Some news, to start: This blog has always been more for inspiration & musings than anything personal, but it would feel completely bizarre to not mention something incredible that happened recently……I got engaged to the love of my life!!!! 😍🎉💍🍾 I don’t know how to talk about it without using seven hundred emojis, exclamation points, and crying happy tears. I’m totally overwhelmed by all the love & kindness that’s been sent our way, and I can say as someone who is not great at being the center of attention I know this whole process is going to be a huge adjustment for me...! I doubt I’ll be sharing much about us/the engagement/the wedding here on the blog, but I can tell you this: I am over-the-moon excited and we are so, so happy ❤️
Now! On to some more things I love this week!
This fun Vox Earworm video about the “orchestra hit” in pop music (seriously, everyone from Bruno Mars to The Smiths to Janet Jackson has used it), and it’s origin: it comes from one of my favorite pieces, Stravinsky’s Firebird.
Two new podcasts: one that’s been on constantly for the past few weeks, and one that I can’t wait to dive into. Bad with Money starring Gaby Dunn is all about demystifying money & it’s impact on our personal & public lives. I first got hooked listening to “The High of the Buy”, in which Gaby talks to 3 experts about shopping addiction. Since then I’ve learned about everything from Impact Investing to the origin of anti-trust laws in the United States, all in a way that feels totally accessible and not-boring. Highly recommend. The newbie I just came across is called On She Goes, all about traveling the world as a woman of color. It’s no secret that women of color are largely excluded from conversations & visuals around travel - how often do you see a travel piece that doesn’t feature either a scruffed Most-Interesting-Man-In-The-World artist/restaraunter/vagabond, or a blonde-haired size 00 blogger/influencer/model/former Bachelorette? Travel writing too often has a colonial tinge to it, and it’s always turned me off. I’m thrilled to read & hear new perspectives, and I can prrrromise you I’m starting with the episode featuring Crissle West from The Read because she is kinda my hero ❤️.
Everlane’s Stretch Denim. Much to my disappointment I couldn’t even get Everlane’s non-stretch denim over my hips when they came out last year. I always love the look of stiff denim but it never works out in practice. I’m a glutton for retail punishment so I decided to give the new stretchy ones a go, and lo and behold, THEY. ARE. FABULOUS. I wore them four days in a row last week, and they didn’t stretch out one bit. I got the Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jean, and they’ve got it all: a high rise that goes all the way to my belly button, a great mid-blue wash, and hold-in-place comfort while still keeping their shape… and, they come in at a cool $68: half as much as my trusty Madewells. For the magical one-two punch of sustainable business practices + a perfect product, I can’t recommend these puppies enough.
Registering to Vote. Make it happen!! It takes 60 seconds and helps keep assholes out of office. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re registered, you can check here. Do it, make your friends do it! I don’t need to tell you how much these midterms matter.
The soundtrack to Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. This new Netflix romcom is getting a lottttt of hate online, most of which I can honestly understand. Was it complicated? Yes. Was there one seriously questionable scene in which a character is tricked into thinking they’re kissing someone they’re not actually kissing? Yes. Were there a few significant character flaws? Yes. But I’ll be honest with you: I loved it, I laughed, I cried, I rooted for every character, flaws and all. You know that giddy, fuzzy, smiling feeling you get when you finish a really great romantic comedy? Sierra Burgess delivered that, BIGTIME. (Everyone else seems to be bestowing RomCom of the Year accolades on the other new Netflix offering, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before - but I found that one to be totally lifeless. Maybe it’s just me!) The Sierra Burgess soundtrack is happy pop new-wave GOLD and it’s been on repeat in my house all week.