It appears that many Angelinos have been caught up in the chaos and hype of Coachella. I am among them. The festival goers get pretty pumped for this event in Palm Springs every year but the killer lineup this year has taken the excitement surrounding the festival to another level. Though I am trying to make weekend 2 work out for myself I am pretty bummed that the highly anticipated first weekend is not in the cards for me.
I have also been reminded of the lesson my grandparents taught me when I was younger that life is full of disappointments but its how you handle them that defines your character. If the second weekend also does not end up happening I will try to remind myself that there are more important things than an epic weekend of music and festivities. If you are able to attend either weekend or in some lucky cases both, I hope that you will make the most of it and not let minor issues or potential drama like the moral dilemmas of which crop top or bro tank to wear with your jorts or deciding between Avicii and Dre and Snoop prevent you from enjoying the experience and most importantly the music.
My grandmother on the other hand never needed to be reminded of these lessons. Since her birthday is next weekend I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a post to her and honor her memory.
I have posted songs from the awesome band Neon Indian, an act I’m super stoked is part of the Coachella lineup.
My first day in Austin was already off to a fabulous start. I had a delightful lunch with my friend and Austinite Veronica, at a popular hangout on the Eastside, Blue Dahlia, which was followed by an eventful afternoon at the historic Driskill Hotel. I was thrilled that I was able to hear my favorite blogger Emily Schuman, from the fashion and lifestyle blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, deliver her inspiring, and insightful speech “ARecipe For Success”. I was also able to meet some other Cupcakes and Cashmere fans and even a fellow blogger and writer for the ManiCurious, Natalie. After the conference came to an end, I walked down the stairs of the majestic hotel, wandered through the exquisite lobby, and ended up at a SXSW art showcase. The showcase featured quite a mesmerizing display of photographic images for such a compact space. I then topped off my day at the Driskill Hotel with a Bluebonnet Mojito and warm biscuit at the hotel’s cafe down the hall.
Lmfao and I’m not talking about the band. This show is hilarious. Can’t wait for the season finale of Portlandia tonight! Seriously if you haven’t been watching, itunes this show now.
I was finally able to see the much anticipated Lars Von Trier film Melancholia, and it was well worth the wait. The are no words to describe the sheer brilliance and beauty of this exquisite yet haunting film. The overture of slow moving images and eery Classical music is a breathtaking masterpiece on its own. Another memorable scene, features lighting of lanterns following a wedding ceremony, a tradition that mainly finds its origins in Asian cultures. I have been fascinated with these lanterns as long as I can remember and have always wanted to light one of my own. These airborne lanterns may also be referred to as fire balloons and they illuminate the sky in the same way as the planet that haunts the lives of these victims in the film.
Over the summer I made a quick trip to my favorite bustling city Manhattan with my dad after attending a wedding on the Jersey Shore. This post also gives me an excuse to share a classic hit by iconic rapper and New York native Jay-Z. My trip began with a Chinatown bus adventure and ended with a mother f**ker with a hat. The trip may have also involved a meeting inside the Empire State building, walking into a free concert on the street, catching a Broadway show or two, sampling some of the island’s finest cuisine, cosmos ala some fabulous New Yorkers we all know and love, morning runs in Central Park, a Papaya Dog, and tea at the Plaza. The cherry on top of the cosmo was meeting the ridiculously good-looking, talented charmer, and star of the Broadway hit Catch Me if You Can, Aaron Tveit. You may recognize him as Tripp Vanderbilt on Gossip Girl, I mean if you actually watch that show. I was also thrilled to meet up with an old friend from high school and one of the most sophisticated and cultured girls I know, Sylvana. We had the most delightful day picnicking in Central Park and visiting one of my favorite museums, The Met. The NYU alum and art historian took me on a grand tour of the museum which included viewing an Alexander McQueen exhibit highlighting the life of the brilliant designer and visionary. We were even able to get a photo on the Met steps ala some other tres fab girls that rule the Upper East Side every Monday night. Come on you know you love them. xo