Music Monday: Everlong (and a question)


I’ve been listening to lots of late nineties/early aughts rock on Spotify lately—think playlists of Soundgarden, Beck, Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, etc. It got me thinking: as these artists have moved into our memories as the icons of a bygone era (as hard as it is to believe, some of their hit songs are nearly twenty years old), have any artists emerged to take their place? I’m thinking of rock bands that became active in the late aughts or later, specifically, and have that same kind of enduring artistry that will make them instantly recognizable to the kids of the next generation who pull up “vintage” playlists on Spotify.

I’m racking my brain and am really having trouble thinking of anyone. I suppose there are some rock artists that I would consider, such as The Black Keys, The Arctic Monkeys, The National, and Highly Suspect; but it’s really too early to tell for some of these artists. I suppose only time will tell!

Do you have any artists to suggest? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Starting a new chapter

This past year has been so full of change for me. My life last summer versus my life this summer are completely different, though in all the best ways possible. Even so, sometimes life seems to really sucker punch you in the stomach, and even good changes don’t feel very good at first.

That’s also why I kind of stopped blogging over the past year: because I was physically and emotionally overwhelmed. It’s not that I fell out of love with blogging, it’s just that I was so drained that sitting down to write became a chore. Lots of days, I barely had the leftover energy to flick through Netflix, let alone put together a coherent blog post. Read More

Oh so CHARMing: an ethical alternative to down comforters

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CHARM is turning the traditional approach to down comforters on its head with natural, breathable fiber alternatives.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you probably know one of the reasons I got into blogging in the first place was my desire to find natural, affordable, animal-friendly alternatives to the lifestyle products I was currently using. Things have come a long way since I started back in 2008—animal-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods are continuing to take up a larger market share with each passing year—but there are some goods that remain difficult to replace. Take bedding, for example: if you don’t want to utilize animal-sourced wool or down, the alternative is often synthetic. But synthetics are sucky in their own way, and not just because they’re hard on Mother Earth: they’re not as breathable and often not as soft as a natural fiber, making for a less-than-zen sleeping experience.

So imagine how intrigued I was to discover CHARM. Drawing on years of design experience, and an unwillingness to settle for anything less than perfection, the company is upending traditional comforter design with a plant-powered blend that offers all the loft and coziness of down with none of the ethical complications. Read More