My Newest Hobby - Gertrude

This is my little girl, Gertie. I had no idea how time consuming such a small beast could be. Say hello!

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Broken Bells + Kids = Crazy Brilliant

(CC) Andy Sternberg - andysternberg.com.

(CC) Andy Sternberg - andysternberg.com.

If you have not heard of Broken Bells, it is the newest pursuit of James Mercer (the Shins) and producer extraordinaire, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton.) Their self-titled, debut album came out last week - go buy it immediately after checking out the vids below.

I have an incredibly weak spot in my heart for James Mercer. It might have something do with the fact that he resembles a younger, slimmer Kevin Spacey - but I think it has more to do with his musical ingenuity. Since the early - WAY EARLY - days of the Shins, I have been chasing that voice. It is one of those tones that hits me in the stomach in just the right way; I’m not sure if I should cry, dance or pray. Broken Bells do not disappoint in that regard.

Today, I was reminded of the ridiculous amount of innovation coming from these guys. The only evidence you need is that they held a focus group with kids. Children. I don’t doubt that it actually shaped their production decisions. I’m just amazed.

Weekend Vintage: Concert Ready

Going to “rock shows” is my personal vice. I spend way too much money on them, but it is money well spent because they make me endlessly happy. Tonight I will be attending the elusive, solo Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) show at the Vic in Chicago. YAY!!!

One bonus of going to concerts is that it is a bit like a costume party. You can pull out your most outrageous ensemble and be completely appropriate. In my day to day life, my wardrobe is pretty much nerd-chic (I love cardigans. LOVE them.) My concert persona is much cooler. She rocks scandalous boots, skinny jeans that cut off circulation and a smug attitude that will not be rivaled (which is key if you want to blend in with the unhappy, but uber-cool, hipsters.) In actuality, I’m not very cool at all, but I do like to play dress up. :)

Here are some vintage lovelies with a little boho flair - totally appropriate for tonight’s show.

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Vintage Beige Mini Dress from PrettyRaccoon

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Vintage Turquoise Bohemian Earrings from misovintage

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Vintage Brown Leather Clutch from smellyshoesvintage

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Opera Length Locket from HeavenAwaits

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Vintage Oxfords from MereTrifles

Klaxons - “Golden Skans” and “No Diggity”

Ok - I know I am way behind the curve on this one. I have to admit that I’ve never “gotten into” the Klaxons because frankly, I don’t like the name of their band. I’m so superficial. This morning I came across their cover of “No Diggity” (a la Blackstreet) which won them major points with me - enough to trump their failure of a band name. Anyway, I came across this little jam while diggin’ the YouTube scene and I kinda like it. You can check out No Diggity below.

PaperMichelle Feature!

Aww, I love blog features!! Bonnie from Going Home to Roost was so super sweet that she featured my little shop.

Check it out here!

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