The flags are waving for me…

For my July playlist we are going with a summer theme, and summer is in full effect. My favourite summer holiday is the Fourth. I love BBQ, beers, sparklers, and fireworks! Iced tea and lemon Italian ice are summer staples. My summer wardrobe comprises of mainly red, white, and blue, with a little nautical mixed in and this playlist will make you grab a burger, a sparkler and an ice cold beer.

  1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Surf Colorado – Bowling For Soup
  3. California Girls – The Beach Boys
  4. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  5. Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven) – Lizzy Grant
  6. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
  7. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. Rockin’ Me – Steve Miller Band
  10. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  11. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  12. Rock Lobster – The B52’s
  13. Catalina – The Descendents
  14. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  15. Summer Wind Was Always Our Song – The Ataris

This playlist like many before is just as eclectic as I am. I took a lot of time putting this one together, and I had a lot of fun doing it! So may of these songs are really good, and a little all over the place. I am so looking forward to Augusts playlist! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Gramma (Blue Ribbon Spakler Trailer Heaven) by Lizzy Grant

 

My silly girl, I’m beggin you, tell me all the things that I want to hear

This edition of my playlist is mainly punk/EMO/hardcore, some tracks are spring like, others St. Patrick’s Day like.  But there is one thing for certain… They are all some of my favourites!

1. Selfish Man – Flogging Molly
2. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong – Against Me
3. Sunshine Highway – Dropkick Murphys
4. Ape Dos Mil – Glassjaw
5. Cherry Waves – The Deftones
6. Swing Swing – The All-American Rejects
7. If Winter Ends – Bright Eyes
8. Video Games – Lana Del Rey
9. Silly Girl – The Decendents
10. Sugar, We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy

Enjoy, and on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Silly Girl by The Decendents

Can we climb this mountain, I don’t know…

This month’s playlist is filled with some of my favourite love songs, and rightfully so.  My tastes are all over the place, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
2. Susie Blue – Alaska
3. The Future Freaks Me Out – Motion City Soundtrack
4. See Her On the Weekend – Andrew McMahon
5. I Caught Fire – The Used
6. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
7. Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
8. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
9. The New Romantics – Taylor Swift
10. Burning Desire – LDR
11. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
12. Cubicles – My Chemical Romance
13. One Thing – One Direction
14. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

15. When You Were Young – The Killers

I’ve been really enjoying putting together playlists every month.  I like many kids made tons and tons of mix tapes growing up.  Music has always been a big part of my life for a really long time.  I hope everyone has enjoyed my playlists as much as I have.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: When You Were Young by The Killers

I don’t want a lot for Christmas there is just one thing I need…

I’ve mentioned before that Christmas is not my forte.  I am pretty bad when it comes to wrapping presents.  When I do my Christmas shopping I almost always splurge on a couple of things for myself that may or may not end up under the tree.  I do enjoy holiday baking… More on that soon, I promise.  And when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit, well I prefer to let my “friends” EMO and Punk Rock help me out.  My Christmas playlist is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.  It’s raw, in your face, and there may or may not be some swearing involved.  So without further adieu, here is my 2015 Christmas play list:

1. All I Want for Christmas is You – My Chemical Romance – Just as hauntingly beautiful as Mariah Carey but more screaming!  Check it out if you loved The Black Parade.

2. 12 Days of Christmas – Relient K – A wee bit more on the traditional side, since it’s coming from a Christian band, still great none the less.

3. Yule Shoot You’re Eye Out – Fall Out Boy – One of my favourites, and even a few of my holiday season post titles have come from this early 00s EMO gem.

4. Christmas Song – Bedlight for blueEYES – They’re from Jersey, I’m from Jersey, I know they town they are singing about, and it’s funny as hell, what’s not to love?

5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen – One of my OG faves, again the Jersey Girl in me is showing.  But how awesome is it the he will play this song in the middle of summer sometimes?  And Clarence saying Ho Ho Ho? #fugitaboutit

6. I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus – Standstill – One of the funnier offerings on A Santa Cause compilation.  If you’re not easily offended it’s worth a listen.

7. Forget December – Something Corporate – Something Corporate is one of my favourite bands by far, and this in one of my favourite Christmas Songs, it’s perfect for super cynical peeps, just like me.

8. Christmas in Hollis – The AKAs – Now let me preface that the Run DMC original is really badass.  This version is even more synthesized, and it gets punked out, and I love it!  It would be a great holiday time karaoke song.

9. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Matchbook Romance – A great song, and a great version.  I still love the fact that when I was at The CU, the lead singer was in our IT dept.  Still so cool!

10. Santa’s Got a Mullet – Nerf Herder – If they were not drunk while recording this song then I don’t know how they got through recording it!  It’s hilarious, and a true must listen.  So many great parts!

What ever your music preference is all that matters is you enjoy the holidays!  My way of getting into the holiday spirit is a little out of the norm admittedly…  And on that note, it’s time to end!  Merry Christmas! #bemerry

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: All I Want For Christmas is You by My Chemical Romance

Everything you do is elusive…

Lana Del Rey’s latest effort dropped on 09/18 in the states.  Entitled Honeymoon, her third full length studio album, was not unlike any previous albums.  There are a lot of haunting vocals, hip hop beats, cinematic soundscapes, and weaving in lyrics that are obviously recycled.  It all works.  This effort is a more obvious follow up the the Paradise EP.  Where Ultraviolence left me wanting Honeymoon picks me up and puts me back on my LDR loving path.  

Honeymoon is mostly smooth and jazzy.  But only elegant, so elegant that I need to be wearing a fur, drinking a martini (shaken, not stirred) and James Bond is coming to whisk me away.  My stand outs are Music To Watch Boys To, which is trippy, the chorus is catchy as hell and LDR even references Frost.  High By The Beach weaves past lyrics without sounding forced, and not to mention that the video is amazing.  Freak, Art Deco, and Salvatore are probably my favourites on the record.  All three are the epitome of what drew me to her sound to begin with.  A true must listen for any LDR fan, if you don’t know LDR, don’t start here, it won’t make sense.  And on that note, it’s time to end.
All for now, 
–Kiki–
Title from: Honeymoon by LDR

Sparklers and streamers…

I have been on my staycation this week, and I must say I needed the R&R.  My days are mainly spent sleeping in, drinking coffee, doing some light house work, working on posts, and working on my book.  My book is still very rough, I’m almost at 30k for my word count.  I know I have a long way to go but it’s getting there.  Today is no exception, I’m working on some posts, writing more and more of my book and doing house work here and there!  I find that staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge, especially when the weather is nice! But when I do keep on track I am able to accomplish so much.  Here are some of my tips on writing and staying motivated:

1. I manage to stay focused by turning the T.V. way down or on mute. That way I’m not getting distracted by what is on, which is typically daytime T.V.  I may glance at the screen for a bit, but I typically don’t focus on T.V.
2. I then queue hours of music.  It ranges from 50s and 60s to early 00s EMO to Lana Del Rey, Lorde, and Lilly Allen.  I find that listening to music serves me so well. Listening to music has always been such a big part of my life, it’s almost like I can’t focus without it.
4. I find that taking regular breaks is also very helpful, staring at a computer screen all day can get very tiring.  Also getting up and stretching or walking around the room for a bit can help with circulation.
5. I also tend to just write about my passions which always makes my process easier.  And if I don’t know much about something, I do extensive research on the subject.

I thought I’d also share some of my upcoming plans.  I have a few fashion-y posts planned, all of which I am super excited about! I’ve got one planned about shorts, a S/S staple, and one about my new favourite S/S piece, just wait until you see how versatile it is!  I’m planning on enlisting J to take some photos, instead of taking them myself in my mirror.  We have some weekend plans with MIL, which should be fun to share.  And of course Memorial Day is observed next week!  I also have some BBQ plans, but more importantly it’s a time to remember all the men and women who fought for our freedom, and of course, I plan on wearing as much Red, White and Blue as I can at one time!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: The Man I Love by Lana Del Rey

But you fit me better than my favourite sweater…

I recently discovered Lana Del Rey and I must say (and rhyme apparently!) I am obsessed. Super cool, 60s inspired, makes me want to drink a martini, shaken not stirred, dress like Marilyn, style my hair like Priscilla, all while smoking a cigarette. I’m loving what I’ve heard. I need to get her albums. Feeling inspired I filed my nails, shaped them almond like and painted them red. I need a creamier red, and more red. My ensembles for the week are a little retro inspired and all will work well with my new nails. I wish I could wear a floral crown to work. And maybe get up at 4 a.m. everyday to curl set my hair to make it look like Veronica Lake.

My J. Crew order arrived, I can’t wait to wear everything. Like I mentioned I planned all of my ensembles for the week. I’ll have to take some pictures of my new pieces and how I plan to wear them.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, Husband and I enjoyed $70+ of sushi, which we ordered out from our favourite sushi place, Kyoto, in Kingston, NY and we enjoyed some wine. I was feeling crummy after working all day and we had a snow storm in the Hudson Valley. And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey