House of Intuition

I first learned about House of Intuition's candles when one of my favorite content creators, Rachel Nguyen of That's Chic, featured one of them in her New Year, New Me Reset video. I became intrigued by the idea of an intention candle, and decided that I wanted to purchase a couple for myself. When I went to their website to read more about their products, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many different themes within their candle selection. Their Magic Candle collection is what I was most interested in because each candle is unique to a specific purpose/focus in your life. But, what's truly special about these candles is that when you finish burning them, there are actual crystals at the bottom. So far, I've purchased four - Abundance, Positivity, Balance, and Success, but there's quite a few more that I would love to have (all of them, honestly). Once the candles completely burn out, you can use the jar to display your incense, or simply have the jars visible as part of your decor to remind you of your intentions. 

If you live in Cali near the Echo Park, West Hollywood, or Highland Park areas, you must check this place out if this is your kind of vibe. Or, you can just browse and shop from your cozy couch like I did. 

A Houseplant Refresh


Gearing up for Spring!

Yesterday, I lucked up and found a new plant shop here in the Columbus area (via Google), and couldn't wait to wake up this morning to pay them a visit. Strader's Garden Center is a plant lover's dream! 

By now, we should all know about the amazing benefits of houseplants, and why incorporating them into your living space enriches your mind, body, and spirit. I know that may sound extremely fake deep, but it's true! Staring at my plants in front of the window makes me genuinely happy.

Plants purify the air and allow you to breathe easier, they're aesthetically pleasing, and they bring life to a once dull space. Try to avoid buying faux plants unless you absolutely have to (poor lighting, or rooms with no windows). I do have a few small faux plants in my bathroom, and that is only because my bathroom lacks any form of natural lighting. I'm looking forward to the day when I will have a window in my bathroom. Rain forest vibes forever.




I have never been more excited for Spring to arrive than I am this year. We've been experiencing the cruelest winter ever, and some of my plants have severely suffered because of it - particularly (and surprisingly) my snake plants. It's been a struggle keeping them looking healthy these past few months, and usually, those are the easiest plants to care for. They're so durable and do not require much babysitting, but this winter kicked their ass. I've either thrown a couple of them away, or found myself constantly cutting off dead leaves from the others. 

I told myself that I would not buy any more new plants until Spring had officially sprung, but something nudged at me this weekend to take the plant plunge. New life and new energy was needed in my space, and I no longer wanted to wait until mid March to welcome it. 


Rubber Tree Ficus, or "Ficus Elastica"

Requires bright, indirect sunlight. Soil must stay moist, but not soggy, so a well-draining pot is key. Be sure to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth or paper towel (as well as mist them). Read more about caring for your rubber tree plant here

I purchased a few new plants today. I wanted to experiment with different styles (finally bought a rubber tree plant!) and different variations of previous ones that I once owned, such as the mass cane, aka the "corn plant." I'd never seen a baby mass cane plant until today. It's the cutest thing ever. I had to have it. I owned the floor model on two different occasions, and both times were a fail. It just wouldn't consistently thrive. This plant parent thing is all trial and error, you know? I have not given up on that plant; it's still one of my favorites, and I plan on buying the larger one again one day, but first, I wanted to see if I would be able to keep the smaller one alive (in the black pot pictured below). 

All of the plants purchased today aren't pictured; I also picked up another Pothos plant, which has easily crept to the top of my list of favorite plants, simply because they are super easy to care for, and will survive in low light. I now have a total of three of them.

Other new additions: the Dracaena, and another plant in the same family as the Mass Cane (not pictured above - it's in the bedroom. I also forgot its name. Oops!)

If you're anything like me and love plants, or are interested in becoming a plant parent, I highly recommend this book for a bit of inspiration.

30 Days of Yoga With Adriene Mishler + A Self Care Playlist

 Adriene Mishler. Photo credit:  Gameplan A

Adriene Mishler. Photo credit: Gameplan A

So, I have a new friend. Her name's Adriene, and she's a Yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, TX. She has a Youtube channel, Yoga With Adriene, and she's honestly the most adorable human being ever. She also has the cutest dog by the name of Benji, who usually makes guest appearances on the mat with her.

No, Adriene and I aren't actually "real life" homies. But, I've spent a lot of meaningful, quality time with her over the past 14 days, and it's been such a refreshing experience, so in my mind, she's officially my gal pal.

I found out about this beautiful soul through Fran of The Friend Zone Podcast, and decided to check out her videos. At the top of the year, Adriene started a 30-day yoga journey simply titled True. Every day of the journey, she focuses on a different theme, each one dedicated to bringing you closer to your true self and becoming more present, more liberated, more empowered.

Let's not forget becoming more flexible, and stronger - mentally and physically. Did I mention flexible?

I've never really been intimidated by yoga (okay, maybe a little); I actually took an 8-week course a few years ago at my local community college, and really enjoyed it. Challenging? At times, of course. But it was so satisfying. I knew that this was something I wanted to continue to do. Unfortunately, after that course, I didn't keep at it like I had hoped. I was too distracted with everything and everyone around me at that particular time, that I didn't allow myself to really focus on a consistent yoga practice. 

Shortly after I moved to Columbus, I joined a co-worker for one of her hot yoga sessions. Hearing that this classroom would be about 110 degrees really terrified me, but I agreed to it anyway. Hey, I was living on the edge that day; what can I say?

It was.....interesting. A bit intimidating. A lot more challenging than regular yoga. After it was over, I decided that a 75-minute hot yoga session could kiss my ass, and namaste to those who were able to master those poses under such extreme temperatures. I was quite impressed (and jealous) by how effortlessly most of those people moved in and out of those poses with such fluidity.

I will say, one thing about yoga (hot yoga or otherwise) - even through the toughest moments, I never give up. I push through. I refuse to be defeated, so quitting isn't an option. Coming out of the poses during the practice to catch your breath is more common than you think. This tends to happen to people who just aren't used to bending their bodies like pretzels on a regular basis. It's okay! Don't beat yourself up if you do this. 

Back to Adriene. She's amazing. She makes you feel like you're right there with her in the trenches, and it's such a rewarding feeling. She's encouraging, and funny in her own special way (during yesterday's practice titled Strength & Harmony, she randomly started singing the beginning of Bone Thugs 'N Harmony's 'Crossroads' on three separate occasions, and I literally laughed out loud each time). I think it's her way of making sure you're not in your own head, and to keep you present in the practice. Whatever the case, I love it. 

To be honest, I didn't think I would get this far into the 30-day journey without giving up altogether. I am so fucking proud of myself. 14 consecutive days. That's a big deal. I've reached the point of almost feeling guilty at the thought of even thinking about skipping a night. I try to treat this as a real class that I am obligated to show up to, and it's been working. I don't care how tired I am, I still manage to pull out my hot pink yoga mat and press play on my Apple TV remote to knock out my session. Mind over matter is a real thing.  

I am only half way through the journey, but my goal is to keep pushing until I hit that 30-day mark, and even then, I really plan to keep the practice going. I think it will be easy because Adriene makes you want to hang in there. She just has that "thing" about her. 

Here's to successfully getting through the second half of the True journey. I think the most challenging part will be getting through the next few days, as I will be getting my period any moment now, and well, we know how that goes. Pray for me. 

If Yoga's been on your mind lately, I say go for it. There's nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Be sure to sign up for her newsletters as well. She sends the most encouraging e-mails that will inspire and motivate you throughout your practice.

I've also curated a playlist dedicated to self care and healing. These songs were chosen because they all describe how I've been feeling lately about life, love, and simply pushing onward and upward through the bullshit. I've been listening to it all night. It's perfect. Click here to listen to (and follow) the playlist on Spotify. Hope you enjoy it!

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Photo credit: Adriene Mishler for Wholefoods


This One is for Dilla

From left to right: MED, J. Dilla, Eothen "Egon" Alapatt, and Madlib.

J. Dilla changed my life. Let me explain.

I remember the very first time I heard Slum Village's 'Get Dis Money' and ‘Climax’ on the radio. It was the very top of the summer of 2000, back in my hometown of Detroit where I resided at the time. It was such a huge song at radio, and even more special because Slum Village was one of the city's own (shout out to Conant Gardens). My introduction to that song instantly made me want to hear more from this group of guys. Their official “first” album, Fantastic, Volume 2 (there was a Fantastic Volume 1 LP, but it wasn't officially released until years later) was released that same summer, and since I'd already fallen in love with the songs I heard, I knew that I had to make a trip to the store and buy the full album. It was everything I thought it would be.

This is not an exaggeration; Fantastic, Volume 2 is literally one of my absolute favorite rap albums ever, simply because nothing else on the radio sounded like it, so it was very unforgettable. But more importantly because it was a phenomenal body of work that really represented hip hop in a way that was very authentic; nothing about it was contrived. These guys didn't sound like "newbies," and I credit Dilla for that. He was truly something special, and I learned this very early on. Also, the album was released during some of the most indelible times of my life, so I associate that album heavily with certain periods of my late 20s because boy, were those some memorable fucking moments, let me tell you. 

Slum Village was still considered somewhat underground at the time, so I still found myself putting people up on them, which is something I really love to do - I love putting people up on to good ass music. 

By this time, I had a permanent seat on the Dilla train, and there was no getting off. I then began to pay more attention to what other projects he was associated with, and it was such a pleasant surprise to learn that he'd already worked with some of my favorite artists - D'Angelo, who appeared on FV2, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and Common. 

"Oh, so people AREN'T sleeping on Dilla. Oh! This is great!"

So, at this point, I became completely obsessed with all things Slum Village, but specifically J. Dilla. It went from me learning the verses to my favorite tracks on FV2 (which, let's be honest, was all of them), to being able to finally identify their voices on each song. T3 and Baatin never went unnoticed, and I believe that the three of them were the perfect union, but Jay Dee always stood out to me, and I don't think it had anything to do with the fact that he produced the music, but his verses were always my favorite. His rapping style was very understated. Simplistic, but flossy. He never tried too hard. He didn't have to. 

Madlib (left) and J. Dilla.

So now, The Best Kept Secret EP is released shortly after, and I run to the store to buy that too. Years pass, and the love for Dilla continues to grow. I still played FV2 as if it had come out a week ago, and then, BAM - Jaylib's 'Champion Sound' is released. Jaylib was my official introduction to Madlib, who would later come to be in my top 5 favorite producers ever, and who I plan to one day meet and enjoy a nice bottle of white wine with, as well as a day of listening to his favorite records, but that's a dream for another time.

Dilla was the "Jay" of Jaylib, and Madlib was the "lib." A flawless marriage it was. From there, I began to really get into samples, and I started paying attention to the music. For me, it was all about the music, and how it made me feel. 

When Donuts was released, it was one of those albums that spoke to me on a spiritual level. It was released on his birthday, 12 years ago today. Sadly, just three short days later, on February 10th, he would pass away at just 32 years old, after battling a rare blood disease. I don't know - it was something about his passing, and the fact that he was literally on his death bed working on this album that makes it that much more important, and that much more special to me. I will always hold this project the closest to my heart. It's one that I'll never listen to without getting emotional. There’s something to be said about having died doing what you love.

J. Dilla changed my life.

He forced me to listen to music in a way that I never had before. It was because of him that I became interested in what songs rap artists were sampling. I never cared that much about it until I became a fan of Dilla's art. Not only did he make me appreciate music on an entirely unexplainable level, but through him, I've discovered so many of his friends/peers that I had never known before him - Madlib being one of them. Egon being another. Between the three of them, I became exposed to a whole new world of music that I didn't even know existed, and a completely different way of how I listened to this music. Very few artists have had that effect on me. J. Dilla changed my life.

I am a student of music and a passionate listener of it. I LOVE music. I spend hours discovering music by artists I've never listened to a day in my life, and even more hours curating playlists, then sharing these playlists with any and everyone who's willing to listen to them. It brings me an immense amount of joy. I don't just listen to music to pass the time; music is a tremendous part of my life, and to be able to have conversations about Coltrane and Monk and Fela Kuti and Sun Ra and Gap Mangione and Donald Byrd and The Impressions and Ahmad Jamal - it's all because of J. Dilla and the people he has connected me to in spirit. 

Happy birthday, James. You are a national treasure. I love you. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.  

Enjoy some of my playlists dedicated to Dilla, like my Madlib & J Dilla Original Samples playlist, or my samples playlist solely dedicated to his Donuts album, and my personal Dilla playlist which features his music, along with the music of those he's produced for, and even some dedications thrown in the mix. For a bonus, check out my playlist of Egon's personal picks that I curated based off all the gems he posts about on his social media accounts. Speaking of, you should probably follow him on Instagram if you're into learning about good music and good wine. He's an enthusiast of both. I hope you enjoy and discover something you love.

Living Space

Consider this magazine a collector's item, and my apartment's best accent piece to date - the Winter 2017 issue of Dazed Magazine featuring Rihanna. When Dazed revealed the four covers of the bad gal for the latest issue, I knew that I certainly needed to own at least one of them. The images, shot by photographer Harley Weir, are sultry, intimate, and moody, which makes it the ideal accessory for my living space, and the perfect 'coffee table styling' highlight. Thank you, Rihanna, for never failing me.