Our next book club selection was Yes Please by none other than Amy Poehler. I read this book in a matter of days (impressive for my lack of reading time lately), a testament to the quality of this memoir. Amy covers everything from childhood, to career, to parenthood, and all of her hilarious moments in between.
Poehler’s stories made me laugh out loud multiple times and I really appreciated her candidness. She opens up about how difficult it is to write a book — such a breath of fresh air when it seems that everyone and their mom is popping out a book these days! She also talks about her career and how despite how easy it may seem, she has struggled just like the rest of us. Amy, I love you, and your book.
Next up on my summer concert series agenda was Glass Animals, the British indie-pop band. We saw them at the Gothic Theater in south Denver. It was my first time at this venue and I absolutely loved it! It was the perfect size and you can get super close to the artist even if you arrive late (like I did, oops!).
Their music, much like other artists I’ve been into lately, is what I would describe as ethereal electronic. It is the perfect soundtrack to any activity, zoning out for work, long drives, or even dancing in your bedroom. They sounded incredible live and were more than entertaining to watch. Their summer tour is just getting started and dates are being added due to popularity so be sure to check them out if they are in your city!
And if you can’t see them live, listen to their debut album here:
By now, most of you know about my obsession with Wes Anderson (my future husband) and if you aren’t familiar, I’m obsessed with all things “Wes”. In his latest project, he branched out from film making to try his hand in interior design in the form of Bar Luce. Bar Luce is an adorable cafe/bar (duh) in Milan. Like his film sets, the interior is washed in nostalgia, complimentary colors, and whimsical details.
His design is reminiscent of 1950’s interiors, and includes elements from several Italian films of that era. In classic Anderson style, he combines layer upon layer of detail to create interest which moves your eye around the space. Despite his lack of formal training, Wes has out done himself again and created a truly stunning product.
The bar is located in Prada’s cultural center in Milan and it is making me lust after a trip to Italy just to see it in person. (And I think you could twist my arm and convince me to stay for a cappuccino, wine, and delicious food.)
To kick off my summer concert season, we went to see Odesza in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater last week. Odesza has been on my radar for a while now, but I’m not usually a huge fan of seeing electronic/DJ sets live. That is, until Odesza changed my mind. They blew me away with their graphics, the energy (up tempo, but not anxiety inducing), and the surprise appearance by Zyra. Both members played drums throughout the set and they included a brass band for the live performance.
I highly recommend going to see them if they are coming to a venue in your neck of the woods. And you can always put them on when you need to dance it out.
I’ve always loved Paris. Good food, good wine, an abundance of freshly baked bread and pastries, and those are just the food related reasons! One thing that struck me the first time I visited was the distinct Parisian colors – cream and light blue – across most of the city. This creates a beautifully layering of the buildings, particularly from vantage points. Photographer Michael Wolf has perfectly captured the city’s layers from the rooftops. Although the images don’t capture any landmarks or traditional city streets, he still manages to convey the essence of Paris.
Another month has flown by, but that means it’s time for May Favorites! I hope time slows down for just a little bit this summer so I can feel like some part of 2015 wasn’t a blur. The first five months of 2015 have been good to me, so I would like to keep it that way for the remaining seven!
1- Hello Ladies. I love Stephen Merchant and I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this show sooner. I was laughing out loud more than once and wish there was more than just one season.
2- The Big Wonderful has returned! I love the premise behind this festival, browsing local artists’ work, sampling food trucks, and great beer on tap. Now if the weather would cooperate with being outside
3- Adding some new succulents and plants (namely rosemary since it is all I can keep alive) to my collection. So far everyone is still alive!
4- Trying out the new Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder. The new facility is huge and their beer (and food) is delicious…what’s not to love?
5- My first magazine cover! This was such a surreal moment. I remember being a junior in college and we were asked to write our career goals for the first five years in the industry. One of my goals was to be published. I can’t take full credit for this, but I was involved in the selections for this Kitchen/Breakfast Nook and I can’t believe it made the cover!
I’ve managed to get simultaneously hooked on several series recently, some of which may be more popular than others.
1 – Orphan Black
This Canadian TV show is under the radar (I think), but is one of the better recent finds I’ve had on Netflix. It’s about a girl who discovers she is clone and begins searching for answers and fighting to stay alive. Tatiana Maslany plays all the clones, which is quite a feat considering how different all of them are. I have a soft spot for sci-fi dramas, ever since Roswell.
2 – The Killing
Based on the Danish series, The Killing is about a homicide cop trying to solve Rosie Larsen’s murder case. It’s like an extended Law and Order SVU, a show a regularly watched for years. I just finished the first season and it ended with even more cliff hangers.
3 – Game of Thrones
I’ve finally given in. After years of everyone talking about and obsessing over this show, I decided it was time. I wouldn’t say I’m officially hooked yet, but I’m close to the end of season one and get the feeling that things are just kicking off.
As a blogger it’s no surprise that I love scrolling through blogs. I read a variety of blogs: design, fashion, lifestyle, and even cooking blogs (don’t worry, I stick to the easy recipes). These help me stay inspired, make me laugh, and are my favorite way to unwind after a long day or on a lazy weekend morning. I’ve rounded up my five favorite blogs to share with you, but these are in no particular order.
1- Style by Emily Henderson I turn to Emily whenever I need beautiful images, flawless styling, and a great sense of humor. Her blog covers everything from Interior Design (which is why I was originally drawn to it), to fashion, to pregnancy/being a mommy, to Craigslist finds in various cities across the country. I never get bored reading her posts even if they are about something I can’t relate to in the slightest. I think her style is right on point and I have never seen anything she’s done that disappointed. Yeah, yeah I know I should marry her already…Emily, if you’re reading this, any interest?
2- Cupcakes and Cashmere
Another blog authored by an Emily who has transitioned from working in publishing (at Conde Nast, no less) to full time blogging. Also a new mommy (to the most precious baby girl), her blog covers fashion, beauty, food, and Interior Design. Emily has great style that is reflected in all aspects of her blog and books. I own the first, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and she just published her second, Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home, which I am highly anticipating. And if any of you subscribe to Birchbox, Emily was the curator behind May’s box!
3- The Everygirl
Not so much a blog as a database for everything in a girl’s life. The site features a variety of authors who cover everything from career profiles, fitness, recipes, fashion, beauty, travel, dating/relationships, and financial tips. They make all of these topics relatable, affordable, and appealing to us every girls. I have never read an article I didn’t like and am constantly inspired by the women they feature on their site. I can only hope to be featured one day…dream big people!
4- Beautiful Hello
And yet, another author named Emily. Am I obsessed with people named Emily?? (Maybe I should use this to see if Emilys and Beckys are compatible?) Those close to me know how obsessed I am with Emily’s artwork and my internet friends know about my obsession because I blogged about it here…I have several prints of Emily’s work and I am constantly inspired by her painted style. Her blog is not only filled with pretty (or Beautiful) images of her work, but packed with awesome advice for creatives, entrepreneurs, and lost souls like myself.
5- Joy the Baker
Joy is, as you guessed, the baker turned food genius behind her blog. She creates interesting concoctions with the most seemingly opposite ingredients (peanut butter and pickle sandwich, anyone?), but always creates winning dishes. Her photography makes me want to bake (until I make a mess in the kitchen only to have my “muffins” come out of the oven flat and unappealing looking). She also offers great life advice and has gotten me through some dark times. Cheers, Joy!
Our next featured artist is Jaime Derringer, the founder of Design Milk and creator of the following beauties. Her work is a compilation of layers, shapes, and color combinations to create a unique style all her own. Her pieces range from simplistic bold compositions to more complex and layered pieces, but I love the look of all of them. She has several collections with Art.com and Minted which contain many more incredible pieces.
Jaime’s full body of work can be found on her site, which promises lots of pretty images for hours of scrolling entertainment.
The xx is easily my favorite band. Whenever I’m in a happy, or sad, or angsty, etc., etc. mood I turn to their music as the perfect cure. Jamie xx, the percussionist/mixer behind the band, just released a solo album, In Colour, and what I’ve heard does not disappoint. The first single from the album features Romy, the guitarist and lead vocalist for the xx, whose voice makes me melt! Check out their awesome collaboration, Loud Places, below. Don’t worry, I’ll be over here dancing by myself (not in loud places).
And be sure to listen to other pre-released tracks on Jamie’s site. The full album will be here June 2nd!