Red (Hreem’s Version) ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

(title credits to netra i love it thanks bestie)

Hellooo everybody

(this post took forever to write so excuse the late-ness)

First of all, I just want to say happy birthday to my lovely blog/ baby Chic Life Thru My Lens!! She’s 4 years old now wow. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been blogging for much longer but oh well.

Happy Red Season! โค๏ธ

yep yep, Red (Taylor’s Version) is finally outtt and that means it’s time for another album review woohooo. I’m so excited to write this post but also the album contains 30 songs so it’s going to take… a while. For that reason, I’m going to attempt to write a little less for each song than I did in my Fearless post.

For anyone who is confused and doesn’t know anything about what’s going on, Taylor Swift first 6 albums were bought without her permission a few years ago so she is now re-recording all of those albums in an attempt to own them.

Red was originally released in 2012 when I was seven (SEVEN??) and I do have many memories of jamming out to I Knew You Were Trouble, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and 22. Ooh and also the title track of course. While I loved this album before, I never really considered it one of my favourites. HOWEVER, I am now in love with the re-recording so I’m going to have to reconsider that opinion.

Anyways, let’s start talking about the songs and my fav lyrics from them.

State of Grace

One of the most perfect album openers of all time. State of Grace is one of Taylor’s best songs without question and I think it’s time for it to be properly appreciated. The drums and electric guitar that play throughout the song always make me feel like I’m in a cool coming-of-age movie and the lyrics are so beautiful as well like how on Earth did she just write that song. My mom also loves this song as much as I do so let’s add sentimental value into the mix. The production is so much better in this version and ohmygosh the electric guitar sounds so much cleaner and sharper. I could go on about this song for days but I’ll have to end it by saying 10/10!!!

“So you were never a saint
and I’ve loved in shades of wrong
We learn to live with the pain
mosaic broken hearts”

Red

The much love title track. Her vocals in this version are a lot stronger and more well-developed which makes the song that much more powerful. Once again the electric guitar sounds so amazing – especially in the second verse, and I’m just obsessed.

“And that’s why he’s spinning ’round in my head,
comes back to me burning red”

Treacherous

I love treacheroussss! It’s an extremely pretty song and just sounds so delicate and uncertain but certain? I love how the second chorus is a bit louder to build-up to the beautiful bridge. Also, the re-recording sounds basically identical to the original so love that.

“And all we are is skin and bone
Trained to get along
Forever going with the flow
But you’re friction”

I Knew You Were Trouble

This song is very iconic and dare I say a teensy bit overplayed and therefore I’m a little tired of hearing it. But nevertheless, it sounds great.

“And I heard you moved on
From whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt
Is all I’ll ever be”

All Too Well

I love all too well but I’ll write about the 10 minute version, which is last.

22

22 is as great as ever in the verses but I’m not the biggest fan of the reverb she put in the chorus instead of like layered vocals ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Gonna blast this song on New Years tho!! (like my exams don’t start the next day yep).

“It feels like a perfect night
For breakfast at midnight
To fall in love with strangers”

I Almost Do

I Almost Do was never one of my favourites off of Red but I think it’s quite relatable? Like I feel like you can relate to it even the slightest bit even in terms of a friendship because everyone goes through something where you wanna talk to someone but deep down you’re like I probably shouldn’t but I want you to know that I want to!! If that makes no sense just pretend it does.

“I bet it never ever occurred to you
That I can’t say “Hello” to you
And risk another goodbye”

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

I used to blast this song with my friends when I was like 10 years old and it brings me the same feelings I used to get back then so it’s perfect. The phone call part still has the attitude and annoyed-ness and the song wouldn’t be complete without it.

“I’m really gonna miss you picking fights
And me falling for it, screaming that I’m right”

Stay Stay Stay

Gonna be honest and say the instrumental isn’t my favourite thing ever but it’s okay because the song is so sweet and playful. Plus if she felt happy enough to write this song then that’s a good thing.

“All those times that you didn’t leave
It’s been occurring to me
I’d like to hang out with you
For my whole life”

The Last Time (feat. Gary Lightbody)

I always love when Taylor does a duet and this song is the perfect one because of the two perspectives and it reminds me so much of Exile. The way the harmonies switch up so often makes me happy and it’s so fun to sing along to.

“You wear your best apology
But I was there to watch you leave”

Holy Ground

I feel like Red has two parts: the sad, heartbroken songs and then the ‘wow life is fun and love is awesome!’ songs. To me, Holy Ground fits slightly into both of those categories because she’s talking about how even though their relationship ended, it was still so great while it lasted. I’d like to reiterate that every song she wrote about Joe Jonas turned out to be amazing (e.g. Mr Perfectly Fine) because this song is so good and makes me want to just get up and dance + sing my heart out.

“Spinning like a girl in a brand new dress
We had this big wide city all to ourselves
We blocked the noise with the sound of, “I need you”
And for the first time, I had something to lose”

Sad Beautiful Tragic

The title actually describes this song perfectly, it’s sad, beautiful and tragic. I used to not pay much attention to it but once I was reading a book where this song matched the situation perfectly so I listened to it on repeat until the (very long) chapter was over and by the end of it I had fallen in love with the song. Most of the song is so sad and gentle kind of flows the same but then the bridge is desperate and hopeless and frustrated and gives the song exactly what it was missing.

“Kiss me, try to fix it
Could you just try to listen?
Hang up, give up
For the life of us we can’t get back”

The Lucky One

Taylor’s storytelling is impeccable so obviously this song is the same. It’s about fame and somebody who was dreaming of being famous but after that they realised it’s not what they thought it would be and they want to go back to normal but everyone tells them they’re so lucky but they just don’t believe that. I think it’s so amazing because you could in certain ways link it to your own life. Like if there’s something you always wanted and were jealous of people for having/being but once you got it you’re like oh gosh, you might relate.

“And they tell you that you’re lucky, but you’re so confused
‘Cause you don’t feel pretty, you just feel used”

(this lyric is SO GOOD??)

Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran)

omg Everything Has Changed used to be one of my favourite songs when it came out because I just really loved the music video for it and honestly I still do. This is probably the sweetest song on the album and even Ed sounds better on the rerecording so that’s a bonus.

“All I know is a new found grace
All my days, I’ll know your face”

Starlight

AND I SAID OH MYY WHAT A MARVELOUS TUNE IT WAS THE BEST NIGHT NE- anyways Starlight is amazing and I will not be accepting any other opinions. This would be such a great song to get all dressed up and dance to with your friends and I will do that someday๐Ÿ˜Œ The guitar solo as welllll, I love it.

“He said, ‘Look at you, worrying so much about things you can’t change
You’ll spend your whole life singing the blues if you keep thinking that way'”

Begin Again

The Begin Again music video was the thing that inspired me to want to go to Paris and I literally still want to go (even though it definitely won’t be the same) because it all looks so beautiful! I love how you can hear through the lyrics, music and her voice that she’s starting to believe in love again and overall the song is just so pretty.

“But you throw your head back laughing like a little kid.
I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny, ’cause he never did”

The Moment I Knew

At first I found it slightly annoying that the verses of this song don’t have a rhyming scheme but as I listened to it more I realised the lack of rhyming makes it more conversational and as if she’s talking to the person the song is meant for. Then when the chorus hits you feel all the emotion and see the picture she is painting throughout the song. So in conclusion, The Moment I Knew is so genius and go listen to it.

“And it was like slow motion
Standing there in my party dress
In red lipstick
With no one to impress”

Come Back…Be Here

Taylor performed this live maybe once which is so sad because it’s one of my favourite songs off of Red. To be honest I have no idea why I love it so much because I can’t pinpoint a specific thing that I love, maybe it’s just the song as a whole.

“Taxi cabs and busy streets
That never bring you back to me”

Girl At Home

Dude. When I heard the rerecording I immediately messaged my friend “WHAT HAPPENED TO GIRL AT HOME” because if you’ve heard the original you’ll know it’s so different because she made it more pop than country. I did not like the original too much but this version is such a vibe I actually love it.

“I just wanna make sure
You understand perfectly, you’re the kind of man who makes me sad”

*onto the vault songs yay*

Ronan

I can never listen to Ronan because it’s extremely sad and gives me chills every time. It’s a song about a 4-year-old boy who passed away because of cancer and the revenue from the song goes to charity which is really great.

“Race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back”

Better Man

I was SO HAPPY when she announced the tracklist and I saw that Better Man was on it because I downloaded the video of her singing it at Bluebird cafe and used to listen to that so often wishing she would’ve kept the song. It’s a sad song and you can really hear the emotion in it.

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I can feel you again
But I just miss you, and I just wish you were a better man

Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

I. love. nothing new. That might be a bit concerning because the song is quite sad but it is my favourite vault track. I love the harmonies in it and the way Taylor and Phoebe’s voice sound; it’s quite calming. The song is all about growing older and feeling as if you’re losing your “novelty”. It’s even more interesting because she wrote a whole song about turning 22 and how amazing she feels and how life is great but then there’s also this song about comtemplating everything. I guess it shows that nobody’s life is perfect even if it looks like (getting a little cliche here but it was my first thought when I heard the chorus).

“I’ve had too much to drink tonight
How did I go from growing up to breaking down?”

Babe

Babe is my second favourite vault song and while the version sung by Sugarland is good, I prefer Taylor’s version. Could be that I’m biased but it also could be because the “what about your promises, promises” parts are so addicting. yeah that for sure.

“I break down every time you call
We’re a wreck, you’re the wrecking ball
We said no one else, how could you do this, babe?”

Message In A Bottle

Message In A Bottle is very fun and super pop-influenced and it’s super fun to dance around to. I know if she released it in 2012 I would’ve been in love with it.

“But time moves faster
Replaying your laughter
Disaster”

I Bet You Think About Me (feat. Chris Stapleton)

Another song that I found a little bit forgettable at first but now I’m really enjoying singing the lyrics dramatically in the car (my mom can confirm) and acting out every lyric to my heart’s content. Specifically the last lyric which goes…

“I bet you think about me when you say
‘Oh my God, she’s insane, she wrote a song about me’
I bet you think about me”

Forever Winter

I think Forever Winter is so beautiful but the lyrics and the meaning behind the song are so sad because it seems to be addressed to someone with mental health issues. I really don’t know what else to say but yeah it 100% should’ve been on the original Red.

“If I was standin’ there in your apartment
I’d take that bomb in your head and disarm it
I’d say I love you even at your darkest”

Run

Another song with Ed Sheeran ayy lol. I’d say the melody for Run is quite simple but the harmonies and lyrics are super nice so that makes up for it. I’m listening to the song right now and the only thing I can think is I love the harmonieeessssss. Oh also finally Ed gets more chances to sing than in Everything Has Changed so there’s that.

“There’s a heart on your sleeve
I’ll take it when I leave
And hold it for you”

The Very First Night

This gives me very similar vibes to Message In A Bottle but I for some reason I love Message In A Bottle a lot more lol. One question I have for Taylor is why did she say “they don’t know how much I miss you” when she could have said “miss ya” it rhymes so much better and ‘you’ ruins the whole flowww ๐Ÿ˜ญ

“Back then we didn’t know we were built to fall apart
We broke the status quo, then we broke each other’s hearts”

All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

*deep breath* THIS SONG. I had been hoping to hear the ten minute version of All Too Well from the first moment I knew it existed around 2-3 years ago. I mean the song is already amazing, can you imagine ten whole minutes of it? So yeah my friend Simran (she’s iconic on my blog now, you should know who I’m talking about) and I were counting down the days until we would hear this song and the rest of Red and now that I’ve heard it I absolutely love it. The lyricism is so amazing, I can’t believe one song could have so many good lyrics. Overall, this version made me love All Too Well like 10 times more โค๏ธ

“And there we are again when nobody had to know
You kept me like a secret, but I kept you like an oath”

andddd there’s my Red post. I’m not writing much more because I’m so done at this point but if you made it to the end I hope you enjoyed!!! and here have a cookie ๐Ÿช (credits to Netra who said I should say that).

Talk to me in the comments about the album! What are your favourite songs from it? What are your least favourite songs from it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I said?? Lemme know

Song recommendation of the post: any song I mentioned in this post ๐Ÿ˜š

Love (which is golden like daylight, NOT red), Hreem xx

Another Photo Dump

hello everybody!!

it’s the lovely month of November now and has been for a while but oops

the past few months have felt chaotic to me because we’re going out a lot more (going to school and stuff) but it’s been oddly fun and time FLEW.

omg and RED (TAYLOR’S VERSION) RELEASES TOMORROW!! ALL TOO WELL TEN MINUTE VERSION!! I cannot wait ๐Ÿ˜ซ If you’ve been following me for a while you should already know what’s coming next… (Red album review of course). Between Us by Little Mix also releases tomorrow so it’s definitely gonna be a good day.

In honour of finally having a reason to take pictures again but not having anywhere to put them, I decided to do another photo dump โ˜บ๏ธ I love making photo dumps and also seeing photo dumps on other people’s blogs because it’s a nice way to see your blogger friends in real life lol. Like we all just know each other through writing; isn’t that so cool but also strange but also awesome??

Anyways yes here’s … chic life through my lens?

He apparently had no idea who One Direction is and just randomly found this bag in his house. I played him some songs and he now loves Drag Me Down โ˜บ๏ธ Character development.
my room looking vibey
hi jaanvi
my birthdayyyy โค hi misha, maia, yana, simran, and netra

my last photo dump feels like forever ago but it was only the end of April wow. Time flies.

update me on how your life is going right now! how’s school? how are your friends? how are your hobbies? anything you’re currently looking forward to?? let me know!!!

Song recommendation of the post: The Kids Are All Dying by Finneas. The songwriting of this song is just so good like all of Finneas’ songs but I’ve honestly never heard another song like this one. It’s so ironic and critical or criticism and accepting of criticism and just funny at some parts. His entire new album is amazing but this song in particular I’m just obsessed with at the moment.

Love, Hreem xx

Song Lyrics That Hold a Special Place in My Heart ๐Ÿค

Hellooo beautiful person

It’s me again

FIRST of all. I hit 250 followers woohoo! I’m so happy so thank you to all the cool new people following my blog. I will now make the part 2 of my Q&A (which I totally didn’t just remember) because it’s another thing to celebrate โ˜บ๏ธ Alright now let’s move on.

In the past few years I have started to become really interested in lyricism and songwriting. Like it’s something I value in a song now whereas earlier all I wanted was a song that was catchy and fun. So every now and then I will listen to a song and hear one specific lyric that makes me want to screeeam because it’s literally so well written (bonus points if the entire song is well written, in which case I feel like throwing something against the wall).

These lyrics are very important to me and I decided to share them with you because… sharing is caring.

So yep, bearing that in mind, here is my list of

Song Lyrics That Hold a Special Place
in My Heart โ„ข

You drew stars around my scars but now I’m bleeding – cardigan by t.s.

The imagery of this lyric has had a hold on me since day one. I just cannot imagine a world where I didn’t know this lyric. WHY IS IT SO PRETTY??? I think it means like taking something bad and painful (scars) and kind of how that other person made you feel okay and nice about it (stars) but now the person is gone and the wounds have like “reopened”?? well that’s my interpretation.

Put a price on emotion, I’m looking for something to buy – fine line by h.s.

Can we take a very quick moment to appreciate this lyric *random silent pause* yep thanks. it’s literally so genius and is a complex and poetic way of saying “I’m numb/emotionless and I want to feel something”. I really don’t know what else to say but the fact this is the first lyric in the song makes it a hundred times better.

I’ll be your quiet afternoon crush, be your violent overnight rush, make you crazy over my touch – supercut by lorde

I always love Lorde’s lyrics because I feel like the songs from Pure Heroine and Melodrama are so teenager-y and sometimes even coming of age-ish (my English here is actually painful). She manages to capture the chaotic-ness (again) of being a teenager in such a unique way. I don’t have a proper explanation for why I love this lyric, I just do. It probably has something to do with the word choice and the whole concept of it like who comes up with that?

Now if happiness is always measured
by the life you design, that car on the drive
Then you should feel better than ever
but you know as well as I, it’s all lies. – fearless by l.t.

I think the meaning of this lyric is very clear but just in case it’s not: actual happiness and contentment doesn’t come from what you’ve done and what you have and you should know that because you’ve got everything and you’re still not perfectly happy. It’s quite a simple lyric but I really love how he put it and how it relates well to the meaning of the rest of the song.

All but forgotten
about those eyes
The shade of green that if he’d seen would make F. Scott Fitzgerald cry. – i don’t miss you at all by finneas

See Finneas just always hits the nail right on the head with lyrics that sound simple but are also so smart and interesting that you know other artists would have a bit of trouble coming up with them. F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in which there is a green light representing his longing for a woman so this is just such a genius connection. Not that I’ve ever read The Great Gatsby but…

I made you my temple, my mural, my sky
Now I’m begging for footnotes in the story of your life. – tolerate it by t.s.

Okay at first I thought this lyric was just pretty cool and sounded great but when you actually think about it you’re like omg. Because listen: I made you my temple = “worshipped” you, my mural = admired you, my sky = looked up to you. And now she’s so desperate to be even slightly relevant to his life to the point where she’s begging to even just be a footnote, which is something generally less important in a piece of writing. I mean this entire song is a masterpiece but the bridge and last chorus hurt the hardest.

A few honourable mentions (mostly Taylor Swift because she’s just amazing so deal with it ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ)

  • And they tell you that you’re lucky but you’re so confused, because you don’t feel pretty, you just feel used. – the lucky one by t.s.
  • And the callouses on your fingers, I admired them from a distance, now they’re on my cheek. – used to this by c.c.
  • I know I’m not your only, but at least I’m one. I heard a little love is better than none. – just a little bit of your heart by a.g.
  • And you come away with a great little story. Of a mess of a dreamer with the nerve to adore you. – cold as you by t.s.
  • Because I hear he’s got his arm ’round a brand new girl. I’ve been picking up my heart, he’s been picking up her. – mr. perfectly fine by t.s.
  • So you were never a saint, and I’ve loved in shades of wrong. We learn to live with the pain, mosaic broken hearts. – state of grace by t.s.
  • used me as an alibi, I crossed my heart as you crossed the line. – favorite crime by o.r.
  • Special mention: fruity colours on these numbers call it a chameleon – statistics by timothee chalamet (shoutout to varshitaa)

tadaaaaa

I hope you loved this post because I so enjoyed having a place to vent about this.

Hopefully even one of the lyrics caught your eye and encouraged you to listen to the song?? If yes PLEAASE comment because I’d love to know. I put so much effort into putting the links lol it’d better be worth it.

Comment your favourite song lyrics or songwriters or just songs in general!! I’m so intrigued and I love hearing other people’s favourites because I feel like it tells you a lot about the person ๐Ÿ’ž

Song rec. of the post: literally any song I talked about in this post but if I had to choose one specifically I would say fearless by Louis Tomlinson because both he and this song are criminally underrated. Iโ€™ve just loved this song since I first listened to it and hopefully you will too. Oh and the โ€œmum I did itโ€ at the end of the song makes me so sad ๐Ÿค You only hear it if you listen really hard so…do that.

Love,

Hreem x

It’s My Birthday! ๐Ÿฅณ

hello everyone…

it’s my birthdayy!!!

I am now SIXTEEN which is strange because I literally still feel thirteen. I’m much cooler than I was at thirteen though, at least there’s that.

I obviously had school today and that is something I never thought I’d be grateful for (having school on a weekday I mean) but after celebrating basically by myself last year because of the pandemic, I’m very glad to be with my friends.

I actually had so much fun though because I brought donuts to school for me and my friends to share and we just laughed and had so much fun. I later also went for dinner with my family so all in all a pretty great birthday ๐Ÿฅณ

ALSO!!! My parents told me that they were going to take me to a Harry Styles concert for my birthday???? They were like fully serious about it but then idk what happened and they ended up having to cancel ๐Ÿ˜ญ Oh well. It’s the thought that counts so yeah still quite happy. Maybe someday I’ll get to go…

Fun fact: Last year I randomly developed a fear of growing up (๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜ถ) which meant that for the past few months I was actually kinda dreading my birthday and I completely ignored anyone who talked about it or acknowledged the fact that I was turning sixteen (sorry guys). But like a month or two ago I saw this post that said something like “growing up is a privilege” and that somehow shifted my entire mindset?? Like yeah that’s very true and also might as well enjoy it since there’s absolutely no way to avoid it.

Anywaysss I’m going to go and enjoy the rest of my day so I hope you have an amazing day as well!! Thanks for reading and celebrating my ‘sweet sixteen’ with me *in spirit* โ˜บ๏ธ

COMMENT YOUR BIRTHDAY AS WELL PLEASE I’M INTRIGUED.

Song rec. of the post: Steal My Girl by One Direction solely because of that one lyric at the start that goes “she be my queen since we were sixteen”. Yes. I’m a bit annoying like that.

Loveeeee, Hreem xx

“You never know what someone might be going through”…so?

“You never know what someone is going through. Always be kind.”

I’m sure we’ve all heard some variation of that quote, right?

Like I know growing up I’ve heard and read many people say stuff like “ohh be a kind person. don’t bully anyone because they might already be fighting their own battle”.

And obviously it’s a great sentiment because it’s great to be a considerate person and to be kind to someone because they might have other things in their lives that are not as kind.

But honestly, who cares if someone is going through something? Why should that matter?

How about we just be nice because … it’s nice to make people feel nice?? Literally what’s the point in being mean. It makes no sense. Maybe the person is living the life and vibing and super happy and all that jazz without a single worry in their life, or maybe they hate everything. Either way lets just be kinder people ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž.

SO yep a random topic that I wanted to rant about because why not.

In honour of this uncalled for post, let’s all do something kind today. Maybe compliment someone, maybe give them a hug, maybe do something nice for them, maybe spend time with someone you don’t usually make time for or maybe give someone a random little gift (me being lazy and listing the five love languages). Or just make them laugh, whatever you want. Just be kind besties because kindness is nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ (that includes being kind to yourself, remember that)

Give me a life update in the comments!! I don’t care if we’ve never talked before, tell me the best thing that happened to you lately. How’s school/ college? Did my title trick you for a sec? How is your friend situation going at the moment? What is something you’re looking forward to? What act of kindness are you planning to do?? Tell me pleaaaase I’m bored.

Song rec. of the post: in your wiiiildest dreeeeams ahaahahhhhhhhh โ˜๏ธโœจ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ 1989 era is on it’s way guyss. Idk if we’re crying for Red or dancing for 1989 so maybe a combination?

All the loveeee, Hreem xxxx

my guide to having (or faking) confidence

hey everyone!!

I hope you’re all doing amazing on this fine Sunday evening

I was initially going to do a post on my favourite lyrics ever but I realised that would take quite a while for me to write and I really wanted to post today so I’m saving that for another day (just so that I can pour my entire heart and soul into it, you know?).

So instead of that, here is my guide on having/ faking confidence.

Anybody who knows me in person knows that confident is NOT one of the first words they would use to describe me. In fact, it probably wouldn’t even be on the list because I lost any shreds of confidence I may have had before during the pandemic. HOWEVER, I have been feeling a bit more confident lately for some reason so this is me talking about things that make me feel confident or fake confidence (I mean fake it till you make it right? right. because law of attraction and you attract what you think about and all that jazz).

Firstly, I think body language is super important. Certain things might make you seem insecure or nervous, even when you’re not. Try not to cross your arms or slouch. Instead, pretend you’re some kind of royalty and everyone already loves you so all you have to do is look cool for them. It’s random but quite helpful.

Secondly, eye contact. I KNOW. I know. Eye contact can sometimes be one of the most painful things to exist but if you can try to maintain it, you’re going to look like you’re one of the most amazing beings on Earth and aware of it. I’m not saying look the other person dead in the eye for your whole 10 minute conversation (it definitely won’t last that long if that’s what you’re doing) but you can try to keep eye contact for at least 7-10 seconds and then look around for a bit and then look back for a bit again. Just make sure it’s not like two seconds and very quickly looking away as that makes you seem scared.

(now for the tips on actually being confident, not just looking)

Then we have affirmations. Saying affirmations like “I am extremely confident” or “I am always fearless” will over time actually make you confident and fearless because you’re telling your mind that is what you are and you just assume that identity (once again, law of attraction. search it up). I try to say affirmations related to confidence (such as this list) every morning and perhaps that has helped? I think it has soooo try it out.

The next tip is one that you might hate me for but I had to say it because it’s the truth. Do things that you are scared to do, or things you don’t think you are good enough for. Because you can literally do anything. I’m telling you. It is what it is so believe it or don’t believe it. When you do something you’re not very sure about doing you’ll realise that it’s not too bad after all and you will get practice doing unfamiliar things until eventually they become familiar. Even something as simple as answering a question in class is a great place to start off.
I actually did that recently. In music class in school we learn and play songs as a class and obviously for that we would need someone to sing. All of last year and the first week of this year the teacher was the one singing but last week he asked me and this other person to sing instead and I was about to be like “hahaha no it’s fine” because that thought scared me and I didn’t feel confident enough to. But another tiny part of me was like “this is how you BECOME confident” so I said yes and I had to sing into a microphone in front of the whole class (with my friend who very kindly offered to make me feel less awkward. shoutout to Netra) and lol I hated it but also loved it. I think I’m going to have to do that every time we play now, so by December I’m going to be ready for the Grammys; watch out guys ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

Aaand last but not least, my favourite tip; LISTEN TO HYPE MUSIC. For me, songs by Little Mix, from Reputation by Taylor or songs by Abigail Barlow make me feel like I rule the world. I highly suggest listening to any upbeat (bonus points if they’re self-empowering) songs in the morning that will set a great tone for the rest of the day. Here are some personal favourites that I actually dance to while I brush my teeth every morning lol:

  • Girl Almighty – One Direction
  • All Me – Boys World
  • Wings – Little Mix
  • just like magic – Ariana Grande
  • Getaway Car – Taylor Swift
  • Nobody Cares – Abigail Barlow

tadaaaa!! I hope you guys made it through and enjoyed this post because I really enjoyed writing it!

chat with me in the comments about whether you think you’re confident or not and things that help you feel more confident because trust me, I still need advice. or talk about other things too, what was the best thing that happened recently? what is your favourite type of weather? when is your birthday?? ๐Ÿ’ž

Song rec. of the post: Ocean Away by Barlow & Bear. This song is my favourite right now but the entire concept album is SO GOOD MY GOSHHHH. Abigail and Emily are insanely talented, my queens ๐Ÿ‘‘ Currently going crazy for this song along with Every Inch so go on and listen to them and fall in love with them. or don’t, your choice.

Lots of love,

Hreem xxx

Taking Care of Curly Hair

*look at that title, I’m a songwriter ayyyy*

Hellooo super cool person reading this post.

Tomorrow is my first day of year 11 ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ

There are so many different thoughts going through my mind right now and it’s really a combination of “omg I’m in year 11 I’m practically an adult”, “ew I really don’t want to be an adult”, and “ugh I actually have to wake up early and physically go to school every day, how on earth did I do that before???”.

I’m also still processing the fact that August passed by so fast?? (august slipped away into a moment in time, cause it was never mineeeee. I listened to august while taking my dog on a walk yesterday evening and wow it was really an experience. it’s such a great ‘lonely summer evening’ song. I actually passed by my school while listening and was just like ๐Ÿ˜). Oh well, at least this summer was better than last summer, for me at least. I don’t remember doing a single thing last summer, like at all.

Anyways, moving on to the actual topic of the post.

I always used to have wavy-ish hair as a child and I didn’t really mind that. But when I was around 12 to 13 years old my hair started growing curly and I was “WHAT is this”. I was very annoyed because at that time I was hoping my hair would become dead straight like most of the people I knew and instead my hair just decided to go in the totally opposite direction. I remember searching it up to see if it would go back to normal once I was done being a teenager and cried when I saw like a dozen blog posts of women talking about how they decided to just love their curly hair instead of trying to straighten it. Yeah I was not having a great time.

Here I am now as a nearly 16 year old who doesn’t search up “heatless hair straightening tutorial” on YouTube anymore. *cue the applause ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰* I know, I know, character development. I now like my curly hair (I mean the front half of my hair is curly and then the back half is straight but I have zero control over that so I’m just going to accept it) and for a while have been trying to find out how to take care of it properly.
So here are some tips that I found on the internet or other curly-haired people told me about. I don’t implement all of the tips every single time but I do try, it’s just a lot of effort ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ Also I’m not a professional so yeah don’t quote me on any of this please I’m just a 15 year old child.

Okay here we go:

  • DON’T brush your hair when it’s dry: Curly hair is quite delicate so brushing curly hair while dry will cause a lot of breakage and destroy your curls. Plus you know how frizzy your hair gets. Instead you should…
  • Comb your hair in the shower: I always comb my hair with a wide toothed comb after having applied conditioner because I feel like it helps the comb glide through the hair a little bit better. It also helps to spread the conditioner.
  • Use a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to dry: The texture of towels makes your hair weaker and more dry so it’s a lot more beneficial to use a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel, those are good as well.
  • Apply a curl cream after washing: I still don’t use curl cream because I just CAN’T FIND A GOOD ONE (recommendations are much appreciated) but everyone I know has told me to get one so I think you should too. Curl creams condition and moisturize your hair so they allow the curls to stay pretty and stay longer.
  • Use a silk pillowcase when sleeping: Cotton pillowcases apparently absorb the moisture from your hair, once again leaving it dry, brittle and frizzy. Also, the cotton fibers can tug on your hair and cause friction. I started using a silk pillowcase a few months ago and honestly my hair has been softer and less frizzy, HONESTLY. Silk pillowcases are also supposed to be better for your skin so that’s pretty awesome.
  • Wash hair 1-3 times a week: I think each point I mention basically has the same effect; shampooing your hair very often can dry it out and therefore ruin your lovely curls. I usually wash my hair once or twice a week because of this point and also because it’s such a hassle to wash my hair, gosh. My arm muscles should be much stronger at this point.
  • Curly girl method: The final point is the curly girl method. I personally haven’t tried this out because … I don’t know. But my cousin has really curly hair and she said the method worked out pretty well for her. Her curls look great so I can offer that if you don’t believe her. The method might not work for everyone and you will most likely have to modify a few things as you go along but I’ve mainly heard good things soooo. If anybody has tried this method PLEASE comment and let me know if you liked it or not.

Aaaand that’s all the tips I have for this post. There aren’t very many but they’re pretty useful.

If you have any other advice or some more tips for me to add to the post, let me know in the comments! I really do need more tips lol. Even if you don’t have curly hair, just talk to me about anything at all. What kind of hair do you have? Do you like it? What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever gotten?

Song recommendation of the post: Something In The Water by Boys World is such an amazing, summery and vibey pop song, LISTEN TO IT. I wish they would’ve released it at the beginning of the summer because I could’ve listened to it more but I can handle it. Go listen now and let me know what you think of it!! ๐Ÿ’™

Love, Hreem xx

Italy Photo Diary ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

hey cool peopleee โ˜บ๏ธ

from the title you may be wondering

“hreem you’re in italy? why? when?”

and the sad truth is that I am not in Italy and instead am in a country with 44ยฐ heat, sandstorms, and humidity ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

However, I was in Italy around 2 years ago now and it was so much fun. The food was like heavennn, it was delicious, but I don’t think that comes as a surprise to anyone. it was also so much prettier than I expected?! That makes no sense but it’s true. Like everywhere you look is so beautiful and it’s hard to believe that it was actually real and the pictures you see on Pinterest aren’t lying. Italy is one of the only exceptions to the “picture never do real life any justice” rule.

I took so so many pretty pictures which I for some reason didn’t post anywhere (why tho??? they’re so cool?!!) and I decided that I really want to share them so this is me posting a bunch of those pictures because who really needs a reason. It can remind us of what we’re not experiencing right now!!!

okay I need to stop with the fake enthusiasm and all that.

can you believe I’m properly posting my photography for the first time in a year or two, just like what my blog was originally meant to be about! It’s really an achievement for me, honestly. plus I’m actually quite proud of the pictures I took, like wow I’m a proper blogger.

let me present to you…

Italy Through My Lens โ„ข

and there you have it.

Hreem’s Italy Photo Diary

Making this post made me reminisce on simpler, pandemic-free times. It also made me super hungry because I had so many food pics to go through. I didn’t add all of them because at some point they get slightly repetitive.

I hope you enjoyed reading the small amount of text at the top of this post and looking at pictures of the extremely beautiful Positano, Capri, Naples, and (13 year-old) me โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ It’s so fun to have a place to share pictures I took because photography really is a passion of mine and right now I don’t have anything interesting to take pictures of!!!

Talk to me in the comments about whether you’ve been to Italy or not. If not, do you want to visit? What is your dream place to travel to? What is your favourite place you’ve ever been to and why?

Song rec of the post: my boy by Billie Eilish because I was at the peak of my Billie Eilish phase when we were in Italy and it brings back those vibes. plus the song is pretty fun.

Love and hugs,

Hreem xxx

(p.s. it would mean the world if you checked out my covers โ˜บ๏ธ )

Dear Future Me…

hey guyss!

*a literal 5 minute pause where I try to think of what to write because what on Earth are you meant to write in an introduction?? my mind has gone BLANK*

how are you doing?? well, hopefully โ˜บ๏ธ

recently me, my cousins (hi Anushka and Jaanvi if you’re reading) and my aunt were talking about how we think we’re going to be in the future and what we’re going to do. So I was like hahah we should write this down somewhere and then look at it in 5 years and see what’s changed. And THEN I remembered a lovely website called futureme.org where you write yourself an email and then choose a date for you to receive that email. if that makes any sense.

Basically, first you write a letter to yourself talking about anything you want. Then you pick when you want to receive this email (it could be a certain amount of years or even a specific date) and send the email. The email will then be sent to you on the date you chose and you have no way of reading it before the specified date. That’s pretty great because I know I’d get a little curious and impatient and try to read a bit before I’m supposed to actually get the email oops.

so yeah we ended making predictions about how we thought we’d be in five years and whether we’re still doing certain things we do now (e.g. I wrote that I’d better be still blogging or else I’m throwing hands ๐Ÿ˜ค) and it was extremely fun.

I’ve actually written two other emails on that website. One I wrote I think 2-3 years ago that I’m going to get on my 18th birthday (I don’t even remember a single thing that I wrote in that lol I’m so curious) and another one me and my friends Simmy and Maia wrote together in school once that we’re supposed to get when we graduate school (yikes but also yay).

To the person reading this, I want you to go to that website now and write yourself a letter.

It can be as long or short as you want and you can receive in in 10 years or a week (a week would be pretty pointless but you do you bestie). Just do it because it’s honestly so much fun and you can write about anything in the world because you’re the only one who’s going to see it. Plus imagine how fun it would be when you wake up 5 years later to see an email from yourself. It sounds pretty great doesn’t it? yeah it does.

This website could also be an amazing way to manifest what you want because you can basically script. (if you don’t get what any of that means, here’s a short video you can watch). I hope I explain this well ๐Ÿ˜ซ:

So you can choose a date in 1 year and think of all the things you want to have by then. e.g. more friends, better grades, have travelled somewhere etc.
Then, pretend to be you in one year and write a letter to your friend or past self or really anywhere you want and talk about all of these things like you already have them.
For example you could be like:

Dear 15-year-old me,

hey it’s 18 year old Hreem and you won’t believe all the things that have happened! I finally went to a Taylor Swift concert and it was the best experience of my life!!! It was like a dream and I went with five of my new best friends โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ…

I’m sure you get the idea. I really do want to go to a T Swizzle concert tho.

Just talk about it in so much detail as if you really have everything you want and then just send it and forget about it and it could happen! I suggest you watch more youtube videos on that for a better explanation because obviously I’m not an expert, even though I seem like one ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜Œ

aaand that’s all for this post. I hope you liked it and that it inspired you to go write (do it now, do it do it gooo).

Talk to me in the comments about if you have done this before or literally anything at all!

Has anything interesting happened in your life recently? What did you dream about last night? What’s the last movie you watched and did you like it?

Lotsss of love,

Hreem xx