Carrie Bradshaw once said... "No woman who works at W Magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie." Well...with all due respect to S&TC, I'm actually going to disagree with this one. Go ahead...call me crazy...that's fine...but this 90s hair accessory is back in business. Think I'm making this up? See for yourself:
One of my favs? Prince Harry's girlfriend rocking overalls and a scrunchie. 90s are back in full swing...and she's owning it.
Check out this lookbook of recent scrunchie-wearers. Ok...and maybe a throwback tossed into the mix. Just click the first image and view as a slideshow.
So what do you think? Would you wear a scrunchie?
You may have noticed...this website is called "Love All Things Britney." Well...for those of you who don't know me, or even if you do, it's time for a long overdue post to explain my reasons for completely idolizing this person...so much so that I named my website after her.
Let's see...it all started in 1998. Her first single, ...Baby One More Time, was released in the fall. I was 4 years old. The album came out in January of 1999...less than 3 weeks before my 5th birthday. My mom took my sister (14 at the time) and me to Walmart to pick up that blue album with the flower. And that's when... my closet became full of crop tops, I didn't go anywhere without a boom box and a CD case, and I couldn't choreograph dances in my bedroom without a headset microphone. That's when it started.
My first concert happened to be a Britney Spears concert. It was actually in my hometown of Howard County, not even in Baltimore or DC. The date was June 20, 2000, and we didn't even have pavilion seats - we were on the lawn. It was the very beginning of the Oops...I Did It Again! tour. I'll never forget seeing Britney walk out and sing Don't Let Me Be the Last To Know, live (yes, she sings this one live in every show, she doesn't lip-synch it). She was wearing a big, beautiful dress, and as a starstruck 6-year-old, I thought she was breathtaking. To this day, it's still one of my favorite Britney songs. (Maybe also because she and Shania Twain worked on it together as co-writers, fun fact). Of course she didn't see me, I was way in the back on the lawn, but I swore to my sister and my cousins that "she waved to me." I remember going to bed that night and saying to my mom as she tucked me in, "this was the best day of my life."
I own each of these CDs tangibly and digitally AND had them pre-ordered (of course) to be sent to me as soon as humanly possible. Duh.
I know every word to every song and can actually name you each song from each album by track number. Kind of creepy, right? I also have all of the bonus tracks...this picture ring a bell? (Such a great song, even though I drink Coke, not Pepsi)
I've seen her in concert three times: the Oops...I Did it Again! tour (2000), the Circus tour (2009), and the Femme Fatale tour (2011). For my 21st birthday in January, I'll be seeing her VIP in Las Vegas for her residency and...get ready... MEETING HER!!! It's going to be, without a doubt, the best day of my life. Missing her other tours (3 including ...Baby One More Time. The others being Dream Within A Dream and Onyx Hotel) is my biggest regret.
I was an avid watcher of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. I re-watch her interviews, performances, and documentaries religiously. I own her books and the magazines with her on the cover. My rooms (at home AND at school) are decorated with lots of Britney posters (and vanilla candles...her favorite, obviously). I used to have my neighbors pay money to watch me perform my choreography to her music on my front porch. Recently, I thought about changing my voicemail to "Hey what's up this is Anna and I'm not in right now so do yo thing!" (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you're not a super-fan). I know all of the music video dances by heart, and I'm not afraid to perform them in public along with an incredibly impressive lip-synching imitation if I do say so myself. I've been her for Halloween multiple times...this year I was the Oops costume (me on the left, Brit on the right)...and yes...I often make collages of the two of us side-by-side thinking that we look alike. just check out my Instagram).
So...I've explained my obsession to you...and now your question is WHY? Why Britney Spears? Why an obsession THIS extreme? To any Britney haters reading this, keep reading. I guarantee you I'll change at least one of your opinions in some way, shape or form about the greatness of this Pop Princess. If you're a Britney fan, you keep reading, too. Share this post on your Facebook walls to promote BRITNEY love here, there, and everywhere. Let's loveallthingsbritney, y'all. Are ya ready? Let's go.
Why The Legendary Miss Britney Spears Rules All
Let's first talk about a major debate here. A lot of people will argue with me and say "Britney doesn't really sing!" or even, "Britney can't sing." Let's debacle those silly statements.
Number 1: if you were dancing like this, would you be singing?...
That's what I thought.
Number 2: She DOES, in fact, sing at her shows! Of course, not every song, it wouldn't be possible to sing and dance that crazy for hours. She does sing her ballads, at least some of them, and I've heard them live. They're beautiful. And you think she can't sing?...
Wrong again :)
(She didn't win, but isn't she so cute?!)
Now for Number 3...the argument I'm going to make here is one that I feel really defines Britney's career. There are many types of singers in this world. There are musicians (you could call them artists), there are entertainers (you could call them performers), and then there are people who fit both. Britney is absolutely primarily an entertainer. Her job is to be a badass dancer wearing badass costumes and putting on a badass show for you to enjoy. That being said...she really is also a musician, even if it's not her number one component to being the Pop Star that she is. She's co-written (and written) many songs, she's been a singer since childhood, and her heart is really into her music. Watch I Am Britney Jean: The Documentary if you're lost with that last part. Or you can join the fan club, like me, and get letters and tidbits from her all the time. One of my favorite songs that she's written (that got pretty much no publicity)...
If you ask me, that was beautiful art. Yes, I just called Britney Spears "art," you heard me correctly. It's written about her pregnancy with her first son, Sean Preston. But hey, that's my opinion.
Now for a few of the most notable awards and honors this superstar has received...
Grammy Nomination for... Best New Artist in 2000, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (...Baby One More Time) in 2000, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Oops...I Did It Again!) in 2001, Best Pop Vocal Album (Oops...I Did It Again!) in 2001, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Overprotected) in 2003, Best Pop Vocal Album (Britney) in 2003, Best Dance Recording (Womanizer) in 2010.
Won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording (Toxic) in 2005.
She was the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She is the best selling artist of the 2000s (and one of the best selling artists of all time).
She has 6 MTV Music Awards an 9 Billboard Music Awards.
She was the youngest person to ever win a VMA... (nominated 30 times and won 6 times).
She is HILARIOUS (just watch Chaotic and you'll see what I mean), totally Southern (she was born in Mississippi...I live in Mississippi...and I've been to her hometown in Louisiana), and she considers herself shy. She says that who she is on-stage is her alter-ego. Her story of becoming famous is like that of a fairytale. A small-town girl with a lot of talent and not a lot of anything else moves to the city and makes it big time. She is one of the wealthiest and most successful people in the world.
Being a dancer just about my whole life, I saw this girl on my TV and I was mesmerized by the way she moved. It's incredibly inspiring to me how talented of a dancer she is and how passionate she is about dancing. It's inspiring to me how she just puts herself out there, stays true to herself, and doesn't care what anybody thinks of it. Love her, hate her, say what you want about her...you know the rest of that sentence.
Not to mention, she's beautiful...just look at her...
I'm so proud to be a Britney fan, and I'll be one until the day that I die. She revolutionized Pop music and created an era of amazing dance jams for my generation. Just think about how boring our lives would be without her. Let's not forget her iconic Super Bowl performance, her incredibly awesome dance with a python on live television, and all of those hit-clips we had like...Stronger and (You Drive Me) Crazy. You can admit it or you can deny it, but the girl changed music for the world, even for you and your world.
So tell me...if I said Britney Spears was my favorite celebrity of all time...would you hold it against me?
Once an Olsen twin fan, always an Olsen twin fan. Am I right, 90s babies? (I actually have a childhood friend named Mary Kate Olson...different spelling than the celebrity though. Hi MKO). I grew up owning (and I still own) every VHS tape ever made by these beauties. The mysteries, the parties, the teenage years movies. I watched the TV shows. I owned every book. I owned every hair product, makeup product, article of clothing, and accessory from their MK & A line. They. were. my. world. And...in a completely different way...they still are.
Mary-Kate and Ashley are incredible style icons. Mary-Kate, known for her more bohemian looks...oversized sunglasses and sweaters, boots (we can all thank her for our Ugg phase), flowy skirts, big statement pieces. Ashley known for her more put-together looks...incredible skin and makeup, classic prints, staple solids, minimalist-inspired fashion sense. I think the ideal Fashionista is someone who incorporates all looks they love and molds them into one super-style. Why be predictable? For me, Mary-Kate's craziness and Ashley's simplicity put into one makes the perfect balance.
If I were to show you every picture I loved of these two, you'd be scrolling forever. So...here's a gallery of some of my pins. Just click the first one and view as a slideshow.
I have many style icons, including Blake Lively, but these two really top the list. They're the perfect example of a quote that I believe to be so completely true:
I think it's completely awesome that despite their long-gone days of matching outfits and the fact that they've grown to be so different from each other, they are both so fashion-forward in their own way. Who is your style icon? Ok, maybe that isn't the most reliable quiz, considering it asks you to choose your favorite kitten. I got Stevie Nicks because of my love for all things lace and leather...which is actually accurate.
Check out some of Mary-Kate and Ashley's lines at the links below:
My favorite MK & A looks? Well, we heard it from Shania first: "Men's shirts short skirts, whoa-a-oh." I love the oversized flannels paired with a great pair of jeans and a cool pair of heels (MK). I love the tailored skirts with a classic top and pretty bracelets (A). Shania might have jumped off the deep end, but I'm still gonna listen to her. She knew what she was talking about.
Just felt like I needed to do a post other than how my days are going :) I'll keep these coming. Send me your fashion thoughts.
Happy Sunday, everyone :)
This week was pretty crazy, but my upcoming week is going to be even better! Actually, my upcoming week is going to be one of my craziest weeks yet. This beautiful Sunday is going to be filled with REST, REST, REST. But, back to this past week. For starters, let's talk about the new places I [finally] experienced...
The Burgundy Room! Amber and I are tired of the same old hangout spots. They're still fun most of the time, and we still love going where our friends are going, but we wanted to try something completely new just the two of us. So...we went to The Burgundy Room (upstairs at Old Venice). We loved the older, classier crowd as opposed to the crazy college bars (which, hey, we love those too). We also loved sitting up on the balcony. It was small and intimate. It was a great, great night...but we are not going to talk about how we felt the next day.
Bottletree Bakery! I've been dying to try this place, and even though I'm a second semester sophomore, I'd never been until today. Amber just went for the first time recently, but today we went together for brunch. I got a bowl of soul [pictured] with a black bottom cupcake. Amber got an iced coffee and a honey cream cheese danish. YUM! Absolutely loved it here...the food, the drinks, and the vibe. We each got a sandwich to go, and they were sooo yummy. I highly recommend this place. It was nice to try something new.
Now let's talk about a couple of my *random* findings of the week...
1. Oil Pulling [yes, I'm talking about it AGAIN] is ABSOLUTELY a hangover cure. I've read about this in several articles, and even though I've had success with oil pulling, I didn't believe the hangover part...until I tried it. My nausea went down about 50% in those twenty minutes of swishing coconut oil in my mouth. The reason for this is the pulling of toxins from the stomach through the mouth. It sounds disgusting when you think about your queasy self putting that gross-textured oil in your mouth...but I promise, it does work. I was in awe. Read my article about it here.
2. Coconut Water. What are y'all's thoughts on it? I've become addicted to oil pulling. I've become addicted to eating coconut oil. I've experienced fantastic benefits from both of these regimens. But...I have not yet become hooked on drinking coconut water. From my research, the combination of eating coconut oil, doing oil pulling, and drinking coconut water is supposed to be excellent for fat breakdown, hydration, and hangover prevention and cure, amongst other things. I'm going to get into it this week...or at least try it...and I'll let y'all know.
3. I found new and improved makeup remover wipes. I wrote about my love for Neutrogena's regular makeup remover wipes in one of my articles, but I picked something up off the shelf this week, and I'm hooked! They're Neutrogena's hydrating makeup wipes. Same exact thing, just way more wet (which does a better job of getting your makeup off, dries out less quickly, and leaves your face more clean and hydrated). Definitely try them! They're really great.
I did really well in school this week, which was great. I made 100% on my Communication Law test, and I made an A on my Geology quiz and an A on my Editing by Design quiz. I have a lot of important things coming up, though, so I will be spending all of tomorrow in the Clubhouse, studying and working out! In the meantime...I'll be laying in bed all day today watching Gossip Girl and drinking water :) Much needed rest and rejuvenation.
PS...for those of you who've already watched Gossip Girl in the past (like me), I encourage you to watch it again for a second time. It makes so much more sense the second time around. I watched it when it aired in middle school, and I read the books, too. I just joined the rest of the world and got a Netflix account! So many shows, so little time...
To close, here's today's Jesus Calling reading:
Bring Me the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Take nothing for granted, not even the rising sun. Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan's temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn't have rather than being thankful for the many good things freely available. This negative focus darkened her mind, and she succumbed to temptation.
When you focus on what you don't have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and other countless gifts from Me. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is "fixed."
When you approach Me with thanksgiving, the Light of My Presence pours into you, transforming you through and through. Walk in the Light with Me by practicing the discipline of thanksgiving.
1 John 1:7
Remember all that you have and be grateful! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone, and a great upcoming week.
Spring is here! Hopefully it's warm for good. Today is so beautiful in Oxford -- 75 degrees and sunny! I have so many awesome things planned for this month :) I have visitors coming to see me at school, I'm going on a road-trip, I'm flying home...the list goes on! Today's Jesus Calling reading is an awesome way to kick off the month! Let me share it with you:
I am calling you to a life of constant communication with me. Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with me can be uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find me in the Midst of it all.
Talk with me about every aspect of your day, including your feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask My Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
One of my new favorite spring activities is hiking. Amber and I have been going on walks on these cool trails that I didn't even know existed (which I've already blogged about). We got lost yesterday and it was hilarious! We found our way back, but we got a lot of extra exercise and Vitamin D :) I also love baseball (Ole Miss baseball and Orioles baseball) and eating crawfish. Still waiting on pool season...it should be here before we know it!
Writer. Dancer. Britney Spears fanatic. Tea drinker. Reader. Aunt. Traveler. Beauty junkie. Pi Beta Phi. Pizza enthusiast; Chick-fil-A connoisseur. Fan of Baltimore Orioles baseball and Ole Miss Rebels football. Goofy, funny, fun-loving, adventure-chasing, intellectual twenty-something.