Sharing My Spotify Secrets (+ Summer Playlist)

Is it just me or does it seem like all the best music comes out during the summer time? I’m currently at a local coffee shop getting some work done while listening to my Spotify playlists. I decided wanted to share my current Summer playlist that I’ve been adding to the past few months as well as how I find my music. Here’s the playlist that’s filled with the perfect summer sound!

 

 

One of my favorite things about Spotify is how easy it is to discover new music and artists. From long drives to walking to class, I am always playing music and I tend to get bored playing the same stuff over and over. Here’s my “secrets” on how I use Spotify to it’s fullest potential!

1. Check out your personalized playlists. Every Monday Spotify updates your Discover Weekly playlist, and every Friday it updates your Release Radar playlists. These are the two playlists I like to put on when I’m stuck in rush hour traffic going to/from work. I also put these playlists on when I just want to hear something new. Some weeks my Discover is WAY better than others–like last week I saved almost half of the songs–and other weeks it kind of sucks (for lack of better words). It really just depends, but I totally rely on these to find my new favorites.

2. New music Friday. One of my favorite playlists on Spotify is the New Music Friday playlist. As you might of guessed, Spotify updates this every Friday morning with the week’s newest releases. I never actually listen to this playlist all the way through, but every Friday morning I scroll through it, click on songs I think I’ll like (based on the artist), listen to different parts of it, and then I’ll decide if I want to save it to one of my playlists or not. I never listen to the playlist all the way through because 1. it’s really long and 2. they add songs from a number of different genres, so I just try to find the songs from the genres that I like and listen to!

3. Follow people. I like being able to see what other people are listening to, but this is also how I find new music. If I see something that intrigues me that one of my friends is listening to, I’ll check it out.

4. One big playlist. If you have ever looked at my Spotify profile or playlists, you have probably seen my “more” playlist. This playlist has literally just about everything–my absolute favorite songs and songs that I just came across and liked. I also don’t delete songs from this playlist, like I do with my other ones, so sometimes when my discover isn’t the greatest and I’m getting sick of my current playlists, I shuffle through this playlist. I know I’ll like them and it’ll bring back songs that I forgot about!

I just might be way too into Spotify and finding new music but hopefully this helps someone expand their music! Comment your Spotify username below and I’ll follow you!

xx, Madi

But First, Coffee

Coffee. It’s on my mind more than I would like to admit. Whether I stayed up way too late writing a paper that I procrastinated (this happens more than I would like it admit too), or I just want an iced coffee because why not, we all have our moments when we just need a cup of coffee to lighten our mood.

Although it’s definitely a plus, it’s not just about the caffeine for me. One of my favorite things is finding different coffee shops to go to, especially cute local coffee shops. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Starbucks fan, but there’s just something about a local café. At each and every one there is a different aesthetic when it comes to decor and the type of people.

Freckled throughout the Lansing/East Lansing area are a number of great coffee shops, so I had trouble narrowing them down, but I did it and wrote about why I love each one. Read on to see my top four favorites!


Blue Owl Coffee

Blue Owl Coffee is the perfect hipster-esque cafe. This café is a lively, charming spot for a study/work session, or a social or professional chat. They have the whole exposed brick and raw wooden floors look, which is SO cute! The café also features different local artists and musicians, and has really good and unique options for coffee at super reasonable prices. A small selection for flavors for the lattes, but they have quite a few different coffee methods. They can do pour overs or an Americano, and they’re nitro coffee “cocktails” are so yummy. If you’re a coffee lover, you will love Blue Owl!

Drink of Choice: Night Owl Latte (latte with activated charcoal and lemon honey)

 


The Crafted Bean

This isn’t your typical coffee cafe. Since I love finding new coffee shops, I decided to go to The Crafted Bean on a whim. Best. Choice. Ever. The Crafted Bean isn’t your typical coffee café. They describe themselves as a “craft coffee bar that loves to push boundaries, make friends, and handle shit,” and I absolutely love that. They have a unique menu that consists of different kinds of black coffee, coffee cocktails, chocolate drinks, and teas. They also serve bubble waffles and toast, which I think is pretty cool. Like honestly, how many coffee cafés do you know serve waffles or toast?! The atmosphere is super chill–they have records playing constantly, and an original Nintendo available for customers to play! Along with their unique menu and atmosphere, their decor is unique as well. My favorite part of of their decor is their countertop–it has pages and quotes from The Great Gatsby (my favorite book!). This is a MUST visit if you are in the Lansing area.

Drink(s) of Choice: CCR and Pretty Boy Floyd (They are both so yummy, so I couldn’t decide on my absolute favorite.)

Food of Choice: Avocado Toast

 


Chapelure

Chapelure is another one of my favorites. They have two locations around the Lansing/East Lansing area–one right across the street from MSU’s campus, and the other one is in the Eastwood Shopping Center (this is the one I go to). They have all the typical drink options, along with some unique ones as well. The decor is very modern, and the shop is a huge open space with high ceilings, and plenty of seating!

Drink of Choice: Iced White Raspberry Truffle Mocha

 


Strange Matter Coffee

Strange Matter is a signature in the East Lansing/Lansing area. Every time I go there it’s always pretty busy, but it’s not hard to see why. It’s super close to MSU’s campus and it’s SO cute–it has that urban coffee shop vibe. The space is big and open, with lots of natural lighting, and a decent amount of seating. They offer the simple traditional espresso beverages, as well as hand brewed coffees and specialty teas. They also have the yummiest (and prettiest) doughnuts!

Drink of Choice: Iced Vanilla Latte

Doughnut of Choice: Vanilla Sprinkle Doughnut and Meyer Lemon Poppyseed

 

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What are some of your favorite, or go-to coffee shops?! I would love to check them out 🙂

xx, Madi

Music Favorites: May 2018

Hey everyone!

So this morning I woke up and realized there’s only a week left in May…June 1st is a week from today..WHAT?! Am I the only one that feels like this year is flying by? Anyway…if you read my Spotify Playlists post you know I basically listen to music 25/7. So since I’m constantly playing music and it’s the end of May I thought I would share some of the songs I’ve been playing on repeat this past month! My music favorites are always changing, but sometimes there’s those few songs that will always have a special place in my heart (and jam sessions)!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow me on Spotify here 🙂


 WINNEBAGO by Gryffin feat. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson

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The sky is blue, the weather is warm, and you’re in the mood for a feel-good jam with just enough reggae influence to fit the summer vibe. Turn on and turn up “Winnebago” by Gryffin feat. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson. It was released back in April, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since.  Billboard described this song as, “the kind of song you would expect a cartoon character to blast with the windows down on its favorite day off.” In other words, “Winnebago is the perfect feel-good, sun-soaked, summer anthem!

BE SOMEBODY by Over Easy & Lydia Kelly feat. YON

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This is a song that makes my favorites lists every time I make one. “Be Somebody” was released back in late February, and I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since. You know those songs that you can listen to only when you’re in the right mood? Well, this is NOT one of those songs. It’s an electronic and pop crossover track that’s perfect to play no matter what mood you’re in or what you’re doing. Walking to class? Turn on “Be Somebody.” Studying or trying to get work done? Play “Be Somebody.” Want to jam out and pretend you’re not tone deaf (like me)? Turn up “Be Somebody.” I’m not kidding, such a good song!

THE REASON by Chelsea Cutler

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Chelsea Cutler just released this song last week, and I think I’ve already listened to it a thousand times. If you haven’t listened to this song, or any of Chelsea’s songs, you’re missing out (and you probably live under a rock)…go listen. “The Reason” is an unbelievably catchy indie electronic and pop recording that was written  by Chelsea herself. Her voice is so unique and interesting that it draws you in from the first lyric, and she shows a side of vulnerability that makes her so relatable. Chelsea Cutler is by far my favorite artist–she’s so incredibility talented!

DRIFTER by IZII & Christian French

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IZII & Christian French teamed up for “Drifter,” which was also released early last week. The new release is a perfect summertime tune.The two artists explore the wistful and passionate nature of a short lived summer romance through the unique blend of pop and electronic music. Not only is “Drifter” a solid tune to help carry you through the sunny summer days ahead, but it also does a remarkable job at putting you in your feels at the same time. If your looking for a song with summer love vibes, then this song if for you.

ONE MORE DAY by Afrojack X Jewelz & Sparks

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With distinctly catchy rhythms, amazing vocals, and a drop that will make listeners swoon, “One More Day,” is another song that is perfect for summer. This will be a song that I will be turning up all summer long–it’s just really fun!


What are some of your favorite songs right now?! Leave them in the comments, and I’ll check them out. I love listening to new music!!

xx, Madi

3 Ways to be Happier This Summer + Summer Mood Board

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A few weeks ago I went scrolling through my Pinterest and picked out some of my favorite pictures that reminded me of and got me excited for summer (not that I wasn’t already excited).

This summer I’m looking forward to a trip to Arizona, and a trip to Chicago, trips to the farmer’s market, barbecues, warm and sunny weather, and baseball games!

Do you have anything fun planned this summer?


Final exams are over and final grades are in, which means SUMMER! Although I am taking two online classes and working (almost) full time, summer means happiness, friends, pools + lakes, traveling, and memory making. It’s my last summer before entering the real world, so I’m determined to make this the best one yet. Here are three things that I have decided to focus on this summer (and you should consider as well)!

 SAY YES

I’m taking way less credits this summer than I do during the school school, but I will still be pretty busy because I’ll be working close to full time. When I get busy I find myself saying “no” to a lot of invites, friend invites, and adventurous opportunities. So this summer I’m going to focus on saying “yes” to more things!

DO THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Summer is a great opportunity to road trip to your friend’s house, or bring your co-worker an iced coffee in the morning. Little things often mean more than people know. I dare you to compliment someone. Whenever I am complimented I guarantee I remember it and think about it the entire day (and I bet you do the same). Brighten up summer for someone else!

DOCUMENT YOUR SUMMER

Take pictures. Keep a journal. When gloomy fall comes around you will have lots of memories to remind you of the bright, summer days!

 

xx, Madi

 

 

 

Spotify Playlists

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If you know me, you know I am truly obsessed with listening to music. I am pretty much listening to it from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, and when I leave my apartment for the day without my headphones, I feel naked (so dramatic…I know).
Spotify is probably the most used app on my iPhone/iPad/MacBook. If  I’m not adding songs to an old playlist, I am probably creating a new one (my favorite way to procrastinate when doing homework). Here are all of my Spotify playlists…go check them out!!

For Ur Ears: My favorite playlist! If you were ever curious about the songs that I sing and jam out to in the shower, in the car, while cooking dinner, and walking to class, check out this playlist. “For Ur Ears” is a playlist that consists of all my favorite songs right now! (It is also the playlist that is linked over there —>)

More: This playlist kind of has everything. It has my favorite songs (current and past), songs that are currently popular or are on the top charts, and some random songs that I thought were cool and catchy. I am always updating and adding songs to this playlist so if you are looking for some new music, go listen!

Morning Coffee: As soon as my alarm goes off at 6:30 I start playing this playlist. I really wasn’t lying when I said I listen to music from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. I would classify this playlist as “feel good music.” If mornings aren’t really your thing, or you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, this playlist will make for a better morning!

Girl Power: “Girl Power” is truly all about the girls! #SorryNotSorry boys.

Bring On The Night: Headed out to the bars tonight?  “Bring On The Night” is the perfect playlist for getting ready for the night, playing drinking games, and making (or losing) memories with your closet girlfriends!

Chill Out: This is another one of my favorite playlists that I have. I always play it when I am studying or doing homework. All the songs are laid back so it makes it easy to focus. I  also play it when I want a ‘chill’ vibe.

Feels: Sometimes you just want to feel all of the things. I get it. We’ve all been there.

Good Vibes: Get happy with this pick-me-up playlist full of feel good songs!

Mix It Up: Anyone that know me know that I love to listen to remixes of songs. This playlist consists of remixes of popular songs! Give it a listen!

Throwback: If you are a 90s or early 00s baby, this playlist is for you! This playlists has all the hits that were played during those classic middle school dances.

Rap: This one is pretty self explanatory. Go give it a listen!

Country: This one is pretty self explanatory too, but seriously who doesn’t love country music?! If you are driving with the windows down on a sunny day, laying on the beach, or just love country music as much as I do, check out this playlist!

Click on the Spotify logo below to go to my Spotify profile!

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xx Madi