August Favorites: Obama Ave & ‘Little Women’ Trailer

I think August was by far the hardest month of 2019. While the month may be over, the fight against gun violence is far from.

And now, a look at the light-hearted pop-culture and entertainment items that kept me going during August 2019.

(P.S. The Monthly Favorites podcast will be on hiatus until at least January 2020 while I revamp it!)

Favorite News Articles

1. The petition to rename the street outside of Trump Tower Obama Ave.

2. Black Panther 2 is coming in 2022 (so far away)!

3. Rosa Parks and Sally Ride Barbie dolls are the newest additions to the Mattel universe.

Favorite Music

1. “Warm” by Charli XCX ft. Haim

2. “Bags” by Clairo

3. “Lions” by Wild Front

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Marzia and Pewdiepie got married!

2. White Sea (Morgan Kibby) dyed her hair blonde!

 

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Suits, “If the Shoe Fits.” So good to see Mike Ross again!

2. Pearson, “The Former City Attorney.” More Harvey cameos, please.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Little Women trailer.

2. Jenna Marbles is bringing back ALL the ’90s accessories.

3. Arden Rose’s fitness journey. 

4. Scarlet Takes a Tumble gets music meme-ified.

Autumn is coming.

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…

Marina and the Diamonds Lonely Hearts Club Tour NYC

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Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.

It was fantastic!

The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.

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Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!

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At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.

 

She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.

I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!

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After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!

Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.

She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”

Quite the entrance I’d say.

I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.

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I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”

Priceless.

She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.

After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”

While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”

No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.

She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”

She’s really going to miss this tour.

Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.

I hope it wasn’t anything serious.

Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.

Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.

She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.

Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.

I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.

Oh well.

Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!

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