Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Animal Crossing

Not a fan of animal print? Why not try fabrics printed with animals? 
This trend has been popping up all over the place. It's whimsical and fun, and on a dress or a skirt it's perfect for summer!
I love how Kendi styled this adorable bear (or are those cows?) dress. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shine Bright Baby!

Fun, upbeat and a great message, is how I would describe this song in a sentence. 
Perfect for blasting through your car speakers with the windows rolled all the way down!

Song: Beautiful Love
Artist: Shine Bright Baby

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jenny Simmons (Female Christian Artist Feature pt. 1)

Great female Christian singers have been a little on the down low lately - excluding the big names like Natalie Grant and Audrey Assad, of course - so I want to be able to showcase some of my favorite Christian ladies who have big voices to go along with their boldly proclaimed faith! Each week will be a different lady, and this week I'm featuring Jenny Simmons!

Jenny was a part of the amazing band, Addison Road, who were famous for their songs Hope Now and What Do I Know of Holy. Recently, she released her own single album after the band decided to part ways (you can find my review of her album "The Becoming" here). She is passionate about her faith and it comes through in all of her songs, and through the writing that she does on her blog, wonderfully called Cupcakes, Sprinkles and Other Happy Things. She also has an amazing voice and is an extremely talented songwriter. All of these things and more, make "The Becoming" CD a must buy for anyone looking for a new female Christian artist to listen to.

Check out Noise Trade for a free sampler of her songs
or her Facebook page
or her awesome blog!

Stay tuned next week for another Female Christian Artist Feature! And keep coming back all summer to learn more of my favorites!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Isn't It Beautiful (sotw)

I thought this song was a little weird the first time I read the lyrics, but I love how powerful the chorus is.
It's beautiful when we come to the end of ourselves and find God's strength there.


Song: We Fall Apart
Artist: We As Human

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Sometimes I have moments where I can pretend that I know exactly what God was feeling when He looked over His beautiful creation and said that it was good... This past weekend I had one of those moments as I sat on the back of my uncle's quad, zooming through the untouched wilderness on an old train track route. Minus the few times I got hit in the face with branches (I was too distracted by the gorgeous forest and mountains), it was one of the best moments of my life. Flying past the river, gazing at the tall trees, checking out the mountains that few people have dared to climb... moments like these need to be bottled and sold to people who are having bad days.

Where am I going with this? Well, I think that sometimes we get so caught up with the itsy bitsy bad things - like getting hit in the face with branches - that we forget about the big picture - in this case the gorgeous creation.

Phillipians 3:13-14 says: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes we need to stop getting annoyed and caught up by the little things in life that aren't going our way, and look at the big picture; the picture that God is carefully weaving together. Don't worry about a few branches, take a better look at the things that distracted you from seeing that branch =)

p.s. is anyone else getting this song stuck in their heads?

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Song of the Week meet Throw Back Thursday...
This song is one that I go back to time and time again. 

Song: Stand in the Rain (Symphonic Version)
Artist: Superchick

Monday, July 8, 2013

Collapsible Lung - CD Review

Collapsible Lung - Relient K
When I heard that Relient K was releasing their first original album in four years I was ecstatic. They are one of my favorite bands because they are always changing their sound, always challenging themselves musically and keeping God in the picture without cutting off their non-Christian fans. When I heard the first few songs that released from the album (That's My Jam, Don't Blink and Lost Boy), I knew that we Relient K fans were in for a completely different album from them. The pop sound and upbeat lyrics reminded me a lot of their "Birds and the Bee Sides" EP and some of the covers that they did in "K is for Karaoke."

I got it the day that it released, and despite all the flack that they are getting, I have to say that I actually am really enjoying the album. The album is not their usual, yes, but what is Relient K's usual? It is an extremely pop based album, but when asked about this Matt Thiessen, the band's lead singer, said that this was just for this album and who knows? they might do a grunge album next time. For me, it is a great crossover album to reach new fans. The songs are upbeat and fun, ranging from the Bruno Mars-y song Can't Complain to the Michael Buble sounding intro for Disaster, with a little classic Relient K in Collapsible Lung.

Yes, I do think that some of the lyrics are a little questionable (especially in Sweeter), but I think that these guy's pulled our their inner Taylor Swift and wrote from the heart for these songs.

My favorites so far are Disaster and Lost Boy, but I really like blasting That's My Jam (featuring Owl City) with the windows down in the hot weather.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Perfect Summer Song

Relient K's CD just came out last Tuesday and already it's one of my favorites for the summertime! 
This song is super catchy and cute, perfect for cruising in the sunshine!

Song: Can't Complain
Artist: Relient K

p.s. there should be a review of this album coming soon so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ok. So.

Well, my July 1st goal didn't happen... but I'm back! And with a new schedule. A more relaxed schedule. I will still be around every Monday with a post but the rest of the week will be a bit more relaxed. Look, Song and Quote of the Day won't be scheduled but will arrive on the blog throughout the week! I might go back to a more scheduled schedule in the fall but we'll have to see! So... without further ado...

Easing You Into 2 Summer Trends
Here are two ways that I am easing into two of the hottest trends this summer: peplums and matching sets! Both of those things usually make me cringe, so I devised a way to sport both of these styles without going all out.

1. Pretty, Flowing Peplum
Wary of peplums? Try out a loose, flowing peplum instead of the stiff ones that you see everywhere. It still adds definition to the waist and a fun, flirty look to an outfit, but it's not stuffy and over-the-top trendy.

Easing In {Peplum}

2. Matching Sets?
Matching tops and bottoms are definitely something that I'm not game to try, but matching big, bold patterns in the same colour palate is something that I can do! Go big and bold with your mismatched prints and ground the outfit with some neutral accessories. 
Matching Set?