The Grammys: the good, the bad, and that hat Pharrell was wearing

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


You’ve gotta love an awards show that eschews that whole “giving awards” part to show us the actual musical performances that range from flawless to whatever was happening as Robin Thicke and Chicago sang. (Or as I like to call it, bathroom break.)  What’s not to love about a show where I can see Katy Perry voluntarily almost light her hair on fire while provocatively dancing on a broomstick, witness a tribute to the Beatles, (because it’s really time for those guys to get their due, right) watch Madonna pretend to be relevant while using a cane, and hurl obscenities at the screen whenever Taylor Swift is praised as a good singer? 
The Good:
Lordes lip color. I want to wear purple lipstick too!
Keith Urban and Gary Clarke Jr.  I would throw my panties at Gary Clarke Jr.  This performance was why I love music. And guitars. (But still not Keith’s weird Jamie Lee Curtis meets early Beiber haircut.)
Pink and that guy from fun. I feel like every year Pink is basically just making all of our daily accomplishments look menial.  Hey guys I just sang my ladyballs off while hanging 50 feet in the air from my feet.  Oh you gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation without cue cards? How nice for you.  (Also I feel like she is a walking crossfit commercial. I need to go to the gym.)
The first time I’ve ever enjoyed something by Lana Del Rey was during a Disney Commercial. Just saying.
Kacey Musgraves winning best country album while wearing a lampshade.  Such a well deserved win for an awesome album.
Carol King and Sara Bareilles together, because these are two people who I would listen to as they sang in the shower with a cold.  Love them.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and a giant wedding that includes people of all sexual preferences.  I cried. Keith urban cried. It was pretty great.
The Bad:
Thumbs down for an awards show celebrating music having terrible sound at least 40% of the show.  Poor Hunter Hayes. And is it just me or does Stevie Wonder not know the words to this song? 

Taylor Swift dancing in front of people trying to see around her.  It’s bad enough that I’m subjected to watching T Swift throughout the entire show (because why appreciate music while seated when you can get people to pay attention to you instead of the act on stage,) but girl, you’re like 6 feet tall.  The guy behind you wants to cut your Achilles.
Who isn’t surprised that there is fire on stage while Metallica plays?  Really? Also, I’ve never seen so many sadly aging rockers together on one stage.  Lars Ulrich looks like he regularly views child pornography, just saying.
Steven Tyler does Jack Sparrow on cocaine. Oh just shut up Steven.
The Incredibly Strange
LL Cool J explaining his apparent lifetime gig of being the Grammy host by reminding us that he is a former Grammy winner. For ten minutes. 
Pharrell, Smokey the Bear wants his hat back. You can’t be original and cool in the headgear department while standing next to two dudes dressed as robots. 
Lordes dance moves. Seriously girl, I love you so, but please stop seizing on my television and sing.

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Friday, January 24, 2014



* Stormtroopers are almost always my favorite things. Stormtroopers tweaking is definitely my favorite.

* These matchstick bobby pins are the CUTEST.

* I'm obsessed with embroidered photos.

* I want this dustpan in my home now.

* I'm loving Rebekkah's knitting tutorials on James' blog... I can't wait to make new things!

* These Emily Balsley patterns are to die for.

♥ Links Loved ♥

* What pixar movie are you? I got Wall-E.

* 20 things you probably didn't know about the Breakfast Club.

* 23 everyday things that we could all be doing better.

* 15 movies that'll immediately get you out of a rut.



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Friday, January 17, 2014


I'm headed off to the Windy City today, (because I'm a crazy person and feel the need to visit the coldest city ever apparently...) so I'm sharing today's what's making me happy a little differently today, in links. (My  wifi hotspot hates photobucket and I clearly don't have the patience. ) so without further adieu, here's what's making me happy thus week :

* some of these honest movie posters are hilariously accurate. (The Wolf of  Wall Street as Scarface for Douchebags is my favorite...)

* This print would look perfect in my new house. This one is totally rad too.

* 20 things women should stop having to apologize for.

* My friends and I are a bunch of group texting fools, so these unwritten rules for group texting are spot on for us.

* This guy just won at proposals in my book... A Pride & Prejudice proposal.

* Tavi's interview of Lorde is so awesome. Those are two majorly cool ladies with such interesting viewpoints of fame, feminism,

* Some of the best moments at the Golden Globes... Both Emma Thompson drinking barefoot on stage and Elizabeth Moss flipping off the mani cam (a concept I ABHOR) were my faves.

* The review of a 5 pound bag of sugar free gummy bears is disgusting and hilarious.

* Which character are you? Too funny.

* 20 Signs you grew up in the south is pretty much spot on.

* AFI's top 100 movie quotes as charts is awesome.

Happy weekend friends!!!

You Should Be Reading This...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I like to keep up on what’s happening in the world as much as the next girl.  But I’m busy.  And I hate watching the 5 o’clock news.  (I think it’s mostly because I really dislike the shape of one news anchor’s head here in town and it really is the only thing I pay attention to.) And newspapers are full of boredom. (And sales on laminate furniture and $5 hams.) So where does a girl go for her daily dose of current events?

The Skimm y’all. 

The Skimm is a free daily newsletter that goes out at 5:59 am with “Reader’s Digest sized” versions of the most important stories of the day.  Each newsletter is written by cofounders and roommates Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, feature a brief synopsis of the day’s news, a little background on the issue, and what it all means, in a concise, non news-wordy way with a healthy dose of wit. Whether you’re looking for a source of on the go news before a dinner party or just want to keep up with current topics without being subjected to a pointy headed news anchor, the Skimm is for you.  I’m totally obsessed and I’m pretty sure you will be too.  To subscribe, visit their website here.  You won’t regret it.  (And you may finally figure out what that whole Syria thing is all about.) 

Bedroom :: Design Board ::

Monday, January 13, 2014

It’s kinda my dream to live in a Wes Anderson film.  His cinematography, the use of vintage, music, and color, have always been something that I’m super drawn to.  So for my new casa, one of my goals was to bring a little bit of Wes into every room, making it warm, inviting, and just a little bit weird.  I wanted to get started with the bedroom, partly because it required nearly no furniture purchases, but had a lot of potential for change with the things I already have.  Over the years I’ve acquired and tossed off a lot of furniture “sets” so I have a real amalgamation of pieces… which is both a good and bad thing. One of my biggest challenges for this room specifically is to develop cohesiveness in the mismatchery… any suggestions are always appreciated!  I’m big on creating boards for rooms to see how everything looks together on paper, so here’s what I’m working with so far:

:: sources (so far) ::
:: Plastic Molded Rocking Chair :: Fur Rug :: Sheets :: Quilt (thrifted) :: Throw :: Moonrise Kingdom poster :: Pillow :: Deer head planter (thrifted) :: Paint :: Candle :: Adventure Pillow :: 






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Friday, January 10, 2014



* These stencils are to die for.

* This is so true.

* This lego Simpsons house is amazing.

* Drinking Buddies is finally out on Netflix and is so freaking good. (And has a stellar soundtrack.)

* These knuckle cuffs are the greatest. I would love to try this trend out.

* I am obsessed with this print. (does anyone know where I can find it or the link?) 

♥ Links Loved ♥

* 29 awesome things about being 29

* An open letter to bearded hipsters is hilarious.

* The 21 films to look forward to in 2014 all look amazing, but I'm especially excited about Into the Woods... (I was little red riding hood in my high school play!)

*20 important New Year's resolutions every 20-something should make.

* A Golden Globes Drinking Game. Yes please.

Welcome to the Maxipad

Wednesday, January 08, 2014


It’s been a long weird year for me y’all.  I’ve only touched on my work and living situation here on the blog, but as many of you know, I got my first real job working for a local environmental non-profit, it lost much of its funding about 6 months in, and I’ve since transitioned into a similar, yet much more stable job with the city as a sustainability specialist.  Amid all of that, I was crashing with my parents, trying to figure out if I would be able to find a place to buy, if I’d even have a job after moving in, and basically a whole lot of uncertainty. 

After all of that back and forth, I’m so excited to say that I’m FINALLY getting back out on my own.  I have been so lucky to have such a supportive family to lean on in a tight spot, but I won’t lie that it makes things a little weird being 28 and living with the rents, regardless of how cool they are. J As luck would have it a couple of friends had been living in an older home right near downtown (and a 5 min drive/bike from my office,) that had been converted into two apartments, and they let me know that the other half of the house was opening up. It was kismet y’all. 

I’m completely nuts about older craftsman style homes, and love seeing an old home and the potential that it contains, so this place was really perfect for me.  It’s got a few random old home bits (like a cat hole in the basement door, (which I’ve been assured will be fixed,) lineoleoum in the kitchen, and a bathroom that couldn’t hold a two person dance party… but I love the charms of the home, (like a fireplace, wood floors, open shelving, and so much natural light) and the challenge to transform it into the perfect place for yours truly.  I’m pretty stoked to finally get the opportunity to share my love of decorating and crafting for the home as part of a larger process, and to pick y’alls pretty little brains on ideas.  Today I swung by to take a few pre pictures, and I’ll be picking paint samples and all sorts other fun stuff. Here’s to getting 2014 started off with a bang!

Things I Learned while 28

Monday, January 06, 2014


Today I am 29 y'all!  If you’d have asked me at 20 where I saw myself at the opposite end of the decade, I likely wouldn’t have placed myself here, but I am so happy with where I’m sitting now. As I’ve look back over my 20’s it’s kinda amazing to see the things that I’ve learned, (and the things that that I’m mildly surprised didn’t kill me. Basically beer bongs.  They should have killed me for sure.)  Here are just a few of the things I learned when I was 28…
That you can have a group of friends that is nothing short of family.  That they will be there not only for Saturday night dance circles, but when you’re broke, you’re sick, or you’re PMSing in a way that makes the Queen of the Damned look like a Disney Princess. And that having these people in your life is better than 1000 facebook acquaintances any day.

That a can of gold spray paint will automatically make anything look better.

That I’ll never be as sweet or wholesome as I wish I was.  I’m often a blunt, foul mouthed, sarcastic, tattooed chick with a pretty epic resting bitch face. (Though most of the time I don’t mean it. The bitchface that is. The sarcasm I always mean.) Most of the time it takes me multiple times together to actually like most people.  And that’s just who I am.  (But I promise that unless you’re a 20something girl who says words like “YOLO” and “totes adorbs” I will get over it and likely love you.) 

That learning to change your oil yourself will not only save you money, but make you feel like a total badass. 

That worrying about what other people think of you is a waste of time.  And if you go into every situation without that stress burdening you, you will often have the best time ever, and make everyone wish they could be that free.  Judgment? Give zero fucks.

That if you want leggings to be pants, then damn it they are.  Pants that stretch are the secret to a happy life that our grandmothers have been keeping for years. (I can’t wait till muumuus become hot.)

That regardless of how old or experienced you become, you will never fully feel like you’re aren’t just playing at being an adult.

That being said, that no one has the right to tell you you’re too old for something.  So what if I love dinosaurs, Disney, playing beer pong, and wearing age inappropriate rompers? 

That moonshine is almost always a terrible/great idea.

That you can’t fix everyone.  I’ve been a fixer my entire life.  It’s annoying.  Sometimes you’ve gotta just let people go their own way, even if that’s off a cliff.

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Friday, January 03, 2014


* This super cut of this years films is excellent...

* I am obsessed with everything confetti systems does...

* Thanks to NPR I made a new music discovery at the end of the year, Brandy Clark. I cannot stop listening to her album. It's brilliant.

* Decor8 did a lovely little piece on blogging. (Plus the picture was so cute.)

*This really puts things into perspective.

* This is SO true.

* Newport folk completed their year end highlights and it made me feel warm and fuzzy all over again. So excited for July!

♥ Links Loved ♥

* Which American Girl Doll are you? (I'm a nerd guys.) I was Samantha.

* 14 Things we need to let go of in 2014.

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20 New Things

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


It's the new year and for me that used to mean making a bunch of resolutions that I'm never going to keep.  (Seriously, how many times did I resolve to lose weight, or cut back on soda? We all know that by day three I would take an IV of Diet Pepsi to the arm if possible.)  In the past couple of years my new years resolutions kinda morphed into a goals list, which I've really loved because it always keeps me active and excited to try things.  This year, I'm taking a (slightly) different page out of Sarah's book and decided that my major 2014 goal for the year would be to TRY NEW THINGS.  I am the type of person who can let themselves get stuck in a bit of a rut, and this year, I want to totally annihilate that bad boy by challenging myself to be in the moment and try new things.  For the new year I created a list of 20 new things that I've never done before.  Some are silly and simple, some are hard, but all of them are there to make 2014 the best one yet!  I'm super excited to sharing some of these experiences with you all over the next year!  What about you? What are some of your resolutions for the coming year?

:: 20 New Things ::
Go to a drive in movie
Play a song on the guitar
Do a juice fast
Travel with a group of friends
Read The Catcher in the Rye
Create a collection of vintage inspired handmade goods 
Make soap
Learn a new craft/skill
Find a cute 2 piece bathing suit at ROCK IT
Do the MS 150
Go to the Crescent Hotel. See if it’s haunted.
Try an ‘edgy’ beauty look
Attend Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago
Spend a day at the movies
Get a Brazilian
Visit the rock slides at Johnson's Shut Ins
Attend a quirky festival 
Try a barre class
Float the James River to Table Rock Lake
Go sphering