Last Minute Gift Ideas For Fangirls

Still stuck with what to give to your friends, children, siblings, etc. for the holidays? With only eight days until Christmas, it’s a stressful and exciting time. I realize that not everyone is a die-hard music fan and that everyone has a different taste in music, but I have rounded up the best gifts for some of the fangirls and fanboys in your life.

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Perhaps the most talked about artist of the year, Taylor Swift is bound to be an inspiration for someone close to you. Here are some gift ideas that recipients will not shake off:

  1. Concert tickets // The 1989 World Tour — Taylor just announced a tour, with special guest Vance Joy, and tickets are almost gone. To find out when she’ll be near you, check THIS out.
  1. 1989 — Sure, fangirls/fanboys have probably downloaded this album on iTunes already, there is nothing like owning a hard copy of a fantastic record.
  1. Merch — Taylor Swift has an immense collection of merchandise, from tees to tea to-go cups. This is great for gift givers, but be careful with what you buy: not everyone would appreciate a shirt with her face on it! This is one of my favorite tops. 

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Ed Sheeran, the ginger-haired guitar playing, singing/rapping/heart-melting British artist, is on almost everyone’s radar. Here are some gift ideas for the “Sheerios” out there:

  1. His book: Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey — Ed Sheeran just released his first book ever. Not only does Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey offer a first hand account of Ed Sheeran’s amazing success, but its illustrations are also done by Ed’s own childhood friend (and album cover artist)!
  1. Vinyls — Vinyl’s and record players are definitely becoming mainstream again. Even if you don’t own a record player yourself (like me), it is cool to hang on your wall or just look at! (here, “TOL” here)

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Ah, 5 Seconds of Summer. A band met with mixed reviews (INSERT TWEET ABOUT WORST BAND). Maybe (definitely) my fangirl is showing in this post, but I am totally on board with the 5SOS boys and music. Here are some gift ideas for the 5SOS fam:

  1. LIVEsos — This album is different from anything I have ever heard. The collection of fourteen live songs is deemed an “at home concert experience”. Available HERE.
  1. Concert Tickets // Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour — Their tour was announced a whole year in advanced, but there are still a few tickets left for their North American tour this summer! Look HERE for tickets. 
  1. Merch — It sure does cure a fan’s aching heart. I love that 5SOS has a mix of tees with art and tees their faces. (From left to right, 1. 2. 3.)

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And last but certainly not least, One DirectionAs arguably one of the most successful boybands of the year, there is no doubt that you know someone remotely attached to the band in some way. Even if they just enjoy their new fantastic album FOUR, here are some gift ideas for One Direction fans and non-fans alike:

  1. Four — Seriously the boys’ best album yet. It’s vibe is definitely more grown up, which widens their audience immensely. Pick up your own copy HERE.
  1. Concert Tickets: On The Road Again Tour — Yes, another One Direction tour. Seriously, go. Even if you don’t like them. Find out when they’re near you HERE.
  1. Makeup by One Direction: Makeup by One Direction Kits and the Limited-Edition Beauty Collection — If you remember a while back, I reviewed the first round of Makeup by One Direction. I was pleasantly surprised the first time, and even more surprised the second time around. The Limited-Edition Beauty Collection (the tin featuring Liam on the front) is similar in essence to the first makeup tins, but with better, more pigmented colors. I am wearing a combination of “Tell Me A Lie” and “I Would” on my lids and a combination of “Loved You First” and “One Thing” on my lips. Also, the eyeliner in this set is the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. It glides on so easily and is definitely replacing my old eyeliners. On the other hand, the Makeup by One Direction Kits (nail polish, mascara and lip gloss) are quite different. The colors are brighter, more sparkly and less geared towards teenagers than their other products. I definitely recommend this for younger girls, though. While I cannot rock the Liquilights Glow Gloss for the life of me, I am positive younger fans would appreciate the Electro Glam Mascara and Rock Me Nail Kit. For more information on Makeup by One Direction, go HERE.

What would you give your fangirl/fanboys?

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Radical Something // Concert Post

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Radical: 1. A word often used in a negative manner (i.e. radical feminists, radical Republicans, radical Democrats, radical views). 2. A cool 80/90’s kid synonym for awesome, sick, etc.

Radical Something: 1. A hip-hop/pop/rock trio known for their chill, California vibes. 2. A name your parents question (i.e. “Radical what?” “Radical Something? Is there really a something there?” “What is the real name? Radical ____” )

12/13/14: 1. A really cool date to write on the top of school papers. 2. The date of Radical Something’s concert in Manhattan.

 

Last night I attended Radical Something’s Webster Hall show (if you couldn’t tell already). I have been a fan of the trio for a few years now and their song “You Feel Amazing” frequents my 8tracks playlists. There was no way I could pass up the $5 concert tickets or an opportunity to see a rad band with some rad friends from camp  (whilst wearing my new Rad sweater from Forever 21 (which the band loved, of course)).

While it took a while for the show to start and for the fans to collect by the stage, the show was fantastic. It lasted almost two hours including the awesome opening act Academy, and I was in the front row for one hour and fifty four minutes of the concert, give or take a merch-stand trip or two. And by front row, I mean I literally was against the stage (I even sat on it at the end and swiped a setlist from the ground). And the music: just wow. As I was listening to Radical Something’s No Sweat EP on the train going into Manhattan I had no idea what to expect. Their recorded music is upbeat in its lyrics, but the backbeat is very chill. Needless to say, I was surprised at the rock ‘n roll vibe of their live music. The raps, bass and electric guitars were more prominent. Even the slower songs were hyped up. It was just… rad. Overall, this show is definitely towards the top of my list.

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Peace n Radical Blessings

Meg

Why I Watched The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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(photos via Harper’s Bazaar, E! Online, and The Wrap)

I am a seventeen year old high school senior. I wear a uniform every day: plaid skirt, black vans, polo, sweater. Sometimes I don’t brush my hair; sometimes I wear the same pair of Walmart fuzzy socks two days in a row. You can find me doing work (or blogging) behind my computer screen: shoulders hunched, feet up, always in the presence of food. I love fashion (almost) too much. I live for dresses and flannels and socks (yes, I have a sock fetish) that make me feel as though I can conquer the world. Music is my therapy; it can make me happy, it can make me sad, it can make me confident.

I consciously made an effort to finish my work early last night so I could watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I wanted to see the fashion, I wanted to hear the music, and I wanted to see the celebrities. I wore my sweatpants, I ate ice cream, and I live tweeted. Whilst prowling twitter during the commercials, I came across unpleasant reviews: “they are all too skinny”, “this is a terrible influence for young girls”, “this is why there is a body consciousness problem”. My first thought was, these women are walking down a catwalk in front of millions of people wearing the most intimate clothing created. Why should we be shaming them for their confidence? My second thought was, yes, there is definitely a body consciousness problem, but if the show is watched in the right way, it could help young women in their search for acceptance.

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Yes, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show showcases lingerie (I mean it is a lingerie brand, you know) and the models have “legs for days”, “thigh-gaps”, and wings, but the models are also wearing smiles. You can feel that the VS Angels are on cloud nine walking in this show. They blow kisses to the audience, interact with the performers, twirl on the catwalk, and they raise their arms in the air like they just don’t care. It’s pure confidence. 

When is the last time you’ve seen this in a fashion show? Every Fashion Week show (give or take a Betsey Johnson show or two) consists of straight faced models, walking down the runway and back. How often do you see models mouthing the words to the song blaring in the background? How often do you see such a successful marriage of live fashion and live music? Maybe even a better question, when have you done this yourself? When is the last time you’ve sang along (terribly, loudly, and with feeling) to your favorite song in front of other people without caring one bit? When is the last time you strutted down the hallway with your shoulders back and a smile across your entire face? At the end of the show, I marched upstairs to my bedroom, put on my favorite footie-pajamas, threw my arms up in the air and lip-synched the entirety of Nick Jonas’ Jealous”. It was great.

I did not brush my hair today. I wore my plain old uniform and jazzed it up with my duck socks. But you know what? I walked down that school hallway with a purpose. My shoulders were back, I smiled, and I felt like an angel. I don’t need to be in impeccable shape to feel confident, nor do I have to wear lingerie, wings and sky high heels to feel confident. I just need to be me.

To sum it up, I watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show because:

  1. it is a free fashion show. I take advantage of those every chance I get.
  2. the music is stellar. Who knew Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift could mesh so effortlessly with lingerie, wings and a catwalk.
  3. it promotes confidence. As a serial shoulder-slumped teenage girl warned of every kind of body consciousness possible, it is absolutely refreshing to see confidence like that of the VS angels. Heck, if they can be confident almost naked, I can be confident in anything I wear.
  4.  it is a celebration; a celebration of women, happiness and the success of Victoria’s Secret.

Did you watch the VSFS? If you did, why? If you didn’t, why not?  What makes you feel confident? Music (if so, what songs)? Socks?!? Comment below, I’m dying to hear!

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Winter Coats: A Love Affair

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Jacket: Nordstrom BP | Sweater: H&M | Boots: Old Navy | Pants: Rich And Skinny

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

Yes, I know, I’ve worn these boots in the past 201573 posts, but do you notice something different? Is that me wearing a winter coat? As I have professed multiple times, I have a strong dislike for winter coats. First of all, I cannot pull off a “marshmallow” coat for the life of me. Second of all, I break out in hives when I touch wool, let alone wear it. Third of all, I am unbelievably picky when it comes to clothing (which is surprising if you look in my closet). This leaves me with quite the slim selection of winter coats to choose from.

On my way out of one of my Nordstrom BP Fashion Board Meetings, I spotted this coat. It was just my style, it looked warm, and alas, it was not made of wool! It came home with me that day and has certainly been loved so far this winter. While spending the weekend in upstate New York, it was put to the test. Temperatures were below freezing (and considered warm to my brother), but I still stayed toasty. I guess I have gone to the dark side… the coat side. So, Nordstrom BP winter coat, here’s to you.

SOTD: “Changing of the Seasons” Two Door Cinema Club. No, the seasons are not changing currently, but I am still jamming to this song.

Peace n Warm Blessings

Meg

 

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Couch Potato

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Top: American Eagle | Flannel: Forever 21 (worn as skirt) | Boots: Old Navy

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

1. Yes, I was cold.

2. Yes, that is a flannel worn as a skirt.

3. No, it is not difficult to do. (Unbutton the flannel, but around your natural waist and button as high as it will go, fold over waist until front and back lengths are equal, tie the sleeves. ‘Tis comfy and warm.)

On another note, am I the only one still stuffed from Thanksgiving? Maybe it’s because I had pasta for every meal yesterday, or maybe because I just ate way too much… I have literally been a couch potato since Thursday writing college applications (I’m almost done!) and just vegging out for five days straight. And speaking of couch potato-ing…

SOTD: “Couch Potato” by Jukabi. It’s such a jam and is very catchy.

Peace n Blessings

Megan

More

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Dress: Vintage | Headband: Forever 21 | Shoes: Chinese Laundry

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Ah, that time of year again. I never thought much of the annual father daughter dance, but this year I truly cherished my last Bows and Bow Ties with my dad. This year’s Gatsby theme was just the cherry on top. The Seniors were graced with sequin and feather headpieces and everyone got glitzed up for the night. My vintage dress (with the to die for open back) went perfectly with my new Gatsby-esque headband. The night just left me wanting more: more dancing, more Gatsby themed anything, and more time with my father.

My homie Ray and his friends released a new song “More” and I haven’t stopped listening (or dancing) to it! It’s utterly contagious, and I promise you’ll be dancing in t-.05 seconds.

Peace n Blessings

Megan

Night Changes

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Top: LF | Sweater: H&M | Jacket: Forever 21 | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Old Navy

(photography by Kathryn McSherry)

Does it ever drive you crazy, just how fast the night (the weather, the color of the leaves, and your favorite song) changes? If you’re confused, you obviously haven’t pre-ordered One Direction’s album Four that’s dropping tomorrow. If you’re not into the whole album buying thing, go pick up Night Changes, their most recent single (and currently number two on the charts) right now. The song has beach boys vibes and features strong instrumentals and harmonies, not to mention killer lyrics. The bubblegum pop boys in color coordinating outfits are gone. This album is more folky/rock/instrumental than One Direction has ever been before, and it is attracting all sorts of attention.

Speaking of changes, this whole fall changing to winter thing is all too much and all too early. Yes, I do love the red leaves of my neighbors’ tree, but having to layer up is not my cup of tea. On the other hand, my new leather jacket is surely helping me through the thirty degree afternoons. With my short hair I am still getting used to, this leather jacket adds an extra punch of edge. For now, I can handle the cold with just my jacket. I’m just glad it’s not snowing… yet.

Song of the Day: “Night Changes” – One Direction. Seriously. It’s fantastic.

Peace n Blessings

Meg