It’s finally December, and you know what that means?
Time to pretend like you haven’t already been stringing tinsel around your house and listening to holiday classics for a month! ‘Tis the season to stroll along Christmas markets, mulled wine in hand, and ice-skate until the crisp winter air turns your cheeks cherry red. Time to wear horrendous jumpers covered in fluffy baubles and fairy lights as you admire the opulent window displays through picturesque frosted glass.
Oh, Vlogmas, you ask? Well, we guess the couch is looking extra warm this month, and we’ve got the perfect lineup of videos to jumpstart that YouTube binge.
Dottie Age 20 – DottieJames
You know those effortlessly gorgeous models who slouch coolly on the front of magazines, their hair voluminous and jeans cuffed perfectly at the ankle? Except this girl’s inspiringly introspective, has a way with words, is 100% real and named Dottie James. She starts off our Round-Up this week looking cooler in high-waisted jeans than any of us ever will, and does it all while delivering a raw and honest reflection of herself.
Dottie brings us a page ripped straight from her internal diary, simple and beautiful in its documentation. Trust us, Dottie. You’re certainly “cool as f**k”.
The Constant Prototype – ElliotExplicit
Once again, Elliot Gough has managed to reach into our brains, pull out whatever mess of creative thought has been sitting there, and fashion it into something coherent and profound. Talking about failure isn’t an idea often explored on YouTube; it’s been pushed and prodded at several times, but rarely made into advice so universally applicable that we’d like to coin the term, stitch it onto a pillow and display it on our couch.
So thank you, Elliot, for reminding us that failures are an inevitable part of progress – stepping stones rather than dead ends – and for giving us some new home decor ideas. We’d been thinking of ways to redecorate the office!
Paperkids – doyouknowellie
Struggling with the fear of life post-university? Then Elisa Spigariol‘s latest short film will definitely hit close to home.
Paperkids is a modern coming-of-age story that follows three friends as their speculative doubts and fears about the future tangle together, creating a tension that threatens the very foundation of their relationships. Paired with exceptional dialogue and the Italian Alps as a backdrop (so pretty), what more could you ask for?
MY 100TH VIDEO – radhaggis
We’ve seen our fair share of creator milestones here at TenEighty and they never seem to lose that special spark. This week, Ewan McIntosh recounts his 100 total YouTube videos over the past four years (and simultaneously reminds us just how old we are). However, he also manages to remind us that, although YouTube changes and evolves with its creators, at its core it remains a platform that helps people grow by allowing them a space for creativity, making friends and broadening one’s opportunities.
We’ll stop being sappy as soon as you bring back the long hair, Ewan. Congratulations!
Phil is not on fire 8 – AmazingPhil
Grab your sharpies and squeal excitedly to the tune of The Internet Is Here: Dan Howell and Phil Lester have blessed us with the eighth instalment of the their iconic phil is not on fire series, celebrating one of our absolute favourite YouTube duos. Because really, who doesn’t feel the need to imagine the birth of a spork or scream into a pillow to relieve stress after what 2016 hath wrought?
You could also go there for a rather in-depth investigation of Dan’s dimple. We won’t tell.
If we couldn’t wait until December to deck the halls, what makes you think we could stop at just five videos?
Ebony Day has opened up about her recent endometriosis diagnosis, creating both a safe space for discussion about women’s health and offering informative resources for those who may be going through the same experience.
Does the thought of scrambling your Facebook password leaves you inconsolably horrified? It might not be as bad as you think. Rosianna Halse Rojas graces the vlogbrothers channel yet again with some thought-provoking discussion about the malleability of the internet to its users and how actively logging off allowed her to gain perspective.