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Friday, 31 July 2015

Elephant

Hello my dear friends

People say that vacation is perfect to get some rest and to sleep a lot. I really try this every time again, but it just doesn't seem work in my case.
Last five nights, I slept in five (!!) different beds due to parties, boyfriend time and visiting friends. Counting the hours, I didn't sleep less than I normally do. The change was kind of exhausting me more and more every day.
I'm looking forward to crawling into my own bed this evening, after a tiring workout at Crossfit later today.

Before you read further: push play.


As told, I have been living in the moment last weeks. I'm feeling kind of tired now, but also extremely satisfied. I met a lot of friends again, was able to do much more fun things than I thought I could and still completely chilled out sometimes.

A strange feeling occurred to me last week. I felt like I didn't need any more clothes for the moment. This is just weeeeird because I only bought 3 cheap pieces of clothing during the past 3 months and especially because I was in a huge shoppingcenter with a friend of mine.
I wasn't looking for anything special, until my eye fell on these pretty babies.


How special are they? I really love the effect when one half is in front and the other is at the back of my ear. Elephants are just extremely cool animals too, so this pair of earrings is perfect!

I never tried earrings like this before. One disadvantage is that they fall off more easily. Wednesday I took the tram at our seaside to travel for almost two hours. When I got in, I had a hard time taking off my backpack and handbag and sadly one earring fell under the seat in front of me.

One detail: it was really crowded so there was a granny sitting at that exact place. Each time the person in front of me left, another came immediately to replace their seat.
I waited for like two hours, hoping I would still find it. Luckily, it was just laying there (in between a lot of dirt, but still). So one thing: watch out while wearing these kind of earrings.

This is one of the outfits I wore last week, including my new sneakers (read here).

Right now I have to prepare for my Crossfit class, I'm ready to sweat.

I wish you all a great weekend!
See you soon

Love
The Losing Struggle

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Desert vibe

Bonjour tout le monde!


source: tumblr

I just came home from a 3-day trip to Liège to my former exchange student Béné. Even though I hadn't spoken French for a year or something, after these days I still convert all my thoughts to French, help!

More about the trip later, but I can already tell you that we did some shopping - in chill mode, but still - and that I made a great deal in the sales: new Reeboks in town!

A long time ago I wrote (here) about how I was thinking about buying new sneakers. Sadly I wasn't able to purchase a pair of dark yellow Adidas Supercolors and the other pair was not that cool when I saw it in real life.

My dark green Reeboks, which I bought during winter sales, are a bit worn out because I've used them practically every day ever since.
I was thus searching another pair in Liège and - thanks to the honest opinion of Béné - have found the perfect one. The colors are lighter than my other pair and it's perfect for summer.

source: afew-store.com
source: afew-store.com

Then why the picture of the desert at the top?
Desert Vibe is the name they gave this shoe, little trigger over there.
If you're interested, you can buy them here on Asos. I bought them in this store Take-Off, there they were even cheaper.

I really love wearing sneakers, but it's best to buy them during the sales. I've got the same quality for half the price and in my opinion, sneakers cannot go out of style just because everyone likes different kinds of them.

There's also a fun fact that Béné noticed about me: if everyone likes something, I hate it and if no one likes something, I'm totally into it.
I thought about it and it's completely true. Right now there aren't much people I know who wear Reeboks, so I love them even more.

What about you, do you like wearing sneakers? And do you also love things more if not everyone else is into it?

Bisous bisous


The Losing Struggle

Monday, 13 July 2015

#RW15 part II

Hi my dears!

As promised, the second (and last) part of the reviews of bands I've seen at Rock Werchter.
I received a lot of great reactions about the first part and that's actually really nice to hear.

I've been a week off, grown a year older (19 yeah!!!) and made some friends of whom I'm sure that our friendship will last a lifetime.
Last week was pretty amazing and I'm still living a bit in a black hole for the moment. I'll tell you all about it later this week, so stay tuned!

So, Rock Werchter.

Patti Smith

This woman is a legend. She and her band came to perform their album Horses. My friends weren't enthusiast to come with me, so I stood there alone watching her when around me the average age had risen.
I honestly don't get why there weren't a lot of people of my age. This woman was so inspiring! Even at the age of 68 she caught all our attention and gave an awesome performance.
After the concert, I felt relieved. We are free, so said she.


Angus and Julia Stone

When I saw them before, their show was incredible but rather calm. I didn't really have the time to check out their new music and I was quite surprised. They kept their sweetness and showed again how great they both are as musicians, but also their songs have evolved a lot.
This was a great concert, I was perplexed again by how good they are at what they do.


Oscar and The Wolf

This Belgian group is just great. I saw them last year too, when most of my friends missed them because they were lazy at the camping. I haven't regret it for a second.
They weren't that famous back then so it was really cosy there.

During the year they have made a huge flight so this year the tent was really crowded. My friends left because it was too hot in there but I made my way through and enjoyed the show. It felt so great to be jumping all together and dancing like never before.

Alt-J

Just as Oscar and The Wolf, I discovered them a couple of years ago at Rock Werchter. I didn't know the songs at that time, but their show rocked.

As told before, there was the dilemma of choosing between first row Balthazar or first row Alt-J.
I found the equilibrium, thanks to all my friends who kept place in the middle of the tent when Alt-J was almost starting.
I had an incredible time there, words cannot describe it. My university friend came with me that day and we have the same (great, duh) taste for music. We were even able to sing along every single song they played and thanks to her the concert was even greater.


Kid Ink

Last but not least: Kid Ink.
We've danced like nobody was watching, it just felt so right. So lucky to have these crazy friends around me, they do these impulsive things with me some times and make me feel alive.
It was a cool show and I think everybody there was just happy during the concert.


This was my review of Rock Werchter 2015.
Which of these bands would you like to see some time?
Have you ever been to Rock Werchter?

Lots of love

The Losing Struggle

Saturday, 4 July 2015

#RW15 part I

Phuw! It's hot out here.

Hi dears.

Today's forecast: 34 degrees. It's been like this for a couple of days now and I'm so not used to it.
I still look like a hamster, because of Tuesday's surgery, so staying inside will be the best option for me.

Rock Werchter was moved one week ahead for some big headliners - Foo Fighters and Muse, yeah -
and after Dave Grohl and band cancelled, people were even more frustrated about it. There were people who missed a few days festival because of their exams.

Looking back afterwards, I'm glad it was a week earlier. I cannot imagine us sitting in our tents or watching bands at Main Stage with these temperatures. We already woke up sweating with 24 degrees.
As promised, I'll give you reviews of a selection of seen concerts.



Christine and the Queens

I don't know how she does it, but she gave the best performance I've ever seen. Her dance moves, her expressions, her weirdness... : it all perfectly fit together. Everyone was moving their asses, I had a really great time.



Balthazar

Yes, you've seen this name already quite a lot on my blog (here, here and here). I'm a super fan, so this concert was doomed to be great. At first I was really disappointed, because there were some timetable changes. I wanted to be front row for Balthazar, but, because Ben Howard cancelled, Balthazar overlapped a bit with Alt-J. I wanted to attend both concerts and to be in time at Alt-J, I had to slip away earlier so front row was no option.
Luckily me and my friend found a great place to watch and I enjoyed their show to the fullest. I get the best feeling in the world when I'm able to sing songs along with the artist, I feel united then.

I fell in love with their t-shirt collection, so I bought one.



Ibeyi

I didn't know what to expect, but these twins can create the best music! It was cool to watch how they react with each other. I love the fact that their name comes from Yoruba, a Nigerian language their ancients spoke, meaning 'twins'.
They are worth listening to.

Muse

Of course, Muse. It has been my biggest dream to watch them live. During some processes in my life, their music has supported and inspired me a lot. Their sound is phenomenal, no better word to describe it. I feel part of something bigger while hearing their songs.

I share my passion for the band with one of my best friends. When they were touring with their previous album, Muse stopped by two times in Belgium. Sadly enough it was both times during our exams so my friend and I were very disappointed that we couldn't go.
Watching Muse finally live next to him felt like the right place and time to make this dream come true.

The show was awesome, everything I expected from them. (Okay, maybe they should've played Resistance too, but no blaming.)
It was a great end to an even greater festival.


St. Paul and The Broken Bones

This band opened the festival and was in my opinion really nice. They had soul, showed that they had fun and made us dance. That's all I needed at that very moment.
They're not that famous, but still ruled the stage.
I talked about them before: here.


This was the first part of my review, more of this will follow later.
Have a great (hot) Saturday and enjoy the summer!

Love


The Losing Struggle

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Out of my bunker

Hi dears!

July 1st, summer has officially begun! Temperatures are quickly rising, a little tanning does no harm.
Sadly enough I had a surgery for my teeth yesterday, so I have to stay inside sleeping (and watching series, duh).

I've been off a while, because I decided to put my exams on top of my priority list. I went through a mentally quite hard time, but I made it luckily! I received my grades Monday and I can proudly say that I finished my first year at university in magna cum laude.

The end of my exams was celebrated in a great way. First I visited Antwerp again, led by my hometown friend there. We ended up at Ellis Gourmet Burger and damn, I ate the best burger ever. You really should try the Louis Cheese.

Later that evening, I took another friend of mine home and showed her around in my tiny village and city. It's a weird thing at university, because even if you have been hanging out together for a year, you don't know how your friends live. This will be solved during vacation, yay!

After some boyfriend quality time and a dance audition, it was time to leave for my favorite happening of the year: the Rock Werchter festival!
It was in my opinion the best edition I visited so far, thanks to the great music and the even greater company.
I'm planning on writing some reviews on the performances later this week, but - as usual - Balthazar really rocked the stage.



So right now it's really time to come out of my bunker. I've worked really really hard this year, right now three months of vacation are waiting for me. I'll be entertaining kids for four weeks and in september Croatia is my destination, together with eighteen friends but more on that later.

I also realized during the concerts how much music means to me. I used to play and write a lot of music a couple of years ago, but for some reason I forgot about that for a while. My ukulele and guitar really need some company so my focus will completely lay on music this summer. Together with a very talented friend I'll be playing some music in the streets of Antwerp and I'm very excited!

What does music mean to you? Is it something you listen to relax?

Love

The Losing Struggle
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