A Cozy January Playlist + Aesthetics

Hey daydreamers! Before the regularly scheduled post, I have a few super fast announcements to make. 🙂

First, if you’re in the reader, I redesigned the blog a little bit! I thought it would be fun to freshen up the fonts and graphics a lil’ bit for 2021, and I’m super happy with it! If you’re in the reader, you can click here to check it out 😉 Also, I redid my Pinterest account to match the new blog design, so make sure you’re following that as well.

I also thought it would be fun to do a follower shoutout at the end of each post, so I’ll be picking someone from the comments of last week’s post to link to their blog or mention their name! Okay, props to you if you actually read that, and now we’ll get into the post XD.

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Dance Q&A + Chat | ft. My Pen Pal, Natalia!

Hey daydreamers! I’m back with another fun collab for this week! Natalia and I exchanged addresses when she won one of my giveaways, so we decided to become pen pals and have written to each other ever since. If you didn’t know already, I’m a dancer, and Natalia danced for a long time. So, we decided to do a little Q&A about dance where we each asked each other 10 questions!

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My 2021 New Year’s Resolutions + How To *Actually* Keep Yours | Collab With Arabella!

Hey daydreamers! This is the first official post of 2021, which is kinda crazy?! I feel like 2020 was both a super long and short year at the same time? After last year, I’m going into 2021 with fairly low expectations, but I’m definitely ready for a fresh start!

This week’s post is a collab with Arabella from Sparks of Ara! She reached out to me about a New Year’s-themed collab, and we decided we would both do a post sharing our resolutions for 2021 as well as some tips on how you can keep yours! Don’t forget to check out Arabella’s post here.

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What I Got For Christmas 2020!

Hey daydreamers! I know I said that I’d see y’all in 2021, and I was originally planning on taking a break after Blogmas. But I really like to read these types of posts, so I thought it would be fun to show what I got for Christmas! We still have another Christmas to go to at my dad’s side of the family, but here’s what I got so far.

Also, I know that everyone says this, but it’s true: Christmas is not about the gifts, it’s about the best Gift of all – the birth of our Savior! I’m not trying to brag about what I got in any way or try to make anyone feel bad. Like I said earlier, I personally enjoy reading these posts.

We opened presents on the morning of Christmas Eve (Santa came early 😉), and the next day we drove up to our cousin’s house and ate an amazing Christmas dinner and exchanged more gifts! We spent the night there and then went to our grandma’s house before heading home. I had a great Christmas eve/day, and I hope you guys did too!

First, I got some cute leopard-print Texas earrings from my cousins! These are so cute!

I also got two other pairs of earrings from them.

I was SO EXCITED when I opened this one from my mom, I’ve been wanting the Pura Vida wave ring forever and I’m obsessed! It goes with everything and is super cute and summer-y!

Also from Pura Vida, my mom got me this pretty white bracelet and the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness bracelet.

This one is maybe my favorite present! I was SO excited when I opened this, I was not expecting to get this haha and I’m so happy to finally have a Kendra Scott necklace! It’s gold with a pretty rose quartz jewel, and I’m wearing it right now as I type this! Thanks mom!

This TurnBoard is from my grandma, and it’s already helping my pirouettes! It’s really fun to use, and although it took a little bit to get the hang of it, I think it’ll help my technique a lot!

Of course, since it’s Christmas 2020, I got some cute Old Navy masks in my stocking 😉

Eee, I’m so excited about this one! I’m a huge fan of Maddie Ziegler, and I’ve wanted this palette ever since she came out with her makeup collab with Morphe. The shades are stunning, and I’ve had a ton of fun experimenting with different looks! My favorite shade is Butterfly Fantasy, since it goes with anyting, but Angel is pretty because it changes hues with the light. Overall, this palette is super high quality!

My mom got me my first foundation from BareMinerals.

I also got some more makeup from my mom, some brow tint and Elf concealer!

I also got some Burt’s Bees lip balm and body lotion in my stocking, which is perfect for my because my hands and lips are super chapped and Burt’s Bees is super high-quality.

I got a face mask in my stocking, which I’m so excited to use because I love spa stuff like this!

I forgot I asked for this, so I was super surprised when I opened these Converse haha! I’m so excited about these, I immediately put them on and walked around in them almost the whole day XD They got a little bit dirty since I wore them at my cousin’s house.

From my cousins, I got this book called Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs. I always need a book to read before I go to bed, and I already started this one and it’s super exciting, full of twists and turns and conspiracies! I would definitely reccomend this one.

I got this super fun long-sleeve Christmas shirt from my mom! I wore it on Christmas day, and my cousin also wore one that said Fa-La-La-Llama on it, so we were matching lol!

I got a rock salt lamp from my ballet company big sisters, and it’s SO pretty and relaxing!

For my early Christmas present, my grandma took me shopping at this amazing dance store in the city, and I got a bunch of dancewear from there! First I got this super comfy basic Bloch leo in black.

I also chose this fancy Gaynor Minden one with a zipper down the front and a high neck, and it’s really cute!

I found this teal lace skirt on sale, and I always get a lot of compliments on it. It’s super fun to wear!

This one is one of my favorites that I got. It’s a simple camisole leo with a V-neck and really pretty back straps!

This one is another favorite – I finally have a patterned leotard! It has this gorgeous black-and-white design on the front, and the back is mesh with velvet lining all along the straps.

I got this fun gift box from my aunt that has all this fancy spa stuff! It came with fuzzy socks, a really good scented candle, a relaxing lavender eye cover, some lip balm, and Himalayan bath salt. I can’t wait to use all of this!

Finally, I got the Loopy rose gold marble phone case! It’s so pretty, and I like how the loop makes it really easy to hold while taking blog pics!

I hope that you guys all had an amazing Christmas! I would love to hear all about in the comments below! Once again, I’m super grateful for everything that I got! I might update this post after Christmas on my dad’s side, but if not, I’ll see ya next year! 😉

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Merry Christmas! + Blogmas Recap (Blogmas Day 12)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Day 8: Joy Devotional

Day 9: Day In My Life

Day 10: What’s On My Phone

Day 11: Christmas Aesthetics

Merry Christmas, everybody! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet 🙂

I hope that you have an amazing holiday, full of gifts, laughter, family, fun, and snow (if you live somewhere that does)! I’m so grateful for all of y’all – I wish I could give you one giant, virtual group hug! Thank you so much for supporting my blog in the one and a half years I’ve had it, and I can’t believe how much this little blog has grown! I love you guys 🤗🤗🤗

I’m kind of amazed that I was actually able to complete Blogmas! This was my first time ever doing it, and it turned out to be really fun and rewarding! Although it was a little stressful, I managed to make 12 posts this month, plus my regular Saturday posts at the beginning of the month! I couldn’t have done it without all of y’alls encouragement and engagement on the posts! I’m so glad that you guys enjoyed Blogmas, and I hope that it was fun seeing a new post pop up in your reader everyday!

Most popular post: Nutcracker 2020 Recap (Blogmas Day 1) (With 57 views!!)

My favorite post: A Day in My Life: Winter Break Edition! (Blogmas Day 9) (I really liked the pictures on this one, and it was super fun to make!)

The easiest post: Probably Christmas Aesthetics, since it only took me an hour to make and I basically just downloaded my Pinterest board I had already made a month ago, and the post turned out pretty good for not having to spend a lot of time on it!

The hardest post: Maybe Christmas Playlist Swap Ft. Mary Elizabeth! (Blogmas Day 2), since I made it the day before finals so I was a little stressed out, and it took a long time to listen to all the songs. I really enjoyed the collab though, and the end result was super rewarding after all that hard work!

My favorite featured image: I experimented with a new app to make images for Blogmas, and I liked how it turned out! Maybe Day 1 or 2, because I love the picture on my Nutcracker Recap and I liked the idea on 2!

And that’s it for Blogmas 2020! I’m so glad I attempted it this year, and I had so much fun! I hope that everyone has an AMAZING Christmas!! See y’all in 2021 (!!!!)

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Christmas Aesthetics (Blogmas Day 11)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Day 8: Joy Devotional

Day 9: Day In My Life

Day 10: What’s On My Phone

Hey daydreamers! IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE?!! I’m sorry, WHAT?! I’m so excited!

To get everyone in the holiday mood, I put together a few Christmas aesthetics from Pinterest! I hope y’all enjoy these, and if you like anything, feel free to Pin to your own boards!

the nutcracker

walkin’ in a winter wonderland

cozy christmas

o, christmas tree

away in a manger

This post was super fun to make, so I hope you guys had fun reading it and looking at the aesthetics! My favorites are either Away in a Manger or The Nutcracker, but I love all of them. Which one is yours?

I hope that everyone has a wonderful, amazing Christmas Eve full of family and love! See you guys tommorow on Christmas Day. I love you all! Merry Christmas!!

Which aesthetic is your favorite?

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What’s On My Phone: Christmas Edition! (Blogmas Day 10)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Day 8: Joy Devotional

Day 9: Day In My Life

Hey daydreamers! Merry Christmas Adam! (Get it? Adam before Eve?) I literally can’t believe it, this holiday season has gone by so fast. And after this post, we only have two more days left of Blogmas! Today, I’m going to do another What’s on my Phone, but Christmas edition! I had a bunch of fun with the ios14 update and made my phone aesthetic and Christmas-themed at the beginning of the month, but I forgot to make a post about it until now. 😉 Let’s get into it!

This is the phone case I got for my birthday from Vera Bradley! It’s partly clear and the other part has a pretty design on it. I like how it’s not that bulky. I also got this pearly white PopSocket from Target that kinda matches the case.

This is my lockscreen/wallpaper! It’s super cute and simple. I got it from a free iOS 14 pack. Unfortunately I lost the link, but it was really easy since I didn’t even have to download it, I just took screenshots of the DropBox without having to put anything on my phone, which was nice!

These are just some Widgets I have if you swipe left, and the camera app comes up if you swipe right.

This is my main homescreen, and I’m super proud of it haha! I used the widget covers from the pack to make app shortcuts and small widgets and arranged them in a cool pattern.

At the top, I have a small widget, and then shortcuts for the music, mail, Youtube, and Pinterest apps.

In the middle, I have shortcuts for the calendar and Netflix apps, as well as shortcuts to my ballet company forum and the Girls’ Life Magazine blog. Next to that, I put a cute little gingerbread widget.

Finally, at the bottom I have a candy cane widget. Next to that, I have shortcuts to the Safari, Bible, and 1 Second Everyday apps, as well as a shortcut to my blog. In the little thingy (lol I don’t know what to call it) at the very bottom, there’s my blood sugar, messages, Safari, and camera apps.

On the next homescreen page, I put a large Christmas-y widget and the rest of my apps organized by color! I also added some Christmas-themed emojis to name each folder.

It’s a little bit disorganized, but I don’t use these folders to get to the apps that often. Normally I just use the App Library.

Finally, here’s the App Library that comes up when you swipe to the right!

This post was so fun to make! If you like these kinds of posts, feel free to check out What’s On My Phone (iOS 14 Edition!) + How to Have an Aesthetic Homescreen & What’s On My iPhone (ft. How I Organize My Apps!) As always, I’ll see you tomorrow (Christmas EVE!!) and Merry Christmas, everyone!

Do you “decorate” your phone for Christmas? Have you tried iOS 14 yet?

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A Day in My Life: Winter Break Edition! (Blogmas Day 9)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Day 8: Joy Devotional

Hey daydreamers! Christmas is literally SO CLOSE. We only have a few more days?? Like where did time even go?? Today I thought it would be fun to kind of “vlog” my day, but blog style – so I made a Day In The Life post to show you guys what a typical day looks like during winter break!

I got out of school last Wednesday after taking finals that morning, but I left for a retreat on Friday and got back on Sunday, so I’ve only had like 2 full days at home so far. So this is less a routine and more of what I do when I actually have free time. XD Let’s get into it!

9:20 – I woke up nice and late, which I’m so happy about not having to set an alarm. XD I sat in bed for a little bit, opened the window, etc. to let myself wake up a little bit. Then I went on the Bible app and did my devotion plans for that day. I’m super behind on all of mine, so I’m going to try and catch up before 2020 is over. 😉 At 9:36, I finally got out of bed.

9:45 I finished making my bed and headed into the kitchen to make breakfast.

9:55 – For breakfast, I put some waffles in the toaster and covered them in sugar-free maple syrup, lol. I also peeled a cutie to go with it. My mom made me an iced coffee with peppermint creamer, and it was super good! Thanks mom! During breakfast, I talked with my sister and mom. After breakfast, my sister and I did our Christmas tradition of finding little figures from a Nativity scene each day before Christmas (today we found the angel!) in our game room! We also challenged our parents to find it when we hid it, because they accused us of being bad at finding it haha 😂

Haha why am I staring directly into the mirror’s soul XD

10:37 – Next, I got dressed. Today I’m wearing the comfiest oversize sweatshirt ever that I got at that retreat I mentioned, my favorite black leggings, and some fuzzy buffalo plaid socks. I also put on this cute little angel necklace and some fake diamond earrings I got from Amazon for like $15 in a pack of 9. Here’s the link, I’m obsessed with it! (I think the price went up, though.)

10:40 – Next I watched On Pointe on Disney+, it’s so good! It’s a documentary following the dancers at SAB (School of American Ballet) as they prepare for NYC Ballet’s The Nutcracker. It always inspires me to stretch, so I stretched both splits and middle splits while I was watching it.

this photo turned out so cool!

11:22 – After I finished the episode, I went back into my room to work on this blog post, lol. Mainly what I’ve been doing during winter break so far is working on Blogmas, so I’ve been spending a lot time planning, writing, creating images, etc. for posts. I like to put on Christmas music while I work on these. 🙂 I got a bunch of this post done and scheduled tomorrow’s Blogmas, so I was pretty productive lol!

12:24 After that, I went and jumped on our new trampoline for a little bit! It was an early Christmas present, and I’ve been making up a cheer routine on it. I’ve got like 2 minutes of it, and I’m very proud of myself haha. It’s really fun to pretend to stunt on there, and also to do flips and jumps! My sister also joined and we did some 2-person stunts together.

1:00 – I watched the first part of the next episode of On Pointe and manicured my nails. Then my mom got back with Cane’s (yum!) so we all ate together.

1:30 – I attempted to recreate one of the photos from my nail inspo post, and it actually turned out okay! I need to clean up the edges, though. I finished up the episode while I painted them.

2:00 – This is probably the least productive part of my day, lol. I just kind of messed around on my phone and laptop, procrastinating finishing this post for about thirty minutes, which is not good for me but it’s a bad habit haha. I was feeling pretty unmotivated and tried to get some more Blogmas done, but I ended up taking a break and walking my dog instead.

3:20 – I wrapped all my Christmas gifts I’m giving to my family! Not all of them are pictured here. I used to be terrible at wrapping, but I’m getting better at it!

5:00 – After hanging out for a while, I played Minecraft with my little sister. I don’t play Minecraft regularly, but if I have a bunch of free time like on Christmas and Thanksgiving break, I always get back into it.

5:30 – I did an Anna McNulty stretching routine to help get my middle splits. I’m only an inch away from the ground! Since my New Year’s resolution was to get my middle and right splits, I’ve already gotten my right, so I figured I could try and get my middle splits before 2020 is over.

7:00 – After we looked outside at the Bethlehem Star conjoined planets thingy through a telescope (it was pretty cool!), we made these hot chocolate bombs a friend gave us. They were sooo good, super sweet! We watched Home Alone, which is one of our traditions.

9:30 – After taking a relaxing shower, brushing my teeth, and changing into PJ’s, I did my quiet time. I read a Christmas-themed devotional on the Bible app and took notes while I did it.

10:00 – I read some of my book. I finished the first few books of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, so now I’m reading So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim and it’s really good so far. Also, I took this picture today, so that’s why it’s light outside lol.

10:50 – Goodnight!

And that’s it for today’s Blogmas! I hope that y’all enjoyed seeing what a day in my life looks like, Christmas break-style. See ya tommorow!

What’s your favorite breakfast? Aren’t toaster waffles amazing? Do you watch Home Alone every year?Do you like Minecraft? Are you watching On Pointe? What book are you reading right now?

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Joy: A Christmas Devotional (Blogmas Day 8)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Hey daydreamers! For the 8th day of Blogmas, I have bit of a different post for you guys! I just got back from a winter retreat, and it was amazing! It was so fun to get some fresh air and hang out with my friends. I also grew my faith a lot and felt really close to God. Applying some of the things I learned there, I thought it would be really cool to share this Christmas-themed devotion that I wrote for you guys!

At Christmas, I feel like a word I see constantly is joy. Just look in Hobby Lobby, and you’ll find that word just about everywhere. You know that decoration every other person seems to have, the cutout that says JOY with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus inside the O? My family and friends and I came up with this game while we’re looking at Christmas lights to count how many JOY signs we see. Seriously, we always get over 20.

Joy has kind of become an overused word at Christmastime. It’s lost it’s meaning, and become a holiday buzzword. But what does joy even mean, anyway?

Let’s look at two different ways to define joy: How the world defines it, versus how the Bible defines it. Dictionary.com says that joy is “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; elation: a state of happiness or felicity.”

On the surface, joy could be described as happiness, an emotion, caused by something, like it says in the dictionary. Defined this way, joy is conditional. It’s caused by something. The feeling of winning a sports game, opening a present that’s just what you wanted, or seeing a family member you don’t see often.

However, in the Bible, joy is deeper than that. Joy is unconditional. It doesn’t have a cause. It’s not defined by circumstance. In fact, Jesus calls us to be joyful in all circumstances.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

-James 1:2 NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

-Philippians 4:4 NIV

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Did you know that Philippians, the most joyful book in the Bible – it mentions joy explicitly 15 times and has a theme of it – was written when Paul was in prison? Joy isn’t just a feeling or an emotion. It’s looking to God, even when you’ve hit rock bottom, and praising Him anyways. Despite your circumstances, you can always rejoice in the Lord.

But what does this have to do with Christmastime? Why do we see this word pop up so much during December? This is because Jesus is THE reason for joy. That’s why, even in the darkest places, we can always find joy in Jesus. So that’s why at Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior who brings us so much joy, we talk about this word. Because it’s more than an emotion or feeling: Jesus is joy.

…but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

Luke 2:10

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 

John 15:!1

Posts like holiday fashion and music are always super fun, but I loved this reminder of why we celebrate Christmas! I hope that this devotion helped you take a step back and regain the meaning of joy at Christmas. If you have any questions, PLEASE reach out to me either in the comments section or the contact page! I’ll try my best to answer them, and I’m happy to pray for you or anything else you need!

Merry Christmas and I’m praying for all of y’all! See you tommorow!

Have you ever gone on a retreat before? What does joy mean to you? Which out of these verses spoke to you the most? Do you have any questions?

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Reacting to the Evermore Album: Part 2 (Blogmas Day 7)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Hey daydreamers! GUYS, CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE!! *runs around screaming Deck the Halls* I’m back for part 2 of my evermore review/reaction! I’m going to be tackling the last of the songs on the album. Let’s get right into it!

coney island

“i’m on a bench in coney island / wondering where did my baby go? / the fast times, the bright lights, the merry go / sorry for not making you my centerfold.”

This one has a grey-skies kind of feeling for some reason? It has that forlorn, wistful feel, and it’s filled with the amazing vocals from Taylor and the National. The lyrics are sad and regretful – “did i close my fist around something delicate / did i shatter you?” Once again, this one isn’t my favorite one, but it’s so beautiful and haunting that it’s definitely up there!

ivy

“ooh, i can’t, stop you putting roots in my dreamland / my house of stone, your ivy grows / and now i’m covered in you.”

For a little bit, this song was my favorite one on the album, but I think I’ve changed it to willow. I still do really like the tune, and it’s really catchy. I like how it’s a little more upbeat, and it’s really pretty.

cowboy like me

“takes one to know one / you’re a cowboy like me / never wanted love, just a fancy car.”

This one has a country feel to it, which I like! It’s a chill kind of song that I would put on while doing a face mask or blogging. “and you asked me to dance / but i said, “dancing is a dangerous game” is another favorite lyric!

long story short

“and i fell from the pedestal / right down the rabbit whole / long story short it was a bad time”

For some reason, the tune from this one reminds me of the last great american dynasty from folklore. It also has an Alice and Wonderland feel for some reason? I like the tune of this one, it’s a happier one with amazing lyrics. I definitely like other ones better, though.

marjorie

“what died didn’t stay dead / what died didn’t stay dead / you’re alive, you’re alive in my head”

This one I was really confused about at first, but then I figured out that Marjorie is Taylor’s grandmother, and everything made sense. XD I really like listening to this one, and it’s such a sweet tribute to her grandmother!

closure

“yes, i got your letter / yes, i’m doing better / i know that it’s over / i don’t need your closure.”

This one is not the most memorable one on the album – to be honest, I kind of forgot about it? I’m not a huge fan of the instrument at the beginning, I don’t know how to describe it lol. I don’t really like how they added the effects to some of her vocals, either. Other than that, I really like the lyrics for this one.

evermore

“and i couldn’t be sure / i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain would be for / evermore.”

When I saw that this song was featuring Bon Iver, I was really hoping for a sequel to exile. Even though it isn’t, this title track is a really calm and pretty way to finish off the album. It is a little sleepy, but the vocals are so amazing and it has such a cool meaning! I love the lyric change at the end to “i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain wouldn’t be for / evermore.” The harmonies are also really pretty.

Overall thoughts: I really like the evermore album, and I think it was an awesome surprise for her fans during a lonely winter! However, I definitely prefer folklore to this one. The other album had stronger songs as a whole, but evermore had a few really good songs and the rest sounded very similar to each other.

What do you think? Did you prefer evermore or folklore? What’s your favorite song from each album?

See y’all tommorow!

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