Monday, 23 July 2012

How many stripey tops can one girl own? Answer- far too many.

men's River Island tee shirt, H&M skirt, M&S moccasins, Topshop earrings, Stolen Thunder ring

Firstly- how hilariously white are my legs in the top photo?! No, this is in fact not the blog of an ordinary girl, I'm actually a vampire.

Er.... so, this isn't exactly a terribly exciting outfit to return with. I feel the need to explain my absence but you already know why I have been gone for a while, the whole leaving home and moving in with the boyfriend thing and getting a new job and whatnot. Everything is fine, nothing very exciting has happened. Turns out that commuting for about 3 hours a day and working 2-8 shifts isn't terribly conducive to a social life, or actually seeing said boyfriend very much, but oh well. I have actually applied for 2 other jobs at work with full time hours which I am pretty hopeful about. We might also be moving to Oxford soon, but everything is still very up in the air, and so I'm trying not to get too excited about anything right now. Lots of things could soon be sorted out but my life is still in quite a temporary stage and I'm just trying to get on with things for now. I'm sorry to sound so cryptic, I just don't want to reveal everything all over the internet before stuff has actually been finalised! Anyway, I'm fine, I'm going to stop wittering on now and sounding completely self-absorbed.

I must admit the sudden burst of sunshine we've had this weekend has completely confused me. I can't remember what you wear! So, I went for something ridiculously simple, partly inspired by Fritha's recent outfit. I actually only have this tee shirt because Grant ordered it online for himself, not realising about the boatneck... silly boy. So I pinched it instead. I slapped on some lipstick to make myself look like I'd made some sort of effort and that was it really, couldn't even be bothered with lots of jewellery like usual. Too hot!

The other problem with my current shift pattern is that I work 5 days on, 1 day off, before doing another 5 days with a then 3 day weekend. This makes outfit photos kind of tricky... especially at the moment, I'm just not really enjoying taking photos. I don't want to take photos of every single day I have off, but likewise I need to provide you all with something... like I said in my previous post, I am going to have to make an effort to finally do something else with this blog. I always feel the need to create some kind of structure to my blogging if I am going to incorporate other posts, but I think I should probably just whack in whatever and see how it goes.

Basically, please have patience with me while I figure out how blogging fits in with my life at the moment. I would be grateful for any kind of suggestions or comments on what you guys like to read. Comments have dried up somewhat at the minute, which I know is due to my irratic posting, but I would really appreciate hearing what you think. This blog is my own creative space but I really want to know why you all keep reading.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

'Faster Pussycats! Run Run'... A lot of rambling about Kate Nash

This flipping overnight bag was not conducive to good boogieing.

This is going to start out looking like an outfit post, but its not. Sure, there I am at the top in an outfit, but its more of an accompanying thing. I've said several times before that I want to make this blog about more than me just rambling on about my everyday life and my outfits, and this topic is something that's been on my mind for over a week, and I want to discuss it. I have less time than ever now to take outfit photos and I really want this blog to be an representation of all of my thoughts, about everything, rather than just my clothes. That's something I love and love writing about, but so much more than that buzzes around my brain on a daily basis.

I finally saw Kate Nash in concert for the first time last Sunday. I had been looking forward to it for months, especially I was going with my best friend Kathy. Now, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I'm a fairly regular reader of Kate's blog and so I was kind of aware that her new music was different from her previous two albums. I knew the new stuff was definitely going to be punkier, grungier, but saying that I still didn't know how I'd feel listening to it... She released 'Under-Estimate the Girl' several days before the tour started, I think as some kind of preview for people of her new musical direction. I had already seen the video before the concert, but Kathy hadn't. (For Kathy's thoughts on this whole thing, watch this video.)

The actual concert was mostly Kate playing the new material. Now, I am fine with this in theory. I can understand that playing new songs on tour is a really important way of gauging feedback and introducing the material to your fanbase. It was more that we had about 3 new songs to every old one... I admit that Kathy and I had to leave a little early to catch a train home, but of what we saw, she only played 4 or 5 old songs. I was excited to hear the new stuff but at the same time there were so many old songs that I wanted to hear and that we missed out on. I don't know, I just feel slightly cheated that we didn't get more of 'Made of Bricks' or 'My Best Friend is You'. When I saw We Are Scientists several years ago they played material from their upcoming album but found time to include the established stuff as well. I think Kate just wanted to get the new songs out there and perhaps we suffered a little bit because of that.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the new material. Now, this is going to sound a bit weird, and I have to explain this first. If you regularly read this blog, you will know I am a little bit obsessed with the Nash. I have this habit (I think its something from going to an all girls school) of getting what I refer to as 'girl crushes'. I find someone, whether they're famous or someone I actually know, and I want to be friends with them. I am normally attracted by cool clothes, similar interests, blah blah. I have been listening to Kate Nash since I was about 16/17, and as soon as I heard her music I just felt such an affinity with her. A lot of 'Made of Bricks' and 'My Best Friend is You' are really personal songs to me, and I really liked how in her music a lot of her inner monologue is communicated. I'm particularly thinking of songs like 'Don't You Want to Share the Guilt?' and 'We Get On' here. Now, I have absolutely no issue with the theoretical idea of her new material. I  like that she's making music that isn't considered to be particularly feminine, that she's expressing her frustrations at the sexism of the music industry. Going to see this concert made me finally buy Marisa Meltzer's book 'Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music' that I have been meaning to read for a long time, since I think Kate's new material is in some way inspired by riot grrrl (I'm going to be so wrong now). Its something I have been wanting to learn about for a while, but haven't gotten around to it. My musical education is somewhat random and its one of those things I feel I need to constantly improve on.

I still don't know how I feel about all of this. I think what I'm basically trying to say is, that whilst I like the new material in its ideas, I'm just not sure if I like it as music.... 'Under-Estimate the Girl' is growing on me, and I will still definitely go and buy the new album when it comes out. I just worry that the story telling elements and lyricism of her music won't be there so much now. I respect her decision to change her direction, because she is right, it would be ridiculous to presume she's the same woman she was when she was 16. I know I've changed a lot in that time, and I'm pretty sure most people would say they have. I'm just not sure if I can get on with the screaming....

I'm going to stop writing now. This is a very long post already and I don't think I'm going to reach any kind of cohesive conclusion. But I just wanted to share my thoughts with you all. Sorry if you found it boring, but like I said, I want to make this blog about whatever the hell I want, and this is something I've been thinking about a lot.

(Oh, and by the way, I am all moved and settled in now, but we'll save that little update for another post.)