Pokemon Go 

Hey everyone, and happy Saturday! I won’t lie to any of you;  I’ve had a little case of writer’s block. I try to write once a week, but as the weekend arrived I had no idea what I was going to write about. Eventually,  everything worked out in my favor because all of my news feeds across various social media platforms started to be filled with the subject of Pokemon Go. It’s a Pokemon game that seems to be getting a lot of attention and generating a lot of memes. Of course I had to get to the bottom of this game craze because I’ve been seeing it everywhere. If a game can get so popular shortly after its release it must be great right? Just for some background,  I used to watch one of the Pokemon shows that were on back in the day. I know there are several versions of the show, and probably some recent versions too, but I watched one of them. (Pokemon Gotta Catch ‘Em All anybody?) I also used to have the trading cards wayyyy back when. It was more something my older brother was into, but I can definitely recall a time when I was trading Pikachus and Charizards on the bus. Of course that is deep in my past, and even then I was probably into it for a month or so. You’d think Pokemon is for younger kids or preteens, but not Pokemon Go; everyone from all age groups is playing it. I have no games on my phone; it just isn’t something I do to pass the time. However, today I downloaded Pokemon Go, and it surprised me.

So,here I am waiting in anticipation for this game to download. I hadn’t done any previous research on the game. I just relied on my observations. I did hear that people like to play it outside, which was weird. Why play a video game outside? It finally downloaded and I signed up. The app lets the user pick their character and then customize them.

Okay, so my character was all ready to go. There’s a guide that talks to you as an introduction, and then he sends you off to catch your first Pokemon.  After many failed attempts, I finally caught Squirtle. Isn’t he a doll?



Here’s the thing about catching Pokemon though. You can catch them in “real life”. All this means is your camera from your phone shows your surroundings (obviously) and then the game places a Pokemon in the real world. Fun stuff. After capturing your first Pokemon the guide sends you on your way to go catch some more-literally. The game said you need to get up and walk around for your character to move, so I started walking around the house. My character wasn’t moving though. I mean she was moving but it looked like she was in a small square that I soon realized was the house. There were other squares of different sizes around so that symbolized the other houses, and there was a road. Pokemon Go isn’t played outside necessarily for fun; the game makes you go outside. Hence the “Go” in Pokemon Go. In order to catch your Pokemon, you have to move, so I made my way out the door, and then my character began to move. The game said access to location was crucial to play, and I didn’t think anything of it. Most apps want to know you’re location, but Pokemon Go uses it as a GPS, placing Pokemon in random places near you.


It was unexpected for me to go outside. I’ll tell you that. The game placed a Pokemon near a seven eleven on the highway, and quite frankly I didn’t want to walk that far. It was 90 degrees, and how dumb would I look showing up in a seven eleven looking for a Pokemon. Talk about interactive gaming.

I can appreciate what the makers of  Pokemon were trying to do. They’re getting people outside and off their couch to go adventure. That’s pretty cool. My issue is that the game will take you literally wherever it wants. I read that a woman in Wyoming found a dead body playing Pokemon Go. That was most likely coincidental, but I’m sure it could take you to sketchy places. The game warns users to be “alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings”. No kidding.  Another alternative to walking would be driving to find your Pokemon, but that would defeat the purpose of exercise and would use up gas.  Not to mention how dangerous that would be. I guess that depends on your level of boredom and commitment to the game though. I’ve also read that the game  has brought more customers to businesses and that’s alway’s great. There are pros and cons.  Maybe one day when I’m super bored and I have a buddy  I’ll try it out again, but catching Pokemon just isn’t that important to me. Exercise is important, but there are other means of getting exercise. I’m not here to hate on Pokemon Go. I think it’s a cool concept, but it has its risks.  The scenarios and award situations it could lead to make me laugh, and it’s a good way to connect with people. If only the server would connect…..


Pokemon Go is a new idea and a popular craze. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Couturely Sound 🙂

Met Gala 2016

Hey everyone! I’m writing to you on a Tuesday which is quite uncharacteristic for me. However, yesterday was a special event in the fashion world, so I wanted to stay as up to date as possible! In the world of fashion, the first Monday in May is pretty much a national holiday. Last night the annual Met Gala, or Met Ball as some call it, took place in New York City. The Met Gala has been around for some time. It acts as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and specifically funds its fashion exhibit. The Met is extremely exclusive, so unless you’re  a model, actress, designer, singer, or anything of the sort, you aren’t invited. I have always  enjoyed the Met Gala because it is such a great showcase of fashion, and I love seeing my favorite celebrities bring their A-game! Every year there is a theme. Last year it was China: Through the Looking Glass, so everyone showed up in Chinese/ Asian inspired pieces. To get an idea, this is what Rihanna wore last year. She stole the show and generated a lot of egg memes. You know that one Coldplay song? Yeah, it was all about her dress. Jokes aside, I had much love for her look because it was so spontaneous.

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This year the theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age of Technology”. Pretty much everyone showed up in their most robotic  and futuristic outfits. This year I thought the Met was a little lackluster, and maybe it was because of the theme. Who knows? I wanted to make a top 10 for who I thought was best dressed, but I didn’t like enough of the ensembles to be completely honest. I won’t do a worst dressed list though because this blog isn’t about negativity. So instead, I have compiled for you my top 4 favorite Met Gala 2016 looks ( I couldn’t even find 5 showstoppers :/)

4. Claire Danes in Zac Posen

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Now, Claire Danes’s Cinderellaesque dress may seem like nothing special, but it made my list for one particular reason. Zac Posen crafted a very unique dress that shows its uniqueness in the dark. Check this out.

What a night! #metgala #zacposen #clairedanes Thank you to my incredible team and #Atelier! #metgala2016

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Her dress literally lights up, creating the best of Cinderella effects. Talk about “Fashion in An Age of Technology”!

3. Emma Watson in Calvin Klein

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Emma Watson stays classy. Not only does she totally own dresses, but she also works pantsuits like no other. In this particular look she manages to do both.

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Actress Emma Watson attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Venturelli/FilmMagic)

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Emma Watson didn’t just look good, she was saving the world too. Her dress was made entirely of recycled materials!

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2. Kristen Stewart in (My personal favorite) Chanel

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Ok, this was one of my favorite looks of the night, hands down. I love Chanel and I think Kristen Stewart really rocks this dress because it’s so fitting for her personality.

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Seriously, everything is on point. This is why she is one of my style inspirations.

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And her  hair and makeup is nothing short of perfect.It’s so high fashion. She was able to incorporate the theme without looking too themed. Also, I think Blonde Stew works!

1.Blake Lively in Burberry

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Blake Lively never looks short of perfect. She could wear trash and still look gorgeous.

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She looks like a Spring princess!

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She didn’t really dress to the theme, but who cares when you’re Blake Lively! Honestly, I think looking good is more important than being themed, but that’s just me.

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Look at her, looking all perfect and stuff. I’m sure Serena would approve.

 

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog. I appreciate you all so much!

Have a great rest of your week!

Couturely Sound ❤

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”- Coco Chanel

Hipster For a Day

 

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! It has been a weird week, but it has all winded down. Last weekend, I made fun of Coachella and its fashion, and my thoughts about it still remain the same. However, I think some of the fashion is actually really pretty, and thought it would be fun to play dress up for a day in honor of Coachella’s second weekend happening right now. It’s always nice to have fun with fashion, and respect it no matter how basic, hipster, or ridiculous it is because people can wear whatever they want. To be honest it’s more the motives, unoriginal tendencies, and ideas behind the fashion  that tick me off, but I already explained that last week, so I’ll stop ranting. At the end of the day, all fashion is great, beautiful, and creative,so just for today I will treat Coachella’s fashion as such ( because some of it really is).

I brought my friend Caitlin along as a special guest because I feel like Coachella is a group kind of event that is best enjoyed with friends. I figured what better way to emulate Coachella vibes than to bring my own friend along. We even made flower crowns.

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Are we hipster yet?

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We have no idea who this band is, but at least we look cute.

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If you didn’t Instagram a pic at Coachella, did you really go?

 

 

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When you spot Kylie Jenner

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When you stole your outfit from Pinterest.

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Really feelin the desert vibes

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It was a nice day out, so this was really fun to shoot! If you love Coachella, once again, my apologies. This is simply my opinion, and my critique of it is all in good fun. I hope you enjoyed this post of me embracing Coachella fashion, as well as me kinda-sorta (totally) making fun of it. P.S. this is the last time I will ever be spotted in a flower crown, so enjoy it while you can.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Embrace your inner flower child,

Couturely Sound 🙂

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The Rise of Dutch Bros

There’s no doubt that here in America we love our coffee.Somehow coffee drinking has become an increasingly popular and marketable concept. Drinking coffee is a social experience and I think it’s fair to describe it as trendy or artistic. There’s nothing more trendy than sitting in a cafe sipping your mocha and staring at your laptop screen deep in artistic thought. You can decide if I’m being sarcastic or not. Personally, I’m not much of a coffee drinker. I go to Starbucks every now and then with my mom or a friend, or if I just feel like treating myself. The funny thing is that of all the times I’ve went to Starbucks I’ve never actually gotten real coffee. I get a cream-based frappuccino free of caffeine every time. I have tried coffee once or twice but I could definitely go without it and me not liking hot drinks definitely helps. Earlier I mentioned how much America loves coffee, but I think Americans love taking pictures of their coffee even more-at least teenage ones anyway. Let’s face it. Getting coffee, making coffee, or drinking coffee are all great photo opportunities. This brings me to my next observation. Starbucks has been the ruler of the coffee market for sometime now,but in recent years it has become a household name and a lifestyle. About two years ago the Starbucks “white girl” phenomenon began, and Starbucks became more popular than ever. Everyday I would see selfie, after selfie of girls or guys with Starbucks in hand,whether it was on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Obviously this was more of a teenage thing, but adults could be active participators too. There’s no doubt Starbucks reigns supreme and it is still the go-to coffee place for most. However, I’ve been seeing a new cup on my social media feeds more and more and the cup is from a place called Dutch Bros.

When everyone and their mom starts posting about the same thing, I start to wonder about it. This was the case with Dutch Bros. I wondered if maybe among the teenage demographic Starbucks was no longer the place to get coffee. I wondered if Starbucks had been dethroned by Dutch Bros or, dare I say it, had become too mainstream. Dutch Bros is a drive-in coffee shop, and it was founded somewhere in Oregon in 1992. Apparently it’s huge over there, but it’s growing a lot in the western United States. At the time, I had never been, so I asked a lot of friends about the place. Some had never heard of it, some had never been, and some had an undying love for it. I posted a poll on my twitter account asking my followers whether they preferred Dutch Bros or Starbucks. I only got 10 votes on the poll, but I still found the results useful. The results were 50/50. I can recall a time where it would have been 100% in favor of Starbucks, but I guess not anymore. I also asked people to comment to a post on my Facebook page asking the same question, but also had them explain their choice. The results were also 50/50. I didn’t really care too much about what those who picked Starbucks had to say because I’m familiar with Starbucks and I understand its appeal. I asked the three who picked Dutch Bros, or “Dutch” as the cool kids call it, why that was their choice. There was a general consensus that all of the employees were very friendly and there was a comfortable atmosphere,while Starbucks, to them, was less personable. Considering Dutch isn’t as big as Starbucks yet this makes sense. The employees are probably able to put more care into things because they aren’t as focused on getting people their drinks as quickly and efficiently as possible. To cap off my research I typed “dutch bros” into my twitter search and found a string of tweets about it (mostly from teens and young adults). This one particular tweet, courtesy of the nice user who let me use it, perfectly shows a shift from Starbucks over to Dutch Bros.

Courtesy of Joe/ via Twitter

I figured I should check this place out, to see what it was like for myself. My mom and I drove about 20 minutes to get to the closest one. We got into the drive-thru line and waited for the experience. One of the employees ran to our car and asked for our order, which I learned is normal when they’re held up. We asked for frappuccinos because all I ever get at Starbucks is that, and I needed something to compare it to. Okay. The drink wasn’t necessarily bad. but it was too rich for me and my mom both. It reminded me more of a milk shake with coffee in it. I don’t know how their other drinks taste,so I am not, repeat, not saying that Dutch Bros is bad. A lot of people love Dutch’s drinks. Their frappuccinos just weren’t my cup of tea. However, their employees were extremely nice and affable. They struck up conversation and were very smiley. All of the people working there were young and had very chill personalities. They also don’t charge tax, so that’s always a plus. At Starbucks, there is definitely tax, and the workers are not so much friendly as they are polite. I’m still a Starbucks girl whenever I’m feeling up to coffee-related drinks, but I can certainly see Dutch’s appeal.

Dutch Bros is definitely more teenage. Teenagers tend to be more social, and the chill environment is what they would prefer. I also think Dutch has a trendier and more hip appeal than Starbucks to a lot of teens. I’m sure adults would prefer Starbucks because they just want their coffee without all of the chatter. I’ve always been an old soul, so maybe that’s why I prefer Starbucks( I also like their drinks better).I like talking to people, but I also just want my stuff. A lot of teenagers are still all for Starbucks, but I thought it fair to acknowledge the emerging Dutch Bros as it becomes more and more popular. It’s funny how coffee has become a way of life to people, and how different coffee brands mean so much to them. The social power of coffee is undeniable and it has a huge role in our culture, the market, and the media.

Keep drinking, snapping, or instagramming your coffee! (Whether it’s Dutch or Starbucks)

Couturely Sound 😉

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