Monthly Archives: April 2021

Finding Myself.

Content Creation #3 – Brand Story

I did my best to tell the story of how this brand came to be by this playlist. I hope it makes sense.

xx Savannah

Images from: https://www.homebodyclub.com/

How To: Fall in Love With a Book

These are usually the steps I take when I fall in love with a new book/series! Though this doesn’t happen with every book if you keep trying, I am sure you will find one you love. If you are in need of book recommendations, my blog is the place to start! I have a category of book recommendation posts here.

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SATURATION (2017) Review

SATURATION also referred to as SATURATION I is BROCKHAMPTON’s debut album, released in 2017. The album marks the first of a trilogy, SATURATION II and SATURATION III were dropped that same year. Upon release, it was gaining traction in the underground hip-hop scene and received high acclaim off the bat. Although it may be hard to keep track of all the different voices throughout the album, each member of the boy band shares their musical and lyrical styles and personalities, which make up the album’s versatile talent and creativity. It is clear that the members play well off of each other and share a lot of chemistry.

The first three tracks of the album, “HEAT,” “GOLD,” and “STAR” are by far the project’s highlights. “HEAT” features insane, aggressive lyrics alongside a heavy drum beat with a heavily distorted bassline. The chorus features an explosion of noise, with ear-piercing sounds and shrill melodies. “GOLD” is more dialed back in comparison, a smoother, lighter track with a lot of personality. This song features almost all of the band’s members, giving each of them a moment in the spotlight. This song emphasizes their confidence, where each rapper lends their strongest flow. This track is next level, with its futuristic beat and the best hook on the whole project. “STAR” contains countless pop culture references, ranging from music to films. The song emphasizes the boys’ desire to be famous, to be the stars. This beat also hits extremely hard, with flawless flow from every member and insane production.

The tracks mentioned above are already some of my favorites, but “FAKE” and “WASTE” are two others that drive the project home, in my opinion. “FAKE” is a more laid-back track compared to the rest. The song highlights how the music industry does not always allow artists to say what they like, which leads many of them to create fake personas that they have to keep up with. Their voices are also heavily distorted to reinforce this notion of ‘fakeness.’ The album’s final track, “WASTE,” is a deeply melodic, passionate guitar ballad with the spotlight on bearface. It focuses on the fear of being forgotten, creating amazing memories with another person that they ultimately forget. 

I first heard SATURATION days after its release, as my brother recommended it to me with high praise. It was like nothing I had ever heard before, colorful and bouncy, catchy with insane production. It is consistent in terms of quality, though lacking an overarching narrative or concept. Its versatility, switching between introspective moments like “WASTE” to hard-hitting bangers like “HEAT” was another compelling aspect. Each member plays off the others exceptionally well, and I soon became obsessed with the band. I have seen BROCKHAMPTON three times, their “Love Your Parents” tour, “I’ll Be There” tour, and “Heaven Belongs to You” tour. Over the past few years, I have noticed progressive growth in their sound and chemistry, and they will forever be one of my favorite bands. This is another album that I cannot say enough good things about and gets better with every listen.

This track, “LAMB” is another one of my favorites, however it never made it on to the final cut of the record.

Favorite tracks: “GOLD,” “STAR,” and “WASTE”

Least favorite track (excluding interludes): “CASH”

Overall rating: 5/5

 

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Book Recs by Season

Hi! In today’s post I am going to be letting you know some books that are perfect to read in the colder months, and some that suit the vibe of the warm months. You can view my TikTok on this below as well!

Spring & Summer!

Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

“It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?”

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

“When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.”

I Was Born for This – Alice Oseman

“For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.”

Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.

When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned–from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.”

Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

“Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.”

Fall & Winter!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E Schwab

“France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.”

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

“Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.”

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

“About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

“Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.”

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.”

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

“It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

“Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

“The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.”

The Experience Of Creating An Online Publication

Week 12: Process Post / Essay #2

Featured Image Credit: Nick Morrison on Unsplash

Introduction

Throughout the course I have learned a lot about publication, and how to present myself online. In this essay I will be reflecting on course content, what I have learned, and my thoughts and experiences with online publication. The essay will be split into three parts; in the first part I will discuss my thoughts around online publication, then I will discuss what my goals are for my online self, and my overall experience with being an online publisher and how I will continue to expand my website. Secondly, I will discuss who my website is for, who my public is, and I will address the editorial and design decisions I made regarding my audience. Lastly, I will look at what I have learned from my audience, the course, google analytics, and WordPress.

Experience & Goals

            When I started this course, I had a basic understanding on what online publication is, and how to run a website. However, throughout the course I have learned the importance of audiences and how to cater content to them through your design and editorial choices. Throughout the course I have learned that every detail matters in regard to design and editorial choices as this helps attract audiences, and how it is necessary to become familiar with a software program like WordPress.

            The overall experience of being an online publisher has been stressful and exciting. Although my content has primarily only been seen by my classmates and instructors, it was still stressful to produce content that would be available for public consumption. I say this because, there is more pressure to ensure that the information is correct, appropriate, and falls with the values of your website. It is difficult to please everyone online and even if you do everything right, people can still be cruel online. This relates back to John Suler’s reading, The Online Disinhibition Effect, which discusses concepts like “dissociative anonymity (Suler, 2004, p.322)” and “invisibility (Suler, 2004, p.322).” It discusses how since people can’t always be seen online, they have more courage to say and do what they want, because they are unknown to the online world and don’t have to deal with the consequences of what they say (Suler, 2004, p.322). This relates back to what I am saying, because that pressure and stress I refer to is triggered by this anxiety that users online may say negative things towards my content, and I do not even know who they are.

            However, it was also very exciting to build an online presence where I can discuss my passion which is music. In many process posts I discussed that I would want my website to be a portfolio for jobs in the music industry; as the website would show my knowledge and interest in music, and possibly throughout time if I were able to gain an audience, that would indicate that I have interesting content. I enjoyed the experience of combining my passion of music and writing with an academic class. In Campbell’s reading titled, A Personal Cyberinfrastructure it was discussed how higher education often fails to utilize these online tools like creating websites and allowing students to explore their imaginations while doing academic work (Campbell, 2009, para.5). However, in this course I enjoyed combining technology and my imagination with academic work.

            I will continue to expand my website as I have many goals and plans. Firstly I would like to change the theme and overall design; my process posts from week 6 to 11, discuss the changes I want to make. I will use social media to help expand my website, starting off with an Instagram account that will deal with shorter posts to engage interest, and prompt users to go read the full posts on the website. I have already started Blue Bedroom Playlists, which is playlists I have created through Spotify, and I would like to continue to expand this with the website and other social media platforms.

My Public & Editorial and Design Decisions

            I have imagined a public that is users who are between the ages of 15-30 (Music Gateway Team, 2016, para.1), who would be visiting and engaging with my website. Since my website focuses on many topics like album reviews, new artists and deals with all genres, it was difficult to narrow down an audience. However, through my knowledge and understanding of who uses social media platforms and views music blogs, I had assumed that this age group would most likely be my public or audience.

            This audience informed my editorial decisions because I find that younger audiences want fast and engaging information through things like Instagram stories and GIFS. So, for my website I started to incorporate videos and Spotify playlists into the blog posts, to make them shorter and more interesting. My audience informed my design decisions because I find that younger audiences enjoy a familiar design, so I am trying to do that with a blue color scheme which I have continued to progress throughout the semester.

What I Have Learned

            Throughout the essay I had discussed different things I have learned throughout the course. However, I had also gained knowledge on, linking out, google analytics, and WordPress which I will now discuss. I learned that linking out in posts is very important, as it helps you connect with other platforms and helps to bring viewers to your website. Through google analytics I learned that I can monitor how many people come to my website, and what pages are viewed and more; this helps me understand what I need to improve on my website or what is working. Lastly from WordPress I learned that it is crucial to understand the software and to explore outside of it as well, as coding is essential in building a website.

Conclusion

            Throughout the course I have learned a lot and have advanced my skills in online publication and building a website. This essay explored course content, my experiences, what I have learned and more. As time progresses, I will continue to expand my website and use information that I learned from this course to help further my website.

Bibliography

Gardner Campbell, W. (2009). “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” EDUCAUSE Review 44 (5). http://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure

Music Gateway Team. (2016). How is Music Marketed to Different Age Groups? Retrieved from Music Gateway: https://www.musicgateway.com/blog/how-to/how-is-music-marketed-to-different-age-groups

Suler, J. (2004). “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: Cyberpsychology & behavior 7.3 (2004): 321-326. http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

Daily Gym Fit Checks? I Think So.

One of my favourite things about working out is the cute workout clothes I get to buy. Have I gone broke because I spent my last $100 on a new pair of leggings? Maybe. But I’d do it again. Here is my list of my favourite workout clothes, I’m going to separate them by brand so you can get all my favourites in one place.

First we have my tried and true, Gymshark. They have never let me down and I love everything they make. Also, their stuff ships in 1 day and I usually will have my order within the week.

My all time favourite legging. The Vital Seamless collection. I love the original collection but they have released a Vital Rise and Vital 2.0 if thats what you prefer. My favourites are linked here though. Honourable mentions include Camo Seamless and Energy Seamless.

The best shorts, Hyper Amplify Shorts. The perfect length and they don’t cut into your thighs. Would recommend and you can find these grey ones here. Honourable mentions include Vital Seamless Shorts and the Legacy Shorts.

Now onto sports bras. My favourite from Gymshark is the V Neck Training bra. Would definitely recommend for smaller chested ladies though as it is a low support bra. I’d recommend the Adapt Animal Seamless for more support. I also love Gymshark’s long sleeve crop tops as they go with literally any gym outfit if you stick with black and grey.

Next, is Lululemon. Everyone raves about the Align Pant and honestly, I get it. I wouldn’t recommend these for lifting necessarily, but they are so great for yoga. And honestly just day to day life, I could live in these leggings.

Another classic, the Hotty Hot Short. Great for cardio (not that I do it) and also just great for lounging. I usually opt to wear these on upper body days.

This sports bra is classic and they make it in varying sizes based on cup size so everyone can rock it. The Free To Be Bra. Honourable mention: The Energy Bra.

Lastly, we have Set Active. They make the cutest colour-ways and everything is limited edition. I have the legging and bra set in “Electric” and although they don’t make these anymore, they always have so many new cute colours.

Shoes are always either Converse or Vans on days we lift, as flat shoes are ideal for range of motion, balance, and allowing you to push through the movements. Upper body and cardio days I stick with Nike Air Max 270’s.

Hope this helped you find some more cute finds for your next workout,

xx Savannah

What A Healthy Relationship Looks Like

Love is kinda gross. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got it figured out. I’ve been through my fair share of horrible relationships. I’ve come out of them with a lot of hurt, and a lot of problems. Trust issues, commitment issues, relationship anxiety, and just overall fear. But I also learned a lot. A lot about relationships, red flags and dealbreakers. The time I spent in a relationship I learned how to love someone else. Out of them, I learned how to love myself. However, I’ve recently come into a relationship that feels like a dream. I’ve learned to take nothing for granted and that everything happens for a reason. But who knows what will happen, I just thought I’d share what it’s been like for me. I mean, this blog is basically my online diary, right?

I just wanted to share the things that I’ve noticed in my relationship that has made everything so much easier.

  1. I know everyone says this, but COMMUNICATION IS KEY. I myself was not the best communicator in past relationships, whether that be due to the fact that my parter couldn’t communicate either, or just my own lack of communication. But it truly makes all the difference. Being able to say what you’re feeling without feeling judged or like “you’re bothering them”. If you feel like that then chances are they aren’t the one for you. Having a partner that listens to you is truly the best feeling in the world, and make sure you listen to them too.
  2. Don’t bottle things up. Be open with your partner and talk about everything that you are feeling. Which leads me to my next point…
  3. BE HONEST. Keeping secrets has never gotten anyone anywhere good. Always be truthful and authentic.
  4. Make time for them. Quality time is my love language and having a parter who shares the same is great. But more importantly, find their love language too. Just because yours might be quality time, doesn’t mean your partners is too. You could be loving them so much with your own love language, but they don’t need to spend a lot of time you. Instead they might value words of affirmation, so you simply could be loving them wrong. Be mindful of their love language too.
  5. Hold on to your friendships, and find someone who respects them. I love my friends and I value their friendships so much. That means girls nights twice a week, sometimes more and it’s so nice having someone who doesn’t make me feel like I need to chose them over my friends.
  6. Find someone who supports you no matter what. Someone who wants you to reach your goals and focus on your future. Someone who is just there to support you through any decision you might chose to make.
  7. Someone who makes you laugh. This one is pretty self explanatory.
  8. My mom once told me when I was going through a tough breakup that I needed to “find someone who makes your heart sing” and thats something I’ve kept with me since. So keep an eye out for the someone who makes your heart sing friends.

Ok I’m done being sappy. I’m really happy and being in a healthy relationship is kinda nice. That’s all.

xx Savannah

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5 Bags You Need In Your Closet

When it comes to purchasing accessories to go with an outfit, the handbag is always the most expensive purchase. A good quality handbag is more than just a functional accessory; it adds mobility, creativeness, artistry, and an edge to any outfit. It is a wardrobe essential. Yes, it is nice to have purses that you don’t have to worry about from fast fashion stores. But it’s also nice to invest in a bag that will last a lifetime and that you will cherish and pass down to your future children. Here is a list of my favourite handbags that will not only keep you in style in 2021 but will also not give you buyer’s remorse because they will go out of style in the years to come. Because a well-chosen bag can last a lifetime.

For each bag style, I’ll include a high-end version as well as a more affordable version. Low prices do not always imply low value; the less expensive options are still of high quality and will last.


1.Shoulder Bag

The ideal everyday bag for work and leisure. This is the bag you’ll most likely spend the majority of your time with, so we recommend putting a little more thought and money into it. Neutral colours such as black, grey, and tan are always safe bets.

2. Quilted Bag

Looking back at styles that still resonate with you today can help you distinguish between an investment and a wear for a few months then toss. A quilted bag has and will always be a must-have because it has remained popular among several generations. Every fashionista dreams about owning a channel. A tip I have is to look into purchasing a used Chanel to save money. Several sites such as The Real Real and Mine and Yours offer great quality gently used designer handbags for all price points.

3. The evening Bag

For date nights or evenings out with girls having a funky and stand-out purse is always a fun way to spice up a little black dress. These groovy styles are not limited to special occasions because you can always add more spice to an outfit.

Left: Purple Sequin Fendi Baguette Right: Naomi Watanabe x Kate Spade New York Small Camera Bag


4. The crossbody

The first bag in my collection was a crossbody purse. A crossbody bag, in my opinion, should be everyone’s first purse. It’s a wardrobe essential that’s the perfect size for carrying the essentials while remaining compact enough not to overpower your entire body.

Left: Gucci Soho Disco Bag Right: Marc Jacobs Softshot 17′ Bag


5.The Carry-all Tote Bag

A must-have for anyone who never leaves the house without their essentials. These are the bags you’ll always be glad you bought, whether it’s your monthly fashion magazine you can’t put down, extra face masks, or your touch up makeup bag, you will always have enough space. Because of their size, they can sometimes overpower your frame, so choose a canvas tote or a pop of colour.

Left: Chloe Woody logo-print canvas and leather tote bag Right: Marc Jacobs Tote Bag

XO,

Javiera Guevara

*CUE MICHAEL SCOTT* Okay It’s Happening, Everyone Stay Calm

Ok so it’s nothing crazy, I just thought I should explain myself. I’ve grown a lot in the last year. I started this blog almost a year ago and it has come a very long way. I’ve realized that my interests have shifted and the things I am passionate about have changed slightly. Now my blog remains mostly the same, however there are certain topics that I talk about much more frequently than I used to.

In the last few months, fitness has come to the forefront of my passions. I spend the majority of my free time in the gym, and I love talking about it with my friends and family. I have chosen to split my focus from “Health & Wellness” to Wellness, where I will focus more on mental health, healthy eating, mindfulness, emotional intuition, and other tools like those. And Fitness, where I will talk all about the in’s and out’s of the fitness world that I’ve come across, any tips and tricks I might have learned, and just knowledge that I have gained and hope to share. Next off, being in the middle of a Panasonic, a Panago Pizza, a Pandemonium, a Pandemic, if you will, the topic of travel is kind of off the table. I am also a starving student, so I don’t think that travel is something that’s in the cards for me any time soon. Thus, travel was removed from my site. I still have the blog posts up on my site, but it’s not something I want to highlight. I’ve also dipped my toes into the world of fashion (uninvited might I add). But still, these are the things that I am passionate about, and I want this blog to be a genuine reflection of me. Who I am and what I love.

My goal with this blog is to inspire others the way I have been inspired, through authenticity and learning to appreciate the little things in life.

And the beautiful thing about life is that the things that inspire you might and probably will change and growing with them is so important.

I hope you stick around through these changes, and that I can continue to inspire you.

xx Savannah

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I’m Back In Business, Baby

As you may or may not recall, back in December I made the fateful decision to dye my hair brown. It turned out more ginger than I was anticipating and it cost me an arm and a leg. So now I’m broke and stuck with a hair colour that I hate. Not to mention my friends and family have been calling me Annie for the last 5 months. Recently, I had managed to save enough to return my hair to her original glory. Cue “Born to Be Blonde” by Jesse.

I was born a blonde and it remained that way until I hit puberty. Since I was about 15 I’ve been getting highlights to try to keep some sense of who I think I am. I MEAN LOOK AT THOSE BLONDE LOCKS. She was a real cutie.

Anyways, here is a snippet from a TikTok where I filmed the transformation. Moral of the story, blonde Savannah is back and honestly, she never should have left.

xx Savannah

Cover: screengrab from my pinterest photos are tagged

Fashion Trends That I Simply Cannot Get Behind.

Ok. Now I’m no fashion blogger, but I like to think that I have some idea how to dress. And recently I’ve been seeing a ton of different styles trending and I simply cannot get behind them. Now it might be because I am built like a linebacker and cannot pull them off myself, but nonetheless I don’t like them.

First, the sweater vest. Can we please leave these in the 70’s? I don’t know what it is but I just don’t vibe with them. They remind me of my grandpa and I don’t think that is very chic, tbh.

These are the bane of my existence. I hate jewelry to begin with, so I already am not a fan, and I think that these just look tacky and childish. Sorry not sorry.

Ok now this one is definitely just because I’m built like a linebacker. I do not have the tummy for these and honestly, I feel offended. These need to stay in the 90’s where Xtina and Jennifer Aniston left them.

Lastly, we have these atrocities. This new release from Gucci is all the rage at the moment. They are A) out of my price range, and B) ugly. Tell me these don’t remind you of the princess heels you had then you were a kid? You can’t.

Sorry this post was so negative, but it needed to be said.

xx Savannah

What’s In My Gym Bag, You Might Ask?

Or you might not, but here I am regardless.

I honestly never thought I would become a gym rat. You know, those fitness girls who look like they take themselves way too seriously? Well lo and behold, I have become just that. Okay, maybe I don’t think that I take myself too seriously, but you never know what others might be thinking. Going to the gym can be a really daunting thing, but I can honestly promise you that no one looking at you as much as you think they are. People are focusing on themselves and not worried about if you’re loading the squat rack right, or if your form is off. Education is key and the more you go the more comfortable you will feel! Once you get the swing of things though, it’s good to keep some tools with you while you work for new PR’s. Anyways, here’s what I keep in my gym bag to ensure I have all the tools I need to have a great workout.

First, I have my gym bag itself. I recently got this one from Lululemon and let me tell you, it was worth every penny. Perfect size to fit everything one might need.

The thing I couldn’t live without, pre workout. This was the game changer for me when it came to working out. The extra caffeine really allows me to push myself and work harder than I thought I could. I use the Beyond Raw Lit in the flavour Icy Firework. I’ve also tried the Gummy Worm flavour and it is great too. You can grab this pre workout from GNC.

Next, I have equipment. I got all of mine from Amazon, and I use the brand Peach Bands. I use their resistance bands for glutes, hamstrings, and quad activation before my workouts. I also use their barbell pad for hip thrusts (the BEST workout to grow your glutes) and the pad has saved me from lots of bruises on my hips. And lastly, I also use their ankle straps for the cable machine. Some gyms are restricting their support equipment to help with COVID, so having your own with you can be really helpful. All of these can be found here!

A workout without music does not sound like something I would enjoy, so you can never head to the gym without a pair of headphones. I always keep my AirPods or my Beats charged and ready to go in my bag. And last but certainly not least in this climate, masks. I keep about 10 in the side pocket of my gym bag just incase. I hope this was a little helpful if you are new to the fitness industry, or even just curious about what I like to bring with me to the gym.

Anyways, happy lifting!

xx Savannah

Cover photo from: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/48624870967253717/

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These guidelines were inspired by the ones set out in theguardian.com. I attempted to modify them towards a fashion context, with the understanding that less serious conversations will be taking place on my website compared to The Guardian. Overall I believe that these will be useful to keep the conversations on my website focused and civilized. For now, it is reasonable to assume that I could implement these guidelines myself, considering the lack of engagement on my website at the moment. However, if it were to get more engagement I could set up a content filter. A content filter would disqualify any comments using words I deem unacceptable.

XO,

Javiera Guevara

How to Style: Cowboy Boots

If you know anything about me, you must be aware that my current obsession is cowboy boots. My obsession began when I saw this photo on Julianna Citali’s Instagram. As soon as I saw the photograph, I knew I wanted my own pair of boots. To my surprise, manifestation is a real thing, or at least it seemed when I found some cowboy boots at my local value village for twenty dollars. I remember spending hours scrolling through Pinterest, desperately trying to find ways to style these black leather boots that didn’t pair them with denim shorts and a riding belt. Even though I do not wear them as much as I would like due to several reasons including having nowhere to go because of COVID and terrible weather that favours rain over the sun. I have compiled a list of my favourite ways to style cowboy boots


1. Wear them with a dress

In the summer, my favourite way to style cowboy boots is with a dress. The rugged texture of the leather boots juxtaposed with the feminine nature of a linen dress creates the perfect balance.

Image from @juliannacitali

2.Style them overtop or under jeans

When I first started my adventure of trying to figure out how to style cowboy boots I was hesitant to wear them with jeans as I did not want to look like I just came back from horseback riding. For my 22nd birthday this year, I decided to take a leap of faith and tried styling them over top of my vintage Levi’s. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! I can now confidently say that pairing cowboy boots with denim is not a fashion faux pas and with the right amount of confidence can be a killer outfit.


3.Make it hard core by adding leather

To add a rock and roll feel, pair your cowboy boots with a leather jacket. Leather Jackets are a wardrobe staple. You can find many versions of this versatile piece. My favourite stores to purchase leather jackets include Zara, Free People, and vintage stores such as Shop Glory Days. Combining a leather jacket with cowboy boots brings back memories of watching Lana Del Rey’s Ride music video.

Image from Pinterest.com

4.Don’t be boring

Shoes add flair to any outfit, so if you’re brave enough to wear them, don’t limit yourself to the standard black leather pair. Be bold and stand out. Cowboy boots are an excellent way to experiment with various colours and materials. Here are some photos of cowboy boots that stray away from the basic and will elevate your look to the next level

XO,

Javiera Guevara

6 Feet Beneath The Moon (2013) Review

Archy Marshall, professionally known as King Krule, released 6 Feet Beneath The Moon in 2013, at only 19 years old. This album combines aspects of jazz, indie, hip-hop, and most prevalently, rock. Each song is a lyrical portrayal of Archy himself, depressed and uncertain as he drifts through his teenage years into adulthood. As solemn as the lyrics are, they are delivered urgently in his easily recognizable, aggressive, gravelly voice. There are countless moments where it is clear that Archy is still growing up, his perspective on life is still fresh and edgy. Which pairs beautifully with the consistent frenzied strumming of his electric guitar. King Krule explains that the title of this album is inspired by his fascination with the moon. To him, it represents comfort and his aspirations, something he is always looking up to.

Highlights include the album’s sixth track, “Baby Blue” where Archy explains that he is fed up with his relationship with ‘Blue.’ Though, he indicates that they are not in a formal relationship. This track highlights a more delicate tone of voice, exploring another aspect of his growing talent. This song could be classified as a ballad of sorts, where he croons over slick guitar chords with a swooning vocal melody. It is romantic in an unexpected way. “Out Getting Ribs” gets its name from a Jean-Michel Basquiat piece from 1982. Written at age 16, Archy employs deep imagery and complex lyrics to outline his unrequited love and bittersweet relationship with ‘Blue.’ The track’s bleak lyrics over simple guitar chords give a sense of comfort and intimacy with an emotional twist. Another highlight is “Easy Easy,” a song about remaining optimistic despite feeling like the world is working against you. The song, again, mainly composed of Archy’s electric guitar and powerful voice, provides a strong start to the album and introduces some of its most crucial themes.

My personal favorites include “A Lizard State,” which picks up tempo in a more jazz-influenced rock beat, with a frenzied horn portion throughout the chorus. Archy gains confidence and pleads with a lover to do what he tells her. He has dealt with a great amount of unrequited love. However, on this track, he lets these feelings go and the lyrics expose that he is falling out of love with this person, and begins to resent them. This song’s more upbeat tempo, with Archy’s manic voice over the chaotic horn section, caught my attention the first time I listened to it. Finally, “Cementality” is about his thoughts of committing suicide, in his own words, “becoming one with the cement.” This track is likely the album’s most depressing, as Archy depicts how awful he feels, guiltless, loveless, and worthless. Archy’s smooth voice over the song’s deep bass and reverberating electric guitar is enough to send shivers down your spine.

Although there is not much to be said about the album’s consistency, leaps between light-hearted tracks like “Border Line,” and hip-hop-influenced ones like “Has This Hit” show the ever-growing facets of King Krule’s talent. The different sounds grasp your attention and hold it through the album’s 52-minute run time. Archy guides the listener through the wisdom he has earned through his tumultuous relationships and fluctuating mental health. Though fairly depressing, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon demonstrates his stellar wordplay, unique sound, and I truly cannot say enough good things about it.

 

Favorite tracks: “A Lizard State”

Least favorite track: “Has This Hit?”

Overall rating: 5/5

 

This is “Little Wild,” which is the bonus track on the Japanese CD of this album.

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Transmedia Integration on My Blog

Transmedia integration or transmedia storytelling is when “elements of a fiction get dispersed across multiple media for the purpose of creating a coordinated entertainment experience.” The example given in the reading is the Pokémon franchise, which is composed of trading cards, a manga series, movies, and more. Each of these different facets must be accessible on its own, and add unique details to the overarching narrative. Each aspect is vital in its own terms, but can also be understood and enjoyed separately.

In terms of my blog, I already try to incorporate links to my Spotify and SoundCloud to enrich the experience, as there is not an overall narrative to what I am writing on here. These channels make the most sense on my blog because music is the most important aspect of it. In the future, I could incorporate more links to my social media to make the experience more personal. This would add a more individualized feel to my blog.

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Peer Review #3 – Procrastireader

Hello folks, today I will be reviewing the third and final blog of this semester: Procrastireader! 🙂

I’m actually very pleased to be reviewing Victoria’s blog, because unbeknownst to her, she was actually a source of inspiration in the early workings of my blog! Her customized header that fills up the page on her home screen inspired me to make my own – it’s fun, eye-catching, and really gives her audience a sense of who she is by just using pictures! Victoria’s informative sidebar also is currently inspiring me to do something similar, in order to really introduce herself, give her pronouns, and inform people on her brand and why people should read her blog:

cute cute cute!!

Hello everyone and welcome to Procrastireader! My name is Victoria (she/her) and as the name suggests I like reading to avoid doing the unpleasant things I should really be doing in life. If you are also a procrastireader, this blog is the place for you. 

Victoria’s sidebar

In terms on monetization and a business plan, Victoria took it upon herself to make Press Release, announcing that she has made an email account for people to contact her at! This is perfect for sponsors or other brands looking to collaborate with her, and she makes it easy to find by also adding a CONTACT page at the very top menu!

With the brand that Victoria has gone with, there are many possibilities to collaborate and extend her audience. She has created the opportunity to expand her reach by encouraging book publishers to reach out to her if they would like a review of any of their books done by her. Great strategy, Victoria!

Victoria also started a Tik Tok which is a great way to take her brand to another platform and cross post! It’s also a great opportunity to build a community with other BookTokers (is that a thing?? thats a thing right?) – and it also spices up her content by giving her a platform to create videos! Victoria is VERY active on Tik tok and has quality videos. It gives audiences a chance to get to know her better which make her posts even more personalized and her voice recognizable! Find her Tik Tok HERE! 🙂

One of my favourite posts of Victoria’s is her Quarantine Book Recommendations (By Mood). As someone who plays TOO MUCH Animal Crossing, I will absolutely be checking out her recommendation for the book “Summer of Salt” which is for people like me!!!!

I thoroughly enjoy the consistency of her blog posts – she seems to really have a passion for reading and all things books and that really comes through in her blog. I too – have a passion for procrastinating, and her blog is making me want to pick up a book once in a while in order to escape our current hell-scape of a world and enter a nicer, fictional one! I will absolutely be referring to her blog the next time i’m looking for a book to read!! 🙂