Monday, August 18, 2014

Lush's NEW Self-Preserving Products!

In case you hadn't heard, Lush has recently announced the launch of several new self-preserving formulations of their best-selling products. This is big news guys. THIS IS BIG.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thoughts on "No Cameras Allowed"

I'm really intrigued to see the No Cameras Allowed movie, honestly. 

At first when I saw the trailer I was just intensely jealous of this guy's circumstances like, "BRO YOU GOT TO LIVE MY DREAM, LIKE FUCK YOU." 

 But then I realized what irked me so much about the trailer. 

First of all, the documentary is being distributed by MTV. So there's one red flag. There's no way that MTV is involved in this without exploiting James Marcus Haney's story and talent. And he has talent. I'm not denying that. He's a great photographer and a great filmmaker (he's directed a few music videos since he started cheating the system). 

But why did MTV choose to tell this story? This guy's unbelievable and one-in-a-million story? They could have chosen to tell the story of the average concert photographer that does it the old-fashioned-non-cheat-your-way-into-Coachella way. It seems like they did it for their own gain, to make the music industry look like this fantasy land where everything works out all the time and there's not a fuckton of fine print and legal shit and labels don't rob artists out of most of the money they deserve. MTV is using this guy to overshadow all that.

The biggest problem I have is that young people are going to get a false idea of what the life of a concert photographer is like. For every James Marcus Haney there are hundreds of people working their asses off and NOT getting asked to come on tour with Mumford and Sons. I'm not saying that what I do and what my friends do isn't awesome and that I don't love the perks of being a music photographer, but it's still hard work and there are a lot of hoops you have to jump through to get the proper credentials. And most of us don't get paid. We do it because we love it and we want to support the artists around us.

Young people are going to think that it's so easy to get into these festivals with fake wristbands and become friends with famous people, and eventually become famous themselves.

Also I don't buy the story 100% because of continuity issues in the trailer. He was carrying around a film camera but the video footage he got was super HD DSLR quality. At all the festivals I've shot and attended, you need extra permission to shoot video, let alone shooting from the damn stage. Granted, I've taken a couple stealthy shots with my 7D in the past, but he had a damn Super 8 camera, and that ain't stealthy at all. You can't sneak those in under your jacket or in your pocket.

I am still going to see the film out of curiosity when it airs on MTV, but I still feel a bit icky about MTV's involvement at all.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? I know some people in LA saw it when they had a college screening tour, so if you have, please let me know if I'm completely out of line. I'm skeptical, but I want to be open-minded.

All the more reason I want to make my own documentary about touring with an indie band. Just gotta get the guys all on board.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I have a salacious sweet tooth. And today all I wanted was some peanut butter bars. The only problem - we only have gluten-free baking ingredients in our house. And I could not for the life of me find any gluten-free recipes for peanut butter bars that didn't consist of fucking granola or flax seed. Just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you want to consume 200% of your daily fiber all the time. 

So I made something up. And it was delicious.

Monday, August 4, 2014


In case you hadn't heart, Lush UK recently launched the Lush Kitchen. What is the Lush Kitchen, you may ask? Well lemme tell you - it's awesome. Small batches of limited edition products like shower gels, shave creams, soaps, sunscreens, bath bombs - basically anything you could think of, they've tried already. Even a mustache wax. A freaking mustache wax.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Warby Parker Home Try-On

I recently went in for my routine eye exam (which I haven't actually done in three years so my bad), and come to find out - I need a new prescription! I went in for three reasons. 1.) I need an updated exam before I went off my parents' insurance. 2.) I've been squinting while driving at night. 3.) I want new glasses.

I've been wearing these frames since February 2011, so a really long freaking time.

After my exam I tried on some of the frames they had at my optician, to no avail. I went to Target. No me gusta. I stopped at Lenscrafters at the mall - again, no luck! I was running out of options other than just getting new lenses in my existing frames, but that's no fun! So I did some research into Warby Parker. Friend and fellow blogger Laura Neuzeth has done reviews of Warby Parker frames before and she loves them, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Monday, July 28, 2014

These Shoes Are Made For Shooting

I see a lot of live music, that's no secret. But when it comes to dressing for shows, I have a bit of a formula. Really the only common integer is COMFORTABLE SHOES. I see so many girls at shows wearing shoes that would either twist their ankle at any wrong turn or stab a straw foot and all I can think is your poor feet. What did they ever do to you?

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Mixtape | Forget Me Not

I photographed a friend's wedding last night, and it got me thinking about what songs I might want to play at my future wedding. When it comes to fantasizing about my dream wedding, the first things I think about are the music and who will take the photos. Predictable, aren't I? I could care less about the shoes or if my bridesmaid dresses match or if I even have flowers. But if the music isn't on point and the photos aren't what I want, I'll cut someone. 

Maybe I'm overreacting, but you know what I mean.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GOING LOCAL || Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant

I've always been a huge fan of supporting small businesses - so I thought I'd start shopping local more often. And I'm running low on deodorant, so I'm starting there. Schmidt's Natural Deodorant hails from Portland, and it's aluminum-free, cruelty-free, and smells divine! So I figured, well why not?