Sweater weather

Greetings, from my very wet corner of the world! This few days, the sun, in a – typical uncool style – decided it had better things to do than hang around here, so basically it’s just one giant stretch of rain!

Quite nice.

Particularly, if one gets to spend the whole day listening to music and perfecting the act of doing absolutely nothing. In related news, I made a playlist and gave it a proper title. Can you guess?  It’s “Sweater Weather”. I don’t get to loll around as much as I want, but I get to draw, whilst listening to an abundance of music and share it with you guys!

 

The girl: Uh, cozy is the new black?

The getup: Jeans and sweater.

 

Is it sunny in your own corner? Send a little sunshine my way, will ya! x 

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Art & Denim

In the words of David Dundas, “I wake up in the morning, I pull on my jeans and I feel all right.”

By “All right” I mean comfortable, snug and confident. 

I find it beautiful that regardless of our cultural identity or unique style –be it street wear, casual or formal. Denim makes us feel a certain social connection with the rest of the world in a completely laid back way.


The Girl: Outfit reflects a self confident woman.

The Getup: Skinny jeans, gray T-shirt paired with headphones and red heels.

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REVIEW: Illuminae (The illuminae files #1) by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Genre: Science fiction, epistolary novel, YA

Publication: October 2015

Hardcover: 599 Pages

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with
Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s
little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge
of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn
the people living on it. With enemy fire raining
down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely
even talking to each other—are forced to fight
their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an
enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A
deadly plague has broken out and is mutating,
with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which
should be protecting them, may actually be their
enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s
really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled
web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one
person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-
boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating
dossier of hacked documents—including emails,
schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports,
interviews, and more— Illuminae is the first book
in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about
lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the
courage of everyday heroes.

* * * *

Okay.

I hereby swear in writing that I shall not underestimate the captivating magic that is books, ever again. Particularly after devouring this one!

While the synopsis is on point, here’s an extra rundown of illuminae:

Planet kerenza is being invaded –death, chaos, and devastation follows in its wake. And to add a nice touch to an already exceptionally bad situation, an AI turned psychotic goes on a killing rampage that X-es out thousands of people.

Even worse, death toll increases still, as a mutating virus spreads, leaving behind it, people-killing machines. The struggle to stay alive is hard as, 17 year old Kady Grant, with the help of her ‘not-quite-over-you’ ex-boyfriend, and a programmer– Byron Zhang, take on a mission to uncover the truth which the people in charge have decided aren’t exactly worth mentioning.

Besides the sheer brilliance of having all the supertastic geeky stuff take place in space and an amazing plot that had me hooked from the beginning to the very last page. The whole reason why I think illuminae is the coolest sci-fic book in the history of sci-fic book is the fact that the entirety of the book is written in epistolary format, ranging from document like footage description, files, interviews… I Kid You Not!

Its so refreshing to read a book with such beautifully constructed characters that feel so alive and I might have gone all mushy at some point in this book, *cough cough* Team Ezra Mason!

Basically, if you are looking for a good science fiction book to read, with heaps of laugh-out-loud, action filled, and gut wrenching moments. look no further! illuminae is a totally delightful read.

Favorite Book Quotes:

“You have me. Until ever last star in the
galaxy dies.
You have me.”

“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”

“His
mouth finds her like he’s drowning and
she’s air.”

“Numbers do not feel. Do not bleed or
weep or hope. They do not know bravery
or sacrifice. Love and allegiance. At the
very apex of callousness, you will find
only ones and zeros.”

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Human

Happy sunday! Pray tell, how is your evening going?
I’ve spent the better half of mine listening to soft rock songs, drinking tea in a gigantic cup and doodling. I enventually decided on centering my drawing on this music, because i like that the song particularized the feeling of weakness associated with the flaws of being human. I like that it reinforces the importance of acknowledging ― particularly when we feel like it’s our prerogative to take up the world on our shoulder ― that, we are humans, and we sometimes trip and fall.

Featured music: Christina perri, human</em

I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
‘Cause I’m only human

Made by me!
Made by me!

The getup: Baby blue/maya blue loose crop top, paired with multicolor pattern, flared mini skirt and an ankle length wedge boot.

The girl: you are adequate, you are resilient, and you are strong. There’s nothing delicate about you!

I hope you like the drawing. 🙂
What kind of music inspires your creativity?

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A little braver

Greetings! This is the first post featured on my new project: Music & Art (i’m so excited!). Here, i’ll be posting more drawings and also featuring the music that will inevitably inspire this drawings.

Featured Music: A little braver, by Empire

I’ve been listening to this song on repeat and it’s no surprise seeing as how it brings to mind; love’s uncertainty that comes with unanswered questions, and the courage to become better and braver. What’s more, it has great lyrics and an amazing tune. What’s not to like, right?

“When it gets hard

I get a little stronger now

I get a little braver now

And when it gets dark

I get a little brighter now

I get a little wiser now

Before I give my heart away”

Drawing made by me
Drawing made by me

The girl: Jess

The getup: Black lace gown, with nipped-in waist line and flared out silk skirt.

Description: My drawing illustrates Jess in a ball gown with an air of questionable sureness which is suggested by the song depicted above. She is also seen ambiguously reaching out, or perhaps, letting go of something out of sight.

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Self-love: New year doodle

Two things you guys: 1. Today marks the beginning of a new year!  

2.I’ve managed to downplay my excitement. Well, maybe just a tiny bit! But, hey i did suppress the desire to write this post in shouty caps.

I’m just so grateful for all the lessons 2016 has taught me, for everyone (friends + family) who were and still are, an embodiment of joy and inspiration in my life through the year, and importantly, for you, yes you! Dear readers, i’m so thankful for you guys, taking the time to read, like and comment on my blog (a.k.a random ramblings). Thank you, thank you!

In the excitement of all that today stands for, i’m sharing this sketch i made. It’s a little different from the style i usually do, because i’ve decided i’m going to move all out of my comfort zone and try out new things, this year.

I got the inspiration to make this while watching Hailee Steinfeld’s music video ‘love myself’

Drawing made by me!
Drawing, made by me!

The girl: Mia

The getup: glittery green coat, worn on a short dress. Accessorized with close fitted yellow necklace and black knee-length heels.

Here’s hoping for the absolute best from 2017. Nothing less! Wishing you a sparkling and glittering New year, guys!

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Mindless doodle #2

Brave

The girl: Brave
The getup: Purple gown with silver sprinklings

I made this sketch and I named it Brave!

The state of my mind usually reflects on my drawing. Like, when i’m sad, I tend to create a saddish-looking sketch, but, when i’m happy I’d sketch something rather cheerful and colorfully bright. Other times when i’m really down, drawing would most likely than not serve as an outlet where I can both vent my disapointment and still create something artistic.

Lately, I’ve been feeling alot more braver than usual, hence the existence of this sketch, and to tell you the truth its an incredibly nice feeling. My new found confidence has everything to do with the books i’ve been reading and the music i’ve been listening to. The type that reminds me that i’m beautiful. The type that tells me to wear that blue dress I love so much, the one everyone else have decided dosen’t suit me. The type that reminds me that I’m not alone. The type that encourages me to speak out. The type that urges me to conquer my fears because i am capable.

So, hey you! This post is written as much for you as it is for me. As long as there’s something you ardently enjoy doing, be sure to make use of it positively. Whether it is singing; I hope it makes you feel alive, I hope it makes you happy and I hope it lifts your spirit whenever you feel down in the dumps or out of sort.
Dancing; let it help you recognize your self-worth and your ability as a person.
In speech or writing; let the flow of words give rise to freedom. Let it tell your story and inspire the rest of the world.

Remember, we are game-changers. All of us!

Originally posted in Voices of youth, http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/users/237733

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#2 Reflection

I haven’t posted anything here in weeks. I know I should probably apologize to someone, but I’m not even sure to whom. The thing is, I’m not that certain anyone actually reads the posts I leave here (Insert laughter).

Lately, I’ve been having some major writer’s block. The only thing I feel capable of doing, is reading (I’ve even completed my 2016 Reading book challenge) and thinking, like a lot! Then some more reading and thinking. You get the idea?

Mostly, I Sometimes try to think deeply and logically about basic things, such as The nature of our existence, or How we should live. Not surprisingly, I don’t always achieve anything for my effort. Except, get an headache or in this case, ramble on about it on my blog.

For instance, I read a lot of YA books where the central theme focuses on bully, stereotype or kids ruining each other’s reputation with words like ‘freak’ and ‘slut’ or ‘bitch’ (Ugh! Someone really should put a ban on that word!). It is sad and it worries me more than you can imagine. However, I find comfort that these authors give attention to these subjects because it is very important.

I have been on the receiving end of people forming a fixed general image of me. People assume that I’d behave in a nerdy way because i wear glasses and they *expect* me to act in that particular way. I’ve had a lot of practice in acting like these things don’t affect me and I make an effort to appear unfazed. Infact, I got nominated for the most reserved student back at high school, for my trouble.

Even though it’s rather easy to fling out the I-don’t-care-vibe, when people form a negative opinion based on even the smallest thing as your outward apperance. Deep down we care. We don’t like to feel insignificant, because mostly, we want someone to acknowledge our importance. It’s how we’ve been constructed as humans.

That being the case, we should be conscious of how we act or behave towards people around us. People should be treated with nothing short of respect and dignity.

So, there! I have a whole lots of thoughts running through my head all the time and I don’t even know the answers to half of them.

But you reading this, I hope this post gives you a little something to reflect on.

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