Another week, another week we’ve survived from the pending nuclear apocalypse. Some solid things have been happening this week: Canada is doing pretty well at the Olympics (#sports), dogs still exist, and apparently doctors have found a way to “switch off” celiac disease so yay! More bread! We’ve also had another week of some great releases and oldies but goodies.
Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel & Django Jane
“Make Me Feel” is yet another reminder that Janelle is seriously a Queen within pop. But seriously, I want to talk more about “Django Jane”. Janelle Monae has consistently been an advocate for women’s rights and here, we have Janelle dropping bars like she is literally the only one in the business. Highlight: “Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it / Y’all can’t ban it, made out like a bandit” DAMN. I. Am. Here. For. This.
Aesop Resolute Hydrating Balm
I want to be in the position you’re in if you think I own this. I actually walked by the store and as I always do, tried all the samples they offered at the front. I once upon a time in my life actually bought something from Aesop, and got a sample of this. I fell in love with it, then forgot what it was.. I had spent so much time searching for it, but then on this fortuitous day, I found it. I may have cried (well, on the inside). If you love warm scents, but something that can still hold through the summer because it kind of smells like a warm lavender, this is for you. If you’re ready to TREAT YO SELF, this definitely screams luxury. And buy it so I can vicariously live through you.
The Fire this Time – Jesmyn Ward
Have you read anything for Black History Month? I’ll be reading my through list well into the summer, but I was lucky “The Fire this Time” was at the top. This dynamic, moving, and well curated collection of poems and essays will have you laugh and cry, and of course, add some necessary nuances to the ongoing conversations around the way race and racism exist in contemporary society.
Dua Lipa X Girl Gang (Charli XCX, Zara Larsson, MØ, Alma)
I was binge watching Dua Lipa performances as I always do and it was nice to see a new set of performances. So you have Dua Lipa, who I love, combined with the Scandi/British girl gang of my dreams (missing Astrid S of course) singing Dua Lipa’s recent single “IDGAF” off her seriously amazing self-titled album. It’s seriously great and it’s been on repeat for most of the week.
Oak and Fort Quilted Olive Jacket
It’s that time of year folks, when you have no idea if it’s not winter, if it is winter, or it’s going to be 20 degrees in the afternoon. So, here you have it, the spring jacket. Well cut, light yet warm, this jacket is a stylish addition that you can wear for the next two months and pull out during music festival season that’s just around the corner *squeals*.
Nicolas Jaar’s secretly released album
I honestly have the biggest crush on Nicolas Jaar. HIS MUSIC IS GREAT HE IS GREAT UGH WHY DO YOU WRECK ME LIKE THIS NICOLAS. To cap the week off well, it was discovered that the released A.L.L album “2012-1027” was secretly Nicolas Jaar (though he was pretty bad at keeping it a secret because he did release it on HIS OWN LABEL, but I digress) It’s a really great album if ~techno interests you~ and/or if you like me an have an undying love for the man himself.
Teen Vogue’s Collection of Vines
If you’re like me and you’ve binge watched all the “these vines cured my depression” videos on Youtube, I can tell you I actually saw vines in this list that I’ve never seen before. 10/10 would recommend.
Charlotte Day Wilson- Stone Woman EP
The CDW EP was the gift that kept on giving and Charlotte Day Wilson’s newest EP, Stone Woman is no exception. It’s quietly fierce mini epic of a rising star at her most determined.