La La Land

Thursday, March 3, 2017

Tonight I was dreaming in La La Land.


Source: IMP Awards

What a heart lifting movie! Sasha, Olivia, Amelia, and I headed to the Odeon after Chinese food out. We made ourselves comfortable in the big, plush Odeon seats. This movie theater has the power to bring you back in time, a time when going to the movies was a big deal.

This movie accomplished what movies are supposed to: transporting one into another world, enamored of the story and connected to the characters. The singing, dancing, actors, and music were all factors contributing to this Oscar winning film! I highly, highly recommend watching this musical. It’s a unique love story about two young people chasing separate dreams.There were definitely some teary eyed moments. In addition, it’s set in the present, but there are several elements (music, costumes, props) of the film that make you feel like it’s several decades ago.

AFTER you see the movie, check out these reviews on La La Land:

The Guardian

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

xo ~ e.


17 Songs that will Make You Reconsider Hating Country Music

Let’s face it: a lot of people hate country music. It’s easy to slip into the mindset of ‘Country is all about hillbillies, drinking whiskey, and tractors.’ Sure, some country songs are about those things, but there are so many other country songs that are not. I started listening to country music about two years ago. I figured it was time to expand my music taste from strictly the pop I listen to on the radio. I even went to a Luke Bryan concert two summers ago at SPAC. He brought Lee Brice and Cole Swindell with him as guest stars. I’ve learned that country music is very relaxing for me. It’s probably my favorite genre to listen to on a summer day with the windows rolled down. In Pittsburgh, Fayla and I only listened to country music in the car ride. Listening to country music has also allowed me to branch out and explore other genres. Turns out, I enjoy listening to folk and indie music too.

Some music genres aren’t for everyone, but it can’t hurt to change it up and listen to something different. So if you have convinced yourself that you hate country music, give a listen to these songs (I even got my mom to become a Luke Bryan fan). They may lead you towards listening to a country playlist on Spotify or Pandora. xo ~e.

  • Beautiful Drug by Zac Brown Band
  • Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
  • Mayday by Cam
  • Play It Again by Luke Bryan
  • Think of You by Chris Young feat. Cassadee Pope
  • Playing with Fire by Thomas Rhett feat. Jordin Sparks
  • Love Story by Taylor Swift
  • Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band
  • Roller Coaster by Luke Bryan
  • Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
  • Home Alone Tonight by Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild
  • Stupid Boy by Keith Urban
  • Little Toy Guns by Carrie Underwood
  • Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
  • Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift
  • Burnin’ it Down by Jason Aldean (per Kayla’s suggestion)

*I do not own any of the media posted. The links are copied directly from YouTube, and they are products of and belong to the artists and their record labels*

17 Taylor Swift Lyrics I Love

It seems as though there are three outlooks on Taylor Swift & her music:

  • You love her and know the lyrics to every single one of her songs
  • You hate her and hate yourself when you sing along to Shake It Off on the radio
  • You like some of her songs but are still perplexed as to how she’s dated ‘so many guys’

I happen to be an extremely proud Taylor Swift fan. There’s no question she is the icon of my generation. She is the person who’s music I will be singing in the car with my children 15 years from now. She is a role model and one of the most influential women in the world, whether you believe it or not. Plus, her songs have the ability to move you, see the world differently, and say what you haven’t been able to out loud. I was extremely grateful to experience her 1989 World Tour live in Montréal this past summer with my good friend, Brianne. We danced and sang our hearts out, something you would expect of two girls at a T.S. concert, and went out for a glass of Riesling and a slice of chocolate cake afterwards. The night was what you could have expected and more.

I thought I would share 17 of my favorite T.S. lyrics. I hope you can inspiration in them like I have. xo ~e.

  1. “I had the time of my life / Fighting dragons with you” – Long Live

  2. “Cherry lips, crystal skies / I could show you incredible things” – Blank Space

  3. “Maybe we got lost in translation / Maybe I asked for too much /  But maybe this thing was a masterpiece / Till you tore it all up” – All Too Well 

  4. “Rain came pouring down when I was drowning / That’s when I could finally breathe / And by morning / Gone was any trace of you / I think I am finally clean” – Clean

  5. “We found wonderland / You and I got lost in it” – Wonderland

  6. “The rest of the world was black and white / But we were in screaming color”- Out of the Woods

  7. “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” – Blank Space

  8. “But the monsters / Turned out to be just trees” – Out of the Woods

  9. “Wasn’t it beautiful / When you believed in everything” – Innocent

  10. “We show off / Our different scarlet letters / Trust me, mine is better” – New Romantics

  11. “Like any true love / It drives you crazy / Like any real love / It’s ever changing” – Welcome to New York

  12. “I can’t say hello to you / And risk another goodbye” – I Almost Do

  13. “The stakes are high / The waters are rough / But this love is ours” – Ours

  14. “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes / You say sorry just for show” – Bad Blood

  15. “But on a Wednesday / In a cafe / I watched it begin again” – Begin Again

  16. “We wait for trains that just aren’t coming” – New Romantics

  17. “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way” – 22

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