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Okay, I know a lot of people enjoy judging people by their musical taste, but I believe that is dumb, and therefore I am well aware of the fact that most of this music has been around for a while, but contrary to popular belief, music being over a year old or well-circulated does not mean it sucks.  So, here are a few songs that are presently helping me get through several hours of tedious mathematical calculations! Enjoy!!

MGMT–I wasn’t super into them the first time around, but ever since New Year’s Eve (when we listened to them pretty much all night and I had a blast) I can’t really stop listening to them.  Their sound is somewhat techno-y, but still has a solid lyrical base and lots of electronica type stuff going on.  I’m into it.  It’s good for inducing a bit more engagement when hanging out in a group, and it really puts me in a generally good mood.  Here is their song “Electric Feel” (which I’ve been listening to since last Spring and am STILL not sick of!):

Kings of Leon–I was at first kind of disgusted by the lack of originality in this band, and they’re definitely not one of my favourites, however, I must say that if you have not heard their song “Sex on Fire”, you must download it now.  Their sound is very “Southern Rock” and one might say slightly overproduced (or excessively overproduce, haha), but nonetheless, I think some of their music is genuinely aurally pleasing and not as annoying as most music in this genre.  “Sex on Fire” is one of the sexiest songs I’ve heard in a while and who could dislike a song with a chorus that goes “YEAHHHH! Your sex is on FIREEEEEEE!”.  Haha well we all have our guilty pleasure music, no?  Or maybe I just need to get laid.  (Is this not the fundamental paradox in life?  That the more sex one has, the more sex one wants?)  Here is “Sex on Fire”:

Of Montreal–All right, I know they are so not in any way new or exciting, but they do have a new album out, so I thought I’d give them a shout out in case anyone had not yet checked them out.  Of Montreal was my favourite band for several years, and hanging out with BC so much has made me start listening to them again out of pure nostalgia for the days when he and I would spend the afternoons listening to them and chain smoking and getting busy.  Good times.  Anyway, if you’re not familiar with them, their sound is pretty unique and really upbeat…it always puts me in a good mood, and has influences from lots of different musical genres.  To me it is reminiscent of Europop in the sense that it’s lyrical pop with a more techno sound than most American Pop, but it also has a flair that is very unique to Of Montreal.  Their sound has evolved a lot from their earlier stuff, but they can really do no wrong in my eyes.  Here is one of my favourite songs of theirs (video is kind of weird but I was having trouble finding the proper one):

Well I there are more I would like to share, however, my calculations are calling and this has taken longer than I anticipated!  So I shall continue at a later date!

Good day! :)

xx Charlee

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friday fun :)

From Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman:

“You can’t really learn much about a person based upon what kind of music they happen to like.  As a personality test, it doesn’t work even half the time.  However, there is at least one thing you can learn: The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.’  People who say that are boorish and pretentious at the same time.  All it means is that they’ve managed to figure out the most rudimentary rule of pop sociology; they know that hipsters gauge the coolness of others by their espoused taste in sound, and they know that hipsters hate modern country music.  And they hate it because it speaks to normal people in a tangible, rational manner.  Hipsters hate it because they hate Midwesterners, and they hate Southerners, and they hate people with real jobs.”

Hope everyone has a great friday!

xx Charlee

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these are a few of my favourite things!

Booo…my boss is here at work today, so that means I must “work” all day.  What a bummer, right?  Of course being the slacker that I am and caring as little as I do about this job, I’m obviously “ordering restocks” by way of doing whatever I want online and killing as much time as possible–on the bright side, my email inbox is finally getting the attention it deserves!

So I found this fun little site, “polyvore” and insomnia and boredom mean that it is my new best friend!

I made this petit collage of some of the random things I love, and I thought I’d share! :)

And a final word on the kindergarten-esque sharing of my virtual art project/favourite things: Don’t judge me.

Random Favourite Things:

The Office- I enjoy both the US and British versions, and this is the only television program that I actually make an effort to watch (tv rots the brain, after all.)  Of course, I have seen every episode several times!  However, it never ceases to make me laugh out loud–even the episodes I’ve seen so many times.

Chanel Nuit De Russie Nail Polish–This is my absolute favourite shade of nail color–I feel that black is a bit played out and a bit much, so an almost black shade of blue is awesome in my book.  Moreover, I’ve been very, very into Russian culture since I discovered it by way of reading Tolstoy a while back–that caused me to explore Russian literature and in terms of world literature, it is probably my favorite genre.  Thus, I have a great fascination with the culture there and the fact that Chanel has incorporated this into their latest work is BEYOND amazing to me because it combines two of my favourite things…but more on this later, because I have a lot to say about this exciting occurrence!

Flintstones Vitamins– I keep these in my purse for when I want something in my mouth but don’t want a mint–I’ve tried to quit chewing gum, and since I’m not smoking, I need something else, and why not a vitamin?  I always forget to take them though, so keeping them with me helps me remember to chew one when I see fit.  Plus, adult vitamins are such a bummer and make me gag when I try to swallow them.  I guess these just make me irrationally happy, what can I say other than I am a very nostalgic person–I get teased pretty badly for carrying them around/randomly pulling them out, but still, I love them so very much!!

Laughing Cow–I love this stuff.  Of course, I pretty much love any and all cheese, but my love for this is especially abundant due to my attachment to it–my friends and I went to Paris when I was 18 and it was one of the best times I’ve ever had.  Obviously, we wanted to spend our cash on booze, partying, and shopping rather than food, so we’d usually just have a baguette and laughing cow for breakfast and a bangin’ lunch and dinner–needless to say, I ate a lot of laughing cow on that trip and eating it now reminds me of it and associated craziness–not to mention it is tasty as hell!

Nietzsche–This one pretty much speaks for itself, but I’m a gigantic fan of homeboy–I could honestly read Nietzsche all day.  I think he’s so incredibly brilliant and I’ve always appreciated a number of his philosophies, although it seems that my appreciation for them has only grown since I became familiar with him several years ago.

Hallucinogens–Hah, I think this one also more or less speaks for itself, but I love them, what can I say?  Truthfully, my days of being a stoned slacker are behind me for the most part, but I still have a great appreciation for hallucinogens (mostly weed) and perhaps I shall write about it at some point because it is something I have strong feelings about.  Of course, I would never advocate for irresponsible use of drugs, as I think there is a certain level of maturity that one should have in order to experiment!

Givenchy Thigh High Boot–I’m sooo in love with these.  For Christmas, the only thing I asked for was a pair black thigh-high boots, and I was so lucky to receive these!  I kind of wanted flat ones so as not to look like a hooker, but alas, they were apparently hard to find, and I think the heels on these are pretty chill.  They’re really versatile and really sexy–so versatile in fact that I think perhaps some day they will come in handy in the bedroom…or perhaps that is wishful thinking on my part!  I love them so much, I probably wear them a bit too often, but I don’t really care–they make pretty much any outfit infinitely cooler.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara–This mascara changed my life!  I tried it more or less by accident (overzealous sample lady) and it instantly became one of my favourite things.  My eyelashes suck, generally speaking, and due to this amazing product, they no longer cause me to fret!  Hooray!  Seriously though, I probably never would have purchased this if I hadn’t tried it as it is a bit overpriced, but it is entirely worth the extra cash, trust me on this.

Notebook Paper–Pretty self-explanatory.  I like to write. :-)

“Catcher in the Rye”–I haven’t read this in such a long time, and I’ve read literature that has really deeply affected me since then, but perhaps none more so than this book.  This was the first book that I deeply connected with and enjoyed reading.  It really opened my eyes to the beauty within literature and the ways in which it could lead to self-discovery.  I probably read it in about 8th or 9th grade and ever since then I have counted it amongst my favourite books, because if it weren’t for this book, I doubt I would have discovered any of the others!

Smith’s Rosebud Salve–Another beauty product that changed my life.  I use this for everything, but it is the best lip product I’ve ever found.  It makes my lips so very soft, yet not sticky/overly shiny and doesn’t feel too thick or goopy.  It also has a very pleasant light rose scent.  I put it on extra thick at night (if I’m sleeping alone anyway, which I usually am!) and whenever my lips are feeling dry–I also sometimes use it as a skin moisturizer.  Yes, it does everything!  It’s also super cheap–always a plus in my book!

Top Shop–If you live in New York and have not been to London, then do I have a surprise for you!  This is literally my favourite store ever–it is quite reasonably priced and very fashionable.  I used to be so very sad that I could not go to London more often to acquire their precious goods, but HOORAY because Top Shop has migrated to US–the United States, that is.  Check it out, I assure you, it will be a shopping experience unlike any other!

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume–I’m a big perfume person–I just always feel more put together and polished when wearing perfume, and this is my absolute favourite one.  It rocks. (Of course–beauty tip–a very small amount is perfectly adequate, particularly with this perfume.  There’s nothing worse than someone who smells too strongly–yuck!!)

7 For All Mankind Jeans–There’s nothing like a great pair of jeans, and what they do for the derriere.  I’m not so much a fan exclusively of these jeans, although I do love them, but I am a big advocate for buying good jeans–it’s all about the fit with jeans, and unfortunately, it is hard to find pairs that fit properly.  This is why I do not mind spending extra cash on good jeans, and 7 for all mankind are great–I’m also a big fan of true religion and paige premium denim.  Jeans are definitely one of my favourite things!

Portrait of Thom Yorke–This is a rad portrait,  and Radiohead and Thom Yorke are two of my very favourite things!  Lately I have been noticing a lot of people being into Radiohead, which is cool with me, but I also get annoyed that people don’t realise they have a rather large body of work and it isn’t best represented by “In Rainbows” alone.  That said, if you haven’t checked out the album, it is amazing–and free!  So I recommend giving it a listen. :)

Louis Vuitton Bag–This was a gift and not something I requested because a) I’m not too into Louis Vuitton and b) it was horrendously overpriced.  That said, I love this bag a lot because it matches everything and is gigantic (I’m all about the gigantic bags)–not to mention, it holds sentimental value.  It is one of my favourite things for these reasons yet I think I love it slightly more because I don’t really use it often because I’m too embarassed to do so with the economic climate being as it is–we’ll see if things change when the economy gets better or I lose some of my consumerist guilt.  It’s all good though, I’m into keeping my guilty pleasures under wraps (or relatively–because of course I can share them with you my lovely blog readers) and loving on my material goods in private.

DuWop Lip Venom–Another product that changed my life!  This lip gloss “stings” your lips, causing them to swell. Haha, that actually sounds really painful and weird, but it isn’t painful at all–it causes a cool tingly sensation and I swear it makes me lips look bigger.  Seriously, this needs to be tried–and guys, I’d encourage your lady friends to purchase it because the sensation it creates is quite interesting, in more ways than one.

Stop Animal Cruelty Sign–Yeah, self explanatory.  I’m not a crazy PETA person but I’m pretty passionate about the fact that a lot of cruelty towards animals is swept under the rug and ignored, and it is completely and utterly fucked up.  When I became a vegetarian, it was because I saw a video of animals being tortured and chickens living their entire lives in cages–I don’t necessarily think it is wrong to eat meat or wear leather (you might have noticed the several leather goods on this very list), but I think the inhumane manner in which these products are produced needs to be seriously re-evaluated.

Pearl Earrings–I’m pretty into pearls–they’re pretty, not too overdone, and go with everything.  I also think they are somewhat unexpected for most people, so that adds depth to any look.  Did I mention they go with everything?  I love pearl earrings because I can wear them everyday without having to worry about it.

Frank Lloyd Wright–I think he’s a genius.  Enough said.

Kurt Halsey Frederiksen work— I discovered this artist when I visited an art house in Philadelphia a few years ago–he’s a local artist, but his work captures the innocence of youth and in myself at least, evokes feelings of nostalgia.  It’s very “cutesy” type stuff but that is what I like about it.  Stylistically, I also identify with his work.  He’s one of my favourite little-known artists.

I think that’s everything. Haha, of course I have many more favourite things, but these were easily accessible in creating my awesome collage and were the first things that came to mind!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

I may be writing again later if my boss continues to expect me to pretend to work…

xx Charlee

(also, sorry if excessive exclamation point usage bothers you–I know it can be annoying, but I am in a great (!!) mood today and had several shots of espresso, so making numerous exclamatory statements is the order of the day!)

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Saturday night, we look alright, we’re going out…boring

Blah…it’s approximately 1 am on a Saturday night, and one would think any 22 year old would be out partying–I, however, was not really having a good time and have to work tomorrow, and therefore decided to cut the night short and head home to my book (yes I am quite a closet nerd).  Sometimes the whole party scene really gets old–haha, or perhaps I’m just getting old!

In any case, music is one of my favourite things so I’m going to occasionally share music I’m into at the moment on here.  The song I’m listening to right now really fits my current mood, so, enjoy The Pierces’ song “Boring”!

I have to admit that I didn’t really “get” them at first, but after listening to “Boring” on repeat, I have to say that my love for them has grown immensely.  They have a very subtly tongue-in-cheek way about them, but they’re also sexy as hell in a very nihilistic way.  I also think it’s amazing that they are so unique–I can honestly say that I haven’t seen a similar group–and I’m super into the retro thing going on with female vocalists right now, however, I must admit it is not entirely original to The Pierces as I believe several artists have emerged whom one could call Winehouse-esque.

Anyway–that’s all for tonight.  I have to rest up for yet another incredibly rewarding day of making lattés. :)  Hope you enjoy the song!

xx Charlee

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