Friday, July 18, 2014

my indie playlist: july 2014

happy friday!

here's a dreamy little playlist i came up with a while back. i've been listening to it all summer--perfect for driving down the highway with the windows down on a sunny summer day. if you've got a road trip planned for the weekend, be sure to save this playlist offline on your spotify.

pretty, right? went out to the hamptons recently and had a grand old time. so beautiful!

anyway, here's the playlist...

as far as the weekend goes, i'll be heading home to clean out my closet at my parents' house. gotta hoard all my shit somewhere while i'm in china! i'll also take some time to lay out and get a nice tan going while i'm still able to see the sky/sunlight (as opposed to a smoggy layer of air blocking my sun in shanghai). i'm excited to have a chill weekend on the books, and am trying to enjoy what time i have left here. 

32 days til i move to chinaaa, and it's clearly all i've got on my mind these days. can't think about much else or my head will probably explode.

Friday, May 9, 2014

a weekend in chicago

a couple of weekends ago, my friend and i hopped in the car and drove down to chicago without a plan. it was fantastic, exactly the sort of impulsive, spontaneous decision that makes me feel alive. we used airbnb for the first time. it's an excellent service; it's super cheap and, if you read the reviews, you will likely stay with someone more than willing to show you around or grab a drink. 

we stayed in logan square which was awesome! scofflaw, a phenomenal gin bar, was located right down the street. we went to big star in wicker park for tacos, then made our way over to the empty bottle, a venue in ukranian village, for a waxahatchee show and some pool (played poorly, of course). the next day, we woke up and walked around the city a bit. well, my friend walked quite a bit more than i. i was confined to my bed for a bit...

all in all, absolutely lovely weekend with a lovely friend. we even made some lovely new friends! can't beat that. here are some snaps i took during our exploration:

only got an ugly iphone photo of waxahatchee, so i won't put that here. if you haven't heard her before, her album cerulean salt came out last year and has some lovely tunes on it. i've posted a couple of my favorites below. i wasn't a big fan of her live show, to be honest, but i'm still glad i went! the empty bottle is a cool venue, and i'm interested in checking out ukranian village again in the near future.

enjoy! xx

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

tuesday jams: scuba & george fitzgerald, boiler room london

happy tuesday!

well, it's a bit of a stretch to think tuesdays can be particularly happy, but we'll just go with it, shall we?

ran across this boiler room set featuring scuba and george fitzgerald going back and forth on the decks. they're both super cute (most important, duh), excellent producers and bomb-ass DJs to boot. there are some absolute bangers in this mix--you're bound to get a kick out of it.

you can find the tracklist here. i know i was scrambling to find it after hearing this set.

one of my favorite tracks tracks on this mix was produced by these dudes called prince club. CHECK THEM OUT. they have some really great tunes, one of my favorite of which is below:

and here's the one that was on the set that i'm obsessed with:

in other news, i saw waxahatchee live this weekend in chicago! i'll get my pictures uploaded and give you a fuller view of my chicago experience this week--it was a lot of fun and i went to some really cool places that i'd like to recommend to you.

oh, and just for fun, who has gotten their pitchfork 2014 tickets? let's do this thang.

hope you're having a great week!

Friday, April 25, 2014

it's real! new pursuits in shanghai

'allo, friends!

sorry it's been a minute--i've been a busy girl this month. just kidding! i've been addicted to the show call the midwife. i can't stop watching it! every episode begins with me smiling and ends with me crying. it's a lot like my relationships (whayyy!). there are so many wonderful insights in that show about life and love. i've truly never enjoyed a show more. but then, i'm a girl. i don't think boys would love this one (or admit to it, at least).

but really, i have actually been somewhat busy.

i was accepted to a program to teach english in CHINA!!! it's real, guys!! as of mid-august, i'll be in shanghai starting a whole new life! i'm terribly excited, and feel so unbelievably lucky that i'm able to do this.

 (these images are all on my pinterest)

i can't say i'm not a bit scared, though.

what's more, many of the episodes of my new favorite show call to my attention the role that love plays in our lives. that love is what makes life meaningful. i agree with that, but is that all?

and here i am, running halfway across the world, leaving everyone and everything i know behind. it's only for a year, true, but it raises a lot of questions in my mind. what is really important to me? what do i expect to find there? what is the value in leaving one place, full of those you love and cherish, to be all alone in a new one?

i guess what it comes down to is this: love isn't everything. it is not the end all, be all of life and creating meaning in your life. but it is pervasive. i know i can leave, travel across the world and back, and my family and friends will be here and still love me when i decide to come back. a year, five years. it's all the same. being surrounded by unconditional love provides me with a security that say, 'hey! it's okay. you go be you, do what you need to do. grow, explore, mature. we'll be here waiting, and love you just the same, if not more, when you get back.' and that is so, so powerful.

and the great thing about real love is that it makes you grow. it does not restrict you; it expands your boundaries. it pushes what you know to be possible.

i can't really say what is so important to me in creating meaning in my life, though. i don't know. exploration, experiences, adventure. i am drawn to them, and only feel alive when i am exploring. amidst the unfamiliar. ridden with curiosity of the novel, i seek out new experiences, and among them, happiness. nothing kills my soul like the mundane, the routine. and that's not to say i won't find routines or mundanity anywhere. but at least in a new city knowing not a soul, i will experience something new every single day, whether i like it or not.

so, i have a lot to look forward to in the coming months!! excited to get started on sorting it all out.

have a great weekend!
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