Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 Cool Instagram Accounts: Vintage Style

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Hi Everyone,
While I don't have an Instagram for my blog, I do have a private personal Instagram account where I follow heaps of cool vintage enthusiast ladies, make-up artists, art artists, quote sharers and people I know in real life. I recently saw a really cool article about an instagram account doing the rounds on facebook that inspired me to share some of my favourite accounts with you guys. If you are anything like me, you probably only find new accounts to follow through what your friends like, blogs/pages you follow on other social media and what instagram recommends... 

I think instagram is a great place to be inspired, waste time and share images. I have so many favourites, but I thought I would limit it to five. That way, I can write more posts in this series and share some more of my favourite accounts as time goes by. 

I am going to embed posts here, so I apologize in advance if it goes a little funky on any devices you might be using to read this...

Here they are :-) 


A photo posted by Ruby (@missrubyrabbit) on

A photo posted by Ella (@missvictoryviolet) on

A photo posted by Ida Cathrine (@idacath) on


I decided not to write my own captions, because I feel like these pictures speak for themselves.

I think it's cool to follow other vintage enthusiast accounts because I like to see how different ladies put their own spin on the retro style. It's also cool to see how different people make the style work for them in their climate/location, career/lifestyle and with different colouring/body-shapes. It's a great place to get outfit ideas and to find out about repro brands and online stores.

Feel free to share your favourite instagram account names in the comments.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Good Stuff

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Hi Everyone,

I have decided I needed something a little bit more positive on here to balance out the last blog post. I'm still feeling very much the same, but I am trying to focus on "the good stuff". My favourite kinds of moments, my favourite kinds of people and things that I find beautiful. These are some of the things that make me a little bit more enthusiastic about life. There are so many more things that could be added to this list, but for me at the moment these are the main ones. 

  • I love it when people start out all dressed up, but because they are having so much fun, they get a little disheveled. I think people look more beautiful at the end of the night when a couple of strands of hair have come loose from their up-do and their make-up gets a little shiny. I was thinking this the other night when I was watching Jimmy Fallon dancing to Styx. He was shaking his head and his styled hair was getting a little messed up. 
  • I like those moments that remind you just how big and expansive the universe is. As a small town girl I often forget that the world is a much bigger place than I think it is. When I am reminded of this fact, my problems don't seem so big anymore. Also, the opinions of small-town people aren't a big deal in the grand scheme of things. 
  • As a person who often feels misunderstood, moments of understanding are golden. Even if it is over trivial stuff, I love the feeling that someone else just gets it. I love this aspect of music too. Certain lyrics depict the way I feel better than I could articulate it myself.
  • The best people are the people you can ponder the universe with. I love theories and quotes and metaphors. I like having in-depth discussions and I enjoy talking to people who can show me how to see things from their perspective (without being condescending about it of course).
  • One of the best feelings is when something inspires you to do better in life. It could be a touching movie that made me want to do a good deed. It could be a new CD I got that inspired me to express myself artistically. Or, it could be a person I know that inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. 
  • Small adventures are my favourite kind of adventures. I don't really get that wanderlust thing, but I like the kinds of adventures that you can have pretty much any day of the week. I like going for a walk or a drive. I live in a beautiful place and I try to appreciate it as much as I can.
  • I like to make plans on the condition that the plan actually goes ahead. I love it when I can get excited about an event. I love having something to look forward. I try not to let my expectations get too crazy though because I have been let down plenty of times in the past. Plans make me feel hopeful and give me something good to think about.
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  • Those rare moments where you forget to think or care are so good. I usually feel this way when I'm mucking around, singing or dancing. 
  • It is a great feeling when all of your hard work pays off and you can say that you have achieved something. I love it when I finish an artwork, that I am at least 90% happy with. 
  • I love the feeling of absolute comfort. Isn't it great when you can slip into your pajamas, sit down for a good movie and enjoy a nice glass of wine? I do like going out, but sometimes there is nothing better than relaxing at home. I also love comfortable clothes that are suited to just about anything. A casual day dress for example. 
  • Call me vain, but I love the feeling you get when your hair looks how you want it to look. I recently changed hair dressers and I am really happy with that decision. 
  • I love it when someone can restore my faith in the idea that there is still good in the world. I've been pretty down on the idea of humanity and where we are all headed for a while now. I haven't exactly had the best luck with anything people related either. So when someone can surprise me by doing something positive it really uplifts my mood.  
  • If it weren't for comedy I would probably feel a lot worse. I love to laugh. I think a lot of people would be better off if they watched some comedy every once in a while. 
So there you have it.

I'm trying not to let everything get to me. I'm trying to replace all of the negatives with positive things...

What things would be on your "Good Stuff"  list?

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Bends: A Playlist

Hi There,

Where do I start?

I guess you could say I'm feeling stressed. This is not a new thing. It comes in waves. Something makes me really anxious and I find a way to deal with it. I think I can manage this. I keep going along with my head above water until something new stresses me out and I cannot deal anymore. The cycle repeats.

I'm sure that there are people out there with a lot worse problems than me. For this reason I feel like my feelings are not justified. And to be honest, some of these things I stress over are not even my problems to worry about, but I am an overly empathetic person and just because these are not my problems, doesn't mean that they don't affect me.

I think that I shouldn't stress. I try to relax. I came up with all these new things to help me relax. I used to go walking every day by myself, I'd go for a relaxing drive, I tried facing some of my fears (to be honest, they didn't really feel like fears anymore, I think I just stopped caring), I tried to find a way to laugh more, I started drinking more often... Yes these things do help slightly, but they don't make me feel any less alone and they certainly don't fix any of the problems that I have.

I'm not going to go into depth about things here. This is not a diary. I don't want people to feel sorry for me or to try and fix anything. Most of these things are out of my control. I feel like it doesn't matter what I do, I will never be able to get people see me for who I am or see anything from my perspective. I feel "stuck" at this point.

What I would like, is for people to stop being so cruel to each other, for people to stop expecting people to change completely, for people to understand that some people don't share all of their problems, And for people to start appreciating others before their life is over. I know none of these things are going to happen, though I feel like the songs in this playlist have really helped me to put up with some of these dramas. They are not cheery songs, but the kind of songs that really make sense when things aren't going great.

I decided to post this because I thought maybe these songs could help someone else feel like they are not alone.


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1. 'The Bends' by Radiohead

"Where do we go from here?
The words are coming out all weird.
Where are you now when I need you?"

2. 'Ask Me Anything' by The Strokes

"I've got nothing to give.
I've got no reason to live,
But I'd fight to survive.
I've got nothing to hide.
I wish I wasn't so shy."

3. 'Fear and Loathing' by Marina and the Diamonds

"I want to feel like I am floating,
Instead of constantly exploding
In Fear and Loathing"

4. 'Pursuit of Hapiness' by Lissie (Kid Cudi cover)

"I'm on the pursuit of happiness and
I know that everything that shine ain't always gonna be gold.
I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good."

5. 'Read My Mind' by The Killers

"It's funny how you just break down,
Waitin on some sign"

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6. 'Can't Stop' by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

"This life is more than just a read-through"

7. 'Bizarre Love Triangle' by New Order

"I feel fine and I feel good.
I'm feeling like I never should"

8. 'Love Profusion' by Madonna

" There are too many options.
There is not consolation.
I have lost my illusions.
What I want is an explanation."

9. 'The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child' by Kate Miller-Heidke

"The minute you think you know you got it,
Is the minute you know it's gone for good."


10. 'The Trick Is To Keep Breathing' by Garbage

"I won't be the one who's going to let you down.
Maybe you'll get what you want this time around"


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To me these songs are great, because I feel like someone has perfectly articulated some of my own thoughts and feelings. Even if originally the songs might not be relating to the kinds of situations I'm experiencing, I feel like the artists who wrote them really understand the way that I feel. I hope my next playlist post can be a little more positive.

I also thought I would like to make a special thank you to any of the lovely people in my life who are reading this; My parents, my far away friends and anyone who's ever actually treated me like I mattered (those who have invited me to things etc). I really appreciate you guys and I think I'd be a lot worse off by now if I didn't have you.

May tomorrow be a brighter day.

Your Favourite Cynical Blogger,
Natalie

Friday, April 15, 2016

Movie Recommendation: Amelie

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Hi Everyone,

I have been thinking about this movie quite a bit lately. 'Amelie' is a French movie (I don't speak French, but I can read subtitles) that was released in 2001. It stars Audrey Tautou (the beautiful lady who is known for playing Gabrielle Coco Chanel in the movie 'Coco Avant Chanel') and is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 'Amelie' is an interesting movie that never fails to amuse me or inspire me.

I know that this movie is definitely not unheard of and that a lot of people have seen it. I just think that it is such a great movie that more people should watch it. Unfortunately if you don't speak French, you will have to "read" the movie through subtitles, but I found after a while that I got so used to reading them that it didn't feel like I was reading. I thought one of the advantages of it being a French movie were the added beauty of the way the language translates to English. I have noticed with the few french movies that I have seen, that they have some unique ways of phrasing things, which can sometimes add to the drama or the humor in a scene.

Audrey Tautou plays the main character Amelie who is a bit of a dreamer. She is the kind of person that I feel like I can relate to. She a bit of a loner, she has an overactive imagination (hence being referred to as a "dreamer"), she cares about others and she sees the good/bad in people. I'm sure a lot of people can relate to these traits and I think this is the perfect movie to watch if you are feeling like a bit of an outcast. 

In the movie Amelie finds something in her apartment that leads her to change her own life. The movie really enforces the idea of karma and that everything is connected. Even though Amelie goes about doing good deeds in a secretive manner, her generous nature does not go unnoticed by her wise old neighbor who encourages her to live her life to the fullest. In the film Amelie meets many characters living with regrets which positions the audience to embrace this idea.

If you are an arty type, I think you will enjoy this film because of the way that it is made. The movie has its own colour scheme going on and it has some very quirky exaggerated scenes that I think would appeal to artists and writers alike. It definitely is the kind of movie that can inspire creativity.

I must admit there were some parts of the movie that I found a little too crude. Well, not exactly crude, but definitely a bit "in-your-face". So don't go putting this one on when there are young kids around! I think it was supposed to add to the humor and go with the style of the film, but I actually didn't enjoy those bits. I think there are a lot of funny moments in the film. While Amelie is a bit of a dreamer, you can see that all of the characters are unusual in their own way, And, most of them are too caught up in their own lives to see the bigger picture.

'Amelie' isn't just a movie that will make you laugh, but it is the kind of film that will encourage you to think a little deeply about life. If you haven't already seen 'Amelie' I highly recommend it. I think it is the perfect movie for someone who identifies themselves as a bit of dreamer. Or, for someone who is not feeling the greatest I think this movie would be a perfect pick-me-up. 

And now for the pictures:

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If you would like to view the image source for a picture, click on the little star underneath.

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Favourites

Hi There,

So it is technically the second month of Autumn right now, but as you already may know, a small computer break-down prevented me from writing this post sooner. I have my work holidays over most of the Summer. I spent most of the holidays at home in the air-conditioning or out walking at the park. I watched a lot of movies and I read a couple of books. I also mucked about with some new beauty purchases.


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BEAUTY FAVOURITES:
-I have really enjoyed wearing Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in the shades 'Tulle', 'Avenue' and 'Trap'
-I wore Colourpop Lippie Stix in 'Silk' and 'Nevermind' quite a bit also.
-I tried out the Colourpop Gel Creme Liners and really liked 'No Shame' and the pencil in 'Cry Baby'
-I fell in love with the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner pen and have actually started using it more often than I use the Master Precise Eyeliner I usually rave about. 
-I switched to the Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara (Water Proof Version) which I don't like as much as their other one, but it doesn't smudge as easily in the heat.
-I started using the Designer Brands Finishing Illuminator which is okay. 

HAIR FAVOURITES:
-I started pinning my hair when it gets longer around the sides and front. So I have been using Loreal Elnett hair-spray again.
-I have been dying my hair a Violet colour and letting it fade out to more of a red colour. 

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BODYCARE/SKINCARE:
-I switched to Palmolive Honey and Milk Bodywash, because it seems to be the only thing that doesn't really irritate my skin, when it is playing up.
-Another sensitive skin find was a Amele Shave Gel which doesn't make me want to scratch off my legs after I shave them.
-I have mostly been using a Revlon Perfume called Charlie Red. I don't know why I love it so much...

FASHION FAVOURITES:
-I've been wearing lots of simple outfits with a t-shirt top and high waisted bottoms. 
-I bought some strappy sun-dresses and have been wearing them a lot.
-Wearing a lot of Black because it goes with everything.

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MUSIC FAVOURITES:
- 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk 
- 'Short Skirt Long Jacket' by Cake
- 'Telephone' by Lady Gaga
- 'Ain't that a Shame' by Fats Domino
- 'Blackest Day' by Lana Del Rey
- 'What I'm Looking For' by U2
- 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star
- 'Ask Me Anything' by The Strokes
- 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out' by Bruce Springsteen

MOVIES:
I watched so many! 
My favourite was probably 'Miss Meadows' which I have seen three times already.

BOOKS:
I have got a couple of book reviews coming soon. 

As I keep saying I've got a lot of posts to catch up on. It probably won't be long and I will be sharing my Autumn Favourites!

Your Favourite Blogger,
Natalie