Fan Art Fridays: Tove Lo

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I was listening to Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams on Spotify today and I got really excited when I saw that Tove Lo is featured on their song “Fun.” She brings an interesting vibe to the album with her alt-pop vocals and multi-dimensional personality.

Her voice blends very well on the ballady track as a backup vocal to Chris Martin. “Fun” is one of my favorites on the album, along with “Army of One” and “Adventure Of A Lifetime.”

The song inspired me to look around for some cool fan art of Tove Lo, and I came across this cartoon portrait by Lily-the-Animator on Deviant Art. You gotta love her somber-looking, droopy, googly blue eyes!

View the original fan art here and check out “Fun” for yourself on Spotify!

 

Rockaway Beach

Now that the Fourth of July festivities are over, and I can actually stay awake long enough to edit pics and video, here’s a glimpse of how I spent my holiday.

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Yup. I hit the beach with my friends Kristell, Gina, and Niketa for Independence Day!!

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Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor
l-r: Niketa, Gina, and Me

Rockaway Beach is located in Far Rockaway. It’s not as nice as Miami Beach of course but its still pretty cool.

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Cotton candy mouth!!

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We expected the beach to be packed that day but surprisingly, at 12pm it wasn’t that full.

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We left at around 4pm, when the tide was pretty much forcing us to move our stuff off the sand.

The birds fly really low at Rockaway Beach. Thankfully the seagulls were respectful enough to not poop on us.

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The scariest part of the day was when a horseshoe crab got washed onto shore. The kids started playing with it and turning it over with sticks.

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Horseshoe Crab.

EW.

The shells at Rockaway Beach are really sharp, so be careful. The ones that are still in tact are quite lovely though.

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We all had a great time at the beach on July 4th, 2013. I even became a mermaid for a bit! Haha!!

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Gina and Kristell made me a mermaid. Fun.

As always I couldn’t forget you guys:

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Check out some of the footage I got at the beach!

I hope everyone had an awesome Fourth of July holiday!!

 

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!

Hofstra Spring Music Fest 2013

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On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 students from Hofstra University treated themselves to the Spring Music Fest.

It was a blast!

There were rides, games, and music, all out on the Intramural Fields. And some crowd surfing. Check out some of the photos on the official Facebook page taken by Jared Cohen!

The lineup included Tune$, Persona, host Erin Willett, Twenty One Pilots, Joey Badass, and Third Eye Blind.

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During the intermissions, students were encouraged to check out the bands at side stage. One of those bands happened to be my buddy Colin Scanlan’s band The Feel Good. The band also includes members Ian Terry, Trever Crist, and Paul Legerme. They did great job. I especially loved their song “LIFE FIGHT.” Check out their music on bandcamp!

My personal favorites were Erin Willett and Twenty One Pilots.

Erin Willett is a 2011 graduate of Hofstra University and semifinalist on season 2 of The Voice. She not only hosted the Music Fest, but she also sang for us. Her vocals are amazing. She literally blew me away with her cover of “Rolling on the River.” She looked stunning in her Festival Style tee.

Before the festival I did not know a thing about Twenty One Pilots.

I’m quite pleased that I now do know of them because they are so good!

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Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun.

At first I was alarmed by their masks, but then they started to play. Their beats are so catchy, and band members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are the cutest (once they take off the masks that is)!

These guys performed some seriously catchy beats including, “Holding On To You”, “Migrane”, “Screen” and “Car Radio.” They even came down from the stage with their drums, assembled in the middle of the crowd, and then played for us! At one point, Tyler Joseph said to the audience, “We’re from Ohio, but today we’re from Hofstra.”

You can be a Hofstran any day, Tyler.

Twenty One Pilots won us all over with their mashup of covers, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Akon’s “Don’t Matter.”

In the days leading up to the concert, my fellow Hofstrans would not shut up about Third Eye Blind!

And they had reason to, because when they played their famous song “Jumper”, I began to realize something: music brings us together. Although everyone had their different motives for going to the festival, at the end of the day, we were all feeling that same bass guitar coursing through our bodies. We were all standing there, huddled up close at lead singer Stephan Jenkins’ command due to the chilly breeze, swaying to the same beat. Somehow in that moment, we were all connected.

Enjoy some footage from the festival!

Holi Spring Festival of Colors

ImageMy buddy Sauani (you may have read about her in my ceramics post) invited me to play Holi at Hofstra today. I had a blast, got really dirty and in between all the fun I managed to get some footage of the event. The Holi Festival of Colors was held in the intramural fields on the North side of campus from noon until about 3pm this Saturday April 6th, 2013.

Holi is a religious spring festival observed by Hindus. It is called the Festival of Colors because you basically throw Holi colors (dyed powder) and water at your friends. It’s so much fun! Although, at one point they started throwing Pepsi, but I don’t think that’s part of the tradition so I politely scooted over and out of the war zone whilst that ensued. The festival originated from the Hindu Legend of Holika and Prahlad. Click here to read the legend.

Enjoy some of the pictures I took while getting Holi color thrown all over me!

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Happy Holi!