Monday, September 30, 2013

Music Monday: Phèdre


"Love Ablaze"


"Ancient Nouveau"


"In Decay"


"Ode to the Swinger"


"Sunday Someday"




Phèdre is a synth-pop band from Monte Carlo, Monaco/Toronto, Canada.

Their debut album was released last year. Their latest record, Golden Age, can be purchased here.

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Pinterest Monthly: September 2013


Love this Calvin Klein houndstooth capelet for fall/winter.


I've been enjoying Hemlock Grove on Netflix. I love that it's set near Pittsburgh, written by a local and the main character is named Roman (& it certainly doesn't hurt that he's a beautiful Skarsgard)!


I picked up this candle on Gilt. When the wax is done burning, it'll still be a cute jar for knick-knacks.


To know me is to know my love for a good leopard print. Love this flowy blouse.



"California" by Mazzy Star from their latest album, Seasons of Your Day, which I've been playing quite frequently. Mazzy Star brings back a lot of memories for me and I'm so happy that they released new material.
 The Christian Dior fall beauty collection was brilliant. I love the eyeshadow palette but haven't had a chance to wear it yet.


That window. I've been daydreaming hardcore about finding the perfect place. My sister is headed back to Florida for the winter so I'll have her house for awhile but I can't wait to decorate my own someday soon.


My motto!


They say his name is Clayton Pyle.


Those little hearts stole mine. This Burberry clutch is adorable.



HBO's True Detective (2014). Gonna check this out when it premieres early next year.













Now Playing: "Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Go Deep: Life Path #9 in Numerology





As a number 9 myself (02/01/1986), I found this video to be quite on point. If you're interested in finding out more information on the other life path numbers, Alyssa Sharpe's channel is one of my favorites. My Mother's maiden name was Sharpe so I happen to like her even more because of this connection! :)











Now Playing: "Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quoteworthy



“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man ... a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.” 
-Rod Serling 1924-1975














Now Playing: "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" by The Temptations
*This is one of the earliest songs I remember listening to. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sun in Libra, September 23 - October 23


My Sun sign is in Aquarius, which naturally gets along very well with Libra, but to add to this dynamic, my Sun falls in the 7th house of Libra. I've always found Libras to be quite charming.

Those who have Sun in Libra or strong Libra placement in their chart may possess these personal attributes:

  • Balanced
  • Harmonious
  • Popular
  • Communicators
  • Friendly
  • Loving
  • Caring
  • Humorous
  • Sweet
  • Moderate
  • Humble
  • Mediocre
  • Idealistic
  • Correct
  • Sexy
  • Shy
  • Gentle
  • Peace Keepers
  • Mediators
  • Romantic
  • Flirtatious
  • Adaptable
  • Likable
  • Even Tempered
  • Fair
  • Well-proportioned
  • Kind
  • Easy Going
  • Sophisticated
  • Fun
  • Down to Earth
  • Social
  • Charismatic
  • Eloquent
  • Artistic
  • Attractive
  • Silly
  • Refined
  • Wishy-washy
  • Diplomatic
  • Cooperative
  • Artistic
  • Elegant
  • Old Souls
  • Beauty

Famous Sun in Libras:
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Vladimir Putin
  • John Lennon
  • Marc Bolan
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Kate Winslet
  • Naomi Watts
  • Stacy Keibler
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Zac Efron
  • Will Smith
  • Matt Damon
  • Charlton Heston
  • Truman Capote
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Michael Douglas
  • Hilary Duff
  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Mario Lopez
  • John Krasinski
  • Neve Campbell
  • Sting
  • Bruno Mars
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Sarah Ferguson
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Clive Owen
  • Lil Wayne
  • Snoop Dogg
  • John Mayer
  • Tommy Lee
  • Flea
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Barbara Walters
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Julie Andrews
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Heather Locklear
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Dita von Teese
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Aleister Crowley
  • John Edward
  • Sylvia Browne
  • Thom Yorke
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Jimmy Carter










Now Playing: "Playground Love" by Air
*I was so happy to hear The xx use this as the outro music when their concert was over! Air is definitely a Libra type of band and this is also a Libra song! :)

Music Monday: Perfume Genius



"Take Me Home"


"Dark Parts"


"When"


"Sister Song"



Perfume Genius is solo artist Mike Hadreas of Seattle. His most recent album, Put Your Back N 2 It, is out now and can be purchased here.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Q&A


50 Questions "You’ve Never Been Asked"
1. What’s your favorite candle scent? Anything Autumnal. Fall leaves.
2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister? Chelsea Handler.
3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother? hmm... I can't think of one that I wouldn't be attracted to, lol. I've never really wanted a brother.
4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married? Late 30s... hopefully by then. I do want to be able to have my own kids.
5. Do you know a hoarder? Me, myself and I. I need to get rid of so much stuff! But seriously, not that I know of. Although there is a house in my neighborhood that is suspicious.
6. Can you do a split? Not since I was a cheerleader.
7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike? 5-ish?
8. How many oceans have you swam in? Just the Atlantic and the Gulf if that counts for anything.
9. How many countries have you been to? None outside of the U.S. yet. So sad.
10. Is anyone in your family in the army? My Dad served in Vietnam.
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one? Vivian, provided that it hadn't become too popular.
12. What would you name your son if you had one? Roman because my family name ends with me.
13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test? Probably in the 10-20th percentile back in high school. We had an impossible chemistry teacher who purposefully made the exams unpassable. He had to grade on a curve just so that the entire class didn't fail the course. This system made no sense because I didn't learn anything. 
14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? I had a lot but Under the Umbrella Tree was one of them. 
15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? 3rd grade (going on 9-years-old). I'm gonna say that I was a Pirate but I could be off by a year. 
16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? None of them.
17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent? British! Although I feel like my Pittsburgh accent is smooth and easy to understand
18. Did your mother go to college? No.
19. Are your grandparents still married? Both sets were still married when they passed away.
20. Have you ever taken karate lessons? No.
21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? Yes.
22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to? Kennywood, of course!
23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in? French, Spanish (I know some), Italian... everything!
24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray? I go both ways, ha.
25. Is your father bald? Nope. 63-years-old and if you told him his hair was thinning he'd pull an Uncle Jesse and head straight to the bathroom mirror.
26. Do you know triplets? Not closely but I met some in college.
27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook? Both are my favorites. I love them equally.
28. Have you ever had Indian food? No.
29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant? I don't really have a favorite. I like to go to different places.
30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden? Not that I remember. Crazy, right?
31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)? No. I'm a city girl.
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender? Christian. My last name is Roman. Sounds like a priest, huh?
33. If you have a nickname, what is it? I usually just go by Krista but occasionally I'll get Kris, Binki, Red, Roman, Kristalena or Krista Star
34. Who’s your favorite person in the world? My dog.
35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs? Neither. I'd rather have a house in the country and live in the city.
36. Can you whistle? Nope.
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight? Not usually.
38. Do you eat breakfast every morning? No.
39. Do you take any pills or medication daily? No.
40. What medical conditions do you have? N/A.
41. How many times have you been to the hospital? Fortunately, not many times at all. Never stayed. Fingers crossed.
42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo? No.
43. Where do you buy your jeans? Macy's, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Online.
44. What’s the last compliment you got? A few people said  they liked the dress I wore tonight.
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? Not usually but lately, yes. This reminds me, I have to do a book review on a dream book I was sent!
46. What flavor tea do you enjoy? I've recently started to get the berry refresher from Starbucks. I like Iced Tea.
47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? I have no idea! I need to figure this out and clean out my closet. At least 100? I've amassed a lot over the years but I'm not really a shoe person. I much prefer handbags, makeup and clothes.
48. What religion will you raise your children to practice? Catholic but I won't pressure them into any belief system.
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real? Too young. Not even in kindergarten yet. Thanks to my older sister. But I was probably 6 before I was fully convinced of it.
50. Why do you have a tumblr? kristaselene.tumblr.com I love photography and discovering new things, connecting with people all around the world, expressing myself creatively...








*I like this song better than most of the ones on Evil Friends.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday: Keep Shelly in Athens




"Flyway"


"Madmen Love"


"Recollection"


"Oostende"


About a year and a half ago, I shared Keep Shelly in Athens' video for "Our Own Dream."

Keep Shelly in Athens is a dream pop duo from Athens, Greece. Their debut LP, At Home, is out tomorrow (September 17th) and can be purchased here.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Go Deep: Woodkid + Absolut



Okay, so perhaps a commercial for vodka isn't the most probing thing on the planet but I loved it! Woodkid is astonishing and at the top of my "artists I want to see live the most" list.

And if you're now in the mood to hear "Ghost Lights" in its entirety, click no further:



For those who aren't familiar, Woodkid is Yoann Lemoine, a French musician/director/graphic designer. His debut album, The Golden Age, was released earlier this year (definitely a favorite) and can be purchased here.






















Be sure to check out these other songs by Woodkid:
  • "The Golden Age"
  • "Boat Song"
  • "I Love You"
  • "Shadows"
  • "Conquest of Spaces"











Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quoteworthy



"What exactly is the free world, anyway? I guess it would depend on what you consider the non-free world. And I can't find a clear definition of that, can you? Where is that? Russia? China? For chrissakes, Russia has a better Mafia than we do now, and China is pirating Lion King DVDs and selling dildos on the Internet. They sound pretty free to me. Here are some more jingoistic variations you need to be on the lookout for; "The greatest nation on Earth; the greatest nation in the history of the world"; and "the most powerful nation on the face of the Earth." That last one is usually thrown in just before we bomb a bunch of brown people. Which is every couple of years." 
-George Carlin 1937-2008












Now Playing: "Just Ain't Easy" by The Allman Brothers

Monday, September 9, 2013

Only YOU Can Prevent Twerking Fires



Twerking, or the booty drop as I remember it being called, went out in the 90s but kids these days are too young to remember it. This video perfectly demonstrates what happens when you're a die hard try hard. You literally go up in flames. Apparently, she's fine.












Music Monday: White Flight



"Sapa"


"Princess Pentagon"


"Panther"


"Solarsphere"



I first heard the song "Sapa" in the new commercial for the 2014 Lexus IS. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that it also appears in the Mara Hoffman video posted above. I'm not sure if this is the full length version of the song but it was all that I was able to find.

White Flight is the solo project of Justin Roelofs. A musician from Lawrence, Kansas, he is known for his work in the band, The Anniversary. White Flight music can be purchased here.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Music Monday: Alt-J ∆


"Tessellate"


"Fitzpleasure"


"Intro"


"Ms"


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Alt-J has been one of my favorite bands over the past year or so. Unfortunately, when their tour stopped in Pittsburgh this summer, the show sold out quickly and I wasn't able to make it. An alternative rock group from Leeds, UK, their debut album, An Awesome Wave, is out now and can be purchased here.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 2013 Playlist

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1. "My Favorite Game" by The Cardigans, 1998.
2. "Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac, 1982.
3. "Ms." by Alt-J, 2013.
4. "Moonchild" by M83, 2005.
5. "Eg anda" by Sigur Ros, 2012.
6. "Expecting to Fly" by Buffalo Springfield, 1967.
7. "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty, 1978.
8. "Knife" by Grizzly Bear, 2007.
9. "Spectrum" (Say My Name) by Florence + The Machine, 2011.
10. "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn, 2010.
11. "Strange Attractor" by Animal Kingdom, 2012.
12. "Wicked Game" by Washed Out, 2011.
13. "My Sweet Lord" by Jim James, 2009.
14. "I Go to the Barn Because I Like The..." by Band of Horses, 2006.
15. "10 Years Gone" by Led Zeppelin, 1975.
16. "Light Beam Rider" by Fly Golden Eagle, 2010.
17. "Do You Mind?" by The xx, 2009.
18. "All I Need" by Radiohead, 2007.
19. "Rave On Sad Songs" by Jason Collett, 2010.
20. "New Orleans" by Gary U.S. Bonds, 1960.
21. "Hell" by A$AP Rocky ft. Santigold, 2013.
22. "Baby I Need Your Loving" by The Four Tops, 1964.
23. "Tenuousness" by Andrew Bird, 2009.
24. "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon, 1972.
25. "This Is The Last Time" by The National, 2013.










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