Friday, April 17, 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015


This is what I wore on Easter because as a child my Mother conditioned me to believe that holiday's were for pretty dresses. Easter is obviously a pastel holiday so I was thrilled when I got this dress in the mail from a swap. I've also worn it a few other times because I like to get lots of wear out of new items just to make sure they're as good as I believed.

Abby, Rachel, and I are gearing up for our next seasonal clothing swap. We've been regularly hosting swaps during each season (except Winter because damn our Ohio roads) and it's been incredibly fun to bring so many ladies together. I'm also into any event that allows for new-to-me free clothes. If you live in Akron or surrounding areas and want to come, let me know -- I'll give you all the info.

This weekend I saw one of my favorite bands, River City Extension. They mean the world to me. They're such an incredible group of humans and it has been a true pleasure to be their friends. As well as see their personal and musical growth. Please, whatever you're doing, take a moment to listen to them.

Friday, April 10, 2015

An album or two

Part of my disinterest I shared in my last post (about blogging) stems from the fact that style is a very small portion of what makes me happy. I mean, style makes me SUPER overall happy to exist. But I'm not a fashion guru or anything of that sort. I don't have a shopping addiction. Nor do I stalk celebrity style. I'm just a girl who likes looking nice. Plus I happen to photograph well. It all works out, ya' know? But my passion lies within music, television, good books, and even better coffee. I've been desperately trying over the years to think of a way to incorporate more music into my blog content. None of it has worked because well, people don't read style blogs for music. Music, however, makes me happier that just about anything else in the world. So, here's my attempt at sharing some of my love with you. I get most of my music recommendations from the Internet or friends...and we're both so...

Pela -- Anytown Graffiti

I casually asked some friends where they got their band name from. They told me that it was mostly inspired by a song on this record. My curiosity was peaked and I had to listen. Pela only released this record, broke up, and reformed as Augustine's. I don't love Augustine's, but I love this record from start-to-finish. My favorite thing about music is the lyrics. I get words and so, I worship bands with solid songwriting. This is one of those records. The words are so brilliantly strung together that I get a little weepy thinking about how I didn't write them. There aren't many bands that I listen to that sound like Pela and I get super pumped and happy when I absorb their energy. Plus they had a song on Veronica Mars. Sold.

Song(s) to Listen to: "Lost to the Lonesome" or "Drop Me Off"

Hop Along -- Get Disowned

I discovered Hop Along by chance and I really can't imagine my life without them in it. Frances Quinlan has a voice unlike anything I've ever heard. Her lyrics are as powerful as her voice and the band is a little on the heavier side which creates this very intense and emotionally driven musical experience. I get so lost in the beauty of her voice that I often can't find my way out.

Their next record comes out next month on Saddle Creek and I kind of feel like they could be the biggest band in the world.

Song(s) to Listen to: "Laments" or "Tibetan Pop Star"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trouble With River Cities

I've been thinking a lot lately about how every single person in the world has a blog. If you see a group of well dressed ladies, chances are at least one of them has a style blog. There's nothing special about seeing some random person wearing clothes on the internet. I realize this. It's over done and at this point, it's kind of boring. Bloggers don't leave comments like they use to. Everyone is trying to "make" it and now it's a competitive rat race of C/O clothes. I think part of this also stems from the over saturation on social media and the idea that bloggers are brands, not people. When bloggers started getting famous and already famous people started style blogs — it all just sorta lost meaning. I still very much enjoy blogging, but I miss the heart and the connection that got us all here in the first place. I've taken a huge step back this Winter from blogging. No formal hiatus, but drastically less than before.

I recently deleted Facebook off my phone and turned off Twitter notifications and it's been the best couple of weeks. Internet detoxes are important for the mind. I'm feeling better about blogging, the internet and the state of my wardrobe. But I also think part of that is the sunshine. Boy, has my soul needed the sun.

This dress is a recent addition to my wardrobe and it's so perfect. I would wear it all day every day if I could.

My sister took these photos. She does not understand "full body" shots and probably hates when I beg her to snap a few shots. But she's a good sport. So thanks, Nicole!