AFW City Guide // Copenhagen

By Joëlle Koorneef I am thrilled to write this Copenhagen City Guide for Almost Famous Writer. There is a very good chance that if you ever need travel tips to any big European city, I will have a ton of them ready for you. For me, traveling is a combination of planning and perfect coincidence. I…

Beauty Essentials // Music Festivals 2017

After a very busy, but incredibly fun, birthday and graduation week, it’s time to come back to the real world and take a look at my calendar. There, marked with some classic glitter tape, popped up another event for next weekend: Best Kept Secret! The music festival slightly creeped up on me, which now results…

The Honest Hour #10 // My 21st Birthday!

Yesterday I turned 21 years old! Amidst all the craziness of graduation week – with all the parties, snacking, galas and practice walks – I celebrated my birthday. To commemorate this festive event on Almost Famous Writer, I looked back on the year since my last birthday and I listed exactly 21 highlights, including a…

Story Saturday #1 // “Starry Night”

Do you think, that there will be stars afterwards? That when you close your eyes and shut the door behind you, there will still be light to extinguish? I think there will be, because I need the starry night to let you go. They are memories. Shining, pulsating and brilliant memories. The stars are the…

“M Train” (2015) – Patti Smith // Book Review

Patti Smith is much more than just the author of this beautiful book, “M-Train”. Before anything else, she is an icon. Smith is a musical artist, combining dark and abstract poetry with punk, rock and folk – resulting in the classic album “Horses”, which was released in 1975. In 2012, Smith published her first memoir,…

Daughter – “Not To Disappear” (2016) // Album Review

In 2013, Daughter released one of the most honest and beautiful break-up albums of the year, titled If You Leave. The band, whose sound is a dreamy combination of folk and electronics, has become quite the underground name, with tracks such as “Youth” and “Smother”. Daughter’s debut album dealt with heavily emotional themes, such as losing…

The Honest Hour #1 // A Fear of Failure

I never thought of myself as someone with a fear of failure. All through high school, I had never been afraid of failure. I passed all of my tests and exams and presentations without little effort. I had that same feeling when I took my first driving exam: I was not afraid to fail it….

“The Danish Girl” (2015) // Film Review

Ever since the Oscar nominations were made public, one question circled around the internet: will Eddie Redmayne win an Academy Award for Best Actor twice in a row? Last year, he won the prestigious golden statue for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawkins, a phenomenal performance for which Redmayne deservedly won the Oscar. With his…

“Brooklyn” (2015) // Film Review

Last week the Oscar nominations were made public and the Internet had a LOT to say about them. First of all, will Leonardo DiCaprio finally win his Oscar? And secondly, why are nearly all nominees white? A lot has been said, even more has been wondered, but the real question is: who will win those…