“I’m heading straight for the castle, they want to make me their Queen”

As you may have picked up by now, most of the music I listen to comes from the 1950’s to the 1990’s, with 2000’s and some more modern stuff mixed in there. Because I listen to mostly rock stations that play within my taste range, I seldom here new things. But when I randomly find new artists/songs, it is quite a joy. Especially my latest find: Halsey, and her debut album: Badlands.

Evidently this album came out back in September…alas, it is new to me! I discovered Halsey on Facebook because people had been sharing this YouTube video somebody made focusing on Harley Quinn and what we have seen of her so far in the trailers for the upcoming Suicide Squad. I don’t even know much about Harley Quinn but I’m excited for it; she looks pretty cool. This is the video that led me to Halsey:

 

I was instantly in love with this song and kept watching this video to hear it. I eventually typed in the lyrics on Google and found who was behind this enchanting song. I found the CD at work (I work at a largely known electronics store that luckily sells CD’s for my happiness. Okay, not solely for that, but whatever), bought it, had “Castle” on repeat but eventually I listened to the other songs on the album.

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I do love it, but none of the other songs hit me the way “Castle” does. It was definitely worth buying, though! It’s all a lovely collection of pop laced with an electric alternative vibe. Plus, she just has an amazing voice.

Recently she dedicated her song “Hold Me Down” to Kesha, who was recently denied permission to discontinue working for Sony with the man who raped and abused her. And that….that just makes me angry. I won’t say anything else about it, I’ll get too upset. And yes, I like Kesha; “Timber” in particular. But anyway, isn’t that cool and supportive of Halsey?! “It’s the devil that’s trying to hold me down,”. It’s definitely an anthem of strength.

“New Americana” and “Colors” are some of my favorites…I like more than a few lyrics in “Colors” in particular:

“You’re only happy when your sorry head is filled with dope; I hope you make it to the day you’re 28 years old.” I don’t know for sure, but I’m thinking she’s referencing the age of 27, the year many rock stars have died at. If so, I like it. It’s dark but potent.

“You were red and you liked me because I was blue
You touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky
And you decided purple just wasn’t for you”

I like that set too, and she kinda speaks that one but it’s lovely.

Actually I can’t get forget my favorite “New Americana” lyrics: “what kind of bubblegum have you been blowing lately?”

It’s all good, honestly. She is awesome, and look at her hair:

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And this is her first album. It’s an extremely impressive debut, and I’m so happy my comic book loving friends passed that Harley Quinn video around. I also heard it just the other day in a TV trailer for the new Huntsman movie, but 1) they edit the song in a stupid way 2) I’m guessing that movie doesn’t even deserve to be associated with this song because the first one was just bland.

“I’m heading straight for the castle, they got the Kingdom locked up…and there’s an old man sitting on the floor there saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut.”

Also…figured that the lyrics for this song relate to my latest Star Wars art purchase, so check it out:

“I’m heading straight for the castle, they want to make me their Queen,”

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Queen Amidala!! I love it so much; this artist is amazing. I found her on Instagram and she just does beautiful stuff.

“If you want to break these walls down, you’re gonna get bruised”…okay, last lyric from “Castle”. I love it, it’s such an amazing song.

 

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Mugshot Monday #5

I would prefer to post these early in the morning as I’m actually drinking it, but I never give myself enough time in the morning to do so. It’s almost Tuesday, but I promise you, I drank this coconut mocha at home this morning.

So, here is yet another mug from the Disney Store:

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Nothing like Darth Maul’s evil little badass face to wake you up in the morning!!

But seriously…this one of the coolest mugs I’ve ever seen. Darth Maul is my favorite Star Wars villain…yes, I know, he doesn’t do much in Phantom Menace, but that is due to lack of screen time, not lack of awesomeness. If you’ve read my other posts, you know I’m a big fan of the Clone Wars series, and he is still alive in that…just barely. The half of the Sith Lord that’s left is kinda crazy…but that’s what makes it so entertaining. AND he is set to be in this season of Rebels, even though all we have seen so far was his face and a hood in a mid-season trailer for the show, but I’m so excited for that. We didn’t really know what was going to happen to him in Clone Wars; last we saw him, Darth Sidious/Chancellor Palpatine heard that he was still alive and was like “OH HELL NO, I ALREADY HAVE A NEW APPRENTICE” and went and captured him…then what? We don’t know, because they had to stop the show when Disney bought the rights/George Lucas got bored and sold this precious gem of a franchise. I’m looking forward to potentially finding out what may have happened to Darth Maul!! Even just knowing what he’s been up to all these years will be cool.

Back to the mug itself… I love that it is a hooded version; just makes it kinda spooky. Yes, I love his horns, but that actually seems like it would be a difficult mug to design. I know, you may be wondering why this light-side, rebellion-loving gal would love Darth Maul. Well, in big franchises like this, I feel like everybody has their favorites on both sides. Like in Harry Potter, I love Draco Malfoy. I know a lot of Star Wars fans that are all about Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the Stormtroopers, and that’s fine. It’s whatever floats your boat! My boat is mostly light side, and then Darth Maul. Admittedly, his looks have a lot to do with this…I mean come on, his skin is made up of my favorite color combination: red and black! His eyes are scary, his horns are intimidating…his moves, he’s so swift. He rides this awesome space motorcycle-ish thing. HE HAS A DOUBLE-ENDED RED LIGHTSABER. Okay, I’ll admit that I struggle a bit sometimes with buying Star Wars things because red is actually my favorite color (Idk, can you tell by looking at this site? ;)), but I feel odd buying things like red lightsaber earrings or necklaces because I feel that because it represents evil in this universe (of Star Wars), then that’s what I’m choosing in real life. Obviously it’s not, and obviously that’s silly, but I am silly. I have these adorable blue lightsaber earrings that I purchased from Wizard World Comic Con last year…this year I want to get red lightsaber earrings just for other outfits. Not to be evil, but just to be cool and match other things in my closet.

Anyway, I love that I got this from the Disney Store, and since they’ve only had the rights to Star Wars for maybe a few years or so now, I’m excited for all of the Star Wars mugs I will be buying from there in the future!!

“SIMBAAAA”

Okay, I just like saying his name…is that weird?! I don’t care.

And actually, this isn’t even about Simba.

This morning I said goodbye to my little porcelain figurine set of Kiara and Kovu; sent them off to their new home, their eBay winner. In case you don’t know/your memory needs refreshing, Kiara is the darling daughter of Simba and Nala. In Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Kiara falls in love with Kovu, a sexy young lion (with the same color scheme as Scar)  from the rival group of lions. This, of course, depicts before they fell in love but rather, when they first became friends as adorable cubs.

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I was sad to see them go, but alas, I can’t keep all of my really cool things and I’m trying to make as much extra money as possible. I have more Disney figurines like this, but they’re either not in good selling condition and/or too sentimentally precious. Alice has no feet, Esmerelda has missing one foot…and Eric holding Ariel and Flic are perfectly in tact but I love them all too much.

Perhaps I would have never considered selling them if Lion King 2 was just better…so many things were wrong with it…but perhaps I shall save those details for another day. But, one thing I must tell you now, so you don’t hate me too much for selling these two adorable lions:

Kovu, while sexy like Simba, is an idiot.

Okay, without explaining the entire movie, you just need to know this. Like I mentioned before, Kovu is from the rival group of lions that are not part of Pride Rock. They’re scruffy and roughed-up looking, and they happen to worship Scar as a cult-leader. Even though Kovu looks like Scar, I don’t think he is supposed to be Scar’s son. His mother, at least I think I recall her being his mother, has two other children; one girl voiced by Gretchen Weiners and one older screw-up, scraggly brother voiced by Andy Dick. I personally believe that this mother, Zira, made some evil, twisted love with Scar and this resulted in Nuka, the pathetic older brother who looks just like Scar, but then some years later she found another lion (after Scar’s death?) and had two cubs with him.

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This better sums up Nuka, who actually has the best parts in the movie because he is hilarious and deranged:

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All of the stems of lineage are never explained, but I assume that my theories are correct because Kovu is the love interest here, in love with Simba’s daughter…so they can’t be cousins…yes, I know, Nala is most likely Simba’s sister but I hold onto the notion that she’s not, that her father was a hit it and quit it kind of guy and that’s why you don’t see him within Pride Rock and therefore there is no incest going on here. It’s also possible that Zira just took in Kovu at some point because they kept saying he was “hand-chosen” by Scar…yes, that could mean he’s his son too, but I really don’t think so. Did Zira just steal a promising looking little cub for this crazy cult?! Maybe?! I don’t know, it doesn’t matter…what was I talking about again?!

Oh yeah! So, this cult of Scar wants to take over Pride Rock in Scar’s name (because they’re weird and crazy) but in order to infiltrate the kingdom, they get Kovu to be all buff and handsome and woo Kiara, and I believe this plot involves killing her and/or Simba but I don’t remember how. Whatever, you just need to know that Kovu is supposed to be tricking Kiara. But of course, he ends up genuinely falling in love with her because she is just too damn awesome; her peachy color, her independence, the fact that her parents are both gorgeous and therefore she is.

Guys, here’s why Kovu is so dumb.

So, Kovu and Kiara are having their own “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” kind of sequence and then we find them chilling in the grass, just like Simba did with Timon and Pumba (I don’t know, they were just trying to tie in everything they possibly could from the first one?) and Kiara is explaining to Kovu about how the “great kings of the past” are up in the sky.

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Kovu says “you think Scar’s up there?”

Um, no, you moron…you’re supposed to be tricking this girl into thinking you want to be part of their pride, she can’t know that you’re actually one of the Scar cult members!!! Real smooth, man.

I mean, obviously it all works out in the end…I just can’t get over how he perfectly fails at the one thing he was supposed to do.

Oh, Lion King, how I love you, despite your stupid sequel. There is also a new show on Disney Channel called The Lion Guard, and that is supposed to be about Simba and Nala’s son. Is Kiara there somewhere? With her idiotic but cute lion husband Kovu? I don’t know…I want them to be there, though. I just find Kiara to be so darling. But, I want to watch the show regardless, because Rob Lowe is the voice of Simba. Rob Lowe is my number-one favorite living actor and him voicing the beautiful lion Simba is a fantasy I never even knew I had being fulfilled.

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I don’t know if I can handle it.

But guys, we can’t forget the most seductive character in Lion King….

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I know. We’ll never be even 1/10th as sexy as this animated lioness is. You go, Nala.

 

“Although your mind’s okay, try thinking more if just for your own sake”

While I do admit I am not an expert on modern music,  the good stuff finds that’s hiding out there finds me and I cherish it. Unfortunately, I hear more of the crappy stuff; at work, we have a mandated radio station that plays the same horrible crap over and over again. Occasionally there’s some good songs in there, but there are too many I can’t stand mixed in there to feel any kind of relief anyway. So, I consider myself more aware of modern music that I don’t like; I won’t always be able to tell you the artist, but I will always know whether I like it or whether it proves the decline in music quality that’s been happening the past few decades.

Disclaimer: I don’t like rap at all. Maybe a few songs here and there, but overall, I don’t care for it. If you like it, cool. The people I know who do like it are attracted to the rhythm and clever lyrics, and I can absolutely respect that. They guy I’m about to mention does not fall in that category.

I’m talking about you, Tyga.

Evidently, Sir Paul McCartney, beautiful Beatles legend (in case you didn’t know), was attempting to attend a post-Grammy’s party the other night and was denied access. To where? To Tyga’s party. Yes; you’re certainly not alone if this all makes you cringe.

First of all…Tyga, you clearly have no respect for actual talent. It must be hard for modern folk like yourself to understand that once there was a time when artists wrote their own music, sang their own poetry, and even, oh my God- played their own instruments. I know, this must be hard to fathom, for someone who does songs titled such vulgar and tasteless things like “bouncin’ on my dick” and then just plain stupid songs like “rack city”. Sadly, I know that one because occasionally my boyfriend blasts it in the car when he drives. To deliberately anger me? Who knows. (Probably.)

Yes, make no mistakes, the Beatles weren’t all innocent either. But they just did it better. Paul sang on the White Album about…doing things in the road. But its’ subtlety alone makes it waaaaaay more sophisticated; “no one will be watching us, why don’t we do it in the road”.

But, truthfully…I’m more offended by the fact that Sir Paul McCartney would even want to go to Tyga’s party…

UNLESS….

Unless, he thought he was going to Tigger’s party.

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IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW!!! I wouldn’t want to miss out on this guy’s party, either, Sir Paul!!

Also, it was literally JUST brought to my attention that people are claiming it was not Tyga’s fault, but rather that of…his bouncer? Still a poor excuse. Hire cooler, properly cultured people to handle your stuff, man.

 

 

“This One Goes Out to the One I Love”

Guys, I know Valentine’s Day can sometimes be obnoxious…people showing off their flowers, chocolates, fancy jewelry, reminding you that they have a significant other, etc. Despite those people who are all up in your face with their romance, I could never hate this holiday. Sure, I’ve had a bad one before; it was the week of a break-up, but I went out and had pizza with my family. Bitter and dressed in all black, but hey…sometimes it’s fun to be a bit dramatic. The important thing was, I had my family to spend the day with. Valentine’s isn’t always about the romance; it’s truly about being with and appreciating all of the people you love. But anyway… even when I was a child, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. Of course, that might be because the Disney Store always had the cutest stuffed animals and other products especially for this holiday; back in my youth, I had a plush of Lady (from Lady and the Tramp) that was entirely light pink. Perhaps it sounds weird, but it was so darling and cute. I wish I still had it. I also had a little Oddball from 102 Dalmatians with hearts instead of spots. I also have a little heart-spotted Dalmatian figurine that holds a heart basket; I keep make-up stuff in that, just like my fancy Ariel & Eric mug.

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Look how freaking cute that is!

So, in addition to loving things that these cutesy Valentine’s things that are pink, red, and have hearts all over them, I love silly little Valentine’s things in general. My boyfriend gave me a beautiful ring, but I’m not going to be a show-off…unless you really want to see it…but anyway! I do love flowers, but this year, I got something substantially better:

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That’s right; my man got me a bouquet of R2 units!! Some R2-D2’s, and I can’t remember the numbers for the others in there but does it matter?! Look at adorable that is!!

And yes, he got me a Darth Vader Valentine to match, of course! I love it all.

Right now I’m just debating whether I leave the R2 bouquet like that or take it apart and put R2’s all around! My parents were like “unlike flowers, these will last forever,”. This is true, but I also kinda wanna cuddle these little guys.

The ring, my Vader Valentine, and R2 bouquet are undoubtedly the best presents I have ever received for Valentine’s Day.

Peace and love to everyone!!

Mugshot Monday #4

In honor of the most recent holiday, Valentine’s Day, I present to you just one of my beautiful couples mugs….and yes, this one is from the Disney Store again…

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It’s a very stylized version of Ariel and Eric, my favorite princess and my favorite prince!! I believe it was from the “Fairytale Collection”, which featured other classic couples in new styles on not just mugs, but also notebooks, t-shirts, and really fancy dolls. Naturally, I chose the mug. As you can see, this doesn’t have coffee in it…it’s too fancy to actually use. I found another purpose for it; it holds my make-up. I only use a few of those, but I haven’t gotten rid of the eyeliners I have tried and didn’t like…so, I’ll keep them until I realize I should just throw them out.

“We are the Goon Squad and we’re coming to town, beep beep!”

“Fashion!” Ah, that reminds me of when I worked at a certain over-priced clothing retailer and I hated it…the only joy and relief I would feel was when this song had its’ turn in their set store playlist. Oh David Bowie, you beautiful star in the sky.

Anyway, back to talking about fashion…lately I have the Clone Wars series playing in the background as I blog or do other tasks. Yes, I’ve already seen the entire series, but it’s fun watchin episodes again and making new observations. Like, in the Clone Troopers’ living quarters, I spotted a pin-up-ish poster of the background of a lady dressed like Padme’s handmaidens were dressed at one point in The Phantom Menace. I like that reference, and I also enjoy knowing the clones had such posters they were fond of. Then, I spotted an actual pin-up poster in the background of a bar-like place of a sexy, scantily clad Twilek. On the other side of this was another pin-up, but it was of a Hutt lady…that one was not quite nearly as sexy as the other one.

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I can only find the poster that was in the Clone Troopers’ living quarters…I love this outfit. I want to Cosplay someday. But I imagine that would require some crafty skills and/or punching the crap out of my bank account.

Aside from background finds, I still love seeing Clone Wars-exclusive characters. Not just my Ahsoka Tano, but I also love seeing Duchess Satine of Mandalore…the woman who had Obi Wan Kenobi’s heart but it was never to be. Kenobi had told her that had she given him the word, he would left the Jedi Order to be with her. I think it was pretty obvious that Satine loved him, but men…even Jedi men…sometimes don’t get the simplest romantic cues. Satine is a strong, independent, surprisingly fierce pacifist and I love her character. And, in the tradition of elaborate royalty fashion in the Star Wars universe, Satine has plenty of unique and fancy outfits that nearly rival Padme’s…just look at this gem here:

And this wasn’t even a special event, she literally just wore this to confront the Prime Minister about toxins in the schoolchildren’s beverage containers. Look at her face. She’s pissed about the little children that are ill because of black market nonsense. And she’s not backing down; she’s going to rock the crap out of that gem-headband and let her sparkly headwings (I’m not sure how they were on her head…) demand the answers!!

Seriously, though…why can’t we get away such Star Wars fashions in real life?! Not this wingpiece in particular, but several other outfits and accessories make me wish we lived in the Star Wars universe. Actually, it’s not just the clothing…everything is just so much cooler. But let’s just have fun thinking about the fashion, and wanting to dress like Padme every day. Sure, these two are royalty/political figures, but still. I’m sure I would still dress like them if I was merely an ordinary citizen. As I mentioned earlier, I love that robed dress that is meant for a handmaiden…handmaiden to the Queen isn’t quite “ordinary citizen”, but it’s somewhat close.

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Hold up, I need a bigger image of my favorite:

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Don’t think that Padme didn’t pass down her fabulous fashion sense genes down to her daughter, Princess Leia:

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Okay, just one more lovely outfit from the Star Wars Universe:

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Rey, at the end of The Force Awakens. Yes, not every outfit has to be ridiculously fancy for me to love it!