Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Top 12 Albums Of My Life (Thus Far)

Hello beautiful people!

Since I have seen this floating around on Facebook and, sadly, no one has tagged me to do it I thought I would I do it here! Without further a-do, here are my top 12 albums of my life (thus far)...

1. Plans by Death Cab for Cutie

Best Tracks: Soul Meets Body, Summer Skin, Crooked Teeth and Stable Song

2. Settle by Disclosure

Best Tracks: Latch, F For You, White Noise, You and Me, and Voices

3. The Listening by Lights

Best Tracks: River, The Listening, Quiet, Second Go, and February Air

4. Bright Lights by Ellie Goulding

Best Tracks: The Writer, Starry Eyed, Your Biggest Mistake, and Salt Skin

5. The Stranger by Billy Joel

Best Tracks: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Just The Way You Are, The Stranger, and Movin' Out

6. X&Y by Coldplay

Best Tracks: Talk, Fix You, The Hardest Part, Square One, and White Shadows

7. Sometimes by City and Colour

Best Tracks: The whole album! One of very few albums I can listen to all the way through again and again

8. Discovery by Daft Punk

Best Tracks: Once again, the whole album. This HAS to be listened to all the way through to get the full effect

9. † by Justice

Best Tracks: Genesis, D.A.N.C.E, Phantom Pt II, Newjack, and DVNO

10. Graduation by Kanye West

Best Tracks: Champion, Stronger, Homecoming, and Can't Tell Me Nothing

11. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out by Panic! At The Disco

Best Tracks: Whole album! But Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks is my absolute favorite song by them

12. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend

Best Tracks: Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, The Kids Don't Stand a Chance and Mansard Roof

Honorable Mentions: Set Yourself on Fire by Stars, Shrines by Purity Ring, Bankrupt! by Phoenix, Galore by Dragonette, KIDS by Mac Miller, Saturdays = Youth by M83, Matangi by M.I.A., Nanda Collection by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Hot Fuss by The Killers, Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap, From Under The Cork Tree and Infinity On High by Fall Out Boy, and Group Therapy by Above & Beyond

Comparing myself to other top albums lists I've seen, mine is really modern. The only album I ever listened to as a kid was The Stranger by Billy Joel. My parents (more specifically, my dad) owned and listened to a lot of Greatest Hits albums by older bands and I felt like including them wouldn't have counted. The Beatles and The Beach Boys Greatest Hits were the soundtracks to my childhood. My list reflects the blossoming of my own music taste that happened around grade eight. Most of these albums were the sounds of me growing up into an adult and they shaped who I am and what I listen to today.

Hope you all enjoyed a peek into my eclectic music taste! Comment below some of your top albums because I'd love to see what you guys listen to. Until next time :)

Rachel xo

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Londonlicious 2014: Winter Edition

Hi everyone!

I went out for Londonlicious with my best friend, Kate on Thursday for the third time in a row. We, also, went to see Akira at the Digital Film Festival and it was quite interesting. I can see how it is an anime classic. Enough about that, let's get back to the food! The whole premise of Londonlicious is to try the upper scale restaurants in London, Ontario. There is a set menu that you can choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert of your choice for either $25, $30, or $35 (depending on the original pricing of the restaurant). I have gone to this for the three years; once in the winter and once in the summer as it happens twice a year. I have always been impressed with the meals that I have had and would recommend to try it at least once.

This year I went to Crave which was in the $30 tier. I had a Caesar salad, top sirloin and sauteed shrimp, and caramel and Bailey's creme brule. The Caesar salad was good as most Caesar salad go. It was a smaller portion which I liked because I don't like having too big of an appetizer salad. The top sirloin and sauteed shrimp were pretty delicious. I was a little turned off because I normally eat my steak medium-well to well done and I was advised to have this done medium. But this is merely my personal preference. The stand out of that meal was DEFINITELY the mashed potatoes. Holy shit, were they good! They were the pureed kind and had some type of seasoning in them but I can't figure out what it was. The real star of the entire meal was the creme brule. I had never had it before and I was pleasantly surprised! It was smooth and not too sweet which, for me, can make or break a dessert (I'm not one to have a sweet tooth). Overall, I'd say that dinner was delicious. Service was a little slow but our waiter made sure our drinks were refilled and that our food was to our liking.

If you're hankering for some fancy-ish type cuisine, definitely give Crave a shot! ( I peeped the regular menu and it is quite pricey (entrees averaged around $30). If you want to treat yourself and splurge or just wait until the summer edition of Londonlicious happens.

Hope you all liked my first non-beauty/fashion related post! 

Rachel xo

Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm Baaack!

Well hi there!

I'm baaaaaaack! I did a bad thing and completely abandoned this blog sometime last year. It wasn't because I didn't want to blog, I just had a lot going on. Second year of university kicked my ass and I had no time at all to post or update here. When summer rolled around, I had planned to get back into it but, as summer usually does, it carried me away and I forgot all about blog posts I had intended on writing. So, here I am and ready to blog!

What have I been up to? Well, I finished up second year of university with relatively good grades which I am proud of since it was the hardest year of my life thus far. I spent the majority of my summer working and travelling. I went to Toronto a couple of times, went to Montreal for Osheaga Music Festival, and went to the States for a couple of days. I've managed to keep my depression at bay which I am extremely proud of. I still struggle with anxiety on a daily basis but I have methods now that I use to keep it from getting the best of me. 

Currently, I am in my third year of university. I had a pretty rough first semester since it was all film courses but this semester is a little less heavy (hence why I'm back here!). I dyed my hair hot pink back in September and have had it ever since. I'm still working as a cosmetician and experienced my first Christmas in retail which was absolutely CRAZY. But I survived! 

As you may have noticed, I changed the title of my blog. I did this because I want this to be a place where I can write about anything and not just fashion and beauty. I will definitely be posting about those still but I wanted to add in more lifestyle bits like trips, concerts, and restaurants. I, also, wanted feminism to be an aspect of this blog. I feel that it's important for women and men to learn about gender equality in a number of different ways and I want to help others learn and understand that.

Anyways, that's all from me here! Thanks for sticking with me (and if you're new, thanks for reading!) and I promise I will try my hardest to post as often as I can. I have a few ideas for posts already and I just need to get them organized. Can't wait to start fresh!

Rachel xo