January Favorites: RIP King Abdullah, Stock Photobomber & Elastic Heart Music Video

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The new year fails to disappoint in the realm of pop culture news.

I can honestly say that January has been a mix of fun, witty and extremely emotional news topics. I didn’t think this elastic heart of mine would make it till the end… (see what I did there).

Without further ado, here are my favorites in pop culture for the month of January:

Favorite News Articles

1. Once upon a time, Queen Elizabeth drove King Abdullah to absolute madness. Too bad women aren’t supposed to drive in Syria! Rest in peace, King Abdullah.

2. This guy photobombs stock images, and it’s awesome. Check him out on Tumblr.

3. Interview with Maddie Ziegler, the face of Sia. This girl is just freaking amazeballs.

4. Will Ferrell hit a cheerleader in the face with basketball. The cruelty.

5. Bratz dolls get a makeover. So weird seeing them as normal dolls!

Favorite Music

1. “Peace of Mind” by Above and Beyond ft. Zoe Johnston. This is on my list of Above and Beyond faves for sure.

2. “Fourth of July” by Fall Out Boy. It’s a bit more rock than I’m used to, but I like it.

3. “Riot” by Mikky Ekko. Literally just found out he has an album out this month. Not too shabby.

4. “Boom Clap (Japanese Version)” by Charli XCX. When is the full version coming out?

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. On a park bench with Julia Stone. She looks good in nature.

2. Marina in blue. She is rockin’ that outfit!

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3. Joshua and Colleen 4eva ❤. Love these two!

4. Dwntwn beauty. Those blonde waves are to die for.

5. T-Swizzle and Jack in the studio. Nerdy meets Platinum Blondie.

Favorite TV Episodes

Castle, “Private Eye Caramba.” Javi is such a fanboy!

The Mindy Project, “San Francisco Bae.” Lee Pace with a man ponytail. Enough said.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Elastic Heart featuring Shia Labouf and Maddie Ziegler. If you put this video in the context of their real lives it really makes you want to break down and cry. Especially with that heart-wrenching end scene!

2. PewDiePie’s Pledge. Can’t wait for the return of “Fridays with PewDiePie”!

3. Wreck It Wednesdays with Grav3yardgirl. So happy this is back!

4. Frozen bath with Thatcherjoe and Caspar Lee. That Winston Churchill question would have saved me.

Goodbye January, hello month of St. Valentine…

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This Week in Music: LIGHTS’ “Running With The Boys” Music Video

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The only boy LIGHTS should be running with is Beau Bokan!

Much Music had the honor of premiering the music video for “Running With The Boys” by Canadian artist LIGHTS.

The song is from her latest album Little Machines. It’s not one of my favorites on the track, but I can see how it fits in with the theme of reminiscing that is present on the album.

“Running With The Boys” is a medium tempo song with a light electronic disco vibe. For some reason, there’s not a single male in the video. Instead, LIGHTS rides around on a bike with a few of her lady friends, majestic hair blowing in the wind and all.

There’s a scene where LIGHTS swings around on a tire swing. Not sure if that was supposed to be sexy.

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The video ends with all of her friends veering off the path on their bikes, leaving LIGHTS alone as she watches a younger version of herself pedal past her.

I wasn’t really impressed with the video but I still encourage you to check it out. Because, who can resist wanting to stare at LIGHTS’ beautiful face for 4:23?

Watch “Running With the Boys” here.

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10 Random Questions Tag

10 questions tag

I was tagged by Farah over at farahkali.com to do the 10 random questions tag!

Here are the questions she asked me to answer:

1. Handbags or shoes?

This is a tough one. I’d say shoes.

2. Curly or straight hair?

Curly! (although my hair is permed straight)

3. Any special talents?

I sing alto. Haven’t performed since high school, though.

4. Favourite hobbies?

Writing and listening to music.

5. Favourite animal and why?

I love flamingos because they’re a beautiful bright shade of pink, and when two flamingos put their heads together they make a romantic heart symbol <3.

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6. Where do you mostly shop?

Forever 21, Pretty Girl and H&M.

7. What is your main goal in life?

To be an inspiration to those around me.

8. What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be an artist. I guess I kind of am, since I’m a journalist and I studied the art of communication.

9. If you could choose 1 make up item, what would it be?

Foundation powder (preferably Loreal True Match shade N7).

10. Do you hide under your duvet when you sleep?

Yes! All the time. Even in the summer when it’s a million degrees!

 

I’d like to tag Maria Nichol, Hana Blurbs, BeautyLifeGeek, and The Spinsterhood Diaries.

Here are your questions!

1. What song do you listen to when you need cheering up?

2. How many tubes of lipstick do you currently own?

3. What is one item of clothing you couldn’t live without?

4. What is your favorite online store?

5. If you could go anywhere in the world for your next vacay, where would you go?

6. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

7. Mac or PC?

8. What is one meal you know how to cook better than anyone else?

9. Name one mobile app you’re addicted to.

10. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

 

Be sure to link back to this post, create 10 questions of your own, and then nominate bloggers to participate in the tag 🙂

December Favorites: Wreath Witherspoon, Manspreading & Flash Mob Wedding

December Favorites

Another year has passed us by, the end-of-year celebrations have come and gone, and now, it is time for December favorites.

 

I promise to get this up by the 10th of every month. This is the latest I’ll ever post them. Please, find it in your hearts to realize that I was basking in the somewhat sad realization that I am now a responsible adult after graduating last month.

Here are my favorites in pop culture news, music, celeb Instagrams, TV and YouTube videos for the month of December 2014:

Favorite News Articles

1. Wreath Witherspoon. Mindy is a pop culture genius. I might consider making one of these for Christmas 2015.

2. Manspreading. It’s a male epidemic in the NYC subway system. So happy this is being addressed, even comedically.

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is married. Congrats, man. Such great news to start the new year!

4. Misheard lyrics of 2014. Buzzfeed nailed it with the 2014 lists. How did anyone hear number 7?!

5. Korean Air nut rage. Talk about spoiled brat…

Favorite Music

1. “Earned It” by The Weeknd. Oh. My. Gosh. I am so in love with this song, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack!

2. “Riptide – Original Mix” by NTEIBINT feat. Birsen. This song is a weird juxtaposition between dark, melancholy vocals and bright bell-sounding synth.

3. “Handful of Gold” by Chela. Can we have a full length album this year, Chela? Please?

4. “Simple Science – Todd Osborn Remix” by Zero 7. This remix is brilliant.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Ellie angel. Can I have that dress?!

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2. Ian Harding eats…DOG? No, Ian. Dogs are a man’s best friend, not his food.

3. Holiday class, Dorsey style. These two are adorbs.

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4. Meghan Camarena and Joey Graceffa’s vintage drama shoot. You’ve gotta check out the rest of these on the Strawburry17 Facebook page.

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. The Mindy Project “Christmas.” Those interviews Mindy got for that reel she made for Danny were amazing. She should consider taking a few video journalism classes at Stanford while she’s there!

2. Pretty Little Liars “How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas.” I’m really suspicious of Detective Holbrook. I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I think he killed Mona.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Flashmob Wedding. Stressful wedding plans aborted.

2. Link’s High School Gym Bag. I can’t believe Link kept that breakup letter. I wonder if she watches Good Mythical Morning…

3. Mike Falzone gives advice to a woman who’s been cheated on. For sunbathing. To hell with the cheaters.

 Hope your 2014 was awesome! Happy 2015!