Name For You

 

I’m currently planning a trip back up to my second home–the Northwest–and “Name For You” is by far one of the highlights on the travel playlist that I am making for my trip.

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for The Shins, as they were my first ever concert. Their music is simply feel-good music, and I have truly never been in a bad mood while listening to them. This song echoes that feeling and is also just such a great song to have on while driving.

Needless to say, I honestly cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us and the March release of their new album “HEARTWORMS”.

-C

A 1000 Times

 

Towards the end of 2016, I was introduced into a lot of good music.

One song that I’ve really been digging is “A 1000 Times” by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. It has honestly become one of my go-to driving songs for when I’m out and about or just coming home from work.

With the new year, I am definitely looking forward to discovering more good music.

What are y’all loving right now?

-C

$50 and Under for Her Gift Guide

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I honestly cannot believe Christmas is this week!

I’ve yet to wrap my gifts and I need to figure out what I’m going to wear for Midnight Mass and for the big day. In actuality, I just have been putting off a-lot of Christmas related things as it had not felt like that time of the year down here until this past weekend (yay for cooler temps!).

Here’s to the most wonderful and stressful time of the year!

-C

 

(From left–> Marc Jacobs Lipstick Set: Sephora; Earrings: Bauble Bar; Cashmere Fingerless Gloves: Nordstrom; Minted Daisy iPad Case: Anthropologie; Purse: Nordstrom; The Beatles 1 Album: Urban Outfitters; PJ Short Set: Topshop; “The Southerner’s Cookbook”: Barnes & Noble; Biker Jacket: H&M; Scarf: Urban Outfitters)

$25 and Under Gift Guide for Her

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As much as we all love the holiday season, it can honestly be a really be a stressful time, especially when you are shopping for others. Don’t worry y’all, no matter if they’re a a music lover, planner, bibliophile, beauty junkie, cat lover, or a wannabe chef, you’ll find something for everyone who is on your list.

And for those who are struggling to find that perfect gift, I have cultivated a few lists of some of my personal favorites (starting with this one) to help you out. I personally love to go with more quirky gifts, hence the cat coloring book for the cat lover in your life (seriously though…they probably have enough stuffed cats as it is) or a sassy mug for the bibliophile.

Just remember that they’ll be happy just with knowing you thought of them this holiday season.

Happy holiday shopping y’all! 

-C

 

(From left–> Bon Iver “22, A Million” LP: $25,98; Adorn Essential Oils Set: $24; Jot What It Takes Pencil Set: $19.99; Bonheur 2016/2017 Planner: $22; “A Million Cats” Coloring Book: $9.95; “Milk and Honey”: $15.19; Sephora Favorites Travel Perfume Set: $25; “Cool Story, Poe.” Mug: $16; “One Pan, Two Plates”: $24.95; Y’s and Wherefores Necklace: $19.99)

Sweater Weather

 

Sweater weather is coming back to H-Town, and oh, am I excited!

It seems like the last time we got cooler weather it only lasted a couple of days, so fingers crossed that we’ll get a least a WEEK of it this time.

-C

Million Reasons

 

For those of you who’ve followed me for a while know that I’m a fan of Lady Gaga. She is just so talented, and I love how she seems to truly have a good soul.

Speaking of talent, how amazing is this performance?!

-C

Perfect Illusion

 

Whether you love her or love to hate her–Lady Gaga is back and at it again!

For those who’ve followed this blog and my ramblings for a while now, you know that I am a fan of the Lady. So of course, I’m quite excited that she is working on a new album, and rumor has it that the wonderful Florence Welch (among many) is collaborating with her on it.

As for “Perfect Illusion”, it’s definitely a song that took a few listens for me to truly get into it. It is catchy, though, and I honestly see it as good workout song for when I hit the treadmill or even for riding around in the car.

-C

You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

 

Not only do we see a new look for front woman Sarah Barthel of Phantogram but their latest single, which they recently played on The Tonight Show, also has a different sound as well.

I became a fan of Phantogram 3 or so years back when I heard their track “Fall In Love” as I was heading back from a trip to the Klamath Mountains. I loved the dark undertones of their music and how the duo would meld some amazing rhythms set by Josh Carter with with Barthel’s strong vocals producing a very dream pop meet alternative sound.

“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” still has some dark undertones that I can hear but for some reason I feel it’s a bit more progressive and pop-like than their previous work. However, I am still loving this song and looking forward to what else will be on their new album.

-C

Light of the Seven

For those who have already seen the latest Game of Thrones episode, here is the music behind the King’s Landing scene that demonstrated just how mad the Cersei has become.

To me, it made the scene a tad bit darker and also gave a sense of foreboding–as if you knew someone’s time was up.

I really hope Ramin Djawadi wins some awards for this amazing composition along with the others that were specifically featured this past season.

-C

P.S. Who loved Cersei’s homage to Tywin and all the black leather he wore with her last outfit? I personally thought it made her appear as a Medieval Sith Lord (with the armor pieces and everything).

P.P.S. How amazing was last night’s episode?! I’m still reeling over it. UGH.

I Am A Nightmare

 

Finally–some brand new Brand New!

Yeah, sorry that was lame but I just had to say it. As I was saying, Brand New is finally releasing their fifth studio album this year and fans (myself included) are excited, because I mean, it’s not like Brand New hasn’t released anything new since Daisy (aka 2009) or anything. *heavy sarcasm*

Needless to say, it’s easy to jump on the hype train for their new album, especially with today’s release of their latest song, “I Am A Nightmare.”

Enjoy! 

-C

 

P.S. I’m really digging Jesse Lacey’s vocals in the beginning of this song and how they’ve changed since their last album.