Monday, March 31, 2014

Music Monday: Sam Roberts Band


"We're All In This Together"

"I Feel You" (Solo)

"Golden Hour" Live

Sam Roberts Band hails from Montreal. Their latest album, Lo-Fantasy, is out now and can be purchased here.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Sun in Aries, March 21 - April 20

I've often viewed the stereotypical Aries as someone with an overwhelming amount of passion and fire within. One of my earliest crushes from childhood was an Aries- strong, warm, friendly and outgoing. He made my heart race faster than anyone had ever done before.

A good friend whom I lost at a young age was also an Aries male. Always the life of the party and so well loved by everyone he knew.

These days, I work alongside a number of Aries women and have witnessed that they share similarities that may be attributed to their natal chart placement. Independent, spirited and generally well-liked, this is a sign of the Zodiac that is very often in a leadership position.

If you look to someone for advice or at the top of their field, an Aries may likely be there. As I worked on this post, it occurred to me that I quite like the Rams. As an Aquarius, the Air-Fire pairing is rather unstoppable.

Those with Sun in Aries or strong Aries placement in their chart may possess the following characteristics:
  • Courageous
  • Generous
  • Friendly
  • Optimistic
  • Strong
  • Devoted
  • Romantic
  • Moody
  • Short-tempered
  • Complimentary
  • Hard-working
  • Popular
  • Curious
  • Impatient
  • Talented
  • Funny
  • Self-involved
  • Athletic
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Leaders
  • Quick-Witted
  • Sneaky
  • Energetic
  • Selfish
  • Confident
  • Adventurous
  • Impulsive
  • Abrupt
  • Dynamic
  • Pioneering
  • Direct
  • Hot
  • Assertive
  • Hurtful
  • Protective
  • Competitive
  • Brave
  • Restless
  • Untruthful
  • Arrogant
  • Headstrong
  • Lively
  • Spontaneous
  • Egotistical
  • Aggressive
  • Successful
  • Bold
  • Sexual
  • Memorable
  • Tempestuous
  • Fiery
  • Stubborn
  • Confrontational
  • Responsible
  • Attractive
  • Independent
  • Sporty
  • Domineering
  • Passionate

Famous people with Sun in Aries':
  • Lady Gaga
  • Mariah Carey
  • Fergie
  • Celine Dion
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Bach
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Shannen Doherty
  • Jennie Garth
  • Jenna Jameson
  • Emma Watson
  • Heath Ledger
  • Russell Crowe
  • Marlon Brando
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Keira Knightley
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Melissa Joan Hart
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Linda Goodman
  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Serge Gainsbourg
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • James Franco
  • Elton John
  • Steve McQueen
  • Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Miranda Kerr
  • Maria Sharapova
  • Kate Hudson
  • Alec Badwin
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Jackie Chan
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Leona Lewis
  • Diana Ross
  • Norah Jones
  • Steven Tyler
  • Jesse McCartney
  • Amanda Bynes
  • Patricia Arquette
  • Adrien Brody
  • Vince Vaughn
  • Conan O'Brien
  • David Letterman
  • Ashely Judd
  • Elle MacPherson
  • Eric Clapton
  • Edie Sedgwick
  • Claire Danes
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Christopher Walken
  • Bette Davis
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Joan Crawford
  • Emma Thompson
  • Paris Jackson
  • Mandy Moore
  • Warren Beatty
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Anton LaVey
  • Maya Angelou
  • Marcia Cross
  • Robin Wright
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Keri Russell
  • Princess Eugenie of York
  • Jamie Lynn Spears
  • Kevin Federline
  • Peyton Manning
  • Harry Houdini
  • David Blaine
  • Suri Cruise
  • Julian Lennon
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Jessie J
  • Leighton Meester
  • Zach Braff
  • Julia Stiles
  • Gregory Peck
  • Dodi Fayed
  • Susan Boyle
  • William Shatner
  • Alyson Hannigan
  • Paul Rudd
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Al Gore
  • Akon
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Billie Holiday
  • Joss Stone
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Doris Day
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Michael Pitt
  • Vincent Gallo

Now Playing: "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele
*Doesn't get more Aries-sounding than this!

Music Monday: Wake Owl

"Wild Country"


"Madness of Others"



"Wild Country" Live

Wake Owl is based in Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, Oregon. Their album, The Private World of Paradise, can be purchased here.


Friday, March 14, 2014


"I think I was born strong-willed. That's not the kind of thing you can learn. The advantage is, you stick to what you believe in and rarely get pushed out of what you want to do."
-Joan Jett

Now Playing: "Caught Inside" by Bad Things

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Best Dressed: The Oscars

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada.
I thought the color of the gown complemented her complexion perfectly. I loved how whimsical it was. Very classic yet modern. I also adored her acceptance speech and the fact that she uses the same lip balm that I wear and sell (Clarins Hydraquench).

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.
This was very reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow's Tom Ford gown from a couple years back but I loved it none the less. She looked stunning. I also loved her hair and makeup.

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.
While this was a very safe selection in my eyes, it's also incredibly timeless. She looked regal in this gown and her hair and makeup was also on point.

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani.
She seems like she has such a spectacular sense of humor so hopefully she wouldn't be offended if I said this look gave me a little bit of Britney circa 2000 MTV VMAs vibes. Perhaps a little young for her but still gorgeous. I love anything girlie that sparkles so this is a big winner in my eyes.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra.
Next in line on the feminine glitz and glam train is Channing Tatum's beautiful wife. Nothing we haven't seen before on the likes of red carpet pros like Penelope Cruz or Eva Longoria but still incredible.

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena.
She always looks incredible on the red carpet. I loved this shade of pale pink on her. True elegance and sophistication from the lady with the best date of the night.

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture.
I loved the train on this dress. The neckline and adjoining straps kept me intrigued. Very well-proportioned. Classic with a twist. She wore this perfectly.

And it should also be noted that the gentleman came dressed to the nines...

Acadmey Award Winners Matthew McConaughey in Dolce & Gabbana with Jared Leto in Saint Laurent.

Wooderson's McConaughey's acceptance speech was such perfection that I would be remiss to not share it:

Kevin Spacey in Burberry. Love a man in a blue suit.

& The Brads, both in Tom Ford.

Bradley Cooper & Brad Pitt.

In all honesty, one of the main reasons I look forward to awards season is because of the red carpet fashions. But this year, up until The Oscars that is, I was so uninspired that I didn't even bother to post best dressed lists for The Golden Globes, SAG Awards, etc. The stars must have been holding out for the big night because just about everyone looked phenomenal. While the show itself tends to be boring, I'll give it to this year's producers because it was actually quite entertaining. I think that the winners' speeches and the "approachable" and familiar nominees had something to do with it. The Academy even managed to salute one of my favorite films of all time, The Wizard of Oz. For that, I'll forgive them for all of the Gravity hoopla. Now that's a movie I would never recommend.

Now Playing: "Boy/Girl" by Bomb The Bass ft. Paul Conboy

Monday, March 3, 2014

Music Monday: Colonizing the Cosmos

"The Manifesto of Ladlow Onoki"

"Welcome to the Valley"

"A Recipe to Raise the Dead"

"Dear Citizen" (Live)

Colonizing the Cosmos is a Pittsburgh-based indie folk band. Their music can be purchased here.


Sunday, March 2, 2014


"At that instant he saw, in one blaze of light, an image of unutterable conviction, the reason why the artist works and lives and has his being--the reward he seeks--the only reward he really cares about, without which there is nothing. It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic, to make his life prevail through his creation, to wreak the vision of his life, the rude and painful substance of his own experience, into the congruence of blazing and enchanted images that are themselves the core of life, the essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity."
-Thomas Wolfe 1900-1938

Now Playing: "(At) The End (of a Rainbow)" by Earl Grant

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