February Favorites: The $11 Face Mask We Swear By, Quinn XCII, and Expensive Greek Food

01 Mar February Favorites: The $11 Face Mask We Swear By, Quinn XCII, and Expensive Greek Food

Our fling with February was brief, but passionate. This month, our staff discovered some serious gems, including new music from old favorites, an $11 clay mask that will last you a lifetime, a reality TV dating show that doesn’t suck, and a winter coat that has the Internet truly shook. Plus: a place in Knoxville’s Old City where you can order a piping hot plate of Greek cheese.

So let’s cut to the chase. Valentine’s Day might be over, but we can’t stop crushing on these monthly favorites.

1. Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket…the $140 winter coat with 6,000 reviews on Amazon.

“My monthly fave for February is my Orolay jacket, otherwise known as ‘The Amazon Coat,'” marketing intern Annie O’Brien said. “After seeing people rave about this jacket on Amazon with more than 6,000 reviews, I decided to see what it was all about. It’s the warmest jacket I’ve ever owned and has plenty of pockets to hold all of my random things.”

2. Quinn XCII’s album “From Michigan with Love”… a soulful serenade from Detroit’s finest.

“I have had Quinn XCII’s sophomore album “From Michigan with Love” on repeat since it was released,” said marketing intern Nicole Maestri. “If you thought his first album was good, you will not be disappointed — there is no sophomore slump here. He took everything I loved from the first album and amplified it times 1000. The album has a song to compliment any mood and features some pretty cool collaborations. It’s hard to pick a favorite song from the album, but I highly recommend checking out ‘Abel & Cain’ or ‘Matches.'”

3. Kefi…upscale Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Old City.

“Do you love the finer things in life?” asked content strategist Hanna Lustig. “Do you like craft cocktails, hummus, and opulent interiors? Run, don’t walk to Kefi in Old City. It’s a bit pricey for the average night out but worth every penny. I love to go for drinks and a sampling of their delicious spreads. Oh, and don’t forget to order the Saganaki, a pan-seared block of Kasseri cheese that comes to your table flaming hot.”

4. “Dating Around”…a dating show that mimics real life. 

“My latest obsession is the new Netflix original series Dating Around,” said designer Katie Truppo.  “This is not your typical reality dating show (I’m looking at you, The Bachelor). This series has six episodes featuring six different singles who go on five blind dates and only one-second date. It’s less of a competition and more of a look at human intimacy. The cinematography is beautiful, it’s the perfect amount of awkward and shows a very diverse range of people searching for love. Seriously, it’s so pure and amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth the binge.”

5. “Thispersondoesnotexist.com”… a scary-smart preview of AI’s future.

Thispersondoesnotexist.com uses article intelligence (AI) and machine learning to generate hyper-realistic images of individuals who do not exist. Developed by an Uber software engineer, the algorithm was built to demonstrate what generative adversarial networks (GANs) are capable of. “What’s crazy is to imagine the implications of such a technology, especially if adapted for video,” said marketing intern Nicholas Heim. “Given its autonomy, AI can completely fabricate a false reality without any input from humans.”

6. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask… a skincare secret worth sharing. 

“I love this face mask because it leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean,” raved graphic design intern Emily Breeden. “It’s on Amazon and it’s Prime eligible, so it shipped fast. At $11, that’s unbeatable.” The best part? According to content strategist Hanna Lustig, it’ll take a “lifetime” to finish this hefty little tub.

7. FractureMe.com… because paper prints are passé.

Traditionally, photographs are printed on… well, paper. Fracture, however, will print your photos on sturdy, frameless glass. Needless to say, MCG principal (and office Libra) Chuck Morris is a fan.

So, what were your February #monthlyfaves? Tweet and comment your top picks. You might just see them featured in next month’s round-up!