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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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

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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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