Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Have you celebrated? I have, I went to a secret place in the forest to eat lots of food and spend time with my family.

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Not really “Christmasy” weather, but still beautiful!

Since a few years back we don’t give each other gifts within the family, because it doesn’t feel that important any longer.

I have gotten some gifts from others though, as my dear friends SaSa and AREKU, as well as one of our cute fan.

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SaSa had made her own “mixture” of gingerbread late that she gave me. Who needs Starbucks, really?

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AREKU gave me a vintage style picture for the wall, featuring two ladies showing of and under-vest of wool and cotton. I really like these kinds of pictures, and vintage underwear has always been fascinating to me. It looks great on my wall.

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Our dear Norwegian Alavin Kim sent these keychains, a necklace and four hand-made pictures. I will let you know Kim that I was in need of a keychain so these are perfect. Thank you!

I hope you’ve had good holidays even if you celebrate Christmas or not.

Love,

~K

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『POWDER』

Hello lovelies,

A few days ago I learned that the band Femme Fatale will disband at the beginning of next year. I believe it came as a surprise for everybody and even for the members themselves. I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but I also support them in their decision.

Its rather peculiar though what happened today. I just got home from a trip in Stockholm and had a package waiting for me and it turned out it was Femme Fatales’ latest single POWDER. It felt rather special receiving it so soon after hearing the sad news. I’m also happy I bought it since it seems to be their last release.

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This release is a concept single so the members look pretty different from usual which is interesting (I barely even recognize TaNa!). It comes with a photo book with two different styles for each of the members, one extravagant and one more casual. Since I ordered it from CD Japan I also got an extra photo set.

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I think this is a great piece in my collection and it feels very special. I’m looking forward to see what projects the members will part-take in the future.

Until next time, take care.

~K

Review: Ghost live at Amager Bio

Hello lovielies!

I promised to make a concert review about the Ghost gig in Copenhagen a few weeks back. So, without further ado; here it comes.

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Photo courtesy of gaffa.se

The venue was Amager Bio, which is a club that houses two bars and a fairly small stage. I arrived to catch a few songs of the opening act called Dead Soul which I thought set the mood pretty nicely.

Before Ghost arrived, they lit upp the backdrop that looked like a stained church glass showing a man with horns. People were chanting, and the Nameless Ghouls finally arrived on stage and began to play Spirit, in my opinion one of the best songs from their new album Meliora. I kind of hope for them to open with that songs since its the opening song on the album as well, and thankfully I was not disappointed.

The whole setlist was great; they played all of the songs I had wished for. The further into the gig, the more people sang along. Of course Year Zero seems to be their biggest hit, which becomes obvious when you hear people screaming “Satanas!” randomly throughout the whole concert.

In the first encore they played an acoustic version of Jiggolo Har Megiddo which was a pleasant surprise, following with Ghuleh /Zombie Queen, my most recent favorite. Sadly these slower songs made some of the drunken people around me a bit bored, and they began shouting which ruined the mood a bit.

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Photo courtesy of @jontebus on YouTube.

 

Since this was my first time seeing Ghost I wasn’t sure of what to expect as far as showmanship and entertainment goes. Afterwards I learned that Papa Emeritus III talks a lot more than the two previous ones, which turned out to be very entertaining. Even though he used a very foul language he managed to keep graceful throughout the whole song. Also; after about one third of the gig he made a costume change into a very stylish suit which was a pleasant surprise. All in all; Papa should have his own variety show some time!

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My outfit for the night was of course based on my Ghost of Harlem dress!

 

All in all I am very happy with the concert and I will definitely see them again if I get the chance!

Best: Monsterance Clock. My favorite song and perfect for an encore (specially since I learned that its apparently about a mass orgasm).

Worst: Idiots that can’t even keep their mouth shut during a Silent Minute!

Full setlist (courtesy of setlist.fm):

Spirit
From the Pinnacle to the Pit
Ritual
Con Clavi Con Dio
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Majesty
Body and Blood
Devil Church
Cirice
Year Zero
Spöksonat
He Is
Absolution
Mummy Dust

Encore:
Jigolo Har Megiddo (Acoustic Version)
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)

Encore 2:
Monstrance Clock

Photoshoot: Zombie Queen

Last weekend I celebrated Halloween with AREKU and SaSa, and we decided to have a half improvised photoshoot in our costumes. Since it was dark outside the lightning was pretty bad, so I decided to run with it and edit them in an old-fashioned manner.

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I added some colour to the last one, since I felt like I did the picture more justice.

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The idea to my costume was quite a process; At first I thought I just wanted to dress up like a noble, gothic lady. But then I played with the idea of having half of my face done perfectly, and the other one with open wounds and bruises. That made me think of a song by the band Ghost – Ghuleh / Zombie Queen, and that’s what I named my costume. Here’s a slightly clearer picture of my make up:

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It was actually pretty easy to create – the clean side took longer than the zombie parts! I used liquid latex and face paint in red, purple, green and black to create different shades of the wounds. You should try it out yourselves, its a lot of fun! The necklace is from AREKU’s brand Sophistigance and the hat is handmade by me.

You can view our Halloween messages over at AVALINITY’s Insagram. And here’s the bloopers from the video:

See you soon lovelies,

~K

K recommends | TV series

Hello lovelies!

I’ve decided to start a new series here on my blog called “K recommends”. And since music would be too obvious and not lead to many surprises (you can see my “Top 10 records” video with AREKU which will give you a hint of what I like), I decided to go with TV series instead.

These are in no particular order, I just picked out four TV series I think stands out from the rest. I’m really picky about TV series, so these are truly my top picks.

Orange is the New Black


I know, this has been hyped too the skies, but it deserves it! The series is about a prison for females in the United states and its a raw portrayal of women that does not fit into the usual Hollywood stereotype. It mixes drama and comedy in a very clever way, and it simply brings something new to the table. I’ll admit, it gave me a lot of anxiety in the beginning, but ones I got past it a realized it was a gem in the world of TV series.

Bron (trans: the Bridge)


This is a Swedish/Danish production which is currently on its third season. Its a crime series that surrounds about murders happening in the area of Malmö in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark with the Øresund bridge connecting the two. Usually I’m not a fan of crime series, and especially not Scandinavian productions, but this has gotten me hooked! First of all, there’s a diversity of characters, especially the main ones which are the detectives. It brings issues that are big in both countries which makes it realistic. And finally, like OitnB, it mixes drama and humor in a sophisticated way.

American Horror Story


The series its on its fifth season, with every season being independent from one another. What’s so brilliant about it is that you get a fresh start every season and it opens up for a variety of plots and characters. Its horror with a purpose, and its very elegant and gory at the same time. My favorite one has got to be the third season, called Coven, which is about a group of young witches trying to learn how to control their powers. Its filled with strong, female characters with a variety of qualities and looks.  And it has magic in the modern world without being Harry Potter.

Fröken Frimans krig (trans: Miss Friman’s War)


This Swedish mini series is based of the story of Anna Whitlock, one of the most important figures of the early feminist movement in the beginning of the 1900’s. She started the first cooperation for and by women and this is what this series is about. Ms Friman is the fictional character based on Anna Whitlock’s struggles to start a cooperation that is not cheating with their food sales. Ms Friman and her comrades are boycotted by the other cooperations because they are women, and it becomes a strong story about women fighting for their rights to have the power of what men have. It also has the elite in the Swedish actor scene! The second season is scheduled this Christmas, and a third one is being produced as we speak.

That’s it! Those are fours series I think you should give a shot. Both of the Swedish series mentioned have been broadcasted in other countries, and The Bridge has both an American version and an English/French version. I have not seen these, but if you want to know more about the concept without jumping right into the Scandiniavian sarcasm, you should check them out!

I hope you’ll enjoy my recommendations and I’ll see you soon!

~K

Tokyo part III – Tokyo haul

So I finally got around to make a post about the things I bought in Tokyo. Please enjoy!

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This is difficult to see, but here’s a transparent cardigan with fringes (which you can see on my Instagram) from SPINS, a tote bag from h.NAOTO and a pair of leg warmers from the same brand. The cardigan is really gonna be a favorite of mine and a great treasure from my Tokyo trip!

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Here’s the print of an oversize t-shirt from Listen Flavor. Its not my usual style, but LF has really cute stuff and the material is so comfy! Kind of an over-prized nightgown you might say.

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These both items are from my new favorite brand Ghost of Harlem. The white dress will probably be used in a photoshoot soon. The top is a new favorite, its stylish and comfortable at the same time. And I love the back, its a really nice touch.

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Of course I couldn’t go to Tokyo without buying CD’s! I bought most of them at Book off, which is a brand of second hand store. They sell books of course, but also CD’s, movies and video games. I bought the following:

MOTHER – LUNA SEA
LUNA SEA – LUNA SEA
SHINE – LUNA SEA
Kiss – L’Arc~en~Ciel
Art of Life – X JAPAN (with a small photo book)
Voyage – Femme Fatale
Voyage ~Sans Retour~ – MALICE MIZER (sort of amused I bought two “Voyage”)
La Collection des Singles – L’edition Limitee – – MALICE MIZER

I bought the Femme Fatale single at Tower Records, which is of course on of the best places in Tokyo. Part from all the music you can buy, they also have a café with Rilakkuma theme. It was cute, even the burgers were shaped as him. So, Tower Records is a must when visiting Tokyo.

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When I lived in Hong Kong I fell in love with Etude House which is a store selling skin products and cosmetics. The stores look like small pink houses and their packaging is so cute. I bought the facial mask Wonder Pore which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I don’t know how well it works yet, but its fun to use since the foam feels like shaving cream (I sometimes get myself a beard when using it, haha!). I also bought a perfume which I love.

The nail polishes are from the 100 yen store, and then work surprisingly well for being so cheap! Lastly, the facial sheet masks are from Korea town.

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Lastly I got some decoration for the house. The pink box is a cookie box from Disneyland and now I’m using it to store my sewing supplies. The mug I found at a store at Odaiba island and do I really need to comment on it? Its like it was made for me! The Halloween painting is from a KERA shop. Sadly, I don’t remember the artist. The second painting is from a museum and its a poem. I wanted something that represented both new, modern Tokyo and something more traditional but still something that matched. I really think I succeeded!

So there you have it! I’m happy with my finds and I’m also surprised I didn’t buy more, haha! Hopefully it can inspire some of you on where to shop if you go to Tokyo.

See you soon lovelies,

~K