Wednesday, May 20, 2015

exclusive: artists interview each other

I had an idea one day when I was completely braindead to have the artists ask each other questions!

Not only does that take a workload off of me, but they come up with the weird and random stuff. Or the stuff that is really relatable to the fellow artists.

We plan on continuing this cycle, but here's what happened with Natalie La Rose, Shaggy, Ryn Weaver, Andy Grammer, and Katy Tiz!

*note: sometimes the video takes forever to load. working on fixing that!*


Friday, May 8, 2015

photo diary: my trip to nashville!

Month #5 of my new year's resolution took me to the city I've wanted to visit for so many years: NASHVILLE!

It was weird how it happened. I traveled the weekend before but my friend mentioned how she was going and I said I probably couldn't make it happen. 
Next thing I know I'm looking up flights [that were hella cheap], asking everyone I know if they're going to be in town, finding a friend to go with me, and asking for days off right after getting my promotion.

You see, when all your busy singer/songwriter friends are actually in Nashville at a time you can go, you go. That doesn't happen often. [Like I've always said- never say no right away! Never rule things out without truly investigating!]

My friend Jared [who I wrote about way back when I first started this here blog] opened his doors for us and gave us the best experience I could have imagined [with help from his fantastic roommate who I assaulted on night one... woops].

*And now I will apologize if I just gush for WAY too long, but I'm on cloud 9 after visiting so... it's probably going to happen.*Not only did I get to reunite with my long lost drunken friend, but I also spent some quality time with my high school friend Rachel, who is 1/2 of Native Run. She took us out on this rooftop and holy view at sunset.

We spent a decent amount of time hanging around the houses. Normally I'd be all bothered about hanging inside while visiting a new city, but when you get to see some [really good] songwriters just working on their craft, you don't move. I feel like I was actually a quiet version of myself because I was constantly so amazed by their singing and lives and conversations. One girl, Kelly Archer, was celebrating her song that is going to be released by Reba and Jennifer Nettles!!!

As much as I talk to artists, I never get to hear that part of the story. They deserve so much more credit than they get. I asked Jared so many questions and let him know that when I play his song for the first time, I'm going to cry like a proud mama. [And I'll absolutely let you know what it is.]

Two of the most fun, beautiful and talented people I know... quite the combo.

Of course we also did some touristy things because like, necessary. Went downtown to see 30+ Bachelorette parties happening on Saturday night, then drank on a roof [at Acme, in case you go soon!] with high school friends on Sunday. Can we talk about this view from the bar?! That's the Titans stadium to the left. 

[outfit deets: Forever 21 racerback tank, Charlotte Russe lace kimono, jorts from Kohls and my fantastic cowboy boots, of course]

It was also 100% necessary to spend one day going bar to bar, getting a drink at each one on Broadway St, and listening to the constant live music that started early in the morning.

And being a true tourist and taking alllll the scenery photos also needed to happen. 

We were walking on the pedestrian bridge and someone was filming something intense, and we just walked right in front to get our pics first. They then told me to work the camera. This is the beauty that resulted.... proving I should be a model. 

[outfit deets: dress from Target, boots from zulily, green purse from Target, and gold dangly earrings]

And of course, a stop at my BFF Deacon Claybourne's house. 

[outfit deets: favorite new hat and plain green tee from Target, black jorts from Charlotte Russe, zulily boots]

Right next door was a house that Scarlett rented one season... 

But what fascinated me the most was the condition of the houses right across the street! I expected this pristine neighborhood perfect for filming... not so much. 

The houses in Nashville are the most gorgeous though. I love that it's a cute little suburb a mile outside of the city. I even found one for sale that I'll obviously buy whenever I make this city my home.

Try and tell me you wouldn't wanna party here... I dare you.

Okay, so I'm probably not going to be moving there... but have you ever been heartbroken by an object or city?! No joke- I fell in love with that place and all the people there, as I expected... and now I'm moping around because I just want to go back ASAP. I felt so at home so quickly, it was kinda crazy. The perfect mix of southern country living and a ton of hustlers is my Heaven.

Thank you to Jared, Django and Rachel for making me love it so much! Looks like I'll have to take more than one trip a month soon....

Luckily, my next two trips are pretty simple... but you'll see those when the time comes. 

And again, I know people get all pissed at the "never say no" thing because of rape or whatever, but it's true. Make things happen. Do things. Experience things. Ask things. No excuses, just do it. Look at everything I could have missed out on if I stuck to my "there's no way I can do that."


Thursday, April 30, 2015

bachelorette party DIYs

This past weekend I took my monthly trip to my old home of Morgantown, WV for my girl's bachelorette party! It was the first time I've been to a bachelorette since college, so I wanted to actually help out this time. I decided to take it upon myself to create some bar fun. 

A couple years back I remember someone asking me to help them with a photo hunt of sorts. They had a list of things they had to complete that sounded so fun! That was a must. 

I created this one. Each color was a different number of points, from 1-4, in order of black, pink, silver and gold. Some were generic and some were personal to the couple.

It's kind of plain, but I printed them out on sparkly paper that I got at Michael's and they looked perfect. The prize was a simple martini glass filled with condoms and airplane bottles. That's what's important for such parties, right?!?

Unfortunately, everyone was drunk enough by the time we got out that I was the only one that really went for it. Got a lot of the items, got on the mic to do a toast and ask for more.... basically called game over from the beginning.

I should learn to be less intense sometimes.... maybe.

On Pinterest, I saw these personalized tats that were perfect. They said you had to order them from Etsy, but I decided to research a DIY version. Turns out, all you need to do is order tattoo paper for like $3 a sheet and, as the bride said, YOU HAVE ENDLESS FUN! 

They printed out kinda blurry because I didn't make the Photoshop file big enough, but they still looked great once they were transferred on!

With the other sheet, I made some fun ones to define us in a way. For the bride, the bridesmaids, and the single people who can do all the real penis activities that night. [If you ever want to print these out yourself, you have to use the backwards one.. which is why I'm sharing it.]

Because I'm classy, I put mine on my neck. 

They came right off the next morning, almost like a sticker. Pretty sweet. I think I'll be ordering more of this paper. All you do is print it out, put the adhesive on, and BAM! PARTY TIME, YO!

It was a prettyyyy solid weekend that made me feel like a cougar around all the younger college kids but also like I can still hang with all of them.

What I've needed to come to terms with is that you keep your damn mouth shut when it's the Bachelorette's weekend. What she wants to do, you do. Whether that be raging, napping, eating all the things, etc etc. I'm so used to planning activities that sometimes it's hard for me not to suggest things.

I'm growing up..... like .02% a day.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a week full of big announcements

What a month it's been... and especially this week.

Actually, for a long while I've been taking on a lot more responsibility behind the scenes at the station, adding new stations, and just trying to grow on the radio side of things after focusing for so long on social media/online stuff. It's been weird. I feel like I'm neglecting some parts of who I am that got me to where I am, but I am so excited for the new things I'm taking on.

If you missed it, I got a promotion to Music Director! What in the actual eff does that even mean? Is the typical reaction from everyone after a quick congrats. Weeellllllllll.... I'm in charge of all the music for the station! Scheduling it out, deciding what we play, working with record reps who are battling each other for our airtime... it's an interesting world and more challenging than the stuff that has come naturally in the past.
And yes... you can obviously expect way more Britney and a whole lot less *eh hem.* [They tell me I should stop talking about said person for professional purposes or something..]

I'm also very excited about another new adventure- my first country station! If you know me, you know my favorite music to listen to is country, and now people in FREAKING LAS VEGAS will get to hear my show every night from 6-midnight on 95.5 The Bull!

They're gonna let me be me and have all the fun and maybe I'll even venture out and pop my Vegas cherry soon. [That's kinda terrifying. I'm trying to live to see my 30th birthday.]

Somehow I've been able to convince all these people that even though I'm a hott mess of a person, they can trust me to be good at my job most of the time. I think the secret is to just make sure they know how hard you're trying. Also, don't sleep. Ever. Seriously. Sleep is for the REALLY bad hangover days. No wait. Even on those days you should just have some hair of the dog and get back out there. Hi squirrel.

Obviously the number one thing we can take away from all of this is that you should be listening to my show since it's obviously da bomb. [Here I go, getting cocky... this is what happens when your career hero posts nice things about you online.] There are plenty of options on iHeartRadio.. DC, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Hampton Roads, Atlanta, and now Vegas...

But seriously.... I can't thank everyone enough for all the love. That's the real reason I wanted to write this up. Liking all of your Facebook comments or responding to your tweets doesn't feel like enough. I can't tell you how much it means to still get support from people everywhere and to feel all the love. Especially when you're doing more than just liking my status.

Life is really good right now. Like.. I need to knock on wood before something terrible happens. It's been so long since I've felt happiness and hope and excitement and everything like this... since I've been surrounded by people that I truly think are my family without thinking that's some cheesy line. Please don't ever wake me up from it.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

i got a big girl living room

For the first time in literally a decade, I plan on hope to be living in the same place for more than a year. There's always the chance I could move to a new place, but that's not looking likely, so it's time to invest in some things to make my apartment a little more legit.

Step 1: The living room.

I've shown you some of my decorations, and now I've finally gotten my first ever big girl furniture pieces! Thanks to President's Day, I got a sleeper sofa and love seat combo at 50% off. [Let's be real... even if I wanna invest in things, I'm still gonna need a good deal.]

[I should probably straighten things out before taking pictures, huh?]

I also got that new rug. Because of Slutty Cat clawing at them, I felt like I needed to get a shag one. I wanted something with design but the comfort of this one makes it all worth it. My only issue is that I have no idea where the perfect placement is. After Pinteresting ideas, I realized I probably got the wrong size or may have to get creative. 

There are still a lot of little touches I want to do. What should I put on the coffee tables? I think I still want new curtains. My papasan chair needs to be painted. [I'm not grown enough to get rid of that, let's be real.] I probably need another source of light somewhere, too. 

I've had these colors since college, but most of the stuff is new at this point. I found this Pinspiration and I'm liking the idea of the peacock feathers... somehow. 

Your ideas always welcome! Slow and steady growth wins, right?! I think..


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