Every girl needs a pamper night, especially during this awful weather! We just had six days of snow in London, and I myself felt these unexpected not-Londonish weather conditions on my skin – it’s sooo dried! So, my perfect pamper night set is all black! And, of course, has an obligatory British element – this time, a cute guard on my new face cloths from Tower of London! My perfect pamper night also includes at least an hour of my favorite music, most often something I haven’t heard for ages. I like when my body gets all those goosebumps while listening to old favorites. The sense of perfection and all those “Oh my gosh, how could anyone on Earth write this masterpiece” helps me to reduce stress, regain energy, and inspire me to do more and to want more.
My all black pamper set:
Joik Green Tea and Peppermint Facial Mask
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter
Old & New Music
For a #fangirl like me there is always a place to visit in London. Such a culturally and historically significant city has not only classical tourist attractions, but also destinations to different music, arts, and cinema lovers.
As a person, who can speak for hours about things that she LOVES, likes all the stuff around and about her interests, and have different plans for every weekend, I’ve come up with an idea of a series of posts about #fangirl places in London – a street from a popular movie, a setting from a classic English book, a tube station from an Instagram picture of a famous musician… Believe me, I have a long-long to-visit list!
Thus, I am dedicating the first post to Ziggy Stardust plaque in Mayfair. Located in a quiet place just near Regent’s Street and Piccadilly Circus, 15 Heddon Street is the place that appeared on David Bowie’s first conceptual album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972). It is also denoted as the place “where David Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, first arrived on Earth”.
46 years later, the place looks quite different – the walls are painted, there are a lot of fancy cafes around, and K.West sign (nothing to do with Kaney West though) is changed with a commemorative plaque for Ziggy Stardust.
15 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
Farewell, 2017! You were truly amazing, as my biggest dream – to move to London – finally came true! ❤ I also had a lot of great moments, saw Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers, achieved a lot of goals, finished my Master studies, got a job, had projects, made memories!
I know I became quite rare with my blog post, you know, life (especially working life) in L. is very busy, but I’ll do my best to post more often!
So, I’d like to devote my very first blog post in 2018 to a very special day in my life – November 25, 2017.
To begin with, I’ve been a big fan of Placebo for 12 years, which makes a half of my life. Through these years Placebo and their music was always with me, in any period of my life, be it sad or happy. I cannot understand people who say that Placebo’s music is depressing. They probably know only one song and judge by it. I myself think that Placebo have a song for every possible emotion and feeling a human can experience. I’ve been to three gigs and each was magical and unique for me. I’ve been smiling like mad at each concert and cried out of happiness and joy.
Dreams come true in London – I have seen one of my most favorite bands in the whole music world – Depeche Mode – for the second time. And not simply somewhere, but at the amazing O2 Arena!
The O2 is totally unbelievable and amazing venue – organization and security are at the highest level, the whole venue looks like a shopping mall or an airport with shops, bars, and restaurants, everything is modern, as well as clean. Thanks to the amazing London Transport system, it took me only 20 minutes to get there from home, and at the North Greenwich Station concert goers were greeted by buskers playing Personal Jesus ❤
For the first time since I-don’t-remember-how-long-ago I’ve been in the seating area. But look at this view!!:
Hello, autumn! Nice to see you again 🙂
Why not to remember this summer highlights while sitting with a cup of tea at my summer cottage? So, these are…
- Meeting Red Hot Chili Peppers
- My best friend’s wedding
- Graduation and Master’s Degree
- The birth of Nicole N.
- Trip to Helsinki
- Photography and retouching work (this could be my “August thing”)
- Work at Riga TechGirls
- Finding the perfect black satin top 😀
- Modeling for makeups and portraits
- “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield
And what about you? 🙂
By the way, this is my first September since 2000 when I do not need to go to school or university or any courses!! Still cannot believe it 😀
To celebrate this – a photograph from my very first day of school with a photograph of me starting my Master studies.
May the Force be with all of you in your studies! Be brave and motivated!
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE HAPPEN UNEXPECTEDLY
And this, kids, is how I met Red Hot Chili Peppers:
A month ago I was walking home from my work-related meeting. On my way I decided to walk past a hotel in which, as I saw from social media a day before, stayed legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was simply walking, listening to By The Way in my earphones, I didn’t have any make-up on my face, I even had a run in my tights! I had no piece of paper or a pen with me to ask for an autograph. As I reached the hotel I noticed three big black cars near it, as well as a trio waiting for RHCP. I without any hesitation asked one guy if he has an extra paper to share with me and another if he can owe me a pen. Several minutes later I understood that it was a right decision to pass this place by, as Chad Smith – the drummer – went outside. He was extremely friendly and said that he likes my Gustav Klimt IPhone case. I was just standing there completely shocked 😀 Like, I was simply going home, and here is a guy from RHCP and he even speaks to me, like how can it be possible?!
So, my big evening plans – to go home, take a bath, do makeup, properly dress up, have a dinner, and slowly go downtown to meet my friends, and, most important, to buy a ticket to the show (due to several circumstances I was waiting for the last day to buy it) – were ruined. But, wait for it, it was legendary!
What is your synonym for a word “summer”? Is it a beach, the sun, the heat, the holidays, an ice cream or your childhood? Mine is probably the last one. Summer was always for me the time of long sunny days spent at my summer cottage.
Spring is all about everything new and beautiful.
If March was marked as the month of new beauty product, then this April definitely is the month of new releases and new discovered music.
So, in this blogpost I want to share my top 5 April music:
It’s not a secret that I am totally addicted to music. I cannot imagine my life and myself as a person without my music and live concerts. I simply cannot function without it!
The love of my life is rock music and I am completely devoted to it. As sang by Kiss, God gave rock’n’roll to you! I also like indie, alternative & the stuff, and my guilty pleasure is 80s and 90s music.
I consider music taste as being the most attractive thing in the world – my Prince Charming simply must have a perfect music taste!
I have tried to master drums and even have sung in a choir, and I think I’d like to master music so it could be something more serious than my daily singing practice with a frying pan in my hand.
Short story long, let me present you
My pride or the list of the artists I’ve seen alive
В субботу был мой третий концерт Placebo, группы, которую я бесконечно люблю уже 10 лет. Я не из тех людей, которые считают их музыку исключительно депрессивной – у любого артиста можно найти очень грустные и чувственные композиции. Placebo для меня, в первую очередь, группа, которая была со мной всегда, и в песнях которой я могу найти любой спектр эмоций. Конечно, стоит отметить, что мой прошлый их концерт на Позитивусе был невероятно счастливый и полностью отображал название фестиваля – я прыгала и орала без остановки с самого первого аккорда до прощального поклона. Вчерашний концерт начался с невероятно прекрасного клипа-архива Every You and Every Me, на котором я уже сорвала голос, а сам концерт начался с моей #placebodream – Pure Morning, на которой моя тушь показала всю свою стойкость. А дальше… Было как-то грустно. Как сказала Аня, был целый блок душераздирающих песен, на которых плакали нетолько мы, но и у самого Брайана глаза были на мокром месте. Тем не менее, концерт был невероятный, и было просто unreal слушать вживую Protect Me From What I Want, Nancy Boy (с радужной гитарой и “Riga, this is for you”), Soulmates Never Die, Running Up That Hill, да и вообще все настолько любимые и родные песни. Without You I’m Nothing, посвящённая Дэвиду Боуи, тронула меня до глубины души. И да, для меня концерт был нетолько ретроспективой их творчества, но в какой-то степени и меня самой. Брайан Молко такой же прекрасный, как в мои 13 лет. Жду обратно!
P.S. И да, я была, как обычно, “там где я должна быть” 😀