Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Billy Bragg and Wilco || "Ingrid Bergman" --- I absolutely love this album...and my friend Jon let me know there's a volume 2.
Lykke Li || "Breaking it Up"
Paolo Nutini || "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" --- reminds me of moving to LA and the summer with Emma and Allison.
Clint Mansell || "Lux Aeterna"..my little brother, Johnny suggested this one. Instrumental.
Theresa Anderson || "Birds Fly Away" --- I can totally foresee this being featured on Grey's Anatomy.
Monday, September 29, 2008
- If you like Bloc Party, the Foals and Vampire Weekend, you'll like Friendly Fires. Another English band with a particular guitar-pop sound and some serious electronic rhythms. If you are in LA, they're playing with Lykke Li on Nov 3 at the El Rey.
Download the song for free here.
I look forward to the fall months, mostly because I'm sick of all my summer clothes. Although, falls in Southern California are not particularly conducive to the latest fall fashions. But I guess that is good for me. And I know Brooke would agree with me on this one. Lately, I have found that my once extreme shopping habits have significantly declined, to almost non-existent. My first job, my first salary, my first time paying all my living expenses (well that's almost true), have all greatly curbed my 'on a whim' shopping trips. We have both come to the conclusion that the majority of our current wardrobe is a little too "college-ish". Yet, we can't transform it quite yet at this point in our lives.
We spent the weekend in San Diego at my parent's house. Our friend Taylor joined us, as to escape the confines of the Pepperdine Law School library. I was supposed to be dog sitting while my parents are vacationing, but I gave up and persuaded my aunt to take her on. Racing home from work every day was not really working for me. It was a very relaxing weekend. Slept in, watched Saturday football (the Longhorns destroyed Arkansas), consumed vast amounts of coffee, read all my mother's house/decorating/cooking magazines, waited for the sun to come out which unfortunately never happened, and lounged in the spa.
Our conversation quickly turned to how all of our friends are either engaged, married or in serious relationships (we are very much looking forward to all the weddings we will be going to next year). We are 3 single girls in LA. Meeting the right kind of people/guys has proven to be tricky. And yet we are in one of the largest cities in the world. How can that be? We even entertained the idea of eHarmony, but then decided we'd be the ones matched up with a crazy and kidnapped to never be seen again. So before we reach that extreme we decided we'd give it some more time...would make for some interesting blog posts though...
Friday, September 26, 2008
-I've decided to take on a new outlook on life… be more positive, enjoy the outdoors more often, less talk and more action really
-I'm buying a bicycle/beach cruiser to enjoy on the weekends ….have to research on Craig's List or even buy a new one (gouge) Driving up to Molly's and cruising up and down the coast along the running/biking path sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon....This one is kind of cute..
-I really want to see Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist as well as Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona sometime in the near future. Michael Cera+Stephen Colbert+Woody Allen might officially be the sexiest man ever. Call me crazy, that's fine.
-Recently watched my Netflix…Bella and No Country for Old Men. Enjoyed both … No Country was intense to say the least. It was the first time I'd seen it. I know I know but it was one that slipped through the cracks. Javier Bardem was as brilliant as everyone had made him out to be. Overall though, it was completely depressing. I'm exciting for the next two on my queue… The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- saw it in the theater…. absolutely wonderful. Beautiful images and incredibly inspiring. Exactly the kind of movie to kick off my new outlook.. and then another Coen brothers masterpiece - Fargo.
-I'm going to try cooking a new recipe every week. Probably on Sundays, however, I've realized that I only actually enjoy cooking when I'm cooking for others... friends in LA… get ready.
-My excitement is building for our friends Carley and katy to come and visit Halloween weekend! Also, our friend Cristian might come out and visit in January.. annnn bring the newest addition.. baby Austin!
-New seasons of Family Guy and Californication start tomorrow night! Seth McFarland was interviewed on Indie 103.1 this morning…seems like an interesting guy and relatively down to earth despite his insane success.
-I'm anxious to take a trip somewhere. I don't know when or where but the anticipation leading up to a trip and then the actual experience itself are unlike anything else.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Cheers!
• Things that would be useful:
-Preventing 200 million foreclosures
-Paying back our debt to Japan, with enough left over for Luxembourg or Russia
-Paying the equivalent of 10 years of total international humanitarian aid at current levels, per Jeff Sachs's estimate
-Tripling the income of the billion people in the world who are living on $1/day or less
-Providing bi-weekly $100 psychotherapy sessions for every American for a year
• Things that would be awesome:
-Throwing 100,000 lavish Las Vegas birthday parties with appearances by the Rolling Stones
-Buying Iraq and Afghanistan, with enough left over for Sweden (or 13 Iraqs, or 90 Afghanistans), measuring by G.D.P.
-Remaking The Dark Knight 3,800 times
-Buying 10,000 pounds of LSD, the most expensive thing in the world, per pound
• Things that would arguably be a waste of money:
-Paying for enough ads for the next 4,000 Super Bowls (with ads at $3 million)
-Buying 10 iPhones for every American (with iPhones at $200)
-Fighting for another 5 years in Iraq and Afghanistan at current costs
-Buying every Mega Millions ticket at current circulation for next 180 years
-Shipping five roses to everybody on the planet
-Buying the publishing and music industries wholesale
-Remaking Titanic 3,500 times
• Things that may come in handy when society collapses:
-Supplying at least two AK-47’s per person, including children (at about $1,000 a pop on the black market)
-Feeding every American on a Campbell’s soup diet for 2 years (at $1.29 a can)
-Buying 10 high-end tents for every American
-Providing a Tata—the miraculous, $2,500 Indian minicar—for every American of driving age
• Things that would quite possibly suck the Earth into black holes:
-10 Large Hadron Colliders
The Gaslight Anthem's "The '59 Sound" sounds like a mix of Bruce Springsteen and Blink 182. They're based out of New Jersey and are relatively unheard of in the U.S. They are HUGE in the U.K. Check them out, I know you'll like them. Their music video is below.
Summer is officially over, but the Santa Ana Winds should be rolling in to So Cal soon. It becomes our second summer, hot dry winds, perfect to relax in outside. This song kind of reminds me of that weather (and my friend threatened to stop reading my blog unless I posted this song).
Don Henley - "Boys of Summer"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Throughout high school, I would flip through and read excerpts from Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation so I was naturally drawn to the personal story, letter, interview aspect of this book. So maybe it's not for everyone. But it was enjoyable to read... so much so that it's one of those books I felt I had to pass on...which I did to my good friend Mike with the intention that he would do the same once he finished. The September 11th and Hurricane Katrina interviews are indescribably powerful. It’s so important in the larger scheme of things to capture these stories and memories and this book captures them in a unique way. Most interviews I read are fail to make a connection between the interview, interviewee and reader. But with this book, the reader connects to the interview through exploring the relationship and dynamics between the interviewer and interviewee, whether it is father and daughter, grandmother and grandson, or two friends.
Finally, the questions provided on the “Great Questions List” is the best part. I’ve made it a goal to have my own StoryCorps interview with the two remaining grandparents I have as well as my parents. It might not be an official StoryBooth interview but I’ll set up my own style of recording session….one that I would want to last more than forty minutes. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had conversations with my dad in which he’s shared stories of his mother, father and childhood. I so wish I’d had a tape recorder all those times.
How would you like to be remembered?
Do you have any regrets?
What were your parents like?
What lessons have you learned from your relationships?
Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
photo courtesy of BarnesandNoble.com
I have a thing for these two men especially Stephen Colbert. I religiously DVR their shows and if I miss one, particularly The Colbert Report, I watch it online. I'm not sure I can actually pinpoint why I'm obsessed with Stephen Colbert.....Maybe it's his slight resemblance to my dad - Freud you'll love that one- or maybe it's the glasses or the endless amount of quippy remarks, whatever it is I look forward to the chance to enjoy his show.
Here's a link to yesterday's episode.....
So Alaska... There are 2 hikes we are particularly interested in: The Arctic Refuge Hike and Ultimate Alaska. Both 8-9 day hiking trips, classified as moderate-strenuous. We're already packing. Anyone else?
As Real As School Starting the Same Week As Fashion Week
• Okay, we'll award points for it: Plus 2 for Lily finally coming home. And an additional Plus 1 for the fact that her version of "caring" for her children is overordering room service on their first day back to school.
• When Lily drops in on Rufus, he's on his way to go see Repo Man. Plus 9. This is totally realistic — guys like Rufus love that movie. Jessica probably has an ex-boyfriend watching it literally now. Yes, now. When he should be at work. And Plus 3 more for Lily offering to go see it with him. This not only gets across the writer's point, later articulated, that Lily is lonely, but shows us that she truly loves him, as we know for a fact that’s the only reason a woman would have for wanting to see that movie. Brava, Schwartz et al?Continued here.
Cheers to Thursdays!
(photo courtesy of The CW)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Cookie Madness posted this incredible cookie recipe today: M&M Oreo Chunk Chocolate Chip Cookies
In high school I used to buy the freshly baked 75 cent M&M cookies every single morning during passing period. I have yet to find a comparable M&M cookie since. Who knew a high school could produce such a fabulous cookie? Such a fond memory... Perhaps this will be my Sunday baking recipe.
Vintage 1950's Ceramic Alligator Salt and Pepper Shakers
Ace of spades vintage playing cards gold cufflinks
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- The Stone Roses - "I Wanna Be Adored" They were the next big band of the 80s... brit alternative indie rock ...
- Soft Complex - "Sad Note" ... the real gem is "Sad Note," a breathy ballad strung together with lyrical instrumental passages (avclub) ...a hypnotic new wave-influenced sound that echoes the polished bits of the Smiths, the Cure, and New Order... (allmusic)
- Over the Atlantic - "Starsign" chill... a great sunday morning song
- Readymade - "Hengshan Reeling" 5 minutes of pure bliss
If you are not watching it, you should be. It airs on AMC on Sunday nights.
On a side note, Elisabeth Moss who plays Peggy Olson on the show has been around Hollywood for a while. Does anyone remember the Disney movie, Escape to Witch Mountain?
Monday, September 22, 2008
In the aftermath of last weeks financial disasters I failed to find an article/discussion that fully captures the gravity and repurcussions of such a historic event...until I came across this video. Although the discussion occasionally falls outside my scope of financial knowledge, the interview is easy to follow and summarizes the devestating outcomes.... the effects of which we will deal for years to come.
Marc Jacobs "Totally Turnlock - Teri" tote in Fools Gold
Burton's line of snowboards
Michael Kors 'Annabel' open toe pumps
Free People sweaters like this one
Burton's pom-pom beanie
Mammoth (Opening Day: November 13)
Cheers and have a great week!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Well, I snagged the Bob Marley and the Wailers LIVE at the Rainbow DVD at work today and thought you might enjoy seeing a song from the set he played.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
“The people with the best style for me are the people that are the poorest. Like, when I go down to Venice beach and I see the homeless, like, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, they’re pulling out, like, crazy looks and they, like, pulled shit out of like garbage cans.'"
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
(courtesy of city-data.com & svresources.com)
Here is a new ad for The Getty. The idea: "Take regular Los Angelenos, going about their business in typical situations all over LA, and replace their heads with art from the Getty. All to set up the line that a trip to the Getty "stays with you". (M&C Saatchi LA)
Monday, September 15, 2008
We decided to meet two of our friends who are in law school at the Viceroy in Santa Monica. What a swanky, chic, modern hotel. I actually think it looks like a Motel 6 from the outside. If it is, props to the owners for hiring some creative designers to totally transform it. We met up in the Cameo Bar and ordered some cocktails and some appetizers (small portions, but very good). As the waitress came to clear the oysters, Brooke slightly tipped the tray which caused the melted ice to fall on her. Woah, you would have thought they spilled coffee on her with the series of events that occurred after this. The manager came over and offered her a business card so they could comp her dry cleaning. After we turned down his incredibly sincere gesture, we were graced with a platter of just about every dessert that was on the menu. We would have preferred if they just comp some of our drinks. The creme brulee was perhaps the best creme brulee any of us have ever tasted. Truffles with bacon ? Yes, surprisingly tasty.
If you are ever in Santa Monica, we would definitely recommend hitting up the Viceroy. Overall, great service and atmosphere. Valet is a little pricey, but they take credit cards and are extremely speedy. Also, make sure to check out the pool and bathrooms. Next time, we are going to finagle our way into one of the outside pool cabanas.
(courtesy of hotels.com)
(courtesy of viceroysantamonica.com)
(courtesy of forbes.com)