“Us adults are frequently suspicious of the young. You see it all the time on the news, hear the whispers on the streets. It’s always seen as such a terrible thing that young people are gathering with their friends, wearing strange clothes, saying words we’ve never heard, listening to music we don’t like. We forget so quickly that you’re us and we’re you.” – Poppy’s mom from ‘Ten Birthdays’
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to review a very interesting new book by author Kerry Wilkinson called ‘Ten Birthdays’, which was provided for review by Bookouture. This book was released in May of 2017, and is a coming of age story about a British teenager. So let’s get to why you’re all here, the book review! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
‘Ten Birthdays’ follows the life of Poppy Kinsey as she evolves from a 16 year old teenager, into a 25 year old woman. On her birthday, Poppy receives one of 10 letters her mother wrote for her before her death on Poppy’s 15th birthday. At first Poppy is not sure if she wants to open the letters because it brings painful feelings to the forefront of her mind however, she eventually does read the 1st letter, and for the next 9 birthdays reads one letter a year. Throughout the story we see Poppy’s life change as she deals with friendships, relationships, and finding her purpose in life. Along the way poppy’s mother gives her life advice and tells her stories through the letters she wrote, and thus is able to stay a constant force in Poppy’s life.
Although you would think that this story would be very sad, it is actually more of a coming of age story, than a story of loss. Anyone who has had someone close to them pass away can relate to Poppy’s mixed feelings of love and sadness in regards to the letters her mother left her. Also, I really enjoyed the fact that Poppy is not your stereotypical happy protagonist, and because of this faces struggles and consequences for questionable decisions throughout the course of the book. You find yourself constantly rooting for Poppy, and interested to know what the next year of her life will bring her. I also like that the book shows the difficulties Poppy and her two childhood best friends Mark & Freya face as they grow older and make decisions that determine who the kind of people they will grow up to be. Lastly, although there is not a lot of diversity in this book, Freya is bi-racial (her mother is Jamaican and although the book does not actually describe her father, it does allude to the fact that he is white). Because of all of these factors, I would definitely give this book a 4 smiley face rating. It is a very enjoyable novel that you will not want to put down, and I definitely hope that we will get a sequel one day because I would love to continue to see how these amazing charterers’ lives turn out.
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re taking another ride on the nostalgia train. If you were a kid in the late 90s then I have a treat for you! After millions of book sells, countless years, and A LOT of Marvel movies, we’re finally getting a movie about a very under appreciated superhero. Yup, today we’re talking about the ‘Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie’ trailer. Whether you loved this series, or wished everyone would shut up about it, you can’t deny the legacy and reach of this series. When the 1st trailer for the movie dropped recently, I knew that we had to talk about it, so let’s get to the trailer. Ready? Ok, lets go!!!
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss one of the most exciting announcements of 2016 so far (seriously it’s AMAZING!!!). Yes, we’re talking about the announcement of the ‘Gilmore Girls’ reboot. For 7 seasons ‘Gilmore Girls’ entertained us with the show’s witty writing, interesting characters, and overall charm. Now that we have the opportunity to go back to Stars Hallow and see how all of our fav characters are doing, I know we have so many questions. So let’s all meet at Luke’s Diner and discuss the burning questions we all want answered. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
Everybody here? Ok then let’s begin!
3) What is Rory’s relationship status and what career path did she take?
Throughout the duration of the show we saw Rory with three boyfriends who were very different people, and helped Rory grow into the person she would become. When we last left Rory she rejected Logan’s (her college boyfriend) proposal and was single and ready to focus on her career. It will be interesting to see what Rory’s relationship status is now, and what career she chose. With her intellect the sky was truly the limit, so I know that we’re all anxious to see where they’ll go with her character.
2) How the show will honor Richard’s memory after Edward Herrmann’s passing, and how Emily handles this?
I know that we will all miss seeing Edward Herrmann on our screens because of his unbelievable talent, and the amazing way he was able to help mold Richard into a character that we all still love and respect. Emily (Richard’s wife for anyone who doesn’t know) was always a very complex, and often confusing character to understand, so I’m really excited to see how her character will evolve and change as she adjusts to the life of a widow (btw Kelly Bishop who played Emily confirmed that Emily is now a widow).
1) Did Luke and Lorelei ever get married?
Yes we’ve reached the BIG question on everyone’s minds! I mean we loved Lorelei, we loved Luke, and more importantly we loved them together, so c’mon ‘Gilmore Girls’ writers let’s make this happen (please don’t break our little hearts and sink this ship, we might never recover for the shock…seriously 😩).
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about an awesome beauty/fashion guru that you’ll need to subscribe to right now! If you haven’t heard of Sophie Foster then keep reading to learn all about the YouTuber that all your friends will soon be obsessed with. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Sophie’s ‘Introduction Video’, which was uploaded on August 26th, 2013. The reason why I wanted to mention this video, is because it not only shows you what you should expect from this channel, but it also shows us how far Sophie has come as an entertainer. It’s interesting to see our fav YouTuber’s first videos because it just reaffirms that they really are just regular people with extraordinary talent. Next up we have Sophie’s ‘My Morning Routine’ video, which was uploaded on May 23rd, 2014 (you can check out the video below). Morning routines can be really interesting to watch because you get cool tips & tricks regarding makeup, hair, food, and so much more! If you want inspiration to make your morning even more fun then you should definitely check out this video.
The next video that we’re going to talk about is Sophie ‘How To Have The BEST Concert Experience’, which was uploaded on May 31st, 2015 (you can check out this video below). Whether you’re preparing to go to your 1st concert or you’re a concert veteran, this is the video for you! In this video Sophie talks about outfit & makeup suggestions, what to/what not to bring/do, & a lot of other essential information that you should know in order to have the best time possible. The final video that we’re going to talk about is Sophie’s ‘Purple Smokey Glam Makeup Tutorial’, which was uploaded on January 17th, 2016. If you want a step-by step explanation on how to get an amazing smokey eye look that will make you stand out, then you gotta check out this tutorial.
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about an awesome new YouTuber that y’all need to check out. If you haven’t heard of Olivia Rouyre then you are missing out on a funny, cool, and very knowledgeable YouTuber that will instantly enchant you with her bubbly personality. On her channel you’ll find a wide variety of beauty/fashion/and lifestyle videos that you will replay over and over all winter long. So if you’re ready to meet you’re fav new YouTuber then keep reading. Ready? Ok, let’s go!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Olivia’s ‘Whisper Challenge’ video, which was uploaded on January 18th, 2015 (you check out this video below). Now we know that we all still love The Whisper Challenge because it’s just so funny. Olivia’s sister Sixtine is also featured in this video, and together they make this video unbelievably funny. Even if you think that you’re tired of watching Whisper Challenge videos, you should check this video out because it will make you fall in love with this challenge all over again. Next up we have Olivia’s ‘My OTP + Losing a Toe + How I Started Modeling #ASKLIV’ video, which was uploaded on August 12th, 2015. This is a really interesting video that will help you not only learn about Olivia, but also learn how she became a model (who knows maybe you can use this video to launch your own career). I think that as YouTube viewers we love Q&A videos because they make us feel closer to our fav YouTuber stars and helps us see them as regular people, not just internet stars.
Next up we have Olivia’s ‘What’s On My IPhone 6s + How I Edit My Instagram Photos’ video, which was uploaded on November 7th, 2015 (you can check this video out below). If you have or are thinking of getting an IPhone, this is a great video to check out so you can discover new apps to fall in love with. Also, if you want to increases your Instagram likes then you can use the photo editing tips & tricks that Olivia mentions in this video (if you see her Instagram then you’ll know that she’s a pro at this!). The final video that we’re going to discuss is Olivia’s ‘What I Got For Christmas 2015’ video, which was uploaded on December 27th, 2015. If you’re looking to spend those Christmas gift cards or if you want to treat yourself to a late Christmas present then this video is a MUST SEE. In this video Olivia discusses a wide range of products so there’s guaranteed to be something (or many things that you’ll want to check out.
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to talk about an amazing YouTube beauty/fashion guru that you just gotta check out. If you love YouTubers that are entertaining, and have cool and interesting videos then you gotta check out FearlesslyJulia’s channel. If you watch enough hours of YouTube then you know that there are many amazing beauty/fashion gurus on YouTube, that it can be hard to decide which channels to watch (I mean we do have to divide our time between Netflix binges and sleeping, so we have to use our time wisely). If you want to discover a new channel that you will replay over and over then please keep reading. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Julia’s ‘Decorating my Room for Christmas! + DIY Decorative Pillows 🎄’ video, which was uploaded on November 13th, 2014. Now I know that Christmas has already passed but it’s never too late to get ready for next year. Right? Right! If you want to learn how to turn your room into a winter wonderland, and create very cute pillows that you will want to use all year, then you gotta check out this video. Next up we have Julia’s ‘Easter Hair, Makeup, & Outfit Ideas 2015!’ video which was uploaded on March 28th, 2015 (you can check out this video below). If you want to look super cute this Easter then you have to watch this video. Julia gives her audience amazing and detailed tips & tricks that you can use to not only be Insstagram ready for Easter, but all spring long.
Now we’re going discuss Julia’s ‘Fall Clothing Haul 2015! Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville & more!’, which was uploaded on August 29th, 2015 (you can check out the video below). Now y’all know that there had to be a haul in this post because haul’s are amazing. Now that Christmas has come and past, we either have no money left, or we have money and gift cards from Santa. The great thing about hauls is that we can check out what other people buy, and know where all the cute stuff is. Also, it’s never to early to start your Christmas list for next year…just saying. The final video that we’re going to talk about is Julia’s ‘Winter Morning Routine 2015’, which was uploaded on November 14th, 2015. It’s a lot of fun to see our fav YouTubers morning/night routines because it makes us feel more connected to them. It’s cool to see that our fav gurus watch Netflix like us, stalk people on social media (oh you know you do that too…yeah you the one shaking their head, yup, you know you’re a professional social media stalker). If you want to learn a little more about Julia’s life then definitely give this video a try.
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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. If 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!
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about an incredible YouTuber who you will soon be addicted to. It can be really hard for a YouTuber to distinguish themselves because of all of the competition from the other great channels on the website. Once you see Keegan’s videos, it’s easy to figure out that she definitely stands out from the crowd. Not only is she knowledgeable about all of the topics that she discusses on her channel, but she’s also very entertaining to watch, has a natural on-camera presence, and she is able to engage her audience from the start of the video to the end. If you’re not already subscribed to her channel then you are definitely missing out. So please read on to discover the YouTuber that all your friends already love. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The first video that we’re going to talk about is Keegan’s ‘Sephora and Charlotte Russe’ haul, which was uploaded on June 6th, 2013 (you can check out this video below). This video is the perfect introduction to Keegan’s channel because it shows us that she’s a natural born entertainer who can not only mesmerize her audience, but also leave them wanting to keep coming back to see more. I also love that this video is a haul because we get a glimpse at what Keegan’s personal style is like, which is a great way for her to connect with her audience. Next up we have her ‘First Impression | Nume Octo Wand’ video, which was uploaded on December 26th, 2013. First impression videos are great because we get to see what our fav YouTubers really think about a product without worrying that they’re just trying to get us to buy the product. In this video Keegan shows that she’s really good at reviewing products because she gives a very detailed review that tells us why the product is great, but does so in a way that allows us to figure out if this is the product for us.
Now we’re going to talk about Keegan’s ‘ My Braces Experience | EVERYTHING You Need To Know About Braces’ video, which was uploaded on March 17th, 2014. I think that one of the best things about YouTube is that we really get to know our favorite YouTubers in a way that makes us feel as if they’re our best friends. This video is a perfect example of that, because through this video Keegan is able to connect with all of her viewers who have braces, or will get braces in the near future. Keegan may have given her viewers the confidence to visit a Dentist in Hartford (or their local dental clinic) to speak about potentially getting braces. This can be a big step for anyone to take, but if you are doing it to improve your smile, then this may be the best step for you to take.
This is a MUST SEE video if you fall into either of these categories because Keegan is very detailed when she explains the process of getting braces put on, taken off, and everything in between. The final video that we’re going to discuss today is Keegan’s ‘ iPhone Case Collection 2015’ video, which was uploaded on June 22nd, 2015 (you can check out this video below). Personally I love watching iPhone case collections because you get to see some really cool cases and learn where to get them (gotta have more stuff to add to that letter to Santa). In this video we not only get to see some really cute phone cases (I seriously want all of them), but we once again get a glimpse into what Keegan’s personal style is, and how it has evolved. I really wish that I could have written about all of her videos because they’re all AMAZING, so I would definitely check out this channel if you want to give yourself an early Christmas present.
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YouTube: Keegan Acton