Christmas Tree Farm Cake πŸŒ²πŸŒ²

Hello world! Happy new year!!!

Hey guys! So…. After my terrible attempt at blogmas went completely wrong, I decided to just post now some of the blogs that I’ve already wrote/ planned (like this one) and move on! I’m excited for the future. Anyhow! I decided to make another Taylor Swift related post, and share with you how I made a Christmas cake inspired by Taylor’s Christmas song, Christmas Tree Farm!! I used my mum’s recipe, so it turned out really well. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

(for the cake)

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 bag of vanilla extract powder (100g)
  • 1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cups orange juice

(for the icing) by CupcakeJemma

  • 150g unsalted butter, soft
  • 340g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk/milk infusion/juice/other liquid

Step one-

Pre- heat the oven to about 180C. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Put the yolks on the side in a small bowl, you’ll need it later. Put the egg whites inside of the mixer, and add the sugar. Mix it, until it looks something like this.

Step two-

Now, slowly but surely add the rest of the ingredients (including the egg yolks), while still mixing. It should take a few minutes, mix everything until all of the ingredients blend with each other. Mine turned out looking something like this (see picture). Afterwards pour your mix into a rounded tray (you can use a different shape if you’d like of course, obviously it won’t change the cake in any way lol). You can pick up the tray and gently drop it or tap it in order to release air bubbles. Mine wouldn’t go away and the cake still turned out fine so don’t worry about it too much πŸ™‚

Step Three-

Take your tray and place it in the pre-heated oven for at least 20 minutes. Wait until the cake looks golden, and poke it with a butter knife or a toothpick to see that it’s ready. Mine ended up looking like this.

Step four-

OKAY, now your cake is ready! You can let it cool down and leave it as it is, or continue to decorate it with me. I left it to cool down for about 30-40 minutes , and in the meantime made my icing. I followed CupcakeJemma‘s recipe. Basically take the butter and mix it until it’s all fluffy and about twice its’ size. Then, slowly add the icing sugar, a little bit at a time, while still mixing. If needed, add a bit of milk until everything looks like you’d want it to. It should be looking like this.

Step five-

Now, decorate it!! You can do whatever you want. Because I’m making a “Christmas Tree Farm” inspired cake, I used green and red food coloring to color some of the icing, while leaving some white icing in a different bowl. Then, I leveled the cake until I was satisfied with it, and covered it with white icing.

Step six-

Now I simply decorated the cake- I took the green icing and drew big pine trees using a toothpick. I then wrote on the cake “Christmas Tree Farm” using the red food coloring. The cake is delicious, and so is the icing, so even though it ended up looking funny I really liked it- and so did my family! I hope you enjoy / enjoyed making your version of this cake as well :))

AND THAT’S IT!

Happy new year everybody! I had the best time ever with you this month, and this year. I’m really happy with how this blog has done this year. I’d like to thank you all so much for everything! <33 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! If you go out to celebrate, take a mask! Wear it! Drink water! I love you, you’re doing amazing.

Toodles! See you in 2021!! πŸ₯‚

-Ocean girl

Records & A Book Haul

Hello World, and welcome to blogmas day fourteen!

How have you all been? Since yesterday I had time to visit my friend, and we really had a blast talking, listen to music and watch some episodes of How I Met You Mother. But anyway… A few days ago I uploaded the fun day in Tel Aviv blog, in which I told you that I bought a few new records and a book. So in today’s blog I thought that it would be cool to post a haul of what I got! I’m already gonna say this, if you’re here for the book then just know that there’s only one πŸ™‚ I couldn’t find anything else that I liked. So yeah lol let’s just go right into it, starting with the records as I bought them first :))

Ed Sheeran – Γ—

This record is probably my favorite Ed Sheeran album, I’ve listen to it so many times back in 2017-18. It was the first album that I recognized in the store, so my mum was kind enough to get it for me. I like how the record looks, and I would definitely recommend it.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Michael Jackson- Bad

My favorite MJ album! It’s a used one, but honestly it works fine and I love it. My favorite songs from this record are probably “Man In The Mirror”, “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel”. But really all of the songs are awesome. I would really recommend it, especially if you like old kind of pop!

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Ariana Grande- Yours Truly

Again, probably my favorite album from this artist! I also love TUN, but I got excited that I could find an older album! I could buy TUN from her website any day, but YT is a little bit harder to find I think. Anyway, I love this record and the songs on this album, would 10/10 recommend. While listening to it again I realized how similar to Mariah Carey Ariana Grande sounds.

You can get this record right here if you’d like!

Dan Brown- Angels and Demons

And lastly, the book! I randomly found this book in an old shop, and decided to get it. I heard so much good feedback about Brown’s work so I’m excited to check it out. I’m planning to finish reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today so I’ll start reading this book soon! I’ll tell you what I think about it once I’m done. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought about it!

You can get this book right here if you’d like!

And that’s about it for today! This is the second book- related blog this blogmas, and what about it. I hope that you enjoyed reading this, and I’d like to thank you for doing so. Stick around if you’d like to see previous posts of mine, and follow for future blogmas posts! Take care of yourself! See you tomorrow.

Toodles! 🌻

-ocean girl

A Fun Day In Tel Aviv w/ My Mum πŸ™

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day twelve!!

How have you all been? I’m excited to be posting again. Today, my mother and I went to a fun day in Tel Aviv, and I’m really excited to tell you all about it. Yesterday I returned back to writing and posting, and I posted my review on theβ€œevermore” album by Taylor Swift. You can check it out here if you’d like πŸ™‚ Anyway, there aren’t many updates or things that are important at the moment, so let’s get right into it, shall we?

December 13, 2020 πŸ’½

Alright. So we both woke up around 7:30, got prepare, and drove to the nearest train station. We barely got there on time, but soon enough we both got our tickets and hopped on the train. Our train ride was about an hour and twenty minutes long, and we had to keep it down because there were other people on the train as well, so we each did our own thing. At first I read about a chapter and a half of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, then I listened to some music through my headphones. Once we arrived to Tel Aviv we got off the train, and started to make our way by foot to the “Sarona Market”. All the way there we talked and it was great. It was a bit weird because I’m used to being in Tel Aviv with my friends, so being there with my mum felt funny. Also I’m walking really fast, while she walks slow as hell. But sure enough we made it to the market. The place was actually really sad looking, because everything was close. The Sarona Market is actually a food market, and usually you can find there many food stands. But almost everything ended up being closed because of the corona virus. Anyway, the place still looked really pretty. Here are two picture: one that I took on the way there, and another that I took inside of the market.

Afterwards we decided to leave, as there wasn’t much to do in the empty market. I knew a small shortcut, so pretty quickly we arrived to the “Fashion Mall”. It’s a pretty big mall, and my mum never went to see it, so I was excited to bring her there. However, just like the Sarona Market the place was really empty, so we ended up wandering around the streets outside of the mall. We found a few pets shops, and looked for something to get for my dog. We didn’t find anything, but it was still really funny looking around the stores, making fun of how fast she’ll ruin a certain toy and such. But anyway, at some point we decided to go over to “Dizengoff Center”, which is a huge mall.

We made it to Dizengoff Center, and went inside. I tried to look for some Taylor Swift records, but they only had 1989, which was way too expensive for my budget. I also tried to look for Harry Styles’ issue of Vogue, along with Taylor Swift’s latest issue of the Rolling Stones, but they didn’t have neither. We walked inside, and overall had a lot of fun. We actually ended up not buying there anything, but still we had a lot of fun. Funny story- when my mum was younger she used to visit and go to that center all the time, and there was one store that she loved the most. It was a “fairy forest” kind of store- super magical and all. This is actually a store that I love to visit with my friends! So we knew that we had to visit it. The only problem- Dizengoff Center is HUGE, and you almost always get lost in it. We literally went through the entire mall, but couldn’t find it. I ended up texting my friend and asking for her help, and only then we found the store. We didn’t get anything from there, but it was really funny ’cause we spent at least a good half an hour looking for it. We also saw a really cool music store, but the waiting line was so long so I just decided not to go inside at all.

a picture of the magical shop

We stopped for drinking an iced coffee, and left the center. We just walked around the streets of Tel Aviv, having so much fun. We looked around at the stores, talked, and searched for hand me down books and records. We found an old record store, and I brought there three records! I’m currently listening to them while typing this. We also found a super old book store, and even though they didn’t have many good books that I liked, I bought one for only 10β‚ͺ, which is a really really good price! Maybe I’ll make a haul of what I got in a future blog. But anyway, when we decided to go back we were really far away from the train station, so we took a bus. We were stuck in traffic, so during that time I took a better look at the book, and realized that we have that same book at home, in Hebrew. It was really cool! I never read it, and usually I prefer to read books in the original language they were written in if I can, so I don’t know, it was really cool and made me really excited and happy to read it. But finally we made it to the train station. We were starving, but because of covid you couldn’t eat inside the station. We bought some burgers and fries, and sat outside on the sidewalk to eat. We probably looked so funny, but that’s cool because we were so hungry we couldn’t care less. And finally, we were on the train, on our way home.

Oh! I forgot to add, when we were in the record shop, my mum bought an old Mariah Carey album that she used to listen to when she was my age. So on our drive back home we played it really loudly and she sang and it was really funny and lovely and great.

And That’s it! :))

There’s blogmas day twelve for you. Thank you for choosing to spend your time reading my blog. It means so much to me! Happy birthday to miss Taylor Swift, and happy one year since the release of “Fine Line”, Harry Styles’ second studio album. Take care of yourself and your friends and family, especially during these times. I hope you’re doing well! You’re so fricking golden, just let me adore you! <333 see you all tomorrow!

Toodles! πŸš‹

-ocean girl

Evermore- My First Impression πŸŒ±

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day eleven!

How are you all? Let me start off by saying sorry for not keeping up with blogmas- I literally had the most stressful week ever. However, I’m back now, and I think that I’ll be posting the days the I’ve missed anyway, just late. I had so many great ideas for blogmas, and I even started writing some of them. It’ll be a shame to let that all go to waste πŸ™‚ anyways, two days ago Taylor freaking Swift announced that her 9th studio album, “evermore”, would be out soon. WTH?? I think that I made it quite clear that I am a swiftie, so hearing that was insane to me! You can probably guess how excited I was.

Last time, when “folklore” came out, I live twitted my thoughts on the album. It was probably the best thing I could’ve done, as it was really cool going back and reading my first thoughts on the album. For example, I didn’t say too much about “august”, which ended up being my favorite song. It’s funny seeing my first impression of it. So I decided that today’s blogmas would be my first impression of the tracks of “evermore”! Then in a month or so I will post another blog, reacting and updating this one. I thought that I could be fun, so hopefully you will enjoy this as much ❀ But well, here we go! If you’re also a fan of taylor’s work, let me know your thoughts on the album in the comments below.

willow

Okay so first of all the music video is insanely good? Dude I literally teared up, I love how she kept the “folklore” vibe and references. The “invisible string” made me so happy, and I absolutely love how magical everything is. 10/10 no doubt. The music- holy cow.. she did it again. I really like the lyrics, and the music is so magical and mysterious. I read on twitter that someone said that this song kinda reminded them of “I think he know“, and I totally agree! I also love how she went from “is it cool that I said all that” to “that’s my man”. Definitely loved this one <33 My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “show me the places where the others gave you scars” and “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night, rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”.

champagne problems

AHHH I think that so far this one is one of my favorite. I love the happy piano, along with the sad lyrics. I also read online that this song is about someone with mental illness, who had trouble committing to a marriage. That’s so sad! But any who, I don’t even know if that’s true- I just simply love the song. At first I thought that Taylor broke up with her boyfriend lmao but nah. So yes, I love this song so much. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “”this dorm was once a madhouse” I made a joke, “Well, it’s made for me””, “she would’ve made such a lovely bride, what a shame she’s fucked in the head” and “you won’t remember all my champagne problems”.

gold rush

I like “gold rush” as well, but it ain’t my favorite. I love how she says the word “folklore” in it, and I love the lyrics ’cause they’re incredible as always. I feel like this song would be a good one to clean my room and do my chores to? Just because it has a good beat, but also it’s soft so it won’t distract me from my work. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush” and “my mind turns your life into folklore”.

’tis the damn season

So I haven’t listened to this enough to say that this is my favorite song or anything, but I do think that it’s quite cool. I love the title, especially considering the fact that this song came out during December. The lyrics also hit close to home, and now listening and hearing them is kind of making me sad in a good way lol. This song for some reason reminds me of “illicit affairs“, maybe because of the lyrics and the vibe. I need to listen to this more before I can have more of an opinion on the song πŸ™‚ My favorite lyrics from the song at the moment are “and wonder about the only soul who can tell which smiles I’m fakin'”, “the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own” and “to leave the warmest bed I’ve ever known”.

tolerate it

I actually only listen to this song about one or two times, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it yet. I know that since it’s track number five, it means a lot to Taylor and it’s quite emotional. And well after going over the lyrics again, it really is! I love the lyrics so much, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before I can fully express my love to it. My favorite lines from this songs are “I notice everything you do or don’t do”, “use my best colors for your portrait”, “I know my love should be celebrated” and lastly “I sit and watch you”.

no body, no crime

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH. I love true crime and I listen to so many podcasts about it daily. So I was super excited when I heard the song. I love the storyline, the lyrics, the music, the vibe, the background vocals, EVERYTHING. Truly. It’s so amazing and viby and I enjoyed listening to it all day today during a car ride. I love it. My favorite lines from the song are “I’ve cleaned enough houses to know how to cover up a scene, good thing Este’s sister’s gonna swear she was with me”, “(She was with me, dude)” and “they think she did it, but they just can’t prove it, she thinks I did it, but she just can’t prove it”.

Happiness

Again, this one isn’t one that I’ve listened to too many times. What I do remember from the times that I’ve heard it is that it’s really sad! I definitely will be listening to it a few more times for the next blog, reacting to this one. My favorite line from the song is “There’ll be happiness after you, but there was happiness because of you”.

dorothea

So I haven’t listen to this one as much as well (lmao I really need to work on that, don’t I) but people assume that this song is written from the “’tis the damn season” speaker’s lover. So it sound really cool. I kind of like it so far, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before making up an opinion about it. My favorite lines from the song are “but are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers?” and “you got shiny friends since you left town”.

coney island and ivy

So “coney island”, along with “ivy”, are the songs that I’ve listen to the least. Like, I don’t even have favorite lines or lyrics at the moment- I can’t even remember any! I’ll definitely have to listen to both of them more times before forming any opinion about them.

cowboy like me

I actually kind of expected this one to be similar to the song “betty” from “folklore”, but honestly I don’t really see it now. I need to listen to it more, but I like the storyline and I feel like I’d love this person’s point of view once I get to know them. My favorite line from this song at the moment is “takes one to know one, you’re a cowboy like me”.

long story short

So I actually listen to this one a few more times then the rest of the songs! When I first heard it I thought that this was another song from August’s point of view, because the music at the beginning really reminded me of the music at the beginning of “august”. The lyrics also made sense for it to be true. But Taylor said that there is not song from Betty/James/August’s point of view, so it’s not lol. But either way, I love this song so much, and I can already tell that I will love it even more. My favorite lines from this song at the moment are “long story short, it was a bad time” and “long story short, I survived”.

marjorie

So if you didn’t know, in “folklore” the 13th track was written about Taylor’s grandfather. So the 13th track in “evermore” is written about her grandmother. Honestly, this song hit really hard, it’s so beautiful and yet sad. It made me think a lot about my grandparents and my relationship with them. I love it, and will probably love it even more in the future. My favorite lines are “never be so politΠ΅, you forget your power. NevΠ΅r wield such power, you forget to be polite” and “I should’ve asked you questions”.

closure and evermore

So with both of these songs- I haven’t really decided what I think about them, I’ll have to listen to them over and over again. “closure” is sad, and relatable. “evermore” is also kind of sad I think, though I only listen to it once. It was weird for me hearing another Taylor and Bon Iver song, though it’s probably only because I’m not used to it yet. I currently don’t have favorite lines from either song.

THAT’S IT! This is today’s blog. It’s really long, so I’m super grateful if you choose to read all of it. I came back strong! lmao. But anyway, I really need to go to sleep. So let me know what you thought of the album if you’ve listened to it! What are your favorite songs? I hope that you’re taking a good care of yourself. See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! πŸ‚

-ocean girl

My Favorite Sweaters β„️

Hello world and welcome to blogmas day five!

Hey you guys, how have you been? I can’t believe that it’s already been five whole days of me posting. I for real thought that I’d give up by now. But anyway, today I had a quiz in PE, which was so weird, but I got a good grade so that’s good. Also tomorrow I’m going back to school in person, and I’m so excited and looking forward to it! Today’s blog post is actually a little bit late, as editing the pictures took me longer then I thought it would. Originally I planed on doing a “clothes inspo” kind of blog, but since it took me so long I had to either give up completely on posting today, or just post what I already have. So here we are πŸ™‚

In this blog I will share with you my top 4 favorite sweaters that I am planning to wear this year! They’re really cute, and I hope that this will inspire you. So to start off I just wanted to say that I’m wearing a white long shirt from Castro, which you can find here (it’s currently out of stock but you can wear any turtle neck top underneath your sweaters).

Okay, so this first sweater is from H&M, Divided. I couldn’t find a link for this one, I’m sorry. I bought it a while back, and I just think it looks so great. It’s kind of cropped, but it’s still really warm, baggy and nice. I would definitely recommend πŸ™‚ I love it so much, especially wearing it with nice and long necklaces (which I’m not doing in the picture but you get the idea lol).

This next sweater is most definitely one of my favorites- the “cardigan” by Taylor Swift! I actually have the link for that one right here. I accidently bought it in one size bigger then what I needed, but I still love it so much (I wanted it to be baggy, so I thought that a bigger size would be a good idea. Turns out that it already is baggy, so it’s huge on me :)) It’s really warm, and I think that I would be wearing it daily if it wasn’t so big. But it’s to expensive to buy another one lmao.

The next sweater is one that I bought last year from Bershka. It’s currently unavailable, but here‘s the link just in case. I really love this one, and have been wearing it most of last year! It’s great, cozy and really pretty (and baggy, which you might have realized by now, I love!).

This last one I got a few days ago, from Golf! You can get it from here, the link is working and all is good. I really like this one, and I’m planning on wearing it tomorrow for school! It’s cozy and elegant and pretty. I love it <33

That’s it for today!

This blog was rather short, but honestly you don’t have any idea how much I had to work for it. Thank you for chosing to spend your time reading my posts! I appriciate that so so much. Stick around for more if you’d like to read my previous blog posts, and follow for more blogmas posts! Take care of yourself, and please wear a mask. See you tomorrow!

Toodles! 🧁

-ocean girl

2020 Podcast Recommendations πŸŽ§

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day four!!

Hey everyone, how are you? I hope you’re doing well. I’m actually writing today’s blog early for a change, so hey, I might even put it up on time lol. So not a lot changed since yesterday. I’ve had some time to read, so I got really further into my book while listening to “folklore” on my record player. Now I’m just catching up on some people’s vlogmas, while typing this.

This year was a bloody weird one, and since usually I listen to my podcasts on the bus, I didn’t have as many listening sessions as I do every year. But still, some podcasts helped keep me company while I was at home, hanging up the laundry or washing the dishes. And I thought- well, might as well share them with you! So grab yourself a cup of tea, your headphones, open your listening up, and let’s get into them podcasts.

Pretty Basic

So the first podcast I will talk about today is “Pretty Basic” with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. I’ve been watching Alisha and Remi’s vlogs and videos for a while now, and got super excited when I found their podcast, two years ago. Alisha and Remi are both lifestyle youtubers and best friends.

In their podcast they’re talking about their life, experiences, failed and successful dates, mental health and so on. I really like their chemistry, and how they’re managing to hold an equal and flowing conversations. Sometimes I really relate to what they’re going through, and sometimes I simply enjoying listening to someone else’s life. Either way, I always feel included in their conversations, I always laugh along at the jokes and get serious or sad when needed. I’ve been listening to their pod ever since the beginning, so I’ve probably listen to every single episode already. Take it from me- “Pretty Basic” is pretty great if you’re looking for a new laundry buddy.

Unsolicited Advice

Related to “Pretty Basic” and just as good is “Unsolicited Advice”. The co-host Ashley Nicole is Alisha Marie’s older sister, and also a lifestyle youtuber. Along with her best friend and co- host, Taryne Renee, the two give unsolicited advice to their listeners!

They talk about every-day, random struggles we all deal with- family drama, dating, best friends problems and work related stuff as well. Just like with “Pretty Basic”, I love the chemistry between the two, their jokes (especially dad jokes) and their big-sisters energy. I’ve listened to every episode of their podcast as well (except for an interview or something) and I love hearing how understanding and positive the girls are. I would really recommend this podcast as well, especially if you’re your friend group’s therapist.

Teenager Therapy

Speaking of therapy, “Teenager Therapy” is definitely the podcast for you if you’re, well, a teenager! It is a podcast created by five seniors in high school (they started the pod when they were sophomores I believe), in which they talk about their life- ups and lows, or in their words: “a podcast that’s a coming of age story portrayed in real time”.

I really like how their podcast is full of mistakes and failure as well as their successes. I really like how they disagree with each other in addition to supporting each other, and their “character development”. “Teenager Therapy” is truly an unfolding story line, and I really enjoy listening to how each of the guys (and Kayla) learn from their mistakes and repeat what they’ve done well. One of my favorite episode of theirs is the one where Gael, one of the guys, talks about a relationship he had with someone. Another favorite episode of mine is the one where they talk through their friendship and its problems. I would recommend this to anyone, especially to a teenager in high school. Their podcast is really one of those rare things in life that shows you how you’re not alone.

Extra Dynamic with ur mom ashley

The “Extra Dynamic” podcast is the last one for today. The podcast host is ur mom ashley, who’s a youtuber as well. In her podcast, Ashley is mostly talking to and interviewing her brother and sister, her parents, her boyfriend and her friends. They’re usually talking about life, catching up or talking about whatever big thing they have going on.

I’ve been watching Ashley and her siblings on YouTube for a while now, so I got excited when I heard that she’s starting a podcast. I enjoy listening to her podcast because it is so easy to relate to, it’s funny and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone really, as long as you’re interested in hearing a bunch of people having a conversation. I love it, I’ve listen to every episode and I’d do it again πŸ™‚

And that’s it!

Thank you so much for making it to the end of this blog. If you’d like, you can stick around and read some of my previous blog posts. Follow for future blogmas posts, as well πŸ™‚ Make sure to take care of your body and your mental health, remember to take a break when needed. I will see you tomorrow with a new blog! Happy December!

Toodles! 🎑

-ocean girl

Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review πŸ™‚

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! πŸƒ

-ocean girl

Breakfast and Lunch- Meals Inspo πŸ₯˜

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day two!

This feels so weird! I’ve already written to you yesterday πŸ™‚ So, what’s new with you? Since yesterday I had a little more time for reading, so I read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” again. I’m currently re-reading the whole HP series, but as soon as I’m done I’ll be back with some more books recommendations and reviews. Also we learned something really nice about “living our truth” in gender class, so maybe I’ll share it with you someday. Oh, and also my friend got married! That led me to think that maybe I am the problem (jk though I’m literally only seventeen I don’t need no man). So, now that we’re all caught up, shall we?

Today I wanted to share with you some really simple, easy to do meals. Since we all are stuck at home, we eat, do and live the same life every day. I know that most people get tired of eating the same thing in the same way, so I thought I’d share some new ideas! Most of you probably have the ingredients at home, as these really are super easy and casual. I hope that you can use this as inspiration! πŸ™‚

πŸ₯‘ Avocado, egg and puffed rice cakes

Okay, so this first one is actually quite easy, and most of you probably have everything at home already. What you’ll need is-

  • Avocado
  • Lemon (juice)
  • Salt
  • Egg (s)
  • Puffed rice cakes
  • Whatever else you’d like to add!

First, cut the avocado in half, peel off the skin and place it on a plate. Take a fork, press and mix the avocado until you’re satisfied. Add some lemon juice and salt, and mix it all together. Try to taste the avocado while you mix, add more salt or lemon juice as you’d like.

Next, fry the the egg however you like it best. Once the egg is ready, place it on a plate along with the avocado. Add the puffed rice cakes (you can also switch these for bread!) and add anything else as you’d like. I’ve added some cream cheese and anchovy.

And that’s pretty much it for the first meal! You can switch any ingredient to a different one if you’d like. It’s healthy, easy and tasty.

πŸ₯¦ Broccoli, rice and vegetables

For this one I mostly used stuff that I found in our fridge, so again, feel free to switch it for anything else. Here are the ingredients that I’ve used-

  • Broccoli
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Anything else

First, Take the broccoli and break it into smaller pieces. Wash it under running water, and let it dry out. Pre-heat the oven to 150-180C.

Once the broccoli is dry, take a baking tray and put aluminum foil on top of it. Place the broccoli on the tray, spread it out nicely. Then, take the oil, black pepper and salt and drizzle it randomly on the tray and broccoli. Then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until you’re satisfied with the results.

While the broccoli is in the oven, you can prepare the rest of your meal. We had some rice and beans in the fridge, so I just took them and put them in a bowl. Cut some vegetables, and place them in the bowl as well. Once the broccoli is ready take it out of the oven, wait for maybe 4 minutes and then place it in the bowl next to the vegetables and rice. And that’s it, your meal is set and ready to be eaten πŸ™‚

And that’s it you guys! These two meals are super fun, tasty and easyyy to make! I hope that even if you didn’t end up making them, seeing the pictures and ingredients gave you some ideas of your own! And if you did end up recreating one of these meals, let me know. I hope that you have a lovely rest of the day, and that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental and physical health. Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous posts, and follow for future “blogmas” blog posts πŸ™‚

As always, take care, and I will see you tomorrow with blogmas day #3! I’m super excited for that one.

Toodles!

-ocean girl πŸ’

Welcome To Blogmas 2020! πŸŽ„

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day one!!

Hey everybody! How have you all been? Happy December to you! Let me start off by saying: I’m planning on doing blogmas this year! Or at least try to. In case you didn’t know, “blogmas” (blog + Christmas) is a blog series in which the writer (me lol) posts one blog everyday, from the beginning of December until the 25th. Usually the topic of the blogs is somehow related to Christmas. Vlogmas (vlog + Christmas) are my favorite type of vlogs to watch, so I decided to do something similar here. Also this is my last year before joining the military, and I don’t want to wait a whole two years before I can do blogmas. So, here we are πŸ™‚

Before we get into this blog, let me give you some background information- winter is my absolutely favorite season. I love it so freaking much! I love the cold, I love having to wear many warm clothes, I love being all cozy… I love it! December is specifically my favorite month because of how cold and wintery it is! SO yeah.

Another thing you should probably know.. I’m actually Jewish! My mum was born in Europe, to a Christian mother, so growing up she always got to experience the Christmas vibe and spirit- in her home and also outside of it. Later on her family moved to Israel, and when she married my dad they decided to try and expose my brother and I to different cultures and holidays. Plus, my mum remembered how magical Christmas was when she was a child, and wanted us to have a similar memory. So, growing up, my parents would buy us a small Christmas tree and my brother and I would decorate it. Also Santa clause (aka my dad wearing a costume) would give us presents and sweets. My grandma, who is no longer Christian, still have a Christmas tree in her apartment and is now playing the role of Santa every December by giving us all sweets as well.

When I was in middle school we moved to the US for a few years, where I got to experience the full on Christmas package. And of course I fell in love with it. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, I still do so for the happy, warm feeling it brings with it, for the amazing songs and films, for the bright lights and magical vibes, for the opportunity to give back to my loved ones and of course for the chance to spend time with my family.

I’m excited to share with you everything that I do this month, especially the highlights from both worlds- Christmas and Hanukah as well. So, I thought what better way to start this second blog series on “ocean girl” than to show you how I prepared myself for this season! Behold, here’s how I decorated my room for December:

Here are the colorful lights that I placed around my window πŸ™‚

So… That will be it for now. This is a much shorter blog then I usually post, but I guess that it’s fine due to the fact that the next month is going to be crazy. I hope that I won’t go crazy trying to post daily, as I still have school and stuff. But I’ll do my best πŸ™‚

Feel free to stick around if you’d like to read previous posts, and follow if you’d like to see the next blog posts to come! Stay safe, healthy and take care. Happy holidays!

Toodles!

-ocean girl πŸ‡