Santa, aka my boyfriend, was very good to me this year. In passing, I mentioned I would love to owe a record player one day. What did Santa do? He made that wishful thinking become reality. (He got me the Audio Technica AT-LP60 which you can find here and it’s perfect record player for newbies)
To be honest, it’s a perfect gift for anyone because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. (Albums for birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries, heck why not even St. Patrick’s Days?!) This past weekend, I went on my first record store exploration and realized I could do it every weekend. Believe me, you’ll be jealous of my collection…one day.
I knew right away I wanted my first purchase to be a classic rock album. The only problem—my overexcited self wanted to buy everything once I stepped foot into Amoeba Music. I went in with no game plan and started looking at every rock album under the letter ‘A’. Once I spent about 30 minutes and realized I was only halfway through ‘B’, I knew it was time to get my game face on.
The beau and I decided to start with two albums each. I opted for “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones and “This is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem. “Sticky Fingers’’ took me a while to decide on, I knew I wanted a Rolling Stones album but didn’t know which one. So I asked myself, “What song do I want to listen to right now?” I knew the answer: “Wild Horses”. I am very pleased with my decision there and think that is the approach I will take moving forward with all of my LP purchases. They only had the Spanish version which I thought was hilarious and a perfect anecdote to my first record purchase experience. Next, I stumbled onto “This Is Happening” and knew I’d be dancin’ myself clean with my new record player. The deed was done.
The beau landed on “Dark Side of the Moon” and Led Zeppelin’s “IV” (you can see where his head was at). We ran home immediately and spent the whole afternoon listening to all of our purchases. I have to say, record players truly do revitalize the music listening experience. In our world of over consumption, we’re constantly looking for what’s next, what’s new—and believe me I’m guilty of this too. We loose sight of the story artists are trying to tell us by chopping up their music and not exploring the depth of their album. Listening to an album from beginning to end is a therapeutic. It allows you to loose yourself in the album and stop thinking “what should I put on next?” and just listen. Because common, sometimes all you need is to sit back, relax, and listen to some groovy tunes.
Everyone’s talking about Solange’s wedding but can we talk about Jenna Lyons’ outfit? Creative Director of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons, never ceases to amaze. This outfit is total inspiration to ‘think differently’ when putting together an outfit. I, like most people, fall into the same trap of outfit after outfit all looking the same. This match-up of fur, feathers, and a button up t-shirt is polished, chic and effortless all in one.
Don’t worry Solange, all of your outfits were still killer.
You know you had a good weekend when you’re still reminiscing Tuesday morning. This past weekend I went camping at this awesomely beautiful campsite on the northern coast called Ocean Cove. I love camping because it forces me to shut off my stressing mind and enjoy time with close friends. Even though I’m somewhat of a camping newb, I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked.
This weekend was especially fun because I got to play around with my new(ish) camera that my Dad let me steal from him. We were right on the cliffs, so we got to watch sea lions basking basking in the sun, sea otters playing in the water, and lots of really cool rock formations on the cliff. The cherry on top was watching the sunset which I was too wrapped up in to even get a snapshot! It was an honestly amazing trip all around.
One trick I want to share: I LOVE campfires, but don’t love the campfire smell in my hair once I’m long gone from the campground. Mix juice from a fresh lemon and water and spritz into hair, or squeeze directly on like I did, and the smokey-ness will be gone before you know it!
Time to start planning the next camping trip!
Goodbye summer. It has been a pleasure, and most certainly a whirlwind, but this girl is looking forward to a change of pace and wardrobe too.
With 2015 Spring/Summer Fashion Week kicking off today, I’ve recapped what I’m looking forward to shaping my upcoming fall wardrobe around.
All Over Knits
Let’s be honest, chunky knits will always be a hit in the fall/winter seasons. Crank up the volume on this look by dawning it head to toe. Go bright and bold or subtle and delicate, but either way it’s time to stalk up on chunky knits.
Céline, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and Haider Ackermann
I have been all about nudes this summer and cant wait to keep the muted tones going on through fall. This look is flawless and simple all at the same time.
Mini skirts, pastel colors and trapeze dresses will give a winter wardrobe the fresh facelift it needs. Pair with patent knee-high boots and you’ll be totally sweet in your Sixties inspired get-up.
Mui Mui, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Gucci
This is a hemline that I think is absolutely flattening on just about anyone. It’s elegant, classy and perfect for day and night.
I have been on the hunt for a fur coat for some time now and these looks only solidify how killer an over-the-top fur coat can make any outfit. It’s chic in every way.
Fendi, Vfiles, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana
Sixties prints are back for winter and updated with a modern twist. Silky dresses in vintage prints give a true Sixties feel while making your winter wardrobe extra vibrant.
Prada, Chloé, Valentino
What are your favorite trends you’re looking forward to wearing this fall?