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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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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 :)

Oscar Fashion Recap

Happy Monday all! As I’m sure you know, the Academy Awards were last night. Unfortunately I was unable to watch, but the Internet has gotten me caught up on the red carpet fashion. Let’s discuss, shall we?

Lupita Nyong’o: Wowza does she look stunning. The actress won Best-Supporting Actress for her work in Twelve Years As Slave, and apparently gave an incredible acceptance speech. Unfortunately, Youtube removed any recordings of said speech, so I can’t share it with you. Anyhow, her skin looks flawless, she looks like Cinderella, and she won an Oscar. SHE’S ON FIRE!

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Jennifer Lawrence: Everyone and their mother loves Jennifer Lawrence, myself included, but something about her outfit seems a bit off to me. The little flaps on both sides remind me a bit of a mermaid, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also, her hair makes me feel kind of funny. She is still a wonderful human and an incredibly talented actress.

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Emma Watson: Emma Watson is tied with James Franco for my number one celebrity crush, so naturally I am obsessed with her look. Her hair reaches that perfect balance between effortlessly tousled and kempt, while her dress is classically chic. Keep doing you Emma, keep doing you.

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Pharrell Williams: Pharrell…what’s happening here? The musician sported a classic tuxedo on top, paired with a pair of tuxedo shorts on bottom. I think perhaps this look could work on amore casual occasion, but the shorts make me wonder, is he pharreal?

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I don’t know anything about this British actor, other than the Internet loves him. His outfit looked appropriate for the occasion, but the real winning moment was when he photobombed this photo.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: JGL ties with Ezra Koenig for my second place celebrity crush, so once again, I am digging his threads. He looks as classic and clean as always, and the look on his face looks as if he hears me calling his name off in the distance.

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Another noteworthy bit of the evening was how Ellen ordered pizza for everyone, and how the selfie she took blew up Twitter.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

*All photos courtesy of Yahoo.com

My Afternoon

Happy Friday to all. I had an afternoon filled with fun and friends, so I thought I’d share it with you.

The afternoon started with a trip to Value World. As I mentioned in this post, I love Value World. For those of you that don’t know, VW is a majestically beautiful thrift store in Indianapolis. I bought several shirts and sweaters there, and it was grand.

Katie in her hammock

Katie in her hammock

After Value World, my friend Katie and I bundled up and went to lay out on the mall. Katie set up her hammock and I laid on a blanket and fell asleep. We ran into our friend Sam and hit up Starbucks afterwards.

Finally, a few of my friends and I went to Graeters and got ice cream. Graeters opened recently, and I had not been there yet, so of course I was excited to go. The ice cream was delicious and I already want some more.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading :)

Adventures of a Confused College Kid

Happy Wednesday everyone. The other day one of my friends from back home texted me telling me he started a blog. Naturally I typed in the URL and promptly began reading, and I quickly discovered it is too hilarious not to share.

That's him. What a fun human.

That’s him. What a fun human.

In high school, my friend Brendan was really funny and always getting into particularly strange and awkward situations. Situations that I’ve never heard of anyone ever encountering before; like stuff from movies. Well, much to my satisfaction, Brendan still regularly finds himself in these situations and now blogs about it. (Click that link to see it!) He even has little stick figure illustrations to accompany all of his funny tales. My favorites so far are “Physics and Uranus” and “A Coffee to the Butt,” but “Off the Heezy” is a close contender.

Brendan is a wonderfully hilarious human, and I am so glad we can be invited into his world through his quirky stories. If you ever think something weird and slightly uncomfortable has happened to you, chances are Brendan’s experienced something weirder. Check it out man, you won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: The 1975

Happy Music Monday to all. For the past week and a half I have been obsessively listening to The 1975. Quite obviously, I would like to share my newfound love with you. Let us begin.

The 1975 is a four man band hailing from Manchester, England. The group has been performing together for the past seven years, has released four EPs, and released their self-titled debut album in September of 2013. The group says they get a lot of their inspiration from eighties pop songs, and it definitely shows. Their tunes are super poppy and fun, but at the same time, they sound kind of dark. They sing about themes of sex and love, with a little bit of angst, and their British accents peek through every once in a while, making them sound truly unique.

Photo courtesy of The 1975 website

Photo courtesy of The 1975 website

Besides having really rockin’ music, the group’s artistic vision is pretty rad. A lot of their early music videos are shot in black and white, and their website is all black and white. They decided on their band name upon discovering the date of an old poem in the back of a beat poetry book. How freaking cool is that?! In addition to falling in love with their music, I have also found myself falling in love with their faces. Classic me.

Anyhow, they are so incredibly catchy, and fun, and unique sounding, and cool, and I can’t stop listening to them. Give them a listen, and check out their website because it is super rad as well.

Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

“Chocolate”

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“Girls”

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“Sex”

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My Self-Realization

Happy Friday all. I have recently realized that I am really awkward when dealing with strangers in a professional setting. Gah!

Last night, Dinner and a Suit came and performed in Starbucks for this month’s Coffeehouse concert. I showed up to help set up for the concert, and only two other members of our committee were there. My comrades left to go bring in equipment, leaving me alone with the band. The crew sat on the other side of the room, so I sauntered over to them and struck up a conversation. I said, “You guys performing tonight?” as I strangely jabbed my fingers in a gun-like position in their direction. They said yes, then I flightily told them I was going to help them set up, then welcomed them and wished them luck performing. It doesn’t sound like that strange of an interaction, but I felt strange about it. Classic me. On an unrelated note: the show was fantastic. The band sounded really good and they all had matching t-shirts and matching haircuts and they were all adorable. Plus, I danced in my seat the whole time, and when I talked to them afterwards and they said they liked my moves. YUSS.

Photo courtesy of Google images

Photo courtesy of Google images

Another moment that revealed my awkwardness occurred this morning. I talked to a prospective art + design student. Two of my professors gave the student and her mother a presentation about our program, and I frequently interjected. After the presentation I was left alone with the two and told them about the art program and Butler in general. I found myself rambling on far too much and having trouble finding the words I wanted to use. I am usually so good talking to strangers, so forreal, what the heck is happening?! I’m usually extremely confident and sure of myself in interacting with others, so the fact I felt so unsure on two occasions feels strange. I have regressed in my strive toward being a normal functioning human.

Here’s my hypothesis: in a casual setting, I am able to ask a stranger literally anything I want. I can ask them the strangest questions in the world and feel totally okay about it because I have made up my mind to talk to this person. I am in control of myself in the situation. In a business-type or somewhat formal setting, there is an expectation for what needs to be done or said, and that throws me off. I am not voluntarily conversing with this person (although the conversation might be pleasant) so I am out of control of myself and what should and should not be said in order to stay relevant to the reason for our interaction. I ramble on for far too long and get that weird type of nervous sweat where only your armpits sweat, probably one more than the other, while the rest of your body stays at a normal temperature (too much info? #sorrynotsorry). I’m not normally in businessy situations with people, so the fact that I’ve had such awkwardness on two occurrences in such a short amount of time worries me. How will I be a real person who has to go on job interviews and stuff if I ramble and stumble over my words and nervous sweat?! Man, it’s so hard being me.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading :)

The Weather is so Nice That…

Happy Wednesday everyone. The weather today is exponentially nicer than it has been for the past two or three weeks, and I am elated. Since writing about the weather is typically pretty boring, let’s spice this thing up a bit, shall we?

The weather is so nice that I just want to skip through the streets, flailing my arms and triumphantly singing.

The weather is so nice that my mood is like five notches happier than I have been in the past few weeks.

The weather is so nice that the two times this morning I waved at people and they didn’t notice, I didn’t even feel foolish or scorned.

The weather is so nice that I am teeming with excitement for no apparent reason.

The weather is so nice I could kiss somebody on the mouth.

The weather is so nice that I keep telling everyone how excited I am by the nice weather.

The weather is so nice that I wish I could gather it in my arms and give it a hug, then put it in a box, put a bow on it, and give it to my enemies as a present, so then they would have no choice but to love me.

YEAH WEATHER YEAH! (Courtesy of google images)

YEAH WEATHER YEAH! (Courtesy of google images)

The weather is so nice that I want to lay in every snow bank on campus and make snow angels and stare at the sky.

The weather is so nice that I don’t have to wear a winter coat for the first time in months.

The weather is so nice that I want to maybe go for a run. But probably not because who likes exercise?

The weather is so nice that I want high five strangers and scream, “YEAH WEATHER YEAH!”

The weather is so nice that I could probably go on for a while longer about the weather, but I think I’ll stop now.

Go outside and breathe in that sweet, balmy fresh air.

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

P.S. Someone give me $1 for everyone time I used the word “weather” in this post, yeah?

Music Monday: “Let it Go” Covers

Happy Music Monday to all. As you know, the Disney’s Frozen has continually received rave reviews from critics and every day viewers. The music in the movie is bangin’, and the song “Let It Go” is particularly noteworthy. Since the movie’s release and increased popularity in the song, many covers have been done. Here are a few of my faves.

1. “Let it Go/Let Her Go Mashup” by Sam Tsui

This cover is by Youtube musician Sam Tsui, and it is so majestic. Tsui effortlessly intermingles the Frozen song with Passenger’s hit “Let Her Go,” without missing a beat. It sounds as if the two songs are actually one. This cover is so clever and Tsui sounds and looks so triumphant as he sings, I could watch it on repeat for a good while.

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2. “Bet It Go”

This video is a mash up of “Let it Go” played over the scene in High School Musical 2 where Zac Efron leaps around the golf course singing “Bet On It.” This video is pretty close to perfection. The big moments in the song match the big moments in Efron’s cheesy choreography, making for a hilarious dance number.

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3. “Let it Go” by Alex Boye (Africianized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir

This song is so powerful. The African tribal deal humming in the background serves as a wonderful backdrop for this powerful little girl to sing her heart out. She looks like she’s about 9 years old, but she is so good! When the rest of the choir comes out, I can’t handle how wonderful it is. They sound so angelic and powerful and magnificent.

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4. “Maddie and Zoe Sing ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s Frozen”

This video consists of two adorable 4-year-old girls singing the song. Although many parts of the song prove to be difficult to understand, it is so gosh darn cute I can’t help but love it. The expressions on both girls’ faces are hysterical, and even though the don’t sing on key, they do a heck of a lot better than I would have.

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Have a great week, and thanks for reading :)

First Model in a Wheelchair Works Runway

Happy Friday everyone! New York Fashion Week was this past week, and for the first time in fashion history, a model in a wheelchair rocked the runway.

Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist turned fashion model from New York, worked the runway during a Carrie Hammer show during Fashion Week, making herself the first model to grace any runway in a wheelchair. Sheypuk met Hammer at a cerebral palsy luncheon in 2013, and the two became buds. Although Sheypuk is a psychologist, she always had an interest in fashion, so she and Hammer bonded over their love of fashion. Hammer came up with the idea of having a show of “Role Models, Not Runway Models,” featuring “every day” women rather than typically trained models, and asked Sheypuk to participate.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com

Photo courtesy of Yahoo.com

The fashion industry has been doing more and more lately to break the standard of having a typical model involved in their campaigns and runway shows. Earlier this year, Diesel used wheelchair ridden model Jillian Mercado for a campaign, while model Kelly Knox, who was born without a forearm, was used in a fashion spread in British Vogue. Commercially, stereotypical beauty standards are also being questioned. As I mentioned here, Aerie recently launched an ad campaign in which they did not retouch any of their photos.

Sheypuk was the first model in a wheelchair in the history of the fashion industry to grace any runway. This first is a huge moment in the industry, and the fact that this debut was during New York Fashion Week, one of the largest known fashion events in the world, is huge. The modeling industry, which typically sets unrealistic, idealized standards of beauty, is more consistently featuring normal, relatable women as their models. Having models who look like the women and men buying the products makes the most sense logically, and the fact that this has been happening more and more often is incredibly significant and inspiring. The fashion industry is making changes, and it makes me excited.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading :)