How to Like Country Music

It’s officially summer which can only mean one thing–it’s country music time!

I realize that country music isn’t for everyone, but before you hit the little red x at the top of your screen, hear me out.  Summer is for fun and friends and enjoying the outdoors while listening to music and drinking some beers, right?  If you’ve never been to a country concert, then you’re missing out. This weekend Zac Brown Band is coming to Fenway Park in Boston and country lovers everywhere are rejoicing.

Fenway Park is a such great atmosphere that even non-country music lovers are flocking to the historic ballpark for the event.  Crazy, right?  A hipster coworker of mine is going and, knowing my penchant for twangy men in cowboy boots, asked me for some help getting into country music. Naturally I was happy to oblige with this post.

    Anything is more enjoyable with eye candy.

    Ok, that will do.

    Pick a genre based on what you like. 
    Top 40’s lovers will appreciate the pop style of Luke Bryan or Taylor Swift.  Jam banders might appreciate the aforementioned Zac Brown or Eli Young Band. Blues lovers can start with the likes of Josh Turner and Chris Young.  Jimmy Buffet types can get on board with Kenny Chesney.
    Grab a cowboy hat and some boots or go Walmart-chic in ‘Merican flags and Nascar.  
    For more inspiration, I wrote a post on this exact topic last year.
  4. DRINK.
    Grab a beer, whisky, or lemonade. Put it in a mason jar or wrap it in a koozie because it’s hot and you’re thirsty and booze (or lemonade, I guess) are delicious.
  5. ENJOY.
    You already dressed up and drinking, might as well shake your stuff to the music and have fun.  If country still isn’t your thing, at least you can say you tried!

weekend wrapup: Columbus Day

This felt like a super long weekend, which is great because weekends are awesome.
On Thursday I joined Kate and her friend at the Lee Brice concert at the House of Blues.  Kate blogs over at Another Clean Slate and has quickly become my Boston blogger BFF solely based on the fact that she loves country music and shares potato skins with me.
She also shares my love of koozies and could appreciate my enthusiasm when I got an autographed Lee Brice koozie at the concert.  Yes, that’s PBR.  I might love craft beer but I’m by no means a beer snob, especially when it comes to overpriced concert beer.
After a crazy Thursday night, I took it easy on Friday and joined a girlfriend for Hip Hop Yoga with Lucy Forest.  This movement provides free classes to women and celebrates a healthy lifestyle by lighting up cities with hundreds of LED lights that make up a motion activated forest.  I joined a couple hundred people for outdoor yoga at dusk along the Charles River.  
Thankfully the lights were beautiful and this picture almost made up for the horrible soreness that plagued me the next day.  Yoga is no joke!
Saturday was a blur, as I helped a friend during a personal emergency and then helped her cope with pumpkin beers and the Red Sox game.    
Sunday was an even bigger blur, as long weekends with nothing to do tend to turn into.  
I had off from work today and took advantage of some holiday sales at Old Navy (I love that store so hard) before meeting up from manicures and Pinkberry with a girlfriend.  
I had fully anticipated doing laundry but the machine was taken when I got home and so there’s still a pile of dirty clothes in the hamper.  It’s the thought that counts though…and the fact that I bought enough clothes to not have to worry about it for a few more days!
How was your (hopefully long) weekend?

truck yeah!

Ok, so there’s no truck in this post but if you’re a fan of Tim McGraw you’ll get the reference.  For everyone else, it’s a song about, you guessed it, trucks.
Tonight I’m headed out to see Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft.  The weather is iffy so I’m braving the mud and drunks in a white lace dress because I’m obviously insane.  If I end up soaked, at least the dress will be easier to use the facilites in than wet denim shorts.
While the chambray looks cute for the pictures now, there’s no doubt that it’ll come off in this 90 degree and 1000% humidity day.  More pics to follow tomorrow…hopefully not in parkas.

Dress: TJ Maxx, Chambray: Old Navy, Belt: Abercrombie circa 2000, Cowboy hat: Charlie 1 Horse