The most important songs in my life & a story of a great man…

So narrowing down my three favorite songs is certainly a difficult thing for me to do! I listen to sooo much music but I think I’ve chosen the three most sentimental songs that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. For the purpose of the ‘Blogging 101’ assignment I’ve gone into detail about the memories connected to each song as well: Image

The first  song/hymn on my list is Dear Father Lord of Mankind. This hymn is absolutely touching and I heard it sang on Atonement, when the soldiers are being evacuated from Dunkirk. My Granddad recently opened up to me about his Father and how he was one of the soldiers getting ready to be evacuated from Dunkirk but was a ‘rear guard’ ( or something along those lines, I’m not very good at history) and instead of evacuating was captured by the Germans along with 40,000 other soldiers. They were being taken to either Germany or Poland. Extraordinarily, knowing his fate, him and his friend managed to escape by finding blind spots of the guards and hid in a bush for hours as every single ushered soldier was escorted to a slave labor camp. The Brits only disclosed information about the soldiers that evacuated to boost morale in the country, there is very little shared about the soldiers that didn’t make it. It isn’t widely known that many were captured and spent a life of misery as slave labor. Anyway, after the coast was clear, my Great Grandfather and his friend started to make their way across France, whilst back in England, a letter had been sent back home to my Granddad’s family saying he was ‘missing, presumed dead. This wasn’t exactly accurate as him and his friend had trekked all the way across France and managed to come home to my Great Grandmother. To everyone’s amazement he was alive ( I may write up about the entire story in length sometime as I feel it deserves to have a place in history) and the song just makes me feel so lucky to come from the family I have. They would do anything for their family and that just shows my Great Grandfather’s pure determination to live and return to his loved ones. It also shows that really miracles can happen. I know from documentaries not many people escaped that fate and if my Great Granddad hadn’t, then I wouldn’t be here today and that to me is just such a crazy thought. This song also makes me cry! For the record, I cry about 4 times a week so this might also be why. :l 

Secondly,  Hey Jude by The Beatles. This is clearly a great song and obviously most people probably rank this up there as one of their favorites. For me this is a song that brings back one of the best memories of my life. So throughout myself I was always a misfit and never would be considered ‘ cool’ or ‘popular’. I was always seeking acceptance and doing the most stupid and foolish things in order to claim it. This made me sad a lot of the time because it meant I never really knew who I was or who I truly wanted to be which I think is the case for most people during school but other people made it seem a lot easier. Long story short I ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd as I had known them since primary school and I didn’t feel accepted in any other ‘clans’. My family saw that behavior and attitude was changing rapidly and I was heading down the wrong road my Grandparents decided to send me to private school. *cue death row music. I was so scared and upset ( for some reason, I had no idea why. It wasn’t like I enjoyed the school I was at anyway) and didn’t know what to do with myself. It turned out that once I got there, it was everything I hadn’t expected. I was accepted by everyone straight away! I had actual friendships with people who I actually liked. They weren’t passive aggressively horrible to me and call me names all the time. Nobody did drugs or had drank and thought it was absolutely insane that I had smoked and drank at such an early age ( which, in fairness considering I was only 14  definitely shouldn’t have happened). I didn’t need to fit in because nobody fitted in! There were only 15 people in my entire year and they were all weird and wonderful in their own creative ways! They all loved learning and didn’t need to act older or act like idiots to impress other people. It was here that I really found my true self. 

When it was time for us to go our separate ways, when school finished, our entire year held a concert for the rest of the school and sang ‘Hey Jude’ with instruments and we all had our own verse and it was beautiful to all come together and know that we had met people at this school that even if we didn’t ever see again, we certainly wouldn’t forget! I remember being so nervous and scared for my 2 lines but it happened and was amazing! It’s the kind of thing that you take for granted at the time but when you like back you can really appreciate it for what it was. I still sometimes cry when I listen to that song. 

After the performance my Nana bought me a key chain guitar that sang the song every time you pressed the button. It’s definitely a memory I hold close to my heart!

Thirdly, I absolutely love Superchick – One Girl Revolution. For me it’s got me back up when I’ve been feeling low and down about myself. It’s a song about being you and not given a toss about what anyone else thinks. It also drives me to achieve my true potential by encouraging me to be confident and to voice my opinions even if no one is willing to listen! It’s edgy as well which makes me feel ‘cool’ when I listen to it. haha Although I am certainly not edgy. :l

Thanks for reading! This blog post has in fact been very therapeutic for me to write! If you enjoyed this post please like, follow, share or comment! 🙂 

Emily XX  

 

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Achieving the impossible…Getting your hair from red to blonde, no damage.

Hey!

So I’ve realized that I in fact have some pretty useful information under my belt that I would love to share. A while back I decided to dye my hair auburn. It was nice … (for a few weeks) and then I became increasingly agitated and start to feel like I wasn’t myself. The auburn turned into a rusty colour and my confidence was shot (I looked like I had dyed my hair with some dodgy £2 kit dye).  I needed to get back to blonde but without  completely wrecking my hair and at a cheap price. Here’s the steps I used:

Step 1: I started using the natural stripping method, which has been dubbed the ‘Natural Hair Dye Remover’. You create this by getting about 500mg of vitamin c, in any form. This can be the powder, crushed up vitamin C tablets or crushed up effervescent tablets. I would opt for either the powder or the tablets because I used the effervescent tablets and although it worked it created a HELL of a mess! FOAM EVERYWHERE.

Here's my foamy mess. Yes. That is the foam erupting over the side of the cup.

Here’s my foamy mess. Yes. That is the foam erupting over the side of the cup.

You will also need a strong shampoo with sulfates in  it. I chose Head and Shoulders (Original) just because I heard that’s the best for dye stripping. So here, for the people who are skim reading.

You will need:

  • 500 mg of Vitamin C ( either powder, crushed pills or crushed effervescent tablets).
  • A squirt or enough to make a paste of high sulfate shampoo, such as Head and Shoulders.
  • A bowl
  • A mixer. ( I think I used a pair of scissors … I’m very disorganized)
  • You will also need a shower cap or a plastic bag… something to prevent the liquid from getting in your eyes because that occurrence is painful and I don’t want any of you guys to experience that!

You basically mash all of this together in the bowl and massage it into your hair like shampoo and leave it on your hair for 45 minutes plus. I must have kept mine on for a few hours just because I like to do things in excess but realistically had I left it on a bit less I probably would have seen the same results. You then just wash it out as normal and will probably see your old colour wash down the drain…my experience with this looked like a murder scene.  You can repeat this as much as you like, I did it 2 times and I know it’s popular to do it 2-3 times just to get all of the colour out. I wouldn’t necessarily do it one after the other, straight away just because your hair will need some time to release natural oils to stop it from getting too dry so leave it a day or two. I love this method as it really doesn’t damage your hair. It in fact has been known to leave people’s hair in better condition due to the vitamin C.

 

Tips: Try not to massage heavily into the scalp as that can become painful and tingly. You may experience some tingling anyway ( I did) but it should be alright… obviously if it becomes really painful then wash the mask off.

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When I first had it done I really liked it but in order to keep it up I’d have to dye it every three weeks.

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My hair then kept fading to a rusty colour and for some strange reason I decided to cut my hair short around this time also.

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This was taken after the stripping process. Here (although the photo doesn’t show it well, my hair was a mousy brown. The reddy tones had died down LOADS.

Step 2: Get HIGHLIGHTS. Do not, I repeat NOT go in with a full head of bleach. It’s such a bad idea. Obviously, if you really want to, you can do it but I really don’t advise it. The best way here is to work your way up. It’ll take longer but you will end up with far better results. Here’s a picture of me after my first full head of highlights:

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Step 3: Start using Purple Shampoo. This is a God send. It really eradicates the brassy tones in hair and will start to give your hair the ashy tones that you’ve been looking for. (If you would want more of a honey blonde, don’t use the shampoo).

Step 4: After a month of having semi – ginger hair book an appointment to get another full head of highlights. After this time you should be able to see a real difference and have blonde hair again. Here’s my hair after my second load of highlights:

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I use a purple shampoo regime, to keep my hair less brassy.

CHEAPER OPTION: You can obviously use home dying kits as well. The best ones for highlights will probably involve a cap and if you want to do it twice, make sure you leave an appropriate amount of time between uses as hair can be so fragile and once it starts to break, it’s so difficult to get it in good condition again.

I recommend: Pro-voke ‘Touch of Silver’ treatment. It’s really cheap and they have a whole maintenance range available. I use the concentrated shampoo once or twice a week and then use the maintenance shampoo and conditioner daily and then when I want to deep condition I use the deep conditioner.

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All of these are super cheap and can be purchased here: http://www.boots.com/en/Touch-Of-Silver-Silver-Shine-Shampoo-Weekly-Treatment-150ml_1047911/

I am also currently conditioning my hair once or twice a week with olive oil concoctions, if you want to know more about them check out my ‘Hair Diary’ page. I’ll be putting up the conditioning masks I’m using soon.

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Thanks for reading 🙂

Emily X

Keep love in your heart. One day, there’ll be no more tears to cry…

Have you ever been betrayed by a loved one? Ever felt guilt for their mistakes? Cried, not because you feel bad for yourself but you can’t help but feel sorrow for them?

If you have or in fact felt any form of pain because of another, you’ll realize that many people is today’s ‘busy’ society will tell you to shut it out, get on with it and just forget. This isn’t as easy to do as you may think. I’ve watched it happen time and time again, where people have been hurt and they manifest their anger through bitterness and hatred because they haven’t let themselves feel what they’ve needed to feel. You need to learn to forgive and you need to FEEL. If you don’t emotions may harbor within and can turn into unattractive characteristics, such as anger and jealousy.

I would prefer to cry often, not because I’m ‘weak’ or ‘silly’ but because I’m forgiving and I’m loving. I don’t want to end up  a bitter old lady who trusts no one but her cats. Nobody does. So if you do nothing else today just make sure that you aren’t letting any emotions boil within and release anything that you may have built up because time heals and you won’t feel this way forever.

Remember this:

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” 

― José N. HarrisMI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

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Much love, Emily X