Friday, June 21, 2013

Road Tripping Playlist.

As I've mentioned in so many other posts (since music posts seem to be more of a recurring theme for me as of late), I love making playlists. My iPhone and iPod (because I'm ridiculous and need both) have countless playlists created for any and every occasion, and considering the 12,000+ songs on my computer, there is quite the variety.

As much as I love filling a playlist up with as many songs as possible, to me, making a mix CD is something I can't let go of. There's something about coming up with the perfect mix of songs when your options are limited to 80 minutes per CD that adds in an element of excitement and challenge.

For my friend Rob's upcoming birthday weekend camping trip (on our own island!) to Lake George, NY - a 3.5 hour trip - I've already started creating a mix CD for Edwin and I to listen to on our drive up together. I'm ridiculous with playlists - to me, it's not a simple throwing songs together and then having that be it. I am meticulous about picking the right music, having it flow in a specific order - music is an integral part of a road trip, and so it's definitely something that I throw myself into (plus the school year is winding down, so now I need a new project). 

To me, a perfect road trip playlist has a mix of everything - old school (you NEED those ones where it's like, "Oh my god, I forgot about that song!"), popular/catchy, hip hop (bonus points for old school hip hop), and just about anything that's easy and fun.

So, here is my official Lake George 2013 Road Trip Playlist.

1. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake.
Because every playlist needs Justin on it.. and come on, this one has summer in the title. What could be more fitting for a summer road trip?

2. 12 Fingers - Young the Giant
I have a serious love of Young the Giant, and this is such a catchy, upbeat song.

3. The General Specific - Band of Horses.
Another peppy, upbeat song that is perfect when the windows are down (or up, I don't discriminate).

4. Baby I'm Yours - Breakbot ft. Irfane
Breakbot and summer are an unbeatable combination. Part electro and part 80's freestyle, he is perfect.

5. Flowers inYour Hair - The Lumineers
I have been listening to The Lumineers nonstop as I lounge by my pool. This song is about 2 minutes long, but is just so cute.

6. Da Rockwilder - Methodman and Redman

7. Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
One of my friends calls the new Daft Punk album "elevator music," but I think this one is catchy, fun, and summery.

8. Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie

9. Down the Line - Jose Gonzalez
I love his music - his voice is hauntingly beautiful.

10. The City - Madeon

11. Do You Love Me? - Guster
Guster is Edwin's favorite, favorite band ever. He's seen them countless times in concert, and on our drive up to Boston, we listened to them for the entire duration. This song is so damn cute and makes me happy (as I try to get into their music since we're seeing them and Ben Folds play together in July!).

12. I'm on a Boat - The Lonely Island
I mean, we're going to be camping on an island and the invite to camp said it was a BYOBB - bring your own beer + boat. I think we have 2 or 3 boats and a jet ski for the weekend - my friends are badass.

Plus, the video is hysterical.

13. King City - Swim Deep

14. Fantasy - Breakbot ft. Ruckazoid

15. Love Stoned/I Think She Knows - Justin Timberlake
Another winner, and it switches up the beat so much that you don't really notice how long it is. In case you can't tell, I love Justin a little bit.

16. 1957 - Milo Greene

17. Six Weeks - Of Monsters and Men

18. Just a Friend - Biz Markie
I mean, come on. Is there anything better than this song?

19. Rattle (Original Mix) - Bingo Players

What are your road trip must plays? (My dad's necessity is Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and Kanye's "Power" - we start almost every road trip with one of the two playing).

Currently: Getting ready to LEAVE FOR LAKE GEORGE! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Shabby Apple Makes Vintage Simple.

I remember when I was six or seven years old, and I was exploring at my Poppy's house. He lived in a huge, 8 bedroom home, so there were tons of places to explore, and even as an adult, I was convinced there were rooms that I never actually went into. I so clearly can remember pushing open a door to a closet, and just staring and being in awe. It was a closet filled with Nana's vintage dresses, left to collect dust after she passed away, in a closet that even Poppy probably forgot was filled with these treasures. 

I think it was looking at the old pictures of my beautiful Nana and seeing how she was immaculately dressed, from the time that she was a young woman up until she passed away far too young from breast cancer. 

I've been afraid to try the vintage look - I mix pieces here and there (I have a beloved YSL ring that belonged to my Nana that I cherish), but to go totally vintage scares me beyond measure, especially when you see pictures of Nicole Richie looking flawless.

I'm afraid that I'll look like I'm going to a costume party, versus some of you gorgeous women who have such a flawless sense of style and can make vintage clothing your own. Plus, I've NEVER (seriously, never) had luck at vintage shops - things hang on me and I can't envision them being tailored and looking flattering, so I leave them on the racks, sad that this is a trend I seem unable to pull off. 

Shabby Apple takes away some of the challenge of finding gorgeous, vintage-inspired dresses and outfits. I'd heard of Shabby Apple through various blogging friends, and was always so jealous of  the ones who were contacted by Shabby Apple to feature some of their designs, but now I get to join the club and brag about my fantastic opportunity with Shabby Apple, which will result in a very infrequent outfit post by moi at a later date (but not too much later!). 

Especially now with a ton of weddings and events coming up, I'm looking for something gorgeous and unique to wear, and Shabby Apple definitely fits the bill. All of these beautiful pieces can be found via Shabby Apple, many for under $100! (And with a mortgage payment and grown up responsibilities, plus a new found love of tri-weekly produce shopping trips, finding things that are chic and very affordable is my new thing).

Here are some of my pieces from the super easy-to-navigate Shabby Apple site. 

Knave of Hearts and Golden Afternoon dress (left to right).
Knave of Hearts dressGolden Afternoon dress

Hyannis skirt.
Hyannis nautical skirt

Santa Monica vintage polka dot sheath and Toe the Line chambray dress (which makes me want to be on a boat).
Santa MonicaToe the Line dress

Bistro and Foxglove blouses.
Bistro blouseFoxglove blouse

The beautiful and elegant Tiber dress that I think is tres chic (and I'm usually not one for boatnecks!).

Elizabeth Islands maxi dress (one of my favorites!).
Elizabeth Islands maxi 1

First Dance and Academy Award skirt.
First Dance skirtAcademy Award skirt

Rhapsody dress (which reminds me of something a Middleton would wear) and the Belle de Jour dress.
Rhapsody dressBelle de Jour

Maid of Honor gown - which you may see on moi very soon, hint hint.
Maid of Honor

Blossom skirt (so Carrie Bradshaw) and Jetty skirt.
Blossom skirtJetty skirt

I could honestly go into major picture overload on all the amazing items offered by Shabby Apple - they're gorgeous and unique enough that you don't have to worry about being a duplicate of someone else at your summer event. They also offer accessories and other gorgeous pieces - enough to inspire an entire post! 

Are you a Shabby Apple fan? How do you work vintage looks into your outfits - any tips are VERY highly welcomed, since while I'm inspired, I'm still reluctant.

What is your favorite piece from Shabby Apple? Share if I missed any good ones!

Currently listening to: Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell  (I am the only one out of my friends who likes this song - they have no taste).