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OOTD: Rompers & Denim 10.13.16

Hi all!

Since Fall started, I’ve been trying to dress a lot warmer with warmer colors. But like I mentioned before, Fall barely exists in SoCal. The weather’s slightly cooler than it was during the summer, but it’s still too hot for my taste.


When it’s hot, I like to wear rompers or shorts on my days off work. So for today’s OOTD post, I chose to wear my favorite summer romper from Target, which I actually bought last year on clearance, and paired it with my new denim vest.

I’ve been looking at denim jackets and they run pretty expensive, you know? What bugged me, was when I’d see a distressed denim jacket go for $50+. If I wanted a denim jacket with holes, I wouldn’t have thrown away the, what I thought was damaged, denim jacket I had. But that’s fashion.

Anyways, I’ve been eyeing this denim vest by Ava & Viv for months at Target. It came out on the floor for summer fashion and then went on clearance as the summer ended. You better believe I kept watching the clearance racks every time I stepped into Target. I told myself that if it’s still on the rack by the time it goes 75% off then it’s meant to be. What can I say? I’m here for the bargains.

Denim isn’t only for the summer, so this was a steal! Not only could I pair this vest with my romper, but I could pair it with an all black outfit with leggings and booties and boom! It can be a fall outfit!

Do you also like looking at sales for last seasons styles? If so, what good finds have you come across?

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Watching: The Bold Type, Season 1 Review

It’s been a week since The Bold Type season one finale aired and I’m going through withdrawals! With Pretty Little Liars over and done, I needed to fill my Tuesday night show void and feel young again. I am young, what am I talking about?

On July 11th, The Bold Type premiered on Freeform fka ABC Family. I had seen ads on the network and wanted to support one of my favorite actresses in young hollywood, Katie Stevens. From what I could tell, the premise of the show: three twenty something year old women trying to juggle relationships, their careers, and life as a millennial while working together at one of the top magazines, Scarlet. One of the tag lines was “I’m not a boss bitch. I’m a boss, bitch.” If that doesn’t scream badass, I don’t what does. It wasn’t hard to convince me that this would be a show I’d like.

The Pilot episode gave us a glimpse of the trio of strong women and what relevant issues they’d be tackling head on.

First we have Jane Sloan, played by Katie Stevens. Jane is the bright eyed writer of the trio. Like her best friends, she started as an assistant and was recently promoted to “writer” at Scarlet Magazine. It’s her dream job as she often reminisces about being “a young girl in Colorado reading Scarlet magazine in my closet.” But things get a little hectic and intimidating when Scarlet’s head honcho, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), constantly pushes her to think outside of the box and get out of her comfort zone. In the first episode, we see Jane second guessing herself and reluctant to revisit her past for a piece, but Jacqueline doesn’t take no for an answer.

Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) is the one among the three that’s still slaving away as an assistant. It’s what she’s known for the past 4 years. She’s comfortable, but longs for a lot more than sitting at the front desk of Lauren Park’s office. And it sounds ever so familiar to me. Seeing her best friends move up the ranks while she stays behind is a little disheartening for her.The most out of routine thing in her life is her secret relationship with an older guy, Richard Hunter (Sam Page). Their relationship is a bit taboo as Richard is Scarlet’s legal advisor and a board member. While Sutton makes Richard feel younger, Richard supports Sutton’s endeavors to leave the assistant desk. Later on in the season, she leave’s Lauren’s assistant desk for Oliver’s assistant’s desk. But at least it’s in something she’s passionate about – fashion.

Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) rounds out the trio. After 2 years of being an assistant, Kat became involved with the social media team at Scarlet and was recently promoted to Social Media Director. When we first meet her in the Pilot episode, you could tell she is very outspoken and confident. She speaks/does things before she thinks. Things change a little when she meets Adena (Nikohl Boosheri), a Muslim lesbian, who is also very outspoken. After spending some time with Adena, everything she thought she knew about certain things went down the drain. Many times we see her deem herself as the one who doesn’t do relationships, but she becomes immersed into one. Her relationship with Adena sparks a lot of spontaneity.

The trio gets a lot of support from other Scarlet personnel. We have Alex (Matt Ward) who I think is that honorary best friend to all of the young women. He’s Jane’s wing man, Kat’s voice of reason, & Sutton’s not-so-secret admirer who is ultimately friendzoned in the end. There’s Richard who always seems to put in a good word for Sutton. However, when he meets with Kat and Jane, I think he realizes that he doesn’t quite fit in their world. There’s also Jacqueline, whom I mentioned earlier. She’s the head boss at Scarlet magazine and is definitely a motherly figure to the three young women. She helps them when in need and is understanding to their feelings, but knows when to put her hand down. She’s just not a boss to them, she’s a mentor who was once in their shoes.

The Bold Type has covered topics from feminism to politics to sexuality to social media, etc. In one episode, Jane is assigned the sex column and has to write about orgasms. Having never experienced one, she has to get very familiar with herself and ends up getting familiar with Ryan (Dan Jeannotte) aka Pinstripe. They inspire each other in more ways than one, but later on in the season Jane wants more in their relationship.

In another episode, they cover breast cancer awareness. As a twenty something year old, I think it’s not something I’m too familiar with or open to discussing. But The Bold Type gave us that perspective and put me in an emotional roller coaster ride as we learned more about Jane and her mother. During this episode, Kat and Sutton were also there for Jane knowing that it was a sensitive topic. They are friendship goals. Everyone needs a squad with a Jane, Sutton, and Kat.

The finale episode covered the topic of rape, which isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Jane decides to shine a spotlight on an activist who was a victim of rape. She goes head to head with Jacqueline on how to approach and understand the person of interest. The finale scene of this episode reveals something about Jacqueline, but it’s so full of hope, positivity, and support.

For me though, I think the recurring topic that rung to me as a viewer, was the feeling of not being challenged and getting out of your comfort zone, as I mentioned before. I graduated from college 6 years ago. I’m sure you can imagine how “stuck” I feel. At the end of the season, Jane is faced with choosing between what she’s known for years or starting with something new that could possibly (or not) be good for her career. Kat has this responsibility with Scarlet as the Social Media Director, but Adena has inspired her to see the world and leave it all behind. Then there’s Sutton. She was the assistant that was left behind, but her drive and passion for fashion got her one step closer to her dream. She wasn’t challenged anymore and she did something about it even though she had no fashion experience on her resume.

Another recurring thing that stood out to me was their meeting place. Throughout the season, we see the trio face obstacles together and often see them talking things out in a safe/neutral place, the fashion closet. The fashion closet housed many celebrations, freak outs, and of course fashion emergencies. The moments in the fashion closet were my favorite. I wish I had a place like the fashion closet to escape to at my job.

Speaking of fashion, the fashion on the show is on point. The cast of The Bold Type definitely rock their outfits confidently and I would love to raid their closets.

This review does not do The Bold Type any justice, but I highly recommend you binge watch this show if you’re looking for inspiration.

As far as I know, Freeform has yet to renew the show, but they should! Obviously, it’s very far from what Pretty Little Liars was, but if this is the direction that Freeform is going in, I’m not complaining.

You can binge watch The Bold Type on the Freeform app or online.

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Playing: New Music Friday 9.8.17

Hello!

Here’s yet another edition of me pretending I know how to review music. To be honest, I really just want to showcase my feels when I hear songs for the first time, especially from artists that I love.

Here are a few songs that stood out to me on this week’s New Music Friday playlist :

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3JBUv4SVXFAbZVlnchORpU

At 10 p.m. PST last night, I saw that this song was released. I was about 1 hour late, but you better believe I went straight to Spotify and streamed it. I will always love Demi Lovato’s voice. It’s so strong and soulful and there’s just so many feels when she belts out those high notes. Her ballads are always my favorite.

This is the 3rd track from her upcoming album and from what I’m hearing I could tell that I’m going to enjoy it. I feel like she’s gotten some inspiration over the years and just like Sam Smith’s new song, I feel some heartbreak.

Her 6th studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me”, will be released on 9/29/17.

“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7oAraczbemGSNWqnbkU87R

It’s been two years, so people have definitely been waiting to hear from Grammy Award winner, Sam Smith. With records like “Stay With Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and my personal favorite “Not In That Way”, expectations are high. And being deemed the male version of Adele, emotions are high as well.

In “Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam gives such a soulful performance. He is basically singing about not giving a f**k when the relationship in question ends. But even though he’s trying to mask it, you can hear the heartbreak.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5Gu0PDLN4YJeW75PpBSg9p

I love Hailee. For some reason, I feel like she’s been in the music industry for a while and then I remember she’s only 20 years old. While her sound is very pop, I feel like she stands out as an artist. When I listen to her sing, I don’t see Hailee Steinfeld, the actress trying to merge into the music business. I see her as the solo music artist, if that makes sense. I think she does a really good job at keeping the two careers separate. I’m hoping a studio album is coming out soon.

Anyways, this song has a very familiar sound to it. It’s definitely clear that Alesso is on the track. But I think the cool part of this song is how Florida Georgia Line is featured. When country meets pop, it’s always a good time.

“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0o7glLPfZgns8ZF14Wlpf7

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson was deemed the 1st American Idol. Makes me feel old AF. But Kelly Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, is undeniably one of the most successful American Idols.

With this song, I feel like Kelly stayed true to herself, but added a little more flavor to go along with what we’re currently hearing on the radio now. It’s a song to sing along to and it gets you up and moving.

“Leave Right Now” by Thomas Rhett

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0wyja8xD9cNhDtfuY0dVMP

I don’t listen to country often. I don’t hate it, but it’s just not something you’ll see on my playlists. I’ve never listened to Thomas Rhett, but like most country songs, this song sounded super sweet. I like that it starts off sweet with an acoustic guitar and then later on there’s some electronic music infused as if a DJ came and remixed the song.

From what I can tell, Thomas Rhett is kind of straddling the line between country and pop and it sounds great. If I didn’t know that Thomas was a country singer, I probably wouldn’t have thought this was country.

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1OdpIb0nzhDcqwkiYp0O1u

I have no idea who The National is, but apparently they’re an indie rock band that’s been around since 1999 (maybe even longer). I usually like alternative rock, but just like country, it’s not on my typical playlists (at least currently).

This song is pretty chill and mellow, but there’s a music break towards the end that makes me think of those cheesy teen movies from the 80s. I even get a 50s vibe. All I picture is a young couple slow dancing in a gym at their school dance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1YuIEfhp8umr6QSal4FTK4

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4nGW06TRJOIrVRfjnuK4se

A few of these songs will be on repeat for the next few days and I’m extremely excited to hear what’s coming up for the artists.

Do you have any favorite new music that’s out?

xoxo,

Adele

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Top 5: YouTubers!

YouTube can get very addicting. Watching awesome vloggers on YouTube can get extremely addicting, especially when they put out content you love and look forward to. Today’s blog? My favorite YouTubers. I’ve always watched people on YouTube, but I’ve only started really subscribing to YT channels over the past year or so. I usually love to watch lifestyle vlogs and dance videos, so the following people totally deliver.

Matt Steffanina

It took me a while to really get into Matt’s YT channel. I would see his videos floating around Facebook and think, “Wow, these dancers are skilled.” Sometimes I wish I were a skilled dancer. I always wonder if I have what it takes to dance, like REALLY dance to choreo. Then I watch Matt’s videos and his choreo inspires me and gets me hype. He comes out with new videos every week to the latest hits and it’s great to see how he and other dancers he works with, interpret music. The fact that he also has vids that break down some of his pieces is great as well, because it empowers me to attempt to learn dance moves and add my own flavor.

Alex Aiono

This 21-year-old has all the girls swooning after him. And I am no exception. The first video I saw of his was the “One Dance/Hasta El Amanecer” mashup/cover. He sung in Spanish and it was smooth AF. I think that’s when his viewership went up. He’s made so many covers that sound way better than the original. You can tell he’s such a talented musician considering he plays his own instruments and produces the music. Lately, he hasn’t been too active on YouTube, but that’s because he got signed to a record label and is making his own music and touring!

Megan Batoon 

I’m not sure how or when I came across Megan’s channel, but it was probably because I saw her doing choreo in another YouTuber’s video. Her channel has a little something for everyone. Aside from awesome dance videos, she does How-To videos, cooking videos, weekly vlogs and one of my favorites, her top 5 fave things of the month. Overall, she just seems super bubbly and upbeat in her videos, you can’t dislike her. If you do dislike her, then I won’t judge you, but I guarantee she’ll make you smile at some point. She’s just her dorky self and that’s so refreshing to see. Some days I find myself watching her older videos that I missed and she just cracks me up.

Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval

Megan’s older brother! Just kidding, but they always joke about being related. They’re both half filipino and adorable. I’ve been a fan of Dom since his SYTYCD days. He was one of my favorites (I like b-boys 😂) and to this day, he’s still one my favorite dancers. His YouTube channel contains some funny content from parody videos to food challenges to his “Now Add A Dancer” series. He’s also got this one series where he does trick shots. The latest one he’s done was with Oreo cookies and it had me amazed. I just wonder how long it takes for him to film those videos. But aside from all the funny stuff, he has some really sentimental vids that just hit me in the feels, especially knowing who inspired the videos. My absolute fave video will always be this one:

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell did not get her start on YouTube and isn’t technically a famous YouTube star. But she has a channel that I subscribe to and I’m always excited to see what’s next. Shay rose to fame on Pretty Little Liars but she’s one of the few Hollywood celebrities that actually puts out their own content and videos on YouTube. She’s the epitome of a lifestyle vlogger. I’m always looking forward to her “Shaycation” vlogs where she takes us viewers along with her while she’s vacationing in another country or state. However, my absolute favorite videos she posts are the #SendSammy videos. Sammy is her assistant of 3+ years (correct me if I’m wrong) and Shay always sends her off to do random things. It’s hilarious, but you can tell they are having fun and just want to make us laugh. Or else Sammy really does need a raise.

What kind of content do you like to watch on YouTube? Any recommendations on who I should subscribe to?

xoxo,

Adele

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