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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

today I took pictures of two of my beautiful friends Lucy and Gemma for my photography A Level project- and here's how they came out!






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It's begining to look a lot like Christmas

Friday, 24 December 2010


(Shirt- Vintage, Jumper-Mums, Sorts- Vintage Topshop, Belt- Mums)

Just a quick post today, but I thought I'd show you my Christmassy outfit and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! (I'm sorry the outfit pictures are abit blurred!) I wore my uber festive pj style shirt today and added lipstick to really add a festive touch!
Thanks again for all your lovely comments, I really appreciate all my wonderful followers, and general readers and it means so much to me that you all read my blog and (hopefully) enjoy it, I know I say this enough but I really mean it :)

Have a lovely Christmas everyone!
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p.s my 'Albums of 2010' will be up in the next week so keep a look out!





Livs Albums of 2010

Thursday, 23 December 2010


Making this list has proved incredibly challenging, all of the albums mentioned in the post deserve recognition, and narrowing them down to a top 10 was tough so I've included my other close favourites below because they should not go without mention! Additionally, it's been pretty hard to sum up each album in a nutshell (bar a few)- so please bare with me, and I'm sorry this post is so lengthy! So without furthur ado, the results!


Unfortunately, before this summer and just before Reading I hadn't given this band my full attention, and it was ony until I was lucky enough to see them at Reading that I realised what I'd been missing out on. Maybe it was first hearing The Suburbs fully live surrounded by the most amazing enthusiastic crowd, maybe it was listening to it afterwards in my bedroom over and over that really got me- but whatever it was this album really opened my eyes to an extrodinary band like no other. As well as hosting a collection of charming reminiscent songs with the vibrant yet mellow vocals of Win Butler and Regine Chassange, the album takes you on a journey back home, with one 'stand out track' simply not being necessary.



An album that is both outstandingly festive and suitably summery all at once, with contagiously catchy lyrics and not a single 'skip past' song, this is undoubtly one of my albums of 2010. The debut of Ezra's 'rapping' on 'California English' to the arguably reggae 'Diplomats Son' all show progression of a talented band- without losing the imagination and style we all know and love them for.


Yeah yeah it may not be the most complex, diverse or technically profound album of the year- but boy is it good. Releasing a debut when 'surf pop' was at it's peak and The Drums were on everybody's lips, Cosentino sings of about ideal boyfriends, talking cats and dreamy summer scenarios. Okay, prehaps not the content you'd imagine for an album as commendable as this, but who cares? They're fun and who doesn't like good clean fun? An album that makes breezy Californian summers seem a fleeting moment away, Beth Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have hit the 'innocent pop' album shaped nail on the head.

Theres very rarely a successful actor or actress that comes to mind who we can assosiate with a good record, but unlike the majority Zooey Deschanel not only is a charming actor but is exceptional at singing too. Having first fallen in love with her silky, dreamy vocals in Elf hearing Volume 2, just swept me away on a journey through tales of old romance and high school love. An album my grand parents love just as much as I, this gorgeous summery album is certainly one for all.

(taken from a review I did following the album release this summer)


Being one the most highly anticipated sounds of 2010, and following a fabulously fun ‘Summertime E.P’ earlier this year, The Drums had little chance of this album being anything short of a chart topper. In fact, this 12 track post-punk fest filled with summery beach pop and songs of heartbreak probably wouldn’t sound too dissimilar of that from your parents 80’s record collection. With the velvety vocals of lead singer Jonny and playful riffs of guitarist Jacob they did not cease to create the top album we were all eagerly awaiting. Being a record packed with cheerful 60s and 70s Americana beats with dark undertones intertwined into the lyrics, these are not simply love songs- these are songs about love. The opening single, ‘Best Friend’, clearly justifies the melancholy twists these breezy pop songs reveal, Jonny sings ‘You’re my best friend, but then you died’ followed by the intoxicating anti-love song ‘Me and The Moon’, which clarifies that their first ‘Beach Boys esque’ release ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ was not to suggest that the album was just filled with your typical whimsical teen hormone-fuelled ‘surf pop’. The Drums’ newest single release from the album, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ boasts fast paced sprightly beats and rapturously romantic lyrics, that wouldn’t sound out of place being recited in a Hollywood rom-com by the guy that’s aimlessly head over heels about the girl. To wrap the album up in a big bundle of kisses and tears is album closer ‘The Future’. A song that sings of heartbreak and hope, and, if the future of The Drums is as consistent and commendable as this album, then it’s sure to be a bright one. So turn up your chinos, grab your baseball jacket and scruff up your freshly combed hair, because there’s no way you’ll be escaping the phenomenon that is The Drums and the infectious melodies that chase behind.

Channeling a more psychedelic 'post punk' 70's sound shouldn't have really been much of a surprise for fans of MGMT, but the second release from the Brooklyn based band appeared to almost repel some of the bands fan base (okay, maybe the majority had only heard 'Kids' or 'Time to Pretend, but nevertheless caused somewhat of a stir). When listening to certain elements of Oracular Spectacular, it doesn't seem unlikely that the band were to ever move into this direction, and personally, I didn't think it was all bad news. Initially beguiled by it's style, with it's abstraction and experimental flair continually showing through on tracks such as 'Flash Delirium' and 'Song for Dan Treacy', the album soon won me over, thinking maybe all they needed was 'a great big Congratulations'.

Sugar coated in glossy red and white candy canes and dusted with candy floss, this cheeky sunny pop album is everything the title suggests. Packed with more mischeif than an Andrex puppy with a six pack of loo rolls, and more pop anthems than 'Now That's What I Call Pop', Perry presents us with the ultimate feel good 'chicks' album, and makes us all want to slip into our shortest shorts (and bluest wigs) and belt our hearts out.


Coming from two men reknown for their excellent humour and on stage banter, the fourth album from We Are Scientists was undoubtedly going to be a bundle of fun. With the consistently distinguished vocals of Keith Murray, and playful lyrics in tracks such as 'Rules Don't Stop' and 'Nice Guys' Burrows, Murray and Cain once again present us with an album full of the wit, charm and escapades we all know and love them for.


Arguably one of the most underrated men in music, Lightspeed Champions second album once again presents us with a 15 track catalogue of romantic tales, and heartfelt words entwined with some bad ass guitar solos and melodies that wouldn't sound lost amongst a 60's pop group. With standout tracks consisting of 'Marlene' and 'Madame Van Damme' along with 'Faculty of Fears' and 'There's Nothing Underwater', Hynes has set us up for a treat, and one to be thoroughly enjoyed.


Regardless of wether or not it's 'cool' to like Mark Ronson, this album showed the true talent of super producer Mark Ronson, along with the additional skill of some trusty companions (D'Angelo, Kyle Falconer, Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip, Spank Rock, Boy George, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes) and I am proud to say I own it on 12" (additionally, the cover is pretty rad). With tracks such as 'Bang Bang Bang' exhibiting a more 'techno' side to Ronson, and Boy George's 'Somebody To Love Me' showing the bona fide thought put into the lyrics, this album is a wonderful mix showing Ronson's true skills.

See my interview with Mark Ronson here!

Here are the other albums that are in my Top Albums of 2010, that may not have made the 'top 10' but are most definitely worth listening to:

Everything Everything- Man Aive, Foals- Total Life Forever,Surfer Blood- Astrocoast, Mystery Jets- Serotonin, Two Door Cinema Club- Tourist History, Kate Nash- My Best Friend Is You, Hurts- Happiness, LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening, Marina & The Diamonds- The Family Jewels, Crystal Castles- Crystal Castles, Delphic- Acolyte, Warpaint- The Fool, Gorrilaz- Plastic Beach, Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and it wasn't too wordy or long! I really recommend these albums so if you do get some time, do have a listen- you won't regret it!

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Liv Loves: The Wellington Boot

Wednesday, 22 December 2010



(Shirt- Topshop, Jumper- Mums, Shorts- Vintage Topshop, Belt- Mums, Necklace- The Wellington Boot)

A few weeks ago now, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Sadie's blog, for a $15 e-voucher for The Wellington Boot. Before entering, and never really having heard of Fern or her jewellery before, I took a look at her shop and instantly fell in love with her minature designs and creations.
(Image from Sadies blog)

Fern- the talented brain behind the jewellery, hand crafts each and every piece, composing completely unique and delightful designs and when it came to choosing my prize I was utterly spoilt for choice. After much deliberation, I opted for the 'tiny gold ballerina charm' necklace- totally adorable and discreet enough to wear all the time with absolutely anything! I'd definitely recommend anyone looking for unique ready-to-wear and incredibly good value jewellery to pay her Etsy shop a visit, you qon't be dissapointed!


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p.s hello and thank you to all my new followers! I appreciate it SO much, and was thinking if I (ever) get to 100 then I pay plan a giveaway? we'll see :)

all the stars up in the sky

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Space nails, and the 'nebula nail' trend have been gracing the intergalactic web for quite a while now, and after seeing a wonderful post on Beckah's blog, and seeing various pictures with amazing results, I couldnt help but give into the space nails trend and want to try it for myself.

(Pictures from: dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com, Nails by Asami, Flickr and Teen Vogue)

Here are what mine turned out like on second attempt :)


I used quite a mix of 'shimmer based' nail varnishes, and built up from dark violets to turquoises, as I didn't have the preferred 'matte' base as required, but I thought they turned out quite well!


Has anyone else tried 'space nails', what did yours turn out like?
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Every night, we'll watch the stars, they'll be out for us

Monday, 20 December 2010


(Hat- Primark, Scarf- Boyfriends, Coat- Topshop, Blouse- Charity Shop, Jeans- Topshop, Shoes- New Look)

I'm sorry I've left it so long since my last post! I was poorly all last week, and had lots of coursework to finish off! However, I was then was lucky enough to spent the day in Paris on Saturday with two of my best friends!





Outside The Louvre, The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower

As we were only going for a day, we tried to squeeze in as much Parisian sightseeing as possibly, and as tiring and exhausting as it was- it was really lovely. The city is so magical (yes, even in the freezing cold and blizzardy snow) and the architecture is absolutely outstanding. We managed to visit Le Marais for some shopping, Le Louvre for some history, lunch and the Mona Lisa, The Eiffel Tower (how could we possibly not?!) and The Avenue des Champs-Élysées for some more shopping and hot chocolate in The Ladurée.










The Ladurée, and the macaroons I bought!

When in Le Marais, we managed to find this cute little vintage shop, in which all dresses (already taken up!) were an astounding 10€, with many other o=items similarly priced! I was lucky to find a dress I really liked and will post about that asap.

Although I'd definitely recommend a long weekend (at least) for the amount of sightseeing Paris has to offer, we had a wonderful time- and I hope to go back next year to really explore the depths of this magical city!

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