2018, music

recap a good weekend


edition – rex orange county


threat of joy – the strokes


mine – bazzi

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wait a minute – willow

I thought this would be a cool concept to add some moments from my life since I’m too busy with school and taking selfies to actually write a real post. You get what you get. I also added some music that I find fitting for the moments above.

That’s all. hope your Monday gets better!

— rr



cheers to friday and pizza rolls


side note: my 9:40 am class was canceled, work was pushed back an hour, and I’m ignoring all my other responsibilities to lay in bed with pizza rolls and That 70’s Show. That’s all you need to know, you may proceed.

Remember that time I featured a little doodle made by my adolescent sister? Ya well, I got lucky again and had her sketch another one, which ended up being an absolute master piece that made me lose my ish. She’s amazing. It hurts. Ok.

On another note, I finally got around to watching the beautiful film, Lady Bird.

You laugh. You cry. You experience every emotion on such relatable terms with the protagonist, who makes you feel like pink hair is for everyone and the early 2000’s need to make a comeback (if it hasn’t already? I can’t keep up.)

I could write an entire post trying to elaborate on its grandeur and authenticity, but I don’t think my words would do her/it/Greta Gerwig justice– so just take my word for it and go see it. You will not regret it, I promise.



It would also be pretty cool, if you checked out my little sister’s art account on instagram @emily_rae_art!


Three Really Cool Things!

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My friend introduced me to this band, CLUBZ. The two creators’ aim was to revive the Hispanic music industry with 80’s and 90’s vibes, and I’m pretty much all about it. It’s pretty contagious.

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Really trying to come up with reasons I do not need this tee, but I have yet to find one convincing enough.


Remember my blog post about the french and how awesome they are? Ya well my dream of being one is kinda coming true this summer! I’m studying abroad for eight whole weeks in the south of France! so many baguettes, so many mispronunciations, but so much fun.



To Imagine: the nbhd’s new ep

IMG_1232If you’re not familiar with The Neighbourhood, the only thing you should know for my blog’s sake is that they are my all time favorite band and their music is incredible. done. moving on.

2017 was a big year for The Nbhd because not only did they release five songs on their Hard EP, but also its lead singer, Jesse Rutherford, got some extra attention while producing and performing his own music separate from the band on Soundcloud and releasing his own album “&.” All in all, a lot of music has been made and released considering their last album was from 2015, but now it seems the band is on a role as of last night at midnight they released their second EP, “To Imagine.”

  1. Dust
  2. Scary Love
  3. Heaven
  4. Compass
  5. Stuck With Me

It is obvious that the guys are really evolving into new music mediums as they play around with some different pop features in all five songs. Although it is subtly different from their original “Sweater Weather” melodramatic tone, it’s still their sound and I’m still their #1 fan.


**doodle from my super talented thirteen-year-old sister who is going further in life than I am. Check out her Instagram: @emily_rae_art_


meet Sara from fhlurs

Hello and welcome back! As you’ve probably noticed, I gave up on my 2018 writing challenge after deciding that I would prefer posting content that was to my liking, rather than posting on a hasty schedule. At a more comfortable pace, I’m trying to blog once a week instead, and there you have it.

Today’s post comes from a place of admiration and excitement from yours truly. I had the pleasure of getting connected with the creator of my favorite french blog, Maison Fhlurs, and to my enjoyment we’re doing a little Q&A!

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Before we get into the post there are somethings you should know about Sara. She’s an 18-year-old blogger from Europe whose taste in fashion and beauty are ever so french, and I adore it all. On her page, Sara updates us on everything from the highlights of fashion week to the how-to’s of Parisian lifestyle. Her Instagram is also a catalog for french models and bloggers, and I begin craving macarons and Yves Saint Laurent every time it appears on my feed.

When did you start blogging? I actually started blogging at 15, but I started Maison Fhlurs when i just turned 17, I’m 18 now.

What was your intent when creating Maison Fhlurs? To create a place where people could relax enjoy and educate themselves about fast fashion, the runway, and also as an creative outlet for myself.

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What is your favorite post that you’ve made? what a girl of this moment can lurn about philosophy 

Who is your biggest inspiration for beauty? Jeanne Damas

What is your favorite clothing piece or accessory that you have? My wool turtleneck jumper that I always wear.

Do you keep up with trends? I never keep up with trends, I would rather stick to my own style

How would you describe your personal style? Simple, basic, French and still interesting silhouettes.

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Zodiac sign: sagittarius

Favorite literature:  “The Beautiful Fall” by Alicia drake, it’s interesting because it tells you something about the life of fashion designers in the ’70s.

Top 5 favorite songs at the moment:

  1. avf – stromae
  2. la femme – antitaxi
  3. stairway to heaven – led zeplin
  4. rocket man – elton john
  5. la vie en rose – édith piaf

Where is your favorite travel destination? Versailles. I love the history of Versailles and a part of my family lives there. And it’s close to Paris, duh.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years? I hope to be in my own apartment in paris with an amazing boyfriend, and that I have my own design line.

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Sara was lovely enough to take time out of her busy schedule of actually posting daily on her blog (she’s a winner, I know) to answer a few of my questions! So go check out her blog and instagram for me, and I dare you to tell me that you don’t want to buy a beret after looking at her photos.

As always, thank for reading and thank you to Sara for always inspiring,


* edited for length and content

* photos from @fhlurs

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my abandoned book collection

Today’s post comes to you from a very honest and intentional place in me.

I want to address the books I’ve purchased, began reading, and left to collect dust on my bookshelf. These books are all written by fine authors, and some are books I still have full intent on reading, and for whatever reason regretfully I have yet to do so.

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  • Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • How To Ruin Everything: Essays by George Watsky
  • The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
  • Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

This past summer, when I blogged about the books I wanted to read before school started again, I actually read majority of the books on my list. I figured by calling myself out on ditching the present thought of each book, I will reintroduce myself to them and maybe actually finish some this time.

All of these books were recommended to me from trusted opinions, and I had high intentions of finishing each, but as you know life gets in the way and after months go by my interest is gone.

So there you have it. My abandoned collection of books and stories that I still hope to one day rekindle my fascination for. Crossing my fingers that I’ll pick up one of these again and read it in full. If I do, it will probably end up being reviewing it on here, so I guess you’ll be a witness to my success or failure either way.

As always, thanks for reading!


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songs to play when you’re in a red mood?

Today’s post is a quick one.

A couple posts ago, I talked about Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet. I thought it would be creative and new to put together a sort of mood board of some music I fancy and photos I’ve taken over the years, which all fit a sort of red-ish pattern and aesthetic. Kind of an inspiration thing, kind of also just the fact that there are major hints of the same color all over the place so I guess I’m calling it a theme. hi.

I imagine this is going to be a reoccurring thing that I bring back on my blog (obviously with different colors and songs) because I enjoyed putting this all together, and I think it’s a cool/different way for me to continue sharing my music taste with you.

Let me know if you like the format or you have any suggestions that would go well with today’s theme!

Thanks for reading,


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les femmes françaises

frenchDraw me dress me like one of your french girls”

Hello–or should I say bonjour?

Today, I wanted to talk about a trend that I think we’ve all witnessed becoming quite popular in the last several years. I feel like now more than ever it is extremely chic and sought after to imitate the style of une fille français (a french girl).

Free People recently released their newest trend-based collection, and the influence of Parisian style is anything but subtle. It’s everything from neck scarfs to billow-y trench coats and wicker hand bags. Their social media promotions even involve an A-Z french vocabulary lesson in between clips of models prancing around town eating ice cream, painting, and riding bicycles… all things that the French do, of course. The advertisement is fun and creative and so is their new line of French-inspired-styles, but that reminds me, why is it that we fancy the French and their fashion so much?

I’m guilty of this too.french girl I dream about sunbathing on the beaches of Cannes, and walking on cobble stone streets with a sun dress on, my hair unbrushed, and a box of macarons in hand. I have at least 15 coffee-table books that are all titled around the idea of mirroring Parisians. I think there is something incredibly feminine and delicate about looking like a French girl, and that is why it’s so desirable. Even WHO WHAT WEAR released an article just yesterday talking about 8 different ways you can dress like the French. This is more than just people having a thing for berets and eating baguettes.Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 12.58.46 PM

To elaborate on my answer , I think we desire to dress  and pose ourselves like french women because they have a certain mature and aged style with only a subtle hint of vanity.

I follow this Instagram account, @fhlurs, and its creator who also doubles as a blog writer. On her blog she writes one of the main rules for imitating the ways of the french is to stay cool and stop trying so hard. Her expertise is bringing attention to french lifestyle and fashion. As a reader and follower, I cannot deny that her social media and blog are both beautiful. She captures what it looks like to be a Parisian girl, and I’d be lying it I said I wasn’t envious of the seemingly effortless cool girl that she is. I guess that’s the ultimate reason we want to be like the french so badly.

Maybe the grass is always greener on the other side and I’m simply ignorant to an American style trend that is booming, but as of right now all I’m seeing is french–and I’m loving it. With that being said, the debate is still on for whether or not I will fix a beret into my accessories, but I’ll keep you updated.

For now, au revoir!


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ultra violet

Around this time last year, I put together a post about Pantone’s chosen color of the year, which at that time was green and I wasn’t too ecstatic about that one. This year Pantone’s prediction is still a little bold, but way more agreeable with my taste. Ultra Violet. Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, describes it as “inventive and imaginative…[taking] our awareness and potential to a higher level.” I kind of like that appeal.

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“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

In an effort to show more of this color beyond street style fashion and some Pinterest archives, I wanted to offer a guide for living out 2018 in ultra violet.


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1. The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

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2. Other People We Married: Stories by EmmaStraub

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3. Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

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4. The Stars In Our Eyes by Julie Klam


  1. Beach House
  2. LÉON
  4. Sonder
  5. Rex Orange County
  6. Jesse Rutherford
  7. Phoenix

(real) people to follow on the gram:

IMG_1133  @annabellerixson

IMG_1128 @nourkabbani

IMG_1127 @hannahjanecollazo

IMG_1129 @hopecavelll

IMG_1130 @thatfashiongirl03


  1. Crash On My Couch by Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire
  2. Crooked Conversations
  3. Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

So there you have it, some of my recommendations for exploring all the ultraviolet color that this year has to offer. I think all of my choices perfectly incapsulate what Pantone’s intentions for 2018 are: brave and original.

Thanks for reading,


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“writing coaches”

You probably thought I quit on my 2018 goal, didn’t you?

I thought coming up with topics to write about would be easier on the spot, but this is a learning process and I’m nowhere near my creative spark. Alas, here we are though!

On this blog, I promised to talk about one thing and that is creators and creatives. I usually default to talking about subjective inspiration from musicians, artists, and quotes, but I think it’s interesting to look at the actual people who inspire me to do what I’m doing: write. By this I mean the literal writers, public figures, etc. whose work and talents I’ve seen and am motivated to imitate.

  1. Emma Straub. I rank her #1 because she’s a phenomenal writer and my favorite personality to follow on Instagram. This past summer I had a fan girl moment at her bookstore in Brooklyn when I mistook her husband for an average employee and asked him to do an interview with me for my journalism class. As soon as I heard his name my jaw dropped and my exact words were, “oh my god you’re married to Emma Straub. I love her.” I proceeded with the interview, cried a few tears on the inside, and ended up getting my book signed by her without actually meeting her. I own all four of her novels, and two copies of Modern Lovers. I also have the french edition of Modern Lovers shipping to my apartment because I’m that girl who needs everything with Emma Straub’s name on it in my possession. I’ve ended up talking more about my obsession with her than I actually have about her writing and why it inspires me, but she’s a unique person and I hope one day to be her or at least just be her friend. yeah let’s start with that first actually.
  2. Carrie Bradshaw. Part of me cringes at this one because of how cliché and expected it is, but if I’m being honest with myself the first time I ever decided that I wanted to write for a fashion magazine was in the eighth grade after watching an episode of Sex and the City and seeing her shoe collection. I thought to myself, “Yeah I’m a pretty decent writer and it seems like Bradshaw’s got a pretty snazzy lifestyle in New York. I’ll be a journalist.” Shows you how little I knew at the age of 13. Nonetheless, her character’s bold personality and lifestyle seemed exciting, and I knew that writing was something I liked so it made sense to go after the same dreams–minus the promiscuity. It’s cheesy, and I’m embarrassed to look up to a fictional character as my inspiration, but it is what it is.
  3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her novel, Americanah, changed my perspective my country and myself. Her writing introduced me to like-minded authors and stories, which have all sparked a new interest for discussing the problems of America that we so often ignore. Her work is based on topics and interests that I hope to one day have a large enough voice to discuss.

So there you have it, my short and sweet list of the three women who have set the bar high for my dream of being a writer. You could say they are my “writing coaches,” yes that’s fair. Here’s to the anticipation of watching my list grow!

Thanks for reading,


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this is a commitment I will most likely regret

Hey folks!

I just made an impulse decision for this year that I’m going to aim to post on this blog-thingy everyday! yes you read that correctly.

I’m tired of making excuses for this bad boy, and my schedule is actually very packed for this next semester of school… BUT I’m doing this because why not, and if I don’t end up sticking with it what else is new?

sounds like a good plan, no?

I think the reason I’m never inspired to write anymore is because I’m not actually challenging myself to do so. By forcing myself to write everyday, I’m challenging myself.

I really hope this turns out to be a good thing, and not just a couple posts about the music I’ve been listening too and the episodes of new girl that I like.

I’m also hoping that whether it’s a sentence of a post or a few solid paragraphs, I actually take this year to write and publish each day.

I guess we’ll find out.

2018, here goes nothing.

UPDATE: day seven in and I’m giving up (sigh). I will say however that I want to continue posting on a weekly basis because I did enjoy creating last few posts, and it got me out of my writer’s block for the time being. I think posting everyday is a little excessive for everyone so I’m dialing it back! okay that’s all continue with your days.

Thanks for reading,


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