Thursday, March 01, 2012

March into March

Regardless of how mild this winter's been, whenever March 1st comes around, a part of me sincerely expects the clouds to part and for the hallelujah choir/warm sun to beat down on this gray, blustery city. Alas, we still have a few weeks to go -- but in the meantime, here's a short mix of songs to ride into that sweet sunlight (when it comes).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Androgynous Perfection

Jeeyoung Kang, fashion director of GQ Korea. The cut, the colors, the shades, the shoes, the gloves. Represent.

[via all the pretty birds]

Friday, January 06, 2012

Piano Organ Bank

A lovely short film about the oldest piano shop in Paris. Its owner, Marc Manceaux, says oh so correctly, "As long as I have some water, a candle, a hardback book, an old piano, I'll still be alive."


Friday, December 30, 2011

A Day Spent with Sled Dogs

I've always had a soft spot for huskies, but spending an entire day with a team of sweet and lovable rescued sled dogs really sealed the deal. There was one pup named Rabbit (see below) who blatantly stole my heart. Also: a beautiful hike on a clear day, seeing our first 'sun dog', and a very Alaskan post-hike snack (cheese, crackers, apples, and of course -- delicious smoked salmon).

Sidenote: one of the very few advantages of having 5 hours of daylight: it's either sunrise or sunset at any given moment -- which means best photography light ever, all the time.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ice Fishing in the Last Frontier, NBD

The past week has been a whirlwind -- flew up to Alaska for Christmas with the family, then went straight back to the airport to pick up a few dear friends and a dear boyfriend flying in from NYC.  Yesterday we drilled holes in the lake and dangled bait into the dark, cold abyss below the ice for hours; after plenty of nibbles and lost bait, LO AND BEHOLD: A FISH! (We then fried it up and devoured it like real outdoorsmen/outdoorswomen. It was delicious.)

And speaking of the great outdoors, how adorable are these tents from Fieldcandy? They're maybe not-so-suitable for the arctic temperatures we're experiencing at the moment, but come summertime....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sleep No More

If you live in New York City, and haven't yet experienced 'Sleep No More,' stop reading this post and go buy tickets right this second. I'll wait.

Okay. Ready?

After months of anticipation (and one last-minute rescheduling), I finally got to experience 'Sleep No More' last night. And I'm sure anyone else who has seen the show will agree that it's one of those experiences you want -- nay, need to talk to about and process with everyone and anyone as soon as it's over.

'Sleep No More' is essentially the next step in the evolution of the stage play; a wholly immersive theatre-going experience for the audience member, where no two audience member's experiences will ever be remotely the same. To even try and describe it right now feels like trying to describe a dark, hazy, haunting, and gloriously beautiful dream; vivid details and moments jump out from my memory, then recede.

The show can be described as 'Macbeth' set in a 6-story hotel that is decked out as well as any Hitchcock movie you've ever seen, but don't expect to walk in a have a linear, cohesive narrative presented to you. Rather, one stumbles across characters and situations while exploring the hotel and its myriad settings -- at one point last night, two characters rushed down past me in the stairwell, followed by a stream of audience members hidden behind their requisite white masks. I could have turned to follow them, but decided to continue exploring on my own, before coming across Lady Macbeth balancing precariously on the edge of a porcelain bathtub. As my boyfriend put it, it's like a grown-up version of Choose Your Own Adventure.

The level of detail in the art direction is astounding -- I had heard people raving about it before I went, but it's hard to truly understand it until you're immersed in the set and are rifling through ledger books and letters and props with your own hands. Not to mention the choreography and music -- which are integral to the story-telling -- that are staggeringly impressive aspects of the show as well.

In all of my time here in this crazy city, this show stands out as one of the craziest and most spectacular experiences I can recall. Luckily, they seem to keep extending the show due to the overwhelming response its gotten. And is that really a surprise? I don't think I'll be able to stop thinking about 'Sleep No More' for weeks to come.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I've never been a fan of mass anonymous rating sites like Yelp, and I'd guess that I'm not the only one who would rather take recommendations from people whose tastes I know and trust. Now there's a sleek and stylish app that makes this totally possible: Stamped. I love the simplicity and design of the whole app, and I can already see myself getting majorly addicted.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Central Park Mini-Concert

Alternate post title: I get by with a little help from my friends.

Here's a glimpse into a recent project the band and I were able to accomplish, thanks to the efforts of an extremely talented bunch of friends with really nice cameras. Over the summer, Sing for Hope placed pianos for the general public's use and amusement all around NYC for two weeks. And like last year, we took full advantage of said pianos and played an impromptu mini-concert at the Bandshell in Central Park on a lovely summer evening.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Undiscovered First

Ms. Leslie Feist is undoubtedly one of my biggest heroes and influences in the game at the moment, and her newest album 'Metals' is, in my opinion, her best to date. Here's a video of Feist with a couple of her Mountain Men and drummer, playing 'Undiscovered First' for Black Cab Sessions.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A hello.

Hey friends. It's been a hot minute.

I could say that I've been taking an voluntary, unannounced hiatus from blogging, but that's just not true. Fact of the matter is, the past year has been the most whirlwind year of my life so far (in a great way), and I have a feeling this sensation isn't letting up anytime soon. Somewhere in between juggling a busy day job, self-managing an ever-expanding band and music career, and life in general, blogging fell through the cracks. But the truth is, I miss blogging. I really do. I miss interacting with this unbelievably creative, kind, and funny community on a daily basis (let's not even get started on how long my Google Reader has been sitting at 1000+).

Basically, I miss you guys.

So I just wanted to give a quick shout-out into the ether of the blogosphere and say a hello. I can't promise that I'll be updating as regularly as I once used to, but I can promise that I'm still here.

Alright. Enough about me. What's new with you?
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