Tuesday, December 30, 2014

For Everyone We Lost This Year

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, and, in the wake of the AirAsia debris being discovered, I've been thinking a lot about all of the people we lost this year.  I've always preferred to use the expression "passed on" when referring to dying because I personally/spiritually don't believe this life is the only one we have (one of the most important people in my life passed on unexpectedly when I was little, and I feel she is still very much here), but, however you put it, loss is still an incredibly heartbreaking thing. 
This song is a dedication to everyone who passed on this year, young or old, near or far.

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"

<3 Frances

Monday, December 29, 2014

Underwater Photoshoots, etc.

These photographs were taken underwater at a shipwreck near Bali.  How cool is that?  Plus, the models' dresses are really distressed and beautiful.  It's like a dark, ethereal take on Ariel the Little Mermaid (not that the original version of the fairy tale wasn't already dark enough!).
 You can find more info on this shoot at Lost At E Minor

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Featured Image for This surreal photoshoot was done underwater on a ship wreck in Bali

In non-photography-related news, I'm seriously distraught over the missing AirAsia plane.  After Malaysia Flight 370 went missing earlier this year, I was traumatized but assumed that such a thing would hopefully never occur again.  I'm a fan of the show LOST, but when I watched it I always thought that things like passenger planes disappearing, while possible, probably didn't happen.  I'm hoping with all my heart that we find something.

<3 Frances

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pop Music Mash-Up 2014

Though I'm not necessarily a pop music person (yay indie!), I really enjoy watching the pop music mash-ups put together at the end of every year.  This is "Pop Danthology," compiled by Daniel Kim.

Happy Saturday!
<3 Frances

2014 Review: Events

Oh, wow...four more days! 

Some really happy things (Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share the Nobel Peace Prize) and some really terrible things (Malaysia Flight 370 disappears) happened this year.  Here's a brief rundown of 2014's events, as seen on Wikipedia:


<3 Frances

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Warmest wishes to everyone, regardless of whether or not this particular holiday is one you celebrate.

Lissie: "2,000 Miles" (Cover of The Pretenders)

<3 Frances 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Review: Movies

2014 was a big year in film.  Here's a little wrap-up of some (not all!) of its most buzzed-about features.  Chances are, more will be added as we get to see more films....

<3 Frances

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014 Review: Music


There are only eight days left to 2014.  Eight days.  That's approximately 192 more hours until 2015 arrives.   #wow
In honor of this particular period of 365 days, we've compiled some of its significant events, and today we're posting about some of our favorite 2014 music.  Check back later for movies, events, etc...

Taylor Swift: "Blank Space"


Charli XCX: "Boom Clap"

Sam Smith: "Stay With Me"

Lykke Li: "I Never Learn"

Lana Del Rey: "Cruel World"

Sia: "Chandelier"

Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat"

<3 Frances

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shop for Charity

With the holiday season comes a lot of online shopping, but now all those purchases can be for the greater good.  The next time you order from Amazon, use smile.amazon.com, and 0.5% of every purchase will be donated to the charitable organization of your choice!

<3 Frances


We are on winter holidays now, so I thought that the time might be right for some holiday music...just to get everyone in the holiday spirit :).

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: "Christmas Eve and Other Stories"

<3 Frances

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Week Until Christmas, etc.

Among many other things, there is one week left until Christmas, I'm surrounded by midterms, and the state of the world continues to be in a state of flux where some things are wonderfully good (Chernobyl Children International's trip to Dublin, for instance) and other things are unimaginably, heart-wrenchingly terrible (like the recent school shooting).
I want to send a virtual hug (image from Chibird) to the world. 

Sending a hug to all my followers~ &gt;u&lt;

I also want to share some holiday music.  Doses of seasonal cheer can help make things better sometimes.  Not perfect, necessarily, but better.  So here's Bruce Springsteen...

<3 Frances

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russian Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week...wow.  There are a lot of weeks dedicated to clothing, aren't there?  Well, here's another to add to your watchlist: Russian Fashion Week.
Welcome to Moscow.

<3 Frances