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Streetlight Manifesto & The Blackhawks

Streetlight Manifesto

This weekend I went on a mini road trip to Bloomington, Illinois to see Streetlight Manifesto’s The End of the Beginning tour. The show itself was incredible, and while I had to resist my inner-teenage desire to hit the moshpits, I still loved every second  singing my heart out in the balcony. They played an excellent mix of new and old materials, and overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better night. Little did I know what Monday night had in store for us.

Blackhawks win!

My friend Dan convinced me to stay in Illinois Monday night to watch the Blackhawks with everyone, and I am so thankful I did! There is nothing like celebrating a Stanley Cup victory like maniacally screaming and jumping up and down like savages with your friends. The above photo was taken prior to the win - trust me, we looked far more ecstatic after the win but were too busy celebrating to snap photos.

With Blackhawks on the brain, I decided that I wanted to update the home and lock screens on the my iPhone4, so I designed the above illustration because I couldn’t find one I liked. The image is available as an iPhone4 wallpaper and Facebook cover photo, and you can download them here.

Overall, I had an incredible weekend with great folks, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the summer has in store for us!

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As it Stands

As it Stand - June 21

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LISTEN.

I have been listening to a lot of Streetlight Manifesto lately, including their newest album Hands that Thieve. Unbeknownst to many, I spent the majority of my high school days obsessing over ska music and playing in my ska band, Two for Flinching. Two of my best friends (and former band-mates) asked me if I’d be interested in seeing Streetlight Manifesto for their Beginning of the End tour since we used to cover quite a few of their songs. I, of course, said yes and have spent much of my week familiarizing myself with their newest album.


LOVE.

This week I discovered the cutest paper boutique, Monogram Paper & Gifts. This store just screamed my name, and I honestly had a hard time not buying everything in sight! In fact, I bought even more than what is shown above, but for the sake of not ruining surprises for people I couldn’t show everything. From lovely stationery to adorable and quirky gifts, this store was absolutely wonderful! I am absolutely loving my new America the Beautiful Field Notes too.

LAUGH.

For whatever reason, I cannot get enough of these “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” GIFs. I suppose I should come clean and mention that I’m an absolute sucker for goofy GIFs. Though I can’t explain why, I definitely got a huge kick out of these silly images.

LIVE.

After spending the morning and afternoon working on a new project for a client, I am really looking forward to spending some time with my two amazing friends mentioned earlier, Dan and Zak (as shown in the photo from left to right: Dan, myself, Zak). We grew up together, and while our group of friends has all split up (geographically speaking, this is), we make a diligent effort to get together for long weekends when we can to catch up and love life. I am really looking forward to spending some time with these crazy kids and seeing a band we were all obsessed with during our young and reckless high school days.

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