Pop Culture of the Year

So… Vlogmas… hahaha. It was a good idea while it lasted, but I think my time was ultimately devoted to final projects, papers, and painting my nails (they look gooood). Since the end of the year is nearing, I thought I would give a sneak preview to some of my favorite pop culture moments of the year. You’ll also find some of the movies I enjoyed most throughout the year (doesn’t necessarily mean I think they’re award-worthy, but that I simply enjoyed them). What you won’t find is music. I’m absolutely terrible at staying up to date on new music, so I thought it was best to leave out that category. I  unabashedly adore pop culture (probably more than a normal human should be), so I’m not afraid to share the following things below.

Let me know  your thoughts  and what tops your pop culture of the year list!


When you have a boyfriend who works in the film industry, you’re bound to see a large variety of films in any given year. These are some of the films that I thoroughly enjoyed this year and can’t wait to see again. I would like to give a short disclaimer that I don’t necessarily believe that they are award-worthy… but I really liked them. If you haven’t heard of some of the movies, check out their trailers below!

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire // Spring Breakers // Short Term 12

Frances Ha // Blue Jasmine // About Time

When I Walk // Stoker // Blackfish


I’m not the best at staying current with new book releases, so these are some of the books that I’ve read from the past year (not necessarily released this year) and want to read in the near future (possibly over winter break? We’ll see…). I’m always looking for book suggestions, so leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading!

Books I Have Read:

Gone Girl // Take the Cannoli // Love Poems

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat // Whip Smart // Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Books I Want to Read:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts… // The Cuckoo’s Calling // Furious Love

Lean In // Divergent // Attention Must Be Paid…


I’m an absolute TV junkie. I watch some of the best shows on air… and also some of the worst. Below are just some of the shows that I think deserve some attention this year. I tried to keep it pretty varied (basic cable, cable, premium, Netflix), so hopefully there’s a little something for everyone on this list!

Under the Dome // Homeland // Pretty Little Liars

How I Met Your Mother // Orange is the New Black // House of Cards


I can’t have a pop culture list and not include a few celebrity happenings. And plus, doesn’t everyone need that one friend who cares wayyyy too much about people who they don’t even know? Thought so.

Ashton & Mila attend a wedding // Miley and Liam break up

…and she’s just being Miley, right?

Birth of Prince George // Birth of North West

I realize I might get some s*** for posting these two photos next to each other, but they’re the two biggest celebrity births that I can think of this year… so… deal with it 🙂


Since I’m entering the performing arts field as a profession, it makes sense that this section of my list would be loaded to the brim! It was hard to narrow it down to just a few, but I hope you enjoy my list (sorry that most of these are in NYC… but that’s where I am!).

Banksy in NYC // Rain Room // James Turrell

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 // Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Here Lies Love // Betrayal

Maria Bamford // Small Engine Repair

The Ryan Case 1873 // Fuerza Bruta

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And there you have it: a glimpse at just some of my favorite pop culture of the year. What made it onto your pop culture of the year list?