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Top Tunes for October

All in all, October was a decent month for finding new music. Two of my favorite bands released albums, which is always a plus! So anyhow, here are my top tunes for October:

1) Radical Face released a new CD called The Family Tree: The Branches, which is the second edition to the band’s three-part album series. My favorite songs from this album are “The Mute,” and “The Crooked Kind.” Radical Face’s sound is sort-of difficult to describe, but it’s a mix of acoustic guitar and orchestra, I guess. Solid album.

2) I’d never heard of Freelance Whales until recently. Somehow I stumbled across the band on Spotify. I’m terrible at describing sounds, as I’m sure you’ve surmised, so I’ll let you listen for yourself. Either way, the song “Generator ^ First Floor” is seriously fantastic. It’s such a short song, but man is it great. Repeat for days. Just to warn you, it starts off kind of weird with rumbling noises (maybe to mimic a generator?), but honestly I think it adds something to the song. It’s great!

3) Sarah Jaffe’s been around for a while, so I guess I’m late to this party, but if you haven’t heard her song called “Clementine,” please go listen. I kind of wonder whether she’s referencing Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind… I don’t know one way or the other, but what I do know is that I like that song. A lot. You probably will too, so check it out!

4) I think everyone and their mother is aware of Arcade Fire’s new album called Reflektor, right? I have mixed feelings about the band’s new CD. AF is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion, The Suburbs is pure brilliance. It’s tough to top something like that. So far, I’m not as impressed by Reflektor, but there are some gems on the album like “Joan of Arc,” “Normal Person,” “You Already Know,” “Supersymmetry,” and my personal favorite “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus).”

5) Lastly, I am in absolute love with The Barr Brother’s song called “Beggar in the Morning.” I heard it in a wedding video I watched online, and I’ve been listening ever since. It’s a bit of a folksy song, but it’s also modern, especially at the song’s start.

So give these songs a listen, and let me know what you think! Also leave a comment saying what you’ve been listening to this month. Thanks for reading!

Sarah E.

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What I Did in Williamsburg

I can’t believe that this time last week, I was making last minute preparations for vacation! Seriously, where does the time go??

Luckily, I managed to document some of the events of the trip, and I’d love to share them with you! My family and I have been visiting Williamsburg since I was a little kid. The place means a lot to me because of its historical significance and the wonderful memories I’ve made there with my family over the years. Also, it’s where I saw my first Harry Potter movie.

If you’ve never been, you should definitely consider going! Colonial Williamsburg is beautiful! The buildings have been restored to resemble the structures that stood there in colonial times. Also, no cars are allowed on the streets there, which really transports you back into our country’s past. So cool.

We were even able to tour some of the buildings; the one below held artillery that would have been used during the revolution! It was quite intimidating, but really interesting at the same time.

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We also watched a historical re-inactment, in which fake accents abounded. Regardless, it was actually really fun! The acting wasn’t bad, and the costumes were realistic as well! Check out these handsome dudes:DSC_0796 DSC_0797

We also went out to eat at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, which is a colonial-style restaurant at which the waiters dress in colonial garb and play the fiddle as you dine on the most delicious crab cakes known to man. Seriously though, if you eat there, go for the crab cakes and be sure to order root beer; it’s the best I’ve ever had.

The meals are quite pricey, but you’re paying for the atmosphere, and it’s well worth it in my opinion.

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Thought I’d sneak in a little OOTN (Outfit of the Night) just to show you what I wore to dinner! It had been raining a lot, so I chose to keep it simple with a circle skirt to ensure I wouldn’t be too toasty.

My skirt is from Target; tank top is from Delia’s; sleeveless jean jacket is from American Eagle; shoes are from American Eagle; necklace is from Forever 21.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and hopefully it inspired some of you to take a trip to Williamsburg! You won’t regret it!

On a side note, I did do a little shopping whilst on vacation, and I’m sure you’ll soon see a post that somehow relates to that, so keep an eye out!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Holiday Must-Haves

It’s vacation time! Can I get a ‘hallelujah’??!

Seriously though, who doesn’t love time away from the hustle and bustle of life, time to just relax and have fun? If you’re anything like me, however, you almost always overpack for any type of trip, even if it’s just for a couple of days. I’m ashamed.

Although this bad habit of mine doesn’t do my suitcase any favors, it certainly serves my blog well! So, you beautiful people, you, let’s talk about holiday must-haves!

Here’s a picture of me trying to juggle some of the products I’m about to talk about. Oh yeah, check out these skills!

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Basically the first vacation essential would be to ensure a good base for your skin. Make sure to moisturize if you’ll be spending lots of time in the sun, as I plan to!

I personally love using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, as it’s not too heavy on the skin, yet still provides enough moisture. To go along with that, I’ve been trying out Clinique’s CC Cream as well. The coverage is very light, but it’s great for days when you don’t want to pack on the foundation. As I don’t want my makeup to slide off my face, I like wearing this on hotter days. Let me know if you’d like a more in-depth review of the CC Cream! It’s a great summer product in my opinion.

PS, if you haven’t boarded the EOS lip balm bandwagon, I suggest you go to your nearest drugstore and pick one up! To be honest, they aren’t the most moisturizing on the lips, but they smell heavenly, and I mean, c’mon, have you seen the packaging??

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I also love a good lip and cheek combo, and Revlon has me sorted! I’ve been loving bright pinks lately, and if you’re on the hunt for some budget brights, I suggest Revlon’s creme blush in Flushed and the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop!

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As for summer scents, I’ve been loving all things fresh and girly! On vacation, I especially want something light and lovely that I can easily apply on the go! My recent favorite is probably Bath and Body Work’s scent called Beautiful Day. I have the Triple Moisture Body Creme and the Fragrance Mist, both of which smell gorgeous! Definitely a must-have for me!

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I also get super lazy with my hair on trips, so I made sure to pack a dry shampoo! The one I’m currently using is by the brand Psssst! I like the smell of this one, but I’m not sure if it’s the best out there! I’ll have to keep up my research in that regard!

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Going along with the pink theme, I’ve just purchased a new nail polish called Crazy For Chic by Loreal. It’s almost a watermelon color, and I find that the Loreal nail polishes last forever on my nails, and they’re not too pricy, which is always a plus! I’ll definitely be sporting this color on my trip!

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As for entertainment, I can’t leave the house without my phone or a good book! I just joined the rest of America in buying an iPhone, and look at how adorable this Otterbox is, am I right? Also, if you’re in the mood for a relaxing read, you might try picking up something by Kate Morton. She’s a great author, who pens modern mysteries!

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Last but not least, we can’t forget about clothing! I’ve been loving brightly colored swimsuits at the moment, and the two down below are both from Victoria’s Secret. DSC_0623 DSC_0624

If it’s going to be super sunny at your holiday destination, I suggest bringing a cute hat and pair of sunglasses along to shield your eyes from the bright light! The ones I’m wearing are from Target.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my holiday must-haves!

Let me know in the comments what things you’ll be sure to bring on your vacation!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

June Favorites

Okay, what? June is over? So weird! On the plus side, this means I get to share my first favorites post!

For those who might never have seen a favorites video or post, I’m basically just going to talk about the things I’ve been loving this month, other than songs, which I’ve already posted about!

Here’s an overall pic of some of the stuff I couldn’t get enough of this June!

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Let’s do a rundown, shall we?

I’ve seriously been loving to wear higher waisted shorts. The coral and hunter green colors I have are both from Urban Outfitters. They are the BDG Alexa Mid-Rise shorts. They’re super comfortable (after a wash cycle). PS: be sure to wash these shorts in their own loads of laundry; the dye in them will spread, as I found out the hard way!

I styled the shorts with a crop top that also came from Urban Outfitters. DSC_0593DSC_0595DSC_0621

I paired the outfit with some peep-toe flats from (you guessed it!) Urban Outfitters. Can you tell I recently spent a lot of money there?

As for the makeup favorites, I’ve already mentioned Tarte’s Exposed blush, which is pinky-brown, super long wearing, and a color I’d say would flatter anyone! I’ve also been loving the Rimmel Apocalips lipgloss range. The two colors I have are Stellar and Big Bang.

In regards to nail polish, I’ve been into corals, as you can see from the picture of my feet above! If you’re looking for budget nail polishes, Wet N’ Wild has some great summer colors on display at the moment!

BTW, during my Urban Outfitters shopping spree, I totally freaked out when I saw they had Tangle Teasers in stock! I’ve been lusting after one for the longest time, so I didn’t pass up the opportunity to snatch up this cute baby blue one!

They are great on wet or dry hair, and don’t do half as much damage to your hair as normal brushes would. Here’s an artsy picture of mine, which I now realize looks like a kidney bean. Oh well.

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As for two random faves, I’ve been loving Soap and Glory’s Hand Food, which is a hand lotion. It smells amazing, and I picked this one up from Sephora for a fiver. I’ve also been on my feet a lot, and my new Sanuks have definitely helped make my life easier! I’d def recommend them to anyone who’s ever wanted to walk on a cloud. It’s a good time.

As always, I’ve loved wearing way too many rings at once. I added two to my collection this month, as you’ll see below. One is a fish-bone toe ring, and the other is the one on the far left.

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Last but not least, I’ve developed an obsession with viruses. Now that sounds strange, and you’re probably thinking I’m a freak, but they’re so fascinating. I re-watched Contagion this month, and also went to see World War Z, and both these movies re-ignited my intrigue about how viruses spread and manipulate, and how we re-act to them as individuals both psychologically and physically, and how society re-acts as a whole. As the human body breaks down and is consumed by sickness, so does society deteriorate, erasing taboo and creating chaos in the process.

(Apologizes for English major freak-out)

Anyways, if that sort of thing interests you too, you should read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It’s a true story, but reads like fiction. I’m telling you, even Steven King calls it a page-turner. I promise, you won’t regret reading it, except that you might not ever want to touch anyone or anything or leave the confines of your own home ever again.

It’s worth it. Here’s me pretending to read it!

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Anyways, hope you enjoyed my first ever favorites post!

What stuff having you been loving for the month of June?? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Sarah E.

Top Tunes For June

Music is one of my absolute favorites. I seriously am so passionate about finding new tracks to listen to whilst getting ready in the morning, writing poems, or going on a car ride. Each of the artists I add to my collection are like small treasures that bring me happiness, and I’d love to share them with you guys. If I like a song, I will play it over and over until I’m sick of it, and those are the ones I’d say are worth mentioning! That said, here are the songs/artists/albums I’ve been loving for the month of June:

1) The National’s new album called Trouble Will Find Me is definitely a fave. I love the whole album, but my favorite songs are “Graceless,” “Don’t Swallow the Cap,” and “I Need My Girl.” I’d say this album is the band’s best so far.

2) Gregory Alan Isakov. Just yes. His voice is heavenly. I have been loving his songs “Big Black Car,” “If I Go, I’m Goin,” and “The Stable Song.” His songs are sort of folksy, and super relaxing. Absolutely love.

3) St. Lucia’s song “All Eyes on You.” I just recently discovered this band, and this song is sort of mellow, and yet reminiscent of the 80’s in a way. I don’t know, it’s just great.

4) Jose Gonzalez’s song called “Heartbeats” is fantastic. It reminds me of Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling and pure joy.

5) A friend’s sister recently released her first EP. The artist is Ivory Layne. Her EP is on iTunes. She is seriously amazing! She is quirky and fun and it’s like her personality is evident in every lyric! I love all the songs on the EP, but my absolute faves are “Not That Man,” and “Socrates.” Go and give her a listen. I’m 100% sure you won’t regret it!

So these are my top tunes for June. I definitely could have included more, but we’ll save some for next month, shall we?

Be sure to tell me if you like any of my favorite songs for this month, and tell me in the comments what you’ve been listening to this June!

Until next time,

Sarah E.