MY, OH, MY IT’S BEEN TOO LONG

Hello, internet! My laptop charger broke and I was without my precious MacBook for nearly a month, but I’m back and better than ever. Other than that, life has been tremendous. Being without a computer was quite wonderful, honestly. It gave me time to do things other than stare at a screen for hours on end. So, I’m going to recommend some things that I enjoyed during my absence from the internet.

1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

I finally read Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem (happy belated birthday to the truly inspirational Didion- she just turned 80 and is still as stylish and lovely as ever) and it blew me away. Her prose will make you want to be a better writer. It will also make you want to read everything she’s ever written.

2. Twin Peaks (TV series, 1990-1991)

Shamefully, it took me until 2014 to finally watch Twin Peaks in its entirety. It’s still haunting me. David Lynch has a way of doing that- peering into the darkest places and making you feel terror that shouldn’t exist outside of actual nightmares. The scenes with Bob have given me nightmares like nothing else.

3. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Yes, Please is so incredible and honest and my, God, we are lucky Amy Poehler exists in our lifetime. I suggest you read this one right away. It’ll make you want to take the world by storm and experience everything.

3. The One I Love, 2014, dir. Charlie McDowell

I saw the trailer, which reveals little but intrigues a lot, and was transfixed. Mark Duplass tweeted that it was finally available on Netflix and I watched it immediately. You need to do the same before you hear anything about the plot. It’s the most uniquely original film I’ve seen in quite some time. I was entertained from the first scene. It should also be noted that Ted Danson is in this for little bit, which makes The One I Love well worth watching just for that. His stepson, Charlie McDowell (son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen), directed the movie, and Mary Steenburgen’s voice is featured in one scene. It’s a family affair!

5. “Birthday” by Selena Gomez
My friend Rachel heard this song while shopping in Forever 21 and immediately reported back to me on how girly and fun it is. It’s been our car ride go-to, and it really is the most girly and the most fun.

FAVORITE THINGS: 10 APPS I LOVE

With the release of iOS 8, I found myself doing some last minute phone cleanup. I moved all my photos over to my laptop and deleted them off my phone (and what a beautiful change that was- I had so many useless photos on my phone!) and I deleted a few apps that I really didn’t use all that much anymore. That was the real struggle. I have a hard time convincing myself to delete apps even though I know I can just download them again at any time. I am app addicted. I will download just about any free app to see what it’s like. I usually end up downloading and deleting about 3 apps a week on average, making me, what I believe to be kind of an app connoisseur. With that being said, I’m going to let you in on what apps I have on my phone and love. I know, and you’re welcome.

Yoga Studio
Hands down the best yoga app. For the longest time, the only way I would do yoga was if it was with Chaz from the Yogamazing video podcast. Then my friend Haley recommended Yoga Studio, and because she spoke so highly of it, I paid the $3.99 that it costs and I’m so glad I did. There are tons of routines to choose from and you can even make your own with varying levels of difficulty. There are great options for what kind of workout you want to do, like yoga for back pain, quick yoga fix, deep relaxation meditations, sun salutations, etc. If you love yoga, you need this app.



Headspace
Headspace is a great app for people like me who want to learn how to effectively meditate. It’s a very aesthetically pleasing app that works almost like a game. You have 10 levels of meditations that last 10 minutes apiece. You start at level one and work your way to level 10, all the while learning the basics of meditation through very relaxing and helpful guided meditations.



Glow
If you are a woman and want to take control of your reproductive health, download Glow. That’s an order. It’s the best period tracking app available. The design is lovely and colorful and full of great features including helpful tips for the symptoms you’re experiencing and advanced notice of when your period will start.


Heads Up!
Heads Up! is the best party game. I would play it all the time with everyone if people didn’t think I was super weird for even just wanting to do that. It’s so easy to play. You hold the phone on your forehead with the screen facing your partner. A word or phrase will pop up on the screen and your partner’s goal is to get you to say as many correctly as possible. The variety of cards available is one of the best things about Heads Up!. There’s a 90s deck, a television show deck, movies, celebrities, accents and impressions, etc. etc. It’s so much fun. One of the coolest things about the app, though, is that it records a video while you play so you can go back and watch and laugh at how dumb you and your friends look.


QuizUp
I love a good quiz game, and QuizUp is the best quiz app for the iPhone. There is a plethora of topics to choose from. Literally anything and everything is on there. My most-played categories are Breaking Bad, The Oscars, Logos, Arrested Development, Girls, and Wes Anderson Films. Download it and let’s challenge each other!


Evernote
Everyone always talks about how great Evernote is and that’s because it’s the truth. I’ve been using Evernote since I got my first iPhone and I don’t plan to stop. Evernote is even more super now because it works as a widget with iOS 8, meaning that it shows up in your notification center for easy access. From the notification center, you can post directly to Evernote in multiple forms: text, camera, photos, reminder, or list. It’s a great app for bloggers (I use it to jot down any ideas for posts I have and to keep any photos or various tidbits of information I find and want to post later).


This American Life
One of a handful of apps that I’ve actually paid for, This American Life is superb. You have access to the every single episode of the podcast which is incredible. It’s a great listen for long road trips and commutes. If you aren’t familiar with This American Life, click here and discover what you’ve been missing out on.


Songza
If you’re still using Pandora for your internet radio, I feel bad for you. Songza is one hundred million times better than Pandora. You can choose stations depending on mood, activity, genre, decade, or you can use Songza’s concierge to pick a station for you. Trust me, go ahead and delete Pandora and download Songza.


VSCOcam
Hands down the best photo editing app. All my photos first go into VSCOcam, then…


Afterlight
…to Afterlight, mostly to make use of it’s framing (plain white, shapes, silhouettes, lettering, or polaroid) and the options to add light leak, instant film, or dusty photo effects.


So, tell me, what are some of your favorite apps?

10 MOVIES FROM THE 1960S STREAMING ON NETFLIX/HULU THAT YOU NEED TO WATCH

The 1960s were an EXCELLENT time for film. It’s when the world was introduced to the French New Wave, it’s when Stanley Kubrick really found his voice as a filmmaker, it’s when the cult film really came into being, and those are just a handful of landmarks in film history that happened in the 1960s. If you haven’t seen many films from the 1960s, what’s wrong with you? Get to it! You have a plethora of fantastic choices at your fingertips through the beauty that is Netflix and Hulu, and I’m here to give you some recommendations.


10. Cléo from 5 to 7, 1962, dir. Agnès Varda
Available on: Hulu Plus

If you want to really experience Paris, France in the 1960s, the movie you need to watch is Cléo from 5 to 7. Cléo, a French singer, is nervously awaiting a biopsy from her doctor. To distract herself, she travels around Paris for two hours.


09. Persona, 1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman
Available on: Hulu Plus

Want to watch something that really messes with your brain? Persona will do the job, for sure. A nurse is delegated the task of looking after an actress who can’t speak. The nurse begins to feel the actress’s personality molding with her own. It’s exceedingly trippy and bizarre and beautiful. One of Bergman’s best.


08. Valley of the Dolls, 1967, dir. Mark Robson
Available on: Netflix Instant

Sharon Tate, God rest your beautiful soul, you were captivating in Valley of the Dolls, a 1967 film about women trying to make it in New York and Hollywood. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.


07. Week End, 1967, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Available on: Hulu Plus

One of the most interesting and original movies available to view currently, married couple Corinne and Roland Durand decide to take a weekend trip. The trip takes a turn for the worst due to a series of car pileups, traffic jams, and everything else you could possibly think of. Along the way, though, they run into various characters from history and literature, and that’s where the real fun happens.


06. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961, dir. Blake Edwards
Available on: Netflix Instant

Oh, Audrey. Her most charming and acclaimed role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is not my favorite performance of hers, but this film is extremely important and wonderful. Holly is a complicated character- when in public she’s flighty and sociable, but behind closed doors she’s a bundle of neuroses.


05. Rosemary’s Baby, 1968, dir. Roman Coppola
Available on: Netflix Instant

“This isn’t a dream… this is really happening!” Rosemary and her husband Guy move into a new apartment. After Rosemary becomes pregnant, things start getting weird.


04. L’Avventura, 1961, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
Available on: Hulu Plus

Simple plot: A woman goes missing and while searching for her, her best friend and her boyfriend start to fall in love. Antonioni puts his glorious spin on the story and the directing is impeccable.


03. Breathless, 1960, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Available on: Hulu Plus

Godard’s seminal classic and a great collaboration between Godard and Truffaut. Jean-Paul Belmondo is Michel Poiccard, a criminal on the run from the police who is trying to persuade his American lover, Jean Seberg as the adorable Patricia Franchini, to join him in fleeing France.


02. A Hard Day’s Night, 1964, dir. Richard Lester
Available on: Hulu Plus

Do I really need to explain? It’s the Beatles’ first and best movie. It’s hilarious and full of happiness.


01. The Graduate, 1967, dir. Mike Nichols
Available on: Netflix Instant

My all-time favorite movie, The Graduate is perfect filmmaking. It never once loses your attention. It’s perfect. Dustin Hoffman is Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who finds himself in an affair with his father’s business partner’s wife, Mrs. Robinson. Things get confusing when Benjamin starts to fall in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine.