8 Reasons Why I Wish I Grew Up In The '80s

8 Reasons Why I Wish I Grew Up In The '80s

And no, I am not just talking about wearing cute, neon scrunchies.

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The 1980s were, like, totally bitchin' and I wish I could have experienced them firsthand. I truly believe I am growing up in the wrong time period, and here's why...

The MUSIC!!!!!

Honestly, this reason alone gives a full explanation of why I wish I was alive then. 1980s music can never be topped (sorry Beyoncé). No other generation of music creates so many emotions within the minds of its listeners. Think about it… There are songs that make you wanna love hard and rip your heart out at the same time, like "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "I Want To Know What Love is." Songs about real sex, not just about large butts, "hitting and quitting," or only pleasuring themselves as demeaning rappers do nowadays. Even the really risqué '80s songs like "Cum On Feel The Noize" or anything by Madonna, were all in a playful manner and encouraged pleasure for both partners. Also, songs that just make you feel good about life, such as the classic "Don't Stop Believing" or "Jump." And of course, the best tunes for aging girls to dance around their bedrooms to like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".

It's no wonder why my dad lost his hearing in the '80s from blasting songs like "Here I Go Again" and "Livin' On a Prayer" in his 1975 F150 Pickup with subwoofers. The music was to die for and allowed young people to express themselves in so many ways. It is loud and raw, just asking you to headbang and sing as loud as possible. Nothing will ever beat listening to '80s music.

Big shoulders

Clothes, especially jackets, blazers and coats, were amped up with extra shoulder padding. I personally have , shoulders already, so I feel as though I would rock the "big shoulder" look. Also, if you add a belt or something to cinch up your waist, the look really helps to define a woman's curvy body. Plus, how cool is it that a power suit was the look, which is both sexy and empowering.

Big hair

Teasing and perms were the way to go, in order to rock the "big hair" look. For girls with naturally curly and voluminous locks, this was an easy hairstyle to pull off. My hair has both these attributes, so I am just waiting for this trend to resurface. Big hair is also extra and being extra makes life so much more exciting. I'm sure girls bathrooms from the '80s still hold the hairspray smell from when girls would spend loads of time teasing and spraying their hair in order for it to hold the large shape of the time period.

'80s movies

Really though, how many iconic movies came out of the '80s?? Name all the classics and I guarantee most of them are from the '80s or set in the '80s. I truly feel as though I relate to these movies so much, I think my personality and thoughts are straight out of an '80s movie. As well as we have all wished at some point that we were Baby from "Dirty Dancing" or Ariel Moore from "Footloose." Each film shows heartache and struggle and then finishes with a happy ending, allowing us to come full circle at the end. '80s movies are the best!!

The slang

Just to name a few: gag me with a spoon, gnarly, eat my shorts, radical, and take a chill pill. Wouldn't it be, like, totally righteous if it was socially acceptable to use all these sayings now???

No social media

Not having to worry about your next Twitter post, people bragging on Facebook, or how many likes your latest Instagram picture got. Yes, that sounds so nice. People got to communicate on landlines and could angrily hang up the phone to release anger, instead of just ghosting someone on Snapchat, which just leaves you both unsatisfied. I , grow up in a world with more face to face interactions and less social media.

Role models like Princess Diana

Every year my mom still hangs her Princess Diana ornament on the Christmas tree that she got in the '80s and I never understood why or who she was until I got older. A billion people tuned in to see Prince Charles and Lady Diana get married. She was a fashion icon and for good reason, too. Diana learned what looked good on her and didn't always abide by seasonal changes. There are still Instagram pages dedicated to her, that shows the impact she had to young women.

Workout clothing

Legwarmers and spandex are what comes to mind when I think about '80s fashion. I think I would totally be more apt to go to the gym if I could wear these adorable and extremely extra outfits without getting strange looks. I remember playing with Barbies dressed in the cute blue and pink workout outfit and wish I owned one for myself. Everything is more fun when you have the perfect outfit on. Think how much more glamorous sweating during your cardio routines would be while wearing a cute neon-colored outfit.

Basically, a time period where everything made a statement, is where I belong. I say we bring back these trends and see where it takes our society, but for now, I am just going to go watch "Sixteen Candles" on repeat.

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6 Reasons You Should Binge Watch Haunted on Netflix

Don't have a chilling show to watch? Head over to Netflix and binge on Haunted

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Netflix released their show "Haunted" for the spooky season. The show tells the story of real individuals who have endured terrifying experiences with the supernatural. Each episode, an individual sits down with friends and family to retell their stories. During the retelling of the experiences, there is dramatizing of the events that give a horror movie vibe. The first season only has 6 episodes but leaves you wanting more chilling stories. You should go check out this show.

1. It's a spooky show

"Haunted" makes you want to curl up with warm blankets and freak out with any little noise you hear in your surrounding.

2. Short episodes

The episodes are short enough where you do not get bored with the plot nor the characters.

3. Every episode leaves you with some sort of cliffhanger

Whether the ending is a ghost grabbing a toy for a peace offering or leaving you to think aliens do scientific studies on humans.

4. You can binge watch it in a sitting

Every episode is roughly around 20 minutes, so two episodes in an hour. If you do not have anything going on for the day then completing the first season is no biggie.

5. No lingering spooks

Although the show is definitely spooky and does give you chills, you also don't finish the show being mentally spooked out. "Haunted" is more of a gateway show too much more terrifying shows or movies.

6. Believable spooks

You will believe in ghosts after this show because it is based on a true story! Okay, some episodes may seem really phony, but I blame the acting in the dramatization. It is the fact that the stories are based on true life that makes you question every noise you hear and every shadow.

There you go, six reasons to go onto your Netflix account and start watching "Haunted" before October ends!

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5 Lifesaving Black Friday Tips From An Overworked Retail Worker

Get the inside scoop on getting the best deal, with the least stress.

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Whether you love it or hate it, Black Friday is one of the most hectic and overwhelming shopping days of the year. Before I worked as a sales associate at Pacsun, I would walk into a store like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to find a deal. After working Black Friday and gaining some inside knowledge, I now know how to find the best deals with the least stress.

Check out these life-saving tips below:

1. Don't stick to clothes for your gender.

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While working at PacSun on Black Friday, I would stand at the front of the store and tell everyone the deals as they were walking in. Both women and men had sales going on for flannels, and the guy's deal was significantly better. A lot of the girls coming in would look over at the guy's flannels with the better deal and say, "dang it, I wish the girls' flannels were that cheap."

GIRL.

Go get yourself a super cute oversized flannel for a better price. There were also times when the girls' side had a better deal on hats, but guys wouldn't venture over to check it out. You are missing so many awesome deals by keeping your mind closed about what you can wear. Go explore a little bit. You'll probably find stuff that you like for a better price.

2. Come in with a game plan.

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Before you go shopping on Black Friday, come up with a plan of what your shopping is going to look like. If you go in knowing where you are going and what you want to get, it will be so much less stressful. You can find where everything is ahead of time so that you won't be wandering through the store or scrambling to find an employee to help you.

3. Already know your sizes.

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Once you create your game plan, and you know where you are going and what you are going to get, make sure that you know your sizes. If you are buying clothes for you, go in and try them on two days before Black Friday. Then you won't have to wait in a crazy long line to try on clothes and have your friends running to grab other sizes for you.

If you are buying clothes for your family, ask everyone the day before for their sizes and write them in your phone. Then you won't have to text your family and ask them for their sizes while you are waiting in the store. If you already know the sizes you need, you can save so much time and stress by being able to grab them and go.

4. Be nice to the employees.

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Retail employees that are working Black Friday probably are on a very long shift and have been treated poorly all day. If you are nice to the retail workers and treat them like human beings, when you ask questions, they will be so much more willing and excited to help you. Every employee knows where everything is, and what all of the deals in the store are. If you are nice to them, the odds of you getting the inside scoop are a lot more likely.

5. Don't shop on Black Friday.

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Black Friday is pretty fun and there are quite a few good deals, but if you wait a little bit, you could save even more money. After Black Friday, stores often are trying to get rid of clothes before Christmas, because after Christmas, a new shipment of clothes for the new year will be coming in.

So if you wait a few weeks after Black Friday is over, the deals are often even better. In 2017 I went to LOFT to find a skirt before Christmas. The entire store was on sale, and I got a brand new pencil skirt from LOFT for $4. So the next time you are rushing to the store the day after Thanksgiving, maybe decorate for Christmas instead and get a better deal in a couple weeks.

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