December Favorites: WAmP & “End of the World” Music Video ft. Zooey Deschanel

Sooo, 2020 is over right? Yeah? 🥴

I really have no words to describe what went down at the US Capitol this past week but boy am I glad the election results are certified and we can move forward to Emperor Spray Tan being dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming Inauguration Day on January 20th.

On that note, let’s journey back to December 2020 for a lil’ bit for my faves in pop culture and entertainment.

Favorite News Articles

1. Cardi B gives her stamp of approval for Johns Hopkins University’s “WAmp” (Wear a Mask Please). Love this so much. 

2. Marsai Martin set the record for youngest producer. YAAASSS gurl!

3. Steve Kornacki gets a gig doing football stats weeks after his amazing 2020 election coverage. Someone give this man an Emmy. 

4. iCarly is getting a reboot with the original cast! Something to look forward to in 2021 🙌🏽

Favorite Music

1. “Teach Me How To Love” by Shawn Mendes. This man can do no wrong I swear.

2. “Lets Have a Party” by Mike Posner. Feel good fun.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Sky Ferreira and the little black kitty. Too much adorableness! 

2. Ariana Grande is engaged! The ring is so gorgeous and I wish her all the best after going through so much in the past. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Black-ish, “Compton Around the Christmas Tree.” Of course Bo would want to do more than just peel potatoes 😜

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Zooey Deschanel stars in Katy Perry’s “Not the End of the World” music video. I’m ded. 

2. Liza is having a ball making masterful cuisines with her air fryer. Oh, how I’ve missed this crazy chick!

Is it too late for a refund on 2021 though? 🤔

2020’s Best in Music

Of course my neck would hurt and my head would start to pound on the last day of this God-forsaken year when I’m scheduled to recap the songs, artists and albums that kept us all sane in 2020.

OF COURSE.

Anyway, I’m powering through this with the help of Tylenol and eggnog.

Truly, music is the MVP this year. I’m amazed at how many artists followed through on their releases and then some (looking at you, T-Swizzle).

So without further ado, I present 2020’s Best in Music:

1. “Nydia,” Buscabulla, Regresa. Started out the year with these enchantingly addicting vocals.

2. “Sinner,” Galimatias, Renaissance Boy. This boy better get his behind on tour as soon as its safe to do so again.

3. “Pure / Santiago,” Lido, Peder. This year’s pleasant surprise for sure.

4. “Is It True,” Tame Impala, The Slow Rush. I feel like Tame Impala knew how 2020 was gonna go before it even started.

5. “Midnight Sky,” Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts. I can get used to this rock and roll phase.

6. invisible string, Taylor Swift, folklore. Back on that Taylor Swift train.

7. “Mission,” Qveen Herby, EP 9. Eat cake, stream spoopy Qveen.

8. “WATER (ft. Pharrell Williams, Salatiel),” Beyoncé, The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition). So glad this was re-released with Black is King!

9. “Back Up,” Aluna, Renaissance. AlunaGeorge WHO?!

10. “Easy”, Troye Sivan, In A Dream. So proud of this kid.

11. “Spark It Up,” LEISURE, Side A. Not even a global pandemic can rob this band of their chill.

12. “Supersonic”, Fleurie, Portals (The Deluxe Version). Excited to watch Fleurie continue to grow as an artist.

13. “Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League),” RAC, BOY. Lord knows we all needed this RAC album this year.

14. “Babe Ruth,” COIN, Dreamland. The calm before the chaos.

15. “Dance Again,” Selena Gomez, Rare. “Feels so good” indeed.

See you on the other side 😉🎉

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 find 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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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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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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