Kat and Katy's July Favourites
Hey gang, we thought we'd share a few of our favourite tidbits of inspiration, products, and services we've become obsessed with in the last month from Instagram accounts, podcasts, books, apps, websites, and more!
If anyone lives in the greater Vancouver area, they will know Jillian Harris as a household name from long before her time on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
Jillian Harris has graced us with more DIY and home decor ideas than one can even count. She is avid for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and spreading awareness for the environment —a loving mother, partner, and proud woman who is not afraid to show her emotions and tell it like it is. Her high fashion sense and trucker mouth make it an easy one to add on this month's favourite list.
James Gulliver Hancock
I was at the library when James Gulliver Hancock's book All the Buildings In New York: That I've Drawn So Far jumped out at me. Hancock is an Australian illustrator and an avid traveller. Like Hancock, I'm fascinated with architecture.
"It is this fascination—"an obsession," if you will— with everyday details that helped me understand my place throughout my travels."
Hancock's Instagram account is just fucking cool—I love everything about his illustration style from his colour palettes, his subjects, and the details he brings to life in his line work.
My Favorite Murder (MFM)
The dynamic duo Karen and Georgia, along with Steven (his moustache) and all the furry pets they own, bring to life some of the most horrific and strange true crime stories that they can get their hands on.
The storytelling and comic relief bring the story to life in ways that make it an easy listen for (almost) anyone. This is one ‘Murderino’ who says the catchphrase "Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered" at every opportune moment, appropriate or not.
This podcast series will make you say, "wait, you can make money doing that!?"
Weird Work interviews people who share the interesting ways they earn a living, outside of the conventional 9-5 frame, from writing dinosaur or monster erotic fiction to dosing clients with psychedelics to improve productivity.
It just goes to show there's a market out there for nearly EVERYTHING, if you put in the work.
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
This is the story of Hannah Rosethal and her family before and after the St. Louis tragedy. A history not known by many due to the guilt shared by Cuba, the United States, and Canada.
It is a story about love, hardship, and learning to make the best of situations that you have no control over. The ending had me sobbing like a baby as I knew that Hannah had found what she had been waiting for all those long years.
I wouldn’t want to say anymore, afraid that I will ruin it for those who haven’t had a chance yet to be swept away into two worlds so different but destined to collide.
IQ by Joe Ide
I grew up loving the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Connan Doyle, and you can tell the author, Joe Ide was a big fan of the Sherlock stories too. His character Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) is a street-smart, modern day Holmes who lives in one of the toughest areas in California— Long Beach.
The characters, the crime, and how Ide unfolds both the crime-solving plot and an origin story is clever and unpretentious. I can't wait to get to know these characters more and am eagerly anticipating Ide's next novels. -Kat
This language learning app may not be as well known as Rosetta Stone, but it has its own family of language learners. With many common language options to choose from, as well as an ‘offline’ option to download exercises, it is the perfect aid for anyone travelling to new and foreign countries.
My French may not be where I want it to be, but I know that I am well on my way with Babble. -Katy
I've been binging articles on Design Luck during my procrastination sessions.
Their archives are filled with essays on ideas, lessons, and humanity from some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers aimed at providing readers with insight on how they can solve creative problems with new ways of thinking.
For me, it's a productive way to procrastinate because it gets me fired up again to get shit done.
Here are a few of my favourite reads so far:
Beauty & Wellness
This has been a lifesaver for me the whole first week of July. I was lucky enough to spend time in Corse— a small French Island that lies under Italy where it averages 32 degrees every day.
While I used SPF 50 sunblock, I was still gifted with a few sunburns. This cream is cooling, non-greasy, and smells amazing! If you are spending time in the sun, I highly recommend it. -Katy
Greenhouse the Bathhouse
Greenhouse is a communal unisex bathhouse and modern rejuvenation space located at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. This treat was gifted to my partner and I from a client as a farewell gift for leaving Australia (wish all clients gifted like this!)
The package included 2 glasses of bubbly or kombucha with a light lunch and 90 minutes of lounging in their magnesium pool, hot tubs, dry sauna, and steam room. The sauna and steam room make your pores release sweat and help plump skin, balancing oil production for more acne-prone skin.
It's a lovely treat if you're in the area looking for a relaxing little getaway!
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.
We'd love to know what some your July favourites are too!