If you weren’t able to guess the content of today’s blog post from the title, I’d like to share some things with you that I’ve been loving lately. More commonly known as “Favourites”. But I wanted to make it sound original. Sorry.
Sometimes I feel like my friends or family members aren’t interested in the same things I am, so I have all this built-up energy for conversation about things that I’ve been obsessing over these last few weeks/months, and I desperately need to let it out somewhere! So here I am, about to either bore you or, more hopefully, inspire you with the stuff that I love. Enjoy!
If you know me, you know that I’m a masssiiiveee fan of Tame Impala. And if you’ve ever tried to hack my phone so you can post stupid things from Facebook account making me sound like an utter imbecile, you might’ve noticed I have weird (to you) / beautiful (to me) background images. All courtesy of the wonderful, the incomparable, the unquestionably gifted Leif Podhajsky (read that twice). Leif’s a graphic designer and art director from Byron Bay, Australia, of Czech origin and based London. He’s most well-known for his album art for artists such as Tame Impala, Foals, The Vines and many more, which is how I “discovered” him. I’ve been adoring his work for quite a while now, album covers but also other artwork, and I just can’t get enough. I love the themes of nature, the use of mirroring, spiralling and waves in his artworks, as well as the blend of colours. It goes so well with Tame Impala’s music somehow, psychedelic and dreamy almost – and maybe that’s why I love it so much: it reminds me of their music which I ADORE. Basically, I’m in love and you should definitely check him out. Here are some of my favourites.
and probably my favourite (and shining star of literally all my backgrounds)
Although one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read at least 3 books a month (a very realistic goal), I’m finding it incredibly difficult to find 30 min everyday to sit down with a cuppa and just READ aaaaaand haven’t actually read any new books this month. So you could say, the challenge isn’t going very well.
Although I haven’t started any new books, I have been able to finish a couple this month, one of those being The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I had to complete this book for school, but even if the book weren’t obligatory I would have definitely chosen to read simply for free-time pleasure. I adored the strong themes of female community, spirituality and love in all shapes and forms. The book is a truly touching coming-of-age tale set in South Carolina in the 1960’s of a 14-year-old white girl growing up through religious/spiritual experiences, realisation of her own racism and learning about what loving and being loved means. The book is packed with symbols (most of them in connection with bees) which consequently gives it a magical, secretive feel to it. It’s an easy and fairly quick read and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Another book I started in 2015 and have only managed to finish a couple of weeks ago is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Like Kidd’s book, Rebecca revolves around women, to be exact two opposite/opposing female antagonists, the two Mrs de Winter’s: The one alive, an obedient, shy and devoted wife, the other the dead (yet manages to indestructibly live on), infamous and rebellious Rebecca. Rebecca is a dark, heavy and tragic story soaked with desire and secrecy, love and murder. A slightly more difficult and less happy smiley book, yet stunning in all ways and definitely worth a read (or two).
Guess what I’m doing right now (besides typing these exact words). That’s right, I’m listening to music. Duh, always. And who am I listening to? Ah, very good question interested reader!
Last week my Mum went on a shopping spree, the best kind – tickets to various and wonderful gigs. One of those tickets was for Youth Lagoon, who I discovered by literally looking up who’s coming to Zurich anytime soon (being hopeful and desperate for good gigs). I have been obsessively listening to my boy Trev, and since this will be his first and last gig ever in Zurich (due to something like early retirement?!), I have been trying to soak up as much of his magic before the concert. His music is so dreamy (maybe trippy would be a better word) and just. simply. addicting, since I have quite a large weakness for lo-fi pop.
Supporting his gig will be my latest obsession Mild High Club, who THANK GOD won’t be retiring anytime soon, since their debut album Timeline only came out last September. And OH MY have I listened to that album back-to-front a million times. Their name fits them well, since there music definitely has a trippy/psychedelic soft rock feel to it. Others have described their music as “LA slack funk psychedelia” and I have no idea what that means, but it sounds about right. Plus their music has something quite vintage about it and reminds me of the Beatles. Basically, I can’t stop listening to them and you should definitely look them up.
my favourite form of procrastination.
Topping my list would be without a doubt Fargo (pronounced with a proper MinnesOtan “o”). When the first season came out a couple years ago, I think I watched episode N°1 with my family, but never really payed much attention to it after that. I probably deemed it boring or “too slow”, but boy should I have given it the benefit of the doubt. At the end of last year I started to re-watch the first season, became OBSESSED (and was in utter shock about how amazing the story was, because lil’ gullible me didn’t realise that the
intro didn’t actually mean it really is a true story). But even so, I was utterly captivated by the almost comical Minnesotan characters who so innocently, sometimes even accidentally, create trouble which grows and grows and eventually explodes in their faces, and the witty and so damn brilliantly written script with a (large) touch of dark comedy. I adore the unique style of the way Fargo was filmed, the location and music. All put together made an astounding series. Its continuation, season 2, didn’t disappoint either. Location loyally stayed put, so instead we travelled through time to the 70’s, which in my opinion gave Fargo’s already incomparable style an extra cherry on top. If you haven’t seen it, what are you still reading my stupid blog?
Other favourites were old series rejuvenated by my recent laziness and procrastination, one of those continuing the 70’s theme, so appropriately named “That 70’s Show”. I’m such a sucker for 20-minute American comedy shows in the ranks of Friends and New Girl and this one fits in perfectly. Although I never lived in the 70’s, I’ve somehow obtained a nostalgia for era of Led Zeppelin 8 tracks. There’s not much more to say to this show, except that if you have a lot of time on hand and you enjoy to chuckle, there are 8 seasons of that 70’s show calling your name from the dark corners of the internet, a.k.a. illegal streaming websites (shhh).
Other shows that will undoubtably turn you into an obsessed lethargic slug for the next few weeks are Veronica Mars (don’t judge) and Making a Murderer. Brought back from the dead, I’ve started watching one of my top childhood series starring Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars, teenage detective. It’s got crime, it’s got drama, it’s got romance and due to it’s brilliantly written script even a bit of humour. It’s seriously so good, and not even necessarily in a guilty-pleasure kinda way, so give it a try if you want.
As for Making a Murderer, you MUST gives this a try. I don’t think I’ve ever watched such an intriguing, heart-breaking documentary series that forced me to spend an entire Sunday night (4 hours to be exact) in front of my computer screen. The story of Steven Avery is truly exceptional and it demonstrates how problematic his case was and in general, how corrupt and messed up the American justice system truly is. It’s without a doubt one of the most extraordinary series I’ve had the pleasure of viewing.
Since the (#)Oscars(sowhite) are coming up at the end of the month, let’s talk about some of the (super white) nominees, that I’ve seen and most likely will never forget.
A couple weeks ago my best friend and I went to the cinema to see little Leo in his latest feature, The Revenant, which so appropriately means “I’m coming back for you, you son of a bitch” or something like that. I’m a massive fan of Leo, and I’m a massive fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu and a film that meshes them up together just had to be good. And oh my word was it. Iñárritu has such a unique style and since I saw his other banger Birdman I was completely intrigued and captivated by it, and The Revenant didn’t disappoint, as I was hoping it would have the same “feel” to it. The cinematography is out of this world, not only the scenery of Canadian/Argentinian/USAs/Whereverthehelltheydecideedtoshootaswell’s wilderness, but basically every single scene took my breath away. The story was masterly told, the themes of revenge, father-and-son relationship, and survival are portrayed and delivered perfectly and most definitely provoked emotions. The film was long and gruesome, whilst simultaneously being absolutely beautiful. Simply said, an immaculate film worth a watch.
Another Oscar contender (and in my opinion clear winner) was a film I saw yesterday called Room, you might’ve heard of it (or heard me weeping away last night). Also appropriately named, Room revolves around a kidnapped woman and her 5-year-old son Jack who have been kept locked inside, you guessed it, a ROOM (“Ma” has been there 7 years, her son since the day he was born). This film made me feel all kinds of emotions; it was so incredibly tense, heavy and utterly heart-breaking. Arguably the most interesting thing about this film, besides the strong relationship, the unique bond between Jack and Ma, are Jack’s narrations. We learn how he sees the “world” around him and how he copes with learning that there are two sides to room’s wall, that something more exists between room and outer space. Brie Larson’s performance was exceptional, faultless, as was Jack Tremblay’s, an obviously talented child actor who also gave an impeccable, natural performance. I haven’t seen a movie this good, this heart-wretching, for a while. 110% recommended.
Having already mentioned The Revenant, someone who I think deserves a little shoutout is chivexp on Instagram a.k.a. Emmanuel Lubezki a.k.a. the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Birdman, who is once again nominated this year for his magic on The Revenant. Emmanuel’s instagram is just what you’d expect it to be: utterly breath-taking. Now you don’t have to rematch Birdman a million times to be reminded of his talents (thank god! That was exhausting). Recently he’s been posting photos, much like the one bellow, of the “Faces Of R”, gorgeous close-ups of the cast members on set, as well as shots of the filming locations of The Revenant, all absolute perfection, all reminding me why I loved the film so much. I can’t get enough of this flawless behind-the-scenes footage and have become very Instagram-jealous. Give Emmanuel a follow, you definitely won’t regret it.
For other Instagram account recommendations of mine click here.
If you’re bored of beauty gurus giving you the verdict on the latest MAC lipstick and one of the many Alfie and Zoes doing another accent challenge, might I suggest you watch the following YouTubers.
I can’t really remember how I discovered Mr. Ben Brown, but I am very very glad I have. Ben is an ex pro-athlete turned daily vlogger who currently lives in Cape Town, SA…well kinda. He travels all around and takes his audience (you and I) with him. I adore his vlogs and his Visual Vibes videos, which are both decorated with spectacular drone shots and slow-mo sequences of the most extraordinary places on earth. Apart from that, since vlogging involves a lot of talking from Ben himself, he seems like a really really nice guy with a very caring personality. I love following him around (that doesn’t sound weird, right?) on his trips and even everyday adventures. Ben inspires me to travel more and well….get a drone.
Another daily vlogger I adore is Casey Neistat, a film-maker from New York City. I discovered Casey through Ben (cheers Ben!) and he has basically become my ultimate role-model. Casey’s vlogs are some of the most incredible vlogs I have ever seen, he just seems to get it right every single day. This guy is crazy talented. He can turn the most boring day into a highly entertaining mini film. He inspires me with his amazing skills as a film-maker and relentless work ethic, which he obtained from having to work like crazy to get to where he is today, since (if you watch his Draw My life video) hasn’t had the easiest life. He really motivates me to push harder in life and to get STUFF DONE to get to where I want to be. I love his tough-love attitude and unorthodox lifestyle, he is without a doubt one of my favourite YouTubers ever.
aaaaand that’s it! Thanks for reading x
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