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  Awareness, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal, Pop Culture

When Horror Helps with Loss, Trauma, and Grief

cw: childhood abuse, sexual abuse, death Hey friends! Halloween is almost here and that means it’s been horror movie central all over TV and movie theaters. That alone makes October one of my favorite months and it should come as no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love all things spooky – I always have, and when I say always, I mean always. I saw my first horror movie when I was four-years-old. Thanks cousins! 😉 I realize it takes a special person to appreciate horror movies. Not everyone likes being scared, seeing graphic gore or violence, or wants to think  ...

  Awareness, Body Positivity, Fatshion, Feminism, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Personal, Pop Culture, Travel, Zines

Look Mom! I’m in Reflekt Magazine!

Ok, so my mom doesn’t read my blog but when I received Issue 11 of Reflekt Magazine, I immediately ran over to show her! Reflekt is a really rad independent magazine based in Los Angeles. It’s all about style and culture in a way that’s personal and less commercial, more accessible and less cookie-cutter. Basically, Reflekt is the coolest! I’ve been a huge fan ever since I found out about it and am so happy to be a part of a magazine that showcases real people and their styles. Here’s how the Reflekt team describes what they do: Reflekt Magazine focuses on  ...

  Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Pop Culture, Travel

The Magic of Hello Kitty Con 2014!

Oh my gosh, friends! So it’s been a month already and I AM STILL REELING from the magic that was Hello Kitty Con. If you would have told me growing up that I would get to go to something this amazing, I would never had believed you. I’m telling you, it was magic! And the best part – this all happened in Los Angeles, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA to be exact. First of all, there were so many girls cosplaying it up in Harajuku Hello-Kitty inspired styles. I was absolutely in love with all of them. This kind of Japanese fashion is a huge influence on me and my own  ...

  Body Positivity, Fatshion, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Pop Culture, Travel

Fatshion: Hello Kitty Con!

Oh my gosh, friends! I am so happy and grateful that I got to attend Hello Kitty Con! My love for Hello Kitty and Sanrio runs deep! I will tell you more about the whole experience soon but I wanted to share with you what I wore to the event. Speaking of, I ran into Xenia from Raised by Culture, who you already know I ADORE, but what I didn’t know was that she also takes rad outfit photos – full credit goes to that babe for making me look like such a babe in these! I knew I wanted to go bright and poppy for the event so I chose my new favorite vintage skirt and a heart-print  ...

  Awareness, Beauty, Body Positivity, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Pop Culture

Beauty Bees: Saying Goodnight to Skeletor is Love

Skeletor Is Love started in February of 2010 by Sarah Elizabeth and gained a large following through it’s Facebook Tumblr, and Twitter accounts. The premise behind Skeletor Is Love was using screen capped images of the popular villain, Skeletor of 1980’s cartoon He Man accompanied by positive mental health affirmations. On August 5, 2014 the well-known Facebook page for Skeletor Is Love left its last post. “Thanks for all of your support, everyone. It’s been fun. I will keep the archives live but today is our last update. Be well! Note from the admin: I am easy  ...

  Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Pop Culture, Travel

Artist Profile: Chali 2na

We were recently invited to hang out with the prolific Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame and profound lyricist. I had been a fan of his music for a while but was totally unaware that he is also an extremely talented artist and photographer. We viewed some of his work and got a chance to sit down with him to talk about life, music, and art before watching him perform at the swanky Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Chali 2na is down to earth and centered, undoubtedly due to the range of life experiences he had growing up in the south side projects in Chicago. Thinking outside the box  ...

  Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Pop Culture, Travel

Godzilla Group Show at a Shop Called Quest

Aria & I recently attended the Godzilla Group Show at Shop Called Quest in Claremont. We’re big fans of the shop and loved checking out all the different interpretations of the Godzilla mythology. The show is going on now but is ending soon so be sure to head over to check it out soon! Isn’t this adorable? It’s Bob Motown‘s piece, “Me and My Kaiju.” Imagine having a pet giant lizard? You may remember Bob Motown from another show we covered – his The Good, the Bad, and the Fuzzy show. We’re big fans of his cat meets comics art! We loved  ...

  Awareness, Body Positivity, Feminism, Lifestyle, Pop Culture

Fatphobia and Catfish: The TV Show

So MTV’s internet dating show, Catfish, hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, just wrapped up its second season this week. The show has covered many interesting relationships (LGBTQ, parents, young veterans, etc) through its basic premise: someone writes to the show about someone he/she has been dating online but can’t seem to meet. Nev & Max then do some super sleuthing on Google to try to find out if the person is legit or not (and thus, a catfish). One thing that is recurring on the show is that not only is the person not legit, but they also tend to be fat. So what  ...

  Awareness, Feminism, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Personal, Pop Culture

The Media, Violence, and Mental Illness

I don’t really know where to start with this. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the violence going on lately. My heart truly goes out to everyone affected in any way. ♥ I have never experienced any kind of trauma like that first-hand but I want to talk about how this sickness in our culture affects us all. This is my experience. In the Fall of 2001, I was living in an apartment by myself for the first time. I had just moved in a week or two earlier and had no internet or phone, only a TV. I was heavily depressed and moved from my bed to the couch every day. The  ...