NEW HAIR = NEW YOU? by alexchats

I've never really had a very good relationship with my hair. My brown, leaning towards 'bronde' hair has never had any shape to it; its pin-straight, thick nature has meant spending the last few years endlessly attempting to curl it into something resembling textured and interesting: 

This took far, far too long ^

This took far, far too long ^

With going to university in just around a month (eek!) it was time for a change. I'd been toying with the idea of a bob for a whole year, and while on a girls trip with my best friend Emilia in Stockholm, Sweden (in the picture below) she forced me to get over my hairdresser fear and have it cut. Now, this hairdresser fear isn't without evidence; I've actually only been to the hairdressers once in my life. Sadly, this wasn't due to a  rebellious phase or unfounded terror lasting upwards of eighteen years; my mum used to be a hairdresser and has been cutting my hair all my life. So, while nerve-wracking, I went from this: 

To this!

It feels really great to finally have a new hairstyle to work with! It feels so much lighter, and is far easier to style and take care of. 

As university looms over my shoulders and I start to get ready to leave for the US, i've been wondering just how much this has come as a desire to feel different for when I get to NYU. Before I got it cut, I think I was worried that changing my hair was changing who I was: like I would get there and not feel like myself, be in a different skin to the one i've cultivated over the last few years. To be honest, it's done the complete opposite; it just feels great. I'm still the same, just, y'know, without the split ends and constant deknotting.

I really recommend to anyone feeling like they're in a rut to try and cut their hair short - it's liberating and I think it'll be here to stay!

Talk soon, 

Alex 

MUSIC FOR MONDAYS by alexchats

Hello again everyone! Mondays might be a complete drag, but there's no better way to bring spirits up than great songs. I've been finding some great new musicians in the last few weeks - and re-discovering old faves - so thought I would share them with you. 

Years and Years 

While I've been following Years and Years for, well, a few years; their most recent music has caught my interest. Their electronica and synthpop sound creates exciting and interesting combinations -  a current favourite is 'Shine', which i've posted above, but 'Memo', 'Real', and 'Eyes Shut' are also up there with the best of their material. Their new album 'Communion' comes out in a few weeks; I love every song thats already been released and can't wait for the rest of what Years and Years had to offer.  

Hayley Kiyoko 

I stumbled upon American singer Hayley Kiyoko a couple of days ago, and have proceeded to download all of her EP's from the past few years. Her songs are incredibly catchy and fun to listen to: especially my current favourite, 'Cliffs Edge' 

I can't wait to see what else she will bring out in the next few years - but for now I'll have 'Cliffs Edge' and 'Rich Youth' constantly on repeat. This playlist above is a great way to introduce yourself to her great music. 

John Newman 

I've loved John Newman's music for a long time - I went to his concert last year and it was one of the best gigs I've ever been to. His ability to connect with the audience and get them involved in his creative process through chanting and dance moves made the concert constantly surprising - there was never a dull moment. His new song, 'Come and Get It' has been in my head for days. His promises of a new album coming soon only adds to my excitement for his new material. 

And those are my recommendations for the start of this week! I'll be posting a couple of these Music Mondays every month; don't forget to come back every Monday, Thursday, and Sunday for new blog posts!

Alex 

ABOUT 'BLOGS' by alexchats

I've never been one for jotting down memories. Diaries I've found from my younger years started almost as swiftly as they ended - enthusiastic and thought out first, but sooner or later turning into a few sentences scribbled onto crumpled paper. Even if they're short, I look over them fondly now; being able to pinpoint a specific moment of my life down to the finest of details is a great means of remembrance for a girl with as short a memory as me (even my diary is only reminding me that I had jam sandwiches on the 19th of August 2004). This blog is my attempt to bring solidify my memories, and collect them in a place that'll always be there as I embark on the the biggest change of my life thus far - university. Well - others things have happened to me as of now - but we'll get to that later. So, my name is Alex, and I am British, but currently living in Switzerland. Next year, I'll be in New York City, studying at NYU. 

This blog is to document that journey. 

Enjoy!