As I’ve gotten older, Halloween has become the holiday that has become less and less of a priority. That’s not to say that I’m not proud of previous costumes I’ve had. In 2020 especially, Halloween truly seems like just another day. Obviously, you won’t catch us at any parties this weekend. When it comes to costumes though, I generally gravitate towards pop cultural references and if it were a normal year, you better believe I would’ve roped in another friend to be Emily in Paris and her BFF Mindy! The fashion hasn’t been iconic by any means, but in a year where so little (but so much!) has happened, you know you would get the reference. Here are just a few of my favorite looks:
Halfway through the day, I thought I wanted to dress up and using what I already had, gave a very lazy attempt of this outfit from when Emily moves into her apartment.
Now that we’ve finished Record of Youth as of this week, we finally have time to start a new drama. There’s nothing stopping me from watching several dramas at one time, but I find that it’s easier to keep track of all the storylines and characters if I isolate them. In its first week alone, everyone was raving about Start-Up. Both my brother and cousin started this before I could and were talking about it in our group chat to which I felt extreme FOMO. Looks like I’ve got some catching up to do! Start-Up is airing new episodes weekly on Netflix.
What We’re Listening To: Ariana Grande – Positions
I’m a little bit behind on music as well since I’ve never got this whole album to get through and Jay Park’s! “Positions” the single is growing on me, but the reviews thus far seem so-so. As excited as I am to have new music during a pandemic, I know these times aren’t easy for anyone so I’m likely to get everyone some sort of a pass. And if I’m being honest, the album I’m most anticipating is BTS’s “BE!”
I read something this morning that said the scariest thing you could do this Halloween is NOT wear a mask. If you’re going to be celebrating in some way, shape, or form, better mask up because cases are rising everywhere. I bought this pack a couple months into the pandemic when I started getting maskne and was suggested by my aesthetician to try silk. These have been a god send ever since. Naturally, the black is my favorite because it makes every outfit 10x better and edgier. We’ve got lots to say about these masks so we’ll make a dedicated post for it soon!
What We’re Eating:
One of my favorite traditions before Sunday football games is getting a set of spam musubi and a hot lunch plate from Takahashi Market in San Mateo. Because of the pandemic, they’re limiting the number of plate lunches they are serving and only doing musubi on pre-order and first come first serve. Kevin and I are going to try and make a stop tomorrow to see if we can snag some, but we have no idea how big the demand will be. These are my favorite snacks, but also double as a meal when I’m feeling lazy.
I don’t know if we’ll ever get tired of hearing “Dynamite.” I remember when BTS released not one, but two remix albums for the single, I initially thought this was excessive. After all, do any other American artists have two separate remix albums (one daytime and one nighttime) for one single? Even despite my own curiosity behind it, I still loved every single remix – 9 total. I’ll be the first to say that even with nine remixes, they all sound nothing like each other! When I think about 2020, I will remember that “Dynamite” really could not have come at a better time ie) when the world was falling apart.
This cover by Griff and Honne is now just another version of the song that I’ll grow to love. The video captures the making of the process, but the cover itself start at 2:46. Enjoy!
I don’t know why seeing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the cover of Vanity Fair makes me emotional, but it does. These days leading up to the election have made me feel nervous and uncertain about the future. There is only one hand (if that) I can use to recall the number of people in politics that I respect and look up to. AOC is one of those five. For as long as we’ve known her in this spotlight, her voice has been unwavering. She is a role model without even trying and she’s so cool that she’s a household name under my parent’s roof.
Seeing her on the cover of Vanity Fair is powerful. Whether it’s being on this cover or playing “Among Us” live on Twitch, there is no doubting how relatable she is as a figure. She’s one of us. Not that this even needs to be said, but here she is in a matter of weeks being a gamer, in politics, and talking about how her red lip is her signature. As BTS army would say, “the duality!”
For the full cover story, you can read this at [Vanity Fair]
Another fashion brand exiting because of COVID is not what we want to hear right now. Since 2008, I have long admired both Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. Monochrome pieces combined with simple silhouettes with the occasional cutout seemed like a dream for me even 12 years ago. While it wasn’t something I could even think of affording *ahem* upon graduating high school, I always thought I’d have another chance. More recently, that opportunity seemed realistic when I learned that Cushnie was collaborating with Target. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough pieces or the pieces I wanted to try on in store.
With the recent collaboration, I didn’t catch wind that anything was wrong. I had forgotten that brands can shutter even when things seem positive because especially now, we’re all faking it until we make it. Cushnie and Ochs were part of an iconic label. Even when Ochs departed from the brand in 2018, Carly Cushnie continued to carry it on. However, in this climate, no one is safe from the pandemic and the fashion industry has taken a beating. While Cushnie is closing for now, Carly promises in her last statement that she “will always continue to create.” We look forward to whatever is next for her.
Wowowow 2020 is already scary enough, is it not? Who asked for this COVID themed movie that is a look into our future? I was a little bit freaked out watching this trailer alone. Earlier this year, I got wind that this would be filmed after Sofia Carson and KJ Apa had signed on for it, but I’m already surprised that it has been completed and with a trailer. I am sincerely hoping that this doesn’t become our reality because this is truly frightening.
Doesn’t watching this trailer give you parody vibes? Why does the former cast all seem overly glamorized and not like themselves. I can’t tell if it’s the way that this filmed, but I have a feeling watching this series is going to ruin my childhood view of it. This is one of those shows where you have to see the first episode just to watch, but unfortunately, I don’t have high expectations.
Virtual concerts don’t have the same appeal in pandemic times, but BTS came here to raise this bar. I’ve been into BTS since “Dynamite” was released at the end of the summer, but this wasn’t our first intro to them. We’ve liked singles here and there, mainly “Boy With Luv” and “On,” but “Dynamite” sent me into a tailspin of their discography and years worth of content. On a whim, I decided that I actually wanted to pay for a ticket to their virtual concert. It cost $44, required me to download two apps and sign up for three accounts and watch the show that started at midnight, but it was all worth it.
Even for being virtual, the band members didn’t skimp on production value, outfits, or the performance itself. Everything I saw in that moment was what would have been their actual Map of the Soul ON:E tour had they had a chance to tour like they intended. I may have considered myself ARMY before this weekend event, but I was even more excited about them after. This surpassed every expectation I had and I now know I’ll be shelling a chunk of money for them live someday.
For $44 and 2.5 hours of concert material, it was a great deal. The guys performed some of their recent hits from their latest album and even tossed in some throwback favorites. Dance breaks, songs done by each of them individually and visual breaks in between performances blew my mind. Never have I ever loved visual interludes as much as these ones! The next few days of post-concert depression (as my coworker, a bigger fan, describes it) were spent reliving the experience. I was in a rabbit hole watching videos of the performances and clips on Instagram and Twitter. Here are a few that I’ve managed to find that haven’t been taken down!
While it was a weekend of highs for me as a fan, there is one low point. The guys had every intention to take this tour around the world, to perform this entire thing to fans everywhere. Instead, they only got two days of what should have been many more. Now, with their next album “BE” coming out in November, Map of the Soul seems like a blip and didn’t get the full attention it deserved. Regardless of that, we will look forward to their next piece. Everything they’ve done has just been building up to this!