October 2011 | Chantilly

cmj faves


no camera this weekend.

i feel like it's been absolutely forever since i've had an outfit post. and i'm used to centering posts around photos i take, so i feel like i've got nothing new for you guys! plus it's snowing and cold today, so i don't think i'll be doing anything special...

silver lining: i decided to cook a chicken and biscuits crock pot, and the smell is making me feel happy and cozy :)

i decided that i'd share with you a few of my favorite finds from cmj! there were tons of talented bands and artists, but these guys took the cake for me...

sophie madeline


i stumbled into rockwood with some friends, and was immediately turned on by her quirky-folky-girlpop.

i'm always looking for musicians, songwriters, and creative types to network with. and sometimes, i'm actually in the mood to try and make friends :) so i approached her afterward, and we had an awkward little exchange together. i think she was just anxious to get everything packed up and get outta there... however, she gave me a free cd!

here's a video i found on her site covering "firework" with pearl and the beard (who i also love!!)


hank & cupcakes


this is a husband-wife duo. i caught their set at the canal room, and their energy is in-fucking-credible. she actually plays drums and sings at the same time, and ROCKS it. she's like an 80's power rock chick with the energy and confidence of madonna ;)



i actually didn't see this guy live, but this song played about a thousand times when i was volunteering at registration. everyone was talking about him all week, and i guess this video has 13 million views...

the song and his voice are obviously amazing. but i really enjoy watching the video, because of all his little facial subtleties. i love that he can flick his eyebrow and convey anger or sadness so quickly.

plus i think he has an interesting look. interesting face :)


in which i tease you...

i'm sorry to be so bad :P i'm just too excited.

i actually don't have a date set for the party just yet... but i wanted to share with you some of the AMAZING musicians, bloggers, business owners, and personalities who are going to be a part of this!! i'm shooting for the beginning of november.

so many inspiring people who i adore!!

get psyched!

Blog party guests

spinner's endThe Lovely LightHue and Hum

Little Chief HoneybeeLove, ElyciaJessi Robertson

ManzanitaA is for ampersandJeremy Larson

Ruby Slipper JourneysLaughing w/ Broken EyesMiki's Scrapbook

Flex Family ArtsAlyson GreenfieldSew Beastly


bad movie night

last sunday: movie night with friends!

personnel: me, matt, maeve, molly... all the m's. oh, plus zach and jeff :)

we watched a few simpson's halloween specials (the one where they killed all the kids in the cafeteria and ate them...) and the movie dead alive. i'm not a fan of the horror genre (like, at all) but this movie was hilarious.

and... the best part... the director is PETER JACKSON (yes, lord of the rings), and you would not know that at all!

do consider putting it in your halloween movie queue...



speaking of halloween, i'm dressing up for the first time in literally four years. because i'm actually invited to parties this year! i'm planning on completely ripping off katie's rag doll idea because it's so adorbs and easy.

some silly inquiries were risen as to whether or not i would be a slutty rag doll... because you know, every girl halloween costume has got to be slutty, right?

and sure- mistakes have been made, and the young, impressionable chantilly has certainly worn her fair share of "sexy" costumes. but i think i'm a little past it now...

however, i'm taking the idea of a hipster rag doll very seriously.




hey! are you in or around nyc on november 3rd? i have a show coming up at pete's candy store! rsvp to my facebook event :)

cmj hangover

phew! i am back.

as you might remember, i volunteered at cmj last week. i've spent the whole time talking non-stop, meeting new people, working, seeing shows, and loving every minute of it.

i feel a little behind on the times in internet land... spent most of today catching up on emails and trying to wade through my very overloaded google reader. but truth be told, it felt good to get out and be awake and alive in actual real life.

i have so much to say to you guys! for instance:


i ended up with a total of three free tote bags from this festival. i found this myspace one the most amusing. looks like they're trying to make a comeback by sponsoring the event, and trying to seem relevant again? i might actually wear this, just for the lulz.

also interesting
: i had numerous "industry" people suggest that i actually stop blogging so much. that i spend more time developing my youtube, twitter, and facebook artist page (which i don't have.) and i agree, those things could probably use some more of my attention...

but i think the problem is that i just have too much to say! i start off every week thinking that i'm going to end up with no material for posts. yet i've been filling up the pages almost every day lately!

also, blogging has been the only place- out of all the outlets that i've tried- where the work i do seems to pay off. where i'm cultivating a real audience that's ACTUALLY interested in what i do. and i've recently figured out that this is an important factor in my happiness- whether it's through music or no. i cherish the interactions i have with you guys so much... i'll be darned if i'm gonna give it up!!

besides which, i have no desire to be this generic "music personality" that people only know through a few pictures and half-hearted tweets. i'm a flesh and blood girl. and i have experiences and opinions that i want to express, which unfortunately can't always be contained by witty 140 character sentences.

that said, i might start scaling back my posting levels just a weeee bit... maybe start diversifying my efforts.

anywayyyyy, i hope everyone had a great week. looking forward to catching up with what you've all been up to :)

OH AND PS: the blog party planning is coming along swimmingly!! i have some AWESOME, too-good-to-be-true guest posters sign on so far. i've emailed a few more people, and it might even turn into a 2-day event!!


american idol tryouts

just clownin' around with my pal zach...

zach drums

zach knew of a cheap practice studio near my apartment. so the other day we decided to rent one and let loose. it was all decked out in red velvet curtains, and there were even groupie couches (sadly, we had no groupies :( ...)

unfortunately, i'm not the most adept at "jamming" so we did some silly covers (katy perry/ teenage dream, what?!) and my songs, mostly.

oh my...

zach sing

american idol

livin' the dream :)

salted caramel apples

i don't know if i've mentioned this on my blog or not, but one of my favorite parts of fall is caramel apples. even just typing the words made a little homer simpson drool come out of the corner of my mouth...

i attempted to make them the other day for the first time... they came out delicious and weird, but mostly delicious.

so let's go over what i did!

what you need:
1 bag of caramels
2 tbs milk
1 bag of walnuts
1 tbs salt
four or five medium apples
some sticks

i ate some of the caramels beforehand, so i probably didn't have the full amount i was supposed to :)

carmels package

i unwrapped all the caramels one by one, and plopped them into this sauce pan with the 2tbs milk. then set it on a low-medium heat, and stirred it around constantly until it melted. add salt.

caramels pan
caramel drip

i had no sticks, which i do NOT recommend. the first apple, i just plopped right into the caramel all by itself and spooned it out (BIG MISTAKE.) by the second apple, i at least wised up and dipped it in with a fork...

caramel dip

i also gradually learned that it was best to let the caramel cool slightly on the apple... so that it was more sticky and less melty when i went to roll it in the walnuts.

caramel wait

rolling them in the nuts... i honestly think i was supposed to use a different nut other than walnut, but it was really delicious either way. the only thing i'd recommend is a finer chopped nut than the one seen here.

caramel roll nuts

in the end the apples beat me.

the type of caramel i used, plus the cumbersome walnuts were the downfall. eventually all the nuts pretty much slipped all the way to the bottom. even so, they were more delicious than i thought possible.

ps, you should've seen me eating these with just my fingers...

caramel apples

oh well, it was a (tasty) experiment...


good morning lovely people!

chan outfit 3

chan outfit5

not much to say today, i guess. just along for the ride...

chan outfit 2

cardi- anthropologie
tank top- thrifted
skirt- anthropologie
tights- c/o we love colors
shoes- thrifted

chan outfit


occupy wall street- times square

usually i like to keep the mood light here, as i'm sure you've noticed. and we will return to regular scheduled programming of outfits, cupcakes, cats, and life happenings after this...

but well, this is a life happening for me. and there's been something pretty major going on that i feel like i can't ignore... even though most of the other blogs i follow have been pretty quiet about it.

i'm not sure how many of my readers have been following occupy wall street, but it's something i've grown passionate about quickly. on saturday we went to the protest in times square, and it was a wonderful and energizing experience. there were 20,000 people there of all ages, races, and religions.

maybe you think it's hippie bullshit. i think it affects us all.

perhaps some won't agree (hell, i may even lose followers over this), but i feel it's my duty to post these pictures and spread the word. if you're interested, you should check it out. the movement is spreading to many cities all across the country and worldwide.

photos by matt panton

this woman sang the national anthem as everyone sat down and sang along. an entire crowd of voices singing along.

next time i'm bringing my tambourine & glockenspiel... music everywhere!


hair rant sunday

my bangs were getting really long.

really. really. long.

i was seriously starting to feel way too pretentious. always letting them fall in my eyes, then pushing them out. the worst hipster cliche...

chan long

i know they don't look too crazy in this photo, but they were outta control. i finally hacked them myself on friday, but now they just look hacked :( i need a real haircut soon. word is, they offer free rock star hair cuts in the "artist's lounge" at cmj...

which brings me to my next point... i'll be volunteering for the cmj music marathon this week for the third year in a row!! it's basically a city-wide music festival filled with up-and-coming bands.

now, if one is really planning to "do" cmj (i am), it is all-absorbing. which basically means i'll only be around sporadically to answer emails, comments and such. although i do have some posts lined up to keep you entertained :)

but no fear! i'll be around again in no time at all!

have a good week. mine will be filled with free margaritas, panels, and shows :) i'm not sure if i'll have my camera with me, but if i do, i'll try to get lots of pics and update you all!!


blogger photo tips

mornin sunshines.

today, i thought i'd share something practical with you... my process for taking and organizing blog photos. mostly, i do a lot of outfit posts and life-documentation, as you're probably aware.

here are some of the things that run through my head while i do them :)

#1 find an interesting subject.

this one might seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised.

if you're having trouble ascertaining "what's interesting," my advice is this: think about who you are, and what visually pleases YOU first and foremost. chances are the people who will gravitate toward you are of similar taste.

but hey, if you haven't a clue and worse comes to worse, just take and tons tons of photos, then weed like you mean it! it could be that you don't even know what you like, until you do a thorough survey.


2. capture moments

develop a habit of catching the little things in your day that grab your heart... people like details! they really do relish seeing those tiny everyday-life particulars.

i used to think "does anyone really care about this coffee i'm drinking?" why yes... yes they do. don't be afraid to snap a photo of something insignificant and irrelevant! your love of old ninja turtles found at salvation army may just be the thing that bonds you to the next person to stumble across your blog.

espresso machine


3. editing/ themes

think carefully about this. does your blog have a theme? clean? modern? edgy?

for instance, i prefer a vintage/ grungy feel here in my little corner of the bloggerverse. so i make sure all my photos, as well as my site design, all have that same feel. it's another one of those little touches that makes a big difference in "branding" onesself.

(by the way i use pixlr.com retro editor for most of my fancy effects!)

chan outfit 3

4. tell a story

this is what i like do do with a lot of my photos. even if it's something seemingly mundane, you'd be surprised what you can string together to make an interesting post.

sometimes, the way i present pictures on the blog aren't even the order they were taken in! it's all for the sake of the story...


any hot tips of your own to share? xo

easy bake

anyone out there ever heard of robicelli's? well, evidently they're the best cupcakes in new york. they were recommended to me via twitter friends, and i stopped into a store that carried them one day after yoga to try them.

it was love.

then a few days later, the feeling came over me again. you know that feeling... you just want a really good cupcake and nothing else will do?? i was blinded by pure, filthy cake lust.

but getting those specific robicelli's ones was inconvenient and out of the way, so i had to settle for this:


not only that, but i soon realized that my ex-roommate had totally taken our cupcake pans when she moved out. not even for the first time, either. she previously had to buy us new ones when she stole away ours to her boyfriend's house the first time.

it would have to be regular ole' cake for me...

cake 2

i mixed the frosting with some cocoa to make the little heart. it was good... but i still yearn for tiny little cakes made of pumpkin chocolate cheescake...


by the way, i'm sure you may have seen my post yesterday?? free promotion for your business/ band/ blog! email me!

it was all a dream... blog party!!

as most of you are probably aware, aside from running this blog, i am a songwriter and singer.

you probably already know that i recorded a new set of songs last winter and spring with my friend saul.

if you've *really* been paying attention, you know that i've also been working on getting a kickstarter project underway to help with the cost of this production.

the progress has been slow. however, we spent last weekend editing the video almost to completion, and by this weekend it should be done! so here's what i've decided to do- i want to host my first blog party in preparation for my kickstarter campaign!!

it was all a dream


the main theme will be art, hopes, dreams, and inspiration, and i'll be looking for guest posters in that vein. but i'll also be looking for style posts, tutorials, giveaways, and the like!

for instance, do you have a business you're trying to get off the ground? an art project? do you have dreams of a family? of happiness? i want to hear what you do, and what keeps you awake at night. i want to share your story with my readers.

i want to spur on creativity and hope... hopefully leaving us all feeling warm and mushy and basically like we've been swimming in a pile of positive-electro-charged goo, a la yanoush at the end of ghostbusters II.

if all goes well, i'll have a day crammed full of inspirational posts, and the grand finale of the party will be the launch of my kickstarter project!

please send your proposals to chantillysongs (at) gmail (dot) com. can't wait to hear what you've got in mind!!

the bricks

so matt and i were out and about the other day, procrastinating from responsibilities...

we were heading to the loom, a (yuppie) loft development. the bottom floor contains art space, a coffee shop, a yarn cafe (!), yoga, a screenprinting shop, and some other cool businesses.

they have a permanent book swap in the common area, and i had previously spied "letters to mrs. roosevelt" there, a book he said he apparently coveted.


halfway there it started to rain, so we ran the rest of the way. we ducked in and decided to do something constructive with our time- outfit photos!

chantilly outfit 1

i've always favored a much more fitted silhouette... with my shapelier body type, i always figured if i didn't show my waist, you wouldn't know it was there :)

however, lately i've been finding myself embracing the slouchy. i thrifted this plain, shapeless dress thinking i'd never wear it. but it's been a staple for me this summer.

chantilly outfit 2

chantilly outfit 3

chantilly face

hat- thrifted, maine
dress- thrifted, rhode island
cardigan- thrifted, ny
scarf- urban outfitters
bag- beacon's closet, ny
knee-highs- c/o we love colors
shoes- thrifted somewhere

chantilly outfit 5

chantilly outfit 4


saturday pretties

good morning friends!

i thought it a nice day to share the rest of the pictures i took from my trip to mystic a few months ago. i uploaded these photos to flickr, and sort of just forgot about them. i don't know how! they're too pretty to forget.

but looking at these and some of the other pictures from that trip makes me a little sad... my parents had to put down one of the family dogs this week :( although her spirit was somehow just as happy and beautiful as ever, her body was breaking down at too fast a rate this time. it was the humane thing to do.

even so, these are from a chocolate shop we visited. i hope they make your mouth water and cheer you up from my gloomy story...

munson's chocolates sign

munson's chocolates

swedish fish

jelly beanz

munson's smores

ah, chocolate and death. the circle of life...

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