dinsdag 26 april 2011

Talking Cacti and Pet Wolves

Just a very fast, very short post today. I’ve been working on my thesis this entire weekend, instead of eating Easter eggs and visiting Ikea. I actually should be working on it right now, but I really needed a break. Besides writing this post in my tiny breaks, I’ve been reading the webcomic Girls With Slingshots. It’s a comic by Danielle Corsetto about two friends called Hazel and Jamie. They like to drink and talk to their plants. So if you feel bored or you’re just procrastinating like I am, go read some comics.

If this doesn't make you interested, I don't know what will...

I’ve also seen the first two episodes of Game of Thrones and I think it looks pretty cool. I have no clue what the books are about and hadn’t even heard of the series before it became such a hype, but I kinda like it! I also really want a direwolf as a pet now, they make it seem awesome! My boyfriend tells me it’s not possible, but a girl needs to have her dreams.

Aren't they just adorable?

I’ll be off to working on this schoolstuff some more and on a bigger post about a cool book I’ve read recently. We’ll be back to normal posting as soon as possible.

woensdag 13 april 2011

Keep Portland Weird

It’s time to face it. I have been denying it for much too long. I’ve been hiding behind frilly dresses, high heels, living in Rotterdam and having a ton of beauty products.
But the truth is my beauty products are vegan and organic, I live in a squatting home in Rotterdam, I buy mostly vintage clothing and even the metal I listen to is pagan metal.

I’ve been thinking of raising some chickens, riding horses bareback and becoming an organic farmer.

Hi, my name’s Lotte – and I’m a hippy

The next logical step, obviously, is to move to Portland.

This picture was taken by -Dons
You can find out more about the Portland Pony Project right here

This picture was taken by David Mark Erickson

This is Sam Adams, Portland's mayor
what a babe - look at that proud jaw 

 Now, I must admit, I have never been to Portland. All I know about it is from Portlandia, or the time I was vegan and saw it as Heaven on Earth. I will be visiting the beautiful weird city in June. I will be able to share much more with you then. For now I'll just leave you with some Wonderful Weirdness that makes this city pretty awesome.

This picture was taken by Dan Haneckow
It's Le Happy. Are you hungry for some delish' crepes? Go here! It's at 1011 NW 16th Avenue

MRS.FRENCH took this picture of Saint Cupcake
It's at 407 nw 17th ave @ flanders
Just one look at the menu made me drool

This picture was taken by Todd Mecklem
It's Powell's City of Books! This is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. You can find it at 1005 W Burnside 

And in case you're not convinced that this city might be one of the most awesome places on Earth, I'll leave you with some Portlandia. If you are from Portland, you might be offended by these. But, honestly, dear Portlandians, that makes you even more like the people portrayed on Portlandia.

I found this picture at Marta Writes

Some links for more Portland love:
SoupCycle - a company that delivers hearty organic soups by bicycle
Portland Places - a blog by Abby tells you about where to go in Portland
Portland Events, Music, Art, Entertainment, Sustainability - PDXPipeline
The I heart Portland group on Flickr

dinsdag 12 april 2011

Awkward Dancing Improves Your Indie Cred

This Saturday me and my boyfriend went to the festival Motel Mozaique. It’s a cultural festival where known and unknown bands, art, theater and food come together.
I mostly went for Belle and Sebastian and next to José Gonzales, it was the only thing I saw that night, but it was enough! I was a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to Belle and Sebastian and only learned about them when I saw their video of Funny Little Frog (my indie cred just flew out of the window). But it was love at first site and after listening to all their albums, waiting for their newest one and even owning a calendar, it was time to see them live.

They only play one show in Holland this entire year, and I was there! It was a fun, crazy show, unlike any other I’ve seen so far. There was a lot of awkward dancing, awkward audience people and more awkward conversation. I’ve never seen this much awkwardness in one room! They pulled people on stage to dance with them, which was great fun. I forget my camera, so I couldn’t take any pictures and I still can’t find any video’s of the dancing online. So too bad, but I can’t show it to you! I really liked Chris Geddes and his piano, he looked nice and geeky in the background, but sounded really cool playing all his music. Stuart Murdoch was also being a great frontman, wearing a cool hat and suddenly appearing in the midst of the audience to do some more singing and to shake some hands. He even put on some mascara, especially for us! They are a very interesting and energetic band, which isn’t always the case with indie music.  Because it had been a while since they visited Rotterdam, or Holland for that matter, they played some oldies next to their new album. My favourite album is The Life Pursuit (any indie cred I had left is now gone altogether) and I was really happy they played Sukie in the Graveyard, which is such a fun and upbeat song.

I did find two other video’s so you can also enjoy some of it. I especially like the second one because Stevie Jackson was making fun of our musical talent. Have a look and if you get the chance to see the, definitely go there! And if you can’t go see them, just listen to some of their albums, or all of their albums. I promise they will put a smile on your face.