Wardrobe Wednesdays: Taylor Swift at the Polls

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Yesterday, Taylor Swift posted an awesome picture to Instagram of herself in line at her polling place.

I’m not shocked that she got the most likes of all the celebrity Election Day Instagrams, because she definitely knows how to show up to the polls looking super stylish and laid back.

She wore a charcoal gray top with shoulder cutouts and a black croc-embossed shoulder bag with a pair of dark jeans. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really cool top with cutouts, so this put a smile on my face.

Below are the original top and bag Taylor Swift is wearing (marked with *) along with an alternative in case they sell out.

Top:

1. Splendid, $88.00 *

2. Macy’s, $20.99

Bag:

3. Shopbop, $445.00 *

4. Fayrouzy, $29.99

August Favorites: RIP Gene Wilder, Pink Dolphin & Taylor Swift in Jury Duty

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I think this is the first time in a very long time that my monthly favorites are going up on the first day of the new month. I know, you don’t have to tell me—you’re so proud of me.

Is it me or was August 2016 kind of awesome?! Since there aren’t any holidays in August, it usually drags on but this year I didn’t feel it. Maybe it’s because I’m living in Manhattan now…

Anyway, here are my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for the month of August:

Favorite News Articles

1. RIP Gene Wilder. I’ll still never understand how one person could be so much coolness.

2. Pink dolphin. Um, somebody’s been getting too lucky in those waters…

3. Taylor Swift had jury duty. I actually never thought about the fact that celebs have to do that too. Wow.

4. Matt Damon’s man bun. Excuse me, what is this?!

Favorite Music

1. “My Things” by Trails and Ways. It sucks that Hannah and Emma aren’t in the band anymore but they still sound good with the new female vocals!

2. “Shelter” by Madeon and Porter Robinson. I just absolutely adore that sentimental quivering violin at the end of the track. Freaking superb collab from those two!

3. “Dive Deep” by Andrew Belle. Gettin’ frisky there, Andrew!

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March Favorites: Adele’s Beard, “Watch Me Do” & ‘The Catch’ Premiere

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So March didn’t really go out like a lamb for me. I’d say it was more like a really sassy alpaca.

March was filled with a lot of great music, and sadly, a lot of season finales. I’m really looking forward to the summer when all my shows come back!

Here are my favorites in the world of pop culture for the month of March:

Favorite News Articles

1. Adele’s beard. The fact that she named it is killing me.

2. The royal family went skiing. The family portrait is super adorbs!

3. The Rock holds on to Zac Efron for dear life while on a motorcycle. “Hold me close my tiny dancer…”

Favorite Music

1. “Watch Me Do” by Meghan Trainor. Sassy. James Brown would be so proud.

2. “Do It, Try It” by M83. After hearing this song, I realized the Junk would probably end up being a very weird album, but it isn’t really too weird…

3. “All Out in the Open” by Mesita. It’s a little bit of Ed Sheeran mixed with indie and I love it!

4. “Where Would I Be” by Gwen Stefani. The hook in this song is everything.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Taylor Swift’s mom’s dog wants some food. It’s already been taken, buddy.

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2. Selena Gomez in rollers. Still trying to figure out how her hair will look once those rollers get taken out.

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3. Henry Cavill went unnoticed in Times Square. I would have been beyond pissed if I’d walked by and then found out later in the day that it was him!

Favorite TV Episodes

1. The Catch, “The Pilot.” That painting (“Alone Together” by Maria Kreyn) is literally their relationship.

2. Pretty Little Liars, “Hush…Hush, Sweet Liars.” So many things happened between the couples in this episode that I don’t even know how to begin to feel.

3. Limitless, “Bezgranichnyy.” I’m not sure if I like Brian with Lucy Church or Piper Baird more.

4. Bates Motel, “‘Til Death Do You Part.” I actually really think Norma and Alex are great for each other.

Favorite Youtube Videos

1. Mike Falzone standup. I’m totally seeing him when he comes to Astoria in May! Let’s see if the audience is anything like this one LOL.

2. James Corden was L.A.’s mayor for a day. Of course he would want to cut all the ribbons.

3. Tanya Burr talks in her sleep. Husband Jim Chapman tells all.

Enjoy all the April rain.

August Favorites: Wee Blind Girl, Adele’s Upcoming Album & “Wildest Dreams” Music Video

August Faves

August 2015 will go down in history as the month of the heart-wrenching cliffhanger season finales.

Between the Suits, Pretty Little Liars, and Devious Maids season finales, I can’t tell who won. Did all the screenwriters of the world band together to plan this?!

Anyway, no podcast for this month (sorry, I was too busy adulting), but here’s a list of my August favorites:

Favorite News Articles

1.  Autocorrect gives a 21-year-old a “Wee Blind Girl” birthday cake. Oops?

2. Adele’s next album is coming soon! GAH so excited! My ears are ready!

3. Snake people. What even…

Favorite Music

1. “I Give It” by Night Beds. I think I’ve listened to this song (and the majority of the other songs on Ivywild) like a million times this month.

2. “Slumlord” by Neon Indian. This song is totally making me want to go see him live when he comes to NYC in October.

3. “Never Be” by Meg Mac. Here ye, here ye, we have found the Australian Adele.

4. “Gimmie Love” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Who would have thought that the sweet innocent “Call Me Maybe” girl would be singing songs like this a few years later?

5. “In The Night” by The Weeknd. I’m really loving his new Micheal Jackson-esque style.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Selena Gomez snoozing during the Wonder Magazine shoot.

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2. Captain Morgan meets Chrissy Teigen.

3. Peanut butter hair, featuring Rhett and Link…

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Today on #GMM …….

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4. Liam Hemsworth’s first Instagram happens to be with Miss Piggy. This is definitely a major step up from Kermit the frog!

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Suits, “Faith.” EVERYONE IS RESIGNING AND OMJ MIKE. CANNOT. GO. TO. PRISON.

2. Pretty Little Liars, “Game Over, Charles.” Um, who the heck did Alison marry after the 5 year jump?

3. Devious Maids, “Anatomy of a Murder.” So like, can everyone not die next season?

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video was everything I’ve ever hoped for and more. Also, can I have that yellow dress?

2. Apparently everyone in France hates Marcus. Poor guy.

3. Troye Sivan’s WILD is going to be freaking amazing. Cannot. Wait.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” GIF

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As many of you may have already heard, Taylor Swift went cray this week when she found out Ryan Adams is covering 1989.

I’m pretty damn sure she was doing exactly what the GIF is playing right now.

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July Favorites: Taylor Swift’s Godson, ‘Joy’ Trailer & Colleen Ballinger’s Wedding

July Faves

Another month has come and left us. The year is more than halfway over!

July was a great month for YouTube! I almost made the YouTube section 10 videos long, but I refrained. I decided to let you hear my voice for this month’s favorites, so check out the podcast below!

Favorite News Articles

1. Taylor Swift is a godmama!

2. Goats in clothes.

3. Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a daddy!

Favorite Music

1. “Tonight” by Louis LaRoche.

2. “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala.

3. “Los Angeles” by the bird and the bee.

4. “Corner” by Night Beds.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Pretty Little Liars, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.”

2. Devious Maids, “Bad Girl.”

3. Suits, “Priveledge.”

4. Chrisley Knows Best, “Mid-Life Chrisley.”

Favorite YouTube Videos

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Happy August!

November Favorites: Sean O’Pry, Swiftamine & ‘Frozen’ is Real?

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Yes, I know the November favorites are late, and I could give you a million and one reasons as to why, but how about we just stick to “better late than never”?

November’s pop culture news left me feeling extremely grateful for the humorous side of news, because boy there were some pretty awful hard news reports throughout the month.

Pop culture: restoring faith in humanity (sometimes).

So let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles 

1. Sean O’Pry interview with Elle. After the “Blank Space” music video was released I just couldn’t get enough, man. (Side note: does anyone else notice his resemblance to Max Greenfield?!)
2. Series of Unfortunate Events is coming to Netflix as an original series! My childhood has come back to bring me long hours of binge-watching joy.
3. The unfolding of Lorde v. Diplo. Don’t mess with Taylor Swift, or her friends will come after you. “They used to shout [her] name, now they whisper it…”
4. Jennifer Lawrence’s garlic breath during Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 kissing scenes with Liam Hemsworth. After seeing the results on the big screen, I realize this was a fantastic idea (bravo Jennifer).
5. A man at a soccer game wipes his nose snot on a woman’s head. And someone just happened to catch it on Vine. #SchadenfreudeForDays

Favorite Music

1. “Sadness Disease – Rise at Night Remix” by Urban Cone. Love the original more, but this remix is very well done.

2. “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez. So much emotion in less than a four minute time frame.

3. “Medicine” by 1975. I don’t know what it is about this song, but the melancholy is so bittersweet and tear inducing that it makes me happy… Is that weird?

4. “Why” by Le Sins ft. Nate Salman. I had my doubts about this project by Toro y Moi, but this song completely changed my opinion of Michael.

5. “Teacher” by Nick Jonas. Love. It. The lyric video is also brilliant!

6. “Together” by Calvin Harris ft. Gwen Stefani. This made me super excited to hear whatever else Gwen Stefani is working on in the near future.

7. “Kiss Me Goodbye” by Alexandra Stan. This girl is a rare European electro-pop gem. If this song is about a real event…jeez. Let me just leave it at that.

8. “Shoot Me Down” by David Guetta ft. Skylar Grey. I feel like I’ve been deprived of a voice like Skylar’s for too long. Where have they been hiding you!

9. “Isabel Street” by Robert DeLong. This guy seems to like writing lyrics that will get him in trouble. Me likey.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Mike Falzone and the Gentlemen’s Ballet. Reasons you can’t take Mike Falzone seriously.

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Typical Saturday Bro-out.

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2. Nick Jonas booty. Watch out Kim K…

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What a tease.

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3. Gordon Ramsay likes to play with his vegetables. I think the kids on his show have really turned him into a much more approachable kind of guy.

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Beets by Chef ! #MCJPlayWithYourFood

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4. Lucy Hale’s puppy! Can I dog sit for you one day, Lucy?

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❤️🐩 bye baby boy !

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5. Mike Tompkins and his green umbrella magic. The male Mary Poppins?

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Top of the mornin' to ya

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6. Joey Graceffa got a pup named Wolf. He’s so precious with his one blue eye!

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Me and my boy ❤️

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7. Mindy Project Kodak moment. Sometimes I have to stop myself for a second and realize that The Mindy Project is fictional, and that Danny Castellano is actually Chris Messina who is married to someone that is not Mindy.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Castle “Child’s Play.” Beckett’s got some competition…

2. The Mindy Project “Caramel Princess Time.” The 80s hair. THE 80s HAIR.

3. New Girl “Teachers.” Ryan Geauxinue (Julian Morris). Enough said. I hope they don’t cut him off the show too soon!

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. SNL’s Swiftamine. Let’s say this was actually a product in stores. Does Taylor Swift get a percentage of the profits or…?

2. Frozen is real?! Props to this guy for getting on Jimmy Kimmel!

3. Rhett and Link attempt to become members of the Blue Man Group. I could not stop laughing at Link’s Lionel Richie shirt!

4. Marcus Butler and Niomi Smart superlatives. I’m with you on the spider precaution technique, Niomi!

5. PJ teaches us how to cut a pineapple. And how to decorate your abode with the remains.

November is gone and the year is almost over. Where did it go…

6 Amazing Performances from the #AMAs2014

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ABC hosted three hours of non-stop, top-notch entertainment on Sunday evening at the American Music Awards show.

So. Much. Talent!

Every performer did such an amazing job that it was so hard to pick five favorites. So I chose six instead.

As usual, the ladies rocked our socks off with their chart topping hits. The guys did an okay job, but, girl power!

Here are my six favorite AMA 2014 perfomances:

1. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Was that real fire?!

2. Sam Smith, “Only One” ft. ASAP Rocky

This song gets me every time! *sniffles*

3. Lorde, “Yellow Flicker Beat”

That lipstick smudge though!

4. Selena Gomez, “The Heart Wants What it Wants”

So emotional. Props for holding it together, girl.

5. Nicki Minaj ft. Skylar Grey, “Bed of Lies”

Beautiful ballad. Didn’t know she had it in her!

6. Jennifer Lopez “Booty” ft. Iggy Azalea

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It wouldn’t have been much of a finale without the booty.

Taylor Swift Pulls Music from Spotify

Looks like some of us Spotify users will never get to hear 1989.

Taylor Swift made the decision to boycott Spotify, pulling every single song from her artist profile except Hunger Games track “Safe and Sound.”

Spotify issued a statement after the singer’s harsh move, saying,

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.

Too bad we’ll never hear the song that lyric is from.

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According to TIME, “Artists earn on average less than one cent per play, between $0.006 and $0.0084 to be exact.” It’s no wonder Swift took her music off the app.

As an avid Spotify user, I demand that artists be paid more per play. Spotify has many advertisers and premium users, and they should be able to pay artists their fare share.

As Swift said,

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

I hope Spotify will once again host Swift’s rare music gems sometime in the near future.

October Favorites: Demi Lovato’s Engagement, “Froot” & Skittle Milk

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It’s the end of October, and you know what that means…

Halloween and monthly favorites!

This month gave us a taste of the cold weather to come, but October’s pop culture and gossip was enough to warm us right back up!

Favorite News Articles

1. Demi Lovato is engaged. Who’s the lucky guy? A 5-year-old cutie named Grant!

2. Buzzfeed’s “35 Things That’ll Make You Reevaluate Your Entire Existence.” Best Buzzfeed list I’ve seen in a while!

3. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s baby girl Wyatt has arrived! Can you guess which baby pic is hers?

4. This kid totally photobombed a Las Vegas newscast. And it was divalicious.

5. Long lost bird returns to British owner speaking Spanish. That was a very educational four year disappearance!

6. Obama meets a jealous boyfriend at the polls. That’s gonna be a story to tell the kids.

Favorite Music

1. “Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds. Farewell, Electra Heart. I just love the ominous opera-like vocals and reference to Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Definitely looking forward to her next album!

2. “Numb” by Nick Jonas. Can’t say I’m not digging his new R&B vibe.

3. “Runaway (U & I)” by Galantis. These guys have mastered the art of baby chipmunk voices.

4. Hellbent by Mystery Skulls ft. Snowblood. Even though I wasn’t that impressed by the album, I really love this pre-released track!

Favorite Celebrity Instagrams

1. Grace and Chester are official. I don’t care if it’s not confirmed. Can they just skip to the engagement announcement already?!

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Good morning. I am ready for the day.

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2. Even though Sarah Jessica Parker got in so much trouble for this, I think it’s adorbs.

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Look what I found promenading.

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3. Sawyer Hartman in film noir. Spiffy.

4. Work that flower Jesse. Werk. It.

5. Lucy the Twitter bird. I just love how creative her costumes are!

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This year I go as the Twitter bird.

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. New Girl “Dice.” I can’t even begin to imagine what Jess would be like on Tinder!

2. Castle “Clear and Present Danger.” Can I borrow that invisibility costume for a day?

3. Pretty Little Liars “#WeLoveYouToDeAth.” I love how laid back the cast was in their interviews. I especially love how they brought back all the dead characters for the questions!

4. Mindy Project “Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs.” I can’t believe she pretended to break up with Danny to get her taxes done. What even.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Rhett & Link’s Good Mythical Morning, “Will It Cereal?” These guys get too excited about drinking the milk from the Skittles test.

2. Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke kitten commercial. She’s drowning in a sea of kitties!

3. Mike Falzone’s Poppy Seed. Too much talent.

4. Meet PewDiePie’s mom and sister! Johanna and Fanny are too cool.

Goodbye, October, and Happy Halloween!