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Friday, June 28, 2013

Frankly y'all, this week's been a little shitty. I said it. So it was even more cathardic to do a little web browsing today and create one of the more random and long wmmh posts ever. Sometimes we just need a little bit of random (and a lot of inspirational quotes via Pinterest amiright? Enjoy.

* Mercimerci has so many great posters. 

*Lego Game of Thrones is pretty awesome.

* Should I feel shame for how much I like Hanson's new song?

*This pretty much sums up my feelings entirely. Love this chick.

*These are all incredibly legitimate reasons to dump this guy.

*This picture makes me smile.

*This is so pretty.

*Hell yeah.


*So true.

*This poster needs to find it's way onto my wall.

♥ Links Loved ♥

* This is the prettiest tumblr I've seen in a while.

* Carmen wrote a great post about NOT wanting to be Carrie Bradshaw. Loved it.

* This is something I think I'm having all the time. 10 Signs You're Having Your Quarter Life Crisis.

* April Ludgate is basically my hero. I am her.

* These behind the scenes Harry Potter images made my day.

a special place

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

We all have that one special place where we go to think, to dream, to stew, to cry, to be inspired.  Ever since I was a little girl, that place has been this little nook on the river.  All it takes is a short little hike and you're there. Lately I've been finding myself wandering down to the river more frequently to think or drop a line in the water and I have been so inspired by the simple beauty of the area.  I had to take a few photo to share with y'all.
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:: dress : Forever 21 :: boots : PFI Western Wear ::

when i wasn't blogging

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This weekend was full of friends, music, great food, and too much beer and belly laughing.  It was the best reunion. A couple of my best pals from Boston, Miss Emilie of Scarborough Food Fair, Kaston & Nick of My Politic, and Trevor & Brendan of My Pile uh Dicks (really the greatest cover band ever,) finished out their the Love & a Motor Home tour in lovely Springfield, MO. I know i've talked about them before, but it cannot be helped, they're too awesome.  We got to watch the guys play at an old favorite, Copper Run Distillery and a new favorite Piney River Brewery, both of which are just the coolest places to visit if you're ever in the Ozarks.
Reunited and it feels so good...
Now I've just gotta brag on these guys a little.  Kaston & Nick have been playing music together since they were about 14 years old and just keep getting better the longer they do.  I'm so proud of them and how much they've stretched on this album, which is totally kick-ass.  The harmonies? On effing point. The lyrics? Make me happy/teary every time.  The beards?  Well they're a little patchy, but wonderful.  The point is, I'm pimping out their album to y'all because I love it, I love them, and I love good music.  You can find their previous albums via iTunes, and their new album is available here. Oh yeah and watch their music video below.  Love em.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

*This is how I will now run. Forever.

* Love this vintage sheet picnic basket DIY from Smile & Wave.

* OMG. this.

* Yup.

♥ Links Loved ♥ 

*Things to keep in mind if you're having a bad day. I needed this today.

* 7 Things Every Woman Should Accomplish in her 20's.

* 15 Are You Afraid of the Dark Secrets. I LOVED THIS SHOW.

* My pal Christian has been KILLING it photography wise, his instagram is one of my favorite things ever right now. Shameless plug complete.

Grilled Peach Infused Bourbon

Monday, June 17, 2013

Here on the Fears compound we've been expiramenting with tons of different liquor recipes and infusions and are having a blast developing our favorites.  Lately, while flipping through my favorite food blogs and magazines I've been seeing a big emphasis on grilled fruits inside your cocktails to add a smokey summer flavour.  Today I decided to try a little grilled fruit infusion of my own with grilled peaches and honey bourbon.  I love how pretty the fruits look with their charred grill lines and they just smelled delicious while cooking.  

What You'll Need:
2 peaches quartered
Your favorite bourbon (I went with American Honey because I thought it would make a nice sweet bourbon flavour.)  

What To Do:
Prepare grill for medium-high heat (or in my case because it was raining cats and dogs, a grilling iron griddle pan inside the oven heated to 350 degrees.)  Grill paeches until lightly charred (about 4 minutes per side.)  Combine peaches and bourbon in a 1 qt mason jar.  Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 days.  After bourbon has set, strain into a medium bowl (without pressing on peach pieces, which will make the bourbon cloudy.)  Discard peaches.  Transfer to jar and chill.  

I'll be spending the next three days eagerly awaiting my finished bourbon.  Be sure to check out Emilie's blog later this week for my guest posts using the finished bourbon for a couple of grilled fruit cocktails (which of course will include this yummy bourbon.)  Can't wait!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

*Burger and Friends has some sweet cat shirts..but I really love this one.

* I totally love OK Go AND NPR...so this is great.

*Seriously, if this Arrested Development video game actually comes out I will own it.

*Did y'all yarn bomb on International Yarn Bombing Day?


*I love Liz's dipped pastel milk bottle DIY. So pretty.

*Another super cute (and super do-able) home DIY.

♥ Links Loved ♥

* 21 Problems With Dating In your 20's

* Are you attending Jess' Body Love Conference? I REALLY want to go.

* Why No One Should Mess With the Ocean. Um Yeah.

*This is a great summer bucket list.

*15 Questions Jurassic Park Left Unanswered.

Treat Yo Self 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's been a rough couple of weeks y'all. Without going into a lot of detail, I've been spending a lot of time either out surrounded by friends, or tucked into bed watching reruns with a bag of cookies. Naturally, ya'll know I'm going to be watching one of my all-time favorites, Parks & Rec. While watching the forces that are Tom & Donna & THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR, I decided to put together a little TREAT YO' SELF 2013 List for y'all. You're so welcome.



My Youth in Records

Monday, June 10, 2013

When I was young (like, really young,) my parents took me to my first concert, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, when they played the Ozark Rodeo. (I know, I know.)  The Daredevils were my parents FAVORITE band in college and I wasn't sure really what to expect. What I got was a lot of drunk old hippies.  Mostly.  But I have this memory of standing in the grandstands as they started playing "It'll Shine When It Shines."  Slowly the entire outdoor arena started flickering, little bic lighters glowing in the darkness (hey they didn't have cell phone cameras to flash around obnoxiously in the 90's) and the entire arena started singing along.  It gave me chills even then.  Those, I believe, are the moments that we as musicians or just lovers of music live for.  The collective experience of a great song, of glowing lights, of an entire room living in that moment.    The time when you share a song or a video with others and they just get it.  Goosebumps man, goosebumps.

I was listening to music basically coming out of the womb and really never stopped.  It's in my blood.  (Seriously, during my last surgery the surgeon told me i totally freaked her out b/c I started singing while I was still under in the middle of the procedure.  Freeeaky.)  I recently read an article written by Questlove about the 27 records of his youth, the moments he was in, the memories they brought him, and I couldn't stop thinking about my own.  Below I've listed some of my defining memories, moments, or records that just make me think of a time, a place, a person from my pre to late teens.  It's pretty comical to remember the (sometimes embarrassing,) records I loved, but hey I was young.  I would LOVE to hear about yours.

xoxo Fearsy

1993: Alan Jackson :: A Lot About Living (& A Little Bout Love) 
Country music and I have been through the ringer throughout my youth.  Growing up in Missouri there's really no escaping it, but it can be certain that in 1993, it certainly wasn't cool.  As a decidedly uncool child, naturally, I loved it, and Chattahoochee was my jam.  (I even had the music video taped on a VHS.)  Did I understand how dirty the song was? Absolutely not.  (It get's hotter than a hoochie coochie.  Hello inappropriate.)

1994: Meatloaf :: Bat Out of Hell Delux Edition  
I'm hanging out with my older and much cooler cousin & his girlfriend watching the pop-up video for I Would Do Anything for Love. Do you remember how effing creepy this video was??? So weird.  So awesome.  So much hair.

1995: Boys II Men II :: & TLC Crazy Sexy Cool
95 was a big year in the Fears family with the purchase of our first CD player, and my newest birthday gifts, the Boys 2 Men & TLC albums. I would grab a hairbrush, my one pair of silky pajamas, and an oscillating fan and sing in the mirror to Creep. Then my mom heard Red Light Special and I was grounded. 

1996: Bush :: Razorblade Suitcase
Okay I'm gonna set the scene for y'all.  MTV Spring Break Cancun is literally in the middle of a hurricane & Bush is supposed to play on this crazy lit up outdoor stage that has to be a massive electrical issue due to the pouring rain.  The band doesn't come out.  They're about to cancel the show.  Then Gavin come out, plugs in, and plays Glycerine as the rain literally pours down. (Was it the best decision to be hooked up to electronics in a hurricane?  Likely no.  But so badass.)

1997: Lynyrd Skynyrd ::  Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd)
I've always been a super nostalgic kid, so naturally, when I found my parents stash of vinyl from their college years I immediately claimed it all, pulled out the old record player and jammed.  Say what you will about Free bird, but listening to it pop and crack through old speakers and a needle is magic. 

1998: Usher :: My Way
Nostalgia overload.  I got my first kiss in the 8th grade school dance while stiff armed, sweaty palmed slow dancing to Usher's Nice & Slow with my 1st boyfriend. (Which looking back, was probably an inappropriate song to be playing at a jr. high dance. Just saying.) Every time I hear this song my heart beats a little faster.

1998: Lauryn Hill :: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Yeah I have two 98's so what. I had to, because THIS album seriously changed my world.  It crushed me.  I couldn't listen to one song without having to listen to the entire thing straight through.  And I still do.

1999 :: Cruel Intentions Soundtrack:  Colorblind
Okay okay, I know it's a soundtrack, but really, aren't those the modern day mixtapes of our generation?  I was totally obsessed with this movie, with Ryan Phillippe, and in the process, fell in love with this Counting Crows track.  I seriously wish that my first time could have been this beautiful.  Yeah.

2000: Eva Cassidy :: Live at Blues Alley
Around my freshman year of high school, I started getting really into vocal jazz and the blues and a friend suggested that I check out Eva. Afterwards I literally dug through every blues CD I could find in my home just to attempt to get more.  She was a treasure.  Listen to her version of T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday and try to disagree.

2001: Nirvana :: Nevermind
The summer before my junior year I dated this guy who was totally obsessed with Kurt Cobain.  I'd pick him up after I got off of work at the city pool and we'd jam out and talk for hours (or make out in the high school parking lot.  Whichever came first.)

2002: Ben Harper :: Fight For Your Mind
2002 was a year for light experimentation for me...which basically means it was a year I decided to smoke a lot of weed with my guy friends from school.  There used to be this old house that we'd all go to on Friday nights and listen to music and get high... and there wasn't a single night where Burn One Down didn't play.

2003: The White Stripes :: Elephant
The summer after I graduated HS I worked at a local waterpark as a lifeguard with a bunch of college kids.  I had a massive crush on one particular guy who was in a band, and one day he hands me this CD he'd burned of his band playing and the White Stripes.  I listed to Ball & Biscuit on repeat with the windows down for weeks.  I'm not really sure if I ever actually got to the guy's band music...  Jack White is now my boyfriend.

Tattoosday ::Marcin Aleksander Surowiec ::

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Have y'all been picking up on a theme with my ink inspirations lately?  I cannot get enough of bold, geometric uses of color, and the technicolor tattoos of Marcin Aleksander Surowiec are no exception.  From street style cartoon-ish pieces to the faceted geometric shapes, Surowiec has a style all his own that makes his tattoos instantly recognizable.  Check out a few of my faves...
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