Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

A U G U S T 
new music!

1. Animal - HAERTS (amazing running song)

2. Midnight Sun - Kate Boy (reminds me of Iceland)

3. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala (groovy)

4. Hiding - Florence + The Machine

5. Wildfire - The Mynabirds (loving their new album,  Lovers Know - a cosmic, romantic wander through the desert)

6. Los Angeles - The Bird and The Bee (sexy, simple)

7. Northeast - Violents (for fans of: London Grammar and Sucre)

8. Loud Places (feat. Romy) - Jamie xx

9. Feathers and Wax - Vicktor Taiwò

10. High by the Beach - Lana Del Rey (her new song, perfection)

11. Velveteen - The Mynabirds ("am I real yet?")

12. Feel You - Julia Holter (for fans of: Florence + the Machine and Joanna Newsom)

13. Magnetized - Wilco (off their new FREE album)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vatnajökull & Hjörleifshöfði, Iceland: Day 8

The largest glacier in Iceland! 
Vatnajökull Vatnajökull Vatnajökull Vatnajökull
Day 8 began with what I like to call an Easter morning breakfast (breakfast consisting of purely chocolates and candy). That's all we had in the car. Life on the road in Iceland gets rough, what can I say. 
On a sugar high, we walked ON a glacier - Vatnajökull. We took the self-guided geological tour that warned us of quicksand (it does exist) and collapsing ice caves. 
For lunch,we ate the same lamb burger from the night before at the gas station (it was just too good) and made our way towards Vik. 
We saw this cliff from the road that just sort of jutted out of the black sandy shore. It looked out of place, but then again Iceland is basically another planet. Upon further investigation we discovered it was a legit hiking trail with informational boards and all.  Read all about the very interesting and mysterious history of Hjörleifshöfði here. What you do need to know is that it's where one of the first settler's of Iceland is buried and that its HAUNTED. Yes, it's a haunted mountain where supernatural things are supposed to happen. If you know me and my childhood interests, you would know that this is right up my alley. 
Unfortunately, nothing spooky happened, but it was the STEEPEST hike of my life. I had to stop every few minutes just to catch my breath. At the top was sooo windy and I was winded. But the spectacular view was well worth it. 
It started to sprinkle on our way down. 
Finally made it to Guesthouse Renyir in Vik, our stay for the night. 
We tried to go to the beach and take some pictures but there was 50 mph winds and rain so we went to dinner instead at Halldorskaffi (one of two restaurants open in town). We got our favorite Settler's pizza (four cheese pizza with jam) and enjoyed it over some drinks. 
view from the top of Hjörleifshöfði 
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði
Vern in a cave! 
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði
tomb of viking settler
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Breakfast Popsicles

Breakfast Popsicles Breakfast Popsicles
Apart from ice cream, these Breakfast Popsicles are the 2nd best thing to have for breakfast in the summertime.
I made mine with some peaches, blueberries, plain yogurt jazzed up with some lemon juice and honey, and a little granola

Bonus: they're pretty too
Breakfast Popsicles Breakfast Popsicles

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Life Lately... {Chicago and beyond}

wall gay
neon wall
colors of Chicago

A LOT has happened in the last couple of months.
Besides traveling to Iceland, I've...

 Moved into a studio apartment in Lincoln Square and am now living by myself for the first time in my life (studio tour coming soon). 
In the spring, I met a boy on tinder and now he is my boyfriend. Michael is my first boyfriend (I'm 26) and I think I'm the happiest I've ever been. He's also my best bud. 
Went to my first Chicago wedding with Michael.
Won a free trip to Vegas (happening in the fall) and met the beautiful Brandon Flowers in the process. 
Obsessed over Florence + the Machine's new album.
Turned 26 and have thus started paying for my own insurance (oh joy) - health and home. 
Went home to ATL for a wedding shower/bachelorette weekend celebrating one of my best friends from high school. 
Purchased lots of concert tickets for the upcoming months. 
Got strep throat (a first). 
Went to my first Sox game. 
Started writing sketches for my Second City graduation show.

That's just skimming the surface. It's crazy to think how much my life has changed in the last 5 months...
boston boston
Was in Boston for a day before my flight to Iceland. Stayed with one of my close improv friends who lives there. I LOVED BOSTON. I want to go back and spend some more time there.
My main lady, Frida, painted on my fave empanada shop.
sunset BRANDON
Met Brandon Flowers through some Vegas promotion (and won a free trip), we're seeing him in Sept at the Riviera. Could not be more excited! 
peri sox mom 
Halloween '97: Ginger Spice and her mom
:) angel speakeasy michael
a 20's speakeasy themed Bachelorette // Michael n Me
vineyard spring
vineyards in Georgia // springtime in Chicago
spring dad
blossoms // Virginia beach as a kid

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jökulsárlón & Höfn, Iceland: Day 7

glacier bay
black sand black sand
Black volcanic sand
Jökulsárlón Jökulsárlón

After not getting much sleep the night before (THE SNIPE!), we woke up early and got some skyr (icelandic yogurt) and digestives for breakfast from the gas station. Jökulsárlón, glacier bay (jökul means glacier), was our first stop of the day. It was high on both of our lists of places to see in Iceland and it did not disappoint. It's hard to pinpoint my favorite thing from the trip, but this was one of them for sure. The various blues, greys, and whites of the glaciers was unreal. There were seals swimming around the bay which made it seem all the more wild and dangerous. We stayed a while taking pictures of the bay and the black sand beach, sipping on some hot chocolate coffee. 
We drove to Höfn, a small fishing town on the south-eastern coast. Höfn is the lobster capital of Iceland so of course we indulged in some lobster pizza as well as some fish and chips at Kaffi Hornid. We got a pear pavlova for dessert (one of my favorite desserts). 
Vern and I make the drive back to our campsite on full bellies and did a little off roading along the way. 
Slept much better that night thanks to EAR PLUGS. 
Jökulsárlón Jökulsárlón
black sand
These washed up glacier pieces look like they are glowing against the black sand.
black sand
Can you spot the seal?
black sand
Jökulsárlón Jökulsárlón Jökulsárlón vern
blues black sand Jökulsárlón glacier bay green road
love fog rolling in
vern lobsta Jökulsárlón
Lobsta pizza! 
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