February Favorites


Emma is the editor & creator (and occasionally writer) for The Messy Heads. She enjoys yellow curry, print media, and singing to herself.

Since I missed the first month of favorites, this one is extra long.


Kickass Music Videos– I have been loving Solange’s, Erykah Badu’s, and Willow Smith’s music videos. Solange’s videos are directed by her husband and the cinematography is breathtaking. Go check out all the videos on her channel in addition the the one I linked below. You can see the emotion in every movement and the intention behind every angle. Erykah Badu was putting political messages in her music and videos way before it was normal, and Window Seat is a perfect example of that. The Jimi video by Willow has amazing colors, movement, and music, she reminds me of a little Erykah Badu. I highly recommend you watch them all & then some.

Messy Hearts Club– Kailee dropped by and we started talking about love and what it means to be in love, and this video was born.

Girl Talk– Adwoa Aboah has been hosting an amazing series on i-D, and this installment explores the Free the Nipple movement, featuring Ali Marsh. Ali just came up to visit in New York and we ended up recording a podcast, you can listen to it here.

Nowness, coffee– While scrolling through Youtube I found this channel, Nowness which does amazing videos, go subscribe now! I fell in love with this one in particular, because I have a soft spot for coffee and this video perfectly captured that, and also because a lot of it was just shot on an iPhone, proving you don’t need great equipment to make a great video.

Shameless– I became obsessed with this show when it dropped on Netflix, like a lot of other people. The writing is amazing, and the character development is incredible. My dad grew up in Southside Chicago, which is where this show takes place, so it’s weird for me to see a glimpse into what my dad might have done growing up, too. Overall it’s a really nostalgic feeling when you reach the last episode of the last season and remember what the Gallaghers were like in the first episode, and see how far they have come.

The Love Witch– Cruising through my free movies On Demand, I came across this movie that was listed as being made in 1972 but actually came out last year. The plot is weird and the characters are empty, but the colors and the makeup and strange situations were enough to get me hooked. It’s about a witch who wears insane blue eye shadow and is very Lana Del Rey-esque, and accidentally kills all of her lovers.


Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown– I got this book for Christmas and it’s one of my favorites to thumb through and read. I’ve read it twice now, dogeared pages and written in the margins. It basically goes over how to live a more fulfilling life through research and the author’s own personal anecdotes.

Patti smith 1969-1976– Sammy got me this book, a collection of images of the beautiful Patti Smith photographed before she was famous. Black and white images of her and Robert in their Chelsea Hotel room. In these photos Patti has such an ease and captivating presence about her, something so hard to capture in a photo.

Wild Feminine by Tami Lynn Kent-With the women’s march taking headlines and empowering women across the globe, I heard this title being thrown around a lot. This book talks about the feminine in all of it’s strength, power, and beauty. It will definitely get you more in touch with yourself and appreciative of your womanhood.

Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway– I really love Hemingway’s singsongy style of writing, very long descriptive sentences next to short choppy ones. This book takes place in the seaside of France, a husband and wife who both fall in love with the same woman. This book pushes gender norms and sexuality in a way that feels really relevant and special.


Princessnokia– So many reasons to love this New York based female musician. I first fell in love with her when I watched this video of her making rose water. Her style is amazing, her music videos are so beautiful, and I can’t wait for her to release more music. Check out: Brujas / Tomboy

Ali_marsh– Ali was featured in our latest podcast episode! She is incredibly upbeat, and her Instagram is littered with body positivity. She also hosts her own protests, if you are in DC or Los Angeles, be on the lookout.

Neil deGrasse Tyson– My favorite person to follow on twitter, social commentary + stuff about space. That’s all I need.

The Break-My favorite vintage store in New York, but even if you don’t live here you can still buy pieces online or just get inspired by their amazing photography. Hannah, the owner, is so amazingly sweet and always collaborating with young Brooklyn artists so I love seeing what content she creates.

Planned Parenthood– I have learned more scrolling through this instagram then I did during my entire semester of sex ed. What I really love about their approach is they discuss options for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community and are always sex positive.

Hitomi– This angel came to one of the poetry slams we hosted, and went right up first and shared her heart and soul so openly and confidently with everyone around her. She creates inspiring content through her Youtube channel, and is one of the best people to be around. I personally think the best compliment you could give to someone is that they have good energy, and I would definitely say this about Hitomi.

Starseedworld-If you are interested in learning more about spirituality and energies in the universe, follow this account. I love stopping to read their long captions. It’s a little reminder in the middle of my day to become more self aware and tap into your personal energy to reconnect with your environment.


Overalls– Have I already talked about these in a favorites post? Probably. They are still my favorite. I think oversized overalls with a sweatshirt are such a cute look, reminds me of being  a little kid.


Striped Pjs– When I moved to my temporary place in Brooklyn, I was dead set on getting a new pair of pajamas. I went on a hunt through the city trying to find the perfect soft papery pair of striped pajamas. I ended up wearing them every night and most days, with a faux fur coat over and sunglasses heading across the street to get a cup of coffee.

Friend’s Clothes– My friend Lexie hosted a clothing swap at Tompkin’s square park this month, such a GREAT idea. If you are wanting to revamp your wardrobe but don’t want to spend money, start a group message with a few friends and have a big clothing swap.

A Piece of Jewelry You Never Take Off– Jewelry is often times to sentimental and I think of some people synonymous with pieces they never take off. I have a ring from Poland I always wear on my left middle finger and a golden star necklace. If you have a tight budget, I say invest in a piece of jewelry you are really going to wear everyday and save money on clothes.

Scrunchies-Dying my hair back and forth from blond to brown made it a little delicate, so I switched from hair ties to scrunchies.


Juice– I have a hard time finding juices where I like every single flavor, but Agavi in Manhattan has the best veggie and fruit blends. My favorite is the almond cinnamon one! They also have amazing smoothie bowls and are locally owned, which I always prefer to support.

Peanut Sauce-Cyb makes a mean peanut sauce. Just mix together peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, chile flakes, and a capful of rice vinegar. top it off with some chopped cilantro.

Thai Mango Salad– Thai food is my absolute favorite, and this dish is so nice for warmer weather sitting outside (if you are vegan just ask for no fish sauce). It’s easy to make yourself too. Use the peanut sauce recipe above to dress it!

Romaine Rice Wraps– A really simple recipe that is my favorite for an afternoon snack. Cook up some rice, and tuck into a romaine leaf. Top with sweet chile sauce.

Homemade Curry-I think I have had this meal three times a week this month. You will need…

2 carrots

⅓ of a cabbage

1 potato

½ an onion

2 tbsp curry powder

2 cans coconut milk

3 cups cooked rice

2 bell peppers

Handful chopped cilantro

1 cup broccoli

Saute onion, cabbage, curry powder, carrots, and potato.

Add peppers and coconut milk.

Cook for 15 minutes.

Add broccoli and cilantro for 3 minutes.

Add some spicy sauce and serve with rice!

French Toast– Make a vegan batter by mashing a half a banana and mixing it with almond milk, cinnamon, and a little bit of maple syrup. Soak your bread in it and toss it in a pan. Serve with berries and maple syrup.

Dunwell Doughnuts- On a whim I popped into this doughnut shop when it was opening and asked if they happened to have any vegan options. There isn’t a sign posted anywhere saying that they did so I didn’t have high hopes. The worker looked at me, and motioned to the entire case. I practically screamed and she ended up giving me a doughnut for free because I was so excited. These remind me of gas station doughnuts but in the best way possible. If you are ever in east village go check them out.

Pudge Knuckles– My friend works at this coffee shop by the water. Ask for a cinnamon latte and a piece of avocado toast!

Lentil Bolognese– A really hearty meal. Get a can of tomato puree, dump into a large pot, and add uncooked lentils. It turns into a really yummy chunky tomato sauce. Add spices and some veggies and mix in with your choice of pasta noodles!

Making Brunch-Find a random recipe online and assign a different ingredient to each friend, then come together on Sunday morning and cook!


Film Photos– We released a new PDF guide to help you learn all the ins and outs of film photography. It has 45 pages of creative and technical content. + if you want to develop your photos on Darkroom (mentioned in the packet) use code “messy20” for 20% off getting your photos developed!

Brooklyn Brainery– If you are taking a break from school or just want to take a random class, definitely check out their course list. I took a tarot card reading class, email writing class, and interviewing class. They also have history lessons, perfume making, watercolor, jewelry making, & themed guided tours through New York city!

Sitting Outside– The weather is starting to slowly perk up where I’m at, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can outside. Throw on a sweatshirt, grab a hot cup of tea, and even just sitting in your backyard or front steps for a little bit in the morning can get you in a positive mindset for the entire day.

Turmeric Oatmeal Face Masks– Simply blend up oatmeal and tumeric together in a blender and add hot water. It acts as a scrub too, so gently massage it around on your skin. Don’t leave it on too long though or your skin will tint yellow.

Sage– The smell, the look of a bundle of sage on my kitchen table, even watching the smoke as it burns calms me down. If you find yourself worrying a lot or need a reset, put down everything and mindfully burn sage. Either out loud or in your head say positive affirmations, like “I am so grateful for this life, I am thankful for this space, I know I have the power and love inside of me to achieve whatever I want.” Or something like that! It’s a great way to refocus yourself amongst studying or a busy work day.





Hello- Erykah Badu

Caint Use My Phone- Erykah Badu

The World at Large- Modest Mouse

Homeshake (the entire Midnight Snack album)

Seventeen- Kevin Abstract

Suburbian Born- Kevin Absract

You’re Not Good Enough- Blood Orange

Cranes in the Sky- Solange

Weary- Solange

Rise- Solange

Blah Loops- Like, Kali Uchis

Hey Mama- Kanye West

The Night me and Your Mama Met- Childish Gambino

33 “GOD”- Bon Iver




  1. Anonymous says

    sooooooooo obsessed with Shameless, need to do homework for classes & yet somehow I end up watching another 3 episodes. really can’t help it. love everything you suggested. keep up the solid recommendations & inspiration

  2. Michelle says

    This is such a great list! I’ve been watching Shameless for ages and I’m so glad it’s getting more attention recently! Love this <3

  3. Anonymous says

    i always love your favorites in a month. Will be making that curry you listed for my family. Thank you xo

  4. thank you thank you for introducing me to princess nokia! Her voice and aura is so soothing and beautiful she reminds me of a modern age goddess! And i watched that documentary featuring Adwoa Aboah on VICE a few months back and loved it as well ! Great read 🙂

  5. Anonymous says

    ahh i love this! thanks for including a bunch of yummy vegan ideas <3

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