Monday, July 24, 2017

~ New Music Monday ~ July 24th, 2017 ~ Radio Who?! SNS ~

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Kip Moore - "S L O W H E A R T"
Releasing Sept. 8th, 2017

Happy New Music Monday my fellow music addix!! I hope that you are having a beautifully sound tracked Summer. I have seen on socials that some are already back at school. Not to sound all elderly and stuff, but in my day we didn't start back till near end of August. Isn't this early? Is it just me?! Well, whether you are sound tracking your morning drive to school or still soakin' up rays pool side I have some tunes to suggest for your listening pleasure.

As I mentioned in my last #NMM post Kip Moore is gearing up for a September drop of his third studio album, "SLOWHEART". He began by teasing some tune tid bits, behind the scenes working of tracks, and is following up those teases with texts to fans with first looks at things such as the albums cover art, as seen above. If you haven't signed up for these updates and texts head to and do so now. SLOWHEART is also available for pre-order on his site on it's own and also in some varied merch bundles. Below is a clip from Kips Facebook sharing some behind the scenes on "Just Another Girl", a track off of the upcoming, "SLOWHEART". "Just Another Girl", is a tune that most Kip fans is already going to know, but based on some recent performance footage along with the clip below I think we can expect it to have been changed up a bit from its original version. Kip is the kind of artist that will write a song in the afternoon with some guys in the band, mess around with it at sound check and then test it out on the fans during VIP acoustic or even during the full band part of a live show. I recall seeing footage on Youtube of "Just Another Girl", perhaps the first time he performed it. He seemingly had the words written down in front of him on the floor and while he still missed a few words, I mean, who wouldn't?! The fans hung on every last phrase and or pause. I get the feeling it was loved from the beginning which is one of the reasons I am so stoked to see it make it to "SLOWHEART". Head to Youtube and look it up or just give it a quick audio glance from the clip below. Either way I think it will only make you "Moore" excited for the release of "SLOWHEART"....see what I did there..... "Moore" not "more"....mkay, onto the next.

Kip Moore - "Just Another Girl"

Danielle Bradbery - "Sway"
You may recall Danielle Bradbery from her stent on NBC's The Voice. Another member of Team Blake that took home the trophy and headed straight to Nashville. With a few singles released not long after the win Danielle then seemed to disappear a bit. Still serving as opening act for folks like Thomas Rett she was mainly absent from radio. Apparently the reality show winner has been working on what and who she is as an artist. "Sway" is the first single of her upcoming record and is currently available on Spotify, itunes, and on Bradbery's page of course. If your local radio isn't playing it then give them a hollar and request it be added to their spin cycle! I teeter back and forth with reality show winners when it comes to music, but I feel as was with Carrie, there simply is no denying that this girl has a voice all her own. She is not a manufactured artist at this point. Which I think many will disagree with simply because she comes from reality contest popularity, but I do think that Brandbery has a voice all her own and it took none other than Country's own, Blake Shelton to prove it. He has compared her to Pam Tillis and her earlier singles def have a throw back country vibe with a bit of current country lyrical spin. I think that "Sway" is the beginning of a possible lighting of the fuse for Danielle. Radio can be unpredictable. They may feel they already have a long haired blond topping their charts and call-in's. If I could figure out how to topple radio politics all on my own I would and I'd spin all sorts of artsits like Bradbery, TC3, Kip, Sturgill, Cam, Kelleigh Bannen and my list goes on for days and days. Anyway, rabbit trail aside I think there is potential here for radio wave domination. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.

Speaking of folks that radio pretends like they don't know until they need something, The Cadillac Three has sent out their second single from the upcoming album, "Legacy". "Dang if We Didn't" is a tune that "should" fit in with a lot of what is getting played, lyrically. However, I am unsure if it is the bands instrumental choices, vocal arrangements, I have no clue, but "White Lightening" from "Bury Me in My Boots" seems to be the only track of the trio's that radio will play. If I get on the who radio will play and who they won't track for to long I'll get rage black out mad, so, let us proceed to listening to some Cadillac Three and mark our calendars for the release of their album, "Legacy" coming out in August!! Below is a vid from the Pennzoil Garage Sessions series on Youtube featuring the bands new single. Give it a watch and listen and start asking your local radio to play the dang thing!!!!

The Cadillac Three @ Pennzoil Garage Sessions
 "Dang if We Didn't" fr "Legacy"
Releasing August 2017

RaeLynn - "Lonely Call"
fr "Wild Horse"
Another blond hitting airwaves and video countdowns from Team Blake is RaeLynn. Releasing the second single and video from her album, "Wild Horse", "Lonely Call" is that friend that helps you let go of a bad habit you have. I am a fan of the album so I don't know that I would've been disappointed by any track getting a release to radio, but I think "Lonely Call" has the potential to slide in and take down a few of the guys on the top of the charts. The lyrics just hit home with so many, and I think especially with females. Who btw are starving to be represented in multifaceted ways both visually and lyrically. Taking a sharp turn from the visual tone of  "Love Triangle" the first track dropped from the album, Rae serves as your bestie that calls the other besties and commits to getting you through that bad habit that began by way of text messages. A technological break up is sometimes harder than any other kind of break up. Not always because you had these deep rooted feelings, but because you had this habit which gave you feelings and real or not, they become hard to let go of. I think the video is cute and fun and I like that the singer isn't the love interest this go 'round. Rae is just getting started so there will be plenty of video's to come that place her in the romantic lead. I am guessing she is waiting for her man, Josh Davis, to return from military training before going the love story route visually on a video. Give "Lonely Call" a watch and a listen then head over to CMT and GACTV sites to vote for it on the video countdowns!!
O.K. Last share of the week and I am stepping away from the country genre for this one, Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry". WARNING: This track has language NSFW (not safe for work) or really anywhere or in front of anyone that you wouldn't be o.k. dropping a F'bomb in front of. Girl has pipes and ain't no body that can say different!!!! Like her, don't like her, follow her on socials, don't,  WHATEVER, girl can sang!!!! I love this tune, swear words and all. I don't even care if you judge me for it. I think we all would like to think of ourselves as making the one that left sorry for it in one way or another. These days, one of the most popular phrases and revenge tactics is a "revenge bod", i.e. gettin' even more fine physically than you already were to begin with. This kinda hits on that idea of visual regret on the leavers part and the sweet sweet taste of vengeance on the part of the one left. The vid has a few cameo's like Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx. Paris is apparently a DJ now, which actually kinda makes a lot of sense. Who else has spent that much time on the club scene and managed to turn it into a actual real job??!! I mean, other than reality stars who "host" their bday party's in vegas and what not, lol!!! Anyway, serving as vid D.J. Paris makes a cameo. Give it a watch and or a listen and add it to your break up play list ASAP!!!

WARNING: Language!!!

Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry"
Have a beautiful last full week of July, loves!!!! Check back next week for more New Music Monday!!! If you would like to be apart of day to day vids, updates, etc. you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @StacieTennessee

~ However Abstract it May Appear ~

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~ Glam Bag ~ Make Up of the Day ~ Natural and Neutral ~

A little glam for those not inclined to peacock inspired shadows. Natural and neutral are a good place to glam as well!!! Like what you like. Rock what you got. Boldly be, uniquely you. Bold isn't always neon, ya know?!
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Not Every Day is About Purple Eyeliner & Pink Lipstick. Sometimes it is About the #NudyBlues. Highlighting Your Natural Tones. Of Course, for Me, There is Still, Always, Shimmer Involved Even in My Neutrals. It also usually includes some pink as my undertones are naturally pinkish. This was a look from the weekend. Chill, not so glitzy, not so bold, but I love it just as much as I do my turquoise eyeliner and purple lip stick. Thought I'd share for those looking to start glamming up their "every day" natural.

You are loved. You are beautiful!!

#GlamBag Deatz = #Foundation/#SettingPowder @clinique #Concealer @wetnwildbeauty #Blush/#AquaShadows/#LiquidEyeLiner/#ShadowLock @elfcosmetics #Shadows @tartecosmetics #Mascara @lorealmakeup #Lips & #SettingSpray @hardcandylife #Glam #InstaGlam #NaturalGlam #NudyGlam #MUOTD (Make Up of the Day) #LikeWhatYouLike #RockWhatYouGot

~ Glam Bag Philosophies ~ Boldly Be, Uniquely You ~ July 24th, 2017 ~

If you follow me on socials then you already know that drawing peacock's is one of my "things". I'm not sure my fascination with them. I guess it is their regal way of being. So beautiful and seemingly knowing just how beautiful they are they decide when you will get to see the most detailed parts of them, their fan feathers. So intricate in detail and so specific to each bird. I am drawn to things, people, animals, ideals that aren't afraid to be exactly what they are, however different or unconventional as that may be. Unicorns (yes, I know unicorns aren't "real", chillax), Mermaids the Unicorns of the Sea (yes I know Mermaids aren't "real", calm down and don't let Ariel hear you say that!!), and Peacocks, which are real. I did not make them up....I don' think. While each of these are apart of a grouping each one is portrayed visually as unique unto themselves. The eye's on a peacocks tail feathers are unique to each specific bird. While they may all look the same when in a bunch, if you look closely you'll start to see their differences.

Kinda similar to humanity is it not?! When you view us all together we kind of look the same, sound the same, act the same, but when you get to know us individually you start to see the uniqueness, the differences, the things that make me, Stacie and the things that make you, you. One of my creative outlets is cosmetics. I truly enjoy putting on my make-up. Sometimes I put on make-up even if I am not leaving the house. It makes me happy in the same way that the color pink, glitter or Jack Davis make me happy, simply. I don't know the intricate deep rooted reasoning as to why I love these things so absolutely, I just do, and that comforts me. It confirms to me that I am a specific, individual creature that God has chosen to give the gift of life to. I may, when with my flock, heard or school look like the rest, but when you get to know me you quickly see that I am a bit different, as are you.

I have shared it before, but I think it is something that bears repeating, God made you, specifically you with purpose. The things that make you different are the things that will give you a outlet, ministry, voice, and power. I am unsure if it is our similarities that bring us together or the shared burdens of our differences. I post my highs and lows because I know that for me it is important to see those posts. I don't want anyone looking at my curated socials thinking I have it made or that life is perfect. NO WAY!!! I also don't want to be a constant Debbie Downer, I mean, the world has enough. So, I do my best to use the platforms I have to share a hope of balance, understanding, sympathy, empathy, insight, clarity, and really just community. I want people to think, "if she can, I can" or "I'm not the only one with this hurt, struggle, baggage, illness, experience, etc.".

There is a difference in being uniquely you and rebelling against how God made you. The enemy will in every way he can try to convince you that the only use for that uniqueness is rebellion, hate, and being stand off-ish. That is a lie. To be an individual doesn't always mean you have to put up a fight. I have seen so many cause a ruckus because they think that is what "has" to be done in order to be seen as unique and to have a voice. I disagree with that thought.

Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

If the God of the universe can know every star by name, then He probably knows yours too!! You are known. You are loved. You are perfect just the way you are. I am reminded of a verse from a popluar song that is out right now by Alessia Cara called "Scars to Your Beautiful". The line goes, " don't have to change a thing, the world can change its heart", BEAUTIFUL!!!! Perfect, beautiful, TRUE verse if ever there were one. Before you make yourself ill to fit a pant size, before you go having something nipped or tucked out of vanity, before you start thinking you are just like everyone else, KNOW that you are perfect just the way you are and it's the world that needs a nip and a tuck, not you.

Wear your peacock inspired eye shadows. Dye your hair pink, purple, blue. Wear that navy blue lip paint. Go blond! Go blonder! Keep it natural and neutral. Rock your jammies to Wal-Mart at 11:30 at night with no make up and a top knot. CHILD!!! YOU DO YOU!!!! If someone has a problem with it, that's on them. To be comfortable in your own skin is one of life's greatest challenges from my personal point of view. It is something I feel I struggle with daily. That struggle is part of why I share some of the things I do. I wouldn't have you feeling the way I feel and let you give into the thought that you are the only one feeling that way. I simply can't. So, here I am, brightly colored eye shadow and all. You are not alone. Do what you do, wear what you wear because it makes you feel good, not because it keeps you reminded of the things that make you feel bad. Make sense?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

~ Glam Bag Philosophies ~ Be Strong. Be Confident. ~


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~ Glam Bag Philosophies ~

For Some, This List is a Very Difficult One. I Am Apart of that "Some". My Prayer for Us All is That We'd Have More Good Days Than Bad, but in Both We Would Find a Way to Point Back to the Lord. Our Beauty, However We Define it, No Matter Who Might Agree/Disagree w that Defining, is from the Lord Not a Tube of Lipstick. Though I Do Find Great Beauty in a New Tube of Lipstick. Our Confidence, Wherever We End Up Finding It, Needs to be Rooted in the Lord if We Expect it to Last.

Being the Star of Our Life isn't a Vanity/Attention Thing in My Ideals of it. It is Embracing that God Made You, Specifically You, Not Like That Girl/Guy, He Made You Like Him & Like You. What You Bring to the World is Unlike What Anyone Else Has Been Gifted w & it was Intentionally Given to You. I Shared Yesterday that Stewardship isn't Always About "Saving" Things. Well, it Also isn't Always About Physical Things. Joy, Peace, Abundance, & Even Pain/Hard Times are to be Stewarded as Well. Everything We are Given, Inside & Out, Tangible or Not, is to be Balanced, Used, Saved or Given Away for the Glory of the Lord! Be the Star He Made You to Be & Shine Brightly for Him. You are Loved Beauty Queens.

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~ Insta Blog ~ July 12th, 2017 ~ Special Occasions ~

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I Believe the Conversation Began Over "Fancy" vs "Everyday" Dishes. I Grew Up "Saving" Things for "Special" Occasions. Easter Dress, Back to School Stuff, Certain Jewelry/Make Up, etc. I Almost Went Insane. I'm Not Always the Most Patient Person, Especially if I Don't Understand the "Why" of Something.

As I Got Older & Became in Charge of When I Use, Wear, etc. Stuff I Started Wondering Why We Save Things for Special Occasions?! If it Makes You Happy, If it Brightens Your Room, Day, Mindset or Someone Else's, Why Would We Only Reserve it for "Special" Occasions?! Why Wouldn't We Use it to Make Every Day a Special Occasion??!! That Was the Discussion I Had w a Bff About Her Wedding Dishes. She Now Uses Them on the Regular & Has Gotten Opportunities to Use Them to Brighten Others Days As Well. Its Important to Be a Steward of What the Lord Has Given Us, but We Mustn't Think That ALWAYS Equals "Saving".

Sometimes it is "Spending", Wearing, Using, Sharing That Equals Good Stewardship. Wear the Earrings & Lipstick. Use the Christmas Dishes Starting in November. Share the Dessert. Now, We Only Know Now. Yesterday is Gone & Tomorrow is Not Promised. Take it a Day at a Time, but Don't Neglect to Enjoy the Day & All the Opportunities it Presents to be a Special Occasion.

~ A Look at Migraines from the Outside In ~

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~ Migraines From the Outside In ~
Top Pic = What You See When I'm in the Midst of a Migraine.
Bottom Pic = What I See In the Midst of a Migraine.

Often One of My Warning Signs (predecessors to the pain) is Loss of Sight in Either One or Both Eyes. Have You Looked Directly at the Sun then Looked Away? That Shadow that Remains in Your Vision for a few Moments Is What Folks w Migraines Call an Aura. ...Not a "Let Me Read Your Aura" Kind of Thing, Though it Does Come in Colors at Times, but Really More of a Let Me Rob You of Sight Kind of Thing. And it Happens Whether We've Glanced Something Bright or Not.

Many Times I am Awoken By it b/c it is Even There When We Close Our Eyes. It is Deceptive. We See Things That Aren't There & We Can't See Things That Are, the View is a Bit of What I Imagine a Horse w Blinders Has. Its Debilitating & is Only the Beginning of Senses That Will Fail in the Midst of a Migraine. All of That Said.....

I Think There are Two Ways to Truly Understand Someone Else's Journey,
1. Having Walked it or One Very Similar Yourself.
2. Education.

There are Thousands if Not Millions of Resources Out There to Read Up on Varied Health Issues, but for Each Sufferer Things Will Vary. I Don't Think I Do a Very Good Job Explaining in Discussion What is Going on w My Health So, I Thought Beginning a Series of Blogs/Socials Posts on it All Might Be Better. I Want You to Understand Why I Had to Bail Last Minute. I Want You to Know if I Could See My Phone When You Text I Would Have Responded ASAP. I Want You to Know How Frustrating the Health Care System Can Be So That When Given Opportunities to Vote on Health Issues You Don't Just Have a News Media Knowledge on the Matter, but You Actually Know Someone & Are Seeing How These Decisions are Effecting Real Life People. Does Any of This Make Sense?! Perhaps I'm Not Good at Written Explanation Either, LoL!!

I'm in No Rush w This. So, It Will Probably Go Like This, Post to Socials First, Later Expound via Blog. Gonna do My Best to Continue Giving Visuals to Help You Better Understand as Well. Thank You Loved Ones for Always Being so Patient w Me & Loving on Me These Last Few Years When I Have Been Difficult to Love. He is in Control.