We celebrate the gifts that are our families and friends far too infrequently. There’s a specific day set in calendars for couples, and Leslie Knope coined the perfection that is Galentine’s Day (February 13), but even still, while it’s progressive and amazing, it’s just not enough. If a TV show or film doesn’t have a solid, incredible friendship or some sort of platonic relationship, I can’t get into it. As someone who’s so inspired by the people in her life, it’s the one thing I look for in the media I consume. It’s the one thing that keeps me engaged and invested. It’s the one thing that results in excellent character development. And this year especially, I’m happy to report there were too many gorgeous relationships to choose from. I’d rather have too much than not enough to even fill this category, which is always a bummer. We are not created to be alone as human beings, it’s the relationships we form throughout our lives that effortlessly shape us into the people we become and when we’re surrounded by people who believe in us, there’s nothing we can’t do.
1. The Rose Family
When I first started Schitt’s Creek, I could have never imagined how much I’d adore this family and how far they’d come. The Roses are exceptional because they’re absolute weirdos in the most normal way in this ridiculous town, but they stand out because of the love that’s come into their hearts throughout their stay in Schitt’s Creek. This doesn’t just include the immediate Rose family, but Stevie, Ted, and Patrick, too. The family that once only wanted towels and a car out of this town have extended their hearts to the people around them, welcoming them with open arms and a promise to never abandon them. It’s Moira’s belief in Stevie as an unofficial second daughter. It’s the family’s undying love for Patrick and Ted. And it’s Alexis realizing just how much she’s grown to love spending time with them. The series wouldn’t be as brilliant if it weren’t for the family growing to appreciate one another without ever changing their outlandish dynamic and calling one another out on their craps.
Out of all the articles that release for our end of the year celebration, discussing my favorite characters is somehow the one that always brings on the tears. A well written character whose arc guides the story is the reason I love television so much. The opportunity to see these people live and love and bend and break all while being incredibly human and learning through their journey never fails to be inspiring. It’s a celebration of humanity that allows us to see ourselves, as viewers in a whole new light.
1. Charlotte Heywood
Charlotte Heywood, in this version of Jane Austen’s Sanditon, might just be my favorite regency heroine, for there’s so much to say about her innate goodness and strong resourcefulness. Charlotte Heywood is the leading example of “having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness”, but perhaps the most captivating part of Charlotte’s tenderness is that it’s woven intricately with the will to stand up for what she believes in. She’s anything but quiet and observant – she’s hardheaded, too, but her choices come from pure intent and unbelievable altruism. Charlotte’s the type of person who’d choose someone else’s happiness above her own time and time again out of the sheer belief that it’s what’s right, it’s how it should be. It’s why she can never marry for fortune because the belief that she’d be prisoning herself and thus, her partner is something she can’t live with. And it’s that very heart that makes it so easy to fall in love with her — just ask Sidney Parker. Charlotte could turn even the most jaded of souls who’ve been tainted by life’s heartbreaks into a softened man who’d do anything to ensure he remains on her good graces. Charlotte’s openness towards Georgiana, and the genuine desire to make sure she knows she’s loved speaks so highly on behalf of the person she’s aiming to be. A woman who will do everything she can to make the small world she is a part of a little brighter. She isn’t afraid to speak up and she isn’t afraid to apologize. She is willing to learn and grow. Some people are born with a lot of goodness in their bones, some learn to choose it, Charlotte is both, for learning who she is and who she wants to be is something that I hope we’ll get to see more of when Sanditon is renewed for a second series.
When you first started watching Netflix’s Stranger Things, did you ever think we’d be here today? I surely didn’t, but man oh man, am I thankful. At some point in my life after October 27, 2018, I found myself ridiculously inspired by Steve Harrington’s not so thought through fashion. At some point, I then evolved it further into what I like to call, the Babysitter Series, if Steve Harrington was a girl. It makes all the sense, ssh.
So yes, I’ve put together some outfits that I most certainly feel would be approved by Babysitter/Mom of the year Steve Harrington.
Jeans: Levi’s 501 Skinny
Crop Top: Forever 21 Ribbed Stripe-Trim Cami
Glasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer (A must have, timeless classic style from the 80’s.)
Shoes: Madewell “Alice Sandal” in Siberian Red
Bag: Kate Spade
Watch: Michael Kors
Eye Shadow: Colour Pop’s “Cute AF” Palette
Lips: NYX “Morocco” and Milani “Best Red”
Shirt: Babysitter Steve Shirt (This is by the Original Artist, so if you’re buying any, make sure it’s this one! All others copied this original, incredible work, and that’s not cool.)
Jeans: Madewell “Perfect Summer Jean”
Striped: Madewell “Whisper Cotton Crew Neck” (Similar)
Yellow: Madewell “Ringer Tee in Stripe” (Exact)
Tank Top: Target “Embroidered Graphic Tank Top“
Shoes: Madewell “Alice Sandal” True Black
Jacket: Madewell Fleet Jacket
That’s all for now folks, it’s so simple to dress as cute and casual as Steve Harrington. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more similar posts. And stay tuned because a super fun, Steve Harrington inspired giveaway is coming your way. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for when we announce it.
Sometimes, a show is so good, you need to give it its own category because it’s impossible and unfair to choose from the masterpiece that’s been presented to us. Stranger Things season two took the series to new heights with the most impeccable, unbeatable character development I’ve seen in recent years. It’s brought friendships to life in an organic, pure display of what it’s truly like to be love people beyond our wildest imaginations. It’s brought to life destruction and evil with the harrowing reminder that it isn’t easy to defeat, but through love and persistence, it will be. And dare I say, Stranger Things is the best thing I’ve seen on TV (or computer screen). In my personal book, it’s the Star Wars of television – legendary. It’s now raining on my face so I’ll try my absolute hardest to talk about this ridiculous, exquisite little show without drowning in the puddle my tears form.