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New Layout: Uncorked!

Hey there, reader(s)!

I’ve been working on a new design layout, and I’ve finally got most of the components the way they looked in my mind! So, without further ado — I present you with the new and improved Lena’s Beat!

Feel free to look & click around, and tell me what you think!

The icons on the right will lead you to the following categories:

Viewpoints: posts about pop culture, current events, politics, school, psychology, updates on my life, travel, health tips, and other goodies.

Eats: posts about food, of course! I mostly cook from vegetarian recipes, with some meatier ones featuring ground turkey, grilled chicken, and salmon.

Movies: posts about movies I’ve seen, and my recommendations, typically in the genres of drama, comedy, thriller, gay & lesbian, indie, romantic comedy, and whatever else Netflix recommends (i.e. “Critically acclaimed cerebral dramas with a strong female lead”).

TV: posts about the plethora of shows I love (up to and including  Queer as Folk, Dexter, 24, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Glee, Parenthood, Alias, Beverly Hills, 90210, Buffy, Californication, Frasier, Roseanne, and more!)

Photos: Stay tuned for posts featuring some of the photos I’ve taken! As a full-time student and part-time employee, this growing hobby often takes a backseat right now, but when I do get to use my lovely D-SLR, it’s a happy day for me, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

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R.I.P. Betty Suarez

Rumors have been flying for a while now, but the death of ABC’s Ugly Betty still manages to pack a punch. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever waited anxiously for each episode, and I often caught up online, but the show had a very natural ability to cheer me up with it’s hallucinogenic colors and off-the-walls characters. Based off of a bunch of telenovellas, Ugly Betty brought us a first-generation college grad who’s journalism degree brought her to Mode Publications – as an assistant to a fashion magazine editor. In a true telenovella manner, the plot abounded with outrageous scandal upon outrageous scandal. But, I think the underlying themes of the show were those of family, support, and an acceptance of the “other” – be it latina girls with a healthy body image & yet lack of fashion sense, vixens who’ll do anything to get on top, self-serving receptionists with occasional heart, and guys who treat their sexuality as normative and just another facet into their identity. In a way, Ugly Betty paved the way for Glee, I would say. Betty’s nephew, Justin, made it mod to appreciate fashion, musicals, and theater. I’m going to miss all of their personalities; I’ll miss Daniel, who changed so much from playboy to grieving husband. I’ll miss the colors of the show, and the fierce writing that will live on in syndication. I’ll miss Betty’s innocence and her journey to find a niche for herself in the writing world!