the checklist

monday is for basics.

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The Curator: Yasmeen Gharnit, Digital Editorial Assistant

The News: Lessons from Kendrick Lamar

No longer shall students be subjected to 200+ year old sonnets or B.C.-era epic poems! No, not with the new Kendrick Lamar-focused class at Georgia Regents University. The class will focus on Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city because, as the professor behind the course explains, "Kendrick Lamar is the James Joyce of hip-hop." Alright then.

The Look: Shopbop's Elizabeth and James Lookbook

Today's to-do list: Put on all plaid and minimalist items you own, throw on some serious shades and leather sandals, and strut around suburbia. Why? Because you can, duh.

The Face: L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara 

Sure, you can go out and drop some serious cash on designer mascaras, or you could just head over to your local drugstore and pick up this one to lengthen and thicken your lashes in extraordinary ways. It's your prerogative. 

The Inspiration: @kellyoxford Twitter

 If you haven't been following comedian/author/screenwriter/super awesome human Kelly Oxford's Twitter, do yourself a favor and start now. It's pretty much a bunch of amazing random thoughts you wish you had and tales from her life. Check out the gallery to read some of my favorite tweets.

The Song: "Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" by DENA

This jam by Bulgarian singer DENA is undoubtedly the best song to end your summer. Keep it basic—just rock along and let loose.