Manic Pixie Sailor Girl

I think I've talked about this before, but I have two problems when it comes to listening to music. 1) I'm a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I listen to 2) I need new music all the time to keep me stimulated/ getting bored of the stuff on my Ipod. 

Usually this combination makes for a hellish nightmare of me spending hours to find new music to listen to, but not getting rewarded for my efforts. Somehow in the last few months since I did this last, my googling/youtube skills have improved because I.Found.So.Many.New.Peeps.To.Listen.To!!!! 

Without further ado, here's the first impression of the awesome music I downloaded today. 

Casa Loma: These peeps make this lovely grungy emo heavyish music that I've loved since I was a wee lass. They've only got three tracks available, because according to my internet stalking, they're a pretty fresh band. 

Land Lady: I've mentioned this many a time, but I'm not great with genre categorisation of music, which is great for this band as they describe their genre as "surprise". They're a mesh of all the good things - compositionally sound, dynamic, full of complex vocal harmonies, and feature a range of minimalist and maximalist textures.  

Giraffes?Giraffes!  : Do you like instrumental music? Do you like Math Rock? These dudes have both of these things in their music, and they do them so incredibly well. Their pieces are so intricately constructed with a variety of different textures, and never fall into the "too much going on" trap that some instrumental music falls into. 

The Speed Of Sound in Seawater: What's better than one guitar doing pretty finger picking with sweet lilting vocals? Two guitars doing pretty finger picking with lilting vocals! That's not all this band does though. Aforementioned pretty guitars and vocals are perfectly supported by a super tight bass and drum pairing. Their writing features elements of Math rock, and have a very slight folk sound. It's just good yo! 

Malvador: Sometimes these guys have those oompah circus feels, and sometimes they're more math rocky, but again, they're all things good. They remind me the tinyiest bit of Ungus Ungus Ungus who are a werid amalgamation of circus folk experimental etc. 

Tangled Hair : So much Math rock today! These guys sit down the prettier end of math rock with their glockenspiels and their british indie vocal vibes.  I adore their use of polyrhythms (Which may or may not tangle your hair) 

Delta Sleep: sit on the grungy side of math rock. The rhythms are intricate and complex, interspersed with strong rhythmic unisons. These guys scratch a music itch I didn't realise I have, as they sit partway between various genre spaces. 

Hang In Balance: Do you know what a HangDrum is? It's the mystical spaceship like object that produces the most beautiful singing percussion sound. If flute was a percussion instrument this is what it would sound like. 

The Honey Trees: Do dream pop right. Their vocals are super sweet and floaty (pretty much the sound version of lens flair and bokeh) whilst the accompaniment is moving and light. 

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Speaking of dreampop... What I wore yesterday was pretty darn dreampop. I sewed this skirt in 2014 using vintage material I picked up from shop 55 in woy woy. If I remember correctly, it was from the 60's. I only had a small amount of material to work with, so I made this here boxpleat mini skirt! It also looks super rad with the Bolero I bought from Lady Petrova on Tour! :D 

Baroque Brown

shoes I've lost the ability to write words. I've been making music/painting tiny planets (which you can see on my instagram) and now all of my thoughts are either in sound, or images, no words in sight. I'll just leave you with the images I shot today in Tim's backyard.

Away

 

 

 

Looking

 

sitting

 

Spinning

Stripes that go Woof

 

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The Weather is still being super weird. It's hot in the sun, but cold in the shade, and the wind is either super windy and cold, or super not windy, making life too hot. I'm not too good at dressing for inbetween weather. I always end up either being hot or being cold.

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Not much to really say about my outfit today. I'm just restyling an old favourite.

 

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Apples and Cats

wpid-20140708_141154.jpg Whenever I'm feeling remotely blah, the colour I reach for to make my day better is green. It's such a bright, cheery and underrated colour.

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I woke up with a bit of a headache, so green was the only way to go.

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Cardigan: Glassons, Shirt: Lady petrova, Belt: Alannah Hill, Tights: Ebay, Shoes: Converse.

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I've been favouring these shorts a lot lately for two reasons. 1) I love the print/colours (super easy to wear with all the things) 2) I feel more like me when I wear things I've made.

Lets have a real talk about sewing stuff. As much as I love fashion, I find fast fashion to move wayy to fast, and for it to be difficult to intergrate into my wardrobe because of my very specific tastes, both colour wise and silhouette wise. I've been experimenting a little bit more lately because of the myriad of fashion blogs I read (seriously, they're all fabulous. My blog roll can be found here: http://theemeraldruby.wordpress.com/other-blogs-i-read/) As the saying goes, if you want something done right do it yourself. I also have a figure that most brands don't cater for, which makes shopping for shorts a nightmare. They're either too big or too small, or fit right on the legs, but gape at the waist.

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As well as making clothes, I also make jewellery. The picture above is a closeup of the choker I'm wearing today.