Wednesday, 30 March 2016

We Will Be Lions

*This post is likely to be 95% soppiness - you have been warned lol*

Anyone who knows me well, will know that I support a singer called David Mark Bulley. I've been a fan of his for a year and a bit and I first spoke about him on this blog last April, after meeting him for the first time.

Fast forward to the 30th of March 2016, and David has now released his very first music video for 'Lions'! Made up of footage from his recent performances on the Young Stars Tour in Poland, the video is full of fun and also carries an important, empowering message. If you've ever felt like you can't do something, listen to 'Lions'. The message is that we can be lions as we possess the same strength and courage as they do. We can do anything - stand tall and show the world what you're made of. It's important that singers use their status for good, and I'm proud to support someone who decides to spread positivity through their music.

It's very surreal that David now has a music video. I know how much hard work he put into making the best video for his fans and he most definitely succeeded. The video is very fitting to the song, he is a lion himself, continuously pushing and improving himself, being the best singer that he can be. No matter who tries to push him down, he gets back up again and keeps fighting.

Although I've only been a fan for a relatively short time, the growth I've personally witnessed is something quite remarkable.I fell in love with his voice the moment I heard it on YouNow but getting to hear it live was just on another level. I will never forget how shy he was the first time I met him, but as soon as he walked up on stage you could see how at home he was, he became a different person. Since then, he's just grown stronger with every performance. I've seen him on numerous occasions now and he still manages to wow me or give me goosebumps every time.

It warms my heart to see him get a good reaction from audiences wherever he goes. To hear people sing back his lyrics is such a great feeling, goodness only knows how it makes him feel! Judging from clips I've seen, David's Polish fans are even crazier than the UK ones (in the best way possible). That is one of the reasons why I'm going to Warsaw in August to see him at the Young Stars Festival. I'm super excited for it, as I just know that he's going to blow my mind even more! (I've said for years that I wanted to see a band or singer perform abroad, I'm really glad that David is going to be that singer).

all of our photos are grim, but this is the best out of a bad bunch lol

Whilst I love David's music, I also adore him as a person. It's hard not to when he's one of the kindest people I know. One thing that actually stands out in the 'Lions' video is David's relationship with his fans. I've supported A LOT of unsigned singers/bands over the years, but no-one comes close to David in terms of communicating with fans.

Whether it's huge tweet sprees, Snapchat or YouNow's, he always puts so much effort into keeping in contact with fans. He's so good at remembering names and what gigs you've been to - you're always a name to David, not a number. I've seen a lot of other unsigned singers who pretend to love their fans but actually treat them so insincerely. It's mad how fake some of them can be, especially when they actually need their fans, but David's 100% genuine. He's so supportive and he believes in everyone - you know that with David by your side, you'll always have someone that's rooting for you.

When I first met David, I didn't think that I'd get to know him as well as I do now. My first impression was that he was sweet, which still remains, however, over time I also got to know that he is hilarious, caring, shares my fangirling for Joe Jonas haha and most importantly, has the biggest heart. I'm very fortunate that the internet brought someone so precious into my life and whether David likes it or not, he's stuck with me for life now lol! I literally couldn't be any prouder to know and support such a wonderful person, he genuinely deserves the entire world and more.

If you've made it to the end of this post, or simply skipped til I got to the point, please take a few minutes of your time to support unsigned music by watching the 'Lions' video. It would mean a lot to myself and to him if you did! The song is also available to download on iTunes.


 Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Monday, 28 March 2016

Top of the Bops

I always love listening to music but at the moment I've been hooked on a number of songs. I thought I would share what's been blessing my ears recently!

1) Zara Larsson - Lush Life

Zara Larsson is such hot property at the moment. Between her songs with MNEK and Tinie Tempah, and her solo single 'Lush Life', she is absolutely storming the charts. 'Lush Life' is super catchy and just makes you want to bop around. It's hard to believe that she's only 18 - she has the world at her fingertips right now. You go girl!

2) Years and Years featuring Tove Lo - Desire

'Desire' is a song from Years and Years' debut album Communion. It was actually released before their breakthrough hit 'King', and reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart in 2014. They've recently re-released the song, which now features Tove Lo and it's set to light up the charts once again. I'll be honest, I'd never heard the song until recently, but the chorus stuck in my head instantly.

3) Lawson - Money

'Money' is the latest track by four-piece band Lawson. Honestly, they are SO underrated and it's really unfair. They're so talented and I wish more people would realise that. 'Money' is one of my favourite ever singles of theirs - you just want to sing along to it from the get-go!

4) John Newman - All My Heart

I've had 'All My Heart' on repeat for months now, and there's no sign of it dying down in my affections any time soon! It's my favourite song from John's second album Revolve and I adore it even more after hearing it live. I'm not sure why I'm so attached to this song but it just captured me from the moment I first heard it. I love all of the different beats, and John's voice is superb as per.


I got the chance to see DNCE live recently and they blew my mind. I was already a big fan of them and their amazing EP, but I definitely have an even bigger appreciation for them after seeing them live. Their four-track EP has been out a while, but the lead single 'Cake By The Ocean' has only just started to impact on the UK charts. Whilst I am obsessed with that song, the other EP tracks are just as good. It's so difficult to pick a favourite - 'Pay My Rent', 'Toothbrush', and 'Jinx' are all perfect in their own way.

6) Zayn - Mind of Mine

Probably one of the most hotly anticipated album releases in a long time, Zayn's debut album didn't disappoint. A far cry from his One Direction days, Mind of Mine is full of slick tracks and Zayn should be so proud of what he's achieved. My favourite tracks so far are 'sHe', 'wRoNg', 'fOoL fOr YoU', 'lUcOzAdE', 'TiO' and 'LIKE I WOULD'.

7) Elle King - Ex's and Oh's

I know nothing about Elle King - I purely discovered this song with the help of Shazam as it kept getting played on our local radio. It's such a good song though, I look forward to listening to more of her music in the future!

8) Jay Sean featuring Sean Paul - Make My Love Go

My main memory of Jay Sean is his monster hit 'Down' in 2009 which was everyone's jam. He's been quiet for a while but now he's back with another brilliant hit, 'Make My Love Go' featuring Sean Paul. His music is always so feel-good, I really hope this means he'll be sticking around for the foreseeable future!

9) Sia - Cheap Thrills

My love for Sia has grown ever since she took part in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke. I've been a fan of her music in recent years but it was the Carpool video that made me pay attention to just how flawless her voice is. I was stunned to read that both Rihanna and Icona Pop turned down this song, but it's okay because Sia gets to keep this fab party track for herself.

10) Nick Jonas ft Tove Lo - Close

'Close' was released a few days ago as the first single from Nick Jonas' new album Last Year Was Complicated and wow, I've fallen in love with it! His and Tove Lo's voices gel so nicely together, and the video for it is so perfect. It's clear to see how much Nick has matured in his music over the years, and this track just makes me even more excited for his new album!

What are you listening to at the moment? Let me know!

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Monday, 21 March 2016

That Time John Newman Slayed My Entire Existence...

If it isn't already obvious from my blog, I LOVE going to concerts. Gigs are my happy place and there's nothing I enjoy more than live music. Over the years, I've been to countless gigs and have seen numerous artists perform live, ranging from the bloody brilliant to the damn right dismal.

However, every so often, you are blessed by a performer who is truly remarkable and completely blows your mind - on March 19, John Newman did just that.

bae in action

I have loved John Newman's music for years - from his collaborations with Rudimental and Calvin Harris to his incredible solo material, his voice is so unique and he has become one of my favourite male artists in the industry. However, what I've been lacking in my life is the chance to see him perform live. For one reason or another, it's taken me this long to actually see this incredible man perform. I remember watching him on the BBC Music Awards on TV in 2014 and thinking, 'bloody hell, I need to see this guy live!' - whilst I'd been a fan of his music before then, actually seeing him performing on the television was a turning point for me and subsequently seeing him live became a concert goal of mine.

Fast-forward to 2016, and a StubHub purchase later, I managed to get tickets to see John support Ellie Goulding on her Delirium World Tour in Manchester. Now don't get me wrong, I love Ellie Goulding. I've seen her live a few times as part of T4 on the Beach and Summertime Ball, but I pretty much bought these tickets just to see John and I have no shame in saying so. (Ellie was absolutely phenomenal though and you can read my CelebMix review here).

I don't think I've ever felt so giddy at seeing someone live as I did before seeing John! In the week leading up to the gig, I trawled social media to find video clips, a setlist and comments on what I could expect. He received incredible praise from most of the people that had already been to Ellie's tour, so my standards were high to say the least!

On the night of the gig, I made my way to the merch stand to be suitably equipped for the night. John's merch is so nice, unlike many of the merch I've seen people produce over the years. I proudly wore a Revolve t-shirt and wristband and I fell in love with the most glorious signed vinyl. I have no use for a vinyl but I NEEDED it in my life and spent the rest of the night (and journey home) trying to guard it with my life lol.

standard 'being rude and wearing support act merch at another person's headline gig' selfie

my signed vinyl - officially one of my most glorious possessions ever

After the first support act, it was then time for John and I haven't felt happiness quite like it in a long time. Idris Elba's Revolve speech echoed across the arena and my fangirl heart felt like it was about to burst. Then John came on and opened with 'All My Heart' which is my all-time favourite song of his and I pretty much wasn't okay for the rest of his set haha.

He performed his number one hits, including 'Blame' and 'Love Me Again' which whipped the crowd into the biggest frenzy. He also fully showcased his soulful vocals as he stripped back his set for a gorgeous performance of 'I'm Not Your Man'. He proved to be an extremely powerful performer and you could see that he was incredibly passionate.  He was without doubt the best support act I've ever seen and to be quite honest, he's pretty much up there as one of my all-time favourite performers too.

It's so difficult to put into words how immense John was but he actually slayed my entire existence in a forty minute set. He was everything I'd hoped for and more. In all honesty, it's a travesty to even call him a support act - he owned that stage and could easily have been the headliner that night. His vocals and energy are just unreal - he puts his heart and soul into his performance and is a showman through and through. I am seriously in love, he had me completely hooked for the entire time that he was on stage. I think he's so underrated but seriously, John is a true superstar and I couldn't be any prouder to support such a remarkable talent.

absolute love ♥

My next goal is to see him at his own headline show. The only thing that I didn't enjoy about the evening was the fact that we happened to be sat amongst some of the most miserable people ever (who even stayed sitting when Ellie was on). This keeps happening to us at gigs and it's so annoying - for example, every year at Summertime Ball, we've been the only fans of The Wanted/Nathan Sykes in our block, which makes fangirling a bit awkward. I can't wait to see John at his own gig one day, I will definitely queue to be near the front amongst other people who love and appreciate him as much as I do.

It's also going to haunt me forever that I was too scared to go and meet him last Summer when he was on Sunday Brunch on the same day as Aston Merrygold...but if I get another chance one day, I want to tell him how much his music inspires me. I grew to love him even more after getting his book for Christmas and reading about his life. His work ethic is phenomenal and it clearly pays off when he produces music that evokes so many feelings.

I'm still pretty much mind blown from Saturday night. It's an amazing feeling to see one of your favourite performers for the first time, but it's even more special when they completely smash your expectations out of the park. It's a performance that will stay with me forever! I wish my writing could do him the justice he deserves, but just trust me when I tell you how superb he is.

If you haven't already seen him live, make it a goal of yours to see John Newman. I promise you, you won't regret it.

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Monday, 14 March 2016

That Time Someone Stole Our Suitcase...

Hellooooo again! I had every intention of writing this post sooner but it's been a stressful week (as you'll find out) and whilst the words have been spinning around in my head, I've found it hard to put down in writing.

Some of my Twitter friends may already know about the nightmare mum and I had last Tuesday, but I wanted to share the story again as a warning to others to be more vigilant on public transport.

First, here's a bit of background information about Tuesday. Since 2005, March 8th has been a very sad day for mum and I. It is the anniversary of grandad's passing, and whilst there's not a day that goes by without him in my thoughts, his anniversary always hits home just how much I miss him.

Last year, Kingsland had their album launch party on the same day, and whilst I still felt sad, it was nice to be able to spend the day with so many of my favourite people and actually create a positive memory on what is usually a very painful day.

So this year, when I found out that DNCE were going to do their first ever UK show in London on the same date, I begged for time off work, grabbed one of the last few tickets and jumped at this special opportunity.

For those of you wondering who the flippin' 'eck is DNCE, they're the four-piece band behind the super catchy track 'Cake By The Ocean'. Oh yeah, and the lead singer is Joe Jonas, a.k.a the teenage LOML. He has been bae since I was 16 and my car, which I've had since I was 17, is named after him haha. Not forgetting the time back in 2009 when I was the coolest 18 year old in the land, saying f-you to a big party and opting to see the Jonas Brothers live for my birthday instead.

In the week running up to the gig, I kept tracking social media to see whether there would be any opportunities to meet DNCE in London and I'd worked out a few possible places. I saw that they'd met loads of fans at radio stations, airports and venues during their other European dates too so it's fair to say that I'd built my hopes up quite a bit. We'd even chosen a super early train so that we would have plenty of time to wander round London in case they announced something last minute.

In fact, I'd stupidly dreamt that this post was going to be called 'THAT TIME I MET THE TEENAGE LOML' but instead it's 'that time some wanker stole our case from the luggage rack on the train and subsequently ruined our entire day' - catchy.

Yes, some absolute tosser thought it was okay to help themselves to our suitcase and its entire contents. To be honest, I'm still in complete disbelief at the situation. We boarded the first train in Carmarthen at 3am, before arriving at Swansea. We then changed trains, and boarded the direct service to London Paddington. We had seat reservations, so we stepped into the specified carriage, put our suitcase in the only luggage rack on that particular carriage and went to our seats, which were halfway or so down the carriage, with our backs to the rack. In hindsight, everything about this situation screams alarm bells, but as seasoned travellers for at least four years now, we thought nothing less and trusted our case to be safe in the rack.

At roughly 4am, the train set off, and then arrived into Paddington at 7:30am. With both myself and mum feeling poorly anyway, and being up at stupid o'clock, we slept quite a bit during the journey. As we rolled into Paddington, I allowed all the work people to get off the train first before making my way to the luggage rack, just to be greeted with absolutely nothing.

I've never felt my heart drop so much, I didn't know what to do. After searching the other end of the carriage and speaking to one of the train staff, we were told to go to customer services to arrange to speak to the Transport Police. Lots of long conversations ensued, we did further checks with lost property etc., but the reality was that our case was long gone and there was nothing we could do about it. CCTV was supposedly checked at every station, but there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction. One thing I was quite horrified to learn is that there's no CCTV on board any of the high speed trains to London, which baffles me a bit in all honesty.

Perhaps I'm extremely naïve but as a regular train user, I've never seen or heard of this happening to anyone before. In hindsight, thieving happens everywhere but I've never considered it happening on a train. Of course, there's always messages on the train telling you to be vigilant of your personal belongings but when you have a case, you can't keep it beside you. You have to put it in the racks provided and it's not always possible to sit beside it or keep an eye on it for the entire journey.

I did some googling on luggage train theft a few days ago, and one of the suggestions was to either stand by the luggage rack for the journey or get up at every stop to check your luggage. In all honesty, who does that? You'd get in the way and be extremely uncomfortable if you were to stand all the way, and as for getting up at every stop, you would have to wait until passengers boarded and left the train first, and by then it would be too late anyway. The only benefit I can see of doing this would be the ability to pin point where exactly your case was stolen, however with thieves being so crafty I don't think it would make a difference.

Following the phone call to the Transport Police, we sat down in Paddington and made a list of everything that was in the case. The only 'valuables' were mum's camera and glasses, however the case was also full of clothes (practically half of mum's wardrobe since she always packs the kitchen sink). All of these are materialistic but we don't own masses of clothes so for us it made a huge difference.

By stealing our case, all the thief gained was a camera. Well done lad, I really hope it was worth it because for us, we lost so much more and you ruined our time.

On the materialistic front, we lost a case full of clothes, some of our best and most loved items, some of which we had to try and replace whilst in London as we only had what we were wearing to travel. For most people, this would be relatively easy but when you're big in size, it's a nightmare. I hate shopping at the best of times, but when I HAVE to look for things it's even worse. I managed to get a few bits in Primark but there are other things you just can't buy on the cheap. Even buying toiletries in London is expensive (I was quite grateful on that day that I don't wear make up, the essentials cost far too much as it was!)

On the childhood dream front, having our case stolen and having to traipse round London all day subsequently meant that my opportunity to meet Joe was taken away from me. I stupidly went to reply to a friend's tweet at some point in the morning and saw pictures of DNCE with fans outside Capital FM on my timeline. Our plan had been to head to Leicester Square for breakfast as we had a feeling they would be stopping at the radio station. I was right, but I didn't even get the chance to try and meet them as our plans for the day had to drastically change. I'm still bitter about this - I've been a fan for eight years and this was the first real opportunity I really had to make a dream come true, yet some wanker took it away from me all for the sake of a camera essentially.

As for making March 8th more positive, that went down the pan too. Obviously the person who stole our case had no thought for anyone but themselves, however it just so happened that he picked a day that's already so painful for us and decided to make it even worse.

The experience has also made me so paranoid on public transport now. I practically gave myself whiplash on the first train home, as we sat three seats in front of the luggage rack and I kept turning round every two seconds to see if our new case was still there! On the second train, the case was on the bottom rack and we were sat facing it, yet I was so paranoid that I couldn't see it, that I got up to check and moved it higher up the rack twice.

In the future I would consider using a holdall or something for an overnight stay, anything that can be kept by our feet on the train (although we always tend to use a case as it's much easier). On longer stays which involve two cases, we will definitely be splitting clothes so that if one case was to be stolen, we'd still have some clothes left in the second, as surely the chances of two cases being stolen are very small. I will also put the case on a higher shelf on the rack, with the handle facing in. Our case was on the bottom rack, which I imagine was easier to steal as it's more hidden. Learning that there's no CCTV on our London trains has also made me more wary when travelling at silly hours, which we often do. It's scary to think that there's no security on these trains, especially when you barely see staff walking around during the journey, anything could happen.

We've learnt our lesson the hard way and I hope it encourages others to be more wary in the future too. I can only be grateful that valuables were limited in the case and that we were only away for one night - we've done two whole Kingsland tours via train before, imagine how much worse the damage would have been had someone stolen our case then haha.

The only good thing that did happen that day was DNCE's gig. As much as we didn't feel like going by then, it was either that or staying in our easyHotel room, which oozed prison vibes with its lack of TV and windows lol. To be honest, for an hour, DNCE made me forget about the crap day we'd had. They genuinely were phenomenal and I really hope I can see them again soon, and maybe even meet Joe next time lol. You can read my review on the CelebMix website.

The whole case saga made me angry, upset and frustrated, it's put a dampener on travelling for me but it won't stop us from going. The thief will not win and won't put us off from doing something we enjoy, it's just a matter of being a lot more careful in future. I'm adamant that NOBODY will be stopping me from seeing John Newman on the weekend - no thief will ruin my day again if I can help it.

If anyone's made it through this post, I'm interested to know if you've ever had your luggage stolen from a train or know anyone that it's happened to...leave a comment below.

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Sunday, 6 March 2016

The K Woods Foundation

Hello again! It's been less than a week since my last blog post and here I am writing again...looks promising so far, right?!

Anyway, today I want to talk a bit about a charity that I support called The K Woods Foundation. I mentioned in my last post that I went to the Take That Experience show at The Floral Pavillion last week.  I wrote a review about it for CelebMix, which you can read here, however I wanted to take this opportunity to further write about the charity itself.

The show was held by The K Woods Foundation, in support of Dementia UK. The Foundation was launched in 2014 by Adam Woods in memory of his father, who was sadly affected by dementia. The Foundation does not have official charity status yet (although it is something that they're aiming to achieve), therefore all monies raised is directly given to Dementia UK.

Dementia is the name for a group of illnesses that affect the brain. There are several types of dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer’s disease. The typical early signs of dementia are someone becoming forgetful and confused. Other symptoms can include difficulty orientating in time and place and communication problems such as repeating themselves a lot.

According to The Alzheimer’s Society, over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK today. Of those, approximately 40,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. The rates of diagnosing dementia have improved over the years but it is still significantly underdiagnosed.

It is so important to continue to raise awareness of dementia to enable an earlier diagnosis. Funds raised through Dementia UK help towards offering specialist one-to-one support and expert advice. This is done through Admiral Nurses, who are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia to help them cope.

Whilst I have always been aware of dementia, it's never been a cause particularly close to my heart and I put that down to the fact that I've not had a personal experience of it. However, last year I became friends with Adam, and it's very hard not to support this worthy cause when you see how passionate he is about fundraising and raising awareness. It's a cause very close to his heart and it's commendable to see someone use a bad situation from their life as a motivation for helping others.

I may not have known Adam for very long, but what I have learnt about him is that he is an extremely determined and selfless individual, who dedicates his life to helping others. He is continuously planning different events and challenges in order to raise funds and awareness for dementia through The K Woods Foundation. He is such an inspiration, and his passion and drive for making a difference is so apparent. Thanks to him I have gained a new understanding for dementia and I realise the importance of raising awareness for this heart-breaking cause.

I just wanted to share how proud I am of @adam_woods1234 🙌 he is one of the most selfless people I've ever come across and he works tirelessly to fundraise for Dementia UK through @thekwoodsfoundation. He is always doing something to raise much needed funds for an extremely worthy cause that's close to his heart, and last night was no different. After a year of planning, his event at The Floral Pavillion raised over £4000 for charity. It was a brilliant night and it was great to see a stage full of talent and a big crowd giving their support. I'm super proud to know this amazing guy - he is a true inspiration to many including myself. I am in awe at his dedication to charity and I can only aspire to be more like him. Russell Grant made a great speech about him last night - I'm confident that one day Adam will get rewarded for his phenomenal work. He's gonna hate me for posting this lol but he deserves all the recognition 🌟
A photo posted by Katrina ✌ (@hey_itskatrina) on

The Take That Experience night at the Floral Pavillion raised over £5500 for Dementia UK, which is an outstanding achievement. It was a privilege to be a part of such a fantastic night, and amazing to see the outcome of all of Adam's hard work. It was also wonderful to see so many people come together to raise money and awareness for this cause! This was the third Take That Experience night held at The Floral by The K Woods Foundation, and it was a credit to Adam to see how many of the performers and audience members had returned to support the event once again this year.

Whilst there is no cure for dementia, it is vitally important to keep raising as much money and awareness as possible. Dementia is a very heart-breaking illness, for both the sufferers and their families. Admiral Nurses are a wonderful help to families and the support they provide is invaluable during the caring journey.

I also wanted to share this video by 15-year-old Harry Gardner who has released a song in honour of his gran who is living with dementia. The heartfelt song really hits home how the illness affects everyone involved. The song has already raised awareness of the cause, with over 120,000 views on YouTube. You can download the song on iTunes or Amazon. Watch the video for 'Not Alone - Song For Alzheimer's' below.

The K Woods Foundation already has several events planned for this year, including a Black and White Ball, a Gary Barlow tribute night, as well as another Take That night at the Floral next year. No doubt that Adam will also be taking on many more physical challenges too as he loves pushing himself to the limit!! I look forward to supporting the events as much as possible - the concerts are always phenomenal and even more worthwhile as you know that the money raised is going towards a good cause.

If you would like to learn more about The K Woods Foundation then check out their website. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also read more about dementia on the official Dementia UK website.

This blog post isn't much, but I wanted to try and help raise awareness in some way. I really hope that by reading this, you too can be inspired to help raise awareness of dementia - together we can make a difference to help provide the Admiral Nurses service and to help families who's lives are affected by dementia.

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Sorry: Blog Neglect Part Two

Guess who's back, back again....


It's me...

Okay, enough of the lame song jokes... I've dusted off the blog cobwebs and I'm back to grovel over my lack of anything on this blog. I realise that I haven't written anything for over two months. I HAVEN'T BLOGGED SINCE LAST YEAR!! The shame of it.

A few months ago, I wrote 'Sorry: Blog Neglect' and I fully intended on posting more regularly. It turns out that life ran away with me and I've contributed pretty much nothing to my virtual memory box, oops.

That being said, I have been writing lots for CelebMix. I'm nearly up to 200 articles since September which is pretty good going considering that I only write in my spare time. People who know me will remember that by day I'm a full time charity shop manager. By night, I dedicate my time to writing for CM. Literally, the first thing I do when I come home is switch the laptop on and get writing - if I get carried away (which I often do), I can end up writing for hours. Sometimes I even spend my lunch break writing an article - basically I'm whipped af for CelebMix. I wouldn't change it for the world though, it's all experience and hopefully a step in the right direction towards acquiring a 'goals' job.

I've also been busy out and about as per. Before Christmas, I went to the Saturday night of Capital's Jingle Bell Ball which was insane. Capital gigs are always amazing. In January, I did something a bit different and went to the book launch of Jill Mansell's new novel 'You and Me, Always' with Laura and mum. You can read about the experience on Laura's blog. It was a great night and a new experience for me. It was fantastic to actually meet our Queen of Chick Lit - Jill is amazing.

me, Laura and mum || myself and Laura with our books || Queen Jill ♥

The day after, we also had a Woo Woo Girls reunion in Leicester Square. Myself, Mum and Laura had an added bonus as we randomly bumped into both George Shelley and Mark Wright outside Capital! Seriously, I've spent hours in Leicester Square over the years, secretly hoping to bump into someone, then the day we don't try, two come along at once!

Mark Wright, George Shelley and a Woo Woo Girls reunion

I also went to the Strictly Come Dancing tour in January. After initially missing out on tickets, I managed to grab a pair last minute on Stubhub - I'm SO glad I did! I've never been to a Strictly tour before but it was phenomenal! Obviously, the main attraction for me was seeing Jay McGuiness, Strictly Champion 2015 and bae since 2010. His jive was absolutely insane! After watching it countless times on the telly, it was unreal to actually get to see it in person. To top off the trip, I even got to be reunited with him! (Albeit for all of two seconds haha)

favourite person ever (excuse my moon emoji/windswept look)

In February, I went to a gig in Birmingham which was full of unsigned artists. I went to support the wonderful David Bulley, who is an absolute gem. He's incredibly talented - check him out if you haven't already! Aside from him, the rest of the line up was pretty dire. I'm all for supporting unsigned talent, but it winds me up when so many pretentious, tone deaf wannabes get exposure these days. Soz to be a bitch but I genuinely spent 90% of the gig either laughing awkwardly or being horrified at the 'talent' on offer. The only positive was that the diabolical ones made me appreciate the real talent in the room even more!

The most recent concert I've been to is The Take That Experience, in aid of The K Woods Foundation last weekend. I'm going to write a separate blog about this over the next few days, but I have to mention how incredible it was. For now, here's a review I wrote about it for CelebMix.

I've also got loads to look forward to in terms of gigs this year. March is a bit manic as usual - I'm seeing DNCE next week (Joe Jonas. Childhood LOML. Already. Can't. Cope!!!), followed by David supporting Joey Devries on the 12th, then Ellie Goulding and John Newman on the 19th (I.AM.SO.EXCITED.TO.SEE.JOHN.NEWMAN.THAT.I.MIGHT.SPONTANEOUSLY.COMBUST!) I've also got The Vamps, Charlie Puth, Take That and David's headline tour later in the year so you can expect long rambly posts about that type of thing haha.

Since I came to the conclusion that my dream job is writing for a site like CelebMix on a full time basis, it's more important than ever for me to keep writing as much as possible. Therefore, in the future I AM going to make a conscious effort to keep this blog updated regularly. Gosh, I might even venture into posts outside of my gig adventures! I'm not going to be a super blogger with schedules and all sorts (that actually requires someone to read the shit I write lol), but I'm going to try and improve myself, for myself.

The first step to improving myself should probably consist of rambling less, so on that note...

Hwyl am y tro ✌️