Welp, it’s been the most non-summery summer ever. Like it’s honestly & truly August 1st already?! Fall is less than 8 weeks away. What the actual f- – -!
But anyways, my favorites for the month of July areee *drumrolls*:
I first binged all 3 seasons of The Handmaids Tale. I’m not sure why I didn’t watch this when it first came out but I’m glad I finally gave it a chance cause this show is amazing.
I caught up on season 2 of Charmed. I will always love the original Charmed cast starring Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan and when Shannon Doherty starred in it too. The new one is just not doing it for me (but I’m still gonna watch though). I feel like they rarely use any good spells from the book of shadows, they’re always losing their powers, getting kidnapped and being damsels in distress.
Next, Netflix released a new Unsolved Mysteries. The episodes on this season was seriously baffling and heartbreaking. The first episode was actually based in Baltimore (my hometown). Being the murder documentary/Forensic Files/CSI-show fanatic and unpaid detective that I am- I couldn’t even solve these mysteries.
Then, HBO released a new show called I May Destroy You featuring Michaela Cole, who is a brillant actress. I was first introduced to her on the outrageously awkward and hilarious show called: Chewing Gum. ‘I May Destroy You’ discusses alot about rape culture so beware– it can be a trigger.
And lastly, I just finished Watchmen on HBO starring Regina King. It was suggested that I should’ve watched the movie version first but I was already in too deep. If you’re a fantasy/sci-fi lover too, this one is for you boo. I’m really excited for the release of: Lovecraft Country in August.
Netflix’s- The Old Guard. It’s about a group of immortal ancient warriors who were set up during a mission. I actually didn’t think I would like this movie but I really did and I hope there’s a part two cause the ending really got me wanting to know more.
Netflix’s- Fatal Affair starring Omar Epps and Nia Long. Now I know this movie was so predictable and cliche but two of my favorite actors were in it so I had to support. It’s about an affair gone wrong.
If you don’t know how much of a horror film lover I am, you’re about to find out. It began when I used to beg my dad to read ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ by: Alvin Schwartz to me even though it scared the hell out of me, when I saw ‘Candyman- Part 1 and 2’, ‘Beloved’, ‘Tales From The Hood’, and ‘Night of The Living Dead’ (1968) for the first time, and when I read nearly all of R.L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Fear Street’ book series.
Don’t get me started on Stephen King, and Korean horror films. I finally got my hands on the 2019 movie version of Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark which I will watch on DVD, I really hope it’s good. By the time you’re reading this I would have already watched it.
Last month, I finished reading Children of Virtue & Vengeance by: Tomi Adeyemi which was an exciting adventurous book. I’m currently reading The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho along with Pussy Prayers: Sacred & Sensual Rituals for Wild Women of Color by: Black Girl Bliss. These two books are teaching me things I never knew I needed to know in terms of following my dreams, listening to my heart, women’s liberation, reclaiming my divine femininity, and more.
Fashion & Beauty
Bamboo earrings aka Door-Knockers are gold or silver plated thick hoops that literally resembles a door-knocker. You can get them customized to fit a word or name inside. For me, I got the word “Babygirl” (one of my family nicknames) inside of mines and I’m obsessed. I haven’t had a pair of bamboo’s since I was a little girl and it’s bringing back so many nostalgic 90’s feels.
Oversized T-shirts will always be my go-to for lounge and sleep wear. I don’t believe in buying pajama sets anymore cause I’ll end up taking off the bottoms anyway. Just like a baby who refuses to keep on their diaper (minus the poop load). I barely want to wear clothes at all in the house. #NoPantsClub unite!
For the longest time I’ve been wanting some waist beads and I finally got some from The Earthy Collection. Unfortunately, Tae’s shop will be closed for the month of August. For a great alternative, I would suggest Qween Kartel.
The history of waist beads are said to have dated back to ancient Egyptian/African times. Worn as symbols of womanhood, sexuality, fertility, protection, divine femininity, healing and spirituality. They also aid in weight management.
True Life, episode 6969: “I’m a 26-year old woman and I never worn a full face of makeup, ever.”
Mostly because I never took the time to learn but also because I’m just not crazy about makeup. My main concern is having clear skin. But, I’m starting to realize the benefits of wearing makeup for special events and for professional photos. To get myself started with learning how to do my makeup I decided to start with mastering how to apply false lashes.
I bought two pairs of mink faux lashes from my old friend who has her own lash business called Lash Me Out for $20 and got to work practicing. I posted my excitement on my Instagram feed of me after I put them on. I was definitely feeling myself.
During the summer months, I like to protective style my natural hair. This summer, I decided to get faux locs again. I had them years ago but this time I’m so much more in love with the style. They are lightweight and only took 2 hours to complete. I’ve never gotten my hair braided that fast. They are multi-colored (black and brown) and decorated with hair jewels. They were a bit pricey ($300 for 18 inch lengths) but they can last up to 3 months with proper maintenance. I went to Earth x Air Salon Studio in Owings Mills, MD and it was a very pleasant experience.
I’m so happy I’ve started using African bath net/sponges during my showers. It’s a great ‘bath & body’ addition. It reaches every nook, cranny & crevice on my body. Detailed bodycare routine coming soon!
I didn’t try any yummy new foods this month or been to any good restuarants. I’ve failed you allll. I’m going to blame COVID-19s raggedy ass. But, I must say Checker’s cheeseburgers are way better than McDonald’s, plus Checker’s french fries are still unmatched…
“…TO THIS DAY!!”
I want to build a small at-home photography studio for my self-portraits and to also take my selfies
and nudes to the next level. So, I ventured into Walmart and invested in some tripods and a bluetooth photo clicker thingy from Amazon.
In addition to the Instax camera that I already have (don’t you just love the aesthetic of Polaroid pictures?!), I decided to buy an old-school Fuji-Film disposable flash camera (I should’ve gotten the waterproof one). I really want to start filling my photo album with memories of my friends and family.
In my June Favorites post, I had shared a list of new vitamins that I purchased and elderberry gummies were one of them. I really like the fact that they are plant based vegan gummies. They’re not overly sweet, the texture is a little strange but I like them. I’ve been taking 3 gummies per day as recommended.
For my monthly cycle, I never have to buy Midol ever again because I have Ginger Chews that works wonders for relieving cramps and nausea. Also, I started taking Evening Primrose Oil two to three days before my period starts to prevent PMS and hormonal breaks out.
“Health is wealth” they say.
An EP (extended play) is a compilation of songs often created for promotional use and covers the middle ground between a single and a full-length album. EPs are usually four to six songs in length and are generally made using original tracks that the artist hasn’t released.Heather McDonald, June 10th, 2019.The Balance Careers .
Fun Fact- I was today-years-old (July 30th, 2020) when I found out what an EP stood for. I always just considered them as “teasers”.
Albums & EP’s I’ve Been Loving
- Summer Walker- Life on Earth, EP. R&B/Soul
- Jaz Karis- All Eyes On U, EP. R&B/Soul
- Lianne La Havas– Lianne La Havas. R&B/Soul
- Khruangbin- Mordechai, Alternative
- Khruangbin & Leon Bridges- Texas Sun, EP. Indie Rock
- Jhene Aiko- Chilombo (Deluxe Edition). R&B/Soul
- Joe Hertz- Current Blues. “Electronic”. Not sure why this is listed as electronic genre cause it’s really not.
- Jarreau Vandal- Suburb Superhero: The Villian Within. R&B/Soul
- Pop Smoke- Shoot For The Stars. Hip-Hop/Rap
- Mansur Brown- Tesuto, EP. R&B/Soul but more like Jazz.
- Terrance Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington- Dinner Party. R&B/Soul but fused with Jazz, Soul and Hip-Hop.
- Juls- Happy Place, EP. Worldwide
- Juls & Sango- FuFu & Grits, EP. “Electronic” but more like Afro-beats/House.
Singles on Replay
- Hard Work by: Children of Zeus. This song came out back in 2019 but I recently discovered it on someone’s IG stories and I fell in love. It just makes me smile.
- Pressure, Pt. II by: James Vickery ft. SG Lewis with Sinead Harnett. This song is such a vibe, I love singing the chorus at the top of my lungs.
- Home by: Dylan Sinclair. When you meet someone who literally feels like home-*swoons*.
- Think About You by: Tiana Major9. The perfect summer/feel-good bop, just thinking about your boo.
- On The Way by: Jhene Aiko ft. Mila J. It’s a very spicy song and I’m here for it.
- I Like Trouble by: Gaidaa. I think the song title is pretty self-explanatory. “I like trouble and trouble likes me”.
- Then Leave by: Beatking ft. Queendom Come. “Get that bread, get that head, then leave, peace out!!.” It’s so catchy, I blame Tik Tok (which I don’t even have). But ya might not wanna add this one to the family road-trip playlist.
Till next time,