The reason I started this blog in the first place was to talk about things that I like. And I’ve been really excited about a lot of different things recently and I wanted to share them with you.
First up is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I know, late to the party (again) on this one. (Why do I always discover things long after everyone else?) I saw their Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and I had always kind of heard of them, but they just never intrigued me. Until I saw this video. I'm watching it and thinking, “Who are these grown men wrestling on someone’s lawn?”. So I googled them, like a good researcher. It turns out I actually like more of their music than I originally thought and I just liked their personalities. Now I have found myself down the long rabbit hole that I go down with any new band I find and I can’t say I’m mad about it. It’s suffice to say, I’ve been listening to them a lot.
Of course, I think all of the members of the band are cool and interesting, but one in particular caught my eye: Josh Klinghoffer. Josh is the newest member of the band, replacing John Frusciante. I really related to him when he said he was a California native who always wears 3 layers and he was in fact wearing a sweater and long pants in LA in June. A man after my own heart. But before touring with the Chili Peppers, Josh had his fair share of other musical pursuits, including a band called Dot Hacker. They are still together and still perform from time to time. And they are my next favorite.
Dot Hacker is unlike a lot of bands I’ve heard, probably because of Josh’s high, almost feminine singing voice. I actually wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but sure enough it grew on me. They currently have 3 albums, to which I’ve listened to 1 of and not even the whole through. I know that’s bad but I got stuck on a song called Eye Opener and I’ve just been playing it on repeat. I just really like it. So much so that it is on my Currently… music playlist (which you should check out).
Moving away from music, I’ve been very fortunate to have been doing more portrait photography shoots recently that I am very excited about. I’ve been getting really great results that my models are happy with and that I’m happy with too. That’s not always easy to do as I am still learning all the ins and outs of photography, but I do have to say that a great lens makes all the difference. And let me tell you, I have found a great lens. For my friend Giulia’s senior picture shoot, I used a Canon 50mm with an f/1.8 which, with such a low aperture, makes for great portraits. I was very happy with the results the lens gave me and the fact that it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg, which some lens absolutely can do. I did find some struggles in the manual focusing, but hopefully with time and practice, I can sort that out. It’s interesting to look back on my past portraits and see the difference that this lens, and plain old time and practice, can make.
In health related products, I want to talk about this great tea soap I found while on vacation. It's from Virginia's First Tea Farm and it smells wonderful and makes my skin feel great! It is used with real tea leaves, which can be found on the bottom of the sample I was given before I bought the full size. And what’s even better is the tea is grown locally in Virginia and was being sold at a local farmer’s market. It was a great experience feeling like a local, browsing the booths, supporting a local small business, and finding a product I love. I would definitely recommend these all natural products that are really nice.
In craft-y news, I recently ordered prints of some pictures off my phone for a little DIY project and I found a great independent business out of San Francisco called Social Print Studio. Not only were there lots of different size options and for really great prices, but they’re also just a really cute company. Like it says on their website, they’re just a group of friends and pets printing photos. How cute is that? And they sent me a little newspaper about their business with my order and it was filled with warmth and humor and just fun and it made me want to go work with these people. All from an app business. And my photos were very well made, had a nice matte finish to them, and were super affordable. Needless to say, I will be ordering from them again and would 10/10 definitely recommend them to anyone who needs pictures printed.
Speaking of DIY, I also had a week of feeling crafty where I decided to take an old frame that was beat up and scratched and I repainted it to create a cute little collage of me and my friends.
When it turned out that my photos were actually bigger than I had anticipated, I had to once again be crafty to figure out a way to display the other photos. Here are the results.
That’s all for right now! Thanks for coming on this little journey with me talking about stuff I like. I will be linking to things I talked about in this blog below for anyone who is interested.
RHCP’s Carpool Karaoke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfudXO_vzWk
Dot Hacker on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2PnETbh55Irnv3VAFBALfd
My Currently… playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/emmaelizabethx7/playlist/3vHXD9mC3y2h1ufJuv2dZQ
Canon 50mm f/1.8: http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/ef-50mm-f-18-stm
Tea soap: virginiasfirstteafarm.com (I would recommend the Black Tea Soap and the Rosemary, if you’re intrigued but overwhelmed by the options on the website)
Social Print Studio: https://www.socialprintstudio.com
(And if you use this code, you’ll get $5 off your order: 8ZNVWLYFI1 )