My Fall Playlist 2013

Happy November, everyone!  So, I decided to make a list of twenty of my favourite fall listenings.  Maybe you’ll enjoy some?

 

To listen to the entire playlist altogether, you can click here!

 

1.  All Too Well – Taylor Swift

2. Mardy Bum – Arctic Monkeys

3. Heart Out – The 1975

4. Sad Beautiful Tragic – Taylor Swift

5. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? – Arctic Monkeys

6. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran

7. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

8. Come Back… Be Here – Taylor Swift

9. Flathead – The Fratellis

10. Bloom – The Paper Kites

11. Make You Feel My Love (Live) – Adele

12. Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

13. Female Robbery – The Neighbourhood

14. The Lucky One – Taylor Swift

15. Flawless – The Neighbourhood

16. Video Games – Lana Del Rey

17. Arabella – Arctic Monkeys

18. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

19. Last Kiss – Taylor Swift

20. R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys

 

I hope you enjoy some of my favourites as much as I do!  Let me know your playlist and I’ll be sure to check some new tunes out.

-Liv

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A review of basically the best book ever.

Hello, hello!  I hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to fall/school year/not summer!  I have been a little MIA lately, as school began and we all know that can be a handful sometimes, but I’m sure you will be seeing more of me soon.

So, back in March I began writing, writing, writing, writing, which began fuelling an interest for reading for me.  I wouldn’t necessarily call myself and avid reader, but I do enjoy some books here and there.  Over the summer I read about four books and like them all thoroughly, but two stood out to me specifically.  I originally found the series off of a tumblr blog (surprise, surprise), and ended up getting my friend hooked on them to the point that we drove about a half hour away to go to the next town’s Chapters.  Yeah.  Let’s just say it was worth it.

Beautiful Disaster is about a nineteen year old good girl with a troubled past who ends up crossing paths with a tattooed bad boy who sees quite highly of her.  The two end up undergoing a bet that twists end turns their relationship, and basically makes the whole story.  To sound the least cheesy as possible, I have to say that this story sort of changed my whole perception of ‘love’.  I think it’s pretty awesome when a book alters you.

I would highly recommend reading it; it’s by far my favourite.  The sequel–Walking Disaster– is the exact same story (with a more into the future epilogue) but features Travis’s point of view, who is the male love interest.  If you like romance novels, this one is really amazing!  And, to put the candles on the cake, it seems to be coming out as a movie….

 

For more information and a much better synopsis, you can click here!

 

Thanks for reading!  Have a good weekend!

-L

 

 

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Current Ins and Outs

So, I’m currently laying in bed, post-Big Brother, post-headache, post-five hour nap, and decided, hey?, how about writing!?  I thought I’d share some Ins and Outs, which is a little different from my monthly favourites I guess you could say.  I always feel rushed when writing them, and then never have a good idea of what to put down, other than music…haha.

Ins:

Writing: As hard as it may be to believe I’ve actually been writing, I am!  Just not on this blog.  I have been writing two stories ever since the end of March, and been LOVING it.  It really sparks those imagination/creativity buds and makes me slightly more interesting in real life.  And even my own mother has commented on my wide range of “big words”.  Just call me the thesaurus!  The one I’m currently writing is my little baby and I am terrified my computer is going to suddenly crash due to some appocalypse, and I’m going to lose it all.  I should probably have other things to worry about if that ever happened, huh?

Polyvore: Along with my story, I’ve been (cheesy, I know) making up outfits to go with scenes.  Wow, that really is as dumb as it sounds.  Haha, I don’t know about you, but I always get better understandings of things when I get visuals.  For example, when I read Pretty Little Liars a few summers ago, I always would google image search the characters.  So, now, I’m making outfits for every chapter!  Let’s be honest, being a fashion-girl, it’s quite fun too!  Polyvore is basically like a dress up game for adults.  You get to search through gazillions of clothing pieces to create an outfit, which you get to piece together completely.  I get a lot of inspiration from looking at other sets on there, and it’s just a good way to pass some time.  You can check out mine here if you’d like!

Autumn: Yet another tie to my story, which takes place in the fall, I have been loving all of the cozy outfits, the dropping leaves, the food…everything about fall!  I always do this.  I always love the opposite season.  As soon as I get into summer break (finally!), I start pouting about fall.  And I’m sure as soon as school starts back up, I’ll be complaining about summer.  Indescive one right here!  Tsk, tsk.

Big Brother: This has always been one of my favourite things to look forward to about summer time.  It’s my only one tradition I stick to.  I will admit that it gets a little bit boring at times, but I am really liking the cast this season!  They remind me of a gigantic popular clique, and there’s already been some pretty funny battles.

Looking For Alaska by John Green:  I read this book about a month ago, after reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and it has quickly taken the place for my favourite book!  Now mind you, that’s not saying much because I’m not a big reader, but I have read some pretty good books!  I also read it in three days, which is a major accomplishment in my life.  You can read a synopsis of it here!  I’d really recommend reading it!

“Red” (the song) by Taylor Swift:  This was always the one song of the album RED that I never liked.  Now it’s one of my favourites!  I heard her perform it live, and it sort of changed my opinions on it!  I never liked the “Re-eh-eh-ed”, but I really like the rest!  Very good lyrics.  And of course the music video I am in love with!  I went to see her in Toronto, so of course it was a little nostalgic watching it all back again!  You can see it here.

Outs:

Going to bed at 6AM and waking up at 4PM:  Yep.  I have the WORST sleeping schedule of all time at the moment.  I am literally up when my parents are getting ready for the day, and then when I finally fall asleep, I end up just sleeping the entire day away.  Not fun.  I do not recommend that one.

The movie “Something Borrowed”: This movie had an alright storyline, great cast (I love Kate Hudson!), good ideas, but holy moly was the ending awful!  I was so disappointed!  It seemed very rushed and just…annoying.  They made a hole bunch of problems, and then just in a snap one of them was solved and none of the other ones got fixed.  Definitely not my favourite.

THE ATTACK OF EVERY SINGLE BUG EVER: Alright.  This is not okay.  So, after telling you about my horrid sleeping patterns, I will add that this means I have the only lights on in the house that late at night.  So this means insects flood to my room like they are running away from the war.  And then here I am, laying with all of my covers on when it is scorching hot outside, with my kleenx box in hand, swatting at every single flying thing that approaches.  I have had to keep a fan in here to prevent these things.  A couple of weeks ago the biggest beetle I’ve ever seen decided to float in here at 2AM and I had to try to make no noise trying to capture and kill it.  It had me SHAKING.  I could literally go on and on and on.  I am so paranoid now.  I should literally film myself and see how many times I frantically flick my head around to see if there is anything flying within ten feet radius.  I HATE BUGS.  What ever gave them permission to come into my house, never mind TOUCH me?

Anyways, I’m going to go.  That last little rant has gotten me worked up now.  Good gosh.  I’m ridiculous.

My Summer Listenings 2013

Hey there!  Happy July!

So it is no secret I adore listening to music, especially during my free summer months.  Without giving you my playlist of fifty two songs I suggest you may like, I thought I would just pick a top few to feature!  If you’re in the same boat as me, give these songs a listen!

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May 2013: My Favourites

Remember me?  Yeah, hi.  I’m Olivia, and I’m feeling a little apologetic at the moment.  Continuous work is starting to pile up, having my final exam on the twenty first.  I’ve also been a little unmotivated, because I’ve been thinking about starting a YouTube channel.  Well, actually, that would be a bit of an understatement.  I have been watching YouTube for three whole years now, and have been desperate to start one of my own.  So, maybe you could look out for that in the future?  Hmmmmm….

Well, for now, I have my current favourites for you!  May has absolutely FLOWN, and I have managed to snag a few outstanding favourite things the past little while.

As always, let’s start with music, shall we?

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How cool is this!?

This month I have been getting into lots of Ed Sheeran, and a couple favourite songs of his are Lego House and Wake Me Up.  His voice is heavenly, as I’m sure you’ve heard.  Funny story actually, a girl in one of my classes DOESN’T KNOW WHO HE IS.  How can you be living if you don’t know who Ed Sheeran is?  Really?  Haha, I think I almost choked.  Looking forward to seeing him soon!

A few odds and ends are Come Home by OneRepublic, How to Save a Life by the Fray, and Eat That Up, It’s Good For You by Two Door Cinema Club.  The first two are very deep, slow songs, and the last one is just a fun summer song I found from none other than YouTubers.

 

This month I read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and it is safe to say it is my favourite book I’ve read.  It was probably the most tragic, tear-jerking thing EVER.  I don’t want to give away anything because I’d really recommend you reading it, but here’s a synopsis from here:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years,
Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter
inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a
patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about
to be completely rewritten.

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It was a very depressing novel, but completely worth it if you’re into it.  Hazel has a very different take on life, adding hilarious sarcastic gestures on just about anything.  Something I really enjoyed was that the author made everything have two sides.  Hazel has very strong opinions on cliches, and her point of view really shines out.

My favourite video of the month is by Dan and Phil, YouTubers.  They made this a while ago, and I just found it a few days ago.  Have a good laugh.

I’ve started watching The Vampire Diaries this month, and it’s like Gossip Girl all over again.  Love love love.  It’s like a Pretty Little Liars mixed with Criminal Minds or something.  The show is also very similar to The Secret Circle, which you may be familiar with.

So those are the most prominent favourites of the month of May for me, what are yours?  I’ll talk to you guys soon!

 

Pictures found here, here.

 

 

Stylegawker!?

Hello!  I hope you are all having an amazing Easter weekend!  I’ve just been spending mine dreading my english work I have to do today & tomorrow, but I hope your’s is going much better!

So I’ve been exploring lots of DIYs again for the Spring & Summer, and that includes searching around craftgawker.com, and I guess I haven’t been on in a while, because I found something called ‘Stylegawker’ at the bottom of the page!  What!?  When did this happen!?  Why did nobody tell me my favourite craft website now has a sister website for fashion!?  WHAT!?  So I thought I would let you guys know about this fabulous invention, because it really is a great concept.  I knew there was a weddinggawker, and a dwellinggawker, but they must of recently just came out with stylegawker, or maybe I’m just really dumb.  If you don’t know what any of these gawker websites are, it’s basically just a Pinterest or a Tumblr, except they are all pictures of things, and you can click on them to go to the blog or website where the picture came from, which is where you can find the DIY or post on that specific thing.  I’m making it sound way too complicated for what it actually is…

Anyways, here’s a link to the website!

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I just thought I would let you guys know that I have came out from under my rock, and I’ve found this really cool site!   And, to let you know that the DIY that I did yesterday and Friday has went alright, but I just have to tweak some things with it, so that post should either go up Tuesday or Wednesday, cross your fingers!

Talk soon!

-Liv