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The Women’s March on Washington

January 23, 2017

inspiration / life / travel / weekend

Well, we did it. We turned out in droves and marched across the country, across the globe and man, we were heard. My mom and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the historic Women’s March on Washington and here’s what we saw…

We stayed between D.C. and Baltimore and planned ahead to take the train to the march. Even with tickets purchased in advance, we arrived at the station around 6:30 a.m. and waited for two hours. We were surrounded by a sea of pink hats and enthusiastic crowds. It was such fun to see everyone turning out but excitement quickly turned to panic when the southbound trains kept passing us because they were already full. We split an Uber with a group of ladies and as we pushed our way through the station saw the train stop and let people on. We waited for two hours on that platform in the cold, so we were crushed. We didn’t lose momentum, though. We crammed into a car and made our way to Union Station.

The ride was an opportunity to connect with the women we met on the platform. Two of them were from Kansas City, Missouri and the other was an Italian immigrant who traveled from Los Angeles for the march. I loved hearing their contrasting perspectives. They shared their fears about the upcoming administration and what inspired them to come to Washington. We told them how we impulsively purchased plane tickets on Christmas Day and they told us they planned the trip before the election. They wanted to be a part of history and see the first female president’s inauguration. What a turn of events, right? One of the women said her sister, who lives in Sweden, was marching too. I checked my phone and saw marches were taking place around the globe: Berlin, London, Paris, even Antarctica. That’s when I knew something big was happening.

We got dropped off at Union Station and bid adieu to our car mates. This is when the excitement really set in. We followed the sea of people toward Independence Avenue, chanting and taking photos along the way. We passed the Capitol and it felt so bittersweet that the day before I watched on TV as President Obama walked down the stairs to Marine One and departed for the last time. The buildings are so grand and beautiful and the whole scene felt even more perfect with the nation’s people marching by.

To be completely honest, I’m not sure where we ended up. March volunteers and law enforcement were kind enough to tell us when to turn and which direction to go, but once we reached Independence and… some cross street… the crowd was so packed, it was difficult to get anywhere. We managed to squeeze our way in to a spot where I could just barely hear the rally speakers. I actually didn’t know where the stage was or who was speaking so we pushed closer to hear Michael Moore, Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Alicia Keys, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Kamala Harris. I caught a glimpse of the monitor and settled in for each speaker’s inspiring words. I didn’t catch Gloria’s speech, but watched it more than once at home.

I would have liked to have stayed longer, but we had a flight back to Florida to catch. Even as we sat on the train back to Baltimore, we mingled with fellow marchers about the success of the day. Twitter posts were shared about the size of the crowd and how every demonstration was peaceful. It was especially entertaining to listen to one woman explain Twitter to these two older ladies. They were amazed at the information being provided and one woman asked,  “How do I Twitter?” while the other emphatically piped in, “Can I see Donald Trump’s Twitter?”

Overall, the day felt like success. We were heard. We were peaceful. We were powerful. I walked away feeling like change is possible and for the first time, ever I think, I felt united with people. Everyone got along, everyone supported each other, and we came together (with creative and funny signs!) to make history. If anything, I’m more inspired to see the world through the eyes of people who are not like me and to listen to them. In listening to everyone, not just those who agree with us, we can learn, we can progress, and we can come together. Since sharing my experience, I’ve found that not everyone agreed with the march or they saw it as a movement of sore losers. We all marched for different reasons and even though we don’t all agree on the issues, I have found that more than anything, people want to be unified again. They want to come together as a country, and the first way to do that is to listen.

ICYMI:

America Ferrera

Michael Moore

Scarlett Johansson

Elizabeth Warren at the Boston March

 

 

summer music / 3

October 18, 2016

entertainment / life / weekend

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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 we’re 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.

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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..

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

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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.

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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 in general. 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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Part One: Richmond

September 19, 2016

travel / weekend

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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

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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…

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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.

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loosing my mind   |  #2002

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summer music / 1

July 12, 2016

entertainment / travel / weekend

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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…

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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.

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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.

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

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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

weekend

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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.

Xx

Have a Beautiful Weekend.

September 25, 2015

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Happy Weekend, ya’ll. Have anything fun planned? I’m looking forward to cooler weather and spending more time outdoors. Weather permitting, I’ll be finishing up my last project of this month’s class from my balcony. Inside or out, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

Binge watched the whole season in time for Sunday’s finale(!!!!)

A cute trend I’m currently in love with: FLAIR

I listened to Mindy Kaling’s reading of her new book, Why Not Me? and I didn’t want it to end. So good.

West Elm, you’ve done it again.

Have you noticed how beautiful cookbooks are these days?

More soon!

Xx

 

Weekend Vibes

September 14, 2015

life / weekend

I love weekends (who doesn’t?!), but ever since I’ve gone back to school, most are dedicated to homework and/or adulting (chores, shopping, bill paying, etc). Pros: sleeping in and drinking coffee in my pajamas for an otherwise unjustifiable amount of time. Cons: feeling disconnected from the city I live in, its people, and the world in general. It’s a weird thing, these weekends. I love my alone time, probably more than most, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This weekend was particularly lovely. I spent it alone, as I do most weekends (okay, that’s not supposed to sound as lame as it does), but there were a few highlights in particular that made it a really good weekend.

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Happy Friday

August 7, 2015

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Happy Friday, all! This week has been crazy hectic. I’ve been trying to eat right and work out on a regular basis, plus this new class is kind of an adjustment. But, I’m heading to Orlando this weekend to celebrate my sister’s birthday! I’m looking forward to getting coffee, pedicures, and catching up on every BRAVO show I’ve missed in the last two weeks. Sometimes it’s the little things that can really reset your soul and make the upcoming week feel fresh. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! More to share next week!