Okay, I'll say it. Marie Kondo has changed my life. Or, at least, she's changed my life for the next two or three weeks until I inevitably sink back into my old, quicksand-y habits of throwing things on the floor and promising myself that I'll deal with them later, or deep-cleaning my apartment every weekend and then getting so stressed out about the state it's in by Friday night that I'm near-tears and ready to rip out my hair one strand at a time, asking myself if each individual piece sparks joy. Happy January, everyone.
We say it at the end of every year, but this time I think we all really mean it: 2018 was the longest year in history. We all had the shared experience of trying to find joy in little things while the world collectively coped with political division, social shifts, mass tragedies, and the unexpected losses of so many of our personal heroes.
This past year has been a particularly eventful one in hip hop. We were graced with the Drake/Pusha T Adonis feud, we witnessed the astronomic rise of Soundcloud rap, we reeled from Mac Miller's unexpected death, and we saw Kanye and Lil Pump emulate Flat Stanley in that one very disturbing music video. And through it all, we watched as time and again hip hop releases dominated the Top 40. Cardi B and Drake were deservedly everywhere, and to be honest I could've had all music besides ASTROWORLD and Sr3mm confiscated for the entire year and still been perfectly content.
It's no secret that Netflix has been, quite frankly, killing it with their original series and movies; shows like Stranger Things have received critical acclaim, while original movies like To All the Boys I've Loved Before became fast sensations with audiences. There's something for everyone, which is a great thing—except when you're so overwhelmed with recommendations of shows you just have to watch that you don't know where to begin. Lucky for you, our creators have seemingly seen every single show and movie that has ever been produced—seriously, do you guys do anything else?—and they're more than happy to share their thoughts. As the head of content curation here at Vocal, I'm lucky enough to see all of the reviews, dissections, and thinkpieces that our creators submit, and I've rounded up the best of their recommendations of Netflix original series and movies so that when it's time for your next binge, you don't need to look any further. Needless to say, some of these reviews contain spoilers, so click at your own risk.
They don't call it sweater weather for nothing. Once autumn rolls around, chunky knits, flannels, and denim reign supreme. There's nothing I love more than a good pair of jeans and a fat fisherman's sweater to transition into the cold seasons, and I look forward to layering up with outerwear and accessories the second I feel the first chilly gusts of the year.
For those of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is fast approaching; and for the rest of the world, the holiday season isn't far behind. Whether you're busy prepping a turkey feast or just getting yourself into a festive mood for the coming months, it's an exciting time of year to be a food lover.
Maybe you're planning a backpacking excursion through the Swiss Alps, maybe you're honeymooning through Italy, or maybe you're pretending you have the savings and the time off from work to actually do any of these things. Regardless of whether you're setting a real itinerary or just one for your wanderlust dream trip, there's something magnetic about the blue lagoons, whitewashed walls, and cobblestone streets of Europe.
"Mindfulness" as a term has been thrown around more and more as wellness lifestyles grow ever-trendier, and it seems that it's all but lost its meaning.But we shouldn't let valuable practices get buried by meaningless new-age fads. Mindfulness as meditation means that you're checking in with yourself, recognizing your mind as a part of your body, and acknowledging your body's space in your surroundings. Awareness is the new nothingness, and accepting stress and the way you're reacting to it can be the most effective way to relieve it.
Those of us that reveled in the pop-punk glory days of the late noughties may have matured in taste, but just barely. We've traded out LG Env's for iPhone X's, very clever AIM s/ns for professional email addresses, and those deep-set, swooshy emo bangs for naturally-balayaged practical locks. But the rebellious streak that made us scene kids immerse ourselves in studded neon belts and All Time Low lives on, and that means that radio pop and top 40 hits are probably still not really our cup of tea.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Spooky season means crunchy leaves, chilly air, and cold, dead things that ironically warm my cold, dead heart. If you had told me as a creepypasta-loving thirteen-year-old that this would be my job someday, I'd be as skeptical as a newlywed husband living in an obviously haunted house; but here I am, the head of content curation here at Vocal, and I get the opportunity to see all the wonderfully gory stories that our creators submit year round. So, as a Halloween gift to you, I've rounded up the creepiest horror fiction submitted by our creators.
Whether it's sun damage, large pores, or hyperpigmentation, we all struggle with skin concerns. We build and revise our regimens, we nearly run Sephora out of business with all the product samples we pick up, and most importantly, we share our dermal troubles and triumphs with each other.