March 31, 2011

necklace love

phew! just got back from the ascap new york sessions. it's like a one day mini-conference for songwriters with panels and speakers. i've been networking all day and it's soooo exhausting (but fun!) there will be a post on it at a later date...

for now, i just wanted to share this little journal pendant that i announced i was recieving from etsy.

etsy book necklace
by VadeMecum1984

so cute, right?? i was hoping to get a picture of it actually on, but i'm not completely familiar with the ins and outs of this camera, and it kept coming out blurry.

honestly, it's a little flimsier than it appears in the pictures. however, i'm still thrilled to have it. long necklaces with interesting stuff dangling from them are my fave.

and you can actually open the little book and write in it!! i'm either going to have other people sign all the pages, or document tremendous life epiphanies in them.

first entry:


March 29, 2011

i think i see the light

sunday dinner yet again! this time it was at zach's place. ribs with all the fixin's. i was exhausted from being crammed on a very uncomfortable bus all day... but the prospect of a good meal and good friends propelled me out of my stupor and onward to greenpoint.

i waited for the bus, but decided to split a cab with a guy who ended up paying for my half of the ride. (chivalry. itz not dead!) then the authentically new-york-crazy cab driver tried to convert me on the way there. he gave me his business card... "rolling for jesus," it said.

and evidently when i rang the buzzer, they were telling ghost stories and i scared the crap out of everyone. haha.

the cook!

zach, ribz, & cornbread

i kind of think this dish of ribs (uncooked) looks a little like a dish of intestines. but they were still pretty delicious.

some of these pictures were taken by me, but most were taken by matt.

camera-shy maeve



matt double take

then for some reason, we started taking pictures of each other creepily looking up into the light. i love how rapturous zach looks...

light matt

light zach

light chan

then we got really drunk and tired, and had to walk home because it would've been faster than taking the bus.

but it was all worth it!


March 28, 2011

rhode island ho!

one of my most favorite things about visiting rhode island (besides seeing my family) is the cozy bed my mom makes in the guest room. get this- there's a down topper AND a down comforter. when i get up in the morning, it's like waking up in a cloud.

chamomile mint tea in bed.

tea in bed

and as i mentioned the other day, we went a-thrifting. this is always my number one wish-list activity when i visit my parents, as the thrifting scene here in nyc is always such poop :( i did find a couple things i was looking for. but other stuff- like those work boots- were total impulse buys.

carhartt work boots, loafers, plaid and paisley square scarves (i needed these!)

thrift scores

brown linen dress. it wouldn't photograph nicely because of the low light, so finally i had to hang it on the pot rack to get a decent shot.


also, i did get one other dress, no picture. the one i mentioned that i regretted not getting that day, and we went back to see if it was still there? my mom actually found it! but i left it in ri for some reason. i think mom's going to get it altered for me.

lucky girl!

anyone else had a thrifting or bargain-hunting experience lately that brings pride to their heart?


March 27, 2011

ionsound fest pics!

here's a few pictures from the site fest show i was a part of a few weeks ago. taken by andrew bridge.




unrelated: today was AWESEOME. found some good scores at savers in attleboro and warwick. there was a dress that i terribly regret leaving behind, so my wonderful parents are taking me back tomorrow to see if it's still there :) will talk more about it later...

did anything special happen with your weekend?


March 25, 2011

hey cupcake


anthropologie blooming lattice cardi
lingirie tank- thrifted
anthropologie it's your move skirt
belt- thrifted
socks- sock dreams o basics
shoes- camper via ebay

let me explain something. ahem... this cardigan is THE SHIZZ!! i'm not even wearing it closed though, which is the best way to behold its greatness.

the skirt was another $9.99 score from anthro. it reminds me of a funfetti cupcake, which i love! i feel like it's a little too floofy on my hips though. to offset this perceived overabundance of fabric, i just paired with a teeny tank top :)




i'm visiting my family in ri this weekend. apparently, we're gonna hit at least three different savers tomorrow, and i'm PSYCHED. i'm going to try and find some REALLY special vintage treasure to pick up... i'm thinking of having my first giveaway here at the blog pretty soon :)

should i go for practical or pretty?



March 23, 2011

indie inspirations ~ meghan morrison

good afternoon everyone :)

i'm starting a new interview series called indie inspirations. it's meant to highlight people i admire. it'll probably be mostly musicians at this point... but it can turn into anyone i percieve to be awesome!

i think with so many of us trying to make it to the top of the social media heap nowadays, it's important to shine light on each other- not just ourselves. so this is hopefully the start of that at chantillysongs :)

meghan morrison is a musician and performer from canada. she caught my eye when we were taking the music success in nine weeks challenge together (which isn't as hokey as it sounds.) i was very impressed at how focused she was on each chapter, and how seriously she took the challenge. she's obviously very determined, and i like that :)

i got the chance to ask her a few questions about life and music, and so here they are!!

how did you get your start in music?

I took piano lessons for a year or two when I was young, but quit because I didn't like being told what to play. Then played oboe in my school band for 4 years and the school's jazz band for 3 years.

I would also sing my heart out in the mornings while waiting for the school bus, but never if someone else was around. I was too self-conscious about my voice, not considering myself to be a musician, nor a songwriter. I went away off to university and it wasn't until I returned home after my second year that the songs really started coming out.


I couldn't stop the songs, and my brother and I decided to start a band together, which we called Purl of Surf. Still not really seeing myself as a musician, I enrolled in grad school and pursued the band as a hobby on the side. It became an increasingly important hobby to me, especially when I started introducing my own songs.

After grad school, I moved to Toronto with the guise of looking for a "real job", but knowing deep down it was because I wanted to do something with my music. When I couldn't find one during the recession, I made it my excuse to pursue music and haven't looked back since. I would say that's when I really got my start in music :)

what are your performances like? do you like to dress up onstage?

My performances vary. I have a 5 piece band that plays with me (drums, bass, guitar, keys, violin), but they aren't always all available for every show. So, sometimes it's just me on bass and keys and the show is very up-close and personal. Other times it's epic and loud with the full band on bigger stages. And then there are times where there are just a few of us and we play more to the room and crowd.

I always try to bake and bring cupcakes for my newsletter suscribers (new and existing), as a thank you, and will mingle with the crowd before and after our set.


do you get stage fright? if so, how do you handle it?

I used to get stage fright. Not as much anymore. To get over it, I just kept putting myself in performance situations that scared me and taking opportunities without preparation (I discuss this a bit more in my blog "Stage Fright and Facing The Music").

In the end, having an "I can perform anytime, anywhere, under any circumstances" mentality helps me avoid stage fright all together. It's funny though, I get more nervous performing in front of just one person than to a packed house.

do you have any other creative outlets besides music?

I have many creative outlets, which I would like to try and synergize. I love painting. Have done that for many years, but have fallen out of the habit since music came along. Ideally, I would like to paint a picture of every song I write and post them online with the songs.

I also love film. Having been a competitive figure skater, I feel that movement and music create intense emotional beauty. In this way, I also feel that music and film belong together. Since starting to write music videos and scoring a friend's short film, I've been offered a position as an in-house film composer with a team in Toronto and am really excited about this new opportunity. [this is so awesome!!]

in your experience, what's been the best tool in promoting yourself/ your music?

The best tool in promoting myself? ... Probably myself :) haha. Yes, I just called myself a tool. Seriously though, I think the person is just as important as the music. I've been told that I am charming and that people are drawn to who I am, not just the songs. That is what builds the strongest, truest fans, and regardless of the platform you choose (be it Twitter, Facebook, Whatever), you (the person) have to shine through the technology.


so what are you waiting for? go check her out!
+ meghan's website
+ meghan's facebook

+ meghan's twitter


March 21, 2011

plaid petals

finally! i get to use the nice camera again... yayyy i'mma do a back bend now.

plaid petals

plaid petals

anthropologie parted petals cardi- ebay
plaid camp shirt- ? vintage
pants- uniqlo
red easy spirits- thrifted
necklace- dreamcatcher from foxwoods strung on cord

plaid petals

i can't believe these shoes are only now making their debut here! this is actually my third or fourth pair of them- i've been wearing this shoe for years. they keep finding their way to me in thrift stores, and i keep buying them again :) they go perfectly with any outfit... i get compliments all the time!

i love easy spirits!!

plaid petals

this is my little girl, scout. she kept trying to distract me from the shoot by rolling around on the floor. biggest attention ho EVER.

plaid petals


March 20, 2011

etsy love

here's a quick list of some etsy faves of the moment.

these little journal necklaces are so cute! they look so well made, and $20 seems like a steal. i've actually been stalking them for a few days, and couldn't help myself from ordering this one today.
by VadeMecum1984

my feet often get cold, and i frequently wear socks around the house. i've been looking for a good pair of house slippers again, as my old ones were torn apart by my cats. i love the aqua color and little bow.
by sereniknits

nom noms? i totally don't need a soap that looks like cake, as i'm a body wash user, and there is no room left in our shower for even one more product. but as you're shampooing and lathering in the morning, wouldn't seeing these in your soap dish just make life feel so much nicer?
by blushie

even though it seems i've officialy flaked out on the 30 days of lists challenge, that doesn't mean that my mind isn't still filled with lists ALL THE FRIGGING TIME. something like this would definitely help keep that in check.
by boygirlparty

also, here's a few pictures of my brunch with zach & maeve i never got around to posting.

zach & maeve



tried to take outfit photos earlier with the point & shoot, but they came out poopy :( meh. i'll try again later when the canon is around (matt's out at a festival shooting stuff) more pics soon!!

hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. such nice weather! xo

March 17, 2011

mint julep

happy st. patrick's day, yada yada. no green, oh well. turquoise is close, right?

this is one of my favorite shirts.
and more pics taken with the point and shoot. more x-treem graininess. however, i do think that's kinda cool sometimes. like so...



shirt- urban outfitters
pendant- f21
belt- thrifted
anthropologie homestead denim skirt
sock dreams' o yummies
anthropologie levade clogs



i do have some happy shoe news to share! these clogs have always been a bit big, and it's bugged me. i found a smaller size of them & i'm going to return the original ones. holla.


also, max would like to say hi. he is a grumpy old man, but very friendly- as most people who have met him can attest. check out that necklace... most fabulous cat evar?


hope everyone's planning some fun times for later. i'm just doing some celebratory yoga, i suppose. what are you doing tonight? anything special/ severely alcoholic?

March 14, 2011

what up cello?

( the way. did you know you can get some songs from my last album for FREE?! head to my bandcamp page to listen and download.)


MAJOR accomplishments happened this weekend. we recently decided that we're aiming for tracking to be done in april.  i don't really know how it's going to happen.. recording in our sleep?


saturday was a trip. the day started out promising, with a hopeful text message:

"notation display track settings : globals : allow note overlap!!!!"

... yay?! whatever that was, it seemed to be a good sign. plus i had planned to make some quiche for myself and the boys for dinner. bonus for everyone!

mics, cables, etx

got a lot of vocals done on both days!

then shane came over! and we recorded strings...




AND. we only got through ONE song- (although a very complicated song with at least four parts.)

i have to admit, that session was hard... and i wasn't even the one playing or engineering! it was frustrating because of protools notation errors, some ghostie girls*, and a few other reasons.

we were all struggling to remain focused, and the wine was flowing in abundance. guess i had a few too many, because i started getting teary. i became gradually more and more emotional... until i finally had to leave the session to go cry out in the hallway!

the next day at brunch, i told my friends zach and maeve this story and they were like "that's the most emo thing we've ever heard." ahaha! i guess it is pretty emo, which makes me able to laugh about it.

but all in all, they pulled through, and finished up some hard string lines. one song down, two to go!

shane thor galligan

violin line to a song!

*ghostie girls- notes accidentally hit during the playing of the main note on the cello (or any other stringed instrument.)

March 13, 2011

hipness... part 15

red red red.

red red red

red red red

i discovered a new pose today... sitting down.

red red red

it's been a bit of a weepy weekend... hope you can't tell i'd been crying in these photos :) matt took the good camera upstate, so i was stuck with my little point-and-shoot. i don't think they came out half-bad!

this is definitely my new favorite dress. it was a steal on ebay for $7.50 or so. it's casual, feminine, and of course, bright! sturdy and lovely. i think i'll try to continue to wear it into summer, even though it is corduroy.

red red red

red red red

maeve corduroy jumper via ebay
scarf- closeout store
anthropologie poms & trinkets necklace
leggings- f21
anthropologie levade clogs (similar here)

lipstick- besame cherry red

red red red

i've been really busy the past few days, so that's why no updates. more to come this week! i've got photos and stories to share about the most recent recording sessions, so stay tuned.

hope everyone's weekend was the stuff dreams are made of. xoxo
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