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Monday, March 10, 2014

Supporting Women in the Arts

Today I was thinking about some of the "things" that I have been enjoying lately and that make me happy. These are also what I turn to when I need some uplifting because life is trying to push me down. When I made a list, I realized a common thread among them- they are all women-led art. This made me even happier. I have always supported women's work in the arts, but I had never stopped and realized the extent that I unconsciously do and how greatly it has informed my life and become a part of it. Here are just a few of the many women or women-led projects I support and adore:

Amy Schumer- She makes me laugh. Her comedy special had me in tears and her show on Comedy Central is hilarious. It takes a lot to offend me comedy-wise and people seem to get more easily offended by women comedians, but I love when women are as brutal, honest, and raunchy as men. I can't relate to boner jokes. Sarah Silverman is another one of my favorite comedians and also one of my favorite people in general. She's intelligent and thoughtful. If you watch her most recent comedy special, or even just follow her on twitter, it is easy to see how great she is and a necessary voice in today's society.

Camp Takota- I am a fan of Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, and Hannah Hart's YouTube videos and seeing their hard work and collaboration is really inspiring. Plus, they seem like people you could be friends with. Supporting their shows and new projects and seeing their growth creates a community among their viewers and shows the strength of female content-creators.

Nina Nesbitt- a female musician I came across last year whose music I love. She writes all her songs, plays multiple instruments, and is just really talented. I love when I come across new musicians who are just genuine and honest.

The Mindy Project- this is one of my favorite shows. Mindy Kaling seems to to be able to tap into things about women that you do not see often in other shows. There are so many throw-away jokes as well, that you need to watch an episode more than once to catch them all. This has become a quote-worthy show for me.

Girls- This season is rocking and every episode seems to be getting better and better. I think I need an 'I Heart Lena Dunham' t-shirt.

Saturday Night Live- As usual, the ladies are killing it on SNL and I enjoy the sketches where they are left to shine. Between Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong, it is a good time to be a woman on SNL.

So I realized I was happy because I was supporting people's work that I can relate to. Representation is important and hearing women's voices in the arts is undervalued. I think women do community and collaboration the best, yet we are always made out to be angry and bitchy towards one another. Watching these amazing women speak to what it is like to be a woman and showing the depth and intelligence that seems to get taken for granted with women is inspiring. Watching them succeed makes up for hearing things such as the professor who won't teach novels written by women in his college literature class... With International Women's Day having just passed I keep thinking about how we've come so far, but still have a long way to go.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

100 days of happy.

I have decided to do the 100 happy days challenge.

I had seen people posting pictures everyday and acknowledging what day it was (ex. day 1: ...) and hashtagging it #100happydays. I became intrigued and decided to look up what it is.

Basically, for 100 straight days, you are suppose to post pictures of things that make you happy. It can be anything (my first post was about eating cake for breakfast). I think the purpose is to help you acknowledge the good things in your life and help you to focus on what makes you happy. I decided I wanted to try it and see at the end if I though it was worthwhile.

I think I am going to post the pictures on my twitter account: @onewordkerianne or tumblr: kerianneisoneword. Follow along if you want, or start your own 100 happy days challenge!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Olympics Obsession

I love the Olympics. I am usually obsessed with them and try to watch every single minute. I imagine this is because it is exciting to watch athletes at the top of their respective sport compete with each other. Also, there is usually more ups and downs and happiness and drama than most forms of entertainment. And we can never predict what is going to happen. However, with the Sochi Olympics, I have had a really difficult time being excited about watching them. I have diligently still tuned in every night and been watching during the day and online, but it just feels different this time. I am not sure if it is because of the controversy surrounding the host city that has made it disappointing or the reaction from the (often not full) crowds to only cheer for fellow Russians. But there just seems to be no excitement with these games.

A couple of additional notes:

One of the things I have been disappointed with is the NBC coverage. Just to give one example: not showing at least one of the skating routines from the first black figure-skating pairs team in the Olympics. I mean, seriously. Big fail NBC. Look how awesome they are too:


Speaking of figure-skaters, Jason Brown has easily become my favorite Olympian this time around. He is so bright, enthusiastic, and talented. I am excited to watch him in the future and also want to tune into other skating competitions to see him compete.


Finally, speaking of Olympians I like, I have decided that my Olympic crush is the Snowboarding and Slope Style skiing teams. Yes, it is not limited to just one person, but the whole team. Aside from these becoming my favorite sports to watch in the Olympics (in all its forms), they seem like the athletes with the most camaraderie and happiness. Also, they are adorable. Olympic talent, happy personality, and total cuteness. They are completely crush-worthy (if, in some cases, too young for me. Minor details, people.).


Overall, I have enjoyed the figure-skating, snowboarding, and skiing, but I really hope the games four years from now are something that is exciting to watch again. I want my Olympic obsession back!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Dad's Christmas Present

I found this for a Christmas present for my dad. It is a squirrel feeder. This squirrel, who lives in my parents' backyard, had pretty much made the bird feeder his home, so I thought getting him his own feeder might help. I saw this one and thought it was hilarious.

It took a week for the squirrel to finally become interested in the feeder. By then, I thought the feeder had been a failure and I was disappointed. But, now he eats from it everyday and it is just as funny as I had hoped it would be, evidenced by the photo below.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Gifts 2013

Here are some possible gift ideas:

1. Warwick Rowing calendar

Warning: NSFW.

Go take a look. You'll immediately know who this is a good gift for.

2. Sephora gift set

Sephora has great gift sets for the beauty guru in your life. These are also helpful if you do not know enough about a person, but know that they like beauty products. There is a variety of brands and products, so you can usually find something useful and affordable.

3. iTunes or Amazon gift cards

I know some people hate giving a gift card as a present, but I always greatly appreciate getting these. I always use them and since books and music are two of my favorite things, I am going to end up getting something I love.

4. Fancy.com

This is a great site to stumble across gifts you would never have thought of on your own. If you're like me, you like to try to give the best gift that no one else would think of. This site has such a great variety of products from all areas, that you could probably do all of your Christmas shopping on their site!

5. Adopt an Olive tree

Unique gift for the foodie in your life. They will get olive oil sent to them from the olive tree that they own in Italy. This is also a good gift for the person who has everything.

6. Home brewing products

Home brewing has increased in recent years so there is a good chance that someone in your life would appreciate this type of gift. It may feel like an impersonal gift, but helpful gifts are often the greatest to receive, because they end up being used all the time. My suggestion for a more personalized gift is to get something like beer glasses etched with the name of the beers they brew or what they call their at-home brewery.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Current Beauty Obsessions: Fall 2013 Edition



I usually wear basic brown or black eyeliner, but I am really liking bronze eyeliner currently and it coordinates well with Fall colors. It adds a bit of shimmer, but is not full-on middle school sparkle. It's nice for nights out or special occasions.

Purple "smokey eye"- Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes


I love a good smokey eye and I like trying it out with different color palettes, instead of just the usual black/gray colors. This purple quad was a nice addition. It is a bit shimmery, but since the color is not too pigmented, I think it works well. It isn't too dramatic, but adds a little pop to your face.

Super Red Nail Polish- Zoya "Pepper"


I like a good fierce red nail polish color during the Fall and Winter and this color from Zoya is really nice. I am a fan of this brand of nail polish, because they have a great range of colors and the nail polish is chemical-free and not tested on animals.

images: sephora.com and zoya.com

Friday, October 4, 2013

TBT Film Edition: The Sweetest Thing

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This is one of those films I can always throw on if I want to be in a better mood or that I always stop and start watching when I come across it on TV.

The film is about three women in their late 20's and how they love to party and don't commit to relationships. The main plot point is about going to a wedding to try and find a missed connection. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Selma Blair. Also, you get some Jason Bateman in there too.

I love this film because it kind of sums up your late-20's relationships with your girlfriends.

Other favorites: 

-The glorious Pretty Woman montage.

-Learning that you should sing a song if you ever find yourself in a certain unfortunate situation.

-You're never too old to play the toothpaste/feather game on your friend.

-The sometimes penis song that occurs. It is in a version of the film, but not the one that is usually seen. This could be because it is so bizarre, but that's what makes it wonderful.

Notable quotes:

"No, but what is this? WHAT IS THIS?" - Tell me you don't start to jiggle your arm flab after seeing this part. Or that you didn't lift and lower your arms after the "22...28...22...28" part.

"Come to think of it, I did leave some ass in the back... It must be the ASS."

"I have never had any complaints in the punani odor department."

I mean, the car scene may just be the best part of the film...

Ok...I'm off to go watch this.