With Spring comes change—we swap our winter wardrobes for summer pieces, often cut our hair, and enjoy the longer days that come with daylight savings. The change is welcomed and inevitable; the flowers bloom and things turn green once more. With that in mind, we focused on the theme of “growth” this month. Below is a list of things we listened to, thought about, and discussed over the last month.
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
With the recent release of his fourth album, DAMN., Kendrick Lamar has secured himself the title of rap music’s leading lyricist. The album is ladened with Lamar’s familiar storytelling, highlighted by guests such as U2 and Rihanna, but delivers something new, something raw. Perhaps it’s his reflection of growing up in Compton, a loyalty to the neighborhood where he spent his youth, while recognizing his successful departure, and how it’s so different for many others. Regardless, it’s an album we’ve been spending a lot of time listening to.
If Kendrick Lamar isn’t your style, we recommend listening to the new Feist album, Pleasure, her first studio album in six years. It goes hand in hand with this interview (which is too good to pull a single quote from, but we’ll try anyways).
"I don’t feel as certain about anything. Life gets foggier, but steering gets a little easier. I’m starting to understand the richness that could possibly be coming with aging.”
To Ponder:The importance of setting goals, both professionally and personally. Every quarter, we sit down for a one on one meeting and create a list of goals, plus actionable steps to achieve them. This ritual has infiltrated the personal—as we are realizing now, in this ever-changing climate—how important it is to live present in the everyday, but with something long term in mind.
An anecdote from Vanessa, our founder, about how something as personal as choosing a fragrance can determine a shift in persona:
Scents are so symbolic of time periods and while I'm no perfume connoisseur, I recently found myself shopping for a new fragrance. I subconsciously felt an urge to remember this time of growth in my life and when I walked by Le Labo last week, the connection was made. I narrowed down to two fragrances: Neroli, a subtle floral scent with quiet, refined notes or Thé Noir, a mysterious blend of smoky earthiness. The Neroli was me in a nutshell– quiet, subtle, unassuming. At least that was me in a nutshell, but I've watched myself grow and change into a stronger person over this last year (for better or worse) and it's not as true of me today. Currently, I'm wearing Thé Noir.
Bowery Farming: Bowery Farming is literally growing a new type of farm: one with almost no water waste, no soil, and no natural sunlight. We think they’re one of the more interesting things to come out of early 2017, and we’ve been keeping an eye on them. From their refreshing, concise website, to the product they’re creating—we love that they’re revolutionizing an industry (maybe because it feels like home). We found their FAQ to be the most robust and coherent explanation of the brand we’ve read; visit it here.
To keep up with our monthly interests, visit the V&O Loves tag on our journal.