What To Watch: Holiday Cheer

I’m a purist and a romantic when it comes to holiday movies. I’ve loved the same movies since I was a child and have not grown out of any of the animated classics. Even if I’ve seen these movies dozens of times, I alway re-watch them when the holiday season comes around.

Ask A Queer: Lydia Rogue

Today’s queer is Lydia Rogue. Lydia resides in Portland, Oregon and is currently a freelance writer. They just come out with a book, True Trans Bike Rebel, which is a collection of essays from trans and nonbinary people who use human-powered transportation, and are currently reading and editing submissions for an anthology of feminist bicycling science fiction that’s written by trans or nonbinary people. Lydia and her girlfriend are the proud owners of three rats.

Gift Guide: Independent Artists

Supporting female-owned companies is awesome, but you know what’s even better during the holiday season? Buying gifts from independent artists!

There are so many talented, incredible artists out in the universe that it’s hard to know them all. From craft shows to Etsy shops, I’m always discovering new people who have an indescribable amount of talent. Most of these artists sell art prints and/or enamel pins, which are great gifts for literally everyone, as well as other goods like tote bags, clothing, stickers and more.

3 Apps To Help You Save Money

Confession time: I love to shop. I spend more money than I probably should and my spending habits could use some work. But one thing I am really good at is making the most of my spending with coupons, sales, deals and cash back. The best way to stay on track of deals and cash back for me is with apps and browser plugins! I do about half of my shopping online, and between these three apps [Drop, Honey and Ebates], I feel like I save money or get cash back on almost all my purchases, from clothing to groceries.

Skip Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Whatever (I know it’s Monday, but it really goes on from Thanksgiving evening to the following Monday) are soul-sucking. These shopping “holidays” turn people into greedy monsters. In my mind, these days are cancelled. Over. Buh-bye.

Ask A Queer: Alice Tsui

Today’s queer is Alice Tsui, a 22-year-old self-described jack of all trades in the entertainment industry. She lives in Los Angeles and is primarily an actor, but also a photographer, director, model, and writer. Recently, she starred in the Wong Fu Productions short “Digital Influencer vs. Digital Minimalist.” She cites authenticity, respect, and compassion as her greatest values, dogs as her favorite photography subject, and desserts as her weakness.

Why I Vote

You’ve seen it all over social media, even from unlikely sources - the midterms are coming. Midterm elections usually don’t get this much attention, but after the 2016 presidential election, a lot of passive voters or people who previously didn’t pay much attention to politics woke up. The 2018 midterm elections are crucial for many House, Senate and Governor races and there is a potential for Democrats to take back the House, therefore adding a little balance (in my opinion) to a heavily Republican Washington D.C.

This is why I vote.

What To Watch: Spooky Fall Vibes

Fall is not my favorite season for a few reasons, but especially because the weather starts to turn cold. However, I love how cold weather allows us to cuddle up inside and watch movies, instead of going out into the world to be functioning adults. When it comes to fall, my favorite part is Halloween and how everyone gets very into death/creepy stuff/paranormal activity. That stuff is my shit year-round.

Shonda Taught Me How To Say "Yes"

Recently, I read a book that inspired me to get out of my comfort zone more. Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes,” struck a chord with me immediately. I related to how Shonda characterizes herself - an introvert who prefers to stay in her comfort zone. Through her year of yes, Shonda learned to let go and live her life to the fullest, instead of retreating back into her shell.