The Epic Experience that was Meeting Dodie Clark (Or, a Review)

Hello there!

It’s Erin AND Jodie! On our joint blog! Talking together. Sorry, minorly excited.

Jodie is in italics as usual, and Erin is in bold.

So, we went to see Dodie Clark

We did indeed and Eden (my sister) was ‘Jelly’ as she put it. I don’t use that word.

As in she was jealous?

Yes.

Good. Not good, but, you know. 

Yes

How was it, do you think?

It was amazingly beautiful and emotional. Someone actually ran out crying during Sick of Losing Soulmates.  The moment Dodie took to the stage the energy was insane! Oh my God, I can’t remember what Dodie opened with.

It was absolutely smitten. I remember because I was so excited that I was getting the lyrics wrong.

I was dancing in stunned silence- DODIE’S TWEETED

*GASP*

She tweeted Lady Gaga a heart.

Cute. We’re going off topic. It was absolutely amazing, and then we got to meet her, which was even more amazing. WE WERE MATCHING! SHE SAID THAT SHE LIKED MY YELLOW DRESS. *Garbled noises* Why are you laughing?

Cause you’re funny.

Thanks.

The start of the concert was upbeat and made us… I don’t even know, I was just shocked. It was this exciting upbeat entrance of pure joy.

I was literally jumping around, I think everyone around us hated me. It was like a dream come true, which sounds cheesy, but it was. Yeah.

Seeing her in real life, like in front of me and not on my laptop screen, was so surreal.

When I was singing along, it was like really nice cause it felt like she was just being herself, it felt like being at a party, like a Dodie party. She sounds exactly the same live!

Seeing her performing the songs I watched at home for so many years felt really special.

The slower songs were super emotional, you could hear the meaning behind the lyrics, I was holding back tears,  what about you?

I was transfixed almost, it was as if the rest of the audience wasn’t there. It was so weird but amazing at the same time.

I had, almost, it felt like tunnel vision. I could only see the stage.

Yeah! The band were so good! Everything felt perfectly rehearsed but also natural. It was brilliant!

Let’s not forget the confetti canons!

The most underwhelming surprise I have ever received. It was hilarious. So much hype for something that didn’t happen.

Don’t savage Dodie, or her helpers!

I’m talking in jest, don’t savage me.

Alright, Alright. Anyway, Orla Gartland opened for Dodie and was in the band, her set was beautiful. I think singing teenage dirtbag with Orla was so much fun- Dodie tweeted. Dodie tweeted. We’re ridiculous.

Yes Orla was great, we need to stop getting distracted. It was amazing to see her for the second time in two months. 

Roots is your favourite, isn’t it?

Yeah, and Lonely People.

I like Get Back and also Red Brick Paradise! That’s a good one.

It is, I was so excited when she started playing it because I’d requested it for a Nina Nesbitt concert that we went to see in October.  But she replied to me saying that the set list was too packed. However, this time she added it so that was cool.

Yeah Orla was amazing! We were also lucky enough to meet some of our favourite youtubers whilst waiting in the two hour queue after the gig to meet Dodie.

It was so annoying that we ended up being pushed from the front of the queue to the back of the queue. But it was worth the wait to meet Dodie.

And speak to Manager Josh.

He said we were very smiley for being at the back of the line. We were incredibly smiley.

Manager Josh made us very smiley. I love Manager Josh.

I love Manager Josh.

Who doesn’t love Manager Josh really? How old is Manager Josh? He’s so tiny. No offence Manager Josh. It’s a compliment, I promise.

He is a very petite male. Anywho back to Dodie, meeting her was lovely, she was so sweet even after meeting nearly 300 people before us! 

She’s just a lovely tall bumblebee coated in joy.

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I agree. As are Lucy Moon, Hannah Witton, and Orla Gartland although I think Lucy is a Dragonfly and Hannah is a Ladybird.

YEAH I see that! Orla’s too cool to be cute.

I know right! So overall, the gig was absolutely brilliant.

Truth. Dodie is a wonderful human, my favourite human.

And we don’t like humans. Dodie is an exception. 

The music was amazing.

Manager Josh was a legend.

Lucy and Hannah were lovely.

And it was a great night.

Hope you guys enjoyed our chatty little review/recap thing. If you want to see more like this, let us know in the comments and we’ll get right on it! I should be revising for my mocks but instead I’m writing this and learning the ukulele chords to ‘Would You be So Kind’. Again, we’re sorry about the delay in between blogs but we’ve been super busy lately. We both have mocks and exams coming up, so bear with for a while. We promise we’ll come back after the school year has finished, much more organised.

Till next time!

Jodie and Erin xx

P.S. That’s my friend Robyn in the featured image, she came to the gig with us.

Is It Christmas Yet?

Hello there

Its Erin.

And, wow, we have not blogged in a long time. Honestly, we should be ashamed in ourselves. I’m afraid I’ve had a bit of writers block, which inevitably leads to me just not posting, nor trying. But I have suddenly realised that it is November, which slightly scares me. But, with November, for me anyway, comes the beginning of Christmas. Michael Bublé has emerged from the depths of his cave. Shops have offers of Christmas bargains everywhere, and I, am beginning to feel festive. However, feeling slightly festive in November is a strange occurrence for me, as I am normally counting down the days from September 1st. I don’t know whether it’s a growing up thing, or it might be that I get told off every time a hum of ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ is heard by anyone else. That probably has a lot to do with it. But I’m remaining positive and just singing at the top of my voice when I’m by myself, or with friends who understand my love for the Christmas season.

Now, the reason I love Christmas so much is because there’s a real sense of joy and community around the season. People are all wrapped up in coats, scarves, and hats. Cafes have scented candles everywhere. And the whole hustle bustle of shopping gives a comforting effect. I hate crowds, I hate queues. Generally, I’m not keen on shopping. But something about having the people around you thinking about the people they love and care for as they stock up on gifts for them just makes my heart feel warm. I love shopping for other people, and seeing the looks on their faces as they open their presents. For me, it’s absolutely the best part of the season (Along with the music and films). Yes, it can be stressful, but at the end of it all, everybody seems to feel really happy. And I think that’s what makes it all worth it. The sheer joy that seems to coat the world, even just for a day.

Now, I know some of you will be reading this thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s so weird! It’s way too early to be celebrating!’. I promise you, I’m not celebrating just yet, merely looking forward to celebrating. Yes, I’m listening to the music, and being happy about the shop decorations. But I’m not actively seeking Christmas spirit, just letting it come to me.

What are your thoughts on celebrating? Am I way too early to be happy about it? Let me know by commenting down below or tweeting us. Also, I’d love to know anybody’s tips or tricks to get around writers block, as I’m having a right old struggle with it at the moment!

’till next time

Erin xx

The October Bucket List

 

 

  • Make a leaf pile, jump in it.
  • Be a common white girl and have a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  • Have a movie marathon with friends involving lots of blankets, cushions, popcorn and warm beverages.
  • Wear lots of oversized jumpers. And beanie hats.
  • Read a book.
  • Carve pumpkins and attempt to do so artistically.
  • Decorate your house for autumn because we all know how badly you want a pinterest worthy house.
  • Take loads of pictures of everything Autumnal.
  • Make an October playlist.
  • Toast Marshmallows over a fire.
  • Cuddle with an animal or human of your choice because hugs are amazing.
  • Watch Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare before Christmas at least 7 times each. Why 7 you ask? If you’re Potter fan you’ll understand.
  • Speaking of Harry Potter, October is the perfect time to have a Potter Marathon with all your nerdy friends.
  • Find or make a kickass Halloween costume.
  • Have a Halloween Party.
  • Eat way too many sweets and more chocolate than you’ve ever consumed before!

 

That’s my October Bucket List, let me know  some of your ideas in the comments below.

Love Jodie x

The Harry Potter Picnic Extravaganza

In case you hadn’t already guessed by this obviously Potter inspired blog that you are currently reading…

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! I love all things Harry Potter and so do the majority of my friends. So I thought, seeing as the weather had been absolutely amazing, why not have a Potter inspired event. My friend Isobel and I had been contemplating this for years and a couple of weeks ago, we put our plan into action.

First of all, we sent out these invitations via ‘Virtual Owl Post’:

Dear  [Person],
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Hogwarts Picnic Extravaganza.
The Extravaganza will be held on Saturday 11th June 2016 (in 3 days time) beginning at 1pm.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a grand feast of Hogwarts finest house elf made food and enjoy an afternoon of fun with friends.
If you accept this invitation then you are to report to Platform 9 3/4 at 1pm
(Muggle Address: [My Address] )
Yours Sincerely
Jodie [Surname] and Isobel [Surname]
Chief Assistants to Minerva McGonagall
We then realised that inviting people meant that there was an actual commitment to the cause… so we had to start planning the picnic itself.

Let me tell you, finding Harry Potter themed food is not easy!

However, somehow we managed it! (Yes I am as proud as I sound).

Our Menu consisted of; Pumpkin Pasties, Hagrid’s Rock Cakes, various crisps, sweets (including Sherbet lemons and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans), cupcakes (courtesy of our friend Ella), (brownies courtesy of our friend Jade), and of course Butterbeer!

As well as all the copious amounts of food, I also decorated my house with various different handwritten signs, Potter merchandise and of course fairy lights because nothing is complete without fairy lights.

Here are some photos of the decorations and food, in case you’re curious.

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After deciding all of these things I realised… I am not the most entertaining of people. So I had to think of something for us all to do.

I decided, what better way to entertain my Potter-obsessed friends than to allow them to show off the extensive, and admittedly rather excessive, knowledge of the Wizarding World. I made sure that, before arriving, everyone had taken the Pottermore test. This was because we decided to have an inter-house trivia challenge.

So, with, 3 Gryffindors, 2 Hufflepuffs, 2 Slytherins and 1 Ravenclaw, we proceeded. It was an intense and brutal battle, I’ll be honest friendships were tested throughout this gruelling contest. But after literally 2 hours of quiz questions, the result was as follows:

1st Place: Hufflepuff

2nd Place: Ravenclaw

3rd Place: Gryffindor

4th Place: Slytherin

 

As you can see, our Hufflepuffs were extremely proud of the result.

Proud, Victorious, Hufflepuffs
Proud, Victorious, Hufflepuffs.

So after an afternoon  of stuffing our faces and nearly ruining friendships over quiz questions, I can honestly say it was one of the most brilliant times I have ever had. I had been so so nervous about hosting this get-together but I am extremely glad that I did. Although, there is absolutely no way I would have done it without all the help from my friends, particularly Isobel’s contribution of food and Butterbeer making skills which were extremely helpful. Also, Ella brought her Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, without which we would not have been able to engage in an epic battle of knowledge.

Thank you for reading, comment below what house you’re in and whether you would consider doing something like this. Even if it wouldn’t necessarily be Harry Potter themed, I’d still love to here it!

 

Love Jodie x

I’ve been a busy bee.

Hello there!

It’s Erin.

I haven’t updated in a while, sorry about that. At first, I didn’t know what to write after the events of last weekend, which then turned into a bit of writers block. I was really upset, but didn’t know how to get my point across. But by the time I’d gotten brave enough to maybe write something, it was too long after to actually post. Thus begun the endless cycle of ‘I don’t know what to write’. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been working and mocks week is coming up. But what can you do? I thought maybe I’d just tell you what I’ve been up to, because I think it might help. I’ve been working a lot on the weekends, so I thought I’d tell you about my job.

I’m a princess.

No, sadly, I’m not the heir to a real throne, (wouldn’t that be great, though?) I’m a children’s entertainer. I dress as a character, chosen by the host and I show up at Birthday parties and events, and I also work with another company to do home visits, which I think are my personal favourite. It’s nice to actually individually meet the children, rather than see a mass of eyes looking up at you. I stay in character the whole time, and talk to the kids, sing, and take photos. Work has been crazy at the moment. There’s always events around June – July and also November – December. You get the summer rush and then the Christmas rush. between these months, you get the occasional booking, but I’m busy every weekend for the next few weeks, bar next weekend. I adore my job, I get to act, and sing, it’s everything I wanted. My favourite part is the kids though. The majority of them believe in it so wholeheartedly and it’s so sweet. I always try to keep the magic intact, by staying in character, and you can tell how excited they are. I often end up with a second shadow, and sometimes a third and fourth. It’s really interesting the range of personalities you meet, as well. There’s the kids who will throw themselves at you, dancing and jumping. But there’s also the ones that watch you from afar, until they pluck up the courage to come and chat, or I go over to them. It’s so adorable the way their faces just light up. I also really like that it’s my own business. I can upgrade costumes and wigs and makeup. I can choose what character I’d like to add next. I’m thinking a certain space princess or maybe a Kryptonian.  And it’s a really good conversation starter. Which is a massive help when you are extremely socially awkward like myself. So anyway, now you know why I’ve been away so much. But I love it.

Again, I’m so sorry about not updating more here and on the twitter (@geeksandhugs. Shameless plug). But hopefully that will improve in a few weeks time. Do you guys have a weekend job? Or a full-time job? If so, do you like it, and if not, what would be your dream job? Please tell me in the comments down below. Personally, I’d really like to be an actress. As always, I love chatting to you in the comments, please feel free to ramble at me on twitter as well.

Till next time!

Erin xxx

Tink
This is my foot and the skirt of my Tink costume. It’s very sparkly. 

 

Having Fun For Free

Being a teen on a budget I find that having a good time with my friends that doesn’t leave us with empty pockets is incredibly difficult!

So we have found that one of the best ways to have fun without paying a single penny is to have a mock photo shoot ourselves.

This is brilliant in the summer because it means that you get to go outside and enjoy the weather as well as capture great memories. So if you’re stuck for things to do this summer then get outside with a group of friends and take pictures!

You don’t even need a proper camera, a phone will do and there are hundreds of app to help you edit and take photos.

Here are some of my favourite pictures of me and my friends. Although they are mostly of me because I didn’t want to put them on here without the permission of my friends.


Thanks for reading!!!

Comment any ideas you have for having fun on a budget, I’m sure everyone would love to hear about them.

Love Jodie X