In which I introduce a tag with a short rant

I’ve been roaming around WordPress to find new blogs to follow.

It ain’t going great.

I’m specifically looking for blogs written by people my age, because life advice from 20-somethings..it does get a bit frustrating when you’re no longer 20, and also blogs written by people with similar interests, and/or a more varied content.

Makeup is great and all, but I have other interests too.

Being even more specific…I need more blogs that rant on music related topics. Rant! I don’t want anything under the impression of being objective, no reviews or “let me tell you about this band” because BORING. I want to know about what music people consume, the how, what and when.

I would say I also need more feminist blogs. But there are too many types of feminism that I don’t agree with. Not to mention the ones I’ve stumbled on trying to explain the basics to others while trying to be not too extreme (WTF!? Be extreme or go away). Just makes me want to ram my head in the wall. VALERIE BRYSON, ANYONE?!?

Yes.

I’ll just stick with the feminists I follow on other platforms. Besides, you really only need fannyarsinoe in your life and you’re covered. (YES I’M A FANGIRL, can’t help it.)

What I did find, however, is a good music tag. Next best thing surely!?

I think so. Let’s go!

(Didn’t say where this one is from, thusly no credit.)

Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
If we’re talking about physical albums, then Nick Cave. Yes, I kept them when I decluttered. Einstürzende Neubauten is a close second, and only because they haven’t released as many albums. They’re the nicest ones in my collection though, paper casing. Just saying.

The Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus casing tho, also not bad. A favorite track:


What was the last song you listened to?
Blood in My Mouth by Amity Affliction.

In my blog search, I also came across one blogger who complained about how Amity + In Flames (among others) had changed their sound, and not to the better, so I had to do a compare and contrast. Which is a fun little exercise I highly recommend.

Not sure why I felt compelled to, because the whole premise of the post was it is not as heavy thusly it is worse. SIGH. Yes because we all know heavy equals good. JFC.

In addition to which I don’t agree; neither Amity nor In Flames have become less heavy with each release. They sort of vary. Not that it matters! Because heavy doesn’t equal good.

Seems to me people are going to have learn to differentiate between heavy and a more chaotic sound.

Here’s what I’m thinking. There are bands that at the beginning of their career have ideas that they perhaps not quite have the skills to execute, which makes them more creative. This contributes to a more interesting and somewhat chaotic sound, sometimes mistaken for heavy/less accessible, which in turn means fewer people “get it” contributing to whoever does get it feeling that they’re just sooo cool.

It’s so boring I want to cry.

This song tho!


What’s in your CD player right now?

There’s a CD player in my car. If there is a CD in it it’s either All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects or Relief Through Release by Tura Satana.

If you have somehow managed to not listen to AOGHAU already, you really should give this one track a listen, promise you won’t regret it!


What was the last show you attended?
Architects
in June. They played C.A.N.C.E.R. Not their most accessible track I would say. You?


What was the greatest show you’ve been to?
This sort of assumes that there’s a great difference between shows. I just find that most shows I’ve been to lately, well I mean they’re carried out by competent people, you know? And I’m not overly impressed by people putting on too much of a show.

For example, if I compare the 3 Bring Me the Horizon gigs I’ve been to, I liked the first one the best, the one without all the screens and the arena-size venue. Because the setlist was better and I liked that they were lit from behind. It was a nice effect. I like simple things.

Track that fell off the setlist for the arena tour:


What was the worst show you’ve ever been to?

Erm. I could argue Being as An Ocean because I left after two songs, but I wasn’t there primarily to see Being as an Ocean so that’s a bit unfair. And the main reason for leaving was I was dead tired.

So I’m going to argue 30 Seconds to Mars mainly because:

  1. I still feel Jared is acting the part.
  2. Fine, invite people on stage, but don’t fucking spend 15 minutes picking the exact people to come up. It doesn’t make for a good show.
  3. Bringing out the acoustic guitar. Just nooooo. I’m not saying it’s bad per se, it’s just not my cup of tea.

When they started picking people out of the crowd I left because that’s just where I draw the line.

And anyway. They’d already played The Kill.

Absolutely not seeing them again. No matter how much I love The Kill.

What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
Let’s just say I haven’t been.


What show are you looking forward to?
Deaf Havana
! Brighton!

Also desperately hoping Stray from the Path will add Casey to their UK/Europe tour. It’s extremely unlikely, but my brain is all Capsize is on the bill! They played last time I saw Casey, so maybe!?!??

Yeayea, I’ve got a hangup.


What is your favorite band shirt?

Mmm. Either my Manson one or the Bring Me one.


What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?

I’m not sure I’d want that? What would we do? Go for vegan eats in Glasgow? OH I KNOW. Glasvegas’ Jonna. Because she hangs out in Glasgow. And is from Norrland. I.e. supercool.

And she plays the piano in addition to drums standing. I don’t know how you could be cooler than that?


Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?

I don’t really listen a lot to any band that doesn’t exist right now. I mean there’s My Chemical Romance, but unlike the rest of the world, it’s not something I crave. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I don’t need them to make a comeback. There are other bands.

Also. I used to want Panik back. They’ve recently made a comeback of sorts. And. I’m not happy about it. It makes me sad.

Because. This:

I don’t understand it.


Who is one band/artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to?

I’m going to have to say Nine Inch Nails, aren’t I?

Surely there will be a European tour eventually?


Name four or more flawless albums.

Actually flawless and in I wouldn’t skip a single song? Live Through This by Hole, Lost Forever // Lost Together by Architects and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by the same band and Deaf Havana’s All These Countless Nights.

Almost made the list: Relief Through Release by Tura Satana. That goddamn Nirvana cover, cannot stand it. Let the Ocean Take Me; the outro of Never Alone makes me cringe, ditto last track of Thrice’s To Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere.


How many concerts have you been to in total?
Not that many in my opinion. Can’t be bothered to count though.


Who have you seen the most live?

Architects. Five times. Which in my opinion isn’t that many. But it depends on your frame of reference I guess.

What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Trouble Every Day by Tindersticks. It’s on this compilation:


What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wisened up?
Before I fell into this black hole of post-hardcore type music (it’s what last.fm tells me I to listen to, OK?), I was listening to a lot of singer-songwriter type music, i.e. lots of Richard Hawley, Iain Morrisson, the National, Tindersticks, you know, nice music that doesn’t ask a lot of its listener. I still listen to it, just not as much.


What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ that you hate to admit liking?
I tend to only feel guilty about what ever I’m obsessively listening to at the time, i.e. I feel more guilty about the amount than the actual performer. Except for. I currently feel zero percent guilty that I’m listening to Amity as if there are no other bands.

Think we’ve established I do feel slightly guilty about listening to Korn though. Because they are not with the feminist agenda and I find that problematic.

I obviously tag hitherdither. Anyone else up for a rant about music? I’ll tag you!

How many hoodies + sweatshirts does one person need?

ONE. The one you keep in your gym bag for after workout.

TWO. Band merch. Really depends how many bands you like. I just like the one. Think we’ve established that.

THREE. The one for that one time you were underweight and needed children’s sizes, and was really cheap to boot (i.e. bought on sale).

FOUR. The one for when you thought bright colors were great idea. Yeah, that one time.

FIVE. One that is long and under which you can fit another long sleeve. For when it’s cold out and you want to go out walking. You might want it it two sizes/colors. Because. You walk a lot?

SIX. That one you just love. Actually you need three of it. Different sizes/colors. And it was on sale.

SEVEN. Long one for Saturday mornings. In the winter.

EIGHT. That one you wear when visiting your parents. Because that’s where it’s at. It’s bright orange. Which might also be a reason it’s still there…

NINE. Camouflage print. From the men’s section. Just waiting to embarrass some guy because he’s wearing the same hoodie as an old lady. So basically, one for laughs.

TEN. A grey one from Monki. Because grey goes great with your red hair. Bonus points for long enough to cover upper thighs, but sleeves that are just the right length, and a pocket for your walkman phone.

ELEVEN. Short, wide, with lizards. Did I mention need?

TWELVE. Pink one. Because. Goes great with your red hair. Let’s not talk about the stupid text H&M thought it was a great idea to print on the sleeves.

THIRTEEN. Wolf. That you don’t wear much because it ruins all of the black vests you wear under it.

FOURTEEN. One from Primark that you just could not buy because of nostalgia.

FIFTEEN. Distressed one. Because it makes you feel like Oliver Sykes. Never mind that it’s from Top Shop and not Drop Dead.

SIXTEEN. Animal print.

SEVENTEEN. Best purple color ever.

EIGHTEEN. A warm one. For the coldest of winter.

NINETEEN. Long one with ears. Because you’re about 5 years old.

TWENTY. One with a cat on.

Let’s say that’s all of them. Let’s say I only wear hoodies + sweatshirts. Ever.

Yea.

Let’s.

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See Casey play again. They announced a tour on Monday, but the dates/places are simply no good. So keen to see them again.

Take up running. ???? Something has to be wrong with me, I absolutely hate running. But I keep wanting to feel completely out of breath. Maybe it’ll pass? Or maybe, I’ll device a plan to get started soon as the roads are ice-free?

More daylight. Obvious one. Should make it a point to fit in as much vacation as humanly possible during these horrible months.

New and improved bands in town. Seriously. I want to think that at one point it did work as it should, but right now, it doesn’t feel updated at all. I don’t trust it for a second.

More cats to sit. What I mean is, family sometimes use me as cat sitter. Because I’ve decided I can’t have a cat where I live now, being a cat sitter is the next best thing.

New PVRIS record. I hear it’s coming, excited!

Band merch. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s perfect gym wear. Plus, I do want to support all of my favorites, of course.

New Editors record. No idea if it’s in the works. I can’t work out how to get news about this band. Or maybe there are no news? But their latest offering was so my taste I need more.

A notebook that can be used as bullet journal. You’d think that’d be an easy one. But no. Finding an appropriate notebook around these parts is apparently not easy at all. I’ve been to multiple stores already, I’ve found literally nothing. I’m not prepared to order the official bullet journal just yet, need to try it on for size first. See if it sticks.

Lush hair products. This! I could get at any time. I just want to smell like an entire Lush store. Problem: I don’t actually need any hair products for the time being. And I’m trying to be a bit more mindful shopper.

TBR 2017

Instead of starting another reading challenge, I’ve decided it’s probably a much better idea to make a dent in my to-read list. Top of my TBR pile:

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie. This could turn out to be a massive mistake, these types of books frequently are, but I will give it a go. I’ve been on the search for a good book about Cathereine the Great since I saw Young Catherine in my teens. (Not to be confused with the godawful movie where Catherine Zeta Jones plays Catherine.)

The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner. One can never read too many feminist works.

Daughters of Isis by Joyce A. Tyldesley. About women in ancient Egypt, that’s all I need to know.

Den vita staden [The white city] by Karolina Ramqvist. This book contiues where Flickvännen left off.

Det är något som inte stämmer [Something’s not right] by Martina Haag. I’ve been meaning to write something by Martina for a while now. Must get to it. This one is about, as DN.se puts it “life falling apart”, which appeals to me. Misery, I like reading about it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m giving her another chance, desperately hoping I’ll like this one better than Landlines. I do want to like her.

Girl in a Band by Kim Godon. Because why wouldn’t you want to read about Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon? Regarless of whether you listen to Sonic Youth or not. (I don’t.)

Grejen med verb [The thing about verbs] by Sara Lövenstam. Because I love people who are passionate about grammar.

Grundläggande studier i hoppfullhet och hopplöshet by Linn Spross. Because the brilliant title aside, it’s about Hanna who’s studying political science at Uppsala University. I do love the uni setting.

Hawthorne by Carol Goodman. Last installment in her Blythewood trilogy. I’ve already read the first two parts, can’t very well not read the last one then, can I? Even if the wings the main character suddenly developed bothers me no end.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. Heard good things and I’m a fan of Atwood. All I need to know to be interested really.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I like biographies and I like feminist texts. This book should be a perfect fit, unless I’ve been misinformed.

Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. You had me at Mr Darcy.

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan. I have not been reading enough Tan in my life. Considering how much I love The Joy Luck Club this is a mystery. Will try to rectify this mistake.

Spectacles by Sue Perkins. For the 2016 Reading Challange I was researching books by comedians and this one struck my fancy for whatever reason.

Vad ska en flicka göra? [What’s a girl to do?] by Annika Lantz. Annika did a radio talk on this subject, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, despite having been for her smear tests religiously; loved it so I’m betting this is going to be a brilliant read.

Århundradets kärlekskrig [The love war of the century] by Ebba Witt-Brattström. Because who doesn’t love Ebba? Also, the format is kind of quirky, v. v. keen to see how it reads.

Norrland by PO Tidholm. Recommendation for the 2016 reading challenge, still interested in reading it even if I abandoned the challenge. Who doesn’t want to read a book about Norrland?

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Another feminist work. Loved Bad Feminist so I have high hopes.

The H-Spot: The Feminist Persuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic. Any comment is starting to seem redundant.

House of Names by Colm Tóibín. It’s based on the story about Electra, one of my favorite characters in Greek tragedy.

Additions, questions, comments?

November favorites

Music

It’s been out for a while, but I was suddenly struck by just how great Adna’s Overthinking is.

Fave song live was without a doubt Bring Me the Horizon’s Avalanche. I’ve always liked the song well enough, but live it just hit me.

Became slightly obsessed with a few Little Jinder tracks, as a result of watching Så mycket bättre, like the rest of Sweden. Here’s Super 8:

So looking forward to an entire week of her on this year’s edition of Musikhjälpen. Love her punk rock attitude, it’s going to be so much fun.

Books

For a while there, I was starting to despair. A) Didn’t read an awful lot, B) the ones did read were a bit meh. In addition to which they didn’t fit my challenge. I didn’t even like Ravencliffe.

Texts from Jane Eyre was definitely a fave tho (even if, technically, I did finish it 31 October, but whatever).

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Almost starting to think I need to read Atlas Shrugged, I mean, all evidence suggests it’s kinda funny?

But then I ended the month by reading Estrid by Johanne Hildrebrandt and it was not only good; it was everything I wanted it to be. Still impressed with Johanne’s way with words, how she balances our everyday way of expression with a few well selected words we associate with the old days. It reads so well. And she knows how to draw the reader in. Bonus points for most characters being petty, greedy, just awful people. As in the majority of all characters. Love that.

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Wearables

Big chunky knits were definitely a theme. Also been reaching for jeans (black! the horror that you would think I’d wear denim) way more than I have for ages. Actually don’t think I’ve worn an actual dress/skirt even once. Unless you count oversized knits as dresses.

A pair of Vagabond boots I got on sale (half price, such a find), I just want to live in them. Comfortable + goes with everything. I really want a back-up pair, that is how comfortable they are.

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In terms of makeup, I’ve been obsessed with no-brow, no-liner looks. Quick + easy! Bonus points for making you look creepy.

Social Media

Russell Brand’s Trews!

Also. Bumble on Instagram. I have no idea how I ended up there, but how I love it.

It’s feminism, being introvert, and just not being perfect and sharing it. Just ♥♥♥

Suddenly became completely obsessed with Sarah Hawkinson; been watching for a while, but I’ve started going back and watching v. v. old vids. Not so old vid:

Meanwhile. Where do you go for YouTube recommendations? What YouTube recommends me is just not good enough.

DanArchitects. I’m sure he’s a great drummer and all, but I’m far more impressed with his Twitter skills. I only wish all musicians I followed were this funny, sarcastic, informative. A fave tweet from this month:

(I don’t see why not, most of us seem to deserve it?)

Food

I just have one food related thing on my mind: Glasgow’s Stereo. Visited 3 times the week I was in Glasgow – it was that good. Special mention: their buffalo cauliflower + sun dried tomato, rosemary & chili polenta chips. A-mazing. Combine it with a glass of Sauvignon blanc and it’s just heaven.

And new fave drink Dark & Stormy: ginger beer + rum. Ah ginger. I could marry it.

Series/movies

Finally watched Before the Flood. If like me you’ve been putting it off, there’s really no need. It’s an easy watch despite the serious subject. It made me feel as if we’re in the middle of a the world is flat type discussion.

Bonus: TRez + Atticus Ross made a beautiful soundtrack to it.

Gilmore Girls. Happier about the fact that it was back than the actual content tho. Not that it was bad. Except for that musical thing which which I’m quite upset about. You’ve got 4 episodes and you spend 15 minutes on a terrible musical? WHYYY?

Historieätarna. Has been ZERO PERCENT disappointing. Let’s not think about the fact that this is the last season. It will be missed.

Miscellaneous

Last time I mention my trip to Glasgow, promise! Even rainy days in Glasgow are better than Sweden in November. This is from when we walked along Clyde.

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Blow out I got at Belle & Blackley in Glasgow. While I’m not convinced I should have layers or a Brenda (90210 obvs) type fringe, the blow out was the best I ever did have. I only wish I could be bothered to do it myself.

Architects at ABC; I may have loved Bring Me’s Avalanche a ridiculous amount, and the show was so great – hell I went back for seconds on the 25th in Stockholm – but nothing compares to Architects. Am I considering going to America for more next year? Kinda. A little bit. With any luck the whole tour will be sold out before I do something stupid.

Plans for December

  1. See Jonathan Johansson play
  2. See Amity Affliction + Northlane play
  3. Work all alone in the office because I’m all out of vacay.

xo,

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October blog challenge part 3 of 5

Part 3 of the October blog challenge! Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

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FIFTEEN. Who’s in your playlist?

Bunch of guys + Lady Gaga

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SIXTEEN. Things you’re looking forward to

ARCHITECTS // BRING ME THE HORIZON // AMITY AFFLICTION // BEING AS AN OCEAN // BURNING DOWN ALASKA // NORTHLANE //  BURY TOMORROW // JONATHAN JOHANSSON

CAN YOU SEE HOW EXCITED I AM?!!??

Also. Going to Glasgow. Eating lots of good food, drinking lots of…drinks.

Not forgetting! Having time off work.

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SEVENTEEN. Pet peeves

Oh good! An opportunity to show what a bitter old hag I am!

The list really could go on forever, but on the very top of my list is incorrectly formatted block quotes. NO they should not be centered, NO they should not be in italics, NO there shouldn’t be any quotation marks – I mean JFC, have you seriously not seen a block quote before? You’ve managed to get hired in a research capacity at a uni and you’ve never seen a block quote? You’re just doing this wind me up, aren’t you!?

Another fave is spelling du (you) and dina (your) with capital letters. I’m sorry this is a crime and the punishment should be repeated beatings with Svenska skrivregler. 

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EIGHTEEN. Tattoos/piercings

Another pet peeve right there: incomplete scentences.

OK. I’m trying my hardest to view this as an open question. I can make of it what I want.

Tattoos can be pretty, I have none. Because I would regret it, because I change my mind a lot. That being said. I have a tiny board on Pinterest. Mackintosh, flowers. I would like it.

I also have no piercings. Except for in my ears. 4 in my left and 3 in my right. 5 of them I’ve done myself with a safety pin. Because I used to be clever like that.

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NINETEEN. Wordless Wednesday

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TWENTY. Bucket list

My understanding of what this even is is quite vague. It’s something to do with things you want to do in your life, right?

Should google it. I really should.

At some point.

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TWENTY ONE. Top 5 songs right now

Oo. Three music topics in one entry. Such luxury! Let’s see what trusty old last.fm has to say about it:

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Oh gee. That’s not predictable at all.

xo,

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Top ten Tuesday

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This Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish’s Top ten Tuesday is an excuse to dream some. Shouldn’t be passed up, right?

The topic of the week is Ten characters I’d name a child/dog/cat/car/etc. after.

I’m obviously going with cats.

  1. Medea. Actually, I was going to name a cat Medea. Unfortunately, it drowned before I got it; so I got a different cat, and named him…
  2. Morpheus. After Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. It’s an excellent name if you want your cat to be called just about anything other than what he’s named.
  3. Urd,
  4. Skuld,
  5. Verdandi. I’ve always wanted a trio of cats, Persians, and name them after the Norse Fates.
  6. Akasha. After Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned.
  7. Snotra. From Johanne Hildebrandt’s Freja. Because it’s a brilliant name. Snotra.
  8. Castor. From The Hunger Games. Unless you want to argue Greek mythology, in which case, you wouldn’t exactly be wrong.
  9. Circe. It does count as a character if it’s from mythology, right?
  10. …surely there is no need for yet another example of a barely pronounceable name originating from ancient mythology?

xo,

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October blog challenge part 2 of 5

Time for part 2 of the October blog challenge! You’ll find part 1 here.

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EIGHT. Top 5 movies

I’m not big on movies, but these are some of the movies I’ve watched repeatedly:

  1. Pride & Prejudice. Yes the Keira Knightley version. LOVE it.tumblr_mfgsuk84aj1rca6fpo1_400
  2. 10 Things I hate about you. Requires no further explanation.giphy
  3. One Day. Because I love an unhappy ending. Bonus points for Edinburgh.one day.gif
  4. Catching Fire. It just speaks to me more than any of the other parts of the story. Could be because of Jenna and her ax. Or just Jenna, ax or no ax.tumblr_mwqylpifiv1rdz3y0o7_250
  5. Becoming Jane. Because Austen?tumblr_mw42zdhcgy1sgz6hmo1_250

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NINE. 5 things you’ve learned this year

  1. To not wash my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  2. To not straighten my hair. Every. Single. Day.
  3. There are other places in the UK you could well visit. Even if nothing is quite like Glasgow.
  4. Intuitive can and should be added to; sleep, food, workout, reading.
  5. I’ve wasted YEARS not using colored eyeshadow. I ♥ colored eyeshadow.

Let’s also throw a What I wish I would learn already in there: WHEN eyes are just weeping, weeping, weeping, as they sometimes do, don’t even try to put eye makeup on. Just let it go. And remember to stare less at screens. JFC.

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TEN. Makeup of the day

Or at least makeup of a day.

You know how I love my oranges. This is, as of Friday, officially my go-to look; mix some of the orange shades I have in my possession, no eyeliner, H&M Maximalist mascara, the rest sort of varies, but this day I went with brows (pomade + shadow) and the IsaDora lip pen in Bohemian, and NYX taupe blush.

Most of the week was just a struggle on account of too much language reviewing making my eyes just weep off whatever I put on. FUN.

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ELEVEN. Weekend highlights

On a Tuesday…? You know what, I’m going to save this one for next weekend when I’m actually doing something, other than what I usually do. Don’t get me wrong, I love my weekends, but there aren’t exactly anything going on that could be described as highlights.

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TWELVE. Top 5 beauty products

I’m going to focus on makeup, because…well I love makeup don’t I?

  1. H&M mono eyeshadows. Dirt cheap, excellent color range, and pigmentation is ace, what more can you ask for?
  2. H&M mascara. New fave is the Maximalist mascara. Gives you a messy look and it works for people with sensitive eyes.
  3. Sleek highlighter quad Solstice. I love my Makeup Revolution highlighters, but this, well it’s just better still, innit?
  4. NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies. Which always leads me to think of And the sky was cherry black. Anyone else? No?
  5. Makeup Store black/brown mono shadow I’ve had much, much longer than you should keep makeup. It’s brilliant as eyeliner sub tho. Sure it’ll last me a lifetime.

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THIRTEEN. Places you want to travel

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  1. Glasgow.

I’ll stretch as far as places that present no difficulty traveling to and where bands play that I want to see. But mostly, I just want to go to Glasgow. Oh I’ll explain this to you. Eventually. And when I do, I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s really no point in going anywhere else ever. Promise.

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FOURTEEN. Tips for a new blogger

Oh who am I and what do I know really? But I guess the following are a few tips:

  1. Try to write as if you’re writing to someone. If you can have a specific someone in mind, all the better. (Keep having to remind myself of this.)
  2. Don’t change the standard layout too much unless you’re really good at web design. You’ll just end up with a mess of a layout, all cluttered and not reader-friendly. You don’t need that.
  3. Don’t center the text of your posts. We don’t do that because it decreases readability.
  4. Purely selfish tip: don’t focus on one thing only. (I prefer blogs with a mixed content.)
  5. Write/blog because you think the act in itself is FUN, not because you feel you owe it to someone (your readers, z.B.). If you’re struggling to find the time it means you’ve got other priorities and that’s OK too.
  6. Don’t update as often as I do. It’s fun for no one (except yourself).

xo,

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The Blog List

This is a list I’ve copied (well, obvs. copied → translated) from lugnochfin.se, who copied it from someone else… I’ll be honest, I’m only doing this list as a way to get some blog recommendations out of you. Yes you. And, yes, I’m looking for more blogs to follow!

To truly test your patience, I give you

The Blog List

How many blogs do you read?

I follow well over a hundred blogs, some via WordPress and some via Bloglovin. But tbh, most of them I don’t actively read.

How do you read blogs?

I read blogs throughout the day, on most days. If I’m able to go online and not busy.

Mostly I read blogs in the Bloglovin feed or the WordPress Reader. If a post is fairly interesting I’ll go to the original post.

Big thumbs up for Bloglovin and Wordpress Reader tho; I’ve stopped reading blogs I can’t follow in either.

What are some of the things you like about a blog?

I’m addicted to personality, subjective views, off-hand feminist comments, blogs that are quirky and funny; I’m mostly unimpressed by the standard formats, both in terms of layout and posts. I love enthusiastic and witty blogs, blogs where the writer has spent time on language and clearly had a reader in mind. And a pretty blog, there is nothing like a pretty blog. By which I mean simple, uncluttered layout, easy to read.

I actually like (read: love) amateur blogs. I’m nosy and mostly just want to know about people’s lives really. I want a blog to read more or less like a story.

Bottom line: if there is a lack of personal context I’ll quickly get bored.

What are some of your favorite blogs?

Rhian Westbury; she mixes a number of things I’m interested in, and because she not only writes about her music consumption (frequently about going to gigs), but because said music is the kind of music I also like. Yea, I’m simple like that.

flickpingis.se; Swedish lifestyle blog. I like it because she keeps her posts short and sweet; when she posts pics there’s a point to them and her narration is at times hilarious. Don’t underestimate the power of narration I say!

Oh So Sensitive + lugnochfin; two blogs, same creator, Oh So is in English and about being introvert; lugnochfin is in Swedish and about creativity, blogging and digital entrepreneurship. These are the finest looking blogs I know of. Such a pleasure to read!

Brita Zackari; another Swede. Again, short, to the point, funny, and with a mixed content. I do like the mixed content.

Fave food blog?

I’ve stopped following pure food blogs as a step in my shake this pesky binge eating behavior, but it used to be Cookie + Kate. Looking at it now makes me realize this is one of my all-time fave blogs. The layout is spot on, the content is not only well thought out, the actual food is right up my street. Not that I follow recipes, but it’s excellent inspiration.

Fave home decor blog?

I used to read home decor blogs. But then I woke up one day and suddenly realized that I was mostly reading them thinking OMFG HAMLET, DOES IT LOOK LIKE I CARE? I like home decor, sure, but I want it in a context, not just oh here’s a pretty picture of a pretty dresser and another, and another ad infinitum.

Love inclusion of home decor as a feature in blogs not focusing on decor tho!

Fave fashion blog?

Not so much for the fashion, more like personal style. And H&M in general. Oh and blogs where the blogger is like Oh hey, by the way, this is what I wore today or Here’s some bits I got from Primark the other day, while not generally focusing on clothes at all.

Humour blog?

Oh I’d love to follow some funny blogs! Suggestions?

Beauty blog?

Linda Hallbergs sminkblogg; despite the fact that she does that which I really hate: English + Swedish in the same post. But then I rarely read, I just like the pics.

Whinar; to no small part because of the Ursula pic in the sidebar. And while it is mainly a beauty blog she also includes bit of lifestyle; I like a bit of a mixed bag.

Guilty pleasure blog?

Zero percent guilt here! I either like a blog or I don’t.

What sorts of blogs do you not read?

I started making a long, loooong list of all the things I dislike. But then I started reviewing it and noticed that I do read blogs that have the features I supposedly dislike. I’m guilty of being completely random. I could follow a blog because of some silly little detail (see below).

But it should be safe to say the following:

  • In general, I avoid blogs where entries are on the long side and no effort has been made to facilitate reading. The blog format, for me, does not lend itself well to long texts.
  • In general, I prefer lifestyle blogs, i.e. blogs that have a mixed content, as opposed to blogs that are extremely focused on one thing. I do tend to grow a bit bored with blogs like that.
  • Blogs that if they were a record would be labelled overproduced by critics I tend to steer away from. I like my blogs a little trashy, a little unprofessional. Gives them character.
  • Blogs that read like a photo album of your and your friends and family. I like words. I mean sure, pics are great, but they should illustrate a point not just Here we are in Rome (x 10,000) or whatever.

Which blog have you followed for the longest time?

Miss West End Girl I’ve probably followed for quite a while now. Mainly because she’s Glasgow-based and I like her fringe. (← one such silly detail that can make me follow a blog.)

I’m still looking for that holy grail, the blog I want to follow for ever and ever.

Blog, Insta, Snapchat or Twitter?

Obvs I’m in love with blogging, thus the daily updating (for which I feel I should apologize, sorry, except for I’m not really sorry). Love Insta and Twitter too tho, but more just to follow other people.

Fave blogger on Twitter?

Lily Melrose and Helen Anderz. (Sort of cheating calling them bloggers, but they do blog. Sometimes.)

Fave blogger on Instagram?

In addition to the two mentioned above, Linda Hallberg.

Fave blogger on Pinterest?

I don’t follow any bloggers on Pinterest that I’m aware of. Should I be?

Fave blogger on Snapchat?

I’ve yet to find something that makes me want to try Snapchat.

To which category would you say your blog belongs?

Lifestyle.

Juiciest memory from the world of blogging?

Can we count Insta too? Can we talk about Oliver Sykes? No? In that case I’ve got nothing.

What would you like more of in the blogging community?

Personality + personal context, daring in the form of maybe not sticking to the standard format, a better mix of complete randomness and regularity. General silliness is also a fave.

But mostly I just want more blogs on pop culture from a less serious and more subjective perspective.

Is blogging dying?

I sure hope not!

Feel free to fill out this list on your blog! And let me know if you do, I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

xo,

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Currents; And I want

hm shorts

H&M shorts in petrol. I’ve got three pairs of these already, and we get along like a house on fire. I’ve told myself no colored ones! I tend to not get a lot of wear out of any garment in a color in general, bottoms in particular, but these just haunt my mind. PS, they look nicer IRL.

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Estrid by Johanne Hildebrandt. This is the latest book in my all-time favorite book series. It’s a retelling of old Norse myths and legends, basically. And Hildebrandt tells a story so incredibly well. If I remember correctly it’s due for publication in October.

lime crime venus

Lime Crime Venus the grunge palette. I know, I’m late to the party. Or actually, I’m still considering not turning up at all; I’ve decided high-end is not for me. For many reasons. But in my search for a decent matte palette, I just keep coming back to this one. It’s everything I want. I would order it, but I’d rather not order from the US, so I’m putting it off.


The reissues of two of Nina Hemmingsson’s comic books. Soon I hope!?!! I need them!

velvetines-salem

Lime Crime Velvetines in Salem. Again, high-end; not for me. But, again, this looks like everything I want and need. I know we’re supposed to go for the metallics now, but I’m not quite over the mattes yet. …although an argument could be made for the metallic shade Lana. A copper shade. Looks amazing.

asos-ruffle choker

Ruffle choker from ASOS. One or more of the channels I follow on YouTube hauled ruffle chokers from ASOS, and I just love the look. But I can’t possibly justify another choker, can I?

asos split back

Snazzy new top with some sort of opening in the back. Because I need it. Don’t quite think tie dye is for me though. I’ll keep looking.

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All of the new Batiste styling products. Because I was just made aware that they have styling products. And I love their dry shampoo so. Anyone tried any of their styling products?

Nedwood tea. For it is the season.

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Yellow raincoat. Obsessed with the idea of a yellow raincoat. And I do need a raincoat. I mean I’m going to Glasgow in November. November! What was I thinking?

nyx-alien

NYX Liquid Suede in Alien. Yes. Still on my wishlist as no store had it in stock back in August. And because black lipstick and orange eye; match made in heaven for sure.

 

What’s on your wish list?

 

xo,

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