Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Getting A Bob: What To Know + Hair Inspiration

Lily Collins, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Lauren Conrad

In the past I've tried a few bob haircuts, in between having it long and I much prefer the short look! It's so much easier to manage and it feels like a weight off your shoulders (literally). No matter what hairstyles are in fashion, I think I'll always come back to the bob as to me they will always be timeless. Today I'm going to share with you my tips on getting one cut and how to manage them!

Firstly you should consider what will suit you! Figure out your face shape, oval, heart shaped, etc. I would recommend you look up the sort of styles you want and filter through those, picking out those with models that share your face shape. This way you'll have a much better idea of what you'll look like.

Then you should probably consider if your hair will actually turn out that way or how much styling it's going to require. My hair is thick and straight so I know that I'll never wake up with the wispy waves that Ashley Benson has. I also have pretty much no time to style so I don't assume that it's going to be easy to recreate every morning. From experience I also know that my hair curls upwards in the few weeks after the cut, because it's used to being a lot heavier. That's just me, but you should think about how your hair will behave with the cut. So I would advise finding pictures of a celebrity who fits your hair type and face shape and seeing what they have. For an even better idea of what it will look like, try finding a picture of them dressed down, going to the gym or something. That way you know they haven't had it professionally styled and you can figure out what's achievable.

Next step is to bring your chosen style to your hairdresser and get it cut! Remember to say exactly what you want, nothing "sort of" or "a bit of". Last time I got it cut I asked for "some sort of layers" not really being sure of what I wanted. I personally didn't think the layers suited me but they way I see it, it's always useful to find out what suits you and what doesn't. No matter how it turns out, remember that it's just hair and soon it will grow out! 

Here are some of my favourite bob styles for a range of different face shapes and hair types!

Emma Stone, Rose Byrne, Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon
I would highly recommend getting a bob, I'm going to get mine cut shorter in a few weeks, which I'm really looking forward to! If you are thinking about cutting your hair and worried about it, it's really not as bad as you may think and if you don't like yours, I promise it will grow out in no time!

My current hair
Have a wonderful week!

Hattie x

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Young and Talented: Lorde


Today I'm going to be profiling one of the entertainment industry's rising stars, well she's rather huge already but I predict that she will be around for a long time yet. She is known for her talent not just for being Instagram famous like the other girls her age seem to strive for. She is Lorde.

Real name: Ella Yelich-O'Connor

Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, in 2013 which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Royals was her breakout hit for which she became the youngest solo artist to have a number one single in the US. Yet she is still only 17 and brimming with ideas. The thing that attracted me to Lorde was how she writes about the things that she has experience with, primarily being a teenager. Her songs are brutally honest about how she feels during these years, bringing forward perspectives that doesn't get a voice nowadays in the music industry. I could go on forever listing you lyrics that express this but I would highly recommend you listen to the whole album.

She's never afraid to speak out for what she believes. When she found that a picture of her performing had been photo shopped to get rid of her acne, she called it out on Twitter saying "remember flaws are ok". Lorde did an interview with Tavi Gevinson in which they chatted about everything from literary influences and feminism to flaws in how journalists deal with young talent. It's really long but read it all as it really shows you how genuine and well spoken she is. Another thing that impresses me about Lorde is that at no point is she trying to be "relatable" , sometimes I can disagree with her opinions and sometimes she can say something that makes me want to jump up and down shouting "YES" because I hadn't thought that anyone else would think the same thing. That's the beauty of Lorde.

I am so looking forward to hearing her next album. In the mean time, make sure to listen to Pure Heroine and the Hunger Games; Mockingjay Pt 1 soundtrack, which she curated, especially Yellow Flicker Beat and her spectacular cover of Tears for Fear's Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Letter To New York

Dear New York City

How are you? It's been a while hasn't it? Three years in fact. I really hope I'll be back soon, though it doesn't look like that's going to be possible in the next 3 years at least. In a way this feels like a love letter, but also a letter to an old friend. Either way, I've missed you.

As I'm writing this, I'm sat on a bus to school, driving through roads of neat semi-detached houses on a bitterly cold morning. Frost is clinging to the sensible cars and there are trees soggy with dew lining the pavements. The only people on the streets are shivering school children, the rest is just silver and black metallic flashes It's so very different from you. There's a distinct lack of yellow and it feels like the whole town is groggy, not looking forward to the Tuesday before them. 

I never thought I'd say it, but I miss the hustle and bustle, the business men rushing past you etc. I guess the atmosphere is one of motivated and driven people. For me that makes all the difference! New York cannot be great without these people; they cannot be great without you. I wish to become one of those, rather than just a tourist. Here in my town the tallest building has 12 floors and you can see it for miles! Whereas you are renowned worldwide for your skyscrapers, great giants of steel and concrete. I suppose it would be easy to feel intimidated by you but for me it would come as a welcome change, in a few years when I'll be itching to move away to somewhere exciting. 

I know you've had some dark times recently. The death of Eric Garner and the subsequent verdict was a tragic misjustice and I'm sending you my deepest condolences to all affected. However the solidarity that the people of New York showed following the verdict was awe insiring and very brave. I'm so glad that I live in a world where people can come together, united by a sense of justice and stand up for those who have been mistreated. 

I'd like to say thank you, New York. When I get tired and stressed out by school and all that comes with it, you provide an incentive to carry on trying, a destination that I can work towards. One day, when I have worked hard enough, I will be able to say that I live in New York City. At the moment you feel like a world away from where I am now, I actually live in a village! It may sound silly but I have this vision of a 20 something me thriving in New York, hurrying along 5th Avenue off to work in a magazine or newspaper of some sort. To be honest I haven't got it all figured out and I realise it's going to take lots and lots of hard work to get there. However I'm a firm believer of dreaming big and where better to do that than in the Big Apple? 

I really do hope to see you soon and I wish you all the best.

Yours faithfully


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Taylor Swift Tag


Today I'm doing the Taylor Swift Tag! I saw this on Gingerly Pale and I just had to do it!

1. Welcome to New York // If you could live in any city, which would it be and why?
New York. I've been there twice and I absolutely love it. There's a special energy buzzing around, like the city is ready to burst from all the creativity and ambition within those who live there. There is a sense of overwhelming awe from all that visit there. I'd love to spend every single day there!

2. Blank Space // What is something that everyone thinks is true about you but is actually false?
Everyone who I meet at the Oxfam Charity Shop seems to think I'm a lot older than 15. I don't know whether I act it or look it but it's quite nice! 

3. Style // What is one item in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable?
My River Island ankle boots give me confidence but also when I'm in any sort of costume for a character in drama I feel pretty unstoppable. When I act I feel like a completely new person.

4. Out of the Woods // What is one thing that you're afraid of?
I flinch whenever I think about wrists. I don't know where it stems from but its so annoying, especially when people first find out about it as they just proceed to push their wrists in my face to make me uncomfortable. Don't do it! 

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay // Who is someone you wish was still in your life?
My friends who moved to America when I was about 7. I did get to visit them last New Year however, which was lovely. Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if I was still best friends with them. I'm going to put more of an effort in to keep in touch with them this year!

6. Shake It Off // What is something you have had to shake off?
When I don't do so well in a test or someone says something that annoys me. It tends to linger on my mind until I make a conscious decision to shake it off! See here for how to boost your mood.

7. I Wish You Would // What is something you'd like to happen right now?
For Taylor Swift to send me a belated Swiftmas present or for My Chemical Romance to reunite!

8. Bad Blood // Have you ever had someone stab you in the back?
Not that I can think of!

9. Wildest Dreams // What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a genuine, kind and happy person. If I manage to make people around me happy and maintain my own happiness, I'll have done a good job of living!

10. How You Get The Girl // What is your favourite pick-up line?
“If you were a biscuit, you'd be a McFittie" - credit to Evie

11. This Love // What is something you got back that you never thought you would?
A lot of my school supplies that have gone missing before! My love of writing maybe? I loved creative writing when I was younger and I've only just started loving it again! 

12. I Know Places // Where is one place you always feel safe?
There isn't really a place that I feel safe, it's more to do with who is around me. If the people I love are nearby, then I feel safe.

13. Clean // What is an important lesson you have learned in life, and how did you learn it?
Don't sacrifice your happiness for just anything. It's okay to be picky about what you throw your time and energy into, don't just dive into anything! I learnt this after being part of a project that my heart just wasn't in. By the time I realised this it was too late, I felt a little trapped and it wasn't fair on the other people involved. I don't regret it necessarily though. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and simplify your life. I learnt to put my energy and love into things that I know will pay off, (schoolwork and drama exams) or things I feel passionately about (this blog)

Have a wonderful week!


Monday, 12 January 2015

Motivational Monday | All My Favourites


This will be the last Motivational Monday as I want to branch out a bit this year in terms of posts. Whilst doing this series I've found so many great pictures and quotes on We Heart It. So to end this series with a bang, I've compiled a few of my favourite pictures that I found! Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, 10 January 2015

REVIEW: Into The Woods


While I was in Boston over New Year, my mum and I went to see Into the Woods. It was a particularly bitter and cold day so we desperately needed to get warm for a few hours. Where better than a huge American multiplex cinema? I've wanted to see Into the Woods ever since the trailer came out mainly because I love anything that comes from the magical realm of theatre but also because of the star studded cast. It only came out in the UK yesterday, but because I was in the US I got to see it at the end of December.

Sometimes people leave you / halfway through the wood
The Baker and his Wife desperately want a child but the Witch has placed a curse on their house that means their family tree will always be barren. However the curse can be reversed if they bring the Witch four vital ingredients by the Blue Moon in three midnights time. They must collect a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow of corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Along the way they meet other fairytale characters who are embarking on their traditional storylines but all is not quite how you would expect.

First things first, the actual musical, that served as the entire script, is a masterpiece composed by the great Stephen Sondheim. He's the one behind West Side Story, Follies and Sweeney Todd. It may sound a bit twee at times, particularly in the "Into The Woods" part in the Prologue. However if you listen to the lyrics, these classic fairy tales get darker and darker as the story unravels. I loved Agony with Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen as the Princes and On the Steps of the Palace with Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. 

As for the cast, James Corden and Emily Blunt put in a very good performance as the Baker and his wife. Anna Kendrick is amazing as Cinderella, did you know she was nominated for a Tony award when she was only 12? Meryl Streep plays the Witch and proves that she was the only woman for the job! Her renditions of Stay With Me is very moving and her anguish about Rapunzel gives her a humanity that I've never really seen in a witch character.

I haven't actually seen the musical but I understand that it stayed very true to the original which I think is a risky move. Many people aren't used to the fact that every line is sung and usually rhymes. However for musical lovers like me, it really works! The aesthetic looks magical but dark and dangerous at the same time.

Others may decieve you / you decide whats good.
You decide alone / but no one is alone.
I would highly recommend going to see this film!

Have a wonderful week!


Monday, 5 January 2015

Make 2015 the Year of You | Motivational Monday #5

Good Morning!

I hope your year is off to a cracking start! I'm one for fresh starts and I usually go all out with the "New Year New Me"'s  at this time of year. However, this year I'm going to try really hard to make a difference in my life, with a little help from my Motivational Monday series. I'm determined that this year is going to be brilliant, it's the last year before all my schoolwork becomes incredibly important and I fall head first into exams. I don't just mean a good year in terms of sticking to resolutions, I believe that change happens through a positive mindset and taking actions to improve your life rather than just waiting for a fairy godmother!

So ...

Make 2015 the Year of You

This year is completely yours for the taking, so grab it!

Emma put it really well in her video, so you should watch that too!

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year's Resolutions


Happy New Year! 2015 is finally here and I've got my resolutions to show you. This year I'm going to try really hard to stick to them as I said in my last Motivational Monday. So let's get right into it!

Cutting down chocolate and other sugary foods
I don't want to give chocolate up completely, merely consume less. The main problem I have is eating a little bit, then more and more until oops the bar is completely gone. It has a pretty bad effect on my skin so I'm going to try and replace some of it with fruit and other skin friendly foods. I also need to eat more healthily in school as I usually end up getting a bacon baguette every day!

Doing more exercise
This will be the hardest to maintain as I really hate too much physical activity. However I must try and do more as I never burn off any of the awful foods I eat and that's probably quite bad for me. There are fun ways that I can be more active like going on our treadmill and doing some of the Blogilates workouts. Also I've heard it becomes more enjoyable the more you do?

Be proud of all my posts
Recently I've been putting a lot more effort into my blog posts and I've seen my views rise because of it and I feel more confident about them. I'm going to try and carry that into 2015 by writing lots of content heavy posts but also work at my photos too.

Participate in the blogging community more
I adore this community we've got going on and I want to be more active in it. This means being in as many chats as possible and maybe even hosting on one. I want to comment on more blogs and discover more in the future.

Keep up schoolwork and improve on the subjects I struggle with
Mandarin, Physics and Maths are the lessons I don't particularly like so I'm not doing as well in them. This year I'm going to put in the effort to improve on them and keep up my other lessons too. Unfortunately that means putting schoolwork above blogging when it gets tougher.

What are your resolutions?

Have a wonderful week!