THE BEST GIRL POWER ANTHEMS

Sometimes you must look in the mirror and remind yourself of how awesome you are.  Sometimes you have to grab a hair brush, aka imaginary microphone, to belt out your favorite girl power anthem while looking in that same mirror.  Girl power anthems are all about self-love, finding courage within yourself, and overall embracing being a boss.  Whether you’re turning up with your friends, getting pumped for a work presentation, or simply need a quick boost of confidence, here is a list of girl power anthems for you.

Scars to Your Beautiful // Alessia Cara

“And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.  No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful”.

We’ve all felt the pressure to fit in.  In this song, Alessia Cara, eloquently encourages you to not fall into the social trappings of wanting to belong.  Self-deprecating behaviors can lead to serious mental health issues.  Scars to Your Beautiful will remind you to love yourself.  We are enough, just as we are.

God is a Woman // Ariana Grande

“And I can be all the things you told me not to be. When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing”.

This song is in your face with heavy sexual innuendos.  It says, I’m in control…and you should know it.  This song can be exactly what you need to own your sexuality.

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Survivor // Destiny’s Child

“I will survive and keep on surviving”.

Are you getting over a breakup?  This song is for you.  Are you recovering from a job loss? This song is for you.  Are you overhauling your wardrobe?  This song is…okay that may be a stretch, but you get what I mean.  This song is all about pushing through the tough times.  Pressure makes diamonds, right?

Girls Run the World // Beyoncé

 “Boy you know you love it.  How we’re smart enough to make these millions.  Strong enough to bear the children.  Then get back to business”.

This is such a fun song.  It is great for karaoke in the car with your vinas.  Beyoncé is all about her business.  And she wants you to be about yours too.  Secure the bag, sis.

Bad Reputation // Joan Jett

“If ya think I’m strange.  I ain’t gonna change”.

They’ll talk about you regardless, so why not just be yourself.  This is a great song to get you pumped up before a workout.  Joan Jett is a musical legend.  Show the world you’re a legend in your own right.

Honorable Mentions

Katy Perry – Firework

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Whitney Houston & Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman

Whew! This list can get lengthy.  But honestly, it will never be long enough.  I’m sure you have a few girl power anthems to add to this list.  Comment and let us know what you would add to the list! And find some new songs through your new besties on Hey! VINA.

TAYLOR SWIFT: THE REPUTATION TOUR EXPERIENCE

I consider myself to be in the top .5% of Taylor’s biggest fans, so it may come as a shock that I’ve never been able to attend one of her shows. Until now. And let me tell you, I’ve never felt more justified in a purchase than I did about this one.

Let me set the stage, pun intended. Sitting about 20 feet from the secondary stage, the stadium is booming with people chatting about Camilla Cabello and Charlie XCX as they just finished their sets, when suddenly the lights go out, and 60,000 people’s wrists light up like sparkling stars in the night sky and the room is filled with a recording of all the reporters who’ve slammed Swift’s name followed by the word “REPUTATION” chanted by Swift herself. Pictures of T flash across the screen, paparazzi invading her personal space, childhood memories, the whole 9 yards. And then, the iconic boom of her hit single “Ready For It?” blasts in between screams. Taylor has arrived.

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Every time this girl drops a new album I never think to myself “there’s no way this one will be better than the last” because I know “this one will be just as iconic as the rest.” But somehow, I’m still blown away in shock like I didn’t see it coming EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I think this one means so much though because it’s like her own personal revolution. She has truly broken the systematic idea of fame and taken back the power. She’s not making apologetic public statements or involving the ever-so-quick-to-judge world in all of her mistakes.

Instead she’s pushing back like anyone else would. The difference is, she has a spotlight and a microscope on top of her at every turn. A lot of public figures seem to succumb to the pressure of what everyone else is telling them is socially acceptable, or what they should look like, or how to keep their image intact and be a role model. They buckle, and bend, and eventually break. But Taylor took all of the insane things that people tried to make a big deal out of and shame her for, and turned them into the ultimate eulogy for her reputation.

So I’m sweating my face off shouting “BIG REPUTATION BIG REPUTATION OOOOO YOU AND ME WE GOT BIG REPUTATIONS AHHHHH” and the set list is epic, obviously. All of the major moments from REP are played, the costumes are iconic, giant mechanical snakes are literally slithering out of the stages, when halfway through the show this gal climbs into a crystal ball of sorts, and flies across the stadium to take up residency on her first secondary stage. This was a moment that was so beautiful between Taylor and a single guitar that echoed throughout a dome of thousands of awestruck humans. This was a really unique experience for me because I’m so used to screaming lyrics at concerts and still not even being able to hear my own voice, but in that moment I could hear distinct voices three rows down as we all sang in harmony to the acoustic rendition of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” and (only true Swifties will know) “Jump Then Fall.”

The old Taylor may have had to hit rock bottom to rise from the ashes, but she is most certainly not dead. Among other OG Swift tributes were “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” “Long Live” and many more. Long Live though, this one was emotional. Swift played it acoustic on piano mashed with “New Years Day” and confessed to fans that this song, would always be about them. Just the involvement, the inclusion, the feeling she gives you of being apart of something. She is the picture of selflessness and what it means to be humble in all that you do.

So, I had the pleasure of seeing this goddess rock the city of Detroit which happened just days after the great Aretha Franklin passed on from this earth. One of the most equally chilling and warming things I’ve ever experienced was a moment (seriously, 60 seconds) of silence in Aretha’s honor. The lights were cut, and suddenly all that could be heard was breath being drawn and Aretha Franklin’s soul passing on. Taylor prefaced the moment with a few words about Franklin’s legacy and all of the iconic music she brought to the city of Detroit, and the world, as well as all of the things she did for women’s rights, civil rights, and so many other acts of bettering our planet. I have so much respect for that moment, and the fact that I was able to experience it is something I won’t forget.

On top of paying homage to one of the great artists of our time that came before her, she managed to publicly thank EVERY member of her crew as well as EVERY member of the Ford Field Stadium crew. She literally thanked the people that sweep the floors and turn out the lights after the show ends. This is something you just don’t see at concerts, or in general. Her show was anything but all about her, it was a community of love, and laughter, and the joy of making music with people that support you and want to do the same.

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So fellow Swifties, and those of you new to the crew, if you’re still contemplating getting your tickets to the Reputation Stadium Tour, stop thinking and start ordering! Our girl has officially gone international so add a plane ticket and your fave vinas and you’ve got yourself a pre-holiday vacation! How much fun would this be as a vina date?! You won’t regret it, trust me.

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THE PERFECT FALL PLAYLIST

It’s the coziest time of the year—fall is upon us! That means hot apple cider, PSL, oversized sweaters, and that annual visit to the pumpkin patch with your girl gang. So, we made you the perfect playlist to accompany you and your vinas while you indulge in all your favorite fall activities🍂🎃. You can thank us later! 

BIG SIS BY SALES 

A warm, fun tune that seems like the type of song that would play in the background of a cute photo montage of you and your closest vinas. It hones in all the fall feels while adding a hint of summer vibes that we are already missing.

GO BY YOWLER 

A slower, melancholic track for those days when the sun begins to set much earlier than you had hoped it would. Graceful and introspective lyrics layered with fuzzy guitars are sure to tug at your heart. “Go is one of those songs you listen to when you want to feel a little less lonely on a chilly autumn night.

BAYBEE BY JAY SOM

This song exudes good vibes only! It’s a dreamy track with all the synthesizers and ethereal vocals. The music video is also super adorable because it’s Jay Som dancing with a group of friends, which makes it the perfect song to listen to with your vinas.

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WAWA BY THE OCEAN BY MARY LATTIMORE

It’s the season to stay cuddled up in bed with a good book, and with the sounds of enchanting harpist, Mary Lattimore. Instrumentals that exude futuristic yet nostalgic sounds are sure to boost your focus and productivity for those long nights; whether you’re studying, reading your favorite novel or relaxing after a long day at the pumpkin patch!

GO TO SLEEP BOY BY SIN FANG, SÓLEY & ÖRVAR SMÁRASON

This is one of those songs that make you feel nostalgic, happy, sad, hopeful and warm—all at the same time. It’s perfect to put on while you go for a walk to look at the leaves changing color in the park. You can’t beat it!

UNDERWATER BY PORCHES

Underwater is a little different than the others because it has a whole new kind of vibe. For those looking for something trendy and new, this song is a fun one to listen to. Not to mention, it really brings out the laid-back vibe of autumn evenings that are great for pumpkin carvings and craft nights!

LITTLE QUEENIE BY SADGIRL

This slow jam will surely bring out the fall-lover in you. It’s slow enough that it relaxes you, but it’s upbeat enough that you can play it when you and your vinas are making apple pie or decorating your future Halloween costumes!

MOVING ON BY KAN WAKAN

As the end of the year is just around the corner, we’re leaving all the stress and bad vibes behind. This empowering track is the perfect ending track for this year and the perfect track for this new season that is upon us. Turn it up and tune out the rest!

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THE PERFECT PICK-ME-UP PLAYLIST

Most, if not all, vinas feel as though they are under a spotlight in which they are expected to look, act, and truly be happy all the time. And, let’s be real, it’s not their fault that they feel this way. Society has pressured women to fit in with this unattainable reality and honestly, we are all doing the best we can.

NEWSFLASH. WE HAVE LOW MOMENTS. OFTEN.

The days I’ve sighed over the unescapable feed of negative social media posts are countless. To try and cope with this, I’ve found sanity-restoring music to fill to my ears with. I love music. To me, it calls “shotgun!” and hops in the front seat of the car to either provide an epic soundtrack to my emotional highs and lows or to help guide me through them.

There’s nothing more comforting than a powerful, timeless connection to a song. No matter the genre, era or artist, there is a certain kind of bliss in knowing that the masterpiece was created to document an emotion that people can all relate to at one point or another. It can also revamp the strength inside of us when we need a little nudge in the right direction. So, the next time you’re feeling down, hit pause on the world and turn up a few of these musical recommendations.

INSTRUMENTALS

Life can be chaotic and when I’m feeling frustrated and need some time for myself, I turn to song with instrumentals. This means no vocals and no lyrics. Just the movement and rhythm of the beat. There are plenty of YouTube channels that offer a range of lo-fi, chill hip-hop instrumentals, but Majestic Casual has specifically curated playlists that provide the perfect songs to make you feel relaxed and refreshed.

NOSTALGIA

Have you ever heard a certain song that triggers your memory back to the first time you heard it? Our surroundings, who we were with, and how we felt at that time are all relevant to how we respond to hearing music. Music can help you relive a moment and take you back to a time when you were dancing the night away with friends and family, living in the pure happiness of the music around you. You’d be surprised how instantly your mood lifts just by reflecting on those moments and listening to songs that have a  special sentimental value to you.

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THE ’40S AND ’50S

Female singers from the 1940s and 1950s paved the way for new artists and inspired generations of beautifully gifted singers for decades that followed them. Icons like Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Doris Day and Sarah Vaughan sang with class and poise. They were accompanied by a down-tempo swing which was played graciously by their band. You can’t help but appreciate the charm and sweetness of their sound. To me, listening to the song Que Sera, Sera, a song that echoed profusely in my household growing up, is like the equivalent to receiving a giant hug from my mother.

MELLOW JAZZ

Just like listening to the songs of the ’40s and ’50s, listening to mellow jazz pieces from great musicians will also create a peaceful atmosphere and ambience for when you’re feeling down. A serene arrangement of trumpets, keys and vocals help to create a balance when paired with heavy emotions. Jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis have an overwhelming amount of songs that can drown out the negative energy around you.

“FOREST” MUSIC

Okay, I’m fairly positive that’s not the official name of this so-called genre, but let’s call it that for the sake of my explanation. Bands like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Lord Huron are the primary leaders of “forest” music. This means that their songs omit a feel of escapism and a pleasant, outdoor-like aura. Step away from sky-high towers and concrete jungles and re-imagine an array of foliage and glistening twilight. This music will take your mind out of your current setting and replace it with a peaceful oasis.

EXPLORE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

Feeling “low” is not a straightforward emotion and there are no definitive rules on how you should approach this weighted feeling. For me, I have a go-to playlist for when I want to shut the world out and starfish on my bed. If I want to cry about something, I throw on a classic by Angel Olson. If I want a more joyous, upbeat listening session, I feed my soul with Motown hits. Or maybe I just want to turn it up and channel my inner #bossbabe, you best believe I have songs for that too! Whichever way you choose to tune out, you don’t have to do it alone. Let music be right there with you.

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WHY YOU AND YOUR VINAS SHOULD #VINACATION

South Africans are all about Decembers.

It’s summertime, and everyone is relaxed because nobody is working tomorrow (even though some of us are, but it’s fun to pretend anyway). Everyone is in flip-flops, shorts and spaghetti tops and if you’re at the coast, bikini tops and the guys go topless.
Get this—we have a slogan for December in South Africa: Ke Dezemba Boss.

We detox our bodies in preparation for it, and we live for it. Ke Dezemba boss is not just a saying here in SA; it’s a lifestyle. Everyone is just so happy to soak-off 11 months of the stressful year and soak-up relaxed vibes.

Now that I’ve given you an excellent reason to #vacation, here are the top three things in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg that you should definitely add to your itinerary.

First, touch down in the Mother City at Cape Town International Airport. Take an Uber to your Airbnb, drop your bags and head straight for extreme scene. They offer six different helicopter tours, and this is the perfect opportunity to experience Cape Town from the skies.

Next, get dressed for a party because that’s all you’re going to do in Long Street. Pub hopping is a South African favorite and the thing to do if you want to experience culture at its best. Meet the locals, see live performances by local bands and taste local brews.
After all that partying, you and your vinas are going to need a rest day before you tackle the rest of your #vacation.

Take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, a definite must-see if you are in Cape Town. If you’re a group of fit vinas, hike up. On top of the mountain are restaurants, multiple tours and plenty picture perfect spots for your Instagram. Just make sure you check the weather forecast before you go because they do cancel cable car rides if the wind is too cray-cray.

Leave Cape Town in the early hours of the morning so you can enjoy a full day at your next stop.

Next, take a flight to Durban. Beautiful hills of greenery welcome you to Kwa-Zulu Natal’s capital as you step out of King Shaka International Airport. Uber to your Airbnb, drop off your bags and head straight down to Moses Mabhida stadium. The breathtaking views from the top are ah-mazing, and you can also enjoy the tallest swing, the Big Rush Big Swing.

Second on the list is a looooong walk on the Golden Sands Mile. Enjoy the sun and the deliciously warm waters of the Indian ocean. Restaurants on the Mile are plentiful, and the Durban curry is a must. Depending on where you are on the mile, you can walk down to uShaka Marine World. Make a note that you have to get there early, though, to thoroughly enjoy everything this fantastic water-world has to offer.

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Next, fly to O.R. Tambo International airport in Johannesburg. The first thing you have to do is take the Gautrain to the richest square mile in Africa, Sandton City. Enjoy top international and local brands in Sandton City, a walk away from the Gautrain station. You can spend the whole day there. It’s absolutely ok with us. Nelson Mandela square is beautiful at sunset and of course pictures at the statue is a must. Restaurants offer great food in the square.

The next two things that are an absolute must is Gold Reef City, a theme park which offers great entertainment the whole day through, and bungee jumping at the Soweto Towers. Although I have not personally bungee jumped, it is definitely a must because you can also take a tour of Soweto afterwards. Work up an appetite because the shisa nyama (a term used to describe a spot where we come together to buy meat and barbeque it on an open fire, usually near a butchery) spots in Soweto are the best in town.

There are of course plenty more to do and see. You can also visit the things-to-do websites for even more in-depth details about these three amazing South African cities.

Till we meet, learn to say the following:
Lekker (literally means nice, use it when you are required to respond in a positive way)
Braai (a social event where we cook meat on an open fire on coal or wood)
Howzit (how are you, respond with Lekker when asked “howzit”)
Yah, hey (term used to agree, or you can say Yah Nee)
Cheers (means goodbye)

Enjoy your summer season and click here to meet vinas, even if you are traveling. Just change your location settings in the app.

 

HOW TO BEY A GOOD FRIEND—ACCORDING TO BEYONCÉ & DESTINY’S CHILD

When it comes to friendship advice, there’s no doubt that the ultimate queen bee Beyoncé has a few tips to share.

Mrs. Carter, in all of her iterations, has played a big role in my life. My first concert was Destiny’s Child, I was 12 years old and Beyoncé was, in my opinion, at the helm of the fledgling body positivity movement (this was the early 2000s). Seeing her in all her glory singing her butt off (actually correction: her butt was most definitely on and she was shaking it, proudly!) really cemented my standom.

So when Beyoncé famously told InStyle Magazine in a 2011 interview that: “I am a girl’s girl. Women who don’t have female friends scare me…”, I was shooketh to my core, people! That snippet definitely left a lasting impression on me, and for years in the back of my mind, I worried that I was the type of woman Beyoncé lamented about; that I didn’t have enough meaningful, strong, female-relationships (especially after a few moves to new cities where I knew no-one).

Enter the Hey! VINA world, where meeting like-minded (or not so like-minded) ladies is easy, fun, and totally convenient!

So, let’s take some tips from Queen Bey herself and her #girlgang, Destiny’s Child.

  1. GO AHEAD AND INITIATE – “Girl I wanna kick it witcha” – 7/11, Beyoncé

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Vina, you got a ditto! Awesome— there’s a vina out there who thinks you are super cool and wants to get to know you! Listen, I know it can feel a bit scary or awkward, but set up your coffee date already! Our amazing CEO Olivia already broke the ice for you, so just dive right in and suggest your favorite coffee shop (or wine bar, or restaurant, or rock climbing gym… whatever!) for your first vina date. B would be totally fine with making the plans, so follow her lead!

  1. DON’T BE AFRAID OF A LITTLE #LADYBRAG – “All the women, who are independent / Throw your hands up at me” – Independent Women, Part I, Destiny’s Child

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This lyric from Independent Women Part 1 is pure #ladybrag gold, and reminds us to empower one another. What are you proud of that you’ve accomplished lately? Maybe you aced a test, got a promotion at work, lost 3 pounds, or just didn’t hit snooze on the alarm this morning. Share what you are proud of with your vina and encourage them to do the same. Who knows, you may find that you have similar goals that you can bond over! When we practice a little #ladybrag, we learn to encourage and challenge one another, and can accomplish great things. So don’t be afraid of a little (or a lot) of #ladybrag while you pat yourselves on the back.

  1. BE YOU – “I don’t think you ready for this jelly / I don’t think you ready for this jelly / I don’t think you ready for this / ‘Cause my body too bootylicious for you babe” –Bootylicious, Destiny’s Child

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Vinas come in all shapes and sizes, which is something to celebrate! Rather than try and fit the (size 2) mold, Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child broke the mold by releasing “Bootylicious” and celebrating the jiggle of the JELLY. Follow suit, and challenge yourself and your vina to break the beauty standard mold. Embrace your stretch marks, your scars, your weight, and size—and do the same for others.

  1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE VULNERABLE – “Girl, I can tell you been crying / And you needing someone to talk to” – Girl, Destiny’s Child

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“Girl,” released on Destiny Fulfilled album, is basically an ode to friendship. Sometimes you need to ask a friend to be honest and vulnerable with you, and then other times, the best thing you can do as a friend is just listen. Either way, approach your vina with love and support, and let them know that you’re there for them!

  1. WORK IT, VINAS! – “Girls, we run this motha” – Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé

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Yes, #vinagang we run this motha! #girlgang #squadgirls #ladybrag all day, everyday. VINA not only allows you to build one-on-one connections, but also to connect with a network of bosses with the same goal: run the world, inspire, empower, and uplift others, and have fun doing it! Vinas are more than just someone to get a coffee or a drink with, they are collaborative and creative, just like you.

  1. BIG-UP YOUR VINA  – “I woke up like this / We flawless, ladies tell ’em” – Flawless, Beyoncé

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Yes, honey you are flawless! Embrace your weirdness, your awkwardness, your features, your “flaws” because all of the small things that you are self-conscious or insecure about add up to make the beautiful masterpiece that is you! By accepting and loving yourself, you’ll be a better friend to a vina who may need some uplifting as well.

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10 #BOSSBABE ANTHEMS TO STRUT TO

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed can turn even the most confident vina into a negative Nelly. We’ve all been there. We’re sucked into the abyss of yelling at the mirror, drowning in a sea of sprawled out clothes, frustrated over deadlines and responsibilities and before we know it, we’ve forgotten what a strong, babe-alicious vina we are.

So whether it’s an interview for your dream job, a date with Channing Tatum, a fat-blasting workout or maybe you’re just trying to trooper through a tough day, check out these tracks from these leading ladies killing it on the music scene. From silky R&B to dark and sultry electronic pop, this playlist will cannonball you straight back on the path to world domination.

For optimum results, crank the volume up for self-confidence and attitude.

1. ALL ABOUT ME – SYD

L.A.-based vocalist Syd, also known as lead singer for neo-soul band The Internet, sings delicious verses of self-appraisal and love for close ones holding her up over a fresh, low-key trap-esque rhythm.

2. TOO MUCH – KEHLANI

At 23 years old, fresh and swaggy R&B singer Kehlani has delivered nothing but relatable, girl-power tunes for sassy vinas all around the globe. On this throwback-inspired track, Kehlani is walked away from and can only shrug. YAS QUEEN.

3. DEATHLESS – IBEYI (FEATURING KAMASI WASHINGTON)

French-Cuban darlings Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz are not only a musical duo but TWINS. That’s right, not one but TWO beautiful beings that exude nothing but power and spirit on “Deathless.” We dare you to try imagine anything but freedom and positive vibes during these three minutes.

4. REMEMBER MY NAME – YUNA

Yuna, a Malaysian singer-songwriter, has worked with the likes of Pharrell and Usher and is renowned for her soft, simplistic feel-good sound. On “Remember My Name,” she assures the world of her presence with charming ad libs and acoustic melodies.

5. I LIKE IT – CARDI B

Bronx rapper Cardi B has been turning heads since she came blazing with her debut single “Bodak Yellow.” Fast forward and she’s continuously peaked on charts. “I Like It” has satisfied our summer anthem needs and compares her fire to hot tamales. Boss.

6. SEEN AND NEVER HEARD – ETTA BOND

The realest of the bunch, UK (hashtag REPRESENT) singer-songwriter Etta Bond confronts the harsh reality of stereotyped women having a repressed voice with impactful songwriting laid over an effortlessly mellow beat.

7. F*** WITH MYSELF – BANKS

There are two things that songstress Banks carries through her style of music: grace and FIRE. Her unapologetic, point-blank lyrics are delivered soulfully and on this track, isn’t afraid to speak up about her one true love: herself.

8. DON’T MESS WITH ME – BRODY DALLE

Aussie-born but L.A.-hailing Brody Dalle is anything but gentle and sweet. Harbouring a catalogue of Californian angst and punk from her Distillers days, her solo career proved she’s more than capable of wailing over heavy distortion by herself and bringing fast-paced angst to the table.

9. I LIKE THAT – JANELLE MONAE

This song will inject a mass of confidence and positivity into any self-doubting vina. As Janelle Monae sweetly sings, she’s down with being outside of the norm and compliments her oddities in this pop-leaning number.

10. THIS IS ME ( THE GREATEST SHOWMAN OST) – KEALA SETTLE

If you didn’t know already, this is possibly the #bossbabe anthem of all anthems. Taken from The Greatest Showman original soundtrack, Golden Globe-winning “This Is Me” is given life and energy by powerfully influential singer Keala Settle. A story of standing ground and putting up a fight, this number is exactly what vinas need to #bossbabe through the rest of 2018.

Do you have a favorite track that always makes you feel like you can conquer the world? Let your vinas know!

TAYLOR SWIFT LYRICS FOR EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE

Taylor Alison Swift. The girl who sang us through our first day of high school, held our hands through our broken hearts, gave us confidence to wear our braces with pride, celebrated our 22nd birthdays with us in the biggest way, and wrote two songs about Kanye, for whichever mood we were feeling at the time. The goddess of music has birthed six albums of pure gold and she has left no stone unturned in the process. To guide you through the most monumental moments in your life, here is a Swift lyric for each one. Sing along with us, vinas!

1.) For the moment you realize your worth:

“Sophistication isn’t what you wear or who you know”

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2.) For when you have a choice between taking allegiance to the girl at home, and the guy that didn’t:

“It would be a fine proposition, if I was a stupid girl. And yeah I might go with it if I hadn’t once been just like her”

3.) For the time you really got it wrong: 

“I’d go back in time and change it, but I can’t. So if the chain is on your door I understand”

4.) For when you’re really just over the whole “social interaction” thing:

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“Guess I’ll just stumble on home to my cats…alone”

5.) For when you need a reminder that you’re still you, even if you don’t know who that is right now:

“I’d like to be my old self again but I’m still trying to find it”

6.) For the last douchebag that screwed you over:

“If he drops my name then I owe him nothin’, and if he spends my change then he had it comin'”

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7.) For the time you really got it right: 

“Candle wax and polaroids on the hardwood floor, you and me from the night before”

8.) For when you finally find your old self again:

“When I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe”

9.) For the moment that you realize the difference between damaged goods, and battle scars: 

“Heartbreak is the national anthem, we sing it proudly”

10.) For the NEXT douchebag that screws you over: 

“You look like my next mistake”

11.) For every moment of the last century: 

“We’re all bored, we’re all so tired of everything”

12.) For when you defeat your demons but they still look like angels: 

“Just because you’re clean don’t mean you don’t miss it”

13.) For the one you gave a second chance, and a third, and a fourth… 

“This is the last time I’m asking you this, put my name at the top of your list”

14.) For when you feel like your life will be complete as soon as you’re just a few years older: 

“Even though you want to, just try to never grow up”

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15.) For every goodbye that’s been forced from your lips: 

“I can’t breathe without you, but I have to”

16.) For the past that made you happy, and the moment you let it go: 

“I could go back to every laugh, but I don’t wanna go there anymore, and I know all the steps up to your door, but I don’t wanna go there anymore”

17.) For when you wish you’d never grown up: 

“Wasn’t it easier in your lunchbox days, always a bigger bed to crawl into. Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything, and everybody believed in you”

18.) For when you finally see the person you’ve always loved as the person you’re in love with:  

“You drive me crazy half the time, the other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true. And I’m only me when I’m with you”

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19.) For when you’ve got nothing left to lose:

“I start a fight cause I need to feel somethin’, and you do what you want ’cause I’m not what you wanted”

20.) For the next time you’re underestimated: 

“Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends, she should keep in mind there is nothing I do better than revenge”

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So, next time you’re struggling to find the perfect lyrics that relate to your life, look no further than our vina-queen, T. Swift for inspiration.

Hey, Swifties! You can meet vinas who love Tay by swiping right!

8 FEMALE HIP-HOP ARTISTS CHANGING THE GAME

Pay attention to these on-the-rise hip-hop queens. These ladies are changing the game one lyric at a time. We present to you powerful women who aren’t afraid to take the driver’s seat in a male-dominated genre.

DREAM DOLL

First glance at Dreamdoll and you know that she is a lady who plays by her own rules. You may recognized this hip hop babe from Bad Girls Club. She will be featured on Love and Hip Hop: New York. If you’re a fan of Nicki Minaj, DreamDoll will be a hip-hop artist you’ll vibe with.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twec11R_K04

PRINCESS NOKIA

What does Princess Nokia not do? She is a strong feminist, started the Smart Girl’s Club podcast, and remains an independent artist. Her videos center around strong female figures. She is a champion of her community and to the rap scene.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH-LyInSNYw

CARDI B

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Cardi B was born and raised in the Bronx. She first hit the celebrity circuit by appearing on Love & Hip Hop New York. In 2017. She is now signed to Atlantic Records. New York Times called her first single, “Bodak,” “the rap anthem of the summer.” She made her way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart…which is no easy feat! We’re proud of you, girl!

And we’ll never forget how Cardi B had us loling when she talked about Hey! VINA on the show The Doctors. 

Watch her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lioDjWSWcE

NONAME

Noname is a gorgeous queen from Chicago, IL with an infectious smile that lights up a room. She is not only an incredible rapper, but she has been participating in slam poetry since 2010. Chance the Rapper featured Noname on the song “Lost” off his mixtape Acid Rap. Noname released her critically acclaimed Telefone in 2016. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this rising star.

Watch her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K58JYXhb4YA

LITTLE SIMZ

 

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Little Simz is a toootal triple threat. She is an actress, singer, and rapper from London. She has done a NPR: Tiny Desk Concert

Check it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_IAndUG7g

DIA BURGER

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Dai Burger is from Queens, NY. Her career began while she was on tour with Lil Mama as a backup dancer. In her interview with Billboard she talked about her love of the Spice Girls. Us, too Dia Burger! Girl power!

Watch her here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deNYrwTKfvw

DON MONIQUE 

Growing up in Brooklyn DonMonique was no stranger to the northern hip hop scene. She is a strong, independent and fierce force to be reckoned with. Keep your eyes on this spitfire. Watch her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhY379hlDsk

CUPCAKKE

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Fun, whimsical and always on point, CupcakKe is full of life. Hailing from Chicago, IL, she first got her start uploading her songs to the internet. She is a strong, independent women who was raised by a single mother. Her music has been noticed by Rolling Stone, Complex, and The Fader.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRt-ygEuOe8

 

Who are you girl crushing on these days? Share in the comments!! 

10 SINGER-SONGWRITERS YOU DON’T KNOW BUT SHOULD

Female singer-songwriters are amazing role models. They sing about romance, people, life, and other relatable things. When one listens to music, one can take way the hidden meanings and process the song in their own way. That’s the great thing about music. You can decide what it means to you. Here are 10 need-to-know musicians of right now!

Yaeji

Let this up and coming New York/Seoul-based producer Kathy Lee and her vocals catch wind in your ears and transport you elsewhere.

 

TOPS

Canadian indie rock band known for its sweet, romantic lyrics sung by Jane Penny.

Japanese Breakfast

Much anticipated spooky video by Michelle Zauner’s rising alternative/indie band from Brooklyn, New York.

Blouse

Charlie Hilton is a gem for night drives.

 

Class Actress

An underrated electronic pop band featuring Elizabeth Vanessa Harper.

 

NO VACATION

Dream pop bedroom music based in San Francisco includes Sab Mai, Marisa Saunders, and more.

HAZEL ENGLISH

Oakland-based indie pop musician who goes by her real name. Sick name for a vina, huh?

YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN

Ambient dreamy pop duo from Canada features Alice Hansen and her intoxicating voice is sure to help your troubles go away.

 

STILL CORNERS

Tessa Murray will make you not want to fall in love. Love is scary anyways.

 

TRUE WIDOW

Stoner rock band from Texas with amazing riffs and emotional lyricism from Nicole Estill.

Honorable mention:

SAVAGES

Just came across this band a few days ago and I can honestly say that it’ll erupt a flame in your heart to get your work done ASAP!

 

If you enjoyed this playlist, check out my first playlist: getting ready for a girls night out. Share this link with your vina will guide you to discuss music you’ve never heard of and you even might want to go see a show together!

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