Marie Claire’s article on HAIM introduces me to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

After driving two and a half hours home today for the Easter holiday, I’ve finally settled in at the kitchen table to write a long overdue blog post. My younger brother has the TV blasting, and all I can hear is Jeff Probst’s all-too familiar voice as he conducts a tribal council on this season of Survivor.

My reaction to Survivor playing at deafening volumes on the tv.
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This Easter break has been a long time coming, and I couldn’t be happier sitting at home with the family. Over the past month, I had been battling a cold that slowly grew into more of an annoyance than anything else. This past weekend, I finally got over it, and I owe it all to Zicam and the box of $1 tissues I snagged at Walmart.

I’m finally over my month-long sickness!
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As I write this post, I can hear through my headphones the soft electric guitar strums in “Don’t Save Me” by HAIM, the sister trio from California. I first heard of HAIM when I happened upon their live performance at the iTunes Festival in London last September. The sisters’ grunge-rock look reminded me of Joan Jett, an automatic plus in my mind. I’ve since been listening to their album Days Are Gone on Spotify, and I still can’t get enough. My circle of friends have taken a liking to the trio as well, and a Friday night does not pass without HAIM coming through our speakers at least once over the course of the evening.

On Monday, I picked up the April issue of Marie Claire and was excited to see that HAIM was featured in one of the articles. The piece provides a little bit of background information on how the sisters first began performing under the name Rockinhaim at local festivals and also includes colorful photos that showcase their unique style. Read the full article here.

One of Marie Claire’s photos of HAIM displaying their awesome fashion choices.
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Alana Haim, the youngest of the three sisters, spoke to the interviewer over the phone from Auckland, New Zealand. At the time, the sisters were performing at the country’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. I had no idea what this festival was, so I figured if it’s cool enough for HAIM to perform at, it’s worth my time and energy to add it to my bucket list.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival began in 2004 in an attempt to offer more live music at unique settings in Melbourne, Australia. The first live show was held at Melbourne’s St. Jerome’s bar and has since grown into “an international touring event and a favorite music festival for many music-loving people.” The festival’s website provides a thorough history of the event that you can read here.

Este Haim performing at the 2014 Laneway Festival.
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I checked out this year’s lineup and was excited to see that I knew quite a few bands that performed there in January. In addition to HAIM, the venue hosted performances by Lorde, Chvrches, Frightened Rabbit, Vance Joy, and Daughter. As the public relations director of my college’s indie radio station, this festival sounds like it would be right up my alley.

In between writing paragraphs of this post, I’m browsing for a potential place to stay for next year’s festival. I found a room that is currently renting for only $49/day, a price that could potentially be within my college budget. I’m obviously dreaming about attending the festival since I will most likely have class during that time next year, but I’ll keep this travel idea for the future. Maybe I’ll attend the festival as a graduation present to myself. I can only hope.


It’s no surprise that I’m writing about Coachella

About a week and a half ago, I noticed that the charger for my MacBook was starting to rip. Wires were exposed, and I knew it was only a matter of time before it (for lack of a better phrase) shit the bed. I made it to last Tuesday before the charger decided to call it quits and take its last watts of electricity.

When I found out my charger no longer worked.
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There I was, with a computer only half-charged and a pile of work to do for class. I called my father and asked him to order a new charger for me; it was time for the waiting game to begin. After five days of feeling like a contestant on Survivor who doesn’t have any rice to eat, I checked my mailbox. There it was, a new MacBook charger just for me. Suffice to say it was a joyous day.

My reaction when I saw that my new charger had arrived.
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Now that I no longer have to only sparingly use my computer, I can finally dedicate some time to a blog post.

Since Coachella begins in three days, I figured it’s an appropriate topic for the week. I was reminded of the upcoming festival last night when the opportunity arose for me to create a customized Spotify playlist based on my favorite artists in the Coachella lineup. It aided me in my procrastination at a time when I should have been intensely studying for a test.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place annually in Indio, California. The festival first began in 1999 and has since grown into one of the biggest music festivals in the country. The three-day, two-weekend event plays host to 50+ artists each day. In addition to concerts, the festival has on-site camping and an expensive Dinner in the Rose Garden if you’re willing to pay a hefty sum.

Dinner in the Rose Garden’s mission is to “re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.”
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Tickets for the event sell out within hours of their release, so a sense of urgency and aggression is needed to score a pass to the festival. This year, a general admission ticket is $375, and this doesn’t even include transportation, dining, and lodging expenses. I might as well start putting money aside now if I ever want an opportunity to attend the festival.

My Twitter feed has been all about Coachella these past few days, from what types of outfits to wear to highlights of artists in this year’s lineup. So many great artists are performing this year that I have vowed to attend the festival at least once in my life.

Coachella 2014 Lineup.
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The fashion at Coachella.
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Until I start saving my money, I’ll have to settle for living vicariously through the pictures that will surely be posted to Twitter and other social media sites in the coming days. It’s time to start a Coachella fund.


3 New York City places I now need to find thanks to Marie Claire’s Branché

Where did the time go? One minute it’s March 18th and I’m finishing my last blog post, and the next minute it’s April 2nd, and I still don’t know if the “bear” my friend saw outside her townhouse window was an April Fools’ Day prank or not. Let’s not even bring up the fact that I haven’t blogged in 15 days. My sincerest apologies to the people who read my blog. I’m getting my act together. I promise.

Admitting to the fact that I haven’t been consistently blogging.
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Right now, I’m sitting on my bed watching the newest episode of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing: New York with my roommate. I had never seen it until this afternoon, and the inner New Yorker in me is squealing with joy. I might as well start learning what areas of the city I will not be able to afford to live in one day.

I plan to have this level of excitement even when I’m living in a crappy NYC apartment. Who needs a million dollar listing?
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Speaking of New York City, I successfully got my hands on a copy of Marie Claire’s sister magazine Branché! It turns out the publisher of Marie Claire saw my blog post of desperation in regards to the debut issue. Next thing I know, I receive in the mail a copy of the debut issue along with a long-sleeve Branché tee. I wore the shirt for the first time the other day, loud and proud I might add.

Marie Claire is the best.

Marie Claire is the best.

So between classes and work, I perused the magazine, learning the hot new places to be, people to know, and things to eat in New York. Here’s just a few mentions that caught my eye. I keep telling myself I need to plan a trip to the city as soon as finals week is over in May, and now I have an excuse to make it happen.

1. The Smile - 26 Bond Street, a café in the NoHo neighborhood

Branché includes  a “Girls on the Scene” feature that highlights the New York favorites of six fashionable and hard-working women. One of the women is Melia Marden, executive chef at The Smile.

Melia Marden, executive chef of The Smile.
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The magazine says the cafe has a “Mediterranean-influenced menu,” and the brunch menu sounds particularly appetizing. The prices aren’t as high as I thought they’d be. They might put a damper on my college budget, but it’s okay to splurge once in a while.

The outside of The Smile cafe in NoHo.  Image courtesy of

The outside of The Smile cafe in NoHo.
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2. Swerve Fitness - 30 W. 18th Street

Swerve is a new cycling studio that stresses the importance of a team workout instead of an individual one. I was impressed with the design of their website and spent a good amount of time looking into their social media accounts. The studio boasts a unique type of spin class where the room is split into two teams who compete against one another for an additional motivation boost. And we all know we need one of those when we head to the gym.

The lighting captured my attention the most. It makes my gym look like a prison.
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I have yet to do my first spin class but am not a newbie to the team-style workout. I’d love to try this in the near future to take me back to my high school sports’ days. To say the least, I liked their Facebook page.

So chic. So clean.
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3. 61 Local – 61 Bergen Street in Brooklyn

Fashion writer Florence Kane, the co-founder of Jean Stories, lists this coffee shop as her morning coffee spot. The cafe / public house serves local food, beer, coffee, and wine in the Brooklyn area. Naturally, I looked at their menu and thought the “Yeti” danish sounded interesting. The menu lists it as a “delicate, flaky pastry filled with mascarpone, aleppo pepper, and cacao nibs.” Now granted, I don’t know two out of those three ingredients, but I’ll let my adventurous side come out when I step foot in the cafe.

A look inside 61 Local.
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A close-up of the Carboy lamps hanging in 61 Local.  Image courtesy of 61

A close-up of the Carboy lamps hanging in 61 Local.
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I hope there will be more issues of Branché released in the future because I’m sure there are so many great spots in the city that people know little if anything about. I look forward to finding these three on my trip to New York in May.




Take me to the Riot Grrrl Bike Party because well… I’m a girl

Much like my last post, I’ve been vigorously following the Twitter accounts to various magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, and Vogue. But as of lately, I’ve found myself clicking on Twitter links from Nylon magazine, a pop culture and fashion mag that was brought to my attention last year after featuring Hayley Williams on one of their covers.

As I write this post, I’m listening to Nylon’s newly created “Boston Bike Party” Spotify playlist which includes tracks from prominent female artists such as Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, and St. Vincent, as well as veterans Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, and Pat Benatar. And yes, you guessed it. There’s a Boston Bike Party happening tonight, and this playlist is making me wish I was a native of the city.

Proud to say this legend takes up a good amount of space in my iTunes library and is featured on Nylon’s playlist.
Thanks for being a badass, Joan Jett.
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Nylon created this playlist to go along with one of Boston’s monthly public events. Starting out as a Grassroots movement, Riot Grrrl is empowering women to challenge the sexism that still comes with living in the male-dominated world of today. The movement has teamed up with Boston Bike Party,  a monthly group bike riding event, and RAWRbikes, or Really Awesome Women Riding Bikes, to carry out this month’s Riot Grrrl! event, where women can participate in a bike ride and after-party. The event promotes the fact that women can be strong, independent leaders who also “rock hard.”

This was featured in the event description on Boston Bike Party’s blog post. Powerful message.
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Who better to represent the event than Rosie the Riveter?
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Tonight’s bike ride began earlier at Copley Square, a public square located in the Back Bay area of Boston. The route lasted one hour and ended up at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge for the after-party. Right now, it’s only 10:45 p.m. as I write this post, so I’m guessing things are in full swing at the restaurant.

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Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge is a popular dining spot that serves a wide range of American, Greek, and Italian foods. I was scoping out their dinner menu and got pretty excited about their “Gourmet Pizza” section. According to their Facebook page, they also “host a wide variety of nightly entertainment and live music.” No wonder Riot Grrl’s after-party is being held there.

I”ll be sure to check out the Boston Bike Party’s Facebook page this week to see photos of the Riot Grrrl event. Nylon magazine’s playlist has me “rocking out” Joan Jett-style and looking for the next available flight to Boston. I’ll have to make my way into the city during one of these upcoming months so I can experience firsthand a group bike riding event. It’s too bad I missed out on the event geared towards female empowerment, but at least I have the playlist to keep me entertained tonight.

I’ll be “shipping up to Boston” soon,


I need to get my hands on Marie Claire’s Branché

This morning, I was sitting in class waiting for my professor to walk in and absentmindedly scrolling through my Twitter feed. It’s often full of the latest entertainment news, gossip etc, and God forbid I miss any breaking news that could have occurred over the last eight hours while I was sleeping.

Then, I happened upon Marie Claire’s tweet showcasing a photo of their new sister magazine that was released today. If you were in the New York City area, you may have gotten your hands on Branché, the pop-up magazine that Marie Claire employees were handing out at various locations in the city. But, don’t worry. If you haven’t gotten one yet, they’ll be handing out a total of 30,000 copies tomorrow, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. Just look for one of these girls on the street.

Take me to New York.
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So you can imagine my dismay when I saw this tweet. It screamed a not-so-subtle reminder to me that I need (and I mean absolutely need) to live in New York City one day. All these great things are happening on the streets of New York, and here I am stuck in a middle-of-nowhere town that doesn’t even have a Starbucks. I know…I have a hard life.

This needs to make its way upstate. Now.
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After I got out of class, I called my cousin who just happens to be in the city for the next few days.

“CAN YOU PLEASE GET ME A COPY OF BRANCHÉ TODAY,” I practically shouted into the phone as I left her a voicemail.

Liz Lemon explains how I’ve felt all day because I’m not in New York.
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She told me she would try her best, but I haven’t heard from her since. This is not a good sign.

So, I’ll pass the time that I spend waiting to hear from my cousin by daydreaming about one day walking the streets of the Big Apple, not as a tourist but as a New Yorker.

Anxiously waiting for my copy of Branché,