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Threads: Ellie Goulding

“I like the idea of one day there being peacefulness and happiness.” – Ellie Goulding

Elena Jane Goulding:

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This UK born star a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She can play the guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bass, drums, and clarinet. Growing up in Lyonshall, Goulding began her music career at the age of nine with the clarinet. After her instrumental talents grew into the guitar, she was a lead in The Wizard of Oz for school and started writing songs at fifteen. College brought her singing capacity to the table and added to her musical abilities. She attended the University of Kent and was noticed by Jamie Lillywhite of Turn First Artists. Goulding then started working with Lillywhite and musician Starsmith. Some of her early UK releases are “Wish I Stayed,” “Under the Sheets,” and “Guns and Horses.” Goulding won the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, showing her as a rising star. The Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards was also given to her. Lights, her first album, was released in 2010. It hit number one for the UK Albums Chart. Her second, Run Into the Light, released the same year,was a remix of songs from her first album and was supported by Nike. Goulding re-released Lights, now titled Bright Lights. During Christmastime, her 2010 cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” became Goulding’s second highest-charting single. She performed at the Glastonbury Festival and the iTunes Festival in 2010 as well. In 2011, she was on the list of Rolling Stone annual hot list as number five. She played at Coachella in 2011. She performed her single “Starry Eyed” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2011 and then was Saturday Night Live’s 700th episode. At the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Goulding performed “Your Song” for the couple’s first dance along with a number of other singles. In 2011 she collaborated with Skrillex. 2011 brought a number of musical performances for Goulding including the 2011 Wakestock Festival in Wales, at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert. She sang at the White House for the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2011 as well. Her second album, Halcyon, was released in 2012 and including her hit with Calvin Harris, “I Need Your Love,” and other hits like “Anything Could Happen” and “Figure 8.” She was on the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 soundtrack in 2012 and toured with Bruno Mars in 2013. Other hits from that year include “You My Everything” and a cover of “Tessellate.” Goulding re-released Halcyon, as Halcyon Days, in 2013. This including her hit “Burn” which became her first single to top the UK’s Official Single Charts. The film About Time included her song “How Long Will I Love You?” and it became BBC’s Children in Need single. She was on the soundtrack for “Mirror” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Goulding starred in the film Tom & Issy. She also performed on the final of The X Factor. In 2014, she released the music video for her hit “Goodness Gracious,” and her song “Beating Heart” was featured in the movie soundtrack for Divergent. She was a winner at the Brit Awards 2014 for Best British Female Solo Artist. Goulding has said she is influenced by Imogen Heap and Joni Mitchell. She loves running and ran in the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She is close friends with singers Lorde and Katy Perry. Goulding says of her fashion style, “My fashion inspiration is everything from Patti Smith to Gwen Stefani, even Courtney Love.” She is currently in a relationship with McFly member Dougie Poynter (until she meets me, of course, since we will be getting married…) Ellie Goulding is one of the most amazing people to join the musical world and I cannot wait for what she brings next.

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Personal:

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1. Her style is so simple but still extremely chic.
2. She is beyond humble, even with her tremendous success.
3. She has the best outlook and attitude towards life.
4. She isn’t as big of a name as she deserves to be…yet!
5. She doesn’t have to try to be different; she’s her own person.
6. She is one of the few famous singers who actually has talent and can sing for real.
7. She needs to collaborate with Lily Allen.
8. The rumors about her are ridiculous.
9. She is friendly and a great person who connects to her fans and cares about them.
10. She needs to get more into acting.

Sunshine Award

Thank you:

What an exciting nomination! As you hopefully already know, I’m Cameron and I’m honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Award. Thank you goes to Angela for my nomination. Her blog, Secondhand Honeymoon, is really awesome. It’s really great to find someone else who is interested in fashion and style, such as myself, and Angela is the perfect thrift-shopping girl. Her outfits are chic and classy, with a refreshing vintage twist. Some of my favorite outfits can be found here, here, and here. Go check out Angela’s site!

Now for the Sunshine Award rules:

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The award logo (pictured above) should be displayed on your blog
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you (thanks again, Angela!) and link their site
Express seven random and unique facts about yourselfNominate other bloggers you admire (up to 15) and share 7this award
Tell chosen bloggers about their nomination from you

Seven Facts about Myself:

1. I’m addicted to iTunes and love searching for new music.
2. I have a great relationship with…my phone. (Yes, I know, don’t judge me)
3. I love movies, especially horror ones.
4. I like the combination of black and white, which is often shown on my site.
5. I absolutely love Ellie Goulding, especially since she is my future wife…
6. To put it bluntly, I think Coco Chanel is a total badass.
7. I’m obsessed with Norway. I think they’re always such happy people and I can’t wait to travel there.

Nominees:

The following blogs are some of my favorite, and they are in no certain order— Alligator Toe, Keep Calm and Remember, Closet Bouquets, Thoughts from Jessica, Stray Cat, Justa Local Store, Spruce and Sage, and Absolutely Feminine!

Personal: Top 5 Future Visits

5. Barcelona, Spain:

Barcelona is one of the world’s major global cities. in 2009, the city was ranked as Europe’s fourth best city for business and also the third most successful city. In 1999, the city won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture. Many of the buildings in Barcelona are World Heritage Sites. Many parks, beaches, and museums have been featured from the city. It is the tenth most visited city in the world. In 2012, according to the Global Language Monitor, Barcelona was named the third most important fashion capital. Sports and transportation are important for the city. Celebrity named like Jose Lopez come from here. With the style and fashion constantly growing and changing. Barcelona is a place to pay attention to.

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4. Amsterdam, Netherlands:

This Dutch city is considered the commercial city as well as the cultural capital of the Netherlands. It is also one of the top financial centers in Europe. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in the world. Remarkable features like the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are home in this grand city. It is one of the best cities in Europe to locate an international business. Also one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam’s red-light district and coffee shops are famous around the globe. Modeling agencies and fashion brands rise from this city. Performing arts, music, and festivals are celebrated here. Amsterdam has been featured in many pop culture trends, like on the television show America’s Next Top Model (cycle 11) and in John Green’s hit book, The Fault in Our Stars. Amsterdam is a beautiful city meant to be visited.

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3. Paris, France:

Said to be the “City of Love” as well as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris looks to be an amazing city. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the Paris metropolitan area, Paris is the fifth largest city in the European Union. It is the third most popular tourist destination, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. A number of wonderful designers featured on this blog, such as Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain, and Hubert de Givenchy, have a connection to this great city. Clearly, style runs deep within the streets of Paris; from everyday urban wear to high-end fashion boutiques and top designers. Paris Fashion Week is also incredibly popular, along with the International Fashion Academy Paris. The city has been called  the “international capital of style.” Paris has also been referred to as the “City of Art.” Major artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh are associated with the city. Theatre, museums, the Tour de France, music, and literature are among the awe-inspiring attractions to experience in Paris, France. From business and culture to fashion and the arts, this spectacular city earns a rightful spot on my list of places to see.
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2. London, England:

Magnificent, fantastic, and dazzling, the city of London is one of my favorite places. This UK world cultural capital is the world’s most visited city and has the largest city airport system. The city excels in fashion, art, entertainment, healthcare, and tourism. Over 300 languages are spoken within London. From 1831 to 1925, it held the largest population count. The oldest underground railway network in the world is in London: the London Underground. Countless of breath-taking places are home in London, including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower Bridge. The amazing Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been a focus on this site. The label of Cockney has been acquired by London. Places held in the entertainment district, including the Royal Opera House, are traveled to vigorously. London is home to notable people, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Jimmy Choo. A number of literary people and elements, like Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, Sherlock Holmes stories, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and William Shakespeare. Many film settings have been in London, such as Sweeney Todd, Peter Pan, and Mary Poppins. A wide amount of actors call London their home, including Charlie Chaplin, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley. BBC Television is a well-known London television production. The remarkable place of London, England, is most definitely on my list of where to visit.

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1. Oslo, Norway:

My personal favorite future place to visit is the stunning city of Oslo, Norway. History of the city can be traced back over one thousand years. It is the most populous city of the country. Being the governmental and economic center of Norway, Oslo makes banking, industry, shipping and trade principal factors of the city. Oslo is also a paramount city of the Council of Europe. ECA International ranked it as the second most expensive city in 2011, then Oslo tied as the fourth most expensive in 2013, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. fDi Magazine also ranked Oslo as number one for quality of life among European cities in 2012. It is the fasting growing major city in Europe. It is known for cultural attractions, several world-famous writers, festivals, buildings, parks, sea-sites, and museums. The Munch Museum contains Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Every year, Oslo gives out a Nobel Peace Prize. It is also home to the Viking Ship Museum. The National Theatre is the largest in Norway. Olso is supposed to be one of the safest cities in Europe. It has the most extensive public transport system in Norway. A tradition of Oslo is sending Christmas trees every year to cities like Washington D.C., New York, and London.  Attractions to see include the Royal Palace, the University of Oslo, the Oslo Cathedral, the National Gallery, and Stortinget, also known as Parliament. Different shopping centers consist of Akersgata, House of Oslo, and Oslo City. Beer is not sold on Sundays and it is illegal to drink in public areas. Oslo restaurants, pubs and bars are smoke-free. Tap water is said to be the cleanest in the world. Oslo is more of a liberal city. This brilliant and extraordinary city is number one on my list of future visits.

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The Extra Mile- Xilitla, Mexico:

Although it is not on my top five list, I definitely would not pass up the opportunity to go to this beautiful place. It in a town in a city called San Luis Potosi. The landscape of the area has helped to keep it from industrialization. Most of the people living in the town are from rural villages. Most of the people speak Spanish along with Huastec. Much missionary activity takes place here and the main crops are coffee and citrus. The area is made up of many caves, rocks, cliffs, caverns, and natural springs. It is one of the most humid areas in Mexico. Las Pozas, also known as “The Pools,” is a garden in a rainforest near Xilitla. It contains natural waterfalls and pools. Creator of the area, English artist Edward James, wanted it to be like the “Garden of Eden.” This absolutely stunning place was brought to my attention from Nicole Scherzinger’s music video for “Try With Me.”

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“Eau de Chanel”

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Coco Chanel:
Founded in the early 1900s, a young orphan girl who was abandoned by her father set out to make a different in a world dominated by the male gender. With woman being dressed in tight corsets, long peasant dresses, and big hats. Gabrielle Bonhuer Chanel wanted to be remembered in an era where only few woman had made a difference. She decided to open a small shop in 1921 in a little French district, usually only getting business from working girls. She never gave up and with the help of her then husband, she traveled the neighboring countries setting out to find the new age of clothing. And thus began Chanel…

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Bleu de Chanel:

“Eau de Chanel” is a French term commonly used by the legendary french couturière herself Coco Chanel describing her perfume
No.5. Since the Early 1920s, No.5 has been taking the world by storm and soon became the best selling top of the line perfume of the century. The newest product out of the House of Chanel is “Bleu de Chanel” a new cologne the brother to the luxurious No.5. Being only a few years old, Bleu de Chanel is already a best seller and in the top 5 for male fragrances. Like everything Chanel has put on the table, this cologne is soon to be iconic like No.5. “Chanel the Enternal.”

PERSONAL OPINION:
In my opinion anything that can last almost 100 years and still be claimed iconic is worth checking into. Chanel has immortalized herself not only in her clothing that started a new era, but her iconic No.5 perfume. Bleu de Chanel has been and will forever be my favorite cologne it is timeless and can be worn on any occasion.

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