Top 10 Favorite Songs

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I’m going to share my top ten favorite songs (in no particular order) right now with you guys. I’ve planned to make a habit of doing these, since my favorites change fairly often. I hope you guys take a listen and become as fond of these tracks as I am. Don’t forget to comment below and tell me what your favorite songs currently are!

  1. “Perfect” by BJ The Chicago Kid – This song has grown on me so heavily, because of what it symbolizes to me personally. I’ve dealt with some past insecurities in not feeling slim enough in certain areas, in comparison to my boyfriend who is slim, and naturally, um…carved I guess you can say. This song beautifully depicts how he makes me feel through my “moments” and anytime outside of them: perfect. He 100% loves how I am, whether I’m a little slimmer, or gained some extra stress weight, he loves it, and this song reminds me of that and makes me love my “thickness” even more. (Disclaimer: There is some mild content as it pertains to nudity on the video. Not much, but still…just a warning)
  2. “Sobriety” by SZA – I can relate to certain aspects of this song so much, even though I know I haven’t gone through exactly what she’s gone through. I love it, because it’s kind of my ‘me, myself, and I’ song. I feel like I can be allowed to have down moments and not feel like I’m inhuman because of it. “Sobreity” makes me feel like I can forgive, let things go, and give myself a fresh start.
  3. “Cold Outside” by Ari Lennox – This song really just makes you wanna call “bae” over (it’s what the song suggests after all *insert eye emoji*). It’s so mellow; a song you can visualize yourself dancing to alone in your undies and socks with a drink in hand.
  4. “Memrise” by Frank Ocean – I’m so excited that Frank is coming back that I probably boosted this song from the start. I like it a lot, though. I can appreciate the meaning behind it, and it reminds me of my somewhat “long distance” relationship.
  5. “Yuengling” by Ari Lennox – I absolutely love the vibe of this track. I wasn’t even sure of what her lyrics were at first, but that beat, though…her syncopation to the music “gave me life”, too.
  6. “Twice” (Cover) by Lianne La Havas – I love any track or cover Lianne does, honestly. On top of her just point blank being my favorite vocalist, her voice is absolutely entrancing on this cover. I was immediately in love from my first listen months ago. She never disappoints!
  7. “Backseat” by Ari Lennox – I love this song for the old-school feel, and the lyrics are so fun. I just want to whip my fro back and forth, turn up the volume, and cruise with the sunroof up on this track.
  8. “7/11” by Beyonce – The video. That’s all you need to know…oh, and “don’t you drop that alcohol.”
  9. “One In A Million” by BJ The Chicago Kid – I think this song put a classic, home-grown, sexy twist on a song we all know and love. This is somewhat of a cover to the late Aaliyah’s “One In A Million”. I say somewhat because he added his own lyrics half-way into the song. I honestly got chills once I pressed the play button. Take a listen for yourself.
  10. “FML” by Ari Lennox – In the song, Ari is pretty much bragging on her man, and sharing her woes of how she feel when he can’t stay the night. Being in a semi-LDR and having an awesome boyfriend…well, I can totally relate, so there you go. Also, if you were wondering by now, there’s so many Ari songs on the list because she’s amazing, and her songs give me the neo-soul vibe that I’m often naturally drawn to.
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#FDOM14 Final Thoughts

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The semester has officially come to a close. With students, including myself, preparing for finals, I thought I’d leave some last remarks on my experience with #FDOM and how it influenced (well, more like required :]) me to get back in the blogging world. Blogging on an a website again has been interesting, and I’ve now seen the various faces of it. I now see people promoting their passions, and making a career for themselves solely inviting others to share in what they love to do, or things that interest them. I still think blogging is quite of bit of work (Tumblr might have spoiled me), which is an opinion I’ve had since my Blogspot days, however, it can be an excellent medium if used tactfully.

As far as having to use social media to promote myself this semester, I thought it was a little awkward, because I felt like one of those people that I, at times, tend to avoid on Twitter – ones that post post nothing but links. I posted actual content, too, to make myself feel better, but once I got used to it, it wasn’t that bad. If you think about it from the career perspective, that aspect of promoting yourself is imperative, because it is how you’re going to properly brand yourself and get the word out so people can know about you, or whatever/whoever you’re representing. After all, when you think of Twitter, what’s one of the main words that come to mind?: News. And that “news” wouldn’t go anywere without people there to share it. This example illustrates the same idea, as it relates to our brands/blogs.

Some skills I wish I could’ve improved on more is HTML/CSS and graphic designing. I’m not too beaten up about it, though, because I’ve also received many great resources to continue my expansion and studies on these skills outside off the classroom, so I’m happy about that. Hopefully, if I decide to keep this blog, or build a new one with a fresh domain, I’ll be able to use it to further my career and business endeavors, while doing and sharing what I love, of course.

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As the semester comes to a close…

I thought I’d share some of my favorite, personal moments from my first semester at Texas State with you guys! With falling in [deep like] with the quaint, college-town that is San Marcos, to branching out and discovering the personalities of San Antonio and Austin. From silly moments with my boyfriend to girls nights to Texas State events; I hope I convey to you all how happy I am with my transfer. I’m already pumped for next semester’s adventures!

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Artist Spotlight: Lianne Le Havas

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Ever since I found Lianne La Havas in 2011, I’ve been HOOKED. She has since then become my favorite artist and vocalist. The 25-year-old songstress was born in London, England to a Greek father, and a Jamaican mother. Being from and living in England, she obviously didn’t start out very popular in the states, but as time has gone on, she’s become increasingly popular with both younger and older audiences. Personally, my love for her begins with her sultry voice. The calmness of it in her more dulcet tracks (such as “No Room For Doubt” and “Lost and Found“) is like honey being poured inside of my ears. Her seamless vibrato is enchanting. Not to mention, she really knows how to pull you in and make you feel. Her more upbeat tracks (like (“Is Your Love Big Enough?” and “Au Cinéma“) will have you feeling like you’re in an old-school drop-top, driving down an empty road with your hair kissing the wind.

Lianne has not only slayed her own songs, but has covered and brought her peculiar flair (that I love so much) to the tracks of other artists, my personal favorites being her cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World” and Little Dragon’s “Twice“.

Check out her website to get her last album, and watch one of my favorite songs from her below. Also, sound off and let me what you think of Lianne in the comments!

What to Wear.

I often do a proverbial face-palm when I come across great apps that I feel I could have easily had the idea for, and think about the creators that are rolling in dough, all because they decided to share their ideas and interests with the world. I’ve always wanted to create an app of my own, but never had a solid idea or plan for one. What do I have a need for? What is something that I could undoubtedly benefit from? So I did a little thinking, and it came to me. Something I’ve been wishing for, for the longest time: an outfit creator. Now I’m aware this doesn’t sound like app gold, but hear me out first. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent plenty of time, unnecessarily, trying to remember what outfit I’ve worn to where, crafting different ways to wear a particular piece, and not being sure if an outfit I’ve designed in my head would pull together once I put it on. It’s stressful! For those of us that care, at least.

For example: I was in San Antonio this past weekend, and I brought some basics that I was sure I could easily form outfits with. To my displeasure, what I thought was going to be a simple throwing on of clothes, turned out to be a full-blown stressful experience, affecting my mood and everything. So reflecting on that, I think to myself: “How simple would getting dressed be if I had an app that recorded pictures of all my articles of clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc., and helped me figure out how to properly craft and coordinate outfits?”. Awesome, right?! From there, What to Wear was born…in my head.

The essence of What to Wear, is for you to take pictures of your pieces, which then puts them into a virtual closet, from which you can easily coordinate outfits. You can organize your outfit ideas by days, times, or occasions for which you’d want to wear them (which will save you a TON of time), and also take pictures and post for certain days of the week, so that you are not constantly repeating (that is, if you care about that sort of thing). You can also separate your clothes into seasons, so that you’re not scrolling through heaps of summer clothes, when you’re only trying to generate a ‘fit for a slightly chilly, Fall, evening event. The app will also feature a section where you can also record photos of hairstyles you frequently sport, or are wanting to try, and match those with outfits as well. Last, but not least, the app will incorporate a portion I’d like to call What to Buy. What to Buy is designed to help you find that perfect missing piece to your outfit, if need be. For example: you may love an outfit down to the ankles, but decided that instead of the black pumps, you think a pair of red ones would look much better; the only problem is: you don’t have red pumps, in which case What to Buy would help you find an exact or close match to what you’re looking for online and in-stores. Another feature of What to Buy is that it allows you to insert a maximum budget for what you’re looking for, so that you’re not bombarded with two pages of red Louboutins, when you’re more-so on a Steve Madden budget.

Now, don’t get it confused, I may be approaching from a woman’s perspective, but this app is for guys, too! I know a lot of guys don’t put nearly this much thought into what they wear, but some do, and those few will not be left out. Below I will post the interface of the app, and a few vague shots of what it may entail. Contrary to the initial monochromatic view of the app, it will contain several customizable themes, so you can change the color schemes, fonts, etc. to suit your fancy. (Disclaimer: Although I would love to create an app like this, this post was for a class, and this app does not really exist. At least not this particular one by me.)

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“F is for Friends that do stuff together…”

 

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For some reason, I almost always, at some point, feel compelled to talk about friends on my social networks. The reason being is that I find friends to extremely imperative to ones development and evolution as a human being. Forget the philosophical aspects of it, and even the social aspects of it, friends are more than, or at least should be more thank physical assets to your life. A friend of mine once preached at one of his bible studies, “a best friend is not the one you have the most fun with, but the one who tells you the most truth”. Although I’m not naive enough to believe that everyone has the same views on friendships, or even the same goals in mind for them, I do feel like this is an aspect of one’s life that is worthy of intensive evaluation.

I guess this is why I’ve always been careful with quickly identifying people as friends. To me, being friends, or even more-so a “best” friend, is more than having someone around that  you share common interests with or turn up with the most. I feel like it is so important to have people around you that will support you, tell you the truth, stick closer than a brother/sister, ones that don’t stunt your growth spiritually, mentally, or emotionally, and don’t make you feel small. Nowadays, people define friends as who takes the best “selfies” with them, or knows the cutest guys guys and hottest spots, or who dresses the best.

I say all of this to say: take careful consideration into whom you call friend. As they say, “bad company corrupts good character”.