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The Impact Of Social Media & Technology On Our Generation

How Social Media & Technology Has Impacted Our Generation l hawk + pearl

Californication’s Hank Moody said it best:   HM: People seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard …

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, HAWK + PEARL!

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, HAWK + PEARL

Today officially marks one year since I launched hawk + pearl. ONE WHOLE YEAR. 365 DAYS. 52 WEEKS. 12 MONTHS. THIS BLOG HAS BEEN LIVE FOR THAT LONG. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?   When I started this project, I was sticking out the latter half of my two-weeks notice at a full-time job (which prompted …

On Death And Dying

On Death And Dying | hawk + pearl

How can life bless us with something as warm and beautiful as a sunset, yet give us something as harsh, cold, and incomprehensible as death?   That’s what this post is about in one 140-character sentence that’s small enough to fit within a tweet.   I received a phone call today from one of my …

How Is It Possible To Balance Life, Work, And Play?

How Is It Possible To Balance Life, Work, And Play | hawk + pearl

I went out yesterday with a bunch of people I hadn’t seen in awhile, including some who asked how my blog is going. Although I regularly receive a nice flow of site traffic and positive feedback from readers, I found myself responding negatively to their question.   Technically, it’s going well, but the truth is …

3 Positive Habits That Will Change Your Life

3 Positive Habits To Pick Up That Will Change Your Life l hawk + pearl

Hi, all! I hope you’re doing well and your new year is off to a happy and healthy start.   We’re already approaching the end of February, which is insane because I feel like the year literally just started. I wanted to take the time to share some things I’ve been doing this year that I …

Evvy- “You Said” (Vibelingual Remix) Out NOW!

Evvy- 'You Said' Vibelingual Remix Out NOW l hawk + pearl

If you’ve been keeping up with KomaCoast (sort of like ‘keeping up with the Kardashians’ only 500x better), then you know that Vibelingual has been killing it since the collective’s launch back in December 2016.   This past weekend, Vibelingual officially released a remix of Evvy’s “You Said.” The song combines trance, dubstep, and electronic …

Snow Day Playlist: 12 Of My Favorite Songs To Listen To Lately

Snow Day Playlist: 12 Of My Favorite Songs To Listen To Lately | hawk + pearl

Disclaimer: This is a compilation of my favorite songs as of late. By “snow day playlist,” I’m referring to a list of songs that I’m playing on this snow day that I think you should be listening to as well.   It’s snowing outside. It’s cold. We’re stuck inside (I’m not off from work, but …

20 GIFs That Will Perfectly Sum Up Every Part Of Your Monday

20 GIFs That Will Perfectly Sum Up Every Part Of Your Monday | hawk + pearl

Happy Monday, errbody!   Here are 20 GIFs that will perfectly sum up every part of your Monday (specifically if you work Mondays):   When your morning alarm goes off  All images used from GIPHY   When you finally muster up the strength to get out of bed   When you take that first sip …

Pornhub Launches Free Sexual Education Platform

Pornhub Launches Free Sex Ed Platform, Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center | hawk + pearl

“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby”: Pornhub Launches Free Sex Ed Platform, Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center   When you recall your experience with sexual education, what comes to mind?   When I think about sex ed, I recall awkwardly sitting in my high school health class surrounded by a group of other awkwardly sitting students, all …

X Ambassadors- “Unsteady” (Vibelingual Remix) Out NOW

X Ambassadors- “Unsteady” (Vibelingual Remix) Out NOW | hawk + pearl

First, it was Afrojack’s “Hey.” Next, it was Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Side to Side.” Then, it was Galantis’ “Love On Me.”  Now, this artist has taken his production skills to the alternative rock side with today’s release of “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors — and it’s just as awesome as you’d imagine it to …

4 Lessons Learned From My Recent Trip To Florida

4 Lessons Learned From My Recent Trip To Florida | hawk + pearl

Last week, I went down to Florida with my mom to visit my grandpa. We haven’t been down there in a while, so it was nice to not only get out of New York for a bit but to also spend quality time with him (which I’m sorry to say doesn’t happen often enough).   …

Galantis- “Love On Me” (Vibelingual Remix) Out NOW On SoundCloud

Galantis- "Love On Me" (Vibelingual Remix) Out NOW On SoundCloud | hawk + pearl

As you may have previously read in my post regarding the launch of KomaCoast, artist Vibelingual was introduced to the industry on the same day  — and he’s already killing the game with a third release.   Vibelingual debuted with an Afrojack “Hey” remix, and then followed by posting a remix of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s Billboard’s Hot 100 charted …

12 Simple Ways To Be Less Of An Asshole While Driving

12 Simple Ways To Be Less Of An Asshole While Driving l hawk + pearl

The roads are loaded with ignorant, oblivious idiots who don’t look, don’t move, and don’t care. Are you sick of sharing the streets with these dopes? Because I am.   You’d be surprised about how many ways there are to decrease your level of shittiness and become more of a decent driver. To avoid writing …

The Bachelor BFF Recap: Season 21 Episode 1

The Bachelor BFF Recap: Season 21 Episode 1 | hawk + pearl

Well, that was a train wreck…   Hi, and welcome back to the second round of hawk + pearl’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette BFF Recap! I’m your host, Morgan, and Shelby is currently in Vegas celebrating the new year without me (rude). Since my co-host isn’t around to contribute, I’ve hired my good ol’ pal Lester Lee …

Happy New Year: It’s Time To Review, Cleanse & Start Anew

Happy New Year: It's Time To Review, Cleanse & Start Anew | hawk + pearl

December is coming to a close which means another year has officially passed by. Congratulations, you’ve made it! Whereas others won’t have the chance to ring in the new year, you will. Too many of us look past this blessing and unintentionally continue to do the same old thing we’ve been doing for the last …

KomaCoast™ Announces Its Official Launch As The “New Generation Collective”

KomaCoast™ Announces Its Official Launch As The "New Generation Collective" | hawk + pearl

Today, December 23, 2016, is a day that will go down in infamy. After a long-awaited last few weeks of built anticipation from teaser “12.23.2016” social media posts, “the new generation collective” KomaCoast™ has finally launched into the public eye. What is KomaCoast™?

Life & The Mysterious Powers Of The Universe

The Mysterious, Powerful Workings Of Life & The Universe | hawk + pearl

Just when you feel you can’t handle any more, the weight is lifted off your shoulders. In your most dire moment of need, you receive what you’ve been lacking. When you feel the emptiest you’ve ever been, the void is filled. Right before you’re about to give up, you’re given the reassurance that you’re exactly …

A Tribute To 23 & A Toast To 24

A Tribute To 23 & A Toast To 24 | hawk + pearl

Tomorrow is my 24th birthday, which means this is my last night as a 23-year-old. …naturally, here I am, spending the last few hours of this birth year reflecting upon the past twelve months composed of successes, transitions, hardships, milestones, and major events.

California Dreaming

California Dreaming | hawk + pearl

I’ve been back in New York for about three days now after fulfilling my dream of going to California (hence why I haven’t posted anything on here in a little while). Ugh. One week spent on the other side of the country is not long enough. I knew it would be different over there, but …

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

happy anniversary, mom and dad!

Dear Mom and Dad, Happy Anniversary! 36 years of marriage (plus 5 years before that) is a really long time to be with somebody else… like, a really, really long time. CONGRATS! I am the luckiest girl in the world to have parents like you. You care for our family and each one of us …

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Healthy Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe hawk + pearl

So I think these are my new favorite cookies ever. Between the chocolate chips, the nut butter, and the banana, this flourless cookie recipe is absolutely insane — and healthy! Without telling you 7,526 more reasons as to why these cookies are the best, I’ll let you find out for yourself. Here’s what you’ll need…

8 Cold Harsh Truths About Modern Dating

8 Cold Harsh Truths About Modern Dating hawk + pearl writing blog

Welcome to the age of the hookup culture and technology-induced awkward interactions!   Modern dating is absolutely horrendous for an infinite amount of reasons. Even with all of the dating apps available for use today, including but not limited to Tinder, Bumble (check out my Bumble BFF review!), Match.com, POF, Christian Mingle, SugarDaddie, Gluten-Free Singles, …

17 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

17 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self | hawk + pearl writing blog

Reflecting back on my younger years, especially those during middle and high school, there are countless things I wish I had known back then. There are so many thoughts I wish I could have believed and so, so many lessons I wish I would have learned earlier.   Here are 17 things I wish I could tell …

No Bake Protein Energy Balls Recipe – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Coconut

No Bake Protein Energy Balls Recipe - PB Chocolate Chia Coconut hawk + pearl

Do you love peanut butter? What about chocolate? Coconut? Having a delicious, healthy, protein-filled snack ready for you to grab out of the fridge at any time? If you answered “YES” to any/all of the previous questions, then keep reading. If you answered “NO” to any/all of the previous questions, then you’re crazy. This super …

3 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Toxic People From Your Life

3 reasons to eliminate toxic people from your life hawk + pearl writing blog

Have you ever had a friend that just totally dragged you down? And whenever you’re around this person, you feel so drained and so low, so much so that you practically can’t wait to stop hanging out with this person just so you can be alone and recharge? Because I have. I like to call …

Harry Potter Fan Creates The Ultimate HP Monopoly-esque Board Game Called “Pottopoly”

harry potter board game fan creates ultimate hp monopoly game pottolopy

ATTENTION ALL HARRY POTTER FANS! You are about to witness the greatest, most intensely detailed HP board game your eyes have ever feasted upon. It’s called Pottopoly. Told ya. Oh, and if you’re wondering if it’s for sale, it is!

16 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time Of Year

16 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time Of The Year hawk + pearl writing blog

Fall is officially here, and life just got 100x better (and it’s not just because pumpkin spice lattes are back).   Here are 16 reasons why fall is the best time of year: No more sweating Mosquitoes and wasps retreat back to hell BYE, EVIL BEINGS.

What It’s Like To Not Be A Party Girl On The Weekends, Or Ever

what it's like to not be a party girl on the weekends or ever hawk + pearl writing blog

If you’re wondering what I’m doing on a Friday or Saturday night, I’ll probably be doing the same thing as always. But I won’t be out drunk partying all night. I won’t be seeking a next one night stand, and, no, I certainly won’t be in a pair of heels or a short dress. Not that there’s anything …

The Advice Podcast Episode 5: Lightning Round OUT NOW!

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

You already know the deal. The Advice Podcast Episode 5: Lightning Round is officially out now on iTunes and SoundCloud!   The fifth episode is in the books. What’s really special about this week’s episode is that Lester purchased a new microphone for us to use… and we used it… and it worked. Gloriously.   …

Healthy, Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe

overnight oats recipe hawk + pearl writing blog

So my sister-in-law Jenn, who you may or may not know as MrsCasual on Instagram, introduced me to food blogger @rachlmansfield, and we obsess over her recipes on the daily. We finally attempted to make her overnight oats recipe… and holy crap, they were insane. We decided to twist her recipe a little bit to make …

OWSLA Showcase: NYFW Edition feat. Secret Lineup @ House of Yes 9/8/2016

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Sitting in a restaurant with a friend I haven’t seen in years, drinking margaritas on a Wednesday night, he mentioned that there was an OWSLA showcase over in Brooklyn set to take place the following night. Cool venue? Music we both love performed by surprise artists from one of our favorite labels? Just an hour …

The Advice Podcast Episode 4: Dominate the Equinox OUT NOW!

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

The Advice Podcast Episode 4: Dominate the Equinox is out now on iTunes & SoundCloud!   If you read the title of this blog and thought to yourself, “‘Dominate the Equinox?’ What does that mean?” then you need to scroll down a bit and hit that play button NOW… like RIGHT NOW. We discussed the …

The Advice Podcast Episode 3: Genius OUT NOW!

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

The Advice Podcast Episode 3: Genius is out now on iTunes & SoundCloud! Episode 3 is officially released! Three whole shows in the books. This is the trilogy. Who knew we’d make it this far?   Topics discussed in this week’s podcast are as follows: Problems with being good looking Age differences Experimenting during a relationship …

The Advice Podcast Episode 2: Squirtle OUT NOW!

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

The Advice Podcast Episode 2: Squirtle is officially LIVE on iTunes and SoundCloud! This week we discuss Youtubing, messaging first, Squirtle, being boring, and how to deal with an inferiority complex.

25 Natural Stress Therapies That Don’t Require Medication

25 Natural Stress Therapies That Don’t Require Medication hawk + pearl writing blog therapies for stress

  In a world overridden by unnatural ways of healing ourselves, I’ve found a few simple solutions to relieve stress. I wanted to compile a list of healthy ways that I help myself overcome my internal stresses and shut out the external stressors. Here are 25 simple, natural therapies for stress that don’t require medication …

The Advice Podcast Official Release: Episode 1 on SoundCloud, iTunes

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

It’s official! The Advice Podcast is on SoundCloud and iTunes! As you may have previously read in our “Coming Soon” announcement post the other day, the day has finally arrived — The Advice Podcast is officially released on SoundCloud and iTunes! In the first episode titled “Pre-cum” (which I wanted to title “Introduction” but Lester insisted …

COMING SOON: The Advice Podcast

The Advice Podcast hawk + pearl deadseriousness blog lester lee morgan mandriota

DeadSeriousness & hawk + pearl Presents… The Advice Podcast   I am extremely excited to announce the beginning of a new chapter — a legacy, if you will. Lester Lee, King of DeadSeriousness and author of several posts here on hawk + pearl including “So She Didn’t Text Back” and “Going Back To The Well Season …

Dear Future, I Need To Let You Go

dear future, i need to let you go hawk + pearl blog

Dear Future, I don’t know you. I don’t even know if we’ll ever meet. I mean, I hope we do, but nothing is promised, you know. Well, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately so I figured I’d write you a letter.

11 Reasons Why Eleven From Netflix’s Stranger Things Is Your Spirit Animal

11 reasons why eleven from netflix's stranger things is your spirit animal hawk + pearl

As you may have already heard or seen for yourself, Netflix’s new series Stranger Things has recently flipped the world upside down (pun intended). After finishing the first season, I found myself totally obsessed just like the rest of humanity. One thing I consistently noticed while watching was how closely I related to Eleven, or …

The Bachelorette BFF Recap: Season 12 Finale (The Final Rose)

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Tonight marks the end of the Bachelorette journey for Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher. Left with a decision to spend the rest of her life with either Jordan or Robby, who did she choose? For the final time, let’s jump into our Bachelorette recap…

The Bachelorette BFF Recap: Season 12 Episode 9

The Bachelorette BFF Recap Season 12 Episode 9 hawk + pearl writing blog bachelorette commentary

Okay. Tonight’s episode was super emotional. In case you didn’t watch, this is an accurate representation of some typical reactions from the show: So since I’m on my own with the recap tonight, it’s gonna be short and sweet. Let’s get right into it.

The Bachelorette BFF Recap: Season 12 Episode 8

the bachelorette bff recap season 12 episode 8 jojo fletcher hawk + pearl blog

I just want to start this off by apologizing for not writing a recap for episodes 6 or 7. I know I’ve let down all of my readers and fans (hi, mom), but if you read my recent blog post, you’ll know why I wasn’t around or feeling up to writing the past couple of …

It’s Been Two Weeks Since You Passed: A Letter To Steven Larsen

it's been two weeks since you passed steven larsen hawk + pearl blog

In Loving Memory of Steven Larsen 1991-2016 I went to your friend’s party the other night for the fourth of July, but you weren’t there. People were talking about you, but they spoke about you in the past tense. A friend said he made a song about you. A few of us were reminiscing about the …

My Last Minute Decision To Go To Atlantic City Alone

My Last Minute Decision To Go To Atlantic City Alone hawk + pearl

If you follow me on Twitter or know me personally, then you’re probably well aware that I’m obsessed with Dillon Francis. Once I heard he was scheduled to play Premier Nightclub in Atlantic City on June 11th, I knew I had to go. After posting statuses on Facebook and Twitter and asking friends to join …

Why It’s Important To Shine Light On Dark Topics Like The Stanford Rape Case

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We’ve likely all heard about the Stanford rape case that has recently been circulating the media. By slim chance you haven’t, in short, Brock Turner was caught by two Swedish bicyclists sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman, repeatedly referred to as “the unconscious woman” or “the victim” in news articles, behind a dumpster on the Stanford University …

Bumble BFF App Review: How My First BFF Date Went Down

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It’s not that easy to make new friends anymore. If you don’t go to school, work in a place where new people enter the building all day long, or enjoy frequenting bars every weekend, the odds of meeting potential amigos are slim to none. Thankfully, the friend gods have answered our prayers, and the dating app Bumble has recently …

The Bachelorette BFF Recap: Season 12 Episode 4

The Bachelorette BFF Recap Season 12 Episode 4 abc the bachelorette hawk + pearl

Tonight’s episode of The Bachelorette has just ended, and all I can say is “wow.” Just… wow. The Bachelorette BFF Recap tonight will be short and sweet, unlike the past two episodes that were long winded and full of angst. I am a lone bird tonight. Shelby couldn’t watch this week, and Lester paid his …

The Bachelorette BFF Recap: Season 12 Episode 3

bachelorette bff recap season 12 episode 3

Welcome back for the third week of The Bachelorette BFF Recap! This week, Shelby unfortunately couldn’t watch the show, so I’ve invited special guest Lester Lee to join us. He’s probably pissed and embarrassed that his name has to be attached to ABC’s The Bachelorette, but he’s doing it because he’s a good human and a …

The 19 Types Of People You’re Friends With On Social Media

People You're Friends With On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram | hawk + pearl

I think it’s a safe assumption to say 99.9% of us have a social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat. I also think it’s safe to say 99.9% of us are “friends” with the same type of people on these platforms. After being on social since the good old Myspace days, I’ve …

3 Reasons Why Content Marketing Is The Perfect Career Path For Writers

What's The Best Career Path For Writers? Content Marketing | hawk + pearl

I’ve always been a writer by nature, but I’ve finally found a way to combine my love of writing with a new, innovative, rapidly growing, insanely interesting career field — content marketing! After becoming the SEO & Creative Content Director, then eventually creating my own lifestyle and writing blog, I hope to pass some of …

The “American Dream” Is Not A “Dream” At All

Straying Away From The Dream To Follow Your Dream | hawk + pearl

Straying Away From The Dream To Follow Your Dream Today, I’m going to write about something we all learned about during our younger years. I’m going to write about what I’ve learned about that particular something as I’ve grown older. That something is the “American dream.”

An Introduction: Welcome To hawk + pearl

Welcome to hawk + pearl! Hi! So I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally decided on a domain name that I like enough to purchase and use as my personal blog (I’ve been struggling with this issue for the past eight months or so — you have no idea how excited I am to launch this thing). I don’t …