Last Sunday my dream came true. I saw Arctic Monkeys live.
We sang together 505 and Do I Wanna Know. Four years ago I listened to these songs for hours, feeling every word and line with my heart. On Sunday I cried during both of the songs. And they even invited Miles Kane to play with them a song about all that miles away, imagination, and arms “around my neck”. Arctic Monkeys have always been for me about London and love. Alex Turner really knows how to tug at my heartstrings.
June 21, 1948: The first vinyl LP is released
June 21, 2018: Nirika gets her first vinyl❤️
Meet my Plug In Baby – my very own turntable! Been dreaming about it since I was a kid❤️
Now you all know what I want for birthdays😏
Placebo is an important part of myself for already twelve years, which also makes a half of my life. With no doubt their music has constructed me as a person, and I can find any existing spectrum of emotions in it, maybe even more. It’s cosmic.
Brian and Stefan are not simply musicians – after so many years, four concerts, and meeting in person, to me they are like siblings-in-law in the marriage to music. There are no words ever to describe how blessed I feel. Yesterday I was united with music, love, and universe, going completely mad with every single song. And oh God, they started the gig with Pure Morning……
P.S. …I also touched the setlist…
Post about previous Placebo concert in Riga at 2016 (RUS)
How I met Stefan Olsdal
Located few minutes away from London’s picturesque Little Venice, BBC Maida Vale Studios is a complex of seven BBC recording studios, and home to BBC Symphony Orchestra. Since 1946 studios have been used for recording of thousands classical and popular music sessions. Hundreds of famous artists have visited the studios to perform on BBC broadcast channels, including my favorites Arctic Monkeys, Florence Welch, David Bowie, The White Stripes, and The Beatles.
… wish I could live in front of it 😀 #wherearecelebrities?
120-129 Delaware Road, London W9 2LG
Nearest tube stations: Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale
I am wearing: Zara, QooQoo, H&M
Take a deep breath – spring is finally in London…
This spring is a special one. Even through it started with anomaly snowy and cold weather, warmth and happiness was inside my heart. I am spending this spring in my most favorite city, for the first time ❤ being recently for a visit in Riga, I more and more understood that I am in the right place in my life.
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!