Here is some new music I have been listening to recently, not necessarily new songs, just new for me! Sorry for the random videos, not allowed to play vevo! At least we can see how talented these people actually are!
As you can see, this is Allen Stone. He's really weird and it's so awesome.
Next is Elle King, who actually Rob Schneider's daughter. I don't know if that makes you like her more or less, but still check her out. You've probably heard this song cause I've heard it on the radio a bunch but she's really cool.
Gin Wigmore, another super cool, kick-ass type chick.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I would do anything to be her she is amazing and I could listen to this song a million times in a row and not be sick of it.
It's almost impossible to get his music and barely anyone watches his videos. It's a complete mystery to me because he's just insanely good. Ady Suleiman.
Not gonna lie, I never ever thought I would be a Willow Smith fan, but this video 100% changed my mind. I hope she stays this route and doesn't go back to 'Whip My Hair' Willow. Here's a Vevo video, I just don't like the way they look when I embed them, but I did it for this one because this video is awesome.
Happy June Everyone!!
I just got back from school and am trying (desperately) to find a job. While I am currently unemployed and have too much free time for my own good I, hopefully, will be blogging a lot more. When summer comes around everyone worries about their beach bodies and getting a tan, I usually am more concerned about using my free time to find great books, and things that inspire me. I feel especially limited at home, unable to make a mess without my mom breathing down my neck but she'll get over it ;). This particular post will be about the summer books I recommend and plan to read.
Here we go!
I am all about beach reads, but it's hard to find the right one without looking like a dumb bimbo (sorry mom) reading some teen love story. However recently I have found the perfect beach reads that you can whip through in no time and will actually give you a new insight on life. The #1 book I recommend is Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I have read this twice and have developed a full on obsession with this woman. Best part of her book is the amazing interior cover art. So smart I definitely will be trying to make my own version of this!!!
YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler is my next recommendation! Another book I whipped through in a day or two. This book was great, I became an even bigger fan of Amy Poehler, she is so funny and the kind of mom I have a feeling I will be when I get there! Definitely a must read.
If you haven't figured it out, I love love love reading biographies and autobiographies. I fell in love with them when we were required to pick a biography/autobiography in eighth grade and do some project that I don't remember. I choose Marilyn Monroe and once I read her book all I wanted to do was find more like it! My third book recommendation is Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). I mean with a title like that, how could you not want to read this!
My last recommendation is a book I read on spring break in Punta Cana under the cabanna nursing my sunburn. Where'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple. Not a typical book I would normally choose but I really enjoyed this. I picked it off the shelf because of its awesome book cover. Don't even get me started on 'don't judge a book by it's cover' because I think that is stupid. As an artist, thats all I care about to be honest, why would I choose an ugly book when I can choose a cool looking one? Am I right? .... yes.
If you're not into any of these, you're dumb. No, just kidding, but really give them a try. While y'all are doing that I'll give you a look at my own summer reading list I plan to enjoy! First on the List: The Catcher in the Rye. I know what you're thinking but I have never read this book and I feel like I need to. I've only read like 15 pages but so far I'm pretty into it. I'm going to try to finish it before Judd Apatow's new book comes out. I am so in love with him and his perfect family I want them to adopt me. I think they would take a 22 year old don't you? Anyways, his new book is called: Sick in the Head and I know the day it comes out I will be headed to Barnes and Noble (not a kindle girl I like to have the real thing.)
Next, Mindy Kaling has a new one out, its a collection of essays (like Dunham's) titled, Why Not Me? Unfortunately this doesn't come out until September. In the mean time I'm thinking about reading Steve Martin's Novel, an Object of Beauty. The cover is really nice and so it Steve, so I'm going to give it a try! Finally, I have this weird little thing with Sophie Kinsella books where I feel like I must read them all (not including the Shopaholic series, even thought I love that movie.) Not to bash her, but I definitely don't feel myself becoming any more intelligent while reading her novels but they are so funny and i've been reading them for about 8 years. She has a new one called, Finding Audrey that I will definitely be checking out. This is all I am going to post, knowing I have big goals to read all summer, but will probably be watching TV. Hopefully you are doing bigger and better things!
So recently I have been having some issues realizing that I may not have chosen the right major. I am a Media Arts and Design major and I think I should have gone the graphic design route. I know you probably think those are the exact same thing but they are so different. Instead of freaking out, I decided to really teach myself. I consider myself an intermediate/expert on adobe products but I know there is SO much more I can learn. I have therefore taken it upon myself to learn the amazing online tutorials they have out there. So far I have done two, all posters to be printed for my bf's lame "game room/man cave." He wanted an Iron Man poster, which I was the opposite of thrilled about, but I sucked it up and did my best. This guy is amazing, he did the whole tutorial from scratch, makes me mad at how amazingly talented people are. Try it for yourself, Iron Man in Illustrator Tutorial. Pretty proud of myself for doing this, it was pretty difficult and you definitely have to understand the basics of illustrator to complete this.
Next up: Batman. At least I have seen these movies! Here is the simple illustrator final of Batman, which will be vamped up in photoshop obviously. I just decided to wing this one and not do a tutorial.
Now finally, this is more my speed. Trent didn't request this one, this is just one of the tutorials I have been dying to try. This was by FAR the easiest to complete and I recommend you try it! The designer took a few extra steps that I found necessary and skipped but here is the final product: