The Post-Grad Life: Day Five
As of Friday, May 18, Karina and I are college graduates and officially “real people” (or so I’ve been told). We tossed our mortar boards high into the air, screamed out of joy, said our tearful goodbyes, then drove over a thousand miles back home to… do what, exactly??? My lazy ass has been glued to the couch for the past twenty four hours. NO SHAME. The TV has remained loyal to USA’s Law and Order SVU marathon for the majority of that time, with the exception of some occasional sports coverage and also Tabitha’s Salon Takeover. I’ve eaten cereal, an egg, some yogurt, and an entire bag of extra butter popcorn. These are the good days.
I realize how lucky I am to have 1. this education and 2. such a relaxing break, so I plan to make the most of my
weeks, months, F this economy, time before starting a job. Here are some fun suggestions to stay busy and keep that post-grad crash at bay:
2. Go out with home friends.
2a. Get your drank on
3. Call/Skype/Text besties from college
4. Do not think about the unemployment rate
4a. Get your drank on
5. Eat some homecooked food
6. Think about all the college-type things you can still do before it’s socially unacceptable in a few months (wear croakies, day drink, dress up in a ridiculous costume, dfmo, etc.)
In short, congrats to the entire class of 2012. Graduation has been equal parts bitter and sweet. Now, the real world beckons! Stay tuned for adulty posts written for mature people with actual responsibilities, like posts examining the economy, healthcare, and our environment.
Jokes, clearly. Keep checking in for articles on meaningless rants, fashion, music, beauty, and our neverending quest towards adulthood. xoxo
In Sort of Defense of The “Grey” Phenomenon
Hola compadres! Sorry it’s been forever. Like Karina mentioned, we’ve recently been inundated with an overwhelming amount of work. Senioritis is real, and it thrives in high-pressure environments like finals season. Thank goodness the end is near.
Anyway, during one of my frequent study breaks the other night, I read some of the Fifty Shades of Grey hype. Yeah, I know. Look, it was four in the morning and I had/still have twenty pages of writing looming over me.
Some of the reviews were pretty appalling. Why would anyone want to read (better yet, admit to enjoying) a book about an abusive relationship? Not to mention the extremely graphic sex scenes. Like, every ten pages they introduce a new toy, kind of graphic. Grey’s readers have consequentially been called names like lonely, depraved, even sick. Surprisingly, first-time author E. L. James isn’t some free loving, BDSM engaging, twenty-something chick. She’s a middle-aged woman and former TV exec with a husband and two kids. Due to her quite conventional background, Grey's monumental success has been canonized as “mommy porn.” Yuck.
Well, being the aspiring journalist that I am…
Fiona Apple IS The Hunger Games
Good evening, dear readers. The only bit I wanted to add to Karina’s SXSW post was that in case you hadn’t heard… Fiona. Apple. Was. There. My personal idol performed three new songs to an overjoyed crowd. I’ve added the link to my favorite, “Valentine.” It definitely sounds like a typical Apple song, with strong piano chords that play perfectly to her rich, soothing voice and devastatingly haunting lyrics. I couldn’t help but notice though, that Fiona is looking extra extra skinny these days. I mean, like Katniss around day seven in the games kind of skinny, only without the awesome archery skills and maybe even the will to live. Now that I think about it, maybe Fiona would relate more to Rue. They’re both tiny, sweet, and Fiona seems fidgety enough to jump from tree to tree to avoid other people. I may seem a bit harsh, but it’s all out of concern and love. No matter how talented she is, there’s no doubt about one thing- homegirl NEEDS to eat.
R. Kelly Must Be Psychic
I was all set to write my follow up to Karina’s SXSW post, when I saw something that could only mean that the
conspiracy loonies Mayans were right: Coming Soon to IFC: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped In The Closet: The Next Installment’. WHAT?!? I was not prepared for this. R. Kelly must have some otherworldly knowledge he’s not sharing with the rest of us. Looks like we’re all going to perish in an explosive, Michael Bay-esque apocalypse, because Kel’s promoting this masterpiece like it’s his last chance to secure VIP status in heaven. The guy may be a freak, but nobody can say he’s not a good businessman.
Check out the link to a SFW preview on our Twitter page.
Vacation Beauty Essentials
Hey All! Ashley here. As Karina wrote earlier, we have finally made it through the hell that is midterms and come out alive on the other side (barely though, I must say). I dunno about where you guys are, but over here we’re now enjoying a little holiday called SPRING BREAK 2012!!!!!!!! A bunch of our friends are soaking up some sun (and probably a few venereal diseases) at PCB, while others are lounging poolside on a Caribbean cruise. But Ashley, how did you access WIFI to post this from the cruise??? Well, my friends, that’s because my cheap ass is at home. Fortunately for me though, my bff Nicole feels the same way. So, we’re embarking on an old fashioned road trip to a B&B, courtesy of Groupon (to learn more about me, see: Shit Bougie Black Girls Say). We’ll go to wine tastings, the Shenandoah Mountains, and whatever cute little Southern stores we come across. Aside from packing the car with homemade treats (like slutty brownies), salty snacks, and cheap booze, my fourth most important carry-on will be my beauty case. And even though we’ll only be gone for three days, it’s still important to bring more than the bare minimum. You never know who you’ll run into out in the mountains! I gotsta look good.
I’m bringing my handy-dandy Clarisonic Mia and face wash to buff away the grime and sweat I’ll get from hiking all day. Next, my Trish McEvoy sunscreen or, if I need the extra hydration, Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer (I’ll go deeper into sun care in another post).
While I’m at home I’ve been using my mom’s BareVitamins Prime Time. It is liquid gold and therefore I feel justified in taking it with me. Similarly, I am OBSESSED with Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It makes my skin look smoove (not a typo) under the fugliest conditions. If necessary, I’ll use another stolen gem from my mother- the BareMinerals powder concealer. After that, I’ll put on a bit of blush so my flushed face won’t be as noticeable of a change when I get tipsy at the wineries.
Whoops, I almost forgot about my nighttime regimen. I may end up not using the Roc Nighttime Retinol Cream (you can NEVER start too early) since I’ll be in the sun all day plus I have sensitive skin, but it’ll be good to bring nonetheless. I also can’t go anywhere without some good ol’ acne cream from the drugstore.
The best part about these products is that they can all fit into my small toiletry bag. As high maintenance as I can be with makeup/skincare, I never want to be “that” person who lugs a big bag of products with them everywhere they go. Not cute.
I’ll let you know how the trip goes, and watch out for my upcoming post on How To Pick The Right Sunscreen! xoxo