A strange but beautiful thing to run to.

Yup, everyone is talking about this 16 year old from New Zealand but I don’t care, I LOVE this album. LOVE it. Today, this beautiful, tortured, intricate soul helped me scale a ridiculous hill and pushed me to the fastest 5K I have run in quite a while. She’ll help you get there and notice the beauty in the often forgotten outdoors. And don’t steal it, don’t stream it for free. She’s 16, buy it. Let’s support this genius.

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LCD Soundsystem: You filthy devil

LCD Soundsystem: You filthy devil

Sometimes you just need to jam out. Like a crazy person. In the car. With everyone watching.

Sometimes, you just need to turn it up loud and let it all out. Unafraid of the unrelenting beat that is coming your way.

Sometimes you just need to dance. Without fear. Without knowledge. Without any real kind of movement.

But moving always.

Sometimes, you need to just shut up and listen to, the hits.

LCD Soundsystem: GET ALL THEIR ALBUMS.

Then let the magic begin.

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New music: run to this

I watched “Celeste+Jesse Forever” this weekend and although I will say, parts of the movie were spotty, I LOVED the characters.

They all reminded me of people in my life I love, love, love.

But the best part was the discovery of this album which is featured in the trailer of the movie.

Download, listen, enjoy. Strangely, it’s great to run to. Popped out 8.34 with this as my inspiration.

Porcelain raft: Strange Weekend

Favorite Song: Drifting In & Out

Weekly Round Up: Kanye, Tacos & Hair

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Do we all remember the time before Kanye West was a complete douche bag? It seems to be oh so long ago. His initial erratic/retarded behavior was charming, I laughed at the “George Bush doesn’t care about black people comment” because it was so completely ridiculous. I gave him creative freedom when he auto tuned like, an entire album. But then he went into a downward douche spiral that I could just not rescue him from. I listened to “Watch the Throne” and I loved it for Jay-Z’s creative force but for the most I stopped playing Mr. West’s music and forgot he existed. Then last night, I stumbled upon him again, not sure why. Sometimes a little space apart heals old wounds. Our break-up gave me the time I needed to regroup and appreciate him all over again. I listened to some of his old stuff and it made me want to run. I just wanted to get up and run. So I did, 4 miles inspired by Kanye at 8 P.M. The night before I was to leave for New Orleans. Here’s my play list people, check it out, he may just inspire you too.

1. Scream & Shout by will.i.am & Britney Spears
2. Heard ‘Em Say by Kanye West
3. Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
4. Monster by Kanye West
5. Baptism by Crystal Castles
6. Touch the Sky by Kanye West
7. Power by Kanye West
8. Paranoid by Kanye West

Now, on to hair. I met my hair soul mate yesterday at J. Henry salon in Portland. I felt like a single girl who had been desperately seeking for two years and then out of no where, BAM, there was my man. I have tried about a dozen salons in and around Portland, nothing was good enough, no-one understood and I spent many days crying as I left, wondering, what the hell just happened to my hair? I knew right away that this was going to be a different sort of experience. And immediately upon entering their space, my nerves calmed. J. Henry is literally one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen. It has an open floor plan, where the minimal approach is utilized with splashes of classically aged chic. I could see influences from Restoration Hardware and waves of industrial. It is a perfectly designed space. Then there was Adam, my stylist who aligned with my hair center straight away. He was like: “Girl, we are gonna put your hair on a ten year plan so in a decade, you’ll be walking on that shit. And it will look fabulous” And I was all like: “Whhhhhhatttt, YES! Yo, that’s what I’ve been missing, p.s. I love you” He did everything I asked, keeping my length in the most perfect fashion with a flare of bang that was just enough. He made my hair glossy, healthy, beautiful. And while working his magic he entertained me thoroughly with his “a little too much but just enough” personality which I loved, because I am the same exact way. If you are a woman and you are seeking an experience that will make you feel gorgeous, you need to visit this salon. It’s a gem, a rare gem, in a city that doesn’t always allow this sort of thing to happen. Visit Adam if you can, although I am sure anyone in this place is wonderful, I would expect nothing less from a place that obviously has very high standards. Every interaction I had with every person who worked there was professional, warm and utterly delightful. Adam and I are going to coast through this hair life together, one 6 week appointment at a time.

J. Henry Salon

127 Middle St.

Portland, ME

(207) 358-7555

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Lastly, tacos. There needs to be some discussion about food on here, right? Of course. Well, I finally made it to El Rayo and yup, it was every bit as good as I have heard. With a collection of authentic dishes and stiff drinks that will get you sloppy drunk, it’s a place everyone has to visit. Oh and lets not forget the awesome blue plastic marlin they place in every drink. I took mine home. They were too cute not too. Josh and I opted for the chips and salsa to start. I then had a burrito which was hearty and delicious. Josh had some sort of tacos, I can’t remember. They were on the smaller side but between the rice/beans and chips, even a man of Josh’s stature was feeling full. The wait staff was prompt and friendly, laughing at our sometimes dining awkwardness (we were sitting on high stools, ya know???) and coming over whenever it seemed we needed something. For dessert, Josh had the chocolate mousse with Mexican inspired flavorings and I had some sort of strangely weird but delicious coconut cupcake. The check, one hundred percent manageable. It was a great price for everything we stuffed in our face. So, if you feel like getting a little drunky drunk and shoving the hot and spicy in your mouth, this is the place for you. Just please, try and keep your pants on.

El Rayo Taqueria

101 York St.

Portland, ME

(207) 780-8226

I’m in New Orleans till Tuesday people so you all enjoy your weekend. Try to keep it light and tight.

xoxo

Some music & some scones.

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Music is extremely important to me. Almost as important as food & cooking. I believe that music can set the tone for the landscape of our lives. Transforming perfectly simple life moments into extraordinary ones. For instance, when I am in my kitchen whipping up macarons, I love listening to French music. It helps set the tone for the beautiful little items I am creating. It lifts my energy fantastically which I think brings thoughtful warmth to whatever I am making. My favorite is the “Midnight In Paris” soundtrack, an upbeat collection of classic Parisian music. I like to place my apron around my waist, press play and get cooking. And, when hosting my last dinner party, I had this playing when guests arrived on the deck. It helped enhance my outdoor space which was filled with flowers, champagne and delicious tidbits from some of the finest stores in Portland. My musical taste varies widely, depending on what I am actually doing. I have my running list, my cooking list and my writing list. I make it a point to try to not listen to what is played on the radio, as most of it, is garbage. Recently I have turned to Rolling Stone reviews, Pandora and Google to help me find the latest and greatest. Below are some of my favorites. I urge you to try them on for size. Use music as a tool to create a space unlike any other, whether it is when you are all alone or in the company of great people.

  • Midnight in Paris: Music from the motion picture
  • Alex Clare: The lateness of the hour (don’t listen to #4, it’s that crappy song he has on the radio)
  • The Chemical Brothers *any of their albums are GREAT for running
  • Coconut Records: Nighttiming
  • M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming & Saturdays=Youth
  • OK Go: Of the blue colour of the sky
  • Phantogram: Eyelid moves
  • Santigold: self titled
  • TV on the Radio: Nine types of light
  • Washed Out: With & Without & Life of Leisure
  • William Fitzsimmons: Derivatives
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah’s: It’s Blitz

Picture this: It’s a serene Sunday morning. You wake up to the sun shining through your windows. There is some coffee. There are some ingredients. There is a newspaper, waiting to be opened up. Mix some stuff together, press play on your own soundtrack, wake up your home with some sounds and some smells. Everyone will love you.

Blueberry Scones

 Blueberry Scones
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • extra heavy cream for brushing the tops
  • raw sugar for sprinkling the tops

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, the baking powder, orange zest, and salt. Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed. Combine the egg and heavy cream and, with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy.  Add the blueberries to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see small bits of butter in the dough. Keep moving the dough on the floured board so it doesn’t stick. Shape the dough into a square. Cut the square into quarters then cut again into eighths, diagonally, making triangles. Brush the tops of the scones with heavy creme, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the insides are fully baked.
The scones will be firm to the touch. Serve warm with butter and preserves.