Mellow Mondays #2

Hey, everyone! It’s Arianna here!

I hope you festive friends have had a wonderful Christmas and are now enjoying your annual Boxing Day. I’m looking forward to the beginning of the New Year and I hope you are too. But there’s something else I’m looking forward to: it is, of course, Mellow Mondays. Rachel’s already beat me to the first post. So, I’m here to kickstart my first entry of this series!

(Gosh, I hope we stick to this!)

Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon (2010)

The first album I want to talk about in this series is one of my all time favourites. Come Around Sundown is the perfect tool for relaxation, studying and for exerting an overall mellow-jam experience. I swear by this album for many reasons – one of the reasons being that I find Caleb’s voice very versatile. He has a sexy, husky raspiness to his lungs, and it certainly allows for both an easy-listening experience and intense experience of pure eargasm.

I also find this album very thought-provoking. This is one of the main reasons why I listen to it – to use it for revision or when I am writing essays. It’s a pretty slow-paced album – Radioactive and Mary being the worst examples of this deduction, but the rest of the album is pretty chill and doesn’t distract me whilst my little brain is ticking away.

In an article written in NME by Luke Lewis, he describes the album as being “so desperate to prove its own authenticity it forgets to be remotely moving”. Don’t let this put you off because, quite frankly, this entire statement is, in Hagrid’s words, codswallop. Personally speaking, I believe this album to be one of KOL’s best works, if not, the best album that they have ever produced. And “forgets to be remotely moving”? Listen to Pyro or The Face, pal, and come back to me when you’re drowning in your own tears.

So, in terms of my favourite, it’s very difficult for me to pick a definitive favourite from the 13-track album. But I definitely have my favourites. Plural. I think Pyro and The Face are beautiful, so they’re definitely up there. I love the country-like nature of Back Down South – I’m a sucker for a bit of ol’ country and Back Down South is one of my personal, classic car-journey bangers. However, the one that I find myself listening to the most from the album is The Immortals. I could listen to it on repeat for days on end because the chorus is magical. The guitar is magical. Caleb’s voice is magical. Lyrics? Magical. It’s a true depiction of self-discovery. I find myself listening to this one the most when I am feeling down, anxious or stressed. It reminds me to keep calm and just take life as it comes – to ‘spill out on the streets of stars and ride away’ on the adventure that life brings.

(Well… That turned unexpectedly emotional.)

The entire album can be found on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, and I fully recommend that you listen to the entire album through at least once. Close your eyes, press play and let Caleb and the guys transport you in to a realm of goosebumps.

I’ll leave you with the entire album as a little Christmas treat.
FULL ALBUM HERE! (via YouTube)

See ya later, gang. Enjoy!
– Ari x

Knock Knock: Who’s There?

Knock Knock: Who’s There?

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?

Oh… it isn’t ElizaLilySmiles? No, it isn’t – because guess who has decided to co-authorise the living daylights out of this blog? ME!

Hello to whoever’s reading this! You’re looking particularly lovely today.
My name is AriannaEve and I run a miserable attempt of a blog that you can check out here. I’m so excited to be working on this blog with one of my beautiful best friends! It feels like I haven’t written a blog post in forever (probably because I haven’t written a blog post in forever) and I can’t wait to get back in to the swing of things.

So, in the heart of new introductions, I’ve decided to do something veeeery original for you guys; something that will (hopefully) make you warm to me a little, and get to know the beauty that is beyond this screen: a ‘facts about me’ tag. Originality at its finest.


Fact 1: To the left, to the left, everything you own i– Oh, my bad.
Got a little bit carried away. To the left, you’ll see my face.

Fact 2: I study Film and Creative Writing at University!

Fact 3: I was born on Christmas Eve (24th December, and I was 3 minutes away from being a Christmas baby!)

Fact 4: I have a lot of bad habits – including biting my nails. Yuck.

Fact 5: I love the thought of being clean and organised in everything I do, but putting it in to practice proves to be pretty much impossible.

Fact 6: I have been playing the piano since I was around 7 years old, and teaching myself to play other instruments is one of my favourite hobbies!

Fact 7: More of my hobbies consist of gaming, reading, watching films, listening to/creating music, drawing, and I’ve recently found my love for bullet journalling and graphic design.

Fact 8: My favourite films of all time are Spirited Away, Labyrinth, The Holiday, Halloween: H20, Harry Potter (all of them), and pretty much anything Disney.

Fact 9: I’m open to all types of music, but my favourite genres are rock and indie. (I’m planning on doing a massive music master-post sometime soon so keep your eyes peeled).

Fact 10: My favourite colours are black and yellow.

Fact 11: I once ate an entire chicken for dinner. A large one.

Fact 12: I once peed in a display toilet in a well-known DIY store.

Fact 13: My favourite books are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Every Day by David Leviathan.

Fact 14: I’m a proud member of the Hufflepuff house.

Fact 15: I say “no” to pretty much any physical activity and sport, but I love to play pool.

Fact 16: My biggest fears are spiders, wasps, vomit and umbrellas.

Fact 17: When I was younger, I was a very fussy eater. Whenever the family were to order pizza, I would demand that my Mum ordered me a “pizza with no bits”. Not a ‘margharita’ or a ‘cheese and tomato’.  A “pizza with no bits”. Or I wouldn’t eat it.

Fact 18: My dream car is a Suzuki Swift. Ah…, bae.

Fact 19: My favourite animals are foxes, wolves and fawns. (And dogs – I have two of those!)

Fact 20: really hate bolognese, rice cakes and tuna.

Fact 21: The police once came to my house to talk to my Mum about her parenting skills because I thought shaking my naked bottom out of the window was a clever idea when I was five years old.

Fact 22: I take the ‘R’ and ‘L’ on my headphones very seriously. And the people that don’t drive me crazy.

Fact 23: I am a massive hoarder. I collect anything from bottle tops to coasters to mugs, and when I was little, I used to collect toilet rolls. Don’t ask.

Fact 24: I am an extremely sentimental person, which possibly explains why I am such a hoarder.

and finally…

Fact 25: I’m going to be trying my best to post as regularly as possible. I say this all the time, but this time I will… I say that all the time, too. Okay, just don’t get your hopes up.


That’s it! You’ve reached the end of my forgettable post. I hope to see you soon!