Hello strangers! Well, I’ve been failing miserably at updating this blog. I could blame needing a VPN, or the winter blues, but in all honesty I just haven’t made writing a priority. I’ll try to catch up in the coming weeks, writing about teaching, my trip to Thailand, and my life in Beijing. However, I want to start with what I hope will be a regular series. Anyone who knows me knows about my deep pop culture obsession, as well as my tendency to fixate on different aspects of fashion, music, and film. What follows is a list of my obsessions this spring!
I haven’t been great about finding new music. I find it’s a bit harder in China. Generally the new music I do find is on YouTube, which means the aesthetics of videos play heavily into what I like.
A perfect example of this is “Lover Boy” by Phum Viphurit. When I was fresh off of my fantastic trip to Thailand this February, this video made me feel like I was back walking along the beach in Krabi with my dear friend Nikki.
Another song that has been on repeat for me is “Lose My Number” by James Blunt. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of him, but I recently attended his concert in Beijing. He put on an amazing show, and this song in particular really stood out. It’s both incredibly catchy and very menacing.
If you’d rather hear something sweet and soft, check out “1950” by King Princess. Not only is the video my dream Instagram aesthetic, but the vocals showcase a really gorgeous vulnerability. The lyrics are also lovely, with standout lines like, “So tell me why my gods look like you.”
My neighborhood in Beijing is frequently referred to as the hipster neighborhood. One of my favorite things about this is that there are a bunch of vintage stores minutes from my apartment. On my walls home I regularly walked by a store that had the most gorgeous, classic trench coat in the window. I found myself pining for this coat, hoping it could help me live my dream of looking like Julie Christie. After finding the shop closed twice, I finally went when they were open and tried on the coat. To my great joy, the coat fit like a dream, and was only 400 RMB (about 60 dollars). I love how it makes any outfit look polished and classic.
After going a bit overboard buying books in Thailand, I haven’t finished reading any since Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami. I would strongly recommend that book to any short story fans, and I already plan to work my way through the rest of Murakami’s work.
I’m currently reading Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan. The title grabbed my attention in the bookstore, as well as this quotation on the back cover: “There’s no curse more terrible than to give birth to a pretty female in a world of men as nasty as dogs in heat.”
It’s a really unique book that centers around a beautiful prostitute in Indonesia. The story spans generations, and has the qualities of a fairy tale or an epic. It can be very vulgar, but the fairy tale quality keeps the more disgusting details from feeling too real. It’s strange and sprawling, and if you have the stomach for it, something I’d recommend giving a try.
All my love ❤