vrijdag 8 november 2013

''Art'' Pop?

So yes, I did pre-order Lady Gaga's new album ARTPOP. Even though I have been utterly annoyed with her pretending to be ''reborn'' or whatever but I mean there is no denying that she looks amazing again these days. Girl's on another level. Just not sure what level that may be....

There's certainly some decent pop on ARTPOP, but the 'art' part is rather harder to discern. Gaga informed the world that she birthed the idea to blend visual art with pop music, which felt a bit like grandly announcing she's had a brainwave to mix classical music with rock, or trash and metal. The urge to take the girl by the arm and explain to her that a few people had actually come up with the idea before is hard to suppress.

''My art pop could mean anything, being that it could also mean nothing at all.'' - Lady Gaga

YO ANDY, WHADUP? I mean come on... It makes even me feel quite awkward about the similarities. Also the production of the song Dope, which is highly underproduced and sounds like a live performance, is nothing like the usually perfectly recorded pop song. I understand that this is another throw at being original, but its just not really working for me. And am I the only one that hears similarities between Gaga's song Manicure and Cherry Bomb from The Runaways?

It is hard not to feel underwhelmed by the album, but thats the danger of hype I guess, especially the hype allied to an artefact thats only partially about music.. So far Aura, Manicure (especially Manicure!) and Applause have a position in my main playlist, but I'm pretty sure I'm one of those suckers that's screaming OMG ARTPOP IS SOOOOO AWE-SOMEEEE in about 2 weeks....

vrijdag 27 september 2013

Pescetarian Living

I have been a pescetarian for quite a while now (my diet includes seafood, but not the flesh of other animals) for mostly health reasons, based on that red meat contains high amounts of saturated fats, choline and carnitine (just google this jack). I'd abstain from all animal products, BUT eating fish raises HDL levels and are a source of omega-3 fatty acids and basically have numerous health benefits in one food variety. Cornering myself as a pescetarian, doesn't mean I don't try to live as vegan as I possibly can (and I try to force everyone surrounding me to do so as well.. sorry guys, its for your own good) and I can happily say that ever since I discarded all animal flesh from my diet, I haven't been ill once! Which is huge in my case. You know, mad skinny and all.

The thing that gets to me is when people ask me ''Then what do you eat??'' Just to be clear. I ended up expanding the palette of foods I ate, rather than restricting it. I ended up experimenting with new recipes and started eating foods I wouldn't have tried otherwise. I can tell you that my culinary life is more vivid and interesting than ever. Before, none of my friends would ever be interested in a Sander made dish, but thats far in the past. Food is so much more exciting to me now.

Although I try to refrain myself from too many dairy products like cheese or milk or too much seafood like tuna or salmon (I won't dwell on the ethical issue here... don't worry) I sometimes miss my Starbucks Tuna Sandwich. And today was the day when I randomly made one of the best sandwiches I've ever made, within maybe 5 minutes.

- 1 tuna can
- 1 hand of cranberries
- 1/2 apple
- mayonnaise
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread

1. Open the tuna can and drain it
2. Mix the cranberries with the tuna
3. Cut the apple in little pieces and mix it with the rest
4. Add a little bit of mayonnaise
5. Put it on the bread and slice it diagonally

EASY NO? And its pretty healthy, minus the mayonnaise.. 

donderdag 26 september 2013

Your typical Spring '14 RTW with Rick Owens.

The atmospherics at a Rick Owens show are always compelling but this had me dying. The American-born, Paris-based designer, is known for his radical collections and knowing he's one to shock his front row, I definitely didn't expect something like this. I think this was his way of saying that not all models need to be Kloss-sized? Definitely an intriguing show, I even noticed some of the fashion. Great silhouette.

Photo's from Style.com