Just got my Kanken backpack! →
I just got my Fjallraven Kanken Classic backpack and I’m really excited about it! It’s pretty cute and the perfect size. Smaller than the navy Jansport backpack collecting dust in my closet from high school, but big enough for the essentials (MacBook Air included). I think it’ll be nice for day trips, the beach, hiking, or just for bringing my stuff to work. I just love how...
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Awesome Tuner App →
This tuner app impressed me right away: it’s simple to use, multi-functional, and very accurate. It works with a variety to instruments and it’s easy to use for alternate tuning. Absolutely worth $0.99.
New Girls Single →
Girls never lets me down.
My taste in interior design is clean, comfortable, warm, and modern. I threw together some pieces for my ideal space for hanging out. I think the most important thing is a great couch you could spend a whole day lounging on. Since the couch is somewhere you could study, sleep, watch TV, or relax with friends, you end up spending a lot of time there. Invest in an awesome couch. Next, furnish...
The other day or so I decided to bake a recipe once sent to me by the Zoe Report, RZ’s “famous” brownie, or as they are apparently officially called in true Cali Girl slang, Beyond Brownies. Ingredients: 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup sweet cocoa powder 2/3 cup flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 2 cups semi sweet OR...
Bookbinding photo diary
I MADE A BOOK I’ve always loved paper arts like creating stationary and publishing but have never taken it very far. Yesterday I decided to try my hand at bookbinding and came out with a solid finished product. I’m interested in continuing to experiment with bookbinding and even small-scale publishing. Here’s how I did it: Materials: * Cutting mat * Acrylic ruler * ...
Coming soon: summer movies I can't wait to see
MAY 20 Midnight in Paris Woody Allen? Adrien Brody? Paris? Need I say more? Just from the ambiguous trailer this movie looks incredible. The colors are so beautiful and the scenery in the film looks like it highlights some of the wonders of Paris. Other than Brody, the film features Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen (Weasley Snipes from 30 Rock!), Carla Bruni, and...
Something every suburb should have, somewhere anyone can go, a place open almost all the time— everyone needs a place like the Ashbary in their life. Where ghosts and nerds collide and bond over PBR and stand up comedy; the Ashbary’s community welcomes all. Going to the Ashbary feels like going to a friends house, complete with a welcoming porch, comfortable couches to for hours...
My quarter-life crisis
Recently, I’ve been contemplating my future and freaking the eff out because I realize once I leave the [false sense of] security blanket curtesy of NCC I’m pretty much diving into a black hole of poverty and uncertainty. For the past ten years I’ve focused my life on becoming a journalist. I’m crazy about journalism. I love reporting and writing, going to events, interviewing, and getting to...
30 second movie review: Your Highness
Your Highness: 3/5 Stars. If we’re using that system. Typically, as a movie go-er, I have pretty high standards for film. I critique technical aspects, character development, dialogue. I’m picky. But sometimes it’s nice to just sit back, watch a dumb movie, and laugh at stupid jokes. And Your Highness is exactly that. No doubt about it, Your Highness is a pretty...
Blërg: a photo essay
I’m very proud to say that recently I made my very first piece of IKEA furniture all on my own! Special thanks to Liz for going with me to IKEA and letting me use her car (for all the benefits of the Prius, cargo space isn’t one of them). Also, thanks to Liz AND Taylor for helping me carry everything inside. Note: I’m not good at lifting/carrying. I’m working on...
Favorite Apps: Most useful
I was an early adapter of the iPhone, and I’ve had every one. Over the past three years, since the development of the App store, my favorite Apps haven’t really changed, just grown. Here are some of the ones that make my life easier, all are free: iDisk- My iDisk is invaluable. It allows me to sync documents between my three macs, iPad, and iPhone. One function it allows me is...
This week in Facebook
Quick post: Today, Facebook updated their iPhone app and the changes have seriously improved the mobile experience. Mobile Uploads Maybe this one is just me, but for the longest time I couldn’t upload photos from my iPhone, and which was getting on my nerves. Unfriending Now you can unfriend from the iPhone! This is huge because sometimes I’d see an annoying post and want to...
I just love his voice →
By this time tomorrow, I have to decide whether or not I’ll be spending my fall studying abroad in England. On the surface, this sounds really exciting and awesome: living on my own in a foreign country, able to travel about Europe, people with British accents, tea and Shakespeare. I’d love the opportunity to figure out who I am and what I want. I think removing myself from all...
Don’t let Congress cut funding for NPR and PBS! This is really important, please sign the petition and share. “We’re only a few weeks into the 112th Congress, and Republicans are already attempting to pull the plug on public media. In a budget proposal made public last week, House Republicans announced plans to zero out all funding for the Corporation for Public...
Best Eyeliner Ever
Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner by Stila (@stilacosemetics) This is the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used. Previously, I was terrified of liquid eyeliner. My unstable hand shaking, the width of the brush altering, the actual liner being too thick or too thin— I just avoided it and stuck with the pencil kind. A few years ago, Stila came out with a Barbie-themed line, this is...
Traveling Favorites: Material Things
When preparing for my upcoming trip to France, I found a couple of key items that have really delighted me. Basic but beautiful, here are my Top 5 travel must-haves: 1. A Great Camera: Canon Powershot S95 I can’t compliment this little guy enough. The S95 takes incredible photos at DSLR quality but also fits in the palm of my hand. Sure, I can’t zoom like I can with my Rebel, nor...