LIFESTYLE

‣ SEPTEMBER MIXTAPE

September came creeping out of nowhere, and so did my nostalgia for 70s and 80s music. I don't know if it were the New York showers that we've been experiencing most of August or the unapologetic heat that caused this, but I'm craving all the cheesy vibes of the 80s. I've been listening to a lot of Sade and Chaka Khan lately – my parents played them a lot when I was younger, but for some reason I always classified their style as old people music and had no appreciation for their music genius. It is ironic that I began the process of rediscovering them just as I turned 24. I'm officially about to pass through my mid-twenties, and my mind is telling me something, ha-ha! In any case - I hope you enjoy this playlist and share some of this wonderful cheesiness with me.

 

 

T R A C K      L I S T

HEART - Cook With Fire
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Crosstown Traffic
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Better Things To Do
Chaka Khan - Sweet Things
Sade - War of Hearts
Sade - Sweetest Taboo
Nujabes - The Final View
Chaka Khan - Through The Fire

The picture was discovered on tumblr

‣ JULY MIXTAPE

July is usually the time of the year when I want to melt off the face of the Earth, but instead I spend my days gradually evaporating into space. It is torture, pals. Sadly, July is also the time of "the summer hustle" a.k.a. "you can't go on a vacation yet, wait until August" -- which forces me to stay in New York (at least this year). No wonder why I gravitate towards listening to a lot of surf rock (can't blame the girl for dreaming about being on the beach instead of running around in the city jungles). So this mixtape is dedicated to all of you who plan to waste the month away by dreaming of riding around LA in a red Ford Galaxie convertible and pretending to be productive.

 

 

T R A C K      L I S T

Arbes - Key Largo
Bleached - Dead Boy
Wavves - Nodding Off (feat. Best Coast)
Charly Bliss - Love me
Best Coast - When I'm With You
Tennis System - Hey, We Tried
INNRWVE - Bower
Best Coast - Sun Was High (And So Was I)

The lips+palms collage is created by Ella Jazz

THE PRICE OF BEAUTY: WHAT ARE YOU REALLY PUTTING ON YOUR FACE?

THE PRICE OF BEAUTY: WHAT ARE YOU REALLY PUTTING ON YOUR FACE?

"Beauty takes sacrifice," my mother would tell the squirming 5 year-old me in an attempt to brush out painful knots out of my butt-long hair*. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard this Russian proverb throughout my lifetime... especially, when getting ready required some element of discomfort or straight up pain.
I guess one could argue that my love for horror movies and heavy metal stems from those traumatic experiences and the singular phrase that justifies it all. But today, at 23, I find myself finally understanding what it means.

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