Monday, April 27

Passion Pit at The Norva, Pt. 2

Last night, I had the privilege of going to my second Passion Pit concert at The Norva.  A bit of an impulsive decision, I drove down to Norfolk the day of, purchased a ticket, then spent the afternoon taking in downtown Norfolk before the show.  It was a recipe for the perfect day.

Passion Pit's latest album, Kindred, was released only this past Tuesday, but I had been listening to the album on repeat for over a week....not to mention their first two albums was the soundtrack to long days in lab for the past semester.

I absolutely love The Norva; I can safely say it's my favorite venue.  It's a great size, the atmosphere of it is perfect, and they've always got great bands playing.  Now for the good stuff...the concert was beyond amazing.  They performed almost all of Kindred, and of course, all the classics from Manners and Gossamer.  Michael Angelakos pours his soul into the songs and lyrics, and you can definitely tell.  A few years ago, he became vocal about his battle with bipolar disorder, about how it's affected his personal life and career.  It gives each Passion Pit performance I watch an extra level of depth and complexity.  He is definitely giving it his all, and I soaked it all in.

Some pictures of the day, unfortunately taken with my iTouch.

The famous dolphins that Norfolk is famous for.

 I'm all about the low quality, iTouch photos.  :(

Everyone needs days like this.  Impulsive decisions, alone or with friends, keep life interesting.

Currently listening to: "Whole Life Story" Passion Pit

Tuesday, April 21

Music Spotlight: The Hunts

Live music is a wonderful thing.  And local bands are just the icing on the top.  At The College's last Fridays @ 5 performance of the semester, The Hunts left us awestruck with their hour and a half long show.

The Hunts are an indie folk band from Chesapeake, VA.  The seven members in the band are all siblings, and no member of the family's talent is wasted.  Each member of the group plays a multitude of instruments and their ethereal sound and haunting harmonies are something really special.  After the first few songs, I knew I had to purchase their first CD and latest EP.  Their original music brings you immediately to a relaxed state and to a simpler time.

"Make This Leap"

"Hallelujah" cover

Currently listening to: "Remember Us" The Hunts

Sunday, March 29

Fashion Fascination: Clogs

I will be the first to say that clogs have never been my cup of tea, when it came to shoes.  There was something too chunky and uncomfortable about them.  Until, however...I saw this look below.

It was just completely perfect and got me craving a pair of my own.  I think I'd definitely go for the summer, sandal clog.  It's a good piece to elevate my summer looks.

Emilee Anne wearing American Apparel Crop Top // Zara Gingham Shorts // Swedish Hasbeens Sandals // Prada Sunglasses // L'Occitane Straw Tote

These.  I want these.
Bryr Eva Braided Clogs

Currently listening to: "If You Ever Want to Be in Love" James Bay

Thursday, March 12

"Go Ahead & Like It" by Jacqueline Suskin

Whenever I'm at a loss for blog posts, I go to my Pinterest page for inspiration.  And it never fails.  This quote below reminds me of something I came across while discovering LA with my sister a few weeks back, one of the highlights of my time there.

This is Jacqueline Suskin.  Definitely one of LA's hidden gems, she is a "writer, performance poet and artist."  My sister and I met her at a farmer's market and I was instantly infatuated with her and Poem Store.

According to her website, Poem Store is a "performance-business-poetry piece that consists of composing custom poetry on a manual typewriter, in exchange for a donation. Your subject, your price."

While talking to her, she mentioned that she had written a book called "Go Ahead & Like It".  The book describes the benefits, social, mental, and emotional, of writing these "I like:" lists.  While it hasn't been officially released, I got a sneak peek look at the book and immediately fell in love with its beautiful illustrations and poetic prose.  I can't wait until its official release and I recommend everyone check out her website.

Currently listening to; "Believe" Mumford and Sons
Despite all of the criticism for Mumford and Sons' new sound, I cannot stop listening to this song.

Wednesday, February 25

Urban Art in Los Angeles

There's nothing like visiting a new city for the first time, experiencing the sights, smells, and sounds that are different from the place you're familiar with.  I just came back from visiting Los Angeles and it was wonderfully weird and amazingly artistic.

After looking through the pictures I took during my trip, a common theme arose.  I am a big fan of graffiti and architectural structures and fixtures in a city.  And Los Angeles has no shortage of either.  From the more organized street lamp installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the unconventional graffiti, urban art can reveal the soul of a city.

Currently listening to: "Lifted Up (1985)" Passion Pit