Friday, 29 November 2013

thinking aloud : tainted music.


Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock the past few days (or months) - you'll have heard the name Ian Watkins banded around. He was the lead singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets. And he's just pleaded guilty and been convicted of numerous sex offences against very young children. Further details have emerged at the extent of the abuse he's apparently carried out over the years and its been called by some 'the worst case they've ever seen'. I won't list them here, its all over the net, but safe to say its absolutely sickening. 

Its crazy, it seems almost every other day that another former children's presenter, politician, radio DJ or well-known personality is accused of such horrendous offences.. and while Rolf Harris broke my heart, it was this one that really shocked me.


Lostprophets were a band I spent a lot of my teenage years listening to. I loved them. I went to their gigs. I even had posters of Ian on my wall. I thought he was beautiful. Truly. Their music evolved over the years, as with any band - and from 'Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja' to 'Where We Belong', I listened to it.

There are always rumours and stories about bands and their fans - and agree with me or not, 16 year old girls are a different story altogether - but the idea that someone you admire could be capable of doing such extreme horrible things to children is so bizarre. I'd hoped after the announcement of his arrest in December it would all be some big mistake, after all, he'd 'furiously denied' the reports to begin with. But no. On the 26th of this month, he pleaded guilty to all offences. The mugshot will haunt me forever - it didn't look like the same person - not a 36 year old successful musician - he looked like a haggard, dirty old man. 

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As a fan of their music I felt a range of feelings. Absolute disgust at his actions. Complete sadness for his poor victims - they're children for god sake! -  and relief that he'd been caught of course. But then my mind turned to his former bandmates - this whole year must've have been heartbreaking and confusing and it really didn't surprise me when they announced that Lostprophets were no more early last month. 
So that's that.

But then comes the question - can I still listen to Lostprophets? A band who formed a big part of my musical taste as a teenager? Do I skip the track if it comes on shuffle? Or do I delete all their music off my ipod all together?
Part of me thinks, no. The music is still fucking great and some of the songs mean a lot to me. Plus there are several other band members who worked hard on this music. Its not all him.
However - it is his voice. When I listen to their music, its his words I'm listening to. And it just seems.. tainted somehow. I don't honestly know if I could separate the music from the individual.
Reports that HMV are now removing all Lostprophets music from their stores since the revelations made me think.. 

Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and the rest.. they were all part of something. Part of our history - whether it be through music, television and entertainment. And however unforgivable the crime, can we really just ignore them.? Is it possible to erase them from memory and pretend they just never existed??

I'm unsure.
[Lostprophets - Goodbye Tonight]

lovelovelove Catt xx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

OOTD - for the love of god

A simple autumn day look, wearing one of my favourite tops from DropDead and a cosy cardigan.
See this look on my Lookbook.
[ 'For the love of God..' vest - Drop Dead, Cardigan - H&M, Leigh Jeans - Topshop, Black Flatforms - River Island]
lovelovelove Catt xx

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

(Belated) The Week That Was #7

This week included a rather boozy night out in Derby.. that I'm still recovering from tbh. Vodka & Tonics plus numerous Glitterbombs do not mix. ARGH.
- Boozy girls in Derby - I love Nandos(more than your mum does) - Zebras/Tartan OOTD - 
- Chocolate caaake - Shameless selfie - Betty! -
- Embracing my inner-Homer - Smirnoff vibes - Drinking.. again - 
lovelovelove Catt xx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

DROPDEAD WINTER 2013 - wish list!

I love Bring Me the Horizon. I love Oliver Sykes. And I heart DropDead.. The new line for Winter 2013 dropped today (21/11/13) and I've already penned an extensive wish list.. 

Wherefore art thou Adrien..?

Do you believe in fate? Or that certain things are meant to happen? I've never been sure myself. I like the thought of being in control of my own life..it kinda unsettles me to think EVERYTHING is planned out exactly.. but sometimes, it feels as though some things are just meant to be.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

OOTD - zebras, tartan & dirty mirrors

Today I ventured into town with a friend for an Orange and Chocolate Mocha Latte and to do some much needed Christmas shopping. It was rather chilly, so I layered up a bit. I also like clashing the tartan print and zebra dress. 'scuse the dirty mirror.. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

writer's block sucks.

I have a problem. It's not so much that I can't think of anything to write about.. I start a piece, I just can't finish it. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

I Want It - wish list!

A few things I've stuck on my wish list this fine november week.. As you can probably tell, I'm a girl who loves wearing black, and I really like the idea of this checked boyfriend jacket layered over the jersey dress. Plus I need these boots from Boohoo in my life - a steal at £30 and giving me a much needed 6inches extra height.. WANT.
1. Jessica Suedette & PU Contrast Zip Side Shoe Boot (black) - Boohoo - £30.00
2. Fierce Beanie (black) - NewLook - £6.99
3. Love Sleeveless Boyfriend Jacket (black/white) - LOVE - £36.00
4. Jersey Dress (black) - H&M - £9.99
5. Cable Knit Flip Top Gloves (black) - NewLook - £6.99
6. Two Tone Necklace (metallic) - Topman - £12.00

This outfit with a hint of purple Ruthless lipstick by Topshop. (£8)
lovelovelove Catt xx

[Images taken from Boohoo, NewLook, H&M, LOVE, Topman, Topshop]

The Week That Was #6

This week has consisted of rainy days, thai takeaways and planning holidays.
- Precious loves roses - No makeup, chillin' with Olives - Bagpuss bedsocks - 
- USA/Canada planssss - New chocolate & honey candle - Thai food! - 
- Bacon buttie - Homemade sausage rolls - Spot my leg in Skin Deep mag - 
lovelovelove Catt xx

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Not all those who wander are lost..

Me and my mam went for a walk the other morning. A nice clear and sunny (yet bloody windy) Autumn day. We went up to the slag banks which gives a great view of the channel, the isle of Walney (where I grew up) and Black Combe in the distance.
Gorgeous day, but freezing!

Any sunny day, I love going for a trek somewhere..especially this time of year where you can get all wrapped up. And luckily there's loads of places around where I live to go for a wander..
Have you been on any autumn walks recently?
lovelovelove Catt xx

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Did I ever tell you about the time..

..when I bought that really nice blue tartan swing coat in the sale at New Look? Was proper chuffed. Got it home. Then realised it was from the maternity section..
I cut out the label so that no one would ever know .. despite the fact that whenever I wear it I look stylish, yet around five months pregnant..
Around 2 years have past and this episode still annoys me. Just don't tell anyone, ok?
lovelovelove Catt xx

Sunday, 10 November 2013

The Week That Was #5

- Slowly going ginger? - New knickers! - View of Black Combe on walk - 
- OOTD - Time for tea - Toffee crisp moment - 
- HE CAN WALK - Went to see 'Sandra Bullock Lost in Space' - OOTD2 - 

lovelovelove Catt xx

Friday, 8 November 2013

Just a tiny M&S haul..

Today has been all about Knickers and Tea.
Is there anything more important in a girl's life? Or maybe I'm just speaking for myself there.
If you're from Britain or just know anything about underwear, you'll know Marks & Spencers are famous for their knicks. And with a 3 for £10 offer on, I just couldn't resist.
Originally £5 each, I picked up these cute lacey brazilian pairs in white, magenta and light pink. 
Also while I was in there and browsing the food - I came across these. M&S have quite a good little range of teas and coffees, but despite being a big fruit/floral tea fan, I'd never actually tried any of theirs. So I ended up choosing Detox infusion (£1.29 for 20bags), which is a caffeine-free tea with nettle, dandelion and milkthistle. And Organic Green Tea With Jasmine infusion (99p for 20bags), which I'm dying to try as Jasmine Green tea is one of my favourite flavours.
So far I've only tried the Detox one, which is lovely and calming with a bit of a minty kick, but not too overpowering. But I'm even impressed with the little boxes they came in. I'm a total sucker for pretty packaging and these green and pink floral boxes with cute illustrations on really drew my eye. I'm definitely up for trying more type from their little range of teas.
I'm also in love with the dreamy christmas 2013 advert from M&S featuring the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Essex lad David Gandy and the legend that is Helena Bonham Carter. Watch it here if you haven't seen it already..
lovelovelove Catt xx

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

OOTD - feelin' very rachel karen green.. circa '96

It's feeling very autumnal today, but not too cold. So I thought I'd get my camera out and share my outfit. I don't know whether its the jeans, the blazer or the white pumps.. but I'm just feeling very Rachel Green.. ha.
Blazer - New Look
Striped Jumper - Topshop
Black Belt with Gold Buckle - H&M
Jeans - ARK
White Lace-up Pumps - New Look

See this look on my Lookbook
lovelovelove Catt xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

(Belated) October Hate

I've been so busy this past month, nipping up and down the country for gigs and trips - that this post kinda sorta slipped my mind.. oops.

Anyway, I definitely have a few things I've been hating on. Here goes..

Sunday, 3 November 2013

The Week That Was #4

- BMTH in Brum - Stolen from Trick or Treat bowl - Breaking out the Xmas Chocs already -
- Cold! - Walking up Roa Island - Sleepy Puss - 
- Halloween OOTD - Gig Tickets - Me & Steph looking attractive -

lovelovelove Catt xx

Friday, 1 November 2013