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text 2017-05-17 09:21
Hipster Style for Girls the Trendy Outfits

The hipster style changes according to the heads and accessories are chosen for each outfit. The fashion hipster style for girls is constantly changing in recent years, in the most recent interpretations open to more quirky touches. The international fashion system continues to change, the inspirations that come from the past are many and often look back on high fashion runways revisited in ever new keys and unconventional. The style hipster indie and vintage is one of the most open to experimentation and external influences, but let us see what it is, what are its features and tips for trendy outfits in full hipster style.

Hipster Style: What is it and what are its characteristics

What is the hipster style? The history of the hipster culture began at the turn of the '20s and' 30s , a form of independent thinking and later a real lifestyle inspired in part by the indie rock music, from jazz and American culture of those maverick years. Locate a single type of clothing in hipster style is not easy because this style has evolved over the years experiencing the stimuli coming from music, art, literary culture and lately also on technology, coming to have influences also on the house and furniture. The refusal for the consumer and media culture hipster style led him to evolve in the sense of an androgynous style, so often I look hipster women and those men are similar, as you will understand better by looking at the hipster outfits in our pictures.

Hipster style fashion: of the must-have clothing


What are the characteristics of the hipster style? The summer hipster style rewards the very tight pants, so space jeggings and skinny jeans worn with calf fold that leaves in view of the ankle and in the last revivals inspired fashion 90s, even faux leather leggings. Alternatively, you can wear shorts, preferably made from vintage jeans, always paired with flat shoes. The choice between tops and t-shirt is very varied, it ranges between models with oversized lettering and more consistent shapes, however, brought under the skin nails, but the jacket in the most trendy hipster style is that of jeans.

The accessories hipster style: glasses, shoes and more

The hipster shoes for excellence are the sneakers - always prefer vintage models and evidently used -, so it is essential to learn how to match Converse when you want to dress in this style, or you can bet on lace, worn with tights in plain sight. The fashion hipster then leaves plenty of room for accessories: glasses hipster style eyeglasses or sunglasses have large frames, from the highbrow true fact, but even the hats have an important role in the look, preferably chosen in the male versions. There are also very showy scarves and stoles, caps and leather bracelets. To complete your look hipster should also be a thick bangs to Zooey Deschanel or alternatively an asymmetric cut even with locks dyed in bright colors.

The hipster vintage style

The vintage hipster style is more feminine and ladylike, as we often note when it comes to looks, the retro mood. The clothes hipster preferred are those with fancy flowers, especially in the 50 years forms with flared skirt and pleated: the online shop sites such as CalibreApparel dedicated to clothes hipster entire sections. In these cases, you match your patterns in scarves and shawls printed or plain, in glasses with large frames and lace-up shoes with a vintage style as the Frenchman and maybe add a pair of socks Paris during the cold season. A leather jacket with patches and colorful patch will give the look a touch perfectly hipster. The in hipster style outfit photos in our gallery show you combinations to suit all tastes, which is perfect for you?

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review 2017-02-08 20:41
Review: Hipster Brothel
Hipster Brothel - K.A. Merikan

"Nothing makes a relationship as steady as a jam label."



Quite the interesting title for this book.


The plot was kinda ridiculous with what Mr. B wanted to do, and why, but I just went with it.



Hipster Brothel did made for unique, quirky and adorkable story.


I found Mr. B (Bernard) and Jo charming. I do wish they could have shared each other's thoughts more instead of jumping to conclusions, and have fallings out. They worked it out in the end, and there was the cutest epilogue. 


That's right. You in just your socks, wrapped in a blanket, and drinking hot cocoa. I am so kinky."



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review 2017-01-21 20:31
This one was sweet and I really enjoyed it....
Hipster Brothel - K.A. Merikan

I just didn't "LOVE" it. 'Hipster Brothel' is a cute story about two men...total opposites for all outward appearances. Mr. B, yes that is his name of choice. Mr. B 's relationship with his partner of several years on both a personal and professional level has recently ended so he's at a bit of a personal and professional crossroads. 


It's after spending an evening with his supposedly straight, best friend and secret crush...Jo, that Mr. B  and Jo decide that they're going into business together making boozie jams. This is all well and good except they need finances for said business and in a less than sober state of mind Mr. B decides that he should open a 'hipster brothel' to raise finances and expand his sexual experience by offering client's the lumbersexual experience.


From this admittedly questionable decision springs an avalanche of miscommunication between Mr. B and his bestie Jo. Who might also have a secret crush of his own. Jo is Asian and wears his long dark hair in a bun and his unique sense of fashion only adds to his appeal and if you ask Mr. B he's hot...seriously H-O-T! and s-t-r-a-i-g-h-t and therefore unavailable. Jo's never admitted his bisexuality to anyone because until Mr. B there's never been anyone worth doing it for.


One of the things that threw me off kilter was the whole Mr. A and Mr. B monikers. It just sounded weird and while I had thought it would eventually just seem like a character quirk and I'd be ok with it...this just never quite happened. I did like both Jo and Mr. B.  I just didn't click with them the way I have other characters. I did however really like that their friendship was solid and the biggest reason that they were able to work out their miscommunications and find their the relationship that they both really wanted. 


I liked the lack of family drama over both Mr. B and Jo's sexuality and enjoyed that Mr. A turned out to be not such a bad person at the end of it all and I developed a whole new appreciation for warm, woolly socks. But, I think my favorite part of the story though was Mr. B's living accommodations I've long been a fan of quirky and unusual homes and I admit to spending an extraordinary amount of time on my computer googling images of train cars that have been converted to homes (you should go peek at Ele's review on GR for a look at a really cute one). 


'Hipster Brothel' was definitely a light, cute, fun and enjoyable read and while I admittedly wasn't WOWed by it, I was certainly entertained and enjoyed the light hearted and unique quirkiness of this story.  



An ARC of 'Hipster Brothel' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-15 14:24
Funny and beautifully illustrated
Hipster Animals: A Field Guide - Dyna Moe

Funny and beautifully illustrated.
Funny, clever and well presented.
This book is informative and interesting, exposing the varieties of hipsters in a funny way.

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text 2015-12-31 00:54
Worst (er, "least successful") Books of 2015
From Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: The Mysteries of the Hooked X - Scott F. Wolter
LARP! Volume 1 - Dan Jolley,Shawn deLoache,Marlin Shoop
Look at This Fucking Hipster - Joe Mande
The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard,Tiina Nunnally


Well, well, it is quite hard to believe that the year 2015 is almost over, so I'm going to do a little retrospective of some of the books I read this year, including some I have not yet discussed here at Reading Rainstorm. In order to save the best for last, I'm starting with what I've rated as the worst books I read in 2015. This is a little harder for me. Usually, through either good luck or discernment, I tend to read mostly books I like. The bad ones I toss aside without bothering to get into. On occasion, though, either through obsessive desire to adhere to theme and finish everything or the old "never leave a book unfinished" thing I've been trying to get over, a few epic fails slip through. Whether just all around awful, or disappointing glimmers of goodness, here are a few from this year! Oh boy!


Worst "Non-fiction" (seriously, massive quotes there!)


From Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: The Mysteries of the Hooked X - Scott F. WolterThis book is ridiculous, utter garbage. If Scott Wolter’s first book was filled with unsupportable suppositions and madcap correlations, this one goes completely off the rails in terms of making any sense whatsoever. I found it nigh unreadable, as the author goes off on tangents that have nothing to do with any subject he’s trying to present; there seems little evidence of any sort of editing, one topic just rolls, turgidly, into the next leaving the reader cut adrift in a sea of nonsense.    


As a student of the contentious local roadside attraction here in Minnesota, the Kensington Rune Stone (future entry!), I had to read this. For those not steeped in this strange little world, though, the rest of the bizarre rambling and mean spirited griping of “Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers” is best avoided. 


Even if it were true that the runestone is an “authentic” fourteenth century inscription, none of it would have anything to do with the frothing pablum presented here; Oreo cookies being imprinted with the same symbology as the runestone (if you squint just right), for example, because Templar/Masons rule the world and wish to secretly let this be known by manufacturing delicious pastries with their symbols on them. It just throws everything in there! The Pyramids! Jesus! George Washington! The weird urban planning of St. Paul, Minnesota! It’s like Assassins Creed fer reals. 


Wolter’s feelings on these secret rulers he is certain exist seem strangely opaque- I was unable to tell if he actually supports “them” for making a better world, or is trying to warn us of their nefarious plans. In spite of Wolter’s constant invocation of the “scientific method” that he uses above the mushy “social sciences” of his academic opponents, there is not a lick of actual hard evidence or information literacy anywhere to be found in the pages of this book.


Worst Comic/Graphic Novel


LARP! Volume 1 - Dan Jolley,Shawn deLoache,Marlin ShoopThis was the least successful comic I’ve read this year, with really nothing to recommend it. Mediocre art, dialog hammier than Austin, Minnesota (home of Spam), and a plot about subtle as an Afterschool Special with rabies make LARP! a game I do not want to play. The forced attempts at humor and totally annoying characters notwithstanding, the messages rang hollow and the high school setting and culture seemed dated and hackneyed.

I mean, it's been far too long since I’ve actually been in high school, but nothing here rings true in my experience. If this were a TV show, you can bet the characters would be played by actors in their late 20s. Here we have the perennial battle between the “nerds” and the “jocks,” the “cool kids” and the “geeks.” Of course, we’re on the side of the nerds.

I found a lot to question about the message, though; pretty much your typical be yourself, and don’t lie to your friends aesop, I guess? Maybe this would have worked if our protagonist Pete, of the super nerdy interests and newly discovered super tennis skills, realized his attempt to hide his gaming from his “cool” new jock friends while keeping his athletic skill from his nerdy “LARPer” friends were simply the product of his own insecurities. However, the “cool jocks” were set up from the beginning as utterly, irredeemably evil bullies- high school kids who harass a grown man in his place of business.


Pete seems mainly to be called to task in the comic not merely for lying, but for betraying his “true” kindred among the geeks by practicing tennis- being “cool” and being a bully seem to be one and the same here, as if self-proclaimed geeks could never be bullies. What makes the smirking villains “cool” seems to be vague too, as if playing sports and having a lot of Twitter followers (???) makes you automatically hate and make fun of people who like video games. Even the antagonistic geek group hinted at in the summary join in to humiliatingly defeat the jocks in the ending confrontation.

To make matters worse, the book contains one of the most ham-fisted “coming out” twist I’ve ever seen, an event anyone could see coming a mile away from the first insultingly stereotypical word coming out of the character’s mouth. Needless to say, the women in this story are mere tokens and are the real cusp of the dilemma of which clique Pete should join; not who’s less evil, but whose chick is more likely to date him.


Worst "Humor" Book

Look at This Fucking Hipster - Joe Mande

Wrote a little bit about this one in my last Subcultural Studies Reading Rainstorm post, but might as well toss it under the bus again! It may be that this slight little book is five years past it’s sell by date, but, TBH, I don’t think it had much going for at the get go. Sure, hipster mockery is always good for a cheap laugh, but here I think the author’s own ego detracts from what could be a funny look at goofy people dressed in goofy outfits.

Grainy, pixelated, unacknowledged photos of people dressed in weird costumes from the user submitted website are crammed into the pages with some of the least insightful commentary I’ve seen. I mean, a lot of hipster “culture” is certainly ripe for criticism (as the hipster racism demonstrated by the many photos of dumb white kids dressed in absurd and insulting headdresses show), but the limp captions, with questionable use of ableist, transphobic, and racist sentiments seems to smack of hypocrisy (just a little bit). If it were just the pictures, PBR, huge glasses, and thin mustaches it might have had a bit more appeal, but the authors’ rather scolding tone comes off as bitter.

Griping at people for not “really believing in anything” and “apathy” for what looks like, apparently, having fun and dressing in silly costumes seems to little more than grumbling, under your breath “what's wrong with kids today!” I haven’t visited the website that spawned the book, but perhaps it has a bit more to offer.



Most Disappointing Fiction


The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard,Tiina NunnallyI didn't dislike this Danish literary thriller/urban fantasy as much as the others, but I did find it a little disappointing, a quick paced novel that does not quite carry through in delivery. Jon Campelli, a Copenhagen lawyer discovers, upon the mysterious death of his estranged father, an antiquarian bookseller, that reading has more power than even he had ever known of. Drawn into this secretive world of "Lectors," people with arcane abilities to infuse power into the written word, of whom his father was the foremost practitioner in Denmark, Campelli's talents as a lawyer makes him most suitable to mediate in a long standing division between the Lectors of Copenhagen. As he nurtures his own talents and relationships among his father's students, he comes to believe that some other sinister group is responsible for the recent strife in Denmark, including his father's death.

The writing in the Library of Shadows is probably its weakest aspect; plenty of egregious info drops, lackluster characterizations, and a tendency to simply narrate what is happening makes it come off as clinical rather than mysterious. Some of the blame could be placed on the translation from the Danish, but I have read other books from the translator which preserves some great writing, so I have to think it stems primarily from the original. While there are a lot of intriguing ideas thrown out there, the powers of the lectors, in spite of plenty of "Well, as you know," moments, did not really come together logically for me. I was often left with a lot more questions on how "receivers" and "transmitters" actually work and what they are actually capable of.

Finally, the plot turned out to be woefully predictable, with the "true" villain pretty evident from the first time he is mentioned, and the proceedings just lacked much of a sense of urgency. I had been curious about this conflict among the book magicians of Copenhagen, but I was never really in suspense about anything, even as the nefarious "shadow organization" closes in. The stakes just never seemed that high and the conflict never drew me in. The abrupt ending does not help, and little seems to have been resolved. I'd recommend checking out anything by Eco, Perez-Reverte, or Ruiz Zafón before this one.


Well, stay tuned tomorrow for the best of 2015!


*Theme music for this entry: "Think About It," Flight of the Concords, 2008 


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