Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mixtape Monday: California, Here I Come

San Francisco Double Exposure
Yosemite Exposure
With my parents currently in San Francisco and my never-ending desire to live there, California has been on my mind. Its a state so vast in landscapes and terrains that I feel I could never get bored there. When I went there last summer, I filled my Diana F+ roll of film with pictures of the beautiful scenery.
And of course California has inspired this week's playlist:

1. California English, Pt.2 - Vampire Weekend
2. Crazy for You - Best Coast
3. West Coast - Coconut Records
4. California - Rufus Wainwright
5. Big Sur - The Thrills
6. Ode to L.A. - The Raveonettes
7. San Francisco - Vanessa Carlton
8. Blue Side - Rooney
9. California Rain - Madeline Peyroux
10. Come Back From San Francisco - The Magnetic Fields
11. San Francisco - Brett Dennen
12. California English - Vampire Weekend
13. California - Phantom Planet

* Also, today is the last day to vote for my photo I entered in a Travel + Leisure contest! Its the Sahara Desert one!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Broad St.
Cypress Gardens
CharlestonChurch in Charleston
Blue FlowerSteeples
Cypress Gardens
These are some pictures I've captured of Charleston the past 3 years of living here.
Making it a point to take as many photos I can of my last year here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Anthropologie Internship Portfolio

I just turned in my portfolio for my internship at Anthropologie and listed it as a reference on my resume, so my work there feels finished. It was a wonderful opportunity - I learned so much about construction and inspiration behind all these displays and worked with some really sweet and creative people. Above are some pictures of the displays I helped work on while I was there.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mixtape Monday: Last Day of the Last Summer

Today was my first day of school, meaning no more summer for a very very long time (or at least the school/college perception of it). From now on, it will just be considered that hot time of the year where I might take a few days off of work. To commemorate the end of summer, here is my mix tape - a little sad, a little happy and a little hopeful. I hope you enjoy and savor the last few days of summer.

1. The Greatest - Cat Power (This song gives me chills and reminds me of an Alvin Ailey dance piece. Slow, southern and summery.)

2. I Want You To Be My Love - Over The Rhine (I love listening to this on my walks in the country.)

3. Empty - Ray LaMontagne (His music can be translated to any season, I think.)

4. Horsey - Hem (reminds me of home)

5. Atlas (The Time and Space Machine Remix) - Fanfarlo (makes me want to dance and move)

6. I'll Try Anything Once - Julian Casablancas (just listen)

7. Our Deal - Best Coast (They're already such a summery band, but this song is a little more melancholy, so it makes sense for the end of summer and saying goodbye to those summer loves (as if I have had one))

8. Ceremony - New Order (celebrating the last few days feel)

9. Chasing the Light - Mat Kearney (really optimistic and hopeful song)

10. Velcro - Bell X1 (This is currently my favorite song - loving everything about it, its very romantic and sweet.)

11. Forever Young - Youth Group (This list wasn't complete without this)

12. Goodbye Versailles - Hey Marseilles (so beautiful, sounds straight out of a movie that takes place in France)

Friday, August 19, 2011

One More Year

Charleston Sunset
Charleston Sunset
Charleston Sunset
Charleston Sunset
It is so strange how quickly time passes. I can remember perfectly moving into my freshman dorm and now I am entering my senior year and am moving off-campus into a house. This summer has been thrilling, inspiring, and a lot of work - but it all went together perfectly as my "last summer." I am really excited to be returning to school (which in the past I would have never said that), to live with some wonderful friends, and to cross off a lot of things off my Charleston bucket list.
Originally when I went to college in Charleston, I thought I would have wanted to stay there after and work, but the longer I have been here, the smaller it feels. I think it is my "passing though" city, a pre-requisite to a larger city. I have most definitely grown a lot there, but I think a larger city would allow me to grow even more.
I'm going to take full-advantage this year of where I live and get the most out of it, because I truly don't know how much longer I will be there. My mind changes daily of where I would like to move after college, which is both liberating and daunting, to not have to be tied down to any one location.

"I don't know where I am going from here, but I promise it won't be boring" - David Bowie

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mixtape Monday: Cinematic Orchestras

When I go for a walk, I often like to listen to lyric-less music - swelling orchestral arrangements that could very well be used in a Pride and Prejudice - like period romantic drama. It makes sense that most of these gorgeous, goose-bump inducing songs have beautifully shot film shorts to with them. This is one of my favorite mix tapes ever (I included some lyric-filled songs too).

1. Arrival of the Birds - The Cinematic Orchestra


2. To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra


3. Window - The Album Leaf


4. The A Team - Birdy

5. The First Days of Spring - Noah and the Whale


6. Someone Like You - Adele

7. Truly, Madly, Deeply - Ray LaMontagne

8. Pretty Good Year - Vitamin String Quartet

9. Spooky Couch - Albert Hammond, Jr.

10. Avril 14th - Aphex Twin


11. Postcards from Far Away - Coldplay

12. Marseilles - Hey Marseilles

13. The Cascades - Fleet Foxes

14. Creep - Scala

Thursday, August 11, 2011

BHLDN Party Table Scapes

Anthropologie's bridal shop, BHLDN, never ceases to inspire me with their beautiful gowns full of character and individuality. They also have adorable bridesmaids dresses that would wonderfully pass a cocktail dress for another occasion. But I am really in love with these table scapes they did using their new wedding decor line. What I love about it is that it doesn't scream "WEDDING!" and be easily adapted and used as inspiration for a dinner/dessert or garden party.

I have no business looking at a wedding site right now, but it's too lovely and romantic not too...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stop- Motion: Sahara Desert

I devoted a whole stop-motion video to the Sahara Desert, apart from my other Morocco video. It was such an awesome experience, it deserved it's own attention. I also tried some new effects on this one and am pleased with the way it turned out :) Watch it in a larger format and in HD here.

Song: Quitter's Raga by Gold Panda

Also, one of my photos from the Sahara has made it into the semi-final round for Travel + Leisure's Adventure photo contest. It's now up to the public to decide the winner - I would so appreciate the votes :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mixtape Monday: High School Favorites, Pt.2

(see Part 1 here)

1. Your Ex-Lover is Dead - Stars (I remember when I first heard this, I was overwhelmed with how beautiful and heartbreaking, yet hopeful it was.)
2. You Only Live Once - The Strokes (got this on a burned cd for my 18th birthday)
3. Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley (off their last and final album...obsessed with this song during fall '07, senior year)
4. Nantes - Beirut (I just got their new album and it is fantastic. This song is off their second album that came out in HS)
5. Save Me - Aimee Mann (loved - and still do - Aimee Mann a lot)
6. Annie - Vanessa Carlton (As I have mentioned before, I think Vanessa Carlton is really underrated. Harmonium is one of my favorite albums ever.)
7. Hospital Bed - Seabear (Seabear's debut album is captivating one of the most solid albums I've eve heard. Icelanders know how to make music. For whatever reason this album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away, I thought for sure would have been used in Where the Wild Things Are.)
8. Sundress - Ben Kweller (I loved Ben Kweller in HS. This song is his best and my favorite.)
9. Dawn - Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack (I have lost track the number of times I have seen this movie and listened to this soundtrack. Both are so aesthetically pleasing and really allow you to escape this world for a while.)
10. John Wayne Gracy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens (The most music I have by any artist is Sufjan - probably due to the fact that his albums are usually 30 songs long. This song is creepy, disturbing and somehow gorgeous. Only Sufjan)
11. Star Witness - Neko Case
12. Summer in the City - Regina Spektor (First Regina song I'd ever heard - obsessed ever since)
13. Heart it Races - Architecture in Helsinki (I brought this in for my senior collaborative dance. We wore bird masks when we performed it onstage.)
14. Morris Brown - Big Boi (Outkast is genius, they go beyond anything that rap and hip/hop claims to be)
15. City of Love - Persephone's Bees
16. You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse (first Amy song I heard - immediately hooked)
17. Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
18. Ramalama Bang Bang - Roisin Murphy
19. Breathe Me - Sia (Did a very dramatic dance to this...moving)
20. You Could Be Happy - Snow Patrol

What were your favorite songs in high school?

Friday, August 5, 2011

DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Toilet Paper Roll ArtToilet Paper Roll Art
This weekend I leave you with this super easy and practically free DIY project:

It's about that time of year where college kids, myself included, are thinking about how to decorate their rooms. I used this Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art for my dorm room the past two years and received lots of compliments on it.
All you need to do is collect lots of toilet and paper towel rolls, crush them and cut them into little rings. Make up your own arrangements of how you want them to flow. You can glue or staple them together where they touch on the outside (I stapled - it's immediate and less messy). My mom made an arrangement of these too, for our house, and painted them different colors that matched that room. I just left mine natural.
Easy peasy lemon squeazy!
Toilet Paper Roll Art

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

PB Balls
Between my internship and job, I am barely at home anymore and have to endure long Atlanta rush hours. I am always starving by 4 but am usually stuck in a car or at work, so I decided to make these simple, no - bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Just one really fills you up with enough protein and fiber to make it till dinner. Especially in the summer, I love when recipies do not have to use an oven or stove (the kitchen gets too hot).

The recipe calls for Craisisns but I used dried dates too.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mixtape Monday: Summer vs. Winter

I love when a favorite residence of mine gets some indie cred. Right now I am all about Givers, a young, fun band hailing from my home state of Louisiana. If you like Ra Ra Riot, The Dodo's and brassy female voices, then you will love them. Their debut has become the perfect summer album.

Givers/ Ra Ra Riot Inspired (Summery and upbeat):
1. Noche Nada - Givers (My favorite part starts around 1:00)
2. Can You Tell - Ra Ra Riot (Givers opened up for them, and it makes so much sense if you listen to both)
3. Swing Tree - Discovery (side project of a Ra Ra Riot member and a Vampire Weekend member)
4. The Strums - The Dodos
5. Cousins - Vampire Weekend
6. Do You Want it All? - Two Door Cinema Club
7. Saw You First - Givers (I love that they have both a male and female lead singer)
8. Bryn - Vampire Weekend
9. Fables - The Dodos
10. Oh, La - Ra Ra Riot
Lately Listenings (a bit of a contrast to the list above, much more Wintry and melancholy):
11. Far Away - Washed Out (I have little patience for lo-fi bands, but Washed Out is super original and smooth with it comes to this genre. I like the dark and rainy feeling of this song)
12. Ghosts Under Rocks - Ra Ra Riot (To me this is a very dramatic song)
13. Holocene - Bon Iver (His new album is really superb and just beautiful. I wished this album came out in January though - I will always associate him with "Good Winter" and the fact that he recorded his first album in a snowed in cabin in the woods.)
14. Abducted - Cults
15. Perth - Bon Iver (Check out the cover below of one of my favorite Bon Iver songs)
16. I Don't Want Love - The Antlers

*One of my best friends introduced me to Birdy - she's only 15 and she's unreal - so talented and unique. Love, love and love

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