I NEED SOME SUN: A Playlist

After what felt like an eternity of rain and cloudy skies, the sun is finally starting to make a comeback. I could not be any happier about this! To summon more of those sunshine vibes, I’ve curated a playlist of “sun” related songs. Consider this as an offering to the weather gods so that we may all be blessed with sunshine and clear skies. Enjoy xx

April Favourites: A Playlist

April was such an amazing month for new releases! There were so many albums that I was anticipating in April, and all of them were worth the wait. From the new Father John Misty to the new Kendrick Lamar, my ears have been over the moon with new tunes to listen to. I was even pleasantly surprised by the Harry Styles single that dropped (I’m really digging the song’s vibe. Very unexpected!). Also, can we talk about the new Alt-J singles?! I cannot wait till Relaxer comes out. It’s gonna be such a great album judging from 3WW and In Cold Blood (I can’t stop listening to both these songs). In addition to a handful of new tunes, I’ve had a bunch of older favourites on repeat as well. I’ve even got some Mozart in there from when I was cramming for exams. Enjoy the vibes xx

February Favourites: A Playlist

I’m the type of person who becomes obsessed with one song, and listens to it over and over again. February was a month that had plenty of songs that I obsessively played on repeat. I’ve taken the liberty of compiling all these songs into one playlist, mostly for my benefit, but also in case any of you were interested in knowing what constantly played on my speakers. It’s such a mish mash of genres, and there’s no rhyme or reason as to why I had these stuck in my head all month long.

A Cozy Sunday for the Jaded

Sometimes, life gets to be a little too much, but it’s hard to take that day off when you know you need to get things done. I was having a conversation with a coworker the other day about how exhausting it is trying to balance everything from school to work to a social life. It’s so easy to forget to make time for yourself, but often times that’s all you really need. That alone time to recharge and rejuvenate is so crucial to your well being, and can make all the difference in the way you approach all your tasks.

I decided to take Sunday off, and I mean this in the truest possible sense of the phrase. I had originally planned to study all day, but I figured my brain needed a break. I did nothing work or school related. Instead, I did 3 things this Sunday that I hadn’t done in a long time.

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Music To Keep You Focused

Midterm season is in full swing, and I can’t get myself to study. I do this thing where I go to the library, and I’ll sit there and stare at the same slide of a lecture powerpoint until I fall asleep. Other times, I’ll end up on Facebook watching cute dog videos, or on Instagram stalking the HotGuysReading hashtag. It’s a tough student life. In the midst of my non-studying, I have curated a playlist, so that you won’t have to suffer the same fate as me. This playlist will keep you awake (most of the songs are upbeat), without distracting you from reading (most of the songs are lyric free). Happy studying, and may the gods of academia look down upon you with graciousness and favour!

A Week Of Rain (A Playlist Of Sad Songs)

January is coming to an end, yet it doesn’t feel like winter here in Toronto. The usual snow covered trees and snow-filled sidewalks are no where to be found. Instead, we are faced with wet sidewalks and grey skies. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have not seen sunlight in a week. I guess global warming isn’t just a hoax created by the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive…. Quel dommage! If you are like me, and enjoy pretending that you are the troubled protagonist in a film – sitting by a window, watching the rain – then this playlist is perfect for you. Enjoy! xx

Curing the Monday blues + Playlist

I woke up this morning, and the Monday blues hit me hard. There’s just something about a Monday morning that instantly kills my good vibes. It must be a psychological thing. My brain must be programmed to believe that Mondays suck. The Monday blues won’t do, so I’ve decided to stop moping around and turn my Monday morning blues into Monday morning bliss. I grabbed all my favourite things (aka coffee, books, a face mask, and music), and plopped right back into bed pretending that it’s the weekend. Let me tell you, I feel a million times better after listening to the new Bon Iver tracks, and just relaxing in bed. So here’s a playlist that I curated this morning, which helped me get over the blues. Enjoy xx

 

Sunday Morning Playlist

Sunday mornings are for laying in bed with a cup of coffee while listening to some relaxing tunes. The only valid reason to get out of bed on a Sunday morning is to flip a record to its B-side. All real world worries and activities should be left untouched until Monday rolls along. Here’s a mix of songs that bring me maximum relaxation on Sunday mornings. Enjoy the good vibes!

track list

  • Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
  • Piledriver Waltz – Arctic Monkeys
  • Honey & I – HAIM
  • You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  • Violets – Matt Kivel
  • Lost in the Light – Bahamas
  • Little River – Tallest Man On Earth
  • Better Man – Leon Bridges
  • Little Bit – Lykke Li
  • Time Is Dancing – Ben Howard
  • Young Blood – Birdy
  • Sweet Life – Frank Ocean
  • The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt. – Father John Misty
  • Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
  • Step – Vampire Weekend
  • Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground
  • Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Weekly Favourites July 10-16

Last week was chock-full of exploration, and trying new things. From new lunch spots to new books, I’ve definitely discovered some fresh favourites. Here is my list of things that I have fallen in love with in the past week.

Book

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I am absolutely head over heals in love with Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by R.H. Sin. It is a stunning book of poetry about life, love, loss, and leaving. Sin’s writing is raw and honest. After reading every poem in the book, I feel like I’ve just read someone’s diary and I’ve become a better person because of it. There are poems in the book that resonated with me more than others, and “Good Vibes Only” really struck a chord with me.

Songs

Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats

I rediscovered this song while going through videos I had saved from Bestival last month. It is such a catchy song that I have had it stuck in my head the entire week. I’m definitely down to dance to The Wombats any day!

Mountain At My Gates (Alex Metric Remix) – Foals

This is a brand new remix to the song by Foals. It has such a great vibe to it. The song manages to be upbeat while having an ambient charm to it. This is something that I would love to listen to on a summer night. Pure bliss!

Food

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I’ve been craving pizza a lot lately, so naturally I indulged in my cravings. I decided to try out a place I’ve never been to and I really enjoyed it. If you are in Toronto and looking to get some bomb tasting pizza, definitely try out Sud Forno if you haven’t already. They even have a cute patio!

Clothing

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Rompers! It has been insanely hot in Toronto lately, so lightweight rompers have been my best friend. They just make getting dressed so easy because all you have to do is throw it on and voila! you’re dressed. The romper I am wearing in the photos is from H&M.

There you have it, folks, all my favourites from last week! xx