How much do we love this trailer? It’s so cheeky and charming and I’ve been really impressed with Netflix’s series and movies lately. Many people will always say that middle school was their moment of awkwardness, but for me it was definitely high school. Remembering that I just had my 10-year reunion recently (that I didn’t attend) is still a nice throwback. Sex Education lands on Netflix starting January 11th.
- Pixar’s “Bao” Is So Much More Than An Appetizer for “Incredibles 2” [Slate]
- My Dad’s Friendship with Charles Barkley [WBUR]
- 2018 Tech in Memoriam [Wired] RIP to my favorite cell phone ever
- Tiny Love Stories [New York Times]
- There’s Only One Good Way To Email Your Boss [The Cut]
- The One Piece of Advice Young Women Need [Medium]
- What Sets You Off, According To Your Meyers-Briggs [Man Repeller]
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As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Swipe through to see my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.
It wouldn’t be a complete end of the year round up post without a say from our favorite former President. Please come back.
Favorite Style Icon: Alexa Chung
She’s not the kind of celebrity that is regularly promoting something that she’s doing, but she still manages to stay completely relevant. We love her for that. Alexa’s style is timeless and nearly everything she wears is an updated classic. It’s one of the reasons why her look feels so relatable to normal folk like us. She’ll be on our list for best dressed for years to come.
Runner Up: Laura Harrier
Favorite Getaway: Lake Powell
I could talk about my trip to Lake Powell for days, but I’m saving this for another post. Located in a quiet part in Arizona near a few other tourist destinations, Lake Powell is anything but touristy. I had been hearing about this spot for a few years now, but wanted to see it for myself. Unless you have a boat, there’s not much that you can actively do, but it was enough for me. All I wanted was a spot to lay my towel out and to be in the clear water for the entire day. It was the most relaxing part of my entire trip and I wouldn’t mind visiting this spot every year if I had the chance.
Runner Up: Palm Springs
Favorite Artist: Kacey Musgraves
It was unbelievably hard to pick just one favorite artist this year. There were more than a handful of standout women who were completely dominating in music and I hate to have to pick just one. I went with Kacey because I listened to her album on repeat for what felt like a month. While she’s known for being country and I’m not known for even liking country, I found myself pleasantly surprised.
Runner Up: Nao
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Terrace House
Ever since MTV’s The Real World stopped being good and full of gimmicks, I’ve been looking for a show to fill that void. Terrace House on Netflix is the most endearing series I’ve ever seen. You would think that there isn’t drama, but there is; it just happens to be toned down. The series follows six individuals in Japan living together and getting to know each other while a separate cast provides commentary on what goes on in the house. If I’ve got one qualm with the show, it’s that it doesn’t make for good background noise if that’s what you’re looking for. When I watch the show, I’ve gotta give it my full attention especially because there are subtitles.
Runner Up: The Handmaid’s Tale
Favorite Item Purchased This Year: Aritzia Slip Dress
I had my doubts when the slip dress came onto the scene and my fear was that it would look too much like a night gown. My mind had changed the minute I tried this on at the store. I loved how beautiful it looked and how the silk felt against my skin. It’s quite impressive just how versatile this piece is. You can wear it alone for a spring/summer soiree to be a little bit fancier or layered with a denim jacket. During the winter, I’ve had it underneath sweaters for a more layered look. It’s amazing how many things I’ve paired this with. I hope this piece will last me a lifetime!
Runner Up: $8 H&M dress that I wore to a wedding
Favorite Albums (in no particular order):
- Rhye – Blood
- Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations
- Tom Misch – Geography
- Kali Uchis – Isolation
- Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
- Alina Baraz – The Color of You
- Leon Bridges – Good Thing
- Shawn Mendes – Self Titled
- Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
- The Internet – Hive Mind
- HONNE – Love Me / Love Me Not
- Ariana Grande – Sweetener
- Ella Mai – Self Titled
- Nao – Saturn
- Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E.
The next generation of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
- How Tourists Are Loving Nature to Death [The Guardian]
- The Long-Term Cost When Graduates Move Back Home [New York Times]
- 25 Simple Rules For Not Acting Like An A-Hole at the Airport [Inside Hook]
- When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story [Vogue]
- Is Orthorexia the Eating Disorder for the Digital Age? [Vogue]
- 10 Things You Should Throw Away Before 2019 [Refinery29]
This trailer got dark fast.
– Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe
– Synopsis: Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) returns a handbag she finds on the subway to Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends — but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.
– Comes out in March.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium had a huge mess up earlier this week and of course, it went viral. In an effort to be cool and get some laughs, the Aquarium completely missed the mark. While giving one of their otters, Abby, a little attention, they in turn made a few references that were considered “insensitive.” In their words, “several terms referenced originated from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and specifically reference Black women’s bodies. Using them in a sea otter meme without that background makes insinuations we never intended. We need to do better.”
I remembered seeing this on Instagram earlier this week and stopping dead in my tracks. How many other instances have there been like this one where a company or an organization tries to make a funny tweet and instead gets dragged for it? The answer is plenty of times in the last year. It’s fascinating to me because we live in this current time period where a role that didn’t exist 10 years ago is now crucial to a brand’s reach. With that responsibility though comes a whole lot of risk. There’s this interesting balance that social media coordinators and managers have to find in being relevant, concise, and funny while going viral, but not offensive. Who could live with that kind of pressure?
Sure, there’s a certain degree to it that I have to think about for my blog, but we’re not big time enough for that yet. That’s why this type of career is so fascinating to me because there’s so much at stake. My guess is that this will likely blow over. That something like this will happen again to another company in the next few weeks and will continue to happen for years because no one knows how to get it right.
I can’t tell. Do we love this or do we think this is slightly weird?
There has been rumblings for awhile now that we’d get a sequel, but it feels much more official when it’s coming from Netflix. First off, we love Lana’s haircut. We love the relationship she has with Noah even though he’s still kind of a weirdo on Instagram. By the looks of it, it seems like they’ve recast John Ambrose. We can’t wait to see who they have chosen and how much of a role he’ll play in the sequel.
Any of you still watching this film once a week like me?