1. Aside from my obsessing over Beirut, Beck, and Bruce Springsteen, I discovered a new artist named Lawrence Taylor. He's a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Birmingham, England and has been described to have "accomplished songwriting capabilities, addictive vocals – soothing and gravely in equal measure – and infectious guitar melodies". From the second I started listening to his Bang Bang EP, I haven't stopped.
While the title track "Bang Bang" is clearly a catchy hit, the song "Chains" stands out to me lyrically. I'm itching for this EP to come out on vinyl like RIGHT NOW. In the mean time, buy the EP here or listen on Spotify. Please blame me for your new addiction. Swoon.
2. My friend Hannah from The Fashion Cookbook and I had a fantastic visit a couple weeks ago and finally hit up the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. I don't believe you can go wrong with alcohol-infused popsicles swimming in a healthy serving of prosecco, but here's my honest verdict: I have a pretty dope rooftop in Brooklyn myself with skyline views where I can serve 15 friends a very similar cocktail for the same price (a hefty $24 for one drink is even outrageous for one who lives in New York) and we won't have to fight for a table or a spot to take an Instagram-worthy photo (that isn't all that Instagram-worthy IMO).
If you want to go to a rooftop in New York City, head to Bar 65 in Midtown. It's still very pricey, but it's less pricey and has the very best view of the city. You know those $32 tickets to the tourist-swarmed Top of the Rock attraction? This is a floor above Top of the Rock, you don't have to wait in line, and a glass of rose will set you back a cool $14-$16 (which is pocket change compared to Loopy Doopy). Just make a reservation here and dress nice. You're welcome!
3. I'm a 29 year old woman and I just committed to watching the entire Star Wars series. Three movies in and I already think I'm a Jedi Master, don't worry.
4. My weekly shopping obsession is H&M's fall line. I'm in love with black, white, and neutrals, and this collection is destined to send me into broke girl mode. I have to walk by the windows on 5th Avenue every morning while heading into work and I already know where every penny of my paycheck is going.
5. This one time I got a sample of a fragrance in Sephora because I thought it smelled amazing. The lovely lady working at said Sephora made sure to remind me multiple times that this was a men's fragrance and then proceeded to label the sample in very bold letters "MEN'S FRAGRANCE" -- which is fine I guess -- but I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to wear any fragrance I'd like. Months later, I was pretty stoked when I received an e-mail this weekend from Chanel delivering news of a new scent called "Boy", which they state "challenges tradition and transcends gender". Since I essentially have a cologne fetish, I'm interested in seeing what this is all about.