Breakfast, Lunch, and Even Dinner at Tiffany’s

If you were alive from 2012 to present day, you’ll know that  Audrey Hepburn is a huge film and pop culture icon. There is a huge Audrey Hepburn picture in my dining commons and my friend has her poster up in her dorm room. I asked my friend with the poster what Breakfast at Tiffany’s was about. I’ve never seen the movie so I was curious as to what all the hype was about. She told me that she’s never seen it before, she just likes the poster. Now you can imagine my face when she told me she hasn’t seen the movie. Imagine how many people have that Audrey Hepburn poster hanging on their walls and they haven’t even seen the movie. What on Earth? I feel like that’s cheating.  Maybe it’s just me, but how can you like something or think you like someone, and you don’t even know what it is that they do or haven’t seen any of their work? 

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I won’t even lie, I thought her name was Aubrey Hepburn until a few weeks ago. 

There is no better friend on a freezing cold night than Netflix. And wouldn’t you know, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was in my New Releases tab. Why not?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the longest movie in the whole entire universe. Okay I’m being melodramatic but I didn’t expect the movie to be so long at all. I haven’t watched an old movie in a really long time, so once I got into it, It was pretty cute. Here are some things I learned about Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I didn’t know before watching the movie. Spoiler Alert. 

Audrey Hepburn’s Name in the Movie is Not Tiffany

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Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly (or Lula Mae Barnes, if you’ve seen the movie you’ll get it). Holly is chatty, charismatic, lost, and actually quite adorable. There were some parts in the movie when i was like “God girl what are you doing!” but I couldn’t help giggle at her little habits and mantras. She is a character that takes what life gives to her and (tries) to handle it with class.

Tiffany’s Refers to Tiffany and Co.

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Ah yes. Every girls dream. I guess that’s why Holly liked it so much. That girl dreamed like her life depended on it. Maybe because it did. I mean, if I’m having a bad day, I wouldn’t mind stopping by Tiffany’s. Wouldn’t you?

It’s a Love Story!

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Isn’t that cute! I actually really did have no idea. I didn’t really know what this movie was about before watching it actually. I probably just thought it was a movie about Audrey Hepburn and her ginormous cigarette. But anyway. Paul loves Holly and I kind of feel like she walks/stomps all over him. But that’s only because she’s trying to figure everything out…Poor Holly. But they do develop this adorable cute relationship. It’s not full of sex and raunchy language. I kind of miss this kind of innocence in romance when portrayed in adults. It’s not cutesy either. If it was corny and unrealistic, then their relationship would be a drag, but she helps him just as much as he helps her. Holly isn’t this lost girl in New York City (well she is…but whatever), she gets him to follow his passions, just like how she follows hers. Gotta love mutual relationships! 

It’s Sad!

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This part was actually crazy. The acting in it. You would never see today this kind of reaction to a death. Or at least I haven’t. She trashed everything it was the complete polar opposite of her character that always seemingly has everything together. She’d break here or there, and shed a few tears but nothing that couldn’t be solved with a drink, but this part, it resonated with me. The most shocking part was, right after in her next scene, she seems to be all skippy and jolly again. There was no grieving period. If I was a Psychology major I’d go bananas and analyze Holly’s behavior and all that. Maybe someone more skilled in that field can and get back to me, something to think about.

Cat’s Name is Cat

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I just thought that was hysterical. He doesn’t belong to her, and she doesn’t belong to him, so he is just Cat. It lets you in on what kind of person Holly is from the beginning. She loves all of these material things, all of these kinds of possessions, but when it comes to taking ownership and forming relationships, this is where she lacks. I’m not a cat person….but Cat was pretty adorable.

All in all I did like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Did I love it? To be determined, but I can see why everyone loves Audrey Hepburn and her character…even if they don’t know why they love her because they’ve never seen the movie…

Audrey Hepburn is a lot more than diamonds and pearls, but so is every girl, and that’s a great message. 

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Trailer Release!

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The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer was released today and I was all types of excited. I watched it at the bus stop on my iPhone, shaking it to get service so that the video could load. I was freezing cold I could see my breath, and I did feel some tears make their way to the surface just never spilling over.

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The Fault in Our Stars is a Young Adult novel by John Green. I’ve read a lot of John Green books but if you are going to read just one, it has got to be The Fault in Our Stars. It’s a love story about two kids with cancer. Their illness, however is not the focus of the story. The focus is the love story. It’s not a corny, predictable love story either (most of John Green’s books are…). This book took me on a ride, and it was the first time in a long time that a YA novels ending…surprised me. 

My sister got me TFIOS for Christmas last year. We have similar interests when it comes to reading so it was a no brainer. I heard John Green was coming out with a new book, and even though I was skeptical, why not I’ll read it. I read that book in about two days, which is a record for me because I am not a fast reader, but I just couldn’t put it down. A lot of people scoff when it comes to teenagers being in love, but Hazel and Augustus’s love is the most beautiful and the most heartbreaking kind of love. I don’t want to give away the plot too much so I encourage you to pick up a copy and read it! Preferably before you watch the movie, but you have a little while before it comes out so no pressure.

The movie comes out June 6th and I could not be more excited! 

Eating Healthy Was Not Part of the Game Plan

So I’ve been changing some if my habits to feel better about myself this year. I embodied the New Year, New Me phrase that everyone scoffed at on January 1st. I’m taking my resolution to be a healthier, happier, and better person quite seriously. I let my family and friends know about how I planned on changing my mindset because I was excited and could really use the support. This is going to be my year, and even if I have nothing extraordinary planned, I am going to make something extraordinary happen.

Going to the gym is part of this New Year, New Me kick. With going to the gym, kind of also entails eating healthier. That was not on my list of things to change about myself….UGH. But if I’m going to go to the gym, I should at least try to not eat garbage food because it cancels out the workout. When I came to that realization I kind of grunted.

Then I thought, I don’t need to change my whole eating habits and eat like a rabbit. Start slow. So now I swap out one unhealthy snack, for a healthy snack everyday. That’d a good start I think. I go for a bag of chips. Pause. Think. Then I get Chex Mix instead. It’s still yummy and filling, but it’s better for me than those Doritos I was eyeing. It’s been almost 3 weeks and now I’m eating Chex mix and apples ( I think I’m allergic to apples…my throat and ears get itchy after eating them….maybe I’ll lay off the apples). I get salads for dinner and I like spinach. I’m not a lost cause when it comes to eating healthy some of the stuff is pretty delicious. But I’m just glad I moved at my own pace with this and learned for myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love fast food and cookies are still what makes the world go ’round. I just think my body will thank me later if I trade in my cookies for a banana a couple times. If I have a craving for chips and salsa, a craving that can only be satisfied with chips and salsa, then I’m going to eat the chips and salsa. I’m not gonna deny myself salt because it’s bad for me. It’ll just drive me crazy. Then when I finally give into temptation, I’m gonna binge on chips and salsa and feel awful about myself. If you have a craving for something a little bad for you, just eat it. I promise your body won’t hate you. It’ll actually like you. A lot.

It is super important to me that I’m not absolutely miserable during my New Year, New Me endeavor. Because then I won’t do it. I’ll go back to complaining and whining and that’s no fun. That is a part of me I would like to change. So I am.

This is by no means a DIET. Ugh. Gross. Detest. Loathe. I just hate the word. I’m not trying to lose weight. I don’t really need to lose weight. And I don’t need people hanging over my shoulder watching what I eat to keep me on track. I can do that myself. I’m making positive changes to feel better about myself and my body. That’s all there is to it.
If you’re trying to change how you eat, I say take baby steps. If you change all of your main meals to broccoli and lean meat you’ll just drive yourself nuts (nuts…a good source of protein. I actually have no idea I read that somewhere I think… But I digress). Take baby steps and follow your own schedule. You’ll be surprised by how disciplined you actually are. I know I was .

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From Red to Redemption: Hair Care Stories

Fashionista.com put out a snippy story about Ariana Grande’s hair always being in the same half-up, half-down style.
Now, Ariana played Cat on that Nick show Victorious and her character was famous for having bright, fire hydrant red hair. When I was younger and saw the show I always wondered how she got her hair so red without it all falling out. My hair insecurities flared as I saw this pretty little girl dye her hair bright red with no visible consequences.The ageless question I had on Ariana’s perfect hair was answered in Ariana’s mini Facebook rant.

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I have to admit, ever since Ariana Grande sang Tattooed Heart at the AMAs I’ve been in love with her. Judge me alright, I have the music taste of a 15 year old, but you have to admit,the girl can sing.

Being someone who is currently going through her own hair care journey it’s eye opening to see how people can be so blinded and hateful towards how other people are carrying themselves. Nora Crotty obviously had no idea about Ariana’s current hair situation which is why she took it upon herself to slam the pop star’s signature look. Ariana handles her haters with grace though. When I get snippy comments about my deflated fro or why my hair “looks like that” it hurts but I’m learning to just walk away. I’m not in the spotlight like Ariana is but the same lesson does apply: Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thing.

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Grammys Lovin’

Man, I love the Grammys. Seriously, I have this thing for award shows where, my whole schedule revolves around them. It’s pretty unhealthy. I love the fashion, the performances, the surprises. So great. So great. I didn’t know whether I wanted to talk about fashion, or the performances, or the actual winners itself, so…I am just going to talk about all the things I loved! 

Here is my Grammys Love List (in no particular order)

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Performance 

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Queen Bey and Jay-Z were absolute fire in this opening number. I, admittedly, have a love-hate relationship with Drunk in Love, but the song did not ride my nerves yesterday. They had a lot of chemistry on stage and I was jammin’ to the song the whole time. Everyone on twitter was whiney saying Beyonce’s hair looked like a wet mop but haters will hate. I assume she was going off of her Drunk in Love video with her hair, but thats just me guessing. All in all, Bey and Jay were ***Flawless.

P!nk and Nate Ruess’ Performance 

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If I could have thighs like P!nk, I’d be a powerhouse. Her swinging around on those ropes and dropping low to the crowd was amazing. I have always found P!nk so inspirational. She sings songs about her personal experiences and more importantly her mistakes. She’s not afraid to be vulnerable to her fans and she’s pretty badass. She just does her thing. I fell in love with Fun. around last year, after the Top40 ate up their hit We Are Young. I started listening to their albums Some Nights and Aim and Ignite and I was in love. Their vibe is great and I love their lyricism. Just Give Me a Reason was my favorite song for a long time so I am so glad this song wasn’t forgotten in all of the August – December hype that happened in music this year. 

Bruno Mars Wins Best Pop Vocal Album

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Guys…..I just adore Bruno Mars. Unorthodox Jukebox and Do-Wops and Hooligans are both great albums. I think this was well deserved for Bruno. I am SO excited to see him perform at the Superbowl ( I may or may not have his Superbowl Poster hanging in my room…). He also dedicated his Grammy to his mother who recently passed away. Much love to you Bruno, much love.

John Legend’s Performance 

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John Legend came to my school for a lecture which was super inspirational. He talked about following your dreams and fighting for what you want. He also sang All Of Me which melted my heart, which is why he made my list. I felt his performance was super underrated at the Grammys this year! I don’t know if it’s because he performed kind of early in the show or what but he needs his shoutout. He is a beautiful man who seems to defy the laws of aging, so you go with your sultry performance John Legend. 

LL Cool J Hosting the Grammys

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I actually heard no word at all of LL Cool J hosting the Grammys. When he walked on stage at the beginning of the show, I thought he got lost and for some reason found himself on the main stage. All in all though, he did a wonderful job hosting. There was no weird, racist, unethical, drama that needed to be disputed. Props to you Cool J. 

Lorde

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I love her music. Pure Heroin speaks the TRUTH about main stream media and there hasn’t been an album released in a while that really makes you think. Lorde kind of looked like an old lady during her performance and accepting her award, but I think that’s kind of her look. I say rock it Lorde. Rock it. 

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons Performance 

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This performance was magnificent! At first it was a tad weird, because I didn’t know how this mash-up was going to work, but then…it WORKED. My favorite performance of the night, hands down.

The Maleficent Movie Trailer 

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Lana Del Ray’s Haunting rendition of Once Upon a Dream and Angelina Jolie’s razor sharp cheek bones? Enough said. I cannot wait for this movie. The Disney Geek in me went WILD when this trailer came on my TV during the commercials … so it had to go on my Grammy list.

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna, and Queen Latifah 

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They married 34 couples at the Grammys (who knew The Queen was ordained ??) and it was a sight to see! History was made as gay and straight couples alike tied the knot during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love. I think it’s important that straight and gay couples were married on the stage. Same Love isn’t a Gay Marriage anthem, but an anthem for everyone, and I think that point was finally made yesterday. Fun Fact: Ryan Lewis’s sister and fiancé got married yesterday at the Grammys!

 

Here is my little list of everything that I loved (and can remember!) from the Grammys last night! Let me know if you loved some performances and moments that I didn’t list on here or if you agree with me!

My Natural Hair Journey

I want some of my posts to be delineating my natural hair journey to all of you lovely readers. Currently I am transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I’ve been relaxing my hair since I was in 3rd grade, so that’s around age 7. A relaxer, is what black girls (or people with extremely curly or coily hair) use to make it straight. It’s this white goop that would get smeared on my head and scalp. The problem with this is that, if I were to scratch or itch my head the night or two nights before and give myself a little cut, the relaxer would burn and scar my scalp! This was so incredibly painful I can’t even express it. I’d have to sit there and try to tough out the pain as long as I could because if not, I guess I had this fear the relaxer wouldn’t work and it would be all for not? I don’t know. I was a paranoid kid. I would have to get a relaxer every 4-6 weeks because my natural hair would start to grow in, so i had to get all of that natural hair touched up and silky straight like the rest of my head

When I would relax my hair it would be nice and silky straight for like a day. Then my poor ends would get dry and would start to break off. I used to shed like a banshee. I didn’t like the way my hair would make me feel. Not having naturally straight hair was a drag because I couldn’t have pretty long hair like all of my friends. But now this mindset has changed!

When I started to “go natural” or stop relaxing my hair I had to learn to love my curly hair. Pinterest helped a lot, because I would look at these cool curly natural girls for hours. And these people didn’t have their natural hair all their life, it was after they went through their own natural hair journey that they were able to get their cute afros and braids and dreadlocks. Here is a link to my Hair Board on Pinterest so you can see where I get all my inspiration from.

As I started to find all of this inspiration, I did learn to take this with a grain of salt. I was never going to be the girls in those pictures, simply because I wasn’t the girls in those pictures. I was me, and I was still learning. I went to Youtube and started watching tons and tons of videos on how to properly take care of my hair. I watched videos on how to moisturize my hair properly, how to wash it properly, what a deep condition is, how to deep condition, what a bantu knot out it, how to bantu knot etc etc. 

The hype of Youtube and my eagerness almost pushed me to the point of being a big product junkie. I can’t afford to buy all of these things that one person claims will make my hair soft and easy to detangle and manage because, well, ya girls on a budget. I learned that at each stage of my transition to natural hair, I will need different kinds of products. I also learned that my hair is going to be different from someone else’s hair. I had to create my own hair care regimen and I had to learn, well my hair. Its kinds of coils and curl pattern, what products it likes and what it doesn’t like, how often I should shampoo it, how often I should shampoo it when the air is dry and cold, there are just always so many things to take into consideration, but I am starting to get it down to a science. 

Currently, this is my Eighth Month in my Natural Hair Journey! Yay! There were some low points and I cannot stress that enough. The only perk I found in my relaxed hair was that it wasn’t knotted and tangled all the time. Now?? Oh baby. My coils and curls like to just cling to each other for dear life leaving me detangling for what feels like ever. I am starting to notice a lot of change now. For one, my hair is so thick that I am loosing bobby pins in there. True story: I was shampooing my hair, and two bobby pins were finally freed from my hairs wrath. I didn’t even know those poor things were still in there! My Natural Hair Journey is still in session so I want to share with my readers about all the cool things I learn when it comes to hair care and loving yourself no matter what kind of curls you have! 

 

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Here’s a picture of me in a slightly worn out Bantu Knot Out. Yay Natural Hair!

Throwback Post – Saving the World With Your Individuality

So I’m in this class that I normally despise.  To me it is this huge brainwashing class that basically was trying to convince me (the student) that I am evil for being a consumer in America and that if I disagree with this particular way of thinking then I am wrong. Hmph. A lot of people go for it though. I mean this is just my biased description of this GenEd I am in. I digress.

I went to an extra credit movie tonight because, who doesn’t like extra credit, and the movie was <i>I Am</i>, Which was written, filmed, and directed by Tom Shadyac. He’s the guy that made all of the funny Jim Carrey movies like <i>Ace Ventura</i> and <i>Liar, Liar</i> (a personal favorite).

The beginning of the movie was dry , just like my Brainwashing Class, saying things like,

“We are not citizens, but we are consumers”

“We are killing the earth”

“Humans are a problem”

Okay, my problem with this ideology is that we, as a people, really truly aren’t. My PR professor always talks about the 10%. The 10% are all of the scumbags, lowlifes and bad people that give good people a bad rep. The only reason everyone talks about the 10% is because bad news sells.

But then the movie shifted, and it started talking about how people are connected and how we are programmed in our DNA to feel sympathy. There is something in our brain that when we see someone in pain or hurt, we can’t distinguish the pain from our own, so we feel their pain.  That war is something that is not born in us, that we as humans weren’t trained to kill each other.  That’s why soldiers come back home with PTSD and suicide rates for soldiers are high because this is not a natural phenomenon. Endorphins that we experience when doing a good thing is the body’s way of telling us to keep up these actions This positive reinforcement that  if you do good, then you will feel good.

I was sitting in my seat thinking ‘yes. This is it. This is how I feel’. I don’t think humans are bad. I really honestly do have faith in this human race and in my generation.  I recognize a lot of the bad and awful things that are going on in the world and it pains me. Things are denser than I actually thought they were and I am becoming aware of that.  But I can’t accept the fact that we as humans are killing the world.

That the economy is.

That money is.

Yes. Money is something that is man-made. The ideology behind the mechanics of money is fabricated by humans so we do, in fact, create our very own problem when we, as a society, revolve ourselves and our problems around something that is manufactured by humans. But I don’t look at myself in the mirror and see myself, as evil. I see me as an individual. I was taught selfishness. I was also taught compassion. I don’t believe selfishness turns the world that we live in. I do believe compassion does. If the argument is that, individuals can change the world, then I see compassion in individuals. Individuals make up society, so where there is destruction I do believe that there is compassion under that, somewhere looking for a way out. Humans aren’t evil. The world isn’t doomed. I’m sure about that.

Be individual! Find something that you have passion for and use that positive energy that you receive from that and help the world. Nothing is too small. That’s what I learned today. Nothing that you or I do will ever be too small of a change because at least one person is going to appreciate what you did.

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“Me Time?”

So it’s still snowing here. Which is now starting to drive me up a wall. I used to love snow, you know until I was forced to walk in it everywhere. I’ve had this rough cough so the cold air is not helping it.
This was the only section of my post where I will whine.

I’m trying to become comfortable being alone. My friend was telling me how she loves her alone time when her roommate isn’t home. But whenever I’m left alone I get anxious and nervous. I either go on twitter or Facebook or a frantically try to text someone. I need to be able to be comfortable with myself and my own thoughts. And that means not talking to someone 24/7. So I went to the dining hall, got my iPod and treated myself to some hot chocolate. Sure I have a pile of work that I haven’t looked at but hey, I need this little piece of “me time.”

“Me time” has always been something I’ve perceived as selfish. People would always hold their nose up in the air explaining how they didn’t want to deal with their family or friends anymore they needed “me time.” I mean maybe that’s just me. Who knows. I don’t feel selfish taking sometime to myself. I feel okay even. I just burned my poor tongue on my hot chocolate but I’m people watching and enjoying some time alone with my thoughts. Nothing selfish about that.

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***Flawless Feminist – Beyoncé on Why Gender Equality is a Myth

Queen Bey isn’t just the world’s leading pop and R&B superstar; she’s also an essayist. Beyoncé wrote for The Shriver Report, which is a publication that examines woman’s stance in society. Her essay, Gender Equality is a Myth!is a frank wakeup call to everyone that society isn’t done addressing the ideas of woman’s rights. 

This is also seen in her surprise self-titled album, Beyoncé. ***Flawless, features an excerpt from a TEDxTalk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled, We should all be feminists Feminist is such a harsh word. For me, it has always had a negative connotation. However, especially last semester, learning about how women are still not being treated fairly, whether it be socially or with jobs I’ve learned that being a feminist shouldn’t have a negative connotation. We as women should still be fighting for what’s right. I can’t grow up in a world where even if I do more work than my male counterpart, he gets the credit. I can’t live always seeing myself in competition with a man because I am always having to prove myself, when he doesn’t have to. People are fighting for equality still in the year 2014. Just because everything in the world seems progressive that doesn’t mean it is. People have gotten lazy, and we need to educate our boys and our girls so that equality can soon be a reality. We need to educate each other. 

My friends and I were so hype when Beyoncé dropped her surprise album. It was a huge relief to not have Bangerz as the album that young girls idolized in 2013. Bey’s album is honest, well-spoken, and the jam at parties. When you get ready in the morning, put on ***Flawless by Beyoncé. I don’t know about you but I feel like a strong black women that can stand on her two feet all by herself. And that’s how every girl should feel.BeyonceChimamandaFlawlessFeminism

Trying to Start Fresh ft. Setbacks

Yesterday I went to two study abroad meetings. Studying abroad never seemed like it could be an option for me because
1.) I’m petrified
2.) Money
I’ve been talking myself into going to those meetings all week and I was getting really excited. This program that I was looking into was for Rome. I would be taking photography and film classes which basically means I would go all over the city taking pictures and learning about the area. I tried so incredibly hard not to fall in love with this program but I really couldn’t help it. This would be a dream to do over the summer.
Now for the two fears I listed above, one of them is very conquerable. The program director was at this meeting and she explained how she is very aware that most of the people who would be in her program would be flying or going across the country for the first time. Her goal was to not only teach us about Rome and all it’s glory, but to also make us feel as comfortable as possible about traveling and the logistics before the trip even began. That put me at ease big time because traveling alone would be the ultimate you-are-now-an-adult step into the real world that I am still completely petrified of.
Money cannot be fixed by comfort. It’s so frustrating that I may not be able to go because of money…I’m going to apply for this trip anyway, the worst that can happen is I back out, but I need to figure out how to make money and save money. How do you raise money for a big trip?
Finding myself wasn’t going to be easy I did not convince myself of that, but I am very excited to see where I will be in May. It may be someplace spectacular.

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