My friends can attest that I am a complete music junkie. My original thought for a career path was a behind-the-scenes ride toward discovering the next John Mayer. A few music internships later, I ended up shifting my course, but it’s still something I think about quite often.

A girl I went to college with posted this cover on Facebook a few nights back and I’m so glad I decided to have a listen. Performances by the original artist are our baseline; it’s what we know and expect the song to sound like. The artist developed the track that way on purpose. I find it incredibly captivating when another artist strips the song and does something completely different pushing their own musical creativity. I’d have to say that Sara Bareilles hit the nail on the head with this cover of ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay. She’s a rockstar.

PS fun fact: Paul McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ is the number one covered song of all-time.



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Raspberry Peach Prosecco Punch via Table For Two – The perfect refreshing summer drink.

Working in social media, I’m – unfortunately at times – always neck deep in communities and content. Luckily, being tuned in as part of my job allows my own social networks to thrive in my sharing of knowledge and inspirations – that is when I decide to keep up with them. Here’s a quick collection of my favorite pins of the last week to start off the weekend. XO.

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Dare I say it, Elizabeth might just be my favorite Olson.

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I’d like one of these installed in my apartment. Stat!

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Subway tile in the kitchen is a must.

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I’m SNL and Kristen Wiig obsessed, and this quote is pretty freaking accurate.

Current Obsession: Flowers Wrapped in Brown Paper



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Girls love getting flowers. If one tells you she doesn’t, she’s lying. The unexpected gift of a floral bouquet is one of life’s most exciting surprises. Why? Because it’s such a thoughtful gesture.

I’ve recently fallen in love with the way simple fresh cut flowers look wrapped in brown paper. It’s a much more natural feel (sans all the mess that occasionally accompanies bouquets) and leaves the opportunity for a love note. Our local Whole Foods sells them this way – Handsome might even find himself with a love note scribbled bouquet of fresh petals!



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Chicago’s Newest Duo


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So, while the news may be out of the bag, it’s not too late to say how excited I am to be living in Chicago! Handsome landed a new job and moved up in March, and I have had the lucky fortune to find an unbelievable new journey for my own career. Our lives together are opening a new chapter in our new home of Chicago. I just LOVE the way that sounds.

This wasn’t a whim decision. We’ve been talking about moving to a new city for many months and juggled the idea of Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas, you name it. We came to a conclusion that Chicago was the full package and still forgiving on our wallets.

My new job finds me still working in social media, but at an advertising agency working with several awesome clients. I’ve landed a dream job that will let my creativity thrive. Not only am I thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career, but I can’t wait to tear apart a new city. My first visit to Chicago was a weekend trip in late February to find Handsome an apartment, so the city is very new for me. It’s very similar to London, where I studied for four months my junior year of college. I couldn’t be more excited to explore and find “our spots” in our new home.

When I started this blog, I had intended to celebrate the everyday, and while I’ve lacked consistency in my writing, there is no doubt that I have much to celebrate. Recent readings of books and articles published about great women who have crafted great careers have been very inspiring for this new turn my life and I’m excited to share the mark they have left. But for the meantime, I’m going to enjoy all the new that’s present and take it all in.





Gracious (n.) – characterized by kindness and warm courtesy

This has become one of my favorite quotes. Graciousness is an irreplaceable trait. It’s appropriate and encouraged in all situations. Okay, I can maybe think of a few where my graciousness may slip away from me, but I always make a point to bring myself back to carrying myself in the most ladylike way.

It’s only natural to be envious of qualities that others may convey in such a wonderful light. But listen up ladies, adopt grace into your everyday. There’s nothing more envious (or more attractive) than a woman who carries herself well. You can quote me on that.

Red Lipstick Kiss

Last year I got into a red lipstick kick around the holidays and sported it at a few events. My only reason for not keeping up with it is due to the real dressiness it conveys and the minor (but major) fact that you have people staring at your lips. But I think I do need to ‘live a little’ and just give my kisser a little color. Plus, it serves as a great accessory – keeping everything else fairly neutral.

Tonight, my boyfriend (Handsome), some friends, and I are headed to Second String Santa, an annual charity event in Charlotte that benefits The Salvation Army through delivering thousands of gifts to needy children. Since the event dress code is that of a cocktail party, I’m thinking a red or pink lip will be making an appearance. See if I stuck to it tomorrow!