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I’m hooked on music right now… I love the beat of the music more than anything! If there’s a drum solo, some kind of up-tempo, catchy melody or whatever, I’m sold!

The songs I’ve been listening to recently are:

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (SHOCK!)

Rag n’ Bone Man – Human (TUNE!)

Just Hold On – Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson

Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5 (gotta love a bit of 5 Maroons)

Don’t Leave – Snakehips (didn’t even know snakes had “hips” but there you go)

Clean Bandit ft.Sean Paul – Rockabye (BADA BANG BANG!)

The Weeknd – Starboy (yeah, I’m as confused as you are about this one, don’t worry)

London Grammar -Rooting for You

Seeb – What Do You Love

I also love a bit of old school music from Michael Jackson, George Michael, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins. You cannot ever beat the Golden Oldies (unless you have a drum, then in which case, beat away)! No one makes music like those guys, and no one will again – apart from Craig David who wants to be #AllOverYour… 😜

Fun fact: I use Spotify (this is also NOT the fun fact). The fact is that it has a great ‘Browse’ (nothing to do with Instagram #BrowGameStrong) section where you get to discover new music and see what’s trending on Downloads. They even go as far as sorting it into genres, and What’s Hot in every country (Worldwide!)! #LifeHack

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This book series is BAE to me! I, truth be told, haven’t got past the ‘I Heart… London‘ book but, it’s a great series nonetheless hence why I’m sharing it with you.

If you’re familiar with the work of Sophie Kinsella, and love it, you’ll love this. It’s a comedic and romantic novel that’s set in modern times. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down or stop laughing at.

This series is so good that I’m actually quite worried as to why it hasn’t been made into a full-length Hollywood movie…

Lindsey Kelk = bae. No, seriously, what an actual bae! I’d go as far as to say that she is “bae” personified. If I was going to be a writer, I’d want to write like her. #Authorspiration #Writerspiration

The book follows Angela Clark, a journalist, who flees the U.K. after she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend.

She then, as you do, gives up her entire livelihood to start a new life in the States.  That’s where she meets her new roommate (a receptionist at a hotel which she stays at in the early days), starts writing for a well-known Women’s magazine and falls in love with a rockstar, who becomes her boyfriend further on into the first book. The chemistry between Angela and her new boyfriend is absolutely everything, and so is their banter… Their relationship is so lovely, but it does – further into the series – get tested. I won’t say any more than that…

This is just a brief synopsis because as far as I know, there have been seven books thus far, and each one focuses on a different aspect of Angela’s life (and location around the World), and it’s done in a very funny way.

It’s a very well-written book that’s not going to disappoint (I hope!) and one that needs to be a staple to any girl’s handbag, kindle or luggage before heading off on holiday, this year.

If you’ve read the books and/or are familiar with them, let me know your thoughts… Alternatively, if you haven’t, give them a go and tell me what you think… Finally, if you haven’t and will be needing more information before reading, comment below – asking me any question you may have and I’ll do my best to get it answered in as much detail!

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I ran a poll on Twitter and was overwhelmed with the ONE vote that I received so I decided to write this review in aid of that one person who pitied my poll enough to vote, stating that they’d read my blog if I reviewed films. This one’s for you, sweet and kind anonymous person!

(I’m also running another poll on there now regarding my idea for Comic Relief Sponsorship). If you’d like to join all the ONE PERSON out there who likes to vote, please do! ❤

‘Passengers’ is a very good film. Incredible, incredible film. It’s predictable, not gonna lie, but it’s a great watch nonetheless. JLaw, the overrated JLaw, yeah, she’s in it and so is Chris Pratt (the actor, not your mate Chris who sometimes or always acts like a Prat).

As you can see from the trailer, the film is set on a spaceship in Space, travelling to Homestead II. The trip itself takes 120 years… So, naturally, in the real world, the 5,000 ‘Passengers’ bodies would need to go into hibernation via a pod, waking up in 120 years, un-aged.

Lo’ and behold Chris Pratt’s character, Jim’s, one breaks down and he wakes up earlier than everyone else (80-something years into the mission), still looking his 30-something year-old self. He  falls in love with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Aurora, by catching a glimpse of her while she slept in a room filled with 5,000 other sleeping passengers. Love makes you do weird things, so he’d stay awake all night watching videos of her being interviewed – prior to setting off on the mission (casting tapes) – and from reading some passages from her books. He’d even speak to her sleeping self, telling her about his day… Enough’s enough at this point, he’s a red-blooded man who wants some LOVIN’ so he decided to wake her up, but talks it over with a robot bartender – who doesn’t have feelings – just to be sure.

Aurora is a writer and journalist who is travelling there on a quest of self-discovery and to finish her book… She mentions that her quest to Homestead II is predominantly focussed on work. But, she is single ready to mingle like an unboxed Pringle (once released from the pod).

Jim (who – on Earth – would long be in Heaven by now) can’t stay awake and die prematurely on the ship without her, so he goes through with his plan to wake her up prematurely, and this is when they eventually embark on a romanticism situation (where he pretends he doesn’t know a lot about her from his late-night “researching”). Oh, wait though, like any film, there’s got to be some drama… Their romance is going well, he’s about to propose… But, before he does, she finds out that he lied to her – when he made her believe she woke up because of a fault in her pod – this enrages her so she accuses him of “murder” (pretty strong here, Aurora!), and was even about to attack him with a rod at one stage.

Then, weird things start to happen, things on the ship start to break down, and they have to figure out what’s going on… A captain who’s sick wakes up and begins to die but manages to bring the two back together and asks them to find out what’s going on to save the rest of the 5,000 people on board… Pratt’s character is an engineer and mechanic, so trust him to be the first to wake and be there when mechanical and technical faults start to happen… Do they make it out alive? Watch it and find out.

The special effects are outstanding, I’d say this film, visually, is up there with Sandra Bullock’s Gravity. I love space films anyway because they are just so very interesting to watch. I actually wanted to go home and watch Interstellar and Gravity (again) straight after because it was that good!

I liked the chemistry between Chris and JLaw, it was strange because I usually find JLaw to be wooden in performances… Her aggression, elegance (which she usually has) and intellect in this film made for better viewing. She’s stunning but usually very plain, like Kristen Stewart from the Twilight saga. Alas, they’re both successful and doing good! Respect and big ups!

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Where are the ‘This Morning‘ production team finding their guests, please? I mean, in the space of less than one week there have been two misogynistic views raised by none other than women!

First it was that “women are more likely to be sexually assaulted if they dress provocatively” and now it’s “women who don’t wear make-up are less likely to secure a job after an interview”.

I’m actually getting extremely tired of this crap now! I expected that (after the very liberating and powerful #WomensMarch) we would be more accepting of femininity and of ladies in general. Alas, we’ve since had women openly shading us on a public scale! If we women are being this misogynistic towards each other, what message are we sending to the chauvinistic and bigoted men like Trump, Farage and Morgan?

Ladies, whether you wear make-up or not, whether you wear provocative clothes or not – you do you! Do what makes you happy! Don’t conform to ideals set by others just to “fit in”. Embrace yourself, embrace your body, embrace your face, your beauty and your character.

When you go for a job interview – provided you’ve showered, look clean, your body language is on point and you’re dressed somewhat smartly (as though you’ve made an effort) – nothing else matters!

If make-up is not your thing, I envy you. At least your skin will age slower and you’re what can be described as a “natural beauty”. Also, you’re getting an extra however many minutes or hours to sleep in the morning! RESULT!

I’ve never actually come across a Job Specification or Description which highlights that a woman “needs to wear make-up” in order to be hired – well, unless they’re applying for jobs at MAC or beauty counters in department stores, that is…

Let me remind you that there are women on Earth who are creating revolutions for us against make-up and fore it. Chimamanda and Alicia Keys to name a couple!

Your skills, personality, body language, experience and what you say in an interview are what get you hired, not what you look like facially. The company also has to consider whether you’re a good fit culturally, again, this has nothing to do with whether you’re partial to eyeliner, some mascara, and a lippie nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you can ‘Kontour Like a Kardashian‘.

Besides, would you hire someone who looks as though they should be appearing on ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’? Less is definitely more (depending on the type of role you’re applying for).

Love and light,

Miamii

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I am flabbergasted to hear that there was a debate on ITV‘s ‘This Morning‘, where someone claimed that the ways in which victims of sexual assault dress play a part in whether a perpetrator is going to perpetrate!

I am appalled that we live in such a society where we still believe the way people carry themselves, dress, talk or behave makes them a target of such atrocious crimes.

In publicly declaring such a misogynistic claim, we are taking a percentage of fault from the perpetrator. So, where a perpetrator should be 100% liable for their crimes, they become something like 65% liable simply because someone decided that dressing “provocatively” adds to the “risk”. Sorry,  correct me if I’m wrong, but – should there even be a risk in the first place?!?!

There is a sad reminder every day in the newspapers we read and magazines we pick up that women, men, children, and teenagers (boys and girls) across the World have been victims of abuse (sexual, physical and the like).

Are you telling me that a baby is dressing “provocatively”? Are you telling me a man in a suit or woman in a blouse and smart trousers is dressed “provocatively” on their way to work? Are you telling me that students in school-uniform are dressed “provocatively”?

I know a man who was on the London Underground, standing on the escalators, he was sexually assaulted by another man in broad daylight! (this man was wearing a suit, carried a briefcase and was going to work at the time).

Dressing up (or down) has no part to play in a crime. The sad reality is, if someone is in the vicinity of a perpetrator or at-risk perpetrator, and they are in their sights, it’s going to happen. 💔

Rather than claiming “women’s attire” is to blame, we should be putting full blame on the criminals and educating everyone on the dangers of rape, as well as the different types of sexual assaults. If that’s not possible (which it totally is – even though we shouldn’t have to as it should be a known fact), then the Govs. should lock-up perpetrators and/or people at risk of perpetrating.

What’s more, pubs, bars, and clubs should refuse to serve at-risk perpetrators with alcoholic drinks on-tap for fear that this could lead to an offence… Because, if “dressing less provocatively” will lower the chances of rape, then so will not providing perpetrators with “excessive amounts of alcohol” and prohibiting them from “attending events deemed as risk-inducing”.

Bottom line is: when one goes to the beach, we are dressed in bikinis, swimsuits or trunks which, in essence, are outer versions of underwear. Does that mean we are inviting others to touch us? What do misogynists dress like when they’re at the beach, in a North Face jacket, seven pairs of leggings and 10 jumpers?

Tragically, even women in the Middle East who wear burkas are at risk.

Please, misogynists, really think before you claim a statement like that.

Sadly and pathetically, we live in a society where animals are dressed as humans. That’s what’s going wrong with the World as we know it. Every one of us needs to be vigilant – but that doesn’t mean sacrificing a night out or wearing every garment of clothing we have in our wardrobes just as a precaution. All you need is a can of Pepper Spray, learning martial-arts as self-defence, or downloading a safety app where you can press a button to alert the emergency services.

Don’t let anyone tell you how to dress, just be cautious and protect yourselves (and each other).