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The Casual Boardwalk Presents: Music Mondays

September 7, 2015

Music: it's around me all day, all night. For me, it helps make time fly by faster, it gets me into a good mood, and gets me motivated. Being said, I decided to create a new "feature" on my blog, Music Monday's


Each Monday, I will throw in a list of some of the songs played on my iPhone: new songs, old songs, songs in English, songs in Spanish, I even have some in Korean (long story...) 

This week's playlist has no specific theme, but I will try and make a theme out of each week going forward. 

So in no particular order, here we go:


Rob Thomas - Trust You
 
This song has a pretty catchy beat and the chorus is on point!

 Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
 
When Taylor's 1989 album came out, I ordered it for Esmirna through Amazon. Next thing you know I found myself digging the album. When I first heard this song it became one of my favorites from the album due to it's calm beat and message. I'm glad Taylor released this as her fifth single. 

Sugarcult - Los Angeles
 
Other than the fact that the song is perfect to play with your windows down (while you nod your head), I like the message: sometimes you just wanna escape from your reality and go somewhere else to start all new.

 The 1975 - Chocolate
 

 La Ley - Aquí
 
I've been a fan of La Ley for years, and this song might be old, but its an awesome classic. 

 Young Empires - The Gates
 
I bumped into this song through Apple Music, and I'm starting to play it more and more. 


The Weeknd (ft. Lana Del Rey) - Prisioner
The Weeknd has some pretty sick songs: his lyrics are always on point and he has a pretty sick voice. This song featuring Lana Del Rey? Gold!

Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right With Me
The one song that I play at LEAST once a week, something is not right with me, but who gives a fudge. Vocals, bass, and drums are on point.

Let me know what you guys think of this new "feature" and make sure to check me out through Instagram @thecasualboardwalk.



East Dane Friends + Family Sale

April 7, 2015


 Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is doing ok and survived the return of Monday mornings!

In case you haven't picked yourself up from the weekend then this might do the trick!

From April 7 to April 10, East Dane is currently offering 25% Off your entire order!

Visit EastDane.com, when purchasing online, use code SPRING25

That's right! Time to make your Spring shopping and pick up the season's essentials while you save some money!

Here's some of my top picks that you can score during the sale:

Deus Ex Machina "Belbin Shirt"


Castaner Striped Canvas Pablo Espadrilles 
and my all-time favorite:

Herschel Little American Backpack




Cheers,
Alex




*BRAND EXCLUSIONS: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ami, A.P.C., Alexander Wang, Birkenstock, Canada Goose, Filson, Hunter, Kenzo, MCM, Nixon, Rag & Bone, Rag & Bone Standard Issue, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Wolverine.

10 Things I Miss About Arizona (Yes,for reals!)

February 11, 2015

I know what y'all thinking "You're from California and you MISS Arizona?" It took a while to get used to this hot and dry state, but some things just grew on me. So here we go!


1. Bang For Your Buck
Seriously, $1,100 a month got me living in one of the nicest areas in Arizona. A two bed and two bath was more than enough for all my junk! 


2. Gas Prices
If you follow me on Instagram, you will see me rant over gas prices. Arizona's prices are at a all-time low! On average, the price is at $1.66 per gallon! BOOM! Last time I headed down to AZ I was driving on my reserve tank and I filled the entire tank up with $25! 


3. Someburros
Someburros is God's perfection of a Mexican restaurant (in the US). The food is to die for. Their hot salsa, mouth-watering! Before heading back to San Diego I purchased four quarts of the salsa, froze it and brought it back with me! Score!


4. Amex
One of the main reasons as to why I hung out for so long in AZ is because of American Express. The company is totally laid back, tons of room for growing, and the perks of working there are pretty sweet. 23% off your ATT cell phone service (partnership with Amex) and a free one year Costco membership? Sign me up!


5. Savers
For my friends in Cali and other regions outside of Arizona and Nevada: Savers is a thrift store company just like Goodwill. The cool side of Savers is that they always have deals going on and you can score awesome pieces for low prices. Amongst my finds, I once found a pair of Ferragamo loafers for $30, and Esmirna recently found a pair of DVF patent leather shoes (with tags) and a Nasty Gal dress all under $10! 



6. Goodwill
Now that I brought up thrift shops, Goodwill in Arizona is pretty much everywhere. I constantly visited these locations to donate unwanted items and to shop around for clothing and home goods. My head blew up after finding to Oscar de la Renta Blazers for about $12 each. 


7. Serenity
Compared to San Diego, Arizona has a lot of cool places to visit to connect with Mother Nature. You can visit The Grand Canyon or visit neat and peaceful cities like Sedona. Don't plan a trip if you're in the NEED of wifi!


8. A Blue Sticker
This sticker was given to those who attended the graduate's portfolio at The Art Institute. Esmirna graduated from AI back in Spring 2013. Someone from Esmirna's family threw it on the floor and it has been there ever since. Just seeing that sticker before heading to work reminded me that my wife accomplished a big milestone in her life. 


9. Fashion Square
Compare it to Fashion Island or Fashion Valley Mall, Fashion Square is one of the biggest indoor malls in Arizona. All my favorite stores are all under one roof: 7 For All Mankind, Louis Vuitton, Abercrombie, Nordstrom, Pacsun…to name just a few.


10. Arizona
Sure, people don't know how to drive, or the weather makes people go insane, but I miss the place that made me independent, got me awesome jobs, two sick cars, and brought my wife and I closer when we were just dating and lived over 150 miles away from each other.



 

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