Patron saint of procrastination.
Teen angst didn't end at nineteen. Although my hormones have noticeably balanced out, and I don't take to crying for hours at a time anymore, I still get that angsty feeling on the bad days. When the melancholy and anxiety hit, I often turn to the solace of music as I have since I was a teen.
Ladylike Ain't Like Nothin' at All
In a time where gender norms are consistently questioned, and expression & fluidity of gender is becoming widely accepted, the term 'ladylike' sounds as outdated as one of those savory jello salads from the '60s. I had to look up the term just to reacquaint myself with the meaning. Some of the definitions included words like, 'gracious', 'quiet' and, 'good manners'. I searched 'ladylike', and looked at images associated with the word. I wasn't shocked but was dismayed to find several images of shoes, long dresses, lipstick, and ladies peering into ovens. Wow, that word really is outdated. So I'm glad Vocal reached out to me and several others to help redefine what it means to be 'ladylike'.
100 Years of Badass Black Women in Music
Black women have undoubtedly had a substantial and often overlooked impact on music for centuries. Many genres can be traced back to Black roots beginnings only later to gain widespread popularity by white men with money. And even when Black women receive the notoriety they deserve, it often comes with whitewashing by corporate executives to make their music and appearance more 'palatable' to the general population.
- First Place in 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge
The 2020 QMA's (Quarantine Music Awards) First Place in 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge
Ladies and Gentlemen, Theys, Thems, and everyone in between, welcome to the 2020 Quarantine Music Awards! This awards program is brought to you by me, and will be hosted by yours truly. Also me. So sit back and get ready to delve into the songs that got me through this difficult job-losing-depressing-virus-ridden year.
- Second Place in The Perfect Pairing Challenge
Choose Your Own Wine-venture!Second Place in The Perfect Pairing Challenge
It can be difficult to make decisions, but it's something we have to do every day. What will I have for dinner? Is today the day I finally clean my car? Should I like my ex's Instagram post? A study from Cornell estimated that the average adult makes 35,000 remotely conscious choices each day. That's a lot of decisions!
Oh La La: Paris & Film
I lived in Paris for a year, and I'm dying to go back. When I lived there in 2018, I was an au pair and an English teacher. I didn't even live in Paris proper. My apartment was in a small suburb on the outskirts of Paris. I worked around 60 hours a week, so I didn't have much time to explore Paris at all. Not to mention I was broke, and Paris can be très cher.
Totally Radical '80s Workout Montage
Y’all. Am I the only one who doesn’t have a set workout routine? When I think of exercise, I don’t imagine a planned list neatly organized in sets of reps. If I tried to workout that way, I would give up after a week. Hour long pilates videos and weight-lifting have never worked out for me. Instead, I like to think of working out as a set of activities that I enjoy doing throughout the day. Everyday.
Your Search for the Holy Grail is Over: My Extensive Beauty Bible.
I'm going to be honest. I'm bad at makeup. I'm good at baking cakes, but not at baking my face. By the end of the day I'm beat, but my makeup is certainly not on fleek. But that doesn't stop me from having fun with beauty products. And I can proudly say, at 28, I have finally found a makeup and skincare routine that works for me. It only took about a decade of trial and error.
- Second Place in Pet Cam Challenge
The Case of the Squirrel who Almost CroakedSecond Place in Pet Cam Challenge
It was a chilling November morning, the kind that makes you want to cozy up with a warm dame and a cup of java. The humans had just left for work, and I was alone again, with them. Those three felines that liked to give me trouble. More trouble than they were worth. I had just gone out the doggy door to take my morning patrol around the yard. I was already paranoid, it felt like one of those days when something bad was going to happen, trouble was on the wind, and had an envelope with my name on it.