Nov/Dec Favorites: Impeachment & “Confetti” by Qveen Herby

The last two months of 2019 were a complete whirlwind. Just looking over my list to write this post is giving me all the feels!

Let’s get right to it. Enjoy my November and December 2019 favorites:

Favorite News Articles

1. Trump’s impeachment.

2. Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.

3. Florida dog driving in reverse.

 Favorite Music

1. “Confetti” by Qveen Herby is making me “swing my hips” every time I listen.

2. “Thinkin Bout’ You” by Anthony Russo is basically the most adorable love song.

3. “Look At Her Now” by Selena Gomez will bring tears to your eyes in a good (and groovy) way.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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I ate a hot dog in a BAGUETTE

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Thinking about peppermint bark 😍

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Benihana was closed so we had to head out to a Christmas party at a friend’s house.

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Favorite TV Shows

1. Bob’s Burgers, “Now We’re Not Cooking with Gas” is essentially Bob at his craziest.

2. Mixed-ish, “Weird Science” made me so proud of young Bow.

3. Black-ish, “Daughters for Dummies” features Dre doing too much, as usual.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Kevin Droniak tells an interesting tale of travel gone almost completely wrong.

2. Paul Rudd as President Macron and Kate McKinnon as Angela Merkel are priceless in this SNL sketch!

3. Luna Shadows’ music video for “practice” is everything.

January 2020 is already nuts.

2019’s Best in Music

That wonderful time of year has come again—the time where I look back at all the songs, artists, and albums that provided the soundtrack to my year.

I will admit before diving into my list of 2019’s best that because of a new job I got about halfway through the year, I do not have as much disposable time to listen to Spotify and discover new artists anymore. I know. Tragic.

Regardless, the music I did find time to listen to was well worth it. Enjoy the best in music for 2019:

1. “Tied Up”, LEISURE, Twister. LEISURE for sure turned the heat up with this one.

2. “Just Like You”, Satin Jackets, Solar Nights. Still waiting to find out who the vocalist is on this amazing tune.

3. “Follow My Girl,” Japanese House, Good at Falling. Always so melodic.

4. “Knives,” Kim Petras, TURN OFF THE LIGHT. The title recommends it, so listen with the lights out for the full experience.

5. “Warm (ft. Haim)”, Charli XCX, Charli. If there’s anyone in the music industry that has grown significantly this decade, it’s Charli XCX.

6. “Unholy”, Miley Cyrus, SHE IS COMING. She came.

7. “Bags”, Clairo, Immunity. Bedroom pop queen can do no wrong.

8. “Karma”, Marina, Love + Fear. Such a well rounded allbum of highs and lows.

9. “bad idea”, Ariana Grande, thank u, next. I always feel like living dangerously when I listen to Ariana Grande, and this album is no exception.

10. “Señorita (ft. Camila Cabello), Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes. This kid is going places.

11. “Every Single Time”, Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins. 13-year-old Dana is still screaming.

12. “Who I Am”, Toro y Moi, Outer Peace. Everything about this album was futuristic fun.

13. “Your Heartbeat Against Mine (ft. Nandi Rose Plunkett)”, From Indian Lakes, Dimly Lit. This LP caught me by surprise, and I loved every second.

14. “FWM”, Qveen Herby, EP 6. All hail the qveen.

15. “What Love Is”, Mystery Skulls, Back to Life. So many ’80s vibes on this!

Here’s to 2020!

Sept/Oct Favorites: ‘Mixed-ish’ & “Harleys in Hawaii” Music Video

After some internet difficulties, I’m finally sitting down to write out my combined September & October favorites!

This is just going to be a list, as it was back in August. Enjoy!

Favorite News 

1. A woman ate her engagement ring in a dream but also IRL. 

2. Pierce Brosnan thinks it is high time for a female Bond.

3. Jennifer Lawrence is a married woman!

4. Tiffany & Co.’s diamond-stuffed advent calendar is insane.

Favorite Music

1. “Good Thing by Zedd feat. Khelani is a vibe.

2. “Something Has to Change” by Japanese House sums up my feelings about the last 3 years in America.

3. “Wrong Turn” by Kim Petras, is exactly what we all took in 2016.

4. “Soso” by Winner has reignited my love for K-pop.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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Look at our little Lily all grown up. @aubreyandersonemmons is a MODEL! #modernfamily #thefinalseason

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drippin in finesse ✨ should bruno be my 2019 halloween costume??

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Mixed-ish, “Let Your Hair Down (Sanatamonica is hilarious!)

2. Suits, “Scenic Route” had me DYING with Louis pretending to be Harvey!

3. The Good Doctor, “Disaster” ❤

Favorite YouTube Videos

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It’s hella cold already.

Fall 2019 Self-Care Playlist

It is finally starting to feel like autumn outside in NYC (no more random 90° F days in the middle of a 60° F week)!

This fall, I thought it would be nice to create a playlist to listen to after a long day of work while relaxing in a cozy essential oil-filled bath or whilst practicing my favorite yoga poses. Self-care is so important during seasonal changes, especially when your body is trying to figure out how to adjust to the weather.

So light your favorite fall candle, draw yourself an aromatic bath, or lay out your yoga mat and enjoy these relaxing tunes that’ll provide the perfect mood for your well-deserved self-care session.

1. Feel It All Around, Washed Out. You must feel self-care all around for this fall treatment to be effective.

2. Blowback, Galimatias. If you know, you know 😉

3. Warm Water, Banks. The perfect beat to soak in this very kind of temperature.

4. Hands, ALPINE. It is MORE than okay to feel the rain on your hands, darling.

5. Lost In the Moment, Darius ft. Wayne Snow. Self-care hour is just the right moment to get lost in.

6. Heaven, Clairo. Relax to the sound of Clairo’s vocals.

7. Sirens, SHOR. Don’t be troubled by the sirens.

8. Sail Away, Møme ft. Ricky Ducati. It’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

9. Neon, Magdalena Bay. A reminder that you deserve all the things you want, so visualize and take them.

10. Phoenix, Rhye. Your remarkable inner phoenix is rising.

11. Floating, Alina Baraz ft. Khalid. Go “skinny dipping deep inside [your own] head” (pleasant thoughts only).

12. Freedom, Emma Louise. Feel it.

13. Sade in the 90s, Qveen Herby. Permission to be jaded granted.

Happy Autumn!

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.

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.

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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Summer 2019 Vacation Playlist

It’s SUMMERRRRRRRRRR!

After these terrible rainy days that we can’t seem to get a long enough break from in NYC, I’m finally sitting down to share a playlist of 10 summer vacation-themed tracks! From basking in summer activities to traveling to your next vacay destination, this playlist is a fun mix of mellow and exciting.

Enjoy!

1. Holiday, Qveen Herby. Request that PTO and get ready to “put on your grass skirt and hula” all summer long.

2. Summertime Magic, Childish Gambino. Let the vacation festivities begin!

3. Cheapest Flight (Aluna George Remix), PREP. Already booked.

4. Swimming Pool Summer, Capital Cities. “Can’t escape the heat.”

5. Permanent Vacation, 5 Seconds of Summer. It has only just begun.

6. Frequent Flyer, Chromeo. Using up those frequent flyer miles this season.

7. Tuttifruitti, Phoenix. “We’ll be trashing motels.”

8. Flight Mode, Mr Sanka. Mood.

9. The Beach, Cannons. Here’s to letting go of that summer love that was never really worth it.

10. Glamorous, Fergie ft. Ludacris. A fancy little reminder to get on a plane back home once you’ve run out of vacation money.

Enjoy your summer vacation 😉

April Favorites: Goldroom’s ‘Plunge’ EP & “Woke Up Late” Music Video

So April turned out to be a pretty great month. It was kind of slow on the celebrity news side, but still loads of fun with great music and YouTube videos!

Listen to my April 2019 favorites in pop culture and entertainment on Soundcloud:

Here are some highlights:

Favorite News Articles

Brunchables Lunchables

Kid calls 911 to order McDonald’s

Favorite Music

 “Slow Dances” by Winnetka Bowling League

“Julien” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Just Like You” by Satin Jackets 

“Borderline” by Tame Impala

Plunge EP by Goldroom

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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25th Birthday Wishlist

For my 25th birthday this year I won’t be having a party or anything, but since it’s my quarter life, I thought it would be cool to post about a few things on my birthday wishlist this year!

Please do not feel obligated to buy me anything! I’m honestly just posting this because I have this wishlist saved in my phone and I haven’t blogged for a few weeks.

    • Qveen Herby Frames. I totes need this pair of gorgeous frames so I can be a BAMF like Qveen Herby!
    • Qveen Herby Tumbler. I’ve been looking for a cute tumbler to carry my tea to work in. This one is the perfect size!
    • Loepsie Tea Time Blouse. Love tea and love Loepsie’s YouTube channel so only makes sense that I represent with this tee.
    • Camo Jacket. I’ve had this on my list of wardrobe staples I need to have in my life for quite some time.
    • Skater Skirt. I only own one skater skirt and I love it so much that I kinda want to start a collection with at least two more colors.
    • Essential Oils. I’ve been getting into essential oils lately and I want to add some more to my collection to try in my diffuser!
    • Yoga Bolster.  I learned to do the saddle pose shortly after starting yoga and I can only do it with a bolster so I definitely want one of these for my yoga sessions!
    • Face Roller. These are all the rage right now, and since I’m super into skin care lately I’d love to try incorporating these into my routine.
    • Hair Scrunchie with Scarf. Gabriella Lindley wore one of these in a recent YouTube video and I totally love how cute they are. Seems like a super easy way to make a ponytail fun.