Netflix Review: Alex Strangelove

Before I begin my review, I have never seen Love, Simon, but I imagine that there are some similarities. Alex Strangelove definitely has a different premise and I imagine a different vibe as well. But I won’t be able to compare the two movies, although there have been iterations similar before like GBF.

Alex Strangelove is about a young teenage boy and his girlfriend making plans to lose their virginities to each other. He’s been putting it off for quite a bit despite his girlfriend being his dream girl. Things take an interesting turn when Alex meets an older guy named Elliot who recently graduated from high school.

The two hit it off at a party and Elliot starts hanging out with Alex. It’s a tale about sexual identity, and it definitely feels very modern with identity being talked about way more freely. I remember the days when I’d watch Degrassi, and it was so taboo to have a gay character talk about his or her sexuality. The fact that Alex can so freely talk about his identity to his best friend is refreshing.

The story is somewhat predictable and definitely has the formula for a coming of age plot. It has the love interest, the two quirky best friends, the classic high school parties and the under water revelation to tie it all up. It’s cliche for sure, but in a lot of ways, it’s a lot more unedited. Some moments are incredibly awkward and hard to watch, but it mirrors how life is at that age.

The actors did a pretty good job, specifically Madeline Weinstein who had to play the confused girlfriend trying to understand her boyfriend’s mixed signals. The actors who played Alex and Elliot, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale have great chemistry throughout, which easily makes them the couple to root for.

I really loved the ending of this movie, mostly because it’s sort of unfinished even at the prom, which is typically the wrap up scene in teen movies. Instead, the movie ends with a great friendship moment.

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Thoughts on Recent Bachelor News

Let’s talk about this season. There was a new episode of The Bachelorette, but aside from the Jean incident, there wasn’t that much to talk about other than I think Becca was sooo into Garrett, and he’s definitely a front runner. She could not stop gushing over him. I’ll get more into why I’m not totally loving this season in a bit.

Today, I’m gonna talk more about what’s happening in Bachelor Nation because there’s way more tea to spill in that department.

  • Let’s start with something wonderful. Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are engaged! I am so happy for Ashley. I listen to both her podcasts, and she’s just so relatable when it came to her dating life, so I’m so happy she got her happy ending. I’m also glad that Jared admitted he had harbored feelings because I was tired of the whole Ashley is obsessed with Jared gimmick when I knew they were close friends and it was way more than that. Congrats to the couple! I guess we’ll see it all go down in paradise.
  • Speaking of paradise, filming might be wrapped up because there was some Twitter drama between Bekah M. from last season and Raven. Basically, Bekah posted a photo of Colton and Tia, kind of accusing them of planning to be together despite Becca being the Bachelorette. Then, because Tia couldn’t defend herself, her friend Raven, chimed in and told Bekah she wasn’t being a good friend to Tia. The whole thing was a mess, and you can check out the thread by simply Googling it. Bekah recently apologized saying she didn’t have to go about everything is such a petty way. Honestly, I love that Bekah is so forthcoming, but I do think it was unnecessary for her to go into Tia when she knew she couldn’t defend herself at all. Also, isn’t this a spoiler? Like is she even allowed to do that? I like my paradise seasons unspoiled, but it’s so hard to stay spoiler free these days. With Raven, I get her defending her friend, but I kind of feel like both girls just didn’t have to contribute anything because it all escalated into Raven blocking her. It could’ve all been avoided. Nothing gets accomplished on social media. We rarely see Twitter feuds ending well.
  • In other news, Lincoln should have never been on the show. Last week, Lincoln pleaded guilty of indescent assault and battery on May 21. Charges were filed back in 2016. I’m so shocked that someone is actually in some legal trouble, but even more shocked that this is something that wasn’t brought up in casting. That’s truly terrible, especially for Becca’s sake.

I’m not gonna go into the episode because I was a little bored in all honesty! I loved the second and third episodes, but the Jordan drama just isn’t cutting it, especially because I would find a lot of his antics funny more so than disrespectful like Colton and Chris.

Yeah, next week looks a little more promising, so I’ll delve into the season more next week. To me, everything is about social media this season. From Garrett to Twitter feuds to this stuff about Lincoln, hopefully, the season gets a little more focused.

#livingLIVELY

I recently became an ambassador for Wear Lively! They are a clothing brand company inspiring women to live both passionately and confidently. They were nice enough to send me these stickers, which I’m probably going to stick onto my laptop.

I love anything that sets out to empower women, which is why I decided to check out the brand in the first place. These stickers and sayings might seem cheesy, but I love the idea of bringing women together whether it’s through a slogan or a bathing suit. Their bralettes are also really comfortable and perfect for off the shoulder tops and sweaters.

Check out the website and Instagram for their awesome selection of bras, bathing suits and panties: https://www.wearlively.com Also if you have tried any of their clothing, what did you buy and think?

How I Became a Social Media Editor

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During my undergraduate studies, I wanted to make sure I made the most of it with all the opportunities at my university. When I was a senior, I had done everything in my journalism department, so I figured I seek out the English department and see what publications I could possibly contribute to. When I heard of a publication called ZPlatt, I thought I’d check it out. It was a literary journal, and nobody really showed interest in taking on social media so I figured I’d take a wack at it. I had to take off my journalism hat and put on my public relations hat, so here’s how I did it and here’s some advice on navigating a job revolving around social media.

  1. Know the publication and then vamp it up: The publication we were making was formerly named after a slave owner. It was discovered by members of the English department, so I looked up the book that held this information and started forming a new voice for our publication. We decided to do away with ZPlatt and hold a contest to see who could come up with a new name. It was insane that we found it out when we did, but it was a great opportunity to create a platform. Make sure you know the publication you’re working for. Actually read it, and then figure out how you’re going to use the same voice to convey a new theme for whatever issue you’re working on. Bring fresh ideas will instantly make you more valuable than sticking with what was done previously.
  2. Use apps to your advantage: One word. Canva. Canva is the perfect app to use if you’re looking to make Instagram posts, posters, Facebook posts, or even invitations. You can create templates on your phone easily and the best part is that there are so many stylish templates that are absolutely free. I created all my promotional posts through Canva and even used it to redesign the website a little by inserting saved templates into WordPress. If you’re involved with marketing or PR, you’re going to want to check this app out. Additionally, our website was run by WordPress and when I was updating the website, I had a lot of editors and staff writers that wanted me to edit certain details of their posts. Downloading the app saved me a lot of time because I didn’t always have my computer at hand. Make sure all your apps are accessible.
  3. Network & use whatever connections you have: When we were putting the publication together, I used a lot of my personal connections to my advantage. One of my good friends took professional photos, and one thing I disliked about the old website was how all the bio pictures had different sizes and varied in lighting. Seeing an edited photo and a selfie next to each other is not professional looking. So I booked a photographer for my class. He brought proper lighting, and it seemed a little silly to some people, but it made the website that much more professional, and that wouldn’t have been possible without asking for a little favor from my friend.  Additionally, I knew a ton of people in my journalism department, so I asked an editor from the newspaper to write an article about how we were rebranding our publication. Just getting that little bit more of press definitely helped. These were all little favors I asked for, but it had a great payoff. Use connections if you have them, and if you don’t, then start networking. My adviser told me after we finished that she was so impressed by my professionalism even though in my head, it seemed like common sense.
  4. Be serious and don’t let time get away from you: Social media is something that can be done at anytime, which is exactly why it can get away from you. You can always say “I’ll do it later.” One thing I made sure of every week was that I set aside time to map out what I wanted to post for the week. I made sure there was a mix of FB posts with quotes and promotions and then there were staff photos and bio pics thrown in as well. Keep up with Instagram and Facebook. Tweet everyday. If there’s not much to say or do, check out what’s going on in the news. Find a quote relevant to your publication. Is it a national holiday? National waffle day? Maybe you can make a poll on Instagram story. Just be active and create a feed worth following because everything is at your disposal.
  5. Make it fun! Did I work for Glamour magazine? Nope. It wasn’t my dream, but I went into it with the enthusiasm as if it were, and it helped keep me motivated. Our publication was a lot of fun. We made videos. We brainstormed ideas. We planned our launch party. Being able to work for a job that you enjoy is awesome! Even though it was a student publication, the product came out beautifully, and now I can say I was a part of it, but more importantly, it’s something to put on my resume. I have experience now, and it’s all a learning experience I won’t forget.

Hope you like this post. I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I hope you like it!

 

Spring Inspired Outfit

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This is a spring outfit that I wore on the only warm day in Plattsburgh so far. It snowed and rained all weekend, so I’m patiently waiting for the weather to get warmer. This crop top is from Forever 21 and was $5.99. The boyfriend jeans were on sale from H&M and were only $14.99, and the shoes were also from H&M and were $25, so all around, good deals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Apps Every Journalist Should Be Using

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  1. Lightroom: If Instagram isn’t cutting it with the filters, people should download the Lightroom app because it’s free if you have an iphone. You can change a photo drastically with changes in lighting, radiance and tinting. Additionally, you can edit photos professionally on your phone if you need to blog or edit quickly on the go.
  2. Hootsuite: I run a few accounts on Instagram for my major. If you have to manage social media for a business like I have to, this app allows you to schedule all your posts. Rather than having to remember throughout the week, you can load your posts up on a Sunday night once, and the posts will update automatically.
  3. Canva: Canva is perfect for making aesthetically pleasing promotional posters and graphics. Some designs are $1.99, but there are a ton that you can use for free. For a social media savvy app, it’s much easier and quicker than InDesign and Photoshop.
  4. TapeACall: As a journalist, I need to transcribe phone calls sometimes. TapeACall is perfect for recording your phone calls effortlessly. It does cost money to record your calls freely, but it’s so worth it if you’re constantly doing interviews. Definitely remind your sources they’re being recorded beforehand as well.
  5. WordPress: This might seem like an obvious one, but posting on the WordPress app is so much more convenient if you need to do a quick post. This is one of the best mobile apps I’ve seen that is just as good as the computerized website.

ALSO, I recently got an article written about me, and I linked it below. I’ve been the editor in chief for Cardinal Points, a staff writer for DoNorth magazine, an editorial assistant for Saranac Review, and a social media manager for the literary magazine ZPlatt. I also used to co-host a radio show and have been a teaching assistant for three different classes.

Here’s the link to check it out: http://cardinalpointsonline.com/singh-builds-confidence-through-leadership/