Saturday, 16 August 2014

"You Will Skate Between Stars And Surf On Clouds."

Original Photo: Glen E Friedman

It's been about 24 hours since I heard the news that Jay Adams had died. And I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it's some kind of sick joke, that it's all a lie, that he's fine and surfing some big-ass waves somewhere. I don't think that anyone's going to tell me that though...

The second I watched Dogtown and Z-boys I was hooked. I wanted to know more. I needed to learn about these crazy kids from Venice. Their way of life had (and still does have) me obsessed. Then the Lords of Dogtown film came out. Which I've watched more times than any of you need to know. 

Jay Adams, yeah, he was the one that interested me the most.
I'm not sure why. But whatever it was, he had a massive impact on my life.

He made me face my fears by picking up a skateboard and teaching myself to skate. Ok, so I'm no where near the best skater -but he made me realise its ok to fall and get hurt, just to get straight back up. 
Hell, if he hadn't existed skateboarding probably wouldn't either.
He changed the world when he was still a teenager.

He didn't care about the whole commercial side of skateboarding.
He just had this total Fuck You attitude to that side of things.
I think that's pretty cool. And I also think that's pretty rare.
Especially now. Everyone seems obsessed with that part of life. 

I don't want to live like that. 
Jay didn't. He did what he loved and his love was enough. 

It's not just skating though.
He taught  me to be this weird wacky-ass kid and not give a shit what people thought. 
You know, just do what you love and not give a damn.
That it's ok to listen to punk music, to pull crazy rat faces, to not be like the other kids.

I hope there's some empty pools up there for you to skate, Jay.
And thank you. For changing my life. For everything.
I hope to live a life full of love and spontaneity, and be as unpredictable as you were.
You crazy kid.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Good Vibes, Love & Happiness.

Last night my family and I attended one of my cousins wedding. It was an absolutely lovely evening.
Saw so many family members, some I haven't seen in a really long time.
Everyone was so happy and completely full of love and of course, my cousin looked beautiful in her dress. 

Naturally I took my polaroid camera. I think I only took a couple of photos on my phone/camera -most of them were done through this beaut.
I have the instax 210 and it's literally the best thing I've ever brought. 
I've posted polaroids on here before, but I've never really mentioned how great a camera it is. 
As you can see, the quality is pretty fantastic and I love watching the photos develop, especially when it's at something as memorable and special as a wedding. Everybody loved it and the newly wed couple even took a couple home with them as they were so happy with how the pictures turned out. (I'll do a review on the camera as a whole one day)

It was a perfect evening. Full of good vibes, love and happiness. There were no arguments or disagreements, no problems, and everything was done so beautifully.
I'm so happy for the bride and groom as it seems they were made for each other. And I hope they have a long and wonderful future together.

Much love.
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Listening to: Well, actually watching The Inbetweeners.

Monday, 4 August 2014

We Used To Be Half Alive...

Original Picture: Sammy Roenfedt With Reference to this drawing: AdoraChloe

Last night I finished my watercolour painting of the lovely Hayley Williams of Paramore.
It took me about 6 hours (give or take) and I'm still not sure how I feel about the "daydreaming" lyrics being there but I am still super happy about it. #
Hayley's quite possibly my favourite person to draw/paint and I've done multiple pieces over the years.
I think it something to do with her hair.

I've been super busy at work this week, but I have got a couple of reviews for you all, which will be up over the next 2 weeks. 

Much love.
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Listening to: The Honeymoon Suite- Calm Your Little Passions.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I don't know why, but that quote got me.

This week I found my old blog from when I was about 14-16.
I don't know, it's kind of funny reading through it all.
I used to write what I was listening to at the time of writing it (might start that again) and they used to be really short, but it was updated every few days. 
I won't post the link because the blogs now private but it is kind of interesting looking at my 15 year old self from a 20 year olds perspective. 

Anyway, the one of blogs is just a quote from Dirk Mai. "I don't think everyone sees things the way I see them. Look a little deeper. There's more to it. I promise."

I remember writing that post. I gave it the same title as this one. That quote hit me hard. 
The post was written exactly 5 years to this day. Creepy huh? or just a concidence? 
I don't know. But it hit me just hard today as it did half a decade ago. 
Jeez. Half a decade. That sounds so long!!!

Reading over that old blog reminds how much I used to enjoy blogging. I had no idea how many people were reading my posts -it had no hit meter- but that didn't seem to matter. I liked having somewhere to talk about my day and things that I was enjoying. 
Recently, it's been harder for me to write on here. You may have noticed due to my lack of posts. But I like how I used to write and not care if anyone was reading. I know there are some because there's a hit counter. And that's lovely. But I'm going to try and start writing more. Even if it's just to say my week at work was great.

Oh, and I'm going to start with the "Currently listening to" again if thats alright. 
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Listening to: Sunnyday Real Estate- In Circles.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sun & Surf.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have knwon that I went away last week. 
Yep, I went back to one of my favourite places, NEWQUAY!

The last time I went was summer 2012, with my cousin Jodie, for Boardmasters festival. Unfortunately, we couldn't go last year, nor will we be attending the festival this summer. Which upsets me very much.
However, me and my mum decided to go for a few days before the schools break up and Cornwall becomes packed.

We didn't stay in Newquay everyday. We did a fair bit of travelling. Driving to Truro, St. Ives, Boscastle and Perranporth amongst others. 
I did a ton of skating. The roads are better there than they are in my hometown, and it seems to be more acceptable since pretty much everyone does it. You literally can't even walk around the towns without seeing some form of skater/ board.

We also tried surfing for the first time. It was a lot of fun and I definitely can't wait to try it again. We even met some people that lived very near our town. 
There is a photo but I won't post it as it includes people I don't know and I'm not sure they want their faces posted on some blog. 

I had a lot of fun and met some really great people who I'm not sure I'll ever see again. But it was lovely knowing them for a couple of hours. 

If you've never been to Newquay, well it's like a completely different world. It's not even like the rest of the UK. It holds a ton of really great memories for me. And I love it there. A lot.

And now I'm genuinely considering moving there and just becoming a total surf/skate rat.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Review | 5 Seconds Of Summer- 5 Seconds Of Summer

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I came home from work today to find my 5 Seconds of Summer album had arrived!!
If you follow me on instagram/twitter/tumblr, you may have noticed they're becoming somewhat of appreciation pages for these Aussie boys. I would apologise but I'm really not sorry.

The band are currently travelling around the world on their SECOND tour with the One Direction lads.
Due to this they've become everyone's "favourite" and been dubbed a "teen-pop-boyband". But to me their more around the pop-punk mark. Maybe 100% there, but they're close. In fact the album sounds like a mix of music I grew up listening too. I guess if Good Charlotte had a love baby with Busted it probably would have been these guys.

Although, that's probably because they teamed up with some massive names for the creation of their debut.
The album consists of songs co-written by the likes of All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Boys Like Girls's Martin Johnson and Yellowcard's Ryan Key. It even holds one the Madden brothers wrote. All of which, if you don't know, are basically musical geniuses. (My opinion anyway)

It's an album that can easily be listened to anytime, anywhere.  There's a track on there to suit pretty much every situation since it covers all the fun teenage angsty-ness.

For Fans Of: All Time Low, Mcfly & Boys Like Girls.
Personal Favourites: "Beside You", "Amnesia", English Love Affair", "Never Be"

And after I've listened to it 100 times I might sit down and cry because there is finally a 5sos album.

Friday, 27 June 2014

One Direction & Depop

I haven't in almost a month. Woopss.
In my denfense I've been very busy. I recently got new managers at my job and I've been working alot. It's abit overwhelming. But they're lovely people and so far I'm enjoying working for them.

A couple of weeks ago I travelled up to London for One Direction's "Where We Are" tour at Wembley Stadium.
I've never been too a show that big before. To put it nicely I kind of wish I never went. 5 Seconds of Summer were AMAZING. As per usual. Although, the crowd the seemed to scream alot for them though only seemed to know "She Looks So Perfect"...
Still, I had a lot of fun dancing and singing along and they put on a very energetic performance. And I'm very much looking forward to recieving their first album in the mail soon.

I'm going to get absolutely slaughtered for this, but I didn't enjoy One Direction much.
I've seen live twice before this, and both times I've had alot of fun. However, they decided to put a load of slow(er) songs right in the middle of sets -like a massive chunk of slow songs- not just one or two.
Majority of the band didn't seem like they wanted to be there, or maybe just weren't grateful enough, maybe they're tired and overworked, I don't know. But at one point two members left the stage for a toilet break. That I found personally very rude.

Don't get me wrong. I still enjoyed myself. I just think I expected more for the amount the tickets cost.

Anyway, enough negativity. I recently made a depop account. Which if you don't know, Depop is a fun app for buying and selling items (mainly used  for clothes and jewellery but I have seen people selling CDs/DVDs)
I'm trying to sell quite a few things to make some money for travelling and also because I either don't wear them or haven't worn them in an extremely long time. And I need to make space in wardrobe  because it's literally filled up.

It's super easy to use and I will love you forever if you go have a look. I'll be putting more items up over time as well. 
I'm selling things pretty cheaply so if you'd like to have a look either the link just under the above photo or my username is @emmalou93

I apologise for half of this post being negative but I'm on holiday in a couple of days so next week I'll hopefully have a fun blog post for you all