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This year has been an AMAZING year in music in my opinion.

I've seen some amazing tours, there's been the best newcomers in music for a long time and my old favourites have released top albums. I don't do enough music posts to say it's been such a huge part of 2014, so I might make that a blogging resolution for next year!

I've put together a few of the best moments of music for me in 2014.

Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour @ Manchester Phones 4 U arena

I have waited a very long time to see Katy Perry in action and it was the most spectacular show I've ever been to. She got a lot of bad rep for performing live on TV last year but in actuality, her voice was stunning. How a woman can sound so great whilst running up and down a treadmill between swinging cats and oversized emojicons I have no idea.

Definitely the most fun I've had at an arena concert since Steps circa 2001.

Arctic Monkeys - Finsbury Park

These are an old favourite and having seen them a couple of times before I knew I'd enjoy it. I love gigs that have support acts that you enjoy just as much as the headliner and Royal Blood and Miles Kane support was awesome.

The ONLY issue I had with this? No Mardy Bum. But as the #0114 girls representing Yorkshire, we serenaded the crowd whilst shuffling out of the park for a good twenty minutes after Alex left the stage.

source: NME

The Kooks - John Peel Stage @ Glastonbury

Whilst myself and my friends from Oxfam were working hard (sat recovering from the previous night's antics) at the entrance, it was released on Twitter that The Kooks were playing a secret gig. After our shift we downed a can of cider (thank you to the man who gave us the rest of his crate on his way out of the festival!) legged it to John Peel and had the BEST time.

They played the classics and the new stuff as we danced around our bag mountain. I can honestly say I've never had a better gig experience whilst being at the very back of a tent - plenty of boogie room.

Dolly Parton - Pyramid Stage @ Glastonbury

I cried.
Yes, I did have a box of wine previous to her performance which could have contributed to this BUT honestly, it was emotional all round. It was amazing to see such a legend of music sing all her originals and who knew she could play so many instruments?!

Highlights were 'Jolene' (thumbs up to the Theatre & Circus Glasto team who promoted the dance and the security guards who joined in) and 'Blue Smoke'. Totally bought her new album afterwards and I am not ashamed.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls - Unity Works, Wakefield

This was the first time I'd seen Frank Turner at his own gig rather than amidst a festival and it was bloody brilliant. I'm gonna be honest, I've not gone through his entire back catalogue and learnt every word like a lot of people around me had but I'm still a pretty big fan. Not necessarily just of his music but of his attitude to life and fame in general.

Also meeting the band afterwards was pretty cool. They're all down to earth guys and thanks to Tarrant for coming over and chatting and thanks to the random girl who thought we were dating. I was flattered.

Jamie T - Alexandra Palace, London

This was spectacular both because it was the biggest comeback of the year and the venue is just brilliant. He played all the crowd favourites and showed off the best of his new album 'Carry on The Grudge' and it was spot on. See my full gig review here.

What were your favourite gigs of 2014?

In 2015, I've already got a few gigs lined up I think are gonna be amazing including King Charles, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Hozier, as well as another wonderful week at Glastonbury! Hope you've enjoyed my round-up of this year, give me a shout if you have any gigs you think I'd love!

FITNESS IN 2014 //

This post is a little bit different for me, it's actually about exercise.
I've included the main things that have helped me
get a little bit fitter and a little bit healthier
this year, so you can try it for yourself in 2015 (just in time for a New Year's resolution...)

Do something different

I'm not an avid gym goer and I don't do much in the way of daily exercise but I used to dance up until the age of 18/19. At the time, I enjoyed the classes but they often got in the way of something and I didn't do it enough to want to choose it as a career path, so I stopped.

I really missed having a hobby that I enjoy, particularly one that keeps me healthy while I'm at it, so a couple of months back I signed up to a 6-week 'Aerial Hoop' course.

I know, it's a little bit out there!

I didn't know what to expect at all but I have had SO much fun doing it. I feel like it's a hobby that I won't get bored of quickly and it's genuinely challenging, much more than your average Zumba or step aerobics class. It's a full body workout and since starting the course, I've been trying to work on my upper body strength, something that I have never had to focus on before!

It's been lovely meeting new people (although I'm jealous most of them can do the splits) and I'll certainly be signing up for another six weeks come January!

Google your nearest classes - you'll find everything from gymnastics to ballroom dancing to aerial hoop. It might be the best thing you'll do all year.


As well as starting a course, I've started the 10,000 step challenge. Basically, according to the NHS website (link here) we should should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to keep fit and healthy. To do this, I needed a way of tracking how many steps I was taking.

I was kindly sent the Ozeri 4x3 Motion Pedometer to try from Amazon and it's so easy to use. I had it up and running (which I was also itching to be...) in a matter of minutes.

Clipping a pedometer to the front of your trousers so a weird bulge was visible to everyone above your crotch isn't really appealing. However, with this one,
you can carry it in your pocket, purse or bag.

It doesn't have to stay upright, it just has to be on your person and it will follow the movement wherever you go.

It's only £15.95 at the minute too, which is amazing value AND there's free delivery if you live in the UK. There's no excuse not to make that little bit more effort in exercising during your average day.

The first day I was using it I had a fair amount of Christmas shopping to do and I was going out for tea so I was really pleased to find I'd walked

9271 steps!

That's where the good news ended really, as the following days I didn't even hit half the target which made me realise just how LITTLE exercise I was really doing.

To improve my step count, I've been trying to make small changes as the NHS suggest. I try to walk further on my lunch break, even if it's an extra few minutes around the aisles in the supermarket! I walk to and from the train station and have been taking stairs instead of the lift.

The pedometer lets you keep track of the past 7 days, making it easy to reflect on how much you've exercised throughout the whole week and improving it in the future. I keep checking regularly and I can't wait to see the results.

What are your favourite ways to keep fit?


There weren't actually ANY fashion items on my initial 'Christmas Wishlist' post so I've made up for that by picking out some of my absolute favourites from Next. Now that the Black Friday madness has subsided, it's a lot easier to find the pieces I like!


This style of coat has been featured in every high street store, on every A/W catwalk and in every fashion magazine going. This is actually one of the most affordable ones I've seen and knowing Next, it's definitely gonna be amazing quality. It's perfect for this time of year and I've actually bought some burgundy boots which will look amazing with it. Please, Santa, please!


It's not a secret I'm a huge fan of patterned trousers but I don't have many smart pairs. These would be perfect to put a bit of colour and professionalism into my workwear, as usually I'm sat at my mac with a pair of jeans and a tshirt...


So I ventured, daringly, into the Lipsy range featured on the Next website. It was only this year I actually realised Lipsy is part of the Next franchise which is good news for everyone. I've never owned a Lipsy dress but I've been window shopping there for a very, very long time! I love Michelle Keegan's style, she's stunning but keeps it classy which is exactly how I'd describe this dress. It's the perfect Christmas party outfit.


This is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE item on the Next website! Do you love it as much as I do?!
It's so kitsch and I already know I'd be able to wear it with almost any outfit on a night out. Words can't describe how much I like this, I'm contemplating hinting about it to the fella but I can guarantee he won't understand the necessity.


It's so pretty and I'm a huge fan of a jacquard print. If it's good for a pair of trousers it's certainly good for bedding. If I remember rightly, the carpet in my new place is purple so this would add a bit of glamour and not clash.


This was too cute not to include on my list. I used to collect moose plush toys when I was I don't know why, either. Regardless, I fell in love with this all the same and it's really Christmassy! It would look perfect in my new house.

What are your favourites?
Pick them out here and let me know!


I failed at only one of my resolutions last month and that was the tattoo. This is currently on standby until I have a casual £50 to spend, so bear with me!

Here are my small, (hopefully) achievable resolutions for December...

Start afresh

So I'm moving out and I'm hoping this brings a new chapter along with it. I've been in this lovely flat for 9 months and I feel like it's the right time to commit to living by myself (well, sort of by myself, in a house with 10 strangers...)

I'm so excited to meet a few new people and I'm hoping it will give me more time to concentrate on work and saving for bigger and better things next year. I have enjoyed living with my best friend though and I'm glad we had the opportunity, even if it were short but sweet!

Clear out my wardrobe

No, seriously this time. With moving and all, I need to get rid of AT LEAST a quarter of my clothes. I find it so hard to chuck things away, my usual excuse being 'it might be good for a fancy dress party!' Me and my friends are going to have a clothes swap night to try and declutter. I've always wanted to do it and now I have a ridiculous amount of unwanted garments, now's as good a time as any!

See in the New Year with David

This will be the third New Year's we've had as a couple and this, hopefully, will be the first one we will actually spend together! We are terribly argumentative when drunk so I don't expect us to be kissing from 2014 through to 2015, but at least we'll be in the same vicinity. That's a step in the right direction, right?

All images sourced on Pinterest, except the last one. That's me.