It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a music playlist article and I have to say it feels really good to be back at it! Music is, and has always been, an integral part of my life, and I spend a majority of my time listening to new music as I go about my daily tasks. It keeps me out of my head while also allowing me to add some great new tracks to my ever-growing music library!
Hip-hop music videos have garnered a reputation of being... less than creative. They’re known for relying on a few recurring themes: half-naked women, expensive cars and jewelry, and all too often, some aspect of gang culture.
Trying to find a music video that did not contain at least one of those things was like looking for a four-leaf clover. I was lucky if the video told any kind of coherent story at all.
But every so often there are some hip-hop music videos that go above and beyond what I expect. They are just as creative as the songs that accompany them, and sometimes even more so.
I highlight these kinds of music videos and include three that took on lives of their own.
These days it seems like there are so many artists arising from the misty corners of Apple music, Soundcloud, YouTube, and more. Once they start to get views and listens, a lot make it to Spotify!
It’s really incredible how technology has shaped the way that music is being consumed. Spotify was first launched in 2008 when I was in eighth grade. I used to listen to Spotify whenever I could after school.
The smallest names on there were usually people who were just starting out in the industry after being on singing competition shows.
“Future Funk is really dope 80s music...2080s music.”
As a music enthusiast and lover of all things off the wall, I couldn’t help but cover one of the latest growing music trends on Youtube - Future Funk. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but let’s just say if you’re into Anime, 70s-80s disco and fun (think Bee-Gee’s and Sly and The Family Stone), electronic synths, 70’s Japanese City-pop or futuristic sounding music, you should give this genre a listen.
Summer 2018 was a great time for me. My boyfriend and I got our first apartment together and adopted a goldendoodle named, Ted, whom we completely adore now! I also decided to pull the trigger on this company (blog in its earliest form) and make my dreams a reality.
In the world of music, artists and creators are constantly collaborating. Somewhere a producer is tucked away in a studio engineering the beats that will be become the backbone of a rapper’s album. Vocalists harmonize their voices with the rich sounds created by the instrumentalists before a concert. A singer and a songwriter huddle together working on finalizing the chorus of a song that will one day become a smash hit.
I’m a pretty new Kanye music fan. My boyfriend introduced me to Kanye’s music and when I heard this song for the first time it just made me feel so good.
I have to be honest, Halloween has never been important in my life. I was raised extremely religious and my parents were very much against it.
I’ve never even gone trick-or-treating.
My constant daydreaming about travel began at an early age. TV shows like The Love Boat and Gilligan’s Island fueled my desire to escape to a far off land and live a life of tropical island escapades. I dreamt of spending my days beach-combing, surfing, and reading while lounging — soaking up the salty air of the beach and basking in the sun’s rays.
My most favorite time of the year is fall. The leaves are changing, the weather cools down, and it’s time to break out your favorite fall clothes. With fall comes one of the year’s most popular holidays: Halloween. The costumes, candy, and other traditions are some of the best things about this day. One tradition I have had since high school is having a Halloween / scary movie marathon with my bestie. In the spirit of sharing this tradition with you, below is a list of movies that include something for everyone, friends and family alike. I know it will put a little fright into your night this Halloween season.
It’s been about three years since then and YouTube has exploded in popularity as a form of entertainment beyond the aspiring musician’s portfolio or simply a reliable place to find music. YouTube is at a point where people are actually using it to replace television shows as their main form of nightly entertainment since it’s become so diverse with its different ‘channels’ of family bloggers, comedians, musicians, video game news, food shows, interviews, and much more.
September is encroaching upon, and although you may have spent July and August binging on your favorite new seasons of Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black, the new month brings us a round of shows Netflix has announced they are bidding farewell to. So before you dive into any new releases, you may want to check out which shows Netflix plans to remove so you can plan to watch them before it is too late.
It’s no secret that I love cooking shows! All throughout late elementary school and the entirety of my junior high career I was infatuated with shows like Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars and Cake Wars. I even opened an in-home bakery business in high school because of this early inspiration! Little did I know, though, all of those shows were only the tip of the iceberg in growing my love of food.
‘What is a cult classic film?’ you ask. Well, a cult classic film is a film that has developed a small following… One could say a cult. They often use less well-known actors and they usually touch on grittier and more controversial topics because with less mainstream exposure it’s easier to get away with certain subjects.
Reese Witherspoon films can be called corny “chick flicks”, but there is something else going on, too.
If you have been in the realm of YouTube for a while, you have probably seen the different phases it’s gone through. It started as a way of keeping videos of special events for personal and public use. It didn’t take too many years before it began birthing viral videos though.
Looking for a new game to play? Here are 5 video game releases you can’t miss this summer featuring games for everyone, from casual to story driven.
When you think about the month of October I’m sure it doesn’t strike you as “vacation season.” Summer is over so that means vacation time is too, right? Not necessarily. Turns out October is a great time to get away and explore some great places. With the weather cooling down, the trees changing colors, and pumpkin spice everywhere, a well- scheduled get away could be exactly what you need at this time of year. If the seaside is your happy place or you’d rather party in the city, this list has a destination on it for everyone.
You’re an artist. You live for art. You love to find inspiration and often times find it while in the company of other people. Collaboration entices you and you find yourself carousing the cafes at night in search of other artists. What should you do? Well, that’s easy! You should move to an artist colony.
Denton, Texas is known for being the home to two big colleges- the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. When moving to a college town it can be quite nerve-racking, but also one of the best experiences you can have.
I don't know about you, but for me museums are very interesting and fascinating places. To some they can be repetitive or even boring. I have always found them to be anything but. Usually seen as houses of higher knowledge containing artifacts of culture dating back to antiquity, what if I told you there are museums out there that cover everything from ice cream to superheroes? Yes, it's true and there are places all across the world like these that you can visit. Below is a list of 10 museums full of cool and unusual things that you should consider adding to your bucket list.
Life as an introvert means having an unnecessarily difficult time doing things that involve strangers in public. Even something like ordering at a restaurant can be a hassle. Don’t believe me? It goes a little like this: You’re sitting there, menu in hand, analyzing the dishes in search of the perfect meal. Minutes later, a certain dish catches your eye, and you’re sold. As you wait, you rehearse your order in your head nonstop. You’re confident you’ve got this, like you could be the next Oscar-winning actor for what you’re about to recite. The waiter makes their way to you, and with each step they take, your heart pounds louder and harder, almost in beat with their stride. Finally, they take your order, and you stumble and stutter your way through it. Awkward. Now you’ll be thinking about this for the rest of the day (or week). If this is what it’s like in a restaurant, imagine what it’s like traveling solo for the first time. While this may seem a bit exaggerated, or hit a little too close to home depending on much of an introvert you are, traveling alone for the first time is a big deal. It might be the last thing you want to do, but it doesn’t have to be the worst thing you have to go through.
I finished an emotional week at the Locarno Film Festival with a John Waters’ press conference. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to attend a film festival. You are surrounded by a certain energy that has infected the whole town and even the whole region. You go from theater to theater in a frenzy, excited to see what’s next on the big screen. You go early to secure your seat as the smaller venues sell out fast. You read the descriptions, but you can never know what to expect until you are finished and everyone is clapping (or walking out, depending on the film!).
This summer my grandparents gave me the opportunity of a lifetime: to visit Kauai, Hawaii with my family. I say ‘once in a lifetime’ because if it wasn’t for this opportunity, I probably would have never gone to Hawaii. I was able to spend a full week there and experience so many different things that I don’t have back home in Texas.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US. It was founded in 1630 so they’re rich in history, culture and arts. Whether you’re visiting Boston for the first time or want to do something interesting with your friends, one of the best things to do is check out one of Boston’s museums. Boston has a ton of museums for you to choose from, many of them art museums. These are the top 5 must-see art museums Boston has to offer.
My choice would set me apart.
Recently, I made the biggest decision of my life, which was to pack up my whole life into two suitcases and move to the other side of the world to be with my long-distance boyfriend.
I almost always loved school. With a curious mind and a slight obsession with learning, school was usually extremely fun for me. Sure I struggled with some classes in high school ( aka: chemistry...ewww) but none of them were so hard that they seemed impossible. When I first went to college, same thing. It wasn’t until I had to take an upper level physiology class that I really started to feel the pressure. In all honesty, I’ve never had to work so hard to not fail a class as I did with that one. That moment right there should have been a sign that things were about to get pretty rough, and that is exactly how four years later I ended up burnt out, sick, and hating life. All because I had absolutely no stress management skills. The list below is one that I know will help you out when school in particular gets to be too damn much.
We live in a world where almost every single person has become a victim of bullying whether they are four years or eighty years old. Bullies do these things to make themselves feel better because a lot of the time they have been through severe abuse or trauma themselves. Unfortunately, this is how the world works, people put others down to make themselves feel good. It is really sad to think that people who have hurt you have been hurt themselves, anger and hurt is all they understand but it can be very hard to forgive and forget what they put you through.
Mental health is a huge focus in 2019, and I’m sure will continue to be over the years to come. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression since I was younger, I have found outlets in music, writing and all things art. I can sit at my laptop and write for hours or hang out by the pool with a book in hand until I’m the color of a lobster; mind you, I’m pale. Poetry has evoked a variety of emotions from me over the years and I have even tried my own hand at it, at a reading. I had not planned to do so, but I was so evoked by all the other poets and emotions, I could not help myself.
What if it wasn't just about feeling better as much as it is about FEELING. Do you ever just forget how to FEEL, or is it just me?
I’ve struggled with anxiety for most of my life...and so has a huge portion of the rest of the population. Maybe fifty years ago it was taboo to admit to having these feelings and problems, but today it’s one of the biggest movements of the time. People are no longer brushing off depression and anxiety as something they have to ‘deal with’. Instead, they’ve come to see that it’s a journey--something you have to work at every single day.
The sad truth is that there are many people who suffer from mental illness and not everyone can afford to pay for therapy or mental health services. So, we have to get creative.
I always knew I was an anxious person, but nothing could have prepared me for being diagnosed with not one mental illness but TWO! In February of 2017, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and I have struggled since then.
I’ve never been able to convince myself that people can save other people. And, to put it simply, that’s because, no matter what, you have to give consent in any instance that pertains to your physical self and what you do. (Okay, I guess that didn’t come out as simply as I had hoped.)
Since I work in the fashion industry as a store manager, I’m able to see a lot of different patterns, trends, colors, and styles come through each season. It’s what got me to fall in love with fashion, so with fall right around the corner, that means fall fashion is finally here! That’s a lot of falls!
Since ancient times people have been drawn to the element of water as it is the source of all life. In addition to being necessary for survival, humans also have used water to provide things like exercise, entertainment, and just good plain fun. As a result, swimming has become a favorite pastime for humans the world over and therefore has opened up an entire new category when it comes to clothing. Granted, there was a time when skinny dipping was probably the only way to do it, but these days women especially have endless choices when it comes to swimwear. This article is going to take a look back in time and examine how swimsuits have gone from being full length gowns to the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot bikinis we see today.
Makeup is a guilty pleasure of mine. Maybe you’re a makeup lover just like me or maybe you have never worn it a day in your life. Either way, you have come to the right place to learn more about specific brands and products!
Going outside has been a long debated topic. It’s actually silly that I just made that statement. Shouldn’t it be simple? Shouldn’t we know the answer by now? Apparently not--the whole world still wants to be having this exhausted discussion.
When I started doing my brows in the middle of 2015, it was a long, tedious battle of finding the right brow products for me. If I had to choose which makeup products I can’t live without, eyebrow products would be one of my top choices. I cannot leave the house without my brows done. I think they tend to complete a look or make you look “ready” even if you don’t have too much makeup on. These are the best eyebrow products that I have found.
As a busy CEO and virtual assistant, it can get really hard at times to keep myself, and my life, organized. I’ve tried it all when it comes to organization -- generic planners from Target, more specific/detailed planners I’ve ordered online, and even organization apps on my phone. I’ve read all the articles on the topic and tried all the recommendations people have given me, but to no avail!
When people say they love to travel, they really mean they love the destination. Let’s be real. No one likes having to go through airport security, hanging out in areas flooding with people rushing to and from gates, and sitting elbow to elbow with absolute strangers on the plane. Oh, and don’t forget about those extremely comfortable airport chairs that are oh so perfect for naps during long layovers. Who doesn’t love waking up with their spine twisted into awkward angles? On the bright side, the journey to your destination doesn’t have to be as much of a pain with these travel gadgets that will make your life easier.
Moving out on your own for the first time is an exciting yet daunting experience. Though I didn’t move out for the first time until I went to graduate school at the age of twenty-three, I was still a bit nervous. The stress of a new environment, new people, and a new culture became overwhelming for me on many occasions. Looking back I wish I had someone to tell me what I am about to share with you: even the little things make a difference. Below is a list of every day, completely underrated items which I have found make adulting a whole lot easier and that I wish I had when I first left home.