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Een playlist voor Kim

Gisteren vroeg Kim mij om een playlist van liedjes die ik leuk vind. Wie weet zat er voor haar ook iets leuks tussen? Jeetje, dat is echt nog best moeilijk! Om toch een soort van selectie te kunnen maken heb ik twee criteria gehanteerd: een vrouwelijke zangeres + liedjes waar ik op dit moment het meest naar luister. Nog steeds lastig om dan maar tien nummers uit te kiezen en het is ook een beetje een gekke mix geworden, maar vooruit… het is gelukt! Kim, ik hoop dat er iets leuks voor je tussen zit! ♥






Als 8tracks niet werkt, dan heb ik hier ook de youtube versie. Ik hoop dat de eventuele reclames niet al te irritant zijn… Have fun! En voel je vrij om je favoriete nummer van dit moment te delen in de comments! Altijd leuk om muziektips te krijgen natuurlijk :)

Zoals je ziet is dit Side 1… Met andere woorden… to be continued! ;)

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90′s goddess Drew Barrymore en The Shoe

In mijn vorige post noemde ik al even de nieuwe clip van het muzikale project van actrice Jena Malone, The Shoe. Toen ik het zag wist ik het meteen: deze clip voor het nummer “Dead Rabbit Hopes” kan eigenlijk niet anders dan geïnspireerd zijn door de prachtige ’90s goddess Drew Barrymore. Voor ik het wist was ik aan het googlen en doorklikken en hoe meer ik klikte, hoe meer ik óók donkere lipstick wilde en een tuinbroek van spijkerstof en nóg blonder haar. 90′s Drew KICKS ASS.

Ze is nog steeds prachtig natuurlijk, daar niet van. En hoewel ik haar niet persoonlijk ken lijkt ze me echt lief en tegelijkertijd hilarisch (soms heb je dat gewoon bij iemand). Ze is inmiddels getrouwd, heeft twee schattige dochtertjes (Olive en Frankie, hoe lief zijn die namen?), gaat soms op kookcursus en speelt af en toe nog een rolletje, maar doet tegenwoordig eigenlijk meer met haar eigen productiebedrijf. Zo produceerde ze onder andere Charlie’s Angels, een echte girl power film waarin ze met een van haar beste vriendinnen een hoofdrol vertolkt (jup, Cameron Diaz).

Drew Barrymore filmtips: Poison Ivy (1992)Boys on the Side (1995)Never Been Kissed (1999)Charlie’s AngelsDonnie Darko (daar speelt Jena Malone ook in trouwens!) – 50 First DatesMusic and Lyrics (beetje afgezaagd maar wel cute) – He’s just not the into you en Going The Distance.
* (klik op de titels voor de trailers)

Dit liedje (Broken Hearted Love Song) van The Shoe is ook mooi trouwens.

Wilde ik even delen.
Liefs,
Ash

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Under the weather

Hi! How are you?

It’s been a bit quiet around here and I just wanted to let you know that it’s because I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. I had to get two of my wisdom teeth removed the past week (or molars as some would call them) and one side of my face now feels like a big fat truck drove straight into it. Most people told me it was going to be fine, so I went in being rather optimistic. BUT, when I entered the room, the surgeon took a look at my x-ray, shook his head and said, WELL, this is going to be a tough one! All while making a bloated face and shaking his hands near his cheeks, miming for them to get bigger. So nice to hear… AHEM. He even let me choose which side I wanted him to start on first. Instead I just shook my head in fear and said: well, whatever you think is best (YOU JUST TOLD ME THIS WAS GOING TO BE AWFUL, JUSTGETTHISOVERWITH).

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: it was rather awful. The upper-right one? Out of my mouth in less than 10 seconds. The lower-right one? They had to cut it in three parts and it felt like they removed it with one of these god-awful things. The most fun part?! In less than a month the other two have to be removed as well! GASP!!!

As you can see they have yet to remove my dramatic streak.

Ha, just kidding, I’m fine. But the part about the truck is true, it still hurts like a mo-fo. Here are a few things that helped me through this boring week (because I’m vain like that and I didn’t feel like going outside looking like a russian guinea-pig that’s been hoarding for winter-time and wasn’t even smart enough to use both cheeks)

Hope you are all well!
xx

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Cinema: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon

For the past few days I’ve been working hard on a paper for this class I’m taking (ahem, I’m trying) and I reallllly wanted some downtime by working on my favourite GRANNY HOBBY. You know what I’m talking about… making a collage of course, oh yeah! That’s why I dived into my archives and dug up this review I wrote about 4 years ago. I did a little rewriting and translating and here it is. It all still very much applies, because it’s still one of the prettiest films I’ve ever seen!

When reading the description of this film for the first time, I definitely raised an eyebrow. A film about a man who can only move his left eyelid? That can not be the most fascinating story ever. Little did I know how beautiful it actually was. It all happened to Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successful editor of the French Elle. In the prime of his life he suffered from a stroke and became completely paralysed, a feeling he himself would describe as “living in a wet suit”. However, Jean- Dominique decided to make something of the time he has left (“I decided to have no self-pity and pay more attention to the two things that were not paralyzed: my imagination and my memory”) and asked his very patient nurse to write down his memoirs: Le Scaphandre et le papillon.

What makes this film special is not just the cinematography (which is in fact really really beautiful), but also how it makes you think about life. The main message of this film is not to show you how horrible it is to be locked in your body, but to show us that there is always something that can save you, like your imagination. Or, as the tagline of this beautiful french movie says: let your imagination set you free!

If you love art house films and have a weak spot for the French language, this is one you definitely HAVE to see. You won’t regret it, trust me. It also has a great soundtrack!

The trailer:

(don’t watch it you don’t want to be spoiled ;) )

This is a translation of a piece I wrote in dutch about Le Scaphandre et le Papillon on 20/03/2010. So, no, you’re not going crazy if you recognize this post, it just means that you have been following me for quite a while! :)
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That thing is supposed to be an iPhone (hey, I tried)

Lorde’s number one hit Royals was super catchy (if you’ve never heard it before, you’ve probably been living in a cave for the past year or so, YOU CAN’T ESCAPE IT), but the danger of being just a one hit wonder is always lurking in the corner for these kind of artists. Not for Lorde though, oooooh noooo, she’s too cool to be a one hit wonder. I don’t know if her other songs are as catchy enough like Royals for them to become such a big hit, but I do recommend you get a good listen to her album “Pure Heroine”. Great to listen to while you’re studying or even when you’re prepping to go out dancing. Speaking of: she really can’t dance. We both can’t dance! Which is an awesome thing to have in common. I think.

Here is one of her songs: Team.

If you want to hear the whole album, here is a link to the one that’s up on youtube.

Happy sunday everybody xx

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A wish list (Christmas presents inspiration)

Every birthday and every Christmas again I need to ponder the question “whatever shall I ask?” For some reason people like to ask you about your deepest desires when those dates are approaching on the calendar. I never know what to answer though! There is nothing I really need.

This year I decided to make a wish list. No, this is not a subtle-but-actually-not-so-subtle way to ask my boyfriend to buy this stuff for me, I just thought it would be fun to look around and who knows, maybe you’ll get some inspiration for your wish list as well! Or, maybe you see something on this list that would be a great present for someone else. Christmas for me is about family, but I also reallllly like to buy gifts for my loved ones.

The things on this list are a little bit expensive (well, most of them anyway), but there are always some cheaper alternatives to be found. For example: that leather handbag is pretty pretty pretty. It’s pricetag? Not so much! Yet I’m convinced there is another leather bag that looks at least a little bit like it and which is more in my price range ;-)

Anyway, here they are.

1 What Katie Ate – I spotted this one in the bookstore and it looked amazing! 2 A subscription to Time Magazine or De Groene Amsterdammer – both very cheap if you’re a student. 3 Scented Candle by Sissy Boy – Yup, a scented candle. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for scented candles. This one is from Sissy Boy in the scent “White tea”. You pay 15 euro for a candle, but it’s totally worth it. Trust me. 4 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. My favourite! Until I have the funds to buy this again, I’ll just use my moisturizer by Sans Soucis Naturkosmetik (which I love as well!), but this one is awesome. 5 A simple gold necklace. I’ve been looking for one for ages and this one I found on Etsy. 6 Brown Leather Bag – A business-like handbag, for going to uni or other serious stuff. This one is a bit expensive… I hope to find something more affordable. 7 Chloé Eau de Parfum. Don’t think I have to explain this one. 8 Karlsson Book Clock. Fell in love when I spotted this over at V&D (a dutch store). You can also make this one yourself (great DIY gift!).

A final note, just to clarify: I did not get paid for this post nor do I use affiliate links, these are my own finds! :)

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Cinema: Submarine

A few weeks ago, when we were on a ship on our way back from Newcastle, it somehow felt very appropriate to watch the film Submarine. We both had seen it before, many moons ago, and really wanted to see it a second time. So, there we were (oh, yes, and by “we” I don’t mean myself and my second personality, but I’m referring to my boyfriend), in our hut watching Submarine, while the wind was rocking the ship back and forth and I was on my second anti-travelsickness pill. It proved again to be a great and fun distraction and it almost (almost!) made me and my stomach forget I was on a ship in the middle of the North Sea.

Well, what’s it about then ‘ey?

Submarine tells the story of Oliver Tate, a quirky high schooler who is struggling with typical teenage stuff. He really wants to lose his virginity and is particularly concerned with his parents’ marriage. When he meets Jordana, a mysterious and slightly popular girl from school who shows some interest in him, he is not only determined to lose his virginity to her, but also wants to be the best boyfriend in the world. In the meantime, his mother’s ex-boyfriend (the mystic) moves in next door and threatens the already not so great relationship between his parents. How does he know “it’s not that great”? Well, the light in the bedroom has not been set on dim since his last check-up. Something has to be done!

Originally a novel (which I have not read… yet) the director Richard Ayoade took John Dunthorne’s story and turned it into a real must-see. The use of colours, perfectly aligned shots (that scene under the bridge! so nice) and British sense of humour, made this something more than just a regular coming-of-age story. At times it made me think of a Wes Anderson film, which in my eyes is a real compliment (you’re not a real hipster if you don’t like Wes Anderson. Unless you don’t like Wes Anderson because every hipster likes Wes Anderson, which makes you again, a real hipster). At the same time it also has that British “roughness” you’d expect from a film that was shot along the coast of Wales. Oliver Tate’s voice over, in which he bares his inner thoughts and clever observations, is not only very funny, but also very honest and relatable. And even though some situations are really sad, the story doesn’t get “mushy” at all. That’s what makes this ultimately, above all, a real feel good film.

Also, the soundtrack is SO GOOD. It’s perfect for a lazy rainy day inside or when you have to study and want some background music. Listen:



See? Or better said: you hear that? Even when it’ll turn out you don’t quite like the film as much as I do, you’ll still have the soundtrack to enjoy.

You also want to see the trailer? Here is a link to the one on youtube.

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Skin + hair

My interest in make-up is almost non-existent. Sure, I use it and I know a little bit about it, but it stops right about there. I like using make-up to ~enhance my features~ (hey, a girl’s gotta try) and to not scare the little children, but I only own two small eyeshadow pallets (five colours in total, all in earthy tones) a mascara, eyeliner, bronzer and eyebrow pencil. One of each. I just don’t like spending money on make-up, I don’t care for it that much.

Skincare and haircare is something else though. Not that I’m a big spender in that department (hey, a student’s gotta eat), but I do care for it a little bit more. Having great hair doesn’t suddenly make me a better person, nor does a glowy skin mean I’m a great person to hang out with, but I sure as hell will be nicer to look at. Taking care of those things seems just a very natural thing to do.

From the age of 12 to around 16 I had, like most teenagers (apart from the lucky few), a bad skin. A lot of acne on my face and on my back. It was awful, no matter what I did, nothing helped. Luckily I got rid of it (yay for birth-control) and because I know how much of an effect such a thing can have on your life, I even more appreciate the (almost) clear skin I have now. What I mean to say is this: if you see someone with a skin problem, this does not automatically mean they do not take good care of themselves. DUH! But yes, it has to be said. And for the few who are struggling with it now: hang in there. And: you’re beautiful :-)

Anyway *clears throat*, let’s move away from the TED talk, ontoooo my favorite skin and hair stuff. I like trading tips in this area, the more based on personal experience the better, so that’s why I wanted to share this with you today. If you have any tips yourself, please leave them in the comments!

1. Gliss Kur – Hair Repair Every Day Oil Elixer
This is probably the third flacon I bought of this stuff, not because you go through it that quickly, but because I realllly love it and use it almost everyday. One flacon lasts you probably 6-9 months, depending on the length of your hair. I like using it after washing my hair. One drop goes a long way and prevents my hair from getting frizzy and makes it look all shiny. Great stuff!

2. Lancaster Sun Beauty Care – SPF30 (face)
SPF is incredibly important to protect your skin from (too much) sun. This one has SPF30 and the price is about that number as well (29 euros), which is crazy for SPF (at least I think so), but is also the only one which doesn’t cause me to break out all over my face. So yes, great investment. Next time I’ll probably go for SPF50.

3. Avocado Oil & Walnut Exfoliating Mask by Face Food
I should probably do this more often: use a face mask. I ALWAYS forget about that stuff, even though I really enjoy using them. Nothing better than a hot bath, a face mask and a new episode of whatever is on that day (yes, I should probably put on an Enya cd and de-stress during my baths, but I’m way too hyper to just DO NOTHING). This one from Face Food feels very rich and makes your skin super soft. I don’t like eating avocado, but on mah face, well yes siree. Bring it on.

4. Jacob Hooy – Vitamine E-crème
As a daycream I like to use Clinique (see point 8), but as a nightcream this one is currently my favorite. It’s very rich and perfect for my dry skin. It’s too heavy for during the day (although sometimes I do use a tiny bit on my forehead and cheeks during winter or when I need to hydrate), which makes it perfect for during the night. And it’s cheap! Yay!

5. Himalaya Herbals Apricot srub
This apricot scrub smells great and does the job. You have to be careful, because it has large grains and you don’t want to harm your face. Therefore I would probably not use this everyday if I were you. Once a week and you’re good to go.

6. Gliss Kur Hair Repair Satin Relax Balsemspray
After washing my hair and before using my serum, I usually spray some of this in my hair. It makes it easier to comb through (NEVER comb while you hair is still wet though! Wait till it’s dry) and works against the frizzzz. Cheap, smells great and does the trick.

7. Estee Lauder Daywear Sheer tint release (SPF 15)
Two years ago this was my go-to product. My skin was acting up and I needed a little more coverage, but I LOATHE using foundation. Instead I went looking for a daycream with a colour. This was before the whole BB and CC cream craze, but there were already some daycreams on the market with a little colour in them. This one from Estee Lauder was a great find. Again, a little more expensive and you can probably find a better BB of CC cream on the market right now, but if you want to spend a little more… this is it. It smells great, gives you a little tint, has SPF in it and hydrates your skin.

8. Clinique face wash + daycream for dry skin
I read a lot of bad reviews about the 3 Step program by Clinique, about how it made people break out or get really dry patches. But I really love it! It works wonders for me. Ever since I began using this my face feels clean, clear and in general just looks better. At least I think so. I love how the daycream gets absorbed almost immediately by your skin and how the face wash doesn’t make your face feel “squeaky”. When I was at a workshop at Clinique headquarters with annemerel.com (1,5 years ago already, wow) they gifted us the whole 3 step program. It lasted me a year and after that I bought some myself. It is expensive, yes, but for me well worth the pay.

9. Clinique tonic
If I had to choose my all time favorite skincare product, THIS would be it. This face tonic is step 2 of the 3 step program, which means that you use it after the face wash. It makes my skin feel fresh and clean. It also makes my skin feel smoother. Whenever I forget to use this a few days I notice it immediately. It really makes a difference in my skin and that is well worth the money. Like I said above: some people have a bad experience with Clinique products, so that’s why I advice you to try it out first. It would be a shame if you bought a full-size and your skin reacts badly to it. Go for small size first! Or better yet: go to your local drugstore and ask for some samples.

10. Dove Pro-Age eyecream
The skin around my eyes is very dry and if I don’t use a cream I notice it immediatly. This one from dove is (relatively) cheap, hydrates and also has a pearlescent finish, which really opens up your eyes. Just be careful with using it allll around you eyes, because the shine can get a little crazy. I once made the mistake of rubbing it too far down my cheeks (“wellll why not, it hydrates and I have a bit left”). Turns out I looked like a clown with very pearlescent cheeks.

11. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce
No skin or hair cair, but I already had included it in the picture and didn’t felt like photoshopping, hehe. For ages I wore Burberry Brit, but last year I felt like a change and I used a gift-card to buy this one. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîce. Expensive like hell, but it’s SO DELICIOUS. Unfortunately I used my last bit this morning :-(

From this list are excluded: my shampoo, because I’m in between shampoos right now and I still haven’t decided if I really like my current one (Dove intense repair) (I can’t believe I’m actually talking about shampooo on my blog) & my make-up remover cloths (they change every month) & my deoderant, because it’s boring and I don’t really have a favorite. Oh, and my boring bodylotion from Nivea.

Ok, now it’s your turn.

Ready, set, GO! Share your tips!

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A Japanese obsession

My fascination with Japan probably started right after the first time I watched Lost In Translation (don’t know it yet? IT’S ONLY MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME. Click here for my review and here for a playlist). Which is kind of ironic if you think about the backlash this film received from the actual Japanese people. Although the director (Sofia Coppolla) said it was supposed to be a “valentine to Tokyo”, that was not how some Japanese perceived it. The film made fun of Japanese stereotypes, they said, and all in all was not a fair representation of how Tokyo really is as a city. You can read a bit more about it here. Nevertheless I must say I myself DID perceive it as an ode to that city, which maybe makes me a bit culturally ignorant, but also helped me create a small obsession with Japan and made me fall in love with it. I really want to go there some day!

It may have started with Lost in Translation, but it certainly did not end there. Here are some of my current japanese obsessions.

Cinema

Pictured: the films Lost in Translation, Departures, Tokyo Sonata.

Already I talk way too much about Lost in Translation, so I will skip telling you about that one. The other two films have already been featured on my blog over the years as well, but those reviews are no longer online.
     Tokyo Sonata is a story about a family from Tokyo. The father loses his job, the little boy sneaks out to enjoy his passion (playing the piano), his big brother decides to change his life drastically and all the while the mother is desperately trying to prevent her family from unraveling. At first glance it sounds like a somewhat boring film. But nothing proves to be less true, trust me! What makes this film special is not so much the story, but rather the characters and how they deal with these changes. You can feel how the characters are suffocated by their own Japanese culture, where status and respect are everything. Above all the film is beautifully shot, has a great soundtrack and is great if you want to see a bit more of Tokyo besides the skyscrapers. I also feel you can learn a great deal about their culture by watching this film.
     Departures (or おくりびと, according to google translate – correct me if I’m wrong) is a lot different from Tokyo Sonata in the sense that it is a bit on the comedic side. Which sounds probably very strange when I tell you what this film is all about. When Daigo Kobayashi gets fired from playing in an orchestra, he decides to stop playing the cello and to return, together with his wife, to his native village. His mother left them a house, which makes if already a lot easier for them to survive. He still needs a job though, so he goes out searching for one. He responds to an ad that says “guiding the journey”. But that’s obviously a typo! At least, that is what they tell him when he arrives at the company. It should be: “Guiding the final journey”. When Daigo finds out that he ended up at a funeral home instead of a travel agency, his first reaction is to rush out the door. After all, he has never seen a dead man and how he should deal with such a job? But the boss, an eccentric Japanese softy, lures him in with a few bills and he decides to stay anyway. A film with lots of laughs because of the dark humor and also a small tear. And that beautiful cello… wow! This film actually won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Oscars.
     Now, some of you will maybe find it a bit weird I have not spoken about the horror genre when it’s such a big part of Japanese cinema. I’ll be honest with you and tell you I really don’t like horror-movies. I used too, but not so much anymore. I’m a bit of a wuzz! ;)

Books

Pictured: the books Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami & Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Norwegian Wood was the first book I read that was written by a Japanese author. Which turned out to be a great place to start, because Haruki Murakami is one of the most well known writers of Japan and for a good reason: he has written a lot of best-sellers. Norwegian Wood is the only book in which he ventures into realism. It is a coming of age story about a boy called Toru and his life as a student in Tokyo. A real must read if you ask me! The rest of his books (like Kafka on the Shore, Bird Wind Up Chronicle) can be called fantasy. Not fantasy in a Lord of The Rings kind of way, but fantasy in a surrealistic sense. He has a way of writing that manages to captivate you and lure you in to his world.
     Memoirs of a geisha is a book Anne recommended to me (I borrowed her copy, which almost falls apart because she has read it so many times) and I was pleasantly surprised. A great and fascinating story, well written and (with the risk of sounding like a book marketeer): truly captivating. I couldn’t stop reading. It tells the story of a girl who grows up to be a geisha in the Gion district and although it isn’t a true story, it sure feels like it. I knew near to nothing about geisha’s before reading this, but I felt this book to be a perfect way to start my education on the subject. There has been some controversy around this novel, so I think it would be a good thing to read this book with the clear notion of it being fiction in the back of your mind.
     Other book recommendations: Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84, both by Haruki Murakami. 1Q84 I still have to read myself, but I heard great things about it. Also, Never Let Me Go is written by a Japanese author called Kazuo Ishiguro and therefore I think I can mention it here as well.

What I would visit/do in Japan

Pictured: the skyline of Tokyo.

Things I would do or places I would visit in Japan: ♥ Visit Kyoto and walk around the temples ♥ I loathe karaoke with a passion, but for Tokyo I would make an exception! I want to visit one of those little cubicles you can rent and sing a long till deep in the night (can you tell I watched Lost in Translation way too many times?) ♥ Obviously I would want to see a bit of the beautiful nature this country has ♥ I would be on the look out for good Japanese music. I know absolutely nothing about that yet. Maybe some of you can recommend me something? ♥ Observe the locals. How they act, what they wear, what they eat… ♥ Take crazy pictures in those giant photo booths and visit an arcade ♥ Eat sushi (OF COURSE) and other delicious Japanese food in a small restaurant instead of the big chains we have over here ♥ Try to learn the language! It looks really difficult though… ♥ Ride the subway while listening to a part of this soundtrack ♥ Just walk around Tokyo for hours and hours with a camera in my hand ♥ Buy a travel guidebook on Japan before I go ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe discovered some new obsessions yourself. It seems to me that a visit to Japan will be a real culture shock and I think that is part of the reason why I’m so attracted to it. If you are from Japan or have visited it, you may think this is all a bit superficial and stereotypical or culturally ignorant of me: I hear you. Seriously, I would find it funny as well if someone would write a post about the Netherlands and all he/she did was talk about windmills and wooden shoes, because that would be a very untrue representation of it. Nevertheless I can’t wait to find out if my idea of Japan in any way resembles the real thing. In the meantime I’ll just enjoy the good things that come from it and dream myself away. Maybe I’ll see you there? ;)

さようなら! (bye!) (according to google translate)

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