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Can we all just stop and marvel at these cover album artworks of two of my favorite bands?

Maroon 5:

overexposed

i want to hang this on my wall

maroon 5: overexposed

Foster the People:

foster the people: torches

this one’s my personal favorite. don’t you just love how the guy on the farthest right uses a flashlight instead of a torch? 🙂

foster the people: houdini

Young and Sick, founded by Aaron Saltzman, is the one behind these whimsical and surreal pieces.  Their style reminds me of Picasso’s art with a 60-70’s vibe.  I usually appreciate minimalism more but I guess these are an exception.

And oh, Young and Sick don’t just do illustration–they create dope music as well! Check out Young and Sick here.

I can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since Ms. Holly Golightly ate her breakfast in front of Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered to be one of my favorite romantic comedy films of all time because this is where I first fall in love—with fashion and NYC.  It is a true testament of a real classic film.  For over 50 years, the film’s storyline, characters, location, and (specially) fashion have a huge influence on pop culture and continuously permeate the sense of style and (sometimes) the way of living of the society.  Thus, it is timeless.

Before New York fashionistas Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf, there was Holly Golightly, the character that made Audrey Hepburn a fashion icon.  Audrey’s famous Givenchy LBD (little black dress), pearls, and big “wayfarer” type of sunglasses never go out of style and in fact remain as fashion staples today.  Also, the Hepburn fashion was as ageless as the famous Oscar-winning song, Moon River, which was originally written for the Audrey to sing in the movie.  I will never forget that heartwarming scene wherein Audrey croons Moon River alone with her guitar by the fire exit.  Such a classic!  Every once in a while, I still play the Frank Sinatra version on my ipod, and my heart still melts every time I hear it.

Apart from the fashion and music, what makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s a classic?  Well I think it is because the film and Audrey Hepburn herself took a very big risk.  The fact that the film adapted Capote’s sensitive novel is already a gamble.  In the film, Audrey portrays an escort or a call girl who parties with men for a living.  In the 60’s, people are still old fashioned and these topics are considered as kind of inappropriate or immoral.  Although originally handpicked by Capote to play Holly, Marilyn Monroe turned down the role since her acting coach advised her that it would be bad for her image.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the first to break that norm and it caught the attention of many.  It turned out to be a good risk since it became a success.

Until now, many young ladies like me find Breakfast at Tiffany’s relatable because we all dream of being loved and treated like a woman.   So if you have the “mean reds” you should go treat yourself and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s…it will make you feel better.  Take it from me.

I love this new song from Mumford and Sons which they released online through KBCO radio.  I think it doesn’t have an official title yet, so the song was tentatively named “Home” or “Lover, I’ll be Home” by the fans.  I assume this would be the sneakpeak for their second album (can’t waiiiit!).

The banjo part in the first few seconds of the song already brought me to tears.  Mumford and Sons never failed to touch the hearts of people.  They make songs that can be loved by all ages and I believe that such songs would last for generations.

This Saturday Night is a time for RENT!

I have nothing to do tonight so I decided to watch Rent (the 2005 film adaptation) on my laptop.  I first saw the film when I was in high school a few years ago, and I fell in love with it… and until now, I’m still a fan.  This just proves that everything about this broadway musical is timeless–the music, story, and even the issues it addresses.  Rent deals with relatable sensitive issues like homosexuality, drugs, AIDS, death, survival, etc.  And until now, we still see such problems and issues in the society; these are the things that we deal with and fight for every day.  Rent simply tells us that our existences in this world are just being “rented”.  We all have borrowed lives and there is no certainty when these lives will end so we must live each day as if it is our last.

Seasons of Love

Rent

Light My Candle

Out Tonight

I’ll Cover You

La Vie Bohème

I Should Tell You

Take Me or Leave Me

Your Eyes

No Day But Today

(all songs written by Jonathan Larson)

 

*I better go over my bucket list, start updating and add “see RENT the musical LIVE on stage” 🙂

It’s Saturday night once again and I have a new set of playlist that goes well with my saturday night mood.  I just finished reading Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello and I feel like I’m in the mood for dancing! If you had read the novel, you must agree with me.  I don’t know, I just feel like putting on some good music and sway wherever my feet will take me.  Come on, we dance around in our rooms alone once in a while, especially when our favorite song is being played.  Admit it, we get to enjoy being ourselves whenever we dance.  As Paulo Coelho wrote in the said novel, “When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.”

 

So here’s my playlist…this is me.

 

 

Intro – The XX

Love Out of Lust – Lykke Li

Sadness is a Blessing – Lykke Li

Never Give You Up – The Black Keys

Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman

Under the Sheets – Ellie Goulding

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

No One – Alicia Keys

Dog Days are Over – Florence + the Machine

I am Not a Robot – Marina and Diamonds

You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine