Monday, April 13, 2015

Elephant Revival

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I mentioned in my last post that Kyle and I had a date-night planned for Friday night, and we ended up going to The Garden Festival at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. It was a lot of fun! There were food trucks outside, there were vendors there selling all kinds of awesome goods, and there were some really awesome bands. I liked the band Cornmeal a lot, they even did an awesome cover of Dear Prudence, one of my favorite Beatles songs, and I am very picky about Beatles covers. My favorite was Elephant Revival, the headliners. I loved that each one of the band members participated on vocals, and they each had such unique voices that just blended really well. If you like folk/bluegrass music at all, I highly recommend checking them out. 

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I have been trying really hard to not be a lazy asshole and use my gym membership, so I had to rush from work to the gym, then home to shower and get ready before we had to leave again. I am pretty sure most of my wardrobe would be fitting for a folk music festival, but why not just wear normal clothes and add a giant-ass wreath on your head! 

Kyle: I love how you think that it is totally normal to wear that on your head. 

Me: Duh. 

Kyle: ...I love you. 

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Currently I am sitting on my butt, sipping some cold brew, but alas, I have to go adult and clean the house and do laundry and shit. In the meantime, check out Elephant Revival! You know, if you feel like it. Or whatever. 



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Thursday, April 9, 2015

This Must Be Thursday, I Could Never Get The Hang Of Thursday

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Douglas Adams in the house! Okay, just me. In some going-out clothes! Outfit posts have been rare on this blog as of late, but I think most evening wear goes undocumented. Such a shame! Especially when I am pretty positive that I have pulled off looking like a trollop here. Tight dress meant for  a 21 year old? Check. Fake leather? Check. Heels to stumble about in? Double-check! I even busted out the only push-up bra I own (it it is slightly big on me, don't tell my boobs), all for a night out with friends. Where did we go? A new, hip club to look posh in? Nope. We went to Sneakers, our local watering hole, like you do. 

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I have had more time to myself the past few days than I have in well over a month, and it has been incredible. It took me awhile to get out of my funk, but, I *think* I am almost there. Talking with friends and loved ones helps immensely, so does having a good wallow. I got to see Kyle for lunch today, something we haven't really done a lot of until recently, and I managed a trip to the gym today. Both good things!

I am very much looking forward to this weekend though, I have a date-night planned with Kyle tomorrow night, and a party to go to with a friend on Saturday night. I have the entire day on Saturday to do whatever the hell I want, and Sunday to scramble around, getting everything I was supposed to do over the weekend done. So, solid plans. 

I have nothing else interesting to say at the moment, other than I  made some mulled cider and it is really tasty. You should go get some. It is yum. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

March On Instagram

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LOOK AT THAT FACE. Want to know why I have been such a slacker blogger lately? That face. Right there. Well, that and the fact that I have been insanely busy, but still. PUPPY FACE.

March was a very busy month, and I am really looking forward to a much quieter April. As I type this, I am barely able to keep my eyes open. I am not going to lie, I have been feeling pretty down today. So instead of resting (I had the day off from work), I decided to clean the entire house, except for the library, because I am going to just burn that room down. I don't particularly like cleaning, but being able to find the coffee grinder, and clean underwear are both gratifying experiences. I decided to run through my usual list of activities that help cheer me the fuck up, and so I've decided to share them with you lovelies.

First, start with coffee. Heaps of it. Then sometime in the late afternoon, switch to tea. I am addicted to this peach-ginger tea that I bought from Eastern Market last fall, I am not positive, but I am pretty sure that there is crack in it. Next, blast some music. Whenever I am in one of my super-girly moods, I play something like The Donnas, or Taylor Swift. Playing shitty pop music when I am down sometimes helps put me back in that hella-girly mindset. I am particular fond of this song by TSwift, because she really belts it out, and I sing along horribly to it every single morning in my car. I mean what.

Next, eat an avocado. Because avocados are amazeballs. Then, bake something yummy. It is really awesome to know that if you just mix a few ingrediants together and pop it in the oven for a bit, you get this amazing yummy thing! And if you are nice, you can share it with others! Or, if you have a Kyle, he will eat all of said yummy thing. BONUS: There is a fair chance that your house will not smell like dog farts for the rest of the evening, because instead it will smell like awesome baked goods. Win-win.

If all else fails, watch a few episodes of Gilmore Girls. If Lorelei and Rory can't cheer you up, Luke's butt probably will.

But in the end, it is a good thing to remember that there are those out there who really care about you, and will be there for you. I have an amazing family, and incredible friends. I love them all so, so very much, and am eternally grateful for all of them. Even if life is a giant turd on occasion, everything will be alright in the end. 

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Oh, and I totally got a new tattoo last month, yay!

I actually remembered to document an outfit over the weekend (hey remember when this used to be a fashion blog, and I would talk about clothes and other dumb things?), so I am hoping to get another post up soon. In the meantime, what are some things that you guys like to do to cheer yourselves up? 

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1) An actual quiet moment with Joesph, little booger. 
2) Yummy cupcakes by my lovely friend Anne!
3) ALL of the coffee!
4) Alarm Clock Cat!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Winter Reads


Guess who wins the award for being the worst blogger for the month of March? Here is a hint: Her name starts with "S" and ends with "Asshole". Life has been pretty busy lately, but, that is for another post. Tonight, I have some reads to share with you lovelies! The stack is a little short this time around, due to busyness as well as the fact that I have been reading a lot of comic books. Read ALL of the things! Anywho, here goes: Winter Reads!

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk-By David Sedaris. I don't have a favorite author by any means, but I have always been a huge fan of David Sedaris. I *may* have declared quite a few times in my life that I wanted to be David Sedaris when I grew up. This book is a collection of animal-themed short-stories that touch on a variety of topics ranging from gossip and the service industry, to love interests that could never be. 

This book is the reason why I can no longer read anything while working out. Some of the stories are gruesome, while others are hilarious. This resulted in me laughing my ass off on the treadmill and freaking the hell out of everyone surrounding me (I mean, more so than usual). I don't love this book as much as his other works, but it serves its purpose. 

A Passage to India-By E.M. Forester. Set against the backdrop of the British Raj, and the Indian Independence Movement in the 1920s. The story revolves around four main characters; Dr. Aziz, Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a trip to the Marabar Caves, Adela finds herself alone with Dr. Aziz in one of the caves, panics and flees. It is assumed that Dr. Aziz attempted to assault her, and there is a trial. The entire ordeal brings about the common racial tensions and prejudices between indigenous Indians, and the British who rule India. 

Can you tell which one of these books was on the Rory Gilmore reading list? Okay, The Hobbit totally is too, but this one is a classic. I had a hard time remembering if I had read this one in high school or not, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It touches on a very tender subject, however, what I found the most interesting was the internal struggle of the four main characters. There is the implication of how each character should think due to society's standards for that time period vs, the individual gut instinct. It is also surprisingly a fast read. 

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Off The Beaten Path-The Nature Conservancy. A collection of short-stories of place, reflecting the variety and character of our diminishing wild land, and in the end, leading to inner places. 

I honesty don't know how I came across this book, and apparently I am not cultured enough to recognize any of those damn authors. Some of the stories weren't bad though! So, if you are a person like me who will literally read an oven manual if nothing else is around, this might be for you. 

The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien. Both a fantasy novel and a children's book, set in a time "Before the dawn of the faerie and the Dominion of Men". The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins to win a share of treasure guarded by the dragaon, Smaug. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous sides of nature and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo gains maturity, and wisdom. 

This book was a Christmas gift, but I mostly needed to re-read this to remind myself of how much I truly loved this story before Peter Jackson butchered the living shit out of it. 

The Silkworm-By Robert Galbraith. The second novel in the series of private investigator Comoran Strike, following the successful resolution of the Lulu Laundry case. While handling a steady stream of divorce cases, and the occasional job on behalf of a tabloid journalist, Strike is approached by the wife of an infamous writer, with a plea to locate him, as he has gone missing. 

This series is shaping up to be pretty good, I honestly love how much the side-characters are developing, which gives me hope that "Good ol' J.K.!" will keep this series going. 

Well there you have it, the books that got me through a very, very cold winter. I know that I am super-behind on posts, but I am hoping to get another one in this week, so stay tuned!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Paint It Black

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I don't even know how I am awake enough to type this out, as I am running on about 3.5 hours of sleep. A certain little puppy *cough* Joseph *cough* awoke at around 3:30 am, and would not stop barking/go back to sleep. After letting him out for the 3rd time, I gave up and decided to just shower and get ready for work. I worked from 5:30 am until 2 pm, ran a bunch of errands, cleaned all of the garbage out of my car, and am in the middle of doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and making soup. FUN STUFF, GUYS. 

Anyways, enough bitching. This is what I wore to see our friends Stone Clover play at the Crofoot in Pontiac on Saturday night for their CD release party. My default for going-out clothes is black, with some more black as of late. The show was soooooo much fun though! We took a party bus there and back, and it was my first time on one. It was really awesome to see that group of friends again, and I made some new ones! Awesome music, amazing people and happy Sara is happy. 

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Things are feeling pretty spring here in Michigan the past two days, and it seems that the rest of the week is supposed to be more of the same. Everyone is out walking their dogs, jogging, ridding bikes, and Louie and Joseph are currently in the backyard, barking their heads off at them all because that is what asshole dogs do. Hey, at least they are cute, right?

I wish that I had something witty and clever to say to you lovelies, but all I can think of is my bed + flannel PJ's,and sweet dreams of Idris Elba. 

Happy Monday!


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zander Michigan!

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I promised the readers of Sideburns & Bangs that I would feature more local art, and I am fulfilling that promise today! I am so very excited about today's feature, as he is a very talented, and dear friend of mine. The one and only,  Zander Michigan!

Zander Michigan is a folk/blues singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI. He plays the guitar, the harmonica, and sometimes even plays the fool. His Bob Dylan style vocals, heavy strum, and cheeky lyrics make him a classic sounding musician in an age of futuristic banter. His second album has just been released. Titled Zander The Great, this album is going to have all the power of the Greek Gods behind it. Zander has gone full production with this record, using not only his harmonica and acoustic guitar, but drums, piano, and electric guitar, along with his characteristic howling vocals. With track names like “The Great” and “Bathtub Gin” the album sets the tone for an in-your-face, no cares given experience that everyone can get excited about. He decided to go full band to add some depth to his music. He felt that the stripped versions of songs didn't have the same bite that he wanted.

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From humble beginnings Zander Michigan has come quite far. In just four months of starting out, Zander had written enough songs to compile an album, so in the summer of 2013 he went to the studio. In September of 2013 he released his first 14-song album, "Never Going Back Home”. He since has been featured on Local 4 News, on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music, TV Warren, WAYN Radio, and in Metrotimes. Also upon releasing his album, Zander played shows whenever the opportunity arose. He has played at Arts, Beats, and Eats, the Detroit River Days, The Magic Stick, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Metro Times Blowout Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Birmingham Street Fair, Dino’s Lounge, Goldfish Tea, The Pike Room, The Plymouth Coffee Bean, The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, Crazy Wisdom and many more. He hopes that by putting out his sophomore record, people will start to see the seriousness he puts into his work and the labor that goes along with it. He hopes to tour the US and get out the message of Zander Michigan with his new record Zander The Great.

He says, “I’m making my way both eastward and westward in my pursuit of becoming a household name.” The young Midwesterner sounds like Bob Dylan, but when people spout the word “Dylanesque”, he doesn't mind. He thinks it’s endearing that people would compare him to such a great. Metrotimes even said, “Bob wouldn't be too upset”. Who knew sounding dangerously like Bob Dylan could be such a perk?

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Now that you've gotten some background on this talented individual, you can hear him live at his upcoming CD release party for his new album  Zander the Great. 

Where: Corktown Tavern, Detroit (1716 Michigan Ave). 
When: Sunday, March 29th, 6-9 pm .

Tickets are $5, and you can pick up a copy of his new album for $10 at the show. 

The show is extra special, because Zander will be playing TWO sets, an acoustic, as well as an electronic, with special guest Briar Rabbit in-between. 

Want a listen before the show? Check out the MP3 here! 

In the meantime, you can find Zander Michigan on Facebook and on Instagram @ZanderMichiganOfficial on Twitter @ZanderMichigan on YouTube and of course at ZanderMichigan.com.

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See you all at Corktown Tavern on the 29th!