Kat and Katy's August Favourites

 
 
Katy and Kat desk photo.

Hi everyone! We are back at it again with a compiled list of our favourites from August. With such a fantastic response last month, we went ahead and stuck with the same themes, choosing our favourite Instagram, books, podcats and so on! 

 

Instagram Accounts

 

Cranfields Creations 

@Cranfieldscreations

Aaron, the mastermind creator behind Cranfields Creations started his baby in 2018 and has been gracing my Instagram feed ever since. He hand-draws all his quirky cult favourite cards in his Manchester home. 

Most of the drawings come with an iconic line that goes so perfectly that it will have you grinning from ear to ear. Some of my person favourites are Sloth (The Goonies), Yoda (Star Wars), and all the Deadpool ones!! His colourful drawings and cute moustache are sure to brighten anyone’s feed.

- Katy

 

coffeeshop

@notacoffeeshop

coffeeshop is a "mecca for the culture and lifestyle of modern day cannabis." They curate beautifully designed and ingenious products, art, and podcasts for the cannabis connoisseurs.

I love the aesthetics of their Instagram feed and the movement they represent in cannabis culture. They're pushing away from the up-to-no-good basement stoner stereotypes to the culturally elevated, productive creatives that the cannabis community is truly made up of. 

-Kat

 

Podcasts 

 

Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey

anchor.fm/couples-therapy

Most people know who Casey Niestat is from his viral videos and Youtube channel. Now everyone can listen to Casey and his wife, Candice talk openly about the struggles that they face in their marriage.

The candid openness of how they talk is good for a laugh as well as offering a new perspective to some situations that everyone has had to face or could face in the future.

Being an avid voice for mental health, Candice provides a different perspective on both sides of any relationship and is raw with the things she struggles with herself personally.

For anyone that has ever been in therapy or even thought about reaching out for someone to talk to, both Candice and Casey share how much it has helped them, and contribute to eliminating some of the stigmatism that most people fear.

They are far from licensed professionals, but I do find that listening to others sure helps to bring new light and ideas to situations that I may not have thought of before.

-Katy

 

Last Podcast On The Left

Episode 310: Rasputin Part I

This was a recommended favourite from a dear friend— shout out to my mountain-loving friend and overall superman athlete running a 100 km race this weekend, James (straight running for 21-25 hours—seriously superhuman, right?).

We both share a love of history and fascination of twisted humans. The Last Podcast On the Left covers all the horrors our world has to offer from serial killers, cults, and cold case murders. 

The weekly podcasted is hosted by three longtime friends, comedian and podcast host Ben Kissel, podcast producer and researcher Marcus Parks, and comedian and actor Henry Zebrowski. They make for great storytellers— you'll laugh, be disgusted, and learn a thing or two about history and human psychology. 

-Kat

 

Books 

 

Kitchen Confidential-Insider Edition/ Anthony Bourdain

This past month has been a bit crazy with all the travel and seeing everyone now that we are home for just a short while. I recently picked up Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential, and I have not been able to put it down!!

As someone who went to cooking school and who has worked in kitchens for almost 12 years, I have no idea how I never read this book before. Anthony’s crude humour and love for food pours through on every page.

His writing style is one that I strive for—I love the aspect of reading it and feeling as though I’m sitting at the bar shooting the shit with an old friend. If you have a passion for food and a weird love for listening to the morbid things that happen in kitchens, this is the book for you.

-Katy

 

The Course of Love by Alain De Botton

I'm about half-way through reading The Course of Love, but I'm finding it incredibly insightful. Alain De Botton is a philosopher and author of essays on themes ranging from love, travel, architecture, and philosophy. 

I read his essay "On Love" in The School of Life Volume 1, and was immediately intrigued with his ideas and writing style. He writes in a way that makes philosophical ideas digestible and relatable to everyday problems. 

In The Course of Love, De Botton relates the bullet points from his essay into a true-to-life love story about a couple in Edinburgh— from what love means to these characters, how they fell in love, how they negotiate their fears and insecurities, and how they become the right person for each other. 

Fairy tales and love stories lead us to believe we find "the one" who share our tastes, interest, and life dreams then it's happily ever after. De Botton highlights that "the one" isn't necessarily the person we initially fall madly in love with— but overtime with careful negotiation in differences of taste and priorities, evolve into the right person for us.

-Kat

 

Apps/Websites

 

Adobe Photoshop Express

www.photoshop.com/products/photoshopexpress

I started using this last month and was a bit unsure how it was going to go… let me just say that it blew all my expectations out of the water! It is quick, simple, and so user-friendly.

When it comes to the Photoshop on my laptop, I sometimes don’t have hours to fine tweak everything… in comes the app. Perfect for editing all the photos that you need and even allows you to save some of your favourite adjustments that you normally use. There is an option to purchase a few extra filters, but it is not necessary, and I found it doesn’t make a difference. For all your quick Photoshop needs, I recommend to you this app!!

-Katy

 
Photo by Lum3n.com from Pexels

Photo by Lum3n.com from Pexels

 

Explore

 

Bowden SunMaze

34530 Range Road #14
Red Deer County, Alberta
T0M 0K0

Gus and Bowden SunMaze

I grew up in Calgary and have only just visited the Bowden farm this summer! It's about an hour and a half drive north from Calgary towards Red Deer. For $9 adult admission and $6.50 for kids, you can adventure through the sunflower fields, corn maze, petting zoo, and u-pick farm fresh fruit and veggies. 

In September, they have extended hours to snap sunset photos of the sunflower fields, and the strawberries will be ripe for picking. 

 

Beauty & Wellness

Farsali 

Is a beauty serum that is a bridge between skincare and makeup that is sold online and in most Sephoras. It was created by a man for his wife (cuuute). He noticed that there was always a divide between the two and wanted to make something that she could be both proud of and use herself.

I purchased the Unicorn Essence earlier this month and it has become a part of my everyday skincare routine. It is an oil-free duo-purpose serum which helps to protect the skin while preparing it for layering moisturiser and make-up. It has worked so perfectly that next, I am ordering the Volcanic Elixir that is hypo-allergenic and has some amazing anti-bacterial properties which sounds amazing for my sensitive skin.

 -Katy

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

 
 

Okay, I know this isn't a new product. It's something that has been in the beauty community and a cult classic for ages—but it's new to me! 

I now totally understand all the hype around this magic in a spray bottle. I had a photoshoot and a wedding last month and this product kept my make-up looking on-point through all the sweaty moments, happy tears, and dancing the night away. 

 

If you end up trying/ reading/ or listening to any of our recommendations, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging us @weare.kittygang.

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