Playlists, memoirs, and other wacky pieces.
A Light Trigger Warning - mentions of suicide, self-harm, and some weird pictures of me with a balloon face. Proceed at your own risk.
Nicole Rafiee: The Nastiest Gal on the 'Tube
ALL ABOUT NICOLE RAFIEE If you've been watching Youtube vloggers for as long as I have (I'm talking 2008 to around 2012 or so), you've probably heard and understand the phrase "old school Youtube." It was that blissful period before Youtube videos became monetized where creators made whatever they wanted and didn't care about selling out for views. It was before trouble-makers like Jake Paul, scandals like Tanacon. It was a time when community came before subscriber count. And to be honest, content was a lot better because of it.
- Third Place in Dinner Party Challenge
Forcing My Fave Celebs To Play A Real-Life Game of Clue
So in high school, I tried (and failed) to throw a murder mystery dinner party for my 18th birthday. Keep in mind, I was a proud theatre geek with an overactive imagination and very few friends. I had a guest list and outline of a script ready, but for some reason, the murder mystery never came to be. Paying for a theatre troupe to come and throw a murder mystery party at my house seemed ridiculous, so I just spent my 18th doing a normal person birthday party. And it was BORING.
- First Place in OG Celebrity Crush Challenge
I Worked With My Celebrity Crush (A Memoir)
I remember the first time I saw the pastel colors and wondrous landscapes of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. It was 2013, and I was 14 years old. It wasn't a bad night for my first time watching The Oscars. Two of my all-time favorite movies - Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook - stole the show with their nominations. Life of Pi and Les Miserables were also standout flicks that year, and Argo took home the prize for Best Picture.
Musical Meditation - A Playlist for Peaceful Walking
For some people, meditation looks like sitting still with your legs criss-crossed and chanting "om" while paying attention to your body. For others, it's practicing yoga or focusing on a candle flame for many minutes. If you're like me (and I'm so sorry you're like me), none of these traditional meditation techniques have an effect on you. Sitting still and breathing heavily puts me to sleep, and my stress only worsens when I try to strike yoga poses perfectly - so I don't make the effort!
Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Warm and Gooey
The smelly bathroom of Vinny’s wasn’t an ideal spot for an evening drug deal, but it was all Nicole had. She looked at her reflection while waiting for Randy the host to barge in. The first half of her double shift had turned her ponytailed hair into an oily slop atop her head, complete with a stretched-out scrunchie and dark brown tendrils falling into her eyes and mouth. She had been too busy serving rowdy toddlers and schmoozing tips out of dirty old men to fix her appearance.
Can't Have a Movie Without Popcorn!
If you ask my family what's a go-to gift to get me for my birthday or the food I'd most likely choose to eat if I were stranded on a desert island, they would tell you popcorn. Jiffy Pop, Jolly Time, kettle corn or covered in chocolate...I'll eat it all. One time, I even tried some blueberry flavored popcorn from Maine and it was delicious. My consumption of the food is so regular, my father is worried I might get cancer because of the fumes from heated microwave popcorn bags. If I were Georgie from Stephen King's IT and Pennywise the Dancing Clown tempted me with popcorn, there's no way I'd make it out of that sewer alive.
Cleaning My Room
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Nothing compares to the sensation of Opening boxes of buried treasure, Sifting through forgotten childhood knick-knacks carved of plastic