Independent Music Monday: Matt Johnson


Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature.

This week, we caught up with Matt Johnson. Back in 2002, Matt auditioned for a TV programme called Popstars: The Rivals, which led on to two bands being created: Girls Aloud and One True Voice. Matt won a place in One True Voice, and they got to number two in the UK charts with their debut single, a cover of the Bee Gees song Sacred Trust. Sadly, One True Voice split up in 2003 but Matt has been performing ever since then.

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:

Charity Tuesday: Charlies-Angel-Centre

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Up and down the country, there are thousands of people doing good deeds every day, and we decided to celebrate the great work that charities undergo with a regular feature on Tuesdays, to tie-in with #CharityTuesday on Twitter. We caught up with Sam to find out more about bereavement charity Charlies-Angel-Centre.

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Charity:

Independent Music Monday: Clever Little Tramps


This is our first Independent Music Monday, and this week we’re focusing on a band from Wirral, Merseyside called Clever Little Tramps. We’re listened to quite a few of their songs and we love their sound. Clever lyrics with catchy melodies, what’s not to love! We caught up with lead singer Russell to find out more.

You can read the full interview over at Merryn Music:

Shops We Love: Lylia Rose

One of our favourite shops online is Lylia Rose, run by the lovely Victoria Sully. We love so many items on her website that we really need a lottery win to be able to buy all of the things we’d like to! As well as having an online shop, Victoria is also a blogger and you can read more about her blog here. We also love that Victoria offer free 1st class UK delivery, this leaves us with more money for goodies! Back on 19th October 2014, Victoria won Theo Paphitis’ Small Sunday Business award, you can see her page on the Small Business Sunday website here.

We caught up with Victoria to find out more Victoria and Lylia Rose.

How did Lylia Rose begin?
I started Lylia Rose when on maternity with my first baby. Originally I made handmade cards as a hobby and decided to sell them on Etsy. I never had a business plan or set out to have my own business; it all just evolved and happened! I started making handmade jewellery to sell alongside the cards on Etsy, then I began sourcing readymade jewellery to sell on my Facebook page at the time. This has since evolved into an online store filled with costume jewellery, fashion accessories and gifts. I sadly don’t make anymore, but this could change once my children are both at school and I have more time. I’m always coming up with new business ideas! The other side of the business is a lifestyle blog which has now turned into a business in its own right.

Where did the name Lylia Rose come from?
I was originally trying to find a store name on Etsy with my daughter’s name, Bella Rose. All variations of this, even mixed with my own name Victoria, were taken. I spent ages trying to pick a store name which wasn’t already in use and tried ‘Lylia’ as it was my second favourite girls name at the time. Lylia Rose was available, so I snapped it up instantly!

Do you have any plans to expand the range, such as homewares?
I have dabbled recently in selling a few gifts and homewares and it’s definitely something I’d like to sell more of. I’d also like to sell clothes and possibly natural beauty products as I’m very passionate about these. Watch this space!

What are your own favourite accessories?
Scarves! I absolutely love scarves. In the winter I love to wrap up in a huge blanket scarf to stay cosy. I’m not without it on cold days! For the rest of the year and indoors in winter months, I’m usually never without a lightweight printed scarf. As well as having the practical use of keeping necks and chests cosier, the prints are also a great fashion statement. My outfit could be pretty plain and boring, but the addition of a bright floral printed scarf can totally change the look.

Below are our 3 favourites from Lylia Rose (click on the image to go straight to the product’s webpage)

Pineapple Print Purse

Rose Gold Bird Earrings

Orange Elephant Print Scarf

You can follow Lylia Rose on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Do you want to be part of a World Record Attempt for the most fairies gathered in one place?

On Saturday 18th June 2016, you can be part of a World Record Attempt for the most fairies gathered in one place at Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall. You can find out more at 3 Wishes Faery Fest’s Twitter account. We wish them luck in their mission! 🙂

Do you have any old shoes to donate to #adayinmyshoes World Record Attempt in Hull?

On Sunday 3rd July 2016, you could help to set a new World Record for the most shoes in a continuous line at the KC Stadium in Hull. The current World Record is around 25,000 shoes and this was set by a group of American students.  This is all to help raise awareness surrounding homelessness. There are many drop off points:

You can find out more about the World Record attempt on the Facebook event page or via the Twitter account. We wish them all the best of luck and hope they break the World Record!