Read. Watch. Listen. (01.26.15)

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What to read, watch and listen to this week.


This may seem like a random thing to recommend but it's worth the read, I promise. For the past 20 years I have had a limited understanding of dress codes. I usually just looked helplessly towards my mom until she dressed me for an event, or texted everyone I knew to ask exactly what they were going to wear. In some cases, I have Googled what different dress codes mean, creeped threads where people argue over the grey areas, and searched through countless images to understand. This article, amazingly, summarizes something I find impossible to remember in a neat and short fashion. Print it out. Bookmark it. It will help you dress to impress for the rest of your life.

"How To Decipher Dress Codes":


I know this movie's from 2008, so I'm a little late to the party, but I just watched it for the first time this weekend and I can't stop talking about it. This is not one of those movies I would recommend for something light you watch while half-asleep, and to be honest, it deserves your undivided attention.

For those of you who haven't heard of it, Milk is a biographical film based on the life and story of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. It was nominated for 8 academy awards, and Sean Penn won for Best Actor. In film-uneducated opinion, it deserved everyone one of these nominations.

Sean Penn in this film won my heart and respect for life, and this story has had me flipping between Wikipedia articles and learning everything I can about it for days. It's crazy how often we forget how different the world was 30-40 years ago.

James Franco is also in it, in case you need some more convincing.


Again, this song is not recent and was actually released in 2014, but I rediscovered it on my Spotify playlist and I have had it on repeat for over a week. In my opinion, this song is perfect for this time of year. Not too upbeat that you're like "Please stop. I'm tired and it's winter.", but just the right amount that it keeps me moving fast when I'm on the go. Plus I can do work while listening to it, which is always an important quality in a song.

Check it out below. The acoustic version is pretty incredible to boot.

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