November 2017 Playlist To Soothe Your Soul

November 2017 Playlist To Soothe Your Soul

Monthly playlists I make for myself, but have now decided to share.

During my free time (and sometimes while procrastinating on that psych work) I make monthly playlists on Spotify because I’m obsessed with discovering new music and I overplay them until I discover more. All my favorite artists are releasing new, and heavily evolved projects that bring tears to my eyes. Here are a few of the songs on that playlist that I listen to more than I do my homework.

1. Warm Honey by Willow

Willow Smith is an actual angel walking on this earth. She makes vibey music that takes you to another dimension. Listening to this song is exactly like drinking warm honey with Willow’s raspy yet smooth Badu-esque voice.

2. Lavender and Velvet by Alina Baraz

Alina Baraz has been my steady provider of smooth, r&b/electronic beats ever since she released her Urban Flora EP. With Lavender and Velvet, she upholds that reputation and even outdoes herself.

3. Underdog by BANKS

BANKS has released nothing but hit singles since the release of her second studio album “The Altar” in 2016 and her song “Underdog” is no exception. Underdog is a fiery and aggressive song that displays the animal inside of BANKS. She literally GROWLS!

4. Honey by Kehlani

Honey, honey, honey. Where do I begin? The owning of her sexuality, the cutesy rhyming, coming through with the vocals. Kehlani has done it all without breaking a sweat. What’s best about this song is that the lyrics look like something anyone could have written but the execution of the song is something only Kehlani could have mastered so perfectly.

5. Truth Hurts by Lizzo

This raw and honest jam has become my new “single ladies” anthem. Lizzo is highly confident in who she is and says what she wants at any given moment and that’s really hard to find these days.

6. Bellyache by Billie Eilish (Marian Hill remix)

Billie Eilish has been on my radar and in my heart ever since her release of “Ocean Eyes” in 2016. This year she released her first full album “don’t smile at me” and it is more than I could have ever hoped for. The song “Bellyache" from this album is a masterpiece itself but the Marian Hill remix of it is pure bliss.

7. I Fall Apart by Post Malone

This might shake some people to the core but I was not really a Post Malone fan…until I heard this song. Now I dream about his pigtails and cry when I hear this song. He has made me hate the ex I never had.

8. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato

Anyone who knows me knows that I answer to a small circle of people: God, my parents, and Demi Lovato. I have been a Demi stan since her first appearance on “As the Bell Rings” on Disney Channel. I am so glad she is finally getting the love and appreciation she deserves in 2017.

“Tell Me You Love Me” is the name of her new album in which she solidifies her position in our hearts as “that bitch.”

9. Lemon by NE.R.D & Rihanna

I will call this song what it truly is: A monumental bop. N.E.R.D is back in action and Rihanna is rapping like she’s been doing it her whole life. This song is nothing short of life-changing.

10. Wanna Know by Sabrina Claudio

Sabrina Claudio is hands down my favorite artist of this year and I have never been able to say that about any artist. I am very indecisive and music means so much to me that I could never limit myself by picking just ONE song or ONE album and definitely not just ONE artist. But, Sabrina Claudio has gone above and beyond this year.

From watching her covers on her old YouTube channel to eating, breathing, and sleeping her “Confidently Lost” EP when it came out, I cannot get enough of her. “Wanna know” is the 7th track on her album “About Time” and the sensual yet angelic vibe it emanates has me breaking the repeat button.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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