Happy new year from little old me!
Against all odds, I’ve been very pleased with the first few weeks of 2017 – I think this new year will be full of surprises and exciting changes for all of us. Our political climate is shifting immensely, and there is a lot of energy moving through the world. It can be really difficult to feel happy when so many horrible things are happening around us, but striking a balance between staying positive and not forgetting about helping other people is really important – and difficult. There are so many things I wish I could change or make disappear, but they’re not things one person can do.
Life moves fast – and if we aren’t paying attention we can get left behind, but I know that I’m going to try to make more time for others this year. That is my one and only resolution for the new year. I want to talk less and hear more. Making things about me doesn’t help anyone – I want to listen to others eagerly and honestly. I think especially with politics being the way they are, listening is really important. There are so many people whose voices are unheard, and rather than always sharing my own, I want to find those voices and really listen to what’s being said.
That said, as usual, I have some awesome bits of the world to bring to you today. Enjoy my January links & inspiration, and please share your favorite things with me. Always looking to expand my horizons. (PS: Did anyone else lose it over the huge puzzle supplement in the Times last month – because I did.)
- Blitzen Trapper – “Furr”
- John Mayer – “My Stupid Mouth”
- Drake – “Fake Love”
- dodie – “When – Live”
- The Rolling Stones – “Beast of Burden”
- James Arthur – “Can I Be Him”
- Angels & Airwaves – “Shove”
- Yoste – “Kaonashi”
As you guys may or may not know, I keep a playlist of all of my songs currently in rotation updated on Spotify.
My favorite readings from the past month, and a couple things on my to-be-read list.
- “Inside The Life of France’s Most Famous Dominatrix” for Vanity Fairby Toni Bentley
- This collection of “late actor anton yelchin’s intimate and otherworldly portraits” for i-D by Hannah Ongley. Yelchin was one of my favorite young actors – I’m still devastated by his loss and I would highly recommend looking at these incredible photos he made before he passed.
- “Losing the Lifeline Between Scent and Memory” by Amelia Quint for How We Get To Next. A beautiful piece about identity, life, and the scents that connect the two.
- This amazing retrospective that takes a look at the events we experienced together during 2016 by Alex Heldman for Inkport.
- “Unspoken” by Francis Ittenbach for Inkport. Exploring the links between mental illness and a trove of World War II letters he uncovered among the stacks at The University of Alabama.
- Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. It’s a non-fiction look at the history of the horror genre, and the ways in which horror plays on human truth.
- One of my favorite movies of all time – Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy. The expertly told story of a complicated young relationship that unexpectedly becomes a long-distance commitment.
- Lewis Watson’s cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” English songwriter Lewis Watson takes Ed’s new track in a beautiful unplugged direction. Just beautiful.
- Fences and La La Land. My two favorite films of Oscar season so far. Both are incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking. Absolutely essential viewing for the film and theater lover.
- The WikiArt collection of Rene Magritte’s work. I am a huge fan of Magritte – I would say he might just be my favorite artist. His playful paintings conjure up some of my favorite surrealist imagery.
- The Erin Condren Life Planner – I know I just spoke about this in my post about organization, but it’s really the greatest thing ever. Really and truly the best planner – quote me on that.
- mvb on Instagram. Marie von Behrens is a new discovery of mine, but she is a must follow if you’re looking for style inspiration. She has impeccable taste and style and totally masters the “lived in” look.