Stevie Nicks on Dreams

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Just like it’s not news that I love George Harrison, it’s not news that I love Stevie Nicks (in fact, I sang Edge Of Seventeen last night at karaoke haha). Today just so happens to be her birthday so I would just like to say

Happy Birthday, Stevie! 

I had the privilege of seeing Fleetwood Mac not once but TWICE this year. I bought tickets to see them and I also won a pair! NUTS.

One of the most important moments of the first show was one I wasn’t totally anticipating. Stevie took a moment to tell a story about how she’d visited a place called The Velvet Underground in San Francisco where she’d been told Janis Joplin had shopped. Standing on a hand-painted floor of the tiny shop, she had a premonition of her days of going to school and being a waitress ending and the days of bigger and better things coming.

She said:

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In that moment, I felt like I was the one having a premonition of better things to come. It was Stevie/Stacie inception. Which, I’m into. From there they went right into Gypsy and the song holds a lot more meaning for me now as you can imagine.

My favorite moment from the second show was sneaking to the front row of the lower section. Watching Silver Springs that close up was a dream come true.

#tbt to life being a damn beautiful dream #silversprings #yelling #fleetwoodmac

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In honor of Stevie today, let us nap Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac is out now!

Buy or stream now!

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Rockabye Baby Movie Night: 500 Days of Summer

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What is it like to live and love and fall apart in Los Angeles? Watch 500 Days of Summer.

The film follows Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a greeting-card writer working in Los Angeles, as he traces his steps through a recently failed relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel) to reflect on where, when and how things went wrong. Their relationship lasted about 500 days, hence the title.

It is about beginnings and endings, a lot about right now and not forever. Having just moved to Los Angeles from a 3,500-population town when I first saw this movie in 2009, I strongly associated those notions with transplantin

g here. Things were beginning in one place, while they were ending in another. Coping with the reality that things change is tough and as we experience Tom trying to maneuver his way through life after summer, we try to remember we are not alone.

 

As far as the “right now, not forever,” part, well, that’s where I’m still floating. Don’t get me wrong, I have learned to love LA with my whole heart, but I know I won’t stay here forever. Some things are just meant to last for a little while and coping with that can be tough, too.

So you see, my take on the movie is less about loving and losing and more about living and losing. One of the most important roles, though, in my opinion is the soundtrack. The Smiths, Hall and Oates, Regina Spektor, The Temper Trap—each song is perfectly placed to catapult you through the highest highs and sink you during the lowest lows of the movie.

And, of course, this film reignited the popularity of the 1981 Hall and Oates hit “You Make My Dreams Come True.” I’ve got to say, I still desperately hope one day my life will turn into a musical just for like 5 minutes because that scene is so fun and liberating.

So if you’re free tonight snuggle on up with us and watch 500 Days of Summer!

Summer: I love The Smiths…you have good taste in music.

Tom: You…like The Smiths?

Summer: To die by your side, such a heavenly way to die. I love ’em.

Check out our other Rockabye Baby Movie Night picks below and lullaby renditions of Summer’s favorite artists, The Smiths and Springsteen!

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That One Time I Got Married

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I still get butterflies when I think about when my husband proposed to me. It wasn’t shocking, but it was surprising. We had talked about getting married many times, but we both knew all the right pieces had to fall into all the right places for that to happen.

Nate (the Husband) and I had been planning a trip to Chicago for some time, because neither of us had been back since we moved to Los Angeles. Late May seemed like the perfect time; the weather would be nice and Nate would be on hiatus from his job. He let me do most of the trip planning, so I had no idea he had been planning a whole bunch of stuff on his own.

The day we arrived I was already on top of the world, because I was back in my favorite city with my favorite person. We had made reservations for a restaurant we were dying to eat at — Top Chef alum Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat — but the earliest slot we could get was 10 p.m.

So we went to our hotel, changed and headed downtown for a couple drinks. We had one at the Palmer House, a beautiful hotel in the Loop, and then Nate suggested we go for a walk around Grant Park and maybe head out to the Adler Planetarium. The Planetarium offers easily the best view of the Chicago skyline (especially at night) and is my favorite place in the whole city. This seemed like a fun idea to me, and honestly didn’t raise any flags because we were on vacation and I definitely wanted to go to my favorite spot before we went home.

We walked and walked out onto the peninsula where the planetarium is (it’s a long walk) and it started to get very windy and chilly, but I didn’t care because I was just so happy to be there. We went out to where the peninsula curves, where the absolute most picturesque view is, and we sat down. The skyline was perfect — the AON center even had “Lets Go Hawks” spelled out in their window lights. I took a few pictures and turned to head up to grab a cab, but Nate stopped me and took my hand. He got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him. I was so flabbergasted that I kept saying “Are you kidding?” over and over.

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Nate and I met giving city tours on trolleys — this very special one picked us up to take us to dinner

Our wedding was as perfect as the proposal. Nate and I were married on a beautiful yacht in Newport Beach, California. I, truthfully, wasn’t sure I would ever get married, so I hadn’t logged very many hours envisioning my wedding day. But a yacht wedding? That had never occurred to me at all — but I’m so grateful we did! It was unique, fun, and just the right amount of fancy (there was even a full moon that night, making it all seem so cinematic). My favorite part was reading my vows to Nate. For me, that was what having a wedding was all about: saying those words of love and commitment to him in front of all the most important people in our lives. I will never forget that moment or that feeling; I will never forget that I made those promises to him and every day I will do my best to honor them.

First comes loves, then comes marriage, then comes Rockabye Baby (and hopefully a nap).

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