Category: Playlists

Easing into le week-end

by: mercedes | july 29, 2017 | filed under: playlists


I was just in between doing laundry, tidying, and getting ready to film a video and was jumping around one of my iTunes playlists (titled “coffee shop” which is a bit of a hodge podge) and was drawn to each of the tracks below. I thought they’d make a nice Saturday morning playlist, for easing into the weekend. I have actually historically not been terribly fond of Saturday mornings, which is weird I know. Growing up I always associated them with chores and having to get things done, rather than the ease and relaxation that Sundays impart. Anyhow, however you feel about Saturday mornings, maybe you’ll enjoy these selections. I’m planning to add more regular streaming playlists beyond my monthly favorites playlists to my Patreon feed so – stay tuned! xoxo, mercedes.

  1. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
  2. Jill Scott – A Long Walk
  3. Kings of Convenience – Cayman Islands
  4. Radio Citizen – The Hop
  5. Gorillaz – Empire Ants



June & July Favorites // Beauty, What I’m Reading, Astrology, Esoterica, Musique

july 23, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists, spirituality

Probably no one noticed but me but I missed June Favorites – making up for it today with everything I’ve been loving the past two months. Also, happy New Moon in Leo! You can watch the video on YouTube here :)

Things mentioned –

Beauty –

Mahalo The Bean*

Studio 78 Bronzer

Modern Minerals highlight*

Glossier Zip

RMS Sacred

Arcona SPF Powder

Surratt Autographique

Trish McEvoy Gel Liner Pencil

Antonym Noir

Vered Signature Perfume*


Lifestyle (starts at 10:05) –

Red garnet from Hauswitch

Runes (see book here: )

Nightlight Astrology


French Love Poems

The Alchemist

White Hot Truth

The Highly Sensitive Person

Rising Strong

On YouTube –

StyleLikeU with Melinda Alexander

Gigi Young


Video on the cerebrospinal fluid

NY Times article on the liver

Original Beans chocolate

Ambitious Kitchen Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies

Ambitious Kitchen Tahini Brownies


Musique –

  1. Gorje Hewek – De Erweckens Bruderschaft
  2. Luke & Sio Blackwidow – Yum Yum (From P60 Magic vocal)
  3. Vanessa Daou – Love is War (Timewriter’s Love is Peace Mix)
  4. Funk D’Void – Homage (obsessed obsessed obsessed with this one)
  5. Blaze – Lovelee Dae (a an absolute CLASSIC house track from the late 90s I was recently reminded of – it’s timeless)

Available streaming elsewhere –

Wayne Shorter

Cosima – Un-Named

KiNK – Strings


Other videos I referenced –

The Line Up // Face Masks + Exfoliators

Summer Beauty Recommendations

The Line Up // Highlighters

A Guide to Crystals

How to develop intuition

[ Belated ] April Favorites // Beauty + Lifestyle (and playlist)

may 14, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

I know, it’s already mid-May – I filmed this the first week of May, and just wasn’t able to edit right away. I hope you still enjoy! Let me know your current favorites. xoxo, mercedes.

Products mentioned –

Vibrational Medicine book

Intelligent Nutrients hand sanitizer

Precious Skin Elixirs Peridot Cleansing Balm*

Precious Skin Elixirs Sterling Honey Polish*

Vered Botanicals Toner*

Vered Botanicals Anti-Aging Face Oil*

RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up

Trish McEvoy Foundation Brush

Au Naturale blush

Bite Beauty Torte [limited edition]

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick

Luminarc glasses

Captain Blankenship Smudge Spray

Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Deck

Druid Animal Oracle Deck

Vert Nouveau Facebook Group (search for the group on Facebook and request to join!)


La Musique –

(please consider supporting these artists by purchasing their tracks for your own library if you enjoy them)
1. LTJ Bukem – Moodswings
2. LTJ Bukem – Revival by Blame
3. Air – All I Need
4. Air – Les Professionnels
5. Nightmares on Wax -Les Nuits
6. Nightmares on Wax – Nights
7. Nightmares on Wax – Stars
8. Nightmares on Wax – Survival

March Favorites and playlists

april 2, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

This favorites video is a bit light on products and heavier on lifestyle, reading suggestions, and music. Obviously a reflection of my paradigm shift/re-orientation! I hope you enjoy, hop over to YouTube to check it out. Oh and also, unrelated to this video but I’m giving a way a few Mahalo products on Instagram! The Bean just launched yesterday, and I want to spread the PR product love I received as I already have and love the product. I’m keeping that open until Wednesday, I’m @lamouretlamusique on IG <3

Products mentioned –
Jordan Samuel skincare
Tammy Fender Awakening Eye Gel
W3LL People-Bio Bronzer
RMS Sacred and Diabolique
W3LL People Bio-Brightener
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
Bite Beauty Pecan (sadly discontinued)
Glossier Boy Brow in Black
Trish McEvoy Sexy No.9 perfume rollerball
AILA Nail Polish Remover Wipe
The Laundress –
For silks
For wool/cashmere
Wool/cashmere spray
Un-Fancy blog post for reference –
The Psoas Book

Reading –
The Underground Railroad for Refugees, The New Yorker
Work is My Self Care, The New York Times

The Politics of Conspicuous Displays of Self Care, The New Yorker
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Expands into Vitamins, The New Yorker

La Musique –

I decided to create two different playlists this month because I was SO inspired from the Trentemøller live show I was at this month. He now works and tours with a band, different from his older dance music production which is what was just so insanely profound to me in the mid-2000s+. I hope you experience some auditory bliss :)

The second playlist are favorite tracks I discovered this month, including my favorite track off Sampha’s new release – I’ve loved him since he worked with Jessie Ware on Valentine. Such an innocent beautiful little track!

January Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and some very ethereal beats

january 29, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


LOTS of things to cover in this almost 30-minute video, including skincare that helped abate my whack January skin (too much holiday alcohol and gluten?), a liquid foundation (WHAT), an exquisitely beautiful body product, crystals (heart-shaped eye emojis) and lots of other stuff. Head over to YouTube to watch!

Products Mentioned –

Mun Akwi Purifying Cleanser

Lina Hanson Global Face Trio

Activist Custom Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Ellis Brooklyn Excellent Body Milk in Fable

Josie Maran Vibracy Foundation in RG20 Euphoric

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Hakuhodo J5523

MAC Cherry

MAC Ruby Woo

Bite Nori

Bite Licorice

Aromi Power Red

Lifestyle –

Lapis Lazuli pendulum (gift, I’m not sure where it’s from)

Astrophyllite pyramid (from Ghosthorse Talismans on Etsy:

Ancient Organics Ghee

Civilized Caveman Paleo Banana Bread recipe:

Sunfood Jungle Peanuts (available on Vitacost)

Detoxinista Paleo Blondies recipe:

Detoxinista Paleo Brownies recipe:

YouTube –

Dani’s Dish

Jamie Greenberg

Whitney Simmons

Yoga with Adriene 30 Days of Yoga Revolution 2017

Articles –

“Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless” The New York Times, Dec. 17th, 2016

“A Dreamy Paris Apartment” from A Cup of Jo


La Musique –

  1. icy – wet clouds collab w. newweraaa
  2. cosmia – WYD
  3. instupendo – champagne
  4. POLIÇA – warrior lord
  5. francis harris – pensum (original mix)
  6. kings of tomorrow – fall for you feat. april (sandy rivera’s classic mix)

2016 Best in Eco/Luxury Beauty + Lifestyle and Top 10 tracks playlist

january 4, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

Au revoir 2016! You were and intense, magical, complicated, but ultimately transformative year. I’m so excited to see what the coming year has in store. I hope you enjoy hearing about all my favorite beauty and lifestyle products from 2016! Head over to YouTube to watch :)


Items mentioned –
Skincare –
Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist
Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap
Previse Nutrify Level 1-6 Tonic*
Activist Skincare Customized Hyaluronic Acid Serum*
(I have an ongoing code with Activist – using the code LAMOUR you can save 10%)
Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops*
Mahalo The Petal Mask*
Lina Hanson Global Treasures Balm*
Honest Hazel eye gels

Makeup –
RMS Translucent Un-Powder
Glossier Boy Brow
Surrat Autographiqe liquid liner
Modern Minerals Lotus Wei-Infused Emotive Lip Gloss*
Modern Minerals Moonstone Cream Highlighter*
Mahalo Red My Lips Tint*
Kosas Darkroom
Wayne Goss makeup brushes

Body –
Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil*

Hair –
Innersense Pure Harmony Shampoo
Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil*
Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment

Dental Care –
David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste

Fragrance –
In Fiore Patchouli Royale (Formerly Jehan) Parfum Solide Haute Concentré

Lifestyle –
In Fiore Facial at International Orange
Victory Jewelry Crystals
Kei Jewelry (Azurite cuff, no longer available)
Raaka First Nibs Chocolate Subscription
Bullet Journaling (I use a Leuchtturm1917 journal)
Bitch Sesh Podcast
The Future Beats Show by DJ Complexion

And last but not least, my top 10 tracks from 2016 (that were new to me this past year, not that were necessarily released during 2016) –

November Eco-Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and musique bien sûr

december 9, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Phew ok, finally had a moment of sanity and space to get this blog post up, along with the beats for your listening pleasure! If you’d like to hear everything I was loving during November, be sure to go watch on YouTube (and please like the video if you liked it, and subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more!).

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Products Mentioned –

Amly Silver-Rich Face Mist

Mahalo Blue Hawaii Nutrient Mist* (not currently available, from what I can see)

Mahalo Unveil Cleanser*

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon (Deluxe Sample)

Max + Me Sweet Serenity Mask + Wash*

Max + Me Circle of Protection Body Oil*

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Dry Shampoo

Surratt Beauty Auto-Graphique Eyeliner in Chat Noir

Josh Rosebrook Ethereal Perfume (sample)*

Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume

Kahina Fez or Essourira perfume samples

In Fiore Patchouli Royale perfume solid

Kiehl’s Original Musk

Alan Watts videos (just search on YouTube)

Donna Eden’s Energy Routines on YouTube

Raaka Chocolate Subscription

French conversation classes!


La Musique –

October Favorites and a playlist of really good beats

october 30, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Another month of favorites, and an exceptionally good month for music (click over to YouTube to watch there). I chat about my magical night watching RY X performing at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and then effusively gush over DJ Complexion’s The Future Beats radio show. The following are the tracks I pulled from the shows of his I’ve listened to thus far, and have been on the heaviest of heavy rotation for me this month:


June Eco Beauty + Lifestyle Favorites and a playlist of recent musique loves

june 29, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


Another month, another round of favorites! I literally just published this a few minutes ago on YouTube, so go head over there to hear about everything I was enjoying the past month!

Products Mentioned –
Honest Hazel Revitalizing Eye Gels
Previse Nutrify Tonic Level* 1-6
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen + Primer
Modern Minerals Emotive Lip Gloss in Padparaschka*
Modern Minerals Moonstone Highlighter*
Zoya Nail Polish in Dove
Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Lip Balm in Coconut Lime*
Surratt Beauty Relevée Eyelash Curler
Diane Hair Pins, Assorted Sizes, 100 count
RickyCare No-Crease Silver Leaf Clips

YouTube Channel –
Eppcoline –

Mes coiffures du moment | cheveux mi-longs | Coline –

Everlane The Silk Short-Sleeve Dress in Black

As for la musique – here are my picks. I’ve admittedly not been in much of music hunting mood the past several months. As I’ve alluded both subtly and more overtly, I’ve just been going through some really intense shifts in my life, and things are re-organizing and shifting in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. I’m riding it out with the understanding that this is all an alchemical process. Verbose way of saying – I think someday I’ll be back in music-hunting mode, but for now I’ve been minimally revisiting faves from months and years past.

1. Ledisi – Alright
2. K. Flay – Make Me Fade (Gianni Kosta Remix)
3. Serena Ryder – Stompa (Juno Ray Remix)
4. Rampue – Wilderness
5. Huxley – I Want You (Youandewan Version)
6. Huxley – Dark Bourbon (Original Mix)

May Eco/Luxe Beauty + Lifestyle Faves et La Musique du Moment

may 29, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists


An ever-random mix of skincare, hair, makeup, youtube channel, blog and music favorites this month! You can clearly see how much I love the things I chose to share this month – and that actually IS how I really feel. Beauty = l’amour. You can watch the video here, and don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe!

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Full list of products mentioned and links where you can purchase –

La Bella Figure Crema Supernova Vitamin C Day Cream (sample)
Laurel Whole Plant Organics Antioxidant Face Serum
ISUN Emerald Sun Hydrosol
ISUN Ultra Sapphire Age Revitalizing Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Mahalo The Petal Hydrating Mask*
LaVanilla Deodorant in Fresh Vanilla Lemon
Innersense Pure Harmony Shampoo
Yarok Feed Your Volume Conditioner
Essie Geranium
Nudus 27 Kisses
Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Coulis (Limited Edition)
J Crew Always Chambray shirt
StyleLikeU on YouTube
Into the Gloss
Astro Arena


And of course, my monthly playlist of top beats!