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Note: Are any of you even alive? Because I Am Not. This is just a short drabble to let you guys know I’m still here. Can I just say that I love these particular frames A Lot! More than any of his other frames. Like these are my favorite. God. I’m-

Pairing: Yoongi x Reader
Rating: NC17
Genre: Smut
Word Count: 1991

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It’s never an accident whenever Yoongi wears those glasses. He isn’t one to preen too often, but seeing your reaction anytime he wears that specific pair is always good for his ego. Yoongi finds it fascinating and gratifying that your reaction to him wearing those glasses doesn’t seem to change after all these years. 

It always starts with mild surprise because you can’t keep a poker face to save your life. He adores the way your eyes widen and lips part the moment you catch sight of him. Sometimes the hitch in your breath and gaping-fish look can last for a full two seconds. Sometimes (regrettably) you recover quicker than that. 

The surprise fades to lust at an exceptionally quick rate, and Yoongi is not at all embarrassed to say that this is his favorite part of the whole cycle. It’s like watching dominoes fall, one on top of the other, on top of the other, and so on and so forth - falling pieces knocking down the next piece towards that inevitable, satisfying end. He sees it in the pattern of your breaths, in your small, dry swallows and soft clearings of your throat. 

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BΔSTILLE Song Catalogue

[Last updated: 25/03/17]
This is a list of every Bastille song we know about!

If you can’t find a copy of anything in the list, feel free to message me and I can probably hook you up. At the bottom of the list I’ve also included songs by Dan Smith before Bastille formed and songs he created with Ralph PelleyMounter.

If I’ve missed anything please reply/message me so I can update the list! I’ll be updating it periodically anyway with new stuff they release.


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George Hyde Pownall (1866 or 1876-1932, England/Australia)

Cityscapes

Pownall was an English painter of the Edwardian period, His small, vivid paintings of London, the West End, and the Thames are often overlooked when people consider city painting in the early 20th century, and this has not been helped by inaccurate or lacking biographical information relating to the artist’s life.

An accomplished musician and landscape painter, Pownall was born in England in 1866 (or 1876) and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in about 1911. He worked as a conductor, composer, tenor singer and pianist, painting in his spare time. His paintings are in the plein air style of Impressionism, and the sketch-like fluidity also resembles artists of this school, though Pownall’s technique is recognisably his own.

NoteWorthy By Aura Cacia

I’m a budding essential oil nerd and I was stoked to hear about the new online community called Noteworthy by Aura Cacia- it’s a space for us to support one another along the path to our most authentic selves. The path to authenticity is inevitably long and complicated for each of us, and I’m excited to be part of a community of seekers who support one another.

Like many other parts of modern wellness culture, I was very skeptical of aromatherapy for a long time. The whole culture surrounding essential oils and their myriad usages just seemed like something wealthy yoga people rhapsodized about in order to make themselves feel superior to others. However, I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that essential oils have completely changed my life.

For me, it really started with a single oil diffuser in my yoga room. I wasn’t even all that adventurous in the beginning- I would just shake a few drops of lavender oil in before practicing yoga and allow the gentle aroma fill the space. It was a really pleasant upgrade from my typical practice days but I didn’t think much of it- it was hard for me to believe that a few drops of oil in diffused water could make such a difference in my mood. Because truly, it wasn’t just about the nice smell- the diffusion legit made me FEEL better.

Eventually, I realized that the diffusion experience needed to spread to other parts of my life. I added diffusers + oil sets to my bedroom and office and I became much more experimental with the oil combinations. Lemongrass and rosemary have become critical components of my work life- any time the realities of freelance work are trying my patience, I sprinkle a few drops in my diffuser and allow the magical power of scent to balance my spirit. 

 Also, my travel oil diffuser has become one of my most crucial essentials. As soon as I check into a new hotel room, I immediately plug in my diffuser- it invariably helps my mood and makes me feel closer to home.

However, my love of essential oils extends beyond oil diffusers. I swore off antiperspirant deodorant ages ago and I’ve struggled with finding the best natural deodorant for my sensitive skin. Baking soda based natural deodorants burn my armpits up like bacon, and deodorants that use essential oils as a large component have a much less aggressive effect. There is a brand that makes an awesome spray deodorant that I LOVE but I tend to use a lot of it- I mean, Carolina summers are no joke and ya girl likes to stay fresh. Expensive natural deodorants aren’t terribly cost effective, and I set out on a mission to find the best homemade deodorant for my pits. After experimenting with a few different recipes, I finally concocted a recipe that works really well for my body, with tea tree, lemon, lemongrass, and lavender oils providing the oil base.

The thing is, I’m not always in situations where I can easily incorporate oils in my life. More often than not, I’m waiting for a stressful meeting, stuck in traffic on my way to teach a packed yoga class, or dealing with the drama of an average trip to the airport. In those moments, it’s awesome to use essential oil roll-ons- I always keep one the Aura Cacia Chakra Balancing Roll-ons in my satchel so I can roll a few drops on my pulse points when I need a pick me up. Seriously, these roll-ons have been SO CLUTCH in life’s trying moments- it’s like a fresh sniff of reality when I feel myself slipping into emotional darkness.

 Essential oils aren’t a status symbol- they’re the key to an ancient healing practice. If you’re interested in starting your own healing journey, whether it’s yoga, uncluttering your home, embodying new motherhood or anything else, check out the NoteWorthy by Aura Cacia page for a community that will support your journey to your truest self.


(BTW, my hair wrap is by @thewraplife)

Wild World in a nutshell
  • Good Grief: the first track of the album!!!
  • The Currents: OH MY GOD MY GOD. I need air...
  • An Act of Kindness: stalker alert! a song for slow dancing in a club
  • Warmth: there it is! the albums title OMFG. hold me close.
  • Glory: there's no looking up for heaven after that moment at 3:05 MY GOD THAT WAS PRECIOUS
  • Power: the guitar parts in this song is POWERful
  • Two Evils: yup. still reminds me of that falling girl...
  • Send Them Off!: EPIC. brass wind instruments for the win!
  • Lethargy: HEADSPIN. HAPPINESS. DEATH.
  • Four Walls(The Ballad of Perry Smith): when Dan says "four walls" is eargasmic af
  • Blame: at last a studio version of this song!
  • Fake It: the drums are strong in this one. Dan singing 'my love' and 'go back' in the end is life
  • Snakes: finally the lyrics are settled in this song!
  • Winter Of Our Youth: a song that's kinda reminiscing of Laughter Lines
  • Way Beyond: Dan throws shade to social media people
  • Oil On Water: kind of like the sequel to What Would You Do?
  • Campus: FFS HEAVEN. HELP DAN. HELP HIM. college life is hard you know...
  • Shame: I CAN SEE A CHANGE. what is this? i feel funkiness coursing through me. in a good way that is..
  • The Anchor: IS THIS THE CLOSEST THING TO A LOVE SONG WE'RE GONNA GET FROM BASTILLE!? I'M HAPPY ABOUT IT. DEFINITELY.

That was the most perfect and wonderful thing I have ever listened to in my entire life. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an album like it.

Thank you so much Bastille.

holy-dog  asked:

Ecohorror sounds super cool, can you recomend some?

Sure thing!

Ecohorror/ ecogothic are what I’d call sub-genres, that is, that while there are a lot of works that deal with the themes involved (horror and gothic fiction that utilises elements of the natural world as part of the antagonistic force and/ or which expresses the abject or grotesque through nature) these texts are generally sorted by the more general genres that they inhabit.

So, most ecohorror or ecogothic texts fall into the horror, gothic, suspense, action, etc genres, rather than being classified and marketed as ecohorror or ecogothic. All of these fall under the super-genre of Speculative Fiction. (Though I think there could definitely be an argument made that there could be nonfiction ecohorror.)

This ask, I’m pretty sure, comes from reading that I’m writing a proposal for a conference focused on ecohorror/ ecogothic. I’ll start off with a little bit about the text I’ll be talking about and why I chose it.

So, all going to plan, I’ll be giving a paper about the film Crimson Peak (2015), and the relationship in that film between the supernatural/ hauntings and the earth on which the hauntings take place. 

There are several markers in the film that I believe characterise it as ecogothic, most notably, the physical resemblance between the ghosts and the dominant mode of exploitation of the land in their respective settings. In the New World, the ghost is black and smokey and reminiscent of the coal powered industry. At Crimson Peak, the ghosts are bloody red like the iron-rich soil, and many of them have become ghosts (died/ been killed) due to the need of the wealthy elite to extract that mineral worth from the soil.

My paper would focus on the connection between the land and the ghosts, between land ownership and class, and between exploitation of the land and exploitation of the body.

Now, that said, I’ll give a few other texts that I think satisfy the indistinct category of ecohorror/ ecogothic:

  • Severed (2005); (Severed: Forest of the Dead in the US)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • San Andreas (2015)
  • The Children of Men by P.D. James (I include this because a central part of the horror in the novel is about people losing connection to a ‘basic’ natural part of existence, the horror is that humanity has lost a vital part of nature)
  • Van Diemen’s Land (2009) (the obvious horror story is about the cannibalism, but the other element of the film is the Tasmanian wilderness, and of people who’ve been forcibly removed from their own land and pushed into an alien landscape)
  • The Alien franchise fits into this, with the horror take on biology/ reproduction, and the robots that are indistinguishable from humanity until they’re destroyed
  • The Mad Max franchise also fits very well, thematically Fury Road talks about it most explicitly, but Road Warrior has similar concerns about resources (different groups fighting over oil) and Beyond Thunderdome has the first iteration of the Green Place/ exploited township dynamic. It also has a whole sub plot about renewable energy sources
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy and the 2009 film of the same name
  • Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
  • The Happening (2008)
  • Fern Gully (1992)

One example of nonfiction that I think is, perhaps not ecohorror technically, but is a fantastic example of something unsettling with nature ‘going wrong’ is this article about the dead trees at Chernobyl [LINK]

There are obviously a lot more than that, but there’s a good starting off point, I think. The ecogothic and ecohorror are possibly trending as anxiety about the environment and the impact that people are having on the world come into focus as major sites of crisis in the popular consciousness.