I'm not sure if it's the gloomy weather, lack of sleep after seeing Inception, or just standard female mood swings, but lately I've been craving hazy, sentimental music that I can listen to on my ipod while slothing around my room. Sometimes a girl just needs a good (for no reason) cry, and since witnessing the for-no-reason cry is probably alarming to any guy, it's best to reserve this for the privacy of your room and the company of your ipod. Here's a playlist to enjoy just in case you might be having similar cravings. Please note, I know not all of these artists are "indie" but all of these songs have glimpses of raw and soothing emotion.
A Gray Indie Mix
1. Peacock Dance- Matt Kanelos and the Smooth Maria
2. Rambling Man- Laura Marling
3. Skinny Love- Bon Iver
4. As Much as You Lead- Lex Land
5. I'm Forgetting Everyone- Basia Bulat
6. Elizabeth- RuRu
7. Maybe- Janis Joplin
8. What You're Supposed to Do- Matt Kanelos and the Smooth Maria
For the past two months I have been a woman stalking pillows. On the hunt for the perfect bedding and the even-more-perfect pillows I've exhausted every option; upon seeing my friend's brand new apartment for the first time i was singularly consumed with the origin of her adorable mod throw pillows; mid makeout I asked a boy where exactly he got his simple and chic comforter. And as if the problem wasn't consuming enough, the search came to a crashing crescendo when I took to the internet.
Once on the web, one of my favorite blogs, Katie Armour's "The Neo-traditionalist,"exposed me to a favorite new site, The Well-Appointed House. The site is brimming with adorable graphic pillows and charming knit decorative pillows (many of which boast a dog-lover's theme). Below are some of my favorite finds on the site (oh, did I mention orange is my new favorite color?).
I've stumbled upon a gem of a blog, "Caroline on Crack" which focuses on two of my dearest loves: alcohol and food. Though, much to my dismay, the author Caroline says she is not actually on crack (false advertising, hello!), she does seem to drink a lot so I've taken to trusting her judgment on bar reviews. One post I particularly enjoyed included a list of "100 Things To Try in LA Before You Die."A few of the suggestions have been added to my LA bucket list as well.
I have a long-standing obsession with all white interiors (incredibly practical since I tend to eat lasagna on the couch with shoes on) and bright colors and recently have found myself drawn to the idea of marrying both styles. The images below have inspired my white-with-pops-of-color fetish to reach extreme levels. Now, if only I had a space to decorate... donations for the chic-apartment-in-the-works-fund happily accepted.
Lindsay Lohan is set to begin serving her 90-day prison sentence in five short days and I've been thinking a lot about her well-being. Namely, what will she have to wear ? (gasp!) and will she look good in her uniform?
The jury's still out (pun intended) on whether inmates wear striped get-ups or bright orange jumpsuits (apparently retro striped jumpsuits are making a comeback because the orange scrubs have caused nurses to be mistaken for inmates... I'd like to see that) so I've checked into both options for Lindsay and it seems she's a fan of both styles (phew!).
Here's Miss Lohan sporting a marvelous orange scarf to cover up her long luscious (hair extensions) locks while shopping. Unfortunately for her, the color she once used to go "incognito" will now be used as a tool to find her if she attempts to escape. And, as US Weekly is reporting, Lindsay is trying to escape already- the magazine claims that the actress checked into rehab today (for the fourth time) in attempts to avoid her jail sentence.
If the rehab plea doesn't pan out for the starlet, it seems that her fake tanner might save the day! As seen below, Lohan is already so orange, she might not even need the uniform, her glow is radiant enough to mark her criminal status!
And finally, just in case stripes have made an official comeback this fall season in the California slammers, Lohan is a seasoned pro in prison stripe style. She's been enjoying the look for quite some time now, as evidenced below.
There's something magical about sitting outside in the warm summer air and enjoying cocktails (and maybe a meal every once and again) with friends. With just a little lighting, pillows, throw blankets, and a killer playlist, summer bliss is within your reach. Here are some al fresco party pictures to inspire your inner hostess.
Last month I got the chance to visit my very close family friend Hailee Steinfeld on the set of her new movie "True Grit." At just thirteen Hailee is starring opposite Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in this Coen brothers flick due out in theaters Christmas Day.
We spent most of our time on location with Hailee, mingling with Bridges and Damon, who are both as sweet as pie and as handsome as they look on screen. But in addition to sitting in director's chairs and eating more craft services than I can even describe, we also got to explore (essentially eat and drink our way through) Austin. I enjoyed the eclectic, lively vibe that pulses through the city: young people everywhere, ice cream stands next to upscale eateries, and some very friendly cowboys (hello y'all!).
Austin by Night (photo: Jessica Hagy)
But most of all I could not get enough of the vintage stores that were all over the city. I have an overwhelming affection for vintage fashion- the 1960's and 70's especially- and dragged the crew to every vintage/thrift store I could get my swollen-from-the-amount-of-fried-food-we-ate hands on.
Two stores tickled my fancy in particular. First, Feathers Boutique (1700 B. Congress Ave)- an adorable little shop with fabulous prices and interesting and carefully selected pieces. There were a ton of great eighties finds and fun patterned rompers (which, despite many valiant efforts, just do not work on me). I picked up a sexy cut out cocktail dress and was also in awe of their collection of vintage Playboy magazines-- (all that hair! that's really all I have to say about that). The selection is organized and easy to manage so it's also a great store if you're not able to sift through jam-packed racks. They've also got a cute blog with store updates.
My second shopping crush was Mana Culture- a store with a gorgeous line of original necklaces, rings and earrings, most of which are hand-crafted and designed by Mana. I picked up some unique gold necklaces from Mana Culture at the local artist's market on Congress street but they also have a boutique at 2214 South 1st St and a website with some of their pieces. I recently fell in love with the "Selene" earrings (seen above) on the website. I'm a gold lover and these have an interesting, ethnic feel.
The World Cup has South Africa abuzz (literally- those vuvuzela's are driving me insane) but it's not just the soccer that's making a statement. Over at Tory Burch, South African style was the inspiration for last year's resort collection. While this year's line-up boasts more tie-dye than watercolor, I still can't resist the bold colors of this inspiration collage and the uber chic Iris Apfel makes me smile.