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.
Butter
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
Art
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.

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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 Piperlime.com 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
Fun.
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
deadmau5
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”

 

 

 

What is Happening to the World?

5. Jusitn Bieber and Selena Gomez officially announce their break-up. But did jealously play a role in their split? Most would say yes. They are both always working and away from each other. They are young and have plenty of time to find love.

4. Bloody Face is revealed on American Horror Story: The Asylum.

Ryan Murphy, one of the creators of AHS, tweeted on Wednesday right before this weeks episode premiered.

The turnout of the episode was definitely the most shocking of the season. When Dr. Thredson, Zachary Quintero, was revealed as Bloody Face-the mass murder in the season-the season has made a turn no one was ready for.

3. Carly Rose Sonenclar KILLED it on X-Factor. The 13-year-old sand “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion for Diva Week.

As stated before at the judge’s house, Will.I.Am said she is possessed, and after this performance Simon Cowell said there is no way she can be human. L.A. Reid believes they have found the winner of the X-Factor.

2. Jon Bon-Jovi’s daughter was arrested after a heroin drug overdose. Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was taken to the hospital after a friend in her dorm room at Hamilton College in Upstate New York called 911 reporting a drug overdose.

According to TMZ, after she was released, police arrested her for possession of heroin, marijuana and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

1. The Twilight Saga has come to an end. On Monday, the Twilight family came together to walk the red carpet one last time.

This is the first time Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson walked on the carpet together since their split, and are rumored to be back together.

The last three Twilight movies are in the top 10 for all-time midnight premieres.

The movie open Friday at 12 a.m.

 

 

Song of the Day

One Direction has always been fun to listen to, but after watching their documentary “Year in the Making”, I have been inspired by them. These guys are truly great, and it’s awesome to hear guys who have such talent.

[Zayn]
Your hand fits in mine
Like it’s made just for me
But bear this in mind
It was meant to be
And I’m joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks
And it all makes sense to me

[Liam]
I know you’ve never loved
The crinkles by your eyes
When you smile
You’ve never loved
Your stomach or your thighs,
The dimples in your back at the bottom of your spine
But I’ll love them endlessly

[Zayn&Liam]
I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if I do
It’s you
Oh, it’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all these little things

[Louis]
You can’t go to bed without a cup of tea
And maybe that’s the reason that you talk in your sleep
And all those conversations are the secrets that I keep
Though it makes no sense to me

[Harry]
I know you’ve never loved
The sound of your voice on tape
You never want
To know how much you weigh
You still have to squeeze into your jeans
But you’re perfect to me

[Harry&Niall]
I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true
It’s you,
It’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all these little things

[Niall]
You’ll never love yourself half as much as I love you
And you’ll never treat yourself right, darling, but I want you to.
If I let you know I’m here for you
Maybe you’ll love yourself like I love you, oh.

[Harry]
And I’ve just let these little things slip out of my mouth
‘Cause it’s you,
Oh, it’s you,
It’s you they add up to
And I’m in love with you
And all these little things

[All]
I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true
It’s you,
It’s you they add up to
I’m in love with you
And all your little things

Maroon for the Ledet Family

 

On Wednesday night, Southlake Carroll hosted a candle light vigil for the Ledet men.

In honor of the family, people are wearing maroon ribbons to show their support.

On Saturday, October 6, tragedy struck this beautiful family, losing their father, uncle and two brothers, Paul and Mason in a plane crash. They need all of the prayers they can get. Wear Maroon on Tuesday to show your support-as the Ledet family was traveling to Mississippi to see Texas A&M play Ole’ Miss.

Len Ledet was a dentist in Southlake, where he treated elderly patients. He also founded the Eta Upsilon chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Texas A&M.

Paul Ledet, 17, attended Souhtlake Carroll Senior High where he played lacrosse.

Mason Ledet, 13, was an 8th grader at Carroll Middle School.

The Ledet men are survived by two daughters, Lauren and Alyson, and wife/mother.

Distracted in Class

As I sit here in Consumer Market Behavior, I find myself trying to listen but I’m distracted by all of the technology around me.

I can see someone’s email, Facebook, texting conversations, texting under the desk, people studying for a test, someone is doing homework, and we are taking notes on Chapter 7-whatever that is. I don’t even own the book for this class.

No one pays attention. We talk about football at the beginning of every class. Don’t get me wrong, I love the professor, and he knows what he is talking about, but I just have way too much to distract me.

I’m looking for internships during class, trying to pay attention, looking at Pinterest-studying Fashion Week styles, checking my Twitter and Facebook and looking through my connections on LinkedIn.

You see, even though I am distracted in class, I’m doing things to further my knowledge in the things I want to do with my life.

One time in class, I sat here watching videos on Photoshop, trying to learn new ways to edit my photos. I made an invitation for a birthday party. Today, I’m working on a brochure for work.

I know I’m not the only one having this problem. We’re halfway through the semester, and I have NO IDEA what is going on in any of my classes.

I want to know how you’re distracted.

New York Fashion Week

Spring/Summer 2013 Collections are gracing the runway as we speak.

Who I’m most excited for:

-Tadashi Shoji
-Tory Burch
-Custo Barcelona
-Diane von Furstenberg
-Zac Posen
-J. Crew
-Rachel Zoe
-Whitney Eve

What to look for on the runway:


Tadashi Shoji


Diane von Furstenberg


Custo Barcelona


Vera Wang

BCBG Max Azria


Michael Kors

This was my favorite show of New York Fashion Week. I love Michael Kors because I relate to his designs, I would wear just about every one of these pieces.