Reading & Reflection

It certainly has been quite a while since I last posted.

I finished my second year of university recently. It has been quite an eye opening experience, coming to the realization that you’re halfway through, and that much closer to making a living in the “real world.”

I will be departing for London in August, and cannot wait to see what this new adventure holds for me.

I’m determined to write more this summer, and get back into this passion of mine.

Another determination of mine is to read a lot of literature this summer.

I’ve recently read , I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do), a fantastic memoir about an American man who moves to Brittany, and the cultural barriers he faces on a daily basis.

In excitement of my trip to England, I’ve read the literary classics Pride and Prejudice, and Emma by, as you know, the one and only Jane Austen.

I’ve vowed to read all of her works this summer, and to also check out other 17th and 18th Century English classics.

Turning over to music, I’ve been really into the band Rose’s Pawn Shop recently. Out of California, I saw them play several times at FloydFest over the years. My mother made an acquaintance with the lead singer, Paul.

They have a folksy Indie feel, which I love.

Check them out!

xo

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Quick Update

Happy Friday!

I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for the past month, I’ve been busy with the start of my second year of university.

This semester I’m taking a lot of political science courses. I find politics to be fascinating, especially since I’ll be voting in my first presidential election in a matter of weeks.

“Who I’m voting for?” you may ask. Well that’s a secret I’ll never tell.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a NEEDTOBREATHE concert. It was fantastic.

After the concert I met the lead singer of the opening act, Parachute.

I’ve been into red lipstick lately.

I promise to start posting more often!

xo

Sweet Summertime: Part 3

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend. I had a great day today. I went to a car show today and saw vintage Ford Mustangs. I love everything vintage, including cars. My dad bought a white 1967 Ford Mustang this past Christmas, and we’ve been cruising around town with the windows rolled down soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm weather.

Speaking of summer activities, I recently went to see the national tour of the broadway musical “Wicked” with my mom. It was fantastic. I was very fortunate to have 5th row seats on top of that! The costumes and sets were so inspiring, as well as the architecture of the theater that we visited. I get goosebumps every time I listen to the “Wicked” soundtrack, so while in the theater I almost started tearing up during the live performance.

I hope that you all have a marvelous weekend, I know I cannot wait for tomorrow when I leave for the beach!

 

 

Shopping Haul Part 3: A Classic Beatles Shirt

Happy Friday everyone! To continue on with my latest shopping haul from Forever 21, I thought I would post one of my most favorite finds yet: the perfect Beatles T-Shirt with a vintage feel. I don’t know about you, but I think that EVERYONE should have a Beatles shirt in their closet. I’ve been very lucky; I haven’t met a single person yet who doesn’t like the Beatles. Not to throw off on all of you who may not like the Beatles, but they’re such an amazing cultural icon even today. Personally, George Harrison was my favorite. I yearn for my semester abroad when I can venture to Abbey Road and capture that iconic walk on my own.

I’ve been looking for a classic Beatles shirt for a long time now, and I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the PERFECT one for me in Forever 21. It’s fitted, yet slouchy in all the right places, and looks so laid back. I’m thinking that I could wear it in many different ways. I might pair it with a pair of denim shorts and wayfarer sunglasses and top it off, (literally!) with a fedora for an urban laid back vibe. Or I might pair it with my trusty black jeggings, flats, and cardigan for a more polished look.

As I will keep saying over and over again, I LOVE THE BEATLES!!! My personal favorite Beatles tune is “In My Life.” What’s your favorite Beatles song?!?

Music Festivities: Spotlight on FloydFest

With hip festivals like Coachella taking place in the next coming weeks, I couldn’t help for yearn for the year that I can make a pilgrimage to the legendary festival. At the same time, I realized that I can’t wait for my own “Coachella,” so to speak, to take place the last weekend in July. I’m talking about FloydFest. The four day music festival that takes place in southern Virginia will be celebrating it’s 11th anniversary in a few months.

What makes it really exciting is that my parents own the almost 100 acres that it takes place on. Last year I couldn’t believe that 15,000 people came to the festival on Saturday alone to gather to hear the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Musicians such as Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, and Blues Traveler have appeared at the festival over the years. This year, Michael Franti and Spearhead will headline one of the evening performances. One of his most well known songs, “Say Hey (I Love You) was featured in the beginning of Garry Marshall’s movie “Valentine’s Day.”

FloydFest has received a lot of attention the past few years. It was featured in the National Endowment of the Arts magazine and even made the front cover. (It can be seen below.)

One of my favorite parts about FloydFest is the atmosphere. It is the best place to people watch. I love observing the many different styles that people wear to the festival along with the clothing vendors that feature one of a kind pieces. Local artisans around the region come to the festival and set up shops with hand crafted jewelry, art, and clothing, some of which is organic and made up of all natural fibers. The clothing featured is beautiful while helping the environment at the same time. It can’t get any better than that! I sure am looking forward to July. Stay tuned while I document the music festival when it takes place a mere 3 months away.

FloydFest being featured by the National Endowment of the Arts. A great honor. If you peer closely you can see my mom, dad, and myself sitting on the front row on the side of the stage.

I sat on the stage when Grace Potter performed

Old Crow Medicine Show

Me overlooking the massive crowd who turned up to see Taj Mahal perform

The Taj Mahal crowd was so energetic

Me standing with my mom in front of one of the architectural pieces displayed during the festival

Me soaking up the festival spirit in an organic cotton dress designed by Emma Watson for People Tree UK