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We are officially in the first week of Summer and man do I believe it. You don't need a swimming pool when you're swimming in sweat (thnks fr th humidity, San Antonio), amiright?

But, the lovely South Texas weather isn't the only thing this summer has to offer. Last week San Antonio hosted its annual Local Music Week (LMW). This event is all about showcasing the local music in the city (shocking, right?) This week-long event is actually one of my favorite times of year because I wholeheartedly stand behind what this organization represents and strives to achieve. LMW is all about not only connecting the fans, venues, promoters, and musicians but also showing our community the local music scene, San Antonio style. Being so close to Austin, many of us (myself included) can forget about "San Antonio's rich and diverse local music community" and LMW puts a spotlight on that community but also uses this week to remind us all of our role in shaping that community.

Fortunately, I was able to go check out a few of last week's events and I'm sharing one of my favorites with you today. Near the end of the week, Southtown Vinyl (a new record store near downtown San Antonio) hosted an event that showcased various local indie-electronic artists and complimentary beverages (can you say slice of heaven?) Take a look at LMW through my eyes (or my lens) below.

I was just slightly obsessed with their windows (okay a little more than slightly, but Sriracha vinyl sleeves -- how could I not be?)

Also, complimentary drinks just taste better.

The reason that I absolutely LOVE this record store is their collection. They have current records, vintage records, basically records from every genre, and their pre-loved selection is incredible (you've basically died and gone to vinyl heaven.)

After seeing this record wall every time I walk into Southtown Vinyl, I now want one for myself. So, naturally, I took a million and one photos (for research purposes, of course.)

This was San Antonio's (and LMW's) first Beat Makers Showcase which was sponsored by Modelo USA and hosted by DJ Free Verse

This event showcased San Antonio producers: PROGENY (artists: Chisme and Ghost Palace), KIZER SOZE (artist: Dead the Poets), and BOMB SHELTER CREW (artists: Jacob Benavides and CAFE).

Southtown Vinyl also gets points for its prime location. The record store is located at 1010 S. Flores and is facing the beautiful Daniel Joseph Martinez text piece/mural. The only thing that could make this place absolutely perfect would be a parking lot, but that's a compromise I'm willing to make.

{What are some of your favorite summer activities? What's your city's local music scene like?}

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Does anyone else feel like work weeks in the Summer are so strange? I'm still working Monday-Friday but sometimes it goes by slow, sometimes it goes by fast, and sometimes it's a mixture of the two. Also, there are so many holidays, long weekends, and vacations going on that my brain can't keep track of the days half the time. The only exception to this summertime insanity is that my brain always knows when it's Friday. What can I say? TGIF is in my blood. In honor of making it through yet another week, I will be participating in #FridayIntroductions by answering the Ten Things You Don't Know About Me tag

Before I get into the tag, let's get into the history of why I started blogging. I have always loved writing since I was a kid. I still remember when my mom gave me my first journal. She had bought a black and white composition journal and we would write letters to each other in it (which I thought was the coolest thing since I was basically obsessed with writing letters - still am.) The more I wrote, the more I realized how freeing it felt to put your thoughts and ideas on paper. Even to this day, writing is my go-to creative outlet. 

As I got older, I began following social influencers: bloggers, vloggers, etc. The thing that interested me the most about all of these internet gurus was how down-you-earth and witty they were. The best blogs, in my opinion, were led by people who I could relate to, who let you in to their lives one post at a time. 

The main reason I started blogging was to bring creativity back into my life, but I also wanted to use my blog as an outlet for not only myself but also for others. I wanted to be what those bloggers were to me: my safe place, my inspiration, my dose of happiness and relief. 

Sometimes, I can get so caught up in life that my personality gets lost in it all and my blog becomes faceless. So, today I'm reconnecting with Feather + Steele and with those of you reading this. So, I just wanted to wish you all a happy Friday and thank you for sticking with me! Enjoy my little #FridayIntroduction!

1. What’s your name and where’d you come from?

Hi, I'm Jennifer and I'm originally from the Northeast (New Jersey to be exact.) Currently I reside in the Lone Star State (jumping between Dallas + San Antonio.)

2. Why do you blog?

Why do I blog? I kind of already spoke about this in my extra-long heart-to-heart above, but I'll give you the Sparknotes version. I blog because I love writing and wanted to bring creativity back into my life. I also love the blogging community and strive to be half the blogger my blog inspo's are.

3. Where would you travel to that you haven’t already been and why?

I've always wanted to go to Scotland. I have a lot of Scottish heritage on my mother's side and would love to learn more about that part of me. Scotland is also gorgeous. And I haven't been because das esspensive.

4. Who’s your favorite Blogger?

Oh my gosh, I can't choose just one favorite! If I had to choose my top three (ATM) it would be Emily CooperKelly Zugay, and Mariah Leonard. Seriously go check them out, they are all adorable rays of sunshine and I wish I could be best friends with them all.

5. If you could collaborate with just one brand on your blog, who would it be?

I would absolutely LOVE to work with Rifle Paper Company, Anna just seems like such a peach (don't know why but that's the first word that comes to my mind when I think of her - and come on she's the definition of perfect.)

I guess my dream collaboration would be with CanonOPI or the World Wildlife Fund (such a random list but the heart wants what the heart wants.)

6. What is your proudest achievement?

I don't know if this counts as an achievement but I consider it to be. As of right now, my greatest achievement would be me rekindling my love with running (because I can't believe I ever stopped -- it's seriously my favorite thing to do to escape from reality and I honestly don't know how I kept my sanity without my therapeutic runs.)

7. Why did you choose your blog name?

I went through a very lengthy process when I was brainstorming my blog name. I chose the name Feather + Steele for many reasons. One of those reasons was that I wanted something that sounded intriguing and different. I definitely wanted a two-part name that meant something to me. I chose Feather for my middle name and my mom's maiden name: Wrenn (which is also a bird.) I chose Steele for two reasons: it contrasted with feather and it is my grandmother's maiden name. I really wanted to convey strength, grace, and family in my blog name and I am more than happy with the result.

8. Who’s your no. 1 celebrity crush?

I don't really have a celebrity crush but the celebrity that I would absolutely die if I got the chance to meet would either be Kathleen Fuentes or Amy Poehler.

9. What is your biggest regret in life?

I definitely regret not studying abroad in college. If I could go back and do anything different, that's the one thing I would change.

10. What’s your no. 1 blogging tip?

The number one tip that I would have given myself is: find your voice. It took me a little while to realize that being inspired by other bloggers is totally fine but the most important thing is making your blog just that: YOUR blog. I'm still figuring out what exactly my voice is but I'm getting closer each and every day.

{Tell me something about you in the comments or do the tag yourself! Happy #FridayIntroductions}

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It is officially Summer and I am probably not the only one who didn't even realize it. First of all, it's already June, what the heck? Second of all, for the past two weeks it has been tsunami season in Texas so can you blame me for thinking summertime actually meant being able to see the sun? In my perfect world, Summer consists of bottomless margs and hours at the pool. Unfortunately, reality regularly reminds me that I do not in fact live in a fantasy world and that adulting never takes a vacay. 

These next few months are when we least expect to be stressed out. But, if you're crazy like me and completely over extend yourself, chances are you will be relating to that Twenty One Pilots song in more ways than one. If you're in the same boat as I am and find yourself needing some de-stressing inspiration, look no further - I got you!

1. "Me" Time

If you're the type of person who has to-do lists longer than the Great Wall of China, i'm just going to guess that you aren't making time for yourself. "Me" time is so crucial to avoiding stress because it helps prevent you from burning out. My "me" time is working out. Not only does exercise give me the chance to clear my mind and listen to my go to playlist on repeat, in the words of the great Elle Woods: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't. So, it's safe to say that my non-existent husband is alive and well.

2. Guilty Pleasure TV

Sometimes you just need to pour yourself a big glass of wine and binge on a few episodes of that show you never admit to watching (you know the one.)

3. Clean

I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but for me, cleaning (especially cleaning my kitchen) is my fool-proof solution to any problem. The problem isn't necessarily gone by the time I'm finished cleaning, but you can bet I have five different courses of action by the time I'm done. And in my opinion, there are few things in life better than having a clean kitchen.

4. Pamper Yourself

There is just something so soothing about having a DIY spa night. It's everything you love about the spa but you don't have to leave the house (seriously if this isn't having your cake and eating it too, than what is?) I have a not so small obsession with DIY pampering so of course I have an entire board dedicated to this on my Pinterest.

5. Take a Nap

When I am so burnt out and stressed beyond repair that I don't want to think or go anywhere, the only thing that never fails me is my bed. I am a true believer in the power of naps and "sleeping on it." Life may seem too overwhelming with no way out when you are running 1%. When in doubt nap, nap, and nap some more.

{What are some ways you that you like to blow off steam?}

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