Pop of Culture: Meanderings of the Mildly Obsessed

Apr 14

Coachella–the place where everyone comes together in the name of music and other things…

This year my festival experience was quite unique and exceptional.  I danced with Emma Roberts and Evan Peters.  Talked with Stephen Merchant.  And gazed upon the beautiful people of the VIP section.  Yes, I feel douchey writing about the “VIP Section” but that’s truly the place for star sightings and better bathrooms (that actually have toilet paper).

Here are a few of the celebs that I glimpsed upon and admired from afar (mostly).  Minus Stephen Merchant, who I made take a pic with me but don’t want to be “that person” who posts an actual celeb pic on their blog.

To be honest, I really wanted to see a Kardashian/Jenner but alas, I missed out.

Alesso and Kid Cudi were my favorites.  Props for such a good lineup this year.  I’m also shocked I’m actually at work today and functioning.

Apr 14

Why There's No Place Like Coachella →

This may be one of the better things I have seen in my lifetime, it’s pretty grand.

Feeling thoroughly disappointed I did not get to witness this in person, but ecstatic for smart phones.

Apr 11

My amusement at Zac Efron knows no bounds.

Apr 09
There are two things in life that every human and in particular female can agree on: Johnny Depp and kittens.
I can admit to the fact I would be cat-egorized as a cat lady.  To up my street cred I do also own a dog.  But in my humble opinion I’d like to think that cats are more hipster.  Not that I want to be a hipster, but hipsters are supposed to know what’s up.
Cat Lady Indicators:
1) Owning more than one cat, usually more than five (if the choice were solely up to me this would apply to my life but at the moment I just have two)
2) Having more pictures of cats than humans on your cell phone (would have to count but it would be close, much like the 2000 Presidential Election)
3) Owning something—clothing, accessories, etc.— that has cats on it (I own more than one of these type of somethings, including cat pajamas [isn’t that a saying for coolness or is this something I’ve made up to feel better about myself?])
4) Having masochistic tendencies due to the extreme amount of scratches and hurt feelings from rejection (no comment)
The list goes on but I shall cap it at four because, let’s be real, we all know a cat lady.  Some are easier to spot than others.  But if you want to spot one out in the wild, just look for cat hair on their clothing.  Often times if you spot some on a guy it means he either got it from his girlfriend’s place or YOU MUST HOLD ONTO HIM AT ALL COSTS.
Back to the original point, I give you Johnny Depp’s doppelganger in kitten form.

There are two things in life that every human and in particular female can agree on: Johnny Depp and kittens.

I can admit to the fact I would be cat-egorized as a cat lady.  To up my street cred I do also own a dog.  But in my humble opinion I’d like to think that cats are more hipster.  Not that I want to be a hipster, but hipsters are supposed to know what’s up.

Cat Lady Indicators:

1) Owning more than one cat, usually more than five (if the choice were solely up to me this would apply to my life but at the moment I just have two)

2) Having more pictures of cats than humans on your cell phone (would have to count but it would be close, much like the 2000 Presidential Election)

3) Owning something—clothing, accessories, etc.— that has cats on it (I own more than one of these type of somethings, including cat pajamas [isn’t that a saying for coolness or is this something I’ve made up to feel better about myself?])

4) Having masochistic tendencies due to the extreme amount of scratches and hurt feelings from rejection (no comment)

The list goes on but I shall cap it at four because, let’s be real, we all know a cat lady.  Some are easier to spot than others.  But if you want to spot one out in the wild, just look for cat hair on their clothing.  Often times if you spot some on a guy it means he either got it from his girlfriend’s place or YOU MUST HOLD ONTO HIM AT ALL COSTS.

Back to the original point, I give you Johnny Depp’s doppelganger in kitten form.

Mar 31
My reaction whenever I do something successfully at work. And life.

My reaction whenever I do something successfully at work. And life.

Mar 28
All hail Queen Bey.

All hail Queen Bey.

Mar 20

My Spirit Animal →

Jennifer Lawrence being Jennifer Lawrence in this amazing scene from “American Hustle”.

Now, this would be an accurate portrayal of myself minus the caftan and I’d being singing to “Crazy in Love”.

Mar 17
Madonna’s interpretation of the beloved Khalessi. I’m not really feeling it but at least it’s in honor of the holiday.

Madonna’s interpretation of the beloved Khalessi. I’m not really feeling it but at least it’s in honor of the holiday.

Mar 14

A Divergence from Panem

As the universe knows, I am quite the Hunger Games fan.  Even prior to the amazingness that is Jennifer Lawrence taking up the role, I was an avid advocate of the series.  Since it’s sometimes nice to read quick YA novels that make you feel simultaneously foolish for reading something too young and giddy because you feel young again, I decided to peruse the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

A few things.

Shailene Woodley will be a fantastic Tris.  The casting directors knew this, hence her getting the part.  Also, Theo James is the picture perfect Four (Tobias).  I have faith that the movies will be decent adaptations since this is from the same production company that helmed the Hunger Games.  Casting is essential for these types of characters and from what I’ve seen these are pretty good choices.  In my humble estimation, the Hunger Games is now the prime example of how to run a YA novel adaptation franchise.  The casting is perfect and it’s just good. This gives me hope for Divergent

All that being said, I did not like Insurgent and Allegiant.  In particular, I couldn’t stand Allegiant.  When I read these type of series, usually I’m voracious.  I went a whole four days whilst reading Allegiant from lack of interest and knowing, this really can’t go anywhere.  I know a lot of people didn’t like Mockingjay, I agree that it was too hastily concluded and there was room for more story, but I got it.  It made sense what was happening. Allegiant just seemed kind of stupid. I did like Divergent and it gave me a lot of hope but sadly I was disappointed.  It had a good allegory for the origins of the world’s problems and how we can remedy them and yes, the sequels examined this issue further, but the plot line wasn’t intriguing and neither was the character development.  I am hoping that ala Game of Thrones the screenwriters will take liberty with Insurgent and Allegiant (should there be an adaption of the subsequent novels) but you always risk rocking the boat when you take that creative stance.

Regardless of my literary thoughts, I am excited to see Divergent.  Namely for the Earth goddess Shailene Woodley and a shirtless Theo James.

Mar 11

Annie Leibovitz can do no wrong.  Combine that with Game of Thrones and you have something entirely epic.

For the upcoming Vanity Fair, there will be a feature for Game of Thrones shot by the world famous photographer.

Of course any picture with Khaleesi is awesome, as well as something featuring dragons (yes, I know they’re fake), but why in the hell is Kingslayer wearing 21st-century garb?