For someone who is obsessed with zombies and has recently gotten into running too, this amazing app mixed the two perfectly. I was so excited to discover this app and downloaded it immediately – eager to get out running and using it. This app is one thing that really helped motivate me over the summer and helped push me to get out running more.
The general gist of the app is that you are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and you listen to this app as you work out – whether that be by walking, jogging, running or even cycling. The story unfolds between your different music tracks (so you can still listen to your music) and as you run you discover more of the storyline, which instructs you to keep running or even in some cases speed up further as there are zombies chasing you!

It is a really original idea – not anything I’ve heard of before – and I’ve found it really motivating. Because the story is ongoing, it pushes you to go for other runs as well as each mission unfolds more of the ongoing story. As you run you collect supplies which can then be added to your base in the app – you can watch as the hospital or armoury level up as you apply supplies to them. You discover new characters, each of which motivate you as well.

Additionally, your runs are saved not only on the app but also on the website, if you sync your account. The app will show you how long your run was, how many calories you’ve burned and also a brief summary of what actually happened on your ‘mission’ – the characters you met, the supplies you picked up etc. If you choose to sync your account, you can log on and see each mission/run in detail via the website. Here you’ll see a map of where you ran and even pinpoints to where each event within the story occurred on your run. It also displays comprehensive graphs of your pace throughout your run, and how fast you were going at these points. Awesome right?!

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Details on the website of my first run, click image to enlarge
I really loved using this app and it’s made me go from someone who used to dread running in high school to now actually enjoying it.
Zombies, Run! is available on iPhone, Android & Windows Phone.

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Music. What does it mean to you? If there’s one thing in the world I could never live without it would without a doubt be music. Music is one of the most amazing things on this earth. To me, music is so, so much more than just a song and lyrics. It can be accepted like that, of course. And sometimes that’s lovely. Sometimes it’s nice to just accept a song or music for what it is. Sometimes it’s nice to just have music playing in the background, or going to a club and dancing to it.
But it’s so much more. It starts off with an idea, a memory, a moment. An artist takes this feeling and turns it into a song so that it can be conveyed to others. Taking something from your mind to paper is one of the hardest things. And then when you listen to it, it just flows through you. Music can represent a feeling. It can remind you of a memory you shared with someone, or remind you of how you felt in that particular moment. It can inspire you. It can give you hope. 
When I close my eyes and listen to music, I feel it run through my veins. Sometimes it gives me tingles. Have you ever had tears instantly fill your eyes the moment you hear the opening chords of a song? Before you’ve even heard any lyrics or before you know what it’s about, already those brief sounds have made such an impact on your life, more than anything else ever will. I cannot even begin to explain how much music means to me or how much of an impact some bands have had on my life. Luckily music falls hand in hand with another passion of mine – gigging it! Seeing a band live is one of my favourite things in the whole world. I love the atmosphere of seeing a band live, I love seeing the way so many people come together and sing together to a song that means so much to them for so many different reasons. I love the fact that I actually get to experience a band performing that song live – I get to see the emotion as they sing it, I get to essentially have them sing it to me and it’s also so lovely to actually be close to the band.

Last night myself and my good friend Amy went to see an american band called The Maine at The Electric Ballroom in London. This is the first proper gig I’ve been to in about two years, so I was so excited as I’d missed seeing bands live so much. It was a really nice night out too, it was something different. We headed down early as I had an exclusive meet and greet ticket which meant I was going to meet the band, including their sexy lead singer, John O’Callaghan.

I was quite nervous but as soon as I walked into the venue I felt so overwhelmed as I spotted the band on stage. I was close to the stage and it was only a small exclusive crowd of about 100 people and it was honestly just a bit of a shock to me. The Maine are a band that I’ve been a fan for for about two months now and already they’ve had such a massive impact on my life, the lead singer is my idol and they’ve become such a huge part of my life so quickly. They will be a band I’ll forever be a fan of. So it was so nice to walk in and see them, especially as they are American so they don’t come to the UK too often. I was very lucky to be able to see them so soon after becoming a fan. So they performed two songs for us which was nice because it was very small and intimate and then we were told to line up to meet them!

When it came to my turn I was like ‘Oh my god’ in my head ha. The girl in front of me gave the lead singer John a chocolate bar and he thought it was from me as well and kept thanking me ha! He was really friendly, we had a little chat and I asked him how he was enjoying London and asked for a hug. I got a hug from the rest of the band too and almost walked off forgetting the group photo! There are five members of the band and everyone who was having photos stood right in the middle of them and I was like NOPE Ima stand next to John ha so I walked over to him (he was on the end) and was like ‘Can I stand here with you?’ and he was like ‘Off course!’ ha. And then just before the last photo was taken he said to me/to everyone ‘POSE’. As soon as the photo took I went to him ‘I didn’t pose I just smiled’ and he was like ‘me either!’ and we both looked at each other and laughed. I can’t believe how friendly he was!

From L-R, John, myself, Kennedy, Jared, Garrett, Pat & two random girls

Then me and Amy went and got changed and had a drink in a pub, then bought a cheeky bottle of Malibu to drink in the line as we waited to get into the venue. Once we were in the atmosphere just hit us immediately, you could just feel the excitement in the air. We bought drinks and ambled our way through the massive crowd to get near the front, we were like, two people back from the barriers? And we got talking to some lovely girls behind us who were also the same age as us (seriously everyone was SO YOUNG they were all like 15!). We started dancing along to the first band that came on, we were a bit miffed to why a lot of people weren’t dancing because even though we didn’t even know the band they were still good! The second band, This Century, were really, really good too and I’m a converted fan.

I was quite surprised at how quickly The Maine came on, I’ve been to gigs before where it’s an hour wait between each bands set, usually longer when you’re waiting for the headlining band but they were on within 20 minutes! It was just one of many examples that reminded me of how much they appreciated their fans. So of course when they came on and launched immediately into a performance of ‘Identify’ from their new album, Pioneer & The Good Love, everyone went crazy and started jumping and moshing together. It was such an amazing atmosphere and again even I felt a bit overwhelmed because when you listen to a band and connect with them so much, when their songs mean so much to you or help you through hard times, it’s such an amazing experience to then see them live and experience them performing to you rather then just on a CD or whatever. They played nearly every one of my favourite songs and again in a weird way this made me feel so much closer to them. For example one of my favourite songs is called ‘Like We Did (Windows Down)’ and is about becoming old and trying not to regret the way you spent your youth and how you should live life to the full (or at least that’s how I interpret it!). I love it because I agree with the message behind the song and it means a lot to me, so to see them perform that you just get that special moment where rather then it’s you being a fan and them being a band just for a few moments you’re all equal as you sing to each other, expressing the same message, feeling the same things and such – for a while you do connect to them. Their set was honestly amazing, some bands aren’t that good live but they really, really were. You could tell they were putting everything into their performance and how much it meant to them and John’s voice was just pure amazing the whole time. His voice just ran through me! It was really funny as well because me and another girl shouted to him ‘GET TOPLESS’ and he heard us and looked at us and started talking to us from the stage! He was like ‘What I can’t hear what you’re saying, you have work tomorrow? Fuck work, don’t go in!’ ha.

I actually just found a video on YouTube of him talking to me from the stage! I’m so chuffed about this, about 50 seconds in he starts talking and if you listen closely you can hear me shout ‘get naked’ haha!

Is it sad that I’m so happy I’ve got a copy of this on film..?!

John singing ‘Take Me Dancing’ another personal favourite, sorry about the bad quality! LOL at the girl screaming ‘Have my babies’ at the end (it wasn’t me, I swear!)
Their whole performance just gave me chills and if you watch that video you can see why – he has the most amazing voice and you can tell from the video that John and the rest of the band sound just as good live as they do in the studio. You can just tell how talented he is and how amazing he sounds live and that’s why I love them!
After the gig we went outside and to the back of the venue where the tour bus was but then the dude (I think it was their manager?) came and told us they’d be coming out at the front of the venue, and they did within 20 minutes. They really appreciate their fans, you can tell, I don’t know any other bands that would offer an exclusive meet and greet or come outside to see fans so quickly after the show, I’ve waited outside venues for hours to meet bands in the past!
Firstly we spotted the lead singer of This Century and I asked for a photo and he mocked/did an impression of my accent then said he loved it! We had a little chat, he was lovely too, I said I was a converted fan and promised to buy their EP. Then The Maine came out again and I got to meet John again! I was like to him ‘I know I met you before but can you sign this for me as well please’ and handed him my Wreck This Journal (I’ve got his piece Said & Done written in it) and he was like ‘yeah I remember you!’ which I thought was really cute. I know most bands say that anyway when you ask them but I didn’t ask, he just brought it up ha. So he signed it and we had another couple of photos and then I asked him for a kiss and he went ‘A KISS’ in a really cute shocked face and then gave me one – he was so lovely!
After that we left because he was practically getting mobbed by fans. I would have loved to have chatted for longer and yes, I had every intention of chatting him up and I do believe that considering every single fan was 15 or so and I’m only a year and a half younger than him, I would have had a good chance! But unfortunately he’s just too sexy and too many girls wanted his attention, ha. The chatting up will have to wait until next time.

But it really was an amazing night and hand on heart would probably be one of the best gigs I’ve been to (and I’ve been to A LOT!). I’d say this not only just because I met them but because they genuinely were good live, I’ve seen bands that have been good live but better in the studio but this definitely wasn’t the case here. They were also so friendly and it was nice to go with Amy, she’d never been to a gig before, let alone a rock gig, so it was nice to experience it with her. It was also great just to have the overall experience because they’ve become such a prominent band in my life. We met loads of nice people on the night too and finally it was just nice to go and do something a bit different, it was fun to experience a different atmosphere and have a good time.
Finally it was also nice to see how far the band have come! I’ve only been a fan for about two months now but they’ve been a band for a good five or so years and I’m pretty sure this has been their first UK headlining tour – it was so busy and so even though they’re American it’s nice to see how big they’re getting in the UK!
I’d definitely recommend you become a fan of The Maine or This Century and aim to see them next time they are in the UK. Before last night it had been too long since I’d last been to a gig and I’ve missed it so much, last night just reminded me of how amazing it is to see bands perform music live so I’ll be booking another gig ASAP! I’ll also be doing a LOTW based on my attire too later in the week  – I only wore the jeans in the day/to the meet and greet because it was cold, I wore something else for the actual gig 🙂
Do you go to a lot of gigs? Are there any bands you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t had the chance to? What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? Let me know in the comments below!
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A few weeks ago I found some amazing articles all about ‘untranslatable words’. They referred to different words or phrases that explain a feeling, emotion or situation but simply cannot be translated into English. As much as I adore the English language, it continually surprises me to find that we don’t already have a word or phrase that capture these specific feelings. Some of them are so beautiful that I couldn’t help but sharing some of my favourites with you all.
Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan) The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.

Yanfen (Chinese) A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.

Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese) The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair

La Douleur Exquise (French) The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.

Koi No Yokan (Japanese) The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.
I absolutely adore this one – it’s like when you meet someone for the first time and you get that feeling deep inside that something, somewhere down the line is going to happen between you both, whether thats weeks or years from now. It’s beautiful. According to one source I found, it differs from the meaning of ‘love at first sight’ because it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, rather it refers to the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.
Fernweh/Wanderlust (German) The opposite of home-sicknesses, a desire or longing to travel.

Wabi-sabi (Japanese) ‘A flawed part of an elegant whole’. It refers to the idea of finding perfection or beauty within life’s imperfections and recognizing that they are part of something larger.

Saudade (Portuguese) An intense, constant longing for something that does not and probably cannot exist. A vague and constant desire for a lose love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love.
I think this one is perhaps me all over!

How beautiful are they all? Do you have a favourite? Have you ever felt something similar to anything mentioned in this article but have been unable to describe it exactly?

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At the start of this year, I decided I wanted to try and tone up and be a bit more healthy. Well, I decide that every year really! A few months ago I was looking through some pictures and realized I had put on weight between last year and now. It was nothing major – in fact in one photo from last year I think I look a bit too thin, but I can’t deny the fact that I miss my body being the way it was. Generally, I’m quite happy with my body. I love my curves. I really, really love them – they make me feel sexy and womanly and I wouldn’t get rid of them for the world. But ideally, I’d like to just tone up – lose a bit of face fat, lose a bit of arm fat and just have a flatter tummy. But overall? My main goal has been to just be a bit more healthy. For someone who doesn’t do any exercise and eats so much junk food, weight aside, I can’t physically be in the best health I could be.
So recently I decided to finally do something about it. Over the past six months, I have dabbled in yoga which I do enjoy and I’ve gone for a few weeks on end managing at least half hour or so on Just Dance (so much fun!) – both of these are things I’ll still continue to do but not to a specific schedule!

I know fitness and being healthy is a subject that interests a lot of girls – we have such unhealthy ideas of what weight we should be and how we should look that we often forget that the important thing is actually to just be happy and healthy as we are. So I’ve decided to start a new feature on this blog called Fitness Friday (original, right?!) where on a Friday I’ll be posting about anything to do with being more fit and healthy. I hope it’s something that interests you all!

Running is something I’ve especially wanted to get into. And I hate running. But when I hear people talk about how relaxing it is and how good they feel after a run, I feel motivated and I want to go out and run. Therefore I purchased myself a little running kit and began to get into running earlier this summer. I bought myself some proper running headphones because headphones always fall out of my ears and a little arm band velcro thing so I can run with my iPod or iPhone safely with me. This was mainly for music and apps to help track my runs.

Although I’ll be posting about all sorts of fitness related things over the next few months and will be posting about running again, I thought as this is just an introductory post to this new feature, it would be a nice idea to talk about what happened on my first run only a few months ago.

Thursday 19th July 2012
Today I went for my first jog! I got myself all kitted up, grabbed Jasper and headed out. I was feeling a bit nervous admittedly – I thought I looked like a bit of an idiot in what I was wearing and that I’d end up looking really funny when I was running! I love taking Jasper out because I feel less self concious and also, bless him, he’s getting old so he’s not as fast as he used to be. He runs at just the right pace for a beginner like me, and of course he’s a dog so he’s constantly stopping to sniff things. This is good as it means I can take loads of breaks without feeling guilty! It was actually really nice, I alternated between jogging and walking – I did more walking than jogging without a doubt but it’s still a start. Once I got going I didn’t feel nervous anymore and I did start to feel a bit relaxed – it was nice to clear my head. I also finally got to put my Zombies Run App to good use which I found absolutely hilarious. Seriously, people must have thought I was mad as I jogged along, giggling and talking to myself (answering the guy on the app). But I loved it, I really think it’s the coolest App ever – I’ll post about this soon!
Then on my way home something strange happened. Being that this is pretty much my first run in at least five years, I wasn’t looking good. I had no makeup on, I was in really boring jogging clothes (lots of grey), my hair was a mess and I was just about ready to collapse – and it showed. So this dude drives past me staring at me, but I think nothing of it. Next thing I know, a few minutes later, he’s turned his car around, drove up the road and pulled up beside me to offer me his number! I kid you not! I don’t think I look good at the best of times, but to have someone actually turn their car around after checking me out ON A JOG is pretty weird. I was slightly scared of course (but also a bit chuffed). It’s definitely motivated me to go out again though! To think, I end up pulling on my first jog in five years…not bad!

The best feeling was just knowing that I pushed myself to get up and do it for the first time. It felt good that I took that first step and it made me feel really confident too. I didn’t ache much as obviously it was my first run/jog so I barely pushed myself at all – but I did feel good about myself just knowing that I’d made the effort to do some form of healthy work out!

Do you go for runs? Is a weekly fitness feature on this blog something you’d be interested in?

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So because the gig is a week today, I’ve spent days trawling the internet for inspiration on what to wear next Wednesday. Despite the fact I can hardly afford any of this stuff, I’ve found it helpful to look at to decide what to wear out of what I already own, or to decide what goes with the few tops I’ve already bought. It’s been ages since I’ve done a Wednesday wish list and I’ve actually got a lot of gigs on my wish list too, so I thought it would be nice to do a post for old times sake. So here’s my Wednesday wish list for my dream gig wardrobe – aka lots of dark, quirky and alternative stuff. Enjoy!

Frock and Frill Embellished Shift Dress, Republic, £60.00
I love this dress, although it’s a bit pricey and wouldn’t really be suitable for the particular gig I’m going to. I think this dress is perfect for attending one of those smaller casual performances where rather then moshing in the crowd, you watch the performance from the bar or whatever. I never usually go for stuff like this but I think it’s kind of quirky without being too over the top. It would look great with a pair of black heels and just the minimum jewellery, perhaps a dangly bracelet but that’s all.
Glamorous Stud Shoulder T-shirt, Republic, £24.00
I love this t-shirt because it’s so basic which means it’s perfect for when you’re rocking out. The studded shoulders means its bang on trend and whilst everyone else will probably be in plain black vest tops, it makes you stand out a little. I’d wear this with denim hot pants, biker boots and lots of big, silver dangly bracelets.
Petites Gold Embellished Shorts, Miss Selfridge, £48.00
I could never pull these off, but the idea of wearing a really ‘out there’ pair of shorts is my dream! These are really cute and would really make you stand out – I’d wear these with just a simple white or cream top and heels of course. I think the gold contrasting with the black is a really nice nod to the rocker look but still being a bit feminine in the process.
Thread and Chain Mini Skull Bracelet, Accessorize, £4.00
I absolutely adore this bracelet and will probably go on to purchase it myself! I think it’s so cute and basic but the little skull just makes it perfect for a gig or to give your look an edge. This would look great with anything!
Studded nails, worn by The Nailasaurus
I love these nails – I think they’re so edgy and different! I would never have the time and patience to do these but if I did I would definitely be fashioning my nails like this to the gig.
What about you? What do you normally wear to a gig? Do you go all out, make a bit of effort or just dress normally? Let me know and keep an eye out for an outfit post of what I do decide to wear eventually!
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