Lysande is Loving…

This series is a collaboration brought to you by myself and Michelle Zagardo, to share what we’re loving. I mean, it’s kind of like the highlights of our Slack conversations but we wanted to bring you into it. Let us know what you’re loving in the comments below!


ONE// Michelle took the “Sangria” Mini Wire-Framed Headband with her to on vacation to Spain. Check out her latest tutorial to see how Michelle styles our current favorite travel accessory in 3 chic ways.

TWO// If grocery shopping is not your favorite thing in the world, good news: this article from NPR suggests that meal kits actually have a smaller carbon footprint than grocery shopping! More free time and less food waste? We stan.

Source: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

THREE// I watch GoT and Michelle doesn’t, but one thing we can both agree on is that Funny or Die’s parody recap series Gay of Thrones, is hysterical.

Source: Funny or Die

FOUR// Glamour’s fantastic round-up of informative articles and personal essays for fertility week approaches a sometimes difficult subject with the care, respect, and honesty it deserves. Check it out here.

Source: Getty Images

FIVE// The new break-up classic, Netflix Original “Someone Like You,” is the perfect movie for your next girls’ night in. I laughed, I cried, Michelle Buteau’s cameo is perfection, the soundtrack is fantastic and there’s already some buzz about a sequel (they literally released it ONE week ago).

Source: Netflix

SIX// It seems like everyday there’s a new tour announced, so we’re mapping out our summer concert itineraries: I’ll be checking out Cuban piano virtuoso Chucho Valdez and Venezuelan funk-disco band Los Amigos Invisibles at Millennium Park. I’m also hoping to score tickets to the majorly 90’s nostalgic Bush/Live tour. Check out some of the other acts coming to Millennium Park here and nationally here. Let us know who you’re dying to see in the comments below!

Source: Billboard

SEVEN// Canyoning: an adventure activity that combines water and rock climbing/repelling. Read all about Michelle’s experience trying this crazy-fun sport in her Ainsa Spain Travel Guide, here.

EIGHT// YouTuber @emlikesbooks is helping us find all of our summer beach reads. Emily’s videos are full of awesome book reviews and recommendations across genres, check them out here.


NINE// “Special,” yes, another Netflix original, is loosely based on writer-actor Ryan O’Connell’s memoir and it was so good that I watched the entire series one rainy weekend. The series centers around a character also named Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy that decides to shed his identity in order to go after the life he wants. Their flawless cast, talking inclusivity and visibility below, is just one of the reasons you should watch “Special.” Check out a trailer here.

TEN// Adidas launched the FUTURECRAFT.LOOP the first 100% recyclable, ‘made to be re-made,’ zero glue running shoe. Although a large scale roll-out isn’t due until 2021, you can check out the (actually cool) shoes and more on Adidas’ new recycling campaign here.

Source: Adidas

IG Accounts we’re loving:

  • @chroniczebra Is one of our favorite adventurers, who happens to be chronically ill/disabled. Her gorgeous photos and positive message of self love and acceptance will brighten your feed.
  • @yizdan Artist Zhang Yidan’s feed is full of simple, impactful, romantic drawings and nothing I say about them will do them justice!
  • @mariidix Influencer Maria Dix brings a colorful, youthful flare to everything she styles. If 2019’s major case of beige-ness is not for you, you’ll love Maria’s looks and tutorials.

Podcasts we’re listening to:

  • The Money Date– Hosts and married couple Aditi Shekar and Dalmar Hussein have honest discussions with different married couples each episode to gain wisdom on how couples can successfully tackle finances together.
  • Call Your Girlfriend– “A podcast for long distance besties everywhere,” is a podcast that focuses on popular culture, politics, and all things related to women’s humanity with a smart, funny and interesting delivery.
  • In the Dark– A Peabody Award winning investigative journalism podcast that follows a different murder case each season. Produced by APM Reports, and hosted by lead reporter, Madeleine Baran, the show devotes a newsroom’s worth of time, energy, and resources to asking hard questions about justice in the United States.

What are you loving? Let us know in the comments below!

Xoxo,

Alex (and Michelle)

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