the checklist

get out of bed and get inspired instead.

The Checklist Curator: Liza Darwin

The Look: Ali Michael in the Urban Outfitters Fall '13 lookbook
Because the only thing tiding me over until summer is the thought that soon I'll be able to channel Ali Michael, wearing breezy checked dresses and Nikes while chilling outside with my dog. The sunshine is so close, I can almost taste it. 

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The News: Lupita Nyong'o's moving speech
Her Oscar speech last night was beautiful, but we also can't get over Lupita Nyong'o's thoughtful, moving acceptance speech at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. In it, the 12 Years A Slave actress discusses self-hate, how she became comfortable in her own skin, and found the real meaning of beauty. Seriously, read the whole thing'll be glad you did. 

The Inspiration: Lou Doillon, NYLON 2006
I might not be able to lie in bed all day like Lou Doillon, but at least I can live vicariously through this dreamy photo. It doesn't matter whether the image is from 2006 or 2014, the French singer is proof that effortless cool really never fades. 

The Song: "Touch" by Shura
Don't know Shura yet? Prepare to be blown away. I've been obsessing ever since the enigmatic London singer dropped the floaty, '80s-inflecting jam upon the world...and I'm clearly in good company, since she's racked up more than 138,000 plays within two weeks. Is she the female answer to Blood Orange? Maybe, and we can't wait to find out.