Song Of The Week: Paradise Circus

I was listening to one of my Refinery 29 Spring Playlists when this song came on that I had heard in the background of a Cadillac commerical that I always thought was The xx but whenever I tried to listen to it on their album I couldn"t find it for the life of me.  Perhaps that is because it is the band Massive Attack instead?

"Paradise Circle" is sexy, soft, mysterious, a little naughty and reminds me of The xx so much!  I haven't listened to any of their other tunes, but am loving "Paradise Circle" and I think you will too! 


Summer Essentials Series ~ jaime of all trades

Happy First Day of Fall and last day of summer essentials!  We wrap up the summer series with my seriously talented friend Jamie from jaime of all trades.  Jamie is an incredible baker who creates fabulous cupcakes for any occassion and she is available for hire to use for your own party.  Jamie is also stylish, on top of the trends and happens to work for a company I love very much....Starbucks.  Her blog is full of tasty treats, fashionable finds, and all sorts of goodies to try around Seattle.  I love her dearly and am pretty sure you will love her too after reading her blog. 

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

my weleda lip balm.  one of my favorite fashionistas, katherine power from who what wear tweeted about it and i just had to try it.  i am constantly applying this stuff and it smells amazing.  i'm thinking of buying a tube for my purse, my desk, my bathroom, my car.  i can't be without it.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

bright colored nails.  they feel so summery and look good with a tan.  i'm loving essie's braziliant, seen here.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

countess luann's 'chic c'est la vie' 

(JUST KIDDING! - phew)  this is always the hardest question for me but i'm picking taio cruz's 'dynamite.'  i've been to a million weddings this summer and whenever this song comes on i wanna get d.o.w.n.  it puts me in such a good mood.

Thank you J.O.A.T. for your summer picks!  I love the Brazillant collection (I own Smooth Sailing) and I am very tempted to try this new lip balm.  I also quite enjoy dynamite and kind of love the message behind the song, as the countess would say - sa bonne!  Be sure to head over to jamie of all trades for your daily dose of fantastic.

I also would like to thank again all the people who contributed to the series this summer.  We had a lot of picks and recommendations and I feel so honored that they took the time out to share their picks and that you took the time out to read and comment.  It really does mean the world to me!  Next week, back to random posts that pop up in my head as well as a few usuals you are used to! 

Let's all be Chic C'est La Vie this weekend shall we? 


Summer Essential Series ~ Love, Lipstick, and Pearls

You are all in for a treat today, Miss K from Love, Lipstick, and Pearls shares her summer essentials.  Miss K is one of my oldest blog buddies who I just recently had the opportunity to meet (back in March) and just this past Sunday brunched and shopped with her as well as gorgeous Danielle from Sweet Nothings.  Miss K is a beauty junky, a recent newlywed and always is sharing the hottest of hot men in her "Hot Man Parade" feature.  She also shares great makeup reviews, recent sale purchases and just about anything else your heart might desire.  Full of fashion, not afraid to take a risk, Miss K is straight up fantastic and her summer essentials do not dissapoint!

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

The one item I can't be without this summer is a great pair of cut off shorts. It took me forever to find a pair that weren't daisy dukes, but I've live in them all summer long.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Girl trips! I love my girlfriends and as we're getting older, we're not able to get away for weekends like we used to. This summer we have one trip and several nights out planned that I'm looking forward to.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

 Duh, Britney Spears 'Til The World Ends'! I've been singing it all day everyday, can't get enough of the cd.

Thanks again Miss K for taking time out to share your summer must haves!  I just love girl trips also :)  There is nothing better than time with your girlfriends!  And the Femme Fatale album turned out to be gem for me.  Be sure to head over to Love, Lipstick, and Pearls for your daily dose of hot celebs, fantastic makeup tips, ingenius nail ideas and other great goodies.

Check tomorrow when we wrap up the Summer Essentials Series with none other than JOAT shares the last summer must haves for all on the first official day of fall. 


Hallo from Amsterdam!

Hallo!  I arrived in AMS today for work, which was technically still yesterday in LA and only slept 2 hours on the plane which means I have kind of been up for a really long time and am sort of running on fumes here (still with me?).  Anyhoo, this morning when we began our decent into Amsterdam I captured this beautiful sunrise high above the clouds and Europe and just had to share with you all! 

I'm here until the 30th and will try to continue posting regularly (although I gave a poor showing of posting last time I was here).  I also will try to share more photos from my adventures around the city. 

Until then....Tot Ziens!


Summer Essentails Series ~ I Spry

I am happy to share I Spry's summer essentials with all of you.  Spry is one of my fave friends who is always willing to help you out, bow out of arts and crafts time and enjoy a slice of meatloaf with your current man friend.  She is also gorgeous, generous and fun as all get out.  She may not ever upload photos that she captures and could afford to update her blog a little bit more often but I consider myself blessed she took the time to respond and contribute to YBB as this girl is a baller, shot caller and a busy bee in her career.  Without further ado I present to you LSpry's summer must haves!

*What one item can you not be without this summer? *

Good friends and good beer!

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Lots of sun and fun shorts! 

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

"Summertime" - Will Smith

Thank you LSpry for sharing your picks with us! I am so lucky to call you one of my besties!!  XOXO


Summer Essentials Series ~ Lynnie's Life

Today's summer essentials comes from the sweet and new proud mama by Lynn from Lynnie's Life.  I first met Lynn in college and let me just say this gal is the epitome of fun.  She is always game for whatever and will never let a wine bar, or a table interfere with singing Mariah Carey's ""All I Want for Christmas Is You" at the top of her lungs.  She is also a wonderful new mommy to Kyler and I just adore this woman oh so much! 

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

Watermelon and stretch cream lotion (I want to be able to sport a swimsuit again).

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Sun and cute maxi dresses. They make me feel pretty while being a swollen mess :)

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

I am loving OAR right now!  (I chose "That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker" as it reminds me of good old WSU - too many memories to this song).

Thank you Lynne for taking time out of your busy new life with little baby Ky and sharing your summer pics!  I can't wait to meet that little buddy at Christmas time! 

Song Of The Week: Addicted to Love

Last week, Aves and I were watching TV and saw the promo above for The Good Wife and were instantly drawn to the song in the background.  It took no longer than 7 seconds for me to realize it was Florence + The Machine behind this awesome Robert Palmer cover of "Addicted to Love"

I love the original but have to say this remake is dark, sexy and raw and I just LOVE it!  Also, after watching this promo it makes me really want to check out this show (like my girl Jamie).  Then after watching Julianna Margulies win best actress for her role in The Good Wife at last nights Emmy awards, I want to watch even more!  Have any of you watched?  What do you think?  Worth adding to my Netflix (soon to be Qwikster) queue of 450?


Summer Essentials Series ~ No Day But Today

Today I am excited to bring your Courtney from No Day But Today's summer essentials.  Courtney is a fellow Coug who is the mother of the darling and photogenic as all get out Charlotte (pics above).  Courtney is just about the nicest gal around, whose smile is contagious and just brings the best out in everyone.  Her blog is full of amazing photos of Char that she takes herself and also little beauties you might let pass you by sometimes.  A treat for anyone who visits!

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

Combine our Northwest "summer" with my white skin, along with my desire to keep my skin healthy...and a tanned body is pretty much out of the question. Enter: Versa Spa. I first learned of it through Miss Lisa Spry who swore it was the only spray tan to go with. No Mystic Tanning for her, and it always looked so even and great after she'd do it, that I quickly became a fan. Even though I am not quite the expert at getting the zero streaks like Spry and Michelle, for the most part it always comes out looking good. Plus, there is almost always some sort of Groupon or Living Social deal to use...or you can just barter with them (again, I don't have quite as good of skills as the Ultimate Sales Lady Spry, but I try)

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Besides the actual sun (I think I wrote this same thing last year?! Do I need to move?!), I'm craving projects.

I'd like do redo our picture wall to look something like this, a bit more structured but still eclectic.

And maybe enlarge a few from Charlotte's 1 year picture session like this

And I really want to make this.  Being present is something I'm always working on and I would love this constant little reminder that this moment will pass...both the good ones and the bad ones.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011? *

While this isn't really a quintessential summer song...and I have no idea actually if it's old or new (I actually am not even sure where I first heard it?), I've been loving Little & Ashley's "Stole My Heart".  It's my dance-around-the-living-room-with-my-girl song of choice these days!

Thanks Courtney for sharing your summer faves!  I am loving this song from Little & Ashley - so sweet and fun!  And your projects look like a lot of work with a lot of reward!  Love that do it yourself, "this too shall pass" sign.  I am ALWAYS telling myself to live in the present.  It really is a great motto to life.  If you haven't already, be sure to head over to No Day But Today right away!

Pssst...we're halfway there!!


Summer Essentials Series ~ Lovely Happenings

Today's fabulous collection is brought to you by the darling Megan from Lovely Happenings.  Megan is always so cheery, fun, light and stylish and always sharing items that I absolutely must have!  This girl holds a special place in my heart with her appreciation of WSU (her sister goes there) and you can't help but leave her blog in a better mood after you visit it.  So without further ado...

Hello, Yellow Brick Blog readers! I am Megan from LovelyHappenings and I am so happy Lyndsy asked me to help out with my Summer Essentials of 2011. I long for the sunny, dry weather in the summer. Portland's rain can get really painful after a while. I take advantage of the sun while I can and these are my essentials this summer... What one item can you not be without this summer?

My maxi dress! At first, I wasn't sure about this trend and how it'd look on me. So I bought a simple, olive-green racer back maxi dress from Forever21 to see how I liked it (sadly, my particular one is no longer available). I can basically say that I am obsessed with my maxi dress now. I need more for my collection! If you haven't tried this trend yet then I suggest you get your little rear end to the store. Casual, totally chic and awesome for a great summer look.
Maxi Dresses
Maxi Dresses by lovelyhappenings featuring a gray dress

What are you craving for summer 2011?
A longer summer! Does that count? No, I'd just really like more time away from work and time with my boyfriend instead. I want to go camping, go on bike rides, walk to the farmers market, concerts outside, BBQ, eat loads of gelato, and trips to the coast with my boy.

 What is your essential summer song of 2011? Well, I can always listen to a John Mayer or Dave Matthews Band song but this year, Mat Kearney is stealing the show. His new album, Young Love, is awesome. The single "Hey Mama" totally puts a smile on my face and I can't help but rock out to this song. Enjoy!


Thank you Megan for sharing your summer picks!  I just love your collection of maxi dresses and jewelry and the pic of you and bf is soo cute!  Be sure to head over to Lovely Happenings for straight up goodness.
Check back tomorrow for some more summer essential goodies!


Song Of The Week: Opposite of Adults

This Thursday, B, my roomie and I are headed to a fun private event and Chiddy Bang are scheduled to perform.  When B first asked me if I wanted to go and if I like Chiddy Bang, my mind drew a blank.  I knew I had heard of them before but couldn't think for the love of me what song they sang.  Seeing as I had to give an answer right then, I decided to take a chance and said yes.

A few weeks later, listening to my "Pursuit of Happiness"  pandora station while getting ready for work, this song came on that was a mix of rap and MGMT's "Kids" and I was bopping around enjoying the tune and decided to look at the artist to purchase the song and was elated to see the band was Chiddy Bang and the song I was loving was "Opposite Of Adults"

Whenever I see a band/group perform live I always like to brush up on their tunes so I can sing along, and this week is no different.  The song is light, fun and has great lyrics that make me smile.  Especially this verse..

"Can I please get a little bit of knowledge?
Somebody tell Roth that I don't love college
Cuz the real world's kinda like Real World
and it's drama, so you are Svetlana"

Pretty sure the last season I watched of Real World was the season with Svetlana, so it makes me giggle.  I can't wait to see them Thursday and will share all the fun details on Friday, now I just need to figure out what to wear....


Summer Essentials Series ~ Menu a la Marguerite!

Happy Friday to you all!  Wrapping up this weeks summer essentials is one of my fave gal pals Marge (really Lisa) from Menu a la Marguerite.  I met Marge in college officially at WSU but quickly realized we actually met for the first time our senior year of high school when I was a guest judge for cheerleading at her high school - small world.  Years later we are still buds and this gal has way of just making me giggle over just about anything.  The beautiful Marge is also a bride to be with "Forever Young" nuptials just around the corner (can't wait!).  Head on over to Menu a la Marguerite for great recipes, photos and fun!

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

Jennifer Anniston Perfume - I. LOVE. IT.  Smells like a beach and makes me feel sexy!  I love it so much that when I broke my original bottle in New York I went to the mall next door to our hotel and bought another one.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Vita Coco water.  I love anything that tastes or smells like coconut.  Although this is neither, really, it helps keep me hydrated and refreshed on a hot day!  Available at Costco for super cheap in a 12 pak.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

I have a few:

Thank you Marge for sharing your summer picks!  I rushed out and smelled the Jen Anny perfume after you raved about it and I have to agree it is a great scent, very beachy and summery!  And you know I love coconut water also, but lately have been also enjoying Aloe Vera Water....and "Suds in the Bucket" is one of my faves!

I hope ya'll have a fabulous summer weekend, we only have a few left!!!


Summer Essentials Series ~ Saltwater Dreams

Anyone else loving this four day week?  I sure am, boy oh boy time has flown by! 

Today I am happy to share Andi from Saltwater Dreams summer essentials.  Andi has returned again this year with some great fresh selections.  Saltwater Dreams is all about beauty, fashion, accessories, travel, food, pretty much everything and Andi is fabulous about sharing her most recent purchases so that you can judge for yourself before you trust what you see online.  Andi is always optimistic and lovely and you really need to head on over and see all the goodness that is Saltwater Dreams.

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

What I cannot be without this summer is Bright Expert by Lancome. It's so great for helping to dull the sun spots I inevitably get no matter how much sunscreen I use.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

What I'm craving this Summer is fresh ingredients! I've been trying to make as many dishes, drinks and desserts as possible with the delicious seasonal ingredients that are available now - peaches, strawberries, blueberries and corn especially and my favorite - Caprese salad made with tomatoes and basil from our garden.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

My essential Summer song would have to be an old-school Sublime tune--"Badfish". It's just the classic, laid-back, chill Summer song.

Thank you so much Andi for sharing your picks again with YBB this summer!  I am such a sucker for beauty products and you have me dying to try this eye cream!  And caprese salads are my absolute weakness!  True story I made myself like tomatoes from this salad.  And Sublime and summer go hand in hand! 

Tomorrow, my gf Marge will be sharing her summer picks!

Pssst...tomorrow is Friday :)


Summer Essentials Series ~ Avery Bleu

Anyone else feeling the heat wave outside?  Oooh wee, close to 100 degrees in Century City!  I am loving the warmth that has finally arrived (I am sitting in an air conditioned office however). 

Today's summer essentials come from one of my FAVE peeps, and yes I am very partial and biased because it is of course my roomie Avery Bleu is sharing her summer must haves.  Miss Avery and I go way back, like drinking too much spiced rum freshmen year of college and blacking out back (but that's another story for another day).  Miss Avery is ALWAYS on top of the trends, whether she's sporting neon nails, bright pink lips, stripes, sequins, whatever.  If it is currently in season, she is currently sporting it.  She is also always on top of celeb gossip, good music and takes excellent care of our good friend Waldo!  So make sure to head over and check out Avery Bleu just as soon as you finish checking out her summer essentials.

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

Colorful nails!
Pink, green, orange, purple, yellow, glitter..the brighter and sparklier the better. I love it all, especially with a bit of a tan. Here are just a few of my faves from my massive collection.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

LWDs - Little White Dresses
Whether chilling poolside, grabbing drinks with the girls or *sigh* working the day away, a light, feminine LWD is perfect for any occasion. I already own a few, but always have room for another.
*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

"Knee Deep" by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett

Many of my friends would be surprised by my selection of a country song, as I'm typically more of a hip-hop and altie gal, but this little ditty makes me want to ditch work and relax in the sun, preferably with a cold beverage in hand. "Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere. Got the blue sky breeze and it don't seem fair. Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair. Sunrise there's a fire in the sky. Never been so happy. Never felt so high. And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise." You simply can't help but do a little knee bounce, toe tap, finger snap or hand clap when it's playing. The addition of Jimmy Buffett makes it even more appropriate for summer. 

AND their song, "Toes", is also good for summertime fun - "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today." I mean, does that evoke the feelings of summertime goodness or what?

Thanks Avery for sharing your summer picks and nail polish collection with me!  You better believe I was shocked to see your summer selection song was country!!  I have to agree to both songs though, they are quite fantastic!  I am so happy to call you one of my best friends and thankful you share a love for beauty products, chardonnay and Waldo.  XOXO

Tomorrow, Andi from Saltwater Dreams shares her faves!


Song Of The Week: Double Trouble

Woo-hoo for Tuesday!  I hope ya'll had a marvelous labor day weekend full of sun and fun!  I just adore long weekends and love the feeling of waking up Sunday morning knowing I get another day just like today. 

If you watch American Idol like I do, you probably occasionally wonder what in the world ever happened to super talented contest (fill in the blank).  Well today when I was researching more about the band Jack and White (not to be confused with Jack White) I learned that the band is composed of  Jack Matranga and AI season 7 alumni Brooke White

I remember watching her season and thinking she was quite talented on her show and am loving her latest collaboration with Jack on the song "Double Trouble".  Their sound is similar to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and since Labor Day is officially past us now, and our summer weeks remaining is down to 2.5 weeks, I am wanting to soak in as many summer sounds that I can, and "Double Trouble" is most definitely a new summer song to add to my mix. 


Summer Essentials Series ~ Live.to.the.point.of.tears

Today B from Live.to.the.point.of.tears shares her summer faves.  I have been reading B's blog for 2+ years now and I can honestly say the girls honesty, truth and zero BS helped me get through a tough breakup.  She is a drop dead beautiful girl with incredible wit, charm and an infinity for her soon to be husband that I know admire (and I am pretty sure most girls do too) and desire.  She has killer clothes, drinks Jack Daniels,  reads those books everyone should read and writes with passion.  Basically, she just plain kicks ass.  Please do yourself a favor and immediately head over, bookmark it, follow her, whatever works best for you.  I promise you will be so happy you did. 

*What one item can you not be without this summer?*

A straw fedora. Perfect to put over your messy-pretty beach or lake hair. This, a bikini, cutoffs and Havaianas are all you need in LA.

*What are you craving for summer 2011?*

Dinner and cocktails at Manhattan Beach Post! J surprised me with a reservation -- we couldn't get in until 9:30 pm but I could instantly see why. Decor is rustic but upscale, atmosphere is lively with lots of "family" seating, dishes are all small plate-tapas style -- perfect for a date. The menu changes nightly and the chef writes in the dishes he's offering that evening, which are based on what's farmers market-fresh and local. They brought us our menus in a little brown envelope with our last name on it, which won me over from the start. Oh, and the custom craft cocktails were heavenly and refreshing, and everything we ate was divine. I'm dreaming of the Blistering Green Beans right now ... If you're in SoCal, hit me up and we'll go.

*What is your essential summer song for 2011?*

Anything from Ellie Goulding's CD "Lights" ... perfect music for making out, dancing and getting ready with girlfriends, or cocktails with your man. What more do you need? Or, I'll take "You and Tequila" -- Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter. Her voice is heavenly and it's such a sexy summer song. The video is rad, too.

Thank you so much B for sharing your picks for the second year in a row.  Ever since you blogged about MBPost I have been dying to go!  Perhaps we can finally grab a drink there?? Love Ellie's voice and just listened to "You and Tequila" the other day and instantly loved it.  Country music and summer go hand in hand for me. 

Tomorrow my roomie Avery will be sharing her essentials to close out the week!  It's almost Friday!!


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