Booze and Beats: Your 4th of July Playlist for a Perfect Weekend of Festivities

Happy 4th of July from the nation's capital!

Happy 4th of July from the nation’s capital!

The smell of juicy burgers sizzling on the grill, cheerful bursts of laughter as friends catch up, and buzzed feeling of joy from a few too many beers — ah, yes, it’s the annual celebration of America’s birthday! A day of partying and indulgence that should only be fueled by the best summer tunes.

Though I’m still not entirely sure how I’ll be celebrating over the holiday weekend (hopefully by a pool sipping an endless supply of mojitos) I expect to be happy, buzzed, and listening to great tunes. And since it’s ALWAYS a bad idea to assume the music will be good at a party, I’ve created a nifty little Fourth of July mix that I will stealthily be trying to play anywhere I go — and you should too.

This party playlist starts out with some upbeat tropical/funk house/future house vibes and gets more progressive as it unravels. There are some definitive songs of summer on this mix as well as some lesser-known tracks. No matter what you vibe, there’s something for everyone here!

Have a happy, safe, and vibin’ Fourth of July, everyone! xx

Weekly Mix Vol. 20: New Disclosure, Fehrplay, Zed’s Dead, and More

There was so much rich new music released in the past week that it was hard for me to pick just ten tracks, so I didn’t!

Dance the day away with dope new music from Disclosure, Fehrplay, Zed’s Dead, Leno, Jody Wisternoff, and JKAY. Plus, there’s a new Grum remix out — which is kind of heaven on earth.

Happy Tuesday!

 

#FashionFriday: Spring Jackets to Step Up Your Weekend Look Plus a Weekend Mix Filled with New Music

Photo by Margaret Murphy

Photo by Margaret Murphy

Spring may not officially be here yet, but there’s a discernible feeling of relief throughout DC now that temperatures are inching back up. Patios are open again, down coats are tucked away in the closet (hopefully for good), and icy sidewalks are finally melting; everything is just splendid. Flowers may not be blossoming yet but the entire city’s mood has flourished!

The drastic temperature changes that happen in spring are a blessing and a curse. The mid-day spikes are a delightful taste of the sun-drenched summer days ahead but the morning chill requires way more than just the cute lightweight sweater you’ve been waiting all winter to wear. No matter how thick-skinned you are, morning temperatures in the 30s require a jacket.

Now that my unflattering, puffy winter jacket is back in storage — yes that’s right, I’m taking a stand, I REFUSE to take that thing back out — I’m so excited to start rotating my selection of lighter jackets, accumulated with extreme care over the past couple of years. They’re a fun way to dramatically change-up your street style. You could be wearing just black skinny jeans and a grey sweater — but topped with a variety of jackets, you can make that one outfit look like several fresh looks.

These are the key spring outerwear pieces every woman needs in her closet:

The Trench

As you can see from my photo, I love an edgy spin on a trench! If the clean silhouette of a classic Burberry trench is more to your liking, go for that, you can’t go wrong with a staple. I fell in love with the leather sleeves on my Rag & Bone number. A trench is timeless and elegant; you can wear it to the office, out to brunch, for a weekend jaunt, and pretty much any other event you can think of.

Burberry Brit - Hooded Packaway Trench Coat $750

Burberry Brit – Hooded Packaway Trench Coat $750

Vince Camuto - Draped Wrap Long Trench Coat $190

Vince Camuto – Draped Wrap Long Trench Coat $190

Mackage - Leather Trim Asymmetrical Zip Long Trench Coat $390

Mackage – Leather Trim Asymmetrical Zip Long Trench Coat $390

The Leather Jacket

A leather jacket goes with anything and will instantly give you an edgy look. The best part about a leather jacket is that it actually looks best when worn in, so toss it on before hitting up a concert this spring and try not to spend too much time worrying about it getting ruined. My All Saints jacket has been through hell — and now it looks fabulous as a result.

All Saints - Cargo Biker Jacket $540

All Saints – Cargo Biker Jacket $540

Top Shop - Premium Belted Leather Biker Jacket $370

Top Shop – Premium Belted Leather Biker Jacket $370

Rebecca Taylor - Washed Leather Jacket $895

Rebecca Taylor – Washed Leather Jacket $895

The Parka

These are perfect for days where the weather seems more than a little unpredictable. They’re easy to weather proof (a lot of them even come that way) and usually much easier to clean than other materials. Plus there’s an effortless sense of cool to these jackets — like you could just as easily be heading out for a hike as you could to the nearest bar.

ASOS - Summer Ultimate Parka $98

ASOS – Summer Ultimate Parka $98

Zara - Hooded Parka with Leather Sleeves $99.90

Zara – Hooded Parka with Leather Sleeves $99.90

Laver - 365 Parka $556

Laver – 365 Parka $556

The Cropped Jacket

Perfect for layering over chunky sweaters on colder days or thin long-sleeved shirts when the sun is shining bright, this silhouette gives you plenty of cool options for experimentation. Opt for an interesting texture or pattern if you feel particularly bold!

Nasty Gal - Moto Zip Crop Jacket $88

Nasty Gal – Moto Zip Crop Jacket $88

Rag & Bone  - Black Marshall Cropped Trench $695

Rag & Bone – Black Marshall Cropped Trench $695

ASOS - New Look Cropped Jacket $30

ASOS – New Look Cropped Jacket $30


 

Since I didn’t post a Turn Up Tuesday playlist this week, here’s a weekend mini mix to get you through till next week. Tunes, tunes, tunes! New tracks from three of my favorites —  Fehrplay, Gorgon City, and Oliver Heldens — plus lots more seriously groovy stuff.

I promise you’ll be dancing with those headphones in. xo

 

Turn Up Tuesdays Vol. 4

Having made my way through five seasons of The Good Wife over the course of the past two weeks, it’s completely acceptable to judge me for the way I’ve been spending my free time. Luckily, that has not hindered my determination to seek out the week’s best tunes, and my-oh-my this week was glorious! I’ve been a huge fan of Fehrplay for a while (shout out to Ty Francis for that!) and his remix of Royksopp’s “Sordid Affair” is a glorious tech-house track perfectly encompassing his unique style.

As is always the case, Kaytranada brings his production flavor to  T.I & Young Thug’s “About Da $” and takes it to new levels of dope. This isn’t my favorite Kaytra remix, but he’s so good at what he does that it’s still leagues ahead of most stuff out there.

There’s plenty more great tunage from this week: Madeon, George Maple, Jean Deaux, Rae Sremmurd, and Tyga. So plug in!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Right Quick: The new Tyga video boasts a cheetah on a private plane surrounded by piles of cash and Goyard trunks. How could I not include this? “What the work like?” … if you’re Tyga, it’s pretty damn great.