Top 10 pop music documentaries

Who doesn’t love to see their favorite musician behind the scenes? I know I do! And thankfully a lot of them released documentaries about their life or about a phase in their lives. As a musician myself I obviously watched a lot of them so I’m bringing you the 10 best musical documentaries I’ve seen and some honourable mentions.

10. Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness

Ok, so I was never really a fan of the Jonas Brothers. I mean I liked some of their songs but wasn’t crazy about them, didn’t follow them. But the music they made after they got back together (What a man gotta do, Sucker), now that was something I actually really enjoyed. So when word got out that they’re releasing a documentary I was excited to learn a little more about them. The film goes back to the basics and shows how they started. I was super impressed that they wrote their own songs even back in the beginnings. They talked about why they broke up and how they decided to get back together. It’s an easy, entertaining watch and it’s guaranteed that you’re gonna like them a little bit more.

9. Gaga: Five Foot Two

Let’s start with the fact that I really love Lady Gaga, I think she’s a fantastic songwriter and singer. Having said that, unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of her documentary. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it but I remember not being very moved by it. Also, I guess me not remembering it very well means something too. I remember they covered the making of the Joanna album and talked about a chronic pain she has, but that’s about all I remember. If you love Gaga, it’s definitely a must watch, but if you are not a fan, I might skip it.

This documentary is on Netflix and you can watch it here.

8. Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

I think we underestimate the talent of Shawn Mendes. At least I did for sure. I liked some of his songs before but I really started listening in 2018 when he came out with his self-titled album. I loved songs like Nervous, Lost in Japan, Where were you in the morning? and Queen so I was very excited to hear his new music and watch this film. It was a nice mix between some concert performances and behind the scenes footage that gave us a glimpse of who he is and how he works. Even with all that I felt like I was missing the catharsis. I loved seeing how he wrote the new songs for his upcoming album, but when they covered him losing his voice, I kind of felt like I’ve seen this drama covered in many other music documentaries so I guess I was just expecting something different. But it’s definitely a nice film that will give you all the feels, especially when he talks about his love for Camilla Cabello.

This documentary is on Netflix and you can watch it here.

7. Whitney

This one is hard. This one is sad. This one is so necessary. Whitney was The Voice. She was someone who was able to make the US National Anthem into a commercial song they played on mainstream radio. If that’s not talent then I don’t know what is. This documentary shows the real Whitney, the troubled Whitney. The woman who tried to have a normal family life but she just couldn’t get away from her demons and they finally caught up to her on the tragic night of February 11th, 2012. Her talent, beauty and poise was undeniable. You could not take your eyes off of her when she was on stage. She was talented not just as a singer but as an actress (The Bodyguard, The Preacher’s Wife, Waiting to Exhale). One of the few women who were able to do that. In this documentary people who were close to Whitney tell her story with their own words, some home footage and interview segments of Whitney herself. It’s a great tearjerker and the story of a legend.

6. Justin Timberlake + Tennessee Kids

Ok, so technically this is more of a concert film than a documentary but it definitely deserves a spot on my list. I am a huge JT fan and this was one of his best albums. I had the privilege to attend this concert in Vienna myself and I was in awe for the whole almost 3 hour concert. YES!! You read that right! This concert was so long that he had an Intermission half way! The singing was perfection, the dancing was flawless and the music was exceptional. He played all his classic hits like Cry Me A Rive, Like I Love You, Rock Your Body, etc. But the best part was that they rearranged all of them to fit his big band era with The 20/20 Experience and it was magical. In this concert film you will be a part of the legend that JT is. Pump up the volume and get ready to dance and sing your heart out!

5. Amy

This one is another tearjerker. Amy Winehouse could’ve had a great and long career but she still became a legend. Her voice was something from another era, but her music was timeless. The soulfulness was out of this world and the topics she covered in her songs were unconventional. Some say her music is dark, I say it’s honest. She didn’t have a filter nor did she need one. Her raw lyrics and talent made her so relatable to millions of people. But like a lot of musicians she also had plenty of demons that she fought as long as she could until she couldn’t anymore. On July 23rd 2011 Amy Winehouse joined the infamous 27 Club. (This term is referring to the legendary musicians who died at the age of 27 including Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, etc.) Her tragic passing shocked fans and musicians all around the world and everybody wanted to know more about her. The documentary walks you through Amy’s childhood and how she worked and also how she struggled with substance abuse and a toxic relationship. If you want a candid look behind one of the most tragic music careers of the 2000s, this is the film to watch.

4. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

I have always liked Justin Bieber. I know he got a lot of hate in the beginning and really all his career but I always thought he had something special. I love pure, feel-good pop music and I thought his first album had some great songs on it. When the documentary came out I was in the movie theater opening week. I was curious. I didn’t really know that much about him other than the fact that he was discovered on YouTube and he was mentored by Usher. So when I finally got to see the real story of how it all began I was very surprised to find out that he taught himself to play multiple instruments and was struggling pretty hard with money. I felt like he was probably exposed to fame too early but we know that lots of times these young stars are just moneymaking machines for greedy adults. In this documentary you get to see the kid that is Justin and how he likes to do pretty normal kids stuff and how he works his butt off. We all know what happened to him later, but this movie is all about triumph and success and it’ll make you love the Biebs a little more.

3. Britney: for the record.

We all watched Britney have a nervous breakdown in 2007 that forever diminished her innocent, girl next door image and painted her as a mentally unstable, even dangerous person. She was just hurt, confused, broken and sad. We all have those days, weeks, months. The only difference is that we don’t have paparazzis in our faces every time we leave our house. So whatever she was going through, the world got a front row seat to watch her mistakes and desperate attempts to get control over anything in her life. This 2008 documentary is shot right after she got under the conservatorship of her father. You see a broken and sad Britney clearly speaking about and acknowledging her mistakes, but also see a fully capable, multi-talented entertainer taking her place back in the music business with her album Circus. She talks candidly about everything but you can’t help but feel bad for her. I think this was probably the last time we see Britney really open up about those bad moments and let’s us see her as a vulnerable human rather than the larger than life pop star she is.

2. This Is It

I don’t even think I have to explain to anyone what this documentary is about. The world literally stopped on June 25th 2009 when the King of Pop died. All day every day that’s what you’d see on the news, that’s what people were talking about. And there was always a lot to say about Michael Jackson. But one thing was undeniable: he was the best entertainer that has ever lived. He was the master of his craft. He was very private and wouldn’t really let people into his world after what happened to him earlier in his life. So when he announced in early 2009 that he was returning to the stage the world went crazy for him once again. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to perform his groundbreaking This Is It concert for the world, so Kenny Ortega, the director of the tour decided to release the rehearsal footage that showed the real and sweet nature of the legendary singer and also his perfectionism and talent even at 50 years old. They show all the new technological inventions and costumes that were gonna be in the show all the while having the classic songs in the repertoire like Billie Jean or Beat it. It’s absolutely captivating and you can’t help but want to watch more videos to see the King of Pop in the prime of his life introducing the Moonwalk for the first time or bringing a giant tank on the stage for dramatic effect to bring awareness to the world’s problems during his performance of Earth Song.

The whole documentary is available on YouTube here.

Honorable mentions:

Part Of Me – This is Katy Perry’s documentary during the California Gurls era. This is at the height of her career but one of the hardest times in her personal life getting separated from her first husband. The show is super fun and colorful and if you liked her hits from that aalbum, I would definitely recommend watching it.

Miss Americana – Taylor Swift released multiple documentaries and concert films throughout her career and I could’ve mentioned all of them here, but I picked this one as this covers most of her career and show her becoming a strong, opinionated woman who’s not afraid to speak her truth. Definitely worth a watch.

Excuse me, I love you – I was pretty surprised about the fact that Ariana Grande hasn’t released a documentary already. But to be fair, this is more of a concert film than a classic documentary, but it’s still fun to watch as Ari sings her heart out – without one flat note, I might add – and freaks out about Mariah Carey calling and including her in one of her projects. Get ready to dance and sing along to this one.

  1. Backstreet Boys: Show ’em What You’re Made Of

It’s been almost 30 years since the Backstreet Boys first sang together and became one of the most successful boybands of all time. They have been through a lot as a band and as individuals as well. They dealt with deaths, substance abuse, breakups, scandals and health issues all the while gracing mainstream radio with hits like I Want It That Way or As Long As You Love Me. In 2006 Kevin temporarily left the band to pursue other areas of life and the rest of the boys (Brian, AJ, Nick, Howie) kept recording albums and touring the world to keep their career going. In 2013, for their 20th anniversary they decided to go big. Kevin rejoined the band for the album In A World Like This and they went on a world tour, got a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and released this documentary showing them each going back to their home towns, schools and mentors. Even if you’re not a boyband fan this film will bring you a closer look at how hard they worked for what they achieved.

Tell me what you thought of my list and if I missed any documentaries you like!

Tourist in my own country

Being a European in the US is a very interesting experience when it comes to fashion. I would dress up even when going to the grocery store in my country. I would make sure my hair looks nice when I went to the gym. Crazy!

But in the US people have different a relationship with clothes. They don’t have a problem with going to the grocery store in their yoga pants or even their pajamas. And to be honest, it’s quite a liberating feeling not giving a f&$k what people think. But you can’t get the European out of a girl, so I still make sure that my outfit is on point, even if they are sweats or yoga pants.

So long story short, when I finally booked my ticket home I was like “yesss, I will dress up cute every day and strut around town!” Well, that did not happen as I expected because I just wanted to be comfortable on my vacation. So even though I had packed my suitcase with cute stuff, I mostly wore my favorite Anine Bing sweater and baggy Zara jeans throughout the trip. Lol

Here are the few outfit pics I took on my trip home. Let me know which one is your favorite. ☺️

This outfit I’m rocking at Heroes’ Square is a full on ensemble from Zara. Lol (addict alert 🚨)

At Lake Balaton I was wearing my fluffy blue sweater with basic black jeans and black leather boots (it was October guys).

One of the most beautiful part of our trip was the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and since it was super cold and sprinkled a little, I was kept warm by my favorite faux fur jacket and a cute bow in my hair to make it fun.

Here is the Anine Bing sweater that I bought specifically for this trip because it has all the cities I love and then some! Super comfy with my baggy jeans at my uncle’s house.

Rocking the baggy jeans with a simple great sweater and a leather jacket in front of the Opera house in Vienna, Austria.

Give it up for the Anine Bing sweater one more time paired with some skinny jeans, white leather boots and the statement leather jacket.

Hope you liked my outfits and I would love to know which one is your favorite. Let me know in the comments! πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Fancy stroll on Rodeo Drive

I just got a fresh haircut from the amazing Caitlin Sennott (@caitlin.sennott) and I thought to myself, I need to get that on film. So I teamed up with @othellomarxphotography and strolled Rodeo Drive and took advantage of the beautiful scenery. And also got a matcha latte from Alfred Tea House, cause that’s the best! πŸ’š

When it gets hot in California, it’s HOTTTT! So I like wearing light and airy clothes to be able to move and be comfortable in the hot. So I have 2 of these pants, one is this baby blue and one in mint green. Both are super comfy, easily wearable with anything, can be casual or even chic with some high heels, like I did here. The pink shirt has been a part of my closet for a while, yet I find it pretty hard to wear it… but this time it worked.

I just got these naked heels that I absolutely love! They are from Zara and they are actually pretty comfy for high heels! And can be worn with literally anything!

Now let’s talk about the bandana! I found it a little challenging to do anything with my hair since it’s been this short, but with bandanas and pearl hair clips making their way into everyday fashion, I’m saved! Lol I really love this look and it worked really well with the outfit because of the pink and blue. I also have another bandana that’s more suitable for brown and green clothes, so I think I’m set for summer.

Do you like wearing hair accessories? Which ones?

I’m wearing shirt, pants, shoes and bag from Zara, watch from Walmart, bandana from H&M, necklace from &otherstories and Luna Norte, sunglasses from Gucci.

The magical poppy field

There are so many gorgeous places in California that most of the time I’m in awe of the place where I have the pleasure to live. It’s truly magical and beautiful. When I heard about the poppy blooming because of the crazy amounts of rain we had… well, for California at least, I know I had to see it. It was only an hour and a half drive from where I live and since I could spend the day with my boo, it was double worth it. ☺️ Here’s some proof of the beauty we witnessed at the poppy fields.

I’m wearing Zara dress, Cape Robbin shoes, H&M headband, Rayban sunglasses, Zara wooden bag.

What’s your favorite flower? Have you visited any poppy fields?

The Antelope caves – beauty of nature

When one of my best friends came to visit me in LA for the first time, I knew I had to come up with some cool adventures. So since she’s a huge Britney Spears fan, Vegas would’ve been an obvious choice. But unfortunately she wasn’t playing during that time, so I had to come up with an alternative. And then I thought the Grand Canyon is an obvious choice for people who visit LA to go to, so we’re not going there. Lol Instead I surprised her with a visit to the Antelope caves, where Britney shot her famous ‘I’m not a girl, not yet a woman’ music video. She was super excited!

But we couldn’t not stop by Vegas on the way to Arizona and watch a show, so obviously we went to see the Backstreet Boys at Zappos Theater and had the most amazing time there. Due to my master travel planning skills… (*cough) we had a tour at 7am for the Antelope caves and the drive was 5 hours from Vegas… so you can guess what came next… yes, an all nighter with me driving in the desert πŸŒ΅πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

We got there just in time for a coffee and we were off to the caves on an open bus… πŸ₯Ά I know when we think of the desert we think hot and sand… well sand is true, but the hot?! No way! We froze our asses off on our way to the caves and in the caves! It was crazy cold! We were definitely not prepared for it. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

But to be honest, it was all worth it! Our tour guide was very informative and told us all about the caves and their history, showed us great photo opps and even took some cool pictures of the 3 of us. 😊

Is to sum it up, I’d definitely recommend going to the Antelope caves, but be prepared for weather conditions and the sand. And now let’s see the breathtaking pictures:

This picture is supposed to have a candle on it. Can you see it?

This one shows a bear standing up. Can you spot it?

On this one you can see and actual Antelope on the left. See?

Here you can see an eye πŸ‘, right?

And here you can meet the three survivors, the iron ladies who fought the cold and the sleepless night and smiled pretty for this picture. πŸ˜‚πŸ₯Ά

Check out my awesome Antelope cave beanie without which I would’ve froze to death. πŸ₯ΆπŸ˜‚

In conclusion, this was a trio of a lifetime and I wouldn’t change a thing, although I’d probably plan it better next time… 😏 But honestly, I recommend this trip because it’s wonderful to see the untouched beauty nature creates around us.

Have you been to the Antelope caves? What’s your favorite travel destination?

Songs I love – Pop #1

So I’m not sure if all you guys know that I’m a singer and music fanatic, but I thought it was time to unleash that side of me. So I decided to share with you my fave songs regularly, so if you like to discover new music or want to know what I listen to, this is your chance! 🎼

1. Backstreet Boys – Chances

If anyone knows me even a little bit knows, that I am the biggest Backstreet Boys fan!! Ok, maybe not the biggest, but definitely up there. I have been a fan since their very first European debut (since I European I had the privilege to know them before the rest of the world). This is their new song called Chances and it will give you all the feels. It’s a perfect pop song with flawless vocals and beautiful lyrics. Don’t be shy, give it a try! You won’t regret it! πŸ–€

2. Rita Ora – Velvet rope

I have been a fan of Rita’s since her first album. I followed her musical journey and it’s nice to see her finally doing music and not hosting tv shows and judging X-factor… I never really understood that… but let’s focus on her new album Phoenix. We know half of the songs on the album since she released lots in singles over the last couple of years. So from the rest of the songs I picked Velvet Rope as my favorite as it had a nice rhythm and whenever I hear it, it makes me happy. And I guess that’s what music is all about, making you feel things, right?

3. Lady Gaga – Always remember us this way

The new version of A Star is Born is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year and I think it’s an instant classic. Bradley Cooper is freaking fantastic in this movie both as an actor and a director. But let’s see the music. There are many great songs in this movie, but this one has something special. One of the most unique things about the music in A Star is Born is that they recorded them live, in front of a real festival audience. And that’s probably what makes it feel like you’re watching a love concert. And that feeling always gives me chills. Make sure you check out the movie ASAP and let me know what you think in the comments.

4. Michael BublΓ¨ – Love you anymore

What can I say about Michael BublΓ©… there would be no Christmas without him. But this time I specifically wanted to include a song from his brand new album so we don’t forget that he has great music not just at Christmas time (although we all know we’re already bumping ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ in our car πŸŽ„). This was the first single off of his brand new album released in November and it’s one of those albums that give you life and happiness when you listen to it. So if you want some chicken soup for your soul (and I mean his the best way possible) then check out the new Michael BublΓ¨.

5. Little Mix -Told you so

In case you’re not familiar with the girl group Little Mix, they’re the only group winners of the British X-factor and I was fortunate enough to see their amazing win. I really liked them even then and I’ve been following their careers after the show. They released 4 albums and this is their 5th and it’s just as good as the previous ones. It’s full of girl empowerment and individuality. This song is an anthem for friendship and I really like it because I don’t think there are lot of songs for girl friends who stick together and hold each other in tough times even though we all need that and do that for our friends. The whole album is full of upbeat fun songs and I recommend that you also listen to other songs from their previous albums.

Did you know any of these songs? Which artists’s favorite songs do you want me to share with you guys? Let me know in the comments!

Pink beauty November

One of the hardest things in a woman’s life is finding the right skincare products that will make your skin healthy and you can afford it for the foreseeable future. Another thing that makes it hard is that as you age your skin changes, so it’s an ongoing process. You can’t use the same products in your 30s that you used in your teens.

For me the biggest change came when I moved to LA from Hungary. The climate, the water, the food and the air pollution all played a part is messing up my hair and skin big time and it took me a year to get my skin back to normal, while my hair is still struggling…

So I thought I’d share with you guys the products and accessories I used to get back in the game.

Comedo Suctionmicrodermabrasion and vacuum

I’ve had microdermabrasion facials before, but in LA it’s a little pricier than I can afford, so I needed to take matters into my own hands. And I have to say, I don’t regret it. It has 4 heads, 1 little and 1 big blackhead auction heads, 1 suction head for little wrinkles and one microdermabrasion head. I use it like once a week and it has helped a lot in helping with some acne scaring I had since I moved here. Make sure you use it carefully as the vacuum suction can cause bruising if you leave it on for too long!!!

After this treatment I put on a nice hydrating face mask to get the moisture all the way into my skin.

Talking about masks, this pink clay mud mask is one of my favorites right now. I couldn’t find a link to it, but most pink clay masks will do wonders to your skin. You have to leave it on for 20 minutes and after your skin is soft and feel super great!

My next favorite product is the Rose Face Mask by fresh. This mask has actual rose petals in it and smells like roses for real! It super hydrates your skin and if you like rose smell, you’ll be in heaven. I honestly recommend this at least once a week!

Next up is Glossier’s magic potion, solution. It’s an exfoliating tonic that is a savior for acne prone skin. Believe me! It helped me so much! And it’s so popular, it’s almost always sold out, so make sure to get more than 1 bottle at a time! Lol I use it every morning and night after cleansing my skin and before serum and moisturizer.

And last, but not least, the final pink product I want to share with you guys is Orlando Pita’s Play shine boosting spray. This bottle of awesomeness will make your hair super shiny – in the good way – and smell amazing while also helping with any frizz that might be going on. So don’t hesitate if you need the perfect hair product to make you shine this holiday season!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comment section!

The Wig Fairy experience

On thing I really love about living in LA is all the new experiences and people I meet on fun occasions like the photoshoot for The Wig Fairy. I applied for the shoot, they chose me and suddenly I find myself in a place full of gorgeous wigs and other ladies coming together for the funnest shoot ever! So let’s get to it!

First, I got some amazing makeup on, and some gorgeous lashes! I thought they did a beautiful job with the makeup, so I was ready to go!

The first wig I got was this Desperate Housewives/Stepford wives inspired one which I kind of enjoyed because it’s been a while since I had long hair. But even when I had long hair, I never had this much… 😏

Look at me pulling of the stylish mom look! Huh! Lol! Not ready yet! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

The second look was the one where everyone said “Sorry, someone had to take the bullet…lol” so I went with it. I freakin looked like my mom! 🀣 Not that it’s a bad thing, but kind of freaked me out a little bit. But I liked the color… what do you think?

The final look was my absolute favorite! The wardrobe was very comfy and casual, but the hair…oh, that hair! I loved the color, the style and the amount of hair again I’ve never had and probably never will… 😩

But after giving it some thought and looking at the pictures I believe that I found the color that’s unique and fits me. So all in all I’m happy with my hair. ☺️

What do you guys think? Which hairstyle is your favorite? Do you like your hair? Let me know in the comments section!

Another day, another beach

So we just recently had a heat wave in LA and believe me, it was NO fun. 47 freakin’ degrees Celsius is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy…okay, maybe my worst enemy… for those of you living in the US, it was 120 degrees Farenheit. Bananas, right?!

So what does one do on hot days like this when there’s like dozens of beaches around…? I wonder… Ok, ok, just messin’ wit ya! Obviously I needed to go to a beach and this time it was Laguna Beach. So this post is more of a travel post than a fashion post, but still I had a super cute outfit on. LOL

Laguna Beach is famous for…well, the only thing I can think of right now, which I’m a little ashamed of, is a TV show… but anyways, it’s about an hour and 20 minutes from where I live at the moment, so not too bad. It was an easy drive as it was during a weekday. The only drama on the road was, that we accidentally drove on a toll road, but we got off at the first exit and I paid the toll the next day, so all is well with the worlds. LOL A little side note, I did not know that there were any roads around LA that you have to pay for…apparently I was wrong. Well, now I know! Haha

So we went to this place called The Deck on Laguna Beach and had some amazing Guacamole, which to be honest, I kind of got addicted to. I mean avocados, not guacamole per se, but still. And also, one of my new found favourite dishes, mussels and clams…well, more the mussels, but who cares really. Seafood fanatic alert!!!

Then we walked a little bit on the actual beach, where all the sand is and the water and I swear to God, this was the first time I actually wanted to go in to the water, but didn’t bring a swimsuit with me… LAME!

After that is was gelato time! We stood in line, like good Americans (one in training) to get our 2 scoops of gelato and some waffle cones. Yum! And while we waited in line I was the cutest chocolate shop ever with something called “Cloud Nine”. How cute?!

So let’s talk a little bit about my outfit, even though it’s super easy: Everything is from Zara! The shoes, the shorts, the shirt and even the little cute bag. I’m not a huge fan of jean shorts, I don’t really know why, maybe I just haven’t found the ONE yet, but I prefer silk, linen cotton or even leather shorts, but of course not in super hot weather. Yuck!

So that’s about it! I hope you enjoyed the little story time and let me know in the comments if you want more of these kinds of posts, or more about fashion, or music or even makeup or skincare! Until next time!

Kisses,

B

Show me your peacock

So a couple weeks ago my friends came to LA and brought me some clothes from home, so what is a fashionista’s first thought? Let’s do a photo shoot! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

So I found this amazing photographer and we made some great shots! No, I mean GREAT shots! 😊 This is the first outfit we shot in San Pedro at the marina.

Even if it’s summertime, I try to do something fun or interesting in the outfit. This time I went with a colorful peacock bomber jacket and the amazing ‘delka’ fanny pack made by my Hungarian designer friend. I know it might be a debate if it’s cool or lame, but I think it’s all in how you wear it and I definitely wear it with pride and joy! πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

The other main accessory were obviously the Dior sunglasses which, for a light eyed person, are life! I cannot go out without sunglasses on. It’s not even a joke! So here are the first batch of photos from San Pedro.

I’m wearing a Free People shirt, Zara bomber jacket, Gas jeans, Zara belt, delka fanny pack, Swarovski ring, Dior sunglasses.

What are your thoughts on fanny packs?