The Pitches Are Back in Pitch Perfect 2

We're Back Pitches - Pitch Perfect 2 feature

We're Back Pitches - Pitch Perfect 2 poster

I’m a lover of teen angst/bitchy girl movies (Mean GirlsThe Heathers, etc), musicals, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, so Pitch Perfect is right up my alley. I’ve been rocking out to the soundtrack and trying to rap in the shower all week (not pretty). Wednesday night, my Mom, Suzi, Scarlett and I saw Pitch Perfect 2 and it was aca-awesome! Even better than the first! I won’t talk about all of my favorite moments because I don’t want to ruin the magic. BUT I can share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes content, courtesy of PP2 sponsor Schick®:

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, do it! I’m seeing it again with Stan this weekend as part of my usual week-long birthday celebration. ;)

Pitch Perfect Limited Edition Shave Schick

You can also grab Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products at your local drug and grocery stores for the ultimate singing-in-the-shower experience. They’re part of my skirt season beauty essentials. All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

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12 Uncommonly Great things to get your guy for Valentine’s Day

It’s easy to lose ourselves in expectations for Valentine’s Day — flowers, chocolates, fancy dinners, maybe even a show… but guys need love, too! Luckily, UncommonGoods has a fantastic selection of unique things he’ll love — many of which are made right here in the USA. They’ve got so many great finds, in fact, that I’ve made a few mini gift guides for you:

Valentine's Day gifts for the sports fan

For the major sports fan. He doesn’t just watch the Super Bowl; he watches every game. And you know this, because you’ve started thinking of ways to soundproof the living room.

1. Ballpark Blueprints. Not that he needs it; he knows the ins and outs of his team’s stadium better than Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs knew Hogwarts. But it would look nice in his man cave. 2. Wooden Beer Tote with Bottle Opener. It’s like an emergency preparedness kit for tailgating! 3. Hockey Stick BBQ Set. Whether it’s on the ice, or barbecuing in the backyard, your guy keeps his rivals close, but his hockey sticks closer. Handmade from reclaimed hockey sticks, this set comes with a spatula, fork, and tongs.

Valentine's Day gifts for musicians

For the guy who serenades you (even when you don’t want it). Show him you appreciate the thought.

4. Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses. Okay, these are pretty cool even if you aren’t a musician. You’ll play a different note, depending on which line you fill the glass to. The set comes with two, so you can perform dinnertime duets. 5. Pocket DJ Mixer. Maybe he doesn’t claim he’s the best, but he really enjoys making mashups. (Girls, anyone? Thomas-John? Hilarious.) With this kit, he can even make them on-the-go. 6. Pick Punch. Guitarists are always losing picks. This pick punch is a fantastic gift; now they can make their own!

Valentine's Day gifts for casual drinkers

For the guy who appreciates a good drink, but not too many. Here are a few nice things to add to his liquor cabinet.

7. 14th Century Beer Stein. Handmade in New York, this beer stein is inspired by Medieval European stoneware. It holds about 30oz of liquid. He can use it for beer or coffee/tea. 8. Whiskey Stones & Gift Set. With these soapstone cubes, your guy can enjoy his whiskey on literal rocks. Once frozen, these cubes will retain their temperature much longer than ice cubes without watering his drink down, and they’re soft enough not to scratch any glasses. 9. Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses. Carved from Himalayan pink salt, these shot glasses add just a touch of salty flavor to your shots, so they’re perfect for Tequila. As long as you wipe them down after use (and don’t stick them in the dishwasher!), they will not erode. Get a set of four, with or without the bamboo serving tray.

Valentine's Day gifts for math lovers and nerds

One of the things I love most about Stan is his brain. As a math nerd, developer, and computer geek, he occasionally says things that go over my head, but I know I can count on him to fix my computer if it breaks or act as my walking calculator. I’m about 85% sure he isn’t a robot, though. ♥

10. Math Glasses. I sure as heck couldn’t figure out the measurements on these cocktail glasses, but they’d be great for a nerdy get-together with your guy and his geekiest friends, or a Breaking Bad re-run marathon. 11. Equation Watch. This watch is pretty cool, even if you’re not a math nerd. Beware: it might be detained during algebra tests. Comes in black or silver. 12. i eight sum pi plates. For the guy who appreciates math humor and good food. Made in the USA, these plates are as American as apple pi. ;)

Want even more? Check out the UncommonGoods Valentine’s Day Collection (for guys & gals) here, and their top Gifts for Boyfriend here.

This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. Read my sponsorship policy here.

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Monday morning music: Lucy Wainwright Roche and Agnes Obel

Lucy Wainwright Roche – Seek and Hide (Feat. Colin Meloy)

Lucy

When I heard Lucy Wainwright Roche had released a solo album, I was absolutely ecstatic. Daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, music runs in the family – and Lucy is no exception. Her new album “There’s a Last Time For Everything” is comprised of calming ballads, folksy wintery scenes and one amazing but surprising cover (Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”). Perhaps my favorite track from the album is “Seek and Hide,” featuring Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists).

The track pulls from both sides of her family, incorporating very Roche-like melodies with instrumentation choices similar to her brother, Rufus. The end result is a beautiful piece – unlike anything you’d hear elsewhere in the Roche-Wainwright family – about falling in love and realizing you’re still you, for better or worse.

Agnes Obel – The Curse

Agnes

Likely over 100 listens since this track was released last September, but I still get goosebumps when it plays. Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel’s single “The Curse” picks up where her first album, “Philharmonics,” left off – a whisper of a voice, beautiful lyrics and impressive piano rhythms. But something about this new track is completely new, fresh and absolutely intoxicating:

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Friday Flashback: U + Me = Us

2ge+her

Do you remember 2GE+HER? It was an MTV movie mockumentary about a parody boy band of the same name that aired in February 2000. Even though the fictional boy band was created just for the movie (and a spin-off TV series), they released two albums that year, and I bought them both. You have to understand, I was in middle school and still listening to ‘NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, too. My friends and I were picking out our favorite boys (mine was Chad, the “shy one,” who later developed a meth addiction… go figure!) and attaching their last names to ours, as girls will do in middle school. We sang their hit song “U + Me = Us (Calculus)” like it was our theme song. You have to watch the music video:

A few months later, for my 13th birthday, I received my very first camera. Immediately after opening it, my friends took photos of me staging the moves from “U + Me = Us.” I have taken these embarrassing photos, cropped them (but did not edit them in, so I still have horrifying red eyes), and turned them into an animated GIF for you. I should also note that a few weeks prior to these photos, I thought it would be a great idea to shave my eyebrows. It wasn’t.

u+me=us

I’m not sure which is the best part: the baby crib (not sure whose; Scarlett wasn’t born yet), vacuum, and kitty litter box in the background, or my choppy eyebrows, facial expressions, or demonic red eyes. Or my fantastic outfit:

u+me=us outfit

I was totally cool at 13. Happy Friday! ;)

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Monday morning music: Mindy Gledhill and Ivy Levan

Happy Monday, folks! Benjamin here!

This morning, I’ll be featuring two newly released tracks that I cannot get enough of by the musicians Ivy Levan and Mindy Gledhill. Both artists have a moderately-sized but very devoted and growing following, though their stylings are very different.

Mindy Gledhill – Pocketful Of Poetry

Mindy Gledhill

This bubbly folk pop tune is the title track of Gledhill’s upcoming fourth album. I think Ilovetosing.com’s Jonathan Roberts summated her sound perfectly when said it was “like a scoop of ice cream floating in strawberry soda — refreshing and delightful like an idyllic childhood summer.”

It’s nearly impossible to not tap along to Gledhill’s peppy beats and gleeful melodies.

Also: She’s friggin adorable.

 

Ivy Levan – I Don’t Wanna Wake Up

Ivy Levan

Introducing the Dame of swamp-hop retro glam ‘n’ grit: Ivy Levan. This soulful swinging singer-songwriter just released her first EP (Introducing The Dame), as well as a music video trilogy, and she’s already got critics and fans pleading for more. In July, she was at the top of the chart for Billboard’s “Next Big Sound.”

Levan’s sound and style is dark, powerful and unapologetic. Her drum beats, brass and fabulous back up vocals are a definite throwback to swing, blues, jazz and soul – yet the delivery is so refreshing. Her videos recount a woman on the warpath – set in a black and white retro world – seeking vengeance, freedom and money.

I thought my favorite track from the EP, “I Don’t Wanna Wake Up,” was perfect for our Monday morning commutes. Lord knows I didn’t want to wake up today either, Ivy.

Be sure to check out Levan’s other singles, Hot Damn, and Money, for the full story behind this track!

Image credits: Mindy Gledhill: mindygledhill.com; Ivy Levan: Neave Bozorgi.

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