August Favorites: Obama Ave & ‘Little Women’ Trailer

I think August was by far the hardest month of 2019. While the month may be over, the fight against gun violence is far from.

And now, a look at the light-hearted pop-culture and entertainment items that kept me going during August 2019.

(P.S. The Monthly Favorites podcast will be on hiatus until at least January 2020 while I revamp it!)

Favorite News Articles

1. The petition to rename the street outside of Trump Tower Obama Ave.

2. Black Panther 2 is coming in 2022 (so far away)!

3. Rosa Parks and Sally Ride Barbie dolls are the newest additions to the Mattel universe.

Favorite Music

1. “Warm” by Charli XCX ft. Haim

2. “Bags” by Clairo

3. “Lions” by Wild Front

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Marzia and Pewdiepie got married!

2. White Sea (Morgan Kibby) dyed her hair blonde!

 

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Suits, “If the Shoe Fits.” So good to see Mike Ross again!

2. Pearson, “The Former City Attorney.” More Harvey cameos, please.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Little Women trailer.

2. Jenna Marbles is bringing back ALL the ’90s accessories.

3. Arden Rose’s fitness journey. 

4. Scarlet Takes a Tumble gets music meme-ified.

Autumn is coming.

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DSLR Diaries: SHOWFIELDS & Night Shots

Summer is almost over, so soon I’ll have some completely new scenery to shoot photos in!

Let’s take a look back at my favorite snaps from August 2019, including some fun pics from SHOWFIELDS and a couple of night shots.

Showfields boodles gin

Boodles British Gin Exhibit at SHOWFIELDS.

Totally jumped into this pile of pillows at SHOWFIELDS.

Floral boards for sale at SHOWFIELDS.

Screamed all the way down this slide at SHOWFIELDS!

Motto of a shopaholic. SHOWFIELDS gets it.

Neon signage on above the elevator at SHOWFIELDS.

long island city

I think this is one of my best urban shots of NYC to date.

one wall street nyc

Repetition.

nyc architecture

Loved the way the lighting looked on this building facade at night.

little italy nyc

Ferrara Bakery’s neon sign.

I’ve also started a new Instagram account solely for my DSLR photos, so check it out for some bonus content!

@thewhisperboxpix photographer new york

July Favorites: Toys “R” Us Returning & ‘Pearson’

So grateful to be looking back at July 2019 today. It was really refreshing to escape this month, if only for 20 minutes.

Enjoy the podcast, and see below for an itemized list of my favorites discussed.

Favorite News Articles

Toys “R” Us returns before the end of 2019

Cardi B tried to trademark “Okurrr”

Australian youngsters took a joyride with their parent’s car

Favorite Music

“Running” by LEISURE

“Heart Beating” by Nora En Pure

“Morning Joy” by Keys N Krates

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

Favorite TV Episodes

Suits, “Windmills”

Pearson, “The Union Leader”

Grownish, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”

Favorite YouTube Videos

Here’s to getting through August 2019.

DSLR Diaries: Artemis Lucille & the Birds

If you follow me on Instagram or watch my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I’m the proud owner of a new Canon EOS 4000D. It’s my first ever DSLR camera, and I’m so excited to be considered an amateur photographer.

As I practice taking photos, I figured it would be fun to start a new series called “DSLR Diaries” where I share some of my favorite shots for the month. My ultimate faves go on my Instagram stories immediately after I’ve taken them, so I’m not going to repost those here. Make sure to follow @thewhisperbox so you don’t miss them!

Enjoy my July 2019 in photos!

cat

This box remained in the living room for several weeks because Artemis Lucille the cat loved it so much.

flowers

Sidewalk floralia in Washington Heights, NYC.

citibike

A cool shot of docked CitiBikes in Chinatown/Little Italy.

sidewalk chalk art

Chalk art on the sidewalk on Grand Street of interlaced hearts <3.

chandelier close up

Okay, so I technically posted this one on my Instagram stories already but this chandelier close up is too cool!

genesee cream ale

My boyfriend’s favorite beer, Genesee, at the East Harlem Bottling Co.

Dinner at East Harlem Bottling Co.

yellow flower

I couldn’t resist taking a closeup of this yellow flower in Babylon, NY.

geese

A bird day afternoon in Argyle Park.

swan

A graceful swan in Argyle Lake.

Check out my Canon EOS 4000D unboxing video if you haven’t already!

May/June Favorites: Baby Sussex & ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Trailer


This would have totally been posted yesterday, but I had a few technical difficulties editing the podcast. :/

Enjoy listening to me ramble in this combined May and June 2019 favorites, and check out the highlights below!

Favorite News Articles

A teacher’s slang list

Sophie Turner instrumental in Jonas Brothers reunion

Favorite Music

“Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello

“Doin’ Time” by Lana Del Rey

“Every Single Time” by The Jonas Brothers

“Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club

“Circles” by Wild Front

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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Getting My Eyebrows Done Professionally for the First Time

thread loft washington heights manhattan nyc

As you may know, one of the items on my 30 Before 30 list is to get my eyebrows done professionally.

I’ve always had thick eyebrows, and my mom would simply trim them for me with beauty scissors and an eyebrow razor to save me a trip to pain land at a salon. However, my eyebrows were never the best they could be.

before getting eyebrows done professionally

Before geting my eyebrows done professionally. Notice the stray hairs on my brow bone.

I knew getting them threaded was probably the only way I’d ever see my eyebrows reach their true potential. Even so, I waited 25 years before taking the plunge at the Thread Loft in Washington Heights, Manhattan on a Sunday afternoon.

Not going to lie, I teared up a bit for each eyebrow! It hurt a lot on the parts she treaded on my browbone. Threading the baby hairs in between my brows and around the other areas I could barely feel, though.

after getting eyebrows threaded

My eyebrows after threading uncombed, combed, and with e.l.f. eyebrow gel!

Overall, I’m pleased with the experience. My brow bones are so pretty and hair-free! It only cost $7, so I can’t say I wouldn’t do it again, just not too often because…pain.

Next time I go, maybe at the end of the summer, I will definitely ask to have my eyebrows trimmed a bit shorter on the top since that’s where they tend to curl. I’ll also make sure to have my eyebrows wiped with some alcohol immediately after because I broke out around that area of my face a few hours later. Regardless, I’m so glad I finally did this. Even without makeup on, my eyebrows look DECENT for once!

Checking another one off of my 30 Before 30 list 😉