Dec
15
FILED UNDER: Ikea, Inspiration, Love, Photography

Dec
13
FILED UNDER: Consumerism, Love, Me

Yeah, so much for getting the T2i. I’m disappointed that I went with a point and shoot, but there are a few positive things attached:

  • I saved $600.
  • There’s a good chance I will be under the influence for some of the trip. Maybe it’s a good thing going this route.
  • When I’m done with it, voila! Late christmas present for my mother. She’s been wanting a new digital camera.
  • I can just take my old 35mm film slr for some more hand-crafted shots.

What I like most about it, the display is a touchscreen and it has a touch-to-focus-here-or-there feature almost identical to the iPhone. Plus it’s tiny, light and pretty darn cute. Especially when all closed up.

Looks like I’ll just put off buying a dslr another year, once again.

Dec
9
FILED UNDER: Consumerism, Love, Me

Currently trying to justify that this is a rightful purchase. If I succeed, I will order tomorrow!

Dec
9
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

Natalia Kills

Love this bitch. ‘Nuff said.

Some people call her the next Lady Gaga. Some call her a Lady Gaga ripoff. Some say she’s a little too late, doing what Rihanna did two years ago. I call her perfect and say she’s right on track. She must think the same of herself, seeing as how her debut album (due out sometime in 2011) is set to be titled Perfectionist.

She is dark, scary, sexy and melodic. Take a quick listen:

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MirrorsTurnin the lights out, burnin the candles, and the mirrors gonna fog tonight. - The lead single and most radio-friendly track in my opinion (so far). Seriously one of the catchiest pop songs I’ve heard in a while. The melody is just plain old perfect.

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Love Is A Suicide - Who am I? Am I the epitome of everything you hate and you desire? You love me like an enemy. – Rumored to be the second single, this sweet little track was produced by Fernando Garribay. You know, the mastermind behind Lady Gaga’s Dance In The Dark. The sound is very similar, but a little darker of course.

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Wonderland - I want the love, the money and the happy ending. You want the same as I, so stop pretending. – I can’t even compare this to anything else. It sounds like no other song I know. The production is fantastic and sort of bizarre sounding. There has been some talk of this being a possible second single (instead of Love Is A Suicide) due to it’s highly positive feedback.

Keep an eye out for this diva. Or, maybe I should say ear. Not to brag, but I call the jams and have a great track record, so hopefully there will be some ‘I told you so’s.

Dec
8
FILED UNDER: Consumerism, Love, Me

If you’re anything like me, YOU LOVE BUYING SHIT. It’s as simple as that. Here is a last-minute list of things I’ve purchased (or at least wanted to) recently that make great gifts.

Fresh Balsam Wallflower

Not going to lie: I have an obsession with wallflowers and candles from Bath & Body Works. When the sales are going on, it’s impossible to stay away. This little gem is my absolute favorite thing at the moment. I have one in my room right now and I swear to Fortuna that it smells as if there is a real fresh-cut Christmas tree in here. Currently, for a starter kit (including a diffuser and one charge) or a two-pack of charges, it’s only $6.

AE Texting Gloves

For some reason, I always end up buying a new pair of gloves each year (when last year’s are still perfectly fine). Though, I always grab a new color. These $20 Men’s Texting Gloves from American Eagle are the best thing I’ve ever come across. They look like your typical fingerless gloves with the little hood to cover up those chilly digits, but there is a small slit on the bottom side of the thumb to allow the use of touch-screen phones. GENIUS. Nearly every other pair of gloves I’ve ever come across either has the thumb completely cut-off or completely covered.

Male & Female

If I recall correctly, I used to hate these. Now I’m not even entirely sure why. I do know I’ve changed my mind and these are fantastic. I would love a set (of most likely two men) to hang next to the front door of my (one day) house. I imagine they would go really well where the house number / mailbox / doorbell are. For $7 a piece, how could you resist a matte white porcelain un homme/un femme vase from CB2.

Oak

It’s clear I have an obsession with wood, or maybe just woodsy scents. Bath & Body Work’s men’s oak cologne is my scent of the season. Something about it smells vintage-y, warm, and kind of like ‘old man’. I know, that sounds creepy and possibly agist too. According to it’s actual description, it smells like juniper, cedar, nutmeg, coffee and musk among a dozen other things. He sells for $30 but there are almost always buy two get three free or buy two get one free deals.

Every Man Jack Cedar

Once again with the wood. This has a similar ‘scent note’ list as the oak cologne, but smells slightly different. As you’d expect, it has more of a clean body wash smell and less of a powerful cologne scent. It’s not overpowering, but I have noticed that when heading back into the bathroom a while after a shower I can still clearly smell the Every Man Jack cedarwood body wash. I got him at Target for $5, and also got his brother, the citrus body scrub.

Black Friday Gloves

And here we are with another pair of gloves. These women’s AE fingerless gloves cost only $4 on Black Friday and are one of my favorite purchases as of lately. Naturally, they don’t do a whole lot when it’s freezing cold out, but on those mild days they’re fantastic. I got the grey and white pair and they match nearly everything I own (seeing as how it’s almost all grey). If you’re interested, I saw a few pairs of these and also the other colors on clearance at American Eagle today for $6.

Cranberry Lime

It wouldn’t be a true ‘my favorite things’ post without alcohol mentioned somewhere. I was introduced to cranberry & lime Smirnoff malt beverages by a coworker earlier this year and I’m pretty sure I could drink them all-day, every-day for the rest of my life. I even drank them during Thanksgiving dinner this year. I hate beer, so when I want something just to sip on my only options are wine or the hassle of making a mixed drink. That’s when these come into play. They’re not the cheapest things (especially with Pennsylvania’s ridiculous liquor laws) at $9 for a 6-pack, but they are the same price as regular Smirnoff Ice and have a higher alcohol content.

There you have it. My favorite things. Sure I’ve made other purchases this year that I’ve absolutely loved (like my Sony Bravia HDTV and Playstation 3) but I wouldn’t really consider those gift-worthy. And if I stumble upon anything else phenomenal? I’ll append this post!

Oct
15
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

If I were to award artist of the year, there would be no argument. It would go, hands-down, to Robyn. From releasing 3 albums in half a year to putting on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, this girl delivers and is consistently impressing me more each time.

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‘Indestructible’ will be her third single this year, following ‘Hang With Me’ and ‘Dancing On My Own’. It’s a pulsating dancefloor ballad, which also comes in acoustic flavor  as posted below.

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If you’re going to be late to jumping on someone’s bandwagon this year, make it Robyn’s. It’s better late than never, and you’ll never look back.

Oct
3
FILED UNDER: Love, Tunes

I think a more accurate title for this entry would’ve been, “I Heart Coco”.

Welcome to my new aural obsession.

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I’m not a human if you say I’m not, I’m not a human if my engines lock. And this motor that you call my heart, is another machine that will stop.

Seriously my favorite song at the moment. It’s calm, engaging, and interesting. Naturally, Self Machine is produced by Klas Åhlund who might just be a musical genius. He is also responsible for many songs by Robyn and The Teddybears.

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If we could only be quicker, and be quick to be kind. If we could only be faster, then we could outsmart time.

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From the beat of the silent thinker to the feet of the stomping crowd. Just another early drinker, who knows that thinkin’ makes the world go ’round.

PS: Did you know she is Sting’s daughter?

Oct
3

FVF (Freunde von Freunden) is my new favorite website. Designers, artists and creatives are interviewed in their working and living spaces, with photo and video documentation. It seems to be very similar to The Selby, if you’re familiar with that, although with more beautiful photography (in my opinion).