Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Scenes {Charleston}

Hard ciders and pizza at Monza
Bastille Day celebrated all over downtown
Playing with sparklers and long exposures on the 4th of July
pretty summer lighting
Luscious brunette locks of two witty, smart and lovely girls/roommates
Going to another sunrise on Folly, only having the sun blocked by clouds
One of my best friends from high school and her little sister came to visit. Very thankful that she will be in Atlanta when I return home. 
@ the Gin Joint
Making shapes
My beloved ginger roommates. Because of our common hair color, when the 3 of us are together, we either get asked if we are sisters or if we are foreign.
monza summer 
Favorite building in Charleston 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mixtape Monday: High School Favorites, Pt.4

1. What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani (Freshman year, this was my jam, and it still never gets old. Perfect song for working out, plus the Alice in Wonderland video is amazing.)

2. Gronlandic Edit - Of Montreal (Super funky band I discovered through The OC soundtracks)

3. Hi - Psapp (This became the music to one of my dance show pieces, involving exercise balls.)

4. Come to Me - Koop (Grey's Anatomy introduced me to so much of the music I listen to, like this gem. A big band revival piece.)

5. Breathe  - Telepopmusik 

6. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh! - Sufjan Stevens (Illiniose still remains a favorite album of mine)

7. Wound Up - Office (I resonate this song with Paris because I downloaded it the day I left for France in '06)

8. Paper Bag - Fiona Apple (Fiona is a quintessential piece to any angsty high school mix)

9. Wolves - Josh Ritter

10. Dues to Pay - Leona Naess (Loved me some Leona back then, still do.)

11. Skinny Love - Bon Iver (When I first heard this song I thought Bon Iver was a group of soulful black men. No joke.)

12. Honey and the Moon - Joseph Arthur

13. Everybody Knows - Ryan Adams (Ryan introduced me to alt-country)

14. Summer Day - Coconut Records (Who doesn't love Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst singing a song together about summer?)

15. Mariella - Kate Nash (Made of Bricks was my teenage anthem(s))

16. M79 - Vampire Weekend 

What Were Your Favorite Songs in High School?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tuna Couscous Salad

tuna couscous
As mentioned before, summer means little to no heat- involved meals. Marinated salads that only get better with time is the only way to go. Here I have a super inexpensive, super healthy, pretend you're picnicking somewhere on the Mediterranean - kinda summer lunch: 

Tuna Couscous Salad
1 - 8.8 oz package whole wheat Israeli couscous (I love the Zahas brand), cooked and cooled
2 - 6oz cans tuna packed in water
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons pesto
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (Trader Joes brand is so flavorful!)

Mix all these ingredients together in a large bowl and salt and pepper to taste. You're good, you're done. 
It lasted a week for me in the fridge. 

tuna couscous

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Pins {Pinterest}

I have had my Pinterest for over a year now, and have still not grown tired it. It's undeniably become respectable social media outlet and a pop culture phenomenon. 
I have many a boards, and want to share them with you, so I think I am going to seasonally feature my favorite pins. First up, summer pins - an inspiration board of beachy and colorful images and recipes that are synonymous with what I think summer is.
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Summer Salad                                                               Wine Slush
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Strawberry Margarita Popsicles                           ......................................................
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Fresh Strawberry Coconut Margaritas

Shrimp and Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese                      Sweet Corn + Roasted Jalapeno Hummus
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Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mixtape Monday: Early Mornin' Rain

rainy window
It has been raining off and on here, but we have been needing it. Waking up to a summer storm is so cozy and peaceful. Here is a playlist inspired by rainy days and staring blankly out of windows.

1. Early Mornin' Rain - Peter, Paul & Mary
2. Stormy Weather - The Kooks (Frank Sinatra cover)
3. We're All in the Dance - Feist
4. Leaving for Paris No. 2 - Rufus Wainwright
5. Landslide (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix) - Fleetwood Mac
6. Lack of Color - Death Cab for Cutie
7. Rain City  - Turin Brakes
8. Yellow Light - Of Monsters and Men
9. RembihnĂștur - Sigur Ros
10. Other People - Beach House
11. Redhead Girl - Air

What are your favorite rainy day songs?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Charleston Diana F+ {Portraits}

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Double exposures never cease to excite me. My Diana camera makes it so easy and practically thoughtless to do them, too. Two releases of the shutter on the same frame and viola - a double exposure. I love how people become ghostly apparitions, which rings true with Charleston's haunted past and present
These are some examples, taken of my friends in Charleston this past year. 
diana f+
A good, inexpensive website to get Diana and Holga film developed through: The Darkroom

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Angel Oak

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Knowing that I am leaving Charleston in less than a month, I am scrounging to cross off things on my Charleston bucket list, one being: Angel Oak.
Quite off the beaten path on John's Island, Angel Oak is a Charleston treaure. It's a 300-400 year old live oak tree, believed to be the largest tree east of the Mississippi. It gets it's name for being both the last name of the estate owners it is located on and the canopy of leaves and branches that makes you feel like you're being cradled under angel wings. 
With it's knots and nodules, it is reminiscent of the Whomping Willow tree of Harry Potter world. 
It's quite magical, and if you're in the area, it's a must see.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Mixtape Monday: Ocean City Girl

A day at Folly Beach with my parents

I like my playlists to be like a workout - start with high energy and gradually cool down and mellow out. In that format, here is a playlist of what I have been listening to this summer and why:

1. All Summer - Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam (I love each of these artists and love that they collaborated on this song for Converse)
2. Ok Pal  - M83 (I never tire of listening to this album, this track is super 80's)
3. I Am the Lion King (St. Luica Remix) - PAPA (Been really loving St. Luica this summer, they did a great job remixing this song to where you cant even tell it's a remix)
4. Body of Work - The Mynabirds (Super catchy, I need to get their album)
5. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen (My go-to jukebox request)
6. Don't Leave Me Now (Ne Me Quitte Pas) - Regina Spektor (I am loving her new album, this is a standout track from it)
7. Dominican Fade - Battles (festive and Latin)
8. Echo of Love - CSS
9. A Walk - Tycho (so atmospheric and chill)
10. Ocean City Girl - Ivy (perfect driving-over-the-Ravenel-Bridge song)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Yago Hortal

Completely memorized by Yago Hortal's paintings - brush swirls and color theories. I cannot imagine how many times he practices them until they are just right. Pure awesome.
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