Saturday, September 24, 2016

Life Lately

What my life has looked like lately and it sounds a lot like a journal you have to write when it's back to school and the teacher wants to know what you did this summer. 
jenny sky
rooftop jenny
I saw Jenny Lewis perform TWICE this summer, once with her band NAF at an intimate venue, and another at the beautiful Chicago theater on her 10th Anniversary Tour of Rabbit Fur Coat. The concert with NAF was awesome because they performed in the middle of the room with everyone surrounding them. I was arm's length from her and she looked deep into my soul and sang about peace and love. Her concert with the Watson Twins was everything. Since the last time they were on tour promoting the album in 2006 I was in high school and the concert was on a school night, finally seeing them live, performing the album from start to finish, was very emotional for me. I cried. It was beautiful and joyous. 
Oh, and I finally went to my first proper Chicago rooftop party (unrelated to Jenny).
bach bach
I went home last weekend to host a bridal shower/bachelorette for one of my best friends Victoria. Since she spent part of med school in New Orleans (and my family is from there) we had a Mardi Gras themed shower with beads, a king cake, jambalaya and even a second line. The same night her sisters and I threw her a bachelorette that I'm pretty sure no one will forget, even if they really want to ;) It was fun and I love her and my seeeeesters (her sisters) and my high school friends. (I made us all flower crowns to wear in leiu of the typical matching shirts, people on the street kept saying Aloha to us. All materials bought from the Dollar Store!) 
vibes poke
My parents came in town for a long weekend to see one of my Real Housewives of Improv shows. We interviewed my mom about New Orleans (her fave). I'm really lucky that they support me and my dreams. They are the best. 
While they were here we ate poke, my dad fixed my AC, and we went to the Art Institute. 
Went to Michael's parents house in Milwaukee a couple times this summer. It's a nice change of pace when we go. A good time to relax and reset and come back to Chicago energized and hungry for the dream. For the 4th we went to Pleasant Lake. It was pleasant and chill:) 
apple halloween
Fall is here! And I couldn't be happier! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mixtape Monday: Summer Sixteen

Drake on Cake, the best IG account ever

Summer's over y'all, and it was a good one. 
Here's some songs to help you get through this time. 

1. Better - Britney Spears (Glory is so GOOD, Britney is back, bitch!)
2. The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Sia (have you watched the emotional video dedicated to the Orlando victims?) 
3. A Dream of You and Me - Future Islands
4. Ivy - Frank Ocean
5. I'm In Love (Ft. James Vincent McMorrow) - Kygo
6. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding
7. Chasing Kites - iamamiwhoami
8. The Garden Song (ft. Moorea Masa) - Manatee Commune
9. Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes) - Britney Spears
10. Alaska - Maggie Rogers
11. Recreational Love - The Bird and The Bee
12. Ladies Don't Play Guitar - Tennis
13. A 1000 Times - Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam (for fans of: The Walkmen and Vampire Weekend)
14. Angel - NAF
15. Doctor Doctor - Oh Pep!
16. When the Truth Is - Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam
17. Bring My Baby Back - Dr. Dog

Friday, September 9, 2016

Countdown till Christmas {Paperless Post}

September 15th marks 100 days till Christmas! I've teamed up with Paperless Post to bring you my holiday check-list and tips essential to avoiding holiday stress later on. I've definitely been one who is scrambling last minute and buying mediocre gifts because I waited too late. This year I want to enjoy the season. 

> Last year I made all my friends the same handmade gift - these gem soaps. They were a hit and we're really fun to make (soap is really fun to cut, there's something very satisfying by the way it glides). I guarantee you that anyone in your life will appreciate something you made yourself over a last minute afterthought gift. 

> This year I have already planned out my girlfriend's gifts - but I am keeping it a secret since some of them read my blog. I will say that it's very 90's theme. To avoid stress and spending a lot of money at once, I've already started buying the supplies from Michaels 40% off every week. I think it'll be better to budget this way and won't be a shock come December. I plan to start crafting them in November. 

> I don't host Thanksgiving, so I've gotten in the habit of decorating for Christmas right before Turkey Day so that I can enjoy it for a good month. Otherwise I'll just put it off. 

> Instead of shipping out-of-town friends gifts, I send kitchy Christmas cards. Paperless Post has a sweet collection of Christmas cards - paper and electronic! I personally am a fan of the Rifle Paper Co. collection they have. 

Hope these tips helped! We're all still trying to figure it out together, right? 
What tips DO YOU have?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Seasons Change

As America celebrates the unofficial end of summer today, we are reminded of the seasons to come (and Pumpkin Spice Lattes). I live for the in-between, the Autumns and Springs, that bring a change of weather and attitude right when you need it. I guess the same can be applied to creativity too. Autumn can bring a crisp, new look into your work, Spring can inspire and give hope. I'm speaking metaphorically of course, but the point is, which is something I constantly have to remind myself, is that nothing in nature blooms all year. We all need those dormant times when we are not producing as much, aren't inspired, doing anything but art (i.e. paying bills, working out, going to weddings). Because in the Spring (or Autumn) it will all bloom and pour out. Creativity and ideas never go away, they just sleep for the winter sometimes.

So I reassure myself:
Don't be hard on yourself. Be patient with yourself. Remember there's only one Beyonce, but there's also only one you. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mixtape Monday: Mermaid Music

These are songs I imagine mermaids sing. Siren songs. Because mermaids exist, y'all. They do. 

1. Blue Blue - iamamiwhoami
2. Levitation - Beach House
3. Never Let Me Go - Florence + The Machine
4. Hadron Collider (feat. Nelly Furtado) - Blood Orange
5. Silencer - Susanne Sundfør
6. Running With The Wolves - AURORA
7. Hotel Pool - Lily & Madeleine
8. I Never Learn - Lykke Li
9. Supermoon - case/lang/veirs
10. Space Song - Beach House
11. Pray That You Catch Me - Beyoncé
12. Greens of June - case/lang/veirs
13. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Demo) - Florence + The Machine
14. Stampede - Sucre
15. Moonlight - Ruby Frost

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scott Naismith

I really love these landscapes from Scottish painter Scott Naismith
They perfectly capture the beauty of those real life moments you can't believe are actually happening. In nature. 
Those sunrises and sunsets that almost seem like they were made just for you and your admiration alone.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hwy 1 Road Trip Playlist {with Turo}

Highway 1 & Big Sur. 
 I teamed up with Turo, a new car-sharing service that allows you to rent other people's cars, to bring you a sweet playlist. It's peer-to-peer, like Uber/lyft, but YOU do the driving. Turo is perfect for everyday things like runs to Ikea or road trip vacations. You can rent for a couple hours - or a couple days. 
Since they're based out of San Francisco, I thought it would be fun to feature a road trip playlist inspired by Highway 1 in Northern California. Big Sur, Carmel, beautiful scenic drives that I have been fortunate enough to travel on several times now. 
Highway 1 & Big Sur. carmel Highway 1 & Big Sur.

Hwy 1 Road-Trip Playlist:

1. I Wanna Know (feat. Nico & Vinz) - Alesso 
2. All Night - Beyoncé
3. Water Under the Bridge - Adele
4. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - Coldplay
5. Closer Than This - St. Lucia
6. Medusa - GEMS
7. Classic (feat. POWERS) - The Knocks
8. Dissolve Me - alt-J
9. Wings - HAERTS
10. Fade Away - Susanne Sundfør
11. Wishes - Beach House
12. Landslide (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix) - Fleetwood Mac
13. Blue - Marina and The Diamonds
14. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence + The Machine
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
16. Stay Gold - First Aid Kit
17. Ride - Lana Del Rey
18. Blue Skies - Noah and the Whale
19. Blue Moon - Beck
20. Completely Not Me  - Jenny Lewis
21. Silver Springs - Lykke Li
22. Lost In The Light - Bahamas
23. California Daze - Peace
24. Simple Song - The Shins
25. Grown Ocean - Fleet Foxes
26. Bad Habit - Foals
27. Ends Of The Earth - Lord Huron
28. Outro - M83

carmel carmel
Check out where you can Turo! Tons of cities

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Door by Nice As F*#k

This video makes me want to make some friendship bracelets and save the world. 
After seeing NAF live last month (and being arm length from Jenny Lewis), I've been dying for them to release a peace-powered video. 
As their NAF theme song says,"We're nice as fuck, we shoot good luck."

Groovy! Peace and love, y'all. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mixtape Monday: J U L Y

What I've been into lately and why:

1. I Wanna Know (feat. Nico & Vinz) - Alesso (this song sounds like a trip to St. Lucia and is my bf and my's song at the moment)

2. Wona - Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg

3. Magnets (feat. Lorde) - Discloure

4. Make Me - Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy (I'll always root for Brit)

5. Best to You - Blood Orange

6. Obvs - Jamie xx (this would be the theme song to a Bahamian murder mystery series)

7. Good to Love - FKA Twigs

8. Turn It Around - HAERTS

9. That Girl - Tegan and Sara

10. The Hours - Beach House

11. Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett (the video is a must see)

12. Door - Nice As Fuck

13. Depreston - Courtney Barnett (I love her Aussie voice)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains

Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains
Raise your hand if you love bowls? The trendy/ambiguous term for a bunch a food you eat together in a bowl. Typically healthier, sometimes not. I can't tell you the last time I ate food I made off a plate. 
When I saw the pictures for this recipe on Pinterest I was immediately obsessed. And the title: Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp In Coconut Milk, I mean how yummy and summery does that sound?! 
If you like looking at pictures of bowls and other unusual foods paired together, please check out Half Baked Harvest.

*note: I followed the recipe exact, but used Goya frozen fried plantains instead of doing it myself. 

What food blogs are you salivating over lately?
Brazilian Bowls with Shrimp & Plantains
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