The Upper East Side

“Gossip Girl here. Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. And who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell. You know you love me, xoxo…Gossip Girl”

Every Monday night, this intro would be posted to Facebook and Twitter over and over again. It was the beginning of an era of rich girls, clothes and the Upper East Side.

Everything I know, I learned it from Gossip Girl. It started out as one of the most talked about books in middle school. We passed each other the books when one finished the previous one. We all talked about it and loved the lives these high school students lived. We all had someone to relate to.

Blair: the bulimic mean girl that everyone wanted to be like.
Serena: the gorgeous, tall, blonde model type.
Little J: the freshman designer who dates older guys.
Eric: the gay friend everyone one wants to have/hot older brothers Blair drunkenly hooks up with (book version).
Dan Humphrey: the artsy outsider.
Nate Archibald: the hot, quiet, athletic one.
and then there’s Chuck Bass: the arrogant, rich, douche bag everyone hates.

When the show came out, it was all the rave. Every high schooler was talking about it. We watched it every week, constantly talking about the places they go, the clothes they wear and of course the guys they date.

As the show goes on, the characters grow, and we grow with them. The evolution of the characters and GG was ended too soon. It was a constant war between Chuck and Blair, Dan and Serena, Blair and Jenny, Chuck and Bart. The scheming taught every single one of us how to use our abilities for power. It was all about who was better than the other.

My 6 years of Gossip Girl experience changed everything:

The Upper East Side/Brooklyn
The 3 B’s: Bendel’s, Barney’s and Bergdorf’s.
The Lion
The Palace Hotel
The Empire
The Ivies: Yale, Dartmoth, Brown, Harvard and Columbia
Bow ties, ascots and THE scarf
Audrey and Tiffany’s
School uniforms
Private education
Fashion: Oscar, Marchesa, Hugo, Stella and of course THE headbands

It gives people a sense of what being and Upper East Sider and the life of a socialite is like. The familiarity with the show meant you knew all of the designers and places to be. Our life soon became about who had the best of the best. We wanted Louboutin’s and Louis Vuitton, and we would stop until we got them. We wanted our parties to be as awesome as theirs.

Serena’s late nights and early mornings became a part of our lifestyle. The show made it socially acceptable to do the things that she did. It was daring and scandalous. Life became all about scandal, games, scheming and brunch.

Every girl in America dreamt of living the life they live and with the countless amount of money.

The ending of the show is the start to an era, where girls will have to learn to live up to the Gossip Girl legacy.

How Not to Study for Finals

Normally I’m pretty good about studying for finals…but this semester killed me and I’m so over it.

1. Go through the Top 99 Women of 2013.

2. Read TFM articles about being on adderall and not studying for finals.

3. Watch Jenna Marbles videos.

4. Finish crafting Christmas gifts.

5. Wrap Christmas gifts.

6. Pack up your room for break.

7. Take a shower.

8. Clean the kitchen.

9. Watch X Factor and AHS.

10. Try to cram your retainer back in your mouth.

11. Write down every important event in your calendar.

12. Check your grades 1,000 times to see if your final project has been posted.

13. Organize the shoes you won’t be taking home for break.

14. Creep Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

15. Plan your wedding on Pinterest.

16. Look for jobs because C’s get degrees.

17. Delete pictures from your phone.

18. Shop on for over an hour.

19. Make a movie of you and your friend from more than 2 years ago.

20. Get on InDesign and start designing stuff.

21. Throw out all your old papers for the semester.

22. Iron your clothes.

23. Write a blog post about not studying.


2013 Grammy Nominations

Album of the Year

The Black Keys – El Camino
Fun. – Some Nights
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
Jack White- Blunderbuss

Record of the Year

The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
Fun. ft. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
Gotye ft. Kimba – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Getting Back Together”

Best New Artist

The Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayers
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
Fun. – Some Nights
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Pink – The Truth About Love

Song of the Year

Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Fun. – “We Are Young”

Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
Fun. – “We Are Young”
Gotye ft. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
Maroon 5 -“Payphone”

Best Dance Recording

Avicii – “Levels”
Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
Skrillex ft. Sirag – “Bangarang”
Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child”
Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You”

Best Dance Recording

Steve Aoki – Wonderland
The Chemical Brothers – Don’t Think
Kaskade – Fire & Ice
Skrillex – Bangarang

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Coldplay – “charlie Brown”
Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
Bruce Springsteen – “We Take care of Our Own”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Anthrax- “I’m Alive”
Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)
Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers”
Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
Marilyn Manson – “No Reflection”
Megadeth – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

Best Rock Song

Jack White – “Freedom at 21”
Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
Muse – “Madness”
Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Rock Album

The Black Keys – El Camino
Muse – The 2nd Law
Coldpplay – Myly Xyloto
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Jack White – Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wider Than the Drive of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Bjork – Biophilia
Gotye – Making Mirrors
M83 – Hurry up, We’re Dreaming
Tom Waits – Bad As Me

Best R&B Performance

Estelle – “Thank You”
Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B)
Luke James – “I Want You”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Usher – “Climax”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Anita Baker – “Lately”
Beyonce – “Love on Top”
Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side of a Love Song”
Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Chris Brown – Fortune
Migeuel – kaleidoscope Dream
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Best R&B Album

Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Anthony Hamilton – Back To Love
R. Kelly – Write Me Back
Tamia – Beautiful Surprise
Tyrese – Open Invitation

Best Rap Performance

Flo Rida ft. Sia – “Wild Ones”
Jay-Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean & the-Dream – “No Church in the Wild”
John legend ft. Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
Nas ft. Amy Whinehouse – “Cherry Wine”
Rihanna ft. Jay-z – “Talk That Talk”

Best Rap Song

Nas- “Daughters”
Wale ft. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye ft. Big Sean, Push T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Drake ft. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as in Paris”
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild, & Free”

Best Rap Album

Drake, Take Care
Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
The Roots – Undun
Nas – Life is Good
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
2 Chainz – Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Country Song 

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin'”
Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to love Me Anymore”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”

Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley – “Home”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”
Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin'”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanter”
Blake Shelton – “over”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”