was "It's not angry. She's not angry anymore." There is no bitternesss here. If anything, the angriest song  on the album is "Bad Blood", but this is not about a man. It's the battle with another woman, but it isn't shaming or problematic. It's protective. Taylor Swift is far less haunted by the demons that pulled her apart, she's less vulnerable now to the crippling heartbreaks of youth.

What I will say first is that 1989 is delirious with full throttle pop, but an amused reinvention of it. The three tracks inspired by Harry Styles (Style, Out of The Woods and All You Had To Do Was Stay) are probably some of the best on the album, but I can't choose the best. There is no filler here, everything has meaning (and everything is perfect, but I'm admitting that I am 100% biased).

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tipping Your Waitress Is Optional, So Is Us Being Nice To You

Earlier today, I came across a conversation on Twitter that basically tore apart the generosity of tipping. Why should we tip bar staff, waitresses or even a hotel doorman? This quite frankly, enraged me. A lot of people jumped on the bandwagon to agree with someone who is considered a digital opinion leader, or a social influencer. This enraged me even more.

When people tip, they usually tip because of the service they've been given. Or maybe, they have just felt painfully sorry for their server. I've made many a pity tip, especially on match days during the Welsh rugby season. Match days have probably always been my most lucrative source of income, and they usually pay for those basic human rights such as food or shelter. You know, the things most people don't have to endure polishing buckets of cutlery for? Yeah, those things. 
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Source: Tumblr

Sunday, 19 October 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Reds - Blake's Pure Red

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Admittedly, I bought the new L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Red lipstick because this one had Blake Lively's name on it. Let's be honest here, I would probably buy a year's supply of dog biscuits if Blake's face was on the packet. But generally speaking, I wasn't expecting much of it. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Autumn Favourites: October Appreciation

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The first time I notice the Autumn change is probably one of my favourite moments of the entire year. It usually happens on an early September morning, when there's a silent shift in the air. Everything is crisper, fresher and the air is finally free from the contamination of summer and sunscreen. Coffee shop tables are are no longer smudged with melted ice cream. That moment is when my mind obsesses over Octobers and conkers, and a textured world of reds and burnt orange. 
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Images 1,2,3 found on Pinterest, images 4 and 5 from my own Instagram

Friday, 17 October 2014

Gotham: Dissecting a Prequel

Warning: Some gentle spoilers 

Once again we find ourselves faced with another comic book reboot, but this time it is without it's original namesake. Do we love this idea, or is it bananas to create a project without it's leader? Right now, it seems to be working as it's considered to be one of the breakout seasons of the Autumn. Instead of giving us the older Batman, what Gotham offers us is a history. It shadows the journey of  a young Commissioner James Gordon, and a ten year old Bruce Wayne (Baby Batman) while it births the stories of iconic villains that include The Riddler, and Penguin. Gotham also stars a hoard of familiar names such as Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue and  Jada Pinkett Smith. 

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First things first, this isn't a story about Batman. At least it's not trying to be. Although it couldn't exist without the shy presence of a young Bruce, the series is less invested in him and his future as a vigilante in a cape. At this point in the game, we're not talking about Batman. Careful not to abandon him altogether, the show gives us an inside look into Bruce's life in the aftermath of his parent's death and his eager grasp on justice. What we are given is more police procedural than comic book hero, as the show concentrates on Commissioner Gordon and his battle with corrupt law enforcement (or as I like to refer to him, my good buddy Jim).

Autumn Haircare: Old Wives Tail Hair Oil

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My hair is my crowning glory. Sadly, there was one devastating point in my life where my hair was neglected, straw-like and tired. Due to over curling, over colouring and a general commitment to re-creating the hair of Blake Lively, I pretty much wrecked my hair. I gradually started taking care of my hair, and after years of reversing the damage it has become a healthy beacon of hope. At least I think so, anyway. So when new haircare company Old Wives Tail got in touch, I leaped at the chance to treat my hair.

Old Wives Tail produce organic and completely home-made hair care products. All products are vegan and they pledge to donate 10% of profits to animal welfare charities. Animal testing is an issue that plagues the cosmetics industry, as an influx of beauty giants find loopholes to enable painful suffering on masses of cute and fluffy faces. At it's core, Old Wives Tail aims to eradicate all forms of animal testing. The story behind their conception is fairly nifty, and you can check it out in it's entirety at their website.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

We're All Afraid Of The World We Live In

Trick or treat? You've already met this year's greatest monster and the collected greatest fear. We're all afraid of the world we exist in, and sometimes we don't understand why.

At one point in my life, the world seemed to have reached a steady plateau, at least to me. I felt like the world was making very slow progress, but progress nonetheless. It seemed as though the world was becoming a more tolerant, understanding and loving place. Although the world would never become gentle or fair in it's methods, it was still spinning.

Except, nothing much has changed at all.