A Friday off, it’s just like last semester! Except this time it’s because I’m essentially done with my classes (except for an optional Music History session on Monday (at which I will be) and a mini English conference on Wednesday). It’s really just reading period and exams from here on out.
This is the first time I’m finishing up a year of classes with no guarantee of further classes ahead of me. School has always been a kind of constant expectation, and it’s very weird to, for the first time, not necessarily expect it to continue.
In short, I can feel the encroaching existential dread.
But, with every new milestone (last ballroom show, last day of classes, etc.) I’ve been buying myself a little present, usually about $10 or under. So now I have a new rosewater facial toner which is quite lovely, and a few mL of Tubereuse by Mona di Orio awaiting me at home.
And yes, I know that my rampant consumerism is just a distraction, a search for a false sense of security to stave off my anxiety about my future. But hey, at least, when the breakdown comes, I will smell good and have glowing skin. 😛
It’s a Friday, so that means it is a links day!
I was horrified when I heard that they were remaking The Beguiled (I had to turn the original off after a few minutes when wounded soldier Clint Eastwood smooched a preteen girl), but this trailer actually looks kind of… good?
Also, Sofia Coppola, a great cast… I’m hoping for a suspense-thriller.
Speaking of sex… Sex positive things that you can say to your children (without talking about sex at all). I really like the idea of raising kids who know the value of consent, acceptance, and bodily autonomy.
Nordstrom’s next innovation (after the plastic knee window jeans)? $425 jeans with fake mud on them. Would personally recommend gardening or mucking out a stall. Then you can have mud and poop.
Sophia Loren is the face for Dolce&Gabbana’s new fragrance. It’s going to be terrible but the ad is lovely. Also I’m not sure which of her sons/contractors I want to marry. Get yourself a man who will do home improvement projects with you.
How Camus’ The Plague suggests the modern political mood. A favorite book of the (liberal) Beck-Treadway household.
A message from the founder of Starbucks: “I hope you all enjoy the Unicorn Frappuccino that causes nothing but pain for every single person who touches it. It has broken me, as a businessman and as a lover of coffee.”
This amazing music video for DNCE’s less amazing new song, Kissing Strangers. Featuring puppy speed dating.
A discussion on natural hair, why being yourself is not a “cool trend”.
“Women like having sex. They don’t like being socially punished for it.” So how can women pursue sex?
Reductress making my life as usual:
“I’m now appreciated not just for how I look, but also for my energetic temperament and ability to excel as both a working dog and a companion animal.”
“He seemed worried, perhaps because my body was just raw bloody muscle, but all I wanted was to swim and dance and laugh—totally carefree, knowing I wouldn’t have to worry about harming my skin.”
And it’s the time of the year for bridal collections, so here are a bunch of my favorites, courtesy of Tom & Lorenzo: Temperley London, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Viktor & Rolf, and Lela Rose.
Photo courtesy of Petites Luxures