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2015: A Year In Pop Culture

There were break-ups and make-ups, annoying (sometimes) new words, songs that made us happy and cringe, photos that broke the internet and of course, there was Adele. Take a stroll down 2015 with me, won’t you?  

Food & Fashion Trends
  • Normcore trend was dwindling towards the end of 2014 but we held onto those White Sneakers and I, for one, really did not mind because it IS the perfect marriage of comfort AND style. It looks great with dresses and denims and looks effortless. Let’s carry this trend on to 2016 as well please and by 2016, I mean, forever.
  • Personally, 2015 was the year of Minimalism and it looked like everyone was going that route and hence started the whole trend of designer Mini Bags. Everyone from Fendi to Celine have been making these baby bags for their big bag versions. How cute is that? I have always been  a carry-my-whole-world-in-my-bag kinda person, but these are actually a welcome change to save my shoulders and back.
  • Move over Kale, 2015 was the year of Bone Broth. Just boil the bones and drink it up and if that isn’t appetizing enough, remember, all the cool kids are drinking it.

Everything Music
  • When Apple announced its plan to deny royalties to musicians during users’ three-month trial period, Taylor Swift used her influence and her power to speak out against Apple. More power to you Taylor, and I forgive you for the over-use of the word “squad”.
  • Everyone loved Drake’s Hotline Bling, and the internet lost it when they saw the video. Drake’s awkward moves were enough for all the meme-makers to come up with the funniest. Check them out here. And to add to that, Hotline Bling has officially made it to the Urban Dictionary. So, congrats Drake?
  • November 2015 had everyone talking about ONE thing. And that was ADELE. She came back after four years with her new album “25” and calling it a comeback would be an understatement. She broke all records possible with this Album and almost made people break up with their boyfriends too ;)

Things that broke the internet
I don’t know what breaking the internet means technically but in my head it’s a server named “Internet” breaking down ;p  Just me? 
  • Edited To Add: I had the (in)famous oscar selfie to the Things That Broke The Internet section and one of the readers Priyadarshini and my Sister-In-Law noticed the error that the selfie was taken in 2014. I apologize, it was my fault. Wow, Do I feel like Steve Harvey ;) Oscars 2015 was so blah that I, maybe, subconsciously wanted to believe that Ellen would be the forever host of the Oscars and would continue breaking the internet with her selfie with famous people, would you buy that? :)
  • Who can forget “The Dress” that divided homes and broke relationships ( Kidding…or maybe not?). The world stood divided by this mystery dress and made people pick sides.  You were either a #blackandblue person or a #whiteandgold person.
  • Nothing breaks the internet like the Kardashians do,  so it wasn’t a surprise when Kylie Jenner’s Lips broke the internet  with #kyliejennerlips . I am assuming it has something to do with people trying to get her plump lips. No, I am not even going to google about it.

Weddings, New Couples and Break-Ups

  • Cameron Diaz, the original cool girl, found the love of her life in Benji Madden, brother-in-law of Nicole Ritchie and tied the knot in January 2015. She sure had a great start to her year.
  • October and December had not one but two weddings. One was of course the most-anticipated wedding of Jennifer Aniston, my favorite and America’s Sweetheart, and  Justin Theroux.  She deserves all the happiness and more. And December saw the gorgeous wedding of Sofia  Vergara and Joe Manganiello. And how gorgeous is her wedding dress. Congrats to the newlyweds!
  • This year saw Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Country music’s ‘it’ couple calling it quits after four years of marriage. And Blake Shelton started dating his “The Voice” judge Gwen Stefani, who also had recently split from her husband of 13 years.  I initially found their PDA on social media adorable, but gotta say it’s been getting a little too much lately. There is something called too much PDA too, you know.
  • The biggest shocker of the year was the break-up of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. It made all of us question the existence of true love, I mean, if these two can’t make it last, what hope is there for  are mere mortals like us ;p

Biggest Shockers & Disappointments
Let’s keep the best for the last or in this case, the worst for the last.
  • The biggest news of the year was Bill Cosby and the never-ending  allegations of assault and rape by several women. Even though it started in 2014, it’s still in the news because of the number of women who are coming out and speaking up about the trauma they have endured. And what was truly remarkable was the cover of  July’s issue of New York magazine that had these 35 women, each sitting in a chair, their faces looking straight at the camera and the caption read “ We are not afraid anymore”.
  • I am a book snob and I am always cynical when books are being turned into movies, but 50 Shades of Grey took me to a whole another lever of book snobbery, if you will. Because when bad books are being turned into movies, you can’t help but be doubly cynical. And I was right! The 50 Shades of Grey was a total disappointment at the Box Office, with people criticizing the actors who had zero chemistry on screen.  And no one is really waiting with bated breath for the other installments of the 50 shades franchise.
  • For the first time ever, Oxford Dictionary picked an emoji as the Word Of The Year. Yup, you heard it right. If that is not a new low, then I don’t know what is. Here’s the explanation Oxford Dictionary gave to justify their pick.

That was the round-up of this year. Now, drop some knowledge at your next holiday party!

Contributor - Flo : She is a Seinfeld-quoting, trivia-loving, self-proclaimed funny girl. When she's not in front of her laptop catching up on the world happenings, she likes to travel, read, blog and cook. Exactly in that order. Find her here: Blog | Twitter


  1. Hi Tanvii!! I am Priyadarshini, a regular reader of your blog among doing a lot of other things. This is the first time I am writing to you. Your list of 2015 has a small error. Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie was taken in 2014, not 2015 as written in the list. Remember how Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony and it went down as one of the most boring ceremonies ever? (poor guy) Please check and thank you!! And by the way, happy 2016!!

    1. Hi Priyadarshini! Thank you for letting me know. I informed Flo (the writer for that pieces) and she has edited the copy. Appreciate your readership. Have a wonderful 2016! :)


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