All posts tagged: music

A Seasonal Playlist: Winter 2017

Photo by Barbara Defranoux Since coming to France, I have to admit I’ve been a little out of touch with the current hits playing on U.S. top 40 radio. I mean I just heard “Black Beatles” and learned what the Mannequin Challenge was around Christmas. All that to say, most of what I’ve been listening to during the autumnal and winter months are carefully curated into a Spotify playlist I’ve creatively titled “fall ’16/winter ’17.” On it, is a melange of the new Ed Sheeran tracks, some Chainsmokers, Bootstraps, Henri Salvador and random others. Currently on repeat: “Paris” by The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers just dropped their newest single “Paris” on the 12th of January and I’m obsessed. Not only because I love the city of Paris, but it’s such a nostalgia-fueled tune and I’m a sucker for those. The lyric video defines “Paris” as “a sentimental yearning for a reality that isn’t genuine.” Essentially, in the context of the song, Paris is more of a state of mind than the actual city which is pretty clever …

Smells & Experiences: An Ash Soap Review

Think about your grandmother. Picture your first car. Imagine the streets of Paris. You probably also thought about what those things smelled like. The human mind attaches certain smells to specific experiences, people or places. It’s a beautiful thing, really, and it’s something that Ash Soap tries to capture in their handmade soap products. It’s something that they capture well. The soap comes in very minimalistic, black packaging with block lettering. After taking a marketing class in the spring, I can’t help but admire good packaging and Ash Soap definitely got it right. This clean and simple theme shows up in, not just the package, but in the product itself. The soap smells of peppermint and a sweetness that I can’t quite put my finger on. Essential oils, peppermint and cedar, combine with charcoal to create an amalgamation of a soft, gentle cleanser. I used the soap block on both my body and face and found it to be a satisfying, cool solution to a heat-beaten summer day. You can check out Ash Soap’s website here. Ash …

Music Picks: May 2016

I finally saw Ellie Goulding this month and while I’m super stoked about it, she only played half of her set because of weather conditions. A little disappointed, but she’s all I’ve been listening to the past few days. I’ve also been listening to a lot of retro and retro-inspired music lately, like The 1975’s new album, some WALK THE MOON and some Hall & Oates for good measure. Here’s my May 2016 playlist:  “She’s American”- The 1975 “Shine”- Years & Years “Two Years Ago”- Ellie Goulding “Kiss It Better”- Rihanna “Aquaman”- WALK THE MOON “3 Strikes”- Terror Jr “Maneater”- Hall & Oates

Music Picks: April 2016

Spring is technically here, but the weather is still protesting. My music choices usually reflect the weather and change with the seasons. This April is a little different as it sometimes still feels like winter. So my music choices have been all over the place. I’ve been listening to a lot of Rihanna these days #SorryNotSorry. Here are the songs I’ve had on repeat this month: 1.”Ophelia”- The Lumineers 2. “Work”- Rihanna 3. “Same Sea (Acoustic)”- LIGHTS 4. “Needed Me”- Rihanna 5. “Roses”- Tanner Patrick (Cover) 6. “Seeing Stars (Live)”-BØRNS 7.”Paris”- The 1975 8. “Keeping Your Head Up (Don Diablo Remix)”- Birdy 9. “Never See The End”- Amanda Cook 10. “When We Were Young”- Jacob Whitesides (Cover)