Spring Haul of Awesome Sh*T!April 13, 2015


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This is a haul showing some unique pieces I found, often at a cheaper dupe price! I thought I’d mention here that very cheap fashion is great because it makes everything affordable, but at the same time, the quality isn’t always the best. Sometimes I feel like I’m buying things just to wear them a few times before they fall apart, which quite frankly is pretty wasteful. It was my first time shopping at Sheinside, and while I am happy with the items that I showed, a lot of the other items I got were quite disappointing, so beware and read reviews! I hope to be able to invest in pieces that last in the future, but for now I can only splurge on SOME things :P. If you guys know of any reasonably-priced stores that have great quality items, I would love to hear about them in the Youtube comments! Much love to you! (more…)


A Nobody Visits New YorkApril 6, 2015


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I called this video “A Nobody Visits New York” because it’s reflective of how the NY trip made me feel, which is not a bad thing at all. My channel is a niche little safe-zone, and is all about sharing stories, things I like, and proving that being real (and honest about one’s flaws and biases) is a great way to grow. The reason why I haven’t lost any love for this is because of how much time I spend conversing and connecting with you guys, I really feel like we’re friends. I’m here because it’s a passion, there really isn’t as much money in being a Youtuber as people seem to think there is, especially if you’re not up in the millions and taking tons of sponsorships. So many people dream of being “somebody” and being perfect, and neither of those things are ever on my radar when I’m making videos and responding to you. The impact that you guys have had on me never gets old, and I’m so incredibly grateful for this community we’ve built and the conversations we have. Lately I’ve been waking up with a spring in my step because I’ve discovered so many new things about myself through this. I feel like there’s actually a place where I belong, I hope this channel can be that place for you too.
Love & Light!

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How to Achieve Fitness GoalsMarch 27, 2015


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This is my guide to achieving fitness goals, these tips have been game-changers for me, so hopefully they help you as well if you’re in a similar boat!  (more…)


To Pimp a ButterflyMarch 20, 2015


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To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar came out a few days ago, and Terry pretty much lost his shit. It is the only thing we’ve been listening to, and it has made me feel so many things I’ve never felt before. It’s been too long since I was exposed to music that is so layered and tackles so many difficult social issues with thoughtful ease. On my first listen, I took many of the messages at face value and drew multiple conclusions. On the second listen, I paid closer attention to the lyrics, the double entendres, imagery and symbolism, and found that my second set of conclusions contradicted the first set. Kendrick is making real art, and there is nothing in this world that I find more inspiring than getting my hands on something like this and dissecting every piece of it. I know that sharing a hip hop album isn’t typically what I do here, and this album is full of lyrics that are very prone to be taken the wrong way depending on the listener. But I truly believe the message behind this album is a positive one. The self-awareness and responsibility he displays for all of his thoughts and actions continues to inspire me. I am overwhelmed by the beauty, honesty and authenticity. It’s so inspiring to see that someone out there is being real and killing it. I highly recommend that you guys give this one a thoughtful listen, the beats alone are worth hearing and enjoying if you take nothing else from it.

Check out Anthony Fantano’s review of the album for a little extra context and his perspective on the whole thing!

 


Simple Night RoutineMarch 20, 2015


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Many moons have passed since my last night routine, and it’s a lot more simplified now. I enjoy watching/making these and I hope you enjoy this video!
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Things All Girls Should KnowMarch 14, 2015


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My Friend & I Walk into a Bar (Rant)March 8, 2015


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I do not like flattery when it’s used as a means to an end. When the message is “I’m sexually attracted to you, and you should be flattered”, I’m not interested in hearing it. I prefer real, open-minded conversations over flattery and free drinks. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate when people genuinely mean well and expect nothing in return, or when the compliment is related to a topic that we’re both interested in, like makeup. “Your eyeliner is on point today”, means a lot more to me than shallow offerings coupled with expectations. No one is solely around for anyone else’s enjoyment, we should treat each other like individuals with thoughts, interests and feelings. I think we would bump into a lot less entitled assholes that way.

This is kind of a scary thing to talk about because a lot of people firmly believe that “you’re beautiful” is the best compliment a woman can get, and I probably sound stuck up for not wanting to hear it and for being annoyed by free drinks. In actuality, I just hate when seemingly kind actions are laced with expectation or merely objectify the recipient. I also think that buying drinks for randoms should be an outdated practice. Strangers should stop giving/expecting freebies and instead pay for their own vices and their own impaired judgment.

Shit happens because some people are jerks, but most people aren’t. Don’t let an encounter with an asshat keep you from leaving the house and being social. The world yearns for you in all of your goodness and glory.

WHAT I DO TO REDUCE INTERACTIONS WITH JERKS
1. I don’t let strangers buy me drinks because I don’t like feeling like I owe a stranger something, that’s no good way to start a relationship. If someone wants to get to know me, they can talk to me. Impairing my judgment in the form of free drinks and flattery won’t impress me as much as you trusting in your conversational skills.

2. I tend to only go to clubs if we have a private table. It’s sad that it has to come to this because tables are expensive and exclusive, but I don’t like dealing with people dancing up on me while I’m trying to have fun. I like the option of having a table to go to when the dance-floor is a bit much for the moment.

3. I like to frequent “hipster pubs”, I have no idea what else to call them and I’m cringing while typing this. But they’re little hot spots that young locals like to frequent who appreciate good alternative music and good beer. I find that the attitude toward women at those places tends to be more enlightened than at mainstream dance clubs. When people get together based on an interest other than hopefully getting lucky, it tends to go a lot better.

A BETTER WAY TO APPROACH PEOPLE
I dislike being approached randomly on the street, but I don’t mind being approached in social situations like a party, a bar, an event, or a classroom. I really enjoy having conversations with no pressure. Flattering me pressures me to give you a certain response, I prefer situations where you introduce yourself, share your opinion about what ever is going on and ask for mine, then the conversation naturally just blossoms on its own if it’s a good fit. Please don’t give up on approaching each other!

Love & Light,
Kassie


Throwback ThursdayFebruary 27, 2015


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One of the best things my parents did was heavily document my childhood moments with tons of photos that I can always look back on. I hope you guys enjoy them! Send me yours on Instagram, that would make me oh so happy!

“The past can hurt, but you can either run from it, or learn from it!” – Rafiki


Going Out in a BlanketFebruary 24, 2015


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There’s this amazing website called ManRepeller that (among other things) embraces things fashion-forward women wear that tend to offend some members of the opposite sex. Like the boyfriend jeans, jumpsuits, harem pants, clogs, and everything else that has been giving me life lately. High fashion is an art to me because it creates its own world with its own rules. It’s not always about looking as sexy as possible, often times it’s about using clothes to unleash your inner majestic creature. I’m not quite there yet personally, but it doesn’t hurt to appreciate it.

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Making Stuff on YoutubeFebruary 20, 2015


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In light of the reaction to yesterday’s video, I thought I’d spill my guts out a little bit in an attempt to help us understand each other a little better.

I do this Youtube thing because I cherish the connection I have with you guys more than most things in this world, for real. Without that connection, I would fall out of love with my craft fast and go do something more fulfilling. My goal with my videos is to somehow leave you better than how I found you. That’s not always possible because I, like everyone else, grew up with norms, beliefs and restrictions that are unique to my own life experience. If I offend you, it’s not because I hate you, I actually want us to be friends forever, but I can’t be everyone and an individual at the same time.

Youtubers generally try to stay on a video schedule, but I wasn’t feeling it, so I took a week to make something that doesn’t really fit Youtube, something less overt and didactic. The final product was an experimental, whimsical, overwhelmingly colourful video called “Purple Brush”. I was overwhelmed by the love and encouragement that I got, and I responded to almost every comment yesterday. I also had my largest ratio of dislikes ever, and I received comments saying that I wasted the viewer’s time because I didn’t explicitly teach them anything.

I don’t think that the video was a stroke of artistic genius by any means, all I know is that I approached it with the same love and intention that I have with every video. I showed it to my brother, who really enjoyed it, and added “but you should go back to putting cucumbers on your eyes because people don’t care about this shit”. He was joking, sort of—dark humour is our therapy.

Youtube has become a land of repetition, and I’ve read many a cynical article labelling it as a hub where talentless people create uninspired clickbait. I have personally noticed that many Youtuber’s want so badly to make everyone happy that they let their audiences put them in a creative box. The temptation to sell out becomes strong because it’s easier, comes with more approval, more subscribers, more consistent content and less “I miss the old you, stop trying new things”. Shout out to JacksGap for having every necessary tool to sell out like bosses, but are instead making less viral content that doesn’t cater to the short-lived fangirl culture.

I will not stop experimenting and trying new things, even if people think I don’t care (I do, for the record). I need to grow as a creative individual in order to stay here. It matters so much to me to make videos that both inspire me and have a message that gets through to you. My goal is to bridge that gap while maintaining my integrity. I can’t do “fake”, my personality can’t handle it and I crumble like a cookie that was in the milk for way too long. I hope we can continue to be a good fit because connecting with you has been the greatest time of my life!

Love & Light,
Kassie