Easing into le week-end

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

photo: journal.thefrankieshop.com

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* http://bit.ly/2q6YsGw

Studio 78 Bronzer http://amzn.to/2eFxTam

Modern Minerals highlight* http://bit.ly/29FW2Wm

Glossier Zip https://www.glossier.com/products/generation-g

RMS Sacred http://bit.ly/2tRDc8p

Arcona SPF Powder http://bit.ly/2vxKxvY

Surratt Autographique http://bit.ly/2tR4b4g

Trish McEvoy Gel Liner Pencil http://bit.ly/2gUfdEB

Antonym Noir https://www.antonymcosmetics.com/products/noir

Vered Signature Perfume* http://bit.ly/2vxAHdB


Lifestyle (starts at 10:05) –

Red garnet from Hauswitch https://hauswitchstore.com

Runes (see book here: http://amzn.to/2uMuLA9 )

Nightlight Astrology http://www.nightlightastrology.com


French Love Poems http://amzn.to/2uMCKgt

The Alchemist http://amzn.to/2vxFTyh

White Hot Truth http://amzn.to/2eFmV4L

The Highly Sensitive Person http://amzn.to/2eFwvVc

Rising Strong http://amzn.to/2uMvkK5

On YouTube –

StyleLikeU with Melinda Alexander http://bit.ly/2uNgm6n

Gigi Young http://bit.ly/2eFnBqX

scienceandnonduality https://www.youtube.com/user/scienceandnonduality

Video on the cerebrospinal fluid http://bit.ly/2tAGNg7

NY Times article on the liver https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/health/liver-bodily-function.html

Original Beans chocolate http://originalbeans.com

Ambitious Kitchen Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies http://bit.ly/2ump5LP

Ambitious Kitchen Tahini Brownies http://bit.ly/2vxlsBB


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 http://bit.ly/2tR4MD2

Cosima – Un-Named https://soundcloud.com/cos1ma/un-named

KiNK – Strings http://bit.ly/2un948F


Other videos I referenced –

The Line Up // Face Masks + Exfoliators http://bit.ly/2uNAJ32

Summer Beauty Recommendations http://bit.ly/2uNddDu

The Line Up // Highlighters http://bit.ly/2vNo6Cy

A Guide to Crystals http://bit.ly/2tr1VkH

How to develop intuition http://bit.ly/2tRnkmI

Dr. Mauro Zappaterra on Cerebrospinal Fluid, Medium of the Spirit

june 24, 107 | by: mercedes | filed under: spirituality

I’m watching this fascinating video on YouTube and had to share. I recently subscribed to the channel this is on, scienceandnonduality and they seem to upload really energy-progressive and conscious content. Lately I’ve found myself more and more awestruck by the ineffable beauty and mystery of both the human body, and all of life in general really. I posted about this article on the NY Times last week about how amazingly (and underappreciated) our livers are. Learning about cerebrospinal fluid and its role in our evolution as conscious beings elicited similar tears welling up, and a deep appreciation for my/the physical body.

Co-authored blog post/article on Savoir Faire Beauty

june 22, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: ethos reflections

Just a quick post to direct you (if you’re interested) to a blog post I wrote with Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum on the in-process transformation of the “green beauty” movement from activist/grassroots to mainstream/luxury on her website, Savoir Faire Beauty. Shanesha and I connected through my channel last year and as two social scientists with a deep interest in alternative/beauty, we decided to collaborate on some research pursuits in this space. Stay tuned for more!

From Grassroots Counterculture to Mainstream Luxury: What’s Happening to Green Beauty?


In other news – I know I still haven’t uploaded the playlist from my last favorites video so that will be forthcoming, as well as a Patreon announcement, and some revamps to this site. I am building a “Shop” page where I can link you to all my hall of fame products, both beauty and lifestyle.

Is it the weekend yet?


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