When May flowers give way to October temperatures, a traffic cone-colored vintage coat is the best way to brighten your day. Seriously though, summer is coming eventually, right? RIGHT?!?
It seems antiquated in the age of the FaceChats and InstaTweets, but e-newsletters are experiencing a surprising resurgence. Much like the rebirth of podcasts, a new wave of emailed infotainment has come to take over our inboxes. While the format hasn’t changed significantly since the days of OGs like DailyCandy (RIP), a well executed newsletter provides welcome relief from the usual bill notifications and cash-strapped Nigerian princes. A few of my current favorites:
Tomorrow Looks Bright
This curated newsletter highlights creative projects from Black women around the globe, and manages to make Sunday evenings from lightly dread-inducing to highly inspirational.
When you need to know what’s going on in the world but didn’t wake up in time for NPR Morning Edition, The Skimm has you covered. This daily newsletter is delivered first thing in the morning and breaks down everything from the European refugee crisis to Beyonce’s latest surprise album. It’s like talking to a really well-informed friend.
Focused on exploring race with provocative reporting and discussion Race/Related began as a Black History Month experiment from the New York Times. Sent every other week, this journalist-curated newsletter is one of the most thoughtfully executed I’ve seen.
Of a Kind
Come for the designer edition releases, stay for the hilariously playful insights of Of a Kind founders Erica and Claire. If you need something to listen to, no worries: they host a fun podcast, too!
BFF-worthy Another Round podcast hosts Tracy and Heben send their favorite articles, videos, and more via a weekly email. It’s like getting silly yet awesome group texts from your closest girlfriends.
Shameless plug alert: Curated Creatives is my weekly newsletter highlighting Cincinnati creatives I’m not able to talk to on the podcast, but who are still doing awesome things in and around the Queen City. From floral designers to indie bakers to app developers, these are the people and projects worth knowing about. Sign up here!
I knew this would happen someday. After the too-soon deaths of Michael, Whitney, Amy, and so many others, I knew I would lose my favorite at some point. But I was totally unprepared for Prince’s death, news of which came yesterday via TMZ (how do they always know?). I was on a photo shoot and just happened to be browsing Twitter when the questions started popping up. Was it true? Was it a hoax? My knees were weak as I scrolled through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, desperately looking for proof that it was all a misunderstanding. My heart started pounding, then stopped completely when I read that his agent had confirmed the news: he was gone.
Anyone who has known me for more than five minutes knows Prince is my fave. My social media profiles accurately describe me as a Purple Rain aficionado. My ringtone has been “Kiss” ever since I figured out how to make “Kiss” my ringtone. I’ve dressed up as Prince for Halloween – and other occasions – multiple times. I have a playlist exclusively dedicated to the music of Prince and his many protégés. In kindergarten, I claimed purple as my favorite color because that’s what he wore. I made him a part of my identity.
Dig if you will this picture…of my #Prince costume circa Halloween ’08(?). I remember walking down the street in this getup with people yelling “Prince! Sing 1999!” I happily obliged. Felt good to walk in his (tiny, heeled) shoes and live in the aura of his untouchable swag, even just for a day. #RIP mini purple genius.
If you asked me why, exactly, I couldn’t tell you. I admired his immense talent, his boldness, his style, his IDGAF attitude, his hair (I mean, come ON), his masterful side-eye, his endless creativity, his sense of humor, his prolificness. It seemed unfair, really. Who can play that many instruments? Write that many songs? Wear that much lace and lamé and make it look that damn GOOD? Who else has that kind of swag?
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 21, 2016
When the news of his death hit, family and friends texted me to ask if I was okay. Exes came out of the woodwork to check on me. My co-workers kindly allowed me to grieve in silence while I tried to digest the news. I had an ugly cry moment – inconveniently – in the car, while singing along to “Kiss” during a radio station tribute.
My musical genius of choice left behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s comforting to think that a piece of him lives on in all of his fans, and not least of all, in me.
Friends, I think we’ve finally (finally!) reached the time of year when it’s not-crazy to wear a medium-weight sweater instead of the layers of down and wool and Monchichi™ fur necessitated by temperatures that barely reach the legal drinking age. What I’m saying is, it’s Spring!
Spring means it’s time to shop, and what could be more fun/convenient/tempting than a whole entire event dedicated to shopping? Enter CINsational, a brand new show focused on showcasing cool brands and practically bursting at the seams with free samples and giveaways. I’ll be there this weekend getting my shop on with the meager tax refund Uncle Sam saw fit to provide, because re-investing in the economy via conspicuous consumption is the American Way.
Also, I am the worst photo subject ever because I either look frat-bro drunk or cannot stop laughing when people take pictures of me. This is why I work behind the camera.
One beautiful, sunny (and extremely windy) afternoon, I broke out my favorite blue velvet flares and got my baby hair in order to meet photographer Damon Wilson and Queen City Vignette’s Amber Zaragoza for a photo shoot. The star of the shoot? No, not me. A chair.
Not just any chair, though. Genevieve – which totally sounds like a historical American Girl doll I would’ve loved – is a vintage settee made of carved wood and covered in vibrant mint velvet. She looks like Marie Antoinette and a Velvet Elvis painting had a furniture baby. I knew I had to bring my A-game; after all, this was the #throneproject.
After a fun afternoon shooting around Smale Park, I got to know Genevieve better and I think she’d be perfect for a chic birthday gathering at The Frock, engagement photos with a romantic retro vibe, or pretty much any event involving lots of rosé. Your call.