Music, Cats and a whole lot of busking.

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I’ve been wearing these shoes so much! They’re super old, but super comfy. Half the stars are falling off, but I don’t care. They make my feet feel amazing!

Guess who went busking today!? Vanishing Shapes went busking today! This is not what I wore busking, but I thought I should talk a little about the experience before delving into yesterdays outfit.

We busked along Darby St, which is basically the Newtown of Newcastle. It was hella fun! We did some super cool jams for two hours. Unfortunately we were missing Nick (which always makes me feel super lonely (WOODWINDS 5EVABBY)) but we had a great time anyway.

 

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This is what I wore yesterday! It’s been a very long time since I wore this skirt (probably about 6 months, which is a long time for me to not wear something) I actually forgot I owned it until I was doing some Lookbook maintenance the other day.

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Shirt: Dotti, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home Made, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: Don’t remember D:

 

The best thing about the music print is that it’s musical gobbly goop. I find it hilarious when music print isn’t designed by musicians. In its defense, this print is better than most.

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I also feel like I should alert you to the fact that there are teeny tiny cats on my shirt (You can’t see it very well in the photos unfortunately. I’ll have to take a closeup next time I wear it!)

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Busking and bows

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I’ve been doing so much busking lately! Yesterday I went with my friend Alyse, and we played probably about 2 hours worth of flute duets along the main street of Terrigal.

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I really enjoy busking. I find its the best way to practice because a) You get to practice performing without all the anxiety that goes with it and b) You get to be outside, which is something you rarely get to do when you’re practicing.

 

 

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Bolero: Review, Shirt: Kmart, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home made, Tights: Myer, Shoes: Don’t remember D:

Something I need to learn not to do when I go busking is wear a dress or a skirt. Both Alyse and I were in garments with full skirts, and the wind trying to blow our skirts up in an unattractive fashion distracted us a couple of times.

 

 

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If you learn anything from my blog it should be this: Busking + skirt = not much fun in the wind!

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Emerald Dapper Fun Times

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Yesterday was a very long day in which I learned a lot about myself. My workplace had their first aid training day, which meant I was in a class room from 9am to 5pm, with an hours break in the middle. The training was great and I can competently take over situations which need first aid.

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Unfortunately, the training was done in a “classroom” setting. I don’t do classrooms. I had an extremely hard time sitting still and paying attention. I also had a hard time not being outside/ making music (which is what I’ve been doing with my band quite a bit.) A friend of mine recently went on a long bike trip, and has been talking about feeling restless indoors. I really sympathised with her yesterday. (Her blog : https://crazybikegirl.wordpress.com/ I really love reading her blog, she’s an excellent writer!)

Being constantly creative and stimulated made it really difficult for me to be in the classroom environment.

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The other thing I learned was that you really don’t want me doing your cpr (at least the compressions component of cpr) As a musician, I have incredibly sensitive hands and fingers, which tend to injure/ tire easily. I made it througm the compressions component, but not without injuring myself.

 

 

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Beret: Ebay, Shirt: Thrifted, Suspenders: Cyber Shop, Belt: Alannah Hill, Shorts: Home Made, Stockings: Coles, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: Don’t Remember D:

It was really odd wearing shorts to work. I pretty much exclusively wear dresses and skirts because it makes me feel crisp and professional. I’m glad I went with shorts though, because a dress or a skirt would have been very uncomfortable.

 

 

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Asymmetrical colours

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I am so tired right now. My band had a jam/busking day today, and it’s left me absolutely wiped.

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Vest: Some small stall in Paddys Markets, Shirt: Kmart, Belt: Thrifted, Shorts: Home made, Tights: Coles, Socks: Ebay, Shoes: Dr Martens.

Because I knew we were going to be busking, and that it was going to get hot, I wore this super comfy outfit (and subsequently was asked “do you realise you have odd socks/ shoes on!?) I love styling this vest, mainly because I get to play with asymmetry when wearing it

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On a more serious note, Sydney has not been doing very well today. For those of you that haven’t heard about what has happened today, here is a great link to the full story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-15/sydney-siege-what-we-know/5967610

First off, I’ll just say my heart goes out to all those affected by the situation. I hope that it gets resolved in the least violent/ fastest way possible.

As awful as this situation is, I urge people not involved to stay as calm as possible and not get caught up in the media hype of the situation. At the moment, (and by that I mean the last time I read something, which would have been a couple of hours ago now) very little is known about the situation. The best we can do until all of the facts are known is offer support to the friends and families of the hostages, and to create a safe space for the Muslim community who may be unfairly targeted due to some of the media hype surrounding the situation.  #I’llridewithyou

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Adult Christmas.

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The older I get the less time/ cares I have for christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoy Christmas time with all the decorations, and celebration (not the music. I. Hate. Christmas music with a passion) but, it seems to have lost a lot of the magic it had as a child.

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I’m going to be better about listing where I got stuff/what I made. (I’ve been slack in the last few posts sorry!) Shirt: Glassons, Belt: Alannah Hill, Skirt: Home made, Tights: Ebay, Shoes: Thrifted, Choker: Home made.

I’ve been having “Adult Christmas” feelings for 4 or 5 years now, but I suppose the revelation has been more evident this year due to me having my first “Adult Birthday” (ie, having a celebration was fun, but a little bit of a chore, rather than very exciting, like it  has been pretty much all my life(I still enjoyed it, but it was just another ordinary day))

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I think the other reason it feels less exciting this year is because putting up the tree was a little bit of a chore. My family and I kind of grumped the tree together, rather than exciting the tree into existence.

I love how it turned out though!

 

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This tree is so festive!

We’ve never put a tree up this late. Even last year, when we were insanely busy, the tree still went up in the first week of December.  It feels a lot more like Christmas and the end of the year now its up. I just kind of wish it was still magic.

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More festivities!

 

 

 

 

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I took this the afternoon because the light was so prudy. :3

 

I’m going to leave you with photos of me snuggling my dogs (much to their annoyance (They’re too cute not to snuggle!))

 

 

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Choc Chips

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This is the thing that I wore yesterday!

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Basically, yesterday was one of those days where I really couldn’t be bothered getting dressed, so I went for something super comfy. (my comfy outfits tend to look like comfort food ha ha)

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Also, I scooped my dog bubbles up while photographing this outfit, because she’s a cutie pie!

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Jen’s Top 11 list of Bands (That aren’t Vanishing Shapes) which should be able to live off their music (but can’t because making money through music is hard yo!)

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Yesterday I discussed Wednesdays Music Adventure. Part of that discussion was how not well know we are in the grand scheme of music things. Anyway, one of the best ways to support your favourite small band (like Vanishing Shapes) is to constantly talk about them, and recommend them to people.

I thought that considering the vibe of my blog at the moment, today would be the perfect day for JENS LIST OF 11 BANDS THAT SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE COMFORTABLY OFF THEIR MUSIC (I’ll try not to double up with my favourite bands of all time list, but shit happens yo! (also, this list is in no particular order))

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11: Rishloo: http://www.rishloo.com

Now, these guys have quite a large following, but, after their ama on reddit, I was surprised to find out that they all have day jobs! These guys write beautiful, heavy and compositionally interesting music. I’m not really sure how to describe their music, other than being perfect.

10: The Petrodollars: https://www.facebook.com/thepetrodollars

These guys are a kind of newish band (they’ve been together for a while, but with a slightly different lineup and a different name) but they have the most amazing chemistry on stage. All of their music is solidly composed, and after listening to them, you’ll be singing their melodies for days.

9: The Rider: http://www.theridermusic.com/

The Rider have been around for a few years now, and are building quite a following. This is another band that have a wonderful stage chemistry. Like Vanishing Shapes, they started around their first semester at uni. They draw from a variety of influences including  60/70s rock with psychedelic, progressive and even a bit of folk. I love their music (and I bet you will too!)

8: Montagu: http://www.montagumusic.com/

I have a soft spot for indie rock (I had a bit of a phase in high school), but unlike the bands I used to listen to, Montague’s music has continually piqued my interested. Their music is very unique, and very solidly composed. Basically their band is everything I love about indie rock, without the stuff I hate about indie rock!

7: The Cellar Door: http://findthecellardoor.org/

I featured these guys in my top 10 bands, and I’m featuring them again in this list because their music is perfect. (like literally perfect) They are heavily folk influenced, and that is why I love them.

6: Victory Road:  https://v-road.bandcamp.com/

Victory road is a fine pop punk musician, but unlike most, his band is a gameboy. If you like pop punk and nostalgia trips, you’ll love Victory Road (and even if you don’t like pop punk or nostalgia trips you’ll love his music)

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5: Valko: http://valkoband.com/

These guys are brilliant. Like actually brilliant. They are compositionally solid, and have fabulous chemistry and now I’m gushing. (describing great bands is hard)

4: Oh Ye Denvar Birds: https://ohyedenverbirds.bandcamp.com/

I first heard this band on jjj when I was in year 10. They are an electronic folk band, and do really innovative stuff within the genera!

3: The Teapots: https://www.facebook.com/Teapotsmusic

Here’s another band that has broken my heart. As far as I know, they formed while at uni together (and subsequently broke up after finishing their degrees) They’re brilliant musicians, brilliant song writers, and had too short a lifespan.

2: Baltic Bar Mitzvah : https://www.facebook.com/balticbarmitzvah?fref=ts

These guys are a nutty Klezmer folk band. They play everything from standards, to originals, and even pop covers (which are always brilliantly arranged, and turned inside out and upside down). All of the music they play has one thing in common: It’s completely mental in the best possible way (hurry up and record yo!)

1: Fair to Midland:http://www.fairtomidland.com/merch

Oh FTM, you have broken my heart. These guys broke up seemingly out of nowhere, but the breakup is rumored to have happened for financial reasons. If I had unlimited money I would fully fund FTM so they could continue to make heir delicious heavy folk prog rock amazing music.

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What I wore yesterday!

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