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Bob Dylan Pt. I

I am labeling this post as pt. I because I know myself and I know for certain that this will not be the last time I talk about Bob Dylan. I sort of love him. That’s actually a major understatement. Bob Dylan is amazing to me. He’s my absolute favorite singer/songwriter and even if you hate his voice, you cannot deny he is a fantastic lyricist.

Anyways, before I ramble on about my love for Bob Dylan I have to make a confession. I’ve always loved his voice, and that may make many people doubt my ability to hear or perceive notes, but I don’t care. He has one of those immediately recognizable, and in my opinion, really amazing voices. It’s one of a kind, but even so, I’ll admit I had a hard time adjusting to what he sounds like now.

In his youth his voice was much less raspy and exaggerated, but with time Bob Dylan’s voice has changed even more than Justin Bieber’s will after he hits puberty. (Sorry, but if you’re a Bieber fan then this probably isn’t the blog for you anyways.) Anyways, I will admit that at first I was despondent that Bob Dylan’s youthful voice was gone, but now I have grown to love it.

Honestly, it’s great in the most unexpected way. Much raspier, much more raw. I can’t get enough.

That being said, let me introduce you if you’ve never met with it before. Even if you’re not a Bob Dylan fan, just take it as a bit comedic. I mean, I know I’ve had a few chuckles listening to my brother imitate Bob Dylan’s sound as he sings favorite Christmas songs in a way many have never heard before. Being that I’m not much of a fan of celebrity Christmas albums, it surprises even me that I own Bob Dylan’s, but for him I would make many musical exceptions.

This one is my personal favorite. Enjoy!

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Yellow

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten to do some fun makeup like this… So I hope you like it.

All these pictures were inspired by the song ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. I heard it at work yesterday, and remembered how much I loved it. It inspired me to create this look.

Cardigan: Forever 21

Shorts: Banana Republic

Tights: Alloy

Shoes: Alice & Olivia for Payless Shoesource

Dinosaur: Grillgum Spikemonicus Noobisaur

Okay, well, here comes the playlist:

The Yellow List

1. Yellow – Coldplay

2. Yellow Sun – The Raconteurs

3. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

4. Old Yellow Bricks – Arctic Monkeys

5 1/4. Daylight – Matt & Kim

Yep, yep, yep. Have a great day everyone! Sorry this post wasn’t a wealth of information. I promise the next one will be more text based, or something. Anyways, good night and thanks for reading.

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Wall Of Couples, Part Two

Hello, hello, hello! (Saying it three times makes up for the fact that you haven’t posted for days… Wait no it doesn’t. Sorry.)

I hope that everyone who reads this, or those of you who hopefully stumble upon it and click the follow button, had a happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it). I personally took part in the festivities by eating too much food (Oh it’s the American in me!), and waking up far too early for the only thing I will wake up far too early for: shopping. Anyways, I made some great purchases, and I hope if you braved the storm of Black Friday you did too.

I digress… So, I thought today I would give you the next installment of the Wall of Couples. I finished it this morning, and I am quite pleased. Plus, to be honest, I don’t really feel like taking pictures of myself or putting pictures of myself on this blog today. It gets tiring, but maybe that’s because I’m not a real model.

Again, I digress… Here is the picture that I copied.

Yep, yep, yep. I love them. Brilliant director and brilliant actress; if that isn’t a Wall of Couples worthy couple, then I don’t know what is. Now, here is my version:

Well, looking at it now, I see things I could change. However, overall, I am happy with the end result. Especially her hair, that was my favorite.

I apologize for my lack of posts lately. I will be working to stay more consistent. Also, I’m thinking about doing some kind of theme for the month of December… Thoughts? If you have suggestions, please leave me a comment. Honestly, comments are appreciated even if you have no idea. I love knowing that people are reading.

Have a fantastic day all, and if you have the time listen to these lovely songs from Tim Burton’s movies. I am a sucker for a good Tim Burton flick…

The Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter Playlist

Worst Pies In London from Sweeney Todd

This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tears To Shed from Corpse Bride

Painting Flowers by All Time Low from the Alice In Wonderland soundtrack

(By the way, what’s with All Time Low showing up in all these unexpected places? I like them, somehow, but they always surprise me.)

Okay. There you go.

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It’s Cold In The Arctic

The mark of a truly great song is when it can make you feel something you have yet to experience.

This is the song that will be on repeat for me today.

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Doll Face?

The irony about photographs is that you don’t always know what was happening to the person in them.

For example, if I didn’t tell you, you would never know that I was laughing at the fact that my photographer had just said the last picture was ‘gross.’ I really wasn’t offended, I honestly just found it funny, and this is the result. My point is, pictures are more about what you see in them than what is really going on. So, what do you see in my pictures? I’m curious, because what we see in something says a lot about who we are too. Anyways, sorry to get all philosophical on you, I just didn’t know what to post today so I thought I’d share that story and some thoughts.

Here are the picture details:

Earmuffs: Forever 21

Dress: Zara

Eyeliner: Make Up Forever #92 (The Famous Purple! It’s an eyeshadow, by the way.)

Lips: Combination of MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick (That’s a really annoying name, by the way.), Lancome Le Rouge Absolu in SatinFuschia, MAC True Babe lipglass, and MAC Reflects Very Pink Glitter

Okay, so I’ll leave you with the song that was stuck in my head this morning. I went through perhaps the craziest and longest phase thus far listening to this band’s two CD’s. Literally, I would listen to the CD’s on repeat throughout the day, and this went on for about a month. Hence, even though I’m out of the phase, sometimes I still get a random phrase of one of their songs in my head, and I have to listen to it. That was the case this morning.

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Hello Sadness!

Today is the day! Hooray! Yes, today is the day I talked about in my last post on the British band Los Campesinos!; the day that their album Hello Sadness finally comes out! Now, I love Los Campesinos! cover art. I think they are always very interesting. Here, let me show you (kudos if you know what that’s from):

Anyways, I love these covers. I wanted to talk about this because, well, I thought it would be fun to imitate the style of art myself and design my own cover for Hello Sadness. I know this is kind of pointless because the album cover is already chosen and everything, but I had a lot of fun drawing this. Plus, it’s interesting to challenge yourself to draw in a different way. So here is my version:

(I took some cues from “By Your Hand” if you couldn’t tell.)

Alright, well I’m going to give you a short list of my must listen to Los Campesinos! songs before going to listen to the new album in all of its glory. Then, last but not least, I will post the actual cover picture. Have a splendarific day (and I don’t mean the fake sugar sweetener)!

The Must Listen Los Campesinos! List

1. My Year In Lists

(Seems an appropriate starter, doesn’t it?)

2. Death To Los Campesinos!

3. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

4. I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know

5. This Is How You Spell “HAHAHA, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics”

(Is that not the best title ever?)

1/4. Blame It On The Trains – Art Brut

(I know this isn’t a Los Campesinos! song but I felt so guilty for leaving this band out of my post yesterday, and I think you’ll notice a similarity to Los Campesinos! in it, anyways.)

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Are You Brit Enough?

I’m a bit of an anglophile, truth be told. I love the accent, probably like any other American girl, but it’s more than that. After all, we were once a part of their world, that is before we became the rebel country. Anyways, the British do things right. They dress well *ahem Burberry* and they make some incredible music. The point of me saying all of this is that I love the quintessential British trench-coat.

This brings us back to Burberry. Right now, with Christopher Bailey at the helm, the Burberry ship is sailing straight to the top of my favorite designers list. Oh my goodness, I just cannot get enough of their beautiful fashion. For men and women, you just can’t go wrong with Burberry (especially the Prorsum line).

So, without further ado, I will be showing you my photos of the Brit look. This trench-coat was on sale at the Burberry store, and since it is my favorite color I couldn’t really resist. (I was already planning on buying a coat there, anyway.) The point is, I love this coat, and the color combo in these pictures is one of my favorites. So here are a bunch of pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love that my hair is completely in my face in this one.

Hat: Vintage

Earrings and Black Bracelet: Old Navy

Dress and Tights: H&M

Trench: Burberry

Bangles: Forever 21

Shoes: Guess

Alright, so here it goes: My quintessential Brit playlist just to finish it all off.

Brit List

(I tried to keep this balanced between old and new, classic and obscure. Enjoy.)

The Cure – Pictures of You

(Robert Smith’s voice is so perfectly recognizable.)

You Me At Six – Jealous Minds Think Alike

Oasis – Wonderwall

(Too classic! I had to put it on here.)

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

(A great example of how British sayings don’t always make sense to Americans. This song is not dirty.)

The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future

The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

Last Shadow Puppets – Separate And Ever Deadly

(If you’re not convinced by the way Miles sings “I didn’t hear,” then you’ll know their British when you hear them sing “butter and crumbs.”)

The Who – Pinball Wizard

The Vaccines – All In White

The Smiths – This Charming Man

(How can you have a British playlist without Morissey? Another completely recognizable voice!)

Bat For Lashes – Daniel

Muse – Escape

(That’s all for now. If you want more Brit music lists, let me know.)

 

 

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Kills-Tastic!

I know I’ve been a slacker lately, so I’m hoping this post makes up for it a little bit. Lately I’ve been working on a project. “Another one?” you say. Yes, another one on top of this blog and NaNoWriMo. I’m working on a personal art project. I’ve had the idea for a long time, but I’ve finally been putting it into motion.

My idea was to make a wall, which, considering my room doesn’t have an empty wall, will be a considerable challenge, covered with art centered around my favorite couples (real and fictional). Yes, I’m a sucker for couples that look cool. Anyways, I’m taking each couple one by one, replicating pictures of them with my own twists, and planning on putting them all in a huge wall collage when I’m done. I started listing them, and I have split them into real and fictional. I’ve started on the real ones. Which brings me to today’s main feature: The Kills!

If you don’t know already, that is a picture of The Kills. “Who are The Kills?” you ask. Well, if you’re asking that question you have missed out on an amazing musical duo. Technically, The Kills aren’t actually together, since Jamie Hince is married to Kate Moss, and Alison Mosshart is a free bird as far as I know. However, they are a sort of couple, since together they make beautiful music and take amazing pictures. I’m going to be putting a few of my favorite pictures of them in this post, and also, I will let you know which one I copied before I post the picture that I painted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it any wonder that these pictures are some of my favorites? I mean, pictures with coffee… And cigarettes. (Isn’t that a song? Yes it is, but it’s not by The Kills. Bonus points if you know who sings it!)

Anyways, The Kills make amazing music, and their style is always awesome. Look at that scarf Jamie is wearing! It’s awesome! Plus, Alison is always effortlessly cool. Her hair is a perpetual mess, and she wears it amazingly well.

Alright, here is the picture I replicated: (My painting will be the one on the right.)

   So, what do you think? Pretty close, right? I did mine in black and white, because I’m planning on making all the wall of couples photos (the real couples, at least) in black and white with just one bit of color. Obviously, in this one I turned the light in Jamie’s hair into a purple streak. I really like the way it turned out, and I hope you do too.

Alright, now for the music. Firstly, I’m going to post a music video which visibly displays why Jamie and Alison are so perfect for the wall of couples. It’s one of my favorites, but they have a lot of good music videos. It’s for their song, ‘Last Day of Magic.’ This song is from their album, ‘Midnight Boom,’ which, in my opinion, is a must own type of album.

So, I decided to do something a bit different. I’m going to post some of my favorite Kills’ lyrics and tell you what songs they’re from. Then, you can choose to listen if you want. Enjoy!

Kills-Tastic Lyrics

“Tattoo it in the clouds above you.” – ‘Hook and Line’

“Just like a nice, new home needs a mean, stray dog.”

“Don’t forget my cigarettes and get something that we can drink.”

– Both those lines are from ‘Alphabet Pony’ (I couldn’t pick just one).

“Baby says there’s death in these silver curls.” – ‘Baby Says’

“Elevator straight into my skull.” – ‘Black Balloon’

“I’m sick of social graces, Show your sharp-tipped teeth.” – ‘Cheap and Cheerful’

“Shout when you wanna get off the ride.” – ‘Sour Cherry’

Honestly, it’s really hard to pick favorite lines. ‘Getting Down’ and ‘URA Fever’ are amazing all the way through, as are most of The Kills songs. Hope you love them as much  as I do!

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Hello Happiness!

Today is the first day of November. Yes, great observation, but what does that mean? That means the start of NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, aka November. This month is a month where lots of people choose to participate in, and some are forced to participate in, a month of writing that is supposed to end in a 50,000 word novel. It  is a fantastic undertaking, not necessarily in quality, but definitely in size, and I will be undertaking it. If you are also a crazy person that is participating in NaNoWriMo, please tell me what you are planning to write about. I, personally, am adapting a rather old project and hoping to turn it into something readable. Maybe I’ll talk more about it in the future.

The point is, I am challenging myself with NaNoWriMo, and hoping to get the whole 50,000 this year. However, I am also adding the challenge of keeping up with this blog. Hopefully I will be successful on both fronts.

So, now let’s talk about something else. Music!

I am more than a music fanatic, and I go through these phases where I literally listen to one song, or a group of songs from the same artists, hundreds of times in a row before I tire of them. When I’m addicted, it’s hard for me to break away from the obsession. That being said, my latest obsession has been the amazing British indie band, Los Campesinos! (Their name has the exclamation point, like Panic! At The Disco used to. Correct me if they’ve changed that.)

Their lyrics are brilliant, and they have the most interesting sound: it’s like an orchestral mix of singing and sing-talking with British accents.  Anyways, their new album, Hello Sadness, is coming out on the fifteenth of this fine month, and after hearing the single, ‘By Your Hands’ I am already hooked. I thought I would share that bit of joy with you all today.

I am obsessed with this video, and, of course, the song itself. (Seriously, who thinks of something this amazing: “You send me lullabies in form of your cat calls?” The answer: Los Campesinos!) Then, whilst I was listening to it on repeat, I noticed the sidebar on youtube. I found a cover of the song that I am also obsessed with. I was curious to see one person adapt this song acoustically, and I have to say that the guy I found did an impeccable job. Here you go!

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