melle_chantilly: (Jen)
Well, no regret about the Trippen shoes since I finally got my grandfather's insurance money! I woke up on Tuesday with a migraine (I'm kicking myself because on Monday night I was shivery and exhausted and that was most definitely the aura. Taking a triptan before bed would probably have saved me a headache, quite literally). We had planned to go to the Petit Bain birthday party/KVB/Oiseaux Tempête that night but I felt like as usual the migraine would probably cripple me for a few days.

I took a triptan as soon as I could in the morning and then was knocked down by exhaustion. And... then I refreshed my bank account and shazam! Monies! I know now the remedy to my migraine: getting a big chunk of cash. Might be difficult to put to use, but let's say the excitement compensated quite fairly for the exhaustion. Weird but not bad at all! So after telling Clémentine to find a concert buddy if she could (which she luckily did), I told her we could meet up for drinks at the Petit Bain deck (which is free access).

Concert 

So we met and had a pint, and then the concert didn't seem like such a bad idea after all. So I bought another ticket and went! I wish I had the opportunity to be that carefree and improvise more often. We had a lovely time, Clementine, her male best friend and I. Didn't see a lot of the concerts in fact. Ate fries, chatted, just all around nice.



Out and about

Yesterday I met again with Clémentine for a shopping spree. :)



We met at Sèvre Babylone, to go to the Marlies Dekkers shop. Well, turns out it doesn't exist anymore. Hah. So we walked in Paris, up to Saint Germain, then Saint Michel, where we visited the Un Regard Moderne book store. It's an insane store with thousands of books piled up seemingly randomly. Pretty hard to navigate (put your bag down somewhere). Lots of weird, indie, dark, kinky stuff. I bought a lovely (and oh boy, huge) red Val Denham screen print (in fact the very cover of that book). I might hang it in the bedroom, near the window. It would be smashing in the living room but I didn't realise how big it was! :D



I also bought some black toothpaste tablets at Lush. Boom! Love these. We then walked towards l'île Saint Louis (making a stop at Shakespeare & co and their coffee house). Then we wandered in Le Marais and found a little passage leading to a maze of courtyards with a few shops and restaurants. Amazing. So quiet. In the centre of Paris. It's called Le Village Saint Paul, and, as a plaque told me, it used to be Charles V's private garden. I definitely need to go back.



Then we went through Bastille, I bought a weird top in an outlet store (two circles in knit viscose, sewn together with holes for the neck and arms, cool). We went through another super cute village-like passage (cour Damoye). So many secret places in Paris! :)

We stopped by a small lingerie shop which stocked a bit of Marlies so I could figure out my size, even though I didn't buy anything. The owner was a lovely woman, and self-proclaimed medium. We talked shop (quite literally) as she saw I knew my shit when it comes to lingerie, so I explained HMS, and she was super interested and suggested we might work together. I don't know about that, but I gave her my email address. Talking can't hurt. She also saw that I have a very positive aura, with strong good values. *shrug* Thanks, I guess? :)

Then we walked towards Père Lachaise to make a stop at the Souffle Continu record store. But we passed a street, rue Pache, and my brain clicked. I had no idea where it was and turns out I passed it dozen times recently! So we made a turn and visited the beautiful gourmet food shop my friend Aurélie opened a few months ago. I hadn't seen her in a long while, and had meant to pop by for weeks. It was so nice seeing her again, and admiring the product of her hard work. It's a lovely, cosy place, with lots of great interesting products (including seasoned roasted crickets!), beer, chocolate, preserves... We had a beer and chatted for a while. I stocked up on chocolate and we all went our separate ways. I need to go back with Math, for lunch maybe?



I went on my way home to Souffle Continu and bought a couple of records. A lovely, tiny white cat has adopted the store, and came around after I arrived. Oh my. I miss cat headbumps so bad. I browsed records as she rubbed against my hands, and listened to new stuff as she plopped on the CD player and showed me her belly. It's not like I needed an extra incentive to go to the store often. :) I bought "Too" by Klara Lewis, on the owner's recommendation (neat dark ambient) and got a little something for Math.



Wow, I'm exhausted today. That was quite a walk! I think I managed to avoid sunburns, despite my going out with no hat or sunscreen, like a dumbass.

Music

I've uploaded a new mix. I've had good feedback so far (I'm really interested in critique, as i don't really know what I'm doing, tbh)

These days I've been listening to Boy Harsher, Ash Code, Geistform, Kite, Tiamat, and Ari Mason. it's interesting how Mason's record left me cold when it came out, and had me fall in love 30 sec in when I tried again a few days ago. So sensual, honest, captivating. There's something quite IAMXy to it, and her voice is wonderful.



melle_chantilly: (hood)
Health

I've been meaning to write lately, mostly about the butoh performance we saw on Saturday, but I'm pretty tired (turns out having strep throat for over a month isn't too great. I don't seem to be very contagious, so that's good, still). Anyway, I'm around, hi!

Music

I've been on a post-punk/cold wave/new wave/minimal wave binge these days, exploring (and re-discovering) the more recent stuff. Tempers, Winter Severity Index, Ash Code, Veil Of Light, Circa Tapes, Cold Showers, Figure Study, Pure Ground, Bootblacks, Sixth June...

I've made a new mix with a bunch of these and older stuff:



Out and about 

I'm working at the organic soap shop this afternoon. There's a storm outside. I'm dreading to go, but I think once I'm arrived it's going to be cool.
melle_chantilly: (Take my head)

 Health

I had my first actual walk since the hernia yesterday. I went to Jaurès by bus and then walked along the canal down to Faubourg St Martin, and then my way up to Belleville. It felt great and the weather was gorgeous. My leg actually doesn't hurt while I walk (I did get a ton of blisters though because of the heat), and today it isn't too bad at all. The weather brutally changed though (we lost almost 10° between today and yesterday) so I'm all achy but I don't think it has anything to do with the walk.

Perfume

I wore Lolita from Bpal, a favourite of mine (a white floral, with mostly orange blossom and heliotrope).

Music

I listened to the new Black Nail Cabaret, which I need to buy (we'll see at the end of the month ^^) and then a playlist while I was walking. I made a quick mixtape in the evening with stuff I listened to a lot while I was stuck at home. So, many songs that I can relate to when I'm sick (and some because I just love them). Download link at the bottom of the post.

I bought my ticket for Youth Code, and Róisín Murphy announced that she's be playing at the Trabendo in november. Tickets are only 22€ so I might be able to afford it.
 

Food

I made a stop at Cream on my way home because my feet were killing me (and also, the call of good coffee was too strong). I read there for about an hour while sipping a bottomless cup of delicious filter coffee (yeah, couldn't afford a crème, but it was delicious anyway!).

Watching

Oh dear, The Comeback is a slow train wreck you can't get your eyes off. I only have 3 episodes left of the first season. Valerie Cherish is slowly turning into Peggy Bundy (both the hair and the BSC). 

We also watched the Good Wife finale with Math and yeah, I agree with him, the show might have jumped the shark. Spoilers: Peter running for president?? In what universe does that make even remotely sense? Also, Finn, I am disappointed in you. Poor Alicia is stuck between her sleazy faux-band and good guys who run away from her. Crap. I have no clue what to expect from the last season. I really hope they won't make another campaign story-line because fuck that. I'm not sure I'm on board with Alicia and Marty McFly fight crime either. I don't know. I never complain when Michael J. Fox makes an appearance and I am very fond of his character, but he's turned into a bit of an one trick pony. I really liked that episode with Finn and Alicia working together, they have a good chemistry and it makes a lot of sense (a lot more than Alicia and Canning), it's too bad!

Reading

Still in the middle of The Left Hand Of Darkness. I don't have the energy nor focus to read much. I even went to sleep without music last night, I was so tired! But I have multiple nightmares every night, probably from the change in medication. I hope this passes soon, ugh.






May 2015 mixtape
(click on the photo for download link and please let me know if you do!)



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