Saturday, 31 May 2014

5 Singers that Should be Famous!

Good evening everyone!

This weeks 2014 Blogger Challenge post is supposed to be about collections! I couldn't think of a single thing to write, so I decided why not to make my very own collection on here! So, I give you, five female (yes, I'll do a male one later) singers who I think should be more famous than they already are!

1. Gabrielle Aplin. I'll admit, she is becoming more and more well known. But her voice is just so beautiful and every single one of her songs just take me somewhere else. I really think she should be more famous than she is. Also, she does write her own songs, but I like her cover of this well known one.


2. Shannon Saunders. I found her because of Disney Channel xD After that I could not stop listening to her song, Heart of Blue. It's not the example below but I strongly advise you try it! I think she does a great job of writing her own lyrics, and has recently released an able. I love this new song of hers, so I though I should share it!


3. Skylar Grey. Okay, so this woman is already pretty famous. But she makes such individual and artistic songs, I love it. From her song Wear Me Out which is catchy with an awesome chorus to a weird creative song called Addicted To Love (listen to it twice before judging. At first I was like, what is this? Now I love it!) she pulls it off every time with her beautiful voice. I digging this song of hers at the moment, so I chose this one!


4. Leah McFall. She was second place on The Voice, and well, if you listen you can see what astonishing notes she can hit and how unique her voice sounds. She will soon be releasing an album but until then we have one single, which I absolutely adore!


5. Emma Jade. She was another contestant during the same season of The Voice Leah McFall was in. I love country music and her voice stuck with me so I wandered over to her Youtube channel to listen to more of the beautiful voice. Here goes!


So, this is my list of the top 5! I hope you look forward to part 2 coming soon as well.

Question of the post: Which artist do you like and wish was more famous?

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Book Review)


Hello everyone! I’ve been reading through all of Khaled Hosseini’s books, and this is the final one that I needed to read. It’s called ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns.’ And let me tell you, anyone who is going to read this better be prepared for a pretty emotional journey.

The story starts by following Mariam, a child who was is looked after by her mother. They live away from everyone else, deep in the woods, because Mariam’s is a child conceived through an affair, and shames her father’s family. It  
follows Mariam from when she is a little girl all through her life. The focus really comes in though, when Mariam is fifteen and sent to marry Rasheed, who is thirty years older than her. Later on, another main character, Laila joins the story. Again, you get to see her whole life. Because we see such a large span of what the characters have been through we get to see their happiest and saddest moments. We get to see they’ve grown and developed how they realized certain things about life. It makes you really connect with these two characters, because you’ve been through so much with them as you read.

There are so many messages you can take away from this book. About wisdom, family, and at one point, even morals! This book had me questioning whether this character was doing the right or wrong thing. This book had me hoping for the characters, and feeling happy or depressed when it did or didn’t work. I never knew what was going to happen next. But I did learn so much, and it was a really touching story.

My favourite part of the novel? I didn’t have one. I really really liked the ending. What I mean by that is the ending from each of Laila’s and Miriam’s point of view. So when we last read through Miriam’s perspective and the same for Laila’s. I think those were my favourite parts, and if you read it you’ll see why ;)

Now that I’ve read three of them, I can safely say The Kite Runner was my favourite novel by Khaled Hosseini. Check out my review here  and see why. But this book comes close second, and it is a must read.


Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Top 10: Things I Learned from Finding Nemo!

Hello, hello and hello to you too.

Recently a mate of mine (forced) me to re-watch Finding Nemo :P I had always remembered the film as okay and hadn’t bothered with it in years. I discovered after watching it recently that I absolutely love Dory and Nemo! I couldn’t stand Marlin, which turned out being the reason why I thought it was okay, seeing as he stars throughout the majority of the movie. There were many things that Finding Nemo taught me as well, so I made a list of my top 10!
 
1.      Be optimistic.

 
2.      If there is food it is MINE!

 
3.      It’s okay to name everything you set your eyes on.
 

4.      Touch the clouds, because other people can't get to you that way.

 
5.      Sometimes you don’t know what is going to happen.
 

6.      Australian’s are cool.

7.      Don’t let a little disability stop you from doing anything.

 
8.      Speaking whale is the best. 

 
9.      You can be mates with people and you don’t have to know their name.

 
10.   Just keep swimming!  

 
What did you think of Finding Nemo?


Olivia-Savannah Roach
Disclaimer: All images are not mine.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bookish Trends and Not Trends!

Hey there guys!

So this post is supposed to be about trends for the Bloggers do it better challenge. I was at loss, and decided to do a trend in books! So I am going to take a genre, give you a book that is trending in that genre, and one I think you should read from it as well! I hope there is something in here for everyone.

Dystopian
Trend: Divergent by Veronica Roth is a book that has been attracting a lot of attention lately, what with a movie of it having recently been released. I love it myself, and think the movie is quite good. In fact, I have a movie review of it if you'd like to see. Well worth the reading time!
My Suggestion: The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is one I read and enjoyed a lot when I was much younger. It was definitely before dystopian became the latest trend! So it's nice to have a bit of snippet of what it was like back then.

Dragons (this is so not a genre but whatever :P)
Trend: Eragon by Christopher Paolini is an old loved book, and I still have to read Inheritance! But really, although it is a pretty thick read, the dragons in it is wonderful and you really will get lost in a new world. I love these.
My suggestion: Serpahina by Rachel Hartman was something I read because it was sent to me by my trusted book adviser. She did not disappoint. At first I thought it was a rather slow beginning, but then I began to love it and the story just kept growing on it. I can't wait to read more, and I won't stop this series at all. I loved it as the plot slowly drew me in.

Historical Fiction
Trend: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one that I had to read because of the hype and movie coming out. I was not disappointed either. It's told from a unique point of view and has some beautiful imagery and play on words there. Almost like it combines poetry and writing. I will have a review up soon!
My suggestion: Dissolution by C.J Sansom are mystery and action books. Quite thick, long reads, but wonderful all the same. What I love most about this series is as the stories progress, each mystery gets more complex and enjoying to read as they go on.

Tear Jerkers
Trend: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Maybe this should really be the Fault In Our Stars but seeing as I didn't cry I can't put it here. I have a review of it here, and well, you should just read it. My first Hosseini book, and after that, it wasn't my last.
My Suggestion: A Child called It by Dave Pelzer made me break down. I am not going to lie, when I read it I didn't know it was an autobiography. As soon as I did though, I cried. I couldn't believe all that had happening in there was true! Please, read it and you'll understand.



Teen
Trend: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green... fine, it gets it place on the list... It was a sad and sweet story, truthful to cancer as well. I think the characters were a tad bit unrealistic because I doubt any real people act like they do all the time but I did like the fact that Amsterdam was featured a lot ;)
My suggestion: Gone by Michael Grant and uh, Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marcetta. Why? Because they are both SO AWESOME they will literally BLOW your SOCKS off
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Thanks for reading!

Olivia-Savannah x
Disclaimer: all images are not mine

Saturday, 17 May 2014

My Hair (problems): Blogger Challenge 2014

Hey there! Today I am a bit short on time, so I just want to share some hair problems of mine for the Blogger challenge.

Well, firstly I mostly have my hair in braids because well, my hair is so hard to handle in any other forms! These are some of the problems I have: (I hope none of these are offensive, either. It wasn't in any way meant to be.)

 
With hair like mine, it isn't healthy to wash it every day, even every other day! I try not to mention it when people are discussing hair and all that because sometimes I'm nervous they'll think, "Ew, dirty hair." 

 
Whenever my hair is in braids, I have to tie it in a scarf when I sleep so that when I wake up, so my plaits don't stick up everywhere when I wake up! Much like how some people tie their hair in ponytail before bed or something.



My hair goes as far as shrinking in water! But I think this quote is for people who have permed or straightened their hair, and know it goes frizzy in water. Every time it rains and I have no coverage? Grr.
 


So... maybe this one is referring to hair at all! But anyways :3 We have such dry skin! I don't just mean facial, I mean everywhere. I always have some lotion with me...

 
Our hair is terribly thick. So thick that when my is loose from its braids I don't ever put it in a hair tie. I always break them. It's practically impossible. I think we only have 2 or 3 left in the house because they're all damaged >.>

 
As I just mentioned above, our hair is incredibly thick! So even combing or blow drying it breaks the ends. I don't just spend all my money on hair ties, also combs! I think I have broken 2 blow dryers and 3 combs with my hair alone.
 
 
What hair problems do you guys have?
 
Olivia-Savannah x
Disclaimer: all images are not mine and found on tumblr. 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The Recruit: Book review

Hello c: Book review time! I’m going to review a whole series, and that means my main focus will be on book one. So here goes!

The book first book is called The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. It’s about spies – teenager spies, and I know a lot of guys and girls alike have enjoyed reading them since they’ve been published. Including me J

The series follows James who is a troubled teen. They live on the rough end of life and he has some anger management problems. Following some events his mother dies, leaving him and his younger sister Lauren to be separated into different foster homes. Little does he know that a spy company called Cherub has their eye on him, and test him to see whether he fits the bill to join them or not.

I think all the characters here are realistic and I enjoyed this so much because it was a step up from the Alex Rider series. James talks and acts like I would expect some young teenage guys to, and yet there’s so much more to him. And although he does become this young spy he deals with a lot of problems anyone else at his age would. Missing his mother, worrying about Lauren, and of course, trying to get girls ;)

In general the missions that I’ve read so far in the story have been really interesting, and just get better in time. It’s sometimes a case of whodunit, and sometimes a case of how did they do it. But either way, I know it’s a mystery that I’m going to enjoy. That’s why I would give the series in general four out of five stars. I highly recommend it to any teenagers just hitting thirteen and above ^^

If you want to buy this book you can here!
 
Olivia-Savannah x
Disclaimer: All images are not mine and found on Pinterest. 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Top 10: Reasons why I love Sherlock!

Hey there everyone!

Today I am going to have a pretty fangirl-filled post. I’ve only watched two seasons out of the three there are, but I will catching up soon. I am going to share with you all 10 reasons why I like Sherlock!

1.      The bad guy (Moriarity) is absolutely awesome! My fave character :D
 

2.      Because of Sherlock’s jacket…  and how awesome John Watson is.

 
 

3.      The plot twists will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. And make you want to kill everyone until it has been resolved.

 
4.      Many a day would’ve been boring without a Sherlock episode to brighten it.
 

5.      The fandom around Sherlock is just awesome.
 

6.      It’s funny.

 
7.      It’s clever.

8.      You can learn things from it, and I always think it’s important to learn from whatever you are doing.

 
9.      It’s closely based on the original stories, just updated to fit with the current times.

 
10.   It’s a british show. I mean, please. You’ll love it!

 
Go try it! I’m 99.9% sure you’ll love it.

Olivia-Savannah x
Disclaimer: all images aren’t mine and are found on Pinterest. 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

L.O.V.E NOTD

Hey there lovely people!

This week’s Bloggers do it better challenge is bright and neutral! Now I haven’t been very well prepared for this… and have almost nothing. So I am coughing up something and *hoping* it kind of fits the challenge…
 
So! I have an NOTD for you! I got some Tiffany’s bright red nail polish and I also used some Tanya Burr neutral nail polish which I got from Eli (you guys should really check her out) in her brilliant giveaway. I then decided to add some nail art, the theme being love! So with Rio nail pens and some creativity I made a girl and a guy and put their two hearts atop stripes. My thumb nails both spell love if the words aren’t clear. I think it is my best design yet!
 

 

 
 
And for those who want to see my clumsy left hand which I am trying to improve as well…
 

What do you think of the design?

Olivia-Savannah x

 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Musical Madness: Beyonce

Good morning everyone!

So I just wanted to say I have now done 7/65 things on my Spring bucket list! I watched the sunset from my window the other night (well, what I could see). And whenever I do my paper round I always go before the sun rises so I am out there as it does. There is this one moment where the sun is a blazing orange - my favourite colour! Lastly, I had to write a haiku about nature in spring. Here it is:

A budding flower,
a whisper on the calm wind
Spring is waking up.

Today's 2014 blogger challenge is all about music. I would like to talk about music more often on my blog because it is a big part of my life really. I am a big fan of Beyoncé's and she has recently released a new album, and I am going to tell you why I love it. It's main theme is that perfection is a flawed concept.

1. Pretty Hurts is the first song on the track. What I love most about this song is that it questions what people do to be pretty - all the trouble and pain they put themselves through, as if nothing else matters. Now I am not pinpointing people who put a bit of make up on, but the message here is that you need to be happy over beautiful at all times. The question 'what is your aspiration in life?' really helps bring this across.

2. Haunted was one it took me a while to like, but in the end I loved. Beyoncé tells us that people are just working their life away, and why? She also talk-sings, which isn't very common. My favourite line has to be, 'Perfection is so... mhm.' Like it doesn't matter and this song doesn't have to be perfect by their standards either.

3. Drunk in Love was easily the most catchy in my opinion. It's just Jay-Z and Beyoncé having a good time singing and rapping together, letting us see a bit of what their love is like. Beyoncé herself raps in this too, which I absolutely loved hearing!

4. Blow is something else. It's got a disco-y type of sound to it and the clip is great: lots of neon and hip rollerblading like in those party times. Again, singing about love with her sweet voice, reminding me of her older song 'Naughty girl.'

5. No Angel has been a favourite of mine for a long time. I love the idea that she's saying 'I'm no angel either.' So many people have someone in their mind who is better than them and above them, but just remember that you're no angel, just you, and they're no angel either. We can all climb the same obstacles if we try, but again, no one is perfect.

6. Partition/Yonce introduces us to her new alter ego Yonce. Here we have Beyoncé experimenting with her rapping and a sick beat to match with it. I love these songs so much because they have such great rhythm and an awesome R&B best.

7. Jealous can be seen as great as her song 'Start Over.' This is just a classic Beyoncé song, something that reminds me a lot of her old sound. Although this album brings across a new style she still has kept a bit of the old in there too.

8. Rocket this seductive love sing is my absolute tip top fave on the track! It's a composition of musical genius, and if you haven't heard it you NEED to! Parts of this were freestyled by her as well, which makes me see her as all the more awesome.

9. Mine (with Drake) seems to be talking about doubting herself, or particularly a relationship. But what comes across most is how she is continually talking about her lover being 'mine' meaning hers and hers alone. To stop fussing about it because they're all she wants.

10. XO is probably my least favourite. It isn't bad, but it seems the most commercial, and probably is one liked by most people.

11. Flawless is a seeming continuation of 'Bow Down.' It seemed a bit too explicit for my liking at first, but grew on me. The idea that there is always someone above you, so you have to be prepared to 'Bow Down' and also to remember you are flawless just the way you are. "I woke up like this - flawless."

12. Super power (Frank Ocean) is rhythmic magic. With a smooth beat and lulling lyrics, I can't get enough.

13. Heaven is a beautiful sad and sweet ballad about losing someone, namely a best friend to you. "Heaven couldn't wait for you, so go home, go home," is telling us that heaven wanted you so badly, it needed you now.

14. Blue (with Blue Ivy's voice!) Firstly can I just say Blue's laugh is the cutest thing ever! Also, this just shows how far Beyoncé has come, with her child. You can tell in this song that she absolutely loves her and is ready to give it all to her as a mother. A great way to sum it all up.

15. *Grown Woman* This is more so a bonus track on the DVD with the visual album. I love this and whenever my parents tell me to do something I always say, "I'm a grown woman, I can do whatever I want." The video has flashbacks from Beyoncé's past and the hear and now... showing how she has truly grown. Also this video mixes her growth with her culture as well, particularly the ending. I cannot get enough.

What do you think of visual albums? Are you a fan of Beyoncé's?
Disclaimer: all images are not mine

Olivia-Savannah x