With its release back in January and less than 5,000 views, I’m surprised that this hasn’t garnered more attention. This year, more than ever, stories surrounding both Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are significant. In the last week alone, I’ve become more educated on traditions and taboos around this holiday than ever before.
What We’re Watching: To All the Boys: Always and Forever
There couldn’t have been a more perfect film for Valentine’s Day weekend than the final installment of To All the Boys. Even though it has only been three years, we all feel like we grew up with Lara Jean. And the growth within her high school years has been astonishing. I watch back the films and wonder why I couldn’t have had the confidence and conviction she displayed throughout. Despite being way past my high school years, she did feel like a heroine to my friends and I. We’ve already watched the film twice now because we enjoyed it that much and two, because we’re not ready to say goodbye.
What We’re Listening To: To All the Boys: Always and Forever Soundtrack
It is a themed weekend for us and honestly, the last two soundtracks have introduced me to some of my favorite songs.
We probably don’t need any more turtlenecks, but these were so buttery soft that I went home with not one, but two! These are perfect for cozy days at home, but suitable for my meetings with co-workers throughout the work week. For this price, it’s hard to turn something like this down.
What We’re Eating: Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bread
Tried a new item (for me at least!) at 85C Bakery this morning! I generally stay away from spicy items, but was feeling a little adventurous on Valentine’s Day and all. The jalapeno has a kick, but it’s really actually quite mild.
After Start Up ended, True Beauty seemed like the drama that everyone was running towards. Instead, I went in the opposite direction selecting Run On, but I don’t regret my choices. Last weekend, I finally decided to see what all the hype was about and it was very deserving. True Beauty is one of the most fun dramas that I’ve seen in my collection with some emotional moments here and there. I haven’t seen any of these leads in anything else which made me excited about an up and coming ensemble. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to finish the entire season by the end of the weekend, but anything is possible. I’m already on episode 11!
What We’re Listening To: Hayley Williams – FLOWERS for VASES – descansos
Hayley dropped her second solo album last night and at first I thought we’d be getting a handful of songs, but it’s more than a handful. Williams is serving us 14 tracks. If it’s anything like the first, we’re already bubbling with excitement. Even though Hayley and I aren’t far apart in age, I feel like she’s someone that looked up to as a role model growing up in the music industry. Essentially, we have watched her grow up from her style of music to the solo work she’s doing now.
Every year, buying a new jacket after Christmas is one of my favorite traditions. This year, it really didn’t make sense considering how much time we were spending indoors, but I saw a piece that I couldn’t resist. For even those freezing moments indoors, we decided to continue with our lounge wear to normal wear trend. This is one of the more girly pieces that I’ve purchased in a long time, but it was either this or the reverse – all of pink with cream accents. I had my followers vote and this one came out on top.
What We’re Eating: Super Bowl food
It’s going to be a quiet event this year in my house, but despite that, I haven’t changed the portions. I’ve got every single kind of dip and multiple things to dip with. Whether you enjoy football or not, the eating portion of it is one to look forward to. The debate is still out on what the main course is going to be, but I’m going to let someone else decide that.
Leave it to Bernie Sanders to completely steal the show on Inauguration Day. Arriving today with a strong showing of his mittens, arms crossed, and using a cell phone like your grandfather, he left the internet with no choice to turn him into a meme. And boy, did this take off! Here are just a few of my favorites from the day:
At some point, we’re going to have to address how we feel about Asians being portrayed in shows like this. We tolerated House of Ho, but one episode into Bling Empire and I’m already finding it’s a lot less cringe-y. Actually, it is more comparable to Selling Sunset, which people (myself included) seemed to love on Netflix. In the first episode of Bling Empire, we get to know the players and the competitive drama between Anna and Christine. It’s wildly childish, but it’s not my life so I find it highly entertaining!
What We’re Listening To: Death Cab For Cutie – The Georgia EP
Death Cab has always been a constant in my life since I was young so we’ll never miss any kind of release from them. The E.P. itself is short and sweet, but we’ll take what we can get in this pandemic. My favorite tracks so far seem to be “Flirted With You All My Life” and “Metal Heart.” There’s a charming cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls” included that I also think is worth a listen.
What We’re Wearing: Hunter Rain Boots
We were in muddier areas this past week and it was the perfect excuse to slip these on. When I was living in Seattle, this was considered a staple. I haven’t had much use for them in California, but I knew I couldn’t leave them behind. Not only are they perfect for rainy days, which may actually be leaving us as we inch closer to spring, but these will protect you in any smaller streams that you may cross. Those occurrences are rare, but this actually happened this week!
What We’re Eating: Crab Arancini
I was craving pizza earlier this week and have a weakness for Beretta’s Margherita Burrata. It pairs perfectly with their crab arancini that they have as an appetizer so I added this to my order as well. It’s the perfect snack, but I’d happily and easily turn this into a meal. They also serve it with a sauce that reminds me of a sriracha mayo that I honestly need to just have on hand in my kitchen at all times.
With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve had plenty of time to catch up on all things television and movies. You would have thought that we’d have time to get through our entire list, but somehow that list kept on growing. In 10 months, I consumed everything from tv shows, movies, documentaries and concert specials. I even kept a list of everything I watched in intervals of time. I considered dropping everything here, but instead, I’m going to pick my top 10 from each category.
In the Soop
Normal People (Hulu)
Crash Landing On You (Netflix)
High Fidelity (Hulu)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
The Boys (season 1 and 2) (Amazon Prime)
Umbrella Academy (season 2) Netflix
Dash & Lily (Netflix)
Love Life (HBO Max)
A Teacher (Hulu)
Palm Springs (Hulu
Work It (Netflix)
Over the Moon
The Last Dance (Netflix)
Becoming – Michelle Obama (Netflix)
Athlete A (Netflix)
The Weight of Gold (HBO)
The Speed Cubers (Netflix)
Spelling the Dream (Netflix)
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (Netflix)
Break the Silence (Weverse)
This category was the smallest so I’m going to share all the ones I watched.
BTS – Map of the Soul ON:E
Happiness Continues: A Jonas Brothers Concert Film (Amazon Prime)
Our favorite iconic Netflix rom-com is coming to an end! With everything going on, I almost forgot that this would be releasing next month. Is it just me or is anyone else surprised that Peter K. has made it this far? Sure, he’s great and all, but isn’t Lara Jean just like 10x better? Regardless, their next (or should we say last) chapter is right around the corner. It’s the typical “will we” or “will we not” do long distance debacle. We’ve really loved growing up with these two and watching them become stars in their own right. So naturally, the weekend that it premieres, we’ll be watching it every day.