10 Good News Stories to Make You Feel Good, Week of 9/17/17

Your healthy dose of feel-good current events in pop culture, fashion, travel, science, and everything in between…

Fashion month infiltrates our newest round of carefree weekly updates, delivering another opportuuunity to chill out and deeply breathe in that soon-to-be-Saturday scent of easy times that lies so very directly ahead.

Take the chance to unapologetically recline, perhaps in a fresh-from-the-dryer-toasted robe, and lounge with some harmless (yet fascinating) stories that have been selected to give you some clickable, likeable current events that are finally worth sharing with your favorites.

Peruse, ponder, audibly “awww,” lol a little, and enjoy the good news you might have missed:

Like a prismatic, kaleidoscopic shotgun blast into outer space, Björk debuted her new video, a collaboration with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and artist Andrew Thomas Huang that paints romance in a light you’ve never seen. The Gate is essentially a love song, but I say ‘love’ in a more transcendent way,” the singer-songwriter divulged to Dazed magazine. “It’s about rediscovering love—but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word.”

Whether picking out her “street style gold” Canadian tuxedo ensemble or gaining entry into a Vogue soiree, one former style editor provides the hour-by-hour details of life as a New York Fashion Week party crasher. Even getting iced out at the door of Victoria Beckham’s show didn’t slow her momentum—here, she teaches a lesson in social bravery.

In the short Instagram video of the century, this adorable baby sloth proves that holding hands and giving flowers are quite possibly the universal key to every beating human heart.

To help you understand your hidden desires, psychologists open up about how they really analyze dreams, and why you shouldn’t take anything that happens while you’re snoozing too literally. “You have a much more balanced view of what’s going on in your life when you dream,” psychologist Cathy Pagano said. “A dream is like energy that’s taken on a state.”

From Chipotle to Calvin Klein’s runway, Remington Williams is a testament to showing up for dish duty. Discovered by a modeling agent only a few days ago while washing pans at the popular burrito joint in Austin, TX, Williams was immediately signed by DNA Models and sent down catwalks like Marc Jacobs and Sies Marjan. Her biggest learning curve? “Models do not get enough credit for walking in those crazy shoes,” says Williams of the sky-high stilettos she was handed backstage. “They make it look so easy!”

By studying newly discovered “paintbrush genes” in butterflies, scientists are now able to repaint their delicate wings in trippy new color schemes that will make you wonder what’s next. Robert Reed, a Cornell professor, left the experiment in the hands of his students—and now shares its fame with a team of college kids. “The first time we tried it, it worked,” says Reed. “And when I saw that butterfly come out … the biggest challenge of my career had just turned into an undergraduate project.”

A flirty wink, a half-lidded stare, a sleepy smile: Photographer Alexander Khokhlov and wife Veronica Ershova put the human-like personalities of dogs on display with this series of custom pooch portraits.

Whoopsie daisy! On the set of her new movie Woodshock, created by those moody Mulleavy sisters behind the culty fashion brand Rodarte, Kirsten Dunst accidentally got a little high. Filming a scene where she smokes a J, the actress somehow managed to pick up the real thing. The experience according to Dunst? “I was crying, laughing, eating a peanut butter sandwich. I couldn’t film anymore! They sent me home!”

Why is this Korean hot sauce fermented while classical scores by Mozart and Chopin waft in the background, playing nonstop? Though no one is sure exactly why, new tests are proving that music has a positive effect on the growth of microbes. “It’s part of a long tradition of believing that music helps all kinds of organisms to grow,” says Brian Tompkins, the brand’s VP of Sales & Marketing of their soothing soundtrack. “And it has the double-benefit of being soothing and motivational while the workers are there.”

For anyone who’s making slow moves toward a significant change, this piece on Dr. Bob Rotella’s tips on how to have the heart of a champion provide a step-by-step guide. “When a person is doing what he or she loves and is finding rich meaning in his or her life, then motivation naturally follows.” It’s basically about pulling your slingshot of momentum tight, tight, tight to hurl you straight into the life you imagine.

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I think I have a thing for sloths now. That video was beyond cute, thanks for sharing!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog