Monday, April 25, 2016

Chelsea Lankes

There's a new indie popstress in town and she goes by the name of Chelsea Lankes. She's a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with an electronic sound and whispery vocals that you enjoy having stuck in your head. She just released a 4 track self-titled EP that's got everyone talking. Her latest single Paralyzed describes a budding romance and all the mixed feelings it tends to generate - passion, fear, happiness and insecurity. I know I've experienced something like this before and it's nice to know that I'm not alone in the world thanks to Lankes. Give it a spin below and be sure to keep an eye out for this new star.

Friday, April 22, 2016


This weekend marks the second weekend of Coachella. One of these years I'll get over my fear (like T. Swift) and purchase tickets. 

While I may not be jetting off to the desert to attend the ultimate boho-flower-crowned-fringe-suede-denim-short-shorts-celebrity-packed weekend, I can still dream of one day attending. Each year it seems that the music festival pulls out all the stops and brings in a huge headliner plus noteworthy new bands. The crowds continue to rise because each passing year seems better than the last.

I'd thought I'd take my own spin on the festival, with the help of my friends over at Tickpick, and create the ultimate swoon-worthy lineup. It's jam packed with all of my all-time favorite bands and artists. I also created a the best playlist featuring my favorite tunes from each of them. Check it out below:

Fauxchella 2016 Playlist

If you missed out on Coachella this year, don't forget to head on over to Tickpick and snag a fee-free concert tickets. If sports are more your thing they have NFL and NHL tickets as well. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Wild WIld

Is it Summer yet? We've all been longing for warmer days ahead and it seems like this week we are about to get a nice dose of sunshine. Warmer temperatures always bring the need for weekend getaways and vacations to far off destinations.

I've been recently thinking about making travel plans this Summer with one of my best friends from childhood, Virginia, and I think it is finally time I pulled the trigger. Eons ago, we used to spend the Summers together doing musical theater and playing on the beach.We've never taken an adventure together and I think 2016 is our year to do it. Plus, I've already got our road anthem from a band called The Wild Wild. Benjamin Dunn's latest single "When We Were Young" revels in nostalgia and gives the listener a glossy upbeat melody about youth and the days of Summer past. His indie tune makes me reminisce about my childhood friendship with Virginia and brings a big smile to my face.

Take a spin below. Have fun trying to get this little number out of your head after the first listen, because its infectiousness is no joke. Don't worry, you will be much better off because of it, enjoy ladies and gents.

The Wild Wild - When We Were Young

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bow and Drape

The best kept secret in New York is this little company called Bow & Drape. The brands motto is to inspire smart, stylish women to make a powerful statement. Yes please! They are like no other brand on the market. For one, the company loves to celebrate self-expression and provides their customers with easy-to-use tools to play with fashion and create art. They praise their customers because they are inventive, a little bit cheeky, and they know who they are. Each item plays off of their personality and is made to order in the USA. They let you make the statement, both literally or figuratively. 

Head on over to their website and browse their funnest sayings or customize your own. Just peeking into their Instagram handle, their are some funny women out there making a statement. Can't decide if I'm going to purchase a best seller or be an inventive women and create my own internet sensation. Take a look at some of my favorites. Which one catches your eye and makes you smile?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Waitress the Musical

Last weekend, some close friends and I saw the new musical Waitress. The musical is based off of the 2007 indie flick staring my favorite leading lady Kerri Russel. The musical is "baked from the heart" with music and lyrics by one of my favorite singer/songwriters Sara Bareilles. If you're a big fan of her work, then you will absolutely enjoy this performance. Plus it features powerhouse Jessie Mueller of "Beauitful: The Carole King Musical" fame. 

The official cast recording has yet to be released; however, Bareilles has made an entire album featuring songs from the musical. It's been on repeat since last Sunday in my apartment and there are no signs of me ever turning it off. Check out my favorite tune below and then immediately head to the box office to see this delightful show.

Check out my other musical's I can't wait to see this Broadway 2016 season

Friday, April 8, 2016

8 Top Greeting Cards

My love for sending a handwritten note runs deep. There's nothing like coming home to your mailbox to find a birthday greeting, a thanks/congrats or 'just because' note from a close friend or loved one. I love receiving and/or giving a greeting card for almost any occasion. I've rounded up my top 8 favorite greeting cards to have your recipient grinning from ear to ear. The next time you need to send someone some cheer, cancel out the cop out text and/or Facebook post and send some mail via the pony express. Your friends can thank me later.

1. I Like You I Love You Card, People I've Loved, $5.00

2. Bieber Card, Diamond Donatello, $4.89

3. Ryan Gosling Hey Girl Card, The Card Architect, $3.50

4. Baby Bump Ahead Card, Smudge Ink $4.50

5. After School Special Card, Tayham $5.00

6. I've Got Your Back Card, Paula & Waffle, $4.50

7. Birthday Card, A Zillion Dollars, $5.00

8. OMG Engagement Card, A Jar of Pickles, $4.50

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Marimekko for Target

I am ready for Spring, but it seems like we are never going to get out of this cold tundra. Target's thinking how I'm thinking, and has got Spring on their mind. Watch out, cause they're packing quite a mighty punch with their latest seasonal collaboration featuring Finnish design house Marimekko.

Launching on April 17th, the collection features over 200 boldly-printed items. The line includes swimwear, coverups, poolside accessories, and an enormous offering of home decor goods. You can shop for kites, table settings, and boogie boards all in one swoop. Opening price point starts at $8 and tops out at $500 (average pieces are all under $50). Check out my favorite pieces below and then get your wallet ready for mid April.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ben Phipps Feat. Ashe

First it was all about Calvin Harris and now a new producer is climbing the ranks, meet Ben Phipps. He's a 25 year old from Stockholm and is pretty awesome I may add. His passion for music started at a young age as he grew up in a family of musicians. In 2012, he chose to continue building his craft while attending school in the US. This further opened doors and opportunities of gaining new skill sets, connections and exciting combinations in sounds. Over the last few years, he splits his time between NYC and Canada continuing to refine his craft, songs and style.

His latest endeavor filled with infectious beats and the luscious vocals of Ashe has got me gearing up for warmer weather and city escapes. Listen and see for yourself and don't forget to add this to your weekend adventures.

Ben Phipps - Alive