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MARCH EDITION: FAVORITE THINGS

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I'm excited to start a new monthly series of my 'Favorite Things.' I'm a creature of recommendation and have found some of the best things through friends and casual conversation. I'll share with you, on a monthly basis, some of the things I've come across that I'm really excited about with the hopes that you might enjoy them too!

CREATIVE TYPE

Kody Stewart Illustration is legit. She creates one-of-a-kind drawings of your people, pets, and homes that are super lifelike, but somehow make you envious of the cartoon version of yourself. Follow her on Instagram and watch her IG stories where she records the process of many of her projects (very addicting) or, order here for a really fun statement piece to include in your house, apartment, flat, abode, or wherever you may lay your head.

PODCAST

As a weekday commuter I'm always looking for a good Podcast to tune in to (so comment below with any recommendations!). Remember Richard Simmons? I had to refamiliarize myself a little bit with his story when I came across the Missing Richard Simmons series but I was instantly intrigued. A fitness guru, Simmons built an empire over the last 40 years through aerobic programs and extremely personal relationships with those struggling with weight issues. On February 15, 2014 he all of a sudden disappeared from the public eye not showing up to his regular scheduled classes, and cutting off his closest friends. The once, uncharacteristically accessible celebrity was now no where to be found. Interested? I was, check it out in a quick 6 part series.

MUSIC

This past March I was able to cross off a big bucket list item when we caught Eric Clapton live in concert. No surprise he brings some great opening acts with him and through this experience I was introduced to Gary Clark, Jr.. Best known for his fusion of blues, rock, and soul music, with some elements of hip hop, he's been deemed 'The Chosen One' sharing the stage with legends like B.B. King, Clapton, and the Stones. P.S. he's only 33. Want a good face melt? Check him out. A few of my favorites: Our Love (Live), Bright Lights, When My Train Pulls In.

SPECIALTY

Pennant fan? I'm always looking for some cool and different items to include in our home decor and when I came across these guys (hailing from Buffalo, NY woop woop!) I was pumped. They've taken an item that has been around forever and made it cool again. Shop their ever changing selection of pennants, banners, or grab a custom order for a wedding or other event.

5 Things to Do in Nantucket

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As first timers to Nantucket Kevin and I were unsure of our exact plans headed in to the island. Luckily, we had done some research and had gotten some first hand recommendations from friends so we were confident that would help steer us in the right direction. Looking back, we couldn't of had a better time and enjoyed this place more. If you're planning a trip there hopefully this helps you maximize your time like we did ours, enjoy!

1. Cisco Brewers

If I told you we didn't come here every single day we were in Nantucket, I'd be lying. As soon as 4PM rolled around, no matter what we were doing, we'd steer our bikes towards Cisco. A big reason for this was we had come to Nantucket to see one of our favorite bands Dangermuffin, and they were playing here everyday, but mostly it was just because this place is literally awesome. Great beer selection, a separate distillery, all different food truck options that include things like a raw bar, fish tacos, lobster rolls, grilled corn on cob, oven wood-fired pizzas (to name a few). Kids, and dogs are all welcome and to top it off they offer a free shuttle service to and from town so you don't have to worry about transportation. If live music, beers, and good food is your thing, this is your place.

Tips: Their Triple 8 Blueberry Vodka is delicious. Grab your beer then head over to the distillery and they'll give you a topper which makes for a really yummy concoction.

2. Food

We were able to hit a lot of places and eat a lot of food within our 3 1/2 day stint but some of my favorite experiences are the following,

This place was right across from where we stayed and it caught my eye right away. Set in a small Cape Cod style house, it has a really cool look and style to it. We actually grabbed dinner here one night as well (BYOB), which was also really good, but I highly recommend their breakfast. They work fast so you're in and out and the food is delicious. One of the best Eggs Bene's I've had.

Really, really good sandwiches. From town this is an easy bike ride and an easy stop if you're headed to the beach. The bread is freshly baked and they pile the sandwiches high with whatever ingredients you want. If you're a cookie fan like me, they make ones the size of your face and even sell the cookie dough if you want to take some home. Another family friendly joint, they have a big back lawn with picnic tables with enough space so the kids can run around but you can still enjoy your meal.

We got here late one night and ended up sitting at their bar. The lights were low, really cool decor, and they played good music so we were fans immediately. The food definitely sealed the deal, we shared a few dishes but our favorites were the Rye Cavatelli (Corn, Kale, Smoked Tomatoes, Brown Butter, Duck Egg Bottarga), Crispy Thai Style Broccoli (Peanut Sauce, Sambal, Lime Vinaigrette Slaw), and Bartlett's Farm Tomato (Buttermilk Mozzarella, Watermelon, Black Sesame)

3. Bike to the Beach

We had a blast renting bikes. We got them for our entire stay and I'm so glad we did. We tooled around pretty much everywhere, it was the best form of transportation and such a great way to see the island. Each day we took them out to the beach, which was about a 3.5-4 mile ride. It did us good because we were doing a lot of eating and drinking, but also it was just fun. Riding home each night as it was just getting dark, it was such a pretty setting coming back to a town that was all lit up and gearing up for the nightly activities. We had a lot of laughs channeling our former 12-year-old selves re-teaching each other how to pop wheelies (geeks).

4. Surf Lessons

I'm a wuss when it comes to the ocean but this was so much fun. This is a service available right at the beach and the instructors are great and make you feel really comfortable. The waves are small so it's a great way for you to start off if you're a first timer. I was in the water with a ton of really young kids which made it a fun atmosphere. I forced myself a little bit out of my comfort zone when it came to this activity and was really happy I did.

5. Rubberneck

This is a commonly used word within my family but if you're unfamiliar, it's basically just another term for being nosy. The beauty of this place makes it hard not to want to do this to some degree. Having bikes was perfect as we could ride through the quieter side streets and check out all the really cute homes. We made it down to the water as well and walked out on all the docks and saw some really amazing yachts, boats, and sailboats. It was just cool to see the detail so close up. A great way to enjoy an early morning coffee.

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Friday's Playlist - Folk Rock

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It's been a great summer of music, luckily we've been able to get to a lot of concerts despite our hectic schedules. Langhorne Slim & The Law was one of the opening bands for the Lumineers show we went to and I've had a lot of fun post-show exploring their music. There's nothing better than discovering a band you really relate to musically. My love for folk-rock type music has definitely grown this summer and I'm looking forward to exploring the genre further. Any recommendations, I'd love to hear about them!

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As much as I wanted to document and share outfit details at some of these events I found myself kind of swept up and wanting to focus on enjoying the moment. So here are some of my concert go-to accessories re-created. With unpredictable concert weather a good hat is key, plus, it's perfect for a concert look. I've always found really good options and good prices at Norstrom's. Lime Crime has been a really fun place I've recently discovered for lipstick and makeup. I love their velvetine liquid matte lip options, the below are two of my favorite shades. I love putting an outfit together for a show but I always go comfortable when it comes to footwear because you never know how far you'll be walking. These flats from Gap are on sale and come in all the neutral colors. We always pack a blanket just in case and I love the Mexican Falsa Blankets, we actually got this one in Mexico (at the airport ;)), really inexpensive and perfect for an event like this. The different colors are eye-catching and really pretty!

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DRESS (above) / HAT / SANDALS / LIPSTICK 1 + 2

SUNGLASSES (similar) / BLANKET

Friday's Playlist

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The first album I really fell in love with as a kid was Eric Clapton's, Unplugged. I remember my Dad playing it in the car and afterwards taking it, proclaiming it mine. It's funny to think of a 10 year old me, loving that kind of music. But, there was just something about his sound that really resonated with me. The songs below give me that same kind of feeling. Many very different from one another, but equally as satisfying. That's the great thing about music, there's no need to define yourself as a listener, you just love what you love.

Weekend Playlist

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Nothing better than heading in to a weekend with a solid playlist. Below are a few songs I've recently enjoyed. Mostly bluesy, folk, and instrumental. Perfect for all different situations and moods.

No matter where you are, or what you're listening to, enjoy the days off with family + friends!

 

 

Podcast Rec's

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So, things that use to sound literally awful, are now a part of my daily life. I drink coffee, I go to bed at 10PM, I get up at 6AM, I say things like "I think I want to stay in tonight," or, "the nightly news is on." In other words, I've grown up a bit, which is shocking, but not all terrible. And right along these same lines, and inevitably, what this post will be about, I've replaced music with podcasts. Let me back up, I haven't completely replaced music but, with all the podcasts that have recently become available, and those that continue to come out, I've found myself hooked. There are just so many stories out there, and so much to learn, and it's all right at your fingertips. If you haven't explored the podcast avenue, I highly recommend it. Here are a few of my personal recommendations to start you off. 

1. Serial:

The highly publicized series focused it's first season on the 1999 murder investigation and eventual conviction of Adnan Syed, a then Baltimore high school student accused of murdering his girlfriend. Since wrapping, and 17 years later, Adnan is currently pursuing a retrial with newly discovered evidence that the Serial podcast helped to uncover. Pretty crazy stuff. Now, in it's second season, Serial explores the story of Bowe Bergdahl. A United States Army Soldier who, in 2009, abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was eventually found and held captive by the Taliban. Five years later, in a controversial exchange of five Taliban officials being held at Guantanamo Bay, Bergdahl was recovered and brought home. A story, which has been the topic of intense scrutiny, has led Bergdahl to face a general court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Sarah Koenig, producer and host of Serial, explores both of these stories with what could only be described as extreme eloquence and intelligence. You find yourself in equal awe of the stories twists and turns, as you are with the voice that's telling it. 

Episode Recommendation: All of them. 

2. Criminal:

A natural segue from Serial, Criminal also delves in to stories of crime, but individual and unrelated stories. Much less of a commitment but equally as interesting. The cases and stories vary in severity. Some scary, some unbelievable, and some just plain weird. If you're in to that type of stuff, it's a fun series to jump around in. 

Episode Recommendation: Season 1, Episode 11, I'm About to Save Your Life

3. Radiolab

I'm in love with production and editing of this podcast, it has you fully enveloped the entire time you're listening. Interviews, musics, and sounds all intertwined. You almost feel like you're at the movies...for your ears. All individual stories that explore different moments in our history. Most of which are really unknown, and not necessarily a focus of any of our own historical education, consequently making them even more fun to learn about. 

Episode Recommendation: Episode 18, Nazi Summer Camp

4. Millennial

I stumbled upon this podcast right as it came out and found myself actively cheering on it's host and main character, Megan Tan. Megan begins her story post graduation at a very relatable time in your early twenties. A time where most of us think we know what we want, but just aren't quite sure how to get there. In real time, Megan shares the journey of pursuing her goals while ultimately facing the struggles, rejections, and inevitable self doubt that comes along with them. Fun for all ages but most likely the most helpful and motivating for those just graduating and feeling a bit lost. You're not alone. 

Episode Recommendation: Season 1, Episode #7, What's Your Worth?