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(More) Recent Favorites

11 Nov

I am one lucky girl. Great things have just been falling in my lap lately, and I just can’t help but share. So, off we go.

  • Sherlock (BBC): To be fair, this isn’t quite a recent favorite. I watched this when it first came out, I liked it but it’s greatness was falling on deaf ears apparently. One of the best and worst things about this series is that there are only three episodes (granted, they are 90 mins) per season. So, recently I saw it was on Netflix and  turns out I had more or less forgotten all of what I had originally seen. And this time I truly loved it. The speed of dialog, the dry British wit, and the chemistry between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) all make it worth a watch. 90 mins is not nearly long enough! :)

  • Meghan Tonjes: I’ve been listening to her CD, This Year all evening. I first heard her from Missglamorazzi‘s youtube channel and I was instantly hooked.  I know absolutely nothing about her other than her voice is simply fantastic. It’s very pure and simple with thoughtful lyrics that make this CD a pleasure to listen to. My iTunes play counter doesn’t lie.

  • I don’t have a third thing. But I was always told you’re supposed to have at least three bullet points. So I’m just going to use this space to tell you you’re awesome.

Happy Saturday!

Have a great weekend!

Recent Favorites

19 Oct

Hey Guys,

I’ve been wanting to post for a while now, but inspiration has been majorly lacking. So, I thought I’d just catch you up on what’s going on. Classes have been going full steam ahead lately and I’m definitely going into “power through”/ “tunnel vision” mode to get through the semester. In a way, it’s kinda nice to have something to focus on and challenge myself again. I got too complacent during my unemployment phase, and now I’m really beginning to thrive in an academic environment again. But, that’s not to say academia doesn’t come with it’s challenges, and that brings me to my new best friend: coffee.

  • I’ve always been a bit of a coffee sissy. I’m the type that loved the smell, but could never really stomach it. I would always reach for the “frou frou” drinks as my dad calls them, kind of coffee drinks but mostly milk and cream. I finally found a blend that works for me, the Blonde roast. I still need it with milk and splenda, but it does the trick to keep me awake and ready for my early class.

  • Pretty Little Liars: Ok, bear with me on this one. I am slightly embarrassed that I like this show so much. But, you’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. It’s a mix between a soap opera and murder mystery, and it’s well acted with great writing (and for the most part that’s hard to come by in TV lately). It definitely fits the “guilty pleasure” category, but it’s fun and keeps you guessing.

  • Ed Sheeran: I stumbled onto his music by accident this week. A song of his caught my attention on the radio and I was instantly hooked. I would categorize it for the most part as a alternative, but he has a wonderful smooth voice that I could listen to all day.

Happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend :)

New Favorites

8 Jun

Hi guys. Sorry for being MIA for a while. I’ve been lucky enough to get some travel in and see my future Grad School. Which was great, I really loved the campus. But this time hasn’t been without it’s rough patches, either. But we’re all on the mend and I thought I’d share some fun things I’ve come across.

1) Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand:

I kinda had mixed feelings about this thing. My hair is very fine but I have a lot of it, so curling it isn’t always a success. The first time I didn’t do so well, mostly because I kept burning my hand on the wand. The second time I used the heat resistant glove that comes with it and it was so much better. I had a better handle on the wand and it made much better coils. Overall, it’s not something I would do everyday but it was easy and the curls last a very long time.

2) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Courtesy of Google

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a bit more serious than I was expecting but had a few good laughs. The story follows several English adults in their “Golden Years” in their journey to a sort of retirement hotel in India. You learn what brought them there and their personalities based on how they adapt to their new environment. It has a full cast of well loved, well established actors like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy that show the moral of the story without hitting you over the head with it. Their point was revealed in small bits in ways I honestly have never thought of before.

{Spoiler Alert for those who do not want to know anything about the movie. It’s not a major plot point- I promise} One of the characters is an out of love, kind of pervy guy who has no idea how to get along with women. When he finally succeeds, he finds a perfect match girlfriend. Later on when a lead character asks the girlfriend what she saw in the wannabe lover boy she talks about their first night together. He brought Viagra and she saw them fall out of his pocket. She didn’t want their time together to be like that, so she switched the two pills for aspirin- and he didn’t even know the difference.  This is just one of the small anecdotes that illustrated the theme. Each person had a main reason for going to the hotel, but in each case there were other circumstances at work, altering their plan and ultimately making them better people.

3) The Lumineers- I stumbled on this album not too long ago and have been listening to it ever since. It has a folksy tone without being too strong. It’s a CD I can leave on because each song is just right. Definitely recommend :)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Favorite Tunes

16 Feb

Music has really been everywhere this week. The death of Whitney Houston, the Grammy’s, I made several mixes for my Mom, and I love Adele, but if the music stations play Rolling in the Deep one more time…I’m gonna scream. But it did get me thinking about my relationship with music. It’s weird. Because I grew up in the Bahamas, I was separated from a lot of Pop Culture things. It had to be absolutely HUGE in order to reach the island. So the only bands I had knowledge of were The Beatles and Spice Girls. That’s it. Needless to say coming to Fl when I was twelve was daunting and I looked like an idiot more than once a lot. But I like to think that I have developed a taste ( in large part because of Nicole), if not, I know what I like when I hear it. Today my iTunes library proudly boasts a grand total of 2, 744 songs and I thought I would share some of my favorite artists.

Florence + The Machine: Love her! Her new CD is amazing, I could listen to it all the time (and do!)

Maroon 5: Moves like Jagger is seriously catchy…

The Band Perry: Country-lite. Great sound without all the twang.

Adele: She won 6 Grammy’s for a reason. Pure genius.

Ingrid Michaelson: She’s quirky and fun. It comes through in her music.

It’s pretty neat to see how tastes develop and mature, and there is something oddly personal about music choice. I’ve always been a bit timid about my music choice. Mostly because I didn’t feel like I knew what I was talking about, and I guess also who wants to be told their taste is bad? (Trust me, it happens). But I guess it’s just like anything else, we all get settled as we get older and learn what we like and want. Everybody has their own taste and there is so much to choose from. Who is your favorite artist? Do you have a genre or are you a little bit of everything?

{All pics courtesy of Google.com}

A summer concert

4 Sep

We recently went to a Matt Nathanson, Train and Maroon 5 concert. It was awesome.

 

Matt Nathanson

Train

Maroon 5

It really was a fun night. And of course I had “Moves like Jagger” in my head for days after. But, it was totally worth it :)