It’s been a forever since I’ve done a Lunch Hour Links post, in fact the last time I did one of these was November! That’s way too long of a break, what have I been doing all these months? Things have felt super fashion focused or food focused lately. The blog fashion focused, my life food focused. But there’s more to life than clothes and food. There’s entertainment! Books! Podcasts! So many things. And I’m here to share my recent faves. So let’s catch up, shall we?
- Have seen Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’s “Feeling Myself” music video yet? I’ve pretty much kept it on repeat. This is my jam for summer. The video is like a Coachella fantasy complete with palm prints in the desert, fur coats in the kiddie pool, floral crowns, real crowns, and basically a girl sesh that will make you want to go take selfies with your bestie looking fabulous while nom-ing on some burgers. Goals. via MTV
- I’m so glad I came across After the Jump. I hadn’t jumped on the podcast bandwagon until this and now I’m hooked. After the Jump is Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney’s podcast where she discusses art, design, and the creative community. This is the first creative podcast I’ve come across and it’s totally worth a listen. I suggest checking out Episode 60 – Jon Call and Episode 99: Changing Pay Rates for Creatives. via HeritageRadioNetwork.org
- I recently joined a book club and last month we read Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I was hesitant at first because I really thought I’d be one of those people that never finishes a book for book club but I devoured this one. This incredibly quirky novel was exactly the kind of feel good, pseudo mystery that I needed. Nothing too heavy or light, just intriguing. I loved the way Bernadette characterizes Seattle and the Eastside, as well as Microsoft, a company I am all too familiar with so there were many laughs. If you’re interested in Seattle culture from a non-hipster point of view, I suggest you read this book. via Amazon
- If you see one movie this summer go see Mad Max Fury Road. This movie is just crazy and beautiful and basically 120 minutes straight of balls to the wall nutso-action. The movie has minimal CGI, so the cinematography and action sequences are basically “real” and boy can you feel it. Just a really fun ride of a movie, and I just totally fell in love with these twisted (but pretty) characters. I would absolutely go see it again. via Gawker
- Oh, Mad Men. I don’t want Mad Men to be over! This show should just go on forever because I would never get tired of spending my Sundays with these characters. :( But if it was going to end, this wasn’t a bad way to go. I couldn’t have asked for a better farewell for some of the characters. It all felt like it fit. And I don’t want to spoil anything but lets just say that Peggy’s final scene made me laugh and cry and just fit so perfectly with what I wanted to see. Ugh Mad Men. I was so invested in the characters, and I’m really going to miss the week after an episode with all the recaps and style reviews, particularly by Tom & Lorenzo. Janie Bryant is my all time favorite costume designer, a total genius. Just check out Trudie’s absolutely perfect outfit as she boards a plane in her last scene. Now that is an exit. via Tom & Lorenzo
- Lisa Congdon Alt Summit Keynote Address was one of those things that came to me at just the right time. I usually don’t open random emails but I happened to open Alt Summit’s link to Lisa Congdon’s keynote speech. The universe wanted it to happen. For anyone who feels like they don’t have the right to follow their creative dreams because they haven’t done it the traditional way or they feel like they won’t be accepted then you should watch this keynote address. Lisa didn’t become a professional artist until she was in her late 30s. She talks about how it’s never too late to start and there’s no “right way” to start. If you have the desire, the dream, the drive, then pursue what interests you. via LisaCongdon.com