October 13, 2015


I finally met one of Dara's closest friends, Cormac Breslin, while I was over in Dublin in September. He goes by CC Brez in the music world. He drinks craft beer and is as nice as could be and plays the guitar like a boss. He came over once to see what we could add to one of my own songs, and I hope that next month we'll be able to do a video with Luke as well! Check him out on Facebook here. He used to be in another Irish band, and now is doing his own thing.

I adore this song. It's so catchy and funky and fun. I love the tune, the guitar playing, the weird voices, and for some reason I love watching the drummer play! (maybe that has to do with watching Whiplash with Stevie?) Mogerley did a wicked amazing job with the video too. I hope you like it as much as I do!

October 12, 2015


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top: Uniqlo • skirt & bag: Madewell • tights: Danskin • boots: AndrĂ© • necklace c/o Junam

Don't you love finding an item you know you will wear again and again? Every single piece I'm wearing in this post is like that. They are all my "go-to" items. The skirt and bag are new, I only got them in the past two months, but everything else in my outfit I've worn again and again and again for over a year. 

The necklace. Junam Jewelry on Etsy. She was kind enough to send me this necklace, and it quickly became a favorite. I love classic gold that I can wear with most things. I tend to go through necklace phases. And if I go traveling, I usually take two or three necklaces and I realize that's all I ever need! Alas, getting rid of jewelry has not been easy. This piece is a keeper!

The shirt. Uniqlo. Uniqlo is a wonderful place to get basics. I was looking for the perfect, simple black shirt and after a long (long!) search, I stumbled upon this classic piece at Uniqlo. As I've said before, I'm tired of buying crappy clothes. I want things that I can wear often, that are GOOD QUALITY, and that are classic. I don't mind spending a little extra for something that will last, but Uniqlo still has excellent prices! I just got a pair of jeans and a cashmere sweater from Uniqlo that I am so in love with. It's a magical place!

Madewell skirt and bag. Oh Madewell, all the love in the world for Madewell! I know I've talked a lot about this brand in the past few months. Especially since I dedicated a whole post to my new bag last week. What can I say? Madewell is amazing. I can't wait to travel to the US so I can visit one of their stores... (items I'm loving: chambray shirt / jumpsuit / boots)

Danskin tights. When I started ballet at Smith, I bought two leotards, a few pink and black tights, Repetto ballet slippers, a skirt, and a shrug. It's hard to find an excuse to wear the sheer skirt and the slippers, but I have bought four more pairs of black tights since then because I have been converted! Ballet tights are the best. You can find some for 10 dollars, and some for 30 dollars. I had always been the one to buy cheap tights – 3 euro tights and such, because tights never last, so why spend money on them? These do last. I spend around 15 dollars a pair, and I've yet to get a hole in any of them. Even after dancing! Now I wear them all the time. Highly recommend ballet tights. 

Andre boots. I remember getting these. I remember they were classic and simple and exactly what I wanted, and I remember wearing them the first few times and thinking I had made a mistake because my feet hurt a lot. Luckily, I was able to break them in quickly, and they have become my go-to travel boots. I've worn them so much I actually need to go get the inside fixed because my heel wore the back of the boot! I love them, I love them, I love them.

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October 10, 2015


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France! Ireland! Italy! All the countries featured here today...

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"Lately" here is used the way my mother uses the phrase "the other day". Yesterday (as in yesterday) she said, "the other day I [insert activity here]" and when I asked when this was she said January. Some of these pictures date back to June, and we are already in October. As of late, time is going by too quickly and "lately" now encompasses last week and last year. I am becoming my mother. 

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It's almost strange going through these pictures again because so much has happened since each one was taken that it seems like a lifetime ago, but some are only from last month. The fresh mozzarella and homegrown tomatoes were eaten in Italy only two months ago. I still remember being on the barge with Stevie in August like it was yesterday. 

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Photos in order: Sinead and her bike after my birthday dinner • new bathing suit • joined the gym in July! • beautiful sky in Italy • swan in Ireland while on a barge with stevie • stairs to the metro in Paris • reading Guts on the metro • unbelievably good mozzarella in Italy • Lauren left! nooo • looking for an electric guitar in Paris • my guitar and some flowers my mother sent for my bday! • barge. barge. barge.  

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