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WKND TRIP MIXTAPE

You, me, and another 40 million Americans are going to be hitting the road, rails, and tarmacs this weekend in honor of the best holiday weekend ever. Drumroll please.... the 4th of July!!! *cue the fireworks*

If you are also a music junkie, a la yours truly, or simply appreciate some enjoyable bops when you are in transit, I've got you covered. 

In the music motherland, aka Spotify, I've put together a playlist that will take you straight from the passenger seat to the beach. And once you have arrived at your sweet destination, switch over to my other playlist, dubbed "out here on the isle", for a glorious 22 hours and 17 minutes of sweet summatime jamming. 

As for me, I'll be heading up to Newport, Rhode Island for a big ole dosage of happy (constitutional and rightfully patriotic) American fun. 


OUT HERE ON THE ISLE

WKND TRIP

 

 

March's Best of the Best

Welcome back to another favorites post. March was a weird and hectic month with lots of quick trips around the Northeast, concluding with DC last weekend. For the first time I think ever, I'm hoping to spend some time at home in order to catch up on my zzzzs. Alas, we'll see if I can *actually* relax. Without further ado, here is my list of favorites from March. It's on the shorter side but doesn't mean they aren't great. 

Through My Eyes

Designated Survivor: I am OBSESSED with this show. I never caught the Scandal bug, thus Designated Survivor has satisfied my political-drama craving. The show portrays issues surrounding the political arena and the new era of journalism without being unrealistic. Plus, it throws a curveball every episode to keep things, ya know, juicy. Watch on ABC. 

In My Ears

Britpop: All. I've. Been. Listening. To. Radiohead, Oasis, Pulp, you name it, I'm there. My favorite song of the moment is Disco 2000 by Pulp -- the video is also serious inspiration and looks like something straight out of Trainspotting. 

Gipsy Kings: 'Nuff said. A little samba dance break at midnight is just what the doctor ordered. 

Follow my Spotify account here

In My Wardrobe

Color!: If you have been following my blog for quite some time, you know that I used to wear a lot color circa 2013  please don't go lurking into my archives). In the more recent years, neutrals have taken control of wardrobe as I fell victim to normcore. But, I came to a realization last month on how we should have fun with fashion and embrace colors, patterns, and design in whatever forms we desire. For me, you won't see me sporting bright orange from head-to-toe, but I have been incorporating bits and pieces of red, pink, and brighter jewel tones among the denim and whites. 

Gingham: In continuation of my previous anecdote, I purchased this skirt from Asos. At first, this gingham-ed, ruffling, midi-skirt would seem completely out of my sartorial comfort zone, but something about its odd easiness drove me to click buy straight away. I can't wait to pair with a navy sweater and kicks during the day and a white off-the-shoulder top and wedges at night.... don't worry, you'll see it go down.

Dramatic Earrings: The last fashion decision that has brought flair to my life are dramatic earrings. You might have picked that up via my recent Insta-stories, but I'll be sharing more soon. Think tassels, gold, hoops... all the goodies.

Patagonia duffle bag: My last favorite is the less stylish of the sort, but is ace on practicality. Since I've been riding the trains up and down the Eastern seaboard, I have been using this Patagonia duffle bag almost every weekend. 

In The Kitchen

Spinach: I'm fully aware of how random this favorite is, but spinach is a star. Either mixed in with kale and lettuce for salads or in smoothies for the added nutrition. Eat yo greens!

In The Media & Following

Pandora Sykes: Pandora's blog has been a go-to read of mine for two years and I'm a regular listening of her podcast "The High Low" with fellow journalist/friend, Dolly Alderton. Pandora's style is eccentric but completely owned by her. Whenever you hear the phrase, "wear the clothes, don't have the clothes wear you", Pandora is the epitome of that. Plus, her writing style is smart, witty, and relevant by touching on topics such as Gen Z and feminism, but also sharing light-hearted content that warms the soul.  Follow Pandora's blog here.

Following these accounts... @zippyseven // @giorgiatordini // @julianasalazar // @bludetiger

Other & Other 

Keap Candles: This Brooklyn-based candle company is the jackpot of natural and sustainable candles. I have both Waves and Green Market burning as we speak, so my endorsement is 100%.

 

 

January's Best of the Best

 

Back in October, I did a monthly favorites post that I dubbed "Best of the Best". If your life is anything like mine right now, it's in the extra stressful lane, so I hope that these posts bring some chance of an escape into your daily life. Like always, everything on this list has been tried and true by yours truly or is part of my day-to-day life. 100% Sloane Certifed Guaranteed. 

Through My Eyes

Distance Between Dreams- In an alternate world, I would be a pro-surfer. I have always had a slight obsession with surf culture, pro-surfers, and the sport in general. Distance Between Dreams is a documentary about pro-surfer, Ian Walsh, and his journey and dedication the sport. Ian is a primarily big wave surfer (meaning those insane 50 footers), so the film follows him, his family, and friends during the El Niño season in 2015. Not only is the story inspiring, but the surfing and Hawaii scenery makes for stellar cinematography. The documentary is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo. 

Sherlock Season 4- I have been a HUGE Sherlock fan since season 1 came out way back when. I normally don't want live TV at all, but Sherlock is the only exception. I promise I won't give any spoilers away (there is a lot), but while this season was different, it still lived up to the original and well-known hype of the show. Crossing my fingers for a Season 5.... but we all know that won't come for a few years. 

In The Ears

The Soundtrack IV- Introducing the latest installment in my Soundtrack Series. It's the first of 2017 and filled with quite a wide range of jams. 
There is a fair amount of slower singer-songwriter tunes a la Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran, some of some classic 90s "lite" rock, a few house remixes, and of course a bit of La La Land in there.

Messy Heads Podcast- Emma Mercury's digital community- website, social channels, magazine, etc. - has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for me in the past year, so I was psyched when she announced she was creating a podcast. Two episodes are already out- one about heartbreak and one discussing the concept of perfection. Listen in the car, in bed, in the bath, or whenever you are in the need of self-reflection and a break from the mainstream media frenzy. Via Soundcloud

In My Wardrobe

Socks & Vans- Maybe this latest sartorial decision has stemmed from my surf obsession, but in lieu of ankle boots, I have been sporting vans with visible socks. Normally in the middle of winter, I am wearing fleece-lined boots and the thickest socks I own, so the lighter footwear is a welcomed change of pace. With a nod to the laidback West Coast, it adds an interesting, but chill, element to my daily wardrobe. Try it with jeans and a cable knit sweater or turtleneck. 

Pop & Suki camera bag- For Christmas, my brother gave me this personalized crossbody bag. For someone who carries very little (card case, phone, headphones, sunglasses, and car keys), this tiny and charming bag is the best accessory. I'm also a sucker for anything personalized or monogrammed, hence it is a big W for me all-around. 

Cropped jeans- Another nod to surf culture meets Scandivan street style, cropped jeans are slightly quirky and odd looking, but I'm wholeheartedly obsessed. I have been eyeing this Madewell pair, but in the meantime, a vintage pair gets the job done. 

At The Gym

Jump rope & Tabata- I like to mix up my workouts depending on my current goal. Ever since going to Dogpound back in December, I have been incorporating jump roping into my daily workouts. To be honest, I used to be very bad at jump roping, to the point where it slightly embarrassing. But, over the course of two months, I'm proud to say I have greatly improved on my skills. For those who hate slaving away hours on the treadmill or any other cardio machine, try jump roping. In pair with jump roping, I have been using a Tabata timer for my workouts. Tabata is essentially just a form of a HIIT workout, so it is ideal for those looking to both gain muscle and lose body fat. I mix up what moves I do each day, but I tend to follow a loose formula of 1-1.5 minute(s) of jump roping, then 1-1.5 minute(s)a strength/resistance training move, and then 1-1.5 minute(s) of burpees/jump squats/etc. I'll do 3-5 sets of each move, 3-4 times depending on how much time I have. Trust me, you'll get your sweat on and have fun whilst doing so. 

In The Media & Following

Cartia Mallan- I have been following Cartia for awhile on Instagram and YouTube, but since her move to Sydney, Cartia's content has been on fire. She has a genuine and radiant personality that is conveyed through a screen and is incredibly passionate about everything she does. Plus her music taste and style sense is killer. 

Chronicles of Her- Fashion blogger Carmen Hamilton, rebranded her digital platform and created a unique and edgy website talking about style, beauty, and lifestyle. It's humorous, cool, and chic. 

Other & Other

Reading & bathing- Time is fleeting, but personal hygiene and enjoyment reading are mucho important. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I have accumulated a teetering stack of books, so I think it is about time to make a dent. A relaxing, hot bath is the perfect time to do just that.  I just finished The Girls by Emma Cline, and I am currently reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. Next up, I have Gloria Steinem's memoir, My Life on the Road, and the classic Truman Capote novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

 

 

December Mixtape & Moodboard

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During November, my calendar was hopping, so out of sleep necessity, I skipped last month's m^squared post. Don't fret my friends, because we are back up and running, bringing you a fair dosage of moodboard-ing and a very special holiday mixtape. Instead of droning on and ending up repeating myself, let me just say that I have a fair share of festive content coming your way over the next 24 days. To start off, did you see the launch of my latest series, "Festive Footnotes"? 

As for the mood this month, we have those reds for the festive touch, but no doubt, paired with neutrals of navy and worn cream. Blush has also made a return - being the ideal partner in crime to the festive red. Graphic t-shirts, piled high gold jewelry, and red accents are all I'm about right now.

To wrap things up (lol, love a good Christmas pun), here is this month's special mixtape to get you in the mood for this season. A complete (and pretty damn good) compilation of my favorite songs.

+ Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

+ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

+ Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

+ Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2

+ Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

+ Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

+ Carol of the Bells by Peter J. Wilhousky

+ It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams

+ Jingle Bells (ft. The Puppini Sisters) by Michael Bublé

+ All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

+ Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon

+ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies 

 

 

October's Best of the Best

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Instead of dishing you another dosage of my annoying blabbering about clothing, I felt that a favorites post would be a better fit. Yes, I will admit that this outfit is decently spiffy and I'm all about making a slip dress wearable as the temperatures top.

With October come and gone, I am left refreshed  and rejuvenated for the rest of 2016... mind you, it is a quite hectic one. I like to think as October being my personal version of a new year. Perhaps it is because I'm a libra, so I feel über connected to this glorious month, but I also always happen to experience a change or shift in some part of my life. Continuing, I am filled to the bring with ideas and dreams of how this digital space will grow over time - especially focusing on more film photography, videos, stories, and grander personal projects that will give you all a better insight into who I am. 

Now with that, enjoy this lengthy list of favorites. 

THROUGH MY EYES

Good Girls Revolt- I watched the pilot of Amazon’s newest show when it was released last fall. To say the least, I am *obsessed* with this show and cannot wait till season two. As you’ll see in these favorites, I have always been naturally drawn to the social and culture movement of late 60s, so I not only find the history behind the story line fascinating, but the show itself is both well casted and well written. The creators both convey several sides of the social movement against gender discrimination in the workforce,  along with the glamour, grit, and romance of 1969-70. The fashion and music is pretty rad too — especially with Patti Robinson (aka my favorite character). To watch, head to Amazon. 

The Sixties- Continuing on with my 60s/70s cultural binge, I started CNN’s documentary series a couple nights ago. It’s been an interesting pairing with Good Girls Revolt, as the series explores all aspects of the decade. Once I wrap up this decade, next on my plate is to tackle The Seventies. To watch, head to Netflix. 

Sabrina The Teenage Witch- Meet the oddball of my entertainment line-up. Honestly, it’s such a good show and while the technology isn’t up to date as we have come to know, I think it adds charm to the show. Oh, Salem is spirit animal!

 

IN THE EARS

Nostalgia playlist- By now, I guess you can sense what type of mindset I’m in right now. Here is the music I’ve been listening to— my favorites are Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Grateful Dead’s Good Lovin’, all the David Bowie, and The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man. 

Photograph by Ringo Starr- I rediscovered my childhood song this week. From the ages of 3-6, I listened to the Concert For George tribute album ALL THE TIME, and then for the past ten years, I completely blanked out on what the album was called. Since the rediscovering of this incredible record, I have ordered the CD for my car’s stereo, and I have been playing Ringo Starr’s Photograph on repeat. Guess my taste in music as been the same since I was 3. 

Lady Gaga covers- She is wickedly talented and can pretty much sing any song perfectly. My favorites are her 2015 Oscars performance, Stevie Wonder tribute, and the cover of Sting’s If I Ever Lose My Faith- which brought Sting (& me!) to tears. 

 

IN THE WARDROBE

Outdoor Voices- I’ve already have preached about my love for this fitness/recreation wear brand, so it is no surprise that I purchased another pair of their leggings. I'm a very happy lady (that only wears leggings). 

Gucci loafers- One of my birthday presents were these, honestly flawless, Gucci loafers. They were the last pair in my size on the Eastern seaboard, so I lucked out. I haven’t worn any other shoes since they came in the mail, and don’t really plan on it in the near future. The brown also feels much more youthful than the traditional black, plus they look super cool when paired with sheer tights. 

Baseball caps-  During the weekends, I have been throwing on baseball caps when I’m running around town. I also love oiling my hair with coconut oil to keep my ends healthy, so wearing a baseball cap hides my greasy mess. 

Lighter wash denim- I have been switching between my black denim and super light wash like crazy. Ironically, I wore my absolute bluest pair of denim all summer, but since fall rolled around they have taken a back seat for now and the others take the cake. 

 

 

IN THE KITCHEN

Red pepper hummus- Full on addicted. I shamelessly, and easily, can go through a tub of this hummus. 

Gingerbread tea with cinnamon- When I am not in the mood for coffee, I brew some gingerbread tea and mix it with a splash of almond milk and cinnamon for an extra kick. 

 

IN THE MEDIA & FOLLOWING

Tumblr- As I am bursting with creative energy right now, I have been tumblr’n plenty in order to bring my ideas to visual representation. Not to mention, escrowing and re-blogging a solid choice when it comes to relaxing techniques. 

Follow- @girlsatlibrary, @lpathelabel, & @the.wing

 

OTHER & OTHER

Incline walking for HIIT- Lately, I have replaced running intervals for intense incline walking. It is less stress on the joints, but it also a refreshing change of pace (ha, pun intended) from normal hitting pavement or treadmill.

I Feel Like Hillz- Check it out and see this incredible company in all its Hilary glory. Oh, and be sure to get out and VOTE! 

Condition 1st, Shampoo 2nd- Lately, I have been foregoing conditioner all together, in replacement of coconut oil on the ends of my hair. If your hair is anything like mine, aka super fine, this switch-a-roo could bring some serious va-va-volume to your locks. 

Photos by Gabi Mulder

 

October Moodboard & Mixtape

It's FALL!!!!! October is my month. Not only for the fact that I was born during the universe's golden period, but I feel as if I come alive during these glorious 31 days. I always get a few laughs when I mention October is my favorite month, since I'm known to not be Halloween's biggest fan. 

Yet, October is my renaissance and I am reborn over and over again, metaphorically that is. Here are my top reasons why these are the best days of the year. GO! 

~ hot coffee, sweaters, boots, candles, windows open & down, vampire weekend, fall foliage, apple cider, rhode island (in the fall), best sailing season, central park comes alive, chilly mornings, grey afternoons, hiking, birthdays, long weekends, lazy sundays spent reading, pancakes, diner runs ~

I could go and on, but instead I'll spend these precious hours basking in the October air.

Fashion-wise, I'm embracing the changing of the seasons with the following; leopard coats, sandals with loose denim and knits, OV leggings and t-shirts during morning coffee runs, and baseball caps with EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.

 

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OCTOBER MIXTAPE

Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers 

Daylight by Matt and Kim 

Backwards Down the Number Line by Phish 

Two Fingers by Jake Bugg

You & I by Lady Gaga 

I'll Go Crazy by James Brown