Month: April 2013

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 22

I’ve been feeling a little bit boho gypsy lately. It’s all those Free People catalogs that show up in the mail, I swear. A little fringe and some beaded earrings are perfect for spring.

One of the best parts about rocking a boho look is that you can just knot a scarf over your hair to hide dirty roots and frizz. It’s a super-cute excuse to totally not care what your hair is doing that day.

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 21

Day 21! Wheee, we’re almost done with this challenge! I like to make a basic black pencil skirt a little less office-ish and more fun with rock n’ roll accessories like ankle booties, a studded clutch, and my tiger sweater.

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 20 (plus mini review of ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’)

After spending the last couple of days sleeping on the couch in my sweats because I was just feeling blah, one of my friends dragged me out of the house to go see a movie. I wanted something that would be cute but also comfy and warm–movie theaters are way too cold, in my opinion!–so I went for jeggings, layered tops, wedge sneakers, and my favorite faux leather moto jacket.

I kind of went for a gypsy-rocker style today with big silver jewelry pieces and my slouchy knit hat. At least I still had a pop of color on my nails!

K. and I went to see The Place Beyond The Pines, with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. It’s directed by Derek Cianfrance, who also directed Gosling in Blue Valentine. I never used to pay much attention to Gosling, but after seeing him in Drive I’ve started to take note of any movie he’s in; the guy is a serious actor and he plays in some really dark, edgy and artsy films. Needless to say, his current roles are a far cry from The Notebook (no diss intended!).

The Place Beyond The Pines clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, but it doesn’t feel that long. A sort of three-part epic tragedy, it opens in the late nineties with the carnival motorcycle stuntman Luke (Gosling), who abruptly leaves his rough-and-tumble life with the traveling show to settle down in Schenectady, New York, after learning he fathered a son with a former fling, Romina (Eva Mendes). His attempts to insert himself into his son’s life don’t go over well with Romina or her family and Luke’s downward spiral puts him on a crash course with an ambitious rookie cop named Avery (Cooper) whose big dreams are hampered by rampant corruption in his department.

It sounds like such a simple plot on paper, but as the movie unfolds through various plot twists, it turns into something so much bigger. The butterfly effect of destruction that ripples out further and further through the film is hard to describe without giving away the whole plot, so I’ll just say that the film does cover a span of nearly twenty years as it looks at the consequences of both Luke’s and Avery’s choices as young men. If you like crime dramas or more artsy films instead of mainstream picks, you have to see this one. I didn’t expect to like it so much but I would definitely see it again.

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Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 19: Mint

Are you guys tired of seeing this color yet? I know I’ve been wearing it a lot lately! To perk up a minty swatch of Flower Beauty Thistle or That?, I added accent nails in Julep Sasha, my favorite spring coral.
 
Can you believe the crazy amount of shine on my nails? I’m using my new Julep Freddom Polymer top coat and loving it! It really does make nails look like they’ve got a gel topcoat; the shine is outrageous and it protects them from dings and chips, so I know my manicure will stay looking fresh for my movie date with girlfriends tomorrow, even if I do tear my hands up at work tonight.

[CLOSED] Album review + GIVEAWAY: Rebecca Roubion ‘Forests’ EP

(Disclaimer: I was provided a link to the album in order to review. The digital copy of the giveaway album will be e-mailed directly to the winner by the PR company. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are my own.)

Rebecca Roubion is one of those artists who is typically labeled as indie-pop, but her folk, soul and jazz influences make her music something a little more than your typical lightweight pop album. If you’re not yet familiar with her, you need to be: for fans of similar artists like Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones, Rebecca is the next big thing.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based songbird seamlessly fuses smooth piano ballads with a soulful, syrupy voice reminiscent of fellow Dixieland singers like Eva Cassidy. After successfully launching her debut EP Fields in the fall of 2012 via Kickstarter, Roubion returns this spring with the twin EP Forests.

Photo by Andrea Behrends.

Forests picks up where Fields left off, with Roubion switching easily between the understated arrangements of ‘Cripple Me’ and the peppier piano pop of ‘Not Sure Yet’. This is the sort of album you put on for brunch with friends or for an evening of relaxing, turning off the phone and curling up with a cup of tea and a stack of magazines!

Rebecca recently released this video for her single ‘Love Me Now’, which expertly captures Rebecca’s creative soul and all of the whimsical, giddy emotion of falling in love. Take a listen and just try not to picture this as the theme to a romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams or Zooey Deschanel!

Okay, now on to the giveaway! Starboard Music Group is generously offering one lucky reader a digital copy of Rebecca’s new EP Forests when it releases on May 7. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and remember: you can earn bonus entries every day by Tweeting about the giveaway, and one larger entry by sharing the video for ‘Love Me Now’! The giveaway is open through May 3rd. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can’t wait for the release of Forests? Pick up a digital copy of Fields today via Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes or Spotify, or visit her website to purchase a hard copy.


(Disclaimer: I was provided a link to the album in order to review. The digital copy of the giveaway album will be e-mailed directly to the winner by the PR company. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are my own.)