January's Best of the Best

 

Back in October, I did a monthly favorites post that I dubbed "Best of the Best". If your life is anything like mine right now, it's in the extra stressful lane, so I hope that these posts bring some chance of an escape into your daily life. Like always, everything on this list has been tried and true by yours truly or is part of my day-to-day life. 100% Sloane Certifed Guaranteed. 

Through My Eyes

Distance Between Dreams- In an alternate world, I would be a pro-surfer. I have always had a slight obsession with surf culture, pro-surfers, and the sport in general. Distance Between Dreams is a documentary about pro-surfer, Ian Walsh, and his journey and dedication the sport. Ian is a primarily big wave surfer (meaning those insane 50 footers), so the film follows him, his family, and friends during the El Niño season in 2015. Not only is the story inspiring, but the surfing and Hawaii scenery makes for stellar cinematography. The documentary is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo. 

Sherlock Season 4- I have been a HUGE Sherlock fan since season 1 came out way back when. I normally don't want live TV at all, but Sherlock is the only exception. I promise I won't give any spoilers away (there is a lot), but while this season was different, it still lived up to the original and well-known hype of the show. Crossing my fingers for a Season 5.... but we all know that won't come for a few years. 

In The Ears

The Soundtrack IV- Introducing the latest installment in my Soundtrack Series. It's the first of 2017 and filled with quite a wide range of jams. 
There is a fair amount of slower singer-songwriter tunes a la Damien Rice and Ed Sheeran, some of some classic 90s "lite" rock, a few house remixes, and of course a bit of La La Land in there.

Messy Heads Podcast- Emma Mercury's digital community- website, social channels, magazine, etc. - has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for me in the past year, so I was psyched when she announced she was creating a podcast. Two episodes are already out- one about heartbreak and one discussing the concept of perfection. Listen in the car, in bed, in the bath, or whenever you are in the need of self-reflection and a break from the mainstream media frenzy. Via Soundcloud

In My Wardrobe

Socks & Vans- Maybe this latest sartorial decision has stemmed from my surf obsession, but in lieu of ankle boots, I have been sporting vans with visible socks. Normally in the middle of winter, I am wearing fleece-lined boots and the thickest socks I own, so the lighter footwear is a welcomed change of pace. With a nod to the laidback West Coast, it adds an interesting, but chill, element to my daily wardrobe. Try it with jeans and a cable knit sweater or turtleneck. 

Pop & Suki camera bag- For Christmas, my brother gave me this personalized crossbody bag. For someone who carries very little (card case, phone, headphones, sunglasses, and car keys), this tiny and charming bag is the best accessory. I'm also a sucker for anything personalized or monogrammed, hence it is a big W for me all-around. 

Cropped jeans- Another nod to surf culture meets Scandivan street style, cropped jeans are slightly quirky and odd looking, but I'm wholeheartedly obsessed. I have been eyeing this Madewell pair, but in the meantime, a vintage pair gets the job done. 

At The Gym

Jump rope & Tabata- I like to mix up my workouts depending on my current goal. Ever since going to Dogpound back in December, I have been incorporating jump roping into my daily workouts. To be honest, I used to be very bad at jump roping, to the point where it slightly embarrassing. But, over the course of two months, I'm proud to say I have greatly improved on my skills. For those who hate slaving away hours on the treadmill or any other cardio machine, try jump roping. In pair with jump roping, I have been using a Tabata timer for my workouts. Tabata is essentially just a form of a HIIT workout, so it is ideal for those looking to both gain muscle and lose body fat. I mix up what moves I do each day, but I tend to follow a loose formula of 1-1.5 minute(s) of jump roping, then 1-1.5 minute(s)a strength/resistance training move, and then 1-1.5 minute(s) of burpees/jump squats/etc. I'll do 3-5 sets of each move, 3-4 times depending on how much time I have. Trust me, you'll get your sweat on and have fun whilst doing so. 

In The Media & Following

Cartia Mallan- I have been following Cartia for awhile on Instagram and YouTube, but since her move to Sydney, Cartia's content has been on fire. She has a genuine and radiant personality that is conveyed through a screen and is incredibly passionate about everything she does. Plus her music taste and style sense is killer. 

Chronicles of Her- Fashion blogger Carmen Hamilton, rebranded her digital platform and created a unique and edgy website talking about style, beauty, and lifestyle. It's humorous, cool, and chic. 

Other & Other

Reading & bathing- Time is fleeting, but personal hygiene and enjoyment reading are mucho important. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I have accumulated a teetering stack of books, so I think it is about time to make a dent. A relaxing, hot bath is the perfect time to do just that.  I just finished The Girls by Emma Cline, and I am currently reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. Next up, I have Gloria Steinem's memoir, My Life on the Road, and the classic Truman Capote novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's.