summer music / 3

October 18, 2016

entertainment / life / weekend


My last hurrah of the summer music scene was a Blink-182 concert in Tampa. I went back to the same venue where I saw Dashboard, this time in celebration of my sister’s birthday. Blink always brings back amazing memories (like wearing out Take Off Your Pants and Jacket on my Discman during a family vacation to Key West).

Funny story: All-American Rejects and A Day to Remember opened the show, but we got stuck in an hour-long traffic jam trying to exit the highway for the venue. I guess the show was more popular than we had anticipated. My sister really only wanted to see A Day to Remember, she didn’t care about the other bands, and as the minutes were ticking by and we were not moving, all I could think about is that we were missing the only band she wanted to see ON HER BIRTHDAY. We pull into the venue and run from our car like bats outta hell. As we were walking up, I hear Swing, Swing playing. All-American Rejects opened the show and ADTR hadn’t played yet! I was so relieved we didn’t miss her band. We hightailed it to our seats just in time and the rest of the night was on cruise control.



I was somewhat heart-broken to learn that the original three members had broken up and singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge had been replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. DeLonge’s distinctive voice was missed, but the new Blink’s new album, California, which they played a lot of at the show, was on brand and sounded fantastic. Obv, I took some liberties with my iPhone concert photos..


Favorites of California include: Bored to Death, She’s Out of Her Mind, and Kings of the Weekend


The stage effects were better than any I had seen all summer. Jumping right out of the gate, the band came on stage, flaming “FUCK” a blazing, and flashed album art by Lichtenstein-esque street artist D*Face on a huge screen in the background. The encore and my favorite, Dammit, ended with a big burst of confetti that caught the stage lights perfectly.


It was a lot of fun, and the perfect ending to my summer concert series. There’s something about summer that makes me nostalgic and happy overall. Maybe it’s the way the sun feels the same every year, or the fact that loud rock music played outdoors takes me back to the same state of mind, no matter how old I get. Whatever it is, it feels like a little piece of magic, and I’m glad I got to feel it again this year.

For other show recaps and playlists, check out: Weezer, Panic! at the Disco!, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness | Dashboard Confessional x 2

Part Two: Williamsburg

October 12, 2016

travel / weekend


Day two of my Virginia adventure took me to Williamsburg to visit my oldest friend (not in age, but in relationship). Leigh and I have been friends since freshman year of high school. I think we bonded over a mutual love for Celebrity Jeopardy and mutual hate for pep rallies and school spirit in general.



I didn’t want to arrive empty-handed to Leigh’s so I popped in Sugar Shack on my way out of town for a few sweets. Oh-mah-gah. I grabbed blueberry donut holes to snack on while driving to Williamsburg and I still dream about how fresh and delicious they were. Coupled with a big cup of dark roast coffee, and I was in heaven. They had so many fun donut flavors to choose from, so I highly recommend this place if you have an opportunity to pop in one of their many locations. (They’re in Florida!)


Leigh, her husband, Ben, and daughter Harper lived in Williamsburg and since my visit, they’ve welcomed baby Caroline and moved back to Florida.  They were gracious enough to show me around Williamsburg so after getting settled, Leigh, Harper and I took to the streets and explored America’s second oldest college campus, William & Mary, and Colonial Williamsburg.




We walked around and caught up on life, all the while feeling sorry for the kids who’s parents took them on an educational vacation instead of to Disney. We made it to a cute cafe where I almost had a panic attack when tasked with pushing Ms. Harper and her stroller out of the door by myself. I don’t know how people do it. There were chairs, and people and maneuvering and I literally wanted to say “Make way! Lady with a baby!”. It was seriously only 10 feet but it was easily the most difficult thing I did that day. Fortunately, Harper was all smiles and oblivious to my panic sweat.


Our next stop was Jamestown Settlement. It was pretty cool, even though the weather had turned chilly and misty. Nevertheless, we saw some cool old stuff, walked around, and chatted. Some of my favorite things.


For dinner, Leigh, Ben, Harper and I ate at Dog Street Pub, the cutest little gastropub in Williamsburg. They have an extensive beer list (always a win), delicious food, and a bustling atmosphere. The building itself used to be a bank and remnants of its history can be seen in the classically shaped windows and marble floors.


The next morning, I left a very gray Williamsburg early to drive back to Florida. Per the recommendation of my hosts, I took the ferry across the James River as a scenic alternative to going back the way I came. I was grateful I had an opportunity to visit with friends, even if it was a short stay, and that they were kind enough to welcome me into their home. Of course, I’m even happier they’ve moved back to Florida so I can bug them on the regular now.



healthy chicken meatballs

October 10, 2016



Free time has been nonexistent around here lately, so my apologies for (once again) for my absence. BUT! This recipe is kind of perfect for those with no time to spare. I actually made these healthy chicken meatballs while my facial mask was drying and decided to snap a few photos on my phone for this post. Multitasking: check. This recipe makes four servings so I make it on Sundays and reheat for dinner during the week. Also, this recipe is low-carb, low-sugar, low-fat and therefore, low-guilt. I don’t think comfort food gets much better than this…


Chop spinach and wilt over medium heat on the stove. Drain any excess water from the spinach. While it cools, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a 9×12 baking dish with cooking spray. Dice a whole red onion.


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Part One: Richmond

September 19, 2016

travel / weekend


What would summer be without a road trip? For the long July 4th weekend, I drove north to Virginia to visit friends in Williamsburg. My first stop though, was Richmond, a city I had not visited before, but immediately took a liking to for it’s natural beauty, culture, and good food. Here’s a glimpse into my one-day highlight tour of Richmond, Virginia…



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My first stop was Libby Hill Park. Located in the Church Hill area, quaint brownstones line small streets leading to this picturesque park. It was a great way to get acquainted with Richmond because the Jamestown River and downtown cityscape can be seen from the same spot.


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summer music / 2

September 12, 2016

life / weekend


Funny thing happened earlier this year: I found out my hands down, all-time favorite of all time forever and ever band, Dashboard Confessional, was pairing up with another favorite, Taking Back Sunday, on the Taste of Chaos Tour. What was even more incredible was they were scheduled to play Tallahassee. What that whaaaa?! No one ever comes to Tallahassee, at least, not by choice. So in a frenzy of excitement and disbelief, I purchased two tickets to the Tallahassee show. But before that, I purchased four tickets to the show scheduled the day before in Tampa. I didn’t want to risk the Tallahassee show being cancelled and missing Dashboard. Four tickets was over zealous, yes, especially considering I didn’t have a single soul to go to either show with at the time, but, like… yolo.

Fast forward two months, I was able to sell two of the Tampa tickets but still had two I wasn’t going to let go to waste. I had concert buddies for both shows: Saturday – Tampa show with my sister; Sunday – Tallahassee show with my bestie. It was everything I hoped for and more… oh, and did I mention that I GOT TO MEET CHRIS CARRABBA?! Who’s that? Just the lead singer of Dashboard and the man of my adolescent dreams, nbd. Here’s a recap of me fangirling my way through one of the best weekends of my summer…



awkward & awesome

So, let’s just get to the good part, which is the first part. I met Chris Carrabba! Our tickets allowed us early entry to the venue and a small, acoustic, pre-show performance, and we were pleasantly surprised with a meet and greet. Despite me sweating balls and downing an $11 Dixie cup sized jack and coke, I was still super nervous.  He was of course, lovely and kind and despite the look on his face below, very gracious.


loosing my mind   |  #2002


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Currently Into #4

August 15, 2016




Eventide Collective // I’ve grown slightly obsessed with searching for affordable art online. There are so many choices and more popping up everyday. While some sites definitely have quantity over quality, Eventide Collective has perfectly curated collections of modern photo prints available for purchase online. From beach landscapes, to Vegas lights, the prints on Eventide are beautiful and offered in several different sizes. I love each collection and frequently reference the site when looking for inspiration for my own photo shoots.

Flat white // Everyone has their go-to coffee drink. Maybe you’re a purist and drink it black. Maybe you go all out and order that frappucino with the jazzy drizzle on top. For over a decade, my fancy drink (you know, the one you order when you have enough stars for a freebie) has been a triple grande non-fat no whip white mocha. I know, it sounds obnoxious.  Here lately though, I’ve been addicted to a non-fat flat white. It’s just restretto espresso blended with milk, but it is so dang smooth. It’s definitely the grownup version of my previous sugary white mocha.

Sword and Scale // On a recent road trip, I discovered the true crime podcast Sword and Scale. The hour long episodes tell stories of some of the most gruesome and unbelievable criminals in recent history. I’m a true crime junkie, and working in the industry only fuels my curiosity into these cases. I like the format which details cases primarily through recorded witness testimony and news reports. If you’re like me and love Dateline and Serial, check out Sword and Scale.

Anthony Bourdain // I got hooked on Anthony Bourdain while researching my New Orleans trip. He’s hosted a few shows over the years, and while the formats have varied slightly, they all pretty much center around him traveling, meeting locals, and eating regional food. I like all of these ideas and his dry, witty writing so I’ve been binging on No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown. Bourdain has been everywhere from Sao Paolo to Brooklyn and has shared some of the most exclusive trends in food and culture with a generally down-to-earth and accessible vibe. Even though he’s very much a meat-and-potatoes kinda guy, I dig everything he shares in his travels and confidently use his shows as travel resources.



J.Crew swim // I’m taking one last trip this year, to Puerto Rico, to finish off the summer the best way I know how: exploring, eating, drinking, and beaching. I’ve needed a new bathing suit for awhile now, but I don’t exactly jump at the prospect of bathing suit shopping. To alleviate some of the pain, I turned to J.Crew. They’re playful patterns, bold color combos, and classic cuts create excitement more so than dread when looking for a new suit. Familiar with the excellent quality of J.Crew, I went with a timeless black bikini that I’m confident will remain in style and good condition for years to come.


August 11, 2016




going through old photos tonight realizing just how clueless i was in 2013. clueless about my camera, traveling abroad, relationships, life. it’s a bittersweet memory, mostly because i was in beautiful Paris and London but captured it so terribly. traveling is supposed to teach, inspire and give perspective, and while my first trip abroad did all of those things, i think i’ve learned even more in looking back at it years later.

passion tea with lemon

August 1, 2016



It goes without saying that summer is hot. By the time August rolls around, the pool is the temperature of bathwater and getting in a car after 11 a.m. feels like jumping in an inferno. The remedy is everything cool, including a refreshing beverage. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite summer drinks in the next few weeks that cool me off and keep me going in this crazy weather.


My favorite cold drink from Starbucks is an iced passion tea. It’s tart and citrusy and every time I take the first sip, I say, “that is fresh” like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. I’ve grown to love it so much that I brew it on the regular at home. Instead of adding lemonade, I squeeze a whole lemon in the glass and add extra ice. This way it’s sugar free, calorie free, and caffeine free, so I don’t feel bad drinking it by the gallon… which is totally possible when the temp reaches 104.


summer music / 1

July 12, 2016

entertainment / travel / weekend


I mentioned in the previous post that I surprised my dad in New Orleans with Weezer tickets. To be honest, I was a little nervous he wouldn’t like standing outside in the heat for hours surrounded by a huge (rather eclectic) crowd. But he seemed to love it when all was said and done so I was grateful for that. There’s something about summer and live music that I just can’t get enough of. In an effort to keep the good vibes going, and maybe inspire your summer playlist, I’m sharing the set lists from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Panic! At the Disco, and Weezer…



I’ve had a strong obsession with Something Corporate since my high school days, so Andrew McMahon’s latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is the perfect transition into a modern sound. His set was short, but I loved hearing his live variations of Canyon Moon and a throwback to popular Jack’s Mannequin hit Dark Blue. His enthusiasm onstage really got the crowd the pumped.


Apparently, I have seen Panic! At the Disco before with Dashboard Confessional in 2008 at UF, but had no recollection until the friend I went with brought it to my attention. I don’t know if frontman and the only remaining original member, Brendan Urie, has changed his performance style since then, but Panic! puts on quite a memorable show now. For the younger members of the audience, this was the main event. Urie was enthusiastic, humble, and addressed the crowd between songs. He played drums, piano, sang like Sinatra and even did a few backflips. I’m a fan of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor, which they played a lot of, and their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t bad either.


FAVORITES: Ballad of Mona Lisa, Hallelujah, Nine in the Afternoon, Miss Jackson, Death of a Bachelor, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Victorious


Weezer is one of those bands that subtly permeated my adolescence and young adulthood.  Undone takes me straight back to high school, Surf Wax America reminds me of late night hangs with my best friends, and El Scorcho was my unrequited love anthem throughout college. They have so many amazing songs because they’ve been around for what feels like forever, or, 1992, and their new album, Weezer aka the White Album, is SO GOOD.

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have an amazing weekend.

July 8, 2016



It’s the weekend and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The past few weeks I’ve been here, there, and everywhere, and while it’s been a blast, I’m looking forward to sleeping in, not washing my hair (don’t judge), and getting everything back in order. I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to lately, like meeting my teen idol (!!!!!!), but in the meantime, hope you have an amazing weekend.