Thursday, July 31, 2008

Camp Walden for Girls

Cookies, Eleni's Bakery NYC

Noooo! Only 4 weeks left to my "summer" before I move to college. I am ready for it, but right now I am savoring every moment with my friends and by myself. My 3 besties and I really cant get enough of each other. Last night we had a pool party sleepover where we watched So You Think You Can Dance and painted our shirts for tomorrow night, which is the midnight release of BREAKING DAWN (part of the Twilight series). Seriously, if you haven't read those books yet and are willing to fall in love with a fictional vampire - READ THEM! But anyways more about that later.... Then on Saturday night my Spanish bestie is having a paella party for our whole group. We've been doing like 4 things a week together like all summer between every one's schedules and vacations, etc. We have had a few crying fits but no meltdowns - YET! I've always wanted to go on a camping trip with my friends where we can make s'mores, sing our indie folk songs around a campfire and gaze at the stars. Ideally Big Bear California would be the premiere camping location, in the summer, but we will probally resort to someone's back yard. So whenever we are ready to pack our backpacks and go camping, here would be my "songs to play around a campfire list":

1. Desiree - The Elected
2. Why Should the Fire Die? - Nickel Creek
3. Little Boxes - Weeds Soundtrack
4. It Wasn't Me - Jenny Lewis
5. Romulus - Sufjan Stevens
6. More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
7. Shroud - Ani DiFranco
8. Cannonball - Brandi Carlile
9. Time On Your Side - Emily Jane White
10. I Taught Myself To Grow Old - Ryan Adams

So I'm putting the blame on my friends for the "lack" of posts per week I guess lol

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


We have all got the Fall 08 runway trends memorized: the color black, country chic, black lace, strong silhouettes, modest necklines, etc etc. I love all those, but for me zippers will also be on my list.

You may be asking"butModern Marie, aren't zippers on all most of our clothes anyways?" Well yes they are but no longer will they just be for practicality, now they actually accent a garment.

If you look closely at particularly the YSL and Pre-Fall Chanel, you can see clearly exposed zippers - places where they should be as well as places out of the ordinary, like a trim on an entire jacket.

i think zippers add an extravagant yet rocker look to an outfit.

Love this purse in the July 08 issue of Harpers Bazaar by YSL.

Of course all this zipper talk got me in the mood for a DIY. I saw a flower zipper broach in February's Teen Vogue and had to figure out a way to make it. I went to Jo-Anns and bought one long black zipper (its near the thread), but they have every color and metal color imaginable. I pretty much just unzipped it and started looping and hot gluing from the outside in. I had to play around with it before I started hot gluing it in place. Then I hot glued a broach pin on the back and ZIPPIDY DO DAH!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kids At The Playground

Lets all feel like little kids again playing on the jungle gym, playing tag, and swinging on the swing set (as i photographed myself doing here). This weeks playlist will bring you back to childhood - playing with friends outside on a warm summer day, Popsicles melting on your hands, playing in the sprinklers.... Let's go back:
1. Be Gentle With Me - The Boy Least Likely To
2. Tree Hugger - Juno Soundtrack
3. On Site - Psapp
4. Tire Swing - Kimya Dawson
5. Wishful Thinking - The Ditty Bops
6. Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
7. Upside Down - Jack Johnson
8. It's 5! - Architecture In Helsinki
9. Bunnyranch - Adam Green
10. Fur Soft As Fur - The Boy Least Likely To

Thursday, July 24, 2008

One Fish, Two Fish...

Swedish Fish Cupcakes

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sticky Fingers

Chocolate Colored Nail Polish

Friday, July 18, 2008

Little Miss Sunshine

Who doesn't love Little Miss Sunshine? The cute quirky movie with the fabulous soundtrack? The Album is on heavy rotation on my ipod - the Mexican mariachi band sounding, driving through the desert sounding, Sufjan Stevens and Devotchka singing music. It brings me pure happiness. tThis weeks playlist is inspired by the music in the movie and has a little bit of the movie's music in it as well. Hope this spreads a little Sunshine:

1. You Love Me - Devotchka
2. A Well Respected Man - The Kinks
3. How Bizzare (Mix) - OMC
4. Uncertain Times - The Raveonettes
5. Just A Thought - Gnarls Barkley
6. Somewhere In Texas - The Raveonettes
7. Llorona - Devotchka
8. Anaconda - Misha
9. Losing the Will to Survive - Findlay Brown
10. Tamacun - Rodrigo y Gabriela

** I have also put together a little collage of pictures, both from the movie and some of my own from my trip to Palm Springs 3 years ago. Look and listen!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Best Smoothie Ever!

This is the best smoothie you will ever taste in your life - and you made it! Take 2 frozen ripe bananas (freeze in plastic wrap when they get too that too sweet, too soft stage), two 6oz containers of your favorite flavor of yogurt (I use fat free kind, and you cannot tell a difference), and 3 tablespoons of strawberry preserves. Mix it in the blender until all the frozen banana (which serves as your "ice") is smooth.

and VOILA! you have the best smoothie ever!

this recipe serves 2 people

in the summer what I like to do is make these the night before and freeze them in 2 cups. They taste really good frozen hard and that's my breakfast or lunch for the next 2 days :)


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Not To Early To Go Back To School

Fall, one of my favorite seasons, consists of apple crisp, pumpkins, fall leaves, briskly weather, going back to school, hay rides, Halloween, crunching leaves when you're walking down a street, Thanksgiving, a new wardrobe, and a new playlist for fall that gets you into the season. But how dare I bring this up in the middle of summer when the last thing we want to think about is homework and colder weather? Well all the fashion houses and magazines have been getting you ready for Fall ever since March!
I have my albums and songs I like to play mainly in the summer (like Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, etc) not that I don't play them year round, I do, but their music is like perfectly themed for summer I think. My fall playlist is more folksy, harvesty sounding stuff (like Jon Foreman, Ryan Adams). But never have I bought an album that was entirely devoted to a seasonal playlist like Jaymay's Autumn Falllin'.

I didn't know it would fit all the requirement of what I think Autumn music should sound like when I bought this CD a few weeks ago. not only does the music have an acoustic, folksy, frolicky flair, but each song actually does have to do with the Fall season! Its perfect! It has already been on heavy rotation, yes, even in the middle of summer. If you like Regina Spektor or Katie Herzig, you will love Jaymay.

***I put some of her music on my little bear music player!