Summer Playlist


Happy first day of summer! Here’s to lots of warm days, colorful sunsets, late night bonfires, and soft serve ice cream cones.

I put together a quick playlist to kick off the season. It’s mostly newer songs, some a couple years old, but all tunes I could picture myself listening to this summer while driving with the windows down, hair blowing in the wind. You can access it here if you use Spotify (it’s free!). Or, you can view the list below if you want to listen elsewhere.

UPDATE: If you use Google Play Music, my friend Nick so kindly re-created the list there as well. Thanks Nick!

  1. Joy Rides – Mutemath
  2. Something To Believe In – Young the Giant
  3. Too Young – Bear Hands
  4. Past Lives – Local Natives
  5. Bored to Death – blink-182
  6. Cream on Chrome – Ratatat
  7. Letterman – Gay Nineties
  8. Ripple Water Shine – Pianos Become The Teeth
  9. Connection – Silversun Pickups
  10. Are We Ready? (Wreck) – Two Door Cinema Club
  11. Truth – Bloc Party
  12. Good Grief – Dr. Dog
  13. Peaches – The Districts
  14. Around Town – The Kooks
  15. Talk To Me – Kopecky
  16. Thunderhearts – Cold War Kids

P.S. How bout those CAVS! 330 is home 

Friday I’m In Love

light will shine out of darkness

TGIF; what a tragic week it’s been. My heart goes out to everyone affected in Orlando. I’ve read terrible stories about fear, panic, and loss. But then, stories of bravery, heroism, and compassion have emerged to restore our faith in humanity and kindness.

Here are some things that are lifting my spirits on this Friday:

Beer desserts. For Father’s Day or anytime, really.

Speaking of dessert, have you ever had Trader’s Joe’s Brownie Crisp?! I’m a newbie as of two days ago, and am obsessed. I’ll take 20 bags, please. And 20 more tomorrow.

From brownies to brows…this stuff came in my June Birchbox yesterday. I’m a closet product junkie and can’t wait to try it out this weekend. If you’ve ever tried it, let me know what you thought!

Mary-Kate and Ashley turned 30 this week, what the what! My love for them ran deep growing up. Prettyyyy sure I followed, or unsuccessfully tried to follow, all of these trends.

Have a happy, healthy, safe weekend everybody. Happy Father’s Day, especially to my dad.

Weeknight Dinner Staple: Greek Chicken Salad

greek chicken salad

Easy weeknight meals are essential for sanity, amiright? And when they’re healthy too, it’s really just a bonus and makes us 20-somethings feel like we’re doing the adult thing. (Though I’m trying harder and harder to be health-conscious.) I’m going to start sharing some painless recipes that are weeknight staples in our busy house. I’d love to hear your input—whether you think the recipes are too simple, love what I’m doing and can’t wait to try, don’t really care what I eat, etc. Let me know!

I’m starting with a very easy recipe that doesn’t require much active cooking time, Greek chicken salad.


I’m Only Productive When It Rains

music and productivity

Do you listen to music while you work? I wish I was one of those people who could jam out and still get the job done, but truth be told, I’m just not. My favorite playlist could start and end without me having heard a single lyric.

All sorts of studies have been conducted about whether or not, and how, music affects productivity. From what I’ve read, research has concluded that music can help with mindless tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration. It may also improve mood, which can therefore increase productivity. However, retention and concentration often drop when listening to music, so it isn’t always best in situations where you’re performing a new task or one in which you need to focus.

Even though I normally work in silence, my co-worker and I recently stumbled upon the perfect combination of sounds that simultaneously helped us both relax but also sharpened our focus, both for mindless tasks and those that required full concentration.


Friday I’m In Love

thank you

Happy Friday!

First, I want to shout a great big thank you for your support this week. I can’t express enough gratitude for all of your likes, page visits, comments, and love. I’ve been busy working on some content, so stay tuned!

Do you guys have anything fun planned this weekend? I’m hoping to hit up a local greenhouse to grab some new plants, both indoor and outdoor. I know, SUPER EXCITING STUFF! (But seriously, having just bought my first house in September, this is actually very exciting for me. Also because I’m an 80-year-old woman at heart.)

Here are a few things I’m loving this Friday:

My boyfriend’s dad got us Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook a couple months ago, and I didn’t know I loved her until that moment. Gonna hit up the Things That Intimidate People But Shouldn’t section this weekend. Wish me luck!

This dog and me, kindred spirits.

I was thrilled last weekend to read that Tig Notaro is cancer-free, married, and expecting twins! I had the pleasure of catching her show last year when she stopped in Buffalo and I just love her. So, I CAN’T WAIT FOR HER BOOK!

I don’t have enough facts to form an opinion about the Stanford rape case that has been a media frenzy this week, but I do know that girl has a lot of courage.

I’m so excited about finally launching tracing paper that I painted my nails to match, so there’s that.

Have a fantastic, relaxing weekend!

Oh Hey, Welcome!

Meet JessHi, hello! Welcome to tracing paper! I’m Jess, and I’m so happy you stopped by to check out my new blog. There’s not much here yet, but I’ll be producing content soon.

tracing paper is a project that I conceptualized many years ago, but only this year had the courage to create. It began with the notion that in today’s world, no idea is ever truly original. This isn’t meant to be negative. Instead, it means we’re paying attention.

Everything we do and everything we make is an impression of something else—something we’ve seen, something we’ve heard, how we were brought up, a conversation with someone, or whatever else inspires us. An idea is just like using tracing paper; it may not be an exact replica, but rather, an interpretation.

tracing paper is:

  • A place to discuss living life to the fullest, but also to talk about mistakes that are made along the way.
  • A place to showcase inspiring people, ideas, objects, and spaces.
  • A place to explore and learn.
  • A place to collaborate.
  • A place to laugh, and a place to grow.

I want to kick off tracing paper by overtly stating that I am not, and will never claim to be, an expert. I’m just trying to figure it all out like everybody else! I love to learn and hope to discover all kinds of new things through this blog. I started tracing paper for many reasons, but mostly to create a space to express myself creatively, explore, and start conversations. I hope you will join me!

Thanks so much for reading! I’d love to hear what you have to say too, so please don’t hesitate to comment on my posts or get in touch!

{Photo by Laura Metzler}