melanie bruno


“It’ll be fun, it’ll be a thrill. Something stupid, something bad for you. Just something different. Isn’t this the point of being young? It’s your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it’s one less minute you haven’t lived.”

A Rory/Logan playlist.

fearless - taylor swift / national anthem - lana del rey / so anyway - next to normal / a-hole - bowling for soup / blank space - taylor swift / us - regina spektor / teenagers - my chemical romance / sugar, we’re goin’ down - fall out boy / shut up and drive - rihanna / young and beautiful - lana del rey / tennis court - lorde / i’ll cover you - rent / near to you - a fine frenzy / something that i want - grace potter / home - edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros / royals - lorde / toxic - melanie martinez / marry you - bruno mars / what the hell - avril lavigne / almost - bowling for soup

For Anyone Boycotting Sony b/c of #FreeKesha

There’s currently 3-4 major record labels in the music industry, and they account for about 75% of music sales. These labels are Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, EMI, and Warner Music Group. So, if you’re boycotting Sony Music Entertainment because of #FreeKesha, know that you’ll have limited music choices, but here’s some minor labels with great artists you can listen to. (throughout doing my research, I was actually surprised how many minor record labels had famous musicians. But please note, some of the very famous musicians on this list no longer work with minor record labels & moved to bigger companies/retired/are dead/whatever).

Atlantic Records
•Melanie Martinez, Bruno Mars, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, AC/DC, Skrillex, Rolling Stones, Paramore (?), & many more

Fueled By Ramen
•twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5, & more

Glassnote Records
•Chvrches, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, & much more

Equal Vision Records
•Pierce the Veil, We Came as Romans, I the Mighty, the Dear Hunter, & more

Dim Mak Records
•The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Borgore, & a ton of other EDM artists

Neon Gold Records
•Mariana and the Diamonds, Elie Goulding, Foxes, the Sound of Arrows, and a few more

Cherrytree Records
•Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, LMFAO, Natalia Kills, & more

Interscope Records
•Selena Gomez, Eminem, Madonna, Katy Perry, & more

Hollywood Records (Disney)
•Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, etc. (please note many of these celebrities have moved onto different recording labels)

Strange Music Inc.
•my friend really likes hip hop music and she told me to put this on the list

Run for Cover Records
•Tigers Jaw, Basement, Turnover, Title Flight, & a couple of others

Two Steps From Hell
•this is actually a music production company, but they’ve made music for Harry Potter, X-Men, and Pirates of the Caribbean

(please feel free to add more, correct me, and anything else. and as I said before, these might not be 100% accurate, and are subject to change).


Dear Marian, 

I know this is not Christmas Inspired, but I haven’t had time to cook in the past couple of weeks due to travel and selling season! I made this about two weeks ago and the couscous would be a perfect side for any Holiday meal! I was inspired by a dish I saw at a local gourmet shop and it ended up being just as good as the pre-made one - and probably just as expensive for two servings in the store as it was for the entire batch, which I would say could be a side for about six people.

Sweet Potato Couscous

I started out with a pack of the diced sweet potatoes from Trader Joes, which make this recipe a breeze. I guess I could use the new mandolin as well, but in this case - for a side - it is worth the extra buck or so. I covered these bad boys (haven’t used that one in a while) with a little EVOO, salt and pepper, and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for about twenty minutes. I tossed them ever so often to make sure they were browning on all sides and then took them out to cool.

In a pot, I cooked a pack of Israel Cous Cous (or Pearl Cous Cous) according to package directions and let them cool in a large dish. When everything was cooled, I added the potatoes to the bowl along with about a cup of diced red onion, half cup of toasted pine nuts, and freshly chopped parsley.

For the dressing, I combined equal parts Dijon Mustard and Honey (about two tablespoons) along with a fourth cup of diced shallots, and a fourth cup of Orange Muscat Vinaigrette. I whisked this together along with a half cup of EVOO (I try and do the least amount possible for calorie sake). I tossed everything with this vinaigrette and that’s it! 

This lasted in the fridge for a couple of days and was perfect for lunch or a dinner side. The night I made this, I served it along side Roasted Chicken breasts with a little leftover Avocado Pesto which I had frozen because it made so much, and roasted carrots - which after they came out of the oven I tossed with a little bit of the Orange Vinegar and they tasted just like Grandmother Mimi makes them!

The cookies were my go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with half chocolate chips and had butterscotch chips - the perfect balance of sweet and chocolatey.

Miss you and can’t wait to “see” you later on Skype! Wish me luck at my trunk show today at Alder’s, in their Lakeside location - anyone in the neighborhood should stop by!