2016 Memory Jar Review

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!!!!!!

I cannot believe it is already 2017.

 

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My camera year is wrong…should say 2016, ignore that mishap. :/

 

As I sat down on New Year’s Eve to sift through my memory jar- a bandwagon that I finally hopped on two years ago- I was amazed at how little I felt like I did, because of how quickly I felt the year had flown by. It was a blur for me. But as I dove into these colored pieces of paper, the many memories came flooding back….and a lot actually happened. It’s so easy for us to get wrapped up in the holiday bit at the end of the year, that we forget all the memories we made throughout the year.

So here are some of my most favorite memories- (in no particular order!)

 

*My 2016 Highlights*

 

Took my god daughter to see Trolls- “Sophie’s big girl movie date”- Trolls, went to a diner, and saw the Christmas Lights with my family.

 

Had a little Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere Party but… RIP Glenn still heartbroken: / haven’t watched an episode since then, but my party looked awesome. Read my post HERE!

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Celebrated my grandmother’s 83rd birthday with a whole bunch of family.

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I made a few job changes and had to bounce around a bit, which was a bit difficult but finally found a place where I am happy for now, it was for the better- I’m building a work family and have made some great friends. Read my post on “adulting” HERE!

Finished two short story series-On The Run & Love Conflicted (-premiered in 2015 but carried over into 2016)

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Started a brand new series- Welcome Home (-first chapter premiered in 2016, rest will be continued in 2017)

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My best friend Roe got engaged!!!!

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Went on a massive family trip to Great Wolf Lodge and had a blast! (vlog will eventually get edited!)-Read my post HERE!

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Why does my camera have the wrong year? How do I fix that?

Sophia Bush retweeted my tweet and my phone blew up….

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My brother got married and he and his wife bought a house.

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I entered one of my scripts into a writing contest! (although nothing came of it, it was a huge leap that I took, and I was really proud of myself for facing that fear.)

I got free movie passes for covering a story in my local theater, my best friend Jenny and I saw Finding Dory in 3D…because why not?

I’ve realized that I can overcome my anxiety on my own, but the help that I have received has been a gift I will continue to utilize.

My best friend and I finally saw Bethany Joy Lenz in concert and WE MET HER! #LifeGoal –Read my post HERE!

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Fuller House seasons 1& 2 are killin’ the game #NetflixIsDangerous

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I went for bridesmaid’s dresses for my friend Jenny’s wedding-I was asked to be her maid of honor last year.

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I went on The Polar Express with my god daughter and other family members. (vlog will eventually get edited!)

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I worked for a summer camp, and my kids made some really great story books for my creative writing class.

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I hosted a Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life- Netflix revival….viewing party- Read my post HERE!

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I got a vlog up on my YouTube channel, and have been vlogging more, but editing has been a slow process. I WILL GET THERE!

I finally got to pretend to be a YouTube vlogger and did a Mini “Vlogmas” from Dec. 23-Dec. 31 into 2017 (Stay Tuned!)

My brother and I started to shoot the first installment of our zombie short, but it got halted because…. #WeddingCraziness #BridalShowerCraziness

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michelleleighwrites turned 3!!!!!!! Read my post HERE! (It’s turning 4 in a WEEK!!!!!!)

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 Justin Timberlake released new music & a video – Can’t Stop The Feeling! (he also produced the soundtrack to Trolls (What a beautiful, fun loving film, highly recommend seeing it!). Read my fangirl report HERE!

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Valentine’s Day Girls Nite In with my girls.

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Celebrated my Aunt Mary’s birthday  with some dinner at her favorite Mexican restaurant and had some Pepsi- her favorite drink. Love you Aunt Mary, Miss you!

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Bruno Mars new album, listening to it as I write. So obsessed! #24KMagic #Chunky #ThatsWhatILike #VersaceOnTheFloor #Finesse LISTEN

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Rocked some obnoxious Christmas Lights for the holidays. #BestDecisionOfMyLife #5BucksWellSpent #ShoutOutToStrangerThings

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Received some handmade Christmas cards from my students.

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30th Birthdays Celebrations- We hosted a big family dinner for my sister in law and went on an AC family trip for my brother.

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Family BBQ’s!!! #Cousins

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Best Friend Weekend. – Even at 25, my best friend and I still keep our sleepover tradition going. It started off going to the Zumba class that my best friend teaches, then we had some dinner at her house (BBQ chicken my fav at their house hold-like old times), next we watched our favorite tv show One Tree Hill until 4 AM, Went for breakfast the next morning, got manicures, and shopped a bit. It was so nostalgic and it was just what we needed. #BestFriendMiniWeekend #RoshellWeekend

That Zumba class tho-I had been trying to get to one, forever!

Britney’s back bitches! #GLORY album is just….EPIC! Read my post HERE!

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Rainbows.

Pineapple float- #SOTRENDY

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Took my mom to see the Radio City Spring Spectacular- it was her mother’s day gift and it felt really great to be able to do that for her. What a brilliant show. Visually stunning!

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Got hooked on Murder Mystery 13 Part Series American Gothic- so damn good! #SHOUTOUTTOBETHANYJOYLENZ

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Started Stranger Things #NetflixIsDangerous

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Attended my best friend’s engagement party.

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Continued with the annual chop.

 

Dressed up in Hawaiian theme attire for my cousin’s birthday party.- Read my post HERE!

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Finally got to rock the yellow, red, blue look I’ve wanted to try for forever! Read my post HERE!

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After the chop, had to try out some new hair do’s – Reverse Space buns.

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Marina Squerciati answered my tweet, (cuz we’re besties) ;). #thathashtagtho

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My parents treated me to a massive birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant. Got my big gold number balloons too! #BlackAndGold #Family #Friends Read my post HERE!

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That TWD finale tho. #WHOISIT? Read my feels HERE!

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Started an unintentional tradition of taking massive group family photos/selfies.

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Bridal expos with my bestie. #MaidofHonor #OnCall

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My cousins from Florida surprised us with a quick visit!

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Curvy Barbies (and other body shapes and sizes) are a thing! #FINALLY #Variety

Read my post HERE!

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That *NSYNC picture. #reunion #myheart

 

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Met our newest family member! My god daughter is a big sister!

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Started watching a few new tv series- This Is Us (I have to catch up, I’m so behind) and Shades of Blue.

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Damn a lot can happen in a year. I am grateful for the blessings 2016 has given me. Of course it wasn’t all marshmallows and honey all the time, but I still fought through obstacles and made beautiful memories. Cheers to 2017, may it be beautiful and happy and healthy for all of you, filled with love and inspiration and success. See you soon friends!

*Most images are my own.*

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Britney Spears “Glory” Deluxe Version Album Review

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***Let me set the scene: Midnight strikes, it’s August 26th, She tweets a link, I bust open my Spotify and start listening. #YES

My reaction in tweets & a text to my best friend (cuz only she gets it!)- #TheBritneyFeels

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Track by Track First Listen Impressions/Weird Random Thoughts-

Listen to the full album on Spotify for Free and you can of course download it on iTunes! #IMAyStillBuyTheActualCD #ImOldSchoolLikeThat

1.) Invitation

I want to cry. No overly done autotune. I HEAR YOUR VOICE BRITNEY!!! Really pretty vocals. This song makes me feel like I am instantly flying into a Magical Fairy Land. Love the snaps! Light musical background and the drums and snaps are perfection. “Put Your Love All Over Me.” Oddly beautiful. What a solid start to a new album. Very inviting! 😉 A new era for sure. I am ready for the journey Brit Brit. Let’s do this. “Yes or no, but no maybes.” Love that line!

2.) Make Me *Released as a single

I loved this song since it came out and I still love it. This is the first song where we got a taste for her new material. I love that weird dolphin sound at the very beginning, lol! #WhatElseWouldYouCallIt

Sexy. My summer jam. Sensual. I really like the rap break with G-Eazy. This song is clever and kitchy. “Make Me Oh Oh Oh.” is short for “Make Me M-O- O- O-ove.” “Your the spark that won’t go out. My heart’s on fire when you’re around.” Beautiful. Just Beautiful. “Cut the shit, be honest. ” “I just want you to make me move, like it ain’t a choice for you, like you got a job to do.” #SlayGirlSlay

3.) Private Show *Released pre-album release

Love the beginning. Vocals=YES! Love the scats! Raspy and Jazzy vibe. LOVE HER VOICE in this song! Not your typical autotune  Britney. Remnants of old school Britney…I’m talking “Baby One More Time”/ “Oops I Did It Again” days. I will say that I don’t love that whole rap breakdown she does, but then it gets good again, so I can deal. Lol.

4.) Man On The Moon

When I heard this song for the first time, I could tell that I was going to love it more and more with every listen. I get some serious Imogen Heap vibes here and it’s amazing. #LetsThankTheOCForThatStellarKnowledge Yes! Lyrics! Hilary Duff vibes. Yes! Space/Galactic. French lyrics. “I can’t compete with the stars in the sky, I’m invisible.” GORGEOUS. What a coincidence Britney, I’ve been waiting for my man on the moon too! #LetsDoLunch #GIRLTALK

5.) Just Luv Me

YES! Aw Britney, I just want to give you a hug for this song. Breathy vocals are BACK. Sexy lyrics. There’s a powerful feeling in this track. There’s a vulnerability we haven’t seen in a while.”Imma keep it simple, real simple, Just Luv Me.”

6.) Clumsy *Released pre-album release

This song is a bit more of what she usually does. It’s more upbeat and there’s a dance element to it. And there’s a serious beat drop. And I’m ok with it. I really like the chorus in this song. There’s a chanty choir, clap along vibe that I enjoy. You can belt it out while cleaning your house, or driving in your car, that’s for sure. “Call me a fool, call me insane… But don’t call it a day…closer to you, closer to pain. It’s better than far away.”

7.) Do You Wanna Come Over? *Released pre-album release

Dance. That guitar riff…Serious Justin Timberlake- “Like I Love You” vibes. Vogue-esque. I can already envision a music video for this, where Britney’s strutting on a fashion runway. Lights. Camera. Action. I love the echoy ending!

8.) Slumber Party

New age Britney. I really enjoy the metaphors that the lyrics create. “I think I see confetti from this potion. Pillow fights and feathers, overdosin.’Smells like a cologne and candy lotion. Like a slumber party. Sheets all on the floor just like an ocean. Building up your fortress like a mountain. Neighbors say we’re causing a commotion. Like a slumber party.” They paint a beautiful peaceful picture. And can we just praise the Jamaican influences here. Get it girl.

9.) Just Like Me

Most different vibe. JLo- “Waiting For Tonight” vibes. Hello 90’s. Welcome Back. Missed ya. 😉 The snaps. The guitar. Yes! I just feel like this song allows her to just tell her story. There isn’t an overly abundant flashy showy production that overpowers the fact that she actually has this richness to her voice. She can actually sing. “And I just can’t believe.
She looks just like me, just like me. No, I just can’t believe.”  I LOVE the “She can, she can, she can- have you,” line. Yes Girl. Sing it Britney!

10.) Love Me Down

Dance. An instant Radio Hit for sure. Would make a really fun concert song. That dance break tho. Am I right? A dance routine would have to be killer for this track. SO good!    Sia- “Cheap Thrills” vibes and I LOVE that song, so I LOVE this song. Flagging it as a Fav!

11.) Hard To Forget Ya

Um Britney do I sense some Bollywood vibes here? Because YES girl YES! There are also some Lady Gaga-“Edge of Glory” vibes here too. #RESPECT  Would make for a really good Zumba work out song. #MyBestFriendIsAZumbaInstructor #AlertTheBFF #SheWillBeNotified 😉 “Baby, so much for my poker face.” 

12.) What You Need

I am LOVING the snaps, the old ragtime vibes. #BrunoMarsBettaRecognize #OrJustDoACollab I’m gathering some 40’s/50’s vibes. An ode to Motown. #AllTheThings #AllTheOldTimeVibes Think Christina Aguilera, Back To Basics Era. #AintNoOtherMan #Candyman #YesPlease  Also any song that has horns in it… I’m game. I’m an instant fan. Seriously. Big Band. Big Finish. I can already see the old style speak easy lounge. VIBES. “I got what you want, I got what you need. Bringing out the diva that lives in me.” Gurl. Do Your Thang!

13.) Better

Indian vibes. VOCALS!!!!!!!! Her riffs are damn good in this track.

14.) Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)

Hold Up. Britney did you just go all bilingual on me? I was not ready for this. No Seas Cortes is said to mean, “Do not be gentle.”  Senorita. Latina. All the things! Thank you. I can already see her doing the tango (in the desert) with some gorgeous man for the stage performance or for a music video. “You don’t wanna cross the line, but I’ma make you change your mind.”

15.) Liar

This is her revenge, in your face, vengeance song. In it she sings…

“Call, call, call
But I’m never gonna come
Baby cry, cry, cry
You ain’t fooling anyone
You know I know that you know I know
That you’re a liar, a liar
You can crawl, crawl, crawl
You can beg and you can bleed
Baby talk, talk, talk
Keep on lying through your teeth
You know I know that you know I know
That you’re a liar, a liar.”

Air that dirty laundry girl. 😉 There is a Western country, harmonica inspired breakdown and it’s badass.

16.) If I’m Dancing

What!!!! The Beats! Oh the beats in this song! This song is the perfect combo of dance music and her natural vocals.  If I had to pick a song to kind of showcase the beauty of this album and the solid category of this album, I’d choose this one. Because it still supports the Britney we’ve all known for the past few years, and it brings back the Britney we knew in her first two albums. “If I’m dancing, I know the music’s good.”

17.) Coupure Electrique  *Translations

This is translated as Electric Cut or Blackout. The song is fully sung in French. #PropsforThatOneBrit I don’t know what she’s saying, but it sounds pretty and I can dig it!

**Check out all Britney’s lyrics HERE

RECAP:

When I heard Britney was dropping a new album it kind of felt like it was out of nowhere. That’s the way nowadays I suppose. A swift little tweet or instagram hint and the internet explodes. I was sort of just like oh cool, definitely be checking that out. It’s Britney, of course I’m going to check in on my girl. #Forever  But when I read that she stated it was going to put forth a new era for her. My interest spiked. I have been wanting Britney Spears to shake up her sound FOR YEARS! Like YEARS. It’s not that I don’t love a good Britney dance track, but somewhere in those years she lost her voice. It was overly auto tuned and masked. And with Glory, (her 9TH studio album, holy crap who else feels old?) I think it’s safe to say, she’s taking that voice back. #SUCKITAUTOTUNE I think she really blended her styles together. Giving bits and odes of her past albums and her more recent albums while experimenting with new sounds. She had a little talky talk adlibs in there too, which you gotta just love. And I know that I compared a lot of her songs to other artists, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, I see it as inspiration, growth, experimentation with new sound and influences. I see it was an epic album.

I’m kind of surprised she didn’t collaborate with more people though. If this is that much of a turning point of an album for her, I would have thought she would have enlisted some serious artists. But I have to admit, I’m really glad she didn’t. Take your voice back, YOUR way. Make it about YOU Britney. Although THIS NEWS recently surfaced and I’m fangirling my ASS off.  #LETSMAKETHISCOLLABHAPPEN #ImLookingAtYouJustin #IveWaitedYEARS  #DoYouKnowWhatItsLikeToBeMe #PickUpWhatImPuttingDown

This album was the perfect transition  back to Britney’s real voice. That rasp and that Britney gurgle we all know and love. You know what I’m talking about…the first 3 seconds of Oops I Did It Again. “Mmm Yea.” There’s a real richness to her voice that for years we didn’t get to hear, because it was covered by fancy beats and auto tuned to a pulp. The next step…do an acoustic album girl. #GloryStripped #GloryUnplugged #Glory2.0

End result. Queen is Back. #Thrown #ByeBeyonce

Britney rocking the VMA stage, a stage she hasn’t performed on in nearly a decade! I was so proud! The beginning was my favorite, with the shadows and the snaps. And she rocked that yellow outfit!

#ItsBritneyBitch

-<3-

*I do not take credit for any Britney Images, Music or Videos used.* 

 

 

 

“Make Me”- Britney Spears Fashion

If you ask me, no one does black lace like Ms. Britney Spears.

She’s recycled that look since her jaw dropping iconic 2001 VMA red carpet look.

And quite frankly anytime she rocks black lace it still suits her perfectly.

Here’s Britney rocking a darker hair with a similar black mesh look

at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

And more recently she rocked this scandalous number at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

In fact there are several flawless Britney Spears looks I’ve been obsessed with over the years and most of them are looks she’s worn in her music videos.

The torn fabric look from “Stronger,” has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember, I just always thought she looked so damn cool and edgy.

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Currently I have been in love with the AMAZING black lace inspired outfits she’s rocking in her newest firecracker video for “Make Me.” Some people have been hating on this video and I just don’t get it. I think it’s really fun and you can’t take it too seriously. And FYI if you think this video is her objectifying men, that’s a bit of a reach. I mean how many rap videos do women have to sit through and see boobs and butts sticking out and women being objectified continuously. The video has a plot, the men are there to audition for her video, it’s not just like men naked for no reason. There’s a fun little story to go along with the theme of the song. And um…I am obsessed with this song! 

Anyway…I digress, these black lace looks featured in this video are so classic Britney, and so sleek and trendy. Black Lace, never goes out of style. And the fedora….perfect touch. Can one rock that outfit on the regular please?

 

Did I also mention that she announced that her new album; “Glory” will be released…August 26th!

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“Make Me” and (her next single) “Private Show” are available on Spotify. Catch a sneak peek on “Private Show” in the commercial for Britney’s newest fragrance inspired by the song!

Britney promises a new era with this album. From the listen of just these two songs, I’ve got to say I’m excited, I feel like this may be just what I’ve been waiting to see from her. A reinvention. Britney Spears in all her GLORY. 😉 #GloryIsTheTitleOfHerAlbum #SeeWhatIDidThere #CleverIKnow 😉

The Queen is Back!

*I do not take credit for any images, videos, gifs used.*

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