November wrap-up

November. It’s not my favorite month. But let’s try an focus on the good bits.

Two tracks I loved

This version of Northlane’s Solar:

The brand new Boxer Rebellion track, Love Yourself:

I do also want to mention the reworked version of Deaf Havana’s Ashes, ashes, it’s absolutely scrumptious; the Bear’s Den track Auld Wives, far from tired of; Dayseeker’s cover of Thrice’s Hurricane; and the Xcerts Hold on to you heart—all of which I’ve mentioned in posts recently, and which I’m still very much loving.

Watched

Architects @ Maida Vale.

Was confused as to why anyone would choose to cover Nirvana, because I mean, Hole?? (I’m obvs talking about the other track from this session, Territorial Pissings, clearly assuming everyone knows about it.) Just imagine how brilliant that would have been, a Hole cover. There are too few Hole covers in this world.

Love it or list it. Been looking like mad for the UK version; and it was available on Viafree all along! Where I also found Ensam mamma söker. Which is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Finds

Dayseeker. I’m a sucker for some good old post-hardcore. And Thrice covers.

Soap & Glory One heck of a blot primer.

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Brilliant budget primer! Does all I want a primer to do: keeps oils in check, reduces appearance of pores. Why you no in Sweden shops, whyy?

MUA’s Eye Define Nourish & Care mascara.

final1511685962074Where have you been all my life?? It does not smudge, does not transfer, doesn’t crumble, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and is proper black, gives my lower lashes some nice definition, could easily go with one layer, but getting a second layer on is easy. About the nourishing claim. All things considered, I don’t bloody care if it is or not. I was going to get a bunch of mascaras to try when in the UK; instead I just got a backup of this one. Because obvs I like to make life difficult and find a fave mascara than you can’t buy where I live. Although it should be noted that Superdrug now ships to Sweden and I am v. v. happy about it!

And also, these three:

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Superdrug’s Hair therapy oil with argan. So good I want to buy all products in this line. ALL OF THEM. The good news is that it is very much a budget range. Proper cheap. Must remember not to try the Maria Nila argan oil ever, because it’ll be even better for sure, and it’s wa-ay more pricey.

B. bronzer in light. I’ve never been a bronzer user. I’ve always felt it was a product for people interested in a healthy look, i.e. not me. However. As it turns out. Because I recently realized bronzer can be applied quicker and with less precision than contour, and restores some life into your face when you’ve put on foundation, it’s become a definite favorite.

Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Life would be infinitely easier if expensive products just just weren’t great. Damn you Urban Decay!

Miscellaneous

Visited Brighton, went to see Deaf Havana. If they’re ever playing around your parts, do go! Trust me. You will not regret it.

Was as excited as this person about the final song:

Also, you’d think you wouldn’t want to go to the UK in November. I’d say it’s not a bad time to go at all, now that I’m apparently in the habit of going in November. It wasn’t rainier than usual, it’s not cold and less people-dense, which is kinda nice. May is possibly a slightly better month, but not by much.

Following my Brighton visit, was tagged by one of the restaurants I visited on Insta. With a reference to my post including picture. Oh dear. Does this mean I’m going to have to make an effort when I take pictures of food? In my mind, I have like one reader, you know? And it’s not Purezza in Brighton. Because, how do you even find my blog unless it’s in your feed right here on WordPress??

Dyed hair purple. Again. Mixed in some red this time to make it, well, a more red purple. I dunno. On the one hand I love hair this dark, even if it’s only for a while, on the other, feels like purple hair makes my skin appear yellow. Also, it quickly washes out to a red-ish color, probably because previously dying said hair red. If only my hair could just go completely gray already, that’d be nice.

Stopped washing my hair in hard water. OK. So. I’m going through lengths to not wash my hair in hard water, i.e. at home. What caused this: washed my hair pre-dye, turned my scalp into all dry flakes. You know that weird girl in The Breakfast Club making it snow over a drawing? It was like that. It was horrible. And I only wash my hair twice a week. And I don’t use a lot of shampoo. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME??

Enter washing hair at gym. Sometimes at my parent’s, to be fair. Cannot wait to move because soft water, SOFT WATER. (One of the main reasons I even decided to move? Erm, is it bad if it is?)

I sometimes wonder if I’m just crazy. Most people wash their hair in hard water. I’ve literally never come across anyone complaining about it. Until the other day (it was a Monday, couple of weeks ago), Lily Melrose mentioned the hard water in Brighton wrecks havoc with her hair. AHA! I take that as confirmation; it’s not just me. And she’s got a better starting point than me (i.e. thick hair, as opposed to my typically Scandinavian hair), sooo. I’m not being unreasonable?

Upped my gym game. Because I wash my hair at the gym I now go to classes I don’t love. So that I can wash my hair. Not sure how long I can keep this up though. Oh. And also, I’ve worked it so that I can go to a body pump class on Saturdays. Because current mood: lift heavy things. If you’ve never been to body pump, the main appeal of this class is that you can tell the difference in no time. One class a week, and already after two weeks you can add weight to your bar. So satisfying. 

 

Monthly menstrual report

PMS was bad and I developed a distaste for all music I generally like. The only thing I could stand was a Yann Tiersen record I hadn’t listened to before, love this track:

Anyway. Great info from Clue in my insights e-mail:

Problems with sleep are most common during the premenstrual phase. Fight fatigue by going to bed at the similar times, reducing napping times and keeping the room temperature nice and cool. 

And one and all used to troubled sleeping are now fuming. Going to bed similar times?? No napping?? Keep room cool?? Do you think I’m stupid??? If either of these things solve your “sleeping problems”; good. for. you. You haven’t the faintest what sleeping problems really involve.

In other news. Most recent period was not its usual evil self; I got my period just in time to be off my period for my trip to the UK. Unheard of! Who are you and what have you done with my period??

So.

Bring on December?

PS. If you made it this far, WELL DONE! Truly, I’m impressed.

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Endless Blog Challenge

We’re finally approaching the end of this miserable month!

First topic for next week should come as no surprise:

November summary. Requires to further explanation.

For the rest of the month, I thought we’d do things a little differently. For December, up until the 24th, I propose the following short topics:

i. Christmas decorations

ii. Christmas tradition

iii. Christmas link love

iv. Christmas DIY

v. Christmas wishlist

vi. Christmas inspiration

vii. Christmas break

viii. Christmas red

ix. Christmas preparations

x. Last Christmas

xi. Christmas playlist

xii. Christmas dessert

xiii. Christmas lights

xiv. Christmas favorites

xv. Christmas tree

xvi. Christmas treats

xvii. Christmas essentials

xviii. Christmas cocktails

xix. Christmas market

xx. Christmas charity

xxi. Christmas wreath

xxii. Christmas gift-wrapping

xxiii. Christmas movies

xxiv. Christmas eve outfit

To encourage thinking outside the box, I’m not going to explain the topics. Even if I really want to. Because that’s the kind of control freak I am.

Obviously, you could do as many or few as you like, in whatever order.

 

For the final week of December I propose skipping the monthly summary/favorites and focusing on a Best of 2017 post.

4 things in my online cart

Kicks.se

Tricked into adding these things to my cart by emails informing me it’s 20% off all weekend (yea..I kinda already ordered this stuff), but also, that thing I mentioned the other day, about there being perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in some makeup, I have used it as an excuse to splurge on the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation.

Both of my two current favorite foundations from Lumene, foundations I had not plans what so ever to ever abandon, yeah that stuff is in them. I just can’t keep putting something on my face that I know is toxic. Just can’t.

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Added a foundation brush to my cart just in case the Urban Decay foundation doesn’t apply well with a sponge.

And. I’m in a tinted lip gloss kinda mood, and I wanted another shade (in my defense, I only have one other tinted lip gloss), and that damn mud mask from Pixi, it just makes me very interested in trying all Pixi products because it’s sooo good.

Three down, one to go!

HM.se

I need black knits of reasonable length. I.e. not reaching knees, that can be worn with jeans, as opposed to leggings.

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Still debating if I’m getting them or not. I might go to a physical shop. I might want to feel the material before buying.

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5 likes

ONE

TWO

THREE

This is a paraphrasing of a very famous poem by Edith Södergran (♥) called Dagen svalnar, which seems to have been translated as The Day Cools. Not sure if it’s an official translation. Seems very literal, but the second line in the poem, drink the warmth from my hand, doesn’t really make sense it’s translated differently.

Anyway

The original (translated into English) reads:

You were looking for a woman
You found a soul—
You’re disappointed

Spinster’s rendition reads:

I was looking for life virtues
I found liberal feminism—
I’m disappointed
(And I stand by it)

FOUR

Because POLICY AND CHANGE.

FIVE

Don’t you just love people who vlog in the middle of major life changes? Especially when it’s someone you already love and follow?

IF I was the sort of person who commented on videos on YouTube, which I’m not, I’d probably comment that

a. Yes, Sam did a good job promoting your channel (unintentionally I’m sure, but he did), but if it wasn’t for the vegan peanut butter brownies, wouldn’t have cared, and
b. Would not have stuck around if you weren’t brilliant. Which you are.
c. …and can I just say. While I’m obsessed with Architects (understatement of the year), never watched your channel in order to see Sam. I’m not sure what that means. But I’m pretty sure it’s good. At least from a feminist perspective?

What I learned from this little exercise: it is good for the soul to go through your likes every once in a while. Should probably do it more often.

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3 x Famous Blue Raincoat

Originally, I was going to go with Lana del Rey’s Born to Die, because I have listened to Amity Affliction’s cover to such an extent that the original just sounds wrong to me now. This one:

I thought I knew of another two covers of this song.

It appears I don’t. One of them was a cover of Video Games (Roddy Hart). Or actually. When I realized it was the wrong song, I vaguely recalled David Bonk (guy from the band Panik, which no longer exists) covering a Lana del Rey song. Turns out, it was also Video Games.

Apparently I can’t tell these two songs apart.

So we’re going with an old favorite instead, Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat. I rarely listen to the original, but quite frequently to these versions:

Tori Amos:

(Tori Amos, by the way, is an absolute goldmine when it comes to covers. Maybe it’s just because she has pretty much the best taste in music. I fully expect her to start covering all my metalcore favorites aaany day now.)

Joan Baez:

Lucky Jim:

And I need to also mention The Handsome Family’s version:

See? I had to mention it, right?

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Endless Blog Challenge

Because last week’s threes were such fun, let’s do some more numbers!

3 [song] covers. Yes. What I am asking you is indeed to list 3 covers of the same song. That you actually have listened to.

4 things in my online cart. I’m assuming that at any point in time, most of us have things lying about in online carts. Doesn’t have to be the same cart, a variation of carts will do!

5 likes. Share five posts on any platform you have recently liked.

Bis später!

3 new things

Sudden and unexpected break in language review on account of my laptop running out of battery and I can’t find no way to charge it. That’s great. Will have to go to into the office later.

In the mean time, let’s do a post! Without further ado, three new things in my life:

ONE

Dayseeker. Found this little gem in one of my playlists:

Clearly a Spotify recommendation I listened to once (she said with certainty because she has last.fm and can actually check these things), put in a playlist and then forgot about.

Dayseeker is a new acquaintance for me, and clearly this is a band with skills in the album department. It’s not just this one off song that is listenable. Makes me v. v. happy!

Do give it a go, if nothing else, at least this cover of Adele’s Hello, just because metal covers of any Adele song, it is interesting. (..even if this particular cover just barely qualifies as metal.)

Although personally, if I was going to listen to one of their covers I’d pick their Thrice cover. You know when you see a track called Hurricane and you think it’s probably a 30STM cover, which isn’t bad at all, but then you click it and it turns out it Thrice? That. Feeling. It’s basically love.  

TWO

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eye shadow palette. 

I only picked it up because of the 3 for 2 on makeup deal. But oh. How I love it. It has all the shades I crave; there’s an orange one, range of pinks, the purples are well nice. I was a bit hesitant about the ones with the matallic/sparkly finish but they are actually really nice.

And it blends so beautifully with no fallout. Meets all my needs when travelling; almost a shame I have no plans to go anywhere. Almost.

Seriously. This one. My holy grail palette. Took me by complete surprise.

I’ve even used the godawful brush that came with it. Works well with the pale brown shade tho; used brush to shade (as opposed to draw on) my brows. So pleased!

THREE

New car insurance. This is probably not interesting to anyone, but let me tell you why I decided to get a brand new insurance; my insurance company doesn’t answer my emails. I flat out refuse to have an insurance company that doesn’t live in this century.  One time I emailed them a question and they emailed back to tell me to call them.

??!!??

Well that, and I found an insurance that was cheaper. But mostly I was furious because they don’t answer emails.

That’s a..rational behavior. Right?

Almost made the list: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid. I’ve learned something new. Or, I’m in the process of.

Apparently there is something called perfluorooctanesulfonic acid that makeup companies like to stick in all sorts of otherwise good makeup. Problem with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid is that it’s toxic and absolutely terrible for the environment; haven’t had time to really look into it yet (damn my inability to assess time needed for language review) and I’m not sure what to think. Am I going to have to make changes to my makeup? Again?

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A Friday playlist

This is what I’m listening to on repeat for the rest of the day:

Counting on it to get me through approx 70 pages of language review. Which I am deeply, deeply regretting. I don’t want to be mean but, if you’re not sure if it’s we are or we is, maybe you shouldn’t write a book in English..?

So that’s my Friday. Saturday. And probably most of Sunday too. No 1 reason I’m just never ever going to be a freelance translator: I am a super optimist when it comes to time required for review/translation. Massive miscalculation. Massive.

The one area in life where I am an optimist, and it had to be this.

What’s the soundtrack to your Friday??

3 x Phoenix

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you call a song Phoenix, it must be included in a workout class playlist.

Example 1, Fall Out Boy:

Example 2, The Solution:

Which is why I’m expecting to walk into a workout class playing Alazka’s Phoenix aaaany day now:

 

Bonus example: Molly Sandén:

 

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Two days in Brighton

You might have noticed I like to go to the UK to see bands. It’s pretty much the only thing that will make me travel.

Not that I’d go to see any old band, it has to be worthwhile.

Deaf Havana, in case you didn’t know, so worth it.

When Deaf Havana plays Concorde 2 in Brighton, you pack your bags and you go; doesn’t matter that you live nowhere near Brighton or even the UK. You make sure to get your ass there.

So Thursday morning I woke up in at the YHA in Brighton.

Let’s talk about YHA for a minute. According to TripAdvisor, this isn’t a bad place to stay. I would say, the only reason to stay at the YHA is if you’re on a budget/don’t really care where you stay long as it’s central, or want an easy walking distance to Concorde 2. It’s not terrible, but I’d hesitate to book it again.

They serve breakfast at the YHA, but I opted for a three minute walk to the Breakfast Club, where I had rye toast with avocado and cannellini beans and a cup of Earl Grey.

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I really liked this breakfast:

  1. They’d seasoned it with just the right amount of garlic, it was delish!
  2. They really didn’t skimp on the rye, nor the avocado, or the beans.
  3. Kept me full way past lunch time, which was super convenient.

Next up: shopping. I have literally no sense; I love shopping at typical UK chain stores. Superdrug. Boots. New Look. North Laines? Pah! Mebbe tomorrow, if I feel up to it.

Actually, first stop was Deichmann, found myself some cheapass slippers, super pleased!

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Next stop, Marks & Spencer. I’d noted that Pixi is about £ 10 cheaper in the UK than in Sweden. That has to count as a bargain?? Got myself these two that I’ve been lusting for:

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Superdrug was sort of a let down. They didn’t have even half the stuff I was planning on getting, but hey, good for my finances, so I’m not complaining!

At Boots, I found a bunch of stuff. Including more mask tools; another brush and some sponges? Don’t mind if I do!

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I’d actually gotten a few bits the day before too, including this amazing primer which I was trying out, may well be a new favorite (which is probably not good at all because I think Soap & Glory is no longer cruelty free?):

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Oh yes, girl from the Benefit counter asked if she could draw some eyebrows on me. I surprised myself buy saying OK, but can we just agree that the current brow trend it just doesn’t work on me. I mean look:

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There is not a product on this earth that will make my brows look anything but patchy. There just isn’t. And I’m not into that look.

My eyeshadow tho (well, it’s blush, but you know what I mean), was apparently not bad at all. I got compliments on it. From strangers. Although I so wonder if they really weren’t thinking that just looks mad. Not that it matters. I like it, and I’ve bought more.

I also love going to Holland & Barrett to get lots and lots of raw bars. Also found the Vego bar which was exactly as amazing as people say:

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Had a late lunch at Wai Kika Moo Kau; not bad at all, would go back. Even if the conversation with the waitress was quite confusing. I asked for a burger with no bun (as stated on the goddamn menu) and she responded with a confused “No bun? You mean bread?” (English was not her native tongue either, but you’d think maybe she knew what the meny said..?) Yes well, the sweet potato + bean burger was very much approved.

Since I still had time to spend before the gig, I went down to the beach and walked and walked.

Picked up an excellent dinner consisting of a fruit cup and a bottle of fabulous orange/peach water (whyyy don’t we have still flavored water in Sweden?) on my way back to the hotel:final1510336784032

Which meant I still had enough time to slap on a wee mask before getting ready:

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Despite its price, not crap, not at all.

More pricey, and unfortunately also not crap, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. So far, it seems to be as good as people say. Dammit! If only all expensive things were crap in nice wrapping. That’d make life slightly easier.

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Slapped on makeup in my usual fashion, purple shadow this time, put on a flannel shirt and looked pretty much the way I always do:

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Excellent choice of attire on my part; flannel shirt and shorts is exactly what you want at a sold out Concorde 2 in November. Just saying. Important to be comfortable when you’re going to be standing in a crowd for a few hours. As that in itself is trying enough.

Although lord know why I bothered with makeup. Putting on makeup to stand around in a dark room with a bunch of strangers? Yes. Makes perfect sense. (???)

Absolutely loved the show. It does not seem unreasonable at all to go from Sweden to the UK to see Deaf Havana, zero percent.

Let’s take a moment to admire the singer’s lovely new haircut:

another one from the very talented @thomaslislebrooker

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Apparently, being blond is a struggle. He told us all about it during the gig. Not sure at all what the context was. But ehm. If he’s not concerned with context, I guess that’s fine?

Other things I wonder: if you are trying to be less conspicuous, should you be wearing a yellow hoodie? Like the singer in that band starting with an A that I like did. At said gig. Or did he think it was cold and that was why he wore the hoodie up?

Moving on…

Friday!

On Friday I used my phone to navigate me to the Green Kitchen where I had pancakes and the best cup of Earl Grey Cream I have had in my life. Do I regret not going back to Bluebird Tea to get a package? So much. Praying Kahl’s version of it is as good. Not that I need more tea, but still.

On my way to the North Laines, I stepped into another Superdrug, and ended up getting this lovely Makeup Revolution palette (because clearly I need more pink shades):

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As for North Laines…it just stresses me out. I ended up going back to the beach; I’ve a zillion pictures of the ocean. As if. I’ve never seen a large body of water before.

Also, found my new favorite plant:

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Another late lunch, no veggies but a large glass of rosé at Food for Friends:final1510430131536

Actually. I don’t understand why this pasta dish does not come with KALE. Yes. Two days is all it takes for me to start missing plates piled high with veggies.

On the topic of food, I also want to mention Purezza. I got to Brighton on Wednesday and headed directly to Purezza for one of their vegan pizzas.

I don’t generally eat pizzas. It’s not a vegan thing, they just didn’t appeal to me much beyond the age of about 15. But this, if this was a standard pizza, I’d be converted instantly:

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Beets. Rocket. There was some vegan cheese there too (some is key here), it was absolutely lovely. I need to go back and try their desserts.

I was back in Sweden by Saturday evening. While I was quite happy to be back home, have I already tried to talk sis into booking another trip to the UK in 2018? Yes I have. Not that Brighton isn’t great, but I do want to go back to Glasgow next time. Provided someone worthwhile is playing. It’s not looking good.

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