Right at this moment, I’m obsessed with…

Little Green Cars – “My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me”


Laura Mvula – “Green Garden”


Brass animals. I am loving brass of all kinds right now (I know, I’m a total sheep), but brass animals especially really get my heart racing. Here are a few of my favorites:

This large gazelle is available here:

I can't. I just can't. This guy is too rich for my blood, but if I had an extra $150 laying around, you can bet I'd snap him up in a heartbeat!

I can’t. I just can’t. This guy is too rich for my blood, but if I had an extra $150 laying around, you can bet I’d snap him up in a heartbeat!

Fancy a brass quail instead? Here you go.

I'd love to put this on my nightstand so I could wake up every day to my own little quail! Yes I know, I'm an odd duck.

I’d love to put this on my nightstand so I could wake up every day to my own little quail! Yes I know, I’m an odd duck.

How about some brass doves?

They're so bright! And cute! And expensive, but let's just pretend like I could afford them. For a second.

They’re so bright! And cute! And expensive, but let’s just pretend like I could afford them. For a second.

I CAN’T RIGHT NOW with these impala bookends – just look at them!!

Don't you just want your books sandwiched between these beauts??

Don’t you just want your books sandwiched between these beauts??

And these giraffes are killing me with cuteness. KILLING ME.

Wouldn't these be adorable in a nursery? Or in a grown woman's home (aka mine).

Wouldn’t these be adorable in a nursery? Or in a grown woman’s home (aka mine).

What about everyone else? What are you obsessing over these days? Am I the only one in love with brass animals? Tell me so I don’t feel so alone!

xx Hannah

Oscar Predictions 2013

It’s that fabulous time of year again! The time where we reward actors and actresses again and again for doing their jobs by handing out tiny, gold naked statues. I realize awards shows are slightly ridiculous (as if their insane paychecks weren’t enough of a ‘thank you’) BUT I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I LOVE THEM! I love mercilessly judging the dresses as they go down the red carpet. I love cringing at all of the awkward moments that occur in those three hours because let’s face it- most actors are cuh-razy pants and it’s amazing to watch.


This one is from the Golden Globes a few years ago, but it is still one of my favorite things to watch. Ever.

Now, I don’t want to brag here, but I am KIND OF good at predicting these winners. I mean, I’ve won things (small prizes like Starbucks gifts cards and an assortment of libations but STILL). So, I decided to let you in on my predictions for this years awards show.

Here’s a nice little printable ballot we will be using: Oscar 2013 Ballot

Best Picture: Lincoln OR Argo. I am torn… I will have to go with my gut the night of.


Best Director: Steven Spielberg- poor Ben. Robbed.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence- this one is a toughy. Some people say Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) has it in the bag. Others, Emmanuelle Riva (Amour). All of these ladies were amazing- but I am going off of the SAG Awards and Golden Globes on this one.


Best Actor: Come on. Daniel Day-Lewis. Every. Time.

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones

Animated Film: Brave

Foreign Film: Amour

Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln? Shot in the dark here…

Costumes: Anna Kerenina

Original Song: Skyfall

Score: Lincoln because it’s John Williams?

Documentary: Searching for Sugarman

Documentary (short): Open Heart

Makeup/Hair: The Hobbit

Production Design: Les Miserables

Editing: Argo

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Sound editing: Zero Dark Thirty

Sound mixing: Les Miserables

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Short Film (Animated): Paperman

Short Film (Live Action): Curfew

There you have it! I hope I don’t lead you astray here. Good luck!


Also- watch Part 2 of the “Between Two Ferns: Oscar Edition”. It’s funny.

“Zero Dark Thirty. Is that a movie about Chris Brown?” Amazing.

Between Two Ferns: Oscars 2013

Tunes On The Tube: February 5-11

Hi lovelies!

Ashley has reappeared into the blogosphere, and I don’t know about you, but I am so happy to see her! Her posts are always fun to read, and usually give me at least a couple good chuckles by the time I’m done reading. If you haven’t already seen T Swift’s manic Grammy dance moves or the Oscar edition of Between Two Ferns, I highly suggest you get yourself on over to Ashley’s latest post, where you can find them both.

While everyone and their mother were killing it at The Grammys on Sunday night, I was working on a big project for Creating With The Stars! My poor roommates have had to deal with a large piece of furniture taking up space in our dining area, along with the smell of primer and paint (don’t worry I keep the windows open when I prime!), since Saturday morning. And it won’t be back in our breakfast nook until this weekend, unfortunately for them. If you’re reading this, sorry Megans! (Yes, I live with multiple Megans.) My very exciting before-and-after major furniture redo will be up by Feb 21st, hopefully sooner. It’s still in the “during” stages, but I think it’s going to turn out great!

In the midst of Home Depot runs and priming and painting and spray painting and sawing and various other I’m-redoing-my-furniture-madness, I’ve managed to keep up with most of my shows, and I’ve got some awesome music for you this week. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS gave us Madi Diaz and Lianne La Havas (thanks, PLL!), and GREY’S (nine seasons in and I’m still watching) proved it still knows what’s up with a new track from Phosphorescent, along with some newish Grizzly Bear.

Tuesday, February 5th

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: “Burn” by Madi Diaz (from We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: “Gone” by Lianne La Havas (from Is Your Love Big Enough?)

Thursday, February 7th

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Song For Zula” by Phosphorescent

GREY’S ANATOMY: “gun-shy” by Grizzly Bear (from Shields)

Enjoy, and happy Tuesday!

xx Hannah

Weekend Wrap Up

Hey there folks-

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It’s Monday- which can usually be a drag, but I wanted to hopefully lift your spirits (or give you something to do/read/watch at work while you should be working). Enjoy!

The Oscars are in 2 weeks (hooray!) and in honor of the awards show, a new special episode of “Between Two Ferns” has been posted to Funnyordie.com. If you haven’t followed this series, GET ON IT because it will brighten your day. This episode features many of the nominees from the upcoming Academy Awards. Strangely enough, I do picture this to be very close to how Anne Hathaway behaves in real life…

ALSO- the GRAMMYS were last night! I expect Hannah has some great reviews from the show last night, but I thought I would share a few of my favorite moments.

First off- JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. I was absolutely the target demographic when ‘NSync first came onto the scene and because of that, I will be a fan for life. Also he’s just awesome. His performance last night was classy and fabulous and can I please have that new album now?!

Justin Timberlake Grammys 2013

Also- Taylor Swift’s adorably awkward dance moves

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And Lena Dunham loving life.


For more Grammy highlights, visit our friend Nikki Pierce’s site- That’s Normal. She does a much better job than I ever could at capturing all of the best moments from last night.

That’s all I have for now! Have a lovely week!


30 Rock Finale- or, hello gaping hole in my life.

Hello again! It is a sad day indeed, friends. The SERIES finale of “30 Rock” airs tonight and I am not quite sure what to do about that. It’s obviously going to leave a gaping hole in my Thursday night line up (and in my heart) and I am a little scared of what might replace it. That with “The Office” ending this year- I mean come on. NBC, please don’t mess this one up next year. I suggest just 2 hours of Parks and Recreation, but what do I know.

So, in honor of all things Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy- please enjoy some of my favorite moments from this hilarious, smart, weird and amazing show. Also- watch tonight on NBC 8/9c! As Tina herself just said at the SAG Awards, “Just tape “The Big Bang Theory” for once for crying out loud!”* Blerg.

Don’t Mess w Liz’s food

And finally- all of the best Liz Lemon moments all rolled into one fine video- thanks, guy who had time to make this!

* I am going to go out on a limb and honestly ask- WHAT IS IT WITH THE BIG BANG THEORY ANYWAY? Also- Two and a Half Men…whyyy? I don’t get it. The end. Sorry.



Shazam’d! Friday – January 25th

I’m baaaaaaaaack! Back from Oregon, back from knee surgery, back from the holidays, back from the money-pit that was December. Back and ready to get this party that we’re calling 2013 started.  Beginning with some awesome new music (new to me, at least).

“Warm Spell” by Sinkane (from Mars)

“San Francisco” by The Mowgli’s (from Love’s Not Dead EP)

“St. James Infirmary” by Rickie Lee Jones (from The Devil You Know)

“Nissim” by The Gaslamp Killer (from Breakthrough)

“I’m Not In Love” by Olive (from Trickle)

“Dope Van Gogh” by Jenny O (single)

“Little Numbers” by BOY (single)

“Foolish Love” by Monophonics (from In Your Brain)

Happy Friday and Happy 2013!

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: December 4 – 10

You know when you’re going through a bit of a tough time but you’re all, “This will be okay” and then you find out something that makes it tougher and then something after that that makes it A LOT tougher?  Welcome to my week.  I’ve officially had 2 breakdowns today, and 1 last night.  At the risk of sounding whiny, it really feels like I’m a punching bag for the big guy in the sky right now, and I’d like to know when it will all be better.  Oh wait, it won’t until I get through all the crap that’s happening NEXT YEAR.  That’s right, folks, my bad time is following me well into 2013.  My mom keeps reminding me I could have it worse, and she’s right.  I’m not dying.  I’m just having a bit of a particularly stressful financial crisis due to the state of the insurance system in this country.  Which I will get over.  Eventually.

After my latest breakdown at work approximately 30 seconds ago (don’t worry, my bosses are out so I’m not subjecting them to the horrors of my unprofessional cry face), you know what cheered me up just a sliver?  The thought that at least there’s a new PARENTHOOD tonight.  And then I remembered that just the promo for tonight’s episode made me cry last week, so I’m sure I’ll be doing some serious heaving and blubbering come 10:00pm.  Which might be just what I need… a bit of PARENTHOOD to clean out my system.

What about you guys?  Do you ever just feel like you need a good cry?  Do you have any shows that make you cry during every. single. episode. –  without fail?

Tuesday, December 4th

PARENTHOOD: “High Hope” by Glen Hansard (from Rhythm And Repose)

Thursday, December 6th

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Eyes On Fire” by Blue Foundation (single)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Speechless” by Morning Parade (from their self-titled 2012 album)

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Santa Fe” by Beirut (from The Rip Tide)

Monday, December 10th

GOSSIP GIRL: “Hanging On” by Ellie Goulding (from Halcyon)

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: November 27 – December 3

Today, TIME Magazine named my 2 favorite shows on television as #1 and #8 in their list of the best shows of 2012.  Today is a good day!  Congrats Parks And Recreation and Parenthood!  Of course #8 has a few songs on this week’s list… what else is new?  The Braverman clan are joined by some awesome tunes from HART OF DIXIE, GREY’S ANATOMY, GOSSIP GIRL, REVENGE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.  It might be a whole lot of soapy TV, but the music is anything but.  Check it out:

Tuesday, November 27th

PARENTHOOD: “Embraceable You” by Jimmy Scott (from All The Way)

PARENTHOOD: “Sometimes The Sky” by Charlie Mars (from Blackberry Light)

HART OF DIXIE: “Can’t Go Back” by Little Big Town (from Tornado)

HART OF DIXIE: “What’s The Matter” by Milo Greene (from their self-titled debut album)

Thursday, November 29th

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran (from +)

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: “Little Deschutes” by Laura Veirs (from July Flame)

GREY’S ANATOMY: “Signal In The Sky” by Matt Hires

GREY’S ANATOMY: “1957” by Milo Greene (from their self-titled debut album)

Sunday, December 2nd

REVENGE (also on Monday’s GOSSIP GIRL): “Tunnels” by The Hundred In The Hands (from Red Night)

Monday, December 3rd

GOSSIP GIRL: “For You” by Wolf Rider

GOSSIP GIRL: “Silent Machine” by Cat Power (from Sun)

xx Hannah

Tunes On The Tube: November 20-26

Soooooo…. did everyone have a good Thanksgiving?  I was little miss productive and used my half day on Wednesday to spray paint a couple lamps and then cover a boring beige lampshade with black and white ribbon.  Keep your eyes out for a couple before and after posts with my new gold lamps!  Then of course I made three different desserts for Thanksgiving, because I was off sugar and gluten for a month and Thanksgiving was my first cheat day and I wanted to eat all of my favorite sweet treats so I had to make them.  “Them” being chocolate cheesecake, sour cream lemon pie, and mint fudge.  All three were huge hits at the Thanksgiving dinner I attended, and the multitude of young children there realllllly loved that mint fudge.  The adults were really digging the chocolate cheesecake, and the sour cream lemon pie even won over a few non-lemon-loving friends.  I’ll definitely be posting recipes for all three before Christmas, so get ready to develop some serious sugar crushes in the near future.

Other than my baking spree, I saw three movies this weekend, my favorite of which was Cloud Atlas.  I know it’s gotten mixed reviews, but this movie lover can’t get it out of her head and is already planning on seeing it again (yes I just spoke about myself in the third person… and no I can’t promise it will never happen again).

And of course one of the best Parenthood episodes ever aired last Tuesday and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head either.  This season is taking a brilliant show and somehow making it even better.  If you’re not watching the Braverman clan, you are seriously missing out on the best hour of television every week.  With the best music.  See for yourself:

Tuesday, November 20th

PARENTHOOD: “Being Alone (feat. Robert Francis)” by Love On A Real Train (from their self-titled debut album)

PARENTHOOD: “In The Dark” by Josh Ritter (from The Animal Years)

PARENTHOOD: “The First Time I Ran Away” by M. Ward (from A Wasteland Companion)

COVERT AFFAIRS: “Heave” by The Maccabees (from Given To The Wild)

Oh and you’ll notice I slipped a song from COVERT AFFAIRS in there too (from the scene where Auggie and Annie finally kiss!  Yay!).  I haven’t listened much to The Maccabees up until now, but I have a feeling they’re going to be on a constant rotation on my iPod this holiday season.

Now, let the Christmas countdown begin!

xx Hannah