Monday, March 19, 2018

march playlist

It's been a hot minute since I shared a current playlist so I thought I'd share what I'm currently listening to today. I've actually gotten a lot of use out of this playlist in the last couple of weeks and I think it's one of my better ones, even if it is a bit random.

What's on your March playlist?

Friday, March 16, 2018

5 favorite classic movies

I've always been a big fan of classic movies. Growing up TCM was more likely to be on the television than MTV. Do you remember the part in The Holiday when Arthur talks about how old movies were such better quality and took longer to make so only one came out at a time? That's how I feel all the time. New movies are entertaining, but nothing beats a classic movie. Here are 5 of my favorite classic movies.

1. Roman Holiday - My very favorite movie of all time! Audrey Hepburn at her utmost elegant and what really more people should associate her with instead of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

2. Bringing Up Baby - Cary Grant is one of my favorite classic movie actors and I think this is his best movie. Katherine Hepburn + Cary Grant + a leopard named Baby; what's not to love

3. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - My favorite Marilyn Monroe movie. I love the songs, the costumes, and the ridiculousness of it.

4. Love Story - The first movie that made me cry. Love means never having to say you're sorry.

5. Bye Bye Birdie - This is just a fun, feel good movie you can't help but enjoy. You'll be entertained from start to end.

What's your favorite classic movie?

Monday, March 12, 2018

5 places I'd love to go for spring break

Okay so I know good and well that "spring break" does not exist in the real adult world. But let's for a minute pretend it did. Now that we're really into March all anyone is talking about is spring break, and y'all I'm jealous I don't get to go! The boyfriend and I are making a quick trip down to Dallas next week, but that doesn't count. So if I could get the time off and had the extra cash to spend these are the 5 places I'd love to go for spring break.

one of my favorite Gray Malin Prints 

1. Hawaii - I literally never thought I'd want to visit Hawaii, but I've added it to my bucket list recently. I'd love to spend a day lounging by the pool with a giant sunhat, good book, and a cocktail.

2. Las Vegas - My friend Ashleigh recently moved to Vegas and I'd love to go visit her! Plus I've decided Vegas is the perfect city for a quick getaway because I'm convinced if you spend more than 2 nights you'll die.

3. Whistler / Blackcomb - Yes I realize how absurd it is to list a ski resort in this list, but hear me out. I finally got my passport renewed and I'm dying to get the first stamp in it and Canada just seems so accessible and safe. Plus my ski pass works for that mountain too, so it's a fiscally responsible trip.

4. Paris - One of my friends recently invited me to go to London, Paris, and Amersterdam with her and I had to regrettably turn her down. I've always dreamed of visiting Paris in the spring, so it seems like a natural choice for this list.

5. Disney World - One year we went to Disney World for the Flower and Garden show in Epcot and now that I'm an adult that understands the importance of a good instagram I need to go back. Plus I'm dying to wear my Mickey ears.

Where would you love to go for spring break?

Friday, March 9, 2018

4 tips to have the most fun for your first hockey game

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend took me to my first NHL game. I told him I didn't want a thing for Valentine's Day and instead would really like an experience and I'm so glad this is what he planned. Not only did we make a fun memory, he helped me cross an item off my 101 in 1001 list!

My boyfriend played hockey in college and is a big fan, but I have only been to very minor league games and it's been years since I've even been to one of those. The chase for the Cup is still on, so if you find yourself at your first hockey game this year, here are 4 tips to have the most fun.

1. Go with someone who knows the sport - This is probably a no-brainer, but going with someone who can explain what's happening is key. Hockey is a fast sport so it's easy to miss things and having someone who knows what's happening means you won't miss the important things.

2. Pick good seats - While it's tempting to want to sit as close to the glass as possible I wouldn't recommend it for your first hockey game. We sat a little higher up so I had a good view of the entire rink and could see everything that was happening no matter which side the action was on.

3. Make it fun - Making it fun means different things to different people. Maybe you want to go totally decked out in team colors or you make a sign. For me this meant making a bet about the final score with the next day's lunch at stake.

4. Pick the right wardrobe - Hockey is a very casual sport, so dress for comfort. I'd suggest a couple of light layers so you can adjust for the temperatures. Remember hockey relies on having an ice rink, so they keep it a little chilly inside.

Have you been to a hockey game? What are your tips for enjoying your first game?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Who I think should Win the Oscars

I'm bringing you a rare weekend post in honor of the Academy Awards! While I'm not really a big awards show fan and probably won't watch tonight I do love movies. This year I made a point of watching all the big movies so I could make what I feel is a fair assessment of who should win the Oscars.

Best Picture - The Post - I honestly did not expect to like this one and was putting it off because I hadn't heard very good things. It reminded me a little bit of All the President's Men in both subject and the way it was shot. I think this one has a real shot at taking home the award because of the subject matter; female empowerment/don't let the government dictate the news.

Actor in a lead Roll - Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour - Until I saw the Post Darkest Hour was my favorite to win best picture and that's 100% because of Gary Oldman's acting. That scene on the tube was just remarkable

Actress in a lead roll - Frances McDormand in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - There's no way you could watch this and not feel emotional. The whole movie was total raw emotion.

Actor in a supporting role - Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri - To me this was the weakest category, so I went with Woody Harrelson because of the nominees he's my favorite.

Actress in a supporting role - Allison Janney in I, Tonya - I love Allison Janney but after this movie I hated her; that's how you know someone placed a role well

Animated Film - Coco - Honestly this was the best movie I saw all year and I think it was robbed of a nomination for best picture. If this doesn't win the voters clearly don't know what they're doing.

Song - Remember Me Coco - This is always one of my favorite categories so I'm so excited to have a song nominated I love so much!

Who do you think should win? What are your predictions?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Out West Wednesday : 4 day trips from Denver

10 years ago I felt like nobody talked about Denver. It was just the mile high city, where John Elway had once played ball, and the airport you fly into to go skiing. But I feel like that's really changing now. Denver has become a destination itself, and a hip place fellow 20 somethings are flocking to. But I'm a big believer in getting the most bang for your buck, and if you're going to go all the way to Denver you might as well see something else too. When I went to San Diego last year we drove up and spent the last day at Disneyland it was the best decision. If you ever find yourself in Denver, here are 4 awesome day trips.

1. Vail - Call me biased, but I think this is the best day trip. I suggest visiting the Ski and Snowboard Museum, riding the gondola, and grabbing a bite to eat at the Red Lion.

2. Boulder - I always like to walk around little college towns, and as the home of the University of Colorado this one shouldn't be missed.

3. Breckenridge - Breckenridge actually started as an old mining town, so they have a classic downtown with a cute main street. Grab a burger from Flipside and a Crepe from the crepe stand.

4. Fort Collins - I'm actually a little sad I haven't made the trip up to Fort Collins yet because it's supposed to be such a fun town. Number one thing I'd want to do is a brewery bike tour, including one of my favorite brands, New Belgium.

Obviously check the weather before making any of these trips, because driving in the mountains during a snow storm is difficult even for locals. But on a nice sunny day, grab a rental and a great road trip playlist and any of these trips would be well worth it!

Monday, February 26, 2018

4 books I hope to read this year

Reading more is one of my 2018 goals and included in my 101 in 1001 list. I'm aiming to read a book a month, something that in theory should be easy. I really struggled through my January book, so much so that I finally just returned it to the library with only about 50 pages read. But I've actually almost finished reading two books this month, keeping me on track! I realized the difference is totally in what book I'm reading. I'm one of those people who keeps a list of books to read on my phone to reference whenever I go to the library. Here are 4 books I'm hoping to cross off my list and read this year.

1. Sisters First - Jenna Bush Hager is one of my favorites; she's one of those celebrities that I just feel like would be like talking to an old friend even if it was the first time you met her. As someone who cherishes the relationship I have with my own sisters I love the idea of this book.

2. The Beautiful and Damned - The Great Gatsby is my favorite book, but its the only thing I've ever read from F. Scott Fitzgerald, I think 2018 is the time to change that.

3. The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - I've heard so many good things about this one; I think I saw it listed on the favorite reads of 2017 from about 5 different bloggers. Now I just need the waitlist at the library to go down so I can get my hands on this one.

4. A biography of Mary Queen of Scots - I binge watched Reign a few months back and was fascinated with it. I realize most of it was dramatized for television, but it got really interested in this queen.

What books do you hope to read this year? Any I should add to my list?