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Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts and you feel like falling down, stay strong. We all have to face failure at some time in life, and that’s just what makes us stronger. Just because you failed once, doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything every time. It keeps you going, and drives you to achieve your goals. It makes you try harder and learn from your mistakes, so that you achieve your goals and live up to your full potential. Just keep holding on and believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will?

I tell myself this all the time. I also pass on my wise words to friends sometimes too, just to give us a little hope…but sometimes it’s just not enough for everyone. World Suicide Prevention Day just passed on the 10th September and some of you may have written “love” on your wrist or wore something yellow to show your support for those who have self-harmed, thought of suicide, attempted suicide, or succeeded in taking their own life. This is an opportunity to show your support to raise awareness that suicide is serious, and we all need to help in every way that we can…because everyone deserves to live their life how they want, and to their full potential.

I’ve been listening to music on the radio lately, and have realised that most music nowadays sounds…well, the same. So, I’ve been looking around for some new, fresh sounding music, and have come out with three to watch, and, like me, you’ll probably be astonished that I actually heard them on the radio! I found that out of all of the regular mainstream music, these three stood out to me as some newbies to join the crowd of original artists!

The three to watch:

Whatever music you like, I’m sure one of these artists will at least tick one of your boxes for talented, enthusiastic new artists to look out for in 2013! Whether you’re into techno, indie rock, alternative rock, folk or soul, these new artists will be perfect for you!

1. Lianne La Havas is a songwriter who also plays the piano and guitar. On the 5th of December 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Her album, ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ features a single that has been on my playlist for a long time, ‘Forget’. It’s a song that will stay with you for a long time; her lungs playing out a sweet sound of strong, feminine chords.

 

2. Wouter De Backer, known as his stage name, Gotye, is a singer-songwriter who also plays the guitar, drums, percussion, synthesizer and the keyboards. He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. His album, ‘Making Mirrors’ features a single that many will know, as it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’. The song also features Kimbra, another new, quirky artist to look out for.

 

3. The other tribe are a new band from Bristol, who play out a fun, whispering type tune in ‘Skirts’, their new single. Straight away they made me want to jump up and dance to the quirky coolness of their new sound, and if that isn’t enough, they were also voted ‘Band of the Day’ for The Guardian on the 10th of August.

 

If you’re someone addicted to having your hair perfect and exactly right everyday…then listen up! Have a go at letting you’re hair down, and I mean, literally and metaphorically let your hair down! Everybody always gets to that phase when they grow their hair, and it then goes into that confusing, in-between length, where you just can’t decide whether to cut it, or keep growing it…but whilst you decide what you’re going to do with your hair, by wondering what type of cut and length of hair will suit your face shape and your style, just embrace the unfussy messiness of your hair by trying these fuss-free hairstyles!

The top three hair-dos that are simple, quick and easy to follow:

As you want to hide the fact that you’re hair is not being well tamed, having your hair down is obviously a definite no-no, so follow these simple hairstyle steps for a quick getaway from a bad hair day!

How to master the messy bun:

First, push all of your hair up into a neat high-ponytail, and then twist your hair around and around in a circular pattern until there is no more hair to wrap round, and then tie a hair band around it, and you get a messy bun! If you need extra help keeping it upright, so that it doesn’t fall down, just add in some hair grips for extra hold! If you want to be more original, make two buns on either side or your head instead or just one!

How to master fuss-free bunches:

First, separate your hair into two parts equally, and then on either side, push all of your hair up and style into a high ponytail, and then you’re good to go! Or you could just go for the single classic pony if that works more for you!

How to master unfussy plaits:

You first put your hair into bunches, and then you section the hair on either side into threes. You then twist each section around each other equally, until you have no hair left to twist round. Then you tie a hair band around the ends and there you have it! Unfussy plaits in no time!