Thursday, February 26, 2009

Observe Ghosts

Ghostland Observatory is my new favorite flavor of the week. Their music is fun, energetic, and very robotic. It's Daft Punk meets Beastie Boys and best of all, they're from Austin, TX. Why, they're the best thing to come out of Austin since, well, nevermind... Ausitn is always producing great things. Anyway, give them a listen. Sad Sad City on Paparazzi Lightning and The Band Marches On on Robotique Majestique are two great songs to start with.

Added Bonus: Lead singer Aaron Behrens sports pigtails, awesome.

Monday, February 23, 2009

From the slums to the Red Carpet

I love this movie, its music, and its cast (esp. the little kids, they're so cute). Check out their red carpet debut and read more about how the entire cast was able to come to the Oscars.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bubbles at a Higher Altitude

I am currently in Boulder, Colorado, just 30 minutes outside of the mile high city of Denver. I'm taking a little vacay from school, visiting friends, and checking out Crispin, Porter, & Bogusky while I'm here. It's absolutely beautiful today: sunny and warm. Earlier I walked along Pearl St. in the main "downtown" area and found the cutest card shop called Bliss. After spending way too much time there, I headed down the street to a coffee shop called The Cup. So here I am writing on my blog instead of doing school work. But seriously, who is going to travel halfway across the country to get away from school only to sit in a similar coffee shop and do work. Instead, I'm people watching, taking in the local culture, and drinking an amazing Chai Latte. Andy took the bus to work this morning. Yes, CPB has a bus called the Disruptive Thinker Transport that picks up its employees at several locations throughout the town. This thing looks like an old prison bus, but regardless of its exterior, it comes equipped with WiFi and jazz music. This is making me all the more interested in this agency. Actually, I will be leaving in a minute to go visit, not exactly sure what to expect.

Disruptive Thinker Transport

People's Trend Watch

According to People Style Watch magazine, there are many new trends for 2009. Some of which I could have seen coming, while others I was pleasantly surprised by. However, the most surprising thing I came across while reading this magazine was that there are people who do this for a living. Various companies (think: magazines, blogs, and yes, even ad agencies) hire people as "trendspotters" and "trendwatchers." I had always assumed that creative shops and periodicals researched current trends but I had no idea there was an actual position for this. Of course, there was no major in my college curriculum called "trendspotting" and this sure doesn't sound like a noble profession. But, to tell you the truth, it actually sounds more like my dream profession. I've always been one to hop on trends and start some of my own. In high school, I was named "Best Dressed Girl" for my senior superlatives and consider it one of my greatest accomplishments to date. Even today, I try new styles and wear clothes that others wouldn't dare, simply to stand out. It's part of my nature to be different and creative and what better way to do so than to start a trend or jump on an up-and-coming trend before the mainstream population. I seek out lesser known bands that are hiding under the radar of the music scene. I search for local art galleries and lesser known artists in my area. I ask my friends what they're into to get insight. I read blogs, books about pop culture, and yes, even gossip magazines to get inspired. The trend list for 2009 includes some pretty interesting things. Vinyl records are coming back, 3G navigation maps are the new GPS system, and goodbye pomegranate, yumberry is the new "it" fruit of the year. Trends like these may seem trivial to some, but in the advertising industry, they're everything. So I will continue to seek out trends and come up with new and innovative ideas to add to my portfolio. Oh, and Ann Mack (Director of Trendspotting at JWT) if you are reading this, I want your job!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beluga Whales are the new Nemo.

My top 5 favs from the Georgia Aquarium:
5. The Titanic Exhibit
4. Piranhas
3. Moon Jellies
2. Sea Otters
1. Beluga Whales
*Please note that had the penguin exhibit been open, it would definitely have made the top 5, maybe even the top 2.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Driving schools not affected by the recession.

The other day I was driving home through the Highlands and saw this. I don't recall my driver's ed test being this glamorous. Seriously? Plus, those that drive under 20 mph for a length of time do not deserve to be driving a BMW.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

LastFM - Give it a listen. It's a great way to find new music, even better than Pandora.

To do be do be do is to be... and do.

my 2 favorite colors

I love this chandelier design as well as the color scheme. I think it would look lovely hanging in my room above my brown and teal paisley duvet.

Where in the world wide web can I find this?

A ghetto fab double name ring!

This gold double name ring is similar to the one Lauren Conrad has worn on her show The Hills. I want one but I get nervous giving my credit card number to any website even slightly resembling a man selling knock-off Rolex watches out of a trench coat. Please let me know if anyone finds a legitimate jeweler that can inscribe my name in gold.

It's been way too long.

MGMT - where have you been all of my life? Or at least, since last February? Come back and see me again. Still listening and loving your music. Listening to Amazing Baby is nice, but it's just not the same. Love, your biggest fan.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Hazel!

Another year older, but not really that much wiser. My puggle puppy Hazel just turned 2 and for her birthday I got her a doggie cupcake treat and a happy birthday hat that actually looks more like a dunce cap (irony that I find extremely amusing). I love my little one and can't really imagine my life without her. I mean seriously, there aren't too many dogs that are this cute with this much personality.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My girls.

The new Animal Collective album, Meriweather Post Pavilion - listen to it, live it, love it. And then dance to it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

One Year of Reflection

The first week of February has been the week of birthdays and today is my blog's birthday. I started this blog a year ago just as a simple exercise/reminder to write something or find something that inspires me everyday. So I haven't written on my blog every single day, but I have kept up with it and I'm pretty excited as to how far it has come. So if you are one that reads my blog, thank you! And I hope it's been exciting, educational, inspirational, or just a way to kill a few minutes in your day. Either way, I appreciate it and promise to bring more to the table during ano dos. So keep reading!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Miller High Life's 1 Second Ads

ESPN has recently been running commercials for Miller High Life featuring Windell Middlebrooks talking about how expensive it is to run a 30 second ad during the Super Bowl. In the commercials, he claims that Miller could do a great commercial in just one second. At the end of the commercial, Miller asks us to watch out for their "1 Second Ads" during the Super Bowl. Personally, I think this idea is brilliant, economical, and pretty entertaining. Watch for them tonight!

The older you get, the more interesting you become. (Let's hope!)

In honor of my 24th birthday, here are 24 random (yet, extremely interesting) facts about me that you might not have known before. Hope you enjoy!

1. Apparently, I think it's perfectly acceptable to divulge personal facts on the internet.
2. I really can’t spell but I want to be a writer.
3. I don’t like music snobs, but I have recently come to the realization that I am one.
4. I don’t like hypocrites (please ignore the statement above).
5. If you’re a guy in a band, you have totally won my heart.
6. My puggle is smarter than your 5th grade honor student (well, most of the time).
7. I have a weird (yet, I think it’s perfectly normal) obsession with Slash from Guns n’ Roses.
8. When I was little, I hated my name and insisted that everyone call me Moon. (I went through my hippie phase early in life).
9. I believe I was meant to be a teenager during the 80s.
10. I am an only child.
11. I haven’t eaten red meat since I was eight years old because I got food poisoning from a hamburger from Fuddruckers.
12. When I was seven, I was on Double Dare and I had to eat slime. It was vanilla pudding with green food coloring.
13. One day, later in life, I want to open my own Pilates studio.
14. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. I love them so buy them for me =).
15. I believe I have missed out on many of life’s opportunities due to the fact that my last name begins with a W.
16. One of the best weeks of my life was my high school senior year spring break. Not too many weeks have been able to compare.
17. I was named the “Best Dressed Girl” by my high school senior superlatives and consider it one of my greatest accomplishments to date.
18. I have never been to Europe and need to go immediately.
19. I can speak fluent jiberish. (Or shall I say jithgibethgerithgish.)
20. Everytime I read my horoscope, I believe it was written solely for me.
21. I can sing all of the states in alphabetical order and thought this was a true talent until I met a bunch of people that could do the same.
22. I’m not a morning person. Not really a night person. I’m a late afternoon/early evening kind of person.
23. I wish I could take beautiful pictures like my photographer friends.
24. My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye and I plan to name my firstborn son, Holden. (Even though he comes off as being deeply disturbed.)