Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Party: Mixtape #3

Photo credit:  Emma J. Hardy

Here's the last mix in the New Years series, just some jams to keep you awake until midnight!

Have a safe and fun New Years Eve, and enjoy the mix!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year, New Leaf: Mixtape #2

Photo Credit:   Chillhiro on Flickr

Here's mix #2 in the New Years series.  It's less gloomy than the first one, promise!  

These songs are great to listen to while you're deciding on your New Years resolutions.  I'll be sharing mine on Tuesday.  I know some people are anti-resolutions (my mom included), but it helps me to have some concrete goals.  Now if only I was better at following them. 

With my boyfriend spending the holidays in Pennsylvania with his family, I don't have any exciting New Years Eve plans so far.  I used to always spend the evening with him when his family still lived in Texas.  I'll probably relax at the house with my parents, have some hot tea next to the fire, and play a nice game of trivial pursuit.  Strangely, I don't feel tempted to go out.  The older I get (and especially the closer I get to graduating from college), the more I realize how precious spending time with my parents is.  One day in the not so distant future I'll be living on my own (well, with Josh), and I might not even live in Texas.  But I won't dwell on that now!

The cover art for today's mix is a photo by Amy Merrick.  I've been admiring her floral arrangements and styling for a long time.  Her blog is also a refreshing read.  If I ever make it up to the New England area I'd love to take one of her classes.  


Photo credit:  Amy Merrick

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Years Blues: Mixtape #1

What better time to start a new blog than the beginning of a new year?

This blog is going to be about many things:  fashion, design, food, beauty, music, and whatever else I'm feeling excited about.

I thought I'd kick things off with a playlist series, because first posts are awkward and I feel like a glimpse into someone's music taste is a great introduction.

I'm a compulsive playlist maker.  I've made an iTunes playlist for every month since about 2007.  Being in a long distance relationship, I take a lot of road trips, and I usually make a new playlist each time.  I even have a playlist of music I heard while shopping in Anthropologie (thank goodness for the Shazam app).  Some might say I have a problem, but I like to think it's harmless.

I set out to make a playlist for New Year's Eve and it started to get out of control (something tells me a 60+ song playlist would be unwelcome).  I couldn't keep the tone consistent, but I did start to notice a few patterns cropping up.  So here's the plan:

Today:  Part 1 "New Years Blues" (or am I the only one who gets a little melancholy when another year ends?)
Sunday:  Part 2 "New Year, New Leaf" (more hopeful/upbeat songs)
Monday:  Part 3 "New Years Eve Party" (goes great with friends and champagne)

My only disclaimer is that these songs seem New Years-y to me, but might not to anyone else.

The cover art is a beautiful painting by Devon Smith, aka Deerface on Etsy.

I hope y'all enjoy!
-Caroline Grace

New Years Blues from fatalistpalmistry on 8tracks Radio.
Photo credit:  Devon Smith