Here is everything I'd sell my soul for in a second:
Thursday March 23rd. This would be a long, grueling day of class after class, but what came after that grueling day I could only describe as a shaken up can of coke waiting to explode. After months and months of waiting, I was finally going to get to see my best friend. The only catch: she was about 220 miles away from where I was.
The road trip started off with pelts of never ending rain and slow moving cars. Not exactly how I pictured the start of this journey. Music, the continuous phone calls from parents, and grassy farmland with cows littered throughout kept me company. It's utterly fascinating being plucked from your seemingly hectic city only to be placed on a road far away from home surrounded by nothing. And yet, life still happens here. Kids go to school, parents go to work, teenagers have their first kisses, babies are born, people die, repeat.
I quickly find myself entering the town of Sarasota. I've left behind expensive cars for cows and then cows for beach. incredible. Sarasota is a kitchy beach town with museums for everything as my friend says. There a tall, new, white buildings filled up with beautiful things I imagine, and dilapidated small homes also filled with beautiful things i'd imagine.
Character, is the only thing I can confirm almost immediately, that Sarasota has.
The next couple of days feel like a blur to me now. Singing in the car, roasting on a beach covered with white sand that feels like powder, feeling so full on fish, plantains, and ice cream, going to the farmers market, being served lunch by a handsome French boy, and laying in bed watching films.
Its Sunday December 11th and it's raining outside. I have Cough Syrup by Young the Giant playing softly in the background as I type this up. The lyrics seem fitting to me and where I'm at in life at the moment, so I'll keep it on repeat for the time being. Lucky is under the table laying at my feet. Her neediness makes me unwillingly think about the time when she wont be there to scratch at my legs or lick my feet for a cuddle or two.
There's something about Sundays that I've come to love. The laziness, which I could take part in everyday, fits so well with Sundays. I regret any time I've ever spent thinking about it in distaste. I also regret looking towards Mondays with the same bitterness.
Just a few hours ago I curled up in bed, Patti Smiths M Train clutched in hand. It was raining outside then, and still is. It's quite too fitting. This is the first time in a while I've really sat down and read a good book. In trying to feel connected to the online world, I've felt more disconnection than I've ever felt before. Maybe interruptions throughout the day with M Train will help. Or at least I keep telling myself. From as far as I've gotten in the book, Patti dreams about opening her own coffee shop. She's spent so much time in them, it only seems fitting. But then as life goes, love arrives and what can you do other than hop on the train and see where it takes you? She's traveling with her lover at the moment....
I have to shut the book though. My head is starting to ache and hunger pains are forcing me to satisfy it's needs. I feel myself wanting a coffee, a la Patti, but I shy away from it realizing it's probably not the best choice.
I choose some buttered toast and a bowl of sweet cut up apples. I've placed them on top of The New York Times. Theres a front page story on twinkie's which makes me crave one in this moment. To the side, and most likely continuing into the belly of the paper are stories on staff picks and Trump. I'm tired of reading about him and everyone else. Except for Patti. I don't think I'll get tired of reading about her.
I love Sundays.
It's no shocker I'm YouTube obsessed. If you spend any time with me you'll hear the words, "Have you seen this YouTube video?" at least 5 times during our hang sesh. In other cases however, If I have the option to go out or watch a new vlog, I'm gonna watch the vlog (sorry.) As you can see I have an undying love. If you love YouTube as much as me, or are a Youtube virgin, check out some of these people!
Casey Neistat: The ultimate king of Vlogs (Seriously) uploads everyday, lives in NYC, and is friends with basically every famous person ever. What's not to love?
Ben Brown: The original adventurer, lives both in London and South Africa. Every time I watch one of his vlogs I'm inspired to travel the world. Ben also tends to upload everyday so you'll always have a new vlog to watch.
Everyday Estée: A Canadian living her life in London, accompanied with her insanely cool boyfriend Aslan and their dog Reggie. Some of the best humor, easily the best binge worth vlogs.
HRH COLLECTION: The most ridiculous LA vlogs by a jewelry designer named Alex (you'll die)
Jamie and Nikki: Recently new parents based in Australia! if you love vlogs you'll love them.
More Zoella: If you're familiar with the popular beauty guru Zoella, you'll love her vlogs. They always happen to be 20+ minutes long so its like watching a tv episode.
The Michalaks: Another family vlogging team based in London!
annaleeandjesse: One of the coolest couples based in LA. Catch them eating the best ramen!!
Chloe Morello: AMAZING TUTORIALS! Plus you'll get a couple laughs out of it
Claire Marshall: Coolest chick ever with the best tutorials. She's also a vlogger!
Monika Blunder: Recreates amazing red carpet looks and has guests sometimes!
Charlotte Tilburry: THE O.G. MAKEUP GURU BUY HER PRODUCTS! WATCH HER VIDEOS!
Pixiwoo: This sister duo make the best recreation looks. They also have their own line of makeup brushes.
Clothesencounters: Based in LA, Jen showcases the coolest looks which are very much street style esque! Jen always has the best advice videos, look books, and favorites.
British Vogue: The best short videos ever. If you love fashion you'll love British Vogue
Nylon Video: All different videos, on beauty, the cover stars, beauty, gifts, advice and more!
Vogue: Same as the British vogue channel just without the cool accents! What's not to love!
VAGABOND YOUTH: Super cool fashion looks & street style. (Always a good haul)
Andrew Lowe: Theres nothing I can say to describe Andrew. Watch one video and you'll understand.
thatsojack: Super funny guy and makes the best story time videos! If you're a directioner you'll definitely want to check out his video on him meeting Harry Styles.
loanthony: The funniest videos on the oddest topics. You'll 100% laugh.
Gigi Gorgeous: BEST STORY TIME VIDEOS. Sometimes I wonder if Gigi is real.
Adrian Bliss: The best sarcastic humor you'll ever see. Makes fun of every vlogger.
ayydubs: Has some amazing series videos including my favorite, the Tinder dating series.
Cartia Mallan: Some of the best festival vlogs EVER! Carter also covers fashion, beauty, and sit down videos and your life 100% will change forever but in the best possible way.
Wild Daze: The most amazing human being with the sickest style. Probably one of my favorite YouTubers at the moment. Mika has the best hauls, lookbook, and sit down videos you'll ever watch. Also will 100% change your life.
Sonya Esman: Amazing blogger and even better YouTuber. Covers everything on her channel! Fun fact: I delivered her macaroons when I interned in NYC!
Sunbeamsjess: The coolest haul videos ever! Does amazing Q&A's as well! Just an over all relatable girl.
The Messy Heads: Amazing blog and an amazing channel! Lot's of short and sweet videos that'll get those creative juices flowing. Check out Emma's (member of The Messy Heads) Cool Girl of the Week interview here!
Maddi Bragg: Awesome fashion, beauty, & Q&A's. LA based!
Estée Lalonde: High key obsessed with Estée! The Canadian living in London YouTuber makes some of the best makeup, fashion, sit-down talks, and more!
I've never really been a HUGE TV show fanatic. Okay that's a lie, I was one when Lizzie McGuire was a thing but other than that I've never been one to consistently keep up with a show. My attention span is short and yes I'm one of those screen multi-taskers.
Now this is where I rebut my argument and introduce you to the new love in my life: VINYL
Vinyl is a show created by Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese, so you know it's a good one.
While this show is mainly about Mr. Finestra, it also follows the lives of his wife Devon, played by Olivia Wilde, A&R assistant Jamie, Zak Yankovich played by Ray Romano (that's right folks he's back and better than ever baby) and many others!
Another amazing component of this show are the clothes. Holy guacamole are the clothes INSANE! If you're a fan of fashion, which I hope you are, you could watch this show just for that alone. If you know the costume director please put me in touch with them.
The show mainly takes place in New York City during the 70's, and follows record man Richie Finestra. Mr. Finestra is in the process of resurrecting his record label American Century and of course while doing that, shit hits the fan almost constantly.
Oh and another thing, if you're a fan of legends like Bowie, Warhol, Reed, Lennon, Cooper, & many more, WATCH THIS SHOW BECAUSE THEY ALL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AND IT'S CRAZY!
So you're into the vegan lifestyle, but you're not ready to quit your old habits cold turkey. Understandable. I've slowly been making my way into a plant based diet, and I've realized the easiest way for me has been by adding in vegan friendly snacks and meals into my diet in place of animal product based snacks! I know it can be hard finding snacks that are yummy, healthy, and filling, but little do you know these snacks are laying right under your nose!
Here are some of my current favorites:
- Pita bread and hummus or vegan butter. I normally put my pita bread in this mini oven we have at home to warm it up and give it a little bit of a crisp (about a min and a half) This way, when it comes out it smells like fresh baked bread (sooo good)
- Platter of carrots and hummus, with some green apples! The combination of salty & sweet is sure to help your cravings when all you wanna do is reach for some chocolate.
- Grapes! Literally like candy and pretty good for ya too!
- Toast with almond butter, sliced bananas, agave nectar, and sprinkled cinnamon on top. Very filling and a good pick me up if you have a sweet-tooth
- Veggie chips & guac (yum yum yum)
- Roasted chickpeas (literal crack) Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F, then making sure your chickpeas are somewhat dry, toss them in bowl of olive oil, salt, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper, then place them on a bake sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them!
- Açai bowl! Most grocery stores will sell frozen packets of açai, so all you have to do is pop it in a blender, add some almond milk or coconut water, fruits, and the voila!
What are your favorite vegan snacks?
Step 1: Pick a theme. I've always been into the 70's theme, so I tend to gravitate to 70's inspired themes with a modern twist.
Step 2: Have stand out items that give your space personality! A lot of the items you'll probably find thrifting.
Step 3: Create some good vibes & bring in the GREEN
Step 4: Organization! Always have a thing where another thing goes! You'll be able to find containers at your local target, home goods, container store etc. A tip if you don't want to spend that much money is reusing tin cans! Just take the outside wrapping off and leave it as is (silver and all) or do a DIY paint job to customize.
In no time you should have a space that you are absolutely in love with. Remember your room is kind of your sanctuary of sorts, and thats where you will most likely end up after a long day!
P.S. Click on the pictures because almost everything seen here is available to buy!
It's only February but I've already got my mind set on Summer 2016.
This is a little Summer mood board to hold me over until then.
Sometimes I feel like my biggest struggle is finding something quick, healthy, easy, and filling to make for breakfast.
Today was my first day back at school & I knew with all the errands I needed to run I would need some energy.
How To Make:
1. Toast two pieces of whole wheat bread
2. Spread almond butter on both halves
3. Drizzle honey on both halves
4. Sprinkle cinnamon on top
1. Find someone to road trip with
2. Go early
3.Bring a good playlist
4. Take some water
5. Always have some Gum in reach
6. Pack those Snacks
7. Wear something comfy
8. Take a camera
9. Don’t fall asleep
10. Look outside
SOMETHING ABOUT MIAMI
Went to Wynwood
Wynwood Wynwood Wynwood
Wynwood is such a good name.
The only attraction that will make you look cool, you instantly see everyone is snapping away trying to get themselves in with a mural. If you happen to get your lucky photo,your insta commenters will say something about you being hipster. Take it. So today, with an open mind and mom jeans to match, the amount of laughs and hands clapped at the table were endless.
& I’ve realize when you find yourself losing track of time because hours feel like minutes and minutesfeel like seconds, maybe Mercury is actually in retrograde
Miami is pure pure magic
Paint splatters the walls
& It seems like for once someone got it right