Taylor Swift’s Sweater, Amanda Bynes’ Good Health + HAIM – Michelle’s Crushes of the Week
Here at PopCrush, we obsess over all things pop just as much as our readers do. Every Friday, you'll be able to get to know us a little bit better as we gush about our personal favorite pop culture-related things at this very moment. Read on to find out what our Assistant Editor, Michelle McGahan, is crushing on this week!
Taylor Swift's Patriotic Wildfox Couture Sweater
One of my all-time favorite casual looks is pairing an oversized knit sweater over short shorts -- and I am absolutely loving Taylor Swift's version of this style, which she rocked with a patriotic Wildfox Couture sweater in L.A. on Feb. 21.
The loose, star-printed sweater is a favorite amongst young pop stars, with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez also donning the Americana shirt. Taylor rocked the red version of the off-the-shoulder top, a bold color that brightens up her face and shows off her short new cut. Even though the sweater almost entirely covers her black Spandex (begging the dreaded "Is she wearing shorts?" question), the top is long enough that T. Swift pulls it off like a short dress, accentuating her model-esque legs. The ripped frays at the bottom of the sweater give the ensemble a relaxed, distressed feel and even allow the tiniest hint of her shorts to peek through. In the middle of a freezing New York winter, Taylor's sweater makes me want summer, 4th of July and a barbecue. Stat.
Amanda Bynes' Improvement
After a year of erratic behavior that included bizarre tweets, countless driving arrests and an involuntary four-month stay at a psychiatric hospital, Amanda Bynes seems to be getting her illnesses (and her life) under control -- and I am genuinely glad for her.
The former Nickelodeon star -- who has reportedly been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia -- was one of my favorite television actresses growing up. I watched her on everything from 'All That' (her segment 'Ask Ashley' was the stuff) and 'The Amanda Show' to 'What I Like About You.' (Not to mention 'She's the Man' -- how hilarious it that movie?!) So, it was difficult to watch her spiral into someone so unrecognizable and stray so far away from the talent we all knew she was. But ever since she left the treatment facility in December 2013, Amanda has begun to carve out a new life for herself, attending college, kicking some bad habits (she has reportedly quit smoking pot and is in the process of removing several tattoos) and is feeling remorse for some of the graphic tweets she sent. Right now, her parents have legal control over her, but she is slowly but surely emerging from the fog and is doing all of the right things to focus on getting better. Keep it up, lady.
HAIM's 'If I Could Change Your Mind'
I'll be honest: When I first heard HAIM's 'If I Could Change Your Mind,' I wasn't a huge fan -- the retro vibe of the song almost felt too old-school and too funky for my tastes. But after watching their music video (and listening to the song on repeat) the style completely grew on me and I may or may not have been totally rockin' out in my seat. Even though the lyrics are slightly poignant, 'If I Could Change Your Mind' brings back the feel-good sound of the '80s and '90s and just makes you want to sing your heart out into a hairbrush (or is that just me?). Either way, I can't get enough of the song or the band's '90s-esque choreography, and may be even bopping my head to the tune as I speak -- er, write.