Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 // Dead And Gone?


Yes, I am back and shockingly it's not 2015. 

If you hadn't noticed already my blogging lacked tremendously last year but it is my hardcore aim to blog the life out of myself this year; that's a promise! Writing this now it is currently eight minutes past midnight on January 1st 2015. As I sit on my bed, with the roars of fireworks all over London going off outside my window, texting my best friend about both being home alone on new years I realise that there are a lot of things I accomplished in 2014 but also things I need to gain in 2015.

In February last year I wrote a 'wish list' for that year (here)so I guess now would be a good time to see if I managed anything on it? These are the things I was hoping to do/have/accomplish.

  1. Get a job.
  2. Get a Polaroid and snazzy digital camera.
  3. Doc Martens.
  4. Shift dresses and a wider vintage wardrobe.
  5. More books.
Well, I got the job (sales assistant) and I believe I made number four a success and as for five, I am building my collection slowly but surely including books I recieved for my birthday and Christmas! One thing I thought a job would bring me was the lifeline of unlimited money...this wasn't so. I found that I now had to pay for my weekly dance, lunch for work and anything else I wanted. Having a job came with great responsibility but also a whole lot of independence which was scary at first and had it lower moments such as finishing at 8 and having to watch my money but it has also enabled me to save money up for things such as driving or any emergencies that I'll need it for. 

2014 saw me go to many more concerts than I ever thought I would including one for a band which saw my first mosh pit, something I had always wanted to be in but also worried that I wouldn't be able to handle it, but it was honestly one of the best moments, the atmosphere was brilliant as well as the live music and everyone having fun...although the aching the next day wasn't too fab. 

People. The people you have in your life is an existential factor to your happiness and I'm glad to say I started with the people I'm ending 2014 with as well as a few new people. I have met people who I've gone to school with for five years for the the first time this year and it's surprising because some I actually have lots in common with. One thing that's now be learnt is the fact that as hard as it can be face to face confronting is always going to be the best way to sort things out even if they are the most minor thing, and that's what I'll be following this month.

Although I say this in every blog, I have got lots of ideas for new blogs this year and this time I am actually going to write them, in fact I'm going to write them now and save them for the right time. 

I hope you've all had wonderful 2014's and that your next year is even better!

Until next time!
Shannon xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Society's Newest Crime // Ageism.

Hello again!

This week’s blog takes a slightly different turn as it looks at a key concern in today’s society.

First things first; what is it? Ageism is a term used when an individual is discriminated or worse upon their age. It suggests that certain ages can be labelled as too old or too young for certain things such as different phrases, hobbies, actions and more. Ageism can affect a person at any age as it may sometimes segregate them from parts of society, a prime example of ageism in society today is a police officer being suspicious of a teenager, this is due to repeatedly stereotyping teenagers as being ‘up to no good’ and causing trouble.


Another example, why don’t you see people over say 30 going to watch films such as monsters inc in cinemas when it’s being shown? Because it’s been rated a U because society believes only children will watch this and discriminates against those older from watching a cartoon.

Ageism occurs through all ages and all generations as it has become a part of society, as bad as that sounds it’s true.  Just like the teenage example used above it happens to those on the more mature side of life, just look at this ‘comedic’ photo below!

Ageism can even be used as a sign of subliminal advertising! Have you ever questioned why celebrities ages are always mentioned in an article or why journalists always comment on the ages of celebrities in relationships? It’s a way of telling an audience that this is how you should look, what you should be doing and how you should be living your life at a certain age. A personal thought of mine here is that ageism isn’t always noticeable, it can be made subtle and very hard to find in a piece of text.

However, when you really think about it you find that there are many ways in which ageism affects both our society and our media today, such as:

  • ·     Young presenters on shows
  • ·     More younger contestants than older on shows (E.g. I’m a celebrity, get me out of here)
  • ·      Older people are respected
  • ·      Younger people are often looked down upon
  • ·      Older individuals aren’t publicised as much ( i.e. award shows/red carpet events.)

One shocking statement which has recently been released on the Daily Mail website was the fact that Reese Witherspoon has said that film roles slowly stop coming in as often as the ‘big’ 40 nears. How is this possible when many of the film industry’s shining stars are those of an older generation such as Judi Dench, Danny De Vito and Meryl Streep. 

These are all ways ageism affects society today but also how it has become a sewn piece in today's world, it's such a common thing it can be mistaken as a casual term with no long term affects but it can do. Is ageism spreading? Does it need to be stopped? Well, that's up to you! Let me know what you think in the comment down below and stay tuned for next weeks blog!!

Until next time!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Gig Night // 17/11/14

Well, it's been a long time since writing a blog but I'm back!

I know it's been around 2 months since my last post, but lets just say Sixth Form hit like a ton of bricks! Now nearly two terms in and it's safe to say my feet are firmly in the ground and I believe I'm slowly forming into my old organised self! It's also my anniversary month of blogging marking a whole years worth of A first time for everything! So I couldn't resist spending an evening planning this one out!  Other than Sixth form, I've done quite a bit including ticking two things off my annual bucket list which will be my next blog! But most excitingly I have been to two concerts and completely forget about blogging about them, so let's kick off this new blogging term with my most recent! 


A band I first discovered at another gig they were supporting I instantly loved these guys. Their sound, image and most importantly their energy on the stage. EofE (East Of Eden), five guys from Dudley with inspirations stemming from The Rolling Stones to Mcfly, making the perfect description of crossover rock. First seeing these guys at a more 'pop' genre gig it was amazing to see them jump onto stage with energy and enthusiasm; even if they weren't widely known by the audience. I soon realised after a 3-4 song set that I just had to get tickets to their own headlining gig which happened to be the next month...

...I did just that!

After walking around London for a good 15 minutes lost, we soon realised we had past the venue which was The Borderline, of course where many bands of these past few decades have started out such as The Rolling Stones, Biffy Clyro and more. When we arrived the support acts had already started but that wasn't much of a disappointment. Supporting as The Fuse and a band called Vix. Both of whom I was unfamiliar with but have to say that I am definitely happy with knowing of Vix now as they were amazing! Female fronted band with an edgy and punky sound and they showed such passion in their performances, it was enlightening to see.

As the crowd started to get a bit more relaxed and into the mood the time reached 9:10 and it was nearly time for EofE to come on to stage. First on was the drummer (Nicky Waters), follwed by lead, bass and rhythm gutarists (Dan Bremner, Luke Bradely and Reece Luke) and last but by no means least the lead singer (Tom Harris). For a very small stage they shared the stage perfectly and their chemistry and passion for the music they were performing was great to see. 

Seriously, the stage was tiny. 
Their set was brilliant, singing new, old and even a mash up of Michael Jackson and Nirvana. Tom's vocals were amazing, and the fact that he's only two years older then myself bewilders me! His high pitched tone was carried with strength, power and life just like he carried himself. Being so close to the stage in a very small venue made the gig a lot more intimate and you can really see how much it means so such a small band that you have actually bought tickets to see them play. 

As much as I would normally hate audience participation, they got the crowd going and one of the songs we were made to squat down and jump on the big note which saw the whole venue erupt in excitement and laughter; including the EofE boys. The best part would either be their performance of Piece Of You or their mash up of Billie Jean/Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Very close indeed! (Tom Harris)

L-R Dan, Tom, Nicky & Luke.
To make things any better, I got a woke up to them favouriting my tweet and also having Reece favouriting my tweet at lunch. Fab!!

I'll be leaving a link to their most recent single as well as a favourite of mine! 

Be sure to follow myself and EofE on twitter, 

and I'll be blogging again soon!

Until next time, 
Shannon xx 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Life // Past, Present and Future.


I know I haven't written a blog in what seems like forever to me but I've had this blog post running through my head for the past few weeks so I thought since I have a day off, why not sit down and do what I love best?

As most people know GCSE results day was on the 21st of August this year and this meant people like me got the news they had been waiting for! The weeks building up to this day were filled slightly with self doubt and some what fear but the jourrney to the school to collect them was the worst bus ride ever. My stomach churned with nerves and I dreaded opening my envelope...

All of this dramatic build up had led me to believe that I had done fairly badly in my exams but when I read my results I was filled with joy, now whilst my results sheet wasn't covered in A*'s I was over the moon with how well I had done and the fact that I passed maths will remain a myth! The main point here is, you're your own worst enemy when it comes to pressure and stress! You had done your best, you were in a good place and you will do amazing things in the future!
This photo missed out books...
Currently, I'm laying in bed with a cat at my feet and a cat at my side (I'm not even the biggest fan of cats..) in my some what new and bigger bedroom. Having a day off from work isn't only a slight relief due to it being fairly tough now and again but also gives me some time to reflect over the summer I've obtained. Whilst it wasn't the summer I dreamed of, I did manage to do a few things on my 'Summer To-Do List', such as:

- Have a water fight
- Get a job
- Visit cute book shops
- Camden
- Stratford
- Thorpe Park
- Picnic in the park
- Ikea adventure

Whilst some of these stay left to do throughout Autumn and winter, I definitely made a couple of memories to keep like the best picnic in the park ever, or walking around Camden for what felt like years just to find a top with Mr Harry Styles face on (no, I don't know why either...)

There are a few things this summer has taught me both about myself and others, for example, sometimes you have to be the one to step up and make plans with friends because otherwise, you're going to have one hell of a boring summer. Also, now and again take a time out and focus on making yourself happy. Your own welbeing is just as important as anyone elses and I think that sometimes this can be easy to forget. Thirdly, the only opinion that really matters in life is that of those around you and yourself, ignore the ignorant idiots you'll meet throughout the years and focus on those who matter. And lastly, live for the present, this has now made itself my little mantra that repeats in my head. There's no point in dwelling in the past, even if we can't help, the future can change at any given time so that leaves the present, the one time phrase we have control of. 

That's all I've got for today's blog!! I start sixth form/college next week which is a new journey but I'll face it when I come to it! So once I start a new routine I shall fit blogging back into my life again! 

Until next week!
Shannon xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Baby Be Mine // Book review.


Today I thought I'd throw a book review at you as it occurred to me that I haven't been doing as many as I would have liked, so what better way to do this than review the most recent book I've read.

Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon.

Due to summer now having kicked it I wanted to read a more light hearted book with a bit of romance and this book was just that. Recommended by my mum who has read it multiple times I was looking forward to diving into it and I certainly did! Just by looking at the cover I knew the book would be quite cheerful and fun to read as you can see it is a mixture pinks and blues.

'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. 

One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and son Phoenix. But they're living a lie - a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out. Because Meg's son doesn't look like Christian, he looks like his rock star father and, sooner or later, the world is going to realize ..
Baby Be Mine is the second in the 'Johnny Be Good' series and no I did not read the first book but luckily there wasn't a need to as the books do not link, however I will be reading the previous book soon.

On to the review; this book was definitely a quick and easy read  and is perfect for reading in your garden as the sun sets. The main character Meg is easy to connect to straight away and Paige Toon truly represents Meg's frustration and confusion in a perfect way. Toon also helps you engage with each character showing both strong and vulnerable sides.

When I first saw the book had 49 chapters I slightly dreaded it but the chapters are all very short and snappy and the constant flow of drama, romance and mystery keeps you turning the pages for hours, which I did as I finished this book after around two days. 

After reading a few chapters I started to guess the ending and found the book somewhat cliche but I was happy to find that the ending took a different turn and was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes at 2am. There is a wonderful mixture of romance, real-life scenarios and pain which makes this book to fabulous to read, and makes me want to read more from Paige Toon; which I will!

You can find Paige Toon's Goodreads page here!
You can also find my Goodreads page here and stay upto date with what I'm reading or what I desire to read next!

Hope you enjoyed this review!
Until next time,
Shannon xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Happiness // Creating Your Own.


Goodness I really shouldn't promise any blogs because it seems I ever keep them! But after months;yes months of consideration and thorough planning I have finally decided upon making this specific blog post!

As previously mentioned I have finished high school now which has led to me having absolutely no sleeping pattern which I think shows due to the fact that as I am writing this it is 12:14am and I am eating chocolate...however this is meant to be the best summer of my life but this will only be if I make it the best summer! 
This means actually bothering to make plans and do things that might be a bit new to me. A few months ago I got sent this photo by someone very close to me and I've looked at it A LOT because I think it can be great motivation to do something new and t make the best out of every situation! (God how cheesy does that sound?!)

What have I actually done that has been different for me?

Well, I am currently in the midst of ticking things of my "summer to-do list" so I thought I would tell you about the things I have done so far this summer!

My summer started off with a BANG as I went to Thorpe Park for the first time! If you didn't already know Thorpe Park is basically just a massive theme park with amazing roller coasters and the odd water ride here and there. This wasn't a particularly big deal for me as I think I'm okay with big rides but there were a few I thought about chickening out on (SAW being one of them) but I pushed myself and by the end of it, you can't believe how worried you were. Although I did believe I was going to actually die at one point when I rode Stealth. How is it legal for a roller coaster to go from 0-80mph in 2 seconds?! Someone please tell me, I was actually petrified but in the end, I pushed myself and I can be proud of that.

I've also been to various places in London including Stratford and Camden. Camden was actually the one of the best places I've been to but I will elaborate on that on another blog post;) Venturing out to new places can be a scary experience but I think the key thing is to make sure your with people you're comfortable with which will make the experience even better.

The biggest part so far was performing in a dance show in an actual theater. Previously the thought of performing absolutely terrified me so much but the build up of endless rehearsals and extra lessons made it seem somewhat less daunting. This didn't however stop me from being extremely scared on the first night and shaking tremendously! Its now been nearly two weeks since my weekend dance show and I wouldn't have missed it for the world! The buzz of performing was just spectacular and I would definitely do it again next year, I of course couldn't have done it without the support and push of my fellow dancers but they know that.

Finally! The biggest part of my summer was getting a job! In a previous blog post (here) I said that I was hoping to get one and I did...after applying for hundreds! I am now a sales assistant in a well known drugstore in the UK and although it's still new I am extremely happy doing it...even though it is slightly nerve wrecking but it will be a confidence boost, especially after not being accepted by many many many jobs!

The main thing is that after a whole lot of drive and determination can go a long way and can change your life for the better, even if it is more comfortable staying in your shell, you're not really going to get anywhere by doing that. Small steps at a time and before you know it, you might be in stage in front of 600 people...who knows?!

I hope you enjoyed this blog, I spent some time planning it. Don't forget to share and comment if you like these sort of blogs as I personally like doing them:) FEEDBACK IS FAB!

Until next time!!
Shannon xx 

Monday, 30 June 2014

A Night For The Stars // Prom

Hello again!

I'm back again with an exciting and somewhat beautiful blog post for you all.
As of two weeks ago I finished high school, which is pretty awesome but also means I'm closer to becoming a self-dependent adult...not as awesome, but at the end of this year we are greeted by the exciting event of PROM. 

Friday 27th June, 2014. The day had come after some serious stressing about finding the perfect dress, shoes and bags to match and how to have our hair and of course for the boys there was the stress of trying not to get the same old generic suit and they definitely didn't! Once I was ready I was suddenly filled with a stomach of butterflies and was grateful when I reached the house my friends and I were meeting at. This then led to MULTIPLE group photos...I think it's safe to say we all felt like celebrities!

I think we fitted the theme of our prom which was 'The Oscars!'
Of course there was the worry of prom being one of those awkward school things where everyone stands around the edge of the dancefloor eating all the cakes and talking but it was completely different! After a good 45 minutes of watching everyone arrive and screaming over how beautiful everyone looked the hall soon started to fill up and the DJ's started their set which luckily was great! There was a mix of modern dance anthems, chart music and even a few golden oldies. If I could relive it again, trust me I would!

One other thing which made it even more brilliant was the fact that all of the teachers that attended were so chilled and it was so nice to see them out of 'Teacher mode'. Although we did not witness any teachers that were completely inebriated it was hilarious to see a few that weren't totally sober either! They treated it like it was their prom too and even joined in on the dance floor and chanted for more songs once prom was reaching an end.  

We were even given a spectacular firework display which as it started off had very minimal fireworks with literally no effect but near the end they got so big and loud I had to walk away for a bit as they were literally crazy! I don't think the night could have gone any better and I'm glad to have experienced it! Following this, here are some of my favourite photos of the tremendous night!

Something went very wrong here!

My three beautys!

That pretty much sums prom for me up! It was the best way to finish my time at high school which was filled with ups and downs but if anything prom made you apprecitate everyone in your year even if you had never even spoken to some of them! If you haven't had your prom yet, then LOOK FORWARD TO IT! And if you have I hope it was as amazing as mine! 

Unitl next time!
Shannon xx