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It’s A New Year!


It seems like only yesterday that we were telling one another Happy New Year and setting our goals for 2016. Yet, we’ve already reached the halfway mark for January, and February is merely 8 days away! I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing and how much has already happened. I turned 25! (dear Lort, lol); I made the very grown up decision to leave a job that I was unhappy with and got two amazing job offers–I only applied at these two places; and then made the even more adult-like decision to take the job that would offer more experience, flexibility and bank –almost double what I was making before!

As all of these wonderful things come into fruition, I know that there will only be more to come, and God is simply preparing me for the type of year and life he has planned for me. I’m ready for my hobby to become my career; I’m ready to be in the healthiest, most fit shape of my life; & mama ain’t no beggar, but I’m definitely down for a male companion/boyfriend/hubby/all of the above! Haha! But seriously, guys??

But in preparation for all new things, the old habits have to go and changes must be implemented. Change isn’t change until you change. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You know that, I know that, but it none of it matters if we don’t act upon it.

Philippians 4: 6&7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Let your heart and mind be guarded. Put your trust in God and allow him to guide your footsteps. Every day, the intent must be there:

Work Harder

Grow Stronger

Eat Better

Pray Longer

Live YOUR life to the best of YOUR ability and do everything with and in love!

I hope you guys are enjoying the new year and making every effort to make every day the best day of your life. Be sure to stay in touch this year and we’ll keep each other motivated and encouraged on this journey!

In other news, I celebrated my 25th in Atlanta! If you wanna see what we got up to, be sure to watch the video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel for future vids 🙂

 Lynella!

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Alabama Shakes & Brittany Howard


It’s been some time since I’ve done a musical post, but I could not pass up the opportunity to rave about the band, Alabama Shakes. Apparently, these lovely humans have been making musical magic since 2009, but I only had the pleasure of hearing their songs for the first time on a Banana Republic soundtrack. When “Don’t Wanna Fight” first played, my closest guy coworker and I immediately started jamming out. This guy sounded amazing and there was so much power in this song. Then, “Gimme All Your Love” came on, and I felt it in my soul–the music, the voice, it was insane. I had no idea what he was saying, but somehow he pulled an Adele and found all these emotions I didn’t know were there, exposing them for the world to see!

You guys should press play & allow the song to play as you read, that way you experience the truth as I did!

But what makes this even more amazing, is the shocking truth I later discovered. As I was searching for the music on YouTube, videos of the band popped up and the lead singer seemed to be a woman. I was very confused, as the voice I’d been hearing was clearly that of a man, right? Wrong. This genius sound and these powerful vocals were none other than Brittany Howard, a gorgeous, full-figured lady, with a fierce haircut, trendy glasses, and a large tattoo on her right arm.

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Howard is Alabama Shakes’ lead vocalist and guitarist. She and their bassist, Zac Cockrell started their journey on YouTube, posting both covers and original songs. Now, the band of four has two studio albums; the most recent was released in April of this year. It just so happens that all of the amazing songs my job exposed me to are from the band’s newest album Sound & Color.

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If you guys don’t believe me after hearing the first track, watch the videos below and believe it! I love that the lead vocalist is a woman, but also shame on me for assuming it was a man. I mean, her voice is deeper than most, so I guess I’m in the clear. But doubting that the strength and power her vocals carry could come from a woman–let’s just say I won’t ever do it again!

 Lynella

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The Sibling Tag!

Hola beautiful people! How’s it going?

Do you guys remember that lovely little lady I introduced you to months ago? My smaller, cuter, more genius mini-me–don’t tell her I said that, lol! Jokes. But yes, some of you may have guessed correctly; I am referring to my little sister, Sharani! If you need to refresh your memory, check out this post.

To close out our summer–really, her summer–she joined me in my new video The Sibling Tag . Now to be fair, we do have an older sister and I will be doing a video with her, but she doesn’t live with us and wasn’t around at the time. I was sure to give her a cameo, though 😀

Anyway, if you’d like to see my personality up close and hear some accent slippage, check out the video below! If you like it, be sure to give the video a thumbs up and share it! & if you’re feeling really fancy, subscribe!


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Are You In Love With Cocaine?

“I’m in love with the coco.” Better yet, “I’m in love with the [cocaine]!” Uh yeah, ridiculous, I know, but somehow no one else seems to think so. Somehow America and the rest of the world made this asinine song soar to the top of the charts. & although some people may have addressed the possible glorification of the usage and selling of cocaine, I’m not sure if anyone questioned the consumer. Why are we supporting this song? Because the beat is good?

O.T. Genasis’ song “Coco,” which is an outright reference to selling cocaine, became extremely popular upon release, and the Twitter, Vine, and Youtube communities went insane. The video has 134,462,309 views as of date and nearly 1 million likes. Fortunately, it has 162,000+ dislikes, meaning some of you are in your right minds, but unfortunately that ratio is very low. In the video below, I comically address the issues that stem from this song. So, be sure to watch and let me guys know what you think!

& seriously guys, since when are we all in love with cocaine?

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YouTube Makeup Tutorial!

Hey guys! How’s it going? I have some fun, new information for you and I’m sure you may have guessed it from the title of this post. Yes, you read it correctly, ya girl now has a YouTube Channel! I finally took the plunge and decided to add video footage as another outlet for everything that’s going on in this brain of mine. The videos will include a variety of things, as this blog does–beauty, trends, life & everything else! I love the beauty and fashion industry; my interests in fitness and health are expanding; I’ve been attempting to do more activities and travel more places so that there’s more to my lifestyle than work, sleep, and food, lol; and societal/cultural issues and pop culture will forever hold a place in my heart. So, if you guys want to keep up with me that way, feel free to head of there and subscribe! I’m working on the length of the videos–yall know I love to talk–but I’d say they’re pretty interesting. The most recent video is below & it’s a makeup tutorial on how to achieve a great look with very few, non-fancy products e.g. M.A.C–whom I love!

Feel free to spread the word and leave any comments or questions under this post! As you know, I love you all. I pray that you are all living, laughing and loving wonderfully.

Love ya!


Wildfire & Waves: SBTRKT, Mr. Probz & Robin Schulz


Hey guys! As you know, I like to do musical posts every so often. Nothing too deep really, just sharing some of the music that I have been enjoying and replaying literally nonstop.

The first song is Wildfire by SBTRKT, pronounced subtract, who’s actually guy named Aaron Jerome.

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I first heard Wildfire on our work playlist a few months ago, but forgot about it. Later, I heard the song again in one of Joe Sugg’s vlogs of Bestival–which took place in the heart of the Isle of Wight (UK)–and I was going mad because I couldn’t understand the lyrics on his video and there was no one linking to or mentioning the song. But, a few days ago it started playing again at work, and I demanded that my manager tell me what the song was. The beat is so catchy and the lyrics are clear enough for you to figure out most of what she’s saying, but vague enough to make you second guess yourself. It’s also quite smooth and mesmerizing and, obviously, full of electronic and dubstep elements. Check it out!

The second favorite is Waves by Mr. Probz, the Robin Schulz Remix. The original song is quite slow but was transformed into an upbeat, electronic hit by Robin Schulz. I heard this song on the radio and loved it immediately, but I could never remember it by the time I got home. Yesterday, I heard it again and quickly whipped out my phone to type in some key lyrics. More than anything, this guy’s voice is quite memorable. Sure, there’s some auto-tune or something thrown in there, but that raspiness is surely his own. Again, the beat is catchy and easily a club hit, but also mellow enough to relax to.

As always, be sure to check out all the links and if you listen to any of the songs, do let me know if you enjoyed them–or hated them, whichever!


Singers, Actors, Celebrities: Entertainers.

I typed a super long post, vented, then changed my mind about the format. So, here are my thoughts in listed format. This is in response to comments made on this video.

People are idiots, we all know this.

It’s stupid to try to spread positivity with negativity– that’s counterproductive.

Yes, first world problems are a real thing, but that does not mean that my problems/issues/hurt/pain are not valid. Other people around the world are suffering and most times it’s at a magnitude that most could not possibly comprehend. Even our fellow Americans deal with daily hardship and most people are not aware. I know that children in South America (see I said a something other than Africa, unlike most people) are starving, and please believe that I care and hope to contribute in any way that I can. But, if I’m having a bad day, let me have my freaking bad day! Dang! It’s what’s relative to the person’s life at the moment and not their fault. You’re upset that people in a developed, technologic world have developed world problems? That’s stupid.

You cannot blame others for issues/situations that do not directly relate to them. e.g. someone who decided to make Youtube videos for a living has NOTHING to do with photojournalists being beheaded in other countries. Those are global, societal, and governmental issues.

The argument that ‘x career,’ e.g. nurse practitioner, is better than ‘y career,’ e.g. entertainer, and therefore deems the person in ‘y career’ lazy, selfish, self-indulgent, vain, ungrateful, and unworthy of their success and/or popularity is crap.

Yes, being a nurse practitioner, doctor, and lawyer are all amazing and require hard work, diligence, and time. & yes, it is absolutely necessary that these people exist. But, WTH does that have to do with anything else?

Doctors chose to be doctors. Lawyers chose to go to law school, pass the bar and practice law. Cops chose to join law enforcement. Okay? Your point? Chefs cook, singers sing, architects plan and design buildings, athletes play sports, teachers educate our children, garbage men pick up trash, and politicians run the world. These are what we call jobs, people– we all have them. 

When someone makes a certain amount of money for what they do, you shouldn’t attack them. If you want to see change in the world, impact society; change the minds of your fellow human beings. But criticizing Lebron James–who I’m not the biggest fan of– for the millions that he makes is not only hate directed in the wrong direction, but it’s something that will change absolutely nothing.

Wrigley, Fenley and Yankee stadiums don’t sell themselves out. As my college professor once said, you can never be upset with a MLB player because he is only making the millions that you give him. Also, his millions are well deserved; he works extremely hard to maintain his strength, endurance, and longevity. Athletic careers are lucrative, but they don’t last forever. Once it’s over, it’s over.

Doctors are there to heal us. Nurses take care of us. Entertainers ENTERTAIN US! Like, what else do you think this is? I’m sure that after that long 12 hour shift, Ms. Susan, the nurse, wouldn’t mind relaxing on her couch with a bottle of wine and her subscription of Netflix.

The Housewives of all the cities are ridiculous and the show is insanity. But, people enjoy it and that’s an issue you have to take up with them. Sure, you may not feel like what Kim Kardashian does is relevant to society, but clearly she’s relevant to someone. They’re not Keeping Up With the Kardashians for nothin’.

We are all individual beings with individual talents. Not everyone is here to travel abroad and document the tragedies taking place in underdeveloped countries. If that’s what you do, awesome! DO YOU! I appreciate you just the same. But do NOT try to discredit what I do because it’s different from what you do. I mean, I quite enjoy music. So, thank you to all of the musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, etc. out there. My life wouldn’t be the same without you.

Moral of the story: don’t be an idiot. Don’t belittle others because you don’t like what they do. Don’t attack people you don’t know, especially via the dang-on internet, and infer that their lives are meaningless and useless. Don’t assume that because someone isn’t doing heart surgery, what they’re doing isn’t life-changing–people influence society in various ways. And lastly, don’t do the exact opposite of what you’re trying to enforce.

Be the change you want to see in the world.- Mahatma Ghandi


Youtubers: Something That Fans/Viewers Need To Understand.

Note: This post was inspired by some recent YouTube comments left here. I’d love it if you read everything, but if you’re only here to read about my remarks regarding the comments left on Alfie and Zoe’s Sims video, you can skip to the bottom. Thanks! 🙂 Youtubers, youtubeYouTube. It’s the site we love to revisit and quite frankly, one that many of us depend on. I am an avid viewer and although I’ve technically had my channel since about 2009, I didn’t start utilizing the site until a few years ago. I use YouTube like I use Google and Television–for information and entertainment. It is the place I turn to for comedy, beauty, hair, pop culture, international events, and so much more. Every Thursday some of you waited for Scandal to air–no worries, I watched as well and online of course! 😉 –whereas every Sunday, I wait for people like Joe and Zoe Sugg to post a video for Sugg Sunday. I love YouTube and appreciate those who create content. Whether it takes them 5 minutes or 5 months, I love them all the same. I watch what I like and, as you would guess, I don’t watch what I don’t like. I give the videos that I love a thumbs up and if I’m really feeling happy, I leave a comment. youtubers, grace helbig, grace comments I guess because I’m a bit older than some viewers, 23, I’ve always been a bit hesitant before posting things and a lot more understanding. I never give a video or comment a thumbs down unless it’s completely offensive and/or disrespectful. When I see someone who, in my opinion, made a comment that was possibly misinterpreted, I try to reply and give them some encouragement and indirectly tell others to back the eff off! I also get it if/when someone doesn’t post a video on their designated day–because, you know, they have lives outside of the five minutes I see on camera. The internet is one of the best things that we have, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. It gives you the ability to say and do things without the responsibility of consequences–which is unfortunate. But, this post isn’t about cyber-bullying–not entirely, anyway. It’s about realizing that no one owes you anything, especially not a complete and absolute stranger. youtubers, charlieissocoollike, charlie mcdonnel Now before you get offended, let me just say that even though I may sound a bit hostile–I kind of am–I am writing this with love. Informative love. I love YouTube and its creators just as much as you do, so I just want you to understand where I, and maybe some of them, are coming from. I see berating commentary on people’s videos all the time.

  • It’s been x and y amount of time, yet they still haven’t posted. 
  • They said they would do x, y, and z, and we’re still waiting. 
  • I am a dedicated viewer and I deserve, x, y, and z. 
  • I can’t believe x or y said that, I’m over them and their channel. 
  • I’m so over x YouTuber, I’m unsubscribing. 

Um, okay? If you want to unsubscribe, please do. Yes, they appreciate your views, but by all means if you are unhappy feel free to exit stage left. & Don’t get me wrong, anyone that has viewers or fans in any capacity love feedback–they need it to improve their content and to make sure they’re delivering what their viewers want to see. But everything comes with some limitations and an understanding from both parties. And that’s where I think the problem lies with viewers. youtubers, zoella, alfie deys, zalfie, milan#Zalfie. You love them, I love them, they love them, the whole world loves them. Seriously. –A note to future bae: I will love you with all of my heart, but please note that a small part of me loves Zalfie more than whatever our ship name will be #sorrynotsorry. Even if Zalfie ever broke up, God Forbid!, I would stalk their past life and reminisce. For those of you who are not from the YouTube community, Zalfie is the ship name of Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes (if you don’t know what shipping is we can address that another time). They are two individual Youtubers from the UK that just so happen to be friends and are now dating. The internet loves them. But, when they went public–they were actually outed on accident–the fandom went crazy. Sure, we respect their privacy but we also love it when they are together in any video, ever. Even if it’s just for two seconds. youtubers, the sims, zoella, alfie deyes, zalfiesims As of November 1, 2013, both Alfie and Zoe began making Sims’ videos on Alfie’s gaming channel; as time progressed, they increased the length of the videos and posted more frequently. Clearly, myself and several others–like millions of other people–flipped our $h*t! Zalfie for days at a time? What more could you ask for? Apparently, a lot. As with any other channel, viewers can expect certain videos to appear on certain days; if that doesn’t happen some people get a bit upset. If it happens continuously, people get extremely upset and very vocal. In Zalfie’s case, they’ve missed posting on occasion, but they always made up for it by increasing the length of the next video. They also tell their viewers via Twitter if they are going to miss posting. They apologize and try to reassure the viewers that a video will appear soon. But, for 13-17 year olds, the average viewer age range–with some obviously being younger and older, like myself– that is not acceptable. Because, you know: As YouTube is your job, you cannot and should not miss days. Sorry, but they are not sorry about it.

I disagree.

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Sure, being a YouTuber is their job, and if they want to keep their viewership they have to produce content, more often than not. But, unlike other jobs being in social media provides certain perks that other jobs just don’t have. It also gives the perception that those involved are never actually working, which just isn’t true. On one of Zalfie’s latest videos, there was a huge uproar about how Zoe and Alfie weren’t posting enough and they were continuously letting their viewers down. They were also saying that because they are professional YouTubers, it is their responsibility to make sure that their videos are uploaded on the designated days.

To summarize most of the comments: YouTube is their job and if they were working in any other profession they would get fired. Attending events like Vidcon or taking a vacation does not mean that they can’t post videos- there should be videos created for anticipated absences. So on and so forth.

Okay, here’s the kicker, kids. I get your point, I do. But I think you all are a bit ill-informed and don’t realize the entirety and complexity of what is involved in the life of a YouTuber. (Please, note that I am not a YouTuber, but as an adult with experience, some well-rounded knowledge and a bit of common sense, I can draw some fair conclusions).


1. Being a YouTuber involves more than just making videos. Although it started out as just a hobby, several YouTubers have now made this their sole profession. They get paid to make videos and (some of ) their revenue comes from the generated clicks on the ads, blah, blah, blah–too many specifics that I don’t want to misstate. But, with this popularity comes other opportunities. They are asked to speak at and attend certain events–many times to meet viewers like yourselves; they have meetings with companies and PR people to ensure that they get to continue doing what they do, expand their brand and remain relevant–also, so they can bring different opportunities to their viewers; they have photo shoots and interviews, and so on and so forth. All of those things are a part of being a YouTuber, aka THEIR JOB! It trips me out when people say, being at Vidcon or Digifest isn’t an excuse for not making a video because making videos is their job–but, so are those appearances. Yes, it is unfortunate that every viewer cannot attend the events and are therefore relying on the YouTuber’s weekly videos to appear as normal. & I commend every YouTuber that does both at the same time. But, you can’t automatically say that they’re being irresponsible and not working.

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Example: If I usually work in an office all day and my coworkers see me on a daily basis, M-F, then every M-F they are going to expect me to be there. But, let’s say next week I have a conference out-of-town and won’t be in the office. When I return, my coworker comes to me and says: I am going to report you because I came into your office and you weren’t here; you’re not doing your job and that is unacceptable. Negative. I was doing my job, I was just doing a different part of the job in a different location. I can’t get fired for that. 

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2. Which brings me to my next point: YouTube cannot be equated to your everyday profession. As I stated earlier, YouTubers are paid by the number of clicks the ads get and the views that their videos generate. Therefore, if you don’t make a video, there will be no ads, and you won’t get paid. That’s not entirely how regular jobs work. If someone doesn’t go into work on any given M-F and they don’t supply a valid excuse, they get fired. If you don’t turn in your assigned paperwork, projects, etc., you will receive fair warning and then you’d get fired. YouTube doesn’t work that way. Fortunately, working in something like the internet industry allows you to do whatever you like. In a way, it’s like working for yourself and being your own boss. Sure, if they don’t make videos then they don’t make money, but the only person that it negatively effects is them. They may risk losing some of their followers, but that will be a price they’ll have to pay. The difference? They can always return to making videos when they’d like. No one can fire you from doing that.

Note: I could be wrong and certain YouTubers may have signed contracts that state that they have to make a certain number of videos in a given week or month, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I have no idea as to whether or not that could be true.

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3. Lastly, no one is required to do anything for you. Sure, if it weren’t for viewers like you and me there would be no famous YouTubers. Generally speaking, YouTubers upload videos for their viewers’ pleasure and they continue to create content based on the responses that they get. But, let us not forget they could very easily just stop. Much like a regular job, if you are unhappy with your performance or the performance of others you can just quit. There have been a few occasions in which I’ve heard certain people say that YouTube isn’t the same for them, they’ve been very unhappy and they may quit all together. Or, there are other instances where people have to take a break from what they’re doing because unlike a regular job, YouTube, for some people, involves being in the public eye. & with public attention comes public scrutiny. youtubers, tumblr_mr80i242aT1sewus0o1_500

So, I guess I said all of that to say: some of you need to just chill and possibly be a bit more understanding. Yes, YouTubers have a certain responsibility to upload; and yes, they should make sure that they are producing creative content, and frequently if they want to remain relevant. But, they don’t have to if they don’t want to. Most YouTubers, especially the original ones, began making videos because they enjoyed creating content and that was it. Some of them were fortunate enough to gain large audiences and I know that they are very appreciative of that; but, with that audience came more responsibility, more opportunities, and much more public opinion. Sometimes they don’t post videos because they are busy doing other YouTube related things, and that’s fine. Sometimes they won’t upload a video because they weren’t feeling well/didn’t look their best and could not find the energy to create a video or appear on camera. Also fine. Other times, they are on vacation, which doesn’t involve working, or simply need a break and just won’t post a video because they don’t freaking feel like it. & you know what? That is also absolutely fine. YouTube is not television and it is not Netflix. Some random stranger has decided to pick up a camera and share a portion of their lives or creativity with you. Should they be grateful that you intake that information? Yes. But you, too, should be grateful that they were nice enough to share it with you.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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One Direction: You & I

So, I’m back with another song and some of you may breeze right past this as soon as you see the title. But, oh well! I am a 23-year-old, adult female and I like One Direction; leave me be. Lol. But actually, I’m kind of here to rag on them a bit. As I said, I like 1D and am a supporter, or whatever, but this music video is absolutely ridiculous. Love the song, the video–not so much.

If you haven’t heard their latest hit “You & I,” then where have you been? It plays constantly on the radio; whether you like them or not, at some point you can’t help but hear it because four different stations will play the song at the same time–which is annoying even for me. Then there are days, like today, where I search for it on purpose because I want to hear it; this led me to their video–get ready to shake your head in disapproval.

Quickly, my thoughts as I watched:

1.Niall changed his hair again, meh. I kind of liked it better before, but I guess he’s going for an older look.

2. Niall morphs into Liam?? Um okay, what is really happening.

3. Liam does a random, little hand wave and then swipes his hand across his face, turning into Harry. Okay guys…this is getting old. You know, because it doesn’t look real and all. (& don’t get me started on that little jog he did for, like, 5 seconds. What even was that, Harry? I love you, but nah.)

4. Harry does a spin-around and turns into Zayn. Okay, not that bad.

5. Louis. Poor, poor Louis. Zayn turns his head and morphs into a 70-year-old man, I’m sorry I meant Louis. Not a good look for my boy or his hair.

6. The Harry facial zoom in. Can’t complain about that one.

7. All of their separate Matrix bodies run to catch up with their present bodies–except Harry, of course; not to mention all the other random freeze frames.

8. Zayn’s jacket. -__-

9. The crate. The purple ball. Just what?

And then the video ends.

Again, I like the song but the video is pushing it a bit. I don’t really get the concept, but when does 1D, or anyone for that matter, ever have a video that matches the song these days? Also, in the process of writing this I noticed that Lauren Yapalater of Buzzfeed did a very similar post, but hers is much cooler because she has graphics. So, feel free to check that link out here.

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Karmin: Brokenhearted.

I absolutely love Karmin -a pop duo, incorporating a bit of hip hop with lady singer and rapper, Amy Heidemann, and partner Nick Noonan.
From the moment I heard Karmin’s Chris Brown & Busta Ryhmes cover I fell in love. Not to mention, Amy is gorgeous, her voice is great and she and Nick Noonan are a couple, now engaged–which always makes for a good duo. I love their sound, their look, and their energy. Brokenhearted was the duo’s first lead single from their debut EP, “Hello,” and the first official VEVO video. Of course they were one another’s love interest in the video, which absolutely made my heart melt. I’m so excited to see what’s in store for their future, and I wish them the best of luck in their musical career because their talent is endless.
You can purchase Brokenhearted here, and be sure to watch the video above–they’re adorable!