The Weekender: 3 January


Here it is, the very first Weekender of 2015. There really wasn’t much in the way of interesting news this week with the New Year rolling in, but I managed to find some fairly interesting tidbits to share.


My Year in Music: 2014


So like I mentioned previously for the next few days all of the posts on the blog are going to be fitting a year end extravaganza theme. Today’s post is my year in music. Yes, all the songs I loved this year whether I’m embarrassed by them or not.  What I’ve learned through this journey is I greatly appreciate a good pop tune from time to time. I’m not really ashamed of my choices for the year end mix. It’s kind of a mixture of different genres which is basically where my taste in music has always been, and many of the songs have been the soundtrack to some very fond memories I will have forever. I guess that idea entirely trumps music snobery. Er… that’s not a word but let’s roll with it. Just a note: the mix is a bigger than normal; running 25 songs long and clocks in at just over an hour and thirty minutes. Bit long, sorry!

Tracklist and streaming links to follow. My favorite albums of the year are coming tomorrow so get excited! See you then!

  1. Salute – Little Mix
  2. Bang Bang – Jessie J featuring Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande
  3. Don’t Tell ‘Em – Jeremih featuring YG
  4. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  5. Where Do Broken Hearts Go – One Direction
  6. Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande featuring the Weeknd
  7. Two Weeks – FKA Twigs
  8. Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift
  9. Begging for Thread – Banks
  10. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  11. She’s Not Me – Jenny Lewis
  12. Good Girls – 5 Seconds of Summer
  13. Drunk In Love – Beyoncé featuing Jay Z
  14. Break the Rules – Charli XCX
  15. Girl Almighty – One Direction
  16. Cecilia & the Satellite – Andrew McMahon & the Wilderness
  17. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  18. Jealous – Nick Jonas
  19. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
  20. Beg For It – Iggy Azalea featuring MO
  21. Robbers – The 1975
  22. Sweatpants – Childish Gambino
  23. Dark Horse – Katy Perry & Juicy J
  24. Rather Be – Clean Bandit & Jess Glyne
  25. God Only Knows – She & Him

Stream on: 8Tracks & Spotify

The Weekender: 29 November


Thanksgiving has come and gone. I can’t say it’s officially Christmas since Christmas arrived three weeks ago according to (nearly) every store, radio station, and small child in the world. I’m happy Christmas is here. There’s just that extra bit of cheer around, and I can’t help but feel a little bit more smiley. Well, unless I’m working on the 2015 calendar I make as gifts. That’s a bit stressful and overwhelming. I mention this strictly because in between finishing up semester assignments and studying a bit, I’ve begun working on said calendars. My goal is to hopefully finish some of my custom made gifts this weekend in order to take part in Shutterfly’s Black Friday sale. I should probably be a bit more organized next year….

The Weekender: 15 November


November Playlist: Fall 2014


A few months ago I was randomly asked if I had a favorite month of the year. I’ve never really given it much thought and after a moment of shock at this entirely strange question, I realized I actually do have a favorite month. So I sheepishly answered, “I suppose November is my favorite.” This began an entirely new line of questioning mainly why I loved November. He naturally assumed it would be because of my birthday or some relevant event. I began to answer with things like Thanksgiving, nice chilly weather, I can wear my mostly dark colored wardrobe without looking like a crazy person, etc. Couldn’t possibly admit to loving November because November always brings a new One Direction album, now could I? No. He was none the wiser to that one.

What does this little story have to do with anything? Well, fall is starting to finally take hold around here, and it’s time for the monthly playlist. Because I love november this theme was simple: cozy fall nights. The nights when it’s just chilly enough to sit in front of a fireplace (or outdoor fire pit around these parts) and have a nice glass of wine. The tunes on this months playlist are from a variety of artists (some popular others not), but it plays perfectly in the background. I personally enjoyed a few listens making my evening meal with a nice glass of wine. So I suppose that’s my listening suggestion, haha.

Tracklisting and links below. Enjoy!

  1. Medicine – The 1975
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. The Funeral – Band of Horses
  4. Under the Table – Banks
  5. Nancy From Now On – Father John Misty
  6. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  7. Heart – MMoths featuring Keep Shelly In Athens
  8. The Fall – The Rhye
  9. All I Want – Kodaline
  10. Backdrifts – Radiohead
  11. Recollection – Keep Shelly In Athens

Spotify / 8Tracks

The Weekender: 18 October


October Mix: Halloween 2014


For as long as I can remember Halloween has been a big deal in my family. Not only for trick or treating, but for every little aspect of the holiday. Is it a holiday? I don’t even know. My family embraces all of it; horror movie marathons, fun size candy bars, and, most importantly, scaring the daylights out of each other with hidden decorations and popping out of dark rooms with masks on. Seriously, I’ll never forget my dad jumping out of the hallway in an ape mask. I cried for 3 days I’m positive.

Every year I make a playlist and this year is no exception. They usually end up containing the same songs because, hey, a classic is a classic, right? But this year I decided just to cut to the chase and make a playlist of the cheesiest, cliche, and greatest Halloween songs. It’s perfect for a party situation or maybe just handing out treats to kids with grubby little hands who feel entirely entitled to candy you purchased with your adult money.

Tracklist and links are below. I also included links to all previous years mixes I made public. Hopefully something floats your boat.


July Mix: Missing You


Sometimes for whatever reason whether it be a breakup or just great distance separates us from someone special. At the risk of sounding like a young adult novel, it feels like a giant gaping hole in the pit of ones chest, and it sucks. It no doubt sucks more than anything should suck. How some people just manage to cope with it, I’ll never know. Myself on the other hand just has an overwhelming feeling of sadness that can’t even be tamed with a bowl of ice cream. And the next day it will feel like everything is going to be just fine. That’s life, I suppose. The other day, I sat down and made a playlist of songs that really just convey the feelings of missing someone so much it hurts a little bit more than normal. I wouldn’t say they necessarily help cope with the situation, but they definitely enable a little bit of feeling. I once heard somewhere, “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” So here’s an utterly depressing but beautiful playlist. Even if you’re not missing someone it’s still filled with beautiful music. Tracklisting will, as always, be behind the cut.

Available for streaming on: 8Tracks / Rdio / Spotify whichever tickles your fancy.

Original image via: Habitually Chic



I haven’t always been the number 1 fan of grilled cheese sandwiches. It was the way they were made or I just had a natural aversion to Kraft Singles; Either is possible really. But recently I’ve been craving one so badly and there are loads of recipes for grown up grilled cheeses worth trying. This one for Gabrielle Hamilton’s grilled cheese sandwiches was delivered to my inbox this morning, and honestly, there’s nothing I want more than to try it for dinner! Maybe just one…

Not only does Madewell have some of the best clothing around, but their stores consistently have the best playlists. They have always added little playlists to their blog, Madewell Musings, and now each month they are putting up their in-store playlists. I’m pretty obsessed with the one for July. Florida by Luke Temple is my favorite track on it. Such great summer vibes.

Last night Pretty Little Liars celebrated a television milestone with the most explosive 100th episode. I’m still not entirely over it! I never saw some of it coming. It’s definitely a contender for one of my favorite episodes of PLL in existence. There’s just so much to talk about and my review/thoughts of it are over on Screen Spy. So stop on by and let me know what you thought of the 100th!

I’m fairly certain if anyone asked me what Haute Couture was, I would be wrong. That said, these beautiful dresses by Giambattista Valli caught my eye while internet browsing earlier today. I’m just smitten by them and their shapes. Not to mention the colors…

Speaking of fashion, here’s something a bit more my style. Well, something I would more likely wear than say a haute couture dress, right? I just love everything about it from the perfectly ripped jeans to the jacket. Too bad it’s the dead of summer and this outfit is entirely not realistic. Actually…it could be. If I wanted heat stroke that is…I don’t think this is recent, but either way, kudos to you, Ashley Benson. I’ll be filing this away for fall (trends be damned).

There’s a new game sweeping the world: Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The goal is to climb your way up to the A List. Photoshoots. Shit talking. Dating. Club appearances. It’s all there. It’s entirely ridiculous and admitting you spend loads and loads of time playing it is sometimes so shameful to say out loud. It’s such a waste of time, but I can’t stop playing it. Not only does it waste so, so much of the aforementioned time, but you can buy things with actual dollars. I haven’t because, well, I’m just not into that whole buying virtual goods thing, but it’s an option. I haven’t exactly worked my way up to the A List yet. Hell, I just got broken up with virtually by a fake model. And my avatar (see above) is way cooler than I am in real life which makes me a bit jealous. Yeah, I’m jealous of fake me. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available now in the Apple app store. (Christmas Kitty Charli is the best part, no lie)

Friday Five: Songs for the perfect summer BBQ

Fourth of July. Time for Americans to celebrate our independence from Britain. Sorry about that whole tea thing, guys. There’s kind of a unspoken rule to spend the day relaxing or having a BBQ and when having a BBQ you need some really cool tunes, am I right? I’ve made quite a few playlists in my day, and I’m no expert, but I think there’s a few songs that need to go on (nearly) every BBQ playlist. For today’s Friday Five I’m sharing those with you as well as 5 bonus songs that I’m loving for summer ’14. So fire up the grill, grab a cold one and turn up these great tunes.

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

I don’t know loads about Bananarama as a band, but I do know one of them married the non-George Michael guy in Wham! and without a doubt their biggest hit was Venus (which was just made for razor commercials some 20 years later). I love Cruel Summer. It just evokes this feeling of lounging outside waiting to find something to do. If nothing else, it just really makes me want to crimp my hair, put on a pair of acid wash jorts, and sit out by the pool in an uncomfortable plastic chair by the pool. Totally tubular.

Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts

What do you get when you mix boat shoes, a captain’s hat, and a nice J. Crew jumper? The perfect visual representation of Yacht Rock. Growing up the smooth oldies station constantly played this song and I just kind of grew to love it. If I had to listen to it once every few hours might as well learn to appreciate it. I love Yacht Rock as a genre, and I’m not entirely sure it’s ironically anymore. Summer Breeze just makes me want to watch a sunset while on a sailboat while drinking some fancy wine no one has ever heard of. Sounds like a dream…

Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

How is this not the national anthem of the USA yet? It makes America sound like so much fun. Like we always have a Jay Z song on and we are all moving our hips like yeah. I’m not even going to pretend that this wasn’t my jam a couple summers ago. I still love it, and if anything it gets people dancing (and singing). Especially after a couple drinks, right? As Miley says, the butterflies fly away. And no one will ever speak of it again.

Juicy – Notorious B.I.G.

It wouldn’t be a summer playlist without some Biggie. Juicy is more of a late afternoon jam for BBQs. It just evokes this feeling of cruising or chilling while the sun goes down. There’s really nothing more to say than that. It’s just such a chill jam. Happy days.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

I wish I was around to experience summers in the 1960s. They probably weren’t much different than my childhood summers though: riding bikes and listening to the Stones. Satisfaction is one of my favorite Stones songs of all time, and not certainly because I had to listen to that horrid Britney Spears cover a million times and began to appreciate the original. It’s just a great song. And just gives off the vibes of a good time like a party scene of a film. Not to mention, who could forget this scene in Mad Men of Don Draper lighting a cigarette? I certainly can’t. It’s burned on the inside of my retinas.

Listen to these tracks here: Friday 5: BBQ Songs and below you’ll find 5 more bonus songs for summer 14!

Looking for some festive BBQ/4th of July Playlists? Look no further than here!
Spotify: Summer BBQ 1 / 4th of July / Summer BBQ 2 / America
8Tracks: Summer BBQ 1 / 4th of July / Summer BBQ 2 / America