midweek melodies: independence day ditties

independence day On the eve of Independence Day, I thought it’d be good to share a little mix featuring a few of my favorite patriotic, old-country jams. Despite my disappointment by (and disillusionment with) the decision made by our highest court this week, it’s impossible to not feel a wave of national pride swell when I hear these songs. From Loretta Lynn’s “God Bless America Again” to Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag,” I picked the best of the best (available on Spotify, that is) to share with you today. I hope you enjoy!

xo,

Meghan

P.S. If ushering in America’s birthday on the dance floor sounds like a good time, my favorite local honky-tonk band is the star of a Pre-Independence Day Texas Roadhouse party tonight. Fun starts at 7 p.m. and goes ’til 11 and entry is only $6!

clickin’ around, vol. 54

tumblr_n5y3f1rDaJ1rbqpjlo1_500 Class of ’21 entertains the graduating class of ’71 during commencement and reunion at Smith College via Vintage National Geographic. In case you, too, need a little light this week.

3 new takes on classic summer lemonade and summer salads made for toting. Who wants to picnic?

Poignant shots of modernist homes just prior to their demolition.

In defense of old-lady perfumes. Amen to all of this.

Really digging this #girlboss video series that’s going down over on Nasty Gal. Lots of inspiration and wisdom in those two-minute videos!

Last but not least, a candid interview with lil’ ol’ me re: my favorite local thrift stores and people I like on Twitter (and in real life).

xoxo,

Meghan

 

how to: make a polka dot tablecloth

tableclothHi cutie pies, happy Monday! If you like polka dots as much as I do, hop over to Goodwill’s blog to see how I transformed a plain ‘ol thrifted sheet into a party-perfect tablecloth. Not only is it a completely customizable project, I love that you can wash and reuse it, unlike store-bought plastic or paper table coverings. A few basic supplies and a couple hours are all you need!

xoxo,

Meghan

lake life love

As far as weekends go, this one definitely neared close to the heavenly end of the spectrum. After a stupidly busy couple of weeks, some days at the lake were just what I needed. I read this entire book. Fried some chicken. Baked a cake. Got a little sunburn. Hit some rummage sales and found cool stuff. Went for a paddle. Pondered weighty fabric decisions. Battled sweaty bangs. Hung out in a wildflower patch. Watched the fog roll in. All in the company of people (and dogs) I adore.

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xoxo,

Meghan

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cabin crafts

photo 2(1)I took today off work to run some errands and get organized for a long weekend up north. My goal is to spend loads of time there this summer/fall, so to make all the back-and-forth as easy as possible, I’m bringing some essentials to leave up there, allowing me to pack light week-in, week-out. Since it’s such an inspiring, beautiful place, of course I had to assemble a little craft kit, so if a rainy day hits, or I find myself up too early (or late), I’ll be able to work on some projects.

Here are a few crafts I’ve been eying that require a minimal number of supplies and that can rely on, or benefit from, the abundance of natural materials surrounding the cabin. The best part is most of them would be handy to keep up there!

cabin craftsClockwise from top: birch bark canoe by Lil Fish Studios // god’s eye DIY via Free People // twisted turban headband via eHow // spray-painted lids via Yadira’s Craft Adventures // pine cone garland via I’m Not Sure Where

If you have ideas for projects that’d be good to tote up north, please do let me know. Now, back to packing!

xoxo,

Meghan

midweek melodies: monterey pop soundtrack

Screen shot 2014-06-17 at 8.26.13 PMBefore I knew about the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, the only impression I had of Monterey, California was a girl I shared a floor with freshman year of college who loved to brag about bjs she’d given to various frat daddies that particular week. We weren’t close by any means, except, of course, in proximity, which is why, one cold winter night happened to I wind up at the ER, watching as her stomach was pumped free of the enormous quantity of painkillers she had swallowed. The next day her mom flew into Boulder, and the day after that, we exchanged goodbye hugs as they returned together to Monterey.

Today, so many years later, when I hear “Monterey,” my brain doesn’t automatically go to this sad, faded memory, but instead to the Monterey Pop Festival, the unofficial start to the “summer of love,” inspiration for a little thing called Woodstock and an all-around significant event in ’60s music history. The three-day concert, held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and planned in a mere seven weeks, boasted a lineup of stars including, but not limited to The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Simon & Garfunkel and a magnificent Otis Redding. 

The concert was also filmed and turned into a full-length film called Monterey Pop, which is conveniently available to watch in its high-def glory on YouTube. Groovy right? I’ve been re-watch/listening to it at night this week, while I answer emails and work on freelance, and it’s just too good to keep to myself, especially considering that this week marks the 47th anniversary. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to sit for a while and soak it in. The festival-goers’ fashion alone makes it worthwhile to see, if, for whatever reason, ’60s rock isn’t your thing. If you want to skip around, track lists are beneath the video, though I strongly advise you to watch it all the way through, at least once. (Whatever you do, do not skip Jimi!)

The bonus footage, including some rad Byrds songs, two great Simon & Garfunkel tunes and Mama Cass being her hilario self, is also a must-see.

I wish you all happy Wednesdays.

xo,

Meghan

Ticket scans c/o: Candice Bergen.

pinned it, made it: kentucky bourbon cake

Last night, I met up with a couple lovely ladies over a dinner of snacks to talk through an event idea I’ve been noodling. Aiming to impress, I dusted off my as-yet unused Bundt pan  with this bourbon-spiked baby in my sites. It’s from the fabulous book, Vintage Cakes, which I pinned here, where I store the brunt of my Bundt-obsession.

c585f3c6f5308f161ee752760b466b61Despite the fact that I ran out of cake flour, this cake turned out splendidly. Served with fresh strawberries and a little cava on the side, it was a fitting finale to a productive evening.

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Have you baked anything delicious lately? If so, lemme hear about it!

xo,

Meghan