|image via Dual Ism and Etom|
|image via tumblr.|
Apparently chanteuse Lana Del Rey was spotted in studio working on her next album! Topping her 2012 multi-million selling debut album is going to be quite a challenge, but if this next one is anything like her last it's going to be out of this world.
The 26-year-old isn't just working on her music though. She wants to put her fame to good use by generating money for a charity, much like Angelina Jolie. It's a shame that more stars don't use their artistic creativity for good.
|image via tumblr.|
I can't lie, when I first heard about Instagram I wasn't impressed. I thought it was a silly little app for hipsters and people with no life. I avoided it like the plague and tried not to get sucked into the hype. Naturally, my friends and sisters were telling me to get one, to try it out, that it wasn't as bad as I thought. So I made an account to see what all the hype was about. After giving the app a decent chance and trying it out I found that I actually liked it. Being able to document all those great little moments in life is pretty awesome, and I like that I am able to look back and see what I took pictures of. I guess that's one of the brilliant things about the internet. We can chronicle every step of our lives, and share it with hundreds of people. We're all connected in some way, shape or form. I dunno about you, but I think that's petty cool!
Last week was literally hell, things just got all out of control and I didn't know what I was going to do.
I started a new job as the Online News Editor for this newspaper, and I love the job. I feel really knowledgeable when it comes to writing and social media, but at the same time I do real work. I'm only working 20 hours a week, but I have to constantly monitor the RSS feeds to see when the staff is uploading stories so that I can promote them to Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. In addition to adding their Twitter handles, finding pictures for their articles and linking back to stories. It's real work, and I love it but it's also super stressful at times.
Last week was especially bad because Wednesday was a deadline night and I didn't finish editing and scheduling everything until about 3:00 a.m. When I finally got home I did some homework and then tried to take a nap. Which was mistake number one. I set ten different alarms for 6:00 a.m. so that I would wake up for my 8:00 class. Unfortunately, by the time I finally rolled out of bed it was 10:30! I panicked because I had a test scheduled for 9:30, but I stayed calm, threw on some clothes, grabbed a scantron and hopped in my car. On the way to campus I started to break down a little and cried. This had never happened to me before! I'd always been the good student, and I had no clue how I could recover from a zero on a test...
Nevertheless, I rushed to campus, parked illegally and ran to my classroom. I threw open the door to see five startled faces looking at me, but it looked like they were still taking their test. My professor wasn't there. I took a deep breath and wiped my face and went to my professors office. I told him how I had overslept and that I would take the test right then and there. I started crying I was freaking out so bad. He just looked at me and said "Hey, stop crying. There's no crying in baseball, or in college." And then the most amazing words came out of his mouth. He told me that things happen and to come back in an hour to take the test. I couldn't believe it! I almost started crying again I was so relieved. I thanked him profusely and went back to my car, lucky for me I didn't have a parking ticket, so I could go home to clean up (I hadn't even had time to brush my teeth). I came back to his office an hour later, clean and with freshly brushed teeth, to take the test and I felt like I got a B on it. Amazing.
Often times life gets hard, and we loose our faith in humanity but we have to remember that people are awesome. They are capable of doing incredible things, and even more capable of being decent human beings. It's mind blowing, but in this cruel world it's nice to know that not all people have been corrupted. Have a little faith.
Just in time for Valentine's Day up and coming songstress Whinnie Williams' released her video for "You Don't Love Me" featuring two completely adorable pups. The video has a really vintage-y/1960's feel to is and was shot on the southern coast of England. I think I like this video so much because it showcases Williams putting her own spin on pop music. She "wanted to write a song for hopeless romantics" and I'd say she succeeded. The romance that flourishes between the two pups is both magical and adorable. The camera follows the star crossed lovers around and we see the adventures they have in junk yards, amusement parks and cafes. Director Robert Francis is brilliant at conveying the puppy love between the two doggies, and I have to admit that seeing these two made me smile. Everybody remembers feeling this way at some point in time, and whether or not you're alone this Valentine's Day I thought it'd be nice to share something so charming.
|image via The Examiner|
The prices aren’t too bad, but then again the price depends on what the renter wants. For example, seeing a movie can run you $8 an hour, but if you go see a horror movie the price will double. Rental boyfriends offer a variety of services ranging from dinner parties and weddings to meeting the parents or just having a simple conversation.
Chinese women especially feel the pressure to rent out boyfriends for holidays, because the majority of them spend the week at home with their families. The pressure of seeing all your relatives and friends from back home is enough to drive anyone to rent a boyfriend. Although this is a fairly new business, the pressure to get married is extremely high in Chinese society. Especially when the media refers to women over the age of 27 as “leftover women,” I can see how renting a boyfriend to save face can seem like a wonderful idea.
Don’t go thinking you can get too handsy with your new “boyfriend” either, there is a strict “no sex clause” in the rental contract. In addition, if the rental boyfriend makes unwanted advances, the customer can receive a full refund. And in the rare case that love blossoms between the two, they are more than welcome to become boyfriend and girlfriend. Although, the owner of Taobao was quoted saying that he would like a cash reward for being their matchmaker haha.
images via N.E.E.T. Magazine
I discovered N.E.E.T Magazine today, and as soon as I clicked through a couple of articles I knew that I had found myself a new online addiction. The thing I love most about this site is that they are not for profit, so your not getting bombarded by a million advertisements every time you click on something new. It looks like the blog hasn't been updated in quite some time, but nevertheless this magazine is a wonderful source of inspiration for anyone. Check it out if you have some free time, hopefully you guys don't become as hooked as I am! I'm currently at work clicking away like a fiend haha.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
How did you first get introduced to music? What made you start writing/playing?
I was brought up on a lot of country music, then got into 70's and 80's rock. The first memory I have of actually wanting to play music was after watching the Green Day mud fight on MTV at Woodstock '94. For some reason that flipped a switch in my brain and from then on I knew the only thing I could do in life was play music. I actually started off playing drums first. Or "trying" to play drums. At the same time my brother was attempting to learn how to play guitar. We both realized we were pretty terrible at each instrument, so I gave him my drum set and he gave me his guitar.
Where were you/who were you with when you first heard “Liars” or "Look In My Eyes" on Octane? What was your reaction??
I was in the studio in Toronto recording vocals the first time I heard "Liar" on the radio. Someone came running into the booth yelling "get your ass out here you're on the radio!", and I went in to the office and "Liar" was playing on Sirius XM Octane. It was by far one of the coolest moments I've had in this business.
Where do you find your inspiration when you start to write music? Do you come up with the melody first, or the lyrics?
My number one rule is don't force it. I let the song write itself. I can't really say whether melody or lyrics happen first. It all gets worked out in my head over a period of time, and once I feel I have a good foundation I'll sit down with my guitar and start getting it worked out. I like to write songs about real life events/experiences so I get most of my inspiration from that. Seattle's 90's grunge scene has influenced me as a musician more than anything else in my life.
From the time you wake up how would you describe your typical day?
A big part of being in a band that people don't see is the business side of it, so a lot of my day actually consists of band business. When we're on tour I do a lot of press, radio, meeting the fans, then the show itself. When we're not on tour it's band business, press, and a lot of writing/recording.
What has been your favorite performance or tour so far? Why?
There are a couple that stand out in my head. First was on our recent tour with Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, and Hatebreed. We were playing a sold out arena in Waterloo, IA for 15,000 people and towards the end of the show every band and crew member got on stage together and had our photo taken with the screaming fans behind us. It was a pretty surreal feeling. Second was in Johnson City, TN on the Black Stone Cherry/Cavo tour. We had never been in that market before, but when we played "Look In My Eyes" the crowd was literally singing it louder than the PA. It's a pretty amazing feeling to show up in a city you've never been and get that kind of reaction.
What current projects or performances are you working on? Is a new record in the works?
Currently we're doing a few shows here and there, but are completely focused on getting our new record done. It's a long process but I'm extremely happy with how everything is turning out so far. I didn't even have a real band when I did my last record, so its been interesting to do things as a group this time around.
At this point in your life what would you say is your greatest achievement?
Obviously my daughter is my greatest achievement. She blows my mind every day. After that I'd have to say this band. I see a lot of other bands that have been ripped apart by this industry, so to have started this project thirteen years ago from nothing, and have it get to where it's at now is a great feeling.
What's on your iPod at the moment?
You name it. I try to be a very well rounded song writer so I have everything from Led Zeppelin to Garth Brooks to Shinedown. I have a LOT of Seattle grunge music too. I'm kind of obsessed with that! Haha.
Best advice you've been given?
Don't buy the big bottle of Jager.
images via Closet Visit
But this movie is also about Spring Break, and in case you forgot you're reminded in the trailer by the girls day-glow bikinis and the phrase "Spring Break" which is used about a million times in the new trailer.
'Spring Breakers' is out on March 23. Excited? I can't wait either, "spring break forever, b*tches."
images via Planet Blue
I stumbled across this amazing jacket at Planet Blue not too long ago. It's by Artisn and it's The Women's Phillepe Jacket. I love the all the colors, they're so pretty :] The jacket itself was hella expensive so I doubt I'll be picking it up anytime soon, but I am looking around for a similar blanket to see if I can create my own version of this. If I'm successful, or not successful, I'll be sure to let you know!!
If you haven't heard of Boyce Avenue by now you're a little late. But it's okay! That's what I'm here for. To inform you of all kinds of badassness circling around the internet! Hahaha. This dynamic group has been producing amazing covers and orginal songs for quite some time now. If you have the chance to check them out, you'll probably end up wasting your entire day on their Youtube channel.
This is definately one of my favorite covers. Happy Monday everybody!
This is definately one of my favorite covers. Happy Monday everybody!
Guido Daniele is a seriously talented artist based in Milan, Italy. He uses hands as his canvas and created a series of paintings called "Handimals". One hand can take up to ten hours! It's truly amazing how he manipulates his canvas to make such life like animals. His work has been all over sites like Tumblr and was even nominated for the Hero of the Year award by Animal Planet. I can't lie. I love each and every one of his works. Which painting is your favorite?