EMOTIONS TO MARYLAND 

After a tremendously emotion filled week we made it to Maryland last night. This past Sunday at 2AM we got a phone call that Nathaniel’s beautiful grandma had passed away.

photo by even perrigo

This photo was taken on the dance floor at our wedding reception on August 24th 2013

I have been grandparent-less for two years. During those years I have shared many dinning room table talks with Grandma Joan. And to be frank I simply adored her, heck who didn’t. 

She was a beaming snugly joyful woman who lived for God, her husband, and children (she had 10 kids)

Needless to say it was a huge emotional loss for both of us. 

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Currently, I am sitting next to my handsome husband in our beloved Volvo with 261,582 miles on it headed home from NYC to the viewing and funeral. 

headed out of New York City on 4.17.15

After, the life celebration occurs we continue preparation for our homecoming debut at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. 

Our new Brooklyn indpired logo. in Brooklyn you will see BKLYN everywhere so this is our take with The Bergamot – BRGMT

Yesterday, we left Brooklyn at 12:30 – Maryland bound. Then we had a high energy show at Goucher Colleges – GIG festival. 

 

post show with fans who have become friends ❤️ these ladies

 To say the least its been a heck of a week. More to come.

Shine ON

HOME 

The Pace of life in NYC hits me hard at a tornado speed. 

I arrived home this past Monday. My husband and I had been out on a three week tour. 

Now I am back and my uniform is black on black.

I walk fast to keep up. 

I create more, and work harder than ever. 

You can design, plan and approach your deadline.

Then out of the blue things happen, plans change, people say goodbye. 

And you are left out of sorts, scrambling to re-calculate. 

And again, plans take flight in, note books, napkins, on walls, in halls. 

They grow, progress, and come to action like a spring bud about to bloom. 

NYC it’s good to meet you once again. 

TOURING BACK TO NEW YORK 

  
As I near 6,900 miles on this cross country tour I find myself ready for NYC again. 
  

Just today a friend of mine sent me a New York quote and it snapped me right back into the drippy, bustling New York subway platform. 

The one I was standing on a few weeks back when I was squinting my eyes to read what the tiny letters on the billboard across my platform said.

Below you will find the exact words I read that day. This happened right before we left for this American tour. 

Below you will find the words my friend Paxton sent me today the same exact words I read right before I left and now as I prepare to be welcomed back home to our Brooklyn flat I re-read them. 
  
But this time around they have new meaning. You see the road changes you, it refines you. Like a rock crashing against the sand. 

Being weathered through the storms and calm. 

Touring changes you and gives you new experiences that seem unimaginable until they occur. 

Anyways it’s 1:30 AM and I am somewhere in Iowa nearing the Illinois boarder with these words rolling around in my brain. 

New Yorkers expect the best of everything. What’s incredible to others is [New York’s] everyday. Our average. As such, we’re more discerning and more demanding…We reward the best of the best with loyalty and pride, holding every New York icon of creativity, culture and science close to our hearts…” 

~NYU Langone Medical Center

Happy Friday !
SHINE ON //
J

THIS IS AMERICA 

 

utah sunshine

  

aquariou records san fran

  

ritual coffee roaster san fran

     

i could not resist

 

local artist installation at ritual

 

in heaven induldging in a chocolate croissant at Tartine Bakery , San Fran

  

my northern star

 

dandelion bean to bar chocolate


this should really be the new san fran treat


my favorite is the d. republic


hip cafe


performing at an underground house show


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joking around in the mission district


beauty is everywhere


grabbed this succulant from a shop in oakland


bringing usa pride

Shine ON

  

Flourishing 

  

What if you just dove into the unknown?

What if you discovered the part of you that was on fire?

The part of you that lights up and shines bright and never stops glowing.

Today as I stand here in central California with the sun on my face I reflect and truly believe now that the only thing holding you back from tapping into your true calling is you.    

Here I am post show in Venice Beach.

  

Once I embraced my true calling others began to embrace me too. 

Actually all the outfits you see me wearing  on this tour were provided by  our clothing sponsor Flourish Boutique.  

  

CA, highway. 

  

My love.

  

Pride!

 

Dreamy palms.

The point of all this is that you can do it.

Go, jump, do.And don’t let anybody stop you.

Shine ON from on tour.

J.love

IN LOVE ON TOUR

House Show Tour 2015

Ok so the truth is before we got on tour we were gearing up by visiting our favorite joints and of course we had to get one more Regina pizza from Brooklyn finest pizzeria right up the street from where we live called  Pauliee Gee’s Pizza. If you have not gone yet do yourself a favor and go and when you do order off the secret menu our favorite American pizza called the Regina.

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Here we are performing a showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW at The Michigan House. PS a special thanks to Mae for hooking us up with these fine folks.

You may be thinking wait a minute I thought you were a musician not a touring food critique well in my line of living I am both since I am and always will always be a full fledged foodie and full fledge musician.

Which is just one more reason added to the pile of why I LOVE touring so, so, so, so, so, much. Is that enough so’s for you? Anyways, its hard to believe that last week today we had already put 13 hours under our belts. Weird?

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Here I am standing in the mist of SXSW on 6th street ( the mecca of music happens here) early morning the day of our third showcase with LOUD our distribution label. Showing some pride. // Shine ON

Now, we have made it to Phoenix, AZ from our home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY which is approximately 2413 Miles and 1 day and 11 hours.

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Plus, it helps that I am head over heals in love with my best friend and love of my life Nathaniel Paul Hoff (aka tour bus driver and (insert explicative here) insanely talented songwriting musician that he is – ahhhh, he’s so dreamy.)

I guess that is what you get when you have known someone since you were 15 years old and are high-school sweethearts. Alrighty, we’ve got it good folks.

So, in short sure you could say that I am in love, in love with my man, life decisions, and how we have been working harder then ever while touring our ass’s off. Some say we are living the dream and I would agree without hesitation.

However, do note that any dream has its ups and downs, sacrifices, and uncertainties aplenty.

As you see these glamorous photos above and dreamy lifestyle that we lead you must be conscious about the reality of it all because to any dream there is a real side.

Such as the super crazy 4 AM late night drives where your eyes can’t seem to stay open, or having achy bum from sitting down for 15 plus hours, to feeling hang-rey (you know you’ve been there), or how about needing to go pee and there not being a place to relive yourself- oh this one could be the worst.

SXSW with random Canadian Band who jumped in the photo at the last second.

SXSW with random Canadian Band who jumped in the photo at the last second.

Then there is the constant hustle to make sure your bank account reads in the positive. To loony truck drivers, accidents, road closures, uncertainty as to where we will crash for the night.

And of course you have time lost, time gained, reservations, expectations met and not met.

To missing your cue to capture a photo of the state welcome sign that your husband so badly wanted you to capture for the video he will be putting together. Ooop, sorry babe!

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Yes, touring is life for us.There are highs and lows and you hope to break even. Luckily we not only have brooke even we have thrived out here on the open road, singing, writing, performing our painstakingly crafted songs for the masses from sea to shining sea.

Sure, we have our sacrifices, ups and downs but that is all a part of life. Out here on the road I have to pinch myself as I look back at the photos we have taken the moments we have lived through and experiences we have gained and say wow, I am truly blessed.

I live for this and together we love this life, this is our one life so we opted in to live it fully with no reservations and no regrets. Won’t you join us? Live your dream and you won’t work a day in your life.

Shine ON //

PS check out this brand new review we got from Band Mark in Canada its called Brilliantly Brooklyn and its on us >>>—–> The Bergamot.

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Photographer // The Colagrossis