My trip to Arizona: part one

My trip to Arizona: part one

This summer (and year, for that matter) has really put me out of my comfort zone for a few reasons. Towards the end of July, my brother and I took a trip out to visit our family in Arizona… alone! Yup, no parents.

I have always loved traveling but I had never traveled alone before this trip. The idea of it never really scared me, but once it actually became a reality the nerves took over juuuust a little. I’m happy to say that I made it there and back and my first trip traveling alone was a success and so much fun!

I took about a million photos so I decided to not do a giant post and instead separate them into a few different ones! This post will be our first few days and the Grand Canyon.

We headed to Boston and our flight got delayed because of rain and it left at around 10pm. I just love this colored glass at the Boston airport!

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The plane ride was about four and a half hours so we got to Phoenix at around one AM. I (thankully) was able to sleep and wasn’t cursed with too much jet lag! We flew on JetBlue so there were TVs… unfortunately I did not ask where the headphone jack was on the way there but I later found out they’re right under the armrest, so pro tip for anyone who is looking for it next time you’re on the plane! 😉

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As I mentioned above we were staying with family which was so nice!! The first day we slept and just hung out and swam in the pool. Then at night we headed down to Chase Field to see a Diamondbacks game. They were playing the Atlanta Braves and, sadly, lost. I learned a lot about baseball… like, a lot! I played softball for a whole season years ago and still didn’t know the rules of the game! I also had about a million mini-heart attacks because we were right in the strike zone for the lefties and seeing those balls above my head was so scary. Thankfully, I made it back alive to tell you the story. 

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The next day we went down to Scottsdale Fashion Square for some shopping (mostly window shopping, actually!) That was a lot of fun because I don’t go to malls too often AND it was air conditioned. I mean, that’s kind of a must for any place in Arizona because it is SO HOT there!

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Boba tea! This was some sorta watermelon strawberry blend. I can’t remember, but it was good!

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We swam a LOT. Almost every day! Mostly in the early morning or late afternoon so it was a little cooler. I loved swimming at night because we could watch the sunset! Oh – we also heard AND saw an owl! More on that later…

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The next day we headed up to the Grand Canyon. We drove about two hours up to Prescott and stayed overnight there. The scenery changed so much as we headed up towards the Canyon! It felt like we were in a totally different state.

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Prescott was a super touristy town but it was really nice to walk around and check out all the fun gift shops and art stores. For dinner we ate at the restaurant right next to our hotel called The Barley Hound that was delicious. This salad was just part of our meal and it was spinach, beets, candied pistachios, and goat cheese which is my favorite! I could eat this salad every day.

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This is where we stayed, Hotel Vendome. I had never stayed in a hotel quite like this one. You could totally tell it was pretty historic from the claw foot tubs to the pull chain toilets but it was so nice. I would totally stay there again if I ever go to Prescott again! Plus it’s in the middle of the downtown area of Prescott and right next to The Barley Hound and another nice cafe that we went for breakfast the next morning.

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The next day we drove another two hours up to the Canyon! I have been to Arizona a few times before but had never been to Grand Canyon. I was so excited to visit my first national park, and this one totally did not disappoint. Seriously – we had the best experience ever!

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OMG a photo of me?! On my blog?! This is a historic moment. I rarely post photos of myself but oddly enough this post has two. TWO! Give me some credit for that, ok?!

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How amazing is that? If you haven’t seen the Canyon, you must go. I feel soooo lucky I got to experience it. It’s seriously the coolest thing ever.

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 Soooo by the way, guys, I baaaaasically hiked the Grand Canyon.

Well… maybe half a mile of it. My cousin, brother, and I hiked just a little bit of the first trail. Was I sweating my butt off by the time we got back up??? You know it. But honestly it would be soooo cool to go down there and actually hike and camp there. On my bucket list! Someday…

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OK, so right as we were getting ready to leave, a thunderstorm starting to come in faster from the other side of the canyon. (SO COOL, RIGHT?!) We had seen the clouds and heard some thunder a bit earlier that day, but it didn’t really seem like it was going to pass over us. Well, IT DID! We were planning on taking sunset photos but we weren’t sure if the clouds would clear up. We drove around and stopped at various points but found the absolute PERFECT place to stop. As soon as we got there the rain started to slow down and the sun began to set.

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And, BOOM. Basically the most perfect sunset ever. The weather that day was crazy and I basically experienced it all: hot & sunny, cold & rainy! It was kind of hard to capture the amazing-ness of it, so these photos will have to do.

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Oh, yeah. THERE WAS ALSO A DOUBLE RAINBOW. AHHHH!! 

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When you realize you made it out of the Grand Canyon without falling in… #yaasssss #iDidIt #proud 

LOL. So there’s part one of my Arizona trip! More to come this week. I had the best time ever and am super excited to share more. Happy Friday! 

The last few weeks in photos and words

I’m fiiiiiiinally sharing a ton of photos from the last few weeks! My summer has been pretty busy and I found some time to sit down and import all these photos onto my computer and post them on here for you all to see!

Oh, one more thing! I updated the look of my site a bit! I hope you like it. I was getting quite tired of the last look. I hope to switch to my own self-hosted site someday, but for now this will do. 🙂

Let’s start at the beginning of the summer…

Just a few days after I ended school, my mom, brother, and I took a trip to Upstate New York to visit one of my mom’s friends who has a house up there. I had only ever been to the city, so going upstate was so nice. It is beautiful!!

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I mean… come on!! Also, here’s a little photo tip: if you’re taking a photo through the car window and there’s a little bit of a glare, you can hide it by using one of the effects in the app A Color Story.  (There are probably other apps that have these effects, but this one is my absolute favorite!) This photo had a horrible glare, but now you can’t even tell it was ever there!

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We took an unexpected trip to Woodstock, NY later that day. I had never been and I totally want to go back… there is so much to do! These aqua benches make me love it even more.

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For dinner we went to a restaurant called Shindig. It was super cute and my sandwich was delicious! I can’t remember what it was called… something with veggies in the title! 🙂

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LOOK AT THAT TILE! So pretty.

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On the ride back we saw a deer! Well, the night before we saw multiple deer BUT this one just stopped and kind of stared at our car for a while. The photo is sorta blurry, but isn’t it so cute?!?!

That little trip was a great start to my summer and I had a BLAST! Here is a little assortment of random photos from the next few weeks…

Mmmmm. Farmer’s market strawberries!

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Six Flags!

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Beach day! It was Fourth of July weekend so it was crazy busy. We got shaved ice afterwards, too. Mine was peach and blueberry!

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Fourth of July! One of my all-time favorite holidays.

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Strawberry shortcake!

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We went to Whole Foods and I found the mochi bar! AHH! I had seen it all over the internet and it was amazing. I just love mochi.

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The hydrangeas are finally blooming. These are my favorite flower!

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We celebrated my brother’s birthday last Saturday. We got pizza at Pepe’s and saw a basketball game that night. Happy birthday, Milo!

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The next day my mom and I went to the antique store. I got a new vintage camera to add to my collection and I am so excited!

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I’ve been at camp for the last two weeks but I keep myself busy when I get home by doing crafts! Weaving and embroidery have been my thing lately.

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Made this one for my cousin!

Ahhhh. It feels SO GOOD to finally get all of these photos up. Next Monday I leave for a trip I am super excited about! Follow my Instagram so you can see just where I’ll be going! Can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you all… have a great week.

Summer is here!



Hi guys!

It’s been a while! A month, to be exact. Last time I wrote on here was May 20 and today is June 20.

BUT I HAVE AN EXCUSE!
(Sorry for the screaming, I just feel like that should be in all caps!)

The past month of June I’ve been preparing for finals. I’ve been way too busy with studying to have the time to write on here. But today was my last day of school which means SUMMER! Yay! I am so so so so excited for this summer. I’ve got a buncha stuff planned and I cannot wait to take photos and videos to share on here!

This post is gonna be kinda all over the place. Let me start by telling you about my freshman year of high school which I just completed! (WHAT?!?!?) I know a lot of people hate high school and school in general, but I’m being 100% honest when I say I loved high school this year! I mean, I’ve always really enjoyed school in general, but high school in particular has been great. Maybe that’s just because I’m only a freshman and it wasn’t too hard for me, but if every year is like this year I am not gonna want to leave! (Just kidding – I’ll probably definitely want to leave.) Nevertheless, I am so looking forward to the next three years.

One craaaazy thing happened to me at school this year: I STARTED TO LIKE MATH. Yeah. This is coming from the girl who used to despiiiiiise math. Not even kidding when I say I used to cry over math homework. Yeah. It was bad. Math is probably my favorite subject now, next to art and English. I think the reason was because I had the BEST teacher. I hope I like it next year as much as I did this year! Just saying to anyone who currently hates math now, don’t get caught up in hating it so much. Try as hard as you can because once everything clicks it feels so so good! Really.

To conclude my little talk about school I wanna talk about my friends! I have the best friends and I could not have survived the year without them. I think I’m gonna do a post towards the end of summer with tips for high school, but I’ll do one portion of it now…

I know some people have trouble making friends/don’t want to make friends, but in high school you will not always have every class with a friend! I certainly didn’t. In fact, my math class was the first class I went to on my first day of school, and there was ONE kid from my old school. ONE! I was super shy in the beginning, of course, but you can’t always expect that people will talk to you first. I met one of my close friends in math class just by asking for help on a problem. Seriously, a little conversation goes a loooong way. In all my classes besides math, I probably had about 3 friends that I knew; no best friends in ANY of my classes until second semester!

I totally understand the not wanting to make friends situation. I was like that in the beginning of the year, too. It’s pretty scary to think that your group of friends may all branch out and go their separate ways in high school. I know that some people totally stop talking after they make new friends, but making new friends does NOT mean you’re going to lose your old friends! OK, OK, OK. I’m gonna stop now because I’d like to have at least a little more to talk about in a future post about school! I’m also gonna stop because IT’S SUMMER and I should not even be mentioning the word “school!”

Okay, next on the agenda…
SUMMER PLAYLIST!!! YASSS!!!!
I got way too excited about that.
But come on, who doesn’t love a PLAYLIST?!?!?

 

My personal “song of the summer” is the first song, Big Wave by Jenny And Johnny. Have I mentioned I LOVE Jenny Lewis? Like, a lot. Her music is so so great.

All of these songs are perfect for a pool party, while you’re eating a popsicle on the front porch, or while the wind is blowing through your hair in the car. Basically, it’s PERFECT FOR SUMMER. Pretty proud of this one. Last year’s playlist was great, too. Also, OMG. Look at the difference in the playlists. Here is the playlist from two years ago and here is the playlist from last summer. Two years ago it was literally all pop music. My taste has changed a LOT!! I still love a good catchy pop song, but I’ve discovered much better music over the last two years (in my opinion).

Anyways, to wrap that up, all of these songs just remind me of summer. Most of them have a nostalgic feel to them which y’all know I love, but some are just upbeat and happy summer tunes! Let me know if you give it a listen and what your “song of the summer” is!

Okay, finally! LINKS! Here are some of my favorite things I’ve seen this week….

Julie Blackmon’s photography. She makes those simply beautiful moments look… well, beautiful!

This could not be more accurate.

This cute yellow typewriter.

It’s sold out, but this swimsuit is gorgeous.

These s’mores pops look delicious!!

Fleet Foxes and Lorde came out with new albums last week! Yay!

Chelsea Handler posted this on her Instagram and it had me dyyyyying! So funny!

Two of my favorite celebrities in one picture.

Awww, Parks and Rec reunion! #parksforlife

Superstore and This Is Us just announced their fall premiere dates and I couldn’t be more excited. Summer is the best but the one thing I hate is that all my favorite shows are on vacation! That’s what Netflix is for though, right?!

Speaking of Netflix, this is SO COOL.

Obsessed with this article about film color palettes.

Alright that was a LOT. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m so excited for the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share more fun posts with you guys! Happy Summer! Have a great day 😀

A Day in New York City

HI guys! Okay, okay. I know I said I would put New York post up LAST week, but hey. It’s up now, so that’s all that matters! 

So yeah! For my birthday I was just dying to go to New York City again because I love it there so much. We weren’t able to stay overnight or anything like we did last year, (see those posts here and here) so we just went for the day. I’m so excited to share my photos with you! I didn’t really take many with my camera and so all of these are from my iPhone and edited with A Color Story. (my favorite editing app!) 

From the recent trips I’ve taken into the city, I’ve noticed it can be pretty tedious to have to a) take out your camera from your bag every time you want to take a photo or b) stop right in the middle of the sidewalk to take one. I’m sure there are better ways to utilize my camera around the city but I think I just need to practice! 

We left the house a little later than planned but got to the New Haven Train Station by around 8:30-9ish. Oh! Do you guys like my new shoes? Not really new now but I got them for my birthday and I love them! Here is the link to the style they are… I can’t seem to find the same color! I’m sure they’re somewhere on the internet, though. 

On the train! It was probably about an hour and a half or two hours to get there.

Grand Central Station! It’s so pretty there. And busy. VERY busy. 

Our first stop was the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I had never been there and it had been on my bucket list for forever! They were CRAZY busy though. It probably would’ve been better to go on another day or earlier, but it was still really cool to see everything. Here are some of my favorite pieces we saw: 

From there we took the subway up to Greenwich Village where we spent most of the day. 

We were all pretty hungry after that so we went to Joe’s Pizza for lunch! It’s been on my bucket list for a while as well and let me tell you it did NOT disappoint. Probably the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’m not exaggerating! You have to try it. Oh – AND it was in the Spider Man movie so that makes it 100x cooler. 

Coincidentally, ANOTHER place on my bucket list was literally right next to Joe’s! I’ve seen Popbar over the Internet and it always looked so delicious. 

Yummm! I got pistachio with chocolate and more pistachio nuts on top. 

From there we walked around Greenwich Village a bit and found Washington Square Park! I was looking forward to seeing the pretty fountain in the center but sadly it wasn’t running 😦 but that’s okay. I know I’ll be back to see it! The flowers were also just starting to bloom and it was so pretty.

So after that we kinda just walked around and enjoyed The Village! I love it there. All of New York has so much to do but the village is so awesome and there are so many cool places! We stumbled upon a CREPE restaurant. I LOOOVE crepes so much. I’ve taught myself to make them, but you can’t go wrong with getting one off the streets of New York, right?! Mine had Nutella and strawberries and it was so so good. 

Then we visited Socketbit which is a little Swedish candy shop that (I keep saying this oh my god!) has been on my bucket list forever! I’m serious about this one. It’s so cute and colorful in there (well, the candy is!) and I loved it so much. 

After that we walked around for a while and found a spot to eat dinner. Then we took a cab (My first cab in NYC!! It’s nothing special. I prefer the subway. Haha.) back to Grand Central. It was a super fun day in New York and I can’t wait to visit again. Hope you guys enjoyed these photos – sorry it took so long to get them up! 

Happy Saturday!

Two years!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Guess what today is?!

You don’t know? Well, that’s OK. I didn’t know until two seconds ago when I got the notification from WordPress! It’s all good.

I’ve been blogging for two years! Whaaaaat! Yep. Apparently on May 7, 2015 I wrote my very first post and Studio Josie had begun. Though I don’t use this blog as much as I’d like, I love love love writing and sharing things on here with you guys. I hope you all like what I share, too!

Hopefully I continue to write and share pieces of my life with you all. It’s pretty fun!

Anyways, before I got the notification, this post was called “Spring.” I think I’ll just continue from where I left off, and I’ll meet you at the end… 🙂

After an endless winter, spring is finally here! I know it won’t last long, so I’ll enjoy it while we have it.

I love flowers, and where I live spring comes with a plethora of them. My favorites are hydrangeas and lilacs, but it’s impossible to choose because they are just so pretty.

All of a sudden, they all came out from hiding and decided to say, “hi.” Dear flowers, please stay forever!

Here are some photos I just took of these lovely lilacs in my backyard…

And now for a little playlist I made in honor of spring finally arriving:

Oh hey! Nice to see you again.

So yeah. TWO YEARS! Hooray!

This was just a quick little post for today. I SWEAR the New York photos will be up soon. You know, I never seem to procrastinate for school-related things, but when I need to upload photos on my computer that already has 1,000,000,000,000 photos, making it insanely laggy, I get a little lazy. THIS WEEK, though. They will be up this week! I pinkie promise.

I’m trying to think if I’ve got anything else to share with you. Hm. Oh – I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Friday! So good. Chris Pratt, I LOVE YOU.

What else? OH! I’m currently binging two shows: Parenthood and Ugly Betty. Lauren Graham is the BEST. She’ll always be Lorelai Gilmore in my heart, but I’m loving Sarah Braverman, too. 🙂

I’ve been meaning to watch Ugly Betty FOREVER. America Ferrera is probably in my top five favorite actress/celebrity type people list. She is so insanely awesome! AND HER NEW-ISH HAIR. I want it so bad. Why can’t I pull it off as well as she can? 😦

If you haven’t seen Superstore please go watch it now. PLEASE! If you liked the Office, you will looooove Superstore. Season two just ended so now you have time to catch up! Go do it! Now! Ugh why did I just remind myself that I have to wait all summer for season three?! Nooooo!!!

Alright, I’m starting to sound crazy. Happy Two Year Anniversary to Studio Josie! Yay! Have a great week everyone!!

 

 

The last few weeks in photos: my birthday & a day in northampton

Hey guys! It’s been a while. I feel like I start every post by saying that, but it’s true! I’m gonna stop saying “I need to write more” and instead ACTUALLY DO IT!

Anyways. Quite a lot has happened since I’ve last written. I’ll post a little today and and the rest either tomorrow or later this week. Now let me share with you…

I turned 15! My birthday is on April 7th, and this year it was the Friday before my spring vacation started. My birthday is never on a day as awesome as that! I feel like it’s alllllways on a weekday. Yes, it was on one this year, too, but if you’ve ever been to any school of any kind you know the day before a vacation is always the BEST because teachers rarely make you do very much work.  There was this dodgeball tournament thing – which I did NOT participate in 🙂 – that was really fun to watch cause I got to hang out with my friends.

After school I had sushi and pizza for dinner. Yup. SUSHI AND PIZZA. Aka the two greatest foods to ever exist! For dessert I had ice cream cake, which is my favorite.


My birthday was really fun and I can’t believe I’m FIFTEEN! I started this blog when I was thirteen so it’s almost been two years! You can seriously see how much my writing has changed and how much I’ve grown. Like, really. I’m so tempted to delete posts because some are quite embarassing, but that’s basically like deleting my history and I could never do that. 

So after my birthday, spring break had begun! The Saturday after, my mom and I went up to Northampton, Massachusetts for the day. It was so much fun and I’m super excited to share these photos with you. Some of my family lives up there and it’s always so nice to visit because there’s so much to do!

First we went to one of my favorite restaurants EVER, The Roost. It’s so so so good and I love going there! We also met up with my aunt and cousin which was awesome!

I got a caprese sandwich which I had never gotten before. It was really really yummy! The drink in this picture is what I always pick out when I go there – I never see it anywhere else (or I just don’t notice it) but it’s the perfect mix of sweet and also not too sweet, which I LOVE! 

Ok – tell me this doesn’t look AMAZING. Spoiler alert: IT WAS!!! Ugh I could eat that every single day. It was a fruit tart with some sorta vanilla cream and hidden chocolate cream at the bottom! So. Good. 

The design in this restaurant is amazing, too. If you’re ever in Northampton you must eat here! 

  

I love this picture from a really neat shop called Sticks and Bricks. There are tons of awesome vintage items!! 

LOVE this one!! It reminds me of Elsie Larson’s crazy beautiful rainbow glassware collection! 

That building!😍 That’s one of my favorite colors. I own so many items in that color you’d think it’s my absolute favorite, but really it’s not! (Do you care what my favorite color is? Probably not. But I’ll share anyways😉.) Green has been my favorite for such a long time, I feel I’ll “betray” by changing it up. I know, I know. That’s insane. Colors don’t have feelings. But I love my colors! I’ll just say I love them all. 😉 except I don’t really like red… OK. I’ll stop now. 

SO CUTE. This little shop is called Kestrel and they’ve got so many beautiful items. 

Bob Ross knows best! 😉 

Essentials is the cutest store ever. I wanna buy ALL THE WRAPPING PAPER! 


I mean…COME ON! How cute is that? 

We went to various other shops that day,  but our final stop was Florence Pie Bar. I apologize for this horrible photo – but I figured I’d show you what I got. This is some sort of pecan chocolate tart and it was really delicious!! 


Northampton was a lot of fun and I’m really glad my mom and I got the chance to hang out there for the day! The next day I went to my grandpa’s house where we celebrated my birthday. I had a lot of fun and got to see my family, too. 

That Monday I was super inspired by the gorgeous morning light in my room so I decided to pull out my water colors. 🙂 

 

We had the absolute best weather that week! The sky is so so pretty. My brother and I slept over our friends’ house and it made me realize how excited I am for summer. I just love that it doesn’t get dark til around 7:30. 

The next day it got up to 80 DEGREES so we went to the park for a while. It was so so nice out. Ignore my dirty Birkenstocks, BTW. 😉 

Soooooo that’s it for part one! I’m so excited for part two because guess what! I went to NYC for the day! Ahhhhhh!! Can’t wait to share with you guys. Happy Monday!!! 

March 2017 Playlist!

Hey guys!! I know I usually wait until the very end of the month to post a playlist, but I was just so excited to share my favorite songs from March that I couldn’t wait!

First of all, Ed Sheeran’s new album came out this month!!! AHHH!! I love Ed Sheeran. He’s one of the few pop artists I appreciate. I think his songs are just so catchy and most of them have really great lyrics, too. My absolute FAVORITE on the new album is Eraser. Ok, maybe this isn’t a good example of how great his lyrics can be, as the song is talking about alchohol (😂), but never mind that. It’s SO. GOOD. I just love this song. The rest of the album is pretty great… a few songs are a little too depressing, but the ones on this playlist are my favorites!

OK next I gotta talk about Ryan Adams. So his most recent album, Prisoner, came out in February so I’m a liiiiitle late to the game. I loved his cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989, but have never given his older stuff a try. Now I’m kinda obsessed with him! I have been listening to the album on repeat and I love it more each time! I saw his performance on Jimmy Fallon, and it was just so. great. (Also, why did he and Mandy Moore have to get divorced?! I thought they were so cute together… but hey, maybe he’ll marry me now. 😉Hahah!!) My top favorites are Outbound Train, Broken Anyway, and Tightrope.

You’ll notice on most of my monthly playlists there are usually some random songs from the 2000’s. If I’m browsing through Spotify and come across a song I used to LOVE I freak out and become re-obsessed with it. So there’s my explanation for the two Avril Lavigne and P!nk songs. 😉

Hmmm let’s see. Oh – Lorde has a new single! I really like this one… not as much as Royals, but it’s a super fun song. I am also in love with John Legend. Ughhhh!! His La La Land Oscar performance was great. Him and Chrissy Teigen are my OTP and their daughter is SOOOO CUTE! Oh! I almost forgot. The Shins have a new album! I totally forgot they existed. I discovered them while watching Gilmore Girls, and then listened to them for a while but never got suuuuuper into them. But this album is really fun, and my favorite song is Half A Million!

Sooooo that’s about it for today!! I hope you guys liked hearing about some of my favorite music from March! What songs and albums have you been loving lately?!

Happy Monday! 😉