Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Tips For Going To A Concert

I almost feel like it's obnoxious for me to write this post when I've only been to four concerts in my lifetime (though that number will only continue to grow, as I'm absolutely hooked). However, at each one, I've learned a few things that I've felt like sharing, especially since the most recent one (MONUMENTOUR, AHHH!!). Yup, still fangirling over that one.
Next up? Bastille in November!

Anyway, next time you're heading to a concert, here are a few tips that I'm sharing from experience so you'll know what you're getting into.

1) Wear comfortable shoes
Whenever I go to a show, I always want to be on the ground floor. When you're there, you know you'll be surrounded by the fun people. These are the people who pay for their ticket and intend to have a good time, not lounge about in chairs and look on passively. However, this means you will end up on your feet for two or three hours, so whatever you consider comfortable shoes, please wear them. Now is not the time for five inch heels.

2) Your personal bubble doesn't exist - embrace it
There was one woman who got so flustered by the movement of the surrounding crowd that she started throwing elbows screeching "Stop f*cking shoving me!" to everyone around her. I felt the need to shield my friend (who's built much tinier than I am) from her dangerously flailing limbs. The currents that flow through a crowd at a concert can be just as powerful as the ocean. You honestly don't have any control over where you're pushed or pulled, and the best choice is to just go with the flow. So if you go in with that mindset, you'll be fine.
And please, no throwing elbows. That's just wrong.

3) Don't hide behind your phone
What I mean is, don't spend the entire concert just Snapchatting video clips to everyone. You spent this much money to enjoy the live performance of your favorite artist - try and be present in the moment. Get your snaps in, record a few snippets, but don't forget to slip your phone in your pocket, dance along, and watch what's in front of your eyes, not through a cell phone screen.

4) Search for the setlist
I usually like to Google up the band's setlist so I can start listening to all the songs and get even more familiar with them than I already am. Nothing beats belting out the lyrics along with your favorite artist!

5) Get there early 
Never, never, never underestimate the length of time you may spend in lines. Line of cars, lines of people...being redirected to about three more lines before you actually enter the event center. So if you want to avoid much stress, get there at least an hour early!

Did this short little list help you?
Hope it does, and if you have any tips of your own, share in the comments!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday: Melanie Martinez

If anyone watches The Voice, they'd recognize this singer from Team Adam in season 3. Well guess what? Girl's got an EP released! Her lead single is actually Dollhouse, but I really like her track Dead To Me. Which, let's be honest, is a great tune to kick off Monday to, right?

Check out her single Dollhouse below and tell me what you think! And because it's a Monday, here's a cool remixed version of it:

Have a lovely Monday!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Over Time Too

Dress: Romwe (via Catsuit-Latex)   Hat: c/o Oasap   Wedges: Just Fab   Belt & Bag: thrifted

What does one wear to an art exhibit? Why, their new, slit-sleeved dress from Romwe of course! I'm quite pleased to say that unlike that Oasap bee print dress, this one is flowy, comfortable, and had me twirling about in happiness. Paired with some brown accents (who in the world said black and brown don't go together?) and leopard wedges, I felt pretty classy for a low key exhibit.

Ross Coates' show, entitled "Over Time Too" was an absorbing collection of mixed media pieces, with my favorite being the neon lit chairs. His collages had me peering closely at the wooden boards, pondering what he was trying to communicate through the brusque brush strokes, dismembered dolls, and taped on photos of flowers.

Kirsten looked them up and down, and with a wrinkled brow declared, "I think he is a very confused man."

I had to laugh at that. Isn't that what most art causes? If the message on the canvas doesn't practically spell out it's meaning, it is confusion and nonsense to the viewer.
Perhaps that's what I like about the varying forms of art. There are the basic, pretty paintings that are beautiful snapshots of life. There are dreamy abstract pieces that make you reconsider perspective and color. Then there are the morbid, doll-dismembering collages that have you tilting your head and wondering what the artist is trying to communicate.

I love it. In my opinion, art doesn't have to be beautiful or pretty to be considered art. Sometimes, the best art is discovered in the ugliness. It's easy to snapshot the aesthetically pleasing things in life, frame them, and call it art.

You could compare it to the way we frame only the best attributes in our life and hang them to display on our social media walls. We present such a narrow, enclosed representation of ourselves to the world in order to maintain a "pretty" appearance. However, some artists come slashing through that flimsy sheet to reveal the dirt and grit that's been swept under the rug.

Our culture is obsessed with appearances, with a standard, and with maintaining those.
However, as humans, we are inherently flawed.

While Mr. Coates' style isn't mine, and a lot of his pieces had me scratching my head, I could still appreciate it.

What's your opinion on art? Does it need to be pretty to be considered worthwhile?

So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:28
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Little Stinger

Dress & Socks: c/o Oasap   Sweater: AE   Necklace: c/o Too Sexy Store   Skirt (worn underneath) & Boots: thrifted
Okay, how cute is this dress? Perhaps the word "cute" isn't what pops into your mind when you see bees, but come on, a bee print? That's what cuteness is made of!

However, this IS one of those "free size" dresses from Oasap, so I braced myself for the worst. After much sucking in of the stomach and wiggling around like a spastic worm, I finally squeezed myself into this dress. Much to my dismay, I found the hem of it MUCH too short. I couldn't even lean forward without feeling the edge of the dress riding up my butt. So, um, yeah, that wasn't happening. After a moment of perplexion, I knew right away there wasn't anything a little layering couldn't fix. I slipped on my lace skirt underneath, added tall socks and boots, and walked out the door confidently. This dress may be a hassle, but that bee print sure did get to me.

Also, if you didn't notice, I let the "sting" theme get to me, because I added some spiked accessories that I couldn't help giggling over. Seriously, spikes and bee print? Perfection.

So. In conclusion, if you are an athletic girl with some curvy hips and a wide waist, be warned - this dress is probably not for you. 
I'm happy I was able to get at least one wear out of it, but other than that, this little (emphasis on little) number is being shipped off to my smaller relatives in the Philippines. 
Anyone have a funny/interesting story about an experience with a bee (or worse, beeS)? 
All I can tell you is that when I was in second grade, I got stung for the first time. A monster sized, fuzzy bee had landed on my thumb, and I froze as I watched this fascinating, terrifying insect wiggle about on my hand. Then, a nearby classmate made a sudden motion, and I felt the sharp sting I'd been told so often about. It burned, and I felt tears prick at the corner of my eyes.
"Linda, are you okay!? Let's go to the nurse's office," my friend exclaimed when she noticed. 
We scurried off, and I blinked back the tears threatening to spill over.
"I can't believe you're not even crying," she wondered. "Doesn't it hurt?"
I nodded my head, but still refused to cry in front of anyone.
Even at that young age, I hated shedding tears in public. I'm afraid it's more due to pride than toughness though. Those two can often get confused, because while crying is often looked down on as weakness, I believe it can be cleansing. 
 "Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again."
Alex Tan
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