Friday, November 17, 2017

Things You Need Right Now: Coffee Is Magical Mug

Just in time for ALL THE SALES, I've rounded up five of the things I'm loving most lately, and I think you'll love them too.

So, in the words of the very wise tom haverford, treat yo self.

1// Coffee Is Magical Mug, $4
This mug is FOUR DOLLARS, y'all. Four. It's from target and if 'coffee is magical' isn't your vibe, (even though it's true) don't worry because they've got lots more to choose from

2// the sun & her flowers, $17
I posted about this on my instagram a week or so ago because I love it so. There's something about rupi's words that dig deep into your soul and get ya, ya know?

3// reputation album, $20

4// Fairy Lights, $6
I'm a sucker for all the fairy lights, especially around wintertime. It really makes a space feel cosy and warm, and you don't even have to spend more than $10 to make it happen!

5// Loose Knit Sweater, $20
I LOVE H&M SWEATERS. Well, any sweaters really, I'm not picky in the slightest. But I recently picked up one from h&m and the quality is even better than I expected.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Burn It Down

At this point it’s no longer surprising when news breaks on a new Hollywood person that has been accused of sexual misconduct, which is unfortunate in of itself. However, when I heard that the latest was mark schwahn, the creator of one tree hill, it hit me a little harder.

I’m pretty vocal about my love of teen dramas, including OTH. I grew up with it. It's one of those shows that touched an entire generation of people, and it's important to those people. It's a safe place. So to know that it was the opposite of a safe place for the women who worked on the show for so many years, to hear they were abused and talked down to and mistreated, is disheartening. No longer surprising, but it still hurts.

How long will we tolerate this? How many more men will we discover are abusers in the worst way? Abuse of power, abuse of it all. There's probably not even a point to this post other than to express how much I don't understand. The only good thing to come out all of it, maybe, is that there is power in numbers and women feel safer telling their stories. They know they're not alone. & I for one. am incredibly overwhelmed and inspired by the strength of each and every one of them.

You are the reason we fight.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Taylor Swift's Reputation

It's been three long years since I've been able to talk about a new taylor swift album, and in true WDAC fashion, it's a must. It was known in the beginning that this album would be a bit of a departure from her precious works, and that rang true with the release of LWYMMD. Jack Antanoff & Max Martin were a driving force on this album, as they were for 1989. (that bad boy pop sensation of a record) Reputation is just as much as a pop record, but with a darker twist, almost a taylor/ lorde hybrid.

SO let's go down the tracklist:

1// Ready For It
This one was a pre-release and honestly a pretty genius way of opening the record, with the ending lines 'Let the games begin / Are you ready for it?'

2// End Game
The Future/ Ed Sheeran collab I didn't know I needed, this track is the most R&B of the record, reminiscent of an early 2000s number. The chorus is arguably the most catchy part

3// I Did Something Bad
Two words: GOES HARD. I think I nearly broke my back trying to dance during the first listen. The lyrics are incredibly cohesive with the POV she tries to convey throughout much of the album: the POV of the victim, the manipulator. (AKA her reputation.. get it yet?)

4// Don't Blame Me
I don't like playing favorites but this is no doubt up in the top three. The beat is INCREDIBLE, very syntho and the lyrics are her signature haunting ones.

5// Delicate
Imogen Heap vibes on this track, especially in the opening notes. This is a different kind of love song than we're used to with Swift, but that's what makes it so haunting and pretty. 'Is it too soon to do this yet / cause I know that it's delicate.'

When this track was first released, it was my favorite because I didn't have anything to compare it to. (although it took me a bit to get used to) While it's still genius lyrically, it doesn't necessarily compare to the others.

 7// So It Goes
Maybe the most different track of the album, So It Goes is a love song of sorts, with lines such as 'all our pieces fall right into place , get caught up in a moment , lipstick on your face / So it goes… I'm yours to keep / And I'm yours to lose'

8// Gorgeous
I don't even have anything to say on this one other than STILL OBSESSED.

9// Getaway Car
Such a lyrically cohesive song. About a relationship gone wrong, it's a catchy little track that reminds me of Style somehow, even though they're not necessarily related. As she says, 'nothing good starts in a getaway car.'

10// King Of My Heart
From what I've seen, this is the most underrated track on the record, about how sometimes a love comes when you're perfectly fine on your own, and they end up being the one you were waiting for.

11/ Dancing With Our Hands Tied
This reminds me of Wildest Dreams in that it's about a love that you basically know will end, but you hold onto it as much as you can anyway. 'You said there was nothing in the world that could stop it / I had a bad feeling'

12// Dress
A more scandalous song (as taylor songs go at least) about a secret love, and my favorite thing about it is her vocals on the chorus. They're almost haunting. (wow, how many times can I use that word)

13// This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
I like the placement of this song, because as the album progresses she gets happier and then chiller and then BAM, don't forget. I may have also nearly broken my back dancing to this one. She said she purposefully made the chorus sound like a bunch of schoolchildren because that's what she felt like she was dealing with, and ain't that a mad.

14// Call It What You Want
Hands down my favorite of the pre-releases, CIWYW is a love song if I ever heard one, and there's a hint of self empowerment somewhere in there. 'All the liars are calling me one / Nobody's heard from me for months / I'm doin' better than I ever was '

15// New Year's Day
Taylor always picks the perfect tracks to close out a record, and this time is no different. With NYD we get the ballad she's so great at making, and with this she makes it clear that the old Taylor isn't as dead as she wanted us to think.

1// I Did Something Bad
2// Don't Blame Me
3// Delicate
4// Call It What You Want
5// New Year's Day
6// Gorgeous
8// Ready For It
9// Getaway Car
10// Dress
11// End Game
12// Dancing With Our Hands Tied
13// So It Goes
14// King Of My Heart

(please note, this is not an accurate ranking. It was more like sophie's choice)

Have you heard the album? TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS!



Friday, November 10, 2017

The End Of Print Publications And The Future Of Blogging & Journalism

When Hannah wrote an article on the end of glamour's uk print publication, (luckily it's still running in the us... for now) that was the first I'd heard of the news, but it wasn't nearly as surprising as it would have been even five years ago. And then, a few days ago, news broke from conde nast that they would be discontinuing the teen vogue print, reducing it to a strictly online publication. I'm pretty certain it won't be the last announcement we'll hear in the coming years or even months, either.

The way we consume media has changed drastically with the rise of social media and the internet as a whole. Flashback to 2007, the iphone had only just arrived, facebook was just extending past users with a college email account, and print publication was arguably at its peak. My middle school best friend & I pored over her older sister's copies of cosmogirl, teen people, and yes, teen vogue. That's how we kept up with the hottest celebrities & world news. (obviously my thirteen year old brain cared 100% more about the celebs) 

Forward to present day, just one decade later, and that world seems like an entire lifetime ago.

We now keep up with current events through the likes of our news app and twitter, digesting hundreds of little snippets throughout the day. Micro media, it could be called. As a whole, we no longer turn to magazines as our source for the latest news & inspiration, no matter how much ya love a good flip-through. That's all it is, it seems. Then we go on with our day, back to digesting more snippets.

Obviously brands have to keep up with trends and what their consumers want. If not, the brand will die, plain and simple. So I have to give glamour & TV a pat on the back, as it seems they are catering to their market.

So, what does this all mean for blogging and journalism as a whole? Will we transition to total microblogging & media? Sometimes it seems that way, and as we make our way into 2018, (say WHAT??) the shift can either keep going in the direction it’s been going, or scale back a bit. In a way, it’s up to us. Don’t get me wrong, I love all that media has turned into. The community of blogging & social media can be an amazing thing (the good side of it, at least) and I like seeing snippets of people’s lives.

But it’s also nice to have print publications, a piece of art in your fingertips. The work that goes into a newspaper article or magazine is insane. What will happen if that goes away completely? I’m not all that sure that it will; people have said for years that libraries will die & here they still are; albeit a little slow. 

But the world is changing and technology has to keep up.

Personally, I think microblogging will become even more popular, as it’s a form of those snapshots of information & updates. We will continue to get our news via social media and instead of print being our go-to, it will become our last resort, so to speak. But it will still be there, because journalism is evergreen, no matter the form it's written. 

As for the fashion magazines, I'd like to say they'll stay, but as instagram style stars become the new Glamour, it's hard to tell. Either way, we are in an era of uncharted territory, and if we don't hop on board, we'll simply be left behind, reminiscing about times no longer relevant.

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