Music

Monthly Edit: May

May has been a pretty weird one. Between celebrating my birthday multiple times and finishing off the semester, I’m feeling pretty exhausted. I didn’t know I could feel so emotionally and physically drained, but here we are. I hope the cosmos have some really great things in store for me in June because who knows how much more I can take.

So while I hope for some good universe alignment to come my way, I managed to find some things that were pretty cool this month to enhance the lives of others.

  • Cold water is essential in the warmer months and I love this W&P water bottle ice cube tray. It’s great for making flavored ice cubes to enhance boring old water and, hello, it’s made for fitting in the most inconvenient place to fit ice cubes: water bottles.
  • Get Lost is such a great tune. I just want to dance to it for hours and hours.
  • Master of None is such a brilliant show and it recently just began streaming its new season on Netflix. I love that episode 1 of season 2 took place in the Italian town my family comes from (not to mention the Italian neorealism of that episode is perfect). PLUS there’s tons of pasta to look at and plenty of modern dating (and situations) to laugh at.
  • Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite directors ever and recently just became the 2nd woman to ever win best director at Cannes (71 years later than the first). She has a new movie coming out soon and took W Magazine on a personal tour of some of her inspirations.
  • I love rose gold anything and this Ouai hair and body oil promises to make my hair shiny and hydrated so naturally I’m all in. I’m not sure about using it on my skin but it claims to remove redness and reduce the appearance of scars. I really can’t wait to try it.

Things I Like This Week

Keeping up with all of the cool things on the internet can be tough. There are so many things worth bookmarking from clothes I want to buy, music I want to listen to, and random things I insist I’ll revisit later when I get a free second. Truth is I probably only revisit those things when cleaning out my bookmarks further on down the road. 

I’m not entirely sure this post actually solves that problem, but it does give me the opportunity to share some of the things I really like this week with whoever is reading this. So enjoy!

Birthday Playlist 2017

I’m not sure how this tradition began but many years ago I began making playlist for my birthday. They don’t contain music I’m currently listening to at whatever given age I may be turning (which actually sounds like a better idea). Instead they take a glimpse back into past years almost like a nostalgic road trip.

I try to choose a relevant year and look at the music most popular during that time, but this year I issued myself a little challenge. The formative years of life where we begin shaping who we are range somewhere between ages 8 to 18. We develop quite a bit before then, but this is the time we really try to explore who we are, what we like, and the world around us begins to dictate more influence on ourselves. Finding music that essentially defined me during that time turned out to be really difficult. There are so many sources and it changed so much over time no one but me could possible ever listen to a playlist like that.

So the playlist I ended up coming up with is filled with 90s music that I listened from like 3 to 13. I did this entirely from memory trying to recall what CDs and cassette tapes I once owned, what my parents listened to frequently, and what takes up significant space in my brain. That said because music comes from many places there is tons missing from this. I didn’t want to self-disclose too much so there are a lot of personal songs missing because it became way too long (2 hours is already getting a bit long and it used to be about 4). No one is that nostalgic for the 90s.

Thanks to my parents for their influence, years of cheerleading routines, 90s teen movies, and the obscene amount of time I spent watching MTV for helping shape my musical taste during these years. While it seems wildly inappropriate for a child to listen to any of these songs, I’m pretty sure they made me the sparkling ray of cynical sunshine I am today.

Tracklist & Links below

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Mix 06: Spring Break

For the first time in a very long time I’ve actually embraced spring break. As an adult I find spring break a completely strange concept since I rarely go on vacation. Most of my school provided “spring breaks” are spent working or catching up on school work. This year I finally chose to do…..nothing. A bit scary but also a bit fun. Okay so maybe I opened my Hinduism textbook once or twice just so I don’t feel like I’ve fallen behind, but other than that I’ve done the minimal for the past few days.

Living in Arizona has its advantages. During this time of the year the weather is amazing so going outside is a must. It’s going to be 90 this weekend and I can sense some pool time in my future. Growing up I always embraced spring break as a time to watch crappy television (aka MTV Spring Break) and hang out with my friends for hours. Usually it just meant driving around, lounging by the pool, and living on a diet of popsicles (for whatever reason). But music is such a big part of these adventures because I use them to recall memories later in life. This is why I attempt to make seasonal playlists at the very least.

You may ask yourself “how can you soundtrack a week of nothing?” Well, I don’t plan on doing a ton of nothing. I still have to leave my house to run errands, spring cleaning, and the inevitable pool time, duh. Plus you’ve probably got better plans and need a soundtrack to last all spring. This playlist contains a mixture of genres and pairs nicely with adult beverages garnished with decorative umbrellas.

Listen on SPOTIFY or APPLE MUSIC

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A Little Life Edit

Long time no see, blog. I’ve been meaning to update, but I’ve become so lost in life. So many assignments and health issues keep coming up and updating seems like not such a big priority. I mean, there’s a pretty sweet post on the Bachelor sitting in my drafts right now just begging to be finished before the EPIC of an episode on Monday, right? Hopefully with spring break happening I’ll finally get around to it. Since there was no February Edit (okay so what if February just ended on Tuesday), I thought I would just give a random Life Edit instead. I mean you can call it a February Edit if you really want. You do you.

  • Watch Abstract: The Art of Design docu-series on Netflix. It’s honestly one of the best documentary series I’ve ever seen and on design no less. What’s cool about this series is it covers so many different types of design and designers that the viewer is given a glimpse into something they may not know much about. I, for one, didn’t know anything about the design process of Nike sneakers nor the reputation of Tinker Hatfield but I was completely engrossed in his story.
  • Wear this Toxic Masculinity shirt from My Favorite Murder. With the state of chaos that America is currently living in why not show your distain for toxic masculinity with this super comfortable tee? This might be one of the softest t-shirts I have ever owned and looks great paired with my super powerful boss lady blazer.
  • Read Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill because it’s fascinating to understand why it is we do the things we do. Okay, maybe it’s just fascinating for me since my entire career path is based on getting people to buy things. Plus, I kid you not, this was recommended to me by my dentist when we were casually discussing what business school is like when I was having a check up.
  • Buy this Anine Bing velvet and lace bra because Victoria’s Secret was out of the bra I really wanted last time I headed into their store (not. cool.).
  • Try this trend I’m really not sure about: Ballerina skinny jeans. According to Topshop these are going to be all the rage. I’ve gone back and forth on what I think of them..and still am undecided.
  • Listen to Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness because no matter how old I get Andrew McMahon is still my jam. Plus it’s a really great album for listening to with the windows down on a nice, sunny day.