May Favorite Things

R.I.P. MAY.

Did you think I forgot about May Favorite Things? Ha! Joke’s on you!

*pulls lever*

Da-da-da-daa! 

SPLENDIDLY, KAIT’S MAY FAVORITE THINGS:

SONG: All Night – Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

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I’m a newbie to the Chance The Rapper club. All of my friends listen to him, yet I resisted their efforts to put me on. And then Coloring Book dropped. I thought, might as well just take a listen, see what all the hype is about, right?

I binge listen to music, which is a personal trait I may have mentioned before on the blog, and Coloring Book was on a constant loop immediately following its May 12th release.

It’s an unapologetic mixtape – unapologetic in its Christianity, unapologetic in its blackness, unapologetic in its Chicago pride, unapologetic in its lyricism.

First and foremost, Coloring Book is a collective of feel-good tracks. “All Night” is just that, a feel-good record with its fun ad-libs and that vibrant beat! Ugh! I can’t help but dance.

Movie: It Follows

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It Follows was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and was widely released in March of 2015. Yet, people have still been sleeping on this movie! I first heard about it from Ariana Grande, the self-proclaimed horror movie junkie, on Snapchat around Halloween-time last year. I have been searching for it for ages, as I myself LOVE horror movies, but it wasn’t available on any streaming or subscription service. I decided to just take the L on never finding it.

Then, while curating a movie night near the end of May, I stumbled across the title on Showtime. BINGO! And let me tell y’all… this movie is crazy scary. Jasmine and I watched it in complete darkness and still regret that decision today. It’s about a girl who has sex on a date and is literally followed by a dark entity.

Y’ALL.

This movie will have you changing up, living a life of celibacy, paranoia, and constant fear. It is so good. If you are subscribed to Showtime under your cable provider, this movie is free and waiting for you.

So. Good.

Present: My new bed

Remember all the fire and brimstone that was my freshman finals week? When we finally got back to my home in New Jersey, I was pooped. All I wanted to do was lay on the living room couch. But about an hour after we got home, my grandma whispered to me, the half-zombie sprawled out on the sofa, “Mom has a surprise for you upstairs on your desk.”

So naturally I trekked up the stairs to my room with my mom, grandma, and little brother trailing after me. My desk is against the wall closest to my bedroom door, so when I entered the room, I was already facing it. Then something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye.

It was my new full bed! I started screaming and crying like I won the lottery LOL.

See, I’ve never had my own room, in all of my 18 years. I’ve always shared with my sister, Ravin, until she moved out and got her own apartment, the summer I left to go to NYU… to share a room for another year.

I’ve also only ever had a twin bed, and I’ve been asking my parents for years if “whenever” I got my own room, if I could upgrade from the twin life.

The timing and the funds were never “right,” according to them. Little did I know they were just planning a surprise.

My room is now a Kaitlyn cave and I rarely leave it, let alone leave my perfect bed.

Skin Care Item: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask and African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub

As we all know, I am a skin care whore. If I walk down the skin care and beauty aisle at Target, I’m leaving the aisle cradling 8-10 bottles. It’s just what happens, I can’t control it.

On my most recent visit to Target, I found out that Shea Moisture has a skin care line! Why did no one tell me?! I’m a huge fan of Shea Moisture (one of my natural hair faves) so I was definitely intrigued.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been fighting a six year battle with the trinity from hell: acne, dark spots, and combination skin. My skin has now teetered over to the dry/normal side and I’ve gotten most of my acne under control (yay!) and the only thing left plaguing me of the trinity are the dark spots.

Shea Moisture’s Mud Mask and Facial Wash & Scrub both contain African Black Soap, Tamarind extract, and Tea Tree Oil. African Black Soap is well known amongst the Black community for evening out skin tones, aiding blemishes and fading those pesky dark spots. According to Shea Moisture’s website, the Tamarind extract serves as a natural astringent to exfoliate and brighten skin while the Tea Tree Oil promotes healing with naturally antiseptic properties.

My testimonial is this: so far so good, y’all.

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My crazy ass family, reunited for Ravin’s 24th birthday BBQ. I love them more than anything. Taken on May 28. 

Days: May 7-10

My last three days in the city and my last three days of my freshman year were tough but made special by the rad people I have in my life.

In those last three days, I lost my Thai food virginity with my roomies, had many impromptu dance parties, was kept alive in the library by my ride or die study buddies, and attended what we will call “The iHop Last Supper” with my roomies and our RA, Vince, one of my favorite people ever.

In such a stressful cluster of days riddled with deadlines and sleep deprivation, Gabby, Jonelle, Selam, Chioma, and Vince brought me positivity, laughter, and even more memories.

May started off bumpy, but I’ll accept a rocky ride any time if they’re riding with me.

Wishing you the best for the month of June. 🙂

Splendidly,

Kait

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