7/1/15

the argument for "stuff"

I have a lot of stuff. Random collections I've started + long forgotten. Late night Etsy finds. A vase or tray for pretty much any occasion. At my old apartment I had a specific place for everything + it worked. When I moved last month this "stuff" 1. scared the crap out of my boyfriend + 2. seemed to have lost its place/purpose. I plan to share more soon on the progress at the new place soon but in the meantime, here is my argument for "stuff."

Below is the jaw-dropping London home of stylist + photographer Carole Poirot. She demonstrates perfectly that you can have knick knacks + trinkets without them over-taking your whole space. These are the little details that I absolutely love.
 

6/29/15

i was there || hot chip


Show: Hot Chip

Location: Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI

Date: 5.31.15

Favorite Song: I've said it before + I'll say it again but I really enjoy hearing "Flutes" in a live setting. Namely because those guys do this adorable little macarena-esque dance while the perform.

Memorable Moment: I got to spend the day wandering around Milwaukee with my boyfriend + two of my very closest friends so that in itself was memorable enough. Topping the night off by visiting a new venue in a still pretty new-to-me city made it perfect.

Biggest Letdown: I had a great time but this was not my favorite Hot Chip set ever. Maybe it was because I am still warming up to Huarache Lights but it didn't quite do it for me the way other sets have.

This Show: reminded me how fun it is to get out of Chicago for concerts, even if it is just Milwaukee. There is something special about taking in new places + spaces. I've pretty much visited all of the Chicago venues to exhaustion by this point. Turner Hall was certainly a special venue. I could never be that close to a stage without even trying in Chicago.

6/17/15

the weeknd || can't feel my face


Going to have to agree with my friend, Mike Ritchie. This is going to be that song of the summer.

6/3/15

jamie xx || seesaw (featuring romy)


This whole album is fire but I am feeling pretty drawn to this song in particular. Four Tet co-produced this one plus Romy's voice is the best so my inclination towards this one isn't super surprising.

"Stranger In a Room" + "Loud Places" have a certain sense of loneliness to them which I kind of love. And those steel drums on "Obvs" is pretty much exactly what we were all hoping to hear from Jamie. 

6/2/15

i was there || andy stott


Show: Andy Stott

Location: Smart Bar

Date: 5.7.15

Memorable Moment: I hadn't been to Smart Bar since September of last year so it felt really good to be back especially with those new Funktion-One speakers. The sound was so crisp. It was a beautiful thing.

Biggest Letdown: I lost my tickets in the process of moving apartments which was pretty annoying. The show was cheap + it wasn't sold out so it wasn't the worst thing but I knew I would end up finding them the next day. It took me about three days to finally come across them but there they were; my misspelled Andy "Scott" tickets.

This Show: was one hell of a moody journey. Stott really spans the spectrum of tunes from R+B to hymnal-like to robot music. I felt like I heard it all + it was pretty perfect for the Thursday night crowd.

5/14/15

mcdream home

I probably stopped watching Grey's Anatomy a good eight or so years ago but I admit that for those first few seasons I was a loyal fan. I thought Meredith Grey was the cool yet slightly neurotic girl we all strive to be + of course McDreamy was a total babe. I don't know what fate had in store for Meredith but apparently things didn't go so well for McDreamy as I recently heard murmers that he had been killed off. Excuse me a minute while I let one single tear fall..

If his (fake) death meant I would have gotten to see the inside of his home sooner then I wish they whacked him in season one. I am morbidly visualizing an incident involving a defibrillator. (Sick, I know.) Let's take a peek, shall we?

 
 

5/6/15

conflict resolution

A few weeks I was supposed to participate in management training at work but ended up missing it because I was sick. Prior to the session I had to take a conflict resolution survey to determine how I typically resolved conflict. There were five buckets on could fall into -- competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding, and accommodating. I scored pretty high for compromising, avoiding, + competing but was at a 3% low for collaborating. No bueno.

I recently had my conflict resolution skills tested when I went couch shopping with my boyfriend a few weekends ago for our new place(!). Our opinions differed + I got very (irrationally) upset by this. We talked later + in between that conversation + couch shopping I had taken this quiz. The more we talked through the couch debacle the more I understood my conflict style + why my test results were pretty spot on. Generally speaking, I am a people-pleaser. I want to avoid awkward scenarios so I either compromise or just let someone eventually have their way. There are, however, a few areas of my life that I am very territorial. Home decor is one such area.

Over the years and some compliments later I have come to realize that I kind of have a knack for style. I read the design blogs, I spend many sleepless nights on Pinterest + Etsy, + most of all I care. Living alone has allowed me to make all of the design decisions + it has always been very important to me to live somewhere I enjoy being because I'm a bit of a homebody. I take a lot of pride in this so it's a hard area for me to budge.

I move into our new place at the end of this month. This comes with so much excitement but also some challenges. Essentially, I can't necessarily get my way all the time anymore. Bummer. I'm up for the challenge though + I've really tried my best to up my collaboration score as much as possible + I think we have figured out a decent system. Spending some extra time to think through possible scenarios definitely doesn't hurt things.

Sorry for the radio silence around here lately. There is quite a bit of new furniture we need to buy + several pieces can take up to 8 weeks for delivery so it's going to be a bit of a slow process before I actually share anything. I'll try to have little sneak peeks here + there. And once I blow through all of my money I will resume to regular posting.

4/21/15

i was there || caribou


Show: Caribou

Location: Metro

Date: 4.11.15

Favorite Song: This was my second time seeing Caribou in two months + my feelings on this are the same at last time. This show is in some ways more like a DJ set in that the individual songs make up the greater whole. They build upon each other in a very well thought out and smart way so it's a bit hard to dissect individually. It almost feels wrong to do so.

Memorable Moment: I talked up the SF performance so much that I'm glad Chicago didn't disappoint. My Chicago friends were all totally blown away which I knew would happen. It was a good night to be in the Metro. Sold out, but not obnoxious at all.

Biggest Letdown: I think the setlist might have been identical to their set at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I would have liked to see an encore other than "Sun."

This Show: Was very similar to the San Francisco show which typically can be a bummer when seeing an artist twice in a short period of time but in this instance I was okay with it because it was so fantastic both times. I don't typically say this, but after seeing them twice indoors now I am pretty excited to see them one more time outdoors at Pitchfork.

ratatat || cream on chrome

4/17/15

spicy

I took a cue from my favorite blogger, Daniel of Manhattan Nest, + got a little OCD last night. Or maybe I was just horribly embarrassed that my mother sent me out into the real world ten years ago with spices from the DOLLAR STORE. Talk about trauma. That woman loves the dollar store.

Fun Fact: These $3 spice jars from The Container Store cost me more money than my mom spent on the actual spices. Worth it.

4/15/15

i was there || maya jane coles


Show: Maya Jane Coles
Alex Arnout

Location: Spy Bar

Date: 4.3.15

Memorable Moment: Alex Arnout's face will stick with me forever. I wasn't familiar with him going into the night but he put on a pretty good set. Definitely a good complement to MJC. Almost made up for the fact that she went on so late.

Biggest Letdown: This was my second show for the night so by the time I left Father John Misty + made it to Spy Bar I was in rare from (Spy Bar also does that to me). I might have accidentally/on-purpose poured my drink on a guy that was being a jerk. I wish MJC had gone on earlier so I could have put myself to bed sooner.

This Show: Was pretty much what I expected. MJC is nothing if not consistent. I can probably say the same for Spy Bar too but on the opposite spectrum of goodness. I do find it personally important to support women in music + I am happy to do so for Maya.

4/13/15

i was there || father john misty


Show: Father John Misty

Location: The Vic

Date: 4.3.15

Favorite Song: There is a line in "Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow" that I kind of love that goes "I know its hard to believe a good-hearted woman could have a body that make your daddy cry" + it sounded pretty stellar live. I love "When Your're Smiling + Astride Me" too.

Memorable Moment: We didn't get to The Vic that early but managed to snag a great spot right up front stage left. I had a pretty perfect view all night.

Biggest Letdown: I was expecting to fall madly in love with Mr. Tillman after this show but he tried so damn hard. It was over the top + not very cool. Let this be a lesson, gentlemen -- luscious locks + naughty-yet-romantic lyrics can't make up for a questionable personality.

This Show: Definitely had a country twang to it which can be surprising to some. I typically am not a fan of country music but I do love me some country-inspired rock + roll a la Ryan Adams. Overall this show sounded great.

3/29/15

#happygirlhappybag

Last week I partaked in one of the strangest online shopping experiences of my life. I bought my first Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag. I assume the hype + excitement of this event might have been similar to the launch of new Jordan's in the 1990's. People went crazy. There were most definitely tears.

I am newer to the Mansur Gavriel brand, but really the brand itself is pretty new. It is the lovechild of Rachel Mansur + Floriana Gavriel. These two met in 2010 at an XX concert (my favorite part of the story) and launched the brand in early 2013. They were very deserving but totally lucked out when Steven Alan gave the two of them his stamp of approval. Ever since their bags have been the hottest item on the market.

They restock their inventory every few months with the last two restocks selling out within the hour. They don't announce the exact time so last Thursday was a constant round of refresh, refresh, refresh for me. I totally lucked out. I refreshed about ten minutes before the email newsletter went out. If you didn't move right away the item you wanted probably sold out. I managed to snag a highly coveted black mini bucket bag with a ballerina interior. It arrived yesterday + it so beautiful. 

Selling out within a matter of minutes when customers have a one item maximum purchase oder is pretty amazing feat but the real craziness occurred on social media. It was a total cluster of happiness for those select few that snagged the bag of their dreams, the many few that had been waiting months to purchase but didn't make it to the site in time, + then of course there were what I like ot refer to as "the shady motherfuckers" who just wanted to make a quick buck. The already pricey handbags were going for almost double their actual price.

That part was sad. Mansur + Gavriel had such a huge day that seeing some of the comments + re-selling had to be a bit of a bummer. People were demanding better processes, more inventory, etc but keep in mind, this brand is TWO YEARS OLD. It is a baby. It is learning. But luckily the designs are getting better. 

The next re-stock is in May. I might try to snag one of their new + less pricey clutches but I've really got my eye on their Fall collection which includes what they are calling the "Lady Bag", It's almost a backpack, but not quite. I'd love something like this to haul my laptop around. I'm not so sure I will get as lucky next time around but for now I am a #happygirlhappybag.

Here's some of the ridiculousness first hand:


3/27/15