Thursday, June 12, 2014

Monthly Mixes: Lily of the Valley (May)


K. Hands down the best month for music has been May. It's half way through the year and feel like I can confidently say that. Chromeo, Sylvan Esso, Tune Yards, Lykke Li, and this band The Bamboos which will totally make my top ten list of albums at the end of the year, ALL released albums this month and it was GLORIOUS and thats only part of it! There are 44 tracks this month.....phew! See? Sorry it's late but this is definitely my favorite mix of the year thus far. Bask in it my pretties!

xo,

psssst. If you click the little Spotify button under my photo on the upper right you can follow me on Spotify, so you never miss a playlist! AMAZEBALLS!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Home Sweet Home - DIY Gold Sharpie Wall Paper (Via Vintage Revivals)

Since my latest gig ended I finally have time to have what I call a "nesting phase". That new feeling when you move into a new place and want to make it home with a ton of little projects. In the past few months while researching furniture for our place I finally found a girl who speaks my language: Mandi from Vintage Revivals. My Pinterest boards started filling up with all her amazing ideas and ways I could make them our own. The one I'm listing below, I followed this step by step from the link below and it turned fantastic :


Next are just my Before and Afters....everyone loves those. :)

BEFORE: The color of our place isn't awful.....It's a nice neutral. but we have a lower level apartment and we wanted to make sure to have as much as light as possible. Lighter paint definitely helps that. You can see my paint samples on the wall. The left is BEHR Silver Drop, and BEHR Swiss Coffee. I decided that as much as I LOVE light grays, if I was adding gold on top of this I thought it would just look like the wall was dirty, which ......so I went with the Swiss Coffee White. 


 Progress, I did the lazy ass painter thing and just put everything in the middle of the room and painted around it. Almost broke a few wine glasses with the roller on the long pole, but they survived! Ahem, ignore the other things that make it messy!


AHHHHHHH! That's better! Already lighter! Next up, "Wall Paper"

The painting took one day from start to finish and the stencil/paint pen wall paper took the next day to complete. With the painting and the paint pens the whole thing cost me under 70ish bucks and makes it pop! I think it really gives our dining room some character and definitely a ton more light, you can tell from the living room walls on the sides. 


Damn right thats a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon over there! I am stocking up on those! And thats our cute little bar that Wes got for free on a set. SCORE!





I am still in need a few things in here to liven it up: Plants, two more chairs for the the other side of the table, possibly a different light fixture. Maybe one piece of art for the wall in the middle? I've loved having our meals in there together and spend my day drinking coffee and blogging from the table. BUT this was so easy and rewarding to do. I still have more paint pens....hmmmmmmm what next?









Monday, June 9, 2014

Music Video Monday- Dance With Somebody Round Up


There has been an awesome amount of dance videos popping up lately and wanted to put them all in one nice little blog post for you so you didn't miss anything:

BLOOD ORANGE- YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH


Favorite Moves: 1:12
Favorite Look: Obviously the turtle neck white ensemble complete with white socks and sandal shoes. It's just so bad its good....He has to be doing it ironically...right?
Dude....Its directed by a Coppola. Wicked

KEVIN DREW FEAT. FEIST ( and Zach Galifianakis)- YOU IN YOUR WERE
Favorite Move: 3:14 Ummmm he took off his pants and jumped like frog....that counts as move....did you catch it?!
oooooor 3:28 where he twirls by the screen with no pants....haha
Feist is jut the cutest thing ever...sigh


SYLVAN ESSO- COFFEE 

Favorite Move: 4:34 Whipping her hair back and forth like it's her job
Ok this girl REALLY likes to dance
There are these touches of swing dancing here that make me nostalgic!
Also just saw them live and yeah, she danced like a bad ass the WHOLE TIME

PLAY IT RIGHT- SLYVAN ESSO

Favorite Move: 1:58 Fist Pump at the best part!
Gurrrllll Got your Beyonce fan going......dammmnnnn
That other girls hair is EPIC


JUNGLE-BUSY EARNIN'

Favorite Move: 2:20
This is such an interesting group of people. They all move so different and it looks awesome together.
These are my favorite kinds of music video...BARLEY ANY CUTS SO YOU CAN SEE THE DANCING.

SIA-CHANDELIER 

Favorite Move: Um all of it. But if I had to choose...Her interaction with the table in the kitchen. I wish every kid said they were hungry that way
It's actually one of the little girls Maddie Ziegle from the the show Dance Moms....whoa.
Also, applause for barley any cuts, just dancing. HOORAY!

KIESZA-HIDEAWAY

Favorite Move: 3:55 HELLO ROGER RABBIT AND RUNNING MAN! DONE!
Most Impressive part:  That tube top staying up through all that.
She reminds me of Kevin Bacon in Footloose at 3:04 hehe
My roommate sent me this one...I know exactly why.

HAIM- IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND

Favorite Move: Obviously the hand clap sequence at 3:36...awesomesauce
I know this is a little older ( few months) but they are constantly perfect to me.
I want to be them. Just for like, a summer. 
They have moments of Michael Jackson head pauses in here OOOOoooooooOOOOO


I might do this type of post more often......So fun!
xo


Friday, June 6, 2014

F.Y.F. Alternative to the other many posts I had planned.....

I can't find the cord that helps me transfer my photos from my Nikon to my computer...BUZZKILL so I am not able to blog my 52 weeks photo yet or my latest DIY or anything else I've been taking photos of lately. UGH SO ANNOYED. So instead I'll blog about fun things I'm  into lately:

THIS SONG: I've been obsessed about this girl since her first single a few years back. I got to see her perform for the first time in LA at this tiny venue called the bootleg with about 50 people and she performed her heart out, climbing on top of the speakers and shit. I couldn't believe she was 16 years old....well, she's of legal age now, she has her voice on the number single in America, not to mention the best music video I've seen in a LONG TIME ( CLUELESS TRIBUTE, AMAZEBALLS!) and this song attached to what will end up being the romantic (comedy? Can you put comedy and cancer in the same movie?) movie of the summer she will now be performing at the Staples center next time she comes to town. Congrats my girl. Your new single will be on repeat for the rest of the summer. (I will probably post it again when I get my 52 weeks photo up, be forewarned)




THIS STUFF is keeping me from going bonkers. In a nutshell, I had an medical thing happen last year that turned out fine but has caused some annoying side affects. Wes has been so awesome in supporting me while my doctor helps me figure it out which has lead us to trying this crazy food cleanse together for 30 days ( or as long as we can manage). No dairy, no grains, no gluten, no added sugar, no legumes, no artificial anything, nothing processed, no alcohol. Yes to meat, veggies, fruit, coffee (YAY the one saving grace) and basically just a clean diet that leads to a ton of positive outcomes. Yeah I know, cray cray. It's basically paleo gone extreme and it's going to be a long month. Thanks to coconut milk I can have something in my coffee and smoothies and a little sweetness. God beer us strength.  (Office reference).




THIS WEBSITE: Now that I'm in nesting mode, I am constantly looking all over the internet for great DIY ideas to spruce up me and Weston's new apartment. One which I was going to post today came from this gal's website. ( GRRR STUPID CORD)  If you need inspiration, head her way. Not only is Mandy creative as F#%*, her writing is cleaver and witty and I adore her.  She really does do everything on a strict budget, not like....West Elm budget, like thrift store, garage sale, found on the side of the road budget. And how she finds so much mid century furniture in thrift stores ALMOST makes me jealous she lives in St. George, Utah. Ha. ALMOST.


THESE BOOKS: Trying to read both at the same time. One's a tad on the light side, One's on the dramatic detailed side...Guess which is which! 


I have a free music festival and spending some time with friends in Venice!
Hope you have a great weekend!