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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Lollapalooza Lineup

Happy Wednesday friends! The Lollapalooza lineup was released today, and I am so excited I could kiss someone on the mouth!

As I mentioned in this post on my summer blog, I went to Lollapalooza for the first time last summer and absolutely loved it. Well, let us take a look at the day-by-day schedule and discuss the bands I’m excited to see, shall we? use

Friday August 1:

Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Portugal. The Man, and The Kooks. I also kind of want to see Into it. Over it. I’ve never heard of them before and have no idea what kind of music they play, but I dig that band name so hard.

Saturday August 2:

Outkast would be fun, but not essential, Foster the People, The Head and the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Kate Nash-holy cow yes!!!, and Vance Joy.

Sunday August 3:

Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, who I just saw (check out this post), and The 1975 holy Mother of Pearl!!!!

Obviously there are bands sprinkled throughout all days that I do enjoy, but I will not be heartbroken if I don’t see them. My two essentials, as I am sure you can tell, are Kate Nash and The 1975. I am a bit disappointed, however, that Bastille isn’t playing. That would be prime.

The 3-day passes for Lollapalooza are all sold out, but you can still buy single day passes on their website. If you even have a slight inkling to go, I highly encourage it. It is so worth the price and you get to be surrounded by a vortex of music and happiness for three whole days. Wow, so great.

Have a great Wednesday and thanks for reading :)

Vlog Together Friends Forever

Happy Monday everyone! My friend and roommate Hanna and I made another video together!

As I mentioned in this post, Hanna and I have previously made videos together. Our most recent video was of us breaking up with strangers, which can be found here. Well, we made another video on Hanna’s Youtube channel in which we played a game inspired by the text of Fifty Shades of Grey. Enjoy.

P.S. All editing credit goes to Hanna because she’s a rockstar.

Have a great week and thanks for watching :)

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It’s Okay to Not Text Back Promptly

Recently I have noticed that I have been taking longer to respond to text messages than usual. Upon first thought, I feel anxious or bad for taking so long to respond, but after further contemplation, I think it’s better this way.

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I took this once when I wandered for a bit.

As I talked about in this post, our society functions based on the intense desire to be connected to one another. Social media and text messaging, as well as video calls, have allowed us to be connected to people at literally any moment of the day. While this does prove to be purposeful at times, it can also be problematic. If I am working on a paper, for example, and someone texts me and we begin a conversation, my focus shifts from my present task to this conversation. I become hyper-sensitive to hearing my phone vibrate, or noticing its screen light up. I become kind of anxious waiting for the next message so I can answer promptly. This desire to answer promptly probably stems from not wanting to be rude and leave them hanging, and also to keep the conversation flowing, but I wish I didn’t feel it.

Recently, I’ve had a few instances in which I am too consumed writing or staring at the sky or taking time in my own brain to notice when someone texts or calls. If that person has a direct question or is inviting me somewhere, my immediate reaction to missing their text is anxiety or sadness. “I wish I would have seen this before I decided to go for a walk so I could have gone to Target with Susie,” or something like that. But then I think, “Hey self, did you enjoy this walk? Did you enjoy wandering aimlessly by yourself, feeling disconnected from the world for a while?” And the answer is always yes. If I am engaging in any sort of activity by myself, and I am connected to what I’m doing, it really isn’t a shame I missed Susie’s invite. I can go to Target with Susie anytime, but I might not have the exact same thought I had half an hour ago that prompted the poem I just wrote. Or I wouldn’t have wandered past the same rotting tree that made for a really beautiful picture. If I would have seen her message, I would have abandoned these endeavors for something else.

This lack of interference is necessary. Taking time for yourself and becoming unaware of other people trying to contact you is quite nice sometimes. There is no reason to apologize for answering someone hours after they texted you. You were busy living in your real life, and wholeheartedly enjoying it; do that more often.

Stream of Consciousness Part 3

Happy Friday all. My brain feels like there’s air in it, and I am sitting in a public place where I can make weird observations, so it feels right to have another stream of consciousness post. (See my other two here and here). Let’s begin.

The people in front of me are platonically holding hands. Now they are clapping them together. Friendship really is the best ship. There’s a man with a nice beard sitting across the room. It’s just the right length; more than scruff, but not long enough that his food will get stuck in it. If I were a man I would definitely have a beard. And dreadlocks. In my GHS class, we watched a documentary on Bob Marley (way cool by the way), and there were a lot of dreadlocks in that film. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I spot one of my friends working. I see him through the cracks in the coffee machinery stuff. That didn’t make sense, but that’s okay. Does anything really make sense?

I feel like I have clouds in my head.

I feel like I have clouds in my head.

The other day my roommate Hanna and I were talking about how literally everything is made up. NOTHING IS REAL. Time is not real. All we know for certain is that the sun rises and sets every “day,” but how do we know that that is actually a day? And who said there are 24 hours in one day, and what is an hour even?! Everything is a lie. Also, how crazy is language? Who decided that a chair would be called a chair, rather than a lighthouse? I’m just so unsure, ya know?

I still need to write another blog post because I’m the worst and forgot to post throughout the week. My head feels a little loopy, but I think that’s because I forgot to eat breakfast. Always eat breakfast, kids. Break the fast. Okay, bye.

Matt Jordan and Tyler Filmore

Happy Friday everyone! There’s a free concert tonight in Starbucks at 7, and I want you to know about it.

As I’ve mentioned here and here, I’m a member of program board’s coffeehouse committee that brings bands to Butler every month for free concerts in Starbucks. Tonight at 7p.m., we will be having Matt Jordan and Tyler Filmore. Matt is a country artist, and a Butler graduate, so it’s pretty exciting that he is playing.

In addition to some free tunes, we will be having a giveaway for tickets to The Mowgli’s concert tomorrow night at The Egyptian Room. Also, The Mowgli’s will be performing during finals week for Exam Jam. Woo yeah music yeah!!!! Anyhow, check out Matt’s tunes below and I’ll see you at the show tonight at 7 in Starbucks.

Will It Beard

Happy Friday everyone. I follow an Instagram account called Will It Beard, it’s hilariously creative, and I want you to know about it.

Will It Beard is a Tumblr and Instagram account created by Pierce and Stacy Thiot, and it consists of the pair sticking things in Pierce’s beard and photographing it. Pierce’s journey of sticking things in his beard began during Christmas time when he stuck over 20 pencils in his beard for a family-type talent show. From there, he and his wife decided to explore the possibilities of stuff sticking in his beard, and they decided to document this exploration and put it on the Internet.

I’m not much of a Tumblr person, so I follow their Instagram account, and I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s incredibly strange and all of the images are very striking, so I can’t stop looking. It’s hilarious and clever and sometimes really beautiful, actually. I just really appreciate that there’s no real reason behind why the Thiots stick things in beards and take pictures of it. It just looks cool and is quirky and strange, and I dig it. I also have this weird thing about texture, so I always really want to touch the stuff sticking out of his beard, especially the toothpicks one. Below are a few of my faves.

Beard and Flowers

Beard and Flowers

Beard and Noodles

Beard and Noodles

Beard and Bows

Beard and Bows

Beard and Potato

Beard and Potato

Beard and Picks

Beard and Picks

Beard and Bubbles

Beard and Bubbles

Beard and Pipe Cleaners

Beard and Pipe Cleaners

Have a great rest of break and thanks for reading :)

First Kiss

Happy Thursday everyone! Since you’re reading this on the Internet, and this video has been all over the Internet the past few days, I’m assuming you’ve seen the video of strangers kissing. Let’s talk about it.

The short film titled “First Kiss” was posted to Youtube on March 10 and has already garnered over 40 million views. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a relational art piece done by an artist somewhere to show the extreme vulnerability a kiss requires, and to study how humans interact with one another. After further research, however, it turns out the video is an ad for a clothing company. Say whaaat?

The video was created by the Los Angeles based clothing company WREN and serves as their newest advertisement for their brand. Everyone in the video is incredibly attractive and well dressed, and that is because they are models, singers, and actors wearing clothing by WREN. Although this video is an advertisement, everyone in the video was indeed a stranger to his or her make out buddy, and no one is acting, so it is still very real.

I think the video is incredibly beautiful. The whole piece perfectly captures the vulnerability, tenderness, and awkwardness of a kiss. The film is shot in black and white, which calls attention to the participants without any other distractions; it’s about the interaction of the two kissers. Plus, I think black and white film seems more candid and intimate for some reason. In addition to the filming, the music is perfectly soft as well. It’s tender and passionate just like the actors and actresses in the video. My favorite aspect of the film is the extreme awkwardness and uncertainty you can sense from each and every person on screen. The nervous laughter and joking is such a natural reaction for humans to have in an uncomfortable situation. It is just so real! They fidget and shuffle around a bit and laugh and make jokes, just as any human in that situation would do in order to make an extremely uncomfortable situation seem more relaxed.

My favorite parts are when the kissers are still introducing themselves to one another. The first is around the 58 second mark, and one of the kissers says, “This is actually pretty scary.” I also love at the 1:28 mark when one of the kissers says, “Let’s look at each other for a second, okay?” Both of these are the most tender and human parts of the whole thing. They are so honest and just raw reactions to something so intimate. I just love it!

Melissa Coker, WREN’s founder and creative director commented on the video saying, “We make these fashion films every season. I strive to make them an interesting film that exists on its own rather than something that feels like a commercial.” That is a smart move if you ask me. I think the reason it is so incredibly popular is because it such an honest and candid portrayal of human interaction. I think everyone is seeing this as a work of art first, and a fashion ad second. Well played, WREN. Well played.

Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for reading :)

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Tuney Tuesday: Young the Giant in Concert

Happy Tuesday everyone. Since I didn’t post a Music Monday yesterday, let’s call today Tuney Tuesday. My friend Brandon and I went and saw Young the Giant in concert last night, and they were so fun.

Dat lighting doe.

Dat lighting doe.

I blogged about Young the Giant last year in this post, so obviously I am a fan. I have wanted to see them in concert for a while, so back in December when I heard they were coming to Indianapolis, I made my mind up to go. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, the band tweeted something saying they would give away free tickets to one random person who retweeted them. Since I love the Internet and was already planning on going, I retweeted them, and ended up winning. It was really random and unexpected since I don’t usually win things, but I was pumped that my tickets were free, plus they tweeted at me congratulating my win (I’m kind of a big deal).

The show was at the Egyptian Room, which has proven to be my go-to place for concerts in Indy. My friend Sam has seen Young the Giant before and told me that they were great live, and they were. They had really cool purple and yellow lights going the whole time, and the lead singer danced and grooved throughout the whole show. He danced a bit each time before he sang, so it kind of looked like he was working the notes through his whole body; it was cool. Also, one of the guitar players bopped around the stage the whole time, which was fun. They were all so into what they were playing and clearly enjoyed it. They also sounded fantastic! Probably even better than on their CDs. I would definitely see them again, and one hundred percent recommend their show to anyone who is a fan.

Have a great rest of the night, and thanks for reading :)

Spring Break is Upon Us

Happy Friday to all! Today is the last day of classes before spring break. HUZZAH! Besides it being a jovial occasion due to the beginning of break, the weather is prime time right now.

A hipster llama, just cuz.

A hipster llama, just cuz.

It is so sunny and beautiful and everyone is so happy to be alive. I feel like anytime people are leaving for a break of any sort, there is a certain energy on campus that indicates a break is coming. The parking lots start clearing out, the residence halls have a soft quiet that falls over them, and people just radiate a bit of excitement. Another fun aspect of today: a bunch of people dressed in tuxes and fancy dresses with plastic name tags are walking around campus in herds. There is something incredibly funny about a group of sharply dressed people wandering around in a confused daze with a laminated neon plastic tag stuck on their front. I’m not sure who they are or why they’re here, but I feel really good about it.

Back to break: I am just going home for break, but I am so excited. I can’t wait to sit on the couch and watch hours of television and movies and not feel bad about it. I’m also excited to see my friends and family who will be home at the same time. I’m not even trying to get any work done while I’m home, and I’m looking forward to just straight up chillin.

Have a glorious break, and thanks for reading :)

Popmoney

Happy Thursday everyone! Spring break is on the horizon, and you’re probably looking for ways to keep your finances in check while on vacation. Lucky for you, I have just the thing.

Look at them so stylishly transferring money.

Look at them so stylishly transferring money.

My friend Trey’s PR group is promoting a money transfer service called Popmoney, and I think it’s pretty relevant in regards to managing money if you’re traveling over break. You can send and receive money through your checking account, (which most likely is already partnered with Popmoney because a lot of banks are), and you can transfer the money through their website or any type of mobile device. If your bank isn’t a partner, however, don’t fret! You can still use Popmoney. They will just send you an email granting you access for the transfer. For more info on that, click here. And for more info on Popmoney in general, check out their website.

Spring break should be a time of fun and spontaneity, so don’t leave your finances to be spent willy nilly while you let loose the rest of the week.

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for reading :)