coolin @ Cabana Bay

This weekend the mista & i traveled to Orlando to see my favorite band (Brand New) play at the House of Blues. I took this opportunity to extend the weekend and booked a couple of nights for us at a new mid-century designed hotel - Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I spotted chatter about it online earlier this year & wanted to see the mid century mod decor first hand.

In a nut shell: It's gloriously retro - which makes it all kinds of charming, it's crazy affordable & very family friendly. Unfortunately, i see family friendly as a negative. Wait. You mean i don't enjoy children (& their less than enthused parents) hogging the pool area? Nope, turns out i don't.
It really is a gorgeous hotel. I'm giving big props to the designers, because they really did a bang up job... check out how adorable our room was:

We won't be back, because we don't have seven year old children to eat with in the onsite cafeteria, but it was still eye candy all weekend long.

endlessly inspired by Brand New

A little over eleven years ago, i was so close to eighteen i could almost taste it. I had just graduated from high school, had no clue what i was going to do with my life, & lived for things like new music & new clothes. I guess in truth, i still live for those things. I remember anxiously awaiting the release of Brand New's sophomore album - Deja Entendu to arrive at FYE records, & when it did i was stoked to put that CD on in my cabrio & fill the air with magic. It was nothing like i had expected & it blew my mind.

Many years later, two & half more albums under their belt. (yes, i'm counting those leaked demos - Fight off your Demons as the half) later & Deja Entendu is still my favorite album to date.

Lately i've been feeling a lacking in my creativity & it's been maddening. I had my headphones on & when Tautou came on, i pictured the album cover in my head & decided i was going to paint. I absolutely love the way it turned out - it's been so long since i've painted & i'm pretty proud of myself for how well i think it came out.