“And now it chills me to the bone”

This is one of my warmest turtleneck sweaters. It’s a soft, thick wool sweater from J.Crew and it comes out on the coldest of days. I love the bright blue color too, most of my turtleneck sweaters are more natural colors but this one really pops. It’s still an icy color though, which makes it perfect for winter.

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When I bundle up in heavy layers like this, I always get the line from Heart’s “Alone” in my head that says “And now it chills me to the boneeee!” “Alone” used to be my karaoke song, which was close to the worst song in the world to be sung by my awful singing voice. Picture bursting ear drums as I tried to belt out the high notes. One thing I did have going for me was my performance, though; I dance and sing with the most dramatic stage presence. Terrible to listen to, but fun to watch!

Part of the reason I would choose to sing this song is because I love it so much. It’s such a romantic song, a woman desperately in love but unable to find a way to tell the object of her desire how she feels. Talk about pent-up passion! The longing is so palpable in Ann Wilson’s voice, and the music is so dramatic, it’s a dream song for someone who loves that kind of emotional expression as much as I do.

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Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you

I find that line relatable, because I’m a very independent person but when I fall for someone I fall hard. I wouldn’t want it any other way though…love is something that should never feel lukewarm.

Listen to it here! “Alone”-Heart

 

“Promise me baby you won’t let them find us, hold me in your arms let’s let our love blind us”

It’s about time there’s a Bruce song on here!! Bruce Springsteen is one of my all-time favorite artists, I’ve seen him in concert more than any other performer and I have so many childhood memories of my parents playing his music that it’s deeply engrained in me. “Cover Me” was one of my favorite songs to play this past year, and it was pretty awesome when I walked into a sex shop in Amsterdam this September and lo and behold, “Cover Me” came on, like a pervy little sign from the universe. This song is so romantic and a little ominous and I love the intensity of it, you really get the sense of urgency, the need for another person in it. The imagery of a storm surrounding a couple is so exciting and sexy and a little scary, like a threat is looming. I love the emotions this song brings up.

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This outfit evokes the same romantic, intense feelings of the song. The emerald green lace bodysuit as a top is so romantic and sexy. I love the way the lace covers your arms and chest almost like ivy. The dark emerald color adds to the intensity of the look, it’s very striking. I paired it with a black pencil skirt with a marled knit black and white panel in the front. I love the silhouette the skirt adds to the outfit, I think all together it looks elegant, passionate, and beautiful.

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Outside’s the rain, the driving snow
I can hear the wild wind blowing

I could daydream to Bruce’s songs for hours, either applying them to my own life or imagining fantasy situations played out to the music. The best is when fantasy mixes with real life, and the scenarios imagined aren’t too far of a stretch…swoon.

Listen to it here! “Cover Me”-Bruce Springsteen

“With just one look I was a bad mess”

A long cool black dress! Every time I put it on I hear The Hollies in my head. It’s a sheer black midi dress with a skin colored lining underneath that falls mid-thigh. It has a deep vneck cut and some contrast stitching underneath the bust line. It’s an understated but attractive look.

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“Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” by The Hollies always makes me think of the movie Remember the Titans, too, because the first time I heard this song was in a scene in the movie, and my grade school self loved it. The cool twain of the guitar and the mellow voice of the lead singer give the song a bit of a Southern vibe, like something you’d hear in a bar in Louisiana. The lyrics contribute to this as well, an undercover FBI agent in a bar filled with a outlaws when the cops show up. But that long cool woman in a black dress! The ultimate distraction to a man, whether he’s on the lam or working for the D.A.

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Cause that long cool woman had it all

I enjoy feeling sexy for the sake of me; I like to express my sexuality for myself as a way to be in touch with who I am and what I like to feel. But this song also brings out the part of me that finds it can be fun and empowering to be that fantasy woman to a man, that woman that walks into a bar and all eyes are on her like whoa. That isn’t what inspires my sexual expression, but I will admit that sometimes playing up my sexuality to that reaction is enjoyable. A black dress like this one is an example of something I might throw on not just because I enjoy how it looks but also because I know it will turn heads on a night out. Everyone wants to feel they look good, but sometimes you want to go for that added Long Cool Woman factor and know you still got it, too.

Listen to it here! “Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress”-The Hollies

 

“And there ain’t no road just like it, anywhere I found”

I drove down to Chicago the other day for a day trip, and it had me playing the classic 70s song “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah. If you’re from the Chicago area, or even just a Midwesterner, there’s a good chance you’ve heard this song throughout your time here. It’s a tribute to the highway that runs between Chicago and Lake Michigan, and as cheesy as it sounds there really is something magical about playing it in the car while driving into Chicago. It’s a great driving song in general; it’s happy, chill, perfect for singing along to, and the bursts of piano throughout it are a great touch. It’s a pretty summery song, but even on a sunny winter’s day it had a great effect. I should also note that some people interpret the lyrics to be a double entendre for getting high on LSD…though the band has never confirmed this.

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I wore a casual loose knit brown sweater and medium wash jeans, and I think the chill look compliments the song well. I’ve been wearing my glasses a lot more lately, staring at a screen all day for my job has really started taking a toll on my eyes, they strain so much after a day of work and these glasses really help keep them relaxed. Even when I’m not working, they make a noticeable difference in how hard my eyes work and the resulting headaches. I don’t really mind wearing them, the tortoise shell pattern goes with just about everything. The only thing that drives me nuts is my ears are crooked so they’re always at a slight slant.

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Just you and your mind and Lake Shore Drive, tomorrow is another day

I really like that line because there is something about Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago skyline that makes you feel very introspective, I always get very deep and lost in thought while on the road. Though I suppose that’s really any car ride, on any road, with any city in the background, or any scenery really…when am I not being triggered emotionally by my environment? Life is my emotional trigger.

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Listen to it here! “Lake Shore Drive”-Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

“We can watch the snow fall forever and ever”

I love Christmas songs!!! “Feliz Navidad,” “Feed the World,” “What Christmas Means to Me,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and “All I Want For Christmas is You” are just a few of my favorites off the top of my head right now. I think the song I enjoyed listening to most this year was Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas,” an upbeat 70’s pop take on a Christmas song. It radiates happiness and–surprise–is great to dance to. It’s a fun song to have on while decorating the tree, baking Christmas cookies, or on Christmas day when everyone is over. It helps contribute to a merry, joyful vibe while also having a great classic rock sound to it.

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This Christmas I opted for comfort and coziness over all else. It is freeeeezing cold in Wisconsin; today was -2 degrees before windchill, so it’s a little ridiculous to have on a romper, but I knew I wouldn’t be stepping outside since my parents’ host Christmas at their house, and I wore it with nude tights. It’s a soft, dark grey fleece romper from Urban Outfitters, and I love the playful, loungewear nature of it. It’s long-sleeved and ties across the waist, with a little skirt that falls over the shorts. Since it was Christmas, I tied a big red ribbon in my hair to bring some festivity to the otherwise muted look.

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There’s no place I’d rather be
Than asking you if you’d oblige
Stepping into Christmas with me

Christmas was wonderful this year, the majority of my family made it home for the holidays and there’s few things I love more than seeing all of my cousins and aunts and uncles. One particular set of cousins were more like siblings growing up, and even though we all live scattered around the country now, when we see each other it’s like nothing has ever changed, it’s just endless laughter and stories and new memories being made. It truly is the best part of the holidays for me, the pure joy of our interactions. I really can’t think of anyone I’d rather step into Christmas with than my family.

Listen to it here! “Step Into Christmas””-Elton John

“You know it’s now or never, take a chance on rock n’ roll”

This sexy little number is a body-hugging, short, cleavage-baring, white and red floral patterned dress that I love to pieces. It fits me like a glove and makes me feel red hot and feminine.

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It’s a very summery dress, something I would wear to go out dancing on a long hot night. I think that’s why it calls to mind a song like “Feelin’ Satisfied” by Boston–it’s a feel-good classic that reminds me of summer nights spent without a care in the world. “Feelin’ Satisfied” is a perfect song to have on while driving with the windows down on I-94 past Miller Park, sitting on a Brooklyn rooftop drinking something cold and looking out at the Manhattan skyline, or on a dance floor in a swanky Manhattan bar next to a swimming pool. The whole song is about not letting any worries drag you down, instead just listen to the rock n’roll for an escape, and I think this song very much has that effect on me; I hear it and I’m reminded of very relaxed, very happy moments.

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Oh are you feelin’ satisfied
Come on let us give your mind a ride

I can picture myself dancing to this song in this dress and it makes me feel so happy, that chest-swelling blend of happiness based on nostalgia and excitement. I’m craving a night of dancing with friends soon, one of my favorite ways to enjoy a night out. I’m not a big partier, but if there will be dancing it is very hard for me to say no. Dancing is definitely another of my passions in life…and when the music is as good as Boston’s, you’ll have to drag me off the dance floor to get me to stop.

Listen to it here! “Feelin’ Satisfied”-Boston

“I said oh no, William and Mary won’t do”

I love the dramatic effect of this red, pleated sleeve sweater. The bold color and shape command a presence effortlessly. Red might be my favorite color to wear, I think it suits my dark features and makes me feel striking. I wore the sweater with an old pair of dark wash jeans.

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I think it’s the loudness of this sweater that makes me picture bursting into a room wearing it while Steely Dan’s “My Old School” plays. I love this song. It’s fairly upbeat for a Steely Dan song, and the saxophone brings a bit of a swing-jazz sound to it. It’s such an enjoyable song to listen to, and even better to dance to. Apparently the lyrics are about a drug bust (who knew!), but the way it’s sung is even more fun than the words themselves. The verses build up to a chorus of voices chiming in to sing “Whoaaa, no!” and “I did not think the girl could be so cruel!” in a way that encourages the listener to join in and sing along with them.

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I can’t stand her
Doing what she did before
Living like a gypsy queen in a fairy tale

There is a great musical break in the song too that is perfect for partner dancing…one day when I get married this song is definitely going to be played at the reception.

Listen to it here! “My Old School”-Steely Dan

“Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye”

This is a simple look inspired by my upbringing in the Midwest. It’s casual and outdoorsy, just a long sleeve cream colored vneck tshirt from Eddie Bauer and fitted olive green pants. It’s something I could wear to work or outside in the woods on a day off.

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This is really something I’d wear on a fall day, and it makes me want to be driving through the mountains full of fall foliage, listening to John Denver. I love John Denver; one time on St. Patrick’s Day in college, I started crying in Central Park because I was so sad he’s dead (I had also been drinking since 10 am). “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is his most famous song for a reason; it really is pretty damn special. It’s such a beautiful tribute to his homestate West Virginia, but I think it gives the listener a nostalgia for any rural countryside they know and love. For me, it’s the mountains out west, as well as some of the wooded parts of Wisconsin and the East Coast. A drive out to a hiking spot really isn’t complete without playing this song as least once. It’s also one of the best sing-along songs, you can really get the whole car belting it out.

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Driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

I feel that warm and fuzzy cozy feeling every time I hear it…and suddenly all I want to do is book a trip out to the mountains immediately.

Listen to it here! “Take Me Home, Country Roads”-John Denver

“You were licking your lips and your lipstick’s shining, I was dying just to ask for a taste”

I’m obsessed with this killer green jumpsuit. It’s a silky, dark green beauty with a deep open chest that ties at the waist. I love the striking silhouette it cuts and think it’s ridiculously sexy, without revealing very much skin, either. I wore large, sparkly earrings with it to bring some extra glam to the look.

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This outfit screams “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” by Meat Loaf to me. Meat Loaf’s music is beyond rock n’roll; it’s theatrical, and operatic, and totally over-the-top in the best way. I think a vamped up outfit like this embodies the sexy, performance-based nature of his music, particularly in this song. It starts out with two voices whispering to each other, with so much tension and sexual innuendo, and then the music comes in hard, and it’s just perfect. That saxophone! The song is sexy and romantic and emotional and so great to dance to. I always get carried away when I listen to it, I really can’t sing to save my life but I’ll belt out every last word at the top of my lungs.

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On a hot summer night
Would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?

I love Meat Loaf’s music…something most of my friends tease me for. I don’t get why! The melodies are so beautiful, and the lyrics are so resonating, and I get so many feelings from it…it’s just so, passionate.

Listen to it here! “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth”-Meat Loaf

“My, my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger”

A retro look: pale pink turtleneck with a powder pink suede mini skirt. Worn with eye makeup (!!) for some heightened femininity.

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“Waterloo” might be my favorite song by ABBA. I’m a big history nerd, so I love that they reference Napoleon! It’s such a funny and random reference for a pop song. The song is so sweet and fun; I think it captures some of the “lalala everything is wonderful” feelings of surrendering to love. And ooo, do I love the idea of surrendering to love! The lyrics of the song make me swoon swoon swoon.

This outfit makes me think of “Waterloo” because it’s also a little “lalala everything is wonderful.” The color and the style is very romantic and whimsical. The look also has a slight 70’s inspiration to it, like maybe someone on the Brady bunch would wear it.

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Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you

If you get a chance, check out the “Waterloo” music video–it makes me laugh every time I watch it. It also makes me so happy!! It’s such a feel good song, and this outfit is a simple, feel good outfit. Not as good as the outfits in the music video, but I try.

Listen to it here! “Waterloo”-ABBA