Smell the Roses with Gabrielle Hutson




WATCH: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of animator, Hayao Miyzaaki’s great venture into his own animation company, regal cinema branches all across the U.S. have been re-releasing the great movies produced by Studio Ghibli. A few have already been shown but there are many more to come continuing until September that you can catch. I know from my childhood I remember a lot of Ghibli movies with fondness and nostalgia but rarely did they get a theater release. Over spring break I went to see “Ponyo” in theaters as a surprise for my six month anniversary with my boyfriend. It was literally one of the best dates I’ve ever been on. Watching a movie from childhood in theaters is such a pure and innocent feeling. It replicates and reminds you what it was like to be a child and not an angsty teen, like for once I was able to forget about all the responsibilities I had waiting for me upon my return home from the movies. “The Cat Returns” is the next Ghibli movie to be shown and you can actually catch a showing of it tonight and tomorrow.


LISTEN: A while back my Apple music gave me a plethora of album suggestions that seemed to be pulled straight out of my 8th grade choosing of discographies. Due to this blessing I revisted albums such as Marina and the Diamonds “Electra Heart,” Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Florence + Machine’s “Ceremonials” etc… I felt like I was bordering on an out-of-body experience while listening to all these beautiful gems after years of forgetting them and moving on to other genres. Now I know like this seems that it holds no value to anyone except me but you’re wrong. Since middle school virtually everyone has morphed into a different person entirely with a completely different music taste, but I urge you to revisit the albums and connect with your younger self.