Re-evaluating the blog…and other ramblings

Music

black-and-white-music-headphones-life

If you know me you’ll know how passionate I am about music. I completed a music production degree at university and music is a huge part of my life. It always has been.

It’s been there through every significant, as well as everyday, moments of my life. Through my love of music I met Mr. S, after doing work experience at the music company he worked at, and some of my dearest friends.

I can tell you what song reminds me of starting little school (Gabrielle’s ‘Dreams’), the band that defined my teenage years (Lifehouse) and the one that evokes memories of a hot August bank holiday, driving to Brighton, the air salty and fresh on a first date with my now husband (Modest Mouse ‘Float On’).

Music is a powerful force and I just cannot imagine life without it. As the poet Victor Hugo said,

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent

I don’t wish this post to come across as pretentious in any way and I swear I will get to the point…now! So, I feel a little like I’ve been drifting a bit with this blogging lark. Initially, as it still is, it was a platform for self-expression and somewhere I could write freely about life, fashion, beauty, my pregnancy and now Aria’s toddler years. But, as you’ll agree, life gets in the way and I’m all for spontaneity but I feel like my blog needs a little more structure. And so, my point being that I want to introduce some regular features, one called ‘The Listening Booth’ being one of them, that are more ‘me’ rather than just ‘me’ the ‘Mummy’

If you read my blog already, this may or may not be something you’re interested in subject wise, but I want to start writing a little more about my passions, music being a big one! So I thought a monthly feature where I share what I’m listening to at the moment, artists old and new, would be a great addition.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing and reading about toddler recipes and potty training as much as the next Mum (well, not all day every day but you get my point!), but I’m also still my own person and think a little more self-expression can only be a good thing.

So, if you’re still reading to the end (after all my rambling!) I hope you’ll come back and read more!

Thanks for reading,

Em xx

 

 

 

 

 

Ones to watch in 2013

Fashion, Music

As we’re approaching the end of the year it’s appropriate to think about the New Year and what’s to come. Particularly who and what might make it big in 2013.

As music and fashion are both big passions of mine I thought I would mix the two in this post, and write about who I think will be big in 2013, as well as considering their style in my Top 3 picks.

3. Lianne La Havas

After seeing Lianne on Jools Holland one night I couldn’t wait to hear more. She initially reminded me of Corinne Bailey Rae, but I hate to make comparisons and it was clear she was a unique talent. Seeing her perform live at Scala early this year was an amazing experience, and her album ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ is definitely one of my favourites this year and has just been named as iTunes album of 2012.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

In terms of her style I guess you could say it’s slightly androgynous, with quirky vintage elements such as floral shirts and bombers, and beautiful necklaces. This is a trend that the high street have picked up on in recent months, and I for one love adding something different to an otherwise pretty standard outfit.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

2. Foxes

I came across Foxes by chance on the music downloads website RCRD LBL when I heard her track White Coats. After that I was hooked by her enchanting vocals and the interesting musical arrangement on the tracks on her two EPs, and couldn’t wait to hear more.

Foxes

Foxes

As well as being an exciting vocal talent, Foxes singer; Louisa Rose Allen, also has a fab vintage style. As the lover of a heavy fringe, the doe eyed singer hits the spot for me and her combination of tomboy-ishness and femininity is the perfect balance.

Foxes

Foxes

1. Jessie Ware

Pop soulstress Jessie Ware had to be my number one. I was first introduced to her after she supported Lianne La Havas at Scala earlier this year, and just loved her vocals and style. I think what really made me warm to her is that she reminds me of the type of music I listened to growing up, and she has a real 90s soul feel to her music with the modern twist of using great samples to make it fresh.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Jessie’s style compliments her music perfectly and I think she’s really hit on a trend that’s big at the moment – which seems to be the refresh of 90s style. Her signature style is high waisted trousers or skirts combined with cropped tops and big jewellery, with her hair mostly in a high bun – something I saw a lot of her fans imitating at her gig at Concorde 2 in Brighton last month.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

After already having a fantastic 2012 which included being nominated for the Mercury prize, Jessie is surely destined for even bigger things in 2013.

Rihanna: Fashion Icon | pt2 Style & Musical Transition

Fashion, Music

In part 1 of my Rihanna post in November I focused on the TV program Styled to Rock.

In part 2 I wanted to look back at how Rihanna’s style has evolved since the release of her first single Pon de Replay, and what has made her the style icon she is today.

Looking back to 2005, when the singer released her first single, it’s clear to see her look was more pop princess than vocal vixen. Her music and image at that time are a stark contrast to today, and I really think her style evolution mirrors her music.

Back then it was all about a squeaky clean pop image, as many record companies love to mould their stars into, however as the years have passed Rihanna has really come into her own and you feel she has a huge input and influence on her style and music today more than ever.

Rihanna in 2005

Rihanna in 2005

I think we started to see a darker, more sensual side to her music and style on the release of her Rated R album, and she really started embracing more adventurous and unique fashion. Particularly with her Hard video, which included a gorgeous spiky couture outfit with Rihanna sporting a new cropped hair cut. The songs on this album such as Russian Roulette showed a tougher, darker side also, reinforcing the fact this was a woman who was having more say in her look and music.

Rated R Album Cover

Rated R Album Cover

Hard Video

Hard Video

One thing’s for sure, Rihanna is certainly capable of taking on a new persona on every album she produces.

After Rated R came Loud, which showcased more dance style tracks and long flowing red locks. With Talk That Talk we’re back to a cropped hairstyle and filthier song lyrics than ever.

I would say her current style reflects a coming of a age woman, with the release of her current recent album Unapologetic. One who was able to pull off a questionable tights/shorts combo at this year’s Hackney Weekend, and at the same time look stunning in a white Alexander Wang cut away dress on the final of The X Factor.

Rihanna at Hackney Weekend

Rihanna at Hackney Weekend

Rihanna in Alexander Wang at The X Factor final

Rihanna in Alexander Wang at The X Factor final

For someone like Rihanna, who has managed to produce an album a year without fail for the past 7 years and change her style gradually on every one, what can be next? As the singer approaches her mid-20’s we’re already seeing a more mature Rihanna, but one who’s still able to have fun and hire her own private jet full of Champagne! I for one can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next 7 years.