Fashion: The Walking Dead Scarves


1616430_10152234554850908_943087229_nGold Stitches has released the COOLEST scarves ever. logoCombine warmth, with graphics from The Walking Dead and you’ll be the coolest clad babe on the block :p These scarves can be ordered with a hood (which is definitely a preference for the cold winter months) or in a basic circle scarf style.bbbdff285f543e87a19c02c95d4d8d65_1024x1024

Check ‘em out!

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Book Review: The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren


The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren

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 Published: October 14th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say goodbye to the place that made you who you are?  These are the questions that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who spent the summers of her youth as a vibrant, capable camp counselor and is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband and doesn’t know if she can save what seems to be gone forever.  Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.

 And so the three generations of women search for a way to save the place that saved them all, finding in the process a way back to themselves and each other in The Firelight Girls, Kaya McLaren’s novel of love and loss, heartbreak and healing. 1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_n

This one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I originally read this book at the end of August, as Summer was drawing to a close. I just finished my second reading of this book as Fall transitions to Winter and it seemed to fit perfect with this new transition. So, I’ve come to conclude this book is perfect to read anytime.

This is a beautiful story about friendship, love, grief & the beauty of life. It teaches the lesson that life is to be lived, and you are never too old, or too young, to be the person you want to be.

Firelight Girls is a one-of-a-kind dare I say—once in a lifetime sort of book. The characters are so vivid they jump off the pages and right into your heart. Each is fierce in their own signature way. Being together is what brings out their true strength.

It is a great coming of age story that links three generations of women together. These women hold eachothers histories, and hold the power to influence their futures.

There is so much power in the act of forgiveness. Forgiving oneself for the past, and forgiving others. It is such a grand lesson that needs to be experienced to be understood. This group of women learns that lesson together.

A great exploration and reminder of the power of friendship, unification and the female spirit.

This is a book to buy for your BFF!

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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Poetry: Darkness


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Darkness

In the darkest hours of the morning.

The insomniac lies awake.

Tortured.

Exploring things that cannot be changed.

Revisiting.

Reliving every painful moment.

Envisioning what could have been done.

To prevent what now is.

How unfair.

How unjust.

This evil world is.

You had to sit idly by.

As your entire world fell apart.

Powerless to stop any of it.

You think of these things.

You torture your mind.

Flood your brain with grief.

Loneliness.

Anger.

The pain is blinding.

The all-consuming darkness intensifies the pain.

There is no optimism.

Nothing to force the dark thoughts out.

Instead you lose yourself to them.

The darkness is so easy.

The human mind plays tricks.

The darkness brings you over the edge.

Inviting you to explore.

Everything you fear.

Paradoxically.

Everything you once wanted.

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Fashion: Black Craft Cult Horror Mash-Up


1616430_10152234554850908_943087229_nBlack Craft Cult combines the iconic Jason Voorhee’s from the Friday The 13th franchise with practical winter wear. Pop culture & fashion look so good together :)

Venture back to Camp Crystal Lake with this rad sweater!Hockey_Maskhttp://www.blackcraftcult.com/product/hockey-mask-hooded-pullover

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Book Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre


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Published: August 5th 2014

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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…1600167_10152164384800908_58508561_n

 This was a very dark book. At times, honestly, it was a bit disturbing. Very different from what I was initially expecting.

The words on these pages toy with the readers emotions. One minute we hate the antagonist, the next the antagonist seems to be the protagonist. Whaaaat?

It’s hard to identify the true face of good and differentiate from evil. The story was a bit reminiscent of ‘folk’ story of the crossroads deal–sell your soul to the devil in exchange for a perfect life.

There is such a deep exploration of the darkness that is depression. The story does not hold back. It goes into explicit detail how dark and dreary Edie Kramer’s world once was, the evil that others inflicted on her, and ultimately the pain she inflicted upon herself. It’s eye opening, especially for younger readers. Everything you do in life matters….What’s done to you, and what you do to other people, once it’s done you can’t take it back…

This story really made me think…If a novel is capable of evoking such emotions in a reader, it has truly served it’s purpose.

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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Social Significance of Popular Culture


*Written for an assignment in 2010.

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Humans are chameleons; therefore it is common for individuals to change to adapt to their surrounding. Individuals are a product of their environment. Pop culture is the backbone behind urban living. Popular culture includes all elements of human life including: politics, advertising and art. Specific elements and features of popular culture evolve over time, but the impact on society is always the same. What is seemingly popular rules over community culture in a god-like way, controlling and changing items that impact communities. Past and current trends of popular culture are utilized by society to spread messages and draw positive attention to specific ideas.

Current popular culture has changed the face of politics. For many generations the political world was seen as limited to include only mature or middle-aged members of society. Young adults had no place in the world of politics. It seemed as though their voice did not matter. In 2006 members of young Hollywood used their stardom to raise awareness to young people to vote, because their voice does matter. Stars such as Alicia Keys, Paris Hilton and Sean Combs were the voice behind the Vote or Die campaign. In 2006 these individuals were pop culture royalty, therefore they used their status to help a cause that was bigger than winning an award. These individuals understood that young generations always listen to their peers. A voice of a young star is much stronger than the voice of an uptight man in a suit; well at least in the ears of a young adult. Vote or Die created a new generation of political followers, and future activists. It encouraged non-political followers to take a chance, and perhaps be the brain that sparks a change within the world.

It may be cliché, but the statement speaks truth; individuals are a product of their environment. The capacity of the power of culture is immeasurable. It affects the way the world operates. It is 2010; we are living in a generation where a black president is ruling over the United States. It is the age of acceptance. Obama is the first black presidential candidate. He is the first black president, therefore popularity of President Obama goes beyond political beliefs, and his ruling stands for much more. His capability and intelligence sparks pride amongst members of all nations. Racial discrimination has been a universal issue since the beginning of time. The acceptance of a minority as a ruler over American people paves the way for an optimistic future. It shows the world has come along way in the area of accepting those who are different from the norm. It is the generation of change. The presidents image is seen donned on t-shirts, spoken about in rap songs and has become a beacon of hope. To all generations before the world of politics and the white house belonged in stuffy conversations. Now, the political world has expanded and grown to adapt to the current ways of popular culture.

Popular culture has given the English lexicon a facelift over the last century, it has changed the way our language operates and the way our words function. In order for advertising campaigns to find success with a mass target audience, old school and new school ideas must be fused together. Tide laundry detergent has found great success with pairing a classic commercial, with a contemporary rap song. This 2009 commercial has paved the way for many other “clone commercials”. Superstore, and Safeway have also followed this approach, each store creating advertisements pairing contemporary pop culture with items of the past. It is a fresh approach to a basic idea. It makes the audience have a new interpretation of laundry, and that maybe it isn’t just for housewives after all. Laundry is no longer mundane, it is fantastic! Items of past popular culture combined with items of current popular culture trigger a nostalgic feeling from the viewer or reader. Pairing of classic and contemporary ideas result in success, or at the very least a wider audience. Much of the purpose of an advertisement is for a message or an idea to be delivered; therefore with a little help from pop culture advertisers are finding a creative spin lands them a better position on the market.

In the world of art there is only a certain number of ideas, objects or personalities that can be immediately identifiable. This number is a very high number, but the point being it is not easy for artists to create essentially brand new ideas to spring upon consumers. Old ideas are recycled to generate interest from a different audience. Wartime pin-up girls appealed to soldiers and sailors, now these images cover cosmetic lines and women’s clothing. Different ideas combine and become effect to a broader, more universal audience. Art is welcome everywhere. It is no longer limited to walls or comic books.

Comic books no longer hold the same clichés as they used to. Comic books have grown into popularity. The amazing graphics and stories are now transferred into blockbuster movies and best-selling video games. Art is embraced rather than feared. Pop culture has taught us that art is all about individuality. Individuality allows for us to embrace what is out of the ordinary. Things that are unique, the things that make us as people unique. Even clothing is more elaborate, filled with fantastic pieces of art as displayed in Christian Audigier designs. Graphics from comic books and video games are also represented on tshirts, bags and even jewellery. Art is a new breed of individuality, one that is encouraged and shaped by the growth of popular culture.

Popular culture positively shapes the direction of the future path of political and artistic aspects of our communities. The strong presence of pop culture pushes for a sense of unity within communities. Pop culture is a positive force that should not be feared. Certain aspects may be misunderstood, but even these aspects do not have any negative consequences. Pop culture is as important to the world as is water to the human body. It has as much power as a religion does. The ruler over the modern world is in fact popular culture. It controls all aspects of life. Thoughts, actions and even emotions are triggered by items of popular culture. This fact suggests that everyone belongs and individuality should be embraced. Political advancements have demonstrated there is always opportunity for growth as better human beings universally. Advertisements have taught us that although times do change, there is always a place for the old to interact with the new. The new beautiful world of art is the epitome of pop culture: uplifting, inspirational, everywhere and consistent with change

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Poetry: The Girl That Doesn’t Love You Anymore


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The Girl That Doesn’t Love You Anymore

You haven’t been yourself.

This side of you I haven’t seen.

I look different now.

For once I see the world.

With clarity.

I’m a better version of myself.

Unrecognizable to you.

Because this version of me.

Isn’t in love with you.

This version of me.

Feels absolutely nothing for you.

Something you have never experienced.

The girl you had.

Wrapped around your finger.

Fought out of the tangled web.

You weaved.

You grieve for the girl you once had.

For the dreams you shared.

Grief for the hopeful girl you once had.

You don’t recognize me.

Because I’m not that girl.

I never will be again.

Not for you.

She grew up.

She changed.

She gave up on you.

You don’t recognize me.

Because this is the first.

Glimpse you’ve seen.

The girl that doesn’t love you anymore.

Goodbye

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