Monday, 29 December 2014

A Year In Music


Aka my top40 of 2014 songs. So that I maintain a certain variety (and because of 8tracks' limitations) only two songs are included by any artist, which in some cases is kinda cheating - since I've listened to Shadows of the Dying Sun excessively, and WT and Rise Against certainly would have more than two songs if going by my iTunes play count.
You neend't continue, here's the playlist on 8tracks, but if you have loads of free time or are terribly interested in what I have to say (/fangirl) about these, then by all means, do read on. There are also separate youtube links there, for those who'd only listen to a few.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Pre-Christmas Haul


Honestly, after tests, exams etc. I have a habit to go shopping. Unfortunately, several drugstores are well on my way home, and even more so, they frequently have great deals. One of the few pros of living in the remote suburbs is that discounted makeup is easy to find and it somehow remains there for months. Pre-Christmas is a little misleading though, since this is everything I bought since Halloween, so in the past two months. About two of these things could be deemed a necessity, the others, admittedly, are little more than indulgence, but hey - it's Christmas!

Monday, 22 December 2014

I Wish You A Metal Christmas

Lately I'm into heavier metal, which is not to say I don't appreciate some ballads. There are plenty of beautiful metal ballads, appropriate for Yuletide sentiments. Here you can listen to it on 8tracks; if you're interested in my musings, read along.
(I'm not sorry for the terrible pun.)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Blogger Christmas

This year I have participated in a Secret Santa-like present exchange among Hungarian bloggers - except everyone knew the identity of the givers and recipients, but it was still really fun.
Mindig is imádtam az ilyen körbeajándékozós karácsonyi szervezéseket, szóval miután tavaly lemaradtam, idén lecsaptam az alkalomra, amint csak lehetett - még sokkal jobb úgy ajándékozni, hogy nyugodtan adhatok tömérdek sminkcuccot. Szóval viszonylag könnyű volt összeállítani, én Pillangólány Olcsinak küldtem a csomagot.
Az enyém előző hét pénteken érkezett meg a beautycrumbs írójától - bontogatás alant.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Best albums of 2014

A little sneak peak, bonus points for recognizing all of them.

Now that the end of the year draws near, I finally put together the top10 list of my favourite albums of 2014. Sadly, no-one will really care about it, because I'm not a tough critic guy writing for MetalSucks or Metal Hammer or any other online magazine. Recently I've thought about it, how I should have gotten into journalism and then I could spend my whole day writing about fashion and metal music and identity and the world - who needs money to pay for stuff anyway? But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't really enjoy it as a career.
So suffer my horribly long and unprofessional opinion.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Winter TAG

I don't think I've ever done a winter tag before. So here it is!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Mors Principium Est: Dawn of the 5th Era

Some melodeath musings & a short review of the new album of Finnish melodic death metal band Mors Principium Est. (Only recommended to metal fans.)

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Saturday Inspiration #4


Right now this time I'm up to my eyeballs in schoolwork. Also, my little brother's prom is today, so I can't actually sit on my ass whole day in front of my projects, which are all due this coming Monday... do not talk to me, unless it's to offer coffee or chocolate.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Bienvenue l'hiver


I welcome winter with sleepless nights and general tiredness, being drunk on caffeine and stress. Just as always; I only want to sleep. And we drift far away in our dreams | Gather further distance while we sleep, as they sing.
Arguably, a good majority of my songs are very winter-compatible - I could write up an entire playlist just of Insomnium songs. Think about it, moody melodic death metal and ethereal symphonic metal - definitely puts an ordinary person in a winter mood. As for I, that is my everyday necessity. So I had a hard time choosing only 20, but here it is. It's probably my favourite out of my seasonal playlists, for obvious reasons.
Here is the playlist on 8tracks for easier listening.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Saturday Inspiration #3


The best thing about writing these inspiration posts is that I can schedule them... I in no way have time to write them now, end of the year is crazy. I become slightly insane under stress and insufficient amounts of sleep. Fun times in architecture school! The only thing I want other people to do is just not talk to me, I up the ante of my anti-social tendencies.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Wishlist

Since it's only a month until Christmas, in lieu of the Saturday Inspiration post, I thought I'd make a wishlist - unless my family wins the lottery, I won't buy more than a few things from this list. I'll note which ones are the must haves, and which are only wishful thinking as of now.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Saturday Inspiration #2


I'm starting to feel the end-of-the-semester pressure... but still, yesterday we met up with a few BSM students, and I really had fun, and today I still want to watch new episodes of my favourite shows... I might do that while drawing. Multitasking ftw.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Skirts x3


Undoubtedly, my favourite piece of clothing is skirts. One day, I'm going to do a post of my collection of skirts - I have more than 20, and I plan to expand it. Until then, I'm going to keep doing wishlists - right now, I have three types I really want: a printed skirt, a silver or holographic skirt, and I always want more black skirts, so that's no wonder. I already bought one which is shipped to my friend in America, and he's going to bring it back when he comes home for Christmas, but still...

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Saturday Inspiration #1


I have thousands of pictures and photos on my laptop - fashion, artworks, architecture, my own photos, etc. I've decided to start a new post series titled "Saturday Inspiration", as a way of collecting them according to my current mood. As I also have a fashion/occasional architecture tumblr, I suspect there'll be many overlaps, but if those pictures strike my fancy at that time, I'm not going to try to come up with something entirely different. I'll try to post it every Saturday, but at least every second or so. This type is easy to pre-write, so... Each post will be 9 pictures + one song. The posts will always be tagged as "saturday inspiration" and nothing else.
Anyway, here is the first batch.

Friday, 7 November 2014

MAC Cyber

I finally got one of my dream lipsticks, so here is a little review with swatches.
Also, from here on out, I'll probably write a few entries in Hungarian as well - the ones pertaining to general fashion (not haute couture) and makeup. Everything else will continue to be written solely in English.
Excuse the cheesy graphic, it's a metaphor

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween:Aesthetic/Atmosphere

I love Halloween for its aesthetic value. It is the only kind of over-the-top consumerist crap I can tolerate, for the sole superficial reason of looking good. Dark clothes, excessive makeup, ghost, skeletons and other supernatural creatures, looking like a modern witch, bats and spiders and black cats, that stuff. And I'm obviously also fond of the season-appropriate sweets and candies.
Isn't this spider rather detailed for a cheap candy? Yeah, it has the form of a bird-spider and the cross of a Black Widow, but still, I can see the effort put into it. I took immense glee in eating spider and bat and human-shaped gummies, and I'm a vegetarian. I think it's precisely that morbidity I like so much. Anyway, here is my "Halloween look".

Monday, 27 October 2014

Metal Halloween Playlist

Last time I did a Halloween playlist was two years ago - now that I'm faithfully doing Music Monday, I thought it was time for a new one. This time, to reflect my changing tastes, one full of metal songs - I tried to choose not-too-obvious ones which still fitted thematically. This would be the starting playlist of my Halloween party, if I ever hosted one.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Who Blew Her Clothing Budget Up Till Christmas? Me. I Did.

Alternative title: Glamour Shopping Days + the stuff I bought for my birthday (it was a two weeks before the shopping days.) Save for an impulsive nail polish purchase, everything was pretty much on my list, so I didn't deviate much from the plan, but I still got sad after every little text from my bank. I'm actually glad I won't have to go shopping anymore, since now I have pretty much everything I wanted. (Clothing-wise.)

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Autumn Playlist

Yet again another seasonal playlist! I didn't want to wait until the equinox, and September 1st is a fitting date for a little-or-not-so-much melancholic playlist. (Au contraire, there are quite some songs which qualify as happy songs with me.) With the end of September and the new In Flames album and the concert coming, I'll have quite a other music topics to write about anyway.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fall Wishlist

A little fall wishlist - I am trying to be sensible, so some of these are rather necessities, or things I wanted since long ago. Splurging only on skirts, though I don't think I'll reach 20 pieces by my birthday, but who knows. (I have to go counting.)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

7 Sins Book Tag (Spoilers: Guilty of All)


Oh my god, I'm a deplorable blogger. Well, it's not like I have more than a few followers, but I like to make plans for the future, and I don't like it when I can't follow through, because of my own completely illogical mood swings. It's not even that I didn't have any inspiration for blogging - I had, I just didn't want to actually do it. A few amazing shows and films I watched, stuff like that. When the experience is new, I have so many thoughts and such difficulty to actually put it into coherent sentences. And later, I don't have the same emotional drive anymore - see my problem? (I am still planning to make that post, sometime in September, probably.) So I thought a simple pre-conceived book tag like this would work, to get me back into the mood.
(The picture is of Rostlaube Free University's Philology Library by Foster + Partners which is a building I like quite a lot.)


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sandals


This is one of those ridiculous wishlists: full of things I'll most probably never be able to buy (or by the time I'll be able to afford them, I'll be probably too old to wear them...). This may also be seen as a manifesto to my undying love of 'flatform's shoes. One of the reasons I can never buy sandals I truly like because here in the shops there is simply isn't any variety in this sort of footwear. I do realize this kind of stuff wouldn't appear to a larger market, and this country/city I live in simply isn't big enough for anyone to invest in opening more alternative clothing shops.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

July or How I Failed Not to Buy Anything

Just so that I can still retain the label of a 'fashion blog', I thought I'd show a few of my recent purchases (which I am rather happy about, despite my intention of being economical through the summer and resisting capitalism). But since it's summer, there are sales everywhere, and there were a few items I wanted to buy, I also have lots of free time... I obviously couldn't resist. So here is a quick show of them, along with a few not so great photos.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Rise Against: The Black Market

Here it is finally, yet again one horribly subjective album review. Of one of the bands of my holy trinity (the others being Nightwish and In Flames), I'm not sure they could do an album I wouldn't like. This time I had my expectations low, because I knew beforehand this was going to be an album with 'personal themes'.

(Warning: This Is A Very Long Review! Proceed With Caution)


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

All Black All Summer


I'm one of those people who ignore the heat of summer and tenaciously wear black even in 30+ degrees. The black portion of my wardrobe really is so huge that I can create an outfit for any occasion out of just black clothes. Lace, skirts, etc - perfect for summer too. 
So here are 4 outfits, quite similar to some that I also wear.

Monday, 30 June 2014

(Punk) Rock for BP

It's currently LGBTQ+ month, and the Pride March is this Saturday - I thought a little musical contribution would be fitting. I'm seriously considering volunteering as a helper, and I hope a list like this would be okay from a straight ally as well (not like anyone reads this blog anyway though).
Most of the songs are from punk bands - obviously the majority of people listen to pop music, regardless of sexual orientation, but punk bands write seriously good songs about these issues, so listen anyway!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Linkin Park: The Hunting Party

The album came out at the beginning of June - I again failed to write a timely review, and now I can't be bothered with anything thorough, so this is a rather compact little opinion.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Summer Songs


I still have exams to go, but I wanted to write something quick, as a way of relaxing a bit (and because I missed blogging). I might have complained before, writing the spring list, but summer was by no means easier. Happy songs are just hard to come by if you listen to too much melodeath. That's why rather than selecting just happy songs which I might not even like, sometimes I went with more of an energizing rhythm or something that fit some other trait of summer.
(I also rather want to write a fashion post, but still no time.)

Friday, 16 May 2014

Epica: The Quantum Enigma


Perhaps one of these days I ought to change the blog description to 'this is a fucking music blog'. I can't help though, I've really gotten into my little unprofessional album reviews - and since 2014 looks to be a great year music-wise, it's to be expected there's a lot more to write.
Epica's and Xandria's new albums both came out on 2 May, but since I barely listen to Xandria, I thought I'd pass that one up - I barely have time as it is. That's the other factor for writing about music - it's faster and takes less effort than putting together fashion-related posts. I do have a few ideas though, but until my most difficult exam is over, I won't be investing that much energy into the blog (that's end of May).


Friday, 2 May 2014

Insomnium: Shadows of the Dying Sun

Insomnium's new album came out the previous Friday, and I had to download it immediately. Just to set things straight - I love, I absolutely love it! The previously released tracks like Ephemeral and Revelation weren't my favourites, so I didn't know what to expect, but in the end I found it an amazing record.
(Have a nice, big cover art because I love this too. Minimal but gorgeous.)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Delain: The Human Contradiction

I'm a good week behind this review, but I was so buried under my schoolwork I barely had any time to sleep. (And consequently, I was tired and in a bad mood.) Now that I've got some rest, I quickly put it together - it was already in my head; moreover, I've listened to the album no less than seven times, and several more times to my favourite songs.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sonata Arctica // Lacuna Coil

Two very short album reviews - just saying beforehand: both are worth a listen, so if you don't have time to read, or you don't want to, just go and immerse yourself in some nice music.

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Spring Playlist

I have lots of these Music Monday Playlists in store, but I decided seasonal is going to be a new thing! Each one is going to be posted after the astronomical start of the season - and of course, on Monday, hence the date for this one. It was hard to select songs for spring though, I guess you can imagine - fishing for a few happy songs among the sad metal, it's not an easy task. So it's a bit of a depressing spring. I managed to find a few love songs though, which I guess are season-appropriate.

(The songs are in no particular order.)

Monday, 17 March 2014

My favourite Within Temptation songs

I'm still under the influence of the concert, I've been mostly listening to music all weekend, organizing my iTunes library, making lists and searching for new things to listen to. So I though that for Music Monday, a little personal WT top20 would do.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Within Temptation concert

I went to the WT concert for their Hydra album tour yesterday, and it was glorious. I am obviously biased, and I have already concluded my favourite kinds of concerts were the symphonic metal ones - no death walls and the like which are there at punk rock concerts, not too much super muscly-little people crushing-scary dudes (although I do not understand the people who just stand in one place for a whole two hours, seeming like they don't even enjoy it). I have muscle pain even in my stomach (cause I'm weak), and I'm on my fifth cup of honey tea for my sore throat. It's times like this I realize I absolutely adore to go to concerts.
A little gushing below the cut.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

My favourite fashion week shows

My ten favourite collections from the Fall-Winter 2014 shows - I decided to choose four looks for every show, so here are the pictures, and a brief explanation as to why I liked them.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Within Temptation: Hydra

One of my biggest faults, or you could say, weaknesses, is that I'm quite a coward in some situations. I can't handle social interactions all that well, and I'm not very fond of crowds. So you can imagine how hard it is for me to actually go to a concert - even if I love them.
I'm pretty sure not going to see Soilwork back in November will be one of my biggest regrets, but I just really didn't want to go there alone. Now I have a problem again: Within Temptation is coming in March, and I'm about 90% positive none of my friends or closer acquaintances will want to come with me.
But while Soilwork is a pretty recent favourite of mine, I loved Within Temptation for quite some time now, I've only seen them at a festival - and I'm much more of a fan of club concerts and arenas than open-air; it just doesn't suit metal that much (especially if the concert is around 7 when it's not even dark out.)
It was pretty obvious that if their new album sucked, I would not have really beaten myself up about not going to the concert. But the albums slays, and now I really, really want to go.

Warning: it's a really long review, and very unprofessional, proceed with caution!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Against Me! : Transgender Dysphoria Blues

I finally have time to write a bit about some new albums (Hydra's review is coming soon too!). I admit that as much of a Rise Against-fan I am, I'm not that well-versed in punk rock as some other genres. I always, always say I'm not a musical critic in the slightest, so any of this should be taken as a highly subjective, personal opinion.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Spring Couture

Just a quick compilation of my favourite couture shows - I realize I've been neglecting the blog for the past month quite a bit, but I was overwhelmed with exams and more importantly the stress of the exams. I do admit that I'm more fond of the regular fashion weeks - I admire the craftmanship at couture shows, but the ideas and conceptuality don't surpass those of the fashion weeks (moreover, my favourite designers don't really do couture).