The Dream Team's June Favorites!
1. Don’t Touch My Hair, by Sharee Miller
I purchased this book, along with a number of other books after I realized that my kids library had primarily white representation and I wanted to do something about it ASAP. This book is SO fantastic, Luke and Daragh are obsessed with it and not only does it have much more multicultural representation in it, it has a fantastic message and the most beautiful illustrations. Sharee Miller opens the conversation regarding personal space and permission really well, and we have had really great chats about it. Its become a new family favourite. Favourite part? When the mermaids want to touch Arias hair too. Love it.
Friends, I have been on the hunt for YEARS for the perfect non-toxic deodorant (that actually works). Not only does this one work, but they have just introduced it in plastic-free packaging! Holy cow, triple win here. Their scents are awesome (my fav is Coconut and Vanilla) and gender-neutral. I have switched Dave to Citrus Herbal and Musk, from his beloved Speed Stick and he hasn’t looked back in over 6 months. I also have to mention that their customer service, shipping and packaging copy is hilarious and actually makes me laugh out loud: “Your order of Native was gently pulled by our team of experts and placed on a gold-trimmed pillow stuffed with the finest fibres known to man.” Such a nice change in a sea of “your order has been confirmed” copy. Ps. Also a big fan of their bar soap as well!
Luke and I heard this song blaring out of a boat on the weekend, and I managed to shazam it before it flew by us- I was shocked I managed to catch it! We then proceeded to listen to it all day, and I’m listening to it on repeat right now. Not only is it super catchy, but I love the unexpected jazz feel in the almost electronic/house song, not to mention the lyrics could not be more on point right now.
4. On the Fly Crop, by Lululemon
I don’t own much lululemon, but I picked up a pair of their On The Fly 7/8 Pants last year and completely fell in love with them. These babies aren’t cheap, but I can say without a doubt, they are totally worth it. I just purchased the crop version for Summer, and I know I will be living in them (I’m also currently wearing them). They can totally pass as a nice work pant, but can easily be worn for kicking it with the kids in the backyard or going for a light jog. I’m curvy and wear an 8, they have tons of stretch, but don’t stretch out. Double duty is a deal maker for me, considering I am working in the AM and running around with the kids in the PM, it’s awesome to find a pant that can do both and be washed a million times and still look great. #MompreneurWIN
This Cookbook. It caused a bit of a brain explosion over here if I’m honest. The combinations sound slightly bizarre, but you have to just go for it. My mom made the Grilled Grapes with Burrata for me last Summer, and I was highly suspect. “Grilled grapes, barf.” (Yes, I can revert to a 5-year-old with new food) But it had cheese, so I dug in. Let me tell you; I would have eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if Burrata were handy; it was unbelievable. Enter: Ottolenghi. I have finally gotten around to cooking out of it this Summer, and it has been a game-changer. These recipes are quick and simple, with unusual combinations that make every meal feel like a dinner out. This week I’m making Pea, Za’atar and Feta Fritters with the Tomato and Bread Salad with Anchovies and Capers, plus a few others... fallow along in stories to see!
I can’t believe we are already in July! June has gone by so quickly but it was such an important month when it comes to creating conversations, building more diverse spaces, listening and educating ourselves on Black history and culture. With June going by so quickly, my focus is to continue staying slow, calm and inspired, here are my monthly faves!
It seems that as more people are having conversations about Black culture and their history, I was finding it hard to come across conversations that were unfiltered and wouldn't make people uncomfortable. We can't grow and educate ourselves if we filter our conversations to make people comfortable and this podcast episode was definitely unfiltered - which was exactly what I was hoping for. This episode was as if you were listening to two Black friends having a conversation in a safe space. These are the kind of conversations we need and I think Emmanuel Dzotsi did such an amazing job on this episode - I even listened to it twice because it was so interesting and informative. This episode talked about how Black people across America are receiving Venmo payments from white people as an apology for their reparations.
Have you ever watched someone on YouTube, and it feels like you're watching a meme, but then you realize that they're being unapologetic, their goofy selves and laying it all out for the world to see by posting the exact content they want? I'm sure we all aspire to post without worrying about what everyone else is thinking of us. This is the feeling I get when I watch Kelly Stamps, her videos are honest, real and relatable. Kelly is a 24-year-old living in New York and LA, trying to teach us all how to be our best selves with humour and authenticity. Kelly will inspire you to be the best, unapologetic you, while also giving you great entertainment while she figures it out. Kelly's videos focus on storytelling and vlogging - on a side note - can we talk about how YouTubers make vlogging look so comfortable and easy in public… Kelly shows us the uncomfortable parts, which is one of the reasons why I love her content! You can check out Kelly on Youtube, and on her Instagram: @thekellystamps.
Isn't it nice when you listen to a podcast and they don't have to keep reminding you what their podcast is about because it seamlessly fits within all their episodes? This Is Uncomfortable, does this easily and it is so refreshing, all their episodes focus on money and how it messes with us. This podcast is an easy listen and extremely educational when it comes to having conversations at work, with friends and family about money and how it affects our lives, helping normalize the conversation. They recently released episodes about people with diverse perspectives within the pandemic and it is so interesting and informative - also, can we talk about how great their branding is - give it a listen and take a peek!
I've been using Pinterest a lot more compared to other social media apps because it doesn't make me feel bad about myself. What you see is based on your interests, and Pinterest doesn't feel competitive, it feels personalized and an app you use for yourself. A lot of Morgan Harper Nichols work often pops up throughout my Pinterest, you'll know them if you see them - mixed media poetry that is purposeful and beautiful. If you ever need encouragement, grounding or something slow, Morgan has a lot of great relatable content on her feed. Morgan writes poetry inspired by other people's stories and real-life experiences that are submitted through her website. Morgan continues to create poetry and posts them on Instagram regularly, you can find Morgan at: @morganharperrnichols.
This is one of my favourite illustration books, I read it whenever I need some inspiration or a feeling of calm when I am feeling overwhelmed. I hope that in the future I am able to have a collection of beautifully illustrated, designed and photographed books but for now I'll begin with this book. Last year, I was visiting a museum in the States and was checking out the gift shop. I find that it is rare to see quirky or uniquely designed books in more popular museums because they are streamlined institutions. I was lucky that I was able to find Carissa's book, it is a simple book with lowbrow illustrations all made in simple pastel colours and focuses on how to feel all your feels. If you are unable to get the book, you can visit Carissa's Instagram, @peopleiveloved, to see more of her work, it is a great source to have if you want to see relatable content or have a positive pick me up throughout your feed.
Avery Francis is a Toronto based entrepreneur and talent advisor who also creates beautiful and insightful Instagram graphics. Her content covers issues such as "Things Not to Say to Black Women", "9 Ways White People Can Spend Their White Privilege" and "What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say". I love the simplicity of her work and have learned a lot in just a few posts. I agree that aesthetics do not matter at this time, the conversation and the lives affected are much greater than a pretty picture, but I do believe in using your talent for the good and this is a perfect example of just that.
Gerg by Jonah Mutono
Jonah Mutono, 25, was born in London and spent much of his childhood between Philadelphia Uganda, his parent's native country and Jonahs on and off home. I originally heard Circulation while browsing my "Made for You" section on Spotify and instantly added it to my playlist. Since then I haven't stopped listening to GERG. This album is the first by Jonah Mutono but he has released several singles and an EP under his alias Kidepo. This album explores Jonah's experience with self-discovery and coming into his own in all the beautiful and scary ways one could. His voice is so incredibly captivating and if you are a Frank Ocean or Sam Smith fan you'll surely love the smooth, R&B, pop, blend that is GERG.
These pods have been a game-changer!! As a new apartment owner, I have the chance to start fresh. That means eliminating as much plastic as I possibly can (all of this also just happens to be taking place during Plastic Free July so that really worked out!). The pros: you can fill them with your fav coffee that Keurig may not carry, they also reduce the use of single-use plastic and they save you $$$ in the long run! Cons: the upfront cost of a single pod is a little pricy and depending on your household you may want more than one (I purchased 2) but I promise they pay for themselves in just a couple months!
I don't have much to say about this cookbook yet because I haven't had a chance to make anything from it BUT it is the first cookbook that I've bought (new kitchen, new cookbook, I'm so excited!) and I have bookmarked so many pages. The first dish I am dying to try is the Pommes anna-ish followed by, Chicken Thighs with Tangerine Marmalade and Thyme, and the Blue Crab Beignets. I'm drooling just writing this post and heading out to purchase a cast iron pan right after I'm done here.
Yes, another nail product! Its the only beauty regimen I've had any control over, with salons being closed...I will not cut my own hair...again...Anyways, I love this product for a few reasons. First off, although not advertised as such, this base coat is super fast drying, which is great since I always decide to paint my nails just before going to bed, resulting in pillow printed nails. The reason I had originally bought this basecoat was because my nail polish kept bubbling, no matter how old or new the polish was I would always end up with little bubbles. This basecoat is meant to smooth out any dents that may cause bubbles or uneven application and it certainly has. With that being said, I don't even use it as a base coat anymore... The colour of the base coat itself is almost an exact match to the beloved OPI Bubble bath witch I always struggle to apply smoothly. Soooo I've discovered the perfect doop for an old fav that drys fast and smooth!
We hope you've enjoyed our June favs! We would love to know what your favourites have been this month! From recipes to songs and everything in between! Make sure to leave them below or tag us on Instagram @ten_and_co