the NEW YORK list: the favorites

Where you’ll find me in New York City and all of my favorite things to do:

COFFEE

  • Bluestone Lane in Bryant Park
  • Ludlow Coffee Supply in the Lower East Side
  • Happy Bones in Nolita
  • Toby’s Estate in West Village
  • La Colombe in TriBeCa
  • Stumptown Coffee in Greenwich Village
  • Variety Coffee Roasters in Williamsburg
  • Mud in East Village 
  • Merriweather in West Village
  • La Mercerie Cafe in SoHo

BARS

  • The Dead Poet in the Upper West Side
  • The Brooklyn Barge in Greenpoint
  • Better Days in the Lower East Side
  • No Fun in the Lower East Side
  • The Ides in Williamsburg
  • The Bar Downstairs in Bryant Park
  • The Top of the Standard in Meatpacking
  • Little Branch in West Village
  • The Four-Faced Liar in West Village
  • Boat Basin Café in the Upper West Side
  • The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
  • The Public Rooftop in the Lower East Side
  • Sweet & Vicious in Nolita
  • Blue Ribbon in West Village 
  • The Happiest Hour in West Village

FOOD

  • Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown
  • Lafayette in NoHo
  • Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side
  • Blackseed Bagels in Nolita
  • Benny’s Burritos in West Village
  • Emmett’s in Greenwich Village
  • Caliente Cab in West Village 
  • Jack’s Wife Freda in West Village
  • KAZUNORI in NoMad
  • Seamore’s in Chelsea
  • Cotenna in West Village
  • Joseph Leonard in West Village
  • Café Frida in the Upper West Side
  • Balthazar in SoHo
  • Bar Primi in NoHo
  • The Spotted Pig in West Village
  • Anatalia in Midtown East
  • Rintintin in Nolita
  • The Mercer Kitchen in SoHo
  • Lovely Day in Nolita
  • Freeman’s in the Lower East Side
  • Cafe Cluny in West Village
  • Treathouse in the Upper West Side
  • Morgensten’s in the Lower East Side
  • Levain in the Upper West Side

SHOWS

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Once On This Island
  • Mean Girls
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • My Fair Lady
  • Come From Away
  • Wicked

SHOPPING

  • Rag & Bone
  • Baldwin
  • Club Monaco
  • Saint Laurent
  • APC
  • The Arrivals
  • Barney’s NY
  • Marine Layer
  • The Kooples
  • Gentle Monster
  • All Saints
  • Warm

TOURISM

  • The Guggenheim in the Upper East Side
  • The Whitney in Meatpacking
  • Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO
  • SoulCycle in NoHo
  • MoMA in Midtown
  • Terminal 5 in Midtown
  • The High Line in Chelsea
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side
  • Central Park in Manhattan
  • Riverside Park in the Upper West Side
  • Grand Central in Midtown
  • Top of the Rock in Midtown

Don’t spread the word too much. Keep these favorites on the down low.

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the FILM list: 2017

With a newly minted MoviePass, I’ve basically seen a movie a day for the past week. While I’ll never put butter on my popcorn, I do love seeing great, new films on the big screen. Here we go…a list of my favorite films in the year of Animojis.

Personal Shopper – Haunting, chilling, and Kristen Stewart’s strongest performance to date.

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Dunkirk – I’m not too keen of the script, but the technical precision and cinematography of the film are stellar. Especially on an IMAX screen with a large Mr. Pibb Extra in hand.

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The Disaster Artist – You’ll laugh and think “what the f@&%am I watching,” yet leave inspired and in awe of the narrative crafted based off such a strange film.

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Phantom Thread – Ten minutes in, you are entranced by the lucious orchestration. 2 hours later you are left mesmerized and confused, questioning of whom or of what is the actual phantom thread.

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mother! – It’s assaulting and horrifying, but so so brilliant.

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I, Tonya – A wonderful surprise that feels like Juno‘s distant cousin. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney lead this indie-gem to the Olympics twice.

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The Florida Project – The tale of Mooney, a 6-year old growing up in a motel outside of Disney World. It’s a prismacolor dream with free ice cream for all.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Frances McDormand gives the performance of a lifetime accompanied by Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

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Lady Bird – Easily one of my new favorite films. Greta Gerwig crafts cinematic gold with an ensemble that will bring you to tears, make you chuckle, and dream – even in a setting like Sacramento.

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Call Me By Your Name – From those final credits to the picturesque countryside of Crema, Italy, Call Me By Your Name ties with Lady Bird for my favorite film of the year.

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the ALBUM list: 2017

The albums of the year that blew my laptop speakers filled with the lyrics I’ll get engraved on a Moleskine or two.

GALLERY by A R I Z O N A // The ultimate soundtrack of any car ride down the PCH or through the Taos Ski Valley. The Best Tracks: Oceans Away, Cross My Mind, Feed the Beast.

American Teen by Khalid // While he may run around a stage for a performance, Khalid shines when it’s just him and the music. The Best Tracks: Let’s Go, Another Sad Love Song.

reputation by Taylor Swift // It’s no 1989, but reputation keeps Swift in the spotlight with whiskey on ice and infectious melodies for those stadium shows  (praise be, Mr. Antonoff). The Best Tracks: Delicate, King of My Heart, Call It What You Want.

Relaxer by Alt-J // Eight stellar tracks of Alt-J’s moody, alternative blues. In what feels like a departure from their last album, Relaxer plays like Marfa, Texas. Once you hear it, you get it. The Best Tracks: House of the Rising Sun, 3WW.

Freudian by Daniel Caesar // A sonic dream. The Best Tracks: Best Part, We Find Love, Blessed.

Blue Lips by Tove Lo // Split into two parts, Blue Lips is some of her best work to date. Raw and not afraid to be real, Tove Lo pulls you in and doesn’t let you get off her electro-pop ride. The Best Tracks: 9th of october, strangers, cycles.

CTRL by SZA // If general admission tickets re-selling at $300+ doesn’t explain why CTRL is on this list, I don’t know what will. An incredible debut effort turned complete critical darling. The Best Tracks: Supermodel, Drew Barrymore, 20 Something.

I see you by The xx // The kind of album that makes you fall in love with music all over again. The Best Tracks: A Violent Noise, Naive, On Hold.

Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey // “To be young and in love” with Del Rey’s latest LP. It’s Ultraviolence meets Born To Die with some Honeymoon flair. The Best Tracks: White Mustang, In My Feelings, Tomorrow Never Came.

Melodrama by Lorde // Quite possibly, my favorite album of all time. It aches and it soars. A listen from start-to-finish may end in all rollercoasters of emotion, but Lorde captures what it means to love, to lose and to attempt to figure out what’s next in 11 brilliant tracks. The Best Tracks: Hard Feelings, Supercut, Perfect Places.

the TV list: 2017

The television, I truly couldn’t stop talking about this year. Binge it all away…

Big Little Lies (HBO) – With a killer soundtrack this award-winning miniseries is pure brilliance. Even after watching this one three times, you still get lost in those Monterey waves.

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13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – A gut-wrenching and heart-breaking, important watch. The page-to-screen adaption finds more to explore in each of the 13 episodes.

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The Leftovers (HBO) – The series conclusion, which aired this past Spring, had me tearing up in the final episode AND I DO NOT CRY. #ugh #this #show.

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Insecure (HBO) – Season 2 brings the laughs, the tears, oodles of SZA, and plenty of those “SAY WHAT?!” moments. It’s a quick binge that has me eagerly awaiting Season 3.

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The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) – PRAISE BE.

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Game of Thrones (HBO) – White Walkers, that LAST Theon scene, and it finally snows! Season 7’s art direction is off The WALL.

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Siesta Key (MTV) – All the drama. Also, their music budget has to be $$$$$$$$.

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Six Feet Under (HBO) – A summer binge that had me hooked after one episode and pulling for Team Brenda until the very end.

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The Deuce (HBO) – Thank god there are no scary Elmo’s in this show centered around Times Square. Gyllenhaal and Franco lead this ensemble show into the new age.

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This Is Us (NBC) – The hype is real.

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The Crown (Netflix) – Princess Margaret drives some of the best episodes of television ever created. While Season 2 is more episodic than the first, the cinematography is simply entrancing.

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Casual (Hulu) – A gem. A wonder. It’s a sans Kardshaian look at LA.

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the SONG list: 2017

Dude, I love these songs. THIS is also the longest SONG list yet, so get ready.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please listen to this list with headphones, in order from start-to-finish. Available on both Apple Music and Spotify because 2017 is almost over.

Delicate by Taylor Swift // It’s genius. It’s pop perfection. TRY not to love that mini-drop.

I Dare You by The xx // As I turned 23, I danced to this one as the sun set on a perfect New York night at Forest Hills Stadium.

Don’t Delete the Kisses by Wolf Alice // Too good to play in an Urban Outfitters.

Prom by SZA // Off one of my favorite albums of the year, this song is just so. damn. good.

Right Now by HAIM // Happy Haimukkah. These sisters better be at Coachella 2018.

Wallowa Lake Monster by Sufjan Stevens // ugh! the MAGIC of this track.

New Rules by Dua Lipa // Such a jam and it had the BEST music video of the year.

Palace by Sam Smith // *insert me dancing at 1:00AM through Central Park to this one*

Heroin by Lana Del Rey // Gloomy, mood, and rad.

May I Have This Dance [feat. Chance the Rapper] by Francis and the Lights // MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?!

New York by St. Vincent // Tear-filled cab rides and over-priced lattes.

9th of october by Tove Lo // Always caught singing along to this song…on the treadmill…at the gym.

Shot Down by Khalid // Really, any track off Khalid’s entire debut album would make this list, but I wanted to keep it vibe-y.

Bored by Billie Eilish // ugh!! part two. I could totally paint watercolors and listen to this one all day long.

House of the Rising Sun by alt-J // The soundtrack to my life as a senior citizen, waking up on a beach in Hawaii every day.

Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker // That electric guitar and THAT CHORUS.

Hopeless (feat. Cashmere Cat) by Halsey // The end of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (her sophomore debut) soars away from any inclination of a sophomore slump.

Supercut by Lorde // The heart and soul of why Melodrama is my favorite album of the year.

The Cure by Lady Gaga // The happiest song known to mankind.

Une barque sur l’océan from Miroirs by Andre Laplante // The 7-minute track from Call Me By Your Name takes you away to the Northern Italian countryside.

Listen to the SONG list: 2017 on Apple Music and Spotify.

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the SONG list: september 2017

Huzzah! A new song list! As the seasons change, so does my vocabulary. “Huzzah” may be here to stay until winter and I simply will not stop playing these songs on repeat.

 

Bike Dream by Rostam // Think the Juno soundtrack hanging out with Vampire Weekend. It’s the kind of song that would play in the opener for a really rad movie about skateboarding in Los Angeles.

Echo Saw You by Kaleida // From the first note, Kaleida entrances you. It’s haunting, Bjork-ian and reminisces like a Florence Welsh ballad.

Homemade Dynamite (Remix) [feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA] by Lorde // CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE SZA VERSE IS?! Also, Post Malone. But mostly, SZA.

Younger Now by Miley Cyrus //  With her new album out at the end of the month, Cyrus proves herself once again. The music video is also simply brilliant.

Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar // Ugh. This. Song. Has. Me. Feeling. All. The. Feels.

 

Sylvester Stallone by Angus & Julia Stone // It’s no Big Jet Plane, but the closing track off the duo’s new LP is one love song, I’ll be playing all year long.

Poet (In Studio) by Bibi Bourelly // ICYMI: Bibi Bourelly is the real deal. Chills. Tears. Who needs a hug?

The Kids by Charlotte Cardin // I had the chance to hear some of her new music earlier this summer and it’s time to put Miss Cardin on your radar. She’s the next big thing.

Lust for Life (feat. The Weeknd) [BloodPop® Remix] by Lana Del Rey // Bloodpop, Lana and the Weeknd really do make everything better. One last summer remix for those end of Summer blues.

Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) by ZAYN // Eons better than his solo debut, Zayn teams up with Sia for this belter of a track.

Mistakes by Tove Styrke // Kind of silly, but 100% fun. What’s life without a few mistakes??? Like should I have had two bagels this morning? *insert that emoji of the dude with both of his hands raised*

Hear the SONG list: september 2017 on Apple Music.

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the NEW YORK list: the essentials

Am I a New Yorker yet? Of course not. I still have a few more years to go before I can redeem that title. But with 355 days of living in this city, it truly has become my home. I now know where not to go! *Apologies in advance if my early NY lists were a little surface level* However, I do promise that I’ll never take you to Chelsea Market. So the ESSENTIAL things I’ve learned (with some local gems to explore) in list formation are below. “Unleash the beast” as Darren Arnofsky said before traumatizing me with mother!

  1. The coffee scene is DIFFERENT. I dreamed of wonderful, huge coffee shops filled with inspiration. But with limited seating and no Wi-Fi, you’ll find me hidden away at Le Pain. Oh, how I love their huge tables. Yet for “good-make-your-bones-vibrate” coffee, swing by Happy Bones.
  2. Apartment hunting is 1,000 times easier when you live in the city. StreetEasy‘s push notifications will also become your best friend. My #1 tip: pick your neighborhood, be willing to sacrifice washing machines, and if you like it, put down that deposit.
  3. Truly anything can happen when you step out your door each morning.
  4. Book Culture is actual heaven.
  5. Even when you could totally take the subway, jump into a cab every so often. Nothing is better than giving your feet a break, staring up at the skyscrapers and clearing your head. Cue some good music too.
  6. I can’t believe I’m giving you my secrets. But my favorite restaurants right now are Cotenna, Emmett’s, Joseph Leonard, Kazunori and Café Frida. For dessert, Treathouse.
  7. My guilty pleasures: buying new jeans (probably at The Kooples), watching Siesta Key and SoulCycle. So, even in 355 days, not everything has changed.
  8. Avoid Midtown like the Plague. Unless you are seeing a show or doing that thing where you get a paycheck every few weeks, run away.
  9. The escalator at the Public Hotel is a neon-dream. Their rooftop and warehouse space create quite the spectacle.
  10. One of the first places I discovered in NY and a place I stumbled upon last Friday night is Better Days. This low-key hot spot is the perfect place to unwind, feel like a rockstar and meet some new friends. If I told you where it was, what would be the fun in that 😉

Always say yes. Rent a Citi bike. Put yourself out there. Find confidence in everything you do. Just don’t let NY change you.

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the RESTAURANT list: new york city

Half a year, a lot of bagels, and 10 restaurants approved by The Lists of Charlie.

  1. Maison Pickle in the Upper West Side  – Brunch. Brunch. Brunch. BUT also their biscuits, Eggs Benedict, fresh OJ, and the impeccable chicken, bacon, and pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Chicken. Bacon. Pancakes.
  2. By Chloe in West Village – Dairy-Free people REJOICE. MAC AND CHEESE YOU CAN EAT. That is low key the bee’s knees. Their beet ketchup is also the move.
  3. The Wayfarer in Midtown – Just two blocks south of Central Park, it’s the perfect breakfast bite. Their avocado toast is five raised hands emojis. Also, french toast.
  4. Joanne Trattoria in the Upper West Side – A quick cab ride from my apartment and steps from Lincoln Center, this family-owned, Italian restaurant has the best Spaghetti and Meatballs you’ll ever have. They also have a snazzy wine collection and bring your table Pellegrino.
  5. Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown – Uma Thurman stole my table. Yet, I dream about their ponzu shrimp all day, every day. More private than the TriBeCa location, it’s got celebration all over it. My Nobu Rule: trust the waiters and BALL OUT.
  6. Dos Caminos in Meatpacking – It’s no Meso Maya, but for New York, it will suffice. Order your drinks on the rock and prepare to eat about 143255 chips and 124 bowls of their medium salsa.
  7. Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea – After you’ve danced the night away in Meatpacking, stumble uptown to this pizza place for your 4:00AM slice. The portions are HUGE, so don’t be like me, order breadsticks AND a whole pizza and think you can handle it.
  8. Vandal in the Lower East Side – It’s a blast. A BLAST. Their food is CRAZY good. The atmosphere is electric with energy and you’ll impress all your friends by finding this hotspot. Churros for the win.
  9. Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side – You’ll have a religious experience. Kanye and Drake play while you eat the best Chicken and Waffles you’ve ever had. Also order the mashed potatoes.
  10. Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream in Williamsburg – Just bless. the. ice. cream. gods.

If you need some more specific recommendations, always feel free to contact me!

What’s next to try on my list? Well, I’m glad you asked: Miss Lily’s (the one on 7A), Fig & Olive, Grammercy Tavern, Black Tail, Kazu Nori, and Tsurutontan.

the TREND list: spring 2017

50 LISTS. That’s right. 50. LISTs. have. made. THE BLOG. Who would have thought?! Anyways, on list #50… I’m introducing a new kind of list. the TREND list or all of the “trendy/cool/interesting” things I can’t stop telling everyone I know about.

The RETURN of LORDE // Did I spend the past four days running around New York only playing this song?! Definitely. I’m all about Ella + Antonoff + and their BRILLIANT new jam.

Khalid’s American Teen // Talk about a DEBUT album. It’s sonic heaven and perfect for the spring. You’ll be blown away from start to finish. Hear it here.

Dig Inn // Chipotle, you have been replaced. I don’t know why it took me five months to discover this 8th wonder of the world just five blocks from my apartment. Brown Rice BOWLS with Brussel Sprouts for days.

Get Out // GET OUT of your HOUSE and into the chilly weather to see this thriller. Meeting the parents just got scarier, important, and will change the way you think of people drinking tea out of old china forever.

Snapseed // I’m ALWAYS on the GO and I like to stop in the middle of the street to take photos. Sometimes you get the wrong angle or your camera should have been moved an inch over…and then THIS APP saves the day. It will change your life.

Marine Layer // We all need soft t-shirts. Marine Layer has the JACKPOT. And their TWO stores in NYC rock. Trust ME WORLD. Go no further.

Big Little Lies // HANDS DOWN my favorite show of 2017. It’s beautiful, riveting, and will cause major Monterey FOMO. And the music selection is stellar. Leon Bridges. Alabama Shakes. What more could you need? Oh yeah, Nicole Kidman. 😊

Coachella // I didn’t think I’d be headed to Coachella this year since I couldn’t get tickets. YET, have no fear. The stars aligned. My friends and I grabbed wristbands for weekend one. I’ll see ya sOOn Radiohead, Gaga, Kendrick, Lorde and The xx. I promise the FESTIVAL list: coachella 2017 is going to be GRAND. I also apologize for spamming your Instagram feeds in advance.

SoFar Sounds // Pop-up shows with rising artists located all over the city. It’s a unique way to connect, meet new friends, and fall in love with live music all over again. In over 300 cities, put checking out one of their shows on your to-do list.

LOVE // The first season made the original TV list and you bet I’ll be bingeing season 2 this weekend. It’s a show with a lot of laughs and a whole lot of heart.

the FILM list: 2016

Once upon a time I started my college career as a film major. And like everyone else, I changed my major. Four times to be exact. Yet, I still love reading film blogs all about those Oscar contenders several months in advance. Ever since Slumdog Millionaire took home Best Film and Natalie Portman leapt through award season with Black Swan, I’ve watched as many Oscar-nominated films as possible before the big night. Some of this year’s contenders made the FILM list: 2016 and some of these movies just filled an empty place in my heart. Anyways. Here we go. The 10 best movies of 2016 according to yours truly…

LA LA LAND // Hands down, the most magical, thrilling, and wonderful film of the year. You’ll smile from start to finish. I also dance around my apartment to the soundtrack daily.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates // I  haven’t laughed this hard since Maya Rudolph’s street squatting scene in Bridesmaids. I’d go on vacation with these four any day.

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Sausage Party // Traumatizing. Yet, brilliant in every way. You’ll never walk through the grocery store the same way again.

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Café Society // Woody Allen at his finest. Whimsical art direction. The perfect Sunday morning movie. Plus Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively.

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How to Be Single // Rebel Wilson takes over New York City with other millennials. TRUE to reality (minus the size of all their apartments). Living in the city IS actually this fun.

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The Secret Life of Pets // Basically the story of my life. The trauma associated with getting a second dog. Also the dog that likes heavy metal might as well be my spirit animal.

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Fences // August Wilson fans rejoice. Just hand Denzel Washington and Viola Davis the Oscars now.

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The Witch // Terrifying. Black Phillip. Weird. Black Phillip. THAT LAST SCENE. Black Phillip. Why bother trying to sleep???

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Manchester By the Sea // Heartbreaking and beautifully shot. I’ll vacation in Manchester anytime. Michelle Williams and newcomer, Lucas Hedges shine.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // The Harry Potter fan in me was THRIVING. A brand new adventure that doesn’t feel cheap, like a sequel, or like it’s trying to hard.

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*I still haven’t seen Moonlight or Jackie or Arrival yet … I know?! WHAT ARE You DOING CHARLIE ?! but those will just have to wait for the AWARD SHOW list: oscars  🙂