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Monday Memos: The 2016 Pantone Color of the Year is all about breaking gender stereotypes

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about the official color (or should I say colors) of 2016. If2016 color of the year you love pink and blue then get ready to be very happy because the official colors of 2016 are Rose Quartz (which is a hue of pink), and Serenity (which is a blue). According to the Pantone website, this is the 1st time that 2 colors have been choose as the official color of the year. So if you want to learn why these really cute colors were chosen then keep reading. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

According to the Pantone website, “Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace”. The website goes on to describe the colors as the following: “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” I’m really excited to see what beauty and fashion trends will be inspired by these colors! Pantone’s website also says that it chose these colors in order to show how fashion is blurring gender lines by not stereotyping one color as more appropriate for a specific gender (which basically means blue is no longer “only” for boys, and pink is no longer “only” for girls). I think that this is a very cool idea because the fashion and beauty industry is increasingly becoming more and more diverse so it seems only right that the color(s) of the year reflect that. Needless to say 2016 is off to a great start, and will definitely give us so much to look forward to and even more to put on Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t wait! What do you think people of the internet? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Fall 2015 Lookbook

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are jumping into fall fashion. This week is the official kickoff for the fall season, so that means that it’s time to bring back all of those fall clothes that we wait all year to wear. This time around I decided to make three categories for the looks. The categories are a girly look, a casual look, and a mixed bag look (which is a combination of the previous two looks with a few other style thrown in). Some of the looks have staple pieces that you can reuse so that means you save money and can buy more clothes (yay!!!). Please let me know what you think, and if I miss any awesome pieces then let me know in the comments below. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Girly Look:

Girly Look Tokyo Darling Sheer Oversized Dolman Sweater from aeropostale

Tokyo Darling Sheer Oversized Dolman Sweater from Aeropostale:

Now I know in a lot of places it may till be too hot to wear a sweater, but this sweater is sheer so it’s more lightweight, and it’s easy to transition into winter so I think it’s a good investment piece. Also, the color is a little more lively then the typical fall colors that we see, but it’s not a bright hue so it feels like a fall color.

Girly Look Patterned Stripe Cotton Skater Skirt from Charlotte RussePatterned Stripe Cotton Skater Skirt from Charlotte Russe:

One of the great things about fall is that it can start to get a little cold, but it’s still warm enough to wear summer/spring pieces. It can be a lot of fun to play with accessories and transition these pieces into looks you can wear in the fall. I like this skirt because it’s an easy color and pattern to accessories because it’s not to bright or busy.

Girly Look Polka Dot Bow Over-The-Knee Socks by Bethany Mota from AeropostalePolka Dot Bow Over-The-Knee Socks by Bethany Mota from Aeropostale:

Speaking of accessories, I absolutely fell in love with these socks because their comfy, warm, and the little bow on the top is too adorable for words. These socks are perfect to warm up any skirt or dress, and definitely make you feel like fall is in the air.

Girly Look Tall Lace-Up Combat Boots from Wet Seal

Tall Lace-Up Combat Boots from Wet Seal:

Ok now we al know that fall is the time where we bring back some of our favorite thing like: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, holidays were we eat way more food than we’ll admit, and tall combat boots! These boots are not only cute, but they will warm up any dress/skirt, and are in a color that I neutral enough, that you can practically wear it with anything.

Chain Event Crossbody Bag from Wet Seal:

I really like this bag because it’s very simple but not boring. White is a great color to add a little something special to any outfit. A crossbody is a really great way to go with a bag, because you don’t have to worry about the bag bothering you as you walk or go through your day so you gotta love accessorizes that cooperate with us.

 

 

Casual Look:

Casual Look Live Your Life Graphic Tee from American EagleLive Your Life Graphic Tee from American Eagle:

If you want to look cute but not have to actually try, then a statement tee is perfect because the catchy saying on the shirt can serve as its’ own accessory. Personally I love long sleeved tees for the fall because if it’s hot you can roll your sleeves up to cool down, and if it’s cold then you can leave your sleeves down to warm up (it’s a win for everyone).

 Refuge Hi-Waist Super Skinny Colored Jeans from Charlotte Russe:

Casual Look Refuge Hi-Waist Super Skinny Colored Jeans from Charlotte Russe                               Ok let’s admit it, skinny jeans are a fall staple, and the perfect way to wear jeans that are comfortable (at least as comfortable as you can be in skinny jeans) while still looking like you didn’t grab the first thing you saw in your closet. I am so in love with these wine colored jeans because the color is beautiful for fall, and colored skinny jeans always add some extra flair to an outfit.

Casual Look Tribal Print Tassel Tote Bag from Forever 21

Tribal Print Tassel Tote Bag from Forever 21

Ok now I know that tribal print is usually more of a summer thing, but it’s a piece that most people probably already own, and a bag like this should go with a lot of different looks so it’s easy to accessorize. Bonus points, totes can usually carry a lot of stuff, so if you’re always on the go then you can carry all of life’s necessities with you (yesssss!).

Knit Cuff Faux Leather Combat Boots from Wet Seal: 

Casual Look Knit Cuff Faux Leather Combat Boots from Wet Seal                             Ok now I will admit that I’m really obsessed with boots so that’s why there are so many in this lookbook. Now it might still be a little to warm to wear these in a lot of places, but there will be perfect later in the fall/winter season so they’re a good investment (and the faux fur inside means that they will feel AMAZING on your feet!

 

Mixed Bag Look:

Mixed Bag Look Tokyo Darling Long Sleeve Checkered Woven Tunic from AeropostaleTokyo Darling Long Sleeve Checkered Woven Tunic from Aeropostale:

With this look, I wanted to find pieces that you could use in multiple ways and a plaid shirt is perfect for that. You can dress it up for a more preppy or girly look, or you can dress it down for a grunge inspired look. This type of shirt can also be used all year so it can easily become a staple piece.

Mixed Bag Look Refuge Boyfriend Splattered & Destroyed Jeans from Charlotte RusseRefuge Boyfriend Splattered & Destroyed Jeans from Charlotte Russe:

Another staple piece that EVERYONE has are ripped jeans. This isn’t a piece that you can really dress up, but you can either use them to go for a super grunge look, or a more casual look which lets your jeans take center stage without you having to really try. I really like these particular jeans because the splatter on the denim makes the jeans look really cool (just a little side note).

Mixed Bag Look Faux Suede Lace-Up Booties from Wet Seal

Faux Suede Lace-Up Booties from Wet Seal:

I know I know, none of you are surprised that there are more boots in this lookbook but in my defense…boots are really cute (yeah I know it’s not a great defense). What I like about these particular boots is that they can be used all year long, and they are an easy way to dress up any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a dress or a t-shirt and jeans, these boots ill work their magic.

Oversized Studded Tote Bag from Charlotte Russe:

Now this is a pretty standard type of bag, the color is very neutral so it can be your go to bag, and you can keep everything you need in it. I love the studs because they add just a little edge to a casual outfit, without being to overpowering.

 

 

 

 

 

  •   All credit goes to Tokyo Darling, Aeropostale, Charlotte Russe, Bethany Mota, macbarbie09, YouTube, Wet Seal, American Eagle, Forever 21, and any and all companies, individuals, and/or businesses that should receive credit for anything mentioned in this blog post, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog except my creativity and writing. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

 

YouTube Wednesday: Lindsay Marie…your new favorite beauty/fashion/lifestyle guru

lindsay marieHello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to talk about an amazing rising YouTube beauty/fashion/lifestyle star that y’all need to be subscribed to. If you haven’t heard of Lindsay Marie (aka lindsaylovesbeauty) then you are seriously behind on what new channels you should be obsessed with. Don’t worry I got you covered! So please read on to see why all of your friends will be subscribing to this awesome channel. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

The first video that we’re going to discuss is Lindsay’s ‘Bethany Mota Lookbook!’ video, which was uploaded on December 8th, 2013 you can check out the video below). I thought that this video was a great introduction to Lindsay’s channel, because we not only get to see Lindsay’s personality and natural on-camera charisma shine through, but we also get a sense of what her personal style is. It’s also really cool to see gurus showing love to other gurus, it’s one of the things that makes YouTube so great. One thing is for sure, you will definitely want to take fashion notes from Lindsay after seeing this video! The next video that we’re going to talk about is Lindsay’s ‘Morning Routine | First Day of School!’ video, which was uploaded on August 6th, 2014. What I think we all love about “routine” videos is that we get to know our fav YouTubers even better (and sometime we get cool ideas about décor, new foods to try, new Netflix shows to obsess over, etc.). If you want to check out a fun video that will help you unwind and maybe get some suggestions to add to your own school morning routine, then definitely check this video out.

Next up we have Lindsay’s ‘High School You Vs College You’ video, which was uploaded on July 19th, 2015 (you can check out the video below). I LOVED this video, because it is so funny, and very true. I know that everyone says “you change when you go to college”, “college is different than high school”, blah, blah, blah (and this is very true), but this video definitely does an AMAZING job of explaining some of the differences. I would definitely suggest you check out this video, because it will have you laughing and replaying the video again and again. The final video that we’re going to talk about is Lindsay’s ‘Back To School Clothing Haul 2015’, which was uploaded on July 30th, 2015. You knew that we couldn’t end this blog post without mentioning a haul. With Back To School season upon us, this is a video that can really be essentially when you’re trying to figure out what you want to buy for this school year. Hauls also help you discover new items, stores, and websites so you can find the best stuff to reflect who you want to be this school year. Once again, in this video we get to see Lindsay’s great on-camera presence, as well as her amazing sense of fashion. This is definitely a great video to check out before you finish your back to school shopping.

 

Keep up with everything Lindsay is doing:

YouTube: lindsaylovesbeauty

Twitter: lindsayxxmarie

Instagram: lindsayxxmarie

 

 

  •   All credit goes to YouTube, Instagram, Lindsay Marie, lindsaylovesbeauty, Bethany Mota, macbarbie07, all of the businesses, companies, people, and any other original owners involved and/or mentioned in any of these videos and/or hauls, any and all companies, individuals, and/or businesses that should receive credit for anything mentioned in this blog post, and all original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

Monday Memos: Lena Strickling…the girl who used her 1 wish to help others

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss 18 year Lena Strickling, who Lena Strickling's - Make A Wishrecently had a very important interview with the YouTube channel ‘Collectively’ that you NEED to watch. Now before you click away, Lena isn’t a celebrity, model, or internet star. She’s a cancer survivor who recently used her wish from the ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’, to raise awaness about a topic that A LOT of people face (and no it’s not cancer). I thought that this was such an amazing thing to do (because seriously how many of us would be completely selfish with our wish…exactly basically all of us would). Please read on, because this is a story that we ALL need to hear. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Lena is a recent survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (she has been cancer free since April), and although she’s had to endure 15 rounds of chemotherapy, and is currently going through menopause at the tender age of 18, she used this article to discuss another issue that plagues way too many people. Lena is not only a cancer survivor, but also a survivor of sexual assault. Lena said that she was sexually assaulted by her father for as long as she can remember, and it became a everyday by the time she was 6 years old. She said that he would even assault in her public by putting a blanket over her so no one else could see. Lena eventually told a friend what was going on after she took a DARE class at the age of 10, and learned why what was happening to her was wrong, and what it was called. Lena later told her mom through a letter, and her mother called the police who convicted Lena’s father and sentenced him to prison ( where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia with religious delusions). One of the things that I found most heartbreaking about this interview is when Lena says that “Cancer never bothered me at all, versus with sexual abuse it’s like that happened and it’s still haunting me.” (check out Lena’s interview below

Unfortunately Lena isn’t alone, because according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one in five women will be sexually assaulted and 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under 18. Lena said she wanted to tell her story, so she could help other people suffering from sexual assault, and also to explain why she feels it’s so important to educate kids about sexual consent from a young age. Lena has said that talking about her past has helped her to begin to move on. Lena did have  some words of encouragement for sexual abuse victims that I wanted to share with y’all, “everybody has a right to talk about [how] they feel,” “Be proud of yourself, and stand up for yourself and don’t change your story and don’t back down because people don’t believe you. Just keep going. Don’t let anybody knock you down.” It’s just so amazing that someone who has been through so much would use their 1 wish to try to help others, so they don’t have to endure what she did. Truly inspirational!

 

 

  •    All credit goes to Lena Strickling, Collectively, YouTube, Make-A-Wish Foundation, DARE, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), Teen Vogue, all of the businesses, companies, people, and any other original owners involved and/or mentioned in this blog post, and all original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

Monday Memos: Hawk Nelson…your new favorite band has arrived

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss an AMAZING band that you will have on repeat all year. If you haven’t heard of the awesome pop punk/Christian rock band Hawk Nelson (which is hard to believe considering their music has charted at #1 on VH1’s ‘Top 20 Countdown’, and they have been nominated for numerous of the music industry’s top awards), then be prepared to become addicted to their music. What’s really cool about this band’s sound is that it has a wide variety of influences, so whether you like pop, punk, or rock, you will find songs that you love! Their new album ‘Diamonds’ dropped today (March 17th), so y’all should all definitely pick up a copy (I promise you won’t be disappointed). So, if you’re not already a Hawk Nelson fan, please read on and prepare to become obsessed.


The first song we’re going to discuss is the band’s song Shaken, (which is off of their 2009 album ‘Live Life Loud’, you can check out the official music video for the song below). This is a really powerful song that will instantly grab your attention and won’t let go until the last note. I love that the lyrics have a really powerful message about a person being “shaken” by something and because of this, wanting to find out how they can make a difference. The music video for this song is also extremely powerful, and will definitely make you wonder what you could do to make a positive difference in the world. The next song that we’re going to talk about is Hawk Nelson’s single ‘Words’ (which is off of their 2013 album Made). I thought that this was a good song for us to talk about next because so many problems that we have in our day-to-day lives is caused by words. As this song explains, words have the power to lift us up, or tear us down. I think that this song is the perfect anthem for all of the bullying that so many people face daily at work, school, home, and even over the internet.

 

Now we’re going to discuss two of the new songs off of Hawk Nelson’s latest album Diamonds. The first song that we’re going to talk about is the band’s single ‘Drops In The Ocean’ (you can check out the official music video below). This is a really sweet song about someone loving & forgiving you unconditionally. The lyrics in this song really leaves a powerful impact. Whether you think of God, a family member, a friend, or someone else when you hear this song, I definitely think it’s one that we can all relate to. The final song that we’re going to discuss is the title song of the album, ‘Diamonds’. Now even though I LOVE so many of Hawk Nelson’s songs, I have to say that this one is my one of my top favorites. This is the perfect song to kick off your spring/summer playlists with! It is an energetic, uplifting song about God helping you take the negative things in your life, and turning them into positive things. With all of the pressure that we face in our day to day lives, it’s nice sometimes to hear that everything will be ok, and this song will definitely leave you feeling that way. Judging by these two songs, I definitely think that this album is a must have for anyone who loves AMAZING music!

 

 

Keep up with everything Hawk Nelson is doing:

Website: hawknelson.com

Twitter: Hawk Nelson (@hawknelson) | Twitter

YouTube: Hawk Nelson – YouTube

Instagram: hawknelsonmusic

Facebook: hawknelson

 

 

  • Hawk Nelson, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, VH1, all other artists featured on any of Hawk Nelson’s albums that were featured on this blog post and their respective sponsors/agents/manager/etc., any businesses mentioned in any of the videos featured in this blog post, and all original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

YouTube Wednesday: Hannah Jane Lewis…a new country music superstar has arrived

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog post, we are going to discuss a new singer/songwriter who will definitely make a splash on the country music scene this year. Hannah Jane Lewis is an INCREDIBLE musician with the vocal ability and artistry to completely take the music industry (and your radio) by storm. In fact, in August of 2014, she was featured in an article by the Wall Street Journal, who compared her music to country music superstar Taylor Swift. She has also played gigs at the C2C  Festival at the O2 Arena (in England) as an opening act for pop duo Jill and Kate. Hannah returned to the O2 Arena to play at The London Sundance Film Festival. She has also played an extended tour in association with the charity Life Skills Education, which is an organization which assists teens in learning how to deal with cyber bullying/online safety. Impressive resume so far! With several AMAZING covers and infectious original songs, you will certainly find yourself replaying Hannah’s songs for weeks. So…let’s jump into the blog post.

 

The first cover song that we’re going to discuss U.S. Hannah’s version of Blessed The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts (which was uploaded on July 8th, 2013 you can check out the video for this cover below). This is the first video on Hannah’s channel that I saw, and it instantly blew me away. I love that this cover shows how well she is able to control her vocals, while playing guitar (which is really hard because it involves thinking about way too many things at once). I also really enjoyed the fact that Hannah was able to show that she can emotionally connect with a song, which is an essential asset in music. This video really shows that she has the talent and heart to become a country music superstar. The next cover we’re going to talk about is Hannah’s rendition of Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware, which was uploaded on October 21st, 2014 (here’s a link to the cover: Say You Love Me – Jessie Ware (Hannah Jane Lewis Cover). Once again Hannah is able to showcase her ability to control her vocals, and we are truly able to see her capabilities as a vocalist. She also shows that she can cover a song in such a way that keeps the original vibe of the song, but also always Hannah to make it uniquely her own by adding he own style. I love that we are able to see Hannah perform a song that is in a genre other than country music (even though she KILLS it in that genre), because we’re able to see all of the layers of her artistry. Next let’s move on to Hannah’s original music!

 

The first original song that we’re going to talk about is Hannah’s song Seventeen Again, which is the lead single off of her debut self-titled EP (which was released on November 10th, 2013, you can check out the official music video below). This is an energetic song about looking back on life and wishing that you weren’t in such a hurry to grow up (preach girl!). This song also talks about living every moment of life to the fullest, and appreciating the beautiful things in our lives that we may take for granted. The next song we’ll going to talk about is Hannah’s song First Time Feeling, which is off of her EP Run With You, that was released on January 18th, 2015 (here’s the link to the music video Hannah Jane Lewis | First Time Feeling – Official Music Video). This is a fun song about first love, and how it can often stay with you even after it’s over. This is definitely the perfectly song to blast when your relationship ends but you don’t want to be sad (or everyone around you is tired of hearing sad songs on repeat). The majority of Hannah’s songs seem to be upbeat and fun, which is definitely a reason why you’ll want to check out both of her EPs. If you love country music that is fun, energetic, and has a lot of heart and soul in the lyrics, then you’ll definitely wanna to add these songs to your playlists.

 

YouTube: Hannah Jane Lewis

Twitter: Hannah Jane Lewis (@hannahjane001)

Instagram: Hannah Jane Lewis (@hannahjane001)

Facebook: Hannah Jane Lewis | Facebook

 

 

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YouTube Wednesday: Alex Centomo…the beauty/fashion/lifestyle guru that you will be tuning in every week to watch

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, we’re going to talk about a new YouTuber who I know you will all be obsessing over (if you’re not already). If you’re not already watching Alex Centomo’s YouTube videos every week, then you’re definitely need to join the other 189,931 subscribers (as of February 18th, 2015) who anxiously await this beauty/fashion/lifestyle guru’s new videos. So if you’re ready, let’s jump into blog post!

 

The first video we’re going to talk about is Alex’s ‘Chubby Bunny Challenge’ video, which was uploaded on December 24th, 2012 (here’s the video link: CHUBBY BUNNY CHALLENGE). I wanted to start with this video, because it is one of Alex’s first videos, and I think that it really shows off her fun, bubbly personality. I think we can all agree that it’s cool to see our fav YouTubers having fun, and enjoying the things we enjoy (I mean cause we all love stuffing marshmallows in our mouths with our friends right?). So this was definitely a good video for Alex’s viewers to start feeling like she’s like any other for that they could meet and become friends with (except this friend can give you awesome fashion/beauty advice). Speaking of fashion and beauty advice, let’s move on to the next video! The next video that we’re going to discuss is Alex’s ‘Get The Look: Ashley Benson Inspired Makeup & Outfit’ video, which was uploaded on February 2nd, 2014 (here’s the video link: Get The Look: Ashley Benson Inspired Makeup & Outfit). Now we all love Ashley’s style (because seriously Pretty Little Liars is life right? Right!), so you gotta love that Alex broke down an “Ashley Benson type” look that we can all copy and/or alter as we like. This video uses mostly high end products, but you could definitely substitute any of the products for any drugstores that you want. This video will give you the perfect school/winter look (of course it is perfect for any season), because Ashley has a very casual yet cool vibe when it come to her fashion choices, that’s great for all those days when we want to look cool with as little effort as possible.

 

Ok now we’re moving on to Alex’s ‘Mermaid Waves Hair Tutorial’ video, which was uploaded on September 6th, 2014 (here’s the video link: Mermaid Waves // Hair Tutorial ). With spring just around the corner, you will definitely need inspiration for new hairstyles. Luckily, this video is perfect! In the video, Alex teaches you how to create really perfect, natural looking curls that you can either keep tight or can run your fingers through it to create looser waves. The last video that we’re going to talk about is Alex’s ‘How I Edit My Instagram Pics’ video, which was uploaded on February 14th, 2015 (here’s the video link: How I Edit My Instagram Pics // Tumblr Inspired). I thought that this was a really cool video to include in this blog post because we all want to know how to have the best selfie possible. In this video Alex not only shows us what apps she uses, but also briefly explains how she uses these apps to edit her photos. If you look at Alex’s Instagram page (which I will link below), you will be able to see that she knows how to perfectly edit a photo, so you can know that you’re getting good advice.  

 

Keep up to date with Alex:

YouTube: missAlexandraC

YouTube Vlog Channel: AlexCentomoVlogs

Twitter: Alex Centomo (@missAlexandraC1) | Twitter

Instagram: Alex Centomo (@alexcentomo)

Facebook: Missalexandrac | Facebook

Blog Site: http://missalexandrac.blogspot.com/
  • All photos and information used in this blog belong to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, missalexandrac.blogspot.com, Alex Centomo, Tumblr, Ashley Benson, any and all products, people, corporations, individuals, businesses, and/or any and all other copyrighted material, and all original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. If any people, corporations, businesses, companies, etc, were not previously given credit for their work, they are given credit now and their previous absence was unintentional. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

 

Monday Memos: Bars and Melody…the newest musical duo who is taking the world by storm one computer at a time

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about an AWESOME new duo that has already gone viral on YouTube, appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and is on their way to exploding even more this year. If you haven’t heard of R&B/Rap duo Bars & Melody, then read on to learn all about one of the internet’s favorite new musical forces.

 

Bars and Melody are a R&B/Rap duo that consists of rapper Leondre Devries, and vocalist Charlie Lenehan. The two artists met over social media in 2013, and in January 2014 formed their act. They first rose to fame when their audition (which was filmed in early 2014) for the singing competition show Britain’s Got Talent, went viral in 2014. The duo were given automatic entrance into the show’s semi-finals when head judge Simon Cowell pressed the “golden buzzer” (a new feature introduced in the 8th season), after their audition. After finishing 3rd on the show, Bars and Melody were signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco Music.

 

So with all of the entertainers who compete on talent competition shows every year, you might wonder what makes this duo so different. Well, one reason is the fact that their audition video (which was posted on YouTube on May 10th, 2014 (here’s the link: Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act | Britain’s Got Talent 2014), received over 22 million views in a little over a week. That sort of viral praise is definitely not easy to come by, and if they’re already this popular, it only makes sense that everyone will fall more and more in love with them as their careers’ continue. In fact, the duo received so much attention, that they were invited to appear/perform on the Ellen Degeneres Show, while they were still contestants on Britain’s Got Talent. Their audition video now has 63,997,419 total views (as of February 15th, 2015), and shows no signs of slowing down. Another reason why Bars and Melody are definitely artists to watch, is the fact that at the young ages of 13 and 15 (at the time they auditioned), they seem to have a clear idea of the types of artists they would like to be. Finding your own unique style is very important for an artist, and if this is done right, then this is what turns good artists into memorable ones. Bars and Melody have shown that they have the potential to become memorable by developing their own style that fans can identify with. The fact that the duo was able to take Rapper Twista and R&B singer Faith Evans’ song Hope, and it into an anti-bullying anthem is astounding, and shows that their level of artistry will only get better and better as time goes by.

 

Now let’s get to the part that you were waiting for, the music. The duo’s first single Hopeful was released on July 7th, 2014 (here’s a link: Bars and Melody – Hopeful) , and peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Hopeful is an anti-bullying anthem which tells the story of what Leondre Devries (AKA Bars) went through when he was bullied as a young child. Because bullying has continued to be such a big problem for kids, teens, and even young adults, this is truly a song that people can not only relate to, but will also be inspired by. The duo’s next song Shining Star was later released. This is a fun, upbeat song about the duo’s love for their female fans (definitely a crowd pleaser). I love that they came out with a fun song after releasing Hopeful, because this shows that they are artists that can have fun and release a song with a serious message. The duo released the music video (here’s a link: Bars and Melody – Keep Smiling) for their next single Keep Smiling on February 9th, 2015, and is officially available for sale today (February 16th, 2015), so definitely go buy it after you finish reading this post (you’ll love it!). This is another inspirational hit from Bars and Melody that is about being thankful and appreciative of all that you have. This is a cool combination of the best elements of their previous two releases that will force you to keep smiling all day. With a tour and debut album expected this year, you will definitely be hearing A LOT more from Bars and Melody.

 

Keep up with Bars and Melody:

Twitter: BAM™ (@BarsAndMelody) | Twitter

YouTube: Bars and Melody

YouTube VEVO: BAMOfficialVEVO

Website:Bars and Melody Official – Leondre Devries and Charlie Lenehan

Instagram: Bars And Melody (@barsandmelody)

Facebook: Bars and Melody | Facebook

 

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YouTube Wednesday: Urbandekaybabe…the newest YouTuber that you will be addicted to in 2015

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss an AMAZING YouTuber that I know y’all will become addicted to. If you love experimenting with cool and new makeup looks, or want to know how to perfectly recreate fun looks (BTW some of these looks are PERFECT for Halloween), then Kayla (aka urbandekaybabe) is the beauty guru for you! I recently discovered her channel, and now I have been replaying her videos for days. Please read on to learn all about urbandekaybabe.

 

The first video that we’re going to talk about is Kayla’s ‘Spring Inspired Makeup’, which was uploaded on May 8th, 2013 (you can check out the video here: Spring Inspired Makeup ). This video really impressed me because it has a lot of cool information, and Kayla shows that she is already comfortable in front of the camera. I think that a person’s ability to be entertaining on camera is one of the most important things that a successful YouTuber can master, because it’s not easy to show your personality on screen in a way that will interest viewers. The fact that her personality is able to perfectly shine through, helps her make an instant and long-lasting impression that will continue to bring viewers back to her videos, The next video that we’re going to talk about is Kayla’s Zombie Makeup Tutorial, which was uploaded on October 26th, 2013 (you can check out the video right here: Zombie Makeup Tutorial+some scaring! ). This is honestly one of my favorite videos on her channel (and that’s saying a lot because y’all know how much I LOVE hauls…but we’ll talk more about that later). This video will give you the PERFECT zombie look for Halloween that will impress your friends at any party, and emotionally scar young children (oh but make sure that you’re careful because some of the ingredients could cause allergic reactions to some people, or cause skin damage when you try to remove it. Just make sure that your skin can handle the ingredients BEFORE you put it on your face, and if you are under 18, ask your parents before you try this). I really love how this look seems so real and difficult to do, but if you follow this video, you should be able to replicate it pretty easily. There are also a few other cool Halloween style looks on Kayla’s channel, so definitely check those out if you want to wow all your friends in October!

 

The next video that we’re going to talk about is Kayla’s ‘Huge Haul’ video (oh you knew a haul video was coming!). This video was uploaded on January 31st, 2014, and you can check out the video right here: HUGE Haul!- Michael Kors, Forever 21+ More! . As much as I love haul videos, I really really love BIG haul videos! I really love that these kinds of videos allow you to “shop” without having to actually spend money, and you can discover new sales, products, and stores that you might have never known about otherwise. Another reason why I like watching haul videos when I’m looking for YouTubers to profile on here, is because it’s not for everyone to just sit, talk about what they bought, and keep their audience engaged in the video the entire time. I think that if you have the ability to do this, then there is a big chance that you can become a YouTube star. Kayla is a perfect example of this, because she is able to keep you interested in what she is saying, and before long you completely forget how long you’ve been watching the video (and this particular video is a little over 21 minutes long, so you know she has to be interesting to hold our attention for that long). Lastly, I really love that Kayla showcases a variety of stores and products/styles in her hauls, because this will help her better connect with her viewers. I think that a true guru is able to show how you can make a variety of styles and looks work, and Kayla does this perfectly! The last video that we’re going to talk about is her ‘Lazy Day Hairstyles’ video, which was uploaded on January 23rd, 2015 (you can find a link to it here: Lazy Day Hairstyles ). I really like that this video shows cute hair styles that are different than your typical pony tail or top kit, but are also simple enough to complete in a short period of time. With winter now upon us, it can be hard to get up early and fix your hair in a cute style for work or school (I mean we would all rather take the extra time to sleep and pray for a snow day right?). These hair styles will spice up any outfit (so you can spend less time searching through your closet and more time sleeping…yay!), and is the perfect way to really shake up your winter style. So now that you’re completely obsessed with Kayla’s channel (because you know you are), please subscribe to her on YouTube, and look below too follow her various social media accounts.

 

Keep Up With Everything Kayla is doing:

YouTube: urbandekaybabe – YouTube

Twitter: Kayla Marie (@UrbanDeKayBabe) | Twitter

Instagram: Kayla (@urbandekaybabe)

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Shawn Mendes….the soon to be biggest breakout artist of 2015

Hello people of the internet!!! Since this is the last ‘Monday Memos’ blog of 2014, I thought that it would be cool to talk about who will be the next big breakout music artist of 2015. Last year I predicted that 2014 would be a HUGE year for Ariana Grande, and well y’all saw what happened (if you want to check out that blog post then here’s the link Artist Spotlight: Ariana Grande). This year I think that Shawn Mendes will rule the charts. If you’re not already obsessed with him, then read on to learn exactly why this singer/songwriter only needs 6 seconds to win you over.

Shawn Mendes is a 16 year old Canadian musician. He first gained popularity by posting 6 second covers on Vine in 2013. He quickly received millions of views and followers in just a few months. In January of 2014, manager Andrew Gertler discovered Shawn and brought him to the attention of Island Records, where he eventually signed a record deal with. In early 2014 (before he was signed) he toured as a member of the ‘MagCon Tour’, which also featured numerous other social media stars. In June of 2014, he released his first single ‘Life of the Party’. The single ended up making Shawn the youngest artist to debut in the Top 25 with a debut song on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’. He also opened Austin Mahone’s nationwide tour, (called ‘Live on Tour’) as an opening act and released his debut major label EP ‘The Shawn Mendes EP’ in July of that year. 2014 continued to be a big year for Shawn due to his win as ‘Choice Webstar: Music’ at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. As you can see, 2014 was an insanely awesome year for this rising artist. With an upcoming opening slot on Taylor Swift’s ‘1985’ tour, and the release of his debut full length album (sometime next year), 2015 is only going to be more insane for Shawn. So if you want to become a fangirl/fanboy now, please read on.


Next up we’re going to get to the part that y’all have been waiting for, yup, we’re gonna talk about the music! So let’s kick things off with Shawn’s debut single ‘Life if the Party’. This sweet ballad is about Shawn telling a girl not to be afraid to be herself. It’s a cute story about how we should all be comfortable in our skin because life is too short to be afraid. I thought that this was a really cool debut song for him because it’s catchy, and has a good message. Definitely a song you’ll want to add to your winter playlists. Next up we’re gonna talk about Shawn’s newest song ‘Something Big’, which was released in November of 2014. This song is a fun, upbeat song that is about the feeling you get right before something big in your life is about to happen. In this song we got to see a little of Shawn’s rapping skills (as if he wasn’t amazing enough), and you also get to see his different layers as an artist. Although I love his ballads, it’s cool to hear him have fun with a track, and it makes you wonder how exciting this song must sound live. The last song that we’re going to talk about is called ‘The Weight’. This track is a breakup song that tells the story of someone pretending that they’re ok without the person they love, but not actually being ok with the breakup. This is a really good song to cry to, and I found that the lyrics were really unique and insightful. This song also shows that Shawn has the emotional range that an artist needs to sing this kind of song (which shows how rounded of an artist he already is). These songs all leave you excited to see what he comes out with next, and just how much he will grow as an artist in the future.
 
Keep up to date with everything Shawn is doing:
Facebook: Shawn Mendes | Facebook
Website: Shawn Mendes – Official Website
 
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