Ramble: The Power of “Shrill” and Finally Seeing Me

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Picture it: Cross River, New York, 2003. Like many middle school girls of that time, I was on my way to an indoor pool birthday party. Having just purchased a new swimsuit, I was a size 16, with unshaven legs and no make-up knowledge, but was willing to give this social gathering thing a shot. Doggie paddles, laughter, and some awkward exchanges were had by all. Everything seemed to be going fine – that is, until I entered the bathroom doors to change back into my non-swim attire.

A party attendee, of a much smaller size, giggled as she entered with her friends. Suddenly, my stall door was pushed wide open, the lock busted from the side. I was naked, beginning to have the shock settle in as multiple classmates laughed at my figure. “Fat ass! Chubby! Gross!” they cried, as each one took a turn ambushing me in my most vulnerable state, running in a merry-go-round style. They eventually stopped, but I didn’t leave the bathroom until the party had finished.

Flash forward to 2019, and in baggie pajamas and unbrushed hair, I decide to enter the world of Hulu’s new original series, Shrill. And somehow, through its short 6 half-hour episode course, I have never felt more appreciated and seen in my entire media watching life.


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Movie Ramble: To The Academy, With Love

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I’m just going to say something bold: The Oscars mean the world to me. Yeah, I know that sounds a bit cheesy and “intense” to you casual movie lovers out there, but it is the truth. This event is my Super Bowl, my Olympics, and in truth has and will always be what my year and life have centered around. This is the night where the “stars” shine, and the thing I love more than anything – the “motion pictures” – are celebrated.

But this year, I have to admit that it is a bit harder to get that rush of excitement I’ve always had for the Academy Awards telecast. Why? Because to me, it seems that the Academy themselves have lost touch with what made the Oscars, well, the Oscars. Read more

The Perfect Pair: The Young Girls of Rochefort/Kate Spade Spring 2019

When I describe to people my personal “aesthetic”, I tend to point in the direction of the pop culture that inspires me. There’s Disney related things, Magical Girl genre shows, music videos, retro pin up ads, etc. But there happens to be one particular movie (that I only saw within the last year or so) that really has become the true definition of my style and taste in multiple things – but mostly within its visual language: The Young Girls of Rochefort. And with the release of the new Kate Spade Spring 2019 collection, my love for this movie (and this colorful style) continues to grow.  

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Cinema Style – “The Favourite” Movie Review

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Cinema Style is a series where I review a film (new or old) and pair it with an outfit that pays tribute to the visual aesthetic of said movie. Whether you’re looking for a “bound” of some sort, or just want some style dipped in the “flavor” of your new favorite movie, these write-ups are here to help!

In the world of cinema, it is sometimes hard to define the visual representations of cruelty. Sure, there has been some form of violence in almost every flick since the beginning of film history, and there’s enough “torture porn” genre movies to fill a garbage dump, but when it comes to the more emotional side of the phrase, there aren’t too many films that capture the word visually on screen. Or at least, that was the case until the director of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimosbecame an Indie Film darling.

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Movies Ala Mode: The Best Christmas Media to Stream, 2018 Edition

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Are you looking for a bit of Holiday cheer at the moment? Not finding anything to watch to put you in the sparkly, enchanting Christmas spirit? Well, I think its about time I came up with my own list of things to watch. Whether you can find them easily on Netflix, or have to go digging on YouTube, here are some essential watches for me this year that you too can stream for all the merriment and cheer you deserve!

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Eloquii NYC Holiday Pop-Up: A Shopping Experience for the Ages

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When it comes to being a plus size fashionista in NYC, its hard to find beautiful, comfortable, and on-trend pieces that don’t feel like they’re made for “basic” individuals. Sure, there are the Lane Bryant locations, and a section at Macy’s Herald Square that has some decent (but mostly business, “corporate” focused) brands and selections – but none of them (in my opinion) can hold a candle to the quality and versatility of Eloquii.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Movie Review

 

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2018 is drawing to a close, and I’m getting caught up on the Holiday movie releases! Here’s my first of a few upcoming reviews. 

When I think of things that bring me comfort and joy, my mind tends to reach towards thoughts of marshmallows – specifically, marshmallow fluff. It is a condiment that makes any dessert better, and is so sugary sweet that it produces an equal amount of pleasure as it does food-related guilt. So when I finished viewing the Queen Rock n’ Roll bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody, I found myself sitting there and thinking about the same delicious treat.

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A Little Love Note to Fall Sweaters from LOFT

A couple of blog posts ago, I went into detail on how being a colorfully dressed individual in New York City can lead you down the oddest of paths in life. From rocking Lolita Fashion on the regular, to now being my more vintage with nerdy flairs self, its a stylish journey for sure. But with the chilly air and leaves falling to the ground, the shades of the city are calling for a different kind of palette, and one that unlike the rest of the year, I like to embrace.

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Yes, it is true, your girl gets her own version of spooky during the Fall season – and that means lots of feminine gothic touches mixed with the shades of my prior punk self returning to a wardrobe near you. Trust me, pastel colors and obnoxious prints haven’t gone away – but they just form into something different than what the spring and summer offered. Think Romantic elements – Belle hanging out a coffee shop in the village sort of vibe, but with swing skirts and romantic sweaters.

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Movies Ala Mode: Leaked Hellboy Trailer Thoughts

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So a few weeks ago, New York Comic Con happened, and with it came a panel for the new Hellboy movie. And as with any of these high profile first looks at a blockbuster flick, a piece of promotional material was shown to fans…. but not to anyone else outside the “room where it” happened. Luckily, thanks to the inter web, the trailer for the new movie got leaked, and though I’m one to usually wait until an official version comes out from the studio, this was one of those moments where I dashed my moral compass to the side.

But now to the question you’ve all been waiting for, “Does it look any good?” Well, let me give a bit of explaination….

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Movies-Ala-Mode: “Hellboy” (2019) Releases New Poster

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Amidst all the pastels, bright colors, and nostalgic imagery, a big part of my heart belongs to comic books and monsters – which is the reason why a certain hellish hero has been one of my favorite (right next to Marvel’s Black Panther) comic book characters of all time. And thanks to the help of some awesome casting (my bae, David Harbour) and this kick ass poster, Hellboy is climbing towards the top of my list of the movies I’m the most excited to see in 2019 (for obviously, slightly biased reasons.)

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