This Tuesday we are putting aside our twenty-somethingness and simply taking some time to be thankful for our Thanksgiving traditions!
There are so many things I love about Thanksgiving, as it is arguably my favorite holiday. The dishes that can only be prepared by certain people—Aunt Kaye is the only one allowed to make deviled eggs—the camaraderie, seeing my cousins and catching up on what we’ve missed, and the discussions. In my family there are three talking points: Alabama football going back to the beginning, the government and how we’re screwed or not, and God. Even with all this, my favorite thing is that after our big meal me and my cousin Katie will go to her →
Some people choose to stay in their hometown forever. It’s where they were born, where they grew up, where they want to raise a family, and where they will be buried. Others leave the second they graduate high school, and never look back.
When I was 2 years old, my family moved from North Carolina to a small town in Virginia, directly at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. That same year, I met my life-long best friend. I grew up with mulberry-stained feet, summer nights spent catching lightning bugs, cold months wrapped in a homemade quilt, and waking up to the smell of homemade biscuits, fresh out of the oven. My mom and dad tucked me in every →
We all have that friend—hell, we’ve all been that friend—who doesn’t know the correct lyrics to practically anything. You’re driving down the road, rocking out to the radio, when you realize the words you thought you were hearing most definitely weren’t. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. We’ll keep singing ‘em regardless… no matter how tragic they sound.
Misheard Lyrics VS. Real Lyrics Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
“Who’s a sexy ho?” | “Get your sexy on.”
Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
“And I told you to be badass.” | “And I told you to be balanced.”
Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
“Double fisted kick in the knee.” | “Leather studded kiss →
According to the speech therapist I visited in seventh grade, I stammered. My fellow peers deemed it a stutter. To me, I just had a hard time with the word, “I,” or any word beginning with a “wh-.”
The Stuttering Foundation states that there are four factors that most likely cause the development of this speech impediment:
- Child development
- Family dynamics
My mom thinks it started when my grandma first got sick.
In her attempts to comfort me, she would say that it was just my brain trying to get me to slow down my incomprehensible rate of speech. And then she would remind me that my dad →
Our love of Harry Potter around here is no secret. The Boy Who Lived comes up and most of us just turn into bizarre machinations of ourselves and instantly start breaking down everything we’ve ever known about the guy. Therefore, when it came time to choose what we wanted to do on Halloween, it was a no-brainer: We wanted to decorate the Great Hall, float pumpkins over the tables, stuff ourselves with Butterbeer, and trade Chocolate Frogs. Sadly, since we haven’t quite pinpointed the exact location of Hogwarts, and we’re about twice the age of when we should have received our acceptance letters, we have to resort to our imaginations. After all, what else is Halloween than proof of Thoreau’s quote, →
Halloween is just for kids… Or is it? We love trick-or-treating as much as anyone, but there are a few moments in every twenty-something’s Halloween where you have to stop and think, “Am I too old for this?”
1. Your costume options included “slutty” anything. 2. You’ve tried a candy-corn flavored alcoholic drink. 3. You get weirdly excited about those neighbors who give out pocket change, because bills. 4. You’re about ten inches taller than everyone else. 5. You’re the same height as the little kid’s parents. 6. You’re more interested in the calorie content of the candy than how tasty it is. 7. You deliberately get a masked costume so no one →
There are few things more synonymous with fall than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice lattes, leggings, sweaters, and football. However, here at Literally, Darling, we found a couple of ways to celebrate fall with a bit more of a… kick. Burnett’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored Vodka:
The day that I turned 21, I vowed that I would never consume Burnett’s again. Both my brain and my body can no longer tolerate that sh*t. So, I will absolutely not be trying this product. However, if you are braver and more adventurous than I, and of legal age, of course, try Pumpkin Spice vodka. I’ll be interested to see how it goes over.
Now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t even know how →
Happy Sunday, darlings, and welcome to another installment of your very favorite roundup of all the neat things your favorite Literally, Darling writers found on the World Wide Web this week.
Whether we want to or not, many of us pride ourselves on the level of approval we receive on social media. It makes us feel popular and included. I’ll admit it. I’m hoping this article will receive at least five likes when I share it on Facebook.
After a recent discussion with a friend, and as it seems to be a hot topic to our generation lately, I began thinking about how social media affects our self-perception and influences our relationships with our peers. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means, or time, to answer these questions. However, as generations Y and Z spearhead this unprecedented phenomenon of social media, we need to take a few things into consideration.
How is social media →
While each new female CEO weighs in on whether women can or can’t have it all, we find ourselves torn. An important topic about women and glass ceilings seems to have become a media buzzword and corporate publishing moneymaker. But what does it really mean, and is it as important as they make it out to be? Furthermore, why doesn’t anyone ask men if they can “have it all?” Is the “all” of the older generation even relevant to our own?
As a group of young women gearing up to climb our own career ladders, we thought we’d throw in our own two cents. We’re not all of the same mind and often disagree with each other about it, but it’s time to start talking about it outside of another C-level interview.
It’s that time of year! Autumn is officially here, and while Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is good (okay, great) there are many more things to enjoy about fall than just that. Cooler temps bring the LD staff joy in many ways, but here are our favorites.
Wearing sweats everywhere is acceptable.
People are nicer with the holidays approaching.
If you decide to spend a night (read: weekend) at home alone on the couch watching Netflix, it’s now considered “cozy” instead of “lame.”
Let’s face it, we all look WAY better in sweaters and jeans than we do in shorts and tank →
If our 20s have taught us anything, it’s that we never knew managing our finances would be so difficult! With soaring college costs, credit card/student loan debt, and being weaned off of Mom and Dad’s dime, we think it’s important for twenty-somethings to be smart about their money. The little things add up, darling! So, here are our tips for saving money in your 20s:
I want to be upfront with the fact that, although this may seem like an airing of grievances or a rant, I am fully aware of how lucky I am. I am typing on my own laptop, enrolled in my first-choice college with tuition paid for by my parents, living debt-free, and walking around healthy and able. I could not be more thankful for the relatively easy life I have had.
With that being said, I do not have an iPhone. My explanations to my parents about why I need one have not yet gone as planned. So for now, my method of communication is a Pantech Hotshot. You, along with a majority of people, might not be familiar with →
In some respects, half of your twenties is devoted exclusively to college. You start your twenties in college and then spend the next few years trying to figure out how to make your way in a world you might feel unprepared for. In hindsight, there are countless things you’ll wish you’d known or had considered at the time. So today on “Twenty-Something Tuesday” we bring your our best advice of things we wished we’d known about college.
Before I began writing this article, the only things I knew about football across the pond involved David Beckham (“Bend It Like Beckham” is a classic) and the Tottenham Hotspurs (solely due to this video I stumbled across and proceeded to watch five times in a row). I now have a massive crush on Jonathan Miles, the cute blonde one.
In case I ever meet this FIT goalkeeper (a girl can dream, right?), I should become a little more acquainted with the subject of “football.” So, I decided to do a little research.
I began with the issue of lingo. As someone who continued to use the word “romp” whilst spending time in England (without realizing it has a COMPLETELY →
The latest billion-dollar blockbusters made from technology so cutting edge only the “Avengers” aliens have access to it are always enjoyable. But sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy the classics. So in order to prove that just because we’re young, millennials can still have refined tastes, we’re digging into the film archives for our 50 must see movies from before we were born. Admittedly, many of these predate our parents too and we get a little stuck in the ’50s. Can you blame us?
Can you believe that it has been 3 whole months since Literally, Darling started? We can’t. It seems like yesterday and a year all at once! In honor of three months chock-full of content and quality, our staff writers are highlighting our favorite pieces- old and new- from the past three months.
As the Editor-in-Chief of LD I’m going to cheat and pick a few. I figure there’s got to be some perk in being the boss, right?
Some Thoughts About Steubenville by Austin.
It will always be one of my favorites because it’s how I found Austin by begging him to let us post this on LD months before we even launched. It →
Working at a food and drink website, in the “Drink” section, we have learned some seriously cool stuff about our favorite beverage; coffee. And while you may think you know everything there is to know about java, you’re probably wrong. And we couldn’t bear knowing that every 20-something wouldn’t be armed with these nuggets of knowledge, so here we have our Literally, Darling 20-somethings’ Guide To Coffee.
1. Coffee Prevents Suicide
According to researchers at Harvard University, drinking 2-4 cups of coffee a day might decrease your risk of suicide. Acting as a mild antidepressant, the caffeine in your morning java helps to increase dopamine and serotonin, lifting you into a good mood!
2. Starbucks Secret Menu →
There’s a lot happening in the time between your second and third decade on this earth. You’re expected to be a mature and autonomous human being during a time that the world says you’re not even responsible enough to rent a car until you’re halfway to 30. Not to mention everyone else seems to have magically figured it out. On any given day our anxiety amps itself up until we’re flung straight into Nietzsche’s existential nightmare. And it’s nerve wracking.
So welcome to your quarter life crisis. To celebrate, we’re sharing some highlights of our top panic attacks from our 20s.
As we head into August, it’s time to soak up those last rays of summer sun. Over at Literally, Darling, we know that you’re jonesing for the perfect soundtrack to the end of summer, and we’re here for you. If you’re tired of jamming “We Can’t Stop” on repeat, check out these summer staples, (almost) all released in the last few months and curated just for you by the Literally, Darling team. They’re as eclectic as we are, and we know there’s something for everyone. These are the songs of our summer, and we think you’ll just love them.