Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Write Stuff with yours truly!

Sparkle and shine with me, Miss Must-Haves, this evening at Sorrelli as we, the writers of Berks County Living, help you shop for that special someone on your list (that includes treats for fabulous you too!). It's going to be a super chic shin-dig so come on out - I'd love to meet you! Plus, you'll get a peek at my hand-picked favorite Sorrelli finds I just can't live without this season!

What I Want Wednesday | Gift Guide Guru

So instead of recreating the wheel, I'm going to share my favorite gift guides with you every Wednesday leading up to the big holiday! Here is the first one I am coveting from a favorite blog, Tomboy Style. Let me make this easy for you, I want it all - it's so me, no?! (and I have been VERY good this year!)

[image via Tomboy Style]

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tune in Tuesday

A new discovery right before the Thanksgiving holiday, Willie Tea Taylor aka Will "The Bull" Taylor, couldn't be a better find. Listening to him feels like putting on a big cozy sweater. It's the perfect mix of simple and soft with just enough rugged to get through this week of seasonal transition. He has a ton of side projects going on, so check them out and explore what you find of this gentle giant. My current personal favorite, "The Kingdom of Survival".

[photo via willyteatalylor]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I Want Wednesday: To Give Thanks

[image via Oh, Pioneer!]

"This Thanksgiving, try to really stop. Sit still. Hold a loved one's hand, and simply be thankful. No matter what your situation, positive or negative, sad or joyful, take the opportunity to truly experience this moment. The stillness. The mystery of this life. For this, and no other reason, I'm thankful." - Blake Mycoskie

On the eve of Thanksgiving I want nothing other than to simply give thanks. This post from Blake Mycoskie says it better than I ever can/will. So take a moment to ponder the post, give thanks, love your life, go for a run and eat some turkey. Namaste.

Friday, November 18, 2011

friday fuel

just a friendly reminder from London..

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tune in Tuesday: Futurebirds | Guest Post, Chris Kukol

Well, I guess that isn't entirely true..the guest part. Mr. Kukol is the mastermind behind my new (and sometimes old) music musings that I share with you. So today, you get to enjoy some new tunes straight from the horse's mouth. Happy listening (and reading - it's much more fun than mine)!

ps- After his recommendation, I bought the entire album (and dig it). Just saying. He's good.

[image via aquarium drunkard]

Chris Kukol's take on Futurebirds
A town with a rich musical history that boasts some of my favorite performances from bands
like Umphrey’s Mcgee and Yonder Mountain String Band; Athens, Georgia brings us a raw
sounding six piece called The Futurebirds. Combining twangy pedal steel with fast picking
mandolins and banjo give you the feel that these dudes are as happy practicing in a garage as
they are playing in front of hundreds while opening for the Drive by Truckers.

I’m a sucker for harmonizing vocals mixed with some alt country twang , and the song A.P.O.
has plenty of it. This is my favorite track on their debut album Hampton’s Lullaby.
I give you this version not because of it’s stellar sound quality, but because it shows the
boys totally rocking out and showing the aforementioned joy in just playing together. Also,
it’s performed at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, which was kind of like the southern version of
Manhattan’s famed CBGB for punk music throughout the 80’s.

I think this comment from one of my favorite music blogs pretty much sums it all up:
"Hoo Ha September 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm These guys are goddamn fantastic.
They’re everything I like about so many alt country bands rolled into one delicious twangy
rocking sandwich*."

* - and who doesn't want one of those?!

[image via all things go]

Monday, November 14, 2011

weekend wonders | MIA

My dear readers! You must feel so abandoned, my apologies! Living the life of a true adventurista, I traveled to London for the past few days to celebrate Mister John turning a quarter of a century! (I know, can you believe he's that old!) We had a jolly good time living it up in London - here's a few shots to hold you over until I have time to do a proper British post! Cheers!

[red eye to london]

[the eye and big ben from jubilee bridge]

[birthday wish on the bridge]


[the globe theatre]

[walking at the bckingham palace]

[vintage double decker]

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What I Want Wednesday | Everything

Eveything from Kaufmann Mercantile that is. It's true that there is beauty in simplicity and their products are a testament to timeless beauty. Clean, neat and simple products for your everyday needs - pretty and practical; perfection. Their blog is rad too and I will definitely be checking in on them quite often. Plus there from Brooklyn, and everyone knows that all things fabulous usually are from Brooklyn. Just a few pieces I'm pining for...

[canvas tool bag]

[EDC keychain]

[pewter purse flask]