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  1. Prince
  2. Woody Allen (“OLD Woody Allen.”)
  3. Los Angeles
  4. 90′s Hip Hop
  5. Vintage Painted Signage
  6. Dogs
  7. Vodka + Sparkling Grapefruit
  8. Road trips
  9. Dancing
  10. Making playlists
  11. the beach
  12. cheese.

Nikki is the powerful lady behind my most recent aesthetic transformation, and I’ve been hounding her for a list for months! Looking at it now, it feels perfectly Nikki, perfectly Los Angeles, and perfectly American–right on time for the 4th of July weekend.

If you live in Los Angeles, go see Nikki for new hair and bitchen’ company. In the words of my wise friend, Jennifer, “Change your hair, change your life.”

After: Whoa, baby! See what I mean?

Before: blah. My life suuuucks.








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  1. Older, They Might Be Giants
  2. Taking Care of Business,  Bachman Turner Overdrive
  3. Career Opportunities,The Clash
  4. Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Aretha Franklin
  5. Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
  6. Money, Pink Floyd
  7. Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
  8. Happy, Pharrell Williams
  9. Dark Horse, Katy Perry
  10. The Final Countdown, Europe


**Top 10 Songs To Rock Out To While Writing Your Resume!**

I hooked up with some friends at the AfterCollege blog for some fun tunes during graduation season; check them out for support, job searches, personal stories, and more!

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(eve’s note: so I was 4 days late to music Monday! i think this list makes it worth the wait…)


Cameron   Mom   San Francisco, CA
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  1. “I’m Not in Love,”  10cc
  2. “Seabird,”  Alessi Brothers
  3. “Right Down the Line,” Gerry Rafferty
  4. “Box of Rain,” Grateful Dead
  5. “Ventura Highway,”  America
  6. “Who Were You With in the Moonlight?”  Dollar
  7. “Captain of Her Heart,”  Double
  8. “Sunset Eyes,”  Starbuck
  9. “Summer Breeze,”  Seals and Croft
  10. “Baker Street,” Gerry Rafferty

“Top Ten Feathered Hair and Faded Sunset Songs (SOFT BOAT ROCK)”


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  1. Rocksteady, Alton Ellis
  2. the Piggot Brothers
  3. Lotus Flower, Radiohead
  4. Being Erica
  5. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
  6. Mike McHugh, Creative Sweet TV
  7. Candy (the stuff you eat)

“Today’s obsessions: awesome AND distracting.”

check out Music Monday at the blog to be distracted like Aly :)



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“Today’s obsessions: awesome AND distracting.”

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  1. The Book of Fame, Lloyd Jones
  2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  3. Landfall in Unknown Seas, Allen Curnow
  4. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  5. The Grey Havens,” from The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

“what I read when I can’t sleep!” -Emma

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  1. Adaptation
  2. Funeral – Arcade Fire
  3. Love is a Mixtape, Robb Sheffield
  4. Self-titledThe Airborne Toxic Event
  5. High Fidelity (movie)
  6. Just Kids, Patti Smith
  7. 69 Love Songs, The Magnetic Fields
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  9. Rock!!!!!  Violent Femmes
  10. Greenberg


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  1. You Were Always on My Mind, Elvis Presley
  2. Koh Gen Do -#001
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  4. BIC Crystal Ballpoint Pens
  5. Creme Abricot – Christian Dior
  6. Veuve Cliquot
  7. Tina Turner
  8. Eiffel Tower
  9. Coco Chanel
  10. Bichon/Poodles

Laura Westmoreland     Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Calvin and Hobbes
  2. Radiohead
  3. ”Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Arcadia
  6. The Onion
  7. Rushmore
  8. Elliott Smith
  9. Infinite Jest
  10. The Sopranos

Sean is one funny dude, check out his site and laugh at(with?) him and ask him how he can love Elliot Smith and be a comedian. (Just kidding.)

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  1. Being There
  2. Defending Your Life
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Inspiration Information,” Shuggie Otis
  5. Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
  6. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  7. The Rainbow Goblins, Ul de Rico
  8. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Not a Pretty Girl, Ani DiFranco
  10. “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z

Deanna Russo is one part of “Married Single Divorced,” a new web series coming out later this summer! I had a chance to visit her on the set; read about it in The Magpie Blog!

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  1. City of Thieves, David Benioff
  2. The End of Faith, Sam Harris
  3. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  4. Henry Fool
  5. Glengarry Glen Ross
  6. Sling Blade
  7. Albuquerque Lullaby, Dan Bern
  8. This is the 21st Century, Marillion
  9. The Joe Schmo Show
  10. Ken Burns’ Baseball


Dave Gast     Cotati, CA
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  1. Refernce, Ryann Bosetti
  2. The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry
  3. Colours,” Donavan
  4. 100% Guido, Harsh Patel
  5. So So Sick,” Unrest
  6. Adagio For Strings, Christian Oldham
  7. The Gentlewoman
  8. Forest Lawn: The Great Mausoleum
  9. LePigeon, Jerry Pigeon
  10. Christine, Alan Clarke


Richard   RN   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Song Three Blues,” Alberta Cross
  2. Service Bell,” Grizzly Bear feat. Feist
  3. Wolves,” Phosphorescent
  4. Kill a Man,” Gram Rabbit
  5. When I’m Small,”  Phantogram
  6. You May Be Blue,” Vetiver
  7. ”In the Direction of the Moon,Wolf Parade
  8. 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know),”  Neon Indian
  9. Strange Fruit,Nina SimoneW
  10. New Kanada,” Solid Gold

“round 2…i am such an audiophile.” (see Amanda’s first list here!)

this list is so video-crazy, i couldn’t choose just one, so it’s just a link-fest!


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  1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (song and album!)
  2. The Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling
  3. Arrested Development
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  5. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  6. Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Fitz and the Tantrums (album)
  7. Moulin Rouge!
  8. Pushing Daisies
  9. The Little Mermaid
  10. Cinema Paradiso
  11. Parks and Recreation

read about my discovery of modern communication and the design genius of Kate’s Blimp Cat Studios in the Magpie Blog!

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  1. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  2. There Will Be Blood
  3. The Fragile, Nine Inch Nails
  4. the smell of new pointe shoes
  5. When the Stars Go Blue” Ryan Adams
  6. Remarks of Senator Barack Obama at the New Hampshire primary, Jan. 8, 2008
  7. The Big Lebowski
  8. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
  9. A Single Man
  10. an empty dance studio


Claire Richardson   Dancer   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. The Best of The Guess Who
  2. Jethro Tull, watching Ian Anderson rock on the flute with one leg
  3. Andrea Bocelli, “Time to Say Goodbye“ …goosebumps everytime
  4. Night, Eli Wiesel (listening to him makes me want to hop a flight and audit his classes)
  5. Ayaan Hirsi AliW, it took guts for her to write books about Islam
  6. Memento …over and over and over
  7. Original Japanese Iron Chef
  8. Take a Little Piece of my Heart,” Janis JoplinW
  9. Creating dishes from food with the people who grew it around the table.
  10. When a great chef asks, ”is there anything you don’t like? may I cook for you?”


Julie Ridlon   Chef   St. Louis, MO
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  1. Chronicles: Volume One, Bob Dylan
  2. “A Perfect Day”, Lou ReedW
  3. Harold and Maude
  4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
  5. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
  6. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  7. “Bonzo’s Montreux,” Led Zeppelin
  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  10. The Shawshank Redemption

no one ever said that inspirations don’t change with time and mood; see Danielle’s July list; it’s similar, but different! (and no one ever said you can only submit one list! got something else? send it in!)

Danielle Syslo   Actor   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * But Were afraid To Ask (Watch it now!)
  2. E.E. CummingsW‘ poem Self-Excoriation 1, 2, and 3.
  3. The Revolution of Everyday Life, Raoul Vaneigem (Read it for free; just follow the link!)
  4. “Nashville Blues,” Doc Watson
  5. Days of Heaven
  6. Patti Smith is a new fascination after reading Just Kids
  7. Five Easy Pieces
  8. Lolita, Vladimir Nobokov
  9. The entire album of Graceland by Paul Simon has saved my life more than once. It can make the worst day better.
  10. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

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  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  2. The Office (BBC!)
  3. “Ojala,” Silvio RodriguezW
  4. Made in Britain
  5. Back To Black, Amy Winehouse
  6. People Hold on, Eddie Kendricks
  7. ”This is” series by M. Slasek
  8. The Corner, David Simon & Edward Burns
  9. ”Periodico de Ayer”  Hector LavoeW
  10. Annie Hall

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