Artist Seamus Wray wins for quarantine project of the year. Seeing this first photograph of Wray painting a portrait of himself wearing the exact same outfit is impressive to say the least, but don’t think that it starts and ends with this. He repeats this process of painting portraits of himself five times and the end result is too good. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’m going to send you to [Colossal] for the full effect.
“Wray hopes the potentially infinite project begs the questions, “What comes next? Another painting. Are we all just living in a painting? What if this is a painting, within a painting?”
To All the Boys is still my favorite Netflix rom-com series, but fine, we’ll give into this. After The Kissing Booth premiered and was incredibly successful, I decided months later that it was time for me to see what it was about. It wasn’t exactly what I had predicted, but in a good way. The characters were likable and I really did feel like I was rooting for them. In the sequel, it was thrilling to see Elle struggle in a different way. Noah is kind of a bad boyfriend? And we like the dynamics of the new characters that join the film. What you don’t see from the trailer is that they spend a significant amount of time in another location and the film revolves a lot around this plot. We’re a fan when trailers don’t reveal the entire movie.
What We’re Listening To: Taylor Swift – Folklore
While I consider myself a fan now, I can’t say that I haven’t wavered in the past. We aren’t big enough fans to listen to her album the night it premieres though. I actually don’t know if there’s anyone that I would do that for. When new albums come out that I am generally excited about, I like to set aside time for it. It’s not the kind of album that I’d have in the background because I want to pay attention to the lyrics. Plus, sometimes we write reviews on here and I need to be able to construct my thoughts. From the poll that I did on my stories, many people seem to lean positively on it. I think we’ll save it for tomorrow!
What We’re Wearing: A White Blouse
Already labeled the closet staple of quarantine, the white blouse is one of my favorite versatile pieces. It has saved me for work days when I want to look put together on top, but comfy while wearing it with plain black leggings or cozy shorts. It’s funny to think that I almost left this behind in Seattle on my last visit because it has been the piece I run to regularly these days.
I’ve been doing a good job of cooking at home when I can and only reserving take out for special occasions or once a week. Tomorrow, Kevin and I are exploring another neighborhood in the city and one place I’ve been excited to try is Queen’s which serves hot meals that you can take away, but also doubles as a market. We’re likely going to be doing some shopping while we’re there and I’m excited to try a few of their dishes!
It’s a funny thing to observe one’s taste while in quarantine. I watched myself not want to wear anything, but leggings for a whole week and then change my mind completely. The next week was a different dress for every day. For many still, it doesn’t quite make sense to fully dress up to go nowhere. However, I’ve discovered that getting dressed and sometimes getting really dressed up helps contribute to my happiness. That’s why when I discovered that Sandy Liang was releasing a new capsule collection of jewelry, I didn’t question it.
In Sandy Liang’s first release, we get a glimpse of jewelry paying homage to the 90’s. Necklaces, rings, and earrings will all range from $95 – $375 USD.
If you told me the college version of me that IKEA would one day excel beyond affordable furniture, I wouldn’t believe you. But they proved that point almost immediately when I tried their meatballs during my first visit. Now, IKEA is getting into the fashion game, and honestly, we don’t hate it. The above photo is a glimpse into what we can expect from the line and I have to admit that the plain white tee with a bar code across it is calling out to me.
The capsule collection titled, “EFTERTRADA” will include both separates and accessories and will first launch in IKEA’s Tokyo store. Available merch will include hoodies, tees, umbrellas, water bottles, towels, and tote bags. Items are available for pre-sale beginning July 31st from [IKEA’s Japan website].
If there’s anything you should watch today, it’s this clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez eviscerating Rep. Ted Yoho. Ocasio-Cortez hits on several points that resonate which is 1) that women receive these remarks about themselves frequently and 2) having a wife or daughters does not mean get a pass. We see this all the time with race and after months – no years – of hearing this, we’re sick of it. Ocasio-Cortez channels the frustration that all women feel when we are at the end of comments like this. Very few of us choose to or can even speak up about these matters. More often times than not, we have to suppress. We hold it in and we move on to the next day. I’m excited for young girls to have a role model like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to look up to. She already is making so many of us proud to have her represent us.
It’s going to be some time before life returns to normal. However, I’m loving how other cities and countries are taking this opportunity to be especially creative. Instead of your standard drive-in movie theater, Paris is upping the game by doing a floating cinema where movie goers watch films from boats. This is just a digital rendition of what this could look like, but you get the idea! From now until August 30th, you can experience this new movie viewing format. If interested, individuals can enter to be in a drawing to be selected for a boat or a deck chair socially distanced.
I never grew up spending a lot of time outdoors, but these are the types of shots I aspire for. I recognize not everyone gets to capture a comet in action like [Lester Tsai], but even being under the stars or catching the sunrise would be enough for me. In these incredible shots, we see Comet NEOWISE in action! Portland-based photographer Lester Tsai traveled to Oregon to capture the comet from the highest mountain at Mount Hood in this incredible set. Since the beginning of July, Comet NEOWISE has been visible to those located in the northern hemisphere. It happens to be one of the brightest comets from this decade, but we won’t see it appearing for another 6,800 years after this.