5 Things I Am Currently Lovin'

BY LILY STRAILEY

Since I have recently been struggling to write anything that is not in list format and because Valentine’s Day is almost here!

  1. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. This album is hazy, pink, glittering, warm, glowing, beautiful, romantic, floaty—just absolutely gorgeous. The songs are breathtaking. I listen to the album on repeat and never get sick of any of the songs, especially Blown A Wish, which is my absolute favorite. This album was very important to my sister during her junior year at Harriton and now it is absolutely imperative to mine. Funnily enough, we never discussed the importance of the record to either one of us until very recently, which further proves my theory that my sister and I are connected on another level. To me, this album is sonic love.  

  2. Craigslist Missed Connections. For those of you who do not know, the Missed Connections section of Craigslist is a forum for people to post letters to people who they saw in public but failed to connect with—a handsome stranger on the train or a beautiful girl crossing the street. Some are grossly inappropriate and others are outright jokes but there are always hidden gems.  There is something beautiful about writing a love letter to someone you have never met. I read these when I am sad or disillusioned with the world and they always bring me back.  

  3. CLEMENTINES. BLOOD ORANGES. ORANGE ORANGES.

  4. Journaling. Journaling is an exercise in knowing yourself, in growing and documenting and remembering. As Joan Didion said in her essay On Keeping a Notebook, “It all comes back. Perhaps it is difficult to see the value in having one’s self back in that kind of mood, but I do see it; I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 AM of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.” I am obsessed with my past lives, my past selves, the girls I used to be and journaling is a way to reconnect with them, to check in on them and allow them to rest easy.

  5. THE MALL. It’s a cheesy, typical mass market but is SO FUN. The promise of new clothing—new lives—is delicious.