Friday, June 24, 2016

Inspiration from the runway: my S/S 2016 RTW favorites

Fashion shows fascinate me a lot and they can sometimes have me moaning Oooh's and Aaah's and Oh my gaaawd's. Some people find catwalk fashion too extreme, as if it's an irrealistic thought that designer's work would ever be worn in the real world, away from the catwalk, but I think those people are just dull. I can't even imagine the dull fashion in regular stores would be if designer's fashion would only be slightly less extravagant! 

I thought it would be fun to share with you my favorite collections from the S/S 2016 ready-to-wear shows, as I am so excited about some pieces! Well, some pieces - it turned out to be too many, as you will see, but it's worth to scroll through it :-)


When Tommy Meets Boho, might've been the best thing ever. Apparently, Jamaica (and the Caribbean in general) was the main inspiration for this collection, but Tommy Hilfiger gave it its own twist. Jamaica mixed with the genteel blue and a touch of 70s turned out to be the perfect combination. I loved the knitted details (those hats are awesome!), the pretty necklaces, striped patterns... the whole collection is just outstanding yet very elegant and neat - one that has my boho heart.


Alexander McQueen's show reminded me of the 19th century about which I read in the books that I treasure so much. But apparently, designer Sarah burton was inspired by the Huguenots that escaped from France to England in the 17th century. 
There were flower patterns and lace and ruffles and clog shoes, but also see-through fabrics showing breasts underneath a long dress. All together a simple proof that fashion from times past long ago is in no way something for the past alone. This collection I found so powerful and attractive, while at the same time the models looked tenderly soft, vulnerable and feminine. 
I especially loved the denim look as seen in picture #2, a look that even though a bit tougher compared to all those long dresses, in no way mismatched the collection. The jacket reminded me of some pirate or military officer, though when worn by a woman became elegant and feminine (something that I absolutely prefer over boyish looks).


Oh my Gucci! - This collection is so overwhelming - so many colors, patterns, fabrics and details - but it is in no way silly or clown-ish, it's rather permeated by sophistication. Although retro/vintage-inspired, everything is new and refreshing. The whole collection screams confidence, "not giving a sh*t", something that I much appreciate. 
There's the fur coat, some mermaid-ish nude, shiny and glitter fabrics, huge eye wear, hair accessories, ruffles, bows, even gloves!... just to name a few. I love the white suit with embroidered flowers, the one-fabric costumes, fluttery pants (they look incredibly comfy!), and the China-inspired fabrics. This collection would steal anyone's heart who likes a look that stands out, that is different yet enormously confident.  
It's as if Alessandro Michele is to say: experiment with your look, try out new ones, there are no rules...just taste (or at least, that's what I would think someone who created such a magnificent show would say). 


Even though a lot of white, Balenciaga's collection is pretty fun when you look more closely. Those baggy pants, together with the crop tops and the bum bags, reminded me a lot of fashion (and Britney Spears) back in the 90s! - although those baggy pants did not use to be made out of satin, and were most likely not entirely white. But it's amazing to see how that 90s-style (that some of us are still in disgust with) can turn out so differently when just changing out materials and colors.
There are also some lingerie-inspired elements, and models walked down the runway on laced slippers. Overall, obviously a great combination. 


If there's something Belgium can be proud of, it is Dries van Noten's S/S 16 RTW collection. When I first saw it, I "Oh my gawd"ed like crazy. It was just perfect. The collection was definitely creative, that's for sure, and all looks where just a perfect composition of patterns, fabrics and colors. Creating with the imagination of a child, but with the class and craftsmanship of an adult-being. I could talk about this collection all day, but I'll discuss only a few here to save you from endless boredom.

Let's start with the fluttery night blue pants, as seen in picture #1. Aren't those the most perfect pants you have ever seen? I would die for a pair of those! They are certainly classy, combined with that brown belt and the white blouse, and the golden wings-shaped design on the blouse in combination with the golden details on the pants, light up the entire look. Notice the brown heels matching the belt - altogether a tremendously successful look.

The look on the immediate right of the first is discussable, but just take a look at the long gloves, with a see-through pattern, covering the entire lower arm. It somewhat reminds me of the terrible decision some young boys make when putting on a long sleeved shirt right under a short sleeved T-shirt - it looks terrible! - although the way Dries Van Noten puts it, it's suddenly cool, original, and fashionable. The proof it's sure possible anything can be made cool.

The third look is a somewhat strange combination: a bright golden cape-like jacket on a turtle-neck shirt, together with a loose bright purple pair of pants. It may sound weird at first, but when you look at it, it may come to your mind that this combination is not that far-fetched at all. On the contrary - worn with those high heels, it suddenly becomes a pretty confident, feminine and independent look.

Fourth look: a spaghetti strapped dress, on top of a sleeveless transparent shirt, appeared to me to be something that I would wear when being 9 yrs old and trying to dress myself - who would ever guess it could actually look awesome?! Again, put some heels underneath and you're ready to rock! Cute and girly, but none the less somewhat mature.

Next row, forth picture: an extremely huge coat, covered with an excessively screaming pattern? On point. Notice the blouse peaking over the top of the coat, and the way sunglasses and high heels can make a huge coat look adorable and classy.

Third row, forth look: how cool is this cape?! Apparently a bright golden cape totally goes together with my grandmother's checkered pants. I guess you must be a very talented designer to have ever guessed that. I can't really tell to what the pink-colored see-through fabric belongs - an interesting piece of detail.

Fourth row, first look: I think this may be what I as a child believed a fashionable person would look like. Perhaps it's the model's childish shape of face, but this look with its powdered pink coat on top of those bright colored clothes looks as if it was taken straight out of a dress-up box somewhere in the attic - and it may sound as if that is something bad, but that's not what I think at all! On the contrary, I believe everybody should dress up as if there was only this dress-up box full of random stuff to choose from! What a wonderful thing would that be!

In short, Dries van Noten's collection consists out of (metallic) colors (a lot of golden and purple), see-through fabrics and gloves, high heels, a lot of layering, lovely patterns, capes, and extraordinary combinations. A dream of a collection.


There were a few things that came to my mind when I saw Givenchy's S/S 16 RTW collection: a swimming cap (#1), a milkmaid (#2) and Lord of the Rings (#4). I don't think I'd ever thought that these things could ever be turned into a beautiful piece of designer work, but Givenchy proved me wrong. Fashion can turn anything into fashion.
The masks that are shown in last three pictures fascinated me, and I think they are scary in a beautiful kind of way. Mask-look #1 reminded me of Cleopatra, #3 of the Roman empire, but I believe Riccardo Tisci got his inspiration from somewhere else, like the 19th century and tribal traditions - is what I've learned, I wouldn't have guessed it myself. 
Even so I think it's an impressive combination of gothic vibes, lace, metal and subtile patterns.


Hawaiian influence is heavily visible in Anna Sui's collection. At the same time, it's very much Anna-Sui-ish: easy, comfy, colorful but not in a bright or screaming way, and the looks get their strength from the details: matching patterned socks in sandals, a flower crown/head band and matching necklace, accessories like the necklace with a huge flower in the middle, or a similar flower on the head. Small details, great class. 
My favorite look is the second one (first row), which I think is especially beautiful. A bohemian look that is perfectly composed.


If a look shows features that are clearly inspired on other cultures and tribes from far away, I'm sold. A few looks from Kenzo seemed to be inspired in exactly that way. Other cultures and countries belong to my main interests and I like to immerse myself in everything from other cultures, from art to traditions to fashion, about which I've seen and read so much, so I like to see these ethnic influences back in my clothes and in my house and even on this blog (you will soon notice). That's why I get over-excited when I see something, like looks, that are drenched in non-Western-ness.  


Another favorite. I don't think Dolce & Gabbana could ever disappoint me. I am in love with the first look: a colorful dress covered with little mirrors. Oh, the details! What a beautiful piece of clothing! It is as if it once belonged to some tribe that has long passed away. This look is topped off perfect with the matching crown, adorable little basket, and shoes. I could look at it forever. I wish that I could see it from up close sometime, what a pleasure would that be! If I would own it, I would probably never wear it, too afraid to ruin it. The most aesthetically worthy piece of fashion is probably not fashion anymore, it's a piece of art that you would expect to find in an art institute instead of on someone's body.
Even though the first look is by far my favorite, the rest of the collection was incredible as well. The 2nd look is beautiful, reminding me of some traditional African costume, combined with a Middle-Eastern pattern. 
Second row, last look, very much appeals to me as well. Although very different from the other D&G looks that I put in this article, it most clearly illustrates the entire collection: a classy look that is all about standing out from the crowd. Together with multicultural influences, it all comes together in a perfect collection. Most of all, this D&G collection was about the love for Italy, but I think that with their collection they expressed more than just that. It's all those gorgeous details, detailed accessories, shoes and bags, detailed patterns and stitched additions, that made this collection such a feast for the eye.


Isabel Marant came with these pirate meets boho/gypsy kind of looks (Did I see the Pirates of the Caribbean too often?). She got her inspiration from Northern India - Rajasthan, to be exact. I don't really know in what way she put her inspiration from India in this collection, but honestly I don't really care either: it seemed to have worked anyhow, because this collection contains some beautiful pieces of clothing.


Exactly as you would expect from Jeremy Scott, his collection is totally different from all the others. It's kitch, it's Barbie, it's screaming bright, and it's fantastic. I adore Jeremy Scott because he seems to be something else - something totally else. I think I can safely say he's insane, an insane genius. It is as if he just tries to tell everyone else that Fashion is FUN, and it seems as if he has fun in fashion, too. The looks he creates may seem to be a bit less sophisticated than some of the looks his colleagues, even though they're probably just as much infused with sophistication, while at the same time this may be the key to his success: it's so simple yet no one else does it. 
Jeremy clearly got inspired by the 60s (How did they put their hair up in those days?! Even if I would want to, I wouldn't know how to do it.), and added in some cartoon-inspired details...Right on the spot. 
I love the huge bracelets by the way, and the way they are put on both arms instead of one. 


I don't think it will get any more romantic, medieval and novel-ish than Rodarte's collection. The ruffles! The velvet! The lace! The blood-red! The gold and the silver! These looks from Rodarte are costumes that I would want to wear off-stage. All sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy got inspired by was poetry and 70s music. What an awesome thing would it be to be able to read poetry and listen to 70s music all day long....for a living!? I can surely tell these looks were inspired on a world that one will only have access to through literature, or music...a world in ages that we never lived, the most beautiful ones because we have never lived them. They may not even been so real...and that's why they are most beautiful. I think that's why these looks are so powerful: they are surreal, and therefore beautiful.


And finally: Marc Jacobs. When inspired by films and the United States, this is what you get: a lot of red-white-blue, a red-and-black striped suit, a elevator's boy type of look, metallic colors, embroidered patches, and an edge of grunge/punk. My favorite look is the first one, third row, which consists out of a gorgeous and detailed top piece, that has this long back part all the way down to the ankles. It looks especially beautiful on her skin color.
Beth Ditto walked down the runway as well during this show, and  I think this was totally awesome! Some websites say she's curvy, while obviously she's more than just curvy, but you know what - that's totally fine! And it's cool she rocked that runway like she did. It's pretty refreshing to have someone like her and with her personality shaking up things a bit - but I'm not pleading to have more super sized models on the runway or anything like that. I do not approve of anorexic type of models, but I can understand why designers would want healthy weight models up there as most clothes look probably best on women with a healthy weight, and no one likes seeing bony legs and scary tiny arms, neither does anyone like to see excessive fat rolls (or acne - like when Moto Guo had models with their faces full with acne in his show.... I don't even like seeing a pimple on my own face, why would I like seeing acne on someone else's? Like why does he pretend acne is cool? Does he not know the freaking annoying and painful that can be? I'm experienced in this field so I would know.) Plead for healthy bodies! And non-acne faces! Fashion, in the end, is a matter of aesthetics, and art, not a matter of imperfections. It may not be real-life-ish, but who says it should be? (If people take fashion shows as an example of how real life should be, or how one should look, they just don't understand the aesthetic/artistic meaning of fashion shows).

Fashion shows inspire me to be more creative when it comes to my looks. To me these shows are an amazing inspiration and I'm impressed by the creativity, sophistication, craftsmanship, details and fabric/pattern usage all these designers have in common. To me a show is a piece of art, a pleasure to look at, and an inspiration to live by. Designer's work is something that I've come to learn to appreciate, and that I now can enjoy thoroughly. What's left for me now is watching these shows from up close one day instead of from behind a computer screen :-)

Thank you for reading.

PS. I know I'm probably a little late with sharing S/S16 details with you, as these shows took place last year, but as I think of fashion shows mainly as a source of inspiration, I don't look at the shows until later, when the actual season is coming up. 

NOTION: All photos in this article are from www.vogue.com

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

HOTSPOT Tiffin



A while ago, my mom and I had lunch at Tiffin, a small Indian / Indonesian restaurant, located in one of my favorite neighbourhoods of Nijmegen: Bottendaal. The idea was to make Tiffin feel like an actual backpackers-friendly restaurant somewhere in Asia, where you can eat small home-made meals from lunch to 8pm. "Tiffin" is actually an Indian English word for "light meal", but is sometimes used to replace the word "lunch". 

Mom and I had the masala dosa which is almost like a stuffed pancake (mom having the vegetarian one). As I am a disgusting, ucontrollable guzzler, I ordered a piece of cake as well, which was just as delicious! 

The owner is a really nice guy who's presence attributes to make this place even more cozy (the interior also does its bit, so do the cute silver plates, the world map on the wall and the travel guides on the shelves). Tiffin turns out to be one of Nijmegen's best kept secrets: one that you certainly would want to find out for yourself. 

I like to have lunch with my mom and I thought it would be fun to go to Tiffin together with her. My mom is from Indonesia herself (which makes me half Indonesian), but she is a perfect example of an over-integrated immigrant. Like she prefers mashed potatoes over rice and that kind of nonsense. Okay, she was only 3 yrs old when she got here, having lived in the province of Limburg for her entire youth, and eventually ending up in the beautiful city of Nijmegen by the time she started her college major, and finally pretty much sticking around up here. She has only visited her roots once (being exactly like a regular tourist only nobody would recognize her as a foreigner), ages ago, so now I am trying to reinforce - almost initiate - her desire to go back to her home country - obviously so I could come along, because I do have an interest in where my forefathers are from (and in traveling in general). My mom does have some aunts, uncles and cousins still living up there, and it is my wish to meet some of our foreign relatives once, and when I do I hope to be with my mom since it's her family after all.

I think if my grandpa would be still alive, he would have loved Tiffin. In the 50-ish years he lived in The Netherlands, he missed his home country every minute of his life. He did visit Indonesia maybe once or twice, and he was always sad to return to Holland, as I think the days in Indonesia were the happiest of his life. Even though my mom's family has always spoken Dutch at home, my grandpa knew some Indonesian, talked to his Indonesian family over the phone on a daily base, and ate Indonesian food every day that he could. All he came to The Netherlands for, was to have a better future for his kids (plus Indonesian people weren't very gentle to their fellows who had befriended Dutch people during the colonial era) - but it must have been hard to leave the country that you call home, together with a shitload of children, knowing you will never see your own mother again.

So, feeling like something different, something unique for a meal? Tiffin is the place to be. :-) 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

DJC Querencia: the first year as a year club [sorority/fraternity]

Months ago I wrote an article to introduce to you my year club, DJC Querencia (you can read it here). For those who are unfamiliar with the year club-concept, let me explain it real quick: at my sorority/fraternity (N.S.V. Ovum Novum), all new members are divided into smaller groups (around 10 people each), and these groups are called "year clubs". Your year club is your group of friends that you see every week, at least once a week on Wednesdays when you have dinner together before going to the association building / club house, where a party takes place, but sometimes you see each other more often since there are other activities as well during the week. These people are the people that you'll most regularly hang out with during your time in college and they will supposingly be your friends long after college is over.

My year club, DJC Querencia, happens to be especially fun! ;-) I wrote about our adventures before (here and here, and they were featured in this post as well), and I thought it would be fun to give you guys an update on what all we've done during this past college year :-) I'm already on my summer break - hell yeah! - so I think this post pretty much summarizes all that we did during our first year as a year club. Here are some highlights.


These photos were taken at the 'opening party' for the 'Dies-week'. "Dies" is the Latin word for "Birthday", and the Dies-week is basically the week in which we celebrate the day that our sorority/fraternity was founded (in 2016, Ovum Novum celebrated its 26th birthday. In contrast to many other sororities/fraternities throughout the country, Ovum Novum is quite a young association, but nevertheless the biggest one in Nijmegen. This may be because Ovum Novum provides everything you'd want from a sorority/fraternity, while at the same time it does not stick to some of the more disadvantageous traditions of the more traditional sororities/fraternities - like high contribution prices, hierarchical culture and obligations, like attendance). This year's 'opening party' took place at an actual ZOO (the zoo's restaurant type of building) so we got to walk past many of the animals before the party started.


These 4 photos were taken at Marieke's 19th birthday party, when a few of us went out in town to celebrate her birthday. Even though we go to our association's club house most of the time to have a party, also in order to hang with the other members (and have drinks that are way cheaper than they are in town), we like to go out and dance in our town's clubs and pubs as well (and sometimes even better).


Next photo on the left was taken when our year club-mate Caroline joined our year club. Most commonly, you are exclusively able to join a sorority/fraternity at the beginning of a college year, but at our sorority/fraternity, students get a second chance to join a few weeks after the beginning of another college year. This means the students that join later, have to join a year club that had been founded by first year-members a few weeks earlier. This means that after a few weeks after the foundation of DJC Querencia, Caroline joined our club as the 11th and final member.

The photo on the right shows Caroline, Lise and me at Ovum Novum's annual "Parents' Day", and it's as good as it sounds :-). At this day, members are allowed to bring one or both parents, so the parents can see where their child spends most of his college time. I brought my mom, as my mom wishes she was still a student herself every day, as, according to herself, being a student was the best time of her life (I suppose she means, besides the time after my birth). Besides showing the parents the club house, they also got a city tour (which was a bit useless to my own mom as she used to go to college in Nijmegen as well) together with a small 'pub crawl', and then we had dinner at a pancake boat, that sailed over the Waal-river while we ate.

Picture below, left: Merith, Naomi and me on a regular Wednesday night at someone's home before going to the club house. Like most Wednesdays, we had dinner together with another year club. This way you get to know more members of the sorority/fraternity besides your own year club members (and you learn how to cook dinner for 15 to 20 people at once while using a gross college students' home kitchen).

One on the right: Lise, me and Naomi as cooks at Mitchell's 21-Dinner. Together with my high school-friend Noa, they helped me out cooking a 7-courses dinner for Mitchell's 21st birthday! I'm so blessed with such wonderful friends!!


All these black and white pictures above were taken by Noa van de Graaf, my high school friend who does now a photography major in Antwerp. She asked if she could take some photographs for a school project for which she had to illustrate college life. These pictures that she took show perfectly well what a regular Wednesday night dinner might look like when two year clubs have dinner together.


These two rows of photos showing us at our "Seven Sins"-themed party. Like I said before, every Wednesday there's a members-party at the club house, and every wednesday another year club (or two) prepares the party according to their self-chosen theme. We did this party together with DJC Ziva, another female year club, and it was pretty fun to decorate the entire club house in preparation for the party (we did a corner for each sin, and wore devil's costumes). Throwing a party also means that you have to manage the bar. This is the reason why basically every Ovum Novum-member is an excellent bartender. It's hard work but really fun to do! Next year, I hope we will throw a Harry Potter-themed party - at least I'm pleading for it, because wouldn't that be the most amazing thing?


Next 6 photos were taken at an intern beach volleyball contest (at an indoor beach!), in which 5 of us participated. We weren't very good at it so we were out quickly, but we enjoyed the barbecue and after party just as much. I may even like these kind of activities way more than the regular Wednesdays' nights somehow. Perhaps because I'm not much of a (binge) drinker ;-)



The following 2 rows contain 6 pictures of 2 different events: the first being a trip to Amsterdam, were we had dinner at a (students') restaurant before meeting up with members of an Amsterdam sorority/fraternity (our own sorority/fraternity encourages first years to meet up with members of befriended sororities/fraternities, by means of awarding points for doing so, just like they award points for other activities and contributions to the association, and the first years' year club that owns the most points in the end of the year, is named "year club of the year" for that year. Can I just say 'year' one more time? Year.) So we met up with a male dispute (a dispute is somewhat like a year club, the difference is that a year club consists out of members who joined the sorority/fraternity in the same year, while a dispute welcomes new members every year so it consists out of a few members from each year) at their regular pub, before going out in Amsterdam together.

The second event was a "girls-only night" at our own club house, that was organized by what we call a 'vertical', an association between multiple year clubs, one from every year. Not every year club is involved in a 'vertical', only the very eager ones who want to be more active at the sorority/fraternity join one. The "ladies night" was one of my favorite events this year. During this event, every floor in the club house had a different theme. The first one was the "party floor", with an 'Arabian Nights' theme, where you could chill, dance, have your future predicted by a fortune teller, get a henna tattoo, or smoke water pipe. The second floor's theme was basically "dicks" and you could play dick-related games (no actual dicks involved!!! Lol) (I am going to try to translate these Dutch-named games into English, but I can't assure you it will cover what the game involves entirely: dick-prick, dick-shaped-cookie-biting-game, dick-pooping, penis pinata, condom contest, and last but not least, decorating a pussy cake) This was probably my favorite floor (hilariousness guaranteed.) Finally, at the third floor, the theme was "relaxing and beauty", and you could get massages and a make-up contouring workshop. In short, it was all very girly and I think we all enjoyed a night without the guys.


Upper two photos that follow: one of me and Kim Phi, seeing each other again at the club house and caught hugging :-), then a group pictures at a party that Ovum Novum throws 5 times a year and that's open for any student in Nijmegen, so they can see what a sorority/fraternity is like and consider if they'd want to join as well, or maybe just enjoy a party selling beer for cheap.

The two pictures under the 'hugging picture' of me and Kim Phi, were taken during an event that we prepared: 'year club dinner at the club house'. When a year club chooses to do this event, it means that this year club prepares dinner for around 50 hungry mouths!!! But that's what we managed! As you may have noticed, our year club name "Querencia" is a Spanish word, so our 'year club dinner at the club house' had a Spanish theme, and all three courses were Spanish AND started with a Q, just like Querencia: A Spanish Quiche, Quesedillas, and finally Querencia-y-tres parfait (which contained Querente-y-tres liquor). In the upper picture, me and Sofie are holding a banner saying "Restaurant de la Querencia". In the picture below: a group picture (which may be only the second one in which we are complete as a year club!) It was terribly stressful to cook for that many people but we had so much fun and the food was so good!

Next to the lower picture that I just talked about, you see two pictures: one of me and Kim Phi, the other of me and Eva. Eva and I are wearing our yellow Ovum Novum-shirts, that we usually were during a party at which every student in town is welcome. Yellow, together with purple, is our sorority/fraternity's club color, so that's why you can see all members wearing bright yellow during an open party.


A picture of Kim Phi, Merith and I, then a picture of Sofie and Caroline, and first picture, next row a picture of Merith and I, all taken during dinner at a Wednesday night.

Next to the picture of Merith and I, a group picture of 8 of us, one of the only ones that were taken at a regular party that I liked ;-)


Last three pictures were taken at last party that I attended, a beach-themed party, that we liked a lot! :-) #PINEAPPLE


I know this must be a lot to take in ;-) I'm only sharing this much information to you because I hope people will get a more realistic image of sororities/fraternities in The Netherlands. I know there's a lot of prejudice against sororities/fraternities and I can certainly see where that comes from: once I stated that I would never join an association like that. But here's the thing: when you, like me, have lectures with 450-something people all at once for your college major, it's pretty hard to create the social life that one would expect from a college student's one! Of course at the beginning of each college year, first years get the chance to meet each other before classes start during an 'introduction week', and you're certainly lucky if during this week you make plenty of true friends, but this is not always (often not) the case, and this may lead to a boring and fucking lonely life. There are two things that you can do to boost your social life: either live in an house from which its inhabitants like to hang together a lot, or get actively involved into either your major's students' association, or a sorority/fraternity or something alike. Since I like my privacy and alone-time when I'm at home, and since I preferred meeting students from different majors as well, the last option was the best one for me. At first I had some prejudices against sororities/fraternities that were mainly based on what I had heard about the more traditional sororities/fraternities (traditions I talked about earlier in this article), but then I found out there was a sorority/fraternity that had ditched those disadvantages, but kept all the fun stuff, and since I did want to experience my college life all the way, I thought it was worth a shot. I decided that I would join N.S.V. Ovum Novum, and just go through the introduction time to see what it was like, and if it didn't appeal to me, I'd just leave, but the more and more I got involved the more I liked it :-) 

What I like best about being a sorority/fraternity member is my YEAR CLUB because those girls have certainly made my first year in college totally AWESOME!!! So I would recommend you new freshmen to join a sorority/fraternity (not so much the traditional ones, but even more the modern ones, especially those having a year clubs-structure) if you want your college time to be fantastic! And last but not least: you'll never know if you never try....and during these college years you get the only chance in your life to experience an association like this - which is, great life experience :-)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Albums that I listen to on repeat

My taste in music doesn't make any sense to me nor to anyone, so this list below may appear strange to you at first but less after I've explained myself. Lately these albums below are literally the only ones I've been listening to all the time, while going around on my bike, while I'm under the shower, doing my make-up, even right now while I'm writing another freaking blogpost. Sometimes I just can't stand the quiet (at other times, I need it).

ANTI
I am CRAZY about Anti! In my opinion, this is Rihanna's best album yet. It's so different from all her previous ones, and even though I've always liked her music and amazing voice, I think this album is absolutely thunderously GOOD! A perfect example of "good girl gone better"... 
At first I started listening to the track "Kiss it Better", then to the rest of the album, and the more and more I listened to it, the more and more I liked it, and I find it hard to pick an absolute favorite song because I feel like this entire album altogether is a perfect composition, and I literally listen to it on repeat. Songs that I find especially appealing are "Same Ol' Mistakes", "Woo", "Consideration", but the ballads "Love On The Brain" and "Close To You" as well, so that pretty much sums up to the entire album. In short: a legendary one.
RiRi had a soar throat so her Amsterdam concert had to be rescheduled....which means that I am able to go!!! Woohoo!!! I went to her concert in 2010, when her album 'Loud' just came out, but now I'm even more excited because I'm sure, considering her newest album, this concert will be e-p-i-c.

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
As you could read in this article, I saw The 1975 live in concert a while ago, which is one more reason to listen to their newest album constantly. The 1975 makes tracks that are rough yet with a cheerful, almost catchy, edge. These more up-tempo songs are the ones that I favor over the ballad-ish songs (except for "A Change of Heart" and "If I Believe You"). Even though Mitchell usually doesn't like the alternative rock music that I like to listen to, I suspect him of secretly liking The 1975 songs (perhaps he finds the band acceptable since their song 'The City' is featured on Fifa '14, that should be a perfect eligible reason). It's hard to say which album I like better, 'I like it when you sleep...' or their previous one, 'The 1975', both have a few really good songs and I actually listen to both of them equally often... but their track "Chocolate" from their first album may be my favorite of all.

If you wait
I've been waiting for months until someone buys me the rather expensive vinyl album of London Grammar. Their music is SO beautiful and I think it will be even more on my record player. Hannah Reid's voice is dreamily, unearthly beautiful and so unique, one that enchants and engulfs every single listener, one that makes you shiver... This music takes you to another place. Like Anti, 'If You Wait' does not contain any tracks that I can't stand and that I have to skip, I could literally listen to the entire album again and again (especially when I'm in this 'London Grammar-mood' and all I want to listen to is this album and no other music can delight me at that moment), but still, from the very beginning the track "If You Wait" has been my favorite. I think it would be so special to see this band perform live... I'd possibly be front row physically but with my mind entirely in the London Grammar-world.

1989
Taylor Swift has always been my guilty pleasure, and I know more of her songs by heart than I should. Taylor's music has changed a lot over the years, and her album 1989 is nothing like that track "Love Story" we liked to scream to years ago, when Taylor still had the excessive curly hair, neither like the music she made when she used to sing about all the shitty men in her life....oh well, she still does ;-) But maybe that's why her music WORKS. We all envy her for having sex with our top 10 celebrity men so we like to say we hate her for being such a slut but in the end I assume we're all just very jealous that she got it all. I hope she will stick with Calvin Harris though, he must be one of my favorite foreign DJs... and at the same time, he's HOT! :-)
So, 1989. This album, like 'Red', is one of a kind and it got me addicted rather quickly. Although it's not entirely true that I listen to it ON REPEAT.... As you all may know, Taylor Swift doesn't have her music available on Spotify because she thinks she doesn't get enough money for it (is what I heard) and that's not the way "art" should be treated. In short, that millionaire a$$ bitch thinks she deserves more money...if that's true that would be a bit sketchy (like why should her music be more artistic than anyone else's, the people who do have their music available on Spotify?) Still, it works. I listened to 1989 an entire flight long (it was a 12 hours flight and it was the only fun album available), and after I got home I immediately downloaded - read: bought - a few tracks of the album on iTunes (like "Welcome to New York" and "Wildest Dreams"), a.k.a. Taylor got me spend money on her artistic music. Oh, well. It's only the second time this works on me. I bought the actual physical album 'Red' when I found out it disappeared on Spotify and I felt that I needed it in my life.

In Return
The main reason why I'm listening to this album a lot is because this summer I'll attend a festival where ODESZA will be performing, and I'm so pumped to see them!! This electronic music is kinda dreamy, in a way that very much appeals to me, and I think it will be even more beautiful to hear loudly through speakers while standing in a crowd of people at an open air festival on a warm summer's day... Sounds pretty perfect to me. I've been listening to this one track "Say My Name" for ages before I decided to try out the rest of the album as well, but I still think it's one of the better ones. Their first album, 'Summer's Gone', is also worth listening to (especially "How Did I Get Here", featuring Lily Allen's track 22).

AM
When I listen to AM, it's usually on my record player, for AM is one of the only vinyl records that I own. Still, I don't think the Arctic Monkeys can ever bore me. I think this album is marvelous, but my favorite Arctic Monkeys' song is from 'Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not', namely, "Mardy Bum". It's hard to pick a fav from AM, as all songs are extraordinary good and pleasant to listen to, but "Knee Socks" and "Snap Out of It" are two that I may like a bit more. And of course, I find it amazing when the beginning of "Do you wanna know?" sounds through my speakers. I wish I'd have seen them live, when they performed at Pinkpop 2014...but I was still in The States at that point, so unfortunately I couldn't make it. I'm very much hoping they will give another show anywhere near & anytime soon because that would be simply fantastic!

So these are all the albums I repeatedly listen to lately, but I'm sure this little list will change over time. Besides these albums, there are also many tracks from other album that are in my Spotify playlist named "Starred" that I listen to a lot. I might share these "Tracks that I listen to on repeat" with you as well, but only if I feel like it (and decide it's shareable enough).

Wondering what albums are on repeat for you guys lately! Let me know in the comments below! :-)

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