So I have been feeling pretty displaced this October, I was going to do a September’s Look & Listen list this month, but I quickly realized that I really didn’t consume any media that stood out to me or that differed from my usual monthly rewatch of Pride and Prejudice, binging Bob’s Burgers and listening to the same albums that I did in August. I have recently found that I am drawn to the familiar these days. It’s relaxing for me to watch something I’ve seen 100 times then to adventure out of my comfort zone and put my time and faith into something I’ve never seen before. Is anyone else like that? Maybe it’s the situations we are going through at the moment that make us cling to comfort, to the feeling of being surrounded by familiarity.


That being said I have been doing things that have been out of my comfort zone, I decided to take on the Drawtober challenge this month and made my own prompt list to draw from everyday. I have tried many times to take on a daily drawing challenge and I always managed to do 2 days and then give up entirely. I think the difference from all those times is the fact that I made my own list with my feelings in mind. I know what I am comfortable with, I know what I am like and I know what works for me! The prompts are simple and I am doing them digitally which makes me feel way more at ease than if I was attempting to draw everything in a traditional medium that I am unfamiliar with. I also set up a schedule where I draw a lump of drawings all at once and then post them on the designated days. Which is such a relief from taking the time out of each day to quickly hodgepodge something together. This way I have planned and set up my files and ideas and have them ready to go! It feels good, like I am doing something I’ve always wanted to do and the response has been SO positive which makes me even happier.


(You can check out my progress so far on my Instagram here)


I have also been feeling particularly excited about launching my online shop and taking a step forward towards the future I am fervently sculpting. I have prints and stickers that I have been working on and will be releasing to the world this week and I am already planning more products for the future, it’s really all I can think about these days! I have to remember though to form a routine and give my brain a break when it’s quittin’ time. I found that last month, I was working right up until I went to bed and my exhaustion was starting to manifest physically from being on the computer for 12+ hours a day. I do not recommend this! Now when it’s 5pm I get off of the computer and make dinner and sit down in the living room, separating myself from my work desk entirely. It feels more restful which is reassuring that it’s working!


In my downtime I have also been experimenting with traditional mediums more and dedicating a time out of my week just for play and not worrying at all about what I am making and just having fun with it. I splurged on some really nice Rohrer & Klingner inks from Heikala’s webstore and I am soooooo happy that I did. The quality of the inks are outstanding and the colours are so bright, I have been itching to paint with them some more! Heikala’s packaging was also such a lovely touch when I received these inks. I love her work so much.

Anyways, I think that just about covers it in terms of my mid-October round up. If you've made it this far in my little ramble rant, I applaud you! Thanks for sticking around and caring enough to read all of this! Don't forget to take care of yourself and happy Wednesday!


xo, Chloe Christine

I love recommendation lists so let's recommend some neat shows and music that have consumed my life as of late! I've been humming and hawing about the media that really stood out to me in the month of August. I only want to put the things that really resonated with me on these lists, otherwise I will go on forever. Also, I didn't really read as much as I would have liked (still haven't found a good bookstore yet where I moved) but hopefully that will change now that fall is in the air and the weather is getting cozy!


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Fleabag (Seasons 1 & 2)

I'll be the first to admit that I don't watch a lot of new TV shows. I like sticking to shows that are comforting to me and that I know well enough that I can just put on in the background and work away to. I'm highly sensitive when it comes to TV and movies, so intense anticipation and conflict during the plot of a show makes me very anxious. Unless it's a silly show like Riverdale or Vampire Diaries and I can just scoff the whole time.


But wow. Did Fleabag ever leve me speechless. I didn't think that I would like it as much as I did but without a doubt it is easily a top 10 favourites of all time for me. I was captivated instantly and blew through the series in a week (12 episodes total) The cheeky and subtle comedy throughout the show is incredible and the overall story was translated quite well from the stage play that Phoebe Waller-Bridge did in the West End in 2019.


At first Fleabag looks like it's about a quirky, awkward woman that owns a cafe and is looking for the right kind of love. But as you watch it, it blossoms into this intense tale that deals with the complexity of love through sex, loss, strained family relationships and self-acceptance. The ending literally had me thinking about it for weeks afterwards. Such an amazing show!


Watch on: Prime Video


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Petals for Armor (2020)

At first I was unsure about Hayley Williams solo album because 75% of the time I find that solo albums really miss the mark in resonating with audiences to make an album that really works. I was so happy to be wrong about this one.


The whole album reflects on trauma, growth and being vulnerable in a world that is constantly changing and feeling lost within it. The emotions through each song are intense and personal and paint incredible imagery. I know that the reviews for it were varying, but I think that Petals for Armor should be looked at as more of a creation for the sake of creating, healing and moving forward. Pitchfork released an interview with Hayley where she breaks down each song off of the album. I recommend checking this out if you plan on listening to it, in order to get a more in depth perspective on the meaning behind this album.


If you're a Paramore fan, separate yourself from Paramore and listen to it with completely different expectations. If you compare this record to past releases, you will miss the point of this solo-debut completely.


Check out these songs: Simmer, Dead Horse and Pure Love


RTJ4 (2020)

The fourth Run the Jewels album is not only an incredibly put together album, but it speaks heavily on racism behind the police state and the wrongful persecution and deaths of Black Americans. If you're a human living in 2020 right now (and not ignorant jerk) you know fully well that we are living during a massive civil rights movement and a pivotal societal shift.


RTJ4, is a no-fucks-given album that through Killer Mike's and El-P's classic, sharp, witty lyricism, reflects on serious issues that need to be heard. In comparison to their last albums which are more tongue-in-cheek, this is much heavier, but it's definitely worth the listen.


Check out these songs: walking in the snow, out of sight and ooh la la


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That's it for August's recommendations! I didn't really consume a lot of stuff that really stood out to me this month, but hopefully September will be a bigger list, I'll shoot for at least 5 next time!



I couldn't tell you the first time I fell in love with the thrill of thrifting, all I remember is that I've been doing it since I was about 8 or 9 years old. It truly was an obsession that I developed very early on in my life that I’ve never been able to shake. I don't even know how I came across my love for it, none of my family members ever enjoyed the act of digging through other people’s unwanted things. So it's not like they took me thrifting unless I specifically asked to go and even then, there was a 50/50 chance the answer would be “no”. But if we did go, it usually ended up with them waiting for me until I finally emerged from the store, smiling out to the car, bags full of treasures.


Vintage ephemera is one of my favourite things to look for when hitting up my favourite thrifting spots and antique stores and since I can’t leave the house, I've found myself scrolling through Flickr for hours on end finding and favouriting things that inspire me and give me that sweet boost of serotonin. I truly am enamoured by these lost pieces of design, typography and illustration. They are so timeless and unique, it feels like a shame to let them fall to the wayside and stay lost in the belly of the internet. So every month I'll post three of my favourite pieces of ephemera that I find for other people to be inspired by. I think it's really important to keep these gorgeous pieces of design history alive and circulating among people who maybe find this stuff inspiring too.






Next month I'll be sure to share more! Happy to be treasure hunting from the safety of my little apartment! Stay safe out there!!


xo, Chloe Christine



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