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new artist, old obsession

I mentioned Bastille in one of my previous song posts, and ever since then I have been dying to make sure you knew how majestic they were. They’re extremely new to the music scene, as their debut album was just released March 4!! But since ‘Flaws’ in 2010, I have been obsessed. Surviving on only 4 songs by them was a rough couple years, but finally they decide to feed me some more. And all these new songs are BLOWING MY MIND. I love their sound, it’s calming yet riveting. Dan Smith’s voice is a serious drug

I’d like to say this is my favourite song by them, but basically all of them are my favourites. So I just randomly picked one via shuffle and boom. ‘Haunt’ it is.

Ps why is it all this amazing talent comes out of the UK?! Obviously, I need to hop the pond over there to find out what’s in their water.

Also, I just learned one of my favourite actresses, Miss Chloe Moretz, is a huge fan. You go girl, great taste in music!

XX, K

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girl crush

How cool is Ellie Goulding?! She is by far one of my favourite human beings. From her voice and her lyrics, to her style and her hair (it always looks rad), I have the ultimate girl crush on her.

Her new album, Halcyon, is basically the reason I am alive. I am crying just thinking about it. Just kidding (but not really). But the other day, lost among the sea of music on my iPod, I rediscovered “The Writer”. Throwback to her very first album!!! This song was what got me so into Ellie Goulding in the first place, it was my favourite song for probably all of 2010. I can’t believe I forgot about it!!

Love love love all her stuff, but this song was my first love. And you never forget your first love.

Her silky voice is heavenly. HEAVENLY.

XX, K

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the XX

I cry real tears whenever I listen to the XX…its a problem. And this cover of Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” is absolutely flawless. So sultry and so soothing, the XX is perfection.

XX, K

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youtube treasures

Seriously, is there anything Youtube doesn’t have?! From cat videos to children falling down stairs to inspiration to ballerinas doing 101 pirouettes, I swear I could live in a room by myself as long as I had Youtube (and food, duh).

Typical evening in my life: 

5pm Ok I’ll start some homework. Its going to be such a productive night!!

530pm Just kidding, I’m hungry I’ll eat now.

630pm I need to shower. Yea, lets do that. My room looks dirty…should I clean it? Nah, I got stuff to do. FOCUS.

700pm Ok, now I’ll watch ONE video on Youtube then start my homework.

1am *looks at the clock* HOLY MOTHER EFF ITS 1 AM OMG OMG!!! I STILL HAVE TO DO HOMEWORK.

230am Finally finish my homework and then immediately pass out.

Youtube literally sucks away hours from my life…not that I’m complaining. And one of my favourite things about Youtube is discovering new artists. A couple years ago, I found Kate McGill. She is an ABSOLUTE TREASURE. Not only does she do amazing covers of incredibly good songs (her taste in music gets 2 thumbs up), but she writes these originals that I have fallen in love with. I feel if I was any good at writing songs/singing, she is what I would be. Love, love, looooooveeee her. 

Here is my favourite cover of hers, Flaws by Bastille (btw, go look them up too, they’re beautiful).

And my favourite original, Don’t Build Bridges to Have Them Burnt

And if you don’t already love her, she tweets thing like this (which I totally identify with)…

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Sadly, though, her career with Youtube came to a close a few months ago. But don’t worry, because  she still has enough material to sing you to sleep for quite along time.

XX, K

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my heart to take

“I’ll close my eyes and pretend I don’t see, the love you don’t feel when you’re holding me”

Is there anything worse than investing your everything into someone, only to realize they gave you nothing in return?

And yea, there is.

When you can’t stop giving bits and pieces of yourself up to someone who keeps taking it. Even when they don’t want it. Even when you have nothing else to give and all your left with is a shell of who you used to be. That’s worse.

XX, K

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bieber fever

First off, so sorry about the late post!! I have been trying to fix up the who/what/when aspects of my blog, aka actually create a schedule, and it got in the way of actually posting. But, now that its all sorted out I pinky promise you I will try my best to never post late again! (ps: you can check out the schedule here) Moving on….

I have Bieber Fever!! I am in LOVE with the Biebs, from his hair to his voice to his pet hamster (Pac the hamster and I get along). I like to consider myself his friend rather than just a fangirl…I am obsessed in the ‘i-think-we-would-be-good-friends’ kinda way. Like, if we ever met, I would just casually say hi, we’d talk about our lives then skip happily into the distance with our newfound friendship. Not saying that I’m writing this next to my JB poster, checking my iPhone in its JB case, while wearing my JB perfume and listening to JB. Nope, not at all.

And as if I didn’t already adore his Believe album enough…BOOM, he releases an acoustic version. Total eargasm (orgasm for your ears, if you didn’t pick that up).

Lucky for me, my all time JB favourite (but then again, all of them are my faves), “Be Alright”, was on this new acoustic album. I’m bawling tears of joy just thinking about it. This is my ‘pretend Justin is serenading you to sleep‘ song. And who wouldn’t want that?!!!

XX, K

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happy birthday to me!

Current situation: Solemnly singing an Adele-inspired rendition of “Happy Birthday” to myself while repeatedly refreshing my FB page for birthday wishes. Cool.

Because I am a diva, every year I seriously regret this day not being a national (even international) holiday. I love birthdays. They’re always so happy and you get to eat as much cake as you want without judgement. But for my birthday, I want to share 7 (my lucky number) of my favourite things of the year with you, since we are becoming pals and pals share everything. Heres to another year of laughs, love and living it up!

1 As I dancer, I stalk YouTube like its my job. This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen this year. This girl is TWELVE (now 14).  Meet Haley Messick of Mather Dance Company, everyone.

2 I got addicted to THE WALKING DEAD at the beginning of the year. Not only did I fall in love with the main character; but I also fell in love with zombie guts. YUM. Season 3 got RIDICULOUS. I cried for 5 days straight after one episode (yes, a zombie apocalypse show made me CRY). Watch the show here: The Walking Dead.

I went a little bit insane on the nail art trend. Free time meant nail art time. Actually…homework time, cleaning time, sleeping time, or ANY time turned into nail art time.

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candy stripes

painted by yours truly!

Next, I share an opportunity. I travelled with HLD: The EcuaExperience, run by brothers Jose and Juan Naranjo, to Ecuador. We built 20 homes for a community, spent a week doing hospital rotations (I stood right next to a surgeon in the OR during a kidney transplant) and adventured all over…from the beach to the Amazon. And my life was turned upside down and back again. I have never experienced so much love and positive energy. Words cannot describe my experience, so I simply urge you to check it out yourself.

5 Of Monsters and Men. Need I say more?! Heart-warming and calming, their music is to die for. Here is my fave song, Love Love Love!

This year, in fashion, cross body bags were my thing (aren’t they everyones?). One word…convenience. From Marc Jacobs to Alexander Wang, my collection grew faster than rabbits breeding babies. But, just recently I added my favourite bag yet…a REDValentino Bow Clutch!! Ahhhhh it is the prettiest thing I’ve laid eyes on! (Plus, even though it is a crossover line, REDV is still made in Italy! Score!) Every stylish on-the-go girl needs a staple cross body bag.

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my favourites!

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REDValentino, Nordstroms

This year, like any other, was such a roller coaster (I always say, if life was a literal roller coaster instead of metaphorical, it would be so much more fun). But the most valuable piece of advice I learned is…

YOU are in control of your own life.

There is nobody that can tell you how to feel, when to feel, what to feel. You must learn to stop deflecting responsibility and take control. Happiness comes when you decide to let it in. The barriers in your life are only there because you put them there…don’t be afraid to live free and limitless!

And there you have it folks…my year in a nutshell. Sorry (not sorry) for the essay post and beginner/iPhone photography!

XX, K

ps: In honour of my birthday, if you feel like spreading some love, I would love some help to reach my fundraising goal. Visit HOPE for Good Hope!! Educate, share, donate.

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