Sunday, 9 February 2014

What to expect from Little Red- Katy B New album out 10/2/2014

I've always been into Katy B. There's no denying this girl can sing, and I love her edgy, urban style of music and laid-back fashion sense. She impressed me with her debut album 'On a Mission', and is also responsible for one of my favorite summer smashes of last year- 'Aaliyah' from the 'Danger' EP. I have been excited about hearing her second album for a while now, though as the release date slowly approached I found I didn't know what to expect this time around as Katy released 'What Love Is Made Of' and threw me off course. It was totally different to anything I'd heard from her before, and I hoped she wasn't changing her musical style too much.

'Little Red' is availlable to buy from tomorrow and I can exclusively reveal it was worth the wait. The album paints a perfect picture of how Katy has evolved and grown as an artist, exploring different styles of music such as dance and ballads, whilst keeping her funky house, rave and dubstep roots at the soul of each song. 'Little Red' has emotions running through it from the first track to the last, and we see Katy open up in a way she never has before. The subject matter is deeper and the focus of the album is love and feelings, rather than clubbing. 

While 'On A Mission' was mostly upbeat, a collection of funky floor fillers and feel-good anthems, 'Little Red' is a little dark in some parts, more lyrically intense than its predecessor, with a chilling- yet chilled out sound. If you like the sound of that, you will love the sound of 'Sapphire Blue', 'Emotions' and 'Tumbling Down'. 

For a reminder of Katy's trademark edgy dance/pop sound, skip straight to '5 AM' , 'Next Thing' or 'I Like You', which will stay in your head for days thanks to its catchy chorus! 

'Little Red' is well sung and well produced. It's easy to love from and will have you hooked from the first listen. There's not so many club smashes on this but I think that may be the point- Katy is growing up and wants the world to know it. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year everyone! 2014 has arrived and I have a feeling it’s going to be an exciting year. Now, as much as I’m ready to wave goodbye to 2013, I’m feeling a little reminiscent, so for the next few posts I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the moments that made last year such a memorable one. Let's start with my favorite fashion trends, then we'll move on to celebrity shockers and music, of course!

I’ve always been glamorous and loved shopping and clothes, but 2013 was the year I developed a serious interest in fashion and trends after a brief stint working in a retail store. I tend to wear what I want- and never felt the need to be bang on trend every season, but last year I definitely learned to pay more attention or you miss out on all the great pieces. For example, crop tops have been around for years but I did not own one until the Summer of 2013. I just assumed one would never look good on me- little did I know when teamed with a midi skirt, a crop top can create a sexy but sophisticated look perfect for a night out!
Crop top - Missguided, skirt- New Look

 This is just one of the trends that I loved last year- here are some others.


Now these are two wardrobe essentials I'll be taking with me into 2014 and beyond. There's nothing I love more than a big, fluffy, (faux) furry jacket to help me survive the bitter cold British weather and to keep me looking glamorous. Add a dash of red lipstick and you can't go wrong. A touch of leather can give any outfit an edgy feel and this Winter it was all about the edge! Mixing the two became popular on the high street and I saw many women rocking fur jackets with leather sleeves. Celeb fans of leather include Kimye, who were rarely seen without some sort of leather attire back at the beginning of the year.

I think Kim's Givenchy baggy leather pants are TO them 

This super warm New Look faux fur coat has become my trusty sidekick this winter



Khloe K loves her ombre tresses

There was a point in 2013 when it seemed it was near impossible to find anyone who wasn't sporting ombre locks. All it took was an Instagram upload from Rihanna to spark the craze and have women all over the world reaching for the dip-dye. I can't be alone when I say I found myself wondering why I hadn't thought of it before. I loved it! The trend gave us girls the freedom to dye our hair pretty much whatever color we desired- as long as we kept our roots a shade that suited our skin tone it was bound to look good.

The ombre trend allowed me to experiment with light brown hair- almost risk free!
It didn't stop at hair either. The trend also brought us ombre make-up, nails, and even clothes. I think ombre is a sexy, adventurous look and all the blended colors certainly brightened up 2013.

My first attempt at ombre nails- it was fun and super easy!