Friday, April 24, 2015

Meg Fee

This woman has a way with words.
Meg Fee's blog, The Wild and Wily Ways of a Brunette Bombshell, has been a daily read of mine for several years now, and I think I'd be a little starstruck if I ever met her. She just gets it - being single in the city, figuring out what you want to do with your life, body issues, the importance of treating yourself to a full-fat latte, good music. 
Somewhere in one of her brilliant posts, a quote will resonate with me and I write it down on a piece of paper and hang it above my desk. 
Currently: "I am investing in radical self-love right now."

If you've never read her work, you're in for a delicious surprise, there's years on years of posts. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mixtape Monday: blossoming, blooming


This collection of songs has that blossoming, warm, promise-filled sound about them. 
A playlist for spring:

1. Us - Regina Spektor
2. Ya Hey - Vampire Weekend
3. Sagres - Tallest Man on Earth
4. April Fools - Rufus Wainwright
5. No Return - Sucre
6. Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
7. Jessica - Regina Spektor
8. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
9. Beginning to Feel the Years - Brandi Carlile
10. Cold Hard Truth - Elenowen
11. Ark Song - Matt Costa
12. All of Me Wants All of You - Sufjan Stevens
13. The Yawning Grave - Lord Huron
14. I Think Ur a Contra - Vampire Weekend

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Living Room Pins {Pinterest}

Re-arranged my apartment the other day, and by re-arranging I mean, re-styled my shelves and such. These pictures have been giving me major home inspo lately. 
above: I dream of one day owning a blue velvet couch. {source / pin it} // great gallery wall {source / pin it}
below: MUST FIND THAT JENNY POSTER{pin it} // I love taxidermy, in a single girls apartment it's more quirky than creepy, right? {source / pin it}

above: Amazing, space saving bookshelves{source / pin it} // functional room divider {source / pin it}
below: her apartment is perfection {source / pin it} // {source / pin it}

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Still Want You by Brandon Flowers

My favorite Mormon is back with fresh, new music - and a stylish new video to boot. 
*universal sigh for Brandon's crooked smile... *
Thanks be to Joseph Smith.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mixtape Monday: What I'm Listening to and Why

Morning train commute favorites:

1. The Co-Dependent - Sia

2. Blue - Marina and The Diamonds (Loving her latest album, FROOT. These lyrics are highly relatable too.)

3. Sound of Erasing - Rubblebucket (a beachy St. Vincent)

4. I Can Do No Wrong - American Wrestlers (makes me want summer)

5. I'm Ready - Geographer

6. Attention Seeker - Etiquette (sleek, smooth)

7. Nothing But a Heartbeat - Say Lou Lou (stuck in my head)

8. Where Scars Don't Show - Cold Mailman

9. Find Me Out - ACES

10. I'm a Ruin - Marina and The Diamonds

11. Taken - Young Summer

12. Lake Shrine - Kisses (Washed Out meets Tennis)

13. St. Jude - Florence  + The Machine (really digging all the singles she's releasing off her upcoming album)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

{Homemade} Vegetarian Chipotle Bowls

-Homemade- Vegetarian Chipotle Bowls
Yes, we all know that guac is extra.

Made these mock Chipotle bowls a few weeks ago and am wondering why I don't make these every week. This is an even healthier version of the fast-casual favorite, and super budget friendly too. 

-Homemade- Vegetarian Chipotle Bowls
On a baking sheet roast 3 peeled and chopped sweet potatoes with some evoo, sea salt, cumin and cayenne pepper for about 30 min at 375 or until roasted and crispy. While potatoes are cooking, toss together 1 can corn, 1 can black beans and a chopped red onion. To serve, fill bottom of bowl with warm brown rice, top with chopped kale, roasted sweet potatoes, corn and black beans, and sliced avocado. Sprinkle with some sea salt.

serves about 6
-Homemade- Vegetarian Chipotle Bowls

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

on comparing yourself to others

I include myself in the large group of 20 something year old women who constantly compare themselves to other women. But in the last year or so I had an epiphany and that urge to be jealous, even envious, of others has decreased significantly. 

First of all I stopped comparing where I was at success wise, skill wise, relationship wise (or lack there of), because no one's life experiences are linear to someone elses. So what if someone has their peak now? Be happy for them. Wouldn't you want them to be genuinely happy for you?
But, personally, I'd rather peak later.

Plus, we all know that "having it all" idea is a bunch of hooey. There's always something below the surface but we so often only see the heavily filtered versions of "perfect" lives. 

After reading the books of my main women, Amy and Tina, the notion to stop the comparing truly sunk in. I like to think of them as Goddesses in the sky who are always watching and would never want you to be jealous of other women, because that sort of gets in the way of helping and working side-by-side with other women. 

Don't disappoint the Goddesses.

And lastly because of the quote above. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mixtape Monday: Inspired by the 80's, Part Quatre

Modern artists that are clearly inspired by the 80's:

1. Can't Deny My Love - Brandon Flowers (THIS IS MY JAM. I am so pumped about his new solo album. And I am in love with him.)
2. Slowly - Susanne Sundfør (intergalactic)
3. Deena - BRONCHO
4. Slipping Away - Tanlines
5. Trying to Be Cool - Phoenix
6. Never Work for Free - Tennis
7. No One Needs to Know - HAERTS (a perfect prom song)
8. Only the Young - Brandon Flowers
9. Bachelor Kisses - The Radio Dept. 
10. Forgiveness - St. Lucia
11. Freak - Olivver 

Part Un | Deux | Trois

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter {1990}

baby
Easter in the South isn't complete without a baby wearing a bonnet. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Workspace {WeWork}

desk desk desk desk
When I came across WeWork, a coworking company, I was inspired to share my own work space!

My little desk (from World Market) is where all the blogging magic happens. I super wish my desk faced a window, but since the only window in my room has bars and faces a wall, I guess an inspiration board suits my needs better. I currently use a ghost chair for sitting at my desk, but if I worked from home, I'd probably get something a little more practical. 

Here's what I like to have in my work environment:
 - magic markers for my list-making obsession 
- this candle burning
- iced coconut latte from my favorite espresso and empanada bar
- Precise Pilot pens
- MUSIC, which is why I invested in speakers
- scrap paper, I'm still using old papers from college
 - pictures of friends, family, women I admire

 Super cool - WeWork will be opening soon in Chicago
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