March Favorites: Bachelor Arie Banned & #MarchforOurLives

Okay, so I know I always joke about the saying that goes “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but this year it legitimately did.

The beginning of the month was so rough, especially with all the non-stop snow storms. I could not deal. I don’t think I’ve ever been more annoyed with my life than I was at the start of March. Things mellowed out around March 20th or so, which was nice.

March brought some harsh realities to light in the pop culture and entertainment world, and rightfully so. Let’s take a look my faves for March 2018:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Bachelor‘s Arie gets banned from Minnesota. Damn straight. He deserves it after what he did to Becca.

2. #MarchforOurLives. Thank you, Pope Francis, for encouraging the youth to continue fighting to end gun violence.

3. “Shero” Barbies! I want one of each, please!

4. Chrissy Teigen brings an emotional support casserole on a plane. Brb, bookmarking this recipe for later.

Favorite Music

1. “Rotation” by Fickle Friends. Now THIS is what I call feel-good music! This band sounds like Great Goof Fine OK and Haim had a baby. OMJ. I so want to see these guys in concert!

2. “Figure A” by Tim Atlas. So old school funk I can’t handle it. Ah. Maze. Balls.

3. “Something” by Henry Green. I’ll definitely succumb.

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Fan Art Fridays: Ike Barinholtz

ike barinholtz fan art

The film Blockers is out in theaters this weekend, and I’m seriously considering going to see it in theaters because I’m not sure I can wait until this hilariousness is available on DVD!

I saw the trailer for the film when I went to watch Pitch Perfect 3 in theaters in December 2017. I laughed so hard at Ike Barinholtz (who plays Hunter in the film) because, well, he’s Ike Barinholtz.

Ever since knowing Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers on The Mindy Project, I’ve realized this guy is a total and complete goofball. He’s so ridiculous it’s insane.

In honor of the crazy man that is Ike Barinholtz, I’ve decided to feature this sketch of the actor/comedian I found on Deviant Art by Peter Ono (Uptighturbanite). It features him as Nurse Morgan Tookers making a face that basically sums up his insanity.

View the original fan art on Deviant Art and watch the trailer for Blockers below!

Fan Art Fridays: Chloe x Halle

chloe  x halle bailey fan art

Okay, I know I’m a little late with this, but my ears just got around to finishing Chloe x Halle’s new album, which was very well orchestrated, IMO.

Titled The Kids Are Alright, the album features a great mix of R&B, pop, and trap. It’s been a while since I’ve thoroughly enjoyed an entire album that’s rooted heavily in R&B, so I give these sisters kudos.

I’m not even going to lie, there were times I zoned out at work while listening to some of these tracks and thought I was listening to Beyoncé. It makes sense, as Beyoncé was an influence for the album and the girls are signed to her label Parkwood Entertainment.

Here are my fave tracks from The Kids Are Alright:

“Down” – I swear this was in an episode of grown-ish (which both Chloe x Halle star in and are amazing on, btw) and I went nuts trying to find this song online but couldn’t because it wasn’t officially released yet. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS THE SONG. I may never know.

 “Happy Without Me” – I love the way the girls voices sound so comforting and sisterly together as they sing the word “me.” I think it really ties up the sad nature of the situation described in the song and makes the ending seem optimistic, as it should.

“Galaxy” – I almost feel kind of bad for this guy they’re sending into the galaxy because of the jungle beat. Like, is this some sort of Jurassic Park galaxy? Will he survive? Do we want him to?

Enjoy this fun fan art I found on Instagram of Chloe x Halle by ghostnovas, inspired by an image of the sisters with their hair tied together. The sisters posted it on their Instagram account in 2016. The cartoon version of Halle Bailey looks super realistic!

Listen to The Kids Are Alright on Spotify.

Changes

As you may have noticed, its’ been almost two weeks since my last post on this blog.

Don’t be scared, I’m not done with The Whisper Box yet. However, I have been doing some thinking about my blog’s content and how I want to move forward with the different series that currently exist.

The Whisper Box is 5 years old now, (I forgot to mention the anniversary last month on February 4th, oops), and even though I don’t have the time I used to in order to write lengthy celebrity gossip and music posts like I did in the past, I still want to provide my readers with fun, quality content.

That being said, The Whisper Box will begin featuring some new series! The only bad news here is that to make room for the new ones, the current Gallery Mondays,Wardrobe Wednesdays, and Fan Art Fridays series will no longer occur every week. I might do each of the current blog series only once or twice a month. Monthly Favorites will remain, well, monthly of course.

So, here’s what’s coming soon to The Whisper Box:

Got It On Vinyl (Monthly)
The Whisper Box is now on YouTube, and my roommate finally got her record player from Texas, so I’m building a small vinyl collection to share with you guys! I’ll post a YouTube video discussing each record and create a blog post to go along with it. This series will begin in April 2018.

Wreck This Tuesdays (Weekly)
I’ve recently acquired the newest addition of Kerry Smith’s Wreck This Journal, which is now published in color. This series is inspired by grav3yardgirl (Bunny), who shows the pages she’s worked on via YouTube. Bunny is also reposting some pages on Instagram, so I’ll be sharing my pages over on The Whisper Box’s Instagram and on this blog every Tuesday.

#TWBT: Let’s Talk About… (Bi-Weekly)
Short for “The Whisper Box Talk,” this series will kind of be a catch all for my ponderings regarding pop culture and entertainment matters. Here’s where I’ll be bringing back some album review posts, award show recaps, and other intriguing things I feel need to be discussed in length. I might even throw in a few controversial topics. Who knows. Some of these might end up as short podcasts over on my Soundcloud. This series begins this week on Thursday, March 29, 2018!

So stay tuned, and feel free to drop a comment below if you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to cover with these new series!

 

February Favorites: Avocado Proposals & Amy Schumer’s Wedding


The Month of Love was quite lovely, and I’m so sad it ended so quickly. Ugh, why does February have to be so short?!

Pop culture brought us a few really insane/cute romantic news stories and some eargasmic tunes (my ears are still ringing well into March 2018, guys).

Let’s take a look at my favorites for February 2018:

Favorite News Articles

1. People are proposing out of avocados. They’re calling them avoboxes. (WHY.)

2. The Obamas revealed their portraits. Simply stunning. Also, is anyone else seeing Sasha when they look at Michelle’s?

3. That awks moment when Bekah from The Bachelor supposedly went missing. My parents would probably file a missing person’s report too if I didn’t answer their calls and texts within 24 hours, tbh.

Favorite Music

1. “Midnight Summer Jam” by Justin Timberlake. Basically the “Let the Groove Get In” equivalent on this new album. I cannot get enough!

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Fan Art Fridays: Reese Witherspoon

reese witherspoon fan art

Hollywood’s favorite blonde sweetheart Reese Witherspoon is in the new film A Wrinkle in Time, which is out in theaters this weekend!

Even though it’s based on a children’s book, I, as a 23 year old going on 24 still want to see it at some point. Maybe I’ll catch it on DVD in a few months.

She stars in the movie alongside Oprah and Mindy Kaling, and the trailer for it alone has my jaw to the ground with the powerful vibes of this all-girl trio! What a better way to celebrate an adaptation of literature AND Women’s History Month?!

In honor of Reese being in this film, I’ve decided to feature her for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. I found this amazing black-and-white sketch of Reese Witherspoon on Deviant Art, which, interestingly is by Rick Fortson (a.k.a. Dr. Pencil), the father of one of my favorite indie musicians Andrew Belle (born Drew Fortson)!

I love how sweet yet stern the actress looks in the sketch. It’s like she’s staring sweetly but also quite seriously into your soul.

If you love this sketch, you can buy it on Rick Fortson’s site.

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Annalise Keating in Scandal/HTGAWM Crossover

Annalise Keating, Scandal, “Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself” HTGAWM crossover

Needless to say, the Scandal/How to Get Away With Murder crossover episodes were freaking stellar last week during TGIT. In addition to the plot, the Scandal half of the crossover, “Allow me to Reintroduce Myself,” featured some great winter fashion from Annalise (Viola Davis).

At the end of the episode, Annalise is walking down the courthouse steps with Olivia Pope wearing this gorgeous yellow wool trench coat. She paired the coat with a dark brown designer handbag, as the women of Shondaland usually do.

This is my favorite shade of yellow so I basically went nuts when I saw Annalise in this coat!

See below for some items inspired by the look.

Coat:

1. ShopBop, $350.00

2. Banana Republic, $97.99

Bag:

3. Neiman Marcus, $1,595.00

4. Neiman Marcus, $995.00