Monday, 27 November 2017

24 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME

This gal is turning 24 today (excuse me, I swear I only turned 18 last year) and whilst I like to share random tidbits about myself all over different social media accounts, I've got a cheeky little list of stuff you might not know just yet.

Warning; I'm loaded with pointless info and even more pointless trivia on rubbish that doesn't matter. (This is quite possibly my 25th point)

24 AT 24


1. My name is Samantha Ball. Yeah I know, you're probably wondering why I'm giving you the most obvious info that you can find anywhere, but my name is just that. No middle name, nothing funky, just a plain ol' Jane name. I may whinge about it from time to time, but it's me.

2.  Born in 1993. Due in 1994. That's right, this post shouldn't be seeing the light of day for another seven weeks, alas I was just too eager to make my grand entrance to the world. Soz mum.

3. 300+ concerts?! It's no secret to those who know me that my teens were spent at multiple concerts a week during tour seasons. Back in 2012 I reckoned I'd been to at least 300 gigs by that point so I haven't got a clue now where that figure stands. My highest number of shows on one tour was 7 during Kids In Glass Houses' Farewell Tour. (Total # of KIGH shows done by their final gig? Fifty-Eight)

4. My first concert was Steps in 1999. Back when Manchester Arena was still the MEN and I wasn't quite 6 years old. Mum started me young.

5. Got onstage with 30 Seconds to Mars. After a few failed attempts, I finally did this one at Cardiff Arena in 2010. Yes, I cried a ridiculous amount. The icing on the cake was it being the day before my 17th birthday!

6. The Odd TV Mixture. In case I haven't mentioned somewhere at some point, I watch an absurd amount of TV shows, I'm a hefty binge watcher and the genres know no bounds. In fact, my two favourite TV shows are The OC & Peaky Blinders. Eh, what?

7. I was once interviewed for Radio 1. Back in 2010, after queueing from about 4am to see 30 Seconds to Mars in Lincoln on the Radio 1 Student Tour, I was interviewed by Fearne Cotton (seven years on and I'm STILL freaking out about it!). Pretty sure I never heard it back because I'd cringe waaay too much, but it's still a pretty neat story to tell.

8. A bit obsessed. Whenever I find a new thing I like, I quite literally become obsessed with it, live, eat, breathe it for a few months (in some cases a good year). I have a really addictive personality.

9. I make playlists for EVERYTHING. Actually, you can probably class that under the obsession heading too. Need chilled study music? I got ya covered. Not sure what to listen to on a nighttime flight? Look no further.

10. Living in Cardiff. I’ve wanted to live in Cardiff since my first visit back 2009, I never imagined that in 2016 I’d start calling it home. 

11. My love of The Lion King. As you can see from the above left pictures, I really love my Simba teddy which has been in my life since my 2nd Christmas. Rumour has it (from my mum) I used to watch the video 3 times a day until I worse my first VHS (LOLZ) out. 

12. Meeting McFly. This was the most incredible thing to happen to me at age 11, I’m still in awe!

13. Food faves. My ultimate fave meal has to be my mums roast dinner, that never gets old, I’d happily eat it everyday for the rest of my life. Minus the clean up. This is closely followed by chicken fried rice and prawn crackers because chinese food is my weakness.

14. Live music abroad. Two highlights of my life have to be going to Paris to see My Chemical Romance and Helsinki to see 30 Seconds to Mars.

15. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. My fave film is still Back to the Future, followed by Girl, Interrupted (because Angelina Jolie & Winona Ryder).

16. That time I met Brandon Flowers. One of the biggest pinch me moments, back on his solo tour in 2011, that left me in floods of tears. He was so sweet, had just stepped on his tour bus and was saying goodbye to fans when we appeared. He saw us, stepped off the bus and had pictures with mum and I. I’ve never smiled so much.

17. The budgie cage incident. Back in my early years I got locked in a full sized budgie cage with my friend which was extra terrifying and clearly still haunts me.

18. The tattoos. So this is a bit of a cop out, but my very first tattoo was a triad on my wrist for 30 Seconds To Mars and my second was XIX (roman numerals for 19) because I love that number (amongst a few other reasons). I still get asked about them so here ya go.

19. Just call me Alexa. During a fair portion of my teens years I really wanted to change my name to Alexa because I adore Alexa Chung and thing she has a pretty ace name. It’s fine, I’m (mostly) over it now. 

20. Southport Rosebud Competition. Yeah, ya girl over here entered this is my early days (it was kinda a big deal in this town when I was younger and started in the 1950’s, maybe even earlier!)

21. Line Dancing Extraordinaire. Er, okay so maybe not quite, but around the age of 6/7 I took up line dancing to follow in my mamas steps, and despite her kind words about me, I wasn’t no pwnerre near as good as her.

22. The dream professions. We all have a million different careers paths we want from all young age and I was certainly no exception. Things I aspired to be over the years; choreographer, singer, cashier,  travel agent, hairdresser, archaeologist, teacher, sound engineer, nurse, and finally a fashion stylist. But who knows what the future holds, eh?

23. The Peaky Blinders cardboard cutout. We have half a cutout of Polly Grey in our uni flat kitchen. Why you ask? Why not.

24. I’m spending my 24th birthday in Paris. This is quite literally a dream come true.

After starting this, I possibly reached fact #4 when I realised how dreadfully boring my life would be without music seeing as they make up a fair few points. But there you have it, 24 things for 24 years.

S xo
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

2017 | THE SECOND QUARTER

Happy Halloween you little (angels &) devils!

I can't believe we're 10 minutes away from November already, where the the heck has this year disappeared to?

there's zero excuse for this being almost 4 months late, and I mean no excuse. I've had a whole summer off yet I've left it until now because I'm a BAD. BLOGGER.

It's been crazy fun though so at least I get to relive it all in blog post form.

Here goes my highlights of April - June 2017.

You might wanna grab a brew and some left sweets from the Trick or Treat bowl.

FIRST 1ST

I'm still in disbelief with this one, but I received my first (second, third and fourth) 1ST grade this year! That's 4 for individual pieces of work, and 2 modules completed as a 1st overall. Hard work DOES pay off.


 REUNITING WITH FAMILY

This is something really important, and pretty major may I add, but I reunited with some family this year that I haven't seen in far too long and it was amazing. And also a little messy, turns out I can't handle a few cans of 8% cider. Blame the uncle.

LONDON WITH THE TEXANS

It may have been 10 years overdue, but mum and I finally met our wonderful Texan (& Charlie) friends which was the most fun, and surreal, week in London & Cardiff.
Let's hope it's not another 10 years.

GEORGE EZRA GIG

George Ezra was as incredible as ever at his little secret Y Plas show in Cardiff, with a few cheeky new songs thrown in that has me all kinds of excited for his new album (which needs to be released ASPAP!)

TENERIFE

I've chatted about this so much but it was a sun filled, swimming/sunbathing/chilling extravaganza of a fortnight and I'm gonna need another one like now.

FINISHING UNI

First year has been completed (and Year 2 is well under way as I write this!) and I can honestly say that I'm so proud of myself for this one. It's been a long journey, and few years, that let me to this, but I made it with great grades and self-pride for the first time.

S xo
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Friday, 4 August 2017

IN THE SUMMERTIME

Honey, I'm home! I'm so over taking extended breaks from my blog, but at the same time I'm struggling to find the words to write from post to post. It's fine, I'll get there, don't worry.

The past 8 weeks have been crazy busy with moving back home, sunning myself in Tenerife and my little job (which was amaze but I'm gonna give you the lowdown on that on my quarterly recap post coming soon), life hadn't slowed down until last week where I finally had a breather, and sleep. A LOT of sleep.

 So back to sunshine and tanning sesh's. I don't think I've ever needed a holiday as much as I needed one this year. With uni, certain financial stresses and life in general, my god did I need 2 weeks to forget the real world existed and to just lie under the sun with a très catchy playlist.

Whilst I'm still trying to finalise said playlist to share with y'all - because it's so damn good that I have to share - I do have some snaps to pass around. Tenerife is surprisingly gorgeous (to me at least), and whilst I've been there a few times, I was only small so I had the chance to see some parts with fresh eyes.

Me and my little travel buddy (that's mum to me) did our fair share of exploring, like walking for about 5 hours on 2 separate days, but mostly we relaxed, and in my case read about 7.5 books in 14 days. And for the nights we really couldn't be bothered finding a restaurant to eat in? Praise takeaway service and a peaceful balcony on a warm evening.

That little gem did take some outfit pictures for me though which I'm super happy about - how lush is that top?!

Now I'm off to continue planning out 5 days in Rome!
  Top - New Look  //  Skirt - Topshop (Similar)  //  Shoes - Topshop (Old)  //  Bag - Primark (Old)
S xo
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Monday, 12 June 2017

SHOW ME THE SUNNIES

With summer approaching (well, the season is, whether the weather reflects the same is a total other story), I have to share my fave pairs of sunnies because I'm ridiculously obsessed with covering my eyes and feeling like a movie star. Oh it's raining? I couldn't tell with my pink mirror cat eye frames.

The best thing about throwing some shades on are not just the sun shields, but also to hide some hungover tired eyes after a few too many Sangrias by the beach. Cue me and a Spanish sunset next weekend.

I've tried to shake it up a little, but I'm kinda predictable, I like anything lively, glittery, big and shaped, I can't help it. Like that insane pair of round daisy sunnies I own. Tres cool. 

Burberry  //  Gucci  //  Saint Laurent  //  Thierry Lasry  //  Illesteva

Oh, and if someone can hit me up with a pair of red glittery shades similar to Gucci (but without the GG pricetag), I'll love ya forever 'n a day.

I absolutely have to update my collection before my vacay now. Oops.

S xo
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Ps: Leaf print credit goes to Show Me Your Mumu

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

STUCK IN A STYLE RUT

Y SO SRS? 
Jeans - Topshop  //  Shoes - Vans  //  Bag - Next

Surprise surprise, I'm sporting a pair of denim jeans, again. In fact, it's no shocker that I'm in double denim because let's be honest, when am I not? Finding the right shades to pair together, or contrasting colours can be difficult but I'm now throwing caution to wind and wearing any old shades of blue together 'cause I wanna.

However, I'm stuck in such a style rut at the mo that everyday is spent quietly weeping into my overflowing wardrobes (yeah, plural) before pulling out a pair of jeans and rolling with whatever top is nearest to me. I've become that tragic.

I recently read a post by Megan Ellaby of Pages By Megan where she said she was currently in the same predicament, and well if she's feeling that way then I don't feel like such a fashion student failure.

I'm forever wanting to shake up my style, I've become the jeans-and-blouse kinda gal, and whilst I totally love wearing that combo, I'm so hopelessly bored of it, and absolutely over feeling like I've not really made an effort. Throwing myself out of my comfort zone is something I've been doing a lot lately in terms of what I've ordered online, the next step is paring the items with something I wouldn't normally wear it with (ie; not jeans you absolute fiend).

I constantly look at my fave bloggers and thinking about how effortlessly they pull certain ensembles off and I think to myself 'why can't I do that?', and d'ya know what? I 100% can if I put my mind to it. Insert sassy lady emoji here.

So here's to new style ventures, stepping out of the safe zone and being happy with my wardrobe again. Chin chin and bottoms up.

Ps. How cute is his shirt I picked up at a kilo sale last year? And how photogenic is my lush Next box bag? It gives me all the Celine feels <3

S xo

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