Kat and Katy's February Favourites
We are officially 64 days into 2019, and we don’t know about you guys… but it has already been an amazing adventure.
This month on our favourites we talk about more networking events (shout out to Kat for always finding the best ones to go to!), books that hit close to home and some amazing Instagram accounts that light up our feed — Here’s what made the cut!
@boxspeed is an IG account run by my friend Nick Ross and his photography partner Sam Lee. The account features analog photography artists from all over the world and has created an engaged community supporting the art.
I’ve been toying with the idea of diving into film photography this summer. It’s a relatively cheap hobby to get into, it can teach you a lot about light and colour, and I love that you end up with unique, tangible art.
I recently purchased Box Speed’s 1st issue zine—a great coffee table read of their featured photographers sharing the thoughts and processes behind their work. You can pick one up here.
This month I chose one of the most hilarious instagram accounts (Shout out to my sister for sharing this one with me!)
Everyday we get up wanting to be the best version of ourselves. Some days we conquer and other days we fall short—This instagram account is for the days that we fall short. How can anyone not laugh when they look at these!!
If you enjoy listening to true crime, this podcast turned Netflix series is a must. Dirty John is a true crime podcast hosted by Christopher Goffard based on con artist and sociopath, John Meehan.
I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it at that—feel free to DM me about this topic, I love discussing true crime.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
If you enjoyed the 2005 Adult Swim animated sitcom, The Boondocks, I think you’ll like this book.
It’s a witty satire about racism in the United States, set in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I’m not going to lie, it’s a strange plot—almost an anti-plot where you don’t know where the story is headed within the cartoon-like antics, but the narrator’s observations are nothing short of clever.
I listened to this audiobook for a book club, and if you struggle with the stream of consciousness-narrated stories, I recommend you listen to this one
The Sun and Her Flowers- Rupi Kaur
This was part of Kat’s November Favourites, but the joy of poetry is that it hits people at different times. A poem can speak to you one way on a certain day — then perhaps months down the road, it means something different.
When Rupi writes about her mother and how they came to this country all alone to make a better life for themselves and their children, it always makes me think of the struggles that my family has been through. We may not have moved countries but a struggle is still a struggle, no matter the severity.
I think that it’s an incredible gift to write and have it mean different things to each individual who reads it.
One poem that really jumped out at me this month was:
There isn’t enough time
To give her what she deserves
Do you think
If I begged the sky hard enough
My mother's soul would
Return to me as my daughter
So I can give her
The comfort she gave me
My whole life
David Perrell is a writer and podcaster, exploring topics about society, technology, and naken brands (founded by social media influencers).
His website and podcast, North Star have been a goldmine for sparking curiosity. I especially enjoy his weekly newsletter, The Monday Musings, where Perell shares all his cool findings on the internet. It’s become part of my Monday morning routine.
As you all know, I love Jillian Harris! The woman is friggin awesome, to say the least. Naturally, when she said she was coming out with presets I knew I was going to jump on board that train right away.
Presets are a predetermined configuration of settings in an editing tool. These specific presets are for Lightroom, and Lightroom CC (the mobile App).
When you take a photo and then use the presets it auto adjusts things like the brightness, shadow, whites, sharpness etc. It takes the guesswork out and gives you consistent photos.
I managed to snag the 8 preset packages right away for $50.00 (SCORE!) before they turned into the regular priced $65.00.
Creative Pulse is a volunteer-driven organisation based out of Vancouver. They put together casual events around a discussion lead by a guest speaker on a given topic over pizza, doughnuts, and beer.
I attended the event to support my friend, Annabelle King, who was the night’s guest speaker. Her talk focused on how you can position yourself to make better creative strategies so you can effectively charge for more from your clients.
Creative Pulse hosts events at least every month, and I highly recommend you check it out. It’s a pay-what-you-can system. Tickets are available for $0, $10, or $15—they sell out fast, so look out for their next event at the end of this month.
Beauty & Wellness
When Kat and I attended the Business Babes Collective 4th birthday last month, we were gifted goodie bag upon arrival. Inside this care package, was Bombay Beauty’s, Facial Toner.
I have a bias opinion when it comes to facial sprays ( I LIVE BY Mario Badescu!) but this, my friends, has been an absolute godsend for me! As some of you know, I recently jetted off to Europe, and if you're anything like me — your skin hates traveling!
This small spray packed a mighty punch when it came to hydration and antibacterial properties. The blend of rose water, vanilla and citrus had me feeling refreshed and calm the whole journey.
Needless to say, I will never travel without this again!