Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Humpday Playlist: Product of the 90s

This week's playlist is devoted to solely songs of the 90s that my girlfriends and I used to force our poor parents to listening to on repeat, back in the days of Walkman's & even older…cassettes. The best part of compiling this playlist was clearly looking up all of the atrocious music videos that I remember so vividly.

I think I Want You Back & Everybody are a close tie for worst video on here, what do you think!? (It's Gonna Be Me, Say My Name & Oops I Did It Again! came out in 2000, but I couldn't help but put them on this list). If I was a bit older and in my prime during the 90s, this playlist would look drastically different. Oasis and Nirvana would replace Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cranberries, R Kelly, Tracy Chapman, and Beck, to name a few, would have their respective spots as well, showing not only the pop hits of the 90s that my generation remembers, but also the 90s Grunge and Rave that the decade experienced.

Enjoy! xx

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Humpday Playlist: I've Got Ya Covered

See what I did there? This week's midweek playlist is devoted solely to covers of all genres and artists. Sometimes I find that I enjoy covers of songs more than the original song because I think it not only shows a new side of a song, but also an insight to the talent that an artist or group has. I've linked up each of the songs so you can find the right version! Enjoy folks.

The last twelve songs came from Sara, who compiled this 8tracks playlist of covers. Check itttt.



Cefalù is a cute small beachy town in the Province of Palermo, situated on the Northern coast of the island, which I mean quite literally if you had not gathered that from the photographs. We hopped on the train Sunday morning, riding for about 40 minutes east of Palermo, toward the middle of the island. In Cefalù, we had no idea what to expect and were blown away by the towns utter beauty. Upon arrival we climbed up a mountain (no exaggeration) to get an amazing view, from both sides, of the clear Tyrrhenian sea and terra-cotta roofed town that sits below. After our hike up, we moseyed down the cliff, starving, and searched for lunch. After enjoying a delicious leisurely lunch we explored the rocky path near the sea, before getting caught in the rain and absolutely soaked, quickly seeking refuge in the main church before hopping on the next train back to Palermo! Despite the rain, we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful island of Sicily even though we only saw two areas. I'm still very eager to head further east and more south to the town of Augusta, a main harbor in the province of Syracuse, where my family hails from.

Enjoy! xx 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


(couldn't help but think of my dear ol dad when we walked past the numerous olive stands. Sicilian olives are a staple in our family, with or without the garlic!)

how cute was our flat! 

Here are some shots from my trip to Sicily at the end of last month with my two friends. Being Sicilian, I soaked up the colors, sun, and hospitality that makes up my heritage. My friends and I enjoyed a long weekend exploring the Southern island of Italy, noticing cultural, economic, culinary, and architectural differences from those of Northern Italy along the way. Walking through the outdoor mercato and popping into unbelievably decorated ancient churches were definitely highlights, along with a visit to the Catacombe die Cappuccini (not pictured here for a reason; I'll let you google search that one on your own) and multiple dishes of fresh seafood accompanied by several canoli. We took the train forty minutes east to the summer town of Cefalu on Sunday for the day before heading back to Roma early Monday morning.