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Happy Monday // Vol. 2

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Change the narrative.
Instead of letting that Sunday night anxiety get the best of you, 
take a moment to remind yourself that you are in control, no matter what! 
And sometimes reflecting on the best moments from the week past, can help.

Tomorrow will be a
Happy Monday!

and here's my 3 reasons why...

TRAVEL: The Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sea Lions & Tigers & Bears - Oh My! 

Last weekend, my girlfriends and I had a great time at the Bronx Zoo. We went to as many exhibits as 3.5 hours could allow us, bought some souvenirs and afterwards, stuffed our faces with pizza (yum!). 

If you're a native New Yorker and you've never been or if you haven't visited the zoo since your middle school field trip days, it's really worth the trek to the Boogie Down. 

The growing patience of your adult years really helps you to appreciate learning about the animals, because honestly as an 11 year-old, there was nothing more annoying than having to stand in one place too long - "Oh look, an animal!... I saw it!... Let's go to the next one!"

And if you have a dislike/hate relationship with crowds, like I do, you'll be glad to know that in the dead of winter you can enjoy a day at the Zoo with almost no one around (how romantic!).
There are plenty of indoor exhibits so you don't have to worry about sightseeing a bunch of rocks in the frostbite weather.

Happy Monday // Vol. 1

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mondays don't have to be sh*tty.

There are still Mondays when I cringe at the thought of starting the whole week over again, but I've noticed that lately I don't feel as cr*ppy about the work week as I once used to, and I owe a lot of that to the fact that I've practiced shifting my focus, from the negative to the positive aspects of the day (or the week) ahead.

I begin Mondays (and most days) by telling myself... "Today, I'm going to kick ass!

I think it's important to believe that no matter what comes your way today, 
you'll be able to overcome it. 

Remembering to focus on what you have, instead of what you don't and rerouting those negative thoughts back on a path of positivity will ultimately help you overcome this Monday dread that can often lead to anxiety or a mental breakdown. ( believe me, I know... )

So, why is this Monday happy? 
Here are 3 reasons why... 

#1 - KING's "Carry On" Music Video Dropped! 

Basically it's a love story between two kites... (at least, that's what I got out of it, lol)

I will say, the video visuals do a great job of capturing the dreamy feeling of the song.


#2 - House of Cards Season 4 is here! 

Just came out on Friday and I'm already on episode 8... (Can you guess what I'm doing tonight?)

#3 - Doing Big Thangs With Best Friends!

The best friend and I have been cooking up an idea to start a blog together. I'm finally buying the URL today, and we're hopefully launching it in the next week or two.

I can't wait to share it with you guys!

Hope you're all having a great Monday!
(but if not, thankfully, there's always tomorrow!)

Keep yo' head up!


The Heavy Rotation // Vol. 7 - It Started With a Beat...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy Music Monday! 

For today's post, I wanted to shed light on these three tracks that
share a similar sound, and, while I often get confuse them for one another,
I find that each one does house it's own unique flavor...

#1 Nujabes - "Arurian Dance"

Homework edits are a god-send! I discovered them a few weeks ago when I was looking up Dilla tracks. Homework edits are pretty much hour + long loops of your favorite beat! 
And honestly there are so many songs I could listen to for hours on end, ESPECIALLY when I'm trying to mellow out after a stressful day or trying to power through a task at home or work.

(it's not a perfect homework edit since the pitch has 
been lowered - copyright nonsense -  but it's still amazing!)

#2 Ol Burger Beats - "Immaculate"

Curious to hear the original version with lyrics? "Immaculate" feat. ScienZe  // High Rhodes LP

#3 Soulastik - "Purple Autumn"

I found this gem while listening to a jazz/hip hop mix on Youtube, and luckily, the information was in the description, so it didn't take me long to find out where to listen to/buy it.

Which of the three versions is your favorite?
I'm not sure I could choose a favorite, although the Nujabes joint goes on repeat often... so...
Honestly, I'd love to hear a mashup/mix of all three.

Till next time.


Celebrating 28 Earth Years

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Three weeks ago, I celebrated my 28th birthday! And it might have very well been one of the best so far. I was able to accomplish everything I set out to do this birthday weekend and had an amazing time with the people I truly love ( and really what more could you ask for? ).

I know it's been awhile since I last posted, so I wanted to make sure I got a chance to at least share a few photos from my birthday with you all. 

Check out the birthday manicure! 

I got it done out on Long Island, NY at a nail salon called Cinderella Nail Spa. A wonderful nail technician, Maggie, hooked me up with the cutest design, hand-painted!

I usually frequent a location in midtown Manhattan (Bijou Nails), but this is a great alternative for those weeks when I'm in desperate need of a new coat of paint but don't want to trek it all the way out to the city.

I chose this design because 1) I love teddy bears 2) Hello Kitty loves teddy bears 3) Doesn't it remind you of Kanye?

What do you guys think? 
I love it, but I'm still hoping to try Japanese calgel next month...

I finally made it out to the Moustache Brewing Co. tasting room!

I've had my eye on this brewery for awhile now (since before they had a tasting room to call their own) and now... look at them! I was super excited when my boyfriend agreed to take me out east (Riverhead, NY) to check out the brewery!

The Heavy Rotation // Vol 6. - New Year, Same Great Musical Taste

Monday, January 11, 2016

Earth is the place...
& the answer is love...

What better way to kickstart a new year of blogging than with music? :) 

Still bumping House... 
...till the day I die!~ It's my go-to for pretty much any mood I'm in, I. Love. House. Music!

So here's a great track that I haven't stopped listening to since I heard it in a Black Coffee mix about a month ago. It's such an empowering song. I notice I gravitate towards it every time I'm feeling down, so I wanted to share the good vibes with you all; hope you enjoy it :)

 Ruby & Sapphire
The Stevenbomb came and went last week with 5 new episodes just in time for Steven's birthday (which was January 5th...w00t w00t, January babies FTW!)

Of course, in true Rebecca Sugar AWESOMENESS, there was a new song to accompany the AMAZING story of the kickoff episode ("The Answer")... just when you think Garnet couldn't get any see her original fusion form and you squeal... like a fan girl... /hypeface

I promised these posts wouldn't be text heavy, so let me stop here and let you get to the music... 

A Piece of My Love
When am I not "discovering" a throwback R&B joint to fall in love with/to?

The Sound of "Purple"
A great instrumental track titled after my favorite color and produced by fellow Aquarian Jay Dee.

(Also, if you happen to fall in love with it, here's a 1 hour loop for your listening pleasure.)

Don't forget to keep the annual J Dilla bash on your radars, cause tickets should be going on sale soon for Donuts Are Forever's 10 Year 2-Day show! 

Also, if you didn't know, KING is doing a promo tour for their debut album & tickets are already on sale!

As always, please feel free to share some of your favorite tracks of the moment; I'm always looking for more great music to add to my playlists!

Here's to another great year of blogging!


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