Bekah ’16 RSS feed

About Me:

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.

Check us out on Facebook Follow us on Twitter! Butler's YouTube Channel Chat with a Student

Posts Tagged “bulldogs”

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 :)

YouTube Preview Image

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 :)

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!

f6f4a940-a266-11e3-b239-7d09c756fe0d_LupitaNyongo

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.

a6bb25d0-a26b-11e3-938b-0d354453d0c7_JenniferLawrence

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.

8020e020-a26d-11e3-aacd-1ff334314e3f_EmmaWatson

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?

d9a6a2e0-a265-11e3-a998-ffe9f6d7f5dd_Pharrell

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.

rt_benedict_cumberbatch_photobomb_wy_140302_16x9_608

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.

9d966fe0-a267-11e3-938b-0d354453d0c7_JosephGordonLevitt

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”

YouTube Preview Image

“Girls”

YouTube Preview Image

“Sex”

YouTube Preview Image

 

 

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?