Caitlin Connolly {artist}

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So I bought a little (super affordable) piece of art the other month for my study. Originally I wanted to hang it among my other pictures on my gallery wall, but it just spoke to me so much that I knew I had to hang it on its own right where I can see it.

Caitlin Connolly draws very empowering pictures of women with their very specific ways of thinking, paths of life and problem facing. She has a very distinct stroke and to me it seems as if Caitlin can actually draw words and bring them to life.

This is the drawing I bought:

Caitlin Connolly pioneering a path

Unfortunately it is already sold out, but you can get more beautiful pictures directly from her here.

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The Fall by Rhye {In my ears}

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If you haven’t watched a great music video lately, one that tells a story, then this is for you!

Rhye is an american two-man band consisting of a Canadian and a Danish singer. Yes, male singer. At first I wouldn’t believe it either because of that angel-voice, but I researched, so trust me. Rhye have released their first album ‘Woman’ in March 2013 and it is all beautiful and absolutely perfect for drinks and dinner, too!

Campfire by Satellite Stories {In my ears}

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Autumn has come and with it the cozy things, the DIY, reading, meeting friends for hot chocolate kind of days. And now comes into play what I refer to as calmfasterindie music. Party and summer playlists have done their duty and it is time for the handmade, good lyrics, indie band days. It is just good music that you wanna listen to on a sunday watching the leaves fall down and having a cuppa without the melancholic style of January music, if you get what I mean…

So I proudly present the next big thing if you are into Two Door Cinema Club: SATELLITE STORIES

Paint by numbers the Trey Speegle way {artist}

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Yes-Trey Speegle

(Yes, you complete the picture by Trey Speegle – 2010 – 72×96”)

I believe Trey Speegle has absolutely found his destiny in this old paint by numbers collection he stumbled upon in the 2000s. The Texan born artist has already collaborated with Stella McCartney and Jonathan Adler – and one has to say any of these paintings would make an amazing entryway or living room piece! With his background of collaborating with stores such as Anthropologie with – let’s say – a broader consumer spectrum than traditional art galleries, he seems to be looking at his pieces from a more inclusive angle and thus a more inviting one. Which is a philosophy I love. Art is for everyone and I certainly wouldn’t mind owning – even just a reproduction – of any of his works from his paint by numbers series as shown on his website.

WAYWF by Trey Speegle

(What are you waiting for? by Trey Speegle – 2008 – 72×96”)

Little Did They Know by Trey Speegle

(Little did they know by Trey Speegle – 2009 – 48×69”)

Games by Claire (I heart sharks remix) {In my ears}

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Claire was founded in a southern German city called Munich and sums up a perfect summer evening for me: driving through the city on my bicycle to a trendy bar with outside seating, wearing light summer dresses, sipping the latest alcoholic concoction mainly featuring summery white wine, chatting and laughing with my friends until the sun goes down while fearing the bites of mosquitos

If it weren’t for Josie-Claire Burkle’s wonderfully fresh face this might seem a bit indie-bland for some people. I’ve already heard critics say it is just the latest song being used as a ring tone by rich hipster bankers, but “hey, why not?” – don’t we all have the same idea of a perfect summer?

Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me by London Grammar {In my ears}

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This wonderful three headed band from !Surprise! London has been my panacea for rainy days. You know these days when you need a melancholic still beautiful background music to “enjoy” the rain outside without wanting to kill yourself over it? That’s it! Hannah’s absolutely stunning deep voice just kills it every time. Check out their other pieces too! You can even get a free download on their website here.

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Humanity in times of crisis – The flood 2013

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Humanity in times of crisis - The flood 2013

So this is what I wore everyday last week: wellingtons, leggings and an old t-shirt.

Why – you ask?

So my university town was hit by a severe case of flooding last week, basically the worst flood we experienced in over 500 years. As Passau is set amongst three rivers it didn’t come as a shock to us that we would have to expect a flooding after all these rainy days. Flooding happens to us every year. A few usual suspects houses get wet and our freshers are all excited and take pictures. However, this year we lost our smiley faces overnight.

Flood Two

Never have I seen people lose their homes and shops! On tv all of this seems bearable but when you are actually missing electricity and water supply for days, you suddenly realize how lucky you were and still are. Some of my friends were not able to get to a supermarket for days because of the serious flooding of streets and bridges, some needed to get evacuated because their apartements were hit badly, some lost all of their clothes and furniture because they lived on the first floor, some students fled to nearby Munich or their parents’ places…

…but some students stayed.

And those were all answering the call of communitarian duty. I found myself among those individuals and I am still amazed at how much we got done in just a day, in two days, in three… and now after six days the town looks almost polished. My generation is often called “Generation X”, the one that consumes but never gives back or cares. Now I belong to “Generation Wellies” and I am proud! I even get chills thinking about how much brack water we carried in buckets, how much mud we shoveled and how much bulky refuse we carried to containers.

But then I am also deeply saddened by the walls we had to tear down, the shops we had to empty, the fridges we had to clear, the photo albums that were destroyed and the toys we had to throw in the dumpster. My condolences, respect and courage goes out to all the people in the regions which were and still are massively affected by the flood. I can call myself among the lucky ones but many, many can’t.

If you can, please donate generously.

German Red Cross (unfortunately it’s the only one I found an international account for)

IBAN: DE 63370205000005023307

BIC: BFSWDE33XXX

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Large Parties {Thoughtful}

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Large Parties {Thoughtful}

There were so many laughs at the cinema when this Gatsby quote came. I did not quite get those as I completely understood and appreciate this quote. The most interesting conversations and non verbal exchanges I have ever had at parties were at large parties. It is there where you get to meet new faces and only there where you have the chance to be unseen in a crowd, find a little nook and talk or not talk intimately.

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The Great Gatsby Soundtrack {In my ears}

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Let’s not talk about the movie as such. I for myself loved the visuals, party props, costumes and all, but not so much the adaption of the book itself. BUT there is possibly noone who will argue with me about the music. It is utter perfection, Mr. Jay-Z!

I wanted to post just one of the tracks, but I couldn’t decide which one.
My top 5 (due to the amounts of play time on itunes) though are

  1. Back to black – Beyoncé feat. André 3000
  2. A little party never killed nobody – Fergie
  3. Love is Blindness – Jack White
  4. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
  5. Bang Bang – Will.i.am
  6. … and all others.

Puts me in the right mood for next week’s “Roaring Twenties” riverboat party. Hopefully the DJ has the album up his sleeve. (Or should I smuggle it on a USB in my golden clutch?)

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Mondrian Cake and other modern art desserts {art}

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Caitlin Freeman, the amazing pastry chef at the Blue Bottle Cafe in the San Francisco MoMA, has taken the art of commercialising art to a whole different level than Andy Warhol has: now you can eat desserts inspired by works of modern art in the museum cafe like this Mondrian Cake.

This and other desserts can also be found in her new book Modern Art Desserts.

Oh how I would fancy a slice of this right now. It would probably feel a bit like eating art history class.