Girl Put Your Records On: Volume 6

Photo by Chloe White
Sometimes I think about my music listening history, from middle school days through this very moment, and I find it so fun to see how my taste has evolved. It’s even more fun to revisit old songs I used to play in a loop on my iPod (whoa, ancient) and realize I can still sing almost every word (prime example: the entire “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” album).

I grew up on jazz and funk oldies with my mom. Fell in love with N*SYNC in elementary school. Danced to Bay Area hip hop in middle school. Turned emo in high school and went full on indie hipster in college. I’ve explored plenty of different genres, never disowning a “phase,” because they weren’t phases. Each genre represents a different part of my personality, a mood, a period of my life, and so on. 

Photo by Chloe White

Lately, I bounce mostly between a lot of alt-R&B, indie rock, hip-hop and dark pop. What I’m listening to always depends on my mood, who I’m with and my environment. See below for a blend of what I’ve been listening to the last few weeks. I was fortunate to see three of the artists live in the past two weeks (Glass Animals, Paramore and Chance The Rapper). Honestly, still blown away by each experience.

What songs and artists have you been vibing with lately? Tell me all about them in the comments section!


Honey, Honey

Honey, honey. I will rise.

I feel on track and in tune with my inner momentum. You see, I’ve been stuck on carousels for a while. Up and down. Round and round. Stuck in a feeling.

Stuck has become one of my least favorite words. I never want to feel that way. It’s an absurd way to live life because as a human I have this incredible power of better choices, change and movement. Let’s always be moving forward, upward, sideways, and never backward or nowhere.

The beauty of analyzing the past comes with epiphanies. The “ah-ha!” moments. The “wow, why the heck did i do/say that??” moments. I’m trying more diligently to put lessons I’ve learned to proper use. I’d like to let go of a lot, while still nurturing an open enough heart and mind to let people, feelings and ideas in. 

New creative projects are in the works. Confidence in my authentic self is at an all time high. I’ve reached a new comfortable level of ambivert, which has me feeling so lifted I wake up with less anxiety and more excitement. With people or with just me, I am happy.

This is not to say I magically waved away all sinking feelings. But right now I feel balanced. Although often perceived as weakness,  I accept my softness, my sensitivity. They can be assets, just as much as my ability to be strong-willed and tough. Resilience is a major key. 

Honey, honey. I will rise.

Stay Home Club and Sad Songs

sad songs

I love sad songs. I’m a fan of melancholic sounds and lyrics, not because I like to be unhappy, but because it’s necessary to experience sadness. We don’t just feel this emotion. We live through it, we learn from it, and we grow because of it. With themes varying from death, to a broken relationship, to the feeling of being lost, sad songs are there as a shoulder to cry on. They become soundtracks for our disappointments.

For a while, I’ve wanted to buy a print or shirt from Stay Home Club, a brand for the disgruntled, but could never decide on a favorite item. When they added a “Sad Songs” two-tone tee to its online store, I purchased it immediately. It was partially an impulse buy, but I’m happy (hah!) and in love with it.

You can’t have a sad songs blog without a sad songs playlist. Title inspired by Stay Home Club. Listen below or here.

And then it suddenly hit me.

My first major project for a band called The Summer Set was to help launch its new Half Moon Kids website and Fall 2014 clothing line. After endless email threads, long days and last minute changes, we launched. Then the site crashed within a minute. (not so)Minor setback. But! The kids were still thrilled; fueled by their love of the band and the Half Moon Kids community.

Half Moon Kids Fall 14
Photo by Braverijah Gregg

And then it suddenly hit me.

And then it suddenly hit

I’m here to make dreams come true. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. My description for what my position as an assistant to artist managers can be quite lengthy. It consists of a variety of important small and big tasks, but generally speaking, I can summarize my position in one sentence: I help handle the nuts and bolts for an artist’s business so they can concentrate on their craft, and I put smiles on kids faces across the globe. Rad learning experience.

I accept the successes. I accept the challenges. I will learn from the mistakes.

Summer of Stoke

Summer of Stoke

Stoked, a surfer slang term that originated in the ’60s, is one of my favorite words to express my enthusiasm for something.

Right now, I’m stoked about: traveling North America with Warped Tour / stepping out of my comfort zone / discovering new bands / meeting new people.

Los Angeles-based apparel brand The Times is embracing a summer of stoke with a new collection and I’m very excited to be sporting a piece of it this summer. I hope to take a variety of photos of myself in it while I’m busy being a tour gypsy. For now, here are a few snaps of me in The Times “Stoked” tee.

Summer of Stoke

BUY HERE / #summerofstoke / Instagram: @thesearethetimes

What are you stoked about? Comment below. 

Hours Lost Is A Work In Progress

Hours Lost: A Work In Progress

Dearest reader,

Some of you already know, but I’m a business owner. I own a clothing brand called Hours Lost and it’s a work in progress. Between finishing college and internships, working on other projects, gearing up for tour and hunting for a full-time job, it’s been difficult to develop. But, Hours Lost is my baby and quality things take time to grow and mature.

Here’s a little post I wrote about why Hours Lost is a “work in progress” and what’s next for me and the brand.

onward + upward!

Solid Investment: #GIRLBOSS by Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso


“Sophia’s a badass bitch and she’ll always be a badass bitch!” That I’ve managed to build a company where an assistant feels comfortable calling the CEO a badass bitch in a room full of senior executives is pretty amazing. – Sophia Amoruso in “#GIRLBOSS

I needed this book, and I don’t know your life, but so do you. As soon as I opened the cover, BAM, it jumped at me, kicked my mental walls down and convinced me that I too could be a successful badass bitch. I mean, #GIRLBOSS.

In her refreshing, “tell it like it is” memoir, Sophia Amoruso delivers a story about her trek from dumpster diver to CEO of a $100 million company. It’s a book told in a manner suitable for any sort of character at any point in their life. From her “crust punk” days to developing a store via eBay to becoming the incarnation of what Nasty Gal has become and will be, her journey is worth knowing about.

#GIRLBOSSes understand the importance of saving their money, how to wear multiple vocational hats, and the proper way to hire, fire and get employed.

#GIRLBOSSes are able to charge through adversity, earn respect and play clean, not dirty. They wear what they want and wear it well. They are genuine and own their individuality.

The nuggets of advice are plentiful in #GIRLBOSS, but here are a few teasers from the book:

– There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.

– Take care of the little things – even the little things that you hate – and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.

– You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you don’t want them there.

– You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.

– When life hits you with something unexpected, you have to be prepared to hit right back.

– Compete with yourself, not with others.

These quotes merely scratch the surface of the #RealTalk Amoruso dishes out. #GIRLBOSS is a solid investment for those who want to take responsibility of their lives and strive to slam down mediocrity.