Next to Christmas and my birthday, Oscar night is one of my FAVORITE days of the year (no seriously, I LOVE the Oscars)! Every year I make it my personal goal to see ALL of the Oscar nominated films BEFORE the Oscars (and before they even get nominated!). I love seeing dozens of movies throughout the year and guessing which films the Academy will recognize (I’m usually 90% right!) I’m happy to say that this year marks the NINTH straight year that I’ve completed my goal of seeing every Best Picture Oscar nominated film (if you can’t already tell, I’m a huge film buff!). For the past three years here on the blog, I’ve been able to correctly predict (almost) EVERY major Oscar win (I only got one prediction wrong back in 2015) so here’s hoping for another year of successful predictions. Here are my predictions for the 89th Academy Awards: Continue reading
After hearing a ton of mixed reviews (from both word of mouth and online reviews) about VNYL, I decided to finally bite and the bullet and check it out for myself. As some of you may or may not know, I’m a HUGE vinyl lover and I’ve been collecting records for almost four years now. I started collecting records after my sister got me a record player, a turquoise Crosley Cruiser Turntable that I named Little Darling, for my 21st birthday and since I’m turning 25 later this year, that equals four years of collecting!. Speaking of turning 25 (I still can’t believe I’ll be 25 in April), one of the things I really want to cross off my 25 before 25 bucket list (before April) is “own 100+ records.” Although I’ve been going on countless vinyl hunts lately, I’m not quite at 100 records yet (and I refuse to buy any old records just so I can hit 100!). During Cyber Monday (that seems like forever ago doesn’t it), VNYL was having an awesome deal where you could get a two month membership for just $40 and since you get three records per month, that’s $40 for six records (which isn’t half bad if you ask me!). Continue reading
Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Monday’s Music! I’m so excited because today (well, tonight) I’m attending an advance screening of Disney’s Moana! Ever since I saw a special sneak peek of Moana at Disneyland last month, I’ve been counting down the days until the film is released (it just looks so good!). In fact, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat for the last few days. If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you already know how much I love Lin-Manuel Miranda (and Hamilton) and he really nailed it with this soundtrack! Speaking of Disney soundtracks, I thought today would be the perfect time to share another Disney Playlist. So far I’ve shared Disney playlists for the Disney Golden Age, Disney Pre-Renaissance, the Disney Renaissance and the underrated (and frequently forgotten) Disney Post-Renaissance. Today’s Disney Playlist is dedicated to the Disney Revival era (i.e 2009 – the present). Continue reading
Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Monday’s Music! I know it’s been a while since the last Monday’s Music (almost three months, yikes!) and I know I ALWAYS say I’m going to do more Monday’s Music Playlists but I promise I DO plan on turning this back into a biweekly feature again (because I really do LOVE coming up with themed playlists!). Since Halloween is exactly three weeks away, I thought it would be fun to share my “Ultimate Halloween Playlist!” This “Ultimate Halloween Playlist” consists of the nine songs that never fail to remind me of Halloween. Continue reading
Greetings! Sorry again for the radio silence here on the blog this past week. If you follow me on Snapchat (simplysinova) or Instagram (shameless plug) then you may already know that I decided to take an impromptu road trip to St. Louis on Sunday. As many of you know, I LOVE traveling and even though I’m heading to Disney World this Sunday (woot woot), I thought it would be fun to go on a little mini trip before my two week Florida vacation. I was laying in bed last Friday and a random thought popped into my head, “I really want to go to St. Louis, like ASAP.” Since St. Louis is only about a four hour drive from Chicago, I thought “why not just go NOW?” So I packed up the car, booked a hotel (since I booked the hotel literally a day before my arrival, I got an AWESOME last-minute deal on a great hotel in the center of downtown St. Louis) and hit the road!