the LIFE list: the THINGS of 2016

What in the world Charlie?! the THINGS of 2016?!

YEAH MAN. Basically a list of all the things in 2016 that are¬†ūüíĮ% approved by the LISTS of CHARLIE. In 2015, I would have said kale, Kit & Ace, SHOWTIME’s The Affair and Pizza Hut‚Äôs $10 dinner box. What’s good in 2016?! Oh yeah. These 10 things:

  1. TV this YEAR¬†has been crazy, stupid awesome. From Westworld to Insecure to Black Mirror to The Affair (yeah it’s still that good). Binge away world, binge away.
  2. Biscoff Cookies because you can actually get an ENTIRE SLEEVE OF THEM at your local grocery store. No need to hoard them from your flight attendants or steal them from sleeping neighbors on the plane.
  3. Stan Smith sneakers. Hands down the coolest shoe known to man in 2016. Sorry Mr. West. Keeping them all white is still a struggle, hence my third & fourth pair.
  4. SoulCycle¬†gets your FEELING ALIVE. Hugs are better than drugs. But sometimes SoulCycle is better than hugs. I¬†tapped it back for this first time in January and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
  5. Coachella¬†doesn’t need an explanation. It’s just heaven on earth. Zella Day. The 1975. Grimes. Anderson Paak. SIA. Plus also those surprise guests.
  6. Moleskine Planners¬†because I customized mine with “sup” instead of my initials. Also because “hey, what’s up, hello” wouldn’t fit.
  7. Walk through Walls by Marina Abramov√≠c¬†aka the best BOOK I’ve read in years. A memoir of Abramov√≠c’s life as a performance artist filled with creative inspiration on actually every page. I used two highlighters on this one.
  8. SPENDING ALL MY EXTRA CASH ON LATTEs and ESPRESSO SHOTS in search of that best cup of coffee. Who takes the cake?! Alfred Coffee in Los Angeles, Houndstooth Coffee in Dallas, Thou Mayest in Kansas City and Bluestone Lane in New York City.
  9. POST-GRAD LIFE because adulting can actually be quite fun.
  10. La La Land¬†is MARVELOUS. HAND THEM ALL THE OSCARS NOW. Just go see it and prepare to be blown away. You’ll start smiling 30 seconds in and won’t stop until you’ve left the theatre. Or maybe you won’t stop smiling ever ūüôā

the SONG list: december

Just 10 more songs before the SONG list heads to 2017. From dance remixes to those slow ballads, I’ve got all the songs you need to hear right now. As always, you can listen to¬†them all on¬†Apple Music.¬†Holiday Music, not included.

Don’t Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White)¬†by Beyonc√©¬†//¬†Queen of the GRAMMYs and easily a Queen of the SONG list. This one earned Beyonc√© a Best Rock Performance nod and its perfect for doing some planks at the gym.

On Hold¬†by The xx¬†//¬†I. Am. SO. EXCITED. for their new album to come out in 2017. This lead single is holding me over until January, but get ready to bop along to this track. The band’s new vibe is a perfect hybrid of airy indie synths, sampling Hall & Oates, all with that Jamie XX drum beat.

American Money (Virtu Remix)¬†by¬†B√ėRNS¬†//¬†One of my favorite songs from 2015 gets a killer remix from Virtu. Prepare to dance the second that bass drops. It just makes you want to dance around at a pool party with Ray Bans on deck.

Stargirl Interlude (feat. Lana Del Rey)¬†by The¬†Weeknd¬†//¬†Now I LOVE The Weeknd’s new album (it made the ALBUM list: 2016). This LDR collab is 1000x better than BBHTM’s¬†“Prisoner.” Cosmic and surprising, the duet is one I can’t wait to hear on vinyl.

City of Stars¬†from La La Land¬†//¬†La La Land is easily my new favorite movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s performance of the main theme is transcendent. From the melodies to the simple production, it’s the perfect preview of the wonder that is the entire La La Land soundtrack.

Carry Me Home (feat. Maverick Sabre)¬†by Jorja Smith¬†//¬†Jorja Smith is just something else. PURE talent. Hi. Hello. Please play some shows ASAP. She’s ONE TO WATCH. Like wow. Just TRUST ME.

Make Me (Cry) [feat. Labrinth]¬†by Noah Cyrus¬†//¬†TALK ABOUT A DEBUT SINGLE. It’s pure pop. But insanely irresistible. Labrinth elevates the track and Cyrus proves she’s not the only kid of Billy Ray’s that can sing. Aren’t we all just suckers for a good pop song now and again?

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever¬†by Zayn and Taylor Swift¬†//¬†Fifty Shades owning that soundtrack game again. While they have already hinted at Miguel’s new cover of “Crazy In Love,” this surprise drop last Friday kicked off the weekend. Swift gets sultry, Zayn belts out some high notes.

Higher by Rihanna // Further proof Rihanna can sing РPUMA CREEPERS not included.

Video Child¬†by Many Voices Speak¬†//¬†Just another slow song added to my iPhone that I have to skip over at parties. JUST KIDDING. Yep, it’s sad and beautiful – nothing wrong with that combo – and my favorite song on this list. Elegance in an .mp3

Listen to the SONG list: december on Apple Music.