As we approach day number 1002984 of being in isolation (that’s what it feels like anyway), it seems as if all the joy has been sucked out of the world. Newsflash, it hasn’t. Here we have some of the wackiest trends, the best new releases and funniest instagram accounts that you should have been following yesterday. Read on for some mood-boosting content.
TREAT YO SELF …
to a pair of Haus of Dizzy earrings to bling up your life and make a positive statement. Our faves? The “Fucking Fabulous” sparkle earrings and “Love Yo Self” hearts. Bonus: they look great paired with pyjamas and activewear, if that’s your current #WFH uniform.
If you’ve been longing for a much-needed dose of take-no-shit girl-power tunes, the wait is over. The Dixie Chicks have returned (after 14 very long years) to help you unwind after a long day slobbing it at home with their new album Gaslighter. Cowboy, take us away!
In his children’s book for adults, We’re All Going to Die, Stefan Hunt explores the meaning of life in the manner of Dr Seuss, through simple poems and charming illustrations. His aim: fear less and live more.
SIP ON THIS
In complex times like these, all we need is our sweet but tough best friend giving us advice on some of life’s difficult yet oh-so-relatable troubles; however, social distancing doesn’t make this easy. Here to save the day is Ashley Nicole Black and her podcast Sip on This, which serves up candid advice to all your problems. You’re welcome.
Cabin-fever content doesn’t get much better than the #HorseChallenge. Using two people – one who unfortunately plays the back end of a horse by bending over, and the other standing and facing the other way – the image of a cowboy riding off into the distance is created. To get the idea, have a look at the hashtag online. You won’t regret it.
FILM FAN CLUB
For the cinemagoers among us who are missing the collective experience of the big screen – the phones pinging in the quiet scenes, the guy behind you with his foot on your chair incessantly munching popcorn, and the delight of dissecting the film afterwards with friends – UK actor Brett Goldstein has you covered. He started #IsolationFilmClub on Twitter, where a movie is selected each day and talked about under the hashtag. A film club in the solitude of your own home? Yes, please. No loud chewers allowed.
While in quarantine, Rita Wilson asked the public to help her create a party playlist for those long isolation days. Within days our ears were gifted with more than 30 songs, including “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police. Quarantunes is available on Spotify – go and dance yourself silly.
SUGAR AND SPICE
Follow @thesweetfeminist Insta account for tasty treats that fight for equality with empowering icing war cries like: “Women owe you nothin” and “I won’t be quiet so you can be comfortable.” Preach it, sweet feminist, preach it.
HOW ’BOUT DAT
Have you got a soundtrack to your stint in self-isolation? Phoebe Bridgers does. The singer from Stranger in the Alps created the playlist “Catch Me Inside” in an effort to encourage self-isolation. Not only is it your daily dose of quality tunes, but it is also a play on internet personality Danielle Bregoli’s famous catchphrase “Catch me outside, how ‘bout dat?” Now if that Dr. Phil memory doesn’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.
Don’t let cancelled holiday plans get you down, escape to East LA for a hot minute with Mexican sisters Lyn and Emma in the second season of Vida, which has recently premiered on Stan. Immerse yourself in the family, romantic and neighbourhood relationships within Boyle Heights, where the MexicanAmerican and queer communities are centrestage. If you squint your eyes and order a burrito, it will almost feel like you’re there, trust us
LIFE, LOVE, FOOD
Dip into Khanh Ong’s cookbook A Gay Guy’s Guide to Life, Love, Food and come out of isolation a MasterChef.
Have you ever wanted to go to Paris and visit the Louvre but a global pandemic got in the way? If so, the Parisian museum is currently offering virtual tours that include Egyptian Antiquities, the Louvre’s Moat and the Galerie d’Apollon. If you’re craving art and culture amid the lockdown, now is your chance to take in the world’s most acclaimed works of art from the comfort of your couch.
Self-isolation is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills. Specifically, sex skills. The Netflix series Sex, Explained is five episodes of highly entertaining and incredibly informative content answering the questions we don’t want to ask out loud. Playfully narrated by our go-to girl Janelle Monáe, you’ll finish this enlightened, and ready to come out of self-isolation with your new skills. Let’s talk about sex, baby.
Join The Kindness Pandemic Facebook group for your daily reminder that there is good in the world (even when you’re down to your last roll of toilet paper with no hope in sight). Members share heartwarming stories, like people putting friendly notes in elderly neighbours’ letterboxes offering help, and strangers anonymously leaving bags of groceries on the front steps of those who are struggling (toilet paper included)
This article originally appeared in the June issue of marie claire: out now.