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EPIC 2017 Media Roundup (New Year, New View Part 1)

There are three-ish days left in 2017! How are you spending them? Are you ferociously planning your goals for the upcoming year? Are you hiding in a blanket fort, binging Netflix, and burying your head in the sand? Regardless of how you cope with the looming new year, I’ve put together a MASSIVE aggregate of the best content that I’ve consumed in 2017 for you. This is part one of a three-day series leading up to NYE: “New Year, New View”, all focused on changing your mindset for the next 365 days and climbing that self-improvement ladder. So excited! Travel: Paris in Rogue: A beautiful photo compilation about time spent in Paris. Cheap (But Fantastic) Places to Live in 2018 Haircuts, Ice Cream, and Cigarettes: HUGE photo journal documenting several months spent in Cuba. In Cuba: More of Emma’s actual journal and reflections during her Cuba trip. 38 Vacations to Take with Your BFFs: A dreamy escape from reality (whether or not you actually go on one of these trips). Paris Diary   Self-Improvement:  How to Live …

Five Kick-Ass Female YouTubers

Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself watching a lot of YouTube videos rather than vegging out with Netflix or Hulu. Here are five of my favorite content creators (who happen to be incredible women, as well!): Jen Im (clothesencounters) Jen is a sparkling ray of sunshine in the YouTube community. She has been creating fashion, travel, and lifestyle videos for years and her production quality is flawless. Watching her fun adventures with her new fiance, puppy, and California home are like a balm for bad days. Jen also recently came out with a clothing line, Eggie, which is dangerously cute (and has already put a couple dents in my wallet). Her engagement video (which DID make me cry):  Katherine Berry (katherout) If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a college a student. If you’re a college student, Katherine should be in your life. She just graduated college this past year and is an expert on getting your dream internship, getting good grades, and building healthy habits as a student. Her advice …

June Favorites

A huge hodgepodge of everything I’ve been loving. Bright red polka-dot slip dresses worn to the lake, sunscreen staining lacy edges and strawberries staining corners of mouths. Freezing cold drinks sweating in our palms and freezing cold waves lapping over sunburned shoulders, both providing relief from the scorching air. Air conditioning buzzing loudly in the window. Ceiling fans looping overhead. Cool sheets tucked under knees. Warm lemons tucked in paper bags. Welcome to June. Relish: Lucy Knisley writes autobiographical graphic novels (say that three times fast). This one is about her love of food and her experience growing up with foodies for parents. The mouthwatering images, cute stories, and illustrated recipes bought this book a special place in my heart. As soon as I turned the last page I purchased two more of her graphic novels. Happy City: All about urban planning. The writing style is engaging and entertaining and there is a lot of information in here. Honestly if you’re interested in how slums develop and why some cities thrive then this is a great read. …

5 Podcasts For Commuters (also, everyone else)

Between my summer class and internship in the city, there has been a lot of commuting time on my hands. I don’t know if it’s sheer terror at the prospect of being alone with my thoughts or what, but I always have a podcast or audiobook playing. That being said, here are five podcasts that are KILLING it right now and deserve a spot in your library (er, ears?) this summer. #1. Rookie: Before I started listening to the Rookie Podcast, I had never actually heard of Rookie Mag or Tavi Genison (the podcast host and rookie founder). I was just browsing new podcast listings when I stumbled across this one and was caught by the gorgeous cover art. Imagine my surprise to find out Rookie is this huge blog empire with over half a million readers! The podcast is wonderful; Tavi is a stellar host, posing insightful questions to her myriad of interview guests (including Lorde, Winona Ryder, George Saunders, and more). She has regular weekly features from other rookie contributors and it’s all just so good. …

5 Mags You Should Be Reading

   #1: THE MESSY HEADS Self-love, positivity, and authenticity are three messages you will find throughout the Messy Heads. Founded by Emma Mercury as a blog a few years ago, her platform has grown and evolved into a quarterly print magazine. Right now there are only two issues out but they are full of beautiful artwork, insightful articles, and even several activities for you to fill in and reflect on. You won’t find anything about “getting a bikini body” in these pages—her content dives deeper than the superficial pages of many mainstream media outlets. She interviews independent artists, photographers, and ordinary people who are deviating from societal norms to pursue their passion. Besides magazines, Emma sells stickers, journals, clothes, and other goodies on her site for people who want to support her; even if you can’t cough up extra change right now, you can get a lot of great content from her blog, which is updated weekly.   #2: FRANKIE  Frankie is a bi-monthly Australian magazine that perfectly encapsulates the word “aesthetic.” Their layouts are …

October Favorites

October has come and gone and I feel like I missed out on my big dose of Fall this year (what with the uber warm weather and exams crammed down my throat). There were still lots of caramel apples eaten and Wizard of Oz pumpkin carvings, but this month just…lacked magic for me. It’s okay, though, because I plan on getting super into the Christmas spirit to make up for it! READING… Money Diaries: Refinery29 has a really interesting series that I find myself checking each week for new posts. Basically, they take women at different salary levels, in different industries, and living in different cities and document every purchase they make over a period of time. One of my favorite articles chronicles one woman’s purchases for an entire month. Responsible spenders or not, it’s fascinating to see what these women choose to spend their money on and the trends between high/low income earners. Definitely worth browsing a few. The Winner’s Trilogy: I listened to this series on Audible because I don’t have a lot of …

July Favorites

Yes, it’s a little into August already but I rung in this month on vacation in Chicago with my two best friends. This month has been all about crazy adventures, music festivals, brunching in Parisian cafes, and soaking in as much of the summer sun as possible. I’m a little sad that the most summery summer month is over, but since Autumn is my favorite season I can’t wait for what’s to come! READING:  The Starbound Series: Oh my. I read the first three books in this series back in high school and fell deeply in love with the fantastic, intergalactic adventures these characters had. A couple weeks ago, I realized the fourth book had been released. Each one is better than the next. Lilac and Tarver, Jubilee and Flynn, Sofia and Gideon; each novel features a new set of characters that are all connected to each other and are fighting the same battle. There is amazing writing, palpable emotion, and breathtaking adventure. Just go read it. Seriously. Dreamology: Alice and Max are connected in a way that no …

June Favorites

June is always the idyllic summer month. Excitement and energy pulse through the air as we all look forward to the rest of our vacation. You take road trips with your best friends, rolling your eyes at traffic jams and singing loudly along to your favorite songs. Everything is balmy and yellow, sea salt and sunshine, bonfires and fireflies. There is so much I have loved this June that it was hard to narrow it down, but this list is a great start. READING:  The Messy Heads: Both the blog and the magazine are so inspiring, and as of last night the first issue of their magazine is sold out! Emma Mercury is the genius spearheading this wonderful, positive movement and she is such a beautiful person. Look through #themessyeffect on Insta or Twitter to get a feel for this community and cross your fingers that the second issue comes out soon.  Frankie Magazine: Fabulous artwork? Check. Incredible articles? Check. I’ve been hearing about Frankie for months now, but the high price tag and international shipping time …