Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!



















Now Playing: RL Grime's 2014 Halloween Mix

Monday, October 27, 2014

Music Monday: Jungle



"Time"


"The Heat"


"Drops" (Live In Paris)


"Accelerate"


"Platoon"



Jungle is a duo based in London. Their self-titled debut album is out now and can be purchased here.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sexy Witches



A few years late to the Coven but this was hilarious! Of course, I love all things witchy but this transcends the genre. Halloween week is upon us!











Friday, October 24, 2014

Wonderwall: Fall Feels








Here in Pittsburgh, we've been experiencing a bit of an Autumnal heat wave; certainly not anything tropical but it has been quite lovely. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s with plenty of sunshine. The leaves have changed and begun to fall. I'm thrilled to be able to drive with the top down for a few extra rides. The atmosphere is perfect. My favorite time of year.
















Now Playing: "Autumn Sweater" by Yo La Tengo
*The ultimate fall song and the one that started it all for me...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quoteworthy: Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014


"I always say this: live, love, and laugh. A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is like a little garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you've deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you'd spent more time with. Or about the things you had loved and whether you'd given enough time to them."
-Oscar de la Renta




And here are just a few of my favorite creations in recent years from the legendary designer himself.

Amy Adams at The Oscars.

Jessica Alba at The Golden Globes.

Allison Williams at The Emmys.
















Now Playing: "Southern Sun" by Boy and Bear

Flick Pick: Nightcrawler





Here we have a film that perfectly exemplifies one of the reasons why I no longer watch or work in television news. I studied broadcasting in college and worked in the field after graduation. "If it bleeds it leads" is certainly the name of the game. We live in a twisted society. Looking forward to seeing this one. Also, Jake Gyllenhaal is a friend to Pittsburgh. So there's that. Brilliant actor. And a resounding "HELL YES!" to the Kendrick Lamar song used in the shorter trailers running on television.











Now Playing: "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar
*Obviously!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Music Monday: Goldfrapp



"Number 1"


"Ooh La La"


"Strict Machine"


"Utopia"


"Lovely Head"


"Laurel"


"Black Cherry"


I initially fell in love with Goldfrapp's glorious sounds when I was a freshman in college. A decade later and their music still puts energy into my soul.

Goldfrapp is a duo from London. Their latest album, Tales of Us, can be purchased here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quoteworthy

















Now Playing: "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison
*One of my all-time favorites!

Brad Pitt Gets It


You bow before royalty. You kiss the Pope's ring. When you're in the presence of the perfection that is Shia LaBeouf, you tie both of those realities together. Brad Pitt gets it.












Now Playing: "Play It Right" by Sylvan Esso

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quoteworthy


"When I create things and put them out into the world, even if I can't always see the results, things happen unexpectedly. Some things die; art lives on and continues to inspire."
-Evan Rachel Wood











Now Playing: "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

Monday, October 13, 2014

Music Monday: Klingande


"Jubel" (Original Mix)


"Punga" (Original Mix)



Klingande (taken from the Swedish word meaning sounding) is the stage name of C├ędric Steinmyller, a deep house artist from France.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Times New Travel: Cumberland Island, Georgia



I first heard about Cumberland Island when JFK Jr. married there in the nineties (even as a young girl I loved John John). I later read about this beautiful place in more detail from Christina Haag's touching memoir, Come to the Edge (highly recommend this book).


Isolated, pristine, untouched. I've flown over this part of the country quite a few times and have been semi-nearby but have yet to actually experience it in all of its natural beauty. Wild horses, exotic beaches and sand dunes, historic ruins, quaint accommodations. You don't hear enough about Cumberland Island. Remote yet accessible. It definitely seems like an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or therapeutic retreat. It's definitely on my list of must-see places here in the U.S.






















Now Playing: "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum

Monday, October 6, 2014

Music Monday: Timber Timbre



"Run from Me"


"Demon Host"


"Bad Ritual"


"Black Water"


"Hot Dreams"



Timber Timbre is a Canadian folk group based in Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa. Their music, including the latest release, Hot Dreams, can be purchased here.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Epitaphs- Hauntingly Beautiful



Ever since I was a little girl, I've always been drawn to cemeteries. I remember visiting the graves of my grandparents and reading the headstones of nearby souls. The resting places of people whose lives ended decades, centuries even, before mine ever began. Seeing the burial plots of young children my own age and babies was an indelible experience.


I grew up around the corner from a beautiful old cemetery that steeply overlooks the city of Pittsburgh. Memories of playing "dead" with friends when we were kids, midnight sneak outs in high school, solitude walks. I find so much solace in places like this.


As Autumn has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching, I am in a much more macabre mood. Cemetery photography is incredibly gorgeous but I believe there isn't enough epitaph tributes online. Perhaps I'll make it one of my own projects. I scoured the web to find meaningful last words from the dearly departed. From what little results I was able to find, here are just a few epitaphs that resonated with me...











 










Now Playing: "Feel Real" by Deptford Goth
*Although if we're keeping it real, "Lover, You Should've Come Over" by Jeff Buckley is the ultimate cemetery song.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

National Poetry Day

"We are like roses that have never bothered to bloom when we should have bloomed and it is as if the Sun has become disgusted with waiting."
-Charles Bukowski



"Iron Sky" by Paolo Nutini (Live)



"Iron Sky"

We are proud individuals living on the city,
But the flames couldn’t go much higher.
We find God and religions too,
To paint us with salvation.
But no one,
No nobody,
Can give you the power,

To rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

Oh, that’s life
That’s dripping down the walls
Of a dream that cannot breathe
In this harsh reality
Mass confusion spoon fed to the blind
Serves now to define our cold society

From which we’ll rise over love,
Over hate,
From this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

You just got to hold on!
You just got to hold on!

Ohhh ohhhh oh oh

(To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed,
the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die,
and the power they took from the people will return to the people.
And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men –
machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure
Let us use that power!
Let us all unite!)


And we’ll rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds
Over fear,
Into freedom.
Into freedom!

From which we’ll rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.
Freedom!

Oh!
Rain on me!
Rain on me!
Rain on me!












Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October. The Month of Magic.





























Now Playing: "Maine Island Lovers" by Okkervil River
*One of those rare beauties of a song that demands you to stop and listen.

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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. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!