music: billy joel (!!)

Anyone else love "Piano Man?" If so, you're welcome. I'm off to annoy every one around me with my rendition of "We Didn't Start the Fire."


music: leon bridges.

I've been feeling a little heartbroken lately. Not of the romantic variety but of the life-is-hard-of-late variety. Unexpected life events and lots of feelings and all that. This song and video were a nice salve to my soul today. Hope ya'll like it and, more importantly, that ya'll are well. Have a happy weekend.


places (portland, oregon): the meadow.

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled In the Nob Hill neighborhood of Portland on NW 23rd Avenue, there's a chocolate and spices shop that is worth a visit. The Meadow is a beautiful shop, with an interior lined with shelves of various salts, bitters, and chocolates. And I don't just mean your standard run-of-the-mill-big-brand chocolates. I mean independent roasters, which are broken up by categories like single origin dark, milk chocolates, and those with mixed in flavors. When I popped in during the spring, the individual in the shop was gracious and full of knowledge as she helped me pick out some chocolates to take home. I ended up going with a trio of Woodblock chocolates (the company is located in Portland), with my favorite being the one sprinkled with sesame seeds. Even if you aren't a lover of chocolate (which I usually am not), I suggest making a visit. There are plenty of spices, bitters, and sea salts to fill your time perusing.

The Meadow: 805 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
p.s. Good news! You can also purchase from their shop online (click the link above) if you are unable to visit their brick and mortar store. (Also, all images shot on film.)


music: joy williams.

Those who know me best know my deep, unending love for The Civil Wars. But before I loved their music, I loved the music of Joy Williams. Williams was one half of the now defunct duo, and has a voice that can both break your heart or get you up and moving. After the breakup of The Civil Wars, Williams moved back to California and began to write what would become her newest solo album. Venus (out next week 6/29) is an interesting listen in that it has such range. If you are looking for exactly the same music as The Civil Wars, you won't find it here. But while her new music deviates from her former band, Williams's honest songwriting is still on point. Her first single, "Woman (Oh Mama)," is an anthem for female empowerment influenced heavily by the drum circles of Venice Beach. The aching ballad, "What a Good Woman Does," addresses the breakup of The Civil Wars. Both songs completely different, both songs completely effective. I was able to see Williams play in Los Angeles this past May, one of the three shows she did around the world before the release of her album. She was honest, funny, kind, and continued to have the easy rapport with the audience that used to make her Civil Wars shows so great to attend. I cannot recommend her music enough.

You can read about the new album here.
And you can STREAM Venus in its entirety on the NPR website before its release, here.

Video above found here. Venus out June 29th.


friday links.

Untitled Here are some links for the start of your weekend.

2. Been obsessed with this album lately.
3. The story behind the song "Pinot Noir" from Unbreakeable Kimmy Schmidt.
4. Have you heard? Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are making a Lifetime movie spoof. See the teaser here.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!


places (santa barbara): finch and fork.

Untitled Untitled Untitled Finch and Fork is a restaurant attached to the Canary Hotel in Downtown Santa Barbara. While I wasn't blown away completely by the food (I went for lunch), I did find the decor and ambiance beautiful. Wooden table and beautiful serving ware. I suggest taking a walk through the Canary Hotel lobby if able. They do have a brunch menu that seems worth a try, and it seems like a great place for happy hour or to stop by for a late night cocktail.

Finch and Fork: 31 West Carillo St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101


tuesday links.

Untitled 1. Remembering B.B. King.
2. Recently read: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (along with everyone else). It's been compared to Gone Girl for its suspenseful plot and unreliable narrators. I couldn't put it down.
3. "Public radio is ready for capitalism." Or is it? An interesting read. Any thoughts on the matter?
4. What happens when you let IBM's super computer Watson design a burrito?

(p.s. Watson link via Madewell)
(p.p.s. Film shot above, in case you are wondering, is of a hot quinoa and strawberry bowl with jam. Yes, it was delicious.)