August Favorites // Beauty, Astrology & Lush Beats

august 27, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists

A weekend of YouTube hustle, no doubt. Launching Patreon AND squeezing in my regularly scheduled programming, a Sunday video – watch it here. I’m off to go take a huge BREAK from my computer now, but I hope you enjoy!! Especially the music. And the astrology talk. Those are my personal favorites of the month.

xoxo, mercedes

Products mentioned –
Au Naturale blush*
Tatcha beauty papers*
Viseart cool mattes
Urban decay liner in Chaos
Veg-Up liquid liner (from Italy!)
RMS Sacred
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
Glossier Crush
EvolvH Ultra-Shine shampoo and conditioner
Ellis Brooklyn Fable body milk

Original Beans chocolate
The Alchemist

The Body Astrologer
Nightlight Astrology

La Musique:


L’Amour et la Musique moves to Patreon!

august 27, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, ethos reflections

I’ll keep this post short and sweet since there is literally SO MUCH information and a video explaining everything related to this new direction for L’Amour et la Musique but – I’ve spent the better part of this summer conceptualizing a Patreon campaign to move L’Amour to the next level. I launched the campaign yesterday and I hope you will consider supporting the content I make through a small monthly donation. Welcome to my first early adopter Patrons – you guys have completely made my weekend, and I’m so grateful you’ve chosen to support what I do in this way.

Please visit my Patreon home page:

I also included a bonus footage upload for anyone interested – some of the underlying inspiration behind the work that I do:

What’s your fashion personality? Hitchcock Madrona x L’Amour et la Musique

by: mercedes | august 19, 2017 | filed under: style, videos

I know I’m almost a week late in getting this accompanying blog post up with the fashion personality collaboration video I did with Erica from Hitchcock Madrona last Sunday, but I’m trying to get better at putting up a blog post with every video so that products and topics can be more easily searchable and archive-able on here. Retroactively going through all my past videos and making sure they are archived on here is an open-ended project (anyone care to do some intern work for me? : p).

Anyhow, I had THE BEST time collaborating with Erica – everything from iterating on the questions together to actually filming and discussing, to watching Erica’s video and to see how DIFFERENT we are but how those differences are so complementary was really, really fun. Erica and I are planning to do more videos together, which I hope you’ll enjoy. If you haven’t already watched our fashion personality videos, you can see mine here and Erica’s here. And be sure to check out the rest of Erica’s videos, she’s one of my absolute favorites.

The questions –

1. What are 5 words to describe your personal style? Do you have anything to show regarding those words?

2. Where do you derive your fashion inspiration from/who are your style icons?

3. What can’t or won’t you wear (for whatever reason) but want to wear?

4. What is your favorite category to buy?

5. What are your favorite places to shop for clothing?

6. Do you consider color typing or color harmonization as part of your wardrobe styling, and if you so what is your color type (i.e. warm autumn, cool winter, et cetera) and what colors do you feel best suit you?

7. What is the most sentimental or nostalgic item in your wardrobe?

8. What are your thoughts on fast fashion, sustainable textiles, and capsule approaches to fashion?


Additional ephemera…


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

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?


[ 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!

Articulating action points

by: mercedes | march 31, 2017 | filed under: ethos reflections

photo cred: pinterest

I’m so thoroughly energized from the conversation my last video on YouTube generated. It’s impossible to ignore that MANY people have been feeling disenchanted with the mainstreaming of the green beauty community, along with the luxification of products and routines, and the onslaught of incessant marketing from every angle. There’s so much more to say and analyze on all these themes and topics, and what I *don’t* want to happen is just a return to business as usual on my channel.

I’ve been thinking about some concrete ways that I plan to steer L’Amour et la Musique in some novel directions. So this is serving as a bit of a roadmap for myself, detailing some actionable ways that I intend to use this platform to move forward in new ways.

* Product reviews and PR samples: I still have a deep love for beauty products and beauty rituals, and I intend to keep sharing my favorite discoveries, my routines, products I think are really noteworthy. I want to continue working with Beauty Heroes because I so fully support Jeannie and her mission, and I want to selectively review other brands that I feel inclined to share. However I’m no longer interested in amassing a vast array of PR samples and want to be extremely selective about what I accept and what I show. With respect to sponsorship, I have never received any kind of compensation to post a review or talk about a product, and that will not change. If I am ever in the position where I am consulting on a beauty endeavor that is not L’Amour, I will ALWAYS be extremely clear and transparent about that.

*More single-theme conversation videos, almost pseudo-academic lectures?: I’ve taken a page out of Jess (Stark Skincare) and Jordan (Jordan Samuel Skin) and their approaches to videos. Jess makes videos on a single topic (e.g. fear mongering and pseudoscience, overwhelm in green beauty) and shares her thoughts anywhere from 10-20 minutes in video format. I really love that style of video, and since I have so many thoughts swirling I want to start a list of similar topics I could do almost academic-lecture style videos on (but more conversational and not uptight and pretentious the way so many academic talks are : p). If you have any suggestions for this sort of video, please comment!

*Vlogging: I have been saying this for years but I *really* think if what I personally am after in the YouTube/blogging/social media space is an authentic, raw, quotidian expression of beauty then I need to put that kind of content out. While I love sitting in my bedroom and recording videos, sometimes it can feel a bit stale and I think doing vlogs that are more dynamic and multifaceted is really the next step  I feel pushed towards.

*Diversified content on “beauty” as a truly holistic concept: This is related to the above point, but since I am re-evaluating my framing as a “green beauty channel,” I want to allow more space for videos on varied content like DJing, sharing my musical history/narrative, gluten-free/paleo recipes, crystal collection, bullet journal flip-through, et cetera.

*Increased blog activity: I feel an urge to write more than I have in a LONG time. I think because as my critical thinking skills have clicked into high gear, I’m very comfortable writing about these themes after so many  years in school and so many academic papers later. So, I’d like to really put fingers to keypad more and just EXPRESS.

*Collaborative hybrid academic-beauty projects: I am in the nascent stages of collaborating with another academic/beauty enthusiast on a project she is just getting off the ground. Together I think we can produce some interesting and thought-provoking short articles, and also intend to conduct social science research to buttress our own experiences in the beauty community and what we’ve been observing and critically thinking about.

That’s all for now!

xoxo, mercedes