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!

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. Σtella. 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. Panamá/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 Mirá, ROSALÍA. 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!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Mila Kunis @ Cosmopolitan Party in NYC

 

mila kunis fashionIt’s been too long since I’ve done a Wardrobe Wednesdays post! I’m a bit rusty, so just bear with me.

Mila Kunis attended a Cosmopolitan party in New York City celebrating her cover last week in this amazing plaid ensemble. She wore a matching blazer and pant with blue and brown hues, sporting a tan-colored tank underneath.

I don’t think I’d be able to pull off this matching suit myself, but it looks so great on her! I do love an oversized blazer, and Mila Kunis makes it seem so effortlessly cool to wear on a petite frame with this look.

The original pants are completely sold out, but the blazer is still in stock (marked with *). Check out the links below for some other items inspired by this outfit!

Pants:

1. YOOX, $149.00

2. YOOX, $129.00

Blazer:

3. mytheresa.com, $367.00

4. Net-a-Porter, $1,998.00 *

Tank:

5. Neiman Marcus, $195.00

6. mytheresa.com, $725.00

 

Influenster Vacay VoxBox Review

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*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

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.