Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Internet is Really Cool

People often try to step away from the Internet, to spend more time IN their lives (which, of course, is something everyone should try to do from time to time), but truly it's a marvelous thing. I gain so much inspiration from the Internet, and I've made a few online friends along the way. Seeing the creativity of some of the bloggers that I follow has made me strive to be more creative in my own life. Not to mention how much this little blog helps me focus on how beautiful my life is when it sometimes feels all too stressful. Every once in a while I see some really awesome things when I'm trolling Facebook or Pinterest, and these links have just kind of brightened my days.

- A photographer who posed their models with live animals. And another who posed her little girl with her dog. So cool.

- The cast of The Lion King (Broadway show) just, ya know, singing on a plane.

- One of FSU's band directors' selfie with Al Roker.

- Kristen Bell singing live is undeniably adorable.

- I can't wait to try this! I had a blast making stamps from erasers for something John and I were working on, so I can't wait to try it with potatoes!

- I've been obsessed with Alt-J lately. I read on Reddit that they called themselves "Alt-J" because that's how you make a triangle or delta sign when typing. They're original name was "∆", but they decided that "triangle" sounded dumb, after realizing that's what people would read "∆" as, and decided on Alt-J instead. The explanation is in that link, too. Blew my mind, and now I know how to make triangles!! ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆ ∆

- Children's Bedrooms Around the World. Perspective.

- I love things like this. Being able to see how your sweet little pet has grown is just too cute. I definitely want to do something like this if I get a kitten next year ;)

I could keep updating this forever, because everyday I come across something new that I love. But I think sitting in my drafts for over a week is plenty...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Slices of Life

Our week was a bit of a doozy...so...road trip selfie from last weekend.
John's rear view mirror just...fell off. Oh and he tried on one of my bandanas and was running around like a lunatic looking for music. Makes me laugh. 
I had my recital jury (passed, obviously, since I played the recital), and we went to see my friend Hallie perform in the FSU Circus. SO GOOD! We're kind of obsessed with Cirque du Soleil World's Away, have you seen it? If not, go do. It's amazing (and on Netflix!)
I've been feeling really crafty lately...so I made myself a notebook with craft paper, printer paper, some string, and a polaroid that I had around my apartment. Loosely based off of this tutorial. Oh yeah, and I had my senior recital.
I'm not ready to talk about that yet. But I will, soon. 

Today is 3 recitals (playing in one of them) and writing a speech that I have to give tomorrow! Nothing like last minute, eh?

I'm looking forward to taking this week "off" and relaxing, doing some crafty things, spending time with neglected friends (due to busy schedules), and applying for jobs in Tempe. Wish me luck ;)

P.S. I've been playing around with adding my handwriting to text in Photoshop. Check out some crappy first projects here and here. Also my blog header; I, surprisingly, love how that turned out.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

That Awkward Time of the Year When It's Hot and Cold in the Same Day


Transition by oliviamyheart

It's that time in Florida when it's cold in the mornings and evenings, but hot hot hot during the day. Seriously, I left my house earlier this week and it was 45º (I could see my breath), but by noon I was sweating as I walked around campus. Don't even get me started on all the pollen...the first few weeks of Spring are just so confusing.

As someone who gets cold and then overheated all too easily, I've had to adapt to Florida's odd transitional weather...and to the ever-changing temperature of the College of Music ;)

Here are some tips I've found to help, for those of you who also have this issue...

- Light layers: I always leave my house in a sweater and my favorite army green jacket. It's just thick enough that I'm comfortable in the mornings, but not sweating. Then I leave it in my locker as the day heats up, and put it back on when it's time to go home (usually as the sun is setting and the heat is dying for the day)! I always carry my cardigan or hoodie with me, since I just never know when I'll get a little chilly, because I am a wimp. In addition, over the summer I picked up a light-weight scarf from American Eagle (on sale!) that is perfect for this time of year, and fits easily into my (oversized) purse-that-also-doubles-as-a-backpack.

- "Closed-Toed Sandals" + Light-weight Flats: I don't think this is really a thing...but that's how I think of my new favorite Clark's sandals. My Mom bought them for me for a fraction of the price they are online and I wear them all the time. They're extremely comfortable, they add a little bit of height, they keep my toes warm when it's chilly, and let air in when it's hot. They're the perfect transitional sandal. I also love these black ones from Target, although they're even slightly airier than the Clark's. On days when it's not getting past 75º, I like to play it safe and wear my favorite flats (little Oxfords, not the same as those pictured, but very similar).

- Glasses: It's pollen time, friends. If you're like me and prefer to go out in public with your make up intact, I suggest investing in some good water proof make up so when your eyes get itchy and watery (if that happens to you), your make up isn't all over your face. I've been trying out contact lenses lately, but allergy season makes them impossible. Pair that with the fact that I loooove my glasses, and you've got an everyday accessory. But don't forget sunglasses! Some days the sun is practically blinding, so I always make sure I have my sunglasses on hand, for both comfort and eye-health.

- Tees: Lately I'm kind of obsessed with t-shirts and t-shirt dresses. They're really comfy and the perfect amount of slouchy to keep you cool when the day heats up. White is a great option because you can add color elsewhere, and also...sweat stains are much less noticeable ;)

- Jeans: What would I do without my favorite pairs of jeans?! My ripped (or "distressed" if you want to be trendy about it) jeans from The Gap are my favorite. I like to cuff them so they hit right above the ankle. Keeps my ankles cool, and I swear the rips help air flow. My other favorite pairs are a dark wash from Loft, no rips, and a pair of black jeans from The Gap.

- A Huge Purse: Since you never know which layers you'll need, try carrying a really big and really awesome purse. My purse is currently doubling as my computer bag/backpack, but I carry it everywhere because it holds everything. As someone who needs a wide variety of medications, sunglasses, notebooks, sweaters, whatever, I highly recommend getting a nice big bag to carry it all. I'm kind of coveting this "bucket bag" trend (I'm pining for this $500 bag) but this faux leather bucket bag from Old Navy is a cute and cheap alternative. Not structured enough for a laptop though, so keep that in mind ;)

- Moisturizer--with SPF: I'm guilty of not using this stuff often enough, but fortunately I'm not out in the sun much on a daily basis. Still, it's a good idea to get in the habit of putting on moisturizer with SPF every morning to keep your skin as healthy and safe from the sun as possible. Definitely something I'll need to do when I move to Arizona!

- Hair Ties: Seems like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to catch on to carrying one with me everywhere. I often leave my house with my hair down and by mid-afternoon it's just so hot on my neck that I have to tie it up in a bun. The ones pictured are cute and supposedly better for your hair, but frankly I just use the cheap brown ones.

- Water bottle + Umbrella: This bottle is a tad big for even my huge purse, so I usually keep it in my locker and just carry it to and from the practice rooms during the day. Then at home, I keep a glass of water bedside at all times. Otherwise I would completely forget to drink and end up with a dehydration headache. And then, the umbrella...the one pictured may actually be too big to carry around in your bag, but I carry a cheap small one with me at all times. In Florida, you just never know when it could start raining, and since I hate the rain I like to be prepared.

- Miscellaneous Junk: I always carry around little packets of tissues, especially during allergy season when I'm sneezy and such. Eye drops are also extremely helpful for itchy eyes, and chapstick/lip balm for dry lips (a problem for a reed player like myself). I also usually have peppermints for stomach aches, pens for school and other things, and I always have a notebook so that I can write myself a list whenever I feel the need. But these are more, like, daily life things than transitional weather things, I guess I got a tad off topic **oops**

That was a lot of stuff. I think maybe I could have left out the tidbit about tees and jeans? That seems a little obvious. But they're underrated articles of clothing, and I couldn't resist. 

Anyway, I hope this was helpful! Again, I'm no expert on fashion, these are just the things that work for me as the weather is trying to make up its mind.

Good luck out there!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chicago // Part II

So, day three of awesome Chicago quintet trip: We met up with my cousin Sam who happened to be in the city on business, walked to the Sears Tower for no good reason, parted ways and then decided to walk aaallllll the way to the Navy Pier.

It was so cold, I could not feel my face or my fingers. BUT, can you believe some of these shots I got? Most picturesque location, I swear.
 ^ somehow, Maria decided it would be a cool idea to stand on the ice of Lake Michigan. I was freaking out ^
 ^ the sunset from the roof of our hotel was UNREAL ^
^ Elevator selfies ruled this trip ^

Aaahhhh it was so much fun hanging and bonding with my quintet-mates. I will miss this group a hell of a lot next year. I'm so grateful that we got to take this trip and play this cool piece! Can we go back now, guys? Plz?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


As you can see, my senior solo recital is this weekend! John took this photo and it's now my favorite photo of me in existence. He's the best. My parents and sister are coming up for the recital and to set up the reception following the recital. My mom got pretty excited and started baking over spring break. Ha!

I'm excited. Nervous, though. I like all of the music that I'm playing, so I know it'll be fun...at least that's what I keep telling myself. My nerves always get the best of me, but not this time. I won't allow it!

Anyway. What I really wanted to share is this video of my roommate Kevin, talking at the TedxFSU event a few weeks (months?) ago. His talk was so great and I think it resonates with everyone, not just performing musicians. I think that even if you're not a performer, you'll be able to take something away from it about being an audience member.

I highly encourage you all to give it a watch! It's not even 20 minutes long, you really have no reason not to. Also, his recital is tonight and if you're at FSU and you choose not to go, you'll be missing out.
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