Lately Listens

Do you guys ever feel like you listen to the same music over and over again? I know I’ll go through phases where I really only listen to 3 albums or so over the course of the month. Here are some of the artists I’ve had on heavy rotation lately:

Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves

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Ok, Modest Mouse is my favorite band. I’ve loved them since I was 14 years old and I think it’s safe to say I’ve heard all their songs at least once. It had been almost 8 years since they put out an album, so I was itching to hear this one. I was not at all disappointed by this album, and apparently they’re already in the studio recording their next album with Krist Novoselic from Nirvana. I can’t wait!

Favorite/least favorite – Sugar Boats/Pistol

Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

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I was surprised by how much I like this album as a whole. All the songs are all incredibly intimate. The first time I listened to the album I cried. Chandelier and Elastic Heart have become pretty popular singles, but there’s so much more to this album. I think Sia’s pretty visionary, the way she presents herself, the openness with her audience, it’s really hard to come by in a pop act.

Favorite/least favorite – Burn the Pages/Cellophane

Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism

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Ok, this album is over 10 years old at this point, but it’s still one of my favorites. This album will always be one of my favorite albums, there’s so much nostalgia associated with it. Death Cab came out with a new album this year. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I think I’ll give it a go soon.

Favorite/least favorite – Expo ’86/Sorry, N/A

What have you guys been listening to lately? Any recommendations for me?

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday! I turn 26 today, and am feeling really good. It’s amazing how much I’ve changed in the last 10 years. Here’s a little mini trip down memory lane, hope you enjoy!

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This is me at Sonoma Chicken Coop with blonde hair when I was 16/17 years old.

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Here’s me on my 21st birthday with the first drink I ever legally purchased for myself.

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Here’s me a week before my 26th birthday, blue hair and all.

I love seeing how my style and personality has changed, but also stayed true to myself. How have you changed over the years?

A Few of my Favorite Things, Etsy Round-up – #2

Here’s another round of my favorite things from Etsy. I’m loving the pink/mint/gold/white color theme, as you’ll see in my picks for this month.

Siamese Salt ShakerI collect quirky salt and pepper shakers. These little siamese kitty cuties would make a perfect addition to my collection.

Wooden BeadsI love the colors and polka dots on this cute painted wooden bead necklace. I keep wanting to try a DIY of this myself, but I don’t know if anything I make would be as cute as the ones I’ve seen on Etsy. Everything from the MODFRESH shop is so adorable, I want it all!

Elephant Tee

Elephants are my favorite animal. This elephant tee is so cute and cozy, I can totally see myself wearing this.

Brain Chart

This pull-down chart of the brain is so cool! I would love to have it near my desk to inspire some creativity.

Wooden Vases

Can you tell I really love wooden stuff? These vases are so adorable. I love the color palette so much.

Triangle Print

This triangle print download is so adorable. It would go great with some other prints I have my eye on at the moment. There may be a gallery wall in the works.

Cat Tote

I don’t know about you, but I have about a million tote bags. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but I do have quite a lot. This cute French cat tote bag would be an adorable addition to my collection.

Born to Do This

This Joan of Arc quote print is so inspiring and cute. This would be the perfect addition to my upcoming gallery wall.

Ojai Vacation Highlights

Two weekends ago I went on a family trip to Ojai to celebrate my stepdad’s birthday. You got to see a sneak peak of the beautiful view in my last post, but I thought I’d share a little bit more about my time there.

We rented a giant house in Ojai Valley with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. My mom, stepdad, stepbrother, stepsister, brother-in-law, nephew, aunt, uncle and all stayed in the house with 4 dogs.

Ojai House

My stepbrother and I drove down from the Bay Area together on Thursday night and arrived around midnight. The following day, the boys went out to do some kart racing while the ladies and Archer (my nephew) stayed around to prep for the party that night. My stepsister, Emilie, and I were in charge of inflating balloons. Archer helped a bit by choosing the balloon and ribbon colors. He really enjoyed them, as you can see.

Archer Balloons

We did our big birthday celebration of Friday evening. We were joined by my stepdad’s stepsister and brother-in-law (is my family confusing you yet?) I was in charge of making salad, which was a huge crowd-pleaser. I swapped out pomegranate seeds for dried cranberries and added avocado. Seriously, you’ve got to serve this salad next time you have a party. I would have eaten only that all night if need be.

My stepdad requested that everyone bring a slideshow of about 40 photos to share with everyone. It was really cool to see my family’s photos, hear their stories and see what memories they all cherished most. Our gift to my stepdad was a painting of his choice by Ventura artist Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyer. We went to Ventura for lunch on Saturday and got the chance to check out her amazing apartment/studio. Can you believe this view?

Ventura View

We all departed on Sunday. It was really only a 3 day weekend, but it was packed with so much, it went by too quickly. I was so exhausted afterwards and so ready to sleep in my own bed. Here are a few more memories from the weekend:

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More views from our rental
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Bathtime!
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Obligatory foot photo

The Best of February 2015

Here’s just a little of what’s been going on in my life this month. My BFF and I did facemasks, drank wine and watched Lifetime movies. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset We also did a treat yo’ self day, where we got mani-pedis, I BOUGHT A CLARISONIC FACE BRUSH THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, went to the mall, bought some Lush stuff (I got a Rose Jam scented massage bar and it smells like a dream), went to In ‘n Out, and just generally treated ourselves. Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset I was my own Valentine this year. My mom sent me a card and I had a perfectly lovely Valentine’s Day celebration by myself. I ordered pizza and watched massive amounts of One Tree Hill. Unfortunately, I didn’t have dinner with the real Matthew Gray Gubler, but this photo I found online will have to do for now. MGG My co-workers and I spent an afternoon making a Left Shark papercraft after the Superbowl. It was super time consuming but also a totally fun team bonding experience.Left Shark It was National Pizza Day and I discovered BitMoji. You’re welcome. National Pizza Day Bitmoji It was also National Margarita Day, so I celebrated that with friends. Here’s a picture of Hannah getting the perfect pic to post to Instagram. Art is alive! hannah margs

I ended the month with a family trip to Ojai to celebrate my stepdad’s birthday. I’ll be writing separately about that trip, but here’s a pic of the view from our rental house to tide you over:

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A Few of my Favorite Things, Etsy Round-up – #1

I absolutely love Etsy! There are so many creative people out there making awesome products. Here are a few of my favorite things:

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I love this set of vintage milk glass mugs. If I had more room in my kitchen, these would totally already be mine.

polygonclocketsyThese polygon wall clocks are so cool! They would add so much interest to my boring blank apartment walls.

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I absolutely love the colors of this geometric wooden bead necklace!booksetsyAgain, my apartment walls are so blank! This print would be so cute to add to a gallery wall.

etsydeerAw, look at this little baby bambi vase/planter! I’d probably use it as a ring dish.

succulentplanteretsyAndrew’s Reclaimed is one of my favorite shops on etsy. I love the modern style of all his reclaimed wood items. These little succulent planters would look totally adorable on my kitchen windowsill.

trianglestudsetsyI rarely wear earrings, even though I have super short hair and you can see my earlobes all the time. I can totally see myself rocking these triangle studs, though.

New Year’s Resolution – 52 Books a Year

I’ve never really liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions. January 1st seems like such an arbitrary time to decide to make changes in your life. In past years I’ve been way too ambitious with my New Year’s goals. Last year I resolved to go to the gym 3 times a week, and I was good about it for the first 3 months or so. But life happens, and I quickly fell off after a few months.

My resolution this year was no less ambitious. I decided I would try to read a book a week, or 52 books this year. So far, I’ve read:

January Books

Ham On Rye by Bukowski

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

I’m using Goodreads to keep up with my progress. Right now, I’m two books behind, but I’m in the middle of the longest book I’ve read so far this year, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Life keeps getting in my way, but it’s my honest to goodness goal to finish this book by the end of the week.

The next book I’m going to start on is Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I’m so excited to read this one! I find Amy so inspiring and a friend of mine read the book and said it was like getting advice from your cool young aunt. This will be my first non-fiction book of the year, I’m excited to mix it up a bit.