25 Dec 2018

Favorites of 2018

Favorite Style Icon: Alexa Chung

She’s not the kind of celebrity that is regularly promoting something that she’s doing, but she still manages to stay completely relevant. We love her for that. Alexa’s style is timeless and nearly everything she wears is an updated classic. It’s one of the reasons why her look feels so relatable to normal folk like us. She’ll be on our list for best dressed for years to come.

Runner Up: Laura Harrier

Favorite Getaway: Lake Powell

I could talk about my trip to Lake Powell for days, but I’m saving this for another post. Located in a quiet part in Arizona near a few other tourist destinations, Lake Powell is anything but touristy. I had been hearing about this spot for a few years now, but wanted to see it for myself. Unless you have a boat, there’s not much that you can actively do, but it was enough for me. All I wanted was a spot to lay my towel out and to be in the clear water for the entire day. It was the most relaxing part of my entire trip and I wouldn’t mind visiting this spot every year if I had the chance.

Runner Up: Palm Springs

Favorite Artist: Kacey Musgraves

It was unbelievably hard to pick just one favorite artist this year. There were more than a handful of standout women who were completely dominating in music and I hate to have to pick just one. I went with Kacey because I listened to her album on repeat for what felt like a month. While she’s known for being country and I’m not known for even liking country, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

Runner Up: Nao

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Terrace House

Ever since MTV’s The Real World stopped being good and full of gimmicks, I’ve been looking for a show to fill that void. Terrace House on Netflix is the most endearing series I’ve ever seen. You would think that there isn’t drama, but there is; it just happens to be toned down. The series follows six individuals in Japan living together and getting to know each other while a separate cast provides commentary on what goes on in the house. If I’ve got one qualm with the show, it’s that it doesn’t make for good background noise if that’s what you’re looking for. When I watch the show, I’ve gotta give it my full attention especially because there are subtitles.

Runner Up: The Handmaid’s Tale

Favorite Item Purchased This Year: Aritzia Slip Dress

I had my doubts when the slip dress came onto the scene and my fear was that it would look too much like a night gown. My mind had changed the minute I tried this on at the store. I loved how beautiful it looked and how the silk felt against my skin. It’s quite impressive just how versatile this piece is. You can wear it alone for a spring/summer soiree to be a little bit fancier or layered with a denim jacket. During the winter, I’ve had it underneath sweaters for a more layered look. It’s amazing how many things I’ve paired this with. I hope this piece will last me a lifetime!

Runner Up: $8 H&M dress that I wore to a wedding

Favorite Albums (in no particular order):

  1. Rhye – Blood
  2. Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations
  3. Tom Misch – Geography
  4. Kali Uchis – Isolation
  5. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
  6. Alina Baraz – The Color of You
  7. Leon Bridges – Good Thing
  8. Shawn Mendes – Self Titled
  9. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
  10. The Internet – Hive Mind
  11. HONNE – Love Me / Love Me Not
  12. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
  13. Ella Mai – Self Titled
  14. Nao – Saturn
  15. Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.

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Elliot Suhr captured these photos for us beautifully. I honestly should have hired him to do all of our collab photos. And even though this is a semi-candid shot of @vronlimhughes and I on our way out of our meeting with Dry, it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come with Yow Yow! Her opinions are the ones I trust the most and to this day she still edits the pieces I have the hardest time writing and is the last set of eyes before they go live.
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