Can we believe it is the very last day of February already? As I sadly pack away all of the pink and red pieces in my life, I’m taking a few moments to remind myself why I should be excited for this next month! And spoiler alert.. there are TONS of reasons!
I love taking time out of my day to think about the little things that make me happy and excited, and doing this fulfilled that. So I encourage you to both read on, but make a little list of your own about why you should be excited for the next day, week, or month!
And.. enough chit chat, let’s get right into it!
1. The First Day of Spring! — March 20th
Who doesn’t love the idea of leaving winter behind come March? I’m ready to soak in the sun, take walks outside, and see all of the flowers sprout. Granted, all of that might not happen outside of my head, but it’s the idea that gets me really pumped.
Plus, for all of those on the east coast, can I get a shoutout for free Rita’s on the 1st Day of Spring?? Holla (:
2. Spring Break!!
Whether you’re going on an elaborate trip or just taking the week off at home, I love the idea of a little break. Especially as a college student, sometimes we need some TLC with our dogs and a homemade meal from our mom. ‘Nuff said.
This spring break I’ll be going to Jamaica on a mission trip. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to see what the trip will bring. I’m sure it will be eye-opening and even tough at times, but I know that with the faith of God I will be able to open my heart and mind.
3. Mint EVERYTHING!
I’m talking mint nails, mint sweaters, mint sneakers, and mint drinks. It’s the perfect color for March and one that I don’t often acknowledge (sorry, purple is my go-to, always.)! So I look forward to taking total advantage and sporting the shade here, there, and everywhere (:
4. St. Patrick’s Day! — March 17th
Okay, this holiday is definitely underrated (or at least in my world it is)! I remember when I was super young and would set up little traps for the leprechauns in my house.. of course I would always come back from school to see them tampered with and totally empty, but that made it all the fun (thanks mom)!
In the spirit of the holiday, I’m excited to celebrate and make lucky treats! We’ll have to see what comes of that but Lucky Charms sound like an excellent place to start! (:
5. Pi Day! — March 14th
Okay, I hate math and even I can get excited for this one! It was the one day we could always convince our math teachers to let us throw a party, and who doesn’t want to do that when the only other option is geometry vs. calculus?
Plus, one year I made it my mission to learn as many numbers of pi as I could.. I didn’t get far.. but it still has a special place in my heart!
6. Trip to NYC!
As I’ve mentioned before, I work for my school as an event programmer. This month, I get to take a group of students to my favorite place, New York. The day is very low maintenance on my part AND I get paid. It’s seriously the best.
This time I want to have brunch at the Blue Box Cafe, but we’ll see.. I know reservations for the place are crazy but I’m excited to try anyways!
This is the best month for my favorite sweet treat! Seriously. I think you can use marshmallows in both your St. Patrick’s Day recipes AND your Easter ones (which by the way, will be right around the corner on April 1st!)!
So naturally, this month I will be very excite and probably stuffing my face with plenty of these pillow-y dreams. Yes, please, and thank you!
8. Egg Dying Partay!
Okay, as previously mentioned, Easter is right around the corner, so OBVIOUSLY the egg dying will need to ensue in March! I always loved doing this with my grandparents and am looking forward to being able to do it again this month. I think this could also be something really fun to do with friends as a way to destress. And you can immediately tell who the artistic ones are too!
My eggs always have as many colors as I can get on before they turn brown and naturally plenty of stickers. I’m sure this year will be no different (:
9. The End of the Cold Weather!
Thank goodness. I hate the cold and look forward to the rising temperatures! Walking (not speed walking) to class without a big bulky coat is the best and I can’t wait until it warms up to the point of being able to do work outside again! That’s my absolute favorite thing to do and I get to soak up some Vitamin D in the process. It’s a total win-win!
10. Throwing a Successful Taco Party!
This is another event I have planned for the month of March. Myself and another programmer do this in time with Midterms as a little stress reliever for those on campus. We plan to have tacos, queso, and of course, guac catered to campus as well as plenty of sweets and refreshments.
I can’t wait to crush the theme and have a totally aesthetically pleasing event.. yeah, I’m talking lots of gold, succulents, and tacos. That’s practically all of my dreams come true (:
And that’s about it! Of course there are so many other things to be excited about, but those are just a quick list of 10 I came up with. What are you excited about in March? Let me know in the comments below! I can’t wait to get my hands on a Shamrock Shake honestly..
Okay, so I know I swore last week to never talk about Valentine’s Day again for like a WHOLE 365 days, but I can’t help myself.. I’ve got to get just one more post out (:
This week, I want to tell you a little bit about my Valentine’s Day in a short little story time fashion. Of course short always turns into long with me, and I’m sure this will be no exception, but really I just want to tell you all why my Valentine is so special.
For those of you that might not know, my boyfriend’s name is Seth and this will be the second Valentine’s Day spent together. Now, Seth and I spend lots of time together and do lots of stuff, so although we celebrate how much we love one another always, it’s still nice to have an extra special occasion to do so.
Okay, so let’s rewind. It’s February 14th, 2018. Valentine’s Day. I get up, go to the gym, have a pretty productive morning (making of chocolate covered strawberries included) until it all falls apart.
Unfortunately, I had obligations at school that I just couldn’t get out of without consequences. So Sethy gets a phone call and our dinner and movie date is cancelled for the night. To say I was devastated is an understatement. I love Valentine’s Day so much (obviously) and was really excited to have a night off, but everything happens for a reason and it always ends up being okay in the end.
Sethy obviously assured me it was okay and still came to my apartment that night to spend whatever time we could together. He brought Panera and ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop in Lancaster and although it wasn’t elaborate, it still meant a lot. And so Valentine’s Day was saved and everyone was happy.. thank GOSH.
Rewind again (but also kind of fast-forward?). It’s February 16th, 2018. Valentine’s Day ‘Weekend’. I but weekend in quotes because obviously there’s no such thing, but because Sethy knew that we wouldn’t be able to spend the whole day together on Valentine’s Day he asked me to keep the weekend open for a more spread out celebration.
So like normal, I get up, work, and get ready for the weekend to come and at 5 o’clock sharp Sethy takes me away for a night I know nothing about.
We pulled onto what I thought was just a random street that kind of looked borderline vacant, and he told me we’d be eating at a place called Bube’s Brewery. I didn’t even know what to think, other than that I had literally no idea what he was talking about OR what I had gotten myself into.
We walked into the restaurant and it certainly is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The main hostess area leads into different parts of the place and it’s honestly cooler than I ever could have imagined. It’s a 19th century brewery, think very prohibition era, and one of Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets.
After a tour around the place, and a more formal introduction to the brewery’s founder, Allois Bube, we were seated in the catacombs for our meal. The menu options were great and could please anyone, yeah I’m looking at all you duck lovers out there, and everything tasted even better!
It was such a nice night and I loved it even more knowing that it was a special occasion. I mean, it’s hard to deny when you’re literally eating by candlelight like x amount of feet under the streets!
And then once we were done with our super wonderful meal, Sethy got tickets for us to do the escape room in the building as well! Now, this is kind of a recent favorite for me. Like I went to one escape room a few weeks ago, and ever since I’m kind of obsessed. This time, it was Seth and I and another couple (we didn’t know them, but they were super nice and still made it a great time), and spoiler alert, we didn’t make it out.
That being said, I actually liked this escape room a lot more than the first one I went to. It was super fun and although there were certain things that hung us up, I kind of thought it was easier to follow. AND some of the items in the escape room were recovered from the brewery (like an old-timey safe that ultimately kept us from our escape) which I thought was actually really really awesome!
And after all of the excitement, we went back home and went to bed for it all to begin again the next day (:
And so let’s follow suit.. rewind pt 3 (but also fast forward pt 2).February 17th, 2018.
We woke up and made breakfast together as normal and really just got to take our time in the morning. Since we didn’t get to see 50 Shades on Valentine’s, I knew that was on the agenda and we hit an early showing. In my wildest dreams there would be a follow up blog post featuring ’50 thoughts I had while watching 50 Shades Freed’, but I’m not currently in the business of making my blog too crazy so I’m going to leave it at this.. Jamie Dornan appeals to me in two cases: 1. when he’s wearing the red room jeans and 2. when he sings (which you would probably already know if you read my last post) and Dakota Johnson makes me question my hair choices.. are bangs in my future? Heck. No. But for a split second she made me have an identity crisis.
And after the movie was over, Sethy told me we were going to a casino for the rest of the day. Okay, now to some that might not sound like the jack pot, but for me, it totally was. I’ve only ever been once, but to say the least I was lucky and it was a lot of fun! Was I as lucky this time around? Definitely not. But it was still a different way to spend the night together.
We bounced around from machine to machine and although I wasn’t lucky, Sethy at least seemed to be doing a little better than me which was exciting (:
We ate dinner at the casino’s buffet and it was super yummy. I always love when dessert time rolls around and we come back with literally a plate piled high with any and all the sweets we can imagine. I’m not really the craziest about peanut butter, but they had some really great mousse that I was a fan of as well as so much more (:
Finally we made our way home again and pretty much passed out. Luckily we made it back safely as it was super snow-y, and I think we passed at least 5 cards off the road on the way.
And for the final time, let’s rewind pt 4 but fast forward? pt 3. It’s February 18th, 2018.
We didn’t have any crazy plans for this day which was nice because we got to just relax and enjoy each other’s company and we finally exchanged our gifts.
On the menu for Sethy, were two new travel mugs/protein bottles, a pair of Uggs slippers (if only I could have captured the confusion on his face when he saw the box.. Uggs.. for men? Who knew such a thing existed), and a few picture of us to hang on the wall. I got the pictures made from an app called Marlee App and I thought they would be nice to maybe eventually make a gallery wall in his apartment.
On the menu for me? A gigantic stuffed dinosaur respectively named Steve (of whom, I already love dearly and my golden retriever will be very jealous of), a bath bomb, and two memory boxes hand made by Sethy himself (one for him and one for me, commemorating our time in Mexico). Plus literally everything we did that weekend.. he’s seriously the sweetest and I adore that he planned it all. I really had no clue what the weekend might turn out to be like and it couldn’t have been more special (I hesitate to say perfect, because there have been lots of times that are just as good, I can’t pick a favorite!)
And that night (although not a part of our official V-day weekend) we went out and had some delicious guac at a local mexican restaurant and spent the rest of the night in relaxing.
And so that concludes a very refreshing and romantic weekend with my Sethy. I loved every second of it and am so happy to have been able to spend a weekend off with him. He puts so much time and effort into our relationship and I appreciate it so much.. find you one like this ladies please and thank you (:
I only wish I had more pictures but that’s okay, I think it shows how much we actually focused on one another and not on capturing everything, but I’ll leave you all with what I do have below (:
I hope you enjoyed this story time and I’ll see you next week with another post.. (or maybe sooner if I get a bonus jonas favorites of NYFW FW18 together)! But..
As we all know, we’re approaching Valentine’s Day! I used to be a total Scrooge when it came to this holiday, but that was before I was first of all comfortable with myself and being single and then before finally having a boyfriend worth celebrating it with. So that being said, even if you’re an independent lady out there celebrating galentine’s day or having a cozy night in, this list could be the inspiration you need to treat yo’self. OR, if you really need help thinking up cute, sentimental gifts for your significant other (or otter, as I affectionately like to think of it), this list is going to be perfect for all (:
So let’s jump into it!
Male Gift Guide
Let’s do the men first because obviously THEY’RE the difficult ones (:
1. A watch
I don’t know what it is about a man wearing a watch, but I’m super into it right now. Seriously, it looks so good. And the best part about this gift idea, is that you have so many options. You can go sporty, simple, or over-the-top if that’s something he’s into.
Plus, although this gift is definitely practical, it’s can also be a staple in his wardrobe. Now, I’m not saying you need to try to make him more stylish than he is already, but there is something I like about knowing I picked it out and he’s wearing it. If you’re like me, you’ll definitely get that satisfaction with a watch (:
I’m listing this one next to get out of the way all of the ‘wearable’ options. This is kind of a classic option. In my experience, guys kind of have a thing for shoes as well. And again, you literally have the world at your feet when it comes to options. You can opt to get him a pair he either really needs, or maybe a pair that you think will just add a little something extra to his wardrobe. Either way, it’s a win-win!
Right now, I’m loving Adidas sneakers for guys. I think the army green and beige/tan colors are super on trend and would work for any guy!
This could include his favorite snacks, gift cards to places you like to eat out together, or even some of his favorite movies etc.
I feel like this gives a chance to be a little more creative, sentimental, and prove that you really listen/pay attention to things about him.
Plus, isn’t it like a rule of thumb that guys love to eat? So I feel like too many snacks could never be a problem, especially if they’re ones he enjoys (and you aren’t making him gain weight in the process) (:
4. Something sentimental
Okay so I know this is kind of broad but I feel like on Valentine’s Day you always feel more inclined to kind of get him something special, or at least I do anyways.
Some gifts that I think are absolutely adorable are those little books that have fill in the blank spots and keychains that you can get a picture of you two on or engrave a special date.
Last year I filled a jar with notes about why/what I love so much about my boyfriend and folded them up into little paper cranes. It’s cute, thoughtful, and can be enjoyed for more than one night (unless you have a super eager one who has the patience to unfold them all)!
Of course I really encourage you all to kind of think out of the box for this one because it’s so much more memorable if it comes from the heart (:
These could be tickets to anything. A game, a concert, a show, literally ANYTHING. But it’s something you get to do together and you can even throw in that you’ll get dinner that night as well.
Memories are so priceless and although this might lean towards the more pricey end of gift getting, I think the thought would go a very long way.
Female Gift Guide
Let’s start with the cliche stuff first, okay? I don’t care what anyone says, there is nothing sweeter than someone bringing you flowers. Yes, I know that they’re just going to die, but they’re the most perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.
They’re simple but make any room just a little brighter, and honestly, they have the power to make your SO feel so special. So never underestimate these. And even if your girl tells you she doesn’t like flowers, she’s probably lying just a little bit, because you can never truly erase the ‘basic’ in every girl’s soul.
This is also another really simple one and can go either one of two ways. You can either A) Plan an elaborate night out and surprise her with an entire date night or B) Plan a cozy night in with her favorite take-outs (AKA that means pizza x10000 in my language)
The thought is so sweet and I’m pretty sure most girls like not having to plan or worry about anything for a night. I know I love when my boyfriend plans our dates and I’m pretty much just along for the ride. I think it’s so sweet and I love knowing that he actually had to put thought into it.
3. Something you think your date would look good in — Ex: A dress
Okay so yes, I know this is kind of vague but I really think it’d be adorable if you went to/shopped online at one of her favorite stores and picked something out that both you would love on her, and that you think she would actually like as well.
Maybe it could even be something you have for her to wear on the date you planned for the night, who knows, but it’s super sweet again knowing that you actually took the time out of your day to search for something nice.
I included some of my favorite options below for those of you looking for some inspiration (:
Girls love jewelry. I might not be one of those girls, but I would appreciate something simple and meaningful if it ever came my way.
This would be something like a delicate necklace that borders on simple choker or a thin banded ring with some small, main detail.
It’s something that a lot of girls will wear with pride, and almost every day. Yes, it’s stereotypical, but it’s Valentine’s Day and you only get to be super mushy like this pretty much once a year so why not just 100% go for it, right?
Okay so obviously I broke these categories up into both men and women, but really they can be swapped and customized for both, so of course, take it all with a grain of salt (:
I hope these ideas were able to give you all some inspiration and most importantly I hope you have a fabulous V-day whether you’re single, in a relationship, or it’s complicated (AKA dating a celebrity who doesn’t know it yet).
Let me know what you think in the comments below and what you’ll be getting for yourself/someone else OR hoping you’ll get this year! And..
As I type I am in full swing back at school. For those of you that are lucky enough to have another week off, enjoy it, and maybe take some of that time to reflect on the past semester. That’s what I did which has brought us here today. I thought to myself, ‘Britani, what are things you did/didn’t do last semester that drove you crazy and how can you make changes for a better one?’, and so I bring to you all a list of my latest (and greatest) 2018 spring semester goals. Not all of them are totally school related, but I think overall these little things that I plan to implement throughout the next few months will result in a happier and healthier me, and that’s what’s really important!
So let’s get into it (:
1. Get good grades
Okay, let’s start with the most obvious one first. But I’m going to just get it out of the way now, my GPA suffered something fierce by sophomore year, and I’ve been working ever since to slowly, but surely, bring it back up. And this semester will be no different.
2. Give myself plenty of time to work on assignments and study for exams
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the first goal. I personally do not work well under pressure. I can definitely do it, but I know that the work I’m putting out is certainly not my best. That being said, I know that I need to set reminders and plan ahead on when I need to at the very least begin on upcoming assignments.
Giving myself that extra amount of time always pays off. I’m less stressed, proud of my work, and get the grades I want. You can’t go wrong.
3. Stay organized/Keep a clean room
This is something I’m actually pretty good at at the start of the semester, but as things start to slip, just like my room, my life very slowly becomes a mess. And not just a small mess, like the tornado/tsunami mess that you don’t even know where to start in.
So this semester I want to stay focused, and take just a few minutes out of my day to keep up with my planner and at the very least, pick up my clothes (:
4. Eat cleaner
This is kind of a whole bunch of mini goals that I’m going to mush into one.
Last semester, I wasted so many meal swipes and left overs. And this semester, I want to push myself to go to the market place more often and even more, choose healthier options (or at least not go back and get like 3rds of french fries).
With this I also do want to challenge myself to cook more and not eat out so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good dinner out on the town, but it’s actually really fun to cook meals yourself as well. And to bring it all back full circle, the food that I do cook, I don’t want to let go to waste nearly as much as it has in the past.
5. Stick to an exercise routine
This is also something that has increasingly slipped as my time in college continues. Before, I was relatively active. I had intense dance classes a few times a week and a job that I was always on my feet with. Now? I still dance, but it’s not nearly at the level that it once was. I might run a routine once and then sit around for the rest of the night. That’s hardly keeping me active.
This semester I want to go to the gym in the mornings at least two times a week (I’m striving for three, but let’s face it, I know I’m not perfect).
6. Keep up with my skincare routine
Okay, I preach skincare on this blog but I’m going to be totally honest, when I’m at college my routine can get a little scattered.
Sometimes my schedule is all over the place and it’s hard to motivate myself to take the time because in my head I’m thinking, ‘It’s fine you can just do it later.’, but then later never really comes and before you know it my face is speckled with acne and I’m living my worst nightmare.
So this semester I want to stay consistent!
7. Stop wearing leggings to class literally almost every day.
In high school I would have cringed at this so hard, so what happened? Having strict lab dress codes just made it easier to wear leggings and a t-shirt almost every day instead of having to worry about changing. And now that’s just what I’m comfortable with I guess.
Now, I’m still going to turn to my Adidas joggers on those especially tough days, but I have a closet full of great clothes and I want to actually put together outfits again. Look good, feel good, right?
8. Drink less caffeine.
I can’t promise that I’m going to really up the strictly water intake; however, I can promise myself that I can banish so much coffee and soda from my life. It isn’t good for you and a can of soda a day does crazy things to my skin, so I’ll be almost happy to see them go (sorry Coke)!
9. Stop staying ‘I don’t have time’
Because you do have time. Think about it. If you stopped complaining about all the time you ‘don’t’ have, you would probably free up at the very least a few minutes every time.
So stop making excuses and just go out and do it. It might suck sometimes but there’s a 99% chance that you won’t regret it or be a worse person because of it you’ll actually probably be better (:
10. Keep up with the blog!
I did okay at this last semester until the final month when I had to take some time off. But I really do have full intentions to continue posting at the very least once a week and I can’t wait to see what kind of content I can bring to you guys as the semester continues to pan out (so stay tuned please and thank you!)!
And there you have it. Here are some of my spring semester goals! I think that it’s ambitious but like I mentioned before, just little changes daily will make all the difference and before you know it, you’ll have accomplished them all in no time!
Of course I’m nervous for a new semester to roll out, but I can’t wait to reflect on it in a few months and realize all that I’ve been able to do, and the same goes for all of you!
Let me know some of your 2018 spring semester goals! Are you excited for a new semester? Anxious? Nervous? All three (Because I fall into that category)? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Regretfully, winter break is coming to a close and I think it’s about time to start talking about the spring semester.
Every semester I like to set little goals for myself in the hopes that maybe they will make the next few months even just a little easier, and this time is no different.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I find that organization is key to a happy and mentally healthy semester. It makes my life so much easier when I have all of my ducks in a row, and although my methods are by no means fool-proof (I still get overwhelmed and behind sometimes), I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me stay organized, on track, and motivated!
1. Make a Master Syllabus!
Okay this is definitely creating MORE work for you in the beginning but I cannot tell you how much this actually worked for me. I would find myself looking at it all the time and it’s just so much easier to only have to go to one place for all of your assignments, quizzes, and exams!
So if you don’t know what a master syllabus is, let me tell ya!
It’s basically just one big syllabus for all of your classes. So instead of having to keep track of at the very least four different classes’ syllabus, you make one yourself of everything.
I color coated and made mine a font that I liked to keep it more interesting!
If you’re really ambitious, you could also move assignments up a week so you’re never behind on them. I have a friend that that works for, but I personally just like to keep everything the way it is.
Having what is all due in a day all laid out in front of you makes your life 10x easier, I promise. It was a life saver for me multiple times in the Fall! I honestly found myself opening it quite frequently on my computer in class (:
2. Use the calendar on your smart phone! (And if you have access, sync it up with a smart watch!)
I’m going back to this method for this semester! I put in my class names, the time, and the location into my calendar as well as dance practices, meetings, and so on and then have it all sync right to my Apple Watch. That way, every time I look at my wrist, there is a little reminder of where I need to be next.
I’m not proud to say but I was a little scatter brained last semester with stuff like this. It would just slip my mind, and so having it displayed right in front of me has always been helpful!
Especially because there is nothing worse or more unprofessional than being mega late or missing something just because you forgot. There’s no excuse for that!
3. Find a planner that works for you (and actually use it!)
I didn’t use a planner my Sophomore year and I really think I suffered because of it. Although you have your syllabus and so on, it’s just so nice to plan your week every Sunday (or whatever day), because everything is fresh and you can see what you need to prioritize on!
There are so many kinds of planners and planner formats but the one I’ve been using for the past year has been from Recollections. It’s literally exactly the same as an Erin Condren and cheaper so it’s a win-win! (:
Plus, you can spend so much time on Etsy looking up different sticker shops to make planning more fun! Be warned though, it can definitely become a guilty pleasure. Some of my favorite shops include The Coffee Monsterz Co and Fox and Cactus!
(3b). Don’t JUST use a planner, an dry erase board calendar is super helpful too!
I wanted to include this as a little part two to the main point of number 3 because this is something that again helped me so much stay on track and on top of all of my assignments.
Like I mentioned before, it’s excellent to plan on a week to week basis, but it’s just as good to plan for the month as well. It reminds you of everything that is due and of meetings etc. that you might have. Plus having one of these calendars hanging up loud and proud in your room is a must. It’s just a little reminder every time you look at it what is coming up and of what you have accomplished. I love being able to look back on the month, cross things off, and see all that I’ve been able to do. Of course we can all attest to how hard college can seem at times, but when you reflect in hindsight of it all, it’s so rewarding (:
And I also love that since you’re using a dry erase board, it’s reusable for years to come, which is totally awesome!
4. Make a promise to yourself.. DON’T start assignments the night before they are due!
This applies for me ESPECIALLY with papers. There is absolutely nothing worse than trying to write an entire paper in one night. I feel agitated, cranky, tired, and worst of all I know I’m not putting forth my best work.
My sophomore year I was awful at this. I can remember doing major assignments and studying for exams the night before and then not getting the grades I wanted.
As of my junior year, I thought to myself, what changed between my freshman year and now? And it was definitely how I did my work. So I made myself a pact that I would, at the very least, work on papers/study even just a little bit 1-2 weeks before the due date actually comes around. And this really made such a difference.
Even if you work on a paper just a little at a time, a few paragraphs a day add up over time. Or even giving yourself the right amount of time to properly research your topics will help you instead of having to scramble for information just to try and prove your point.
Doing this has overall made me happier. I was more proud of the work I was handing in because I had time to proofread it, find the faults, and fix them rather than just saying ‘Whatever happens, happens’.
5. Make time for you!!
In this, I would recommend three things: 1. Self care. 2. Exercise. and 3. Drink lots of water.
I know all of these things don’t necessarily come to mind first when you think about staying organized, but doing all of these will improve your mental, physical, and emotional health, and by doing that will reflect well back on you.
You’ll have a much clearer head and you’ll just feel all-round good and that is the key to staying focused and cranking out all that I know professors demand from you.
It might seem like you don’t have time, but I assure you, you do. I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with all three of those things, but once I push myself to stop sitting around and complaining about ‘not having time’, that a whole other world opens up. So since it’s 2018 and we all want to jump on the bandwagon of ‘New Year, New Me’, I encourage you all to challenge yourself, go out of your comfort zone, and try to find a few times a week to consciously do at least one of the three things listed above (:
You can bet I’ll be seizing the day on self care (A.K.A. face mask central here I come)!
And that’s pretty much it! There are of course other ways to stay super organized, but these are five that have really worked for me personally and I just wanted to share them with all of you!
What do you do to stay organized? Are you excited to take on the second semester of the year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below (:
It feels like it’s been forever since I last checked in with you guys (even though it’s actually been only a week..), so I’m typing to you all today to bring you my experience with Dear Evan Hansen.
Needless to say, about a week ago I didn’t even know I would be seeing this musical in 2018. My mom surprised me with them as a Christmas present for my boyfriend and I, and to say the least, I couldn’t have been happier.
Of course, I’m a very loyal Hamilton fan; however, since this summer, I was really getting into Dear Evan Hansen. It’s funny because I remember one day walking past the theater in New York and thinking to myself, ‘What even is this play? It looks weird.’ and here we are a few months later.. totally obsessed.
I broke into the DEH world with ‘Waving Through a Window’ and there was no turning back. My Spotify ‘2017 Wrapped’ playlist even let me know that this was my most listened to song of the year. I’ve even had thoughts to choreograph to it, and even though I’m probably still not brave enough to make that a reality, it’s song that could do the world so much justice.
So anyways, I guess the not-so-subtle hints and endless soundtrack playing got the message to my mom. This was the next show I wanted to see.
Now, before getting into excruciating detail about the show and my thoughts and opinions on it, I want to just give a small little ‘non-spoiler-y’ reaction: It was fabulous. No, there isn’t an elaborate set or dazzling dance numbers, but it is a play that will make you feel. This is one unlike any other that I’ve seen, and I feel so fortunate. The cast really makes the show what it is. They are confident, funny, relatable, and just all-round professionals. And of course the message is so one of a kind and needed in society today. Despite all of the crap an individual is going to go through, you will be found. And that is beautiful. So if you ever have a chance to see the show, regardless of who is your Evan etc. it is so worth it and you will NOT regret it.
And now, if you are unfamiliar with what the show is about, I’m going to try to sum it up super quick: So basically, the main character of the play is Evan Hansen. He is a high school student that struggles with anxiety and other mental health disorders. One summer he breaks his arm and on the first day back to school encounters a stereotypically misunderstood (almost bully) Connor Murphy. After signing Evan’s cast, Connor finds a letter that Evan wrote himself (he writes these letters as little pep talks for his therapist). Within the letter, Evan confesses that he’s still struggling to find happiness, and there is also mention of Connor’s sister Zoe. Connor freaks when he reads this, storms off, and is MIA until Evan learns that Connor has committed suicide.
The rest of the play centers around Evan and how he got trapped in a lie that spun itself bigger and more intricate than he ever could have imagined, and along the way tries to discover the road to self acceptance.
Of course there is so much more but I feel like that is most of what you need to know to get into the play, and with that being said, I want to conclude the ‘non-spoiler-y’ part of this blog post and get into the set, actors, individual acts, and songs of the play!
Okay so the stage design and set is something that actually surprised me when going to see the play. I didn’t think I would like it, like, at all, but when watching the whole thing unfold, I actually thought it was kind of cool.
It is minimal to say the least, but the back ground really centers on the social media aspect of the play. I think it adds a really cool and modern element and surprisingly did not distract me from what was actually going on onstage.
I think it’s just enough.
And I love that there wasn’t a curtain so when you entered the theater, you immediately saw Evan’s bed.
Also, the theater is super small in comparison to others that I’ve been to. I think this would work in the consumer’s advantage as well as the actors. You really feel like you are apart of what is unfolding in front of you AND there probably isn’t a bad seat in the house. A win-win if you asked me!
Okay so I want to preface this with the fact that I was able to see this will almost the entire OBC. It doesn’t get much better than that. Although Ben Platt was no longer there, Michael Lee Brown played an absolutely amazing Evan.
The emotion he poured into the role was gut wrenching, funny at the right moments, and relatable. He carried Evan very very very well.
As for the rest of the cast? They were all absolutely amazing. They are very obviously confident at what they do, you can tell especially when they sing. And again, the emotion and authenticity emit is so strongly perceived by the audience.
Really, I feel they made the role their own and further even made the play what it is. And for that I am grateful and excited to see what becomes of these characters in the future when the veterans inevitably step down (:
1. Anybody Have a Map?
Okay, so the play starts with Evan on his bed and he kind of goes through a sort of internal monologue and I think this immediately starts the show off on the right foot. You immediately get the sense of Evan’s anxiety, but it’s done in a light-hearted way that has the audience giggling at his description of sweaty hands and awkward conversations with his crush.
His mom enters and you also immediately get a sense of her character as well. You can tell that she cares so much about Evan, but unfortunately runs a single family home and needs to make a lot of sacrifices just to keep a roof over their head and a meal on the table. I feel like this leaves a big gap in the Evan and her’s relationship, but despite all of this she still tries. And that is essentially the premise of the first song.
It’s all about parents who sometimes don’t have a handle on what to do in tough situations. Which is such a refreshing message. I think a lot of people are always under the assumption that parents are always in control or that another parent is better than you, but really, everyone is just guessing and doing their best. And sometimes that involves making decisions on the fly and just having to see how they pan out.
Either way, this was such an upbeat, but still real way to start off the show.
2. Waving Through a Window
This is such a classic. I almost don’t even want to talk about anything BUT how much I love this song. It was the song that got me into this play and the song I listened to most in 2017 (according to Spotify). But all of this aside, Evan is now at school on his first day. He has a few encounters with people from school (i.e. a shove from Connor, a short (and awkward) conversation with Zoe, a catch-up with Jared, and a listen (not talking) moment with Alana), but at the end of it all he’s really just realizing that there are people all around him but none of them really SEE him.
He feels like he’s always waving out to people but no one is ever returning the favor. Not only this but he’s so caught up in worrying about getting burnt by putting himself out there that this is almost self-inflicted. Of course, this isn’t all his fault, he’s held back by his anxiety but that does not make this any less heartbreaking.
Although this musical doesn’t have a lot of flashing dance routines, I think the little choreography incorporated into this song really does a lot for it. There are points when Evan is trying to sing to the people around but each time he gets in front of them, they immediately turn their backs. It’s a perfect depiction of how he truly feels, even if it might not be reality.
Regardless, the play moves on and Evan writes himself a letter as an assignment for his upcoming therapy session. The letter confesses that this year isn’t going to be a great one after all and that he can’t even rely on the girl he wishes would notice him (Connor’s sister, Zoe). The note is found by Connor, who after signing Evan’s cast, reads it and storms off in fury.
I feel like this part is so important as well. Here were two outcasts who could have very easily helped one another had they been able to put aside differences/emotions. They are both so troubled and held back by their mental illness and unfortunately it would take a successful suicide to make one of them realize that at the end of the day, you matter.
3. For Forever
A few days pass and there has been no sighting of Connor. Evan gets called into the principal’s (I think?) office where he is met with Connor’s parents. The mother is obviously distraught and the father seems numb to what has happened. Connor killed himself and with him they found the note that Evan had written himself.
So naturally they think Evan was his friend. At this point I feel so bad for Evan because he so clearly wants to do the right thing, which is tell the truth, and he DOES, but the mother pushes and doesn’t understand and because of Evan’s anxiety he stumbles into a lie.
Of course the lie starts out small at first, but he keeps talking himself into a hole. Although he tries to take advice from Jared (his family friend) by just nodding and not saying anything more, he winds up fabricating an entire story of a day that he and Connor shared together.
That is what this song is about.
The lie seems to put his family at ease. I think that they like being able to still have a piece of their son, and they want to try to understand him. I think that they look to Evan for answers because obviously they can’t ask the only person who could give them.
4. Sincerely, Me
Ugh, this is a bop. So basically, Evan tells the Murphy fam that he and Connor wouldn’t talk in school because Connor was low-key embarrassed by him but they would email. A total lie. So he recruits Jared to write up some fake emails as proof.
I love this song so much and I love that as Jared is writing the emails from ‘Connor’s’ perspective, Connor actually comes out and sings it.
That is one thing I loved about this play, is that although Connor did commit suicide, he was still very much a part of the entire show. It wasn’t that he just got killed off and never showed back up again, but that he got to kind of have little reprisals all throughout.
Either way, this is kind of a little break from all of the heavier stuff before and after that will go down. It’s fun and lightens the mood, and who doesn’t love to see three boys on stage dance around on stage to a catchy song?
I will say here though that you really got to see how confident Mike Faist (the guy who plays Connor) is as an actor. He demands attention when he is on the stage. And I really loved that. But anyways, onto the next?
I love, love, love this song even if just for the words alone. It is sung by Zoe, Connor’s sister, and is all about the fact that although her brother is gone, she can’t mourn him because her memories of him were that he was a monster and borderline abusive.
In this part, the father even has a hard time being in Connor’s room for more than a few minutes, and he confesses the same thing, that at this point in time he just cannot sing a requiem for him.
And because I think this is such a powerful one, I want to include my favorite lyrics:
‘Cause when the villains fall, the kingdoms never weep
No one lights a candle to remember
No, no one mourns at all
When they lay them down to sleep
So, don’t tell me that I didn’t have it right
Don’t tell me that it wasn’t black and white
After all you put me through
Don’t say it wasn’t true
That you were not the monster
That I knew
Ugh. So. Freaking. Good. Like I just remember actually hearing those lines for the first time and really just sitting there and thinking about it. I don’t know. It was just a powerful moment for me. And again, an important message. I’m sure others have felt like people didn’t deserve their sorrow and maybe felt like an outcast or maybe a bad person because of it, but I think that here they are trying to tell you that again you are not alone in these thoughts and that you ARE valid.
6. If I Could Tell Her
This is just another kind of light hearted moment again. Unfortunately though Evan is continuing to spin the web of lies.
He essentially is telling Zoe all of the things that he wishes he could say but protecting himself by saying that it was actually Connor who has said and thought them all.
And that’s pretty much that (:
In this number, Connor makes another appearance (yay). At this point, people are starting to forget about Connor. At first, there were people all over the internet and in school coming together, but after only a few weeks, it seems like it’s already dying down and getting swept under a rug.
Connor comes to remind Evan that no one deserves to disappear. And so Evan gets the idea to start a group where he dedicates his mission to the fact that no one deserves to wonder if they matter.
Because of this there is going to be a memorial assembly held in Connor’s remembrance. Once Connor’s family finds out, of course they expect Evan to make a speech (as he’s Connor’s ‘best friend’). Connor’s mother gives Evan a tie that was tailored just for Connor to wear for the day, and this SERIOUSLY breaks. my. heart.
She mentions to Evan that other mom’s told her that once Connor reached bat mitzvahs age, he would be getting invited to all kinds of parties. And so she went out and got a suit made for him but he was never invited to a single one and the suit went totally untouched.
I don’t know but that just really pulls at my heart strings. I feel like at this point you really know that this loneliness is something Connor felt for years, and that feeling is something I wish no one had to go through.
8. You Will Be Found
At this point Evan is now preparing himself to make his speech. He comes to the front of the stage with a few note cards and mechanically reads off of them (he’s nervous and public speaking is his literal worst nightmare) until his cards become out of order. He panics, drops them, and falls to the ground.
It think this part is super symbolic. In the beginning of the play he talks about how he broke his arm and how he just fell and laid on the ground waiting for someone to come get him, but nobody did.
I feel like at this point, he kind of takes a hold of his own destiny. In a way, Connor really did come and get him as he is the driving force in him getting back up again and speaking from the heart about being found, but ultimately it is Evan who is finding himself.
I love that again the message here is that even in your darkest moments, you are going to be found by someone, somehow.
And the saddest part of it all is that in this number, Connor’s dad finally broke down. I remember watching it all play out on the stage and suddenly honing in on Mr. Murphy doubled over in tears. It was really powerful. And again, can I say relatable? I’m sure as a father, coping with this is so difficult, and even just understanding first of all where his son was coming from put up a wall that at this point was no longer strong enough.
Also, to kind of back track this was another really powerful moment of the play when you could have heard a pin drop. When Evan fell on stage and was shaking, struggling to find the confidence to do what he needed to do, the audience was so captivated and silent that it was one of my favorite things I’ve ever experienced in a play. It’s also a true testament to how excellent the acting was. Really, just amazing.
I don’t know. Again, just so so so good. It’s a beautiful way to end the first act (:
1. To Break In a Glove
This isn’t always my favorite song to listen to but I think it was kind of an important one to start off the second act with.
In it you can really see that there has been a development in the relationship between Evan and the Murphy family, especially here with Connor’s dad.
Mr. Murphy teaches Evan just how to break in a baseball glove and he has an emphasis on although it might not be the easiest way to do it, it is going to end up with the most satisfying, quality, and long-lasting result.
To be more specific, he says things like ‘You do the hard thing, ’cause that’s the RIGHT thing’ and obviously you can’t help but see the parallels here between what is literally happening on stage and what had happened with Connor.
I can’t speak for people who have had suicidal thoughts before, but I do appreciate the message of although it might seem like some of the toughest moments, you still have to persevere because at the end of the day THAT is the best choice.
I also liked that in this number you get to see a little bit more into Evan’s history. He confesses that his dad actually doesn’t really care much about him and that at the end of the day, he wasn’t taught things by him, and you can tell in these moments that Evan definitely feels like he has been left out of something as he has grown up. Just another heartbreaking moment.
2. Only Us
During this song, Zoe is actually brought to Evan’s house for the first time. There is a brief moment where Zoe mentions needing to talk to Evan and he has a mini freak out because he thinks she’s going to break up with him (it’s actually kind of adorable and funny the way he handles it). But then she really just wants to tell him that she’s done talking about her brother 24/7, and that she really does like Evan for him.
I think this is a really sweet moment for Evan. He realizes finally that maybe he is worthy of being liked by a girl, even better, the girl he’s had a major crush on for like forever. And I love that.
3. Good For You
So now, Evan’s mom actually meets the Murphy’s. They surprise both Evan and his mom by offering to pay for Evan’s college tuition with money they had put aside for Connor.
Of course, Evan’s mom doesn’t take this well. Under first impression, she thinks that Evan has been leading these people to think that they are poor and that she is incapable of providing for him. Although untrue, it’s valid. And she’s really furious.
I think at this point she’s completely taken off guard because she is just now finding out that Evan has been spending most of his free time with the Murphy family and that feels like a complete stab in the back. Almost as if she isn’t good enough.
And this seg ways right into the song. It’s about how ever since this lie has begun and since spun out of control, Evan has changed, and not necessarily for the better.
He is giving attitude to his mom, blowing off his friends, and disregarding responsibilities all to have a dream relationship with Zoe and the Murphy’s. The mom is really asking is the grass really greener on the other side? And if it is, well I hope it’s finally good enough for you.
4. Words Fail
And finally, the waves come crashing down. There starts to become more and more holes in Evan’s lie and people around him are noticing. His stories don’t match up and he’s grasping at anything to try and keep this up.
Until finally he can’t anymore and he comes clean to the Murphy’s.
I both love and hate this part. I love the song and think it is absolutely so powerful and such a song for the climax of the play; however, I hate the Murphy’s reactions.
Of course they are upset and they should be, but the way that it seems they really drop Evan in almost 0.00001 second flat sucks. Although he weaved a lie, it all started because of the Murphy’s pressure, and ultimately it made their family whole again. Because of him, they are a memorial for Connor and have inspired others around the world with Evan’s message. And while they might not be inviting Evan to have dinner with them every night, the immediate disconnect seemed too abrupt and left me really feeling bad for Evan.
I wish I had more to say about this but I don’t.
5. So Big / So Small
At this point, Evan returns back to his mom for a majorly heartbreaking last song.
If you’ve ever been in a single parent family, I’m sure just listening to this will pull at your heart strings even just a little bit.
At the end of the day, his mother is always there for him, just like how it started in the very beginning. Although she works a demanding job, and takes classes on the side, she never intends on leaving Evan like his dad did so many years ago.
She acknowledges that no matter how hard she tries, there are still going to be moments that she fails, and that those moments have happened before and will happen again, but that no matter what, she is not going anywhere.
The world sometimes feels so big in the moment, but maybe a day, a week, or even a year later what once felt so big, now feels so small. And that is so important to remember. Especially when I can vouch for things feeling like the biggest deal at the time, but now looking back I got over it and it is almost nothing.
And finally, we come to the finale. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. Mostly because of how I am when I watch movies or read books, but anyways, I always like the love interests to end up together happily ever after. Well that doesn’t explicitly happen here.
A year after all of this went down, Evan meets back up with Zoe in the orchard rebuilt in Connor’s memory. He recounts to her how he is growing as a person, and that although he still struggles, he is actively trying to get better, and Zoe reminds him that what happened actually helped her family.
And finally, it feels like Evan has managed to step into the sun. He concludes with the thought that today is going to be a good day because finally, he is him, not a fabricated version, and being yourself is what is really enough.
And that’s the end. The fabulous cast comes out and takes their bows and boy let me tell you that the audience is on their feet as soon as they possibly can.
This play is filled with such wonderful and important messages and again (for the millionth time) it is just so gosh darn relatable.
I know that tickets aren’t the most convenient to get and that they aren’t cheap but if you have the chance to go see this musical, I really would encourage it. And maybe bring a box of tissues because you’ll most likely cry, at the very least, once.
I’m going to leave you all now with some pictures that I took from that day. We met Michael Lee Brown at the stage door after the show and he was very sweet and I, again, just feel so fortunate to have had this day and experience. It was definitely the best way I could have imagined to kick off 2018 (:
Have any of you seen Dear Evan Hansen? Are you planning to? And if you have, what are your thoughts and opinions? Or do you think there are other musicals you would like to see first (Hamilton, duh!)? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you all enjoyed this VERY lengthy (but still probably not thorough enough) review of Dear Evan Hansen, but..
It’s December 29th (as if you need me to tell you the date) and just like that, 2017 is wrapping itself up. But honestly, I’m not quite ready to see it go. 2017 has for sure had both its ups and downs and I wanted to take a hot second and look back on some of the best, and worst, moments this year has had to offer (well, for at least me anyways)!
So because I feel like this post could definitely get real long, REAL quick, let’s jump head first into our first category..
I’m starting off with this one because at this point, I want to be done thinking about school in 2017.
For those of you who might not know, I am a Biotechnology major at a small private college in Pennsylvania. To say the least, it’s alright.
I know I’m always giving my college experience kind of a hard time (mostly because that’s what it is to me.. a hard time), but really it’s not all bad. I was actually, dare I say, a little sad to be leaving this semester *insert shocking gasps here* (:
But anyways let’s recap and get the negatives out of the way first:
1. You don’t know what hell is until you’re dealing with live cell cultures and every single day that you come to check on them they are either A. moldy or B. contaminated with bacteria/yeast/etc.
I started having DREAMS about this that’s how bad it was. But to end this one on a positive, the crazy cell conundrum was under control for the last month and a half of my fall semester. Thank G.
2. You also don’t know hatred until you are only given multiple choice exams.. literally my Kryptonite.
To say the least, my GPA suffered something fierce the first semester of 2017 because I just could not pass multiple choice exams. And trust me, your girl tried EVERYTHING.
So you can imagine the relief I felt in the fall when literally NONE of my exams (with the exception of a final, and yes, I did not do well on said final) had no multiple choice. Sign me up for hand cramps over ‘Pick the most right answer’ any. freaking. day.
3. The week my computer broke. Yes, you read this 100% right. My computer decided, on the week of multiple assignments being due, that it wanted to take a vacation.
I rushed it to the Apple store as soon as I could, braved the three hour wait, and was broken the news (both good and bad). The problem was fixable AND free. But the computer would be MIA for 5-7 days. And in the life of a college student, that is literally forever.
I’m not the kind of girl who likes asking for extensions or pulling the pity card so after they pried the lifeless computer from my hands and I sadly watched them carry it away, I called my mom (Stephanie to the rescue) and she drove me my desktop from home.
Now, that doesn’t help the fact that all of my work was on the other computer and now I’m starting 100% from scratch, but needless to say, my papers and assignments got done. And every day to class I carried my little iPad.
That was quite the week to be alive.. but I’m so proud of myself for not letting it defeat me, because at one point it really did seem like the end of the world!
But now, let’s focus on the positives (:
1. I both made it completely through my Sophomore year and half way through my Junior year in 2017! Nonetheless as a BIOTECHNOLOGY major. Sorry, it was necessary to put that in shouty capitals.
It hit me on my way home that I’m really going to do it. I’m going to graduate with an absolutely amazing degree, and for some reason I must have never thought it possible that it would really happen. But it is. And that’s crazy. And despite all of the challenges that the Biology department has thrown at me, I’ve still come out on top, which is more than what some people can say. And I’m trying not to gush so I’m going to leave it at that (:
2. There are so many other positives but in the effort to keep this section a little bit shorter, I’m just going to list a few: getting an apartment with great roommates (+ an adorable puppy), remaining in both E-motion and Dance Team all year, keeping my job as an event planner for the Office of Student Activities, and being offered a tutoring position (even if it’s in a class that has nothing to do with my major, ha!).
And onto the next!
To be honest, I don’t really have any ‘worsts’ or complaints when it comes to this category. I’m just going to keep it short and sweet and compile a list of my favorite face masks that 2017 has blessed me with. Oh, and of course I do need to mention Jeffree Star in this section as well.. Ever since trying his liquid lip and skin frost formula, I’m a new girl. And that’s all there is to it (:
1. GlamGlow Glitter Mask!! — I eat, sleep, and breathe for this
2. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash Off Treatment
3. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask
4. Sephora Collection Face Mask – Algae
5. Tony Moly Pokemon Buried Digda Peel Off Pack
And on that note, let’s move right on into..
Okay, so if I’m being totally honest, I definitely think my fashion sense has suffered something great in 2017. I just wasn’t motivated to put outfits together and I think jeans became mortal enemy #1. But nevertheless, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite fashion moments, whether that had to do with me or s’not.
1. SomethingNavy x Treasure & Bond
I was seriously so. excited. when this collection came out. You might remember if you read my post about it that I missed the launch and was calling stores across the country to try and get my hands on some of the pieces.
Arielle has been my favorite fashion blogger since I’ve been in 11th grade and she came out with such a wearable, yet fashion forward line that anyone could find something they liked in. Plus, some of the profits go to charity which is really awesome (:
Lucky for all of us, if we weren’t able to snag something the first time, she recently re-released some of the pieces again all on Nordstrom’s website. If you want to check out exactly what I bought and my complete thoughts, check out my blog post reviewing it all here
2. Pom Poms
If you know me, then you won’t be surprised to see this in my favorites of 2017. I. freaking. love. pom poms.
Pom poms on hats, on sweaters, on pants, on jewelry, on book bags, you name it and I’m probably into it.
I’m going to link some of my favorite pom pom pieces from this year below (:
I’m normally a strictly high-waisted black skinny jeans kind of girl, but there is something about a blue jean style in combination with a chunky black leather belt that has managed to win me over. It’s very Kendall Jenner. And let’s be honest, she might not be my favorite Kardashian, but she definitely knows what’s up in the world of style.
I find that ASOS sells some really cute, straight leg, mom jeans style denim in a range of colors and lengths (shout out to all my short ladies) that is really affordable. And of course you can get a black belt pretty much anywhere, but I really like the styles offered by Urban Outfitters.
I think this look is really minimal, but looks super chic and street style. You can pair it with literally anything on top and either sneakers or booties on the bottom. You really can’t go wrong (:
Okay, let’s talk about music. Actually, probably not a good idea because I could literally talk forever about it, but I’ll try to reign myself in for this.
I think 2017 was another great year for music. So many new releases and all of them pretty much amazing. I’m not going to go individually into each one because again, I think this blog post is going to be long enough, but you’ll have to take my word and have a listen for yourself (if you haven’t already) when you get a chance (:
So let’s first compile my favorite albums of the year..
1. Melodrama – Lorde
2. Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey
3. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
4. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast)
5. Fifty Shades Darker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
6. About U – MUNA
And now a list of 2017’s best songs..
1. KIWI (again, shouty capitals necessary) – Mr. Harry Styles himself
2. Waving Through a Window – Ben Platt
3. Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man
4. The Cure – Lady Gaga
5. Heaven In Hiding – Halsey
6. Slow Hands – Niall Horan
7. Love – Lana Del Rey
8. Sober II (Melodrama) – Lorde
9. Sorry – Halsey
10. What Do I Know? – Ed Sheeran
11. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes
12. Sign of the Times – H (:
And as for the worst in music of 2017? Taylor. Swift.
This shouldn’t be surprising for anyone who knows me either. There is something about this girl that I just do not like. Did I listen to the album? Heck no. But I know that it made my blood boil just thinking about it and music shouldn’t do that hence, here it is.
And in the effort NOT to offend millions of Swifties out there, I’m going to leave it at that.
There are so many things that happened in 2017 that are all time favorite moments for me, most of them happening towards the last half of the year but I just want to take some time to reflect, be thankful, and talk about each one.
Attending concerts (and Broadway shows) are some of my favorite things to do, and I was fortunate enough to be able to do both this year. But one of the most memorable concerts of my life thus far was when I got to go see Harry.
Again, I did an entire post on this back in October when it happened, but seriously words cannot describe how fun that day was. And something I don’t forsee ever happening again.. I mean come on, when are you ever going to be in a small, intimate venue with H ever again? Probably never.
And so the image of Harry’s custom made suit and black chiffon button down is burned in my memory until the day I die. I wouldn’t have missed that day for anything in the world.
If you’re interested to hear more about the concert, you can read my previous post here
2. New York City Trips
Most of you are probably very aware that I take trips to the city pretty regularly and this year is no exception. So here are some of my favorite times in 2017 that I got to go New York
-When my cousin and I went to NYC DragCon and met Jeffree
-When Sethy and I went up for my birthday (I’ve gotta plug the Bocce Ball from Chuck and Blade, seriously delish)
-When my mom and I visited what I like to call the ‘Hamilton House’ uptown, went to BookCon, and saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway (:
-When I ate ALL the Pickle Me Pete fried pickles I could get
3. Celebrating one year together with my favorite person
Sethy and I celebrated both our 6 month and one year anniversary in 2017 and they were both such special days.
Spending time together is one of my favorite things to do and those days revolve around that.
He is nothing but patient and supportive of me and I am thankful for that every day. I look forward to including celebrating two years together in 2018 (:
And that pretty much sums up my 2017 Wrap Up! It was a year that at times seemed long, but upon reflection really flew by. And I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.
What were some of your favorite moments of 2017? Least favorite moments? Let me know!