On Friday myself and some friends went to see Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and I managed to bag myself the amazing opportunity to both meet and interview the band! Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are a rock band from Florida who this year celebrated 10 years together as a band and to celebrate this they have just released their brand new EP, Et Tu, Brute. Their music is a real mixture of heavy rock, upbeat songs and some beautiful moving songs as well – you’ll find a variety when listening to their music, which means you’re bound to find something you like.

I’ve been a fan of RJA for a long, long time now – since I was 17, I think! When I discovered they were touring – and willing to do interviews – I jumped at the chance. With the gig being in Milton Keynes and the fact that I’ve recently been in talks with a local company to produce/create a show all about local music (awesome right?! I’ve kept it quiet but now that I’ve actually began doing interviews and such I’ll put up a proper blog post about it soon!), it was obvious I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Tickets were only £8.50 and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was!

…Until it came to arranging transport to and fro the venue. Turns out it’s actually on the outskirts of Milton Keynes and despite being about half an hour drive away, any buses or trains to Wolverton would be a journey of between one to three hours! Madness! I was determined though and eventually managed to get a lift sorted out with two guys from Luton who we actually hung out with at the gig and became friends with which was nice.
Once we got there I found out the tour manager had put me and a plus one down for free entry! I told some dude that we’d prearranged to do the interview at 8pm so he pointed me in the direction of the merch guy and told me to speak to him. So we went and bought some drinks and on the way back the guy grabbed me and was like ‘Here I’ll show you who you have to speak to’ so I was like ‘Ah right awesome’. So me and Amy followed him and he took us through some door and down some darkly lit corridor (dodgy right!) and opened a door to the backstage/dressing room area where the band were! I was like whoa I didn’t realize I was seeing them now ha. I actually only got to interview two members of the band as the others were at the hotel, but I’m actually quite pleased about this because they were hilarious and really hot, ha.
Joey, myself and John with the addition of Eve in a couple of photos
I then realized I’d forgotten my written down interview questions (I’m such a div) but this was a blessing in disguise! They were so chatty that the interview just flowed, I didn’t have to stop and try and remember anything and I think that’s a sign of a great interview (I hope!). My cheeks actually hurt from laughing so much, they were really friendly and kept talking to us for ages after we’d completed the interview. They seemed genuinely interested in us as well, it’s hard to explain but they were asking us questions as well and I really liked that. I didn’t feel like a fan but more like a friend if that makes sense. I was also really pleased with myself because I wasn’t nervous at all and since interviewing I’ve found I actually really enjoy it! I think I’ve found my true calling 😉
After we finally got back into the main room to watch the other bands (John & Joey kept talking to us for ages and ages haha!) the guys we were with thought we’d got lost because we’d been that long! So we just chilled out and watched the other bands until Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came on.

When RJA came on the atmosphere just went mad, bear in mind I’ve been a fan of this band since 2007 so I was so happy. Everyone just kind of charged forward and started moshing. The band truly were amazing, the lead singer has such a unique voice but sounds just as amazing live as he does on record. They were really awesome and very energetic, putting everything into their performance. They clearly love what they do (well that much is obvious) but they really genuinely seemed to enjoy performing for us which was great! They played a few old favourites and some of their most popular songs such as Face Down and Your Guardian Angel. The performance of Your Guardian Angel was particularly emotional and moving and everyone just kind of stopped rocking out and instead listened intently to this song, it was a really beautiful performance and nice to see everyone else obviously thinking so as well.  They also played a few songs from their brand new EP which I absolutely love. They were just absolutely amazing. After a bit people were moshing and pushing way too much so we moved and managed to watch side stage ;). I love moshing to bands, it’s just the way you listen to them really, but I can’t say I’m a fan of when the crowd creates a huge circle and just mosh/push each other in it. It’s okay if you’re not in the circle, but I found that Friday night some people were quite rough and pushing people really hard and so we had loads of people falling into us. After about the third time we decided to move cause men are heavy and they kept falling into us girls 🙁

I did pop back into the ‘mosh’ pit (well I went to the front where I wouldn’t get pushed) a few times to rock out to a few of my favourite songs, but it was fun being side stage. I think although I felt really awesome and had a great view of the band, I did prefer the atmosphere actually on the ‘dance’ floor with everyone else, but alternating between the two was just right.

It was just one of those really great raw gigs that you simply cannot help but just let go with the music – the venue wasn’t big, but I loved that fact. You could get right up close and personal with the band whilst they performed and with everyone pushing and moving together so closely, it was just really intimate in a really great way. Sometimes with bigger venues you miss out on that feeling.

I was sad when it was over, I felt like their set finished far too quickly – not because it wasn’t a long set but just because I enjoyed it so much! Afterwards we got to meet them again and get some more photos. They had asked if we were sticking around but after literally twenty minutes the venue was closing so that paired with the fact that I had work this morning meant that my plans of partying with the rockstars didn’t go ahead 🙁

But overall if I’m really honest it was probably one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot!) – not just because I met them but because they are such a genuinely talented band and the atmosphere was just amazing. And with everything combined – the performance, the atmosphere, meeting & interviewing them, making new friends, being in good company and just having such a fun night – I would probably say it was one of the best nights of my life too. It’s a night that stands out as just being genuinely really awesome and I’ll always remember it.

Please note, all photos and the video in this post are completely copyright to me (excluding the screen shot of their Tweet!) so please do not take them or use them without my permission or without crediting me – thank you!


I will be uploading the actual interview at some point soon, as well as an outfit post so keep your eyes peeled 🙂 Do you like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus? What was the last gig you went to? Let me know in the comments below!

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have just released their brand new EP, Et Tu, Brute which can be downloaded/previewed here. The band are also currently touring the UK.

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I was out and about doing some interviews today for a local company (soon to be blogged about!) so I wanted a look that was casual but still a little nice too as I’d be on camera 🙂 
Anyway, a simple blue top which I’m sure has featured in a look of the week before, but this time I’ve spruced it up with a nice skinny belt. I really love the subtle gem detail on this top, and with the belt and bangles, it looks just that bit more classy. I paired it with my new Topshop jeans and biker boots.
And my make up is just my day-to-day makeup. I’ve taken to wearing my favourite Kate Moss Rimmel lipstick in Shade 107 on a more casual basis now – I love it that much! – but only a little over the top of one of my more nude Benefit lipsticks, as it’s still a bit much to wear just by itself.
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I’m still debating this idea! Like I said before, ideally I’d like to do a monthly round up post but I think I’d end up with far too many photos. Likewise, some weeks I end up with none at all! We’ll see…


Cakes & Flowers for the wedding – Mamaw outdone herself I think! / Listening to The Maine / Pretty manicure / My lovely & amazing hair for the wedding! / A hilarious photo of a young Mamaw I found in my sister’s study / Caught out dancing at the wedding / Myself and a friend / Me at the wedding / Another band following me on Twitter!

This week I’ve been –

Watching…Supernatural & In The Flesh
Reading…The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Listening to…The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Playing…Restaurant Story
Smelling of…Valentino – Rock & Rose

Perving on…Landon Pigg

Happy about…the great opportunities I have coming up!


Most of this week has been spent working and getting ready for my uncle’s wedding which was Saturday! He only really told us in February he was getting married so it’s been a bit of a rush getting things ready, especially for my mum who made the cake/cupcakes and did the flowers. I think she managed pretty well though! It was a lovely day – it was nice seeing all the family together and just having a generally really nice celebration. My sister did my hair amazing which I loved, I didn’t want to take it out when I got home. I actually didn’t because I decided to head out with a couple of friends afterwards anyway which was fun.
This week I managed to bag myself the opportunity to interview one of my favourite bands! The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have been a favourite band of mine for years and years now and they’ll be playing a local gig next week – and I get to interview them! I will do a proper post about this, but basically I’ve been getting involved with a really great new project which allows me to get local music more well known and hopefully will lead onto some more awesome opportunities. The band also followed me on Twitter too which is great! If you haven’t heard of them (where have you been?!) then check them out ASAP!
I’m really sad that the weather has been horrible this week but I’m hoping it will improve next week. I’m off work until Wednesday so I’ll be using that time to brainstorm some ideas for this great project I’m being a part of.


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With my uncle getting married this Saturday (and only telling us back in January!) both myself and my sister have expressed our annoyance about how flipping hard it is to dress for a winter wedding. We’ve trawled the internet, searched high and low in the shops and even took a long awaited trip out to Bicester Village (because if we’re going to find anything to wear to a wedding, we’re going to find it there, right?!) alas to no avail however.
Whilst shopping around, we’ve noticed some of the most popular trends this year include lots of vintage and gothic lace with black and cream lace dresses EVERYWHERE at the moment. Vintage isn’t just popular on the rails though, my sister also discovered when visiting The National Wedding Show that do-it-yourself vintage decor is also big in weddings this year.

    
Black Lace Cowl Neck Dress, £49 & Black Lace Peplum Dress, £45
I spotted these two lace dresses in British Home Stores (yes, BHS of all places!) which both looked beautiful on. However the first one I felt the neckline was just too low, and I wasn’t willing to pay £49 for something I was only going to wear just the once. The second one looked better on me – according to all the strangers in the changing rooms! – but I just felt it was too old and the colours were a bit bland. Besides, according to my sister, Peplum has been done to death now – and I can’t help but agree.
Vintage is a great way to dress for a wedding – big hair, deep red lips and just a touch of blusher – it’s especially perfect for the fact that the bride-to-be for this upcoming wedding adores everything old school. However, the fact that it’s winter poses a huge problem, even more so with the forecast of rain. It’s so sad to see a beautiful dress covered up by a big winter coat and you can forget about finding a coat or jacket to match as well as being warm. It’s impossible. I also noticed that lots of bold in-your-face floral prints are very popular at the moment – unfortunately none of these are quite suitable for a wedding which we’re sure is going to be on a rainy day! 
Although I adored the many gothic lace dresses and even tried on a few myself, I didn’t feel they were quite right for a wedding. Some were far too long and dressy, others just had no shape. And Bicester was the worst – despite being a designer outlet centre, often you’ll find a good bargain or two but this just wasn’t the case when we visited recently.
I thought I almost had it when I spotted a beautiful flowing cream dress in Zara late one evening – it wasn’t my usual style, but paired with a skinny belt it looked really cute being oversized but still showing off my shape. I didn’t mind that it was cream (I was fed up by this point) but when I got home and saw my mum’s and nan’s faces I knew it was a no-no. Paired with the fact that when I tried it on again when I was home to actually discover it was actually very see through, and reminded that we’d be eating curry at the wedding, I had to give it up and start my search again. It just wasn’t worth paying out extra for another slip to go beneath the dress, and as I’m such a messy eater as it is, it doesn’t take a genious to work out that me in a cream dress + curry does not work out well.

Eventually I found a beautiful dress on Ebay this weekend just gone (cutting it fine, I know) and although my sister and mum weren’t too keen by the images, it arrived today and looks much better on. At only £5, I wish I’d saved all the hassle and just looked on Ebay in the first place!

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So I’ve been debating about this for ages and ages now if I’m honest! I loved updating you all about my personal life, not just to add a personal touch to the blog but also because it was nice to me to look back on and have a reminder of what I’ve done. I strongly believe that most of my favourite blogs are my favourite because they are very professional but add just enough personal things to make the blogs that little bit more relaxed and friendly. However, I’ve also seen blogs that post TOO much personal stuff, and in the past I’ve definitely had to stop and think about how much I was posting on here. Although it’s nice letting you all know what I’ve been doing with my life, there were points where I thought I was being just a little bit too open – I know people from my past subscribe to my blog and when people are no longer in my life I’d rather they weren’t updated about my life. Likewise, if you post up too much information about yourself online – not just on a blog but on Facebook, Twitter etc, what’s left for people to get to know in real life? 
It’s a debatable subject – do let me know what you think and if you personally do or do not enjoy my personal posts – but certainly something I’ve missed doing. I’ve considered perhaps doing this monthly or fortnightly instead of weekly (which had such a corny name too!) but we’ll see. This might be a one off or I might just post updates when I feel like it. Anyway, we’ll see.

Feeding the ducks at the canal / Missing Bruges this week / Accompanying my friend to get her first tattoo / One of my favourite pieces from ‘Exhalation’ / Stealing someone’s glasses last night / Stealing a trolley last night / Little Rudy! / Reading on a Sunday afternoon / Playing on my Dad’s old Vectrex which he found in the attic – very retro!

This week I’ve been –

Watching…Lightfields
Reading…The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Listening to…Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 
Playing…the retro Vectrex!
Smelling of…Harajuki Lovers Fragrance – Lil’ Angel
Happy about…the many great books I’ve been reading lately
Perving on…Landon Pigg

The weather was actually a little nice this week, so when I wasn’t working I tried to make the most of it by taking Jasper out for a walk or by going for a jog/run. Maybe once or twice this week I got a little excited about summer and the idea of sunshine, BBQ’s and drives up the downs again…until the weather went back to it’s cold and dreary normal self 🙁 I really miss wearing skirts and dresses as well! Although I did finally treat myself to an expensive but genuinely good quality and long lasting pair of jeans (which actually means it’s a pair of jeans that makes my ass look good!), since all of mine are old/baggy. I also finished reading Stephenie Meyer’s The Host this week at last, and have to say, I really, really loved it. I think it’s a shame she gets so much negativity surrounding the Twilight films because the books were actually quite good. I loved The Host, some parts droned on a bit but overall it was a great storyline and I can’t wait to see the film. I actually only picked up the book a couple of weeks ago after seeing the trailer which I also loved because a) it stars the very gorgeous Max Irons and b) it had a great soundtrack/background song which I now cannot stop listening too. This weekend was fairly fun too, myself and my friend Amy decided kind of last minute to head out last night (I’d just finished stuffing a takeaway curry!) but I find the unplanned nights always tend to be the best. It was a fun night, we met some great people which resulted in us all in McDonald’s at 3am chatting away and laughing before finally getting home at about 7am. I do love middle of the night conversations like that! It’s Mothers Day today of course and I bought Mamaw some flowers and a box of Krispy Kremes, but me and my sister are going halfs to take her away on a overnight spa stay as her actual main present. I’m looking forward to it!

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