Stassi Schroeder's 10 Best Reasons to be Totally Basic
You may know Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules, but you don’t know her like this. Her book Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook is an inside look at her life which she aptly defines as “basic.” She opens up about everything from how she lost her virginity to her unconventional upbringing in New Orleans. If you want to be “basic” like Stassi, she’s got you covered with lists of all kinds — lists about how to have better sex and lists about the kind of friends to have in your girl squad. We have our own Stassi list after reading the book — here are our 10 best reasons to be totally basic like Stassi.
You accept yourself for who you areStassi Schroeder is totally basic and proud of it. She completely embraces her love of “basic” things— like horror, girl squads, taking #OOTD pics, and zodiac signs—and she thinks you should too. In her book Next Level Basic, Stassi explains that “being basic means being true to what you like without caving to the pressure of being ‘cool’ or ‘edgy.’” So what if you’re obsessed with Harry Potter or if pumpkin spice lattes are your go-to drink? When you own it, you embrace your true personality and make your quirks your thing.
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You get what you wantStassi’s book is filled with love and dating advice, and a lot of what she’s learned has come from the relationships we’ve seen on Vanderpump Rules. Stassi is perhaps the feminist icon we didn’t know we needed. She’s all about making the first move and going for what you want, especially when pursuing a romantic partner. “Women have been conditioned to be passive when it comes to sex and dating,” Stassi explains. If there’s someone you’re interested in, make the first move! That’s how Stassi met Beau — she marched right up to him and introduced herself. Who knows what you’re missing out on just because you’re following an outdated imaginary rulebook on love and dating. Get out there and get yours.
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You own your personal styleIn this Instagram age, it’s easy to be tempted to buy into the hottest trends even if they don’t necessarily compliment us. “We all have different tastes, different bodies, and different ideas about what looks good and makes us feel amazing,” Stassi writes. There’s no one-size fits all when it comes to style — follow your own fashion truth according to your own personal style and body type. In the book, Stassi hilariously lists her fashion fails over the years from her wannabe Goth to preppy Paris Hliton phase. There is no such thing as a fashion faux pas because style is about self-expression and being true to who you are.
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You look hot on social“Looking good on social is one of our most basic bitch desires as humans in the twenty-first century,” Stassi boldly proclaims in Next Level Basic. If you want to look good on social media, don’t judge yourself. Takes those selfies and just go for it. Having this desire isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but where it gets out of hand is when you start falling into the unrealistic beauty standards that social media creates. If you can keep yourself in check, mastering the art of filters, angles and lighting can be a lot of fun.
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You’re more in-tune with your sense of destinyIf you’re obsessed with zodiac signs, we’re sorry to inform you that you’re basic. As an astrology lover, you probably don’t see your fascination with the stars as a bad thing, and Stassi doesn’t think you should either. She explains in her book that astrology does the same thing that religion does for some people. “It makes you feel like there is some sort of destiny and we’re not just here on the earth walking around with no purpose,” she writes. Caring about the signs means so much more than just reading daily horoscopes in a magazine— it means you’re making an effort to understand yourself and others on a deeper level. That is certainly not basic.
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You have better sexAccording to Stassi, the key to great sex comes down to one simple thing: Confidence. Forget the “when to give it up rules” and obsessing over your body insecurities. Have sex when you want to and on your own terms. For Stassi that means getting her vagina “vagazzled” with glitter and packing an extra pair of undies for those random nights. After her horrifying experience losing her virginity, Stassi has grown over the years to become confident in her sexual self. She’s the first to say that she’s no sexual expert, you’ll want to read the book to get her awesome “next level basic” sex tips.
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You enjoy life more through your love of basic foodYeah, it’s on-trend to like acai bowls and nut cheeses, but is this the kind of food your heart truly desires? Everyone has their “basic” food that they can’t get enough of. For Stassi it’s Mac N’ Cheese from a box, Taco Bell with fire sauce, and ranch salads. If your favourite food is pepperoni pizza, own it because life is too short. “We are all foodies, so do not let anyone make you feel less than because you would rather dine on Shake ‘n Bake potatoes than truffle celery root puree with gold-flecked sea salt sprinkled on top,” she advises.
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You take better care of yourselfMaybe you’re not the type to get blood facials or fly to Bali to have a spiritual awakening among monks in ancient temples. Maybe your idea of self-care means doing yoga or going to the spa once a month. It could be sleeping in on Sundays or collecting energy crystals. It doesn’t have to be complex —the point is that you’re taking care of yourself. It’s what Stassi calls “basic enlightenment.”
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You embrace beauty for what it means to youSome people wear no makeup at all, some people regularly get spray tans, and some people are completely comfortable getting a nip and tuck here and there. Stassi is all about doing what makes you feel good. She believes that when it comes to beauty, there’s no right or wrong answer! Stassi has been completely open with her choice to get a chin implant and a breast reduction, and believes that people shouldn’t be judged for their beauty decisions. “It has taken years to figure out what works for me,” she says. “So whether you’re the natural type or a Botox queen, own your basic beauty routine so you can look and feel like a badass.”
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You own up to your mistakes and develop into your best selfWhen you accept who you are and all your “basic-ness,” you become who you’re truly meant to be. Stassi writes, “I’m all about speaking your mind and owning who you are, but you have to embrace the major f***ups along the way, because that’s how you take your basicness to the next level and become the best basic bitch you can possibly be.”
Want more Stassi Schroeder? Catch her in season 7 of Vanderpump Rules on Slice.ca!