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 Fair by 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.
I’m constantly updating this on Pinterest, but here are some of the images that have been inspiring me this month. Click to enlarge & for sources.
Enjoy my little roundup of things I’ve been loving this January. Have a great month!