31 March 2014

Breathe In Breathe Out | #MusicMonday

This weeks Music Monday is a song that has been dotting about here and there but has only officially been released on VEVO this month.

This weeks song choice is...

'Breathe in Breathe out' by Tich 

Tich is a British singer who originally started an independent music career with her debut EP 'Candelight', which was released on 20th December 2012. Tich later signed a record deal with AATW and began working on her debut album. She released her debut single 'Dumb' on 12th May 2013 and it reached Number 23 on the UK Singles Chart. Followed by a second single, 'Obsession' which was released on 19th August 2013 and reached Number 56 in the UK. Her second EP 'Candlelight II' then was released on 8th December 2013. 

Tich has toured in the past with the likes of Paolo NutiniPixie LottJustin BieberJLS and most recently, Olly Murs and James Arthur. She also played some major UK festivals including GlastonburyT in the Park and Oxegen. She has also performed at The Buttermarket (Shrewsbury) on many of occasions, including supporting Loveable RoguesUnion J and her very own headlining gig!

(Video above is only available on some platforms so click here to access it if it isn't showing )

Tich has also received success with her personal YouTube channel, 'iamtichmusic', which has 4.2 million views and over 48k subscribers as of 31st March 2014.

"Breathe In Breathe Out" will be released on iTunes on 6th April, and is co-written by Nick Jonas and Tim Powell.

Hope you liked this weeks song and I hope to see you next Monday with another song!

28 March 2014

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award

Heyyy guys!!! I have been nominated by Emily from 'EmilyThinks' for 'The Sunshine Award', Following the 'Liebster Award' earlier this month, I'm really excited to be doing this.

So the rules are as follows:
>Include the award.
>Say Thanks to the person who nominated you.
>Share 10 interesting things about yourself.
>Link to the nominated blogs, and share the news with them!

1. I struggle to clean my room unless I have music on.
2. I have never seen the film 'ET'...
3. I can appear quite shy when I first meet people.
4. My favourite colour is blue.
5.  I used to do knitting in primary school.
6. My legs always have little bruises on them. I don't even know how or why, but they do.
7. I have a huge passion for photography.
8. I don't think I will ever give blood as I cant even get blood tests without having tears in my eyes! You would have to knock me out first!
9. Ive been trying to grow my hair back to the length it was (Roughly down to my waist) since I cut it short like 6 years ago..its getting there....slowly..
10. I love to be organised!


I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and once again, thank you Emily for the nomination!

I nominate:
reading this and..
Valeria - instantvaleria.wordpress.com
Lizzy - princesscandyfloss.blogspot.co.uk
kimamely - kimamely.blogspot.co.uk
Laura - www.blog-beautique.blogspot.co.uk
Cassie - cutetotontheblock.blogspot.co.uk

I hope you can manage to do this, and please let me know by commenting below once you have done, so I can read them :)

24 March 2014

Broken Strings | #MusicMonday

This weeks Music Monday choice is one of my first ever favourites and has been since I was ten!

This weeks song choice is...

'Broken Strings' by James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado 

'Broken Strings' was the third single from James Morrison, a British singer-songwriter musician. This was released from his second studio album, 'Songs for You, Truths for Me' and was released on 8th December 2008. This song features Nelly Furtado who is  Canadian singer-songwriter.
The single soon became the most successful single to date for Morrison as it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in January 2009, not long after it was released. It also was in the top ten on many other European charts.
This song was, and still is, a huge success!

(Video above is only available on some platforms so click here to access it if it isn't showing )

Morrison's video for this song made its world premier on 17th Novermber 2008. Both Furtado and Morriso filmed their parts on different days. 

Hope you liked this weeks song and I hope to see you next Monday with another song!

20 March 2014

How is taking a 'no make-up selfie' helping to cure cancer?!

How is taking a selfie without make-up helping to cure cancer? Im sure, just like myself, many are wondering the exact same!
Recently social media (Especially Facebook) have been flooding with 'Nek Nominations' and now...a new phase has risen. The 'No make-up Selfie'.   

So how did this all starts?
Well, apparently a few days ago a man said he would donate 25p for each and every woman who uploaded a 'selfie' of themselves wearing no make-up.  And soon, just under two days of him posting that, women all over the world and all ages started to get involved. 
This week my news feed has been filled with photos of bare faced girls, all naturally beautiful, trying to raise awareness. Not only that but I have also spotted people questioning the whole point of this - saying that they should be donating to charity themselves instead of posting these pointless photos. But with that said are they missing the point? As the aim is to raise awareness of cancer charities and campaigns and not the money. By getting everyone to post these selfies it is getting people talking about cancer and raising the though of the charities that are out there that need help! 
How many people out there do you think donated to a cancer charity (e.g.- cancer research) after seeing what is happening on social media sites, in particular, Facebook? I reckon a lot of people did, and are still continuing to donate.

Whilst it can be annoying to have your feed flooded with similar things to what everyone is uploading, it has encouraged people to donate and increase awareness!

Although spreading awareness is amazing, fundraising and donating is vital and everyone should be willing to donate, even those who are not uploading a make-up free picture of themselves. So text BEAT to 70099 and donate!

If raising awareness in this way gets us one step closer to a cure for this terrible disease, I would go make-up free for the rest of my life...possibly ;)

REMEMBER! As much as you look beautiful without make-up on, and raising a great deal of awareness, please don't stop there and donate £3 by texting BEAT to 70099 now!

17 March 2014

Make My Heart Fly | #MusicMonday

This weeks Music Monday choice is another cover but this time it is a song by 'The Proclaimers' which is covered in the musical film 'Sunshine on Leith'

This weeks song choice is...

'Make My Heart Fly' covered by Kevin Guthrie and Freya Mavor

This cover was released on 4th October 2013 as one of 13 songs in the British musical film, 'Sunshine on Leith' which is another song featured in the film, originally by 'The Proclaimers'.

The film was a great success for box offices, grossing £4.1 million! -On its first week it debuted at number three with £770,00 and the following week, it rose to number two with a weekly take of £732,296!
The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and is a five-star sensation!

(Video above is only available on some platforms)

For those who aren't aware, 'Sunshine on Leith' is based on the outstanding hit of the same name featuring music by 'The Proclaimers'. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who are returning from Afghanistan and have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh. Both of them struggle to live a life outside of the army and having to deal with the everyday struggles of jobs, relationships and of course, family.

This is a cracking film and I recommend going away and watching it if you Havant done so already!

Hope you liked this weeks song and I will see you next Monday with another song!

10 March 2014

Marry the Night | #MusicMonday

This weeks Music Monday choice is a song that I have been slightly obsessed with since seeing the performance on the 'Fox' TV show, 'Glee'.

This weeks song choice is...

'Marry the Night' by "Starchild" aka Elliott Gilbert (Portrayed by Adam Lambert)

This cover was released on 30th October 2013 as one of four songs as part of the episode 'A Katy or a Gaga'. Even if you are not a fan of 'Glee' (Unlike myself) it doesn't matter! Adam Lambert's performance of this song is absolutely stunning and its down to his breathtaking, powerful voice and awesome "self-designed and sewed" outfit.

Lambert's vocal ability seems to have no limits and when he takes off, its like a rocket has been launched!- I love Lambert and this cover!

'Marry the Night' is a song by the world famous American recording artist, Lady Gaga, if you did not already know that. "Marry the Night" is a dance-pop song influenced by electro rock and house. You could say that the lyrics of the song are a tribute to Gaga's love for nightlife and partyingIt was released as the fifth and final single from her second album, 'Born This Way' from 2011.

(Video above is only available on some platforms)

Hope you liked this weeks song and I will see you next Monday with another song!

8 March 2014

Lunch with KayCee!

I always though pet friendly places were sparsely populated and you were limited to 'Pets at Home', but I couldn't of been more wrong! I was surprised when my mum told be that there were dog friendly cafe's within a 15 minute drive all over Edinburgh so I knew a outing for lunch with KayCee was on the To-Do-List.
Today we decided to head uptown to a lovely cafe called 'Nom De Plume'.
This is a great little cafe with distinctive decor in a great part of town. The staff are very friendly and polite whilst the food was amazing and excellent value!

I got one of my favourite meals, Nachoes and Cheese, whilst my mum got the French onion Soup and KayCee......a bowl of cold, fresh water - just how a dog likes it. Haha.
Following that I got a delicious chocolate brownie and a tea whilst my mum tucked into a almond croissant and cappuccino.

I will definitely be visiting there again and will definitely recommend it!

6 March 2014

Liebster Award!

Hey guys!
So I plan in advance when I post blogs and I tend to write them before the date but I have been nominated to do the blog renowned Liebster Award not just by one person, but two! So I am squeezing this in.Thank you to loudoesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk and poshballoon.blogspot.co.uk for the nomination! :D

So the rules are as follows:
>You must link back to the blogger who nominated you.
>You have to state 11 facts about yourself.
>You have to answer the 11 questions that were given to you.
>You have to nominate 11 others (With under 200 followers) and set 11 questions for them to answer.
>You can't nominate the person who nominated you.
>Include a Liebster Award Logo.

So here we go....

22 Facts (11 facts per nomination):
1. Im ambidextrous (Both handed)

2. I don't watch much TV but the shows I do watch are Glee, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Eastenders, Lizard Lick Towing, Casualty and a bit of Millionaire Matchmaker

3. I 'steal' the samples of soap, conditioner, shampoo, biscuits...anything free from a hotel (But then who doesn't?!)

4. I have been a vegetarian all my life and will never change

5. My friends say I'm a bit too obsessed with blue and white...but I don't think so ;)

6. I wish Chris Colfer could be my gay best friend 

7. I love Instagram (follow me @Ka5thleen)

8. Tesco is like my 2nd home

9. My favourite direct message I have ever received was "Kathleen! Im NEVER going to forget you! Your ma #1" (And Jemma..if your reading this..I can hear what you would say haha)

10. I love hand sanitisers and moisturisers so much you could say I collect them...

11. I love photography <3

12. What has helped me a lot when it comes to blogging is learning from other bloggers and examining how they write 

13. I suffer Trypanophobia (fear of injections) 
14. Im an only child (or growing up I thought it was 'Lonely child' but same difference)
15. Im scared of heights  
16. High School Musical was my 1st official favourite film <3
17. 17 is my lucky number :)
18. HSM is my guilty pleasure! "Once a wildcat always a wildcat!"
19. Im pretty mellow haha
20. I have blue eyes
21. I used to think 'Prawn cocktail' flavoured crisps were 'Prawn and cocktail' until a couple of friends pointed it out last year haha!
22. One of my goals in life is to inspire people

First off loudoesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk question's:

1. Are you shy or outgoing? Shy at first but the more I know you the more outgoing I am.
2.Have any Pets? I have had many fish, 2 hamsters (One called Harry, the other Ron) and now I have a beautiful 7 month Bichon Frise called, KayCee <3
3.Beauty essential? hmmm...eyeliner 
4. Fashion accessory you always wear? I have an armful of bracelts that I wear every single day (22 in total) and I also tend to wear a scarf/snood (I own just over 20)
5.Heels or flats? Flats
6.Favourite food? Nachos and cheese...and mashed potatoes :D
7.What country do you want to visit most? Florida, US
8.Celebrity crush? I don't really have one..but i'd say Alex Pettyfer...and I love Chris Colfer!
9. Favourite blog? Hmm... Tanya Burr's
10.Favourite makeup brand? ATM it would be Maybelline
11.Tea or Coffee? Tea

Now for poshballoon.blogspot.co.uk question's:

1. Hobbits or dragons? ermm...hobbits?
2. Do you have a motto/phrase that you live by? I have a few .One of which is by Alan Watts - "Better to have a short life that is full of what you LIKE doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way".
3.You've been lucky enough to be granted a date with a famous celebrity - who'd you pick? Cody Simpson? As he is a more relevant age. If I was older then Alex Pettyfer or Zac Efron ;)
4. What beauty product do you think everyone should be using? Em...a form of eyeliner?
5. Band/artist you've been listening to a lot recently?
TJ Bilham!
6. Since the start of the year, have you found anything that you wish to do more/do less?
More: Blogging,things that I love 
Less: Eating.
7. Who would you pick to play you in a film of your life? Vanessa Hudgens #WCW
8. A boat is taking 5 items away to heaven (let's say it real) ready for you when you eventually go there - what would you put in the boat? I have no idea....just memories until my family and I were re-united again <3 
9. One of your most embarrassing moments from your childhood? Im sure there was loads but I just cant think of any right now...
10. Do you have a fashion icon and who is it? Not really I guess...
11.I give you a train ticket now to anywhere you like in the UK - where would you go? If a train could hover over water, either Northern Ireland as I haven't been there (yet!) or Eigg, which is an amazingly gorgeous island in the North West which I got the pleasure of visiting a couple of years ago.

Thanks to Lou and Grace for my nomination and down below are the 11 questions and the names of those [un]lucky people who I've nominated :) 

1. What made you want to start a blog?
2. Who is your inspiration/role model?
3. Who is your favourite actor/actress and why?
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
5. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
6. What is your favourite Disney movie?
7. What is your favourite quote?
8. What movie or song has made you cry?
9. Chocolate or vanilla?
10. How many hours a week do you devote to blogging?
11. What was your initial reaction to receiving this Liebster nomination?

Names of nominees 











4 March 2014

It's Pancake Day!

Happy Shrove Tuesday everyone!! Or as it's mostly called...PANCAKE DAY!!! And do you know what that means? Yes...you are indeed right, PANCAKES!

The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess". As today precedes Ash Wednesday it is tradition to make pancakes. These are associated with this day as a way to use up rich foods such as eggs and sugar before the fasting season (Lent). 

And I know some of you are put off with the amount of calories a pancake has in it...okay few of you are put off, but for those who are do not worry!
The NHS have said,“Within a healthy balanced diet, a man needs around 2,500kcal a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal a day". 
So lets say for argument sake, a pancake has about 200 calories in it per 100g. If you were to eat 3 pancakes it would add up to 800 calories so that leaves you more than enough for your lunch and dinner. 
But do you know what. ITS PANCAKE DAY for goodness sake! This only happens once a year so stop counting those calories and slap on the Nutella and smuther that thing in strawberries and cream! Hahaha.

Have a very sweet day guys, enjoy! :D

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