Encanto Review

Disney has done it yet again. Their 60th animated feature has been an absolute hit amongst Disney fans around the world (myself included)! I recently saw this fantastic film and immediately knew that I wanted to write about it. I watched it once for enjoyment and because it was new and then a second time to take notes for this post. I am so excited to share my review on this film with you all. Let’s get into it.

Encanto is a story that follows a multigenerational Colombian family. A family that, on the outside seems perfect, but inside the Madrigal home lies brokenness that is in need of mending (but we’ll get to that later on). The Madrigal family was once blessed with a miracle, and each member of the family is given a gift once they reach a certain age. For example, Luisa is super strong, Dolores can hear from miles away, and little Antonio can understand and speak to animals. Then we have Mirabel, who, as a young girl was so curious and hopeful when her gift ceremony came along. The night ended in confusion and disappointment when her own magical door disappeared as she stood before it. This is ultimately where the story begins.

The cast of this film did such a phenomenal job, and many of them are new to the acting world, which makes this even more impressive! I was familiar with Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama, however I had never heard of any of the other actors. This film had been in the making for quite some time, and due to COVID-19, the cast did their voice-overs from home, and were coached over zoom! It just shows that despite challenging times, the actors were all optimistic and made the most out of the situation. The film was released on November 24, 2021 in the US, and has seemed to have mostly positive reviews.

This film was very different compared to other animated Disney films. For example, rather than focusing solely on one main character, we were introduced to many different characters and we were able to understand some of them almost as much as Mirabel. I believe that side characters are just as important, and they can even make or break a film. Well, these characters definitely made the film! They all played their roles so well, and their voices fit perfectly with their characters. I like that each character was seen as an important part of the family, especially toward the end of the film. Something else that stood out to me is that this story seems to have a much deeper meaning compared to older and even some recent Disney films. There were meanings and messages that I don’t believe Disney has ever covered before, and this is important because it makes it more relatable and honest.

My favorite part about this film is that is focuses on family. Certain parts of the storyline really resonated with me, and I am sure that many people can find those things to be relatable, even within their own families. I am someone who is very close with my family, and to watch this with them was very fun and enjoyable. This film truly is for everyone, no matter your age. It is a story for everyone to enjoy and learn from. I also love that it focuses on such a vibrant and beautiful culture that deserves to be represented.

Representation in Disney films seemed to be non-existent for a long time. I appreciate and admire Disney for finally telling stories of other wonderful cultures. This is so important in our world today because people want to see people that look like them. Young children need to see and admire people on screen that they can relate to in some way, whether it be their lifestyle, their traditions, or their skin color. It is also important because the world we live in is incredibly diverse, and we all don’t look the same. Although I have never been to Colombia myself, I find the culture and country beautiful, and I think that this film can open new doors for their audience. We can all learn and appreciate those who are different from us. Since the theme of the film is family, I believe that it can be relatable for most people. I am looking forward to Disney working on more projects and stories that represent different people from different countries and cultures.

Disney songs are songs that stick with you for the rest of your life. We all grew up knowing every word to at least one Disney song. In Encanto, we are introduced to 8 original songs written by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and produced by Mike Elizondo. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team actually visited Colombia, where the setting of the film is based, and they studied the music there. This truly shows us just how much they wanted the music to be accurate to the culture. It also shows how dedicated they were to the story and film. Some of my favorite songs from the film include: We Don’t Talk About Bruno, Surface Pressure, Dos Oruguitas, and Colombia, Mi Encanto. The songs in this film are incredibly catchy, fun, and authentic. They will 100% get stuck in your head, but you’ll never get sick of them! Whether you know a lot about music or not, everyone can appreciate the beautiful songs that were created for this film.

Now let’s dive into the characters and plot a bit…

There are a few characters that really stood out to me, and I wanted to write in depth for them. First, Abuela. Early on in the film, we get to learn about her past and how she got to where she is today. Her story is very real, because many people have had to leave their homes and start a new life elsewhere. It is a heartbreaking story, knowing that she lost her husband, was left with three babies, and had to start over completely. Luckily, their miracle found them quite quickly, and the burning candle stayed bright and strong for the Madrigal family. The miracle allowed them to have a home again, and soon after that comes the town of Encanto. Abuela had clearly experienced a lot of trauma in her lifetime, and we see that come out in many ways throughout the film. She lived on edge; terrified that their miracle would somehow be taken away from them. She relied so much on the miracle and her family’s gifts that she eventually lost sight of what’s most important.

Since Mirabel did not receive a gift, it was easy for her grandmother to focus on other family members and even put them on a pedestal. Although Mirabel seemed to be strong and ok with the fact that she did not receive a gift, we quickly come to find that she is still confused and upset many years later. Though she is proud of her family, she dreams of having a gift of her own. She believes that she truly can move mountains, if only she was given the chance. After constantly getting rejected and blamed by her grandmother, she finally stands up for herself and confronts her Abuela. Toward the climax of the film, she tells her grandmother, “I will never be good enough for you”. She even goes on to say that her Abuela is the one who ruined the family, not her. Although she could have worded this a lot better, I think it was something that she needed to say, and her grandmother needed to hear. For too many years, Abuela was living in fear, and she forgot to show as much love and appreciation to Mirabel as the other family members, which wasn’t right. She comes to recognize her mistakes and makes amends with Mirabel, and this was such a beautiful and heart-warming scene. The tears were definitely starting to fall at that point.

We don’t talk about Bruno… but, we HAVE to talk about Bruno! Throughout the entire film, we get a very small glimpse into the life of Bruno, or at least what others thought of him. At first his character was very mysterious, leaving the audience to wonder what happened to Bruno. The issue is, how is anyone supposed to learn from the situation if they aren’t allowed to talk about it? The Madrigal family, particularly Abuela clearly felt a lot of pain from the situation, and she felt it was best to keep it quiet. In reality, they may have been able to make amends sooner had more people known about what truly happened. In some ways, Bruno was very similar to Mirabel. Although he did have a gift (seeing the future), they were both sort of the misfits in the family. They felt a bit misunderstood and at times, left out. Everyone seemed to blame Bruno when his visions were negative or confusing, when he was ultimately just having visions of the future and trying to warn everyone. They made him out to be a not-so-great person, so it was more understandable when he decided to walk away from the family. We come to find that all along, Bruno was living within the walls of the family home! If you were shocked about this, you must not have heard Dolores sing: “I could always hear him sort of muttering and mumbling” and when the family all found out that Bruno was there, she then confesses that she knew it all along. I guess when you can hear everything, there are no secrets! I absolutely loved how Mirabel went to find Bruno and that in many ways, they both helped each other. I also loved that Bruno actually left because he was trying to protect Mirabel. This shows us that although he was frustrated with the family and what they thought of him, he still cared and loved them. The reunion at the end was exactly what I was hoping for, and I love that there weren’t many words exchanged between Bruno and his family, but of course, he did sing his apologies!

Next up, I want to talk about Luisa, AKA the strong one. I really found Luisa’s character to be interesting and entertaining. There are also many layers to her that start to unfold throughout the film. At first, we see her as the strong sister, physically and emotionally. She’s always helping the people of Encanto as well as her family. What we end up realizing is that she actually feels a lot of pressure in her life. When Mirabel finally gets Luisa alone to ask about what is happening to the miracle, Luisa finally breaks (out into song). If you pay close attention to the lyrics, you’ll hear a cry for help. Luisa is actually terrified of letting her family and Encanto down, and she feels like she constantly has the weight of the world on her shoulders. A few lines from her song that really stood out to me include, “I’m pretty sure I’m worthless if I can’t be of service”, “I hide my nerves, and it worsens, I worry something is gonna hurt us”, and “Give it to your sister, it doesn’t hurt and see if she could handle every family burden”. Sometimes, we can look at certain people and admire them so much for their strength, not realizing that they may be struggling. Strong people, whether the strength is physical, emotional, or both, need a break too. They feel just as much negative emotion as anyone else, and that is what Luisa teaches us.

Mirabel was such a great main character. What I love most about her is that she is relatable, brave, likable, and that she loves her family more than anything. She was fun and entertaining to watch, and I think that she was incredibly strong. Throughout the film, I began to piece together why she did not receive a gift, and what her gift may have actually been. I had a feeling that the house was ultimately her gift. When everyone came together to build the house back together at the end, I got emotional as they handed Mirabel the doorknob that they made for her. In that moment, it was clear to me that I was right, and that the house was her gift. I think it was a moment of realization for the family, and it was so nice to see Mirabel get the love and appreciation that she always deserved.

I briefly wanted to talk about Antonio, because I really loved this character. Although his part was quite small, I think he was just as important as the other characters. We are introduced to Antonio very early on, and we can sense his nervousness and fear about his upcoming gift ceremony. I just adored the relationship between Mirabel and Antonio. It was clear that she really cared about and believed in him. Since Mirabel’s ceremony was the last one before Antonio’s, it was easy for us to understand why he was a bit scared. Not only was Antonio nervous, but I think the entire family and the town of Encanto were nervous too. No one knew what to expect, and they were fearful that Antonio wouldn’t receive a gift like Mirabel (not that this would really be all that terrible). It was so sweet of Mirabel to walk Antonio up the staircase to his door. Everyone is relieved when his door lights up and his gift is revealed; Antonio can speak to and understand animals! Childlike amazement and curiosity cross Mirabel’s face when she sees this happening before her. The family had a new and exciting gift.

The story of Encanto is so inspiring, special, and charming, and I absolutely loved every second of it! There are so many lessons that were placed throughout the film, and anyone at any age can benefit from watching. More than anything, it shows how pain and trauma can be passed on, and if you don’t confront these things at some point, it can put the same pain onto those you love. The family needed to break and have things fall apart so they could come back together stronger than before. Of course, the most positive and uplifting message in the film is that family is everything, and I couldn’t agree with this more! I think my fiancé said it best: “If you wait long enough, you can get the whole house, not just one room.” Essentially, patience is key. If you are patient and you remain grateful, you will always be rewarded in the end. Never give up, hold onto hope, and stay strong in your beliefs.

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to know what you thought of this film, so please leave a comment below so we can connect and talk about it. Until next time!

Cinderella 2021 Review

Everyone knows the classic story of Cinderella. We are all aware of the memorable elements that create the beloved story such as: perfectly-fitting glass slippers, a chiming clock at midnight, a wicked stepmother, and of course, a magical and gracious fairy godmother. You may be wondering why yet another adaptation of Cinderella just had to be made, or why anyone would still be talking about a movie that first came out in 1950. Well, the 2021 remake puts a modern twist on a classic story. This movie will take you through relevant and current issues all while incorporating some of the most important themes of the original story. Today I wanted to review this new movie for you all, and in the end I will share if I believe it is worth watching! Let’s dive in!

This movie was written and directed by Kay Cannon who is known for her writing and producing of the popular series Pitch Perfect (2012-2017). The first movie she directed was a comedy called Blockers (2018), and since then it was announced that she would be working on a new and exciting project, taking on the story of Cinderella (now on Amazon Prime Video). In the film, there are many familiar faces. I think the casting for this movie was interesting in parts, but I was very happy with it overall! You may recognize Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, James Corden, Billy Porter, and even Pierce Brosnan!

Camila Cabello was cast as the lead role, and I thought this was an interesting and fabulous choice. I have always loved Camila as well as her solo music, so I was intrigued to see her take on acting. What I love about her part in this film is that she was able to bring her bubbly and fun personality to the well-known character of Cinderella. She did this while also staying true to the original character’s grace, gentleness, and kindness. The struggle of living with her evil stepmother and stepsisters continues on in this film, and we see Cinderella (or Ella) doing her best to stay strong in an unsupportive and grim environment. This time, however, she has goals and dreams for herself. Apparently, being stuck in a basement with a variety of fabrics (and furry mice friends) has its perks because it birthed her dream of becoming a dress designer. Throughout the entire movie, Ella is striving for her goals and will stop at nothing to reach them. Even when she has a bright opportunity standing in front of her, she ends up choosing a different path; doing what no princess has done before. There are very clear nods to women empowerment in the movie, which I think is an important touch and something that a modern audience would want to see. Camila brought humor, light, and strength to the character, and I was very pleased with her performance!

Another talented actress that I wanted to discuss is Idina Menzel. I think she plays wicked extremely well, to say the least! Just from watching her play Cinderella’s evil stepmother, you could tell that she put her all into the role, as she always does. She is mean-spirited, brutal, and just plain cruel. This is very similar to the original stepmother, however there is an unexpected twist in this movie that I found very interesting. Although Idina’s character treats Cinderella poorly, there is a shift toward the end of the movie. We as an audience are able to see a softer side to her, as well as a deeper dive into her past. This is quite different to see, but it really adds depth to her character.

In many movies, creators will often choose not to create in-depth storylines for side characters. While I can understand this choice at times, I don’t always love it. In this film, the creators did a fantastic job of bringing importance and meaning to the side characters’ lives. A couple examples would be learning more about the character of the stepmother, or even Prince Robert and the royal family. At first, we were able to glimpse in to the royal family, however as the movie goes on, we start to understand their family dynamic as well as the goals that the family members all have. I really enjoyed seeing what happened behind those royal doors. Although the average person cannot relate to a royal life, the issues the family face show that they are human and they also struggle with making big decisions, following tradition/orders, and even relationship problems. I really liked Pierce Brosnan as King Rowan. This was an unexpected casting choice to me, but nevertheless, I found his character to be entertaining. After pushing Prince Robert to step into maturity and take on his future role as king, he eventually allows for there to be a positive change.

I briefly wanted to mention a couple side characters that I enjoyed watching. First off, I really loved Doc Brown as the town crier. His rapping was really fun to watch and listen to, and it was yet again, something that I have not seen in a movie like this before. Although his part was small, he definitely made a lasting impression! Secondly, I thought it was so great that the casting directors chose Billy Porter to play the Fairy Godmother (or should I say Fabulous Godmother). I think this was a bold but smart choice for the film. Not only is he full of life and outgoing, but he adds something new and unique to the role. Plus, he is a queer man of color, and I think this was a step in the right direction for film.

When we talk about diversity, we often think of color, however in a truly diverse project, you will get people of different races, ethnicities, sizes, shapes, genders, and sexualities. In my opinion, if an actor is amazing at what they do and they can play the role well, they deserve to be part of the project. If we look at the character of Cinderella, for example, she originally has white skin, blonde hair, and is more on the petite side. Camila Cabello does not look like this, however she was chosen to play Cinderella. The same goes for Billy Porter. The original Fairy Godmother was an older woman with white skin. I like that the casting directors knew what they wanted, and that they chose to go in a different direction; one that was more accurate to how real people look and live in our modern world.

For some reason, I did not even think that this would be a musical. I have no idea why, but I was somewhat surprised when the characters were singing throughout the movie (I did not watch the trailer beforehand). Putting together a cast of talented actors who are also musical could probably be quite difficult, but I’m sure the creators had certain people in mind for the roles. Camila is obviously a successful pop artist, Idina has a ton of experience on a Broadway stage as well as acting in movies and on TV (plus her voice is outstanding), James Corden has been in quite a few musicals over the years, and Billy Porter is another Broadway star with an impressive resume. Overall, the actors’ singing voices are exactly what you’d want in a musical! I thought that the songs they chose to cover were interesting. I was surprised by some of them, but they also worked well with the plot. They are also very famous songs that almost everyone would know! Not all songs were covers though; the song “Million to One” was written by Scott Harris and Camila Cabello. This is a song that the audience will hear at a few different points in the movie. I actually really loved the song! I did not recognize it right away, so I had a feeling it was an original that was written for the movie. I think it perfectly describes Ella’s desire and goals to become a dress designer. The dancing is great as well, and it is clear that a lot of time and effort went into practicing. I would imagine that stepping onto the set of a musical would be quite intimidating, however they look extremely fun too!

In movies like this, I always love to see the costumes and makeup. Since Ella wanted to be a dress designer, the stylists had to show that in this film, and I would say they succeeded! I fell in love with the dresses that Cinderella created and wore, but my absolute favorite was definitely the dress she wore to the ball. I like that they chose to go with pink rather than the famous blue dress from the original movie. Truthfully, every characters’ wardrobe really stood out to me. It is exactly what you would imagine royalty or people of importance would wear. Plus it was just really fun and extravagant! If I could have been an extra on set at the Royal Ball, I would have had the time of my life in a big poofy dress!

Although this movie was really great, I wouldn’t say it was perfect. I think this is a fun, feel-good movie to put on when you need something to lift your mood and spirit, but I don’t see myself watching it frequently. There were a few scenes that maybe went on a bit longer than needed, and a couple cringe-worthy moments, but nothing that would make you turn off the movie. While there were some surprises, there were also a few very predictable moments. I guess that will happen in a remake of a popular story though, so I can’t really complain.  I like that it is a movie that anyone at any age can enjoy, because let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good fairytale (or musical, for that matter)?!  If I had to rate the new adaptation of Cinderella, I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5. This movie did not seem to get the best ratings so far, and I am not exactly sure why. I think once one person states their dislike for something, others simply like to join in rather than forming their own opinion. That is why I wanted to write this blog post; to be able to share a different point of view.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog post! Thank you, and have an enchanting viewing experience!

Spring 2021 Playlist

Hey everyone! While spring is my absolute favorite season and I enjoy the warm and sunny days, I am really excited for summer! I thought now would be the perfect time to share my spring 2021 playlist with you all. If you have read any of my playlist blog posts, you would know that I am a big fan of pop music, so that is mostly what this playlist consists of (however I love so many different genres of music)! I really enjoy creating different playlists for certain events or seasons, and I have always loved music.

  • slower – Tate McRae
  • Beautiful Mistakes – Maroon 5 (ft. Megan Thee Stallion)
  • telepatía – Kali Uchis
  • Frozen – Sabrina Caludio
  • Drown – Boy In Space
  • Mind Over Matter – Young the Giant
  • Ghost – Julia Wolf
  • Higher – Clean Bandit (ft. iann dior)
  • Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf
  • We’re Good – Dua Lipa
  • Numb – Kiiara (ft. DeathbyRomy & PVRIS)
  • Peaches – Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon)
  • Break My Heart Again – FINNEAS
  • You’re Too Close – Francis Karel
  • MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
  • Mr Loverman – Ricky Montgomery
  • rubberband – Tate McRae
  • Kiss Me More – Doja Cat (ft. SZA)
  • Met Him Last Night – Demi Lovato (ft. Ariana Grande)
  • Love Not War – Jason Derulo x Nuka
  • Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo
  • Staying In Love – Kasbo (ft. Nea)
  • Save Your Tears – The Weeknd (ft. Ariana Grande)
  • You – Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae
  • Bad Child – Tones And I

Thank you so much for checking out today’s blog post! What are some of your current favorite songs? Leave a comment below!

Winter 2020-2021 Playlist

Hey everyone! In today’s blog post, I am simply sharing some of my favorite songs that I have had on repeat this season! For a while, I wasn’t updating my winter playlist because I just wasn’t hearing very many songs that I loved (hence the somewhat shorter playlist). However, recently I’ve discovered quite a few great songs that I’ve added to the list! As always, most of these are pretty new and of course, my lists are often made up of pop music! I love so many different genres of music, but these are some of my most recent favorite songs!

  • I Hope – Gabby Barett
  • You Don’t Know Me – Meghan Trainor
  • Monster – Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber
  • My Reputation – Jeezy (ft. Demi Lovato & Lil Duval)
  • Yes I’m Changing – Tame Impala
  • Prisoner – Miley Cyrus (ft. Dua Lipa)
  • Baby, I’m Jealous – Bebe Rexha (ft. Doja Cat
  • NOW – Olivia O’Brien
  • HEADY – Reaper
  • My Blood – Ellie Goulding
  • WITHOUT YOU – The Kid LAROI
  • r u ok – Tate McRae
  • Del Mar – Ozuna, Sia, & Doja Cat
  • Make You Dance – Meghan Trainor
  • Plastic Hearts – Miley Cyrus
  • Skin – Sabrina Carpenter
  • HOLIDAY – Lil Nas X
  • Bad Girl – Daya
  • Everything I love – Temecula Road
  • Obsessed – Dynoro & Ina Wroldsen
  • 000000 – A.CHAL
  • Diamonds – Sam Smith
  • Villain – Wolf
  • cheers – blackbear & Wiz Khalifa
  • Vibez – ZAYN
  • Streets – Doja Cat
  • My Head & My Heart – Ava Max
  • Your Love (9PM) – ATB, Topic, & A7S
  • Girls Like Us – Zoe Wees
  • Spaceman – Nick Jonas
  • Floating Through Space – Sia & David Guetta
  • this is how you fall in love – Jeremy Zucker & Chelsea Cutler

Thank you so much for checking out today’s blog post! Be sure to come back very soon for more pots relating to fashion & beauty, fitness & health, and travel & entertainment! Until next time!

Fall 2020 Playlist

Hey everyone! I am happy to finally share another playlist with you all! I always like to start off by saying that I really love so many different genres of music, so my playlists are often random and all over the place. I mostly listen to pop music, but this list includes a variety of songs. Some of these are very upbeat and great for dancing, whereas others a bit slower and perfect for rainy days spent relaxing! I believe most of these songs are pretty recent as well. Here are the songs that I have been playing on repeat this season:

  • Workin’ On It – Meghan Trainor (ft. Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan)
  • Wait A Minute! – WILLOW
  • my future – Billie Eilish
  • Good Love – The Greys
  • Make You Mine – PUBLIC
  • All the Fu***** Time – Loote
  • Borderline – Tame Impala
  • Please Don’t Touch – RAYE
  • 85% – Loote, gnash
  • Hard On Yourself – Charlie Puth, blackbear
  • Funny – Zedd, Jasmine Thompson
  • Bad Behaviour – Mabel
  • Go Crazy –Chris Brown, Young Thug
  • Dance With Me – Diplo (ft. Thomas Rhett & Young Thug
  • POPSTAR– DJ Khaled (ft. Drake)
  • Come & Go – Juice WRLD, Marshmello
  • Mood – 24Goldn (ft.  iann dior)
  • Holy – Justin Bieber (ft. Chance the Rapper)
  • OK Not To Be OK – Marshmello, Demi Lovato
  • My ex’s best friend – Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear
  • Parachute – AM!R
  • Higher (remix) – Brian Fresco, Just A Gent (ft. Chance The Rapper & Blue Hawaii)
  • Lord Knows – BRIDGE
  • Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus
  • Rollin – Calvin Harris (ft. Future & Khalid)
  • Dynamite – BTS
  • October – George Ogilvie
  • Who’s Laughing Now – Ava Max
  • Ready to Fall – Boundary Run
  • Woo – Rihanna
  • Put Your Records On – Ritt Momney
  • Tears of Gold – Faouzia
  • Never Stop – Tyler Brown Williams
  • I’ll Never Let Go – Jeffrey Amor
  • Mountain – Boundary Run
  • Perfectly Imperfect – Declan J Donovan
  • Lonely – Justin Bieber (ft. benny blanco)
  • stupid – Tate McRae
  • positions – Ariana Grande
  • Le temps est bon – Bon Entendeur, Isabelle Pierre
  • The Bakery – Melanie Martinez
  • safety net – Ariana Grande (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post! Let me know what songs you’ve been playing on repeat in a comment below!

Emily in Paris Review

Recently, everyone has been talking about the new Netflix show “Emily in Paris”. As soon as I heard about this, I was very intrigued because it definitely sounded like my kind of show! I have such a love for Paris, and just by reading the description of the show, I felt that I was the targeted demographic. I was excited to finally watch a new show, because many of the shows I watch stopped filming due to COVID-19.

“Emily in Paris” came to Netflix on October 2, and it was created by Darren Star, who also created “Sex and the City”. While I never watched “Sex and the City”, I can definitely see that these two shows had similar elements. Today, I wanted to share a brief review of the show for you all. Warning: there will be spoilers included in this post, so I would recommend watching the show first, and coming back to read afterward!

This show is about a girl named Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins) who is a marketing executive living in Chicago. Her job ends up taking her to Paris and she is determined to bring her American perspective and ideas to a French marketing firm. While this sounds like a dream come true, Emily finds herself struggling to keep up with the language as well as French culture. At work, she is surrounded by disapproving coworkers and in her personal life, a few potential love interests. Despite the challenges, she remains confident and I found this as well as her perseverance to be very admirable. I think that I would have struggled a bit more if I were in her shoes.

Before I get into why I did not like this show, I will first explain what I did like. This show is based in Paris, which was honestly one of the only reasons I liked it. I feel that the setting is a character in itself, and to film and center a show around this beautiful city definitely helped me enjoy it a bit more. I have actually been to Paris before, and it was really fun and cool to recognize some of the places in certain scenes! Paris truly is a romantic and gorgeous city! I also adored the fashion in this show! For the most part, I truly loved what the female characters wore, and as someone who loves fashion, this made the show a tiny bit better. I also liked the roller coaster of a relationship between Emily and Gabriel. While I didn’t like that he was cheating on his girlfriend (who was also friends with Emily) Camille, I did like the two of them together. Lastly, I liked the storyline. Although it was a bit cliché, it reminded me of my favorite early 2000’s “chick flicks” and Emily’s life is basically my dream life.

Of course, the reasons that I liked the show were minor in comparison to the reasons why I didn’t. Let’s start with the characters. I struggled to connect to the characters in this show, and I felt that they simply weren’t very relatable and they lacked depth. Part of what makes a show/movie great, is realistic and relatable characters. We really didn’t know very much about Emily or her past, and she wasn’t the most likable person. As I mentioned, her confidence and perseverance was admirable, but she seemed to be a little ignorant to the culture that she was immersed in. Of course, no one is going to know everything, but when you travel somewhere new, I think it is important to do some research and learn about the culture and its people. She was a bit too cocky, and she always wanted things to go her own way. I also don’t feel that she was a very good friend. She went behind Camille’s back multiple times to be with Gabriel who was Camille’s boyfriend, and she never told her the truth. For this reason, I was not the biggest fan of Gabriel either. It’s somewhat contradictory though, because I did want them to be together, I just didn’t like that cheating and sneaking around was involved. By the end of the season, it was obvious that there was no real character development for Emily (or any of the other characters for that matter).

The next thing that I disliked was the way that the French were portrayed. I understand that stereotypes exist and they are often seen in movies and TV shows, however, I don’t really like it because it gives people a false view of a culture and/or place. I always heard the stereotypes that French people can be rude and stuck -up. I was lucky enough to travel to Paris and Lyon earlier this year, and based on my own personal experience, I can say that every local that I came in contact with was incredibly kind and helpful. Of course, I was a tourist and simply exploring the city, whereas Emily was living and working there, so our experiences were a bit different, however I felt that the creators exaggerated and played up the stereotypes too much.

I found the amount of potential love interests to be confusing at times. There were a few different men who seemed to be interested in Emily. We met Antoine, Gabriel, Mathieu, and Timothee. I knew going into it that there was going to be romance, but I was hoping to see her with one guy steadily throughout the show. In the end, I believe Emily was technically in a relationship with Mattieu, however it was very clear that she still liked Gabriel. The ending made me believe that there will be a season 2 at some point.

Overall, I felt disappointed with this show. I really wanted to like it, but sadly it was not for me. I would say it is more of a fun feel-good show rather than anything serious and long-lasting. Although I didn’t enjoy this show very much and this review is mostly negative, I am interested to know your thoughts! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you thought of “Emily in Paris”!

Thank you for reading!

My Top Ten Favorite Poets of Instagram

Those closest to me know that I have always had a love for writing. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, but my love for poetry grew over the years and eventually, I began writing my own. I haven’t shared it with many people, but I do want to share it all soon (be on the lookout for more relating to this!)

As social media grew over the years, I have discovered so many talented writers through Instagram. I truly see social media as a very positive thing. While of course there are negative things about it, I find that for myself, social media keeps me in touch with friends and family, it inspires me, and it is a space for me to share whatever is on my heart. I try to use my platforms wisely and to share content with intention. Helping people is such a big goal for me, and if I could do that through my writing, nothing would make me happier.

When it comes to writing and poetry, I believe that there really are no rules. You don’t have to go by the book and do what everyone else is doing. I often write short little poems in my notes on my phone, and they may not rhyme or have a certain number of stanzas, but to me, it’s still poetry. I have always loved the way that writing can resonate with so many people. It often makes people feel less alone in this world. People can interpret words in different ways, and this can be helpful because they can then relate the words to their own personal lives. I love that there is a whole community of poets on Instagram, whether they are anonymous or open with their identity.

Today, I wanted to share my top ten favorite poets on Instagram. I follow so many poetry pages, so it was a bit difficult to narrow it down, but these are the pages that I chose to share with you today!

In no particular order…

@markanthonypoet

I absolutely love this poet because he often writes about love. His words are very encouraging and uplifting, and they bring me so much comfort. I love many of his short poems because although they may seem simple, they make me feel the most. Mark has multiple books including “The Beautiful Truth” and “True Love.”

@loveaprilgreen

I think that April may be one of my all time favorite poets on Instagram. She always words things so beautifully and I love the way that she focuses so much on personal growth and self-love. I find her poems to be very inspiring as well. I resonate with her words very often, and I always look forward to seeing what she creates. April also has three books titled “Bloom for Yourself” “Bloom for Yourself II: Let Go and Grow” and “Becoming a Wildflower: Poetry and Prose for Courage.”

@atticusxo

Atticus is well known in the poetry community. He is an anonymous poet and a New York Times Bestselling author. I have been following Atticus for quite some time now, and he has remained a favorite of mine. I highly recommend reading his beautiful words if you have not done so already. He has written multiple books including “The Truth About Magic” “Love Her Wild” and “The Dark Between Stars.” He also has a collection of tees, hats, jewelry etc. at his online store!

@j.ironword

Another poet I’ve been following for a while now! I absolutely love the way that this poet shares simple yet beautiful truths that we often forget. He very clearly pours his heart out into his words, and I always enjoy seeing his new posts! Check out his books “Abstract Heart” “She is Me” and “Live Loud, Love Loud.”

@beautaplin

I think that Beau was the first (or one of the first) poets I ever discovered on Instagram. I have one of his books, and I have always adored his writing. It is hard for me to explain why his poems speak to me so much, but it is so clear that every word was and is written so thoughtfully, and the end result is always captivating. Beau has many books, but to name a few: “Bloom” “Here at Dawn” and “Worlds Of You.”

@arianapoetess

What I love about Ariana is the way that her words truly speak to my soul. Her poetry is inspiring, and I love the theme of her content. Her photos are romantic and I love the simplicity and beauty of the flowers in many of her posts. Her words can bring peace, and when I read her poetry, I find myself sitting still for a moment to take in what I had just read.

@dthomasquotes

I have recently discovered this poet and fell in love with each post I would see. I love that Dane shares his poetry as well as little snippets of his personal life on his page. He keeps his posts very positive, which I love! I always try to keep my life positive, even on social media, so it is refreshing to see his content. If you are interested, Dane has a few books to check out: “In a World of Wishes” “Black and Blue” and “Light in the Darkness.”

@rafpoetry

I have found this poet somewhat recently, and I always look forward to seeing his poetry. His words are often simple yet motivational and stunning. He shares words of love and light, and they absolutely warm my heart.

@the.ace_

As a writer and influencer, Ace shares simple and short lines of poetry, and I really like when his posts show up on my feed. Although the lines are short, they can still resonate with the reader, and they are great daily reminders that I believe everyone should hear.

@priyakannan.offl

Another favorite poet of mine! She frequently shares short poems and statements that are always very inspiring to me. She will usually write longer poems in her captions, and I love the simplicity in her content’s theme as well. The words shared on this page make me feel a mix of emotions, and I think that great poetry and a great writer will do that to you. They makes you think, and their words make you feel.

These are just ten of my favorite poets on Instagram. I have so many more that I could have shared in this post, but I’ll save that for another day! I highly recommend checking out and supporting each of these poets and their work! You won’t regret it!

It is difficult to explain my love of poetry, but what I can say is that reading someone else’s words and having them resonate with your soul feels like magic. It feels like someone understands the words you are trying to say, so they create poetry out of it. Poetry is made from love, pain, and simply living life. It takes a special kind of soul to be a poet, for poets can reach deep into their souls, feel each and every emotion, and put them together in a way that makes readers feel seen, understood, and inspired.

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!

Summer 2020 Playlist

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing my summer 2020 playlist with you all! I am such a big music lover, and I don’t believe that I can get through a day without listening to my favorite artists (there are too many to name). Sadly, my summer is coming to an end very soon, and I am heading into my last year of college! It’s so strange how the beginning of this year felt like an eternity, but as soon as May/June came around, the days have been flying by! We are living through a pretty chaotic year, but I hope that however you’ve spent the past few months, you used some time to take care of yourself. One thing that can always put me in a good mood is my favorite music! Listed below are some songs that I have been playing on repeat all summer long. Once again, my music taste is all over the place; there is so much that I enjoy listening to! Leave me a comment below telling me a few of your current favorite songs!

  • X – Jonas Brothers, KAROL G
  • Five More Minutes – Jonas Brothers
  • Daisies – Katy Perry
  • End This (L.O.V.E.) – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Be Kind – Marshmello, Halsey
  • Bitter – FLETCHER, Kito
  • Dancing With Your Ghost – Sasha Sloan
  • Phases – PRETTYMUCH
  • Bad Girlfriend – Anne-Marie
  • Looking at Me – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Myself – Bazzi
  • Nice To Meet Ya – Niall Horan
  • All This Love – Robin Schulz, HARLOE
  • Crazy AF – In Real Life
  • Ritual – Tiesto, Jonas Blue, Rita Ora
  • Valentino – Years & Years, MNEK
  • Nobody – DJ Neptune, Mr Eazi, Joeboy
  • Cardigan, Heaven or Hell, Euphoria, Wasted – Don Toliver
  • Party Girl – StaySolidRocky
  • Honeymoon Fades – Sabrina Carpenter
  • Don’t Worry Bout Me – Zara Larsson
  • Secrets – Regard, RAYE
  • Superstar – Marina
  • New Light – John Mayer
  • Souvenir – Selena Gomez
  • Take Yourself Home – Troye Sivan
  • Know Your Worth – Khalid, Disclosure
  • Ready – Alessia Cara
  • More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress
  • listen before i go – Billie Eilish
  • Only Want You – Rita Ora
  • We Got Love – Joel Corry Remix – Sigala, Ella Henderson, Joel Corry
  • Sour Candy – Lady Gaga, BLACKPINK
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • I’m Alright – Shania Twain
  • You Broke Me First – Tate McRae
  • I Still Do – Why Don’t We
  • Heartless – Diplo, Julia Michaels, Morgan Wallen
  • Up All Night – Khalid
  • Too Many Hearts to Break – Kelsy Karter
  • Get You – Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis
  • Much Too Much – Lennon Stella
  • Here We Go Again – Sigma, Louisa
  • Shadow – Jimmy Levy
  • BELIEVE IT – PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rihanna
  • Young & Alive – Bazzi
  • All I Think About Is You – Ansel Elgort
  • L.O.V.(e). – Ella Eyre
  • Going Out Of My Way – M.O, Mr Eazi
  • WMT – Kaash Paige
  • Couple of Kids – Maggie Lindemann
  • Love Again – New Hope Club
  • Lonely – Noah Cyrus
  • Falling – Harry Styles
  • Long Run – Deacon, Nina Nesbitt

13 Reasons Why Season 4 Recap + Review

The final season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why came out on June 5th, and I just recently finished the series! I didn’t binge it like I am sure most people did, but I am now ready to talk season 4! As usual, if you have not watched season 4 of 13 Reasons Why, I recommend watching before reading this post. Spoiler warning!

At the end of season 3, I had made a few small predictions. I feel that many people probably had the same assumptions as me because they were somewhat cliffhangers. First, the bag of guns that was found in the river. I knew this would be an issue that would arise in season 4 and I was right. Tyler had said that they may be able to track the person who bought the guns and this worried Clay and Tony. Then, I mentioned that since Alex’s dad knew that his own son murdered Bryce, maybe he would get involved in some way. It seemed like Tyler and Alex’s dad were somehow working together. Something didn’t seem right, so I thought that maybe Tyler confessed everything to the police. And lastly, of course, Winston. I just knew he was going to cause trouble in season 4.

Early on this season, Winston made his first appearance at Liberty High. He transferred from Hillcrest for the spring semester of his senior year. It was clear from the beginning that Winston was trying to get close to Clay’s friend group; Tyler, Alex, and then Zach. It seemed obvious that he was only trying to get close to find out what they really knew about Monty’s death.  Winston and Alex seemed to have a romantic relationship blossoming but Alex quickly shut it down after finding out that Winston had an alibi against them. I was not exactly surprised to see that Alex was struggling a bit with his sexuality, but he was lucky to have supportive friends and family around him.

This season, Clay’s mental health was spiraling. Keeping such a big secret was really haunting him (literally). Monty and Bryce would appear throughout the season to talk to Clay. While we, as fans of the show, have not known Clay to be a very happy and optimistic guy, he is a lot angrier and a lot more frustrated this season. We can see that Clay began going to therapy and I have to be honest, any time I watch a TV show/movie with therapy scenes, I zone out a bit. These scenes are rarely entertaining to me personally. However, I was glad to see that Clay was getting help, although it didn’t really seem to be working at first.

I was surprised to find that someone had died this season. There were a few scenes that showed a funeral 6 months later, and then it would flash back to present time. I had no idea who it could be, but after watching a few episodes, my mom guessed that it may be Clay. I hoped that this wasn’t true, but episode after episode, it seemed like a real possibility. Especially since he was struggling with his mental health so much. There were times when we even questioned if some of the scenes actually happened or if he was remembering something that didn’t really happen.

We were introduced to Estella, Monty’s sister, this season. I made the assumption that because she joined HO, she may have been assaulted in some way. I also thought this because of the family that she’s from. Monty’s father was abusive, and of course, Monty was too. I had to wonder if anything happened to Estella and I questioned her relationship with her brother and how close they may have been. I guess I ended up being wrong because there really wasn’t much character development for her, though she and Tyler did get close this season.

During the camping trip, someone was messing with the scavenger hunt that they did. I thought it was the football team, but then I wasn’t so sure. I knew that they were upset because they lost their friend and teammate, but how far would they really go? Then I thought maybe it was Ani, but what would her intention be to do that? It confused me because in the next episode, it was as if all was forgotten. (This seemed to be a common theme. Each episode appeared to start from scratch.)

This season was kind of strange in my opinion. I felt that it was, in some ways, unnecessary and the creators seemed to include one TV high school cliché after another (a camping trip, a house party, prom, and a school “shooting”). I found myself wondering if certain scenes were all in Clay’s head or if they were real. For example, in the episode where Clay is driving Zach’s car after the party, they get in an accident. In the next episode, it seemed like the accident was forgotten about until we find out that Zach got hurt and Clay fled the scene.

I felt that the whole “school shooting” was a bit uncalled for. I don’t understand the intention behind the school. Why on earth would they do a drill and have actual gunshots go off? I don’t really see the point other than to scare everyone. I felt bad for Tyler in this episode because as soon as they heard “code red” Tony automatically assumed it was Tyler. While he was wondering where Tyler went, Tyler was sitting in the bathroom stall talking to Estella. The assault that Tyler went through is something he will never forget, but I am really glad that he is getting better. After worrying and worrying, Tony decided to show the Dean of Discipline Tyler’s photos of guns.

While I didn’t think that Tyler would do anything bad, I was curious as to why he seemed to be hiding something from everyone. It turned out that he was working with the cops. After the bag of guns was traced back to Tyler, the cops wanted him to help them catch the guy selling said guns. After being followed by Tony and Clay, Tyler was understandably frustrated as to why they didn’t trust him. I was upset for Tyler because at the end of season 3, it seemed that he got really close to Clay, Alex, Tony, and even Jessica.

This season, everyone really seemed to distance themselves from each other. I guess it was because they didn’t want anyone to find out what they were all hiding. Parents, teachers, and even the police officers felt that students were on edge and being secretive. This led to what a lot of students felt was an invasion of privacy. Cameras were put into the school and some parents were tracking their children’s cell phones. The students fought back by walking out of school and protesting to get their privacy back.

Since it was the end of their senior year, of course, college was an important topic to discuss. Pretty much everyone bombed their college interviews (or at least it appeared that way). One after the other, they just seemed to be giving up on their futures. I understand why Justin was struggling especially. He had just gotten news that his mother died (most likely from a drug overdose), so he was in a bad headspace. In the next episode we found out that Justin got accepted to a college, though this still didn’t help him with his sobriety.

As I watched each episode, I found that I had quite a few questions: who spray painted “Monty was framed” at the school? Who was messing with everyone on the camping trip? Who set the principals car on fire? All of these questions were answered in episode 7. It was Clay. I know this may have seemed obvious to some people but I wasn’t really expecting that! Apparently he didn’t remember doing any of it; proving how bad his mental health really was. Somehow in episode 9, Clay’s mental health problems seemed to disappear. He seemed to be doing much better all of a sudden. I don’t believe this was very realistic because in reality, it would take a while for him to be even close to ok.

The last episode was absolutely heartbreaking. While dancing at prom, Justin collapsed on the floor. To me, this was unexpected, but at this point I was pretty sure it was Justin who was going to die. We soon find out that Justin was diagnosed with HIV-1 and it quickly turned into AIDS. Justin got sick because of his past using drugs, sharing needles, and being involved in (unprotected) sex work. While he could have prevented his own death, he didn’t see the signs, and he didn’t get tested. Seeing him in the hospital broke my heart, and when Jessica and Clay spoke to him before his death, I just couldn’t stop from crying. I felt bad for Clay the most. He grew so close to Justin, and they truly became brothers rather than just friends. When they told each other “I love you” I just about lost it.

After Justin’s funeral, Winston spoke to Alex. He wanted to know why he killed Bryce. Alex explained everything, and Winston decided to let it go. I really did feel bad for Winston because I believe he really did love Alex, at least a little bit. Not only that, but he lost Monty too. I was happy to see Alex and Charlie happy together though. (I thought it was sweet that they were both prom kings and that others were so supportive of their relationship.) Also, Ryan and Courtney made an appearance in the final episode. Ryan and Winston seemed to hit it off immediately, so I hope that means that Winston got a happy ending too.

I was wondering what would happen with Bryce’s case. Sheriff Diaz really seemed to be working against Clay and his friends, and I thought that he would want them to come clean. Somehow, Sheriff Diaz knew that it was Alex who killed Bryce. In the scene when he was speaking to Officer Standall (Alex’s dad), it was clear that they both knew the truth, and they ultimately decided to permanently close the case. I had a feeling they would get away with it all, and this turned out to be what happened.

In the end, Hannah’s tapes were on Clay’s doorstep once again. I knew that Hannah had to be a part of this last episode somehow, and while I wish Katherine Langford came back for this final episode, they did show her ghost (a scene from a past season). Everyone came together to burry Hannah’s tapes in the spot where Clay first heard them. Everyone was going off to college and they were going to have a fresh start, which is what I think they all needed.

As for their futures, I really hope that Clay can help young people the way that his own therapist helped him. While he is most likely going to need to continue going to therapy sessions for a while, I hope that he can work on his mental health and strive for a better future. For Jessica, I hope that she will continue to speak up for and help those who have been sexually abused. This issue became very important to her, and it was obvious that she had leadership qualities.

I think bittersweet is the best word to describe an ending to any series. While I did feel that this season was not the best, I was sad to see the end of the series as a whole. I think the main point of this season was really to end the school year and say goodbye. Everyone pretty much got a happy ending, though some main characters lost their lives along the way.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this recap/review! I would love to know your thoughts on this season (and the show in general), so leave me a comment below and tell me what you thought!