Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2015 – The Ultimate Pop Tarts Party!

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Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball has got to be every pop tarts dream. Held at the 02 in London, it’s impressive line-up smashes any other UK Christmas concert by a long shot. Held over two nights you can see the likes of Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Calvin Harris and Jess Glynne. And it doesn’t stop there, even stars like Kendal Jenner were in the crowd checking out Justin Bieber’s Sunday night performance.

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Attending the Saturday night show I watched Coldplay open the show. I’ve never really rated Coldplay, yeah I know how wrong was I as they absolutely smashed their opening set. Then Jason Derulo came on…… and the shirt came off. I was really excited to see Tini Tempah & Katy B as I love their track ‘Turn The Music Louder’ and they didn’t disappoint. Tini always seems to look so dapper in whatever he wears. Next up Years & Years and Olly the front man came on stage wearing a sequined silver jumpsuit and bomber, we wouldn’t expect anything less from him. He sang ‘King’, ‘Shine’ and even did a cover of Britney’s Toxic.

 

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Unfortunately by this point the free VIP bar was calling, so I headed down to get a few drinks. I missed WSTRN and Nathan Sykes but managed to make it back for Fleur East and Jess Glynne. It’s got to be said that Jess Glynne is the voice of 2015 and she did an amazing mash up of ‘Finally’ by Ce Ce Peniston (my fave house vocal ever). Then Little Mix and David Guetta closed the show. The after parties were held at Tape an exclusive nightclub in London. According to my sources Justin Bieber who performed on the Sunday night got on stage at Tape and started rapping to Eminem tracks, not something you see everyday! At the ball I wore a House of CB dress with slick rick hair and Kurt Geiger shoes. I somehow managed to forget to take any pictures at the ball, clearly I was having TOO much fun! Luckily my friends did remember and managed to get this shot, I promise I only had a few drinks!

 

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Click here to check out all the performances from Saturday & Sunday nights Jingle Bell Ball! 

Quarter-Life Crisis?



I turned 26 in May and I can honestly say I was pretty gutted. I genuinely thought I’d be able to style out my 16-25 railcard forever. I know everyone over the age of 30 reading this will be thinking ‘SHUT UP’ but as a career driven girl/woman being the wrong side of your 20s sets off alarm bells. As the great Britney Spears once said, ‘I’m not a girl, not yet a woman’, and yes I’m still confused about that too. I suddenly realised I graduated 5 years ago and that I’d never been backpacking around the world. My hangovers were the worst they’d ever been and I wasn’t getting asked for ID anymore.

Leading up to my 26th birthday I started to think more about my career, relationships, living arrangements and of course settling down. When should I settle in one place (as I’ve moved house 12 times in 7 years)? Should I visit my family up north more? Should I buy a house? Or more to the point, can I afford a house? My work mates seemed to think it was hilarious that I was worried about these things, probably because they are all over the age of 30. As someone who wants to try and achieve it all, whatever that may be, I started to believe I was running out of time before I have to think about the inevitable KIDS! Society has put so much pressure on women to ‘have it all’, the career, the looks, the family and all in such a short space of time before we ‘run out of time’. Many of my female friends in their late 20s are questioning things they never usually would, which leads me to question, were we having a quarter-life crisis? Does that even exist? We called Dr Christian (the buff one off Embarrassing Bodies) on the Capital Breakfast show for his advice on the subject and he refused to comment, which makes me think it doesn’t.

However if it does exist my answer would be YES, I think I was having one….well kind of. I wasn’t spending shed loads of money on credit cards and signing up to Tinder but I was assessing pretty much everything. I don’t feel or act any older than 22 but when you can’t use your young persons railcard and you start looking into mortgages and the best interest rates you do feel a bit older. The solution? Hang around with older people so you feel younger? Run away to Thailand? To be honest I don’t have one, but going backwards on your Facebook photos will make you feel better about yourself, I mean what were you thinking with that hair and outfit? At least you don’t look like that anymore! I’ve come to realise that worrying about everything isn’t going to help, you’ll have sleepless nights and your older friends will start to think you’re a dick. Just work hard and focus on what you love and don’t compare yourself to people your age. Taylor Swift may be a millionaire songstress at 25 but she didn’t spend the first half of her 20s getting sozzled with her mates and plastering it on Facebook. To follow more posts like this then follow me on Twitter.