Thoughts Meander Like A Restless Wind Inside A Letterbox...

{ Sunday, November 22, 2009 }
Lately I've been having Beatlesmania. Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I'm about, oh, 40 years catching the bandwagon. However, they're simply timeless. After watching Across The Universe this weekend, I've come to two very true conclusions: For starters, Jim Sturgess- or "Jude," if you'd prefer- is insanely gorgeous. Second, hearing "Here Comes The Sun" will forever crack a smile on my face. As a matter of fact, all of this Beatles-listening and Across The Universe-watching has sparked a bit of unexpected style inspiration within me. The free-flowing, bohemian styles shown towards the end of the film challenged me to put together a free-spirited ensemble of my own. The result?

My fish eye lens decided to be difficult today, note the slight blurriness. Anyhow, I plan on wearing this for my two year anniversary dinner with my boyfriend next month! Planning ahead is oh-so much fun, especially when it has to do with outfits. Am I right?

Details:
Dress- Target, my beloved
Vest- Thrifted
Boots- Shoe Land, my new go-to stop for kicks!
Pearls- Borrowed from my Grandmother 3 years ago, hm...
Bangle- Vintage
Headband- Wet Seal


Expect more outfits posts soon; the cooler weather opens many new closet doors and possibilities :)

-Lindsay

Free Music...Sunday? Oh Jeez. November 15, 2009.

{ Sunday, November 15, 2009 }
Alright boys and girls, I'm late big-time on this one! Between building my writing portfolio, being assigned impromptu shifts at work, and facing massive reading assignments I am finally here, doing what I love. Ahem, one side note before I administer your weekly dose of ear-candy: I'm currently reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King and it's absolutely captivating. I recommend it for any serious writer or fan of King's work; it'll change your outlook on writing and literature forever. Now, onto those hand-picked freebies!
I don't know about you, but this chilly pre-winter weather is bringing me down. All of today's downloads remind me of the summer; something I would play while driving with all the windows down. How do they make you feel?

1.) Anarbor- "You and I (acoustic)"

I saw these guys live in September with The Almost, and they were so much fun! Anarbor's upbeat, power pop-infused songs are undeniably catchy carefree.
Download "You and I (acoustic)"

2.) Amber Oak- "Turn of SeasonsIronic title, no? The singer of Amber Oak sounds hauntingly similar to Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, a definite plus!


3.) The Pica Beats- "Summer Cutting Kale" I honestly don't believe I'll ever be able to satisfy my constant need for soothing indie-rock.
However, The Pica Beats will hold me over...for a while, at least!

Once again, you may have to create a free Amazon.com account to access these downloads. However, it takes little to no time. So, are you ready to kick back and relax with a pina colada in one hand and your iPod in the other? Enjoy, happy followers! :)
-Lindsay

Free Write'n Up A Storm.

{ Monday, November 9, 2009 }

An Untitled Aspiration
© Lindsay S.
November 9, 2009

Footsteps beyond the door.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
You distinguish your father’s slow, thoughtful trod.
Your mother’s overbearing, deliberate march.
Your sister’s careful, timid waltz over eggshells-turned-landmines.
Always pacing.
Never in-sync.

You wonder where you fall into the monotonous menagerie.
Where your footsteps fall beyond closed doors.
Why your mother’s always worried.
Why your dad is never quite right.
Why your sister hides herself away.
Always pacing.
Never happy.

What will it be like when you’re gone.
Will your stride lengthen and set you free,
Or will silent shackles set in.
You stretch your legs, put on your shoes,
Stare at the door.
Always pacing.
Never ready.

This is your life.
These are your dreams.
Although they may come after you, you run.
Run for the bright lights that may blind you or serve as your spotlight.
Always pacing.
Never looking back.

Photo credit: Jason Nunez/Flickr

-Lindsay

Free Download Friday! November 6, 2009.

{ Friday, November 6, 2009 }
Ah, it's the most promising day of the week once again, isn't it? I just realized that I didn't post any free music last Friday; my apologies! This past week has been full of school, stress, and intensive study sessions. However, my week was possibly made yesterday afternoon when my English teacher stopped me on my way out of class and broke the wonderful news that she wrote a recommendation for me to enroll in Honors English for next semester. I'm incredibly excited; the rigorous writing has paid off. Not to mention the news undoubtedly boosted my literary confidence just a smidgen!
Anyhow, here are my top 3 music selections for this week. They're all happily filed away on my iPod :)

1.) Jonas Sees In Color- "Loose Threads"I'll admit, I've heard about Jonas Sees In Color for some time now, but never actually given them a listen! Thankfully, I did today and was completely stunned. I'm a sucker for any song with piano-playing, which makes "Loose Threads" particularly great.
Download "Loose Threads"

2.) The Swell Season- "In These Arms"A beautiful, soothing song with even greater lyrics. If you've seen the movie Once, you'll know why this duo is completely unstoppable.
Download "In These Arms"

3.) Tegan and Sara- "Hell"

The talented twin sisters are back with a new single, which I can't stop listening to! I don't know if it's the boppy guitar beat or the lively lyrics, but something about "Hell" is quite endearing.
Download "Hell"

I found all of these MP3 selections on Amazon.com. To download, you may be required to create an Amazon user account. No need to be discouraged, though! It's quick, easy, and pain free. You'll be on the route to musical bliss in no time.

-Lindsay

Music Supresses A Manic Monday, No?

{ Monday, November 2, 2009 }
I'm home, in my safe haven of a bed, finally. After waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning, completing my 50 minute commute to school, and trekking to and fro across campus to sit through unusually dull classes, I'm finally down for the day feeling entirely accomplished. What better way to unwind than with some nice, new music? Today Urban Outfitters unveiled their newest blog feature, Music Mondays, which offers 5 free downloads of underground and unsigned artists for anyone like myself who is on a constant conquest for new tunes, or simply needs a little pep in the start of their week. Check out the track listing for this week:
Memory Tapes- Green Knight
Larytta- Promises
The Polyamorous Affair- New York City
Toro Y Moi- Blessa
Via Tania- Wonder Stranger
I was immediately a fan of The Polyamorous Affair's electronic beats and chilling vocals; be sure to listen and find a favorite for yourself! To download, simply visit UO's blog, click the poster, and save the file onto your computer. After that, sit back, relax, and give your ears the attention they deserve!
-Lindsay

Oh Halloween, How I Love You So.

{ Sunday, November 1, 2009 }
As of 11 p.m on October 29, I had absolutely no plans for Halloween weekend. None, zilch, nada. Luckily, all of that changed when I called into Atlanta's popular radio station, Star 94, and won my way into a costume party which Cartel was playing. Score! Psst, a little-known fact about me: I'm basically a pro at winning radio contests. Don't ask me how, but I do believe concert-going luck is on my side seeing as I've been lucky enough to win tickets to six shows in the past few years. Anyhow, the party was at The Loft, an awesome and incredibly chill venue that had several lounge areas and a stage free of those bothersome barricades. In the midst of a sea consisting of cheap polyester, fishnets, and scantily clad underage girls, there was me- the mystical flying unicorn.
My quest towards creating the perfect Halloween ensemble began in August, when I found a unicorn hat at my favorite thrift store for a mere $5. Needless to say, it was possibly the best $5 I have ever spent. Throughout the night I even had several people come up to me asking for their picture with "The Unicorn."
By the time Georgia natives Cartel took the stage, the crowd was thoroughly inebriated (excluding myself, of course) and ready to rock. Upon taking the stage, each member of the band donned a presidential mask, my favorite being President Obama. Where else would you catch him headbanging on the guitar, hm? By the middle of their set, Cartel front man Will Pugh was persuaded into wearing a full-fledged banana suit, which he wore proudly. Cartel's setlist was chock full of some of my favorites like "Matter of Time" and "Burn This City"; undoubtedly oldies but goodies. Be sure to experience the infectious pop-rock melodies for yourself on their newest album Cycles, which was released last week!
P.S- Thanks to my wonderful friend Carrie who gets credit for taking all of these photos!
-Lindsay