"Guilty pleasure" is a liberal term for justifying something you like while trying to avoid social backlash for liking it. For me, a guilty pleasure is something I like not because I feel guilty for liking it, but because I feel just a tad guilty using my precious time enjoying it. There's a lot of work to be done, and watching another episode of Gossip Girl is not going to get that next episode of Z Life completed. Distractions are healthy in moderation (just like everything else). Especially if you're looking for a job. Here are the little distractions that keep me sane between my seemingly endless responsibilities.
Gossip Girl will always be one of my favorite shows, even if it's been off the air for over a year now. Re-watching it gives me that connection to New York City that I'm craving for. I'm currently in love with seasons four and five because they take place when the characters have fabulously unrealistic internships and jobs. Maybe I'm living vicariously, maybe I'm jealous, but watching Blair and Dan work at W magazine is too fun.
Reading GQ is more like reading a super fun homework assignment for my personal study of fashion. I do feel a bit guilty buying a luxuriously printed magazine instead of just reading it online, but April's issue is the third annual Style Bible. Can you blame a fashionisto for wanting a physical copy of that? This month's issue had a hilarious article called "Will Male Makeup Ever Catch On?"—my take on that is that it will eventually to the shock of homophobes everywhere. Be sure to read "The GQ 100" and their interview with Pharrell Williams.
My friend Morgan lent me Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened and I haven't read a single page of it without laughing hysterically. This illustrated book is a cynical yet comical take on the author's life. You may recognize the meme from her ever popular blog. The book, available on Amazon, is full of comics from her site and fresh content that's worth the read if you're looking for dry humor.
Steller is an app you absolutely have to try, especially if you're a fan of Instagram and just about any other photo sharing app out there. Use your own photography to create "stories" or little digital magazines by connecting the app to your Twitter account. I created a story on Z Life with the app in a matter of five minutes. That's how easy it is. If your story has great photography and a simple theme, it will most likely make it to the Discover page for all the world to see. The future of social media is jumping outside of the perfect square box we're all used to, so be a trendsetter and try out something new.