Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

If you don’t know by now The Palmetto Peaches love a good playlist. I’ve made playlists for the best cover songswork out jams, and productivity. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d put together a little love jams playlist. You can play this as you’re having your dinner for two on Tuesday or on your way to your early Valentine’s dinner this weekend.There are some cheesy songs, but cheese it up. Twirl your significant other around.Flowers & Candy: Love Jams Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches -

Flowers and Candy: Love Jams Playlist

  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • B2K – Gots Ta Be
  • Beyonce – Love On Top
  • Whitney Houston – I Will Always You
  • Drake – Take Care
  • Mariah Carey – Always Be Baby
  • John Legend – All of Me
  • Justin Bieber – U Smile
  • Katy Perry – Unconditionally
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • Florence + the Machine – Stand By Me
  • John Legend – P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)
  • Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
  • Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
  • Monica – Angel of Mine
  • Aresomith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
  • Miley Cyrus – Adore You

What are some of your favorite love songs of all time? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some to my love jams playlist! 

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Get Fit Playlist

Get Fit Playlist - The Palmetto PeachesI don’t know about you but when I listen to music I tend to have a more productive. I also don’t find myself counting down the seconds to the end of the exercise or run. In my effort to get summertime fine I did some research on how best to incorporate  music into your workout. I learned that you playlist should include songs that build up to the same BPM as your target heart rate, which is actually a range.(Caution: Some math follows.)

Your target heart rate = 50 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.  So for me:

  • Maximum Heart Rate: 220 – 26 = 194 beats per minute/BPM

  • Target Heart Rate: 97 – 165 BPM

According to the American Heart Association: Heart rate during moderately intense activities is about 50-69% of your maximum heart rate, whereas heart rate during hard physical activity is about 70% to less than 90% of the maximum heart rate.

I’ve pulled together this Get Fit Playlist with the BPM of each song included. Feel free to customize your own playlist based on your target heart rate. There are plenty of apps or resources that can help you identify the BPM of your favorite songs.

Get Fit Playlist

  • Rihanna – Work – 92 BPM
  • Nick Jonas – Levels – 102 BPM
  • Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza Seeb Remix- 102 BPM
  • Drake – One Dance – 104 BPM
  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling – 113 BPM
  • Jonas Blue – Fast Car – 113 BPM
  • DNCE – Cake by the Ocean – 119 BPM
  • Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell] – 120 BPM
  • Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
  • Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama – 120 BPM
  • Ed Sheeran – Sing – 120 BPM
  • Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker – Bad Man – 120 BPM
  • Tori Kelly & Big Sean – Hollow – 126 BPM
  • Kid Cudi  – Pursuit Of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) – 128 BPM
  • Britney Spears – Work B**ch – 128 BPM
  • Muse – Uprising – 128 BPM
  • Ghost Town DJs – My Boo – 130 BPM
  • 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me – 130 BPM
  • Lady Gaga- Applause – 140 BPM
  • Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
  • Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck – 142 BPM
  • Drake –  Jumpman – 142 BPM
  • Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes) – 146 BPM
  • Justin Timberlake – Chop Me Up – 147 BPM
  • Maroon 5 – Harder to Breathe – 150 BPM
  • Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark – 152 BPM
  • The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – 160 BPM
  • Panic! At the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies – 170 BPM
  • Hairspray Soundtrack – You Can’t Stop the Beat – 170 BPM
  • Drake – Energy – 172 BPM
  • Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us – 180 BPM
  • Jack White – Lazaretto  – 180 BPM

What are some of your favorite workout songs? Leave me a comment below and I’ll add some new songs to the get fit playlist.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

How To Stay in Formation at a Beyoncé Concert

I know we’re all slowly recovering from a #LEMONADE hangover, but Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour kicks off in Miami in 2 days! After April 29th, her Tampa show, I will have seen Beyoncé perform different 3 shows in 3 different cities.

If you’re new here, you maybe unaware that I’m a proud member of the BeyHive. From a Feyoncé themed bachelorette weekend to explaining my personal tips for drinking— Beyoncé has a special place on this blog and in my heart, and if you’ve seen her perform live, you understand!

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That one time I ran into Beyoncé in Los Angeles. ?

I want us all to stay in Formation at the concert, so here are a few lessons I’ve learned from my past Beyoncé experiences.

How to Stay in Formation at a Beyoncé Concert

Live in the moment

Are you going to watch the concert through your phone or your own eyes? While I try to take a few pics of her while I’m there, I like to keep in mind that pictures from the concert will be on Bey’s Instagram and website, as well as video footage on DVD or HBO. Queen Bey loves for her fans to seize the moment. During the Mrs. Carter World Show, she told a fan to “put that damn camera down”. She was right in front of him and he happily kept recording. I actually would’ve died.

Don’t get too drunk

Who wants to black out while in Beyoncé’s presence…WHO?! Everyone will remember getting their lives, and all your memories will be blurry or non-existent. Can you imagine the conversations the next day? Whatchu gonna talk about? Nothing.
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Secure transportation

Add traffic and parking into your route. When I saw Beyoncé in Charlotte, we got dinner and drinks before the concert. When I saw her in Atlanta, we got Publix rotisserie chicken and mini bottles. Moral of me telling you that is to know what you’re dealing with ahead of time. Regardless of which city you see Beyoncé in, traffic is going to be crazy. This is a stadium tour after all. Whatever route you decide, plan transportation ahead of time so you’re not stressed out or even worse, late or stuck afterwards! The less stressed you are when you arrive, the better.

Hold on to your tickets for dear life

This is another reason to be coherent before the concert. Running late or not being sober enough to function could result in losing your tickets! This could result in getting kicked out of Formation, and getting kicked out of your squad. If you’re printing your tickets, make sure to keep them close to you. I’m using TicketMaster’s mobile app, so I’ll have everything on my phone. Even if I tragically forget my phone or if it dies, I can use someone else’s to log in to my account. That’s if I’m not freaking out…
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This sounds like a no-brainer, but long-time members of The Hive know it’s not. You’re going to scream, you may cry, but please don’t faint. This is one definite way to throw off the Fomation. Your friends can’t sing, dance and pick you up off  the floor at the same time. I think the only things that prevent me from fainting is the chance of missing something epic, and my friends are too skinny to physically lift me from the floor.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a little recap of the concert or at least share some pictures with you! Let us all pray I don’t break any of my own rules.

Friendly Reminders: Don’t forget to peep those Beyoncé inspired cocktail recipes. I’ll share what I’m making my girls drink next week. 🙂 Oh yeah, remember to locate your nearest Red Lobster and make reservations…just in case.

Have you ever been to a Beyoncé concert? What concert rules do you follow while seeing your favorite artists?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

gemsounds: your new favorite BFFs

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, but let’s be honest–every month is ours. In the past, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite woman bloggers from Quirky Brown Love’s “Awesome Bloggers” list. This time I want you to get know (and more than likely fall in love with) 2 of my hometown sheroes.

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Camela Guevara (artist and seamstress) and Dalia Dalili (freelance stylist and set costumer) are fashion + music bloggers based in Charleston, South Carolina. You should know that I’ve known Dalia since the 6th grade. We’ve gone from AOL Instant Messenger to MySpace Top 8 to Facebook together. That’s a pretty big deal, however, I love us both enough to not show you what we looked like at ages 10 and 11. While home for the summer after my first year of college, Dalia, also known to me as D2 or D$, introduced me to Camela at an 80’s house party. It’s been pure dopeness ever since.

Just like The Palmetto Peaches, gemsounds are 2 BFFs sharing their 20-something passions with the world.
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Meet the ladies of gemsounds

Tell us a little bit about gemsounds: What helped you decide to create it? How did you come up with the name?

We decided to start blogging after our first Art Basel Miami experience in 2012. Prior to this, we were constantly sharing things back & forth that we thought each other would love, whether it was music, art, or fashion related. After the trip, and being totally submerged in creative energy from all directions, we realized we could just as easily have a platform to share our experiences with fellow women (and men) who might find them just as inspiring. We also really enjoy going to music & art festivals year-round, so having access to media credentials to cover such events is an added bonus.
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The name came from the game Bejeweled, and describing the noise when the gemstones make contact with each other. We saved the name, initially thinking we’d use it for the band or DJ duo we’d eventually start, but the blog came first.

What’s your favorite thing about working with your best friend?

We’ve been BFFs for 10+ years now so we really have established a language that only we understand. We are fully supportive of each other in all aspects of our lives (almost to a fault – but that’s what friends are for, right?) so it’s always a fun & positive experience when we collaborate. We each have our own point of views, so we can contribute to whichever project we’re working on different ways. It’s a nice balance.
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How do you stay creatively inspired?

We’re constantly inspired by our surroundings – Not so much locally, but as you know, much of life these days is lived on the internet. It’s a great way to stay connected to artists all over the world who express themselves in ways we admire whether it’s musically, visually, literary, etc. This keeps us motivated to keep working to expose a modest town like Charleston (and beyond) to the milieu of wonder the universe holds.

If you had to create a soundtrack for gemsounds, what are 3 songs that would definitely make the cut?

Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill”
Chromatics – “In the City”
M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”

What can readers expect from gemsounds in the future?

We hope to eventually develop a product or have gemsounds-specific merchandise, such as pins or patches, or even nail wraps! The possibilities are endless. We will also continue to cover festivals and resultantly discover new artists to share with our readers, so stay tuned!

gemsounds’ secrets:

Since we’re celebrating Women’s History Month, tell us what woman you would spend love to spend a day with?

Erykah Badu
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If you could be a Disney villain, without judgement, which one would you be?

The White Witch in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because 1. Tilda Swinton and 2. icicle crowns. Wait is that a Disney movie? (Ace: I checked and it is not, but I will let it slide!?)

The Palmetto Peaches are music festival lovers just like you. Which music festival is on your 2016 to-do list?

We’ll be attending Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem, NC in April, Moogfest in Durham, NC in May, Hopscotch in Raleigh, NC in September, & Art Basel in Miami in December – and whatever we stumble upon in between! (Ace: Meanwhile, the only music related thing on my list is Beyoncé.)

What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?

So many things! Mainly to give less f*cks, and live life for yourself. Boys really don’t matter as much as you’re letting them, and relish in this time because you will never be able to drink and eat as much as you are now without consequence. Also, don’t get that tattoo! (Ace: Major keys!)

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There’s nothing like a pair of creative, blogging besties to help us end this well-deserved month. Get more from these gems at, and if that’s not enough, connect with them on Facebook and Instagram!

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#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs (Playlist)

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a new Palmetto Peaches’ playlist. I’ve had this running list of cover songs on a memo on my phone for forever so I though why not share some of my all-time favorite cover songs. To be fair, the originals are amazing, but I like what the artists did with their version.

#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs (Playlist) - The Palmetto Peaches -

Let me go ahead and put it out there that Queen Kelly Clarkson is the champion of cover songs. This entire list could be Kelly Clarkson covers because she is just that good. There’s a fantastic playlist of Kelly Clarkson covers I highly recommend. She kills every genre. I’m also quite partial to Ed Sheeran cover songs. My ringtone on my phone is his cover of Trap Queen. Yes, still. No apologies.  I know YouTube is full of amazing singers covering songs (I’ll quickly mention that’s how many of us fell in love with Tori Kelly), but for this playlist I decided to stick with covers from established artists. I couldn’t find a few of my favorites on Spotify, so I’ve linked them in the list below.

P.S. Music lovers do not yell at me for including Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah” on the list – I know there are dozens of amazing versions of this song. I just happen to like this one 🙂

#Reimagined: Best Cover Songs

  • Maroon 5, “Sex & Candy” (Marcy Playground)
  • Iron & Wine, “Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service)
  • The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly” (Roberta Flack)
  • Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton)
  • Ike and Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • Ray LaMontagne, “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley)
  • Aretha Franklin, “Respect” (Otis Redding)
  • Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
  • Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse, “Valerie” (The Zutons)
  • Ed Sheeran, “Dirrty” (Christina Aguilera)
  • FKA twigs, “Elastic Heart” (Sia)
  • UB40 “Red Red Wine” (Neil Diamond)
  • Lennon & Maisy, “Boom Clap” (Charli XCX)
  • Nelly, “Die A Happy Man” (Thomas Rhett)
  • Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness” (Ray Noble Orchestra)
  • Johnny Cash, “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)
  • Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink, “Lady Marmalade” (Patti Labelle)
  • Lauryn Hill, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” (Frankie Valli)
  • John Mayer, “Free Fallin'” (Tom Petty)
  • Ellie Goulding, “Your Song” (Elton John)

What are some of your favorite cover songs? Which ones need to be added to this playlist? Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Spooktacular Halloween Party Playlist

Ghouls and Goblins. Sinners and Saints (okay that one is a stretch). It’s just about time to pull out the spider webs, apple cider and everything orange and black for your Halloween Party. But what’s a themed party without the jams to match? With help from Dancing with the Stars and my BF4L Ashley, I’ve created a Spooktacular Playlist to get your Halloween Party started.

Spooktacular Playlist--The Palmetto Peaches

Not including a Thriller flash mob, don’t expect any major dance-offs to happen while listening to these songs during your Halloween celebration. I suggest playing this while giving out candy, or while your guests are mingling, and still warming up. From the Pretty Little Liars and True Blood opening songs to classics like “I Put a Spell on You” and “Monster Mash”, The Palmetto Peaches have you covered.

Spooktacular Halloween Party Playlist

Did I forget any songs? What’s on your Halloween playlist? I’m heading to 1st birthday party, Trick-or-Treating with the squad AND going to a family Halloween party on Saturday, so there aren’t enough songs to keep me in the spooky spirit. Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL with any suggestions!

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