• Pop Culture

    The Power of Hannah B.’s Power Suits

    This season’s Bachelorette, Hannah B., has surprised us in a lot of ways: she’s gotten way better at toasts, she’s stopped saying Roll Tide every 12 seconds, and she’s actually revealed herself to be more of a feminist than I think any of us originally thought. But the surprise my friends and I can’t stop talking about is Hannah’s kick-ass power suit wardrobe. While she’s certainly had her share of pageant gowns and high-slit cocktail dresses (she had one of my favorite first-night dresses ever), her suits and jumpsuits are what have really caught our attention this season and I don’t think that’s an accident. As I mentioned, this season…

  • Pop Culture

    Why I Can’t Stop Thinking About Robbie Tripp’s Chubby Sexy Music Video

    If you follow Instagram power couple Robbie (@tripp) and Sarah Tripp (@sassyredlipstick) you know that Robbie just released a self-proclaimed summer anthem for plus-sized women called Chubby Sexy. I’ll let you watch the whole thing yourself, but it’s brought up some interesting questions for me about representation and who we’re ready to tell our stories. Overall the reactions to the video have been super positive – the song and video are clearly light-heartened and fun and intended to celebrate the bodies of curvy women that aren’t typically celebrated in mainstream media. To me, this is part of the power of social media – counter cultures can be created and shared…

  • Pop Culture

    Book Review: Women & Power by Mary Beard

    After a little reading hiatus, I was talking to my mom about what I should get from the library and she mentioned she’d just read Women & Power by classics scholar Mary Beard. Mary Beard apparently has a cult following in the world of history for her feminist takes on topics like politics and the Romans and her infamous Twitter clapbacks. When I picked up Women & Power at the library, my first reaction was “it’s so small!” You hear classics professor and think long-winded book with footnotes, right? Not here. Women & Power is a little over 100 pages long and is based on two lectures Beard gave in…

  • Pop Culture

    Book Review: A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

    This book first piqued my interest over the summer. A Simple Favor had recently been made into a movie and the trailer played during every commercial break of Bachelor In Paradise. In some ways, it looked like a standard sexy thriller, but there was something different about it. It was about women being at home and being moms, but in a sexy dangerous way? I was curious. So, when I saw the book at the library this month I wanted to see if it was what I hoped. I was right. This book is a mix of two genres that I love (and will sound strange): domestic noir and lesbian…

  • Pop Culture

    ICYMI: Kylie Vs. The Egg

    This Week’s News: ○ After 6 months of dating, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger got engaged! Even Pratt’s ex, Anna Faris, showed her support with a sweet IG comment. ○ Photos of Bachelor couple Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham’s wedding were released this week. The Hawaiian, Twilight-inspired wedding was officiated by (of course) host Chris Harrison. Putting money on them get pulled out at some point during Colton’s season as an example of how “the process” really works… ○ Pete Davidson addressed his December suicide scare on this week’s episode of SNL. Here’s to hoping he is getting the support he needs. ○ Saturday was the third annual Women’s March, but attendance…

  • Pop Culture

    Is Internet ‘Authenticity’ Bad for Our Mental Health?

    With the start of the new year, there’s a trend going around Instagram: to unfollow people whose social media presence makes you feel bad. We all have those people on our feeds, right? They’re just a little too glamorous, their lives are just a little too perfect, and instead of inspiring us to mix up our outfit choices or to try a new beauty product they just make us feel shitty about ourselves. The message to unfollow these accounts has been a strong one amongst bloggers with a self-care bent as part of a greater mode of ‘protecting’ ourselves on the internet. Social media is, especially for women, a toxic…

  • Pop Culture

    Book Review: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson

    In this collection of short essays, Peterson briefly dives into the world of American society’s most “unruly” women. These are women who push the envelope in terms of acceptable ways of performing femininity – everything from their bodies to their Twitter presence is scrutinized for not fitting the mold. Peterson features women like Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, and Madonna in her quest to showcase the unruly women of the early 2000s and 2010s. I like this book a lot in theory. I love that it showcases women and talks about the ways their careers have pushed against patriarchal gender roles. Peterson leans into her PhD background and writes with an…

  • Pop Culture

    ICYMI: Colton Jumps a Fence

    This Week’s News: ○ Colton made it through his first week as the Bachelor! Congrats to him for enduring the endless jokes about his virginity and an unfortunately drawn out 3-hour watch party. ○ Britney Spears’ legendary …Baby One More Time album came out 20 years ago this week. ○ Bachelor Nation’s Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe are like dating now? They have been spotted out to dinner and dancing together all over IG this week. ○ Just a reminder that Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom are still together?! This is news to me. Also, not sure why this is resurfacing in the news cycle right now. ○ Happy 37th…

  • Personal,  Pop Culture

    Marie Kondo: A Year Later

    As you might remember, in January of last year I started the new year off with a HUGE clean out of my apartment using Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. I used her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as a guide and ultimately gave away 3 car loads of things and threw away dozens of bags of trash. It was a success in many ways. Obviously it led me to get rid of a lot of things that I didn’t need and helped me downsize in preparation for a move, which was great. But the whole 5-day process helped me understand my relationship to things in new ways and gave…

  • Pop Culture

    Welcome to ICYMI!

    Happy Sunday and welcome to my new weekly post, In Case You Missed It! Each week I’ll be rounding up all my favorite pop culture moments, viral content, and everything thing that I’m culturally consuming at the moment. I definitely still plan on doing more in-depth posts on things like the Bachelor (duh) and posting more book reviews this year, but I wanted a space to more casually share everything on my radar. This Week’s News: ○ Kim & Kanye are expecting baby #4! Chicago, Saint, and North are getting a new sibling and rumor is they’re hoping for a boy. The baby is being carried by a surrogate. Congrats,…