September Favorites: #DoTheLilo & ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Live-Action Series

September 2018 is one of those months I’d prefer not to remember. It just reinforced my hatred for politics.

Also, RIP Laurex ūüė•

Anyway, let’s just jump right into my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for September, shall we?

Favorite News Articles

1. #DoTheLilo. Umm, okay, sure. Idk if this dance will really catch on here though, Lindsay. Maybe in Greece?

2. A live action version of¬†Avatar: The Last Airbender¬†is coming to Netflix! I coincidentally JUST finished watching the animated series with my bf ūüėÄ

3. Maroon 5 is performing for half-time at Super Bowl LIII. I AM SO HYPE.

Favorite Music

1. “Entropy” by Supa Bwe ft. Dounia. The fact that this featured artist is from Queens is making this even more amazing for me!

2. “Damn” by Christine and the Queens. “What must a woman do?” you ask? Where do I begin?

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Got It On Vinyl: ‘Paradise’ by Lana Del Rey

Got It On Vinyl is finally back, and I’ve got a new record player setup!

Enjoy Lana Del Rey, melancholic vibes, and old Hollywood glam via her EP Paradise.

See you in November with another vinyl record!

 

August Favorites: LeBron 2020 & LaurDIY’s Tiny Hands

I’ve been super tired over the last couple of days, so I’m going to keep this monthly favorites post short and sweet so I can take a nap.

Without further ado, here are my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for August 2018.

Favorite News Articles

1. It appears LeBron James might run for president in 2020 or something?

2. RIP Aretha Franklin.

3. Meet Paul Flart, farting security guard and Instagram sensation.

4. Reese Witherspoon threw some ice cream at Meryl Street on the set of Big Little Lies

5. Twilight is back in theaters for its 10th anniversary!

Favorite Music

1. “Blazed” by Ariana Grande ft. Pharrell is LIT.

2. “Near/Far” by Death Cab for Cutie is everything you could ever want from their new album Thank You For Today.

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Gallery Mondays: Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower”

It’s been some time since I’ve posted a Gallery Mondays (sorry!) but I’m back with one this week and I’ll try to be better at posting these more than just once a month.

For this Gallery Mondays we have the amazing 31-foot tall “Rose Crystal Tower” by Dale Chihuly. I heard about this sculpture being in Union Square since October 2017, and I had seen it once from very far away at night. However, I didn’t take a photo of it because my phone camera wasn’t capturing it well enough. When I went back to Union Square a few months later, I couldn’t find it! It took me a whole eight months after the first time I saw it to find it again. In June, I went to see Oceans 8, and as I walked toward¬†Regal Union Square Stadium 14 I saw the sculpture and snapped a pic right away.

What I love most about Chihuly’s work is the vibrant colors he uses, and this sculpture is no exception. “Rose Crystal Tower” is made of purple-ish ‚Äúpolyvitro‚ÄĚ crystals that look more pink at night when lit up. It reminds me of a piece of rock candy!

This sculpture will be at Union Square until the end of October, so go check it out if you’re nearby!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Ashanti @ 2018 VMAs

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards red pink carpet was a hot mess.

From half-naked dresses to devil costumes¬†(does Amber Rose realize it’s not even October yet?), the fashion looks I saw were a cry for help. Seriously, guys. This isn’t that hard. Wear a casual pantsuit if you can’t figure out what to hide your tatas and hooha with.

Regardless, most of the men looked SUPER (looking at you Maluma) and I’ll definitely give honorable mention to Camilla Cabello and sisters Chloe x Halle.

All of that aside, Ashanti won the night for me.

The singer showed up in a stunning silver number with not one but two slits. The gown was strapless with long sleeves and went beyond floor length.

This is the most leg I saw on the pink carpet without being basically naked, by the way.

I love how tasteful this look is. She shows off so much skin but still manages to leave enough to the imagination.

See below for two options inspired by Ashanti’s VMA dress!

Dress:

1. DHGate, $164.81

2. Fashion Genie Boutique, $77.00

July Favorites: Celine Dion Memes & Childish Gambino’s ‘Summer Pack’

July 2018 had me all over the place.

It went from jaw dropping celebrity engagements to Demi Lovato’s hospitalization (glad you’re doing alright now, girl!), and I’m seriously beginning to think this is going to be the most emotional summer ever.

I hope the wedding planners of Hollywood are ready for this (looking at you Justin, Hailey, Nick, and Priyanka).

My carpal tunnel has been acting up over the last couple of days so let’s keep this one short and sweet with minimal commentary:

Favorite News Articles

1. My fave of the Celine Dion memes: “Trudeau window, to the wall.”

2. Congrats are in order for the recently engaged couples Hailey Baldwin & Justin Bieber, and Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas!

3. This is what happens when you mess with journalists, Daily News.

Favorite Music

1. I can’t tell which of these two super smooth summery tunes I like best from Childish Gambino’s Summer Pack EP.

2. “Soulmate” by Justin Timberlake is just what I needed this summer.

3. I think I like this Spotify Sessions version of “Bloom” by Troye Sivan more than the original.

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Mid-Summer 2018 Foreigners Playlist

As many of you guys know, I love listening to music by artists from different countries around the world. Therefore, I had a fun idea that should make a cool playlist featuring a few awesome tunes by my favorite international artists this summer.

It’ll be like a little vacation for your ears!

Some of these are by artists from non-English speaking countries that sing in English (you’ll be able to hear some of the accents). Others are in foreign languages.

Enjoy the tracks below from my favorite foreigners.

1. Jamaica/UK – Bad Love ft. Ellie Goulding, Sean Paul. Wasting no time getting down with this one.

2. Greece – A State Nearby, NTEIBNT ft. ő£tella. Sending chills down your spine with these ominous vocals.

3. Sweden – Hotel Beds, Summer Heart. Here’s to all the comfy hotel beds we’ll be hopping into this summer.

4. Zimbabwe – Juice, Bantu. Drink up.

5. Barbados – Only Girl (In the World), Rihanna. The Caribbean queen demands your undivided attention.

6. Panam√°/Jamaica – Dame Tu Cosita, El Chombo ft. Cutty Ranks. This calls for a dance session in the mirror.

7. Austria – Mambo Rap, Parov Stelar. Try to keep up with the lyrics.

8. France – Science Fiction, Christine and the Queens. Feast your ears on the French version of this tune with a dash of Italian.

9. Spain – Pienso En Tu Mir√°, ROSAL√ćA. Time for some Spanish telenovela-esque BAMF drama.

10. Brazil – La Edad Del Futuro, Glue Trip. Don’t let the Spanish title fool you.

11. Australia – Chateau, Angus and Julia Stone. Summers + chateaus = fancy bliss.

12. Germany – So Into You, Wilhelm Tell Me. Cruising into this summer love real smooth.

13. Malaysia – Rescue, Yuna. There’s no way you can feel anything but safe and tranquil while listening to Yuna’s voice.

14. Canada – We Were Here, LIGHTS ft. DCF & Gray Grey. Got a double Canadian feature here (singer and remixers)!

15. Denmark – Calabria, Enur ft. Natasja. Close out the summer with this dance party favorite!

Bask in the rest of your summer!