Marsala + Marty McFly + Martians

It’s 2015 y’all.  I’m a little late, I get it.

It’s the year of Marsala, Marty McFly, and Martians, and we should celebrate and dress accordingly.

First things first; Pantone named the color of the year as Marsala (18-1483).

Pantone officials say, “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”  It also happens to be the color of Gryffindor, Fordham, and the cool stripes of this shirt I stole from my father, and c-o-o-l leggings I stole from my mother.  Most importantly it’s wine.  Grab a glass, invite me over, and let’s toast this soulful tone.


Secondly, the year of Martians.  Check here for updates on the FBI releasing their information on UFO sightings.  Join in the fun with some out-of-this-world glasses. Mine are retrosuperfuture and I wear them as protection from abduction.

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Finally, it’s 2015, the year of Marty McFly.  We live in the future y’all and Marty said it right, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”


Grab an orange vest, some marsala wine, and some abduction shields and get out there, get weird, and get soulful.


Marsala + Marty McFly + Martians

Slim + Shady

Sometimes Monday’s need a little oomph to get ya’ going.  I pretend I am Eminem when I need to –Lose Myself– in my work. Here are the things Marshall Mathers and I have in common:

  • Cool glasses
  • We are both slim + shady
  • We both like bagels. (Probably).
  • We were both in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (this weekend).
  • We’re from the Midwest.

This is how I dress up like him to really get in the mood. My mom said I look like a cat burglar, which by the way is someone who enters by climbing to an upper story, so she must think im limber.

Slim + Shady


I’m aware that some of my friends (I’m looking at your on the West Coast) consider us here in Ohio as a flyover state, or one large farm, or maybe just as a bunch of Ohio-state-and-Lebron-worshipping-droolers.  Yay sports!  As small as our simple state may be, this weekend was my first ever venture to the North Coast (Rock and Roll Capital, yay music!)

Although the middle of January may not have been the ideal time for such a venture, it was still a quality time.  I tried a Happy Dog with a questionable yet delicious combo of peanutbutter, “alien relish”, and Sriracha; beaucoup tater tots with even more sauces, and 15 probiotics.

– The Museum of Contemporary Arts was in between galleries, but entertained us long enough to regain feeling in our fingers.

– Case Western’s Frank Gehry building was cute, (not as cute as ours, go bearcats!)                                                                   – The Cleveland Museum of Art was super badass and also had outlets for my tweeny sister to charge her snapchatting machine.

– The Rock and Roll Hallf of Fame blew my mind, and made me want to go spin records for hours.  (See: Paul Simon says Graceland is his best song, I don’t disagree)

– My Great Uncle turned 90.  I asked him for advice on a happy life, he said “Love More.”  Dig that.

All this Rock and Roll made me realize how much I’ve been in to Rocks and Rolls lately.  I know.  But seriously.  I’ve been drooling over so many random rocks, in the forms of earrings and bidding on book ends (take away the wine…).  And realized I had 3 layers of rolled arms on last night.  Because what isn’t sophisticated-fun about rolling up your sleeves and playing in the ground (or ebay)?

rock and roll

1. Don’t outbid me, I swear. 2 + 3.  Somewhere between this khaki-wearing babe and this hipster man, I roll. (ha?)
4. LOVE this Etsy shop from OHIO that gives back!

Peace, love, rock and roll!!



CHANNELING: José González

I’d like to marry this man.  Something about his voice and gentle strumming of his guitar puts me at ease unlike any other musician.  I’m also positive that seeing him play with Junip at Bonnaroo a few years back changed my life.

Also, he’s Swedish, which is Sweet-ish.  Stop it

Might I suggest for your listening pleasures:

Solo–Down the Line, Heartbeats

Junip– Without You, Your Life Your Call and Line of Fire, which are a pair of music videos, super creepy and awesome, surrounding an old man’s relationship choices.  oOoooOoooOOo

These here drawings are what happened when I listened to the above (+ some) Jose/Junip play for an hour in my earbuds.

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CHANNELING: José González

Midwestern Lovin

So, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I thought I’d put some posts together on how I plan on attracting some top tier talent.

1. Dress to Impress

combo layers

This look is what I call “layers of love.”  What man (or woman for that matter) doesn’t want to find out what kind of interesting stuff is lurking under there.  I’d like to believe men, as rational as they are said to be, would appreciate this affective way of staying warm in frigid Ohio weather.  This screams, “I’m an independant woman and can stay warm on my own.”  Hot.

P.S. Don’t forget the frames.

Try it out and let me know how it goes!

((but really I love this jacket so much..unfortunately the shop doesn’t make them anymore, but I love this one if you want similar frump-de-lump allure)


Midwestern Lovin

Current Obsession: Rifle Paper and Co.

I’ve been bopping and doodling around my good friend’s stationery store (check it out!) and am a kid in a candy store over some of the stuff that is popping up in the printed goods industry.  You guys.  NOTHING can replace a handwritten note.  I tell ya.

My most obvious and recurring obsession is Rifle Paper and Co.  It is befuddling to me because their stuff is super cute.  Not a word I would ever use to define the things I am generally attracted to. (see: I don’t love puppies as much as you want me to.  sorry, I know your dog is adorable. )  That being said, I’m totally hooked on their floral arrangements and whimsical cityscapes.  Not to mention the couple behind the brand started in their garage just four and a half years ago, and are blowing up.  Things that start in garages are just better.

Here are the things I need if you want to send them to me.

rifle paper and co collection

1.  Woodblock Grocery Lists.  Because you know it takes me 4 hours to grocery shop if I don’t get organized.

2.  Cities Coasters.

3.  Gold Flower Temporary Tattoos. 

4.  Hey Girl! Postcard (Please include love letter.)

5.  Monsters in the Bushes Art Print. Yes.


Current Obsession: Rifle Paper and Co.

CHANNELING: TV on the Radio

tv on the radio
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I’m a doodler.  It’s like a nervous twitch that I can’t harness and ends up creating crazy stuff amidst notes about things it looks like I’m not, but I swear I am paying attention to.  A ton of research has been done on people like me with brains like mine…  pretty interesting stuff.  (start doodling!!)

Anyhoo, I’m trying this thing out where I sit down with a playlist or album and see what comes out.  This is TV on the Radio. My loves of all time.


CHANNELING: TV on the Radio