09. talk too much

++ WE TALK ABOUT HOW TO DRESS LIKE A GROWN UP WITHOUT LOSING YOUR EMO-KID-EDGE

OH, do I have a song for you.

COIN

Guys, honestly, my roommates must be so sick of hearing COIN’s song Talk Too Much — like, over and over, on repeat.  It’s a bop!  Check it out here.

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Tell me how much you love it in comments, k?  You’re welcome. Now, let’s talk FASHUN.

So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about “grown up Leah”.  Like, who is that? And, more importantly — what does she look like?  

For most of my life I worked really hard to be edgy.  I was desperate for the world to know I was “different”, though too scared to embrace full on scene hair and snake bites.  As a result, my wardrobe consisted mainly of band t shirts, various colours of skinny jeans, and a lot of scarves that, for some reason, I always wore indoors.

Getting older — not to mention moving to the city — has really inspired me to step up my look, but I don’t want to lose whatever small amount of badassery I was able to cultivate as an angsty sixteen year old.  Edgey rocker vibes are key, but so is looking like a grown up (and one who deserves a job).

The best fashion advice I ever received came from my lovely mother, who has always told me “whatever look you choose, make sure everyone knows it’s on purpose”.  So if you’re rocking blue hair, don’t let it look like you dyed it in your kitchen sink — even if you did. If your jeans are ripped up, make it high fashion, not like a kid who scraped their knee on the playground.  I-woke-up-like-this is a carefully constructed look, not an excuse to roll out of bed and into life — y’know?

So with this in mind, I’ve been compiling all my rules (er, guidelines) for dressing like a grown up… but, like, a cool grown up.  

🔴 Nails on fleek.  I love dark nails — and black nails (short + square are my fave) are a great way to add a bit of edge to your look… as long as they’re not a mess.  I do my best to keep my nails painted, because I think it really pulls things together.

🔴 When in doubt, stick with black and white.  I know it’s not the most exciting option in the world, but monochrome looks are so chic.  When I don’t know what to wear I love a baggy white blouse — tied at the bottom, of course, to give a bit of pin-up flair.

 

🔴 Best foot forward.  I love my converse and vans as much as anyone, but they’re not exactly the most polished look.  I like a cute loafer, anything point-toed, or chunky heeled booties; they can all convey your inner badass, but they’re also grown up.

🔴 Accessories are key.  If you think your outfit is a little bland, throw on a necklace (or 5), some cute hoops, or (my personal fave) some badass rings.  Throw a leopard print coat on over your all black outfit, or a cute colourful scarf. Lipstick is also an accessory, if you ask me.

 

🔴 When in doubt, Paris is always a good idea.  It’s just a fact: french girls do it better. They have effortlessness down to a fine art, and somehow they can make even the simplest outfit look badass.  So if you’re not sure where to start, might I recommend googling “Parisian fashion” or “how to dress like a french girl”.  Here’s a couple of french beauties to get you started:

 

And you? how do you step up your fashion game?

(notice that I wrote a post about a new subject — HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?  this has been a long time coming tbh, and I’m excited about it.)

08. unamused

++ ACTUAL NEW MUSIC (I’M ON THE CUTTING EDGE FOR ONCE)!  PLUS, WE DISCUSS MY TERRIBLE EATING HABITS.

it may still be freezing out, but at least the sun was shining today — and at least I got to hear some new songs from my boys in Made Violent.

Okay, hear me out — I know this particular song came out a while back as a single.  I loved it then!  and, now that their latest EP squeeze is out, I can officially say it’s my favourite track of the five.

That being said?  I’d recommend you listen to all 5 for yourself, because they’re all perfect.  Seriously — they have a very cool indie rock’n’roll vibe that reminds me of the Strokes.  Great for throwing on some big dark sunglasses and heading out for a stroll.

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THE VIBE: VINTAGE RAY BANS, BLUE AND YELLOW BEACH SHACKS, STEALING A KISS, GETTING CAUGHT SINGING INTO YOUR HAIRBRUSH.

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Anyway, that’s what I did this morning after ordering a fucking belgian waffle to my house because I have no groceries (as always) and everything was closed for Easter.  Then it was off to campus to work on a group project — but it wasn’t all bad news, because we ordered a pizza to the computer lab and had a lovely little easter feast.

 

 

The holidays are really about the food anyway, am I right?

 

 

07. i like it like that.

I know it’s not Thursday, but I’m having a serious throwback moment.

It all started on Saturday, when my roommates and I somehow went from listening to 500 Miles (someone was convinced it was the ultimate St. Patrick’s day anthem), to the Backstreet Boys, to… Hot Chelle Rae.

DO YOU REMEMBER HOT CHELLE RAE?  Honestly, iconic.  It turns out they only have two good songs, both of which you probably heard on the radio back in the day, but if you’re looking to revisit your scene hair days then those two songs are enough.  Tonight, Tonight is the classic, but personally I prefer I Like It Like That.

You’re welcome.

If you’re interested in something a little less 2011 Hot Topic, might I remind you that The Wombats released a new album recently?  I am reminding because I also forgot, and am just giving it a listen right now — it is a masterpiece.  Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is the painfully relatable name, and it is full of all the usual sassy lyrics and pop/rock sensibility of any and all their previous recordings.  It’s a little less electronic than 2015’s Glitterbug, leaning more toward an indie rock vibe; definitely full of songs that will be bangers live.

what are you listening to lately — is it a throwback ting, or are you always about the new new?  Do you like how I just casually threw in some trendy toronto slang that I have never used in my life?  All important questions, so please get back to me asap.

05. contrasting colours

are you even a pop-punk band if one member doesn’t have a solo acoustic side project?

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I’ve had a super productive day, complete with a soundtrack of old school Lily Allen and sad acoustic jams by none other than Speak Low If You Speak Love.

Ryan Scott Graham, the bassist of State Champs, has been releasing music under this (admittedly long-winded) name since 2015.  If you ask me, though, Nearsighted is miles ahead of 2015’s Everything But What You Need.  While the latter was a solid album, Nearsighted brings something new to the table; a whimsical, nostalgic vibe that is so obviously different from State Champs.  It’s a refreshing change, and a fun departure from what is (and I say this with the utmost affection) the most predictable of pop-punk.

It was a perfect soundtrack for meal prepping, and it had the added bonus of being something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have on if my roommates came into the kitchen.  The standout track for me was definitely Contrasting Colours, though truth be told I can’t put my finger on exactly why.  It just stuck with me long after the album was done.  If you want to check it out, you can do so here!

Side projects were such a thing back in the day — are they less common now?  Or am I just paying less attention?  Please inform me of your fave down below (or via email at themompunk@gmail.com,  if you want!).

 

03. HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T

all of my january jams (haaaaa), my feelings about warped tour, and shaking my ass to new fall out boy.

HELLO internet — can you believe it is february already?  Welcome to the month of looooove!  I am currently writing from a booth in Panera, so safe to say my february is off to a pretty good start.  I know it’s a rip off, but my love for Panera is real (though I suspect unrequited).

Anyway!  What have you been listening to?  How have you been feeling?

I have been quietly setting aside songs all month so that once it was over I could hit you all with a playlist of everything I really loved  — so here it is!  my january jams.  Featuring all of my “song of the day”s, some new tunes, and some old tunes that I’ve just been really into.  Check it out below or here and let me know what I missed!

Today’s song made it into January’s list (and might make it into February’s as well tbh) because I’ve been listening to it non stop for several weeks.  HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T is, as far as I’m concerned, the stand out track on Fall Out Boy’s new album Mania.  It brings it all — a driving beat, a fun melody, quirky lyrics.  It’s danceable, but not boring.  I’m obsessed and I don’t care who knows it.

The whole album is pretty good (I mean, it’s Fall Out Boy)… but I can’t say it’s on this level.

ALSO I am counting down the days until Warped Tour tickets go on sale — 24 left!  Growing up I was never able to go and it has been my DREAM since I was like 14, so I’m beyond excited to experience it this year.

What’s your dream Warped line up?

Anyway, it’s probably time for me to abandon Panera in favour of the library and get some real work done; I wish I could spend all of my time writing about Warped Tour and Fall Out Boy, but alas, real life calls.

until next time! xx

02. birthday in los angeles

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good morning world!

it’s a dreary Monday here in Toronto, and I slept through my 9am lecture.  Truthfully I’m not that upset about it — something about three hour lectures in an empty movie theatre first thing in the morning is really unappealing, if you ask me.  Instead I spent my morning drinking coffee in bed and writing in my journal.  I may be taking my permanent vacation (congratulations! your imitations! … etc) mindset a little too literally…

I’ve been listening to The Maine all morning after I watched all the snaps from 8123 day yesterday — they’re so cute, it makes my heart so happy — and birthday in los angeles came on.  Honestly I skip this song a lot because it’s sort of depressing,  but it really fit the vibe today and it got me thinking about how I got to do the whole running away to the city thing.

It also got me thinking about the fact that Canada has a very limited number of big cities to run away to.  I grew up on the West Coast, in a little town on Vancouver Island (B.C.), and Toronto was always my dream city.  No one else really talked about moving here the way I did, but in the year and a half since I’ve been around at least five people from my high school have moved here.  Two girls I grew up with actually live within two blocks of me!  It really is the most New York/LA kind of place we have —  where dreams come true, you know?

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Forever Halloween

this ain’t a scripted movie… I don’t drive a fancy car… those flashing lights don’t mean a thing to me… 

I had my fair share of I-can’t-do-this-I-don’t-belong-here moments when I moved.  I’ve seen a hundred movies and read a thousand books about people who move to the city and realize how hard it is.  They get caught up and swept away in all the people, lost in the lights and the noise and overwhelmed by the speed of everything.  I always thought it was silly, but I was finally able to see how not everyone was meant for life in a big city — I thought maybe I wasn’t meant for it either.

It’s not like I have it all figured out now or anything, but I feel like I’ve carved out a space for myself here, as one of the millions of confused souls in this place.  It feels pretty good.

01. cheetah tongue.

Remember back in the day when your blog was like your diary — not like your personal ad space?  Blogs were written like stories, nothing was #spon and no one had a content calendar.  And, okay, as much as I know there must be a reason that style went by the wayside, I miss it.  That’s why I’ve decided to start making these song of the day posts.

Simple, casual, and honestly self centred.  Just a post about the song that’s been in my head all day, and whatever else I feel like telling my captive audience.  Lucky you!

So today’s song is Cheetah Tongue, by the Wombats — it’s a real jam, and brand new.  I have a bit of a thing for songs that make me feel like I’m in a movie, and this one definitely delivers.  Weird, I know.

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Anyway the song is off the new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, out on February 9th.  It’s exactly the combination of cute indie music + quirky lyrics + dark theme that you’d expect from the Wombats, and just different enough for us to look past the fact that they haven’t put out anything new since 2015.

In other news, today is kind of the ultimate get your shit together day.  Are you ever on a total roll, then one thing happens and next thing you know… everything is a disaster?  That’s my current state of affairs, and it’s not pretty.  I totally lose my motivation once my room gets messy or I start to fall behind on school work.  I desperately want to be that person who is always on point, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me.

SO yeah, it’s a day of laundry, hot coffee, and catching up on school work for me.  But as I go about it I can’t stop thinking about vacation, and what makes a vacation, and the fact that I could call this a vacation right now if I really wanted to.

Because I mean, I love a beach and bikini vacation as much as the next girl, but the truth is right now when I imagine my ideal trip it involves eating a delicious breakfast every morning, buying my groceries from a market, drinking coffee and scribbling in my journal in charming cafes, looking at art (and making) amazing art, and just generally living it up.  And the truth is… I could do any of those things here, now, today.  Even, I think, while simultaneously listening to a lecture on statistical analysis.  I might not quite be wandering the streets of Paris, but it’s not like there’s any shortage of pastries and paintings in Toronto, right?

Vacation is a state of mind, my friends.  And I would like to be there… once my room is clean.