Tooji: Father Music Video

Tooji is a Norwegian-Iranian singer who was Norway's 2012 Eurovision entry who sadly finished 26th with the song Stay, which i was gutted about because his song was better the ones ahead of him. He has released various songs after competing in Eurovision: Packin' Guns, Rebels and Cocktail, they are very catchy & i've been singing most of them in the shower. 
The video Father was released 7th June 2015 with a message Human Rights Above Religion released afterwards, which seems like an awesome message to get across the world right? Tooji used this video to come out to world and be honest about who he is, as he said in the video, its nobody's business who you love.  Tooji's work has taken a more political and social turn recently with his previous single ‘Cocktail’ discussing gender roles in today’s society, and allowing his work to take on more depth both visually and sonically. The music video for ‘Father’ has caused controversy with the church of Norway... by portraying a romantic storyline between a Priest and another male (Tooji) - ending with them in a passionate embrace at the altar in a Church. with the church of Norway...
And if i'm being honest i like that a video is causing controversy and teaching the everyday issues around the world within society such as Iran, Russia and so on, for me it shows that music have very powerful messages.

In an interview with The Local, Tooji stood by his position with the video while understanding the church’s apprehension to the video, clarifying that video was about “someone who is running from himself, denying himself, and yes, if God is in everyone and everything, denying God. With this project I wanted to show that love between two people of the same sex has for too long has been tainted by religion.”

In this beautiful, controversal video Tooji stars alongside his long time friend Rune Haraldsen. Would you believe it, isn't an actor. Don't they look lovely together?
Tooji labels it his ‘coming out’ video, and I can see that metaphor perfectly when it’s analysed to a deeper level. What I see, is an artistic representation of the battle (both internal and external) that homosexuals (closeted and seeking acceptance) go through. The Priest is the gay man. He’s coming to terms with himself, trying to keep the sinful thoughts out (perhaps for the sake of religion) whilst trying gain acceptance from a crowd of mixed beliefs. The congregation is society. It is religion. It’s those who judge, the ones whom the homosexual will seek acceptance from. Tooji himself is a metaphor for temptation, and those feelings/thoughts that won’t go away. The Priest is in a battle between fighting his own tempting gay thoughts whilst preaching an act to the crowd to hide it, pretending everything’s fine. This comes to a head when he can’t hold those thoughts back anymore and gives into them,transforming into a conjoined angel.
The sexual intercourse on the altar is an extreme metaphor for stripping away the ‘act’ and being open & vulnerable to society, & to friends/family. I think it’s a beautifully shot video with some stunning imagery (particularly the last image) and portrays it’s message cleverly in that it’s both understandably controversial, but looks beyond that to a deeper level. What I hear from that, is ‘it’s okay to be gay, but I don’t want to see it’ yet again. Well, er, I hate to break it to you but gay sex is a part of being gay. Tooji is the first artist (correct me if I’m wrong) to combine sexualised homosexuality and religion in a music video and is attempting to treat erotic homosexual imagery with the same normalcy as heterosexual imagery. Sexuality & religion have always been combined in media, he’s simply adopting it into an LGBT direction. 
He’s following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most iconic artists by being creatively fearless. Good art is thought-provoking and evokes emotion, splits opinions and gives people something to talk about. It’s inspiring to see artists (particularly LGBT ones) still pushing creative boundaries in a way other artists are too scared to do.

Tooji quotes:
"I always thought that who I loved is my business, but knowing how many young people are struggling with the burden of society’s ignorance, I want to stand out as an example and let my voice be heard for all those voices mute, for all those who feel ashamed with their beliefs, that are told that God doesn't accept them," he said. "Let me tell you: You are a part of God and what you have is the purest gift. Any love between two grown-up, consenting adults - no matter gender, no matter race - is pure. I am gay, and I stand up for my rights, and that is why I made the video Father."

If you haven't already, go and have a listen to Tooji's music, i promise you will like it. He's awesome!


Falling For Fall - Tumblr/Pinterest Mood Board.

i thought i'd do another autumnal blog post, because who doesn't love reading all about autumn/fall around the world and looking at pretty pictures... As we are very much into the autumn season, why not look at pretty autumn photographs.
I can't describe how much I love Autumn. Perhaps, it's the cosy nights in with a cup of tea or cocoa, the warmth of wolly jumpers and fluffy slippers, For whatever reason, I truly love Autumn with its falling leaves and misty mornings. I never appreciated the darker evenings and cold mornings but now I've grown to love them. I see it as a reminder that the year is coming to an end, and a new one beginning, marking a new chapter.

Enjoy my little Autumn mood board. 


What do you love about Autumn?
pictures found on: Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest.

20 Things That Will Instantly Boost Your Mood

I’ve rounded up 20 favourite instant mood boosters in case you’re in need of a little pick-me-up. Sometimes life can be stressful and overwhelming, but I’ve always believed that focusing on the little things make a big difference.

1. Make your favourite playlist. Fill it with happy, upbeat songs or ones that bring back good memories. Or even listen to insanly guilty pleasure songs too.

2. Write a list of things that make you happy. i find lists being great mood boosters or doesn't love a good list.

3. Read your favourite blogs or watch your favourite youtubers. whats better than reading lovely words/smiling youtubers little rambles, i've been doing this quite a lot recently and it instantly makes me feel better.

4. Have a hot bath or take a shower. i like to do this in the morning when i'm feeling a little groggy or even just before going to bed on a cold evening. It's rather calming with the bubbles and a little music in the background.

5. Make a hot drink. a tea, hot chocolate, a coffee or even a lemon & honey.

6. Pet an animal. animals are the kindest creatures on earth. hey, petting a dog is an instant mood booster and so is looking at adorable little animals such as ducks, cats, bunnies, dogs, pigs, monkey's etc on tumblr.

7. Watching your favourite tv series/movie. whats better than chilling in front of your tv or computer screen and binge watching your favourite show/film.

8. Look at inspirational quotes. or even print off a few of your favourite quotes and give your room a tumblr makeover.

9. Journal your thoughts. Give it a try; journaling is a powerful healing tool and it gives you a place to express yourself where you feel safe and open. Buy a nice notebook and devote some time each day to pouring your thoughts on the page.  Or even use your blog as a way to journal your life happenings and thoughts.

10. Write yourself a letter. try to separate yourself from your ego and give yourself a pep talk every now and then. “Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” as said by Cicero

11. Browse through tumblr. I do this when i feel sorry for myself/feel bored, and by browsing i don't mean look for the negative posts. look for the cute, funny and happy posts. mood booster right there.

12. Smile. even if you don't feel like it, it will make you feel better.

13. Relaxing Scent - having a scent diffusers or a candle are not only look nice but also very calming and smell lovely.

14. Go Shopping. even if its window shopping.

15. Always Make Yourself A Priority. you are your number 1 priority, always take time for yourself. Because you and your thoughts are what's together at the end of the day.

16. Have a pamper day. chocolate, cosy oversized sweaters & a feel good movie. Yes please.

17. Baking. why not bake cookies, cupcakes or whatever takes your fancy. who doesn't love the smell of food baking and turning into pure perfection.

18. Browse through your photos. i like to look through my camera roll/instagram for the pictures that make me happy from my family, dog, celeb crush & quotes... i end up with a smile afterwards.

19. Autumn. something about this season that makes you feel better, the beautiful outdoors, the crisp air... the fact it's getting closer to Christmas

20. Read a book. find a good book and get lost in the story.

why not check out this post: 100 little things worth being happy about 

Autumn Essentials

As of today (Wednesday 23rd September 2015) it's officially autumn! Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year, for me anyway all the cosy clothes come out and everything looks so pretty & fresh so for today's post to mark the lovely day of fall/autumn, here are my essentials for this lovely season..

Coffee/Hot Chocolate - i love those days where you have a piping hot coffee or hot chocolate in your favourite mug, i always like to have a hot drink on those cold autumn days whether it's a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Leggings & Boots - i love wearing my leggings and comfy boots during the autumn/winter time... the autumn fashion is the best just layers and layers of clothing.

Infinity/Chunky Scarves- they're so cosy and warm, its like being wrapped up in a blanket

Cosy Pyjamas/Onesie - who doesn't love getting the comfy onesies or pyjamas?

Comfy & Oversized Sweaters - this is one of the reasons why i love the autumn/winter weather, i would live in my cosy jumpers all year round if i could.

Maybelline Baby Lips - since I'm not a big fan of lipstick, i like to wear my baby lips lip balm during the colder weather to keep my lips moisturised with a hint of colour. Who knows maybe i will try out the darker lipsticks this year :)

Jewellery - i don't wear anything too crazy, just a cute necklace, a pair of earrings, a ring and a bracelet.

A Cosy Blanket and A Good Movie/TV Series - everybody loves a lazy day, snuggled with a blanket and a good movie or TV series. I'm one of those people who like to spend the lazy days either watching movies and blogging doesn't everyone 

Cuddles With The Dog - always have to have a cuddle with my lovely pug, spending the day with my dog always is something i like to do whether we're just watching movies together or curled up on the sofa watching a sitcom or trashy reality TV. who doesn't love having cuddles with your animal?

Cosy Slippers & Fuzzy Socks - a lazy day isn't complete without the fuzzy socks and slippers

Candles - candles are must during Autumn right? everyone loves a nice smelling candle during the autumn/fall time, good alternatives for candles would be a scented air freshener or a scented diffusers, they smell just as nice if you aren't allowed to have candles in your room..

Musical Playlist - having a personalised playlist during the seasons tend to make it more fun,don't you think? I'm in the process of creating a seasonal playlist which will be on my Spotify once it's complete. i like listening to anything calming or a favourite album etc it lifts my mood if I'm having one of those down days.

Duvet Days - this is an alternative for the blanket days especially if I'm ill, I'd gladly stay in my warm cosy bed with a movie or TV series etc because everyone needs a duvet day.

Big Chunky Handbag - I'm definitely one of those people that don't like having a small bag, like where am i going to put my notebook for blogging ideas or my phone and so on!? and all the other stuff i probably don't need in my bag but take it anyway.

A Good Book/Journal - i don't read as much as i probably should but hey who doesn't like a nice and calm journal session.. if I'm not reading i would probably be coming up with more blog ideas or watching a movie I've seen so many times before but love it anyway or even reading a magazine.

Hand Sanitiser/Cream - this is one thing or anything fragranced is worth carrying in your bag for the cold days. I'm either carrying one of each in my bag during the autumn season, you never know when you need to clean/moisturise your hands..

Warm Delicious Goods - a yummy Beef Stew & Dumplings with boiled potato's, carrots is a dish i like to have on those cold evenings.. Who doesn't like the signature autumnal dish!?

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

What are your Autumn/Fall essentials and How excited are you now that the much loved season is here?

Couple's You Are Shipping, Thanks To Tumblr

Wow it's been so long since I last blogged, or so it seems. I guess I've been lacking inspiration for some fun 'me' posts and i want blogging to be enjoyable without feeling like i need to put something up, you know? i find some inspiration from other bloggers and tweeters (is that even a word?) well it is in the Simone dictionary ;) On with the post...

Tumblr is a lovely little place for everyone's fangirling needs and we come across some of the cutest fictional couples that pretty much get you started on your new favourite show.

Jude & Connor - The Fosters

Tony & Ziva - NCIS

Lito & Hernando - Sense 8

Matthew & Mary - Downton Abbey

Connor & Oliver - How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM)

Patrick & Shelagh - Call The Midwife

Joscha & Kai - Alles Was Zahlt

Gibbs & Hollis - NCIS

Kevin & Scotty - Brothers & Sisters

Tom & Trixie - Call The Midwife

Walt & Bennett - The Carrie Diaries

Carson & Mrs Hughes - Downton Abbey

Ian & Mickey - Shameless USA

Olivia & Fitz - Scandal

Will & Sonny - Days Of Our Lives

Ted & Tracy - How I Met Your Mother

Nomi & Amanita - Sense 8

Danny & Mindy - The Mindy Project

Jude & Zero - Hit The Floor

thank you wonderful tumblr (and my lovely sister) for bringing these beautiful pairings to me <3
Remember we didn't choose the fangirl life, the fangirl life chose me/you...

What couple's are you shipping because of tumblr?