Today’s accessories of choice are weirder and wackier than ever.

Tarot Card Earrings by The Pulp Girls, artwork by Pamela Coleman

In 2021, anything can be an earring — a gummy worm, a cherry pie, even a Monster Energy Drink. When it comes to earrings and jewelry as a whole, the boundaries are being pushed like never before. Beads, paint, metal, and clay are used to create wearable art, to experiment, to embrace one’s personal style, to make a statement.

So-called “statement” jewelry is not a new thing. In fact, several years ago, very decorative, opulent pieces of jewelry — necklaces in particular — were extremely popular. One could find such necklaces at the boutique Francesca’s (where I got mine) or…


Small displays of appreciation and kindness online are what it’s all about.

@wholesomeness.png on Instagram

Valentine’s Day can be a polarizing holiday. If you have a date or are in a relationship, then it is a day of celebration and happiness, full of candy and roses and ~love~. But if you don’t, the 14th can make you feel lonely and sad, and you may spend it lamenting all of the happy couples around you and the blatant commercialization of it all — of the teddy bears and fancy dinners and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate.

But this year, maybe things are a little different? Recognizing that this is a tough time for everyone (if that even…


Taking a journey through my TikTok Favorites — the ultimate digital wonderland

Corrupted or deleted TikToks showing a grey void
Corrupted or deleted TikToks showing a grey void
Some deleted TikToks from my favorites.

Recently, in order to commemorate the whirlwind of a year that was 2020, I decided to go through all my favorited TikToks, back to about January, which was when I started using the app consistently. As I begin my scrolling journey, I pass through the various eras and layers of TikTok (DeepTok, anyone??), through filters and glittering pixels, through beat drops and edits, and intricately choreographed dances.

But amidst all of that, there are spaces in my Favorites page where there is just…nothing. Instead of there being a TikTok, there is just a gray rectangle with a broken video icon…


This Vivienne Westwood choker is on everyone’s Pinterest boards.

Mini Bas Relief Choker

Instagram influencers, TikTokers such as Ellie Zeiler and Vinnie Hacker, and seemingly every girl on your Pinterest feed is wearing it. With its string of pearls and sparkling orb charm, the Vivienne Westwood Mini Bas Relief Choker has become the newest must-have in any fashion-forward person’s jewelry collection.

The choker is currently available in Rhodium Crystal Pearl (a silver color), Gold-Tone, and Pink Gold-Tone. The charm in the middle, which is also the Vivienne Westwood logo, is a combination of the Sovereign’s Orb and the rings of Saturn. …


Does the classic YouTube tradition still hold up in 2020?

AlishaMarieVlogs

Let’s travel back in time to a cold December day many years ago. After a long day at middle (or high) school, you bundle up and walk home enduring the winter chill, until, after what seems like forever, you finally reach your home, quickly getting your homework done so you can get on to something way more important. That thing? Vlogmas.

You make yourself a cup of delicious hot chocolate and open up YouTube, eagerly clicking on your favorite YouTuber’s newest installation of the internet’s favorite holiday tradition, reveling in festivity and winter spirit.

So, What is Vlogmas? The Beginnings…

Vlogmas was created in 2011 by…


Behold, the stuffed animal that has taken over the internet.

via Evies Toy House on YouTube

If you’re at all familiar with the stuffed animal market, then you’ve surely noticed that recently, there’s one brand that people just can’t stop talking about — Squishmallows. Squishmallows are soft, squishy, cuddly animals that come in a variety of different colors and sizes. According to the Squishmallows website, they’ve been around since 2017, but in the last several months they have gained tons of fans, with the Squishmallows Instagram account now up to 220,000 followers.

But with so many different brands of stuffed animals to choose from, what makes Squishmallows so special? And why have they become so popular…


In 2020, to tell a teacher “thank you,” students have to get creative.

via queenofrelax11 on Redbubble

I heard it in almost every class I was taking leading up to the end of my first semester in college: “If we were in-person, we would do this…” “Normally we’d have a party on the last day of class…” “The end of the semester usually doesn’t look like this, but…”

Although it seems obvious by this point, it’s true — this semester hasn’t been at all normal. And yet it is the end of it, those last few classes before winter break, that perhaps feels the weirdest. While we have (to the extent possible) developed friendships with our classmates…


Some thoughts on the last few months: school, writing, and more.

This image just about sums up the last several months.

I’m not normally a huge stickler about following traditional writing advice or “rules”— “write every day” being a very common one. But as I’m thinking about this advice now, I can definitely understand why it’s a thing — and maybe it’s not so much about not writing one day, but about what happens when that one day becomes two, and then three, and then four. And then suddenly it’s been a month (or two or three) and you realize you haven’t really put out anything.

For the last few months, I’ve taken a bit of a break from writing. Not…


Amidst the turmoil of 2020, people are turning to a whimsical countryside aesthetic called cottagecore.

A collab piece by Kristin Merrilees and Molly Van Gorp. Our social media accounts are linked at the end of the article.

Photo via LoveShackFancy

It’s a picturesque summer morning: buttery light melts through a viridescent landscape accented with the pinks and reds of blooming peonies. Yellow finches chirp as a group of girls dressed in head-to-toe flowing garb and matching headbands indulge in a breakfast spread, complete with freshly picked strawberries, marmalade, homemade croissants, a piping hot herbal tea selection, and a cloth-lined, wicker picnic basket. You might be thinking to yourself, is this something out of a Disney movie — perhaps…


And the unique moment of human connection that comes with it.

Photo via Wired

Having recently graduated high school, I can definitely say that I know a thing or two about Google Docs (and Sheets and Slides for that matter as well). Google Docs were (and still are) an extension of me, where I would write all my essays, type up notes and study guides, and jot down all my ideas, thoughts, and various miscellaneous other things I had to keep track of for school. There was rarely a day throughout my four years of high school where I wouldn’t interact with a Google Doc in some way. …

Kristin Merrilees

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