Teen Trend: Haul Videos – From The Perspective Of A YouTube Beauty & Style Guru

Haul Videos, YouTube, Teen Trends, Teen Fashion, DaisyLove03

 

Samantha is a 17-year-old from Tulsa, OK. She enjoys babysitting, sewing, drawing, crocheting, writing and anything creative. She loves to hang out with her mom and two sisters and hopes to someday work in the fashion industry.

 

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines a haul as: ‘(of a person) pull or drag with effort or force.’ By Youtube’s beauty and style community standards, a haul may be defined as: a video, debuting items (clothes, makeup, food, etc.) typically bought on a recent shopping spree. Though hauls may, superficially, seem vain and self-centered, after digging deeper you can see there is a lot of positive that spurs from this trend. This double-edge sword is best left to conclusion after weighing the good from the bad and reading Radical Parenting’s Q&A with DaisyLove03, a popular beauty guru on YouTube. She is adept to answer, having made several different haul videos of her own.

 

 

Q&A with YouTube.com/DaisyLove03

 

 

How did you get started making haul videos?

 

“Prior to creating my own channel I was always watching other gurus such as MakeupByTiffanyD, JuicyStar07 and SparkleMissA. I found that it was really fun to watch, especially when their style and preference for clothes/makeup etc we’re really similar to my own. I got started in making haul videos on my channel because a few of my viewers started requesting for them. I didn’t realize how big this trend was until I started doing more research about it!”

 

 

Overall, do you believe that haul videos are a positive or negative trend?

 

“Even though haul videos do carry a negative trend of causing people to purchase unintended items. I find that overall it is a positive way for people to share with others what they are interested in. It is a great way to help inspire, connect and hear feedback about what the latest trends in fashion/cosmetics etc are through networking within this YouTube community.”

 

 

Why do you like to make haul videos?

 

“Creating haul videos is really enjoyable because it gives me a chance to share with others my own personal taste in items. It is a great way to hear feedback! Sort of like going through the items that you just purchased with a friend after a finished shopping trip.”

 

What is the upside to haul videos?

 

“The upside to haul videos is that it is a great way for people to share with others what they recently purchased. Usually this is one of the best ways to discover new products that you might have never known of! Also haul videos, in a way, serve as mini reviews. This is a great resource for those who are looking for a second opinion before purchasing.”

 

 

What do you think the downside is to hauling?

 

“Even though creating hauling videos are really fun to do, I believe that there is a downside in doing it. It can often lead people to go shop for unintended items because it is so easy to become infatuated with certain items that are shown in haul videos.”

 

 

What makes this kind of video so appealing to watch, especially to teens?

 

“Haul videos are one of the most popular videos to watch simply because people are curious about what other’s purchase. These videos really appeal to teens because it shows them what the latest and greatest products are and how their fellow peers feel about each product, especially when going through the phases of trying to find your own style.”

 

 

Are haul’s your favorite kind of video to make or do you prefer OOTD/Tutorials/Reviews etc.?

 

“I prefer making Tutorials and Reviews more than Haul videos. I find that Reviews and Tutorials are much more fun to make in my opinion because they are more informative.  I feel that I can really help my viewers by sharing with them my experience and knowledge with a certain product or how to create a new make up look.”

 

 

Which one of your haul videos is your favorite?

 

“One of my favorite haul videos is actually my Hot Topic Haul that I posted recently. I went there to go purchase a Harry Potter ‘Snuggie’ for the premiere. It was a great investment =)”

 

 

Check out some of DaisyLove03’s Hauls:

 

Haul: Harry Potter and more –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_HQsGtjroQ

 

A Christmas Haul –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb1moGhd_IQ

 

Target Haul! –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OajiC_XHKyU

 

 

As you can deduce from the above Q&A, hauls are rich with positives that prevail over the unfavorable aspects of this trend.

 

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Fashion for the Ages

Teen fashion, teen trends, teen clothing trends, what to wearAshlynn is a 15 year-old from Washington, she enjoys babysitting, writing, and her favorite subject is science because she wants to be a forensic anthropologist.

I often go out and notice a lot of parents matching their children, whether it is their hair, their clothes, or even (depending on the age) their makeup! Celebrities such as Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri, who share the same adorable bob cut, and Angelina Jolie who dresses Shiloh to be the cutest mommy look-alike, or even David Beckham and nine-year old son Brooklyn Joseph who sported the same jerseys at a Lakers game and looked charming! The parent/child look-alike trend is growing more popular every day. Although parents and adults play a major part in the fashion world, teens are considered to be the most important nowadays, with their spunky, playful looks that everyone loves.

 

For many adults right now, the top trends include the plain Jane, casual look. Because most adults have past their experimental stage, they prefer to go for looks that are more laid back and simple. Tucked-in blouses and high-waisted pants are popular if you are going for that daring appearance. Light, bright summer dresses are becoming the rage for summer, and fur coats with matching boots are great at keeping you looking fashionable and feeling warm and cozy all at one time. Accessories are a must when trying to pull off a classy look and it’s true what they say: the bigger the better! Immense gem and rhinestone necklaces go great with a light summer dress, or a sheer blouse. Gigantic bows are becoming popular on coats, shoes, and even headbands! These large accessories keep you looking sophisticated and feminine. Not only what you are wearing is important, but where you get the clothing is imperative as well. Hollister is becoming a favorite for everyone; famous footwear has great deals on shoes this summer, and Vera Bradley is becoming popular for everything, but known for its great duffel bags. Despite many trends being for women, men are now playing a bigger role in the fashion world with their admired slip-on shoes, gold watches, and their argyle sweaters. Men like to accessorize too, and they usually like to follow the classy, good boy style with their Thom Browne eyewear, and their Aéropostale jeans and tight Tee. Mommy trends are becoming trendy as well (who says just because you are pregnant you can’t look great?). During pregnancy women like wearing what is cute and comfortable. Yoga pants are popular, as well as skinny jeans and a long sleeved maternity blouse. After the kiddo is born, the trends for mommies are adorable, sparkling yoga pants from places such as Victoria’s Secret, or leggings, boots, and a long top.

 

Teens are the gods and goddesses of creative fashion. We like bright color, funky printing, odd shapes, as well as inspiration. We often look at celebrities and try to imitate their latest hairstyle or most recent makeup look. We see our peers at school, and other hot teens on the streets and we try to decode their fashion statement and remember where we last saw an outfit like that. Also, us teens like to look in the latest magazines such as Teen Vogue and Seventeen, to find the latest trends.  Being the year 2011, all the rage right now is: leggings with dresses or flannels. Leggings are a popular choice because they show of you amazing body, and they are comfortable, but most importantly they go with anything, whether it is a skirt, dress, just a checkered sweater, or even under pants just to keep you warm! Patterns are becoming admired by many with looks such as leopard, zebra and even floral on skinny jeans. Sequined dresses are a must have, many celebs are wearing them on the red carpet to add a little extra Bling to their wardrobes. Blanket coats, and knit sweaters are great trends in the winter, and jean and floral dresses are hot in the summer. Not only are patterns and styles the growing trends, but colors are becoming more popular as well. Specific trends are only set in colors such as red, and pink, but Black and white is becoming the most favored by all. Clothes are not all that’s in right now; big hair and bright makeup are becoming the trends of today, whether it is bright pink lips with green eye shadow, or the dark nails that celebrity lily Allen would pull off, the trends of today may or may not be the trends of tomorrow.

 

Everyday a new style is being invented somewhere. Despite fashion trends being the most popular type of trend, there are lots of patterns and trends with things such as behavior, actions, and even networking trends. It is good to follow trends to be caught up in the world with all the latest fashions, moods, and places to shop, but it is important also to start your own trend. Don’t be a follower, but instead be a leader because what is “all the rage” today may not be tomorrow, but you may be able to start something that will be favored forever. And remember to “Be yourself…everyone else is already taken.”-Oscar Wilde

 

 

Social Networking: What’s on your mind?

Cassie is a 16 – year old from Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys acting, playing guitar and spending time with her younger brothers. Her favorite subject is English because she wants to be a writer.

“What’s on your mind?” reads the blinking bar of the Facebook homepage.

As we continuously type in the answer to this single question and share it with the rest of our online friends, we transform social networking sites into a scrapbook of our daily lives.  From sharing a celebratory athletic accomplishment or lyrics to a popular song, teenagers are constantly “updating their statuses” and opening a window to their lives to the growing world of the Internet.

Award-winning movies, such as The Social Network, portray how the fad of Facebook became prevalent in various parts of the world.  While some critique the ethics behind this movie as controversial, it is evident that social networking does indeed have a strong impact on today’s youth.  We have become obsessed with the Internet and the idea of creating a perfect online profile that would best present ourselves to the world. As technology continues to expand, it becomes even easier for us to share their stories with a simple click of the mouse.

Along with this obsession of self-creating our own image, we use Facebook as their primary way of communication and socializing in the real world. “I’ll Facebook you” and “I’ll Tag you” have been thrown into our daily vocabulary.  Photographs of our daily activities are taken and uploaded onto Facebook to share with our friends and family on the web.  Individuals can update their Relationship Status and experience the ups and downs of a romantic relationship with the entire Internet watching.  Teenagers stay up late at night on Facebook, often procrastinating for a significant amount of homework due in just a few hours.

Arguably, this obsession can sometimes be unhealthy.  My friends can be glued to the tiny screens of their cell phones gossiping about the uploaded items on their News Feed.  While social networking does indeed seem to be revolutionary, it can also be detrimental.  We become so addicted to how we present ourselves to others that we cannot fully live in the moment.

Social Networking enhances the miniscule details of our daily lives.  While it may seem as though the self-creation of our own profile is superficial and materialistic, it does brings us teenagers closer together.  We provide moral support for each other as we communicate through messages and online chats.  We relieve each other’s stress late at night as we comment on funny pictures and reminisce on the most memorable fun moments. We are allowed to communicate with people from around the globe and document the small steps of our everyday on the Internet.

What are my friends up to at this hour?  How are my cousins across seas in the Philippines doing? I’ll scroll through my News Feed on Facebook and find the answers to these questions all within in a minute.  And I, too, will place my blinking cursor on the rectangular box under the blue Facebook status logo and answer the question, “What’s on your mind?”