Whispers And Roars Like An Orchestra

Last weekend I just went on a 4-day trip to Malaysia. It was partly a holiday because I didn’t get to travel this summer, but the main reason was to see a Snow Patrol show (hence the post title, which is a line from their song Heal Me.) Now, if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that they are my favorite band ever, so when I found out they were doing an acoustic tour in SE Asia – Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore – I jumped at it.


Me, basically

After some consideration, I settled on Malaysia. I’ve never been there before, so it would be nice to combine the show with some traveling. My plane landed in Kuala Lumpur early in the afternoon – the show was at 8, and I figured I would have plenty of time to settle in. However, between waiting in the longest line ever at immigration, navigating two trains, and my exquisite sense of direction, I didn’t get to the hotel until 5. Luckily, the venue is literally next door, so after checking in and a quick wash, I popped over. The venue looked so unassuming that I wasn’t even sure it was the right place, but as soon as I arrived, I heard the sound of Run floating down – they were doing sound check – and my heart skipped a beat. There were a few people in line already, so I decided to just grab a quick bite and queue up. The line wasn’t too long, certainly nowhere as ridiculous as when I went to see them in LA (though that line was mostly Ed Sheeran fans) but I didn’t want to take any chances.

The outside of the venue

After 2 hours of waiting, we were let in and the place soon filled up. Then it was more waiting, first for the opening act, Ryan McMullan (who was filling in on piano for an injured Johnny McDaid), and then for Gary and Nathan to join him. Still, Ryan McMullan was good, and I had fun chatting with some people in the front row and we got a kick out of watching the roadies setting up – they were all big guys, yet they had to stand on tiptoes to check Gary’s mic because he is so tall.

Finally, it was time for Snow Patrol. And though it wasn’t my first SP concert, it still felt like the first, so amazing it was. No, “amazing” wasn’t the right word. It was magical. I read in an article or an interview that Gary has this ability to make a stadium feel intimate and a small venue feel like a stadium, and it was absolutely true in this case. Though I missed the rest of the band, their absence didn’t affect the show in any way. And all this when Gary had a throat and chest infection. Despite his voice cracking a few times, he said he didn’t want to cancel the show and soldiered on.

And that’s what made everything so special. The music is great, but it was Gary’s charms and his bantering with the crowd and the rest of the band that brought a fun, unique touch to the show (there was a moment when they were tuning up and Gary asked Nathan “Are you all right there, sweetheart?” that melted all our hearts.)

My crappy phone photos couldn’t do the show justice, so here are a couple of videos – we were quite happy to sing along and give Gary’s voice a rest 🙂

And here’s What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get for the encore, because Gary is adorable in it:

As it turned out, they did have to cancel the last two shows in Indonesia and Singapore. I was so glad that I decided on Malaysia and felt incredibly lucky that I got to see them. Hopefully I will get to see another show with the entire band one of these days (and it won’t take another seven freaking years.) Thank you, Snow Patrol, and get better soon, Gary!

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Capsule Outfit #23/Music Question

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For this week’s SIA, inspired by “Lady Folding a Letter” by Rococo artist, Louise-Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, I pulled from my capsule wardrobe again – mustard cardigan, black jeans, white and blue scarves, and black boots. Simple. The floral print on my boots is to represent the rich colors and details of the original painting – I know, I know, there’s no floral in the painting, but that’s why it’s an interpretation, right?

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full round-up post (a lot of variety this week, which I love). Before that, though, let me ask you guys an unrelated question: what kind of music do you listen to when you need some energy boost? I listen to music when I work, and with my increasingly heavy work load, I need something a bit energetic to keep me concentrated, but I can’t stand pop or dance (except electronic), and my usual brand of “complain indie rock” can get on my nerves after a while. So any recommendation? Lately I’ve been listening to soundtracks (Tron: Legacy and Pacific Rim, mostly) as well as some comedy (Dylan Moran, his grumpiness is really helpful for when I’m reading a particularly bad script, and Bo Burnham), but any suggestion is welcome.

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Oh and in case you’re interested, here is how I wore my scarves – just double them, loop them up, and wound around like you would a normal scarf:

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Cardigan: Target (thrifted), Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Betts, Blue scarf: borrowed from my mom, White scarf: Target


Weekend Round-Up #66

It’s been cold and rainy for almost the whole week and my niece was sick again (she’s better now) so I didn’t go outside a whole lot (OK, not at all) and therefore had a bad case of cabin fever. That’s one of the setbacks of working from home. You forget that there’s an outside. Anyway, despite me staying inside so much, this isn’t a particularly fun round-up… and I apologize for that.

COOL STUFF:

– This sweater from Anthropologie. Can’t afford it, of course, but I can dream, can’t I?

– A couple of outfits from my blogroll this week (and yes, I’m jealous of their bare legs. It may be 65 degrees here but trust me, bare legs is not an option):

– I’ve seen a lot of gadgets invented to keep teabags in your mug, but this might be the cutest:

– From the department of WTF History, this bizarre bicycle campaign (Attack of the 50 foot Cyclist?)

– This puppy (“What puppy?” you might say):

– This harp-playing raccoon:

– And finally, something I’m sure we can all relate to:

COOL LINKS:

– I have to open with this: the teaser trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness is out. Go watch it now and bow down to Benedict Cumberbatch!

– OK, one more for the geek in me: The Hawkeye Initiative, a blog dedicated to showing how ridiculous the poses of female characters in comic books are. I approve.

– Ridiculous and profound life lessons from bathroom walls.

– A lovely guide to a DIY holiday, courtesy of ShopRuche.

– Another DIY, from Honestly WTF this time, for boot stuffers. I’ll probably need this… once I replace my old pair.

No Blog/Book of the Week this week. In fact I’m rethinking these two features. I may try something more in-depth with both of them, maybe actually reaching out to the blogger and interview them, and do a full book review. The book reviews I can do easily, but the blogger interview is a different matter… I’m too shy for that… we’ll see.

SONG OF THE WEEK: “Skeleton Key” by Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. I discovered this band after Kallie of Happy, Honey and Lark talked about them on her blog. I like Kallie’s style so I figured her music was worth checking out too, and I wasn’t disappointed. They sound a bit like Guster, a bit like Phantom Planet, perhaps with a touch of Ben Folds too (all favorites of mine), and when I found out they were named after Margot Tenenbaum, I was sold.


Weekend Round-Up #65

I’ve been neglecting Weekend Round-Ups all through November because of NaNoWriMo, but now that I’m done with that, I figure it’s time to get back to this.

COOL STUFF:

– This awesome print:

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– How adorable are this photo collection of a grandmother and her cat?

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– This drawing and the quote make me seriously consider cutting bangs:

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– Somebody get me this bookcase chair for Christmas, please?

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– Speaking of Christmas gifts, how about these geeky phone cases?

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– They’re recording the Neverwhere radio series and it’s the best cast ever (Benedict Cumberbatch plays Islington!!!)

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COOL LINKS:

– Another adaptation that got me excited: BBC just announced that they’re adapting Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell!

– Cool things that Google can do.

– This makes me giggle: what your favorite store says about you.

– This one is kinda old, but hilarious as well: US wars compared to 7 types of failed relationships.

BLOG: The Jealous Curator. This has become my go-to blog to discover new artists, as it features super cool works of art of every medium and style, some of which I will no doubt introduce to Style Imitating Art soon!

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BOOK: These past few weeks I’ve been working my way through the “Anne of Green Gables” series. It feels a little redundant to review such a classic, but this is one I never grew up with, and I think I would feel completely different about it if I did. I enjoy the writing, but to be honest, Anne annoys the heck out of me, especially in the earlier books. I guess it’s because I was totally like that when I was little, all silly notions and sentimental about every little thing. Anyway, I do like it enough to keep reading all seven books.

SONG: “Fuerteventura” by Russian Red. This is the stage name of Spanish musician Lourdes Hernandez. I discovered her on MTV Live (I know, I didn’t know MTV was still playing music either!) and immediately felt in love with her simple, cheerful sound. I like this song because of how retro it is – it immediately puts in my mind pictures of 1950’s teenagers hanging at soda fountains and dancing at sock hops.


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This has nothing to do with the outfit, but are any of you guys a Taylor Swift fan? I recently found out that on her latest album she has a duet with the lead singer of Snow Patrol (you’re probably sick of me talking about them too, but I’m sorry, I’ve been on a Snow Patrol high after going to their concert six months ago – man, has it really been six months? – and haven’t been able to come down since.) I quite like the song, but now there are all these Snow Patrol fans who got pissed because people are only going to know about Gary Lightbody as “the guy who did that song with Taylor Swift” or “the guy who wrote a song with that one kid from One Direction” (he just did that too.) If this was a couple of years ago, it would’ve bothered me as well, but now I have no problem with it. I wasn’t annoyed by those screaming fan girls at the Snow Patrol concert who were only there to watch Ed Sheeran, I just hoped enough of them had stayed to watch the show all the way through. I’m not even annoyed by people who only know Snow Patrol from Chasing Cars, though I would recommend they check out their other stuff too. And now amongst those Taylor Swift and One Direction fans, there will be at least a few who are intrigued enough to check out Snow Patrol and maybe become fans themselves.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I understand having a favorite band as your “secret” and wanting them to remain that way (do you ever feel like that?) but as long as they don’t sell out and change their direction completely, I do want them to get more exposure.

Oh and, a word about the outfit: it seems I’ve been wearing yellow a lot lately. I used to really hate it, but now I’ve come to appreciate if not like it – depending on the shade, it goes with almost everything and can always brighten up an outfit.

Shirt & Cardigan: thrifted, Jeans: Target, Flats: eBay, Necklace: self-made


Weekend Round-Up #64

COOL STUFF:

First, some of the best Halloween costumes I’ve seen around the web (for more go here. There are also part 2 and 3.)

– This dude:

– A guy who dressed up as 50 shades of grey. Literally:

– Katy Perry and Shannon Woodward (of Raising Hope) as Jane and Daria:

– That’s… that’s not the real Kit Harrington, is he?

– Adorable Calvin and Hobbes:

– Speaking of adorable, how about this Bob Ross crochet doll?

– A few fall collections I’m drooling over – Thom Dolan (via Honestly WFT) and Syrup, a Japanese mail order clothing line (via Miss Moss):

– I didn’t find a lot of links this week, so just this one for some post-Halloween scare: photos from the past that prove history was haunted.

– Finally, this is the best tumblr ever: Cats That Look Like Pin-up Girls (warning: some may be NSFW)

BLOG: Artfully Awear by Ariel. This is not your typical “outfit of the day” blog – Ariel puts together outfits inspired by works of art; basically, it’s our Style Imitating Art challenge made into an entire blog, and she does it better than I could ever hope to do. I really want to ask her to join Style Imitating Art, but I’m rather shy about it… maybe my co-hosts could?

BOOK: “Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure” by, well, Dave Gorman. A Googlewhack is a combination of two words, as recognized by dictionary.com, which, when put into Google, only yields a single webpage as the search result (that isn’t a word list of any kind.) At best it’s a great distraction/procrastination tool, at worst it could put you on a crazy journey around the world like it did to Dave Gorman. I wouldn’t explain it any further, you’d have to read it yourseld to find out. It’s a quick, fun, and funny read, and it may be the first non-fiction book I’ve read that I think would make a great movie, sort of like The Hangover meets Eat, Pray, Love (I hate to use it as a reference, but it’s the only movie that comes to mind.) Oh and after reading it, I decided to find a Googlewhack myself, and I did it on the first try! (it’s Riggwelter Stomatopods, in case you’re wondering.)

SONG: “A Pound of Flesh” (Radical Face). I don’t know if the fact that Ben Cooper, the musician behind Radical Face, is from Florida has anything to do with this or not, but every time I listen to his music I always picture it as a soundtrack to some story set in the South, like something Carson McCullers would have written. Which is weird, because I don’t even read Carson McCullers. I only watched The Heart is a Lonely Hunter once and thought it was depressing as sh*t.


Weekend Round-Up #63

COOL STUFF:

– A couple of effortless chic outfits that I really want to recreate:

– I wish I had seen this amazingly creative TARDIS costume sooner, because I would totally steal that idea (even if I don’t have any Halloween party to go to):

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– I’m loving Dear Creatures’ Fall 2012 collection (of course everything is way out of my budget):

– How cute is this paw print sweater? Too bad I didn’t bring any fabric paint home (too heavy), and I don’t think they’re sold here in Vietnam either, otherwise I would DIY that in a heartbeat (via The Joyful Fox):

– How cute is this painting?

– Even though leaves don’t change color here in the fall (or because of that), I love these photos of fall leaves arranged in all colors of the rainbow (also because I like things organized.) For more, check out My Modern Met:

– I want to go to this place (it’s in China, not that far away, so I can dream, can’t I?)

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COOL LINKS:

– This website introduces you to best products (kinda like Fab.com only weirder.) Minesweeper scratchcard and Rorschach mask? Mine!

– An awesome prank (though I’d probably have a heart attack if it happened to me.)

– Really cool DIY costume ideas from College Fashion – geeky and budget-friendly.

– Speaking of home-made costumes, these are for parents who want to humiliate their kids 😛

BLOG: La Tartine Gourmande by Béa. I’ve been debating whether to include any food blog on my blogroll or not, mainly because they don’t really fit a personal style blog (my few recipe posts notwithstanding.) However, I decided to include La Tartine Gourmande because I view it as more of a photography blog than a food blog. Truth be told, I’ve never tried any of Béa’s recipes. I wanted to, but I’m afraid I won’t do justice to what her gorgeous food styling and beautiful photography represent.

BOOK: “Down Under” (aka “In a Sunburned Country”) by Bill Bryson. He’s my favorite travel writer, he’s writing about one of my favorite places in the world, Australia (aka the place where everything can kill you), so I don’t have to tell you that I love this, do I? My only question after reading this is how much/how long I have to save up for an Australian road trip. Because I’m doing it. It’s on my bucket list.

SONG: “Knots” by Lisa Hannigan. I thought since I just waxed poetic about her style earlier in the week, it’s fair to feature her music as well. This is such a fun video too (which she apparently recreated in some of her live shows.)