The devastating tornado that hit Moore earlier this week really struck a chord with me since I’m from Oklahoma City and still have family there. While I’m so thankful my family is safe, I’m incredibly heartbroken for the families who lost everything. They can use all the help they can get, so I encourage everyone to help out in any way possible:
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And know that you can always help clean up on site where the tornadoes hit. No matter how big or small, help is needed and appreciated!
The lovely Kate Spade has come out with city guides for all the hot travel spots. Of course the online guides are packed with uber cute pictures and graphics, but they also contain quite a bit of useful info. For the most part, you’ll find a pretty basic map of the desired city, an ideal itinerary, and a handy dandy cheat sheet. And let me tell ya, I love me a good cheat sheet. Each city guide also contains explanations of all the neighborhoods including suggestions on where to eat, shop, stay and more. Check out the available cities:
Meet your new favorite thing. Also, know that if I’m friends with you, I will probably be giving you this for your next birthday. Sticky Gram is a new website that allows users to turn their Instagram pictures into magnets. The process is pretty simple. First off, you’ll want to visit the website. This will be helpful. Once you’re on the site, click “get started” and connect to your Instagram account. There’s an option that says “what is Instagram” – if you are living in 1995, you’ll want to click on that. Once you connect to insta, all your pictures will be uploaded and you can choose which ones you would like to be made into magnets. You have to select at least 9, which is kind of annoying but whatevs… just means more magnets! Yeehaw! One sheet (aka 9 pictures) is $15, but shipping is free so that’s cool. I just placed my first order, so I will definitely let you know how awesome the magnets are once I receive them!
As it turns out, I’m lucky enough to go to Cannes for work. While I’m not here for the premiere of any film, I still get the pleasure of being in Cannes during the film festival. While the weather forecast has a few showers, the next five days seem to be pretty sunny. And for once in my life I actually enjoyed packing for this trip. Take a look at what I brought along in my suitcase (or at least see some similar items to what I packed). And be sure to stay tuned for updates while I’m in Cannes!
As most of you know, Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is now showing in theaters. I obviously rushed to see it, as Gatsby is one of my favorite characters in literature. I also love Baz Luhrmann movies, so I was interested to see how he would style The Great Gatsby in his overly-flashy and flamboyant fashion.
Per the reviews, everyone seems pretty split on whether they love or hate the flick. But one thing that is a for sure thumbs up is the soundtrack. Bringing in artists like Jay-Z, Jack White, Lana del Rey and more, the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby is killer, whether you like the movie or not. While the complete tracklist is online, all the songs aren’t available on Spotify yet. So here’s what I could scrape together. Scroll through the playlist to hear all the songs.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Spring Island for the wedding of one of my good friends from college. I had never been to South Carolina (so upsetting, I know) and immediately fell in love with it. The incredibly sweet and equally beautiful wedding ceremony took place in the middle of Tabby Ruins, where a cotton plantation used to reside in the 1800s.
The ceremony was done in a circular fashion, which allowed guests to take in the gorgeous setting from all angles. Meaningful music was a big part of the wedding, as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to In My Life by the Beatles and the bride walked down to Make You Feel My Love by Adele. The bride’s brother also did a reading from Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are.
The reception kicked off with a cocktail hour featuring the most amazing fried oyster I’ve ever had and incredible crab claws. Then came the wedding band featuring a killer saxophonist. After feasting on shrimp and grits, and other Southern favorites, we made our way to the dance floor. There wasn’t a still soul at that reception and needless to say, multiple dance offs happened. It was an amazing weekend fulled with lots of laughs, great company and unforgettable memories!
No, not like farmer hats or those horrible straw cowboy hats that were popular (kind of) in the late 90s. I’m talking about cute ones you can wear to the beach/pool. After buying yet another baseball cap to wear to the pool this summer, I decided it’s time to grow up and buy a real hat. I also decided I needed a big floppy hat due to the fact that I look like Dumbo in a baseball hat. Here are my favorites:
Whether it’s the beach, a pool, or a truck bed with a hose pouring into it, it’s finally time to hit the water! (Or at least drink beer near the water). And how convenient that Shopbop is offering 20% off their swimwear. Check out my favorites and get to shopping!
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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing a great local band known as The O’s at Granada Theater. The show was actually their CD release party for their latest album, Thunderdog, and rendered a full house. The opening act was an incredibly creepy marionette puppet man who was uber talented, but also made me feel like someone might have slipped a hallucinogen into my drink (the act was THAT weird). The O’s is composed of just Two Guys but makes much more noise than that. Kind of like The Black Keys. Needless to say, The O’s were amazing and are definitely worth checking out. Their sound reminds me of The Avett Brothers, which is a band I am obviously very fond of (and you should be too), but with a little more twang. Take a listen:
Want more? Check out this playlist on Spotify:
(Scroll through the playlist for more songs)
Today is the day! The 2013 lineup for Austin City Limits is finally live and I’m lovin’ what I’m seeing. In my opinion, Depeche Mode is super underrated, so I’m thrilled their headlining. Also, pumped to hear Phoenix especially because of their new album. Kings of Leon? Haven’t listened to them since 2008, but whatevs. Kind of the same story with Muse, but I still love ‘em. Also, digging the Hump Day Hustle bands in this year’s lineup (cough Wild Belle cough). And lastly, while Portugal. The Man has the weirdest (possibly worst) band name ever, I am in love with their sound and happy they’re playing at ACL this year.
P.S. The festival is Oct. 4-6 & 11-13 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.