Saturday, 30 January 2016

10 Reasons You Need To See Shinedown Live

Hello again lovelies!

I am back today with another music related post. It's currently almost 5 am and I am still buzzing over seeing my all time favourite band Shinedown in my home city of Liverpool today at the Carnival Of Madness. 

Now, if you follow me on any form of social media, have seen some of my YouTube vids or are personally close to me you will know that Shinedown are my all time favourite band and have been for a number of years; so much so I am tattoo'd with their lyrics! Even at almost 21 years of age I still fangirl like crazy when I get a tweet off them and I am not even ashamed of it! Haha!

So if there's anything I love doing more than listening to them it's getting other people to listen to them too! And that is exactly what I'm hoping this post will do.

I have been privileged enough to witness two Shinedown shows in my life time and can assure you that number will continue to grow as long as they keep making their life changing music. 

Okay, so now I want to tell you some of the reasons why seeing a Shinedown show can change your life. Here goes.

1 - PASSION

I can't be the only one that gets overwhelmed with emotion when I see people doing something they genuinely love. Sometimes people don't have to say a word but you can tell by their expressions and actions that they are exactly where they are meant to be in life.

Every time I see Shinedown live I feel this. I know that they don't just create music for fame, fortune and all that other good stuff. They do it because they know they are gifted enough to step outside and make a difference in the world with their passion and creativity.

2 - GRATITUDE

If there is one thing you are guaranteed to see at a Shinedown concert it is lead singer Brent Smith talking to the audience about how the fans are the boss. That they wouldn't be able to do what they do without us.

Every fan of any artist always wants to be appreciated and it gives us a sense of security knowing that our favourite bands recognise the passion we have for them. It brings a huge smile to my face hearing that they appreciate our support just as much as we appreciate their gift of music.

3 - COMMUNITY

As the COM tour was made up of multiple bands I remember looking around and pointing out every person in a Shinedown t-shirt to my boyfriend and being like - "YASSSS!". I think every person who is a huge fan of an artist can relate to this.

However, that is not what I mean by community. Mr Brent Smith will always stop the show to ask the audience to shake hands with the person next to them and for me this gave me a sense of togetherness. You know that the person next to you is feeling the same emotions and are at the concert for the exact same reasons that you are and to me that is an emotion that cannot be compared.

Also, during the show Brent will always remind the audience to be good to each other. I have been to a lot of concerts in my time and I know people can easily get carried away during things like 'mosh pits' or just generally being annoyed by the drunk person next to them! But I feel that him saying this is a reminder to all of us that we need to support each other as supporters of Shinedown and give each other the same level of respect that we would want for ourselves.


4 - PERFORMANCE

Now, this is one of the most important reasons we attend concerts in the first place. We want to hear those songs we love so much blasted through the speakers and our favourite artists putting on a performance we will never forget.

If there's one thing I can assure you of it's that you will never be disappointed at a Shinedown show. Vocally and musically you can expect every song to sound better than the recorded version (I know, how is that even possible!?) and the energy is enough to make those in seating jump to their feet and scream at the top of their lungs.

5 - EMOTION

Now for me I always seem to get emotional at a SD gig. There are so many songs by them that have lifted me through dark times into the light and made me feel like someone actually understands.

I remember hearing them play 'Simple Man' live for the first time and it hitting my heart in ways I can't describe and will never forget. I feel like even if you aren't a huge fan just sitting in a room and hearing thousands of people sing a song that you know means something to them is one of the most beautiful things in life.

6 - MUSIC

I know that during a show the main focus is mainly on the lead singers but have you ever just took a look at the people behind the instruments and seen the joy and passion in their eyes?

Due to me being in the seating area at the COM show I really got to witness Zach, Eric and Barry from a wider angle and aside from being AMAZING at what they do their stage presence also gave me goosebumps. I love the fact they're always jumping around along side Brent and getting the crowd going while every now and again they will all gather around Barry on the drums. I feel like this really highlights every member of the band and really makes me appreciate all that they do musically.

7 - MIXED SONGS

One thing that always makes me smile at a SD show is that they always give the perfect mix of old and new songs. I have been following them since their Sound Of Madness album and love everything they have produced before and after it. So it brings me so much joy when I hear them playing classics like 'Devour' and 'Simple Man' to then go to some of their newer tracks like 'Adrenaline' and 'Cut The Chord'.

8 - CROWD INTERACTION

One of my favourite things about attending a concert is when the artist really gets involved with the audience and Shinedown most definantly do not let me down in this area!

From watching multiple live shows of SD online and seeing them twice myself I am always aware of the little breaks between songs to talk with the audience and also making the odd appearance in the crowd! It always shows to me how well they know their fans as I have never felt more connected to an artist at a live show than I do at Shinedown concerts.

9 - ANTICIPATION

One of my favourite things about seeing SD live is when they do small instrumentals before a song begins. You can feel the tension in the crowd building but it's the kind of tension when you know something amazing is about to happen and everyone knows it. 

Sometimes during these instrumentals Brent will also give an inspirational speech that really makes you want to just let everything go and have fun which is exactly what I look for in a live show.

10 - ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS YOU WILL EVER SEE

I will always keep my time free for when Shinedown return to tour the UK as I would never miss such an unforgettable experience. I know that for those of you who aren't SD fans or have never heard of them this may of been the most boring blog post you have ever read; but I am going to leave some YouTube links to live shows below and I hope that you will give them a listen and I can change your mind.

Their new album 'Threat To Survival' is also available world wide now so if you like what you hear make sure to go purchase it! You will be glad you did.

Shinedown - Simple Man
Shinedown - Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
Shinedown - I'll Follow You
Shinedown - FULL LIVE HD CONCERT



Thank you so much for reading,

Katie Ellen.




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Friday, 22 January 2016

The Perfect Lipsticks - Gerard Cosmetics

Hello again beauties!

First of all before I begin I would like to explain that these lipsticks are ones that I have purchased myself. I haven't been told to talk about these, sent these products or anything like that. I just so happened to purchase these lipsticks myself and bloody LOVE them! 



So, I first seen Gerard Cosmetics through instagram and their 'Underground' lipstick (Shown below) caught my attention straight away. It's my type of everyday lip that I absoloutley love as I feel that dark lips suit me better than lighter tones so I knew straight away that I had to purchase this lipstick ASAP.


As they are an american brand I found it quite difficult to find them online until I stumbled upon Cocktail Cosmetics who are based in the UK but sell both UK and American brands. 

I can honestly say after purchasing from them I will never purchase make up from anywhere else online again unless I can help it. They deliver pretty much immediately and I have had no problems with them at all. They also do super cute packaging which also really sold them to me aswell! Haha!

I ended up purchasing Underground in a pack of 3. The second in the packet you can see below.


This is the colour 'Nude' and I have to admit that although I don't suit certain nudes this one I love! It is perfect for an everyday look and gives you that natural pink tone to give your lips a bit of life without looking like you have any lipstick on at all.

The Third is the colour 'Buttercup' which again you can see below. When I first took a look at this I didn't think I would like it as it has a slight shimmer to it. However, on the lips it just looks slightly glossy rather than giving off that glitter lip look and it also looks stunning. It's still a beautiful nude although a slightly lighter shade than 'Nude'.



The final lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics that I have recently purchased is the colour 'London Fog'. Again, as soon as I seen this colour I knew I had to purchase it as I cannot describe how beautiful this colour actually is. It is a grey - purple toned lipstick that suits it's name perfectly. I have to say out of all this colour is my favourite so far. Although it is a unique colour its definantly still an everyday colour that can add the perfect pop of colour to the lips.



The reason I decided to do a blog post on these lipsticks is because not only do they have beautiful colours but they also are long lasting and they do not dry the lips AT ALL. There is nothing worse than having a perfect lipstick that makes your lips feel like you've just been trapped in a dessert for 10 years!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and please let me know if you end up trying out any of these lippies yourself, I really recommend giving them a try!

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen. x
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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Songs Of The Month - January

Hello my little loves!

As I promised I would include music related posts on my blog as music is a HUGE part of my life I have decided that I will be doing a monthly post of my favourite songs of the month! HOW EXCITING!?

I have decided to use a minimum of five songs each month as I listen to music so much I'd have you here until next January telling you all of my monthly faves! Haha!

I'm going to link the pictures in this post to the songs so feel free to give the pictures a little click if you want to check out any of the songs!

1 - MELANIE MARTINEZ - TRAINING WHEELS

So, after watching one of my favourite you tubers Glam And Gore do a make up tutorial on Melanie Martinez I decided to check her out as I had never heard of her before and was very intrigued by her unique look as I am a sucker for anyone who looks a little out of the ordinary (I mean that in a complimentary way).

Cutting a long journey short after searching Melanie on you tube and obsessing over her I decided to go to Apple Music and listen to the full 'Cry Baby' album and I can honestly say that I haven't stopped listening since! She laid the tracks out to tell the story of a character Melanie had made up named 'Cry Baby'. If there's anything I love more than good music - It's good music with a story!

A specific song that stuck with me is called Training Wheels. It's a lovely sweet song that still has a dark side to it which I absoloutley love.



2. NEWTON FAULKNER - STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

If any of you know me personally then you will know that I have been a huge fan of Mr Faulkner for around 8+ years. Call me bias all you want but this man can do no wrong for me. 

However, I can assure you that these reviews will be from a complete place of honesty and I would not be including this if I genuinely didn't feel this could change your life. I have turned a number of people in my life into Newton Faulkner fans and I am not about to stop now, haha! 

Newton has recently released a new album called Human Love and although I whole heartedly adore every track 'Step In The Right Direction' really changed me for the better. After my granddad passing the thought of returning to normal life felt like an impossible task. However, as always his songs gave me the push I needed to believe that I can carry on and I assure you this isn't the first time his songs have done this for me.

If you haven't yet listened to Newton Faulkner then please do - I promise his music will change your life!



3. CARLY RAE JEPSEN - ALL THAT

Okay, okay I know what you're thinking but just hear me out for a second!

I was a person who listened to 'Call Me Maybe' and wanted to cut off my ears too! But after hearing 'Run Away With Me' I decided to give Carly Rae Jepsen a second chance. 

I decided to give her newest album Emotion a listen and I can honestly say that there are a few songs on there that have become some of my favourite songs. After thinking she was a one hit wonder with a really annoying song I can honestly sit here and tell you that she has A LOT more to offer than cheesy pop songs.

One of my favourites from the album is one called 'All That'. It has a real 80's vibe to it which I adore and the lyrics are really beautiful and easy to connect with. I hope this changes how you feel about her too if you feel the same way I did.



4. BRING ME THE HORIZON - FOLLOW YOU

Back when I was a teenager I'll be the first to admit that although I was massively into rock, metal, punk. etc. I was never a huge fan of Bring Me The Horizon.

Being almost 21 now I feel like as I have matured so has their music and O M G I cannot get enough of their new album - especially the song 'Follow You'. It's a song that I connect with on so many levels and the musical composition of this song makes it all the more perfect, 

Although that is a song that sticks out to me I am also loving all the songs on the new album and really think that they are about to start a whole new amazing journey in their careers that I am super excited to follow.



5. BEN HOWARD - I FORGET WHERE WE WERE

I don't even know where to start with this one. 

I have been a fan of Ben since his 'Every Kingdom' album was released. I can't even put into words how much his music takes me to a place of peace and comfort in my heart and as soon as I heard the first few chords of 'I Forget Where We Were' I felt these things immediately. 

His poetic lyrics and perfect composition are a no brained winner in my opinion and I will continue to support Mr Howard as long as he keeps bringing music that pulls on my poor little heart strings!

If you're looking for lyrics with meaning and some peace & comfort from music then Ben is your man.




I will end my musical rambles here but please do leave a comment below letting me know if you gave any of the songs above a listen and let me know what you thought!

Have the best week & thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen,

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Good Grief

Hello beautiful's,

I am back this week with a more serious blog post as I think this will not only help me but also help those of you dealing with the death of a loved one.

Over the Christmas period I was staying over at Karl's (My boyfriend) and was fast asleep when I awoke to my phone ringing. Now I didn't panic as when I am away from home even for a day my mum and I will keep in touch through texting and an odd phone call so I wasn't worried. However, when I answered the phone and heard my mums cries I immediately knew what had happened. It was then that she explained that my granddad had passed away.

Now I must stress that we was not expecting it to happen as although he was 89 he was almost healthier than me! Haha! So it came with trying to accept what had happened while grieving and it was a huge whirl wind of emotions in my head. I couldn't accept that my little Granddad was gone.




It's crazy isn't it how the world keeps turning and people go about their daily lives when your whole world has just came crashing down. But I guess that's why i'm here making this post. Because my life has to keep going without him.. whether I want it to or not. So, I am going to give you some things I have found helpful when dealing with the shock and death of a loved one.

1) Acceptance 

I actually want to write that I hate this word, because in a way I do. We never want to accept that someone we love has gone, but the sad part is that we have to. For me I took moments alone to sit and tell myself that what was happening was very real, it helped me to accept it when it came from my own head. Although it hurts and tears will come just remember that someone else is going through this too. You aren't alone. Every time I found myself upset I'd wonder what he would say to me if he seen me that way... I reckon it would be something like "Blasted ell, what are you crying for!?" haha. Remember those funny little things, they will probably help most.

2) Memories

Now, if you have just recently lost a loved one then I bet you rolled your eyes at this one didn't you? I almost did too if i'm honest, haha. 

Memories hurt most when a loved one first passes. You remember all the little things that mattered the most that now hurt you from the inside out. The good memories - the bad ones.. they all hurt. However, there is one thing that I can promise you. Over time and once the shock begins to fade and you find yourself thinking about them without having a breakdown - those memories will be everything. Cherish them in your heart and mind.

3) Grieving Together 

This one played a massive part for me. I am very lucky to have a very close family. We would visit my granddad at his home around 4 to 5 times a week with my uncle and auntie & maybe more sometimes; to have tea with him and just spend time watching TV and chatting away. The thing that comforted me most was that after his passing we still kept on doing this. We would meet at his house and talk about all our amazing memories with him and grieved together. 

Sometimes we believe we can't show emotion in front of our families after things like this because we want to stay strong for each other. That is not true. Sometimes crying together and picking each other up can be a huge step in processing grief together and alone.

4) Look After Yourself

Sometimes after a loved one dies it feels like part of us has gone with them too. We can get so caught up in making sure everyone else is okay that we forget about ourselves and it's so easy to do. We lose our appetite and when the person who has passed is part of your day to day life you find yourself losing track of time and days without them - but please remember that you are important to the people around you too.

Even if its as simple as taking a long relaxing bath or treating yourself to a takeaway. Those things can really make a difference to your mood and will also give the people around you reassurance that you are looking after yourself during a time when it doesn't feel possible.

5) Go Back

Honestly, if you could see my face while writing this one you would laugh as this section is going to be talking about taking those steps back to reality. 

I was lucky enough to be given 3 weekends off of work to grieve and I was off University for the Christmas break anyway, so that wasn't a problem.

However, before I knew it it was time to go back into work and I thought that as soon as I stepped foot inside I would begin to have a breakdown. Instead, I talked to some lovely customers, it kept my mind active and distracted and I also thought of the idea to do this blog post! 

When I left I felt so proud of myself but I can't deny that going back to reality was a painful experience but you have to remember that of course - it will be. Nothing is ever easy after going through something that breaks your heart but you have to push yourself as you and I both know that that's what they would of wanted.


I am going to end this post here as I don't want to overwhelm anybody with all my writing in this post, haha! 

I want you to know that if you're reading this and you can relate - I'm here for you. Feel free to contact me through my social media links on my homepage if you need someone to talk to. I am here for you and I promise things will get better.

Go out there and make them proud,

Lots of love,

Katie Ellen.


"We Only Part To Meet Again."
George Wright
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Friday, 1 January 2016

The Small Statements

Hello Loves!

So, for the past few weeks I've been taking a look at something we often neglect. My keys! I know.. I'm strange aren't I!? 

Basically, I have been carrying around keys that are weighed down by a ridiculous amount of key rings and scratched pictures that are definantly not instagram worthy! I think we can all agree that our keys isn't something we look at and think 'oh, you could use some jazzing up!'. 

However, those are the strange things that run through my mind so when I received a New Look voucher for Christmas I was SO excited to browse their accessories to see if I could find something to make my keys look quite fancy, and long behold - I DID! *Crowd Cheers*.

The main thing I just HAD to buy was the pom pom. They are so 'in' right now and although it is a bag accessory I think it really make key's a lot more fun to carry around - and also a lot lighter than 50 key rings would you believe!?

So, just as I was about to finish up I spotted a gorgeous little boho style dream catcher key ring and I have to say that was the fastest I have moved in a long time to get something right into my hands and I knew that I just had to have it!

I hope this gives you some key ring inspiration! I'll see you next Friday!

Katie Ellen x




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