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Dangerous (ft. Joywave) – Big Data
Let Me Down Easy – Paolo Nutini
Bad, Bad, Bad – LANY
Zebra – Beach House
Awake – Electric Guest
Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine
Till We Ghosts – Petite Noir
S.O.S. in Bel Air – Phoenix
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Every Other Freckle (Daytrip Remix) – Alt-J
A Case of You – James Blake
So Close – Tom Misch, Carmody
Shuffle Your Feet – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive
Right On – The Roots, Joanna Newsom
From the Sun – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Still Sound – Toro y Moi
So Many Details – Toro y Moi
www – Har Mar Superstar
Rhythm Bruises – Har Mar Superstar
It’s Real – Real Estate

Listen here!

Driftwood + What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding Book Reviews

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Traveling has apparently been on my mind lately (isn’t it always though?) judging by the last two books I’ve read.

Let’s start with Driftwood, shall we? Ok. I really liked this book. I felt like I really connected with the main character, Clem. Clem was at the point in her life where she was trying to figure out what she was meant to be doing with her life (I’m right there with you, Clem!) when she found herself on a road-trip around California. I won’t spoil why she gets sent on the trip, but she goes to several seemingly random places in California and learns a lot about herself along the way.

{Speaking of road-trips around California…me and my bestie will be cruising the California coast come May. Any recommendations of places to eat, things to see, etc? Let me know!!}

After Driftwood, I picked up a copy of What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding after I saw it recommended on the Everygirl and I loved it.

While all of her friends were getting married and having kids, Kristin Newman (a comedy sitcom writer) found herself not doing those things. Can you relate? I sure can – my Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of engagement announcements!

During the months when her shows were on hiatus, she traveled. She’s been to some amazing, amazing places, met some cool people and had some incredible experiences. There were definitely lots of “oh my god” moments and a lot of times when I actually lol’d. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re single (and even if you’re not) – it’s entertaining and it’ll make you want to book flights out of town asap.

What have you guys been reading lately?

 

WORN / Weekends

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When your job requires you to wear an ugly button down shirt with the company logo on it, you start to look forward to the weekends and getting to wear literally anything else.

This is one of my go to outfits, especially on the weekends. It’s super comfy and versatile. It’s perfect to wear to brunch and to run errands in, but I’ve also worn it on a casual night out with my friends at one of our favorite bars.

Shirt: old but its from Pull&Bear

Sweater: Gap (similar)

Jeans: J. Crew

Shoes: Target

Intro: Capsule Wardrobe

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Finally. I’ve narrowed my once slightly out of control closet down to just a few pieces. For a while now – maybe the last year or so – I’ve been really making an effort to cut back on spending money on clothes. I admittedly had a little bit of a shopping problem. Whenever I got bored with what I had in my closet, I would head to my favorite stores and spend more money than I should have.

I’ve also been trying to be more intentional with decisions that I make – especially ones that involve money.

So when I heard about capsule wardrobes, it didn’t take much for me to realize that starting my own was just what I needed to do to get my closet and spending in check.

What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s basically small collection of really versatile pieces that you absolutely love. I started out with 35 pieces (tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes) but ended up with 38 after I added in my coats. Each collection, obviously, changes with the season, but ultimately has the same amount of pieces.

The fun (but also challenging!) part was going through my entire closet and really thinking about the pieces I had. Again, I wanted to be super intentional about it and only include pieces in my capsule wardrobe that I love, wear all the time and were 100% me.

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I quickly noticed how many pieces I had that I just don’t ever wear. You know what I’m talking about…the pieces that I was keeping “just in case.” Like the pair of heels hiding in the back of the closet that I might need “just in case” I went to a fancy dinner (spoiler: I NEVER wear heels and can’t remember why I even bought them in the first place).

Now that everything has either been put in storage (like my spring/summer clothes) or into a bag to go to Goodwill, I’m excited to start putting some ‘new’ outfits together!

So, stay tuned because I’m planning on sharing more outfit posts and, of course, updates and other posts about capsule wardrobes.

Do any of you have a capsule wardrobe? Or want to start one? Let me know!

 

24

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Today, I turn 24 and I have to admit it feels kind of weird. Not a bad weird, but not a good weird either. Just weird. I guess I felt the same way about 23 and I’ll probably feel the same way about 25, but I feel like 24 is the age where you’re in limbo. I’m not a living a college student lifestyle anymore (#beentheredonethat) but I’m not settled down yet either. I’m at that “figuring it all out” stage.

I’m not entirely sure what Year 24 will bring, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping for more traveling, more getting out of my comfort zone and more creative projects.

How am I celebrating this year? With my favorite Mexican food and seeing Joshua Radin in concert. Score!

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 Here’s this month’s playlist! Hope you guys like it! Listen here.

Fire Escape / Half Moon Run

That Moon Song / Gregory Alan Isakov

They Move On Tracks Of Never-Ending Light / This Will Destroy You

Stay With Me (cover) / Angus & Julia Stone

Blank Pages / The Album Leaf

Goin’ Home / Dan Auerbach

Comrade / Volcano Choir

Fire-scene / S. Carey

Too Bright / Perfume Genius

Maybe / Smoke Signals

Winter / Matt Corby

Stars / Sam Airey

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight / Birdy

Heart Skipped a Beat / The xx

Whenever, Wherever / Bombay Bicycle Club

Desire / Years & Years

You & I / Local Natives

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Life Lately

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Anyone else feel like they’ve got a case of the Mondays? I thought the best way to beat it was to share some photos I took over the weekend.

On Saturday, I spent the day with one of my oldest and best friends, Sara. She’s one of those friends that just gets it, so I love the time I spend with her. We made plans to go to the art museum here in Indy and just catch up. And surprise, surprise (not really) our afternoon of looking at art turned into an impromptu photoshoot.

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This weekend, I also:

Watched : the finale of Parenthood – still in denial that it’s over.

Decided: to start a capsule wardrobe.

Finished: this book.

Listened: to Sylvan Esso’s Spotify Session on repeat.

 

My Workspace + WeWork

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As you guys know, I’m a total sucker for super cool spaces. So, when I saw all of the co-working spaces at WeWork, I wanted to share some pictures of where I GSD (if I’m not holed up here drinking lots and lots of coffee) and some of my favorite things about it.

Pictures. I always like to have lots of pictures of my family and friends, trips I’ve taken or random prints, like my “don’t forget to play” print from Marc Johns.

Knick knacks. Random knick knacks are some of my favorite things ever. The quirkier, the better. I have a whole collection that change locations every now and then, but on my desk right now are my Winston Churchill creamer that I got as a gift from my grandparents and a little handmade bird that my friend Natalie brought back for me from Haiti (where she and her husband are living!). Little things like that always make me smile and I love having them on my desk.

Books. I have a lot of books lining my shelves and I usually keep several on my desk to flip through some pages whenever I’m in the need of some inspiration. (And, as always, let me know if there are any books I should check out!)

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workspace1{How amazing is that computer background? Download it here. I’m obsessed.}

Right now, my workspace is just a little corner of my bedroom and sometimes I definitely wish I had some more space to work with. The number of times I’ve thought “I wish I had a space to take photos” or “If only I had someone else around to run this idea by” is unreal. So I absolutely love the idea of working at a co-working space like WeWork.  It’s an awesome way to connect with other creative types and have access to all of the office type things you might not have in your home office. I’m kind of obsessed. I should probably add finding a co-working space in Indy to my to do list now….

Be sure to checkout WeWork! You can find them here or on Twitter and Instagram. Guys, their spaces are pretty sweet!

Write More

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One of my goals for 2015 is to write more. Writing has always been important to me. I would definitely still describe myself as quiet and more reserved, but growing up, I was painfully shy and I found writing to be a good way to get my ideas and thoughts out there. I also have a HORRIBLE memory…so writing things down has also been a way for me to remember things that happen.

I’ve kept journals on and off since I was maybe ten or so and have recently started back up again. There’s just something about grabbing a pen and paper and writing about whatever is on your mind that is so cathartic. Whether I’ve had a good day or a bad one, I like to take a few minutes to jot some things about it down.

Towards the end of last year, I wasn’t writing nearly as much as I wanted to be. It seemed like every time I sat down to write….writer’s block. But with the start of the new year, I made a promise to myself that I would buy a blank notebook and fill it with anything and everything – journal entries, ideas for something bigger I want to write, to do lists, doodles, concert tickets, letters from a friend, whatever.

I’ve learned that even if you don’t think you have anything to write about, the best thing to do is just write. Write about your day or about what you want to do tomorrow, write about something that made you laugh, or about what you hope to accomplish in the next five years…it doesn’t really matter. That’s the best thing and probably my favorite thing about it – that nothing is too mundane or off limits. There are no boundaries. Let yourself capture all of the unfiltered moments in your life. It doesn’t matter if what you write is imperfect or unpolished, just getting it down on paper is enough.

So, if any of you guys are thinking about keeping a journal, I say do it. Even if you don’t think you have anything to write about.

Need a little inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Write about your favorite place on Earth. What do you love about it and why is it special to you?

2. Make a list of all the things you want to do or see in your lifetime.

3. Write about someone that’s important to you and include your favorite memories of them.

4. Write down all of the things you’re grateful for.

5. Is there something you’re struggling with or something you’re excited about? Get it all written down and clear your head.

Snow Day

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We got our first big snowfall of the year this week and I had a day off of work, so I decided to grab my camera and head to a park near my house to grab some shots. It was such a nice way to spend a couple of hours. There was that quiet that always comes with the snow (I also didn’t see a single other person so that probably had something to do with it too) and it just felt really peaceful, wandering around on my own with just my camera.

I really like how they turned out so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

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