Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#MelaniaTrumpsHate: Welcome to my YouTubes page!

This past summer I started character bits as Melania Trump around town at open mics, of course thinking that she would only be relevant until November. 
Yet, here we are. 
In my attempt to make lemons into lemonade (still very tart and sour lemonade) I decided to create a YouTube page called #MelaniaTrumpsHate. Since her campaign as "First Woman" is to fight cyper-bullying, I thought she should vlog about internet safety but mostly about herself. 

This my new creative/comedic project - it's goofy and surreal, but I hope it lightens people's moods and gets them to laugh for a minute and 36 seconds. 

So, here is the first video - more to come! Please subscribe and share! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mixtape Monday: N O V E M B E R

Current mix, a lot of duplicate artists:

1. Pulling Teeth - Lucius
2. Shut Up Kiss Me - Angel Olsen
3. Rough Going (I Don't Let Up) - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
4. The Punisher - Lucius
5. Hey Girl (fest. Florence Welch) - Lady Gaga (Ultimate lift your fellow women, grrrl power song)
6. Dream it up - CLARA-NOVA
7. Grand Hotel - Regina Spektor (love the imagery in this song)
8. 1959 (feat. Angel Deradoorian) - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
9. Wish That You Were Here - Florence + the Machine
10. Wolf - SKOTT
11. Bleeding Heart - Regina Spektor
12. Joanne - Lady Gaga
13. 29 #Strafford APTS - Bon Iver

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Cranes in the Sky by Solange

I haven't seen a video this beautiful in a long time. This is a woman with impeccable taste (have to you seen her wedding photos?) and who has a lot to say. Please enjoy. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Postcards from California

Last month I met up with my parents in NorCal and brought along my Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera. I usually bring by big DSLR on trips but since I've been fortunate enough to have travelled to that part of the country before I decided to experiment with a new medium. 
California 2016
Big Sur
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de Young Museum // 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
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McWay Falls
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Mom n' me // sunset in Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Golden Gate, duh
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Elephant seals // HWY 1
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Gumball alley in San Luis Obispo // Mission at Carmel
Cali 2016
Cali 2016 California 2016
Blue Angels over the Bay
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Big Sur, again
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more tiled steps....
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I love the colors in this 
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The Madonna Inn - didn't stay there, but had to take a look inside. Barbie's dream ranch hotel.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mixtape Monday: pink skies ahead


Similar to "blue skies ahead" but with a feminine spirit. I'm obsessed with Lady Gaga's pink-hat-wearing, country-rock inspired new album. This playlist goes from folk to chill to country but all SHARE A PINK SKY AESTHETIC. (Did any of that even make sense?)

1. Wings of Love - liv (Lykke Li's new project, reminds me of Fleetwood Mac)
2. I Want to Be Here - case/lang/veirs
3. Rest Assured - Oh Pep!
4. Cranes in the Sky - Solange (the music video is gorgeous)
5. 666 ʇ - Bon Iver
6. Million Reasons - Lady Gaga (there's a million reasons to love her and her new album)
7. Fine - Kacey Musgraves
8. Strangers - Lucius
9. Are You Serious - Andrew Bird
10. Footprints - Escondido
11. Sinner's Prayer - Lady Gaga (spaghetti western vibe)
12. Swimmin' Time - Shovels & Rope
13. Blowin' Smoke - Kacey Musgraves
14. You Ain't That Young Kid - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween 2016

Michael and I went as Batgurl and Jokester, comic book style. I made the POW BAM HAHA signs out of adhesive glittery foam and did our makeup all Lichtenstein - inspired.
Halloween 2016
Halloween 2016
On the back of my cape I did a big glittery Batman symbol as well as on the front of my dress on the waist (and even two tiny ones on my shoes). Adhesive foam is the best - NO GLUE and it's easy to cut. 
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Halloween 2016
My friend Allison, who I co-hosted the party with, is a HALLOWEEN KWEEN and this was only one of her costumes this year, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mixtape Monday: crisp mornings.


Songs for crisp, autumn mornings and crunchy granola. 

1. 22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version] - Bon Iver (the new album is dope)
2. Pulaski - Andrew Bird (new version off his most recent album)
3. War Song - Oh Pep! (for fans of: Lucius and Regina Spektor)
4. Peaceful Morning - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam (for fans of: The Walkmen and Vampire Weekend because two leading members of those bands are in this project)
5. Song for Judee - case/lang/veirs
6. Umpqua Rushing - Blind Pilot
7. Hero - Lissie
8. 33 "GOD" - Bon Iver ("I'd be happy as hell if you stayed for tea")
9. I Need a Forest Fire - James Blake (this features Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver)
10. In A Black Out - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
11. Don't You Give Up on Me - Lissie
12. Delirium - case/lang/veirs
13. Heroes and Songs - Brandi Carlile
14. Dime Store Cowgirl - Kacey Musgraves
15. Alone - Trampled by Turtles
16. Family is Family - Kacey Musgraves
17. Pretty Peggy - Wolfmother

Monday, October 3, 2016

Autumn Pins {Pinterest}

Let the basic games begin! It's fall, y'all and I've already had 2 PSL's. 
above: scented garland{source / pin it}
below: {source / pin it} // Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Dip {source / pin it}
above: Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale {source / pin it} // {pin it}
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above: Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria {source / pin it} // {source / pin it}
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How do you Fall?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mixtape Monday: Workout 8.0

WERQ.
A playlist for the gym (45 min)

1. Bird Song (Diplo Remix) - M.I.A.
2. Do It, Try It - M83
3. Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga
4. Home - St. Lucia
5. Hand Clap - Fitz & the Tantrums
6. Man On The Moon - Britney Spears
7. Waving Goodbye - Sia
8. If I'm Dancing - Britney Spears
9. Freedun (feat. ZAYN) - M.I.A.
10. Small Bill$ - Regina Spektor
11. Dying to Know - Tegan and Sara
12. Laser Gun (feat. Mai Lan) - M83

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. 
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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).
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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!) 
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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. 
lake
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:) 
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Fall is here! And I couldn't be happier! 
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