Music: Four to Follow

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Nao

Nao is a London based soul singer, currently still working on her first EP. That being said, she recently released ‘So Good’, a track made in collaboration with A.K Paul, brother of the talented Jai Paul. This nice retro-futuristic (is that a term?) RnB song might be the start of a great career for the 24 year old singer, who also did a wonderful Little Dragon cover. (check it here)
Definitely keep an eye on her Soundcloud, where you can find ‘So Good’ as well as ‘Back Porch’, the first release of her debut EP.

Vicktor Taiwo

Vicktor Taiwo released ‘Digital Kids’, one of the most noteworthy songs of 2013, over a year ago. This eerie, soulful, RnB track alternates between despair and hope as he sings about a kid in a bright yellow jacket. While everyone was probably hoping for more of this magic, it didn’t seem to come, that is until he recently released ‘Paradise Island’. The track serves as an epilogue to a two-part story, with ‘Digital Kids’ being the prelude. I for one cannot wait to hear how the story continues.

Movement

This Australian trio has been around for a couple of years now but they only released their, long awaited, debut EP last May. I had honestly kind of forgotten about them until they came up with their own take on HAIM’s ‘My song 5′ a couple of weeks ago. They did it brilliantly. Imagine a Frank Ocean song produced by Jamie XX, that’s sort of what Movement sounds like, need I say more?

Oriel Poole

This singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, will be releasing her debut EP, Sunday, soon. The EP seems promising based on the two tracks she’s put out already (‘Brighter’ and ‘Foothills’). Her songs feel old yet very new, electronic soul at it’s best.

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Coconut Chocolate Porridge

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It’s getting colder out and this morning I found myself craving for a warm, sweet breakfast. Going through my kitchen cupboards I came to the conclusion that I didn’t have much to work with. I had coconut flour, maca and cacao powder so I just improvised. What I came up with was actually satisfying enough to share with you guys.

what you’ll need:

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– a cup of water
– 50 grams butter or ghee
– 1/4 cup maca
– 1/4 cup cacao
– a teaspoon of cinnamon

– a handful of raisins
– a tablesspoon of honey (or agave)

 

 

What you’ll do:

– melt butter in a pan, let it melt
– add the water and the rest of the ingredients
– stir until the ingredients have soaked up the water and you get a porridge like consistency

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As I’m writing this I’m thinking it might even taste better if you leave the raisins out and add some banana (would keep the banana cold though)

 

Enjoy!

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A Halloween Playlist

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Things to watch on Halloween

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Growing up in Belgium, Halloween used to be my least favorite holiday, there was no trick or treating, no dressing up, no parties just cold misty weather and one too many graveyard visits. Halloween was about mourning the dead. The idea of using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death was unfamiliar to us. The one nice thing about it were the scary movies, I loved horror films and thrillers as a kid. I was fascinated by werewolves, vampires (not the vampire diaries sort of stuff, proper vampires with capes) and zombies. I think the American tradition of Halloween really started to find it’s way to Western Europe when I was around 10. We would carve pumpkins and decorate the house a little bit but that was about as far as we would go. Today however the only thing we don’t do is the trick or treating (as far as I know of). Over the years it has slowly become one of my favorite holidays. While horror movies or thrillers are no longer my thing, the halloween season is perfect to get a little nostalgic and watch them again.

Here some films or series that might get you in the mood. Make sure to watch the original movies as the remakes tend to be very bad. (click the titles to see the trailer)

True Detective: The best tv series of this year in my humble opinion and scary enough to make it Halloween appropriate.

The Walking Dead: Especially the first season of this series is well worth watching, even for those who aren’t into horror or gore.  There’s clearly a lot of thought and work put into this show, lots of character development, great scenery, phenomenal zombie make up….it all feels very real which makes it pretty scary to watch.

American Horror Story: Not the kind of series I would watch if it wasn’t halloween, it’s a bit too unrealistic and overdone but fun nonetheless.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: This classic created a new horror star and still holds up well today.

Dracula: This film, released in 1931, is a classic and should be watched by anyone who’s into vampires.

Poltergeist: This movie was Spielberg’s first great succes, I loved watching it as a kid and I can still enjoy it now.

The Omen: The little kid in this movie always scared the living day light out of me…hasn’t changed.

The Birds: Might be the reason why I’m terribly afraid of birds

Carrie: A classic horror with a heartbreaking story line. Never saw the remake, the fact that it has Julianne Moore in it makes me want to watch it though.

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8 simple rules for pretending you are a grown up

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Schermafbeelding 2014-10-26 om 19.35.07When I was 13 years I was pretty sure 20 something year olds had their life figured out. They sure looked like it, they talked like it and they had this air around them that made them seem like proper grown ups – which I now recognize as the mere stink of devastation which comes with having a mediocre job, crushing expectations and hard-to-ignore responsibilities . I imagined them being the kind of people who gladly wake up at 7.30 in the morning on a Sunday whistling, drinking coffee and reading the newspaper, – which was most likely fetched by their well-trained golden retriever, who only barks in case of emergencies and never bites or scratches the furniture – people who vacuum the house every day, pay their bills on time, have a proper medicine cabinet and always have plenty of toothpicks and toilet paper around the house. I was certain they had their shit together, pension plan and proper furniture in place.

I am 28 now and I’m nowhere close to that, fact is most of my friends don’t seem to either. I know some of them try to fool me, rubbing their fish knives and napkinholders in my face whenever I’m over for dinner ( you know who you are) while I don’t even have matching glasses for a party of 8. Still, strangely enough some people perceive me as a stoic person who is completely in control of her life. Yes me, the messy hobo who thinks a pair of rusty scissors, old towels and hard liquor make up the perfect emergency kit. So if I can accidentally fake it, so can you. Here’s my 8 simple rules for pretending you are a grown up:

  1. Learn how to do small talk( pro tip: the weather is a never-ending source of inspiration and a subject which will both delight and entertain people)
  2. The old jokes your annoying uncle used to tell which aren’t funny, they are funny now, you should start pretending they are funny. Mature people will force a giggle or at the least a smile when they hear them, so should you. Once you get into the hang of throwing lame jokes and puns into a conversation you , my friend , have graduated in to maturity.
  3. Wear matching socks
  4. When you are wearing a dirty shirt and someone points it out to you pretend you spilled something on it a couple of minutes ago. Remember, someone noticed, you can not wear that shirt again tomorrow unless you are 100% sure that person won’t be around.
  5. Pretend you have a ‘ cleaning day’, this is preferably the day of the week on which all your coworkers are going to Zumba class together. It’s your cleaning day and you are a mature, organised maybe slightly OCD person now. You can not divert from your cleaning schedule ( unless they change the Zumba schedule.)
  6. Talk about kitchen appliances, recipes and food in general. I’m not sure why and how this works but it works, this is how I got people into thinking I have my shit together. In my experience posting pictures of food on instagram helps a great deal.
  7. Keep a closet or a private room in which you can dispose of your junk when you have guests coming around. Clean the parts of the house that are visible, put the clutter and the mess in that 1 closet or room. Under no circumstances let them see that closet/room. ( pro tip: Do not sweep your dirt under the carpet, people know this trick, this is where they look for flaws. )
  8. Put soap and candles in your bathroom. Buy decorative pillows and extra blankets for your guests and always have wine around. When in doubt think ‘ what would Martha Stewart do?’ I mean ‘ What would Gwyneth Paltrow do?’ Sorry Martha, your feud with Gwyneth has proven you to be very immature.

Kind regards,

Kim

 

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5 Things I Enjoyed Watching This Week

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Bob’s Burgers Original Pilot

Closet Confessions ft Dani Stahl

Tom Ford Documentary

No Regrets, Urzila Carlson

The Art Of Photography: William Eggleston

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