Capsule 01.

black lives matter, resist, not my president

image via Walid BERRAZEG @bazingraphy

The morning after the election, when I saw the results confirming that he’d won, I was in shock. I called my dad in tears that morning because, when I don’t know what to do, I turn to my parents. I felt ill, drained, and afraid.

I felt the same way on Tuesday night when I came home from work and read about Trump’s press conference. I read about Trump doubling down on his statement about there being “many sides” to the violent white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend. I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, right, because we knew that Trump was racist. Yet, a small part of me still is. Maybe I’m more of an optimist than I thought. Or maybe it’s because he’s not even trying to hide it at this point, to deny that these horrible beliefs are his beliefs.

It’s hard not to lose all hope in these moments. If Trump’s remarks on Tuesday made you feel small, like you didn’t matter at all, you’re not the only one. But then I remembered what my dad told me on November 9th: “We have to keep going.”

I’m going to hold on to the good things. Actually, I’m going to seek out the things that bring me joy, because there is a lot of doubt, fear, and uncertainty in the world right now, and not enough joy.

When you were in grade school, did you ever have to make a time capsule? I did, and I remember taking great care when selecting the items that went into my collection. In that same vein, I’ve titled this post “Capsule” because it captures a few different things that are on my mind at this moment in time.

In the spirit of keeping on, I thought I’d share a few links that I’ve enjoyed recently. I hope you find the articles interesting and if you’ve made it this far, I want to thank you for reading my ramblings (always, but especially today).

Food x Film

You’ve probably seen those short, food video tutorials with a bird’s-eye view (usually on Facebook, right?). Well, food stylist David Ma took that concept one step further and imagined what these food tutorials would be like if directed by famous directors. The results are absolutely delightful and spot on. I hope he adds more directors to his series!

All About the Stars of Insecure and Queen Sugar

I’m an avid watcher of both Queen Sugar and Insecure. There is so much heart in the Bordelon family in Queen Sugar and I see some of myself in the character played by Issa Rae in Insecure. Here are some really great profiles about the actors on these shows, including this article on Kofi Siriboe, this one on Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on Insecure (did you know she was a comedian first??), and this one on Issa Rae.

LOLOLOL

This article about the various styles of online laughter is so interesting. It’s fascinating to consider how formatting really changes the meaning of the laughter. Now I’m wondering when I started using “lololol” instead of “lol.” What’s your preferred style of laughter online?

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS, TO HBO’S CONFEDERATE

Ta-nehisi Coates has done it again. His article on why we shouldn’t give HBO’s Confederate a chance, even though it hasn’t aired yet, is well worth a read. After the events of this past week, let’s just say that I’m less interested than ever in watching a show about an alternative history in which the South won the Civil War.

TARGET LOVE

Target is debuting a new clothing line and a new home decor line this fall, and the goods look good. I should probably just start setting aside a portion of my paycheck now… I’m excited about the home decor products in particular because I think I’ll soon be working on another round of decorating my apartment. I’ve been in my place for over a year and the main wall in my bedroom is still completely blank!

(image by Walid Berrazeg on Unsplash)

Noted 10.

Noted-10-Cover elizabeth and james nirvana, realisation par, rifle paper co keds, everlane, obvious state, sza ctrl, pink coasters, appointed stationery

Give a warm welcome back to “Noted,” a former series here on the blog. I decided to revive this series because I like sharing random, pretty products with you guys. The premise is simple: in each “Noted” post, I’ll share a selection of items that I think are noteworthy. Without further ado, let’s talk about the pieces that have recently caught my eye!

01. Elizabeth and James Nirvana

The white version of Nirvana has been my go-to perfume for the past few years. I also really like the black version, but at the time I was looking for a lighter scent. Now I recently found out that they’re releasing four new perfumes in the collection. The bottles are so beautiful. I can’t wait to go to Sephora and smell all of these.

02. Everlane’s $15 tees

I’m a fan of Everlane in general and I own a few of their tees. I bought them several years ago and they’ve held up really well. This summer, they released a limited edition set of tees that are $15. I love the super relaxed vibe of these tees. Plus, when it’s hot and humid in NYC, I want to wear as little clothing as possible and I certainly don’t want it to be fussy. I can picture throwing on one of these tees and a pair of jeans shorts, and being good to go.

03. Rifle Paper Co. x Keds

If I had enough money to buy every single product that Rifle Paper Co. makes, I would. I missed out on the first round of their limited edition sneaker collection with Keds, but they’re releasing a new collection next week! I saw a few of the sneak peek images on their Instagram page, and there’s a pair of golden sneakers that must be mine. Also, they’re running a giveaway for the new collection (enter here)

04. Realisation Par Dress

I think I first spotted this dress on another blogger and I had to know where it came from. It’s covered in dainty stars (so it’s practically made for me) and I love the flirty, feminine feel. Of course, this dress led me to start browsing through the Realisation Par site and pinning items left and right. I’m on a strict spending ban right now, but hopefully one day soon and I can save up enough for one of their pretty dresses.

05. Obvious State Literary Postcard Set

I still love snail mail, although I haven’t sent as much of it this year as I’d like to. Obvious State makes beautiful, literary-themed products and recently released new postcard collections. I have my eye on the ‘Literary Paris’ set (visiting Paris recently renewed my obsession with all things French). I think sending a few postcards just because could be a great way to ease back into sending snail mail.

06. SZA, Ctrl 

I’ve been obsessed with this album ever since it was released. I played it on repeat for the first two weeks and even now, I’m listening to the album at least once a day. I love how vulnerable and honest Sza is when she sings. It just seems like she gets me and I don’t think I’m the only one that feels that way.

07. West Elm Pink Coasters 

Ughhh, these coasters are too pretty! The girly girl in me is definitely squealing in delight over this pink and gold combo. I’ve lived in my current apartment for over a year, but still haven’t purchased coasters, so let’s say that these pink ones are now officially on my wish list.

08. Appointed Notebooks

This should be unsurprising if you know me or having been reading my blog for a while, but I love stationery. Like, a lot. A pretty notebook is my kryptonite. I was very grateful when the journaling habit I’d been trying to develop since I was a kid finally kicked in, because it meant that I got to dip into the stash of notebooks I’d collected over the years. Plus I have a frequently recurring excuse to buy new notebooks (score).

This time, I need a new notebook for work and I started to look at Appointed’s line of stationery. I love how simple their designs are, along with the colors that they offer. I plan to see if any local retailers stock their products so I can check them out in person.

(top image by Patrick Tomasso via Unsplash // Sza album cover image via)