m2c2 – jan 2015

cat, i'm a kitty cat

cat, i'm a kitty cat

It’s already been a bit of a crazy year for me — and we’re only fifteen days in. Who needs weekends, really? (Me. So desperately, me.)

I’ve spent every day I’ve had off on location for a photo shoot or editing photos from a photo shoot. So I’m going to hibernate this weekend. Aka, edit more photos from last weekend’s photo shoot. I took 997 photos in one day. And I love almost every one of them.

Tomorrow is a day away from the day job, which means I’ll be crouching over some delicious pasta dishes for another client. And I cannot wait. If I knew freelance photography would be such a great ab workout, I would have started doing this years ago!

Anyway, this music has been aiding me through the past 15 days, which still have me pining for a life in Norway. Tromsø 2015, here I come :) Xo!


Music to Cook to // December 2014

music to cook to // december 2014

Hi friends! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving — I was able to go back to California to hang out with the family, so I took a little internet break for a few days… and in the process, completely forgot to publish my November playlist. So I’ve renamed it to December.

Enjoy a week filled with a wintry mix — I even did some design work with the artists in the playlist this month. Happy December! Xo.

music to cook to // december 2014


music to cook to // october 2014

music to cook to // october 2014 // sweetsonian

I missed September’s playlist, so here it is… in October. Will you ever forgive me?

It’s been a crazy couple of months. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been struggling for the inspiration (and the time) required to put together recipe posts. In the meantime, I’ve been putting together posts about other pretty things that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do :)

music to cook to // august 2014

music to cook to // august 2014 // sweetsonian

A bit of a somber mood today. Hope you’re enjoying the day! It’s a bit gloomy today in DC, but hopefully, a crazy thunderstorm will shake things up a bit. Also, the world has gone absolutely nuts, which helps me put my own issues into perspective.

Xo, Sarah

Music to Cook to // July 2014

music to cook to, july 2014 // sweetsonian

This time last year, I was camping with my family in high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. I’m sad I haven’t had a chance to head back home to hang with the family, but I’ll never forget the small town Fourth of July celebration I got to experience last summer.

Not to say DC’s will be lacking. The nation’s capital generally hosts the best July Fourth celebration there is.

So bring on the beer, the burgers, and the red, white, and blue. Hope you have a fabulous holiday! USA!

M2C2 – april

music to cook to, april // sweetsonian

music to cook to, april // sweetsonian

It’s crazy to think that just over a month ago, we got a pretty good layer of snow here in DC. I won’t say that I miss it (I mean, I did get caught in a mini snowstorm when I landed from Miami, wearing jorts and flip flops) – but I stumbled upon these snow photos in my Flickr account.

Cheers to spring — and to my last 10 days of being 26. Hope y’all enjoy the music that I’ve been clinging to in the past 4 to 5 weeks of insane travel, interviewing, and of New York toying with my heart.

music to cook to, april // sweetsonianmusic to cook to, april // sweetsonian

I’d rather dance with you

This is one of my favorite music videos — more often than not, I find myself feeling just like the little boy in the orange sweatshirt.

For example, in second or third grade, one of our lessons was on comparisons and voting. So, our teacher brought in a whole bunch of red delicious and macintosh apples, sliced ’em up, and told use to decide which ones we liked better. Rather than raise our hands or silently vote, she told everyone who liked the green apples to go to one side of the classroom, and everyone who liked the red apples to go to the other.

Guess who was the single, solitary person who chose the red apples? Yep. It was me. I remember very decidedly walking to one side of the room, while the other kids either did the same, or struggled somewhere in the middle. In the end, every. single. kid. chose the other side of the room. I struggled to hide this weird, awkward form of humiliation with a smile. Haha, not sorry, question mark?

As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, my parents had a weekly ritual of peeking into my classroom every Sunday, after Mass — just to see if I had any artwork up, or to hear whatever stories I had from school for them. Sure enough, the apple tally was up on the bulletin board, something like “Macintosh: 32 students, Red Delicious: 1 student.”

My dad looked at me, and I’m sure my face gave it away, because he said “that was you, wasn’t it?” And I’m pretty sure that was the first time I ever experienced a tidbit of social anxiety. Or perhaps it was just a little social experiment on cliques and outcasts. As embarrassed as I was that no one else liked the red apples (or wanted to stand on the other side of the room alone, or wanted me to stand on the other side of the room alone) I’m pretty sure I haven’t changed much. Not sorry.

Anyway, happy Friday! I’m off to New York (yet again) for one last weekend away before I will hopefully spend the rest of my spring weekends outside and at the gym. Xo!

Music to Cook to – March

music to cook to // sweetsonian

music to cook to // sweetsonian

Hi friends — it’s been a while since I’ve been able to really sit down and write something to put up here. Hell, even this post is kind of rushed! I’ve been jet setting and driving all over the place — for job interviews in New York, for weekends in Florida, and I have a few more trips coming up… so the schedule is a little crazy for me.

In the meantime, this playlist has kept me alive for the past few weeks. I hope it helps get you through these last days of winter.

Also, I chopped off all of my hair. Hoping you’re able to enjoy some nice weather!