It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or is it?

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December, lights, music and yummy food. It sounds good doesn’t? But, everyone doesn’t have that feeling of joy in December, even though they have everything they need in life.

Winter can be depressing at times (depends where you live). If you live in a dark cold place like I do then you will relate to this post. This post is going to be about how to get the Christmas spirit back up on cloud 9, like it used to be when you were a kid.

Before I get into it, I know some of you might not even celebrate Christmas but this post is a guidance to those who doesn’t like cold winters so it might help you a bit too, so don’t give up reading this yet!

Small meaningful things matters. I always told myself that in life, you don’t have to make major changes to be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Start appreciating small things in life! It could be from looking forward to eat a yummy meal for dinner to seeing a childhood friend for coffee. It is that simple.

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Food. Some of the small things I enjoy in life is food. I like trying new dishes, eating my favorite dishes and taking nice foodporn angled pictures! Some people don’t see food the way I do of course, everyone is different but if you’re like me when it comes to food, then keep doing what you’re doing.

Challenges. I love to challenge myself in something. If I have a goal or a deadline I try my best to be as creative as possible and just make it happen. Even if I don’t manage to finish a goal in time, I would still be proud of myself for finishing what I started. That satisfaction is the best. So try to be creative and make a list of things you want to do week by week.

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Baking. This might categorize as food but I still think it’s a bit different. During December you will stumble on a lot of Christmas decorations and a lot of Christmas music, the only thing that is missing is the baking! Start baking something that contains cinnamon and ginger! There are tons of recipes out there that you can try! Perhaps it’s time to skill up your baking skills? You will end up learning something at the same times as making something yummy. Isn’t that awesome?

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Decorating. November is almost at its end and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Usually, you wait until Thanksgiving is over until you start with the decorations but you know what? Who cares? If you feel like putting up your tree before that time, good for you! An early start might give you a small boost of Christmas spirit!

Candles. This might sound ridiculous but this actually helps. Scented candles is like therapy for me. Try to find Christmas scented candles for your home! My ultimate favorite is Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath & Body Works. Their candles are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! They last for a long time too. I bought two candles from there years ago and it took two years to actually finish them off. Note that I didn’t use them everyday. I did light them up often though, mostly when I was taking a bubble bath. Ah, good times. You can find out more of their products here.

Lists. (yeah yeah my handwriting sucks eh) Don’t wait until the New Year starts to follow up with your New Years resolution, start today! Start making a list of things you want to do and accomplish. Also, keep track on your accomplished goals so that you remember them and feel happy about the outcome. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back too.

Events. Are you good at organizing things and do gatherings? Perhaps you should start hosting your own events! Try to organize an event once a month with your friends. It could be a hangout at home playing board games or going bowling. It’s really up to you! Make a group chat/event on a platform and make it happen.

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Playlist. If you’re trying to get the Christmas spirit up, make sure to make a Christmas playlist on Spotify! (or any other platform you use for music) If you’re not into Christmas music then make a winter playlist of your favorite old and new music.


Movies. Last but not least, Christmas movies. The one I recommend the most is Home Alone. That one is a good nostalgic “Christmasy” movie. It always airs on tv close to Christmas and I love that movie so much. If you’re not fond of that movie no worries! There are tons more out there!

I hope this list gave you some inspiration of things to do during this cold and dark winter. Let me know if you’re already doing some of these things!

– Siara

Bruno Mars 24K Magic NEW SINGLE OUT!

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Okay for those who don’t know, I am a huge fan of Bruno Mars. I adore his music and I feel like his genre of music is the best in my opinion. Ever since Michael Jackson passed away (bless his soul) I felt really lost when it came to music in general and very empty. When Bruno Mars came into the picture I just felt happy that I could be excited for music again and fully enjoy it. No, he has not “replaced” Michael, because he is irreplaceable. Michael was a legend and will always remain as one and a lot of people already know that. His music was something out of this world.

Anyways, back with Bruno. He just released a new single out (7 hours ago) been listening to it none stop today. I am afraid I am gonna hate it eventually but  I rather be sick of it before it hits the radio so that I can enjoy it to the fullest before. I am very excited that he is finally gonna release a new album soon. Been waiting since the Unorthodox Jukebox album was released in 2012…four whole years! He announced it on twitter that the album is done and it has been confirmed that the release date is going to be 18th of November. I guess he just wanted us fans to have a little taste before actually releasing it and I must say, he did a very good job. That disco-funk is on point, same with those shiny glammed legs.

If you haven’t heard it yet then make sure to do.

Listen to it here on Spotify.
Music video here on YouTube.

“You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party.”

This Friday can’t get any better.

– Siara

Best Music Between 2000-2006

Wanted to dedicate today’s post to nostalgic music that I grew up listening to. Thought it would be a fun post to do and hopefully make other feel the nostalgic too.

Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up (Released: 2003)

This one is a classic of my early teenage years. I used to listen to this song none stop.  I fell in love with it. I really enjoyed listening to the Black Eyes Peas back then. Fergie looks bomb.

Hey Ya! (Released: 2003)
This music…I listened to this song over and over again and this was the time when I was living in the UK. This is one of the best songs of OutKast in my opinion (Roses is the second) If you haven’t heard  this one then you’ve been living under a rock.

Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again (Released: 2000)

My favorite female artist when I was a kid was Britney Spears. I thought she was the coolest chick ever and I wanted to be just like her haha I even learned the whole dance of this music video. I bought the same style of shoes she would wear in her music videos and try to have the same hair styles like her. Good times.

*Nsync – Bye Bye Bye (Released: 2000)
If you haven’t listened  to this one before then I must say you’ve been missing out. Shame on you. Make sure to watch it now instead and I’ll forgive you. This one is a classic.

Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous (Released: 2006)

Anyone remembers Nelly Furtado? This one is a good one with Timbaland. I loved it back then. It was catchy as fudge, still is. Need more music like this one. I feel like the music has died today. Another goodie is “Say it Right” and “Maneater”.

The Pussycat Dolls – Stickwitu (Released: 2005)

This brings me a lot of memories of my first love (Looool joking) but seriously this was really good back in the day (still good) So much Nokia branding in their music videos though lol it screams promotion.

JoJo – Leave  (Get Out) – (Released: 2004)

Last but not least JoJo. This one is a huge classic to me. I played this none stop in the UK all the time. She was on the radio none stop too. Never got tired of her voice. She is still bomb today and I am looking forward to her journey.

– Siara

The most underrated singer of all time: JoJo (Joanna Levesque)

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The most underrated singer of all time, JoJo (Joanna Levesque)

this chick is absolutely amazing. I became a huge fan since she released her first single (2003) and it sucks that she doesn’t have a lot of followers because she deserves so much more. I blame her previous record label for not letting this wonderful human being grow. Holding her like a hostage for about 7 years is just sad (it’s a very long story but she wasn’t allowed to release any albums after her second one) I want to dedicate today’s blog post to her because she’s bomb.

If you haven’t heard her music then I won’t judge. A lot of people don’t know who she is but she is slowly blooming out to the media once again which is nice to see. I am a bit bummed  that I wasn’t able to see her in LA when she had shows. She would sing around the country even when she was still stuck with her old label. It would’ve been nice to hear her live.

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One of my favorite songs of her is André. This song was released in Dec 2012 (remember this clearly because I was living in LA at the time)  Make sure to give a listen here. The song was released along with the Agâpé Mixtape ( Agâpé is the name of her dog ; ) )

Damn I used to workout with this song at the time. It’s so damn catchy. Another fave on that came with the mixtape was Can’t Handle the Truth. She made another song called Thinkin out Loud but it was sample which left us fans greedy and wanting more. So, 3 years later she finally released a full version on Soundcloud. Finally! This song reminds me of LA a lot. Brings me back good memories. So I don’t mind the 3 year waiting, I finally got it.
I have a bunch of favorites from her “High Road” album that was released in 2006. “High Road” was one of the songs I played none stop on repeat back in the days. This song was just perfect in every way for my teenage year. I feel like her music suited my life situation perfectly. We are about a year apart with the age gap so that’s probably why, teenage hormones haha. Another song of that album that was awesome was Like That. Catchy Catchy.
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And of course, I have to mention her official (NOT EP) three singles that she released 11 months ago with her new label. When Love Hurts, Save My Soul and Say Love. Damn it Jo, stop being on fire. Love these singles.
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A few days ago she released a new single, F*** Apologies ft Wiz Khalifa and boy, this singles is on fire. Been playing it none stop these passed days.  You can have a listen to that song here. I really hope that they play this song on the radio everywhere, it’s really good and catchy. The music they play on the radio nowadays aren’t the best.

She also announced that she’s released her new album “Mad Love” in October 14th 2016. I can’t wait to hold that album. #PhysicalCopy4Life

I am happy that she’s finally free and I can’t wait for her to release her new album.

#FreeJoJo —- #JoJoIsFinallyFree
– Siara