August may be over now, but at least you still have this playlist that I made a week ago and never shared. I'm still in denial that it's September, so join me and sit in the sunshine and ignore the early signs of autumn. Also, if you need even more music, I've got some album recommendations for you. Last week, Aron D'Alesio released his solo album and it is truly excellent and equipped with everything I look for in an album--warmth, nostalgia, vulnerability, something special I can't quite describe. It's all there for you to hear. I've also had Leif Erikson and A Deeper Understanding on repeat. Hope you enjoy!

Despite my promise, I probably won't post anymore journals for a while since things have gotten even more busy now that fall semester has started. I will try to drop in with a fresh set of photos and perhaps an update now and then. And of course, I'll be making and posting playlists. xx

P.S. I'm having a Labor Day sale up on my Etsy shop (15% off a purchase of $25 or more) until this Wednesday, so check that out if you're looking for some fresh artwork or pins. 



   august 17 / one
   Diamond Ring | Aron D'Alesio
   Cold Summer | Crepes
   Swagger vets & Double moon | White Fence
   Daddy Long Legs | Midnight Sister
   yr heart | Hand Habits
   Kind Luck | Night Moves
   Johny Says Stay Cool | The Babe Rainbow
   Blinding Sights (Left Me Cold in the Night) | Yellow House
   High | Bummers
   Love Potion | White Poppy
   Tell Me Things | Joel Jerome, Cosmic Bears
   Coulda Been My Love | Foxygen
   While My Guitar Gently Weeps | The Beatles
   How Was Your Day? | Mellow Fellow, Clairo
   Sun and the Trees | Twin Peaks
   Life Model | Daytime TV
   Map to the Stars | Ducktails

If you haven't already noticed by my very evident lack of journal posts, I've been soooo busy lately. These last couple of weeks have picked up pace and I feel like I'm sprinting non-stop--metaphorically, that is. I don't run. Unless I have no other option. And I'm even late with this here playlist.

Nonetheless, I can't stop listening to this one. It's still ideal for a road trip, brief or lengthy. A winding road through the mountains. A monotonous highway. The drab roads of suburban neighborhoods. Great for those last minute vacationers out there. Maybe to calm the nerves during a flight. To decorate a quiet hotel room. To accompany a trek amongst canyons and caverns. Perfect for soaking up every bit of the sun's rays before they grow weary and soft for autumn. Morning light. Blinding mid-day light. Fading light. Just right for a stroll through a field of daisies. Soft petals on fingers. A blue sky mildly contrasting against glimpses of lively yellow. A handful of fresh ones, gentle heads peeking out from a fist.

I'm planning on getting a journal up (I might skip a week or two or blend everything together like the blur it was) this weekend, maybe. Anyway, I hope you go and soak up all the fading summer sun and enjoy these very wonderful tunes along with all the rays. xx


p.f. candle co / piñon

Hi there! You may or may not have noticed via Instagram that I've been doing a little collaboration with P.F. Candle Co.  I'm helping them release their newest scent, Piñon. Here's what I think of the scent:

Like all of the scents by P.F. Candle Co., Piñon is not intrusive or overwhelming in a space, but instead saturates it in rich, yet gentle wisps. Inspired by the spirit of the early days of autumn, the scent offers an undeniable and familiar warmth--the trailing warmth of the sunny days of the past season, a long sitting beside a bonfire, a lethargic sunset atop the coziness of a heavy wool blanket, a sweet memory with close friends contrasting a crisp night sprinkled with the stars of the vast sky. Besides the instant, comforting warmth Piñon occupies a room in upon lighting a candle or opening a bottle of incense, the scent also possesses strength. Notes of black pepper and the pine it gets its very name from creep out from below the sweetness of vanilla and cinnamon--like a sophisticated, freshly baked snickerdoodle with a kick--to remind us that the comfort is not only a gentle hand, but a rigid support. A velvety blend of contrasting parts effortlessly merge into one beautiful scent washing a room over in a sea of welcome nostalgia and the saccharine enchantment of a new season full of adventures and a special kind of warmth. Essentially, Piñon has the power to make me long for the young days of a season I do not usually adore. And that, I might say, is quite powerful.

You can go snag Piñon here. Enjoy! xx


art 21 / ecology

I mentioned in my last post that I finally completed my summer classes (both of which I actually enjoyed quite a lot). Well, for my modern art history class, I watched an episode of the PBS series Art21, and wrote a casual, 500 word essay on one of the contemporary artists featured every week. I probably enjoyed it a bit too much and I usually ended up with about 700 words and the desire to write more. I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite episodes and mini-essays with you. I found nearly every episode I digested immensely inspiring, motivating, and moving and an affirmation that I am following the correct path in life. Art can be both eye-opening and wonderfully powerful and I feel that this video series captures the very essence of these truths. If you do decide to follow along, I hope that you will feel similarly.

Each essay introduces the episode topic and then delves into which artist I chose and why, a little on the artist's personality, the medium(s) the artist works with, and how the pieces the artist creates relate to the theme of the episode followed by a concluding statement and a question. In addition to the short essay, I wrote a response (at least 200 words) to a classmate's post which included my general reaction to the post and artist the student wrote about, as well as an answer to the student's question. I will not be posting the classmate's post, but you'll get an idea of what it was about through my response. I will post the responses in separate posts, some time after I post the original essay. This first one is on ecology. This was one of my favorite episodes and tears escaped my eyes while I watched it. Hope you enjoy!

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This episode of Art 21 focuses on ecology. Broadly, ecology is the relationship between organisms and their environment; it is a branch of biology. Though scientists focus their work on physicalities, empirical evidence, and through a lens detached from biases, artists have the freedom to drench an audience in their own reasoning without the need for data, but rather by eliciting emotional response from within viewers. All four of the artists in the episode--Ursula von Rydingsvard, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Robert Adams, and Mark Dion--observed the specific relationship between humans and nature. Though the artists fixated on a common theme, they concentrated on differing angles of this relationship--direct human interaction with nature, politics, destruction, etc.

This time, I chose to write about Robert Adams. After hearing the first sentence he uttered in the program--“the final strength in really great photographs is that they suggest more than what they show literally”--I knew I had to write about him. This simple thought cannot be more accurate when it comes to photography, or really any other art form, I think. Without that something beyond the literal, a photograph (or any art piece) is forgotten easily, maybe even disregarded. But, if it provokes thought, if it evokes a feeling, it has done something extraordinarily powerful. This was my favorite part about his work. Though some scenes may have appeared as ordinary landscapes or simply as snapshots of emerging suburbia, they all transcended what a pair of eyes had glossed over. As a photographer, this is always one of my goals and Adams seems to effortlessly, yet passionately achieve this time after time. For me, Adams appears to be a man nourishing deep emotion and care within him and a beautiful desire to share it with the world. There’s not a better example of this than when he mentions that he pities the individuals who have not been so moved by a tree to at least touch it. Adams is a photographer, but in the video he is also shown very briefly working with wood. Each of his photographs focus on juxtaposing the beauty of nature with its destruction caused by humans. Rarely does he capture a human figure, however his images manage to encase the relationship between humans and nature with such aberrant precision. In his book Turning Back, Adams takes on the heavy and dismal subject of deforestation. The juxtaposition is most apparent in the photograph of the large tree stump on the side of the road on which a lone, cowardly beer can sits and one of the rare photographs including a human figure, the photograph of his wife sitting, defeated near an enormous stump. Both these photos present two very different human interactions with nature (one of anarchy and the other of loss) amongst destruction. Adams’ work relates to the overarching theme of ecology, through his particular study of human interaction with the destruction of a natural environment for the place of one artificial and more menacing.

Overall, I was truly captivated by every piece in this episode and able to relate to what each artist had to say and present. The relationship between humans and nature has always been one of great significance and interest to both scientists and artists alike. In today’s heavy, tense atmosphere of climate change and politics, this relationship provides, I would say, an even greater significance than ever before. If data doesn’t serve as enough of a warning of the constant destruction we partake in, perhaps contemporary art will. Have you seen any other ways that contemporary artists have addressed the topic of ecology? Do you feel there is a certain angle more significant than another (for example, destruction of the planet vs. appreciation of the beauty of nature)?



   july 17 / two
   The Old River | Aron D'Alesio
   Last Crash Landing | Blank Range
   Midsummer | Katie Von Schleicher
   Mr Unlucky | Foreign/National
   Pine and Clover | Chad VanGaalen
   Road Head | Japanese Breakfast
   Gliss | Baywaves
   Nothing Bothers Me | Triathalon
   Chess | Joon Moon
   True Believer | Widowspeak
   So Polite | Summer Salt
   Smoke Machine | Jesse Woods
   Wrong for You | Molly Burch
   I Know How You Get | Mk.Gee
   Light of the Moon | Sharaya Summers
   Are You Still Mine? | Obliques
   August in My Mind | The Fresh & Onlys

I cannot comprehend how tomorrow is the last day of July. As always, my favorite month comes and goes as hastily as a fly who does not want to be swatted. As of today, I am officially done with my summer classes. Equating to the fact that I will now have a few weeks left to catch up on the personal projects I was busy with only in my free time and that I no longer have any excuses to leave incomplete. This week, I already devoted a significant amount of time to bringing to life the ideas that I've had written down in my notebook for months. As a result, I feel reinvigorated and eager to share what I'm creating after a long moment of what felt like, well, stagnation. I've been working with more color and mainly colored pencils rather than markers. I'm still on a graphite kick though and of course, lots of negative space remains in my work. On that topic, I don't think I've ever devoted any time to writing of what inspires me and the meaning behind my pieces; perhaps I will create a post of that sort in the future. Anyway, I put together this playlist for you. It's a bit slower than usual, I think. I really can't tell if it just seems that way or if it actually is. There's lots of fresh tunes and a few that I never stop listening to. It just felt like a summer evening when I was putting it together and the photo I took was taken at sunset and it just clicked that way for me. There's also something nostalgic about it. Maybe it'll be the same for you. Enjoy. xx