Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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Happy Throwback, Thursday!

I am sure that each of your Instagram feeds will be littered with pictures from your friends 3rd birthdays or their first Easters but for this joyous Thursday I wanted to blog about an artist who is very near and dear to my heart and that is Robin Thicke.

I first heard the heavenly melody of Robin Thicke’s song “Lost Without U” probably 7 years ago on the radio and I was instantly obsessed with that song. I thought that is was the perfect beat, tempo, and melody, and it evoked sexuality and lust. It was like love at first lyric. At this time, because I had only heard the sound of his voice I assumed that Robin was black. Not sure why exactly….perhaps because of the sensuality but for whatever reason I thought he was black and so did my mother.

My family and I enjoyed the song so much that we decided to buy the whole album from a record store (when those still existed) and after looking around for a bit we found the CD and were blown away to find that he was a super hot white man. Not that color plays a role in the music that I listen to but we were shocked and happy to find out that a white boy had so much soul. We bought the CD and Robin Thicke has held a sensual place in my heart ever sense.

He has recently been in the media after word that he and his beautiful wife and lover for over 20 years will be getting divorced. It broke my heart to hear this news and I genuinely hope that they figure out their differences.

In conclusion I would like to dedicate this beautiful Throwback Thursday to Robin Thicke. You may be Lost Without your love but I am so glad I found you!

Do you guys like Robin Thicke? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Krystal

Rock with the Block: iHome iBN24

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A while ago I purchased an iHome mini boombox from Best Buy and we have been inseparable ever since. Actually not ever since because the speaker for the first one that I purchased actually blew out right when I got home to test it and I ended up having to go back to the store to get a new one. I guess I was just jammin’ too hard…but after Best Buy kindly exchanged by broken one for a perfectly functioning new one, ever since THEN we have been separable.

It is called the iHome iBN24 mini Bluetooth speaker and not only it it portable but it is wireless so you can connect it to the Bluetooth on your phone and rock out with your block out without ever having to use a wire.

I have used this little guy on road trips and just in my room when I am getting ready and he is great (yes it’s a he) because I can still use my phone and walk around the house while the music is playing with no problem. He also gets very good range and is pretty loud for just a little box. I think wireless boombox devices such as this are perfect for a day at the beach so you don’t have to lunge around a giant battery powered speaker. You can just charge one of these right on up and carry it in the palm of your hand!

Happy Friday!

Krystal

March Favorites

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Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Since March is coming to an end and tomorrow will be the first day of April (crazy how fast time flies) I decided that today would be the best day for me to share my March favorites with you. I will continue doing a list of my favorite beauty products, songs, clothing, books and so on every month, so make sure you come back at the end of each month to check out that post!

The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist 
I purchased the Vanilla Body Mist a little while ago from the Body Shop because I am a fan of simple scents and I usually where a body mist along with a perfume everyday. For anyone who was an all over scent that is not too strong but still alluring this is the scent for you. It lasts all day and is not too heavy. It’s also perfect for a day at the beach!

Diorshow Black Out Mascara 
This mascara should actually be featured on my life favorites more than my monthly favorites because I have been using it constantly for years. I got this tube of Diorshow Black Out Mascara using a gift card I got for Christmas. One tube is $26 dollars which is an absurd amount of money for a mascara but Diorshow is actually worth it. It is pitch black and the wand drastically elongated the appearance of your eyelashes along with adding volume with every stroke. I am hooked on this mascara and am yet to encounter a brand that I like more.

The Secret 
The Secret came out in 2006 and was the biggest thing in the world at the time. Everyone was obsessed but I only recently watched it and now realize why everyone was hooked. The Secret is about the Law of Attraction and how positive thoughts and feelings can transform our lives for the better. It features an array of life coaches, financial analysts, and scientists who paint a simple picture of how our thoughts and feelings create the story of our lives. For anyone who is in the process of transforming their life I think this would be a good feature to watch.

blink by Malcolm Gladwell 
I have read blink about one and a half times and refer back to it often throughout my life. It is a book by Malcolm Gladwell that illustrates how the difference between good decision making and bad decision making has less to do with how much information we have about a topic, and more to do with our ability to focus on a few particular details. Gladwell explains using real life examples from everyday people, how we can all become better decision makers.

Nirvana Live at Reading 
I received this DVD from a friend of my mothers probably a year or two ago but I had never watched it for some reason although I have always been a big fan of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. New photographs and information from Kurt Cobain’s death have been released to the public this month and after reading a few articles and seeing the graphic images I was reminded that I had this DVD and wanted to watch it as a way to keep my pristine and grudgy image of Kurt Cobain alive. The performance took place at the Reading Festival in England in 1992 and the band played their greatest songs including Breed, School, About a Girl, and Lithium. The DVD is available online and if anyone is a fan of Nirvana I recommend you buy it. You will not be disappointed.

What have you guys been listening to, using, and watching this month? Do you have any favorites?

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Happy Monday!

Krystal

Totally Rad Pandora Station’s

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Music is a fundamental part of my life. I am constantly listening to music whether it’s the newest radio chart toppers or some rockin’ oldies. If I am not listening to songs on my iTunes account I am checking out new stations on Pandora. Pandora allows its listeners to create their own radio stations based on an artist or even a specific song. They tailor that station to match the style and sound of the whatever song you choose. It is perfect for anyone who wants to create a playlist based on their new favorite song but can’t decide which songs to add because Pandora does it for you. Below is a list that I have compiled of some of my favorite Pandora Radio Stations that I believe are totally rad! Enjoy!

Lana Del Rey Radio

With her smooth and sensual voice Lana Del Rey has been captivating our ears and the radio waves for sometime now. She has an old school vibe and new age artistic outlook that definitely makes her a musician to watch and the same can be said about her Pandora Radio Station. With artists like Lorde and Rihanna, and songs like Sail by AWOLNATION making appearances this is a Pandora Station perfect for any casual kickback with your friends or just a cool background beat for a seaside car ride. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

Of Monsters & Men Radio 

I was introduced to this Station by a friend of mine and my, my, my am I so glad that I was. Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, The XX, the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons need I say more? The 5 member Indie Folk band from Iceland tambourined themselves into every Indie girls dreams and their song “Who Are You” was even featured on the Catching Fire Soundtrack. This station is a must hear (a term I just created based off of must read) and destined to become one of your new, favorite Pandora  Radio Stations.

M83 Radio 

I first fell in love with M83 after hearing “Midnight City” at Coachella 2012. The crowd went wild. It was an almost unspeakable experience that I shared with everyone there that night. Electric, authentic, energy is the the only description I feel does that performance justice and that is exactly how I would describe their Pandora Radio Station. With bands like Phoenix, Neon Indian, and Passion Pit making numerous appearances all the songs sound like a mixture between the hottest, 80’s video game audios and a cool vibin’ California teen chiefin’ dream, it makes for the perfect pool party playlist.

Summer Hits of the 90’s Radio

Any child of the 90’s, or just someone with immense respect for all things 90’s will love this Station. Bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus are all featured and with the appearance of each new song you almost instantaneously travel back to the first time you heard What It’s Like by Everlast in a cluttered garage with your friends or in the back sit of a car with your older sister and her grudging boyfriend. It’s the perfect playlist for a long car ride to work where you just want to rock out and sing every word to your one time favorite songs.

Chingy Radio 

It’s like the Bar Mitzvah playlist of my dreams. This station is littered with our favorite Rap and R&B artists of yesterday year including Nelly, Bash Bash, and Frankie J. Long gone on the radio but forever instilled in our hearts in the form of booty shakin’ base jamz. The songs lack the new age, techno/galactic space voyager emphasis that is so wildly popular today and feature a more hip hop motivated rhythmic style. Definite must hear and sure to get any party started.

That’s my list of some of my favorite, totally rad Pandora Radio Stations. I am of course always open to suggestions for new music and would love to hear what Pandora Stations you guys listen to!

I hope you have a lovely day,

Krystal