{mix tape} stay in november

mix tape november This month's mix tape would (and should have) been the soundtrack to this past weekend at home. Wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, plop onto the sofa, read a book, do some light chores, plop back onto the sofa, read some more....you get the picture. It's a little mellow and a little up beat, enjoy it as things wind down for the holiday season.

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1   In My Dreams    Eels 2   Cubism Dream    Local Natives 3   Two Doves    Dirty Projectors 4   Jailer    Asa 5   The General Specific     Band of Horses 6   I Got You Babe      Bahamas 7   Troubleman     Electric Guest 8   Wonder Years     Real Estate 9    Live Long      Kings of Convenience 10  Roll On      Dntel

P.S. today is the last day to enter to win a photo print from my new print shop! winners will be announced tomorrow.

{mix tape} back in the day september

SEPT mix tape When Joe and I arrived in LA during our last visit and got into the rental car, we immediately tuned into KDAY 93.5. KDay plays all of the old school rap and hip hop songs that we grew up with and for me, it's all so quintessentially LA. Even if they're not all west coast artists, the vibe is there. I'm back in town so it was only fitting that I create my own mix! Some song versions are "explicit" so be warned in case you have little ears around. Though, I turned out alright...you know how we do ;)

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1    This Is How We Do It  Montell Jordan 2    California Love  2Pac, Roger Troutman & Dr. Dre 3    Poison   Bell Biv Devoe 4    Going Bak to Cali  The Notorious B.I.G. 5    Check Yo Self ('The Message' Remix)   Ice Cube 6    Funkdafied   Da Brat 7   This D.J.  Warren G 8   Around the Way Girl  LL Cool J 9   I'm So Into You  SWV 10   Summertime  DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

{monthly mix tape} road nostalgia august

AUG Mixtape

I was a big-time commuter in LA before moving closer to work and public transportation options. While I can't say that I miss having a car, I do miss the long periods of time when it was just me and my music. There's something about driving that makes everything sound and feel better, isn't there? To satisfy my driving nostalgia I decided to create a playlist of songs from my college days to now that would make me smile, bob my head, and cheer me up even in the worst of traffic jams. That's why there's 17 tracks instead of the usual 10 ;)
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1    Patient Patient   The Morning Benders 2    Turn on Me   The Shins 3    Benny and the Jetts   TV Girl 4    Haiti   Arcade Fire 5    I Can Go   White Arrows 6    Home   Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 7   Ocean Breathes Salty  Modest Mouse 8   Awake  Electric Guest 9   Get It Together   Go! Team 10   Let's Call Ig Off (Single Mix)  Peter Bjorn & John 11   Emergency Call   Matt Costa 12   Disco Friends   Just Jack 13   Cause=Time   Broken Social Scene 14   The Bucket   Kings of Leon 15   Long Distance Call  Phoenix 16   City Sky  Thao Nguyen 17  Out of Tune  Real Estate
(image: LA by freeway by Ana Maria Munoz)

{monthly mix tape} songs of summer

songs of summer july mix tape Grooving and chillaxing - that's what a summer music mix is all about and I am so not disappointed with how this month's tape came out!

I've been loving some of the new artists that KCRW has had on rotation, particularly Electric Guest whose album has me completely smitten. Pair their summer hit (if it's not already it should be) with a few new and old goodies and I am one happy girl.

Happy summering!

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1 -  Caught Me Thinking  Bahamas 2 -  All Of Me  Tanlines 3 - This Head I Hold  Electric Guest 4 - Friends Of Friends  Hospitality 5 - The Walk  Mayer Hawthorne 6 - Swing Tree  Discovery 7 - Battez Vous  Brigitte 8 - In The Water  Beat Connection 9 - Hollywood (Feat. Penguin Prison)  [Felix Da Housecat Remix]  10 - Houdini  Foster the People

 (image: poolside summer 2011, Los Angeles)


{monthly mixtape} beach body june + the leopard me

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After sitting poolside for a while we dove into the mock-rattan tepee for a more comfortable place to hide from the sun. Almost immediately I heard Joe say "oh, baby...give me your camera." He could see what I couldn't - the new leopard-like me! I was completely covered in the floral/spotted patterns being cast onto the mat. It was so rad.

These are just two of the images from the photo shoot that ensued.  I wasn't going to share them as I don't exactly dream of sharing photos of me in a bikini (what up IBTC ladies!) but after giving it some thought I decided that these shadows were too cool for pride, or embarrassment. Besides, I'm practically camouflaged and they are somewhat related to this month's mix tape: Beach Body June.

I've been working out almost every day since we moved and in order to fight the inevitable drag, I made this month's mix my ultimate motivating, butt-kicking, sweat and burn soundtrack. It's a mix of electronic, indie and rap beats that starts off mild, gets a little faster, and then mellows for a cool down. If rock is more your style then check out April's mix - that one can really get me going! What type of music motivates you to get active?

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1  - Ahead Of My Time (feat. Daddy Boastin')   Teddybears 2 –  Good Time   Crystal Castles 3 – Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix)   Kid Cudi 4 – Deception   Le Tigre 5 – Shimmy Shimmy Ya   Ol' Dirty Bastard 6 – Phantom   Justice 7 – Fences (Boombass RMX)  Phoenix 8 – Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold)  Beastie Boys & Santigold 9 – Dirty Harry   Gorillaz 10 – This Means You  Talib Kweli


{monthly mixtape} may

may mix tape We've been all over the place this past month so for May's soundtrack I'm going international and indulging in a bit (or a lot) of wanderlust.  I don't understand most of the words in the non-English songs but that's precisely the beauty of music: it doesn't matter. If you have any fave international beats to share, please do. I'm always excited about new discoveries!

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1 -  Asi Asi Asi (feat. Noelia Fernandez)  Atropolis 2 - Ibere  Various Artists 3 - Le Flying Saucer Hat  Chairlift 4 - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa  Vampire Weekend 5 - Yellow World  J Girls 6 - Amsterdam  Peter Bjorn & John 7 - St. Petersburg  Brazilian Girls 8 - Imik Si Mik  Hindi Zahra 9 - Map Jim Noir 10 - Pacific Theme Broken Social Theme

 (image: taken at Vanves Flea Market, Paris)


happy friday {and week to come}!

be back soon Wow - thank you so much for the awesome dose of love, enthusiasm and support for yesterday's news! I seriously can't wait to continue sharing, learning, and growing with you all. As a work-from-home expat I'm so thankful to have this online community of fellow bloggers, readers, travelers, best-life seekers, and all around sweet and inspiring people. I may never get to meet many of you in person but do know that connecting with you here, on twitter, or via instagram is such a treat.

To answer some of your questions from yesterday's news on the move ... Joe works for a multinational engineering firm so there are offices and projects all over the world. Most aren't in very exciting places so we've been lucky so far! As far as the process of moving to another country goes, we've been living light so moving this time around will be much easier - we've already pawned off some furniture, we'll donate what's left, and our essentials will be shipped courtesy of his company. I think the biggest pain will be calling all of our accounts to close them out but it'll get done with a nice cup of coffee in hand. In retrospect, leaving LA was the hardest part. The career job, my own apartment, a life's worth of "stuff", saying goodbye to family and friends. A year later, I didn't even bat an eyelash when Joe came home with the offer to move again; I was totally in and ready. Facetime and Skype is the same from anywhere in the world anyway and now my friends and family have a bigger incentive to visit us since most have never been there but were already familiar with London and Europe. We'll see how it goes!

Right now, I've got some work to wrap up before we spend the weekend in Brussels and as mentioned, I'll be off the blog next week while visiting KL. I'll be on twitter and instagram if you'd like to join me there but until I get back with details and stories to share, check out this video my friend John sent me when he heard the news. It'll definitely spur the wanderlust in you!

And last but not least, I couldn't get to mid-month without a new mixtape! This one is a departure from my first two mixes that were a groovy and mellow but I had to show some love to the more rebellious side of my music library. I love my rock'n'roll with a little metal, rough-around-the-edges vocals, and bits of punk and grass-roots honky tonk. How about you?

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1  - Light of the Morning   Band of Skulls 2 –  Lonely Boy  The Black Keys 3 – God Killed the Queen  Louis XIV 4 - 1st Things 1st   Phantom Planet 5 – Taper Jean Girl  Kings of Leon 6 – Ball & Biscuit   The White Stripes 7 – White Unicorn  Wolfmother 8 – Hair Down  Cold War Kids 9 – Hold On  Alabama Shakes 10 – Rumble  Link Wray

 (image: in Windsor, England)



monthly mixtape

Mellow March Mixtape Happy March everyone!

To get us through the last stretch of winter I thought I'd put together some of my favorite mellow-ish, upbeat tunes. It's already coming in handy for me since I woke up feeling under the weather today. Good beats = good mood and hopefully that makes for a healthy me tomorrow.

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1  - Collarbone Fujiya & Miyagi 2 -  The 15th  Fischerspooner 3 - Freedom  Jurassic 5 4 - Animal  (Mark Ronson Remix) Miike Snow 5 - Airwalker Jeremy Jay 6 - I'm Good, I'm Gone  Lykke Li 7 - Evident Utensil Chairlift 8 - Edge of Extremes Clubfeet 9 - Disco Friends Just Jack 10 - Fair-Weather Friend (Ninja Tune's Mix by Mr Scruff)

 (image: taken in the east end, london)

feel good february :: mini-mixtape

feel good february :: mix-tape February has gotten off to a great start so I thought I'd make a mini-mixtape to keep the good vibes going. I made the mix on 8tracks, a (new to me) service that lets you create playlists from your own personal music library. The thing that I love most about it is that you can't preview the tracks - it's actually like a real mixtape when you just go with it. I've found some great mixes from other users and I really do enjoy the element of surprise.

Anyhow, I think that moving forward I'll create one mix every month instead of posting weekly brilliant beats. I always intend to make playlists for myself but never get around to it so this will be good motivation.  If you dig what you hear - awesome. If you hate my taste in tunes, well, it will only be once per month so hopefully I don't scare you away ;)

Here's the track list for Feel Good February. You'll notice that most of the titles have a love, relationship, or celebration theme but I promise that they're not mushy songs. They're more likely to make you tap your toes to the beat or force you into a shoulder dance if anything.

1 - Baby I'm Yours (feat. Irfane) Breakbot 2 - Henny & Gingerale Mayer Hawthorne 3 - Silver Screen Beat Connection 4- Jealous of Roses  Bibio 5 - When They Fight, They Fight The Generationals 6 - Little Secrets Passion Pit 7 - Do You Believe? (Original) Poolside 8 - Walking On a Dream Empire of the Sun 9 - Think I'm In Love Beck 10 - I Want You Back  Discovery

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