The 80’s: To the max

There is nothing better than waking up to a rainy day and a John Hughes film marathon of 80’s classics: The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Watching Jon Cryer dance through a record store to Otis Redding is an extremely liberating and magical moment! I may or may not dance every time that scene comes on (let’s not discuss it).


My love for the 80’s however, is not innate. It developed during my dorm days at university – freshman year. So did my Whittaker’s chocolate block addiction, but don’t worry I’ve long kicked that habit. I am a proud 90’s kid. Flannel, leather and denim are my uniforms; D.I.Y is my ethos and sarcasm and cynicism are my language – both a character flaw and strength I’ve been informed.

Like every decade that the human race goes through, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Nevertheless, what I feel can be surmised about the 80s is the spirit of living young, wild and free. (Shout out to Snoop and Wiz).

The fashion, the music, the movies and the teens all seemed to be injected with neon and amplified with shoulder pads. I guess the take home message is:


  1. Don’t be afraid to be larger than life

Even if you’re outward expression dances in the more neutral colour scheme, doesn’t mean your latibule shouldn’t be effervescent and bright.

  1. People can try to define you, but you should always define yourself.

Your ID is not a plastic card that allows you to drink and drive (not together…ever!). It’s how you see yourself or where you want to see yourself. That may be a princess, or a basket case or the screw that fell out of the door (#TheBreakfastClub). Eminem said it, “I am whatever I say I am.” So if you think you can, you can!

People love to chuck you in a corner. No one knows you like you know you. So give them a kind gesture…


  1. Ultimately, do you!

Life is about walking your own path and creating moments you can be proud of. Life is like walking down a moving sidewalk backwards. If you walk, you stay in the same place. If you stop walking, you actually go backwards. The only way to truly get ahead in this thing called life is to hustle. Even if when you stumble. Keep grinding!



Under the neon lights of 80s nostalgia, here’s this weeks music suggestions for songs that can transport you to back to the future:

  • The Sound – The 1975
  • Heart Out – The 1975
  • Stockholm Syndrome – One Direction
  • Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
  • When You Were Young ­– The Killers
  • Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira
  • Come Together – Echosmith
  • Style – Taylor Swift
  • Maniac – Michael Sembello
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson


Till next time,

Jenn xo

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