It is that time again! Time for my favorites from the month of March. For those of you that are new here, every month I try some new products and then I share my experiences with the ones I love at the end of the month. Links to all of these products will be below, so check them out if you see something you like!
- Mind Fudge
Mind Fudge is an LGBT web series of sorts created by Justine Nelson (She’s Canadian and I have a huge crush on her). It isn’t the same as most web series that you might have watched because it is only available on Instagram, and of course Instagram only allows video clips up to 60 seconds long. I have been pretty blown away with the quality of the 60 second clips Justine has been able to create and the depth of the topics she has portrayed in her clips. The web series follows Justine’s life in short clips and most of the clips deal with super relatable things. She posts new episodes every now and then and all the episodes can be found on her Instagram (@justinenelson).
- Savory Choice Pho Packets
Dudes. I love pho. I was always super intimidated to make it at home because what makes it so good is the richness of the broth. You can really only get that depth of flavor from making homemade bone broth and allowing the broth to simmer for long amounts of time. And as we all know, ain’t nobody got time for that! I am a busy lady. I don’t have time to let broth simmer for 12 hours. Yes, I could just go buy pho from a restaurant, but I like making things with my own two hands so I can feel like I created something. This month, there was a week where it rained almost every day and I was feeling kinda icky. So I decided to get ingredients and try cooking homemade pho. At my local grocery store (HEB), I ran across these pho broth packets. I didn’t know anything about them, but I went out on a limb and tried using them. They worked pretty well. They are broth flavor packets, so basically you just add them to the water you have boiling and add all of your ingredients to it. I was pleasantly surprised they worked so well and they are relatively calorie/nutrition conscious. They come in chicken, beef, and veggie varieties. I’m sure you can find this brand or similar brands at most grocery stores!
- The Skin Deep
I’ve talked about my love for the YouTubes before. I fall down that rabbit hole often and I’m not mad about it. Every time I am able to discover a new channel that I get hooked on, I go nuts and watch all the videos. I stumbled upon this channel called, The Skin Deep. They have a series (The And) on their channel where they take people in relationships (friends, romantic, and familial) and they ask each other deep questions. They sit face to face and speak candidly. It is true vulnerability. The people don’t get to see the questions beforehand that they ask each other and it is super raw and real. Like shit gets real. Especially with the romantic relationships. They have a wide range of people (queer, POC, young, old, etc.) and couples who have been in relationships for a few months up to 50 years. I think I watched every episode over the course of a few days. If you want to see true vulnerability, watch this channel. Some of the episodes will give you warm fuzzies and some will make you cringe.
- Music: Betty Who, PWR BTTM, Swell, and Sallie Ford
WOW. WOW. WOW. So much good music this month. If you fantasize about a 6 foot tall, blonde woman from Australia (like I do), you need to look no further than Betty Who. Let’s just take a minute to appreciate this woman. She is GORGEOUS. I’ll be graphic, I have a total lady boner for her. Her sophomore album, The Valley, was just released last week and I can’t stop won’t stop listening to it. I was addicted to her first album, so I expected no less. She’s amazing. She is primarily a pop artist, which I’m normally not super into, but she is super talented and mama’s got pipes! Check her out!
Songs to listen to: Pretend You’re Missing Me, Mama Say, Human Touch, and Wanna Be.
OH MANNNNN. I am obsessed with PWR BTTM. Their sophomore album comes out in May and it is probably my most anticipated album for the year. PWR BTTM is made up of two queer people, Ben and Liv. They are fabulous and talented and full of glitter. Their music is characterized by heavy guitar (think 90s rock) and smooth vocals.
Songs to listen to: I Wanna Boi, Answer My Text, Dairy Queen, and Ugly Cherries.
So Swell is actually a producer, but he makes super dope beats and songs. He is actually pretty well known for taking a popular vine and making it into a sample beat, which became his most widely known song called I’m Sorry. His music isn’t characterized by singing or even anyone talking mostly, it is almost like soundscapes. He uses popular sounds to create really dope beats. It’s kind of hard to explain, you just have to listen and decide if it is for you or not. This was perfect to listen to while walking around, exploring new cities on my west coast trip.
Songs to listen to: I’m Sorry (feat. Shiloh), theres still us, blankets, and sing to me (feat. peter collins).
Sallie Ford used to be part of a band called Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, but now she is a solo act. She primarily plays retro, rock n’ roll kinda borderline rockabilly. She sounds like an old soul for sure. If you like the rasp and guitar skills of Janis Joplin, check out Sallie Ford.
Songs to listen to: Get Out, Record on Repeat, Failure, and Never Gonna Please.
As always, you can find all of these bands on Spotify and YouTube!
- Eye Buy Direct
I am always on the look out for places to get new glasses because as a resident 4 eyes, good glasses are important to me. And glasses are expensive fam. They ain’t cheap. Luckily, some cheaper alternatives have come to light in the past few years. One of my friends (and biggest Sidechick supporters) told me about a company similar to Warby Parker this month called, Eye Buy Direct. Eye Buy Direct allows you to order prescription glasses and sunglasses online. They even have a tool on their website that allows you to upload a picture of yourself and you can try the frames on the picture of you. This gives you an idea of what frames will look good on your face. Eye Buy Direct is somehow crazy cheap as well. They sell prescription glasses and sunglasses in various styles. I have been in the market for a new pair of sunglasses for quite some time, and I’ve been wanting to get a pair of prescription shades for a while. Eye Buy Direct was super easy and I love the sunglasses I got. They have truly been a game changer for me! They are sturdy and well made, and the process to order them was super simple. It took about 2 weeks for them to make my glasses and for them to be delivered, but it was well worth the wait. I got the frames called Luminance in the color “floral rose.” I couldn’t be happier with them and they only cost me $60. Super steal!
I wrote about ZipCar quite a bit in my West Coast travel post, but I thought I would include it here as well. ZipCar is a company that allows you to rent cars by the hour, which is super handy when you’re traveling in a city that is super spread out or not necessarily walkable. I used ZipCar in Portland and San Francisco and it was so much easier than I expected it to be. Basically you just download the app, you search for the nearest ZipCar by your location and it gives you a list of available cars. The ZipCars are housed in different areas throughout the city, in Portland mine was just parked on a random street and in San Francisco mine was housed in a parking garage. You rent the car for as long as you need through the app (you have to create an account and input credit card info) and then the app becomes your key to the car (you can lock and unlock the car using the app). You go get in the car and you are good to go, the only thing you have to do is keep the car clean and return it to its designated “home” (the spot or parking garage you picked it up in) on time. You don’t have to pay for gas, they provide a gas card in every car. It is super convenient and would even be beneficial for people living in big cities without a car. Most major cities have ZipCars available.
- Tomboy X
You guys know I love a good pair of undies. I’ve written about ordering underwear from meundies before, and I’m still pretty pleased with my pairs from there. But recently I discovered another underwear company called Tomboy X, which is run by and for queer people. And honestly, I love their products. I ordered two pairs of the briefs (Lucky Print for St. Patty’s of course and Next Gen Royal Blue and Kelly Stripes) just to try them out and I am super hooked. The material they use is so soft and upon opening the package you can just tell they are going to last. They have lots of different patterns to choose from and one thing I really appreciate about the company is that they make many different styles of underwear (briefs, trunks, boy shorts, etc.) They also are very reasonably priced and recently came out with 3 packs of undies. They also have apparel (super comfy lounge pants DUDES), bras, and they are debuting their swim line in May. Pre-orders for the swim line are on their website now! If you’ve struggled to find underwear that make you feel sexy or like yourself, Tomboy X might be the place for you. I know in the past I have felt weird and slightly uncomfortable wearing “girly” underwear because I just never felt like myself in it and it never made me feel sexy. I always felt kind of misgendered by “women’s underwear” brands, until I found Tomboy X. Try them out, they might be just what the doctor ordered!
There you have it peeps! Check this stuff out if you are interested. Big love to all my readers!