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100 day song challenge #27

#27 A song that will always be in your top 5 favorites

I have some issue with this category; I am old enough to know that nothing lasts forever and we both know hearts can change. (Yes HI, ex GN’R fangirl here, quote November Rain lyrics, I can do it in my sleep.)

However.

I’d say there is a fair chance that Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance will remain one of my absolute fave songs ever for a long time yet. I’ve listened to it for hours on repeat, been including it in my playlists for years and years, still nowhere near tired of it.

Nowhere. Near.

Lots of love,

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Top…eight..? Tuesday

It’s been a while! I felt less than inspired by the past few Top Ten Tuesday topics from The Broke and the Bookish – not because they were bad topics. Heaven’s no! It is, unfortunately, more of a case of struggling to find books fitting the topic. What can I say; at times, I’m a bad reader. Or forgetful. At best.

But this week’s topic, it appeals to me! The topic is Back To School Freebie. So any type list related to school. A chance to make my very own Required Reading you say? Would not pass it up! See, I always want to beat people over the head with books. It’s my favorite threat of all the threats.

This list is required reading for, well, mankind really, but especially those of you who’ve asked your fave YouTuber, when she’s making a Q&A, how she remains looking so svelte (whose content is not even about dieting); YouTubers in tears because they’re “not pretty enough” to make a living off of YouTube (OH FFS, it’s not about pretty, it’s about the fact that you for unknown reasons are not doing the stuff you’re actually goddamn brilliant at); those of us stuck in the vicious circle of restricting and binging, especially those who think they’re “well” but still subscribing to project thin; us lot especially require this reading.

Required Reading

1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Starting with the obvious. It’s been translated to many, many languages, pick a choice! Also; you don’t have to read it all in one go. Pick whatever appeals to you at the time, save the rest for later. I always like any part about menstruating.

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PS. Best book for beating. This is a true brick.

2. Hur man botar en feminist (How to cure a feminist) by Nanna Johansson. Now this is a bit tricker unless you’ve got a fairly good grasp of the Swedish language. I’d be happy to translate it for you though. Again with the menstruation:

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Ööö, are you on the rag or what? – Sure am! How much do you need?

3. Unspeakable Things by Penny Laurie. Mentioned I love this book a while back. And I really do. My English copy still awaits reading, so looking forward to!

Penny Laurie you can't win

The game is rigged. You can’t win, because nobody wins. If you don’t diet, blow-out your hair, spend your spare cash on beauty treatments and fashionable clothes, you’re considered inferior, letting down professional standards – but if you do, you’re an idiot bimbo.

4. Feminist Political Theory by Valerie Bryson. This is my go-to book for feminist theory. It was on the reading list when I studied gender theory, the lecturer warned us the author was a left-wing sympathizer and we should keep that in mind while reading. I.e. perfect for beating some sense into the most insensible of persons? Favorite chapter: the one on radical feminism.

Valerie Bryson Feminist Political Theory

5. Kroppspanik (Body anxiety) by Julia Skott. Because this book talks a lot about that which just isn’t (cannot?) be said enough:

I want you to step off of the scale, stop pinching your fat, real or imagined, and stop worrying about three or eight or forty kilos too much or too little. Regardless of what you look like, regardless of what you weigh, it’s a waste of time to worry and feel bad about it.

6. Mina vackra ögon (My beautiful eyes) by Nina Hemmingsson. Really, any of Nina’s comics. I love her drawings and sense of humor. Always puts me in a good mood.

Nina Hemmingsson

I’ve got nothing more to say. Well. I’ve got to get going. You’ll never see me again.

7. Under det rosa täcket (Under the Pink Cover) by Nina Björk. This is a Swedish classic, and rightly so. My copy is starting to disintegrate. My favorite chapter: where she discusses Dirty Weekend, Thelma & Louise, and Ambition.

Nina Björk Under det rosa täcket

It is not until a woman stops being “feminine” that she stops being oppressed. Are these our only two options?

8. Det kallas manshat (It’s called hating men) by Carin Holmberg. There is only ONE thing that’s not great about this book; it’s very slim, not made for beating really. But you’ll be able to read it through quickly enough. Obviously means you can read it a number of times too, easy.

Det kallas manshat Carin Holmberg

SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HATING WOMEN AND HATING MEN // The societal hatred of women is a far more profound problem than any hatred of men. The hatred of women permeates society as a whole and is reproduced and supported by women and men alike.

xo,

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Better late than never; Weekly summary

Needless to say, the soundtrack of last week was mainly Architects, with a bit of Amity Affliction and Bring Me the Horizon thrown in for good measure. In fact, my brain was so into listening to Architects it down-prioritized sleep. Slowly starting to accept that sleep is not at the top of my to-do list. Not last week, not this week, unlikely to be any time in the near future.

We’re all loving Gone with the wind an extra lot. How unpredictable.

First workout class of the semester. And I worry. I worry that I’m over Friskis. I was so thoroughly bored I nearly left. And they’re still not playing Throne. How is no workout class ever playing Throne? That is just wrong.

Spent my last couple of days of summer vacay in the UK. 24 hours in London, followed by a couple of days in Brighton. Lots of walking and lots of shopping.

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Oh HELLO it’s you again

Saw Thrice play at the Forum. It was all sorts of good. Just a shame about the complete lack of oxygen at the venue. I was about one song from unconscious by the time we left. Also: opening act Milk Teeth. How I wish it was my cup of tea.

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Pic stolen from Upset Magazine

Discovered my new fave look: orange eye! It must be good because complete strangers have complimented me on it (??).

Had lots fab vegan food. Seriously, Food for Friends and Rootcandi; basically reasons to visit Brighton.

Got some good wear out of my platform sandals. The fact that I didn’t break anything while teetering around London, carrying all of my luggage, and all over Brighton, including the pebbled beach is nothing short of a miracle. I feel as if I’ve got mad skills. Had to order me a more season appropriate pair, a pair of Roobin’s.

All and all: good week. Should have prepared me for the hell that’s first week of the semester. It obviously did not.

xo,

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100 DAY SONG CHALLENGE #52

#52 A song with featuring a great guitar solo guitarist

Let’s take a moment to appreciate that for a while, this guy graced us with his presence, making our existence a little less dreary:

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Architect’s mastermind Tom Searle, pic from all over the internet.

I for one feel unbelievably fortunate. Once I get past the whole Really!? There was no one else you could take!? I could think of at least 10 other musicians that we could have sacrificed! And I’m talking about good musicians, not the ones we’d be better off without. I mean I get it, this was clearly payment for something. You can’t pay with something that is useless.

I mentioned on Sunday that Architect’s Tom Searle passed away on the 20th. Didn’t know him, never met; it still makes me feel as if it’s a little hard to breathe. (Don’t tell my mum, she’ll disown me.)

I wasn’t going to do repeats in this challenge unless absolutely necessary. Necessity is questionable, but I’m going to anyway. This is going to be another Architects song.

Despite being a complete guitar illiterate, for me, the guitars were a main selling point, what finally convinced me I should be listening to this band. Point in case: I’ve been sat listening to this more than once. And I don’t play the guitar. At all.

Architects is clearly a given for this entry. Even though I had planned to pick something else entirely; there was always the risk that this would just read like a long list of songs by Architects, so I’m making a conscious effort to choose other songs. Had I not I already mentioned A Match Made in Heaven in another post, that would have been my pick; the intro alone made me think FFS NO, this band can’t be this good, I can’t take it.

For this category, let’s have a song from their previous release Lost Forever // Lost Together. Let’s have Naysayer. Not only because it’s a great track, but because there are some mesmerizing effects in this video. ..and maybe because I want to go a little easy on you and not put you off.

The band’s still going to tour (can’t even begin to imagine how hard it’ll be, bless them and all the love ♥♥♥). I’ve got tickets for two shows already, and I’m making plans to use my last two days of vacay and add another date to my itinerary. Surely I don’t have to explain why?

Lots of love,

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Reading challenge; A mystery

Another category of the reading challenge down!

This time, I am actually quite excited about my read! So get your pen and paper, or GoodReads, or whatever you use; you’re going to want to add Blythewood by Carol Goodman to your list.

Or maybe not. I know there are people who are really less than impressed by Carol’s work, but me, I LOVE Carol. Her books, or the ones I’ve read, are all quite similar: there’s generally a mystery, the setting is generally school, and there are supernatural features, Faerie is frequently mentioned, as is Scotland. I’m sure there are people who’d complain that her work is “too samey” – but I don’t mind it one bit! Probably because she incorporates many of my favorite features.

If I was going to say one thing that could be a negative it’s that the mystery, you can usually figure it out. But then, doesn’t that just make you feel awfully clever? That’s kinda nice, right? But I guess some people don’t want that (??).

In addition, this time, she’s set the story in my favorite era: the early 1900s. Same era as many of Agnes von Krusenstjerna’s work, same era as The Knick (♥♥♥). This is a random and inexplicable obsession of mine; there’s no logic behind it.

The plot, the plot, what’s the plot? I’ll just give you the blurb, because I’m not sure I can say anything sensible and not just plain gush:

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

So this is like if Harry Potter was a girl, and kinda, romance?

Like my previous read, this was also a book I was looking forward to reading, but unlike last time, I was not disappointed. This book comes with my highest recommendations! I’m ordering part 2 and 3 asap. Not sure how to fit it into my challenge, guess I’ll have to be real creative.

xo,

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What’s in my makeup bag; Work edition

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On a daily basis, I bring the following to work:

  1. 1 hand mirror; learned the use of these as late as back in May when I was caught out in lots of rain. Verdammt! Won’t catch me leaving the house without a mirror no more.
  2. 1 kabuki brush + a NYX finishing powder. I had a Real Techniques travel brush and a BareMinerals loose powder that basically lived in my handbag, but they’ve gone missing. These will do for now.
  3. The darkest brown Makeup Store eye shadow + travel size Real Techniques brush. Instead of eyeliner under bottom lashes, to touch up.
  4. 2 eyeliners, 1 Lumene (wing) + 1 Soap & Glory Supercat (lid). The idea is that because I go to work so early in the morning, cat eye is applied at work. So far that has not happened. But you know, just in case I’m ever in the mood/severely bored.
  5. 1 purple eyeliner; for touch ups on days I wear purple eye shadow.
  6. 1 Sleek eyebrow pen; just in case brows start to slip. ..it could happen..?
  7. 3 hair clips. To get hair out of face if I’ve made some sort of misjudgment. V.v. important.
  8. A couple of painkillers; never know when you might need them. I’ve got a pair in all sorts of places.
  9. Most importantly: 1 lip primer and whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day. This day I was wearing my fave NYX matte in Minx.

 

What products are your absolute essentials?

xo,

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100 DAY SONG CHALLENGE #80

#80 A song from an album with a beautiful cover

Easy peasy! I’ve always been very partial to Tindersticks’ Curtains artworkThis one:

2016-04-23 Tindersticks Curtains

The song Another Night In starts once they’re done with the French speaking:

It’s a friggin beautiful song too, I dare you not to love it. Those strings, and oh Stuart is one of my absolute fave singers ever. Great, yes?

xo,

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