After being blown away by the sheer amount of street-style snaps and insider footage from London Fashion Week, I'm left feeling inspired as I always am after such an event. Designers, models and bloggers are sure to make such a whirlwind of creative energy that just so happens to float my way after every season. This time round I'm pointing the finger at Charlotte Simone - the queen of fur who has given me all the feels with her latest collection. Now, just to clarify, I 100% do not condone fur whether it's 'ethically sourced' or not, but Simone let's you have the option of real or fake (I know, there shouldn't even be an option) which is perfect for those of us who care about such a thing. Her range of Popsicles and Sass Caps have been seen on the likes of Alexa Chung and Gemma Styles, but not me as of yet. Thankfully though, I found this dreamy bundle of fluff in my housemates closet making this my fake and free version of my dream Charlotte Simone scarf.

Top - Zara
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Primark
Jacket - Zara (similar)
Scarf - Vintage
Tights - Primark
Jewelry - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage

I decided to mix things up and get super colour co-ordinated with this outfit, matching my scarf to my skirt and my skirt to my shirt... I've gone for my new Stones tee from Zara's recent Zara x The Rolling Stones collection which celebrates their new jazz album, Blue and Lonesome (which BTW is utterly flawless). I doubled up on my leather wearing a basic jacket but an out-there skirt. If you've been searching for the perfect leather pieces for your wardrobe then head to Topshop who are killing it in that department at the moment. The one I'm wearing comes in several different colours including metallic silver and baby pink, both of which are on my wish list. These skirts go with so much I own making them super easy to throw on and style.

Keeping with the OTT theme, I've picked out my new shiny Primark boots and taken them for a spin. I'm finding myself tip-toeing around the streets trying not to scuff or dirty them because of how clean they are. They'll soon be ruined like my old Topshop pair though, as they make for the perfect shoe that match most of my outfits for day time or evening events. You'll probably be sick of the sight of them soon, much like my old ones... Sorry!

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My latest music obsession comes from the Bristol based four piece indie/rock and roll band Family Jools, who give off some serious vintage vibes. In a recent review from Rebel Noise (read the full article here) premiering their latest single 'Get Off', the band got related to The Beatles which was a huge deal to the band. Who wouldn't want to be related to the most influential rock band of all time?! For most musicians that's an achievement in it's self, and the first of many for the boys.

Their latest single really is special, I haven't heard anything to this calibre for a long time. It's a throw back to simpler times where bands would sit in their home-grown studio bashing out melodies with rough sound recordings and raw, dreamy vocals. Front man George has a unique voice that fits perfectly with the style of music they want to create. I've been to a few gigs they've headlined and it's even better in person which is an impressive skill to acquire, especially when creating these sorts of tracks that you'd think would only sound good on tape. George gets so involved screaming his raspy tones to the crowd and it's truly mesmerising, infact, It's so good I can picture Lennon smiling to himself peacefully, smitten over his rock and roll legacy still living on in up and coming, modern bands like Family Jools.

The boys are heading for good things in the future, having played a tone of recent gigs in places like Camden, and even scoring a Sofar Sounds session. Not only that but Fred Perry Subculture picked them as the ones to watch for 2017, which is highly impressive. You can see what all my hype is about by finding their tracks on Spofity, Apple Music, or iTunes. I've also added them to my Monthly Mix tape playlist on the left side of this page if you want a quick listen here and now!

I'll leave you with their latest video for their track 'Get Off'. Be prepared for a piano-riddled tune with laid-back North Soul attributes. It's a pleasure knowing these boys personally and can't wait to see it all unfold for them. Hopefully I'll have the complete joy of shooting them soon, so there will be plenty more coming up from me and these lads in the future!

30th Nov - LONDON - Fiddlers Elbow
15th Dec - LONDON - The Monarch
7th Jan - STAG + HOUNDS, Bristol

11th Jan - THE MONARCH , London
19th Jan - SOFAR SOUNDS - London
3rd Feb - THIS FEELING, Bristol
3rd Feb - St James Wine Vaults - Bath
26th Feb - Louisiana - Bristol

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On Friday the boys of The Shantics came to visit, not only to see me (joking) but to play at Bristols finest gig venue, The Fleece. They co-headlined with Zepher, who I've written and photographed many times before - have a read! I was pretty excited when they got the gig as I've only seen them practise in their very cool and cosy band room, so this was a right treat for me. You could say I'm a fan girl of the band, being friends with the boys in general helps I suppose. Friendship aside though, these boys are next level songwriters and performers. So, me and Louis of Zepher got together a big group of our nearest and dearest to watch the magic happen. It ended up being a fun night full of tipsy antics and brilliant music.

THE SHANTICS |  YouTube | Spotify | Instagram | Facebook | Official Website

ZEPHER | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram

The night started off with a couple of local bands, but sadly we missed them play due to taking far too long to get ready, typical of us girls. We managed to get there half an hour before The Shantics were due to go on so we ordered in the drinks, took our positions and waited for start of Colour Wheel to kick in. They played a set list of songs that are yet to be released which sadly means I can't share them with you. You can keep updated on their social media like me though, I'm waiting patiently for their next release so I can add it to my Spotify and listen at my leisure. There isn't a single track I'm not a fan of so I'm buzzing to see what these boys get up to in the future, It's going to be one hell of a ride! Their first self produced single, Maybe I... is available to listen to on both YouTube and Spotify so you should add it to your play list right away. To give it a quick listen it's available on my music player to the left of this page, or watch the official lyric video below.

After a glorious half and hour set from The Shantics, Zepher made their mark on stage, obviously killing it. Louis has started to include a tambourine in his performance which I'm super keen on, his rock and roll persona when throwing it off the stage is brilliant and certainly gets me going! They added a song or two I hadn't heard of before which was a pleasant surprise, and after spending the night before in Manchester I think they were still on a buzz that certainly rubbed off on us all. Being the entertainer he is, Louis dedicated a song to the city itself in a Mancunian accent, trying to be a Gallagher of course. All in all it was a perfect night for me, sirrounded by people the I adore most while being entertained by the boys and their ridiculous talents.

Thank you to both bands for making it a night to rememeber, let's do it all again soon!

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On Sunday night I had the pleasure of shooting my favourite group of lads, Zepher. This is the second time I've gotten the chance to take their photos and this time I was put under pressure by taking my first ever set of gig photos. I was thrilled to have my first attempt with them though, as I adore each of them and will happily take their photo whenever they want, which I think will be often after how happy they were with these images. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders when they told me how much they loved them, I really didn't know if I would be any good at this type of photography but I have given myself a strong pat on the back after seeing these.

It was so much fun getting close and personal, capturing their performance in photo form. The gig itself was at one of Bristol most loved venues, The Fleece. Home to many clubnights and tribute bands like Guns 2 Roses, The Doors Alive and Novana, sounds like a laugh doesn't it? I'm yet to see a tribute band but I'm intrigued at the thought of it, as it's not like I'll be able to see Nirvana live, so why not enjoy a night of their music performed by a look-a-like band? Sounds like fun! The night I attended wasn't for a cheesy cover band though, it was for their Night Before Halloween event which hosted dozens of bands playing from 1.30pm till later that evening. I sadly missed the other bands though due to working all day, but made it just in time to see the boys.

You may of caught my last post on the band, where I shot some images for their Facebook page and took the opportunity to write about them and share some of their music with you, but if you missed it you can have a read here. It was a pleasure hearing them live once again, this time surprising me with some new material as well as my favourite track of theirs, She Trouble. I pestered Louis a few times to put it on the set list for me and he pulled through! It's my favourite and a definite crowd-pleaser.

If you're heading to Bristol or happen to be a local then keep your eye out for nights on at The Fleece, and definitely keep watch of Zepher and their social medias for upcoming events and new releases from them. The Bristol music scene is ecstatic so I highly recommend a night of seeing talented bands come together to support each other and play the music they are so passionate about.

Many thanks to the guys of Zepher for having faith in me and bringing me along, I had a blast!

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WHIRLING EYE | 16.10.16

Meet my new favourite t-shirt! I know, I have tons of band related items of clothing but this one is my current love. I got it from the merch stand when The Kills played on October the 5th at Bristol's Anson Rooms, a great venue to get sucked into the music with its huge empty room, high ceilings and funky bar next door. I waited eagerly to see The Kills after buying my ticket in the presale months before the gig. After waiting patiently, the day finally came where I would see Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince perform together at last. I've been a serious fan from the early age of fourteen and what do you know, nine years later I saw them in the flesh only a couple of metres away. It was the perfect night and I came away with a bit of merchandise as well as a sore throat and a bump on my head thanks to my friend Lewis headbutting me when 'Heart of a Dog' started.

Top - The Kills 2016 Whirling Eye tour
Trousers - Topshop
Boots - Topshop
Choker - Primark
Sunglasses - Market
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street *
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage

In true Mosshart style, I've paired my new shirt with some leather trousers, a last season purchase from Topshop. I'm due a new pair, I'm wanting something more on the vinyl side of things but I'm yet to find any that are a good middle ground between fashionable leather and obvious bondage PVC. I'm keeping my eyes peeled hoping Zara will pull a pair out of the bag soon, as they tend to do during the winter months.

I've chopped off my boots in this photoset, not intentionally but probably for the best. I've just said goodbye to my trusty silver Topshop ankle boots after a whole year of service. They hold a lot of memories though, like this gig for one. I seem to wear them to most evening events where I know they'll get trashed. The first time I wore them was at Tame Impala in February and in the morning when I stumbled to get dressed, I found them almost black with dirty foot prints and beer from the night before. Since then they've had a very worn out look which almost looked better than the perfectly shiny finish they had when first bought, but now it's a new low. In fact, a couple of days ago the right heel broke off. Definitely time to say my goodbyes, or I could keep them for future events. Better than ruining another pair of metallic booties I suppose!

I'm experimenting with my neckwear these days, mixing it up and replacing my skinny scarfs with chokers. This unusual looking one is from Primark and I've had a ton of comments on it, everyone wondering where I got it from. I'm a little bored of my plain black one so thought I'd be adventurous and try something a little different. I plan on stocking up on more soon so it will probably get to the point where I'm wearing one daily without hesitation. Another new accessory is these sunglasses, bought from a little market stall. I forget how many hidden gems these places have, making it a great change from the high street and giving you something a bit more diverse. I nearly always go for a round shape in my glasses and to be honest I do own five other pairs similar to these, but the blue and green lenses with the gold trim make a dreamy difference to the plain metal ones I had before these. Five whole pounds to the glasses of my dreams? You'll do!

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During the summer I went to see The Last Shadow Puppets in concert as part of Bristol Summer Series. I had the most amazing time singing along to their hits like 'Miracle Aligner', 'Sweet Dreams, TN' and eyeing up Miles Kane whenever I stupidly thought he was looking at me. Can you blame a girl for trying? It was a fun night filled with many attempts to get Alex Turner to throw us his jacket and some idiots shouting 'Kane-oh!' every five minutes, and although I was there for the music that I've been a fan of for years, I was also there to see the marvellous human that is Turner grace the stage.

Top - TLSP merchandise
Coat - M&S
Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop
Glasses - Vintage via Depop
Rings - Mixture of Bloody Mary Metal and vintage

Photographs by Isla Macdonald Fraser | Instagram

These days it seems like people have a problem with Turner, saying he's too cocky for his own good and that he's lost his spark, but I think he's just getting started. His time at Bristol Summer Series and later at Glastonbury proved he is not only a ridiculously talented musician, but the perfect frontman. His stage presence is everything I want from a performer - he has so much charisma and banter, it's hard to take your eyes off him when he's serenading you from his platform. He knows he's cocky and I think he exaggerates it because he enjoys the theatrical element of it all, it's a performance and he's milking it while he can.

His cheeky attitude is perfectly matched by his out-there style. When I saw him he wore an outfit very similar to the one he wore at Glastonbury this year. The outfit was custom made by Ray Brown, a stagewear designer for rock and rollers like Tony Iommi, Judas Priest and Muse. Brown fashioned Turner a white blazer to throw over a skimpy vest that tucked into a pair of cropped, flared suit trousers. On his feet he wore a pair of what looked like Gucci loafers and topped it all off with a pair of sleazy tinted aviators. He didn't keep his jacket on for long as it was restricting him from getting his groove on, so he slung it around in the air and propped it on his shoulder from time to time. This outfit has really stuck with me since and I can't help but take elements of it and make it my own.

In the wake of this I've put together an outfit inspired by the man himself. My t-shirt isn't similar to one he's worn but it is a title and lyric from one of my favourite Shadow Puppets songs - Everything You've Come to Expect (if that wasn't obvious). I know he'd enjoy my metallic pink wannabe Gucci loafers as he always has a pair on his feet. Since wearing them I've been reminded how much I love them, and these Topshop ones have been on my radar for months. They come in a silly amount of colours and styles to chose from. Online, Topshop has a range of animal print, other metallics and the classic black leather. I've had my eye on the heeled versions that have come out recently, so similar to the works of Gucci but at a fraction of the price.

Talking of items I've recently fallen for, let's move onto my jacket. This faux fur M&S coat is supposed to be a Christmas present from my mother, but I sweet-talked her into letting me have it early - thanks mum! When jacket season comes around I'm often wearing faux fur and I try to purchase a couple of new ones every season because although they never go out of style, I like to have a wardrobe refresh and something new to wear. Coats take up most of your winter outfit so having one that makes a statement is a must, and this emerald green number surely does that, not that my shoe choice doesn't already!

I'm always inspired by how musicians dress, Turner being no exception. I've admired his style since the beginning when he wore indie polo-shirts and ill-fitting jeans like we all did in the early noughties, so even I thought it was cool back then. But now, in the more recent days he's evolved into a serious style king with his two most recent looks. The first being the tight leather jacket, short jeans and quiffed up hair, to the current over-the-top eighties inspired suiting and oversized collared shirts.. For years his style has been one that I've watched closely, mainly due to my massive crush but also because he can do no wrong when putting an outfit together, whether that's a thank-you to his stylist or the man himself I don't know. Either way, kudos!

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Bristol is a thriving pool of creativity, there are artists swarming the streets and musicians everywhere you turn. Since moving here I've met many amazingly talented people that make beautiful works of art, or can sing melodies perfectly while playing intense guitar riffs, just one of the many reasons I love this city. I got the chance to capture one Bristol band that made me want to get out and see more of what the music scene it has to offer.

Meet Zepher, a Bristol based rock-pop band that will get you singing along to their songs instantly. The band consist of Welsh brothers Louis Ellis (lead vocals) and Toby Ellis (drums, vocals) and guitarist Shannon Edwards, who put in a lot of hard work that will surely bring them plenty of success in the industry. I was lucky enough to hear them play at a gig back in May. This was my first time seeing them and I was instantly hooked. I find it easy to love bands that fall into the pop-rock genre as they depend on catchy lyrics and epic choruses. Of course, most of Zepher's songs have those in spades, which made it a gig that I could enjoy every minute of. Their stage presence is electric, with each member playing with everything they have and using up all parts of the stage (bar Toby, who sits himself firmly at his drum kit getting into the moment).

I met front man Louis when I first started working at my job and without even asking, I knew he was a musician. Creative people usually ooze some sort of flair, he was no exception. Louis does the rock'n'roll thing rather well, which is ideal if you're the singer of a rock band. Shannon and Toby match perfectly also, which means as a trio they are sure to put on a show. Zepher have been together since 2012 and have been busy throughout those four years writing and recording original material and playing shows around the UK. The entire band have eclectic music tastes and influences and try to listen to a varied and diverse range of music. However, the group's original material is, in essence, riff-based rock that relies heavily on melody and pop sensibilities.

The band used to be a foursome, so have created music with other members in the past. I got to see them all together but I'm excited for what's to come with their new, slightly smaller team. Having recently dealt with the line-up change, they took some time away to concentrate on songwriting and their sound as a three piece, but they are now gearing up to make one hell of a return to the scene with brand new material and a bigger sound. The band are also in talks with various studios and producers with regards to recording new music for an EP; release TBC. With all these plans in place, they are sure to come back strong and ready to take on whatever comes their way.

My favourite Zepher song so far is She Trouble, released in November last year. Every time I think about it, it's stuck in my head for days - a blessing rather than a curse. There's no denying it's a complete tune that has a memorable chorus and a compelling sound. When scrolling through their YouTube to have another listen, I can across an absolute gem that I had yet to see, a 90's inspired power-ballad that isn't just a good tune, but a great time for Louis's hair. Grow it back! Hair aside, the great thing about their videos is the high production value, which is rare to see from an up-and-coming band. Usually it takes a good while before parts like that become decent, but Zepher have put time and effort into their music in all ways possible.

Zepher work so hard to make music their passion by forever practising and coming up with new ideas, which was great to witness when having the chance to shoot them. The boys asked me to take some photographs of them for their Facebook page - obviously I said yes! I've been wanting to try out music photography for some time now and what better place to start than with Zepher? A band full of talented lads with so much energy and charisma to give.

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SLAYED | 14.8.16

This OOTD looks familiar, doesn't it? I really wasn't over exaggerating when I said me and Kieran dress similar, I pretty much have this exact outfit. We all know I own many pairs of leopard boots so that's a given, well, I also own a cheesy Slayer shirt too. This ones from H&M, who always seem to kill it when it comes to band merchandise. I've bought a few from their men's section before as they're super cheap and I can't always afford to keep my habit going with vintage tour t-shirts. So, they will do when it comes to increasing my collection because you really can't go wrong with £12, can you?

Top - H&M
Jeans - Topman
Boots - Asos (similar)
Hat - Zara
Necklace - Topman

Items available to shop online are linked!

I'm terms of Slayer tee's, this one is pretty chill. Their album art is pretty dark as they are a thrash metal band after all, so, expect a lot of black and red when looking for their merchandise, unless you pop to H&M of course. It is quite hilarious that they've decided to make a white Slayer shirt without a hint of blood stained red, I personally think they'd hate it which makes it even better.

Kieran liked this one for it's long-line style which he is currently wearing a lot of. Everywhere seems to be pulling out all the stops with the Yeezy inspired tailoring of over sized basics. I also like it, it makes me think of skate wear that is easy to ride in and totally effortless. I'm sure Kayne doesn't skate, but maybe his inspiration is something along those kind of lines. Now, let's just image Kanye on a skateboard taking it really seriously in his Yeezy season 2 collection, golden!

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I give credit to anyone who takes live music photos for a living, it is hard. It probably wasn't my smartest idea as it was my first time in doing so, and the fact I was shooting heavy pop-punk bands didn't equate to an easy ride. These lads know how to use every inch of their stage by jumping around and screaming singing with the audience, which as you can imagine is hard to capture in photo form. I tried my very hardest but I think I'll leave it to the experts next time.

Photographed - Vaults, Limiter, Tuskens.

Let's go back three weeks and talk about an event my friend Sophie put on at The Stag & Hounds in Bristol with some friends for their college course, which I'm sure they aced as the night was great. It was full of hardcore, male driven bands who look like they jumped straight off of their skate boards and onto the stage. I admit that the music wasn't my usual choice but anything made after the 90's usually isn't so no hard feelings there I hope.

The headliners (Tuskens) absolutely smashed their set and that's coming from someone who hasn't got a clue about this side of the music spectrum. The crowd knew the songs on the set list which I'm sure felt great to the boys in the band. I felt myself nodding along with the heavy guitar rifts and the sound of the lead singers Americanised vocals. It was a glorious throw back to when I fell in love with Blink 182 and Sum 41, both not as heavy as Tuskens but give off that old-school feel both Blink and Sum 41 do.

It was hard not to get into the spirit of things when you're surrounded by men and women who clearly have a passion for the bands they are there to see. We witnesses one young gentleman trying to start which I assume was a mosh pit but looked more like interpretive dance. I adore it when anyone gets so into the music that they just let it all go, if I were seeing a The Smiths tribute band I'd be getting my moves out too!

The venue was small but intimate, almost like we were in someones living room and the bands were playing purely for their friends (which was probably the case) and family. There's something about pop-punk that feels like a culture rather than a taste of music, a lot like rock and roll. These kids live and breath the bands they listen to, the way they dress and act reflects that. Snap back caps and over sized t-shirts with an intense quote plastered on the back seemed to be their version of the leather jacket and spray on skinnies. 

I learnt a lot that evening like how to not take photos of bands, but also it was a reminder that music truly is a way of life. Thank you to Sophie for the good times, I hope you smash your course out the window like Keith Moon would a guitar!

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Back at it again with the band tee (how many blog posts have you seen with that joke in it? Damn Daniel). This time it's all about this vintage Mötley Crüe shirt that was made to be worn with ripped skinny jeans and black boots. Sourced from a charity shop it has the perfect 'vintage' feel along with that weird second hand smell you get whenever you enter a thrift store which is kind of comforting but also a little gross. Even though I may smell like an old lady even after a go over in the washing machine I still love the shirt.

Top - Vintage, jeans - Topshop, blazer - Newlook (similar), boots - Newlook (similar), sunglasses - Matalan, scarf - Topshop (similar)

Teamed with a star print skinny scarf from Topshop and a blazer gives it a smart look that makes me look classy, that is until you see I'm wearing a shirt with a American rock band on which gives it a rock'n'roll twist, just my thing.

I've been living in my Jamie jeans since the day I got them and realised they are the only jeans I now need in my life. I haven't even looked at another pair of jeans since then. Their the perfect pant to sit above your waist to hide any unwanted fat and I also find they sculpt your body perfectly, they might even suck you in a little. If you have never tried a pair then let me pressure you into buying a pair right this minute, do it! Jeans are a nightmare to buy but these have been my savour and I practically live in them, I don't even change into my sweat when I get home sometimes due to how comfortable they are and that's saying something!

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This time last week I was sat on my couch reminiscing from the night before, letting all of the feelings and vibes sink in and that's because last Saturday I spent the night with one of my bestest pals in the beautiful palace of Alexandra, I'm talking about Alexandra Palace which by the way is the most incredible venue for a gig. We were overwhelmed with the beauty of the place and it seemed like the perfect location to lose ourselves in glory that is Tame Impala. If you've been living under a rock for the past 9 years they've been active (don't worry I haven't known them for the whole decade either) then let me fill you in a little bit. Tame Impala features a group of Australian dudes that produce incredibly psychedelic sounds of which Kevin Parker, the main man of the touring five piece wrote and made in his garage in a 'home-recording project' by himself, which sounds a little lonely but pretty artsy and impressive too.

Once we settled into Ally Pally with our £5 cider we were soon faced with drunken hipsters who thought they were at Glastonbury, the boy next to me insisted on sharing his shoulders with all of his friends before realising it's not impressive or kind it's just bloody annoying. That's nothing a good elbowing can't fix though and it wasn't going to ruin the euphoric state we were about to endure. We spent a couple of hours witnessing the group in all of it's glory while they showcased their latest hits with a sideshow of light displays and confetti.

It was a great time to be alive and the night itself was pretty magical. Knowing what went into the production of the tracks made it all the more impressive, thinking of Parker on his lonesome banging out his sixties inspired tunes made me appreciate the piece of art it really is.

If you're new to the band then I suggest taking a time out and listening to their latest album, Currents which is what they played for the hundreds of us at Ally Pally. It features simple yet catchy guitar riffs and drum beats teamed with the soulfully raw voice of Parker himself. Seriously, if you're into psychedelic rock or wondering what the heck that even is - listen to The 13th Floor Elevators as they were one of the first psychedelic bands in rock 'n' roll, a fact told to me by my friend Lewis. Thanks for your knowledge Lewis - then do check them out because you don't know what you're missing.


MY 2015 SOUNDTRACK | 01.01.2016

It felt strange writing that date and to be honest I'm surprised I even remembered to change the year after twelve months of writing it, we're off to a good start! OH and happy new year by the way, I hope your PM-AM was full of joy and happiness just like mine was - sat on the couch with pizza and Gossip Girl, how is that not pure joy? Without further ado I'm going to share my favourite sounds from the past year with you in the hopes that you'll agree that 2015 was a pretty good year for music. 

Best Albums
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly

Let's start with one of the greats, Kendrick Lamar. I'm a pretty big fan which stems all the way back to my love for his 2011 album Section.80 which holds some of favourite hip-hop lyrics - 'This is your generation. Live fast and die young. Who's willing to explain this story?'. But let's be real To Pimp a Butterfly slays any previous album by a mile, the record flows perfectly song to song and features vocals from other gods in the business. That's one huge reason as to why I love hip-hop as a genre, hearing dozens of artists come together to create an hour long masterpiece takes so much work which is completely inspiring. This has got to be the album of the year for me!

Favourite tracks: Institutionalized, King Kunta, These Walls.

Dr Dre - Compton

Keeping on the god like theme let's talk Dre and his latest triumph, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre. The man has been going strong since the year I was born - quiet literally and I've listened and replayed all of his albums so many times it's like a second nature to me. Anything he does from his solo career to the insane ride with NWA has been incredible and a huge mark in the crazy world of hip-hop.

Favourite tracksAll In a Day's Work, Deep Water, Satisfiction.

Beck - Morning Phase

Now although this album came out early 2014 (I'm fully aware this is cheating) it was this year that it made an impression on me, the folk rock sound that Beck brings to the table is a rare thing in the modern days of music which makes listening to him feel retro and I forgot just how much I enjoy that. I love the mix of upbeat and relaxing tunes he displays on his albums, for example Guero has some cracking singles with a more rock sounding melody that Morning Phase doesn't quite reach but nevertheless It's still a top album for me. It was only the other day that me and my friend were trying to decide what style of Beck we prefer and for me it depends what mood I'm in, some days I can have a jam to E-Pro or laze around to Morning.

Favourite tracks - Morning, Blue Moon, Unforgiven.
One Direction - Made In The AM

It's time to talk about that band with a numeric digit in the name which contains four incredibly charming gentlemen that people are afraid to like, yep that's right we are about to have that talk. I know a lot of people out there have become a sudden 'Directioner' since watching that perfect Carpool Karaoke video which shows them all as the very normal and very humorous guys they most probably are, it's also not the first time this month that I've seen people convert to someone they never thought they would. You know I'm talking Bieber... But, let us forget about Justin and Adele or whoever else is in the top ten for a minute and focus on this glorious band (with no shame at all) for a whole two minutes, shall we?

Their previous album was one that made me fall for the once five some so when I heard the news of the much anticipated fifth album with only the remaining four of them I got pretty excited. I never really enjoyed the sounds of Zayn's voice, don't get me wrong he is incredibly talented but his voice is too 'boy band' for me. What can I say, I prefer the husky tones of a certain H more.

Their latest record, Made In The A.M. screams maturity and individuality and I'm all for it. Many of the songs bring out the best in the boys voices and shows us just how talented they are. You can really feel their personal influences shining through with this one, it features familiar sounds from some of my favourite bands like Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and the classic Shania Twain. I adore this album and these four boys so instead of thinking negative feels towards them before even a hint of a listen, do yourself a favour and just give it a go.

Favourite tracks -  Wolves, What a Feeling, Long Way Down, Perfect.

Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart
Keith Forever! He may not have the other Stones helping him on this one but it's still a brilliant album which makes the twenty three years of waiting for it worth while. Crosseyed Heart is pure rock and roll that oozes husky tones and deep guitars that make my knees weak. I can imagine lots of whisky and late nights helped make this album what it is.

Favourite tracks - Amnesia, Trouble, Substantial Damage.

 Best Soundtrack - Palo Alto

Another cheat from me but It feels like this movie came to the surface this year rather than the two years ago it was actually released, so to me it's still classes as a 2015 special. Twenty fifteen was a year of good films with even better soundtracks but one stood out for me more than any this year. The work of James Franco is obviously going to have a hip and artsy soundtrack to match. With artists like Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange) and Mac DeMarco it's bound to be one that sticks out from the rest. I'm a complete sucker for 90's sounding music that was made for a film based on young love in southern California, such an indie cliche but who cares. If you've ever heard of the band Rooney then you may also be familiar with Robert Schwartzmans whose solo work shows up more than a few times on this soundtrack. His music video that goes along side the release of the film gives you a taster into what to expect from the movie and of the soundtrack.



Tee - thrifted, jacket - Primark, jeans - Primark, boots - New Look, rings - Bloody Mary Metal.

I'm actually stunned that this is the first time this season I've worn one of my (faux) fur jackets, what?! This must be a record or something, last year, hell every year I've worn them to absolute death! Maybe that's the reason I haven't gone for them this season but hey ho, at least this one has gotten some use!

I think band tees almost have to be worn with some form or animal print, leather or just plain black, especially those of a 'rock' genre. So I opted to ditch the leather jacket and smother my tee in all the faux fur goodness that is this mad jacket. Y'all probably know by now that I'm a sucker for animal print, I recently bought some cow print slip ons which have proudly made top ranking of 'Ugliest Shoe', but I sometimes think the tackier the better and I personally love them. Animal print be it leopard, zebra, snake or croc can either be done really, really well or totally awful and it certainly requires a specific taste. But in my personal opinion, this jacket is really quite cool. Not only that but it's the warmest item of clothing that has even been placed onto my upper body, it's so warm and cosy with it's big collar and over-sized charm.

I've opted for my trusty and very skinny, skinny jeans and my also very trusty chelsea boots. This is the kind of outfit I wear more than I should but mixing it up with a different coat such as a vintage denim jacket, or swapping my boots for a pair of brogues changes it up and makes me feel better about wearing this combo for 3 days straight. TMI? Probably.