5.28.2014

Bits and Bobs

5.28.2014


  1. The end of May is near which means there is currently only one thing on my mind: Pinkpop! In the midst of days and evenings at work and the stress of the thesis the longing for this weekend is getting bigger and bigger. With tickets for Sunday and Monday, yes I caved and bought day tickets for both of the remaining days, I am absolutely looking forward to as my friend Bonnie states the best weekend of each year. I cannot wait!
  2. Oh yes, after some time again I have finally managed to continue with watching Twin Peaks. I think I am just following too many other shows that are currently running but since those are almost all done as Summer is nearing I will have plenty of time to continue with this show.
  3. Speaking of Summer, what is going on with this weather? Rain, rain, wind, and oh yes you guessed it rain. Please sun shine through! It has been ridiculously incoherent lately.
  4. How is it going with my thesis? Well I found out that the month of August is not included for writing as the deadline is the 1st of August. Unless, I want to surpass the first deadline and just hand it in for at the end of August even though that is actually the deadline for the resit. So here we go, adding more stress in trying to get it ready for the 1st of August.
  5. Recently renewed my phone subscription and updated my HTC One X for the just out there HTC One (M8). I have been checking on this new phone as soon as I heard that it came out maybe a little over a month ago. So far so good, I absolutely love it. It runs really smooth and with Blinkfeed I even have important (inter)national news just there on a separate page so that I can check it whenever I want something which I have had problems with to keep myself updated on. 



Xx

5.21.2014

Before I die...

5.21.2014
 Hi there!

At first I wanted to put everything I did last weekend in one blog for I had a great weekend and wanted to share it with you. However, this item deserves its own blog post. Last Saturday it was time to do some groceries so my mom and I were off to Heerlen by train and as we were walking to the supermarket we came across this:


I was intrigued to figure out what exactly was going on as the boards with the headline "Before I die..." looked rather familiar. After it was apparent that you were able to write and finish the sentence I wanted to be a part of it. We were told that if we would be willing to wait a couple of minutes we could join the opening. The opening of course included cutting the ribbon by the young alderman of the city and the famous Jip & Janneke champagne for children which was a nice and cute touch. 


"The Wall" as it has been named is an art project of mother and daughter (visible on the right photo with me) and part of the national Week of Amateur Art (Week van de Amateurkunst - WAK). Upon hearing where the idea came from I finally realized why it looked so familiar. They explained to me that the wall derives from the now worldwide phenomenon of the "Before I die..." street art initiated by Candy Chang. After losing a loved one and putting things in perspective Chang wanted something that reminded her every single day on what really mattered. As such she started an experiment by painting an outside wall of an abandoned house black with the start of the sentence "Before I die..." As of today, 475 walls exist all over the world. The creators behind the idea for this set up here in Heerlen figured out that since this cannot be found here in the province of Limburg they started one themselves. I absolutely love that something like this is finally here and that I was able to witness it as it was opened. I am pretty shy but was so intrigued and curious about what was going on that I just went ahead and talked to these lovely people I did not know. Thank you for being so open. For more information and photos of this amazing project, visit: http://beforeidie.cc/  


And here is my little moment at the board. It felt a bit cliche to finish the sentence with "travel the world" but it was the first thing that popped in my mind. I love travelling to places... the actual travelling by sitting back enjoying the view whilst listening to music, daydreaming and what not as well as of course arriving at the destination and wander around. So yes, before I die I want to travel the world. What would you put up there? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx

5.13.2014

Recently Rediscovered: Gel Eyeliner by Essence

5.13.2014
I thought it would be nice to start a new series of products - mostly beauty related - that I have rediscovered as time goes by. Reading reviews and information of (new) make-up products make me want to buy new items every now and then, leading to quite some products to try out. Next to this, I often fall into a daily routine and want to try to switch this routine up more often so that I actually do regularly use all the products that I purchase. So first up, gel eyeliner. 



This gel eyeliner by Essence in 01 Midnight in Paris is the best. I have used gel eyeliner for a couple of years now but grew a bit tired of having to use a brush, cleaning the brush etc. It is also not a product you can just take with you to touch up which is why I moved away from the gel eyeliner at the beginning of this academic year. In addition, I have been on a couple of study trips and spending a lot of time on your make up when you have to share the bathroom - usually including one mirror - with a group of girls is not the best scenario. For these reasons I have opted for felt tip liner such as the Maybelline Master Precise, but for the past two months or so I find myself reaching for the gel eyeliner by Essence again. For a nice  precise and even application, I use the dual-ended gel eyeliner brush by Catrice. Funny how things go.

Xx

5.05.2014

Concert Time: Panic! at the Disco

5.05.2014

As of lately, I have been going to quite some concerts and I absolutely love it. First James Vincent McMorrow, Bastille and this week it was time to see Panic! at the Disco at the 013 in Tilburg. When I was in high school I used to listen to a lot of bands that were part of the Fueled by Ramen record label including Panic! at the Disco and have also been loving their two newest albums by the "new" formation of the band.

First things first, the closer we came to the entrance when we stood in the line, the more garbage and leftovers we were surrounded in. I am not kidding, from Domino's pizza, to Kentucky Fried Chicken, to bags of candy, crisps and all the drinks along with it. Is it that hard to let one or two people of your group standing in front of the line to find a garbage can and dispose all the stuff you just simply throw on the ground? Yeah, I was a bit annoyed as you can tell. Nonetheless, I do have to add that I really like the idea of the nearby parking lot next to the venue. Very clever. Anyways, on to the good stuff...

The concert started with the opening act Call it Off, a band from Eindhoven that reminded me a lot of the punk-style bands I frequently listened to and sometimes still listen to. The best way to describe it, as we discussed when they were done was that it reminded us a lot of the early days of Green Day. The band had a lot of charisma and its members were energetic and humorous. Definitely a nice choice for an opening act. Then it was time for the headline: Panic! at the Disco who played a set of almost an hour and a half long. With the 013 pop venue at Tilburg as the start of the European leg almost seem to give the band an extra boost as they were really enthusiastic and excited to perform the entire time. The set consisted of a well-balanced mix of songs from especially their debut album and their latest two. It gave every member of the audience the chance to sing their lungs out whether he or she was a fan from the start or just recently got into to the music created by Panic! at the Disco. Nearing the end of the concert, what started out as a funny try to cover Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus became a small cover-medley including Any Way You Want It by Journey and last but not least You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. Furthermore the concert included some serious dance moves, the famous backflip -something which I was hoping would happen and it did not happen once but freaking TWICE - amazing high notes and a shirtless Brendon Urie in line with the music video for the song Girls/Girls/Boys. Yes, I admit just fangirling a bit there. Click here to see the little video they uploaded on their YouTube channel. All in all, the concert was amazing and I am so glad I was still able to go.

Xx