Laurel Astridge - Katy Perry - Dark Horse

♡ Over the summer I have been putting a tremendous amount of effort into music covers that showcase my talent! This leads me to give much thanks to you beauties (my readers) for being so supportive and motivating me to perform! 

♡ The new music video above is my rendition of Katy Perry’s Dark Horse from her new album Prism! Please enjoy!

♡ Did you like this cover? Do you have any requests? Let me know in the comments bellow and subscribe for more!

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Links I LOVE Vol. 2

Hi dolls! This is my second instalment of a blog series that categorizes links and webpages that I have been inspired by or loving this week! These links are from a variety of sources like: retail stores, youtubepinterest, and Facebook. So… let’s get to it!

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{Inspiration} Coursera - Throughout the summer I have been trying to educate myself in areas that would further my career! During the months of June and July I participated in courses like: How To Succeed In College (University of Kentucky) and Developing Your Musicianship (Berklee School Of Music). Coursera.org offers the world’s best courses online for free and gives you the opportunity to grow. I highly recommend it for people who love learning and are wanting higher education!

{Music} All About That Bass by Meghan TrainorThe sensation of being body positive has surfaced in music and I am so excited! All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor is about accepting your curves no matter how big or small! My favourite lyric is definitely: “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top!” Please give it a listen!

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{Beauty} Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal CollectionOn a trip to my local drugstore I spotted yet another advertisement stand for a collection of Maybelline Baby Lips! However, these caught my eye due to the overload of sparkles (crystals) and pastel colours making it the perfect lip treat!

{Fashion} Cartilage PiercingAfter years of consideration my best friend and I decided to get our cartilages pierced! This is because I’ve always wanted a danity stud that was unique and didn’t interfere with my style. Another thing that led me to decide on a cartilage piercing over a tragus was that over time I could remove it and the hole would will still be intact. 

{Treat} Starbucks Chocolate Coconut FrapHappy Starbucks Treat Receipt to all my coffee lovers! My usually order of a blonde roast in the morning has now doubled since I can indulge in a guilt free light chocolate coconut frap for $2 after 2PM! This luscious drink combines two of natures gifts and creates an amazing coffee smoothie that is good to the last drop! 
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What are your favourite links this week? Let me know in the comments bellow. Plus, if you want any official product links check out Mentioned on Laurel Musical for the details!

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Purple, Pink, and Everything Chic

Pretoogjes (n.): “Fun eyes”; the eye of a chuckling person who is up to benign mischief.

This look is about combining comfort and culture to create a versatile look that could be worn for day or night! This is because I love the effortless feeling of wearing a loose maxi dress and being put-together in five minutes or less.

The Outfit

  • Dress - Angie (Winners) Purple, Pink, and Black Aztec Pattern Maxi Dress ($30). A comfortable dress that incorporates culture, summer time, and a beautiful criss-cross back.
  • Shoes - Payless Gold Chelsea Flats ($20)
  • Earrings - Claires Large Pearl Studs ($9)

Makeup Look

  • Primer - Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($9)
  • Foundation - Clinque Moisture Surge CC Cream Light ($37, Gift)
  • Blemish Concealer - CoverFX Creamy Concealer X Light ($30)
  • Under Eye ConcealerMaybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Light Pale ($14): After watching countless videos about this product I discovered that you could use this product to highlight your nose!
  • Powder - MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Light ($32)
  • Highlight & Blush - Sephora Microsmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio Fair ($20, Gift)
  • Eye Shadow PrimerMAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Let’s Skate ($20): My favourite eyeshadow primer to use with the Naked 3 Palette because of the rose gold shimmer.
  • Eye ShadowUrban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette: Nooner as a base, burnout as a crease, andr lastly dust for the inner corners. ($64, Gift)
  • Eye Brow - Revlon Brow Fantasy Dark Blonde ($6)
  • Eye Liner - Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick and Think Black Liquid Eyeliner ($6): A new eyeliner that uses a highlighter felt tip to achieve the perfect liquid line!
  • Mascara - CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara Very Black ($11)
  • Lipstick - Clinque Lipstick Glazed Berry ($20)

Do you love a summertime maxi dress? Let me know in the comments bellow! Also if you want official product links check out Mentioned on Laurel Musical!

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Beauty Empties and Replacements - Video

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This is an interactive video post of beauty empties and replacements! Also  most of these skincare and makeup products can be found at your local drugstore! So… Let’s get to it!

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Beauty Empties

  • John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Dark Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner ($7-11 Each)
  • Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo ($11)
  • Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Spray & Go Moisturizer ($9)
  • Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner ($9)
  • CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara ($11)
  • Colgate Optic Toothpaste ($3)

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Beauty Replacements

  • Dove Damage Solutions Beautiful Care Shampoo and Conditioner ($3-5 Each)
  • Herbal Essences Body Envy Dry Shampoo ($3)
  • St. Ives Fresh Hydration Coconut Spray Lotion ($6)
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Liquid Eyeliner ($6)
  • Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7)
  • YesTo Grapefruit Correct and Repair Daily Facial Scrub ($9)
  • Colgate Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste ($3)

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Funny Quotations From The Video

  • "Its like… vaporized baby powder."
  • "I realized that I threw out all these finished products before coming up with the idea of filming this brilliant video."
  • "Toothpaste, you use it twice a day or you should…"
  • Sound effects, repeated words, cheering, mumbling, and too much excitement!

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What products have you replaced recently? Let me know in the comments bellow. 

Ps. If you like these videos check out more of them HERE and the Mentioned on Laurel Musical board if you are interested in purchasing any of them!

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New Balance 890V4 - Review

These New Balance runners are updated to outperform its predecessors, the 890V4 is lighter than ever with no loss of durability or cushioning. Looking to build speed in your daily runs? This award-winning shoe has what you need to get it done. [Source: newbalance.ca]

Approximately two weeks ago I was on the look-out for another pair of runners. After countless hours of browsing on the internet, I found these New Balance babies at my local mall and had to have them! In this post I will be going over the pros and cons of these 890V4’s and how they could be on your next wish-list!

PROS
  • Comfortable cushioning and insoles in the runners for long days and walks.
  • Fabric colours that do not stain or get dirty easily.
  • The beautiful fabric combo of purple, coral, and white rubber.
  • Runner laces stay in place all day and hardly untie.
  • The ability to choose if I want to wear the runners loose or tighter.
  • The uniqueness of the runner itself and the New Balance brand behind it.

CONS
  • These runners are quite expensive at $150; however they are a fantastic investment.
  • With wear the rubber on the runners starts to flake slightly.
  • Takes two to three days to work them in, which causes some discomfort.
  • When first wearing them they can feel a bit uncomfortable and tight which changes dramatically in hours.

Overall these runners are a super stylish piece in my collection and are constantly worn in the summer. Plus, I feel special since they were the only size eleven runners in the New Balance store - which means their MINE.

What are your go-to runners? Let me know in the comments bellow.
Ps. Shoeaholics unite and check out my other shoe posts here and Mentioned On Laurel Musical for official product links!

Barbie Sizing

Recently in the press company J Crew and designer of the American Prep lifestyle introduced the 000 and xxxs size. As a healthy woman who conquered an eating disorder and fixated on numbers; my stomach began to churn when I heard the news.

My mind then started brainstorming on how the retailer could have avoided this poor decision by introducing a J Crew petite, tall, and voluptuous collection. In the end catering to the large Asian market (their original plan) and healthy North Americans too.

Why do we live in a society that values the power of choice but doesn’t make it accessible to everyone?

Furthermore, creating an environment for women (and others) that fuels off of insecurities. Which disrupts something fun like buying an article of clothing into an inner battle of: “Do I need to go on a diet? Did this store change their sizing? Are these pants supposed to stretch? AM I SUPPOSED TO BREATHE?” 

No, instead clothing should be centred around how you want to feel rather than minuscule measurements that don’t calculate you self-worth. In the end, giving everyone the opportunity to feel sexy, fabulous, and strong rather than categorizing us into sizes that indicate NOTHING [Literally zero].

Do I want my style to represent nothing? zero? diddly squat? HECK NO, I gonna be one in a million and so should you.

Do you define yourself as more than a zero? Let me know in the comments bellow.

Ps. I hope you liked this post and thank you for letting me vent/rant on current popular topics that I find important.

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Laurel Astridge - Paramore - The Only Exception

Hi beauties! This is my rendition of Paramore’s The Only Exception from their album Brand New Eyes. This song is so honest and beautiful to sing! I hope you all like it!

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Summer Weekdays & Ends Vol. 4

This is my fourth instalment in my summer series that summarizes the high points of my weeks in June and July. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a wonderful trip to a luxury mall with my best friends and my brother’s graduation!

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End of a Chapter
  • My amazing brother graduate high school and is moving on to bigger things in his life! I was so proud to be apart of his ceremony in my lace dress, brown wedges, and tweed jacket with family! I also got to document the whole thing with my camera and eat too many Italian desserts!
  • Before graduating my brother (the artist in the family) completed this FABULOUS painting of Jay-Z as his final project! He definitely  credits me for introducing him to rap music like: Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Drake when he was younger.
  • As my best friends headed out on their summer vacations we got to have a final games night! For the first time I got play the hilarious game Cards Against Humanity, eat pizza, laugh, and watch 13 Going On 30

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Luxury Browsing

  • I visited a luxury shopping mall and browsed with my best friends for the first time! My absolute favourite moment of the trip was walking into the Kate Spade store and touching one of their handbags. 
  • In addition, I had to purchase three pairs of bottoms from American Eagle Outfitters (of course)! They were a pair of dark wash high wasted shorts, medium wash denim crops, and beige khaki shorts! 
  • My best friends also dragged me into a shop called Lucky Brand for the first time! After picking out countless items for each other to try on, I bought this beautiful top found in my Summer Casual #OOTD post for a steal!
  • At the mall I decided to go for a healthy alternative lunch at Glow Express! It was an absolutely delicious lobster, avocado, mushroom, and grilled cheese sandwich with sides of tangerine balsamic strawberry salad and cold pasta.
  • Plus, on the drive home we blasted Spice Girls and sang the whole way! 

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What activities have you been enjoying? Let me know in the comments bellow! 
Ps. Any products mentioned in this post can be found on Pinterest here

Shuffle Tag

Hi beauties! Today I would like to give a HUGE thank you to fafanadia for adding me to her Shuffle Tag! In this post I am going to reveal to you the embarrassing kind of person I am through my music choices! When meeting or dating someone I believe that music taste is a huge indicator of their personality type! So… Let’s give it a go!image

THE RULES

  1. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3, iTunes, or BLAH BLAH.
  2. Write down the first 20 songs in their correct order.
  3. Do not cheat, I repeat.
  4. Finally share your embarrassing list and laugh.
  5. PLUS listen to my Shuffle Tag Mix on 8Tracks

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  1. Made For You - One Republic, Waking Up Album: "Everybody wants you to make it, its all yours. Everybody wants you to take it, take it. Can you feel all the love? Can you feel all the love? Like it was made for you."
  2. Kiss N Tell (Explicit) - Ke$ha, Animal Album: A little old school Ke$ha doesn’t hurt anyone! Can you believe this album debuted in 2010?? FOUR YEARS AGO.
  3. Turn Your Face - Little Mix, DNA Album: I discovered Little Mix out of envy because I was in love with Zayn Malik from One Direction. This is because he is engaged to the member Perrie! However, after hearing the song DNA I knew my heart that I loved their songs and sound. 
  4. Marilyn Monroe (Explicit) - Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded Album: “If you can’t handle my worst, you ain’t getting my best.”
  5. Love Money Party (Explicit) Ft. Big Sean - Miley Cyrus - Bangerz Album: A little Miley Cyrus jam never hurt nobody!
  6. Badge and Gun - John Mayer, Paradise Valley Album: “This house is safe and warm but I was made to chase the storms. Taking the world on with my big ol’ empty arms.”
  7. Really Don’t Care Ft. Cher Lloyd - Demi Lovato, Demi AlbumA beautiful fun break-up song.
  8. Live To Party - Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer Album: Lets not mention this…
  9. Lightweight (Demi Lovato Cover) - Laurel Astridge, Youtube: This was one of the first songs I recorded! If you want to check it out here!
  10. Girls (Explicit) - The 1975, The 1975 Album - UNF, that is all.
  11. If I Lose Myself - One Republic, Native Album
  12. Why Can’t I (Explicit) - Liz Phair, Liz Phair Album: THROWBACK and the ultimate 90s crush song.
  13. Already Missing You Ft. Selena Gomez - Prince Royce, Soy El Mismo Album
  14. I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Explicit) - Panic! At The Disco, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out Album: Perfection and even better in concert.
  15. Next 2 You Ft. Justin Bieber - Chris Brown, F.A.M.E AlbumRemember that time when the two most disliked celebrities created a decent song that you were actually scared to love?
  16. Cameras/Good Ones Go (Explicit) - Drake, Take Care Album
  17. Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry, Teenage Dream Album: The best party song for adventurous nights!
  18. U.N.I - Ed Sheeran, + Album: This song is lyrically gorgeous and connects with the short form of university with you and I. “But I know God made another one of me to love you better than I never will.” 
  19. Hate That I Love You Ft. Ne-Yo - Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad AlbumThis is my most played song on my iPod and one of my favourite songs since grade six.
  20. When You Look Me In The Eyes - Jonas Brothers, Jonas Brothers Album: This will be one my wedding songs and I am not ashamed. "When you look me in the eyes. And tell you that you love me. Everything’s alright, when your right by my side. When you look me in the eyes. I catch a glimpse of heaven, I find my paradise.”

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TAGGED BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE AND NEW FOLLOWERS

engagewithlifee blueeyedjedi82 splattered nothings dyannepauline paul-is-a-girl lovemariajosefa to-thewoods yamralea girlyluxe

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What was the most embarrassing song in your shuffle tag? Let me know in the comments bellow.

Ps. I hope you loved this post and chat with you soon! 

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miss-fh said: Once you get this you have to say 5 things about yourself publicly and then send this to 10 of your favorite followers <3

Thank you Miss-Fh, you are one of my favourites too! 🍪

  • One - I prefer being outdoors in the sun rather than being inside.
  • Two - I have to keep my hair up for my job, so every day I have been trying a new braid! Today I wore a styled dutch braid!
  • Three - I have to thank Justin Bieber for motivating me to begin blogging. This is because when I first met him (in 2010) I decided that it would be a popular story - so searched up blogging platforms and found Tumblr! 🎶
  • Four - I have an inner debate with myself every morning on which coffee shop I should visit. The one I have a gift card or rewards card to is usually the winner.
  • Five - I am addicted to hot sauce and putting banana peppers on every meal! I can’t help that it tastes so good and boosts my metabolism!😍

June 2014 Favourites

This is an interactive monthly favourites video that features beauty, fashion, inspirational items, and music! Most of the products mentioned have been reviewed in posts like: Ecstatic over Estee Lauder and The Butterfly Effect! So… If you haven’t read them go check em’ out!

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Beauty Favourites (0:00-6:20)

  • Clinque CC Cream Moisture Surge Light ($39)
  • MAC Pro LongWear Paintpot Let’s Skate ($20)
  • MAC Pro LongWear Eyeshadow Alway’s Sunny ($21)
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Exquisite Ego ($23)
  • Clinque Lipstick Glazed Berry ($20)
  • Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner 115 Black Pearl ($6)
  • Quo Cream Eyeshadow Brush ($13)
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner Black ($9)
  • CHI Enviro 54” Natural Hold Hair Spray ($25)

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Fashion Favourites (6:21-9:25)

  • Urban Behaviour Pink and Cream Flower Crown ($3)
  • Anthropologie Four Fabric Headband Set ($15)
  • Kate Spade Emma Pencil Pouch ($20)
  • Kate Spade Love It Journal Set ($8)
  • American Eagle Outfitters High Rise Shorts ($40)

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Inspirational Favourites (9:26-10:23)

  • Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews (Library)
  • Seven Decisions DVD by Andy Andrews (Library)
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp ($16)

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Movie and Music Favourites (10:24-11:31)

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Funny Quotations in the Video 

  • “It reminds me of that stuff I use to buy at the Halloween good’s store.”
  • “I love this hairspray because I don’t want to feel like I rubbed a glue stick in my hair - but I don’t want my hard dedication of getting bouncy curls to get lost due to overly flexibly hairspray.” 
  • “My favourite definitely has to be the black and white chevron because preppy girls always know what to do!”
  • “Every time I go into the stationary store and see the Kate Spade collection, I’m like.. I need that, I need that.”
  • “There is no in-between, either I am showing my beautiful assets or they look like they are pants… No.”
  • ALSO Cheering, imitating a minion, bloopers, and (of course) dancing!

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What were your June favourites? Let me know in the comments bellow! Plus, if you want official product links swing over to Pinterest at my Mentioned on Laurel Musical board and subscribe to me on YouTube!