Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pinterest Monthly: May 2013

I came across this stunning structure and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it's located just outside of Pittsburgh. I'll do a full post soon dedicated to this property.

Playoff beards are happening & I like it. To say I have a type is quite the understatement.

This needs to be mandatory on all flights. Everywhere. Human rights, people.

The Great Gatsby. I LOVED it! Instantly one of my favorite movies ever. This section of the movie was particularly beautiful. Fantastic editing and music selection. Want to see it again and again.

A metallic horse. Called an Akhal-Teke. Native to Turkmenistan (wherrrre?!). 

Greece. So damn beautiful.

Vintage Chanel jewelry made from buttons. I want to start making & selling my own. Love this idea of repurposing.

Sealing Wax for envelopes and other materials. Love this. Convinced that it reminds me of a past life- back when I lived inside a palace ;)

Milk Glass. Local vintage finds. Affordable luxury.

This denim Valentino cosmetic case/clutch. Precious.
Donald J. Pliner Nuri sandal. These are too cute for summer.

I've been using this expression far too often (albeit in a jokingly condescending manner). No need to let trivial things in life get to you, friends.

Now Reading. Jen Kirkman is hilarious. Interesting perspective. Refreshing point of view. I feel like I'm in the minority for not wanting children anytime in the near future. Love kids but want to take it easy for another decade or so.

Clarins Summer 2013 Lippies. I'm a bit biased because I work for the brand but these things are so innovative and absolutely adorable.

Art Installation. Chain link fence with acrylic squares.

My hometown (Pittsburgh) at sunrise. She's a beauty.

Source: PJ Gelmi "The Ghost of the Past S)"

Lusting after a summer house in The Hamptons. No big deal.

Those floors. That ceiling. I could really become a great cook with a kitchen like this.

Love this shot. Fresh florals & summer ensemble.

This Zara bag. Got it in orange (pictured) and blue. I'm sure I'll be able to fit nothing inside. I hope I don't bust it. So cute. Modern and unique.

Whenever you want to punch a wall, run away or cry... laugh.

(Give it a few seconds to play). This video. That song.

Now Playing: Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man
*I love almost every second of it. Early favorites: "Plastic Soldiers", "Modern Jesus" and "Smile" but that list is revolving with each listen.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Music Monday: The National

"Don't Swallow the Cap"


"Pink Rabbits"

Other songs to check out:
2. Demons
9. Slipped
13. Hard to Find

The National have been one of my favorite bands for years. They're originally from Cincinnati but reside in Brooklyn. Their music is gorgeous yet manages to be performed even better live. The band is now on tour. Trouble Will Find Me is available for purchase here.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Put A Flag On It


If you're stateside and observing, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! As far as I'm concerned, it's the unofficial start to summer. My older sister was born on Memorial Day 1984 (her birthday falls on a Tuesday this year), so we've always had a party to celebrate. My Dad is a Vietnam vet, so the flag flies as well. If you're American, take the time to be thankful for the country we live in- the U.S. is far from where it needs to be but its come such a long way from where she started.

Now Playing: "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


"For many of us, we set out thinking there will be time in the future and then suddenly we find ourselves at a moment when we have to acknowledge that the future isn't infinite. In our culture, we're able to remain young, or to think of ourselves as young, for a very long time- probably an amount of time unprecedented in history. And so, we can get well into our thirties, thinking that the future is all ahead of us, and there comes a realization at some point, that it isn't. And that's a realization that happens for people who are doing what they want to do as much as for people who haven't been able to."
-Claire Messud

Now Playing: "Go Outside" by Cults

Monday, May 20, 2013

Music Monday: Sleep Experiments

"Out Stealing Horses"

"1,000 Goodbyes"

"Dream Three"

Sleep Experiments are an ambient dream pop trio from Pittsburgh. Their self-titled album can be heard and purchased here.


Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Friday!

It's a beautiful day here on the North Side of Pittsburgh. I hope you're enjoying yourself, wherever you are in the world. Live every day like it's the weekend. :)

Now Playing: "Magic Light" by Wampire
*Allllll night.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

All Hail To The Drinkin' Man!

"Speed is often the enemy of true pleasure."

I can understand how the phrase 'mad men' came into use. Every time I see one of the Dewar's commercials, I want to throw something in a fit of rage. I have to know the name of the song in their commercials! The music that plays in the ads seems to have been created specifically for their campaign. I wish the people at Dewar's would tell the public the name of the piece of music. If it's only a minute or so long, they need to cash in and extend that. It's too good to remain obscure. For the love of Angus, release it! 

Sidenote: For the past year, I thought the voice in the commercial was saying, "All hail to the great tin man." Personally, he always freaked me out. The Scarecrow would have been my only choice for random stranger to go walking into the woods with. He didn't have an ax. This reminds me of something I once saw online:

Now Playing: "Opening Night" by The Performers

Farewell to The Office

In honor of one of my favorite television shows (which airs its series finale tonight), here are just a few of the all-time best moments!

Now Playing: This

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


"There's a great body of people who flower at night, who feel night is their time. Night is the time people truly become individuals, because all the familiar things are dark and done, all the restrictions on freedom are removed. Many artists work at night—it is particularly conducive to creative work. Many of us attuned to night are not artists but are embattled against the official, organized, righteous day people who are completely bound by their switchboards and their red tape. Night people like the quiet darkness; day people are terrified at suddenly becoming individuals, afraid to let the mind probe into unknown areas."
-John Crosby 1912-1991

Now Playing: "Midnight City" by M83

5 Minute Face, 5 Products


1. Foundation/Powder.
I've been a fan of MAC Studio Fix since high school. MAC is one of the few brands that actually makes a shade light enough for my fair complexion (N3). This evens out redness, conceals any blemishes I might have and creates a flawless canvas for any other makeup I apply.

2. Gloss.
I always apply this last. Of course I'll take it with me for reapplication. Red light? Save yourself some time (and product) and wait 'til then for the first swipe. I have a lippie from every brand under the sun but use Revlon and Chanel the most.

3. Brows.
Well-groomed brows shape the entire face. If your eyebrow situation is in check you still look natural but put together. If we're only talking one product, go with a pencil that has a built-in spooly. When I really take the time to make my brows look their best, it's a bit of a process: base, pencil, spooly, powder, spooly, seal. If you were in a pinch, you could also use this item as an eyeliner.

4. Mascara.
Necessary to look alive. Makes all the difference in the world. Current Favorites: Benefit Bad Gal, Lancome Defencils, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Too Faced Size Queen.

5. Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter.
Depending on your coloring, this is a good choice for one of the five products. Because I'm so pale, if I'm only doing one product, I'd choose NARS Laguna Bronzer. I'm not much of a "bronzer girl" but without any eyeshadow, a bit of color helps me. Ideally, I'd find a bronzer/blush/highlighter trio like Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Waikiki. You could also use that for eyeshadow. But if I'm going for a more natural, no fuss look (5 minutes!), a bit of flat bronzer lightly dusted over the cheekbones and eyes wakes the skin up just enough.

Now Playing: "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar
*When the song is over, you better be done with that face ;)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Want, Need, Wear, Read


Want: Shiseido Future Solution Revitalizing Cream. I'm around this miracle potion at work all the time. It's so tempting to make the ridiculous splurge (there's a special place in Hell for the people who mark up the price of beauty products). I have a good sized sample but that's not going to last forever. I wish I were rich enough to lather my entire body with it. You can truly feel the power of this moisturizer upon first application. It leaves the skin so soft and well nourished.

Need: A 29th birthday present for my older sister. I already treated her to dinner and a comedy show (Anthony Jeselnik- recommend him) but have to find a few other goodies.

Wear: Gucci Premiere. This is lovely for nighttime wear but isn't too overpowering for day. I've worn Guilty for awhile and also love that. Gucci knows what they're doing.

Read: Anything with an interior design focus- books, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc... It's my mind's way of prepping for a new place to call home. I can not wait to have my own apartment/condo/house and to decorate it! I miss having my own space more than anything. Living at home is really stifling my sense of self and independence. My interior decor tastes have evolved over the years. When I was younger, I liked anything traditional, ultra feminine and ornate. When I was in college, I was all about the shabby chic motif. Now, I like a mixture of all of those elements along with eclectic touches. I prefer to pull from different styles (contemporary, antique, traditional) and merge them into something that makes little sense. It's all about being comfortable and inviting but unique.

Now Playing: "Ya Hey" by Vampire Weekend

Monday, May 13, 2013


“It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.” 
-Nick Hornby

Now Playing: "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison
*I like to sing "Krista, Krista" because I'm a lyrical purist and all.

Music Monday: The Performers


"The Opening Night"

"City Girl"

The Performers are from Edinburgh, Scotland (by way of Marseille, France). I came across their song "Superstar" in a video for Chanel's Summer 2013 makeup collection. It wasn't easy to find much information on the group (or even a photograph). Their latest work Ocean Garage is out now.

Source Info:
Dave Gahisho is the French producer backing this immensely psychedelic and dreamy enterprise, otherwise there really aren't too many noteworthy details on The Performers at this moment. Which come to think about is quite odd, considering there have been two full-lengths released to date. The self-titled track to The Performers upcoming EP, Superstar, was taken from the second full-length album, Summer and a Reservoir (released on Pastel Records / Art Union Group). "Superstar" features both Kid Francescoli and Johnny Hawaii. Together they adequately render tripped-out melodies that collide in zeal with meek guitar strumming, conjuring an astral fantasy of total unison. (Aurora Vibes, February 2011)


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Free People, Summer Love Mixtape Contest

If you haven't already noticed from reading my blog, I have a thing for creating a playlist. When I saw on Free People's blog that they were sponsoring a musical contest, I was geeked out and ready to shuffle. 

We were asked to select 5-10 songs for a collaborative mixtape. The theme was "Summer Love." Here are the songs that quickly came to mind:

Summer Love Playlist by Krista Roman on Grooveshark

1. "Hey Lover" by LL Cool J
2. "Share with Me the Sun" by Portugal. The Man
3.  "Night Moves" by Bob Seger
4. "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey
5. "Having a Party" by Sam Cooke
6. "Beauty" by The Shivers
7. "Balance" by Future Islands
8. "Fader" by The Temper Trap
9. "Magic" by Leagues
10. "Come Home" by Chappo

To check out all the submissions, click here.

Free People, Roshambo: Rock

To watch part 1 of Roshambo, click here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Best Dressed: The 2013 Met Gala

Punk: From Chaos to Couture

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon
Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein
Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli
Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello
Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors
Taylor Swift in J. Mendel
Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier

Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy

Now Playing: "Punk Rock Princess" by Something Corporate
*Because my music collection doesn't really do punk.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Countdown to Gatsby

The soundtrack of this film appears to be crafted from my own music collection. I love it all! I wish more directors paid closer attention to detail when it comes to their movie's soundtrack. Music truly is a character in and of itself. The right song or musical score has has the power to transform a scene and set the tone for the entire film.

May Queen

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just a spring clean for the May Queen...

Now Playing: Led Zep

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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!