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tuning in

Last week I enjoyed a relaxing visit at home for 4th of July celebrations, and in the midst of scheduling a haircut, camping out for fireworks, and whipping up delicious (instant) vanilla pudding, I picked up an assortment of vintage vinyl. An afternoon stroll around town turned into a hunt for gold as I discovered and subsequently sifted through dusty records in one of Calistoga’s consignment stores. I was in heaven as I pored over boxes and squinted at shelves full of rock classics. My favorite finds were Elton John‘s “Greatest Hits,” the Eagles‘ “Hotel California,” and Hall & Oates‘ “Rock ‘n Soul Part 1,” though the haul also included albums from David Bowie, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and the Rolling Stones.

I started a record collection a couple of years ago when I bought my boyfriend a turntable for Valentine’s Day. Though we don’t usually use it on a day to day basis (how would I accumulate last.fm plays?) it’s always fun to break out some tunes the old-fashioned way. There’s nothing quite like the hissing, crackling, and popping of vinyl on a turntable, and sometimes I leave the needle circling around for awhile just to listen to the sounds.

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newest addition to the family

bits and baubles


Despite yesterday’s chilly (and eventually rainy) weather, my friend Pilar and I wandered up Fillmore Street for a fun little adventure since we hadn’t caught up in forever. With some birthday money in hand I made a beeline for a few of my favorite stores like Alexis Bittar, Juicy News, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  I practically died when I finally purchased the (SEVEN DOLLAR!) Marc Jacobs heart compact, something I’ve been wanting for a very long time.

Exploring also led to a few new gems like Nest, Heidi Says Collections, and Heidi Says Casual. I’m so excited by all the pretty things I snatched up, as well as some of my birthday gifts from last month that I never shared (like the religious bracelet, above, given to me by my best friend). It seems like I’m on a colorful jewelry streak lately… but aren’t I always?

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