February was an interesting month for me, to say the least. Even though I feel that way at the end of pretty much every month lately, February sticks out. I was so busy, so in the moment, and so preoccupied with absolutely everything going on in my life that I barely had time to do anything I normally do to chill. It feels good though, but hopefully March will bring some relaxation into my life (and some warm weather). Here are some of the things I loved this month.
Everything, Everything - I thought I had outgrown the teen cheesy love story books, but I officially, have not. This book was so good, and although it was not something informative or something I was constantly highlighting or marking up, it was still such a nice read to put myself in a different world for a little. The movie comes out in May, and stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, and I’m so excited to see it.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - I haven’t finished this book yet, but I’m a little over halfway done. It is fiction also, and the storyline is pretty much all about the unluckiness of a teenage boy, but it is so good. Junot Diaz is brilliant.
Piper Perish - Haven’t finished this out either (told you I’ve been busy), but this is actually a book I found in the advance reader’s book case at my library. There was a bunch of books that haven’t been released yet, and this was one of them. The blurb was about a girl from a small town wanting to live her life in a big city (sound familiar?), and all the things that come with the transition from wanting something to happen so badly to it actually happening. It releases March 7th, check it out!
7,300 Days - This collection of poems tells the story of the 20 years of Isabella Mente’s life. All I have to say is that I finished this entire book in one sitting because it was so beautifully written, and you must read it to treat yourself.
Milk & Honey - I finally got around to reading this and wow. Thank God. It pulled at every single one of the heartstrings in my chest it could possibly pull at.
My February playlist was kind of lame and all over the place, simply because I was barely on my phone this month, and didn’t have much time to listen to any music. But here it is:
Also, Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage came out on my 16th birthday, at the end of January, and it’s been what I have had on repeat for the past month. No exaggeration. My favorite person, who I will hopefully be seeing at Gov Ball in June… fingers crossed!
Red nail polish - A timeless classic that I’ve had on my fingernails since I could open a nail polish better. It just makes everything better.
Black high tops - I sort of forgot how much I loved my mightiest shoes in my closet until it got a little warmer (momentarily, in this wacky weather we’re having) and I started wearing them again… everyday. With everything, no matter what. You can never go wrong with Chucks.
Tees - So simple, but I just love going to Goodwill and scouting out vintage t-shirts with the weirdest things on them, like “I was born in 1962! When JFK was prez and The Music Man was all the rage”. I adore it.
Ellen Fisher - Ellen and her precious family live in Hawaii, and live a completely raw vegan lifestyle. Her videos are just so good and so feel good, you can’t help but spend hours watching them.
Abby Strangward - I have no ideas how I stumbled onto Abby, but her blog and her YouTube videos are so wonderful. She is just a beachy, sunny Australian angel who just reminds you of the feeling of the sun hitting your skin. Check her out :)
Retrograde - Emma’s old vlogs from summer are what cheer me up and remember that summer is going to be here soon, contrary to popular belief. I love The Messy Heads, and Emma, and these videos are groovy.
The Naked Diaries - Although I’m not exactly watching this, I’m still viewing the photos. I’ve been following this account for a few years now, and still love every single post. Taylor Giavasis, who created this profile, is such a beautiful woman, and I am inspired by her and all the people who embrace themselves through this Instagram everyday.
Random convos - this month, I became a really big fan of having conversations with anyone instead of basking in an awkward silence. Some of the best conversations you have will be ones you go out on a limb to have, so you might as well.
Teen Vogue Poetry Slam - Teen Vogue recently launched their Love Issue, and held a poetry slam in NYC in partnership with Urban Outfitters to celebrate the launch. I enjoyed myself so incredibly much at this event, surrounded by such like minded, creative people reading pieces so close to their heart. It was amazing.
Eating - A given that I’ve been eating, but just wanted to reinforce that going vegan is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I 110% hope 2017 is the year you do so too.
Let me know what some of your favorites this month were in the comments! Xo, Jenna