Midweek Musings: ManRepeller & Musicals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1. Love and Fungus: Leandra Medine & her husband, Abie \\ Man Repeller

I've had the biggest girl crush on Leandra since I started reading her blog five years ago. I think as a fashion influence, Leandra taught me to not care what other people thought of my outfits. She inspired me to get weird and wear things together because I liked the way they looked. She taught me to get creative, she taught me to layer, and she taught me to not take fashion so seriously. Most importantly, she heavily inspired this blog in its written style. Leandra has the best sense of humor and the most addictive colloquial diction. I love her prose almost as much as her Rosie Assoulin tops. Anyway, this YouTube video is a discussion between her and her husband, Abie, and it is just adorable. I loved hearing the story of how they met. And Leandra knew it was true love the moment Abie helped her put her fungus cream on her back.

2. High Waisted Rockstar Jeans \\ Old Navy

I will sing praises of the Rockstar Jean for eternity, not only because of its universally flattering fit, but also its wide variety of options. I have dark wash skinny Rockstars, dark wash flared Rockstars, white distressed Rockstars, and now light wash high waisted Rockstars, with the latter being my new favorite. Most Rockstars sit comfortably on your hips, but these are high enough to wear with a crop top. The light wash is perfect for early evening summer dinners paired with a white tee shirt, ballet flats in a pop of red, and a big scarf to ward off chilly breezes.

3. Pitch Perfect 2 \\ Universal Studios

This is a musical comedy that hits all the right notes. Since seeing Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters (twice...), I can't stop watching the first movie, listening to the soundtracks to both films, and belting out all the Bella's and Treblemaker's hits in the shower. Anna Kendrick is as talented as ever, Rebel Wilson's improv-ed lines are highly quotable, and I kind of want John Smith and Gail Abernathy-McKadden to give commentary on my life. Plus Snoop Dogg makes a cameo and I am pretty sure he is my spirit animal. (#GroovyLikeADriveInMovie) Both films are the kind of movies I could watch 800 times without getting tired of them. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at a movie as I did watching PP2, and if you haven't seen it yet, stop reading this right now and boogie on down to your local cinema.

Soundtrack-wise...download "Kennedy Center Performance," "Lollipop," "Back to Basics," and "World Championship Finale 2."

Universal Pictures

4. Healthy Apple Crisp \\ Of Pots and Pens 

Last week I made this Healthy Apple Crisp for my dad and ended up loving the recipe. I came across it on Pinterest, and resonated with its simplicity and its deliciousness. There is no added sugar, and with a little vanilla frozen yogurt, this treat will definitely not make you regret choosing to have dessert. I pretty much followed the recipe on Of Pots and Pens, but I skipped the walnuts because of my sister's nut allergy, and I doubled the crumble mixture part. Because everyone knows the "crisp" is the best part of apple crisp.

Of Pots and Pens

5. Redrawing Taylor Swift \\ Buzzfeed

This video I found on Buzzfeed is absolutely amazing. Students from the University of Newcastle created this animated version of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off for a class project. It's fun to watch and really makes me appreciate the artistry and mastery of animation. Plus I dig anything to do with T Swift.

That's it for my reflections from my last week of summer...tune in next week for musings from New York City!!!

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