Oct '18

The Neighbourhood: HARD EP

Long time, no talk.

Apologies for my long absence. Needless to say, school got hard and life got tough, but I’m back. I’ve been meaning to write a post about The Neighbourhood’s newest music, and talk about the artist, Jesse Rutherford, in general. Lucky for you, I’m choosing today’s post to do exactly that!

I first heard “Sweater Weather” when I was probably in eighth grade, and from then on I was absolutely hooked. Their album, Wiped Out!, came out my senior year of high school, and I remember the exact moment in my algebra class when I checked Spotify and scanned through every title. I won’t go into anymore explanation of how they are by far my favorite band, but they are and that’s all the background information that is important to this post.

A few weeks ago, their highly anticipated new music dropped and I’ve already hand picked my favorites of the five new songs: 24/7 and You Get Me So High. Don’t worry! I’ll go into full detail of my thoughts and emotions of each song before the post is over. All I want to say before hand though is that this EP, Hard, holds so much honesty, originality, and overall truth.

24/7: the hit of the album. Definitely will not go without recognition for the fact that it’s a new beat and a great message. Don’t wish your life away, kids!

Roll Call: high intensity with an attention to details. Very chill vibes. An expected tune to their familiar and synonymous rhythm.

Sadderdaze: think Beatles.

Noise: Another familiar sound. Has their trade mark of longing back ground vocals and repetitive echoing.

You Get Me So High: ugh. this is the one that punches me in the gut. Every verse is so well written. very poetic. very truthful. very real.

On another note, if you haven’t checked out Jesse Rutherford’s (lead man) Soundcloud, The Factoury, I don’t know where you’ve been, but you need to like right now. His newest song, Can’t Do Anything, rings in the back of my head constantly and I cannot stop listening. He has a lot of other creations linked to his name, and honestly it’s worth a listen if you’re in need of more Neighbourhood-type-jams. I HIGHLY recommend.

That’s all for today! Check out the band and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much for reading and putting up with my inconsistent schedule,


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sept '17

this is a poem that I wrote

Hello all! So I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned that I’m taking a creative writing class, but I’ll say it again just in case. I’m taking a creative writing class. With that being said, I have this poem that I wrote and made my friends listen to at least 15 times, and I thought it would be interesting to get some feedback on this blog. So read it and let me know what your thoughts are on its meaning, context, structure, and whatever.

Forewarning: I’m not a poet in any way shape or form, nor have I done any intensive studying on the topic. This is simply an assignment for my class and an experiment on my blog. Also, it’s written in free verse I think— again, not a poet.

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a scent that lingers

a familiar invitation for

a grip

a gulp

a swallow until the well is dry and once more

a craving.

a hollow heart rejects the venom

a protest prepared, but still

a tongue cannot resist

a sip from

a chalice presented by the convincing fiend in

a green bib.

a deal is made

a steep payment for the addiction and

a misspelled name—

a grande iced white mocha for Rachael

So that’s my poem.

Thanks for reading,


sept '17

people to follow on the gram

Today I wanted to give a big shoutout to some rockin’ peeps that I’ve been following on instagram for a bit. Some are good friends of mine, and some are pure inspiration for me. I wanted to show off their pages but also leave you to your own opinion making processes. With that being said, I compiled three adjectives per handle so that you get the idea of each grid. So take a gander, give ’em a follow, and who knows? maybe they’re #teamfollowback

@chlojone – monochrome, edgy, bold


@fhlurs – effortless, Parisian, dreamy


@maceycharboneau – eclectic, hyper-creative, energetic


@m.dun – ultimate cool girl


@hannahmorgan – minimalistic, real, fresh


@annaecottrell – fluid, imaginative, catalog


These ladies are my definition of creative self-expression via art and technology, and I’m their biggest fan girl.

Who is your biggest creative inspiration?

Thanks for reading,








sept '17


We’re a little passed half way done with this year, and it’s crazy because I feel like the fun is just starting. After browsing over old photos, blog posts, text messages, etc. (and by “old” I mean from this past January), I’m for certain that I’m starting to get the hang of 2017.

I know we’ve still got time before the year ends… like a lot of time, but I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to all that this year has been so far.

I found the best people to share my laughs and memories with.

I lived in New York for six weeks.

I witnessed The 1975 in concert.

I watched an unreal amount of New Girl, and I have 0 regrets.

I read countless books in Madison Square Park.

Of those books, I read the unforgettable work of so many authors who have changed my perspective on the world, telling stories, and people.

I mastered the subway system— or at least the 6 and the R/W trains.

I got really into my blog for a hot minute (trying to get back on track I swear).

I started my second year of college. I also finished my first year of college. lol.

I changed my class schedule five times on the first day of school, and then another three during syllabus week just for good measure.

I listened to some freaking awesome bands. wow.

I enrolled in a creative writing class, and I’m challenging myself literally every day to take my writing more seriously.

I finally stopped looking to fall in love with someone.

Instead, I fell in love with the life I’m living. It’s been pretty great thus far.

This list of accomplishments probably seems really narcissistic, and if we’re being honest it is really narcissistic. The main point is that I feel like this year has flown by, and before I lose the chance to appreciate what the first half of 2017 offered me, I want to address it now.

Without being too cliche–although I’m sure I’ve already crossed that line at this point– I want to say how excited I am to finish the latter half of 2017. I hope it’s full of just as much fun and just as much adventure. I’ll keep you updated.

As always, thanks for reading,


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August '17

art of space

Hi. How the hell are ya? I’m late and I’m sorry about that.

If you’re reading this it means I’ve survived the two weeks of insanity and moving! yay.

Today I wanted to talk about find personal time and things like that. I find this an appropriate discussion as I enter my second year of college and have my plate pretty full.

I think personal space can sometimes be notorious for its solidarity and isolation, but I really hate that definition, so here’s mine.

It’s crashing on my couch for the forty five minutes I’ve got between classes.


Other times it’s 4:58 pm on a Friday afternoon when I’ve paused my sixth episode of “New Girl” to go to the kitchen and make pizza rolls (I’ve got to find a new show to talk about).

Also it’s my killer rewind playlist that includes bands like The Japanese House or Beach House.


Sometimes I even show up to dinner with five minutes to spare and I get to sit in my car listening to queued up music.

All in all, “me-time” usually consists of the little things in life, and right about now is when I need it most. Sorry for the delay in posting this, I promise you life is actually kind of hectic, but I do plan on getting back on track!

Go make yourself some chocolate chip cookies and turn on New Girl for me!


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August '17

college & Jenna Lyons

I’m moving back to college! *cue applause*

The next two weeks for me are going to be a lot of crazy packing, unpacking, and trying to measure the dimensions of my apartment ceiling for a disco ball (cool, right?). No matter how I prepare, the next 14 days will be absolutely insane.

With that being said, I really wanted to come up with scheduled content to fill the next two weeks. I’m here to tell you that plan did not work out. SO this is a warning that I will not be writing or publishing posts until I find the time to. Hopefully that will be when the chaos has settled down, and I’ll be honest this blog is a priority for sure but school and life can get sort of out of hand sometimes. 

I’m kind of joking, but in all seriousness, I’ll be back to posting regularly on August 22! Mark your calendars folks because college Rachel will be back with her wisdom and messy schedule.

Now, I’m not going to waste anymore time talking about my absence– I actually have intentions for this post I swear.

Today, I want to discuss a quote from Jenna Lyons. Along with several other designers and fashion personalities, Jenna was interviewed and asked her thoughts on being a woman.d2ff3ea8fdcdcb42cd4c4466acdb9ecb--muse-streetstyle

“I don’t think about it in terms of being a woman. Being gracious, attentive, curious, and interested are requirements for everyone.”

I think her response was appropriate and inspiring especially in today’s society when respect for others no matter what gender, race, religion, etc. is often taken too loosely.

We all need to be reminded that respect along with many other qualities should be shared among humanity.

Jenna has always been one of my fashion and female icons with whom I credit a lot of my creative inspiration. I may not mix crazy patterns, colors, bright lipsticks, or bold accessories, but I do attribute a lot of my self-confidence and creative rebellion to Jenna Lyons and her unique style.

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That’s all I’ve got for you today.

How do you define being a woman?

Thanks for reading,


While I’m gone check out these cool authors, bands, and people:

  • Beach House – a band I’ve been jamming to for a few weeks now. My favorite albums are Teen Dream and Depression Cherry.
  • Kid Bloom – super groovy band! new favorite song by far is Electric U.
  • @dallasclayton – his Instagram is a daily reminder that we should never take ourselves too seriously, and his art is a whole separate discussion.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – author of Americanah and other books including We Should All Be Feminists, which is an encouraging and short read if you’re looking for something new and insightful.

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August '17

on the topic of vinyl

Hello all and welcome back!

A few days ago, I became a parent to a turntable/record player/hipster-speaker-system/whatever you want to call it. Now with variety and amateur-knowledge, I consider my music expertise to be heightened (I think way too highly of myself).

If you know anything about me or follow my instagram/watch my instagram stories, you know that I’m a big fan of Spotify. It’s probably one of my all time favorite forms of social media, because I’m nosy and love seeing what all my friends are listening to. I’m also a really big copy cat and love stealing songs from people’s playlists and pretending I discovered it for myself.

This is important in that by getting a turntable I don’t have personalized vinyl as playlists or a side bar telling me what my freshman year roommate listened to 3 hours ago (what’s up, maylee?). It’s really just me and the music, and if that’s not a High School Musical lyric then I don’t know what is.

Obviously my Spotify is still alive and well, and I’m sure by next week I won’t spend all my time playing with my new toy. BUT, I thought for today I’d list some of my favorite things that I’ve decided are worth it when switching to vinyl. So excuse me as I let the vinyl do the talking.

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  1. It really is a conversation piece– I moved an entire party into my bedroom so that I could show it off, and people were really fascinated let me tell ya.
  2. Gift giving? check. Some records are as cheap as $18, and others range from $25-40 depending on what it is and where you’re buying it. With that being said, it’s a good price range when asking for specific albums or bands as a gift.
  3. You get to collect vinyl, and if you’re anything like me –a person with too many coffee table books, shoes, and nude lipsticks– you appreciate another collectible item.
  4. You know those artists and bands that you absolutely fan girl over and want every song lyric tattooed on your body? With vinyl you’re pretty much investing in the most tangible form of their music, and if that isn’t convincing then I can’t help you.

My collection consists of  Bleachers “Gone Now” (check out my most recent post on this album here), The Neighbourhood “I Love You,” Kendrick Lamar “DAMN,” and Beach House “B-Sides and Rarities.” I only have a few records thus far, but I’ll let you know how the expansion process goes.

Do you listen to vinyl? What is your favorite thing about it?

Thanks for reading,


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