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Monday, May 29, 2017

5 Reasons to Collect Vinyl Records

reasons to collect vinyl records

I've received some criticism in the past for collecting vinyl records. Everything from "it's a waste of money, just stream," to "you just wanna hang them on your wall like a hipster, not actually listen to them."(By the way, there's nothing wrong with displaying albums that you love!)  Those people don't get it. I've attempted to collect many things in my life and this is the only thing I've stuck with, there has to be a good reason (or five) for that.

vinyl test presses
Test presses 

1. It's fun!
Whether you love the thrill of the hunt, connecting with other vinyl collectors, or finding colored or rare vinyl-- it's fun! I personally love getting my hands on some pretty colored vinyl, which you probably know if you've been around for a while, and I especially love finding more rare albums. I might get too excited, but I mean, I haven't had to cut up my credit card yet so I think I'm doing alright.

2. Vinyl sounds better.
This isn't pretentious hipster nonsense, it's mostly true. I say 'mostly' because it depends on what equipment you listen with, the condition of the record, and if the record is a reissue (more on that here) but usually vinyl does indeed sound better. Vinyl is in a lossless format, meaning nothing of the recording has been lost like it may be when compressed into MP3 or similar formats, and you'll hear it as it was intended to be heard.

3. Vinyl retains value.
You can't re-sell the MP3 files that you purchase, but you can re-sell your vinyl records! Boom. (Not that I'd ever want to.)

4. It's an active experience.
Flipping through crates at record stores, flipping the record over on the turntable, looking at the album art, reading the credits...collecting vinyl makes you slow down and appreciate the music more, as well as all the work that goes into it. When I listen to my records, it's not as background noise, it's more of an active experience.

5. Support your favorite artists.
If you like what someone does, support their work and thus spread warm fuzzies around the universe.

Oh, and look! I attempted to make a pinnable image for you.

What's your all-time favorite album or band? Tell me in the comments!

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Meatless Summer Meals

meatless summer meals

Summer is cookout time which usually means hot dogs, hamburgers, and pasta and/or potato salad. Sometimes for people who eat a plant-based diet, cookouts equal eating nothing but sides. Not that side dishes aren't awesome, but it can get a little boring.

I've teamed up with Nasoya and Lightlife to show you a few examples of meatless cookout options that are easy to make, protein-packed, and delicious. Whether you don't eat meat or you're someone who is trying to plan a meal for someone who doesn't, I think you'll find these ideas helpful.

vegetarian summer cookout

Lightlife's Smart Dogs are one of my favorite meat alternative products. They're delicious, low in fat, and have 7 grams of protein per dog. Plus, they're easy to cook and cook quickly. Smart Dogs are usually what my friends and family choose to be the meatless option at their cookouts for all those reasons. 

vegetarian summer cookout

vegetarian summer cookout

Another thing I love to make is grilled tofu "steaks" using Nasoya's Organic Extra Firm Tofu. The key to easy tofu grilling is to press as much liquid out of the tofu as possible. I use a tofu press, keep it in the fridge, and let the water drain out for at least 24 hours, though it can certainly be done in less time. An hour before grilling, I marinate the tofu in vegan Worcestershire sauce, then throw it on the grill. It's so good, y'all. So good. You can also cube the tofu and make tofu and veggie kabobs.

vegetarian summer cookout

When I first transitioned to a plant-based diet I was skeptical of tofu, but I was even more skeptical of tempeh. But now if tempeh is involved, I'm all over it! Lightlife's Garden Veggie Tempeh Burgers have 9 grams of protein per burger, have a great texture, and aren't frozen so they cook more quickly than other veggie burgers.

vegetarian summer cookout

Instead of the usual pasta salad, try out this Cold Noodle Asian Tofu Salad. It's so flavorful, refreshing, and filling. The recipe didn't call for it, but I added cilantro because I'm always looking for opportunities to add cilantro to my food.

What's your favorite meatless meal to make for cookouts? 

*This post was sponsored by Nasoya and Lightlife. All opinions stated here are mine!*
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: May Ipsy Glam Bag

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May Ipsy Glam Bag

Last month's Glam Bag was probably my least favorite that I've received so far, so I wasn't sure what to expect this month. The bag theme is "Summer Friday" and the bag itself is a clear plastic bag with an ice cream print-- cute, but not something I'd reuse, so it's staying in my drawer till I find a new home for it. Let's get into the products...

may ipsy glam bag

  1. Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlight in Sin, $26- I've previously said that I was sick of getting so many highlights from Ipsy, but this one rules. It's such a beautiful shade and is just a great highlight. I usually spend a minute or so looking in the mirror and turning my head after applying this-- it's just so pretty!
  2. CAILYN Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in Practicable, $19- Yaaaas. I love the product and especially the shade, though I think it may be a tad bit too deep of a berry shade on me. That doesn't stop me from wearing it almost every day! It dries very quickly, though it does remain slightly sticky feeling, and also makes the lines on my lips stand out a bit more than other liquid lipsticks. But it stays on my lips so well, feels great, and is a beautiful shade. I absolutely love it. 
  3. Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil, $26- This hair oil smooths my hair, tames frizz, and smells great. Have you ever purchased a hair oil that didn't smell great, does that even exist? 
  4. pur~lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream SPF 30 in Light, $35-  I've been wearing this under my makeup and I haven't had any issues. Usually BB creams look too dark on me, even the lightest shades, but this one doesn't seem to be too dark. It's light in color, lightweight, moisturizing, and provides sun protection-- perfect for me and the summer.
  5. Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush, $23- I never have any complaint about Luxie brushes. It's soft, fluffy, and applies makeup beautifully. 
may ipsy glam bag

Overall, this was a great bag and I'm very pleased with what I was sent. At only $10, this bag was a great value, especially since all of the products this month were so nice.

Have you tried any of these? Want to sign up for Ipsy? 
Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: May Birchbox

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may birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! I've been very pleased with what Birchbox has been sending me lately, though not everything has worked for me. But I feel like the curators are killin' it, ya know? Keep reading to see what I got and to find out what worked and what didn't!

may birchbox

  1. MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Silverlite, $33-  I tried this out both under and on top of my makeup and, no surprise, it is more visible on top. It's pretty subtle compared to the powder highlighters I usually use, so it's great for a more natural looking highlight. This smells great and I do like using it as an illuminating primer, however my NYX illuminating primer is way cheaper so I'll probably stick with that. 
  2. Whish Firming Body Cream, $36- This smells great, feels good, and claims to reduce inflammation and diminish the appearance of stretch marks, though I'm not sure about that since this is only a little sample. The directions say to massage it on your skin for 2-3 minutes, and when you actually try to do that, 2-3 minutes feels like forever. 
  3. COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray, $36- I was so excited for this because ya girl burns easily and she also frequently forgets to apply sunscreen but always remembers setting spray. This seemed like a perfect solution for me and I wondered why all setting sprays don't have SPF in them. This smells good, but also has a very sunscreen-y scent to it, and the spray isn't very fine, it kinda shoots you in the face instead of a light misting, which could potentially ruin makeup. I love the idea of it, but it needs some improvements before I shell out $36 for a full size bottle. 
  4. OUAI Wave Spray, $26- I've never been a fan of texturizing sprays but everyone raves about OUAI, so I was hopeful. It smells great and claims that it won't dry out your hair. No matter how much or how little of this I used, my hair felt dry and disgusting. Texturizing sprays and my hair just don't get along, I guess. 
  5. The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes, $19.90- It's pretty windy where I live, especially on mountaintops, and my eyes always water like crazy. I almost always forget to put on waterproof mascara, or even buy it, so I was glad to receive this. It's cruelty free and the packaging is super cute, but the wand is pretty basic, so I was unsure of it. As long as I curl my eyelashes before applying it, it looks great and comes off fairly easily with micellar water. I'm not sure if I would buy it, but I'm definitely going to use it till it's gone. 

may birchbox

Have you tried any of these? Want to sign up for Birchbox? 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Escape to Acadia

acadia national park

It's been raining for a hundred years. I'm obviously exaggerating, but Maine has been getting a ridiculous amount of rain and I'm over it. Between spraining my foot, catching a nasty cold, and the rain, I've hardly been outside lately and that's just not okay. That's why on Friday, when the weather was overcast, Spencer and I headed to Acadia National Park. Since I'm still limping a bit we didn't hike any trails, which is a bummer, but I was just happy to be out of the house and thankfully Acadia offers beautiful views everywhere you look.

acadia national park

Our first stop was the Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain. This overlook has a pretty decent sized parking lot but I've never seen more than two other cars there, and let me tell you, people are missing out. The view, especially on sunny days, is gorgeous and it's such a serene spot.

acadia national park

acadia national park

We proceeded to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and walked the path, visited the gift shop, and pet some cute dogs. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard at 1,530 feet and I can never get enough of the views from up there.

acadia national park

Next we went to my favorite part of Park Loop road, the part near Otter Cliff. This area is all rocky coast, beautiful views, and salty, misty air. We walked down the trails for a good while but my darn foot wasn't doing well, so that didn't last too long.

acadia national park

acadia national park

Before we headed home, I wanted to explore at least one area that was new to us, so we stopped at Little Hunters Beach. Little Hunters Beach is located about 3 miles past Otter Cliff and is very easy to miss. There's an informational plaque on the side of the road that is barely noticeable, as well as a large staircase. It immediately reminded me of Moonrise Kingdom and I thought it was cute. I took a few photos then put my camera down to enjoy the moment and I started to notice spiders. Spiders everywhere. So many spiders. With every step I took, I would see at least 50 scatter beneath my feet. Maybe that's why it's called Little Hunters Beach?

acadia national park

acadia national park

I definitely overdid it-- my foot was not doing well at the end of our adventure, but it was so worth it. Each visit to Acadia reminds me of how privileged I am to to live so close to such a beautiful place. I strongly encourage you to get out there and Find Your Park and support our National Parks.

What's your favorite National Park? Which one do you want to visit the most? Tell me in the comments!
Monday, May 8, 2017

Music Monday #40

music monday playlist, kate nash, violents, harry styles, kendrick larmar

In case you missed it, Kate Nash recently used Kickstarter to fund her fourth record which I am so darn excited for, especially after the release of her recent EP, Agenda. The campaign ended 222% funded! I backed her campaign and eventually I'll be receiving the fourth album on vinyl, as well as her debut album, Made of Bricks, signed and on pink vinyl. I'm just so excited for all of this and I promise this will be the last time I talk about Kate Nash for a while. Just listen to Agenda, okay? Okay!

Speaking of vinyl, Beyoncé announced a $300 Lemonade vinyl box set, as well as the record on it's own for only $30. Finally! You bet your butt I pre-ordered that...the record, not the whole box set.

Anyway, I'll get to the point of this post...the playlist. Enjoy!

Don't forget you can follow me on Spotify and view past playlists hereWhat have you been listening to lately? Leave me some recommendations in the comments!
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #4

moose near camden maine

Life Lately:

Sooo yeah! A couple weeks ago I had my first confirmed moose sighting. Actually, she came back twice more after the initial sighting. Each time she showed up, she would walk so closely to my house and scare the bejeezus out of me. Not that I was scared of her, but you're never really expecting such a large animal to walk past your window, ya know? Anyway, I'm so happy that I finally saw a moose! To me, seeing an animal in its natural habitat is just the coolest.

Spencer and I have been doing a lot of spring/summer prep and boring business things. (Oh snap, I finally revealed what we've been working on!) It's really nothing worth writing about because I don't think sitting at the auto shop getting our winter tires switched out and filing paperwork is very interesting.

Most recently, I sprained the heck out of my foot and had to make a trip to the ER for the first time in a decade. I didn't even go to the ER after I was in a car accident a couple months ago, so that can tell you how much pain I was in. That injury really put a damper on some plans to go to Acadia but at least my foot isn't broken! It looks like I'll just be hobbling around for a week.

Oh yeah, and my hair is now pastel blue, purple, and pink. I used goodDYEyoung, of course, because it is the best. 

via my Instagram

Link Love: 

  • Summer is approaching and so are vacations! Check out Britt's tips for traveling with dogs. Not only does she provide great advice, she includes a couple photos of her dogs and they are so cute
  • Not too long ago I made a post about podcasts I love, but since posting that I've discovered Fake Goth Girls. I am absolutely obsessed with this podcast. The hosts, Liz and Mia, are so darn relatable and funny. They often discuss the ins and outs of being content creators, so naturally, I find that very interesting and helpful. 
  • Aforementioned Fake Goth Girl, Mia, also recently wrote about how to practice self-care at your work desk
  • Naomi of Teatime With Naomi recently opened an Etsy shop and I'm super into it. Such cuteness!
  • Alex talks Instagram shadowbans, what they are, and how to avoid them (hint: don't use annoying bot services).
  • Spencer and I have been talking about eventually taking a trip to Nova Scotia because why not? It's right there. There's a ferry that goes from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia or we could just drive there and also spend some time in New Brunswick. We have no idea when this trip is happening, probably not anytime soon, but I'm still gathering ideas. I've been loving all of Deni's tips and recommendations for exploring Canada. 

Have you read any great posts lately? Link 'em in the comments!
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Current Favorites #3

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Similar to last month, I didn't try out too many new things recently but those that I did try were great and made this list. Quality over quantity, right?

LORAC  I Love Brunch PRO Palette, Overtone haircare, Color Club nail polish, PAIR'D Beauty body butter
  • Pastel Daily Overtone Haircare, $17- I recently switched up my hair color and decided to finally try out Overtone conditioner. Overtone is a color-depositing conditioner that comes in a wide array of colors to help keep hair colors fresh and vibrant. I purchased the pastel purple and pastel pink shades and use them to keep my color vibrant but mostly to subtlety manipulate the tone of my hair from day to day. I absolutely love it and I love the herbal, super-minty scent. If you click this link you can get $10 off your purchase of $30!
  • Color Club Nail Polish, $8.50- This is a sample size that my mom gave to me a year or two ago, but I just started using it. I'm not even sure what color it is, but it's similar to "Catch a Fire." I just love the bright neon color, one coat of polish gets the job done, and it stays on for quite a while, even without a top coat.
  • PAIR'D Beauty Lost Girl Body Butter, $8-$13- Spring has just now arrived here and my skin is still ridiculously dry from the winter. I love this body butter because a little bit goes such a long way and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. This body butter makes my skin feel oily but in a good, hydrating way, while most other body butters leave my skin feeling greasy. Does that make sense? 
  • LORAC I Love Brunch PRO Palette, $44- I had major heart eyes for this palette since it was first announced, but put off purchasing it for a couple months. I've developed a problem where I think I need every single new eyeshadow palette that comes out. I told myself I wouldn't buy this palette but since I use the cash back app, Ibotta, when I grocery shop I had $40 in my PayPal account from that...and this palette is where that money went. Anyway, the colors in this palette are so beautiful and are so smooth and buttery. There are 8 matte shadows and 8 shimmer shadows. Although many of the colors are bright pastels, they can still be used to create subtle everyday looks and there are some neutrals in it. Some of the colors lack pigment but applying with a wet brush fixes that. 
LORAC I Love Brunch PRO Palette

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving lately? 
Monday, May 1, 2017

May VNYL Delivery

vinyl subscription box

Another bright pink box arrived in my PO box which means...I'm running out of record storage. And that means that my latest VNYL subscription box arrived! This month I chose for all three records to be curated especially for me. So let me show ya what they sent this month. 

VNYL subscription

Indefinite by Brigades - listen on Spotify

Eh. This isn't my jam. I used to listen to a lot of music like this, but not so much during the past few years. I might give this to a friend or maybe I'll keep it in my collection because the colored vinyl is so pretty. We'll see. But basically, two thumbs down.

VNYL subscription

Lost in Alphaville by The Rentals - listen on Spotify

I really enjoy this album and I'm surprised that I hadn't heard of The Rentals before. I listened to their other albums after this one and I enjoy their music in general.

VNYL subscription

Out of the Garden by Tancred - listen on Spotify

Another artist that I'm surprised I hadn't heard of, especially since it's the solo project of Jess Abbott, guitarist of Now, Now, a band I enjoy quite a bit. I'm very glad that my curator introduced me to Tancred. 

VNYL subscription

One letdown and two hits isn't bad, if you ask me. However, I currently have my profile set to request that the curators only send music I already know and like which didn't happen this month. But how can I be mad when they sent me two albums that I love? 

Want to see what else VNYL has sent me?  What have you been listening to lately? Tell me in the comments!