Songs Getting Me Through Quarantine

I’ve had a lot of time — as I’m sure most of us have — to just sit around and do nothing. In this new-found free time, I’ve decided to explore some new songs or go back to old tracks I haven’t listened to in a while. The quarantine has got a lot of us down right now, so I decided to compile a short list of some of the songs I have been listening to on repeat to get me through this isolation period. As an extrovert, just staying at home is the worst thing for me, but music always makes things a little better. 

“Like It Is” By Kygo feat. Zara Larsson and Tyga 

This tropical house song was released just a few days ago. I found out about this song because one of my favorite models, Charlotte D’Alessio, was featured in the music video. I love tropical house EDM, so when I heard the song, I knew immediately that I would love it. Zara Larsson is a powerful and underrated vocalist, but this collaboration was a great way to show off her vocals.

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“Lullaby” by R3HAB 

I’ve been listening to a lot of EDM lately, and for some reason, I keep listening to this song. It makes me think of summer and music festivals. While I don’t know how this summer will pan out with festivals, the song puts me in a generally good mood, and it brings me hope that the festivals will open again. The heavy bass and synths are sure to make everyone want to dance.


“Grown Up” by Danny Brown

This soulful rap song got my attention because of how honest and catchy it was. My boyfriend played it recently and I really enjoyed it. The beat gives a somber but bittersweet vibe that makes me think of my own growing up. The lyrics are raw and emotional, and his voice is packed heavily with feelings as well. It’s real and details his rise to fame with such an addictive sound. I absolutely love it.

“Fine Line” by Harry Styles

His second album, “Fine Line,” is so amazing, and I honestly can’t pick which of his two albums I like more. This song is so beautifully sung and written, I don’t even care how sad it is; I absolutely love listening to it. The entire album has been getting me through quarantine, and I’m hoping his Cleveland tour date doesn’t get canceled so I can see him again live this summer.

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“Oprah’s Bank Account” By Lil Yachty feat. Drake and DaBaby

I actually didn’t like this song when I first heard it. I’m not the biggest fan of Lil Yachty’s voice, but in this song, it really grew on me. I just find the song catchy, and it’s an upbeat, feel-good tune. I think the collab with Drake and DaBaby worked out because they all complimented each other really well. For me at least, this song’s upbeat sound puts me in a good mood. 

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“ON” by BTS 

BTS is one of my absolute favorite groups ever, and I was very excited for their comeback this year. I love “ON” because of how powerful it is, and the vocals on the song are incredible. As usual, BTS puts me in a good mood, and because it was a comeback I was extra excited. The entire album has been on repeat because I can’t stop listening to them. I’m sad that their tour was postponed, but I’m looking forward to seeing them again for the fourth time.

“Why” by Taeyeon

This song was from 2016 when tropical house was dominating K-pop. This was one of my favorite songs of that year, and Taeyeon is just such an amazing singer. I’ve always loved her music, and recently, listening to her songs again has made me appreciate this track so much more. The entire vibe is very summery and laid back, and that is honestly the mood I need right now.

There are so many more songs that I’ve been listening to, but these songs are playing nonstop for me right now. I know quarantine isn’t fun and it’s putting everyone in a bad mood, but music helps alleviate these feelings and can provide a better outlook on the future.

The Rise of Racist Attacks

The recent coronavirus pandemic across the globe has affected everyone’s schedules. Everything is under quarantine for the safety of the public and hospitals are working overtime to save people’s lives. This virus has frustrated many people because of the fear and disruption it has caused. However, the coronavirus has caused another issue that I wish more people would look at: the huge rise in violent acts against Asians. I am a Chinese American woman, and what I have seen has absolutely disturbed me beyond belief.

The virus came out of China, and there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that. However, calling it the “Chinese virus” or other names is extremely dangerous and hurtful. It perpetuates the idea that it’s okay to violently attack Asian people, and it puts the blame on a whole race of people. The ignorance of people who don’t see it as a problem astonishes me. It has created a whole culture of hatred and blame. The excuse that other diseases were named after places is invalid; no country wants that and there is no reason to continue. Blaming an entire race for something like this is absolutely xenophobic and racist. It is endangering the lives of Asians all across the country, and the hatred has spiked immensely. 

Asians have reported over 500 racist acts in one week alone. These are not just slurs either; it’s harassment and extreme violence. Incidents such as a Pennsylvania college student sending derogatory and vile direct messages to the University of Wisconsin having hate speech against the Chinese written on their campus are not uncommon. It has come to the point where several news outlets like The New YorkerCNN, and The New York Times have documented the growing cases. Instances of violence include a man attempting to rob an Asian woman in a so-called “coronavirus robbery,” three teens being arrested for assaulting Chinese students, and a Vietnamese woman who was assaulted on a train for “not wearing a mask.” It isn’t just in America either. In Toronto, a teen yelled “Asian people eat bats” at a Korean woman. Two girls were caught yelling racial slurs at an Asian couple in England and the list goes on. These attacks are the result of the blatant racism that has been ongoing since the virus outbreak. I’m even afraid sometimes that I will be racially harassed because of xenophobia. 

There are so many more incidents I could write about, but it would be exhausting. Look out for your Asian friends, family, and peers. Defend them, stand up for them, and don’t accept this sort of vile treatment. Don’t go around trying to justify terms like “Chinese virus” because the consequences of that term have been terrifying. To other Asians who are reading this, stick up for yourself and protect yourself. It’s a scary time to be alive, and open racism is rampant, so please educate yourselves. These actions aren’t funny; they’re terrifying and just openly hateful. How is being a horrible person going to benefit you in any way? Support each other through this time because more than ever everyone needs it.

Four Asian Musicians You Need to Know

I feel like Asian artists don’t get enough credibility in the entertainment industry. People don’t recognize their talents, and it’s disappointing because representation is such a big deal. Growing up, I never saw Asian musicians, and I never expected to. Thankfully, K-pop has become a huge trend and numerous groups have made it big (like my favorite group of all-time, BTS). However, I wanted more people to recognize other artists that don’t get the spotlight. Some of them are K-pop artists, and some of them are Asian musicians breaking down barriers. Here are four Asian artists you need to know right now. 


Korean American artist Audrey Chu, who goes by Audry or Audrey Nuna, is making waves in R&B and hip hop. Her music can range from soulful singing in songs like “Party” or to straight rapping like in the track “Comic Sans.” There’s something so effortlessly cool about Audrey and the laid back personality she has. She’s breaking boundaries not only as a woman but an Asian woman stepping into hip hop, which is practically unheard of. With such a powerful and beautiful voice, there is no doubt in my mind she could become huge.

Rich Brian 

Hailing from Indonesia, Rich Brian became mainstream several years ago on YouTube and is now growing in popularity. At only 20 years old, he has made a name for himself as he continues to grow, especially because he is a part of 88rising, which is a company that focuses on Asian talents. His deep voice accompanies lo-fi tracks that have been streamed by millions. He is unapologetically himself, and he doesn’t try to fake a persona in his music. Brian has collaborated with other popular Asian artists like Joji, making his presence unstoppable.

Lexie Liu

Rapper Lexie Liu raps in mostly Chinese, but regardless of the language difference her talents are clear. Sticking to her guns and creating her own hip hop music, she says in an interview with Dazed that “I have more girl fans than guy fans, which I think is great. A lot of my songs, I write them for girls.” Her representation as a Chinese-American woman in the music industry is huge and speaks to me as a Chinese-American girl as well. Gaining some popularity because she appeared on the show Kpop – Star, she decided to pursue her own solo career. On her mission to break the glass ceiling, Lexie Liu is way too talented to ignore.


Indonesian singer NIKI has surged in popularity due to her amazing voice, lyrics, and production. Booked as a performer for this year’s Coachella, NIKI is using her platform to represent Asians in the music industry. She is a part of 88rising as well, and NIKI is a pop and indie singer who creates music that anybody would love. Reaching out to her fanbase on social media regularly, she understands the importance of her platform. NIKI’s presence in the music industry is more relevant than ever, as she keeps paving the way for more Asian artistry.×408,85/2249864/image.webp

There are so many more artists that I could have listed, but these four have been gaining recognition quite fast. Representation is so important, and the lack of Asian representation in the media is quite disappointing. Luckily, Asian artistry is growing and creating a generation of representation and pride. I have seen it firsthand, and growing up in an age where barriers are being broken every day is absolutely encouraging. There is still much work to do, but I’m hoping there will be more representation of Asians in the media one day. 

Tumblr’s Obsession With the Glamorization of Mental Health

Trigger Warning: This article deals with mental illness and mentions substance abuse. Because this may be a sensitive topic for some, I urge anyone who may be affected by this to not read any further.

Tumblr is one of the most prominent social media apps, and it’s been notorious since its inception in 2007. You can create essentially any sort of blog post you want, and many people make communities within the app. As someone who grew up on Tumblr, one of the biggest issues with the platform was their consistent romanticization of mental illness. It was especially prominent in 2014, but the posts are still frequently found all over. Users on Tumblr would make “aesthetic” posts related to depression or suicide, attempting to make it seem “beautiful.” The consistent glorification became popular on the app and dangerously affected users because of it.

Talking candidly about mental illness shouldn’t be stigmatized; the issue with Tumblr was they turned having a mental illness into something “cool.” The trend started around 2013 to 2014, and it most likely occurred because of the “soft grunge” aesthetic that was found all over Tumblr at the time. Most of the posts were of teenagers engaging in drugs, drinking, and smoking cigarettes. The fashion was a modernized version of the ’90s with a mix of goth styles as well. Other posts would be dark or blurry with muted colors over it. Many song lyrics from artists like The Neighbourhood, Lana Del Rey, and Arctic Monkeys were referenced heavily. The ideas of recklessness and refusal to conform to society were mixed with darkness to create this aesthetic. Mental illness was posted alongside this aesthetic and the two ended up mixing. Shows like “Skins,” which featured many destructive characters — most notably Effy Stonem and Cassie Ainsworth — were constantly praised and idolized on the website. Photos of Effy or Cassie could be found on Tumblr in black and white with a depressing phrase written on them. They weren’t the only ones that were put on a pedestal though. Lana Del Rey was frequently referenced because of her depressive song lyrics and music videos. Kurt Cobain’s suicide has been subject to morbid fascination as well. The idolization of celebrity figures for their mental illness differs from relating to them. If you’re idolizing them because they’re destructive, you are romanticizing it. As someone who has seen so many of these posts, it’s clear the mental health part has become an aesthetic.

Many people used Tumblr as an outlet to find people they could talk and relate to. It turned toxic when depression and anxiety started to be seen as something “cool,” making depression seem as if it was this tragically beautiful thing. Since Tumblr’s demographic gears more toward teenagers to young adults, these posts can leave a lasting impression. Posts that portray depression as beautiful can trigger someone with depression and make them not want to get better. It can also influence people into wanting to have depression or believing they have mental illness. Graphic imagery of self harm can trigger users because the images are created to make it romanticized. Depression and self harm are the most popular posts, but eating disorders and suicide are also very popular as well. Posts under under specific hashtags can lead to photos of girls severely underweight to “influence” users to get their ideal weight. I’ve seen posts related to limiting calories and quotes encouraging starvation. There have been violent images and gifs of nooses and gunshots, which was honestly really shocking to me. Some other common images include razors with flowers to be “beautiful” or handfuls of pills as if overdosing was a lovely tragedy. The imagery can be extremely triggering to many and it’s almost encouraging people to have worse mental health. 

Since Tumblr was such an influential platform when these posts were at their height, young teenagers would assume that being sad was beautiful. The thought of self destruction and mutilation was something they could take a photo of to post online and get reblogged. The posts of eating disorders also were extremely triggering, with the encouragement of starvation on every single post. The influence these posts had were damaging, and as someone who grew up on Tumblr around this time I can see how it would affect people’s views of mental health. Tumblr became notorious for this kind of content, to the point where The Ringer and The Atlantic had both written pieces on the topic. 

Tumblr’s popularity has decreased since Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram boomed in popularity in the last few years. Many of Tumblr’s users were teenagers who grew out of using the app. There are still many active blogs that create romanticized content and you’ll see it from time to time. Luckily, we as a generation have moved past that, allowing for healthy conversations regarding mental health to occur. The glamorization still happens though, especially in recent tv shows like “13 Reasons Why.” There needs to be a better approach in social media to these sorts of topics to avoid glorifying someone’s pain. Mental health needs should be openly spoken about, but not in a way that will make it seem “aesthetic” to have a mental illness. 

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-880-273-8255

Eating Disorder Hotline: 1-880-931-2237

The Eating Disorder Trend on TikTok

Before reading, I want to warn readers that this blog may be triggering to some. This post will be discussing eating disorders, and anyone who has suffered or is currently suffering from one is encouraged not to read any further.

I’m pretty much always on TikTok; it’s such an entertaining app of creative, fun, and sometimes mindless videos. By now, it’s one of the biggest social media platforms in the world, and your video can be seen by millions. Typically the videos are just harmless fun, but I’ve noticed, at least on my algorithm, that some of the videos are centered around eating disorders. There have been about tips on counting calories, curbing hunger, “goal weights,” and so forth. It’s almost like a trend now, and honestly, it’s very disturbing to see. These sorts of videos stay with people, and they’re now popping up everywhere on the app.

When you are putting on videos on “how to diet” and giving incredibly unhealthy tips, you are portraying these as normal eating habits. I’ve seen videos on how people curb their hunger by actually filming what they eat in a day, which doesn’t consist of healthy portion sizes of beneficial food. There are many videos based on calorie counting, which can lead to anorexia. The act of counting calories may seem harmless, but on TikTok, the calories are unhealthily low. I have even seen a video of someone telling viewers that the best way to eat and not gain weight was to chew and spit their food out. There are videos of people suffering from an eating disorder and filming them losing weight or showing their “goal body.” These sorts of videos are incredibly dangerous, and because they are circulating on such a popular app, they can be very triggering to a large audience. It affects people who have body image issues or people recovering from eating disorders. Since these accounts are public, anyone can see them. These videos could show up on anyone’s algorithm and greatly affect the person who’s watching. 

An article by Buzzfeed News details these issues as well, showing that this has been happening to millions of other people too. There’s audio based around eating disorders and videos of people who are way too thin.

People with eating disorders want to be the thinnest by taking in the least amount of calories possible. These sorts of videos encourage them to do whatever it takes to be that “goal weight.” That “goal weight” also is severely thin and not realistic. Repercussions of these kinds of videos can lead to hospitalization.

This isn’t the first time eating disorders were seen all over social media. These trends on TikTok remind me of the trends on Tumblr back in 2014. Eating disorders, drug use, and mental illness were all over the place and provocative images were scattered throughout the website. Quotes about “goal weights” and not eating were popular on Tumblr at the time and it affected countless people. While it eventually died down on Tumblr, TikTok seems to be the new platform for this sort of content. Anyone could stumble upon it, and pre-teens and teenagers are most likely to be affected by these sorts of posts. As someone who has had issues with eating patterns in the past, it’s upsetting and a little triggering to see this type of content. It makes you worry and become obsessive about your own body weight and eating habits. Giving “tips” on how to not eat or how to avoid eating too much can make someone want to follow that example. People can fall back into these habits easily because it triggers them to think about what they eat and how much they eat. The fact that it’s mostly teenagers or young adults using TikTok means that they’re most likely to be impacted.

I’ve seen a lot of comments calling out the videos, especially because many of them just appeared randomly on people’s main pages. There’s so many of these accounts, and some have called themselves dieting accounts. Even if the intentions were for dieting, many of the videos do not include healthy dieting tips, and they border on eating disorder habits. 

I honestly hope that everyone reading this doesn’t know about this trend. It’s unhealthy, and it’s horrible that a fixation on eating habits is becoming prominent on social media yet again. I’ve noticed it grow in the past few months, and hopefully, TikTok will start to take these kinds of videos down. It may not seem like a big issue, but the impact of these videos can be harmful when they encourage their viewers to engage in dangerous eating habits. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please reach out to them or contact the National Eating Disorder Helpline at 880-931-2237.

My Opinion on “P.S I Still Love You”

I was super late to the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” hype, only watching it after my roommates made me sit down and view it. I’m not one for rom-coms, but I absolutely loved it. I loved the Asian representation, and it was a great feel-good movie that actually had depth. I knew there was going to be a sequel because I was aware that it was a book series, so of course, you know I had to watch it. For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, this will contain spoilers! So, if you haven’t watched the movie, read no further!

I’ll start with what I liked. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter; Noah Centino and Lana Condor have a magical way of acting that honestly made me believe that they were in love. The addition of Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose McClaren made it even better because Lana and Jordan have amazing chemistry as well. I don’t normally like love triangles, but this wasn’t a normal love triangle like how “Twilight” did it. Instead, I think they were able to keep it realistic and not over dramatic. The acting in the film was fantastic, and I also love the representation of Asians in film. I like the portrayal of a high school relationship, especially because Lara Jean is new to it, and her struggles of trying to figure out a relationship were entertaining. I thought it was a pretty funny movie as well! 

I think my biggest issue was the big fight between Lara Jean and Peter. To put it bluntly, Peter’s actions were absolute trash. When the group was in the treehouse opening up the time capsule, he didn’t even give an apology for Gen (his ex-girlfriend) being there. Later when Chris showed Lara Jean a photo of Gen and Peter, he barely apologized for his actions. I think every single viewer was shocked when they found out he was waiting at the hot tub for Gen and not Lara Jean. I know it’s part of the books, and they didn’t really want to change the plot lines, but I feel it warped Peter’s character a lot. For better or for worse, his actions protecting Gen and still showing he cared honestly made me lose interest in his character. I just can’t like him anymore. John Ambrose McClaren’s character really stood out; he was very kind, and he just deserved better. The fact that Lara Jean came back to Peter because he showed up after driving in the snow and didn’t even apologize for what he did earlier just seemed like a forced happy ending. I felt that it should’ve ended differently; John and Lara Jean had this amazing chemistry, and he clearly cared a lot about her. I just think they could have cleaned up the ending and at least made Peter redeemable because truthfully he wasn’t being a good boyfriend. He didn’t really have great excuses for what he did, and he seemed to care more about Gen.

Overall, I do believe it was a good movie, I don’t think a sequel was necessary at all, though. Like I said, I know it’s a book series, but in all honesty it kind of ruined the original for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” and I still do. I just believe it ruined Peter’s character development and made Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship less believable.

“P.S. I Still Love You” is available on Netflix now; take a watch and put your own opinion on it! If you’ve seen it already, maybe you’ll agree with my review or maybe not. I hope you all enjoyed my review! 

Music Festivals to Go to This Summer

I am an avid lover of live music, and music festival season is coming up very shortly. Big-name festivals like Rolling Loud, Lollapalooza, and, of course, Coachella are right around the corner, and everyone is already flocking to buy tickets to see their favorite artists perform live. If you’re planning on trying to go to a music festival this year, here are some lesser-known festivals that you might want to check out.

This list is excluding big names like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and so on. I have also added some that are in Ohio, so it’s not too far of a drive! 


The local Cleveland music festival, formerly known as LaureLive, is a local festival for Ohioans and Clevelanders. Located at the Lakeland Community College, this year it’s bringing in big names like Portugal. The Man, Of Monsters and Men, Walk The Moon, and Saint Motel. Going from June 6 to June 7, there will be a variety of alternative, indie, and pop acts performing throughout the two scheduled days. I’ll be there this summer, so if you’re planning on coming, feel free to stop by and say hi to me! 


Chicago is well known for Lollapalooza, but they also bring in another big festival called Pitchfork. Held at Union Park in Chicago, this festival has been going since 2006. The lineup for 2020 has not been announced yet, but the headliners of 2019 included Haim, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, and Clairo. With a variety of music genres, Pitchfork normally brings in alternative, hip-hop, and electronic acts. The dates have yet to be announced as well, but 2019’s dates were from July 19 to July 21. 

Austin City Limits 

Technically, this festival is not actually held during the summer, but it’s held in October. This is a two-weekend event that has since spread to different countries and is produced by the same company that produced Lollapalooza. Held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, this festival expanded to Auckland and Sydney. Though they typically have indie, pop, and alternative acts, 2019’s headliners brought household names such as Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Guns N’ Roses, Tame Impala, and Childish Gambino to name a few. It is happening the weekends of Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 and Oct. 9 through Oct. 11, but the lineup for this year is still under wraps. ACL includes more than just live music, as they offer an art market and activities for families with children. 


Originally a festival for local musicians, Kentucky’s Forecastle music festival has grown to attract crowds in the thousands. It annually occurs at Louisville’s Waterfront Park, and the three-day festival is happening from July 17 to July 19 this year. With a large variety of genres, acts like Playboi Carti, The Killers, and Chvrches all played the festival last year. The lineup for 2020 has yet to be announced but has been teased as coming very soon. Aside from music, Forecastle encourages multiple artists to show off installation work for the festival’s yearly theme. Forecastle is also heavily involved with activism, with the creator of Forecastle starting a foundation to protect the earth. 

Sonic Temple

Another Ohio festival, Sonic Temple, has replaced the long-running Rock on the Range. This rock and metal festival in Columbus at the MAPFRE Stadium has the dates that range from May 14 to May 17. This year’s current lineup brings Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, The Pretty Reckless, and Pennywise all to Columbus. Sonic Temple also will bring artists to showcase their talents. As an avid listener of rock and metal music, it’s on my bucket list to go to Sonic Temple at least once in my life.

Boston Calling 

Only recently was Boston Calling considered a festival, as it started in 2013 but has grown immensely since. Starting on May 22 and ending on May 24, the three-day festival’s lineup for this year has headliners from the ’90s. Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline and perform alongside artists like The Struts, Banks, and The 1975. 

Electric Forest 

In Rothbury, Michigan, the Electric Forest festival takes over for four days with electronic and jam bands performing. From June 25 to June 28, DJs like Major Lazer and Diplo will perform alongside bands like The String Cheese Incident and Disco Biscuits to bring the city of Rothbury to life. 

So many festivals this year have great lineups, and I wish I had the money to go to every single one. Hopefully, you found a new festival to see this summer or you have decided on new plans for a road trip with your friends! I hope you enjoyed this week’s post, and I’ll see you all next week!

Style Spotlight: Skins

If you were on Tumblr at one point between 2012 to 2016, you might have seen quotes or gifs from the infamous show “Skins.” Typically under hashtags like #softgrunge, #edgy, or #dark, the British show followed three generations of teens dealing with a variety of issues, such as addiction, mental illness, broken families, and friendships. Originally airing from 2007 to 2013, the show gained much controversy for the explicit scenes and language. Even after it ended, it left an impact and was referenced on social media for a while. I was around the age of 15 when I heard about the show, and I ended up watching it when I was 17. Personally, I enjoy the show; it’s very outrageous but they do show a lot of what teens deal with. The characters on “Skins” all have strong personalities, and their outfits help define who they are. Although the trends are more representative of the 2010s, their fashion is just as iconic as the show itself.

For reference, I’m only doing my favorite characters on the show, and I haven’t watched the third generation. 

Cassie Ainsworth was one of the most memorable characters over the course of the series. She was the definition of a “manic pixie dream girl,” and her character dealt with a variety of mental illness issues, most prominently being anorexia. Her style was very vintage, with soft feminine touches and intricate details. Long flowy dresses and skirts were a staple for her and sometimes she’d pair it with a heavy blazer. Her closet is filled with pinks, beiges, golds, and grays that she’ll typically mix up with flowery patterns. She can be seen sporting a gold wristwatch around her ankle to add to the uniqueness of her character’s style. Her clothes reflect her sweet personality.

Chris Miles is notorious for being the hard partier in the group and getting around. He typically wore loud patterns and scarfs with muscle tanks. Chris would sometimes be seen wearing baggy pants and a beanie on his head. His fashion was the epitome of the 2000s and 2010s. It was colorful and wild compared to the other male characters from the first generation. He remains a fan-favorite character to this day. 

Effy Stonem is possibly the most famous character from this show. To this day, she has defined an entire generation, and her quotes are typically found on Tumblr. She was the mysterious “cool girl” in the second generation and was never seen without black smudged eye makeup. She often wore long draped necklaces, and black was a staple color. She could also be seen in fishnets, shorts, loose tank tops, and combat boots. Her clothes were recreated often on Tumblr, and she definitely influenced my own style in high school. 

Emily Fitch was the kind-hearted, twin sister of Katie Fitch. She was defined by her character growth and coming out due to her relationship with Naomi. She was often in sweaters and skirts, with small bursts of color. She’d often wear neat blouses or tights underneath and a pair of flats to finish off her outfit.

Freddie McClair was the sweet and laid-back skater boy that captured the attention of Effy Stonem. He would often wear plain tank tops or shirts, with baggy jeans and sneakers. He would also sometimes wear a cardigan or jacket. His relaxed attitude was reflected in his clothes, which were casual and pretty simple. 

“Skins” remains an iconic show even after it ended. The drama, the storylines, and the memorable characters have stuck in the minds of viewers. I always loved the show and the fashion left an influence on me. If you’ve never seen “Skins,” I highly recommend that you watch it! The series can be found on Netflix. I hope you enjoyed this article and maybe found a new show to binge!

A Brand New Year

This is my first blog post of the new year! I’m super excited to be back writing for you all! I can happily say that 2019 was the best year of my life. It was exciting and full of incredible memories that I’ll never forget. I visited the West Coast, went to Chicago, graduated, met the love of my life, and started my first year of college. With so many beautiful memories, I was almost scared to go into 2020. It’s not only a new year but a new decade as well. However, a new year brings in new opportunities and a fresh slate to create more memories.

I want to work on being a better version of myself, not only mentally but physically as well. Last year, I really got into going to the gym and working out. I’ve decided I want to do more and get better about going on a more frequent basis. I also want to start eating better, which I know is everyone’s resolution, but I want to start taking better care of my body. Physical health is really important, and I want to keep myself in good condition.

Mental health is also vital and last year was a turning point with mine. I started to talk about it to people who I’m close with and created a good support system. I want to work on myself this year and that’s what I’m hoping to do.

Appreciating the little things and the moments you have is something many people, like myself, take for granted. I think about the future or what I could do later. I want to appreciate the beauty and the memories that I won’t get back. I need to be in the moment and just live more.

Taking risks is a big part of life, and there will be several upcoming opportunities that I don’t want to pass up. I want to take these chances to further myself. I don’t want to wait around and miss what could’ve been. If I take these chances I could have these incredible chances of a lifetime.

Generally, I am an optimist, and this year I want to always believe in the good of the world. I want to keep a bright outlook on life because looking down will never get you anywhere. Believing in humanity and love keeps you hoping for the best. I believe that it will be a year of happiness.

I’ll see you all next week with a brand new post. I hope everyone’s 2020 is off to an amazing start!

Spotify Wrapped 2019

As the year comes to an end, everyone who uses Spotify is looking forward to one thing: their Spotify Wrapped. This is a great look back to all songs that we’ve blasted in the car or cried to in our rooms, and Spotify remembers all of it. Spotify gave everyone what they’ve been waiting for, and I decided to take you all along on my 2019 music journey.

Shockingly, my number one artist this year was the alternative pop band Chase Atlantic. For the past two years, I’ve been getting KPOP group BTS as my artist of the year. Chase Atlantic’s music tends to be more atmospheric and moody, so either I was really going through my feels or it was something else. I apparently spent a total of 47 hours listening to Chase Atlantic, so that was a bit surprising, to say the least. However, my artists of the decade ended up being BTS, and if you know me that’s nothing new.

My top artists were Chase Atlantic, BTS, Lil Peep, Lana Del Rey, and Halsey, so I feel that sums up quite a bit. I wasn’t super surprised by this either since I typically listen to them every year. The most surprising musician that didn’t make my list was probably alternative band Catfish and the Bottlemen. I played them a lot this summer so I really expected them to be on my list.

My top song of 2019 was National Anthem by Lana Del Rey, and I listen to that song religiously. I have been listening to that song on repeat every single year since 2015, and I’m not exaggerating. My top song of 2018 was Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris so going from an EDM-heavy song to a dark pop was an interesting twist.

Truthfully, many of the songs I listened to the most this year, were on my top songs of 2018 and 2017. I feel that I expand my music taste a lot, but there are just some songs that I will never get sick of. I know I’ll be playing this playlist on repeat to reminisce on my entire year music-wise.

If you have Spotify, I hope your Spotify Wrapped was a fun treat to look back on! Play your favorite songs of the year while you study for your finals! I hope you enjoyed this post and good luck to everyone on your finals next week!