list, outfit

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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5 reasons to love Insta

Long gone are the days of using Insta for makeup inspo.

OK, maybe not long gone, but I don’t do that anymore.

With one exception; the account run by the girl who bleaches her eyebrows? Yes, that one. Couldn’t give it up. Obviously.

But there are many other reasons to love Insta. My top 5 reasons:

There’s lots of feminism on Insta. Keeps you up to date, gives you inspiration, contributes to general mental wellbeing. Current favorite: fannyarsinoe. She’s full of feminist wisdom and makes lovely art.

Examples:

English: To those of you who think I’m a feminist because unable to get guy: I’m not feminist because I’m ugly, I’m ugly because I’m feminist.

It is a shame she writes in Swedish, limits her reach. Also seems unfair to all non-Swedish speakers. You’re missing out.

Silliness, sarcasm, irony. Like this:

English: Tell me more. I’m dying of curiousity.

Vegan inspo! Moby makes sure we don’t forget why we’re vegan. Sometimes with numbers:

Planner ideas!

Architects. If I have to expand on this I will just start going on about how I do follow lots of bands, some of which I don’t even really listen to, so apparently I just like to have people on stages in my feed. Obviously just lies I tell myself. So let’s just leave it.

NYC night 2 tonight! It's a sell out ✅📸: @edmasonphoto

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Excellent jump, sir.

Unfortunately. This also comes with some creepy pics of large groups of men. That’s when this comes in handy, to counteract any skin-crawling feelings:

Använd ilskan. Kraften. Mobilisera er. Gör motstånd. Förändra. #assholesonline #linneaclaeson

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3 bands I’d rather

Adept is opening for Architects in Malmö.

I’ve known for a while and I’ve a hard time accepting it.

Like really? One opening act? And it’s Adept? Really?

Yeah yeah, I should probably a. get a hobby, and b. remember that attendance is not mandatory. I can stay in the bar.

But still.

Seems to me there are other and better choices.

Northlane. They’ve released a record and far as I know no Swedish date booked. And they were so good back in December when they opened for Amity Affliction. (..maybe even slightly, just a little, dare I say, better than Amity..?)

I simply cannot understand why not.

Annisokay. I like Annisokay well enough. But I don’t particularly want to see them play (no reason really, just don’t). Still I’d much rather see Annisokay than Adept.

Casey. I mean, just look at this:

If I’m being honest. It is specifically Casey my brain has decided it cannot accept that they’re not on the bill. There is no logic behind it. Could be because I keep getting tweets in my feed saying how Casey is the band to see. As if I didn’t know already. Doesn’t mean that it would be an obvious choice for opening act for Architects. But still.

This is not a comment on Adept’s skills or talent. I’m sure they have it. (For now…) But they do strike me as a band geared towards men. And I find that insanely boring.

When I could be seeing Casey.

It makes no sense to me.

That’s all.

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May wrap-up

May in Sweden. It’s kind of disappointing. Someone on Twitter made this striking observation “Do we even have seasons anymore or is it just on shuffle?” It was an insane mix of snow, sunshine, warm and cold. Just make up your mind!?! I can’t dress for this!

Listened to

Unbeliever and Red Eyes by Architects. New favorites (old tracks). Odds that they’re in the current/future setlist…? (Might be pretending I don’t know what’s in the setlist. Mebbe.)

Sea Change by Thrice. New Thrice track, and it’s such a treat! Surely we’re not so lucky it means a new album is in the works? It was just a one-off right? How does one get news about Thrice anyway?

Read

Storytel. Apparently my book streaming service of choice. Turns out I was wrong thinking audiobooks were definitely not for me, even if I’m on the distracted side as suspected. It’s also the one thing that’s currently keeping me “reading”.

Fördömd. Novel by Johanne Hildebrandt; clearly my favorite writer of all the writers. Was an excellent company on my walks.

Wore

Best eyeliner in a while:

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Clearly so rare it needs a special mention.

Come to think of it, it was in fact not in May but the end of April when I went to see Little Jinder, but never mind! Loved the outfit too, men’s camouflage hoodie + fave H&M shorts, biggest hoops I could wear and Vagabond boots. Sis has OK:ed for wearing to maybe a more appropriate occasion such as metal gig. (What’s the fun in that?! I’ll dig out some flowery dress or something such. Because being inappropriate is highly entertaining?)

Gave eyebrows another go. It’s as if I’m not meant to have eyebrows. Or I’m now so used to having no brows I just think it looks wrong (on me). May as well clear out all brow products. Not that I have many, but still.

Watched

Reign. On the one hand, Catherine is some sort if carrier of feminist ideas, on the other, all other women on this show are malnourished. Severely. I don’t particularly approve of this ambivalence. Surely it could have been avoided? And I miss Francis. They’re ignoring history anyway, couldn’t Bash die instead? They could just pretended that it was Francis because he wanted out of the whole being king deal. Or something! I dunno. It just makes no sense to ge rid of a perfectly good character like Francis and keep a pointless character like Bash.

The Handmaid’s Tale! 💕

And can we just quickly mention Twin Peaks…first two episodes, not bad. Third one. Third one I could just not get through and gave up. Mistake?

Food things

Red wine. As in tried to learn to love red wine (again, used to be v. v. fond of it) failed miserably. It just makes my stomach turn. And I’m not even talking about as a result of much wine, we’re talking one small glass (I don’t normally do small glasses of wine).

Cava. Might be even better than Sauvignon blanc. Had some Freixenet and it was amazing. And yes HI I’m a wino, what of it?

Protein. I’m all about the protein these days. Top 5 proteins (in no particular order): Bean pasta; which I like to add to bean dishes. Edamame beans; add to some rice, sprouts and roasted broccoli + mustard or wasabi and that’s all you need. Rice protein; add to pancakes. Sea weed tofu; add to purple cabbage, aubergine puree, mushrooms and pasta. Veggi fake meat; fry up with strong spices, add kale and roasted beets. Bit of roasted garlic mayo (Astrid & aporna ♥♥.)

Miscellaneous

Penntricket. I do still love Penntricket, but the episode where they collab with Lillelördag was kinda painful. I mean suuure, it aptly illustrates how some women are completely clueless when it comes to feminism, but that also means that they more or less had to step away from the feminist topic because you can’t discuss any topic with people who are not aware and apparently also lacking interest. The conversation just went in the wrong direction and never found its way anywhere near back.

Maria Nila. I hate it that Maria Nila is so expensive but so undeniably the best. I was using Lee Stafford’s heat protection, which works really well to keep your hair straight once you’ve straightened it. However. Turned the ends of my hair into all knots, basically, so I switched to the Maria Nila heat protective cream spray. It is good. Similarly, disappointed with Lush’s Retread conditioner, so, again, switching to Maria Nila.

Plans for June

  1. Architects! Just the one show, because I’m practicing moderation.
  2. Catch up on actual reading. I’ve got a week off work, is there anything better to do with a week off than try to get out of this reading slump?
  3. Spend quality time with cats.
  4. Resist the urge to book a trip because I’ve got no business going anywhere and it’s bad for the environment and my finances. And I should suffer. I’m sure it’s what I deserve.
  5. Last hair dye in a while. I love having red hair, but I hate how the dye stains literally everything for weeks afterwards. I can’t deal. But I’ve still got some dye left. So. One last time.
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100 day song challenge #100

#100 A song. Actually, not just a song. THE SONG.

I don’t understand who wrote these prompts. What do you mean THE song??? As if there is just one.

I’ve considered the following:

A Match Made in Heaven. Any song you only need to hear the first few seconds of to love, it has to be on this list. But I already mentioned this song. So often I probably don’t need to mention that it’s an Architects track.

It’s not enough. Desperation. Pessimism. Two of my favorite topics in music. Or in life in general. This Dustin Kensrue track has it. But also this one has been mentioned already. At least once. Not sure if it was as a part of the challenge, but I’ve defenitely written about it on this blog before.

The Kill. Used to listen to on repeat back when I finally couldn’t resist 30 seconds to Mars anymore (not sure why I was trying to resist, but I def was), and I still love it. Also the only song I can still play on the piano. Probably.

Famous Last Words. What I just said! Except for it’s My Chemical Romance and not 30STM, and I can’t play it. But only because I didn’t even try it (?).

The World’s a Girl. Definitely mentioned this Anita Lane track before. Absolutely in love with the simplicity of this song. It’s a repeater!

Throne. This is such a brilliant song. Perfect mix of catchy and threatening. And I’ve mentioned it already. In several contexts. Should be noted I’ve stopped hoping it’s going to be included in a workout class playlist. Because apparently people don’t know of this song. I can’t see any other possible reason I’ve never been to a workout class where they played this song. Unless it’s not people who’re unfamiliar with this song, unless it’s Swedes in particular who’ve just not heard about Bring Me the Horizon to any extent?

Blossom. Repeat, repeat! Any song you can listen to on repeat and not hate, it’s a good one. The only way it could be any better is if it was in their native tongue. Burning Down Alaska (or Alazka as they’re now know as, not sure I approve of this name change) are from Germany, maybe not part of common knowledge?

Out of the woods. This was going to be my pick up until a few seconds ago (or about a month ago, because I’m scheduling way ahead). Because I love a good pop song as much as the next guy (anyone who claims to not like pop is flat out lying). I love Out of the Woods to a point where I’ve actually bought it especially on account of it not being available on Spotify, and it’s the only service streaming music I’ll use. Result: I can listen to the damned song on my iPad only. I ain’t happy about it. One of these days I’ll figure out how to work around it…

Instead, my pick is going to be the Robyn/Röyksopp collab Monument.

Do I need to explain why?

When this song was released I burst out into a This song is so brilliant the rest of the album could suck and it’d still be a brilliant record. Unlike [insert name of band I liked up until their latest release here]. 

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100 day song challenge #99

#99 A song by one of your favorite bands (#3)

I do wish I had something up my sleeve, something surprising. But I just don’t. I have, without a doubt, managed to mention all of my favorite bands at least once. I’ve even managed to mention my most recent discovery and new favorite Deaf Havana. I’ve got nothing.

So here’s a favorite Architects track, Broken Cross.

Excellent pop song aside, you do have to love the controversy this track caused. (Summarized in this interview here.) I’m in the upset-they-apologized-camp obvs.

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