Summer Madness: June 2014 Playlist

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Summer has finally arrived, and what a better way to kick off this celebratory time than with a playlist! Specifically catered to the warm, sunny and cool atmosphere that this season brings, this playlist mixes various styles, from techno-pop beats that’ll get your groove on, to casual synths and great melodies perfect for summertime. Enjoy!

Phoenix & Albert Hammond Jr.

Last night, I had the privilege of seeing both Albert Hammond Jr. and Phoenix live at Metropolis in Montreal. What an amazing concert! Both bands wowed the crowd and had my friends and I dancing like crazy in front row!

The opening act was Albert hammond Jr., whom we saw at Jake Bugg. I had gotten these tickets for my friend Tiana as a birthday present, and we both knew it was because of Albert. He’s such a talented musician, and it’s all the better that he’s a Strokes member (one of our favourite bands)! This time, we were prepared for the band.  We arrived with signs, and he noticed us immediately. We basically had conversations with Albert and the lead guitarist Mikey. We became known as the front row girls, and Albert even shouted out a song for us, saying ‘this one’s for the girls in dresses’ (We were all three wearing dresses).

We didn’t think the night could get any better, and then Phoenix came on. WHOA. I saw them perform last year at Osheaga, but it must’ve been the front row vibes we were getting, because this was a performance. They tore up the stage. Thomas, the lead singer, almost crowd surfed three times and actually crowd surfed once, he grabbed my hand twice, and he sat down on the ledge right in from of the stage (and us) and sang to us. Not even a foot away. It was amazing.

After the concert, we (obviously) went to the back and met the members of the bands! Unfortunately, Albert had left, but we still met Mikey and Jeremy, his drummer, as well as three of the members of Phoenix.

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Pointe-Claire Spring Fest

This saturday my band The DayDreamers, performed at the Pointe-Claire village street festival, Spring Fest. It was a wonderful experience and we were extremely well received! To all you Montrealers out there, my band will be playing at the Duck Race in Valois Park on saturday June 14th around 2pm! Hope to see you all there!

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For more of our information, you can check out our website: http://thedaydreamers.ca

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Summer Style Inspiration

With this fine summer breeze and these warm, sunny conditions, I thought it would be the perfect time to scroll through Pinterest for some summer style inspiration! My favourite summer trends this season are definitely lovely summer dresses, white dresses especially, pretty much anything white in fact! I’m also loving that loose white blazer, it’s been on my want list for quite some time now! Maxi’s are always a go-to in this weather, as are a cute pair of overalls.

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Flower Child

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In light of the lovely spring weather that has come, I’ve been spending so much more time outside. I am always so fascinated by the beauty of flowers, especially these pretty pink ones! The moment I saw them, I knew I had to style an outfit around them. Voila! What a coincidence that the floral crown matches almost exactly to the actual flowers! I’m pretty much all flowered up, from this shift dress and this crochet kimono both from Brandy Melville. What a perfect way to start the season! Let’s hope the rest of spring and even summer stay as beautiful as this.

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Old Montreal

I spent the day down in Old Montreal, also known as le Vieux Port (in french), strolling down Saint-Paul street to explore in the many art galleries. It’s such a beautiful part of town, and they have so many adorable restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. If anyone is ever in Montreal, this is a must see location!

I took collection of photographs of things that caught my eye throughout the day. Looking back, I think I have a slight fetish for doors and logo typography for restaurants and shops… Anyways, enjoy!

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May 2014 Playlist: Covers

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Happy friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! I’m finally on time for a playlist!!

This one is themed Covers, because it is all covers from mostly famous artists and a few of my favorite Youtubers. I’ve been listening to a lot of covers lately, and it seems they’re becoming more and more of a new trend. I don’t know if any of you arch Grey’s Anatomy, but this season has been filled with covers of popular songs from the 1980’s primarily covered by artists such Sleeping At Last, Aron Wright and The Wind & The Wave. They’re all absolutely amazing!! Another one of my favorite sources for youtube covers is on Youtube, specifically BBC Radio 1. They host a variety of different, well-established artists and record them performing live covers in the lounge. One of my favorites was Ben Howard’s cover of Call Me Maybe. I definitely recommend watching it. Not only is it musically perfect to my ears, but his personality shines when he’s performing this song, which is on a completely different ball park as his own works. I also adore Ed Sheeran and Passenger’s mashup-cover of No Diggity and Thrift Shop. It’s so different from either originals, and it’s a complete breath of fresh air. Oh and… You know what, I really love them all! I totally recommend taking a listen to these on youtube, you’ll be impressed!

 

Touring Virginia

For the third and final time, I went on my school music trip to Virginia this past week. I adore my music program, and two years ago, we went to New York City and last year we travelled to Boston. We travel to the Heritage Festival and perform for a competition. This year, we won 3 silvers. It’s something I really am going to miss about high school. Music has always been such an amazing opportunity at school, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it. I met so many amazing people, and I have such great memories because of it.

Sight-Seeing

Our first day was spent in Norfolk, a quaint city where we took an afternoon cruise. It reminded me slightly of Boston, or at least the area that we saw. We also spent time in Colonial Williamsburg, a historical walking tour of an interpreted and interactive colonial, american city.

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Although this beach wasn’t nearly as picture-perfect as in the Galapagos, we still had a lot of fun. The water was freezing, so we mostly sat in the sand and hung around the boardwalk. There were some cute shops and restaurants, and some great opportunities for friendly photo shoots!  IMG_2208 IMG_2215 IMG_2228 IMG_2235 IMG_2273 IMG_2277 IMG_2285 IMG_2301 IMG_2560 IMG_2568

Busch Gardens

We took two days at Busch Gardens, a giant amusement park, and it was a blast! The amusement park in itself is divided into countries, from England, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland and Canada. Each country had roller coasters, shops, restaurants and arcade games. We went on a variety of roller coasters and rides, and spent quite a bit of time on the roller coasters.

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This trip was one of the most memorable, something that I won’t forget for a long time. I had so many unforgettable experiences and I know I won’t ever regret it. I was so happy to be with all my friends, and although I’m sad it’s over already, I’m looking forward to many more experiences like this in the future.

 

Easter With The Family

Yesterday, I spent an afternoon at my aunt and uncle’s house for Easter.  Most of my family came, and I was delighted to see my godfather for the second time on his latest trip back to Montreal. We had a delicious buffet, filled with some traditional Lebanese recipes.

As for the outfit, I was so excited to wear my new floral chiffon pants from Forever 21 that I had just recently purchased. I paired them with a simple black tee, my jean jacket and a short copper chain.

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I absolutely adore this photo! These are all my second cousins, not including the adorable Luke, my godmother’s baby boy. I love these kids so much, they are all wonderful and cheerful boys and girls!