Monday, November 23, 2015

Music Monday: Adele - 25

When Adele released "Hello" the world collectively lost it's mind. We've been waiting for her to settle down after motherhood and bless us with her soulful ballads again. As with most anything, the Internet finds a way to nit pick on certain things. And I will not stand for it with Adele. Calling her mediocre? Stop it. Just stop it. Saying the lyrics to "Hello" are not original or inspiring? Because Fetty Wap is SO profound. Please.

Anyway... I obviously love Adele and it was a no brainer to pre-order her album on Google Play. Though I do wish I would have gotten the Target CD with the 3 bonus tracks. I still may go pick it up. She is one of the very few artists I will actually buy an album from. Normally I just buy a few tracks here or there, but rarely an entire album. I woke up on Friday and was happy, ok ECSTATIC to see Adele's album had been added to my Google Play library. Unfortunately I didn't have time to download it on Wi-Fi until I got to work, so I couldn't soothe my ears on the train ride into the city. I plugged in almost immediately at the computer and was not disappointed. I can say I've had this album on absolute repeat this entire weekend. I listened to it initially in order, to get a feel from the album, and then on shuffle x10000 because I like mixing it up.

Just like her previous albums, her songs give you ALL the feels. While her last album, 21, left us feeling her heartbreak, 25 gives you hope. She calls it a makeup album, and some tracks are more uplifting than others. I think it's a good mix. I definitely fell in love with "Water Under The Bridge", "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)", "I Miss You", and "Sweetest Devotion" immediately. I like the direction of this album and I hope she doesn't leave us hanging for another 5 years before releasing another album. 

Did you buy Adele's album yet? What are you waiting for?
 - L

***Disclaimer - I did purchase this album and am NOT being compensated in any way for this post. I also am not a music genius or any type of self proclaimed audiophile.***

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It's been a long time..

Wow, over a year since my last post. Guess it's time to blow off the dust and put this bad boy back to use. Blogging was fun for me. It was just me writing about whatever I wanted without caring about anything, until it became a competition. And that's when the fun was gone and I felt too bothered to keep up with it anymore. Because having a general "lifestyle" blog with no specific direction was laughable to other, more mainstream bloggers that considered themselves more successful. I had very few people in my family or social circle even supporting my blog. I had more responsibilities at work and was stretching myself too thin, so I stopped. I gave up.

But now, I'm ready to give it another shot. I'm not doing it for the page views (even if they are nice to see!) I'm doing it for my damn self. It's nice to get back in here and put my thoughts together. De-stress a little. Gather myself. Share silly things, important things, or just nothing. It will give me something to do. I'll re-structure my blog, give it a face lift, and decide on how I want to move forward with it.

Few updates:

I've been married a year and a half now. Shocking right? I can't believe I never mentioned this to you guys before I stopped posting. Still no kids, maybe in the next few years. Maybe. I'm just not ready yet. Well not just me, both of us. WE aren't ready yet.

I'm still travelling for work, part of the reason I stopped posting. I was only supposed to be out a few times a year, but then I (guess) proved myself to be competent enough that I started travelling more often. At least 1x a month, sometimes 2x. These trips are usually Wed-Sat or Sun, so that takes up a good chunk of my time. I can't even think about how many weekends I lost to my job. But then again I am gaining experience. That's more important than sitting around doing nothing. Travel experience, job experience, life experience, etc. There's no limit on learning new things is there?

I've had a traumatizing run in with bed bugs in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace this summer. I almost wanted to blog about that and how I hated Vegas. BUT I will give Vegas another chance. I am bound to have to go there again for work at some point.

I turned into an even bigger shopaholic. Even more so on makeup and beauty. I wish I could post everything I've bought, but due to recent events, I will keep a lot under wraps. Also people are judgmental as fuck. Whatever I choose to do with my money is none of your damn business. Hence me never moving through with turning this into a swatch blog for similar skin tones. I find it hard to find swatches on skin tones similar to mine. And if I do, I always feel like they've been shopped. That idea is still an option. Maybe. But I'm deff not turning this into a full on beauty blog. There are too many of those. And for now, I don't think I will be doing many reviews either. We'll see.

So how have y'all been? Miss me at all? lol Kidding.

Until next time,
- L

Monday, June 2, 2014

Music Mondays: 2014 Summer Concert Season

Hello again!

First of all, apologies for my months long hiatus from this blog. While unexpected, my self-imposed hiatus allowed me to discover many new artists which I will share with all of you in upcoming blogs entries.

For this entry, however, I chose to focus on something a little different. Today is the first Monday of June and no matter what the calendar says, it is already summer in my mind. With that thought, I would like to talk about one of my favorite times of the year, summer concert season! There are a lot of great concerts happening this summer and I will talk about the three that I am looking forward to the most, beginning with Bruno Mars.

Bruno Mars Superbowl 48 Half Time Performance

If this year's Superbowl proved anything, is that this guy can put on a show. I was always a fan of his music but after this performance, I had only one thought in my head: I have to see him live. Although he's only two albums into his career (Doo Wops and Hooligans & Unorthodox Jukebox), Bruno has more than enough hits under his belt to put on a great show. And that's not counting the songs on his albums that aren't singles. The Moonshine Jungle tour starts on June 4th and goes until September. You can purchase tickets here.

Steve Aoki

You would be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree with the statement that EDM (electronic dance music) is the biggest thing in the music world right now. From music festivals to official remixes of songs that are outside of the genre, EDM slowly built itself into the monster that it is today. Enter Steve Aoki. The son of Rocky Aoki (owner of the world famous Benihana restaurants), Steve has become one of the biggest names in EDM. This summer he will be doing a worldwide tour starting June 4th. If you happen to live in one of the countries he visits, I highly suggest you go to a show. If you're lucky enough, you will be caked. Tickets can be purchased here.

I cannot close this blog entry without speaking about what will be the biggest tour of the summer, Beyonce and Jay-Z's "On The Run" tour. It is well known that I am a huge fan of Jay-Z so I was sold on his half of the tour, however, I was never a fan of Beyonce...that is until I listened to her latest self titled album. Mega stars in their respective genres, the Carters will begin the tour on June 25 and end on August 6th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Below I've listed more artists that are touring this summer.

One Direction - April 25th - October 5th Tickets
Jack White - May 29th - August 31st Tickets
Justin Timberlake - July 9th - August 12th Tickets
One Republic - June 2nd - August 1st Tickets
Queen (with Adam Lambert) - June 19th - September 1st Tickets
Romeo Santos - May 21st - July 12th Tickets
Katy Perry - June 22nd - October 11th Tickets

Of course, there are many tours happening this summer. If you know of one that I didn't list but should have, please comment below.