Friday Favorites, vol. 24


// I’m so excited to be linking up with Crystal this week for her first ever Currently Loving Link-Up!  I love reading Crystal’s blog, and getting to see all the great links bloggers share each Friday.  This link-up is perfect because it gives me an easy way to find all the links people are sharing each week!

// Project Runway.  Yep – I’ve never seen it before, but my roommate had me watching it last night and I admit, I’m a little obsessed.  But maybe that’s because I haven’t seen Alyssa Milano since Charmed and that’s pretty exciting in itself.

// If you don’t understand the satire in this, I’m here to tell you: it’s. a. joke.  And I love every last second of it.

I know a lot of Taylor Swift fans are upset about her new CD because they feel like she’s selling out.  First, growing up does not equal selling out. She’s not 17 anymore, so you can’t really expect her to be writing the same music she did five years ago; and I can say that from experience because if you were to read the things I wrote in high-school, you wouldn’t believe that I was the person who wrote them.  And even if that weren’t the reasoning behind a change in music, even if she is doing it because she’s conforming to a more popular genre, so what? Why does that make her a bad artist? If anything, it makes her a smart businesswoman. Second, everyone was up in arms when all the woman wrote about was ex-boyfriends (and I admit, I made fun too – my first reaction to 22 was oh my God it’s not about a boy), but now that she’s writing about something different you’re upset that her music changed.

// Are you a writer trying to make it as a freelancer?  You need to read this letter Anastasia wrote on A Little Opulent.

// I spent four years waitressing, and let me just say that my back has never hurt as much as it does now, working a desk job.  Granted, my desk has a strange shape which prevents me from pulling my chair fully in – which leaves me leaning forward to reach the keyboard.  But these stretches for anyone working a desk job, from Holly guest posting on A Cup of Jo are my new favorite.

So tell me: what are you loving this week?

  • Jessica Marie

    I’m not a Taylor Swift fan, but I agree… changing styles every once in a while is a smart business move. Heck, almost every artist does it, especially artists that have been around for decades! I just look at the Rolling Stones and U2. I guess younger fans don’t understand and/or people love using the word “sellout” or “sellout poser” for everything. I listen to almost everything; for me, the music has to have a powerful message. As long as the new style still has that powerful message, I won’t stop listening. Though, I do like to listen to fun music too for working out. :)

    Those tips are great. I have slight scoliosis and I always find those tips extremely helpful. I remember when it was first found, nan had instructions for early morning exercises meant for bad backs. They were extremely easy and helpful too.

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I never was. I’d listen to her music but it wasn’t something I sought out. I’m really enjoying her newer music, like Blank Space and Shake it Off though! Even if I didn’t though – I agree, changing styles is smart for your business. And should be expected – as people grow, so does their work.

  • Anastasia Amour

    Heads up, the letter to every freelancer written on ALO was actually by me :)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry Anastasia! I read it on my phone originally so I didn’t see your author bio at the bottom. I’m editing this post now to reflect that you wrote it!

      • Anastasia Amour

        No problems lovely! xx

  • Crystal Turpin

    I’m a die hard Swiftie, so can I just hug you and slap hands? I’ve loved her since her corckscrew curls were on way to damn tight and I don’t get why people are whining about her new sound. She’s a lady with her own mind and I think her music has only improved with every single album. The Blank Space video was such a great response to all the people who made fun of her for her men and she totally owned it. The couture? YES, PLZ. Thanks for joining in the linkup! It makes mah heart happy. :D

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      hahaha I have to admit I didn’t love her music before. I’d listen to it and enjoy it but not too much. I am loving her new music though. And I agree – I love that her new music is kind of addressing the crap people say about her. Shake it Off was the same, and I love that song and video too!

  • Shybiker

    Real artists evolve. Change is part of their process. We can’t keep them in a box. And sitting at a desk is debilitating. Human bodies are meant to move.

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! It should be expected that an artist’s music is going to change over time, not condemned.
      And I agree! I’d never realized before how painful it is to just sit at a desk all day!

  • [email protected] Hopes

    Project Runway is my all time favorite competition show! I love watching sketches become clothes. The way the designers create fashion in such a high-pressure situation is a-mazing!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I know! I’d never seen it before, but I loved getting to see the end results

  • Chelsea

    Love Project Runway!

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      I’d never watched it before! It’s so fun to watch though

  • Aly Bubbles

    I totally agree with you on the Taylor Swift thing. People grow and change, it’s part of life. Personally, I am a fan of hers and I love her new music.

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      Exactly! I actually really enjoy her new music and even if I didn’t, she’s entitled to change her sound.

  • Mia Sutton

    That video is amazing! The fashion. The guys… ;) People should just lighten up in general over a whole bunch of things. T-Swift is my biffle (BFFL). :)

    • Kiersten McMonagle

      haha I agree – it’s hilarious, and I can’t believe people are taking it seriously!