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For Your Listening Pleasure: Lorde, Ms Mr, Bastille, & Daughter

It's been a while since I shared what I'm currently listening to. If you listen to the 8tracks playlists I occasionally post on The Lovely Side's Facebook page, you'll probably be familiar with these four artists. If not, then I'm so delighted to introduce you to them! 

Her hit "Royals" has hit the radio stations and the rest of her tunes are just as addicting. A 16-year-old hailing from New Zealand, her sound is sweet, sassy, and unique. 

Hauntingly beautiful voices and an eclectic electro-pop sound make up this American duo. The songs are creative, rich, and interesting. "Fantasy" is my personal favorite.

I'm obsessed with this four-piece London band. Their voices, their music, their lyrics are all incredibly beautiful and passionate. I can't stop listening to "Pompeii" and I plan on making this album my next vinyl purchase. 

An achingly beautiful voice combined with elegant music full of emotion and laced with mesmerizing lyrics, this English indie folk band has become my go-to soundtrack for writing inspiration. The song "Youth" is my top pick. 

Have you been listening to any of these lovely musicians already?  If so, what are your favorite songs?  If not, give them a listen! Happy listening!



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.