Things to Watch During The Olympics

If you’re anything like me, you don’t care at all about sports. Like, at all. And yet, I can’t help but get really into the Olympics when they happen. Is it the world coming together? The records getting broken? Or, is it any of these cool things happening during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang:

Leslie Jones’s Commentary:

You may recall comedian/SNL star Leslie Jones being so fun and enthusiastic about the 2016 Summer Olympics that NBC invited her to go to Rio and give live commentary, but did you know that they asked her back to do it again? And I have to say, she’s doing a wonderful job. Jones knows how to get you excited about literally anything, literally all winter sports. She’s even gotten all patriotic this year, painting her toenails red, white, and blue. As an American, I rarely say this, but…USA! USA! USA!

Nigeria’s 1st Bobsledding Team:

If you haven’t heard of Seun AdigunNgozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga yet, you will. These three Nigerian women are not just the first Bobsledding team from Nigeria to qualify for the Olympics, but the first team from the entire continent of Africa. The three started their athletic careers as world-class sprinters, skills that are easily transferable to the fast-paced, icy world of bobsledding. They’ve done exceptionally well in the qualifying pre-Olympic events, and I wish them the absolute best on the track.

America’s 1st Openly Gay Male Figure Skater

Adam Rippon made American history on January 6th by becoming the first openly gay male figure skater from the US to qualify for the Olympics. And, as it turns out, this is the first time Team USA has sent a gay man to compete in the Olympics since 2004. And despite being 28 years old, much older than most figure skaters, Adam Rippon is ready. He’s already made history with his quote about what it’s like to be a gay athlete: “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows.”

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VALENTINE’S DAY WORST ARTICLE

  • Food

Anything with garlic is probably a no-go. Listen, I love garlic just as much as the next person, but if you plan on any kind of kissing, I sincerely doubt that your partner wants to smell garlic. Or maybe they do! I don’t know, it’s 2018, I guess anything is possible? But still, unless your partner has explicitly said “I love smelling someone’s garlic breath while making out!”, it’s best to avoid it altogether. While we’re on the subject, I’d avoid onions and pickles too. – Adina Heisler, Contributor

One must steer clear of the burrito. Delectable but messy. – Rachel, Contributor

There are no no-go zones when it comes to food. Eat your heart out. — Hoon, Managing Editor

  • Gifts

Avoid Lingerie.  It’s a little presumptuous.  Best to play it safe with a nice t-shirt or a funky new blazer. – Rachel, Contributor

Pets. Best not gamble with a live thing. — Hoon, Managing Editor

  • Songs

Paul Simon’s I Am a Rock wouldn’t be my first choice for serenade. – Rachel, Contributor

FKJ and Masego’s Tadow. It’s just too sexy that both of you might end up swooning. — Hoon, Managing Editor

  • Places

Chipotle? – Rachel, Contributor

Your mom’s. — Hoon, Managing Editor

VALENTINE’S DAY BEST OF

  • Best Song to Play While Getting Some Valentine’s Loving

The best song to play while getting some Valentine’s loving is At Last by the great Etta Jones One of the best song ever, not to mention that it’s also Barack Obama favorite song. This ballade will make you want to be in love again. Aurore – Fashion Contributor

Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour. This soul classic is dangerously smooth. – Rachel, Contributer

Miguel’s Arch & Point. Or Pussy is Mine. Or How Many Drinks. Honestly, Kaleidoscope Dream was a great album. Play it on repeat until you get tired and fall asleep. – Jana, Contributor 

D’Angelo’s Really Love. That is, only if you really love. If not, definitely something less loving. Don’t want to get your signals mixed up. — Hoon, Managing Editor

Janet always knows how to get it steamy. AnyTime, AnyPlace from her fifth album Janet will definitely turn up the heat. – Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief 

  • Best Movies to Watch to Make you Feel Less Shitty About Being Single

No need to think twice for this one. For me the best movie to watch to make you feel less shitty is Sex and the City 2 and I insist on the 2 because in the first one it’s all about Carrie and Mr Big and how he reached to manage his fear of being engaged again. At the end of the first, they are getting married and everybody is perfectly happy. In the second at the contrary, it’s all about cheating and how Samantha is back in the game. Single and fabulous again. Aurore – Fashion Contributor

If you’re single, and feel so alone about it, might I recommend watching the iconic Legally Blonde? Elle Woods once thought that she needed a boy to make her happy. Then she realized that it’s better to get into Harvard Law (with 179 on the LSATs, thank you very much), tell your ex to eff off, befriend his girlfriend (who will dump him for being a loser), and, most importantly, become a kick-ass lawyer. Sure, Elle was initially bummed about being single, but she soon became way better off for it. Do yourself a favor and watch this ASAP. Adina Heisler, Contributor

Lost In Translation will help to quell any bachelor’s blues. Coppola reminds us: one moment you might be in love with your husband, but before you know it, you could be drifting aimlessly through Tokyo, developing an unconsummated love-friendship with an apathetic movie star during his mid-life crisis. Who wants any of that? – Rachel, Contributor

How To Be Single. I mean…it’s in the title. I might or might not have learnt a few things – you be the judge. – Jana, Contributor 

Happy Together will make you want to visit the Iguazu Falls with your ex-lover and push him/her gently into the heartless and beautiful wonder. — Hoon, Managing Editor

  • Best Love Ballad (Tongue in Cheek)

Like any good love ballad, Michael Bolton’s How am I Supposed to Live Without You? is romantic to a point of discomfort. This song will leave you longing for your lover and wishing that the eighties never happened.  – Rachel, Contributer

 

Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man always struck me to be equal parts romantic and sardonic. You’ll mean every word you utter as you sing along and regret the fact. — Hoon, Managing Editor

  • Best Quirky Places to Go on Valentines Day

When I think about the best quirky place to go on Valentine ’s Day, I think about a place I was used to go on a date with my boyfriend. It’s a secret bar in Paris named El Clandestino. To know this place, you really need to know someone who know someone… To access to the bar, you have to go through a 4 stars kitchen hotel which is pretty cool. The decoration of the bar gives a muffled and intimate atmosphere and the particularity of the bar is that it has a gigantic Christian cross on the ceiling. Aurore Evee – Fashion Contributor

Why limit your lover to a few chocolates when you could take them to the source?  This season, take your date grocery shopping.  Let them scour the entire candy aisle. Allow them choice of their favourite exotic fruits, whole grain breakfast cereals, and aphrodisiacs. Lunch on prepackaged sushi. And after an afternoon of strolling through glistening aisles of plenty, you may even have enough ingredients for a nice home cooked meal. – Rachel, Contributor

Okay, first off, shout out to Rachel for shouting out grocery stores. Nothing sexier than aisles of fresh produce. After a day of grocery shopping and subsequent romantic antics, head over to Black Dice Café on Dundas West for Japanese whiskey, Hitachino beers, microwaved takoyaki, and rockabilly tunes off the Seeburg jukebox. If you get tired of each other, take a break at the vintage pinball machine. — Hoon, Managing Editor

Your grandparents’ super cheesy Valentines Day 50th Anniversary. This can go either of two ways. You’ll be inspired by a love that’s lasted so long, or you’ll realize you don’t want to be together for that long. It’s a win-win situation. – Jana, Contributor 

  • Best Home Cooked Meal to Impress

Here is a tip, the best meal to cook at home for Valentine’s Day is the one you can order on Uber Eat… Yep no jokes; Depending on what you order, you will eat like in a real restaurant. It’s tasty and still pretty cheap. Ideally, to pretend you cooked everything by yourself, order a little bit before the arrival of your girlfriend or boyfriend and put everything in super fancy platters. Try to make your kitchen look a bit messy and leave some spices everywhere. You can also wear an apron to look like a real chef. Aurore – Fashion Contributor

You can’t go wrong with Turducken. There are no compromises here – a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck stuffed into a deboned turkey. Not to mention, it’s incredibly difficult to pull off. – Rachel, Contributor

I say skip dinner all together and get to what’s really important. Nothing you eat is going to sit that well anyway. Stick to a safe and sexy menu: wine and chocolate. – Jana, Contributor 

Bread service is a thing for a reason. With a bit of fancy olive oil for boiled and salted veges with a plate of cheese and chacuteries, you’re set. If not, pizza. Pizza always signals Hot n’ Ready. — Hoon, Managing Editoe

 

Valentine’s Day Outfits

Are you one of those who think that Valentine’s Day is overrated? Indeed, society makes us feel pressured about the day, especially if you are a  man. You have to concentrate all your efforts to make your sweetheart feel loved more than on any other day, find the best place (usually a super fancy restaurant you can’t afford), and get the best gift. But, fortunately, things are changing and, when it comes to finding the best V-Day gift, more people are looking for gifts for their friends more than for a boyfriend or a girlfriend.

Whether you are in a relationship or not, you should do something that night, something special that will make you feel good. If you are in a relationship, you probably already have plans. But if not, just get together with your friends and go grab drinks. Or stay home. Whatever you do, just have fun.

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a day where couples celebrate their love. It should be one where we get to celebrate love in general. Self-love included!

Because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and because every occasion is a good excuse to go shopping, it’s time to think about your outfit. Here is a selection of pieces you could wear depending on your plans for the day.

A date with your new boyfriend

Let’s say you just met someone and you really like the person but it’s so brand new that you don’t want to be too “natural” for that occasion. Having a date for Valentine’s Day after only few days/weeks ointo a relationship is not easy to handle. At least with this outfit you will be confident enough to seduce him/her properly. It will be more like a game than a real serious date. Find this dress on Missguided website.

No date at all

If you are in the opposite situation and you don’t have any date at all well, at least this super sweet jumpsuit will make you feel less desperate. At home, yes, but like a sexy housewife. Find this cute piece at H&M.

A date with your long-relationship boyfriend

You have been dating this guy for years, you know everything about him, his mom… and you even live with him. Maybe that night will be the one he is going to propose… Valentine’s Day is actually a good occasion for a proposal because no need to be extra romantic, the situation is doing the job for you. Well, because you never know, don’t go too “sexy” that night. You want to remember that day as the one he proposed and don’t want to show the pictures of the moment at your wedding, wearing the Missguided red dress we were just talking about. Get this beautiful dress at H&M.

A night out with your girls

Who cares about having a date for Valentine’s Day when you have a bunch of best friends ready to go party with you. As Charlotte from Sex & the City said, why can’t we be soulmates with our girlfriends? Don’t you think it’s a healthier way of thinking? Get this cosmo dress at H&M.

A date with your best friend

This item is one of our favorites for several reasons. First, both the shape and the color of the jumpsuit make us think about the ’70s — a really good decade in terms of fashion. Also, we really like the ribbed knit pull-on effect on the kinds of items that makes it even cozier and perfect for a lunch or dinner with a friend. We finally like the fact that you can style it up the way you want, for example with a belt and a moto jacket like on the picture. Find this jumpsuit at Urban Outfitters.

A date with your mom

For those who don’t care about Valentine’s Day and just plan on grabbing a dinner with their moms as usual, this super cute outfit can be an option. This pale pink is perfect for the occasion and the frills on the crop top makes the look really fashionable. It could also be a good way to send the subliminal message to your mom that she doesn’t have to worry about your single life: It’s a choice and not something you put up with. Like really… Look how gorgeous you are in this outfit! Find it at Urban Outfitters.

Ones to Watch For in 2018

 

 

Tim Presley — best known as front man of psychedelic rock bands Darker My Love and White Fence—is an institution in the California tradition and a passionate champion of local L.A. talent. Back in 2012, Presley started his own label, Birth Records, for the sole purpose of producing the music of folksinger Jessica Pratt. Since then, Birth Records has been home to a select few — most recently, The Mad Walls. “The moment I heard [The Mad Wall’s] title track ‘Somewhere Anywhere’,” says Presley, “I thought I had unearthed a rarity, an old bootleg or new music from a lost group.” To Tim’s surprise, this was a living, breathing band; it was “draped-static-dim-seed-Los-Angeles-music, a flame that gets passed on down and through the avenues. Designed to be found.”

Led by Christopher Mercado, The Mad Walls started out in 2016. August 2017 saw the release of their first ever EP, Somewhere Anywhere, while their debut music video came out just this month. At this point The Mad Walls are in their musical youth, far from the mainstream, below Pitchfork’s radar, unbeknownst to college radio stations. I look forward to seeing what comes of the band in the upcoming year. With Presley’s guidance and support, I believe we can expect to see some creative work. — Rachel, Contributor 

Dayna Tortorici is not really a new talent — she’s been up and coming in the shifting pile of writers of political analysis, essays, and cultural commentary since 2011 when she joined the illustrious n+1 magazine. She’s an editor at n+1 now. But even now, she doesn’t get the readership her nuanced and brilliant essays deserve (or the readership that I think she deserves, despite signs that nobody reads anything longer than 5 sentences anymore). She recently asked in the magazine’s latest “The Intellectual Situation” section, “Who in a showdown would accept the subjugation of women as a necessary political concession? Who would make peace with patriarchy if it meant a nominal win, or defend the accused for the sake of stability?” This as a contemporary spin on Dorothy Thompson’s 1941 piece in Harper’s, “Who Goes Nazi”. Many went Nazi. Many would accept the concession. Needless to say, we can use more of Tortorici’s essays in the coming days when more will reveal their tropism toward nominal wins and artificial stability. — Hoon, Managing Editor

London R&B singer Bassette’s voice is as raw and soulful as Erykah Badu’s or that of the late Amy Winehouse. The soul singer has an intense, quiet vulnerability in the way she sings. I’m sure we will hear a lot more from her in 2018 on this side of the pond. Check out her latest single Bermuda produced by Joe Hertz. — Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Photographed by @theresbianca, Source: Refinery29

Dani Roche is my latest Instagram “find” – she however, is not so new to the online creative scene. Based in Toronto, she is the creative director and owner of Kastor & Pollux, a creative production agency. She recently launched Biannual, a genderless outerwear label and let’s just say I’ve added every piece to my wishlist. In 2017, Roche was recognized by Vogue, Refinery29, HYPEBAE and Coveteur to name a few. In many of her interviews, she’s expressed that comfort, confidence and a good thrifted piece are key to her unique personal style — she’s not just another fashion blogger, she’s a businesswoman. As a twenty-something creative myself, I am always looking for some inspiration so I will be keeping an eye out for Roche’s upcoming projects (and vibrant Instagram feed) in 2018. — Jana, Contributor 

Natasha Oakley is my number one business woman/influencer at the moment. From Australia, this young woman has been really famous on Instagram. Not only a pretty face (and body), Natasha is also the co-founder of two famous brands. A Bikini A day which is a beach, beauty and fitness brand and Monday Swimwear an exclusive bikini brand. – both own with her best friend Devin Brugman. This blond girl is close to perfection as she always looks beautiful (and natural) but also talented in everything she is doing. If you are looking for a beauty/fitness guru this year… go for Natasha Oakley! Aurore Evee – Fashion Contributor