Welcome back to another monthly favorites post!
The word of the month is: Renewal.
- Snowfall. “It’s 1983 and the crack cocaine epidemic is in its infancy in Los Angeles. Ambitious Lucia — the daughter of a Mexican crime lord who sells marijuana throughout the city — sees the burgeoning cocaine business as a potential moneymaker, so she manipulates her family into entering the more dangerous and profitable territory than pot. Getting involved with the new drug is setting her on a violent collision course with the likes of Franklin, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power, and former Mexican wrestler Gustavo, who is caught up in a power struggle within a crime family. Also getting involved in the cocaine trade is CIA operative Teddy, who is running from a dark past and begins an off-book operation to fund Nicaraguan Contras.”- FX on HULU. This show first premiered back in 2017 on FX, so I’m aware that I’m a little late to the party. And I was actually going to give up on it during the first two episodes but I’m so glad I didn’t. It’s so good! Definitely binge-worthy.
- Southern Gothic. “The South can be as shadowy as the muddy waters that run through it, especially when it comes to crime; an exploration of the duplicitous characters, unique settings and boundless mysteries of the American South.”- ID on Hulu.
- Ginny & Georgia. “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.”- Netflix. I just started this show so I don’t really have a solid opinion just yet but it’s cool if you don’t have anything else to watch.
- Ghost Adventures – Season 10, Episode 4. *throwback episode*. “Zak, Nick and Aaron travel the dark and creepy canals of Xochimico, Mexico, to explore the Island of the Dolls, which, legend has it, is haunted by the tortured soul of a drowned child.”- Travel Channel on Hulu. This episode was absolutely wild and probably my favorite episode. I was very creeped out by these dolls. You gotta watch this show by yourself, late at night in the dark!
- The Last Blockbusters. “This nostalgic documentary reveals the real story of Blockbuster’s demise, and how one last location in Oregon keeps the spirit of a bygone era alive.”- Netflix. I found myself becoming a little emotional watching this documentary. Just reminiscing on those Friday nights, getting picked up from school, stopping at the local Blockbusters to pick out movies and then going to get take-out. Things will never be the same and kids today will never understand. Pretty soon, DVDs will go out of stock and we’ll be fully online streaming. Netflix will never be able to replace the feeling of talking to an actual Blockbusters store associate and having them suggest specific movies for you or the joy of finding the last copy of one of your favorite movies you’ve been looking for forever. And if we’re really being honest, Netflix doesn’t even have a large selection of movies. They still have yet to update the horror movie selections with anything worth watching. Ugh okay, my rant is done. For now.
- The Block Island Sound. “On an island, a fisherman’s family faces horrors and dark truths when an ominous force begins killing the wildlife and puts their own lives in danger.”- Netflix. This was a weird, interesting movie. The ending kinda lost me though.
- Deadly Illusions. “After a bestselling novelist suffering from writer’s block hires a new nanny for her children, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur.”- Netflix. You know when a movie is just so bad but you can’t stop watching? This is it. This movie was so cringe, cheaply produced, and bland. The poor attempt at a “hot and steamy” erotica made me laugh more than it should have.
- The United States vs. Billie Holiday. “Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940’s, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, “Strange Fruit.””- Hulu. Andra Day did a great job portraying Billie and her award win was well-deserved. I had no idea this song caused so much controversy back then and I thought it was strange how the original bio-pic film starring Diana Ross didn’t mention this at all. But, “Lady Sings the Blues” is still the best Billie Holiday bio-pic film and one of my favorite films ever!
- Coming 2 America (2021). “The African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son.”- Wikipedia. I really wanted to like this sequel but I just didn’t. The whole story line of a long lost son was just unnecessary and the movie wasn’t very funny. But, I loved seeing the original characters and how beautiful they all still are.
// TED Talks Daily: “Should we cry at work?”.
The title of this episode really caught my attention. I always keep a strong poker face at work and always avoided expressing myself when I’m upset but this episode made me realize that holding in my frustrations changes absolutely nothing.
// Breaking Beauty Podcast: “Your Head-to-Toe, Do’s and Don’ts Skincare Guide with LA Beautyologist”.
Just when I thought I knew all there is to know about skincare, LA Beautyologist comes through with more knowledge, tips, and tricks.
// Black Girls Heal: “Healing Your Mother Wound“.
Man listen, this podcast episode was THE ONE. I damn near broke my index finger clicking on it so hard. It’s a heavy but very necessary discussion.
I decided to try something a little different for my monthly music favorites. Instead of individually listing and linking all the singles and albums that I’ve been loving for the month, I decided to reactivate my Spotify account and turn it into a playlist for everyone to enjoy 😊. I titled this playlist- “The Renewal’. Check it out below:
Follow me at: Tiffanys Music Diary on Spotify. I follow back!
I pre-ordered this book back in January and y’all know how excited I was being as though it’s been so long since we’ve had a new book from Sister Souljah. I’m only a few chapters in but I cannot wait to finish and review this book cause, chile…
About Book: “Winter Santiaga hit time served. Still stunning, still pretty, still bold, still loves her father more than any man in the world, still got her hustle and high fashion flow. She’s eager to pay back her enemies, rebuild her father’s empire, reset his crown, and ultimately to snatch Midnight back into her life no matter which bitch had him while she was locked up. But Winter is not the only one with revenge on her mind. Simone, Winter’s young business partner and friend, is locked and loaded and Winter is her target. Will she blow Winter’s head off? Can Winter dodge the bullets? Or will at least one bullet blast Winter into another world? Either way Winter is fearless. Hell is the same as any hood and certainly the Brooklyn hood she grew up in. That’s what Winter thinks.”
So, I know I shared about the Palmer’s Raw Shea formula lotion before but this time I got the balm instead. And applying a little goes a long way cause it can get oily and slippery real fast. But, it still has me soft and smooth all day long.
Next, ‘The Heritage Store’ has new packaging and I love it. I decided to add their hydrating rose water facial mist to my skincare routine since the weather will be warming up soon. It’s a great moisture pick-me-up. I will continue to buy their Rose water products forever.
Food // Mini Eggspectation Review
Me and my cousin decided to meet up for brunch at Eggspectation in Owings Mills, Maryland on a Saturday afternoon. Going out to brunch is like one of my favorite things to do now. But anyways, we were supposed to get there at 11:30am but we were on “BP time” for sure. So, we didn’t get there till 1 o’clock and then we had a 45-minute wait for a table. I highly suggest you get there super early or go during the week day cause it was crowded. There was a big parking lot in the back so I was super grateful for that because I hate going to restaurants and there’s no convenient parking.
The service was OK but it definitely could’ve been better. I felt very rushed by our waitress. They no longer give you menus anymore so you have to go on your phone to find what you want which was a little overwhelming when it’s your first time there. The food portions were way too big. You do not need to order separate sides to your meal like I did. I only took a couple bites of my food and I was immediately full. I had a stomach ache for the rest of the night when I got home.
I ordered the French toast flambé which included nuts, powdered sugar, bananas, and strawberries on top. With side orders of: potatoes, bacon, grits, and a peach Bellini. I really loved the cheesy grits! My cousin got shrimp and grits with potatoes on the side and a Mimosa. So in conclusion, I would like to go back but I would get less food, more drinks, and arrive early.
// Favorite snacks: Pretzels with peanut butter on the inside.
I’ve been eating this snack all month long. The combination of peanut butter and pretzels is just magical to my taste buds. Salty, nutty, and crunchy.
Home Decor & Other Items
// Newest Candle: Mountain Air- Soy Wax Candle.
This candle was gifted to me around Christmas and I believe it was on sale at HomeGoods. The candle has a light woodsy and fresh cotton scent to it. I love lighting it after a tiring day when I just want to relax.
// New Journal: Pen + Gear Large Vegan Leather Journal, $12.97
I’ve been using the Pen + Gear brand for quite some time now and I will probably always buy my journals from them. I’m very picky about the type of journals I like. My criteria for a great journal: it lays flat open, it’s long and wide in size, it has lots of lines per page, it has a cute design or basic black/brown, it has a bookmark attached, and my pen must write smoothly on the pages.
This journal meets all of the above criteria.
// Collapsible Dog Bowl: Portable Bowl, $8.99
This isn’t a new item but I just found it again after misplacing it. It’s a collapsible dog bowl that you can put snacks or water in for your pets when on-the-go. It’s a very convenient item to have. It’s small enough to put in my purse, it’s made of easy-to-clean hard plastic material, and it comes with a loop hole on the end so it can be attached to a keychain or a leash.
// New Flowers
Her name is “Viola” and she was given to me by my job this past Monday as a “job well done” gift. She is a cheery Johnny-jump-up flower that enjoys lots of sun.
That’s all for now! Let’s meet same time, next month? lol byee.
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