Saturday Six: My Favorite ’90s Movies

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Something about summer always makes me feel nostalgic. I’m not sure if it’s because my birthday is in the summer, or if it just evokes memories of summer vacation and those long, carefree days (why don’t adults get summers off? 😉 ).

I always get the urge to revisit some of my favorite movies during the summer, so I thought I’d run through a list of some of my favorite ’90s movies. I love ’80s movies, but there’s just something a ’90s teen drama. They’re the best!

I tried to keep horror/Halloween movies out of the list (otherwise Hocus Pocus would be at the top!). That’s a whole other blog post.

Grab a flannel, a Squeezit, and a VCR, and let’s get to it!

clueless
The OG. Clueless is not only one of my favorite ’90s movies, but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Young Paul Rudd… what’s not to like? I saw this one in theaters and have watched it countless times since. Don’t like it? Whatever.

 

Hackers movie
I had the idea for this post because I felt like watching Hackers. I’d watch this movie every month if I could, but I’m pretty sure my husband is sick of it. (How could he be?) HACK THE PLANET!

 

Empire Records movie
Well Sinead O’Rebellion… shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior. Empire Records is another one that I could honestly watch every month. Great cast, fantastic soundtrack, and plenty of teen angst. Damn the man – save the empire!

 

Trainspotting movie
Trainspotting was the first Ewan McGregor movie I ever saw. Since it started a lifelong obsession with the man, it had to have a place in this list. Also, it’s fantastic (not to mention another great soundtrack). I still get excited whenever Spud shows up in another movie. Another one of my all-time faves.

 

Dazed and Confused movie
No ode to ’90s teen movies is complete without Dazed and Confused on the list. Perfect for summer. Another stellar cast and soundtrack (the ’90s were crushing it in this department). It’s been a minute, so I think this one is due for a rewatch soon. (I don’t need to quote the line here; you all know it.)

 

Jawbreaker movie
Let’s visit the dark side of teen drama with Jawbreaker. The original Mean Girls, Jawbreaker warns against obsessing over popularity and losing yourself to make others like you. That’s probably a little too moralistic for the tone of this movie, but for some reason, it’s remained one of my favorites. I’ll also never eat a jawbreaker.

 

Honorable mentions:

Can't Hardly Wait
I remember my mom taking me to see this one. I’m sorry I repaid you by throwing a party a few years later :(.
Spice World movie
Is Spice World actually a good movie? No. Do I still love it? Hell yes. With cameos by Alan Cumming, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Meat Loaf, and aliens, it’s definitely worth a mention.

Tell me: What are your favorite ’90s movies? Or, what decade makes you feel the most nostalgic?

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This is 32

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32: no makeup, just me

I turned 32 on Friday.

It’s cliche, but I don’t feel 32, at all. In my mind, I still feel like I’m in my early 20s, if not younger. I’ve grown and changed over the years, sure, but I still have a lot of the same doubts and worries I struggled with at 16.

I’m at the age where I need to start thinking about wrinkle prevention, but I’m still struggling with acne. I constantly buy new products to try but am stubborn about going to the dermatologist. I hate making any type of doctor’s appointment–or talking on the phone in general. Online scheduling only, please. Same goes for pizza delivery.

I try to eat well, but I overdo it sometimes. My eyes are bigger than my stomach. I haven’t figured out portion control. I don’t binge like I used to, but I still have times where I eat based on emotions rather than hunger. I can’t keep ice cream in the freezer. I also still have nights where I drink too much. I wake up swearing that I will never drink again, but inevitably, one beer will turn into three. (Granted, it doesn’t take much.)

I’m probably more comfortable with myself than I’ve ever been–it really is true that the older you get, the less you care what people think of you. That doesn’t mean I don’t care. I still get insecure–in my work, in my relationship, in my friendships. If I hear someone whispering, I always think they are talking about me. There are times when I feel confident and other times when I feel like everyone is judging me. If I’m out by myself, I’m always on high alert (SSDGM). That’s just being cautious, though.

I haven’t figured out my personal style. I guess that’s not true–I haven’t figured out a professional style. I rush out the door like a hot mess most mornings. My closet is an entire bedroom, but there are still days with nothing to wear. I’ll change shirts five times and pants another three, before settling on the same jeans and a t-shirt (my uniform of choice). I don’t know how to look “put together.” I’ll sometimes take fashion risks, but half the time I’ll talk myself out of it before I leave the house (see above).

I haven’t grown out of my teenage moodiness. I have a temper, and the most inane things will set me off. I take things personally, even when I know it’s not personal. I’m not great in emotional situations. I don’t visit my family enough. I have a lot of guilt, but I don’t take a lot of action.

To some, 32 is young, and to others, it’s old. My point is, I haven’t got it figured out. Most days I feel like I’m stumbling through adulthood, trying to figure out who let me live unsupervised. I don’t know what I’m doing. Neither does anyone. When we’re younger, we look at adulthood like some magical solution. One day, our problems will be solved. We’ll have all the answers. It’s just “adolescence.” Then you get older, and you’re still waiting for that day. The timeline shifts. Your problems evolve and change, but they’re still there.

We’re imperfect. It’s part of the beauty of it all. All I can do is try to be better each day. Recognize my faults but also my strengths. Be grateful for what I have and for each opportunity to try again. There’s bad days, sure–but there’s a lot of joy, too.

This is 32.

Saturday Six: Birthday Edition

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

In the spirit of my birthday weekend, this week’s Saturday Six is dedicated to the best thing a birthday has to offer: CAKE!

I originally wanted to do a cupcake-themed item round-up, but I had a surprisingly hard time finding enough items to share. If you find some cupcake things you love, send them my way!

Now let’s talk about cake!

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This Ultimate Funfetti Layer Cake by Beth Cakes looks insanely delicious! Someone make me a vegan version, please!?

 

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This vegan-friendly Oreo Brownie Bottom Funfetti Cake by Contentedness Cooking combines all my favorite flavors into one tasty-looking cake!

 

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Are you guys sensing a theme here? This Funfetti and Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake by Your Homebased Mom offers the best of both worlds (and would be easy enough to veganize!).

 

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OK, I guess I can switch it up briefly, but only for this BTS Cookie Dough Poke Cake by Something Swanky. Want to make it vegan? Try this recipe for vegan sweetened condensed milk.

 

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Sweetapolita’s cakes are gorgeous, and this Birthday Party Ice Cream Cake is no exception! Plus, a whole section of her sprinkles shop is devoted to vegan sprinkles!

 

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I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate! This Vegan Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Frosting by Fragrant Vanilla Cake looks so good and is sweetened with dates!

 

Tell me: What’s your favorite cake flavor? Do you like cake on your birthday or a different type of dessert?