7 Youtubers You should be watching

Hi Gang!

 I know I haven't been uploading on Youtube lately, but that defintely doesn't mean I haven't been using it. I'm currently working on unveiling my new videos but until then, I thought I would talk about some of my favorite channels. I have quite a few subscriptions going on right now, but here are seven that I am always tuning in for. 

Catguts: A death positive mortician with an adorable sense of fashion and love of Studio Ghibli. Her editing is beautiful and she blogs about her life in decently sized video timelines, because she likes to disappear from time to time. Expect artsy shots, amazing places, and an adorably sarcastic ginger. 

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EmmmaBooks: A Loud and Proud booktuber, you can count on emma for bright and unique thoughts on all the most fascinating YA reads. I thoroughly enjoy her talks with Michael The Book Lion and her educational, Booktube 101 series. Her videos are fun and informative. She's also a Shadowhunter fan if you're into that. 

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Clothesencounters: What was once a personal style vlog by Jenn and Sarah, has evolved into a lifestyle channel that makes you wish for the finer things. You follow Jenn, her fiance Ben and their dog Cheekie, on adventures all over the LA area and more. I love how sweet and funny she is, and that despite everything she has going on, there's always room for a good book. She has just released her Clothing Line Eggie, and I absolutely love her style. 

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Tashaleelyn: A D.I.Y. DYE princess. Her channel began with wild colored hair and how to dye it yourself to a happy lifestyle channel. She loves her colors, and her channel covers fashion, how to adult and hairstyles.  Her videos are bright and fun. 

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Frannerd: An chilean illustrator making a killing in Hastings, her videos are adorable and fresh. She sits down and chats with you about almost anything, but a decent amount of her videos are about becoming an illustrator and the do's and don'ts. She not only gives art advice but how to create terms and conditions, contracts and lack of motivation. Her voice is super calming, sometimes I just turn on a video playlist of her and work on Nerdette At Large. She should narrate a children's book. 

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HeyClaire: A Makeup Artist turned youtuber, Claire talks about Makeup fashion and her life. Her editing skills are bomb and I find her videos so enjoyable that I sometimes watch them more than once. She talks about her trials, tribulations and how she's going to figure out her next steps. She's also super vocal about her tattoos which I love.  

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HeyAshleyTea: A Non Nude Cam Model and artist, her youtube is all about a healthy lifestyle, and getting to know her. Her editing skills are decent and her videos are very enjoyable. She also clears up any misconceptions you may have about cam models and sex work online, She's very informative. 

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Novels #9: To Be Read Week one

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 I've been wanting to do one of these for a while now. I've been reading up a storm lately, and even though I don't read critically, I still have a few things to say about the novels that I finish. I'm worried that it isn't enough for an entire post per book, so I thought I would wrap them all up into one. So once a week, I'll write about the books that I'm reading and then I will post the review on Goodreads, and on my Instagram. 

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 I've been trying to keep Instagram as blog centered as possible but it isn't really fun anymore, so I will be turning it into a bookish one! I'll be posting about games, comics and the novels that I've been reading, and hopefully, I'll have a lot more fun with it. I've been battling with the idea of getting rid of it because I wasn't enjoying updating it, so this is my last ditch effort to repurpose it. You can find it as @nevermorereads! I hope you enjoy the new direction in content!

  Here's what I'm currently reading. 

 - Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase: Carolyn Keene

 - Nancy Drew Files #11: Heart of Danger: Carolyn Keene

 - The Great Mouse Detective: Basil and the Cave of the Pygmy Cats: Eve Titus

 - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #1: Cocaine Blues: Kerry Greenwood

 - Nevernight: Jay Kristoff

 What are you guys reading? Let's Fangirl about it on Twitter, Goodreads or Instagram!

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A Solar Eclipse Adventure, Kind Of.

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 I was so excited about the Solar Eclipse in the middle of August. We had so many plans, but the best laid plains sometimes fail. We had this idea of packing a picnic and traveling into the path of totality and vlogging/photographing the adventure. What had happened was... It can be broken down into three different things. One, in order to travel to the path of totality was a 5 hour drive. That's 5 hours for about 2 minutes of darkness. Two, it was happening at 2:28p.m. in the afternoon, which means an even earlier start for the drive. Third, We realized we could literally just walk outside our house and look up, and so that's exactly what I did. 

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 We literally snuggled into the bed and talked about how cool it would be and then we got out of the bed and went into the backyard to oggle at the sight. Not only were we able to see the eclipse, but we could also see the trail of some type of machine following the eclipse.

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 Did you do anything for the eclipse? I hope you didn't buy any funky plants! Let's talk about it on Twitter and connect on Instagram!

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Ink Adventures #3: Birthdays In Space.

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  Time really got away from me in July and August! I even forgot to tell you guys about my birthday! I had an itch for a new tattoo almost as soon as I left the studio when I got my quote and raven. I was honestly pretty proud of my self control because I got those done the day before Easter, and I waited all the way until the 22nd of July to get my latest one. 

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 I had been batting between these two ideas for my love of Star Trek. I was really stuck between getting Pon Farr in really pretty script on the back of my thighs, and then it turned into Vulcan Calligraphy, and then it couldn't be horizontal it had to be vertical, and then in the end I decided on the insignia and my favorite planets. 

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 My Favorite Planets are Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn. So I definitely wanted that to be represented in my tattoo. It was also the first time I wanted to add some serious color. So I had Saturn's rings colored in, and Uranus. Jupiter has lines for the gas clouds and I couldn't be happier. It also makes me feel mentally better, because now my tattoos are semi even, and not so right heavy.

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 Even though I added color, It was still the fastest tattoo. I don't even think I was there a half an hour! It's September now, so I don't feel bad about already outlining the next one. It's based on a book series I'll reveal it a little later when it's closer to being finished. I'm so excited to add another piece of my fandom to my skin.

 Do you guys have tattoos? Do you want some? Let's Chat about it on Twitter!  

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Adventures with Spokhette #23: Madame Toussand San Francisco

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 Alas, it has come. The final post in my California Vacation Series. Never Fear! Clearing out all the California drafts are only going to make more room for more awesome content for you! 

 One of the big touristy things we did while in California was visit Madame Toussand's Wax Museum. We ventured through the entire thing, and I did twice, because I left behind my lens cap and of course it was no where to be found. We took pictures with almost every wax figure. It was a pretty cool experience.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

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 My favorite wax figurines were Bruce lee, Jackie Chan and Alfred Hitchcock! I took pictures of every single figurine and of course there were my sister and my mother's favorites, so we spent almost two hours just checking out and photographing the museum. There was even an entire section on how they created their wax figurines, how many reference photos they took and the like. It was a pretty neat experience, it was the first time seeing wax figurines in public. 

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 Have you ever been to a wax museum? Who were some of your favorite figurines?

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Series #31: The Bold Type Season 1

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 You all know how I feel about television. That sometimes I really love it but it could always be improved upon. There could be real inclusivity, there could be fewer tropes, there could be more sexual freedom and so forth and so on. Not every show can be perfect, but if there ever was one, The Bold Type would be in the running. 

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 Taking Pretty Little Liar's place in the Tuesday lineup after their series finale. I'm still hung up on it which is why you haven't gotten a post about it yet, but it's in the works I promise. Is the Bold Type, following three professional women working for a magazine named Scarlet as it begins to become a more powerful and feminist voice on the newspaper stands. 

 Meet Kat, Jane, and Sutton as they navigate their positions, and learn about themselves along the way. Kat, who has always had commitment issues and thought of herself as straight, finds that sometimes you just need the right person to make you explore just beyond what you are spoon fed. In charge of the magazine's social media, she is a force to be reckoned with and representation for any female content creator who has dealt with a less than friendly internet troll. 

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 Jane, a writer, yearns to break the magazine of its fashion and lackluster political climate by writing incredible think pieces and feminist viewed interviews. I was incredibly moved by her interview with the Finance agent turned stripper and the eye-opening consequences of not quite getting it. 

 Sutton, an assistant, dreams of being able to do fashion, even though she has absolutely no experience, after hard work and dedication she begins a new position with Oliver, head of the fashion department and I absolutely admire her determination to fight for what she wants. 

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There are three things that I really took away from this series, things that really resonated with me.

One: As a female content creator, the first thing we have to deal with is the rude way people comment. Trolls in particular and some of them are down right vicious, leaking out personal information and pictures in order to either illicit a response or to say they won. When Kat deals with this in "The Women Behind the Clothes" my sense of relief that they actually did this, and they actually got it right. It really was something we needed, especially after the Make Mine Milkshakes Debacle. 

Two: These women are strong, they know what they want, but not necessarily how to get it. They struggle, they're just like us, and some of them actually look like us, and it actually takes into the writing consideration for situations their viewers might actually be living at the present moment. Adina the feminist photographer, suffers a racial verbal assault, and then later is affected by the repeal of DACA, and her visa not being renewed. She is thus sent to Peru, a place she does NOT call home. Dreamers will be going through this if Congress doesn't get their lives together before March 5th, Please contact your congressman and tell them what's what. 

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Three: The tender care in which they handled victims of sexual assault. Everyone deals with the after effects differently. Some are able to shoulder the burden and some aren't. As a rape victim, I wish I had something like Mia, a community or a group for comfort. When everything around you is telling you it's your fault, it can be absolutely devastating. Rape in television is very rarely resolved properly, and most often used as a plot device, The Bold Type defied this and did it so very well. I actually cried during the finale. It was perfect, they are precious and I need this show to have a second season.

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