Productivity Playlist 2

Productivity Playlist #2 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThere are levels to being productive while listening to music. Like Donni said before introducing the jams on her Productivity Playlist, everyone is different. My levels include healthy distractions like dancing and daydreaming. While physical movement (dancing) relieves stress and releases endorphins, daydreaming is like meditation for me. Songs that make me happy bring on the visions of the positive things I want to have and experience–like owning a house with a huge yard in New Orleans, or going to Disney World for the first time. When I think about things like that, I get pumped about checking items off of my to-do list.

During my senior year of college, I’d head to the park in my neighborhood to clear my mind. Y’all don’t even know how Adele’s “21” and Beyonce’s “4” got me through life in 2011! I would walk/run 3-5 times a week listening to those albums–beginning to end. Some songs made me want to dance, and some would put me in my feelings. Either way, I’d zone out and pick up speed.

Back to the subject at hand–a healthy distraction can lead to a serious productivity session. And you know what’s a really good, healthy distraction? A TWERK-OFF!!! Twerking is a workout and working out is productive—so there’s that. On International Day of Happiness (March 20), I read an article on TODAY.com, about people getting together for pre-work dance parties at 7am to release “happy chemicals”. I hope my playlist helps you do the same!

WARNING: Some of my tunes are not for the young ears. Keep that in mind if you’re going to listen with the fam. 🙂

Productivity Playlist #2

  1. Countdown by Beyoncé
  2. Made Me [Explicit] by Snootie Wild & K CAMP
  3. Limit to Your Love by James Blake
  4. Lost Queen by Pharrell Williams
  5. End of Time by Beyoncé
  6. Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) [Explicit] by Rich Homie Quan
  7. Count Your Blessings by Nas & Damian Marley
  8. Didn’t Cha Know by Erykah Badu
  9. Baby Blue by Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper
  10. Turn Your Lights Down Low by Bob Marley & The Wailers feat. Lauryn Hill

What are you turning up or turning down to while taking care of business? Comment below or tweet @PalmsInATL!

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May Beauty Unboxing

Confession: I spend an unusual amount of time watching family and beauty bloggers on YouTube. It’s like my second Netflix. I look forward to my favorite ladies’ Get Ready With Me and monthly favorites videos.  It’s becoming a problem, but

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I like what I like.

I by no means think of myself as a beauty expert or a beauty blogger, but I thought it would be cool to do do an unboxing video for you guys.  I recently signed up for a Julep Maven box and was gifted a Birchbox subscription and it’s been on my to-do list to record and upload these for awhile and I’ve finally completed one.

May Beauty Subscriptions Unboxing

 Check out the video below to watch me unbox my April Julep Maven Box and the Mad Men inspired Birchbox.

 

For those of you subscription box lovers out there tell me which are your favorites. Are you a Birchbox fan? Ipsy fan? Also, I’d love to hear who your favorite YouTube beauty vloggers are. Leave me a comment or tweet me at @donnicakelsey

 

Donni Unboxing video

Raise a Glass For the College Grads

 

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Four years ago today, on a 75° (yup, we looked it up) day in Columbia, SC your Palmetto Peaches became alumnae of the University of South Carolina. It was a crazy week of celebrations with friends and family after an amazing and memorable journey, complete with highs and lows to get us each to that point. With the upcoming commencements, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite memories from our graduation weekend, discuss post-grad life and impart some words of advice for upcoming seniors and the class of 2015.

Learn our favorite graduation memory, how we would describe college in five words and how post-grad life has been in Part 1!

Listen to our advice for the class of 2015 and what we wish we would’ve known during our senior year in Part 2!

 

 What was your most memorable moment from your graduation? How’s post-grad life treating you? Tweet us at @PalmsInATL or leave a comment below!

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Productivity Playlist

Productivity Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’m the queen of playlists. For example, when I workout I need music to keep me moving. Otherwise, I’ll just wander from machine to machine in my apartment’s gym, pausing to take the obligatory #blackgirlsworkouttoo picture. When I’m cleaning (especially spring cleaning), I need a great playlist to keep me on task. So I’ve been inspired to share my personal productivity playlist that keeps me motivated throughout the work week. I try to update it at least every other week with some new songs or revamp it completely.

Music & Productivity

Music while working is a great idea, but I’ve read that different types of music affects our productivity in a number of ways.

– When the task is clearly defined and is repetitive in nature, the research seems to suggest that music is definitely useful.
– It may be beneficial to listen to music you are familiar with if you need to intensely focus for a project.
– For some lyrics, can be distracting. 

With all that being said,  everyone is different. I can’t promise you that you’ll accomplish all of your daily tasks listening to this playlist, but I know it makes me feel like a #girlboss and I get stuff done. Enjoy!

 

Productivity Playlist #1

  1. Dunes by The Alabama Shakes
  2. Standing On The Sun Remix by Beyoncé (ft. Mr Vegas)
  3. Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
  4. FourFiveSeconds by Rhianna, Kayne West and Paul McCartney
  5. I See Fire (live) by Ed Sheeran
  6. Riptide by Vance Joy
  7. I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
  8. Everlasting Light by The Black Keys
  9. Trap Queen by Fetty Wap
  10. Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker
  11. Drip Drop  by Empire Cast (feat. Yazz and Serayah McNeill)
  12. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  13. That’s Not My Name by The TIng Tings
  14. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
  15. I Don’t Mind by Usher (feat. Juicy J)

What songs are you playing on repeat right now? Tweet me or comment below! I’m always looking for suggestions for my next playlist.

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Spring Cleaning With Ace

Donni wrote a post about Spring Cleaning her life, and included a to-do list. I started writing my own list shortly after that, but never published it. So I’m back…with updates!

Ace’s Spring Cleaning To-Do List

1. Become financially secure. A wise man named Meek Mill said, “The money turned the noodles into pasta”. I’m just trying to graduate from Oodles of Noodles to Olive Garden fettuccine. Although money doesn’t buy happiness–it pays my rent, feeds my body, puts clothes on my back and allows me to type this post via Xfinity WiFi. Those things make it easier for me to sleep at night, and sleep makes me happy. You know what else makes me happy? Hazelnut coffee. How do I get hazelnut coffee? I pay for it with money. No shade to myself, but I’m super basic. I don’t care about brands or labels, and I’d rather spend money on food than clothes–so it’s not about living a luxurious lifestyle. It’s about easing my mind. Don’t let my hippie vibes fool you, because unfortunately, I’m a worrier and a planner, which is why my list is beginning with making more money. [Update: I’ve been on a few interviews and will start a new job with real co-workers next week!]

2. Reduce my anxiety with daily meditation. I just finished Oprah and Deepak’s “Manifesting True Success” 3 week meditation challenge. If you haven’t tried meditating, I STRONGLY suggest it. You’ll be surprised how helpful 20 minutes of quiet time can be. That’s right, 20 minutes of silence with your thoughts. My goal is to mediate before my morning coffee and right before bed.
Spring Cleaning With Ace--The Palmetto Peaches

3. Make healthier choices. Is it best for me to eat PB & J sandwiches and Ramen all the time? NO. Can I afford fresh vegetables, fancy ass chicken and gluten-free water (I probably made that up) everyday? NO. On top of that, I have a crazy sweet tooth, and I rarely ever have just one alcoholic beverage–so I’m going to start slow with changing those things. I won’t buy Sour Patch Kids every time I go to the store, and I….ok, I don’t have a solution for alcohol consumption yet. Work with me people. Healthy food maybe pricey, but physical activity and portion control are free–so I will try to keep that in mind.  [Update: I have twerk sessions in my room on the days I don’t go for a 3 mile walk. Plus, the new gig will cause me to be on my feet and walking for at least 5 hours per shift. I’ve also been aiming to drink at least 64 oz of water everyday.]

4. Read a book. I really don’t know when I stopped reading on a regular basis. Maybe after the Accelerated Reader program ended, and I no longer got prizes for finishing Babysitter’s Club and American Girl books. Even though I don’t read as much as I should, I do admit that a good book or poem sparks my creative energy. It’s also a sweet escape from my own issues. [Update: I’m almost done with Chaka Khan’s autobiography, “Through the Fire”–an autographed copy, btw. I’m a sucker for bio-pics, so I loved being able to imagine how I think her life adventures really happened.]

5. Let people go. I do this thing where I want to keep people in my life exactly the way they entered it. It could be because I’ve lost so many loved ones, or because of my Middle Child Syndrome. It could also be because I hate feeling like I was stupid enough to not see a sad ending coming–ya know, because I’m psychic. (FYI, I also do this thing where I diagnose myself). You’ve probably heard the saying “people come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime”. Personally, I like to know right away a person’s purpose in my life, but it doesn’t work that way. My auntie (in my head) Maya Angelou said, “when people show you who they are, believe them the first time”. The signs are usually always there, but I’m a classic, stubborn Capricorn. The goal is to not think about another person’s purpose so much that it distract’s me from my own. I’ll deal with any bumps in the road when they appear–not before I even have a chance to get to them.

Inch by inch, y’all. Inch by inch.

Have you written your own Spring Cleaning To-Do List? Share it with me by commenting below!

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Music Festival Season

Although, I didn’t get to go to Coachella this year, I got my first music festival of the 2015 season down in the books – Sweetwater 420 Fest in Centennial Olympic Park. The weather wasn’t ideal for a music festival, but I powered through the rain and mud. Well, mostly powered through.

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Despite thinking about all of the jokes made about him at the Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast, seeing Snoop live was worth the price of the three-day wristband. Though he hasn’t had a recent radio smash, Snoop has plenty of hits. And a best of Snoop Dogg concert is better than some of the shows you’ll see “rappers” put on today. Like, I LOVE Trap Queen, but I’m not sure I could sit through a whole Fetty Wap concert.

Sweetwater 420 Fest

Here are a few clips I took during Snoop’s set (my apologies for any of my horrible singing that may be in the background) :

Yes, he started about 25 minutes late, but he put on an amazing show. The rumored 20,000 who braved the rain on Friday night were treated to: “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”, “Gin and Juice”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “California Girls”, “I Love Rock and Roll”, a little Notorious B.I.G.- “Hypnotize” and of course a Tupac tribute “Gangsta Party”, as well as some of his other hits.

On Saturday, I walked around for the majority of the day drying off. I ended up in a crazy downpour sans umbrella.  The rain washed off my makeup and collected in my combat boots. I wrung what seemed like a half a gallon of water from my shirt before shaking it off and grabbing a Sweetwater Blue to get me back in the festival mood.

Festival “Types”

No matter if you’re heading up to Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza this summer, or waiting for Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta in September there are certain types of people that you will always see. Over the weekend, I turned the “festival archetypes” into a game. Every time one of my friends spotted one of these “types” we got points.

  1. Flower Crowns
  2. Hula Hoop Girl
  3. Person in a Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets jersey:  Now they won’t wear them because they are necessarily supporters of the team, but because they are supporters of legalization.
  4. White dreads: Like the fantastic J (Issa Rae) once said in Awkward Black Girl: “Guys come and go, but great friends are like nice-looking white dreads… hard to come by”.
  5. Multiple Bob Marley or One Love t-shirts: If I had a $1 for every Marley related t-shirt I spotted this weekend, I’d have more than enough for the new Samsung Galaxy. I’m not quite sure why Tuff Gong is the go to in festival wear, but it is.
  6. The avid music festival goer: This person will be wearing a vintage festival shirt (Bonnaroo 2009) and may even have a collection of wristbands from past festivals on their arm. They want you to know that this isn’t their first rodeo.
  7. The painted up girl: No pictures here, folks. But there’s gonna be a few people, guys and girls, who decide to go sans clothes and choose paint. I worried about the girls who painted up this weekend, but maybe the used waterproof paint. (rolls eyes).

This was all in good fun because let’s be honest if I would have had the free time, I would have totally made a flower crown to wear. Overall, I had a great weekend with my friends and made some great festival memories.

Do any of you have any plans to travel to music festivals? Tell me your plans and who you’re most excited to see. Leave a comment or tweet me @donnicakelsey.

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