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Blogger Interview Series: Studs and Dreams

lorna Studs and Dreams small I’m so happy to introduce this weeks Blogger/Vlogger interview is with the lovely Lorna from Studs and Dreams. Lorna was one of the first bloggers I ever met at PR events in London . I love reading her blog and watching her Youtube channel so go have a gander, but not before you’ve read this interview. Enjoy! 1. Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your blog. I’m Lorna, I’m currently studying Photographic Arts at Westminster Uni, though I’m very nearly finished – only a few weeks, woo! And I’m also the Digital Brand Manager for the amazing app. BeautySpotter. which is just the best thing ever for beauty obsessives like me! I write my blog Studs and Dreams and make videos on my channel and basically just create content I’d love to watch and read myself. So it’s a lot of beauty and a little fashion and lifestyle. 2. How long have you been blogging for and what inspired you to start it? I will have been blogging for 3 years in July, crazy! I used to read blogs all of the time and was always left thinking I could do that and I really want to do it! I put it off for a long while wanting to make sure of the design and name and the kinds of things I wanted to write about but then just bit the bullet eventually and did it. 3. What’s the best thing about having your blog channel? Oooh, the best thing. There are so many! Probably the best thing is getting to meet so many lovely fellow bloggers. It’s such a lovely community to be a part of and I will always appreciate that and of course, the events etc. are just a bonus! 4. What’s you’re top tips for budding bloggers?  My top tip would have to be just write what you would want to read. I know everyone says it but it’s really true. If you don’t think you’d read that post you just drafted up, then don’t hit the post button as it’s likely not that many people would either. Keep at it and don’t just get into it for the free things, it’s so much harder and time consuming than you can imagine. 5. What does a normal day look like for you? At the minute a normal day is very varied. With me coming to the end of uni it’s all a bit up in the air and I could be working on a project or I could be working with BeautySpotter. Perhaps I’d be doing a bit of blogging or filming at home, heading into central London for a meeting or an event in the evening and dinner afterwards. It really depends, but I’m not going to lie, I’m making use of getting to choose when I start working. Hello lie ins! 6. Who’re your biggest style influences? My biggest style influence is of course the beautiful Alexa Chung. I feel like she’s everyones, but that’s because she’s so god damn gorgeous and I definitely don’t disagree. She’s gorgeous and I’d like her entire wardrobe please. 7. Who are your favourite bloggers/vloggers? Favourite bloggers and vloggers! Crikey it’s so hard. I of course love some of the bigger ones like Essie Button, Amelia Liana and Sun Beams Jess (the list really would be endless if I listed them all) but some smaller lovelies worth the mention would definitely be Kassia Poh and Shu at shulikesclothes! 8. What are your three favourite beauty products right now? Ooooh, only three? Can I pick more? I’d probably have to say the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Inika Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude and the Rodial Contour Powder. So tough but I’m in love with all three! Total game changers. 9. What lip product have you got in your hand bag right now? More like lip products… I’ve just had a peek and I had the Nuxe Rev De Miel Lip Balm, an EOS lip balm, a Carmex Lip Balm, one of the new Bourjois Aqua Laque Liquid Lipsticks, the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte and the Sephora Lip Cream Stain in 01. I know that’s too many, but I’m the kinda gal that throws a lippie into the bag and never takes it out again, oops! 10.What are your three fashion essentials? Three fashion essentials would have to be a pair of black high waisted jeans, a denim jacket (I’m obsessed with a tie dye one I found in a vintage shop) and a leather jacket. I couldn’t be without all three! 11.What music are you listening to right now? Ooh, music! Great question. I’m obsessed with Aquilo, Honne, Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence and the Machine and Arcade Fire at the minute! Again I could probably keep going but you’d be here reading for days and we don’t want that.

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Music Monday – Clean Bandit

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and enjoyed a little bit of sunshine wherever it is that you’ve been! I’m kicking things off this week with a band from Cambridge who mix modern electronic with classical music, known as Clean Bandit. If you were wondering, their name is an oddly translated Russian affectionate insult. Though what they lack in strength of story behind their monicker, they more than make up for in tunes! After forming in 2009, their break through finally came in 2014 with their debut album New Eyes. I’ve picked out their track Rather Be, a smash hit last year that earned the band multiple Brit Award nominations and a Grammy. Tracks don’t get much more bouncy and upbeat than this, and I love the way they mix together electronic beats and blips with a cello, violin and piano. Check out the track below and let me know in the comments section what you’ve been listening to lately. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-M1AtrxztU

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Music Monday! Toro Y Moi

Happy Music Monday! Great weather is finally here, so let’s get in the mood for barbecues, cricket in the park at lunch lime and finishing work early on Friday afternoons to sip cider in a pub garden. I wrote a few weeks back that there were some big releases coming this year and one of them has just dropped – the new Toro Y Moi album What For?. If you’re not familiar with Toro Y Moi, it’s one of the multiple projects by musician Chaz Bundick. Evolving from a more laid back electronic sound to a straight up psychedelic rock, his new album borrows from bands like the Jackson 5, Tame Impala and The Beatles, while somehow retailing his unmistakably playful sound. I’ve picked out the fist single from What For? – a track called Empty Nesters. The track is an guitar-driven pop anthem featuring the occasional funk lick and a catchy chorus you’ll find yourself whistling to yourself hours later when you’re mopping up the last few stray ketchup stains after the barbecue. Take a listen to the track below and let me what you’ve been listening to lately in the comments section. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsY22N5D9UY&spfreload=10

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Emily hearts Music! Years & Years

Music-Monday-Template2 It’s Monday again and I’m kicking the week off with a catchy number by a band called Years & Years. They’ve also been awarded BBC Sound of 2015 and were nominated for a Critics Choice Award at The Brits this year too. The song I have chosen is called King, once you hear it I can guarantee that you won’t be able to get this song out of your head. Their debut album Communion is due out on 22nd June and King was previewed by Zain Lowe’s Radio 1 show and was his Hottest Pick of the Day.  It’s already shot in at Number 1 on the UK’s Single Chart this March and they’re still sitting at number 3 this week. These guys are set to be big so sit back and soak in the summer style tunes. What have you been listening to this week? I’d love to know in the comment section below. Happy Monday! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_uoH6hJilc

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Music Monday – Wild Nothing

Happy Monday! I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully fun and relaxing bank holiday weekend. This week’s Music Monday is a delightfully summery tune from a band I’ve featured before – Wild Nothing. I’ve picked the track Shadow from their second album Nocturne, a fantastic album released in 2012 which was awarded Best New Album by Pitchfork. The tune is has thick layers of hazy guitars and a chilled out summer vibe, perfect listening for an afternoon in the garden with a cool drink by your side. Have a listen to the track below and let me know in the comments section which music you’ve been playing over this Easter weekend. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4xTXB30hCQ&spfreload=10

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Music Monday – Sia

Happy Monday, and welcome to Spring! The clocks have gone forward, there’s daffodils sprouting up everywhere and the sun is shining. This week I wanted to continue looking the exciting new wave of female artists who are pushing their music as performance art. In previous weeks I’ve featured artists like St. Vincent, FKA Twigs and Grimes. This week the spotlight is on Sia, a vocalist who has been around for a long time but is experiencing a renaissance after the release of her sixth album 1000 Forms of Fear last year. Best known in the past for her work with Zero 7, she’s also written songs for Rihanna, Beyonce and Madonna. Around 2010 Sia struggled with the fame and attention that she was receiving and went through a heavy period of alcohol and drug abuse. After rehab she’s come out of it stronger and better than ever, dealing with her issues by avoiding press and hiding her face during performances. The byproduct of this is hugely creative artistic output and this week’s pick is one of the most well known, a track called Chandelier. Her voice may be damaged from her period of drug abuse, but it still has plenty of power and this track showcases it in a powerful ballad of escapism and denial. Check out the track below. The girl in the video is Maddie Ziegler from the American show DanceMoms. Such an amazing dancer! Let me know what you’ve been listening to lately in the comments section below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjPBrBU-TM&spfreload=10 BONUS: this is my favourite Zero 7 song featuring Sia – Distractions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kba_zvftMXA&spfreload=10  

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Music Monday – Tame Impala

Happy Monday! It’s been a long time since the glorious days when the Beatles were all alive and making music together. If you’ve spun your Beatles albums to death and you long for more, then this week’s Music Monday is for you! Hailing from Perth, Australia, Tame Impala is the recording project of Kevin Parker. After releasing their breakthrough album Lonerism in 2012, a follow up album bringing big things is expected in 2015. If the teaser track released this month Let it Happen is anything to go by then this album is going to be absolutely immense. Sounding like modern Beatles masterpiece, it mixes the best of the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper’s with the White Album-era John Lennon vocals. People are going nuts over this new track, and for good reason. With new albums from Tame Impala, Beach House and Grimes, 2015 is going to be a great year for music! Have a listen to the track below and let me know what you think in the comments section. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuCPOtyB4_k&spfreload=10

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Music Monday – Grimes

Happy Monday! This year has been a slow starter in terms of new releases, but I get the feeling that this is just the calm before the storm. One of the big releases coming later in the year is the new album from Grimes, the recording name of 26 year old Canadian Claire Elise Boucher. Last week she released a demo called Realiti, a cut which won’t make it onto the album because she lost the original recording. Taking a slightly more orthodox turn from her earlier material, this new track has audible lyrics and even bigger hooks. Grimes’ follow up to 2012’s Visions is due out later this year and if this demo is anything to go by she’s going to blow up big time. Let me know in the comments section below what you think of the track and what you’ve been listening to lately. Have a great week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9XKLqGqwLA&spfreload=10

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Music Monday – Still Corners

Happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and are ready to face an exciting week. Let’s kick things off with a track from a London duo Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, better known as Still Corners. I’ve picked out their track Fireflies, a standout from 2012 which was named Best New Track by renowned music website Pitchfork. The tune is a slow groove featuring some thick layers of synth, giving it a sensual retro 80’s vibe mixed with a more modern popular house sound. It reminds me of Nite Jewel at her finest. Let me know in the comments section what you think of the track and what you’ve been listening to lately. Have a great week!

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Music Monday – Lykke Li

Happy Monday! It’s the start of another beautiful week, so let’s kick it off with a tune from my favourite Swedish pop star Lykke Li. She blew people away last year with her dark, moody album I Never Learn – the ultimate break up album, but there was a time when she made music that was… well, happy! I’ve gone back to 2008 and picked our her track Little Bit from the album Youth Novels, a poppy track with a wicked ukulele. Check out the track below and let me know in the comments section what you’ve been spinning lately. Happy listening!