Anonymous asked: not all british school uniforms are like williams and harrys mines not!
Hahaha! Aww! Sorry, mass generalisation ;) I just saw some super cute ones in London which were much better than the ones we have here!
Anonymous asked: California tell you what?
Anonymous asked: how is writing about love vapid or stupid? I don't think you can have many people relating to songs (or lyrics) if the person writing them is vapid or stupid...
Writing about love is not vapid or stupid! But how a person writes about it can be; just in the same way that one person can write a Mills and Boon romance novel that is vapid and stupid, while another can write a romance novel, like (to use a cliche example) Pride & Prejudice, that deals with issues of a wider context. Also, just because many people relate to it doesn’t mean it is clever or heartfelt. Many people relate to movies such as, I don’t know, Blades of Glory, but that doesn’t mean it is deep and meaningful. There is nothing wrong with liking ridiculous and hilarious things; they are a great way to escape stress and have a good time, but if that is all a person watches, or sappy songs is all they listen to/sing about, then maybe having a variety would be good idea.
bleedingdryink-deactivated20121 asked: Im with you about Taylor Swift. I have nothing against her other than she needs to branch out a bit, teenage love is basically all she sings about. But have you listened to Katie Melua in my opinion she is alot better even than adele or birdy which is a big ask. Shes jazzy, poppy occasionally and sometimes classical, but always unique which is something taylor can never really say.
Yes! Adele will always be my favourite I think, but I do like Katie Melua’s music too. Norah Jones, Brooke Fraser, and Bat For Lashes are some other similar artists who I also listen to on repeat.
Anonymous asked: I see! but don't people have different experiences with love? not that I'm such an expert on love but it's just that she's honest in her lyrics and I believe that rather than fancy words or metaphors, sometimes it's the simple truth in the lyrics that can make a good song and that whining and wanting to get revenge is not something that happens only to Taylor Swift. I don't have anything against Adele by the way. sorry for the previous angsty ask.
Oh yes, of course; and I’m not denying in any way that that is how she may be feeling! I just think that having a ‘schoolgirl’ approach all the time can be a bit annoying; there are more important issues in the world to talk about than every single love-story/break-up that one person has. Sure, they are legitimate things to sing about; but perhaps at some point there needs to be a maturity where one doesn’t use a song to shout to the world (and the subject) exactly how they feel about the person. Oh, that’s alright! I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In the same way that blogs are for the things that we love, they are also for the things we may not like so much. :)
Anonymous asked: there are songs written by her that aren't love related by the way. :) oh and all you have to do is just not listen to her songs. great idea right
There is definitely nothing wrong with writing about love - most of the best songs are about love in some way! The issue we have with Taylor Swift’s songs is that the lyrics are always so vapid and whiny. Adele composes much better songs about similar issues. I never listen to Taylor Swift’s music on purpose; her songs are always played in places where you can’t avoid them; like at the mall or on the bus. But everyone to their own :)
Anonymous asked: Jusqu'à toi sounds like the plot is inspired by the artist/photographer Sophie Calle - I think the piece was called 'The Detective'. Hmmm .... but then ideas/creativity do seem to reverbarate about :-)
Questions for my other blog, how exciting! Oh wow, I never even thought of that connection! Yeah, there are similar strands to Sophie Calle’s work and not only that they are both in Paris. I’m not too familiar with her practice but is The Detective the one in which she hired someone (through her mother) to follow her? I think Calle’s piece was a lot better thought out than Jusqu’à toi was. On an entirely unrelated note, an interesting video artist I discovered at the Tate Modern is Ewa Partum’s ‘Active Poetry’ which was quite mesmerising to watch; amazing to think that it was made in the 70’s.
Anonymous asked: cute blog! what are you most scared of? XO
Haha lots and lots of things. Rats, mice, frogs, sharks, worms, insects, needles, the dark to a certain extent, caves, igniting flames, etc. etc. Right now? Getting my wisdom teeth yanked out. But probably my biggest fear at the moment is not being able to go on an exchange to Italy next year. It’s what I worry about most too. So much stuff to consider, so much stuff to sort out. All I know is that not being able to go would break my heart.
g-reenwichv-illage asked: do you know any other good blogs like urs? :)
Hi! I’m not too clued up tumblr-wise on blogs, but I subscribe to all the Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, etc. websites, and they send some great links in their emails. Especially Vogue Italia. :) Hanneli Mustaparta also has a great personal fashion blog. In terms of design and architecture; check out the Contemporist, ArchDaily, and Trendland. ArtDaily and the German TV channel Deutsch Welle’s Euromaxx/Arts.21 are great for a global perspective on art.
Anonymous asked: what inspired Emil Nodle to paint Wildly Dancing Children
Haha random question… Emil Nolde’s art career is sort of divided into two periods - pre-war and post-war. Wildly Dancing Children was painted quite early on, and is reflective of the artist’s love of nature and the lively, innocent lifestyle of the times. However, as the war approached, his art became more and more dark and the carefree atmosphere of paintings such as this were lost. Although Nolde had actually been a Nazi supporter at the beginning, they were against Modernist art, and confiscated his works and displayed them with other ‘degenerate’ art. He was actually not allowed to paint, but did so anyway in secret. Although it doesn’t seem particularly conceptual, Wildly Dancing Children is an important work in that, when compared to his later works, there is a distinct difference in tone and subject, revealing the strong influence the war had on artists such as Nolde and the others in the Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter groups.
crazedsimplicity asked: You have an absolutely stunning blog! And I totally followed! :) It would be great if you could check my first cover out (just search CharlotteRiedMusic on youtube) and please tell me what you think! Thanks :) x
Aww thank you so much! I definitely shall, going to listen now! x
lesiliva asked: One word comes to mind when I look at your blog elegance pure elegance !
Aww thank you so much! Happy new year! x
I seldom enter competitions, but I recently got bored and entered a few, and won two prizes! This morning I got a Cranberry Joy Body, Room, & Linen Spritz from The Body Shop which smells absolutely delicious, and a new Canon digital camera! Getting parcels in the mail is so much fun. Especially when the content is wrapped in Christmas wrap and with a strawberry candy cane!