Monday, 29 June 2015

Birthday Celebrations | 17th

If you're like me and you love birthdays then look no further. As a few of you may already know it was my birthday on Saturday as I turned the big one-seven. Meaning ahead of me laid a busy weekend of celebrations with family and friends. To start I spent time with my family as we caught up on what has been happening as they helped me put up the three tents and get the garden all ready for tonight's get-together with my friends.

Obviously since I had turned 17, I was ready and wanting to begin driving out on the open road. Not going to lie I was nervous at first of the thought that I was driving and free and anything could happen. But I had my first driving lesson that afternoon, and my nerves were so calmer once I had set off and we headed to the country roads. I wasn't driving super fast but it was fast enough for me otherwise I'd have felt out of control. I am glad I survived my first lesson and I'm now ready to tackle the rest of my lessons to ensure I can pass my test first time round.

Later on my friends (Team Legend) all arrived and we cracked open the drinks and chilled outside, chatting and having a good laugh. Thank you to a few of my friends for my Disney Frozen Balloon, they know me to well. After plenty of food from the BBQ, we just sat around chatting and tried those new Doritos roulette, but only Lucy managed to pick the fiery hot chip which was entertaining to say the least. Darkness was creeping in on us and we decided it would be the best time to try smash open the piƱata, however we weren't that successful, with most of us just hitting the tree and I just failed as was trying to follow everyone else's instructions on moving left or right. Eventually we pulled it down from the tree and pulled it apart with our hands.

Most of you have probably heard of innuendo bingo played on BBC Radio 1, so we decided to give it ago. But instead of using clips from TV or radio we played it by using the Against Humanity Cards. Let's just say Katie, Milly, Lucy and I were all extremely wet from spraying water on each other from uncontrollable laughter. It was soon time to light the fire, once we all got settled around it, guess what happened? It began raining! Typical British weather.

Sunday morning soon came and we were all shattered, but having the family back over for extra birthday celebrations was a great way to rewind from the busy night and day I had had. I finally got to blow out my birthday candles on my cake and make my birthday wish, for which I can not say what it is, otherwise it won't come true.

I was spoilt by everyone this birthday, you all know how much it means too me. However my best friend Alex gave me the cutest birthday gift, that when I re-read the card she gave me I get all emotional and teary eyed. One thing she did was a box with 365 handwritten cards, each with an inspirational quote, a friendship quote, a movie quote or a song- meaning there is a card for every day of the year. Alex gave me these so every day I have something to smile about. Below is the box filled with cards and my inspirational quote I got on my birthday, which yet again got me all teary. I just want to say Alex has stuck by me with a lot and been there through thick and thin, she is my sidekick and I feel lucky to her call my best friend. You should all go check out her instagram @alig0705.

I just want to thank everyone for being a part of my birthday. Whether you messaged me or spent time with me. I love you all and I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life right now, you all mean so much to me and have a special place in my heart x


Friday, 26 June 2015

Taylor Swift | 1989 Tour


You are probably glad that I haven't posted in almost a week, as I tend to talk non stop in every post. But on Tuesday I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to see the queen of music live with Alex. You've no doubt guessed who it is. Yes. It was Taylor Swift!

Back in November, I remember we had to get Alex's grandma to get our tickets to go see Taylor up in Glasgow on one of her UK tour dates. We are the luckiest girls ever as we managed to get tickets straight away. I ran over to Alex as we jumped around in excitement that we were able to see our woman crush on stage.

Our journey began on Tuesday morning as we set off from Carlisle at 10:30am getting into to Glasgow for 1pm. We headed to the SSE Hydro Arena, and got on the shuttle train heading to the city centre for lunch, shopping and to soak up the Glaswegian atmosphere.
Starbucks lovers (although they are Costa)

Buskers- if anyone knows what this band are called comment below

@GregorColeman - amazing musican
Alex ft Taylor Swift in Urban Outfitters
Soon we went back to the arena and spent time looking at the merchandise, taking many selfies and photos together and were trying to emotionally prepare ourselves for what was about to come ahead of us.

Once we had got in the arena we bought all the merch we wanted, the 1989 tour t-shirt, tour book and wristbands. It was time to head up numerous flights of stairs to get to our seats. Considering we were at the very back of the arena we could see the stage clearly which got us extremely hyped knowing we would see the one and only Taylor Swift on that stage in front of us in less than an hour.

We got to our seats to find these white rubber bands, at first we didn't know what they were for but we soon realised. These would light up during Taylor's set and change colours and flash automatically depending on the song she sang. Once again we took many selfies inside the arena, of the stage, with our tour books and even Alex's seat as she was on 89, taken from the tour name 1989 ahaha.

Shortly the support act came on and it was Vance Joy. He was very good, and got the audience singing along to Riptide and a few others of his songs. 

Half past eight came and the arena was sold out, no seat or standing area empty. Taylor Swift took to the stage and smashed every song she sang and also talked to the audience who she called us her friends and inspired us all. 

Opening the show with Welcome to New York got us all singing and dancing alongside her.
She blew us all away as every other song she changed outfits, to extra sparkly dresses and play suits which made her legs look longer. My favourite outfit was the pink LED light dress she wore during How You Get The Girl. After many songs from her album 1989 she performed a few of her classics from older eras, such as Love Story, I Knew You Were Trouble and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. 

During Clean and Wildest Dreams it's fair to say the audience was practically in tears. The flashing bands looked amazing in the audience, I can't even begin to imagine how spectacular to looked from Taylor's point of view. Sadly her set came to an end as she closed the concert with Shake It Off, with everyone up on their feet, shimming and dancing along, it was a truly the best end to a concert I have ever experienced.

I could talk all day about the concert and how breathtaking it all was to see your idol on stage in front of your very eyes. So I will end it here and let you look through a few more photos.


Sunday, 21 June 2015

NCS | National Citizen Service.

A few of you have probably already of NCS whether your friends have taken part, you've seen adverts or from ambassadors on the internet such as Zoella, Joe Sugg and many other YouTubers and bloggers. NCS offers young people the opportunity to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories.

With NCS it give you skills you will need for the near future once you leave school or collage. First you get to known your group and this the best time to meet new people and make new friends. You then get to stay away for numerous nights at an outdoor activity centre, doing fun activites such as rock climing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Afterwards it's time to give back to your local community and leave your mark in your local area by delivering a social action project. But mainly the whole point of NCS is to have fun, be awesome and make long lasting friendships.

Taking part in NCS can benefit you in many ways, as it can help fast track your future by learning new skills for work and life and it will look great on your CV because it helps teach the skills employers say they are increasingly looking for in candidates: confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.Also NCS gives you a framework to show off and talk about your skills and experiences in interviews. What's more, NCS is recognised by UCAS and will help you deliver a killer personal statement.

I just want to tell you guys a little about my experience with NCS. Last October I took part in the Autumn scheme which was lots of fun and I have become closer friends to those who were in my group. At first we met up and did team building excercises and went bowling together, which was a laugh, soon we all got to know each other well.

Next up was our three night residential at Lockerbie Manor, were we did a range of outdoor activities, in the mud, rain and between the autumn leaves. Through these days away I gained confidence, pushed and broke many boundaries. I did things I never I thought I'd be able to achieve or even be able to do. There were many activities I enjoyed taking part in such as the zip wire, the blindfold challenge and the crate stack. On the other hand there is a few I tried my very best but weren't my favourite, such as the rock climb and the abseil (any of my friends reading this will understand why I didn't like the abseil).

Afterwards we visited the mayor and many local authorities such as the police station and others too. We had many talks from locals charities, and brainstormed our ideas and come up with our social action project. We came to the conclusion to help our local hospice dig out their gardens and repaint their shed and pagoda. The Eden Valley Hospice were very grateful to our contribution to them. To end you have a graduation, where you look back and reflect on everything that has happened and what skills you have learnt. You get given a certificated signed by the Prime Minister which is great to take to interviews.

If you aren't already sign up this summer to take part in NCS, then you should take part. Just click on the link below to view their official website and sign up if you like what you have seen so far. Trust me it will be the best decision you'll make this summer.

My NCS group

Mountain biking

Crate Stack

Shelter building

Fire lighting

Abseil and Rock Climbing

Survival skills

Blind challenge



Obstacle course

Social action project

Digging for charity

Repainting and tidying up


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

5 Seconds of Summer | ROWYSO Tour 2015


I began my journey midday as i headed to Carlisle Train Station so I could get the train with Lauryn, Becky and Cathrene as we traveled over to Newcastle. As soon as I arrived I headed straight to the Metro Radio Arena as I had heard people had already began queuing for pod (standing area).

I was greeted by the biggest hug from Amy as we ran towards each other, it was like we hadn't seen each other in over a month. I quickly joined the queue with Jess and a few other girls she had been talking to previously who were all extremely nice. After hugging Jess and reuniting, one girl had brought jenga and cranium so we decided to be big kids and play. I was totally useless at jenga and as for cranium, Jess and I lost because guessing the word 'piano' when its spelled backwards was difficult okay. Shortly Emily joined us and we decided to buy some merchandise, without going ridiculous and buying it all I got their tour book and fabric bracelet. Once we were in the arena we got our very special gold, 5SOS pod bands showing we were the elite.

Once we were in the pod, on Michael's side, we tried to get as close as we could to the barrier but didn't manage to well so we stood waiting for a while, and every now and then we tried to squeeze closed to the front or at least so we had a good view. After a bit, the music videos came on, which got everyone signing along. It was soon 7:30pm and Hey Violet came on stage. At first I wasn't to keen on them at first but by the end of their set I was beginning to like them more. They did a cover of Blank Space by Taylor Swift who is my favourite solo artist and they totally changed the style of the song but it was good to hear a different version. By this point the entire audience was hyped and just wanted the boys to come and blow us all away.

Counting down from the end of Hey Violet's set to 8:30pm, was the longest 30 minutes of my entire life; all I wanted was those four Aussie idiots to get on stage and absolute smash it. The time had come... Ashton Irwin was first up as he was slowly raised up on his drums for the audience to see him. Already I was screaming like crazy as he is my favourite, then followed by Luke, Calum and Michael and by this point I was practically in tears to see them live less than 5-10 metres away from me in person. Shortly after they made their first appearance on stage they kicked it off with End Up Here followed by a few favourites of mine such as Heartbreak Girl and Voodoo Doll. I hadn't listened to their new song, Permanent Vacation until then and it was so catchy I picked it up quickly and was singing along loud with them.

The entire audience was yelling, '5SOS' over and over again begging them to come back and do an encore, which they did. Closing the concert with She Looks So Perfect, Good Girls and What I Like About You. The came to the front for a final bow where Ash decided to throw his drumsticks to the audience, if I could show you the video I would because he nearly threw it to where I was stood but carried on walking and threw it to those who were seated. I don't want to go into too much detail as so much was happening, I'd be there a while telling you every small detail and feeling. I'll leave you with photos and you see for yourself how amazing it was and then you'll understand why I was unstable at the end of it all.

Credit - @7jessdavis

Credit - @7jessdavis

You probably recognize Jess from my previous post about my experience at The Vamps Arena Tour, however this time we got to spend longer than 5 minutes with each other. I have to thank Jess and Beth for offering me a Pod 1 ticket, which I am very grateful of. This was mine and Jess' first gig together, and it was the best day and our time together was well spent. We took plenty of selfies and joined as team together to play cranium. Let's just say as soon as the boys walked on stage we had to hold hands because seeing them so close was scary but amazing at the same time. Also I finally got to meet the one and only Emily Wilkinson, who is such a kind, lovely girl.


@emilywilkinson0 and @7jessdavis

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