3 Things I'm Loving Right Now - 12/31/09

Thursday, December 31, 2009 | |

1. Fever Ray - Fever Ray (Deluxe Edition)

With live CD and music video DVD. Wonderful to see all the fab vids on my TV, and to relive the live experience. Karin's voice, stripped down AND with other crazy effects!

2. DiorShow Waterproof Mascara

Mine eyes have seen the glory of DiorShow, I once was lost but now I'm found, etc., etc. It's worth the hype people.

3. Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Grass

Do you know how tough it is to find real green eyeliner/eye anything? Thank goodness for this stuff.

Lilly's Best Albums of 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | |

I had to do it.

1. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
5. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
7. jj - n° 2
8. Röyksopp - Junior
9. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
10. Various Artists - Dark was the Night

10 Awesome Music Videos from 2009, or "Yes I am totally in the tank for Fever Ray/KDA"

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Ding ding ding! Andreas Nilsson wins.

10. Animal Collective - "My Girls", dir. Jon Vermilyea & Chad Von Nau

Of course this was a big song and album this year, and to be honest I wasn't totally impressed with the video at first. It grew on me, and I would be lying if I said it wasn't due in LARGE part to the fact that it inspired someone to make this.

9. Beyoncé - "Single Ladies", dir. Jake Nava, choreographed by Frank Gatson & JaQuel Knight

But seriously, if I wasn't such an awkward motherfucker I would have learned the moves.

8. Fever Ray - "When I Grow Up", dir. Martin de Thurah

Electric adolescence, witchy movements, and Converse.

7. HEALTH - "Die Slow", dir. HEALTH

Bloody mosh pit, it's like a BK warehouse party!

6. Yeasayer - "Ambling Alp", dir. Radical Friend

There's a horse in the desert and mirror-faces. Enough to get me hooked.

5. Röyksopp feat. Karin Dreijer Andersson, dir. Filip & Andreas Nilsson

I don't...I don't even know. But I LOVE it. Tribal trailer park, drums on the road!

Music Videos

4. Fever Ray - "Stranger Than Kindness", dir. Andreas Nilsson

It's quite similar to the live show, what with all the costumes and lasers. Warm fuzzy memories!

3. Lady GaGa - "Bad Romance"

Walk, walk, fashion baby. Work [the McQueen lobster claw shoes!], move, that bitch ca-razy. INDEED.

2. Fever Ray - "Keep the Streets Empty for Me", dir. Jens Klevje & Fabian Svensson

Black-and-white city, yet anything but typical. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

1. Fever Ray - "If I Had a Heart", dir. Andreas Nilsson

THIS IS THE GREATEST MUSIC VIDEO YOU HAVE EVER SEEN. Really, if you know me I have forced you to watch it. This needs to be made into the BEST full-length horror movie ever. Karin Dreijer Andersson + Andreas Nilsson = Team of this gal's audio-visual dreams.

Inception - New Trailer

Monday, December 28, 2009 | |

The Best of the Fall/Winter 2009 Ad Campaigns

Sunday, December 27, 2009 | |

CHANEL - Featuring Heidi Mount and Freja Beha Erichsen, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld
(or, Unkle Karl finally convinces us that photographing his own lines is a good idea)

MIU MIU - Featuring Mimmi Söderström, photographed by Mert & Marcus

MISSONI - Featuring Hanne Gaby Odiele, photographed by Ryan McGinley

JIL SANDER - Featuring Natasha Poly, photographed by Willy Vandeperre

BALENCIAGA - Featuring Jennifer Connelly, photographed by Steven Meisel

MARC JACOBS - Featuring Natasa Vojnovic, photgraphed by Juergen Teller

JEREMY LAING - Featuring Heather Marks, photographed by Chadwick Tyler

STELLA McCARTNEY - Featuring Sigrid Agren, photographed by Ryan McGinley

I really should keep track of where I get images.

Test-Wear and Buy: Rodarte for Target

Thursday, December 24, 2009 | |

So after going to the Target in my state's largest city, only to find it tragically Rodarte-less, I visited corners of NH I never find myself in (Greater Rochester, you know what I'm talking about). But oh, did I find myself in some girly, girly, fantastic clothes. While the rib cage dress was nowhere to be found, online or in the stores, I made out like a bandit. A black slip dress with bow ties on the shoulders and a nylon lace overlay pretty much screamed my name. As did a navy slip skirt with a pleated overlay. And, my favorite of all, a textured yellow lace skirt with asymmetrical netting (the color is a little more muted in reality than it is on the Target website).

Sizing was done in the odd-numbered juniors style, and wasn't off by too much. Going up one to two sizes from normal seems to be the deal, for skirts and dresses at least. The lovely black tights are only available in stores and are one-size-fits-all, which I normally don't believe in but they wear easily. The quality was certainly better than all the previous Target/high fashion collaborations, but dear lord, invest in some Static Guard for all the silkiness and lace. Wearing the pieces in crazy dry winter weather and around animals that shed is a bit of a challenge.

Next, I shall have the black '50s/Unkle Karl inspired number below.
I'll figure out on how many occasions I could possibly wear it later. The cheetah dress and it's bows fits like a dream, but with my limited styling skills I would inevitably look like the jaded co-worker of some hooker with a heart of gold. Or something.

Some Music for Mistletoe, Snow, Gifts & All That

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The Knife - "Reindeer"

Polyphonic Spree - "Happy Christmas (War is Over)"

The Raveonettes - "Christmas Song"

RÖYKSOPP, 11/24/09 at Webster Hall in Manhattan

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I had started a post on this magical night awhile ago. Couldn't really process it for days after, just kept wanting to move! Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge were joined by guest vocalist Anneli Drecker, and they all brought IT. I was skeptical about how a guest vocalist would work in the live show, but despite having the task of filling in for such pop powerhouses as Karin Dreijer Andersson and Robyn, Drecker delivered. On Röyksopp's tracks as well as a stunning cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", the audience was treated to the talent of a dynamic vocalist and performer. The enthusiastic crowd gave it all back, and I learned that cheap red lipstick straight up melts during an epic show. Below are a few low quality pics and hard-to-film-while-shaking-it video clips to show bit of the absolutely electric experience. Here's hoping Röyksopp doesn't keep The States waiting for four more years on their next go around!