Quarantine Diaries: A Cause for Concern

The fact that I’m reviving the Quarantine Diaries segment in itself is a cause for concern at this point.

I haven’t blogged in a month due to the rollercoaster of nonsense that has ensued this election season (wooo Biden Harris 2020!). I figured it would be a great time to take a break and have one less thing to stress over (don’t worry, monthly favorites will be combined next month to make up for it). 

However, election tomfoolery aside, COVID-19 is still an ever-looming cloud of impending doom over all of us, and it’s about to start feeling way worse as the holidays approach.

I’ve already been told by my parents, who live in the same state as me, only about a half hour away by car with no traffic, that I should stay my little behind in NYC instead of spending Thanksgiving in Long Island with them.

Countless friends and coworkers are grappling with the reality that spending the holidays with family is simply not an option this year due to the pandemic. I commend them for taking this seriously and thinking about the health of their fellow man (and woman) this season.

That being said, I was VERY disturbed last week when I saw this video in an article explaining the COVID-19 safety precautions they’re taking at malls to allow children to visit Santa Claus.

I’m sorry, but why in the world would you be taking your child to a MALL to visit SANTA during a FREAKING PANDEMIC?!

Do you want Santa to fall ill and then not be able to deliver presents on Christmas Day?! 

Let Santa quarantine in peace. Please. I beg you.

Kindly take the time to explain to your children that Santa is setting an example of a responsible human who abides by coronavirus safety measures, so he can’t visit this year for photos. It’s that simple.

Or just find someone in your bubble that your kids are quarantining with and ask them to dress up as Santa for them. Much safer that way.

This holiday season is going to be difficult, but it will be much more so if you end up losing a loved one due to being careless and selfish during the pandemic.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

WHITL Earrings Review

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whitl earrings*I received these earrings complimentary from WHITL. All views are my own.

A few weeks ago, a company called WHITL Woodworking sent me an email asking if I wanted to try their handmade wooden jewelry. The costume jewelry collector in me could not refuse the offer!

WHITL Woodworking in Abilene, Texas makes eco-friendly earrings out of  ethically sourced wood. They also have designs made of leather, which are quite sophisticated and unique. The company partners with local mental health nonprofits to assemble their earrings.

I had a hard time choosing the earrings I wanted to review due to the fact that they have so many amazing designs on their site. I settled on the Cheetah & Maple Claw Earring, and a friend of mine picked out the Walnut & Rose Gold Leaf Earring set. I was also sent two mystery earrings, which ended up being the Beautiful 3 Point Cactus Earring  in the color Moss and the Feather Earring in the color Walnut.

I absolutely LOVE the Cheetah & Maple Claw set, as it’s super bold and stands out quite a bit against darker-colored outfits.When I showed these to my mom she immediately started telling me about this cheetah-print loungewear set she has that would look amazing with it, so I might let her have them.

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I also really love the Feather ones. The color is perfect for autumn, and I can definitely see myself wearing them a bit when I want to add a little subtle charm to my look.whitl woodworking feather earringsYou’re bound to find a pair on their site that would be perfect for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

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Use the code whisperbox to get $5 off of your order!

September Favorites: Swearing Birds & Qveen Herby’s “Sleepwalker” Music Video

Looking back, September wasn’t as eventful in pop culture and entertainment, so this monthly favorites will be a bit short.

Enjoy!

Favorite News Articles

1. These gray parrots got kicked out of the zoo’s viewing area for cursing. I can’t imagine how hilarious that must have sounded😂

2. Selena Gomez DM’d Mark Zuckerberg about hateful messages and misinformation on Facebook. Love it when celebs stand for what’s right.

Favorite Music

1. “Bodies (Tycho Remix)” by The Knocks, MUNA. Remixed to perfection.

2. “BEST4U” by Lido feat. MulherinPeder as a whole is such a treat.

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Autumn 2020 Aromas Playlist

Fall weather is finally upon us! In these stressful times, I fond nothing more relaxing than inhaling my favorite scents, including lavender and cinnamon.

So, I thought it would be fun to create an autumn playlist inspired by some of the scents of fall. So brew your favorite flavor of coffee or tea and drop some essential oil in your diffuser while chilling to these tunes!

1. Lavender and Velvet, Alina Baraz. To be honest, if Alina Baraz’s voice were a scent, I’d bathe in it.

2. Tea & Poetry, Hello Harry, Thomas Garcia. Autumn is the best time for sipping tea and writing poetry while wrapped up in a cozy blanket.

3. Coffee, Sylvan Esso. “Get up, get down,” and smell the warm coffee.

4. Mint, Qveen Herby. Money mint? Peppermint? I’ll take both, please and thank you.

5. Cinnamon, Hayley Williams. Some spooky vocals from out fave Paramore gal.

6. Almond Eyes, Novaa. Almond eyes, almond nuts, almond milk.

7. Orange Trees, MARINA. Gotta get that vitamin C this fall.

8. Peach, Broods. A tune for when you’re trying to stay peachy and calm.

9. Myrrh, Coubo. A calming instrumental to play with your senses.

10. Ginger Tea, Jarreau Vandal. Polishing off this playlist with some spicy tea.

Happy fall, y’all!

July & August Favorites: Snoop Dogg’s Wine & “Douha (Mali Mali)” Music Video

So summer is basically over and I have two months worth of favorites to catch up on. Let us waste no time diving in:

Favorite News Articles

1. Snoop Dogg is launching a wine label. He also confirms that I am wine.

2. Dr. Fauci and Colin Kaepernick are getting an award for their dedication to social change. Well deserved.

3. Maya Rudolph might come back to SNL as VP pick Kamala Harris. Here for this.

4. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are now parents. Surreal.

Favorite Music

1. “Find Your Way Back,” by Beyoncé. So glad for this re-release (and also the amazing BLACK IS KING visual)!

2. “STUD” by Troye Sivan. Serving all the right vibes as always.

3. “the 1” by Taylor Swift. Read a comment somewhere saying this whole folklore album hits different when you’re in a committed relationship and I couldn’t agree more.

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Quarantine Diaries: I Feel Everything

I waited longer than I wanted to before posting this because I couldn’t find the right words to write for this last installment of the Quarantine Diaries.

So instead of reaching into the void for a blog post I ended up with a poem.

I hope this poem, titled “I Feel Everything”, resonates with you.

Remember, you are not alone in your feelings during this pandemic.

💛

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Utama Spice Unboxing + GIVEAWAY

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It’s been a little while since I last made a blog post, mainly because I’ve been a bit moody (as we all are during these crazy times) but also because I’ve been working on some fun new video content!

Utama Spice, a company that creates natural aromatherapy products, was kind enough to send me one of their wood-base diffusers to review on my blog.

They also sent me a bottle of  their Fresh & Tingly Mint Liquid Soap, which I’m giving away over on my Instagram,** so be sure to check that out as well after watching the unboxing!

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Sept. 15, 2020.**

June Favorites: ‘Lucifer’ Season 5 Announcement & Beyoncé’s “Black Parade”

I really don’t have an excuse for not having this favorites post done before the 10th so I’m just going to skip any nonsense explanations and get right to it.

Enjoy my June 2020 favorites below.

Favorite News Articles

1. Lucifer season 5 is coming this summer. So glad it didn’t get postponed with all the mess going on in the world!

2. A Kentucky tattoo parlor is covering racist ink for free. Now this is how you start meaningful change in majority White communities. #BLM

3. Barbara Streisand gave Gianna Floyd Disney stock. YES to everything about this!

4. An audience of plants attended a symphony in Spain. Is this the secret to enormous plant growth?

Favorite Music
1. “Black Parade” by Beyoncé. I felt this Juneteenth jam deep in my Afro-Latina/West Indian soul.

2. “My People” by Amber Mark. Another Juneteenth tune that hit just right in the most minimalist way.

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Summer 2020 Mellow Yellow Playlist

Now that all the red, white, and blue is over for a little while, I thought it would be nice to throw a dash of yellow into the mix this summer to mellow out all the craziness going on around us.

Partially inspired by Washed Out’s Mr. Mellow (but more so by my love for the color yellow), I present to you 15 songs to help you continue calmly grooving through whatever comes your way during summer 2020:

1. Hard to Say Goodbye, Washed Out. Well, looks like you won’t have to, because we’re just getting started 😜

2. Yellow Flowers, Goldroom feat. Mereki. Say hello to all the sunflowers and daffodils and black-eyed Susans.

3. Bittersweet, Yellow Claw, Sofia Reyes. Satisfying in more ways than one.

4. Sunlight, Bag Raiders. It’s true. Don’t let anybody tell you differently.

5. Adore You, Harry Styles. NBD, just walking through active flames for an adorable person.

6. Waves (Tame Impala Remix), Miguel. Just ride it.

7. Rico, Wild Front. “Drive all night.”

8. The Other Side, Native Spirit. Let you heart sail through this beat.

9. Genius, LSD. Only a mellowed out genius could do such a thing.

10. Freestyle, Electric Guest. Taking it as it comes.

11. Amarillo, J Balvin. A mellow heart-thumper to pass the time.

12. Cala Banana, Satin Jackets. Chiquita is callin.’

13. Paradisco, Les Loupes. Put on your finest sheer blouse and let the summer breeze embrace you.

14. Night Time TV, Fenec Soler. When it’s midnight and you’re feeling in no way ready for bed.

15. Taste (Moon Boots Remix), Rhye. Play it one. more. time.

 

Stay safe, stay mellow.