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 “polyvitro” 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!

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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Influenster Vacay VoxBox Review

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With summer comes another VoxBox from Influenster for me to review!

This Vacay VoxBox arrived a few weeks ago while I was having internet problems, but now that the nightmare of Wi-Fi past is over, I can finally show you guys the goodies inside.

There are several items in this box that I was very excited to receive. This tiny VoxBox was packed with Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer and Clean It Up Shampoo, KISS Blowout Lashes, Invisibobble, and a Target coupon for the new Sour Patch Kids Fire or Freeze candy.

Let’s dig in:

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1-Primer: I love that this product has argan oil in it (I’ve recently become OBSESSED with natural ingredients). I’ve been wanting to see if argan oil would make my hair look any different than olive oil does. Apparently this also protects against UV damage. Maybe it’ll even protect my hair from summer frizziness? We shall see.

Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo: I’m perfectly happy with the shampoo I’m currently using, so I’m going to hand this over to someone else. Like the Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, this product contains argan oil, which is pretty cool.

KISS Blowout Lashes in Pageboy: I’ve only ever tried fiber lashes, so I’m pretty stoked to find a special event to wear these to! I wear glasses, though, so I hope they’re not too long, or else they’ll brush against my specs. I’ve heard from those with naturally long eyelashes complain about the glasses problem A LOT. It’s a problem I wouldn’t mind having if it meant some extra wink length.

Invisibobble Original: As you might have seen in my haul video back in January on YouTube, I’ve been using (and loving) coil hair ties to stop breaking my locks. The ones I currently own are black, so I’m very much appreciating a second color option to match my lighter toned outfits. This is supposed to prevent marks from forming in your hair when you tie it up in a ponytail or bun, but my hair is so coarse I can’t really escape it. Regardless, I don’t see any strands getting stuck in these coils when I take them out of my hair, so I’ll give these an A-.

 

Sour Patch Kids Candy Freeze: It appears that the item you have to do the most work for ends up being the best. These were so yummy! I had to try two different Target stores in Manhattan to find the flavor I wanted (I got to choose between Fire and Freeze, so I was not about to burn my mouth with the Fire flavored ones if I didn’t have to), but it was so worth it. You don’t notice the cooling sensation until a bit after you swallow the first one. It’s quite nice on the tongue and the throat. Side note: I also got a cool Sour Patch wallet sticker for the back of my phone!

Overall, my favorites in this Vacay VoxBox are the Invisibobble and the Sour Patch Freeze candies. And who knows, I might like the way I look in the KISS Blowout Lashes when I finally get invited to something I can wear them to.

June Favorites: Furious Factious Pot Washers & “TV In the Morning” by DNCE

June was a mix of mourning and adventure.

We lost two great figures, one from the fashion world (Kate Spade) and another from the food industry (Anthony Bourdain). This really made everyone wake up and realize that mental health is a serious issue plaguing our society.

There were, though, a few amazing things that happened in June. Let’s rewind my favorites in pop culture and entertainment last month:

Favorite News Articles

1. WE ARE ALL FURIOUS FACTIOUS POT WASHERS. Thank you, The Cut, for calling me out on my inherent nature to get pissed off about and mull over nonsense.

2. John Legend is not having it with this child separation situation. So don’t dare ask him about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ dinners. You won’t like the answer.

3. Saudi women are now licensed to drive! Or, rather, can now obtain a license to drive. Either way, it’s about damned time!

4. An overdue congratulations is in order for Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. I think they’ll be fine if they get comfortable in their engagement for a year and a half or so.

Favorite Music

1. “TV in the Morning” by DNCE. Ugh, yes please. So smooth, so right.

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Gallery Mondays: ‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ by Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare Wind Sculpture (SG) I

I had some more internet troubles after my last post, so I wasn’t able to blog for a little while, but now I’m back with a long awaited Gallery Mondays!

I saw this piece a few months back while running for the M5 bus near Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The vibrant colors caught my eye, and ever though I couldn’t tell exactly what the sculpture was, I knew it would be worth stopping (and almost missing my bus) for.

Called Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture was made by Nigerian- British artist Yinka Shonibare. It features an intricate shape, meant to resemble African fabric blowing in the wind. The fiberglass sculpture stands quite tall at Grand Army Plaza, and its vibrant colors make it very hard to miss.

When I first saw the sculpture, I thought it was a giraffe dancing on one leg. Maybe it was the height, or perhaps the orange color?

Either way, if you’re around the Central Park East area, definitely check this sculpture out. It’s on view until October 14, 2018!

Learn more about Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

May Favorites: Royal Wedding & “Sirens” by SHOR

Hi, I’m Dana from The Whisper Box, and I’m back after some intermittent internet issues.

Listen to May Favorites in podcast form on SoundCloud:

Favorite News Articles

1. Royal Wedding & Meghan Markle’s CVS receipt veil.

2. America Ferrera is a mom!

3. Roseanne got canceled.

4. Blue Ivy reprimands grandma Tina Knowles for taking video during the Paris Ballet.

5. Chris Hemsworth, et. al, dance to “Wrecking Ball.” 

6. #pullasylvia

7: #ifslaverywasachoice

Favorite Music

1. “Sirens” by SHOR

2. “LA Girls” by Charlie Puth

3. “Conexão” by Amber Mark

4. “Genius” by LSD (Labritnth, Sia, Diplo)

5.“Soon You’ll Forget” by James River

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Royal Wedding portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

2. Hannah Witton’s stoma photoshoot.

3. Rebel Wilson as Le Fou

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Bob’s Burgers, “Mo Mommy Mo Problems”

2. Lucifer, “Boo Normal”

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Some premium “New Light” content by John Mayer

2. Felix (pewdiepie) and Marzia (cutiepie) are engaged!

3. Dua Lipa in Calvin Harris’ “One Kiss” music video

4. Elohim’s “Half Love” music video

5. Celine Dion + Deadpool = “Ashes”.

6. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” music video

 Summer’s comin’.