You may or may not already have heard this but May is Mental Health Awareness Month
haha how many times did I just say May
anywaysss mental health is always SUPER important but even more during this pandemic so in this post I want to put a bunch of positive reminders and related stuff because I am obviously not a professional on the topic but other people are ☺️
mental health is one of the most stigmatized health issues but it really should not be because it can affect anybody at anytime
just remember that NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS it is okay and a great idea to get help if you really need it
that is all for this post but I just want to remind everyone that YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WANTED
This is going to be a very chill and random post because I don’t have any other ideas and because I think everyone needs a cute catching up post every once in a while.
First of all (as you probably already know) I hit 200 followers which I once again want to say a big thank you to you guys for because it is just so awesome.
Things are pretty much the same lately (where I am) and the weather is getting SO HOT again which sucks but what can you do. There’s a lot of ice cream and it’s mango season so I’ll be okay until at least June or July. As if the heat wasn’t enough, we’ve been having sand storms for the past 2 days so that means leaves and sand everywhere ugh.
It is Ramadan right now though so school is shorter and I am so grateful for that because I get to sleep more 😭 I don’t know how I’m gonna handle it when the hours return to normal though because each lesson is going to feel like two hours each lol.
What about you guys, how have you been lately? What are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments! And now here’s the photo dump:
Not a ton of pics but I still love them. Thanks for reading if you made it this far and answer my questions from before or comment about literally anything, I love to chat.
Love, Hreem xx
(p.s. it would mean the world if you checked out my covers 💞💞)
THANK YOU TO ALL THE LOVELY PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT MY BLOG I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH
12-year-old me who started this blog never expected to even reach 100 followers and here we are now with double of that 😭😭
My blog is a place where I write about random things that I find interesting or that I want to share with others and the fact that there is even a few people who want to hear what I have to say makes me so happy I LOVE YOU GUYS.
In celebration of 200 followers I want to do a Q&A (how original, am I right?) because that’s kind of a tradition for bloggers. Sooo please comment some questions for me to answer in the post!
**This may be the longest post I’ve ever done but it was so much fun to write and I’d greatly appreciate if you stuck around until the end. Love you!**
I hope you are doing amazing and having a great morning/ afternoon/ evening wherever you are 💕
On April 9th, Taylor (I’ve mentioned her enough times on my blog to not have to add Swift yeah thanks) released her rerecorded version of ‘Fearless’, her second album which she released back in 2008. Fearless is the super cool album with Love Story and You Belong With Me and a bunch of other great songs. The album also won 4 Grammys including Album of the Year and made her the youngest person in history to win that (now it’s Billie Eilish).
Soooo you may be wondering why exactly she rerecorded the album around 13 years later. Long story short, Scooter Braun (who had bullied Taylor for years) bought her old record label and therefore owned all six of her original albums at the time. That meant he had control over her music and where it was used and anytime people streamed her songs he would earn money from it, even though he had nothing to do with the actual making of the album. Along with that, he wouldn’t let her buy her music back. So now she’s rerecording albums one through six in attempt to own her music (woohoo).
Now let’s get to the fun part- the actual album.
Fearless is an album I used to listen to a lot back when I first got an iPod so I was definitely very excited to find out it would be released first. There are definitely a couple of changes in the songs but nothing major as she tried to keep the songs as similar to the originals so that people wouldn’t go and listen to the old ones. The first major difference is that her voice has obviously matured a lot and gotten much stronger and her technique has also changed and improved. Plus she pronounces a few words slightly different which sounds dumb but is very important to me. (e.g. the way she says ‘window’ in The Other Side of the Door’).
Sadly I am physically and mentally incapable of ranking the songs on this album like I usually do when talking about albums. I actually tried and it’s impossible sooo I’ll just give little descriptions for the songs instead. Enjoyyy
Fearless is maybe the most country sounding song on the album along with ‘Tell Me Why’ and it’s one of my top songs on the album because the whole mood of the song is just like being a happy teenager minus school and annoying other stuff. Also I love the the concept and imagery in the chorus.
“I don’t know why but with you I’d dance in a storm in my best dress, Fearless.”
I’M FIFTEEN. That was the only explanation I really need to give but yeah. I used to look forward to turning Fifteen just so I could sing this song with more emotion but so far I relate to nothing from the song which is kinda sad. The song is basically that when you’re Fifteen you’re super naive and you don’t really know who you are yet. Okay so then I guess I relate to one thing…
“I’ve found time can heal most anything And you just might find who you’re supposed to be I didn’t know who I was supposed to be At fifteen”
Umm do I even need to say anything? Love Story is one of the most iconic songs for 2000’s kids and the key change after the chorus is just everything.
“You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess. It’s a love story, baby just say ‘yes’.”
If you exclude the singles (You Belong With Me, Love Story, Fifteen, Change, White Horse) Hey Stephen is probably definitely my favourite song off of Fearless. It’s just so cute and fun and happy and the little laugh after “..but would they write a song for you?” is the cherry on the cake. Also the Stephen that this song is about had actually also written a song about her which is SO CUTE that they both did that.
“Hey Stephen I could give you fifty reasons why I should be the one you choose. All those other girls, well they’re beautiful, but would they write a song for you..? *giggle*”
Fun fact for anyone who didn’t know, this song was about the same dude that Love Story was about. So yeah, the story clearly didn’t end well but at least she got two (amazing) songs out of it. White Horse is a song my mom really loves so it has sentimental value *wipes tear*. omg and when she sings “I’m going to find someone someday who might actually treat me well” knowing she has finally found someone who treats her well 😭
“I was a dreamer before you went and let me down. Now it’s too late for you and your white horse to come around.”
You Belong With Me
The verses, the choruses, the bridge, every part of this song is so goooooood. You’d be lying if you said you don’t like this song or know the lyrics to it. You just are. Also in the rerecorded version she finally changed the lyric from “I’m in the room” to “I’m in my room” which is great because ‘the room’ never made any sense to me.
“I know your favorite songs and you tell me ’bout your dreams. Think I know where you belong, think I know it’s with me…”
Beautiful. Sad. Amazing. Simple but underrated bridge. This song is about losing a friend rather than a breakup and for some reason the song has stuck with me since I first heard it way back when. I love ittt 💛
“It’s two am, feeling like I just lost a friend. Hope you know it’s not easy, easy for me.”
Tell Me Why
I have to admit, I don’t listen to this song much but I don’t think it’s bad, there are some lyrics in there that are pretty cool. Also this feels like a baby version of ‘Mean’ that she put out on the next album. Sometimes I just listen to it to laugh at this very well written lyric because it’s such a mood(artist of the decade, everyone) ↓
“You could write a book on how to ruin someone’s perfect day.”
You’re Not Sorry
I always love when she does kind of sad slow songs with a piano instead of guitar which is her usual thing so You’re Not Sorry really stands out to me on this album. The piano also gives her voice more of the spotlight so you can really hear the emotion.
“You had me crawling for you honey and it never would’ve gone away, no. You used to shine so bright but I watched all of it fade.”
The Way I Loved You
Love love love this song so much because it’s just three emotions in one. The verses are so sweet then the chorus is exciting and then the bridge is kinda angsty lol. Plus the way she says ‘frustrating’ in the chorus is even better in the rerecorded version so I appreciate that a lot.
“Breaking down and coming undone it’s a roller coaster kinda rush and I never knew I could feel that much. And that’s the way I loved you.”
Forever & Always
Can I say this song is literally country girl teen angst? I think I can. You’ll agree with me even more if you see a video of the live performance where she’s like flipping sofas and all that. I mean, who doesn’t love a dramatic moment.
“Oh, and it rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong. It rains when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone. ‘Cause I was there when you said forever and always.”
The Best Day
A very cute song about her relationship with her mom with little shoutouts to her dad and brother which is ☺️. The lyric video thouuugghhh 💞💞
“I know you were on my side even when I was wrong and I love you for giving me your eyes, staying back and watching me shine.”
Omg a few months ago I found my old iPod and this song was on it for some reason? Like I don’t even remember knowing it existed at that time, I only started listening to it like a few years ago. So yeah that was an interesting revelation for me. Love the song, kind of empowering.
“Because these things will change, can you feel it now? These walls that they put up to hold us back will fall down.”
Jump Then Fall
This song is very cute and reminds me more of debut album Taylor so I don’t think it fits much on the album. But I still do love it.
“Whoa, oh, I’m feeling you, baby. Don’t be afraid to jump then fall, jump then fall into me.”
UNTOUCHABLE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. The song is so sad and sweet and romantic at the same time and I love the way her voice sounds in it and the main instrument is the guitar and it’s just so ✨✨✨ahfjdhefuhu ✨✨✨ I found out last year that this song is actually a cover and the original song is a rock song by Luna Halo. Yep, a rock song. Taylor’s version gives the lyrics their well deserved time to shine which they don’t really get in the original. (go compare the two, it’s so strange).
“In the middle of the night, when I’m in this dream. It’s like a million little stars spelling out your name. You gotta, come on, come on, say that we’ll be together. Come on, come on, little taste of heaven.”
Come in With The Rain
This song feels super nostalgic to me even though it’s not a song I used to listen to that much. It’s just got this kinda memory-like feeling to it which is interesting to me. Not one of my favourite songs but still a nice one.
“I’ll leave my window open, ’cause I’m too tired tonight to call your name. Just know I’m right here hoping, that you’ll come in with the rain”
Hmmm I… don’t really love this song. Maybe the only skip because it doesn’t really stand out to me.
“So dim that spotlight, tell me things like “I can’t take my eyes off of you””
The Other Side of the Door
YESS I LOVE THIS SONG!! This one comes right after Hey Stephen for me because… I’m obsessed??? Some more drama queen vibes which I love because it’s something we all need but don’t know we need. I could play the bridge and outro of this song on repeat for days and I’m not lying.
“With your face and the beautiful eyes And the conversation with the little white lies And the faded picture of a beautiful night You carried me from your car up the stairs And I broke down crying, was she worth this mess? After everything and that little black dress After everything I must confess, I need you“
(lol yes I posted the whole outro to bless your lives a bit. also I love that she mentioned two One Direction songs before they even existed: ‘Little White Lies’ and ‘Little Black Dress’.)
Today Was a Fairytale
I like this song a lot… but it doesn’t really stand out either. Still love it a lot more than Superstar at least.
“Can you feel this magic in the air? It must’ve been the way you kissed me. Fell in love when I saw you standing there.”
You All Over Me (feat. Maren Morris)
Onto the vault songs yay! (the songs that weren’t on the original album but she wanted them to be). This song is super well written and it’s kind of like the opposite of her song ‘Clean’ which is very interesting.
“No amount of freedom gets you clean, I’ve still got you all over me”
Mr. Perfectly Fine
Apparently every song she writes about Joe Jonas is just really really good? (e.g. Forever & Always, Last Kiss) and especially this one which definitely has some kind of black magic because it’s super addictive. Oh also this is Country Girl Teen Angst™ Part 2 .
“Hello, Mr. “Perfectly fine” How’s your heart after breakin’ mine? Mr. “Always at the right place at the right time,” baby Hello, Mr. “Casually cruel” Mr. “Everything revolves around you””
We Were Happy (feat. Keith Urban)
At first this song was just good but the after listening to it a few times I realised that this is kind of about her realising that she isn’t in love with the person and the guilt she feels because of that. So now I look at the song differently and I love it a lot more.
“When it was good, baby, it was good, baby. We showed ’em all up, no one could touch the way we laughed in the dark. Talking ’bout your daddy’s farm and you were gonna marry me and we were happy.”
I prefer the verses of this song to the choruses which is super strange, but it’s mainly because I like how their voices sound in the verses. It’s a cool duet and…yeah! That’s all lol.
“And I knew my words were hard to hear, and harder to ever take back.”
Don’t You is so beautiful 😭 I love the melody of it so much and it’s so emotional and sad and all that not-so-fun jazz. Maybe my favourite vault song? Tied with Mr. Perfectly Fine I’d say.
“Hey, I knew I’d run into you somewhere. It’s been a while, I didn’t mean to stare. I heard she’s nothin’ like me, I’m sure she’ll make you happy.”
Bye Bye Baby
Definitely another very country song and maybe my least favourite vault song, sorry to this song. I don’t hate it I just don’t love it.
“There’s so much that I can’t touch, you’re all I want but it’s not enough this time.”
If you made it to the end of this post I just want to give you a big hug and a congratulations. *virtual hug 🤗💐*.
Let me know in the comments what you thought of the album if you’ve heard it or if you liked my post! I’d love to see if you agree or disagree with any of my opinions.
I think I say something like “ohmygod is it already (insert month name)?!?! That was so fast!!! But it’s okay because I genuinely do feel that way every month. Happy one year of online school to me (and everyone else who is still online).
I was nominated for two awards which is super cool so yeah I’m just gonna get into that now…
Outstanding Original Blogger Award
Thanks so much Poorwa for nominating me for this!! And everyone go check out her blog because she has awesome posts.
Thank you so much Maya for nominating me for this award! Go check out her blog too, she posts a lot about traveling! And along with that, thank you to Vincent for creating this award for bloggers to be recognised!
Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
Post the rules.
Make a post of the Award(with a photo of the Logo)
Ask 5-10 Questions of your choice.
Nominate 10-20 other bloggers( or more) and notify them.
Thank the originator of the Award who has given us a platform whereby bloggers can be discovered and recognized for the work they do.
If you had to live in one place in the world, where would it be?
I think I’d love to live in London or New York. Well not London specifically, just anywhere in England because… Idk I just love it.
What do you do when you’re not blogging?
I play music, listen to music, watch YouTube anddd read! Also a bunch of other stuff but I’m keeping it short.
What is your favourite song?
Right now I have two favourite songs and I’m not planning to narrow it down to one so they are Mr. Perfectly Fine by Taylor Swift and Always You by Louis Tomlinson (check them out, they’re really good songs).
If you had a chance to go to Dubai, where would you go first?
I live in Dubai so I’d go homeeee wooohooo.
What is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever eaten?
LOL NOTHING. WHY WOULD I EAT SOMETHING GROSS.
If you could meet a celebrity, who would you meet?
I’d love to meet (if you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, I’d like you to take a guess. Wild guess guys, I know you can do it)… Taylor Swift 😇 I KNOW. I WISH I COULD THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE BUT I’D JUST REALLY LOVE TO TALK TO HER. actually I don’t wish I could think of someone else, I take that back.
If you could swap lifestyles with one person, who would it be?
I- Um. I’m sure I can’t say Taylor again sooo maybe Jade from Little Mix? It’d be cool to see what it’s like being in a girl group.
Why did you decide to create a blog?
There were actually two reasons. The first is because I’ve always liked writing so my mom suggested it since I can just write anything here (😋) and the second reason is because I wanted to be like Penny from ‘Girl Online’ lol. Anywaysss, I’m way past that now and I just love my blog and all the people who visit.
my assessments are done so I can finally write this post 😭☺️
anywayss. The Grammys were one week ago and they were definitely quite interesting. I mean we are in the middle of a pandemic so they did the best they could lol. Last year I woke up extra early and then ended up missing all the important categories and performances because I had school and this year my tv decided not to stream the Grammys at all so I really couldn’t win.
and here are my opinions on some of the winners and outfits and stuff just because (I’m only going to talk about the artists and categories I’m interested in, definitely not everybody cause that would make an extremely long post)
**** Before I talk about the winners and random stuff I first wanna say that I’m aware that the Grammys are very often swayed by race and gender so they are often inaccurate (I mean The Weekend didn’t even get one single nomination this year which is proof enough) so I mainly just pay attention to the awards for fun and I don’t think they are completely amazing and spectacular at all.****
okay RECORD OF THE YEAR was ‘everything i wanted’ by Billie Eilish which I think was a great song. Should somebody else have gotten the award? Maybe, because it definitely wasn’t the biggest song of the year. But do I still think she deserves it? yes. It was still a very great song. and she won record of the year two years in a row yayyyy!!
then the winner for SONG OF THE YEAR (which basically is for best songwriting) was ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by H.E.R. and yeah I think that song deserved to win too. I actually hadn’t heard it before but now that I’ve listened to it I agree.
the BEST NEW ARTIST was Megan Thee Stallion and I don’t listen to her music that much (or at all really) but obviously I’ve heard a bit of it every now and then. tbh I think every artist in that category was great but I was so sure she’d win, glad I predicted it right lol.
annndd the ALBUM OF THE YEAR was ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swiffftttttt. woohooo. you may not be able to tell but I am very happy about that. folklore is such a well-written and well-produced album and it broke so many records and is all in all just amazing. the lyrics 😭😭😭
‘Future Nostalgia’ by Dua Lipa won BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM which I find so odd because folklore was also nominated in that category?? and if you win album of the year you most likely would have also won pop vocal album??? anyways, I’m not complaining because I think Future Nostalgia was also one of the best albums of 2020 and the way she made kind of modern disco pop music is awesome. Not gonna lie I think Fine Line deserved to win but it is what it is.
and finally the BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE was ‘Watermelon Sugar’ by Harry Styles. Super awesome for him because that’s his first Grammy and that’s a big moment. Also I think the production of WS was actually really great. The song itself now gets on my nerves because it was so overplayed but it still is a catchy song so it’s all good. I thought Doja Cat would win this and I’m so surprised she didn’t win anything since this was such a big year for her.
Let me also talk about the fact that all four of the major award categories (the first four ones I talked about) were won by women 💖✨💐🌷💕🌸 And Beyoncé is now tied for the most Grammy wins (28, are you kidding me) and is the most awarded woman. Oh and that Taylor Swift won album of the for the third time in 3 different genres. Women’s history month am I right? yes.
Honestly some of the outfits this year were a teensy bit disappointing but I’ll let it slide cause like covid you know? So here are the top 3 looks in my opinion.
Sureeee Dua’s red carpet dress was beautiful but I honestly loved this a lot for some reason so I’m keeping it.
The dress is so cute and spring-y and also I’m just totally in love with the shoes they’re so cute omg.
The design! The colour! Idk how she walked around with that huge dress but I mean I definitely applaud her for it.
Just realised all three of the looks I mentioned are pink, oops.
Anywaysss, congrats to anyone who read til the end of this post. It is so random and I don’t even know where I was trying to go with it but it was fun to write so that’s a success to me. Talk to me in the comments!!! Let me know if you agree or disagree with anything I’ve said hehe.
Love, Hreem xx
(p.s. it would mean the world if you checked out my covers <3)
Happy international women’s day to all my lovely blog readers!!
sending so much love and respect to all the very amazing women out there and to YOU too if you are one. to all the women on the frontlines during the pandemic: thank you so much.
it’s a good day to celebrate all the strong women you know and all the female accomplishments that deserve a round of applause. so here are some great women throughout history!
(all women are queens but I can’t list them all here you know 🙄😔)
Marie Curie: Discoveries about radioactivity which were really helpful in developing X-rays that are in every hospital today
Maria Beasley: Invented foldable and fireproof life rafts which were used on the Titanic and saved over 700 lives
Mary A. Delaney: Invented retractable dog leashes (definitely need to thank her for that lols)
Queen Elizabeth II: The world’s longest running monarch
Malala Yousafzai: Youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize (when she was 14!!) activist for female education
Joan of Arc: Led the French army and won
Sarojini Naidu: A freedom fighter and poet who helped found the Women’s India Association
Amelia Earheart: First female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean
Amrita Priam: A feminist and inclusive writer and poet
Hedy Lamarr: Co-invented a radio signaling device which was important in developing our wireless communication today
Althea Gibson: First African-American woman to play at Wimbledon
Meryl Streep: Most Oscar nominations
Kamala Harris: First female vice-president (who also happens to be African-American and South Asian)
So yeah…there they are.
There are so many more women in every field these days and so many who are now realising that they are actual prettu powerful and independent and amazing on their own which is amazing. Keep fighting gender roles and stereotypes and ignoring some unnecessary opinions and saying what you feel and empowering other women. WOooo. 🎉 🎊
AND A HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ALL THE AWESOME AND INSPIRING WOMEN IN MY LIFE LIKE MY GRANDMAS AND AUNTS AND COUSINS AND BEST FRIENDS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY MY AMAZING MOMMMMMMM 💖☺️🌷👑✨💐
let me know what women in your life inspire you!! it can even be celebrities!! literally anyone lolll!!!!!