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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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.

May Favorites: Post Malone’s Rosé & HTGAWM Series Finale

Before you begin reading this post, please ensure that you have done at least one of the following:

Signed a petition regarding justice for George Floyd & Breonna Taylor

Donated to a charity supporting Black Lives Matter

Safely participated in a protest (only if you are healthy enough to be outdoors)

Supported a BIPOC-owned business

If not, please do not come back to this blog until you have completed one of the aforementioned things.

#BLM

The world better not experience a week like the last week of May 2020 ever again.

Despite all the ways May went wrong, I was still able to find some amazing things last month that’ll put a smile on your face, if only for a few moments.

Let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Post Malone is launching a brand of rosé. I feel like I’m the only person who is super hype about this!

2. Hamilton the musical will stream on Disney+ in July! CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

3. The law wouldn’t let Baby Musk keep his name. But not even an intervention from the state could change it enough.

Favorite Music

1. “Passion” by RAC feat. Louis the Child. “We’re pieces of the universe…”

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Quarantine Diaries: Escaping 2020 with Historical Dramas/Period Films

So we’re all on the same page when it comes to 2020 being the worst year in existence, right? Yeah? Okay, cool.

I’ve found comfort in trying to escape all these horrid happenings (i.e. COVID-19, murder hornets, God knows what else) by watching historical dramas and period films on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drama is my favorite genre, and I love seeing the cool costumes and set design that goes into making the scenes look realistic for the time periods they are set in.

Below are a few of the films I’ve enjoyed during quarantine so far.

Mansfield Park (1999)
Time Period: 1810s

This film is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Fans of the Amazon Prime series Rome will enjoy seeing James Purefoy (Mark Antony) and Lindsay Duncan (Servilia of the Junii) star as Thomas Bertram Jr. and Mrs. Price respectively.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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W./E. (2011)
Time Period: 1930s/1990s

Directed by Madonna, this film has some stunning cinematography despite it’s negative reviews. I happened to really enjoy the story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Wally Winthrop’s obsession with the couple is a bit excessive as she visited the Sotheby’s exhibit daily, but I still found this movie to have its charms nonetheless.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Love and Friendship (2016)
Time Period: 1790s

This movie took me a whole three days to finish because it was super boring at the beginning. The excitement in this drama begins at the very end, which made me wish they had incorporated more humor in the moments leading to the climax. Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan.

My rating: ⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

A Little Chaos (2014)
Time Period: 17th Century

Who doesn’t love a strong, independent female lead like Kate Winslet’s character Sabine de Barra?! I adored everything about this film, from the landscape architecture to the romance between Sabine and André Le Nôtre.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Troop Zero (2019)
Time Period: 1970s

This film has Viola Davis death stares galore! A must watch for anyone who is a fan of the amazing Viola Davis. I legit almost cried at the end of this but my tears dried up well before they fell when I saw the rest of the troop stand in solidarity with Christmas Flint.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

North & South (2004)
Time Period: 1850s

This BBC serial is a four-parter that will for sure reel you in from the moment you meet John Thornton. Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this serial gave me Pride & Prejudice vibes through and through.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

The Rain Collector (2015)
Time Period: Victorian Era

This amazing short left me wanting more! A brilliant young woman finds love unexpectedly as she goes against the expectations of women in Victorian England through her love of science.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

 

Stay safe and stay home!

 

 

April Favorites: ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Film & “Chemicals” by SG Lewis

Well this is a first: I would have posted this two days ago my fingers were busy playing Wario’s Woods on my new Nintendo Switch Lite!

No doubt, my new life as a noob gamer has been a welcome distraction from the thing that shall not be named during this post. Let’s have some fun looking back at some other things in pop culture and entertainment that kept my mine off of said thing:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Hunger Games film series is getting a prequel movie! I haven’t read the books so I don’t even know what happens, much less which characters are in it, but I’m still hype.

2. This triathlete lost a virtual bike race because her husband tripped over the power cord. He’s for sure sleeping on the sofa indefinitely.

Favorite Music

1. “Chemicals” by SG Lewis. I can’t get enough of this Roosevelt-esque groove!

2. “Ride With Me”” by Pink Sweat$. It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a classic R&B beat like this one.

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March Favorites: SVU Spin-Off & “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James

For March 2020’s edition of Monthly Favorites (and for the rest of however long this lasts) let’s just take a few moments to avoid discussing the topic that shall not be named for the sake of everyone’s sanity.

Just gonna jump right into it:

Favorite News Articles

1. Det. Elliot Stabler is coming back for an SVU spin-off! So hype.

2. A woman has been watering a fake plant for 2 whole years. April Fool’s came early for her, I guess.

3. Katy Perry is pregnant. So happy for her and Orlando Bloom!

Favorite Music

1. “Fathers Hands” by Wavvy James. The most beautiful rendition of “Yesterday.”

2. “Morado” by J Balvin. Loving the juxtaposition and debauchery in the lyrics.

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