Artist to watch: Marian Hill

Marian Hill are an American duo composed of Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals). The multi-talented act released their debut album Act One on 20th June, 2016, since its release the album has gained over 200 million combined global streams. They are also regarded as the most shazam’d band thanks to their jazzy tune ‘Down’ which also featured in an ad for Apple’s wireless earphones AirPods.

If you haven’t heard of Marian Hill before, I can bet that by the end of the year you will have. Marian Hill_MG_9826_re_HIRES

  • Marian Hill get their name from the musical The Music Man and is influenced by two characters from the 
  • The music video for their song ‘Down’ has over 14 million views
  • They met each other in High School 
  • ‘Whisky’ was the first song the duo wrote together and was all about femininity and a woman’s sexuality. 
  • Their upcoming London gig has been upgraded from XOYO to Scala due to popular demand and their ever growing profile. 
Marian Hill are a duo that are shaking the music industry. Why? Maybe because they aren’t afraid to be themselves and take risks. Their aesthetic is bold and it is likely that the songwriters will continue pushing boundaries.
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The ‘Rory Gilmore’ reading challenge

Hey Doves,

Today’s post is something very different, quirky but oh so amazing. Before we proceed, I will point out that in today’s post there will be a lot of Gilmore Girls fangirling, so in good Stars Hollow spirit go and get your cup of coffees now and get ready to enjoy this post.

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Throughout the seven, glorious seasons of Gilmore Girls, well eight if you include last year’s reprisal A year in the life Rory Gilmore never failed to surprise us with her love of books. She was a total bookworm and we all loved her for it, over the years Rory read or referenced over 300 books and I am going to tell you what those were today thanks to Australian writer Patrick Lenton who compiled a massive list of every single book that was referenced in the Gilmore Girls series.

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Here is the full list of all 339 books:

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan

10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James

11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

13. Atonement by Ian McEwan

14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

16. Babe by Dick King-Smith

17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

21. Beloved by Toni Morrison

22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

23. The Bhagava Gita

24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy

25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

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27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner

30. Candide by Voltaire

31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

32. Carrie by Stephen King

33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

37. Christine by Stephen King

38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

52. Cujo by Stephen King

53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown

58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

61. Deenie by Judy Blume

62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed Americaby Erik Larson

63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

64. The Divine Comedy by Dante

65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

66. Don Quixote by Cervantes

67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

73. Eloise by Kay Thompson

74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

75. Emma by Jane Austen

76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

79. Ethics by Spinoza

80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

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81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

83. Extravagance by Gary Krist

84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald

94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

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107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

112. The Graduate by Charles Webb

113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

116. The Group by Mary McCarthy

117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

125. Henry V by William Shakespeare

126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

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133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland

135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg

136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

137. The Iliad by Homer

138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres

139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

140. Inferno by Dante

141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence

154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

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159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

169. The Love Story by Erich Segal

170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies

173. Marathon Man by William Goldman

174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

206. Night by Elie Wiesel

207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

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211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212. Old School by Tobias Wolff

213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster

218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

219. Othello by Shakespeare

220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

237. Property by Valerie Martin

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238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

240. Quattrocento by James Mckean

241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert

254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner

262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

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265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

270. Selected Hotels of Europe

271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

275. Sexus by Henry Miller

276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

277. Shane by Jack Shaefer

278. The Shining by Stephen King

279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

282. Small Island by Andrea Levy

283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

289. Songbook by Nick Hornby

290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams

298. Stuart Little by E. B. White

299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Sealsby Anne Collett

302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

306. Time and Again by Jack Finney

307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

312. The Trial by Franz Kafka

313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

316. Ulysses by James Joyce

317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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319. Unless by Carol Shields

320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten

328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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A note to the haters

Hey guys,

Today’s post is more or less a career rant, it is a rant about something that I have experienced often when I tell people, specifically those in the creative industry that I want to become an entertainment journalist.

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be like Ryan Seacrest, I didn’t just want to be like him… I wanted to be him. My passion for entertainment journalism started at a relatively young age, 7 to be precise and my love for the industry has only grown as I have got older and seen just how much the media, particularly the entertainment industry and ‘celebrity’ culture shapes our identity and influences how we see ourselves.

*Disclaimer: Some of you may be thinking, why was a seven year old watching E! News and not Noddy or something, well I had an older sister and she controlled what we watched a lot of the time so those of you that have older siblings can relate. Blame her for getting me hooked, my mum certainly wasn’t impressed, she used to force me to watch ITV News with Trevor McDonald so I could see it ‘from both sides’ and be more socially aware.*

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But, back to my rant, my issue is that so many people in the industry often turn their nose up at entertainment journalism for not being serious enough, important enough, or even socially active, which is both ignorant and a indication of the lack of diversity within newsrooms and the industry.

This idea that a young person can’t talk about One Direction and White privilege or the economy is a reflection of the backward ideologies that have dominated the media industry for far too long. It’s time for a change!

Just because I want to write about Selena Gomez’s latest single or Harry Style’s new girlfriend, does not mean that I am lazy or absent minded… I have always been vocal about human rights and socially active, I will continue to do so within my career. Even within entertainment, one can hold others to account and stand up for those deprived of a voice.

I truly believe that if you are passionate about standing for something, you can do it all.

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I don’t just do this for myself, I do it for my family, I do it for my friends who have supported me since day 1, I do it for the young people from working class backgrounds who have dreams but need purpose, I do it for my future, but most importantly I do it for those who don’t have a voice, who no matter how loud they shout never get heard.

I need you to know that I hear you and I am here for you, we will do this together and one day we will ride together. I just need to fight for us.

There is a common misconception that us millennials do not care about things that matter, what is it they call us… the ‘snowflakes.’

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We only care about selfies, avocados, coconut water and Buzzfeed right?

Some of us do, some of don’t, some of us love all of that and can school you on just about anything you throw at us.. the good thing about us ‘snowflakes’ is that we are socially intersectional and will continue to break barriers and plough through ignorance and hate.

How many of our elders can look in the mirror and say the same?

Before I leave, I just want to say Happy Pride Month to all my LGBT readers. Let’s all spread the rainbow and just love each other because at the end of the day- love wins!

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Until next time,

Savannah

xoxo

INTERVIEW: Hayley Orrantia

*This interview was conducted by myself, on behalf of Celebmix*

Hayley Orrantia is both an actress and a singer and is best known for her role as Erica on The Goldbergs where she stars alongside personalities such as George Segal, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley, Troy Gentile and Sean Giambrone. However, she was a singer long before she was an actress and is starting a journey to cement her position in the country music hall of fame.

Orrantia’s latest single ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details her experience with homesickness. After leaving home at 19 on a journey to pursue her dreams, the star found that it wasn’t as easy she thought.

I got the chance to catch up with her and talked about the single, The Goldbergs and her fingers crossed eventual CMA performance. Check out the interview below!

Hey Hayley, how are you? 

I am good! Been living in Nashville over the hiatus between seasons of The Goldbergs and absolutely loving it!

What are some facts about you that your fans might not know? 

I can talk with my mouth closed, I love making dream-catchers (that’s why it is my symbol) and I have gotten really involved with interior design and recently looked into going to school to learn more.

You play Erica on the hit ABC show The Goldbergs. Did you always want to get into acting? 

Honestly, I never intended to become an actress. I have always been a singer first and acting kind of fell into my lap in a weird way. Now that I work on The Goldbergs, I love it and it’s a fun challenge for me every day.

Your new song ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details your experience with homesickness. How hard was it to leave home at such a young age?

Being an only child and having never lived anywhere, other than my childhood home, it was difficult moving out, to say the least. I had to learn a lot about doing things on my own, being an adult and having roommates for the first time. I missed my parents, my friends and the familiarity of my hometown. However, I learned so much and met so many amazing people that I don’t regret any of it.

Do you have any advice for young people considering leaving home to pursue their dreams? 

I would say if you have thought of all the logistics of moving away from home then you should do it! But you have to be sure it is logical for you financially and emotionally. You should always chase after your dreams, but be sure you’re ready to take such a big step. Finally, never be afraid to ask for help and guidance from family or friends back home! They will always be a safe place to land.

You attended the CMA AWARDS last year, and looked incredible, might I add! Could we expect to see you taking the stage, sometime in the near future?

Thank you! I had such a blast presenting this past year. I would love to perform one day, as nerve-wracking as that sounds, but that’s up to a lot more people than just me!

Any plans to tour? 

Right now touring just doesn’t make sense for me. For one, there just isn’t enough time between seasons of The Goldbergs to make it happen, as well as recording and writing new music. My goal is to write as much as possible and keep putting new music out there. But I want to tour one day!

Lastly, can you give us an exclusive on whether you have any cool acting jobs lined up for this year!

No other acting gigs quite yet, besides The Goldbergs! The day after we finish a season of the show, I usually pack my bags for Nashville and focus fully on music. Until that right project comes along, you’ll only be seeing me on the show.

Interview: James TW

James TW was discovered by Shawn Mendes on Youtube, who soon organised a meeting with his record label that led to James being signed to UNIVERSAL/Island records- a label that has signed talent such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Mike Posner and Shawn Mendes.

James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour and even performed on Ellen in January. He is a rising British star and I got the chance to interview him this week just before his gig at Bush Hall, Shepards Bush in London.

I spoke to James about his album, touring with Shawn Mendes and who he would most like to vs in a game of Basketball… watch the interview below to find out everything he said!

 

 

Bish what!!! Bachelor in Paradise gets cancelled!?

Hey lovelies,

I am seriously frustrated right now, anyone that knows me will know that I am a massive Bachelor fan- I have seen every season of The Bachelor and the Bachelorette and I also love watching Bachelor in Paradise which is the spin off.

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Any fan of the show will know that Bachelor in Paradise airs a few weeks after The Bachelor/Bachelorette finishes. Bachelor in Paradise is one of my biggest guilty pleasures, like is there really anything better than a matchmaking reality show set on the beach… ugh I don’t think so.

On Bachelor in Paradise, former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette live on an island for six weeks and must find relationships in order to stay on the show.

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Tanner and Jade remain one of Bachelor in Paradise’s most successful couples

However, controversy has already hit the new season despite it not even airing.

The ABC reality show announced Sunday that it was halting production of its fourth season for unspecified allegations of misconduct.

A spokesman said:

“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” a statement from Warner Bros. read. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”

To make matters worse many of the cast were spotted heading home as production is stopped indefinitely.

So what really happened? Well details at the moment are very vague, but here’s all I know:

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  • A source has confirmed that the reason for the cancellation was due to Corrrine Olympios (from Ben Higgins season) and Demario Jackson (from Rachel Lindsay’s current season of The Bachelorette)
  • It would seem that an incident occurred between the two in the pool that was spotted by a member of the production team
  • The following day, said producer did not go to work and has also filed legal proceedings against the company
  • Claudia Oshry, aka as the infamous social account @girlwithnojob, who is friends with Olympios, said on her morning show on Monday: “The part that’s unclear is a producer was either watching while it happened and didn’t do anything or, we were also told, a producer was watching while it happened, tried to stop it, and was told by production to hold back.

Social media reactions from the contestants have been pretty vague too, so it is hard to know what really happened:

I suspect more details will unfold over the upcoming days, however I will not be updating this with any speculation or rumours, only confirmed news from reliable sources such as Entertainment Journalists or the producers/contestants themselves.

There is a lot of information circulating on social media right now, please try not to give it much thought until it is confirmed.

Love always

XOXO Savannah

 

I WENT TO THE CAPITAL FM SUMMERTIME BALL AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

Hey lovelies,

Yesterday I went to the Capital FM Summertime Ball in Wembley Stadium and it was bloody incredible!! It was my first time ever attending Summertime Ball, I always wanted to go when I was younger but my mum couldn’t afford the tickets, but now that I’m working I was able to treat myself and boy was it worth it.

So I started off my day pretty pumped, I got up and went for my driving lesson, and then came back to finish getting ready. My best friend was coming down for uni, so I had wait for her train to come in then I went to meet her at Wembley Park Station.

summertime ball.jpgThe minute I got off the train, the vibe was crazy- pretty much everyone was going to the Ball. I met my bestie by the exit and we proceeded to make our way to the event, before we even got into the stadium there was so much sites on offer… from hot, topless guys giving out ice cream, to makeup booths and photo booths to cardboard cutouts of the performers for us to take a pic with.

 

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After we checked out all that stuff, we walked up the stairs to the stadium and had to wait in a queue whilst everyone got through their security checks. OMGGGG we are in, we actually made it! Once we got inside the stadium, everything seemed so real and I was just drooling over the food stands tbh cos FOOD!

We went to our seats and listened to a DJ set from the one and only Marvin Humes who was dropping all the tunes to get us pumped for the show, with a countdown of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Bruno Mars opened the show with his headlining performance.

Singing all the jams from Uptown Funk to That’s what I Like, the singer really started the ball off with a bang. Although, he did get pretty annoyed at one point due to the crowd, who were a bit dull if I don’t say so myself.

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Once Bruno finished his set, we were treated to an array of artists, a lot of whom are my faves. I was most gassed when Stormzy came out because I am a big fan and I didn’t get a chance to see him on tour, so this came at a great time.

Stormzy was joined by many of my faves such as Charlie Puth, Anne-Marie, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Hailee Steinfeld and Little Mix who all slayed their sets.

My favourite part of the whole night was well everything, but if I had to choose I would say it was finally getting to see Charlie Puth after 6 years of being a fan and following his youtube channel way before he blew up.

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In other news, the food was really good but so expensive. I spent £40 yesterday on snacks alone, don’t look at me that way people, I like my snacks.

Overall, the day was amazing and I will definitely be attending next year. I am currently considering going to the Jingle Bell Ball aswell, later on this year.

Did any of you attend Summertime Ball yesterday, comment your thoughts on it below! x

Heroes and Villains Fanfest Review

Heroes and Villains Fanfest is a convention like no other, it is driven by maximising the fan experience and making guests a lot more accessible to fans. Attending a fanfest convention suggests you are likely to bump into stars from hit tv shows such as Arrow, Flash, Gotham and even films like Guardians of the Galaxy.

On the 27th May, alongside my best friend I attended the very first London Fanfest, at Kensington Olympia and it was incredible.

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Taking selfies before the event haha

Firstly, the convention was organised so well. As someone who has attended various conventions in London, where it tends to get packed and manic. It was so refreshing to finally attend a convention that clearly understands these risks, but takes all the steps to ensure things never get out of control.

There was never a point where crowds couldn’t be controlled-everything seemed to move quite smoothly.

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This may have something to do with just how much the team put into ensuring security, especially after the horrific attack in Manchester forced them to change their policy. Considering the little amount of time they had to make amendments, their hard work well and truly paid off.

In terms of guests, Fanfest really hit it out of the park and booked the biggest names in TV right now. Stars included: Stephen Amell, Emily Beck Richards, Sean Pertwee, Shantel Vansanten, Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell.

Just like most conventions, Fanfest offers attendees the opportunity to purchase photo ops/autographs and selfies.

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Some of you may be thinking that there isn’t much difference to a photo op and selfies… you would be right to an extent. Photo ops are taken with a professional photographer and are printed out and given to you, whereas selfies can be purchased at the stars’ table and can be taken on your phone.

In my opinion, selfies at Fanfest are better than doing a photo op because they are cheaper, offer shorter queues and allow you to be far more interactive with your faves.

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Due to the high demand of photo ops, you tend to have to leave fairly quickly after the picture is taken to ensure everyone is seen.

We got the chance to talk to so many of the guests, via the selfie route and some conversations ended up being around five minutes long. If you get the chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend purchasing one photo op of who you are most excited for and then saving the rest of your money for selfies.

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Staying true to the convention fashion, there were panels throughout the day. We attended the Gotham panel and Cosplay Costume Panel, the Gotham panel was amazing with the cast spilling secrets about the upcoming series.

Overall the day was a 10/10… Everything was well organised, the guests were super nice and a pleasure to talk to. Heroes and Villains Fanfest, until next time!

Honourable Highlights:

  • Seeing Stephen Amell in the flesh arghhhhhhh
  • Getting Shantel Vansanten to send us a message
  • Meeting Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell
  • Getting to watch the Gotham Cast talk about the upcoming season
  • Getting to know some amazing fans

Did you also attend Fanfest? Drop me a line below and tell me if you plan on going next year! x

Katie Cassidy is engaged

Katie Cassidy kicks ass on TV, but the star is also kicking ass at love too!

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The Arrow actress and Supernatural alum announced her engagement to beau Matthew Rogers on Instagram, this morning. The star can be seen flashing her rock as she kisses her bae in a love filled post.

“I can’t wait to spend forever with you my darling!! I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world,” the beaming bride-to-be gushed on Instagram. “I [love] YOU to the moon and back @mattyice432.”

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“Thank you for a magical evening I will forever remember,” she added.

The couple has been staying at The Oberoi Mauritius, a five-star hotel on an island in the Indian Ocean, after hitching on a private jet last week, just days after Cassidy appeared at Heroes and Villains Fanfest in London where she appeared alongside her Arrow co stars.

Send your congratulations to the star by tweeting @Mzkatiecassidy and commenting your thoughts below.

 

Guest Blog: Izzy talks living with IBD!

Hello Doves!

I should start by telling you that I’m not Savannah (I totally got you with the nickname though, didn’t I?). No, I’m actually Izzy.

Like Savannah, I’m 19, I blog, and I am an apprentice working in the media industry (while Savannah hangs with celebs and journalists, I am on the other end of the spectrum working on social media for government policy…). Unlike Savannah, however, I have a thing called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is what I’ll be telling you lovel all about!

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For background, IBD is an umbrella term for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both auto-immune diseases are relapsing/remitting (they go away and then flare up) and cause inflammation in the digestive system- Crohn’s can happen anywhere from mouth to bum, while UC’s inflammation occurs mostly in the colon- that’s the one that I’ve got.

About 115,000 people in the UK have IBD, and its most common with people reaching retirement, though there are more and more diagnoses in children. Symptoms include a sudden and/or dramatic loss of weight, diarrhoea… diarrhoea with mucus in it… bloody diarrhoea, extreme fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and bloating. There are also ‘extra-intestinal manifestations- bonus symptoms as I like to call them- that can impact your joints, eyes and skin. Oh, and I couldn’t not mention the potential impact on mental health.

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Now, don’t worry, the biology lesson is over! But I have to ask a question: how many of you saw the phrase IBD and felt offended I had offered background? Now, how many of you thought “IBWhat?”

Chances are, more of you fall in the latter category, and that’s okay. I knew nothing about the disease until I had it living inside me. I’d guess it’s because most people don’t comfortably talk about their poo, especially not 19 year old girls that blog and work in the media industry (I’m talking to you Savannah- open up, give the readers what they want!).

I’ll tell you something else about IBD now. For the most part, I look exactly like all of the other girls my age, if you don’t get close enough to see my eye bags, thinning hair and bruised inner arms… That makes IBD an ‘invisible illness’.

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I think I’ve told you everything I possibly could. Now, what do I want you to do with all of this new information?

Firstly, don’t forget it. It took a lot of my energy to write all of these fancy facts.

Next, stop being uncomfortable when talking about your bathroom habits, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, I’m talking about your poo. Being disgusted is what prevents people like me from opening up about our health.

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Finally, be health conscious. I mean this in two ways. Firstly, be aware of your own health. Don’t be embarrassed to see your GP, or even just tell a loved one, if you think there’s something not quite regular with your gastro-health. Secondly, remember that IBD, as much as I want us all to talk about everything, is a personal disease. Don’t offer unsolicited advice or recommendations- cutting out gluten will not cure me, I’ll have this disease forever. Don’t compare my IBD to your uncle’s friend’s son’s IBS- they’re not the same and I won’t listen to it.

I hope you learnt something new from this, and if you want to find out more, visit my blog: izzysstory.com. Fear not, I don’t only blog about my health, it’s pretty eclectic.

Thanks Savannah for letting me share my thoughts!

Izzy x