mixtape monday: a silent film & carousel mix

this is a mix of a show i’ll be checking out this Wednesday @ Vinyl. a silent film has been on my radar thanks to siruisxmu and when i saw they were coming i had to check them out. they’re going to blow up. i love catching up and coming bands in ATL to be able to say i saw them “back when”, it is one of my favorite things about the music scene here. i was introduced to Carousel via silent film as their opener and can’t get enough of their dreaminess either. take a listen, get familiar, and join me on Wednesday night.asilentfilmmixtape

tix $12 from my bffs @ticketalternative (duh!)

what up weekend!

i will be prancing around Disney World for work over the the next few days but fear not my friends i have some cool stuff for you to check out this weekend.


Friday January 25th Buckhead Theatre @ 7:30

bummed im going to be missing this show. Yo La Tengo is promoting their recently released album Fade, and check out Calexico mellow-Tex-Mex inspired indie rock.

tickets $24/$27 atd


it wouldn’t be a saturday in atlanta with out some sort of boozing going on. head down to masquerade for the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest kicking off the first of many beer festivals to happen this year.

and of course there’s music:

Go Box/The Acorns/Nelson Brownstone/Angie Goodale/Robbie Levin

tickets here


Saturday January 26th, The Earl

i’m most bummed about missing my favorite local boys, The District Attorneys opening for Camper Van Beethoven. check them out in East ATL this weekend at the legendary Earl. i never miss a DA show. you will not be disappointed!

get tix $18 from my bffs at ticket alternative.

enjoy your weekend!


diy: toasted coconut granola

i love making this granola for the week to snack on. this recipe i have developed from one of my best friend’s CK, with touches of Bon Appetit recipes sprinkled in. It is a great breakfast with some vanilla almond milk or just a guilt-free snack during the day!

you will need:



agave syrup/2 cups of rolled oats/brown sugar/roasted coconut chips/walnut pieces/pecan pieces/sliced almonds


  1. take your 2 cups of oats and toast them lightly in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300.
  2. while that’s cooking, mix your pecans, walnuts, and sliced almonds in a large bowl.
  3. sprinkle agave & brown sugar all over the mixture.
  4. mix.
  5. spoon the mixture on toasted oats.
  6. mix evenly both the mixture of nuts and oats.
  7. sprinkle the toasted coconut chips on top.
  8. lower heat to 250 and cook for about 10 more minutes, checking as not to burn the coconut.




what the !@#$ do i wear wednesdays: travel edition

with my big girl job and coming from a military family i have developed quite the stamp collection on my passport. this weekend i am going to a conference for work in Disneyworld! just because it’s business doesn’t mean i have to be stuck a wrinkly suit when i step off the plane. i styled three common travel scenarios for today’s edition of what the !@#$ do i wear.

businessjust because you’re traveling for business doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable and boring. keep the top classy and neutral and add accessories for style. business travel also doesn’t mean trying to navigate the airport in 5 inch heels, some nice suede boots will do just as well. always remember a classy business card holder in case you meet anyone interesting on the plane (wink).

pleasurenow the kind of travel we all prefer, for pleasure. comfort is key but it doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob. i think wearing maxi skirts are the best for travel they cover everything and double as a blanket around you. wear a light sweater, and easy flats for security. scarves are always a must on ANY travel occasion and double as a pillow and another blanket (i get really cold!) tuck a beanie into your oversize bag to avoid plane hair!

internationalfor any of us lucky enough to travel to another country ease is key. you don’t have to wear a juicy sweat suit because you’re flying. lucky enough for you all the chic sweat pant look is in, keep them to a slim silhouette with a fun colored flat. an over-sized yet nice sweater will balance out the sweat pant look. socks a must for those long flights and walking around the plane (ick). eye mask and pashmina are essentials for when you’re stuck to that annoying person obsessed with having the window open!

fresh out the oven: new music 1/22

there is an INSANE amount of awesome new music out today that i had to get on here and write about immediately.

(click all album art work to listen)


1. Toro Y Moi/Anything in Return

i can’t believe it has taken me this long to get on the Toro Y Moi train (I’m a little embarrassed honestly) but no worries he is a huge part of my Spotify everyday life now! think of Passion Pit but a little smoother and sexier.  this is Chaz Bundick’s third album (again we are mad late on this guy), the 26 year old USC (go Gamecocks!) grad says this album was influenced by his recent move to Cali with his long time hunny.

Favorite tunes include: “Cake”/”Cola”/”So Many Details”/”Say That”

come join me on Feb 6 he will be @ Masquerade Tix—>HERE

for more info on this guy’s amazingness check out Pitchfork’s multiple features on him


2. Walk The Moon/ Tightrope EP

what a delicious little treat to wake up to this morning. not only do I live in this band’s sweatshirt on a DAILY basis, their self-titled album was one of my favorites of 2012. i first saw these adorable face painted boys during an early morning of Music Midtown in 2011, followed them to open for Fitz & the Tantrums that fall, and just caught them headlining at Terminal West this past November. Tightrope is a collection of a few new tunes and some covers.

Don’t Skip: “Burning Down The House” (Talking Heads Cover)


3. Ra Ra Riot/Beta Love

i got into Ra Ra Riot about two years ago when I heard “Rhumb Line” and also got into their front man’s side project Discovery (which you should all check out as well). if you’ve been following me on Twitter (which you all SHOULD be) I have been talking about this album all month. moving away from their string based sound and adding some more keyboards and synthesizers this album is a little more electronic than previous. i like this new album it has some electric love songs on it.

Don’t Skip: “When I Dream”/ “Dance with Me”

check out Pitchfork for all other things indie music

now go make your cubicle mate jealous of your awesome new music!


all that’s glitter and grunge



people don’t wear socks and heels enough. i know its an acquired taste but i like to change things up every now and then. don’t try too hard with the look, and i love it best with peep toes.


sweatshirt/urban outfitters (on sale!)

acid wash cut offs/one teaspoon


socks/urban outfitters (try these!)

platforms/jessica simpson (try this style!)

rings/gorjana griffin



photos: maeelizabeth


mixtape monday: 1.21.13 mix

happy monday needle friends. hope you all had an ah-mazing weekend. the weather was absolutely gorgeous in ATL this weekend. despite our Falcons not winning the big game on Sunday it still was a great weekend! to get you through the rest of your monday afternoon i put together a mixtape for ya! no theme this week, just some good tunes that me and a few of my friends with awesome music taste are currently listening to. enjoy!mixtape12113

what up weekend!?!

finally friday my fellow readers! i don’t know about you but as much as i love a gloomy weather day in the winter, 4 days is enough for me. it is supposed to be a decent this weekend so you should at least try to join humanity once this weekend. there is some decent stuff happenin’ in the A!

to celebrate this awesome weather we’ve been having throw on a snuggie and drown your winter blues at the VaHi 4th Annual Snuggie Bar Crawl!


what could be better than being as comfortable as you ever could be cozied up to the bar with your favorite beer and freebie winter themed spirits? there is even a men’s, women’s, and group snuggie contest. here is some of what you have to look forward to:

All Bars:  $5 Svedka cocktails & $7 Redbull & Svedka
Neighbor’s Pub:  Shot: “Nightcap” (Sinfire and cider), $1 Sliders (beef)
Hand in Hand:  Shot:  Peppermint Patty
Limerick Junction:  Shot : Peppermint Candy, Food specials: $7 Fish and Chips & $4 Mozzarella Sticks
Dark Horse Tavern:  Shot: “Hot Butter Schnapps Chilled” (butterscotch schnapps, crème de cocoa, nutmeg), $1 Sliders (beef or chicken)

(plus Uber is doing an awesome Snuggie Chariot deal)

tickets are $20 ($5 off with offer code “snuggie”) get ’em here.

if you want to class it up after partying in your snuggie come to the High Museum of Art this Saturday for a cool exhibit for you 20-30’s!


Assemblage: A Culture Shock Exhibit will be a great night of a variety of music and storytelling. There are two exhibits Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913>>2013 and Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. Musical guests to include:

Lonnie Holley
Cole Alexander
Faye Webster
Rex Hussmann
Anna & Elizabeth
Phillip Roebuck
Cicada Rhythm

Join me for a night of music. Tickets are $15 get ’em here.

there are some awesome shows going on this weekend despite the rain, including Willie Nelson, Stroke 9, and Diarrhea Planet. for a full list check out my good friends at Atlanta Music Guide.

don’t forget to watch our own dirty birds in the NFC championship this Sunday. many bars will be running drink specials, my suggestion Hand&Hand’s Sunday Funday. need something to wear? check out this week’s what the !@$# do i wear wednesday.

as for me music wise  i am lucky enough to have snagged a ticket to Ellie Goulding’s sold out show of awesomeness tomorrow, and living a high-school girl crush on American Idol Alum Kris Allen this Sunday night at Eddie’s.

happy weekend, stay warm friends, and rise up!

shoshanna snuggie awesomeness

what the !@#$ do i wear wednesdays: NFC Championship


it is an exciting time to be in the ATL. unless you’ve been living under a rock it is not news to you that the Falcon’s are killing it right now and will be playing the 49ers in the NFC championship this Sunday. if you’re lucky enough to be catching the action ditch the jersey. step up your fashion game and get creative. be comfortable (it is a football game not a runway) and bring an awesome lip color for all that cheering, a big bag for a camera and other goodies, and shades for tailgating it’s going to be a sunny weekend! rise up!