1 // Love Is…
This is latest television series created by screenwriter and producer Mara Brock Akil airing on Tuesdays 10p EST/9p CST OWN, who has previously brought us shows like The Game and Being Mary Jane. Every Tuesday night, I stop whatever it is I’m doing to see what is going to happen with Nuri and Yasir. Beyond the fact that it’s entertaining, I always appreciate the thoughtfulness that Mara Akil Brock brings to each of her projects. Her shows connect with viewers on a more intellectual level, and she portrays characters in ways that television, specifically people of color, in a way historically people are not accustomed to seeing them, which is pretty next level.
This year there are so many emerging artist that will be present that I’ve been vibing to for a while. However, the fact alone that Bruno Mars will be there is already enough for me.
3 // Meet Cutes IRL [In Real Life]
It was described the best in the film The Holiday during a conversation between Walter and Iris. However, it can best be described as the scene in which a two characters meets for the first time in a movie. This scene is a staple in most romantic comedies. I’m pretty sure I love hearing about them equally (if not more) as much as I love experiencing them. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures! Also, if you haven’t seen that movie, I suggest that you add it to your list.
4 // Dance Challenges
Every summer a new song comes out that basically becomes a Summer Anthem. I am going to declare Drake’s song “In My Feelings” to be the 2018 Summer Anthem. As a result, a new dance has emerged. Between the In My Feelings Challenge and the brand new Level Up Challenge I already have been and will continue to bop around all summer long.
5 // Protective Hairstyles (featured in these photos)
To promote healthy hair my stylist and I agreed on a protective hairstyle that allowed me to give my hot styling tools a rest for the Summer. It has saved me so much time, and prevents me from damaging my hair. The best part is that my stylist told me I think that you found your look, and I couldn’t agree more!
Allie Appel Photography