The Weekly Edit: Feminist Music, Books, Cushions & Art

The first Weekly Edit of 2020! I am writing this in the early hours of the morning from my hotel room in Liverpool. Mum and I arrived in England yesterday morning to spend a week with the family. Unfortunately, my luggage didn’t arrive with us! Currently, the airlines don’t know where it is, which is sort of definitely freaking me out; but, I am trying to stay positive and focus on spending quality time with everyone. It does mean that I am going to have to do some unexpected shopping which seems like both a blessing and a curse – mainly because I did some serious thrifting over the holidays. This week I posted my first thrift haul of the year, which is from a 50% off day when I got 21 items for $77! Last weekend, R and I were in Chicago, and I also did some thrifting, so you can expect to see that thrift haul next week. Sadly, my missing suitcase is filled with lots of my new thrifted finds, which means that pretty much all of the contents are irreplaceable. Send me good vibes, please!! Until my belongings and I are reunited, here are the things that are bringing me lots of joy at the moment: 

New year, new music! So far, my favorite release has been Caroline Rose’s single “Feel The Way I Want,” the lead track of her upcoming record Superstar, which will be out in March! Her 2018 album LONER is overflowing with jams, and this next one is its sequel – so I am excited to hear what she has been working on. Caroline will be touring the US for the record (she is coming to Cleveland!), so I highly suggest having a look at the dates to see if she is coming to a city near you.

I resisted reading Madeline Miller’s second novel Circe because I (very stupidly) presumed that a book with such high acclaim wouldn’t be my cup of tea. Well, more fool me, because I haven’t felt so much joy reading a book in a long time. I chose it for my book club’s January read, and we all – without exception – loved it. If you are familiar with The Odyssey, then you may remember Circe, best known as the witch who turns the sailors into pigs and with whom Odysseus resides with for a year. In her book, Miller gives voice to Circe as a multifaceted and evolving character and provides a bold, feminist retelling of how she came to be a woman who turns sailors into pigs (and much more than that). It made for a fantastic book club discussion; we talked about mortality, gender roles, and abusive relationships. And, it also helped us to reevaluate the cultural stories that are so ingrained in our education yet offer damaging views of women. If you are interested in this kind of feminist mythological retelling, I also recommend The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, which tells Penelope’s side of the years her husband was wandering around the world.

Another cultural phenomenon I have been sleeping on – over winter break R and I finally started watching  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! The Amazon Prime show follows Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a NYC housewife in the late 1950s who finds she has a talent for stand-up comedy and begins actively pursuing a career in it after her husband leaves her. We are still on the first season (the third season was released last month), so we are really behind, but even after just the first episode, I was hooked. The outfits! The humor! The badass female lead! All of the characteristics of a wonderful show, I now see why it won so many Golden Globes and Emmys!

I have been a fan of the sustainable and ethical brand Selva Negra for a while. There is something so beautiful about their dreamy colors and bold silhouettes, but I only recently realized that they also have a cushion line. The señorita pillowcase in soft pink is my favorite (currently sold out), with the faces pillowcase in mustard coming a close second. Founded in 2016 in Brooklyn, the designs are influenced by the founders’ Latina heritage, while the collection ” represents drive, holistic energy, united empowerment, careful craftsmanship, and engineered comfort.” All fabrics are sourced locally in Los Angeles, with some imported goods coming from Japan and Turkey.

One of my favorite things about Instagram is that you can find so many incredibly creative humans. I recently came across Caitlin Blunnie’s account @liberaljane and haven’t stopped sharing her incredible feminist art. Want to have her art in person? Me too! Luckily, she has an Etsy store where you can purchase some of her prints. I think I am going to get this one that states, “When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes a Duty” for my new office!

What have you been loving recently?

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