All posts tagged: Favorites

27 Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

Workout Playlist

For the past few months I’ve been exercising somewhat consistently, which has reminded me of the importance of having a quality workout playlist. If the wrong song comes on while I’m at the gym – something slow or sad – it immediately squashes my motivation. I then have to stop what I’m doing to find the right song, and my whole routine is thrown out of whack! I’m being a little dramatic, but a good workout playlist truly is essential. So here¬†are a few songs that I listen to when I’m working out What are you listening to when you exercise? ‚̧

Tommy Wiseau, Vegan Pizza, & Gifs

I really enjoyed putting together this casual¬†newsletter-style post back in June, so I thought I’d do another! Here’s what I’ve been watching, listening to, reading, thinking about, doing, eating, and fawning over. What have you been into lately? WATCHING Not to be dramatic, but I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to watch much TV or go to the movies. As far as television goes I’m currently watching¬†Stranger Things,¬†Transparent, Golden Girls,¬†X-Files,¬†Master of None,¬†and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m basically part-way through all of these shows but haven’t been watching consistently. But I did binge¬†the past 10 episodes of¬†I Love You America with Sarah Silverman on Hulu the other night and I LOVE IT — YOU SHOULD WATCH! This past week I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and attended the 30th anniversary screening of Die Hard. The movies I plan on FINALLY watching this week include¬†Lady Bird, The Florida Project,¬†and¬†The Disaster Artist,¬†and I’m hoping to see¬†Call Me By Your Name,¬†Lemon,¬†and Lucky¬†soon. Oh can we talk about The Disaster Artist¬†trailer for a …

Resistance Podcasts

Here’s a list of some of the resistance-related podcasts I’ve come across in recent weeks. My favorite so far is BloomCast, by civil rights attorney (and fellow vegan) Lisa Bloom. Please be sure to share any relevant political podcasts that you’ve been listening to in the comment section. BloomCast: The Voice of the Resistance¬†by Lisa Bloom Pod Save America by Crooked Media Trumpcast by Slate The FourFiftyOne by Summer Brennan Can He Do That? by The Washington Post Indivisible by WNYC And for additional resources check out this post, which I’m continuing to update. Keep resisting! ‚̧

25 Things

Last year I shared 24 things I’ve learned in 24 years. Now, exactly one year later, I’m turning 25, and I’d like to do something just a little different! Below are 25 things – feelings, thoughts, moments, and emotions – that I love.¬†Enjoy, and let me know about a few of your favorite things! Rediscovering a forgotten song When my mom calls (Hi Mom!) Walking in the desert Discovering a place that’s new to me When an idea just *clicks* Sharing a moment with a stranger When I get to be lazy Getting to the end of a beautiful film and thinking “wow, I’m so lucky to have had the experience of watching¬†that” Walking on the beach; watching kids playing with their parents and siblings; feeling the ocean breeze; and listening to the rhythm of the waves When hard work pays off Connecting with an animal Knowing that I’m free to be me Watching kids¬†just be kids Learning something new about a person I’ve known forever Sharing space, love,¬†and my hopes and dreams with my …

Ride With Me – My Essentials For Driving in Los Angeles

As you know, or could easily imagine, commuting¬†in Los Angeles can be a frustrating¬†task at times. As a recent transplant from a city where nearly everyone is overly cautious and drives too slow, I’ve found that the general aggression Angelenos have behind the wheel suits me well. That being said, bumper-to-bumper stop-and-go traffic isn’t a blast for anyone involved, but it can be fun if you have on good music¬†and are willing to unabashedly dance in your car. I was inspired by¬†Turo¬†and their Los Angeles car rental team,¬†a non-traditional car rental community, similar to Lyft and Airbnb, to share some of my driving essentials. I hopped on the opportunity because I¬†enjoy¬†supporting businesses that are based on community values¬†and sustainability. Here are some¬†of my driving necessities, for when running a few errands turns into a day long¬†adventure: 1. Sunscreen: Sun protection is a serious matter, particularly when you live in a city where the sun shines often and¬†the weather calls for rolled down windows. I recommend¬†Alba Botanica¬†sunscreen, which is cruelty free and never disappoints. 2. Protein …

Apps on Apps

Here are some of my all-time favorite apps. Be sure to share¬†yours in the comment section below! 1. VSCO Cam When it comes to editing photos on your phone, there is no app that’s better than VSCO Cam. VSCO’s pre-set filters are all already beautiful, but the app allows you to adjust every aspect of the filter you chose – from exposure and saturation, to contrast and highlight. When in doubt,¬†just pick the F2 setting (my all-time favorite and most used), because it¬†will always make your photo look just a little more on-point. 2. Wikipedia This app should go without explaining. Wikipedia is one of my most visited websites because sometimes I need to know who invented the brownie¬†(Bertha Palmer) or what city Aretha Franklin¬†was born in (Memphis, TN, but she grew up in Detroit, MI). You need the Wikipedia app if you ever want to ask these questions and figure out the answer before you’ve forgotten the question in the first place. Ya dig? 3. Podcasts There are so many wonderfully entertaining, educational, weird, …

My Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is in full swing and it’s time to make some hot chocolate and catch up on a few classic holiday films. Here are my five favorite Christmas movies – what are yours? 5.¬†A Christmas Story:¬†Somehow I did not see¬†A Christmas Story¬†until about five years ago, which I still don’t understand¬†considering TBS runs a 24 hour marathon every Christmas Eve. Anyways,¬†this movie is so bizarre and fun that it had to make the list. A Christmas Story¬†is an 80s classic, and Ralphie is the absolute best! 4.¬†The Original Christmas Classics:¬†The claymation Christmas classics make up more than one movie, but I can’t pick a favorite between them so I’m including them all in spot #4. From¬†The Year Without a Santa Claus,¬†to¬†Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer¬†and¬†The Little Drummer Boy, I am sure that¬†these films¬†are going to continue to be popular for decades to come. Although the claymation classics¬†have not aged seamlessly,¬†there is something so timeless about them that makes¬†each generation of children love¬†them as much as the generation before. 3.¬†Christmas Eve on Sesame Street:¬†I may …

Roger Ebert Reviews – A Few of My Favorites

I may not agree with Roger Ebert’s ratings of all of the following movies, but I thoroughly enjoy reading his¬†analyses¬†none-the-less.¬†Be sure to click¬†the titles of each film to read the full reviews! Citizen Kane “Rosebud is the emblem of the security, hope and innocence of childhood, which a man can spend his life seeking to regain. It is the green light at the end of Gatsby’s pier; the leopard atop Kilimanjaro, seeking nobody knows what; the bone tossed into the air in ‚Äú2001.‚ÄĚ It is that yearning after transience that adults learn to suppress. ‚ÄúMaybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost,‚ÄĚ says Thompson, the reporter assigned to the puzzle of Kane’s dying word. ‚ÄúAnyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything.‚ÄĚ True, it explains nothing, but it is remarkably satisfactory as a demonstration that nothing can be explained. ‚ÄúCitizen Kane‚ÄĚ likes playful paradoxes like that. Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 …