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Out and about

On a whim I posted something on Facebook about having a drink at a bar in Paris and so on Wednesday night I met with Clémentine and other friends, a few I hadn't seen in years. It was very nice (and I got pretty hammered) and we definitely need to do this again soon.

Clémentine and I met today and we went together to a consultation with a tattoo artist for our matching tattoo projects. (I am quite anti-matching tattoos when it comes to couples, but not as much when it comes to family and friends, go figure.) The tattoo artist was nice, on board with our project and we booked an appointment on Nov 15 to get tattooed together. :D

Then we walked around Paris and ended up near the new tattoo parlour of a friend so we popped by for a visit and... I'm seeing him next week to discuss another project I had in mind before C & I decided to get our tattoo together. Oops. He might have openings during the summer and I'm really itching to get tattooed again...

Music

These days, lots of Absolute Body Control and Fixmer/McCarthy. 



Crafting

I'm back to sewing and I'm on a roll. Since last week I made myself a black racerback dress, a rectangle top with open sides and a crop top. All personal patterns that I've adjusted a little.



I've also dyed a white silk satin remnant I had. I got a lovely muted, petrol blue. I've made tap pants out of it and plan to make a matching bralette.

Today we went to Toto rue Réaumur and I bought lovely wool (and wool mesh and red viscose lining) so I can make this:




 
 
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Current Music: Distel: Teer
 
 
melle_chantilly
Well, no regret about the Trippen shoes since I finally got my grandfather's insurance money! I woke up on Tuesday with a migraine (I'm kicking myself because on Monday night I was shivery and exhausted and that was most definitely the aura. Taking a triptan before bed would probably have saved me a headache, quite literally). We had planned to go to the Petit Bain birthday party/KVB/Oiseaux Tempête that night but I felt like as usual the migraine would probably cripple me for a few days.

I took a triptan as soon as I could in the morning and then was knocked down by exhaustion. And... then I refreshed my bank account and shazam! Monies! I know now the remedy to my migraine: getting a big chunk of cash. Might be difficult to put to use, but let's say the excitement compensated quite fairly for the exhaustion. Weird but not bad at all! So after telling Clémentine to find a concert buddy if she could (which she luckily did), I told her we could meet up for drinks at the Petit Bain deck (which is free access).

Concert 

So we met and had a pint, and then the concert didn't seem like such a bad idea after all. So I bought another ticket and went! I wish I had the opportunity to be that carefree and improvise more often. We had a lovely time, Clementine, her male best friend and I. Didn't see a lot of the concerts in fact. Ate fries, chatted, just all around nice.



Out and about

Yesterday I met again with Clémentine for a shopping spree. :)



We met at Sèvre Babylone, to go to the Marlies Dekkers shop. Well, turns out it doesn't exist anymore. Hah. So we walked in Paris, up to Saint Germain, then Saint Michel, where we visited the Un Regard Moderne book store. It's an insane store with thousands of books piled up seemingly randomly. Pretty hard to navigate (put your bag down somewhere). Lots of weird, indie, dark, kinky stuff. I bought a lovely (and oh boy, huge) red Val Denham screen print (in fact the very cover of that book). I might hang it in the bedroom, near the window. It would be smashing in the living room but I didn't realise how big it was! :D



I also bought some black toothpaste tablets at Lush. Boom! Love these. We then walked towards l'île Saint Louis (making a stop at Shakespeare & co and their coffee house). Then we wandered in Le Marais and found a little passage leading to a maze of courtyards with a few shops and restaurants. Amazing. So quiet. In the centre of Paris. It's called Le Village Saint Paul, and, as a plaque told me, it used to be Charles V's private garden. I definitely need to go back.



Then we went through Bastille, I bought a weird top in an outlet store (two circles in knit viscose, sewn together with holes for the neck and arms, cool). We went through another super cute village-like passage (cour Damoye). So many secret places in Paris! :)

We stopped by a small lingerie shop which stocked a bit of Marlies so I could figure out my size, even though I didn't buy anything. The owner was a lovely woman, and self-proclaimed medium. We talked shop (quite literally) as she saw I knew my shit when it comes to lingerie, so I explained HMS, and she was super interested and suggested we might work together. I don't know about that, but I gave her my email address. Talking can't hurt. She also saw that I have a very positive aura, with strong good values. *shrug* Thanks, I guess? :)

Then we walked towards Père Lachaise to make a stop at the Souffle Continu record store. But we passed a street, rue Pache, and my brain clicked. I had no idea where it was and turns out I passed it dozen times recently! So we made a turn and visited the beautiful gourmet food shop my friend Aurélie opened a few months ago. I hadn't seen her in a long while, and had meant to pop by for weeks. It was so nice seeing her again, and admiring the product of her hard work. It's a lovely, cosy place, with lots of great interesting products (including seasoned roasted crickets!), beer, chocolate, preserves... We had a beer and chatted for a while. I stocked up on chocolate and we all went our separate ways. I need to go back with Math, for lunch maybe?



I went on my way home to Souffle Continu and bought a couple of records. A lovely, tiny white cat has adopted the store, and came around after I arrived. Oh my. I miss cat headbumps so bad. I browsed records as she rubbed against my hands, and listened to new stuff as she plopped on the CD player and showed me her belly. It's not like I needed an extra incentive to go to the store often. :) I bought "Too" by Klara Lewis, on the owner's recommendation (neat dark ambient) and got a little something for Math.



Wow, I'm exhausted today. That was quite a walk! I think I managed to avoid sunburns, despite my going out with no hat or sunscreen, like a dumbass.

Music

I've uploaded a new mix. I've had good feedback so far (I'm really interested in critique, as i don't really know what I'm doing, tbh)

These days I've been listening to Boy Harsher, Ash Code, Geistform, Kite, Tiamat, and Ari Mason. it's interesting how Mason's record left me cold when it came out, and had me fall in love 30 sec in when I tried again a few days ago. So sensual, honest, captivating. There's something quite IAMXy to it, and her voice is wonderful.



 
 
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Current Music: Haujobb: S.adow
 
 
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Out and about

We spent a wonderful day out yesterday with Math. Just walking and talking (and spending money, oops). I had been drooling over Trippen's website for ages, and so I asked Math if he would like to go to the flagship with me so I could try on some. It is located near République so we could walk there. The idea at first was to figure out my size, and make sure they were comfy because I would probably have to order mine. See, the brand doesn't do ephemeral collection, they keep everything in their catalog. The shoes are handmade in Germany, by people paid decent wages, using beautiful leather. They have a little stock but you can also special order any design, in many different colours, it's just amazing. It's a little bit pricey (250-300€ for most models) but rather cheap when you consider how they're made! I love practically all of their design. It's all so creative and original.

Well, I had a quick look online before leaving and, eep!, found another store near Les Halles that supposedly had the model I was dreaming about in stock. I couldn't reach them by phone, so we decided to go to the flagship anyway, just to see everything, and then to possibly (lol) go to the other store.

The woman at the flagship was lovely, she helped me find my size, talked me through the specificity of all the models (a collection mean it's a new sole, and they all feel very different). I learnt that you can actually have many models re-soled once they're worn out! Wow.

Math also tried a pair, since he had the opportunity. :) And so, they indeed didn't have the one I wanted so we left. We walked back towards Couronnes to visit a record shop Math had spotted and the owner foraged in his bins and found us a copy of Hadès by Mondkopf so we had to buy it! I mean, it's one of my favourite records from the past few years, and I love the artwork. Can we talk about how stressful it is to carry a record around with you, especially in the metro! Fragile bby!

We ended up taking the metro to Les Halles and lo and behold, the store in question had MY shoes. :P And they were a little bit cheaper than on the brand website! I haven't received my grand-father's insurance money yet (although I've been told that it was definitely on its way) so it was really not reasonable to splurge like that, but hey, it felt great (and I do have the funds, so).

Then we popped by Math's favourite sneakers shop so he could try on several (his needs replacing very bad) and we visited the local beer shop where we bought several things (mostly stouts), some we love, some to try.

Here are my feet, eep!



(no, not summer shoes. :D Look, it's 17°C outside today)

Now I have to get ready to go to Holybelly meet friends!
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Health

Well, I let my throat be and I think I'm in the clear. Fingers crossed! It's always hard to be sure, because few and far between are the days where my lymph nodes aren't the size of golf balls.

I'm pretty good these days. Very thankful for my friends, irl and online, and for Math. I feel loved and supported.

Out and about



We were supposed to go clubbing last night with Clémentine but we just hung out together at Les Furieux instead, drinking absinth. I was going to say we decided to be adults but I'm not sure it qualifies. :P


Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

On Thursday we went to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs with Lawbenstriel to see the Fashion Forward exhibition. Lots of incredible garments, from the Eighteenth century to nowadays. Both of us have seen a lot of fashion exhibitions though, including at the Art Décos, so I suppose we're getting a little blasé. The most incredible pieces were already known to us. Still a great exhibition with, as usual for the museum, a stunning scenography.



Music

I've been listening to Kontravoid a lot, The Horrorist, Tempers again (Tempers is sooo, so good). 



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Current Music: Trepaneringsritualen: Castrate Christ
 
 
melle_chantilly
20 June 2016 @ 05:38 pm


Health

I'm okay. My throat is still sore, seeing the doc tomorrow. Maybe anti-histaminic would help, rather than antibiotics? We'll see.

I feel very thankful for my friends, old friends, new friends that I'm getting to know better. And for Math, whose connection felt even stronger while we went through the heartbreak of losing Punky. We don't always react and express our emotions the same, but deep down, we experience such events in very similar ways. We understand each other and we can truly share our every thoughts, even the most uncomfortable ones.

Out and about



Clémentine and I went to Lyon for a couple of days. We were supposed to see Blush Response live but unfortunately the concert was cancelled (it's just postponed since he'll be playing in Paris in a couple of months). We stayed with [personal profile] crazybutsound  and [personal profile] snakeling , and [personal profile] anatsuno came over too. Clémentine didn't know them well but I think she had a lovely time, so did I.

On Friday night, vrittis came over and we spent the evening in, chatting (we were supposed to go out to a bar but everyone felt rather lazy, me included!) It was great seeing him. It's funny how you can know people for years before you actually feel like you get to know them.



On Saturday, we went for a stroll in the center of town. The weather was not too bad, considering how terrible it's been for the past weeks. We all went to the Fnac and of course I bought a record (I meant to buy it in Paris but !LIMITED!).

I also got tons of cat cuddles at my friends' and I miss these so much. I know I need more time, but I enjoyed the company of my friends' cats a lot. :)





Music

The past few days, I listened a lot to The Devil & The Universe, Ash Code, Tempers, Tiamat, Essaie Pas, Kontravoid. I've also been really moved by this track by my friend Baptiste:



Writing

I wrote porn again! It's a submissive fantasy, so read it or don't. ;)
 
 
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Current Music: Chez Monplaisir: Quand Nous Partirons
 
 
 
melle_chantilly
16 June 2016 @ 02:01 pm
Health

I've been meaning to write lately, mostly about the butoh performance we saw on Saturday, but I'm pretty tired (turns out having strep throat for over a month isn't too great. I don't seem to be very contagious, so that's good, still). Anyway, I'm around, hi!

Music

I've been on a post-punk/cold wave/new wave/minimal wave binge these days, exploring (and re-discovering) the more recent stuff. Tempers, Winter Severity Index, Ash Code, Veil Of Light, Circa Tapes, Cold Showers, Figure Study, Pure Ground, Bootblacks, Sixth June...

I've made a new mix with a bunch of these and older stuff:



Out and about 

I'm working at the organic soap shop this afternoon. There's a storm outside. I'm dreading to go, but I think once I'm arrived it's going to be cool.
 
 
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Current Music: Geistform: Bell Lab
 
 
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Health

Yep, my doc had me stop taking the antibiotics because I'm probably having a (mild) allergic reaction. That's new and very annoying. My throat is better though, fingers crossed.

Concert



I went out last night to the opening of a venue near the suburbs (La Station, porte d'Aubervilliers). it was very nice and we were lucky with the weather (rain was expected but it didn't happen. Good thing since it's an outdoor venue!) I saw (or heard, more like) Cheveu and Scorpion Violente play and it made me curious to hear more. But first and foremost I spent the evening with Baptiste, Clémentine's boyfriend, and we chatted lots and got to know each other a little better. That was really lovely. I got a hug from Oliver for losing Punky too. And I was reminded why I should not drink beer at parties (the queue to the toilet! OMG I was sure I'd pee myself before getting to them).

Music

I listened to Carly Rae Jepsen upon waking up, then TRST, TSTI, ∆AIMON, and my trashy mixtape to fight social anxiety before going out. :)
 
 
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Current Music: Agent Side Grinder: Wolf Hour
 
 
melle_chantilly
10 June 2016 @ 09:48 am
Health

We're coping with Punky's loss better that I would have thought. The first days were quite rough, especially in the evening, but I'm okay now. 

Strep throat is back. I started a second round of antibiotics and discovered to my dismay that my arms got covered in hives again. It finally clicked and I think I might be getting allergic or oversensitive to antibiotics. :( It did the same thing with the first round (different molecule). Calling my doc today.

Out and about

I was pretty active this week. Saw lots of friends, enjoyed the sun and the streets of Paris, had a lovely time with Math (we did two garage sales in a row on Sunday and went for pancakes on Sunday).

Music

I bought records from TSTI and Charnier and have been playing these quite a bit. I also listened a lot to She Past Away, Luminance, Weird Candle, Essaie Pas... 

Photography

I'm super behind posting my concert photos! I have to upload my photo of Collection D'Arnell Andrea/Jad Wio. Here are my photos of Xeno/The Horrorist/Peine Perdue (link to album)

Xeno & Oaklander

Crafting

I'm working on trousers from a Burda pattern. They're turning out great, so hopefully it will kick me back into gear as far as sewing goes (I wasn't very happy with my latest projects).

Perfume

I've also unearthed my BPAL collection. Wearing Ice these days (it's nice with the hot weather).


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Current Music: Carly Rae Jepsen: All That
 
 
melle_chantilly
06 June 2016 @ 02:04 pm
I want to write this down, for myself. It might be tough to read (it will certainly be tough to write) and no one has to, of course. I'll give proper CW just in case.

As you probably know, Punky was diagnosed with advanced renal failure and liver damage almost two months ago. She was given meds that helped a lot, and gave us several more weeks to spend with her. She was back to normal for a while, until she started to slowly weaken. 

(CW for details about her illness and how it got progressively worse) Last Thursday, she had barely eaten her night food (she had always eaten sporadically so it was not extremely worrying at first). We couldn't give her her meds in the evening because she wouldn't touch her beloved treats. On Friday, she wasn't eating at all anymore. We called the vet and talked to her a little bit, knowing what her not eating meant. We tried feeding her fresh steak (her favourite) but she was just not interested. She was getting very weak and her hind legs mostly weren't supporting her anymore. She didn't seem to be in pain, just very tired. We gave her a hot water bottle to sleep on.

(CW for our last visit to the vet and kitty death) On Saturday morning, we made the call. We were hoping to be able to wait until Monday to bring them Punky but at that point it felt unnecessary and cruel. The vet gave us an appointment 2 hours from then. We spent these hours cuddling Punky. She was extremely weak, only half conscious. Her usually loud purring was then almost imperceptible. Taking her to the vet was not as traumatic for her as it used to be. She didn't have the energy or awareness to be scared. The vet was gentle, reassuring and supportive. She explained to us everything that was going to happen. She first gave Punky a general anaesthesia. She left us in a room with her to say goodbye and watch her fall asleep. We cried, held hands and petted her for the last time. Then the vet came back and asked us if we wanted to stay. We did. For some reason, I wanted to be there until she wasn't breathing anymore. I can't explain it. The vet gave her the final injection and her breath faded away.

I've been crying a lot for the past days, but a weight has been lifted too. So many complex emotions. We were already mourning the cat we knew long before she was gone. She hadn't been herself for a while. She was tired and sick, and life had started leaving her body with the illness. But she was still the best cat we've ever known.

Now, the sadness is slowly becoming nostalgia and I can recall her quirks and crazy cat behaviours without bursting into tears. Almost. Not quite, yet. We know one day we'll start another chapter with another cat. But for now, I just want to replace her. And she's irreplaceable. I need to wait until I am able to fall in love with another, different cat. The flat feels so empty without her.

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melle_chantilly
05 June 2016 @ 10:35 am
 

We said goodbye to Punky yesterday. She will be forever remembered. She was the best cat I've ever met.
 
 
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