Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mixtape Monday: Autumn Skies

"and all at once summer collapsed into fall" - Oscar Wilde

Bring on the 60 degree weather and crunchy, folksy music. 

1. Bad Blood - Ryan Adams (off his reinterpretation of 1989, which I gotta say I like more than TSwift's)
2. Love Like Ghosts - Lord Huron
3. Crash Years - The New Pornographers
4. Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves (I've officially purchased a contemporary country album. But this girl is real cool y'all. Kinda late on this gravy train.)
5. Timothy - The Tallest Man On Earth
6. Somebody to Love - Kacey Musgraves
7. Death with Dignity - Sufjan Stevens
8. Midnight on the Interstate - Trampled by Turtles
9. Bury, Bury, Bury Another - Rilo Kiley
10. England Skies - Shake Shake GO
11. Belated Promise Ring - Iron and Wine
12. Margret vs. Pauline - Neko Case

Sunday, September 13, 2015

{Grown-Up} Noodle-O's

{Grown-Up} Noodle-O's {Grown-Up} Noodle-O's
My mom would always get me Spaghetti O's whenever I had a babysitter. When I first tried this recipe I was immediately brought back to the 90's. I consider this a grown-up version because of the addition of real sausage and some veggies (I also used whole wheat pasta). 
Childhood comfort in a bowl right here. 
{Grown-Up} Noodle-O's

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kurt Pio

How cool are these faceted diamond paintings by South African artist Kurt Pio!? I love the hip, modern take on something so traditional. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mixtape Monday: Vitamin Sea

A little bittersweet about summer coming to an end. 
It's been a while since I've swam in some salt water. I miss that. Lake Michigan just isn't the same. 

 and Happy Labor Day! Even though there's a couple weeks still till autumn, here's an end of summer playlist....

1. Mountain At My Gates - Foals (loving their new album, this track is my favorite - kinda 90's)
2. I Can Change - Brandon Flowers
3. Higher - Kate Boy
4. PPP - Beach House (loving their new album as well)
5. All My Heart - The Mynabirds
6. Various Storms & Saints - Florence + The Machine
7. The Soul Serene - Villagers
8. Wildflower - Beach House
9. Tangible / Intangible - Fly Golden Eagle
10. One Foot - The Mynabirds
11. Happiest Man on Earth - Broken Back
12. Fool for Love - Lord Huron
13. Gibraltar - Beirut

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Vik and Reykjavík, Iceland: Days 9 & 10

vik vik
cave built for a superhero
vik vik
Ha! I knew recapping Iceland would take all the way until September. And I still can't believe it was 4 months ago. Wow.

Day 9: Since the winds were so bad the night before, we headed back out to the beach and finally got some shots of the 3 trolls and basalt columns. Several reasons to go back to Iceland - see puffins. We were there too early in the season, but Vik is supposedly a good place to see them.
We made the drive back to Reykavik and stocked up on things to bring back to the states (CANDY, or scandies, and mustard to recreate Icelandic hot dogs at home). Vern booked us a night at this super neat and very historical Airbnb. That night we met up with one of Vern's friends from Denmark and barhopped, going back to the bar from the week before hoping the same awesome bartenders would be there. They weren't. That night became a blur after a certain point. Lots of drinks. Lots of American songs. Lots of Germans. Vern and I both agree that night should have ended much earlier than it did. But c'est la vie, right?

Day 10: Last day :( Vern and I barely get ourselves together to get some b'fast over at Kex Hostel and head over to the airport for my flight home. She got to stay an extra night and hang out with the awesome bartenders. They were sipping on G&T's while I was eating a lame salad at the Boston airport. NEXT TIME! Cause there will be a next time.

Summary post on Iceland/2015/life coming soon.
Vern and the sea
vik vik
dogs wow air
gourmet hot dogs // floating icebergs in the Atlantic, somewhere between Greenland and Canada

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sweet Potato Pecan Tacos

Sweet Potato Pecan Tacos
As summer is coming to an end, I highly recommend making these Sweet Potato Pecan Tacos before the season closes. 
I followed this recipe verbatim (save for the sumac and jalapeno) and used guacamole instead of avocados (I'm too impatient to let them ripen). 

What are you cookin' up these last few dog days of summer?
Sweet Potato Pecan Tacos

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

A U G U S T 
new music!

1. Animal - HAERTS (amazing running song)

2. Midnight Sun - Kate Boy (reminds me of Iceland)

3. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala (groovy)

4. Hiding - Florence + The Machine

5. Wildfire - The Mynabirds (loving their new album,  Lovers Know - a cosmic, romantic wander through the desert)

6. Los Angeles - The Bird and The Bee (sexy, simple)

7. Northeast - Violents (for fans of: London Grammar and Sucre)

8. Loud Places (feat. Romy) - Jamie xx

9. Feathers and Wax - Vicktor Taiwò

10. High by the Beach - Lana Del Rey (her new song, perfection)

11. Velveteen - The Mynabirds ("am I real yet?")

12. Feel You - Julia Holter (for fans of: Florence + the Machine and Joanna Newsom)

13. Magnetized - Wilco (off their new FREE album)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vatnajökull & Hjörleifshöfði, Iceland: Day 8

The largest glacier in Iceland! 
Vatnajökull Vatnajökull Vatnajökull Vatnajökull
Day 8 began with what I like to call an Easter morning breakfast (breakfast consisting of purely chocolates and candy). That's all we had in the car. Life on the road in Iceland gets rough, what can I say. 
On a sugar high, we walked ON a glacier - Vatnajökull. We took the self-guided geological tour that warned us of quicksand (it does exist) and collapsing ice caves. 
For lunch,we ate the same lamb burger from the night before at the gas station (it was just too good) and made our way towards Vik. 
We saw this cliff from the road that just sort of jutted out of the black sandy shore. It looked out of place, but then again Iceland is basically another planet. Upon further investigation we discovered it was a legit hiking trail with informational boards and all.  Read all about the very interesting and mysterious history of Hjörleifshöfði here. What you do need to know is that it's where one of the first settler's of Iceland is buried and that its HAUNTED. Yes, it's a haunted mountain where supernatural things are supposed to happen. If you know me and my childhood interests, you would know that this is right up my alley. 
Unfortunately, nothing spooky happened, but it was the STEEPEST hike of my life. I had to stop every few minutes just to catch my breath. At the top was sooo windy and I was winded. But the spectacular view was well worth it. 
It started to sprinkle on our way down. 
Finally made it to Guesthouse Renyir in Vik, our stay for the night. 
We tried to go to the beach and take some pictures but there was 50 mph winds and rain so we went to dinner instead at Halldorskaffi (one of two restaurants open in town). We got our favorite Settler's pizza (four cheese pizza with jam) and enjoyed it over some drinks. 
view from the top of Hjörleifshöfði 
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði
Vern in a cave! 
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði
tomb of viking settler
Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði Hjörleifshöfði

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Breakfast Popsicles

Breakfast Popsicles Breakfast Popsicles
Apart from ice cream, these Breakfast Popsicles are the 2nd best thing to have for breakfast in the summertime.
I made mine with some peaches, blueberries, plain yogurt jazzed up with some lemon juice and honey, and a little granola

Bonus: they're pretty too
Breakfast Popsicles Breakfast Popsicles

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Life Lately... {Chicago and beyond}

wall gay
neon wall
colors of Chicago

A LOT has happened in the last couple of months.
Besides traveling to Iceland, I've...

 Moved into a studio apartment in Lincoln Square and am now living by myself for the first time in my life (studio tour coming soon). 
In the spring, I met a boy on tinder and now he is my boyfriend. Michael is my first boyfriend (I'm 26) and I think I'm the happiest I've ever been. He's also my best bud. 
Went to my first Chicago wedding with Michael.
Won a free trip to Vegas (happening in the fall) and met the beautiful Brandon Flowers in the process. 
Obsessed over Florence + the Machine's new album.
Turned 26 and have thus started paying for my own insurance (oh joy) - health and home. 
Went home to ATL for a wedding shower/bachelorette weekend celebrating one of my best friends from high school. 
Purchased lots of concert tickets for the upcoming months. 
Got strep throat (a first). 
Went to my first Sox game. 
Started writing sketches for my Second City graduation show.

That's just skimming the surface. It's crazy to think how much my life has changed in the last 5 months...
boston boston
Was in Boston for a day before my flight to Iceland. Stayed with one of my close improv friends who lives there. I LOVED BOSTON. I want to go back and spend some more time there.
My main lady, Frida, painted on my fave empanada shop.
sunset BRANDON
Met Brandon Flowers through some Vegas promotion (and won a free trip), we're seeing him in Sept at the Riviera. Could not be more excited! 
peri sox mom 
Halloween '97: Ginger Spice and her mom
:) angel speakeasy michael
a 20's speakeasy themed Bachelorette // Michael n Me
vineyard spring
vineyards in Georgia // springtime in Chicago
spring dad
blossoms // Virginia beach as a kid
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