December 16, 2011

Music Mondays | Best of 2011

I've seen some great 2011 new music recaps online so far this month.  Here are some of the highlights and faves from each!  So, basically... this is a recaps of recaps. Awesome, right?

Paste Magazine's Best New Bands of 2011

The Lumineers

Flowers in Your Hair

The Belle Brigade

My Old Home (Demo)

Of Monsters and Men

Little Talks


Of Ded Moroz

Rhapsody's Top 25 Indie Albums of 2011

TV On The Radio - Nine Types of Light

Wolf Like Me

Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation


The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2011

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

Youth Knows No Pain

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Jesus Fever

Real Estate - Days

It's Real

Western Wedding

So, I've been working on my wedding album with my photographer all week, and it's made really start to reminisce...

Then, the thought of weddings made me think of these amazing wedding photos I saw a couple weeks ago!  The below photos are of David Lauren's (son of Ralph Lauren) wedding to Lauren Bush (granddaughter to President Bush Sr.).  The ceremony and reception took place at the Lauren Family's Double RL Ranch in Colorado (relatively close to where we got married).

Isn't that dress (by Ralph Lauren, of course) just immaculate?!

The reason to get married in the mountains.

Horse and buggy, duh!

The same photo gallery included some absolutely gorgeous engagement photos.  I love the simplicity of these images - very classic without any sort of gimmick needed.

All photos featured in Vogue

All in all, stunning photos. But one question remains... is her name now Lauren Lauren??  Somebody had to ask!  Have a great weekend, y'all.

December 12, 2011

Music Mondays | Ben Howard

Last week, I got a great music recommendation from my friend Kristin that I would love to share!  His name is Ben Howard, and his album Every Kingdom is rather addictive.  For me, he falls somewhere in between Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.  Howard uses quick tempo-ed lyrics against soft acoustic riffs to create a very calming, yet interesting, sound.

Here's the official video for the lead song on this album, "Old Pine"..