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Friday, 27 October 2017

Going Plant-Based: Why?

Plant-based: A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It's a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes meat, dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

It's time to change and become happy. For over 12 years, unfortunately, I have been living on an eating disorder and thinking about eating and forgetting. I would like to change that. That is why I have made changes to my diet. No longer wanting to lose weight, but because I want to live healthy without stomach problems. I eat very much sugar and chocolate. I eat vegetarian, but I feel that the lactose and soy problems make me. Why do I want to plan-based and vegan? I explain this in the next points. I did not eat 100% vegan and plan-based. I try to make every meal as good as possible. Vegan food I find relatively easy. I just have to omit eggs, dairy products and honey. Otherwise, I have not eaten any other animal products. Plant-based is difficult as a student. Often an artificial ingredient may be included in the product. However, the goal is not to be perfect, but to be better.

"People who are obsessed with food."

Here are my reasons:
  1. I do not want to have stomach problems. Many people who eat plant-based and vegan, report that they have significantly fewer stomach problems.
  2. I would like to find out how I feel psychologically and physically.
  3. I want to protect animals. There is also much suffering behind eggs and dairy products. To minimize this suffering gives me a good feeling. I may be able to eat eggs and dairy products. I want to start slowly. Every day vegan and plant-based. Exceptions are, for example, Christmas or birthdays when there are cakes.
  4. I want to defeat my sugar and get out of my routines. I snack very often without thinking and eating too much sweets. Sugar makes you tired, sick and depressed.
  5. I want to get back my hunger feeling and learn to eat when I'm hungry.
  6. I want to get my blood glucose level under control.
  7. Finally, defeat eating disorder and remove the obsession.
  8. I make a diet change - no diet. It's about eating healthy and living healthier.
  9. I want to cook more and get to know more delicious food.
"As long as you feel like a sacrifice, it does not work."

I will write down: How I feel in general. How is my digestion. How it goes to my skin and my hair. I will also weigh and watch how my weight changes. Whether my sleep is better and I feel generally better. Reflect on what life is better: my old or my new one?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Perfect Carrot Cake Recipe

It's my birthday - so I made this amazing carrot cake! It's not that difficult to make and really my whole family loved this cake. It's an eye-catcher at every birthday party and it's just looks really cute - and like you're a real pro at cake making ;)

You will need for the dough:
  • 420g plain flour
  • 480g caster sugar
  • 250g finely ground nuts (walnuts or other nuts / seeds)
  • 2.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 450ml vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)
  • 375g finely grated carrots

You will need for the Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 170g butter
  • 270g cream cheese
  • 930g icing sugar

You will need for the decoration:
  • chopped walnuts or brittle
  • sugar carrots (or marzipan carrots)

I used three 9 inch cake tints to make a perfect three layered carrot cake. You can also use four layers but it's important to have the same amount of dough in the tints.
  1.  Put the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and the nuts or seeds into your bowl.
  2. You need to finely ground your nuts or seeds.
  3. Take another bowl and put the eggs and the sugar together. Mix it for about 1-2 minutes before slowly adding the sunflower oil. Mix it until everything is mixed together.
  4. Now you can add your finely shredded carrots. I always use my food processor. It saves a lot of time and it's much more easier for your arms. Add them to your bowl and genetly put the dough and the carrots together with a large spoon.
  5. Now you can add your dry ingredients. Mix it together until you have a nice dough.
  6. Put the same amount of dough and all of the three tints.
  7. Now you have to bake the dough for 25-28 minutes at 175 degree celcius.
After you bake them. Let them cool down completly. After they cooled down it's time to make  the frosting.
  1. Put your butter into a bowl and beat it until it's pale and "fluffy".
  2. Now you can add the cream chese and mix it again for some seconds.
  3. Now you have to add the icing sugar. It's a lot - but you're probably going to need it.
Your frosting is done. Now it's time to layer your cake. Now loosen your first cake from the tint and put it on a plate. Put some icing on the cake and spread it evenly. Don't put to much icing on it. You don't want you cake to be that high. After you put icing on your cake, loosen the second cake from its tint and put in carefully on the icing. Now repeat the same process again.

Now it's time to put the icing on the sides of your cake. Be really carefully and don't let your cakes move to on or the other side.

At last you can decorate your cake! I put some brittle on the top and the bottom of the cake and used some mini carrots made out of sugar.

I hope you enjoy eating this cake and that your whole family is going to be impressed by it.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

44th BMW Berlin Marathon 2017: Everything seems impossible until it's done.

What a journey. Three days Berlin, which have taught me a lot. I've learned a lot about what I'm able to do when I really want something. My journey started very early. At 2:40am my alarm clock went off. But I was already wide awake at 2 o'clock. Luckily I went to bed at 19 clock the day before, otherwise I would not have been able to get out off bed. My taxi was ordered for 3 o'clock and a few minutes later I was at the main station. From the main station I took a train to the Cologne Bonn airport. There I had to wait about two hours for my flight. But I wanted to be there early enough. I did not want to miss my flight. So I sat down in a cafe, bought a coffee and a diet coke for six euros. Typical airport rates. I read the newspaper and waited until boarding began. The flight went well. I flew for only fifty minutes and I went straight to the Marathon Expo.

The Expo was great. I was also very lucky. I was there before 10 o'clock. According to the organizer, especially between 10 and 14 clock it's really crowded. I just had to wait 20 minutes. I got my time measurement chip, my starting number, my start band for the wrist and a bag full of small gifts and advertising. There were medals from the most famous marathons in the world. I was so excited. I absolutely want to run London and New York. I left the Expo after about thirty minutes. I was quite tired and still had not eaten anything except a muesli bar. It was already 10 o'clock.

I had three hours to spend before I could check in at my hotel. I took a train to Alexanderplatz and went to the big department store 'Alexa'. There I went into a Starbucks and bought my breakfast after I had been on the road for over 8 hours. I bought a cappuccino and a wrap with chick-peas and vegetables. Afterwards I went shopping in a supermarket. I bought muesli, lactose-free milk and water. The muesli was my lunch and dinner. I did not want to risk stomach problems. I also bought two bananas for breakfast and my dinner. Besides, I bought a croissant. That should be my dinner after the marathon. I knew I would hardly be hungry after the marathon. I had to buy something that is still edible until the next evening. Unfortunately I did not have a refrigerator in my hotel room. I did not want to order food after the marathon. I knew I just needed time for myself after the marathon.

In the hotel I relaxed. I called friends and family to give me some more courage and went to bed very early. Because I was really afraid of getting sick before the marathon I was really nervous. Almost my whole family had the flu. So I was incredibly nervous before the marathon. I was rarely so nervous. It should be a big challenge. Hard work: mentally and physically.

My alarm clock went of at 6am. I had slept well, about seven hours. I sleep an average of between six and eight hours a night. I had breakfast directly because I wanted to digest the food. Then I went for a shower and tried to drink at least a liter of water. I left my hotel room just before eight and met a runner with her boyfriend. They came from San Diego. We talked and took a picture. This made me really happy because I traveled to Berlin alone. So I was quite alone. Then meeting nice people was just great.

There were a lot of runners on the way to the marathon. It was not possible to not find the way to the start. At the toilets I talked with another nice runner. She planned a marathon under 3:30 hours. Impressive. That's why we said goodbye because we had to go to different starting blocks. From then on I was alone. I was very excited and the weather still did not bother me. It was not too warm. The humidity was more than 90 percent. At 10 o'clock my starting block started running. I was relatively close to the start, so I already crossed the starting line at 10:02am. Before I had to set up a second toilet stop. However, I was able to start early.

The first 21 kilometers went very well. I wanted to run around 6:20 minutes per kilometer. Since I did not feel 100% fit, I wanted to run slower. Relatively early, I got pain in my right thigh. The pain came early, but I knew I could endure the pain. The pain under my feet came sooner than I thought. However, I was able to deal with pain. For a brief moment, I feared a spasm in my left calf to get and was already afraid. Luckily I was able to get this feeling out quickly. At 26 kilometers the last pain was added. My left leg also began to hurt. But the pain was ok.

Worse was the slump at 26 kilometers.I was not really exhausted. I think the high humidity has made me feel like that. I had to slow down my pace. From time to time, I had the feeling of fainting or having to puke. I also got stomach problems, which unfortunately also disturbed my race. From there on the struggle began . The fight not to walk, do not give up. Walk would be the same as giving up - for my case. I did not get right in the run, I could not smile anymore. Music also didn't help, the crowd didn't help. The fact that I was running the Berlin Marathon did not help. It was a hell of a fight. At kilometer 30, I called my boyfriend, as I had planned before, to get some strength. It did not help unfortunately. I fought. I counted kilometers down for once at a time. I did not let it go. The fight didn't end. But I didn't walked.

Even at kilometer 40 I was not happy because 2,195 kilometers can be very long after you fought for about 14 kilometers. But then about 1.2 kilometers before the goal there came the last corner. And there it was: the Brandenburg Gate. The goal. I almost cried. I ran off and ran my fastest kilometer. I ran and ran. This feeling was indescribable.

At the finish I was so relieved that it was over. I was slightly faster than my first marathon. But I didn't reached my goal under 4:30 hours. But that did not make me sad. I was proud: I did not give up. I was disappointed because I could not enjoy this great marathon. The humidity and the fact that I was not completely healthy, simply did not allow a easy run. I have earned this medal so much. The idea that I never want to run a marathon again was gone very quickly. I want to improve and train more intelligently. I am a runner and we do not give up.

I then made my way to my hotel. I drank a lot of water and ate something. At 8pm I went in bed after talking to friends and family. I have survived Berlin and I am so proud.

The next day I had a delicious breakfast in the hotel. The day before I had discovered a scrap wound on my arm. I do not know when I got it and why. It hurt a little at the end of the marathon, but the day after it just looked bad but wasn't painful. After breakfast I relaxed in my room for a while and checked out at around 11am. I walked through Berlin and enjoyed the time, even if the walking hurted a bit. I enjoyed a coffee, a vegan muffin and a bagel at Starbucks. Then I went to the main station and from there I took a train to the airport Schönefeld.

What a crazy trip. I am still amazed at what I have done. I am ready for the next marathon: either London or Cologne. London is very unlikely, but the hope dies at last. Tomorrow I write an exam and my birthday is on friday. I am happy now, because I have learned a really good lesson: Everything seems impossible until it's done.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Berlin Marathon: one week left


It's that time again. After almost a whole year (how fast the time passes) my second marathon is almost there. On October 2nd 2016 was one of the most beautiful and most instructive days of my life. I've learned that I can achieve anything when I try hard and never give up. I was so happy that I did not give up. I havn't walked at the marathon. I enjoyed the first 28 kilometers and then fought mentally. Physically I was fit. But every runner knows that the head is the biggest enemy it is to defeat.

Now I'm sitting here. The next marathon is only six days away and there are many signs against a great run. It probably is going to rain. The marathon also takes place on the same day as the Bundestagswahl. That is why there are over fifty pedestrian crossings that are likely to cause runners to collide with pedestrians. Runners are disturbed, maybe fall, get injured, and so on. These are the worst-case scenarios. Positive thinking is difficult in times like this. Right now my head is painting all the negative possibilities.

For these reasons, I gave up my time goal. I also run in a wrong starting block, with all runners who wants to finish over 4:15 hours the marathon as well as all who have never run a marathon. So I have to overtake many people.

I can only hope for the best. Perhaps I read this in 7 days and everything went well. I dont know. There has never been a comparable situation, which is why I do not know how it turns out on Sunday. The runners can be stopped badly and the pedestrians lose their patience at some point and just go over it and think "That will be alright!". But then a runner hits them and of course the runners have to run besides the pedastrian, lose time and if this happens more often in the race it can also really annoy the runnery.

At the moment, however, I think the City Berlin don't really care about the runners. It is about the election and the marathon. The organizers of the marathon are forced to set up these pedestrian crossings. The government has refused to postpone the election. I also do not know why they would not hold the election on another day in firtst play For the present one very likely also leads to fewer people choosing to vote. I do not know who made this decision.

I can not change the situation. I must learn to accept situations that I can not influence and make the most of them. Smile. Wait what happens. I hope that everything goes well and everything is well planned. Do not allow me to be influenced by something happening.

I paid a lot of money for the Berlin Marathon. I would like to reach my goal to run a marathon under 4:30 hours. I hope that the circumstances do not destroy my goal. The speed should not be the problem, my fitness is good. I hope that my head, my fears and my doubts will not stand in my way.

I'll try to believe in myself the next few days. To accept the situation and make the best of it. If this situation destroys the marathon for me - and many others - then simply shake it off. I hope that a time between 4:20 to 4:29 hours is possible. Despite the conditions. I will do my best. I have a plan on how fast I need to run to reach my goal time. Even if I run one kilometer longer, I should make it.

I just have to say to myself that the organization of this event cannot destroy this day. I have paid so much money. I've trained so much. I'm going to smile. I will do my best. And no matter how this is going to turn out, I'm going be happy, proud and going to enjoy the day. Even in the rain, even after ten clashes with strangers, who illegally crossed the track. I am concerned about recklessness and lack of ability to organize a marathon and a choice.

I hope that I read this entry next week and that I will be proud with my medal in hand and a time under 4 hours 30 minutes. I will do my best. I am going to be strong. Happy. Grateful.

I have six day left to get rid of my anxiety and the panic.

Just run. Don't think about it. Just run. Run your pace.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Cornflakes, Matcha Latte + Sushi in Cologne

I really love cornflakes. So I had to visit the cornflakes café named "Flakes Corner". It serves national and international cornflakes that you don't get in Germany, Milkshakes (and Freakshakes), Waffles, international candy and amazing coffee. The café is so nerdy! They played music from the 70th, 80th and 90th, there were pictures of old tv series and movies. There was a Nintendo 64 you could play on. It was really great. You can chose between three different sizes: a small bowl, a large bowl and a "super bowl". The small and large bowl are both really small I would say. The "super bowl" costs 7,90€ and you don't have to pay the 70cents extra for international cornfales. It's expensive but the international cornflakes really costs a lot for them. So I chose 4 different cornflakes (I didn't saw the cinnebons cornflakes until it was too late - so sad). I chose Crave Double Chocolate, Reeses Puffs, Oreo-Os and something that was called Mocha Crunch. It was all really great! I took caramel milk (they have a lot of option) and put some M&Ms on top (you also have a lot of opions here). Flavoured milks costs 50cents and sweets on top costs 70cents extra. Yes it is expensive but as a treat it's really worth it.

Afterwards we went to a café named TENTEN. We had Matcha Latte and my sister had a Frozen Matcha Latte. If you ever find yourself in Cologne or Dusseldorf - visit the TENTEN Café - they have amazing food and drinks. We didn't ate something because we were still full from our breakfast.

Then we went to a sushi place. We originally wanted to go to another place but it was close! But we really enjoyed our stay. The green tea was lovely and the sushi was also really nice. Unfortunately they didn't made different sushi. They just made the same sushis all the time. We could have ordered different sushis, but this is not the point of "running sushi restaurant". But the sushi was nice and the waiters also was really really kind to every costumer :)


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Best products for bleached hair

Keraplex (or Olaplex) Phase 3
It's the revolution in hair care I would say. It's used during bleaching or colouring your hair. It prevents damage to your hair and moisturize it. There are three phases: Phase 1 and 2 are used during bleaching or colouring your hair, you don't need to buy these. But you can buy Phase 3. It is for taking care of your hair afterwards. The difference between Keraplex and Oraplex is, first, the price: Keraplex is about 11€ and Olaplex is about 33€. You can buy both at Amazon. My hairdresser  told me that they aren't that different so I bought the cheaper version. I had the Olaplex treatment at my hairdresser, because they only have Olaplex. But they told me I could buy the Keraplex phase 3. It's really good for your hair. My hair didn't break afterwards. 5-6 years ago I bleached my hair and my hair was so damaged I had to cut it off so much. Everytime I bleached my hair now I use a Olaplex treatment during the bleaching and my hair is fine. Can only recommend :) It's a little bit more expensive if you use Olaplex at the hairdresser but it's worth it!

Aussie 3 Miracle Oil Reconstructor
One of my favourite hair oil for the lenght of my hair or my ends is the Aussie 3 Miracle Oil Reconstructor. It's smells really nice and it really moisturize your hair. It's so important to take care of you lenght and your ends after you got your hair bleached. I can only recommend to use oil as much as possible. I use it every night. I just put some in the ends and lenghts of my hair and they are so soft, even after bleaching it :)

Kérastase Résistance collection
One of the best hair care ranges for damaged hair is the Kérastase Résistance collection. It's "a range of hair care products that fight the symptoms of damaged hair. From fine, weak hair to thick, brittle hair with split ends, hair appears stronger and more resilient with the Résistance range.", according to the Kératase website and they are right. It's so good for you hair and yes, it's more expensive but it is worth it believe me. My hairdresser recommended it to me and I just love there products so much. You can find bigger sizes (normally they are for hair salons) on Amazon or other sites and can save some money.
They have Strengthening Shampoo and Strengthening anti-breakage cream conditioner and a Strengthening Masque. Moreover they have products for more damaged hair. Balm-in-shampoo, a Dual Care Treatment Serum, Intense nourishing masque (the best, let it sink it overnight). They also have Resurfacing strengthening milk and Lightweight caring conditioner. There is something for everybody. The Lightweight caring conditioner is very good for damaged fine hair.

Lush Marylin Hairmask
I really love lush products because of the way they produce them. The best one for blonde hair is the Marylin Hairmask. The smell is alright, not my favourite. But: it works wonders! My hair is shining so much after I used it and it's so soft. Also: if you buy 5 hairmask - save the pots and give them back to Lush. You'll get a free hairmask :)

I hope you liked this blog post. My last tip for dry skin, dry hair, dry face - coconut oil ;)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Date Night at Mongos Restaurant

I love the Mongos Restaurant. These are restaurants in different locations, for example in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bochum, Munich, Hamburg and some more. It is a Mongolian restaurant. The concept is pretty awesome. You get a bowl on a small board. Each round you can choose one of the many different marinades. Then you go with its small board to the many different foods. There is a huge selection of vegetables (perfect for vegetarians), spices, tofu, cheese, fruit (e.g. mango!) And also lots of meat and fish. There are many exotic meat varieties like kangaroo. I as a vegetarian find the course rather uninteresting. For people who do not care which meat they eat, the selection is of course good. Then you place your small board with bowl and go back to its seat. The food is then brought to one.


Especially this time was that we could enjoy appetizers and dessert in addition. This for only 19.99 € - a special offer. The appetizers range from bread, to various salads, spring rolls, chicken nuggets and soups. We did not have a lot of appetizers as we wanted to enjoy mainly the main course and the dessert.

As a dessert there were many small glasses with, for example, chocolate pudding, vanilla mousse, mango groats, pancakes, hot cherries, great ice creams (such as black sesame) and fruit salad and chocolate sauce. I had two pancakes with hot cherries, a ball of black sesame ice cream, fruit salad with chocolate sauce and a glass of chocolate pudding. So a huge dessert! Unfortunately, I was pretty busy, so I could not take it. My friend and I had only had breakfast, but the whole vegetable is just enough!

It was an incredibly nice evening :)


Friday, 19 May 2017

Drugstore Haul

I ordered a lot of stuff from last week and after over 7 days it finally arrived! I think it's great that you can order online because I just had no time to make it to the drugstore. I bought the Heavenly Long Shampoo from Schauma. It's a really good price for a nice product. The Express-Repair Total Repair Conditioner from Gliss Kur is amazing for when you haven't got a lot time. Just shower your hair and spray this conditioner in you hair, blow-dry and you're good to go. The Renew7 Shampoo from Syoss is also really good price for a amazing product.

I also bought product for my face. I bought a lot of oil-free products because I have some problem areas in my face. I bought the Oil-free care serum from Balea, the Day-Care Oil-free cream gel from Balea, Clearing cleansing-foam from Balea and the Wash Gel 3in1 Cleansing Peeling Mask from Balea. They are all amazing for oily skin.  They smell nice and they animal cruelty free as well. I also bought a Night Cream Soft & Clear Intensive Protection from Balea. It's a really good moisturizer for the night.

I also bought Facestrips Soft & Clear Anti-Blackheads Nosestrips from Balea and Soft & Clear Anti-Pimple Peel-Off Mask from Balea to get rid of my blackheads and oily zones. They are really great and also not that expensive for this good procuts.

I also bought some makeup. I bought a Fixing spray from alverde. I needed this for summer. Makeup really doesn't last that long in summer. I am going to a wedding in July as well and I really want my makeup to last the whole day. This is why I bought it. I also bought the Wake up Concealer in 01 Naturelle from MANHATTAN Cosmetics and the Under Eye Concealer & Base in 010 from rend IT UP. They sell bright colors that are perfect for my fair skin.


At last I bought my favourite lip product the Lip care MedPlus from Blistex. I always use this at nighttime because I don't really like to use lip care in pots on the go. I want to have clean hands before I apply it. It's just the best lip care for smooth and healthy lips. I also bought the shaving gel Fruity Dream from Balea. Never shave without a gel or foam! It smells nice and really takes care of my skin.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

MissionMore: vegan, glutenfree, sugarfree snacks

Healthy, affordable, vegan snacks? Here they are! Mission More is all this! There snacks are vegan, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose-free. There a the same prices as the protein balls from The Protein Ball Company. They cost 1,95€ each bag. There are 5 snacks in one bag.

My favourite ones are the Apple Pie Protein Bites. They really taste like Apple Pie! They are so amazing. They are little cubes and have a nice texture. The ingredients are: 49% dates, coconut nectar, cashew butter, 9% dried apple powder, pecans, 5% pea protein pieces (rice flour, pea protein powder), 5% rice protein powder, 3% walnuts, 1% cinnamon, salt

The Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Bites basically taste like peanut butter with a little bit of strawberrys, but mostly peanut butter. They taste nice and the texture is also great. The ingredients are: 34,5% peanut butter, 32,6% dates, coconut nectar, 8% protein powder (peas, rice), 7,6% freeze-dried strawberries, 4% roasted peanuts

The Chia Cranberry Lemon Snack Bites taste really fresh because of the lemon. They are a littly but smaller because they are round. The cubes are bigger but they have the same price. They taste really great but they could have been a little bit bigger. The ingredients are: 40,7% dates, 19,8% cashew butter, 15% roasted almond pieces, coconut nectar,  5% freeze-dried cranberries, 4% chia seeds, 1% lemon oil

The Cocos Maca Guarana Snack Balls taste really chocolaty but not too sweet. I don't really hype superfoods so much because you don't really taste them - in my opinion - and they are very expensive. But these taste amazing. The ingredients are: 32,8% dates, 21% almond butter, coconut nectar, 15,5% roasted almond pieces,  12% desiccated coconut, 1,8% maca, 1% guarana

The Blueberry Baobab Snack Balls taste really fruity because of the blueberrys. They also taste like almonds and dates, which is really great. The ingredients are: 43,4% dates, almond butter, 12,5% cashews, coconut nectar, 6,9% cocoa, 5% freeze-dried blueberries, 3,4% baobab, Salz

The Cookie Dough Protein Bites don't really taste like Cookie Dough, they taste like peanut butter. This is a little but sad. They should have used chickpeas, that would have taste. But they also taste really nice, but like peanut butter. The ingredients are: 48% dates, 20% peanut butter, coconut necta, 8% protein powder (peas, rice), 6,7% roasted peanuts, 5% cocoa nibs, salt


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Summer Clothing Haul

I bought something for summer and an upcoming wedding. The nude sandals are for the evening of the wedding. At this time I don't want to wear my high heels so I needed more comfortable shoes. I also needed new jeans shorts. I love all of them because they aren't that short. I don't want my butt to be out. I also bought an amazing blouse - I love it so much! It's so pretty. I also bought a nice bag from ZARA in a light blue, it's looked so good. Last but not least I needed new balance and I found the perfect ones: they are rose gold on the back ♥

Hoping the weather is amazing whereever you live so you can wear summery clothes too.

Review: Paramore - After Laughter

Basic informations:
  • Released: 12th May, 2017
  • Genre: New wave, pop rock, synth-pop
  • Length: 42:31
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
 After four years the new record by Paramore finally here! I was so excited but also nervous because of their new sound. It's far away from their punk-rock beginning. Which isn't bad but I just hoped that I like their new sound. The music is really 80ths with a lot of synthesizers and less e-guitar. The whole record is basically about being lost, going through difficult situations, having a hard time and don't know what to do or how to do it. It's really a record about the time "after laughter".

My favourite songs are Hard Times - the first single, Rose-Colored Boy - listen to it on repeat, Caught in the middle and Tell Me How. I don't like "No friend". I don't really get this song, I can't understand a word and literally nothing happens in this song. Hard Times really start the road of the record. It combines more serious lyrics with a uplifting pop sound. I really like this mix between this, also the music is really catchy. Rose-Colored Boy is probably my favourite song of the record. I love the lyrics and what's its about. It's about someone with depression and another person who wants to help but only makes it worse. Told You So, the second single, is also a great song. I really love the verse but don't really like the refrain. It don't like this way of singing, with pause between almost every word. It just seems "clipped". Forgiveness and 26 are two of three balads on the record. The music is really nice and the lyrics are so amazing. I love the line "There's still a thread that runs from your body to mine; And you can't break what you don't see, an invisible line" in Forgivess and "Reality will break your heart; Survival will not be the hardest part; It's keeping all your hopes alive; When all the rest of you has died; So let it break your heart" in the song 26. The singer, Hayley Williams, sings about her experience with living in a dream world, maybe sometimes lose the sight on reality. It's really touching. Pool and Grudges are also great songs, but not one of my favourite. Pool is literally about a love that sucks you in. Both have nice melodies as well. Caught in the middle has a really nice melodie in the refrain and it's also about Hayley Williams being caught in her dreams "I was dreamin' life away; All the while just going blind". Idle Worship is about hero worship. Hayley explaines that she isn't a hero and that there are not heroes worthy enough in the current time "We all got problems, don't we?; We all need heroes, don't we?; But rest assured, there's not a single person here who's worthy". Tell me how is the third balad and closes the record with question "Tell me how to feel about you now". It's about two persons that don't know how to feel about each other, people who may breaked apart.

The record is different, but good. I don't like some parts of different songs but I only don't like one whole song. Every other song has parts that are magical and amazing. It's a great record for a fresh start and I hope they enter some happier times now and leave the Hard Times behind.

Favourite Lyrics:
  • These lives, and I still don't know how I even survive ("Hard Times")
  • I want you to stop insisting that I'm not a lost cause; 'Cause I've been through a lot ("Rose-Colored Boy")
  • You say my eyes are getting too dark now; But boy, you ain't ever seen my mind ("Rose-Colored Boy")
  • There's still a thread that runs from your body to mine; And you can't break what you don't see, an invisible line ("Forgiveness")
  • And I've been chasing after dreamers in the clouds; After all wasn't I the one who said; To keep your feet on the ground? ("26")
  • And they say that dreaming is free; But I wouldn't care what it cost me ("26")
  • Reality will break your heart; Survival will not be the hardest part; It's keeping all your hopes alive; When all the rest of you has died; So let it break your heart ("26")
  • As if the first cut wasn't deep enough; I dove in again 'cause I'm not into giving up ("Pool")
  • Drain the fantasy of you, Headfirst into shallow pools ("Pool")
  • I was dreamin' life away; All the while just going blind; Can't see the forest for the trees; Behind the lids of my own eyes; Nostalgia's cool, but it won't help me now; A dream is good, if you don't wear it out ("Caught in the middle")
  • We all got problems, don't we?; We all need heroes, don't we?; But rest assured, there's not a single person here who's worthy ("Idle Worship")
  • Of all the weapons you fight with; Your silence is the most violent ("Tell Me How")
Rating: 4 / 5

All tracks written by Hayley Williams and Taylor York, except where noted. All songs produced by York and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
  1. Hard Times ♥
  2. Rose-Colored Boy (Williams, York, Zac Farro) ♥
  3. Told You So ♥
  4. Forgiveness ♥
  5. Fake Happy
  6. 26
  7. Pool (Williams, York, Farro) ♥
  8. Grudges (Williams, York, Farro)
  9. Caught in the Middle ♥
  10. Idle Worship
  11. No Friend (Aaron Weiss, Williams, York)
  12. Tell Me How ♥

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