what the water gave me

The only one you will need for Winter

Basically, I do not wear any other shoes during the winter time, apart from my Doc Martens. It has been like this for the last seven years or so (since I was 10-geez!). First, I wore my mum's old ones that were a bit worse for wear, but still in pretty damn good condition, seeing as they were 10 years old at that point. It didn't take long for me to start adoring these boots and for my 12th birthday, I got my own pair, which I've been wearing for about five years now. The style I opted for back then was the 1460, which is still the standard model that I and many other people adore (although I do have my eye on the 2976 Chelsea... one day).

However, because I've worn them for about a gazillion years (and haven't been the nicest to them), one of the boots started leaking and the moment I stepped into a puddle, my foot would just be wet as if I've stepped into a puddle...barefoot. I think that was the sign that new ones were to be bought.

And so, this time, I opted for the classical 1460, made out of slightly thinner leather and so far, absolutely no complaints. They are a fantastically made pair of boots, very sturdy and just a complete classic in the shoe industry.

This can easily dress the look down and give it a slightly grungier twist (it looks absolutely killer with slightly distressed jeans and a tank-top-plaid-shirt combo-let's go kick some butt! Or you could wear it with a dress, because that would look wicked as well!). It is definitely not the pair for you if you wear very classy and elegant clothing, but I doubt you couldn't find something on the website that would suit you. (*hint* 2976 Chelsea *hint*)

They come with a hefty price tag (these were 140€, so not the cheapest pair of shoes in the universe), but if you plan on looking after them, then they could easily last you another 10 years.

An investment, I call it.
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Music | The One When Suggestions From My Tumblr Rock.

If you don't know it, then shame on you I run a Tumblr blog on indie music (here's the link), on which I am close to 4,500 followers, which is insane (my home town has a 1000 residents... so 4.5 times the amount). I have an askbox, where my followers have suggested me plenty of bands to post about. Most of the time, I've listened to them and gone "yep, that'll do" and just added the band on the list of acts to blog about. But some of the time I've gone... "holy fuck."

These are those acts. (So, all the suggestions on the blog that I'm still listening to now)

Found here.
The first one that I remember just falling in love with was London Grammar. I've never been into that the XX-ish electronic music, to be honest, so at the beginning, I didn't really see the appeal, but then I just listened to it over and over and over again and fell deeply and madly in love with them. It's an indie electronica trio from London with ridiculously good lyrics and mellow beats that are amazing for listening to on a rainy day with a cup of tea and fairy lights on. Ugh, heaven.
Favourites: Devil Inside, Hey Now, Wasting My Young Years, Flickers, If You Wait. 

Found here.
After a while, someone recommended Saint Raymond to me and again, I just went "holy fuck". He's a solo artists with plenty of EP's out and a couple of songs, but all of them are absolutely fantastic. I sort of see why people connect his style to something in lieu of Ed Sheeran, but I'd also say that there's a bit of The 1975 in there, alongside Foals, Ben Howard and perhaps the melodies of George Ezra. Now, combine all of that and this is what you get. Absolutely fantastic lyrics, really catchy melodies and both feel good and slightly sad vibes. Meaning, right up my street.
Favourites: everything. The whole lot. Seriously.

Found here.
At the very beginning, someone recommended me Frank Turner. In the beginning, I just gave him a listen and thought: "yeah this'll do" and I just forgot about the music for a little while. But then, last year, when he released his Tape Deck Heart, his song Recovery kept on stalking me everywhere I went and when I googled it, I thought: "hey, I know this guy" I went and gave his other stuff a listen and just...fell in love. Seeing him live in Zagreb at InMusic Festival was absolutely amazing; just as much as his songs are great, the performances are fantastic and I highly recommend checking him out.
Favourites: Recovery, The Way I Tend To Be, Polaroid Picture, Four Simple Words, Plain Sailing Weather.

Found here.
In the early days, someone also popped in The Honey Trees. This is something that a lot of people will find very pleasing to the ears, because I think that it's just what people think indie music is nowadays and what it should be. It's very soft, guitary, kind of whispery, very lovely on the lyrics department, plus the fact that the visual image of the band is absolutely gorgeous. I bet my arse you've seen one of their photos on Tumblr and gone: "whoa, that's a gorgeous photo, let's reblog that!", because their style is just so recognisable and amazing and purely awesome. (Also, here's a review of their debut album that I reviewed sometime last year).
Favourites: Edelweiss, Moon River, To Be With You, Through Your Eyes

Found here.
Whoever recommended Tom Odell to me, I'll be eternally grateful to you. I don't know whether I've fallen in love with all of the songs by one artist so quickly ever before (well, apart from Saint Raymond, but let's not go into that). It's that piano rock with ridiculous lyrics (just listen to Sense. Or Grow Old With Me. Or anything for that matter) that just makes me go: "how the holy shit have I not heard of this guy before?" The music is so wonderful, the production, the lyrics, the everything. I even fell in love with his voice and the way he sings, that's how much I adore it. Just...check it out. Seriously. I adore him. Whoever recommended him to me, I bow to you.
Favourites: Grow Old With Me, Another Love, I Know, Sense, Hold Me, Can't Pretend, Storms

I should point out that my askbox is always open to take in new recommendations, so if you think that there's something you know I'd like, then please, do pop it in there, but other than that, thank you very much for sticking along through these long months of not updating this blog very regularly. I hope things will become a bit more regular sooner rather than later. I'll see you soon!
xxx Katherine
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How To | Autumn blues

Here’s the thing; the autumn blues has sort of caught up with me.

I’ve started school a month ago now, and school has well and truly started in its full sense; I’ve already had the first test and more are coming up, I’m head over heels in practicing and a five-day schedule when yours truly is in school from eight in the morning and until nine in the evening is getting the better of me; the blues, the fatigue, the sleep deprivation, the feeling low, it’s all here. I've even had the wish to start writing letters to autumn, but I'm not feeling that philosophically low yet, so we're gonna wait for that a little longer. 

But still, I need to feel good again. Here’s how.

Found here.
The easiest way I know how to feel a bit better is to stick a bloody movie on my laptop and just watch it; that’s how you do it, don’t you? I could do a whole list of feel-good films, but let’s not, because that would totally waste your time and mine as well. To name a few of my favourites, we begin with The Boat That Rocked, which might be the ultimate feel good film with the most perfect soundtrack to jam out to. It's about a pirate rock and roll ship in the 1960's and all the shenanigans they got up to and the trouble with the law and other sorts of missfortunes. The same goes for 10 Things I Hate About You (still dreaming of one day having Heath Ledger sing Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You from beyond the grave – sob), just because yay for feminist values, Penelope (a modern day fairy tale with just about the most adorable story line) and A Room With A View for a more romantic classic. Because I’m that obvious. Yes.

Found here.
A dance recess is probably the best thing to recommend (alongside a face mask on the face). There is probably nothing better on this planet than putting on the Rock Classics playlist on Spotify and just going absolutely bonkers. It’s probably the one and only reason why it’s worth getting Spotify (although there are other reasons also). There is just absolute gold on there, going from The Kinks (again, The Boat That Rocked vibes), AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and the best of all dance recess music, Queen. And don’t you dare say that you haven’t danced along to Bohemian Rhapsody. Don’t you even dare. (Perhaps not by Queen, but Panic! At The Disco will do as well. But not Kanye. Anything but Kanye.)

Found here.
It may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea (hell, it doesn’t even sound like mine), but it’s ridiculous how amazing it feels after three or four hours of studying. Having a new roommate that has a routine of going out for a jog every evening after studying and having a new PE teacher that is probably not right in the head has been encouraging me to go out and do shit. After about 3 hours of studying and 3 hours of practicing, it just feels amazing; it clears your mind and it makes you tired (so, no staying up until midnight laughing at #TeamCarter and #TeamSHIELD Dubsmash wars. None of that). And there's also that extra factor of feeling like you're not exactly a lazy butt and that you actually did something, but that's a minor bonus. Nothing major... not really.  

...and lastly. Take a nap. Naps are wonderful. Naps are love. Naps are life. 
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Music | InMusic 2016, you listening?

(Apologies for not really keeping this blog up to date, it's not my finest hour, I know. I have been lacking inspiration and all the stuff, but as usual, when I really don't have the time and when school's about to start, I come up with many ideas, so hold up with me!)

I don't really know if anyone at all will be reading this, but I definitely have some things to say. Call it an open letter, if you will. It won't be a particularly negative one, because if you've been keeping up with my daily updates from this years' festival, then you'll probably know that I loved it to bits. It was an amazing first festival, because it was close to Slovenia, it was really affordable (if you got the early bird tickets, of course, but even after that, it was less than 50€ for 3 days, I think) and it wasn't difficult to find the place or find accommodation (although having a sister in an exchange programme does help).

Being a fan of the festival for less than a year, I don't know if they've had this "wishlist system" on their website earlier, but it's pretty freaking good. Obviously, I've already submitted a couple of ideas, but because you can't really explain your suggestions, I thought I'd do it in a blog post. Here we go!

My first suggestion was almost immediately Years & Years, because of many, many reasons. To sum it up really quickly, I think that their songs are real crowd pleasers. Even though their material hasn't been critically acclaimed in a very good way, I can't see past all the fans that actually love all of their songs. To be honest, who wouldn't want to dance around to all of those fucking fantastic tunes? Even if you don't know any of the songs, come on. Don't even try and deny the fact that they make you want to dance like crazy. I think that it would be a really good act for one of the stages. (Also if you need a bigger push, they were unable to perform at Croatia Rocks. I think this is another chance for you, InMusic. Take it!)

To think about it really quickly, InMusic really loves its rock (and indie rock) music in all of its glory. Although we all want to see the big names there (i.e. Muse and Arctic Monkeys and so on), that's a bit of a tough cookie to manage. They are some indie rock artists that I think could make the cut though (but what do I know, I just sit behind a computer all day with a bright green face mask on my face), and one of them could potentially be George Ezra. Because why the hell not? It's still that easy-going, carefree style of rock music that the masses love and adore, but it would please the rockers in the back as well. With new material on the way, apparently this autumn or something, I think it would be a match made in heaven, don't you?

Whilst on the subject of really big names that we want to see, but probably never will, I thought of Miles Kane. Call me stupid, if you will, but I can afford to chose one big name, can I? Even though I don't know if he's been performing at all in the past few years, but I know that there are a lot of Arctic Monkeys fans around here, and consequentially, The Last Shadow Puppets come into play and then obviously, my desired act. The music is a bit of a mash up between britpop and indie rock, with a bit of 1950's and 1960's rock thrown in there for good measure. It's something that a hell of a lot of people dig, myself included. If it's at all possible, then I think I won't be the only one grateful for that.

I think that with festivals in general, there aren't a lot of females performing or headlining, unless they are showing their butts half of the time (which I am not fond of). My suggestion for another really good female artist that should get a chance to perform is Lianne La Havas. I really don't know how to describe her and her music; it's so different to what we're used to. It's a mixture of soul with a bit of rock and indie and oh my good god, have you seen her live? I'd kill to be at one of those gigs. Again, I don't think I'll be the only one who would like her to come and play one of the stages, because I believe that she would probably please the older festival goers (and trust me, there were plenty of them).

And in the end, there's one band that I think should definitely make the cut; Walk The Moon. This is the one that will attract the masses (even the younger ones). Even though most people know them through their song Shut Up And Dance, they have more in store and they are brilliant. It's this really awesome, kind of sassy style of indie rock, maybe a tiny bit electronic at some moments, but not too overwhelming. Why not? Their songs kind of remind you of a love child of Imagine Dragons and Grouplove; really happy and upbeat and slightly electronic at the same time. Love it.

This is purely just my wishlist that would make me a very, very happy girl next year at InMusic. Even though I know most of these will not come true (because I believe that organisation is a bitch), but I will still come, no matter what. If you still haven't read my opinions on the festival, go right over here and do your homework; it's a fantastic festival, wonderfully organised, quite easily accessible and all around amazing. Just go for it; you won't regret it.
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Playlist | Lonely people

Found on billboard.com
Florence + The Machine - Delilah
cause i'm gonna be free and i'm gonna be fine (holding on for your call), cause i'm gonna be free and i'm gonna be fine (but maybe not tonight) // it's a different kind of danger and the bells are ringing out // and i'm calling for my mother as i pull the pillars down // it's a different kind of danger and my feet are spinning round // never knew i was a dancer 'till delilah showed me how. 

Found on whenthegramophonerings.com
Bastille - Laura Palmer
all the people of the town // cast their eyes right to the ground in matters of the heart // the night was all you had // you ran into the night from all you had // found yourself a path upon the ground // you ran into the night, you can't be found // but this is your heart, can you feel it? can you feel it? // pumps through your veins, can you feel it? // can you feel it?

(my photo!)
Franz Ferdinand - Katherine Kiss Me 
katherine kiss me // in the alleyway by jakey's // jacket in the sodium light // yes, I love you, I mean, I // need to love // and though your open eyes stay bored // upon the overflowing pipes above me // tonight, I don't mind // because I never wonder how the girl feels

Found on mchordbook.com

Walk The Moon - Jenny
you got curves like the ocean, gonna take it in slow motion // got emotions that'll make it last // you got freckles on your shoulder, ammunition like a soldier // and visions, ambitions to be the best // jenny's got a body like an hourglass // but i'm taking my time, i'm taking my time // i wanna be the sand inside that hourglass // take it slow, oh, gonna make it last

Found on abc.net.au
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
we took a walk that night, but it wasn't the same // we had a fight on the promenade out in the rain // she said she loved me, but she had somewhere to go // she couldn't scream while i held her close // i'd swore i'd never let her go // tell me what you want to know // oh come on, there ain't no motive for this crime // jenny was a friend of mine

Found on vulture.com
Regina Spektor - Samson
samson came to my bed // told me that my hair was red // he told i was beautiful and came into my bed // oh i cut his hair myself one night, a pair of dull scissors in the yellow light // and he told me that i'd done alright // and kissed me 'till the morning light, the morning light // and he kissed me 'till the morning light // you are my sweetest downfall // i loved you first.

Found on goldenplec.com
Orla Gartland - Lonely People
i feel like we're total strangers, so what // monopoly minds, following blind to danger // this feels like a race against the clock, tick tock // all of our tears are rubbing of silver metals // not sure i have the heart for this, maybe that's the hardest part of it // if we're brave enough, we won't save it up for later // come on, show me what, show me what you mean // i'll start the engine up, come on, show me what you're made of // we're not damaged goods, maybe we're just lonely people
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