Fact: Carly Rae Jepsen Has The Summer Album Of 2015

Favourite Tracks:
Runaway With Me
Gimme Love
All That 
Your Type
L.A. Hallucinations
When I Needed You 
Favourite Colour
(Basically listen to the whole thing)

I don't know what is happening but there is a serious drought of pop albums this year. Rihanna released a single in January and then 2 and a half more songs after that but an album never materialized. Hilary Duff released one but apparently pop fans are not loyal or nostalgic (waste). I can only listen to Taylor Swift's 1989 so much guys.

When I heard Carly Rae Jepsen's album Emotion I was no longer thirsty. Do not be fooled by the lead single I Really Like You which is a very obvious attempt at Call Me Maybe 2.0 (except I think it's unique in trying to articulate the in-between feeling between like and love which I guess is by saying the word 'really' six times but I digress). Emotion is not just another pop album. Carly Rae Jepsen co-wrote all the songs (she collaborated with the likes of Dev Hynes, Sia, Vampire Weekend's Rostman Batmanglij) and took three years to create the album (a rarity in pop music) and the work shows. It's cohesive, danceable, and not trite. This is quality pop music y'all.

I'm not the only who thinks this. 

Rome Diary Day 2

Missed Day 1? Check it out here!

The second day in Rome was really our first full day in Rome. We were rested - sort of - and ready to walk 40 000 steps. No more of this 20 000 pussy steps like the first day. Let's get to exploring.

Bless this angel for having freaky good sense of direction. Let's join Amazing Race Canada

Vatican City

We decided to go to the Vatican first. The Vatican is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and considered to be a holy place - if not the holiest. A city within Rome (like Quebec but if it made sense). Papa Francisco lives there. Some of the most beautiful, historic, and oldest artwork and architecture in the world can be found here. How am I here?

Disclosure: I'm actually pretty clueless about said artwork and architecture in Rome. I can recognize them but I don't know their significance let alone their name most of the time. So if I refer to something incorrectly, let me know. If I refer to something as 'that thing over there', I'm sorry.

E.g. We arrived at St. Peter's Square and my friend was being particularly sassy that day about being on schedule or something so I decided to sass her back:

Me: Where are we?
Aleks: St. Peter's Square
*5 minutes later*
Me: This is cool and all but don't we need to go to the Vatican?
Aleks: I know you're trying to be sassy, but St. Peter's Square is at the Vatican JR. *death stare*

*looks at that pretty thing in the opposite direction*

Anyway Vatican City is the reason for the word beautiful. If you want to see the world's most beautiful architecture, go here. St. Peter's Square which is a misnomer because it's, in fact, circular. The large collonades surround it and above them are 90 statues of saints. Below them are numerous surveillance cameras. I felt secure. In the square itself there are two fountains and an obelisk right in the centre. Fun fact: Rome has the most obelisks in the world (8) and they were taken from Egyptians.

Directly across from St. Peter's Square is St. Peter's Basilica. We decided not to get in line - I don't really remember why since we lined up anyway afterwards. More on that later.

Fashion Is Not Saving Lives, It Shouldn't Kill People Either: The True Cost Tackles Cheap Clothing

I just watched The True Cost on Netflix and I urge you to do the same. The documentary explores the adverse impact of dirt cheap clothing on the people who make them and the natural resources they are made from.

For us, consumers, fashion is fun. Fashion should be indulgent, but it shouldn't be irresponsible. Fashion can be expensive but The True Cost will make you reconsider buying that cheap thing.

People are dying from how our clothes are made. Garment factories are collapsing and killing the workers in them. They knowingly ignore these problems because pressure to keep costs low from these fashion companies is very high. If they cannot fulfill orders for a certain price, there will be another factory to do so.

At the most emotional part of the documentary, a mother Shima talks about being a garment worker. "There is no limits to the struggle of Bangladeshi workers. People have no idea how difficult it is for us to make the clothing. They only buy it and wear it." She then talks specifically about the collapse of Rana plaza (with a reported 1133 deaths, it's the biggest death toll from an industrial disaster) and starts to tear up. "It's very painful for us. I don't want anyone wearing anything, which is produced by our blood."

The True Cost Shima Mother Interview Firth