Thursday, 27 August 2015

A M S T E R D A M

I went to Amsterdam last weekend to visit my eldest sister who just moved there with her boyfriend in early May! It is such a beautiful city; people ride their bikes like there is no tomorrow, the weather was charming and the people were friendly. Amongst the thousands of bikes we probably saw around town, the overall vibe of Amsterdam just oozes romance, chill, and excitement. Though the excitement was most likely due to the fact that SAIL was taking place the weekend that we visited which only happens every 5 years. Funnily enough, we didn't even come for SAIL. But the wondrous event did mean that it was extra busy around town and stuff. Nevertheless it added to the whole experience of being somewhere so new and cool.

For me, Amsterdam seems like a young city; a place where you would normally move to when you're in your twenties or early thirties looking for a fresh start. I loved the architecture of not only the famous buildings but also the massive town homes and the cute little apartments. We did a lot on our short visit. We went to the Van Gogh museum which was absolutely magnificent. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photographs (though I did sneak a quickie of the original sunflowers - it was so tempting!) And we went from floor to floor chronologically, looking at the life of Van Gogh and his art beside it. His story is so tragic, but it just makes me appreciate his art even more. He never would have thought that he would have a whole entire gallery in his name and it makes me really happy! I hope his ghost has seen it some how, I just hope he knows. What really struck me about his whole life story and art is that all of his self-portraits looked identical to his brother, and nothing at all how Vincent actually looked. It made me wonder if in all of his self-portraits he was really painting himself as his brother. It's so interesting.

As well as that we walked (A LOT) around town, going into souvenir shops and a vintage shop called 'episode' where I bought some beautiful, formal brown trousers. We went to a delicious and famous pancake bakery (needless to say it was heavenly) and we went on a canal ride to end our trip. Obviously, Amsterdam is known for their legalisation of marijuana and prostitution, so on some of the coffee shops there were signs saying "Here you can smoke" with pictures of weed on it. You had to be 18 of course, so with my older sisters there was no way I was being allowed anywhere near them haha. We walked quickly through the famous Red Light District, which was the prostitution area. It was very interesting actually. Ugh, overall this trip was just fabulous, I would recommend this amazing city to anyone!!! Enjoy these (if I may say so myself) gorg photos of my trip and hopefully get a bigger feel of this wonderful place. xxx


















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Saturday, 15 August 2015

feeling thrifty thrifty

I went to the East End Thrift Store for one of their legendary 1 pound sales! It was the first time I had gone on a Saturday and it was busy as hell. There was a massive queue so they could only let in a group of people at a time. It was well worth the wait though because it was one of those thrifting days where I've gotten some real good bargains. I only had one thing on my mind: Skirts. Skirts skirts skirts. I have a lot of skirts at home already, but you can never have too many skirts right? (OK, I've said skirts way too many times haven't I? *cringe!!*) But anyway, my skirt (cringe) hunt was a success. I bought a black velvet midi with two small slits at the side. Observe:



Also a pale brown-y wool one with a cute pattern at the bottom. It is slightly big if I want to wear it high-waisted, but it fits around my hips. It makes up for the burgundy one that I bought at the thrift store a while back because that one, although the same material and shape, was way too big and I tried to fix it up but just ended up ruining it. So I'm glad I've got a replacement, even though they aren't identical. I also bought another skirt with a beautiful gold-y pattern on it.

nothing that a good 'ol iron can't fix!




Then I thrifted this large dirty beige shirt thing. I have no idea what to call it but that's the best way I can describe it. I think this would look really nice unbuttoned with a crop top and some jeans, or a casual outfit with a cute dress or something. I'll find use for it somehow! Then last but not least I bought a dirty dark green jumper. I actually haven't tried it on yet but I like the zip at the front and the waist band at the bottom. It actually reminds me of the shape of another jumper I thrifted too.
Overall it was a fab day - going thrift shopping always is and if it isn't then you're probably doing something wrong. I saw my two friends that I met on NCS and I got an invite to go Shoreditch with them after the sale but I kinda just wanted to go home, it was hot and I couldn't wait to try on my new purchases. It would have been fun and now that I reflect on it, I'm kicking myself for turning down going to one of my favourite places spontaneously with friends. *sigh* there'll be other times though! The other pictures are from the journey there and also this cinema we stumbled upon. We didn't go to see anything - I just really needed to pee! But it had an old-fashioned theme and I loved it. They're having a poetry slam competition in September and I'm going to go and watch!





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when the queue started to move. It was way longer than this at the beginning!



me being happy and annoying

a slip of cleo


oops

ended the day with a tesco meal deal on a patch of grass

In a previous post where I complained about how shitty my holiday was, I gave a short analogy about how the fun-ness of my summer was lacking. I said that the fun was oozing out very slowly, like trying to squeeze paint out of a nearly-dried bottle. Well now, the paint is coming out nice and smooth and at a regular pace, but it just saddens me because the paint is almost finished. The summer is coming to an end and I already feel drained but in the best way possible - so much has happened, it's crazy. I've written a lot here, thanks to anyone who could keep up and get to the end hahaha. Anyways, enjoy the last few weeks of your holiday lovelies! xx

Thursday, 13 August 2015

how we decorate time

"Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time" I don't know who said this but I love it. Recently I have been recommended some new music! They're not all exactly new songs but it's the first time I've heard them and it makes me feel like a new layer has opened up inside my music loving brain and I'm getting closer to having 100% satisfaction that I've heard all the music I will ever need to hear in my lifetime. So here are the songs I have been listening to with ratings.


how deep is this album cover?



"Loveleen" by Rejjie Snow. It's from his EP called Rejovich. I love the slow, draging beat and the piano chords and the softness of the rap. It's perfect and it's short as well. The quickness of the song is good because it never gets boring but you also wish it could just carry on for another 10 minutes.

My rating: 10/10
 

"A.D.H.D" by Kendrick Lamar. This is from his album called Section.80. I like when the bass comes in at the begining. It just kinda reminds me of being at a party, it's really spaced out and the beat is nice and slow, I love it. This is weird but I like how he says "Fuck that" and I don't know why hahaha.

My rating: 9/10









"Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst" by Kendrick Lamar again. This is from his album called good kid, m.A.A.d city. To be honest his song is pretty much perfect. The rap, the beat, the soothing chords. It's a very long song but you could literally have this as a muffled, quiet background as you chill in your bedroom or just loud.

My rating: 10/10




"The Moment" by Tame Impala. This song is from their album called Currents. I like listening to this song when I'm going out. Like as soon as I leave the house or get on the bus, I'd put it on. It makes me feel like I'm going somewhere exciting and cool, a place that reminds me of the album cover.

My rating: 8/10



"48" by Tyler, The Creator. This is from this album called Wolf. Chill beat that I find myself swaying to by accident. I don't know what it is about it I just like it a lot.

My rating: 8/10

                                               
~ So as you can see, there's a bit of a pattern. Slow rap is a jam I am falling in love with. Hope you enjoy them if you listen to them or already have! ~