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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Green, Yellow, Århus

Just a few snapshots from my neighbourhood, taken with my mobile phone a few weeks ago. I especially enjoy the colour combination of bright yellow and verdigris. The building with the verdigris tower used to be a goods station but it is now being rebuild to become a cultural hotspot of some sort. The house with the color splashes used to be the home of some kind of brothel but I think it is closed down by now.



Monday, September 27, 2010

Hå & Em Beeep

Det er efterhånden blevet nemmere at finde ok eller ligefrem interessant tøj i store størrelser. Jeg har ikke mange penge, men nok til, at jeg kan tillade mig at have en holdning til hvad jeg kan li' og ikke. Som noget relativt nyt eksisterer vi nu også i damebladene/modemagasinerne, hvor jeg således flere gange har fundet 'plussize' shoppingguides. Alt i alt er der måske efterhånden håb forude og grøde i bolledejen for os tykke damer, som jeg foretrækker at kalde mig selv, hvis jeg skal kaldes noget (= en anden historie).

Sidste år begyndte jeg at i stigende grad at fravælge fysiske butikker henvendt til os såkaldte 'pluspiger' til fordel for relevante danske og udenlandske online alternativer, for jeg var ikke tilfreds med udvalget. Hjulpet på vej af google fandt jeg Evans (UK), Carmakoma (DK), Dorothy Perkins (UK), Charlot and me (DK), Curvety (UK), New Look (UK), Elena Miro (IT), Asos Curve (UK) og for nyligt Lindex Generous (SE). 
Jeg vil anmelde et par ting fra online HM BiB (>54). H&M, fordi jeg egentlig var træt af deres venstrehånds 'plusdesign' og Lindex, fordi jeg først nyligt fandt ud af, at de overhovedet findes. Jeg synes stadig ikke, at H&M gør det til et 'A', men mindre kan også gøre det og så tror jeg måske, de mærker presset fra et marked i vækst, fx Asos Curve, der blev lanceret i januar 2010. Der er nok intet bedre end tabte markedsandele til at få lidt gang i de små grå. 
Jeg viser ting jeg kan li' (A) og som passer til mig, foruden boblere, som jeg har forskellige ankepunkter imod (B), og så tilsidst ting, jeg ikke bryds mig om pga. design, farve eller form (C). Jeg køber tøj efter min kropstype, og da jeg er et skønt æble, har jeg stor barm, flad numse og go'e ben fordelt på 161½ !) cm, så alene af den grund fravælger jeg en mængde ting, såsom tunikaer med meget markeret talje eller empiresnit foruden bandeautoppe.


Først A, som jeg godt kan li':

HM, 129 DKK

Jeg har købt alle tre. Ikke fordi det er et sindsoprivende design, men fordi de gør det godt til pengene. Den mørkeblå er god til jeans, den mørkelilla er god til min leopardplettede nederdel (Asos Curve, £20) og hvide jeans (Asos Curve, £14), og den koksgrå er god til det hele. Desuden dækker den numsen, falder flot ved barmen, har en åben hals og asymmetrien giver klædelige former. HM sælger også en luksus-udgave af denne tunika-t-shirt i et lidt andet asymmetrisk snit og et let skinnende og lækkert stof til 179 DKK i farverne camel, mørklilla og koksgrå.

HM, 249 DKK
Igen er der ikke tale om epokegørende design af den anden verden, men mindre kan også gøre det. Den lilla farve klæder mig rigtig godt, snittet er klassisk og bindebåndet gør,  at taljen kan antydes, men ikke markeres (igen apropos æble). Jeg vil nok især bruge cardiganen til skinny jeans, men den skal have lidt quirkyness for ikke at blive for nedtonet og damet, trods alt. Jeg har købt nogle lidt fjollede stribede halvvanter fra HM Divided, som jeg kunne peppe den op med til vinter, eller også skifter jeg måske knapperne ud med nogle i guld, brun, "diamantert" eller rød. Knapudskiftningen er i hvert fald en effektiv måde at gøre en cardigan som denne mere uformel. 

 

HM, 249 DKK

Jeg husker ikke, at HM BiB før har lanceret klassikeren 'den korte, sorte kjole' i store størrelser. Kjolen er ret billig og består da også af en del polyester, men jeg er rigtig glad for at HM BiB er hoppet ud af joggingtøjet, snart sagt. Jeg kommer ikke til at købe kjolen pga. den markerede talje, men selve kjolens eksistens får tommelfingeren op herfra.


HM, 699 DKK
Dejligt at HM laver en uldjakke, som også fåes i camel. Jeg er ikke sikker på, om den er varm nok som hverdagsvinterfrakke, for den har vist ingen lynlås, men derudover synes jeg, at det er fin frakke uden så meget pjat.


HM, 249 DKK
Disse sorte leggings i skinnende stretchdenim ser ikke ud af noget særligt, men jeg tror de kunne gøre det godt som basis i en afslappet festgarderobe, lidt i stil med de meget lækre (men også meget dyrere) bukser, som carmakoma.com laver. Godt nok er en elastiklinning ikke så god for pasformen, men jeg tror nu sagtens, at de kunne fungere godt med en flot tunika ud over, så tak for dem.


Nu kommer så B, boblerne:



HM, 149 DKK
Der er lidt Brigitte Bardot sexappel over denne bådudskæringsbluse, samtidig med at den er casual elegant, og det kan jeg kun synes om. Især den sorte udgave er flot, men jeg prøvede den stribede, og den gjorde ikke noget særlig godt for mig. Hvis HM nu lavede striberne meget smallere, satte dem på skrå, gjorde halsudskæringen v-formet, gør pasformen rundere og skifte striberne til lavendel/kaffebrun og lilla/meleret grå, ja, så købte jeg den da med det samme.

HM, 599 DKK

Jeg overvejer faktisk at købe denne vinterfrakke fordi jeg med en HM-kode kan få den for 450 DKK, men jeg har visse anker imod den. Jeg er vild med khaki, men farven skal tilføres lidt varme for at blive rigtig flot. Jeg tænker lidt oliven. Nå, men denne frakke mangler altså lidt glød i farven, så den har fare for at blive en tand for 'mus', synes jeg. Derudover har HM valgt at placere skrå lynlåse henover barmen, og det klæder mig ikke. Når det så er sagt, er frakken så enkel, at den godt kan tåle et hindbærfarvet tørklæde eller sågar ditto møs, og det kan jeg vældig god li'.


HM, 399 DKK
Jeg ved ikke lige med den her. Den er lidt fin og stadig blandt de gode ting, men jeg tror ikke rigtig den er noget for mig. Måske lidt for mange folder, selv de bestemt går den rigtige vej.



HM, 199 DKK

Den kunne da måske være sød og rar til en kold vinter, men sådan en gang 100% akryl ville for det første ikke holde sig særlig pæn, og så er det også lidt for strikvare på én gang til mig, fordi der ikke er noget til at bryde linierne med. Hvis jeg finder den i min lokale HM BiB, vil jeg da prøve den for at se om jeg tager fejl.


HM, 199 DKK

Jeg kan rigtig godt lide farven på disse fløjlsbukser, men er ganske sikker på at deres firkantede pasform ville klæ' mig ret dårligt, som HMs bukser plejer at gøre. Udover farven, er jeg dog glad for at HM tilbyder noget andet end 'smarte' combatbukser, som bare gør en æbleformet mademoiselle 'butchy', for nu at sige det lige ud. Hvis HM havde lavet disse fløjlsbukser i en smallere pasform med et lille svaj nederst, havde de haft en kunde i mig.

HM, 199 DKK




Jeg kan vældig godt lide leopardting, så jeg har prøvet denne cardigan i butikken, men det var lidt for meget med både dyr og skulderpuf, så jeg synes at HM skulle lave cardiganen uden puf og med en graduering af leopard, cardiganen fx 'endte' i en koksgrå/brun nuance. 


HM, 249 DKK
Sort med små hvide prikker kan jeg rigtig godt lide, udskæringen er også ok og ærmerne er ikke for flagermusagtige. Jeg har prøvet den i butikken, men den manglede desværre noget form og så er jeg lidt for praktisk til så meget chiffon. Jeg ville hellere, at de havde brugt mønstret på et tungere stof, der falder pænere.

Jeg kan rigtig godt lide denne sarte lyserøde farve og stoffet er også lækkert og lidt 'koldt', men stropperne! Det duer altså ikke rigtig med så tynde stropper og så relativt kort top, når man både har mave og barm, der også skal ha' det godt.


Så er vi nået til C, som de er de sager, som jeg ikke rigtig bryds mig om.

HM, 149 DKK
Jeg synes at designet er noget ubehjælpsomt, og desuden har jeg set den i butikken og kvaliteten virkede lidt ringe. Den er lavet af 80% acryl, og jeg siger nej tak.

HM, 249 DKK

Mønstret er lidt kedeligt, og så er den firkantede pasform ikke så attraktiv for mig, men værst af alt er, at stoffet er meget stift og ikke falder så pænt. Her har designerne bare tænkt: "Kamel og sort, kamel og sort" og ellers haft hovedet under armen, hvis du spø'r mig.


HM, 249 DKK
Denne tingsmedut-sweater ville klæde mig rigtig dårligt fordi linierne ikke brydes, toppet med en voluminøs krave ud over det hele. Det bliver et tak, men nej tak her fra.

HM, 299 DKK
Farven er fin, men formen er helt godnat til mig. Igen forstår jeg ikke helt en sweater som denne med tykke, vandrette striber og store, brede ærmer til store størrelser. Måske vil den dog klæde damer, der er noget højere end mine 161½ cm...

This is a post on HM's line Big is Beautiful and my remarks on the latest collection. First the styles (A) which I like, next on the styles (B) which I semi-liked and last up, the styles which I disliked (C).


All photos belong to HM

Sunday, September 26, 2010

More Mormor

Yesterday the weather was excellent in Århus so I went out on a little photo safari with my friend Sandra and her beloved camera (I don't have one, only a relatively okay cam-cellphone). We found more of Mormor and even a beautiful street hand by some one who's name I have forgotten.

I need to do some studying today but first up, some more Mormor followed by the hand.

Mormor:




The hand - on top of a piece by Mormor in fact:


Please share street art from your area with me sometime if you like.

Enjoy your Sunday  :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cuddly Punk

 

My niece at 14 drew this almost Prince-y guy when she was on her way home from her summer stay at my place. We were sad to say goodbye and then she drew this in her sketch book on the train and sent it to me right away. I enjoy him and the fact that she send him to me as well as the little discrepancy betweens his radiance and the text. 

Technology does bring us closer in many ways, I think. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dreaming of Mormor


Mormor is 'grandma' in Danish and 'tag name' for a nameless street artist (supposedly male in his 20's). He used to hang around the streets of Århus glueing his pieces of art made of pale yellow paper on doors and brick walls, all in all places that he found needed a kind human touch. This meant that he would usually put up his art where you would find a lot of tags, such as in my gateway. Unfortunately he is not likely to pass by with his paper and glue as he moved to Copenhagen earlier this year (he told in an anonymous interview), so the following is just a dream. Me dreaming about having joyful drawings in my street.


Beat this, MOAZ and Smask.


Do you like Mormor's work?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Try again, Moaz and Smask




Please be creative next time around, Moaz, Smask and the rest of you tag people. Here are some recent photos of the gateway next to my house in the city centre of Aarhus. I like street art and I actually like some of the colour combinations which were left on the brick walls. However, in terms of creativity, they do not really get A's from me when it comes to making use of our brick wall. Next time around I will show you some quality street art from Aarhus. I actually hope to inspire MOAZ who put his tag name up all around my neighbourhood.I do realise that he might not read my blog but... you know...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

This is not the meat packing district


 - I just like this retro packing of a chocolate 'topping from the Danish firm Tom's Confectionary Group. It says in Danish: Kæmpepålæg Mørk Chokolade or Mælke Chokolade, but I am not sure how to translate it into correct English as I am not sure you can buy anything similar outside good old DK. I can sate that the procuct consists of thin layers of dark chocolate or milk chocolate that you put on your morning bread. Off course, children were meant as the main targets when it first came out in the 1960's or 1970's but as I am born in 1973, I grew up with Tom's Kæmpepålæg, and I still enjoy having it on occasion. Most of all, perhaps, I enjoy the packing which is wonderfully retro both in color and style and I just hope it will stay that way forever. When retro works, you just can't beat it.


  


Friday, September 10, 2010

Religion is science

This Danish band played in a concert hall more or less across my street yesterday. I did not go - I am not really an avid concert goer to be honest - but this tune turns me on. One reason is the sheer sound with background noise and cozy rattling with some kind of object and last but least the title: "Science is Religion" which I am bound to love as my main subject at uni is the study of religion, and you just don't find that many songs dealing with the point of study of religion namely, religion is treated by scientific means. However, I do not science as the new religion. They are so and so many subjects which science has not or cannot deal with so the only thing left is to include as many aspects of reality as possible and never let yourself or others believe that you have finally found THE answer. So much for my Friday nonsense. Enjoy the music. Here er the William Blakes.





While I'm at it, I would like to post another youtube video on The William Blakes. They do a cover of my oldtime favourite, 'Running up that hill' of Kate Bush, together with Danish band, Spleen United. It is taken from an 'alternative' music show shown on DR2, non-commercial tv-station trying to introduce the less known to a wider audience. This time they really succeeded because Kate Bush's wonderful song did not suffer any harm during the cover 'treatment', almost the opposite.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Healthy Heartbeat




In Denmark as perhaps many countries through out the Western world women are over represented in the statistics concerning heart diseases, apparently due to the fact that most research in this area is carried out using male-material so to speak. These days the Danish lobby organisation (in need of a better word) Hjerteforeningen campaigns in order to enlighten this mismatch by giving female Danish celebrities a moustache and a bowtie under the motto: "If you get a heart disease - wish yourself to be a man". Here I am exemplifying with my own moustache photo and then you are asked to put it on your Facebook profile. You can make one yourself here

My friends tell me that I look like the little clever man from Belgium, Monsieur Poirot here


I was the never the type to wear the yellow rubber band to show support for Lance Armstrong when he had cancer. Not that I don't care about cancer or do not like the colour yellow. In fact, yellow is wonderfully bright and beautiful. I just did not care to wear a rubber band. However, I like the fact that you get some sort of token for supporting a cause - such as a very delicate moustache. I found out that the lobby organisation also sells beneficial merchandise by which you support research in female heart conditions - and bought a nice bracelet which is actually beautiful and the message they carry is not necessarily: See-what-do-gooder-I-am, which I like very much, as well I would never wear a logo-bag from Gucci. I just like nice things. The bracelet cost me 25 DKK and can be bought here

Photo is taken from http://www.elskhjertet.dk

So, I actually like to support a good cause but I would not sacrifice my taste on the alter for the 'greater cause'. I hope that future campaigns for honourable causes would consider the aesthetics when trying to 'win' us over. As much as I will support them, I do not want to be a living walking commercial for any cause.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

September equals books

In a few days from now I will be heading back to some good old university education at the Aarhus Universitet. To celebrate or just point my finger to the fact that my seemingly eternal summer holidays will soon be over, I took a few snapshots on campus the other day. Enjoy.

Outside the main canteen and student area, Stakladen (Built around 1950)

Nobel Park, home to humanities and psychology. Built around 2000.

The main canteen, Stakladen had a facelift during the summer of 2010
One of my university homes which used to be an orthopaedic hospital until sometime in the 1990's.

The Faculty of Theology which is actually home to the study of Arabic and Islam as well as the study of Religion. Quite an usual combination I guess but it works.
Art wall seen from the 1st floor
The sun always shines on campus. The tower in the background is the so-called 'Book tower' which is part of the state library. They do serve quite an impressive amount of cakes every Friday afternoon, although they have a weird tendency to give the cakes just a teeny bit too much time or heat in the oven. Being a cake/cookie-lover, this kind of behaviour is not exactly up my alley but I will survive.
Outside the oldest part of campus. Some parts of the surrounding buildings housed members of  Gestapo during WWII. Hence, the buildings were bombed by the RAF but something apparently went wrong so quite a few local craftsmen lost their life while they were doing their job.