Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer To Do List

With Summer in full swing this week (starting yesterday), I thought I'd take a stab at my plans for the next few months. Similar to the post I did for Spring, here is my Summer to do list. It's chocked full of exciting activities and adventures. I can't wait to cross them all off my list. What are your Summer plans in 2016?

Free Activities:
  • Movie in Bryant Park. I haven't seen a movie in Bryant Park since my early days of living in NYC. It is a FREE and FUN activity that should not go missed. Check out the movie line-up this Summer brought to everyone by HBO. Who's down for seeing "The Omen" on July 18th?
  • Concert in Prospect Park. Another freebie activity is setting up a picnic blanket and heading over to Prospect Park to "celebrate Brooklyn" with a free concert in Prospect Park. I'm hoping to catch Josh Ritter on July 8th. Check out the other artists taking the stage in the next couple of months.
    Healthy Activities:
    • Find a new workout class. Every since my recent running injury, I've vowed to take better care of my health and look into exercises that are non-running induced. This is a HUGE challenge for me, but I determined to find a solution. I am totally open for suggestions. What are some workout classes that you enjoy? 

    Sing-A-Long Activities:
    • Score tickets to Biebs concert. Last Summer, I saw T. Swift in concert and it was absolutely everything. I'm looking at you this Summer Bieber because I simply can't get enough of the Purpose album. You know you want to sing a long to "Sorry" with 18,00 other people at MSG. Who's with me?
    Squad Activities:
      • Squad Night Out On The Town. I would love to get dressed up, head to a fancy dinner, and end with a dance party one night this Summer. There are a handful of restaurants that I have yet to try on the UWS and I think this would be the perfect occasion. 

      Monday, June 20, 2016

      Maggie Rogers

      Maggie Rogers, a NYU student, has just soared to the top of her class. Her infectious single "Alaska" debuted during a Master Class with Pharrell and a booming artist was born. "I've never heard anyone like you before, and I've heard anything that sounds like that," Pharrell said, after he had "absolutely no notes" for the piece. "That's a drug for me."

      She crafts her songs from personal experiences - a spiritual journey abroad or from a hike gathering a sound bank of birds and noises for rhythm. The song mixes her folk, banjo roots and pairs perfectly with an EDM sound and I can't get enough of it.

      Take a listen below and be prepared to be floored just like Pharrell.

      Monday, June 13, 2016

      Band of Horses

      Band of Horses frontman, Ben Bridwell is just a regular dad. He's got a lovely house with a pool, a swing set, an outdoor trampoline (yes please), and four adorable daughters. He is basically living the life or that's what I gather from his band's newest video "Whatever, Wherever." It's a beautifully soothing single which debuted a couple weeks ago and has me feeling "all the feels." Shared from their forthcoming album Why Are You Ok, this feel-good ballad got me dreaming of family bbqs, campfires, and laying out by the pool in the Summer. Enjoy!

      Wednesday, June 8, 2016

      Gingham Girl

      What used to be a print associated with picnic baskets and Dorothy, is now a staple across all different silhouettes and accessories.  This Summer season, it seems as if every designer is going "ga ga" for gingham. To get your country bumpkin fix, choose from a plethora of fun colors, shapes, and sizes. I'll take one of each for my Summer wardrobe. See my top nine favorites below and get that picnic blanket ready.

      Mixed Gingham Sandals with Ankle Wrap, J.Crew $238

      Bandana Printed Gingham, Bzany $2

      Gingham Earrings, Etsy $9

      Gingham Blue Clutch, Acommpany US, $42

      White The Poppy Gingham Swimsuit, Solid & Striped $160

      Triump Gingham Sneakers, KEDS $31 (on sale)

      Karina Gingham Dress, J.Crew $140

      Gingham Notebook, Zazzle $14.50

      Gingham Cat-Eyed Sunglasses, Mink Pink $24.00 (on sale)

      Monday, June 6, 2016

      The Staves

      This past Friday, Amazon Prime released Songs of Summer,  a compilation album with contributions from Baio, Brandi Carlile, my favorite whispering vocal trio The Staves a handful of many many more.  This harmony filled powerhouse included their rendition of Death Cab For Cutie's "Photobooth" - which happens to be one of my all-time favorite songs from my all-time favorite band. 

      It's a beautiful synth-infused version of the classic tune that pulls at your heartstrings in all the right places. Head on over to Amazon to stream for yourself and purchase for just $1.29. After a few spins, you'll be saying Death Cab who?

      Friday, May 20, 2016

      Dare to Decorate: Studio Proba

      For this month's Dare to Decorate installment, I bring you , the ever so talented Alex Proba of Studio Proba. Back in 2014, Proba came home from her day job and sat down for 30 minutes at night and created a poster graphic on her computer. With each poster she either manipulated found images or from shapes and/or patterns that she created on her own. I believe that "A Poster A Day" is the kind of experiment that every creative person should dabble in at some point in their life. Making a poster became the last thing she did before she headed to bed - like the routine of brushing one's teeth. At the end, the finish product was a visual diary - a narrative each day through a poster.

      She has since graduated from this project and now focuses her attention on a plethora of other products, graphics, environmental furniture design and artwork. I've been recently stalking her Instagram and am pretty much obsessed with everything she creates. Even though "A Poster A Day" is no more, you can still purchase these prints on her website. I think these prints would be so adorable in one's kitchen or bathroom. Check out my favorites below, do you agree?

      To check out other Dare to Decorate posts look to Leif, Furbish Studio, and August Morgan.