i like dodie clark

February 20, 2017

In recent months, I've found a YouTuber I like. It's crazy. I usually hate YouTube stars because of who they are and what they do and how they act sweet when they're not. Sigh. (@ zoella and friends) I like Dodie so much that I actually planned this post, because I didn't think I could decide what my favourite things were off the top of my head. In my notes I wrote 'it's all a bit sad, yet sweetly satisfying' and I think that's true. Not 100% true, but definitely not fake news. Her words make me feel melancholy, and sometimes her thoughts and feelings echo my thoughts and feelings, which I like. 


I haven't felt like I want to write a blog post so much since... well probably The Saturdays were cool. It's nice to see somebody write and then subsequently perform their own songs, as it seems like the own mainstream artist to do this repetitively is Sia, and well.. Sia isn't really like ukulele playing Dodie is she? 

~in no particular order~ here are the Dodie classics that make me smile

Intertwined makes me smile ~~ Sick of Losing Soulmates actually had a Vevo video released, which was a first for Dodie. The video has almost 3 million views (!!) and I really liked the fact it was about love and used two women to represent that because of ~equality woo~ - those words were actually in my notes... ~~ When makes me think a lot, and in the right situation has the ability to make me cry. Right now while I'm watching Britney Ever After is not that time ~~ Would You Be So Kind? is a bop where Dodie wears a yellow dress (it is Dodie yellow tho??) - I sing to this a lot and I'm not ashamed to say it, it's a summery tune that makes me smile and hum and gets me through those horrid essay days ~~ All Star w/ Tessa Violet is obviously from Shrek and I don't even really like Shrek but I received some good news to this song so it'll always have that memory ~~ Drive is a Oh Wonder cover which is probably quintessential Dodie because it's ~atmospheric~ and words to that effect. I just really like it ~~ City of Stars w/ Jon Cozart is obviously from La La Land and is amazingly beautiful and just reminds me of the movie and it's beautiful and it's got Jon in it (p a i n t  s u b s c r i b e) ~~ Can't Feel My Superbass w/ Andie Isalie, Orla Gartland is actually the first Dodie video I saw and came from a Lucy Moon video and I actually love it so much, it's so easy to harmonise to as well which is good for ya gal who loves to sing along ~~ Pop Party mashups with Dodie's little sister are also as good as Superbass for probably the same reasons, also seeing Hedy growing up is the cutest thing ever (omg superlatives everywhere) ~~ Somewhere In The Crowd w/ lots of people including Tessa Violet (!!) is from La La Land too and bloody hell it's emotional yet happy and it just promotes vibes you can't get when you're sat in your room watching stupid make up hauls like the other Youtube stars promote. (Zoella cough Zoella

you can watch all this dodie goodness ~here~ on her channel 
lots of love... olivia curls

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things i have read

February 16, 2017

I've been reading a lot recently, whether that be essays about feminism or journals about business strategy. It's a little crazy how much I've been reading recently actually, but with more information out there than ever before, it's nice to find things that pique my interest and make me crave and think and learn. 

Here's some of my favourite reads over the past month: 
Rupi Kaur - Milk and Honey 
Milk and Honey seems to be the unexpected hit of the year so far, with every Instagram gal seemingly owning a copy. I actually found the book on Amazon before I found the Instagram account, so didn't really mind that most of the poems were already immortalised in square format. It doesn't take long to read but it's nice to pick up and put down, and the short stanzas really hit you where it hurts - who knew I'd begin to like poetry? 

Katie's words have inspired me for years. Heck, even one of my diaries had her somewhat iconic quote scribbled in the inside cover as a reminder to always look at the world as if it was silver. I remember reading her blog and feeling a little proud for a stranger I have never known, I remember the second blog ETC and the H&M campaigns and the New York trip that turned into months and months of words and coverage. And this bad boy of a final blog post reads to me as a finishing off that was well and truly deserved, maybe Scarphelia is no more but there are intricate lessons weaved within those lil nuggets of #content and I'm glad it was around while I was growing up. 

"Forever remain curious, refuse to remain unremarkable."

I didn't really watch Skins. I'm not going to pretend I did but I've seen the first few episodes and I think this article is very interesting concerning it. I don't know, it just made me think. It talks about how television and the individuals portrayed within it can be used on social media in ways the directors and actor may not have thought possible. And I agree. As I said, I might not have watched Skins but I can use the analogy for any show I've ever been obsessed with. Coronation Street? Adult me may not want to admit it but for the kid who liked soap operas, I can see how something as small as light entertainment can filter into somebody's psych and change them. I'm going to stop talking now.

It's not a secret that I love Jennifer Lawrence, but this article really made me think about whether the personality she portrays in TV interviews is one and the same as the personality she has when away from the cameras. I've begun to write about this many times before, but I just can't seem to click publish on anything. Maybe it's meant to stay in my brain, or maybe this article describes my thoughts well enough. We’ll have to see. 

Ever since I applied to work for Disney last year, I've been keeping tabs on the Disney Belle, with its beautiful photography and occasional vlogs from the Happiest Place on Earth. And when I was offered the job at Disney, I read it even more. And more. Did I mention I'm going to work in Disney World? I'm sure I have. I'm going to work in Disney World?!? Still can't believe it OMG (!?!?) ….ANYWAY this article focuses on Annie’s first week working for the Mouse and it makes me happy just reading it. 

Very much like the Jennifer Lawrence article, I found it very interesting how many celebrities put on a show to suit their own marketing campaigns or simply to hide a part of themselves from the media. Featuring celebrities such as Amy Adams and John Legend, it's a nice yet rare insight into the true, real life of people who have had to give up their anonymity simply because of their job title. 

I've also read lots of textbooks and things off my reading lists if anybody employed by uni reads this (I’m sure they don't) 

until next time, 
olivia mae

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a review of la la land

February 06, 2017

la la land
La La Land came to me a bit out of nowhere. I remember hearing about it in about September time, and I knew it was coming out in a matter of weeks. Or so I thought. Turns out it was on very limited release across the globe, and it would be months before it came to England. I sulked. 

It had a wide UK release on the 12th of January, and I was more ready than I have been for any film since The Hunger Games was cool. And then life got busy. That's a bit of a pattern in my life.

It was the 24th of January before I finally saw La La Land in the middle of two incredibly boring lectures about strategy and Subway sandwiches.

And here's what I thought of it:

It's not often I find a film so utterly perfect, so utterly real and true that the hairs on my arms stand to attention and crave to be noticed. It's not often disobedient tears threaten to leave my eyes at something that's not even sad, at something that's not ridiculously happy either. I like jazz, I do... but that's not why I loved La La Land.

There's something about the filmography, the lights and the fact the signature dress was yellow that made my heart tingle and my chubby cheeks smile. The opening number, the initial apprehension, the awful attitude of Seb in some of his first scenes... they all failed in making me dislike the character for a single second of film. I think it's because it felt real. It was real.

Those emotions don't come out of you if it's not real, if the producers and the directors and the actors and everyone involved haven't felt like that before. It just doesn't happen. It can't happen.

I don't even want to be an actress. Or a singer or anything to do with performance art. But for any young girl growing up with big dreams, I think La La Land will strike a chord. 

The fact Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling can hold a tune but don't hold a candle to Adele; the riveting backstories that just need to be explored, the frequent and telling nods to an America from yesteryear...  

I bloody adore it. I do.

If Joy is one side of me, La La Land is the other. I might have zero theatre talent, I might sing like a cat who's on the verge of death, but I like Mia and I think I see parts of myself in her. 

Maybe it's because she wears yellow. I love yellow.

Or maybe it's because the whole film can be encompassed in the opening number, Another Day of Sun. Because that's what we all want, right?

~sunshine and smiles and happiness~
and everything in between. 

And no matter what happens in the middle - even if Seb acts like a total douche when he meets Mia for the first/second/sort of third time, the ending is good. 

Even if it's a surprise from the beginning. 

And I think that's why I love La La Land. 

~you can catch la la land in cinemas now across the world~

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