Royal Pains is my “new” show of choice

This summer amidst interning and working, I’ve spent a good portion of my break from school binge-watching Netflix. As soon as spring semester ended, I got hooked on The Vampire Diaries, embarrassed as I am to admit it. Then June 6th rolled around, and I’m sure you can guess what show I was attuned to for the next week. Now that I’ve finished the second season of Orange is the New Black, I don’t know what to do with myself.

I danced for joy when OITNB’s second season premiered on Netflix.
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Then I subsequently cried when I finished the season and realized I have to wait yet another year for season three.
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Leave it to my grandmother to introduce me to my slowly-growing newest obsession, Royal Pains. Although I’m only four episodes in to the first season, it has officially grabbed my attention. I’m a sucker for any type of medical show, hence my never-ending love for Grey’s Anatomy, and this seems to have the right amount of drama and medical plot line for my liking.

So happy I found another Netflix show I can waste my time watching.
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It doesn’t hurt that Mark Feuerstein is the show’s star. He swept me off my feet the first time I watched the film In Her Shoes, and now I fawn over him every time he comes on the screen.

Swoon.
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The show features Feuerstein’s character as a diagnostic surgeon working as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons. Dr. Hank Lawson acts as a Robin Hood of sorts, caring for the rich who desire privacy above everything else and helping the poor who can’t afford to receive medical attention.

The reason I’m writing about Royal Pains is because of the show’s location. Previously, my knowledge of the Hamptons consisted of its mention in the 2004 movie White Chicks where two undercover FBI brothers head to the group of villages as part of  an investigation into the corruption encircling a wealthy elite.

And talk about wealthy. Royal Pains features some of the most gorgeous homes (or should I say mansions?) that serve as the wealthy elite and celebrities’ go-to destinations during the warmer months.

One of the locations seen in the show is the sprawling Oheka Castle located in Huntington, NY. The castle is now worth a reported $110 million and is a top venue for weddings, galas, and other events. Recent renovations have led to the restoration of 70% of the estate with plans to revamp the rest of the property in the future. In addition to Royal Pains, Oheka Castle has served as the backdrop in Citizen Kane and other media productions.

The Oheka Castle serves as the home of a wealthy elite on Royal Pains.
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Main Street in Southampton also serves as a filming location for the show, displaying its many local stores. There are frequent scenes of Dr. Hank Lawson walking down the street.

Main Street in Southampton.
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Other locations on Long Island stand in for Hamptons spots including Oyster Bay and Locust Valley. So, I might as well just tour all of Long Island while I’m at it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get the opportunity to swoon over Mark Feuerstein in person. Fingers crossed.

-Morgan

 

Do yourself a favor and watch Duke Dumont’s new music video

I used to love watching music videos. In my early teens, I’d watch CMT every morning, relishing in how artists chose to tell a story through the music. I hate to say it, but I rarely watch music videos anymore. It’s not because I no longer appreciate them but because the hands on the clock don’t move slow enough for me to find time to enjoy them.

But recently, I found the time to appreciate a music video again. Thanks to a Buzzfeed article, I discovered a song that not only echoes the excitement of summer, but rejuvenates the feeling of wanderlust I have yet to shake off. It was just what I needed amidst a busy work week.

Producer Duke Dumont’s latest song “I Got You” features tropical-sounding beats and a melody that’ll make you wish you had your toes in the sand. The video is even better than the song itself. After putting on a virtual reality helmet, the star of the video experiences a tropical paradise of beautiful views, crystal-clear waters, and gorgeous beaches that’ll have anyone wishing they were hopping on a plane right now.

I’ve already written about my desire to travel to Thailand, and this video is a reaffirmation of that. Viewers are given a tour of Thailand from Bangkok to Phuket, and the sights are mesmerizing. Below are screenshots from the music video that are just a few of the places featured.

Screenshot courtesy of Duke Dumont's "I Got You" music video

Screenshot courtesy of Duke Dumont’s “I Got You” music video

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Screenshot courtesy of Duke Dumont’s “I Got You” music video

It looks like I’m going to have to get back into the habit of watching music videos. Maybe I’ll discover yet another place I need to visit.

-Morgan

RelayRides’ “Road Trip Essentials” Campaign

I’m finally home from school for the summer and am kicking things off with an exciting post! I was recently contacted by RelayRides to participate in their “Road Trip Essentials” campaign, so this blog post will be all about what I can’t live without when I hit the road. I had never heard of the marketplace prior to being contacted, but I now have a reason to plan a road trip.

RelayRides is a “peer-to-peer car rental marketplace” that helps car owners and those in need of a set of wheels connect with each other. The company’s website states that you should think of the service as “Airbnb for cars,” an easy and affordable way for you to rent or list a vehicle for use.

Thank you RelayRides for your genius service.
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I perused the site out of curiosity and couldn’t believe how cheap some of the car listing prices were. My friend recently asked me to plan a trip to Florida for her, and I found a car listed at only $26/day. To say that I haven’t spent the last week planning my own road trip would be a lie. Even a broke college student like myself can cough up that amount of money without flinching.

My thoughts after I saw how cheap it was to rent a car through RelayRides.
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For RelayRides’ “Road Trip Essentials” campaign, I’ve created a Polyvore board showcasing the items I can’t live without when I get behind the wheel. In addition, I also created a Spotify “Road Trip” playlist of songs, new and old, that I always have playing when I’m driving, no matter how short the distance I’m traveling. If anyone has song suggestions they think I must listen to while on the road, feel free to comment below! I’m a music junkie who is always looking for new tunes.

My Polyvore board below features a mixture of useful and frivolous items that I try to always have in my car, especially when I’m traveling long distances. Beneath the board are the product descriptions and prices. I’ve included my own thoughts on each item as well!

Morgan's Road Trip Playlist

This semester, I trained for a half marathon and found myself desperately needing a new pair of running shoes. I grew up always sporting Nikes, but my switch to Adidas has put the company on top of my list of favorite athletic wear. I try to run every day, so if I were to embark on a lengthy road trip, I’d try to log some miles. I’d have to find some way to stretch my legs anyways.

Old Navy flats sandals
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No matter how much my dad encourages me to drive in sneakers, I’m notorious for just slipping on my flip flops and stepping on the gas pedal. During the summer, my feet are always sporting a pair, so it’s an added bonus that Old Navy’s flip flops are so cheap. And by cheap, I’m talking as little as $2.50 a pair, $1 if there’s a sale!

Last year, I found a Calvin Klein crossbody purse for a bargain price at Marshall’s, and I carry it with me everywhere I go. It houses my driver’s license, a road trip essential if there ever was one, and just makes carrying everything I need that much easier.

Similar to my Calvin Klein purse, I bought my pair of Steve Madden sunglasses at Marshall’s for a price I couldn’t pass up. There’s nothing worse than having the sun in your eyes while driving, so I always have at least one pair with me at all times.

Oyuna brown throw
$1,095 – amara.com
Ok, now there’s no way I would ever spend a grand on a brown throw, but I do have a brown sweatshirt blanket that I always use. This comes in handy whenever I’m not driving and am desperate need of a nap in the car. I just curl up in my blanket and snooze away.

H M white napkin
$2.53 – hm.com
Instead of H&M napkins, I tend to have an over-abundance of Dunkin Donuts napkins in my car due to the frequency with which I spend my money on coffee and bagels. They come in handy because I never fail to spill something at some point during my travels.

I recently travelled to Colorado to visit a friend and was amazed how much the change in altitude affects the body. I found myself drinking twice as much water as I usually did, especially when we drove up into the mountains. Suffice to say I have a newfound appreciation for water and carry a water bottle with me wherever I go.

These maps are on the Polyvore to symbolize Apple’s Maps app that has yet to fail me. I have a friend who is blessed to have what seems like an internal GPS, but I unfortunately don’t possess this skill. I’d be lost without my iPhone.

Dunkin Donuts’ Iced Coffee image courtesy of polyvore.com

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Since heading off to college, Dunkin Donuts has become my favorite coffee chain, mostly because it’s the only one we have in the area. I may just be addicted to their iced coffees, and I make sure to always grab one before hitting the road to embark on my 2 and a 1/2-hour drive home from school.

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Clif Crunch Granola Bar

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I always have these in my dorm room because they’re perfect for on-the-go eating. They also fit in my purse and help to stave off hunger on the road.

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Despite having an iPhone, I can’t seem to part with my 2nd generation iPod. It’s the first thing I grab as I walk out the door to my car because there’s nothing worse than hearing radio commercials throughout the drive. I’m constantly adding new music to it, and I rue the day when I have no storage space left.

White iPod Headphones image courtesy of polyvore.com

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If I’m ever a passenger in a car, my headphones come in handy. I often put them in and listen to music when I want to sleep in the car, and it’s an easy way of tuning everything else out.

Marie Claire magazine image courtesy of polyvore.com

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If there’s one vice I have, it’s that I’m a magazine hoarder. I can’t seem to part with any issues, no matter how old they are. I’m a pop culture fan, so any light reading I do is in a magazine. Plus, I’m one of those people who can read in the car without getting motion sickness.

Vogue magazineimage courtesy of polyvore.com

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Vogue is just another one of my favorite magazines to bring in the car to pass the time.

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I switch back and forth between Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts’ multigrain bagels when I need to make a pit stop to eat. Carbs are my weakness, and they always will be.

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Revenge Wears Prada book

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I finally got my hands on this book today and can’t wait to start reading. I’m a fan of Lauren Weisberger’s writing, and I know this will be yet another source of reading material for the road.

Nike USA Prestige Soccer Ballimage courtesy of polyvore.com

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For the longest time, I had a soccer ball stored in the trunk of my car. Every time I hit the brakes, I’d hear it rolling around. I haven’t played soccer in quite some time, but kicking a ball around is a good way to stretch your legs after being cramped in the car. It’s time I put that soccer ball back in the trunk.

The 1975 CD Image courtesy of polyvore.com

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Although I don’t own a copy of The 1975’s CD, I do have a few others stashed in my dashboard compartment. Right now, I have a couple mixed CDs and CDs by artists that include Paramore, Kitten, and Little Daylight. It never hurts to go back to the basics of a compact disc.

ChapStick Classic Cherryimage courtesy of polyvore.com

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This is just another item I always have in my purse. Chapped lips are the absolute worst, so I always have chapstick on hand whenever I travel.

 

Of the items I’ve included on my Polyvore, my iPod Touch is by far the most important. Music is such a huge part of my life, and I rarely do anything without the accompaniment of a soundtrack. Driving is one of the top activities I do that demands music as its companion, so below is a Spotify playlist of my “essential” road trip songs.

 

Thank you RelayRides for asking me to participate in your campaign! I’ll be sure to make use of your car rental service in the near future. Let the road trip planning begin.

-Morgan

 

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 airbnb.com 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.

-Morgan

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.

-Morgan