i can learn to lose you, toying with our used youth

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Midi Dress: Reformation Salem Dress, Necklace: Etsy, Booties: Topshop

Another week, another blog post, another checked patterned outfit?! Two weeks ago in this blog post I promised you guys I would have another outfit up soon with this menswear checked pattern that I’m clearly obsessed with currently. As you can tell, throughout the last few months I’ve been wearing this pattern and it’s not going anywhere. Even into the warmer months, this pattern is here to stay.

So as the weather starts to warm up with Spring finally here, I wanted to show you how you can rock this pattern in a more lightweight material. And this dress from Reformation is the perfect example! It is made from 100% viscose, and according to the Reformation website, is a “lightweight georgette fabric with a dry handfeel”, but to me and put more simply, feels like a chiffon.  Usually with this menswear checked pattern, you see it on heavier fabrics like wools or flannels used to make blazers, coats and trousers. Seeing this kind of print on such a sheer and light material is rare, so I knew I had to have this dress for my Spring wardrobe as soon as I saw it. The great thing about Reformation is that they tend to make several different styles with the same pattern and fabric. This particular checked pattern is called “Aberdeen” and if you like it, definitely check the Ref website since they have a few other pieces made in it too (you know I copped another dress already lol!).

To properly showcase the beauty of this dress, I wanted to shoot in front of a more plain background. I knew it had to be something more subdued yet still strong to go along with the vibe of this dress. That’s why I thought the Aga Khan museum was perfect! The museum houses Islamic and Iranian art in this beautifully modern and clean building. I mean just look at this architecture. I’m so happy with the way these pictures turned out! The subtle checked pattern of the dress makes it look more gray from far away, blending perfectly with the white, silver and gray colours in the background of the museum.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I usually love shooting outdoors surrounded by trees, grass, snow, the lake and flowers. Taking pictures in front of nice buildings and architecture is quite rare for me, but maybe I’ll try to scope out a few other places to feature.

You know what’s even more rare? For me to feature an electronic song on this blog! Funny because I’ve mentioned before that I actually listen to a lot of electronic music, but for some reason rarely feature it. Well this week it all changes. This is the first time I’ve ever featured an electronic song, but I’m SO excited for you guys to hear this one – Aldrig Mer by Kasbo! I came across this Swedish producer randomly on a Spotify playlist, and then realized that they’re signed to Foreign Family collective, the record label founded and curated by Odesza, who just happen to be one of my favourite electronic duos. Kasbo just released his debut album Places We Don’t Know last week, and Aldrig Mer comes from that album. It was previously released as a single prior to the release of the album, and literally the first time I heard it, I was blown away. I proceeded to listen to it again, then again, then again. And I’ve pretty much had it on repeat ever since.

Aldrig Mer is super catchy, so much so that when you initially listen to it, you may believe that it’s another summer love song. But it’s actually quite the opposite. Aldrig Mer translates to “no more” in English, and the song is about getting over an old love. Someone in which you know you cannot love them the way that they deserve to be loved anymore, which is probably something that the majority of us have related to at one point or another. Who knew that a song so upbeat would actually be about a less than ideal point in most of our lives.  Definitely check out the song below, and if you’re into it, make sure to catch Kasbo live as he is doing a North American tour in April! You’ll know where to find me.

my top 5 album releases of 2017

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Since 2017 is coming to an end and every other online publication is publishing their “Best Of” lists, I decided I would do one as well. Since this blog is a space where I love to talk about music, today I’ll be counting down my Top 5 Favourite Album Releases from this past year.

5.  Melodrama – Lorde

This year, Lorde came out with her much anticipated, second full-length album, Melodrama.  This album has received rave reviews from almost everyone, and I agree to no exception. Melodrama is a more grown-up followup to Pure Heroine, where Lorde explores and experiences the world as a young woman looking to find, embrace, and love herself.  There is a bit of romance, but must of the album revolves around the growing pains of going from a teenager to a young woman in today’s society.  All the while, the album still consists of those infectious pop hooks on songs like Green Light and Supercut,  with more ambient and atmospheric sounds on The Louvre. Check out Melodrama on Spotify below.

 

4.  Presence – Petit Biscuit

It’s funny that I have yet to feature much electronic dance music on my blog, considering that I actually do listen to a lot of electronic music. One of my favorite electronic albums this year is by Petit Biscuit, an 18 year old from France. Prior to this album release, he had released several remixes and singles (Sunset Lover, anyone?), and had toured around the world this past year, pretty impressive, right? Presence is Petit Biscuit’s first full-length album which showcases his more melodic approach to EDM, including heavy synths and vocals. The standout tracks to me include Beam, Waterfall, and Wake Up, but the entire album feels complete, with each song transitioning seamlessly to the next. Petit Biscuit has crafted a great atmospheric EDM album, and at such a young age, it’s a given that he will have a great future ahead.

 

3.  A Moment Apart – Odesza

At number three, I have another electronic album. I told you that I actually do listen to a lot of electronic, right? This year, Odesza released their third full-length album titled A Moment Apart. I’ve been a huge Odesza fan for the last few years, and they’re actually one of the first electronic duos that even had me interested in electronic music in the first place. Prior to discovering Odesza, electronic was actually not a genre of music I listened to, or even liked all that much. But upon hearing Odesza’s music, I was hooked. Each song is so catchy and well produced. Their album A Moment Apart, is no different. This one might even be my favourite album by them yet, which says a lot, because I don’t believe there is one song by them that I do not like. Standout tracks to me on this album include Across the Room (ft. Leon Bridges) and Falls (ft. Sasha Sloan).

 

2.   LANY – LANY

My second favourite album this year has got to be LANY’s self-titled debut.  LANY has had an incredibly successful year,  with the release of this album as well as headlining sold-out shows around the world in support of the album. I’ve already talked about my love for LANY and my thoughts on their album previously (read it here!), so I will not go into it too much, but I will say that if you’re into atmospheric synth-pop with simple, millennial friendly lyrics, you HAVE to give this album a listen. Standout tracks include Dumb Stuff, Super Far, and ILYSB.

 

1.   A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

My favourite album this year goes to The War on Drugs’ newest release – A Deeper Understanding. Similarly to Lorde’s Melodrama, A Deeper Understanding seems to be a popular choice amongst the music community this year, and rightfully so.  A Deeper Understanding is the followup to The War On Drug’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Lost in the Dream.  A Deeper Understanding is so well-crafted that it literally sounds perfect, in the sense that every one of the several musical layers is so detailed and fine-tuned.  The result is an album with great depth, that is so meticulous and cohesive, each song working into the next, yet still has a broad range in tempos. This is one of those albums you listen to from front to back, truly savoring each and every moment.  I have also previously featured Thinking of a Place, the 11 minute song from this album on the blog (read it here), and although there is not one bad song on this album, my other standout tracks are Knocked Down and Nothing to Find.

 

2017 has been a great year of music, tons of amazing album releases but there are my top 5! Looking forward to new music in 2018. I will also be counting down my top 5 favourite concerts from this past year in a future blog post, so look forward to that very soon!

Wishing all of you a warm, fun and safe New Years!