Now Playing: New Year, New Tunes!

I was home this week with plenty of time to discover some new music and I am totally ready to bring in 2014 with these new jams:

Later On – The Swon Brothers

swon brothers

I remember watching & loving these guys on last season of The Voice so I am SO excited that they’ve released their first single and that it is really great! They’re full of energy and crazy talented – I think they’ll be around for while! Plus, how could they not be with looks like that?

Numb – August Alsina


I know, the lyrics are absolutely absurd and disgusting, but it wouldn’t be a complete S playlist without at least 1 token terrible rap song. This guy sounds almost exactly like Chris Brown and I dare you to try not dancing when this song comes on.

Team – Lorde


I MIGHT like this song more than Royals. Yeah, I said it. I haven’t listened to the whole ‘Pure Heroine’ album yet, but I like what I hear so far and might have to give in soon. With that voice and passion I still can’t believe she’s only 16.

Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo


Okay, fine, maybe this post has 2 absolutely terrible rap songs. But can I really help it if all I want to do is dance? This song is SO different from Jason Derulo’s last hit “Marry Me,” but I won’t lie, I like it a lot more.

and Bonus throwback –

Get Me Bodied – Beyonce

get me bodied

I know she has a completely new and amazing album out, but I have not been able to bring myself to download it yet. I’m still not over Miley’s Bangerz or Eminem’s MMLP2 so I just don’t want to add another full album if I’m unable to give it the attention it deserves (weird, I know). HOWEVER, I have been inspired by the release of the new album to revisit one of my old Bey favorites.

What will you be listening to in the New Year?


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Now Playing: Rap & More

You all know about my rap music obsession by now. Well, it’s been in full swing recently, as I’ve discovered some pretty great rap songs I’ve been listening to non-stop. I know they’re crude and difficult to understand, but try listening to any of these in the morning and not having a little extra pep and sass in your step for the day. Also, sometimes they’re just downright hysterical.

(Note: I have not linked to the actual videos for the first few because they’re super weird and inappropriate)

Slight work – Wale

Bassline – Chris Brown

I’ve been listening to these two on shuffle during my whole commute the last week or so, and it definitely pumps me up for the day. I just have to resist breaking it down on the metro…which is probably more difficult for me than most people (sorry not sorry I love to dance!).

Headband – B.o.B.

Acapella – Karmin

These two songs embody what I mean when I say rap music is funny. If you check out the lyris (especially to the last one), you’ll see what I mean!

Some non-rap jams for those that aren’t feeling the hardcore stuff:


Royals – Lorde

You’ll Find  A Way – Santogold

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

These three songs are a little more alternative than my usual song choices, but I just can’t help myself. They’re all super different, too. Not sure what’s gotten into me…but I’m loving the variety! Lorde & The Neighbourhood are both newer artists, while Santogold has been around for a while. Check ’em out!

Redneck Crazy – Tyler Farr

You didn’t think I would just let this list go on without adding a country song, did you? Tyler Farr is pretty new to country music, but this song has definitely been pushign him to the top of the charts already. The name makes it seem kinda weird, and I’m not sure what it means that I love a song called “Redneck Crazy,” but I don’t even care. I DARE you to try not belting this in the car…

What are you listening to?


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Currently Listening: Something for Everyone

So this is another music post…but I can’t help it! I’m no music expert but I do have really eclectic taste. After completely wearing out Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” track, I HAD to download new music this weekend. These are all really great and coincidentally happy sing-a-longs that have been amping me up during my normally drowsy morning routine. Here’s what I’ve been listening to on repeat:

1. Fool for you – Cee Lo Green 
If you’re feeling something a little different


Yeah…what? Cee Lo? For real? Yes. It’s real. And it’s incredible.

2. Slow Down – Selena Gomez
If you want to dance


Selena has done it again. Another great sing and dance-along track that just puts me in a great mood. Perfect for a night out…or a night of dancing around your bedroom….not that I just did that tonight or anything…

3. Popular Song – Mika
If you’re feeling something fun & light


MIKA seems to come out of the woodwork every once in a while with something absolutely awesome. From ‘Love Today’ to ‘Celebrate,’ I’m always pleasantly surprised when I hear a new MIKA jam and the same goes for this one!

4. Aw Naw – Chris Young
If you’re feeling country


It wouldn’t be a complete Shianne list if there weren’t at least a little country on it. This song is a standard fun country song about partying. But just a warning – like “Boys Round Here,” it’s REALLY country (as if you couldn’t tell by the name) – so this may be one of those country songs that will not translate well for non-country fans.

5. Crazy Beautiful – Andy Grammer
If you’re feeling cheesy and romantic


I’ve had a weird thing for Andy Grammer music ever since I saw him perform at UR forever ago. His music is just SUPER happy…which I love! This particular song is really lovey-dove and cheesy, but it’s also equally cute and fun!

I don’t know what is in the air lately, but I’m really feeling these super-happy tunes! No sad, crooning country hits for me…at least not for a while! What have you been listening to?

xO – S

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What’s getting us through the week!

We’re baaaaaaaack!

 After a 2 week hiatus from our weekly segment of what’s getting us through the week – we’re back today with a little inspiration for everyone to make it through the end of tomorrow! Here’s what’s been helping us this week:

Elyse Says…

 1. Finishing Powder 

For my new job I have to take the metro to work..between the trek up the hill from my apartment, the wind from the metro cars flying by as they pull into the station and the sweaty crowded people on the morning red line I have renewed my faith in finishing powder. If you don’t know what it is, its the translucent powder that goes over your entire make up — and holds it in place while reducing shine and being blown off by the elements of public transportation. It also prevents bronzer from looking a little too bronze especially on pale people like me. I use maybelline because I’m a drug store make up kind of girl but anything that suits your fancy will work! A must for the summer!

2. Free Office Candy

You know that weird time at work– around 3:30 where you’re mostly through the day but you still have a few hours to go and your stomach is grumbling since you just woke up from your post lunch food coma? Well the new office offers a free candy bar — FREE CANDY. its like they just know to call to my inner child. If you went to Rochester– its basically the common market and its constantly being restocked. Yesterdays Haul? Chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered animal crackers. I like to think that it will be off set by all the stair climbing I’ve been doing recently. We’ll see..

Shianne Says…

1. Veggie Straws – Zesty Ranch

I honestly had never heard of these things before I stumbled upon them in Target last week…but I’m officially hooked. They are so delicious and are the perfect supplement to my lunch sandwich or soup! I’ve brought a ziplock bag full everyday this week. The best part is, they’re fairly healthy…at least moreso than other snack products! But they’re also really tasty..highly recommend!

2. Blake Shelton – “Boys ‘Round Here”

Blake Shelton is one of my FAVORITE singers of all time and this song is just hysterical.  It’s so fun and silly that you literally CAN NOT be upset while listening to it. It’s physically impossible. I dare you to try. And the video is even better – check it out here:

 & we agree on…

New Opportunities

View from the new office on a rainy day!

As you know, Elyse started her new job this week and it’s been going great so far! It’s more relevant to her career goals, has a great culture and atmosphere, and she’s already learning a lot! As for me, I’ve just been assigned my very first event to be the lead on! It’s a small trip to Gettysburg, PA – but I’m really excited to learn more about the front-end processes of event planning!

That being said, it’s been a crazy and busy week for the both of us – as new opportunities can seem like tough obstacles at first. But if you look at things the right way and have a positive attitude, you’ll definitely be able to succeed…and think of how much you’ll learn along the way! Here’s to hoping we both stay on this adrenaline high for a little longer!

What’s helping you get through the week?

Xx E&S

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This Week’s Playlist

Normally I would save something like this for our “What’s getting us through the week” post on Thursday…but I just don’t think I can hold it in until then…so alas, a random Monday evening post! I have been listening to the following songs for about 2 weeks straight and they have been making me SO HAPPY that I just had to share them with the world!

1. American Beautiful – The Henningsens


The first time I heard it, I HAD to download it immediately – and I was so shocked to see that this is a new group! They sounded so polished and like they just BELONGED on country radio! The phrase that especially got to me was in the second verse: “Why walk, baby, we were born to run?” It’s just so strangely motivational! I’ve really been enjoying DC life lately, and I’ve been really, really happy…and this song matches my feelings of trying to make the most of every situation and really making sure I’m running through life and experiencing all I can while I can!

2. Running Out of Air – Love & Theft

love & thetf

How many times did my friend Kelly and I listen to this song between Saturday evening and right now? I don’t want to talk about it. Actually, I do. Because its about 100. Because this song is awesome. So fun, so catchy…what more can you want? I’m obsessed.

3. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez


Now…this one is a few weeks old…but I’m still listening non-stop…and that’s a good sign! I’m considering it as my follow-up jam to Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Marina & The Diamonds’ “How to be a Heartbreaker,” both of which my roommate and I were obsessed with earlier in the year. They’re all classic work out/power jams that just make you want to scream and dance.

I’m generally not the most “hip” or up-to-date when it comes to music, so don’t expect posts like this often…but I just had to make sure everyone knew about these tunes because they are fairly new still! Check ’em out and let us know what’s on your playlist this week!


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