2018, notes

what’s it like dating yourself in 2018? — a piece on self love.

Good evening friends!

Valentine’s day was yesterday, and I wanted to make a little spiel on self-love in the simplest ways. Here are some things that I think we all appreciate but don’t actually give credit to for making us happy.

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You want to go see that new movie with someone special? it’s called an over-sized sweatshirt and your four best friends. Lady Bird was so much better with your girls anyways.IMG_1493

Waking up and wanting to go get a bagel with someone so you go get that bagel, come home, get back in bed and turn on New Girl.

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Everyday is an anniversary– that leopard print coat you wanted? it’s yours. Most online stores don’t even up-charge for gift wrapping, and that means you buy all those things you’ve saved on your wish list, ship ’em as a gift, and happy anniversary to you. “oh I shouldn’t have!”

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Concerts are so much better when you’re not trying to vibe with the music while feeling conflicted as to whether or not nodding your head looks like you don’t know every word of each song. Now, you can get your freak on and whip out all your middle school dance moves because chances are you’re wearing comfortable sneakers and didn’t even do your hair for the night.

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Going to sleep at a reasonable hour not wondering where your goodnight text is because your dad already texted you two hours ago.

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You feel empowered to never be tethered to someone because it’s 2018 and Oprah’s Golden Globe’s speech is still the background on your phone.

Sorry if this was stupid or cheesy, but I think that self-love is pretty underrated, and being aware that you shouldn’t define yourself by your relationship status needs to be the goal of 2018.

Let’s celebrate ourselves!

–RR

GB

 

 

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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.

–RR

**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_

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q&a

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,

RR

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* photos from @fhlurs

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2017, music

on the topic of vinyl

Hello all and welcome back!

A few days ago, I became a parent to a turntable/record player/hipster-speaker-system/whatever you want to call it. Now with variety and amateur-knowledge, I consider my music expertise to be heightened (I think way too highly of myself).

If you know anything about me or follow my instagram/watch my instagram stories, you know that I’m a big fan of Spotify. It’s probably one of my all time favorite forms of social media, because I’m nosy and love seeing what all my friends are listening to. I’m also a really big copy cat and love stealing songs from people’s playlists and pretending I discovered it for myself.

This is important in that by getting a turntable I don’t have personalized vinyl as playlists or a side bar telling me what my freshman year roommate listened to 3 hours ago (what’s up, maylee?). It’s really just me and the music, and if that’s not a High School Musical lyric then I don’t know what is.

Obviously my Spotify is still alive and well, and I’m sure by next week I won’t spend all my time playing with my new toy. BUT, I thought for today I’d list some of my favorite things that I’ve decided are worth it when switching to vinyl. So excuse me as I let the vinyl do the talking.

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  1. It really is a conversation piece– I moved an entire party into my bedroom so that I could show it off, and people were really fascinated let me tell ya.
  2. Gift giving? check. Some records are as cheap as $18, and others range from $25-40 depending on what it is and where you’re buying it. With that being said, it’s a good price range when asking for specific albums or bands as a gift.
  3. You get to collect vinyl, and if you’re anything like me –a person with too many coffee table books, shoes, and nude lipsticks– you appreciate another collectible item.
  4. You know those artists and bands that you absolutely fan girl over and want every song lyric tattooed on your body? With vinyl you’re pretty much investing in the most tangible form of their music, and if that isn’t convincing then I can’t help you.

My collection consists of  Bleachers “Gone Now” (check out my most recent post on this album here), The Neighbourhood “I Love You,” Kendrick Lamar “DAMN,” and Beach House “B-Sides and Rarities.” I only have a few records thus far, but I’ll let you know how the expansion process goes.

Do you listen to vinyl? What is your favorite thing about it?

Thanks for reading,

RR

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rupi kaur & 19

For today’s post, I thought it would be refreshing to repeat the words of poet Rupi Kaur from her book, Milk and Honey. After seeing and loving her poetry on Instagram, I finally bought my own copy of the book. I’ll admit upfront that I’m obsessed.

It’s incredibly honest, and it carries the weight of pretty much every emotion I’ve ever felt in its beautifully self-explained rhythms and lines.

So allow yourself a moment to revel in her words with me.

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Tomorrow is my 19th birthday, and I don’t think there could be a better mantra for reviewing all that the past 18 years have been for me + my expectations for 19.

Here’s to gaining and losing and still remaining happy,

RR

P.S. I made a facebook page for this blog, & if you want to share some love by hitting ‘Like’ on the page I’d be very grateful.

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Confession: I don’t know how to thrift

Ever since 2012 when Macklemore laid down truth about vintage swagger, I think everyone hopped on the bandwagon and I got left behind.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I see people successfully haul vintage clothes or designer labels all I can think is ‘how?’ Whether at an antique thrift shop or Goodwill, my only luck is usually finding dusty lampshades or a headband from 2004. Worse than that is getting back in my car and feeling like I just walked through somebody’s dirty laundry.

Basically, I don’t know how people find things at thrift stores.

But I’m not ready to give up on the idea. I think I’ve just been searching for the wrong things.

Yesterday, I decided to try not shopping for that cool vintage blouse a beauty blogger wore on Instagram, and avoided anything that wouldn’t survive a laundry cycle on regular tumble. Instead, I looked for memorabilia, accessories, and decor (starting off easy).

My friend, Georgiana, and I headed to one of the few vintage stores in town. Being a rookie at this, I didn’t realize it was a cash-or-check-only kind of endeavor. BIG MISTAKE. But lucky for your eyes I snapped some photos and stacked enough pennies in my parking coin collection to afford a three dollar pin.

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Check out that Clinton pin above the remnants of my coins. pretttttty cool!

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proof that coins are still worth something

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I’ll be coming back for you, Bill

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For my first round of thrift shopping, I’d say it wasn’t too bad. I’ll definitely have to practice and develop an eye for vintage pieces, but until then I’ll just pat myself on the back for the effort and good intentions.

Do you shop vintage? Any tips?

RR

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HOW TO: New Girl Playlist

So rumor has it that everyone’s favorite show, New Girl, is coming back for its seventh season, and I could not be more excited for anything. In preparation for its return, I’m doing all that I know to: binge. watching.

I’ve probably seen every episode at least 10 times each. I know, I have a problem! Hi!

Let me just cut to the chase.

I watch a lot of New Girl and I recognize a good song when I hear one. So here are some of my recommendations for all the “Who’s that girl?” hummers and fans out there.
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  1. Take Care by Beach House
  2. I wanna Get Better by Bleachers
  3. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  4. All Alright by FUN.
  5. Sex on the Regular by Miniature Tiger
  6. You Make My Dreams Come True by Halls and Oates
  7. Rivers and Roads by The Head and The Heart
  8. Don’t Just Sit There by Lucius
  9. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
  10. God Only Knows by She & Him (cough cough, Zooey Deschanel’s little musical moment)
  11. Oxford Coma by Vampire Weekend
  12. I Got the Moves by Habibi

So that’s what I have to offer to Jessica Day’s Fan Club. If someone would like to be generous and share the rules of True American with me in return that would be super cool of you.

Thanks for reading and I hope you check out some of the songs! (let me know if you do or if you have any likeminded tunes for me to listen to)

RR

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2017, music

Bleachers: “Gone Now” Album

I’ve been the biggest fan girl of Bleachers’ music since I first heard I Wanna Get Better in 11th grade. From there it’s been my anthem, and the rest is history. Except history just got interesting because his newest album was released last month, and I simply cannot stop listening.

Twelve wonderful, personal, creative, and expressive hits that epitomize a feeling of outwardness and being unplugged from everything and everyone. The crazy part is that even if unconsciously, we’ve all felt this sort of introvert’s apology to the rest of humanity, and Bleachers is the first artist I’ve listened to who has represented it and all its honesty.

His lyrics are chaotic, truthful, and unmatched, but what is exceptional is the story being told within the record. A true bildungsroman of life, love, and loss.

It’s really the best.

Cheers to recognizing that brilliant creators still exist!

RR

Some personal favorites of mine:

  • Goodmorning
  • Everybody Lost Somebody
  • I Miss Those Days
  • All My Heroes
  • Foreign Girls

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NYU Portfolio, q&a

Q&A: Michael Fusco-Straub

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In some ways Michael Fusco-Straub and his wife, Emma, are the ideal couple to open a bookstore. He’s a graphic designer and she’s a novelist. So when their beloved BookCourt closed down, they decided to create a new hub for Brooklyn bookworms. They opened Books are Magic on May 1 in Cobble Hill, hoping to be the new pulse of the reading public. Emma curated the shelves and Michael designed the modern and unique space to fit the name, with wooden bookshelves and exposed brick.

On a recent Friday morning, Michael was restocking books in the back of the shop and he took time to chat.

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What interested you in opening a bookshop in Cobble Hill?

We were at BookCourt almost every day. Actually Emma worked there for four years, and so we had a relationship with the owners. When we found out that it was closing, we instantly felt like it was our job to take this on and to make this happen, and we did.

Why the name, Books are Magic?

We both felt like the kind of energy and vibe that we want to be transmitted is that books are fun. Everyone should have them in their lives, and it’s not some kind of technology that’s going out of style. The term ‘books are magic’ is something that we truly believe.

What inspired the design of the store?

Right when we were deciding to open this bookstore, Emma and I took a trip to Portland, Oregon, and we went to this restaurant called “Tusk,” and I walked in I was like ‘This is how I want our bookstore to feel.’ Mainly, I was responding to the color palette, and the sort of airiness of the place and so that’s what I wanted to capture here; sort of light, white, soft pinks, and lots of air. A lot of bookstores feel claustrophobic. I wanted it to feel clean and modern, but also warm and inviting.

What about competition with online booksellers like Amazon?

I think we’re in a unique situation where we live in a neighborhood where people really care about local businesses and make an effort to come out here and support us. That alone is part of the reason why I feel like this is working. Also, we can get any book for anybody in a day, more or less. Most of the time—90 percent of the time—you come in looking for a book, we don’t have it, you get it tomorrow. That’s a good thing, I mean, that competes with whatever is going on online.

What is the process in curating the books?

Because Emma is a fiction writer, when we first opened the store, the fiction shelves were stacked and it was awesome. Then the nonfiction stuff had all these gaps, and we’re still trying to fill them. It’s just because it reflected what Emma knew, but now you know we’re listening to our customers’ special requests. People have been asking for a sci-fi shelf and we’re working on that.

Where do you see Books are Magic in five years?

It’s funny because that is something I haven’t thought about, because you know before we opened all I could think about was opening, and now that we’re open all I’m thinking about is what’s right in front of me. In five years, what I hope is that we’re right here doing what we’re doing and things are running in a slightly more efficient method. I mean things are pretty efficient now, but I think we’ll just get better at doing this.

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Why did I ever stop reading?

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Written at 2 a.m. after calling pest control on a large, unidentified spider in my dorm room, which left me restless and afraid

I have to take a moment of pause from my NYU posts to brag on a read that has taken me too long to get around to. (If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been using this blog as my portfolio for the work I have done in my journalism course)

After being in New York for three weeks knowing nobody, I finally decided to head to the bookstore and pick up some light reads for my free time. I was drawn to the familiar cover of Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” which reminded me a lot of the illustrations from author Emma Straub’s collection, and also Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” series. I purchased the paperback along with two other books, “How to Ruin Everything” by George Watsky and “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures” by Emma Straub. I immediately began reading while sitting on a bench in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack burger in hand. I spent the rest of my day completely invested in the lives of Bee Branch and her mother, Bernadette Fox. I finished it about 12 hours later.

My point in noting this—other than to applaud and brag on Maria Semple—is to reintroduce myself, and possibly you, to reading something so valuable and brilliant that I cannot put it down for fear of facing a reality unlike the one on the pages. It saddens me to think that every year the short span from May to August is really the only time I have until life gets busy again, reality checks in, and this crazy-dramatic fantasy that has been occupying my afternoons and sleep schedule must be paused. We all know how that is.

But alas, I have a plan, a goal, and a rough beginner’s list as a start to a project I am doing with myself to get more in the habit of reading (and not just reading, but experiencing). I’m not even here to sponsor my own creative genius; I’m just letting you know that I have a plan, and if you want to copy me you totally can.

So maybe we can do this together? Maybe you can pitch me some authors, books, short stories, or your mom’s instagram caption from April fool’s day? I really don’t care. The point is that this is something I’ve wanted to dedicate more time to for a while, and I’m excited to finally do the damn thing.

Here’s the list. Beware it’s a short one, but I fully intend on adding on to it as I expand my opinions of authors and genres (other than Emma Straub, who is an obvious yes for me, always).

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (check)
  2. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (check)
  3. How to Ruin Everything
  4. Fan Girl
  5. Eleanor & Park (check)
  6. The Stars in Our Eyes
  7. Americanah (check)
  8. The Versions of Us
  9. This One’s Mine (check)

So if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to other than summer school and getting lost on the subway, voila!

RR

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What’s New, New York?

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If someone could tell me how I’ve gotten to such a new place in my life where I simultaneously burn my microwaveable mac-and-cheese whilst scanning the Internet for part-time gigs that require dog walking capabilities, that would be great. Life is crazy. One minute, I’m marking through my grocery list and realizing I have no processed food left off my diet, and then I’m registering for classes at New York University. Yep, scene change for sure.

To be fair, I should probably introduce the story for what it is: a stressful panic in my life wherein I realized my skills, experiences, and resume were about as deep as the very bowl of mac-and-cheese I’d burned (how does one actually burn macaroni?). What am I doing with my life? I mean I’m a journalism major seeking a french minor, not a lot going for me in the job department from where I’m standing. But, alas! there is hope because of summer and the opportunities that shed from that right? All my life, I have seen summer break for what it is, a break, but I come here to tell you I was completely wrong. It’s for building your resume, shaking hands, and kissing babies… maybe not the last part, but it’s definitely about making connections and expanding the experience field of your resume. “Ugh” is right. In the past, I never really had to try for summer plans. In high school, I worked at the same store for two consecutive summers, and I always had family vacations to fall back on. Up until a few months ago, I was about to have my third repeat of a “high school” summer, which would include working, online classes, and probably becoming an insomniac on my annual Netflix binge, but I wasn’t looking forward to that, especially with the future of my career riding on the fact that I have literally no idea what I’m doing with my life. You can only use the “I’m not supposed to know what I’m doing with my life, it’s freshman year!” excuse for so long until even you start to doubt it. This was the moment that I decided to take my summer plans into my own hands in a really frantic, totally uncool manner: the Internet. I didn’t care if I had to take to Craigslist, I was going to get the hell out of here and do something productive for once. That’s when I had this genius revelation of taking courses at NYU. Yes, the big revelation is over, you can sit back now.

Applying for summer session at NYU seemed like an easy way to get out, go to New York, and take college classes that could count toward my major + it gives major points on the resume (I think) so I’m basically killing two birds with one stone. The only big issue was that without a summer job, I sorta kinda lost that source of income and what better way to fill my time in the big apple than get a job, right? At least that’s what my mom told me. So as of last night I have applied for social media internships, retailers, dog walking companies (big thing in NYC I’ve heard), and being a librarian at the New York Public Library. Will I get any of these? Probably not. Do I really care? no, but my bank account does.

I really don’t know what spurred this topic for a blog post. It seems a bit ramble-y if you ask me, but I also want to express how spontaneous this all was for me. I’m an 18-year-old girl who goes to the nearest, southern University that provided a safe fall back and a three hour drive from home. I don’t really take a lot of risks, and I guess I’m counting this as one. I’m also preparing whatever audience is out there because chances are I’m not going to find a job in New York and I’m going to have a bit of time to actually write and feel inspired. So readers, if you’re out there, I have no idea what I’m doing with life, but I’m willing to document if you’re willing to read.

See you in the big apple,

RR

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RE: a short note for women

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In the spirit of all things women and encouragement, I find it necessary to discuss something that has been weighing on me. Recently, in my composition class, I have had to write two separate essays based on Sheryl Sandberg’s article, “Lean in: what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” which focuses on the pressure women face in the work place and at home to satisfy society’s standards. In her article, Sandberg discusses the topic of feminism as a battle between the sexes and blames women’s low status in society on our fear of being unsuccessful. This rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I wanted to say that there could be some truth to that, sure. That might actually be the reason we are in the situation we are, but if that is true, why did we have a female presidential nominee? Why were there riots and protests when Hillary lost to Trump? If fear is the reason we are fighting for change wouldn’t that contradict how we are fighting?

I suppose in response to Sandberg, and everyone else that believes society’s oppression on women is a result of our own fear, I wanted to say this: it’s not a matter of being too scared to speak up. It isn’t about losing a reputation or making a fool of ourselves. Women are rallying, marching, protesting, and creating noise because the issue of a world that defines women lesser than men is worth standing up in your chair and screaming at the top of your lungs about. So get loud. We are worth talking about. Women rock, and that is all.

RR

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