A Master List of Some Masterpieces

I’m by no means an art critic. In fact, I don’t even know the title or artist’s name of half of these works. However, I have been to a handful of art museums over the years and there’s been dozens of pieces I’ve found moving or inspirational. Below are some of the top ones I thought might be worth sharing:

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Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? – Sharon Hayes

During a time when everything seems incredibly political and the news is constantly bogged down with negativity and horror, this piece stood out. A subtle reminder that compassion is the most accomplished of all traits to have.

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When you look at this piece in real life, you see nothing. Just a black-and-white blur. However, when you hold up your phone to the piece, the pixels from your camera show you the subject: an eye. What’s crazy is that this piece was created before smartphones and digitally enhanced cameras even existed.

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I think violins are the most beautifully crafted instrument and this piece raises the bar even higher…

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This one was a breath of fresh air in its featured collection. It made me feel like sometimes all you had to do was breathe, count to twenty-five, and everything would be perfectly okay. (Of course, there’s probably some much deeper meaning to this work that my small brain completely missed.)

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I liked this one not for it’s obvious religious undertone and deeper message, but, quite frankly, for its vibrant colors.

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This work honestly gave me chills because it was so off-the-wall. It was a collection of “monsters” for every season. One, not pictured here, even looked like “Big Red,” the mascot of my alma mater. There was a creepy mask moving along one of the walls and the most eerie music you could imagine playing in the background. Think glass shattering sound effects and windchimes.

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I stared at this one for at least 20 minutes with my mouth open. How could something so simple convey so much? Speaking, very clearly, to our addiction to technology and the overall meaninglessness of much of that use.

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OKAY, THIS ONE WAS SERIOUSLY SO COOL. It was a large exhibit with miniature models of typical rooms throughout time and across space. You could see sample bedrooms in Asia, classic living rooms in 1860 America, and much more. Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

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The four above are just some notable mentions of some sculptures that I found intriguing.

Some of my favorite pieces aren’t pictured, just because they were a strange medium like video/film or just because I was too into the moment to snap a picture.

Have you seen any of these pieces before? Let me know your thoughts on them in the comments!

 

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Tuesday Tunes: Self-Care

Light the candles and get the bubble baths ready, because it’s time to relax, unwind, and start focusing on YOU. This week’s Tuesday Tunes is all about self-care and realizing the wonderful, little human being that you are. Inspired by my recent discovery of Kehlani’s masterpiece “Bright,” this playlist even includes a spoken word poem by Mike Posner that is scientifically proven to give you chills. Listen, learn, and love yourself, folks.

Tuesday Tunes: Beyoncé Edition

Even though she claims my rightful title as “Queen B,” I can’t deny the fact that she’s one of the biggest in the music game. So, for this Tuesday Tunes, I’ve ranked my top 10 favorite Beyoncé hits in order.

NOTE: This list excludes Lemonade, because I refuse to acknowledge it as an album until she publishes it on Spotify.

My Top 5 Podcasts

I’m not sure when I started listening to podcasts, nor am I sure why. But, boy, am I glad I did. Whether it’s at the gym, while on the 9-to-5 grind, or while I’m whipping up breakfast in the morning, podcasts have really started to take over my life.

Below are my top 5 podcasts of choice, ranked in order. Read through, take notes, and add these gems to your daily routine.

1) Brain Candy Podcast

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Brain Candy is hands-down my favorite. Susie Meister and Sarah Rice, both former reality TV stars, co-host this podcast, which features the perfect blend of entertaining and informative topics. It honestly feels less like a podcast and more like I’m hanging out with two very hilarious friends. In fact, I would be lying if I said there haven’t been several occasions where I’ve almost talked back to them while listening. I give it 5-stars and first place.

2) Wall Street Journal’s What’s News

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Wall Street Journal has several podcasts that I recommend: WSJ What’s News, WSJ Your Money Matters, and WSJ Tech News Briefing. WSJ What’s News is the one I listen to most though. With frequent updates on important headlines, I never miss a beat. Honestly, sometimes all you have to do is read the podcast titles to know what’s going on out in the world.

3) Business Wars

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Relatively new to the podcast world, Business Wars is PERFECT for anyone in the business field. Focusing on cut-throat rivalries like Netflix vs. Blockbuster or Nike vs. Adidas, Business Wars covers all the drama that you probably had no idea went into your Netflix subscription or fresh pair of Nike sneakers.

4) New York Times’ The Daily

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This one can sometimes be hit or miss. The main reason that The Daily made the list is because it’s made a very good habit of subtly shit-talking Donald Trump and, to be frank, I simply cannot get enough of that.

5) Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Hawaiian mythology, axe murder mysteries, and much, much more. I’m a bit of a history nerd, but the folks at SYMIHC typically choose topics that even those who slept their way through history class will find intriguing. Perfect for learning tidbits of random information that you can slip into your next dinner party.

Think you know a better podcast? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday Tunes: Loved & Lost

This week’s Tuesday Tunes leans toward the heavier side. The playlist compiled above focuses on one thing: coping after the loss of a loved one. Sometimes music is the best way to overcome, deal with, and confront struggles that we’re presented with in life. Some of the above songs have helped me through loss and my hope is that they’ll help others as well. Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

10 Must-Do’s This Spring

S P R I N G is almost here, folks. I could NOT be more ecstatic. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I suffer from seasonal depression, it’s definitely safe to say that I’m not at my peak during the colder months. And, who can be? Barely able to move wearing layer upon layer and applying lotion every 10 minutes to prevent dry skin? Let’s face it, winter is a catastrophe.

But, with freezing temperatures almost behind us and warm weather in sight, I figured it was time to start back up the ol’ blog. After all, spring represents rebirth, right?

So, to kick things off I’m dedicating this post to a list of things I want to do this spring.

1) Get Another Tattoo

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I’m just patiently waiting to be able to wear clothes that will show it off…

2) Plant More Things

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My room could use a little more green and the world could use a lot more oxygen.

3) Take a Nice, Long Bike Ride

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Problem 1: I don’t own a bike. Problem 2: It has been years since I’ve ridden one. Solution? Unclear.

4) Go to the Farmer’s Market

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Is it sad that I’ve never even stepped foot in one? The question is rhetorical, but the answer, for the record, is yes.

5) Run a 5K

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As someone who loves running, it’s time for me to cross this one off. Preferably while being blasted with colored paint or mud.

6) Spontaneous Road Trips

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Heads Carolina, tails California.

7) Go to the Drive-In

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Cinema and the great outdoors…this is the closest I come to camping.

8) Wear as Much Floral as Possible

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The above picture is a prime example of floral prints that are a no-go. It reminds me of the same pattern you’d find on a grandma’s living room couch. Yes, the one you’re not allowed to sit on.

You get the point, though. Floral…but better.

9) Do Something Drastic to My Hair

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I’m looking at the man in the mirror, Michael, and I’m asking him to change his ways. It’s time to finally dye my hair blonde (or something of the like).

10) Get Post-Holiday Easter Candy on Sale

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This is perhaps the most important one on the list. I’ve got my calendar marked…Monday, April 1st. Half-priced white chocolate Reese’s eggs here I come.

Are you looking forward to any of the things listed above? Planning on doing something even more awesome once the temps start to rise? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Blogs, Bloggers, & Websites

For me, reading blogs is just as essential as my morning cup of coffee. I like to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest fashion trends, news scandals, and health kicks and, to do that, I try to visit a selective list of websites daily. Here’s a compilation of my personal favorites and recommendations for those who are looking to become a little more well-read.

Fashion:

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Fashion Beans:

Stupid name, amazing website. This British-based blog adds content pretty regularly, posts about a variety of style and fashion-related topics, and is always spot on with tips and advice to upgrade your wardrobe game. An added bonus is that the website has a “Street Style” section with real people, wearing real streetwear, which is great anytime you’re looking for inspiration that’s not as crazy as the runway.

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Scout Sixteen:

Ran by media mogul and Instagram celebrity Justin Livingston, Scout Sixteen features short, sweet, and to-the-point posts. Also, Justin’s photo editing skills are astounding and leave me envious every single time. This is a great spot to find outfit ideas and discover trends hot and on the rise.

Lifestyle:

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This one is hands-down my favorite blog. I read the “Morning Report” nearly every morning and I use the “Personal Shopper” feature to find some of the hottest deals on the web. You could stay on this blog for hours without getting bored (and that’s no exaggeration). Posts range from style to food to travel to pop culture.
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Cool Material: 

This website features exactly what you think it would: cool material. Aimed more towards men, you’ll find great articles on restaurants, music, fashion, and things to buy. Speaking of things to buy, the Cool Material shop has several neat and low cost items worth purchasing.

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Greatist:

Great for mouth-watering recipes and helpful workout ideas, Greatist is well put-together and categorized into topics like food, fitness, body, and life. Great reads, recipes, and real life advice. What more could you ask for in a health blog?

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Health.com:

Sometimes, to find what you’re looking for, all you have to do is add .com. Health.com features posts not only about food and fitness but also about mental health and well-being. Often backed with recent studies or personal experiences, this website is always an educational read.

Professional/Self-Development:

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This one can be hit or miss. Sometimes, the articles are incredibly vague and irrelevant, sometimes they’re incredibly profound and thought-provoking. It really all depends. If you don’t mind to do some digging and to practice a little patience, this website might just help you find a new tip to simplify your life.
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Brain Pickings: 

Geared more toward the intellectual, Brain Pickings is for those of you who don’t mind doing a little extra reading.  I’ve found some great articles on here about what made geniuses so smart, what healthy habits create pathways to success, and how artists manage to remain inspired. Definitely worth the read if you’ve got the time!

Let us know in the comments if you have any other blogs or websites you think people should know about!

#Lifehacks: Wardrobe Edition

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With warmer months and brighter days up ahead, it’s no doubt that many of your wardrobes will soon be going through a transformation. Putting away winter clothes, buying more tees, and dropping off some of those ugly sweaters to the local Goodwill are all likely in your futures. We all know this can get messy sometimes. In order to help you keep your closet clean and functional, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks I use to help organize my clothes.

  • Hang only the bare necessities. I only hang clothes that I wear frequently (at least once every month or two). If you have clothes that you haven’t touched in over four months, you either need to get rid of them or put them away.
  • Use mostly all white hangers. This is not only aesthetically appealing, but it also helps your closet look neater. Without the clutter of wooden, metal, and brightly colored plastic hangers thrown into the mix, it makes it easier to focus on the more important things in your closet: clothes.
  • Use colored hangers to represent something. I have a blue hanger to let me know if I’ve worn something once already, just to let me know that it definitely needs to be washed after the next time I put it on. I have a few copper hangers as well to help me find outfits I’ve planned for the week. If you don’t have any colored or varied hangers, you can simply turn the hangers to face the opposite direction.
  • Organize by the details. I go a bit overboard on this. My closet is organized by article type, color, sleeve length, functionality, and a variety of other factors. Obviously, you don’t have to be this extreme, but at the very least you should organize by color. I used to struggle to find certain shirts or jackets in my closet but after I color-sorted them I haven’t ran into this issue. I also organize by article type. My current structure is pants –> button downs –> polos –> short-sleeve tees –> long-sleeve tees –> hoodies –> jackets/coats. It may seem a little extra but, trust me, it makes a difference.

There are so many more tricks and tips out there to help keep your closet organized. Some people incorporate coke tabs, binder clips, and wall hooks to help keep their clothing on track. For most of us though, the four simple hacks above should work well enough. If nothing else, they’ll get you started on your road to recovery. This means no more mornings spent frantically searching through your closet for that sweater that’s gone MIA!

Tuesday Tunes: Under the [COVERS]

This Tuesday we’re giving you a list of some of the best covers to some of the best songs out there. Most of these songs are laid-back and heavily acoustic, as a large majority of covers tend to be. Some major cover artists like Boyce Avenue and the cast of Glee  made the list, but other original artists such as Misterwives and Sam Smith also found their way to the playlist.

Go ahead and give it a listen and be sure to let us know if you have any covers that have a special place in your heart!

 

 

Tuesday Tunes: Guilty Pleasures

This week’s edition of Tuesday Tunes is guilty pleasures. We’ve all got them…those songs we would never admit we actually enjoy, yet, despite our strongest attempts to suppress it, we do. The songs on my list are either simply trash, completely outdated, or sung by someone who was never meant to be in the music industry, (*cough*  Hilary Duff *cough*) Either way, I still rock out to them way more often than I’d care to admit. So go ahead and hit that play button, folks. Listen, cringe, and judge your way right through my playlist of the best worst songs of all time.

Find yourself listening to certain songs on the lowest possible volume setting so no one catches you? Let us know in the comments what songs are your guilty pleasures!