Autumn is here! Oh, melancholy, you came too!

Autumn is here, and it makes me feel very, very happy.

Indeed, I consider that as soon as the temperature outside becomes lower than 10°C, I can rightfully hide under a ton of blankets, scroll Tumblr – Everyone knows Tumblr loves fall… see: autumn on Tumblr) -, read regressive books – Harry Potter anyone? – and drink so much Chai Tea that I need to pee twelve times a day. To make it short, I become a child again. But why? Well, Autumn makes us want to do things we do not usually do, and I think I have found an explanation for this weird mood: we have to fight melancholy, aka “spleen”, the feeling that comes hand in hand with autumn.

Let me explain myself. Autumn is a transitional season, and we are affected by the sudden change of weather and temperature. Indeed, the return of cold days tends to make people sad and nostalgic. This feeling is found in many romantic novels and poetry of the nineteenth century, but it has first been named by  the french poet and critic Charles Baudelaire in Les Fleurs du Mal. Baudelaire calls it “spleen”. Wait, no! Not the organ. But what is the connexion between melancholy and the organ called “spleen”?

Well, humorism explains it all. Humorism is a philosophical and medicinal system based on the fluids found in the human body. The predominance of one of the four fluids corresponds to one of four temperaments. Maybe a table will help you:

Humour Season Element Organ Qualities Ancient name Ancient characteristics
Blood spring air heart warm & moist sanguine courageous, hopeful, playful, carefree
Yellow bile summer fire liver warm & dry choleric ambitious, leader-like, restless, easily angered
Black bile autumn earth spleen cold & dry melancholic despondent, quiet, analytical, serious
Phlegm winter water brain cold & moist phlegmatic calm, thoughtful, patient, peaceful

See? Black bile. Black bile is produced by the spleen, and its season is autumn. Melancholy, for ages, has been associated with autumn. And my best way to deal with melancholy is to become a child again. That way, I feel protected and I don’t worry about any responsibilities. But there is a million ways to deal with melancholy, for example doing sport, seeing family, but also drinking alcohol- which I do not recommend, exception made for mulled wine, here is a nice recipe–  or drawing.

If you have no idea how to overcome your nostalgic mood, you can:

1. Go to the movies! GQ magazine made a list of the movies you don’t want to miss this fall.

2. Go for a walk! Go hiking! You can even use this tree guide to identify the beautiful trees you walk by.

3. Go shopping! I swear, it works every time. Chunky sweaters… Cosy cardigans… Oversize wool coats… Are you already drooling?

4. Sleep. There is no better way to be in a good mood.

5. Read/watch Harry Potter/The Lord of the Ring/Narnia/a Marvel movie/every movie that can propel you in another world.

To conclude, here is a beautiful poem by Carl Sandburg, Autumn Movement, 1908:

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.

The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes, new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind, and the old things go, not one lasts.

cosily,

The Dilettante

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REVIEW N°1: Charles Murdoch’s EP “Weathered Straight”

This evening, as I was driving back home, something interesting happened to me. I was a bit tired so I thought if I turned the radio on, it would help me motivate for the road, and it quite did.

Some radio guy was speaking about a 2013 EP from australian artist Charles Murdoch, and I had never heard of this artist so I did not pay much attention until I heard the song. It was “Why”, the first track of Murdoch’s EP “Weathered Straight”- and it was one of the best chill-house beat and melody I had heard in a while. It made me dream, it made me nod my head, what else is there to say? It was exactly what I needed.

When I arrived home, I googled Charles Murdoch. I didn’t find anything, and Acclaimed mag agreed with me: “There’s no way of knowing the truth. There are no interviews, no biographical pieces, no nothing. What there is to know about Charles Murdoch is that he once went by the name Charlie Why! and he made upbeat, dance electronica.” See more

Although I did not find any biographical information (is a picture enough for you, ladies?), I did find an interesting critic of “Weathered Straight” from Resident Advisor rating it only a 2.5/5, because according to them, the EP is “shy of promising” and “lacks of innovation”.

I am not sure Murdoch deserves the harsh Resident Advisor critic, as he got signed by Future Classic, which is also Panama’s, Flume’s, and Ta-Ku’s label, after remixing a Flume song for a Beatport competition. The young artist has already been playing alongside Nicolas Jaar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Cashmere Cat and others.

Future Classic describes “Weathered Straight” as “chilled out liquid synths, deep bass, plenty of space, and a proper amount of mystery.” (see more).

Was Resident Advisor right about “Weathered Straight”? Or is the EP worth a lot more than a 2.5 out of 5?

You have to see for yourself now, and tell me what you think.

The Dilettante

5 Inspirational Fashion Websites (for When you Have no Idea What to Wear)

Have you ever emptied your whole closet, just to find that perfect skirt which finally did not fit?

Have you ever burst into tears after trying twelve tops without finding the one to wear with your pair of polka-dots pants?

Have you ever given up going to a date, because the only dress you wanted to wear was at the laundry?

Have you ever been extremely late, because you sat down in front of your closet and stared at it for an hour, unable to decide what you wanted to wear?

Well, I have done all of that. I am not very proud of it, and I know that you probably feel the same way.

So ladies, here are five websites that will give you infinite and simple ideas. You might even be on time at your next appointment (tell your friends to thank me!):

1. http://www.whowhatwear.com/

Who What Wear article: Beautiful Midi-Dresses to Get You Really Excited for Fall

Who What Wear is a great website if you’re looking for easy tips; for example, they show you how to follow a new trend while using what you already have in your closet and they also make lists of affordable items to complete it.

2. http://www.facehunter.org/IMG_4270

Face Hunter is a fascinating street style website, for the man behind it, Yvan Rodic, is permanently searching for fresh new faces and bold trends as he travels around the world.

3. http://death-by-elocution.tumblr.com/

Death By Elocution

Death by Elocution is a minimalistic, simple, yet classy inspirational website where you will find mostly black and white outfits, neutral colored pieces, striped T-shirts  and boyfriend jeans. Less is more!

4. http://what-do-i-wear.com/

What Do I Wear

What do I wear (not to be mistaken with Who What Wear, another website that I mentioned earlier) is a great source of inspiration, providing endless scrolling and versatile styles to make everyone satisfied.

5. http://stylebythemodels.tumblr.com/

Style by The Models

Style by the Models is a recollection of “off-duty” models street styles around the world. Warning! This Tumblr is heartbreaking because as we all know, models can wear anything and make it look amazing.  But they still are an undeniable source of inspiration.

Have a great week,

The Dilettante