22/07/2017

PLAYLIST | SPRING 2017

Here are the tunes I played most the last three months. Imma start with the heavy stuff so no one notices at first that I am a fucking Directioner.

Black Sabbath - Paranoid


The older I'm getting the more I listen to old school rock music like Black Sabbath. I wish I was alive and kickin' in the 70s !

Papa Roach - Born For Greatness


But I can always count on Spotify to put bands on my way that remind me of my good ol' emo days. And what band could do a better job at it than Papa Roach ? They just came out with new music and that song is per-fect for that emo revival spirit. They also did a song with Machine Gun Kelly which is so 2007 it hurts.

Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff


Am I ashamed of listening to Limp Bizkit in 2017 ? Yes, I am.

Puddle Of Mudd - Psycho


I'm still in my teen angst phase and the sound of Puddle of Mudd is perfect, especially in "She Hates Me". What I like about "Psycho" is how it sounds like music at the crossroads of Nirvana, Seether and KoRn. Do you agree ?

Don Broco - Pretty


I'm dying to see Don Broco live bloody hell ! I even considered for a while travelling to the Main Square Festival just to see them. But I'll finally see them perform at Lollapalooza and I am BEYOND excited !

Enter Shikari - Supercharge ft. Big Narstie


People have not been pretty nice to Enter Shikari for that song but me?... Damn, this loop at the beginning got me effffffed up. This is too good. I can see moshpits and people slamming to that song. Gosh, I really wish I'll be able one day to see 'em live.

Enter Shikari - Radiate


I don't know if it is pure coincidence or if the perspective of going back to London got me in a Shikari mood, but here I am, playing that song on repeat.

Rammstein - Sonne


I always had a soft spot for Rammstein as it was kind of my pride to have heard about 'em before anybody else I knew back then did. My sister and I were in Egypt and MTV was on most of the time when we were in our hotel bedroom. That's how we heard Rammstein's "Amerika" before everyone else as well as The White Stripes' "7 Nation Army". We also discovered Alice Cooper's "Poison" that very same summer. Back to school, I felt like the queen of darkness. And then kind of forgot about Rammstein... until recently. I had one of their songs stuck in my head and looked it up: it was "Sonne". Then in Bolivia, our driver through the Uyuni desert kept playing live versions of "MEIN HERZ BRENNT" and "Spielt mit mir" so here we are.

Daddy Yankee - Perros Salvajes


Speaking of Bolivia... When you're stuck for hours with a Bolivian driver in the desert, you kind of get used to his music. I love the instrumental of that song and I totally forgot about Daddy Yankee wow ! I also liked Yandel "Hasta Abajo" song which is kind of surprising when you know that I absolutely despise Spanish. And then I found myself back home adding songs like Papi Sanchez "Enamorame" to my Spotify playlist...

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion


Our Bolivian driver also played this song in the car and it made me so nostalgic of my teenage years... even though that song came out before I was even born !

Scorpions - Still Loving You


Our Bolivian driver + my new appetite for old school rock music got me falling for Scorpions. He played "Holiday" in the car and back home I was like "I'm still loving youuuuuuu" in my bed room. Especially as I went through a tough love-involved phase when I came back from Bolivia...

Spooks - Things I've Seen


But my Spring has not only been about old school rock music but also old school hip hop r'n'b jams. I don't even recall I found this song back. I can remember it playing on the radio when I was a kid, sitting in the back of my father's van on the way back home from the swimming pool. This is what the early 00s did best in terms of hip hop r'n'b music. It was the same era than Coolio's "Gangster Paradise" and The Fugees. Ô the memories...

Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times


Ok now that I proved my musical knowledge and I earned my stripes: let's talk about Harry Styles. So... I'm a Directioner. Let that sink in. Now, I woke up super early to catch Hazza's interview on BBC 1 and listen to this track for the first time. I did not expect that. I expected something more upbeat but jeez, I love the Queen and Bowie vibe here (do not hate me for comparing him with them). It's a perfect song to yell when you drunk.

Niall Horan - Slow Hands


Boy... He grew up so fast ! I had mixed feeling about "This Town" (until I heard this amazing remix) but that one got me at the very first notes. Enjoy the sexy vibe !

ZAYN feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR - Still Got Time


I absolutely HATED that song the first times I listened to it, probably as much as I hate ZAYN. But I had to admit at some point the instrumental made my hips move. Bloody hell.

Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean, Migos


The reason I hated so much "Still Got Time" is because I felt it was a bad copy of ma baby Calvin Harris' song. The way ZAYN sings seems to copy Frank Ocean... Anyway, I am SO HAPPY that Calvin Harris is ditching this EDM phase and went back to his funky disco-ish vibes. Love him so much !

Alt-J - In Cold Blood


Since we're discussing babies coming back, I was so surprised when Alt-J tweeted their new track ! And of course it was amazing ! Can't wait to see them again at Lollapalooza !

Lady Gaga - The cure


Another baby - well it's Mother Monster but still - who came back is Lady Gaga. I'm not a huge fan of the small bits I heard from Joanne but "The Cure" is a really really good song.

Kygo feat. Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me


I literally played this song on repeat for an entire month. Selena Gomez' voice is so random it's easy to sing. And my love for Kygo has already been proved here.

Tinashe - Party Favors


Speaking of random voices... I have to admit I rooted for Tinashe for a long time but I think she could do way better than these sexy catchy songs. She has potential if she would just stop winning and put herself at work.

Rita Ora - Your Song


Can we please stop and talk about Rita Ora ? I get that Tinashe is underrated, she deserves it for now but ma baby Rita ? Poor thing, life has not been easy on her. Ed Sheeran is on her side. Be like Ed. Be on her side.

The Cardigans - Lovefool


Let's keep going down the girly music slide... Who remembers that song from the 90s? How do I even remember it, I was like... 2 !

Julia Michaels - Issues


This the girliest song I heard since Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe". And it's so catchy I immediately loved it. Bloody hell.

Mura Masa feat. Charli XCX - 1 Night


I already talked about Mura Masa in a previous playlist post. And I already discussed my love for Charli XCX on my blog. I looooove her from the attitude to the outfits to the Londoner accent. And of course her music ! She just released a new album and it is pure bomb ! I played it on repeat which did not happen since Grimes' last album. It feels good to know that Charli ditched the classic pop star sound to return to her underground-ish roots. I absolutely love the whole album and I am looking forward to see her perform at Lollapalooza !

Little Mix - Touch


This song I heard when Harry Styleswas in charge of the playlist on Grimshaw's show on BBC 1. It was my spring catchy singing-in-the-shower song. Did you listen to Ed Sheeran's cover though ?

Jax Jones feat. RAYE - You Don't Know Me


I shazamed this song on a girls' night because it was playing on my friend's who has the most terrible taste in music phone and I was too ashamed to ask. Sozz

Nina Sky - Move Ya Body


My sister and I also discovered that song in Egypt on MTV before it became a huge hit in France. Karma wanted us to be hipsters. Well after Bolivia, I was in this "do you remember everything you discovered in Egypt" phase and Nina Sky popped up in my mind. Gosh there were so beautiful, it was annoying and I started hating them for it. But this song was something !

Kaaris - Nador


Let's close this playlist with some French rap songs. Well I guess it was a bad idea to listen too many times to "Tchoin" on Spotify. It then suggested me to listen to "Nador" and I was screwed. Sometimes, Kaaris lyrics are really violent, misogynistic and rough but I don't know, I understand why he uses such language.


What did you listen to last season ?

Armelle De Oliveira

05/07/2017

OUTFIT | THE METALLICA SHIRT QUEST


I discovered Metallica when I was 14 or maybe 13. Avril Lavigne covered one of their song and somehow I got intrigued to see what else this iconic band had to offer. I say iconic because on the radio, I kept hearing "Nothing Else Matters" which the anchor kept branding as iconic. And it is. Years after years, Metallica grew on me and I found to consider myself as a result as a fan. A what is a fan without a proper band t-shirt ?
I really hoped for a long time, I'd find one in a yard sale or a thrift shop, but it did not completely go as planned. In San Francisco last year, I did find many options in thrift shops but I tend to be super picky. I wanted it plain black, with just the "Metallica" sign in white on it. But all of them had various artworks on 'em that I did not really liked. Gosh, I already have so many tops with skulls on them, it has to stop.
Then Metallica came out with new stuff and the merch craze went bananas. You could basically find Metallica shirts e-ve-ry-where: H&M Divided, Bershka, Pull&Bear even Undiz, like come on guys ! So I was like "nu-uh I'm not buying that". Especially since they had a trademark line right under the logo which felt super off.
I ended up almost giving up with that ASOS man top in my wishlist and one day I decided to give it a shot. What do you think ? Weird right. Not sure I'm going to wear it again because I does not feel right. The quest for the Metallica shirt is still on.

J'ai découvert Metallica quand j'avais 13 ou 14 ans. Avril Lavigne avait repris une de leur chanson
et ça m'a intrigué. Je voulais en savoir davantage sur ce groupe emblématique. J'entendais toujours "Nothing Else Matters" sur Le Mouv' et l'animatrice disait toujours que ce groupe était légendaire. Et il l'est. Plus le temps passait, plus je tombais amoureuse de Metallica, jusqu'à me considérer aujourd'hui comme une fan. Mais suis-je vraiment fan si je n'ai pas de tee-shirt pour le prouver ?
J'ai espéré pendant longtemps en trouver un lors d'une brocante ou en friperie, mais tout ne s'est pas vraiment passé comme prévu. A San Francisco, j'en ai trouvé pas mal en friperie mais je suis super relou. Je voulais un tee-shirt noir avec uniquement le logo de Metallica en blanc dessus. Mais tous les tee-shirts que j'ai trouvé avait divers dessins dessus que je ne kiffais pas trop. Et puis bon, j'ai déjà trop de tee-shirt à tête de mort, il faut que je me calme.
Et puis ensuite, Metallica a sorti un nouvel album et ils étaient partout. On trouvait leur t-shirts chez H&M Divided, Bershka, Pull&Bear et même Undiz. Pour moi il était hors de question d'acheter ça. En plus c'était ridicule,
certains modèles avait carrément la phrase de copyright dessus, chelou.
J'allais abandonner quand ce top Asos man a fini dans ma wishlist. Un jour, j'ai craqué et j'ai tenté ma chance.
Qu'en pensez-vous ? Un peu bizarre non. Je ne suis pas sûre de le re-porter, je ne suis pas tout à fait à l'aise. On peut donc conclure que la recherche du tee-shirt Metallica parfait est toujours en cours.




Jacket Levi's / Metallica shirt Asos Man / Skirt Zara / Shoes T.U.K. Footwear

Armelle De Oliveira

06/06/2017

OUTFIT | DR DENIM PLENTY ORGANIC JEANS


Cette année, tous mes pantalons ont décidé de craquer en même temps: mon slim noir Uniqlo, mon slim bleu Comptoir des Cotonniers, mon slim kaki H&M et mon pantalon cigarette taille haute Cheap Monday. Et ils ont craqué à l'endroit le plus bizarre du monde: l'intérieur du genou. Etant une nana qui a énormément de mal à jeter des fringues, je suis bien décidée à continuer à les porter jusqu'à ce qu'ils craquent pour de bon. J'ai espoir qu'un festival les fasse rendre l'âme, j'utilise notamment cette technique avec des chaussures en fin de vie. Et continuer à les porter me fait beaucoup réfléchir sur ma façon de consommer...
Finalement, que tous mes pantalons craquent en même temps me font prendre conscience de la durée de vie réduite des mes achats - environ 5 ans pour ces pantalons. L'industrie de la mode est la deuxième industrie la plus polluante du monde. En tant que modeuse - et blogueuse qui plus est - je me dois d'avoir un comportement plus éthique. J'essaie de devenir progressivement une "conscious blogger", de faire attention où je dépense mon argent, si la marque a un programme éthique, si un produit est de qualité ou va dépérir rapidement... Ca m'évite de financer à mon niveau cette machine infernale qu'est le fast-fashion et le réchauffement climatique.
J'ai été approchée récemment par la marque Dr Denim qui souhaitait me faire découvrir sa nouvelle gamme de jeans. Avant de répondre à leur mail, je me suis d'abord renseignée sur eux. A ma grande surprise j'ai découvert que certains de leurs modèles étaient en coton bio ! On a tous vu les images de fleuves contaminés et des personnes malades en Asie du Sud à cause des produits colorants ou décolorants pour les jeans. On sait tous que la production de coton est l'une des plus gourmande en eau et en pesticide. Du coup, j'étais rassurée de voir que Dr Denim proposait des jeans en coton bio. Et ils sont vraiment tops ! Ils sont stretch, galbant - ils me font un fessier d'enfer ! - et la coupe presque taille haute du jean Plenty est super tendance !

So this year, all my trousers decided to give up the ghost at the same moment, whether they are Uniqlo trousers or H&M's or Cheap Monday's or Comptoir des Cotonniers... And they all cracked at the very same weird place: inside the knee. I'm not the kind of woman who just throws away old clothes, I'm a material girl so I keep on wearing them until they fall into pieces. I can wear them to death at a festival for instance, which is what I do for dying shoes by the way. And keeping them also makes me reflect on my consumption habits.
Having all my trousers cracking at the same time makes me reflect on the life expectancy of my clothes which is about 5 years. Do you know that the fashion industry is the second most polluting one ? As a fashion lover - and a fashion blogger - it's necessary for me to have a more "ethical" behavior. I'm trying to be a "conscious blogger", to pay attention to which brand I give my money to, to research environmental programs or initiatives the brand might be taking part to, to look up the quality of the products a brand sell... I can avoid financing to my own small level the infernal machine that is fast fashion and global warming.
The brand Dr Denim recently reached out to me as they wanted me to check out their new jeans collection. Before even replying to their email, I looked them up online. To my surprise, I found out that some of their jeans were actually made of organic coton. We've all seen those distressing pictures of rivers polluted and sick people from the chemicals the industry uses to dye jeans. We all know that to product coton the industry uses a shit ton a water and pesticides. So I was relieved that Dr Denim offered an alternative with organic jeans. And they are amazing ! The fabric is stretch and shapes my booty the most perfect way ! I also love the trendy mid rise cut of the Plenty jeans !

















Top Brandy Melville / Jeans Dr Denim / Sneakers Reebok

Et vous, vous faites quoi pour consommer "éthique" ?
What do you do to be more "ethical"?

Armelle De Oliveira
Article en partenariat avec Dr Denim

24/05/2017

OUTFIT | PUNKBITCH II


A moi ! A moi les Creepers ! Plus d'un an que j'en n'avais plus de paire, les autres ayant rendu l'âme à Londres à cause des portants de Topshop. Je les ai eu à Noël et cette fois, ce sont des vraies, pas des New Look, des vraies T.U.K. comme celles que je lorgnais à l'Indien Boutique à Paris quand j'avais 15 ans, que j'étais fauchée et que jamais mes parents n'auraient investi dans de telles chaussures à cet âge. J'ai déjà bien lutté pour me faire offrir des Dr Martens mais alors des Creepers, j'ai même pas essayé. J'aurais voulu des New Rock aussi, je suis persuadée que j'en aurais un jour mais pas pour tout de suite...
Vous connaissez ces gens qui ont des frustrations pendant leur enfance et qui prennent leur revanche plus tard ? Ouais genre l'enfoiré affectif qui était moche au collège et qui chope tout ce qui bouge quand la puberté frappe enfin et qu'il devient canon. Bah moi je suis le genre de nana tellement frustrée de ne pas avoir pu dans mon adolescence m'acheter les pièces phares de la penderie d'une rockeuse qui se respecte que je le fais à 25 ans maintenant que je peux me le permettre financièrement. J'étais la nana qui achetais des tops à tête de morts bidons et des sweatshirts à étoiles dark chez Mim et H&M quand d'autres refaisaient leur garde robe chez Demonia, Famous Stars & Stripes et T.U.K. Ca a toujours été une frustration quand j'étais ado de ne pas pouvoir me saper comme j'avais envie, j'avais l'impression de ne pas être crédible dans le "dark game". Puis j'ai commencé à économiser avec mes 15€ d'argent de poche par mois pour m'offrir des slims d'emo authentique Criminal Damage, des tops en vogue chez les rockeurs... J'ai gagné en street cred'. C'est tellement ridicule avec le recul de se dire des choses pareilles. Mais finalement ce n'est pas ce que tout le monde fait pour se définir ? Les nanas qui se prennent pour des bobos, des Charlotte Gainsbourg en puissance en se sapant chez Sandro, Gerard Darel et COS. Les dandys qui ne jurent que par The Kooples, Cheap Monday et les fripes. Les hipsters qui se fringuent chez Ekyog, &Other Stories et Supreme. La street cred, trouver la bonne marque qui valide ton état d'esprit et te fait approuver par tes pairs. Ridicule certes mais... elles sont pas trop canons mes Creepers ?

I finally got my hands on a proper pair of Creepers ! I'm so happy about it ! The other ones I got from New Look got ripped apart by hanging rails in Topshop in London last year. So I got these new ones for Christmas and they're proper Creepers from T.U.K. footwear. I remember being 15 and broke and eyeing those shoes. I knew that my parents would never agree to buy me this kind of shoes, I already had a hard time to convince my dad to buy me a pair of Dr Martens, so I did not even try for Creepers. I won't even mention New Rock which I'm still thinking of buying a pair...
I am one of these people who have PTSD from frustrations from childhood; you know like the people who were ugly and rejected growing up and who turn into heartbreakers once puberty hit them in the good way. So my frustration was being rejected from my fellow rock'n'roll people for being cheap and not affording the legit rock'n'roll brands' stuff. Now that I can afford these stuff, I'm spending all my money in them. Don't judge me.




Checked pants Asos / Mesh top Pull&Bear via Asos / Bra Alexander Wang x H&M / Fishnets Vintage / Creepers T.U.K. Footwear / Sunglasses and chocker Ebay

Armelle De Oliveira

22/04/2017

WISHLIST | ROBES IMPRIMÉES

(images: weheartit)

Avec le retour du beau temps et les festivals j'ai comme une envie de robes imprimées et de robes bohèmes. Ca fleurit énormément sur Tumblr et Pinterest alors je me suis dit que j'allais faire une petite sélection pour organiser mes pensées.


Les combis ne sont pas super pratique en festival quand il faut aller aux toilettes - grand moment de solitude quand on est totalement à oilp dans les toilettes de chantier voire les toilettes sèches des festivals - et les robes faut savoir être préparé. Perso, je glisse toujours en dessous un cycliste pour être sûre de ne pas me retrouver les fesses à l'air ou pour bloquer les mains aventureuses... Les robes imprimées ou les robes bohèmes sont carrément clichés pour les festivals mais je ne saurais en porter à un autre moment de l'année donc autant me lâcher 3 jours par an !

Armelle De Oliveira
Article en partenariat avec Zaful.

12/04/2017

OUTFIT | TOY STORY


1996. "Toy Story" came out in 1996. I genuinely remember the first time I got to see it, probably a year later, which means about 20 years ago. Let that sink in. I was with my sister sitting on a girl's bed, a girl we did not even know and who was not there. We were at a friends of my mom's dinner in the Paris suburb, Villejuif I guess. While they were having post dinner drinks in the kitchen, the host put the "Toy Story" VHS in the VCR (I feel really sorry for the kids who did not know this era, it was legitimately the best: the smell of warm VHS was heaven) to entertain my sister and I. He was the owner of a video store, a long lost occupation thanks to the Internet and the "Nextflix and chill" trend. It was like going to Disneyland going to his house, we always had to choose a film while adults were having wine. His bedroom was under a secret hatch in his kitchen, he would leave it open so my mom could hear us. His bedroom was perfect for hide-and-seek. He also had this giant cork map on his wall with a pin on every country and city he visited. Goals, right ? My sister and I would play with the pins and change their places. If we asked very politely, he would hang a hammock above the couch and my sister and I would fight inside while watching a movie. But for "Toy Story" we were in this estranged girl bedroom and I kind of remember I fell asleep. But the memory is still vivid.
About 5 years later, I had a baby sister. And she grew up to watch "Toy Story" on a DVD player, and I fell asleep in love with the movie all over again. I kind of know every word, every quotes, even the song at the end. We have many inside jokes with my sisters with references to this movie. It began a way to connect with people as well. I mean, if you don't acknowledge the fact that "Toy Story" is by far the best Pixar movie ever made - even if "Nemo" is close to steal the spotlight - we'd probably don't be friends.
So yes, "Toy Story" is a big deal for me. A Forever 21 is banking on it, I'm telling you my friends. I already own a "Toy Story" sweatshirt from them you already saw. I did not hesitate a second to spend 20+€ in it. And it happened all over again in San Francisco last September. My credit card was declined, I had cash in my wallet to pay for gas and treat for our road trip but I kind of spent half of that in this amazeballs "Toy Story" jumper. And you know what ? I absolutely do not regret it. Deal with it.
1996. “Toy Story” est sorti en 1996. Et je me souviens parfaitement de la première fois où je l’ai vu. C’était probablement une année plus tard, ce qui signifie que c’était il y a environ 20 ans. Eh ouais. J’étais assise avec ma soeur sur un lit de petite file, une petite fille que nous ne connaissions même pas et qui n’était pas là. On était allées dîner chez un ami de ma mère en banlieue parisienne, à Villejuif si je ne me trompe pas. Pendant qu’ils buvaient dans la cuisine après le dîner, l’hôte a mis la cassette de “Toy Story” dans le magnétoscope (J’ai de la peine pour tous les gamins qui n’ont pas connu cette époque qui était vraisemblablement la meilleure: l’odeur d’une cassette chaude était juste exquise) pour nous divertir. Il était propriétaire d’un vidéo-club, une profession maintenant disparue merci Internet et la culture du “Nextflix and chill”. Aller chez lui c’était un peu comme aller à Disneyland, on pouvait choisir un film pendant que les adultes buvaient. Sa chambre était cachée sous une trappe dans la cuisine, il la gardait toujours ouverte pour garder un oeil sur nous avec ma mère. Sa chambre était parfaite pour jouer à cache-cache. Il avait cet immense mappemonde en liège sur son mur avec une épingle sur chaque pays et villes où il s’était rendu. Je rêve d’en avoir une similaire depuis. Ma soeur et moi nous amusions à jouer avec les épingles et à les déplacer. Si nous demandions poliment, il nous accrochait un hamac au dessus du canapé et ma soeur et moi nous battions dedans en regardant une cassette. Mais pour “Toy Story” nous étions dans la chambre de cette petite fille inconnue et je me souviens vaguement m’être endormie. Mais le souvenir est toujours là.
Environ 5 ans plus tard, j’ai eu une petite soeur. Et en grandissant, elle a eu l’occasion de regarder “Toy Story” cette fois sur un lecteur DVD. Et je suis tombée de fatigue amoureuse du film à nouveau. Je connais chaque réplique et même la chanson à la fin. Avec mes soeurs, nous faisons souvent des blagues en référence au film. C’est devenu un moyen de tisser des liens avec les gens aussi. Si vous n’admettez pas que “Toy Story” est de loin le meilleur film que Pixar ait jamais fait - même si “Nemo” lui vole presque la vedette - il y a de fortes chances pour que nous ne nous entendions pas.
Vous l’aurez compris, “Toy Story” est très important pour moi. Et Forever 21 se fait des cou*lles en or grâce à ça, moi j’vous l’dis ! Vous avez déjà vu que suis l’heureuse propriétaire d’un sweatshirt “Toy Story qui vient de chez eux. Je n’ai pas hésité une seconde à débourser plus de 20€ dedans. Et la situation s’est reproduit à San Francisco en septembre dernier. Ma carte de crédit a été refusée, j’avais du liquide dans mon porte monnaie qui était censé servir pour payer l’essence et les cochonneries à manger pendant notre road trip mais j’ai dépensé la moitié de mon budget dans ce super pull “Toy Story”. Et vous savez quoi ? Je n’ai aucun regret.



Jacket Vintage / "Toy Story" Jumper Forever 21 / Skirt Zara / Fishnet Socks Primark / Boots Zara


What do you think of the "Toy Story" movies ? (careful answering that)

Armelle De Oliveira