http://parismorningsnewyorknights.blogspot.com/2015/12/an-ode-to-san-francisco.html Wild Young Minds: February 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

respect yourself

I've almost done it, you know.
Didn't spend any money for a whole month, I have so much respect for myself.
Though I may haven't been blogging much about it, didn't want to bore you with my troubles, heart aches and illnesses for not spending any money on clothes, records and other things ;) But february is almost finished, thank the lord, and I managed it. Almost but another day will be possible as well.
Can't wait to see the stores again, I planned to go to Antwerp in my next vacation and I'm going to visit Amsterdam too. Tuesday I'll buy myself a big hot coffee and a cake and I'm going to see 127 hours (with the gorgeous Mr. James Franco in it, who's also nominated for an Oscar for best male performance and is hosting the show this night) and have a few drinks at the Verkadefabriek. Seriously, 28 days is enough and it took a lot of courage but I almost did it (: Chapeau for me! ;) For all of you, I'm not recommending anyone to do this, cause it's also hard to let go of the fun things during this month, like going by train or to a party or someone. Thank god I have some friends who took me there but still, it's better to pay for yourself if you really need to. And typically me, I've written a grand story about something stupid about NOT spending money. Got to go now, bye then!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Marvin Gaye

'He was, above all, a preacher. He came to preach to his people, to all people. He did so once, calling his sermon What's going on. I believe he was called to preach again, to write and sing songs about the Jesus he loved so sincerely. But now we'll never know. A great artist - of the magnitude of Michelangelo and the sweetness of Mozart - is dead, and all we can do is praise the power that brought him forth. (...) He has not died, nor will he ever die. The message of his music is rooted in love, and love lives forever'. (Unknown)

Quotation from Rolling Stone Magazine

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

oh oh no oh no oh no oh


Don't do love, don't do friends
I'm only after success
Don't need a relationship
I'll never soften my grip

Monday, February 21, 2011

freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose



Me and Bobby McGee, magnificent song by Janis Joplin!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

HERE COMES THE SUN, LITTLE DARLING

What a lovely day it was today, the first sunrays through the trees.
And I made it even better with this peaceful song by Nina Simone.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Black Swan

Never have I waited so long to see a movie and never have I read so much about a movie in advance. Natalie Portman nominated for an Oscar, she has driven herself to extremities for this part, so has Mila Kunis, and the complete Lanvin collection seemed to be inspired by this movie: 'Black Swan'.

I've had some troubles going there, as you may remember, I wasn't allowed to spend a single penny this month, so going to the movies wasn't going to be an exception. Thank god for my dad, who was so kind to take me there.

As we entered the cinema, the film had already started. It was as if everybody decided to go to the movies that evening, cause it was very crowded. A few single spots were left, so I took my seat and watched the final notes of the opening dance.

We were taken into the hard world of ballet, where girls drive themselves to impossibilities (the fact that you have to dance on pointe shoes is already a cruelty for me) and where directors constantly critize the girls. You have to be extremely thin and you can't go out or drink.

Despite all this, there are millions of girls who are craving to do this, to reach the top of the ballet dancing. Such a girl is Nina (Natalie Portman), a sweet and anxious girl who dances in New York. I won't tell you the entire story, you definitely have to see it for yourself. Anyway, Nina gets the lead role in 'Swan Lake', which is a play about a girl who gets turned into a swan and she needs love to break the spell but her prince falls for the wrong kill so she kills herself. Nina is perfect for the part of the White Swan but the director is afraid she is too sweet to play the role of the Black Swan. Meanwhile, new girl Lily (Mila Kunis) and the forgotten star Beth (Winona Ryder) are introduced to the story.

Nina is asking way too much of herself. She's suffering from psychotic symptons, hallucinations, an eating disorder and she self-mutilation. Some scenes are very macabre: breaking bones and bleeding nails. Shock moments are represented as well ;) So prepare yourself if you're going to this movie. The movie is also about perfection, the desire to be perfect, though it's impossible...

In the end, the climax is incredible. With the help from magnificent costumes, dramatic music and beautiful choreography Nina dances to the end. It's extremely beautiful, though in a dark way.

If Natalie Portman doesn't win an Oscar, I'll hurt myself. Well, no, I'd never do that but I just wanted to express how talented she is. She's given herself in this part, probably lost a lot of weight because she looks très fragile as Nina, but her performances just blew me away.

This is one of the best movies I've seen in the last few years. I didn't get distracted once, my eyes were just fixed at the screen. All the good publicity this movie received during the last few weeks - it's totally justified. I strongly urge you to see this movie in the cinema because the music, the dancing, the performances, the use of the camera, everything falls into place and it would be a shame to see this on a small screen - this movie deserves a giant screen because it's giant.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dream as if all the options are available



Seriously, I'd love to make a road trip as soon as I finished school. Don't dare to think about the amount of money it'll cost, because hey, in my head everything is possible. I'd just go wherever I would want to go, no musts, no obligations, just me and my camera. Other cultures, meeting interesting people, that's the definition of the word 'freedom'.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kate, Jack & Sawyer, Vanity Fair

I've been watching a lot of Lost lately (yes I know, very old-fashioned, since I discovered it now, and everybody was watching it years ago already) and I love it!
It's always the same with series, once you saw one episode, you want to watch more and more. And Lost is very vague, no idea what they'll bring up next.
And then I discovered this shoot in Vanity Fair, of Kate, Jack & Sawyer, and I think it's magnificent. I love the 'thing' that's going on between them, between Kate & Jack and between Kate & Sawyer. Or well, at least that's what was going on in season 1. I have no idea if this remains in the next seasons, cause I haven't seen them yet ;)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Don't Play That Song For Me

I had found that the art of simplicity, simply means making peace with your complexity



What an inspiring shoot this is.. This atmosphere really appeals to me, it's almost like magic, fluently but fragile. As if you see a little fairy trying to move her wings.

Karlie Kloss & Abbey-Lee Kershaw for Donna Karan S/S 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No spendingggg for a whole month


Wish me luck!
Can barely imagine holding on, I crave for shopping now already, I would even be able to buy random things, but I'm not allowed to buy anything. Not even a single sock. Or something like that ;)

HEROES


I can remember standing by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed as though nothing could fall
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them
For ever and ever
Then we can be Heroes
Just for one day