Jona Hildreth’s All-American Summer

Jona Hildreth’s All-American Summer

Written by our friend, and proud American, Jona Hildreth, whose summer was heavily affected by the U.S-Canada border closure.

With this extra time in quarantine, he decided to try and become the next Joe Rogan, creating a podcast entitled Joking with Jona. We had the privilege of being on a brand-new episode of the podcast entitled Episode 13: Ft Mira Hallock and Natalie Brown. For some extra fun, while listening to the episode, drink every time either of us says “like” or “um.” It’s truly a big character flaw of ours, we get it. We’re working on it.

Without further ado, here is Jona– uncensored and as patriotic as ever.

Coming home in March after my hockey season concluded, I had high hopes and big plans for this summer. Naturally, they included coming over to Canada to visit all my friends, whether we were hanging out in St. Catharines, taking a trip to London, or making a quick stop to party in Guelph. 

However, every plan I had came crashing down on me when this global pandemic hit. Being from America, I found myself constantly watching the news in hopes of everything calming down so the border would reopen. The two-sided media we have here made it almost impossible to gauge what was actually going on. I would click one channel and they would make it seem as though if you stepped outside you were going to die, and the next channel didn’t even seem to care that the world was in the middle of a pandemic. After a couple of weeks of this, I kept my hopes up but realized that I probably wouldn’t make it over the border to visit most of my friends this summer.

I knew eventually that I had to get through this summer in other ways, and much like the progression of society becoming normal again, my summer can be described in the following three phases:

When the pandemic hit, I entered the first phase of summer, which was staying home all day, every day, quarantining. This was the time when I, along with many others, watched shows, read, did house chores, or played board games. Of these shows, I was most intrigued by “Tiger King” and “Outer Banks”. Although watching “Tiger King” made my eyes bleed, it was so unorthodox I couldn’t look away. And Carole Baskin most definitely killed her husband. That’s not even up for debate.

I then moved on to “Outer Banks” in which I went through every human emotion possible. However, I could not look past the question of why these kids don’t have phones. The whole time I was screaming that they should whip out their phones and record some of this so there is some proof.

Finally, this phase also included a lot of FaceTiming friends to stay in touch. Unpopular opinion: HouseParty is better than Zoom. I know it can’t have as many people but it is way easier and better quality in my opinion. 

This was when I could no longer just sit in my house reading and watching TV all day, so I moved on to outdoor activities such as walking my dog, playing hockey in my driveway, or I would even meet up with a friend at a park to chill with him. Not the most thrilling of activities I know, but better than being indoors all day long. 

I started working at a hockey clinic and restaurants started to open up, so I was able to experience a little bit of what life was like before the pandemic. I was reminded that there is nothing like going into Chipotle only to have someone breathing down your neck as you’re trying to order.

What I did find though is that the masks make it a lot harder to talk and people can’t hear you as well, so I found myself shouting to try and communicate with someone. Isn’t it the best when you are trying to talk to someone and you only pick up half of what they say, or you have to say “What did you say?” every two seconds?

Through all of these phases, one positive that came out of not being able to make it over to Canada this summer was that I started a podcast, called Joking with Jona. I got the idea when I heard the border closure was getting extended for another month, so I wanted something cool to do to stay in touch with my friends. It was originally going to be called Tea Time with Jona, but I felt that gave off the wrong vibe.

Now, I use my podcast as a platform to allow people to talk about themselves and share anything they are passionate about and have learned a lot about people that I never knew before. Additionally, it has been something new and I have enjoyed reconnecting with people whom I haven’t talked to in a while. Side note: If anyone who reads this wants to come on shoot me a text or DM!

To conclude, this summer has no doubt been terrible and barely any fun–especially when you can’t even see a vast majority of your closest friends. If this ever happens again, which it better not, I’d recommend thinking outside of the box. Try to find fun things to pass the time and maybe dive into stuff that you wouldn’t normally try! I definitely miss everything north of the border and all of my friends, but I know that we’ll meet again soon.

This is a message to look forward to the future and be ready for my return, Canada! I’ll be back.

Fall 2020 Fashion Trends You Need in Your Wardrobe

Fall 2020 Fashion Trends You Need in Your Wardrobe

Written by my friend and fashion expert, Zoë-Maud Gagnon-Alic, who would love nothing more in life than to create educational PowerPoints on the many fashion dos and don’ts to be shared with the masses. Or, in this case, this blog’s two dedicated readers. Shoutout to my mom for being one of them.

Since the outdoors are pretty much closed, I have an unlimited amount of time to stalk style blogs and shop online. It’s a terrible hobby since I am also a Broke Bitch, but it is what it is (at least I have a passion?). I’ve done my best to put my research to good use in this summary of Fall 2020 fashion trends.   

I’ll start on a positive note with the trends that I love: 

Favorite color trend – FUCHSIA

Fuchsia is one of those colors that just makes you happy. It’s a richer color than neon pink and can easily be integrated into any day or night outfit.  This color trend is really cool because there’s so much to play around with!  Fuchsia pairs well with any neutral shade, but virtually any color as well.  However, if bright colors aren’t your thing, you can use this pink as an accent piece. You can also commit to it for an impactful look. Below are a few different ways you can style this trend.

Use it as a pop of color with neutral pieces: 

@kimberlyskinny

Go for a tonal pink LEWK: 

@sofie.fevang

Full send it in a bright color-blocked ‘fit:

@sofie.fevang

Favorite recurring trend – PUFFY SLEEVES

Puffy sleeves make you look like THAT bitch, period. Whether your style is girly or edgier, you can easily pull it off. Brands like For Love and Lemons have been integrating this trend in their pieces for a while now, but there are so many other options. Pair a puffy-sleeve t-shirt with jeans, and *boom* you just upgraded your basic jeans-and-t-shirt outfit– kind of like how a pokémon evolves (@nat’s obsession w Pokémon). Alternatively, pair a puffy-sleeve blouse with a mini skirt for a perfect put-together dinner look!  

You can try the trend in different materials, like this denim example:

@weworewhat, http://www.weworewhat.com

Or you can try a not-so-basic floral dress (yes, fall florals are a thing):

@annawinck

And finally, see what I mean about the upgraded t-shirt?

http://www.farfetch.com

Honorable Mention – SUITING

I won’t post photos or elaborate too much on this trend because I think it is prominent enough, but seriously get yourself a suit that goes well with other basic pieces in your wardrobe. There are different kinds of suiting for any style, and you can wear the blazer and trousers either together or separately. For example, oversized suiting is a great way to integrate more “formal” pieces into your everyday style by pairing it with a t-shirt or bra top and sneakers. Unpopular opinion: I’d rather wear trousers than jeans, they’re way more comfortable.

This trend is here to stay, so think about the silhouettes that suit you the best and see if there’s a blazer or trousers that capture your attention!   

Favorite theme-trend – PUNK

Fashion trends have always been informed by music, art and other cultural movements. Trends also have a way of recurring over time. The punk-inspired resurgence that we are starting to see not only relates visually to its historical roots but also contextually, as a style born from youth culture during a time of sociopolitical unrest. Tea. Some essential items from this style that you can mix and match with other elements include leather garments, plaid fabrics, and the corset.  

Quick note about leather: please buy vegan leather alternatives or vintage/thrifted pieces! We’re trying to save the planet here! 

This first look is a black leather jacket paired with straight leg trousers. Seriously, I’m nutting. 

@izzydilg

Or you can stand out in an easy to wear plaid day dress in the ever-trendy midi length (Side note: this black and green plaid make me hate the color combo a little less, thoughts?):

@ganni, http://www.ganni.com

PRO TIP: when buying plaid pieces, look at the seams and make sure the pattern matches up correctly. It will help you stay put together and looking EXPENSIVE! It’s also possible that nobody but me notices this, but that’s ok, we all have quirks.  

Here, Bella Hadid is wearing a reissued Vivienne Westwood corset. The corset is going to be big this Fall in many different styles and colors, but I decided to put it in the punk-inspired trends category. Westwood played a huge role in the punk revolution in fashion in the late 1970s. Her corset was an iconic piece, and her influence in British fashion changed the history of fashion forever.   

@vogue, http://www.vogue.com

Honorable Mention – COOL CUTOUTS 

I wanted to keep this list concise, but I also wanted to quickly mention the cool cutouts because they are probably the easiest Fall 2020 trend to pull off. Cutouts add visual interest to any plain outfit, and effortlessly take your look from simple to minimalist chic.  

If you’re a hoe for a turtleneck like me, try this cut-out open-back top: 

@melissa_thiebaut

See what I mean? This top is easy to wear, but also confuses you a bit:

@weworewhat, http://www.weworewhat.com

An example of tasteful cutouts in a trendy one-shoulder dress:

@becandbridge, https://www.becandbridge.com/

Now comes the fun part– trends to get rid of. Excuse me while I let my inner bitch out.  

LOGO MANIA 

The time to needlessly flex your designer logos has passed. It’s gone. It’s not coming back. If 2020 has given us anything, it has shown us that there are more significant issues in this world than proving to passers-by that you are wealthy. Take that small dick energy and leave it out of your Fall 2020 wardrobe. All jokes aside, the pandemic has had a huge impact on the luxury fashion industry. The culture of wearing logos just to create a certain image in the minds of others is no longer as accepted in the mainstream. That said, luxury fashion is not outdated. Instead of investing your money in a heavily branded piece, consider purchasing a timeless, finely crafted item at the same price point. 

I also want to emphasize that logo mania was a toxic practice that made people feel pressured to conform to a certain idea of style that is not sustainable or reasonable. There are so many interesting and high-quality garments that are WAY smarter buys than a $450 Gucci T-shirt.   

NEON

Biiiiiiiiiitchhhhh neon yellow and green is the bane of my existence. Satan handcrafted these colors in Jojo Siwa’s dreams– don’t @ me. However, neon pink and orange are fine, I guess. The thing with neon yellow and green is that they are fun colors, but they are a challenging trend to pull off.

A direct message to my white counterparts: we need to be careful about colors that wash us out. Yellow and yellow-heavy green can be overpowering on our complexions. If you’re tan, you are better equipped to pull off these colors, but you still need to consider your skin’s undertones before purchasing any attention-grabbing color. I think the neon trend is an excellent example to emphasize that when buying clothes, don’t work against your features or complexion to adopt a particular style that may be popular at the time. In truth, there are always so many trends to pull from, so explore those that enhance your natural beauty!